Scp tropes

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"Mankind must not go back to hiding in fear. No one else will protect us, we must stand up for ourselves. While the rest of mankind dwell in the light, we must stand in the darkness to combat it, contain it, and shield it from the eyes of the public, so that others may live in a sane, normal world.

We secure. We contain. We protect."

"The Administrator", About the SCP Organization


Item #:SCP-4445

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: Security of these data has been compromised, rendering further secrecy counter-productive. In accordance with Information Security Protocol 008-C-1 ("Class C breach") and the recommendation of General Bowe, our current orders are to allow all but the most sensitive data to remain freely available. The nature of these data ensures that few will question the official cover story: that these data are short works of horror fiction originating from the Image Board "4chan" and uploaded to a publicly edited website (i.e. a "wiki"): here.

Description: SCP-4445 is the incomplete archives of the SCP Foundation, a secret, global organization which exists to study, catalogue, and contain SCP Objects: artifacts and "items which jeopardize normalcy". These range from humans with strange powers, to creatures of extraterrestrial or extradimensional origin, to objects causing unexplainable phenomena, to [DATA EXPUNGED]. All of them represent clear threats to human normalcy, human society, human sanity, human lives, or quite simply the universe at large.

Of course, the nature of SCP Objects means that those who contain and study them must possess certain qualities: keen intelligence, a clinical outlook, and complete ruthlessness. The stakes are far too high to allow concerns like morality or the loss of human lives to interfere...

In layman's terms, the SCP Foundation is a wiki that serves as a collection of reports on fictional artifacts/humanoids, based around the idea of an international agency that contains items that threaten the normality of the world. These items are referred to as SCPs, with each one given containment procedures, a description, and history of experiments on them. Originated as "creepypasta" on 4chan's /x/ (paranormal) board, and then moved to its own site. For those who haven't figured by now, "SCP" stands for "Special Containment Procedures". Supplementary information includes short stories, profiles of "researchers" (authors), and an associated IRC chat room. There is also roleplay, but it's still getting off the ground, not counting a "fan made" Gaia Online guild that was disliked for having much lower standards. And to prevent any future fandom flame wars, the SCP Foundation website predated the TV series Warehouse 13, but not Raiders of the Lost Ark.

An independently developed survival horror game called SCP: Containment Breach revolves around SCP-173 escaping its chamber, and is currently in alpha. It can be found here.

Now in Russian!

Addendum 4445-01: For specific SCP items, please see the list.

Addendum 4445-02: SCP-4445 provides examples of:

A - B

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: SCP-585 sharpens pencils to the point of their initiating nuclear fission.
  • After Action Report - All the SCP documents.
  • Afterlife Express: SCP-716, and SCP-342, to a lesser extent.
  • After the End: The post-apocalyptic "Bellerverse" story setting, with researchers and SCPs alike feared or revered as gods.
    • The entry for SCP-2000 reveals that this is the case for OUR world too. SCP-2000 is a huge cloning facility made for the purpose of creating perfect humans in order to repopulate the world should an End-of-the-World scenario happen. And it has happened, several times. History has been written and fabricated in order to cover it all up as well as implanting fake memories into the humans and their technology.
  • Alien Geometries: Created by SCP-436.
  • All Myths Are True: Heavily implied by The Administrator's letter, which claims that the SCPs themselves are the universe's conservation of insanity after the end of myths.
  • Alternate Universe: A very common motif in stories and SCPs alike. They range from crapsacksurreally nightmarish places to simply quirky worlds where some obscure nation/language group is the dominant one.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: The Six-Foot-Tall Man Eating Chicken, SCP-3467. Special containment procedures include being made fun of at every opportunity.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Used in the file on SCP 1123: touching the skull gets you possessed by the spirit of a victim of political movements. "██% of imprints come from Communist China’s Great Leap Forward between 1958 and 1961, ██% of imprints come from Nazi Germany’s extermination efforts between 1939 and 1945, while only █% come from events such as the Armenian Genocide or the Iraqi Anfal campaign where deaths are only estimated in the 1 to 2 million range."
  • Amplifier Artifact: SCP-914 on the "Fine" and "Very Fine" settings. SCP-248 is a Factory SCP that increases the performance of anything it's placed on to 110%.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Visit the Carnival of Horrors. When you're done, try the Mirror Maze. Fun for the whole family.
  • Amusing Injuries: Just look at Dr. Gerald's personnel file.
    • His driving skills will cause this to everyone in the general vicinity. Even if he's on a bike. He blows up the Iranian equivalent of the foundation by having the SCP send him in on roller skates.
  • Ancient Tomb: SCP-557. And they can't find the thing that got out of it after 4500 years...but anything called the "bastard son of Apepcan't be good news.
  • And I Must Scream: Several can cause this, such as SCP-439.
    • SCP-835. Read the uncensoredlogs.
    • SCP-723-D's fate; sealed within a massive block of concrete. Given how badly written he was, though, it's not undeserved.
    • SCP-515 has to be restrained to the point of nigh-immobility, with his limb bones broken for good measure, because whenever 515 moves, a cluster of asteroids comes closer to Earth. The faster he moves (or, formerly, she, but the first 515 died and the current one popped up to replace her), the faster the rocks move.
    • SCP-747 is a group of children in animal masks that dance around any subject they take interest in, turning that subject into a doll over a period of time. During that period, the subject loses all five major senses until final transformation.
    • SCP-231 also has to be restrained at all times, and attended by doctors who haven't taken the Hippocratic Oath. Once a day, she has to be subjected to Procedure 110-Montauk, which is so horrible that most of the details are classified, or else she gives birth to something that will possibly end the world. Worse, the psychological trauma appears to be an important part of the process; after every fourth procedure, they erase her memory of the whole shebang so that she doesn't get used to it.
    • SCP-138, The Ever-Living Man. A severely decayed, hideously decrepit man who is at least 4000 years old, with dozens of unhealed mortal wounds all over his body, who for some reason cannot die... no matter how much he wants to. The SCP are trying to euthanize him, but so far, their attempts have been ineffective.
    • Victims of SCP-318 are imprisoned within paper scrolls, and they can only see and communicate with the outside world when unrolled (and the Foundation doesn't do that often.) If the paper is damaged enough, they stop responding... but it's unknown if they die, or just lose their only connection with the world.
    • Anyone who touches SCP-911 ends up floating in an infinite featureless void, unless they manage to escape through a portal that only opens rarely for a few seconds.
    • SCP-373 allows one to talk to people who, apparently, are imprisoned in a black void where they perceive nothing but the voice of whoever is talking to them. Though it might all be a hoax on part of SCP-373.
  • Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better: SCP-056
  • Apocalyptic Log: Several of the personal logs and mission reports. Towards the end of the article, SCP-093 takes this trope and runs it into the ground.
  • Apple of Discord: 050. Acquiring the title of "cleverest prankster" has never been so hazardous.
  • April Fools' Day
    • April 1st of 2010 involved one (or more) of the mods going through and editing articles into a more humorous state. Details included replacing researcher's profile pictures, and the containment breach of a self-inserting SCP: adding "And Fred was there." to the end of Foundation Tales pages, and general editing of SCPs (Classification: SUPER KETER)
    • April 1st of 2009 featured multiple image replacements on the most popular SCPs, including depicting 682 (the Hard-To-Destroy Reptile) as Barney, 076-2 (the official Mary Sue boundary line) as Sephiroth, and 173 (the statue that attacks when you're not watching it) as the Statue of Liberty. Also, the site WoobieCan of Sealed Evil, 231-7, was cured and set free, and in its test log 682 was killed by cutting it in half and letting the halves kill each other.
      • And 914, the only SCP to surpass the original in popularity, was erased and relabeled as, basically, "This is a picture of a box full of gears. Why on earth does everyone like it so much?"
    • The 2011 Fool's Day received a similar treatment, with 682 becoming Bowser Kirby, and Dr. Clef's Proposal 001 Gate Guardian becoming Metatron from Dogma. Among others.
    • In 2012, the "Groups of Interest" page got a makeover, with the Red Team as the GOC, Anonymous as "Nobody", and Drosselmyer as Dr. Wondertainment. Plus there was a slot added for the Shark Punching Centre. Other SCPs had their pictures changed to comedic images.
    • Furthermore, Darkblade (SCP-777-J) and a Self Insert named Fred went on an SCP hopping adventure while trying to beat each other up.
    • And Dr. Clef's Proposal (SCP-001) is Lilith for the moment.
  • Arc Words: The children used to sing
    • "Does the black moon howl?"
  • Area 51: SCP-1051 is a somewhat unique take on this.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: From SCP-1006:

