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The article that cannot be referred to as SCP-4000 - Taboo
  • Abusive Precursors: Possibly; If these are the same Fae as spoken of in SCP-1000, then these are the same Fae who tormented the Children of the Night before they were eventually overthrown.
  • Affably Evil: "Evil" is kind of a stretch, but the lagomorphic lorekeeper who Dr. Japers talks to is an extremely polite chap-he also tricks Dr. Japers into letting him steal his name so he can get back to his old home on Earth and reveal the backstory of the garden of bizarre wonders and terrors.
  • Another Side, Another Story: The article turns out to be one for Dr. Bright's 001 Proposal, as it shows that the Foundation's resultant attacks against a band of them butchering the early Foundation's headquarters was a brutal genocide against a sapient species that had previously aided them against the Factory.
  • Arc Welding: The population of the mysterious world are apparently the "faeries" referred to in Dr. Bright's 001 Proposal and mentioned in passing by other SCPs (such as SCP-2932 and SCP-2952).
  • Body Horror: Referring to the forest with no name and those who dwell within using a consistent name has resulted in various unpleasant effects, such as the development of feathers and pollen sacs in those affected, as well as becoming fused or switched with the entities that reside in the location where names are forbidden. Possibly subverted, as it also seems like it allows the fae to steal your name and escape with a Perception Filter. The "people" could really be escaped fae who have always looked like that.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Descriptions of features inside the enigmatic woods are color-coded in the article to make it clear what is being addressed. There's a colorblind-friendly version here.
  • The Dog Bites Back: The "faeries" inside the forest outside normative space are not happy with the Foundation's attempted genocide and desire vengeance. One of them even manages to successfully escape and enact their revenge by stealing Dr. Japers' name/identity.
    • And as noted in regards to the Arc Welding, this may have been their own fate at the hands of SCP-1000 if SCP-2932 is any indication.
  • Eldritch Location: Expeditions into the anomalous location have resulted in vastly different routes each time, with sections of the main road that should overlap or intersect not doing so.
  • Etiquette Nazi: The Foundation has a very specific set of rules for accessing the unnamable land and communicating with the beings living in the woods to be strictly followed; failure to do so leads to bad things happening.
  • The Faceless: A native humanoid entity pictured at the top of the article resembles a young woman with no facial features. The article mentions that despite this, the entity resembles a college student who had accidentally triggered a nomenclative containment breach after receiving a book about the strange place in the chimney from a member of the Wanderer's Library.
  • The Fair Folk: The strange inhabitants of the land beyond the hidden well are some of the only surviving faeries.
  • Grand Theft Me: Apparently the fate of Dr. Japers on his third expedition to the wood of the strange ones after the rabbit-headed man he had met twice before referred to Japers as "fellow scholar" three times. The identity-stealing entity then leaves the unfortunate doctor now believed to be a rabbit-person to his fate in the realm of the nameless folk and escapes to the outside world.
    • Note that this is a slight variant: as the final note suggests in its reference to "Dr. Japers" having fur, the being whose head resembles that of a small mammal doesn't actually steal Japers' body or even change its own appearance; the anomalous effect simply makes people believe it is now Dr. Japers, while becoming incapable of recognizing the entity which used to bear that moniker.
  • Homage: The entire SCP article is one to Alice in Wonderland, complete with a major character that has the head of a rabbit.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: The fae's entire hostility is due to the Foundation's own trigger-happiness, and the Brown Note nature of the land whose name was stolen may be in fact a way for the O5 Council to whitewash history.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: The peculiar folk within the mysterious land with no names may be terrifying and alien, but they have every right to be furious at the Foundation for having committed genocide against them.
  • Land of Faerie: To put it as laconically as possible, "Taboo" is a refugee camp inhabited by The Fair Folk, who had fled the Earth when the Foundation committed genocide against them after the "War with the Factory."
  • Meaningful Name: The ritual needed to access the unusual terrain is called "Protocol 4000-Halloway." "Halloway" is a surname derived from the Old English words for "sunken path," which is what most of the land where speech is deadly resembles.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The article heavily implies that the increasing number of dangerous SCP items and anomalies is because of the Foundation's genocide against the faeries, which apparently removed what amounted to a keystone species within the anomalous "ecosystem."
  • Painting the Medium: Multiple characters, physical features, and even the SCP article itself are all referred to in artistic-sounding alternatives, and the appropriate phrases are colored to represent when they're referring to the same entitynote .
    • Additionally, the alterations made to Foundation explorers while within that burrow betwixt the bricks changes their original names and identities, which results in some characters having names like "Desk Desk."
  • Sophisticated as Hell: The nature of the land that forms the subject of the article leads to a smorgasbord of descriptions ranging from the very verbose to Buffy Speak.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The fairies understandably want revenge against the Foundation and to get back home to Earth. They are also willing to cause quite a lot of pain getting there.
  • Written by the Winners: According to the gentleman with the leporine visage, many of the faeries had originally fought on the Foundation's side during the war with the Factory, and only some of them later ravaged the early Foundation. The Foundation proceeded to commit genocide against all of them, and this "minor fact" has been omitted by Foundation records.

SCP-4001 - Alexandria Eternal

  • Big Good: The library is strongly implied to be sentient, and it's viewed as this by its successive custodians, including the Foundation researchers stationed at the library.
    SCP-4001-1: (SCP-4001) is our greatest resource. A record of Eternity. All that has ever been, since the very dawn of man. A gift from the gods to us.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Experiments involving terminating a person's life were immediately forbidden by the Foundation team assigned to the library after the first round of testing. The library itself expressed contempt over the amoral researcher in charge of experimenting on D-Class with their books.
  • Genius Loci: Its last custodian prior to the Foundation refers to the library as a she, and the Foundation research in charge of the facility remarks on its tone in chronicling each of their lives - notably, the library is surprisingly benevolent and moral, as it expressed contempt for an amoral former member of the Foundation team stationed there while treating the two AI constructs built to act as its librarians kindly. They even get books of their own in the library, with added notes pointing out the callousness of the AI being removed from the library to test said books' contents.
  • Gender Bender: One D-class had his gender at birth changed in her book. Following the change, she couldn't remember being born male, but did later identify as transgender, and requested reassignment surgery.
  • Great Big Library of Everything: It's an enormous library buried beneath the famous Library of Alexandria. Stretching for many kilometers in length, it contains the chronicles of every human being that has ever existed in its books, which are written in an unidentifiable language that's still comprehensible to everyone that reads it. The Foundation estimate that there is no less than 120 billion books contained in the library representing the grand total of every human in history, with hundreds more being created every minute and an unknown number already destroyed.
  • Ragnarök Proofing: It survived the nuclear war that ended the Homo nobilis civilization 75,000 years ago.
  • Reality Warper: Any action or changes of fate written in each book becomes reality to the person it chronicles.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Its last custodian - designated SCP-4001-1 - was a man left inside it when the Library of Alexandria was burned down by the Romans. Until the Foundation discovered it centuries later, the custodian - who called himself the Watcher of Alexandria Eternal, kept himself alive by writing in his scroll. The Foundation grants him his last wish of seeing the sunrise for the first time in centuries before he passes away.
  • Retgone: The fate of people who get their books destroyed, or the first pages torn out. The library asked the last Watcher from the Homo nobilis civilization to burn the entire collection of books so that the damage from their nuclear war could be undone, which resulted in them being wiped from reality.
  • Time Abyss: The oldest books in the library date back to around 75,000 years ago, around the Toba eruption. An untold number had been burnt before, shrouding its true origins.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Averted. The library regards the Foundation-made AI caretakers as equal to its other custodians and even created books for them.

