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Manipulative and deceitful, Neyla double-crossed most individuals she affiliated herself with – namely the Cooper Gang, Interpol, and Carmelita Fox – in order to achieve her ultimate goal of immortality. After betraying her former mentor, Arpeggio, she merged with Clockwerk's robotic frame and became Clock-La.
Neyla grew up in New Delhi having little opportunity and not much to live for. After some time, she left her old life and scammed her way into a British university. While there, she skillfully created a "homework ring" and used it to persuade others to do her work while she took all the credit. Eventually, she was discovered by authorities and the ring was destroyed. Rather than arrest Neyla, however, the authorities were impressed by her abilities; they believed she could get into the mind of the criminal and subsequently offered her a job at Interpol.
Some time before the events of Sly 2: Band of Thieves, Neyla met Arpeggio, who was a member of the Klaww Gang. She gained Arpeggio's trust, and he named her his protégé. The two then formed an ingenious plan to gather the parts of the ancient robotic owl known as Clockwerk for themselves; both of them were well aware that the Clockwerk Parts were the keys to immortality. However, Neyla had a plan of her own that would leave Arpeggio with nothing and her with immortality.
Fall of the Klaww Gang
That Constable Neyla... was her reference to the Klaww Gang just a slip of the tongue, or an intentional clue? Either way, it's my only lead on the missing Clockwerk parts.
Both Neyla and Arpeggio planned to take back all the Clockwerk parts. With Neyla's strong position in Interpol, and her trust within the Klaww Gang, she could overpower everyone piece by piece. Neyla joined Carmelita Fox at the Museum of Natural History in Cairo, Egypt. While Carmelita was there to bust Sly Cooper, Neyla was there for a different reason. After Carmelita accused Sly and his gang of stealing the parts, Neyla hinted that the modus operandi pointed to the heist being a Klaww Gang job. Carmelita disagreed, and Neyla stalled her with a counter-argument so that Sly was able to escape.
Neyla ended up in Paris, France, where both the Cooper Gang and Dimitri Lousteau, the first member of the Klaww Gang, were set up. She intercepted Sly as he traveled around Paris, and told him that he needed to keep up with her. She led him to the back door of Dimitri's Nightclub and gave him the key, claiming that she couldn't enter without a permit, but that Sly's gang was not held to such standards. This eventually led to Dimitri being jailed, and his part of Clockwerk, the Clockwerk Tail Feathers, were collected by the gang.Coincidentally, both Neyla and the Cooper Gang ended up in India at Rajan's party. While it is unknown how she gained entrance to the party, it can be assumed that it was in the same manner as Carmelita, as she wasn't surprised at the fact that Neyla was there. Neyla remained in her disguise until Sly needed her help, and, under his advisement, danced with him in order to make Carmelita jealous, and therefore accept his offer for a later dance. This dance acted as a distraction to all those in the room, and allowed Murray the steal the Clockwerk Wings. Neyla then helped Sly collect half of the Clockwerk Heart in Rajan's Spice Temple and accepted his offer to go on a date to Bollywood. She ended up betraying Sly and Murray, Carmelita, and Rajan, but overlooked Bentley, who eventually rescued his fellow team members.
After the Contessa was exposed as a member of the Klaww Gang, she fled to her castle. As Neyla was closest to the case, Interpol provided her with the means to take the Contessa down. Neyla saw this as an opportunity to obtain the Clockwerk Eyes, and she established her headquarters in an old bank near the castle. She used her cash allowance to hire an army of local mercenaries and precipitate a small war in Prague. She later hired a team of aerial bombers when she believed that the Contessa had infested her headquarters with ghosts; unbeknownst to her, it was actually the Cooper Gang who had done so. Despite all her firepower, Neyla was unable to get the Contessa to leave her re-education tower (and the Clockwerk Eyes). It was not until the Cooper Gang freed Carmelita during Operation: High Road that the Contessa finally left the tower. Neyla took this opportunity to enter the re-education tower and steal one of the Clockwerk eyes, hinting that she was indeed affiliated with Arpeggio.
Sly chased Neyla to get the eye, and at some point during the chase, she ran into a web and got stuck. Sly grabbed the Eye. Neyla demanded that Sly give it back to her, but she was promptly thrown off the building by the Contessa. The Contessa then engaged in a fight with Sly but was defeated. Neyla took the credit for defeating the Contessa and was promoted to Captain as a result. She followed the Cooper Gang to Nunavut Bay, Canada and used her newly acquired airplane to attack Sly while he was on Iron Horse train #3. She was defeated by Bentley, who used his RC chopper to severely damage Neyla's plane. Before losing control and flying off, Neyla declared that no one would stand in her way of obtaining the Clockwerk Parts. Later, Neyla ordered a man-hunt on the Cooper Gang and Carmelita (who had also followed the Gang in an attempt to capture them and clear her name).