  Once supplied a source of black ink and poster sheets, SCP-1006 will communicate with humans by creating signs written in English. These communications are largely centered around demands for the dismantling of western imperialism, a scathing critique of the bourgeoisie, and a request for less mosquito spraying in the surrounding area of the park.

  • Artifact Collection Agency - Derp. The Chaos Insurgency, as well - they are, after all, a rogue splinter faction of the SCP.
  • Artifact of Doom: Very Many.
  • Author Avatar: All named high-ranking members are fictional counterparts of wiki's administrative staff. The writers' personalities tend to differ (sometimes significantly) from their characters' personalities. Except for Dr. Bright. What you read is pretty much what you get. Besides the "body jumper" bit.
  • Auto Cannibalism: SCP-524, an Extreme Omnivore rabbit who is so extreme that his diet includes himself. When the only remaining parts of his body are parts that he can't reach with his mouth, his mouth flips inside out, swallowing himself whole in one final gulp. Half an hour later he'll re-appear, whole and unharmed.
  • Atlantis: Kinda, one of the SCPs is clearly Ys, a legendary city off the Atlantic coast of France that was sunk when its Rebellious Princess opened the floodgates.
  • Badass Normal: Most competent Foundation personnel. For example, one of SCP-140's archeological digs went very, very wrong. The doctor in charge of the site sacrificed his life to stop whatever the Hell was in there.
    • Dr. Clef was placed in a room with 682 and stared the beast to a standstill.
      • Though this my support the Satan theory.
  • Bag of Holding: SCP-101 is of the 'Bag of Devouring' variant.
  • Batman Gambit: How Dr Mann tries to become the Administrator
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: The Medium. Literally.
  • Beat It by Compulsion: The "Feral" form of SCP-578, though it's not "beat" as much as "slow it down at least a bit".
  • Beware of Hitch-Hiking Ghosts: SCP-1337 was harmless, until a foundation doctor had her parents executed and her home demolished. Now she'snot.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: SCP-363, the Not Centipedes. Don't turn the lights off...
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Yeti: SCP-1000. They once ruled the world, and may yet again..
  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: SCP-1660-7 have biolumicescence. It turns out that they are sapient and use it to communicate.
  • Black Box: SCP-914. Various settings give the user "control" of the output.
  • Black Comedy
  • Body Horror: Too many to list.
    • One of the most notable examples, however, is SCP-835, a creature that is horribly disgusting in its own right, until you read the uncensoredlogs from the mission and discover that it is composed entirely of parts of the human anatomy. Tooth enamel, muscle. All from humans it has digested.
    • A more offbeat variant is SCP-524. It's a bunny rabbit that can eat anything. Including itself. Anything it eats will regenerate, so it will regularly eat parts of itself, or even its whole body. Literally. It can eat its own head.
  • Boxed Crook: Class D Personnel are mostly death row inmates. (See Cannon Fodder, below.)
  • Brain Bleach: Class A amnesiacs can come in quite handy when dealing with some SCPs.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: SCP-978 has scenes of hilarity, scenes of remarkable fuzz, and scenes to haunt your dreams. All at random.
    • A lot of articles will read like this, with the article seemingly describing a normal person/object with mundane powers until you read the part about how it kills/mentally scars/otherwise ruins you. For example, a magic boarding pass that transforms into a valid ticket for the nearest public transportation vehicle, completely indistinguishable from any normal ticket (like the bus pass in your wallet right now). And then once you reach your destination, it erases you from existence.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: SCP-993, a childrens' television show about "Bobble the Clown" which sends viewers over ten into a coma for the duration of the program. Like most childrens' shows of the particular format, it has the normal sort of fourth-wall-breaking, speaking directly to the audience as he teaches the under-tens to commit any number of atrocities. More recently, it seems to have caught on to the SCP Foundation's efforts to keep it from being broadcast to the world; the two most recently archived episodes are [1] and [2].
    • Then there's S Andrew Swann's Proposal. In the end, it concludes with the basic truth of the matter: But we found out that there is a God, and it is SCP-001. And it’s a bunch of horror writers.
  • Broken Angel: SCP-042 - A Formerly Winged Horse
  • Brown Note: SCP-1012, a chord that will literally destroy the world, at the atomic level, if it is ever produced.
  • Bunny Ears Lawyer: Just about all the scientific personnel, in one way or another.
    • Compared to the others, the real Bunny Ears Lawyer is Dr. Glass. He's probably the only one with anything resembling normal human emotions and morals. SC
    • Dr Bright surely takes the cake, though. At least, that's the only reason we can assume he's still there after everything he's apparently done.
  • Butt Monkey: Class D personnel are used for the more dangerous tests.

