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* Hirogen hunters from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' are led by an Alpha, with a Beta as his NumberTwo.

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* In [[https://fanlore.org/wiki/Alpha/Beta/Omega A/B/O fics]], a person's biological 'caste' [[FantasticRacism often determines]] their position in society.


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* In the visual novel ''Omega Vampire'', the pheromones emitted by an Omega person attract vampires, so people with different attributes, like Alphas and Betas, consider Omegas vulnerable and try to protect them. This is played for all the {{Uke}} fanservice it's worth.


* In one of the overlapping examples mentioned above, ''ComicBook/XMen'' has Omega-Level Mutants, which are mutants with a power so strong that they are PersonOfMassDestruction material. Whenever they are part of an organization, including the titular team, they are wholly acknowledged to be the "big gun" of the group.

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* In one of the overlapping examples mentioned above, ''ComicBook/XMen'' ''ComicBook/XMen'':
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has Omega-Level Mutants, which are mutants with a power so strong that they are PersonOfMassDestruction material. Whenever they are part of an organization, including the titular team, they are wholly acknowledged to be the "big gun" of the group.

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** This originated with the BadFuture versions of the mutant-hunting Sentinel robots, especially the ultimate Sentinel Nimrod. Mutants were ranked according a threat level, with the "normal" rankings having Alpha as the strongest and Epsilon as the lowest. This spread to modern-day Sentinels via TimeTravel. But an Omega-level mutant is one that transcends the normal rankings and supposedly has no upper limit to their potential power. Omegas are usually mutants with very high-end PsychicPowers or ElementalPowers, or an outright RealityWarper.
** In the alternate universe of ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'', Apocalypse used a similar scheme to rank the power of mutants, but lacked the Omega ranking. In line with the BigBad's obsession with "survival of the fittest", Alphas were the mutants he deemed most likely to survive, while lower-rank mutants were considered of little value and used as CannonFodder in his war to exterminate ordinary humans.


If the letters denote power level instead of someone's rank in a group, that's RandomPowerRanking (although the two tropes often overlap because AsskickingEqualsAuthority). Compare GratuitousGreek, which is about how ''works'' (or items/technology within a work) involving futuristic science often have a Greek letter in their title.

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If the letters denote power level instead of someone's rank in a group, that's RandomPowerRanking (although the two tropes often overlap because AsskickingEqualsAuthority). Compare GratuitousGreek, which GratuitousGreek (which is about how ''works'' (or items/technology within a work) involving futuristic science often have a Greek letter in their title.
title) and AlphaAndBetaWolves (when this trope is used for wolves).


* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8877737/1/lost-seasons lost seasons]]'', a ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' fic, a pack's alpha is its strategist and the beta (there's only one beta in any pack) is essentially an armsmaster/field commander. The narrator's pack allied with [[EvilOverlord Shen]] because they thought he could replace their deceased alpha; without one, a pack [[WeWereYourTeam disintegrates]].

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8877737/1/lost-seasons lost seasons]]'', seasons,]]'' a ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' fic, a pack's alpha is its strategist and the beta (there's only one beta in any pack) is essentially an armsmaster/field commander. The narrator's pack allied with [[EvilOverlord Shen]] because they thought he could replace their deceased alpha; without one, a pack [[WeWereYourTeam disintegrates]].



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* The ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' aliens metamorphose through 'stages', not unlike butterflies. From weakest to strongest, the stages are: larval, alpha, gamma, zeta, omega, Queen.

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* In one of the overlapping examples mentioned above, ''ComicBook/XMen'' has Omega-Level Mutants, which are mutants with a power so strong that they are PersonOfMassDestruction material. Whenever they are part of an organization, including the titular team, they are wholly acknowledged to be the "big gun" of the group.


* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', Muntz names his dogs after Greek letters according to their rank. Dug, the MinionWithAnFInEvil, has an Odd Name Out, which suggests he's so low on the hierarchy that there were no letters left to assign him. [[spoiler:When Dug defeats Alpha, the other dogs make him the new Alpha.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', Muntz names his dogs after Greek letters according to their rank. Dug, the MinionWithAnFInEvil, has an Odd Name Out, OddNameOut, which suggests he's so low on the hierarchy that there were no letters left to assign him. [[spoiler:When Dug defeats Alpha, the other dogs make him the new Alpha.]]


If the letters denote power level instead of someone's rank in a group, that's RandomPowerRanking (although the two tropes often overlap because AsskickingEqualsAuthority.) Compare GratuitousGreek, which is about how ''works'' (or items/technology within a work) involving futuristic science often have a Greek letter in their title.

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If the letters denote power level instead of someone's rank in a group, that's RandomPowerRanking (although the two tropes often overlap because AsskickingEqualsAuthority.) AsskickingEqualsAuthority). Compare GratuitousGreek, which is about how ''works'' (or items/technology within a work) involving futuristic science often have a Greek letter in their title.

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Many fictional organizations rank their members with Greek letters. Such ranking systems usually progress alphabetically- 'alpha' refers to a leader [[note]]although science has since debunked the concept of 'alpha wolves'[[/note]] or uber-badass, 'beta' refers to their NumberTwo, and so on.

