|“||Being a hero is optional.||„|
|~ Tagline of the series|
inFAMOUS is an open world adventure series created by Sucker Punch Productions for the Playstation. The story revolves around a man named Cole MacGrath, a college dropout who works as a bike courier, delivering packages to people around the city. One day, he was delivering a package of an item called a Ray Sphere, which exploded, destroying multiple city blocks and killing hundreds of innocent lives...except for his own. After surviving the blast, he was granted powers of electricity. It is now his job to discover who gave him the package and why. After discovering the truth of why he was given the package, he must prepare for the arrival of The Beast. An evil being of pure power responsible for the destruction of the planet in the near future. Canonically, Cole succeeds in doing do, sacrificing himself to save Humanity in the process. Later, the series stars a new protagonist, Delsin Rowe. However, there have been rumors and hints in the games themselves such as a work in progress title called "INF: REVENANT", as well as recent tweets from Cole's voice actor that suggest Cole is still alive and may appear in future games.
The main point of this series is the choice to either use your powers for good or evil. The story changes depending on which karmic route you follow, whether you will save Humanity, or witness the destruction of the world. Your actions will change the way people look at you.
Good Karma - On this pathway, Cole starts off as a reluctant do-gooder, helping civilians and fighting crime mainly due to his basic conscience and because it will help him get out of the city quicker. But as the story progresses, Cole starts to naturally care about the well being of others. Often helping them without thanks or reward, and despite the fact that they still blame him for The Blast. Eventually, he declares himself the protector of Empire City, finally realizing that the needs of others are more important than what he wants. In inFAMOUS 2 he continues to be a selfless hero and will help others and make choices that benefit others at the expense of himself without thinking twice. At the end of his journey, he is faced with the choice of using the RFI to cure the Plague and save Humanity, or preserve Conduit-kind by siding with The Beast. Initially, he contemplates siding with The Beast, due to not knowing for sure if the RFI will definitely cure the Plague, and that his way may be the only way anyone lives. Eventually though, he makes the right choice by using the RFI, killing The Beast and 2,700 Conduits worldwide, while wiping out the Plague from the face of the Earth and saving billions of human lives. It is assumed that Cole is dead, however, as his best friend Zeke takes his body out to sea, his coffin is struck by a lightning bolt in the shape of a question mark.
Evil Karma - On this pathway, Cole uses his powers purely for his own benefit, causing mass mayhem and destruction with little regard for anything else. This Karma branches off into two timelines
- "True Villain": The Evil Karma route from inFAMOUS 1. In this timeline, Cole is a ruthless killer, whose only desire is to gain more power and control over the ruined Empire City. He relentlessly kills innocent civilians for no reason and sucks the life from his enemies to satisfy himself. Rather than taking on the responsibility of stopping The Beast, Cole instead abandons everything Kessler sacrificed to accomplish and takes control of Empire City, completely isolated from the outside world in his own little corner where the strong take what they want, and the weak are their slaves.
- "Anti-Hero": The Evil Karma route from inFAMOUS 2. Rather than being a full-blown psychopath, this Cole is simply an arrogant Anti-Hero. While his motives and methods are cruel, malicious, unnecessarily violent, and often come at the expense of innocent lives, his ultimate goal is to stop The Beast. At every turn, Cole will pick options that involve the senseless death of innocents and freedom fighters for no good reason. And will gladly set fire to a swamp village just to make his life a little easier. When faced with the option to use the RFI or side with The Beast, he chose John's way, believing that it was the only way to save anyone. As if the RFI didn't cure the Plague, it would only kill all Conduits, the only people immune to it, while Humanity will still die. After turning against his former allies and engaging in all out war against the last remaining human forces at The Beast's side, Cole ruthlessly kills Nix, showing little sign of remorse. As he proceeds to destroy the RFI, he is stopped by Zeke, who he begrudgedly puts down as well. As John explains to Cole that he can't go on killing, he gives his powers to Cole so he can finish what he started. And thus, Cole MacGrath becomes The Beast, and proceeds to lead Conduit-kind to survival while wiping out the last vestiges of Humanity.
The power of this verse is diverse and extremely formidable. Common Conduits are City level, with even the weakest capable of surviving the Ray Sphere Blast, which is capable of completely vaporizing six city blocks, as well as laying waste to cities on accident after having their powers awakened, and higher tiers growing their powers significantly beyond that point. They also share unique abilities or traits. There are numerous powers such as Teleportation, Telekinesis, Mind Control on a scale of 10.5 Million people, Power Absorption, Time Manipulation (Including Time Travel and Time Stop), and Matter Manipulation. Conduits also grow stronger with time as even unactivated conduits could survive incidents that should've killed them. Even Fodder enemies and the weakest characters are Wall level due to creating craters and shockwaves just by jumping and landing, and easily surviving falls off bridges and point-blank explosions.
The verse is also extremely fast, with grunts and fodder being Supersonic+ due to easily dodging bullets. The low-tier Conduits are even faster, capable of reacting to, dodging, and moving faster than lightning at Massively Hypersonic+ speeds. Top tier Conduits approach the speed of light and beyond, capable of dodging lasers and radiation beams at Relativistic+ speeds, and even going at FTL speeds, as well as being able to easily react to, fight, and control their movements while moving at speeds faster than light.
The most powerful character in the game however is "The Beast", a Conduit which has the power to destroy planetary bodies such as the moon and create armies of Conduits. He possesses the ability to share, unlock and even nullify the powers of other Conduits and possess other assortments of abilities. Another feat for the Beast is the capability to regenerate from macro-quantum particles. He also possesses the abilities of Macro Quantum Matter Manipulation, Teleportation, Gravity Manipulation, and many more.
Other notable top tier conduits are Cole MacGrath and Delsin Rowe. Both are quickly becoming stronger and stronger as the main characters of the game. The former managed to absorb numerous Blast Cores and unlocked a sub-power that allowed them to go toe-to-toe with the Beast and could've absorbed his power. The latter on the other hand could copy any ability of another conduit and is steadily growing with each Core Relay he absorbs.
Cole creates a thunderstorm in InFAMOUS 1 (City level)
Cole survives the Ray Sphere Explosion (City level)
Cole converts bullets into energy (Town level+ to City level)
The Beast creates a giant blast (Large Island level)
Delsin converts enemies into energy (Small Island level)
Abigail "Fetch" Walker Finisher KE (Small Island level)
Future Beast destroys the moon when it first appears (Multi-Continent level)
Augustine erects concrete islands from the ocean and sinks bridges with a hand gesture (Class G)
Cole tosses cars with physical strength (Class 5)
Cole resists the bite of a Devourer (Class 10)
Delsin lifts a car off of Reggie (Class 5)
Cole and Kessler react, dodge, and move faster than each other's lightning (Massively Hypersonic+)
Cole dodges a beam of radiation (Relativistic+)
Delsin and Fetch move at light speed (Speed of Light)
Fetch reacts to and controls her movements while boosted by Neon Clouds (FTL)
Delsin, Fetch, Eugene, and Augustine dodge light beams at close range (FTL)