A cane owned by Sly Cooper after it was passed down to him by his father, Conner Cooper, following his death; it is his signature weapon from the Sly Cooper series. It consists of a yellow hook in the shape of a "C" or a "?" on top of a brown staff.[note 1]
The famous C-shaped hook has been part of many weapons from the Cooper family line. Sly's cane and other Cooper canes have the ability to open the Cooper Vault. This cane had originally belonged to his father, before the latter was murdered by the Fiendish Five. Sly has had it in his possession ever since.
Towards the end of Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, a robo-falcon stole the cane from Sly, who later retrieved it with help from Carmelita, who had just formed a temporary truce with Sly in order to defeat Clockwerk.
In Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, the cane was thrown across Kaine Island during a fight with one of Dr. M's mutated monsters. The gang did numerous jobs to get it back to Sly so he could open the vault. Afterward, Sly faked amnesia so that he could start a relationship with Carmelita, then left the cane behind along with a calling card for the rest of the gang to find.
The cane serves as multipurpose tool that allows Sly to pick pockets, lock-pick, swing from hooks, latch onto and launch from wall hooks and strike enemies. Although it has a sharp point, the cane still acts efficiently as a blunt weapon. It can be charged up for a powerful melee strike and upgraded with gadgets bought from ThiefNet. Such gadgets include a smoke bomb and other powerful stealth attacks. Bentley once upgraded the cane in Sly 2: Band of Thieves to be able to split into two separate canes so that Sly could climb difficult ice walls in Jean Bison's lumber camp.
In The Adventures of Sly Cooper Issue 2, Sly sneaks his cane into Heathrow Penitentiary by disguising it as a prison guard stick. Later in the comic, he extends the hook to pick a lock. The cane has only done this in the comic.
Behind the scenes
When developing Sly's weapon, Sucker Punch put a question mark as a temporary placeholder. However, the developers realized that it "kinda looked cool," and the question mark was similar to a "C" for Cooper, so they kept the general shape.
The cane initially had many more functions, such as being able to transform into different weapons, but sometime during development of the first game, these abilities were cut.
In April 2012, Scott Rohde (Software Product Development Head for Sony Worldwide Studios America and Sony Computer Entertainment America) posted a picture of a replica of Sly's cane on Twitter. This picture led many fans to believe that a Collector's Edition of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, or this very replica itself, would become available. Neither turned out to be true; the replica does exist, but it is not available for purchase.
The replica measures 37 inches in length. The stick is made out of wood, while the tip at the bottom and the crook are made out of bronze and tinted gold. The bronze increases the weight of the cane, so it cannot be swung easily. The replica also comes with a stand, the top of which is covered in foam to protect the cane. The stand displays Sly's mask in the front.
The cane has remained practically unchanged throughout the games.
- In Sly 2, the color trail that appears when Sly swings his cane will change color depending on what area he is in. It is unknown as to why this happens, as every other game in the series uses a yellow color trail when his cane is swung.
- During "The Black Chateau," "Anatomy for Disaster" or while in some indoor areas with dark ambiance, his cane will leave a white color trail.
- During "A Starry Eyed Encounter," his cane will leave a purple color trail.
- During "The Predator Awakes," his cane will leave a green color trail.
- During A Shadow from the Past, "Jailbreak," "A Tangled Web," "He Who Tames the Iron Horse," "Menace from the North, eh!" or while in some indoor areas, his cane will leave a yellow color trail, similarly to other games in the series.
- Infamous 2 has DLC to visually replace Cole MacGrath's amp with Sly's cane. This has been paralleled in Thieves in Time, where Sly's cane can be replaced with Cole's Amp.
- In Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, the cane seems to have been lengthened from being roughly 6 inches shorter than Sly himself, to matching Sly's own height of six feet tall. However, this is only in cutscenes. In gameplay it appears at the same length as it was in the original trilogy.
- The cane has a more noticeable "C" shape in the Japanese versions of the games, as well as on the cover of Sly Cooper: To Catch a Thief.
- The Evolution of Sly bonus video from Sly 3
- Prologue: Beginning of the End, Cinematic: Beginning of the End. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
- Episode: The Cold Heart of Hate, job: A Temporary Truce. Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
- Prologue: Beginning of the End, job: The Cooper Vault. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
- Episode: Honor Among Thieves, job: A Deadly Bite. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
- Episode: Honor Among Thieves, job: The Dark Current. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
- Episode: Honor Among Thieves, job: Bump-Charge-Jump. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
- Episode: Honor Among Thieves, job: Danger in the Skies. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
- Episode: Honor Among Thieves, job: Final Legacy. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
- Episode: Honor Among Thieves, cinematic: The Getaway. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
- Prologue: Paris Prologue, Cinematic: Amnesia? Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
- Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
- Secret ending. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
- Episode: The Black Chateau, job: Theater Pickpocketing. Sly 2: Band of Thieves
- The Adventures of Sly Cooper, issue 2 page 7
- Episode: Tide of Terror, job: A Stealthy Approach. Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
- Episode: He Who Tames the Iron Horse, job: Cabin Crimes. Sly 2: Band of Thieves
- Sly 2: Band of Thieves
- Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
- Episode: Menace from the North, eh!, job: Recon the Sawmill. Sly 2: Band of Thieves
- The Adventures of Sly Cooper, issue 2 page 3