Panther Lily (パンサー・リリー Pansā Rirī) is an Exceed that originally worked for the kingdom of Edolas as the Magic Militia's First Division Commander of the Royal Army. He is a member of the Fairy Tail Guild and is Gajeel Redfox's companion. During the time Fairy Tail was disbanded he was a member of the Magic Council. However, he rejoined Fairy Tail after the guild returned.
His head is that of a black panther's, but he has a tall, muscular build similar to that of a human's. Later, this body is called his battle form. He has a white muzzle, small red eyes, and a scar running down across his left eye. Like his fellow commanders (except Hughes), he wore a personal set of battle armor with a long cape draped around his body, as well as a helmet vaguely similar to that of Lyon Vastia.
However, when he reached Earth Land, he took a form which is more typical for Exceeds, as a small, bipedal black cat with round ears. His facial features are retained, albeit in a very deformed manner. Although he can return to his former form, he can only do so for a very limited amount of time. His guild tattoo is on his back in the same place as Happy and Carla's, and is gray in color.
Panther Lily seems to have a grumpy disposition and detests noisy people. He first appears by demanding that Byro and the hyperactive Hughes quiet down (although Sugarboy noted that Panther Lily was in a nastier mood than usual). He also seemed to have reservations about Operation ETD, unlike the other commanders. This was presumably because he did not want his own race to be destroyed, despite the fact that he had also said that Extalia was a fake country, one he discarded a long time ago. However, Panther Lily is on good terms with Mystogan as he saved the young prince from death when he was a small child. Panther Lily does not discriminate against Exceeds or humans and treats them as equals, unlike the Exceeds in Edolas who viewed themselves as superior to the humans.
Panther Lily likes kiwi fruits, even singing their praises. Despite his tough attitude, he is frightened of thunder. He also seems to have a penchant for oversized weapons, as shown from his handling of the Bustermarm and his liking for the Musica Sword.
Panther Lily was once an Exceed that lived in Extalia and worked for Extalia's army. One day he saved the Prince of Edolas from certain danger. However, his act of bringing the young prince to Extalia was considered as an act of treason by the elders, who labelled Panther Lily as a "Fallen", a traitor, and exiled him from Extalia immediately and permanently. After these events, Panther Lily went to live in the human world with Mystogan. He trained himself and joined the Royal Army of Edolas as the Royal Captain of the 1st Magic War Division.
Panther Lily is first seen with the rest of the Royal Army Captains. He tells Byro and Hughes to be quiet, as he dislikes noisy people. When Erza Knightwalker questions him about it, she speculates that a recent military issue has made him grumpier than usual. Later, he is seen in a meeting with the rest of the Royal Staff, and Faust himself. As the meeting is dismissed, Panther Lily starts to voice his disapproval of a military agreement he is unhappy with, but stops and apologizes the moment he sees Faust's stare growing even more unsettling than usual.
He later appears running towards Erza Knightwalker, yelling at her not to let the escaped Lucy Heartfilia and the "fallen" (Carla and Happy) get away. When the two Exceed grab Lucy and fly away, Panther Lily is then seen staring upward at them from the ground with the rest of the Army Captains after they have been cornered from both sky and ground. Later, when Faust orders the initiation of Code ETD, which involves the overthrowing of the Exceed and the destruction of their homeland Extalia, he shows intense rage upon learning about the military and King's true plan. However, this does not make him falter in his duty, as when Gajeel Redfox and Happy set out to destroy the giant Lacrima, a vital part of the King's plans. Panther Lily uses his giant sword to slice away part of the floating island to prevent them from getting closer. As Gajeel tries to slash him, Panther Lily just flies away, before slamming down his massive sword and cutting away a bit more of the island along with it. He and Gajeel then prepare fight each other seriously.
Their fight starts to get intense when Gajeel's iron scales allow him to withstand an attack from Panther Lily's sword, but the giant Exceed refuses to give in, loudly exclaiming his personal history of being an exile of Extalia. Gajeel immediately takes a liking to him and tries to make him his cat companion. However, before deciding to make him his companion, Gajeel decides to show him who is stronger, and manages to break Lily's sword, shocking the black Exceed. With his weapon destroyed, Panther Lily moves the fight to one of hand-to-hand combat. Later on during their fight, Panther Lily and Gajeel observe the Dragon Chain Cannon being fired. Seeing that Gajeel has run away from the fight to stop the Dragon Chain Cannon succeeding in its job, Panther Lily yells at him for running away, only to be stunned by what Gajeel has to say: "I'll be back to get you, to bring you to my guild, and if you don't come, I'll beat you up and drag you there". Panther Lily then notices that Coco is helping the enemy, and screams at her to get away.
As he watches and yells at them that it is useless to try to stop the Lacrima, he notices that more and more Exceed are coming forward to push the Lacrima back, much to his surprise. He himself remembers a crueller Extalia, one that banished him for his helping of an injured human child, and cannot believe that such a country would come together to help one another. He then watches as the Queen falls from the sky due to her poor flying capabilities, and quickly rushes to her aid, asking her if she is finally finished with all of her lies. As the Queen apologizes, so does Panther Lily, stating that no matter how much he tried, he could never bring himself to hate Extalia, as it is his home country. He then notices that the Lacrima Island is being pushed back due to the Exceeds valiant efforts, and watches as Mystogan arrives and sends the Lacrima back to Earth Land using the Anima.
Mystogan tells him that he was glad to have saved his country, causing Panther Lily to thank him and refer to Mystogan as the Prince of Edolas, who turns out to be the very child Panther Lily saved those many years ago. The reunion is cut short however when Erza Knightwalker appears and shoots Panther Lily through the stomach, declaring that the battle is far from over. This angers Gajeel, who yells at Knightwalker for daring to touch his cat. Though badly wounded, Panther Lily survives the attack and watches the Dragon Slayers battle Faust with Mystogan, and is shocked when he realizes that Mystogan apparently faked being defeated by Faust to help treat his wounds. He then follows Mystogan into the room that produces Anima, and is stunned when Mystogan reveals his plan to transfer all Magic in Edolas to Earth Land.
Mystogan then carries out his plan, leaving the people of Edolas in distress as they watch their world begin to crumble. Mystogan tells Panther Lily that for the people to be calmed the two of them must take on the roles of a villain and a hero, and once the people see that the villain has been defeated, they will gain their confidence once again and follow their new hero into the future. Mystogan tells Panther Lily to kill him, becoming the hero and the "King of the New World".
Panther Lily refuses to kill him and instead offers to be the villain because they need to quell the chaos. Mystogan is adamant that Panther Lily has a happy life. They are interrupted by somebody who says that a riot is beginning to amass outside the palace, and Panther Lily follows the guard outside to help deal with them. When he asks how many people are involved, his subordinates reply that there are only 3 people, causing Panther Lily to become distraught at the soldiers inability to halt the mayhem caused by only a few trouble-makers; but the soldiers further reply that the perpetrators are rather powerful, and Panther Lily ultimately learns that the trio of rioters are none other than Natsu, Gajeel and Wendy. Natsu claims to be the "Great Demon Lord Dragneel" and boasts that he has defeated the King and is now taking the world's Magic power.
