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The SCP Foundation, more commonly called simply "the Foundation", is an international covert non-governmental organization responsible for the containment of anomalous objects that behave against natural scientific laws. Their operational ability is expansive, covering scientific and military fields. Their command hierarchy is headed by the Overseer Council, an enigmatic council consisting of 13 members with classified identities.
NOTE: Due to the ambiguous canonicity of member pages, please only include notable characters found in actual Wiki works here. Characters that are also Author Avatars can have the member pages as their reference links. Simply being an Author Avatar in a member page, however, does not mean that they can be included here.
- All Therapists Are Muggles: Averted. Not only does the Foundation have a number of staff therapists who are in on the Masquerade, but for those guarding certain SCPs (and sometimes the SCPs themselves), regular counseling sessions are mandatory.
- Anti-Hero: The Foundation does very morally and ethically questionable things on a regular basis, from helping fascist groups commit genocide to perpetuating oppressive dictatorships, not to mention their treatment of humanoid SCPs. They are incredibly ruthless, all for the sake of "the greater good". In some cases, such as SCP-1310 or SCP-1337, the horror isn't what the Foundation is keeping, it's just the horrible, horrible people that it has in its ranks.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Chaos Insurgency, a Renegade Splinter Faction of the Foundation that has since split off and regularly targets Foundation Sites and personnel.
- Artifact Collection Agency: It's a worldwide organization collecting artifacts to study them, to protect humans from the artifacts, and to protect normalcy.
- Badass Army: The Foundation has "Mobile Task Forces", which serve as its private army. Their size and purpose vary, but they're trained and equipped to deal with everything from contagions to deep-sea combat to ghosts.
- Benevolent Conspiracy: The Foundation isolates and contains threats to "normalcy".
- Conspiracy Placement: Many of the front companies for the Foundation have initials that spell out "SCP", like "Soap from Corpses Products, Inc".
- Conveniently Interrupted Document: Many SCP tales, in addition to redacted or expunged portions, will have important documents that are faded, burned, cut off, or otherwise obscured right before some big twist.
- Covert Group: The Foundation's very existence needs to be kept secret because they are upholding the Masquerade. Note that despite heavily cooperating with governments, they are not a Government Agency of Fiction, and are instead a N.G.O. Superpower.
- Covert Group with Mundane Front: While most of the time the Foundation operates under the guise of local governments and militaries, sometimes they will handle things with their front companies.
- Crazy-Prepared: Aside from the incredibly detailed containment procedures for every SCP, the Foundation has task forces, protocols, and warning labels for every situation.
- Depending on the Writer: Even for an Unreliable Canon, the Foundation itself is quite possibly one of the most diversely portrayed parts of said canon. Practically the only thing that is bolted down is the style of the documents, but even that gets thrown out of the window at times.
- Fun with Acronyms: The Foundation uses numerous companies and organizations as fronts, many of which contain "SCP" somewhere in their name.
- Godzilla Threshold: Usually Nuclear Option and Self-Destruct Mechanism. The Foundation has a ten megaton nuclear warhead located under each one of their containment Sites. This is justified because if whatever they were containing got out, it'd typically be a Fate Worse than Death for humanity as a whole.
- The Group: Most of the time, the SCP Foundation is referred to as "The Foundation". The full name is rarely used. In fact, the GOC seem to only know it by this name.
- Hollywood Science: While most of the science on the site is very well-researched, attention to the scientific method is far looser, especially in earlier articles. The experimental procedures and resultant logs in many SCPs (such as SCP-914) are enough to make any scientist cringe. A lot of them barely follow the scientific method, with the hypothesis usually being "If we poke it, something anomalous will happen". Harder articles tend to forgo the silly experiments entirely and just talk about the observations.
- Hunter of Their Own Kind: In Scantron's Proposal of SCP-001, the Foundation is an anomalous organization that hunts down and contains other anomalies. One commenter even described them as a counter-anomaly.
- In-Series Nickname: Several.
- Both the Unusual Incidents Unit and the Global Occult Coalition call the Foundation "Skippers", derived from the fact that "SCP" can be pronounced as "skip".
- The Serpent's Hand calls them "Jailors."
- In recent times, a few characters (Mainly in Herman Fuller's Circus) have referred to the Foundation as the "Essie P" or "Essie".
- In the S & C Plastics canon, they're referred to as "Plastics People".
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: All SCPs are supposed to be referred to as such in official paperwork, including sapient SCPs and ones which aside from whatever anomalous trait they have are biologically human, in keeping with their ostensibly detached, scientific and clinical manner. However, some human(oid) SCPs, such as 239 or 2599, are referred to with gendered pronouns, which can be seen as a form of Early Installment Weirdness for cases like the former and attempts by Foundation staff to both prevent escape attempts and keep the subjects psychologically stable for the latter.
- Liberty Over Prosperity: Inverted. The Foundation's mission is to safeguard humanity against the supernatural and knowledge of the supernatural. To do so, they imprison anything and everything that is even remotely abnormal. This puts them at odds with groups like the Serpent's Hand, who don't see the supernatural as an inherent threat and aren't even entirely comprised of humans.
- Masquerade: The Foundation enforces it as part of their mandate to protect the world from the abnormal. To aid in this, witnesses are usually dosed with amnestics that wipe out selected portions of memory, in varying classes. The strength is somewhat Depending on the Author, but in general, Class C and B are relatively weak but when someone needs a Class A it's enough to require long-term therapy to make sure they can return to a somewhat normal state of mind.
- Memory-Wiping Crew: They have entire containment teams solely dedicated to this.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Just how did the Foundation came to be depends on how the author wants it to be. Some authors had suggested esoteric origins and relations to powers far more advanced than humans, while others proposed more grounded origins with an "origin anomaly" or the union between many precursor anomaly-dealing organizations.
- Necessarily Evil: The Foundation is, at best, cavalier with human life, but they do what they do so they can better contain what they find.
- N.G.O. Superpower: They may complain about money occasionally, but they have the cooperation of pretty much every major power. The only major exception to this is with Iran, which has its own organization that's grown to cover much of the Middle East.
- Organization with Unlimited Funding: Don't be surprised to see budgets for a single SCP going into the millions. A greater complaint in most cases is the loss of personnel. They have plenty of money people, especially paid staff, are harder to come by.
- Properly Paranoid: They almost never allow O5 Council members near SCP objects, never underestimate the abilities of SCPs, never allow potentially dangerous individuals to go free because of the value of human life, never take chances with security, train the hell out of their employees, the list goes on. Given that it isn't always enough...
- Redshirt Army: The Class Ds and agents who are regularly killed in action. In a joke article, Dr. Bright actually tried to dress the Class Ds in red shirts.
- Restart the World:
- In the worst case scenarios, the Foundation has had to break The Masquerade to clean up whatever is threatening the world, before restoring it as best as they can and wiping everyone's memories. Several authors interpret this as having gone on for an unknown number of iterations.
- Averted in the case of reality restructuring events. Because changing the world back is difficult or impossible, the Foundation will simply mindwipe everyone to think it's normal.
- Right Hand vs. Left Hand: Given the sheer number of secret departments which exist within the Foundation this is an inevitability. For example, the SCP-2111 documentation reveals that not only does the Foundation have two separate secret divisions dedicated to dealing with antimemetic anomalies, they've both managed to completely erase evidence of their existence from everyone in the Foundation including each other. This means that while the Antimemetics Division has adapted SCP-2111 to generate cognitohazads for the Memetics Division, the Counterconceptual Division thinks that the hostile entity behind SCP-2111 has somehow compromised the Memetics Division into helping it spread cognitohazards and is currently in the process of conducting secret operations against the Memetics Division in an attempt to root out the enemy agents. Meanwhile, both divisions are oblivious to the existence of MTF Omega-Zero, the third Foundation conceptual warfare group which is the actual source of SCP-2111 due to being composed entirely of data ghosts in the likeness of deceased foundation personnel. Some tales have depicted the O5s and Ethics Committee having a relation like this, though the Ethics Committee usually has the upper hand. Whether the O5s know about it or not. Tanhony's 001 proposal even gave the Committee a personal mobile task force called Omega-1 Law's Left Hand, meant to parallel Alpha-1 Red Right Hand.
- Secret Government Warehouse: Many of them, all over the world.
- Tailor-Made Prison: For almost every SCP in their possession. If they can't move it to a prison, they'll turn its current location into a prison. In extreme cases where they can't do either, they'll at least figure out how to keep it secret while limiting the damage it causes.
- Tomato in the Mirror: In Scantron's Proposal of SCP-001, the Foundation is either the product of some sort of anomaly or an anomaly itself. They took control of a high school, remodeling it into their first site, then began expanding worldwide.
