Pegasus

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The ultimate Cool Horse

"Pegasus" is the name of the winged horse in Greek Mythology, born from the blood that flowed when Perseus slew Medusa. He was then used by Bellerophon to slay the 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 turn Pegasus into a whole species (plural is often "pegasi").

A Sub-Trope of Cool Horse; usually a White Stallion to boot.

A Super Trope to Winged Unicorn.

Compare Unicorn, Winged Humanoid, Our Angels Are Different.

Examples:

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     Advertising 
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  • The logo of the Reader's Digest Association.

     Anime and Manga 
  • In Fate/stay night, Bellerophon, the Noble Phantasm of the Servant Rider, can be used to control even the most powerful mythical beasts. Rider due to her part in the creation of Pegasus as his mother, Medusa, is able to summon Pegasus and perfectly control it in battle with Bellerophon.
  • Apollon (yes, the Greek God) flies on one in Kamigami No Asobi.
  • Metal Fight Beyblade is about spinning tops that channel the power of constellations. The hero wields the one based on Pegasus.
  • One Piece 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 Sailor Moon that the villains of the arc/season were seeking, although he could take human form. Or, more accurately, his original form was human.
  • Saint Seiya is based around warriors who use constellations as their motif. The protagonist's constellation is Pegasus.
  • Pretty Cure:
  • In Mahou Shoujo Pretty Bell, one of the primary abilities of Pretty Bell is summoning spirit animals to fight. The Pegasus is popular for being all-around useful even though it's not the strongest fighter. Eri, the latest Pretty Bell, is so magically strong she summons a terrifyingly powerful Pegasus with Glowing Eyes of Doom that wipes the floor with an entire demon army.

     Comic Books 
  • DC's Shining Knight (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 New Mutants acquired a winged Valkyrie steed, Brightwind, on a trip to Asgard. In that Brightwind chose her, which was the Word of God (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 The Mighty Thor ride winged horses, one of which ended up in the possession of Danielle Moonstar of the New Mutants.
  • One of Wonder Woman's foes has Pegasus (the original one from Greek myth) as his personal steed.
  • Nero: Pegasus appears as a character in the album De Ring van Petatje.
  • The Pre-Crisis version of Superman foe Terra-Man rode a winged, alien horse named Nova. Nova was officially called an Arguvian Space Steed.

     Fan Works 
  • George becomes one twice in With Strings Attached. His doing so is the first indication that his shapeshifting ring is more powerful than it seems.
  • Pegasii, long thought extinct, return to the Discworld after a gorgon policewoman is swiped across the face by a troll and gets a bad nosebleed. lord Vetinari and sir Samuel Vimes take advantage and upgrade the Air Watch with the resultant marvellous flying horses. Later on it is discovered that whilst created by magical accident, they are capable of breeding with normal horses. Piloted by Witches and navigated by attendent Feegle, a Pegasus can get a rider plus load anywhere on the Disc via the Feegle magic of the craw-step... in a matter of minutes. Read more in the tales of A.A. Pessimal.

     Films — Animated 

     Films — Live-Action 
  • Both the original Clash of the Titans and the 2010 remake have Pegasus as only one of a species of flying horses. In the original, Pegasus is the only one to actually appear; most were said to have been killed off by Calibos. In the remake, Pegasus himself is marked by being bigger, Darker and Edgier, more aggressive and black.
  • In The Thief of Bagdad (1924), 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.

     Literature 
  • In the Dragonrider series by Cornelia Funke, pegasi are intelligent and can talk. They are descended from the original Pegasus who sprung from the blood of a gorgon, and are now a critically endangered species, with an unusual life-cycle. They are oviparous, laying eggs which are initially no bigger than a henís egg, which the mother pegasus has to lick to enable the eggs to grow (ultimately to ostrich-size), so that the foals within them can develop up to the point of hatching (when they are the size of a hen).
  • In City Of Stars in the Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman, winged horses are a mutation that occurs periodically among normal thoroughbreds. They are seen as a sign of good luck, especially in Remora (the fantasy counterpart of Siena). They grow much faster than normal horses, and are capable of flying with a rider by the age of a few months.
  • In The Chronicles of Narnia, 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 Xanth, Winged Centaurs eventually became a viable species (a combination of love springs and people getting transformed as such).
  • The winged horses from Harry Potter, particularly the Thestrals.
    • Mme. Maxine, the half-giantess headmistress of the French magic school (L'Ecole Beauxbatons) travels in a coach drawn by a team of matched palomino pegasoi that drink single-malt Scotch whiskey. The in-universe name for this breed is Abraxan.
  • Percy Jackson, able to speak to horses because he is the son of Poseidon, befriends a winged horse named Blackjack, who is his Cool Horse during the big battles thereafter.
    • The original Pegasus is said to exist as the immortal sire of all the rest. Uniquely his brother Chrysaor shows up, jealous at being overlooked in favor of his brother, as a pirate.
  • In Pegasus, by Robin McKinley, 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 Alex Verus series, as the mount of an older diviner.
  • A number of winged horses appear in the later books of the Tortall Universe. 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 Daughter of the Lioness 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 sequel trilogy Rhiannon's Ride.
  • Julia Golding's Companions Quartet.
  • In John C. Wright's War of the Dreaming 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 also talk.

