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[[caption-width-right:200:The ultimate CoolHorse]]

"Pegasus" is the name of the winged horse in [[ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]], [[SpontaneousGeneration born]] from the blood that flowed when Perseus slew Medusa. He was then used by Bellerophon to slay the [[MixAndMatchCritter Chimera.]]

Since then, the image of a horse with wings has persisted in stories and culture, whether these horses are named Pegasus or another name. (In fact, "pterippi" is a redirect to this page.)

Such stories may [[AKindOfOne turn Pegasus into a whole species]] (plural is [[PerplexingPlurals often]] "pegasi").

A SubTrope of CoolHorse.

A SuperTrope to WingedUnicorn.

Compare {{Unicorn}}, WingedHumanoid, OurAngelsAreDifferent.
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!!Examples:

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* The Tri-Star logo.
* The Mobil logo.
* The logo of the Reader's Digest Association.

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* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Bellerophon, the Noble Phantasm of the Servant Rider [[spoiler:(Medusa)]], can be used to control even the most powerful mythical beasts. Rider [[spoiler:due to her part in the creation of Pegasus]] is able to summon Pegasus and perfectly control it in battle with Bellerophon.
* ''MetalFightBeyblade'' is about spinning tops that channel the power of constellations. The hero wields the one based on Pegasus.
* ''OnePiece'' has Pierre, a bird who has the ability to transform into a horse after eating the Horse-Horse Devil Fruit. Pierre's in-between form is effectively a pegasus. A rather ugly pegasus.
* Pegasus (a winged alicorn) was a character in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' that the villains of the arc[=/=]season were seeking, although he could take human form. Or, more accurately, his original form was human.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' is based around warriors who use constellations as their motif. The protagonist's constellation is Pegasus.
* [[TheHero Teppei]] from ''Anime/BtX'' rides a ''mechanical'' pegasus. Notably, this manga is from the same artist who made ''SaintSeiya'', [[{{Main/MasamiKurumada}} Masami Kurumada.]]
** Not quite. X is meant to represent a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qilin Kirin]].
* In ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', Märchenland has a holiday known as the Pegasus Day, in which the locals use the light of the candles on a starry night to make a wish to a pegasus that flies across the sky. [[spoiler:Said pegasus also grants the Cures their second power-up attack, Rainbow Burst.]]

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* DC's ShiningKnight ([[LegacyCharacter both of them]]) also have winged horses. Justin's was called Victory, Ystina's was Vanguard. Victory was an actual horse, before Merlin turned him into a pegasus.
* Danielle Moonstar of the ''NewMutants'' acquired a winged Valkyrie steed, Brightwind, on a trip to Asgard. In that Brightwind chose her, which was the WordOfGod (Horse) technically.
* Dane Whitman, the Black Knight, first had Aragorn, a genetically engineered flying horse, and then eventually upgraded to Strider, a magic horse capable of flying faster than the speed of sound (which would lead to all sorts of other problems, but hey, it's magic, so that clears it all up). The less said about the mechanical "Atomic Steed" he rode for a while, the better.
* The Valkyries from ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' ride winged horses, one of which ended up in the possession of Danielle Moonstar of the New Mutants.
* One of WonderWoman's foes has Pegasus (the original one from Greek myth) as his personal steed.

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[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* George becomes one twice in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. His doing so is the first indication that his [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting ring]] is more powerful than it seems.

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* In the first ''ClashOfTheTitans'', most were said to be killed off by Calebos. In the remake, Pegasus himself is marked by being bigger, DarkerAndEdgier, more aggressive and black.
* ''[[Disney/{{Hercules}} Disney's Hercules]]'': He's Hercules' ride in this film, despite the fact that this never happened in [[ClassicalMythology actual Greek Mythology]].
* In ''Film/TheThiefOfBagdad1924'', the thief's quest for rare treasure brings him to the Abode of the Winged Horse, which he must ride to the Citadel of the Moon.

