YMMV / SCP Foundation

  • Acceptable Targets: The D-class personnel. Since almost all of them are prison inmates convicted of heinous crimes, thus serving life or death sentences, the audience doesn't feel that bad when the Foundation sends them to comically horrible deaths.
    • Averted when an inmate was used in the SCP-342 experiments, and broke down like a frightened child.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The Unreliable Canon made this situation highly likely.
    • Clef (the creator) sees Clef (the character) and Kondraki as having an inimical view of each other. However, many Foundation tales written by others depict Clef and Kondraki to be more like Vitriolic Best Buds (without the "best" part, at least). This is horribly subverted in Incident 239-B when Kondraki snaps Clef's neck out of pure rage.
    • SCP-682 wants to kill everything because it can't comprehend the world it's in.
    • SCP-173 isn't a homicidal statue which loses the ability to move when a human is looking at it. Rather, it's a piece of art that wants people to look at it, and so is content to stay still when someone is looking at it. If someone is present but no one is looking at it, it tries to force that person to look at it, but since it doesn't know its own strength it ends up snapping their necks when it tries. A bit weakened by the fact it will do this to someone looking straight at it when they blink (which would not be helped by moving someone's head around). And due to this page, appropriately titled "crunch". Of course, that is not canon and you can ignore that story.
    • The Foundation as a whole. The Weirdness Cops who sometimes have to do unpleasant things in the name of preserving all of humanity, but try to do so with a minimum loss of human life and while retaining what morals they can? Or callous Science Nazis, out to control every item of power they can as much for the sociopathic thrill as anything else, willing to order the cold-blooded slaughter of entire towns on a whim? Articles are written from both viewpoints and a number in between, and there's plenty of arguing over which is the "correct" one.
    • The GOC. Paranoid and trigger-happy soldiers who destroy what they can't understand, or the real last line of defence who will do things the Foundation can't or won't? (The GOC-focused stories also suggest that the "destroy everything" strategy may not actually be true, and is just how the Foundation see them.)
    • The Church of the Broken God: Are they a group of madmen trying to bring about the apocalypse, or are they just a standard religion that the Foundation have decided to pick on, and will fight back with the fervor of any other group who are persecuted in the same way?
      • And the biggest one of all - what if they're right, and the world is screwed up because God is lying broken into pieces and cannot intervene? And the Foundation has responded by, among other things, continually droning God?
    • SCP-607. Is he a suicidal cat who wants to die and is not aware of his effects of bonding with humans, or is he aware of them and intentionally trying to kill off humans?
    • SCP-447 may do something unimaginably horrible when brought into contact with dead bodies... or it may simply have a memetic effect that makes people think it does.
    • SCP-2718 is not the afterlife. It's a cognitohazard that causes the state of disembodied but agonizing consciousness to become the afterlife to anyone who's exposed to it.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Has its own page.
  • Broken Base:
    • Essentially there's an ever-growing rift between two camps on the site. The first feels that the site has evolved beyond being simple horror and want to move it into more general, genre-mixing Urban Fantasy. The second is in vicious denial about the site not being strictly horror anymore and wants to move the site back to its creepypasta roots. The problem arises from the fact that the latter camp is made up of the site mods and head writers, with the result that more light-hearted SCPs and stories have been purged or edited beyond recognition on several occasions just to make the site look more serious, something that the first camp highly objects to.
    • Older canon information makes end-month D-class termination mandatory. Discussing the ethical, practical, and out-of-universe artistic use of this protocol on any part of the wiki is bound to cause some heated discussions (see What an Idiot below).
    • Related to the light-hearted articles, any SCP that clearly aims for comedy will ignite a "shouldn't this be a -J?" discussion in its talk page.
  • Cant Un Hear It: Invoked by SCP-1965, with none other than Morgan Freeman.
  • Complete Monster: Has its own page.
  • Crack Pairing:
    It probably would generate a great deal of revenue if sold in Japan but still, 682 on Granny, Jesus Christ man.
    • There's fan art of AbleandIris. Keep in mind that Able's a killer who's incapable of feeling love.
