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Iris - Winged Wonders

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Winged Wonders

This group just loves to soar the friendly skies. You can catch them winging their way from class to class, and after school, their feet barely touch the ground. Iris is one of the most popular members of this clique. Everybody loves watching her fly through the air on her golden wings, bringing rainbows wherever she goes.


Here he is: the most popular Winged Wonder of them all. Pegasus, the snowy white flying horse, is the son (or colt?) of Medusa and Poseidon. He was once the steed of the hero Bellerophon and helped him kill the Chimera. But after a not-so-graceful death for Bellerophon, Pegasus became the bearer of Zeus's thunderbolts and eventually became a constellation.

Daedalus and Icarus

Daedalus, the famous inventor, became one of the first humans ever to fly the friendly skies when he escaped imprisonment on Crete by flapping away on wings he made out of wax and feathers. It worked out great for him, but not so great for his son Icarus, who flew off with him. Despite his Dad's warnings, Icarus soared too close to the sun, which melted the wax in his wings and caused him to fall to his death in the sea. Womp womp.


Nemesis is the dark winged goddess of vengeance and retribution. She's not happy unless she's soaring toward some criminal who needs to get put in their place.

The Erinyes (Furies)

The Erinyes are a whole lot like Nemesis. When a crime needs punishing, the Erinyes just flap their wings and are on the case in two shakes of their own tail feathers.


These sexy ladies are often confused with mermaids, but they're actually half bird instead of fish. The Sirens are most famous for their gorgeous, mesmerizing songs. We don't recommend downloading any of their tracks anytime soon, though. Their songs may have been beautiful, but they also hypnotized sailors, luring them to their deaths on jagged rocks. Yikes.


The Harpies are kind of like the Sirens' disgusting cousins. These bird ladies have disgusting warty faces, matted hair, and dirty stinking feathers. Their favorite thing to do is snatch food off of people's tables and then poop on the leftover crumbs. We are absolutely not making this up.

Eros (Cupid)

Come Valentine's Day, you see this little winged guy everywhere. Eros, the Greek god of desire, was the son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. He spends most of his time fluttering around and causing trouble with his love-inducing golden arrows.

The Boreads

Calais and Zetes are the winged sons of Boreas, the North Wind. They became famous when they set sail with Jason and the Argonauts on the quest for the Golden Fleece. The Boreads became the Harpies' worst nightmare when they chased the bird-ladies away from King Phineus who they tormented every day at orders of Zeus.


However you pronounce this, Hraesvelg is an eagle from Norse mythology that hangs out on ice mountains and flaps his wings to send super cold winds. Don't mess with him.


Ashur was an Assyrian god of war, who had four wings and the head of an eagle. He started out as a puny god of the city of Assur, but gained in popularity until he became one of the big deal gods. So, yeah, his OkCupid gets mad hits.


This Indian deity was a god of the sun and had the head and claws of an eagle. The main thing to know about him is that he hated snakes. Like, hated them.

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