The Thieves are recurring enemies throughout the Spyro series, although they also appear as friendly inhabitants in Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly and Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs. They are mysterious creatures who wear striped robes and are known to steal precious items such as Dragon Eggs, gems, and keys, and then run around at high speeds while chanting their signature taunt of "Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!". They are the native residents of the Thieves Den and the Thieves' Guild.
Blue Thieves make up the majority of the species, although there are also Thieves who wear green, yellow, purple, or red robes. Red Thieves in particular tend to be exceptionally fast, and often require a Supercharge to catch up to. Green Thieves tend to be easier to catch than Blue Thieves. All Thieves are voiced by Carlos Alazraqui in Spyro the Dragon, and the same voice recording is used in future games.
Types of Thieves
The blue thieves possess all the remaining Dragon Eggs (Dragonfly Eggs in Japan) and appear in various realms in the Artisans, Peace Keepers, and Magic Crafters worlds. They have 12 eggs in total, five of which are needed to progress to the Beast Makers world.
Red and green thieves appear in the Tree Tops, and they are considerably harder to catch than the blue ones. Each has a purple gem. Two green thieves also appear in Gnasty Gnorc's boss fight and have keys that must be obtained to progress to fight Gnasty. Purple thieves show up as plane pilots in Gnasty's Loot, and they also have keys needed to progress.
The only thieves in this game appear in the Shady Oasis and are Arabian themed. The thieves in the tan robes use swords to attack Spyro while the ones in the purple ropes with the red turban use both a sword and a fireproof shield. If charged, they will drop their shield and be dizzy for a short while, then spin around and regain their shield. Neither of these thieves must be chased and instead serve as enemies. The third type of thieves in this realm wear yellow robes and must be chased to retrieve the lamps they have stolen in a more traditional thief chase like in the other games.
Like in their first appearance, the thieves in this game have stolen Dragon Eggs and must be chased to retrieve them. The blue thieves can be caught with a standard charge attack, but the red and yellow ones must be caught by using a Supercharge Ramp. The thief in the Crystal Islands rides in the same airplane as in Gnasty's Loot. The thieves in the Super Bonus Round have gems instead of eggs.
If you manage to get all the skill points in the game, you will unlock the Epilogue. The thieves have their own page. It states that "Deputy Holiday catches the notorious 'Nyah-nyah' gang" with a picture of a livid Blue Thief and a Purple Thief (also livid) in jail.
The Thieves' first appearance as friendly inhabitants comes in Enter the Dragonfly, where they seek Spyro's assistance in clearing out the Riptocs from their den. In exchange for helping them, the Thieves allow Spyro to take back any of the treasure that they have recently stolen from the Dragons. They still call out their signature taunts even as inhabitants.
The blue-robed varieties reside in the Thieves Den, and are noticeably smaller than the Thieves seen in Spyro the Dragon and 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.
The thieves in this game all carry ice crystals in which frozen fairies are sealed. They are notably harder to catch than in other games and are always mistaken for having stolen something else by passers-by.
In this game, all thieves are inside minigame portals. The person outside the portal tells Spyro that the thief has stolen something, then Spyro catches the thief and comes back to the person, who rewards him with a firefly. The thieves here are shown to carry large brown sacks where their stolen item is contained.
The thieves in this game usually don't need to be chased, but instead give Spyro occasional advice on things such as how to break into Moneybags' Vaults. The exception to this is in the Thieves Guild, where they usually must be chased to retrieve Quest Items. The pink-striped thieves with the graduate hats are NPCs who act as teachers, as the Thieves Guild is a school.
The thieves in this game have stolen Dragon Eggs from the Mrs. Shoutfire. They are hidden across the realms and must be chased down by Spyro. The Thieves always have Concept Art eggs. Red thieves appear in one of Sgt. Byrd's Speedways. These thieves release gems after being attacked.
The thieves can be found in the following realms:
- Crocovile Swamp - In the Forgotten Temple. Requires Electric Breath
- Dragonfly Falls - In the Secret Area. Requires 70 Light Gems
- Coastal Remains - In the hidden area. Requires 20 Light Gems
- Cloudy Domain - In a distant house between the Elevator Top and the Tallest Tower
- Frostbite Village - In a hidden location in the first area towards the Gloomy Glacier
- Ice Citadel - Next to a Moneybags Remote Shop pad near the bridge. Requires 40 Light Gems
- Stormy Beach - Under Moneybags' Shop
- Molten Mount - Take the left path after the Lumber Storage
- Magma Falls Bottom - Take the right path next to the entrance to Dark Mine, near the Sparx Can Fly shop pad.
