|Pairing:||Fox Mulder/Dana Scully|
|Alternative name(s):||MSR, the Mothership, Mulder/Scully, M/S|
|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".
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?
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.
- msr fan art tag on tumblr
- work tagged as msr-fanart on DeviantArt
- NSFW fan art by MSRAfterDark on tumblr
- Xfiles Fanart Roundup A Place where I can selfishly keep track of all the amazing X-Files Fanart that exists on Tumblr Currated by HoldmyFandom
- MSR POLAROID PROJECT Illustrated Polaroid adventures of the work, life, and love of our two favorite FBI agents, because Mulder and Scully deserve happy moments.
- a playlist on youtube with 440+ video
- The legendary looks between Mulder and Scully by Paperhearts1121 (200K + views)
- hungry eyes by RebeccaScully (700K+ views)
- Mulder/Scully : The Scientist by FerryboatProductions
- A Caution About Public Criticism (1998)
- musings Romance; WebCite (1999)
- REASONS FOR A ROMANTIC MULDER/SCULLY RELATIONSHIP: By Paula Graves, Archived version (1999?)
- bethanyactually.tumblr, Archived version, "The Mothership" (2015)
- https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-x-files-theory-that-makes-mulder-and-scullys-relati-1755700498 The X-Files Theory That Makes Mulder and Scully's Relationship Make Sense