We all have our interests and peculiarities. Something I realised from an early age is I’m a system-builder. I take great interest in identifying domains which have learnable skillsets and analytically separate units that can be assembled into a big picture system. Hence I gravitated to sociology as a teenager and ten years later took a deep dive into global economic analysis. In sport I was fascinated with Brazilian Ju-Jitsu. It’s who I am and regular readers can readily see this peculiarity colour my blog writing. Other system-builders in the manosphere include Rollo Tomassi and Vox Day. It’s to the latter I now turn as the lead in to the concept of the gamma male. His original definition:
“The introspective, the unusual, the unattractive, and all too often the bitter. Gammas are often intelligent, usually unsuccessful with women, and not uncommonly all but invisible to them, the gamma alternates between placing women on pedestals and hating the entire sex. This mostly depends upon whether an attractive woman happened to notice his existence or not that day. Too introspective for their own good, gammas are the men who obsess over individual women for extended periods of time and supply the ranks of stalkers, psycho-jealous ex-boyfriends, and the authors of excruciatingly romantic rhyming doggerel. In the unlikely event they are at the party, they are probably in the corner muttering darkly about the behavior of everyone else there… sometimes to themselves. Gammas tend to have have a worship/hate relationship with women, the current direction of which is directly tied to their present situation. However, they are sexual rejects, not social rejects”
When I’m out in the big wide world I sometimes play “spot the alpha”, clocking the men I see and placing them in the socio-sexual hierarchy. Unsuprisingly betas are everywhere but once you add gammas to the mix it can be hard to split hairs correctly. So allow me to present a visual guide.
What you should be looking for as classic gamma physical traits: Soft smooth skin like it’s fresh from the spa having never experienced rugged outdoor environments; penetrating eyes with barely veiled self-righteous rage, passive-aggressive body posture braced for a snarky comeback, weak shoulders and neck. Like spotting alphas its a holistic impressions and thus easier to show examples than to define isolated traits. Gammas are often found weaseling in on what they perceive to be easy targets for their overidentifiaction with the feminine (thus their presence on feminist rallies and around Asian women to play the role of Charisma Man).
The main differences between beta and gamma are:
Beta – He doesn’t have the accumulated rage seeping out of his every look. Betas are generally so oblivious to their role as societal workhorse they can’t see how they get taken advantage of. Every knock back, every LJBF and he’s thinking “what did I do wrong?”
Gamma – The whole world is against them, it’s all stupid. The gamma thinks he’s smarter and better than everybody else and the world is stupid for not understanding this and bestowing rewards upon them. Every knock back is the world being wrong. A decade of this leads to a build up toxic misanthropy
Beta – His obliviousness extends to his general willingness to follow rules, accept his position (and the societally-approved mechanisms for advancing it), and find a bigger cause to serve. This leads to positive masculine behaviours such as team-playing, strong work ethic, protectiveness over the weak. The world is a generally fair place. His response to failure is to try harder next time and to observe rules of universal justice, even when they work against his immediate interest.
Gamma – His brain is female (hence why gammas often look like homosexuals). He’s a chancer with a penchant for underhanded conniving, a love of Robert Greene books. He takes on the appearance of team play while looking to chisel out personal advantage. Cannot be trusted, ever. His response to failure tends to be whining and moaning, holding other people to moral standards he’d never think to apply to himself.
Lots of gamma males turn to game seeking the magic pill secret system because it promises the kind of underhand manipulative advantage they crave. Then when it fails they fall back onto player-hate and go join a hater forum. I repeat, gammas are not to be trusted. Rollo outlines why:
Every random chump within earshot of your conversation about Game, about your ‘changed’ way of seeing inter-gender relations, about your most objective critical observations of how women ‘are’, etc. – understand, that chump waits everyday for an opportunity to “correct” you in as public a way as he’s able to muster. That AFC who’s been fed on a steady diet of noble intent, with ambitions of endearing a woman’s intimacy through his unique form of chivalry; that guy, he’s aching for an opportunity to prove his quality by publicly redressing a “villain” like you for your chauvinism. Even under the conditions of relative anonymity (like the internet), he’ll still cling to that want of proving his uniqueness just on the off chance that a woman might read his rebuff and be fatefully attracted to him.
