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* ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters2019'' introduces these pack dynamics to the [[{{Kaiju}} Titans]]. Godzilla and Mothra are the Alpha Titans, a symbiotic couple powerful enough to boss around all the other Titans. And King Ghidorah is powerful enough to rival Godzilla, [[spoiler:usurping the position of Alpha and commanding other other Titans' loyalty, after he defeats and seemingly kills Godzilla.]] The scientist who identifies this behavior had studied wolves in the wild before, and directly claims that the Titans are functioning like a wolf pack.

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* ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters2019'' introduces these pack dynamics to the [[{{Kaiju}} Titans]]. Godzilla and Mothra are the Alpha Titans, a symbiotic couple powerful enough to boss around all the other Titans. And King Ghidorah is powerful enough to rival Godzilla, [[spoiler:usurping the position of Alpha and commanding other other Titans' loyalty, after he defeats and seemingly kills Godzilla.]] The scientist who identifies this behavior had studied wolves in the wild before, and directly claims that the Titans are functioning like a wolf pack.



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* ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters2019'' introduces these pack dynamics to the [[{{Kaiju}} Titans]]. Godzilla and Mothra are the Alpha Titans, a symbiotic couple powerful enough to boss around all the other Titans. And King Ghidorah is powerful enough to rival Godzilla, [[spoiler:usurping the position of Alpha and commanding other other Titans' loyalty, after he defeats and seemingly kills Godzilla.]] The scientist who identifies this behavior had studied wolves in the wild before, and directly claims that the Titans are functioning like a wolf pack.



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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12999529/7/Briggan-s-Story Briggan's Story]]'', the full alphabet is used. Messengers, warriors and hunters are on the top; scouts, jesters and pup-sitters are on the bottom.


This concept of wolf behavior is so commonplace that it often gets used with domestic dogs (and likewise 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, and as a result their psychology and behavior has developed past 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 behavior 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 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, wolves. The need to form a pack to survive is undesired in dogs, and as 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 behavior behaviour has developed past that far away from 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 behavior behaviour attributed to dogs and it's a major component of several dog training methods (which [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment may or may not]] be healthy).


In wolf packs, the breeding pair is naturally dominant just because they are the parents of most of the other wolves. The other adults are usually previous pups who haven't left to form their own packs yet. These pups generally leave the pack by their third year to make their own packs. Non-related are rarely let into packs. In most packs, the traditional "alpha/beta" dynamic doesn't exist because the wolves are all family. Wolf hierarchy is related more to age than strength. If wolves are unrelated, however, or the pack is very large then the dynamic is more likely to exist, but even then wolves usually aren't violent towards other pack members in the same way they are to rival wolves.

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In wolf packs, the breeding pair is naturally dominant just because they are the parents of most of the other wolves. The other adults are usually previous pups who haven't left to form their own packs yet. These pups generally leave the pack by their third year to make their own packs. Non-related are rarely let into packs. In most packs, the traditional "alpha/beta" dynamic doesn't exist because the wolves are all family. Wolf hierarchy is related more to age than strength. strength - and not without reason; if you live a long time in the wild, you're pretty tough right? If wolves are unrelated, however, or the pack is very large then the dynamic is more likely to exist, but even then wolves usually aren't violent towards other pack members in the same way they are to rival wolves.


** Parodied. Upon meeting her as a puppy, Ellie's owner tries to "assert his dominance" by rolling her on her stomach. Ellie just thinks it's a game.

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** Parodied. Upon meeting her as a puppy, Ellie's owner tries to "assert his dominance" by rolling her on her stomach.back. Ellie just thinks it's a game.


This concept of wolf behavior is so commonplace that it often gets used with domestic dogs (and likewise 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, and as a result their psychology and behavior has developed past 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 tiny Chihuahua can be more "alpha" than dogs several times its size). Still, you'll commonly see wolf behavior 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 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, and as a result their psychology and behavior has developed past 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" "alpha"]] than dogs several times its size). Still, you'll commonly see wolf behavior 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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* Any discussion of "pack dynamics" in wolves (''Literature/JulieOfTheWolves'' comes to mind.) Modern research has shown that wolf packs are more or less nuclear families, with the "alpha" male and female simply being the parents of the rest of the pack. They still let strangers in, but it's mostly based on one family. The original study that created the idea was done with captive wolves that hadn't previously met; even the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._David_Mech researcher who popularized the idea]] has long since [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_(ethology)#Controversy rejected it]] in the face of better research.

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* Any discussion of "pack dynamics" in wolves (''Literature/JulieOfTheWolves'' comes to mind.) Modern research has shown that ''Literature/JulieOfTheWolves'' uses this dynamic because it was written when this was the main theory about how wolf packs are more or less nuclear families, with the "alpha" male and female simply being the parents of the rest of the pack. They still let strangers in, but it's mostly based on one family. The original study that created the idea was done with captive wolves that hadn't previously met; even the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._David_Mech researcher who popularized the idea]] has long since [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_(ethology)#Controversy rejected it]] in the face of better research.worked.




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* ''Literature/ADogsPurpose'':
** Averted. Toby does temporarily live in a mixed dog pack, but it's done more realistically and lacks this hierarchy
** Parodied. Upon meeting her as a puppy, Ellie's owner tries to "assert his dominance" by rolling her on her stomach. Ellie just thinks it's a game.



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* Due to ScienceMarchesOn, this is used in the wolf LifeSimulationGame ''VideoGame/{{Wolf}}''. It features alpha wolves and beta wolves.
* ''VideoGame/WolfQuest,'' another wolf LifeSimulationGame, is a notable aversion. The game is intended to be realistic, so the terms Alpha, Beta and Omega aren't used, and you find a mate to start your own pack with rather than fighting your way to the top of a pack.

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* Due to ScienceMarchesOn, this is used in the 1990s wolf LifeSimulationGame ''VideoGame/{{Wolf}}''. It features alpha wolves and beta wolves.
* ''VideoGame/WolfQuest,'' another wolf LifeSimulationGame, LifeSimulationGame and a 2000s SpiritualSuccessor to ''Wolf'', is a notable aversion. The game is intended to be realistic, so the terms Alpha, Beta and Omega aren't used, and you find a mate to start your own pack with rather than fighting your way to the top of a pack.



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Sub-trope to ArtisticLicenseBiology.

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Sub-trope to ArtisticLicenseBiology.
ArtisticLicenseBiology and GreekLetterRanks.


->''Calling a wolf an "alpha" is usually no more appropriate than referring to a human parent or a doe deer as an "alpha". Any parent is dominant to its young offspring, so alpha adds no information.''
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* While ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'''s Space Wolves don't use alpha/omega terminology (it's already used to classify psyker PowerLevels), Fenrisian wolves have an IFightForTheStrongestSide mentality, as the Space Marines usually defeat the wolfpack's strongest member to gain mastery over the pack (this can be explained as Fenrisian wolves being the descendants of wolf/human hybrids). They also have a special unit called a Lone Wolf, a DeathSeeker who rejects the company of his fellow Marines and only counts towards the opposing player's victory if he's still alive at the end of the game.

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* While ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'''s Space Wolves don't use alpha/omega terminology (it's already used to classify psyker PowerLevels), Fenrisian wolves have an IFightForTheStrongestSide mentality, as the Space Marines usually defeat the wolfpack's strongest member to gain mastery over the pack (this can be explained as Fenrisian wolves being the descendants of wolf/human hybrids).hybrids; "there are no wolves on Fenris"). They also have a special unit called a Lone Wolf, a DeathSeeker who rejects the company of his fellow Marines and only counts towards the opposing player's victory if he's still alive at the end of the game.



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* ''VideoGame/WolfQuest,'' another wolf LifeSimulationGame, is a notable aversion. The game is intended to be realistic, so the terms Alpha, Beta and Omega aren't used, and you find a mate to start your own pack with rather than fighting your way to the top of a pack.


* 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.

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* 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. 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.


In wolf packs, the breeding pair is naturally dominant just because they are the parents of most of the other wolves. The other adults are usually previous pups who haven't left to form their own packs yet. These pups generally leave the pack by their third year to make their own packs. Non-related are rarely let into packs. In most packs, the traditional "alpha/beta" dynamic doesn't exist because the wolves are all family. Wolf hierarchy is related more to age than strength. If wolves are unrelated, however, or the pack is very large then the dynamic is more likely to exist, but even then wolves usually aren't violent towards other pack members in the same way they are rival wolves.

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In wolf packs, the breeding pair is naturally dominant just because they are the parents of most of the other wolves. The other adults are usually previous pups who haven't left to form their own packs yet. These pups generally leave the pack by their third year to make their own packs. Non-related are rarely let into packs. In most packs, the traditional "alpha/beta" dynamic doesn't exist because the wolves are all family. Wolf hierarchy is related more to age than strength. If wolves are unrelated, however, or the pack is very large then the dynamic is more likely to exist, but even then wolves usually aren't violent towards other pack members in the same way they are to rival wolves.


This concept of wolf behavior is so commonplace that it often gets used with domestic dogs (and likewise 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, and as a result their psychology and behavior has developed past 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 tiny Chihuahua can be more "alpha" than dogs several times its size). Still, you'll commonly see wolf behavior attributed to dogs and it's a major component of several dog training methods (which [[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 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, and as a result their psychology and behavior has developed past 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 tiny Chihuahua can be more "alpha" than dogs several times its size). Still, you'll commonly see wolf behavior attributed to dogs and it's a major component of several dog training methods (which [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment may or may not]] be healthy).



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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.

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* Averted 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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* Averted 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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* In ''Series/TeenWolf'', alpha werewolves (the most powerful) lead packs comprised of weaker beta wolves, while omegas are defined as unattached to a pack or an alpha.

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* One article on ''Website/{{Springhole}}'' talks about how this trope is untrue and how it's overused in werewolf fiction.

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