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* ''FanFic/WeresHarry'': Werewolf packs are led by an Alpha male and female. It's stated that being an Alpha is innate: a werewolf cannot become an Alpha simply by wanting to and any werewolf will instinctively recognize an Alpha as an Alpha upon meeting them. It's also implied that it is very difficult for non-Alpha werewolves to function unless they are in a pack under the leadership of an Alpha.

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* ''FanFic/WeresHarry'': Werewolf packs are led by an Alpha male and female. It's stated that being an Alpha is innate: a werewolf cannot become an Alpha simply by wanting to and any werewolf will instinctively recognize an Alpha as an Alpha upon meeting them. It's also implied that it is very difficult for non-Alpha werewolves to function unless they are in a pack under the leadership of an Alpha.Alpha (Remus is stated to have gotten around this during the Marauder era by treating the Marauders as a kind of pseudo-pack, with James and Lily as Alphas).

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* Wally the werewolf in ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'' was basically the omega of his pack, the designated bullying target. Though most of his packmates were really a bunch of psychopaths using their poor grasp of wolf instincts as an excuse for their killing sprees [[spoiler: to the point that their alpha decided to kill them all and start over, Wally only surviving because he left with his human girlfriend and her even scarier friends.]]


* "Alpha/Beta/Omega" (also known as A/B/O or "Omegaverse") fics are a subgenre of AlternateUniverseFic where otherwise-human characters have certain canine features--most notably a very rigid FantasticCasteSystem dividing people into Alphas (dominant), Betas (neutral), and Omegas (submissive). Most writers just use the setting to write extra-kinky {{Lemon Fic}}s, basically Dom/sub with an animalistic bent. The idea came from the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' fandom and spread to other fandoms. For a little more detailed explanation, see this [[https://fanlore.org/wiki/Alpha/Beta/Omega Fanlore article]].

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* "Alpha/Beta/Omega" (also known as A/B/O or "Omegaverse") fics are a subgenre of AlternateUniverseFic where otherwise-human characters have certain canine features--most features -- most notably a very rigid FantasticCasteSystem dividing people into [[BizarreAlienSexes Alphas (dominant), Betas (neutral), and Omegas (submissive). (submissive)]]. Most writers just use the setting to write extra-kinky {{Lemon Fic}}s, basically Dom/sub with an animalistic bent.bent (commonly involving MisterSeahorse). The idea came from the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' fandom and spread to other fandoms. For a little more detailed explanation, see this [[https://fanlore.org/wiki/Alpha/Beta/Omega Fanlore article]].


This concept of wolf behavior is so commonplace that it often gets used with domestic dogs (and likewise [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]]). Since dogs are a sub-species of wolf, it's assumed that they act a lot like their wild relatives too. This is also inaccurate. Dogs have been bred for thousand of years precisely ''not'' to be wolves. The need to form a pack to survive is undesired in dogs, and dogs with too strong a desire to be the 'Alpha' (even above their owner) simply don't get bred, while violent dogs are often put down. As a result their psychology and behaviour has developed far away from that of their ancestors. Some research on feral dogs suggests that they might not even form concrete packs like wolves do and other research suggests that a dog's physical strength has nothing to do with its dominance (hence why a [[MisterMuffykins tiny Chihuahua can be more "alpha"]] than dogs several times its size). Still, you'll commonly see wolf behaviour attributed to dogs and it's a major component of several dog training methods (which [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment may or may not]] be healthy).

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This concept of wolf behavior is so commonplace that it often gets used with domestic dogs (and likewise [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]]). Since dogs are a sub-species of wolf, it's assumed that they act a lot like their wild relatives too. This is also inaccurate. Dogs have been bred for thousand of years precisely ''not'' to be wolves. The need to form a pack to survive is undesired in dogs, and dogs with too strong a desire to be the 'Alpha' (even above their owner) simply don't get bred, while violent dogs are often put down. As a result their psychology and behaviour has developed far away from that of their ancestors. Some research on feral dogs suggests that they might not even form concrete packs like wolves do and other research suggests that a dog's physical strength has nothing to do with its dominance (hence why a [[MisterMuffykins tiny Chihuahua can be more "alpha"]] than dogs several times its size). Still, you'll commonly see wolf behaviour attributed to dogs and it's a major component of several dog training methods (which [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment may or may not]] not be healthy).


