Winged Unicorn

A winged unicorn is a unicorn with wings The idea would be to combine all the mobility of a flying creature with grace and rarity (and occasionally magical ability) of a unicorn. Also known as an pegacorn, unipeg, or cerapternote , but (popularised by My Little Pony) the most familiar term to use for this species was Alicorn, which is a combination of the French words for wing (aile) and horn (corne). note 

When winged unicorns appear alongside regular pegasinote  and unicorns, it often indicates a (benevolent) hierarchy where they're usually top of the pecking order. In fantasy universes featuring humans, winged unicorns often serve as the Cool Horse, and will indicate that their rider is super-special.

Generally, they are rare — too many of these critters running around your fantasy world might make a work seem juvenile, since it's a melding of two magical creatures little girls generally adore. It's more likely to be a one-off creature with an unusual background (a "freak" unicorn or pegasus, a mysterious race in itself, or the result of powerful magic). It's surprisingly uncommon for them to be the actual hybrid offspring of a unicorn and a pegasus.

A Sub-Trope of both Unicorn and Pegasus, and also Hybrid Monster.

However, to most Asian cultures, there is no difference between a winged unicorn and a regular unicornnote . Depending on the culture specifics, normal unicorns either don't exist in their folklore and all unicorns have wings, or the unicorns of their culture can magically make their set of wings appear and disappear at will, and are usually portrayed as Sapient Steeds.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Unimon of Digimon Adventure.
  • Pegasus AKA Helios in Sailor Moon is winged, of course, but is also a unicorn as well.
  • The title character of Unico could use his magic to give himself wings in dire situations. He developed little bug wings and a slightly longer horn in sort-of bad situations, and became a full-grown silver unipegasus for those really bad occasions. Like dealing with a giant embodiment of evil.
  • Opal of Jewelpet.
  • The Janus Unicorn of Toriko is this with some leonine features. It is implied that they are very powerful. In the manga one individual has a extra pair of legs, making it a mix between a pegacorn and Sleipnir of Norse Mythology.

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    Film 
  • In Theirs Is The Glory, the emblem of the 1st Airborne Division features Pegasus with a horn.

    Literature 
  • Gaudior from A Swiftly Tilting Planet.
  • Imwraith-Nimphais, the red star of war, from The Fionavar Tapestry.
  • Piers Anthony and Julie Brady's Dream A Little Dream is a Fantasy Kitchen Sink where the two super-powerful "creators" of the magical world are bonded to a winged unicorn (referred to in the novel as a "unisus"), Esprit. The perfect prince, Michael, also has a winged unicorn stallion, Heat.
  • Also by Piers Anthony, Demons Don't Dream has a winged unicorn, referred to as an alicorn. It's claimed that alicorns are the very rare offspring of a unicorn and a griffin.
  • One of Norton's quests in the Incarnations of Immortality book Bearing An Hourglass is to free an alicorn from an evil sorceress.

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    Music 
  • A song from the Rhapsody of Fire is titled "The Last Winged Unicorn"
  • Another song called "The Last Unicorn" is about a unicorn that grows wings in order to survive The Great Flood.
  • While it has not appeared in any songs yet, fans of Taylor Swift tend to like pegacorns since she mentioned one in the behind-the-scenes video for "White Horse." And she dressed up as one for Halloween and spent the entire day doing interviews in costume.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • When Wally in Dilbert joins the "1% club," he gets the key from a tiny flying unicorn.

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  • In the Fire Emblem series, Falcoknights ride what appear to be winged unicorns, although the horn could conceivably be part of the pegasis' armor.
  • Although the horse itself is never actually seen, the first Baten Kaitos game has a Magnus card called Pegasus Horn.
  • The Uniceros in Tales of the Abyss.
  • In the parody Flash game Linear RPG, the mysterious Tseret Nievol has a pet pegacorn, supposedly so awesome that Chuck Norris has eight of them.
  • Quite a few varieties of Winged Unicorn are offered as limited-edition or bonus items in Farmville. Some of them ramp up the Glurge with butterfly wings.
  • Princess Sophia befriends one of these in the Awakening series, who then gives her a ride to the Skyward Kingdom.
  • In keeping with the series tendency for bizarre creature designs, Shin Megami Tensei IV'''s take on the Centaur includes a pair of winged unicorns on its shoulders.
  • This is showcased in the hospital trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. After waking up from his coma Big Boss flees from the hospital on horseback, only to have a demonic entity pursue him on top of a flaming pegasus with a unicorn horn. Given the surreal nature of the trailer this is probably a hallucination, but supernatural elements are not unknown to the Metal Gear series.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures has one as the boss of Happy Fun Candy Time.
  • Charger Escape by Pastel Games has you transform a regular horse into a unicorn into a winged unicorn.
  • Imagia 3: The Quarry has a winged unicorn missing both its wings and horn, requiring you to solve a set of puzzles in order to give them back to it.

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My Little Pony Other Examples
  • She-Ra: Princess of Power: She-Ra had Swift Wind, to whom she referred as a "Pegacorn." In one episode of the show, she and Swift Wind discovered an entire island populated by these.
  • Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders: Sunstar was the winged unicorn bonded to the lead princess. Bafflingly, suffered from All of the Other Reindeer among other unicorns, until Starla reassured her that her wings were beautiful.
  • Eunice from Dragon Tales.
  • Segment 2 ("Chuck the Nice Pencil-Selling Guy") of episode 7 of season 1 of WordGirl had Becky and her friend Violet come up with a new mythical animal, which turned out to be a winged unicorn. They couldn't decide whether it should be called either a "Unisus" or a "Pegacorn", so they decided to call it a "Pegasussicorn" instead.
  • In Winx Club Peg, Bloom's horse in Magical Adventure, turns into one when he eats some leaves from the new Tree of Life.
  • On Arthur, D.W. enjoys a My Little Phony show called My Fluffy Unicorn that features winged unicorns. Additionally, in Arthur's Perfect Christmas, she decorated the Read family Christmas tree with winged unicorn ornaments and troll dolls.

Alternative Title(s):

Alicorn