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Pegasus

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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

    Name

    Pegasus

    Nickname

    Pegasos, Peggy (He was never very fond of this nickname)

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    The Stars

    Work & Education

    Occupation

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

    Education

    Chiron's Equine Academy

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Pro-Zeus

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Poseidon (Dad), Medusa (Mom)—quite a combo, right?

    Siblings

    Chrysaor

    Children

    None

    Friends

    Bellerophon, the Muses, Zeus, Apollo, Athena

    Enemies

    The Chimera, Gravity

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Single

    Interested in

    Fillies

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Mr. Ed
    My Little Pony
    Luck

    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

    Books

    Black 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)

    Music

    Pegasus 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

    Movies

    War Horse
    Wrath of the Titans
    Clash of the Titans (2010)
    Clash of the Titans (1981)
    National Velvet
    The Black Stallion
    The Horse Whisperer
    Hidalgo
    The Turin Horse
    All the Pretty Horses

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    The Kentucky Derby
    Oats
    Fresh green meadows
    Fluffy clouds
    Glow-in-the-dark posters of winged horses

    Interests

    Astrology
    Springs
    Aviation
    Meteorology

    Groups

    Horse Lovers
    Society for Composite Animal Rights
    Flyboys
    Mounts of Heroes Union
    Stargazers

    • Spotter's Guide

      A lot of people come around Olympus looking for Pegasus. Everybody loves a winged horse, right? And between his monster-slaying adventures with Bellerophon and his stardom with Perseus, he's as famous as can be. Hate to tell you this, though: you won't find Pegasus up here on the mountain. If you want to chill with him, you'll have to head up to the stars. Too bad there isn't another winged horse around here for transportation…

      Sex: Male
      Age: Prime of life
      Build: Built like a horse because, well…
      Complexion: White
      Hair Color: White (covers entire body)
      Facial Hair: White (see above)
      Scars/marks/tattoos: Battle scars
      Jewelry and accessories: Lovely feathery wings
      Clothing: None
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: Hooves, Wings

      Typical Companions:

      Bellerophon
      The Muses
      Zeus
      Perseus (maybe)

      Known Hangouts:

      The stars
      The clouds
      Meadows
      Mountaintops
      Racetracks
      Air shows

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 0699

      Theogony by Hesiod

      Pegasus's super-gross birth from headless Medusa gets a mention in Hesiod's ancient text.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      The Library by Pseudo-Apollodorus

      The grossest birth of all time gets another shout-out a handful of centuries after Hesiod tried his hand at it.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses by Ovid

      Hmmm. It seems like ancient writers were totally into Pegasus's disgusting birth—here it is again in Ovid's masterpiece.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Fantasia

      Not only does Disney give us a Mama Pegasus and a Papa Pegasus, we also get a ton of little baby Pegasuses—the cute factor is pushed to the max in Fantasia.

      Dec 20, 1990

      Pegasus, the Flying Horse

      Get up close and personal with this animated version of the life of Pegasus.

      Dec 20, 1981

      Clash of the Titans

      Perseus takes over Bellerophon's job and tames Pegasus in this monster-crammed movie.

      Dec 20, 1986 - Dec 20, 1989

      Saint Seiya

      Man, do these guys know how to animate a winged horse.

      Dec 20, 2019

      God of War II

      Pegasus has flaming wings in this video game—it may not be mythologically accurate, but it's definitely awesome.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus

      Everybody's favorite doll flutters around Cloud Kingdom on the back of a winged horse in this 3-D extravaganza. You know you want it.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Clash of the Titans

      Pegasus returns to Hollywood in all his new-fangled CGI glory.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Wrath of the Titans

      Get ready for more highflying Pegasus action in this sequel to Clash of the Titans.