"Fear the Murray!"
Murray, as he appears during Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Murray is the tertiary protagonist of the Sly Cooper series. He is "the Brawn" of the Cooper Gang. He is an anthropomorphic hippopotamus.
Murray is a strong, muscular but slightly round hippopotamus who serves as the getaway driver and later team tough guy and fighter for the game's title character. He met both Sly and Bentley when the three of them were growing up in the Happy Camper Orphanage. Murray's driving skill came from his job as a pizza delivery boy, during which he hot-wired cars and was eventually fired for dropping (and, possibly eating) too many pizzas.
Murray is quite large and has an enormous appetite. He is depicted as a weakling in the first game, and unbelievably strong in every game after. Murray is by far the strongest of the Cooper trio, and arguably is also the most battle ready of the three. Murray is also known for saying some of the series' most hilarious lines (i.e. "Another barrier stands before you. Fear not, I shall bend it like the truth!") and having a peculiarly strong love of his van, the team's getaway vehicle (he cried after it floated away in Sly 2 and was unstoppable in his quest to bring it back in Sly 3), having worked on it, throughout his life. Murray throughout the games wears a blue t-shirt that looks a bit too small for him, and a light blue scarf to go with his driver motif and no pants. In the second game and on Murray dons a maroon mask over his head and matching fighting gloves over his hands when donning his "The Murray" persona in battle. Murray also appears to wear thick rim glasses... although they could also be goggles or perhaps a strange hybrid of the two. Goggles would certainly go with his driver motif and he shows in Sly 3 that he doesn't really need glasses like Bentley does.
Murray seemed more chubby and laid back in Sly 1 and although still rotund by the second game and on, looked considerably tougher and a bit more muscular. Murray is officially listed as being 20 years old during the first game, and since the second takes place two years after Murray would be 22 by the time of Sly 2 and 23 by the time of the third game.
Although he is generally a very nice guy, Murray has shown that he has quite a bit of repressed anger. Whether this is due to his experiences in the orphanage or something else is never explored in any of the games. This is highlighted during Episode 4 of Sly 2, where the Contessa points this out. This is also evident by his violent outbursts when any of his friends are harmed, and could also be a reason for his decision to leave the team due to feeling responsible for Bentley's injury at the end of Sly 2. Although this is quelled seemingly by Sly 3 due to his time with the aboriginal Guru, Murray still seems quite comfortable with his hot-blooded inner rage when he needs it.
Cookie Stealing Caper
"Scary John??? Oh no!! I'll save you, Sly! Just leave it to me!"
Murray was raised at the Happy Camper Orphanage where he met his lifelong friends, Sly and Bentley. During their stay, the orphanage's Dictator, Ms. Puffin would take and keep the kids holiday cookie's for herself. Murray couldn't sleep at night because he would dream about the cookies. So, Bentley came up with a plan to steal the cookie jar in Ms. Puffin's office and thus became the Cooper's gang. Sly hid in Ms. Puffin's trash can until she left for the night. According to Bentley, they only had 3 minutes and 42 seconds until Scary-John-the-Janitor came to clean the office, time was of the essence. Communicating with Bentley through his new invention, the Cupinator (two paper cups tied together by string), Sly was told to get into position two. Murray waited out side the office's window on a tricycle with Bentley. Time had passed, Sly told Bentley that he had just moved the furniture in the office in place. Noticing that time had run out, Bentley told Sly to abort the heist and get out of there. Sly quickly made his way to the jar on top of the bookshelf, then he heard Scary john try the door. Hearing Sly saying Scary John's name, Murray vowed to save Sly by pedaling the tricycle at break neck speed, while Sly held on to the Cupinator, pulling him out the window before he could grab the jar. Trying to stop the trike, Murray asked Bentley how to slow it down. Unfortunately Bentley hadn't added brakes yet so they crashed. Murray apologized for crashing and asked the gang if they were okay. Sly stated that they were lucky, not knowing what he meant, Bentley asked Sly how they could be lucky as they had failed their mission. The raccoon then took his cap off, revealing that he taken all the cookie's before Murray saved him. The three then began eating the cookie's together (however, it was stated in Sly Cooper Thieves In Time that Murray ate them all), and that night the world's greatest gang of thieves were born.
