Delta Man has taken that concept and applied it to science fiction, and made a few observations about novels that feature Gamma protagonists:
The Gamma Protagonist in Science Fiction and Fantasy:
- High IQ. The GP possesses what the author imagines a +2 or +3 standard deviation to be like. Even if it is never mentioned by number, the protagonist’s cognitive ability will always approximately coincide with this level of ability. Key word: "imagines". Most Gamma writers are not as intelligent as their GPs.
- Average height and build, often "could stand to lose a few pounds", and is not athletically gifted unless the character is specifically written as being athletic, in which case the GP is better than everyone at everything.
- The dialogue is full of snarky comments by the protagonist which are used to put everyone in his place, no matter who they are. Women who are not villains will always find the snarky comments to be inordinately funny and attractive.
- Both the demonstration of the Gamma Protagonist's intelligence and his bonding with other characters is demonstrated through the GP's frequent resort to pop cultural quotes. The GP always recognizes a quote and will always respond to it with an appropriate quote.
- The GP is agnostic or atheist without any meaningful reason to be so, and can shut down the greatest theologians in the world with a witty retort.
- Will be especially technically competent at engineering or high technology, depending upon the genre.
- Will have a love interest who throws herself at him. Always sexually passive and is far more prone to pine away after a woman than pursue her.
- He will either save the love interest from some peril and become a white knight in the process, or she will be “strong and independent” and find his recognition of this to be incredibly attractive.
The most interesting aspect of the GP is how he reveals the psychology of the author who writes him, specifically, how he exposes the author's wishes that are fulfilled by the GP.