C - D

  • Caffeine Bullet Time: One can of Red Bull + one D-class subject + SCP-914 on Very Fine = "some kind of gray blur".
  • Cameo: A couple of the joke SCPs - and a few of the regular ones as well.
    • Big Biblical names, Strega Nona's pot, The Little Mermaid, Halloween, Santa Claus...
  • Canon: Loose, and kept that way. Recite the mantra: "There is no canon."
  • Cannon Fodder: Dying is literally in the job description of Class D Personnel. It can get quite blatant; for instance SCP-120 notes that a moon base was constructed after expending "vast amounts of money and D-personnel".
    • Despite being Elite Mooks, the Foundation's Mobile Task Forces are surprisingly easily defeated. (Given the nature of what they're up against, this isn't entirely surprising. Even the SCPs that aren't actively hostile are often very difficult to handle.) Read through any given incident report featuring any given Mobile Task Force and watch the team quickly fall apart, one member at a time. Yes, even that time they went after a non-sentient SCP whose only known ability was to produce an infinite amount of pasta.

 MD: This is MD, we're on floor seventeen, ME is down!

L1: Down? Why?

MF: Some farfalle cut him to death, fuck if I know!

    • Of course, this depends on SCP to SCP. Some have managed to destroy horrible magic artifacts with nothing but modern day weaponry.
    • It might help if you know where D-Class personnel come from. Most of them are prisoners taken from death row, on the basis that since they're going to die and are no longer afforded any human rights whatsoever, we might as well throw them at anything that we can't get volunteers for. A few of them are instead ex-members of Foundation staff, who got busted down to D-Class after they misbehaved so badly that they may well have endangered their entire facility for a petty lark. Either way, any D-Class personnel who manage to survive testing by the end of the month are executed.
  • Captured Super Entity: Lots. Indeed, it's pretty the point.
  • ████or Box
  • Chainsaw Good / This Is a Drill: After Able started working for the Foundation, some changes were observed in his endless supply of hack-slash-stabbity-chop-chop implements:

  Addendum 076-08: As of 08/11/????, SCP-076-2's weapons have become noticeably different, being constructed of an unknown dull, dark brown metal, the items mechanical in design and nature, rather than traditionalist iron forged items. Rotating blades, chain edges, and drills are often present on subject's weaponry, powered and operated by unknown sources. It is unknown as to what prompted this change, and SCP-076-2 again refuses to divulge any information regarding it, stating only "Your people have created such odd blades. I thought I might see how they worked."

    • Clef recounts a time when he was bringing a chainsaw to work to test if it had any anomalies worth researching, but wound up in the middle of what he thought was D-Class riot (but was actually a costume party for the research staff). Half the research staff died that night, and the chainsaw was discovered to be just a regular chainsaw after all.
  • Childless Dystopia: SCP-1322 is a small interdimensional portal to another world. The people on the other side have suffered a global Sterility Plague, and blame our side.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Believing you can keep SCP-616-1 open will make you able to keep it open. For this reason, the Foundation painted Satanic symbols all over it and manned SCP-616 flights with devout people.
    • SCP-239 is a Reality Warper who doesn't fully understand the nature of her powers. Instead, what she believes to be true becomes true. People are exceptionally nice to her because she thinks they're her friends, so they become friendly. Bordering on Mind Screw, this works the other way as well: Dr. Clef frightened her, and she believed he wanted to kill her, so he became obsessed with killing her.
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: Appleseedsappleseedsappleseeds (see Running Gag below).
  • Combo-Platter Powers: Allowing for humanoid SCPs has resulted in many a Mary Sue being listed. These are generally deleted within time, but the notoriously bad ones are decommissioned: they remain in the series continuity as past SCPs and are given elaborate destruction sequences.
  • The Comically Serious:
    • The SCP reports are written in an entirely serious tone, no matter how absurd the topic might be - a cake platter that continually generates cupcakes sounds silly, but it's there and has to dealt with, as left unchecked it would bury the entire world under baked goods. Thus, the dry manner of the archive acts a Straight Man to the nature of the SCPs (especially the "joke" ones) and the eccentric behaviour of SCP personnel.
    • The dead serious warnings after some doctors with a sense of humor pull some sort of stunt/prank.
  • Condemned Contestant: D-Class personnel.
    • Taken a bit more literally when Game Show style SCPs come into play, namely, SCP-024 and SCP-263.
  • Conveniently Interrupted Document: Used extensively.
  • Cool Train: SCP-716 qualifies for this trope by virtue of being a steam engine. And it can travel through dimensions. Also SCP-052
  • The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: The SCP-682termination attempt using Dr. Clef.
    • The Foundation itself routinely does this when recovering SCPs that have caused casualties.
    • Not fatal, but this after-incident interview ends with a description of some completely accidental injuries on the part of Doctor Clef.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Marshall, Carter, and Dark, Ltd. is a group that captures (and occasionally makes) SCP objects for exploitation and sale to rich people.
    • The Factory may have been run by these sort of people.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: Perhaps at an even greater level than Lovecraft's, as the Foundation hasn't even been able to catalog the number of parallel universes, pocket dimensions, and indescribably vast voids full of incomprehensible entities and forces trying to kill us.
  • Cosmic Retcon: SCP-140, a book describing the history of a horrifically evil civilization. And any time it gets anywhere near ink, shed human blood, or other fluids suitable for writing, it grows, and new artifacts and traces of the new material show up in archaeological digs.
    • Not to mention that if you give it enough ink, it extends the history of the Daevites. Original version: Daevites were squished by Qin Kai in the 3rd century BCE. Now? They were squished by Genghis Khan... (Did the book itself retroactively create the Daevites?)
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Required to keep SCP-511 under control.
  • Crossover: These are generally frowned upon; there used to be a lot of joke SCPs which were nothing more than "It's that thing from that show, and here's how the SCP foundation would describe it!", and they got eventually deleted. However, Clef's "Project Crossover" is a challenge to write a good crossover story--or, a good bad crossover story.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: A lot of SCPs cause this.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: Some things on the site refer to SCPs and reports that are absent, creating this effect because they haven't been included in these partial archives - or because were deleted in Retcons, cut for being badly conceived, or banned contributors took their ball and went home.
  • Cult: Many are known enemies of The Foundation and many worship/created different objects.
    • Examples include:
      • Church of the Broken God: A cross of Clock Punk and Machine Worship, as the name implies they worship a broken mechanical god. They claim that SCP-882 is the "heart" of their god. They also show interest in SCP-217 and SCP-271. The implications of a union between these objects is disturbing.
      • The Serpent's Hand: This group considers The Foundation to be unenlightened, they embrace the use of Paranormal objects and hold humanoid SCP in high esteem. The note in this security breach references "Black Surtr" as well.
      • The group responsible for the creation/impregnation of SCP-231, "The Children Of The Scarlet King".
      • In the (currently in progress) Foundation Tale Pulsar, multiple cults over the years have attempted to summon something called the "Bringer", all these cults have ended up being destroyed in one way or another.
      • The plurality cult, which resides in SCP-453.
  • Cute Kitten: Two of the joke entries; the Pufferkittens and the Portal to the Plane of Infinite Kittens. Somewhat averted with the decidedly non-joke A Harmless Kitten.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Pufferkittens.WARNING: Classified Euclid on account of having enough d'aaaaaaw to disrupt normal staff activities.

