An Alpha Male MUST absolutely be perceived by his peers as the toughest, most popular, and smartest. An Omega Male cares little for this recognition...but knows that he is all those things and more.
Alpha males must have the support of his "boys." This can be the foundation for many shallow and superficial relationships. An Omega Male needs support from time to time, but has few true friends who know him intimately and generally shuns shallow acquaintences.
Two sides of the same coin....both being very effective in accomplishing goals.
Two Rams are butting heads while the female watches. The winner who mates is the stongest and therefore the Alpha Male.
Wait...A third ram runs out of the woods and mates with the female while the two males are fighting. THAT is the omega male.
Alpha Male: John Stewart
Omega Male: Steven Colbert
Alpha Male: Team Sport Captain
Omega Male: Dedicated student/master of martial arts.
Omega is a logical choice, when faced with the problem of describing people who are clearly not subservient to an alpha yet cannot be described as an alpha themselves, There is no set criteria for an Omega, the sole common trait is one of being a rogue social wander who avoids binding attachments generally rejects social hierarchy treating everyone equally based on personal judgment, and refuses to be drawn into tribalistic feuds between groups of people
When an omega male is born its game over.
As in the movie "omega man" only man left standing.
despite being the oppisite of alpha, an omega male represents the top of the human food chain as there can only be one.
>Fred just held the door open for everyone. He really must not have anywhere to go in a hurry. He's so omega.
if someone says you're an omega male, they're literally saying that not just that every man on earth, save other similarly repugnant omega males, is better (i.e., more generous, braver, etc.) than you, but also, given being "last," that you don't really have these basic virtues at all. it's an insult, not a compliment.
contrast with: alpha male: (the first letter of the greek alphabet, hence "first" man.) effectively, an alpha male is first among men, the best of all men.
the alpha/omega rankings can be used with women as well and are, albeit less frequently.