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The Cast

David Duchovny - Fox Mulder

Gillian Anderson - Dana Scully

Mitch Pileggi - Walter S. Skinner

Wllliam B. Davis - The Cigarette-Smoking Man

Steven Williams - X

The Canon

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Canon Release Dates

See X-Files#National_Communities for non-United States release dates.


The following are terms that have been used in the X-Files fan community:

General terms

  • ADBB - "All Done Bye Bye" -- the message Mulder saw on his cellular phone at the very end of the episode "Blood," used in the fandom a sign-off on IRC and at the end of posts.[3]
  • Angst is a piece of fan fiction that is emotionally wrenching or a piece where a character deals with an emotionally distressing situation. This term is often used is the X-Files fandom. The use of the term predates 1997.
  • C&C - "Confused and Cute" -- refers to Mulder's condition when he looks as though he just woke up and has that look on his face that says, "Huh?"[4]
  • CITC - "Conversation In The Car" - refers to the exchange between Mulder and Scully in his car as they kept surveillance on Eugene Tooms in the episode "Tooms." This is the conversation in which Scully cements their Partnership, telling Mulder, "I wouldn't put myself on the line for anybody but you." Shortly thereafter she does put herself on the line, by lying to Skinner about Mulder's whereabouts when Eugene Tooms was supposedly assaulted, saying that she was with Mulder being "oriented" on the unauthorized surveillance.[5]
  • CITDBTB - Conversation In The Dark By The Bed - this refers to the scene in the pilot episode, "The X-Files," in which Mulder tells Scully why he is so obsessed with abductions: he believes his sister, who disappeared when he was a kid and has never been heard from since, was abducted.[6]
  • CSM - Cigarette Smoking Man - (also referred to as TSM - The Smoking Man, and "Cancer Man" [by Mulder in "One Breath"]) - refers to the mysterious man in Skinner's office in "The X-Files," "Tooms," "The Erlenmeyer Flask," and "Little Green Men," and other episodes.[7]
  • DDEB - David Duchovny Estrogen Brigade - the DDEB is an email chat group on the Internet consisting of fans of David Duchovny. DDEB is NOT a generic term for fans of David Duchovny.[8]
  • DDTeen - Group of young Duchovny fans.[9]
  • Distribution is a section in the author's notes or fic introductory material where the author states where the fan fiction may be archived or distributed to.
  • Duchovnik - General term for a fan of David Duchovny.[10]
  • E.B.E. - Extraterrestrial Biological Entity - First used on THE X-FILES by Mulder in "E.B.E."[11]
  • EIHPs - Enemies In High Places (singular: EIHP*) - refers to the off-screen presence of people Higher Up in the D.C. Establishment who can hinder and manipulate Mulder and Scully. Also used, by extension, in reference to those who hinder or manipulate other players. First used by Gayle, Karin, and Laura Anne.[12]
  • EP - Extreme Possibility - First used by Kwicker.[13]
  • FIHPs - Friends In High Places (singular: FIHP*) - refers to the off-screen presence of Mulder's contacts Higher Up in the D.C. Establishment who can protect Mulder and Scully. Also used, by extension, in reference to those helping or protecting other players. First used by Gayle, Karin, and Laura Anne.[14]
  • GAGA -- Genuine Admirers of Gillian Anderson.[15]
  • GATB - Gillian Anderson Testosterone Brigade - the collective name for fans of Gillian Anderson on the Internet.
  • GTM - Gratuitous Tactile Moment - phrase used to describe any physical contact between Mulder and Scully that is not absolutely necessary and may be used as an argument for UST. Coined by ROSAS@delphi.com.[16]
  • Het slash is a heterosexual pairing where the female plays the classic male buddy to the male part of the pairing. This classic male buddy relationship is why the female and male pairing will never become canon. This term is used in the X-Files fandom.
  • IDDG - Intellectually Drop Dead Gorgeous - part of the motto of the GATB: "GA is IDDG!"[17]
  • IMBS - Infamous Mosquito Bite Scene - refers to the scene in the pilot episode, just before CITDBTB, in which Scully discovers marks on her lower back that look suspiciously like those found on people who Mulder believes have been abducted and controlled by E.B.E.s (Extraterrestrial Biological Entities). She runs next door to his motel room in her bathrobe, and in a panic, strips to her underwear and asks Mulder to examine the marks, which turn out to be mosquito bites, to her great relief.[18]
  • ISS - Infamous Speedo Scene - refers to the scene in "Duane Barry" when Krycek comes to tell Mulder about Duane Barry's escape, only to find him swimming. When Mulder emerges from the pool, he is wearing a very skimpy pair of Speedos, making this scene very memorable for all Duchovniks.[19]
  • IWTCHU --(The) I Want To Cuddle Him Urge-- refers to the sentiment evoked in many women every time Mulder gets beaten up. Coined by Kathy Agel.[20]
  • MIB - Man In Black (plural: MIBs*) - Super-secret government agents. All that is known is that they are effective in hushing up Things The Government *Really* Doesn't Want You To Know. By any means necessary.[21]
  • MIJ - Mulder in Jeopardy - a favorite plot situation of DDEBers and Duchovniks. (See also SIJ) Originated by ROBINMM@delphi.com.[22]
  • MMBH - Might Morphin' Bounty Hunter - refers to the character in "Colony" and "End Game" also known as "The Pilot," who, through the miracle of special effects, took on the appearances of many different people, including Mulder, in his effort to track down and kill the clones. Coined by HKOLMSTED@delphi.com.[23]
  • MPEB/MPPB - Mitch Pileggi Estrogen Brigade/Pheromone Brigade - two groups of Mitch Pileggi fans. The MPEB was co-founded by PLMACKEY@delphi.com. The MPPB is an email chat group on the Internet. To join the MPPB send a request to befree@eskimo.com. They are currently accepting new members and encourage all MP fans to join--without gender bias.[24]
  • No-Romos are the opposite of shippers. Within The X-Files realm these individuals don't want Mulder and Scully to hook up.
  • NUST/NUSTers/Non-USTers Those who do not see UST. First used by LAG.[25]
  • PSDT - Pass The Drool Towel - First used by P.L. Mackey.[26]
  • Relationshippers - Fans who want Mulder and Scully to start dating.[27]
  • RB - RatBoy - Nickname given to Alex Krycek, Mulder's temporary partner (as of "Sleepless"), which serves the dual purpose of both describing the character and making it easier for those who have a hard time spelling "Krycek."[28]
  • RSD - Red Shoe Diaries - Duchovny's series on Showtime.[29]
  • Shippers stands for relationshippers who, in context of The X-Files, want Mulder and Scully to hook up. Or Perhaps any other character to hook up with another character.
  • SIJ - Scully in Jeopardy - a favorite plot situation of the GATB that came about after much mention of MIJ by the Duchovniks. First used by Dick Wales.[30]
  • SPCDD - Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to David Duchovny[31]
  • SRE - Scully Rational Explanation - Any of the various explanations that Scully comes up with that are so far-fetched they almost make Mulder's explanations seem more credible, such as "a mountain lion," and "swamp gas" (both from "E.B.E.").[32]
  • SYX - Smart Young X-Philes - The name of a group of fans under age 21.[33]
  • The Magic Circle - describes Mulder's and Scully's increasing inability to Trust those around them, forcing them to rely exclusively on each other for Trust and friendship.[34]
  • TSM - The Smoking Man - (see CSM).
  • TXFPP - The X-Files Paranormal Paronomasiacs - A group of X-Philes, originated on Delphi, who can't help but make puns due to a genetic mutation.[35]
  • UST - Unresolved Sexual Tension - refers to the undercurrent of romantic and sexual attraction between Mulder and Scully, something neither of them will acknowledge. UST does not (necessarily) have to be Resolved, at least not in the near future. This definition is not a Final Word, but to give people a common definition for basis of discussion.[36]
  • V & C - Vulnerable and Cute - refers to Mulder's condition most of the time.[37]
  • WPDF - Wounded Puppy Dog Face - refers to the rather sad look Mulder often has on his face that reminds one of a puppy that's been hit with a rolled-up newspaper.[38]
  • Yatta yatta yatta -- (1) Phrase used by Duchovny in his AT&T commercial, meaning "etc.," or "and so forth." (2) When used in conjunction with a wink ;-), is the 90's equivalent of "hubba hubba hubba."[39]
  • YKYAXPW - You Know Your An X-Phile When. . . [40]


Pairing codes

Header Codes

  • C stands for Crossover. It is a header code indicating the story is a crossover. This header code is used in the X-Files fandom. Its usage dates back to the development of the Gossamer summary project's categorizations in 1996.
  • H stands for Humor. It is a header code indicating the story is a humorous. This header code is used in the X-Files fandom. Its usage dates back to the development of the Gossamer summary project's categorizations in 1996.
  • X stands for X-File. It is a header code indicating that the story is mainly about an investigation or conspiracy.
  • V stands for Vignette. It is a header code indicating that the story focuses mainly on the characters and their lives, and is usually shorter in length.
  • R stands for Romance. It is a header indicating a story with one or more of the main characters romantically involved.


Below is a partial timeline of events in the X-Files fan community.

  • In 1998, Tripod shut down a number of fan fiction sites located on their server because they were copyright infringing.
  • By March 2001, the X-Files fan fiction community was beginning to be concerned about what appeared to be a crack down on the part of Tripod on fan sites containing fan fiction. [41]
  • On November 8, 2001, the mailing list Doggett_Torture was created. [42]


In 1996, divisions in the X-Files community started as a single person started to play various factions off each other. It wouldn't be until 2000 that these splits began to heal.


2001 becomes the year of the Anti-Doggett backlash with people such as Laurie Haynes actively involved in the process. This campaign including attempts to get Doggett shipper's websites, X-Files, shipper and personal sites included.

Demographic populations


Around late 1998, the X-Files fandom saw an increase in participation of male slashers [43]

A poll on an X-Files LiveJournal was done in response to an article by a magazine, which used the fanboy. It asked members of the community how they identified. The results were overwhelmingly female. [44]


In 1997, in response to being locked out of other communities because of legal concerns, teens start forming their own mailing lists and virtual communities in a variety of fan fiction communities. These communities included Babylon 5, Star Trek and X-Files. By 2001, teen mailing lists began to decline in importance and to die.

Fan Fiction

Fan fiction played an important role in the X-Files fandom. The fandom would also influence other fandoms for years to come, as X-Files fan fiction people went on to be involved with a number of projects including FanFiction.Net.

Below is a partial timeline of key community wide events in the X-Files fan fiction community.

See X-Files fan fiction for more information.


By 1994, fanzines were being produced in the X-Files fandom. One of the publishers of these fanzines during this era was Deb Walsh.

The Red Speedo Diaries was published in 1996. This fanzine contained adult material.

The X-Files slash fanzine, X-Plicit Fantasies #3, published in 1999.

See also X-Files fanzines.

The Internet


When the X-Files fandom first got on the internet, most people did not have their own websites and a few fans ran crucial sites. As time passed and the fandom expanded, technology and web services improved. People could easily create their own sites. They did this, creating shipper sites, author sites, fan fiction archives, quote pages, picture pages on sites like Geocities, Tripod, Xoom, Prodigy, AOL and on university web servers. By 2002, this trend had stopped as it became easier to create mega sites, as social networking sites began to replace fansites in importance and as general fandom activity dropped off.

Below is a partial timeline of fansite related dates.


There is a small community of X-Files fans on the LiveJournal clone, InsaneJournal. They arrived in waves, with the first wave coming as a result of StrikeThrough, a second wave as a result of BoldThrough, a third wave in response to GreatestJournal encouraging people to use InsaneJournal instead and a fourth wave resulting from LiveJournal announcing changes to their policies in March 2008. They didn't create many X-Files communities when they moved, with the major community being trust_no_1 created on August 17, 2007. [50]


Parts of the X-Files fandom on Usenet and mailing lists transitioned to LiveJournal, where they created a number of communities to support their interest.

The LiveJournal was different from mailing lists in a number of ways. First, there was greater female participation. Second, the LiveJournal communities did not have the same type relationships with Gossamer and alt.tv.x-files.creative that mailing lists had.

LiveJournal helped spur a fan art community and places an emphasis on pictures, because hot linking to images was more tolerated than it had been on fansites, where bandwidth was at a premium.

See X-Files LiveJournal timeline for a timeline of community creation dates.

Mailing Lists

Mailing lists were important in the X-Files fandom. Early on, they served as a way to help people connect with other fans, share their love with a wider community and organize various fannish project. The earliest ones were created in 1994, the year the show went on the air.

In 1997, in response to being locked out of other communities because of legal concerns, teens start forming their own mailing lists and virtual communities in a variety of fan fiction communities. These communities included Babylon 5, Star Trek and X-Files. By 2001, teen mailing lists began to decline in importance and to die.

See X-Files mailing list timeline for a list of mailing list creation dates.


