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"On the net, Mulder, he can find out
practically anything about you."
Scully in "Paper Hearts."
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Life before the X-Files / Character Traits
Full Name: Fox William Mulder
Physical stuff: (Apart from the obvious) His file in
"Unusual Suspects" puts his eye color as green, his weight as 170
pounds, and his height as 6 foot. [In the computer game, Mulder's
weight is given as 168 pounds, and his eyes as hazel, as most
fanfics seem to agree on.]
Date of Birth: October 13, 1961 (date from "Paper
Clip," replacing the earlier birth date).
Parents: Bill Mulder (died April 14th 1995) and
Teena (This name is given in "Kitsunegari" for the very first time,
after years of speculation. The spelling is confirmed in the computer game).
Teena's maiden name was Kuipers, from Mulder's records in "Dreamland II. His
parents divorced at some time after 1973.
Sister: Samantha Ann Mulder, born November 21, 1965. Disappeared
from thefamily home November 27 1973, while Fox was baby-sitting. (She was
called Samantha T. Mulder and given a different date of birth in
"Conduit," but official word is that the name and date in "Paper
Clip" replaces this, even though "The End" shows us that original file
with the "T" in it.)
Marital status: When we see his personel file, he is shown
as "single" in 1989 ("Unusual Suspects"), and "unmarried" in
"Kill Switch," although he is seen wearing a wedding ring in both
"Unusual Suspects" and "Travellers," set in 1990. Theories
Childhood Address: Born and brought up in Chilmark, on
Martha's Vineyard (his file in Dreamland II puts his place of birth as
Chilmark, which must have been a home birth, given the lack of medical
facilities in that tiny place. Anyway...) Address at time of Samantha's
abduction given in "Conduit" as 2790 Vine Street, Chilmark Address given
on Samantha's smallpox vaccination
certificate ("Paper Clip") is 62 Greer Street, Martha's
Vineyard. (Needless to say, neither of these addresses exist)
Current Address: Apartment 42, 2630 Hegal Place
23242 ("Small Potatoes" and "Monday").
Scully has a key to Mulder's apartment ("End Game,"
where we see that she has labelled it "Mulder" - and other episodes).
He was living here back in 1990, too ("Travellers") [In the novel
"Goblins" his house is stated to be close to the river.]
Phone number: (202) 555-9355. Also carries his cell phone
as a constant companion, causing his partner to tell him he'd lapse into
catatonic schizophrenia if he was parted from it. [In the computer game,
his cellphone number is 202 555-0160]
Answering Machine message: Many and various, once even
changing from one call to the next, despite the fact that he hadn't gone home in
the interim ("Colony") Usually fairly laconic. "This is Fox Mulder. Please leave a
message," and such like.
Badge Number: JTT047101111 ("F Emasculata")
Computer Password: TRUSTNO1 ("Little Green Men")
Social security number: (from Dreamland II) 123-32-1321
Pseudonyms: Wrote an article in "Omni" about the
Gulf Breeze sighting, under the name M. F. Luder. When separated from
Scully, used tocontact her under the name "George Hale." Jose Chung
refers to him as "Reynard Muldrake," Reynard meaning Fox. In "3" he uses the
name "Marty Mulder" when contacting the blood banks, and the name
"Marty" is also used on the message from the phone sex line in "Small
Potatoes." In "Pine Bluff Variant" he uses the name Mr. Kaplan when
staying in a motel undercover.
Eye Color: Hazel, by general concensus and by close
scutiny of photos (oh, what a chore!)
His first words were "JFK" when aged 11 months.
In "Home" he tells Scully about his memories of playing
"all-day pick-up games" of baseball with his sister, as well as taking
their bikes to the beach, and eating baloney sandwiches. The family also had a
swing, as Samantha fell off it and broke her collar bone. Young Fox climbed
trees and once came face to face with a praying mantis and had a "praying
mantis epipheny" in which he screamed (not a girly scream) at the thought that
something so horrible could exist, and has hated insects ever since,
except when they come complete with a glamourous entomologist. The family also
made home movies of the children playing, and "Dreamlad II" shows
young Fox dressed up as Mr Spock from Star Trek, though suffering somewhat
from ears that keep falling off.
The family also had a summer house in Quonochataug, where the
children would play on the grass while Bill Mulder and CSM went water-skiing on the
He played right-field in baseball ("Blood"), and was
wearing a basketball jersey when his sister was abducted. At home, he played
(and won) "Stratego" with his sister, and liked watching "The Magician."
He had at least one friend. When his friend's house burnt down,
he helped guard it. (See the fear of fire section,
Childhood ambitions: In "Space," Mulder is very excited
about the thought of meeting Colonel Belt, the space shuttle's project
director and former astronaut. "You didn't want to be an astronaut when you were a
kid?" he asks, when Scully wonders what he's doing. "I guess I missed
that phase," she says. When they enter Belt's office, Mulder tells him he's a
"big fan" and tells him it's an honor to meet him - that he stayed up all
night when he was 14 and watched his space walk. Later, when they have watched the
shuttle launch, she tells Scully, "I have to admit that fulfilled one
of my boyhood fantasies."
Pre-X-Files life and career
After much wrestling with these facts, I've come to the
conclusion that Mulder's pre-X-Files life is such a mess that it needs a complete
section all to itself. Some of the facts we have are directly contradictory. I
advise writers to pick and choose - use whatever fact supports the view you want to
have of Mulder's background, and conveniently forget the rest.
From the evidence, I believe that the most likely timeline is as
Oxford from 1983-1986:
- Supporting evidence:
- These dates have been explicitly stated in episodes: In
"Ususual Suspects," we see Mulder's file which says he was at Oxford
and 1986. The Official Guide (book) says this, too, as does the file
in Dreamland II.
- It also fits with real life, in that an Oxford undergraduate
degree in psychology would take three years.
- What did he do before 1983? He was 22 in 1983, so presumably had
left school several years earlier. In the "Pilot" he tells
Scully that he went to Oxford as soon as he could leave home. Oxford has no age
limits on entrance (a 12 year old was recently admitted), though, at that
time, British students would normally start at Oxford in the September after they
were 19 (a year older than other British universities). For Mulder this would
be September 1981, though, as mentioned above, he could well have gone earlier -
September 1980 or 1979.
One solution would be for him to have done only a postgraduate
degree or a second BA at Oxford, and have gone somewhere else before. One of the
teenage novelisations of the episodes has him pursuing a previous degree in
an American university (I forget which) before going to Oxford, but this doesn't
show up on his education record in "Kill Switch."
- Phoebe says "did you leave you sense of humor in Oxford
ten years ago" implying he either left Oxford, or split up with Phoebe, around 1983-
ish. However, "ten years" could be rather vague - an estimate.
- Just to further complicate things, the Official Guide book, on
the same page as saying that Mulder went to Oxford between 1983 and 1986,
says he got an "AB in psychology" from Oxford in 1982 (impossible,
actually. It's a BA in Oxford, though I'll let this one go.) and then graduated from
the FBI Academy in 1984. Let's just ignore this one, shall we?
- More real-life stuff: To reallywork at doing profiles,
Mulder would have absolutely required a doctorate, according to John
Douglas, of the FBI's Investigative Support Unit. In fact, if it wasn't for those
annoying "1983-1986" dates that appear in the episodes, the theory that would make most
sense would be for Mulder to have done an undergraduate degree from around 1980
to 1983, then done a doctorate until 1986 or so. (There is no Oxford masters
degree.)(Editor's Note: Uh, yes there is, according to the Oxford site.) An
Oxford doctorate is 100 percent research, and thus takes as long as
you want it to take - 3 or 4 years is normal, but 5 isn't that unusual. (There
is nothing at all like a year's residency, or working with patients.)
In conclusion, we are stuck with these 1983-1986 facts from
Mulder's record in various episodes, but they don't really make sense. They leave
several years before 1983 unaccounted for, and leave Mulder without post-graduate
qualifications in a field in which he would need it. My own feeling
is that there are sufficient problems with the 1983-86 dates that they can
be ignored, if a story requires something different.
Quantico (the FBI Academy) in 1986
- Supporting evidence: is the date given in Mulder's file
in "Kill Switch" and "Unusual Suspects." (We also know that he
graduated top of his class, and that Skinner and the other bosses were talking
about him and expecting great things of him while he was there.)
The Quantico course is four months long, by the way. In Dreamland
II we see that Mulder joined the FBI on 24th October 1986. It's not clear if
this is the date he graduated from Quantico, or the date he started his
- Problems: come from that pesky thing called real life
again. In real life, FBI agents would not be recruited straight out of
university, but would need a considerable amount of experience in a relevant field
of work first.
The Behavioral Science Unit with Patterson, 1986-1988/9?
This is speculation only, and is not clear cut at all.
