There are characters who have wings or use substitutes in different ways like using gigantic ears or magical hair. But then we have characters who have grown or were born with actual tiny wings attached to both sides of their heads, or on their feet. It's Fridge Logic to consider how they can even fly in the first place. Characters who were not born with or have grown wings often use helmets, hats and sandals with wings to achieve this effect. Characters who have neither winged accessories nor wings will have wings on their headgear or costume for ornamental reasons. The Trope Maker for these wings is Hermes/Mercury, the messenger of the gods. Because of this, many characters that have worn the winged helmet or winged sandals that are reminiscent to the ones he wore. They also tend to be quite swift in their movements. This is a form of Good Wings, Evil Wings, as almost any character that has these wings are good or divine. Related to Winged Humanoid. See also Helicopter Hair, Ear Wings, Hair Wings, and Hat of Flight.
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Anime & Manga
- Cardcaptor Sakura:
- One of Sakura's favorite abilities is the Jump card, which adds wings to her feet and allows her to jump and fall long distances.
- The Nothing (or alternatively, The Hope Card) from the second movie has wings on its head.
- In Shugo Chara!, wings appear next to Amu's feet during character changes with Ran.
- Lyrical Nanoha:
- Nanoha's flight spell Flier Fin and its upgraded version, Axel Fin.
- Reinforce has a pair of wings on her head to go with the two pairs on her back. They were removed in the movie continuity.
- Subaru's Full Drive gives Mach Caliber wings, but since she already has Not Quite Flight, it just increases her speed instead.
- Juvenile Orion has Tsukasa Amou who got a huge pair of wings on his head when he uses his angel power
- The antagonist of Domu: A Child's Dream wears a hat with wings. He has godlike Psychic Powers, though the hat is just a regular novelty hat that he killed somebody for with said powers.
- Mavis Vermilion in Fairy Tail, only on the head. She doesn't seem to be able to use them for flying, though.
- Anyone in Strike Witches who has a bird as a familiar sprout out small wings on their head while using their magic, as birds don't have ears to depict the Witches with.
- The Flash:
- They're merely decorative, but Flash has wingtips on the head of his costume.
- The Golden Age Flash actually had a hat with such wings on it, a clear homage to Mercury.
- The Flash of Earth 2 has stylized wings on his helmet.
- Captain America has small wings on both sides of his mask, much like the Flash.
- In the Marvel Universe, Sub-Mariner has small wings on his ankles that allow him to fly.
- This is also true of his Distaff Counterparts, Namorita and Namora.
- Astérix's helmet has decorative wings, as do those of some other Gauls.
- The Mighty Thor also wears a winged helmet. His sister, Angela, also wears a winged circlet. As do some versions of Loki, like kid versions, or even teen Loki, when they got morality inverted for a time and did a Good Costume Switch (Yes, there seems to be a very loose correlation between Loki's goodness and the wings, but that might has to do more with how they see themself (or want to be perceived) at that moment, not their actual alignment).
- Jack Flash, a campy 1950s strip in the British comic The Beano, was about a boy from Mercury who could fly. He had little wings on his ankles.
- The Spirit of the Post in Going Postal is a golden statue with a winged helmet, winged sandals and a winged fig leaf. Moist, as Postmaster and possible avatar, gets a gold postman's hat with real pigeon wings attached to it, and a matching pair of boots◊. (There's also some kind of elasticated arrangement, but he decides to forgo this.)
Myths & Religion
- Hermes/Mercury of course. The winged sandals (named Talaria) were made by Hephaestus/Vulcan, made of gold, and were the source of Hermes power of swift flight. Thus it's natural for speedster type characters to homage Hermes, or his gear, in their design.
- The Dungeons & Dragons supplement Unearthed Arcana (1985) introduced the magic item Winged Boots. When the wearer concentrates on the desire to fly, the boots sprout wings at the heel and allow the wearer to fly for a total of two hours per day.
- In Scribblenauts, one of the many ways you can make Maxwell fly is to write winged sandals. You could also write winged helmet but it doesn't fly.
- The dragon type Pokémon, Dragonair has wings on the sides of its head.
- Winona, the flying type gym leader from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, has tufts of hair that are shaped like wings that stick out of her aviator helmet and goggles. It is for stylistic purposes only, though.
- The heroine of The Legend of Valkyrie and, by extension due to The Cameo, Cassandra's third outfit in SoulCalibur 2 have ornamental wings (which are later obtainable as parts for creating a character in the third and fourth games).
- Harpuia from Mega Man Zero wears a winged helmet (purely for decor) along with having thruster containing mechanical wings on his back. Very fast moving when airborne to the point where he is one of the only things in the series that can actually outrun Zero (and Zero's quite fast himself). This is an Anti-Villain or Hero Antagonist example, if not both.
- All of the members of the High Entia race in Xenoblade have large white wings on their heads, though the ones that are part Homs usually have smaller wings. A random, easily missable NPC mentions that while they can be used for flight, few of them bother to learn how due to the amount of training it requires, making one such display during a sidequest all the more sudden.
- The Blue Birds in Angry Birds in Space.
- While Koakuma in Touhou is often portrayed with proper wings on her back, she only has a pair of wings on her head in the game she appears in.
- Shining Wisdom has the Pegasus helmet that allows Mars to fly at certain points in the game.
- Some The Legend of Zelda games give Link the Pegasus Boots, which are depicted with having wings near the ankles. They allow Link to jump pits.
- Super Mario 64 gives Mario the Wing Cap power up, which allows him to fly.
- Darkstalkers has the Aensland sisters, Morrigan and Lilith, a pair of Horny Devils who each have a second pair of bat wings extending from the sides of her head in addition to the more traditional pair on her back.
- Demonica from My Jungle Book Your Year has wings on the side of her head. They change from black to white when she transforms.
- Gaia Online has a few of these for items. The headwings and the feetwings are, naturally, separate items that must be purchased separately.
- Twister from Rocket Power has the ornamental version of these wings on his helmet.
- Bosworth the dog in Alias the Jester has wings sprouting from his head that let him fly. It's not clear whether Alias himself wears a winged mask or a mask with holes in it for his wings, but he can fly as well. (When he's Jester, his wings would be covered by his jester's hat.)
- In one of the Rudy Larriva Wile E Coyote And The Roadrunner cartoons, Wile E. ties pigeons on his feet to catch the Roadrunner, inspired by the Mercury myth. Like all of his plans, it doesn't go well.
- In The Smurfs episode "The Magical Meanie", Genie Meanie tormented Brainy and Clumsy by causing feetwings to appear on their feet, which made them fly uncontrollably until the genie removed them.