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* In "[[Recap/TheXFilesS05E18ThePineBluffVariant The Pine Bluff Variant]]", Pennsylvania is misspelled Pennslyvania. Twice.


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* In "[[Recap/TheXFilesS05E18ThePineBluffVariant The Pine Bluff Variant]]", Pennsylvania WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: While the series' MythArc is misspelled Pennslyvania. Twice.

known for suffering from TheChrisCarterEffect, making it this, the trope is in effect in a number of MonsterOfTheWeek episodes as well, as many times, the solution to the current mystery contradicts the established evidence or fails to explain some of the events that unfolded, leaving them as {{Big Lipped Alligator Moment}}s.


* ThePeteBest: Not the same character exactly, but the principle applies: Charles Cioffi as SCI Blevins, Mulder and Scully's boss in the Pilot and ''Conduit'', was intended as a regular character but Cioffi proved unable to continue in the role (though he did reappear in the ''Gethsemane''/''Redux'' arc in Seasons 4-5). He was replaced in ''Fallen Angel'' by the one-off character Section Chief [=McGrath=], played by Frederick Coffin. Finally, Mitch Pileggi played Skinner in ''Tooms'' and the rest is history.

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* ThePeteBest: Not the same character exactly, but the principle applies: Charles Cioffi as SCI Section Chief Scott Blevins, Mulder and Scully's boss in the Pilot "Pilot" and ''Conduit'', "Conduit", was intended as a regular character but Cioffi character. Cioffi, however, proved unable to continue in the role (though he did reappear in the ''Gethsemane''/''Redux'' "Gethsemane"/"Redux" arc in Seasons 4-5). He was replaced in ''Fallen Angel'' "Fallen Angel" by the one-off character Section Chief Joseph [=McGrath=], played by Frederick Coffin. Finally, Mitch Pileggi played Walter Skinner in ''Tooms'' "Tooms" and the rest is history.

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* SocietyMarchesOn: In "Blood", when it's learned that the latest mind-controlled potential spree killer got off the bus near the local college with his rifle, all the police do is send a couple of squad cars. These days even a ''potential'' threat would trigger a campus-wide lockdown - sirens blaring, security gates slamming, lights off and doors sealed and/or barricaded in the classrooms - and would ''only'' end after a full sweep for bombs or accomplices by the state police. In the show, it doesn't look like anyone even bothered to phone ahead to alert campus security.

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** According to Frank Spotnitz, the original plan for season nine was to have Mulder, Scully and baby William to be PutOnABus and would've focused on Doggett and Reyes as the main characters, which would lead to a tenth season with a new status quo on the mythology, in which the aliens were not the central focus for such as he and other writers felt it went far too long and would've focused on what happened to Doggett's son, Luke, and the character of Reyes.


* UnfinishedEpisode: On Wiki/TheOtherWiki has an extensive list of unmade episodes:[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unmade_episodes_of_The_X-Files]]

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* UnfinishedEpisode: On Wiki/TheOtherWiki has is an extensive list of unmade episodes:[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unmade_episodes_of_The_X-Files]]


* UnfinishedEpisode: On Wiki/TheOtherWiki is an extensive list of unmade Episodes:[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unmade_episodes_of_The_X-Files]]

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* UnfinishedEpisode: On Wiki/TheOtherWiki is has an extensive list of unmade Episodes:[[http://en.episodes:[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unmade_episodes_of_The_X-Files]]


* StarMakingRole: For both leads in the original English version.
** In the Mexican dub it was this for Scully's voice actress (Gisela Casillas) and also in less degree for Mulder's one (Alfonso Obregon) along with [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Kakashi Hatake]], WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} and [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Brainy Smurf]].

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* StarMakingRole: For both leads in the original English version.
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version. In the Mexican dub it was this for Scully's voice actress (Gisela Casillas) and also in less degree for Mulder's one (Alfonso Obregon) along with [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Kakashi Hatake]], WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} and [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Brainy Smurf]].


* ShortLivedBigImpact: Darin Morgan only wrote four episodes for the show's original run[[note]]and contributed to another two, "[[Recap/TheXFilesS02E03Blood Blood]]" and "[[Recap/TheXFilesS03E22Quagmire Quagmire]]"[[/note]]. However, he impressed many viewers with his [[TheLoonie quirky style]], and all his episodes are considered classics, with "[[Recap/TheXFilesS03E04ClydeBruckmansFinalRepose Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose]]" being seen by many as the best episode of the series.

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Darin Morgan only wrote four episodes for the show's original run[[note]]and contributed to another two, "[[Recap/TheXFilesS02E03Blood Blood]]" and "[[Recap/TheXFilesS03E22Quagmire Quagmire]]"[[/note]]. However, he impressed many viewers with his [[TheLoonie quirky style]], and all his episodes are considered classics, with "[[Recap/TheXFilesS03E04ClydeBruckmansFinalRepose Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose]]" being seen by many as the best episode of the series.


** Creator/BryanCranston appeared in the season six episode "[[Recap/TheXFilesS06E02Drive Drive]]", in which he guest starred as a bigoted asshat of a character who nevertheless gains the audience's sympathy. The writer for "Drive" happened to be one Creator/VinceGilligan, who was impressed Cranston's natural ability to play to such a character. Ten years later, Gilligan was developing a [[Series/BreakingBad certain drama about a chemistry teacher who cooks crystal meth]], and persuaded reluctant network executives to let him cast Cranston after screening "Drive" for them. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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** Creator/BryanCranston appeared in the season six episode "[[Recap/TheXFilesS06E02Drive Drive]]", in which he guest starred as a bigoted asshat of a character who nevertheless gains the audience's sympathy. The writer for "Drive" happened to be one Creator/VinceGilligan, who was impressed with Cranston's natural ability to play to such a character. Ten years later, Gilligan was developing a [[Series/BreakingBad certain drama about a chemistry teacher who cooks crystal meth]], and persuaded reluctant network executives to let him cast Cranston after screening "Drive" for them. And the rest, as they say, is history.


*** Of course, this also brings about a few {{Funny Aneurysm Moment}}s. While "One Breath" was meant to show the deepening bond of Mulder and Scully's ''friendship'', "Audrey Pauley" was used ''explicitly'' to showcase Doggett and Reye's romantic relationship. Using almost the exact same script. It also make's Scully's unsympathetic nature towards Doggett rather ironic -- she is the one making the arrangements to take Reyes off life support and donate her organs, and thinks Doggett is crazy for trying to save her. It's Justified in that she was in a coma for almost all of "One Breath" and didn't see Mulder do the exact same thing, but it's still makes her seem like that much more callous.


* LyingCreator: WordOfGod said [[spoiler:Mulder and Scully wouldn't ever kiss.]] ''In thou foul heart, thy liest!''
** WordOfGod also said that [[spoiler:there would never be any romantic relationship going on between Mulder and Scully, before admitting after the show's run that having them together in the end was the original intention]]. WordOfGod is a big liar, basically.

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WordOfGod said [[spoiler:Mulder and Scully wouldn't ever kiss.]] ''In thou foul heart, thy liest!''
** WordOfGod Word of God also said that [[spoiler:there would never be any romantic relationship going on between Mulder and Scully, before admitting after the show's run that having them together in the end was the original intention]]. WordOfGod Word of God is a big liar, basically.



* PostScriptSeason: The show faced retool after retool as they tried to wring a few more seasons out after the first movie. The seventh season is particularly guilty of premature closure. It "explained" the conspiracy arc, killed off nearly all the Syndicate antagonists, and perhaps most significantly, resolved the long-running mystery of Mulder's missing sister.

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* PostScriptSeason: The show faced retool after retool as they tried to wring a few more seasons out after the first movie. The sixth and seventh season is seasons are particularly guilty of premature closure. It They "explained" the conspiracy arc, killed off nearly all the Syndicate antagonists, and perhaps most significantly, resolved the long-running mystery of Mulder's missing sister.


* ActorAllusion:
** Creator/BruceCampbell makes an appearance as a demon that actually [[Franchise/EvilDead swallows someone's soul]].
** "[[Recap/TheXFilesS08E09Salvage Salvage]]" has Creator/RobertPatrick referencing his breakthrough role: "What’re you saying? Ray Pearce has become some kind of [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay metal man]]? 'Cause that only happens in the movies, Agent Scully."
** The T-1000, Miles Dyson and time travel all in the same episode? You must be watching the season 8 episode "[[Recap/TheXFilesS08E06Redrum Redrum]]".
** Perhaps most shocking of all, however, is Creator/JodieFoster playing the voice of a tattoo made from psychoactive ink that ''convinces a mentally unstable man to murder people''. Considering what a huge BerserkButton the John Hinckley Jr. incident is for Foster, one can only imagine how they got her to agree to it.



* CastingGag: Chris Owens played the young Cigarette-Smoking Man twice before being cast as his son, Jeffrey Spender.

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** The role of Alex Krycek was initially offered to Creator/CallumKeithRennie.

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** X was originally intended to be a woman, with Natalia Nogulich (Admiral Necheyev from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', among others) initially cast in the role. However, Chris Carter felt she lacked the proper chemistry with David Duchovny, so Glen Morgan and James Wong suggested they replace her with Steven Williams, having previously worked with him on ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'' and ''The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage''.


** "[[Recap/TheXFilesS02E08OneBreath One Breath]]" and "[[Recap/TheXFilesS09E11AudreyPauley Audrey Pauley]]," aired seven seasons apart, are almost exactly the same episode, just with a different partnership in the spotlight. Both involve the female half of the team (Scully and Reyes, respectively) falling into a coma after a traumatic event, and eventually being declared braindead. While in a coma, they have their own sub-plot on a different plane of existence. Meanwhile, the male half of the team (Mulder and Dogget, respectively), run around trying to figure out the paranormal aspect of the episode, as well as try to find a way to bring the female half of the team out of the coma and threatening bodily harm to those who attempt to shut off life support. There are a few minor differences: "One Breath" was part of the show's MythArc while "Audrey Pauley" was season 9 filler, "Audrey Pauley" had a more clear-cut paranormal aspect to it, and the causes of the coma are quite different. However, the scripts are so similar that in some scenes, Doggett repeats Mulder word-for-word.

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** "[[Recap/TheXFilesS02E08OneBreath One Breath]]" and "[[Recap/TheXFilesS09E11AudreyPauley Audrey Pauley]]," aired seven seasons apart, are almost exactly the same episode, just with a different partnership in the spotlight. Both involve the female half of the team (Scully and Reyes, respectively) falling into a coma after a traumatic event, and eventually being declared braindead. While in a coma, they have their own sub-plot on a different plane of existence. Meanwhile, the male half of the team (Mulder and Dogget, Doggett, respectively), run around trying to figure out the paranormal aspect of the episode, as well as try to find a way to bring the female half of the team out of the coma and threatening bodily harm to those who attempt to shut off life support. There are a few minor differences: "One Breath" was part of the show's MythArc while "Audrey Pauley" was season 9 filler, "Audrey Pauley" had a more clear-cut paranormal aspect to it, and the causes of the coma are quite different. However, the scripts are so similar that in some scenes, Doggett repeats Mulder word-for-word.


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* ThrowItIn: After Mitch Pileggi and Bruce Harwood forgot to take off their wedding rings a couple times, the writers decided to provide in-universe justifications for their characters to wear them.

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