Mystogan tells Natsu to stop, but Natsu simply challenges him to beat him while revealing him as the Prince of Edolas. As Mystogan and Panther Lily wonder how such events unfolded, Nadi reveals himself and tells the duo that he overheard their conversation and asked the Dragon Slayers to become the "villains" instead. As the Anima starts to strengthen, Nadi tells Panther Lily to get ready for what they are gonna do next. Panther Lily suddenly starts to glow, and realizes that the Anima will transfer all of the Exceed to Earth Land too, as the Exceed -unlike the humans in Edolas- possess Magic within their bodies. Before all the Exceeds are transferred to Earth Land, Panther Lily tells Mystogan that he can take his time in rebuilding the kingdom, and the two bid each other farewell one last time.
Later, Panther Lily (with other Exceeds and Fairy Tail members) is transported to Earth Land. After the Exceeds have left, Gajeel wonders aloud where Panther Lily has gotten too. Showing up in a normal Exceed-sized form, Panther Lily requests that he join the guild that the Prince was once a member of, asking Gajeel to keep his promise of letting him join. Gajeel could not be happier, and holds him tightly as he cries in happiness. Panther Lily then pulls the rope he has been holding the whole time and states that he had caught someone suspicious. As he pulls the person into view, everyone is left speechless by the fact that the person is Lisanna. Lisanna asks Panther Lily if he is an Exceed, to which he replies by stating his name, and Gajeel angrily asks her if she is picking a fight with his cat. When Lisanna reveals that she is actually the Lisanna from Earth Land who was sent to Edolas two years ago, Panther Lily alongside Natsu and the others helps Lisanna to return to her siblings.
Tenrou Island arc
Back at Fairy Tail, everybody is acting hyper and rambunctious again. Panther Lily is surprised by how noisy everyone is, and finds it hard to believe they all have Magic Power inside of them. Erza explains that that is how Mages are in Earth Land, and also points out that the Magic is not important, but the hearts and the people who wield it. Panther Lily tells Erza that it is comforting to see a familiar face like hers, even though she is not the Erza he knew. When Gajeel propose a fight between the Dragon Slayer's Exceeds, Panther Lily refuses, saying that picking a pointless fight only will get them hurt. He suggests that he get along with Happy and Carla, but everybody else in the Guild starts to fight anyway. A while later, everyone finishes fighting and is sleeping from exhaustion, with Gajeel hugging Panther Lily with one arm.
Panther Lily is later seen having a brief sparring session against Erza in his large form. The match ends shortly after when Panther Lily can no longer sustain his Magic and reverts to his chibi form. He then notes that he can only remain in his true form under a set amount of time while he is in Earth Land. He nevertheless ends up being the object of Gajeel's gloating -the studded Mage having apparently been overseeing the match- to Erza. The next day, at the S-Class Mage Promotion Trial ceremony when Gajeel gets angry about the master not picking him, Panther Lily says Erza told him that the guild did not trust him. Moments later he is seen pleased when Gajeel shows his good intentions by offering to help Levy become an S-Class Mage.
A little while before the first trial reaches its end, Panther Lily and Carla fly towards Tenrou Island despite not being allowed to, though Carla defends their actions by saying that they are merely going to watch. As they are flying, Panther Lily notes that there is something strange about Mest's relation to his Prince. As they land on the beach, he states that Mystogan was a secluded person who would never socialize with anyone and would put everyone to sleep whenever he was around. He also finds it unlikely that Mystogan would take a disciple -the position Mest claims to fill- and ends his pondering by wondering whether Mest is really a member of Fairy Tail at all.
He and Carla find and confront Mest just as the red attack signal flare is sent up into the air, and question his motives and identity. Panther Lily transforms into his Battle Mode and pins Mest against a rock, but Mest teleports out of his grip to save Wendy from Azuma's attack. Mest then explains that he is a member of the Council who infiltrated Fairy Tail to find information to disband them. He also reveals that he has a battle ship nearby that will arrest the guild members; Azuma however, destroys the battle ship and engages them in battle. Panther Lily tells everyone to stand back as he prepares for the upcoming fight.
Panther Lily then charges Azuma and immediately gets engulfed in an explosion. However, he presses on and successfully punches Azuma in the face. After that, the residue left behind from the previous explosion explodes, damaging him once more. Wishing that he had his sword, Panther Lily then is empowered by Wendy's Arms X Vernier, which increases both his leg speed and his arm strength. He then proceeds to dodge Azuma's explosions, and flies high into the sky after Carla tells him to, thus serving as a distraction for a surprise attack by Mest and Wendy. However, Azuma notices the attempt and summons an enormous column of flame, defeating all his opponents in one attack, including the airborne Panther Lily. On the ground, Panther Lily then reverts to his chibi form, unconscious.
He wakes up after Natsu and Happy arrive at the scene. Looking to the sky, he sees Caprico releasing numerous bubbles, from which Grimoire Heart members emerge to fight them. As Natsu and Happy take out most of the members in their immediate vicinity, he notes that he does not even have enough Magic left to retain his Battle form. He looks on as Zancrow arrives to fight Natsu, and trembles in fear when he sees Zancrow incinerate his remaining allies. He then watched as the two do battle. After Happy commentates too much on the fight, an annoyed Zancrow burns them as well.
Sometime later, after Natsu and Makarov's fight with Zancrow has concluded, Wendy and the cats are seen next to the unconscious Natsu and barely conscious Makarov, with Wendy trying to heal them. Happy explains how Natsu's scarf was turned black, which makes Panther Lily wonder if the mysterious Mage present on the island is really Zeref. Some time later, Natsu wakes up and asks them where Makarov is, to which Panther Lily replies that he is right beside Natsu. Natsu then picks up a familiar scent of a former enemy that he fought on Galuna Island and runs off, despite the groups protests.
Panther Lily is later seen appearing somewhat shocked when Doranbolt -revealed to be Mest's real name- comes back to the island. After Doranbolt proposes to help get Fairy Tail off of Tenrou Island, Panther Lily, along with the others, refuses and states that Fairy Tail can take care of its own problems.
After arriving at the resting area, Panther Lily informs a worried Levy and Lisanna that Natsu and the rest of the group are on their way, and listens as Levy states that they need to unite against their foe. Soon after, Rustyrose shows up and challenges him along with Levy and Lisanna to battle. He is later seen when he notices Bluenote's Magic. When Freed and Bickslow arrive he is shocked to see them and marvels at the true power of the Thuder God Tribe.
Panther Lily, along with Lisanna and Levy, warns Freed and Bickslow to be careful when Rustyrose attacks them with his spell, Ghost of the Britear. He is later seen collapsing when Azuma uproots the tree on Tenrou Island that protects and gives power to Fairy Tail members.
