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A magnificent likeness isn't it, Cooper? Almost as handsome as the real thing!
— El Jefe boasting to Sly about his gigantic statue[src]

El Jefe
El Jefe no background
El Jefe, as he appears during Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
In Game Information
SpeciesSiberian Tiger
AffiliationsCyrille Le Paradox
WeaponsFire and Lightning Katanas
Current StatusAlive (Incarcerated)
Real World Information
AppearancesSly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Bentley's Hackpack
Voice ActorNolan North

El Jefe was the first boss in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. He was one of Cyrille Le Paradox's lieutenants and was situated in Feudal Japan, the location for Episode 1: Turning Japanese.

He is voiced by Nolan North.


Sly: El Jefe... Isn't that Spanish for big baby?"
El Jefe: "Bah, enough of these stupid games!

— Altitude Sickness

El Jefe was a high-ranking mercenary commander who had managed to conquer many countries across the entire world, selling them to the highest bidder. Being a military strategist of the highest rank, he once boasted that he was capable of conquering a country using only three blind mice armed with nothing more than plastic spoons. El Jefe vanished into obscurity sometime after Interpol forces were closing in on his operation.

After doing so he was more than likely contacted and hired by Cyrille Le Paradox to take on the task of erasing Rioichi Cooper from history. El Jefe is more than likely the fiend who poisoned the feudal era's shogun's sushi in order to frame Rioichi and have him thrown in jail. Then at some point, El Jefe constructed a 1,000 ft statue of himself, showing he thinks highly of himself, and also stole Rioichi's cane, most likely using a time machine to travel back in time. He imprisons Rioichi, who is then freed and helps the Cooper Gang overthrow El Jefe. Before being defeated and taken to jail, El Jefe gives one of Rioichi's canes to Le Paradox, who escapes with his blimp. At the end of the game, it is revealed that he was transferred to a South American prison, given a job rolling cigars, but forbidden to smoke them, much to his annoyance.


— El Jefe to Sly[src]


El Jefe taunting Sly.

El Jefe has a very self-committed attitude and also thinks quite highly of himself, evident in his claims of being able to conquer an entire country with nothing more than three blind mice armed with mere plastic spoons. He also appears to be somewhat of a narcissist, constructing a colossal statue of himself and comparing its handsome appearance with his own. In the set up/introduction, Sly describes El Jefe as a ruthless and cunning military commander. He also notes that his glory has caused El Jefe to develop a level of arrogance and cowardice when faced with an even battle. This is evident during his battle with Sly, as despite boasts of his superiority over Sly, his constant retreats during the battle say otherwise.

Powers and Abilities

El Jefe is a formidable enemy, arguably as agile as Sly himself. El Jefe is also physically strong enough to lift Sly in the air with one hand and punch him some distance away (that is if Sly comes too close to El Jefe during the boss fight). However, he comes with some very unique powers, such as manipulating lightning through his katanas during the storm in his boss fight. His other attacks include using fire in the forms of waves and projectiles. In fact, a fireproof Samurai Costume, which is visible near Rioichi Cooper's section of the Cooper Vault, is required in order to defeat him.


Animal Type of Guard Weapon Description
Japanese Wild Boar Flashlight Guards Crossbow Armed with a crossbow for shooting, these guards carry a Japanese lantern to see.
Japanese Macaque Rooftop Guards Bazooka They're armed with a bazooka that can shoot rockets at distances and also use close combat moves if necessary.
Red-Crowned Crane Rooftop Guards Bow & Arrows Armed with a bow & arrows, they can shoot at a distance or perform close combat moves.




  • "El Jefe" is Spanish for "The Boss" or "The Head."
    • Sly in the first part of the fight insults El Jefe for his name meaning "big baby" to annoy him.
  • It is interesting that, a tiger would have a Hispanic name, despite them being normally associated with China, Russia, and India.
  • El Jefe has many similarities to the real life former Cuban president, Fidel Castro:
    • Both are/were military commanders and dictators.
    • Both are often seen smoking Cuban cigars.
    • In the cutscene, El Jefe wears a similar green military uniform to Castro.
    • They speak with Latin American/Spanish accents.
    • The greatest similarity is that his name, El Jefe, was one of Castro's nicknames.
  • El Jefe could also be a counterpart to Rafael Trujillo (True-hee-yo) a military dictator with a nickname of "El Jefe" as well as Fidel Castro.
  • "El Jefe" is also the name of a cigar company.
  • In the game preview, El Jefe can be seen using lightning from a storm to extend his sword reach, similar to Rajan and his staff. Although where he gains the command of fire is unknown.
  • El Jefe's voice actor, Nolan North, has voiced many video game characters such as Nathan Drake in Naughty Dog's Uncharted series, Sigmund (Sigma 0426A) in Insomniac's Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time and the Prince in Prince of Persia.
    • During IGN Live's gameplay of Thieves in Time, the developers revealed that in real life, Nolan North has a son named Cooper.
    • Nolan North also voices Thieves in Time's main villain, Cyrille Le Paradox.
    • Ironically, in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale, Nathan Drake is Sly's rival.
  • El Jefe can be seen holding Rioichi Cooper's wooden cane in the pure gameplay video of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.
  • El Jefe is the third tiger boss in the Sly Cooper series. The first two were Rajan and Neyla (also Clock-La) in Sly 2: Band of Thieves.
  • El Jefe might also be a pervert. During a cutscene where Murray is disguised as a geisha to sneak into a location, he slaps his butt, mistakenly believing him to be an actual female geisha.
  • As mentioned by Sly during the fight against El Jefe, El Jefe is Rajan's cousin (Although, given their very diffrent nationalities; Hispanic/Indian, this is unlikely, and Sly was most likely joking around).
  • Strangely, when Le Paradox was arrested, El Jefe was seen in his prison cell along with Ms. Decibel. How they got back to their own time was unknown. Although, it can be assumed and is highly probable that El Jefe went back to the present in the same way the ancestors did: the temporal abnormality correcting itself.
  • El Jefe is the only character to break the fourth wall when he's shushing at the player before sneaking on Rioichi Cooper.
  • El Jefe is one of three characters in the series to smoke. The others include Inspector Barkley and Dimitri, although Dimitri smokes a cigarette as opposed to the other two who smoke cigars.
  • El Jefe seems to be a homage of three different previous Sly villains: Panda King, Rajan, and General Tsao. Like Panda King, both have names associated with high social status, both use fire attacks, and both are fought close to a statue of themselves. Like Rajan, both attack the Cooper Gang with lightning attacks, both have impressive criminal records, and both are tigers, albeit different species of tigers. And like General Tsao, both are narcissists, both have taken over a part of an Asian country, and both are (or in El Jefe's case, implied) disrespectful toward women.

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