Nightmare Fuel: SCP Foundation

Look closely.
"You look afraid. Don't be afraid. This is a dream. The last dream you may ever have, for nightmares are coming."

No wonder the SCP Foundation wants to contain these; the stuff they contain will make you stay awake for days.

NOTE: Examples for the game based on the wiki go HERE.

Please remember that Weblinks Are Not Examples - a description of what exactly makes the SCPs so scary would be nice.

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    In General 
  • The real crowning piece of terror inherent to nearly every single SCP object page: before you even get to the description, you get one or more paragraphs describing the special containment procedures needed for each object, forcing you to imagine just what requires this kind of containment process. These procedures often include battalions of elite commandos with automatic weapons and body armor, 3-meter-thick titanium cubes, on-site nuclear self-destruct systems, deep underground or undersea locations, overwatch from AC-130s, unimaginably extensive monitoring equipment, people with unusual skills or attributes (such as fluency in Ancient Sumerian or a "marked sexual deviancy"), vats of hydrochloric acid, bulletproof glass, and other SCP objects. In other words, stuff that no government in their right mind would ever authorize. It's around then that you know what you're dealing with.
  • The sheer knowledge that if it wasn't for the Foundation, the world might have ended already. Also, the sheer knowledge that despite the existence of the Foundation it just might end anyways, since several objects that could cause The End of the World as We Know It require only one tiny slip-up to activate, and there are several others the Foundation cannot do anything about. Then you start to figure out that the world has ended before, they hit the Reset Button, and you are none the wiser.
  • Goddamn it, the whole website. The titles are very mundane numbers and stuff, never know if you're clicking on something funny, squicky, or an insane Eldritch Abomination that will keep you awake for days. And the pictures...oh, god, the pictures...
  • It's telling that sometimes the horror of an SCP object doesn't come from the SCP itself, it comes from the people assigned to it. For example, SCP-1310 or SCP-1337. The organization literally holds the fate of the world in their hands, and they're disturbingly prone to having the Artifact Collection Agency researcher equivalent of the Insane Admiral.
  • Then there are more subtle things, like the turnover in Class D personnel. Not to mention the implication that some Class D personnel are hired as Schmuck Bait, with the full knowledge that they'll ignore their orders and do something stupid... just so that the scientists will see what happens.
    • D-Class personel are derived from the ranks of convicted criminals, typically those on death row. However, if there's a shortage, Protocol 12 can be enacted, which permits recruitment of D-Class personnel from other sources, such as "political prisoners, refugee populations, and other civilian sources." Considering that simply handling quite a few SCPs, not to mention various experiments and tests generally end in rather messy, unpleasant deaths for the involved personnel-Oh! And even if they survive, they are often terminated after a month anyway.-the Foundation basically goes through D-Class personnel like popcorn. Given that violent criminals are aplenty, but still a minor portion of the human population, it makes one wonder just how often the Foundation has been forced to enact Protocol 12 and just how many completely innocent and merely unfortunate people have ended up as D-Class personnel and meeting their inevitable ends.
    • This 'explained' SCP gives this some more Fridge Horror. D-class stands for 'drapetomaniac class'-they were using slave labor to test SCPs as a means to get rid of the more belligerent slaves, and only switched to prisoners after the Civil War...but even under the Cartwright Protocol still heavily preferred black people.
    • According to this story from the Spanish-language branch, the "termination" of D-class personnel doesn't refer to killing, at least on the present time. It used to mean so, but the decrease on the application of death penalty and the subsequent reduction on human resources forced the Foundation to reduce the monthly culling to the aggressively violent and the ones who were compromised by the SCP they were assigned to. Instead, at the end of the month the surviving prisoners get the last month wiped of their minds with amnesiacs and are reassigned, so they eternally believe that they are working just a month in a science lab to shave off years from their sentences. This means that they get forcibly what the ex-staff of 231-7 gets voluntarily. It then shows a couple of D-Class that the researcher giving the conference maintains around as his assistants; they were lobotomised to have retrograde amnesia deliberately inflicted on them. You almost want them to get mercily killed.
      • Oh, and don't expect them to be released any time soon because the Foundation depends so much on the D-class that it could simply collapse without them, leading to innumerable security breaches and the release of every SCP in this page and then some.
      • The same story has this jewel (translated for your convenience):
    Non-D class personnel is never demoted to D-class. Never. Remember those jokes we discussed before? This is one of those. If we have to apply a fulminating and definitive disciplinary sanction to a Foundation member we don't beat the bush around that much.
  • One of the most disturbing things about the SCP series is that almost all of them were located and contained after coming into contact with a regular civilian human being going about their business, with no knowledge of what the thing is, how it works or where it came from. Consider that there's an indeterminate number of supernatural objects that could qualify as an SCP scattered around the world, and you could run into, say, an undocumented Keter-class at any minute during your daily routine. Or even a Euclid-class, which only seems safe in comparison to Keter, or even something worse. Yes, there's things worse than Keter-class in the SCP foundation. The SCP world is a Crapsack World of the highest order considering how very likely all three options are, the horrifying things needed to contain them, and how very often The Extremist Was Right. And given that there's well over a thousand SCPs, and the bizarre anomalous events and appearance of SC Ps that can happen anywhere, at any moment, to anyone, and the very real possibility that the world has ended several times and the Foundation has rebuilt it (How many times have you lived through ''this'' thursday just this week, huh?) repeatedly, the world of the Foundation is a place of constant nightmare fuel and incomprehensible horror.
  • What some find most disturbing isn't that they'll do things like what they do to poor 231-7, though that's quite sufficiently disturbing. It's how they treat people who qualify as SCPs, essentially imprisoning them for life without trial, without charges, and in at least some cases, with no evidence at all that they're dangerous or likely to become so.
  • There was an SCP on the original message board that was a small sphere which quite simply increased in temperature. Rising, and rising, and rising. They attempted to cool down the object by storing it with ice, in freezers, with liquid nitrogen, but that only temporarily slowed the process... The temperature just kept rising. If you have any knowledge of thermodynamics, you'll know why this is worrying.
  • Dr. Clef. Even if we take everything he says about himself with a grain of salt there is a mountain of evidence in various entries, logs, and reports that suggests that he is something far, far worse than any of the actual SCPs. The fact that his head is always replaced with something else in photographs is actually one of his least disturbing quirks. And he is the guy in charge of SCP Training and Development.
  • It's one thing to read about the Foundation personnel doing horrible, ruthless things to contain dangerous or even "potentially dangerous" SCPs. It's not even so bad to read about Foundation personnel doing cruel and messed-up things for kicks—after all, it must take a strange, not conventionally moral person to survive working there for very long, right? But then there's examples like SCP-042 and SCP-948, where there's a very strong implication that the Foundation is containing not merely harmless but good, benevolent, mystical creatures against their will, and possibly even endangering the world by doing so. SCP-042 in particular seems to be written specifically to highlight the cruelty of the Foundation, particularly since for SOME REASON they won't allow the poor thing to die.
    • Knowing the Foundation, that "reason" can probably be summed up as For Science!.
    • SCP-948 is vaguely dangerous, but the fact that the Foundation terminates people who go feral after repeated exposure to it kinda underscores the "they're evil" idea. Being essentially uncivilized doesn't make one a danger; there's no need for it. It's also interesting that the 948's effects include the removal of mental disorders/negative emotions and the removal of traces of human civilization (or domestication, in animals). It implies that human systems of thought, language and behaviour are some sort of harmful mental aberration, at least in the view of whatever the SCP is.
  • While their treatment of D-Class personnel may be abhorrent, the way the organization treats certain SCPs (such as harmless ones, or non-hostile intelligent SCPs) indicates that many of the staff are more or less psychologically normal. Which means that normal people are engaged in the caretaking of these things, which may also include the horrible, horrible things they have to do to contain some of them.
  • Dr. Bright. Aside what he did to his own brother, he is a god of Fridge Horror. Just look at this list. Sure, it's damn funny, but then you realize, that he is one of most important people in charge of all this gallery of horrors and is an irresponsible sociopath. It's like a monkey being in control of nuclear arsenal.
    • Word Of God says that the list is not in-universe. So, although Bright is an asshole, he's not a completely irresponsible asshole.
    • But then again, half the time he is a monkey, so it kinda makes sense.
    • Bright's own life is a Fridge Horror in and of itself.
  • On the page "Log of Anomalous Objects", there's a mention of a piece of charcoal that writes (regardless of what the writer is using it for) "Please help me! I'm trapped in the charcoal!" every few seconds. And the foundation found it too boring, and put it into storage.
  • The SCPs that specifically target children. Baba Yaga, the living pinata that turns children into candy that turns children into more murderous pinatas, the children's mittens that rot flesh when worn, the kiddie pool that can teleport people to space, Bobble the Clown, the treehouse, the child-controlling bone flute that makes its wielder abusive towards children...
  • Dr. Wondertainment, and the fact that her SCPs are made for children.
  • And for Nightmare Fuel it is really hard to beat...the Ethics Committee. There is no canon, and even if there were the Ethics Committee would never acknowledge this document, but the thought that someone is evaluating the moral cost of everything the SCP does, and they are still doing so much of what they do... that can keep you up at night.
    • It's like a reminder that yes, horrible things are done. Yes, the SCP is doing a lot of evil with their actions. But would you prefer the alternative? SCP stands for Secure, Contain, and PROTECT. They are here to protect the general public, even if it doesn't seem that way all the time.
  • Fucking hell, practically any SCP labeled under the transfiguration category will involve gratuitous amounts of Body Horror to the human body.
  • Project Olympia. Using ten different SCPs, and claiming the lives of over 40 human test subjects. Its stated aim? "To successfully create an artificial humanoid through the use of several SCPs, and use it to the benefit of the Foundation". It worked. Just read everything the resulting "woman" is capable of. The foundation then decided to begin mass production.
  • According to the page SCP-8900-EX, the concept of color as we know it was completely different. Think that sounds bad/not bad enough? Try imagining this from the perspective of the Earth back when people remembered what the world was supposed to look like. Or the fact that our entire world has been corrupted and we've just been made to not notice it. Or, heck, these excerpts from an addendum from O5-8note :
    Gentlemen, we have failed. SCP-8900's effects have become so widespread as to be commonplace. The natural blue of the sky has been replaced with a gross and unnatural shade, and the green of trees has been equally corrupted. SCP-8900 has brought ruin down upon the entire visible spectrum, and we have been overrun. [...] By the time this message reaches those of you cleared to receive it, Foundation resources on a global scale will have released vast amounts of compound ENUI-5, our most subtle amnesiac. Worldwide, men and women who do not deserve the horror wreaked upon them will pause, confused, then resume their business, confident that this is the way it has always been, never knowing what they have lost. Only the photographs not affected by SCP-8900's taint will remain to tell the truth. I regret this, gentlemen. I regret it deeply.
  • The fact that there are uncontained SCPs Because of their size, abilities, or other attributes about their nature, all the Foundation can really do is track their activities, keep people away, and suppress information about them. Otherwise, these things are completely free.
  • The background "music" from the SCP-087-B game. This has to be the most spine-chilling, paranoia-inducing track in video game history.

  • Someone successfully managed to make the memory wipes terrifying. Doubles, of course, as Paranoia Fuel. At any moment, you could be abducted and traumatized until you can't remember your own name or who you are. Because of something you weren't even aware of. Co-worker behaving oddly? You're screwed, buddy! Good night!