I leave you with two of my favourite Gamma moments. Here’s the classic Dear Woman video that went around the manosphere last year in which a veritable coven of gammas beg for sex, and a photo of a Gamma my buddy Bhodi found cracking onto his girl.
December 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm
Interesting take on Gammas. You say Gammas alternate between putting girls on pedestals and hating the entire sex.
Presumably, you think the difference between a Gamma and an Alpha is when you “like” girls but don’t take them seriously.
Yet in my experience, an ALPHA is at best, ambivalent about women.
In my experience, an Alpha certainly doesn’t hate girls, and doesn’t put them on pedestals.
Yet I’d say an Alpha is less a “a value providing man of equanimity” towards girls, as you portray, …. and more a “skeptical, looking for some fun, bordering on dismissive contemptous cad” towards them…
As Vox Day says at Alpha Game:
“…It also shows that the characteristic ALPHA ruthlessness with regards to women is entirely justified.
Why shouldn’t they treat women with contempt and cruelty when women who don’t even know them are hoping to see them get emotionally crushed?”
He was referring to how women generally “hate Alphas” and even cheer them on to fail – yet often sleep with them, especially when younger.
Perhaps I’m missing something.
December 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm
that video. Holy fucking christ on a unicycle.
December 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm
December 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm
So a Gamma is a Beta who things the world revolves around him, just it does it to piss him off?
December 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm
I find it confusing that in your article, you base alpha, beta, gamma and omega by behavior but it pictures you label men based on their level of attractiveness. For example, how cold Colbert-A multimillionaire with a huge following and his own Super-PAC- be anything BUT an alpha?
Also, the picture of the Asian and white dudes with the two Asian girls, you label the Asian as omega. From the looks of him, no amount of alpha behavior would make him attractive to the opposite sex except having a massive bank account, but of course if women date him for money, then he is clearly beta.
My point is, alpha, beta, etc. is tied to behavior, BUT it is more massively weighted towards physical appearance and build. In my opinion, there’s not a damn thing that Asian guy could do to get massive amounts of alpha level attention because his build, bone structure, height and skull is too small relative to other men.He could be a leader in the workplace due to intelligence but he will never pull quality random girls on the street or in the clubs/bars. His best bet is to go back to Asia carrying American money and status with him.
I’m interested in getting your perspective on this.
May 18, 2014 at 5:59 am
” For example, how cold Colbert-A multimillionaire with a huge following and his own Super-PAC- be anything BUT an alpha? ”
Alpha =/= rich.
“From the looks of him, no amount of alpha behavior would make him attractive to the opposite sex except having a massive bank account, but of course if women date him for money, then he is clearly beta.”
Not true. he would probably struggle with cold approaches, but if he were to play social circle game, he cold pull.
May 19, 2014 at 7:55 pm
” For example, how cold Colbert-A multimillionaire with a huge following and his own Super-PAC- be anything BUT an alpha? ”
Alpha =/= rich.
Exhibit A: Mark Zuckerberg.
December 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm
How many American 10s have you banged? Considering how short and ugly you are, how many do you think you could bang without a protracted, deliberate and well executed seduction using game principles? Be honest.
Seems like you’re the “Charisma Man” of Eastern Europe. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
December 8, 2012 at 6:17 pm
December 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm
The reason nerdly gamma is Charisma Man in Japan is because he’s white. The reason Average Joe in Britain is Charisma Man in Eastern Europe is because he’s British and (especially) because he has game. In the US, where aesthetics are much more important a short ugly Brit is at a huge disadvantage. This shit is just not as cut and dried as some people want to believe.
December 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm
American 10s, zero, but I’ve had hookups and relationships in the 5-8 range. I’m neither short nor ugly. I’m a true 5’9.5″ but I wear thick shoes which get me labeled as 5’10” by others. My face young looking considering my age, but it’s handsome.
I’m not the charisma guy. I give myself a 6 today and I’ll be an 8 once I gain 20+ pounds of muscle.
