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Full Name
The Sculpture, Billy
SCP Foundation
Snapping necks
Powers / Skills
Super Speed if not viewed
Snapping necks
Snap the necks of any lifeforms it encounters
Type of Villain
Omnicidal Maniac, Possessed Object

SCP–173 is the very first item ever created for the SCP Foundation, a fictional organization of top–secret scientists who collect and study bizarre and freakish specimens of supernatural power and hide them from the world, which since this monster’s creation has evolved into a massive fictional database featuring hundreds of specimens and an established mythology. SCP–173 is a strange living statue with bizarre markings that kills all living things on sight, moving toward its victims at a speed of several feet in one blink of an eye and snapping their necks with irresistible strength and lethal precision. In addition, it is extremely durable, easily surviving gunfire as demonstrated during the beginning sequence of SCP: Containment Breach, though it is not clear whether this is simply due to its material, or due to some other anomalous property. It also periodically produces feces and blood onto the ground of its containment cell, which must be cleaned up from time to time (see below).

Fortunately, SCP–173 has one key weakness: it is frozen in place as long as someone is looking at it through eye contact, similarly to the Weeping Angels of Doctor Who lore. Thus, a victim has a chance of escaping from this abomination by keeping their eyes focused on it; however people need to blink frequently and often do so subconsciously, and with each blink SCP–173 makes a large stride toward a person, and can move across the length of a large room in just a few blinks. Thus, one’s best bet when trying to escape from 173 is to walk backwards away from it while keeping your eyes steady. In theory, one could stop SCP-173 by winking one eye at a time (easier done by manually closing one eyelid with a finger and then the other once the first one has been blinked), this is actually much harder to do in practice, as the human mind is trained to blink both eyes at once. Another method would be to not completely blink, but half-closed to decrease tiring the eyes.

Due to its nature, whenever the SCP Foundation sends test subjects to check on 173 they send them in groups of at least 3, so that at least one of them is making eye contact with it at all times. Unfortunately, the subjects’ foolish and defiant behavior can often lead to death in these situations, as shown in this video: [1]


SCP–173 as it appears in SCP: Containment Breach.

SCP–173 is classified by the organization as a “Euclid”, meaning it is unpredictable and more difficult to contain than a "Safe" classed SCP. The reason that it is not a “Keter”, the most dangerous of SCP's which are often deemed large–scale threats to society and require strict procedures to contain, SCP-173 is overall very easy to contain, and cannot present a huge threat to large amounts of people. Nonetheless, 173 remains one of the SCP Foundation’s most dangerous monsters to any lone individual, and once even managed to incapacitate SCP–682 in a one–on–one encounter.

SCP: Containment Breach

SCP–173 plays as the main antagonist in the indie-developed game SCP: Containment Breach. It moves when the player is not directly observing it or if the player has blinked. It moves incredibly fast, as already stated, and will snap the player's neck if it gains the opportunity. It travels through the vents and chases the player down throughout the majority of the game.




Inside of 173's head.

In one Tale, entitled "crunch", the thoughts of SCP–173 are translated and explained that SCP–173 kills people because when they look at it, it becomes "prisoner". It also hints that not only is SCP–173 sentient, but it is also an organism except when it is being observed. ("Free when they not look. Prisoner when they look back. I hate.") It seems to have a desire of killing and finds purpose in snapping people's necks, suitably because of the crunch sound.

This story also reveals that SCP-173 only kills those who do not want to die; in the story, SCP-173 spares the life of a suicidal man who approached it with the intent of ending his life. 

Revised Entry

A revised entry, stating that SCP-173 can multiply, has been written. Check it out here.


  • SCP-173 is the only thing that SCP-682 fears. It is currently unknown why 682 fears 173.
  • Its powers are similar to the Weeping Angels from Doctor Who.

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