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What is this with clocks, bro? Have you no vision? Are you hearing what I beam to you? You think you have juice? Don't show me a little mind when talking about such big things... you think you can swing the bat? Show your bling and let me shine you!
— Dimitri Lousteau to Sly Cooper[src]

Dimitri Lousteau was a professional lounge lizard and international forger. Once a passionate art student, he began a life of crime after incurring harsh feedback from critics. Eventually joining the Klaww Gang, Dimitri used his Parisian nightclub as a way to feed illegal spice to the population in addition to a cover for his forgery scheme.

After the fall of the Klaww Gang and his incarceration, Dimitri sought the help of the Cooper Gang in recovering his grandfather's treasured diving gear. In return, he joined them for the Cooper Vault heist.

He was voiced by David Scully.

Biography

Background

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Dimitri fails to impress art critics

Dimitri grew up listening to stories of his grandfather, Reme Lousteau, recovering treasure from pirate ship wrecks.[1] He learned English by listening to music videos and mimicking their speech.[2]

His life of crime began when he was a passionate young art student. He developed his own style, dubbed "kinetic aesthetic," which consisted of him swinging back and forth from a rope tied around his waist and painting the canvas as he swung by. It was rejected outright by closed-minded critics and Dimitri was cast out of the artistic community. Infuriated, he began forging old masterpieces, which was his idea of punishing those with bad taste. At some point, Dimitri came into ownership of a nightclub located on the west-side of Paris, drawing in "young, chic patrons from far and wide."[3]

Marrying for profit

Dimitri pretended to be in love with an art aficionado named Beverly D'Oinkeau so that she would propose to him, with the engagement gift being the Venus de Whalo, a valuable art statue in D'Oinkeau's possession. Dimitri planned to sell the statue once it was given to him. The statue was put on display during a party at Dimitri's mansion in Monaco. During the party, Dimitri had some of his men forging paintings in the mansion's attic. To ensure that the Venus de Whalo was safe, D'Oinkeau invited Inspector Carmelita Fox to protect it, much to Dimitri's chagrin.[4]

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Dimitri tries to keep Carmelita from finding him out

D'Oinkeau showed Carmelita the Venus de Whalo, with Dimitri in tow. While viewing the statue three guards informed D'Oinkeau that Sly Cooper, a well known thief, was spotted in the attic. Carmelita rushed to the attic, and Dimitri, fearing that he would be found out, tried to stop her. Failing to do so, he told both Carmelita and D'Oinkeau that he would check on the party to make sure that everything was "grooving." Carmelita did not find Sly, but found all of Dimitri's men knocked out along with their forging equipment. While both women were in the attic, Dimitri made his escape from the party.[5]

Klaww Gang

At some point, Dimitri became a member of the criminal group known as the Klaww Gang. When the Klaww Gang stole the Clockwerk Parts from the Cairo Museum of Natural History, Dimitri was given Clockwerk's Tail Feathers for his own use. He modified the tail feathers for use as printing plates; with their unique metal alloy, Dimitri was able to print an endless supply of counterfeited money. He hid his "printing press room" underneath his nightclub.[6] Meanwhile, he used the nightclub to funnel illegal spice sent from Rajan into the population; in doing so, Dimitri contributed greatly to the Klaww Gang's and Arpeggio's plans.[7]

Dimitri knocked out

Dimitri, knocked out after his battle with Sly.

Dimitri soon learned that Sly Cooper and his team had arrived in Paris looking to steal Clockwerk's Tail Feathers. After several acts of sabotage by the Cooper Gang, Dimitri ordered his guards to shoot them on sight.[8] Dimitri's efforts to get rid of the Cooper Gang were proven to be unsuccessful when Sly confronted him in his printing press room. Dimitri tried to get Sly to leave him alone by bribing him, but Sly, befuddled by Dimitri's strange English, refused the bribe and insulted his suit. Enraged, Dimitri challenged Sly to a fight but was defeated when the Cooper knocked him into the printing press machine. Incapacitated, Dimitri could only watch as Sly took Clockwerk's Tail Feathers.[9]

Dimitri was arrested by Carmelita Fox and Constable Neyla and had his nightclub shut down.[10]

After the Klaww Gang

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Dimitri and Sly make a deal.

After his incarceration, Dimitri became a dance instructor on a cruise ship.[11] However, for reasons unknown, Dimitri ended up in jail again and was kept in the Venetian police headquarters, under the watch of Carmelita Fox. During his time there, he was visited by Sly Cooper, who was looking for Murray. Dimitri still held a grudge against Sly for ruining him and nearly got the police's attention. Cutting a deal, the two arranged for Dimitri to escape while Sly kept Carmelita busy outside. In return, the former forger alerted Murray to the presence of his friends in Venice, thus facilitating the Cooper Gang's reassembly.[12]

After escaping Venice, Dimitri got a job as an announcer for the annual ACES Competition in the Netherlands. He was somewhat frightened of the Black Baron, who was in charge of the competition as well as a participant. The night before the competition began, Dimitri was working as the hotel's bartender. Sly, who had entered the competition, found Dimitri and requested that he help the Cooper Gang locate the roster for the competition, so that Team Cooper would have a heads up on who they would be flying against and could enact sabotage. After being pressured, Dimitri agreed, but only if the gang agreed to owe him a favor later on. Sly agreed, and Dimitri revealed the location of the flight roster to be a safe within the Black Baron's hangar.[13] During the semi-finals of the competition, Dimitri provided commentary and announced Team Cooper's victory over Teams Belgium and Iceland.[14]

Weeks after the ACES competition, Dimitri contacted Bentley via ThiefNet and called in the favor that he had been promised. He booked the entire Cooper Gang passage under assumed identities to Blood Bath Bay in the Caribbean. On the way there he told the group about his grandfather Reme Lousteau, who was a deep sea diver and looted shipwrecks. However, after losing the gear to a pirate known as Black Spot Pete, Reme retired from diving and began a family. Having grown up on the stories, Dimitri vowed to reclaim the treasure with the help of the Gang.[1]

The Cooper Gang soon learned that the diving gear was buried on Dagger Island, to where Dimitri accompanied them. Once the treasure was found and dug up, Dimitri examined the gear while proudly commenting on his grandfather's craftmanship. Before the Cooper Gang could take the gold that was buried with the diving gear, LeFwee showed up. Taking Penelope as a hostage, he ordered them to leave the gold and go back to their ship.[15]

Frogman of the Cooper Gang

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Dimitri shows off his diving suit to the Cooper Gang.

Now that Dimitri had recovered his grandfather's diving gear, the Cooper Gang's only objective was to rescue Penelope. Dimitri assisted them in this by using his new suit to venture into the sea and collect several blast amplification collars, which would strengthen their ship's cannons and make it easier to damage LeFwee's ship.[16] After LeFwee was defeated and Penelope rescued, Dimitri decided to join Cooper Gang and aid them in the Cooper Vault heist as their frogman.[17]

When the Cooper Gang arrived on Kaine Island for the Cooper Vault heist, Dimitri stationed himself in the waters surrounding Dr. M's lab. When Sly arrived at the lab during the initial approach, Dimitri used his spear gun to destroy the security blocking his path.[18] After the heist failed and Sly was injured by Dr. M's mutant, Dimitri attempted to retrieve Sly's cane when it fell into the ocean - which was caused when The Guru detached it from an electromagnetic buoy it had been caught on. Underwater, he pursued the cane as it traveled through a current. At the end of the current, he encountered Dr. M on his mutant angler fish. Dimitri defeated the creature with his spear gun, but failed to get the cane from M.[19]

After the Cooper Gang disbanded, Dimitri became a professional skin diver and was very popular among women. The last Bentley heard from him was a postcard in which he wrote: "I'm here, wish you were fine—like me."[20]

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Dimitri is entrusted with the Thievius Raccoonus

Sometime later, Bentley contacted Dimitri and tasked him with watching the Thievius Raccoonus while they used the time machine to travel through time and stop whomever was altering the book. Bentley created a device to contact Dimitri at any point and place in time.[21] Dimitri was crucial along the course of the journey as he updated the Gang with any changes to the Thievius Raccoonus and directed them on where to go next. After Cyrille Le Paradox's defeat, Dimitri was saddened about Sly's disappearance. He later began his own television show called "Disco Diver" that chronicled his adventures.[22]

Characteristics

Physical appearance

Dimitri is a purple marine iguana with reddish-brown eyes. His eyelids are blue and baggy, and he often has a crumpled cigarette dangling from his mouth. He has a large blue crest that mimics hair, as well as a blue "goatee," and he wears a green jacket with a large collar over an orange tank-top. To go with his jacket, he wears green pants held up by a large gold belt buckle, as well as orange socks and shoes. He has rings on both hands, and a watch on one of his wrists.

