Clockwerk was active in hunting the Coopers since around 1300 B.C., placing his lifespan as around 3300 at least, since Clockwerk was in the portrait of Slytankhamen II. Not much is known about Clockwerk's early life but that he spent most of it attempting to destroy the Cooper family, whom he rivaled and hunted down throughout the ages. After Sly's birth, Clockwerk founded the Fiendish Five and lead them in an attack on Connor Cooper and his family. Responsible for the murder of Sly's father and the theft of the Thievius Raccoonus, which contained all the family's thieving secrets, Clockwerk and the rest of the Fiendish Five returned to their own personal endeavors with their own pages of the Cooper's legacy.
|“||Enough, Sly Cooper! It ends here. I'll finish you like I finished your father. Then the Cooper line will be erased and the only master thief will be Clockwerk!||”|
—Clockwerk to Sly Cooper
When Sly gathered his own gang and began to target the members of the Fiendish Five, Clockwerk was a mysterious and widely unknown member who was referred to only as "The fifth member of the Fiendish Five" by Bentley and "The final member of the Fiendish Five" by Sly, and never convened directly with his cohorts; instead providing hi-tech hardware (this included two hovercraft Sly comandeered that Bentley identified that were in the lair of Mz. Ruby and the fortress of the Panda King and had a notably unique alloy). After Sly began reviewing the pages he gathered from the Thievius Raccoonus, he began to notice an odd silhouetted bird in the background of pictures featuring his ancestors and connected them with the vague reports on the appearance of Clockwerk. Curious about what this could mean, Sly was on his way to the Krack-Karov Volcano for his confrontation with the founder of the Fiendish Five.
Based in the volcano, Clockwerk had developed a giant Death Ray for unknown reasons and used it to attempt to destroy the Cooper Gang as they tried to enter his headquarters. Sly and company were able to pass through unharmed from the deadly weapon and continue through the facility despite Clockwerk also sending swarms of robo-falcons and lava slugs after them. Devising another trap, Clockwerk had already captured Carmelita Fox and used her as bait to lure Sly into his gas chamber where he planned to finish him off with the toxic gas. It was at this time that Clockwerk revealed himself through a televised screen and mocked the Cooper clan for letting their emotions get the better of them. However Bentley hacked into Clockwerk's security system and managed to release them both from the gas chamber. The two made a truce and planned to take down Clockwerk with Sly using Carmelita's jetpack to assault him from the sky.
In their advance, they destroyed Clockwerk's Death Ray and Sly retrieved the jetpack, using it as he finally confronted Clockwerk, face to face. The two exchanged a brief banter and Sly learned of Clockwerk's past, having hated the Cooper family to such a degree that he replaced his entire body with machinery to live on and annhiliate every living Cooper in an attempt to eclipse their legendary thieving reputation. They engaged in battle in the air with Sly recieving support from Carmelita and eventually defeated him and Clockwerk plumetted into the molten lava of the volcano. He then rose up again, albeit damaged by the first fight, and desired to finish off the raccoon. Sly questioned how Clockwerk could have been ignorant that Conner Cooper had a son and wondered why the metallic monstrosity didn't kill him when he murdered his father. To this, Clockwerk revealed he left the young Sly alive to prove a point: without the prized book which detailed all of the Cooper Clan's skills and history, a member of the Cooper Line was nothing. Sly only replied that Clockwerk was wrong and that the Thievius Raccoonus didn't make a great Cooper but that a great Cooper made the Thievius Raccoonus. Clockwerk refused to acknowledge his chatter, and was determined to kill Sly like he had killed Conner Cooper and usurp the title as master thief soley for himself.
After engaging in another battle, Clockwerk again plummetted into the volcano and began activating his self-repair system to rejuvenate his heavily damaged form, refusing to be destroyed. While attempting this last effort of his to combat Cooper, Sly traversed over to the archaic bird and bashed his head in, finally putting out of comission the last member of the Fiendish Five. The battered and destroyed parts floated in the lava and were left to rot when the gang left, but unbenknownst to them a single red eye of Clockwerk opened. The remains of the owl lived on.
|“||Imagine the hatred fueling that first decision to replace his mortal body with soulless machinery. Ultimately, it did the trick; Clockwerk lived on...||”|
The Clockwerk parts were recovered by Interpol after the battle and, after two years, were put on display in a museum in Cairo, Egypt. A criminal organization known as the Klaww Gang stole Clockwerk's body parts and used them for their own purposes before Sly and the gang could steal the parts themselves. The gang managed to take back all of the parts from various Klaww Gang members during their travels, but all were stolen from them by another Klaww Gang member Jean Bison, who sold them to his associate Arpeggio.
The legacy of Clockwerk, his robotic body, was eventually reassembled at the headquarters of the Klaww Gang member Arpeggio. Constable Neyla, who had previously been assumed to be an ally of Sly, was in fact conspiring with Arpeggio and had been helping the mastermind gather the parts. Arpeggio was knowledgeable of Clockwerk and his secret of immortality through his formula of hatred and desired to become one with the archaic bird and be reborn with eternal life. However, before Arpeggio could merge with the parts, Neyla betrayed him and merged herself with Clockwerk's frame instead, thus creating a new being out of the ages old bird and dubbing herself as Clock-La.
Sly witnessed this and was hunted down by Clock-La in the skies while he and his gang of Murray and Bentley try to weaken her so they could finally finished off what remained of Clockwerk. Teaming up with Carmelita yet again to defeat the robotic bird, Sly battled Clock-La, who then captured both Murray and Bentely, leading Sly on a dangerous chase through the skies over Paris after her. Sly succeeds in defeating Clock-La and releasing his friends from captivity, leaving her disabled but not destroyed. During the skirmish, the revelation of Clockwerk's true source of power, the Hate Chip, is discovered and the gang manage to come up with a plan after finding Clock-La still alive. With group teamwork, Bentely was able to enter the open beak of Clockwerk's head and remove the Hate Chip. The beak then suddenly snapped down on Bentley shortly after and crushed his legs, being recovered by Sly and Murray with the Hate Chip in hand, the three left the area as Clock-La was destroyed and Clockwerk's frame was blown into pieces yet again.
To their surprise, the parts were still in perfect condition, as a side-effect of the Hate Chip and an embodiment of the Coopers never being rid of him. Carmelita then destroyed the Hate Chip herself and the parts immediately deteriorated, making both Clockwerk and Neyla deceased. A sign of the end to Clockwerk's reign of terror and his hunt of Sly and the entire Cooper Line. Unfortunately, the damage Clockwerk's beak had done to Bentely had him confined to a wheel chair for life and would be a lasting effect of his final words to Sly years earlier "Cooper! "You will never be rid of me!".
|“||Is it inappropriate to refer to him as a monster? No, not at all. What kind of person stays alive for hundreds of years with the express intention of wiping out a rival's family line?||”|
—Sly Cooper musing about Clockwerk
Accurately described as a monster, Clockwerk was obsessed with proving himself superior to the Cooper Clan. He never in his life had feelings apart from anger, jealousy, and hate and can be identified as a psychopathic serial killer. His hatred was tempered only by an unimaginable patience; he was able to endure over several thousand years of waiting before exacting his vengeance on Conner Cooper and attempting to finally finish off the Cooper name with Sly ten years later. He would often boast of his superiority in battle, and openly mocked the Cooper family whenever he had the chance. Despite this, he openly admitted that they always seemed to beat him at every turn. Intelligent and cunning, he was able to create both advanced technology and numerous plans on how to eradicate the elusive Sly Cooper while he invaded his lair in Russia.
This gave his boasts some merit but also led to developing a superiority complex, stating that his robotic form was perfect for granting him immortality just to keep up with the Cooper's through history. Over all, Clockwerk was a bitter and obsessed character who desired nothing more than the eradication of his nemesis, Sly Cooper and his ancestors, at whatever cost, even his own body. This however, proved to be his downfall.
|“||Perfection has no age...||”|
—Clockwerk to Sly
Clockwerk's biological body was at some point replaced with highly advanced robotic parts imbued with the ability to never rust or decay and could even repair itself after suffering incredible damage. This allowed him to survive beyond his intended life span as a person. Equipped with a multitude of weapons, including missiles, flamethrowers, laser emitters, launchers that could fire electrified rings, mechanical eggs that could launch minichoppers, and an energy weapon. In addition, Clockwerk was extremely resilient to damage, as simple weapons like Carmelita's shock pistol and jetpack missiles were individually ineffective against him. In addition, Clockwerk's body could survive being heavily damaged and submerged in molten lava; this could be contributed by the Hate Chip and Clockwerk's self-repairing body. It was given spare engines in the event Clockwerk was unable to use his wings to fly.
In part for his ability to survive with a combination of his hatred and mechanical improvements, Clockwerk was remarkably intelligent. He had constructed his lair on Karak-Karov Volcano and developed mutliple weapons and vehicles for the Fiendish Five to use for their own personal schemes including hover vehicles and his death ray, as well as devising a gas chamber which later incapacitated Sly. He was able to think accordingly and execute cunning plans, assaulting and slaughtering Sly's father and being able to lure Sly into his gas chamber by manipulating his feelings for Carmelita. He also created a legion of mechanical birds, similar to him, and hordes of lava monsters to do his bidding.
In Sly 2, Clockwerk's body is fully repaired by Arpeggio so that each individual member of the Klaww Gang could use their share of the Clockwerk parts for their own purposes. Each individual part had also served its own purpose in Clockwerk's design as a Cooper hunter:
- Clockwerk Tail Feathers : Used by Dimitri, the Clockwerk Tail Feathers were put to use as printing plates for his Paris counterfeiting operation. Because of their metallurgical properties, the Tail Feathers would have never worn out. These helped, in some manner, with Clockwerk's flight.