After Rustyrose is defeated, Natsu and the others arrive at the camp. While Freed and Bickslow review the situation, Panther Lily informs them about the Grimoire Heart Battle Ship's location and suggests that they split the group into two teams, and attack team and a defense team. As Panther Lily waits at camp, it starts to thunder. Panther Lily covers his ears from the sound as Carla and Happy make fun of his fear. Shortly after, Natsu gets up and claims he is going to beat Hades. Panther Lily, along with Happy, Carla, Lucy, and Wendy join Natsu. As they head towards Hades' battleship, they meet up with Erza and Gray. When they arrive at the battleship, Hades awaits them outside. After Hades heads back into his ship, Natsu tells Panther Lily, Carla and Happy to search around the airship for its power source, to make sure the ship will not take flight during the battle.
As the rest of the group battle Hades, the cats crawl through the vents in the ship. Whilst they crawl, Happy sees something in the room below them. Carla and Panther Lily take a peek too and are amazed to see that "it" is alive. The cats drop down into the room below them and Panther Lily looks at the supposed power source and repeats the Dark Guild's name, finally understanding it. Just then, Grimoire Heart members run into the room. Panther Lily says he will defend Happy and Carla as they try to stop the power source. As Panther Lily fights, he takes one of the swords a member was holding. It enlarges, and Panther Lily realizes the sword is exactly like his previous sword, Bustermarm, and proceeds to attack with it. After Carla and Happy successfully destroy the power source, which turned out to be Hades' real heart, Panther Lily looks back and smiles at them. After the war with Grimoire Heart ends, Panther Lily goes to rest at Tenrou Island's base with everyone else.
Everything is interrupted when Acnologia, the infamous Black Dragon, lands on Tenrou Island and starts attacking everyone. All of the Fairy Tail members start moving towards the ship to escape as the Dragon goes on its rampage. To give them time to reach safety, Makarov enters full Giant mode and grabs Acnologia, holding it off from attacking the guild members. Everyone wishes to help Makarov, but he shouts for them not to disobey his final order. When Makarov is overwhelmed by Acnologia, all of the members run back and go all out against the Dragon. As Acnologia, having shrugged off all the combined attacks from its assailants, flies high up into the sky and readies to fire a breath attack against Tenrou Island, the guild members join their hands in a circle. While promising they will return home to Fairy Tail, they are struck by Acnologia's blast, which completely annihilates Tenrou Island, leaving nothing behind.
Panther Lily, along with the rest of the members on Tenrou Island, is rescued by Bisca, Alzack, Jet, Droy, Max, Warren and the Trimens from Blue Pegasus. He watches as Mavis Vermilion reveals that she was the one who saved them and then disappears. He, along with the other supposedly missing members, returns to Fairy Tail and is welcomed back by Romeo.
Key of the Starry Sky arc
Note: Events in this arc occur only in the anime and do not constitute canon material.
Grand Magic Games arc
Whilst the guild members are talking about the current situation in Fiore, Panther Lily catches the eye of the young Asuka Connell, who strokes him with pleasure. He also comments about Happy's feelings toward Carla.
When the guild decides to participate in the Grand Magic Games, the returned members separate into four teams, all heading to train in four different locations, and Panther Lily accompanies Gajeel for some secret training. Levy wants to go with them, but the two refuse her proposal. After arriving at their training grounds, the two immediately begin training and collapse at dusk, exhausted but happy with their progress.
The Grand Magic Games later begin and Panther Lily sits in the audience alongside the other nonparticipating members of Fairy Tail, bragging to Happy about how strong Gajeel has become. Upon Sabertooth's arrival, Panther Lily notices Lector and Frosch cheering for their guild and questions if the latter two are Exceeds. He watches with interest as the first event of the tournament begins, and upon seeing Rufus Lore of Team Sabertooth take out all of his opposition in less than two moves, Panther Lily comments on the man's incredible abilities. When Lucy battles Flare and has her Urano Metria spell cancelled, Panther Lily critically notes that Flare made no attempt to cancel the Magic, heightening everyone's feeling that someone outside the battle did so. When the third battle of the first day is announced, Panther Lily remarks that they will finally get to see Sabertooth in battle, seeming intrigued to see how Fiore's strongest guild is in a fight. Orga unleashes a huge wave of black thunder at Warcry, prompting Panther Lily to become scared and try to cover his ears, shaking in fear. When Jellal later appears to be choking on something during the final battle of day 1, Panther Lily can only watch in confusion.
After Fairy Tail's general failure in the first day, Panther Lily joins his guild in drinking at a local bar. Though most of the guild seem pretty downhearted, Gajeel and Panther Lily both express their excitement for the next two days, with Panther Lily commenting that they will finally get to see the results of his and Gajeel's training. After hearing Makarov's encouraging speech, Panther Lily sits back to watch the antics that take place between the drunk members of the guild.
When the event of day two begins, Panther Lily is seen to be utterly shocked at the Dragon Slayers' poor performances. Though not surprised by Natsu's characteristic hatred of transport, Panther Lily cannot contain his shock that Gajeel is having similar issues. Despite his confusion, he is seen smiling at Natsu and Gajeel's stern willpower to complete the task, as well as their words to the Fairy Tail members who missed them for seven years. During the battle portion of the day, after seeing Carla released from the sick bay, Panther Lily asks if she has fully recovered, and then he and Happy both express their slight embarrassment at Mirajane and Jenny's battle, which is taking place below. He later wonders aloud if there was some sort of rule the two implemented to allow such a competition to take place. Despite the odd contest though, Panther Lily is shown to be happy at Mirajane's victory.
On the third day of the Grand Magic Games, Panther Lily, Happy and Carla discuss the day's event and the different aspects that need to be taken into account to perform well. However, when Erza disregards strategy altogether and wins despite challenging all 100 monsters in the event at the same time, Panther Lily is seen smiling at the pure recklessness and strength she displayed. Mato then declares that a secondary event will have to take place for the other competitors, and upon seeing Obra step forward to compete, Panther Lily and his fellow Exceed comment on his attacking of Wendy with general looks of discomfort. He is also seen to be very pleased with Cana's use of Fairy Glitter, the attack that wins her the secondary event. Seeing the fight in which Laxus defeats all of Raven Tail participants by his lonesome, a proud Panther Lily smiles. Later that day when Wendy represents Team Fairy Tail A in a battle against Sherria Blendy of Lamia Scale, Panther Lily is seen shocked at Wendy's unleashing of Shattering Light: Sky Drill.
After the third day's events and battles, the Fairy Tail Mages head off to Ryuzetsu Land in order to relax after the day's events. While there, Panther Lily enjoys some fresh Kiwi juice. Later alongside Happy and Gajeel he sticks his head through a cutout appearing as an octopus. Later in the day, the Fairy Tail members celebrate their victories by throwing a party and having fun. Panther Lily complements Wendy's effort and the development she displayed during her awestruck fight against Sherria.
Panther Lily, along with Carla and Happy, watches anxiously as Team Sabertooth confronts Team Fairy Tail A after Minerva drops Lucy. He later watches as the new Fairy Tail team is announced and enters the arena.
On the fourth day of the Grand Magic Games, a tag battle between Quatro Cerberus and Blue Pegasus takes place with participants Bacchus and Rocker versus Ichiya and the Rabbit. Panther Lily is seen eager to know the identity of this mysterious rabbit. He is utterly shocked to see that the rabbit is his comrade from Extalia, Nichiya. Later, the most anticipated tag battle;Fairy Tail versus Sabertooth involving Sting and Rogue versus Gajeel and Natsu is announced. Panther Lily is seen very concerned about this fight.
Panther Lily watches the battle of the Dragon Slayers alongside the others. During the climax of the battle, Panther Lily is shown smiling at Natsu's and Gajeel's extreme endurance, which has allowed them to continue fighting despite the grievous blows they have taken. Panther Lily again smiles at the sight of Natsu overwhelming the Twin Dragons of Sabertooth with his attacks. He later becomes shocked following the explosion created by Natsu, Sting and Rogue's collision.
Later, Panther Lily and the other two Exceeds accompany the Dragons Slayers as Gajeel takes them to a location he has found. When they arrive, Panther Lily is shocked to discover that they've found a Dragon graveyard, making a remark that this confirms the existence of Dragons.
Not long after, Wendy suggests that she uses the forbidden technique, Milky Way, allowing her to be able to summon a Dragon's soul and learn the truth about the species' massacre. When the actual process takes affect, Panther Lily shows surprise at the fact that a soul is being brought forth, let alone a Dragon's. He then bears witness to the arrival of Zirconis' soul, showing great shock at the latter's appearance. He regains enough composure though to explain that he and his guildmates want to know the truth about the Dragon's. Despite some reluctance, Zirconis finally explains about the Dragons and Dragon Festival, adding additional information about Acnologia; the last piece of information visibly shocks Panther Lily.
Soon after, the group is approached by Arcadios and Yukino Agria. Natsu shows immediate hostility towards the former, causing Happy and Panther Lily to remind him about Arcadios' high-ranking status in Fiore. Arcadios brushes it off, however, and tells the Fairy Tail Mages to follow them to Mercurius, where he elaborates on the details of the Eclipse Plan. Soon after, members of the Fiore Guard surround the Mages, with Darton leading them. Darton kicks Panther Lily and his guildmates, save for Lucy, out of the building.
Panther Lily then returns to the guild with his guildmates to discuss what to do about Lucy's arrest. He wonders if the Kingdom let they know about the Eclipse Plant so they would eventually speak against Arcadios; Carla, however, says that they wouldn't risk so much to achieve so little. Makarov then makes up a plan to rescue Lucy: while a team competes in the Games to get an audience with the King, another team composed by Panther Lily, Happy, Carla, Wendy, Mirajane and Natsu goes to Mercurius to rescue Lucy directly. While on their way to Mercurius and with the last battle of the games about to begin, the team wonder how they would enter the palace. Panther Lily listens to Happy and Carla talk about Happy's ridiculous plan and when it is ultimately decided against, Mirajane suggests her own with Panther Lily wondering why Mirajane is still wearing the hockey mask Happy gave her. Later, Mirajane sneaks the team into the palace under the disguise of a palace guard and while pretending to capture Natsu and Wendy with the Panther Lily and the other Exceeds hidden in her disguise.
Soon after, Panther Lily and the rest of group locates the cell Lucy and Yukino are locked in. After Natsu melts the bars and frees Lucy and Yukino the group stands outside the cell. Suddenly, the floor collapses beneath them sending Panther Lily and the rest of the group falling into the unknown. Soon, Panther Lily lands in an underground cavern where a strange voice tells him and the rest of the group they're in "Abyss Palace".
Panther Lily then spends some time examining his surroundings, along with the other Mages, later grumbling to himself that he would have drawn a map of the vicinity on his body had he known what was to become of his team. The Mages eventually find a way out from their pit and are lead into another, where they find a wounded Arcadios. Panther Lily studies him quietly when he and the others are suddenly attacked by the Garou Knights.
With the Garou Knights moving to attack, Panther Lily takes on his battle form and gets in front of Happy and Carla, telling the two to stand back. As Mirajane, Wendy and Natsu fight off Kamika's spells, Panther Lily notices a large group of vines rising from the ground to attack Yukino and Lucy, and quickly draws his sword to slash through them before either of the girls is harmed. Effectively destroying the onslaught, Panther Lily notices that the largest of the knights has come up behind him, and, as the giant man tries to crush him with both his large fists and acid Magic, just manages to avoid being hit by swiftly jumping backwards. Landing, Panther Lily is struck by one of Kamika's attacks, becoming paralyzed as Cosmos summons a gigantic flower on the roof of the cave to suck them all in. As a result of Wendy's healing Magic curing them of their binding, Panther Lily moves with Mirajane and Natsu to destroy the plant before it can consume them, the explosion of the three's attack smashing the cavern walls and separating everyone in a landslide of earth. Emerging and questioning where the rest of his comrades have disappeared to, Panther Lily is confronted once more by the largest member of the Garou Knights.
Being attacked by the huge man, Panther Lily draws his sword as a flurry of acid begins to swirl towards him in a wave. Needing to move to evade the attack, Panther Lily comments on the difficulty of facing acid, as he cannot utilize his sword to stop the attacks. As the battle proceeds, Panther Lily begins to remember the strenuous training he went through with Gajeel, which in turn gives him the strength to cut through the acid, defeating his opponent.
Panther Lily and the other Mages then try to find a way out, discussing Arcadios' health and Princess Hisui in the meanwhile. Soon, however, a hooded woman appears in front of the group, startling the Mages. Panther Lily is shocked to see that the other woman is Lucy, who came from the future using the Eclipse Gate. When Happy asks what is going on, he admits that he has no idea. The group then decides to leave and shoot a signal, meaning that Lucy's rescue was successful.
After the group becomes lost in the castle, Panther Lily notifies the group of the difficulty of contacting their guild in their current situation. After Lucy from the future awakens, he and the others learn of how she and her friends from her timeline were captured by the royal army, and why she came back to the past. After hearing about the impending attack, Panther Lily notes Natsu's loud reaction and also wonders whether it has anything to do with the events in the Dragon graveyard, as Wendy does. Later, the future Lucy explains her story of coming back in time, unfortunately without a strategy, at which point she is comforted by Natsu, who says he will protect the future. During their escape from the castle dungeons, and their subsequent battle with the castle knights, Panther Lily enters his Battle Form and protects Lucy, warning her to stay back, much to the latter's protest.
During the battle, Panther Lily tells Happy and Carla to get behind him as he fights the army. However, he is attacked himself by acid from a member of the Garou Knights, whom he immediately recognizes. The other Garou Knights arrive as well, claiming they won't let the rescue team leave the castle. During the battle, Panther Lily reverts to his chibi form, much to his disappointment. As they fight, a shadow envelops the area and swallows the Fiore army as well as the Garou Knights. As the shadow begins to dissipate, a man reveals himself. When he is recognized, he addresses Natsu, stating he came from the future and he is Rogue. Panther Lily and co. recollect him as Rogue from Sabertooth abd ask about his return to the past. Rogue simply reveals that he returned to open the gates, and continues on to explain the methods of which the Eclipse Gate may be utilized. Rogue reveals that a certain individual prevents the opening of the gates and he has come back in time to eliminate the person, to which Panther Lily says that killing is not necessarily essential with reasoning with others. After stating that words cannot remedy their situation and that the future is inevitable, Rogue reveals that the individual is Lucy Heartfilia, to which he lunges towards her with an assault. Before Rogue's strike connects, Lucy's future self defends Lucy with her own body and in turn, takes the assault from Rogue and loses her life. After Panther Lily and co.'s emotional parting, Rogue prepares for yet another assault, to which Natsu intervenes and strikes Rogue.
