Beta Beware

Warning Sign

“Beware of those who are bitter, for they will never allow you to enjoy your fruit.” ― Suzy Kassem

In light of the recent Aziz Ansari story, I wanted to highlight a few of the Red Pill dynamics and implications from this as I feel we have a very big example of the dangers Blue Pill men face, especially when they act in a Beta manner.

3. Allegation is the new “Truth.”

In modern times, it doesn’t matter what the actual truth is anymore, all that matter is the court of public opinion which is frothing at the mouth to consume the perceived guilty. When this story broke, there has been an instant outcry for blood, despite the story being an allegation. An allegation, is an accusation of something, but that doesn’t mean it’s the truth. Our justice system was founded to be the direct inverse of the Napoleonic Code; we are to presume innocence until guilt can be proven. However, in the age of social media being the driving tool of public opinion, an allegation equals the truth without question, and many of these Hollywood stars are learning this reality the hard way. The modern witch hunt has gone into full swing. The irony of this is that in an episode of House of Cards, Keven Spacy’s (who has his own issues to deal with) character Frank Underwood called this out: “If I allege that you I had lunch yesterday, then as far as the public is concerned, you and I had lunch yesterday.”

2. Your loyalty doesn’t mean shit.

Aziz has been an outspoken male-feminist and has used his platform to produce his highly Blue Pill series Master of None as a way to sympathize with the movement. Yet once this story has broke, he’s been cast as the hypocrite and a villain in the eyes of his supposed “allies.” Christian McQueen stated it best in an email on the topic when he stated that these feminist allies “eat their own,” and that’s exactly what we’re seeing here. (Side plug, if you’re not on his daily email list you should be). All of his years of feminist siding and being “the good boy” for the cause means absolutely nothing. And like many Blue Pill men, there comes a horror when the realization hits that all their personal investment in that relationship doesn’t mean anything. He was one of the big allies of the feminist movement and yet they turned on him in a split second.

A quote that sums this up brilliantly is from the movie The Dark Knight, when the Joker and Batman are having a face to face conversion (which I am sure many of you have experienced firsthand as Red Pill aware men talking to Blue Pill conditioned men):

“Don’t talk like one of them; you’re not. Even if you’d like to be. To them you’re just a freak…like me. They need you right now…but when they don’t…they’ll cast you out. Like a leper. See their morals; their code; it’s a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show you, when the chips are down, these uh…these “civilized” people; they’ll eat each other. You see I’m not a monster. I’m just ahead of the curve.” – The Joker

This is the trap many Blue Pill male feminist fall into. They think that by being outspoken supporters of the movement they are in fact being Batman and saving the day from the Red Pill and Alpha men of the world, aka the Jokers of the world. But what they fail to realize is that they are nothing more the disposable tools for cause. The cause does not care about them, it only uses them as a means to keep their objectives in check before discarding these men after their usefulness has been served.

1. Game is important now than ever.

Reading the account of what transpired, it’s easy to spot where Game would have saved Aziz from his present situation. Now, I take this account with a very skeptical lens, as it is in human nature for us to always tell a story that paints us in the best light possible, and girls are extremely adept at doing it. This girl is certainly doing that here as she admits to giving him a blowjob but is still somehow 100% faultless in him thinking she wanted sex. the abridged version of the story is they meet for dinner date, go back to his place, start making out, and then things escalate to make her feel pressured and uncomfortable. Even after mutual oral sex, he keeps trying to have sex with her, and she subtly tries to tell him she doesn’t want to (without ever at any point actually verbalizing or walking away and leaving).

Essentially, he is being held accountable and punished because he is not a psychic and can’t read her every thought. He just doesn’t “get it.” Based on this girl’s version of events, had he utilized Game to read the girl’s actions he could have been a better, more genuine seducer, or he would have recognized early on that this girl wasn’t fully into the moment and he would have de-escalated the situation. But in any case the message is clear: If you do not know Game so you can read women then you will be punished for it when they regret the experience later. Learn Game and master it, or you will be a Master of None.

Final Thought

I do feel for Aziz in this instance, because as a former Blue Pill Beta I can see how he could have misread the situation so badly. I sincerely hope that a reconciliation is made and that he does not choose to go the suicide route, as many Blue Pill men in his situation often do. With my Red Pill lens I can see that there is her side of the story and his side of the story and somewhere in the middle is the truth, but the public unfortunately doesn’t care about that fact, they only care about her side of the story. If he really did intentionally try to have sex with this girl in an explicitly non-consensual way, they he deserves the public lynching. But based on what’s been stated, he seems to be another casualty in the war of female primacy, and he was one of their biggest allies. Stay woke people. If you help the masters make slavery more efficient, you’re only tightening the chains around your own neck.

