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Synonyms: Neophile, newbie, baby-phile, Baby phile
See also: Bitter Old Fanfic Queen, X-Phile
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Babyphile is a ambiguous portmanteau term consisting of "baby" and "X-Phile" that has been used since the early 1990s[1] in Philedom which may refer to:

  1. A new fan of The X-Files who just recently became a fan of the show[2] (sometimes also referred to as "neophile"). One of the first uses of this term with this definition was during the 2012 X-Files Paley Event by an X-Phile in the audience.[3]
  2. A fan who was born after 2002 when the original run of the show ended (see also Second Wave or second generation fans).
  3. The offspring of one or more X-Philes who is exposed to the fandom and thus most likely will become or became a fan by proxy.[4]

The is term usually used as a self-description in X-Files fandom to indicate that some one is not yell well-versed in fandom history and/or the show's canon and fandom.

"If you call Mulder and Scully "Sculder", everbody in fandom will know that you were born after the Millennium *lol* #babyphile #neophile."
Are you all long-time Philes or are any of you watching for the first time? What got you into The X-Files?

"Carolyn and Vanessa have been watching since they were in middle school. They are both long-term and hard core Philes. Amanda is a Baby-Phile whom they are leading through the Mulder and Scully journey."

Introducing Not Another X-Files Podcast, by Keva Andersen, November 26, 2015 on XFilesNews
When did you become an X-Phile?

"I'm pretty much a "Baby-Phile" - I started watching The X-Files in October 2014 and became hooked immediately."

FanArt Wednesdays - Milly Packham by XFN Staff On July 22, 2015 on XFN
"2 Philes and A New Born Long time X-Files fans Walt Frasier and Laurice Fattal are joined by fellow improv comedian and baby-phile new comer Patrick Reidy."
snippet from the 2 X-Philes and a Newborn Podcast Describtion on
Can I just give a shout-out to all the Baby Philes out there (and to me that pretty much includes anyone under 30).😊 It makes me so happy that folks who are an entire generation younger than me have discovered and love XF as much as I do. 😘
@JennX on Twitter, 27 Feb 2019



  1. ^ I don't get up much, but there seems to be a LOT of brand new baby Philes here in the last two weeks, and before the "DD's Porn Career" balloon gets inflated again, let's cut the string with the scissor of FACTS (was that profound, or WHAT??) by on on 7/10/96
  2. ^ 2 Philes and A New Born Podcast
  3. ^ Audience question an 1:12:00 during the The X-Files 'The Truth is in here' Paley Event
  4. ^ posts tagged #baby phile on