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Should you choose to challenge Death to a game of cards for your life, there is one thing you must never do... Win.
~ SCP-1440

SCP-1440, known by the alias "The Old Man from Nowhere", is a Keter-class, human SCP wandering in the wilderness that has not been successfully contained by the SCP Foundation.


SCP-1440 is a male human of unknown age and ethnicity. Attempts to confirm his name and other forms of personal information have failed, though it is unknown whether if it's because SCP-1440 refuses to give the information or simply doesn't know it. From eyewitness accounts, SCP-1440 appears to have the physical appearance of someone in their 80s, and has not shown any signs of aging since coming into the Foundation's attention 50 years ago.

SCP-1440's property occurs whenever he comes in contact with a human civilization, dwelling, or man-made object and settles there for a period of a few days. After a considerable amount of time, an adverse effect consisting of an increasing amount of destructive events occurs to everything within SCP-1440's vicinity until either death or total destruction occurs. Only SCP-1440 and a handful of his belongings will be spared.


Despite its catastrophic effect on Human civilizations, SCP-1440 does not show any form of hostility towards humans. And will willingly allow itself to be contained or subdued if given the chance, even though all known attempts have proven unsuccessful thus far.

SCP-1440 is very much aware of his destructive property, and has thus vowed to try to avoid human populations as much as possible to avoid spreading unintentional doom, however his travel patterns are often times unpredictable.


SCP-1440 was discovered by the Foundation when it suddenly approached Dr. ██████ and requested for her to "destroy [him]"; Dr. ██████ agreed and brought him to Site-██. Soon afterwards, the site was destroyed, killing an undisclosed number of Foundation personnel and destroying six Safe and Euclid-class SCP's in the process.

Following the incident, the Foundation has attempted to contain SCP-1440 a total of five times, all of which were unsuccessful and resulted in the loss of multiple personnel. All future attempts to contain SCP-1440 are currently suspended indefinitely.


  • Despite his destructive nature and Keter classification, SCP-1440 is considered heroic because he attempts to keep the human population intact by any means he can by avoiding it, although due to the rapid expansion of the human population, this is currently proving increasingly more difficult.
  • It possible that SCP-032, a shapeless blob creature encased inside female humanoid shell resembling a human, was actually created by the Brothers Death to be a simulacrum of 1440's deceased wife in order to torment him even more.

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