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Wolves Vs Dogs

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“Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.” – Isaiah Berlin

This post is an inspired response to Rollo Tomassi’s thought provoking tweet from 1/13/2018:

“The “beta uprising” will be nothing more than betas doubling down on empathizing with women. Whether directly by supporting and increasingly tight laws they hope will crack down on alphas being alphas, or indirectly by sorting themselves voluntarily out of the dating pool.”

I gave a quick reply on twitter:

“I think that is how It will start, but I think they will hit a point of nothing to lose, as they have given everything away and will start to push back.”

While this reply was based on my initial thoughts, the tweet stuck with me in my thoughts which lead to me to the post that I have for today. While do think that in the end, the Beat Awakening will result in some push back on the pendulum, Rollo’s words gave rise to a thought where I can’t help but see the parallel between wolves and domesticated dogs, and how the situation came to be.

Dogs started out as feral, untamed pack hunters that early humans feared and respected. At some point thousands of ears ago, there was a divergence, where dogs that where less aggressive and more naturally tame,where taken in by humans, while the wild ones where hunted, killed, or driven away. These time dogs become domesticated, and as time has passed, have become dependent upon humans for their survival. As we all know, domesticated dogs for the most part are nothing like their wild counter parts in modern times. And these domestic dogs will defend to the death their human masters and can even be sent on hunts to track down other wild dogs.

Relating this to Rollo’s tweet, the same can be applied to Beta men vs Alpha men. The Beta’s are in a sense domesticated pets, ready and willing to do their master’s bidding. They will even defend and attack the Alpha’s to protect their masters from them. Despite sharing a common ancestry, the Alpha’s and Betas are on different sides of the fence. So Rollo’s point of  “doubling down” I can see being the first step in a “Beta Awakening”. The first step will always be to defend what is known. But even domesticated dogs can become feral and wild should they suffer too much abuse from their masters. I think that will be the second part of the “Awakening” will happen when Betas are forced in kennels and denied the comforts of what they need to function.

In the meantime, the Alpha seems like an endangered species, in that as Open Hypergamy expands, the Alpha’s habitat is under serious threat. Though much like feral and cunning wolves, the Alphas have managed to adapt and find solace in numbers allowing them to thrive. As many have stated in before, learning game and evolving it is more critical than ever before. It is no longer a luxury, it is a survival requirement.

I do agree with Rollo’s thought that the “Beta Awakening” will see the doubling down of the domesticated Betas to protect their masters to their own detriment. I also feel that that will be the first part, and that the second, true “awakening” will happen after a breaking point is reached. Only time will tell where all of this goes and how it will play out. But one thing I do know is that much like wolves who have roamed the earth for thousands of years and have found ways to survive in all type of conditions, those that can actualize their Alpha selves and keep a strong Red Pill understanding will find a way to thrive. And when spotted in the wild, there will be a sense of awe and a reminder of how the natural world really works to the beholder.

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Survival of the Fittest

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“You realize that we’re the only species that protects the weak?” – Bill Burr

For this post I’m addressing a topic that on the subject of something I find critically important: Personal Accountability. It seems as we become more an more progressive, we stay away from a core principal of life, which is survival of the fittest to “subduing the fit to ensure the weak survive.” This post is more of a pep talk, so please use it for a reminder or motivation go out and live your life to the fullest. Here’s my take on some universal truths and some motivational lines from pop culture to help relate them:

1. Life is not fair. Plan and simple, yet this truth is something we as a society continuously refuse to except and instead attempt to bring the successful down.  Everyone is dealt different cards in life and it’s all matter of how you play them. I know people with every advantage going for them and can’t seem to stay afloat, and I know people from nothing that have built sand achieved greatness. And I’ve seen people with every advantage and they use them brilliantly to expand themselves. Life isn’t fair…and it’s not fair for to everyone, which actually makes it fair.

As our society becomes more feminized, we’ve shifted our focus to protecting the feeling of everyone. Unfortunately a harsh truth is life does not care about your feeling and neither do results. Sports is one of the few places where this truth is allowed to shine, in that there is a winner and a loser, a champion and then everyone else. The idea that we all get trophies for participation sets a false expectation, because in life you may try your best and still fail or come up short. That is how life works. It’s better to fail and use the pain of it for motivation to succeed in the future than try to hide or downplay the simple truth that sometimes our best isn’t good enough. Another great line said by Sean Connery in the Rock (which he was a boss in that role)  sums up this sentiment perfectly:

“You’re best? Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and fuck the prom queen.”

Take this to heart: Losers whine and winner get it done. Some days you will lose, and that’s ok, because the greatest teacher is failure. It’s not that you’ve failed but it’s the fact that you wallow in the failure that makes it a horrible thing. But if you fail, learn, pick yourself up and continue to push you will be successful and you will have an appreciation for those wins.

2. You are responsible for your situation. In your life, you have to accept that the 1 factor that that you have absolute control over is you. You can get caught up in headlines, what the latest new from Washington is or a million other things happening in the world. But the fact is, at the end of the day you need to decide what you have to do for you and you have to dedicate yourself to that. It doesn’t matter if you where born into a million dollars are born with 2 cents to your family name.

We presently live in the best time in human history. The world has never been safer, had more access to resources available to people and any thing you could want to know are a few keystrokes and clicks away. The only thing that gets in the way of your success is you. Own it, and watch yourself do wondrous things.

3. No one has it easy. Celebrities, billionaire or other highly successful people don’t have things easy. Everyone in this life has their hardships and issues they have to deal with. Just because you can’t see their struggle does not somehow make your own struggles somehow special. To quote the musician Guru of Gang Starr, “Actions have reactions don’t be quick to judge, you may not know the hardships people don’t speak of.”

Now this is not to downplay the validity of your own struggles, but that doesn’t give you the right to disregard what others are going through. Some people are so poor they have no idea when they will eat again, other people are so rich they are isolated and can’t trust anyone as they have “friends” and family that are continuously trying to take from them. We all have struggles, so it’s best to focus on overcoming them and leave the jealousy of other peoples perceived easiness of life in the wind as it’s not a productive use of your energy or time.

4. “Do or do not, there is no try.” Ironic how words from a movie character (Yoda) can contain some powerful life wisdom. You either find a way to get it done or you find an excuse why you can’t. Plain and simple. If you have a goal, you need to make that your mission in life to get it done, come hell or high water. Now, you can adjust how your approach achieving that goal as go along the way, but at the end of the day it all becomes binary: Did you achieve it, or did you not achieve it?

Only you can answer that question and it’s up to you to hold yourself accountable for that. The best way to stay motivated is to never have a Plan B. Once you have a Plan B you’re subconsciously telling yourself that accepting failure to achieve that goal is an option. A personal mantra I use comes from a brilliant line delivered by John Trivolta in The Taking of Pelgham 123:

“Plan B is enforcing Plan A.”

That line is brilliant because it says he’s dead focused on a singular purpose and all of his being is working to execute it…even his “backup plan” is pushing through to execute and realize the vision of his main objective.

That’s my pep talk for today. I don’t know who you are or your story in life, but it is my sincerest hope that you live the life of your dreams and that you achieve your goals. I believe that we all can achieve greatness together and we won’t succeed by living solely to cut others down. I’ll leave you with another quote from the brilliant Felix Dennis (if you don’t know who he is you should google him), which reflects a core belief I hold:

“A swelling tide raises all boats, including yours.”

Go be the champion of your life.

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The Gamer Girl Guide

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“My coach said I ran like a girl, I said if he could run a little faster he could too”– Mia Hamm

For this post, I wanted to elaborate on a reply to a comment that Days of Game left on my last post, Street Walker’s Gold. I had been tossing the idea around for a while and after some enlightening experiences this past weekend, I wanted to put together a guide for the different types of Game that girls use. Now this list isn’t complete and I do look forward to getting some contributions from other great minds, but from a Red Pill context here are some types of Female Game strategies I’ve noticed over the years. Now, understand that this ins’t to bash women and in fact if you do consider an LTR some forms girl game can be a good thing. The purpose of this is to keep you informed on what type of game you might be encountering when dealing with a particular girl.

1) Covert Lock Down Game

Girls run this with guys that they know have plenty of other options when it comes to dating and sexual intimacy. This game strategy involves them “playing it cool” and being able to keeping things smooth. What betrays this strategy is the little subtleties, like she might offhandedly mention something about a couple and follow it up with something like “they’re like us” or might make other relationship oriented jokes or comments. The bet she’s playing is that by not appearing to be “clingy” or appearing relationship oriented the guy with forego his other options in favor of her because she’s established herself as relate-able and uncomplicated. Red Pill aware guys that are attune to women’s sub-communications and can read between the lines well will pick up on this game and act accordingly with their own objectives. Those that don’t pick up on it find them selves saying “I never thought I’d be in a relationship, but here I am.” If your Frame is solid this can lead to a great and healthy LTR if that is your inclination.

2) Side-Man Game

This strategy is employed by girls who have and are entertaining other prospects, especially with guys that are at the number 2 thru 10 slots. This game works very effectively with Beta orbiters who get blindsided because they think they’ve finally found a cool girl that they “click” with only to get blind sided when she dumps them or pulls the Let’s Just Be Friends card. Alpha’s and the Red Pill aware tend to instinctively pick up on the ques from this game and take it for it is: minimal investment is required and the relationship already has an expiration date so when it’s reached that time it’s not a big deal. Signs of this strategy in play are very long delays in response to communication, always seemingly unavailable during prime “date” times or in general, and vague comments about that unavailability in the vein of “I already have plans for that time.” This type of girl game is not conducive to an LTR since the very nature of it is temporary and similar to Dread Game. Proceed with caution and make sure your Frame is airtight if you think of proceeding down the LTR path.

3) Direct Game

The best examples of direct game are found in women that are very close to hitting The Wall or in the online dating / dating app arena. For this type of game time is of the essence, and so there’s no room to bullshit about. This game is direct and blunt with wanting to satisfy the hypergamic directive and usually isn’t bashful in expressing it. You’ll notice phrases like “I want to start a family” or “I don’t have time to date” mentioned incredibly early on. For the Red Pill aware most will avoid because there are much better prospects and also you don’t want to waste their time as well as your own. Since a lot of the ones using this type of game are looking to check a box, it’s not worth the pursuit, unless their long term objective happen to line up perfectly with your own. But there are plenty of Blue Pill Betas that are more than happy to be that check mark on the box. Take this on a case by case basis, it can be a very pragmatic partnership if the dynamic clicks. Trust your gut.

4) Good Girl Game

Good Girl game is used by women who are clever at making themselves look good compared to other girls. These types are usually highly critical of other women, are quick to point out how other girls are dressed like sluts or act like whores. Even though if given the opportunity these women would probably do the same things, they are very outspoken about “Low Quality Women.” These women also can have a few skeletons from their past, but a lot of times this game is employed by women of religious backgrounds. Keeping a realistic frame of mind will help you see what’s what quickly and see who she truly is. If things check out, you’re good to go. If not, then NEXT her and move on.

5) Victim Game

This game strategy is employed by a lot of borderline personality disorder women aka “psycho girls.” This strategy partially stems from our social attitudes towards women being victims by default and manifests itself in later stages of the relationship. This game employs the use of a past abuse or trauma as a baseline to explain away irrational or just plain bad behavior. Usually this these women will put on a front of being normal, innocent and sweet, until the viciously malicious side comes out. Then after the true nature has been revealed, the use of victimhood is employed so it’s “not really her fault” and that she has “issues she’s working through.” Woe is the man who falls into this trap, for he often finds himself having to come up with justifications or explanations for her behavior and gets taken into an emotional hellscape.  Warning signs, aside from the many red flags, are her always being the victim, you always having to justify or rationalize her actions or make excuses on her behalf, and her not taking any real accountability for her actions. When you encounter this type of game, RUN.

6) Strong Independent Woman Game

This game is the pride and joy of hypergamy. This game is usually ego-driven, and is very much used by women looking to prove themselves and establish dominance over the mythical and omnipotent patriarchy in some way. This type of game is about a woman not needing  man in any real capacity, and usually you’ll hear things “sex isn’t important in a relationship” or “communication is the key to any great relationship.” This type of game utilizes guilt and “Man Up” (be your own man, but within the context of what I want a man  to be) conventions to keep men in line. Alpha’s have no time for this and the Red Pill aware can see the smoke screen for what it is. Users of this type of game are best avoided because the shit tests will be nonstop.

7) Party Girl Game

As the title suggest, this type of game is employed by “party girls,” or girls that have very active social lives…in the party scene. This game type is what the Blue Pill men thinks of when they imagine clubs, bars and other places of “ill-repute.” These girls love to party and have a great time, and usually that means whatever it takes to keep the party going. Alcohol is frequent and drug use is common among these those using this strategy. The allure of this type of game is that it is fun and the goal is to have a great time, and also this type of game flaunts female sexuality. These girls will usually do impromptu strip shows, make out with other girls, or even be game for sexual encounter in the bathroom in the back of the club. This is all fun and games, but understand that’s that all it is. Blue Pill Men are often horrified while Alpha’s get to reap the spoils. Though there are plenty of Betas that are more than willing to fund the party lifestyle in the hope of getting in on some of the action. It’s best to take this type of female game for what it is, fun and games, no more and no less. Never forget girls are just as if not more sexual than guys, and sometimes they just want to go out, have fun and get laid. Many of the girls using this game using it during their peak SMV years, before “maturing” and resorting to other strategies to exercise their hypergamy. If your Frame is rock solid then you can find some LTR potential, but always see things for what they are.

8) Scenester Girl Game

This game is employed by girls that are constantly trying to maximize their options. You can also nickname them bargain hunters, because they are constantly searching for a better deal without investing more than they have to to get it. These girls are usually the arm candy that arrive with guys to parties or nights out, but always seem a little aloof in their own worlds. They are usually very nice and courteous, and any Red Pill aware man gets the sense they could probably swoop in and “steal” this girl away.  A huge sign is if they arrive with a guy and it’s not apparent that they’re together. These girls are very hypergamous, and so they are continuously and actively looking for a better deal. The men they are presently “with” are only so out of convenience. These types are best to be avoided, because at best you can lease them, but you will never truly “own” them. Getting involved with them also leads to complications with ex-lovers. These women are expensive to maintain as well, in that it takes a lot of resources (time, money, energy, etc.) to hold their interest for little reward. These women typically target men that are successful in business but are Blue Pill or Beta when it comes to dealing with women. Alphas tend to understand their nature instinctively and so they follow the “don’t be gentle it’s a rental” mentality and ditch them before they can find a better situation. Warning signs are girls that only want to go on dates that involve a large social scene (like going to clubs or high profile places) were she can meet other suitors, girls that are currently in relationships but they’re “already winding things down” or “in the processes of ending it” but somehow that relationship continues to go on and not officially end. They also tend to be very much in their own worlds when out, not really interacting with their dates but are easily approachable by anyone who wishes to talk to them. Also look out for going on many dates with them before any type of sexual intimacy occurs. This is a good rule in general, but Sceneters are especially prone to sporadic intimacy, usually requiring a very long courting process (like 5 -10 dates). An LTR is not advised because you’ll be setting yourself up to be cheated on, it’s best to look elsewhere if an LTR is your end goal.

9) Tease Game

This style of game is actually fairly clever. This type of game is when a women tells you up front that she’s a tease or something else negative about her, like “I’m a huge bitch.” The trick is that her actions shortly after tend to contradict what she said earlier. So it’s a little bit of a bait-and-switch tactic. But then after a period of time, the character flaw she warned you of previously comes out in full force and all she has to say for herself is “I told you about this from the get go.” This type of game is the bait-and-switch-and-switch-back. This can throw any guy for a loop and takes some experience to see the signs more clearly. Always heed any overt warnings and proceed with caution. The best way to deal with this game is to treat it like Side-Man game, enjoy it while it lasts, and then when the warning comes true; cut, run and never look back.


That’s what I have for now. I hope you can use this knowledge to help with your current or future situations. Sometime women run 1 type of game exclusively and other times they run a few different concurrently. But if you know what to look for, you’ll be able to see things for what they really are. Remember; in your own life you are Player #1. Don’t get played.

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Alpha Presence In Film

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“I came. I saw. I conquered.”– Julius Caesar

For this post, I wanted to give some solid examples of Alpha from movies, which is becoming more and more scarce these days. Presence, which includes body language, vocal tone and eye contact, are a critical components to Game, Frame and every day life. It’s a sub-communication that tells the world what your intentions are and just how confident you believe yourself to be. So here are a few examples and notes to help you out when fine-tuning your own presence and style.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Alpha character with Presence: Khan

Benedict Cumberbatch is a great actor, and when he was announced to take on the role of Khan, it seemed curious at first because the original Khan played by Ricardo Montalbán was a very physically imposing individual. Montalbán’s Khan was a bare-chested, heavily muscled man that at first glance looked like he could maul a bear without a second thought. But watching this scene above, you can see that while Cumberbatch doesn’t necessarily have the outright muscle mass (though he did add some muscle and got lean for the role), his presence makes him equally as imposing. First, notice how he stands. He holds his head high and straight, his shoulders are broad and his chest is out. His back is held ramrod straight and arms are held with militaristic precision.

Next, observe his eye contact and speech. His eye contact is reminiscent of a predatory jungle cat, eyeing it’s prey and waiting to pounce at any second. Even though he is imprisoned behind a wall, his presence makes him feel like a threat as if there was no barrier there. His speech is also very direct and precise. This screams that he’s a leader, is decisive, and despite being a “prisoner,” is in control of the situation. Other Alpha tells are the fact that he controls the subject of conversation and keeps it on his objective, no matter how many times Kirk tries to silence him or change topics. You could put this Khan in charge of an executive board meeting on Wall Street or of a Navy SEAL unit deep in some unknown jungle with the type of Alpha presence we see here.

Game of Thrones

Alpha character with Presence: Tywin Lannister

Anyone who is a fan of the books or the show knows that Tywin Lannister is possibly the most Alpha character ever in fantasy fiction, and is certainly the most Alpha Character in the series. Charles Dance absolutely crushes it in his portrayal of the powerful Lion patriarch. Let’s take a closer look.

First off, his body language is focused on his task. Despite having an important conversation, he has a task that is his priority and he makes his first prerogative. He comes first. Next is his complete command of the situation. When he asks “Why is he still alive?” and gets an excuse rather than a straight answer, he dismisses the excuse as if it never existed and reasserts his question “Why is he still alive?” That sends the message that he has no time or patience for bullshit and non of it will fly. He only responds to direct answers, because he is direct, and indirect reasonings are perceived weakness. Then there’s the famous line of “A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of the sheep” which is one of the most Alpha lines uttered in this century. And when Jamie attempts to snap back at that statement, he is quickly and immediately shut down with “No that’s not an opinion it’s a fact.” Tywin establishes a clear boundary of what is and what isn’t acceptable and properly enforces that boundary without hesitation.

The other great thing about this scene is that Tywin shows his life’s mission (or a Man’s Mission, in Red Pill terms) which for him is establishing a dynasty for his family name. He sees how high the stakes are and he sees that his family can establish dominance and greatness, or fade into obscurity. His vision is to see his family succeed above all others and his mission is to do what he must to ensure that it happens. Here is a man who ruthlessly will protect his family and will push them all to succeed. When he tells his son Jamie “I need you to become the man you were always meant to be. Not next year. Not tomorrow. Now.” he’s calling Jamie out on his own bullshit and is saying “it’s time to Alpha up” because the stakes have been laid out. They all are mortal and will die, but their family name will live on, and that’s the idea that Tywin has dedicated his life’s mission to.

The Dark Knight Rises

Alpha character with Presence: Bane

Not since Darth Vader have we seen a more badass villain in a mask with breathing issues on the big screen. This scene emphasizes the “less is more approach” to Alpha presence. Everything Bane does is efficiently minimalist. He speaks briefly and precisely, he makes eye contact only when necessary, and wastes zero time with anything else. His time is precious, and so in this scene he treats it as such. Without hesitation he kills one henchman for failing and attempting to waste more of his time with excuses, and then he kills the other one just as efficiently after telling the henchman to “follow him.”

Another great takeaway from this scene is with body language. Tom Hardy owned this role, and in this scene his body language is brilliant. At first he is facing away, but when his henchmen don’t grasp the fact that they’re the one’s with their asses in the frying pan, he makes his intent powerfully clear. Bane’s stance is wide, commanding and imposing, and Tom Hardy does an excellent job of using the personal space of his body to establish dominance. The way he moves his body is also brilliant. It’s calculated and just at the right speed. It’s not rushed or overly aggressive, it’s precise, relaxed and direct.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Alpha character with Presence: Khan

Another great scene, I’ll build on my notes from the first Khan clip above. The use of eye contact and body language in this scene is fantastic, especially the wide shot of Khan standing in between Spock and Kirk. Even when he has his “vulnerable” moment, he is facing away from Spock and Kirk while still using his body language to hold Frame. For a great list of these traits and some more insight, I’d recommend checking out this post by Charles Sledge. He has some great insight into many of the Alpha mechanisms I’ve outlined here.

I’ve often said this to friends, but the when watching movies, the older I get the more I tend to root for the villain. I’ll probably make this observation into another topic, but it is interesting how in the modern area the characters displaying the most Alpha traits are the “bad guys,” and as you can see from this sampling, it is interesting that Alpha traits have seemingly become vilified.

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