SCP-523 does not have a consistent physical form, nor does it have any distinguishing marks by which it can be identified. It does however emit a low-frequency telepathic signal which persons capable of detecting describe as "a dull ringing sound." This signal can be used to locate SCP-523 if it "escapes." This frequency is also assumed to be the source of SCP-523's ability to short out electronic recording devices such as video cameras and blank out camera film.
SCP-523 is able to "jump" across short distances while unobserved and disguise itself as any inanimate object, mechanical or otherwise. SCP-523 will disguise itself as an object that a nearby human is likely to make use of shortly. Once the human has picked up, drawn their attention to, prepared, activated, or otherwise demonstrated that they are going to make use of the object, SCP-523 will transform into a different object unusable or utterly inappropriate for the task at hand. These transformations can only occur if SCP-523 is unobserved, but can occur in the blink of an eye.
SCP-523's transformations are immediate and usually extend beyond uselessness and into irony. Transformations range from extremely impractical to outright dangerous. Lead appears to prevent it from jumping out of a room, but does not prevent it from transforming. It has jumped from containment multiple times and disguised itself as mundane but useful objects.
Powers and Stats
Tier: 8-C, potentially 4-C
Name: SCP-523, "The Most Unhelpful Object On Earth"
Origin: SCP Foundation
Classification: Euclid Class Anomalous Entity
Attack Potency: Building level (Has transformed into firearms meant to damage SCP-682), potentially Star level (Dr. Willis has stated that 523's transformations are more or less proportional to the gravity of the situation it is being used for, and in the event of an XK-class end-of-the-world scenario it may turn into something that would worsen the situation, such as the sun)
Speed: Subsonic (Can transform faster than humans can see)
Lifting Strength: Unknown
Striking Strength: Unknown
Range: Varies. Several meters via jumping
Standard Equipment: None notable
Weaknesses: It cannot jump while being observed, and cannot jump through lead