Icon-sunvulcan.png This article is about a/an Ranger in Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan.

―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.


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 (49 in Gokaiger), 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.Tvicon.png TV STORY-Ep. 38: Asao Hyou's Dad-Lord


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. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Counting on You! Turboranger

Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai

VulPanther is among the Sentai warriors seen in clips when Daimon Tatsumi (GoYellow) lectured Kai Samezu (GaoBlue) about the past Sentai technical warriors and their fighting spirit. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai


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. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Ep. 1: The Space Pirates Appear Tvicon.png TV STORY-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. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Final Ep.: Farewell Space Pirates

Super Hero Taisen

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. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen

Zyuohger vs. Ninninger

The first 38 Sentai projected into Wild Tousai Shuriken King.

VulPanther appeared with his team among the first 38 Super Sentai whom collectively empowered Wild Tousai Shuriken King in its fight against the titanic Gillmarda, granting the Ninningers and Zyuohgers the power to perform the Zyuoh Ninnin Super Sentai Burst which destroyed Gillmarda with the combined power of all 40 Super Sentai. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger vs. Ninninger: Message from the Future from Super Sentai

Super Sentai Strongest Battle

Asao joined the Super Sentai Strongest Battle as a member of Big Eater Team. It’s unknown whether he participated in the match, but his team was eliminated after losing the first round against the Gilded Team.


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!" Tvicon.png TV STORY-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.png, Kamen Rider StrongerIcon-crosswiki.png, Kamen Rider V3Icon-crosswiki.png, and Ultraman TaroIcon-crosswiki.png 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.png, Kamen Rider StrongerIcon-crosswiki.png, Gavan and Ultraman TaroIcon-crosswiki.png 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.png, Gavan, SharivanIcon-crosswiki.png, VulPanther, and Kamen Rider StrongerIcon-crosswiki.png 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.png, ShaiderIcon-crosswiki.png, Kamen MachinemanIcon-crosswiki.png, DynaRed, DynaBlue, GoggleBlack, VulPanther, and DenziGreen arrive to assist the Biomen.

Video game appearances

Super Sentai Battle: 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 available in the mobile game Super Sentai Battle Base.

Super Sentai Legend Wars

Sun Vulcan as seen in Super Sentai Legend Wars.

VulPanther appears with his team among all Sentai in the mobile game Super Sentai Legend Wars.


VulPanther suit



Special Moves

  • Panther Galaxy: With his Vulcan Stick, Vul Panther thrusts the Stick into the ground to open the ground in front of him.
  • Panther Claw: Vul Panther repeatedly smacks his hands in a foe's face in a claw-like motion.
  • Panther Bomber
  • Panther Mole
  • Rolling Panther
  • Panther Throw

Transformation and Roll Call


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

The VulPanther Ranger Key.

"Sun Vulcan!"
Mobilates' Gokai Change announcement[src]

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. Tvicon.png TV STORY-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. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Final Ep.: Farewell Space Pirates


Behind the Scenes



  • Asao's surname is literally "Leopard".


  • Despite being given a panther motif, the animal used to represent VulPanther in the opening credits is a cheetah.
  • Hyou holds a similarity to the original Yellow Ranger, Daita Oiwa, regarding his love of curry: both prefer to eat the meal at a stand run by the team mentor.


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