SCP-4002 - The Black Moon Howls From Beyond The Edge Of Time

  • Arc Words/Title Drop: Here, we finally get an explanation for the oft-repeated phrase, "Does the black moon howl?" It's a reference to a deal made in ancient history that essentially forced the vast majority of the anomalous outside of reality.
  • Continuity Nod: The excerpt from the O5 Emergency Meeting has them reference the Children of the Night, and alludes to SCP-2000 as a way to continue the effects of SCP-4002, and to put it in their own words: "Let us replace a blighted crop with a cutting of its former self, as many times as is necessary."
  • Deal with the Devil: Well more like a deal with an Eldritch Abomination that exists outside time but the deal between Etana and the Black Moon all but states that in order to allow Etana to have a child to continue his empire, all beings on Earth would give up their special natures, what the Foundation would later refer to as anomalies. The increasing appearance of anomalous objects being a sign that this deal is about to end, would would end up shattering the consensus reality.
  • The Magic Comes Back: What the deal expiring would result in, where beings of the world would regain their anomalous nature. However, this isn't exactly a good thing (from the Foundation's perspective, at least), as the current consensus reality has been based off of the general lack of anomalies. The deal is almost reaching its end, as evidenced by the increasing number of SCP objects.
  • The Magic Goes Away: What Etana had to have humanity sacrifice, causing the lifespan of humans to greatly decrease, the animals rendered silent, and divine beings faded from the world.
  • Prophecy Twist: While Etana was able to avert the city of Kish mourning the lack of a king as seen in his dream, Kish ended up morning anyway due to the peoples' lives greatly shortening and what made their world special fading away because of Etana's deal.

SCP-4003 - On Cowboys, Catholicism, and the Cretaceous

  • Downer Ending: Most of the inhabitants of Temperance are killed by the dinosaurs, and the last entry heavily implies that the "light of God" that Sheriff Tweed mentioned seeing was actually the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs.

SCP-4005 - The Holy and Heavenly City of Fabled China

  • Ambiguous Situation: Do the doors created by SCP-4005 really lead to the paradise city that the SCP-4005-1 instances claim, or is it an elaborate trap? Are those affected by the lamp really acting of their own free will, or is there a memetic effect? While the story seems to suggest that more positive interpretation is correct, we never get any concrete answers.
  • Straw Atheist / Straw Nihilist: Dr. Martha Hardcastle for most of the story.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Comes to pass by the end of the story, albeit with a more hopeful bend than most.

SCP-4006 - #MassaTruthetts

  • Broken Masquerade: What might (or might not) happen if SCP-4006 were to ever stop working completely.
  • Contrived Coincidence: SCP-4006 is an elaborate and incredibly unlikely series of coincidences that have led to the false belief that the area called Massachusetts is inhabited. The Foundation is extremely interested in keeping this phenomenon going because it may very well be the same phenomenon that's kept the Foundation from being discovered all these years.

SCP-4007 - Kagemusha

  • The Assimilator: SCP-4007 was created by vivisecting anomalous humanoids and implanting parts of their bodies into volunteers. SCP-4007-4 is using this process to acquire the powers of his former compatriots with the Foundation's unwitting assistance.
  • Riddle for the Ages: By the end of the article, neither we nor the Foundation know what exactly is at the center of the giant pentagram, nor what exactly SCP-4007-4 is trying to accomplish.
  • Token Good Teammate: Unlike the other instances, SCP-4007-4 has been overall cooperative with the Foundation, providing them with information regarding himself and his companions. Subverted with the revelation that his invisibility effect is actually an amnestic effect, and he's been using it to spy on the Foundation and carry out his own agenda.

SCP-4010 - Attempt to look at what we accomplished

SCP-4016 - Of Mice and Twine

SCP-4024 - Puddle in the Gobi Desert

SCP-4028 - La Historia de Don Quixote de la Mancha

  • Beyond the Impossible: The second iteration of the article depicts Don Quixote as performing multiple tasks which are considered either utterly impossible or insanely difficult, including battling SCP-076 to a standstill and actually slaying SCP-682. Of course, this is played with in that none of it is actually happening; these are simply stories that Quixote inserts into the Foundation database as he continues on his real mission, which is to rescue the real Don Quixote- otherwise known as Dr. Menard- from "captivity" with the Foundation.
  • Black and White Insanity: Fred finds out the hard way that Don Quixote is not a man that does "complicated". To him, you're either a paragon of knightly virtue, or you're an obstacle in his way. Pierre Menard, the Foundation's head of the Pataphysics Department and expert on Don Quixote, gives up on containing him because there's no reasoning with the guy. The real reason is that Alfonso has crossed the Despair Event Horizon upon realizing how hollow his life is and doesn't think he's worth "rescuing" by Sancho.
  • Blatant Lies: It's heavily hinted that the "undetectable assailants" story in the final iteration is bogus; the author hints that the culprits are, in fact, Sancho and Alonso/Menard, who also happen to be the two "researchers" on site, and that the Foundation just doesn't care to stop them.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: It's Don Quixote, the madman who fights windmills. How dangerous could he be? Well, he's a metafictional anomaly classified as Keter, for starters. When he invades the Foundation's database, he singlehandedly unveils SCP-055, fights Able to a draw, and kills 682 (again, in the database only). To put it in perspective, Fred is more afraid of this guy than he is of SCP-2747, an anomaly that eats narratives.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Implied to happen to Sancho in the arms of Dr. Menard / Alonso Quixano at the end of the second iteration. He ultimately lives, as the final iteration mentions two unknown windmill assailants.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Overrides the Downer Ending of Don Quixote by giving the titular character a happy one.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: SCP-4028 is capable of drawing on commonalities between works to basically jump between them; as Fred puts it, "his fourth wall breaks have fourth wall breaks". In the later portions of the second iteration and in the final iteration, SCP-4028 has finally made the jump into the Foundation's reality... although, thankfully, they've contented themselves with assaulting wind turbines.
  • Gary Stu: Invoked in-universe; Don Quixote (or rather, Sancho) is a sentient fictional character with the power to insert himself into other works of literature, where he usually singlehandedly resolves the plot. The second iteration has him do this with the Foundation database itself, inserting stories where he overcomes various anomalies that the real Foundation has struggled with for years.
  • Ignored Expert: Dr. Menard was completely opposed to the idea of sending Fred after SCP-4028 in his work of origin, citing "Better to let sleeping dogs lie." They didn't listen, they sent him in, and all hell broke loose across Western literature.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When asked how Don Quixote responded to Fred's account of the Foundation, Fred responds that "He said you sound like giants."
  • The Stinger: "¡Non fuyades, cobardes y viles criaturas, esos dos caballeros son los que te van a atacar!"translation 
  • Tomato Surprise: The fictional character who has been infecting the Foundation database is actually not Don Quixote, but rather Sancho taking on his identity; the true Don Quixote is actually Dr. Pierre Menard, head of the Foundation's Pataphysics Department.
  • Windmill Crusader: The Windmill Crusader. After being "rescued" by Sancho, Menard/Alonso settles down around La Mancha with him and they spend their days attacking windmills, with their "reasoning" being cited in a footnote as "they might be giants". Old habits die hard.

SCP-4036 - The Republic/"The Adytite Republic of Polynesia"

  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Part of the SCP article involves the journal entries of the Republic's founder, an American imperialist (Norman Taylor) from the 1850s who became enamored with Sarkicism. The recorded entries often talk of Taylor indulging in the White Man's Burden and him feeling a "moral need to civilize" the islands' inhabitants (though he actually had a semi-sympathetic goal when doing this, namely to help protect the natives from Western imperialism).
  • Hidden Elf Village: The Foundation has almost completely cut the Adytite Republic off from the outside world. Its inhabitants aren't exactly happy about it.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While they do practice Sarkicism and possibly aspire to militaristic expansion, the Adytite Republic is completely right when they point out that the Foundation's preservation of The Masquerade has cut them off from the rest of the world without their opinion ever being asked for input.
  • Not So Different: A common theme in the SCP article is how SCP-4036's inhabitants aren't inherently better or worse than anyone else in the world, and they just want to live their lives free from the Foundation's influence.
  • Organic Technology: Being that they practice Sarkicism, they have this all over the place. Just as an example, the plumbing systems in their larger cities consists of living organisms, and one plumber interviewed by the Foundation even complains about how difficult it can be to make sure their pipes will always grow in the right direction.
  • Religion of Evil: Surprisingly subverted - Despite Sarkicism being the state religion, the nation itself is rather stable and its adherents in the Republic are shown to (mostly) be pretty decent folk.
  • Schizo Tech: Due to a mix of having been cut off from the outside world by the Foundation and utilizing Sarkic magic, their technological base is rather un-even.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Despite being a ruthless imperialist, Norman Taylor (the Republic's founder) created the Adytite Republic in part because he wanted to save the natives from being exploited and/or even wiped out by European and American colonization efforts.
  • White Sheep: Much like Sarvi and SCP-2815, SCP-4036 is another example of the exceedingly rare of a genuinely "nice" Sarkic community.

