Dana Scully

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Name: Dana Scully
Occupation: FBI agent
Title/Rank: Special Agent
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Dana Scully is a main character on the FOX television show The X-Files. Her partner is Fox Mulder.

Some Very Brief Canon

Dana Katherine Scully was born on February 23, 1964, and has three siblings: Charles, William Jr., and Melissa (murdered during the course of the show). She comes from a Navy family; both William Sr. and Jr. are seen in uniform. She is a practicing Roman Catholic, and wears a gold cross at her throat.

Scully is a pathologist by training, and often performs autopsies in the course of her work with Mulder. She has a medical degree (prerequisite for pathology) and a bachelor's degree in physics. She often acts as a logician and brake on the wild speculation of her partner, demanding that his theories conform to evidence and reason. One early line for which she is famous goes as follows: "Nothing happens in contradiction to nature; only in contradiction to what we know of it."

Fannish Engagement With the Character

OBSSE, the Order of the Blessed Saint Scully the Enigmatic, was a society formed specifically to appreciate this character, as was the Scullyfic mailing list.

Another group, SWILS, challenged their self-defined sexualities, being Straight Women In Love With Scully.

Fanon About the Character

Agent Scully's hair always smells like strawberries.


No Pairing

Noromo or No Romance was used in The X-Files fandom to describe a preference for canon reading and fan fiction writing that maintained the relationship between Mulder and Scully as platonic.

Noromo fans were often set opposite Shippers, or MSR fans. This was taken to satirical extremes by the Mulder And Scully Hate Each Other (MASHEO) movement: "Mulder and Scully Hate each other? The idea is absurd. Almost as absurd as the ideas that Mulder and Scully should, could, or want to, be involved romantically."[1]

Scully-Centric Fanfiction

Much Scully-centric fiction can be found at the ScullySlash archive, which features "fanfiction, slash stories focused on Dana Scully, a gallery of images of Dana Scully, email lists to discuss and post fiction about...that's right, Dana Scully."[2]

Notable Scully stories include:

Scully-centric art

Scully-Centric Vids


  1. MASHEO Satirical website devoted to Mulder and Scully's Hate. Accessed 26 October 2008
  2. ScullySlash archive.
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