  • The Great Short Story Contest. Given that the contestants must include at least some of the twisted geniuses responsible for the entries above, we should expect some doozies, but here's the kicker: The theme for February? Post-SCPocalypse.
  • Opportunity Knocks. Apparently based on a recurring nightmare of the author's...
  • This story, especially the ending and the fact that there is no mention of which SCP it is. Watch me fly! Then again, the ending of the last part could also be construed as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
  • According to The document recovered from the Marianas Trench, they frequently have containment failures so massive that it kills nearly every person on earth, and the survivors use SCP technology to repair the devastated planet, clone the dead and make them think nothing happened, with geologic features covering up bigger damage (evidently the Marianas trench used to be a dry land ravine). You'll never know how many times you've died to make it to the end of the "week", or how many years have passed between Monday and Friday....
  • And the And Then I Died Contests were games, but they involve stories of deaths involving the SCPs in some way, and you get to guess which was involved. And most of the stories take place before the SCP in question came under the Foundation's control. They not only remind you of what these things can do to ordinary human beings, there's the added scariness that, however horrible the Foundation may be, it would be SO MUCH WORSE without them.
  • "Nor Shall My Sword Sleep", or the point of view of inhabitants of SCP-1235. Imagine that everything you knew about reality turns out to be false, and that your entire world suddenly finds itself in the mercy (or rather, lack thereof) of entities who can tamper with your universe without remorse about the torture they're inflicting upon everyone.
  • This tale about an unusual DVD that The Foundation came into possession of. It involves a trio of explorers, all of whom speak a strange, unknown language, filming what appears to be a nature documentary. It starts out alright, but then things get weird when they film a flock of vultures eating a dead camel. The camel suddenly wakes up and drives off the vultures, then stands there with its exposed organs dangling from its belly. We see more creepy and weird stuff afterward, such as a rhino-eating plant, tribe of humanoid lemur-like creatures, living Utahraptors, a giant ground sloth with six legs, a Multi-Armed and Dangerous aquatic predator, two giant floating creatures, and a pair of bloated worms. But the most horrifying part is when the researchers enter some slums filled with severely malnourished humans. One of them promptly attacks the subjects and says the following:
  • Conviction is a good contender for most horrific story on the entire site. A drunken man claims that he knows what SCP-001 really is, since he was in charge of it. Specifically, it was the Foundation's attempt at containing a deadly virus. What did this virus do? It slowly turned a person's muscle mass, organs, and body tissues into fat, raising their body temperature and ending with them being immolated. The problem was that virus only infected select groups of people and the Foundation couldn't understand why. What were these groups? Jews, Romani, and Homosexuals. That's right, he's implying that THE FOUNDATION WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HOLOCAUST. Not only that, but the guy they got was just as anti-Semitic and racist as the real Hitler, whom the Foundation had secretly replaced to take control of the Nazi party. He added people to the roster, like Slavs and the mentally retarded, because he thought it would be all for the good of humanity.
    • There's also the implication that the virus is still around today, but is luckily contained in a small region and surrounded on all sides by enemies. Where could they be talking about?

    Foreign SCP Foundations 
  • It's a pity that the SCP from the foreign branches aren't translated, because they can bring the creepy. Some from the Spanish branch, La Fundación SCP:
    • SCP-ES-015 are pills that are impossible to ingest. Literally. Trying to swallow one just chokes you. Powdering and dissolving it to drink it only accelerates the process. If you manage to introduce it on some living organism it will cause their death unless you extract the substance from their bodies. And every time, the substance will reform into their original pill form once they got out of the formerly living being. But the real disturbing thing is its backstory: apparently its creator developed what could be constructed as an improved version of SCP-500, so good it really gives you immortality; but a super-religious coworker decided that this was an heresy, so they tampered with the formula so no-one could ingest the substance ever.
