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Nightmare Fuel / inFAMOUS: Second Son

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All is not well in the world after the events of Infamous 2. Especially since a whole new aftermath of suffering is shown for the life of Conduits.

As a Moments subpage, all spoilers are unmarked as per policy. You Have Been Warned.

  • The life of a Conduit is nightmarish in itself. Manifesting powers at random and being possibly betrayed by your own families (i.e. the case with Fetch and her parents) to be hunted down and locked away like an animal while being experimented on by a legalized ruthless government agency. Even Augustine's flashbacks about seeing how normal people treated Conduits in Empire City are suitably horrifying as Conduits are swarmed on masse and lynched over street lamps by angry mobs.
  • The DUP in general. You think our government is scary? Imagine a government agency who is basically given a carte blanche to torture a small town of people for information, can quarantine an entire city for three escaped criminals, and who can arrest and kill anyone without due process to be taken away for experiments that The Third Reich would be envious of. Combine that with the added horror of them having superpowers that they are perfectly willing to use against innocent people. And the best part is, thanks to the first game and the comics, they are not the only government agency that committed these crimes against humanity and have been so effective at subjugating their targets over the years that the government is considering shutting down the D.U.P. because it's done too good a job.
    • Then there's the horrifying revelation that The Extremist Was Right or at least the fact the US military had kill on sight orders for all Conduits. The DUP may actually be the lesser evil—that's still evil.
  • Evil Delsin. He might not be as powerful as Cole, but his power copying ability has practically unlimited potential, and his attacks can vaporize people, something that Cole's attacks never did.
    • Evil Delsin's Smoke powers kill people by essentially incinerating them from the inside out, leaving only ash and smoke, while Evil Delsin's Neon powers kill people by sending energy into them, causing them to boil internally until they pop like water balloons.
  • Delsin's Conduit allies are pretty terrifying in their own right. One, Abigail Walker, is an emotionally damaged Serial Killer who Delsin first encounters after she leaves a body shrine of one of her victims as a warning and she's a dangerous Lightning Bruiser who can fire powerful laser blasts that can blow up whole convoys and incinerate human flesh. The fact she's voiced by Laura Bailey only adds to the Cute and Psycho vibe she gives off and she only gets worse if she is corrupted by the player choosing the Evil Route. On the other you have a bullied nerd who verges on being a Reality Warper and can summon pixelated angels and demons to kidnap and reign down destruction from the skies at will. If they go through the evil route, they become the very Beware the Superman symbols of Bioterrorist fear that the DUP were warning Conduits happen to be.
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  • The aftermath of Augustine's visit. People having concrete going through them, their organs, and even skulls. They will die unless somebody gets the stuff out. Something that cannot be done with surgery. And even if it was removed, the long-term damage is still horrifying. Even worse when it's all but stated she has been at this kind of torture for seven years already.
  • Augustine's rampant sadism is absolutely chilling. Especially in that she has no filter as to who she will target.
    • It goes right into Lack of Empathy... she doesn't really seem to comprehend or care about how many people she's hurting in her mad quest to keep everyone safe.
      • And don't forget the grossly unequal power dynamic of a military leader torturing an entire tribe of Native Americans on their own reservation, which is supposed to be sovereign territory. Whatever she is allowed to do normally, Augustine shouldn't be able to exercise the same powers on Indian land.
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  • The idea of having concrete growing inside of you is bad enough, but the concrete piercing organs and the flesh containing them? Plus, you can't even remove it. Simply put, you are doomed to have an anomalous, cold object perpetually stabbed in your body. Turns out the only way it can come out is the same way it came in, so it was definitely fortunate Delsin had the ability to copy other Conduit's powers. So as you could probably tell, the Akomish do get better.
  • Try watching the beginning of the game again but in Reggie's POV. Imagine what's going on in his mind while he watches his brother go head over heels over his power, slowly changing bit by bit...
    • Or how's about before that when he first sees his brother is a Conduit, himself? Although he doesn't fully show it, he's probably terrified that his brother has suddenly gotten powers and Delsin, himself, is not only scared but, at first, doesn't have control over it.
    • Delsin's laugh of joy from the newfound power doesn't help, evil karma or not. Another creepy laugh of joy occurs after he got shot by a Drug Dealer (which sounds a lot like Troy Baker's Joker laugh) and finds out he has a fast regenerating power.
  • The tribe relies on two people, one of them they're suffering to protect, to find the cure to their ailment, that they have concrete growing inside them. And if they fail or get captured, they're going to suffer a slow, agonising death.
  • Consider the encounter that Delsin had in the tunnel on the way to Seattle. There are non-Conduits who are so paranoid about "Bio-Terrorists" that the slightest hint that somebody might be one that they'd shoot to kill immediately. Yes, Delsin's arms were smoking, and yes, he was a Conduit, but imagine if circumstances had been different. What if a normal person with a partially burnt piece of clothing (or something else vaguely implying powers) ran into the same people, only to trigger the same reaction? The poor soul would have been gunned down out of sheer paranoia.
  • The Evil Ending. Delsin quite literally dives headfirst over the Moral Event Horizon when he's disowned by the Akomish, performing an Orbital Drop on them and killing them all.
  • Most of the Evil Karma stencil pieces are mean-spirited in nature, but some verge on outright disturbing:
    • A raven bursting out of a human skull.
    • A red popsicle with a revolver as the stick.
    • An old man about to mow over the heads of buried D.U.P. troops, reminiscent of the head-chopping machine from the film Caligula.
    • A bear feasting on the bones of a slain D.U.P. trooper.
    • A little boy and little girl preparing to light a tied-up D.U.P. soldier on fire.
    • A guy in red overalls and a happy face for a head taking a chainsaw to a D.U.P. soldier suspended from the ceiling.
  • For Hero players, during the fight with Augustine on the island, when some D.U.P. soldiers storm the field after Augustine briefly flees. Almost no matter what you do, Delsin's attacks will dust whoever he hits with them in much the same way the Evil versions of his Smoke attacks would. It's a good, if horrifying, look at exactly how much Delsin is holding back under normal circumstances. Furthermore, if you somehow manage to knock down some of the soldiers and try to simply incapacitate them? Non-Standard Game Over - Mission Failed. That's right - you aren't even ALLOWED to be a good guy for this one. Mr. Rowe is pissed, and when Mr. Rowe is pissed, no-one gets out alive.
    • For that matter, take a good look at Delsin's face when performing the Orbital Drop during this battle. Normally, he has a cocky smirk. But in this battle only, Delsin is utterly furious just before he dives down.
  • The Paper Trail DLC definitely has its moments - including one video you find on an extremist website that shows a man being tied inside a garbage bag and beaten to death as he pleads for his life. Oh, and that's done with real actors, not video game characters made of pixels. Jesus.
    • The website itself is horrific, detailing how the site's users have murdered at least eight (suspected) Conduits that way and left their bodies in garbage bags like "trash ready to be burned".
    • Celia's creepy behavior in general.