Natsu then tells Lucy to leave the place and despite her initial resistance, she is taken by Loke and together with Panther Lily, Happy, Carla and Wendy escape from the battle. They then find themselves at the location of the Eclipse Cannon as Hisui approves of the start of the firing sequence. When Happy asks about Loke's whereabouts, Panther Lily replies that he had to leave due to Eclipse's power to drain Magic. Suddenly, they are found out by Arcadios who tells them to reveal themselves. When Hisui congratulates them for winning the Grand Magic Games, Panther Lily smiles, saying that it was to be expected. Arcadios then asks about Future Lucy's location, to which Panther Lily replies that she's been killed by another person from future, surprising both Hisui and Arcadios. Afterwards, they watch, together, as the Eclipse Gate opens. Feeling the pressure of the Magic power the Eclipse Gate contains, Panther Lily and his Exceed friends stand awestruck, Panther Lily shocked that such a vast amount of power can be confined to one space; the group no longer doubting the Gates ability to take on the incoming Dragons. However, Lucy suddenly steps forward and demands that the Gate be shut. As Panther Lily wonders why on earth she wants such a thing to occur, the Gate fully opens and the ground begins to shake, Panther Lily gazing on open-mouthed as a humongous Dragon walks through it and into Crocus. With the Dragon causing mayhem in it's wake and sending everyone flying in all directions, Panther Lily quickly worries about Lucy when she rushes towards the Gate, trying desperately to close it.
As more Dragons begin to flood through the Eclipse Gate, Panther Lily grits he teeth worrying about how many are entering the city. After Lucy and Yukino close the Eclipse Gate, Future Rogue arrives on the scene, commanding the Dragons to hunt down the Mages left in the city. Panther Lily questions how Rogue is able to make the Dragons do his bidding, to which he smirks telling him he has obtained Dragon Manipulating Magic and heads off to view the battle from above on a Dragon, leaving those stationed at the gate at the mercy of the Dragon Zirconis. Panther Lily is then left speechless as Zirconis demonstrates his ability to rid people of their clothes.
Panther Lily watches as Zirconis threatens to devour Lucy twice, but is halted by Wendy and Mirajane, who promise to defeat him, while Happy takes off to find and save Lucy. He and Yukino remain on the ground, watching those events.
After Ultear's noble sacrifice to turn back time allowing all the Mages in the vicinity to envision the subsequent minute, Panther Lily remains perturbed by the occurrence and questions whether it was Carla's doing or not, despite Happy chiming in and receiving an apathetic retort from Panther Lily. Suddenly, Lucy runs in and joins Panther Lily and the rest of the Mages with important news. With her future counterpart's diary at hand, Lucy reveals that they must destroy the Gates to prevent the catastrophe from occurring, with Panther Lily analyzing the situation and noting that they may rewrite the past in theory by disrupting Future Rogue's means of travel.
Thanks to Natsu, the gates are destroyed not long after. Hisui notes that in the future, they should no longer be usable, to which Panther Lily states that such should prevent Rogue will no longer have any means to come to the present.
Later, Panther Lily is present at the great banquet of the Grand Magic Games Mages. With Millianna still feeling down, Erza uses Panther Lily along with Happy and Carla to distract her. While Millianna hugs all three Exceed, Panther Lily states that they're not stuffed animals.
When Panther Lily and the other Fairy Tail Mages return back to Magnolia, the whole town celebrates their coming first in the Grand Magic Games, leaving Panther Lily visibly impressed.
Eclipse Celestial Spirits arc
Note: Events in this arc occur only in the anime and do not constitute canon material.
Sun Village arc
Some time after returning, Panther Lily goes on a job alongside Gajeel. Forced to go alongside Jet and Droy, the group comes across a band of masked fighters who kidnap and tie up Jet and Droy. Preparing to fight, Panther Lily asks Gajeel why he brought the two of them, to which he is told that they simply followed him.
As Levy researches the Books of Zeref, Panther Lily questions Gajeel about the Demons from them, but Gajeel states he doesn't know. Later, standing beside Gajeel, Panther Lily sternly listens in as Makarov lies to a grievously wounded Freed about the village that was harmed by his, Laxus, Yajima and the Thunder God Tribe's battle with Nine Demon Gates member Tempester, wherein he is informed that all the villagers escaped perfectly unharmed; a far cry from the truth. After Loke appears and helps the Fairy Tail Mages track down some of the former Council members, Porlyusica tells Panther Lily and the other Mages that they should gather as much intel as possible from the Council members, as well as get a blood sample from the one who injured Laxus and the Thunder God Tribe. Panther Lily then listens to Makarov's inspiring speech about avenging the injuries that Laxus, Freed, Evergreen and Bickslow suffered.
Panther Lily, accompanied by Gajeel and Shadow Gear, is assigned to protect former Council member Belno from Tartaros, however when they arrive at her home they find her already dead and are contacted by Makarov for a status report, wherein Panther Lily tells him that her death was most likely an assassination. Later, with all their Lacrima connected, Panther Lily listen to Michello as he explains the necessary requirements to fire Etherion, one of the Council's most powerful weapons, where he states after listening that with the murder of all the Council members, Etherion was successfully nullified. Michello then reluctantly explains what Face is: a Magic Pulse Bomb, one that nullifies all Magic across an entire continent, and upon hearing that Tartaros doesn't use Magic, Panther Lily notes that with the dropping of Face, they would be able to do as they please with no resistance.
Returning to the guild, Panther Lily hears from Lucy's team that they lost Natsu and were not able to find Erza, Happy or Mirajane upon going to the ex-chairman's house. Panther Lily asks Gajeel if he could find them via scent but the latter notes that if Wendy could not, neither can he. Suddenly, Happy stumbles into the guild and reveals that Natsu, Erza and Mirajane were taken prisoner by Tartaros and that the ex-chairman is a traitor. As he expresses sadness over not being able to save them, Panther Lily tells him not to dwell on it and asks about their hideout. Finding out that Tartaros has a mobile base, the guild prepares for an invasion just as Elfman suddenly arrives.
After Elfman explains that Lisanna got captured and Yuri was already dead when he found him, Panther Lily reassures the Mage, telling him that Levy has already began calculating the location of Tartaros' headquarters. After Levy manages to pinpoint Tartaros' location, she reveals that it currently flies just above Magnolia, and Panther Lily along with the other Fairy Tail members prepares to fight Tartaros. However, as they get ready, a huge explosion suddenly goes off and destroys the guild, leaving the fate of its members unknown.
