Zeke was actually in on the whole thing, working with Kessler to help mold ColeZeke actually knew who Kessler was, and was working with him. Since Kessler was around for decades before they were born, he would obviously know who Zeke was before birth, making it easy for him to track him down. Before the blast, Kessler contacted Zeke, clued him in on the whole thing. It took him the usual time-traveler friend schtick for him to accept that he was Cole from the future. Or perhaps...Zeke is now a member of the First Sons long before the blast...He wears stars on his clothes.... Either way, Zeke worked with Kessler, which was why Zeke tried to activate the Ray Sphere and left with Kessler, it was to completely destroy Cole's sense of trust, and to cut an emotional bond with Cole, preparing him to harden his heart to be able to go into battle against the Beast unhindered. Zeke also seems to suspiciously know a bit about Cole's powers, like him needing to charge after throwing off a lot of energy. Zeke also seems to know a lot about electricity, conveniently for Cole, who runs off it, and having made an electrified platform for Cole to use in the prison against the Dustmen. Zeke actually planned to have Alder escape on his watch. Hoping to incite further fury in Cole, Zeke shooting at Kessler was an act, making Cole think that he killed his best friend from blasting him into the Stanton building ruins. Or Zeke though he gone too far, and decided to break it off with Kessler for the sake of Cole.
Cole will eventually gain Kessler's time-travel ability.This isn't necessarily a given; it's implied that the Ray Sphere has set Cole on a different power-path than Kessler had, especially considering the myriad of non-electrical things Kessler could do in the final boss fight. But the visual effect when Kessler is shown using his time-travel power is very much in-style with how Cole's electricity is depicted; how electricity can manipulate time, I am going to think about as much as he thinks about electricity making Cole immune to falling damage, but even if it's not electrical, Cole might naturally evolve into it anyway despite his new, differing power set. Going off of this, Kessler's time-travel ability is a textbook Chekhov's Gun; at some point in a future installment, Cole will be faced with a problem where being able to go back in time will seem like a solution, or he'll have two problems to solve and he'll have to choose between them because the time-travel power, as was explicitly said in the ending, only works once. Perhaps this will be how the next game's Sadistic Choice is presented? Finally, it's worth considering that with time travel involved and the restrictions on it, we may very well end up with some combination of You Can't Fight Fate, Screw Destiny, and / or Stable Time Loop.
Following from the above, Player-Cole will go back it time to stop/kill Kessler before he sets off the Ray Sphere.This will allow the existence of a Cole capable of fighting the Beast, while also allowing a Cole to be happily married. Also, I doubt that Evil Cole would be satisfied with killing Kessler just the once.
The Heroic ending is canon, and the Beast is another alternate Cole, one that took the evil path.The coming threat has a silhouette that bears more than a passing resemblance to Cole, and his powers manifest in blood-red like evil Cole's electricity (a point against; the illustration doesn't actually look like electricity so much as fire.) Think about how the bad ending plays out, with evil Cole giving a monologue about how he doesn't give two shits about anything, and how his powers are only good for taking what he wants because no one can stop him. Going from this to a terrible monster burning the world down just for the lulz isn't too much of a stretch. If Cole went evil, became the Beast and destroyed the world, it prompts Kessler to go back in time and try to fix it. His interference changes how his past self grows, and the Cole we play as becomes heroic instead of becoming the Beast; there's some irony in this, because heroic Cole is not quite what Kessler intended, but is nonetheless the solution to his plight, and he unquestionably achieves his goal of hardening Cole for the troubles to come It seems that once someone travels into the past, they're protected by changes in the timeline, as evidenced by Kessler still existing even after he has Cole use the Ray Sphere, drastically altering his own past. So, from the original future, evil Cole / the Beast has used his time travel power to chase Kessler. This could mean that Kessler has actually been royally, tragically screwed by You Can't Fight Fate, because in trying to fix things, he's changed things so that the Beast will emerge before it originally did, possibly before Cole (Heroic Cole, the player's character,) is strong enough to oppose him.
The Beast is John.The Ray Sphere didn't leave a body, after all.
The Beast is Alex Mercer.Sucker Punch secretly owns Radical Entertainment; Prototype is the story of inFAMOUS' true villain, and both games' sequels will be one crossover game.
The Beast was PariahThe player never finds out where Pariah is during Prototype, however, he apparently has the ability to infect and murder at will and his apparent lack of regard for human life. I mean, if you really think about it, the Supreme Hunter died, Alex Mercer wouldn't commit such violent acts after the course of his game (supported by the fact that he saved NYC from being blown up by a nuke), and Elizabeth Greene is dead. The only one with the destructive power and the sociopathic tendencies to be "The Beast" would have to be Pariah.
The Beast was the Supreme HunterPlayer actions aside, Mercer isn't the kind of person to just destroy the world. The Supreme Hunter, on the other hand, was not near as so nice. If it had eaten Mercer, it would have gained the ability to survive nuclear annihilation and be well nigh invincible. Of course, Mercer managed to kill the Supreme Hunter in this time line, but in the unaltered one, since the military didn't have the Empire City incident to divert their resources, they managed to slow Mercer down enough for the Supreme Hunter to kill him. Incidentally, the reason that Kessler thought that the Beast was a human was because everyone who saw the Beast in its true form died.
The Beast is James Heller.When the Beast shows up in, he is a rampaging monster, but when he is revealed to be John and not one, well James should be the real deal.
The Beast is Kratos.Few characters in videogames are truly the embodiment of hates all life as well as Kratos, and fewer still canonically have the pure power needed to take this vengeance upon the world. Having destroyed his own world in God of War III, Kratos uses the threads of the sisters to find a new world to vent his terrible fury. He finds the modern world. That also explains the tough choices - given how Kratos regenerates magic, health and rage and gains experience from killing everything around him, the only way to stop him growing stronger is to kill them first. This could also be the setup for a new crossover fighter. Cole must use his time travel powers to assemble Ratchet, Jak, Sackboy, ICO, and Solid Snake, while Kratos finds allies in a Black era Needles Kane, and Wander. Add or delete as seen fit.
Cole is a descendant of Colonel Volgin.Both have a combination of Shock and Awe and Charles Atlas Superpowers- Cole inherited his lightning powers from one of Volgins descendants (An illegitimate child? Volgin did seem rather, er, "aggressively promiscuous") who defected from the USSR in the 60's or 70's, and would go on to become one of Cole's grandparents. Remember, it was implied that Cole would have developed powers on his own, and that the Ray-Sphere merely enhanced this- hence why the lightning powers Cole displays (Lightning Can Do Anything) are so much greater than those of Volgin (who's primary method of attack was using electricity to fire bullets without a gun, and whose lighting bolts needed something metal to home in on for accurate fire)- this is particularly apparent when we consider that Cole was more powerful than Volgin after only having had his powers for a few weeks, while Volgin apparently had a long and successful military career using his powers.
Cole will develop additional power sets beyond general control over electricity.Based on what the game told us about how the Ray Sphere works, it isn't entirely unreasonable. Since its initial activation took out six blocks of a heavily populated city, the ensuing death toll must have been in the thousands if not much greater. It's not unreasonable to figure that this blast caught more than a few other conduits in its scope, taking their energy and focusing it into Cole. Assuming that the Ray Sphere both only granted powers to the Conduit that activated it and that the energy absorbed from the dead people was absorbed largely intact or as-is, Cole will eventually discover that he has access to other power bases. This nicely explains all the non-electrical things Kessler could do (I do not think it was implied enough to be canon fact that Cole is getting different powers than Kessler) and gives a justification for the Cole will get in the sequel - he may still have all his electrical powers but his new power sets that he is awakening to are fouling up his control across the board.
Kessler's changes to the timeline have actually made the Beast irrelevant.In a twist that would make Kessler a true woobie for the amount of wasted effort and what he put himself through, his own interference with the timeline has changed things in such a way that the Beast will never actually rise, or, perhaps, he still exists and is still a Conduit that will gain powers, but he's lead a different life than in the original timeline and doesn't grow up to be The Antichrist. Cole's fight will instead have him teaming up with anyone in the government/military like John who opposes Moya and her superiors in their quest for power. He'll realize at some point that an important, friendly supporting character is actually the Beast, and depending on the karmic choices, may or may not take action against him.
Cole and the Beast are AU, Gender Flipped versions of Fate Testarossa and Signum from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha.If there isn't a clause in the TV Tropes Wiki Drinking Game for WMGs involving AU versions, there should be! On a more serious note, if we assume as suggested above that the Beast is Playing with Fire, then the roles - Fate/Cole, the "good guy" with Shock and Awe versus Signum/Beast, the "bad guy" pyrokinetic - fit. However, the relationship may not, considering that Fate and Signum considered each other Worthy Opponents while Cole and the Beast most likely will be out for each other's blood. Or maybe that is the point, that the moral choices in the sequel will affect how their antagonism plays out.
Someone at Sucker Punch is familiar with Fate/stay night.Specifically, the Unlimited Blade Works story route. Granted, there's not a WHOLE lot of similarities, but at the end of the day there's still a duel between a young guy who's just discovered amazing powers and his jaded Future Badass self. And then there's Archer Plaza...subtle Shout-Out?
Zeke is the Beast.He gets super powers and discovers With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
Cole knows enough about physics to use electricity to create magnetism.This would explain a few of the weirder things like flying, decelerating a fall, and deflecting projectiles.
Radical Entertainment and Sucker Punch are working together.This would make the "Alex Mercer is The Beast" theory credible, it would explain the strange similarities between the pictures sent to Yahtzee for the tie-breaker round between the two games, and it would make all the fan warring about the dueling games hilariously irrelevant.
What no Neon Genesis Evangelion Theory yet? * Sigh* : The Conduits are Artificial AngelsLet's fact it, not all the Conduits have natural-seeming powers (* cough* Sasha* cough* ), and the ones that do have pretty Angel-like qualities. Specifically, the ability to manipulate energy. The theory is that the Ray Sphere is basically a Localized Third Impact Generator, converting non-Conduits unfortunate enough to be caught in the blast to be converted into LIV, which is then transferred to the Conduits. The Conduits then gain the ability to manipulate Dirac seas, and to a far more minor-or major, in the case of Sasha-extent, LIV itself. The "Bio-Drain" power allows Cole to drain LIV from a dying person for a quick boost, and "Healing Touch" (I think that's what it's called) uses the LIV directly to quickly knit a guy's body back together. As for the original characters, Cole (and by extension Kessler) is not one of them. Zeke, however, is Shinji, Sasha, Asuka, and Alden, Gendo.
inFamous is the prequel to BlazBlue.The Beast and the Black Beast are one and the same.
Kessler is not really Cole.What we see at the end is all Cole's interpretation of what he saw in Kessler's flashbacks. Kessler is really one of Cole's mail carrier friends who was also a conduit. In the future Kessler stole Trish from Cole. Cole then developed into the beast from the flashback. He then set out on a quest to kill Kessler and Trish. They disappear, and Cole (after finding them) accidently kills Trish. Then, Kessler and Cole combine powers to send one of them back in time. After that Kessler trys to keep Cole from becoming the beast. This follows the good ending, where Kessler succeeds. However, this is a bittersweet ending, as Trish (who came between the men) is still dead. In Infamous 2, you will play Kessler in the future, before he gets send back.
Cole has practical household powers.Cole implies at one point that he can't take a shower and obviously he can't swim, but he has epic-level self-cleaning abilities. As he matures his control he should be able to perform nifty tricks like cooking off the odor-causing bacteria on his skin, or ionising dust particles on his body to repel them. He may still need to brush his teeth, though. He also seems to generate some electricity (though not fast enough to not need a pick-me-up after using the more powerful abilities). It seems he could plug his bed into the power grid and make money in his sleep. Also, if my recollection of meteorology serves me, he could use his lightning-summoning ability to dispel tornados (and possibly even full storm systems).
One of Kessler's manipulations was to make sure that it never rains in Empire City after the disaster.Otherwise, Cole is screwed.
Cole eventually develops enough control to get rid of his Power Incontinence.He's had his powers for about less than a month. He's probable still got a lot to learn.
Jackie Estacado from The Darkness game is a conduit.
Cole used to smoke, before he got his powers.When he got his powers, his enhanced healing abilities eventually undid some of the damage to his throat, resulting in his different sounding voice in the second game.
The Beast is The Beast.Belle just doesn't like it when he controls fire around the house.
Cole uses Kessler's time travel abilities subconsciously.If Kessler and Cole are the same person, it only makes sense that Cole would have the ability too. Whenever Cole dies in-game, the power activates and sends Cole back to the most recent checkpoint.
The whole game is an attempt to break a Stable Time Loop.Alright, think of it like this; The Beast tries to take over the world, and Cole is too scared to fight him. Eventually, he uses his most recent power to go back in time and try to change the past so that he's strong enough to fight The Beast. Now, assume that the path the player takes is the Infamous path. By the end of the game, Cole is a power-crazed mass-murderer who is basically insane. Now, we know that, eventually, Cole gets the power to go back in time. Evil Cole decides to do this, going back in time for one of any number of reasons; saving Trish, killing Kessler.. Anything like that. He goes on a rampage, using his RED lightning to cause havoc and destruction. The Cole of the past, too scared to fight Evil Cole, AKA, The Beast, uses his most recent power to go back in time and change the past, so that his past self is strong enough to fight The Beast when it arrives, not knowing The Beast's true identity. Thus, a never-ending loop.. Unless the player decides to take the Good path. If he does, the game ends with Cole heroically defeating Kessler, discovering that The Beast is due to arrive, and plans to stop him when he does. Depending on the way Time Travel works in this universe, this could mean two things. One: there doesn't need to be a sequel, because by beating the loop, he's beaten The Beast, and everything is fine. Two: The Beast will arrive, and Cole will be there to stop him, fighting through the sequel only to reveal that the Big Bad is him... Again.
Cole smells very unpleasantly, and it's because of his electric powers.Something that happens often is people in the game saying that something smells really bad when you get near them. Now of course, a lot of people have not showered in weeks, so everyone smells, so it has to take a rather bad smell to get a reaction. And again, people mostly seem to note a particularly bad smell when near Cole. I don't think it's a bad smell like that of a person who just hasn't showered in weeks, but instead, the smell is something specific to Cole. Have you ever smelt electricity, like from a bad outlet or something? It's a pretty awful smell. In it's own way, it's worse then the smell of garbage. Now where would a strong electrical smell come from? Cole of course. Being an "electric man", he probably has an electrical smell coming off of him at all times, and probably smells a bit like a bad outlet himself. It would explain why people note a weird stink right as you get near them. It's because he smells like electricity. So on top of the responsibilities and the lack of ability to have a normal life, he also has to deal with smelling like a really bad electrical outlet all the time. Having super powers isn't easy.
The Beast is Nathan Hale.Well, he is bald and only has powers because of being affected by the Chimerian virus.
The Beast is John and Cole is to blame.
The Beast is Master Xehanort.He has dark powers similar to the Beast, and maybe he has traveled into Kessler's timeline just to mess him up.
The Beast is Brainiac.It would seem that he has red eyes and energy for a robot.
Sasha would be an ally in Prototype 2.If only Cole would free her from being corrupted...
The key to stopping this whole mess is THE PACKAGE.This entire time loop will never stop occuring over and over, twisting him into the Beast in every iteration, until he finally figures that he needs to defeat NOT the Beast... but his own younger self. He will simply go BACK in time before the very start of the first game, rip the raysphere package out of his own hands and break the cycle. "Are you STUPID or something?!?" And thus the loop will finally be broken.
Kessler is not Cole from the future, but Cole from a parallel universeInstead of traveling through time like he thought, he jumped to another universe. The main differences between the two universes was that Cole never got powers, the beast came sooner than expected and the human race is a little further behind technology wise.If Kessler hadn't showed up, the beast would have kinda killed everything unapposed. Ya know, this sounded a lot more sane in my head.
Cole is a relative of Desmond.Well, how can you explain of him jumping to a window to another or a building to another building?
The Beast is Hiro-Kala.He went crazy from using the Old Power.
The Beast is The Oracle.Think about it. When he fall into the Chroma after the final battle with Lucas, he eventually comes back and get powers that could terrorize all life. Not to mention that he can appear from nowhere because he doesn't exist.
The Beast is Shepard.
The game is All Just a Dream.Think about it. How could some damages in a city rebuild for 14 days? In reality, Cole is still in coma trying to cope with what happened to Empire City. The characters he'll interact are aspects of himself.
