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  • Safely Secluded Science Center: The Foundation maintains an undisclosed number of secure facilities to contain and study anomalous phenomena, including several built far underground, one under the Indian Ocean floor, one on the moon, and several in Pocket Dimensions. Most have a nuclear warhead on site as a last resort against a containment breach.
  • Santa Claus:
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    • An addendum to SCP-239, an eight-year-old Reality Warper:
    Note from Dr. ████████, dated 12/26/04: Who the hell thought it would be a good idea to tell her about "Santa Claus" and then tell her that it was just a story?! Now we have another potential SCP to deal with, but we can't catch him because he is "magic".
    • Apparently, they caught him in a joke article and put him in containment. However, he must leave every December 24th each year to deliver presents for Christmas. Otherwise, a worldwide [DATA EXPUNGED] will happen.
    • They also put a tracking device on him to find out once and for all how he manages to get to every house in one night. They get funky anomalous readings, and when asked for an explanation, Santa only replies "Magic."
    • SCP-4666 is a remarkably unpleasant take on the jolly old guy.
  • Santa's Sweatshop: 4666 AKA "The Yule Man" is found to possess one of these: hidden somewhere deep underground, most of the children he targets are taken here - usually after butchering their families. They are tasked with making presents for the few targeted kids who manage to escape the Yule Man's attention without displeasing him, and they are not to stop for any reason: anyone who slows down or falls asleep on their shift is punished with starvation, beating, burning, or even with having their fingers bitten off; repeat offenders are eaten by the Yule Man. Worst of all, children who fall ill or can't work anymore are recycled into raw material for fresh toys. And not all of them die from this treatment, incidentally - hence why the Foundation knows of the workshop at all.
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  • Sapient Tank: Two of mention SCP-802, a French tank that patrols a small region and attacks any who come near it, and SCP-516, a Soviet-made nonviolent (until pressed) tank.
  • Save Our Students: SCP-2960, an entire high school production of Urinetown (cast, crew, and orchestra) trapped in their auditorium and forced to perform every weekend since 2008 (the ones who didn't commit suicide or were mysteriously killed because they didn't perform well were released in 2014, though they still unconsciously act out the play on schedule), apparently because their drama teacher was afraid for their future:
    "I just, you know, it's a shame that it's got to end, right? I mean, Christ, for some of these kids, all they've got is the theatre… it's funny, I guess, and kind of sad, cause this might be the best thing they do with their lives, you know, cause they don't have the money for college, or the grades."
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  • Scary Black Man: Invoked with the D-Class assigned to perform 110-Montauk in Fear Alone, heightening the Mood Whiplash when he produces a copy of Goodnight Moon.
  • Schmuck Bait: After Dr. Clef tells everyone not to let SCP-447-2 touch dead bodies, the test log doesn't last for half a dozen entries before someone requests a dead body for testing. Then the researchers decide to get their revenge by throwing Clef into the bathtub. It does nothing, and he tells them that "after you clean this up you will all be missed".
  • Science Cannot Comprehend Phlebotinum: The very definition of an SCP object is the inability to explain what it can do, or how. However, there is a (very small) list of "explained" SCPs, which are objects or phenomena which have been explained, ceased to exist, or — in one case — was unable to be contained, and affected the whole world, rendering containment procedures moot.
  • Science Destroys Magic: This seems to be incredibly varied. At times "magic" is contained by science, other times they don't (and can't even be explained).
  • Science Is Wrong: The Missing Number. We missed a number. Whenever it interacts with anything electronic or math we use, the number breaks it.
  • The Scottish Trope: The place that has no name (but would be SCP-4000 if it did) cannot be referred to using a name, as it causes all sorts of unpleasant effects.
  • Scrapbook Story: All the entries are documents reporting on what an individual SCP is, along with related attachments (experiments, field reports).
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • qntm's SCP-001 Proposal is a seemingly indestructible gemstone that's implied to contain something extremely dangerous.
    • SCP-076-1, amongst others, is one such can. It contained SCP-076-2, but it was easily unsealed (it was just a stone coffin), and when SCP-076-2 started working for the Foundation, it became little more than 076-2's respawn point. Later played straight during the great Mary Sue purge — 076-2 was retconned into being completely Ax-Crazy after all, and after they ran out of things for him to do, he started killing all humans on sight. They had to detonate a nuclear bomb and entomb 076-1 under the bedrock under the ocean.
    • SCP-231 is an interesting case, as the SCP is the can that the evil is sealed inside. And the Foundation will do whatever it takes to keep said evil sealed up.
    • SCP-911 is a can you can easily end up sealed into. There is something pretty malicious in there as well, and it wants to get out.
    • SCP-1844 is a Hell Gate that is, miraculously, 99.6% contained. However, since this is the only (terrestrial) Hell-gate known to the Foundation at least one person wonders if this is actually a good thing:
      Hector Gomez, S.J., Ass't. Site Director: All I'm saying is that before we keep patting ourselves on the back for attaining 99.6% containment efficacy over the last two months, we ought to think about the possible unintended consequences of screwing the lid on too tightly. By analogy, a boiler explosion is a hell of a bigger problem than a steam leak.
    • SCP-1661 has the special class "Archon" because it serves as one of these for another, much more dangerous entity. Containing it just makes things worse, so the Foundation maintains a very rare policy of non-interference, since 1661-A instances are not hostile and actively try to avoid hurting anyone.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: The rare SCP objects with the Thaumiel object class. These are SCPs with effects helpful to the Foundation's mission, and are often very tightly controlled and covered up under wraps. Use of these objects is usually very conservative, with some being completely unused and only activated as a contingency plan.
    • The word's use as an object class started from Roget's SCP-001 proposalnote , a building where Keter-class SCPs self-contained each other via cross interaction.
    • It is also used in SCP-2000, a Foundation site with the ability to rebuild the world after an apocalyptic event. SCP-2000 was also one of the original popularizers of the Thaumiel class.
    • It is the object class for SCP-179, a benevolent goddess pointing out interstellar threats to earth.
    • It has been retconned into SCP-1968 as the object's classified real object class, a torus with the ability to rewrite history.
    • SCP-2003 is a form of time travel that will let the Foundation see into the future destruction of humanity.
    • SCP-2217 is a holy site for an offshoot of the Church of the Broken God, and was rated Thaumiel because it is intended to combat an XK scenario related to SCP-610, the Flesh That Hates.
    • SCP-2237 is a set of foundation spaceships intended to be launched several planets (some of which are the ones created by SCP-1795) in the event of a major problem on Earth.
    • SCP-2400 is a Time Dilation Field with a ratio of 1 time unit outside the SCP corresponding to 140 time units inside it. Except that it also completely nullifies the reverse entropic effects of SCP-2700, and turns it into a paradoxical energy reactor.
    • SCP-2722, a starship containing the best of multiple universes created with the intention to help "maintain normalcy", would be reclassified into Thaumiel should it ever be used.
    • SCP-2799 is effectively an anomalous object compass.
  • Self-Parody:
  • Senseless Sacrifice: In SCP-001: S.D. Locke's Proposal. A D-class agrees to try drawing instances of SCP-001-A away from the others, on the grounds that he gets a gun and one bullet for it. He kills himself, with him and the researches hoping that it will spare him from becoming another one of those blob monsters...but not only do they get ahold of him and drag him out into the sunlight, he comes back and becomes yet another one of them. About 3 1/2 years later, Dr. Igotta does the same, using pills to quietly end herself, hoping that she won't draw the attention of the ever-growing sun blobs (the alternative being a gun, which she notes would draw their attention). Unfortunately, the reader finds that she's become another one of them.
  • Series Mascot:
    • SCP-682 appears to have assumed this role, as witnessed by the protests on the site forums whenever anyone suggests killing it off for good. The original one was SCP-173.
    • SCP-085 (Cassy) and SCPs-131-a and 131-b (Eye Pods) could qualify as well.
    • Able (SCP-076-2) has also become one, to the point where he's the one of a select few SCPs that's typically referred to by name instead of number.
  • Serious Business:
    • The site itself maintains quality by treating each wiki edit like a live Claymore mine.
    • Averted with the Cliche List, in which a serious topic (Cliches writers probably shouldn't copy) is written in something approaching /b/-style.
    • The users take whether to upvote, downvote or not vote for an article very seriously. Open the discussion page on any given article and you will find numerous comments wherein the user in question explains his or her reasons behind their choice in in-depth detail, showing intense levels of thought, critique and even inner conflict behind the decision.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The excerpts of SCP-4264 tell a story of a teacher discovering his Reality Warper powers through the questions he writes. After he draws the attention of the Global Occult Coalition which culminates in the destruction of his home city (to which he responds with a meteorite aimed directly on their base), the final question in conjunction with the SCP's event of discovery implies that he's successfully traveled back in time to stop his past self from discovering and exploiting this power.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Several:
    • SCP-434: A table that, when there is a subject and eight chairs, causes seven correspondingly "sinful" clones of the subject to appear; if the "clones" are killed, that aspect of the subject's personality is destroyed (for example, the death of Sloth destroys the ability to sleep).
    • SCP-1215: (Actually eight sins — Pride is divided into Vanity and Hubris.) An illuminated manuscript that causes people to self-destruct with a deadly sin theme, except for Vanity where the danger is acting so irritating other people attack you.
    • SCP-1133: An IV stand that can extract or inject fluids pertaining to the seven sins; for instance injecting sloth makes one lazier, while extracting it makes one more productive.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Many articles on the site are essentially stories of either anomalous or non-anomalous individuals being given slivers of hope before having it yanked away from them at the last second.
    • Played for Laughs with SCP-4950, where the People of the Lie's incredibly bizarre ritual to summon their god utterly failed despite all of the hard work that they put into it.
    • SCP-5000 possibly provides a rare Double Subverted example of this trope. Unfortunately, even though Pietro eventually reached his goal, humanity had been essentially exterminated by that point by the Foundation, he is left with no answers, and he could only make SCP-055 come into contact with SCP-579 by dropping the former from a fatal height, causing him to die before his remains were transported to the main SCP universe. Thankfully, this still reset the timeline and saved humanity. However, the Double Subversion comes into play when one realizes that, thanks to this timeline reset, whatever entity that the alternate Foundation found within the collective unconsciousness of mankind and was trying to fight by exterminating humanity is still out there, and now there's nothing stopping it from pursuing whatever its goals are in granting humanity empathy. Though since the Foundation has SCP-5000 now, they may be able to rediscover it and find a way to stop its nefarious plans without resorting to a Final Solution.
    • SCP-5999 has a complex narrative presented using a high-tech layout and has ineffective warning systems for what is apparently part of the containment protocols (even though reading more of the article slowly unseals whatever is being contained, there are seemingly no attempts to stop the reader by force.) It's all completely irrelevant, as it's really a means to invoke this trope and execute Protocol ZK-001 (simulated using the Jump Scare at the very end.)
  • Share the Male Pain: This is SCP-5972-J's main function to males when described.
  • Shipper on Deck: SCP-191 is implied to be one to her (female) attending doctor and (male) supervising agent.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns:
    • Happened in several stages, but began when one of the writers became concerned about the wiki moving away from its original creepypasta origins. He came up with a story where his fictional counterpart tries to take down a reality warper who seemed to have become popular with readers simply because she was a cute little girl. This had the opposite effect, as it led to decommissions which were 'canon' purges of badly designed, Mary Suish SCPs. Writers competed with each other over who could pull off the most over-the-top decommissions.
    • Admins eventually realised that they allowed things to get too far and tried to Shoo Out the Clowns the second time, though the admins ultimately decided not to disavow the over-the-top elements altogether. note 
      • There was a deliberate effort to bring the fictional agents back down to earth as well as removing problematic SCPs.
      • Another major example is the excision of "LOLFoundation" elements by removing overly comic sections, or by returning articles to a more detached scientific format while making it official policy to avoid comedic elements from then on.
    • The closest thing we have to an in-story explanation is that this was a long overdue reaction to the lack of oversight created when the military elements in the Foundation leadership left. The processes are still ongoing. See this forum thread for more info.
    • Also, "Chowderclef" is an official Retcon of all of Dr. Clef's quirky escapades… sort of. Clef (the writer) ultimately decided to be ambiguous about it and let readers decide for themselves whether or not the escapades still count.
    • "A Suicide Note", a suicide note left behind by Alto Clef, bemoaning that everyone thinks he's a Reality Warper that goes on wacky adventures, when he's actually a reality anchor that breaks anomalies just by being near them. In one paragraph, he helps shoo out the other "LOL Foundation" clowns: Kondraki ("in a psych ward"), Bright (betrayed the Foundation to the Serpent's Hand and was finally allowed to die), Rights (merged with a biological SCP she was working on), and Crow (Mercy Killed by Clef). Worse still, he claims that all the "LOL Foundation" stuff was a direct result of SCP-239 screwing with reality For the Lulz. In the end, the Foundation finds evidence that Clef definitely shot himself in the head... but no body.
    • The introduction of Dr. Lucius Veritas to SCP-914's extended testing logs was done in a bid to apply this trope to said logs. To his creator, it was a stunning success. To Veritas himself, not so much.
    • The Decommissioned class mentioned above has its own history with this trope, initially starting as a way to "properly" dispose of bad articles by having the Foundation staff destroy them in humorous ways. It was eventually shut down due to it turning into the aforementioned wildly unprofessional contest of seeing who could destroy an SCP in the funniest way, but was reactivated both in-universe and out-of-universe with very strict standards - commenting in-universe on the previous treatment of the class in the process - in a bid to destroy SCP-4456, which the Foundation could not contain without unethically sending away billions of dollars to the Spanish government in the past (or causing a time paradox, for that matter.)
  • Shoot the Dog: The Foundation's main reason to exist. They deal with the nasty shit in the world so the normal people can go to sleep easy at night and wake up alive.
  • Shout-Out: Go here.
  • Shown Their Work: One interest of the SCP Foundation is, of course, science, and thus many articles go into deep details about the science of the unscientific.
    • SCP-2460 references existing knowledge regarding the nature of dark matter, and builds the behavior of the ambiguously anomalous alien dark matter satellite (and its disastrous potential effects) from it.
    • SCP-1348 is based heavily on real-life details of the Abrahamic mythology, some of which can be found on the author's page.
    • SCP-2223, an SCP mostly about an anime image that manipulates search algorithms to go to the top of the search results, has a massive section detailing the specific mechanics behind the mathematics of search engine algorithms and the mathematics of identifying the anomaly.
    • SCP-2123 involves tons of technical discussions about quantum anomalies in a supercollider and the frightening implications of it.
    • SCP-2747 involves an Eldritch Abomination "antinarrative" that erases any narrative it is featured in from existence (including narratives within narratives) called the "anafabula". "Fabula" is a real term from the Russian formalism school of literary criticism that refers to the chronological arrangement of events within a story. Thus an "anafabula" (using the Greek root "ana-", meaning "up", "against", "back", or "re-"), can literally be read to mean "against chronological order", which is exactly what the entity does.
    • SCP-3966 has a lot of accurate technical information on neuroscience to describe the effects of the anomaly, without any exposition.
    • SCP-4220 is largely focused on both an analysis of American occultism during the 1950s and 1960s and the lives of Aleister Crowley, Jack Parsons, and L. Ron Hubbard. Aside from the obvious breaks from history (i.e., Crowley and Parsons were never forced by the government into using Magitek to get to the Moon before the Soviets did in our world), all of the details given to both the lives of the three aforementioned men and the subculture of mid-20th century American occultism are real.
    • Virtually all references given to various mental illnesses and insights into abusive relationships given over the course of SCP-4231 are disturbingly accurate.
    • Almost all of the events described within SCP-4882, from the unanimous acceptance of leap seconds to the Bitcoin mining fire, happened in real life.
    • Most of the details given about the various cultures of the Middle East during the Bronze Age (especially in regards to that of Sumeria and Mesopotamia) in SCP-4960 are surprisingly accurate and well-researched, especially in regards to how the worship of various gods and goddesses was conducted at the time.
    • The Prometheus Labs GOI Format goes so far as to provide citations to real scientific journals.
  • Show Within a Show:
    • SCP-3256 is a meme embedded within the M.O. of a serial killer; this killer, known as The Binder, captured the public imagination In-Universe to such a degree that episodes of procedural shows like Criminal Minds were based off of his killings... which just spread the meme further.
    • SCP-2614 is a DVD of The Sopranos's Fifth Season that a viewer can "control", essentially guiding a camera through the show and seeing what happened in the background of some episodes, such as Tony having a breakdown in the shower. It can even enter other media in The Sopranos, including a showing of Snow White, to produce Recursive Realities. Things get really weird when a researcher tries to enter a show within a show within a show.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Aside from Cain and "Able":
    • Literally with two players of SCP-286, who are He-Who-Made-Light and He-Who-Made-Dark, warring elemental brothers:
    SCP-286-1 [the "Light" player] will appear agitated, movements will become jerky and imprecise, vocalizations will be quick, stuttering and aggressive. SCP-286-2 [the "Dark" player] will appear sluggish, movements halting and slow, vocalizations will be low-pitched, throaty, and tend to be monosyllabic.
    • SCP-2819, two mutually antagonistic beetles. One is white with black marks and can make people feel happy, and the other is black with white marks and makes people depressed (the former just wants people to see the truth about the world and the depression is due to its limited powers). Why are they here? Apparently the Light and Dark brothers (or similar entities) annoyed their father so much he turned them into beetles.
    • Elderly twin sisters SCP-1884-A and -B — SCP-1884-A has a mild, almost Extreme Doormat-level personality and looks like a normal human aside from her fused, handless arms, while SCP-1884-B is a very aggressive and sassy old lady who is nothing but hands.
      SCP-1884-A: I had always discouraged Luana (SCP-1884-B) from trying to escape. Beyond my fear of being punished, I told myself that no matter how bad things were at the Circus, it would be worse in the outside world.
      [...]
      Dr. Selman: How would you describe your captivity in the Circus Of The Disquieting?
      SCP-1884-B: (SCP-1884-B raises the middle finger of every hand not being used to support its weight)
  • Significant Anagram:
    • SCP-3512 "The More You Know": The Pick-Up Artist book has 12 chapters, then 12 additional chapters with meaningful anagrammed titles. For example "Chapter 12 [12] You Know Theorem" introduces advanced mathematics and "Chapter 12 [14] Where To, You Monk?" talks about a monk-like architect; additionally "The book's afterword is composed of more than 15,000 anagrams of the book's title, laid out in spiral and triangular patterns."
    • There's also the SCP-3000 contest page: "We die in the darkness so you can live in the light" becomes "He sews kindhearted sin contagiously. Think evil."
  • Signs of the End Times: Foundation Tales that depict the End of the World as We Know It often use the destruction of the Wanderer's Library as a principal part of it.
  • Silicon-Based Life:
    • SCP-553, butterfly-like crystal lifeforms.
    • SCP-2300-14 is the silicon version of the tiny golems.
  • Sinister Car:
    • SCP-3470 and SCP-2086 are variations of this trope, as they are predatory organisms that take the form of man-made vehicles, with barely visible drivers inside, to either lure in or catch their preferred prey (humans) off guard; 3470 has taken the form of a Ford Angilia 105E, while instances of 2086 will take on the forms of public transportation, usually buses.
    • Downplayed in the case of SCP-973, a police cruiser, as it will only attack anyone that goes over a certain speed limit. However, said limit can vary anywhere from 35 mph - 70 mph, and the Foundation has yet to find a predictable pattern between the ever changing speed limits.
  • Sinister Minister: SCP-1832, who literally feeds off of suffering.
  • Slash Fic: For April Fools Day 2017, an author wrote a furry fanfic of SCP-1893 (a minotaur entity that can only be documented in narratives) and SCP-2547 (the Navajo Coyote, who survives and is powered by various narratives about him). It's an addendum to the original SCP-1893, with the dialog between the two characters describing the cross-proliferation between narratives of 1893 and 2547 leading to Coyote/Minotaur slash fics forming. It's very NSFW, so no link will be given.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: While it obviously varies according to the specific canon, Tale, and article, the wiki as a whole falls pretty far on the cynical end of the spectrum, with the Foundation essentially being a Mad Scientist take on The Men in Black set in a Cosmic Horror Story as they resort to increasingly horrific measures (of which are frequently implied to be futile in the end) so as to "preserve normalcy."
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness: invoked The wiki itself slowly slid from a general silly mood to a more serious mood. Early on when things are still messy, articles can often have dead-serious (sometimes so dark and serious they just seem silly again) descriptions, then end with a silly addendum, making things seem rather silly on the grand scale. The Shoo Out the Clowns mentioned above purged most of the articles that are deemed "too silly", and newer, more serious writers turned the wiki down the serious path. Nowadays, the wiki as a whole is pretty serious, though individual articles/canons may still have some silly themes, but tend to aim away from being potentially Narm-inducing like some of the early works and are instead treated in a serious way. That being said, there are still a high number of strange or funny articles, especially among the newer series, though these tend to avoid Narm by instead more emphasizing the Surreal Humor of dealing with bizarre things like SCP-504note , SCP-1472note , SCP-2020note , SCP-3922note , SCP-4950note , and SCP-5983note  - all of which is almost always described in an unflappably scientific demeanor.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Threat: A mention of "K-class scenario" is usually for XK-class, Global Threat (or Planetary Extinction\Annihilation). Most Euclids range from Personal to City Threat (Class 0), while Keter is usually for City up to Global (Class 1 to X; Class 4 gets even an specific term, as "GH-Class Dead Greenhouse"). And a few, such as invading aliens, are implied to reach Multi-Planetary Threat levels.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: Both TwistedGears-Kaktus' SCP-001 Proposal and SCP-4882 deal with the Broken God being rebuilt. However, the former is mechanical, built by a small group of followers, and destroyed by physical forces. Meanwhile, the latter is electronic, built by technological society as a whole, and kept at bay by diplomacy. And where the former ends on a denouement, SCP-4882 ends on a cliffhanger.
  • Spiritual Successor: Comes with the territory of the wiki having lasted for so long online.
  • Solid Gold Poop:
    • SCP-1330 is a universal garbage dump. One object found is a toilet bowl full of polished diamonds.
    • SCP-391 looks like a normal barn owl… probably because it is a normal barn owl. Well, except for the fact that when it eats, its waste pellets are made of various precious metals, instead of bone and fur (like you would find in ordinary owl waste pellets). So far, the Foundation has found pellets made of gold, silver, platinum, and indium.
    • SCP-1618 is an Are We Cool Yet? artifact that can turn waste products into this and objects of value into refuse that includes genitalia and used nuclear rods.
  • Solitary Sorceress: SCP-352: Baba Yaga.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Even when trapped in a demonic Eldritch Location (SCP-1983), one Agent still manages to write an informal SCP Report.
    Item #: Pending
    Object Class: Keter. God help you.
    Special Containment Procedures: You're going to die, you poor dumb fuck.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: [EXPLETIVE REDACTED]
  • Species-Specific Afterlife: There are numerous stories depicting possible afterlives for humans. And then there's SCP-1557, which is a version of Hell specifically for giraffes.
  • Spell My Name with a Blank: Many articles use this kind of censorship with names, dates, etc. Some members objected to the use of this trope and instead supported the use of either zero censorship or complete censorship.
  • Spiders Are Scary: SCP-859 is pretty much built around this concept.
  • Spider Swarm: The Foundation has several:
  • Spin-Off:
  • Split Personality/Mental Story: SCP-2442 can make Foundation staff and SCP objects disappear and can speak with an invisible entity because the Foundation-verse exists inside a very disturbed woman's head (the "invisible" entity) and he is having her confront her traumatic memories (the objects) and eliminating her alternate personalities (the Foundation staff). By the way, the Groups of Interest working against the Foundation are therapeutic techniques (IE Are We Cool Yet? could be art therapy). Naturally, the Foundation is horrified by the idea that their whole world is just be one person's elaborate delusion:
    O5-5: SCP-2442 is the delusional one. We maintain stability. We maintain order. We Secure the dangers. Contain the unpredictable. Protect the world from knowledge it must not know. The world needs us. She— It needs us.
  • Spontaneous Human Combustion: SCP-081 is a virus that causes Spontaneous Combustion — in fact, it's responsible for all recorded instances of it.
  • Spoon Bending: SCP-463 "A Spoon That Bends People" is a spoon that bends people's spines backwards by 90 degrees when it's picked up, acting as a playful inversion of the trope.
  • Stable Time Loop:
    • O5-02 is Dr. Light from the future (a Reset Button is involved).
    • Possible one: SCP-1342 is a message from an alien race destroyed by humans 40,000 years in the future. Unfortunately for them, thanks to the message, we know that they were on the verge of faster-than-light "time" travel before we destroyed them and they could've annihilated us, but didn't because they were too grateful for our radio broadcasts enhancing their own civilization.
    • Project Thaumiel: Pila.
  • Stalker with a Crush: SCP-1269, a very possessive, letter-writing, ambulatory, telekinetic, and extremely violent mailbox.
    invokedTo the female D-class living in "its" house: Do you sing in the shower? If so, I’ve heard you. Such a tenderly beautiful voice matches its owner.
    Written on a replacement mailbox that was bashed around, tied in a trash bag, and teleported into a dumpster: SHE'S MINE SHE'S MINE SHE'S MINE SHE'S MINE YOU CAN'T HAVE HER SHE'S MINE SHE'S MINE
    invoked Written on or near the corpse of the beaten, de-handed, and de-lipped male D-class assigned to "its" house (it hasn't hurt any of "its" women): WHAT IS A MAN BUT A PILE OF SHIT THAT GETS IN THE WAY OF MY LOVE HOW CAN SHE EVER LOVE YOU WHEN YOU'RE SO EASILY BROKEN SHE NEVER EVEN LET YOU TOUCH HER I SAW THE WAY SHE LOOKED AT YOU WITH HATRED AND NOW SHE WILL LOVE ME FOREVER
    Comment from the authors: Happy Valentine's Day!
  • The Stars Are Going Out: SCP-2154 is a telescope that can see space in real time, and while the stars aren't disappearing they are being blocked by a mysterious opaque "cloud" that is getting closer and closer to Earth.
  • Start of Darkness: A work in progress (also a proposed SCP-001) shows how everything started, and by everything we mean how the Foundation and its rivals or enemies came into existence.
  • Status Quo Is God: The primary reason for the Foundation's existence.
    • SCP-1915 is a Reality Warper that invokes this for himself within a certain radius of his presence. He is unaware of his containment and has limited control of his powers.
    • SCP-4121 is a spacetime paradox that prevents events from occurring past a certain point. On the one hand, it means many potentially apocalyptic SCPs have not yet breached containment. On the other hand, it also means the foundation hasn't been able to progress many containment or termination procedures past the conceptual stage.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • Several of the SCP numbers are this. SCP-1225, for example, is "The Worst Christmas" (Christmas is generally observed on December 25, or 12/25 using the mm/dd system common in the US).
    • SCP-1226 seems to be playing on the phrase "bomb(ing) them back to the Stone Age".
    • SCP-4634 is a set of "Out of Order" signs first found affixed to the insides of several stone monuments' doors. Removing them caused the universe to enter a state of perfect order (unfortunately, this also meant it could no longer sustain life).
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: SCP-1692 usually takes this form.
  • Sturgeon's Law: The "History Of The Universe" recap on the website history notes that this is in full force every time there's an uptick of newcomers: "Numerous new SCP articles were being posted every day, and many of them were extremely poor."
  • Stylistic Suck:
    We don't need no more:
    1. Things What Let You Fight Good, Guyz What fight good, heck, anything involved with Fightan Good.
    2. Reality Bending pplz what can make the world change with their mindz.
    ... 9. Things what are really pretty pplz whom everyone lieks.
  • Supernatural Fear Inducer:
    • SCP-1233 ("Mammal Terraformer"). Any mammal within 7 meters of SCP-1233 feels fear and revulsion. In addition, any human that close feels a desire to flee the area.
    • ''SCP-303 ("The Doorman"). When SCP-303 materializes behind a door, anyone trying to open the door from the other side will feel a paralyzing fear that lasts until SCP-303 de-materializes again.
  • Supernatural Phone: The SCP Foundation has a couple of these: SCP-086, SCP-145, SCP-270, SCP-400-ARC, SCP-467, SCP-519, and SCP-2922.
  • Super Weight:
    • Type -1: SCP-014, SCP-173 when being looked at, SCP-1364, SCP-1370, SCP-321, SCP-085, anyone negatively affected by an SCP.
    • Type 0: Ordinary humans.
    • Type 1: Dr. Kondraki, Agent Strelkinov, Human Foundation employees, SCP-029.
    • Type 2: Most safe-level SCP humanoids, Iris (SCP-105), SCP-999, SCP-173 when not being looked at, Dr. Clefnote , SCP-1000 before being mind-wiped, SCP-1048, Lord Blackwood (SCP-1867) if his stories are true.
    • Type 3: Dr. Bright after activating SCP-963, Cain (SCP-073), Able (SCP-076-2), SCP-053, SCP-040, SCP-017, SCP-106, SCP-457 if uncontained, SCP-752 inhabitants in groups.
    • Type 4: SCP-096 in a rage state, Dr. Gerald when driving a vehicle.
    • Type 5: SCP-682, SCP-1055 uncontained, most Keter-class SCPs (i.e. the ones that certainly go above "Regional Catastrophe")
    • Type 6: SCP-239note , SCP-106 in his pocket dimension, SCP-1548, Dr. Clef's SCP-001 Proposal.
    • Type 7: SCP-343, SCP-1230 in the stories it creates, S Andrew Swann's SCP-001 Proposal.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • From Experiment Log T-98816-OC108/682: "Notes: This is the official story and we're sticking to it. The alternative, that someone tried to murder Dr. Clef by deliberately putting him in the same room as SCP-682, is completely inconceivable. O5-7"
    • No, Dr. Kondraki didn't lose his temper and attempt to murder Dr. Clef; Clef accidentally slipped out of his chair and bashed his head against the edge of his desk (nine times), and that's why he'll never walk again.
    • SCP-2602, which used to be a library, has all the things found in a former library has like radiation, shrines, and a waste disposal pit, which are normal things found in a building that used to be a library.
  • Tailor-Made Prison: Each article has Special Containment Procedures. Many of these require that rooms are constructed in ways to counteract/nullify different objects, and can be anything from "keep it in a locker" to incredibly complex procedures.
  • Take Our Word for It: Liberal use of [DATA EXPUNGED] keeps us from being horrified (or disappointed) by the true nature of [REDACTED].
  • Taken for Granite:
    • SCP-409, a crystal that turns anything it touches (except, ironically, granite) into more of itself.
    • There's also 602, an invisible sculptor that supposedly turns humans into statues. At least in the story it's based on.
    • SCP-1013, basically a cockatrice. It calcifies the outer layer of your body, then happily pecks a hole in you and eats what's inside.
  • Take Up My Sword: In Dr. Mackenzie's Proposal of SCP-001, The Administrator had passed the job of finishing the legacy and stopping the Corruption on to the Foundation, when he realized he was dying.
  • Taking the Bullet: SCP-2325-2 forces those who wear it to do this, whether the "bodyguards" want to or not.
  • Tank Goodness:
    • SCP-516, a sentient T-55 main battle tank. Interestingly, this is one of the more benign sentient SCPs, being unwilling to fire on unarmed or nonthreatening targets. When threatened by an armed D-class who was handcuffed to another, unarmed D-class, it even precisely aimed a shot to kill the shooter without seriously harming the unarmed target. When this test was repeated with a Dead Man's Switch on the armed D-class that would make the unarmed D-class explode, SCP-516 stopped the test before it began by [implicitly] killing the supervising researcher. Though apparently, it did decide to autonomously fire on a D-class who was apparently guilty of treason in the country the tank came from. Tellingly, when SCP-978 (a camera that reveals hidden desires) was used to take a picture of it, the picture showed it frolicking through a meadow, covered in flowers.
    • SCP-802 as well, although it's substantially less intelligent.
  • Technically Living Zombie: The "cured" Foundation members in SCP-5000 are still alive, but feel no pain or fear and refer to those who do as "live ones". It's implied that they sacrificed some core element of their humanity itself thanks to discovering it to be unnatural and repulsive since it is assumed that humans originally do not have emotions at all (or at least not certain ones such as empathy).
  • Tempting Fate: The designation SCP-048 appears to be "cursed"; any item given that number tends gets destroyed, stolen, lost, or decommissioned, so it's been officially retired. Dr. Cortez thought this was stupid and everyone was "just being pussies", so he reassigned it. The result?
    Addendum 2: SCP-048, [DATA EXPUNGED], was accidentally thrown into the trash this morning and lost. In an unrelated incident, Dr. Cortez's arms were accidentally traumatically amputated in a horrific lunchroom blender accident. SCP-048 closed. - O5-11
  • Testosterone Poisoning: SCP-1657, MAN EGGS:
    Need more punch to your breakfast? Grocery store eggs not working for you? Wish you could have a goddamn masculine omelet for once in your goddamn miserable life? Then buy the MAN EGG. MAN EGG will make you MANLY.
  • There Are No Therapists:
    • Inverted with regard to SCP-076-2 and several higher Foundation personnel that are... less than stable. There are plenty of Foundation therapists. The subjects in question just don't really want anything to do with them.
    • Deliberately avoided with SCP-231-7. In order to prevent a possible The End of the World as We Know It scenario, her emotional distress has to be maximized by constantly [DATA EXPUNGED]. Her memory must be wiped whenever she starts getting used to it.
    • And subverted in the same: containment procedures for SCP-231 require staff to undergo psychological counseling on a regular basis.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The appropriately named "An Unnecessary Utilization of Excessive Force", where an ancient god summons an arm out of the Sun to destroy whatever he is ordered, a force of estimated 275 petajoules (more than the biggest bomb ever detonated).
  • They Would Cut You Up: If it wasn’t for the fact that they couldn’t keep studying you afterwards... "Oh. Bugger."
  • Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: [DATA EXPUNGED]
    • In a different sense, "memetic" objects can alter behavior, personality, or physical integrity just by being perceived.
  • This Is a Work of Fiction: They make a BIG deal out of this. Very big. It doesn't help that many people think it is real anyway - to the point that people will even send in inquiries on how they can get hired by the SCP Foundation.
  • Those Wily Coyotes:
    • SCP-2547 is composed of thousands of canids that surround remote desert towns and keep anyone from entering or leaving. They are led by none other than Coyote the Trickster himself, though the Foundation calls him SCP-2547-1.
    • SCP-1579 is a totem pole that transforms any human who touches it into a hybrid of human and one of four animals, one of which is a coyote. Genetic testing on individuals transformed into coyotemorphs reveals they have the same DNA as SCP-2547-1/Coyote the Trickster.
  • Time Police: SCP-1780, AKA the Department of Temporal Anomalies aka Research and Containment Team Δt (Delta-t). They Unpersoned themselves from the timeline that the SCP-1780 document exists in, but they still do work in other timelines/canons.
  • Title Drop: The Cool War has Joey note how The Critic's group and the other anartists are in "The war of who's cooler... The Cool War," before immediately adding that it sounded stupid and to forget it.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • One instance of the use of SCP-1543-J (which was built by the Foundation in the 1600s where their solution to destroying things was to fire them into the sun, regardless of practicality), where they fired a tree that fed off of energy and grew limbs that could attack people, ended with the entire ruling council of the Foundation executed for "gross stupidity and incompetence."
    • The file on Dr. Clef's proposal for SCP-001, which is implied to be the Angel that guards the gates of the Garden of Eden, details another example of this from the Foundation. After finding that the angel will destroy anything that comes with 1000 metres of it, they try various tricks, such as sending a D-class at it (SCP-001 told him to "LEAVE", and also obliterated his handlers), 100 drones (all destroyed), a missile (destroyed, along with the launch-site and it's personnel), SCP-076 (implied to be the biblical Abel, who absolutely refused to go near it) and SCP-073 (an individual implied to be the biblical Cain, who had an unspecified but even more violent reaction to it than Abel). After this failed, the Foundation decides to use a SSBN in the Indian Ocean to try and see if they can make a dent in SCP-001. The test date was the 24th of December, 2004.
    • Tom Miller, the mayor of a town which was accidentally cursed to constantly summon bears with Asteroids Monster powers, still thought it important that he leave his phone number on an exterminator's voicemail while a bear was mauling him to death.
  • Tower of Babel: SCP-1643: Someone from the Horizon Initiative found it and upgraded it in order to nuke heaven.
    "Within the last century a great deal of effort has been spent promoting the effectiveness of atomic weapons, to the point where among many men’s fear of such tools looms greater than their love of god (should in fact he believe in god in the first place)."
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Several SCPs either are (until contained) or were (contained following aftermath) in towns which used their abilities for their own good (or were used by them).
  • Tracking Device: Some human SCP items have these attached to them, particularly if they're allowed free roam of the site they're kept at, like SCP-073 and SCP-105.
  • Translator Microbes: SCP-2722, a dimension-hopping ship that appears wherever there's a threat to a universe's reality and a group working to protect it, has an ability that allows sapient beings to comprehend the "meaning" of any written language (as opposed to a literal translation). This is because it's covered in graffiti ranging from minute pheromone deposits to meters-high letters and this graffiti the only way for the current users to navigate the maze of modifications the previous users made.
  • Trash of the Titans: The break room after Researcher Jacobs uses it.
  • Trickster God:
    • One called Saturn Deer (not to be confused with The Deer), among other names:
      Dmatix: Saturn Deer is He Whose Antlers Touch the Heavens, the Skybound Antelope and the Flying Gazelle. He's a character that appeared in several tales, first appearing in "Letters to a Prophet". Basically, he likes annoying people and gods for fun and gain.
    • SCP-1848 (who's more of a prankster than a trickster) "claim[s] to be no fewer than a hundred mythical and historical figures, including: Raven, Coyote, Loki, Hermes, Anansi, Saci, John F. Kennedy, and Jesus Christ."
    • SCP-2547 is Coyote himself. He wants to become more famous so the Foundation helps him with that to reduce the number of his manifestations that tend to turn people into canines.
  • [Trope Name]: SCP-1234-J. Most of its discussion thread also goes in that meta way.
  • Troperiffic: The SCP Foundation wiki is a site devoted to deconstructing the genre. There are several thousand objects. Each of them deconstructs or plays straight at least one trope, mainly more.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Invoked with some members of the Are We Cool Yet collective, who have weaponized Le Film Artistique in an effort to break the line between viewer, artist, and artwork. Unfortunately, in this case, the artwork usually tends to kill, maim, or mentally destroy the viewer.
    • Also invoked with some multiversal performances of SCP-1763, an off-off Broadway theatre in New York. Performances range from screaming for hours to taking a hat off for hours.
  • The Tunguska Event: SCP-873 acquired its anomalous properties during the event; a connection is suspected.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: In-Universe: If anything is lethal, it will sooner or later be put against SCP-682. SCP-173 actually managed to "beat" SCP-682 but failed to kill it, and the staff have stopped repeats.
  • Unconventional Formatting: Has its own page.
  • Underground City: SCP-110, a city underneath a farm in New York that was displaced across time (although apparently it was already underground when it was built), and SCP-1678, a replica of Victorian London placed underneath the real London, and intended to serve as an bunker in case of catastrophe.
  • Unequal Rites: SCP-2164-A and -B are a(n allegedly) Renaissance-era Ritual Magician and a modern New Age Retro Hippie Granola Girl (her food must be organic, gluten-free, and not altered genetically), respectively, who can alter reality within a radius of one meter with their rituals and potions. Oh, and they hate each other:
    SCP-2164-A: May Albertus Magnus and all his disciples be blind to your ignorance! The angels of heaven are far more terrifying beings than your tame, lily-livered shades. Thine milk-minded pets of yours bear no true semblance to the servants of the Most High!
    SCP-2164-B: That's it! I've had it with your psycho mumbo jumbo! You're about to get your chakras all out of alignment!
    • Interestingly, 2164-B can not only affect people with potions and rituals but with her own beliefs as well — for instance, because she believes vaccines cause autism a healthy D-class became severely autistic in her presence despite her not knowing the D-class's medical history.
  • Unexpectedly Real Magic: SCP-717 ("The Ambassador"). SCP-717 is the ruins of a home where a cult once worshipped. A group of teenagers tried to use a Ouija Board in the basement and opened a gate to another dimension, which allowed a group of spirit entities to enter the basement and attack them.
  • The Unmasqued World:
    • In the Broken Masquerade canon, after [EXPUNGED], most of North Korea is destroyed and the Foundation comes to public knowledge.
    • The Foundation was unmasqued by a rogue member during SCP-3455 in 1992. SCP-3455 is a "secret month"; at the end of the month, everything gets reset and everyone forgets what happened until next year, when SCP-3455 rolls around again. So the world is unmasqued for one month of the year and masqued for the other twelve.
  • Unobtainium: SCP-148 ("Telekill"), an alloy capable of blocking psychic energy. Later deconstructed, as it turns out that it absorbs all psychic energy, meaning that it can cause severe brain damage if you're placed around it for too long.
  • Unreliable Canon:
    • Done deliberately, since it's built on a crowdsourcing model, and allows for multiple interpretations (i.e. Dr. Clef as an abrasive researcher / a Reality Warper / Satan himself or the Foundation as a Men in Black organization trying to save the world or control it).
    • Deconstructed in S Andrew Swann's Proposal of SCP-001; the Foundation tries to put together a "Grand Unified Theory" of SCPs (i.e. one big canon that ties everything together), but the myriad contradictions of reality (i.e. continuity) make them realize that there is some sort of "God" that's been doing what they believe is constant distortion of reality. That "God" is "a bunch of horror writers", i.e. the authors of the SCP Wiki. In a potential future of said proposal, they try again by force, but accidentally (and quite literally) put too much torque on reality, risking either its imminent collapse or a Reality Is Out to Lunch situation.
  • Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object: SCP-225. They really don't want to find out what would happen if these two objects ever collided. They're drawing up planetary evacuation plans just in case.
  • Unusual Euphemism: A log of a test of SCP-447 as a sexual lubricant describes Dr. A██████ putting the condom on his [DATA EXPUNGED].
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: SCP-217, a slow acting virus that converts organic material into "organic metal". Extremely painful in advanced stages.
  • Urban Fantasy: Deconstructed, particularly in regards to how the Masquerade is maintained. The S&C Plastics canon plays the genre more-or-less straight.
  • Values Dissonance: In-Universe, one of the "explained" SCPs was considered explained because it only seemed unnatural to the people who originally wrote it, generations ago. The "phenomenon" was some compulsion in black slaves to seek freedom. As values changed, the Foundation realized this was not an unexplained phenomenon, and gave it EX ("Explained") status.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Invoked by SCP-1459, which allows the player to come up with any method on how the puppy dies as long as it wasn't used before.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: While they can all be enjoyed on their own, many SCPs require the reader to be this in order to fully appreciate them.
    • 1348, for example, requires a thorough understanding of Abrahamic culture and mythology. Even the Site Director's name is significant.
    • Or 2280, which is plenty weird but makes more sense if you realize it's a creative reinterpretation of the Egyptian goddess Nut.
    • SCP-3966 excepts the reader to understand neuroscience and 4-D geometry to understand the true nature of the anomaly.
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: Comes into play for anyone coming into close proximity with SCP-634. As an added bonus, the SCP just happens to be an actual goldfish.
  • Void Between the Worlds: This is what SCP-3001 is classified as - a featureless, empty black void with an extremely low Hume level that allows objects to survive in it far longer than they would normally be able to.
  • Walking Wasteland:
    • invoked SCP-1440, a man who destroys man-made objects because he pissed off the Three Brothers of Death so badly they wanted to torture him forever by making him the ruin the human world he tried to save with the three death-defying objects he won from them (he initially just wanted a second chance at life but when he won he decided to humiliate death).
    • SCP-032, a (barely) Deceptively Human Robot that destroys flora and fauna "un-influenced" by mankind to further torture SCP-1440: it's an inhuman copy of his dead wife and it's only emotion is hatred towards her for being everything it isn't. The Three Brothers want to ruin his memories so he'll let the world crumble in despair as part of his punishment.
  • Warrior Monk: MTF Chi-13, known as the "Choir Boys", are a faction of SCP's Mobile Task Force that mandate strong religious beliefs. The Choir Boys are the ones the SCP calls on to fight wicked forces vulnerable to the powers of faith and silver.
  • Was Once a Man: More than a few examples:
    • SCP-939 is a subspecies of humanity that mutates around the age of 10, up to that point being identical to human children. They start out by removing all their skin and eventually their old head detaches and falls off, whereupon they eat their old skin and head, having become a predator species reliant on cannibalism.
    • SCP-086 seems to be the consciousness of a former Foundation employee reincarnated as his own office supplies. Emphasis on seems.
      Dr. [REDACTED] was given a posthumous commendation for meritorious conduct in either reporting himself as an SCP, or in influencing the anomalous entity emulating his behavior into doing so.
    • Quite a few SCPs are actually former agents who've been compromised. There's even protocols for it, but typically I Cannot Self-Terminate comes up.
    • SCP-811 (a.k.a. Aé):
      SCP-811: [with sweeping, demonstrative arm and hand movements] Big man. Tall. Aé small, very smaller than man. [uses hand to indicate a height of approximately one meter off the ground] [points to her own arm] Was like man.
      Dr. Trebuchet: What was like him?
      SCP-811: [pinches some of her skin between two fingers] This! Not like Aé. Like man. Like people. [...] [pointing to the inside of one elbow] Pain stick here. Cold. [...] Pain. [pantomiming something coming out of her mouth] Red. Red red red. Was… very hunger-y. Scared. Ate man. Skin… like this.
    • One of the possible backstories for SCP-106 (The Old Man), where he was once Private Lawrence, a British soldier during the First World War, who was quiet, a bit odd, and somewhat unnerving to be around but ultimately harmless... until he fell into a mysterious pool of black goo while scouting enemy lines. Played with in that it's left unclear as to whether or not he was ever non-anomalous, as the officers realize that there isn't any paperwork indicating he exists or was supposed to be sent here while he was away scouting, and the other soldiers realize that they never knew his first name, and he never received any letters from home.
    • The Foundation as a whole becomes this after their Face–Heel Turn from having (possibly) Gone Mad From The Revelation in SCP-5000. They still look human, but most definitely aren't. Notably, even the Three Brothers Death can't recognize them as humans anymore.
  • We Have Reserves: The general treatment of Class D personnel. Especially evident with testing for SCP-504, where it was discovered that recordings worked just as well as people, yet whoever was overseeing the test continued using people, apparently just because he didn't like them (although it's at least noted that he would be reprimanded for it).
    • For every person teleported to the moon with as much as they can carry using SCP-120 (just 37kg/82lb), five were sent to several different Lagrangian points in the middle of outer space before the Foundation figured out 120's "pattern." After having sent presumably hundreds of people to their deaths, the Foundation now has a fully functioning moonbase.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: SCP-723-D, a boring Nigh-Invulnerable man, managed to survive a scad of excessively lethal tactics, and in the end succumbing to a peanut allergy.
  • Weird Moon:
    • SCP-1812, an extra moon that you won't see unless it's pointed out to you. Once that happens, you'll be affected by it, including improved night vision from the reflected light, and drowning in nonexistent tides. The Foundation doesn't even know if the thing's real.
    • SCP-4220, a.k.a. the Earth's Moon, is apparently hollow, and within it is a massive facility conducting office work for the containment of an Eldritch Abomination.
  • Weird Weather: SCP-2049 is an anomalous weather report broadcast which describes and is followed by a variety of unusual weather. Examples include fog made of cotton candy, radiation storms, weather balloon downpours, and a low-speed monofilament tornado.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Foundation, putting it lightly.
    • The Foundation considers the Global Occult Coalition to be Well Intentioned Extremists, because by destroying SCP objects they are risking both destroying any chance of gaining knowledge from the objects, eliminating something humanity might really, really need in the future, and, most importantly, if they fail to do the job, there's a very good chance that even relatively harmless SCP might come back angry.
      • And in return, the GOC doesn't care for the SCP Foundation, because even if they're not secretly using SCPs to take over the world using the Chaos Insurgency as a proxy, they're keeping around a huge stockade of objects that do not play well with reality and can destroy entire swaths of Earth on a whim.
    • Indeed, just about all the major organizations of this universe who deal in SCPs think they are doing what needs to be done in this world for the greater good, with the sole exception being Marshall, Carter, and Dark, who are just in it for the money.
    • The Manna Charitable Foundation's stated goal is to relieve poverty in the least developed areas of the world using SCPs. A noble goal, but given that they ignore the side effects they can do harm as much as good. For example, widespread distribution of a high-calorie honey-like substance... that kills anyone not of AB+ blood type.
    • SCP-1892, a "haunted" doctor's chair that just wants to cure its "patients" with 50's-era prescriptions. Unfortunately, it's a psychiatrist's chair, and the 50's had a thing for lobotomies...
  • Wham Line: Has its own page.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: SCP-048-J's second trigger phrase. The first was "T█████ c██'█ g██ a██ w████" (they do).
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Canon used to dictate that the Foundation execute D-Class personnel monthly, but there are many arguments out-of-canon if this is canon or notnote . Whatever the case, several SCPs and projects have been started with the express purpose of cloning D-Classes or even making fully-grown, fully intelligent humans from scratch.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...:
    • Inverted. If something is lethal, they will at least suggest trying to kill SCP-682 with it.
    • Played straight with everything the Foundation keeps stuffing into 914.
    • They will use SCP-447's slime on everything, as long as it doesn't involve dead bodies.
    • If they find a SCP that converts (The Clockworks) or produces (The Coffee Machine) a lot of things, they will end up testing it on everything.
  • White Sheep:
    • While they don't seem to be deliberately rebelling, SCP-2815 is notable for being the first truly benign Sarkic cult community ever discovered: the cannibalism is only for funerals, their flaying ritual is done on fruit, and most amazingly of all, no one died or even went insane in the exploration log! To the consternation of more concerned members of the Foundation (they are still inbrednote  cannibalistic cultists who are tricking people into eating human flesh fruit and accepting anomalous blood and organs via the Manna Charitable Foundation - which, given Manna's track record...), not even the Global Occult Coalition wanted to neutralize them as there was simply no definitive proof they or their products were actively harmful.
    • There's also the small Sarkic town of Sarvi in northern Finland, who are pretty benevolent (if rather insular), with some members even calling out their more extremist brethren as "rapists and murderers."
    • Yet another Sarkic example appears with "The Adytite Republic of Polynesia", a small theocratic republic that the Foundation has almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. Despite their worship of Sarkicism (the American filibuster who originally founded the Republic became enamored with the cult after Going Native, and even after a simultaneous Foundation-global alliance and interval revolution ousted him, it's never stopped being the state religion), the conducted interviews show that the residents of the Republic are pretty average folk with just as many flaws and virtues as anyone found anywhere else in the world, and the only reason why a not-insignificant number of them hate the Foundation is their desire for independence.
  • Who Shot JFK?:
    • SCP-157-ARC was the bullet that shot Kennedy... and Franz Ferdinand... and probably lots of other people...
    • SCP-3780 is the Foundation's constant thwarting of time travelers trying to prevent Lee Harvey Oswald from carrying out the assassination.
  • Who's on First?: SCP-SAFE-J. It's a series of three safes (a Safe safe, a Euclid safe, and a Keter safe). The Safe safe is always safe, the Euclid safe is safe except when near the Keter safe, and the Keter safe is never safe (though it is a safe). And don't get started on the researchers observing them...
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?:
    • SCP-138 and Dr. Bright. Also, implied by SCP-1030's statement about its origin.
    • SCP-1504: He's immortal, wants to die, can't be seen, heard, or felt "properly": no one sees him leave the interview room to "borrow" a guard's gun to shoot himself; yelling and screaming is "reedited" into mild answers; when he punches the researcher interviewing him, the researcher wonders why his nose started bleeding, and in his quest to die tried to murder an entire site's staff, caused a site-wide containment breach that necessitated a nuclear detonation, and no one knows if he's dead or alive.
    • SCP-2039 are a pair of Feuding Families who, when agitated, attack each other with anomalous weapons until one side's elder is dead. The next day everyone revives with no memory of the attack save the two elders, and the one who started it all isn't happy about it:
      SCP-2039-P01 AKA Mabel: Forever! He said forever! I'm gonna keep dying forever!
  • Wicked Toymaker: Dr. Wondertainment, purveyor of My Little Panzers by the dozens.
  • Wily Walrus: SCP-2424 is a missile-shooting walrus who seems to be a boss transported into the real world from a video game;.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change: SCP-181, discovered as a D-class who kept surviving experiments with Keter-class anomalies by seemingly impossible good luck. Further experiments confirmed that he could influence probability. Then it was found that his influence could cause [DATA EXPUNGED], so now he's in solitary confinement.
  • Wish Fulfillment: Articles that are blatantly wish fulfillment for their author tend to get downvoted and deleted, but the more subtle and creative ones can stick around.
    • SCP-3185 concerns the actions of the Public Domain Protection Service, an organization from the future that punishes anyone involved in copyright extension. The author isn't a fan of copyright extension and outright called the article "a hate letter".
    • SCP-3922 acts as a morality filter for movies and TV shows, by inserting soldiers from another universe to punish the bad guys. The author admits that half the reason he wrote the article is because he really, really wanted to see the Coachman from Pinocchio get his just desserts.
    • Happens in-universe in SCP-3143, when Dr. Thaddeus Thaum accuses Murphy Law of being a wish fulfillment character.
  • A Wizard Did It: Double Subversion. The Foundation researchers do extensive studies and keep detailed documents on SCP objects. Yet, despite their efforts to understand the objects, they simply just can't explain how the objects can work that way for most of time... other than being anomalous objects.
  • Womb Horror: SCP-231-7 is the last survivor of seven pregnant women extracted from an Apocalypse Cult. Her predecessors underwent progressively more catastrophic [DATA EXPUNGED] upon dying or giving birth, such that the Foundation projects that #7 could kick off the Apocalypse. Whatever procedure they use to keep her from delivering, even members of an organization Conditioned to Accept Horror routinely volunteer to have their memories wiped of the experience.
  • Word-Salad Horror: Many SCPs are made scarier by the eerie nonsense they spout off, as with SCP-1981 and SCP-058.
  • The World as Myth: SCP-2591 is from the world of an unfinished opera.
  • The World Is Always Doomed: If you take all the SCPs as canon, the world is doomed in over a hundred different ways.
  • World of Mysteries: The entire universe, and even multiverse, of the SCP Foundation is one of these, each mysterious entity/object/creature/setting/phenomenon being classified as an SCP. The titular organization in question is dedicated to studying, containing, and controlling the SCPs, as well as keeping them and the public safe from each other. The setting even has several Worlds of Mystery within itself as specific SCPs or anomalous locations (i.e., Three Portands and Sloth's Pit, Wisconsin). This is, of course, all aided by the fact that the SCP Foundation has no real canon.
  • The Worm That Walks:
    • SCP-1849. This trope and the similar Wandering Jew are cited in the comments, plus a reference to Franken Fran, which also had a "Wandering-Jew-Made-Of-Vermin" story. There's also this:
    • For the love of all that is holy, nobody let 073 or 076 know about this one...
    • Replace "worm" with "words" and you have SCP-1516, who's also hinted to be a fourth-wall-breaker, what with his talk of the god(s) who wrote him and read him.
  • Worthy Opponent: SCP-1638 is the "memorial" of a sound/music-using anomalous artistnote  to the Foundation researcher who contained his "pieces".
    C█████ M███: She was a worthy adversary, a great rival, and an unmatched partner.
  • Would Hurt a Child: SCP-106, while not exactly picky, is mentioned to preferentially target victims in the 10-25 age range.
    • The entry for SCP-1018 heavily implies that Are We Cool Yet? kidnapped and/or murdered six children to create anomalous statues for the purpose of freaking out wealthy socialites.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
    • SCP-2085, the Black Rabbit Company (formerly "Space Wizard and the Commando Cat Girls!"), a group of fun-loving adventurers with cybernetic and genetic enhancements plus all sorts of anomalous tricks. Naturally the Foundation couldn't let them run wild so they're trapped forever.
    From the comments: Pata H: Holy crap this is one of the most depressing articles on the site. The Foundation killed whimsy.
    • The trope works both ways in this case, however: The Power of Friendship is pending classification as a Thaumiel class SCP following the events of Stealing Solidarity
    • Two of the three agents first sent after SCP-953 were Japanese and mistook her for a lovable Kitsune. The third and sole surviving agent was Korean and familiar the gumiho, with rather more bloodcurdling folklore about fox women.
    • The Site Director in charge of securing SCP-2310 got hung up on the idea that its inhabitants were a cult; they actually had their identities replaced with one woman's (at one point they saw "a man dressed in red robes" which turned out to be women's nightwear). Unfortunately about a dozen armed Foundation personnel charged in before they figured it out, fortunately the woman they were replaced with was unfamiliar with guns, unfortunately they were all effectively killed as there is currently no way to bring back their original personalities.
    • SCP-2662, a mild-mannered (Late Bloomer, according to his author) teenage cosmic horror who is not mature enough to deal with the more... squicky aspects of cosmic horror-worship, is under the impression that when he can control his powers better he can just bust out of his containment site. Considering the only people he can influence all work for the Foundation, they know better even in their addled state.
      Agent ████: "Do you really think the Foundation will let you go if you ask? Well, you can certainly ask. You'll be sorely disappointed, my lord."
  • Yandere: SCP-962 is one FOR THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: SCP-1859 deals with several consequences of this.
  • You Are Already Dead: The good amount of SCPs will doom you to a painful death if you as much as see, hear or touch them, and more often than not, there's no way to reverse that process.
  • You Are Number 6: Every humanoid SCP is referred to by their designated number. Most of them don't mind this, or at least demand a nickname. "Vector", in particular, kept demanding to be treated like some Marvel villain. SCP-811 is allowed to be called Aé because it "streamlines the interviewing" and it sounds like her ID number (eight-eleven).
    • However, several SCPs have "official" names, either because they're sort of like pets ("Josie", "Carl", and "Walter"), they are sentient and willing to give their names, (Iris Thompson and Wellington G. Wonderhorse).
    • The titles on the SCP series pages do not count as names unless the work itself does some sort of Title Drop with names. They are explicitly stated as being not in-universe by the writing guide.
    • In some interview transcripts, the SCP is addressed by name. In others, the interviewer insists on using a numerical designation even when the subject is a bewildered child.
    • The Overseers, only ever referred to as "O5" and variants.
    • D-Class personnel are only ever addressed by their serial numbers.
  • You Bastard!: SCP-1459, a game where you murder adorable dogs for cookies in your own sadistic way! Creative and/or sadistic deaths get more cookies. After playing, you're rewarded with "Yeah, you're totally going to hell for this. Play again?". Brought to you by your friends at Y.W.T.G.T.H.F.T.note 
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form:
    • SCP-031, which appears to each viewer as someone in their past that they had a romantic relationship with.
    • SCP-055, the self-keeping secret. Everything about it is unknown, except that you can't know anything about it. The SCP will erase any memories that pertain to it from the minds of intelligent humans who observe it. Its very image, copied onto photographs or drawings, will also become impossible to remember or describe within seconds of looking at it. Any scientific readings about it will be forgotten immediately after viewing them. There's only one hitch. It will not prevent you from remembering what it is not, provided you can be reminded you ever looked at it at all. Given, well, forever, you could work out what it was by eliminating everything else. It's considered Keter-class (as a general rule, that means "stuff that could end the world" or "682") because it's just that unknown. If it was something so lethal the Eldritch Abominations look like Santa Claus by comparison, nobody would remember!
    • SCP-055 is only one of many anti-memes, things or ideas that self-censor itself out of knowledge. Something that erases your memory of what it is, as it turns out, is the weakest kind of anti-meme. Far more dangerous are things that wipe you and everyone connected to you out of existence the moment you know its true form, like SCP-3125note .
  • You Can't Fight Fate / Because Destiny Says So: SCP-1271 teleports children from around the world to play a game of kickball. Those players who have been found almost always have a destiny based on their positions; for instance the red team's second baseman/second kicker will die before age 18 and the blue team's second baseman/second kicker becomes head of state or a high-ranking politician. When one man tries to resist his fate of becoming addicted to drugs by age 25 and dying before age 27 everyone around him becomes a drug pusher. This includes his own parents, his teachers, anti-drug program advocates, and the Foundation doctor who was studying him. Unfortunately the doctor succeeded in injecting him, the subject was terminated, and the Foundation discovered that SCP-1271 can create mind-altering brain tumors.
  • You Dirty Rat!: SCP-731 is a manhole cover. Rats are involved too. SCP-798 is more lonely but no less weird.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Meme/Memetic, in a meta sense. Several newer writers take the term to mean anything that screws with your mind in general, as opposed to an anomaly spread through information.
    • The great amnesiac/amnestic debate. Many works on the SCP Wiki (especially earlier ones) often use the phrase "administering Class-A amnesiacs". An amnesiac is actually a person suffering from amnesia. A substance causing amnesia would be an amnestic. However the word is so deeply rooted in SCP terminology that it's all but impossible to do anything about it. The Wiki only told newer authors that they prefer using "amnestic" instead of "amnesiac", but would tolerate any uses of the latter.
    • In-universe, a pair of modern-day Are We Cool Yet? artists try to appeal to an older artist by calling the modern EU "fascist". Since the older artist lived through actual fascism he doesn't appreciate the AWCY guys' ignorance/hyperbole and entombs them (and himself) in his "living" collage.
  • Your Mime Makes It Real: SCP-5040-J are two hostile gangs of mimes with this ability.
  • Your Mom: As the unlucky D-Class from orientation found out, the Junior Researcher doesn't like having his mother insulted.
  • Zombie Apocalypse:
    • SCP-008 is The Virus in this scenario (it's luckily been avoided so far).
    • SCP-1372 appears to be the edge of the world... and anyone who goes over it comes back as pirate zombies trying to convince others to go over the edge with them.
    • SCP-610 is a particularly nasty variant of this, mixed with a healthy dose of Body Horror.
    • SCP-093's world suffered another similarly nasty zombie apocalypse, crossed with an Assimilation Plot.

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