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Part 4 of The UK TXF FAQ

Character Biographies


Fox Mulder

 Agent Fox William Mulder, an Oxford-trained psychologist with a
photographic memory, is one of the FBI Violent Crimes division's best
agents, although he is in disfavor with not only his superiors but also
his colleagues because of his interest in the Bureau's X files. He
stumbled upon these files, dealing with unexplained phenomena, during
his first three years with the Bureau, as a crack analyst in the
Bureau's behavioral sciences department. [Chris Carter, _Starlog #201_,
April 1994]

     His fascination with the paranormal stems from a childhood incident
-- his sister Samantha disappeared from their home in Chilmark,
Mass.(pop. 650) when he was 12 and she was 8. Mulder claims she was
abducted by aliens; during regressions he recalled hearing his sister's
cries for help, and a bright light which kept him paralyzed and told him
that his sister would be all right. [Conduit] This memory differs from a
dream Mulder experienced one night [Little Green Men]. Mulder has come
in contact with an alien hybrid who claimed to be Samantha and an alien
bounty hunter who told him that his sister was alive. He has vowed to
continue his search for her [Colony/End Game].

     Mulder's early meteoric rise at the Bureau enabled him to make
high-placed friends in Congress -- one of them being SETI proponent and
influential senator Richard Matheson [Little Green Men].  These contacts
had kept him from retribution from higher-ups, although they assigned
him a partner, with the tacit idea of discrediting what he does so that
he can be dismissed. However, Mulder picked up a somewhat vacillating
ally in a mysterious covert individual known as Deep Throat. [Deep
Throat, Fallen Angel, Eve, Young at Heart, E.B.E., Erlenmeyer Flask].

     Deep Throat was killed by an equally mysterious covert opponent
(Crew Cut Man) during an attempt to rescue Mulder. Mulder confirmed his
burial at Arlington "through eight-power binoculars from a thousand
yards away." [Little Green Men]. But he has acquired a second "deep
information" associate, someone who is referred to as X. [Sleepless]
This mysterious man has been less helpful to Mulder than his dead
colleague. Mulder has also been told by an unknown individual that he
has "a friend in the FBI" [The Host]. This friend has now been
identified to be Assistant Director Skinner [Paper Clip].

     At the end of Season 1, the X Files division was shut down and
Mulder was reassigned to wiretap surveillance [Little Green Men, The
Host]. He also reluctantly acquired a new partner, Special Agent Alex
Krycek [Sleepless, Duane Barry, Ascension], a younger agent who
purported to be a believer, not only in Mulder's ideas but in Mulder
himself. Mulder's days in this mind-numbing duty were numbered, however.
Assistant Director Skinner obliquely acknowledged that the X Files
department served a valuable purpose in dealing successfully with the
Bureau's oddball cases [The Host] and was bringing to light information
that other covert parties would prefer to keep buried [Ascension].
Following the disappearance of Mulder's former partner Dana Scully,
Skinner officially reopened the X Files [Ascension].

    At the end of Season 2, Mulder came into possession of a Defense
Department classified, Navajo-coded electronic document that purported
to be the records of events surrounding a covert government operation
from 50 years ago. Opponents tried to discredit him by adulterating his
drinking water with a substance making him progressively violent. His
father, who was somehow connected to the operation, was murdered, with
Mulder as the prime suspect. Going into hiding with Scully, Mulder ended
up in New Mexico investigating evidence that proved the validity of the
secret document. He was found out by Cigarette Smoking Man, who
attempted to kill him. [Anasazi] (The disk of information is now in
CSM's hands [Apocrypha].)

      Mulder recovered through the intervention of the Navajo and
returned to the East Coast to peruse his dead father's effects, finding
a mysterious 1970s photo of an interesting group of men. [The Blessing
Way] Returning to D.C. he met up with Scully and received help from the
Lone Gunmen and one of the photographed men to discover the secret
location of the files concerning the covert operation: medical records
and tissue samples from children vaccinated in the 50s and 60s,
including Scully's.On the run from their opponents, they received help
from Skinner, who negotiated a truce with Cigarette Smoking Man for the
agents' reinstatement and relative safety. [Paper Clip]

     At the end of season 3, in the search for another group of alien
clones, Mulder recovered a weapon said to be the only device able to
kill the clones, and  faces again a morphing alien who supposedly
destroyed clones of his sister who were living on earth.

