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Slim Cognito is a character in Going Commando, Up Your Arsenal, Size Matters, and Secret Agent Clank. He is a black market weapons dealer from the Bogon Galaxy, who is never fully seen in person, as only his eyes are ever visible. He sells black market merchandise to Ratchet and Clank throughout their adventures, including weapon modifications, Megacorp weapons, and upgrades for the Star Explorer in his ship shack. In addition to bolts, Slim also trades in Raritanium and platinum bolts.

In the 2016 re-imagined game, the Shady Salesman is named "Slim Cognito" in the credits and holocards, despite being a different character.

History

Going Commando

Ratchet meeting Slim Cognito on Megapolis

Ratchet meeting Slim Cognito.

Slim Cognito placed red buttons on small stands mysteriously throughout planets in the Bogon Galaxy, on planets Endako, in Megapolis, Boldan, in Silver City, and Tabora, in the mining area. When Ratchet first pressed one, Slim Cognito flew down in a ship, with his eyes peeking out of a small slot in the rear, asking Ratchet to "put it in the slot". Ratchet worked out that Slim sold weapon modifications, to which Slim boasted he could transform Ratchet's weapon into a powerful piece of equipment with a few "tweaks".[1] Slim charged bolts and platinum bolts for weapon mods.

Ratchet and Clank later saw an ad for Slim Cognito's ship shack in a telescreen in Canal City on Notak, during "Search Canal City for thief". The ad boasted that the shack sold "legally ambiguous refashioning" and performed modifications "quickly, cheaply and, most importantly, quietly". Ratchet was intrigued by the ad.[2] Slim Cognito sold new upgrades for Ratchet's ship, the Star Explorer, for Raritanium.

Up Your Arsenal

Deep Sea Hideout 3

Slim Cognito's hideout on Aquatos.

At some point, Slim Cognito fled the Bogon Galaxy to the Solana Galaxy, following an altercation with the police after a Suck Cannon upgrade was mistakenly sold to an underage customer.[3]

Ratchet and Clank encountered Slim Cognito on Aquatos during "Infiltrate the underwater hideout". Slim whispered, alerting Ratchet and Clank to his presence, while frightening Skidd McMarx to the point of him fleeing, claiming he had forgotten to feed his goldfish.[3] Slim sold the Lava Gun and the Miniturret Glove, though more Megacorp weapons were sold later.

In The Shaming of the Q, the fifth Qwark vid-comic, Slim Cognito replaced the former narrator of the comics, because the fifth vid-comic was never officially released.

Later, when landing on the Thran Asteroid Belt for "Find Captain Qwark", Slim Cognito contacted Ratchet to inform him that the Bouncer had become available, claiming he'd include a "10% smart shopper discount" if Ratchet arrived quickly.[4] When landing on Koros for "Get inside command center", Slim contacted Ratchet to inform him that the Plasma Coil was on sale, arriving in "mint condition, still in the box".[5] Finally, after landing on Mylon for "Battle your way to the launch site", Slim Cognito informed Ratchet he had just picked up a Shield Charger, which had gone on sale.[6] All three of these weapons finish the optional mission "Visit Slim Cognito's" once they have been acquired.

If the player had a Going Commando save file, Slim Cognito gave his weapons to Ratchet for free. It is possible that Abercrombie Fizzwidget was colluding with Slim Cognito, knowing that Slim was helping Ratchet, as upon granting the Shield Charger to Ratchet for free, Slim Cognito sent a message saying "Mr. Fizzwidget sends you his regards", and said that the weapon was "on him",[7] implying that Fizzwidget arranged for Slim Cognito to provide it for free as a way of thanking Ratchet for his help in Bogon.

Size Matters

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Slim Cognito had vendors on planets Kalidon, Challax, and Quodrona, selling weapon mods. He did not appear in person nor speak.

Secret Agent Clank

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Slim Cognito on the Prison Planet

Slim Cognito appeared in the Prison Planet where Ratchet was imprisoned, incarcerated after selling black market merchandise. Slim offered to give Ratchet a code to the casino case that Clank needed to get into the High-Stakes Room, if he defended Slim from his old customers that claimed he sold lousy merchandise to them.

Tools of Destruction

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Slim Cognito was mentioned in the Zordoom Prison on planet Viceron. He was sent there for showing his class B Gravity Cannon to a group of female tumfoids during a rock concert in Meridian City.

Characteristics

Slim Cognito's appearance is entirely unknown, as all that is ever seen of him is a pair of moving eyes with black pupils. In Secret Agent Clank, Slim has purple irises. He speaks with a shifty voice reminiscent of a mafia boss.

Slim appears to be entirely careless about the effects of his merchandise when he stands to profit. He sold a Suck Cannon upgrade to a minor, swearing later that the kid "looked eighteen",[3] and sold very dangerous weaponry seemingly to any customer, promising to keep his sales quiet.[2] Slim was also not at all subtle about the fact that his merchandise was illegal.

Behind the scenes

Unused audio files in Going Commando imply he often booked manicure appointments, and that he would have originally had lines while browsing his stores, similar to vendors in the original Ratchet & Clank.[8][9] Additionally, unused audio files for the August beta of Up Your Arsenal claim he worked alongside Thugs-4-Less, and was going to sell the R.Y.N.O..[10]

Slim Cognito was originally the same character as the Shady Salesman from the previous game.[11] In the re-imagined Ratchet & Clank, the Salesman was given the name Slim Cognito.

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