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Pegasus is a winged horse featured as the tetartagonist in Hercules. Pegasus acts as Hercules' personal steed.

Background

Personality

Described by Zeus himself as "a magnificent horse with the brain of a bird", Pegasus' behavior mixes elements of both a noble steed and a bird. Quirky behaviors of his include clicking his tongue, whistling, and at times, perching on one of Hercules' shoulders. Pegasus also seems to possess very high revel of power to be able to free himself from chaining by gods, stamina, speed, insight and responses keen enough to avoid sudden attacks or stray shots by gods or monsters.

As Hercules's best friend, Pegasus is extremely protective and no-nonsense. He doesn't hesitant to fearlessly jump into battle when Hercules needs assistance, and will quickly become spiteful towards those who bare ill will towards the demigod—even close friends (evident by his threatening glare towards Phil when he initially refused to help Hercules during the climax). He can also be petty and envious when someone derails Hercules' attention; upon meeting Megara, he was immediately against her solely due to Hercules' fascination with her, going as far as to take advantage of her fear of heights by flying at a purposely high speed during her first flight upon him in Thebes. Even so, Pegasus is capable of garnering a change of heart. Those who treat Hercules well (such as Megara during the climax) gain his trust and affection.

Physical Appearance

Pegasus is a white horse with large wings and a blue crest.

Appearances

Hercules

Pegasus was created by Zeus using clouds as a gift for his newborn son, Hercules. That night, however, Hercules was kidnapped by Pain and Panic. Pegasus did not reunite with Hercules until the teenage boy's trip to the Temple of Zeus. Zeus summons a fully-grown Pegasus while telling Hercules of their history. Pegasus remains alongside Hercules throughout his adventures, meeting Philoctetes and residing on his island to train Hercules in becoming a true hero. Years later, they travel to Thebes to test Hercules' worth, but meet a mysterious damsel named Megara along the way. He is not very fond of Megara due to his jealousy for Hercules' admiration of her, and is openly hostile towards her at times, particularly during flight.

When Hades plots against Hercules, Pegasus is lured and captured by Pain and Panic, who have assumed the form of a female Pegasus. He is rescued by Meg, who convinces Pegasus to go find Phil. After this, Pegasus treats Meg in a more amiable manner as they work together to help Hercules defeat Hades and the Titans. In the end, Hercules regains his godhood but decides to remain on earth to pursue a life with Meg. Zeus and Hera grant this wish, and Pegasus joins the couple as they return to Thebes. Presumably, Pegasus remained alongside Hercules afterward.

Hercules: The Series

Pegasus tags along many of Hercules' adventures and acts as a mode of transportation. One episode, "Hercules and the Pegasus Incident", also adapts the mythological origin of Pegasus and Bellerophon, where Pegasus decides to help the Lycian king Bellerophon fend off an attack from the Chimera. However, when it turns out Bellerophon was only using Pegasus as a means to glory, Pegasus leaves him and returns to Hercules.

In "Hercules and the Arabian Night", Pegasus challenges Aladdin's Magic Carpet when Hercules and Aladdin battle. After the boys learn they are merely a part of a plot from both of their enemies, they form an alliance while Pegasus and Carpet befriend each other.

Cameos

Pegasus makes minor cameos in House of Mouse, often seen in crowd shots.

Video games

Kingdom Hearts series

Pegasus does not appear in the first game of the series, though he does have a cup named for him. In Kingdom Hearts II however, Pegasus plays a part in the story, helping Meg escape the Underworld and assisting Sora in fighting the Hydra.

Disney Parks

Disneyland Resort

Pegasus appeared in the Hercules-themed parade, Hercules Victory Parade, around the time the film first came out. There was also a deleted "Go the Distance" sequence for World of Color that would have featured Pegasus and Hercules, but the sequence was removed for an extended Aladdin sequence rather than splitting the sequence between the two films.

Walt Disney World Resort

Pegasus appears in the bubble montage of the Florida version of Fantasmic!.

Gallery

Wiki
The Disney Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Pegasus.

