normal trenchcoat worn by an adult
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Item #: SCP-018-J

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-018-J can be kept in any standard containment locker. Individuals at the site containing SCP-018-J (currently Site-41) should not be permitted access to secure facilities, classified information, or motor vehicles solely on the basis of perceived adulthood.

Description: SCP-018-J is a brown trench coat with no identifying labels or markings. When two or more individuals age 16 or younger attempt to wear SCP-018-J simultaneously, it will expand to accommodate all wearers such that they are hidden by the coat. This property has been confirmed to work for groups of up to 56 children (see Incident 018-J-A). This effect does not extend to the collar, which does not change size and can only fit one head.

While wearing SCP-018-J in the described manner, all wearers gain increased strength, dexterity, and stamina,1 enabling them to move around in SCP-018-J without risk of injury, fatigue, or falls. Still, some degree of cooperation remains necessary to perform activities, particularly with larger groups of children.

SCP-018-J exerts a cognitohazardous effect on direct observers, who will treat its wearer(s) as a single adult human, despite any evidence to the contrary. While they may find the wearers' appearance, gait, or size unusual, at no point will they suspect that SCP-018-J contains children. The exact perceived age of the wearers varies, but is generally high enough that their age alone will not present an impediment to the task at hand.

When SCP-018-J is doffed, it reverts to its default size and shape, and all anomalous effects cease immediately.

Recovery: SCP-018-J was recovered from Dubuque, Iowa, after the Foundation intercepted reports of a "very large, misshapen adult wearing a trench coat" at a local American Red Cross blood donation center. The individual in question — later determined to be nine small children — was attempting to donate blood, but staff were refusing to serve it due to concerns that its size (3.1m tall, 2.1m wide) and shape (toroidal) were the result of a potentially contagious medical condition.

An interview with the children involved found that they had become inspired to donate blood by an informational pamphlet, and had more or less willed SCP-018-J into existence shortly thereafter to fulfill this purpose. Claims that this explanation is "unsatisfactory" or "implausible" are unfounded.

Incident 018-J-A: On 2016-07-16, Dr. Quinn submitted a request to test SCP-018-J with a very large group of children, with the stated intention of "[T]his kind of thing is practically an inevitability because of the narrative constraints on SCPs — seriously, they're predictable as hell — so we might as well get it over with." The request was granted, and on 2016-07-18, 75 D-Class personnel2 between the ages of 6 and 15 were procured and secured in a room with SCP-018-J.

The first 23 minutes of the test consisted primarily of the subjects expressing distress and making sporadic requests for medicine, their parents, sunlight, etc. At 23m19s, D-7145 (codename "Tricky Trickster") donned SCP-018-J; the other subjects, perceiving him to be an adult, deduced that SCP-018-J was a magical coat3 that turned the wearer into an adult4 and attempted to procure it for themselves. In the ensuing scuffle, seven of them began wearing SCP-018-J.