Headcanons (Anonymous x 2 ):
Alphas of your choice headcanons being with a beta who is still very much into all this.
How alpha!Genji, McCree, Hanzo, and 76 handle having a crush on a someone who is a beta? Like is there internal conflict since they are not omegas or do they not care?
He’s a little awkward at first. Being a playboy in his youth, especially an alpha, made a lot of his most interested prospects omegas nearly by default. He’s not turned off in the slightest in the sexual sense, but there are times where he feels a little unsure or awkward because his s/o doesn’t carry the same scent markers that an omega does–they’re a little more mysterious to him, in a sense, especially when he goes into a rut and can’t smell the tell-tale scent of heat on their skin.
He makes up for that plenty by getting his scent all over them instead, which is actually a lot easier to do since betas don’t naturally have a strong, signature scent like omegas do. He feels like it makes the bond a little more solid in such a way, because even though they’re a beta, everyone can smell Genji literally all over his beta s/o.
He’s??? Confused??? Almost moreso than Genji, but instead of simply being confused by the lack of scent over his s/o, he’s confused they’d they’d want him so badly. It comes from a bad, internalized ideal from his days in the Deadlock gang–alphas only took omegas, and betas didn’t bother with either. It was just how things were to him, normalized and solidified in his young alpha mind.
It takes a while to get used to it, but he’s not really opposed to being romantically with a beta. His s/o is still very, very attractive and is the most wonderful thing that’s ever happened in his life, it’s just weird that they’re not an omega. He’s a clever one though, and finds plenty of ways around the odd lack of scent, especially if his beta s/o is into a little scent-play or wearing specific perfumes or fragrances meant for omegas unable to produce their own scent. Hell, there are even some on the market created to mimic an omega going into heat. If McCree’s s/o really wanted an easy way to get their cowboy worked up, that’s one hell of a way to do it.
Though he would be surprised to fall so hard and so deeply for a beta, he’s neither confused, opposed, nor bothered by it in the slightest. He’s more concerned about his s/o being aware of his…tendencies, as he politely refers to them as. Since their body isn’t as physically, naturally partnered for an alpha, his first concern is making sure that his beta s/o is aware of what all comes with taking on an alpha lover–the seasonal ruts, the scenting, the need for dominance….As long as they’re okay with that, then he certainly doesn’t have an issue at all in the world.
This boy don’t care, he don’t care at all. Omega or beta, he’s still gonna be an awkward, grumpy old dad who just wants to be able to make his s/o feel as good as he does when they flash that pretty smile at him. Sure, it can get really hard for him with his ruts since a beta doesn’t have the same scent markers, but as long as they’re enjoying being with him than he’ll just buck up and deal with it. It’s not like he’s gone through ruts alone before anyway, and that’s a hundred times worse than having an s/o who’s a beta instead of an omega helping him through it.
He’s more afraid of being too rough with them. Sure, an omega is made to be a little tougher–their body is, while slightly, built just a little more specifically to be marked and claimed by an alpha. They’re coded to give off certain scents to placate an eager mate, to bare their throats at the right moment during knotting–it’s just how they’re genetically programmed and one of the few things that betas lack (besides the obvious fertility, if they’re a male). In the same vein as Hanzo, he wouldn’t really consider anything official or serious until his s/o sat down with him and discussed the issues–hell, if they at least understood what he was like during his ruts, then Jack wouldn’t feel so worried about it.
Alpha!Genji or Alpha!McCree? I have a thing for alphas and its a problem.. (Also including from another hc request,
He is a surprisingly level-headed alpha, usually unperturbed by shifts in scent unless it’s overly powerful (such as an omega literally in the middle of their heat or an alpha in a rut). Whether this comes from his training, life experience, or cybernetic body, nobody is entirely sure.
It took him a long time to accept himself as a person after his trauma, but it took an even longer time after that to accept himself as an alpha. For a long time after becoming who is is now, Genji didn’t experience a single rut. Since he experienced them regularly beforehand, he had a period of time where he felt really disillusioned with himself as an alpha, especially since he was such a playboy in his youth. It’s not until after he meets Zenyatta and learns to find peace with himself that his ruts start up again–the trauma and stress on his mind and body had put his body in a long, but temporary shocked state.
Now, in the recall of Overwatch, he still has some personal self-confidence issues with his body, especially since he seems a bit more numb to his senses of acute smell than other alphas. Genji seems to have accepted this, but soon realizes that like his ruts, they were all only temporarily muted. When he has his first rut around an omega in the base, he learns that his body is far more sensitive than he thought.
Though it’s not his original flesh, Genji does still have a knot. He hasn’t asked Mercy any details about it and she hasn’t honestly explained very much, only that he is still, physically at least, as functional as any other alpha.
Down-to-earth alpha if there ever was one. He’s a big teddy bear for the most part, and seems to act like the self-appointed guardian of the omegas if needed. He’s one of the least intimidating of all the alphas in the base, and his scent is a lot more welcoming and nobody seems to know why? Maybe it’s the cigars he smokes. Or maybe it’s just because he’s so friggen lazy all the time.
Though he might not notice it himself, McCree is extremely protective over almost all omegas of the base, mated or not, regardless if they’re in heat or he’s in a rut. He simply seems to care about them, and it mostly stem from the fact that he isn’t a man to stand aside if he know’s someone is being taken advantage of–he absolutely HATES the idea that some alphas think they’re inherently better or are allowed to treat omegas like lesser people or outright possessions. He saw this a lot while in Deadlock and vowed never to let it slide without intervening again.