- Supporting evidence:
- Mulder certainly worked under Patterson for some time
in his career. However, there is no sign of Patterson in 1990 (Unusual
Suspects), or in the Barnett case (1988 or 89). While profiling at the BSU, Mulder
wouldn't have worked as a normal field agent with a partner, yet he did at some
point have a partner - Jerry Lamanna. (John Douglas makes quite clear that
profilers don't work cases like that. They profile dozens at a time, but don't go
into the field with a partner.) This suggests that Mulder's pre-X-Files career was
in two parts: some time with Patterson, profiling, and some time with
Reggie Purdue and the others, doing cases.
- Conversely, Mulder has a hole in his FBI career between 1986,
and 1988, when did his first case as a field agent. His first case as a field
agent was late 1988 or early 1989, but by May 1989 (Unusual Suspects) he has
lots of commendations. Clearly he must have done something for the
FBI. Having him working with Patterson in these years nicely fills the gap.
- In "Tooms," Mulder says he worked profiling serial killers for
- In "Grotesque," set in early 1996, Scully says to
Patterson "is this some payback for what happened eight years ago - because Mulder
quit the ISU?" This would suggest that Mulder quit working for Patteron
in 1988 or thereabouts. Okay, so this would mean that Mulder was only two years
with Patterson, and not three, but dates are generally used rather
vaguely. Maybe he left early in 1989, or something...
- In "Pilot," Scully mentions the monograph Mulder wrote
in 1988, which caught Monty Props. This could very easily be the work of a
profiler with Patterson.
- Real-life, again: Profilers would never be recruited straight
out of the Academy. In reality, a newly trained agent would always spend their
first two years on probation. in one of the field offices before being
transferred to their first real post. Maybe Mulder was just a genius, though...
- Mulder profiled Roche in 1990 (Paper Hearts), and, by this
dating, he would have stopped doing profiles by now. Maybe everyone knew that he was
good at profiles, though, so he tended to get called on to do them, even
after he'd left Patterson.
Violent crimes with Reggie Purdue etc. 1988/9-1991/2
- Supporting evidence:
- In "Young at Heart" Mulder says he worked on his first
case - the Barnett case - "aged 28 - wet from the Academy." Aged 28,
by the birth date as it stood in the first season, would be October 1988 -
October 1989, but the revised birthdate would put it a year later. However, Barnett
"died" in prison in September 1989, and was in prison long enough to make a
close friend, so the Barnett case was probably late 1988 or early 1989.
Now, the dates we have (that Mulder joined the FBI in 1986)
mean that this can't really have been his first case. However, what if it's
his first case as a normal field agent, as opposed to working for Patterson? In the
context of the Barnett case, "wet from the Academy" could mean a
newcomer to actually working in the field. (The ISU is located at the Academy
- In 1990 (Unusual Suspects) Mulder is still reporting to
Patterson, and is doing normal cases, not profiles.
- The Official Guide (book) has Mulder joining the FBI in 1986,
and then has his joining Violent Crimes in 1988, sugesting that he did do
something else between these two dates.
- As mentioned above, Mulder profiled Roche in 1990 (Paper
Hearts), and, by this dating, he would have stopped doing profiles by now. Maybe
everyone knew that he was good at profiles, though, so he tended to get called on
to do them, even after he'd left Patterson.
Whatever timeline you take, Mulder was an outstanding
agent before the X-Files ("commendations out the ying yang" - Unusual
Suspects. Commendations apparently include an "Award for Public
Service" at some point.) "Kill Switch" reveals that he graduated from
Quantico "with honors," having previously obtained his degree at Oxford
"summa cum laude," which is also a good thing. Dreamland II goes further,
saying he was top of his class in both Quantico and Oxford. In the Pilot
episode Scully says she's heard he's "brilliant." In "Tooms,"
Skinner says he had been talked about even while at the Academy, and Reggie
Purdue ("Young at Heart") says he was always "three jumps ahead" of
everyone else. "It was scary, Mulder. Everybody said so," he says,
telling Mulder everyone at the Bureau had really big plans for him. Even
Patterson, who doesn't like Mulder, says he's a "cracked genius," while
Scully has heard he was the "fair-haired boy" when he started working
at the ISU.
Regarding his private life before he discovered the X-
Files, Unusual Suspects reveals that, in 1990, he was already living in the
apartment we see him in today, he was wearing a wedding ring (see below for a discussion on this) and he apparently smoked.
In 1991, when he started the X-Files, he had a girlfriend, Diana Fowley,
who worked with him on some cases. See below for more on her.
Starting the X-Files
In May 1989 (Unusual Suspects) Mulder was a normal FBI agent,
until he was sprayed with an experimental drug that caused hallucinations and
paranoia. He started raving about aliens. At this point he had never thought about
conspiracies and things, hence his incredulous "what?" as Byers begins
to tell his tale.
The following month he underwent hypnotic regression to find out
what happened to Samantha, suggesting there is some relationship between
the two. Did the gas make Mulder think about aliens for the first time -
manufacture that image? Is the whole alien thing in Mulder's memory all based on
this? Or did the gas cause hallucinations in general (more likely, I think, unless
the gas is very clever) and Mulder's happened to be in the form of
aliens because that image was somewhere in his subconsious anyway, though whether
by real memory or by some earlier implanation by hypnosis as suggested in
Anyway, the X-Files themselves seem not to have been opened until
the end of 1991, suggesting that Mulder has a good 2 years as an agent in
Violent Crimes, working on his paranormal theories in his spare time, and, perhaps,
getting more and more impatient with his work and nagging on and on to be freed
up to investiagate what he really wanted to.
("Kill Switch" says that Mulder started the X-Files in
1990, but this contradicts both "Musings..." (the opening of the X-
Files is discussed as a new and recent problem at the end of 1991) and the
Pilot episode itself when Scully is assigned in March 1992, with Mulder's
obtaining of the X-Files again described as "recent.")
At the time he started the X-Files, in 1991, he had a girlfriend
called Diana Fowley, who was an FBI agent with knowledge about, and belief
in, parapsychology. They did a few cases together. She later went abroad
after they split up.
In this section, I have tried to limit myself to things that are
fairly objective - ie things that can be listed rather than things that
require in depth character analyses. My aim is to provide the raw material with
which people can use for their own analyses.
Samantha's abduction is of course central to Mulder's character. This can
be found on the page about Mulder's family.
- When has Mulder ditched Scully?
- Does Mulder have nightmares?
- Does Mulder suffer from insomnia?
- Is Mulder always getting hurt and hospitalised?
- Is Mulder scared of fire?
- Does Mulder believe everything?
- Is Mulder Jewish?
- Does Mulder like pornography?
- Does Mulder have a photographic memory?
- Are Mulder's ties lurid and wacky?
- Is Mulder color blind?
- Does Mulder keep dropping his gun?
- What does Mulder eat and drink?
- Mulder's women
- Does Mulder have a life?
- What does Mulder like to be called?
- Is Mulder ever suicidal?
- Other stuff
- When has Mulder ditched Scully?
This is a long section, so I have put it on a
- Does Mulder have nightmares?
Childhood dreams nightmares: In "Fire" he
explains his fear of fire, and says that "for years" he used to have
nightmares about being trapped in a burning building. It's spoken in the past
tense, as if he no longer has the nightmares, but he clearly is still scared of
fire, so it's possible to read it as him being defensive, not wanting to tell
Scully he still has such nightmares.
In "Aubrey" he tells Scully how he used to have
nightmares and wake up in the middle of the night convinced he was the only person
left alive in the world. Only the sound of his father crunching sunflower seeds
told him it was only a dream.
Adult dreams and nightmares
He tells "Roland" about a dream he had "last night" in
which he was swimming in a pool, trying to reach his father. Another
man was there too, asking him questions he didn't want to answer. He wanted
to find his father, but the water stung his eyes. In the original script it was
his sister he was trying to reach, making this a fairly obvious Samantha
abduction dream, with the "other man" being someone - his father, the
police, the FBI or whatever - asking him about her disappearance. With the
substitution of his father instead of his sister all sorts of possibilities open up. Is
this a recurring childhood anxiety about losing Samantha, and his father
not supporting him enough when he was asked questions about it? Why can't he find
his father? Or is the whole thing made up, as he needed to confide a dream in
order to win Roland's trust and get him to do the same?
In "Little Green Men," Mulder relives his sister's
abduction in a dream. He starts awake at the end, and buries his head in his hands.
His face is damp, but it isn't clear if that's tears or sweat.
In "Aubrey," Mulder says to BJ Morrow "I've often felt that
dreams are answers to questions we haven't yet figured out how to
ask." Scully repeats this line to him in "Paper Hearts."
Mulder shows Scully a video in "Our Town," in which an
insane man talks about being taken away by the fire demons. He says he saw it
in college and it gave him nightmares. "I thought nothing gave you
nightmares," Scully says. "I was young," Mulder replies.
"Grotesque" shows a Mulder nightmare. Mulder is in
Mostow's studio, in the darkness, surrounded by the gargoyle sculptures, just
as he has been so often in his waking life. Suddenly he is knocked to the
floor by the figure that chased him the previous night, and looks up to see
Paterson and Nemhauser looking down at him dispassionately. Just as his face is
slashed deeply with the craft knife, he wakes up, fully clothed and covered
with sweat, on his couch.
