"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.Item #: SCP-4445Object Class: ThaumuelSpecial 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 05 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 "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". 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 a willingness to do what needs to be done.Addendum 4445-1:(Council member O5-██ On Foundation Ethics)
We secure. We contain. We protect."
— "The Administrator", About the SCP Organization
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.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 "Creepy Pasta" 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 banable offense, but does exist; the most notorious being 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 a Class-D trying to escape a site that is undergoing a containment breach. It can be found here.Now in Russian, French, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Spanish and Polish!Has a sister site, The Wanderers Library, 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.
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 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 dangerously zealous Global Occult Coalition,the unpredictable Serpent's Hand, and Marshal, 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.
Addendum 4445-02: SCP-4445 provides examples of tropes in these subpages: