What is SCP?
The Secure Copy Protocol, or SCP, is a file transfer network protocol used to move files onto servers, and it fully supports encryption and authentication. SCP uses Secure Shell (SSH) mechanisms for data transfer and authentication to ensure the confidentiality of the data in transit.
How Does SCP Work?
The SCP client can easily upload files to an SSH server or request files and directories for downloading. Then, the server sends all the subdirectories and the files that are available for download. The server controls the file downloads for security risks if the client is unintentionally connected to a malicious server. SCP is in fact a native command in most operating systems, such as macOS, Windows, or Linux.
Advantages & Disadvantages of SCP
The major drawback to SCP is that it can only transfer files and is not as complete a process as other protocols.
Its major advantages are its robust security
Status and Popularity
Although SCP can only transfer files, it can do it significantly faster than SFTP.
It is a handy command for users that spend a lot of time on the SSH protocol, like fast transferring speeds, and don't care about managing the remote server.
SCP can be called more of a combination of RCP and SSH than a protocol because the file transfer is performed using RCP and the SSH protocol, which provides authentication and encryption. SCP maintains the confidentiality of the data being transferred and protects the authenticity by blocking packet sniffers from extracting valuable information from the data packets.
SCP stands for either Special Containment Procedures or Secure, Contain, Protect, which is the SCP Foundations Motto.
The SCP Foundation is a large organization specializing in containment of anomalous creatures or objects to protect mankind and to study them to create scientific breakthroughs.
They have many different Facilities and containment areas across the world, most of them specializing in containing certain types of anomalous creatures or objects.
There are 3 main classes of SCPs, Safe, meaning that the object is either mostly harmless, easily contained or both. Euclid, objects or creatures that are dangerous, have an unknown movement pattern or have some other effect. These aren't as easy to contain as Safe class SCPs, but aren't as hard to contain as Keter class SCPs. Keter, meaning that the object is dangerous to mankind, has powerful mind-control abilities, can cause an XK Class End-Of-The-World Event, can cause a ZK Class Reality Failure event, can extremely rapidly reproduce or regenerate, or have other extremely dangerous effects. These types of SCPs are extremely hard to contain.
Anomalous Items or Creatures that are not dangerous or anomalous enough to be an SCP are known as Anomalous Items.
Site 19 is a secure facility used by the Foundation. This is the largest containment Site they currently have.
SCP-914 is a Safe class SCP. If an item is placed into it, it produces an item and the original item placed into it is either lost, or modified. It has 5 settings, Rough, which usually dismantles and destroys items. Coarse, dismantles item. 1:1, gives an item of similar make or worth. Fine, which usually produces a better item, however, slight anomalous properties have been documented. Very Fine, items created are usually of Anomalous Properties. Item is potentially dangerous, however extremely easily contained and protected.
SCP-173 is an Euclid class SCP. It is a concrete, rebar sculpture that moves when not looking at it. When it gets close to a human or otherwise living creature, SCP-173 will snap it's neck and kill it, or attempt to. It is dangerous and hostile, and can move through vents, but can be contained fairly easily by putting it in a containment chamber, although Containment Breaches involving it have happened before.
SCP-682, a Keter Class SCP. It is an extremely large reptilian creature that is extremely hard to damage, regenerates at extremely fast rates and can adapt to most situations by either becoming immune to the thing hat is damaging it, or using it's abilities. It is extremely hostile towards humans and animals and is almost impossible to contain.
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The SCP Foundation
Essentially a fucking government funded day care for anomalous entities, the majority of which will rip you to shreds the second you take your eyes off them or don't give them naptime. The little shits are bound to escape (breach containment) at any moment of any day and might just cause the end of the world (I wish) if they just try hard enough.
Did I mention there are THOUSANDS of these fuckers they have to keep situated?
"Damn that SCP Foundation! Wastin' my taxpayer money on those damn Sasquatches!"
"Grandpa what is that? The S..PC thing?"
"Well I..." (Class A Amnestics kick in)
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Special Containment Procedures
It is the motto of The SCP Foundation, which keeps supernatural entities or objects from affecting normal human life.
The classes -
Safe: Can be contained easily.
Euclid: Abnormal entities or objects that can be contained easily following specific orders.
Keter: Requires extremely specific containment procedures, and are difficult to contain effectively.
Thaumiel: Are capable of and in some cases actually used by the Foundation to contain and/or counter-act other SCPs, usually Keter ones.
SCP 173 is a creepy looking statue.
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Secure Contain Protect . SCP is a large organization created to keep 'creatures' from affecting human life. The current location of SCP Foundation is currently unknown and is said to be in Area 51. Safe (non-harmful), Euclid (unknown species and hard to classify), and Keeter (harmful to human life) 'beings' exist and are said to not leave anyone of the organization camps around the world. There are said to be currently 5000 SCP Creatures around the world and have yet to be found.
SCP-106 is also named as Old Man and is located in the category under Keeter. NO PERSONNEL would every enter it's containment as it is corrosive and kills it's subject once seen.
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SCP – What is Secure Copy Protocol – Definition & Example
This article shows in-depth details about the Secure Copy Protocol, how to use it, the command syntax, and a few examples. In a nutshell, the SCP command is used as a secure and straightforward way to transfer files from computers via the SSH service.
What is SCP (Secure Copy Protocol)?
The Secure Copy Protocol or “SCP” helps to transfer computer files securely from a local to a remote host. It is somewhat similar to the File Transfer Protocol “FTP”, but it adds security and authentication.
The SCP runs on Port 22, and some people say that it’s a combination of the BSD RCP and the SSH protocol.
The RCP is used to transfer the files, and the SSH protocol provides authentication and encryption, so SCP can be considered a mixture of these two protocols.
The data that is being transferred remains confidential, so the SCP can be used to successfully block packet sniffers that can extract valuable information from the data packets.
The SCP can also benefit from using SSH because it allows the inclusion of permissions and timestamps for the file that needs to be uploaded.
How to use SCP?
The SCP client can upload files to the SSH server or request files and directories for downloading.
The server, in return, sends all the subdirectories and the files that are available for download. Note that, the server controls the file downloads so there can be security risks if the client is unintentionally connected to a malicious server.
SCP is a native command in most Operating Systems, such as MacOS, Windows, or Linux.
You can find it just by entering the “scp” command on the terminal line. But you can also find it in common network file transfer applications, such as PuTTy (ExtraPuTTy).
CP vs SCP: Understanding the Difference
If you have been using “cp command” on your local Linux machine, SCP won’t be difficult to understand. It is essential for both commands to have a source and destination file-system location to perform a copy operation. But the main difference here is that the SCP requires one or both of the locations to be on a remote system.
For instance, one might apply the below cp command:
|cp /main/john/pictures/picture*.png /main/john/archive|
This command would initiate a copy operation, where all the files in the directory pictures in user john’s main directory with a name starting with picture.png” would be copied into the directory “archive” in the “main” directory.
The same operation can be performed using SCP command:
|scp /main/john/pictures/picture*.png [email protected]:/main/john/archive|
As shown above, when using the SCP command with the login name John, those same files would be uploaded to the server myhost.com into the remote directory /main/john/archive. The SCP will let the uploading process initiate only if the user “john” provides his remote password.
A remote location could also be specified as a source if one needs to download the files. For instance,
|scp [email protected]:/main/john/archive/picture*.png /main/john/downloads|
on myhost.com with the name starting with “picture and ending in .png,” into the local directory /main/john/downloads.
Using SCP on a Remote Location
It’s also possible if a remote host is specified as both the source and the destination. For example, using the command below, a file can be transferred from one remote directory, that is on myhost.com, to another directory that is on the same server.
|scp [email protected]:/main/someuser/dira/file.txt [email protected]:/main/someuser/dirb|
In another case, SCP can be used when a file transfers from one host to the other. Use the following command:
|scp [email protected]:/onedir/file.txt [email protected]:/otherdir|
Take into account that the files that are transferred using SCP are secured and encrypted like the SSH and SFTP.
The SCP Command Syntax
Before going into the explanation of how the SCP command works, let’s take a look at its basic syntax:
|scp [-12346BCpqrv] [-c cipher] [-F ssh_config] [-i identity_file] [-l limit] [-o ssh_option] [-P port] [-S program] [[[email protected]]SRC_host:]file1 ... [[[email protected]]DEST_host:]file2|
Knowing what SCP is and how it works is only the beginning. There are tons of different options to choose from the SCP command. In this section, we will dig deep into understanding how the command works.
The following is a screenshot of the SCP command on Windows and a MacOS terminal. The command output varies from different OS.
It’s an older protocol version. It tells the software to use SCP protocol 1.
Same as above. It is an old protocol which drives the SCP to use protocol 2.
It transfers the data between two remote hosts through the localhost. Without this, the data would be directly copied between the two remote hosts. It can also be used to disable the progress meter.
With this, the SCP would use the IPv4 addresses only.
With this, the SCP would use the IPv6 addresses only.
This option would not let the SCP authenticate the session by asking the user to give the password. So, the required authentication method here would be non-interactive.
It enables the compression of the encrypted connection by including the –C flag to the SSH.
- [-c cipher]
This option selects and uses the cipher to encrypt the data transfer. It is passed to the SSH session directly.
- [-F ssh_config]
With this option, an alternative per-user configuration file would be specified for the SSH. It is sent to SSH directly.
- [-i dentity_file]
It chooses the file which provides the identity (key) for RSA authentication. It is passed to the SSH directly.
- [-I limit]
This option can be used to limit the bandwidth, which is in Kbps.
