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3rd Dec '17 8:36:02 AM fruitstripegum
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** The beginning of Season 9 reveals that Reyes and Follmer are having an affair. It's never brought up again.
6th Sep '17 1:38:53 PM thegiggleloop
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"Cold Cases", an series of AudioAdaptation episodes of of the season 10 comic books with revisits to past cases such as the Flukeman, was released on Audible on July 18, 2017, featuring the voice talents of Duchovny, Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and more. It does not correspond to the season 10 TV miniseries continuity.

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"Cold Cases", an series of AudioAdaptation episodes of of the [[ComicBook/TheXFilesSeason10 season 10 comic books books]] with revisits to past cases such as the Flukeman, was released on Audible on July 18, 2017, featuring the voice talents of Duchovny, Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and more. It does not correspond to the season 10 TV miniseries continuity.
6th Sep '17 1:36:06 PM thegiggleloop
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"Cold Cases", an series of AudioPlay episodes of a graphic novel plus revisits to past cases such as the Flukeman, was released on Audible on July 18, 2017, featuring the voice talents of Duchovny, Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and more. It does not correspond to the season 10 miniseries continuity.

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"Cold Cases", an series of AudioPlay AudioAdaptation episodes of a graphic novel plus of the season 10 comic books with revisits to past cases such as the Flukeman, was released on Audible on July 18, 2017, featuring the voice talents of Duchovny, Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and more. It does not correspond to the season 10 TV miniseries continuity.
4th Aug '17 1:38:55 AM Smegerama
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** Scully remains a hardcore skeptic long after she's seen shape-shifting aliens, watched Mulder be mind-controlled into [[NotHimself things he'd never do on his own]], etc. It's somewhat {{justified|Trope}}, though: later seasons tended to imply that Scully felt she had to take a more skeptical stance than she really believed anymore in order to keep Mulder's wacky ideas grounded. That is until [[spoiler:Mulder himself is abducted]], at which point Scully is promoted to a full-on believer. But as of season 10, she's back in her original role as the skeptic to Mulder's believer, making this a ZigZaggingTrope.

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** Scully remains a hardcore skeptic long after she's seen shape-shifting aliens, watched Mulder be mind-controlled into [[NotHimself things he'd never do on his own]], etc. It's somewhat {{justified|Trope}}, though: later seasons tended to imply that Scully felt she had to take a more skeptical stance than she really believed anymore in order to keep Mulder's wacky ideas grounded. That is until [[spoiler:Mulder himself is abducted]], at which point Scully is promoted to a full-on believer. But as of season 10, she's back in to something much closer to her original role as the skeptic to Mulder's believer, role, making this a ZigZaggingTrope.
4th Aug '17 1:36:00 AM Smegerama
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** Scully remains a hardcore skeptic long after she's seen shape-shifting aliens, watched Mulder be mind-controlled into [[NotHimself things he'd never do on his own]], etc. It's somewhat {{justified|Trope}}, though: later seasons tended to imply that Scully felt she had to take a more skeptical stance than she really believed anymore in order to keep Mulder's wacky ideas grounded.
** Even Mulder refused to believe in anything that was close to miracles and religiously paranormal stuff (in these episodes it's Scully who's open-minded, due to her religious beliefs). In episode "3", Mulder ''doesn't'' believe in vampires, that were real.

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** Scully remains a hardcore skeptic long after she's seen shape-shifting aliens, watched Mulder be mind-controlled into [[NotHimself things he'd never do on his own]], etc. It's somewhat {{justified|Trope}}, though: later seasons tended to imply that Scully felt she had to take a more skeptical stance than she really believed anymore in order to keep Mulder's wacky ideas grounded.
grounded. That is until [[spoiler:Mulder himself is abducted]], at which point Scully is promoted to a full-on believer. But as of season 10, she's back in her original role as the skeptic to Mulder's believer, making this a ZigZaggingTrope.
** Even Mulder refused to believe in anything that was close to miracles and religiously paranormal stuff (in these episodes it's Scully who's open-minded, due to her religious beliefs). In episode "3", Mulder ''doesn't'' believe in vampires, that were real.which of course turn out to exist.
3rd Aug '17 11:35:42 PM Smegerama
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''The X-Files'' is an American [[LiveActionTV TV series]] created by Creator/ChrisCarter. It ran nine seasons (1993-2002) and two movies (''[[Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture Fight the Future]]'', which was TheMovie, in 1998 and ''[[Film/TheXFilesIWantToBelieve I Want to Believe]]'' in 2008).

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''The X-Files'' is an American [[LiveActionTV TV series]] created by Creator/ChrisCarter. It ran nine seasons (1993-2002) and two movies (''[[Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture Fight the Future]]'', which was TheMovie, in 1998 and ''[[Film/TheXFilesIWantToBelieve I Want to Believe]]'' in 2008).
2008). 2016 saw a limited revival in the form of six episode 10th season, which in 2018 will be continued with a longer 11th season running ten episodes.
30th Jul '17 9:48:26 PM PaulA
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* AntiVillain: The Cigarette Smoking Man, some of the time.



* AnywhereButTheirLips: In several scenes throughout the series between Mulder and Scully, forehead kisses, kisses on the cheek, and a couple [[IKissYourHand kisses on the hand]].



* BlessedWithSuck / CursedWithAwesome: Tends to be the case whenever the MonsterOfTheWeek is human.



* CandlelitBath: Scully likes them.



* ElvisLives: Mulder claims to believe this, but [[DeadpanSnarker knowing Mulder]] he could be making fun of himself.



* FriendshipMoment: Many of these between Mulder and Scully. Pretty much any time either of them says "You're the only one I trust".



* InfantImmortality: Baby William, at every turn. The number of times that child should have died, before and after birth, are staggering. But not even a scratch.
* InverseLawOfFertility: Inverted -- [[spoiler:Scully doesn't seem particularly interested in having kids until she finds out her abduction left her infertile, at which point she decides she really wanted to become a mother...and then she inexplicably becomes pregnant.]]



* LockedRoomMystery



* MeaningfulLook: Mulder and Scully have many of these.



* MultiPartEpisode: There are almost as many multi-part episodes of the show as there are stand alone. Most of the mythology episodes ended up being multi-parters though they were rarely named as such.



* SerialKiller: Several times. Most of them are really horrifying.



* SherlockScan: Mulder does this sometimes, being able to tell that the person he's interviewing happens to BE the monster of the week. It's often forgotten that Mulder acquired his reputation of "Spooky Mulder" from way before he got involved with the paranormal. Supposedly, his skill at quickly building detailed profiles was so good that people felt that it was "spooky", to the point that he had attracted the attention of senior FBI agents when he was still a cadet. However, after repeatedly getting dismissed for his outlandish theories he became less and less forthcoming with them unless it's to Scully, who feverishly does everything she can to debunk him.



* ShirtlessScene: Mulder was shirtless fairly often.



* SinisterMinister: Common in the religiously-themed episodes.



* TheTopicOfCancer: Scully almost died of alien-induced cancer. Other abductees were not as lucky.



* UhOhEyes: The monsters' eyes sometimes indicated the level of their evil.



* WhamEpisode: The show was quite fond of these.



* WrittenInAbsence: Scully's [[AlienAbduction abduction]] -- an event that would go on to shape the entire MythArc, as well as Mulder and Scully's relationship and CharacterDevelopment throughout the rest of the show -- was written in simply to get Gillian Anderson out of the way while she was heavily pregnant in RealLife.




!!Individual episodes provide examples of the following tropes:

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* AnywhereButTheirLips: In several scenes throughout the series between Mulder and Scully, forehead kisses, kisses on the cheek, and a couple [[IKissYourHand kisses on the hand]].
* AntiVillain: The Cigarette Smoking Man, some of the time.
* BlessedWithSuck / CursedWithAwesome
** Tends to be the case whenever the MonsterOfTheWeek is human.
* CandlelitBath: Scully likes them.
* ElvisLives: Mulder claims to believe this, but [[DeadpanSnarker knowing Mulder]] he could be making fun of himself.
* FriendshipMoment: Many of these between Mulder and Scully.
** Pretty much any time either of them says "You're the only one I trust".
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[[folder:H-M]]
* InfantImmortality: Baby William, at every turn. The number of times that child should have died, before and after birth, are staggering. But not even a scratch.
* InverseLawOfFertility: Inverted -- [[spoiler:Scully doesn't seem particularly interested in having kids until she finds out her abduction left her infertile, at which point she decides she really wanted to become a mother...and then she inexplicably becomes pregnant.]]
* LockedRoomMystery
* MeaningfulLook: Mulder and Scully have many of these.
* MultiPartEpisode: There are almost as many multi-part episodes of the show as there are stand alone. Most of the mythology episodes ended up being multi-parters though they were rarely named as such.
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* SerialKiller: Several times. Most of them are really horrifying.
* SherlockScan: Mulder does this sometimes, being able to tell that the person he's interviewing happens to BE the monster of the week. It's often forgotten that Mulder acquired his reputation of "Spooky Mulder" from way before he got involved with the paranormal. Supposedly, his skill at quickly building detailed profiles was so good that people felt that it was "spooky", to the point that he had attracted the attention of senior FBI agents when he was still a cadet. However, after repeatedly getting dismissed for his outlandish theories he became less and less forthcoming with them unless it's to Scully, who feverishly does everything she can to debunk him.
* ShirtlessScene: Mulder was shirtless fairly often.
* SinisterMinister: Common in the religiously-themed episodes.
* TheTopicOfCancer:
** Scully almost died of alien-induced cancer. Other abductees were not as lucky.
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[[folder:U-Z]]
* UhOhEyes: The monsters' eyes sometimes indicated the level of their evil.
* WhamEpisode: The show was quite fond of these.
* WrittenInAbsence
** Scully's [[AlienAbduction abduction]] -- an event that would go on to shape the entire MythArc, as well as Mulder and Scully's relationship and CharacterDevelopment throughout the rest of the show -- was written in simply to get Gillian Anderson out of the way while she was heavily pregnant in RealLife.
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30th Jul '17 9:43:11 PM PaulA
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* FakeCrossover: With ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where Mulder and Scully travel to Springfield to investigate an alien sighting. It also featured gag cameos of [[Franchise/StarWars Chewbacca]], {{Series/Alf}}, [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Marvin the Martian]], [[Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951 Gort]] and either Kang or Kodos.



* CrossOver: ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat''.
30th Jul '17 9:37:27 PM PaulA
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** There's an alleged one in the pilot (from Ray Soames' grave), but the body is taken away before she can properly examine it.



* ClockDiscrepancy: In the pilot episode Mulder & Scully get affected by a few minutes of MissingTime - there's a big bright light, and then the next thing they know it's 9 minutes later. Mulder marks the spot where it happened. Nothing comes of it at the time except to demonstrate Mulder's belief in the extranatural; but then in an episode [[BrickJoke years later]] it happens again and it turns out they're at the exact same spot.



* LingerieScene: Scully in the pilot.



* SecretGovernmentWarehouse: The Cigarette-Smoking Man is seen depositing the metal nasal implant in a Pentagon warehouse in the pilot, and Mulder is directed there another time to retrieve a microchip to [[spoiler:cure Scully's cancer]].



* AlmightyJanitor: One episode only, but then he can take on different faces, which makes him pretty powerful as far as Janitors go.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Phoebe in the episode FPS. She talks about feeling trapped by the testosterone around her, and refers to her female (and VERY attractive) video game creation as her 'Goddess.'



* TheBermudaTriangle: {{Area 51}} [[TheMenInBlack Man in Black]] Morris Fletcher claimed to be the one who originally coined the term and insisted that powerful, primal, other-worldly forces are hidden beneath the waves, waiting to be plucked by man.



** In one episode, Mulder gains the ability to read minds. Too bad it's [[spoiler:basically making his brain melt]].
** Gibson Praise can also read minds, which leads to [[spoiler:pretty much all of the show's recurring bad guys trying to hunt him down and kill him]].
* BurialAtSea: Scully's father, a Navy captain, is cremated and buried this way in "Beyond the Sea".



* ChillyReception: Scully gets this initially from Mulder in the pilot episode.
* {{Contortionist}}: Eugene Victor Tooms, which doubles as CutLexLuthorACheck. As bendy and long lived as he is, he could have gotten along just fine selling tickets at the circus. But he had to use his talents to stalk, ambush and kill people.
* CorruptHick: The sheriff in the show's pilot.
* CouldntFindAPen: The opening episode of Season 4 has [[spoiler:X, Mulder's then-informant]] writing a message in blood on Mulder's doorstep, having been shot trying to bring information.



* EvilCripple: Subverted in the pilot, where [[spoiler:the comatose Billy is being controlled by messages from his implant to take fellow students to the abduction site]].
* FieryCoverup: In the pilot episode, Mulder's motel room is burned to the ground to destroy evidence of alien abductions in Oregon.
* FlirtatiousSmackOnTheAss: Morris as "Mulder" does this to Scully at the office, to her horror.