    • SCP-ES-019, the apocalyptic headphones. It's a pair of headphones that tune to transmissions from different scenarios of human extinction. The people who hear any of those begins to suffer either related PTSD or the physical effects of said scenarios. One of the described world-end scenarios involves the "Human Cattle Breeding project". Just do the math.
    • SCP-ES-020, a funerary urn from the Tonocoté aboriginals. When a person touches it, an humanoid entity with the appearance of an attractive native of the opposite gender invites them to know the wonders of their world, and uses the urn as a portal to a world where the pre-columbine cultures are still alive and blooming. If the person doesn't come back immediately, they begin to integrate to the new culture, up to the point of losing their ability of speak their mother language and instead adopting the local aboriginal language. After some level of integration, the person is offered to remain in that world; many of the subjects accept. All was fine and peachy, until a volunteered D-class discovered that some people invited to live in the world inside the urn was offered as human sacrifices and escaped to avoid that fate. The urn also wants to break contention, and from time to time arrows with poison come from it.
    • SCP-ES-021: A horrifying inversion of Humanoid Abomination: a colossal creature that descended from the skies and slowly advanced until finally getting stuck in Taipei. It's resilient enough to tank various nukes, had an extremely developed Healing Factor, is monstrously powerful... and has the mind of a young, bright woman who doesn't understand or remember what has happened to her and wishes to harm nobody, even building graves for her victims and only lashing out when agents were harming said graves. In fact, its only wish is to be killed. Which, incidentally, much to the Foundation and the Coalition's distress, they can't do. They're trying everything. When they saw the nukes were ineffective, they tried to seal her in an unstable, collapsing universe. It did squat to her, to the point she remains stable. She's still stuck in place, immortal. They had to build a building around her to hide everything and keep trying and failing to kill her. And they have to keep trying, because otherwise she'll go mad again. Prognosis says the Foundation is likely to lose Taiwan entirely should she do that.
    • SCP-ES-027, the constantly mutating air ducts of a Venezuelan building, and the man-eating predator that lives in them. Another generic labyrinthine manifestation with attached homicidal being who can be contained by just sealing it, right? Except that isn't limited to that specific building: it can manifest in other buildings on the globe as their wish, and isn't just one creature. The containment procedures had to include feed them D-class personnel in the original building as a way to impede them to move away from their original location.
    • SCP-ES-045, a doll made of porcelain and... some kind... of human tissue. It makes people stay still, lose their communication skill, and then [DATA EXPUNGED]. The subjects do survive and get better, but get a reasonable fear of dolls after the experience. The doll was found in an abandoned house in a neighborhood after the disappearance of a number of children, which gives you a hint on how this thing was made. When in contention, a note from its creator appeared, promising the doll to rescue her. After a containment breach, which ended with the assigned personnel found with their tongue and several internal organs removed and dressed in baby clothes, another note from the creator was found, saying, more or less "I don't want you anymore. you're as evil as always. Also, I have new toys. Don't come back, or I'll tell Daddy". The thing is so vile, not even its creator wants it back.
    • SCP-ES-053, "Mother and ████", combines the unknowing aspect of SCP-579 with an inversion of 231. It consists of an ordinary woman in her thirties and an unknown number of [DATA EXPUNGED] (one of them being a cognito-danger of some sort) that only she is able to contain in their cell. It's implied that whatever she is containing has affected her, to the point that she has stopped collaborating with the Foundation, but the danger they present is so big they can't be terminated, and merely permitting them to leave the cell can have a massive effect in all the humans' psyche.
    • SCP-ES-088 a labyrinth that can manifest in any hotel or equivalent establishment. You can easily enter on it, barely without realizing that its decoration clashes with the rest of the hotel, until it was too late to come back. Inside of it there are miles and miles of corridors, with no doors and constant muzak. Also, human bodies, the corpses of the people who got lost there and weren't rescued on time. And still, those who died are way luckier than the guy that managed to find "the center"...