A Taste of Immortality
Stupid Arpeggio. I double crossed the Cooper Gang, Interpol and Carmelita... what made you think I wouldn't do the same to you?
With the final phase of Neyla's plan nearing, she took shelter on board Arpeggio's air fortress, where they both waited for the Clockwerk parts. Jean Bison, a member of the Klaww Gang operating the Canadian camp, knocked the Cooper Gang out during their attempted heist, raided their supposed Safe House and sold all of the Clockwerk Parts to Arpeggio. Whilst the Cooper Gang came to terms with their massive loss and sneaked onboard the blimp, Neyla and Arpeggio began constructing Clockwerk.Bentley located Arpeggio, and it was there that the Cooper Gang discovered that Neyla had been in league with Arpeggio. The Cooper Gang attempted to stall Clockwerk's construction; their efforts, funnily enough, worked to Arpeggio and Neyla's advantage; Bentley's plan backfired and locked Clockwerk's parts into place. Neyla let Arpeggio compose a diatribe about his master plan and waited quietly until the time was right. Once Arpeggio finished revealing his master plan to Sly, he ordered Neyla to hold Sly down while he began to enter the Clockwerk frame.
However, Neyla betrayed Arpeggio, knocked his actuating apparatus to the floor, and finally revealed her own plan. She entered the Clockwerk frame herself, becoming Clock-La. She then took flight and proclaimed, "Behold, Clock-La is born!" and escaped from the blimp.
Clock-La's Finest Hour
It was as if nothing could ever hurt them.
Clock-La was now on the last stage of her plan. Using the Klaww Gang's plans, she would gain immortality through Clockwerk's powers. Dimitri had fed almost all of Paris a special spice which engendered a strong hatred, while Arpeggio had created a large hypnotic light ray to hypnotize all of Paris to power Clockwerk into immortality, using the collective hatred of the Parisian citizens as an energy source. Carmelita returned and realized that, in order to defeat Neyla, she and the Cooper Gang had to put their differences aside and work together.
To initiate Clock-La's downfall, Sly and Carmelita teamed up in a dog fight against Clock-La, who used most of Clockwerk's powers to her advantage. Sly and Carmelita had the upper hand until Neyla flew directly into the core of air fortress and blew it into fragments. Afterwards, Clock-La became angry, and then grabbed the hangar that Murray and Bentley were in and began flying away, knowing that Sly would follow her to rescue his teammates. Sly jumped out of the helicopter and made his way over to Clock-La using his paraglider. When he managed to actually land on Clock-La herself, he matched her in personal combat. Sly easily gained the upper hand, as Neyla was heavily limited in her attack options. Sly delivered a final blow, and Neyla crashed into Paris. Now unable to move, Neyla began speaking in her own disbelief (much like Clockwerk in the first game). She then summoned lasers all around her to defend herself, possibly so she could heal (again akin what Clockwerk attempted to achieve two years earlier).Now with the upper hand, the Cooper Gang began tearing away at her main power source. Bentley was about to deactivate Clock-La's main power source -which was the hate chip- when Murray's attention slipped and Clock-La's unstable beak fell on him, paralyzing Bentley's legs. As Murray picked up Bentley and ran, Clock-La exploded. Minutes later, Sly realized that even after the long drawn out battle, Clock-La was in perfect condition, despite her body being fragmented. Carmelita showed up, angered at missing Clock-La. She destroyed Clock-La's hate chip because it was the only thing on hand; as it was the main source of her power and immortality, the Clockwerk Parts rusted and deteriorated as time finally caught up to them, killing both Neyla and Clockwerk, eliminating their threat.
Legacy and scar on the Cooper Gang
The most notable scar that Neyla left on the Cooper Gang was paralyzing Bentley, even though she didn't actually plan it out. This also left Murray psychologically scarred for quite some time, leaving the gang for a few months for some deep pacifist training under the Guru's teachings. Eventually Bentley and Murray got past that dark chapter in their lives although they would never quite forget it. She left any chance of Clockwerk returning almost impossible. She and Arpeggio planned the break in at the museum in Cairo, stealing Clockwerk's parts that were no threat at all at the time. Neyla reveals that Clockwerk's main power source was the hate chip, thus providing the Cooper Gang with the information necessary to destroy Clockwerk, and her along with him.
Neyla is a beautiful tigress with violet fur, shoulder-length black hair and markings. In Sly 2: Band of Thieves, she wears head jewelry, a red and golden decorated ḥijāb, wields a whip and, during a dance with Sly Cooper, can be seen to have long black hair. She has green eyes, a rare eye color. She also wears a dark-blue tanktop, brown shorts held by a light blue belt and gold buckle, and a small pair of brown boots. Her outfit is similar to Lara Croft's in the Tomb Raider series (this is presumed coincidental by some).
You might have a new body, Neyla, but you're still the low-down, back-stabbing coward we've beaten time and time again. This won't be any different
Neyla's outside appearance was very charming; she would be so generous as to be used for two of Sly Cooper's plans (first for the key to Dimitri's disco, then at the ballroom dance in India). She appeared to the Cooper Gang as a cop who was close to the line of being an honest cop to a vigilante. She was actually a psychopath and she hated anyone who got in her way. She was a psychotic and manipulative schemer and held no social activity for long. Anyone she befriended would usually be used then tossed aside. It is possible that to her, being just a normal person like everyone else just wasn't enough as she sought immortality and the body of Clockwerk (which she did obtain).
Neyla could easily rival Sly in his abilities to sprint and perform feats of acrobatic prowess. She was arguably a pro with her whip, never injuring herself once and taking out her foes in just one hit. She could perform a high level of psychological warfare; she could charm anyone she met and had a unique talent beyond many other people to hide her true motives, no matter how big they were; no one could guess the truth in her mind. When she changed her body to Clock-La, her powers were enhanced to the level of Clockwerk's, so she possessed many of his abilities and effected very little changes to it.
At first, Sly seemed to have a thing for Neyla since she worked differently from other Interpol officers, realizing that a thief could go places that an officer without a permit or warrant couldn't. He even had the thought of taking her on a date in Bollywood. Sly thought that their cooperation was the best thing to happen, until she betrayed him and the gang, as well as getting him arrested alongside Carmelita, whom Neyla framed.
Carmelita did not seem to get along with Neyla as she claimed that she only allowed her to participate in the case as a favor to the Contessa and that she didn't need her help, hinting that she wished to rid of her. Neyla later took the opportunity to get Carmelita (along with Sly and Murray) arrested by framing her for being in league with the Cooper Gang.
At some point, Neyla met Arpeggio and the two formed a plan to gather Clockwerk for themselves. However she had a much bigger plan which would leave Arpeggio with nothing. While on the blimp, when Arpeggio finished revealing his master plan to Sly, he told Neyla to hold Sly down while he began to enter the Clockwerk Frame. However, she knocked him to the floor and revealed her own plan. She taunted him about his naive trust in her and then entered the Clockwerk frame herself, becoming Clock-La. Arpeggio tried to threaten her, but she was far more superior than him and crushed him with her beak, killing him.
Neyla has two kinds of mercenaries: tanks and warplanes. Neyla hired them to defeat the Contessa. All of them are quite powerful, despite being limited to ground power and air power. They can only be found in Prague.
These super heavy tanks sense everything! These tanks park themselves when they attack and then fire several times. While shooting, the other tanks nearby begin to realize a target is around and thus the firepower gets stronger. To defeat them, you need a tank of your own and then fire three times in a row.
These warplanes are super fast and strong. If one of them sees you, it tosses out a stick of dynamite from above that takes out a massive amount of health. They'll sometimes get in Sly's way when you try to Paraglide around, but won't harm you otherwise. To actually take them down, you need the machine gun on the Contessa's blimp with Bentley. They must be shot down quickly before they get too close and attack with bullets of their own.
Sly 2: Band of Thieves
- A Shadow from the Past
- 1. The Black Chateau
- 2. A Starry Eyed Encounter
- 3. The Predator Awakes
- 5. A Tangled Web
- 6. He Who Tames the Iron Horse
- 8. Anatomy for Disaster
- She has a paraglider of her own, similar to Sly's.
- Neyla is the third female villain in the series, after Ms. Ruby and The Contessa, but she is the first and only female final boss.
- Neyla is the first female main antagonist. She is also the only main antagonist in the series who dosen't have a vendetta against the Cooper Clan.
- The voice actor for Neyla, Alésia Glidewell, also voiced Carmelita Fox.
- Neyla is the only main antagonist not to be killed or defeated by Sly.