- The Unfettered: Although some voice their disapproval of certain methods, collectively the Foundation will stop at nothing to prevent the destruction of humanity and the spread of SCP objects.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Foundation has to take bold and quite often unethical steps to protect the world from the anomalies.
- The Worf Effect: Although the Foundation is depicted as an organization with immense power to contain anomalous entities, there're so many objects that they simply can't do anything other than cover their existence.
- Because of its immense size, the Foundation can't do anything if SCP-169 wakes up.
- The only reason SCP-343 remains in captivity is because he seems to like the Foundation.
- They can't contain SCP-1233, and the best they can do is observe it and clean up its mess.
- They can't contain SCP-1959 since it will ram through any obstacle it encounters.
- They can't stop SCP-008-J and SCP-999-J from showing up.
- Would Hurt a Child: Several SCPs are children, most notably 239, who is being kept in an artificial coma (this does have limits, however, given the way Dr. Clef often reacts to it).
- You Are Number 6: Sapient SCPs are referred to by their database designation by Foundation staff, even when talking directly to them, so as to avoid growing any attachment or sympathy for them.
- Ascended Extra: Some of the characters that are neither Author Avatars nor planned characters are more like recurring names that grew a personality out of a reused character name originally intended for one-off use.
- Anti-Hero: As explained here. To put it succinctly, the Foundation is mostly written so as to be "cold, not cruel."
- Author Avatar: Several Foundation Personnel created prior to about 2010 are this, including Dr. Clef, Dr. Gears, Kain Pathos Crow, Dr. Bright, Dr. Kondraki, Dr. Rights, Dr. Light... most of them share their name with the username of their creator. Also, most writers who have pages listing their work make their author page a personnel file, with all the works they write being supposedly cataloged by a Foundation researcher that shares their username to a degree. This habit has grown generally unpopular since the days of the Mass Edit, with the vast majority of newer characters often created no longer as Author Avatars and instead be naturally introduced in various stories/articles.
- Depending on the Writer: Hundreds of various interpretations exists for most of the characters listed under here, especially the likes of Bright and Clef.
- He Who Fights Monsters: In a meta way, the older authors realized that in their enthusiasm to decommission God-Mode Sue self-inserts, they had turned their avatars into exactly the same thing, most notably in Incident 239-B-Clef-Kondraki. This has been toned down and removed from older pieces in some cases.
- Mad Scientist: Characterization Marches On. In the site's early days, when the rules were laxer and people's tastes were more comedic, almost every single researcher that works for the Foundation were characterized as mad scientists (the Running Gag of comedic addenda didn't help). After the site realized that they went over-the-top with the Clef-Kondraki incident, things were toned down significantly, and most modern-age Foundation scientists are down-to-earth scientists with occasional quirks.
- Psycho for Hire: The Foundation needs to hire them; they must do some pretty horrible things for the sake of humanity.
- Theme Naming: Unintentional, but at least three Foundation senior researchers have last names containing some variation of "-ight(s)". Jack Bright, Agatha Rights, and Sophia Light.
- Undying Loyalty: With a few noteworthy exceptions, virtually all Foundation personnel seen across multiple canons are near-fanatically loyal to the organization and its goals of preserving normalcy.
- What You Are in the Dark: There's a lot of twisted goings-on and other secrets behind the walls of the Foundation that most of its personnel either choose to willfully ignore or to investigate.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: If the Ouroboros cycle is to be believed, he's this for the Foundation itself, or rather, the idea of it.
- As Long as There is Evil: In djkaktus's third 001 proposal, the Administrator is in fact, not Frederick Williams or any other similarly named person at all. The Administrator is SCP-001 the idea of the Foundation, borne when the first man beheld the first anomaly, and is the real reason that reality is being overrun by anomalies (since the Foundation would not exist without anomalies).
- Author Avatar: The character is based on and named after actual (though inactive) wiki administrator FritzWillie (and his second account The Administrator), who was one of the key architects in the early history of the SCP Wiki. Because he has two accounts, he has two author pages, though both are largely ignored in-canon.note
- Dimensional Traveler: In Dr. Mackenzie's Proposal of SCP-001, The Administrator has the device that allows a dimension hop. There is an implication that using the thing also destroys the reality where it was activated.
- Greed: In an Alternate Universe seemingly put out of its misery by the Three Moons Initiative, the Administrator is a man overindulgent in this, inventing the fictional anomaly SCP-4839 and using FAFNIR-class infohazards to keep the Foundation in line so that he may have the entire world to himself.
- Last of His Kind: In Dr. Mackenzie's Proposal of SCP-001, The Administrator is the only survivor from an alternate reality. He is tasked with spreading their final legacy to other universes, equations and technology that could stop the Corruption that caused the anomalies if they are completed.
- Mysterious Backer: As the founder of the Foundation, his motive for founding the Foundation is completely unknown (generally speaking).
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: In Tanhony's 001 proposal, the O5 Council keeps him alive against his will. He gets out of it by tipping the Ethics Committee of to the O5s' crimes and letting them take the Council out, so he can kill himself in peace.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Usually averted, as even the ones we know the identity of (in whatever canon you prefer) are fictional people. The notable exception is O5-2 "The Nazarene." Jesus of Nazareth.
- Classified Information: In Captain Kirby's proposal of SCP-001, the previous O5 council was killed by O5-1 in a mental breakdown. Only O5-13, the Administrator, and the Ethics Committee are in the know.
- The Hypocrite: In Captain Kirby's proposal of SCP-001, the previous O5-1 considers the other overseers this, since they're essentially anomalies themselves.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Depending on the canon, they can be either an omniscient council of vagueness or a bunch of normal people trying their best to keep the Foundation running. O5-13 gets hit with this even more so than the rest, as they've been depicted as anything from an extra vote given to another council member to a random guy from the street giving a different perspective to an emisarry of the Afterlife itself.
- Multiple-Choice Past: The O5 Dossier deliberately keeps their backstories and identities as vague as possible, with multiple conflicting depictions that may or may not contain any false information.
- Team Normal: O5-13 In Captain Kirby's proposal of SCP-001. Unlike the other previous O5s, he was a normal guy with no anomalous properties, giving him an unique perspective.
- Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The Overseers know everything, yet every one of them is a total unknown: their names, genders, locations, and history are all blank, with some even suspecting about their humanity. Their occasional appearance on documentations often goes so far as to censor even their ID number, so that while it can be seen that an O5 member made the entry, it is unknown which one made the entry.
- Really 700 Years Old: The O5s are sometimes portrayed as having artificially extended lifespans, with ages in the triple digits.
- Secret Keeper: Much of the time, certain information on various SCPs is only accessible to the O5s themselves. The true nature of SCP-2317, for instance, can only be accessed by an Overseer, and O5-6 specifically is the only one that knows what SCP-2950 actually is.
- The Spook: Almost nothing is known for sure about the Overseers. Not their numbers, not their identities, not their pasts, and in many cases, not even if they actually exist; indeed, Foundation personnel with low security clearances don't know about them at all.
- 13 Is Unlucky: The morally-ambiguous Foundation is headed by 13 people, and O5-13 is portrayed as a tiebreaking wild card in some works. Works focusing on them often have themselves lampshading the associations of the number 13. According to Ouroboros, O5-13 is Death itself.
- You Are Number 6: For security reasons, the thirteen members of the Foundation's governing council are only known to the rest of the Foundation as O5-1 through O5-13.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Obviously, they are part of the Foundation after all. However, according to Ouroboros, they fulfill this trope even more than the rest of the foundation. Everything they do is to contain the Administrator, and the Foundation is merely a means to an end.
- Big Good: They're implied to have more power than anyone else except for maybe the O5 council (with that being a really big "maybe"), and their job is to keep the Foundation as close to being "the good guys" as they can without seriously jeopardizing the survival of the universe.
- Deadly Euphemism: Averted and lampshaded.You'll notice I said "killed" instead of "terminated". That's a deliberate choice. On the Ethics Committee, we don't use euphemisms.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Their job is to prevent this from happening to the Foundation by identifying the Lesser of Two Evils in every situation and ensuring that its staff don't succumb to For the Evulz in the process of doing the horribly necessary things they have to do.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Every horrifying thing the Foundation does, up to and including the infamous Procedure 110-Montuak, is something the ethics committee has signed off on because they've deemed the consequences of not doing it to be even worse.