  ...are not to be weaponized.


 Kondraki: [Inarticulate scream of rage.]

[It is determined that this is the point where Dr. Clef accidentally fell out of his chair and struck his head nine times against the corner of the desk, fracturing his skull and snapping his neck between the second and third vertebrae.]

  • Darker and Edgier - The Never Hungry Man was changed from an SCP who was released back into the general public when his condition posed no threat to a man with worms that have faces in his stomach that leap out at people.
    • In fact, this is typically the fate of many SCP drafts whom are said to be either too bland or not have a good hook. Then again, sometimes there's too much senseless edginess, and some needs to be Dummied Out.
  • Deal with the Devil: SCP-738. "Please come back anytime.I haven't had so much fun in years."
  • Deconstruction: SCP-239 and her fate is a deconstruction of Haruhi Suzumiya-style Reality Warpers .
  • Delivery Stork: Horrifically inverted by SCP-918.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Happens to the Janitor in his psychological evaluation about the availability of Segway golf carts.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The shadow law-enforcer spawned by various SCP-1002 objects won't stop until the offender is punished. Said punishment includes removal and severing of fingers for littering. You don't want to know what happens to the more severe offenders.Or how the Foundation figures out which crime begets which punishment.
  • Divide by Zero: SCP-33 is a complex math problem whose answer is a previously unknown number that destroys any piece of paper that it is written on that isn't a very specific shape, destroys all computer systems, and can jump to any paper or computer system within 30 meters.
  • Doing in the Wizard: Averted Trope. For a site that prides itself on clinical detachment and scientific inquiry, it is almost impossible to discover how nearly all of the SCPs actually work, where they came from, or why anyone would want to make some of them. They give it a good try, but it's not as important as knowing how to keep them safe and under control. If they ever came across a real wizard, they'd measure his staff, subject him to "stress" tests to determine destructibility, and finally have some very strong words with him over the creation of Eldritch Abominations. And, of course, they'd want to see if his magic could kill SCP-682.
  • Dramatic Space Drifting: SCP-1959 is an unidentifiable cosmonaut who has been orbiting the Earth, struggling with some unseen force or thing in his suit. For over 50 years.
  • Driven to Suicide: Commonly happens among Researchers, Agents, and D-Class personnel.
  • Drives Like Crazy: SCP-666-J is this trope personified.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The fate of any SCP Object which crosses The Able Line (see Marty Stu, below).

E - F

  • Eldritch Abomination: The SCP Foundation's job is to contain or neutralize hundreds of them. The Church of the Broken God is attempting to resurrect one.
  • Eldritch Location: Quite a few of the SCPs are this as well.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: One of the SCPs could turn into earth, fire, water, wind, and lightning.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: A distressingly large number of SCP objects can cause this.
    • Here are just a few: SCP-008 can cause a Zombie Apocalypse. SCP-682 is an Omnicidal Maniac that can't be killed by any known means and rapidly acquires new abilities in response to anything it's introduced to -- more than one End of the World scenario involves it getting its hands on something that eliminates its ability to be temporarily incapacitated through massive injury. SCP-217 and SCP-253 are The Virus. SCP-231-7 is strongly believed to potentially bring one of these about if the Fetus Terrible inside her is born, which means that she must be constantly and violently [DATA EXPUNGED] (Reading this may make you physically ill). SCP-1548 is a sentient star that consumes everything in its path and has plans to make it to Earth. Fortunately it won't arrive for another 5000 years, but it's guaranteed to wipe out the Earth since the Foundation has no real way to contain a celestial body. SCP-093 operates as a gateway into a parallel world After the End - with the implication that the threat that destroyed that world could make its way into other universes.
    • Also, anything that can cause an XK-class End-of-the-World scenario, such as the speculation involving Dr. Clef's proposed SCP-001 moving, in confluence with a breach in SCP-995 and the opening of SCP-616.
      • Not just those. There's at least one other K-class, the CK-class Restructuring scenario, which is mentioned by Dr. Clef in relation to SCP-239. It doesn't end the world outright, but the world is so different that it might as well be gone. Also terrifying is the fact that there are probably several other K-class scenarios... Let's hope they involve pufferkittens.
      • The CK-class scenario is also mentioned regarding SCP-140. The longer the book grows, the longer the gruesome civilisation in the book survives in real life. Making it long enough would change modern society beyond recognition.
      • There's additionally the SK-class dominance shift, which happens when a Blue and Orange Morality humanoid race comes in direct competition withhomo sapiens (i.e. we get driven to extinction).
      • One of SCP-001's proposals mentions a non-zero possibility of a ZK-class Reality Failure event - in this case, a total metaphysical annihilation of the universe - should a destruction attempt prove successful.
    • This short story explores the consequences of SCP-173 reproducing.
    • While the above all hold true, a variety of Judeo-Christian figures like SCP-343 and proposed SCP-001 seem to show that canonically, Earth is doomed to end sometime in the 22nd century during Armageddon, as long as something other SCP doesn't get to it first
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Every once in a while members of the Foundation demonstrate that there are a very few lines they will not cross, at least not without very good reason. Examples include:
    • Human experimentation with SCP-439 was immediately terminated on discovering that its victims remain alive and possibly conscious.
    • SCP-231's page indicates that the Foundation is terribly, terribly guilt-ridden about it, and more than once have had to deal with agents who have tried to rescue the girls.
      • It's also worth pointing out that any D-class personnel who tries to "prolong" Procedure 110-Montauk is immediately executed.
    • Dr. Clef introduced a guest researcher to SCP-682. Why? The guest researcher had introduced two children to it, one of whom was drugged, neither of whom survived, and planned on continuing.
      • To give the new reader an idea of how great an extent of this trope this example is, Dr. Clef's identity is not known. The most popular theory? He's Satan.
    • 05-█ denied the undertaking of a ritual that would produce a weapon capable of neutralizing SCP-682, stating "Nothing can be worth that."
    • SCP-107 normally generates a rainstorm from any liquid poured into it (including water, orange juice, human blood, and super glue), but it didn't work when the Foundation tested it with elemental mercury.
    • Weaponization of Grenade-class Pufferkittens is strictly prohibited.
    • The story behind SCP-811's origin made the attending research assistant vomit.
  • Evil Phone: SCP-145, SCP-400, SCP-519.
  • Expospeak Gag: Experiment Log 914 describes one of the researchers as developing "a sudden acute epistaxis" after discovering that a Rockman.EXE cartridge had turned into a Rockman.EXE H-doujin.
    • The data extracted from SCP-328. To avoid Don't Explain the Joke, spoilered: the data describes an ordinary human laptop computer, as described by members of a decidedly alien species who might exist in a different universe with slightly different physical laws. The aliens describing the laptop seem to belong to the alien equivalent of the SCP Foundation. To complete the joke, SCP-328 seems to be the alien's version of a laptop computer, and if the Foundation's description of it was to make its way back to the aliens they'd consider it to be an Expospeak Gag description of their laptop.
      • And they seem to be truly Starfish Alien types, as the mere act of a laptop emitting light manages to kill 4 researchers.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Several SCPs. A D-class who was known amongst the other Ds as "Goat" for being able to stomach the horrible food the Foundation gave them also became a true Extreme Omnivore capable of digesting rock, metal, etc. after drinking a mixture of water and SCP-1049-J.
  • Extranormal Institute: Any of the Foundation's various sites.
  • Eye Scream: gouging out own eyes in madness is a fairy normal practice. In addition, the page for SCP-212 includes a graphic picture of eye surgery.
    • Two SCPs infect victims, usually by tearing out their eyeball and using it as a host, or melting their eye away and replacing it with fungi-strands (that oddly still allow you to see).
    • SCP-750 is a pair of contact lenses. They can't be removed by the wearer; only someone else. Oh yeah, and they make you see everything in a twisted Silent Hill-esque filter. Humans? Humans are seen as twisted abominations. Have fun getting those out!
  • Fantastic Foxes: In SCP-953.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Being assigned to Keter duty, or D-Class personnel. Or both at the same time. In addition, quite a few of the SCPs hand out these like candy, such as a telephone that transports you somewhere where you're tortured for all eternity.
  • Fanfic: The Foundation Tales section.
  • Feather Boa Constrictor: Wight.
  • Fighting From the Inside: SCP-239 is frightened of Dr. Clef and fears he will kill her for secretly using her "spells", so her reality-warping powers make him obsessed with killing her. Later, a deleted email is found on his computer, urging the Foundation to secure her and lock-down the site before he acts on it, then changes his mind and junks the message.
  • Fling a Light Into the Future: Inverted with SCP-304, amongst others. 304 appears to be a listing of the names of all world leaders, including American Presidents, Chinese Presidents, and... SCP O5s. Specifically, they list 63 American presidents, a redacted number of SCP O5s, and 7 names in an encoding style that hasn't been invented yet... then abruptly stops. What happens in roughly 100 years to abruptly stop the list of human leadership is unknown.
  • Formulaic Magic: SCP-033.
  • Four Is Death: The mean number (and default number) of wings for Dr. Clef's proposed SCP-001 has been noted to be 4.