     Mulder is known around the Bureau by the nickname of "Spooky"
[Pilot, Young at Heart] both because of his uncanny ability to process
information and leap ahead to logical conclusions, and because of his
interest in paranormal phenomena. "He is considered a loose cannon, a
person who is maybe wasting time and money, and also his expertise, on
an area the Bureau thinks has very little value." [Carter, Starlog]  Due
to an incident on one of his first Bureau assignments (a fellow agent
was killed) [Young at Heart], he eschews following investigations "by
the book," opting instead for his own instincts and methods. He keeps
notes for his field reports in a handwritten journal [Born Again]. His
favorite alias is George Hale [Little Green Men; Sleepless}.

     We believe Mulder doesn't "have a life," as we have seen little of
his off-duty activities. However, some of this may stem from a
relationship he had at Oxford ten years ago with a woman who is now with
Scotland Yard (Phoebe Green [Fire]). He apparently was in love with her
but she not with him. With the dissolution of the X Files division,
however, Mulder may have been trying to revive his social life; an
answering machine message berated him for missing a lunch date [Little
Green Men].

     Mulder's birthdate is Oct. 13, 1961 [Paper Clip]. His parents
appear to have been separated. His father, Bill, worked in an unknown
capacity for the State Department, and was murdered by Krycek before
telling Mulder about secrets in his past. [Anasazi]  Mulder's mother
confirmed that Samantha had been kidnapped to insure her father's
silence about his covert activities. [Paper Clip]

      He has a fear of fire [Fire], which may have been conquered during
his rescue of the children of British MP Sir Malcolm Marsden (who also
happened to be Phoebe's latest fling). He is also a fan of the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). [Space] He has a habit of
eating shelled sunflower seeds (a habit he shares with his father
[Aubrey]), and making droll comments which X-Philes have come to note as

     Mulder is red-and-green colorblind [Wetwired], enjoys wearing
moderately wild ties to work, and seems to be a New York Knicks fan
[Beyond the Sea, Little Green Men] as well as a Washington Redskins fan
[Irresistible].  He appears to have a fondness for classic rock [minor
references, Beyond the Sea, Gender Bender] and classic science fiction
movies [Tooms, Erlenmeyer Flask], and iced tea seems to be his
nonalcoholic beverage of choice [Tooms]. He also keeps himself
physically fit by running [Pilot, Deep Throat, Humbug] and swimming
[Duane Barry].

     There are suggestions that Mulder has an interest in pornography --
in "Jersey Devil," we see Mulder looking at the centerfold of some
"men's magazine" talking about how the woman claims she was abducted by
aliens; in another episode Scully remarks that she hadn't seen Mulder
that excited since she caught him going through the Adult Video News; a
third episode mentions a subscription to Celebrity Skin, he appears to
be viewing a porno video in a fourth [3], and he makes comments about a
video he purchased (not a porno video) in a fifth [Nisei]. As a
psychologist, he favors using hypnotic regression as a psychological
healing tool, and hates the unnecessary use of medication [Born Again].

Dana Scully

 Dana Katherine Scully is a medical doctor with an undergraduate degree
in physics from the University of Maryland [Jersey Devil]. She was
recruited for the FBI right out of medical school, and had been teaching
at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. She was assigned by Section Chief
Scott Blevins to be Mulder's partner in order to keep an eye on him and
determine whether he is perhaps too obsessed with the X files.

     Scully is skeptical of anything paranormal, believing that
everything has a logical, scientifically-quantified explanation. Though
in most of the cases she and Mulder have been on she has not witnessed
any overt paranormal activities, she has had brushes with unexplainable
phenomena that may have her start questioning her beliefs [Beyond the
Sea; Lazarus; Born Again; Erlenmeyer Flask; Fresh Bones; Colony; End
Game; The Calusari]. However, she is determined to uncover the science
behind the phenomena [End Game].

     At the end of Season 1, the X Files division was shut down and
Scully was reassigned, returning to the FBI academy at Quantico, Va. to
instruct new agents on the basics of forensic medicine [Little Green
Men].However, Mulder called upon her expertise in violent crime cases to
which he had been assigned [The Host, Blood]. Scully was abducted by
escaped mental patient Duane Barry and disappeared [Ascension]. After a
three-month absence, she showed up at a Georgetown hospital in a coma
[One Breath]. She revived and recovered, and is back as Mulder's
partner.The missing memories during her disappearance may be surfacing,
however, and a piece of metal resembling a computer chip found in her
shoulder may also provide a clue. [Irresistible, The Blessing Way].

     At the end of Season 2, Scully went into hiding with Mulder,
missing a scheduled meeting with Skinner and putting her career in
jeopardy.[Anasazi] Upon her return to D.C., she was suspended and asked
to turn in her badge and gun, and she sought solace with her mother and
sister. At Mulder's father's funeral, she was warned that her life was
in danger.Scully suspected Skinner, but found that instead he was on
their side. In a case of mistaken identity, her sister Melissa was
fatally shot in Scully's apartment by Krycek. Scully and Mulder have
since been reinstated.

