My father fought to protect us, but the gang of villains known as the Fiendish Five overpowered him and ransacked our house until they found... the Thievius Raccoonus.
― Sly Cooper, from the opening cinematic[src]
The Fiendish Five was a group of criminals responsible for the murder of Sly Cooper's father and the theft of the Thievius Raccoonus. Ten years after the incident, Sly embarked on a mission to defeat them, avenge his father and reclaim the book.
The Fiendish Five was formed by Clockwerk for the sole purpose of wiping out the Cooper Clan, whom he had envied and hated for thousands of years. When Sly Cooper was eight years old, the Fiendish Five attacked the Cooper home, killing Conner Cooper and stealing the Thievius Raccoonus. They split the book into five pieces and left Sly orphaned. Clockwerk, although aware that Conner had a son, left Sly alive because he believed that he would not be a threat without the book.
After the attack on Sly's home, the Fiendish Five went their separate ways, each one with their own schemes in mind. Raleigh began the legend of the "Welsh Triangle" by creating a storm machine to sink ships around the Isle of Wrath. Muggshot took over Mesa City, slowly driving out the locals and turning the city into his own personal gambling empire. Mz. Ruby withdrew from civilization entirely, preparing an army of voodoo creatures to unleash terror on the world. The Panda King returned to China to take out his aggression on his oppressors with an avalanche-based extortion scheme. Clockwerk headed to the Krakarov Volcano in Russia to begin his own plans.
Ten years later, Sly Cooper, now partners with Bentley and Murray, began tracking down the Fiendish Five members one by one. In the process, he retrieved the stolen pages of the Thievius Raccoonus. After the rest of his cohorts had been defeated, Clockwerk himself was confronted by Sly. He made several failed attempts to kill the Cooper, but in the end, he was defeated as well. With Clockwerk dead and the rest of the members incarcerated, the Fiendish Five ceased to exist.
- Clockwerk (founder/leader; deceased)
- Muggshot (enforcer; incarcerated)
- Mz. Ruby (chief mystic; incarcerated)
- Panda King (demolitions expert; now a member of the Cooper Gang, currently retired in the mountains of China)
- Raleigh (chief machinist; incarcerated)
Each member of the Fiendish Five employed a number of guards to protect and patrol around their various facilities:
- Sir Raleigh
- Mz. Ruby
- Panda King
- While Clockwerk, Panda King and Muggshot all physically reappeared in later games at some point (Clockwerk was also in Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, and Panda King and Muggshot were in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves), Raleigh and Mz. Ruby have yet to reappear. Although, this could easily be explained by the fact that they simply never escaped jail.
- The Fiendish Five may be a play on the Fearsome Five, a DC Comics villain group and/or the villain group of the same name from the Darkwing Duck television series.
- Portraits of the Panda King, Muggshot, Mz. Ruby and Raleigh are all seen in the Cairo museum in Sly 2.
- In the credits for Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, Mz. Ruby is the only member of the Fiendish Five to be credited in the "Voice Actors" section.
- Unlike the Klaww Gang and Le Paradox's gang, the Fiendish Five had no unified master plan. Each member was only out for their own gain.
- Each member, except Clockwerk, uses the intercom twice in their respective episodes, usually to speak to their guards. Clockwerk does this once, but does not speak to his guards.
- Panda King is the only member that speaks to his guards with respect at all times.
- Muggshot, Mz. Ruby and Clockwerk use the intercom to speak directly to Sly once.
- The Fiendish Five is the only villainous organization that does not appear to have a personal insignia.
- Of the members of the Fiendish Five, the Panda King is the only one currently living free.
- Muggshot is the only member of the Fiendish Five that was incarcerated multiple times, specifically three times. In all three cases, he was arrested by Carmelita Fox.
- The Fiendish Five is one of two organizations led by a bird. The other organization is the Klaww Gang, led by Arpeggio.
- However, unlike the Fiendish Five, the Klaww Gang's leader did not serve as the actual main villain of the game they appeared in.