If there is a third game, the Beast will be a playable character.The storyline will be him once a human, but some happened him to lead him to his Start of Darkness.
Lex Luthor is the Beast.If you think falling into one of the Phantom Zone holes will make him insane and destructible, maybe it's a possibility.
Kessler never wanted to save Empire City because it is a training ground for villains.He released them so that Cole would have proper training.
Kessler is a Split Personality of Cole.He does bad things while the other does good things.
The Beast is unleashed by Moya.In the DC comic, it is revealed that Moya has a mysterious person locked in stasis, identified as one "Lieutenant Poole", who she intends to unleash against Cole if things turn sour. Whatever her definition of sour is, she decides to set Poole loose, only for him to turn out to be The Beast. In the original timeline, these events never transpired and Poole did not get unleashed or break out until much later.
Kessler was NOT in the center of the Ray Sphere explosion.Kessler himself was the one who orchestrated that Cole be in the center of the Ray Sphere explosion at the start of the first game, so unless it gets confirmed that the game happens on a Stable Time Loop, Kessler himself was not in the center of the explosion. In the second game, Nix reveals that she got her powers from the Ray Sphere explosion that empowered Joseph Bertrand, so a Ray Sphere can empower more than one person, although the person in the middle gets the lion's share of the transformation. Kessler, unlike Cole, was probably a bystander instead of right in the middle of the Ray Sphere debacle, thus he was able to live a more normal life than Cole(who, being right in the middle of the explosion, was forced into a more active role in the situation). Kessler is atoning for the fact he was not more proactive towards the situation. Also, the difference in how they were empowered can also explain how Cole and Kessler's powers differ: different circumstances in their empowering led to different powers.
Certain conduit powers are sex-linked.Female conduits develop abilities that can alter the way matter works in their environment such as flight and teleportation. Male conduits develope abilities that improve upon themselves such as enhanced strength, stamina, speed, and endurance.
The Beast is James Heller.I know Alex is one of the candidates of the Beast's identity. However, according to Heller's actions, he could be worse than him and with his He Who Fights Monsters status, he'll becoming the rampaging monster as Kessler described.
Cole is an Assassin.
Kuo and Nix are just pretending to be rivals in order to prevent Bertrand from using them to divide between Cole and his allies.Well, they're antagonistic to each other, yes, because that's what fire and ice characters are known for, but nevertheless, they cooperate in stopping the Beast. At least they have caring moments like that time when Nix spits at the dead Bertrand and Kuo takes pity on her for that.
Cole is a comic book reader.No wonder why all the cutscenes are comics. Karma Meter deciding to do good and evil? Well, despite the fact that he can be evil depending on his choices, the good choices will always be canon, not the evil ones.
The entire game is a comic book created by Zeke.
Kessler is the descendant of Baron Alexander.
Kessler became a conduit thanks to the Beast.As we learned in inFAMOUS 2, the Beast could cure plague victims by turning them into conduits. The way he accomplishes this is in the same way as the Ray Sphere: killing countless people and using their energy to empower the plague victim. In Kessler's timeline, he had contracted the plague, and the Beast cured him and turned him into a conduit. The guilt from being responsible for so many lost lives, along with the deaths of Trish and Zeke, motivated him to go back in time to right what went wrong.
Sasha is Trish from the future. (And just as Cole didn't know about Kessler, he didn't know about Sasha either.)Think about it: Trish dies before we find out if she was a conduit or not, and if you look at the cutscenes in the game, Sasha's face does look remarkably like Trish's (that may be due to the art style, but hey, if there can be that much variation between Cole and Kessler, there can be that much variation between Sasha and Trish.) She seemed to know a lot of personal details about his life, as she so annoyingly recounted during Cole's first battle with her, and she could have referred to Trish in the third-person to throw him off. (As to why Cole didn't recognize all these details... well, his mind was a bit occupied at the time. Cut him some slack.)
Cole's powers make him a literal bullet magnetIt's the only explanation to how mind-controlled junkies, homeless men, or anyone else with a gun seems to be completely unable to miss Cole, even if all that's visible is an arm sticking out from 100 meters away. Due to his electric powers, bullets are magnetically drawn to him.