Panther Lily and the rest of the guild manage to survive though due to the quick thinking of Cana, who used her Card Dimension to seal all of the members into a deck of cards. Handing the decks to Panther Lily, Carla and Happy, Cana requests that they quickly fly towards Cube, the Exceed doing so just as the guild explodes. As they approach the floating Tartaros headquarters, they are suddenly pulled towards the underside of the cube by some sort of gravity field, and realize their presence is known. Allowing Cana to free the guild from the cards, Panther Lily prepares to face Tartaros. Exhausted from the fighting, Panther Lily worriedly states that while he and the other Mages tire themselves fighting the Tartaros army, Erza and the other prisoners are in danger. He is then sucked into Cube and petrified due to Mard Geer's Curse, along with Gajeel and the rest of the guild.
After being freed from Alegria, Panther Lily runs about the destroyed Cube and finds Happy, whose presence he finds relief in, as he lost sight of Gajeel. When he sees a mushroom on Happy's head, however, Panther Lily becomes rather perturbed and unsuccessfully tries to pull it off his head. Giving up, the Exceed merely walks down the destroyed corridors with his companion.
Panther Lily and Happy soon reunite with Erza, as well as Lector, Frosch and a redeemed Minerva. After the latter swiftly removes the mushroom attached to Happy's head, explaining that it actually is one of the Nine Demon Gates and thus can help them find the control room, Panther Lily congratulates Happy for his actions. With the group now walking towards the control room, Panther Lily mentions that regardless of all the things that happened during the Grand Magic Games, it's possible that those of Sabertooth are in fact good people; upon hearing from Lector that Minerva's specialty is cooking, Panther Lily comments that she would make a fantastic wife. However, his daydreams are cut short by an intimidating Erza, whose gaze prompts him to continue to walk forth, though as he does so, he wonders about how Gajeel is fairing. Later, Panther Lily and everyone else arrives at the control room, where he spots Crawford preparing Face for detonation. Before they can stop them, Kyôka and Seilah appear, and Panther Lily is forced to choke himself due to Seilah's Macro; when Kyôka threatens Erza, Panther Lily tries to move, but curses his inability to do so. However, his movement is restored when Mirajane arrives and takes out Seilah, though his happiness quickly turns into fear when he realizes that Face is close to activating.
Sternly, Panther Lily watches Erza and Kyôka fight; he listens to Mirajane explain what happened to her after Alegria was dispelled, until he hears a roar and expresses his wonder at what could be making the noise. Having learned that Acnologia is coming, Panther Lily looks on towards the sky with the other Exceed. Panther Lily then watches as Kyôka performs an Organic Link with Face's activation Lacrima, and wonders aloud as to what the markers that appear are, to which he is answered that they represent the number of Face bombs on the continent. Panther Lily then watches as Kyôka breaks Erza's armor, much to his surprise; before long, however, he is beset with incredible amounts of pain, courtesy of Kyôka's sensory manipulation. Watching the same fate befall Erza, Panther Lily grits his teeth in anger as Kyôka completely takes away all five of her senses.
His anger turning into cheer as Erza fights back, Panther Lily speculates that Erza's ability to continue to fight is due to her awakening a sixth or seventh sense, but then expresses bland surprise when Happy says that the reason is because she is simply Erza. Mere seconds later, with Happy calling out to Erza about Face's timer rapidly accelerating, Panther Lily yells out that Erza cannot hear them, and soon comments that Kyôka's strength keeps increasing whilst Erza's sensitivity does the same. Then, as Erza defeats Kyôka and Face's timer continues to rapidly approach zero, Panther Lily calls out for Erza to deal the finishing blow, but even when Minerva does so in her stead, the timer reaches zero regardless and Face activates, leaving Panther Lily stunned. Panther Lily watches on the projection as the Face bombs begin to go off all around Earth Land, but not for long, as the Dragons return and take them down one by one. When all of the Faces are destroyed, Pantherily is visibly relieved. Panther Lily later stands by Gajeel in awe as the Dragons come to greet them.
A week after Tartaros' fall, Panther Lily watches Wendy as she has her hair returned to normal by Cancer. Curious, he asks Carla how Wendy has been, and when she returns the question to him about Gajeel, he urges her to look for herself at a silent and upset Gajeel. When Carla expresses worry over Natsu's wellbeing, Panther Lily reminds her that he should be the least of her worries, because Happy is with him.
Panther Lily stands by Gajeel as they prepare to raid Avatar HQ as the members of the Council's Custody Enforcement Unit. Later, Panther Lily sits with Gajeel and the rest of the Custody Enforcement Unit at their camp and tells Gajeel that someone is approaching their camp; Gajeel remarks to Panther Lily that he too can hear and smell the person, who is Levy. After Levy delivers her information and remarks that Gray appears to have sunk into the darkness, Panther Lily asks Gajeel whether he can strike down Gray, as they were friends, to which Gajeel replies that if their paths are different they are enemies and he will be defeated.
Panther Lily and the other Custody Enforcement members eventually arrive at the battlefield to round up the defeated Avatar members, wherein he strikes down a resisting D-6. After, he is greeted by Natsu and clears up any confusion that surrounds Gajeel actually joining the Magic Council, and reveals that Gray is not actually in any trouble, as he was the one that led the Magic Council to Malba City to help stop the Ultimate Elimination. After this, Panther Lily and the others heed Erza's request for a shout of victory, which he joins in upon, and then converses with his fellow Exceeds in his small, altered form, including a mysteriously arrived Frosch, who has strayed away from Rogue, before it is taken and cuddled by Gray and everyone else.
After leaving their jobs with the Council to rejoin Fairy Tail, Gajeel states his disappointment, prompting Panther Lily to tell him to make it at least seem like he is joking. Panther Lily then shows up at the actual revival of Fairy Tail, on Gajeel's shoulder, and then stands beside Levy; he watches as Lucy catches up with everyone else in the guild and cries tears of joy at their reunion.
Alvarez Empire arc
During Fairy Tail's reconstruction effort, Panther Lily tells Wendy and Carla that he, Gajeel and Levy have been laying the foundation for the day that Fairy Tail could be properly revived. When the topic of who will succeed Makarov arises, Panther Lily implies that anyone should do, as they would only be a temporary guild master. Later, as Gajeel listens in on the conversation taking place between Mest Gryder and others underground, Panther Lily asks him if anything is wrong. Then, when Gajeel says he's going to form the "B-Team," and that they're going to hunt down the one who uses lightning, the word "lightning" puts Panther Lily at unease.
When the team reaches their destination, after Mirajane questions if they are doing the right thing by splitting the teams, Panther Lily states that this is an infiltration mission and thus it's definitely right thing to do. Later, Panther Lily and the others all head to the Pegasus Village hot springs to relax. While there, they meet up with Ichiya, who tells them that Laxus and the Thunder God Tribe have joined Blue Pegasus, and Panther Lily watches Gajeel get infuriated for not getting to reveal the information himself. He later boards Christina along with the others, as they head towards the Alvarez Empire's capital of Vistarion. After rescuing their master and friends from Spriggan 12's Ajeel Ramal, Panther Lily informs the astounded Team Natsu, as well as Mest, that they are still in enemy territory.