Personality

Dimitri spoke an odd form of English, which contained bits of street slang he learned from watching hip-hop music videos.[2] He gave nicknames to his associates, calling Sly a "cracker box"[9] and Murray "main man Murray".[12] Dimitri also had an enormous ego, which was only enhanced when he obtained his diving gear. He also believed that he was irresistible to women, shown when he tried hitting on Penelope when they were alone, thinking she was in love with him rather than Bentley.[19]

Abilities

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Dimitri was an adept at diving.

Dimitri had some amount of physical prowess. This was displayed during his battle with Sly, when he engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the raccoon. When he needed to retreat, he fled to the other side of the printing press room with blinding speed. He also possessed a ring that could shoot bolts of electricity at a target in quick succession, though it would short out if it was used too often.[9]

Underwater, Dimitri displayed expert diving skills. He was shown to be a superior fighter in the water by using swift evasive maneuvers and a spear gun, with which he proved to be an excellent marksman. His diving skills were enough to defeat Dr. M and his mutant angler fish.[19] Dimitri was also stated by Sly to have the best fashion sense of anyone he knew.[13]

Gallery

Trivia

  • Dimitri displayed a painting in his office. It is surprising that he had not forged it yet.
  • Dimitri is one of three characters in the series to smoke. The others being Inspector Barkley and El Jefe, though they smoked cigars, while Dimitri smoked cigarettes.
  • Dimitri's tongue in Sly 2: Band of Thieves is green, but in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves it is purple.
  • Dimitri is the only villain in Band of Thieves to have a splash intro screen, this was done for the Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal demo.
  • If his grandfather had never lost his diving gear, it's possible that Dimitri would not have been born.
  • Dimitri was supposed to be the main boss of the Monaco mission in Band of Thieves. However, it was cut from the game before release.
  • In Honor Among Thieves, although he is not identified in the prologue, Dimitri can be seen in his diving gear.
  • Dimitri was shown in the debut trailer for Thieves in Time, and there is concept art for him. In the trailer, Dimitri was shown using a silver cane, though it may have just been inserted to give the illusion that he was Sly.
    • Dimitri had seemingly mastered many of Sly's skills.
  • Dimitri is noticeably shorter in Thieves in Time.
  • Although Dimitri's flashlight guards appeared in PlayStation Move Heroes, Dimitri himself had no connection with the story of that game.
  • Dimitri is one of only two Klaww Gang members that take only one episode to beat, with the other being Arpeggio.
  • His voice actor, David Scully, also voiced Raleigh, Rajan, Octavio and LeFwee.
  • Dimitri is the only member of the Klaww Gang who appeared in more than one game.

Appearances

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Episode: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Cinematic: The Setup. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Episode 7 bonus video. Sly 2: Band of Thieves.
  3. Episode: The Black Chateau, Cinematic: The Setup. Sly 2: Band of Thieves.
  4. The Adventures of Sly Cooper: issue 1 page 5.
  5. The Adventures of Sly Cooper: issue 1 page 7.
  6. Episode: Menace from the North, Eh?, Job: Breaking and Entering. Sly 2: Band of Thieves.
  7. Episode: Anatomy for Disaster, Job: Blimp HQ Recon. Sly 2: Band of Thieves.
  8. Episode: The Black Chateau, Job: Theater Pickpocketing. Sly 2: Band of Thieves.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Episode: The Black Chateau, Job: Printing Press Duel. Sly 2: Band of Thieves.
  10. Episode: The Black Chateau, Cinematic: The Getaway. Sly 2: Band of Thieves.
  11. Cinematic: End credits. Sly 2: Band of Thieves.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Episode: An Opera of Fear, Job: Police HQ. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Episode: Flight of Fancy, Job: Hidden Flight Roster. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves.
  14. Episode: Flight of Fancy, Job: ACES Semifinals. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves.
  15. Episode: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Job: X Marks the Spot. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves.
  16. Episode: A Tangled Web, Job: Deep Sea Danger. Sly 2: Band of Thieves.
  17. Episode: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Cinematic: The Getaway. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves.
  18. Prologue: Beginning of the End, Job: The Cooper Vault. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Episode: Honor Among Thieves, Job: The Dark Current. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves.
  20. End credits. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves.
  21. Paris Prologue, Cinematic: Paris Escape. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.
  22. End credits. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.

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