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[[caption-width-right:291:From left: Melvin Frohike, John Fitzgerald Byers, Richard "Ringo" Langly]]
Short-lived spinoff of ''Series/TheXFiles'' featuring the adventures of Mulder's conspiracy-crazy friends the Lone Gunmen. The series lasted from March to June, 2001.

The show focused on small-time conspiracies rather than mythological beasts and alien invasions, but while it was more plausible than ''The X-Files'' it was also [[LighterAndSofter more lighthearted]]. Attempts to create a serious MythArc were thwarted when the series was cancelled after only thirteen episodes. ''The X-Files'' episode "Jump the Shark" was a FullyAbsorbedFinale for the show.

If for nothing else, the show is notable in that its pilot episode [[HarsherInHindsight "predicted" the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.]] [[GovernmentConspiracy Also noted for predicting what happened after that, too.]]
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Jimmy to Yves. [[DefrostingIceQueen Or so she claims, anyway.]]
* {{Adorkable}}: All three of them in different ways.
* BackupTwin: Kimmy the Geek is [[ActingForTwo played by the same actor]] as Jimmy the Geek, a hacker friend of the Gunmen who was KilledOffForReal in an episode of ''The X-Files''. WordOfGod confirms that Kimmy is indeed Jimmy's identical twin brother. It's been pointed out that even though the brothers share their hacking skills and relationship to the Gunmen, it quickly becomes apparent that their personalities are (subtly) very different, surprisingly somewhat averting SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: The Gunmen and Jimmy in "Three Men and a Smoking Diaper".
* BerserkButton: Never, ever, make fun of Langly's hair.
* BookDumb: Jimmy. He cleans computer keyboards with soap and water, puts used coffee filters through the shredder, and doesn't know "geography" from "geology", amongst other things. But he's also much more empathetic and in tune with human behaviour than the other Gunmen or even Yves, and sometimes this actually puts him one step ahead of the others.
* TheCameo: Creator/DavidDuchovny makes one (uncredited) as his ''X-Files'' character in the season finale.
* [[ChekhovsGag Chekhov's Bull Testicles]]: A slightly weird example in "Like Water For Octane".
* ChivalrousPervert: Frohike.
* ClassyCatBurglar: Yves Adele Harlow.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: "All About Yves," with the issues resolved on ''The X-Files'' "Jump the Shark" episode almost a year later. (Interestingly, the trio appeared a few times there before then - with the Season 9 premiere showing them immediately after their cliffhanger predicament.)
* ConspiracyTheorist
* {{Crossover}} / CrisisCrossover: In IDW's ''The X-Files'' comics, they starred in one of these in 2014. The Lone Gunmen received a cryptic file from the future, a file that could help Mulder and Scully stop a virus from wiping out most of mankind. To look for clues, they investigated [[{{Film/Ghostbusters}} a team of con men who claim to deal with the paranormal]], [[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW giant alien robots]], [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIDW mutant reptiles]], and [[Franchise/TheCrow a man who came back from the dead]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Langly, Frohike, and Yves.
* DescendedCreator: Tom Braidwood was cast as Frohike while serving as an assistant director on ''The X-Files''. Allegedly the casting director said, "We need Frohike to be your typical DirtyOldMan -- like Braidwood over there."
* DefrostingIceQueen: Yves. [[LoveRedeems Jimmy does most of the defrosting.]]
* DitzyGenius: Langly, and Frohike to an extent.
* {{Eagleland}}: Byers is a flaming Type 1. Unfortunately, he's in a show where Type 2 seems a ''lot'' more common. Interestingly enough, the three main characters are played by ''[[CanadaEh Canadians]]''.
* MrFanservice: One of the reasons Jimmy was introduced, according to [[WordOfGod Word of God]].
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Byers.
** TheLancer: Frohike.
** TheSmartGuy: Langly.
** TheBigGuy: Jimmy.
** TheChick: Yves. More of a misplaced DarkChick, due to her WildCard status and [[DeadpanSnarker snarky personality.]]
** The SixthRanger: Kimmy and Morris Fletcher both fulfil this role, especially in later episodes.
::One character refers to the Gunmen as a "little mongoloid Girl Scout troop".
* FullyAbsorbedFinale (which [[spoiler: [[KillEmAll doesn't end well]] [[DroppedABridgeOnHim for the trio]].]])
* GeniusDitz: Jimmy, who appears to have zero common sense and the personality of a golden retriever, yet will inevitably shock everyone with a brilliant suggestion.
* GovernmentConspiracy
* HelloNurse: Yves.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: The Lone Gunmen seem to do everything together, including living together.
* HollywoodSpelling: No one ever asks Yves Adele Harlow just how that's spelled. The Gunmen discovered it was an alias, because it's an anagram of Lee Harvey Oswald. Her name was never spelled out until they made the connection, despite there being at least four different ways to spell the names involved. For one thing, 'Yves' is usually a men's name, and is pronounced exactly like the women's name 'Eve'.
* IronButtmonkey: Jimmy takes a ''whole'' lot of crap, both from the writers and the other characters. He never complains.
* [[IronyAsSheIsCast Irony as They Are Cast]]: Three hackers working for Truth, Justice, and The American Way...played by three Canadians.
* JailBake: Yves smuggles Jimmy an earpiece in prison inside a bag of Cheetos.
* InformationWantsToBeFree: {{Inverted}} in the episode "Like Water for Octane". The Gunmen are trying to find an experimental prototype water-powered car before an agent of an oil company, who presumably intends to destroy it. It turns out that [[spoiler: the agent wants to see it ''mass-manufactured'', and its original creator hid it away because he realized that freedom from oil would ultimately mean more cars and more consumption-his "miracle" would accelerate corporate devastation of the environment rather than stop it.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Shelly''': It would mean more people driving cars, more people building places for people to go in those cars. More people, more consumption, more trees cut down, more roads laid in, and what do you pave roads with, by the way? Oil. The same oil you use to lubricate a water-powered car. The same oil that goes into all the plastics that make the tail-lights, the bumpers, the tires, just about everything else on the planet these days. And we'd have four hundred million cars on the road instead of two hundred million. Doesn't sound like utopia to me.]]
** However, in ''every other case'' it's {{played straight}} and UpToEleven. They are hackers and underground journalists who seek to expose "mundane" conspiracies and wrongdoings.
* LatexPerfection
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:All three of the Gunmen, to Jimmy.]]
* MissionImpossibleCableDrop
* MistakenForGay: Tends to be a RunningGag.
* MythArc
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: All three of the leading men have clear north-of-the-border accents.
* OneSteveLimit: One of the reasons that Jimmy the Geek was renamed Kimmy after Jimmy Bond joined the team. The other being that Jimmy G. was KilledOffForReal in an ''X-Files'' episode some time before, and Jim Fyfe's [[ActingForTwo new character]] was actually [[BackupTwin his identical twin brother]], and never intended to be the same guy at all.
* PrisonEpisode: "Maximum Byers," where Byers and Jimmy go undercover as prisoners for a case. The FridgeLogic of this approach was acknowledged InUniverse, as Yves asks why they didn't just dress up as prison ''guards''.
-->'''Langley:''' ''(sheepishly)'' That's not how they did it on ''Series/TheATeam''.
* RiskyBusinessDance: In "Eine Kleine Frohike".
* RunningGag: The guys get {{mistaken for gay}} often. And when people aren't [[DudeLooksLikeALady actually mistaking Langly for a girl,]] they're pretending to as a joke.
* ScullyBox: The full-length photo of the five main actors used in promotional material quite clearly shows Tom Braidwood (Frohike) and Bruce Harwood (Byers) standing on one. Fortunately, the most commonly used version of the photo is usually cropped to only show the actors from the waist up; unfortunately, the full shot is used for the cover of the special edition comic book, [[{{Narm}} and is very]] [[SpecialEffectsFailure obviously visible]].
* SharpDressedMan: Byers.
* SpeculativeFictionSeries
* SpinOff
* ThemedAliases: Yves Adele Harlow's assumed name is an anagram of Lee Harvey Oswald, as are most of her one time only aliases.
* ThreePlusTwo: [[PowerTrio Byers, Frohike, and Langly]], plus Jimmy and Yves.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Yves and Jimmy (although a LastMinuteHookUp is sort-of implied at the end of "Jump the Shark", judging by how cuddly they get after [[spoiler:the gunmen's funeral]]).
** Yves and Frohike-it's clear they have some sort of history, but due to the series' short run it's never made clear what's happened between them.
* WildCard: Yves.
* YouAllMeetInACell: As seen in in their origin episode on ''The X-Files'' "The Unusual Suspects," the three of them went into business together after getting tossed in jail during an unsuccessful attempt to expose a plot to test a mind control drug on unsuspecting asthma patients.
* YourLittleDismissiveDiminutive: While talking to Jimmy, one character refers to the Gunmen as "[[FloweryInsults your little mongoloid Girl Scout troop]]."
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