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Asao Hyou
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VulPanther
Gender: Male
Sentai Show: Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan
Color: Yellow
Homeworld: Earth
First Appearance: Ep. 1: The Machine Empire of the North Pole
Last Full Appearance: Kamen Rider x Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen
Number of Episode Appearances: 50 (Sun Vulcan)
1 (Turboranger)
2 (Movies)
Full list of appearances
Actor: Asao Kobayashi
VulPanther
VulPanther
"VulPanther!"
―VulPanther's roll call[src]

Asao Hyou (豹 朝夫 Hyō Asao?) is VulPanther (バルパンサー Baru Pansā?) of the Sun Vulcan.

Biography

Sun Vulcan

Asao Hyou is a GWP Ranger recruited to be VulPanther to oversee land operations. Asao also had quite the appetite as he was a big eater. He's 19 years old, and has a comical fear of dogs like CC.

Prior to being in the GWP, Hyou lived in the city of Hida in Gifu prefecture, where his father, Atarou, was a rich and powerful man who owned four mountains, selling one so he could try various food throughout the world. When Atarou discovers his son no longer in the Rangers (but not knowing he was in Sun Vulcan), he pursued him to come back home but with Asao trying to make him confident in his current life without telling him. After discovering him as VulPanther, Atarou allows Asao to continue his work with GWP with confidence.Ep. 38: Asao Hyou's Dad-Lord

Turboranger

Sun Vulcan (Turboranger special)

Sun Vulcan come to cheer on the Turborangers.

Asao and his team joined up with the other nine Sentai to stand behind the newest Sentai, the Turborangers, as they faced off against the Hundred Boma Tribes. Counting on You! Turboranger

Gokaiger

Legend War

Years later, Asao fought alongside not only his own team, but every single Sentai ranger in existence, against the Empire of Zangyack when it attacked the Earth in the Great Legend War. After fighting against hundreds of Gormin and their Zgormin commanders. Kaijou noticed the fleet moving towards them, he gathered all the Rangers together and gave them the order to sacrifice their powers to wipe out the first invasion's armada. The VulPanther powers are later utilised by Luka Millfy via the Ranger Keys. Ep. 1: The Space Pirates Appear Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Hero Great Battle

Farewell Space Pirates

After the Zangyack's final defeat, Marvelous returned the Ranger Keys to their original owners. Takayuki was seen receiving his Ranger Key and it is assumed Asao and Kin'ya received theirs as well. Final Ep.: Farewell Space Pirates

Super Hero Taisen

Dimensional wall - Sun Vulcan, Battle Fever, JAKQ, Denziman

Sun Vulcan, alongside Battle Fever, J.A.K.Q., and the Denzimen, emerge through a dimensional wall.

Asao, alongside his team, among the majority of the Super Sentai heroes, was caught up in the "Super Hero Taisen" incident which eventually resulted in the Super Sentai teams and Kamen Riders joining forces to defeat both Dai-Zangyack and Dai-Shocker. Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen

Akibaranger

In Nobuo Akagi/AkibaRed's roll call in the fifth episode of the first season of Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger, he says "For parental visit episode, I recommend that of VulPanther!" Ep. 5: Our Pain ☆ Yellow Mama

Stage Show appearances

Sun Vulcan Stage Show at Super Hero Korakuen Yuenchi

In a stage show where the Sun Vulcan are seen fighting Machine Empire Black Magma, DenziRed, DenziGreen, Battle Kenya, Kamen Rider Super-1Icon-crosswiki, Kamen Rider StrongerIcon-crosswiki, Kamen Rider V3Icon-crosswiki, and Ultraman TaroIcon-crosswiki arrive to assist the Sun Vulcan.

Goggle V Stage Show at Super Hero Korakuen Yuenchi

In a stage show where the Goggle V are seen fighting Dark Science Empire Deathdark, VulPanther, DenziRed, DenziGreen, Kamen Rider V3Icon-crosswiki, Kamen Rider StrongerIcon-crosswiki, Gavan and Ultraman TaroIcon-crosswiki arrive to assist the Goggle V.