     Live-Action TV 

     Religion and Mythology 
  • The Trope Namer and Trope Maker comes from Greek Mythology. He was owned by Bellerophon, until Zeus struck them down.
    • Although he's far from the Ur-Example. Flying horses have been depicted in several other cultures, such as Thailand.
  • Uchhaihshravas is a seven headed flying horse from Hindu mythology.

     Tabletop Games 

     Video Games 
  • Fire Emblem has Pegasus Knights.
  • God of War II gives Pegasus Hot Wings.
  • Master of Magic gives the High Men access to Pegasai as a unique flying mounted unit. NOTE: since Pegasus is a Greek word, the plural is Pegasai (if it were not actually a proper name); if it were Latin it would be Pegasi.
  • One of the bosses in Mega Man Zero 4 is the Reploid Winged Humanoid steed, Pegasolta Eclair.
  • One of the more useful summons in Scribblenauts, although it's somewhat skittish.
  • The Flying Builder unit from Total Annihilation: Kingdoms.
  • Nightmare from King's Quest VI, 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 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is this with wind manipulation.
  • Kingdom Hearts, which is based on both Disney Animated Canon and Final Fantasy, of course has a sequence where Sora fights the Hydra on Pegasus' back.
  • Age of Mythology has both the ability to raise Pegasi (Equus pegasus) and the hero Bellerophon, who rides Pegasus and has a special leaping attack allowed by his winged horse.
  • Halfway through Tales of Phantasia, Cress rides a Sleipnir to tackle Dhaos' aerial forces, accompanied by Arche on her Flying Broomstick.
  • In Gems of War, one of the non-centaur troops from Divinion Fields (the centaur homeland) is the pegasus. Whether they're intelligent like the centaurs or are simply used by them (albeit not, presumably, as mounts) isn't stated.
  • Mo' Creatures: This Minecraft mod includes pegasi as one of the breedable horse types. They're obtained by giving an Essence of Light to a bat horse (itself a bat-winged example of this trope) above cloud level. Giving a pegasus an Essence of Darkness above cloud level will turn it into a fireproof dark pegasus. You can also make a zombie pegasus with an Essence of Undead, which will rot into a skeletal pegasus over time. It will still fly.

     Webcomics 

     Web Original 
  • Pegasus is featured in Thalia's Musings 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." [1]
  • Two of the creature families in Uni Creatures are pegasi. There is also a winged zebra.
  • SCP-042 is a pegasus that somehow lost his wings, and because of that, he is now suicidally depressed and tries to get Foundation personnel to put him out of his misery.

     Western Animation 
  • My Little Pony: Pegasi have appeared throughout the history of the franchise as one of the "standard" variants of ponies alongside unicorns and unadorned earth ponies.
    • The Flutter Ponies from My Little Pony: The Movie are an unusual example, as they have iridescent wings like those found on insects and not the feathered, birdlike wings of pegasi.
    • My Little Pony G3 has both the regular Pegasus Ponies and the insectoid Breezies.
    • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, they're one of the main three races of ponies, along with unicorns and good old 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 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 Mundane Utility. Fluttershy, on the other hand, is (usually) a fairly poor flyer who happens to be deathly afraid of heights, though this is compensated by her great skill with animals (something more commonly found in earth ponies) and the powerful Stare.
      • Scootaloo is one of the Cutie Mark Crusaders and an example of a flightless Pegasus; she can't fly in the air — her inability to fly and her self-image issues stemming from this are actually a plot point in one episode — but put her on her scooter and watch her run!
      • The Changelings are a rather creepy variation. They are vaguely equine, love-eating, shapeshifting monsters with fangs, bodies full of holes, and torn, insectoid wings. In other words, they are horseflies.
      • The breezies also reappear, although their insectoid wings, very small size and more stylized and slender bodies than their G3 incarnations had make them more like an equine take on fairies than anything else.
  • The Smurfs character Blue Eyes, who appears in a few episodes as Smurfette's friend, is a pegasus allegedly voiced by an uncredited Patty Maloney.
  • South Park: Pegasus appears as a character in the Imaginationland trilogy, among the fictional characters.

     Real Life 
  • The famed Polish hussars, also known as Winged Hussars, wore wood-framed wings on their backs. They couldn't fly, of course, and several theories have been proposed for why the wings were used. Some geeky sport scientists think that the wing was used to slow the horses down and keep them from overexerting themselves on the first charge, so the Hussars could be used for repeated charges.

Alternative Title(s): Pegasi, Winged Horse, Pterippus, Pterippi

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