G - H

  • Gaiden Game: The Global Occult Coalition wiki is in the works, with the GOC focusing more on destruction of SCP candidate objects than studying them.
  • Gargle Blaster - SCP-294 can make quite a few, including a literalGargle Blaster.
  • Gender Bender - SCP-113 is a piece of red jasper that can do this upon contact with flesh of a gendered organism. SCP-040 can do this too, if 'exposed' to the right desire.
  • General Ripper: General Bowe, who has attempted to weaponise both the Doves of the Peace and, by implication, the pufferkittens.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain - Averted. No matter how powerful it is, this won't include as SCP. Not evenZalgo.
  • Genius Loci: SCP-599 is looking for new citizens.
  • Geometric Magic: SCP-259 acts as this, and no good comes of it.
  • Groin Attack: "In about half of failed transformation, partial or complete obliteration of the genitals is experienced..."
  • God: SCP-343.
    • Also, the Abrahamic faiths seem to be right. A number of SCPs require containment procedures be performed by individuals with good standing in one of the three monotheistic religions. There is no mention of similar circumstances for Hindus or any other religion. Then there is the entry for Dr. Clef's proposal for SCP-001.
    • Of course it could just that most, if not all, of the writers for the site are from the three religions and don't want to make a Theme Park Version of any of the other religions.
      • Clef suggests that SCP-239 might be God, but he's likely to be lying. (That she's now being kept in an induced coma is reminiscent of the plot of Dogma.)
    • The GOC killed God, causing several people to feel it and leading to Nietzsche's God is Dead spiel. Irony points for using mages.
  • Go Mad From the Revelation: Just count the number of times "mandatory psychiatric evaluation" appears.
  • Go Through Me: Kondraki, Gears, Kain, and several SCPs turn out to protect SCP-239 from Clef's attempt to kill her.
    • The SCP include:
      • SCP-408: A swarm of butterflies, able to turn objects invisible. Aids in turning Dr. Kondraki invisible.
      • SCP-091-ARC: A sentient tree with infectious pollen. Infects Dr. Clef, causing random plant growth to sprout from him.
      • SCP-336: A human-like SCP with the ability force people to do whatever she says. (Dr. Clef counters this by shooting his ears)
      • SCP-244-ARC: Extremely advanced fighting machine.
      • SCP-547: Human-like SCP with thermokinesis. Engages Dr. Clef, and causes second and third degree burns on 50% of Dr. Clef's body.
      • SCP 776: A non-sentient die. When rolled, the die acts accordingly to the side facing up. Dr. Clef rolled the die three times. The first two times, the water droplets side came up, completely flooding the hallway. He then rolled the snowflake, causing the water to quickly freeze and barricade him from SCP-239.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: A serious concern, especially in the case of SCP-231.
    • In fact, this may have already happened in SCP-231's case. Fridge Logic dictates that as she will die of old age or otherwise and unleash the world-endingEldritch Abomination she's pregnant with, they had better come up with something fast. The higher-ups deciding not to do anything and thereby endangering the world, and not wanting to do anything anyway, is very uncomfortably indicative of this trope.
    • Subverted; the article says they are indeed searching for an alternative, and the repeated [DATA EXPUNGED] they keep doing to her is an attempt to buy time. Double Subverted by some extremely fine print hidden in Addendum 231-B: "Don't believe it when they say they're trying to save her. Why would they bother? They've got exactly what they want exactly where they want it."
    • An unintentional meta example occurred before the Mass Edit. The site was filled with far too many Marty StuReality Warpers and self-inserted superheroes. As a creative way to deal with this, the writers started killing off SCPs in Termination Logs. A big part of these was to try to find the most over-the-top, insanely awesome way to kill an SCP. Around the time that Dr. Kondrakirode SCP-682 like a rodeo bull, they realized that their own Author Avatars had become the very thing they were trying to destroy.
  • Hikikomori: SCP-237
  • Historical In-Joke - Several. Such as Kitty Genovese's murder weapon being an SCP, to all recorded instances of Spontaneous Combustion caused by a viral SCP.
    • The explosion of Mt. St. Helens was caused by an SCP-076 containment breach.
    • SCP-627 is a more obvious example than most. Look at the blacked out names and the corresponding dates.
    • The 2009 North Korean nuclear test is implied to be the consequence of an experiment on SCP-800.
    • SCP-1529 is apparently responsible for killing the first man to ever climb Mt. Everest and about half of all the people who've died climbing it since.
    • SCP-687 apparently caused the Cleveland Torso Murders.
    • SCP-1180is the coal mine fire in Centralia, Pennsylvania.
  • Nightmare Fuel: For in-universe sufferers of Nightmare Fuel, we have poor SCP-507, who involuntarily jumps in between alternate realities. These alternate realities run the gamut of this one and one of many horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible places. The examples given on 507's page are:

 Someplace perfectly dark, with the sound of breathing very close by. After that he asked if he could carry a flashlight at all times.