"Paper Hearts" is very much centred around Mulder's
dreams. He dreams of a red light leading him towards the bodies of little
girls. The suggestion is that these dreams are somehow being put into his head
by Roche, the killer - but also that Roche has been able to see into Mulder's
own existing nightmares, such as of Samantha's abduction. When he dreams of her
abduction, he stands in the dream and repeats the lines of dialogue with a very
weary air as if thinking "not again!," suggesting it is a recurring
nightmare. He awakens screaming "Samantha!" Elsewhere in the same
episode he dreams of finding a young Samantha, and hugs her, smiling with joy.
Please note that the following is speculation only: A
few people on the newsgroup have speculated that the whole of "Post-Modern
Prometheus" was one of Mulder's dreams (thought not, apparently, much of a
nightmare), thus explaining the rather curious way he can appeal to the writer at the
end and get a happy ending put on the story.
Also, the "Kill Switch" vision, while really an
externally imposed virtual reality thing, can be said to be a dream, if you like,
especially if we assume that the computer thing was somehow drawing on Mulder's
subconscious in order to create the experience. Also, when Mulder sees the vision of
the blonde busty nurses stroking his body, while he is strapped down to a bed,
he calls it a "good dream." Hmm...
is also (probably) a glimpse into Mulder's subconscious. While a few
people wonder if the whole thing really did happen (reincarnation
explaining why so many people in 1939 look just like Mulder's acquaintances) most take
it as a dream. (At the end, Mulder has a bruise just where
"Scully" hit him, in 1939, but it is to be assumed that he was floating around lots of
wreckage. People often incorporate real noises and things into dreams, so
maybe his dream took all the bruises and bashes he was suffering and turned them
into beating from Germans, and from Scully.)
As a dream, it can reveal interesting things about how Mulder
sees the people around him. Spender and CSM as evil; Skinner looking like an
enemy but turning out good in the end; Kersh as independent but out for
himself; Scully as heroic, feisty and desirable.
But did Mulder also dream the Scully scenes, set in 1998? Scully
and the LGM did find Mulder, but did it happen as we saw it? Scully was
very hyperactive, rushing around utterly focused on finding Mulder,
acting unlike her normal restraint. This is rather like she was in Mulder's version of
"Bad Blood" and the dream Scully in "Kill Switch." If
Mulder dreamt this too, it shows he sees Scully as heroically saving him, brooking
no opposition. It also shows that he sees CSM, Spender, Fowley and
(maybe) Kersh as all in league against him - Mulder's paranoia showing itself
On more sure ground, "Dreamland I" shows, once
again, Mulder dreams about Scully. When stuck in a MIB's body, he falls asleep in
front of soft porn, and calls out for Scully in his sleep.
- Does Mulder suffer from insomnia?
"Pilot" has him out jogging at some utterly unearthly
hour of the morning. Scully is up too, working, though she tells him she's not
losing any sleep over the case. Not insomnia, as such, but a severe case of
being up and bouncing with energy at some ungodly hour.
He is frequently up all night on cases, but that's not so much
insomnia as hyperactivity, perhaps. However, in "3," when he doesn't
bother checking into a hotel, he says he no longer sleeps at all -
presumably a reaction to Scully's disappearance, and patently untrue anyway, as
we see him asleep later in the same episode.
In "War of the Coprophages," he called Scully
complaining that he couldn't sleep, due to imagining cockroaches up his nose. This can
be taken either as showing he isn't a good sleeper, or as showing that he
usually can sleep. In "Clyde Bruckman" he doesn't sleep, due to
Clyde's gruesome bedtime story, and looks pretty rough the next morning.
This whole sleeping on the couch thing: I've been told by
insomniacs that a good method they use to fall asleep in to slowly relax in front of the
television, letting sleep slowly take them, rather than actually
going to bed. Mulder is seen asleep, fully clothed, in front of the television
several times. In "Tooms" we know that he spent the whole night there,
right through to morning. He does the same, in "Dreamland I," when stuck
in a MIB's body. He falls asleep in front of soft porn on the TV, calls out
Scully's name, and is found by his "wife" in the morning, with the TV
still on. (Of course, he could very well be sleeping on the couch to avoid having
to get into bed with someone who is really another man's wife, even though she
thnks Mulder is a her husband.)
He apparently doesn't even have a bed. He is seen sleeping all
night on the couch several times (Tooms is just one example) and there is an
alarm clock beside the couch, on a small round table to its left (End Game).
However, Mulder is seen in bed in "Jose Chung's From Outer
Space," though much debate has centred on whether this is really his bed, or just
Chung's imagining. I have read that Chris Carter has said this is really
Mulder's bed (though I'm afraid I don't have the source.). Certainly the decor
(cream walls, dark brown wooden strip) is the same as the rest of his apartment
complex. However, if this was his real bedroom, he must have got rid
of the bed and filled the room up with junk within the next year (as it is in
"Dreamland II"), when Eddie Van Blundht muttered "where do I
sleep?" after surveying Mulder's apartment.
In season six, though, the person who assumes Mulder's body (in
Dreamland) empties out the bedroom and puts in a waterbed, with pillars and
canopies and a mirrored ceiling. At the end of the episode, everything goes back to
normal, as if nothing in the episode ever happened, but the waterbed (somehow)
survives. [Editor's Note: It appears to me that anything that happened out of the
"line of fire" of the time warp, so to speak, wasn't there to get returned to normal, so it didn't change. The melded pennies, the bed, and gee, what about Skinner's secretary's romp with Mulder at his apartment? I bet she remembers that!]
Although Mulder is pretty vague about how he got it ("it was a
gift," he mumbles vaguely. So who does he think it was a gift from, eh?),
he sleeps on it, up until "Monday," anyway, some months later, when he
is made horribly late for a meeting by a waterbed leak. The following night
he sleeps on the couch again.
- Is Mulder always getting hurt and
Here is a catalogue of Mulder's injuries. So this won't take all
day, I've missed out all those occasions he's bopped on the head, falls over
and bounces up again with no ill-effect:
"Deep Throat": Strapped to a gurney, forcibly injected
with drugs, has his memory drained.
"Jersey Devil:" A beast woman tries to eat him. Ends up
treated in the back of an ambulance.
"Fallen Angel": Bopped over the head with a gun. From
the fact that the screen goes black suddenly at the same time as the impact,
I'd assume he's knocked unconscious. Then, at the end, he gets thrown across
the room by an alien force and end up on crutches. Two bops for the price of one in
"Fire": A little smoke inhalation, requiring him to be
half-carried down stairs, oxygen mask clutched to his face, and pass
out for the rest of the night.
"Beyond the Sea:" A small matter of a bullet in the
thigh, which, by the fact that the blood spurts onto the white cross above him,
seems to go through an artery. It's enough for Scully to have a very real fear
that he might die.
"Darkness Falls": Mulder and Scully both end up in the
hospital in a very serious condition. Scully is in a worse condition than Mulder
in this one.
"The Erlenmeyer Flask": An interesting encounter with
green "blood" leads Mulder to suffer from painful-looking eyes, nose and mouth.
When Scully gets him back, he's unconscious, or, at least, barely conscious.
"Little Green Men": After seeing the aliens, Mulder is
unconscious right through the night until Scully comes.
"Blood": Slashed in the arm by a woman under the
influence of a killer microwave oven.
"Aubrey": Bopped on the head rather hard with a fire
extinguisher, then nearly killed with a razor blade.
"Colony" and "End Game:" Hit by a car, winded, and
suffers serious damage to the cell phone. Then hospitalised for smoke
inhalation, before getting released, then going off to get severe
hypothermia and blood-thickening alien retroviruses. This is the big one. His
heart even stops. Lovely!
"Fearful Symmetry": Knocked unconscious by a combination of
gorilla attack and close encounters with a UFO. Still unconscious
the nest morning when Scully finds him, but runs off hale and hearty as soon
as she calls for the paramedics.
"Dod Kalm": Nearly dies again, looking about 110 years
old. Once again, only just saved in the nick of time by Scully's research, as
written in her log.
"Anasazi" trilogy: Poisoned by his own water supply and
ends up with a high fever. Shot in the shoulder by Scully. Nearly frazzled
to death in a burning boxcar, then spends a day out in the desert. Life saved only
by Navajo mysticism.
"Clyde Bruckman": Cut in the hand by the killer. This
is small fry indeed.
"Nisei" and "731": Beaten into unconsciousness by
Red-Haired Man, who also tries earlier to garotte him. Ends up in
hospital, though we don't see that.
"War of the Coprophages": Er... cuts his fingers. Does
require medical attention, though.
"Grotesque": Slashed on the face with a craft knife,
and requires medical attention.
"Piper Maru" and "Apocrypha": Hospitalised after
crashing into a ditch and witnessing a bright light. Somewhat
upstaged by Skinner here, though.
