- “Allow me to introduce myself. I am Panther... and all who see my rose meet death!”
- —Panther Caroso
Panther Caroso is a top class pilot and a member of the Star Wolf Space Pirates. Exact details on his past are unclear, but his highly skilled pilotage allowed him a place on the team, replacing both the untrustworthy Pigma Dengar and the whining amateur Andrew Oikonny. Panther became infatuated with the "lovely" Krystal at the Sargasso Space Zone and tries to flirt with her, often to no avail, as she is already in a relationship with Fox McCloud. This changed during the Anglar Blitz since her relationship with Fox became unstable and was kicked off the team out of fear of her safety leading her to go against her better judgment and join up with Star Wolf. When Fox tries to plead for her forgiveness in Star Fox Command, Krystal turns to Panther and the rest of Star Wolf in certain endings.
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
|Japanese||パンサー・カルロッソ (Pansā Karurosso)|
|Korean||팬서 카루소 (Paenseo Caruso)|
|Russian||Пантер Карозо (Panter Karozo)|
- 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.'
- Star Fox: Assault; Instruction Booklet
- Star Fox: Assault/Script
- Star Fox Command
- List of Super Smash Bros. series Trophies (Star Fox series)
|All Games||Wolf O'Donnell • Leon Powalski • Pigma Dengar • Andrew Oikonny|
|2005-2006||Panther Caroso • Krystal • Ruffian|
|Vehicles||Wolfen • Wolfen II • Hunter • Rainbow Delta • Black Rose • Pigma's ship|
|Main Characters||Fox McCloud • Falco Lombardi • Slippy Toad • Krystal • Peppy Hare • ROB 64 • General Pepper • Beltino Toad • Andrew Oikonny • Pigma Dengar • Wolf O'Donnell • Leon Powalski • Panther Caroso • Tricky|
|Bosses||Oikonny's flagship • Winged Aparoid • Aparoid Ship • Star Wolf (Wolf, Leon and Panther) • Cylindrical Aparoid • Aparoid Pigma • Aparoid Missile • Aparoid Queen|
|Enemies||Rock Gunner • Star Warrior • Venomian Carrier • Venomian Light Tank • Venomian Heavy Tank • Venomian Heavy Assault Mech • Sargasso Battleship Aparoid Crawler • Aparoid Minitank • Purple Aparoid • Aparoid hatcher • Spherical Tank Aparoid • Aparoid Flyer • Aparoid Stinger • Aparoid Mortar • Aparoid Roller • Silver Aparoid • Beetle Aparoid • Bloated Aparoid|
|Locations||Fortuna • Katina • Sargasso Space Zone • Fichina • Asteroid Belt • Sauria • Corneria • Orbital Gate • Aparoid Homeworld • Titania • Zoness|
|Navigation||Plot • Missions • Gallery • Videos • Script|
|Main Characters||Fox McCloud • Falco Lombardi • Slippy Toad • Krystal • ROB 64 • Peppy Hare • Katt Monroe • Bill Grey • Lucy Hare • Amanda • Dash Bowman • James McCloud • Wolf O'Donnell • Leon Powalski • Panther Caroso • Anglar Emperor|
|Supporting Characters||Beltino Toad • Vivian Hare • Zako • Zazan • Zoldge • Octoman • Pigma Dengar • Andrew Oikonny • General Pepper • Andross|
|Bosses||ZaZanga 9 • Splitter • Devil Shark • Octopod • Biobrain • Star Wolf (Wolf, Panther and Leon) • Death Crab • Pigma Dengar • Solar Satellite • Killer Bee • Dune Worm • Monarch Dodora • Grunner • Arrow Head • Anglar Emperor|
|Enemies||Anglar Starfish • Elite Fighter|
|Locations||Corneria • Aquas • Asteroid Belt • Fichina • Katina • Sector X • Sector Y • Sector Z • Solar • Titania • Venom|
|Navigation||Plot • Missions • Gallery • Videos • Script|