What is the Black Pill?

The essential recipe of the lethal concoction.

Readership: All
Theme: Redemptive Headship and Masculinity
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There’s been some confusion about what the Black Pill is all about, so I’ll cite a few relevant comments and clear things up.

Does the Red Pill lead to the Black Pill for Low SMV Men?

The black pill is stating that physical attractiveness is the most important factor in initial relationships and there is a minimum level of physical attractiveness needed.”

It is not Black Pill to state facts. The Black Pill is when one responds to the facts with hopeless resignation. It is also Black Pill to present the facts as a goal that a man must meet or else be doomed to a lifetime of misery and rejection.

For men that are below this level for factors out of their control (very short or ugly face) this is a difficult thing to swallow. A life without any romantic relationships.”

We can presume that the unstated goal in this example is pounding poon. If you’ve set up reaching this goal to be THE chief indicator of your worth as a man, then you’ve taken the Black Pill.

The Black Pill Mentality

The Black Pill stream of consciousness goes something like this:

“I am not physically attractive to women, and no matter what I do, I never will be.”
> “I will never have a woman.”
–> “I will never get laid.”

==> “Therefore my life is hopeless / meaningless / etc.”

It is also Black Pill when we change the pronouns to another person:

“He is not physically attractive to women, and no matter what he does, he never will be”
–> “He will never have a woman.”
–> “He will never get laid.”

==> “Therefore he is worthless as a man! INCEL!!!”

The Black Pill is perpetuated by (1) men and women who convey this kind of message, and (2) men who believe it.

The White Pill Mentality

To offer a comparison, the Redemptive / White Pill train of thought goes like this:

“I am not physically attractive to women, and no matter what I do, I never will be.”
–> “I will never have a woman.”
–> “I will never get laid.”

==> “Just LOOK at me! I’m always obsessing over poon and making myself sick with lust!”
–> “The desires of my heart are evil / fleshly.”
–> “Therefore I need Christ.”

OR, for the man called to marriage…

==> “I cannot achieve this on my own.”
–> “I may never reach the desires of my heart / have a wife and family / get my life in order.”
–> “Therefore I need Christ.”

This makes it crystal clear how many men are choosing the flesh over Christ.

The Black Knight

I always thought of the Black Pill as the black knight equivalent, the “Burn it all down and sow salt on the remains”.

Or, the “Have sex with her sister, her mother, and all of her friends”, etc.”

The first attitude is the obsessive-possessive expression of the Black Pill for disadvantaged men who are consumed with bitterness, envy, and rage.

The second attitude is the passive-aggressive expression of the Black Pill for high SMV men who are consumed with hate, lust, and spite-filled anger.

The Black Knight has nothing to do with SMV. It is more about having an evil heart — unbridled anger, cruelty, possessiveness, power, schadenfreud, and vengeance.


We can overcome anything with God, we can overcome nothing without Him.

Psalm 27:14 (KJV)
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

This is the only way. Anything else, no matter how steeped in worldly wisdom, will ultimately lead to despair and nihilism, i.e. the Black Pill.

The Black Pill is an abandonment of faith.

Paul tells us that the shield of faith can “quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:16).

When judgement comes, be found with that shield or on it.


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18 Responses to What is the Black Pill?

  1. info says:

    Choose Heaven and you get Earth thrown in. Choose Earth and you get neither.

    For many people it seems like dealing with the barrenness of Sarai. But through faith, Abraham and Sarah had a son. Isaac, Son of the promise.

    We can only do what is best in God’s sight. But there is a chance of a miraculous birth out of barrenness. May we trust in Him. And pray continually and earnestly to him everything that worries us. Aside from what we can personally do.

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  2. info says:

    It’s sad that incels dismiss Jesus Christ and the truth of the Gospel including the genuine historical fact of his resurrection as “Cope”.

    May we pray for their conversion.

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  3. Bardelys the Magnificent says:

    The Black Pill is Feminism for men.

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    • info says:

      I can easily see them taking the Gnostic route that Early Christianity had to deal with and are affected by.

      Like Job we may be buffeted by life. But like Abraham we must have faith and trust in God.

      Cast all your cares on him.

      Christianity is the anti-blackpill. Genuine Black-pill is really just the sin of unbelief in God’s offer of redemption.

