This timeline covers the events that happen during the Sly Cooper series' Wiki-official canon.[note 1] Non-canon games and information will not be included.

Note that many of the dates are calculated based on the assumption that the first three games in the series take place in the years that they were released.[note 2] If two dates are referred to with a hyphen between them, it implies that the events took place within that range.

Event chronology

Events that occur due to timeline tampering will be underlined. Writing that has been struck through shows an event that was erased by tampering with the timeline. Where no special writing is used, it is assumed that the event happens in both timelines.

Before Christ (BC)


  • c. 10,050 - 10,020 BC
  • 10,000 BC[1]
    • Bob Cooper invents the cane and begins stealing pterodactyl eggs to feed his tribe.
    • Grizz arrives from the future and starts using pterodactyl eggs to create cave paintings that he will uncover in the future to become rich. This causes Bob Cooper to go into a depression and be captured by Grizz, who steals his cane.
    • Clan of the Cave Raccoon.
    • Bob keeps up with his training and regains his role as egg thief extraordinaire.
    • Bob pioneers the use of a cane in use of thievery.
    • Clockwerk is first sighted, already in his metal form (possible Easter egg).


Anno Domini (AD)



  • 1001[3]
    • Salim al-Kupar enjoys his retirement.
    • Miss Decibel arrives in Salim al-Kupar's home city from the future and begins forging royalty documents for her boss.
    • 40 Thieves.
    • Salim al-Kupar finally gets to retire properly, running a business where he sells snacks to hungry customers from a camel.



  • 1301[4]
    • The Black Knight arrives in Medieval England from the future and captures Sir Galleth, putting him in a circus in an attempt to steal his cane.
    • Of Mice and Mechs.
    • Sir Galleth resumes his adventures.
    • Sir Galleth starts his gang, the Knights of the Cooper Order, a group that stole from corrupt nobility.
    • Sir Galleth becomes a successful, yet overly dramatic, actor.



  • c. 1560 - 1570
    • Rioichi Cooper is born in Japan.
    • Rioichi perfects the Ninja Spire Jump.
    • Rioichi uses his abilities to break into thickly fortified castles in Japan.
  • c. 1580 - 1600
    • After training as ninjas together, Rioichi's shark friend sacrifices his life in order to allow Rioichi to invent sushi.
  • c. 1590


  • 1603[5]
    • El Jefe arrives in Rioichi Cooper's home village from the future and poisons a shogun, blaming the crime on Rioichi. This gets Rioichi placed in jail, where he is meant to be held while El Jefe steals his cane and gives it to his boss.
    • Turning Japanese.
  • 1616
    • Henriette steals Sinbad's goblet filled with coins from Arabia.[6]


  • c. 1800
  • c. 1820 - 1830
  • 1839
    • It is possible that this is when Thaddeus was at his most active.[note 3]
  • c. 1850
    • Thaddeus is possibly born in London around this time.[note 3]
  • c. 1850 - 1860
  • c. 1852
    • Jean Bison is frozen in an avalanche caused by an explosion during a gold rush in Canada.
  • 1884[7]
    • Tennessee pulls off his masterpiece bank robbery.
    • Toothpick arrives in Tennessee's home town and takes over as sheriff, taking gold and other treasures, including Tennessee's cane.He also prevents Tennessee from pulling off what should have been his masterpiece bank robbery.
    • Go West Young Raccoon.
    • Tennessee recovers his gold, regaining his reputation.
    • Tennessee begins stealing from crooked lawmen exclusively.
  • 1884 - c. 1900
    • Toothpick gets arrested, and begins working on the railroads as part of a chain gang, eventually becoming deaf. He is ran over by a train due to his deafness.
  • 1893
    • It is possible that this is when Thaddeus was at his most active.[note 3]


  • c. 1900 - 1910
  • c. 1930 - 1940
  • c. 1950 - 1960
  • c. 1960 - 1980
    • Conner starts a gang with Jim McSweeney and Dr. M.
  • c. 1970 - 1980
  • c. 1972
    • Jean Bison thaws out of his frozen state due to global warming.
  • c. 1981
  • c. 1984
  • c. 1986 - 1992
    • Dr. M betrays Conner Cooper and McSweeney, claiming that he and McSweeney are just sidekicks.
    • Conner steals a diamond and Cyrille Le Paradox's father, another thief, is jailed for the crime.
  • c. 1987
    • Conner and Sly meet McSweeney at a museum on the Ligurian coast of Italy, where Conner gives him the map to the Cooper Vault. McSweeney hides the map in the museum for safekeeping.
  • c. 1992
    • Conner Cooper and his wife are killed by the Fiendish Five. The gang steals the Thievius Raccoonus and tears it into five equal parts.
    • Sly is sent to the Happy Camper Orphanage.
  • c. 1992 - 1996
    • Sly Cooper, Bentley and Murray become friends and create the Cooper's 3. They steal Mrs. Puffin's cookies as their first heist.
  • c. 1992 - 2002


  • b. 2002
    • Sly Cooper meets and (unknowingly to her) helps Carmelita catch the criminal stage manager Pierre, preventing him from stealing the Diva Diamond.
    • Sly Cooper steals the Fire Stone of India.
  • c. 2002
    • Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
      • Police Headquarters - Sly Cooper steals a file from Inspector Carmelita Fox's office that cases himself as well as the gang that killed his parents.
      • Tide of Terror - The Cooper Gang heads to the Welsh Triangle and successfully steal back Raleigh's section of the Thievius Raccoonus.
      • Inspector Fox arrives, failing to find Sly, busts Raleigh and his crew.
      • Sly and the Gang spend a while in England, they visit London, Sly is seen stealing the crown jewels.
      • Sunset Snake Eyes - Sly and the gang head to Mesa City in Utah and successfully steal back Muggshot's section of the Thievius Raccoonus.
      • Inspector Fox arrives, once again failing to find Sly, busts Muggshot and sends him off to jail.
      • Sly and the Gang enjoy the rest of their stay in America before heading back to Paris.
      • Vicious Voodoo - The Cooper Gang heads to the jungles of Haiti to find Mz. Ruby and retrieve her section of the Thievius Raccoonus.
      • Inspector Fox arrives and arrests Mz Ruby, who gets a life sentence due to the production of zombies, an act made illegal in the World Peace Accord (1971).
      • Cooper Gang spends a few weeks in the tropical sunshine near a theme park somewhere in the Caribbean, working on their tans.
      • Fire in the Sky - Sly and the Gang head to the Kunlun Mountains in China, and steal back the Panda King's section of the Thievius Raccoonus.
      • Carmelita arrives, once again missing Sly; she puts the Panda King in prison.
      • Sly and the Gang take some time off shopping in Hong Kong before heading back to Paris.
      • The Cold Heart of Hate - Sly and the Gang head to the Krakarov Volcano in Russia to retrieve the final piece of the Thievius Raccoonus.
      • Clockwerk is taken down after thousands of years of terrorizing the Cooper Clan. Sly finally reassembles the Thievius Raccoonus.
      • Sly leaves Carmelita stranded in the volcano.
      • Sly begins chronicling his own adventures in the Thievius Raccoonus.
  • c. 2003
  • c. 2004
    • Sly 2: Band of Thieves
    • Carmelita destroys the Hate Chip, which causes the seemingly invincible Clockwerk Parts to disintegrate. However, Bentley was crushed by the dead frame, which paralyzes him from the waist down.
  • c. 2004 - 2005
    • The Adventures of Sly Cooper, issue 2
    • Murray, feeling that Bentley's condition is his fault, leaves the gang.
  • c. 2005

Unknown dates

There are several dates that are not assigned or can't be assumed within a reasonable time frame.

Media chronology

All of the following is from the conscious timeline of Sly Cooper.

Notes and references


  1. Neither the creators (Sucker Punch Productions and Sanzaru Games) nor the publisher have made any statements regarding the canonicity of any specific entry in the series. Read canon for more information on how the canon is used on the Wiki.
  2. In the Getaway cutscene for Dead Men Tell No Tales of Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, a postcard is shown with the date "Aug 25 05," less than one month before the game was released. The in-game time between the first three games is the same as the real-world time between releases, putting Sly 2: Band of Thieves in 2004 and Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus in 2002.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 In the animated short "Goodbye My Sweet," two dates are given for Thaddeus; 1839 and 1893. Which one of these is correct is unknown.
  4. Sly Cooper: To Catch a Thief is a novel that expands upon the story told in The Adventures of Sly Cooper, issue 1.
  5. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time has not been officially dated. It is only know that it takes place some time after Sly 3.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Like previously stated, many of the shorts take place at an unknown time, so this placement is an educated guess.