[The computer game: Possessed by the black oil, and writhes in
agony as if leaves him. He ends up unconcsious, covered in oil. Before that,
he was kidnapped, tied up, and bundled into a car trunk for a long journey
from Seattle to Alaska.]
"Talitha Cumi" and "Herrenvolk:" Beaten up by X and the
Alien Bounty Hunter, who drives a car at him then throws him hard
against the car. Ends up muttering incoherently, in shock, though still on two
"Teliko": Felled by a poisoned dart in his neck,
paralysed and dragged through dark passages. What fun!
"Tunguska" and "Terma": Whipped into unconsciousness. Injected
in the back of his neck into unconsciousness. Glooped by black stuff
into unconsciousness. Crashes a car with lots of blood everywhere,
then spends the night unconscious in the undergrowth. Blown up by an oil well.
Still ends up with only one small scrape to show for this.
"Gethsemene": Hmm..... He appears to have half
his head blown away by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, which is, perhaps,
taking the definition was "hurt and hospitalized" a little too far.
But it's not him, not really, so that's okay.
"Unusual Suspects" (set in 1989): Sprayed with an
interesting gas, and ends up naked and raving. Confined to the hospital in five-point
restraints, but those evil people at 1013 won't let us see this rather
interesting sight and we just have to hear about it.
"Detour": Attacked by a tree-like creature and cut in
the face and shoulder/chest area. Later he is shivery and cold (in shock, Scully
says) and she has to snuggle him close to keep him warm. Luckily (or
unluckily, depending on your viewpoint), it doesn't rain sleeping bags. He gets medical
treatment the next day, but doesn't need hospitalisation and is still on two feet
at the end.
"Kill Switch": Well.... After being shocked by a killer computer,
he is hospitalised, described as a "crispy critter." His rather
radical "treatment" involves chopping both his arms off..... Yes, it's
not a real hospital, but a virtual simulation, designed to torture
him into revealing information. In reality, though, he does receive the
shocks, so it presumably hurt in some way in real life too
"Pine Bluff Variant": Broken finger. When it's broken, he yells
and cries out, but later in the same episode he is very stoical when
facing death. Scully deals with his finger, taping it up, so he doesn't go
to the hospital.
"Folie a Deux": Hospitalized, but it's in the psychiatric ward,
after his "delusion."
The Movie: Hospitalized after a gunshot to the head, though it
only grazes him. It's a Scully special - that graze to the left temple that she
always gets. It does, though, put him on an nasal cannula for oxygen, and he loses
consciousness the second he's shot. Much later, after escaping
hosptial and running around and hanging off things, he faints. About time too,
"Triangle": He starts the episode floating upside-down in the sea,
and ends up in hospital, with an IV, though able to sit up in bed.
In the dream sequence, he gets quite a lot of beatings - perhaps his
subconscious's attempts to explain away the bruises from wreckage hitting him.
"How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" - Shot in the chest -
but it's not real.
"Agua Mala": attacked by sea monster, almost suffocated, and ends
up with weals on neck.
"Monday": shot in the chest, but, once again, it's not real.
Digression: Mulder's attitude to hospitals: Fanfic
frequently shows Mulder as being a bad patient, refusing to take his medication and
always desperate to leap out of bed against medical advice. Is there any
basis in the show for this?
Well, we have little data, but several hints.
"Jersey Devil" and "Fearful Symmetry" both show him
running away from paramedics in order to react to a pressing lead on
"Grotesque" shows him utterly unresponsive to a paramedic's advice
on how to deal with his injury, and stomping off the second the
paramedic has done the bare minumun necessary. But then he was not supposed to be
acting normally in this episode.
At the end of "Darkness Falls," he is out of bed, still
attached to machines and things, and asking about Scully. (As in all the
fanfics where the less hurt one gets out of bed, against medical advice, in order
to go to the bedside of the more hurt one....)
"Kill Switch," though.... Now, if it is derived from
Mulder's subconscious, then the nice little hospital scene the
computer put Mulder into is quite revealing (Note: At the DC Expo, Rob Bowman,
who directed this episode, talked as if this whole scene definately came out of
Mulder's mind). The doctors and nurses are evil, pretending to comfort him
but trying to chop him up. The only doctor he wants is Scully - "my doctor,
Dr Scully." (I've always loved that little scene in "Anasazi" when
Scully patches him up and looks after him, and he says, in a little voice,
"thank you for looking after me.") Thus speaks a thousand fanfics, when a hurt
Mulder refuses hosptial on the grounds that Scully is all the doctor he
But it is perhaps to be assumed that, even if he was okay with
hosptals before "Kill Switch," this experience will make him rather
less happy with them in the future.
In "Folie a Deux," though, when he is in a psychiatric ward under
what he is sure are false pretences, he is very placid even when he is
restrained, and when being injected with some drug.
Interestingly, people with medical experience have debated what
was on Mulder's wrist at the end of "Triangle." Some have
speculated that it's a sort of wandering tag, which works on a radio frequency and
sets off an alarm when the patient wanders over a set point. They use them for
old wandering patients, and patients known to get out of bed before they're
supposed to. Given Mulder's sneaking out of hospital in the movie (for very good
reasons, of course, since he had to get Scully back) it would be a lovely touch
if they'd fitted a tag to stop him wandering.
- Is Mulder scared of fire?
In "Fire" he says, "I hate fire - hate it - scared
to death of it." He explains how when he was a child his best
friend's house burnt down and he had to spend the night in the wreckage to
help guard it from looters. For years afterwards he had nightmares about being
trapped in a burning building.
Does he face and overcome his fear in "Fire"? He certainly intends
to ("sooner or later a man's got to face his demons"), but
freezes in terror the first time he encounters the flames, even though he
believes the safety of two boys depends on him carrying on. Later, when things
start bursting into flames around them in the room, he seems to panic, lashing
madly at the flames while everyone else.... well, stands uselessly doing nothing.
He does manage to walk through fire to save the children in the end, though,
so that's okay.
What about later episodes? In "Firewalker" he walks into a volcano
without looking particularly terrified, and in "Hell Money" he looks
without shuddering at the bodies of people burnt alive in crematoria
ovens. And as for "Anasazi," being about to die trapped underground
in a pile of dead aliens must be a rather traumatic experience by itself, even
without the addition of fire, yet we are shown nothing at all about his feelings
after the boxcar started burning.
So, is Mulder still scared of fire? It's up to you. David Duchovny has said
that he has no idea whether Mulder successfully overcame his fear in
"Fire." It doesn't seem to be shown or mentioned in any other episode apart
from "Fire," but that's "The X-Files" for you - forever hinting at
character development that then gets ignored. Some people assume that he faced
his fear then and has more or less overcome it. Others assume it's still
there, even though the show's writers have chosen not to deal with it any more.
Still, it's a nice little tragic touch to have fire end up being
the nemesis of the X-Files in the end.
- Does Mulder believe everything?
Well, it does seem so, sometimes. As Scully says in "Post-
Modern Prometheus," "is there anything you don't believe?"
But, "I have the same doubts you do," he says, in the Pilot, and his
poster says "I want to believe," not, as Blane has in "Jose Chung,"
"I believe." After all, the whole basis of the X-Files is finding
proof for his ideas - confirmation for his belief.
He has a problem with religion, especially Scully's religion in
"Revelations" and "All Souls." He is openly skeptical of what he calls
fanaticism, saying they use the name of religion to support their wild ideas,
and give people like him a bad name. "Religion masquerading as the
paranormal has hidden some of the most heinous acts in history" he says in
"All Souls," when he also questions whether God would let bad things happen to
He also isn't so much the blind believer that he believes
everything. As he explains in "Beyond the Sea," he doesn't believe that
Boggs has psychic powers, even though he believes that psychic powers such as
he describes do exist. In other words, we can show Mulder as being the
sceptic about individual cases even as he is still the believer in
In "Gethsemene," though, when he is told that aliens don't exist
and that he's been manipulated, his world collapses. He seems to
genuinely consider suicide at this point. He emerges from the other side
convinced that what he's been told is the truth, and aliens are made-up by the
government. The irony is that he asserts these views at the same time as Scully, and
even Skinner, believe that the evidence makes his new lack of faith even
more insane and stupid that they ever thought his belief was in the first
This lack of faith in aliens, though, doesn't stop him from believing in
vampires and such like. He is still the believer in MOTW episodes.
By the end of "The Red and
the Black," he seems to be reassessing again. (See also
the episode that precedes it, for more on Mulder's loss of faith.) By
"The Beginning" he is firmly a believer again. Sigh...
- Is Mulder Jewish?
Mary Ruth Keller has written an article that discusses this
issue. Please bear in mind that this is an opinion article and please do
not not flame her for expressing an opinion on what is, sadly, a
controversial issue. Click here to read it.