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
Murray first meets Sly and Bentley in the local orphanage, seemingly having known Bentley prior to Sly's arrival after his parents' tragic murder. How Murray ended up at the Orphanage is never explained. From here, the three formed an inseparable bond. In Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, Murray is portrayed as a reckless, somewhat jumpy race-car driver. While Sly still does most of the work, Murray still does some field work to aid Sly when needed. Murray drives his beloved van in order to win Sly certain keys needed to progress in the game. At times, Murray also makes a daring run for a key where Sly is charged with his safety, sniping enemies who threaten him at a distance. Murray cowers if he comes across these enemies, so it comes to a rather great surprise that in Sly 2: Band of Thieves, he transforms into a fearless, masked professional wrestler like fighter who calls himself "The Murray". Still daring, Murray no longer cowers at the sight of an enemy but rather makes them cower in his wake (this is even a trademark move of his, Guttural Roar). Sly states at the end of the Thievius Raccoonus, that it took some real bravery for Murray to step out on the field, and that he has more heart than he'll ever know.
Stealing The Venus de Whalo
"Sly: My dad was right, you don't have a plan if you don't have a plan B.
After restoring the Thievius Raccoonus to its former glory, Sly and the gang planned to steal The Venus de Whalo from Dimitri Lousteau and his then fiancé Beverley D'Oinkeau at a party held at the former's mansion in Monaco. Sly entered the mansion via rooftop and sneaked into the attic, finding Dimitri's men forging pieces of artwork. After getting into a fight with the forgers, Sly knocked them out and was then ambushed by a member of security. Three guards reported that Sly had been apprehended in the attic to D'Oinkeau. Hearing this Inspector Carmelita Fox, who was invited to protect The Venus de Whalo, rushed to the attic to finally arrest her rival. Dimitri, knowing that his forger's would be found, tried to stop her but to no avail. He then made his escape. With Carmelita distracted, the three guards, who were in fact Murray, Sly and Bentley in disguise, stole the statue and brought it too the Cooper van outside. While Murray stored the Veus de Whalo into the van, Bentley told the gang that they had missed the boat out of Monaco by 12 minutes and 37 seconds and that the next boat wouldn't come for another 45 minutes. Worried, Murray was sure that Inspector Fox would arrest them. Sly told them not to worry as he ran off to distract her. 45 minutes had passed and Murray and Bentley boarded the boat. While it was going under a bridge, Sly jumped onto it. Distracting Carmelita on the bridge, Sly waited until the boat had passed to make his escape. Carmelita shouted at the gang, vowing to arrest them all while the three of the escaped with The Venus de Marco in tow.
Sly 2: Band of Thieves
Unlike Bentley's gradual change in Sly 2, this change in Murray comes out of nowhere and has seemingly been around for a while prior to the game. It's usually assumed that the two years between the first and second game simply changed Murray and has grown as a character. However, some sources say that Murray's transformation has been caused by hours of watching masked wrestling on TV. Having already done some field work, its not hard to imagine that Murray had eventually discovered that he's got quite a bit of potential in a fight, as his features would possibly allow him to be much of a threat. He has also taken on the habit of referring to himself in the third person. Even with his new-found combat prowess however, he still has a passion for driving. He helps the team greatly with the many uses of his great strength, his driving skill, and his excellent ability in battle. Murray's sheer power saves the team on multiple occasions. Murray takes quite a few psychological blows during the course of the game however. First heavily insulted by Rajan, whom refers to him as a "Fat, Pathetic Weakling". His inner rage is also shown by his love of smashing stuff.
Although this doesn't faze Murray much, The Contessa profiles a captured Murray and attempts to culture him as a form of brain washing. Although Murray fights this off eventually and turns the tables, Murray's inner anger is brought to spotlight. The greatest blows to Murray come in the last leg of the game, when Murray's beloved van must be sacrificed in order to get the team onto Arpeggio's airship, although he quickly overcomes his loss and works his best to defeat Clock-la while in sync with Sly and Bentley. His loss of the van pales in comparison however to what happens next. At the climax of the game Murray must hold open Clock-la's mouth to allow Bentley to perform an important task. Unfortunately, Murray let go of the mouth and, while not paying attention, it closes violently on Bentley and cripples him for life. Murray picks up Bentley from the beak as he can no longer walk and leaves Sly shocked as he walks away with Bentley in hands, leaving his gear behind. His wounds were deeper than it seemed, which later set his mood for the next game.
"We tried to console him, but going out on his own was something he needed to do. He said he wanted to find his spiritual center.
A simple character at first, Murray gets a bit of depth to his character after the events of the second game. Although the band of three is successful in their endeavor, Murray becomes increasingly timid of his own actions. As depicted in the one short DC comic that acts as a prologue to the third game, Murray begins to blame himself for almost everything that goes wrong and starts to show a lack of confidence in him that Sly had never seen before. After rescuing Bentley from the hospital he was confined in, Murray reveals to his friends that he feels that he's too much of a burden and danger to the team and leaves, much to their surprise. Although Sly and Bentley are heartbroken by this, Sly later reveals in the third game that he knew deep down that it was something Murray needed to do, presumably in order to get his thoughts straightened out after the heavy psychological blows of the Clockwerk exploits of the second game.
