Spyro the Dragon artwork
|First appearance||Spyro the Dragon (1998)|
|Latest appearance||Spyro Reignited Trilogy (2019)|
Thieves have human-like characteristics, and they wear striped robes, usually blue in color. Thieves steal valuable collectibles, which varies between the games, but is Dragon Eggs, gems, and keys. When Spyro chases a Thief, it runs away from him at high speed, taunting Spyro with a chant, "Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!". Besides blue Thieves, there are also Thieves who wear green, yellow, purple, or red robes. Red Thieves move even faster than their blue counterparts, and require a Supercharge to catch up to. However, green Thieves are slower than blue ones.
Spyro the Dragon
The Thieves make their first appearance in Spyro the Dragon, where they constantly taunt Spyro and try to keep the Dragon Eggs out of his grasp as he makes his way through the Dragon Worlds. They are fast, but Spyro's charging speed is just slightly faster, and they will fall easily after being charged or flamed once.
In Tree Tops, there is both a Green Thief and a Red Thief, and each of them carry a purple gem. In the Gnasty Gnorc boss realm, there are two Thieves, each of whom are carrying a key required to reach Gnasty Gnorc. Many varieties of Thieves appear in Gnasty's Loot, including ones that ride a plane, Plane Thieves.
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!
The Thieves are conspicuously absent from Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, although a very similar variant appears in Shady Oasis. These thieves wear yellow robes and orange turbans, and try to keep the three magic lamps away from Spyro. Several of them also wield scimitars and shields, and attempt to attack Spyro directly, although they are far slower than their running comrades.
Spyro: Year of the Dragon
Thieves reappear in Spyro: Year of the Dragon, in which they serve under the Sorceress. Spyro encounters red, blue, and yellow Thieves along the way, and like in Spyro the Dragon, Spyro must chase down the Thieves to retrieve a Dragon Egg from them. Moneybags is shown to have taken a liking towards the two Thieves found in the Supercharge Challenge Portal in Molten Crater.
Thieves also appear in the Super Bonus Round, although they carry high amounts of Gems instead of Eggs.
Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly
In Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly, unlike earlier games, Thieves appear as a friendly species. They seek Spyro's help in clearing out the Riptocs from the Thieves Den, which is their residence. In exchange for helping them, the Thieves allow Spyro to recover any gems that they have stolen from the Dragons recently. Thieves still give off their signature chant.
The blue-robed varieties reside in the Thieves Den, and are noticeably smaller than the Thieves seen in Spyro the Dragon and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. There are also red-clothed, jester-like varieties lurking throughout the Dragon Realms, who must be chased and attacked in order to give up the loot that they have stolen.
Spyro: A Hero's Tail
Spyro: Season of Ice
In Spyro: Season of Ice, Thieves act the same as in the PlayStation games, although they run around with a crystallized fairy. In this game, Thieves are colored light blue. Spyro first encounters one in Market Mesa.
Spyro 2: Season of Flame
Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs
In Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs, like in Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly, Thieves return as friendly inhabitants. They can be found loitering throughout the various realms, although many of them are found in the Thieves' Guild, which serves as a school for young, green-robed Thieves. The place also has higher-ranked Thieves, Greta and Master Thief, both of whom wear purple robes. As in previous games, there are still some Thieves whom Spyro must chase down to retrieve the items that they stole.
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