Trivia

  • In the original mythology, Pegasus is born after Perseus cut off Medusa's head and was the child of Medusa and Poseidon. In the Disney version, Pegasus is created by Zeus.
  • According to Zeus, Pegasus was made from three different types of clouds: Cirrus, Nimbostratus, and Cumulus.
  • Due to his birth from various types of clouds being combined together, it is unknown whether there are any other members of his race besides him (other than Hades' winged creature pulling his cart) in existence. Additionally, it is also unknown whether it was Pegasus' first time to see a female winged horse when Pain and Panic disguised as it to trap him and why he was attracted (this could possibly mean that there are other winged horses in the universe).
  • The shooting star Hercules sees during "Go the Distance" is actually Pegasus watching over him.[1]
  • In Once Upon a Time, Pegasus is mentioned on the show by Captain Liam, Killian Jones's brother, like a legendary horse whose rests were used to create a magic veil, allowing their ship to fly in the sky.

References


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Media
Films: HerculesHercules: Zero to HeroVideo

Television: TV series (Episode list) (Aladdin crossover) • House of Mouse
Video games: Video gameKingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysKingdom Hearts Birth by SleepKingdom Hearts coded Kingdom Hearts χ Kingdom Hearts Unchained χKingdom Hearts III
Music: Soundtrack
Books: Classic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingLittle Golden Book

Disney Parks
Disney Animation BuildingSorcerers of the Magic KingdomStitch and Friends Summer Surprise

Entertainment: Animazment - The MusicalDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney's WishesHercules: The Muse-icalVillains Tonight!
Parade: Disney Stars and Motorcars ParadeHercules Victory ParadeThe Hercules Electrical ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Firework: Happily Ever AfterWishes
Halloween: Hocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularMickey's Boo-to-You Halloween ParadeRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeThe Villains WorldVillains Night Out!

Characters
Original: HerculesHadesPegasusPhiloctetesMegaraPain and PanicFatesMusesZeusHeraHermesHestiaHephaestusAthenaAresPoseidonAphroditeOlympian GodsArtemisApolloThebansDionysusTitansCerberusHydraMinotaurSthenoGriffinNemean LionNessusFuriesNymphsAmphytryon and Alcmene

TV Series: IcarusCassandraAdonisHelen of TroyTempestCirceTritonGalateaPandoraMedusaEchidnaTyphonEchidna's ChildrenHecateNemesisMr. ParenthesesHomerFear and TerrorIbidAntaeusPrometheusDaedelusMorpheusKronosGaiaAmphitriteAchillesTheseusOrionNestor & MeleagerMelampusLavinaAjaxAndromedaAnazareteSyrinxElectraMr. GriffKing MinosTiviusOrthosQueen Hippolyte

Songs
Original: The Gospel TruthGo the DistanceOne Last HopeZero to HeroI Won't Say (I'm in Love)A Star is Born

TV series songs: Send My Boy to SchoolMy TownPromethean DittyThe AgoraThe BacchanalThe Man That I LovePucker Up or Let Him SnoozeThat's How the Story GoesAphrodesia DanceLoe Is In The AirSine the Light Went AwayAin't Life a BeachCan-Do KingKronos StoneWhat's a Mother to Do?Sreamin' Grecian Teenage BluesLethe Water on the Brain!One Good Man

Locations
Ancient GreeceMount OlympusUnderworldPhil's IslandThebesPrometheus AcademyAtlantis City
Objects
Skull PacifierArmageddon BowLightning BoltsMortal PotionTrident
Miscellaneous
Disney Sing Along Songs: From Hercules


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Games
Kingdom Hearts + Final MixChain of MemoriesRe:Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts II + Final Mix358/2 DaysBirth by Sleep + Final MixcodedRe:codedDream Drop DistanceHD I.5 ReMIXχ [chi]HD II.5 ReMIXHD II.8 Final Chapter PrologueHD I.5+II.5 ReMIXUnchained χ/Union χ [cross]Kingdom Hearts III
Incorporated Films and Shorts
Alice in WonderlandAladdin/The Return of JafarBeauty and the BeastBig Hero 6CinderellaFantasiaHerculesThe Hunchback of Notre DameLilo & StitchThe Lion KingThe Little MermaidMickey, Donald and Goofy: The Three MusketeersMulanThe Nightmare Before ChristmasPeter PanPinocchioPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlSleeping BeautySteamboat WillieSnow White and the Seven DwarfsTangledTarzanToy StoryTron/Tron: LegacyThe Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Characters
Main Characters: SoraRikuKairiKing MickeyDonald DuckGoofyRoxasAquaTerraVentus

Villains: Master XehanortAnsemXemnasMaleficentPeteOrganization XIIIVanitasXigbar/BraigXaldinVexenLexaeusZexionSaïx/IsaDemyxLuxordMarluxiaLarxeneTerra-XehanortYoung XehanortXehanort's Guardian
Other Characters: Jiminy CricketNaminéAnsem the Wise/DiZYen SidXionAxel/LeaMaster EraqusDilanEvenAeleusIenzoLingering WillData SoraData RikuData NaminéData RoxasHaynerPenceOletteRiku-AnsemKairi's GrandmaRiku ReplicaAnti-SaïxAnti-SoraAnti-RikuSora-HeartlessJiminy's JournalForetellersMaster of MastersLuxuEphemerSkuldChirithyBlaine
Original Monsters: HeartlessNobodiesUnversedDream Eater
Disney Characters and Villains: Queen MinnieDaisy DuckPlutoTarzanClaytonKerchakKalaJane PorterWinnie the PoohAladdinGenieJasmineJafarIagoTronMagic BroomsPeter PanTinker BellQuasimodoJudge Claude FrolloMerlinFlora, Fauna and MerryweatherAuroraPrince PhillipTiggerEeyoreRabbitArielUrsulaPrince EricFlounderSebastianMulanMushuShan YuLi ShangJack SparrowHector BarbossaElizabeth SwannWill TurnerChernabogSimbaTimonPumbaaNalaRafikiScarKing TritonAliceCheshire CatQueen of HeartsJack SkellingtonOogie BoogieSallyEsmeraldaPhoebusBeagle BoysScrooge McDuckHuey, Dewey and LouieChip and DaleHorace HorsecollarMaster Control ProgramSarkKevin FlynnSam FlynnQuorraCLURinzlerCinderellaPrince CharmingFairy GodmotherJaqLady TremaineBelleBeastLumiereCogsworthMrs PottsPinocchioGeppettoMonstroStitchCaptain GantuJumbaHerculesMegaraHadesCaptain HookTick-Tock the CrocodileSnow WhiteEvil QueenThe PrinceWendyPongoPerditaDalmatian PuppiesAce "Chicken Little" CluckRapunzelBaymaxPhiloctetesAbu
Square Enix Characters: LeonCloudMoogleJoshuaOthers

Elements
Plot Elements: Universe of Kingdom HeartsKingdom HeartsHeartKeyblade WarDark Seeker SagaMore

Game Elements: Gameplay in Kingdom HeartsMagic

Objects
Sea-salt ice creamWayfinderDoor to DarknessKeybladeX-bladeMickey's LettersThalassa ShellKingdom Hearts EncoderKeychainGummi BlocksBug BloxBlack coatKeyblade Armor
Locations
Land of DepartureDisney CastleDisney TownTimeless RiverDatascapeRadiant Garden/Hollow BastionKeyblade GraveyardDestiny IslandsTraverse TownDive to the HeartEnd of the WorldRealm of DarknessCastle OblivionTwilight TownThe World That Never WasCastle That Never Was • Deep Jungle • AgrabahOlympus Coliseum/UnderworldHalloween TownNeverlandWonderlandAtlanticaHundred Acre WoodBeast's Castle • The Land of Dragons • Port RoyalPride Lands • Space Paranoids • Castle of Dreams • Enchanted Dominion • Dwarf Woodlands • Deep Space • La Cité des Cloches • Prankster's Paradise • Country of the Musketeers • Symphony of Sorcery • The GridKingdom of CoronaSan Fransokyo
Organizations/Groups
Organization XIIIPrincesses of HeartDisney Villains Council
Music
Dearly BelovedSimple and CleanSanctuaryMickey Mouse Club MarchSwim This WayPart of Your WorldUnder the SeaUrsula's RevengeA New Day is DawningDestatiBibbidi-Bobbidi-BooHe's a PirateBeauty and the BeastThis is HalloweenIt's a Small WorldNight on Bald MountainWinnie the PoohThe Sorcerer's ApprenticeThe Pastoral Symphony
Soundtracks
Kingdom Hearts Original SoundtrackKingdom Hearts Final Mix - Additional TracksKingdom Hearts II Original SoundtrackKingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack CompleteKingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep & 358/2 Days Original SoundtrackKingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance Original SoundtrackKingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack