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SCP-173, also known as The Sculpture, is an SCP Foundation object known for being the very first SCP entry created, preceding the SCP Foundation Wiki itself. In the SCP Foundation universe, SCP-173 is a statue-like entity that cannot move while in direct eyesight and can kill by breaking the neck of its victim or by strangulation. One of the most well-known SCP entities, SCP-173 is often featured in memes related to the SCP Foundation.


On June 22nd, 2007, an anonymous 4chan[1] using a moniker S.S. Walrus (also known as Moto42) posted a creepypasta describing a hostile entity known as SCP-173 to /x/ board, using a photograph of an art piece Untitled 2004 [7] by Izumi Kato for illustration. On October 9th, 2018 Redditor[9] dasMaymay discovered the original /x/ thread[2] in an online archive[10].

File -(, x,) From the Files of Site 19. 140042 2007-06-22 01:40 S. S. Walrus Item#: SCP-173 Special Containment Procedures: Item SPC-173 is to be kept in a locked container at all times. When personnel must enter SCP-173's container, no fewer than 3 may enter at any time and the door is to be relocked behind them. At all times, two p personnel have vacated and relocked the container Description: Moved to Site19 1993, little is known about item number SCM-173's origins. It is constructed from concrete and rebar and was once painted with Crylon brand spraypaint SCP-173 is animate and malevolent. İf given the chance it will kill anyone within it's line of site. It's weakness however is that it does not move while being watched. Despite this paralysis it is still highly dangerous; able to cover at least 2 meters in the literal blink of an eye. It typicaly kills by either snapping the victim's neck from behind, or grabbing the victim's throat and strangling him. Whatever animates SCP-173 does not give it much force with which to break things, as seen above a large room with unbarred windows is fully capable of containing it. It's grip however is unbreakable, as when it is not moving the statue is as hard and strong as concrete While left alone in it's room, one can hear a stone-on-stone scraping from within that is believed to be the sound of the SCP-173 moving about The reddish brown substance on the floor is a combination of feces and blood. We don't know (nor wish to find out) where it comes from or how it arrives but SCP-173's container will slowly fill with these substances. In order to ensure that bacterial growth within does not begin to damage the building it is contained in, and to maintain some level of sanitation, the enclosure must be cleaned on a bi-weekly basis ersons must be looking at SCP-173 until all

According to the original description, SCP-173 had to be observed by no fewer than three personnel at a time to keep it immobile. The description of the SCP bore strong similarities to Weeping Angels from the British television series Doctor Who, first introduced in the episode "Blink"[8] that aired on June 9th, 2007.

SCP-173 is animate and malevolent, if given the chance it will kill anyone within its line of site. It's weakness however is that it does not move while being watched. Despite this paralysis it is still highly dangerous; able to cover at least 2 meters in the literal blink of an eye. It typically kills by either snapping the victim's neck from behind, or grabbing the victim's throat and strangling him.


Through 2007, the original /x/ post has been copied multiple times on 4chan, while attempts to create new SCPs were made.[1] Between January 17th and 19th, 2008, in several 4chan threads a number of new SCPs were described by the image board users. On January 19th, 2008, the SCP Series wiki was launched on EditThis, with SCP-173 becoming one of the first entries added to the site.

Since its creation, SCP-173[3] original description has undergone notable stylistic changes.

SCP-173 is animate and extremely hostile. The object cannot move while within a direct line of sight. Line of sight must not be broken at any time with SCP-173. Personnel assigned to enter container are instructed to alert one another before blinking. Object is reported to attack by snapping the neck at the base of the skull, or by strangulation.

One of the better-known SCP Foundation objects, SCP-173 is often referenced in memes related to the fictional universe. Multiple examples of memes featuring the character can be found /r/DankMemesFromSite19[4] subreddit.

In memes, SCP-173 is often compared to a peanut due to its visual resemblance to the crop. In some memes, onomatopoeia "cronch" is used in reference to the supposed sound of SCP-173 breaking the neck of its victim.

939, 096, 049, 079,106 K91 THIS IS. BP101 PEANUT SCP BALLADS AND [DATA EXPUNGED] CRONCH mobile task force unit epsilon 11, designated nine tailed fox, has entered the facility. all remaining survivors are advised to stay in the evacuation shelter or any other safe area until an mtf squad reaches your destination. we'll start escorting personnel out once the remaining scps have been recontained New album boys WHO WOULD WIN? snappy boi thicc boi

In January 2019, memes featuring SCP-173 saw an increase in mainstream use, particularly on Instagram[5][6].

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Image Removal

On February 2nd, 2022, the SCP Foundation announced[11][12] that the image illustrating the entry would be removed on February 13th that year out of "moral and legal obligation to at least try separating SCP from Kato's work," mentioning concerns that the image, used with Kato's consent was technically illegal and that a growing number of people were trying to profit off of the statue. As per request of Moto42, the author of SCP-173, the image would not be replaced;[13] instead, a creative event for artists was announced.[14]

Various Examples

So yousee, that's where the trouble began That smile. n That damned smile, clueless hmm today I will avert my gaze fro SCP-173 OUTOF SCP-096 and 173 breach containment on Sal's first day at the foundation, making him tonight's biggest loser! 0 ms
Types of Headache Migraine ypertension Stress Not looking at SCP-173 CLASS D CLASS D whats wrong. d-class-bun? could it be youre... craivng my [DATA EXPUNGED1????

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Sunsoft Bass
Sunsoft Bass

At least this was done for copyright reasons, not for offensive reasons.

It's the SCP Foundation, they allow violence, blood, gore, genocide, human sacrifices, infant sacrifices, cannibalism, satanism, torture beyond imagination, psychological horror, body horror, lovecraftian horror, but don't you dare make a lewd SCP.


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