So, if you’re really lucky, you’ve already heard something about the Omega’verse. If not, well, you should still count yourself lucky—we’re about to explain it to you. After all, it’s a big enough Alternate Universe that it’s getting attention from University academics. We’ll get to that – but there’s something we’ve got to get out the way first.
The Omega’verse is explicitly and intrinsically sexual. The kinky kind of sexual. There is no “vanilla” version of it, and while we love it, we’re totally sympathetic to those of you that would rather avoid subjects like these. So, if you’re not big on kink, then now’s a good time to find another page on our site to browse! Sometimes we write about otters!
Still here? Good. Let’s get to business…
The Omega’verse is a kink-based AU built upon an animalistic hierarchical system in which males can become pregnant (hereafter referred to as mpreg). In omega’verse or A/B/O fics, everyone is born with a particular disposition; “alpha,” “beta,” or “omega.” The qualities of these three classifications change according to how any one fan writes their story, but there are a few generalities shared by most takes on the ‘verse which fall in line with what you’d expect from their names: “Alphas” are dominant and capable of impregnating “Omegas”,“Omegas,” by contrast, are submissive and can become pregnant, and “Betas,” generally, are essentially normal human beings. In some fan works, either “Betas” or “Omegas” may be omitted and substituted by the other.
That’s not all, of course. We wouldn’t need a content disclaimer for that. Don’t worry folks, as promised this ‘verse gets kinky fast.
Well, like most good things, it started in the Supernatural fandom. And, lucky for us, it can be traced back to a specific prompt from an anonymous Livejournal post on May 2010:
“AU – Their world is just like ours…except…in their world there are two types of men. One is the alpha male, the other is the bitch male. Alpha males are like any ordinary guy with the exception of their cocks, they work just like dog cocks (the knot, tons of cum etc) The bitch male, is just an ordinary guy without the special cock.
I’d like to see Alpha male Jared, and Bitch male Jensen. Jensen is a snotty prude (think Lady from lady and the tramp) he may be a bitch male but he’s not just going to let anybody take a go at his sweet little ass…until he meets Jared…then prudey little Jensen turns cock slut for Jared. Bonus points for J2 being OTP, Jensen was a virgin before Jared, and now that they met each other, it’s for life.
Completely up to you if mating happens just anywhere like in the middle of the sidewalk, in a park etc or on a more private level.”
Honestly, if that doesn’t get you excited, we don’t know what will. We should probably mention that this is the same prompt that’s responsible for the popularity of knotting in the Supernatural fandom so, you know—double up your thanks.
After that, in November 2010 and January 2011, a similar prompt popped up in two different anonomous prompts, now developed into this:
“There are three types of men, alpha males, beta males, and omega males. Alpha males are like any ordinary guy with the exception of their cocks, they work just like canines (the knot, tons of cum, strong breeders, etc) The beta male, is an ordinary guy without the special cock. Omega males are capable of child bearing and often called bitch males.”
And it’s this prompt that solidified the main characteristics of the Omega’verse. The prompt’s first fill was the fic I ain’t no lady, but you’d be the tramp by cfamiliaris posted on July 24 2010. That title sparked the “Tramp’verse”, destined to evolve into our current Omega’verse. From the looks of it and according to most of the fanon postings we’ve seen, the Omega’verse started with this meme and fill, born out of the Supernatural fandom. What was surprising was just how philosophical this AU was destined to become. We’ll get to that in a sec. First, let’s answer the most er…pressing question:
Depending on the author, pretty darn close. Other animal traits included range from the knotting of Alpha’s penises (yep, like a dog’s) to the need for Omegas or Alphas to go into heat to induce a male pregnancy, to self-lubrication, to all-in-one orifices (cloacas, like a bird’s). The knotting is particularly popular in the Supernatural fandom. The variety of interpretations and overall uniqueness of the Omega’verse makes for a fun AU to play around with, especially when pairing up characters like Sherlock and Watson or Jared and Jensen that have mismatched power dynamics.
Check out this fic: I ain’t no lady but you’d be the tramp
It got big.
This is where that university article we mentioned earlier comes in. There was an entire essay dedicated to the omega’verse phenomenon the 2013 academic book “Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking over the World,” by the University of Utah professor Anne Jamison. This is a woman with a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton, who’s been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Review of Books, writing about self-lubricating anuses. There’s so much to love about the fanfiction world, we really can’t encompass it.
But, are omega’fics really that popular in the grand scheme of things?
Yes and no. Some point out (rightfully so) that Omega’verse fanfictions only comprise about 1% of all fanfiction you’ll find on the net. But, remember that there is a lot of fanfiction on the net, so even having a number not preceded by a decimal is a big deal.
Plus, if you’re a fan of Supernatural, Hannibal, or Sherlock, those numbers start jumping up hard—to 6%, 4%, and 2.1%, respectively, according to DestinationToast’s Tumblr.
From that original, simple outline, the Omega’verse has split into a wide variety of different forms. As mentioned, some omit the Betas or Omegas, while knotting is popular throughout. Mpreg also remains a staple and animalistic qualities like heats, cloacas, growling and biting may be added in. Enough so that some takes can border on Furry Fic which is a whole different can of tails.
The nature of the relationships has developed as well. Originally, Alpha-Omega pairings were steeped in BDSM tropes but otherwise typical (if often hyper-jealous) relationships. Nowadays, “paired” Omegas and Alphas can often form semi-magical bonds that transmit emotions and often kill a bond-mate if their partner dies. Sometimes these bonds are fully telepathic, sometimes they’re combined with soul-mate tropes and predestined, sometimes they can be formed with a single bite to the neck.
But what’s really interesting is what this ‘verse became when Alpha-Omega traits were applied to a whole Alternate Universe and society.
Originally most Omega’verse fanfiction was straight-up porn. Really fun porn, but still, mostly porn. Suddenly, omega’fics began to ask: What happens when you start making men come in two forms: stronger and dominant and weaker and submissive? Writers began to use the Omega’verse as an allegory to explore social justice, power dynamics, and human rights. Many of these fics touch on the experience of real-life societal issues like women’s and men’s rights, alternate gender identities, and the societal expectations of gender norms.
Well, that’s hard to say. This is a ‘verse that has outright exploded in the seven years it’s been around. Only seven years and it has wound up getting the full academic treatment. It’s hard to say exactly where it’s going, but we can offer a few ideas.
For starters, due to its current fanbase and the emphasis on Mpreg, the Omega’verse is largely going to be dominated by the M/M crowd. As it stands, according to tumblr’s resident statistician DestinationToast, 90% of fiction tagged with A/B/O is M/M. And, due to the sexual nature of the Omega’verse, you can expect more than half to remain sexually explicit. Likewise, with its distinctly BDSM-ish flavor and the ever-increasing social acceptance of kink lifestyles, it’s likely to become more popular.
However, the most interesting thing to look out for will be how it is used to explore larger social issues.The fanfiction community is, in general, open to using fiction to explore concepts and topics shunned in traditional publication. The mpreg and sexual hierarchy aspects of the Omega’verse are absolutely ripe for exploring and discussing gender roles, stereotypes, discrimination, oppression, and power dynamics.
There are very few AU’s with both the potential for meaningful social dialogue and the popularity that the Omega’verse has. And the fact that it’s getting attention from academia indicates that the Omega’verse is bringing fanfiction a few steps closer to mainstream acceptance.
And who doesn’t want that?
Anyway, there’s a lot to be done with the Omega’verse and a lot that already has been done. And the best way to get started is to jump in with both feet. We guarantee this is one AU that will always surprise you.
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