      • Slightly justified in that both were involved in projects to weaponize SCP's (Project Able and Project Iris respectively)
    • Some people like to ship 682 with 999. This one could work in theory, considering the way they interacted, but it also caused 682 to unleash a wave of liquid happiness that killed a huge amount of people and while 999 wants to see 682 again, 682 responded to the idea of them meeting again with:
    “That feculent little snot wad can [DATA EXPUNGED] and die."
    • It's not as well known as Iris/Able, but there is a couple of pieces of fan art of 106 and 811. As one might expect, the consent of 811 in the pics is... questionable at best.
    • Another 106 shipping, from the discussion on SCP-352:
    Gears: Just had the worst idea ever… this and 106 out loose in the same area… lordy… Also… I forgot about the story for her, but I remember now, and will hopefully get a good idea for it soon.
    Tom Serveaux: They catch each other's eyes from across the hall and fall in love. Then 106 invites 352 out on a romantic, candle-lit, infanticide spree. Then they get married and have lots and lots of decrepit, predatory babies. A heart-warming romance, indeed.
  • Crazy Awesome: Many of the better-known researchers swing back and forth between this and just plain crazy. Some of the more notable moments:
  • Creepy Awesome: A lot of the more out-there SCPs like 173, 106, and 096.
  • Creepy Cute:
    • 053. Just look at that picture of her.
    • 239. She even gets a witch's hat and cape at one point.
    • 040, whose description makes her sound like an anime girl.
    • 134, despite her creepy black eyes, is quite a cute little girl.
  • Critical Dissonance:
    • SCP-105, Iris, despite being a rather well-known and popular SCP, is rather lowly rated on the site.
    • The general Author Avatar decommission-era over-the-top styled writing is very popular and well-liked by the off-site fandom, but the main site itself treats them as some sort of Old Shame.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    Note: I woke up in a bathtub filled with ice. And dicks drawn on my face. I don't feel so good…
    Note: The little bastards took BOTH my kidneys!
  • Draco in Leather Pants: 682, of all things, gets this frequently, from those who believe that it only wants to kill everything because everything wants to kill it. Those who believe this rarely mention two incidents in which 682 killed completely innocent children who had been left in its cell. They also rarely consider that the Foundation must have a reason for wanting to kill it, as they don't terminate SCPs very often.

    Although Word of God implies that 682 might not be naturally violent or malevolent, which might make the leather pantsing a little more justified.
    Dr. Gears: Whatever Clef had done that causes his head to be unrecordable seems to bugger up more than just cameras. 682 was unsure as to what in the fuck was going on. 682 isn't inherently a violent organism, as we understand the term. When not faced with unreal terror, 682 is actually somewhat cautious and shy, like many big predators. If Clef had stayed inside, 682 would have probably adapted past the “face cycling” thing, and butcher him. As it was, the big gecko was waiting to see what would happen.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Able, Iris, the Old Man, but most of all 682.
    • Despite not being as famous as Able, Iris or the old man, SCP-811 ("Swamp Woman") is one of the highest rated humanoid SCPs on the site. She's also quite popular in fan art.
    • SCP-____-J. It's a very short article (which is the point), yet it's the second highest rated page on the entire wiki, right after SCP-173.
    • SCP-040 ("Evolution's Child"), SCP-049 ("Plague Doctor"), SCP-131 ("Eye Pods") and SCP-134 ("Star-Eyed Child") are quite popular amongst fanart creators.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Able (SCP-076) is a video game character, as he's constantly bored unless killing something, can produce an infinite quantity of weapons, and respawns on death.
    • In the very first sentence of the description, SCP-231-7 is described as a █████ female. Some authors are of the belief that those censor boxes aren't hiding her race, but her species. Specifically, those authors think that 231-7 is a whale.
  • Fandom Berserk Button:
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The fandom, by and large, views the SCP Wiki as a creepypasta and horror site as opposed to a general creative writing site with a shared universe, much to the chagrin and frustration of those actually writing for the wiki. It's true that horror pieces are still being produced—their effectiveness varies—but when some of the items written in the past three to four years include a llama delivery service, a scarecrow DJ, and a Space Wizard and his Commando Catgirls (•̀ᴗ•́)و ̑̑ as SCPs, you know it's not solely a horror site anymore.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Try reading SCP-727-J, the ordinary Sun treated as an SCP object, again after reading Shaggydredlocks' SCP-001 proposal, where the Sun turns in to something very worthy of being classed as an SCP object that ultimately causes a Blob Monster apocalypse on the world. They're by different authors, so it is unlikely that this was an intentional dark throwback. Could be Hilarious in Hindsight in a darkly humorous way, accidentally making the Foundation Properly Paranoid about the Sun.
  • Genius Bonus: Grand Karcist Ion and a large part of the Sarckic cults are based on an obscure alchemical text by Zosimos if Panoplis dating back to the third century. Ion is a character that is dismembered and reassembled, features a "copper man" who gave up his flesh, and Ion is said to want to raise the dead.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • SCP-953's hatred and slaughter of furries suddenly becomes much less enjoyable in light of the chlorine attack at the Midwest Fur Fest, the second-largest furry convention in the USA.
    • SCP-1756 is a DVD player that creates a Siskel & Ebert review for any DVD media put into it. It was published less than a month before Roger Ebert's death, and the article was even updated in memoriam to him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One of the snacks SCP-261 produced was a Pepsi drink flavored with dragonfruit that the Foundation said PepsiCo did not produce. In 2012, the real PepsiCo did produce a dragonfruit flavored Pepsi called Pepsi X to promote 'The X Factor''.
    • SCP-2206 are broadcasts from an alternate universe where American Baseball is a Blood Sport where player deaths are common and steroid use is mandatory. It lists the Chicago Orphans (the alternate universe's equivalent of the Chicago Cubs) as being one of the most successful baseball teams in the National league, winning over Twenty World Series titles. This was written in 2015, just under a year before the Cubs would win their first World Series in over a century.
  • Hype Backlash: 682 and Able are almost reviled by some members for being so ridiculously popular. It doesn't help that they're the leading causes of Broken Base on the site, either.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Many forget that the girl with a Fetus Terrible contained by Procedure 110-Montauk is 231-7, and 231 is the entire group of girls.
  • Iconic Character, Forgotten Title: SCP refers to the contained anomalies, not the name of the organization that contains them. The name of the organization is right there in the title, the SCP Foundation, i.e. the Foundation of SCPs.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • SCP-053, a little girl that induces homicidal hatred in anyone over the age of 3 around her. Considering she'll never be able to interact with anyone, even her own parents, without being violently attacked, it's hard not to feel sorry for her. Despite that, she always seems to be cheerful and have the same bright-eyed disposition any child would have.
    • SCP-811. Despite the fact that she was a normal human girl who was transformed into a swamp monster and lived her entire life in a swamp and now a glass cylinder, she doesn't seem that upset by it. Although SCP-978 revealed that she wants to be human again.
    • Professor Crow feels this way about SCP-040 in this tale, saying that, beneath all her biology-warping power and energy, she's just a lonely little girl that wants some friends.
    • SCP-1156, despite being taken away from his family, has an upbeat attitude and seems pretty cool with working for the Foundation.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
  • LGBT Fanbase: A small, but notable contigent, which has become increasingly visible over time as the site evolves and changes.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Dr. Clef.
    • Also Dr. Kondraki, as described by Clef.
    • The D-class who uses SCP-687 to commit the Cleveland Torso Murders and then escape the Foundation, all just by being nice and tricking the Foundation into letting him type whatever he wanted to into the game.
  • Marty Stu:
    • Parodied by SCP-10101 and SCP-777-J.
    • Deconstructed with SCP-056, a being that changes its form to always be better than everyone/everything else present — among dogs, it appears as a bigger/fancier/better-groomed dog; given an IQ test, it scores 30 points higher than the smartest person in the room; in a gym, it can always lift 30 lbs more than the strongest person in the room; with no one present, it'll focus on the surveillance camera and turn into a better one. Anyone talking to it for too long usually ends up violently hating it. Its incredible narcissism doesn't help.
    • It's gotten to the point that the Foundation won't use it against SCP-682 for fear of there now being an even stronger 682 roaming the world, and it's been in the termination of one of the aforementioned Marty Stu characters.