- Clockwerk Wings : Taken by Rajan, the Clockwerk Wings weren't put to any practical use. Instead, Rajan had them mounted on a statue in his palace, where he hoped they would bring him prestige. While alive, they were a symbol of Clockwerk and feared when sighted by any Cooper.
- Clockwerk Heart : Another of Rajan's parts, the Heart acted as a powerful pump that allowed Rajan to grow illegal spices at much faster rates than normal. Half the Heart was used in this manner, while the other was attached to the end of Rajan's staff, allowing him to unleash electrical attacks. This pump helped Clockwerk survive through out the ages.
- Clockwerk Eyes : Components with powerful entrancing qualities, the Clockwerk Eyes were given to the Contessa, who intended to use them to enhance her own hypnosis machinery. They were known to paralyze a Cooper with their hypnotic gaze.
- Clockwerk Lungs and Stomach : Given to Jean Bison to transport illegal spice across Canada, the Lungs and Stomach allowed him to keep his Iron Horse trains running all day and night without stopping. Their powerful pumps helped Clockwerk survive through out the ages.
- Clockwerk Talons : Razor-sharp blades capable of slicing through plates of steel, the Clockwerk Talons were used by Jean Bison in his lumber jacking enterprise. Clockwerk intended for them to swoop down and shred the Coopers with their deadly edge. It is possible that the talons were original, meaning that Clockwerk did not replace them while making himlself fully robotic.
- Clockwerk Brain : The final Clockwerk part given to Arpeggio. He did not use his part for any criminal purposes like the other members did. The brain was actually never seen on screen except when you see the blueprints for Clockwerk's mechanical body, and it's not confirmed what happend to them. Arpeggio might have just left out the part while reconstructing Clockwerk, or the brain was in the frame, but not active.
- Hate Chip : Power source of the Clockwerk Frame, the Hate Chip is what gave the Clockwerk parts their seeming immortality. Once it was destroyed, the Clockwerk parts rusted and decayed until there was nothing left. This was the prime component in the Clockwerk frame that allowed Clockwerk to survive with only his hatred as a fuel.
- Multiple unnamed parts : Unidentified pieces given to Jean Bison but were later sold to Arpeggio along with the rest of the parts. These helped in fully assembling Clockwerk as a complete being and protected him and the other Clockwerk parts from being harmed.
All these parts assembled would create the Clockwerk Frame and were the basis for helping Clockwerk live through time and later help spark his partial rebirth as Clock-La. With the destruction of the Hate Chip, Clockwerk's body and therefore Clockwerk himself was permenantely destroyed.
Role in the series
Though Clockwerk is all set to be a major villain in the Dave Felis series, he also has a major role in the SpongeBob series, where he will team up with the Villain League to destroy the Shell Lodge Squad and Pooh once he learns they are protecting his most hated enemies: Kairi and the Cooper Clan. Clockwerk had a personal grudge against Kairi due to the fact that he was once Queen Kanji's pet elderly owl before her love and marrige to Kairi's biological father King Aaron and Kanji's pregnancy with Kairi drove him mad with jealousy because he believed she would replace him as her favorite companion. Consumed by jealousy and hatred for the newborn Kairi, Clockwerk used Lord Shen's relationship with her against them by reporting it all to Lord Cobra. Thus they made a deal with each other: Cobra would get Shen back and help Clockwork get rid of Janji as revenge for replacing him in exchange for Clockwerk helping Cobra to wipe out the fabled Coopers who robbed his clan of their fortune. So Clockwerk helped Cobra get in the Castle and the rest is history. When Ansem the Wise discovered what he did when the Cooper Clan, which were already attacked by Cobra's forces, reported it and had the vengeful Clockwerk exiled from Radiant Garden for his betrayal while Cobra discovers his future fate from the Soothsayer.
A few years later, Clockwerk replaced his body with machinery since he was soon to die of old age, kept alive by his hatred for Kairi, her mother and the Cooper Clan. Though Kanji was dead, he needed to complete his mission by destroying Kairi and the Cooper Clan. So he killed Cooper after Cooper trying to get answers of where Kairi was until there was only one left: Sly Cooper. Clockwork decided to let him live and steal the Thievius Racoonus believing that the Clan would be worthless without it. When he realizes that Kairi now had protection in the form of the Shell Lodge Squad, he couldn't allow them to stand in the way of his revenge, so he returned to the Villain League so he could not only destroy the protectors of his only remaining target, but to make him realize that his revenge on the Cooper Clan didn't work as Sly survived and became an expert thief that is willing to protect Kairi as well. And when this aggravates Clockwork even more, things will soon get bloody.