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"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, even though there was only ever one of them in legend (the plural is often "pegasi").

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

A Super-Trope to Winged Unicorn.

A Sister Trope to Unicorn, Winged Humanoid and Our Hippocamps Are Different.

Compare Our Perytons Are Different, for another type of bird/ungulate cross, and Our Angels Are Different.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Digimon Adventure 02: Pegasusmon is Patamon's first Armor Evolution, and serves as T.K.'s main flying transportation.
  • 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. It should be noted that this isn't a magical construct, it's the actual Pegasus, which has survived to the modern age and comes when she calls. Due to Stronger with Age, it is now roughly on par with an elder dragon.
  • Kamigami no Asobi: Apollon (yes, the Greek God) flies on one.
  • In The Little Prince And The Eight Headed Dragon, the young Susano uses a small flying horse sent to him by Amaterasu to battle Orochi, though it doesn't have any wings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pretty Cure:
  • Sailor Moon: Pegasus (a winged alicorn capable of taking human form — or, more accurately, his original form was human) is sought by the villains in one arc.
  • Saint Seiya is based around warriors who use constellations as their motif. The protagonist's constellation is Pegasus.

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    Comic Books 
  • DC Comics:
    • All-Star Squadron has Shining Knight's steed Winged Victory, who was a normal horse changed into a pegasus by Merlin's magic, and Gudra the Valkyrie's winged steed.
    • Shining Knight: Both incarnations of the character have winged horses. Justin's was called Victory, Ystina's is Vanguard. Victory was a regular horse, before Merlin turned him into a pegasus.
    • Superman: The Pre-Crisis version of Terra-Man rode a winged, alien horse named Nova, which was officially called an Arguvian Space Steed.
    • Wonder Woman:
      • Wonder Woman (1942): One of Wonder Woman's foes has Pegasus (the original one from Greek myth) as his personal steed.
      • Gundra, another villain, has a winged steed named Stormwind.
      • In Wonder Woman (1987), after Wonder Woman beheads Medusa, the original Pegasus rises ominously from the pool of blood. She then attacks the remaining gorgons to keep them from attacking Wondy and becomes Diana's loyal steed.
      • In Wonder Woman and the Star Riders, a promotional comic for a show and toy line which were never produced. Dolphine rides a winged horse named Cloudancer, with a white coat and light blue mane and tail.
  • Marvel Comics:
    • Black Knight (Marvel Comics): Dane Whitman 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 Mighty Thor: The Valkyries ride winged horses, one of which ended up in the possession of Danielle Moonstar of the New Mutants.
    • New Mutants: Danielle Moonstar acquires a winged Valkyrie steed, Brightwind, on a trip to Asgard — or, more appropriately, Brightwind chose her.

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    Fan Works 
  • A.A. Pessimal: Pegasi(i), 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. These are placed in the care of the Air Witches. Later on it is discovered that whilst created by magical accident, they are capable of breeding with normal horses. Thus creating more Pegasi in the natural run of things, and as time passes, allowing the Service to expand and recruit more Witch-Pilots. Vetinari is in favour of this and makes the necessary funding and facilities available, including purpose-built air bases.note  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. This builds on the canonical use of the craw-step by the City Watch Air Police in Snuff.
  • Tiny Sapient Ungulates reinterprets pegasi as having lobed, membranous and somewhat bat-like wings due to some x-rays in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic revealing that pegasi have bones in their wing feathers.
  • With Strings Attached: George becomes one twice. His doing so is the first indication that his shapeshifting ring is more powerful than it seems.

    Films — Animated 
  • Disney:
    • Fantasia: The "Pastoral Symphony" segment features a whole Pegasus family: a white mother, black father, and foals that yellow, blue, and a black baby Pegasus 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.
    • Hercules: Pegasus is Hercules' ride in this film, despite the fact that this never happened in actual Greek Mythology, and was created by Zeus out of clouds.
    • The Three Caballeros has a segment about a flying donkey.
  • Pleasant Goat And Big Big Wolf: Pegasi are the focus of the sixth film, Meet the Pegasus, where the goats must write a happy ending for a story starring the Pegasus Prince, who lives in a cloud city populated by humanoid pegasus people.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Clash of the Titans (1981) and Clash of the Titans (2010) both 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.
  • Thor: Ragnarok: The Valkyries are seen riding winged horses in a flashback.