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
In Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, Murray has given up his violent ways and becomes a pacifist under the guidance of a mysterious indigenous Australian shaman known as the Guru, contending with himself over the guilt he feels for Bentley's paralysis as well as his own anger. Eventually finding peace in himself, Murray is told by the Guru to travel the world on a soul-cleansing journey. He eventually winds up in Venice, Italy where Sly and Bentley find him. Sly and Bentley not only need him back for their next big heist, but also because they miss him terribly. Murray is at first reluctant because he wants to continue his journey "until the black water runs clear". Sly and Bentley figure out that this is because the local crime boss, Octavio, has been polluting the waters of Venice for dastardly reasons. When Murray meets Bentley the reunion is rather dramatic as Bentley emotionally pleads to Murray that he doesn't blame him for what happened.Eventually the team confronts Octavio but he hurts Bentley in the process by knocking him off his wheelchair. In a rage, Murray casts aside his aboriginal ways to come to his friend's rescue, fists blazing. After defeating the opera mobster, "The Murray" returns for real. Tough as ever, his training under the Guru has also served to better focus him as well as give him a few impressive abilities he learned making him even more of a threat than before. Although despite all this, deep down he's still lovable silly old Murray. Murray even manages to salvage the van that he had thought he lost in Sly 2. When recovering his van under immense pressure and danger, his perseverance and dedication to his goal inspires the Panda King and becomes one of his deciding factors in finally joining the Cooper gang as a full-fledged member. Murray is often referred to as the team's "Heart", as he seems the most compassionate. At the end of Sly 3, this seems to be true. When Bentley begins to have doubts about Sly's true loyalty to his friends and the glue that holds the team together starts to fade a bit, it's Murray who quells all doubts reminding Bentley of their undying brotherhood bond. Dr. M, the third game's ultimate antagonist also reveals in the end that Murray is far stronger than the strongman predecessors of past Cooper Gangs.
"...recently he's been trying to break into the pro racing circuit. Things are looking good; he's got a unique talent of living through crashes others would of found fatal, just always bounces clear.
After the events of Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, Murray, Bentley and the rest of the Cooper Gang at first believe Sly has amnesia due to an injury sustained at the game's climax. Taken in by his arch-rival Carmelita Fox seemingly unknowingly, the group goes their separate ways. Murray, however, stays in close contact with Bentley and the two are still considered close friends. Murray completes his spiritual training with The Guru, and eventually gives into his racing passion and becomes a professional in the stock-van racing circuit, using the team van as his winning ticket. Bentley reports that things are looking very bright for Murray's racing career. It's assumed however, that if Sly were to ever come back and Murray was needed, that The Murray would be there in an instant to help out his best friend.
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Murray reprises his role as the Brawn of the Cooper Gang, as well as the driver of the Cooper Van in the upcoming game, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. The developers have said that he has matured since the last game,however,he still seems about the same as he was before.
After Sly 3, Murray entered the pro-racing circuit, stock-van class, but had to switch to demolition derby because no one would sponsor him, a result of his high insurance premiums. Bentley asks Murray if he would rejoin the gang, and he quickly agrees.
Murray has many of the same abilities, along with additional abilities, such as the Spin Attack, done by holding and then releasing .
In the third episode, Murray helps Caveman 'Bob' Cooper train and get back in shape. In one mission, he tries to climb the ice on the wall, but to no avail, Bentley says they don't have the time and calls 'Bob' to climb the wall, Murray lost confidence, to the point where he didn't feel hungry, until he fought and beat Grizz.
"What if he don't wanna come? I don't want to hurt him."
One of the few comic relief characters in the game, Murray started off as a coward in Sly 1. In between Sly 1 and Sly 2, his love for masked wrestling, and learning that he can put up a fight in the field, made him discover his strength. He is much more bolder in Sly 2, but witnessing Bentley get crippled and his eventual Soul Search gives him compassion and represses his rage to a point where he can call upon it when need be. It is implied by several cut-scenes that Murray is still a child deep down inside mainly due to his unstable behavior, and despite his incredible strength and his bold personality in both Sly 2 and 3, he is shown often as the first person to cry in any situation. Murray is also extremely determined and loyal, as he helps mend Bentley's fear of Sly not being his friend, and refuses to give up on his associates at any cost. During the rescue of his van, he is told multiple times that it is far too dangerous, but refuses, as the memories of his time with the gang in there is far too precious to him. His determination is so strong, he even moves the Panda King, who notes that Murray shows extreme compassion and heart.
