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Allow me to introduce myself. I am Panther... and all who see my rose meet death!
—Panther Caroso, Star Fox: Assault

Panther Caroso is a member of Star Wolf. He becomes infatuated with Krystal at the Sargasso Space Zone, and when Fox tries to beg her for "forgiveness" in Star Fox Command, Krystal turns to Panther and the rest of Star Wolf in certain endings.

Biography

Specific details on his life prior to joining Star Wolf are unknown, although he had committed enough crimes and misdemeanors that the Cornerian authorities had been tracking him for decades, with his calling card being a rose. The latest intelligence, made some time prior to the Aparoid Invasion, indicated that Panther has joined Star Wolf as the newest member, taking the place of both Pigma Dengar and Andrew Oikonny due to his skills as a top class pilot.

Panther first met the Star Fox team in battle, following the conclusion of their mission to take control of the Sargasso Space Zone hideout. Despite his hostile attitude towards the rest of the Star Fox team, he was overwhelmed by Krystal's beauty, causing him to reveal that the com record indicated that Pigma has fled to Fichina.

Panther disappeared with the rest of his team for some time until the Aparoid devastation of Corneria. A comment made by Panther during the battle of Corneria inferred that he occasionally frequented a cafe on the planet, and got angered that the Aparoids totaled the cafe. His closing remarks leave him wishing for a "first class" meal after the battle concludes.

Panther and Star Wolf reappeared after Corneria City's annihilation to continue supporting the Cornerians in their common struggle against the Aparoids, by assisting shooting down Aparoid missiles that threatened to destroy the Orbital Gate whilst the Self-destruct program was being built by Corneria's federation scientists.

Once the Star Fox team made it past the Homeworld's defensive shield at the cost of Peppy, ROB and the Great Fox, the Wolfen trio arrived yet again to aid the Arwings through the tunnels to reach the Aparoid Queen. Panther requested meeting up with Krystal after the battles were over but she merely reminded him that the job at hand would determine the fate of the entire Lylat System. Panther and his team vanished after luring the powerful Silver Aparoids away from the Arwings, leaving their fates ambiguous with the destruction of the Aparoid Homeworld, although Fox remained positive that Wolf's team would live to fight another day.

Panther appeared again after the Aparoids were wiped out, where he survived the Aparoid's homeworld's doom, having gained a change in personality by always referring to himself in third person perspective and earned himself a high bounty of s$20,000.00 on his head, following Star Wolf's dealings in smuggling and piracy.

Panther had made attempts to begin a relationship with Krystal after she joined Star Wolf following her breakup with Fox McCloud. Panther piloted the customised Black Rose, which looked somewhat like the Wolfen II, armed with the Zapper, a powerful but slow-firing laser, with a high speed but weak shielding.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name
Japanese パンサー・カルロッソ (Pansā Karurosso)
Korean 팬서 카루소 (Paenseo Caruso)
Russian Пантер Карозо (Panter Karozo)

Trivia

  • In Command, Panther's surname is changed to Caruso, presumably due to translation error.
    • Similarly, the official website of Star Fox: Assault spelled his name as both Caroso and Caruso.
  • His surname in Japanese is closer to Caluroso, which is Spanish for 'warm, hot, energetic, enthusiastic.'

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