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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"''', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/about-the-scp-foundation About the SCP Organization]]

'''Item #:''' [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-4445-j SCP-4445]]

'''Object Class:''' [[DarkMessiah Thaumiel]]

'''[[SelfDemonstratingArticle 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 decision of the [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness 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 {{imageboard|s}} "4chan" and uploaded to a community-edited website (i.e. a "wiki"): [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/ here]].

'''Description:''' SCP-4445 is the incomplete archives of the Wiki/SCPFoundation, a secret, global [[ArtifactCollectionAgency 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 [[AliensAreBastards extraterrestrial]] or [[EldritchAbomination extradimensional]] origin, [[BrownNote 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 [[PragmaticHero to do what needs to be done]].

'''Addendum 4445-1:(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 [[JustThinkOfThePotential 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 [[GoodIsNotNice cold, not cruel]]. We do not seek to destroy the anomalies discovered when they can be [[TailorMadePrison contained]], [[TheyWouldCutYouUp studied]], and perhaps one day understood and made safe for release as we have [[ETGaveUsWIFI 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 ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight. We have seen [[LethalHarmlessPowers harmless anomalies twisted]] into deadly weapons. We have gazed upon AlienGeometries, heard the BlackSpeech, [[TomeOfEldritchLore read books which should not be read]], and know far too many of the [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow things that man was not meant to know]] to ever consider the world safe again. And we have peered through [[AlternateUniverse windows]] upon [[AfterTheEnd wastelands populated by things 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: Fairweather allies, foulweather foes like the [[KnightTemplar dangerously zealous]] [[AntiMagicalFaction Global Occult Coalition]], the unpredictable [[WildCard Serpent's Hand]], and [[AuctionOfEvil Marshal, Carter, and Dark]]. Active threats like [[MadArtist Are We Cool Yet?]] and the [[TerroristWithoutACause Chaos Insurgency]]. More enigmatic organizations like the [[MachineWorship Church Of The Broken God]], [[HappyFunBall the Dr Wondertainment corporation]], and [[MegaCorp Prometheus Laboratories]]. We must not only protect the world from anomalies, but also protect anomalies from destruction and exploitation by others.\\
[[GodzillaThreshold The stakes are simply far too high]] to allow uncertainty and ethical debates to cloud judgement and slow necessary action. TheNeedsOfTheMany far outweigh the personal, ethical, and human costs of acting to preserve reality as we know it.\\
[[BadassCreed 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 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.

"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" GaiaOnline 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 ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', but not ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.

An independently developed SurvivalHorror game called ''[[VideoGame/SCPContainmentBreach SCP - Containment Breach]]'' revolves around a Class-D trying to escape a site that is undergoing a containment breach. [[http://www.scpcbgame.com/ It can be found here]].

[[http://scpfoundation.ru/ Now in Russian]], [[http://fondationscp.wikidot.com/ French]], [[http://scpkoreahq.wikidot.com/ Korean]], [[http://www.scp-wiki-cn.net/ Chinese]], [[http://scp-th.wikidot.com/ Thai]], [[http://scp-jp.wikidot.com/ Japanese]], [[http://lafundacionscp.wikidot.com/ Spanish]] and [[http://www.scp-wiki.pl/Strona_g%C5%82%C3%B3wna Polish]]!

Has a sister site, Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary, that focuses on the Serpent's Hand GOI and their headquarters.

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: For specific SCP items, please [[Characters/SCPFoundation check the Character sheets]].

!!Addendum 4445-02: SCP-4445 provides examples of tropes in these subpages:
* [[SCPFoundation/TropesAToD Tropes A - D]]
* [[SCPFoundation/TropesEToM Tropes E - M]]
* [[SCPFoundation/TropesNToR Tropes N - R]]
* [[SCPFoundation/TropesSToZ Tropes S - Z]]
->''[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-4445-j We See You Seeing Us Seeing You Too.]]''