    Literature 
  • Alex Verus: One of these shows up in the first book as the mount of an older diviner.
  • 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 and was one of the first animals given speech by Aslan, and was then given wings to help Digory on his quest. He is also the only pegasus to appear in the series, although final book implies that, as revered and majestic as unicorns are considered, pegasi are even more so.
  • Discworld: In Snuff, the Amkh-Morpork City Watch makes the discovery that Air Watch pilots can use the Feegle magic of the "craw-step" to take a pilot from Ankh-Morpork to Howondaland in a matter of minutes. The Feegle magic is a close-guarded secret, but it is believed to exploit the ability to enter a parellel dimension of space-time and then to return to the "real world" at a location chosen by the navigating pilot - potentially crossing thousands of miles of real-world space within minutes. Feegle pilots navigating birds of prey - who are Air Policemen under Sam Vimes' commandnote  - use this for recconnaisance and communications flights.
  • In Dragon Rider, 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 hen's 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).
  • 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, and are used to firebomb the Hetwan.
  • Harry Potter: Winged horses are a common species of domesticated magical creatures, and several distinct breeds exist.
    • Abraxans are gigantic palomino pegasi, and the strongest breed. The Beauxbatons delegation to the Triwizard Tournament arrives at Hogwarts in a gigantic carriage drawn by a team of Abraxans that drink single-malt whiskey.
    • Aethonans have chestnut coats and are native to Britain and Ireland.
    • Granian are greynote  and incredibly fast. The legendary Pegasus was a Granian.
    • Thestrals, such as those that pull the Hogwarts coaches, are skeletal, black-furred and bat-winged, and are completely invisible to those who have not witnessed and accepted death.
  • The Neverending Story: In the story's second part, when Balthasar becomes ashamed of having a mule following him around but doesn't actually want to tell his faithful follower Yikka to get lost to her face, he plays on her desire to have children despite her sterility by imagining a beautiful, long-maned pegasus stallion into existence and convincing Yikka to go and meet him. The narration notes that they were rather happy together, and ended up having a winged mule child named Pataplan, who became a notable figure in his own right.
  • Ology Series: In Monsterology, winged horses are native to the eastern Mediterranean, can be used as steeds and are a favorite food of griffins.
  • 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.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Percy, who is able to speak with horses due to being a 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.
  • The Spectral Chronicles: In addition to Moon Shadow, Demetrios' flying mustang, the Stone Cutters have flying horses of their own, which look like thoroughbreds with albatross wings. Some have pure white or pure gold coats, and others have coats resembling those of plains zebras.
  • Stravaganza: In City of Stars, 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.
  • A Swiftly Tilting Planet: Gaudior. However, when he takes flight, he hardly ever moves in space, but only through time. (The movement of the planet Earth itself throughout time is not accounted for.)
  • Tortall Universe: A number of winged horses appear in the later books. 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 the Trickster's Duet 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.
  • In War of the Dreaming, they are called dreamcolts and serve as steeds to the Guardians of Everness.
  • The Witches of Eileanan, by Kate Forsyth, has a number of winged horses appear.
  • Xanth: Winged centaurs eventually became a viable species (a combination of love springs and people getting transformed as such).

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    Magazines 
  • Scientific American, in one of its Recreational Math columns (about the Goat-Goat-Car puzzle), has some Pigasi.

    Music 
  • Asia: Winged horses appear on the cover of the Then & Now album.
  • African music group Osibisa took this motif a step further by using winged elephants as the band motif; the flying elephant mascot appears on all their album covers.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Classical Mythology is the Trope Namer and Trope Maker. Pegasus (Pegasos, in Greek) was owned by Bellerophon, until Zeus struck them down. Far less famous than Pegasus was his brother, Chrysaor, who depending on the source is a giant or a winged boar.
  • Uchhaihshravas is a seven headed flying horse from Hindu mythology.
  • The Tianma of Chinese mythology is often translated as a Pegasus, though it lacks wings and instead flies via magic.
  • In Islamic lore, Al-Buraq ("lightning") was a magnificent winged white horse presented to the prophet Mohammed by the arch-angel Gabriel.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Chris Benoit used the names Wild Pegasus and The Pegasus Kid in Japan and Mexico.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons has Pegasi as staples of the Monster Manual in most editions. They're portrayed as shy but intelligent Chaotic Good creatures that serve as steeds for those who can gain their trust.
  • GURPS Fantasy Bestiary describes pegasi chiefly based off of the Greek legend, noting that the effects of giving winged steeds to players mean that pegasi may be best introduced as very rare, difficult to tame and/or as a temporary asset for players.
  • Palladium Fantasy:
    • Pegasi are extremely rare creatures only found roosting on high mountains far from civilization. They used to be a lot more common and were often used as steeds by the elves, but they were almost completely exterminated during the great dwarf-elf war in the distant past.
    • There are also the dragondactyls, essentially pegasi with clawed feet and draconic tails and wings; additionally, male dragondactyls can breathe fire. They are more common than the nearly-extinct pegasi, although not particularly numerous in absolute terms, and despite their monstrous appearance are relatively even-tempered beasts and no more difficult to domesticate than most horses.
  • Shadowrun: Pegasus (singular and plural) appear in Paranormal Animals of Europe as winged horses native to the Balkans, Italy and southern France. They're not common, and extensive poaching for racing stock is rapidly wiping them out.
  • Warhammer: Pegasi appear in several armies. Empire and Bretonnian heroes and generals can ride them, and the Bretonnians can also field an entire unit of Pegasus Knights. In general, pegasi are stated to differ from true horses in several respects — they have hollow bones like birds, although their ability to fly is still assumed to be chiefly magical in nature, and are omnivorous as well. They prefer to live in mountains and along high plateaus and are very widespread, and a number of specific variants exist in various corners of the world.
    • Royal pegasi are found exclusively to Bretonnia and are famed for their extreme intelligence and loyalty.
    • Dark pegasi are highly aggressive creatures tainted by Chaos, and are marked by their batlike wings, jagged horns, sharp fangs and purely carnivorous diets. Most live in the mountains of Naggaroth, and are often taken by the Dark Elves to serve as flying mounts.
    • Radiant pegasi, described in the Storm of Magic supplement, live in the highlands of Araby and spend long periods of time basking in the sun and absorbing its light and heat. When attacked or threatened, they can release their stored energy in a blinding flash of light.
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Pegasus is the tribal totem of the Black Furies, and demands that those who serve him protect females and their young.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • Fire Emblem has Pegasus Knights.
  • Digimon: Pegasusmon is an orange-furred, winged equine with a face-covering metal mask.
  • 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.
  • God of War II gives Pegasus Hot Wings.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
  • King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow: Nightmare , 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!
  • Lords of Magic: Butterfly-winged pegasi are one of the Life faction's special units.
  • Master of Magic gives the High Men access to pegasi as a unique flying mounted unit.
  • Mega Man:
  • Minecraft:
    • While The Aether has no actual horses (flying or otherwise), there are flying cows and phygs (flying pigs), both of which have wings.
    • Mo' Creatures 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.
  • Nightbound: A premium scene with Nik in Chapter 13 has him say that not only do pegasi exist in the bayou, but he was hired to wrangle one. They have a much better disposition than unicorns do.
  • Quest for Glory V: There's only one Pegasus, which lives at the island's northern end.
  • Scribblenauts: Pegasus is one of the more useful summons, although it's somewhat skittish.
  • Six Ages: A priestess is trying to breed winged horses. If your own priestesses learn her secrets, you can gain a flying horse from a successfully completed ritual.
  • Tales of PhantasiaL Halfway through, Cress rides a Sleipnir to tackle Dhaos' aerial forces, accompanied by Arche on her Flying Broomstick.
  • Total War: Warhammer:
    • Pegasi with feathered manes appear as flying steeds for Imperial and Bretonnian lords and heroes. Bretonnia also has access to units of pegasus-mounted flying knights, and pegasi appear as decorative flyers above Bretonnia instead of the birds found over most of the map.
    • In Total War: Warhammer II, the Dark Elves' lords can ride black-furred, bat-winged and horned dark pegasi, which also appear as environmental decorations wheeling and circling over the mountains of the Dark Elven starting areas.
  • Toy Commander: The Attic's commander, Peggy, is a wooden pegasus toy.

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    Web Original 
  • SCP Foundation: 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.
  • Thalia's Musings: Pegasus is featured 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."
  • Uni Creatures: Two of the creature families are pegasi. There is also a winged zebra.

    Western Animation 
  • The Mighty Hercules: Hercules has a pegasus that started out untamed until Herc tamed it and made it an ally.
  • 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.
    • My Little Pony: The Movie (1986): 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.
    • My Little Pony (G3) has both the regular Pegasus Ponies and the insectoid Breezies.
    • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, pegasi are 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 stand back. On the other hand, "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" showed she can definitely hover a few inches above the ground when she's not thinking about it.
      • 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.
      • One My Little Pony: Friends Forever comic includes a "pigasus", a green pig with feathered wings.
  • South Park: Pegasus appears as a character in the Imaginationland trilogy, among the fictional characters.
  • 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.

    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. Others believe that as the Hussars charged en masse, their wings collectively buzzed in the wind, so they came down on their enemies with a morale-shattering roar.
  • The northern constellation of Pegasus, which is also among the largest ones. Or rather half of Pegasus as only its fore section and wings appear in said constellation.

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

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