- Lesser of Two Evils: It is the job of the Ethics Committee to identify what the lesser of two evils (or, as they put it, the greater of goods) in any given situation actually is, in order to enable the Foundation to effectively operate while at the same time ensuring that their actions remain as morally justifiable as possible.Regardless of what the general population might think it wants, what we do, what the Foundation does, is in the overall best interests of that general population. Yes, I'm sure you did realize that already... but you haven't thought of the deeper implications. You've consoled yourself by thinking that all the torture and murder is for the greater good. This implies that there is a greater good... and a lesser good. It implies that there are multiple distinct goods, and that these can be quantified and compared. This is what we on the Ethics Committee do [...] We are the ones who balance the moral costs of everything the Foundation does. And in order to balance those costs, we must know those costs.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: The Committee encourages the perception that they're ineffective, because they don't want people to know just how much power they really wield.
- The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Despite their previous claim to not use euphemisms, they come across as even more vague than the O5 council, mainly due to their aforementioned Obfuscating Stupidity. Even for those of us that know they're the most powerful group in the Foundation, very little about them is clear.
Regional Director Kate McTiriss
- Dating Catwoman: In the Dixieland Nightmare Magic series of tales, she falls in love with an operative for Marshall, Carter & Dark.
- Death Faked for You: Formerly a press officer for the UIU, until a mistake leads to a dead journalist and Kate having her death faked, leaving her fiancée behind in DC.
- Lady Swearsalot: Nearly every time she speaks, especially when nervous.
- Southern Gothic: The world she works in. It's not called Dixieland Nightmare Magic for nothing.
- Token Religious Teammate: Deeply Catholic, a standout compared to the usually skeptical and cynical Foundation staff. Nearly all of the objects her Local Mobile Task forces contain are of religious significance, with many connected to the mysterious Catholic group The Order of the Hyacinth.
Director Jean Karlyle Aktus
- Author Avatar: Of user djkaktus.
- Back from the Dead: He supposedly died when he was in his thirties from complications with leukemia. He was resurrected by the O5 Council due to his Vetinari Job Security.
- Came Back Wrong: It's mentioned in his personnel file that he has to regularly disappear for several weeks at a time to undergo a treatment that keeps him alive. Furthermore, he's described as coming back each time "looking a little less like himself."
- Punny Name: Combined with his director title, his name can be written as: D. J. K. Aktus, i.e. djkaktus.
Foundation Doctors and Researchers
Dr. Alto Clef
A lot of the Foundation canon varies Depending on the Writer, but a few things remain consistent about Alto Clef: He is often seen with a ukelele and a wide-brimmed hat, he's a high-ranking researcher at the Foundation, and he has several characteristics of a Type-Green individual in Tropespeak, a Reality Warper.
The author Dr. Clef has confirmed some things: for one, he used to be a member of the Global Occult Coalition before joining the Foundation, and was the leader of a strike team that took out a minor nature goddess who attempted to perform a magical working that would erase ten thousand years of human history and return it to a pre-industrial state, but couldn't bear to kill her daughter, because it was also his own. In the GOC, he went by the name Agent Ukulele.
- To a downright supernatural degree. He's immune to the effects of SCPs that affect sexual desire. Also, normal women tend to find him repulsive or unnerving, at an almost instinctual level. Humorously, after D-Class personnel tried to use the Gay Bomb on him, he compares himself to The Sisters of The Shawshank Redemption, and will pull it on anyone else who tries to repeat the stunt.
- There appears to be a single exception to his asexuality, however. This would be Lilith, who was feisty enough back in the day to get him interested.
- A mundane non-supernatural seduction seems to work, though... at least it's enough to put him off-guard.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: If he wasn't so good at his job (and high enough to silence anyone who says otherwise), Clef would have been designated an SCP ID by virtue of being supernaturally WEIRD. He puts cinnamon twists in his nostrils. Of course, if SCP-4231 is accepted, he already has SCP ID. 2, in fact: SCP-4231-B and SCP-231-1. Even though the Foundation believes that Lily is 231-1, Clef fits the description much better.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Lampshaded.A large grin resembling that of Felis cheshiricus, the only known specimen of which was captured by [DATA EXPUNGED] during Operation Liddell.
- Consummate Liar: It's impossible to know whether or not he's lying or even if he's lying about lying.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: If you can believe SCP-166 is his daughter, then this certainly counts, considering his (possible) heartfelt birthday letter to her.Clef (?): I love you. I wish I could have done more for you. The best I could do was leave you in the hands of kind and loving people and hope they would raise you in my place. From what I've seen, they did well. I'm sorry you couldn't stay with them. I'm sorry they've brought you to this place. I promise to do my best to make sure your stay here is pleasant. I promise to keep you safe.
Happy sixteenth birthday, honey.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- He did not take well to Dr. W's experimenting on human children. With SCP-682.
- Dr Clef is also very unsympathetic to attempts to Mind Rape himself or his colleagues. When one particularly-obnoxious decommissioned SCP abused his powers to literally rape the female researchers assigned to it, Clef killed it through explosive decompression. Though cruelly insulting one of the victims of said rape apparently isn't off the menu.
- The Faceless: Any footage of him will have his face replaced with something else (in his character page, a spider; when SCP-978 took a picture of him, it was a giant hand Flipping the Bird).
- Glamour Failure: Unless covered with a Cool Hat, his head won't show up in photos, and is instead replaced with a random animal's (or a middle finger).
- Humanoid Abomination: Well, there's the aforementioned Glamour Failure, the fact that he is a Reality Warper, and his long history means that whatever he is, he isn't human.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Dr. Clef is pretty much confirmed to be some sort of SCP Reality Warper himself, hence his immunity to most Reality Warper effects (and being caught on camera). He's dedicated his life to catching, imprisoning, and if necessary terminating more dangerous Reality Warper specimens.
- It Amused Me: His true motivations are obviously hidden and in the zone of ambiguous canon, but this is the story he's sticking with.O5-██: [DATA EXPUNGED]Clef: Is this the part where I'm supposed to give some cryptic answer about my reasons for delving into the unknown? Some statement about how and why I think these things exist? Some kind of reason for coming to work in a job as maddeningly bizarre and dangerous as this?O5-██: [DATA EXPUNGED]Clef: Because it's fun.O5-██: [DATA EXPUNGED]Clef: Well, it's the only answer you're ever going to get.
- It's Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Well, it's not pronounced at all, but in his evaluation with Dr. Glass, Dr. Glass calls him Dr. Clef, only to have Clef hand him an ukulele.
- Loophole Abuse: He's resistant to Reality Warpers most of the time. Incident 239-B shows that in very special cases, he is not so immune: the titular SCP-239, an innocent Reality Warper, is becoming afraid that Clef will come to kill her. Being a Hunter of His Own Kind, Clef always had thoughts to euthanize her, which 239's fear emphasized. Clef does notice this Reality Shift, but is too late to prevent it.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Once used to describe himself.
- Musical Theme Naming: Alto Clef (source of the user's avatar), who while with the GOC was known as Agent Ukelele.
- Multiple-Choice Past: He's claimed to be The Devil, for one thing.
- Noodle Incident: "By no means should Dr. Clef be allowed to consume an entire tin of Altoids mints in one sitting."
- No-Sell: He's resistant to Reality Warpers.
- Perverse Sexual Lust: In Incident 239-B, he claims to have had a crush on Maleficent, although this may not be true, as he's implied numerous times he's not to be trusted.
- Pet the Dog: As big of a cold-hearted asshole as he is, according to Dr. Clef the writer, the character of Clef is the father of SCP-166, and wrote the letter she received on her sixteenth birthday.
- Phrase Catcher: "Genre-savvy and enigmatic".
- Punny Name: It's not his real name, but he often goes by Alto Clef.
- Reality Warper: Or so he claims.
- Really 700 Years Old: Word of God is that he was the one who cast humanity out of the Garden of Eden.
- Maybe. Or not... probably, and as the leak states, he cast humanity out of Eden, which is ambiguous and could either mean that he's the serpent or Archangel Jophiel (in which case he's his own SCP-001 Proposal).
- Word of God is that he is not the devil in the classical sense, but he does indeed rebel against God. So, he's likely a demon, or probably even Adam, considering his relationship with Lilith.
- Scaled Up: Combining the above examples of Loophole Abuse and Perverse Sexual Lust, SCP-239 turned Clef into a dragon during that incident (it helps that the small "witch" had recently seen Sleeping Beauty).
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Is caught in one of these with SCP-239; Dr. Clef always considered euthanizing her because of her Reality Warper powers, but didn't try to act on it until her fear of him coming to kill her ended up amplifying his murderous urges. If he hadn't convinced her that he was a threat to her life, he likely never would've become one.
- Staring Down Cthulhu: When someone introduced Omnicidal Maniac extraordinaire SCP-682 to Dr. Clef, it just stared at him until he managed to escape its holding cell. Just stared at him. No fear (like what happened with SCP-173) or delight (like with SCP-053), just a blank stare.
