The Ultimate X-Files Quiz

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About This Quiz

Do you believe in extraterrestrials, the supernatural and the just plain weird? This is the quiz for you! The truth is out there! Find out how much you know about Agent Mulder, Scully, the Cigarette Smoking Man, and the rest of the X-Files gang in this 40-question quiz.

When did the first X-Files episode air?

X-Files originally aired from September 10, 1993, to May 19, 2002, on Fox, spanning nine seasons and 202 episodes, before returning with a film in 2008, and a six-episode tenth season in 2016.

What is the name of the actor that plays Walter Skinner?

Mitch Pileggi was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor OFTA for the role of Walter Skinner in 1997.

Who directed the 2008 movie "The X-Files: I Want to Believe"?

Born and raised in California, Chris Carter graduated from the California State University at Long Beach with a degree in journalism. Formerly a freelance journalist and editor of "Surfing" magazine, Carter began his career as a screenwriter in 1985 at The Walt Disney Studios. For his work on The X-Files, Carter has received three Golden Globe Awards (1994, 1996, 1997), a Writers Guild nomination, two Directors Guild nominations, and an Emmy Award nomination.

What was the name of Fox Mulder's sister?

Samantha Ann Mulder was born on January 22, 1964 in Chilmark, Massachusetts. Her brother, Fox, was four years older than her.

Why did Section Chief Blevins assign Scully to work with Mulder?

Because Blevins believed that Mulder had developed an overly-consuming devotion to the X-files, Scully was assigned to assist her new partner in his investigations of the files, to write field reports on their activities, and to provide observations on the validity of their work.

What type of scientist was never featured on the show?

Metagenomics is the study of species in a complex sample. Using DNA sequencing methods it is possible to investigate which species are represented in an unknown sample.

What was Agent Scully's undergraduate major?

While studying for an undergraduate degree in physics, Scully wrote her senior thesis, entitled Einstein's Twin Paradox: A New Interpretation, which was published in 1986, when she was aged 23.

How did the producers deal with the height difference between Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny?

Anderson is approximately 5 feet 2 inches tall, while Duchovny is closer to 6 feet. To correct this lack of visual balance, Hollywood has long employed a simple wooden box to make filming conversations easier. The "Scully box" or "Gilly Board" was special in that it dropped the simple wood construction of an apple box for carpet-covered aluminum, which probably made for quieter steps.

In "Home", who was the mother of the deformed baby?

"Home" is the second episode of the fourth season of The X-Files. In it, a deformed baby's body is found buried in a baseball field, and Mulder and Scully investigate a family suspected of inbreeding.

Which monster of the week was turned into an action figure?

The Flukeman was a genetic freak that found its way into the New Jersey sewer system and killed several people, before being washed up in Martha's Vineyard.

What is the name for the human replacements that look human but are actually a type of fearless and virtually unstoppable alien?

These aliens want to knock out any and all attempts by humans to survive the alien colonization of Earth and were created to aid in the extraterrestrial repopulation of the planet. The name "super-soldiers" derives from the aliens themselves, but was often used cynically by humans.

How does the Flukeman sewer monster die?

As Mulder prevented the Flukeman from clambering into the sewer's overflow pipe, Mulder desperately managed to finally close the rusty gate, severing the being in half. The Flukeman wailed a long, high-pitched scream and the lower portion of its body, including its legs, was left floating in the slightly bloodied sewage water inside the vault.

In an episode where Scully takes a boat to meet with a scientist, the Cigarette Smoking Man kills Scully's would-be murderer, what does he later drop into the lake?

In episode 15 of season 7, the Cigarette Smoking Man offers to show Scully the cure for cancer is she travels with him and hides her trip from Mulder. At the end of the episode, Mulder informs Scully this was a con and she was used to retrieve information, but he does not understand why she was left alive. Mulder thinks the CSM intended to sell the disc, but he is seen throwing it into a lake at the end of the episode.

Why do the early alien bounty hunters stitch their orifices close?

The Black Oil has a wide variety of behaviors, including the ability survive long periods of time in extremely adverse environments. The Black Oil alien virus can penentrate various forms of matter such human skin, high-level protective equipment suits or even metallic surfaces. However, a complete sealing of the orificies of a biological entity proved to be effective to avoid infection with the virus, as demonstrated by the faceless alien resistance fighters.