Since she wrote this essay, there have been one or two more
hints. In "Drive," Crump, the man holding Mulder hostage, says angrily that the name
"Mulder" sounds Jewish. Mulder refuses to answer this. (I have heard, from
various sources, that he actually admitted that it was true, in one version
of the script. However, I do't know how true this is.) Later, after Crump
has raved about the Jewish-FBI-Government conspiracy, Mulder says "on
behalf of the International Jewish Conspiracy, I just need to inform you that
we're almost out of gas." Irony? Really, nothing is answered. What a surprise!
But then "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" shows that
Mulder does hang up a stocking, watch Christmas movies, give Christmas gifts,
and that Scully expects him to be finding someone to be with, to celebrate
Christmas with. However, the ghost Lyda does say to Mulder, "It's not
like you'll be eating a Christmas ham." It is said in the context of
him having a lonely life, not having people to celebrate with, but could be
taken as implying that he's Jewish. Make of it what you will.
- Does Mulder like pornography?
"Jersey Devil": Scully walks into the office to find
Mulder staring intently at the centrefold of a magazine called "Hanky
Panky." "Working hard?" she asks, unfazed. He tells her that the
centrefold claims to have been abducted by aliens and held in an anti-gravity
chamber for three days. "Anti-gravity's right," she says. Well, I
guess this could just be UFO research.
"Beyond the Sea": Scully finds Mulder poring over a file. Although
her father's just died, she tries to joke, saying "last time I
saw you that engrossed you were reading Adult Video News."
"Blood": Mulder says that he never has time to read the "The
Lone Gunman" magazine because his subscription to "Celebrity Skin"
always arrives at the same time. May be a joke, of course...
"One Breath": Controversial, this, but it certainly
sounds like a pornographic video that Mulder's watching as he lies on the
couch, pictures of Scully's abduction strewn over his lap.
"Excelsis Dei": Mulder comes into the office to find Scully
watching a video. "Whatever tape you found in that VCR, it
isn't mine," he says. "Good," she replies, "because I put it back
in that drawer with all those other videos that aren't yours."
"Paper Clip": Not really a pornography reference, but, in light of
the above, one can only wander what the video collection is that
Mulder says Frohike has to wait a little longer before getting his hands on.
"DPO": In Darin's bedroom, Mulder picks up a magazine,
turning it round to look at the centre-fold. "I'm surprised you haven't
already read that issue," Scully comments. Mulder says he has, but his copy
didn't have a photo stuck between Miss April and Women of the Ivy League.
"Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose": Not pornography, per se, but I'll
put it in anyway, as its another sexual thing: Clyde Bruckman can
see how people will die. When Mulder annoys him by pestering him with questions,
Clyde says, looking at Mulder, that he can see no worse way of dying that auto-
erotic asphyxiation. Mulder asks him why Clyde's telling him that, and
Clyde says "forget I mentioned it." (Auto-erotic asphyxiation, by the way, is a
practice of depriving yourself of oxygen at the moment of orgasm, believing it
heightens the experience. Sometimes it goes wrong, and the person ends up hanging
himself or strangling someone by mistake.) Opinion varies on this scene. Some think that Clyde
made it up to get back at Mulder for all his questions - it was said as a casual
observation without naming names, but might be enough to make Mulder go silent,
thinking about it. However, Mulder's reaction can be seen as defensive, from
which some people believe that Clyde's comment hits rather close to home.
"Nisei": Mulder is looking at the alien autopsy video,
and Scully says, slyly, that it's not his usual brand of video entertainment.
"Pusher": Wired up to transmit sounds and pictures from his trip
into the hospital to find Modell, Mulder jokingly asks if it
receives Playboy channel (another ad-lib: it was the Discovery channel in the
"Jose Chung": The sly one, here. Many people have wondered just
what Mulder was doing in bed at the end of this episode, but the
possibly dirty video he was watching turns out to be a video of Big Foot.
"Small Potatoes": Mulder's answer phone has a message from a woman
named Chantal who says she's missing Mulder's (he goes by the name
Marty) sexy voice. Her new rates are down to $.49 a minute
"Chinga": Mulder is seen in his office, watching television. Moans
can be heard coming from the.... thing he is watching. An open video
box reads "Alien Probe" (hmm... best not ask). When Scully phones him and asks
what he's watching, he says it's "The World's Deadliest Swarms"
(well, it could be) and reaches hastily for the remote to mute it, or pause it. A
glimpse of the tv screen does indeed seem to show deadly swarms - after he's
pressed whatever button he pressed.
"Kill Switch" (perhaps): If the VR vision thing did derive in some
way from Mulder's subconsious, then those buxom nurses are
presumably straight off one of his videos. Also, being tied down to a hospital bed and
having blonde busty nurses rubbing his body counts as a "good dream."
"All Souls": Mulder is seen going into a cinema that is
showing "A Decade of Dirty Delinquents."
"The End": "What's wrong with Baywatch?" Mulder asks
the psychic little boy. "You have a dirty mind," the boy
"Dreamland I": Mulder, while in the MIB's body, falls asleep while
watching soft porn on TV.
"Dreamland II": Morris, in Mulder's body, finds Mulder's bedroom
full of junk - lots and lots of files, fuzzy dice, and "PlayPen"
"How the Ghosts Stole Christmas": Okay, okay. While people have
speculated that the Christmas gift Scully gave Mulder was a video,
there is no proof of this. [Editor's note: Nor is the box the right size for a video.]
There is even less proof that it was a pornographic video. Come now.
"The Unnatural": Mulder jokingly mentions his "obscenely
overdue triple-X bill."
- Does Mulder have a photographic memory?
Another one that comes from "Fire." His old flame Phoebe, playing
with his mind, asks him to remember certain things about their ten-
year old relationship. "I'm cursed with a photographic memory,"
Mulder tells her, saying he can't forget what happened.
This line was actually ad-libbed by David Duchovny. The original
line read "I'm blessed with a good memory." Of course, the fact that it
was ad-libbed needn't make it any less valid. More important is the discussion of
whether Mulder meant this statement literally or just meant it as a way to
show Phoebe how much she'd hurt him and how he couldn't forget.
Whatever you decide to make of that, he does seem to have a good
memory. He's constantly able to go straight to the right X-File or
book to find exactly what he needs to show Scully at any particular time. (But of
course, five minutes rifling through filing cabinets is not fun television.)
There are occasions when this memory seems particularly visual, if not
photographic - such as in "Genderbender" when he glances at some old
photographs then, hours later, can recognise people from these pictures, or in
"731" when he can say instantly that the book of Japanese found at the end
of the episode is not the one he saw earlier. Also, in "Synchrony," he is
able to quote verbatim passages from Scully's thesis, despite the fact that
there is no reason for him to have read it just recently before
coming on the case.
Then, in "The Unnatural," Arthur Dales won't let Mulder in until
he's answered a question about the number of home runs hit by Mickey
Mantle. Mulder gets this look on his face like he's trying to recall
something he's read..."like he's sifting through all the data in his
head" (in the words of my... informant) Then he rattles off the statistics.
Evidence of a very very good memory, or just of in intense interest in baseball?
On the other hand, in "Folie a Deux," the phrase "hiding in
the light" rang a bell with him, but he was unable to remember
the context, having to ask Scully to look it up for him. He didn't remember
anything particularly visual, like knowing it was on the top right corner of
a page, or anything.
And does the fact that, in "Monday," when stuck in a time
loop in which the same day keeps repeating over and over, he seems to remember
more than Scully does about the previous occurences of the events have
something to do with his better memory, or just due to his greater sensitivity to the
paranormal, and his greater willingness to believe?
Anyway, I have no doubt that our friends at 1013 have utterly
forgotten that this line was ever uttered. Still, what difference need that make to
us? Like so much of this, we can take from the ambiguity whatever we like.
(On a side note, I like the poster on the wall in the (real) FBI
tour: "G-Men never forget.")
- Are Mulder's ties lurid and wacky?
"Humbug": Mr Nutt, angered by Mulder assuming that he's working in
the circus, tells him, "I've taken in your all-American features, your
dour demeanor, your unimaginative neckwear design, and
concluded that you work for the government - an FBI agent."
"Wetwired": Mulder tells the Lone Gunmen that's he's color blind,
offering his tie was confirmation.
Plus we get the external thing of David Duchovny's own
interesting relationship with neckwear, that seems to have crept in and colored
the treatment of Mulder's ties in fanfic (not that that's a bad thing, I
hasten to add.) Allegedly, he turned up to audition for the role of Mulder
while wearing a tie with pink pigs on it.
- Is Mulder color blind?
The source for this is "Wetwired." Mulder is unaffected by the
television signals that have driven various people to murder and Scully to
disappear, convinced Mulder is trying to kill her. The Lone Gunmen, having
worked out the cause for people's strange behavior, are trying to work out why
Mulder wasn't affected. "I'm red-green color blind," Mulder says,
holding up his tie as if in confirmation.
Of course, there are other reasons why Mulder could have evaded the effects
of the television signals. He watched far fewer tapes than Scully did, for a
start. Also, how can we tell he really watched the tapes, rather than some
more.... er.... interesting videos in his collection, assuming he'd
carried them with him to the motel. (Although Mulder is not normally
one to neglect work on a case.) Anyhow, it's all beside the point, really.