    • SCP-ES-061, the alternative VCR player is, in contrast, pretty harmless: just a VHS player that display the What Could Have Been version of whatever tape you play on it. Until you see that the O5 has forbidden its use with documentaries and non-fiction material after the (expunged) results obtained when played several documentaries, in particular one about the evolution of men.
    • SCP-ES-071 is a memetic agent that manifests as a writing in one of many indigenous language in the skin of any person that read its text from any written surface it was transcribed. The text is basically the address of some magical golden city with many riches, but the location differs in each language transcription. The person infected has also vivid mental images of the geographical accidents near the site, acquire the compulsion to go to said city, and the infection can be get even if the person doesn't know the language of the text, and every time they want to write it is in said aboriginal language. Fortunately, the memetic effect doesn't spread when said person repeats the content of said text in their mother, occidental language, but since by then the infected has lost their ability of write in anything that isn't the aboriginal language of the text they carry, that's isn't much of a consolation. As if the former wasn't already bad, the four demonstrated "addresses" are all sites specifically geared towards brutally killing all non-native Americans, and more specifically, Europeans. One of the places the text directs is the original location of SCP-ES-082, a Mayan sarcophagus who contains something who gleefully kills anyone of non-indigenous ascendant; another led to an Amazon site teeming with hostile natives who utterly despise foreigners, and a third points towards a Peruvian site filled with twelve of an unknown SCP that was already responsible for a mass grave. The last of the described places had its data expunged, save for the fact that the Foundation had to raze the pace with napalm and then irradiated until it was rendered unhabitable.
  • The French branch of the Foundation, La Fondation SCP, also has a few pieces of interest:
    • The proposal of Dr Johannes for SCP-001-FR is a failed experiment by the Foundation that caused the sudden apparition of some sort of corruption of the law of physics, something that causes an unstoppable imbalance and a growing disorder in the very way reality works. They decided to call this phenomenon entropy. That's right, the force that will inevitably cause the end of the Universe and the extinction of all life is a direct result of the Foundation fucking up, and didn't exist until then.
    • This also means that all scientific knowledge since its creation has been either distorted or completely fabricated according to the effects it has on the universe, including the Laws of Thermodynamics.
    • SCP-006-FR is a butcher that materializes along with his shop between other shops, without anybody seeing anything strange with this. Any non-vegetarian that enters the shop will order some piece of meat, and the butcher will happily provide it... But by some unknown way, he actually uses the customer's own flesh. Who then goes back to his house without even realizing that something is wrong (and without dying if the wound would normally be lethal) and eats his order, at which point he's freed from whatever was clouding his mind and dies from the blood loss.
    • SCP-054-FR will cause nightmares to any aquaphobe. It's a phenomenon that only happens on the shore of some island, and which turns seawaves into jaws of great white sharks as soon as a potential victim comes near.
    • SCP-075-FR is a mask that possesses whoever dons it and turns its victim into a feral creature. What's worse is that the mask is highly radioactive, so once its host is too damaged for wearing it, it will seek another victim and basically turn it into a walking nuclear hazard.
    • SCP-096-FR was a village populated by people who were all wearing masks and costumes... Badly made ones that launched them straight into the Uncanny Valley. Anybody who enters the village will be persuaded into staying and putting on one such costume. Eventually, they will have their minds rewritten so that they would think they had always inhabited the village. That's bad enough, but every Halloween, the villagers would leave their town and go trick-or-treating in the neighboring towns... And forcibly converting those who failed to give them candies. Fortunately, they had been neutralized by agents of the Foundation.
    • SCP-185-FR is a few instances of what looks like oversized wind ornaments that materialized in a forest. They create a zone around them in which every single form of kinetic energy is nullified : everything trapped inside said zone is permanently « frozen » like a statue, without any hope of ever being rescued as anything that would try to get inside would fall victim to the effect. That's already bad. The worst part ? New instances keep popping up, each one increasing the area of effect. The Foundation hypothesizes that, sooner or later, the entire world will be affected.

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