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|“||Interviewer: So, with this report of the photograph…
Dr. Dan: That’s the most disturbing part of this whole incident. You know when the former SCP-096-1 went on his mountain trip? 199█. That’s ██ years of that photo hanging there before he saw SCP-096. Since the brain doesn’t need to be aware that it is viewing SCP-096’s face to trigger the reaction, there can be ticking time bombs hidden literally anywhere in the world. How many photographs are out there containing SCP-096, just going unnoticed, waiting for a careful eye? As I said before, I want this thing terminated. Now.
|~ An exchange between Dr. Daniels and an unnamed interviewer on SCP-096 after Incident 096-1-A.|
|“||Oh God, oh God, James, no! What did that thing do to you, kid, what'd it do? Where's your arms, where's your legs, where's your head, oh God, what did it do with your head? I can see it there out of the corner of my eye, through the hole it left in the wall, just over the horizon, but I dont' want to look directly at it because everyone else looked at it and look what it did to them and my son, oh God, James, why'd it do this, what'd it do to you? I can't... I... what's happening? Why are they all dead?||„|
|~ A father after his family was killed by SCP-096 from "Fading".|
SCP-096, also known as the Shy Guy, is a major antagonist in SCP Mythos. It is an Euclid-class object contained by the SCP Foundation, mainly known for its psychoanalytical appliance and screams. It is one of the most iconic and recognizable SCPs.
Behavior and Procedure
SCP-096 spends most of its days pacing the eastern wall of its containment chamber, at the exact moment that anyone views SCP-096's face or sees it (directly, or in a photo or video, though artistic renderings have no effect) SCP-096 will cover its face with its hands screaming and crying, showing extreme emotional distress. After one to two minutes, SCP-096 will stand up and begin to run to the person that saw its face.
Nothing can impede SCP-096's path to the person who saw SCP-096's face. When SCP-096 reaches its target, it will kill them without failing. SCP-096 will kill victims in an unclear way which leaves no trace of the victim's body (it is somewhat implied that it eats them after killing). After killing its victim, SCP-096 will return to its docile state and then attempt to return to its natural habitat.
Due to lack of canon in the SCP universe, there have been several stories telling the origins of SCP-096. The readers are free to choose whatever origin for their headcanon.
There is comfort in not seeing. There is bliss in not knowing.
SCP-096 was once a normal human child who was laughed at by other children for his ugly appearance. This caused deep depression and self-hatred within the child and eventually grew up to be a monster who would keep his face hidden at any cost in order to not get laughed at anymore.
|“||I stare at the clockface, dazed, only to rub out my own eyes after a sudden, searing pain at the back of my eyeballs. Two eye lenses, partially broken and stained with dried blood, drop out onto the floor.
The words… look so blurry now.
Was I imagining? But — but I thought she gave me these…
After the pain subsides, I look down at my pale, bony hands and unnaturally long fingers, webbed with blue-black veins. I break down into sobs and moans; all the while, no tears roll down.
|~ SCP-096 shortly after his transformation.|
SCP-096 was once an introverted Korean man who worked as an executive in a famous company and because of his poor eyesight often put contact lenses in his eyes. He had an extremely low self-esteem, thinking himself as unworthy, ugly and unlovable. He fell so deep in his depression that in May 21, 2020, when he fell asleep he dreamed of passing the week with the newly hired girl who possessed pale skin and skinny body.
He finally began feeling love and happiness, but when he finally embraced her, she pierced his chest and turned into a monster made out of silk which enveloped the poor man. This caused him to slowly wake up and was left emotionally destroyed, and soon was transformed into a monster.
At some point, the Department of Abnormalities found SCP-096 and locked it inside one of their facilities in Stuttgart, Germany, which would later be designated SCP-6720. The personnel had created appropriate procedures to contain the creature, but unfortunately as a result of an unknown accident 096 seemingly killed most of the personnel and escaped.
SCP-096 was first discovered by the SCP Foundation in its "natural habitat" near a mountain in an unknown place. The Foundation sent retrieval team Zulu-9 A to capture the creature. Upon landing their chopper near the monster, it turned towards them allowing all of the team, except for the captain who had turned his back in order to talk to a doctor, to see its face causing it to intensely cry before violently attacking them. The team used all of their weaponry to damage the monster, but to no avail as it shrugged the attacks off and managed to kill almost all of the team except for the captain. Then the backup team Zulu-9 B arrived and were told by the surviving captain to not look at its face, since he had figured out the reason why the monster attacked his team. They put a bag on its head and load it to their chopper before sending the monster to a Foundation site.
A researcher in the SCP Foundation (only referred to as Dr. Dan) created a device called SCRAMBLE to make containing SCP-096 easier. Said device resembled night vision goggles and worked by identifying and scrambling the image of SCP-096's face. It was tested when SCP-096 entered its agitated state and breached containment, due to a semiprofessional mountaineer who had a picture (taken in the '90s) which captured SCP-096's face far in the background in four pixels evidently noticing the pixelated abnormality - SCP-096's cross-country beeline to reach the mountaineer caused a high number of civilian deaths along the way when more civilians saw its face as it walked along a highway.
The Mobile Task Force Tau-1, also known as "Big Brother", managed to get ahead of it and capture the citizens of the unknown town, blindfolding them and keeping them in the square. 096 soon arrived, having shrugged off hundreds of minigun rounds, arrived so they activated SCRAMBLE. However, the device failed and led to the complete annihilation of "Big Brother" and the subsequent murder of the mountain hiker, since the device allowed wearers' brains to receive one nanosecond of SCP-096's un-scrambled facial image before the image was scrambled. After killing the last of its victims, SCP-096 was recaptured by placing a bag on its head to prevent further viewing of its face. The event was subsequently covered up as a massive plane crash (since 096 had brought one down when rampaging across the highway).
It was later found out that SCRAMBLE failed due to Dr. Dan deliberately sabotaging the device in order to show to the higher ups the immense danger posed by this monster. Realizing that any image around the world could have his image and be a potential trigger, Dr. Dan ordered the termination of SCP-096 at all costs. O5 Command approved the order but Dr. Dan would then be subsequently terminated since his sabotage of SCRAMBLE's production led to the death of an entire task force.
Unfortunately, all attempts made by the SCP Foundation to terminate 096, including cross-tests using other SCPs such as 682, 049 and 106 have thus far failed to terminate it and as it stands it remains in containment.
Consequences and Collarbones/Masks, Monsters, & Merchants
After 27 attempts at killing 096 have failed Dr. Daniels, who would be executed within a month regardless of the results, suggested to use SCP-173 in the next attempt, since 096's greatest power was its indestructible skeleton and the statue could break any collarbone. When 096 was first exposed to 173, the statue successfully broke 096 spine into two pieces between the fourth and fifth vertebrae, being the first time that the monster's bones were broken.
After the attempt was repeated, armed staff entered the observation room and filled the hole in 096's broken spine with hydrofluoric acid, while putting a bag on the monster's face. SCP-096 began retailing, but soon began succumbing to the acid inside its bones which prompted the personnel to open fire on it. It ripped the bag off its face, allowing everyone to see its face before it melted along with its body, until only its damaged skull and bones remained in a pool of blood and acid.
Sometime following its death, operatives working for Marshall, Carter, and Dark Ltd. broke inside Site-19 around 04:00 via a Way, a interdimensional road often used by the Serpent's Hand, and stole the damaged skull of 096. Afterwards, Ruprecht Carter, Skitter Marshall, Percival Darke and his apprentice Iris Dark went to the interdimensional Kingdom of Alagadda and came into the presence of the Hanged King, the Ambassador of Alagadda, and the three Lords.
They offered to the King and the Ambassador the skull of 096 and told them about the monster it was and it can become a great assassin for the kingdom. The Ambassador accepted the gift and the King resurrected 096 to its original form, but now wearing Alagaddan garments along with a mask without eyeholes and its personality completely changed, being the loyal pet of the Hanged King. In exchange the Ambassador allowed the businessmen to have their own private rooms in the King's palace.
During the Foundation Elimination Coalition's takeover of various SCP sites, a resurrected Dr. Dan defected the Coalition and decided to help the Foundation in defeating this new organization. This betrayal prompted General Bowe to collaborate with General Jack Wilford, who had become a secret mole for the Coalition, and tricked Dan into looking to a pixel of 096's photo. 096 then broke out of Site-17 and began going after Daniel. However, SCP-1233, who was riding SCP-058, assaulted 096 midway and used 058 to snatch 096 and brought both monsters into space. After releasing 058 in the atmosphere, letting it fall back to Earth, 1233 used the speed of his jetpack to incinerate 096 who was unable to kill the champion before also releasing the humanoid in space and using SCP-179's indestructible hair thread to tie it up, saving Dan in the process. It is presumed that following this ordeal, 096 still remains tied while floating through space unable to move.
Following the success of the cross-testing of anomalies at Site-100, SCP-035 was put on 096's face covering most of its face, while the mask's corrosive substance covered the rest of the face, essentially neutralizing it. However, because 035 now knew 096's face the monster began attempting to claw it off, preventing the mask from taking full control, meaning that the mask was also neutralized.
After 096 breached containment and destroyed its containment cell, it was transported to Site-53 for temporary containment, until its cell was repaired. After a month passed, Dr. Jack Bright arrived at the site to inspect an anomalous artifact which resembled a cat. However, after Bright accidentally broke the artifact it caused all individuals on site to connect with Bright's SCP-963 leading to everyone's minds being replaced with that of Bright's. This also included SCP-096 whose mind was also overwritten with that of Bright's. Having the crazed mind of Jack Bright, 096 tricked SCP-4498-Jones into opening its cell before grabbing her and throwing the scientist with Bright's mind on the other side of the hall, wanting to test its powers. SCP-4498-SCP-096 along with the other individuals possessing Bright's mind are currently restricted to Site-53 which they have made it their base.
After SCP-001 activated and transformed most of humanity into melted flesh monsters, 096 was left all alone in the abandoned site that contained it. As it rested inside its chamber, a woman and her daughter arrived at the site to find help. However, upon entering the site the woman looked at its face causing 096 to go after her. The woman leaving her daughter behind tried to escape from the monster but without realizing ended outside where she melted and became another of those monsters. 096 was frustrated that its prey was taken away and soon began sobbing again until the woman's young daughter came near it and began crying for mother. As she was crying she made eye contact with 096, but the monster didn't feel angry and soon realized that the little girl was blind. The girl hearing 096's sobbing went toward the monster and upon touching it asked if it was her mother. 096 was moved by this and embraced the little girl who in response hugged it back.
096 and the blind girl began living together inside the abandoned site, with 096 becoming her guardian and taking good care of her, finding food for and protecting her from whatever danger that threatened her. However, one day while 096 was lost within its thoughts, it failed to realize that the girl was gone. Panicking it began looking for her, only to find her being lured outside by one of melted monsters which was mimicking 096's voice. 096 rushed to save her, but it was too late as she went outside and her arm began melting. Seeing no other choice, 096 lunged itself above the girl, using its body to cover her. As it too began melting, 096 used its strength to get the girl back inside the site. Fortunately, the girl had only lost an arm with the rest of her body remaining intact. Unfortunately, 096 was slowly melting and transforming into one of the monster and so it used its remaining strength to run as far away from the building in order to keep the girl safe. As it kept running, its legs eventually melted away and found itself in front of a sea and after laying on its back it let out a powerful scream before being claimed by the sun.
SCP-096 appears as an immensely tall, emaciated m, nude, pale-skinned and anorexic humanoid. It stands 2.38 meters tall, and it has little to no muscle mass. Its arms are greatly out of proportion to the rest of its body, measuring 1.5 meters in length.
SCP-096 has no hair anywhere on its body. Its jaw is four times bigger than an average human jaw, and its eyes are completely devoid of pigmentation making them completely white. All other facial features are similar to humans. It is unknown if SCP-096 is blind. SCP-096 also does not show any higher brain functions beyond locating its victims.
SCP-096 doesn't show much of a personality. It mostly stays in a fetal position and cries to himself and when its face is looked at it cries more heavily before furiously going after its prey.
When SCP-5731, a music box which speaks in a female voice the thoughts of the nearest non-sapient organic creatures, was put near 096 in its docile state it repeated the phrases "so sad" and "ugly, ugly" which correspond to its usual state. When 096 was in its enraged state 5731 began saying complicated equations of aerodynamics and physics in order to calculate the best way to get to its victim. This suggests that although not sapient it has high intelligence and is capable to think. When the Foundation used SCP-978 to take a photo of 096, the picture showed the same containment cell which held it, but without 096 itself. This possibly means that 096 doesn't want to live or exist anymore, or at least to be invisible.
In the tale "(The Engine of a Film) / (The Fine Game of Nil)", three researchers planned to fix 096's problem by using SCP-035. The plan surprisingly worked as although 035 was able to talk through 096, 096 not only retained control over its body, but became somewhat sapient, talking to the researchers in full sentences and displayed a very friendly personality, even agreeing to do pranks on their fellow researchers, including Dr. Bright, Dr. Clef and Dr. Crow who joined them, much to the annoyance of 035 who was forced to stay with them. After celebrating "Spring Break 2015", the three were sadly forced to return 096 in its usual state to its containment, but before removing 035 from 096's face 096 confessed that it also had a great time and would not forget them. However, once a year the same researchers put 035 on 096's face to have fun again with their friend.
After meeting a blind girl who was unable to see its face, 096 was shown to be happy about this and as the girl became attached to it, so too 096 became attached to her. Since she thought of it as a nice and good being, 096 became happy that it was being treated as a normal human being instead of a horrible killing monster the Foundation thought of it. Their bond was so strong to the point that 096 would become angry even at a metal beam which had caused the girl to trip over. In the end 096 sacrificed itself to protect her from the sun and the melted monstrosities and after running away in order to keep itself from harming after transforming it let a scream of anger and sadness.
In Other Media
In Video Games
SCP - Containment Breach
In SCP - Containment Breach, SCP-096 appears wandering around the Heavy Containment Zone of the facility crying. When SCP-096's face is looked at, it goes into a stage of emotional stress for 40 seconds before hunting down whoever viewed its face. SCP-096 will run directly to its target and kill them. If the player avoids SCP-096 for long enough, it will instantly storm their position and kill them. It also spawns in a scripted event where it brutally kills a guard who accidentally views its face.
SCP: Secret Laboratory
In the Secret Laboratory, players are able to play as SCP-096, which is considered one of the strongest SCPs in-game. SCP-096 appears to be the fastest SCP in game and has the ability to kill anyone in one hit and break down doors. Once SCP-096's rage has ended, it would sit down for ten seconds until it rages again towards the other living players. As in original, SCP-096 would create noises and cry when sitting. Though when its rage is finished, it would not make any crying sounds.
SCP - Containment Breach (Unity Remake)
SCP-096 was planned to be added in the game when the game would have finished somewhere in 2021, prior to the game's cancellation. ↵
SCP-096 - The Short Film
SCP-096 appears in the twenty-three-minute movie 096 | SCP Short Film created by Klay Abele aka MrKlay as the titular central antagonist. The movie is about the aftermath and resulting interview of Incident 096-1-A, although with some details edited.
SCP-096 appears in a song on the internet called the SCP-096 song created by Glenn Leroi, the normal version of the song was released on December 9, 2012 and the extended version was released on June 9, 2018, the normal version of the song gained more than seventy-three thousand views while the extended version gained over two million views.
In Board Games
SCP-096 is included as a dangerous anomaly card in the SCP board game Uncontained.
In Graphic Novels
SCP-5000 WHY - The Graphic Novel
SCP-096 briefly appears in the graphic novel adaptation of SCP-5000, created by artist Beangrant and published by Discordia Publishing.