* ''Fanfic/TheirBond'': Wolfo packs have a hierarchy system ruled by alphas. Goro assigns these ranks to "two-leggers" as well, with Link being an alpha and Zelda being an omega (later a beta-omega).



* ''Fanfic/TheirBond'': Wolfo packs have a hierarchy system ruled by alphas. Goro assigns these ranks to "two-leggers" as well, with Link being an alpha and Zelda being an omega (later a beta-omega).



* ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'' is about Alpha wolf Kate and Omega wolf Humphrey falling in love despite being on [[UptownGirl opposite ends on their pack's order]].



* ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'' is about Alpha wolf Kate and Omega wolf Humphrey falling in love despite being on [[UptownGirl opposite ends on their pack's order]].



* The werewolves in ''Film/WhatWeDoInTheShadows'' have a rigid hierarchy led by an "alpha" who tells the other ones what to do, makes them laugh at his jokes, etc.




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* The werewolves in ''Film/WhatWeDoInTheShadows'' have a rigid hierarchy led by an "alpha" who tells the other ones what to do, makes them laugh at his jokes, etc.



* Justified in ''Literature/{{Firstborn}}''. Wolves use this dynamic, however in their case it ''is'' a mixed pack. It consists of an alpha pair, their pups, the alpha female's sister, an unrelated male, and [[InterspeciesFriendship a magpie]]. Blue Boy lost his original mate and pups to another pack, came across three wolves consisting of two sisters and an unrelated male, and joined them. Blue Boy quickly became the alpha male and paired with one of the females. The other two initially became mates, however they ended up splitting apart eventually.

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* Justified in ''Literature/{{Firstborn}}''. Wolves use this dynamic, however in their case it ''is'' a mixed pack. It consists of an alpha pair, their pups, the alpha female's sister, an unrelated male, and [[InterspeciesFriendship a magpie]]. Blue Boy lost his original mate and pups to another pack, came across three ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': When morphing wolves consisting of two sisters and an unrelated male, and joined them. Blue Boy quickly became for the alpha first time, Jake is the only male and paired with one of (to Marco's chagrin) because Cassie didn't want to waste time having two male wolves fighting for dominance. It works out well (although Jake feels the females. The other two initially became mates, however need to pee against every tree they ended up splitting apart eventually.pass), until they meet a wild wolfpack.



* In ''Literature/SurvivorDogs'', dog packs and wolf packs all use the alpha-beta-omega dynamic. It also works as a caste system. Each pack has one alpha, one beta, and one omega. Everyone else is divided by rank and role (hunters, patrol dogs, etc). Alphas are the leaders and betas are their second-in-command. Omega are the lowest ranking dogs-- they eat last, are referred to as "Omega" regardless of name, and do the "dirty jobs" such as cleaning up the other's bedding. Sunshine, for example, is an Omega just because she's a small Maltese, but she enjoys being an Omega and [[DontYouDarePityMe dislikes being pitied]], while Whine was an Omega because, as a Pug, he's TheLoad of the pack. The strongest dog is the alpha and dogs move rank by fighting one another one-on-one.
* ''Literature/JulieOfTheWolves'' uses this dynamic because it was written when this was the main theory about how wolf packs worked.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': When morphing wolves for the first time, Jake is the only male (to Marco's chagrin) because Cassie didn't want to waste time having two male wolves fighting for dominance. It works out well (although Jake feels the need to pee against every tree they pass), until they meet a wild wolfpack.



