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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
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.
- Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
- Dana Scully/Walter Skinner
- Dana Scully/Alex Krycek
- Dana Scully/Monica Reyes
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."
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."
Notable Scully stories include:
- Not Only Human by Laura Shapiro and Killa
- Fall in the Light - Gwyneth
- Have You Seen Me Lately by Lyle
- Fannish discourse communities and the construction of gender in The X-Files by Emily Regan Wills (2013)