      Its like being Judas with his ultimate fate. Because he failed to love Jesus Christ in the first place.

      The option of coming to our Lord to forgiveness didn’t even end up as an option.


  4. redpillboomer says:

    I’ve always seen the Black Pill for a man as an on-going state of bitterness, anger and unforgiveness. The man is NOT looking to Christ, either he doesn’t know Him yet (a secular man); or he does know Him, and yet doesn’t believe/trust God can do anything about his situation. In short, he’s lost hope.

    I don’t see a Black Pill man as “bad,” however he is focused on the wrong things about life most of the time; many times occurring as he is mesmerized by it. What wrong things? This fallen world and all it’s permutations out there. And yes, he has a valid point: It is fallen, it is dark and in many ways it sucks for the man and everyone else in some way, shape or form. That’s why ALL of us NEED Christ!

    One of the best sermons I ever heard my Pastor preach from many years ago that I’ve never forgotten was simply entitled “But God.” I don’t remember the particulars, however the title stuck with me. He laid out a number of instances in the Bible that were “Black Pill” for the Israelites and the early Christian believers, aka hopeless, and then, “But God.” The phrase was in the Bible and the point was clear. When things appear hopeless, I.e. “Black Pill,” then it’s time for “But God.”

    One of my favorite Scripture verses captures it: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

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    • Oscar says:

      “I’ve always seen the Black Pill for a man as an on-going state of bitterness, anger and unforgiveness. The man is NOT looking to Christ, either he doesn’t know Him yet (a secular man); or he does know Him, and yet doesn’t believe/trust God can do anything about his situation. In short, he’s lost hope.”


  5. catacombresident says:

    Now you’re talking. Trust the Lord and take what He gives. He’s the only one who knows what you are made for. Nothing else is worth having.

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  6. Yep. When you feel like Job, be like Job, and fall on the ground and worship. And ignore his wife’s advice in chapter 2 to “curse God and die.”

    Job 1:20–22 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.


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  12. luisman says:

    I think, if the red pill ist the recognition how the world really is, the black pill is the recognition, that you cannot change it. That does not neccessarily mean to abandon all hope, give up, take a fuckitol, and wank yourself into oblivion.

    The red pillers tried to find their way out with manipulation techniques, like PUA etc. A black piller can decide to create his own way, despite the opposition, to make his life worthwhile, without putting women, religion or any philosophy on a pedestal, but rather treating them as an enjoyable extension of his life, and setting them aside, if there are better things to do. But maybe you actually have to be a Sigma to do this.

    I think Incels, these poor sods, have mainly grown up under a feminist single mother or with a truly beta-ised father, who taught them to put women on a pedestal, do everything for them as if they were Queens. They have never been taught about reciprocity. Most Incels aren’t actually that short, fat and ugly, but have never learned, that self improvement is primarily good for them, not something you do to gain women. Trust me, in the cesspool of Angeles City, there used to be a lot of fat, ugly, short guys, who had, at least, the time of their lives, and some of them even wifed up with a prostitute.


    • Jack says:

      Grateful for your feedback.

      “…if the red pill is the recognition how the world really is, the black pill is the recognition, that you cannot change it.”

      That’s a very succinct comparison that would hold true no matter how one interprets the Red Pill or Black Pill. One thing I learned from this study of the Black Pill is that there are as many different takes on it as there are for the Red Pill. Your follow-up description of the Black Pill assumes that one follows through on redemption and doesn’t fall into the abyss. From your description of the Black Pill, I see little difference between that and MGTOW. If I were to make a distinction, I would say Black Pill refers to a state of consciousness, while MGTOW is a social movement of men with that consciousness.


      • luisman says:

        In the last 3 years I came to the conclusion that the transposition of blue/red pill into the relationship of the sexes is just a sideline and reverted back to the original meaning of it in the movie. Boy have we blue pilled ourselves into thinking what the state or government is. And the vast majority remains stuck in the state of denial.

        MGTOW is probably the manosphere version of dealing with the black pill. Some take to a christian perspective, others like me to a stoic perspective. I wanted to express that, if you take the broader meaning of the black pill towards society, remaining in the abyss (like Incels) is no option and everyone has to make sense of his own life, rather than adopting the fashionable religion of the times.

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