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An X-file is a case that has been deemed unsolvable by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (TXF: "Daemonicus") The files constitute an unassigned project outside the Bureau mainstream that are more or less concerned with unexplained phenomena. (TXF: "Pilot") The X-Files unit is the FBI department responsible for investigation of the X-files. (TXF: "Scary Monsters", "Jump the Shark")


The First X-Files[]

The first X-file

The original X-files were not initially known by their eventual classification. (TXF: "Travelers") The file that would ultimately be considered as the very first X-file was initiated in 1946 by J. Edgar Hoover. It contained information about a series of murders that occurred in Northwest America during World War II, seven of which took place in Browning, Montana. Each of the victims were basically ripped to shreds and consumed, as if by a wild animal. However, many of the victims were found in their homes, as if they had allowed the killer to enter. In 1946, police cornered what they believed to be such an animal in a cabin in Glacier National Park. They shot it, but when they entered the cabin to retrieve the carcass, they found only the body of Richard Watkins. The murders stopped that year. Believing that the case was too bizarre to be solved adequately, Hoover labeled it unsolved and locked it away in the hope that it would eventually be forgotten. However, the murders resumed in 1954 and continued to occur every few years. (TXF: "Shapes")

In 1952, Dorothy Bahnsen opens a cabinet containing X-files

In 1952, Dorothy Bahnsen, a clerk working at FBI Headquarters, was responsible for the X-files. She had originally filed the cases under U for "unsolved", but had moved them to a more spacious X cabinet when she ran out of room. There, they began to be unofficially known as "X-files". The director's office still decided which cases were filed under X, but also discouraged people from looking at the ones that had been labeled unsolved. Agent Arthur Dales was one of the first agents to try and tackle the cases. He had some success, but the FBI and their superiors wanted several cases to remain unsolved and Agent Dales eventually retired in obscurity. (TXF: "Travelers")

Also in 1952, an X-file regarding something that killed cattle and terrorized the human inhabitants of Point Pleasant, West Virginia was added to the cases. After witnesses described the culprits as primitive-looking men with red piercing eyes, they became known as "moth men". The case detailing this phenomenon was consequently filed under "M", within the X-files. (TXF: "Detour")


It wasn't until 1990 that another agent decided to take a look. (TXF: "Kill Switch") Special Agent Fox Mulder was generally considered the best analyst in the FBI's Violent Crimes Section. At first, he thought the X-files seemed like "a garbage dump for UFO sightings, alien abduction reports, the kind of stuff that most people [would] laugh at as being ridiculous". However, Mulder soon became fascinated by the files and read hundreds of them, including all the cases he was allowed access to. He read everything he could about paranormal phenomenon and the occult. (TXF: "Pilot") He eventually transferred to the X-files Section and worked on some cases with his girlfriend at the time, Diana Fowley. Fowley was an FBI agent with knowledge about and a belief in parapsychology. She stopped working on the cases when her relationship with Mulder ended and she accepted an assignment abroad. (TXF: "The End")

In March 1992, the X-files were stored in Mulder's office on the basement of the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington, D.C.. Mulder's superiors distrusted his methods and, as a result, Section Chief Scott Blevins assigned Agent Dana Scully to work with Mulder on the cases. Blevins claimed to believe that Mulder had developed a consuming devotion to the X-files and that Scully, who was trained as a medical doctor, would lend proper scientific analysis to the cases. In fact, Scully later learned that she had been assigned to spy on Mulder. (TXF: "Pilot", "The Truth")

Eventually, Scully came to believe in the existence of alien life and in a powerful conspiracy inside the American government that worked to keep the aliens a secret. The proof establishing these facts that Mulder and Scully uncovered and added to the X-files was overwhelming, and even scientifically undeniable. (TXF: "The Truth")

While the agents continued to investigate the X-files, a man they referred to as "Deep Throat" provided them with top secret information that helped with the cases. (TXF: "Deep Throat", "The Erlenmeyer Flask") However, he was later killed for helping the agents and the cases were shut down. (TXF: "The Erlenmeyer Flask")

While operating as a General Assignment Agent in 1994, Mulder received an anonymous phone call from a mysterious man. The man told him that the X-files had to be reopened. (TXF: "The Host") Once the two later met, the mysterious man claimed that the government conspiracy had killed "Deep Throat", closed down the X-files and separated the agents assigned to the cases as an initial attempt to secure the truth they were hiding. (TXF: "Sleepless")

Aware that the X-files was the thing the conspiracy feared most, Mulder's superior, Assistant Director Walter Skinner, reopened the cases a few months later. (TXF: "Ascension")

A short time later, Mulder offered his badge and the X-files to Skinner, in return for the whereabouts of a certain member of the government conspiracy. (TXF: "One Breath")

Special Agents John Doggett and Monica Reyes were assigned to the X-files in 2002. (TXF: "The Truth")

List of X-Files[]