After some detective work, Bentley had even worse news: no one had seen Salim al-Kupar for some time. He had been working with a few of the remaining [Forty] Thieves but had simply vanished. So where was he? That was the first thing we needed to figure out.
― Sly Cooper, from the episode's introduction[src]

"40 Thieves"[note 1] is the fifth episode of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. It is set in Ancient Arabia during 1001 AD, and the main antagonist is Miss Decibel.

Story[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Sly searching for Salim's whereabouts

The gang arrived in an Arabian city to find Salim al-Kupar, Sly's ancestor who was said to possess the stealth of forty thieves. Bentley's research then revealed that Salim was a charter member of the infamous Forty Thieves. It appeared then that they had enough backup to help out with this job. However, when the gang arrived, they were shocked to find out that most of the thieves had already retired, having made their fortunes and gotten older, and enjoyed their golden years in peace.

Bentley holding one of Le Paradox's gas grenades

What was not surprising was the unmistakable presence of Cyrille Le Paradox. Nasty-looking guards patrolled everywhere, and it was clear that something sinister was going on. Bentley's detective work uncovered even worse news — no one had seen Salim for some time. He had simply vanished when he was working with a few of the remaining thieves. Figuring out his whereabouts was the first thing the gang needed to do.

Jobs[edit | edit source]

Job name Completed by
"Lost and Found" Sly
Using new technology Bentley made for Sly's binocucom camera, Sly was able to find anything that Salim al-Kupar may have come into contact with and therefore trace his exact location.
"Open Sesame" Sly
Sly needed to find gems to trade in for Salim's Thief Costume, as it would help to locate the imprisoned members of the Forty Thieves.
"Rug Rats" Salim, Bentley
Salim had to use his Climbing Cobra technique to make his way through the rug shop, past the underground tunnels and climb his way up the tower to reach the Panther.
"Copy Cats" Sly, Murray
Sly, with help from Murray, was to make his way through the Smuggler's Cove and back up to the taxi shop to reach the Tiger.
"Up in Smoke" Bentley
Bentley had to use his RC chopper to drop smoke bombs at strategic points to help Sly and Salim make it to the Lion's location without being detected. Once accomplished, Bentley had to pull off some hacking to free the captured thief.
"Heavy Metal Meltdown" Bentley, Salim
Salim had to break into the library to let in Bentley, plant devices around strategic points and once activated, Salim had to make his way to Miss Decibel's office to plant a bug.
"All Rolled Up!" Sly, Bentley, Murray, Carmelita
After getting past the big door in the lamp shop, the gang needed to take down Miss Decibel and stop Le Paradox from returning to Paris in the present day.

Ending[edit | edit source]

The gang may have stopped Miss Decibel, but it meant absolutely nothing, as they were on the ropes. Le Paradox has beaten the gang every step of the way, and he held all the cards: Carmelita, the Cooper ancestors' canes and now his fake pedigree. Sly could not remember a time when the gang teamed up that they felt so defeated.

The gang putting their hands together, determined to stop Le Paradox

Talking to Dimitri was no help, as he was freaking out about how he had to "boogie down in skunk town," and as usual, his words made no sense. However, it was clear that they needed to get back home to Paris fast. The gang may have been down, but they were definitely not out. There was too much at stake, the lives of everyone they care about, not to mention their very existence. No matter what, they would make things right. As they raced back to Paris, they knew that they were in for the fight of their lives.

Cinematics[edit | edit source]

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Sly 4 Cinematic - Episode 5 - Forty Thieves

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Sly 4 Cinematic - Episode 5 - Hold That Blimp!

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The title references the forty thieves from the story of One Thousand and One Nights. The time period is also named after the title of said story.
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