Introduction • Open the X-Files...
Originally opened in 1946 by J. Edgar Hoover - who wanted a series of murders with a half animal, half man suspect investigated - the X-Files became a dumping ground for reportings of UFOs, alien abductions, and other arcana that the FBI didn't want to investigate, or didn't believe in. At least, that was the case until Fox Mulder, a high flying serial-killer specialist, requested transfer to the forgotten basement.
A true believer in the paranormal, a result of witnessing his sister's abduction as a child, he soon started to ruffle feathers in the Bureau. Eventually, he was assigned a partner - the sceptical, scientific Dana Scully. She wasn't just there to help him - she was expected to report back in order to discredit the wild-card Mulder.
Slowly convinced by the mounting evidence, Scully became Mulder's staunch ally. Over years of investigating cases no-one else would touch, the pair have come across paranoia inducing gas, vampire fetishists, the Mexican Chupacabra, plagues of grasshoppers and Luke Skywalker's love child. But this is just the detail...
The key to the files runs deeper than any strange phenomenon - there's a conspiracy at the heart of the government, and aliens are trying to take over the planet.
X-Files Personnel • Fox William Mulder
Although he is well respected professionally, personally he is considered a maverick by other agents. His personality does not fit the profile of the ideal Bureau agent, although his record of success in his assigned area puts him among the top agents working in the Federal system. Mulder's work on the X-Files have diverted him from his promising career path at the FBI. Once a high-flyer, he is now confined to the basement.
Mulder's dedication to uncovering the truth about his sister became a source of increasing alarm to his parents, especially when he came to the attention of a shadowy individual known as the Cigarette Smoking Man. Not only is the CSM an aggressive member of the conspiracy, he was also an old friend of Mulder's father, and an even closer friend of Mulder's mother.
Birth date: October 13, 1961
Birth place: Chilmark, Massachusetts
Father: William Mulder; divorced
Mother: Teena Mulder -- maiden name Kuipers -- (killed herself; suffered from Paget's carcinoma)
Sibling: Samantha Ann Mulder
Height: six feet
Religion: Though his ethnicity and religious affiliation are never directly disclosed, scripts and surname data indicate Mulder is a Dutch-American Protestant. The name Mulder is characteristically Dutch. His mother's maiden name is Kuipers, which is also Dutch. David Duchovny suggested Mulder is Jewish when interviewed during the second season.
Nickname: Spooky (called that by sceptical coworkers)
Education: Oxford University
Degrees: bachelor of arts in psychology
Foreign language: French
FBI badge number: JTT047101111
Early FBI career: trained at Quantico Academy; joined the violent crimes unit under supervision of ASAC Reggie Purdue, was distinguished in pursuit of bank robber John Barnett
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X-Files Personnel • Dana Katherine Scully
Dana Scully spent the first year of her undergraduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, near the Alameda Naval Air Station, where her father was stationed. At Berkeley, Scully had a brush with political activism, particularly antinuclear protest groups, though her involvement never went further than reading leaflets and engaging in occasional spirited discussions with her father. After one year there, she transferred to the University of Maryland.
Agent Scully was initially assigned to the X-Files in order to spy on Mulder, but gradually drew closer to him as she realized the importance of his work. Her medical training has been invaluable to the Bureau in the investigation of several cases.
Scully has followed Mulder through thick and thin, albeit with never wavering scepticism.
Her work with Mulder has come at great personal cost. She briefly had a pet dog Queequeg, until it was eaten by an alligator. After her abduction by the conspiracy, Scully discovered she had contracted cancer and could not have children. Her sister was accidentally assasinated by the conspiracy, and her relationship with her brothers is frosty.
Birth date: February 23, 1964
Birth place: Chicago, Illinois
Father: Captain William Scully, United States Navy (died in December 1993, of a massive coronary)
Mother: Margaret "Maggie" Scully
Siblings:elder brother, William Jr.; elder sister, Melissa (assassinated); younger brother Charles
Height: five feet six inches
Distinguishing features: tattoo on back
Nickname: Starbuck (called that by her father)
Education: University of Maryland's medical school; residency in forensic pathology
Degrees: bachelor of science; doctor of medicine; forensic pathologist
Thesis: "Einstein's Twin Paradox: A New Interpretation"
Foreign language: German
FBI identification number: 2317-616
FBI badge number: JTT03316613
Early FBI career: joined FBI in 1990, trained at Quantico Academy; taught at Quantico Academy for two years
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