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Pairing: Mulder/Krycek, Fox Mulder/Alex Krycek
Alternative name(s): M/K
Gender category: slash
Fandom: The X-Files
Canonical?: nearly
Prevalence: huge, in the past
Archives: RatB, TER/MA, the Basement, MKRA (via Wayback)
Other: M/K Slash Ring, Mulder/Krycek Multimedia Archive
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Mulder/Krycek was one of the first big slash pairings on the net. They were enemies who loved to hate each other and Mulder especially liked to get really physical when expressing his hatred. At the same time they were sometimes reluctant allies.

Betrayal, redemption, trust issues, and Mulder in denial about his attraction to Krycek were common themes in fanfic.

The motto of the Mulder/Krycek Romantics Association was: For those who know real UST when they see it! It was a comment on the often talked about Mulder/Scully UST and referred in this context to all the angry tension between Mulder and Krycek that was perceived as sexual. That fan interpretation of the character dynamic got a bit of fanservice later in canon when Krycek kissed Mulder on the cheek in the fifth season episode The Red and the Black.[1]

Fan Comments

When the X-Files hysteria started, I avoided getting drawn into it by the simple means of not even watching a single episode. What happened then is what happens every time you say "never" to a new fandom: you fall for it, hard. I discovered Mulder/Krycek slash via a due South author's other work, begged tapes from mareen, read whatever I could get my hands on, and was captivated by the complicated relationship between Fox Mulder and Alex Krycek. From partners to mortal enemies, to reluctant allies, to... lovers? At least that's what fandom said, and I agreed. No matter how little I care for Chris Carter's botching of the mytharc in the later seasons, I'll always be grateful to him for that kiss in "The Red and the Black", and for the tremendous potential inherent in Krycek's character. Fandom was certainly an experience although I avoided the extremes of the spectrum - the Krycek-defenders who excused or denied his crimes, and the people who saw him as a sociopath without a conscience. I prefer the middle ground and am wholly comfortable in denying the events of "Existence". Krycek, dead? I must have misheard. [2]
Ok, here's my question. I don't get M/K. Up to a point, sure. But not after Alex offs Bill Mulder. I understand the sex thing--there's always been a weird sexual subtext to the Mulder-Krycek relationship, but...well, anyway, y'all managed to explain that to me a while back. But there are some things... For you M/K folks: how can you get consensual, non-kink M/K to work and be believable for you and for your readers post BM's death? Because sometimes it does work. I've read some where it just clicked for me, and I could take it. But a lot of it I either don't believe or it makes me squick. [3]

Notable Mulder/Krycek Works

fanfic banner for In a Dark Time

See also: Category:X-Files M/K Fanfiction

Fanart Examples


  • The Whammy Awards - X-Files slash awards given annually from 1997 to 1999 (1998?).
  • The Lisa e Krysa Awards recognise excellent in Mulder/Krycek fiction and were given annually from 1999 to 2001


Archives/Rec Sites

Mailing Lists

Meta/Further Reading


  1. ^ Mulder/Krycek kiss on YouTube (Last accessed November 21, 2008.)
  2. ^ the x-files fan fiction - recommendations by allaire mikháil, Archived version
  3. ^ comment by Laura Jacquez Valentine at First Slash fanfic you ever read..., March 18, 1999
  4. ^ Ghosts, by torch (Last accessed June 11, 2010.)
  5. ^ In a Dark Time by A. Leigh-Anne Childe (Wayback link, last accessed June 11, 2010.)