SCP-4040 - At The Bottom Of A Bottomless Pit

SCP-4051 - Your Friendly Neighborhood Keter

SCP-4056 - The Department of Preservation

SCP-4057 - Save Her

SCP-4061 - Unphotographable

SCP-4062 - Soggy Doggy

SCP-4065 - Ancho(red) Reality

  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Implied to be the true way that Scranton Reality Anchors "work": the devices themselves have no power whatsoever, but because the Foundation employees using the devices believe they work, the expected effects occur.
  • Double-Meaning Title: The title on the mainlist is both a Call-Back to SCP-3001 (whose mainlist title was "Red Reality") and a reference to the Scranton Reality Anchors, which are the anomaly in question.
  • Meaningful Background Event: SCP-4065-3 is a symbol devised by Dr. Susan Scranton which is the primary infection vector for SCP-4065, causing those who see it to being believing that Scranton Reality Anchors exist and function; there is also a secondary infection which causes those who see the symbol to believe it is the primary logo of the Foundation, in order to facilitate the sigil's. The sigil itself is never described (and is censored out of the associated image), but astute readers might notice that the site logo is conspicuously missing from the top of the page.

SCP-4099 - We Die in The Dark

    4100- 4199 
SCP-4100 - Future Imperfect
  • After the End: The SCP article is set several millennia after an Eldritch Abomination called "The Destroyer" forced most of humanity off Earth via containment breaches, and the planet itself is now just an abandoned wasteland.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Because of the Protectorate's lack of knowledge about Earth (specifically, that humanity was responsible for founding the Protectorate in the first place), it's unclear how much of their speculation regarding the nature of SCP items such as 173 is accurate.
  • Badass Boast: The final image transmitted before the destruction of SCP-4100 shows the possible existence of an entire species of entities like the Destroyer...and then also shows one of the entities crossed off close to the Foundation's logo, implying that the "Triumvirate" (the name given to the future Foundation) are coming for them next.
  • Call-Back: Several of the pictograms broadcast from SCP-4100 are of other SCPs - Specifically, of SCP-173, SCP-882, and SCP-914.
    • One of the pictograms displays a seemingly ruined Earth being remade anew and the words "Remember Us." This references both SCP-2000 (which, being located below Yellowstone National Park, has since been destroyed when Yellowstone erupted in the millennia since the Foundation's present day) and that SCP's main inspiration, "Documentation Recovered from the Marianas Trench".
    • Saturn is described under the name "Hephaestia," and is thought of as the homeworld of the "Church of Mekhanion" (a.k.a. the Church of the Broken God).
    • "The Destroyer" is depicted as a gigantic red entity with a skull-like head that has no visible lower jaw, and which was responsible for untold devastation throughout Earth's prehistory before finally bringing about The End of the World as We Know It. Suffice to say, it's all but stated that it's the Scarlet King.
    • "Triumvirate" is the name given to the Foundation by the Protectorate; the author of 4100 also wrote SCP-2217, which uses this term to describe a coalition between the Foundation, the Horizon Initiative, and the Global Occult Coalition.
  • Colony Drop: The Triumvirate/Foundation kill the Destroyer by firing the now-abandoned Earth at the Destroyer at FTL speed.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: To reiterate, the Foundation defeated an Eldritch Abomination by using the Earth as a faster-than-light projectile to kill off the bastard.
  • Distant Finale: To the rest of the Foundation's archive, given that it takes place several millennia after humanity abandoned the Earth.
  • Earth Is the Center of the Universe: Averted, with the Earth reduced to a minor backwater overrun by anomalies that's only worth noting due to it being the homeworld of humanity and the possible origin of the Stellar Congressional Protectorate.
  • Earth That Was: Earth is now a merciless wasteland home only to hostile SCPs and countless pictograms intended for future generations.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The mysterious entity known only as "The Destroyer," which was responsible for causing numerous calamities throughout Earth's history before eventually forcing humanity off-world.
  • Expospeak Gag: Many of the Triumvirate's pictograms use this to describe everyday earthly concepts, being aware that future discoverers may be Starfish Aliens. For example, a diagram of potassium cyanide (represented by a series of tallies indicating the component elements) is used as a shorthand to mean "deadly (to carbon-based life)".
  • Fling a Light into the Future: The abandoned Earth is still orbited by artificial satellites containing pictograms detailing documentation concerning various SCPs.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The governing body of the galaxy that creates the article are called the "Stellar Congressional Protectorate." It serves as some nice Foreshadowing for the fact that the Foundation actually set them up millennia ago, and this article details them coming across their origins.
  • Future Imperfect: Not a very comedic example, but it still counts, as the article shows the various members of the Stellar Congressional Protectorate badly misinterpreting the information left behind about certain SCPs (such as them interpreting a pictogram concerning SCP-173 as a possible precursor to alien drones used elsewhere in the galaxy). They also seem to have forgotten that the SCP Foundation was in fact responsible for creating the Protectorate in the first place.
    • Upon closer inspection, the trope may actually be zig-zagged: given the Loose Canon nature of the Foundation, it's possible that 173 really is a prototype alien drone for the purposes of this "canon". Alternately, given that the Protectorate is essentially the Foundation in the distant future, it's also possible that the aforementioned drones were actually based off 173, and not the other way around.
  • Ironic Echo: Some popular Arc Words throughout the Foundation are "We die in the darkness so you can live in the light." Here, part of humanity's Badass Boast to the Destroyer upon their return has them saying "We don't die in the darkness anymore. We've won. We're living in stellar light."
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Our planet has FTL. And I don't mean our ships."
  • Starfish Aliens: The aliens that were making the archive record being read for the Stellar Congressional Protectorate are implied to be this, being that "salinated dihydrogen monoxide" (a.k.a. salt water) is described as being a virulent danger to their remaining workforce on Earth.
  • Spiritual Successor: To the now-deleted Tale "5700 Years Later," which also dealt with humanity fleeing an abandoned Earth due to rampaging SCPs and managing to take out a hostile god-like entity in the process.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending: For the Foundation's setting as a whole, as humanity is safely evacuated off Earth and the Destroyer gets a goddamn planet to the face for its troubles.
  • Unconventional Formatting: Large sections of the document are only vaguely reminiscent of a standard SCP article format, and the rest is largely made up of various pictograms displaying several different SCPs.
  • Wham Line: The casual mention of extant humans in the Protectorate is the sudden reveal of the Earn Your Happy Ending factor.

