The Werepanther, also known as the Panther and the Were Cat, is an enemy from Final Fantasy II. It is a simple enemy that appears in small groups of one or two with other enemies. Its normal physical attacks may inflict Poison; however, it is not a threat.
were- is often used as a prefix applied to an animal name to indicate a type of lycanthropy and/or shapeshifter (e.g. "were-boar"). Hyphenation used to be mandatory but is now commonly dropped, as in werecat and wererat. This usage can be seen as a back-formation from werewolf (literally, "man-wolf"), as there is no equivalent wifewolf.In folklore and fantasy fiction,
Panther is a mythological creature that resembles a big cat with a multicoloured hide. Under medieval belief, after feasting, the panther will sleep in a cave for three days, then roars emitting a sweet odor that draws in any creatures who smell it (the dragon being the only creature immune). They are eaten by the panther, and the cycle begins again.
- In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, there is a trade material called "Werecat Claw," a mistranslation of the Werepanther's name. The item's description warns it is coated in poison, referencing the Werepanther's normal attacks inflicting Poison.