- The Unpronounceable: He claims his name is the sound of an A-major chord played on a ukulele.
- Token Evil Teammate: The most unambiguously amoral member of the Foundation personnel.
- Was Once a Man: In at least one interpretation, he started life as Francis Wojciechoski, who happened to have latent reality-altering capabilities manifest on the job in the early days of the Foundation. He played alto sax and ukulele; the former became the namesake of his Alto Clef persona, the latter, Agent Ukulele.
- We Used to Be Friends: With SCP-231-1, which turned into an abusive relationship when they grew up (with him as the victim and her as the abuser). Its only saving grace was that SCP-166 was born from it. Ultimately, Clef elected to shoot SCP-231-1 after SCP-166 was born, which coincided with the Cornwall Incident, in which the town of North Access was literally boiled alive.
- White Sheep: Weirdly enough, he still counts as this despite being the Foundation's Token Evil Teammate. To clarify, virtually all known Type-Greens are typically condemned to a lifestyle of inflicting abuse and conning others due to them having Gone Mad From The Revelation as a result of their Reality Warping. While Clef certainly isn't one to pull his punches, there's no doubt that he works for the greater good of the world. This goes double when you consider his abusive girlfriend was SCP-231-1.
- Would Hurt a Child: Despite being appalled with the guest researcher who fed two children to 682, he develops a paranoid obsession with killing SCP-239, a little girl with Reality Warper powers like his own. This is due to 239 herself being afraid of him and correspondingly altering reality to give him this obsession.
Dr. Jack Bright
Dr. Jack Bright is one member of the Big, Screwed-Up Family that are the Brights. In the Foundation universe, there are at least eight known members of the Bright family, including a member of O5 Command, several researchers, a member of the Serpent's Hand, a new iteration of Nobody, and three anomalies in containment; Dr. Bright falls into both the second and final categories.
Jack Bright died following a containment breach of SCP-076, and just happened to have the misfortune of holding SCP-963, which copied his soul as he died and has since led to him possessing several other human beings and more inhuman creatures.
- Been There, Shaped History: According to SCP-4444, Bright was inhabiting George W. Bush's body during the election of 2000 (and, most likely, all 8 years of Bush's presidency) as Bush himself had just died in a hunting accident and the Foundation needed to stop Al Gore from winning in order to thwart an alien invasion. Bright himself objected strenuously to the plan, at least partly because he was unable to defecate in Bush's body.
- Berserk Button: In a few Tales, he really doesn't like being addressed as SCP-963.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Despite his typically goofy demeanor, he can be downright terrifying when he goes out of his way to scare/threaten someone.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: Considering his father and his siblings, it's a miracle he's not a mass murderer. And considering the list of things Dr. Bright is NOT allowed to do...86. There are no security codes for:86.14. "Bright Family Reunion" crossed out (Code Brown. Find a place to hide, and make sure you leave an offering of booze outside your door.)
- Body Surf: With SCP-963, an amulet that replaces the mind of the wearer with Dr. Bright's.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: As noted below under Sanity Slippage, he's gone a bit...loony over the years.
- Hidden Depths: If this Tale is anything to go by, Bright surprisingly sees himself as the Foundation's Greater-Scope Paragon akin to the Ethics Committee. Since his immortality means that he will be one of the only constants in the Foundation for potentially centuries on end, he will be able to influence countless researchers and alter the organization's fundamental policies to make sure they stay ethical.Dr. Bright: 1000 years from now, no one but I will remember you existed. And...I will still be working with the Foundation to protect humanity. Do you understand? I am the Foundation. I shape its future, and I keep it on task. Ultimately, I'm needed, despicable as it might be.
- Insufferable Genius: Really insufferable, to the point where even he has a bright outlook towards killing copies of himself.
- Laughably Evil: At least according to this list, he's a batshit crazy Psychopathic Manchild who commits all kinds of weird and amoral antics for his own amusement. note
- Maniac Monkeys: His body was an orangutan at the time when his "staff picture" was taken.
- Me's a Crowd: Certain stories show that Bright can actually replicate 963 and possess multiple people at a time.
- Noodle Incident: Generates about one of these per week. For a full list, please see the Things Dr. Bright Is Not Allowed To Do At The Foundation.
- Pet the Dog: He's among the collection of SCPs and Foundation personnel who try and stop Clef during the latter's attempted termination of SCP-239.
- Sanity Slippage: Apparently, Bright was not always necessarily like this. Possessing somebody with 963 causes a small portion of that person's personality and memory to become part of his own, and considering the Foundation generally places his mind into people like serial killers, pedophiles, and monkeys...
- Stepford Smiler: Several Tales show that his kooky demeanor is a self-defense mechanism he's established to cover up his immense guilt, self-loathing, and suicidal tendencies.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Other than his apparently constant deaths, he attempts to invoke this in the "List of Things He's [Dr. Bright] No Longer Allowed To Do," with him telling staff to call him Kenny.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: The Unfinished Business series shows that after a ten-year gap, shifts in the Foundation's workings have effectively placed a very much out of his mind Bright in charge.
- Undying Loyalty: The main reason why he hasn't been assigned an SCP number In-Universe is because he's incredibly loyal to the Foundation.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: If his SCP-978 photo is any indicator. Ironically enough, Dr. Bright the author (now going by TheDuckman) says the only reason he's in SCP-963 is because he didn't want to die during the incident which killed him originally.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Suffered this himself: an attempt to get into the head of SCP-682 put him into a mindscape where his own mind was telling him that he couldn't perceive things through SCP-682's eyes.
Dr. Charles Gears
Dr. Gears (also known as "COG") is a seemingly emotionless researcher who has worked for the Foundation since shortly its inception and appears not to have aged since then. He's emotionless to the lack of not having a startle response and is an important figure to the Foundation in recent history both in-character and out.
- Ambiguously Human: Some speculate him to be an android, due to the lack of emotion he shows.
- Bald of Awesome: Bald, awesome, and Ambiguously Evil at the same time.
- The Comically Serious: Always serious, no matter the situation.
- Consummate Professional: He lives for the Foundation.
- Disappeared Dad: Is this to the Black Queen (his daughter, Alison Chao).
- In-Series Nickname: Some authors prefer the idea that Dr. Gears is their nickname. Depending on who you ask, his first name is either Connor or Charles, and his last name might be Gerry.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Between his persona and the real person.
- Not So Stoic: In a tale where all the anomalies start to neutralize one by onenote , and the Foundation becomes defunct because there are no more anomalies to contain. Dr. Gears is the last one to leave the abandoned Site 19, and sheds a single Manly Tear as he does so.
- Pet the Dog: Is quite kindly and gentle towards SCP-239.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Crow; Kain being red and Cog being blue.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Maybe. The Stoicness makes people think he's not human.
- The Spock: He shows little to no emotion and is quite Literal-Minded.
A brilliant researcher who somehow got himself transformed into a dog.
- Animorphism: An experiment went wrong and transformed him into a dog.
- Informed Attribute: Despite his title of professor, there aren't any stories of him actually teaching anything; a few mention that he had a background working at a college, however.
- Mad Scientist: Which caused the aforementioned Animorphism. He is also the one behind Project Olympia.
- Parental Substitute: Subject Zero considers him a father figure.
- Powered Armor: He uses an SCP to aid his "biological disabilities".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Gears; Kain being red and Cog being blue.
Often varying in the Foundation's canon as much as Clef does, Kondraki is an amoral and deeply controversial researcher within the Foundation, seen as most as the archetypal Anti-Hero. Generally speaking, he's listed as being the former Site Director for Site-17. He also has a strong flair for the dramatic and grows rivals on trees, with the most obvious example being Dr. Alto Clef. Due to his main creator leaving the wiki under less than stellar circumstances (which we won't discuss here), Kondraki's character has been largely Put on a Bus aside from some notable canons and Tales.
- The Alcoholic: "Portraits of Your Father" shows him frequently drinking as a way to cope with his utterly hellish life.
- Ambiguous Disorder: A writing guide describes him as a clinical sociopath. Meanwhile, "Portraits of Your Father" directly states that he suffers from alcoholism, clinical depression, and Bipolar Disorder.
- Anti-Hero: As noted above in his description.
- Animal Motifs: Associated most heavily with butterflies.
- Badass Bookworm: An incredibly intelligent and erudite scientist who has also successfully fought a Reality Warper to a standstill in a swordfight and even rode SCP-682 like a mechanical bull.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Many fans have interpreted his intense rivalry with Clef to be this, which was partially the inspiration for the "Ship In A Bottle" canon.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The main reason he's been kept around for so long by the Foundation despite his eccentricties is his remarkable skill and expertise in dealing with humanoid SCPs.
- Cerebus Retcon: "Portraits of Your Father" is (in part) a dark Deconstruction of Kondraki's reputation and character by showing him as a suicidal and depressed man struggling with bipolar disorder. Most notably, the most memorable event in Kondraki's "mythos" on the SCP wiki - Kondraki riding SCP-682 in "Duke 'Til Dawn" - never happens here, with his son Draven instead being shown stopping his insane attempt during a containment breach.
- Depending on the Writer: As his character file here can attest, he's probably one of the most diversely written characters on the wiki.
- Embarrassment Plot: There's an entire canon based around this featuring Kondraki's greatest Old Shame - getting a water bottle stuck on his dick.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Known to pull pranks causing death or serious injury to others on a whim, shoot at people for no apparent reason, and otherwise engage in violence when bored. Also drove one of his assistants to a psychotic break.
- Hidden Depths: Aside from his many scientific and martial skills, he's also apparently an excellent photographer.
- Indy Ploy: It's mentioned In-Universe that his plan to decommission SCP-083-D was primarily rapid improvisation and sheer luck working in unison.
- Karma Houdini: Of a sort. He was cleared of all responsibility after he broke Dr. Clef's neck. It was likely because the Overseer Council either thought that Clef deserved it or that they would have done the same under the circumstances.
- Killed Off for Real: He's assassinated by Dr. Gears during "The King is Dead" as part of the "Reconstruction" canon. Alternatively, he killed himself during "Portraits of Your Father." Of course, since "There is no canon," it's up to the reader to decide if Kondraki's truly dead in their headcanon.
- Last-Name Basis: He's almost only called by his last name. All that's known about his first name is that its eight letters long. "Portraits of Your Father" and its related stories do give his first name, though - Apparently, it's Benjamin.
- Mind Rape: He suffered one from Clef. He eventually flew into a rage and broke his neck. The O5s didn't punish him for it likely because they didn't blame him.
- Morality Pet: His son Draven is this for him in "Portraits of Your Father."
- Must Have Caffeine: He started a freaking gunfight over his fellow researchers failing to change the filter in a coffee maker (which was located in a break room that he doesn't even use anymore).
- Odd Friendship: With SCP-408, a swarm of illusionary butterflies.
- Papa Wolf: He's rendered into a shouting panic when his son Draven was hospitalized after tangling with a dangerous SCP.
- Parents as People: "Portraits of Your Father" shows him having this relationship with his son Draven. While he may act obnoxious and some of his behavior is borderline abusive, he still deeply cares for his son and is shown to be taking care of him to the best of his ability while struggling with his own inner demons.
- Perma-Stubble: His staff picture shows him sporting this, and he's often described as having a five-o-clock shadow.
- Pet the Dog: His efforts to save SCP-239 from the frantically homicidal Clef during Incident 239-B.
- For all of his occasionally Jerkass behavior, "Portraits of Your Father" shows that he deeply loves his son Draven and even helped set Draven up with James Talloran since Kondraki thought they'd be happy together.
- Speaking of "Portraits," the same Tale also has Iris/SCP-105 mention how Kondraki stopped her from committing suicide when she was first admitted to the Foundation as a kid. Additionally, Iris noted how Kondraki constantly championed for the rights of humanoid SCPs and other sapient SCP objects while a researcher, calling for them to be treated ethically like actual human beings.
- Shipper on Deck: For his son Draven and Draven's boyfriend James Talloran.
- The Sociopath: One of the writing guides describes him as this. Of course, it's Depending on the Writer.
- Villainous Breakdown: A truly epic one in "The King Is Dead" from the "Reconstruction" canon.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Due to a mix of Author Avatar characters becoming less popular over the years and his creator (DrKondraki) leaving the wiki, he's largely been abandoned and ignored in the more "modern" days of the site. Most canons state that the In-Universe Kondraki was either Killed Off for Real, left the Foundation and is being hunted, or simply disappeared. This has been reversed recently, though, with both "Portraits of Your Father" and the entire "Ship In A Bottle" canon featuring Kondraki in a major role.
- What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: The ostensible reason he wants SCP-239 to be spared. At least, that was what Dr. Clef thought his motives were. It turns out that Kondraki's original motive was actually just stopping Clef from causing more chaos for the Foundation. At most, Kondraki was psychically manipulated by 239 without realizing it, as he discusses in an after-action interview log with an Overseer.
Dr. Agatha Rights
A remarkably empathetic Foundation Site Director (for Site-19) who tries to keep to herself and often suffers from severe mood swings. She also has a little girl - "Ophelia" - that she will defend to the last.
- Anything That Moves: Shown by her flow chart for containment procedures◊; her logic is, if it's not cute and you can't have sex with it, you call a containment team. If it is cute and you can have sex with it, you put it in her office.
- Genki Girl: A female authority figure who is also quite emotive.
- Mood-Swinger: She has a tendency to throw tantrums at the slightest problem.
- Noodle Incident: A cancelled - and never revisited - project on her file is the "Carnivorous Blow-Up-Doll".
- Team Mom: She's described as having this demeanor among her fellow staff members.
- Tsundere: Despite her mood swings, she does have a softer side to her.
- Un-person: Her final Tale has her character's history being erased from all known Foundation records so that she can become a member of the Overseers Council.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Due to her author (agatharights) leaving the SCP wiki to focus on her own writing, her character has essentially disappeared.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: She's mentioned as often arguing for humanoid SCPs and other sapient/sentient SCPs to be treated with more respect and humanity.
- Yaoi Fangirl: If the discussion on SCP-049's page is to be believed, she likes to crack-slash SCPs sometimes when bored.
Dr. Simon Glass
The Foundation's Head of Psychology, with a strong empathetic streak and possible connections through his family and friends to the Chaos Insurgency and the Serpent's Hand. He's often considered "soft" by his colleagues, but is still very well-trusted.
- Ambiguously Bi: Considering his attraction to Diogenes.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: While not nearly to the extent of the Brights, Glass has a relative that's a member of the Chaos Insurgency.
- Dark and Troubled Past: It's noted that he knows several people from his past that are linked to the Serpent's Hand, which he refused to clarify.
- Dogged Nice Guy: He requires Agent Diogenes to do psychological evaluations once a week instead of the normal once a month, so he can muster the courage and try to ask her/him out.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Downplayed, but it's noted that he's stubbornly held onto both his sanity and empathy as he's learned increasingly dark secrets about the Foundations over the course of his interviews.
- The McCoy: If Gears is The Spock and Kain is The Kirk, Glass is closer to this.
- New Meat: It's implied that he's this, with him being pretty young compared to his colleagues and he feels lots of empathy for the sapient and benign SCPs imprisoned by the Foundation.
- Nice Guy: He is probably the most unambiguously good person at the Foundation, showing both genuine sympathy and concern for human SCP items while striving to lower the Foundation's deleterious effects to the world at large.
- Only Sane Man: As shown in his interviews with his colleagues, he's probably one of the most psychologically stable people in the Foundation.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He's incredibly paranoid about how the higher-ups see his connections to the Chaos Insurgency and Serpent's Hand. It's all but stated that they really don't care about them and just trust him to not betray them.
Dr. █████ "Iceberg" ████
- An Ice Person: Has some form of cryokinesis, or at the very least has a superhumanly low body temperature; the source of his current codename.
- Driven to Suicide: He supposedly killed himself in the "In His Own Image" series due to the stress of having to work under Gears.
- Modern Major General: He's assigned to paperwork despite having contained several SCPs and being an explosives expert. Granted, he's good at paperwork too...
- Status Quo Is God: Word of God is that he's never gonna get the promotion he wants.
- Stuff Blowing Up: He's an explosives expert, so he knows how to blow up stuff.
- Granola Girl: She's the Foundation's animal enrichment specialist and has to be kept away from SCP projects that she'd morally object to due to her strong sense of ethics.,
- The Napoleon: She's barely over a meter (3 feet) tall and needs a step ladder to reach her desk.
- Verbal Tic: A running gag with her is that she occasionally makes spoonerisms.
- Workaholic: She's an odd combination of this with Sleepy Head. During the SCP-978 tests she had a photograph taken of her working and the photo was of her sleeping, another was taken of her sleeping and the photo was of her working.
Dr. Johannes Sorts
- It's Personal: He really, really doesn't like artists, having seen the trade from inside.
Dr. Everett Mann
Dr. "Doc" Burns
Dr. R. Gerald
- Amusing Injuries: Dr. Gerald is very accident prone. In a particular gem from his Personnel File, a note from Clef describes an incident where Gerald was found with his tie caught in a paper shredder and is being strangled as a result.
