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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 of a unicornnote . Also known as an pegacorn, unipeg, or cerapter,note  but the most familiar term to use for this species is ''Alicorn'', which is a combination of the French words for wing (''aile'') and horn (''corne'').note  However, be careful with this usage because the word alicorn also refers to the horn of a unicorn itself.

When winged unicorns appear alongside regular pegasi (pterippi is the general name for winged horses) 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 unicorn.note  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.



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  • A Toyota commercial in 2014 featured a huge pink plush winged unicorn. It was so huge that it had to be strapped onto the roof of the car.
    This is Lady. She's a unicorn... and a pegasus.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Unimon of Digimon Adventure, a unicorn Digimon with tattered fabric wings.
  • Pegasus a.k.a. 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.
  • At one point in the early 2000s, Hello Kitty was depicted to be in the presence of various winged unicorns.
  • Tokimeki Tonight has a pair in the netherworld pulling a coach.
  • Fuwa transforms into a tiny alicorn after the Star★Twinkle Pretty Cure free all of the Star Princesses.

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

    Fan Works 
  • Most of the characters from My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic.
  • "Unipegs" are mentioned in My Inner Life.
  • Pretty much any My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic will naturally include these.
    • Lauren Faust, the original creator of the G4 cartoon, has a ponysona in the form of an alicorn that is informally referred to as the Fausticorn, which fanon and fan works often casts as Luna and Celestia's mother. Ditto for Bonnie Zacherle, the original creator of My Pretty Pony and My Little Pony brands, whose fan-made ponysona Bonniecorn is sometimes portrayed as Fausticorn's mother or at minimum her teacher.
    • Some My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fics explore the theme of alicorn ascension, comparing it to the quest for godhood or eternal life. For example, Whispers introduces a means of artificially creating an alicorn through the power of science, via combining the racial abilities of pegasi, earth ponies and unicorns. This contrasts with Twilight Sparkle's more "natural" ascension.
    • Fallout: Equestria has artificially-created Alicorns, although they are not true deific Alicorns like Celestia and Luna, instead being mere imitations.
    • Rites of Ascension, written without much reference to season 3, even considers winged unicorns separate from alicorns.
    • And another 'winged unicorn, not alicorn' example: The Moonstone Cup has Twilight doing this for most of the tournament, using the same spell she used for Rarity in 'Sonic Rainboom'.
    • In From Here to Eternity, Discord's mother looks like one, just with the wings of a dragon. However, she's not a pony, she's just a spirit that resembles one.
    • Harmony Theory makes a distinction between alicorns, which have divine powers and immortality, and mere winged unicorns which have similar power levels to unicorns and pegasi.
    • In The Bridge, several Kaiju get sent to Equestria and transformed into native species. Destroyah strongly resembles an alicorn. According to Word of God, she was turned into a pegasus, but a Partial Transformation meant she kept her horn from her original form. She cannot perform magic with her horn, but can ignite a Laser Blade from it as she already had that ability.
    • The Freeport Venture: In Freeport Venture: Blood and Iron, the lich Rising Fire is a rather nightmarish take on this concept. She started out as a normal unicorn, and gave herself batlike wings of skin and metal, alongside an alicorn's stature, as part of her transformation into a skeletal undead.
    • The Great Alicorn Hunt takes the concept of Alicorns to the logical extreme, with Celestia and Luna sending Twilight and her friends who all became Alicorns themselves out across Equestria to try and find other Alicorns and Nascents in order to use their combined power and knowledge to find a cure for old age in ponies. As of this moment: there are around 18 Alicorns including the Mane Six and the Royal Sisters that have been discovered or Ascended.
    • The alicorn Princess Skyla, a character from the real-life toyline who never appeared in the show, is the final boss in the fangame Twilight Wing, appearing as a non-animated picture of the toy.

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

  • Winged unicorns show up in several Piers Anthony works:
    • Bearing an Hourglass: One of Norton's quests is to free an alicorn from an evil sorceress. The Alicorn himself gives a different derivation of his name, claiming the early Latin-speaking Romans called him "Cornu"; later, Italians added the definite article to make it "Licorne", "the horn"; the then Arabs added their article, forming "Alicorno", "THE the horn"; and now he is called the Alicorn, adding yet another article to the mix. Then again, everyone Norton meets in the so-called "Contraterrene" world, including the Alicorn, are merely Satan's minions acting out the roles they were assigned, so his etymology is suspect.
    • Dream A Little Dream, cowritten with Julie Brady's, 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.
    • 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.
  • Avarclon, the guardian beast of Avaric in The Darkangel Trilogy, is described as a gray unicorn with eight wings—a large primary pair at the withers, plus Mercury's Wings of both the talaria (on all four hocks) and head-wing sort. That said, he's never actually referred to as a "unicorn" or any of the terms for the winged variety in the narrative; instead, he's a "starhorse" or the Latinized "equustel."

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  • 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.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons calls them alicorns.
  • Pathfinder: The first Bestiary used a winged unicorn as its main example of half-celestial creature.
  • In Warhammer Fantasy, the carnivorous Black Pegasus invokes a more malevolent take on this trope, as it has a unicorn-like horn (or sometimes more than that), which it uses to gore and impale prey, and bat-like wings.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • The prologue of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain ends with a sequence where Big Boss flees from the hospital on horseback, only to have a demonic entity known as the Man On Fire pursue him while riding a flaming pegasus with a unicorn horn.
  • 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.
  • In Ace Attorney Investigations 2, there's a statue of a winged unicorn on top of the PIC's roof. It's titled "Contradiction", since being either a unicorn or the mythical Pegasus is mutually exclusive. Since the fan translation of the game was made during a period between 2013 and 2015, with all of the applicants being denizens of the internet, it was almost guaranteed that at least one of them would have been a fan of that show, and someone wasted no time coming up with a reference.
  • The Air Skylander, Whirlwind, is part this and part dragon. Her wings are comparable to Pegasus wings instead of Dragon wings, and her horn can fire off rainbows that damage enemies and heal friends. All this also applies to her Mini counterpart, Breeze.
  • You start off Pony Island playing as a unicorn, which turns into this upon unlocking the Pony Wings.

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My Little Pony
  • In the My Little Pony franchise, these were almost unheard of until Generation 4, the first generation to feature permanently winged unicorns.
  • In My Little Pony: Escape from Catrina, a Blooper causes pegasus Baby Surprise to have a horn for a couple of shots during the song "Let's Not Take A Nap".
  • The My Little Pony Tales episode "Up, Up and Away" features the four Glow 'n Show Ponies with wings, despite only Starglow being a pegasus in the toy line. Dazzleglow, a unicorn in the toy line, has both wings and a horn here.
  • Four Generation 2 unicorns came with clip-on wings: Copper Glow, Silver Glow, Golden Glow, and Diamond Glow.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:

Other Examples

  • She-Ra: Princess of Power:
    • She-Ra has a rainbow-winged, talking unicorn steed named Swift Wind, which despite having wings was simply referred to as a unicorn. In one episode of the show, she and Swift Wind discovered "Unicorn Island" which is an entire island populated by winged unicorns.
    • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power reintroduces Swift Wind as a random horse who is given wings, a horn and the power of speech when Adora accidentally blasts him with a magic beam from her sword while trying to figure out how her She-Ra powers work. This is later parodied when another accidental magic beam gives a horn and rainbow wings... to a lizard.
      Bow: Wait, is that what happened to our horse?
  • 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 she 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 and has a plushie of the main character. Additionally, in Arthur's Perfect Christmas, she decorated the Read family Christmas tree with winged unicorn ornaments and troll dolls.
  • Mia and Me has Onchao, Mia's winged unicorn friend who is born a few episodes into the first season. Season 2 reveals that Onchao's missing father, Ono the Unicorn King is also a winged unicorn, explaining why Onchao has wings. Finding out what happened to him and later finding him and bringing him back to Centopia make up part of the plot of that season. Season 3 introduces a third one with the birth of Onchao's little sister, Kyara.
  • Shimmer and Shine has the Zahramay Zoomicorns, who are winged unicorns, and can be very fast and agile, to the point the genies have a pass time called the "Zoomicorn Toss" where they try to get as many rings on the Zoomicorn's horn before time runs out. Plus, the genies care for the Zoomicorns very much, as shown when Shine is able to calm the one from their game down when she is frightened by Zeta.
  • Sofia the First: The Mystic Isles has a unicorn island where some are winged.
  • In a more adult example, Tigtone encounters a civilization of Winged Unicorns having a bloody war against the Horned Pegasus over which faction is more beautiful.

Alternative Title(s): Alicorn


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