He purrs. A lot. Just give this warm alpha a gentle scratch on the tummy or somewhere on the nape of his neck and he will literally just….melt. It’s not unusual for alphas do do this, but normally it’s a habit shared only with a mate as a bonding activity, but he’s just…..he’s weak to a good scritch.
So very alpha, oh my god. He was a pretty hard-headed, driven, passionate alpha-personality when he was young, but the soldier enhancement program definitely skyrocketed a few things. His ruts are stronger, though somewhat less frequent then other alphas, and because of this he seems to keep a greater distance away from omegas when he’s emotional.
He absolutely refuses to partner up with omegas on certain missions and during certain seasons, not because he’s an old, stubborn, prejudiced man (though he is old), it’s legitimately because he doesn’t trust himself to be near an omega and risk hurting them. He’s already had a couple bad experiences because he almost hurt one of his teamates right after the soldier enhancement program concluded, and he still feels guilty that he has such a hard time keeping his instincts in control. It’s one of the reasons he secluded himself as a vigilante.
Because of his occasional lack of self-trust, it would take a very patient, gentle omega to wiggle their way into his heart. It’s more than possible, and once they help him see that he can be a good alpha and mate, he’s more than protective of them, loving them up fiercely and proving even more protective than daddy alpha McCree is at times.
Jack butts heads with other alphas all the time, but it’s never usually too heated unless rut or heat pheramones are involved. Since he usually keeps himself locked away during his own rutting cycles, he’s learned very, very well how to get a badly-behaved, young alpha pinned down on the ground and intimidated enough that they bare their throat.
Jack is the tru dad alpha of the base even if he’s old and grumpy.
What are your headcanons for who is what in a/b/o?
(Please keep in mind this is my personal/self-insert view, and isn’t cementing who I’ll write as a/b/o in my headcanons and drabbles!)
Alphas: Soldier: 76, Reaper, Hanzo, Zarya, D.Va, Reinhardt, Pharah, McCree
Omegas: Lucio, Junkrat, Genji, Mei, Torbjorn, Tracer, Mercy
Betas: Symmetra, Winston, Zenyatta, Bastion, Roadhog, Ana, Widowmaker
There’s no need to apologise nonny! It’s super neat of you to ask since it helps me out with the worldbuilding too!
Relationships between Alphas/Betas or Omegas/Betas aren’t explicitly condemned by society; it’s just that some people tend to urge the Beta to give their spots up so an Alpha/Omega relationship can bloom. This is mostly due to the shtick that Alphas and Omegas are biologically compatible and thus the ‘most ideal’ for one another in order for reproduction to take place. It’s a little bit of a ridiculous notion, though.
Mm most of the time people tend to leave the Betas alone if they’re in a relationship with an Alpha, since they don’t want to be subject to the business end of an Alpha’s wrath. However, Betas in a relationship with an Omega should be ready to deal with heckling from others, particularly entitled Alphas/those with the mindset of society in the past. These people tend to view Omegas as living incubators (and not humans,,, what a notion) and find that their potential is “wasted” if they’re in a relationship with a Beta. So, in a word, yes; relationships with Betas are kind of devalued in society.
Normally, the only semblance of a problem that a Beta’s nature would cause to an Alpha/Omega would be during their respective heats/ruts. However, modern science comes to the rescue with artificial pheromones, lube (in the case of those with Alphas) and special toys. Betas in a committed relationship can use these to satisfy their partners if you catch my drift ayyyyy. Other than the breeding aspect, there’s nothing much that should affect the dynamics between Betas and Alphas/Omegas!
It would be pretty difficult to work out initially, especially if the couple doesn’t work through the innate difference in their natures. Most often, the Beta would “submit” to the Alpha just like how Omegas do, but they are more able to act on their free will and do as they please since they aren’t directly influenced by an Alpha’s orders.
Mm honestly it would be up to the Alpha themself. If they’ve actually considered cheating on their Beta partner before, they’d pretty much use the ‘Omega in heat’ excuse as soon as it crops up. Most of the time, if an Alpha and Beta choose to remain in their relationship, it’s up to the Alpha to be able to resist the siren call of an Omega’s heat pheromones. c:
I’ve been thinking a lot about a poly A/B/O scenario and it’s honestly turning into kind of an angstfest because betas aren’t affected by the hormones and ruts/heats so the beta S/O would feel incredibly lonely and out of place and maybe even generally unwelcome in the nest, living space, or relationship, especially if they tend towards keeping personal feelings and needs bottled up and to themselves for the sake of the other two. (“It’s just how they are, they can’t help it, it’s nothing personal, I can’t really understand, I don’t really have a place during that anyways” etc)
Rarepair? Rarepair? Not in my house, it’s not!
SFW: Both of them are highkey romantics so their s/o can expect to go on the best dates that all three of them will enjoy. Genji tries to meditate with the both of them but Jesse gets kinda fidgety/sleepy pretty often so he just gives up and the cowboy and lets McCree nap on him while he and s/o continue. McCree also really like to show off his sharpshooting skills in the training range, which prompts Genj to spar with him so they can kinda show off to their s/o. Both of them aren’t above taking advantage of s/o’s TLC so they always go to them when they have the boo-boos so s/o can kiss it all better (after they go to the med bay of course).
NSFW: S/o will almost always get spitroasted tbh, and both men love to give their darling Omega facials since it just,,, gets them fired up. Mmm when Genji is in the mood and Jesse’s in his rut, Genji doesn’t mind getting fucked by him while he rails into s/o. Afterwards, there’s always a massive cuddle pile that has a lot of kisses and laughing and good, happy vibes.