- Chekhov's Skill: His catastrophic driving is actually weaponized by Dr. Mann in Ecceperago to kill O5-7. Notably, 7's section of the tale is the shortest one.
- Doom Magnet: Bad things happen wherever Gerald goes. For example, upon having a 'simple trip-and-fall accident', he broke no less than 86 sections of SCP-914.
- Drives Like Crazy: ''No,'' really?
- Epic Fail: Everything he does is bound to fail spectacularly, to the point that his driving skills are considered an SCP. A joke SCP, but still.
- An SCP Enquirer tabloid magazine even has a front page article labelled, "DR. GERALD SIGHTED NOT BURNING!"
- Made of Iron: The only explanation as to why he isn't dead yet.
Dr. Everett King
A Foundation researcher who, for whatever reason a given writer desires, cannot interact with an SCP without producing apple seeds.
- Missing Child: The test logs for SCP-507note hint that Dr. King is from an alternate dimension of an endless apple tree forest inhabited by a race of people who all look like him, and the endless stream of apple seeds were his family trying to contact him and bring him home. They give 507 a message for King, but for 507's safety he's not allowed to deliver it.
- Only Sane Man: Tries to be the voice of reason to Dr. Edison during the Tempest Night incident. Edison doesn't listen.
- Rant-Inducing Slight: The apple seeds often end up triggering these in Dr. King, as they usually either interfere with his SCP research or happen at other drastically inconvenient times. His outbursts are often punctuated with sobbing.
- Reality Warper: SCPs will violate their own rules to give him apple seeds. That, or something related to apples.
- Refused the Call: At one point, the apple god appears to him (as a giant talking apple) and says it is his destiny to turn the entire world into one of apples in order to save it from destruction. Dr. King furiously refuses, to which the apple god responds by making apple seeds come out of his every orifice and flood his office. This is a All Just a Dream joke tale, of course, but given King's track record, not totally unfeasible...
- Reincarnation: It's implied a few times that Dr. King is the reincarnation of American Folk Hero Johnny Applesseed.
- Running Gag: Many SCP objects have the power to summon matter from parts unknown. Whenever Dr. King tests one of these objects, he winds up summoning apple seeds. He's not too happy about this. Examples include SCP-130, SCP-216, SCP-261, SCP-294, SCP-887, SCP-978, SCP-1162, and SCP-1459.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: When he's testing SCP-3301 and nature takes its course.Dr. King: (Shouting) Oh I know, I'll fucking use an apple seed! That will fucking work! That's perfect! Perfect thing to use in a field filled to the fucking brim with fucking APPLE SEEDS! (muffled sobbing)
Drs. Tristan, Thomas and Trevor Bailey
Three triplets in the Foundation, heavily involved in the Department of Multiuniversal Affairs (or Multi-U for short). Tristan Bailey and his brother Trevor works as diplomats making trade deals with other universes; Trevor used to be the head of the Multi-U department, but something happened that got him knocked down a few dozen pegs. Tristan works at Site-87 in Sloth's Pit, Wisconsin, while Trevor is stuck at Site-19. Tom, meanwhile, is currently an envoy to the Third Antarctic Empire, located in another universe. Their father, Tyler Bailey, invented the means to transverse alternate universes.
- Always Identical Twins: All three of them are identical to the point that they can pass for Alternate-Universe counterparts of one another.
- Bold Explorer: Tom Bailey is pretty much always the first one on the ground when exploring a new universe.
- Christmas Episode: A Very Bailey Christmas, which shows Tristan going to see his dad during a break from work around Christmastime. As it turns out, his dad has been dead since 1997. He and his brothers have been going to see an alternate universe version of him around Christmas since about 2005.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Tristan and Trevor both call Tom "Tom Bombadill".
- Humans Are Diplomats: Tristan and Trevor are both part of the diplomatic division of Multi-U, neither of their own volition. Their job is to make trade deals with other universes.
- Noodle Incident: It's implied that the thing that got Trevor knocked out of his position as head of Multi-U involved him throwing a Keter-class anomaly into a pocket dimension and slamming the door. Which Keter is unknown.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Subverted; Tom is currently working with SCP-1483, which is literally an Alternate-Universe Antarctica. He seems happy with the job, too.
- Shout-Out: The Multi-Universal Transit Array their father invented is, at one point, referred to as the Bailey-King MUTA.
- Sleeping with the Boss: Tristan is sleeping with Claire Hennessy, the current head of the Multi-U Department. Pretty much everyone knows about it.
- The Smart Guy: Trevor is stated to be the smartest of the Bailey Brothers, and wanted to become part of the theoretical division of the Multi-U department. Unfortunately, he got assigned to diplomacy instead.
- Vague Age: Due to travelling across universal barriers, their bodies age oddly. They're still identical triplets who are at least thirty to forty years old, but apparently they can pass for teenagers at times. As one member of Site-87's staff puts it:Montgomery Reynolds: ...[T]hey have a whiteboard here at Site-87, trying to document their own timelines. From 2005 to now, they have a gigantic space that just reads 'weird temporal bullshit'.
Dr. Katherine Sinclair
A researcher working for the Foundation at Site-87 in the Department of Occult Studies. Often considered an oddball (and at Site-87, that's saying something), one of only two members of the Department of Occult Studies at this site. Joined the Foundation after almost joining the Serpent's Hand in college, but got spooked by the fact that the particular sect she was interested in was willing to perform human sacrifices.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: By all means a very competent thaumaturgist— and also an avid member of the Furry Fandom.
- Fiery Redhead: Literally! Passionate about her work with magic to a fault. Plus, Sinclair's Establishing Character Moment involved her playing with fire magic... and it didn't end too well.
- Magic A Is Magic A: Seems to be a firm believer in this, often shown practicing ritual magic as opposed to shooting sparks out of wands constantly.
- Mark of Shame: How she views her scars from attempting to invoke fire magic and failing to provide a proper sacrifice. She's not attempted fire magic directly since. The scars read, in Latin, "We are not pleased".
- Noodle Incident: Something happened when Kat tried haruspicy, and now she's not allowed to requisition live animals for testing.
- Summon Magic: Summons a Krampus during the Christmas of 2014. Hijinks ensue.
Marion Wheeler is the head of the mostly unknown and covert Antimemetic Division, a division of the SCP Foundation that deals with antimemes. Antimemes are entities that are the exact opposite of regular memes: you can't remember them or record them.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The Foundation researcher Bart Hughes turns her into a living idea like SCP-3125 so she can fight it on equal terms.
- Back from the Dead: Her husband brings her mental form back to life by using a Class Z amnestic so she can destroy SCP-3125.
- Badass Normal: She's like the rest of the Foundation, and is a normal human being like most of them. However, due to the nature of her work, she finds herself fighting entities that she can't even remember. Tragically, she eventually falls at the might of SCP-3125, a higher-dimensional antimeme that will bring about the end of the world by causing us to forget about our own humanity.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: After she becomes an abstract concept representing the protective ideals of the Foundation and her belief in its cause, SCP-3125 is completely helpless against her counterattack.
- Earn Your Happy Ending. Not completely, as she is trapped in the ideatic space forever. But becoming an entity like SCP-3125 and saving the world is still a much nicer fate than what she originally seemed to get.
- Happily Married: Marion is lovingly married to her husband, the violin player Adam Wheeler. This saves her in the end as Adam understands her so well he can use a Class Z amnestic to remember her fully and recreate her mental self.
- No Such Agency: Taken Up to Eleven; the antimemetics division is this to the Foundation at large, requiring special pills for anyone to even remember about them.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Despite her quick thinking and lateral skills, she and her department end up like the hundreds of other Antimemetics Divisions, and ends up erasing the division out of existence due to SCP-3125.
- Was Once A Woman: After reaching the ideatic space she ceases being human. To the Foundation she seems like a star in the conceptual world.
- You Can't Go Home Again: After ascending to ideatic space as the WILD LIGHT countermeme, she's stuck in the idea world forever.
Dr. Robert Scranton
Inventor of the Scranton Reality Anchor and researcher into altered levels of reality.
- The Aloner: Dr. Scranton in SCP-3001, an empty pocket dimension. The only stimulus in the entire void is the winking red light of the recording panel, and his own body.
- And I Must Scream: In SCP-3001, he ends up trapped in a Class-C "Broken Wormhole," which leads him into an endless black void. If his math is right, what's left of him in the void will be "restabilized" for another five years, which means constant agony until he comes back.
- Ascended Extra: He was originally just a name used in reality anchoring technology (popularized by SCP-2000), but later became a full character. He's the main victim of SCP-3001 and provides the exploration logs.