January 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm
Your focus on height is bleeding here, I bet it bleeds out elsewhere. Internalize your value. You are an 8 or whatever (so weird that guys rate themselves, like who cares-hot girls don’t-believe me) NOW not when you gain 20 pounds. BTW that will take a while. Internalize your value, all of it.
December 8, 2012 at 10:29 pm
Hmmmm. In the part of Rollos post I believe he’s speaking of beta attacking alpha behaviors. If that’s the case I woulf also add this:
Gammas will attack Alphas for the same reasons as Betas attack Alphas. However, Gammas will also lay into Betas as naive fools for buying into the system and playing by the rules
December 9, 2012 at 3:27 am
What about Colbert leads you to include him in your derisive post? The man’s highly charismatic and successful. I have a sneaking suspicion you’re holding his liberal political stance against him. [Snark is not charisma. K.]
January 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm
For all his “success” the wife is a woof, and his “humor” is a thinly veiled contempt for a system he cant maneuver even with all that money.
December 9, 2012 at 9:40 am
“Gamma – The whole world is against them, it’s all stupid. The gamma thinks he’s smarter and better than everybody else and the world is stupid for not understanding this and bestowing rewards upon them. Every knock back is the world being wrong. A decade of this leads to a build up toxic misanthropy”
Ouch. This is me. I have a LOT of pent up rage and fear, towards both genders, and it’s hurting my game bad. Can someone give me some advice on how to change?
Just for the record, I’m working out, doing martial arts, learnign music, building my life, etc. But any advice, even stuff I’m doing already, I’d like to hear.
“Gamma – His brain is female (hence why gammas often look like homosexuals). He’s a chancer with a penchant for underhanded conniving, a love of Robert Greene books. He takes on the appearance of team play while looking to chisel out personal advantage. Cannot be trusted, ever. His response to failure tends to be whining and moaning, holding other people to moral standards he’d never think to apply to himself.”
Only the last line applies to me, but I’ve been working hard to change that.
December 10, 2012 at 3:35 am
Depends on where your pent up emotions are stemming from. If they’re from where most men have them – of not being assertive enough or not taking responsibility for yourself, your actions, and their consequences – then I’d recommend checking out No More Mr Nice Guy. Good book on how to stand up for yourself. Which is where I feel a lot of people’s anger and rage stems from – it builds up until it’s out of control.
December 6, 2013 at 4:39 pm
It’s already a year, but man, you were already doing what it should (and so i am). “I’m working out, doing martial arts, learnign music, building my life, etc”. This. Would be interesting to hear about your evolution since then.
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December 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm
Generally, I don’t split the same hairs as Vox because I tend to distill Alpha and Beta down to elementary mindsets. Where you go from there, what conditions and experiences that particular guy may have had, even the context of anyone considering the guy Alpha or Beta then build that guy into what Vox delineates into his particular characters (Gamma, Delta, Sigma, etc.).
That said however, if you want a perfected example of a ‘Gamma’ personality, look no further than Hugo Schwyzer. Not just a Gamma, but a Vichy Male Gamma.
December 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm
Robert Greene’s The 48 Laws of Power may not be that useful to seduce hot chicks, but it does have its usefulness: to survive in the corporate environment where those of us (including your good self) who have developed a marketable skill need to operate in order to monetize it. Also it has red-pill in it: “things are not what they seem on the surface”. You knock it down as an omega read, but should I strike it off my list of foundational books? [It’s a great book but it’s all about rolling in shit with other pigs. Consider it defensive when you can’t avoid a scrap, rather than a guide to life. K.]
December 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm
Hmm funny. I know a guy looking exactly like the gamma guy in the last picture. As I recall he was fucking quite some good looking chicks. He was also a psychopath who killed and dismembered one of his girlfriends.
Clearly a gamma perhaps. But his success with women was spectecular. I think your categorisation is simplifiying to much. What purpose does it serve? [link? K]
December 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm
Google “philipp curd korotin”. You’ll find a lot of german stuff. Probably not a lot of coverage out of the german speaking countries.
January 4, 2016 at 2:55 am
There is a similar example here in Brazil. Google for O Maniaco do Parque.
December 16, 2012 at 2:51 am
Is it possible to do DOWN through the ranks? Start off high on the totem pole and end up as Gamma? One consequence of learning game (for me) is that I have just lost all respect for women and don’t even want to bother hanging around them anymore. You note that gammas are very smart and analytical (that’s me). I think part of the gamma problem is directly related to this: Women are not analytical and if you’re 135+ IQ then you’re smarter than 98% of the women you interact with. Sooooo … women in general are just going to be a pain in the ass. Yes, there is the boinking, but after a while the cost/benefit just doesn’t add up anymore. You have to twist your true self so far in order to take the relationship to the point of boinking that it’s just exhausting. I’m in my 40s and have known and dated a lot of women. Had wins and losses. But these days I’m just not interested in them as human beings. Perhaps that will change again. We’ll see …
January 1, 2013 at 10:55 pm
Pretty much agree with this comment. This “gamma” post was all over the map. Everyone goes through phases and I think in certain “building” phases as men we just have to focus on ourselves and ignore the noise from the opposite sex. I just finished a Master’s while working full-time a few weeks ago and 2012, overall, was not great for me in game. I pretty much focused on what I had to do and finished with a 4.0 in my management program.
Which is why, when I read this post of Krauser’s, I started thinking “uh oh” at the various line items for Gamma descriptions. Although I can’t remember that independent/dependency test he posted about a while ago, I do remember scoring similar to Krauser as independent.
Anyway, point being, we all go through phases. Taking a break from the opposite sex doesn’t throw you into a category such as “Gamma.” And although Krauser says a Gamma has a decade of pent up misanthropy, I think the type he’s trying to describe have more misandry (or maybe just self-hate of being a man) than they have a hate for humankind. We can all feel like hate people at times — but it shouldn’t last.
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May 31, 2014 at 7:48 pm
Thank you. I found this article after I searched for a definition of “gamma.” It was a little frightening in that I experienced a little bit of self-recognition, but I am thankful for such self-understanding because I believe that’s the beginning of growth.
October 28, 2014 at 11:31 pm
These types are toxic. No matter what you do you are always the enemy in their eyes. A little tactic I use to spot them is listen with empathy to them while they spout off at the mouth about how hard their life is. There are silent ones though too, but they are usually on a mild path of self improvment. The gamma will tell you numerous things about themselves. Take something they mention and then do that thing in front of them. You will know they are gamma if a “Do as I say, not as I do” situation arises from this, whereby the Gamma will scold you for doing something they themselves just said they do. Not only that, I am always weary about talking to females around these types, especially if they are coworkers. They will stop at nothing to ensure your player ways are known to all within earshot. Its nice to know there are others who have discovered these types in the wild.
September 5, 2015 at 2:59 pm
This is an interesting post in light of Bodis book. I think the feminine brain diagnosis is the best line in this. Oddly women enjoy the company of homosexuals but not gammas. So its perhaps better to say feminine brain in respect of moving up in the world.
Nietsche says a lot about this type in terms of the conniving weak and the ubermensche alphas. Most betas and omegas were consigned to the genetic dustbin, but Gammas were the guys that found a way to knock the ‘blonde barbarians’ off their perch and use religion as an abstract value system to elevate themselves into power. I am open to the idea that in a roundabout way this was ‘good’ for humanity overall however.
You will always find gammas in theoretical, clergy or abstract occupations but not in trades, the army, sport or anything involving physical competition. Some of these traits apply to myself but the big one is using an abstract system to dupe people into doing things they wouldn’t normally do. This is where I suspect many of the border of beta-gamma don’t jump over. As such, the Gammas are the most reprehensible, if we believe there is such thing as ethics.
But then, the blonde barbarians can only remain at the top if they have no weakness, nevermind ethics. Gammas found they had intellectual and political weakness. So in an evolutionary sense, the jewish hollywood producer, or fiat money banker has out competed relative to his genetic stock. You do what you need to do to win. And leave the historians to figure out how the pieces fell.