Someplace with moldy corpses all over the ground. Wait, did I say corpses? Because they were breathing.

A cave, which, upon exiting, 507 noticed two huge suns in the sky. The suns blinked, and looked at him.

"So many spiders."

The dark place again. The flashlight revealed the breathing to be a man leaning into 507's face so close as to almost be touching him. He had a black suit, black shades, and a Slasher Smile. "Back so soon?"

The place with telepathic plant life that screamed in his head when he picked something to eat. And then remembered his when he came back, and screamed in his head for days, so that he really needed a hug afterwards.

He also is deeply paranoid of the Foundation, justifiably so, given the Foundation ended up dissecting or torturing one of his alternates who accidentally revealed he wasn't from this universe.

    • Presumably, Procedure 110-Montauk.
    • SCP-902. There is nothing scary at first, it's just a box that for some reason "ticks". It's at the bottom of all of the text that causes you to jump. If you signed into the site, it SAYS YOUR NAME, begging you to not, and then to open it.
    • Out-of-universe, the point of the site.
  • High Turnover Rate: Not content with having PLENTY of Red Shirts, it is standard procedure to terminate them after a month.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: SCP-914 can create these.

 Input: 2x concussion grenades

Setting: Very fine

Output: A large white aerodynamic sphere, approximately 99.9% the size and 99.99999% the mass of the original two grenades. A twin circle pin is attached to the top. Has been nicknamed "the Holy Hand Grenade" by Iceberg, and is currently in his possession for research.

Note: Recommend removing this object from Dr. Iceberg, and passing it on to a more experienced researcher. Perhaps Dr Clef, or Gears. Not Kain.

  • Humans Are Special: Somewhat darker variation: in many cases, humans are the only things affected by SCPs.
  • Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball: SCP-018, an affront to the laws of thermodynamics-- it's a 6cm red ball that can bounce with 200% efficiency.
  • Hyperspace Is a Scary Place: many different varieties. SCP-616's original form (and the door in the new 616) is a portal to a Fire and Brimstone Hell and could have been taken straight out of Event Horizon ...merely looking at anything taken from beyond the door will make you instantly homicidal, suicidal, insane, dead, or all four. Oh, and rather counter-intuitively, allowing that door to close is the worst thing you could do.

I - K - L

  • I Did What I Had to Do: Practically every article is an example of this. Among the most stark and disturbing examples are the fates of SCP-231-2 to SCP-231-7. It got to the point where one security guard was angry enough to try and get SCP-231-4 out of the facility and still causes controversy to this day.
  • I Have Many Names: Played for laughs with SCP-507:

  "Although SCP-507 has an already-established name due to its unremarkable upbringing, it seems to find entertainment in forcing those it meets to give it a nickname in lieu of divulging this information. Thus SCP-507 will now respond to the names Tommy, Steve, Bruto, Guy, Houdini, and Grabnok the Destroyer."

    • Somewhat less humorously, it's because of multiverse versions of him occasionally popping up in his place.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: SCP-890, a master surgeon who only operates on machines, refuses to treat humans because he's "a surgeon, not a veterinarian".
  • Improbably High IQ: The Blob Monsters created by overexposure to 427 are claimed to have IQ that could possibly exceed 400.
    • This is discussed at length in its comments section. Everyone seems to have forgot about it though.
  • Indy Ploy: Dr. Kondraki is a master of this; one of his colleagues actually describes him as "A master of the Indy Ploy." When assigned the termination of a highly dangerous insufficiently different vampire SCP...well:

 Interviewer:I have here a copy of Dr. Kondraki's termination procedure proposal. Step one in his plan to use cat urine and a pistol loaded with silver bullets. Backup plans two, three, four, and five are listed as, and I quote, 'Wing It,' 'Make Something Up,' 'Cross That Bridge When I Come To It,' and 'Put My Head Between My Knees And Kiss My Ass Goodbye.'


    • To be fair, this was a "Plan" to terminate the then SCP-083; It involved breaching containment of many SCP, including several Keter class, not the least of which was 682, which Dr. Kondraki rode like a bucking bronco. [EXPLETIVE REDACTED].
  • Infinite Supplies: The enormous costs that are implied are at least partially explained with SCP-294 being able to produce six hundred ounces of gold every two hours or so.
  • Insane Admiral: General Bowe.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: SCP-335 is 150 3.5" floppy disks with "effectively infinite" storage space, which contain everything on the Internet. The first twelve are all the porn.

 Note from Dr. ██████████: I believe I know where all our bandwidth is going at night. Agent ████'s computer privileges should be limited until he either finds a girlfriend or learns some self control.

  • It Got Worse: A feature of many articles. Often indicated by strikethrough text showing the old containment procedure, followed by the incident that made it inadequate.
    • Also how recovery reports tend to go.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Amusingly parodied with SCP-572, which makes the user suicidally overconfident of their warrior skills.
  • Kicked Upstairs: The Foundation has been known to assign especially moronic personnel (such as a researcher who proposed that SCP-447 be used to take out SCP-682) to Keter duty.
  • Kick the Dog: The Foundation does more than a few things that are, simply put, quite horrible. Whether they're examples of this or simply tragic-but-necessary is up to the individual.
  • Language of Truth: SCP-1206 causes people to speak a language that expresses exactly what they are thinking in a word. It is impossible to lie while speaking it, which often drives a wedge between people who speak it.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Class A Amnesiacs.
  • Lawful Stupid: SCP 1434 causes not only the local police to act like this but starts enacting increadbly stupid laws. It gets to the point where the police will kill someone for not cosuming drinks with less then 3 percent gasoline in it.
  • A Lighter Shade of Grey: The Foundation considers itself this. See also, Necessary Evil and Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Lightmare Fuel: Any time [DATA EXPUNGED] is used as a Noodle Incident rather than for horror.
  • Literal Genie: The reactions to commands after having been exposed to SCP-061.
    • SCP-810 also applies, even though there isn't an actual genie. It tells the user "Ask what you will, and you shall never want for it." Whatever you ask for, you'll never have a desire for it ever again. Don't ask for food, because you'll starve without even realizing you're hungry.
    • Be sure to use the word "coffee" when asking SCP-294 for a cup of coffee. Requesting a "cup of Joe" results in something...less than pleasant.
  • The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: Site 19, according to one of the propositions for SCP-001.
  • Lost in Transmission: Otherwise humanity might be exposed to [DATA EXPUNGED] with the plunger.
  • The Lost Woods: SCP-416 is an infinite one that you can't leave on foot. SCP-1660 is a portal to one that is enclosed by a barrier of an unknown material.