    • Played straight with SCPs such as 316-D and 531-D, who are blatant self inserts. They used to be promptly terminated in amusing reports such as this, but nowadays they're just deleted.
  • Memetic Badass: Dr. Clef is immune to seduction because his crotch is a hand, and that hand holds a gun.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • SCP-106, mostly due to him looking like a typical Dirty Old Man.
    • SCP-953, considering she raped the corpse of a Foundation agent's fiancée while said agent was watching.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moe:
    • Cassy. For bonus points, her appearance changed to match the art style of the picture she's in.
    • Despite how creepy she is, you can't deny that 053 looks adorable.
    • SCP-999, an adorable blob that loves everybody and survives off of candy.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Quite a few readers feel that the Global Occult Coalition crossed the line by killing SCP-1522-2, resulting in 1522-1 killing her/him/itself.
    • Invoked with 1459, a machine whose sole purpose is for its user to come up with cruel and twisted ways to kill a puppy, with the only reward being a cookie of a variety the user usually hates. The machine even lampshades this at the end of each "game":
  • Misaimed Fandom: A large part of the wiki's fanbase prefers to ignore the story at large and idolize the likes of SCP-682 (AKA the Omnicidal Maniac Lizard), SCP-173 (AKA a statue that breaks your neck if you look away), SCP-953 (AKA another Omnicidal Maniac, this time aimed exclusively at the Furry Fandom), and SCP-106 (AKA the epitome of the horror behind the Dirty Old Man trope). This has been met with bemusement and frustration from various authors.
  • MST3K Mantra: Any contributor who asks the senior staff about some of the more questionable aspects of the setting's backstory - like where the Foundation keeps getting like Class D personnel (even in the United States, there are only so many people serving life sentences/on death row), or where do they keep getting the billions of dollars that would logically be necessary to keep everything running - will be greeting with this. If the contributor catches them on a good day, he or she may get a Hand Wave explanation, but even then, they'll urge the contributor not to overthink it too much.
  • Narm:
    • The bit about skeletons coming to life and hanging themselves from the otherwise excellently creepy 097.
    • 166, which sounds like the premise of some awful hentai. It's a teenage succubus whose skin is irritated by clothing, meaning she must be nude at all time. Any man who sees her is immediately compelled to have sex with her, despite her wishes to remain celibate as she was raised in a monastery. And to top it off, she requires no food except for a bit of semen every week.
    • The chilling tone of SCP-1981 becomes less scary when you read the excerpts, which are so nonsensical that it's hard not to laugh. The fact that SCP-1981-1 looks like a hand flipping the bird doesn't help matters.
    "A renewal of the traditional values that have been the tendons of this country's strength. One recent survey by a Washington-based researcher concluded that Americans were far more willing to participate in cannibalism than they have in the past hundred years."

    "I've seen the derelict offices of Google burn with the window boarded up and the squatters inside them. I've seen the houses where they cut up the little babies."

    • It's hard to take The Shy Guy seriously, even without being aware of the Super Mario Bros. species of the same name.
    • Pick a decommissioned SCP, any of them.
    • The "stop trembling" line in the Ethics Committee Orientation.
    • The name "Chaos Insurgency" is almost universally regarded on the wiki as being cartoonishly dumb. Justifications of the name have since become a big part of the site's development with the GoI.
  • Narm Charm:
    • SCP-058. It's a cow heart with spiky tentacles, a stinger tail, insectoid legs and a British accent that goes on destructive rampages. OTT? Probably. Terrifying? Definitely. Also A Heart of Darkness.
    • The excerpts transcribed in SCP-1981, considered to be OTT and ridiculous by some, were also considered by others to be perfect examples of Word-Salad Horror.
  • Nausea Fuel: Any SCP with Body Horror is bound to this. Double if it decides not to hide any content.
    • 25% of casualties in early among soldiers from the task force sent to explore 835 (a coral-like organism with tentacles that just so happens to be made out of human components) were due to "aspiration of vomit caused by backflow against the suit faceplate" and suits were specially designed with equipment to counter any further deaths by said cause. Basically, they had to specially design diving suits so that when people vomited in them out of sheer disgust, they wouldn't drown in their own vomit and die. In the after-action report, one of the team members pukes in his suit. Now think about if that had happened with a first-generation suit...
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • Joke SCPs.
    • Humorous "Added notes" regarding why the Doctors are no longer able/allowed to do so-and-so or a humorous event happening (often with commentary along the lines of "Seriously, what the hell, people?") can lighten up otherwise dark articles. Note that humorous addenda are increasingly frowned upon, precisely because of this trope.
    • Reading the entry for a genuinely frightening SCP can have its impact taken away when you move on to an indestructible pizza box.
    • Seeing pictures of the sculpture that originated SCP-173, by Japanese artist Izumi Kato, who seems to really love the thing. Or another of his creations.
    • While we're on the topic of SCP-173 the little copyright notice on the bottom of the page can really kill the willing suspension of disbelief.
    • A few come from the 99Rooms, and so seem less scary when you know what they really are.
    • The first question on the FAQ? "Is this all real?" The answer? "No. It is just a collection of stories." The creepiness is kind of lost when you read this. Then again, it was a necessary measure when the SCP Foundation wiki admins actually started getting people contacting them asking how to join the Foundation.
      • If one really thinks about it, the Foundation being fictional is given away by its format; after all, why on Earth would an allegedly top-secret organization whose most basic security measure is making absolutely sure that civilians never discover its existence unless it's either absolutely necessary or too late note  leave its entire inventory of world destroying abominations just sitting there on the internet for all to see?
    • The community has a trend to use the discussion pages and the chat to crack jokes about some of the most horrific SCPs. The authors included. It sure helps lower the scariness - Clef giving such an assessment on SCP-231 was even closed with "Keep thinking that, you'll sleep better."
    • Simply knowing the background to some of the SCP images reduces their scariness. For example, the image on 957's page is a foam Halloween prop known as Spazm, and SCP-1471's page image is a fursuit.
    • The horror of the would-be dystopia of UnLondon is somewhat lessened once the reader realizes its suspicious similarity to a pitch for a Bioshock sequel.
  • Older Than They Think: SCP-173 and SCP-055 existed before the Weeping Angels and Silents existed. SCP-173 was up in Early 2007. However, Steven Moffat based "Blink" from a story called "'What I Did on My Christmas Holidays' by Sally Sparrow" that he wrote for the Doctor Who 2006 Annual (although said story didn't involve the Weeping Angels and instead focused on the time travel aspect), and filming on the episode began in late 2006. The ideas, while similar, are completely unrelated.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • Aside from the obvious, Class D personnel can be recruited from the general population if they run out of condemned prisoners. Of course, it's still debated.
    • SCP-966 ("Sleep Killer"). They're invisible, hunt humans, can be found all over the world.
    • Think that it would be bad if some of the SCPs got out and caused The End of the World as We Know It? This short story suggests that it's already happened.
    • SCP-198. You'll be picking up cups very gingerly for the next week or so.
    • An O5 note for SCP-231 states that those assigned to SCP-231 duty are given the option to take an amnestic when leaving the project. As this particular O5 states, if you work for the Foundation you could've been assigned these horrific responsibilites in the past and you simply don't remember it.
    • SCP-096. Any photograph you view could contain even a single pixel of it, and you don't even have to be consciously aware that you saw it - at that point, it'll hunt you down and end you.
    • SCP-650, though not apparently dangerous, literally does nothing but teleport right behind you as soon as you turn around to scare you. You'll always be waiting to see it whenever you turn to leave a room...
    • SCP-870, predatory monsters that are only visible to people with schizophrenia. And all sufferers describe them differently, so you can never tell if it's a hallucination or if one of the beasts really is there, waiting for its prey to be alone. Oh, and you may think they only target the people who can see them, right? They don't. Meaning that even if you're not schizophrenic, these things could be watching you. Right now. Waiting for the right moment to strike.
    • SCP-1889, especially for Calculus students. To think that you could be solving an innocuous word problem, and then suddently being teleported to God-knows-where only to have your brain stolen by who-knows-what and the rest of your body chopped up and sent back as nicely-wrapped cubes of flesh.
    • Any time an amplified SCP from Kalilin's Proposal for SCP-001 is listed as uncontained.
