'Intriguing' Among Us Theory Claims There Are No Imposters
Just when you think all the madness and murder of Among Us can't get any weirder, someone has concocted a wild theory that there aren't any Imposters. With this in mind, is InnerSloth's game of social deduction really just a cleverly constructed message about isolation that shows the fragility of the human psyche? If this is the case, Among Us is effectively just a sci-fi version of The Shining where the Imposters are their very own Jack Torrance.
In Among Us, you're assigned either the role of being a standard Crewmate or an Imposter. While Crewmates try and complete menial tasks to keep the ship running, Imposters have to sabotage the ship and off innocent members of the crew at the same time.
It's bizarre enough as is when you delve into the lore of the game, which has led to some pretty intense fan fiction. For starters, are Imposters really shape-shifting aliens that split in half and then murder you? As with all these things, nothing is quite what it seems.
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What is the Among Us "No Imposter" theory?
Posting on Reddit u/I_exist_YAYY shared their story of how the Imposter is just a Crewmmate that has lost their mind through paranoia. You have to imagine the scene where the campfire story of an Imposter starts doing the rounds. This leads to tensions running high in the ship and one of the Crewmates eventually snapping - murdering who they thought was the Imposter. The whole thing comes full-circle with the Crewmate fulfilling their destiny and becoming an Imposter.
It's a pretty interesting theory to throw out there, but not everyone is impressed. One critic responded, "That would make sense if it wasn't for one thing, sabotage. If he wants to catch the imposter, he could kill some crewmates, but killing the entire ship including himself is not a good idea in any circumstance. Also, the lights make a difference as well. The crew cannot see in the dark but an imposter can, which suggests that they are not the same but different".
Let's also remember the official Among Us site now refers to the Imposter as a parasitic shapeshifter, that would seemingly debunk the theory in one fell swoop. Then again, supporters have argued the alien aspect of the story is what the paranoid Crewmmate was told about, eventually driving them insane as they look for this monster that never existed.
Does Among Us have a backstory?
Ultimately, the idea of a rogue Crewmate being tipped over the edge adds an already dark twist to a pretty grim backstory. There's a tragic element to Among Us as those anonymous astronauts float around in deep space and are killed off one by more. More than this, there's a whole theory out there that Red is the OG Imposter.
Whether there is any actual lore to Among Us or not, the InnerSloth crew has a little more time to shed light on it. The three-person development team has pulled the plug on its plans for Among Us 2 and is instead returning to focus on the original game. We're hoping new maps will be top of the agenda, so who knows, maybe there are some Easter eggs out there that will reveal how the crew got to their doomed destination and whether any of these theories are on the money?
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