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Pegasus

A pegasus from Tellius

“Ah, the pegasus, the proud, winged horse. You know, they only attach to someone they accept as their master. And did you know that pegasi fly by kicking the air, not by flapping their wings? It's a common misconception, but wings are mainly used for gliding.”
Lute to Vanessa

The Pegasus (ペガサス, alternately 天馬) are recurring winged mounts which present in every Fire Emblem game and TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga

Overview

Pegasus are a species of winged horses found in every Fire Emblem game since Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. Pegasus are highly attuned to their rider's emotions and mind. They are extremely fickle and will only accept female with pure hearts as their riders. This is the reason why the Pegasus Knight class and its promotions throughout the franchise has been a female exclusive class. Pegasi body and wings are normally pure white for all Pegasus Knight and Falcon Knight units. Fire Emblem Awakening introduced pure black pegasi who are the mounts for Dark Flier units.

In Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Pegasi are revealed to be capable of living for many years through the detail of Elincia's pegasus being belonged to her great-grandmother but still looks young and able to accompany her into battles. Pegasi are extremely loyal to their riders and often develop strong bonds with the daughters of their riders.

In the Japanese version of Fire Emblem Fates, the C-rank support between Selena and Subaki on the third path reveals the Pegasi shown in Hoshido are actually Tenma (天馬), a species of winged horses that are similar in appearance to Pegasi, but have an easier time accepting male riders, and the people of Hoshido called Pegasi holy beasts; the difference is a commonly known fact on the continent the game takes place in. Also, Tenma are rather picky when it come to their riders, and are generally unwilling for anyone ride them, if their hearts are filled with hatred, as Hinoka stated in her C-Support with Subaki and her S-Support with a Male Avatar.

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Pegasus-mounted Classes

Etymology

Pegasus is one of the most well-known creatures in Greek mythology, a flying horse usually depicted in pure white color. His father was Poseidon and his mother was the gorgon Medusa; he was born when Medusa was decapitated by Perseus.

Trivia

  • While a Pegasus in Greek Mythology can be ridden by both genders, the Pegasus in the Fire Emblem franchise's insistence on having only female riders is a reference to Unicorns, who only allow pure hearted maidens to ride them.
  • Male enemy units have been seen riding Pegasi in the third game.
  • Karin in Thracia 776 says pegasi allowing males to ride them is very rare; either indicating there are exceptions, or referring to the rescue mechanic. 
  • The following is a list of names given to Pegasi by their respective owners:

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