We already talked about Sly and his Cooper Gang so today we’re going to talk about the Cooper Clan.
The Cooper Clan is an infamous line of honorable master thieves. They’ve pulled numerous heists over the years by the different members and they’re known for having an honor code where they only steal from people that deserve it. They don’t steal from ordinary people. Each member is one of Sly’s ancestors.
Up first we have the very first Cooper, Bob Cooper. He lived in ancient times and stole eggs to provide food for his tribe which he was the leader of. Bob doesn’t have a section in the Thievious Racconus or in the family vault because he lived before these things existed. What’s important about him is that he created a tool to help him steal the eggs. It was a stick with a hook shaped bone on it and resembles the famous “hook cane” themed weapons of all the Cooper Clan members. He basically created the first Cooper Cane.
Being the first Cooper, his abilities are somewhat limited. He can’t use any of the modern master thief moves but he does have the ability to climb up icy surfaces.
Slytunkhamen Cooper I is Sly’s ancestor from ancient Egypt and is the creator of the Thievius Raccoonus. His section talked about his shadow power technique. It gave him the ability to turn invisible and proved to be quite useful when stealing from corrupt pharaohs and greedy noblemen. He wields two small canes, and was long considered to be one of the first Coopers before Thieves in Time came out. Mz. Ruby took his section of the Thievius Raccoonus in the first game.
Slytunkhamen Cooper II, Is known for creating the Cooper Vault on Kaine Island. He wields two small canes similar to his father’s and was skilled at creating the traps found in Egyptian tombs. Not much more is known about him other than he did have a son, Slytunkhamen Cooper III.
Salim al Kupar is Sly’s ancestor from Arabia and was a member of the Forty Thieves gang. He is a playable character in Thieves in Time and wields a cane that has sort of a scimitar look but it’s pretty close to Sly’s cane.
Salim’s section of the Thievius Raccoonus talks about his Climbing Cobra technique which allowed him to quickly climb ropes, chains or poles. He also has a flying magic carpet.
Sir Galleth Cooper is Sly’s ancestor from Medieval times. He was an honorable knight and a thief who had a cane that looked like a lance. Sir Galleth is known for perfecting the wall hook climbing technique and was able to smash through walls with his catapult crash ability. He is a playable character in Thieves in Time.
He formed the Knights of the Cooper Order which was a group that stole from corrupt nobility, Just like every cooper gang in history. For reasons unknown, he did not include his Catapult Crash move in the Thievius Raccoonus.
Slaigh MacCooper is Sly’s Ancestor from the Celtic Scotland era of the 15th century. He was said to be the strongest of the coopers and wielded a giant stone cane. Because of his big size he relied more on brute force to do his thieving but developed the Wall Edge sneak technique.
Rioichi Cooper is Sly’s ancestor from feudal japan and probably my favorite of Sly’s ancestors. He created the famous Ninja Spire jump and wields two small hooked blades that resemble sais. He also developed a technique that was not included in the Thievius Raccoonus called the Leaping Dragon technique. It allowed him to jump from one ninja spire point to another very quickly.
After years of training he mastered the art of Ninjutsu, the traditional technique of espionage which allowed him to sprint without alerting guards to his presence. Rioichi was also a master chef and owned his own sushi restaurant. Sir Raleigh the frog stole his section of the Thievius Raccoonus.
Henriette “One Eye” Cooper is Sly’s swash buckling Pirate ancestor who sailed the Caribbean seas. She stole from other pirates and had the ability to sniff out gold! (We all wish we could do that!) She wielded a small dagger with the Cooper hook for the handle but somehow lost a hand and replaced it with the Cooper hook. I couldn’t find anything about what, if at all, she contributed to the Thieveius Raccoonus.
Next we have Tennessee Kid Cooper, Sly’s gunslinging ancestor from the wild west. He packed a six shooter with the Cooper hook as the handle. He spent his life robbing trains and stealing from rich landowners by taking advantage of all the train tracks and using his famous rail walk and rail slide moves. Muggshot is the one who made off with his section of the Thievius Raccoonus. Tennessee is also a playable character in Thieves in Time.
Thaddeus Winslow Cooper III is Sly’s ancestor from Victorian England. He was considered to be the most “gentlemanly” and chivalrous thief in Cooper history. He had a cane similar to Sly’s but had a ruby on the end of it’s hook. Supposedly his section of the Thievius Raccoonus talked about using disguise, deception and charm to bypass security.
Otto Van Cooper was Sly’s genius mechanic and fighter pilot from Germany. He used many machines which he built to help him carry out heists due to his physical ineptitude. The Propeller blades on his biplane were shaped like the famous Cooper hook. In the first game his section of the Thievius Raccoonus was stolen by the Panda King.
Last but not least, we have Conner Cooper, Sly’s father. Before Sly was born he traveled the world performing heists with Jim McSweeney, a walrus who told Sly where to find the map to the Cooper Vault in Sly 3, and Dr. M, a traitor who wanted to steal the Cooper fortune from the Vault in Sly 3. Together they were known as the original Cooper Gang, resembling Sly’s gang with McSweeney’s role similar to Murray and Dr. M’s role similar to Bentley’s.
Connor is known for stealing the worlds largest diamond and his ability to rail slide across lasers which he never documented in the Thievius Raccoonus. He was killed when Sly was young trying to fight off the Fiendish Five as we all know in the first game. His cane was passed on to Sly and his physical appearance was very similar to Sly. He was also married but nothing has ever been revealed about Sly’s mother, other than she existed at some point and may still be alive. Maybe we’ll find out more in the future.
There are also some minor members that have been mentioned in the games but not much is known about them. Most of them just invented a move that sly learns when he unlocks a safe in the levels like Drake Cooper’s Knockout Dive, or Sally Cooper’s Roll technique. For the sake of completeness, I’ll mention them briefly.
Slytunkhamen Cooper III was shown in the opening cut-scene of the first game and is the son of Slytunkhamen Cooper II. He stole from corrupt Pharaohs just like his father and grandfather. Drake Cooper created the knockout dive which can be found in Sly 2 and 3. Sally Cooper created the roll move in Sly 1 and it was later upgraded by Kelle McCooper to include an electric field around sly while he was rolling. Dev Cooperinda created the Slow Motion technique while jumping in Sly 1. It was called Thief Reflexes in Sly 2 and Sly 3. Chris Cooper invented the coin collecting dive technique by modifying Drake Cooper’s Knockout Dive. Karin Coopergiwa created the Coin magnetism technique. Rob McCooper created the Mine technique in the first game which let Sly use his hat as an explosive mine. B.F. Cooper invented the fast time technique which allowed Sly to speed up time. Suzanne Cooper developed the water safety ability which kept Sly from drowning in water in the first game. Andrew Cooper created the decoy technique where Sly throws an obvious cardboard cutout of himself to distract guards. Bruce O’Coop was an expert hacker and was known as the smartest of all Coopers. Matthew de la Coopeur was known as the slowest cooper and created the slow motion technique. Huckleberry Cooper invented the ability to move while using Slytunkhamen Cooper I’s Shadow power. Reid Cooper, aka Colonel Reid Cooper created the time stop move which freezes all guards and bosses in the first game, and Augustine Cooper invented the ability to briefly defy gravity which kept Sly from falling into bottomless pits in the first game.
That’s a lot of Coopers. Sly really does come from a LONG line of infamous master thieves. Well, I hope you enjoyed this and maybe you learned some things you didn’t know.