SCP-4128 - Action Comics #1

SCP-4132 - Retrochronal Observation Tank

SCP-4149 - Professor Xorkanoff’s Gallery of the Bizz-art

SCP-4190 - A Twenty Thousand League Delay

SCP-4193 - migraine medicine e by dado

    4200- 4299 
SCP-4220 - Dark Side of the Moon
  • Artistic License – Physics: In-Universe - Despite Earth's Moon apparently being hollow, it still exerts the gravitational force expected from a completely solid celestial body of its size.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Aleister Crowley, Jack Parsons, and L. Ron Hubbard all played vital roles in "Project Helios," where the United States utilized paratechnology to investigate the Moon.
  • Call-Back:
    • The "Department of Abnormalities" sign is found printed above the entrance to the sub-lunar surface facility.
    • Project Helios was apparently conducted by several officials associated with "Operation Thunderbolt."
    • The Pentagram (the occult branch of the US Department of Defense during the Cold War) were responsible for both SCP-4220 and SCP-2350.
    • Captain Victor Dorofeyev, a KGB officer associated with GRU Division "P" and the Soviet's "Luna" program, was previously mentioned in SCP-2664.
  • The Casanova: Jack Parsons, which is also a case of Truth in Television.
  • Enemy Mine: Both GRU Division "P" and the Pentagram work together to convince both NASA and the CCCP to privately cancel the Space Race and help contain SCP-4220.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While Jack Parsons is shown to be a massive hedonist and Cloud Cuckoolander, he wasn't happy with desecrating the graves of Native Americans to gain fuel for Project Helios, only going along with it due to the government threatening him into line.
  • Hollow Earth: Well, more like Hollow Moon, to be accurate.
  • Magitek: Humanity actually reached the Moon a few years earlier than in recorded history by harnessing special engines powered by having souls undergo nuclear fission, which is kept stable through the "energy" of sexual lust.
  • Mood Whiplash: Most of the interview conducted via seance between the Foundation and Jack Parsons is rather comical and absurd due to Parsons being an utter Cloud Cuckoolander...but it becomes dead serious when Parsons starts to actually remember what he saw captured below the Moon's surface and goes into a blind panic.
    Jack Parsons: I don't know what happened - it forced its way up or maybe the Moon Goddess rejected it. But it was never meant to be seen. We weren't the first men on the Moon - but we should have been the last.
  • Moon-Landing Hoax: A variant - Apparently, the Moon landings never actually took place on the real Moon, and instead took place on SCP-1812.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The horrible truth of what lies beneath the Moon's surface is never fully conveyed to the reader, only being lightly hinted at a few times to be an Eldritch Abomination.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: The main power source for Project Helios' propulsion system was the souls of Native Americans, who were captured when they began to haunt Helios-related officials for desecrating their graves.
  • Shown Their Work: The article is surprisingly detailed in its analysis of American occultism during the 1950s and 1960s, and the lives of Crowley, Parsons, and Hubbard are replicated fairly accurately.
  • Weird Moon: The Earth's Moon is apparently hollow, and within it is a massive facility conducting office work for the containment of an unknown entity's tomb.
  • Wham Line: "SCP-4220 refers to the Earth's Moon."

SCP-4231 - The Montauk House

  • A Million Is a Statistic: Lampshaded In-Universe - The Foundation admits that despite the Ichabod Campaign having been the Coalition's literal Final Solution towards Type Greens, the simple fact that it both wasn't feasible to contain all Type Greens (since they're apparently far more common than first thought) and the Coalition was killing literal thousands of them a year motivated the Foundation not to act.
  • Adult Fear: Getting trapped in an abusive relationship, having your child endangered, and slowly losing your grip on reality.
  • Arc Welding: This SCP ties the Cornwall Incident and many other Scarlet King-related SCPs together into Dr. Clef's backstory.
  • Asshole Victim: Lilly herself.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: The actual SCP article makes up only a tiny fraction of the page, with the rest being a series of Tales and articles from the G.O.C. related to the Scarlet King and Cornwall Incident. Heck, there's even a brief chapter from the perspective of a horse in North Access struggling to get away with its owner from the boiling floods.
  • Boxed Crook: The Foundation eventually deems Francis/Clef mentally "stable" enough to be kept under limited supervision, albeit to the extent where Clef only needs to attend psychological testing each year and can act as an employee of the Foundation.
  • Call-Back: The main anomaly of the Montauk House is an example of "traumatic imprinting," where the emotional distress of a Type Green is imprinted on the surrounding environment and repeats forever and ever. This idea was first introduced in the G.O.C.-related Tale "Trauma."
  • The Cameo: An alternate version of Dr. Robert Scranton is briefly shown helping organize research into the unstable reality around SCP-4231, as he's hoping to use the area as a testing ground for his Scranton Reality Anchors.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Dr. Clef's nigh-sociopathy and quirkier characteristics are revealed to be coping mechanisms he developed after getting out of a horrifically abusive relationship.
  • Child by Rape: Lilly raped Francis, and their child was "Meri," a.k.a. SCP-166.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The vast majority of North Access, Cornwall was boiled alive as a result of reality becoming unstable due to a mix of Lilly's abuse of Francis and Lilly's physical pain from giving birth to her and Francis' daughter.
  • Deathbringer the Adorable: Francis' terrifying abusive girlfriend and fanatical adherent to the Scarlet King was named...Lilly.
  • Death Of Achild: Not only are there several children in North Access who were boiled alive during the Cornwall Incident, but the Global Occult Coalition's "Operation Ichabod" is revealed to have been a literal genocide they conducted against Type Greens across the latter half of the twentieth century, to the point where the average lifespan of a Type Green during this period was 8 years old. Francis/Clef was also one of the G.O.C agents involved in Ichabod, which only helped further facilitate his Sanity Slippage.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Francis eventually gets so sick of Lilly's abuse that, just after she gives birth to their daughter and she's temporarily vulnerable, he shoots her in the head with his standard-ops G.O.C. rifle. Of course, his other primary motivation at the time was protecting their daughter Meri from both the G.O.C. and Lilly herself.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Completely averted - Lilly's abuse (which is a combination of physical, sexual, and mental/emotional) of Francis is only portrayed as terrifying and nauseating throughout the article.
  • Epic Fail: The Cornwall Incident was partly a result of the Global Occult Coalition learning Francis was a Type Green and tracking him down as part of "Operation Ichabod." However, the resultant anxiety this gave Francis and Lilly's simultaneous birth pains caused the nearby lake to boil and flood the surrounding area, ultimately leading to the deaths of 1200 innocent people (which included the G.O.C. strike team that was on-location at the time). This incident was used as the main incentive for Coda (an influential member of the G.O.C. at the time) to shut down the Ichabod Campaign.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: As noted above, "traumatic imprinting" causes several signs and events associated with Francis' abuse to be forever repeated throughout the Montauk House.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: The Foundation's perspective on the Coalition's "Ichabod Campaign," which they feel was the very definition of a Necessary Evil. The modern Coalition under Coda disagrees.
  • Improbable Age: "Agent Ukulele" (a.k.a. Francis/Clef) was shown to be a decorated soldier of the G.O.C. to the point where he was proficient enough to be included on the Ichabod Campaign, but was only in his early-to-mid twenties for the majority of the latter.
  • Kick the Dog: The Foundation's initial treatment of Francis after the Cornwall Incident was utterly heartless in their general questioning and conducting of research about him, with them treating a victim of repeated rape and physical/emotional abuse with all the delicacy of a grasshopper in a windstorm.
  • Meaningful Name: A variant, with the SCP's numerical designation being as close as one can get to both SCP-231 and SCP-2317, which it is heavily related to as a part of the Scarlet King mythos.
    • Francis' abusive girlfriend is named "Lilly" - Just like Lilith.
  • Meta Twist: Word of God states that the main purpose of the SCP is to show how limiting the actual SCP article format is and how the Foundation can't really know everything about each situation on hand. More specifically, SCP-4231 heavily implies that Francis/Clef is the true SCP-231-1, and there are actually two active SCP-231 instances remaining, which potentially means that Procedure 110-Montauk is actually pointless.
  • Mind Screw: Many parts of the SCP article are confusing and difficult to understand, with several of its included Tales being more metaphorical than anything else.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Francis/Clef learns to exaggerate his own insanity as a way to help rebuild his own psyche after the hell that was his relationship with Lilly and membership in the G.O.C..
  • Origin Story: For SCP-231, SCP-2317, SCP-166, and Dr. Clef himself.
  • Papa Wolf: Aside from the horrible abuse he's suffered through at her hands, the main reason why Francis kills Lilly is to protect their newborn daughter from her potential abuse.
  • Poltergeist: "Traumatic imprinting" is basically this, albeit created by Type Greens and not ordinary humans.
  • Reality Warper: Both Francis and Lilly are Type Greens (the Foundation-verse's term for Reality Warpers), with the latter being especially powerful.
  • The Reveal: Many examples.
    • Lilly was SCP-231-1, and the other 6 SCP-231 instances were taken from the town of North Access, Cornwall. She also used Procedure 110-Montauk to turn them into the Apocalypse Maidens they are now, and imprisoned them in an underground tunnel network she created below the nearby lake-bed when they didn't suit her plans. The Foundation then naturally assumed that an SCP-231 instance is someone capable of bearing a child for the Scarlet King.
      • However, because Francis was the one first abused by Lilly, it's heavily implied that he's the real SCP-231-1 because he was the first victim of Lilly/the Scarlet King's misery. If true, this means that there's actually two SCP-231 instances left - SCP-231-7 and Francis/Clef.
    • SCP-2317 was created by Lilly, as the anomalous properties of it only apply to the doorway itself and not the surrounding area. The Foundation recovered it from Lilly's "dungeon" below the lake-bed (along with the other SCP-231 instances) and have since moved it elsewhere for better containment.
    • The average lifespan of Type Greens wasn't always 19. Originally, it was 8, since that was the average age at which the Coalition killed them during the 1980s as part of the Ichabod Campaign. The Foundation helped add in new restrictions at Coda's behest after the utter disaster that was the Cornwall Incident of 1989.
    • SCP-239 is being kept alive by the Foundation as part of an experiment: To see if a Type Green can be raised in an environment that prevents them from reaching Type 4 and instead stay mentally stable. Also, Type Greens are apparently much more common than first assumed.
    • Finally, SCP-166's name is "Meri."
  • Retcon: "Lilly" was originally a minor nature goddess in the original concept of the Cornwall Incident. Of course, "There is no canon."
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Francis/Clef's PTSD as a result of both his actions in the Ichabod Campaign and his abusive relationship with Lilly have really taken a toll on him, and helped shape him into the callous Jerkass he is today.
  • Shout-Out: The Global Occult Coalition's Final Solution towards Type Greens was called "Operation Ichabod" in a reference to Moby-Dick, since the Coalition viewed themselves as hunting after mysterious and deadly threats "far from any safe shore.".
  • Shown Their Work: Many of the references to various mental illnesses and insights into abusive relationships given over the SCP article's course are disturbingly accurate.
  • Spiritual Successor: To both "Major Tom" and "Portraits of Your Father," two Tales both created by the SCP article's author that took several "titans" of site lorenote  and darkly analyzed them while looking into what made them the men they are today.
  • Trauma Conga Line: It'd likely be easier to list when poor Francis/Clef isn't going through one of these over the course of the story.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: As part of his coping mechanisms for the hell he went through, Francis becomes far more insane and cruel to his own therapists and doctors during his induction to the Foundation. One good example of this is him trolling them with a blank microscope slide at one point to keep them off his back for a few months when he acted like it was an essential component to SCP-4231.
  • Unconventional Formatting: Turned Up to Eleven, with the article being more designed akin to a Tale index page or Canon hub than a mainlist SCP article.
  • Unholy Ground: The Montauk House became this as a result of Lilly's actions.
  • Was Once a Man: Francis Wojciechoski, a.k.a. the Type Green who would one day be known as Alto Clef.
  • Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": The Global Occult Coalition's massacre of Type Greens is referred to as simply "the Ichabod Extermination Campaign."

