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You've probably seen a picture of a horse with wings before—surrounded by shiny rainbows and fluffy clouds, perhaps? Well, every single one of those cute flying horse posters owes a little something to our boy, Pegasus, the original horse with wings. Back in the day, Pegasus was most famous for being the Bellerophon's ride. But these days, Perseus gets Pegasus's back—it's some pretty controversial stuff.

Later in his career, Pegasus became Zeus's thunderbolt carrier and was besties with the Muses. After a while, Zeus finally let Pegasus retire and gave the winged wonder a place of honor among the stars.

Basic Information

NicknamePegasos, Peggy (He was never very fond of this nickname)
Current cityThe Stars

Work & Education

OccupationCurrently employed as a constellation; formerly the mount of Bellerophon and later Zeus's thunderbolt carrier. Movin' on up. Literally.
EducationChiron's Equine Academy


Political viewsPro-Zeus

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

ParentsPoseidon (Dad), Medusa (Mom)—quite a combo, right?
FriendsBellerophon, the Muses, Zeus, Apollo, Athena
EnemiesThe Chimera, Gravity


Relationship statusSingle
Interested inFillies


Quotations"If an ass goes traveling, he will not come home a horse."
– Thomas Fuller

"It is not the horse that pulls the cart, but the oats."
– Russian Proverb

"Hitch your wagon to a star."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The wildest colts make the best horses."
– Plutarch

"Starships were meant to fly
Hands up and touch the sky
Can't stop 'cause we're so high
Let's do this one more time"
– Nicki Minaj
BooksBlack Beauty by Anna Sewell 
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo 
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy 
Animal Farm by George Orwell
"Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats
The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis 
"The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans 
"Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Equus by Peter Shaffer 
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (Pegasus loves Shadowfax, Gandalf's horse)
MusicPegasus by the Hollies
Starships by Nicki Minaj
Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones
Ghost Riders in the Sky by Johnny Cash
Flying Horses by Dispatch
Horses by Bonnie "Prince" Billie
Funeral by Band of Horses (Reminds Pegasus of poor Bellerophon)
Meadowlarks by Fleet Foxes
My Little Pony Theme Song
MoviesWar Horse
Wrath of the Titans
Clash of the Titans (2010)
Clash of the Titans (1981)
National Velvet
The Black Stallion
The Horse Whisperer
The Turin Horse
All the Pretty Horses
TV ShowsMr. Ed
My Little Pony

Activities & Interests

LikesThe Kentucky Derby
Fresh green meadows
Fluffy clouds
Glow-in-the-dark posters of winged horses
ActivitiesSoaring gracefully through the sky
Galloping nobly through the fields
Kicking monsters' butts
GroupsHorse Lovers
Society for Composite Animal Rights
Mounts of Heroes Union

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