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Pairing: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Alternative name(s): MSR, the Mothership, Mulder/Scully, M/S
Gender category: Het
Fandom: The X-Files
Canonical?: yes
Prevalence: OTP, main pairing
Archives: *works tagged as Fox Mulder/Dana Scully at Archive of Our Own
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Mulder/Scully is the main pairing in X-Files fandom. It is a het pairing between FBI agent partners Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. The pairing is commonly denoted as MSR - Mulder Scully Relationship - in fanfiction headers. This is where the term shipper comes from, a shortening of "relationshippers".

From “You’re My 1 in 5 Billion”: 18 Times The X-Files’s Mulder/Scully Ruined Us for All Other TV Romances:

In fact, I would probably go so far as to say they’ve Mulder and Sculy ruined me for all other TV romances. After all, the iconic duo have been together in some form or another (even they probably couldn’t tell you when they made the subtle switch from partners to partners in every sense of the word) for more than 21 years at this point, and I’m still just as invested in the status of their relationship as I was when it began, if not more so. (The X-Files 3, where are you? I need a fix!)** What other television romance has played out as perfectly and been allowed to flourish as beautifully?

From How Horny X-Files Lovers Created a New Type of Online Fandom:

I was a “shipper,” as in, relationshipper—a category of fan yearning to see Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully fall wildly in love. The term “shipper” is now a standard word across modern day fandoms, but the term really first caught on among X-Philes. And “X-Philes” was the name fans gave themselves, a play on the Greek word for love.

Even after almost 25 years, it's still the most popular het pairing in The X-Files.





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