SCP-4281 - Stalled Conversation

  • Double-Meaning Title: It's a conversation in a stall, obviously, but the talker also goes to great lengths to prevent the conversation from stalling.
  • Hiding In A Bathroom Stall: Either hiding or stuck, but despite the fact that there is very clearly a person there, the Foundation have found no way to get him out or see his face.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Appears to be the mysterious talker's primary motivation. He's not hostile or even rude, he just talks a lot, and appears legitimately distraught when he thinks he's offended someone.
  • No Social Skills: Averted for once. 4281-1, aside from the obvious fact that most people don't want to converse on the toilet, is friendly and pleasant.

SCP-4290 - The Child Hungers

  • Big Eater: Yup. The Child is described as having an insatiable appetite, to the point where nomming away at the human race probably still wouldn't satisfy it. This hunger ends up being its downfall - the Child starved to death while it was sealed away, and judging by the age of its corpse, it didn't take very long before malnutrition caught up to it.
  • Dead All Along: The Child has been dead for over 9000 years and is entirely harmless.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Child is a 40 meter tall bipedal monstrosity, described as having unfathomable power and ten maws to feast with.
  • Logical Weakness: The Child is not The Neadless and will starve to death if it goes too long without food.
  • Reality Ensues: Hunger is the Child's defining trait; it possesses ten mouths, mentions are made all throughout the article of its desire to devour, and virtually everyone, from the Foundation to the ancient civilizations that kept it locked up, fears that it will eat everything in sight the second it wakes up. Seems like the typical Big Eater monster you've seen a thousand times before, except the article also takes the time to showcase a consequence of such a trait: if a beast has the capacity for hunger, couldn't it feasibly starve to death?
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Child is locked up under Qinghai Lake, guarded by various seals, and must be satiated with a ritual every couple thousand years.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Thousands of years of effort and fear were spent on this creature, and the Foundation itself blows countless resources preparing for its release, only for it to be revealed that the beast has been dead almost the entire time, rendering several millennia worth of countermeasures meaningless. A rare case where an anticlimax is actually a better outcome than the alternative.

    4300- 4399 

SCP-4310 - The Hero's Journey

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: A giant centipede with a particularly nasty method of feeding.
  • Child Eater: 4310 lures in kids looking for a fantasy adventure and devours them, and if they normally wouldn't be interested in that, the pheromones it secretes will ensure they will.
  • Jumped at the Call: Kids who do this are the only kind of prey it feeds on.
  • Mentor Archetype: The rear end of the centipede has skin flaps that resemble an old man, and its mating calls sound like a call to action for any brave child in earshot.
  • Portal Door: The children are ordered to step into an archway to begin their adventure, but in reality, the archway is formed from 4310's legs and it leads straight into its stomach.

    4400- 4499 
SCP-4400 - This is Not a Place of Honor
  • Deal with the Devil: Not exactly devil, but EoI-4400-Cáceres is an ontokinetic entity that can be summoned and offer information in exchange for an offering of important materials or esoteric knowledge. It gave the original summoner information on how to create nuclear weapons, and the Foundation information on the previous summoner. Its knowledge is actually pretty outdated by modern standards, so the Foundation isn't all that worried.
  • Fantastic Nuke: A near-literal example. The entity gave the old Palanquan civilization the means of creating a nuke by magical means, which functions nearly identically to a regular nuke except that it uses magic to split the atom.
  • Fictional Counterpart: SCP-4400 is a Pocket Dimension used by the real life mayan culture of Palanque to contain SCP-4400-América, a collection of nuclear weapons constructed using anomalous means. The pocket dimension includes several pictograms implying great danger. According to Word of God, it's based on the real life "This Place is not a Place of Honor" article.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The Fantastic Nuke is furiously deconstructed by Site Director Osorio. These things must have seemed like the wrath of the gods themselves 1350 years ago, but today, they're not really all that impressive. Hell, the nuclear failsafe used by the foundation is more powerful than it. Even Cáceres, the demon that told the mayans how to make these things. If the most powerful weapon they could conjure up is a nuclear bomb, then they're not any more dangerous than Oppenheimer was.

    4500- 4599 
SCP-4500 - Socratic Containment Procedures
  • Eldritch Location: SCP-4500 is a philosophical ideal, that takes the form of a location one can access by contemplating SCP-4500-1, an abstract concept. Once accessed, it's a pretty normal facility, though every room is different, believed to be because there is only one ideal for "Room", but adding details makes them distinct. Each room contains a conversation that describes the threat intended to be contained.
  • Painting the Medium: The article is phrased as a dialogue, with the reader asking questions and getting answered. It's also advised that the reader contemplates what they've learned, but they obviously can't enforce this.
  • Public Domain Artifact: Pandora's box was contained within SCP-4500, designated as Pi Alpha Nu, and considered the threat of iron.

SCP-4503 - The Infinite Pasta Pot

  • The Bus Came Back: The pasta pot was initially SCP-503 before being removed from the mainlist and archived. Later, it was reassigned to 4503, making it the first archived object to be returned to the mainlist.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: 4503 responds to certain phrases to generate different kinds of pasta. Turning it off requires the same phrase with the addition of [DATA EXPUNGED].
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It's a pot that generates an infinite supply of pasta while active.
  • Lethal Joke Item: It's a pot that churns out pasta. It's classified Safe... being considered for an upgrade to Keter because of what happened the last time it was left on for too long. Additionally, attempts to create new activation phrases for different kinds of pasta also led to a few of them generating [DATA EXPUNGED] instead.
  • Mundane Utility: Unsurprisingly, it's used to provide lunch at its containment site.