- Auto Cannibalism: It's implied he ate parts of himself, either in delusion or due to hunger, which he still experienced. This is implied to include half of his brain and possibly, his genitals.
- Body Horror: As Robert and the LSS's Hume levels begin to reach the same as the void around them, Robert's body begins to deteriorate, losing most of his organs and blood, yet able to still function. While not all of Robert returns from the void, enough defining characteristics of him, such as one of his eyes, return with the LSS, which is how Anna is able to identify him.
- Depending on the Writer: There's three different versions of Robert Scranton - The first is a junior researcher mentioned in SCP-1451, the second is a scientist from the 1800s who first developed the ancestor to the Scranton Reality Anchors featured in SCP-2000, and the third is the most famous iteration of the character featured in SCP-3001. The third iteration is implied in this story to end up becoming SCP-106.
- Companion Cube: Robert eventually comes to view the LSS as a sentient being, naming it "Red" after the small red blinking light. Also, the picture of Robert's wife Anna, and their wedding ring.
- Driven to Suicide: After several years, Robert repeatedly tries to kill himself. It never works.
- Dying Declaration of Love: The second-to-last entry log from Robert has him telling Anna and Red that he loves them.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Robert slowly loses his mind as he remains trapped in the void. According to the testing logs, it was for nearly six years.
- Happily Married: To Anna, who he worked with for years.
- Madness Mantra: Robert has several of them. Most notably, after he loses the picture of his wife Anna in the blackness, he begins repeating Anna's physical features over and over.
- Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: As his body keeps breaking down, Robert loses far more blood than a human can normally have, yet he still lives. When the LSS returns to the testing lab, there's a gigantic pool of it around the device.
- Punny Name: His name was based on the name of user Scantron (currently renamed "Communism will win"), who suggested the concept of the reality anchoring technology.
- Uncertain Doom: Part of Robert's head and torso were possibly still trapped in the void when the LSS returned to our world. According to the article's author, he may or may not still be alive.
Dr. Thaddeus Xyank
Foundation Temporal anomaly expert and the head of the Foundation Temporal Anomalies Department.
Dr. Michael Edison
A Level-3 researcher in charge of the Metafiction department (and the only member). Has a loose grip on reality and likes to imagine himself as the star of an epic movie. He's been reprimanded several times for associated "incidents".
- Epic Fail: Pretty much all of his behaviour during the Tempest Night incident, but especially the end.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: His file indicates that he desperately wants to be a badass "like Dr. Clef".
- No Medication for Me: Edison is on behavioural medication, and the interviewing Overseer's implication that Edison "forgot" to take his medication the day of the Tempest Night incident implies that this isn't the first time he's "forgotten" to take them. Notably, Edison doesn't necessarily refute this.O5: Is there any chance you "forgot" to take your medicine that day?Edison: ...Maybe?
- Reality Ensues: So, what happens when you use an SCP to disappear the floors beneath you so you can get down to the first floor from the fifth as fast as possible? Exactly what you think. The interview at the beginning indicates he survived, but he did break most if not all of his bones.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Has had this happen more than once due to his more outlandish antics.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: During the above incident, he attempted to go after the intruders solo, "Die Hard style". It goes about as well as you'd expect.
Dr. Lucius Veritas
Foundation lead researcher currently responsible for overseeing all tests on SCP-914, though thanks to the way the rules work, it's not like he can do much about what comes in and out of it. Answers to Dr. Hackett, previously his college friend.
- Author Avatar: Of Leveritas, who currently fulfils the same role out-of-universe (though a Real Life correspondent for Hackett is obviously non-existent.)
- Authority in Name Only: Can't really do much about all the shenanigans the staff pull since they're all technically allowed, and he makes it very, very clear he hates it, especially since it means getting swamped in security, custodial, and in one case memetic department complaints.Veritas: Great, just turn my testing area into an anomalous pet factory. When these things decide to revolt and, I don't know, burn everyone's tongues simultaneously, don't come complaining to me.
- Berserk Button: Though he cares not for your welfare when playing with your own 914 outputs, using them at the expense of other people/Site 19-23, or simply ignoring common sense as to what the input might produce is a very easy way to piss him off.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: Played for laughs. With everything that comes out of 914 due to the research team's unprofessional streak, nothing fazes the man anymore, with much of his reactions consisting solely of anger, frustration, and/or exhaustion.
- Deadpan Snarker: Often makes snide comments on the results of different tests depending on the results, especially if the researchers responsible want to keep them.
- Death of a Child: Not him, but a younger clone of himself that manifested due to a containment breach of a redacted SCP, which was promptly thrown in 914 on Rough by the other kids.
- Everyone Has Standards: Though Veritas is (humorously) Conditioned to Accept Horror, he draws the line at a dating sim whose cast consists entirely of SCP-914's research team (produced from a data drive containing a copy of I Love You, Colonel Sanders!.)
- Hidden Depths: He's an excellent singer, but his work ethic doesn't allow him to admit it.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: Although watching researchers mishandle anomalous items produced by a machine every day has rightfully turned Veritas into a cynic, he tends to ignore that, technically speaking, his authority (or lack thereof) has vastly improved the sensibility of tests done with 914. It clearly doesn't seem to matter much, though.
- Obvious Rule Patch: In-universe, Veritas enforced tighter restrictions on keeping animate outputs from 914 after it became clear the ever-growing research team was getting more and more interested in using the machine as a source of anomalous pets.
- Punny Name: Lucius Veritas can also be written as L. Veritas.
- Reality Ensues: Jumps at the opportunity to study a test sent back from the future until the Timey-Wimey Ball takes its full effect, after which Hackett has to soberly remind him that nothing from 914 will ever be that easy.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Veritas's exasperation is largely driven by the actual posting guidelines for 914 tests. He also has to let researchers get away with as much as they do because as Leveritas himself once pointed out, 914 tests before Veritas was introduced were actually worse off than what the site currently has now.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Though it's probably because Veritas can't avert this trope without incurring the wrath of Hackett or other Foundation superiors, he is surprisingly lenient on use of 914's outputs so as long as no one hurts each other or damages Site 19-23. That being said, he has a reputation for being extremely cruel towards people who ignore the above and knows this, telling the 914 research team to ignore Darby's screaming and crying for help after the latter produced a railgun which accidentally punched a footlong hole through the facility all the way to a storefront in a nearby town.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Often feels like the tests done on 914 lack foresight, sensibility, and general common sense, leading to this. Although he has improved this somewhat, it clearly isn't by much, seeing as how he's often the only person at Site 19-23 with even an iota of true professionalism.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Some researchers imply that he might have took interest in an anomalous output from SCP-914 intended to purge Researcher Darby from existence. Given that he is consistently portrayed as a huge liability to Site 19-23, this is fully justified.
Senior Special Agent Andrea S. AdamsMTF Tav-666/Lambda-2's resident badass extraordinaire and Iris Thompson's (SCP-105) best friend by process of elimination.
- Badass Normal: Despite not possessing any unique abilities like several other Foundation personnel, he is still described in one short story as being one of the most dangerous people in the Foundation, having been instrumental in halting at least two major containment breaches and living to tell the tale. To say nothing of his exploits during the First Chechen War...
- Badass Boast: "Captain Dmitri Arkadeyevich Strelnikov, Twice Winner of Order of Suvorov for Exceptional Leadership Under Fire and Selfless Heroism and Bravery, One Who Has Saved Many Children From Burning Buildings."
- Berserk Button: CHECHENS. His hatred borders on Kill 'Em All, as seen in his rejected agent handbook.
- Blood Knight: Loves a good fight, especially when it turns gory. He could probably rival Able in this regard.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Very prone to gallivanting about his prowess, whether he's writing notes for a handbook or beating up a bunch of thugs."BABIES!! I FIGHT BABIES WITH MORE HONOR THAN YOU, COWARDS!!!"
- Crazy-Prepared: His preferred method for neutralizing most threats involves "more bullet", and that one should never, ever go afield without bringing more than is necessary.
- Gratuitous English: Speaks much like Team Fortress 2's Heavy.
- Hidden Depths: For a grizzled former-Soviet fighting machine, he's quite knowledgeable on the care and feeding of infants on the battlefield.
- Husky Russkie: Huge, burly Russian warrior? Check. Complete Badass Normal that can take down dangerous SCPs? Check. Loves his vodka very much? Of course."Can spend time drinking vodka. That is proper Russian vacation."
- Knife Nut: Carries a boot knife with him at all times, even when in a civilian passenger plane. He brutally guts a Chechen terrorist with it at one point while wearing a creepy smile on his face.
- Shoot Everything That Moves: His solution to every threat he comes across... ironically enough, except against zombies."Consult with Dr. Mann first."
