SCP Classifications for Dummies

SCP Classifications for Dummies

SCP Classifications are a part of the standard SCP templates. All SCPS at the Foundation are part of a certain class. Even the Foundation itself recommends using one of the Object Classes that is has. When an author creates an SCP, they must justify their motives for using a certain class. But how do you determine it? Well, for this they have the Locked Box Test.

What does the Locked Box Test Mean?

SCP Classifications for DummiesRoughly, it is an informal guide to determine an SCP class. You can think of it like this:

  • If you lock it in a box and nothing bad happens, then it’s Safe.
  • If you lock it in a box and it damages the box, then it’s Euclid.
  • If you lock it in a box and all hell breaks loose, then it’s Keter.

SCP Classifications for Dummies

Safe. This is for objects that are easy to contain and which do not pose any threat. Neither to themselves, nor to humans or other entities. The Foundation can safely contain them on a permanent basis. They do not use their anomalous powers unless someone activates them. However! Classifying an object as safe does not mean you are safe when you handle or activate it.

Euclid.  These are entities which are harder to contain. Some of them do not pose enough of a threat to be Keter. Personnel must research them and see the extent of their anomalous powers. In which case, this classification might change.

Keter. These are objects that pose a serious threat to mankind and to the Foundation itself. These objects usually require an extensive and complex procedure to be contained. There are times when the Foundation does not even have the proper containment measures.

All the Foundation’s efforts go towards finding more reliable means of containment. Otherwise, the only possible option is neutralization.

Of course, these are not the only SCP Classifications. There are also Thaumiel, Apollyon and Maksur. However, these are rather rare and I will discuss them in another article.



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