* Justified in ''Literature/{{Firstborn}}''. Wolves use this dynamic, however in their case it ''is'' a mixed pack. It consists of an alpha pair, their pups, the alpha female's sister, an unrelated male, and [[InterspeciesFriendship a magpie]]. Blue Boy lost his original mate and pups to another pack, came across three wolves consisting of two sisters and an unrelated male, and joined them. Blue Boy quickly became the alpha male and paired with one of the females. The other two initially became mates, however they ended up splitting apart eventually.
* [=McKinley=] from ''Literature/TheGoodDog'' is the "top dog" of his town.
* ''Literature/JulieOfTheWolves'' uses this dynamic because it was written when this was the main theory about how wolf packs worked.
* Justified in ''Creator/PatriciaBriggs''' ''Literature/MercyThompson'' series, in which werewolf packs adhere very strictly to the alpha/beta view of wolf hierarchy. However, it's noted several times that this is only because they're magical werewolves, and real wolf packs absolutely do not work that way.



* The children's series ''Literature/SoldierDogs'' refers to leader dogs as "alphas".
* In ''Literature/SurvivorDogs'', dog packs and wolf packs all use the alpha-beta-omega dynamic. It also works as a caste system. Each pack has one alpha, one beta, and one omega. Everyone else is divided by rank and role (hunters, patrol dogs, etc). Alphas are the leaders and betas are their second-in-command. Omega are the lowest ranking dogs-- they eat last, are referred to as "Omega" regardless of name, and do the "dirty jobs" such as cleaning up the other's bedding. Sunshine, for example, is an Omega just because she's a small Maltese, but she enjoys being an Omega and [[DontYouDarePityMe dislikes being pitied]], while Whine was an Omega because, as a Pug, he's TheLoad of the pack. The strongest dog is the alpha and dogs move rank by fighting one another one-on-one.



* Justified in ''Creator/PatriciaBriggs''' ''Literature/MercyThompson'' series, in which werewolf packs adhere very strictly to the alpha/beta view of wolf hierarchy. However, it's noted several times that this is only because they're magical werewolves, and real wolf packs absolutely do not work that way.
* The children's series ''Literature/SoldierDogs'' refers to leader dogs as "alphas".
* [=McKinley=] from ''Literature/TheGoodDog'' is the "top dog" of his town.












* ''Webcomic/PeterIsTheWolf'': Werewolves operate on a MightMakesRight philosophy that means any pack member can take what they want from their packmates if they are stronger.



* ''Webcomic/PeterIsTheWolf'': Werewolves operate on a MightMakesRight philosophy that means any pack member can take what they want from their packmates if they are stronger.





** Within the Pride, Harry is the alpha male from when the Pride is formed. Hermione starts out as alpha female, but Ginny ends up taking the position around when she starts dating Harry (the transfer of authority is made explicit immediately after the two hook up, but there are some tangential references to it earlier on). After being displaced as alpha, Hermione slots comfortably into the beta female role, while Neville is the Pride's beta male. Note that Neville and Hermoine are ''not'' romantically involved: Neville is dating Meghan Black, while Hermione ends up engaged to Ron.

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** Within the Pride, Harry is the alpha male from when the Pride is formed. Hermione starts out as alpha female, but Ginny ends up taking the position around when she starts dating Harry (the transfer of authority is made explicit immediately after the two hook up, but there are some tangential references to it Ginny acting as an alpha earlier on). After being displaced as alpha, Hermione slots comfortably into the beta female role, while Neville is the Pride's beta male. Note that Neville and Hermoine are ''not'' romantically involved: Neville is dating Meghan Black, while Hermione ends up engaged to Ron.

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* ''FanFic/WeresHarry'': Werewolf packs are led by an Alpha male and female. It's stated that being an Alpha is innate: a werewolf cannot become an Alpha simply by wanting to and any werewolf will instinctively recognize an Alpha as an Alpha upon meeting them. It's also implied that it is very difficult for non-Alpha werewolves to function unless they are in a pack under the leadership of an Alpha.

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* ''FanFic/{{Dangerverse}}:''
** Remus and Danger are always referred to as the alpha male and female of the Pack, while Sirius and Aletha are the beta male and female. The cubs are, of course, subordinate to the adults.
** Within the Pride, Harry is the alpha male from when the Pride is formed. Hermione starts out as alpha female, but Ginny ends up taking the position around when she starts dating Harry (the transfer of authority is made explicit immediately after the two hook up, but there are some tangential references to it earlier on). After being displaced as alpha, Hermione slots comfortably into the beta female role, while Neville is the Pride's beta male. Note that Neville and Hermoine are ''not'' romantically involved: Neville is dating Meghan Black, while Hermione ends up engaged to Ron.