- Shout-Out: To the Soviet anti-guerrilla specialist in Red Dawn (1984). The Bellerverse series also paints him as a mythical King Arthur figure after he traps SCP-682 with him inside Site-23 using SCP-184.
- Slasher Smile: Is described as having steel teeth fillings, making him look very unnerving when he grins.
- Tank Goodness: Incredibly fond of armored fighting vehicles, as shown in his handbook. In a rejected joke SCP entry, he volunteers to test-drive an anomalous tank that uses other vehicles as ammunition—which results in massive explosions and thousands of people dead in the Republic of Chechnya.note
Agent Jack "PoorYoric" Dawkins
- Consummate Liar: He managed to obtain a position as a fairly high-ranking Foundation researcher by, basically, asking.
- Ambiguous Gender: No one knows what gender Diogenes is and when asked, they just respond with a raised eyebrow.
- Blackmail: Tried to do this to a Senator. See Noodle Incident.
- Bifauxnen: If a woman, she looks like a dude.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: If a man, he looks like a woman.
- Facepalm: Constantly when in the presence of Dr. Bright.
- Noodle Incident: How Diogenes came to be part of the Foundation. A United States Senator, unnamed SCP objects and blackmail were involved, but it's not really explained beyond that.
- Only Sane Man: Or woman. Either way, Dr. Glass didn't come up with any actual psychological problems in Diogenes' life, he just Cannot Spit It Out and is trying to ask Diogenes out.
- Plausible Deniability: Helps cover things up for the Foundation all the time, no matter how insane things get.
Agent Max Lombardi
- After-Action Report: Most of his related documents are made up of these.
- Ascended Extra: Has an entire series focused around him, appropriately called "The Lombardi Tales."
- More Dakka: "... that's when you pull out your gun and you shoot the fucker. If that don't work, you shoot it again, because ninety-nine times outta a hundred, shootin' will work if you do enough of it."
- No OSHA Compliance: Subverted. "Who here is willin' to die rather than give up on the mission? One, two, three, four Okay, you five fail. Counter to what some dingbats will tell you, the latter is actually the preferred option."
Agents Troy Lament and Dodridge
- Fire-Forged Friends: Everything that happened during "Peanuts."
- Red Baron: Lament appears as the guard of the O5s in the second-to-last part of the Ouroboros cycle, given a simple codename: Purpose.
- Those Two Guys: They seem to fill this role for The Foundation, as one is never mentioned without the other.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: During SCP-723-D's decommissioning, the two agents run into a few problems. Tensions rise, resulting in the two being forced into the on-site brig. Twelve hours later, they insist that they were "totally cool now," declaring themselves "bros." This doesn't stop them from badmouthing each other later on, though.
Agents Alison Carol and Robert Tofflemire
A pair of agents who are part of Mobile Task Force Sigma-10, "The Sloth's Arm", charged with containing anomalies within the anomalous small town of Sloth's Pit, Wisconsin. They first pop up in SCP-4040, which forms the basis for the Rise of the Pit Sloth tale series.
- The Anti-Nihilist: Robert. A friend of his was taken by The Old Man, which resulted in Robert having nightmares. Due to his allergy to amnestics, he can't easily forget that or any traumatic event that might crop up in the life of a Foundation agent, resulting in his worldview becoming nihilistic and fatalistic, before he realized it was a waste of time.
- Came Back Strong: Robert's revival apparently gave him some ability to manipulate the Narrative of the Foundation's universe, as he's now capable of pulling plot devices from his pocket. Alison seems to have similar abilities following the conclusion of Rise of the Pit Sloth, though their exact nature is, as of yet, unclear.
- Convenient Coma: Alison ends up in one of these at the start of Rise of the Pit Sloth. She's woken up by one of the duplicates at Site-87 in the hopes that she'll turn on Robert when he comes to rescue her.
- Exploiting the Fourth Wall: Since the town of Sloth's Pit works on the rules of a fictional narrative, the two of them employ "Narrative Manipulation Techniques" in order to combat the various machinations of the Pit Sloth.
- Friendly Address Privileges: Only Robert is allowed to call Carol "Alice".
- Frame-Up: Robert is framed for the murder of a researcher at Site-87, meaning he has to make himself scarce for a whole week while figuring out his next move. Unfortunately, the people who can confirm that he didn't commit the murder are replaced by Body Snatchers, along with the rest of Site-87, barring two people and the task force.
- Meaningful Name: Alison (Alice) Carol falls down a hole at least three times over the course of her story— though it's a Sloth's Pit, not a Rabbit Hole.
- Plot Allergy: Robert is fatally allergic to amnestics, which means that his mind isn't blanked after his first encounter with the Pit Sloth, which leads to the events of their titular tale series.
- Punny Name: Lampshaded by Robert; he points out that their names are literally Alice and Bob.
- Rage Against the Author: When Robert dies, Alison points out that it's an unsatisfying ending to the story; the narrative forces of Sloth's Pit seem to agree.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Robert is the red oni with his constant puns and quips, while Alison tries to keep him grounded as the blue oni.
Robert: "In this land of ours, there are many great pits, but none more bottomless than the bottomless pit, which as you can see here is bottomless."
- Robert quotes Grunkle Stan when first encountering SCP-4040, which is a bottomless pit. Alison naturally tells him to cut it out.
Robert: "I have been falling for thirty minutes!"
- Later on, after He and Alison fall into the bottomless pit, he quotes Loki from Thor: Ragnarok:
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Inverted in the case of Alison. Her second encounter with the Pit Sloth jogs her memory enough that she is able to get Robert to trust her after she awakens from her coma.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Robert's memory of the Pit Sloth and him attempting to actively ignore it just makes it stronger. When it kidnaps Alison, it takes ideas from her mind in order to give itself power.
Other Foundation Personnel
Sheldon Katz, Esq.
Senior counsel with the Foundation's legal department. What Dr Clef is to reality benders, Mr. Katz is to Occult Law Firms.
- Badass Bureaucrat: Whether successfully intimidating a sentient network of legal precepts or holding his own in negotiations with a literal demon, Katz is a legend in his own right.
- Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Basically his job description.
- Omnidisciplinary Lawyer: Downplayed. As one might expect from the head of the Foundation's legal department, he's got a wide field of expertise, but he specializes in contracts and negotiations, and explicitly is backed by the Foundation's Army of Lawyers.
- Worthy Opponent: After Katz collapsed forty-one hours and nine hundred pages into a negotiation with SCP-738, the entity left him with a handwritten note.Please come back any time. I haven't had so much fun in years.
- A God Am I: He's the self-proclaimed god of the Foundation's computers.The point is, if you think you're smarter than I am, you've got another thing coming. My name is Patrick Gephart, and I am your god.
- Badass Boast: His reaction to being threatened by an unknown SCP.Bring it on, bitch. I eat glitches like you for breakfast, and shit compiled Basic out before bed.
- Honest Advisor: He is extremely blunt, sardonic and uncompromising to any of the scientists who contact him about stupid or gross problems, even though - as a cursory glance at the rest of this page will tell you - many of them are quite terrifying people, and shows no hesitation to punish them for incompetence or irresponsibility in regards to their computers.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: It says a lot about the kind of things the Foundation deals with on a daily basis that a machine uprising intending to wipe out humanity becomes this, instead of a serious problem. Even after he manages to cow them, they continue to appear sporadically, usually indirectly, complaining about something or another.
- The Chew Toy: "D-class" and "expendable" might as well be synonyms. Many D-class suffer horrible injuries and/or deaths as a result of being forced into tests involving dangerous SCPs.
- A Day in the Limelight: A D-class is the star of SCP Containment Breach.
- Cerebus Retcon: Inverted: Early canon killed off all D-Class at the end of the month to prevent leaks. This was later ignored due to the sheer wastefulness (not to mention logistics issues).
- Depending on the Writer: Supposedly, all D-class are terminated after serving one month. Some writers take it to mean they're executed, but others say they're just dosed with amnestics and go right back to working for the Foundation, believing it's the first day of their month-long sentence.
- Iconic Outfit: The D-class uniform is an orange jumpsuit with the Foundation's logo on the left side.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Somehow, D-221 managed to capture SCP-682 during its fifth containment breach.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Every once in a while, a lucky D-class might get a beneficial effect from working with an SCP.
- Three D-class personnel with damaged organs received new, perfectly functional ones from SCP-2295, a teddy bear that can fix practically any injury.
- A D-class with prostate cancer was completely cured after drinking a can of "Ponari Sweat" produced by SCP-261.
- We Have Reserves: The prevailing viewpoint towards D-class Personnel.
- You Are Number 6: Being the Foundation's disposable human guinea pigs, they're referred to as "D-#".