Back in the guild, after a short while of partying, Panther Lily listens to Makarov's apology and smiles when Natsu states that no matter what happens, they will fight against Alvarez in order to survive. He then pays attention as Makarov begins talking about Fairy Heart, however, Mavis suddenly appears. Panther Lily listens as the First Master prepares to explain why Zeref is after Fairy Tail's greatest secret. After Mavis finishes her story, Panther Lily is shocked to learn that Fairy Heart is an infinite supply of Magic Power. The First Master then gets upset over dragging everyone into battle, but everyone agrees that it's not her fault. Afterwards, the topic of Zeref's immortality is brought up, and Natsu mentions that his right arm is something that can do the job, but he refuses to tell what it is. Panther Lily immediately notices that Happy is aware of Natsu's secret technique. Shortly after, he listens when Makarov goes over all the information he gathered about the Alvarez Empire. Later, Lily sits outside as he notices Alvarez's invasion beginning.
With the attack in full force, Lily flies high with Gajeel as part of the Flying Dragon Squad. Using their swift speed and maneuverability, they are able to take out several of the Empire's ships. After Ajeel knocks away the shot of the Magical Convergent Cannon: Jupiter, Lily is shocked anyone could do so, but Gajeel says they will just have to do things the old fashioned way and commandeer the ship. They then fly aboard Ajeel's ship but the dragons slayers are quickly put down due to landing on transportation. Lily tells Wendy to cast Troia, but she is unable to. After Erza bails out the dragon slayers, Natsu is hesitant to leave her behind, but Gajeel states that the have to and Lily replies that its Erza, so she will be fine. After fighting the Empire's ground force, Lily looks to the skies and states that they are still coming. As Ajeel whips up a sandstorm that covers the entire town, Lily says he cannot see, but worries because more ships are coming.
After Erza falls from the sky, injured after defeating Ajeel, Natsu and Wendy go to help her while Lily states that he and Gajeel have things handled. As the Thunder God Tribe fights Wall Eehto, Lily stands with as Natsu announces that they have taken down most of the enemy forces. A day after Alvarez's initial assault, Lily, along with Gajeel and others are assigned to meet up with Sabertooth and Blue Pegasus in the north. Gajeel states he has wanted to arrest Sabertooth and Lily tells him to get his priorities straight. Resting up before battle, Lily watches and smiles on from behind a rock as Gajeel and Levy have a tender moment.
Arriving in the north, Lily states they have found the enemy's main forces as he transforms to prepare for battle; however, before the group can take action, the defeated members of Sabertooth and Blue Pegasus are paraded before them on crosses, angering and shocking Lily. They rush to battle, Lily picking up Hibiki and Eve as to carry them somewhere to receive proper treatment. Soon after, the group prepares to battle three great enemies. As Panther Lily and the others prepare to battle the enemy troops once more, he tells Gajeel that the enemy's numbers are high and that there are too many of them to fight, which Gajeel says he heard the first time as he attacks the troops with a giant sword. Later, following Gajeel's fight with Bloodman and during his impending death, Panther Lily arrives on the scene and grabs Levy to stop her from approaching Gajeel and dying alongside him. Lily then painfully listens to Gajeel say his heartfelt goodbyes to Levy, and tearfully swears to Gajeel, when asked, that he will bring Levy back to the guild safely, before he disappears completely. His friend gone, Lily holds a sobbing Levy as she screams Gajeel's name.
Some time later, Lily is caught in the light of Irene Belserion's Universe One, and warped somewhere alongside Levy. In their new location, he hears the voice of Zera telepathically telling him and other Fairy Tail members to head towards the guild and protect Mavis. Alongside the voice of Zera, Lily hears Gajeel's voice as well, his being alive shocking the Exceed. Not so long thereafter, Lily arrives to assist Gajeel in clearing a wave of enemy troops. After he, among others, witnesses Levy and the Dragon Slayer reunite, Lily hears the voice of Zera, who introduces herself in person to the group. Noticing her ethereal appearance, she explains how she's merely an illusion of Mavis' subconscious, explaining how she'll disappear next time Mavis thinks of her. And as predicted, the girl disappears very soon, earning nothing but gratitude from the Fairy Tail Mages for her help, Lily adding how they'll all get to hear from Mavis about her adventures with Zera after their victory. The group continues to fight; Lily and the others are caught in the light of Makarov's final Fairy Law, which leaves them confused following its subsiding.
A bit later, due to Irene's death, Universe One is undone, and Panther Lily is caught in the light that returns the country to its original shape.
Magic and Abilities
Aera (翼 Ēra): Panther Lily, like every other Exceed, is capable of sprouting feathery wings that grant him the ability to fly, at the same time neutralizing the weight of one possible passenger carried by him. In his original, massive form, these wings are much larger than those of normal-sized Exceeds. Aera greatly helps Panther Lily out in battle, allowing him to remain out of reach of his enemies while he wields one of his large weapons to strike at them, or to rapidly dodge their ranged attacks, granting him added maneuverability and speed.
Battle Mode Shift (戦闘モードシフト Sentō Mōdo Shifuto): While in Edolas, he was known for his huge size and mass, especially large when compared to a stereotypical Exceed. After being transported to Earth Land, Panther Lily has undergone major changes: his body has been drastically reduced in size, with him now being the same height as most of his fellow Exceeds. This is, according to his own words, because Earth Land "doesn't fit well with his previous body". However, true to his role as a physical fighter, Panther Lily has developed the ability to temporarily transform back to his usual large size, regaining his original strength, stamina and power. This proves to be rather difficult, as he can only maintain his large size for a short period of time.
Enhanced Durability: In his true form, Panther Lily displays great resistance against attacks, both physical and Magical in nature. He was shown being able to withstand Gajeel's iron fists and roar, as well as Azuma's explosive Magic head-on, only to emerge relatively unscathed. Whether or not the same could be said about him while assuming his reduced form is still in question.
Enhanced Strength: Panther Lily has shown outrageous brute strength, being capable of swinging a gigantic sword around freely, easily shattering rock without losing his balance or hampering his flying ability in any serious manner. He is also shown able to punch a large rock and make a crack in it. On top of this, he was also strong enough to cut through the acid produced by Neppa's Acid Magic, something which he himself noted to be extremely difficult to accomplish. It's unknown whether he retains such strength in his reduced form; however, he was shown capable of overwhelming and tying up Lisanna, who at the time was way larger than him, subsequently pulling her out of some bushes she was hidden in and onto her knees with a single hand movement (despite being subsequently pulled in the air by Lisanna rushing to hug Natsu Dragneel in a comedic way), something implying that, at least to a certain, minor degree, he still does.
Keen Intellect: Panther Lily has shown to be considerably intelligent and analytical, having seemingly been the first member of Fairy Tail capable of reading through Doranbolt's deception, exposing him as someone not belonging to the guild and even managing to work out the mechanics behind his Memory Control Magic, imputing his ability to slip into the members' memory to change or alter it.