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* In ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', the horse Strawberry (from our world) was given wings by Aslan and took the name Fledge.
** Fledge deserves special mention since he began his life as a non-speaking cart-horse, one of the first animals given speech by Aslan, then given wings to help Digory on his quest. He is also the only Pegasus to appear in the series.
*** The final book implies that as revered and majestic as unicorns are considered, pegasi are even more so.
* Variant: In ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'', Winged Centaurs eventually became a viable species (a combination of love springs and people getting transformed as such).
* The winged horses from ''Literature/HarryPotter'', particularly the Thestrals.
** Mme. Maxine, the half-giantess headmistress of the French magic school (L'Ecole Beubatons) travels in a coach drawn by a team of matched palamino pegasoi that drink single-malt Scotch whiskey. The in-universe name for this breed is Abraxan.
* PercyJackson, able to speak to horses because he is the son of Poseidon, befriends a winged horse named Blackjack, who is his CoolHorse during the big battles thereafter.
* In ''Pegasus'', by RobinMcKinley, there's an entire species of pegasi, who co-exist peacefully, though they can only communicate via specially-trained Speaker magicians. Each member of the human Royal family has a pegasus companion.
* One of these shows up in the first book of the ''Literature/AlexVerus'' series, as the mount of an older diviner.
* A number of winged horses appear in the later books of the ''Literature/TortallUniverse''. They're never referred to as pegasi, and come in a variety of forms, including little insect-sized ones and the carnivorous hurroks. The herbivorous kind play a big role in ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' as the symbol of the raka royal family, the Haimings. All of them are explicitly stated to have bat-like wings because they're mammals.
* Appear in Kate Forsyth's ''The Witches of Eileanan'' series, and (especially) in the [[SequelSeries sequel trilogy]] ''Rhiannon's Ride''.
* Julia Golding's ''[[CompanionsQuartet Companion's Quartet]]''.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/WarOfTheDreaming'' they are called dreamcolts and serve as steeds to the Guardians of Everness.
* ''{{Everworld}}'' features the mythological Pegasus and his sons living on Olympus; as far as we're told there aren't any other winged horses in this world. They can [[TalkingAnimal also talk]].

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* Two Franchise/SuperSentai series have had warriors with Pegasus motifs: ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman'' and ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger''. Both of them are the Blue Rangers of their teams.
* At least one of Pegasus' owners was the legendary [[Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse Cowboy Curtis...]]
* In Series/KamenRiderFourze has its monsters based on constellations and while they don't manage to get through all 88 of them, the Pegasus Zodiarts turns out to be rather important [[spoiler:because he evolves into the Cancer Zodiarts]]

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* The {{Trope Namer|s}} and {{Trope Maker|s}} comes from Greek Mythology. He was owned by Bellerophon, until Zeus struck them down.
** Although he's far from the UrExample. Flying horses have been depicted in several other cultures, such as Thailand.

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* ''DungeonsAndDragons'' has Pegasi included as one type of monster players can encounter.
* Pegasi appear in several ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' armies. Empire and Bretonnian heroes can ride them and the Bretonnians can also field an entire unit of Pegasus Knights. The Dark Elves have access to an evil version with bat wings and dark colouring.
* The ''[[Tabletopgame/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh!]]'' card [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Firewing_Pegasus Firewing Pegasus.]]
* In ''MagicTheGathering'', pegasi are a lesser White creature race ([[http://magiccards.info/query?q=t%3A%22pegasus%22&v=scan&s=cname nine creatures]], plus [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=ct%3Apegasus+%28t%3A%22enchantment%22+or+t%3A%22sorcery%22%29&v=card&s=cname four other cards]] that summon pegasus tokens). [[http://magiccards.info/cs/en/24.html White Shield Crusader]] also rides one.
* In ''{{Werewolf the Apocalypse}}'', Pegasus is the tribal totem of the Black Furies. Pegasus demands that those who serve him protect females and their young.

