|Status:||Most likely dead (denial!)|
|Relationships:||Affair with Marita|
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Alex Krycek was a reoccurring character on the FOX television show The X-Files. He was first introduced as an FBI agent in Sleepless when he became Fox Mulder's new partner. In that same episode, Krycek was revealed to be working for the Syndicate and over the course of the series would switch alliances several times over. He's most likely dead as Skinner shot him several times in Existence and he later appeared to Mulder as a ghost in The Truth, but as Chris Carter has said many times, no one ever dies on The X-Files.
Fannish engagement with the character
Quite possibly the original little black dress of fandom, Krycek and his chameleon-like versatility make him a favorite of shippers and slashers alike. Most often paired with Mulder, Scully, Skinner, or Marita, Krycek can also be found in many crossovers, sometimes even having sex with his fellow little black dresses.
Because of his sneaky, underhanded ways (and Howard Gordon, who claims Krycek means "rat" in Eastern Europe), Krycek is referred to as "Ratboy" by his fans. RATales and RatB-K are two mailing lists dedicated to fanfic and discussion about Alex Krycek. AlexK-H-C-orD (link) is a mailing list focusing on hurt/comfort fan fiction featuring Krycek.
Fanon about the character
Krycek has ties to Russia and spent some time there after he lost his arm in Terma. He can speak fluent Russian and once told Mulder his parents were "Cold War immigrants." For all these reasons, Krycek is often written as Russian or of Russian descent.
Wombat wrote a tongue-in-cheek meta essay cataloging Krycek's various fanonical character interpretations in the style of a nature catalog of the facts and habits of various species of animals, called The Spotter's Guide to the Common Krycek
- The RATales Archive, updated 2010
- All Things Rat
- RatB - Mulder/Krycek Slash Fanfiction Archive, last updated March 2006
- TER/MA - Truely Erotic Ratboy Slash Mulder Association, last updated 2003?
- Skipper Tales - Scully/Krycek Fanfiction Archive], last updated May 2008
- SKINKS - Skinner/Krycek, last updated June 2007 (Wayback link)
- SKSA - Skinner/Krycek Slash Archive, last updated March 2002
- The North-West Passage: Ghosts and the sequel Lovers by torch. Ghosts even inspired a fanzine. Mulder/Krycek casefile fic, posted 1997
- World Without End by Rachel Anton - an epic post-apocalyptic Scully/Krycek fic, posted March 1999 to June 2001
- Wicked Game by Mare - A Scully/Krycek epic and a flagship fic for the pairing; first part posted in September 1996, unfinished
- These Men of Honor cycle, a Mulder/Krycek mytharc series: Absolution Prologue, Absolution Act One and What Friends Are For by Rachel Lee Arlington and Powerplay and The Moment of Truth by Phyre. Posted 1997
- The Gift of an Enemy by Sylvia/rheasilvia - M/K fic with a casefile, published as a zine in 1998
- Restraint by Slim Slash and Without Me - Krycek/Eminem crossover.
- Krychek by Bren Antrim, the first Mulder/Krycek story