Dynaman Stage Show at Super Hero Korakuen Yuenchi

In a stage show where the Dynamen are seen fighting Tailed People Clan Jashinka Empire, GoggleRed, GoggleBlack, GogglePink, Ultraman TaroIcon-crosswiki, Gavan, SharivanIcon-crosswiki, VulPanther, and Kamen Rider StrongerIcon-crosswiki arrive to assist the Dynamen.

Bioman Stage Show at Super Hero Korakuen Yuenchi

In a stage show where the Biomen are seen fighting Neo Empire Gear and Bio Hunter Silva, Kamen Rider StrongerIcon-crosswiki, ShaiderIcon-crosswiki, Kamen MachinemanIcon-crosswiki, DynaRed, DynaBlue, GoggleBlack, VulPanther, and DenziGreen arrive to assist the Biomen.

Video Game appearances

Super Sentai Battle: Dice-O

VulPanther (Dice-O)

VulPanther as depicted in Super Sentai Battle: Dice-O.

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Super Sentai Battle Base

VulPanther is among the vast pantheon of Rangers which are avaliable in the mobile game Super Sentai Battle Base.


Super Sentai Legend Wars

VulPanther is among the vast pantheon of Rangers who feature in the mobile game Super Sentai Legend Wars.

Vul Panther

Vul-yellow

VulPanther suit

Mecha

Arsenal

Special Moves

  • Panther Galaxy
  • Panther Claw
  • Panther Bomber
  • Panther Mole
  • Rolling Panther
  • Panther Throw

Design

VulPanther wears a yellow cloth suit with a white stripe around the collar and a large "V" that appears in the middle of the chest. His gloves and boots are inverse in color: the colors are white while the stripe is yellow, around the wrist in the gloves and creating a similar "V" formation along the ankle of the boots. A silver belt surrounds his mid-section with a buckle with the raised relief of an big cat (such as a panther or cougar) upon it; while a pin with the Sun Vulcan logo is pinned on his right side and a scarf flows around his neck. His helmet has a black visor that is jagged at the bottom going down to a gray mouthpiece, while the top and sides are surrounded in yellow with a relief form of the big cat head, with the rest of the helmet completely yellow in color.

Ranger Key

VulPanther Ranger Key

The VulPanther Ranger Key.

The VulPanther Ranger Key (バルパンサアーレンジャーキー Buru Pansā Renjā Kī?) is Asao Hyou's personal Ranger Key and what became of his powers after he along with the rest of the 34 Super Sentai sacrificed their powers to end the Great Legend War.

This key along with the majority of the Ranger Keys were collected by the Red Pirates and later used by the Gokaigers. The VulPanther Ranger Key was mainly used by Luka Millfy (Gokai Yellow), who used it to fight as VulPanther.

The Sun Vulcan keys, along with all the Ranger Keys of the first 33 Super Sentai, were briefly taken by the Black Cross King and turned into Ranger puppets that were fought by the Gokaigers and the Goseigers. Splitting up, the puppet VulPanther was defeated as part of a group of surviving Yellow warrior keys by Gokai Yellow and Super Gosei Yellow. Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Hero Great Battle

After Zangyack were finally defeated, the Gokaigers gave the Ranger Keys back to their rightful owners. Asao received his key and became VulPanther once more. Final Ep.: Farewell Space Pirates

Gallery

Behind the scenes

Etymology

  • Asao's surname is literally "Panther".

Notes

  • While notable as the first official "big cat" Ranger, there are some controversies regarding the representation of VulPanther
    • During the opening credits, the animal that symbolizes Vul Panther, while a big cat, is not part of the panther family; it is a cheetah, which is a member of the subfamily "Felinae", which are closer in genetics to domestic cats than to many other species of big cat, which are in the subfamily "Pantherinae" (which includes lions, tigers, jaguars and leopards)
    • The animal known as a "panther" likewise does not exist; a panther is merely a jaguar or leopard suffering from melanism, which is why their fur is so dark.
  • While only the third Yellow Ranger (after Kirenger and DenziYellow), the inclusion of VulPanther as part of Sun Vulcan sets up the classic "three colors" of Red, Blue and Yellow and likewise leads to Yellow becoming the third-most popular Ranger color.

Appearances


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