Film: The X-Files: I Want to Believe

The X-Files: I Want to Believe is the second feature film based on The X-Files, released in 2008 (a full ten years after the first).

It features series protagonists Fox Mulder and Dana Scully long after they abandoned the FBI and the X-Files; Scully is a doctor at a Catholic hospital concerned about the treatment options offered to a dying boy, and Mulder, still on the lam, lives as a hermit under Scully's protection, doing little more than collecting paper clippings. They are offered a chance at redemption, however, when the FBI requests their help in finding an old comrade, who has herself gone missing while investigating a series of mysterious disappearances. They are aided by an ex-priest and convicted pedophile named Father Joe, who claims to receive psychic visions of the victims directly from God, and about whom the agents have conflicting feelings.

The film is a stand-alone work in the tradition of the show's Monster of the Week episodes, and does not revisit the series' famous — and still unresolved — Myth Arc.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe provides examples of the following tropes: