|See also:||Duchovny Fans vs. Anderson Fans (aka "My star is better than your star"), One True Character|
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A bothist is an X-Files fandom term which originated around 1999 on alt.tv.x-files.analysis and usually used as a self description of being a fan of either both Mulder and Scully and/or David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.
Being a bothist means that one does not prefer one character or actor over the other. The opposite would be a One True Character like a Duchovniak, Mulderist or Scullyist.
Some Meta-ish contemplation/uses of the term
" I consider myself a "Bothist" - that is, not just a Mulderist or a Scullyist - because I can see the best and worst in both of them. "Chronicle X Interview with Michaela
"It’s strange that Mulder can annoy me so much and yet I still essentially consider myself a bothist. Mainly I suppose I consider myself a bothist because I’m only slightly more interested in Scully without Mulder than I am in Mulder without Scully. They need to be partners in order to be the characters that drew me in in the first place. But also, I have the fanfic to thank, because fanfic Mulder is usually pretty wonderful at bringing the scales of preference back into balance.http://amyhit.livejournal.com/118691.html
"When I first read this fic, years ago, I distinctly remember thinking how amazingly well it had captured Mulder’s character. That was back when I was far more of a bothist than I seem to be now.Now I read this fic and I love it because it’s a Mulder characterization that I love to bits. It’s how I wish he was."1/3? - aka - How the heck did my comment get this long? God.
"(...)I'm more of a bothist, generally speaking(...)"https://tenacious-err.livejournal.com/93938.html?thread=1134834#t1134834
"(...)I really am a Bothist (as if anyone talked that way now), in that if the power balance is too far tilted in any story I become uneasy.(...)"https://xf-book-club.livejournal.com/19858.html?thread=247186#t247186