If the letters denote power level instead of someone's rank in a group, that's RandomPowerRanking (although the two tropes often overlap because AsskickingEqualsAuthority.) Compare GratuitousGreek, which is about how ''works'' (or items/technology within a work) involving futuristic science often have a Greek letter in their title.

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* In ''Anime/DarlingInTheFranxx'', [[ChildSoldiers 'pilots']] are referred to by number, and some have letters such as iota attached to their number.
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Chrona's various attacks are named with the pattern "Screech [Greek Letter]", from least powerful to most powerful. In this case it emphasizes the cold and clinical conditions they were raised under and the fact that their abilities are experimental; other characters use more traditional attack names.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8877737/1/lost-seasons lost seasons]]'', a ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' fic, a pack's alpha is its strategist and the beta (there's only one beta in any pack) is essentially an armsmaster/field commander. The narrator's pack allied with [[EvilOverlord Shen]] because they thought he could replace their deceased alpha; without one, a pack [[WeWereYourTeam disintegrates]].
* In the ''VideoGame/Persona5''/''TabletopGame/{{Torg}}'' crossover fic ''[[http://personakinkmeme.dreamwidth.org/993.html?thread=111073#cmt111073 The Dance of Dominance]]'', demon groups go by martial strength; the strongest is alpha, the second strongest is beta, and so on. Demons use these terms even if the group they're in is mostly human.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'', the former are a wolf pack's best fighters and hunters, and 'omega' is a catchall term for everyone else. It's an Omega's role to defuse tension within and between packs, so the alphas don't fight unnecessarily. The two types aren't allowed to mate, and omegas don't have much official power, yet every pack onscreen has some.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', Muntz names his dogs after Greek letters according to their rank. Dug, the MinionWithAnFInEvil, has an Odd Name Out, which suggests he's so low on the hierarchy that there were no letters left to assign him. [[spoiler:When Dug defeats Alpha, the other dogs make him the new Alpha.]]

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* In ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'', the alien Mimics have three biological castes. The basic foot-soldiers are just called Mimics. The Alphas are the commanders, and are also capable of sending their memories into the past should they die. And the Omega is the supreme leader of the entire HiveMind, and possesses a time-reset ability similar to the Alphas.

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* In Zoe Chant's ParanormalRomance novels, these terms can refer to either rank or a were's nature, which they are instinctively hardwired to follow. Alphas and betas both fight, but only alphas are stubborn enough to risk themselves in dominance fights over pack [[note]]the ranking system applies to all were groups, even prides and herds[[/note]] leadership; betas are more pragmatic. (It's noted that this isn't a bad thing.) There can only be two alphas in a group, so most alpha shifters are loners.
* In ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', one of the Trope Codifiers, people are all genetically engineered and designed to fit into castes ranging from Alpha (the best and brightest) to Epsilon (simple-minded workers for the simplest jobs). Here the trope overlaps with RandomPowerRanking, because the ranking is based on intellectual power.
* In the ''Literature/AllianceUnion'' series, the clones created by the Union are created and trained in categories designated alpha through epsilon (in an obvious shout-out to ''Brave New World''). The alphas are the smartest clones- the ones most likely to graduate to full citizenship- while the epsilons are slow and stupid and assigned to all the most boring jobs. This only applies to those clones created by the Union government to address its horrible manpower shortage; clones made by private citizens and raised as normal children are outside of the alpha-epsilon system and are always considered full citizens.
* In Patricia Briggs's ''[[Literature/MercyThompson Alpha and Omega]]'' novels, the letters are both titles and ranks (because of PersonalityPowers). Alphas command. Omegas are [[CharmPerson peacemakers]] who must be protected from fights.
* Zigzagged in ''Literature/BreakingDawn''. A (werewolf) pack leader is an 'alpha', but everyone else is titled 'second' or 'third' as befits their place in the hierarchy.

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "One Little Ship", Jem'Hadar are referred to by the quadrant in which they were created. Alphas come from the Alpha Quadrant, for example. Each type has traits meant to make them better warriors against opponents from governments in the corresponding quadrants. (The system is not alphabetical; Gammas were created before Alphas.)
* In ''Series/BlakesSeven'' the Federation's social classes are "alphas", "betas", "gammas", and "epsilons".

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'':
** The psyker rating scale goes all the way from Alpha Plus (can snap a Titan in half with their mind) to Omega Minus blanks (invisible to daemons and cause immense suffering to psykers just by being present due to their having no Warp presence). Baseline humans are Rho or Pi.
** Particularly tough versions of individual Tyranid strains are referred to as Alphas.

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* Some Heartless raid bosses in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsX'' have PaletteSwap[=ped=] variants more powerful than the original. These variants were labelled "Subspecies" in the original game and "Omega" in the English translation.
* When DrunkOnTheDarkSide, the ''VideoGame/SoulcaliburV'' character Pyrrha's name changes to "Pyrrha Omega".
* The ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' aliens metamorphose through 'stages', not unlike butterflies. From weakest to strongest, the stages are: larval, alpha, gamma, zeta, omega, Queen.
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