Why would he say he's color blind if he isn't?
Now, in real life, all FBI agents have to have pretty rigorous vision tests
before being allowed to join the FBI. No-one who is color blind is allowed to
be an agent. The only way round this one is to assume that Mulder was so
brilliant that they were prepared to bend the rules to let him in. After all, as
Skinner says in "Tooms," they were all talking about him even while he
was in the Academy, and was rather exceptional right from the start -
the "fair-haired boy," as Scully says in "Grotesque."
Even within the X-Files universe there are problems. In "Roland,"
he grabs the correct shirt out of Roland's closet when Roland tells
Mulder he wants to wear the green shirt; in "Nisei," Mulder points
to the fluid issuing from the alien body on the video, correctly identifying it
as green, and in "Paper Hearts" he has no trouble with identifying a red
Now, for a bit of real-life stuff (thanks to Eve Dutton for this): Red-green
color-blindness could mean one of two things: the inability to percieve either
red or green (seeing them both in shades of blue, the third color factor) or the
inability to distinguish between red and green (seeing both as the same color
but distinct and separate from other colors). It would be conceivable that
Mulder had the second one, since there have been documented cases of people
leading normal lives, completely unaware of the defect. Over time the brain
naturally compensates by learning to distinguish subtle shades and to identify
them, with a fair amount of accuracy, as either red or green, the same way we
might learn degrees of light grey and dark grey. This way, he would probably
have been able to bluff his way past any standard FBI screening...
- Does Mulder keep dropping his gun?
A fanfic staple here, of course, and one which is supported by the series -
sort of. I will not even attempt to list all the times it happens. To his
credit, though, he doesn't usually just let it fall out of his
hands. He gets it kicked out of his hands during fights - Nisei, for example - or lets
it fly from his hands as he is knocked over by baddies - e.g., Grotesque, when we
see him desperately groping for his gun while Patterson is on top of him. He
gets it stolen while he is asleep in "Paper Hearts," while sometimes he
voluntarily puts it down to show that he wants to talk to the baddy he has
cornered, not kill him - e.g., Sleepless.
"Nisei" shows that Mulder has finally noticed his problems with
keeping hold of guns. When he loses one, he reaches down to an ankle holster and
pulls out another gun, saying "I got tired of losing my
gun." He still has this ankle holster in "Paper Hearts," by the way, when
we see him surrendering it in order to get into the prison to see Roche. In
"Folie a Deux," though, when he had his gun taken from him, he acted as
if that was it, making no move to his ankle holster, implying that he wasn't
carrying it at that point (though maybe he didn't bother, since he had no way of
knowing he was going into a dangerous situation)
(In real-life, remember, for a law enforcement officer to lose a gun is a
huge offense, especially if the gun later ends up in the hands of a
criminal and is used in a crime. According to Jack Douglas in "Mindhunter,"
who lost his gun in his first month as an agent, losing your gun means an
instant letter of censure and has to be reported to the Director's Office. Losing
his gun was serious enough that he feared it would permanently damage his
promotion prospects, especially it that gun eventually turned up at a crime.)
However, when he does manage to keep ahold of it, he isn't a bad shot. We
see him shooting on the range in "Pusher," and his shots are all very
close to the centre of the target. We seldom see him miss what he was aiming it,
except in "Detour," when no-one seems to be able to hit those transparent
creatures. In "Soft Light," he shoots out the lights without any
problems, while, in the dark in "Shapes," he hits the stuffed bear
right in the middle of the head.
- What does Mulder eat and drink?
Alcohol:Mulder seldom drinks alcohol. While he does drink, in Syzygy
- (gin and concentrated orange juice) - the whole point of that scene is to show
that Mulder and Scully, like everyone else, are behaving out of character. Mulder
tells Detective White that he seldom drinks. [In the computer game, he has
also been drinking gin and orange.]
He does drink in War of the Coprophages. When the Professor has seen the
fantastic robot insects he drains a bottle of whisky, or something. Mulder has a
glass, which he does empty, though he is clearly drinking in a social way as he
soon gets up and leaves the Professor to his bottle.
In Deep Throat, Mulder and Scully meet in a bar at lunchtime, and it is
Scully that expresses her disapproval of drinking at lunch time. Neither of them
appear to drink alcohol, though.
His adventure in the drunk tank "Jersey Devil" has nothing to do
with being drunk, just with looking like it.
It is to be assumed, therefore, that his drinking in the movie is rather
uncharacteristic. After a bad day, he does get pretty drunk, then - though
perhaps not as much as the bar tender thinks. He tells her the entire background
of the conspiracy. Not surprisingly, she thinks this is the ravings of a very
drunken man, and throws him out. He seems sober enough when talking to
Kurtzweil, though Scully, some hours later, can still detect that he has been
drinking. (Although, when she asks "are you drunk?" it's possible to
deduce that he has made a habit of this before, and that this is why she asks,
not because she can smell it).
It's not clear what he was drinking in the movie, though the novelization
says it's tequila.
His father, on the other hand, is seldom seen without a glass of whisky,
which could explain Mulder's reluctance to drink himself.
Other drink: "If there's an iced tea in that bag, it could be
love." ("Tooms") Mulder likes iced tea, but drinks root beer if
he has to. He buys orange juice and keeps it in his refrigerator,
but doesn't necessarily drink it on time. ("Chinga")
Food: Mulder is an incessant muncher on sunflower seeds, right from
the first episode. In "Aubrey" he tells Scully that his father used to
eat them to, and theorizes that his own taste could be some sort of genetic
memory. In "Anasazi" he asks for seeds while in his fever.
Fanfic often shows him as a fan of junk food. There's really little
data to go on here. In "Jersey Devil" he tucks in to a huge meal, but
he has been in the drunk tank all weekend. In "Red Museum" both Mulder
and Scully have a large meal. Intense scrutiny of the sandwiches bought in "Ghost
in the Machine" reveals that Mulder and Scully both have white
bread, but that Scully, but not Mulder, also has a plate of salad. [In the
novel "Whirlwind," Mulder eats buger and fries in a luncheonette two blocks from the
FBI HQ. It's a narrow low corner shop, with a long counter and 6 window booths,
and is decorated in blues and whites. He's eating burger and fries. Scully thinks he
shouldn't eat what he does, and says his "arteries must be a scientific wonder." ]
In "Dreamland II," Frohike has been cooking huevos rancheros, and
says he would have made more salsa is he'd known Mulder was coming.
In "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space," he reportedly eats slice
after slice of sweet potato pie, although it's likely that the
person recounting this has had false memories planted in his head. [In the computer
game, Mulder has a leaflet from the Everett Diner, which does salmon
burgers, pizza, shakes and curly fries, but specializes in sweet potato pie -
"Pies so good you'll swear they come from another planet.]
[More novel foods: In "Goblins" he has toast, bacon,
over medium, coffee, orange juice and blueberry jam for brakfast. In
he is nervous about the thought of a jalapeno pepper, while Scully
In "Ground Zero," though, he is enthusiastic about a
cheese and green
pepper burger in a seedy diner. In "Ruins," in a Mexican
Mulder has chicken cooked with bananas, and a side dish of lime and
soup, and drinks a margarita.
The great Chinese take-out debate: Many people have asked
and Scully always seem to eat Chinese food in fanfic, although this
is not in
the show. Well, it is in the novel "Ground Zero"
orders steamed rice, kung pao chicken, and dry-fried string beans
The kumg pao chicken is for Scully, since he's found out it's her
even though they've never had Chinese food together before. When
finished, he dumps all the left-overs in one dish and says he'll
have them for
breakfast when he gets back, mixed with scrambled eggs. Scully
thinks this is "spooky."
What he is not, though, is a gourmet chef. In
he goes to his refrigerator and opens it, finding no food at all in
even old cold slices of pizza or anything. There is, however, a
carton of orange
juice that is several months past its sell-by date.
[While it doesn't crop up much in the episodes themselves, the
seem to have started the fanfic trend for having Mulder love seedy
for having an unerring habit of choosing awful motels, which no-one
loves. In the novel "Ground Zero" he loves a seedy brash
finds in New mexico, and in "Antibodies" he takes Scully
to the Khe
Sanh Khoffee Shoppe, run by Koreans, but emulating medioce American
food with a
vengeance. Scully dislikes it; Mulder likes it because of the
It's close to the FBI HQ, so Mulder takes Scully there to discuss a
- Mulder's women
Firstly, was Mulder ever married?
Mulder was wearing a wedding ring in "Unusual
Suspects," set in
1989, even though his personel file was seen as his marital status
was shown as
"single." We just assumed it was an oversight and that, as
in so few scenes, DD forgot to take it off.
But, then, in "Travellers," set in 1990, he had that
again, and went to great pains to show us.