- SCP-096's scream. - when SCP-096 is enraged.
- He was created by author Dr Dan.
- SCP-096 is a popular character in video game mods and is popularly featured in mods for Minecraft, Roblox, and Garry's Mod, among others.
- Multiple other means have been attempted such as radiation, electricity, incineration, and cryonics have been attempted and have so far haven't injured SCP-096, but they will activate its rage state temporarily. This includes multiple cross-tests as well.
- If he cannot kill a victim, as seen in the case of SCP-682, SCP-106, and SCP-173, it will begin to become docile and cry in the corner.
- SCP-096 evidently inhabited a snowy mountain range (the location of which is redacted) before the Foundation captured it, and was roaming around during the 1990s.
- SCP-096 was ranked fourth place in TatsTopVideos' Top 22 Scariest SCPs video.
- It is speculated that if SCP-999 would come into contact with 096, 096 would still be crying, since it is not actually sad, but it just appears to be so.
- In an attempt to kill SCP-682, it was proposed to put a photo of SCP-096 on SCP-173. This was immediately denied by the O5 Council due to the catastrophe that could result from such a combination.
- Within SCP-3790, a structure located beneath the abandoned Port Superior Canning Company warehouse in London, United Kingdom previously belonging to the Department of Abnormalities, in Room One of Level Two is locked a pale thin man referred to as "Ian" who is straitjacketed and blindfolded in the corner of the room. It is theorized that this being has some connection to SCP-096 or at least have similar origins.
- When Foundation researchers put a copy of In My Time by Former US Vice President Dick Cheney inside SCP-914 on Very Fine, it produced a book titled The Necessary Evil, ostensibly authored by Liz Cheney (President of the United States 2021-2029) in 2039, which talked about a war which erupted when America invaded Bangladesh, causing a Broken Masquerade scenario. During the war SCP-096 was neutralized when Pittsburgh was nuked.
- Dr. Bright tried to convince staff to have a staring contest with SCP-096.
- In "Picture Perfect", after SCP-096 was terminated Dr. Clef celebrated by hanging a photo of 096's face in his office so everyone could finally look at its face all they want, although Clef's fellow doctors disliked the idea.
- There is a theory that SCP-096 was created as a result of SCP-1529. The theory states that 096 was once a mountaineer who tried to climb Mt. Everest, but was left stranded in the mountain's "death mark", eventually coming across 1529. 1529, just like it did with other helpless hikers, offered the man a peaceful and warming death, but the man refused causing 1529 to instead torture him, prolonging the man's life every time it looked at the man. Because of this the man's body changed due to his body adapting to the environment he was now living and tried to escape 1529 by covering his own face, eventually becoming 096.
- In the reality of SCP-5000 in which the SCP Foundation decided to exterminate the entire human race, they published a picture of SCP-096 throughout the internet allowing most of the world to look at its face causing the monster to go after most of the human population. To make matters worse, news reports showed 096 killing its victims allowing other people to look at its face.
- In "A Lesson in Power" which is set in the "Broken Masquerade" canon, when Agent O'Brien and his guards cornered Dr. Kowalski wanting to know about the location of SCP-610 specimen, Kowalski used photos of SCP-096 she had taken while in his containment cell in order to escape with her life and have the agent and his guards killed.
- It is revealed that SCP-4121, a space-time impetus paradox that causes some anomalies to be stuck in a stasis loop, is responsible for SCP-096 being indestructible, but the paradox also prevents the creature from causing an XK-Class scenario.
- Apparently SCP-096 is unaware or refuses to kill SCP-6767, an immortal metallic snake who has access to the memories of every deceased sapient being, which includes the memories of 096's victims of its face.
- According to Henzoid-Crocket Proposal, SCP-096 once went on a date with SCP-4885 as part of "Containr - The Dating Service by anomalies, for anomalies.", but it didn't work out.
- SCP-096 on the SCP Wiki
- SCP-096 on the SCP Database Wiki
- SCP-096 on the SCP - Containment Breach Wiki
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