So, my personal favorite is Marshall Carter and Dark, but I'm sure you guys like others more. I've just always been a fan of the real evil being in the hearts of men, and they seem like a prime example, doing anything for profit, even selling abnormal and highly dangerous artifacts.
I'm a big fan of MC & D too. If you haven't, go read the Game Day tales involving them. Among other things, Gear, Clef, and I fleshed out Dark's character quite a bit.
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You know what Nobody always reminded me of? That one SCP of the guy in the Cold War suit that appears in dreams and gives warnings. I wish I could remember the number.
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I actually like the idea of Nobody.
I also like Wondertainment, but I shouldn't say that because I know a lot of people fucking hate Wondertainment (not as much as AWCY?, but still).
How could anyone hate Wondertainment?
Various reasons. Not being creepy enough, being a bit too tacky, being an essentially formulaic GOI (There is a toy -> It's a super special kind of toy -> Testing shows that it is indeed a very strange toy -> Insert generic Wondertainment explanation and disclaimer), and so forth.
But I like what Wondertainment is at the heart of it all: a purveyor of joy. Sure, the methods might get a bit extreme at times, but at the end of the day all Wondertainment wants is for people to have fun. Like, if you took a picture of Doctor Wondertainment with SCP-978, you would see a picture of a bunch of children, parents, and elderly people with big old grins on their faces playing with Wondertainment toys, and Wondertainment himself in the background beaming.
Of course, that's just one interpretation. For all we know, it could just be a sugar coated version of The Factory. Who can say?
Not being creepy enough
I find it difficult to respect the opinion of anyone who would use this as a reason.
Horror snobs are the WORST.
I hate it when someone thinks that all SCPs need to be scary or creepy to be good.
Horror snob snobs are the WORST.
I mean, the site is derived from CREEPY-pasta. Not interesting-pasta, not creative-pasta, not clever-pasta. Creepy-pasta. My test for articles is reading them and then taking a nap. If I can sleep, I downvote, if I can't, I upvote. I go neutral if I can sleep, but my sleep is plagued by horrible nightmares of the SCP in question.
Horror snobs are the WORST.
Granted, the core of the site is creep, but purely scary articles, one after another after another gets boring after a while. Having one every several articles that isn't scary gets readers to keep reading, because the next isn't guarenteed to be another creep-fest. As a bonus, having those relatively harmless SCPs sprinkled in reminds people that the Foundation is not good.
Personally, I do tend to see Wondertainment as a slightly lighter version of The Factory. Having one GoI that "produces anomalous objects to screw with people maliciously" and another that "produces anomalous objects to screw with people for lolz" has always struck me as being a bit redundant. I mean, I like the idea of Wondertainment being a positive (albeit dangerously reckless) Willy Wonka sort of character, but that's not really the vibe I get from the objects associated with "him".
Are We Cool Yet? They get a bad rap as too-cool avant garde hipsters, but I really like the idea of an unstructured quasi-Anonymous organization (in my headcannon, "Are We Cool Yet?" is more like a joke or a statement that everyone forgot the origin of; by having the phrase AWCY? in your installation, it becomes the work of AWCY?. See also Luther Blissett) carrying out a variety of attacks, or installations, if you prefer, at any given time. They're doing it not because they want to dominate the world (CI, AGIR) or even some other ill-defined goal (Factory), but because they want to make a point. As a friend of mine put it, "For them, expression is key. Your survival is incidental." That last bit is key, and is why I think there are so many stupid "lol i kil u art" AWCY items.
Also, the Fifth Church because
Sandy, won't you go on and roll that footage of the dancin' frog now?
AWCY? is useful because they're non-centralized. They're like the Discordians of the SCPVerse; you can be one just by saying you are one. Which means — to quote the musical "Chess" — "You don't know which way he'll jump. Which means he's not a lunatic at all."