Expert Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Panther Lily has proven himself to be skilled in the use of hand-to-hand combat, supported by his high physical prowess. He was shown capable of fighting on even terms with a melee specialist of the caliber of Gajeel Redfox, with the two of them exchanging punches, and could easily defeat several armed Grimoire Heart members who were coming at him without the aid of a weapon, subsequently disarming one of them in a single hand movement without much effort.
Master Swordsmanship Specialist: Panther Lily is a master swordsman, with his swordplay being good enough for him to evenly match S-Class Mage Erza Scarlet, known for her great swordsmanship, in a mock battle. Despite his massive size, he has shown himself capable of performing slashes which are not only strong, but also extremely fast and accurate. During his battle against Azuma, Panther Lily appeared confident that he might have been able to fight on even terms against the Grimoire Heart Mage, if only he had had a sword with him. After obtaining the Musica Sword from a member of Grimoire Heart, he was shown making short work of many of his enemies with a single slash.
Bustermarm (バスターマアム Basutā Maamu): A sword four times taller than Panther Lily decorated in a way that resembles a monstrous cat's face. This sword is able to easily cut earth with little force put behind it. It has two Lacrimas that glow red. It is also capable of cutting through iron. However, as Gajeel pointed out, the Iron Dragon's Scales that he manifests aren't made of "ordinary iron", and as such, proved resistant against the sword. It was later destroyed by Gajeel.
- Buster Bomb: The Bustermarm's center glows in a reddish-orange color and a large explosion occurs when it strikes anything.
Musica Sword (ムジカの剣 Mujika No Ken): While fending off Grimoire Heart's lesser members, Panther Lily disarmed one enemy and started using his sword. This was revealed to be a Musica Sword, a reference to Rave Master which was an apparently very expensive weapon capable of altering its size, something Panther Lily noted to be similar to his former Bustermarm, and which prompted him to choose it as his new weapon of choice.
Appearances in Other Media
Whose Clothes Are These?
Panther Lily, Carla and Happy discuss changing clothes themselves when Happy suggests a swap to the other two after watching other members of their guild exchange outfits. Panther Lily is not keen on this idea after agreeing with Carla's acknowledgement of Happy's attire, consisting of a single backpack. However, the trio end up exchanging clothes with Panther Lily receiving Carla's attire, much to his surprise.
Welcome Back, Frosch
Walking with Gajeel through Magnolia, Panther Lily and his friend are stopped by Rogue, Sting, Yukino and Lector, who question if they've seen Frosch. After correcting Rogue that Frosch is an Exceed, not a cat, he points them to the last place saw Frosch and is thanked by Yukino.
The Exciting Ryuzetsu Land
On the evening of the third day of the X791 Grand Magic Games, the Fairy Tail Mages decide to spend the next day in a theme park called Ryuzetsu Land. Upon getting there, Carla, Happy, Gajeel, Levy and Panther Lily decide to visit a fish tank, while the latter drinks his kiwi juice. Panther Lily, along with Happy and Gajeel, puts his face in a cardboard drawing of a fish, which amuses Carla and Levy. Later, Panther Lily admires the fish in the aquarium, and also comments on Happy's growing appetite when he looks at them, calling him a predator when he volunteers to feed the fish.
Panther Lily and the others decide to help Happy with the task, and Panther Lily comments on the convenient equipment used to feed the fish. Although he thinks that Happy is gathering the fish close to him to eat them, he is startled when some big ones appear attempting to eat Happy, Carla and himself. Panther Lily and Carla both swim away from the fish, until Gajeel beats them down, which triggers the "boss" of the aquarium to appear, a fish even bigger than the ones hunting the Exceeds, which sucks all the Fairy Tail Mages into a vortex and swallows them. Panther Lily somehow saves the two Exceeds after turning into his battle mode, but rages upon losing to a fish. Later, after Natsu comes flying towards his direction riding the sign of the Love Love Slide, Panther Lily and Carla both end up riding on the attraction, with Carla screaming and Panther Lily seeming both indifferent and slightly annoyed, causing Happy, however, to feel jealous of him. In the end, Gray, Lyon Vastia and Natsu destroy the theme park completely, which leaves both Panther Lily and Carla unconscious.
Fairy Tail: Zeref's Awakening
Panther Lily appears as a mini-boss once in the PSP game, Fairy Tail: Zeref's Awakening, and can be unlocked as a playable character later in the game. He is using the following spells:
- Max Speed Attack: Cost 20 VP, Panther Lily is having that spell from the beginning.
- Battle Mode Shift: Cost 0 VP, Panther Lily is having that spell from the beginning.
- Flash Furoa: Cost 0 VP, Panther Lily is having that spell from the beginning.
- Swing Attack: Cost 40 VP, Panther Lily must buy that spell in the shop.
- Oneyu Clay: Cost 0 VP, Panther Lily must buy that spell in the shop.
- Bustermarm: Cost 0 VP, Panther Lily must buy that spell in the shop.
- While the rest of the Exceed have the usual pointed type cat-ears, Panther Lily has them rounded, like a real panther, in both his larger and his chibi form.
- Panther Lily has a fear of thunder.
- Panther Lily's Musica Sword is a legacy from Hiro Mashima's previous work Rave Master, in which Musica is a family known for its expert swordsmiths. It's also worth noting that the Grimoire Heart member who owned the sword bears a striking resemblance to a minor Rave Master character, working under a villain who's guilty for the slaughter of most of the Musica family itself.
- In the manga, when Panther Lily is seen the first time without his helmet on, he has what seems to be hair. This was however removed in all subsequent appearances.
- According to Hiro Mashima, Panther Lily's name "was inspired by a famous character from a famous children's story". The character in question is Tiger Lily from Peter Pan.
- Panther Lily's favorite food is kiwi fruit, but he eats them with the skin left on.
- In Hiro Mashima's unofficial "ranking of characters that defied his popularity expectations" Panther Lily came in 4th place.
- (To Shagotte and Extalia's Four Elders) "Even though it's a human, I can't just ignore a wounded creature."
- (To Neppa) "My spirit of steel won't lose against anything!!!"
- (To Neppa) " The hardness of iron is determined by one's physical strength and force of will. I will not lose to anyone IRON WILL !! "
Battles & Events
|Members||Draculos Hyberion • Jura Neekis • Warrod Sequen • Wolfheim|
|Former Members||Belno • Crawford Seam • Gran Doma • Hogg • Leiji • Michello • Org • Siegrain • Ultear Milkovich • Yajima • Yuri|
|Former Members||Doranbolt • Eve Tearm • Gajeel Redfox • Lahar • Levy McGarden • Panther Lily|
|Guards||Nadal • Serena|
|Royal Family||Faust • Jellal (Mystogan)|
|Royal Army||Byro • Coco • Erza Knightwalker • Hughes • Panther Lily (former) • Sugarboy|
|Others||Gajeel (Edolas) • Porlyusica (former) • Shop Owner (Edolas)|