    • SCP-2086. Big Creepy-Crawlies disguised as buses, who set up fake bus stops in order to capture commuters, feed their organs and blood to their babies, who then use their mummified corpses as decoys.
  • The Scrappy:
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Due to how the writing style and the general atmosphere of the setting evolved, many of the oldest SCP entries, once acclaimed as some of the best, seem out-of-date now and would be considered subpar if they were written today. For example, SCP-173 (the very first SCP item) or SCP-017 are sometimes criticized because they're little more than a short description of a monster and the creepy things it can do, while today's SCP articles tend to be more like complete stories in themselves, or at least explore the item's potential a little more.
  • Self-Fanservice:
  • So Bad, It's Good: Some of the Decommissioned SCP items are hilarious in how absurd they are, such as SCP-106-D, a perpetually smiling woman who explodes with the force of a 20kt nuke when she jabs her finger into someone's naval, or SCP-269-D, a giant moose man.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: The Foundation has two good big-name adaptations:
    • The Cabin in the Woods basically becomes a straight adaptation once it's revealed what the Controllers' mission actually is, even depicting a containment breach and an XK-class end-of-the-world-event at the end.
    • Warehouse 13 is a Lighter and Softer version, perfect for those who feel that the actual Foundation stories can get too depressing.
  • Squick:
    • One Bad Mother, written by Dr. Mann. Combining Mr. Seahorse with Herr Chirurg, two-into-one body grafting and one of the most mentally depraved individuals the Foundation boasts was sure to lead to a lot of vomiting. It's played for laughs, though, and non-canon because no way in hell would the Foundation allow anyone (specifically two men) to start an active relationship with an SCP like Herr Chirurg, let alone bear their child. But still...
    • SCP-198
    • The experiment log for SCP-291.
    • CryogenChaos's tale of how D-class bodies are disposed.
    • To show how redacting is sometimes necessary, SCP-835 (expunged content is uncensored in the addenda), SCP-2852 (no censorship whatsoever, though all graphic content is in the collapsible folders).
    • SCP-2678, which drew comparisons to SCP-835, was created in response to a joke question one of the authors got on their tumblr: "Is their(sic) a vore SCP yet?"
      Cyantreuse: Kaktus (another author) said he had an idea. I said "Oh god no." Then right after that I said "Collab."
      • SCP-2678's horror comes in two parts: in part one the D-class is "dosed" and happily submits to the "pit", its Naughty Tentacles, and its liquefying, uh, liquids (it's missing the "squeezing" that usually happens) while part two subverts all the fetish-y-ness of vore: the thing's aphrodisiac is gone, the D-class is terrified and disgusted, the "pit" isn't interested in having fun, and it's implied the people who were "eaten" have become living excrement, not the unified being the cult that summoned the pit (or that the pit sought out) was hoping for.
    • SCP-2610 comes with a graphic content warning:
      SCP-2610-A's "Angel": He has provided for you the Whore of His Deliverance,
      in your own blood she is born.
      Her womb will open for your seed and the seed of your offspring,
      and their seed upon their seed,
      until the Earth is made anew in His Image.
    • There are a load of works that invoke dental horror. Standouts include SCP-478 and SCP-1994, both involving teeth growing at places where they shouldn't be growing.
  • Stoic Woobie: Cain shows very little emotion despite the fact that he can't touch any plant life or even anything derived from plant life, such as pizza and bread and paper.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Played for Laughs with SCP-2558-J and SCP-999.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: D-class personnel. Even though they're supposed to be heinous criminals, one will likely still feel sorry for the way they get used as human guinea pigs to be horrifically maimed and killed, just to satisfy the curiosities of amoral mad scientists. It doesn't help that the SCPF outright admits that in case of shortages, they will recruit lesser criminals and innocent people to use as D-class.
  • What an Idiot:
  • The Woobie: Has its own page, here.
  • Woobie Species: SCP-1342-3. They're aliens from the far future which were almost destroyed by humans, and the rest won't last long. Unlike Bigfoot, they didn't do anything to deserve it. They have only one chance to save themselves by destroying Earth in the present, so our successors won't have a chance to attack them. They decide against it and instead send a warning to the humans in the hope that they can change themselves. Not a threat, just a friendly warning.