- [-o ssh_option]
It can be applied to pass options to SSH using the same format as of the ssh_config. It is helpful to specify the options which have no separate SCP command-line flag.Some valid options can be:
This keyword can be used to configure IP address requirements. The specified address family can be either IPv4 or IPv6.
Use it to disable all the queries for user input. If one applies this option, the authentication methods with user interaction would no longer be supported. The argument can be set to “yes” or “no”. It is set to “no” by default.
With this keyword, the specified address on the local machine can be used as the source address. This option is only useful if the system has more than one address. It is adviced that this option remains disabled if UsePrivilegedPort is active.
If it is set to yes, the SSH will check the host IP address in the known_hosts file. So, SSH would be able to detect if the host key has been changed in case of the DNS spoofing. And, there will be no check if it’s set to “no.” Generally, it’s “yes” by default.
It specifies different encrypted algorithms which are comma-separated and supported by the client. The cipher that is highest in the client’s order of preference is used for the given session and also supported by the server. The supported ciphers are “aes128-ctr”, “aes128-cbc”, “aes192-ctr”, “aes192-cbc”, “aes256-ctr”, “aes256-cbc”, “blowfish-cbc”, “arcfour”, “arcfour128”, “arcfour256”, “cast128-cbc”, and “3des-cbc”.You also have a choice to set this value to “none”. But with this option, the data will not be encrypted. It is not recommended as it provides no confidentiality protection.
- Other possible SSH options are Compression, CompressionLevel, ConnectionAttempts, ConnectTimeout, IdentityFile, IdentitiesOnly, KexAlgorithms, and a lot more.
- -P port:
This option states the port needed to connect to, on the remote host. Keep in mind that this option has a capital “P”; small “p” is used for other tasks.
It is used to preserve access times, modification times, and modes from the original file.
It can be applied to disable the progress meter.
It can be used to copy the entire directories recursively.
- -S program:
It specifies the name of the program that is used for the encrypted connection. It is essential for the program to understand the SSH options.
This is the verbose mode which forces SCP and SSH to show the debugging messages about the progress. It can be useful for troubleshooting connection, authentication, and configuration issues.
For more understanding and clarification, let’s take a look at a few SCP examples. Remember to always specify the file with the URI form: [[email protected]]host[:port][/path/file]
|scp file.txt [email protected]:file.txt|
The previous command will copy file.txt to the remote host “example.computeruser.com.” The username that will be used to log in is, “user.”
|scp [email protected]:/main/hope/*|
The previous command will copy all the files that are in the remote directory “/main/hope” to the remote host “remotehost.com” into the local working directory.
|scp -r [email protected]:/main/john/documents /main/john/downloads/documents|
This command will copy all the files that are in the remote directory “/main/john/documents” on the server host.com into the local directory “/main/john/downloads/documents.” The transfer would include all the subdirectories with their files.
|scp -l 200 [email protected]:/main/john/archive.zip|
The previous command will initiate the transfer of the remote file “/main/john/archive.zip” on the remote host “host.com” into the local working directory. The process would be initiated as the user “john”, and the transfer rate would be limited to 200 kilobytes per second.
|scp [email protected]:/files/file.zip [email protected]:/archives|
This command will copy the file that is in the remote directory “/files/file.zip” on the remote host “1sthost.com” into the remote directory “/archives” on the other remote host “2ndhost.com”. You will be required to type the passwords for the remote accounts “[email protected]” and “[email protected]”, respectively. The files will be directly transferred from one remote host to another.
|scp -3 [email protected]:/files/file.zip [email protected]:/archives|
Its operation is almost similar to the above command, but instead of initiating the direct file transfer from one remote host to the other, the transferred files would go through the localhost.
The SCP is a straightforward command yet powerful enough to provide secure file transfer between a local to a remote host. It is relatively similar to SFTP because it runs on the session layer and uses port 22.
The SCP command is based on the SSH and is also very secure. Unlike SFTP, it can’t remove or list files on the remote server. Although SCP can only transfer files, it can do it significantly faster than SFTP.
It is a handy command for users that spend a lot of time on the SSH protocol, like fast transferring speeds, and don’t care about managing the remote server.
The SCP Foundation is a secretive organization that contains anomalous or supernatural items and entities away from the eyes of the public. SCP stands for Secure, Contain, Protect.
Little is known about the Foundation's origins, with some sources claiming dates as far back as 1500 BC; however, most sources, including the Foundation's earliest reliable data, dates to around the mid-1800s.
All anomalies that come within Foundation hands receive an object classification for the purpose of research priority, budgeting, and other considerations. The class assigned to an object is generally determined by a number of factors, but most importantly by a combination of its difficulty to be contained, as well as the danger posed to Foundation personnel and humanity at large.
Safe-class objects are ones which either are fully and securely contained or whose anomalous effects are completely deactivated within containment. A Safe classification, however, doesn't mean that the object won't pose a threat if released or interacted with. Safe-class anomalies still have important protocols which must be met by Foundation personnel.
Euclid anomalies are more dangerous than Safe ones, yet they're usually still pretty easy to contain. Euclid-class objects tend to be more unpredictable and more difficult to research due to their more powerful anomalous effects, so they're generally best left alone but kept under constant observation.
The Keter class is assigned to anomalies that are extremely hostile or can easily harm personnel and other beings. Keter SCPs usually require extensive containment operations in order to be kept secure. Keter anomalies are the most dangerous ones in Foundation possession, and also pose the highest risk for containment breaches. If absolutely necessary, the Foundation will attempt to destroy Keter anomalies once and for all; however, this has great potential for disaster and is done only as a last resort.
Neutralized SCPs are those which have lost their anomalous properties, either by destruction or disability. This is uncommon and usually unintentional. Neutralized SCPs' data is archived for later use in case anomalous properties are regained.
Explained SCPs are those whose anomalous properties have become known in science to a point where they are regarded as normal rather than anomalous. This typically occurs when an SCP that has breached containment is unrecoverable and becomes known to general science, one such anomaly being color itself.
Perhaps the rarest class, Thaumiel SCPs are those which in fact aid in the securing and containment of other SCPs. These SCPs are extremely powerful and very little information is disclosed about them, with most personnel knowing only that they exist.
A Hiemal-class anomaly is an SCP that the Foundation doesn't contain, simply because it wouldn't be practical, or keeping it contained would lead to more destruction than letting it go. Typically, these are SCPs that perform some vital function that the public know of (Like an SCP that controls the weather), or an SCP that, when discovered, aided in the containment of another, more dangerous SCP.
Remember when we said Keter was the most dangerous class? We lied. An Apollyon-class anomaly is something that, inevitably, will lead to mass destruction or even an XK-class end-of-the-world scenario. The Foundation has no way of containing or preventing its effects, and most research efforts revolve around finding out how to survive it. Apollyon class objects are extremely rare, and the wiki only have maybe four total Apollyons, most of which are of debatable canon.
Security Clearance Levels
All Foundation personnel are granted security levels representing which locations and information they may access. Each level has an overseer who controls what is disclosed and what is kept secret. There are six main levels going from Level-0 to Level-5, from least-confidential to top secret. There are many various types of Foundation personnel, including test subjects (commonly known as Class-D Personnel), researchers who study the anomalies, engineers who design containment facilities, field agents and task forces who handle initial containment operations, and the O5 Council.
The O5 Council refers to the committee consisting of the highest-ranking directors of the Foundation. With complete access to all information regarding anomalies in containment, the O5 Council oversees all Foundation operations worldwide and directs its long-term strategic plans. Due to the sensitivity of their positions, O5 Council members must not come into direct contact with any anomalous object, entity, or phenomenon. Furthermore, the identities of all O5 Council members is classified; all council members are referred to only by their numeric designation (O5-1 through O5-13). The leader of the O5 Council is known as the Administrator.
The Foundation maintains and operates a large number of facilities worldwide, from small outposts with only a handful of staff to major Sites with thousands of personnel.
Foundation facilities designated as Sites are covert facilities, meaning that while existence of the facility is known to the public, such facilities are often disguised under government or corporate fronts. Sites are often built in locations in relatively close proximity to civilian populations, where facilities would require such cover.
Foundation facilities designated as Areas are clandestine facilities, meaning that civilians are not aware of its existence at all. Such facilities are often built far away from civilian populations and may contain highly dangerous anomalies; the vast majority of Areas have extreme fail-safe measures such as on-site nuclear warheads.
Groups of Interest
The Foundation is not the only group with an interest and investment in the paranormal and metaphysical. There are many other groups in existence who possess, use, or attempt to create SCP objects, either for their own personal gain or for the protection of mankind. Some are rival organizations, some are splinter groups of the Foundation (such as Chaos Insurgency), and some are trusted associates of the Foundation (such as the Alexylva University).
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On the wiki, SCP-470 is an abandoned seven story office building that houses a dimensional anomaly meaning that rooms shift and change, sometimes leading to locations that were never part of the building in the first place. Control takes this concept to create a labyrinth in form of The Oldest House, a brutalist structure in New York City that constantly shifts and changes so often that employees of the Bureau sometimes go missing in its maze-like hallways.
You play as Jessie Faden, a woman who had a brush with the Bureau when she was only a child, as she navigates the confusing corners The Oldest House after a paranormal force called ‘The Hiss’ invades. The Oldest House acts as the perfect base of operations for the exploration of the creepy and unsettling in Control. As you explore its cavernous offices and cramped blast shelters you'll uncover mystery after mystery, whether they be in the form of a partially redacted report or a containment unit holding a time-traveling 1968 Chevrolet El Camino. Control pushes you to read every scrap of paper that you find as you won't know what type of secrets they'll hold.
What's interesting about the SCP Foundation, besides the horrifying nature of some reports, is that there is no limit or restriction to the type of story you'll find due to the large number of contributing authors. Control is no different. Early on you'll find a short memo that explains how a field agent pawned off a paranormal attack on a small Alaskan town on polar bears who had been forced to migrate by a rapidly changing climate. Another story links a local celebrity in Butte, Montana to a series of disappearances that were actually caused by a dimension bending light switch found in his home. Everyone who pulled the light switch cord were transported to a sealed off room in The Oldest House.
Control builds on the stories from the SCP and lets you actually see how an organisation might actually try and deal and contain with these otherworldly entities. But it doesn’t try and impose any real order or structure to proceedings.
Collaborative projects can easily fall apart without proper guidance from a central power, but the SCP Foundation manages to establish a creepy, yet almost convincing universe. That’s only possible due to its lack of definitive rules, and the same principle applies to Control.
The developers resist the temptation to provide underlying sense of reason or rationality to proceedings, or to build a world that can explain the strange goings on. The game may not have been written by hundreds of anonymous faces online, but it captures the chaotic, random essence of the SCP Foundation. How and why things these things are happening is never explained, but that doesn’t really matter. In Control, it’s bound to be something weird.
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For other uses, see SCP (disambiguation).
The SCP Foundation[note 3] is a fictional secret organization documented by the collaborative writingwiki project of the same name. Within the website's shared universe, the SCP Foundation is responsible for capturing and containing various paranormal, supernatural, and other mysterious phenomena unexplained by mainstream science (known as "anomalies" or "SCPs"), while also keeping their existence hidden from the rest of global human society. The real-world website is community-based and includes elements of many genres such as horror, science fiction, and urban fantasy.
On the SCP Wiki, the majority of works consist of SCP files (short for "Special Containment Procedures"), which are confidential reports that document an SCP object and the means of keeping it contained. The website also contains thousands of "Foundation Tales", which are short stories featuring various characters and settings in the SCP universe. The wiki's literary works have been praised for their ability to convey horror through a quasi-scientific and academic writing style, as well as for their high standards of quality.
The SCP universe has inspired numerous adaptations and fan-made works in widely varying forms of media, including the horror indie video gamesSCP – Containment Breach and SCP: Secret Laboratory.
Overview of the SCP universe
The SCP Foundation is an international secret society, consisting of a scientific research institution with a paramilitary intelligence agency to support their goals. The Foundation is entrusted by governments around the world to capture and contain various unexplained phenomena that defy the known laws of nature (referred to as "anomalies", "SCP objects", "SCPs", or colloquially "skips"). They include living beings and creatures, artifacts and objects, locations and places, abstract concepts, and incomprehensible entities which display supernatural abilities or other extremely unusual properties. If left uncontained, many of the more dangerous anomalies will pose a serious threat to humans or even all life on Earth. Their existence is hidden and withheld from the general public in order to prevent mass hysteria, and allow human civilization to continue functioning normally.
Whenever an SCP anomaly is discovered, teams of undercover Foundation agents (often called Mobile Task Forces) are deployed to either collect and transport the object to a Foundation facility, or to contain it at its location of discovery if transportation is not possible. If an SCP is too widespread, elusive, or otherwise inaccessible, containment consists of suppressing all knowledge of the SCP from the public. This is accomplished both through censorship of mass media, and forcing all eyewitnesses to take amnestic drugs which erase their memories of anomalous events.
Once SCPs are contained and secured at the Foundation's secret facilities by armed guards, they are studied and researched by scientists in order to improve containment methods for them. The Foundation acquires human test subjects known as D-class personnel (who are usually convicted criminals taken from prisons around the world), and force them to interact with SCPs in science experiments or containment procedures; due to the potential danger posed by some SCPs, and the expendability of the D-class. The Foundation maintains documentation for all SCPs which they are aware of, which can include or link to related reports and files. These documents describe the SCPs and include instructions for keeping them safely contained.
Apart from the Foundation itself, there are numerous rival organizations (collectively referred to as Groups of Interest, or GoIs) which are also aware of the existence of paranormal phenomena, and interact with them for various purposes. Examples of major GoIs include the Chaos Insurgency, a terrorist splinter group consisting of ex-Foundation defectors, who attempt to capture SCP objects to weaponize them; the Global Occult Coalition (GOC), a secret paramilitary agency of the United Nations which specializes in destroying supernatural threats instead of containing them; and the Serpent's Hand, a militant group which advocates for the rights of anomalous beings, resisting both the Foundation's and GOC's efforts to suppress all paranormal activity worldwide. Other Groups of Interest seek to exploit anomalies by producing or selling them for monetary profit; or using them to serve their own religious, political, or ideological goals.
Examples of contained SCPs
- SCP-055 is something that causes anyone who examines it to forget its various characteristics, thus making it indescribable except in terms of what it is not.
- SCP-087 is a staircase that appears to descend forever. The staircase is inhabited by SCP-087-1, which is described as a face without a mouth, pupils or nostrils. The sound of a child crying is also omnipresent, but the source is unknown; descending the stairs has no effect on the cries' volume, despite them seemingly originating from the "bottom" of the stairwell.
- SCP-108 is a Nazi bunker system that is only accessible through a portal found in a woman's nose.
- SCP-173 is a humanoid statue composed of rebar, concrete and Krylon spray paint. It is stationary when directly observed, but it attacks people and snaps their neck when the line of sight with it is broken. It is extremely fast, to the point where it can move multiple meters while the observer is blinking.
- SCP-294 is a coffee machine that can dispense anything that does or can exist in liquid form.
- SCP-426 is a toaster that can only be referred to in the first person.
- SCP-1171 is a home whose windows are always covered in condensation; by writing in the condensation on the glass, it is possible to communicate with an extra-dimensional entity whose windows are likewise covered in condensation. This entity bears significant hostility towards humans but does not know that the Foundation members are humans.
- SCP-1609 is a mulch that teleports into the lungs of anyone who approaches it in an aggressive fashion or while wearing certain uniforms. It was previously a peaceful chair that teleported to whichever nearby person felt the need to sit down, but it entered its current aggressive state after being inserted into a woodchipper by members of the Global Occult Coalition.
- SCP-3008 is an IKEA retail store that has an infinite interior space with no outer physical bounds, causing prospective customers to be trapped after they become lost within the pocket dimension. It contains a rudimentary civilization formed by those customers, who are forced to survive and defend themselves against hostile creatures known as SCP-3008-2: tall, faceless humanoids wearing IKEA employee uniforms, that become violently aggressive towards all humans at night.
On the SCP Wiki, the majority of works are stand-alone articles detailing the "Special Containment Procedures" of a given SCP object. In a typical article, an SCP object is assigned a unique identification number. The SCP object is then assigned an "object class" (for example, "Euclid" or "Keter") based on the difficulty of containing it.[note 4] The documentation then outlines proper containment procedures and safety measures, and then describes the SCP object in question. Addenda, such as images, research data or status updates, may also be attached to the document. The reports are written in a scientific tone and often "redact" information. As of August 2021, articles exist for nearly 6,600 SCP objects;[note 5] new articles are frequently added.
The SCP Wiki contains over 4,200 short stories referred to as "Foundation Tales". The stories are set within the larger SCP universe, and often focus on the exploits of various Foundation staff members, SCP entities and objects, among other recurring characters and settings. Gregory Burkart, writing for Blumhouse Productions, noted that some of the Foundation Tales had a dark and bleak tone, while others were "surprisingly light-hearted".
The SCP universe lacks a central canon, but stories on the wiki are frequently linked together to create larger narratives. Contributors have the ability to create "canons", which are clusters of SCPs and Foundation Tales with similar locations, characters, or central plot. Many "canons" have hub pages that explain their basic concept and provide information such as timelines and character lists.
The genres of the SCP Wiki have variously been described as science fiction, urban fantasy, horror and creepypasta.
The SCP Foundation originated in the "paranormal" /x/ forum of 4chan, where the very first SCP file, SCP-173, was posted by an anonymous user in 2007. Initially a stand-alone short story, many additional SCP files were created shortly after; these new SCPs copied SCP-173's style and were set within the same fictional universe. A stand-alone wiki was created in January 2008 on the EditThis wiki hosting service to display the SCP articles. The EditThis website did not have moderators, or the ability to delete articles. Members communicated through individual article talk pages and the /x/ board; the website lacked a central discussion forum. In July 2008, the SCP Wiki was transferred to its current Wikidot website after EditThis switched to a paid model.
The current Wikidot website contains numerous standard wiki features such as keyword searches and article lists. The wiki also contains a news hub, guides for writers and a central discussion forum. The wiki is moderated by staff teams; each team is responsible for a different function such as community outreach and discipline. Wikidot users are required to submit an application before they are allowed to post content. Every article on the wiki is assigned a discussion page, where members can evaluate and provide constructive criticism on submitted stories. The discussion pages are frequently used by authors to improve their stories. Members also have the ability to "upvote" articles they like and to "downvote" articles they dislike; articles that receive too many net downvotes are deleted. Writers from the Daily Dot and Bustle have noted that the website maintains strict quality control standards, and that sub-par content tends to be quickly removed.
The Wikidot website routinely holds creative writing contests to encourage submissions. For example, in November 2014, the SCP Wiki held a "Dystopia Contest" in which its members were encouraged to submit writings about the Foundation set in a bleak or degraded world.
Apart from the original English wiki, 14 official foreign language branches exist, and some of their articles have been translated into English.[note 1] The Wanderer's Library is a sister site and spin-off of the SCP Wiki. It uses the same setting as the SCP universe, but is made up of fantastical stories rather than scientific reports. The SCP community also maintains a role-playing site, a forum on Reddit, and accounts on Facebook and Twitter.
The SCP Foundation has received largely positive reviews. Michelle Starr of CNET praised the creepy nature of the stories. Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, writing for the Daily Dot, praised the originality of the wiki and described it as the "most uniquely compelling horror writing on the Internet". She noted that Special Containment Procedures rarely contained gratuitous gore. Rather, the horror of the series was often established through the reports' "pragmatic" and "deadpan" style, as well as through the inclusion of detail. Lisa Suhay, writing for the Christian Science Monitor, also noted the SCP Wiki's "tongue-in-cheek style".
Alex Eichler, writing for io9, noted that the series had varying levels of quality and that some of the reports were dull or repetitive. However, he praised the SCP stories for not becoming overly dark, and for containing more light-hearted reports. Additionally, he praised the wide variety of concepts covered in the report and said that the wiki contained writings that would appeal to all readers. Leigh Alexander, writing for The Guardian, noted that the wiki's voting system allows readers to easily locate content which "the community thinks are best and most scary."
Winston Cook-Wilson, writing for Inverse, compared the SCP stories to the writings of American author H. P. Lovecraft. Like Lovecraft, SCP casefiles generally lack action sequences and are written in a pseudo-academic tone. Cook-Wilson argued that both Lovecraft's works and those of the SCP Wiki were strengthened by the tensions between their detached scientific tone and the unsettling, horrific nature of the stories being told.
Bryan Alexander, writing in The New Digital Storytelling, stated that the SCP Foundation is possibly "the most advanced achievement of wiki storytelling" due to the large-scale and recurring process through which the wiki's user-base creates literary content.
Andrew Paul, writing for Dark(ish) Web on Medium, noted the large variety in style throughout the works and related the short-writing format to current trends in digital media such as Snapchat and Vine. He also describes its bureaucratic tone's political parallels, which in his eyes adds to the horror.
SCP Foundation: Iris Through the Looking-Glass is a light novel series written by Akira and illustrated by Sidu. The book focuses on a boy who is kidnapped by the SCP Foundation after he sees a picture of Iris, a female SCP, in every book he opens; the boy and Iris are forced to cooperate to escape the Foundation. The novel series began publication in Japan in September 2018, and was released by Seven Seas Entertainment in North America in January 2020.
In October 2014, a stage play entitled Welcome to the Ethics Committee was performed in Dublin at the Smock Alley Theatre. The play focused on the SCP Foundation's Ethics Committee, a body that tries to limit unethical containment procedures. In mid-2016, the Glasgow New Music Expedition under conductor Jessica Cottis performed works inspired by the SCP Foundation at the 10th annual Plug festival of contemporary music.
The SCP Foundation has inspired numerous independent video games:
- SCP – Containment Breach, one of the most popular games based on the SCP Foundation, was released by Finnish developer Joonas Rikkonen in 2012. The player character is an unnamed D-class who attempts to escape from a containment facility. The player must avoid armed Foundation guards and escaped SCPs, including SCP-173. The game includes a blink function, which makes the player close their eyes and allow SCP-173 to approach.
- SCP: Secret Laboratory is a multiplayer game based on Containment Breach. Players have the option of playing as an SCP, an escaping scientist, a D-class, the armed militia of the defending SCP Foundation or the attacking Chaos Insurgency.
- Other video games include SCP-3008 (a planned multiplayer game set in SCP-3008) and SCP-087 (a horror game about walking down SCP-087).
- Control, a video game created by Remedy Entertainment, was first revealed at E3 2018 and released in August 2019. The video game was heavily influenced by the SCP Foundation, with the game centered on a fictional Federal Bureau of Control that collects mundane objects imbued with paranormal influence to study and keep secure.
- ^ abOfficial foreign language branches of the SCP Foundation exist in German, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Thai, Spanish, Polish, Italian, French, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Czech, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.
- ^Registration is only required to submit works and projects, or to leave comments and vote upon existing works. The site is free to view to people without an account.
- ^SCP stands for both "Secure, Contain, Protect" and "Special Containment Procedures"
- ^Frequently used object classes include:
- Safe: SCPs that are understood enough to be reliably contained.
- Euclid: SCPs that are either not understood enough to reliably contain or that behave in an unpredictable manner.
- Keter: SCPs that either cannot be fully contained or that require overly complex and elaborate procedures to contain.
- Thaumiel: SCPs used to contain other SCPs or are beneficial to the Foundation.
- Explained: SCPs whose anomalous effects can be fully explained by conventional science.
- Neutralized: SCPs that are either destroyed or cease anomalous behavior.
- Apollyon: SCPs that are uncontainable and are responsible for an ongoing world-ending cataclysm.
- Archon: SCPs that should not be contained because of the damage caused by containment and/or the benefits of keeping the SCP uncontained.
- ^Including deliberately humorous "joke" SCP objects, SCP objects that were archived in lieu of deletion, and translations of SCPs from foreign language branches.
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- ^ abRoget (17 February 2013). History Of The Universe: Part One. SCP Foundation. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
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- ^ abcdefghijklmnopqrBaker-Whitelaw, Gavia (9 January 2014). "Meet the secret foundation that contains the world's paranormal artifacts". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- ^ abcdeStarr, Michelle (11 August 2013). SCP Foundation web series coming to YouTube. CNET. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- ^Zaeyde (10 December 2009). "SCP-087". SCP Foundation. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
- ^ abEichler, Alex (21 February 2010). "Enter the SCP Foundation's Bottomless Catalog of the Weird". io9. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- ^Rioghail (28 May 2012). "SCP-1609". SCP Foundation. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
- ^Beschizza, Rob (29 June 2017). "Brilliant short story about being trapped in an infinite IKEA". Boing Boing. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
- ^Newsom, p.152
- ^ abcdefBurkart, Gregory (29 October 2015). "CREEPYPASTA: The Story Behind "The SCP Foundation"". Blumhouse Productions. Archived from the original on 6 November 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
- ^ abcdefgAelanna; SCP Foundation Staff (23 April 2014). "Object Classes". SCP Foundation. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
- ^Woedenaz (20 August 2019), Anomaly Classification System (ACS) Guide. SCP Foundation. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
- ^ abDinicola, Nick (1 December 2014). "Creepypasta Gaming: Where the Internet "Learns Our Fears"". PopMatters. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
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- ^Tapscott, p. 122
- ^ abcAlexander, p. 72
- ^Tapscott, pp. 122–123
- ^Varonas, Nico (4 February 2012). SCP-087: Escaleras a lo desconocido. NeoTeo. Retrieved 26 March 2015. "Esta es una comunidad de usuarios y de fanáticos del sci-fi y el terror..." (translation: "This is a community of users and of sci-fi and horror fans...")
- ^Ong, Alexis (20 August 2020). The Unsung Muse of Speculative Fiction Is a Wikipedia Community. Tor.com. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
- ^Pedullà, Lorenzo (25 July 2017) Cos'è la SCP Foundation?, Fantascienza.com. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
- ^SCP Foundation Staff, Staff Structure. 05 Command. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- ^Newsom, p. 154
- ^Tapscott, pp. 117–118
- ^Peters, Lucia (13 October 2014). "The 10 Scariest Urban Legends on the Internet to Bring a Shiver to Your Spine This Halloween". Bustle. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- ^Tapscott, p.118
- ^ abSuhay, Lisa (10 November 2014). "Urban Druid writing contest: What's behind the dark-side fiction?". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
- ^Tapscott, p. 115
- ^Sitterson, Aubrey (16 February 2016). "The 11 weirdest subreddits". Geek. Archived from the original on 25 July 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
- ^Links. SCP Foundation. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
- ^Alexander, Leigh (5 May 2016)._9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9: the mysterious tale terrifying Reddit.The Guardian. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
- ^Cook-Wilson, Winston (28 October 2015). "Scare Season: SCP, the Creepypasta for 'X-Files' and H.P. Lovecraft Fans". Inverse. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
- ^Alexander p. 73
- ^Paul, Andrew (13 March 2018). "The Comforting Insanity of Creepypasta". Medium.com. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
- ^Loo, Egan (18 April 2018). Seven Seas Licenses Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru? & My Father is a Unicorn Manga, SCP Foundation: Iris of the Mirror World Novel. Anime News Network. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
- ^Power, Una (8 October 2014). Welcome to the Ethics Committee. Belfield FM/UCD Student Radio. Archived from the original on 11 August 2015.
- ^Molleson, Kate (3 May 2016) Plug in to a feast of new music in Glasgow. Herald Scotland. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
- ^Diver, p. 4 of chap. 5
- ^ abChan, Stephanie (8 December 2017). SCP-3008 is survival horror in an unending Ikea purgatory. Venture Beat. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
- ^ abBoring Aloof Gamer, The (27 June 2013). Cute Little Things- SCP: Containment Breach Review. Game Skinny. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
- ^Clark, Dean. SCP Secret Laboratory First Impression: Great Game, If You Can Get it Working. Game Tyrant. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
- ^Smith, Adam (21 February 2012). "The Neverending Stairway: SCP-087". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
- ^Gach, Ethan (26 August 2019), Control: The Kotaku Review. Kotaku. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
- ^Scibetta, Nicholas (13 June 2018), Preview: Control is a Stunning Action Game for Fans of Annihilation and the SCP Foundation. Gamecrate. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
- ^Twinfinite Staff (3 July 2018), Remedy’s Control Shares Eerie Similarities with the SCP CreepyPasta Site. Twinfinite. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
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