What is the super-soldiers weakness?

The super-soldiers have only one definite physical weakness - large amounts of magnetite, an iron compound, exposure to which causes a super-soldier to uncontrollably quiver as its body becomes metallic in appearance before being pulled towards the source of the magnetite at an enormous speed that has often destroyed a super-soldier.

What was the first monster-of-the-week monster?

Monster of the Week, or abbreviated MOTW, refers to episodes of The X-Files that deal with some type of supernatural or paranormal creature or sometimes a simple criminal with a unique gift and usually are separate from episodes dealing with the Conspiracy. Eugene Tooms, the first MOTW, was introduced in episode 3 of season 1, "Squeeze."

Who is the lone survivor of the UFO cult after the ship fries everyone around it?

Baby William is the lone survivor. After being abducted by the UFO cult members and brought to the space ship, the space ship begins moving and everyone near the ship is fried with the exception of William. Scully watches from afar in terror but then finds her child.

When did The X-Files movie (also known as The X-Files: Fight the Future) get released?

The film takes place between seasons five and six, and was designed to explore the show's mythology on a wider scale and appeal to non-fans. It premiered on June 19, 1998 in the US and received mixed reviews; although some enjoyed the style and effects of the film, others found the plot confusing and viewed it as little more than an extended television episode of the series.

Who said the famous X-Files line "Trust no one"?

Deep Throat was played by actor Jerry Hardin, also known for his work in The Firm and Big Trouble in Little China.

What was the name of Dana Scully's sister?

Melissa and Dana were two very different people. Melissa believed in new age mysticism, whereas Dana was a firm believer in hard science.

Why was the Cigarette Smoking Man given that name?

The CSM had a penchant for smoking Morley brand cigarettes, often on government property. According to the episode "Apocrypha" he had smoked since at least 1953 and would smoke up until his apparent death in 2002.

What was the purpose of the bees in the bee farm?

In episode 1 of season 4, Mulder tries to rescue a clone of his sister, he is led by the clone into a secret bee hive. After entering the apiary in pursuit of them, an Alien Bounty Hunter is crushed by a large honeycomb wall.

Excluding the movies and season 10 airing in 2016, how many X-Files episodes are there?

202 total episodes span 9 seasons between 1993 and 2002. Filming for seasons 1-5 took place primarily in Vancouver, British Columbia,and for the remaining seasons in Los Angeles. Episodes were broadcast on Fridays at 9:00 pm Eastern Time for the series's first three seasons; the remaining six seasons aired on Sundays at 9:00 pm Eastern Time.

What is the name of the main villains in the X-Files series?

Mysterious men comprising a shadow element within the U.S. government, known as "The Syndicate", are the major villains in the series; late in the series it is revealed that The Syndicate acts as the only liaison between mankind and a group of extraterrestrials that intends to destroy the human species. They are usually represented by The Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis), a ruthless killer, masterful politician, negotiator, failed novelist, and the series' principal antagonist.

Which actor plays Agent John Doggett, leader of the 2000 task force with the sole purpose of searching for Fox Mulder?

Patrick starred in various direct-to-video television movies, and had a short appearance in Die Hard 2 (1990). His breakthrough role came as T-1000 in James Cameron's blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). After that, he landed roles in various feature films such as Last Action Hero (1993), Fire in the Sky (1993), and Striptease (1996). His performance in "Fire in the Sky" caught the attention of Chris Carter, creator of the television series The X-Files (1993).

In the episode "Badlaa" in season 9, Scully and Doggett investigate the murder of a man named Potocki, discovered in a hotel in Mumbai, India, drained of all blood from his body next to a child's bloody handprint. What was actually going on in this case?

Badlaa also means revenge in most Indian languages (Punjabi, Hindi etc.), fitting with this episode's story arc.

Which of the following is NOT a cause of death in the mystery of the Holvey family in the Calusari?

Would the X-Files ever off someone as mundanely as shooting them in the head? Mulder believes the deaths in this episode may be an example of poltergeist activity.

What was the plot of the pilot episode of the X-Files?

The episode aired on September 10, 1993 on the Fox network in the United States and Canada. The episode was written by series creator Chris Carter, and directed by Robert Mandel. As the pilot, it would set up the mythology storyline for the series. The episode earned a Nielsen rating of 7.9 and was viewed by 7.4 million households and 12.0 million viewers. The episode itself was generally well received by fans and critics alike, which led to a growing cult following for the series before it hit the mainstream.

