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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Containment of SCP-XXXX is achieved via a two pronged approach. Primarily, the Foundation will use leveraged assets and agents placed in positions at major social media platforms, telecommunication companies, and internet service providers that would enable the Foundation to remove and censor instances of SCP-XXXX once detected. The Foundation will also work with government organizations, such as the NSA, DHS, FBI, and ███ to detect and suppress instances of SCP-XXXX. However, given the size and scope of the instancing area (the internet) there is a difficulty separating an actual instance from a civilian in cosplay. All civilians that are detained for interrogation not found to be an instance of SCP-XXXX should be given class 4 amenestics and released near a local comic or game store. Cost of this measure is under review, and concerns have arisen that this alone is not an effective long term method for containment. For this reason, Site Director ████ received permission from the O5 Council to enact Operation In Plain Sight.

Operation In Plain Sight is a fictional fandom based on actual SCP anomalies, operated and maintained by the Foundation. Operation In Plain Sight began on 07/19/2008, when an article based on SCP-173 was posted by Researcher ██████ Chan on the website As interest in the website grew, the Foundation added more articles to it and shortly thereafter moved to a new website on Wikidot. Of note, are two conditions to the publication of articles. First, all information must be altered to not be accurate, but still in line enough with the nature of the SCP in question that it is "true to the source material". In addition, neither memetic nor Keter class SCPs are to be posted or made public by means of Operation In Plain Sight without O5 approval. Those involved with Operation In Plain Sight are instead to either create new fictional SCPs, alter details about existing SCP's enough to where they won't be a hazard if shared, or to accept fictional submissions of acceptable quality from the general public and assign them the designation numbers of prohibited SCPs. These rules are in place to keep sensitive information out of the hands of the public, and also has the added benefit of allowing the Foundation a way to feed misinformation to groups and organizations that have interest in using the SCPs for their own means.

Lastly, SCP-XXXX has been shown to stop appearing as certain SCP's once they reach a certain level of popularity via Operation In Plain Sight. It is believed that this is due to SCP-XXXX wanting to help more and more SCP's gain popularity so more people will take interest in them and cosplay as them. The foundation has used this to help steer SCP-XXXX away from certain SCPs by leveraging assets to make them more popular online, and to maintain that popularity.

Description: SCP-XXXX is an entity that appears in the background of every picture taken on the floor of convention events that are typically centered around comic books, video games, anime, film, or television. SCP-XXXX will appear in pictures regardless of time and location of the picture being taken, even appearing in pictures taken at the exact same moment, but in two different locations at the event. SCP-XXXX can seemingly take on the form of any humanoid it pleases, with an apparent fondness for cosplay. The height, weight, age, and general appearance of SCP-XXXX vary, depending on what form it has taken. A complete list of the documented forms SCP-XXXX has taken to date is available upon request. Of note, SCP-XXXX does not appear on videos either recorded or streamed, and does not appear in one on one photo ops typically offered with celebrity guests at such events. SCP-XXXX also does not appear in pictures taken of panels or demonstrations that are scheduled, unless the picture is taken of the crowd in attendance rather than the panel or demonstration itself.

Instances of SCP-XXXX are typically not noticed in any meaningful way until after such a convention or event has begun or ended, and will typically be observed on social media, when people who share photos of the event notice that the same character was present in the background of multiple photos taken on the floor of the convention. The first documented occurrence of such an event took place on May 19, 20█, when a thread on popular website Reddit was besieged with photos from the San Diego Comic Con event. User █████ pointed out that SCP-XXXX couldn't have been in multiple places at once, but appeared in the background of three photos all taken of famed cosplayer ████ ███ on the event floor, with SCP-XXXX facing the camera in each picture despite being photographed from different angles.

This discovery quickly went viral as more and more users shared images, and the post quickly made the front page of the site. It was eventually noticed by Foundation personnel, who had been monitoring the site for instances of SCP-██. The incident was quickly locked down, with Foundation personnel digitally altering the images in question and administering memetic amnestics to those who had been active in the discussion. The phenomenon was designated as SCP-XXXX and Researcher Chan was assigned to its study.

Three other such events took place that year, occurring at Planet Comic Con in Kansas City, MO, C2E2 in Chicago, IL, and E3 in Los Angeles, CA. Each time, Foundation personnel were able to suppress and contain the phenomenon quickly once they discovered it, but not until hours after each event had gone viral, with one instance trending on Twitter for 7 hours before Foundation personnel discovered it. After this, Researcher Chan suggested that Foundation personnel attend a convention, to see if they could draw SCP-XXXX to the event and attempt to capture or study the entity. Researcher Chan was sent to Wizard World in Des Moines, IA on June 12, 20█, along with 2 other research personnel and 4 security personnel (See Event-XXXX-01).

After Event-XXXX-01 and Interview-XXXX-01, SCP-XXXX was observed appearing at an increased number of conventions and events as various SCPs, most often as SCP-2085. Due to security concerns, Researcher Chan proposed Operation In Plain Sight be implemented. Operation In Plain Sight was approved and began shortly thereafter.