    4600- 4699 
SCP-4666 - The Yule Man
  • And I Must Scream: The "survivor" had her lips sewn shut. Even with the thread removed, she could only speak rudimentary Russian and some other language the Foundation didn't recognize.
  • Bad Santa: A combination of the worst parts of Santa and Krampus. He kidnaps children, forces them to make toys (out of other children), and ritualistically kills families.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: It usually torture-murders families and enslaves the youngest members of them, but sometimes it does absolutely nothing other than give gifts (albeit it incredibly macabre ones made out of people). The gift recipients presumably qualified as "nice" according to whatever criteria that it uses to judge the people that it stalks.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The Yule Man gruesomely tortures its victims in ritualistic ways before murdering them. Each member of a given family is tortured in the same way, but different families get different treatment. The Yule Man also makes sure that its victims are killed in view of each other.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The families the Yule Man targets suffer this, being murdered after protracted and horrible torture.
  • Don't You Like It?: In 15% of instances, SCP-4666 doesn't kidnap the child and torture their family in horrible ways, but instead gives them a "gift." These 4666-A instances include a drum made from human skin and tendons, a knife made from bone, a "doll" (see the Nightmare Fuel tab for further details on that), and a ball made from a head wrapped in even more human skin. All of these raw material came from children, by the way.
  • Evil Old Folks: The Yule Man physically resembles an emaciated elderly man and is, at the very least, thousands of years old.
  • Eye Scream: Ekaterina Morozova (the only known survivor of SCP-4666, designated SCP-4666-A-0960) had her eyes removed and replaced with crudely painted pebbles.
  • Gorn: One of the most graphically violent entries on the site.
  • Human Resources: It uses the body parts of children to make grotesque "toys", such as a hairbrush with teeth instead of bristles or a ball made from a child's head wrapped in 19 layers of skin.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: According to the only known survivor, eating them is one of the punishments for children who don't make enough toys. The other is worse.
  • Nightmarish Factory: The Yule Man forces children to make toys (from other children) in a pretty nightmarish sweatshop.
  • Serial Killer: Ultimately what it is, with or without the anomalous elements. It ritualistically tortures and kills families, takes children as slaves, and makes "toys" out of the remains of its victims.
  • Time Abyss: The Yule Man, or a predecessor, have been active for a long time. The earliest report in the article dates back to the late 1400s.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He mostly tortures them to death, but takes one from each family as a slave to make toys out of human remains. Any child who also fails to make enough toys is used as raw materials.

SCP-4669 - Nuestra Señora de la Revolución Popular/"Ms. Zapatista"

  • Ambiguously Evil: The story becomes increasingly ambiguous on whether or not Ms. Zapatista is actually wrong to pursue her revolution.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Ms. Zapatista is basically a physical avatar created by Gamers Against Weed that embodies Communism.
  • Capitalism Is Bad: Being that Ms. Zapatista is essentially the Anthropomorphic Personification of Communism, both her and her followers fervently believe this.
  • Commie Land: The Third World is slowly becoming this under Ms. Zapatista's influence.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Jude Kryiot (a.k.a. "bluntfiend"), The Leader of Gamers Against Weed, is initially horrified by Ms. Zapatista's body count, but turns around to her way of thinking by the article's end, even delivering a Badass Boast to the Foundation when he goes to join her revolution.
    Jude Kryiot: Sometimes, you have to fight. Sometimes, you don't get the luxury of non-violence. I will never take another life myself. But I will aid her, and I will aid them, in any way I can, for as long as I can. There's always a place, however small, in the revolution for a pacifist. Especially a motherfucker of my esteemed abilities.
  • Compelling Voice: Ms. Zapatista (supposedly) has this ability, being able to convince others through her voice to join her worldwide revolution. In reality, she's just a really good orator whose only real anomalous factors are her Complete Immortality and ability to instill a clearer awareness of capitalism's flaws in her listeners.
  • Easily Forgiven: SCP-4669 shrugs off Jude Kryiot and Gamers Against Weed initially selling her out to the Foundation, claiming to her interviewer that "I lived long before them, pendejo." Then, it turns out the whole thing was an elaborate plan to nab lots of anomalous materials and recruit many Foundation assets to the revolution.
  • The Hecate Sisters: SCP-4669 describes herself as being all three, having been formed by Gamers Against Weed with a union of three different women's souls and the "spirit of the worker's revolution." She also derisively points out that most men who meet her either want to have sex with her or be mothered by her.
  • Kill 'Em All: The O5 Council has decided that it's just easier to kill everyone affected by SCP-4669, since containment is impossible at this point and no method of reversing the effect has been found. The lone dissenting vote is heavily-implied to be turning around to her point of view.
  • Lack of Empathy: The only real defense against the effect she manifests is to have a very low capacity for empathizing with others. Dr. Garcia, after joining with SCP-4669 and her revolution, isn't surprised when one of his colleagues, who is apparently a very right-wing person, scored low enough on the Foundation's empathy scale to stay on the project, when he is recaptured.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Gamers Against Weed throwing their weight behind SCP-4669 and pledging loyalty to her revolution comes as a major surprise to the Foundation, who then proceed to order all known G.A.W. members to be killed on sight.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Credit where credit is due, the interviews show that Ms. Zapatista truly is a great orator.
  • Meaningful Name: Ms. Zapatista takes her name from the "Zapatista Army of National Liberation," a left-wing libertarian-socialist political/militant group that still control a large amount of Chiapas in southern Mexico.
  • Next Sunday A.D.: This SCP is set sometime after the 2020s, being that Elon Musk's death in 2026 is mentioned as having been caused by SCP-4669.
  • No Place for Me There: Jude Kryiot, having long since crossed the Despair Event Horizon, has thrown himself and the rest of G.A.W. in with Ms. Zapatista's revolution by the end of the article when he comes to this conclusion.
    Jude Kryiot: When I die, I will kneel in front of St. Peter. I'm not about to apologize for my actions. I won't tell him that I'm sorry for allowing blood to be spilled. I will ask him to understand. Maybe God will listen to me. I hope He listens to me.
    No one should ever go hungry. No one should die in the cold when homes lay empty. No one should ever have to suffer needlessly again.
    And if one hundred rich men have to die for this to happen? I won't mourn.
    Ms. Zapatista has sparked the fire inside of me. Maybe it's time to let it out. We'll see.
    I will pray for you. I know you won't pray for me.
  • No-Sell: Ms Zapatista's oration effects cannot be truly removed with amnestics. The memory fades, but the insights imparted remain.
  • Not Brainwashed: Ms Zapatista's voice doesn't actually brainwash anyone - Rather, it just makes people more aware of the nigh-endless suffering caused by capitalism and inspires them to revolt against their oppressors.
  • Poirot Speak: Ms. Zapatista's conversation is sprinkled with Spanish whenever she talks to others.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: SCP-4669's eloquent dialogue is often shown interspersed with casual curse words and the like.
  • Take That!: Elon Musk is mentioned as having been killed by SCP-4669, and no one really sheds tears over his death, with even bluntfiend (who was initially a strong opponent of Ms. Zapatista) dismissively calling him "that Afrikaaner piece of shit."
  • Take Over the World: Ms. Zapatista's (and now, by extension, Gamers Against Weed's) ultimate plan is to implement a global Communist revolution.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In this SCP, Gamers Against Weed have essentially thrown their aid in on Ms. Zapatista's side, becoming much more involved in the anomalous world.
  • Villain Has a Point: Ms. Zapatista's many criticisms about the corruption of capitalism are accurate to a certain extent, and the Foundation even notes at one point that the only reason they're fighting her socialist revolution is because of it being supposedly sparked by her anomalous nature.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Ms. Zapatista and Gamers Against Weed are now dedicated to overthrowing Western hegemony and bringing about a worldwide socialist revolution, no matter the cost.

    4700- 4799 

    4800- 4899 
SCP-4890 - Dr. Wondertainment's Guide To History
  • Artistic License – History: In-Universe, with "Dr. Papertainment's" recaps of history often going off on bizarre rants that aren't accurate to the mentioned events. For example, Dr. Papertainment claims that 57 people died aboard the Hindenberg and not the historical body count of 36, with the additional casualties having been clowns that had hidden aboard the blimp to avoid paying ticket fare.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: When asked to describe the assassination of Julius Caesar, Dr. Papertainment instead claimed Caesar survived and established several businesses and properties bearing his name, like Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and Little Caesar's Pizza.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Dr. Papertainment, the host of SCP-4890, will often go off on odd tangents when attempting to describe historical events, and that's even when his details aren't just wrong half the time (like his claim that some dinosaurs were clowns that used jokes to track their prey).
  • Continuity Nod: Many previous SCPs are mentioned during Dr. Papertainment's "recaps" of history.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When he gives a relatively accurate description on how the ancient Egyptians built the Pyramids of Giza (his only deviation from history is how the ancient Egyptians used genetically engineered giants to help move some blocks), he briefly snarks "Better than saying it was aliens, right?"
  • Historical In-Joke: Dr. Papertainment claims that the Library of Alexandria was accidentally burned down by a member of the Serpent's Hand smoking inside.
  • Literal-Minded: According to Dr. Papertainment, the Boston Tea Party was a literal tea party, and the only reason the colonists dumped tea into the harbor was so a whale that was present could also have some tea to drink.
  • Master of Illusion: When SCP-4980 (a children's pop-up book) is opened in an interior space, Dr. Papertainment will materialize in front of the SCP, and the surrounding area will drastically alter to depict whatever historical event he is asked questions about. The effect immediately ends when the reader either closes the book or leaves the room where SCP-4890 is active.
  • Product Placement: Another In-Universe example, with Dr. Papertainment clearly trying to plug SCP-1689 as much as he possibly can when told to depict the creation of the universe.

    4900- 4999 
SCP-4918- Bergentruckung

  • Action Politician: After everything he's done in his life, Frederick I decides to take on the appellation of Frederick Barbarossa, and becomes a member of the EU Parliament.
  • The Bard: SCP-4918-3 comes off as this, trying to relieve the suffering or mitigate the damage of those affected by the war and the 1918 flu pandemic using music as opposed to actively participating in combat.
  • Can't Refuse the Call Anymore: Frederick implies that at least some of the SCP-4918 instances were forced awake in order to aid in the war effort; in particular, he found all of the ravens on the mountain he was sleeping under shot dead by German bullets.
  • Complete Immortality: All of the SCP-4918 instances posses this.
  • Heroic BSoD: Fionn Mac Cumhaill goes through this the worst, actively refusing to answer the call of the Dord Fiann if it's blown again, due to the horrors he witnessed during WWI.
  • Historical In-Joke: A soldier named John befriends SCP-4918-1 (King Arthur), who gets him an interest in Early English literature. John recounts this in a letter to his wife, Edith. It's fairly easy to piece together that this John is, in fact, J. R. R. Tolkien. Not only that, but Tolkein's predecessor at Oxford, Arthur Napier, acts as a translator for Arthur when he first wakes up.
  • King in the Mountain: Depicts four figures that are considered "Sleeping Hero" myths— King Arthur, Fionn Mac Cumhail, Vainamoinnen, and Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor— awakening in World War I.
  • The Stinger: Frederick I says that not only are there more Bergentruckung other than the four of them, but accidentally lets it slip that Sir Francis Drake is among them.
  • War Is Hell: All of the SCP-4918 instances are used to glorious battles with less murky morals, only to be brought back during a time when Europe was, as the Lady of the Lake puts it, a "Charnel House".

SCP-4950 - Triple Six Five Forked Tongue

  • Apocalypse Cult: "The People of the Lie," a small group originating as some online gamer buddies before getting into the occult.
  • Badass Normal: Foundation Agent Robert Howard crashes the incomplete summoning ritual and successfully contain the entity before it can fully enter the real world.
  • Becoming the Mask: A hilarious variant - The brief excerpt we get from SCP-4950 implies that the weird way that its cult were trying to summon it (through Fortnite, of all things) has made it become influenced by that game in how it acts.
    SCP-4950: Wh... wh... where... where we... where we dropping, boys?
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The People of the Lie quickly realized that their faith was the main component in testing whether or not their rituals would work. Notably, they had previously succeeded in summoning an actual demon when the ritual was just them playing Warhammer 40,000.
  • Flat "What": Agent Howard's reaction when SCP-4950 quotes Fortnite as it's being exorcised.
  • Grey Goo: This scenario would happen to our universe if SCP-4950 ever successfully broke through.
  • Human Sacrifice: The Archon Lord's ritual requires this in the number of millions just to get it to arrive. However, the People of the Lie realized that in-game avatars for a video game can technically count as a human.
  • Homage: The SCP as a whole is written in a style meant to be similar to that of Charles Stross' The Laundry Files.
  • Eldritch Abomination: "The Archon Lord," the central figure of the religion practiced by the People of the Lie.
  • Loophole Abuse: As the People of the Lie realized, humans dying in the name of the Archon Lord don't have to be physical humans, and so they set up guilds online where people would kill each other in in the name of their god.
  • Noodle Incident: For whatever reason, the Foundation apparently keeps a close eye on Games Workshop.
  • Post Modern Magick: The summoning ritual for the Archon Lord required the death of several million humans for it to be summoned. Getting around this problem, the People of the Lie set up online guilds in Fortnite where people would shout "Blood for the Blood God!" as they killed each other, with their pseudo-belief and the death of virtual humans being used to aid the ritual. They also had an amiibo hooked into their gaming computer so as to serve as an avatar that their god would emerge from when the ritual was finished.
  • Reality Ensues: The ritual to summon the Archon Lord requires millions of humans to be sacrificed in the god's name. As the People of the Lie are both a very small Apocalypse Cult and want to keep a low profile, they clearly had to find loopholes around this hurdle.
  • Shout-Out: According to the Foundation, their current investigations into other cults using Fortnite to summon gods & demons is based around the memetic phrase "Press F to pay respects."
    • As noted above, part of the ritual to summon the Archon Lord required shouting "Blood for the Blood God!", which is a reference to the Chaos God of war from Warhammer 40,000.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Played for Laughs, with the People of the Lie's bizarre ritual utterly failing despite all the hard work they put into it.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: SCP-4950 (the Archon Lord) is successfully contained within an automated exorcism pentagram system around the computer monitor it was trying to emerge out of.
  • Spanner in the Works: The People of the Lie's Loophole Abuse-laden plan to summon their god almost worked, but the weaknesses of modern computers and technology caused the ritual to fail halfway.

SCP-4960 - Why the Foundation Funded a Hentai to Awaken a Sumerian Love Goddess (OR: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Kedesh-Nanaya)