Which of the following X-Files characters is NOT a super-soldier?

Several individuals who served in the United States military were replaced by alien super-soldiers. These included Knowle Rohrer and Shannon McMahon, both of whom served with Bravo Company in the US Marine Corps. According to a deceptive Shannon McMahon in late 2001, she and Rohrer had been drafted right out of Bravo Company together and had been "Adam and Eve", the prototypes of a military science program that had begun fifty years prior to 2001.

When do Mulder and Scully first kiss in the series?

At the end of the episode 3 of season 6, "Triangle," Mulder is found floating among the wreckage of the small vessel, and wakes up in the hospital in the present day with Scully, the Lone Gunmen, and Skinner standing over him. As she's leaving the room, Mulder calls Scully back and tells her, "I love you." She rolls her eyes and leaves the room. Mulder gingerly touches his black eye, presumably given to him by the 1939 Scully after he kissed her.

In episode 2 of season 6, "Drive," which actor plays Patrick Crump, a man experiencing intense head pain due to frequencies resonating in his skull?

Ultimately, Crump ended up taking Mulder hostage and convincing him to help. Unfortunately Scully and the waiting medical team were too late to save Crump's life before his head exploded. This episode's writer and executive producer Vince Gilligan went on to create and executive produce Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston.

Who killed Alex Krycek, an operative for the Syndicate and briefly a Special Agent within the FBI?

In episode 21 of season 8, "Existence," Krycek was about to shoot Mulder but at the last moment, Skinner arrived and shot Krycek. Krycek screamed and fell over as Skinner shot him again. Skinner appeared to take deep satisfaction in winning revenge against the man who had tormented him for years, mostly through the use of nanotechnology. Krycek tried in vain to grasp his weapon with his prosthetic arm and, upon failing, he attempted to convince Skinner to shoot Mulder instead. Stating that it would "take more bullets than you can ever fire to win this game," he claimed he could give Skinner a thousand lives if he were to shoot Mulder. After a brief glance in Mulder's direction, Krycek uttered something inaudible after he was shot, and with his last ounce of life, turned to Mulder, keeping his eyes fixed on Mulder as he fell to ground, dead.

Who was Alvin Kersh, played by James Pickens Jr?

The character was named after Dr. Kersh and Anton Kersh, characters from Vampire Circus – one of Chris Carter's favorite movies.

In addition to English, what language does Monica Reyes speak fluently?

Monica Reyes, played by Annabeth Gish, was born and raised in Mexico. She consequently learned to speak fluent Spanish.

What is the name of Scully's son?

William Scully was the son of Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. In 2002, he was adopted Mr. and Mrs. Van De Kamp.

How many Emmy's did composer Mark Snow win due to his work on The X-Files?

Snow was nominated for 6 Emmy's but never won. The famous echoing chord from the theme music was a fluke. Snow accidentally rested his elbow on his keyboard with the echo function on, and he liked the resulting sound so much, he wrote the theme around it.

What is the name of the Amish-like group in the episode, “Gender Bender?”

"Gender Bender" is episode 14 of the first season of The X-Files in which Mulder and Scully investigate a closed community called the Kindred, who appear to have the ability to switch gender.

What is the special powers of the character known as "Pusher"?

Robert Patrick Modell, also known as "Pusher," was a rather ordinary man who, through an accident of nature, developed mind-control abilities, that allowed him to work as a contract killer. Scully summarized Modell as a "little man who wishes he were someone big."

When infiltrating the planned community "Arcadia", what names do Mulder and Scully adopt as their cover?

The names were actually taken from characters on the Dick Van Dyke Show. Throughout the episode Mulder is unhappy with the assignment, believing it is a waste of their time since they were just reinstated to the X-Files, and continuously makes jokes, accusing Scully of just wanting to "play house." This episode struck a cord with frustrated homeowners every in ridiculous fights with their HOAs.

What kind of monster was teenager Ronnie Strickland?

"Bad Blood," episode 12 of season 5, has Mulder and Scully recounted how Mulder killed a teenage boy he believed was a vampire. Ronnie was played by actor Patrick Renna, best known for his lead role in the 1993 movie "The Sandlot."

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