- "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 the criminal mercenary group Star Wolf, led by Wolf O'Donnell. As his name suggests, he is a black panther. Panther is a skilled pilot but well known for being easily distracted by attractive females, including Star Fox pilot, Krystal. This trait causes slight embarrassment for his team members and, in Star Fox: Assault and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Panther often gets into quarrels with Falco Lombardi due to their clashing personalities. Panther's symbol is a red rose.
Spoiler warning: The following contains key plot or ending details.
First Conflict with Star Fox
Panther's first encounter with Star Fox took place at the Sargasso Space Hideout. There, Panther introduced himself to the team before attacking Fox. After his defeat, Panther began flirting with Krystal. This attracted the attention of Falco and sparked a rivalry between the two. Panther then told Krystal that Pigma was likely on Fichina. The remains of Panther's Wolfen were found by the Star Fox team in the Asteroid Belt, though Krystal's power told her that Star Wolf was still alive somewhere.
Panther and the rest of the Star Wolf team came to the aid of Star Fox during the Aparoid invasion of Corneria. He joked around during the invasion noting that his favorite restaurant had been destroyed and that Fox was like Wolf's surrogate gun. Panther also comforted Krystal when they were attacked by the infected General Pepper.
Later, Panther followed the Star Fox team and helped them destroy the Aparoid missiles attacking the Beltino Orbital Gate. Star Wolf later came to assist Star Fox while in the tunnel to the Aparoid Queen. Panther flirted with Krystal and later distracted the Aparoids defending the queen so that Star Fox could get through.
Panther and the Star Wolf team continued to work as a criminal organization and the Cornerian government was forced to put a bounty on their heads. The team soon decided that they were tired of the criminal label and fought the Anglar empire to try to get cure themselves of their criminal stereotype. Panther also got a lucky break when Fox, worried for Krystal, forced her off the Star Fox team. She joined up with Star Wolf and got together with Panther shortly after. Panther had revamped his Wolfen and named it the Black Rose. Its Zapper was incredibly powerful and could destroy most enemies in a single blast.
Canon warning: The following content contains information that has not been confirmed canon or non canon.
Fog of War
Panther appeared with Wolf and Leon on Fichina. He attacked Fox and Slippy when he thought that they were looking to collect the bounty. Star Wolf once again was defeated by Fox and Slippy.
This story occurs if Fox goes to Fichina to hire Wolf.
In similar scenario, Panther encountered Fox on Fichina once more. After his defeat, Panther tried to pass off his loss as mere chance, but Wolf told him off. When Wolf and Fox were on Solar, Wolf brought up the idea of bring in Panther and Leon and hen told Fox about Panther and Krystal.
This story is seen if ROB 64 goes with Fox to apologize to Krystal.
When Fox went to Katina to apologize to Krystal, Panther appeared so that he could taunt Fox over his new girlfriend. Fox, Krystal, Panther, and Leon fought the Anglar in their sector. Panther told his "darling space rose" to be careful to which Krystal seemed annoyed. When Fox broke down and completely apologized to Krystal, Panther taunted him and told Krystal to come with him.
The Anglar Emperor
This story occurs if ROB goes to Aquas with Fox and Slippy after fighting Oikonny.
After destroying the Anglar base on Venom, Panther was forced to separate from his team, but quickly made contact with Leon and Wolf. He did not see Krystal again until she had rejoined Star Fox and defeated the Anglar Emperor. He told her that he forgave her for using him, but that he also thought that he had left and impression on Krystal and that she would come back eventually. He was right and months later, Krystal left Fox for the Star Wolf team. It is unknown if she got back together with Panther.
Star Wolf Returns
This story occurs if Wolf betrays Fox on Titania, or if Krystal does not accept Fox's apology on Katina.
Panther flew to Venom with Krystal and Leon after leaving Katina. There he met up with Wolf and used a mechanism to dilute the Venom Sea, allowing them to fight the Anglar without worry for their ships. He helped defeat the Anglar Emperor and basked in the comfort of being able to walk through cities with their heads held high.
The Curse of Pigma
This story occurs if ROB follows Fox and Falco after being betrayed by Wolf.
Panther's only role in this storyline is to introduce Krystal as a new member of Star Wolf.
Spoiler warning: Spoilers end here.
Super Smash Bros. series
While Panther has never appeared as a playable fighter in the Super Smash Bros. games, he appears on the Lylat Cruise stage in several scenes involving the Star Fox characters. Fox, Falco, and Wolf can each activate their communications devices to open a conversation between several characters, one of which is Panther. During these scenes, Panther is often seen trying to woo Krystal, or insulting Falco. Panther also has a trophy based on his appearance in Star Fox: Assault and two stickers based on concept art from Star Fox: Assault and Star Fox Command.
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl
GCN Star Fox: Assault
DS Star Fox Command
|Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
PAL: This Star Wolf pilot's flying skills are as stunning as you'd expect, but the cheesy lines he sprouts are what will really leave you reeling. He's constantly flirting with women, and the rose he holds adds an extra touch of self-important swagger. His feelings for Krystal do seem genuine, but who knows if it'll ever amount to anything?
GCN Star Fox: Assualt (2/2005)
DS Star Fox: Command (8/2006)
Canon warning: Ambiguously canon content ends here.
- David Scully in Star Fox: Assault
- Dex Manley in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Artwork of Panther Caroso from Star Fox: Assault
Panther's headshot from Star Fox Command.
Panther's headshot from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- How can I resist this beauty? I believe the com records will point you toward Fichina. - Panther Caroso, Star Fox: Assault
- This is absurd! Krystal, tell this loser where to stuff his Arwing and let's go! - Panther Caroso, Star Fox Command
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