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Pegasus
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.

A Super Trope to Winged Unicorn.

Compare Unicorn, Winged Humanoid, Our Angels Are Different.

Examples:

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

Anime & Manga
  • In Fate/stay night, Bellerophon, the Noble Phantasm of the Servant Rider (Medusa), can be used to control even the most powerful mythical beasts. Rider due to her part in the creation of Pegasus is able to summon Pegasus and perfectly control it in battle with Bellerophon.
  • 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.
  • Teppei from Bt X rides a mechanical pegasus. Notably, this manga is from the same artist who made Saint Seiya, Masami Kurumada.
    • Not quite. X is meant to represent a Kirin.
  • In Smile Pretty Cure!, 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. Said pegasus also grants the Cures their second power-up attack, Rainbow Burst.

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.

Fan Works

Film

Literature
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Companion's 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.

Tabletop Games

Video Games

Web Comics

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


Mercury's WingsWinged TropesPerpetual Molt
Our Centaurs Are DifferentEquine And Equestrian TropesPony Tale
Hydra ProblemMythical MotifsThe Phoenix
Paradox PersonIndex of Fictional CreaturesThe Phoenix
Peacock GirlOlder Than FeudalismThe Philosopher King
Our Centaurs Are DifferentCool HorsePower-Up Mount

alternative title(s): Pegasi; Winged Horse; Pterippus; Pterippi
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