- Red's Laboratory - In the center of the Lab, in the room with the planets
|Spyro the Dragon - Sparx the Dragonfly|
Fairies - Balloonists
Toasty - Doctor Shemp - Blowhard - Metalhead - Jacques - Egg Thieves
|Artisans - Peace Keepers - Magic Crafters - Beast Makers - Dream Weavers - Gnorc Gnexus|
|Stone Hill - Dark Hollow - Town Square - Dry Canyon - Cliff Town - Ice Cavern - Alpine Ridge|
High Caves - Wizard Peak - Terrace Village - Misty Bog - Tree Tops - Dark Passage - Lofty Castle
- Haunted Towers - Gnorc Cove - Twilight Harbour - Gnasty's Loot
|Sunny Flight - Night Flight - Crystal Flight - Wild Flight - Icy Flight|
|Toasty - Doctor Shemp - Blowhard - Metalhead - Jacques - Gnasty Gnorc|
|Dragons - Treasure - Dragon Eggs|
|Spyro the Dragon - Sparx the Dragonfly - Hunter the Cheetah|
Bianca the Rabbit - Spirit - Zoe
Crush - Gulp
|Alligator Farmers - Bartholomew - Bears - Dragons - Dragonflies - Moneybags - Monkey Monks|
Rodtikiney - Pigs - Professors - Thieves - Yetis
Dragonfly Dojo - Crop Circle Country - Luau Island - Cloud 9 - Monkey Monastery
Honey Marsh - Thieves Den - Jurassic Jungle - Chateau Ripto
|Dragonflies - Gems|
|Spyro the Dragon - Sparx|
|Hunter - Zoe - Bianca - Moneybags - Professor|
|Autumn Fairy Home - Winter Fairy Home - Spring Fairy Home - Summer Fairy Home|
Market Mesa - Lava Prairie - Mermaid Coast - Hummingbird Fort - Panda Gardens - Honey Marsh
Time Machine Lab - Roman City - Twilight Bulb Factory - Dusty Trails - Star Park - Grendor's Lair
|Stone Age Speedway - Ice Age Speedway - Aqua Age Speedway - Space Age Speedway|
|Ant Farm - Wasp City - Caterpillar Gardens - Beetle Burrows|
|Fairies - Rhynocs -Gems|
|Spyro the Dragon - Sheila the Kangaroo - Agent 9 the Monkey|
|Ripto - Crush - Gulp|
|Hunter - Zoe - Bianca - Moneybags -Bentley - Professor|
|Sunny Plains - Celestial Plains - Starry Plains|
Country Farms - Shamrock Isle - Canyon Hop - Minty Mines - Temple of Dune - Tiki Tropics
Alpine Adobe - Crush's Dungeon - Candy Lane - Haunted Hills - Winter Mesa - Watertopia
Rumble Jungle - Lunar Ledges - Arctic Outback - Gulp's Overlook - Moon Fondue - Gypsy Road
Dreamy Castle - Volcano Vaults - Ripto's Mondo Volcano - Ripto's Volcano (Boss)
|Gems - Rhynocs|
|Spyro - Sparx - Ripto - Sgt. Byrd - Moneybags - Hunter - Bianca - Agent 9|
|Virtual Playground - Dragon Shores - Fairy Library - Yeti Serengeti - Byrd Barracks - Thieves' Guild - Rabbit Habitat|
Banana Savannah - Kangaroo Hoodoos - Moneybags' Mansion - Cheetah Spot Spa - Professor's Secret Lab
Rhynocs n' Clocks - Chateau Ripto
|Gems - Homeworld - Ripto - Dragon Eggs - Hearts of the Lands|
|Spyro the Dragon - Hunter the Cheetah|
Sparx the Dragonfly - Sgt. James Byrd - Blink the Mole
|Red (Mecha Form)|
Gnasty Gnorc - Ineptune - Mammoth
|Amp - Aqua - Astor - Bentley the Yeti - Ember - Flame - Fredneck - Freezia - Ice Princess - Lily - Magnus|
- Mergatroids - Moneybags - Mrs. Shoutfire - Otto - Peggy - Phil - Professor - Teena - Titan
- Tomas - Trina - Turtle Mother - Wally - Zoe
|Dragon Kingdom - Lost Cities - Icy Wilderness - Volcanic Isle|
Dragon Village - Crocovile Swamp - Dragonfly Falls - Coastal Remains - Cloudy Domain - Sunken Ruins
- Frostbite Village - Gloomy Glacier - Ice Citadel - Stormy Beach - Molten Mount - Magma Falls - Dark Mine
- Red's Lab
|Gnasty's Cave - Watery Tomb - Red's Chamber - Red's Lair|
|Island Speedway - Cloudy Speedway - Iceberg Aerobatics - Lava Palaver|
|Gems - Dark Gems - Light Gems - Dragon Eggs|