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: People masturbating to Kedesh-Nanaya's image (referred to In-Universe as "Procedure 166-Anahita") is literally the goddess' form of sustenance.
  • Adventure Archaeologist: Fritz-William Abernathy was an unwilling example, with him often having relied on his friend Eberstrom to survive when things got particularly dicey.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Parodied, with the Foundation having literally created hentai based on Kedesh-Nanaya so as to keep her active as a valuable Foundation asset.
    • Played straight when it's revealed that SCP-4960 first instructed Abernathy on how to find the Garden of Eden, which eventually led to him encountering the Gate Guardian and formally creating the SCP Foundation.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: It can be hard at times to remember that despite being a fertility goddess dependent on people masturbating to her to stay conscious, she's both a highly valuable Foundation asset and...well, a goddess.
  • Call-Back: The backstory of the article takes place in 1921, some time before Dr. Clef's 001 Proposal first instructed the Administrator to create the SCP Foundation in 1939.
  • Call-Forward: Abernathy's letters heavily imply that the proto-Foundation discovered either SCP-610 or SCP-3930 far earlier than what was recorded in the modern Foundation's database.
    • The main article briefly shows an email correspondence between an anonymous Foundation employee and Maria Jones, the head of RAISA (the Foundation's internal records and historian department).
    • "Marshall" and "Carter," two members of Abernathy's initial expedition that discovered Kedesh-Nanaya, would later go on to found Marshall Carter & Dark, LTD.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Abernathy's letters display many period-accurate mentalities regarding imperialism concerning the Middle East, especially some jarringly racist dismissals of the "inferior intellect" of the Arab workers brought along on the expedition.
  • Epic Fail: Predictably, a Christian priest's attempt to convert a Sumerian goddess to his religion didn't work. It did help show where the Garden of Eden is, at least.
  • Expospeak Gag: Both the article itself and Abernathy's letters very neatly skirt around directly referring to the "acts of worship done in her name" as masturbation for the most part. Averted with the emails exchanged with Maria Jones and an anonymous Foundation employee along with Abernathy's final letter, which directly say what's going on.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: Unless Procedure 166-Anahita is regularly preformed, Kedesh-Nanaya falls into a deep slumber and becomes inactive.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Kedesh-Nanaya doesn't actually display that much in terms of godlike power or the like. However, she's shown to be exceptionally intelligent, and her lending just some of her vast knowledge of the occult and countless magical practices is explained as being the main reason why the Foundation has become so successful in the modern day.
  • Homage: The backstory given around the initial discovery of Kedesh-Nanaya is partly written in the style of Victorian adventure stories.
  • Hidden Depths: Abernathy slowly realizes over the course of his letters that Kedesh-Nanaya likely sealed herself away on purpose millennia ago so as to avoid having her cult merged with Ishtar's, and it's more than likely that the entire reason she's helping the Foundation is that their veneration of her has essentially given her an entire new pantheon of worshipers to enjoy. All of this helps show that she might be a lot more manipulative and cunning than she may first seem.
  • Internal Homage: Word of God has stated that SCP-4960 was partly written to serve as an parallel to their earlier SCP, SCP-166.
  • Irony: As Abernathy himself notes, the highly secular and Nay-Theist Foundation owes much of their success to the magical advice of an ancient Mesopotamian goddess, to the point where Abernathy describes her as "the god of the Foundation."
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The email conversation between Maria Jones and a Foundation employee pokes fun at both the utter absurdity behind this SCP and the cringeworthy description given of Kedesh-Nanaya's appearance.
  • Male Gaze: An absurdly blatant example can be found in the article's description of her, which seems to be regularly mocked In-Universe by the Foundation's staff.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kedesh" was the name of an ancient and now abandoned Canaanite city found in modern-day Israel, while "Nanaya" was an ancient goddess of sexuality and warfare worshiped by the Sumerians and Akkadians before her worship was merged into that of the Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Repeatedly lampshaded In-Universe.
  • Nice Girl: All jokes about her being a fertility goddess aside, Kedesh-Nanaya is shown to be a remarkably pleasant person who seems to be perfectly happy to help the Foundation with her arcane knowledge. In a Cosmic Horror Story like the Foundationverse, this comes across as even more remarkable considering her being a goddess and all. Though it's implied that she might secretly have ulterior motives, being that she's essentially the Foundation's goddess because of how important she's become to the organization as a whole.
  • Origin Story: For the SCP Foundation as a whole.
  • Our Founder: Fritz-William Abernathy, the archaeologist who first discovered Kedesh-Nanaya, is the first Administrator of the SCP Foundation.
  • Our Gods Are Greater: Apparently, they depend of people performing rituals in their name in order to be more active than a vegetable.
  • Overly Long Title: And it even comes complete with a Dr. Strangelove reference!
  • Post Modern Magick: The Foundation eventually realized that Procedure 166-Anahita doesn't need to be conducted in-person with the goddess for it to work, just to an image of the goddess' likeness. As such, they've disseminated numerous images of her online along with even funding hentai & visual novels that star her likeness so that more people will naturally masturbate to her and the Foundation doesn't need to do as much work.
  • Purple Prose: The description of Kedesh-Nanaya's beauty on the main article page is full of this. Justified In-Universe as it being a product of the article having been originally written in the 1930s and its wording has been preserved for "historical authenticity."
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Kedesh-Nanaya was originally buried in a crypt in what is now northern Syria when she was discovered by European archaeologists in 1921.
  • Serious Business: Kedesh-Nanaya's continued assistance to the Foundation is seen as so important that the Foundation has literally funded hentai with depictions of her as the main star just so more people will masturbate to her image and keep her active for longer periods of time.
  • Sex Goddess: No, really?
  • Shout-Out: The second part of the title is obviously a reference to Dr. Strangelove.
    • Kedesh-Nanaya's deep slumber when Procedure 166-Anahita isn't active is more than a little reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty.
  • Shown Their Work: Most of the details given about the cultures of the Middle East during the Bronze Age (especially in regards to that of Sumeria and Mesopotamia) are surprisingly accurate, especially in regards to how the worship of various gods and goddesses was conducted.
  • Spiritual Successor: In a weird way, to Dr. Bright's 001 Proposal in how it serves as an Origin Story for both the Foundation & some of its GOIs while taking place in the early twentieth century & being colored by the prejudices of the time. Abernathy even fits nicely into the role of the O5 from Bright's Proposal as the story's narrator through his letters.
  • Stylistic Suck: The physical description given of Kedesh-Nanaya on the main article page is full of ridiculous Purple Prose and downright cringeworthy detail concerning the description of the female form. Amusingly enough, most of the Foundation's staff doesn't seem to like it any better.
  • Revision: Of a sorts. This SCP is described as being one of the oldest SCPs the Foundation has ever contained for the longest period of time, and it appears that she was "contained" even before the Foundation truly existed in its current form (back when it was known as "the Secret Society for Cultural Preservation").
  • Time Abyss: Pretty obviously, what with her being a goddess that was first worshiped during the Bronze Age and all. In fact, the erotic balbale found in her resting place all but states that she was first worshiped in ancient Mesopotamia.
  • Wham Line: After deciding that the release of Kedesh-Nanaya from her prison was the true starting point of the Foundation, Abernathy briefly waxes philosophic on the details before soberly stating this:
    Dr. Fritz-William Abernathy: And yet, as an old man, facing the end of my (admittedly prolonged) life, I believe that this was the moment that our Foundation truly began. Or, perhaps more accurately: her Foundation.

SCP-4975 - Time's Up

  • Animalistic Abomination: Skirts the line between this and Humanoid Abomination—it's a predatory being with the unusual property of being able to exist in two places at once and its physical form resembles a twisted parody of a bird.
  • The Croc Is Ticking: Played with—it's a bird, not a crocodile and it naturally produces the ticking noise as opposed to having swallowed a clock to do so.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Invoked; it produces a ticking noise like a clock to unnerve its prey as it hunts them.
  • Feathered Fiend: It's a horrifying, predatory monstrosity that looks like a bird, though ironically, it has no feathers.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: If you look at its page for two minutes while wearing headphones, you'll start to hear a ticking noise.
  • To Serve Man: Humans are its favorite food.

SCP-4999 - Somebody to Watch Over Us

  • Adult Fear: The Primal Fear of Dying Alone is subverted here, as SCP-4999 helps make sure that no one is alone when they die.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Appears dressed in a dark suit and is classed as a Keter, but is actually a calm and soothing presence that helps ease people into death (his Keter class is due to his complete inability to be contained and threat to the Masquerade because he shows up on camera, not any detectable malice).
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: He's a Grim Reaper who specifically materializes for those with no loved ones or other close-by individuals to comfort them as they die. Those he appear to are never seen to recoil from or attempt to resist his touch.
  • Dying Alone: SCP-4999's purpose is to defy this trope. It has a higher chance of appearing to those who are more likely to die alone, including those who have no surviving family/friends, are non-religious, have no current strong emotional connections with others, and/or have little to no fame or fortune to call their own.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Whenever he appears to someone who's dying, he'll have a pack of cigarettes on him. He'll then offer the dying person a cigarette, and he'll let them smoke it if they accept it. If they don't, he'll just smoke it himself.
  • The Grim Reaper: SCP-4999 is essentially Death, albeit appearing to help ease those alone and unloved when they die into the afterlife.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Given that SCP-4999 only appears to lonely individuals that're typically on the bottom rung of society just before their deaths and when they're all by themselves, the Foundation is reasonably confused on how ancient societies were able to supposedly document and detect SCP-4999's presence.
  • One Last Smoke: His main interaction with the dying person is to pull out a pack of cigarettes and offer one to them. After the person passes on and he de-manifests, the cigarette (if accepted) will be the only remaining sign of his presence.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He always appears dressed in a snappy black business suit.
  • Time Abyss: The Foundation has found records detailing the SCP and figures similar to them going back several thousand years.
  • The Voiceless: He never says a word, simply remaining to silently watch over the dying until they expire, and no one attempts to engage him in conversation.

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