"The Thievius Raccoonus. Anyone who read it learned to be especially sneaky. That's why we specialize in stealing from criminals. After all, there's no honor, no challenge, no fun in stealing from ordinary people. You rip off a master criminal, and you know you're a master thief."
The Thievius Raccoonus, is a combination of diary and handbook. It is the ancestral heirloom of the Cooper family. It has existed since the days of Ancient Egypt, and is the key to many of the adventures of the Cooper Clan and its various gangs.
The Thievius Raccoonus is an ancient book in which since the time it was first written, every Cooper Clan member over the centuries has recorded their thieving escapades, in addition to instructions on their various techniques, and the devices they used to achieve them. It was passed down through the family for generations.
Theft and Reclamation
The night Sly Cooper was meant to inherit the book from his father, five strangers came to their home, killed Sly's family, and stole the book, dividing it among themselves. The mastermind of the theft, Clockwerk, allowed Sly to live to prove to the world that without the book, the Coopers were nothing. After 10 years, Sly Cooper tracked down the criminals and recovered the Thievius Raccoonus, defeating Clockwerk and freeing his family of a menace that was as old as the Coopers themselves. Afterwards, Sly began recording his own adventures in the great book.
After Sly left the life of a thief behind to strike up a relationship with Carmelita, the book was given into the care of Bentley, who became the first non-Cooper in history to write in the Thievius Raccoonus. While Bentley was creating a time machine with Penelope, all the pages of the Thievius Raccoonus began to disappear, which began the events of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time forcing Sly to visit his ancestors to restore the pages and save his legacy. The book wasn't taken to the past as Bentley gave it to Dimitri to guard. At the end, all of the pages were restored.
List of techniques in the Thievius Raccoonus
- Water Safety: As long as Sly has a Lucky Charm, he will bounce back from the water without wasting it.
- Rail Walk
- Rail Slide
- Computer Hacking
- Defy Gravity
- Disguises, Deception, and Charm
- Wall Sneak
- Pole, Ladder and Rope Climb
- Hook Climb
As mentioned, the Thievius Raccoonus contains details on almost everything made or used by the Cooper Clan.
- A blue ribbon bookmark
- Vehicle Enhancements by Otto van Cooper
- Diagrams of what appear to be measurements for Sly's cane
- An image of a Cooper bringing a cane down to strike
- The proper arc for attacking with a cane
- A picture of a lock, possibly a diagram on how to pick them
- Several pictures of thief masks
- The icons for Sly, Bentley and Murray
- The original logo for Sucker Punch, only seen in Sly 3
- Pictures of Sly's most distinguished ancestors
- Check-marks for mission objectives, only seen in Sly 2
List of techniques not in the Thievius Raccoonus
Judging from Thieves in Time, several ancestors developed techniques that were either not included in the book, or Sly simply never learned them. In addition, the adventures of Coopers before Slytunkhamen Cooper II were not recorded in in the Thievius Raccoonus at all, as in the case of Bob Cooper.
A partial list of other techniques is a s follows:
- Rioichi Cooper
- Leaping Dragon: also called Flying Dragon. While the Ninja Spire Jump is Rioichi's original move; there is an expanded version he never recorded in the Thievius Raccoonus. By channeling his focus during a Ninja Spire Jump, Rioichi can span great distances as well as turn invisible while in the air.
- Double Cane Fire: This ability consists of Rioichi using his two canes and then shooting a barrage of blue shuriken in front of him.
- Double Cane Slam: This charge attack consists of Rioichi charging his 2 canes and then slam them down to release a ton of shurikens.
- Mastery of Ninjitsu (Stealth): After many years of training, Rioichi has gained an unrivaled knowledge and mastery of Ninjitsu; the traditional Japanese technique of espionage, characterized by stealthy movement and camouflage. This allows him to sprint without alerting guards.
- Sir Galleth Cooper
- Catapult Crash: It is a variation and enhancement of the hook spring move that allows Galleth to smash through vertical barriers.
- Shield Dash: Double tap and hold the R1 button to produce a shield that can be used to ram into enemies, causing heavy damage.
- Cane Combo: Press square and then triangle to activate a powerful combo move. Apparently more powerful than the standard combo.
- Salim Al-Kupar
- Cobra Climb: This move allows Salim to rapidly climb ropes and poles to quickly evade an attack.
- Whirlwind Attack: Salim can unleash a whirlwind attack that can knock down foes.
- "Tennessee Kid" Cooper
- Crackshot Technique: This is Tennessee's special trademark move. With his revolver, Tennessee can target multiple objects or enemies and fire at them all with pinpoint accuracy.
- Sly's Father
- "Laser Slide": This technique is actually unnamed, but it permits Sly to jump onto and slide along certain lasers. It was never recorded in the Thievius Raccoonus, but Sly was able to figure it out while exploring his father's section of the Cooper Vault.
- The manuals included with the original PlayStation 2 trilogy look like the "Thievius Raccoonus". In the game, it taught Sly Cooper his thief moves, while in real life, it teaches the player about the game.
- Also, with each game, the manual design appears to get more and more worn out.
- Even though in Sly 2 and 3 the Thievius Raccoonus is already complete, Sly often has to purchase items and techniques from Thiefnet rather than rely on the book. Case in point, he buys a power-up that allows him to run past guards without alerting them, even though he has already met Rioichi, who could have simply taught him. An in-game explanation for this has not been given.
- In an interview with IGN Sanzaru admitted to giving the ancestors special abilities to give the player a reason to play as them.
- In The Thievius Raccoonus, little mention is made of Clockwerk even though he is visible in every picture of Sly's ancestors. Sly 2 contains more details on Clockwerk, including the hypnotizing power of his eyes, which were obviously not mentioned before. While this could be seen as an oversight, it should be remembered that Clockwerk had several pages of the book himself, and his information may have been contained in them.
- In Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, if a character other than Sly is hovered over in the Safe House, Sly may pull out the Thievius Raccoonus and start to read it.
- In the mission 'Torn' in inFAMOUS 2, Zeke Dunbar, Cole's (the protagonist) sidekick can be seen reading the Thievius Raccoonus in a cutscene. See Gallery below.
- When the Fiendish Five tore up the Thievius Raccoonus, Clockwerk got entries from Coopers such as Salim Al-Kupar, Sir Galleth Cooper, and Henriette "One Eye" Cooper, to name a few.
- Even though the art and renders of Sucker Punch for the Thievius Raccoonus show it having a blue bookmark, art released by Sanzaru shows it with a red one.
- In addition to this, the text on the cover has changed several times in the series' history. See Gallery below.
- Clockwerk can be seen in Sly's ancestors pictures.