  • Machine Worship: The Church of the Broken God, one of the organisations that opposes the SCP.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: SCP-792 is a sentient one.
  • Mad Artist: The group responsible for SCP-1018, SCP-1057 and some other anomalous objects uses "Are We Cool Yet?" as a calling card. They seem to consider what they do to be art.
  • Man-Eating Plant: SCP-506
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Clef actually uses this line to introduce himself to a Reality Warper he's about to kill. Considering everyone in the Foundation finds him uncouth and disgusting, he was probably just being wry considering certain...implications about his nature.
  • The Men in Black: A standard tactic for certain infiltration procedures, particularly retrieving items from the UIU. Also the standard dress for agents when interviewing or interrogating civilians in the field.
  • Mercy Kill: Several of these were attempted for the victims of SCP-145. They all failed.
  • The Messiah: If SCP-239 believes someone is good, then they will be because she's a Reality Warper (and maybe, just maybe, literallyThe Messiah, as in God).
    • SCP-343 is omnipotent and claims to be God. He's also mischievous and people like him a lot, though he's pissed off a doctor by deleting his orders.
  • The Metric System Is Here to Stay: The official policy of the site is to use SI units, precisely to invoke the "future/science" feel of this trope (for American visitors, anyway). Apparently, this rubbed some editors the wrong way, and you can find a little Bothering by the Book: Entries that were obviously written using round numbers in the American Customary System, then blindly translated into the exact metric equivalent. Thus, for instance, one particularBigger on the InsideEldritch Location has a corridor that extends 182.88 meters (600.00 feet) past where the edge of the structure should be.
    • Another one automatically converts any descriptions of its dimensions to American customary measurements.
  • Mind Virus: These are usually classified as "Memetic Hazards".
  • Mirror Chemistry: SCP-739, a small closet with mirrored interiors. Closing a person in the booth once will flip all their amino-chains. Closing them in twice will switch them back, but repeating the experiment too many times with the same subject leads to something else emerging. As a fun side benefit, locking sugar packets in the closet will flip them as well. The scientist specifically notes that they would make excellent diet sweeteners.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Delacroix.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: This former cattle barn.
  • Mobile Maze: SCP-432 is a maze located inside a cabinet. The maze is stationary as long as the door is open, but if you close the door, the whole thing moves.
  • Mood Whiplash: SCP-387's experiment logs, specifically the last two. In the second-to-last, Dr. Arch writes about the "improved morale and attitude" as a result of playing with the SCP (Animated Legos, for those who can't be bothered to look) and requests all staff are allowed access, which is approved. The immediate next experiment involves placing Megablocks (A knockoff brand of Legos) near SCP-387. The result? "everything constructed of 387 stopped moving, turned slowly towards the Megablocks and [EXPUNGED]."
    • Addendum 387-6: Jesus fucking Christ. - Dr. Arch
    • Said result might be justified in a Noodle Incident mentionned as the following:
      • 119) As funny as Incident 387/682-██ was, Dr. Bright is not allowed unsupervised access to SCP-387. Agents are still trying to figure out how an animate model of 682 was so invulnerable, despite being made of just plastic blocks.
  • More Dakka: Referenced on the "the-things-dr-bright-is-not-allowed-to-do-at-the-foundation" page- one of the phrases the SCP's motto is not is "We always need more Dakka!" Additionally, one of the rules on that page is that Dr. Bright is no longer allowed to offer the solution of "Use more guns" to any problem.
    • There's an SCP that is a bottomless magazine (or clip, or mag clip, or speedloader, or...) that fits into any weapon, and there's a chance that a shot coming from it does something odd (freezes targets, fires Magic Bullets, randomly explodes a body part not aimed at, et cetera).
  • Mother of a Thousand Young: SCP-597 and SCP-354.
  • Multiple Choice Past: Dr. Clef gets at least one new origin every time he's in a story. Previous claims have included Satan, Adam, and a Reality Warper who blew up the space shuttle Challenger in childhood by casually wondering what would happen, all in the same story.
    • Notable in that these are all relayed by Clef himself, who is a self-admitted liar. Although the first one actually has some evidence to support it. Murky, potentially deceptive evidence, but evidence nonetheless.
      • Bear in mind, though - Kondraki didn't believe the third possibility, but did immediately believe the first despite that one being somewhat less plausible. Why would that be? Was it his emotional state at the time? Did he just learn to take Clef's words as automatically false? Or did Consummate Liar Clef just pull a Sarcastic Confession?
    • Also the case with SCP-001. There are several articles with that number. None of them may be true, some of them may be decoys for the real SCP-001, or all of them may be true.
  • Mundane Utility: So many.

 "It has come to the attention of the higher level personnel that someone has been stealing SCP-283 for use as a paperweight."

"It has come to my attention that several personnel have used SCP-041 as a ad-hoc 'she likes me/she likes me not' detector. This is one of the most appalling things I've ever heard. Are we safeguarding potentially world-destroying objects or are we in third grade?"

"I would like to remind all personnel that SCP-038 is not, I repeat, not a toy. It should not be used for cloning car keys, movies, music or items from the vending machines."

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As with anything, GIFT results in a few morons trying to be clever demonstrating their own ignorance, but as anyone who frequents the site will quickly point out, tropes are not cliches- but what they are is everywhere: Being surprised to find tropes in a work is like being surprised to find wheels on your car.

That's a good way to put it, actually: tropes are to a creative work what parts like a motor are to a vehicle: It can't function without them, and you have to understand them to actually build one yourself.

If the parts are poorly assembled or the wrong types are used, the result won't work. If the right parts are used and expertly assembled, you get an impressive result. There are an endless number of ways a vehicle can be designed- but generally you still have to have the same basic parts for a given type of vehicle to work properly. On the other hand, it's also completely possible to radically alter traditional parts, or invent new parts, or even create entirely new types of vehicle… but the resulting vehicle is still a combination of vehicle parts.