There is an active X-Files fandom on MySpace. The community first began to have an active presence on the site starting around 2003 and was helped to grow by the adding of features like groups on MySpace. In 2008, the community had an interest in Mulder/Scully music videos. Groups also gained renewed interest as MySpace added several new features to groups, making it easier to quite groups and to add content to them.

Below is a partial list of MySpace group creation dates.


Orkut is a large social networking site that is popular in Brazil and the United States. It is home to a sizable X-Files community. The community has been re-energized a bit as a result of the new X-Files movie news and rumors.

Below is a partial list of orkut X-Files fandom related dates.


The X-Files fandom was served by several Usenet groups including alt.tv.x-files and alt.tv.x-files.creative. These were important in the X-Files fandom from 1994 to 2004, when the influence of Usenet began to fade.


Webrings were popular in the late 1990s. There were fan fiction specific rings, kink rings, pairing rings and general rings. They were an easy way of helping to get traffic to your X-Files fansite. Below is a partial timeline of X-Files webring related dates.

National Communities

Because of a variety of factors, the X-Files fandom had a number of different national and linguistic communities that were created. Many of these communities were started early on by members of the X-Files fandom who were bilingual and had access to the original English language version of the show or after the show was aired in countries besides English speaking ones.

See specific national histories for additional information:

Role playing

There was a small but active role playing community for X-Files. Some of it took place on mailing lists, via instant messenger, on fansites and on services like GreatestJournal.

Below is a partial timeline of role playing related dates in the X-Files fandom.


Shipping was a big issue in the X-Files fandom and hostilities between various ship factions and shippers and non-shippers would lead to huge amounts of fandom fighting. At one point, the situation got so bad that one shipper was mail bombing other mail shippers. In May 1995, X-Files fans begin using the word Shipper for the first time. ([67] )


On January 8, 2003, the LiveJournal community doggettreyes was created. [68]


On December 14, 2002, the LiveJournal community krycekandmarita was created. [69]


On July 31, 1996, Brenda Antrim's "Krychek" was the first piece of Mulder/Krycek slash. [70]

Between October 1996 and December 1996, the Mulder/Krycek Romantics Association was created.

See also Mulder/Krycek.


Banner used on X-Files fansites in support of Mulder/Scully shipping[1].

The earliest MSR, Mulder Scully Romance, fan fiction was first written in 1995. [71] According to http://home.earthlink.net/~mmlo74/scully/maps.htm, MSR becomes a dominant force in the X-Files fan fiction community in late 1996, early 1997. The author draws this conclusion based on the number of awards given to MSR fan fiction.

Below is a partial timeline of events in this pairing community.

See also Mulder/Scully.


In October 1995, the first Mulder/Skinner story was written. It was "Authority" by Laura Cooksey. It would set the tone for future Mulder/Skinner fan fiction. ( Rosalita: [80] )

Between October 1996 and December 1996, the Mulder/Skinner Slash Society was created.


Wicked Game,” which was begun in July 1995 and never finished, was the first Scully/Krycek story, debuted.


On August 24, 2004, the LiveJournal community scullyreyes_luv was created. [81]

Fandom members


There were a number of people involved with the Gossamer project. They included:

Readers and writers of fan fiction

External links



Enigmatic Dr.'s Fanfic Favorites

Keep the Faith


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  • Gossamer Project. Gossamer Project Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Gossamer Project. Copyright 1999. Bp http://fluky.gossamer.org/local/faq.html
  • Harmon, A. (1997, August 18). In TV's dull summer days, plots take wing on the Net.. New York Times, p. A1.
  • Heinau , V. (1998, July 12). Gossamer's Answer to Pam Smith . Message posted to alt.tv.x-files.creative
  • Jensen, Jeff. "Spoiler Nation: Secrets About Movie/TV Secrets Revealed!" Entertainment Weekly. June 2008. 16 June 2008 <http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20203864,00.html>.
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  • Schulz, N. (2001, April 29). The E-Files; Mad for Mulder? Got a Jones for Buffy? Juiced by 'JAG'? In the Fanfiction Realm, You Can Make the Plot Quicken.. Washington Post, p. G01.
  • sophia_helix: http://www.livejournal.com/community/fanthropology/82652.html?thread=1746652#t1746652
  • Wakefield, S. R. (2001). 'YOUR SISTER IN ST. SCULLY': An Electronic Community of Female Fans of The X-Files. Journal of Popular Film and Television . Retrieved October 18, 2002, from http://www.findarticles.com/cf_0/m0412/3_29/79350861/print.jhtml

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