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* [=McKinley=] from ''Literature/TheGoodDog'' is the "top dog" of his town.

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* ''Fanfic/ADiplomaticVisit'': [[spoiler:Late in the fic, it comes out that the Alpha is the title for the supreme leader and founder of the Packlands, who is above all the Packleaders for the individual packs. He's also [[PowersThatBe the Lord of Summer]], though Twilight doesn't understand what that means when he first states it.]]


* ''Fanfic/TheirBond'': Wolfo packs work have a hierarchy system ruled by alphas. Goro assigns these ranks to "two-leggers" as well, with Link being an alpha and Zelda being an omega (later a beta-omega).

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* ''Fanfic/TheirBond'': Wolfo packs work have a hierarchy system ruled by alphas. Goro assigns these ranks to "two-leggers" as well, with Link being an alpha and Zelda being an omega (later a beta-omega).

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* ''Fanfic/TheirBond'': Wolfo packs work have a hierarchy system ruled by alphas. Goro assigns these ranks to "two-leggers" as well, with Link being an alpha and Zelda being an omega (later a beta-omega).


* "Alpha/Beta/Omega" fics are a subgenre of AlternateUniverseFic where otherwise-human characters have certain canine features--most notably a very rigid FantasticCasteSystem dividing people into Alphas (dominant), Betas (neutral), and Omegas (submissive). Most writers just use the setting to write extra-kinky {{Slash Fic}}s. The idea came from the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' fandom and spread to other fandoms.

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* "Alpha/Beta/Omega" (also known as A/B/O or "Omegaverse") fics are a subgenre of AlternateUniverseFic where otherwise-human characters have certain canine features--most notably a very rigid FantasticCasteSystem dividing people into Alphas (dominant), Betas (neutral), and Omegas (submissive). Most writers just use the setting to write extra-kinky {{Slash Fic}}s.{{Lemon Fic}}s, basically Dom/sub with an animalistic bent. The idea came from the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' fandom and spread to other fandoms. For a little more detailed explanation, see this [[https://fanlore.org/wiki/Alpha/Beta/Omega Fanlore article]].


* Leader dogs in ''Literature/SoldierDogs'' are referred to as "alphas".


This concept of wolf behavior is so commonplace that it often gets used with domestic dogs (and likewise [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]]). Since dogs are descendants from wolves it's assumed that they act a lot like them too. This is also inaccurate. Dogs have been bred for thousand of years precisely ''not'' to be wolves. The need to form a pack to survive is undesired in dogs, and dogs with too strong a desire to be the 'Alpha' (even above their owner) simply don't get bred, while violent dogs are often put down. As a result their psychology and behaviour has developed far away from that of their ancestors. Some research on feral dogs suggests that they might not even form concrete packs like wolves do and other research suggests that a dog's physical strength has nothing to do with its dominance (hence why a [[MisterMuffykins tiny Chihuahua can be more "alpha"]] than dogs several times its size). Still, you'll commonly see wolf behaviour attributed to dogs and it's a major component of several dog training methods (which [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment may or may not]] be healthy).

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This concept of wolf behavior is so commonplace that it often gets used with domestic dogs (and likewise [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]]). Since dogs are descendants from wolves a sub-species of wolf, it's assumed that they act a lot like them their wild relatives too. This is also inaccurate. Dogs have been bred for thousand of years precisely ''not'' to be wolves. The need to form a pack to survive is undesired in dogs, and dogs with too strong a desire to be the 'Alpha' (even above their owner) simply don't get bred, while violent dogs are often put down. As a result their psychology and behaviour has developed far away from that of their ancestors. Some research on feral dogs suggests that they might not even form concrete packs like wolves do and other research suggests that a dog's physical strength has nothing to do with its dominance (hence why a [[MisterMuffykins tiny Chihuahua can be more "alpha"]] than dogs several times its size). Still, you'll commonly see wolf behaviour attributed to dogs and it's a major component of several dog training methods (which [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment may or may not]] be healthy).

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