And to complete the metaphor, at the end of the day, the best way to learn to build your own vehicles is to deeply study existing vehicles: You examine how they are put together, and why and how the makers used a particular part for a particular purpose. You study what people have tried in the past that worked, and what didn't work. You look at new ways to use or improve existing parts, and get some ideas for things that haven't been done before. And once you have a deep understanding of how it all fits together, you're in a much better position to create something that will actually work.

That's what TVtropes is, basically: a place to learn how to build stories by taking stories apart to see what makes them tick.


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SCP Foundation/Characters

Do not fuck about with a safe SCP, and mainly, do not let your guard down. The most dangerous times when researching an object isn't the first time you're around it, it's the umpteenth time you've been asked to collect a bunch of data, think you know exactly what it can do, and get careless. Might seem odd now, but you will begin thinking like that, no matter how weird or dangerous the item you work with is. It's human nature, something about psychological baselines but I'm a metallurgist, not a shrink. I guess it's so since in most of the world, if something does A for five hundred times, it won't do B for the five hundredth one time.

—Dr. Eisenberg, Lab Induction


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Wiki / SCP Foundation
"Mankind must not go back to hiding in fear. No one else will protect us; we must stand up for ourselves. While the rest of mankind dwell in the light, we must stand in the darkness to combat it, contain it, and shield it from the eyes of the public, so that others may live in a sane, normal world.
We secure. We contain. We protect."

Item #:SCP-4445

Object Class:Thaumiel

Special Containment Procedures: Security of this data has been compromised, rendering further secrecy counter-productive. In accordance with Information Security Protocol 008-C-1 ("Class C breach") and the decision of the O5 Council, our current orders are to allow all but the most sensitive data to remain freely available, on the premise that these data are ██████████ of ██████████ released from the image board 4chan and uploaded to a community-edited website (i.e. a "wiki"): here.

Description: SCP-4445 is the incomplete archives of the SCP Foundation, a secret, global organization which exists to study, catalogue, and contain SCP Objects: artifacts and "items which jeopardize normalcy". Instances of SCP Objects include humans with aberrant capabilities, creatures of extraterrestrial or extradimensional origin, memetic agents, [DATA EXPUNGED], and objects and devices with properties not fully explained by current scientific understanding. All represent clear threats to human normalcy, human society, human sanity, human lives, or quite simply the Universe at large.

The nature of SCP Objects requires that those who contain and study them must possess certain qualities: keen intelligence, a clinical outlook, and a willingness to do what needs to be done.

    Note From Council member O5-██ On Foundation Ethics 

Some newly recruited personnel may find themselves questioning why we bother to contain and research certain anomalies at all, let alone with methods which sometimes may appear callous or sadistic.

This is understandable. There is occasionally beauty and wonder in many of the anomalies we gather and research: Strange and fascinating entities and objects that defy our understanding of the Universe, devices that tempt us with their potential to benefit humanity if only minor flaws could be solved, whimsical and bizarre things which can only be described as magical. Why hide a child with strange eyes, or a sentient calculator, or any one of thousands of other seemingly harmless objects away from the world?

The answer is "Because we have no choice."

Make no mistake. The Foundation is cold, not cruel. We do not seek to destroy the anomalies discovered when they can be contained, studied, and perhaps one day understood and made safe for release, as we have proven so many times before. But, there are far more demonstrations of why we must always err on the side of caution.

The Foundation has seen the Things That Go "Bump" in the Night. We have seen harmless anomalies twisted into deadly weapons. We have gazed upon Alien Geometries, heard the Black Speech, read books which should not be read, and know far too many of the things that man was not meant to know to ever consider the world safe again. And we have peered through windows upon wastelands populated bythings born of nightmares, testifying the consequences of failure.

We are not alone in this endeavor. Other groups serve as warnings for us to heed, as well as threats we must consider: Fair weather allies, foul weather foes like the dangerously zealousGlobal Occult Coalition, the unpredictable Serpent's Hand, and Marshall, Carter, and Dark. Active threats like Are We Cool Yet? and the Chaos Insurgency. More enigmatic organizations like the Church Of The Broken God, the Dr Wondertainment corporation, and Prometheus Laboratories. We must not only protect the world from anomalies, but also protect anomalies from destruction and exploitation by others.

The stakes are simply far too high to allow uncertainty and ethical debates to cloud judgement and slow necessary action. The Needs of the Many far outweigh the personal, ethical, and human costs of acting to preserve reality as we know it.

We Secure. We Contain. We Protect.
Because we are the only ones who will.

In layman's terms, the SCP Foundation is a wiki that serves as a collection of reports, documents, and stories based around the idea of the eponymous international organization that contains supernatural items for research and the preservation of world order. These items and phenomena are referred to as SCPs, with each one given their own special containment procedures. It originated as a Creepypasta written by Wesley "Moto42" Williams on 4chan's /x/ (paranormal) board, and then moved to its own site. Think of it as The Men in Black: Cosmic Horror Story edition.

"SCP" stands for "Special Containment Procedures" (with the backronym motto of "Secure, Contain, Protect") - which sums up both the goals and methods of the Foundation's supposed actions. Supplementary information includes short stories, profiles of "researchers" (authors), and an associated IRC chat room. Roleplay is strongly discouraged on the main site, to the extent of being a bannable offense, but does exist; the most notorious being a "fan-made" Gaia Online guild that was disliked for having much lower standards. To prevent any future fandom flame wars: the SCP Foundation website predated the TV series Warehouse 13, but not Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Now in French, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Spanish and Polish!

Has a sister site, The Wanderer's Library, that focuses on the Serpent's Hand GOInote Group Of Interest and their headquarters.

Has some regularly updated Fan Works such as the spin-off game making rounds on Let's Plays.

For "classical" SCPs written before the Mass Edit, see The SCP Foundation Classic. There is also a set of articles that tells the IRL history of the formation and major events in the SCP Foundation wiki up to 2013, which can be found here. Some users from the site also maintain a Laconic Wiki called SCP Explained.

Note: Due to the ever-changing nature of the SCP Foundation site, some of the entries may no longer be entirely accurate.

Addendum 4445-01: SCP-4445 provides examples of tropes in these sub-pages:


Janitor Worth

A silent retelling of Site-30s Janitor told entirely with the cooperation of both SCP-387 and SCP-705.

Example of:
Almighty Janitor


You always have a chance to leave, only you don't use it, - he whispered hoarsely in my ear. - My moth. You will burn in me. It's a thrill to be at the mercy of your loved one, knowing that he will not do you anything bad.

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The girl put a log in it to make it a little lighter. The book was written by hand, in very beautiful, even. Letters. The letters seem to be of the Old Church Slavonic alphabet, quite suitable for reading and understanding the essence of what is written. Sheets of paper are thick, but yellowed with age and frequent use.

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