** Scully's SecurityCling in the pilot.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The show practically turned this into an art form.
** A prime example:
-->'''KRYCEK''': You must be losing it, Mulder. I could beat you with one hand.\\
'''MULDER''': Isn't that how you like to beat yourself?
** Carter wasn't allowed to refer to Donnie Pfaster as a necrophiliac, so the phrase "death fetishist" was used instead.
* GiveHimANormalLife: [[spoiler:Scully and Mulder eventually have a son -- and the aliens want to abduct him. They give him up for adoption to save him.]]
* GraveRobbing: The local medical examiner accuses Mulder and Scully of doing this in the pilot, despite the fact that they have a permit to exhume the graves of the victims.
* GunmanWithThreeNames: Not gunmen, but serial killers: Eugene Victor Tooms, Luther Lee Boggs, John Irvin Barnett, Warren James Dupre, Donald Addie Pfaster, Darin Peter Oswald, Robert Patrick Modell, John Lee Roche, and Wilson Pinker Rawls.



* HistoricalInJoke: CSM takes credit for both the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" and the Bills' run of SuperBowl failures. During a meeting, he's told that [[UsefulNotes/GulfWar Saddam Hussein]] is on the phone; he says he'll call him back later. (Note that this is in one of the UnreliableNarrator episodes, though.)
* HumanoidAbomination
** Greg Pincus
** Phyllis Paddock is revealed to be one as well.
* ImprobablyHighIQ: Mostly an inversion of an ImprobablyLowIQ, in the episode Roland, the title character is portrayed as someone with at least moderate disabilities (eg, can't operate door opening system, limited speech capabilities, passing the time in his group home with young child activities such as stickers), but is said by Scully to have an IQ of slightly above 70, which is in the borderline category like Forrest Gump, and he usually should be indistinguishable in everyday situations from everyone else. It is suggested that he has autism which could account for some of these factors as well as his head rolling, (though he doesn't have most autistic tendencies like problems with eye-contact), but the well-known tendency is for IQ tests to significantly ''underestimate'' IQ in people with autism.



* ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals: "Beyond the Sea"
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: Subverted with the spike weapon Mulder's mother directs him to, which he never successfully uses on an alien.
* KindaBusyHere: Mulder to Scully, when he's flirting with Bambi in "War of the Coporaphages".



* MetalDetectorCheckpoint: Scully discovers her neck implant this way.
* MindControlConspiracy: In the Lone Gunmen origin story.
* MultiGenderedSplitPersonalities: In an episode there was a woman who claimed to have a SplitPersonality; one of the personalities was male.



* MysteryCult: The Kindred, the Church of the Red Museum, and the Temple of the Seven Stars.



* NeurodiversityIsSupernatural: A notable episode featured an adult with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (also referred to in the episode by its old name, "Atypical Autism"); he was portrayed quite realistically despite his connection to the paranormal.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In "F.P.S." the pair meet a parody of then-gaming celebrity Dennis "Thresh" Fong.
** Tad O'Malley, a conservative web talkshow host and conspiracy theorist, is a pretty clear {{Expy}} of Alex Jones.
* NoOSHACompliance: In "Beyond the Sea", the climactic chase scene takes place in an abandoned brewery that is falling apart. The villain steps through a wooden plank bridge and falls several floors to his death.
* NoThemeTune: For the pilot episode only.
* OverthetopChristmasDecorations: Scully's flat in "Beyond the Sea" is full of Christmas decorations, which is kind of over-the-top, especially considering she's a single career-oriented woman. She has her parents visiting and her father comments on it.
-->'''Scully's father:''' Are you going to leave this up all year?
-->'''Scully:''' Yup. All year. Since you always made us take the Christmas tree down the day after Christmas, I'm making up for lost time.
* PhoneCallFromTheDead: In a Myth Arc episode, Scully gets a phone call from her dead sister. This ends up leading her to a girl who is her biological daughter, created using the ovum extracted from her body.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Several times.
** "Beyond the Sea": The investigating team has 5 days to find two kidnapped and tortured teenagers.
* RubberMan: Eugene Victor Tooms is a rare ''chilling'' variant of this usually-comedic trope.
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: The agents ran across a woman who was convinced she'd been impregnated by Luke Skywalker. This becomes even more hilarious when it is revealed she's seen ''Franchise/StarWars'' 368 times, and was hoping to break 400 by Memorial Day.
* ScreamingBirth: [[spoiler:Scully]] at the end of season 8.
* SecurityCling: Scully to Mulder in the pilot, after he tells her [[spoiler:the marks on her back are just mosquito bites]].



* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler:Scully finds out she's pregnant immediately after Mulder is PutOnABus.]]
* ThirdPersonPerson: Duane Barry's not crazy!
* TimeyWimeyBall: Apparently, a rip in space-time can cause you to [[FreakyFriday switch bodies]] with someone near you...[[FridgeLogic Huh?]]



** BlackEyesOfEvil: The brain-eating struggling monster in "Hunger".
** CreepyBlueEyes: John Barnett's blue eyes were glassy and glazed over, and they appeared dead. Even the pupils were blueish.
* VampiresAreSexGods: Even Agent Scully admits that vampires are supposed to be extremely charming and seductive.
* WeaponizedOffspring: Flukeman would bite people and inject its parasitic larvae into them.



** There are also several more episodes where either Mulder or Scully are mostly absent while their actors were off doing other things -- especially in season five, while they were filming the first movie.
30th Jul '17 8:47:31 PM PaulA
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* BackForTheFinale: During Season 10, [[spoiler: Cigarette-Smoking Man, Monica Reyes, and The Lone Gunman (whom Mulder sees during a hallucination)]] all return.



** Both Scully and Mulder have dreams about [[spoiler: their son William]] in Season 10's "Home Again". Scully's in particular turns horrific when [[spoiler: she dreams that alien DNA manifests itself when Willam grows older.]]



* BookEnds
** Season 10's "My Struggle" and "My Struggle II" begin with identically-styled monologues detailing their work with the X-Files, the first (the season premiere) by Mulder, the second (the season finale) by Scully.



* CIAEvilFBIGood: In "Babylon", the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is assigned to investigate a terrorist attack in Texas. The DHS agents are portrayed as being uncouth and racist, with the FBI as Scully voicing her disapproval.



** The Chris Carter-penned episodes of Season 10 ("My Struggle", "Babylon", & "My Struggle II") also qualify.



** Scully's [[spoiler: mother]] dies in Season 10's "Home Again".



* InterserviceRivalry: In "Babylon", uncouth and somewhat racist Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents want to take the lead on the investigation and shut out the FBI.



** The Department Of Defense unsurps Skinner and the FBI completely during "Founder's Mutation".



* LeftHanging: An especially maddening example, since the show lasted nearly a decade -- it's not like they didn't have time to wrap things up.
** The Season 10 finale takes this to the extreme, as an [[spoiler: alien craft appears overhead of Agents Miller, Mulder & Scully, just as Scully realizes that the dying Mulder will need a stemcell transplant from their estranged son William to survive, as he and the world's population are dying from an engineered pandemic. Cut to end credits.]]



** Subverted in "Mulder & Scully Meet The Were-Monster", when we learn the monster-of-the-week is [[spoiler: a lizard-man creature who is bitten in an attack by a serial killer and ''turns human'' as a result]].



** Agents Miller (a believer like Mulder) and Einstein (a doctor like Scully) ultimately get paired with their older opposites as they try different tactics to [[spoiler: get information on an impending terror attack from a near-dead suspect]] in Season 10's "Babylon".



* NoEnding:
** "My Struggle II", the final episode of the 2016 revival, ends on a ''massive'' cliffhanger.



* RelationshipReveal: [[spoiler:From late season 7 on it's hinted increasingly strongly that Mulder and Scully are already romantically involved. By [[Film/TheXFilesIWantToBelieve the second movie]] it's undeniable.]]



* WillTheyOrWontThey: [[spoiler:They will, and in the second movie they've been living together for six years.]]



* BattleaxeNurse: An Islamophobic one in "Babylon" attempts a SickbedSlaying on a hospitalised terror suspect.



* MoodWhiplash: "Babylon" goes from a scarily realistic terror attack to Mulder tripping balls on magic mushrooms.



* MushroomSamba: Mulder goes on one to attempt to communicate with a dying terrorist in "Babylon". Complete with line dancing, ghostly visions of the Lone Gunmen and Skinner in a cowboy hat.



* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Scully says this of Mulder in the second movie, except with "husband" instead of "boyfriend" [[spoiler: -- because he ''is'' her boyfriend at that point]].
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