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Title: Is This ████?

Tags: _image artistic cognitohazard document infohazard keter observational online reproductive scp uncontained


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4/XXXX LEVEL 4/XXXX

CLASSIFIED

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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Keter

Threat Level: Orange

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Special Containment Procedures: Foundation webcrawler Omega-7 (FOUND) is to analyze popular online image boards and social media websites for pictures and videos that resemble SCP-XXXX-1. Media found to contain SCP-XXXX-1 is to be removed and replaced with a visual amnestic modified to remove all knowledge of ████ and other related media.

The research of SCP-XXXX has been restricted to the Site-17 Infohazardous Research Department. Personnel researching SCP-XXXX are to be made aware of its properties but not of its origin or relation to ████. Researchers aware of SCP-XXXX-1’s origins are to be administered Class-C amnestics prior to SCP-XXXX-1 exposure.

SCP-XXXX-2 is contained within an internal Foundation domain. Comic strips produced by SCP-XXXX-2 are to be analyzed by Foundation cognitohazardous filtering equipment before viewing.

Following the events of 06/02/2018, containment measures for SCP-XXXX-2 are no longer necessary. Printed copies of SCP-XXXX-2’s comic strips have been archived within the Site-17 Infohazardous Research Department and are available to personnel with appropriate clearance.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a phenomenon affecting all visual media that form a pattern (designated SCP-XXXX-1) resembling the comic strip “████” from the online comic series ████████████. SCP-XXXX only occurs when viewed by an individual who recognizes SCP-XXXX-1 and its connection to ████, whether the similarities were intentional or not.

After viewing and recognizing SCP-XXXX-1, one of several effects will occur with varying severity and probability.

  • An object of personal value owned by the individual will become damaged beyond the ability to repair it, regardless of the object’s previous condition.
  • The individual will gradually lose interest in previously enjoyed activities, becoming more withdrawn.
  • A close friend or relative of the individual will become severely injured, with the injury having a large emotional impact on the viewer of SCP-XXXX-1.
  • All attempts that the subject makes to successfully reproduce will result in the premature birth of the child, leading to a miscarriage.

Analysis of SCP-XXXX incidents has found the last effect to occur approximately 17% more in subjects, with no recorded instances of the last effect occurring within subjects under the age of 18. Additionally, subjects exposed to SCP-XXXX-1 have shown increased aggression when the original comic is mentioned, becoming hostile after 3-4 exposures.

Addendum: SCP-XXXX was originally discovered in 2008 shortly after ████’s original release after a significant rise in premature birth across First World countries. Shortly after its initial classification, an interview with the creator of the strip, Tim B██████ (referred to as PoI-7441) was attempted. Upon arrival, agents discovered the deceased body of PoI-7441 within his home office. An autopsy of the body discovered several liters of standard printer ink present within the corpse's circulatory system, along with several thaumaturgic markings present on the lower back, thighs, and groin. Several incomplete and nonfunctional cognitohazards were discovered within PoI-7441‘s desktop computer, along with several text messages between him and an unknown individual. These messages have been included below for possible insight into SCP-XXXX's properties.

Two days after the attempted interview, PoI-7441’s website (designated SCP-XXXX-2) began to post comics of similar quality and content to the original artist, with comics being created and released on a tri-weekly schedule. After its discovery, SCP-XXXX-2 was acquired and stored within an internal Foundation domain.

The only noticeable change between comics created by SCP-XXXX-2 and those created by PoI-4771 is the addition of a secondary antagonist to the comic depicted a featureless gray humanoid. This character never speaks and is never addressed by a name or formally introduced in the comic. The character is shown regularly harassing and attempting to harm the protagonists of the comic. Despite this, characters will react to this character in a humorous fashion, with most dismissing the character as a “harmless prankster.”

Addendum 2: On 10/06/2014, SCP-XXXX-2 began attempting to place SCP-XXXX-1 within its released comics. This began with the placement of SCP-XXXX-1 within the background of comics, which were blocked by standard cognitohazard filtering equipment. SCP-XXXX-2 then began placing SCP-XXXX-1 within more obvious areas of the comic, often utilizing the placement of objects and characters within the comic. This would result in the comic becoming unreadable once filtered through Foundation equipment, often resulting in only the gray humanoid character not being obscured. SCP-XXXX-2 then proceeded to post several drawings of SCP-XXXX-1 drawn over the gray character’s face, each with increasingly poor quality. On 04/23/2015, SCP-XXXX-2 posted one final image before going dormant. The image consisted of the gray humanoid character holding a translucent ball. Within the ball is a miniature version of the main protagonist with a distressed expression. The background is filled with the expressions of laughter in red text. SCP-XXXX-2 has not resumed activity since posting this comic.

Addendum 3: On 06/03/2018, SCP-XXXX-2 posted an image consisting of a small drawn picture followed by a paragraph written text. The image depicts the gray character standing beside the main protagonist, with the protagonist showing no apparent emotion. The paragraph included within the image has been transcribed below.

I'm sorry. I know apologizing isn't going to fix anything, but I truly am. I've created an uncontrollable mess that harms others over a simple joke. I've held onto this vanity and tried to convince myself that what I was doing was right. That these people deserved this pain.

I don't know how to fix it. Hell, I barely know how I created it, but I know I don't deserve forgiveness. I've ruined my only passion and used it to harm others.

I’m sorry. I know that doesn’t mean much right now after everything that I’ve done, but I am. I truly am. I acted rash and made decisions based completely on my personal reputation, and in doing so created a beast that no one has control over. Even now, I’ve attempted to impede your efforts by continuing to create these comics and expose you to this mistake. My mistake.

Even now, when I thought it would be all over, I’m still tormented by my mistake. Because of it, even my greatest joy has been taken away from me. Why make comics when the goal of them is to harm others? The only positive experience this has given me is time for self-reflection. Allowing me to fully embrace and understand what I’ve done, who I’ve hurt, how much damage this has caused. I think I’m finally ready to move on.

I don’t know how to change it. I barely know how I created it, or how I’m in my current situation, and I definitely don’t deserve forgiveness for what I’ve done. I don’t want forgiveness. I’ve accepted what my vanity has caused and I’m finally ready to move on. You will no longer be impeded by me, and you have my full gratitude for your efforts to lessen the effects of my mistake. Goodbye.

All attempts to reach SCP-XXXX-2 have led to a broken webpage, with all digital evidence of its existence having been removed from Foundation archives. SCP-XXXX-2 has been reclassified as neutralized.


EVERYTHING PAST THIS POINT CAN BE IGNORED.

Addendum: SCP-XXXX was originally discovered in 2019 after a significant rise in premature birth across First World countries. Shortly after its initial classification, mentions of SCP-XXXX were found within several chat rooms associated with GoI-5869 (“Gamers Against Weed”). Included below are chat logs discussing SCP-XXXX’s creation.



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