I really like AWCY? as a foil to the Foundation. We have this universe where science is quite clearly a hasty patch over a much more insane reality (S Andrew Swann's SCP-001 proposal is my favourite one) and yet the Foundation is an organization of hard, unyielding science. In my headcanon at least, the Foundation exists as much for their own sanity as everyone elses, scientists going through the motions of rigorous process in order to fool themselves into thinking they are still relevant. Yet we see them fail time and time again to replicate, control or harness the powers they deal with.
Along comes a bunch of hipster artist douchebags, and they get it. They understand the universe as an artist expression (as it is, of course, just the background noise to a bunch of horror stories) and they have figured out how to manipulate it. AWCY? projects aren't art installations that are supernatural; they are supernatural because they are art installations. They spring from an understanding of the nature of the SCP universe as narrative rather than scientific.
In that way, I like to imagine the in-universe SCP Foundation hates AWCY? as much as the website does, because AWCY? has so much more understanding than they do and exists as a constant reminder of how ignorant the Foundation really is. Furthermore, by containing AWCY? installations, all the SCP Foundation is doing is placing them exactly where AWCY? wants them; exposing the ones most ignorant of the nature of the world to them every day.
So every time you write an AWCY SCP, there's an in-universe hipster laughing his arse off.
You know, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say IRG.
By which, of course, I mean Prometheus Labs. They just want to make the world a better place ;A;
It would appear no one likes MC&D but me. Sadface. But AWCY? sort of irritates me. I mean, I get the "dangerous art" thing, but they honestly seem like terrorists, not artists. Like, for instance, The End of Man. It actually destroys itself by fulfilling its primary function. That seems more like terrorism than art.
One man's guerrilla artist is another man's terrorist, or something to that effect.
Also, as Sorts has repeatedly and emphatically pointed out, 804 is not a piece from Are We Cool Yet? It's implied to be, but is never explicitly mentioned, in Yoric's thing and The Critic, but my head cannon has it that either a) a few of the people who were involved with Unelmat Paremmasta Maailmasta left before or just weren't involved in the "exhibition" and later joined up with the Ossify folk or b) the "thing up in Alaska" was a completely different thing that just happened to be located in the same state.
It actually destroys itself by fulfilling its primary function. That seems more like terrorism than art.
Manna Charitable Foundation.
Most of the GoIs are either insane, evil, inscrutable, or some combaintion of the three. The MCF have a relatable, human, rational motivation and pursue it more or less sensibly. They are fallible human beings, and not as cautious as maybe they should be, but they aren't planning on ending world hunger by feeding half the population to the other half either.
they aren't planning on ending world hunger by feeding half the population to the other half either.
….that's BRILLIANT! We not only solve the current crisis, we help prevent future hunger problems!
I recommend that we eat people from third world countries. Easier to solve the hunger problems of the moderately hungry than the starving.
That was my idea.
Although Wishun wasn't on chat at the time, so it's probably that it's just a very common idea. Popular culture does tend to refer to world hunger a lot.
You know, I handn't realised how similiar the MCF and SH were before now. Huh.
Screw that! Use the obese to feed the starving!
then you'll just make the starving people into obese people!
But the inefficiency of the human digestive system means that the newly-obese will have fewer calories. So feed them to the next-starvingest, who become slightly less obese and so on and so forth. Eventually, you'll end up with a population of perfectly balanced people.
You can award me my Nobel Prize now.
If I had to pick one in particular, I'd have to choose the GOC because it's such an excellent foil to the Foundation. I mean, the two are remarkably similar in terms of composition and the manner with which they operate (as shadow organizations), but, at the same time, these groups' philosophical motivations couldn't be farther apart (SCP vs. DDD). While other GoIs may pose legitimate threats to the Foundation, the GOC is the only one I've ever thought of as a rival organization.
Then again, Nobody is pretty cool too - they've always struck me as one of the most tragically underused groups out there.
I'm honestly not sure if nobody is really a group per se. For all we know it could be a single individual incarnating multiple times, or a hive mind in possession of several bodies.
You know that t[he]y has/have a tag, right?