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has Pegasus Knights.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar II'' gives Pegasus HotWings.
* ''MasterOfMagic'' gives the High Men access to Pegasai [sic] as a unique flying mounted unit.
* One of the bosses in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 4'' is the Reploid WingedHumanoid steed, Pegasolta Eclair.
** Also there's Spiral Pegasion/The Skiver from ''VideoGame/MegaManX 5''.
** And one of the three version of ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' is named after Pegasus Magic.
* One of the more useful summons in ''{{Scribblenauts}}'', although it's somewhat skittish.
* The Flying Builder unit from ''TotalAnnihilationKingdoms''.
* [[PunnyName Nightmare]] from ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI'', who is a black Pegasus owned by '''Death himself.'''
** She will be your bestest friend if you feed her a stink-bomb. Free trip to Hell! Woo!
* The Pegaslick dream eater in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' is this with [[RazorWind wind manipulation]].
* ''KingdomHearts'', which is based on both DisneyAnimatedCanon and ''FinalFantasy'', of course has a sequence where Sora fights the Hydra on Pegasus' back.
* ''AgeOfMythology'' has both the ability to raise Pegasi (''[[AltumVideur Equus pegasus]]'') and the hero Bellerophon, who rides Pegasus and has a special leaping attack allowed by his winged horse.

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* In ''{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4023 Paradise has winged horses]].
* ''Webcomic/AtArmsLength'' features Alexander, [[http://atarmslength.smackjeeves.com/comics/1295995/games-monsters-play-42/ a fast-talking winged horse desperate to close a deal]].
* In ''SkinDeep'' (Exchanges) one of the characters has an angry rant about how the correct name for their species is Pterippi, literally "winged horse," and that Pegasus was just one indivdual.
* ''KarateBears'' are man enough to admit that they [[http://www.karatebears.com/2011/12/pegasus-over-rainbow.html ride pegasus's over rainbows]]

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* Pegasus is featured in ''ThaliasMusings'' as a gift from Athena to Thalia and the other Muses.
** "I created him to be used in battle, but I made him such a brilliant tactician that his riders can’t get him to cooperate. He thinks he knows better, and he usually does. But he doesn’t know anything about the arts or sciences. He’ll get along great with you and your sisters." [[http://thaliasmusingsnovels.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/1-3-my-kingdom-for-a-pet/]]
* Two of the creature families in Website/UniCreatures are pegasi. There is also a winged ''zebra''.
* [[SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-042 042]] is a pegasus that somehow lost his wings, and because of that, [[BrokenBird he is now suicidally depressed]] and tries to get Foundation personnel to [[TheWoobie put him out of his misery]].
* In Aelan mythology from WebOriginal/UstalNaror islands, pegasi will appear in era of unicorns.

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* The "Pastoral Symphony" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' features a whole Pegasus family: a white mother, black father, and foals that yellow, blue, and a black baby Pegasus [[TheRuntAtTheEnd who is always last]]. A few adult pegasi that are blue are seen as well. The manner in which they fly down to a pond, and then move around in the pond, is very reminiscent of swans.
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', Pegasus is Herc's mount, a gift from his father Zeus.
* Some of the [[MyLittlePony My Little Ponies]] are winged horses.
** And the Flutter ponies from TheMovie. The Flutter Ponies are an unusual example, as they have iridescent wings like those found on insects and not the feathered, birdlike wings of Pegasi.
** ''MyLittlePonyG3'' has both the regular Pegasus Ponies and the insectoid Breezies.
** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', they're one of the main three races of ponies, along with {{unicorn}}s and good old [[BadassNormal earth ponies]]. Aside from flight, pegasi have the racial ability to control the weather and walk on clouds.
*** Two of them, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy, are part of the [[FanNickname mane cast]]. Rainbow Dash in particular is an incredibly talented flier, having broken what is depicted as the sound barrier ''multiple times'', to the point of doing it as a MundaneUtility. Fluttershy, on the other hand, is ([[BerserkButton usually]]) a [[AcrophobicBird fairly poor flyer who happens to be deathly afraid of heights]], though this is compensated by [[FriendToAllLivingThings her great skill with animals]] (something more commonly found in earth ponies) and the powerful [[DeathGlare Stare]].
*** The Changelings are a [[NightmareFuel rather creepy]] variation. They are vaguely equine, [[EmotionEater love-eating]], [[VoluntaryshapeShifting shapeshifting]] monsters with fangs, [[BodyHorror bodies full of]] ''[[BodyHorror holes]]'', and torn, insectoid wings. In other words, they are [[VisualPun horseflies]].
* ''TheThreeCaballeros'' has a segment about a flying donkey.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheMagicOfPegasus''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAFairySecret'' has the Pega Ponies, which, like the Flutterponies from the ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' movie, have wings more akin to butterflies.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' character Blue Eyes, who appears in a few episodes as Smurfette's friend.

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