Like Sly and Bentley, Murray possesses his own abilities. One of his abilities, probably the most important, is his incredible strength and power. And as shown in Sly 3, Murray has a 'ball form' that he learned from the Guru while in the Australian Outback. This allows him to curl up in a pink, glowing ball and roll around and bounce down with hard impact upon anything, including enemies. Another ability that he gained from his training with the Guru is a temporal lock that freezes everything in place for a short amount of time. His most famous ability was revealed in Sly 2, called the Thunder Flop, a massive belly flop that sends out a shock wave destroying anything around Murray. He admits the Thunder Flop is dangerous when he says,"the Thunder Flop knows neither friend nor foe, only destruction".
Most of Murray's abilities center on his strength, brute force, etc., but other involve fire such as his Fists of Flame, where he claps his hands together, causing them to ignite with fire to add a burning effect to his punches.
Otherwise, Murray serves as the Team Getaway-Driver, Strong-Man, Back-Up, as well as a Thug/Enforcer. He's also a Mechanic, given the time and effort he puts into the care of the Team Van, and given his taste for destruction and tendency to "break stuff", he can be considered a sabotage expert or arsonist.
Unlike his pals, Sly and Bentley, Murray doesn't have the "finesse" or "precision" to pickpocket guards without them noticing, so he resorts to mugging: punching them, picking them up, and shaking them to loosen any coins or valuables they hold in their pockets.
Despite his large appearance, he is also proficient in some artistics, like coloring, drawing and creative dancing.
- Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
- The Adventures of Sly Cooper
- Sly 2: Band of Thieves
- The Adventures of Sly Cooper Issue 2
- Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
- Timing is Everything
- Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
- Bentley's Hackpack
- Playstation Move Heroes
- PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
- Murray's signature color is magenta, often mistaken for pink.
- Murray was the only member of the original Cooper Gang (Not counting the newly recruited members) who didn't get to go into the Cooper Vault.
- After defeating Muggshot in Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, during the video sequence looked closely, he is wearing a hat with WW on it. This is a reference to Whoopie World from Rocket: Robot on Wheels, Sucker Punch's first game.
- Despite being a hippo, Murray, like Sly and Bentley, can't swim, as it is stated in the Sly 2 instruction guide, it's because they didn't take swimming lessons at the orphanage. Unlike Sly and Bently, he appears to have overcome this weakness as he is briefly seen swimming in Thieves in Time with the aid of scuba gear. This does not carry over into gameplay, however.
- The headband Murray wore whilst being a child is actually Japanese, as can be seen by looking at the red design on it that resembles the Sun.
- His appearance in the ending of Sly 3 was a resemblance to Speed Racer.
- In the Cooper Vault Job he worked "Recovery Team".
- Dr.M says that Murray is far more powerful than McSweeny ever was. However Murray cannot defeat Muggshot and if Sly's Father is able to then that must mean McSweeny can. However, given Dr. M is able to gene-splice and create mutant henchmen, it's possible he performed some gene-splicing on himself to increase his physical strength and stamina.
- It is also possible that Connor Cooper was a more skilled fighter and was able to use skill rather than strength against Muggshot.
- Murray's voice was different as shown in the E3 demo disk. He shown to have had a crackly voice that didn't really seem to suit him.
- The trailer "Murray's Mailbag" reveals that the reason Murray doesn't wear pants is because he can't find any in his size, a fact that embarrasses and frustrates him, seen here: http://www.gametrailers.com/videos/ugcf0j/sly-cooper--thieves-in-time-murray-s-mailbag
- Which is ironic, because in the Sly 2 behind the scenes video, the developer stated that they don't wear pants.
- Murray is voiced in Japanese by Takashi Nagasako in Sly 1 and 2, and sometimes by Hajime Iijama (whole series; Iijama takes over fully from Sly 3 onwards).
- Coincidentally, pertaining to Sly's appearance in Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, Nagasako voiced Donkey Kong in the Super Smash Bros. series (Ganondorft only in Melee), the series that codified PASBR's gameplay as a "Mascot Fighter/free-floor fighter".
- Murray is the only member in the Cooper Gang to cross-dress, and has done so at least 3 times, once in the short "Goodbye My Sweet" another time in The 2nd Sly Comic, and once in "Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time". Penelope doesn't count, as she wasn't a member of the Cooper Gang whenever she cross-dressed.
- Murray eats a variety of foods while standing idle in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. If he gets a piece of broccoli however, he holds back his barf, and discards the food.
- In Thieves in Time, Murray has a minature figurine of The Guru hanging from his Binocucom.