It can't be an oversight on behalf of DD, and the crew - not
been in episodes in only a few scenes before ("Chinga,"
and didn't forget to take his ring off then. And it can't really be
that the ring appears only in those episodes which are set pre-X-
it was an accident in "Unusual Suspects," but, rather than
forget it, they decided to go with it, either as a future plot, or
just to tease
us. Apparently, a Vancouver radio DJ phoned DD, and he said it was
idea to have Mulder smoking and wearing a wedding ring. He said he
give Mulder a mystery of a wife that he never ever would talk about.
that it might provide some stories later on for "X-Files : The
But, if you decide to write about a past Mulder marriage, there's
little time to play with. No wife in March 1992, when the Pilot
shown. No wife in 1988 or so, when we see Mulder at Barnett's trial.
If he was
married at the time of "Unusual Suspects," hence the ring,
hadn't yet been updated, making it very very recent. Oh dear....
Despite Morris, in Dreamland II, saying that Mulder "hasn't
in ten years," other women do definitely exist,
Inspector Phoebe Green is seen in "Fire," where he
introduces her as an "old friend." He admits that he got
in too deep
with her and paid the price. Clearly she hurt him in the past,
though it's not
made clear quite how, and she continues to hurt him. "Sooner or
man's got to face his demons," seems to refer as much to Phoebe
as to his
fear of fire, after she turns up bringing a case she knows will
disturb him. Yet
just the next day he's looking at a double-bed, telling Scully not
to come up as
he anticipates having his "hands full," and then kissing
seems utterly shocked to find her in the arms of another man. We
much about what they did in their relationship, apart from their
unconventional sexual encounter atop Arthur Conan Doyle's tomb in
(which is itself rather interesting, since Doyle's tomb is in the
form of a
cross, which looks mighty difficult to do anything atop of except
precariously on tiptoe on one foot. It is also, in fact, in Minstead
in the New
Forest, rather than in Windlesham. Oh well. Presumably the encounter
exciting enough to forget such details.)
Fowley was first seen in "The End," and is written
more detail elsewhere. She worked on the X-Files for the first half
six, and, while she claims to be helping Mulder, many fans - and
Scully - doubt
this. Sadly, Mulder seems pretty slow to accept the evidence against
Kristen Kilar is a vampire wannabe from "3" with
Mulder has a one night stand. He seems to be attracted to her as
soon as he sees
her, but, from conversation, it seems as if his later interest
from a desire to protect her. From the frequent references to
which Mulder's wearing, you don't have to be a 'shipper to see that
quite a lot
of his attraction to her derives from his loneliness in Scully's
Anyway, she kills herself in a logic-defying attempt to become a
this is the only way she feels she can destroy the pesky vampires
Detective Angela White is an attraction based on the
planetary alignments, or, if you prefer, on the influence of
alcohol. Her cat is
missing, presumed dead, and he gives her a comfort hug, which turns
into a neck
nuzzle and perfume sniff. She then starts to strip off, at which he
terrified, and then jumps on him. He struggles, but it doesn't look
like it to
Scully when she enters.
Bambi Berembaum: Pure animal attraction here. From the
first sees her he's open-mouthed with lust, and behaves towards her
in a way
that can only be described as Bimbo-esque. "Ooh, you are
fascinating!" he coos, primping his curls. Okay, not quite like
pretty much so. She disappears into the sunset with a quadroplegic
Melissa Ephesian: Allegedly his soulmate in past
lifetimes. As this
is central to the whole episode, see the
summary of "The
Field where I Died."
Marita Corruvubias: is not his woman. In
when she looks as if she's going all out to seduce him, he kindly
shows us his
watch so we know he was only in there for under three minutes after
she purrs "how
long do you have?" while dressed in her bathrobe.
Kersh's secretary: is not Mulder's woman. However, since
with the MIB who is inhabiting Mulder's body (Dreamland I) it is to
that she thinks she is. Will she start following him round
demanding to know why he's so cold to her, and attacking him to
her then not calling her afterwards?
Plus, in "Little Green Men" there is a female voice on
answering machine complaining that, after ages of asking her out, he
her up on a lunch date.
- Does Mulder have a life?
"Jersey Devil:" Scully: "Unlike you, Mulder, I
want to have
a life." Mulder: "I have a life."
Mulder's work is his life. "Nothing else matters to
he says in the "Pilot" and in "Never Again," he
Scully the X-Files are his life. The occasions when he arrives at
after Scully are few and far between. So many episodes
Scully arriving in the morning to find Mulder already there.
Episodes like "Jersey
Devil" show him still working in the late evening, and the
Flask" shows him lounging on the couch at home, X-Files on his
lap. Even as
late as "The End," he is still saying that the X-Files are
to him. He tells Skinner that his whole future is the X-Files, and
that they are his life, though he wryly adds that he doesn't really
have a life.
A sad twist is given to it in "How the Ghosts stole
when the male ghost says Mulder is "a lonely man. Chasing
illusions that you believe give your life meaning and significance,
pathetic social maladjustment makes impossible for you to find
In "Never Again" we learn that Mulder hasn't taken a
vacation in four years. When he is forced to, he only takes a day or
he is back. His choice of vacation? A pilgrimage to Graceland.
Scully phones him in "Christmas Carol" on December
23rd. While she
has gone to stay with her family, he is still at home, alone, and
has been out
running. No sign on him going home to his mother, then.
doesn't start until December 28th, though, so that still leaves
unaccounted for in which he could have done anything. However, the
year he is at home, alone, watching TV on Christmas morning, and
In "Chinga," he tries so hard to have a weekend off
but seems bored stiff (and also rather embarrassed at the thought of
finding this fact out.) He stays in the office and watches dodgy
tries to insinuate himself into the case she's found for herself. He
ball. He throws pencils at the ceiling (really!). Although he
pretends to Scully
that he had a wonderful time getting on with work without
least of all Scully, is taken in.
However, in "Dreamland," he says that the sort of life
(always driving on dark roads following tenuous leads) is a
life. He certainly seems more suited to it than the family-from-hell
landed with when he swaps with the Morris. Even when given the
chance to live as
a MIB, finding out the truth from the inside, he never once wants to
take it. He
only wants to get back to his normal life, suggesting that he does
have a life,
and it's more important to him than getting the truth at the
sacrifice of his
Does he have friends? The Lone Gunmen, perhaps, though we
idea if he sees them socially, apart from discussing conspiracy
cheese steaks. ("Geeks for friends") Reggie Purdue, his
old ASAC, was
close enough for Mulder to be the only person Purdue wanted to read
unfinished novel. His old partner, Jerry Lamanna, embraces him, but
rather uncomfortable with this. [In the novel
has a friend called Carl Barelli, a womanising sports reporter who
Scully. He dies during this case, though, so isn't good for return
But then, given how he runs away when Scully comes into his room
in "Detour," and how Scully seems surprised (in
at the thought that Mulder would want to talk to her about anything
other than a
case, it is questionable whether even those friends he does
really friends - I mean, whether he talks about anything that
topics of conversation with them.
His interests include sport. He's a runner
Throat," "Blood," "Humbug" etc) and also
Barry"). He likes to watch football ("Irresistible,"
main reason for taking a case was for its proximity to a football
laments with Deep Throat that they could never catch a game
from the fact that he appears to use football tickets as currency
one wonders if he ever actually gets to a match. He supports New
York Knicks in
basketball (As David Duchovny does. Mulder actually tears up that t-
Boggs) and Washington Redskins in football
("Irresistible") He knows
about football from when he was quite young, discussing the 1968
Colonel Budahas in "Deep Throat." When bored, or waiting for
informants, he likes bouncing a ball in his apartment.
He watches old science fiction movies - or, rather, sleeps
of them. He fell asleep in front of the original The Fly in
and The Journey to the Center of the Earth in "The Erlenmeyer
and in "Little Green Men" the young Mulder wanted to watch
series The Magician.
He has never been seen to read a fiction book (unlike Scully,
seen reading "Breakfast
at Tiffany's" in "War of the Coprophages"), though he
least quote from "Moby Dick" ("Quagmire"), refer
to TS Eliot ("Pusher" - "not with a whimper but a
"DPO" - "April is the cruellest month") and more
quote Browning ("The Field where I Died"). [In the
Jose Chung's "From outer Space" is beside his bed, but
maybe this is
an exception, since he's mentioned in the book. In "Ground
Zero" he is
reading a Philip Dick novel.]
He seems to like classic rock. When testing Boggs's skills, he
asked him to "channel"
Jimi Hendrix, and in another episode he mentioned playing "Dark
Side Of The
Moon" by Pink Floyd just to annoy the neighbors. We never hear
listening to music at other times, though he does seem to enjoy the
music on the
tape the teenagers gave him in "Deep Throat."
He is a great fan of Elvis, judging from his pilgrimage to
Graceland in "Never
Again." Earlier, in "Home," he expressed great horror
discovery of the newspaper announcing Elvis's death.