     In Season 3, Scully has discovered another group of potential
abductees, all MUFON members, who recall seeing her during her abduction
[Nisei]. She was directed to a dilapidated compound in West Virginia,
which looked familiar to her [731]. She was also affected by a signal
sent over television cable wires, causing violent and aggressive

     Scully, born Feb. 23, 1964, [Lazarus, One Breath] is a middle
child; she has one older and one younger brother [Born Again], and an
older sister, Melissa, now deceased [One Breath, Paper Clip]. Her father
died early in 1994; they were apparently close at one time (she called
him Ahab; he called her Starbuck), but her family disapproved of her
joining the Bureau. [Beyond the Sea] She had a yearlong relationship
with an instructor at the Academy, Jack Willis, with whom she shared the
same birthdate. [Lazarus] She is just as much a workaholic as Mulder,
and is currently not seeing anyone [Jersey Devil].

     Scully drinks her coffee with cream, no sugar [E.B.E.]. She was
raised as a Catholic [Miracle Man, Revelations]. She usually wears a
necklace bearing a small cross, which was left behind in the car in
which she was abducted [Ascension] and was returned to her by Mulder
[One Breath].

FBI Superiors

 Section Chief Scott Blevins (Charles Cioffi) is with the Violent Crimes
Section of the Bureau. [Pilot] Blevins assigned Scully to be Mulder's
partner, and her field reports were sent to his office. [early episodes]

 Section Chief Joseph McGrath (Frederick Coffin) is with the Office of
Professional Responsibility [Fallen Angel] and seemed determined to have
Mulder fired and the X Files shut down.

 Assistant Director Walter S. Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) is Mulder's and
Scully's superior. He warned both Scully and Mulder that their
unorthodox methods of investiation may have dire consequences [Tooms],
and followed through by shutting down the X Files division at an order
from "the highest levels of government." [Erlenmeyer Flask] He has since
had second throughts and reopened the X Files [Ascension]. He has also
overtly showed his support for Mulder [One Breath; End Game], openly
confronting Cigarette Smoking Man [The Blessing Way; Paper Clip], and is
trying (in vain) to keep Mulder from going over the edge [F.Emasculata;
Soft Light; Anasazi]. The Smoking Man also tried to get Skinner removed
from his office by framing him for murder, but was unsuccessful
[Avatar].Skinner is married and has no children. is keeping an FAQ on Assistant Director
Skinner and his real-life portrayer Pileggi.

Recurring Characters

 "Deep Throat" (Jerry Hardin) is a mysterious individual believed to be
some sort of higher-up government official. Mulder contacted him via a
blue light shining from his apartment window; DT called Mulder and
signaled him with a series of clicks [E.B.E.]. The method of choosing a
meeting place was not determined. He appears to have been exterminated
in the episode "The Erlenmeyer Flask."

 "Cigarette Smoking Man" (William B. Davis)another mysterious individual
who, like Deep Throat, appears to be a higher-up government official
with some power, though not the person calling the shots -- he seems to
be answering to Well Manicured Man. [The Blessing Way, Paper Clip]
Assistant Director Skinner seemed to be deferring to his opinion early
in our notice of him [Tooms] but Skinner ordered him out of his office
during a discussion with Mulder after the agent had abandoned his
assignment to investigate possible alien contact in Puerto Rico [Little
Green Men]. CSM appeared to be back in control [F.Emasculata, Anasazi],
but ended up making a deal with Skinner in order to keep the information
from a confidential document from becoming public [Paper Clip]. He now
has the disk [Apocrypha]. He also possesses secret files of Japanese war
experiments [731].

     CSM has also kept a silent watch on the proceedings in Blevins's
and Skinner's offices and buried vital evidence in a secret Pentagon
storage room [Pilot, Erlenmeyer Flask]. He has tried to get Skinner
removed from his position by framing him for murder [Avatar] He also
used Special Agent Alex Krycek to keep an eye on Mulder and any of
Mulder's investigations [Sleepless, Duane Barry, Ascension, Paper Clip].
Mulder pulled a gun on him and threatened him with death in his studio
apartment (at 900 W. Georgia St.) [One Breath]. He seems to be an
acquaintance of Mulder's father Bill [Anasazi, Piper Maru], and perhaps
a more intimate acquiaintance of Mulder's mother [Talitha Cumi]

 "The Lone Gunmen" Byers (Bruce Harwood), Langly (Dean Haglund), and
Frohike (Tom Braidwood)are three of Mulder's sources who work at "The
Lone Gunman," a publication dealing with perceived government
conspiracies. Frohike has a crush on Scully [E.B.E., Little Green Men,
One Breath; Fearful Symmetry; The Blessing Way], and seemed to have a
role in Mulder and Scully's assignment to a manhunt for escaped convicts
[F. Emasculata].

      A fourth Lone Gunman, computer hacker The Thinker (Bernie
Coulson), put Mulder and Scully in grave danger by obtaining a copy of a
classified government document [Anasazi], and turned up dead because of
his actions [Paper Clip].

 Margaret Scully (Sheila Larken)is Dana Scully's mother [Beyond the Sea,
Ascension, One Breath; The Blessing Way; Paper Clip; Wetwired]. She has
had certain unexplained perceptions about her daughter [Ascension],
leading to indications that Scully herself may be extranormally
perceptive [Aubrey]. She appears to be the only person Scully trusts

 Special Agent Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea)moved into the role of Mulder's
partner with the unexplained murders of former Vietnam veterans
[Sleepless]. We discovered, however, that Krycek had a hidden agenda, as
a lackey for Cigarette Smoking Man: keep an eye on Mulder and keep him
from finding out information that would bring certain covert activities
to light [Sleepless, Ascension]. With the disappearance of Dana Scully
and the reopening of the X Files, Krycek himself disappeared
[Ascension]. He has reappeared to murder Mulder's father, [Anasazi]
attempt to kill Mulder himself, [Anasazi] and, in a case of mistaken
identity, fatally wound Scully's sister Melissa [The Blessing Way/Paper
Clip] but was able to make his escape after an attempt by other lackeys
of Cigarette Smoking Man to eliminate him. [ Paper Clip] Krycek is now
treapped in a missile silo in North Dakota [Apocrypha].

 "X" (Steven Williams) an acquaintance of Deep Throat, is even more
mysterious than his predecessor. X's information is even more
reluctantly shared. Mulder is able to contact X by taping an X to his
front window and shining a light through it [One Breath; Colony; End
Game]. He also kidnapped a scientist with vitally powerful information
concerning an illicit experiment. [Soft Light.] X appears to be involved
with Cigarette Smoking Man's covert operations group, although he
appears to be working at cross purposes.

 Melissa Scully (Melinda McGraw), Scully's older sister, stood by Scully
while she was comatose following her return from being abducted [One
Breath]. Melissa was fatally shot by Krycek when she arrived at Scully's
apartment [The Blessing Way] and died a few days later. [Paper Clip] The
investigation into her murder has been dropped.

 Well-Manicured Man (John Neville) is the head of a powerful consortium
to whom Cigarette Smoking Man answers. Although he appeared to Mulder
and Scully to be an ally, he is most likely working at cross purposes to

 Mrs. Mulder (Rebecca Toolan), Mulder's mother, has admitted to some
knowledge of her divorced -- now deceased -- husband's activities with
the State Department [Paper Clip], and apparently has had an intimate
relationship with the Cigarette Smoking Man [Talitha Cumi].She is also
aware of the weapon that kills alien clones [Talitha Cumi].She lives on
Martha's Vineyard. In the third season finale she suffered a stroke and
is in a coma.

About Chris Carter

 From the Fox press packet for "The X-Files"

 Chris Carter began his career as a screenwriter in 1985 after Jeffrey
Katzenberg, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, read a screenplay of
his and signed him to a development contract with Walt Disney Pictures. 
Previously, Carter had been working as a freelance journalist, writing
and travelling extensively abroad.

 At Disney, Carter wrote and produced several television movies in
addition to the television pilot "Cameo By Night" and "The Nanny," a
sitcom.  He took a short leave of absence from Disney to co-produce the
second season of the comedy series "Rags to Richies," starring Joe
Bologna, and returned in 1989 to create and executive produce "Brand New
Life," a recurring comedy series, which ran as part of a rotating
schedule on Disney's Sunday night lineup.

 In 1992, Carter began creating and developing television projects,
including THE X-FILES, for Twentieth Television.

    Carter's favorite X Files episodes so far are: Beyond the Sea,
Colony/End Game, Duane Barry, Sleepless, and Fresh Bones. (AOL X Files
conference March 94). He appeared as an FBI agent questioning Scully
[Anasazi] and has done the voiceovers at the beginnings of multipart
episodes [The Blessing Way / Paper Clip].

The Frequently Asked Questions in

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 * Where is File 4 ('Colony')? Why hasn't it been released?
 * The main reason for this, is that other videos have pre-empted File
4, such as Nisei/731 (File 5) and MasterPlan (File 6), and now File 7
(Tunguska/Terma) to cash in on their being not aired on certain networks
before. This has pushed back File 4 to around mid-1997.

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