[ In "Goblins," the novel by Charles Grant, Mulder's
bar is Ripley's, on Diamond Street in Alexandria, close to the
river. A dress
shop is on one side of it; a grocery on the other. There are no
windows or signs
on the streets, since it's a regulars only sort of bar. There are
posters inside - Mulder covets the autographed "Thing from
poster - but no juke box or tv. There is quiet background music,
Mulder comes in, it switches to something alien-like. One of the bar
Trudy, a law student at Georgetown, has dated him a few times,
nothing serious - (so is that where he got that Georgetown
university t-shirt he
- What does Mulder like to be called?
In "Tooms," he stops Scully from calling him
saying "I even made my parents call me Mulder." Not true,
His parents both call him "Fox" ("Colony,"
etc) Skinner calls him "Fox" in "Tooms," though
this is the
only time he does so. Senator Matheson, his "connection in
calls him Fox in "Little Green Men." Perhaps he's shy of
his elders about his name. In "One Breath," he corrects
sister Melissa but not Scully's mother.
However, Bambi also calls him "Fox," and his old flame
Fowley does too.
Mulder also introduces himself as "Fox" when talking to
When trying to put the girl at ease in "Paper Hearts" he
says his name
is "Fox," but maybe that was because Roche, the kidnapper,
Mulder's name and already told the girl that he was
Mulder." In "The End," though, he tells the boy,
Gibson, that he
is "Fox," and that the women with him are "Dana"
(By the way, those porno nurses in "Kill Switch" call
If the vision is purely external, given by the computer, then this
is a natural
assumption on the comptuer's part, not knowing Mulder's unusual
aversion to his
first name. If, though, it comes from his subconscious.... Well,
busty nurse holding him to her ample bosom and holding his face and
"Fox".... Make of that what you will.)
As for "Spooky": In the "Pilot" Scully says
nickname at the Academy. Whether this is from his interest in the
from his ability to be "three jumps ahead" on every case,
says was "scary" ("Young at Heart") is never
nickname is used derogatively by Tom Colton in "Squeeze"
is also called Mrs Spooky), by Reggie Purdue, saying he's heard the
about Mulder's paranoia. The nickname is widely known - enough for
the nasty man
in "Blood" to do a little research and hear of it.
Not content with nasty nicknames from other people, he bitterly
himself "Monster Boy," in "Folie a Deux," when
about how he's seen as the person to look into any old boring
He seems to have a thing about first names. He only calls Scully
a very small number of times, usually when he's trying to establish
personal connection with her, or comfort her. ("Lazarus,"
the Sea," "The Field Where I Died"), even calling her
to her own family. But then he does call Reggie Purdue
Jerry Lamana "Jerry." He even calls Krycek
"Alex" once or twice, such as in "Ascension," when asking to borrow his
- Is Mulder ever suicidal?
"Gethsemene," of course, asked us to believe that
killed himself, shooting himself in the head after learning that his
was a lie and that he had caused Scully's cancer.
"Redux" quickly showed us that he hadn't, after all.
fact that Mulder and Scully, when faking the death, chose suicide as
a cause of
death shows that it was not seen as being out of character. No-one,
not even the
sceptical Skinner, ever said anything along the lines of
himself? Never!" Moreover, "Redux" suggests that he
considering suicide. Although we only see him with the gun to his
head in the
trailers, not the show itself, his voice-over, heard while he is
loading his gun
and crying, speaks thus: "My folly revealed by facts which
my arrogance and self-deception. If only the tragedy had been mine
might have been easier tonight to bring this journey to its end."
Journey to its end.... Hmm....
We have no other evidence that Mulder has considered suicide,
though he has
certainly got very depressed. He blames himself for his sister's
and "One Breath" shows how he also blames himself for what
Scully. When he wanted to resign, gives up the chance of revenge,
and then has
reason to believe that Scully would die, he collapses in tears, then
sits on the
couch staring at nothing, a look of dead despair on his face. Later,
is dying of cancer and her brother blames Mulder, Mulder accepts the
adding also that his sister and father were also casualties to his
"Little Green Men" is his other lowest ebb, when the X-
closed down and he loses faith in himself and wonders if his whole
about nothing more than illusionary "elves" - or
"little green men."
- Other stuff
Sense of direction:This is not one I've seen much in
there are several times when Mulder seems fairly incompetent on the
In "Genderbender" he wrestles with a map, holding it
then turning it around anxiously. He later gets so utterly lost that
scrumples the map up and throws it away. (Scully catches it deftly)
he starts to go the wrong way in the research building, and Scully
"Syzygy" starts with Mulder and Scully arguing over
the opening scenes of "Quagmire" are based around the
Mulder has got lost and has to stop and ask for directions, thus
locals who will play a part in the drama. Also in
seems to be rather out of place in the country, commenting on how
dark it seems
after the city, suggesting he's not a rugged outdoor sort of man. He
this sentiment in "Detour." Despite saying that he and his
"Indian guides" back in the woods at home (hey! Something
father-son-like in the Mulder family? Surely not!), he gets
attacked, offers no
helpful suggestions when Scully can't get a fire to light, and says
convinced that the whole of nature is out to get us.
Squeamishness: In "Ice," Mulder seems very
the operation to take the worm out of Bear's neck. He rushes off as
if he is
going to be sick, but presumably doesn't since he just brings a jar
to put the
worm in. In other episodes, however, he attends Scully's autopsies
sign of being disturbed. Maybe he's got used to such things.
Then we have "Irresistible," when Mulder is quite
things that Scully finds horrible. This is perhaps the sort of thing
means when she says, in "Our Town," that she thought
nothing gave him
However, even in the fourth season, he's still more squeamish
In Leonard Betts, he appears rather unhappy (making faces and
shifting from foot
to foot) when Scully digs through the human waste disposal unit,
Betts' head, and downright appalled when she says she needs him to
do it, as his
arms are longer.
(Strangely, though, Scully seems more bothered by eau de corpse
does. There are several episodes when she covers her nose and Mulder
such as in the Pilot episode when the coffin opens up.
Smoking: In "Dreamland," the MIB inhabiting
asks Scully to buy him cigarettes - Morleys. "Since when did
she asks, showing that Mulder has never smoked while she knew him.
However, in "travellers,
set in 1990, Mulder apparently was smoking.
Psychology stuff: A few fragments we learn from the episodes are that he
disapprove of the use of drugs when treating psychological disorders
Again"), preferring hypnotic regression. He tells Clyde
Bruckman that he is
not a Freudian.
Writing reports: Mulder is fond of writing reports long
Scully seems to prefer the computer. In "Folie a Deux" he
profiling, writing in pen on a yellow note pad.
Seasick: Mulder gets seasick ("Dod Kalm")
doesn't appear to get sea-sick in "Triangle," when he
chartered a boat
to sail alone to the Bermuda Triangle. Well, maybe he was horribly
that little boat, since we don't see him in it. Maybe sea-sick
get sea-sick in dreams (or time-slips, or whatever.)
Languages: Mulder can't speak Spanish at all well.
Green Men"). He took French at high school, but wishes he could
Going by the book: His tendency to break every rule going
dates back to his first case when a fellow agent, Steve Wallenberg,
Mulder went by the book. ("Young at Heart")
Cooking: He is seen cooking in "Deep Throat,"
only seems to be bacon or something like that. In "Tooms"
he seems to
have had a pizza the night Tooms crept into his apartment -
that was delivered in a box. In "Chinga" we see into his
it's a scary site, containing absolutely nothing at all except some
very old and
bad orange juice.
Wealth: Much has been said by fans about Mulder's habit of
clothes that seem rather more expensive that would have been
someone on his income. His family seems to have been rather well
off, living on
Martha's Vineyard and owning a summer house in Rhode Island. Did
a nice large amount from his father?
However, the prospect of not being paid for a few weeks makes him
vacation ("Never Again"), saying that he needs to pay for
rent. In "Monday," he is sufficiently scared of running
out of money,
and having his rent cheque bounce, that he is desperate to get his
into the bank as soon as he gets it.
Tipping: Possible wealth notwithstanding, Mulder is a bad
"Bad Blood," paying for a pizza, he gives the delivery
boy $13.00 for
a $12.98 pizza and graciously tells him to keep the change. In the
his large drinking session in the bar, he hands over his money, and
bartender looks rather put out when she counts the money. Then, in
I," (when in Morris's body) he tells the gas station attendant
to keep the
11 cents, and looks quite pleased with himself.
Favourite places to think: "Little Green Men"
twice, sitting on a bench down by the Potomac, sitting and thinking.
thoroughly pounced on this, making that bench the traditional one
for Mulder and
Scully to meet. [From the novels: Mulder's favorite place to go
is in the quiet of the tidal basin, by the Jefferson memorial
and he also likes to go to see the display case with all the
objects, like a giant bear and a Harley-Davidson, that is in the
FBI, on the
public tour route ("Antibodies").]
Choice of motels: [Fanfic frequently states that Mulder
knack for choosing awful motels. While this may be based on
observations of the
places they stay in the episodes, the only place I've found any
of it is in the novels - "Goblins" to be exact. Mulder has
for choosing awful motels, though Scully calls it a
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