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Synonyms: Philedom, X-Files Fan, X-Filer (the later two are usually used by media to describe fans of The X-Files)
See also: browncoat, scaper, trekkie, wingnut, whovian, xenite
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A term used by fans of Chris Carter's The X-Files to describe themselves. A play on words, Phile (from the Latin -phila, from Ancient Greek φίλος [philos], “dear, beloved”) is used in the fannish sense as someone who is a lover of a certain character of a show. The first use of "X-Phile" by a fan to describe themselves on alt.tv.x-files.creative was on May 8, 1994, but from the way it was used, the term appears to have been well-established at that point. [1]

The opposite of the word "phile" is "phobe."

Other Fannish uses of "Phile"

While "X-Phile" is most the commonly used fannish phrase, other fans have used the term in other ways. Some examples:


Some celebrities have "outed" themselves as X-Philes in some tv specials including writers Stephen King, Harlan Ellison[3] and William Gibson as well as singer/actress Cher. Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters had a short cameo in the third season episode Pusher and admitted that he used to have a huge crush on Gillian Anderson in a 2014 talk show while sitting next to Anderson.[4]. Other prominent fans are actors Robert Patrick, Joel McHale[5], Robbie Amell[6] and BNF Kumail Nanjiani who all starred or guest starred on the show.

Some showrunners and directors like J. J. Abrams[7], Bryan Fuller[8], Ridley Scott[9] and Zootopia director Bryon Howard[10] also publicly claimed to be fans of the show.

Meta-ish perspective on Philes


See also


  1. Could someone repost Gema (yet again)?
  2. from Comlink #44
  3. http://harlanellison.com/buzz/bws003.htm
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDKsRSvM2YM
  5. The X-Files Re-Opened-Special
  6. http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/the-flashs-amell-reacts-to-shocking-x-files-finale-contemplates-more-firestorm
  7. http://www.ign.com/articles/2008/05/29/jj-abrams-takes-us-to-the-fringe
  8. http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/hannibal/25439/bryan-fuller-interview-hannibal-elegant-horror-gillian-anderson-more%25E2%2580%25A6#ixzz2ie9xCO99
  9. according to an anecdote told by director and Carterverse producer Rob Bowman at the Paley Festival 2009
    "I had really cool meeting with Ridley Scott years ago. I was invited to go meet him and I had no idea, I thought I was in trouble. And after a half an hour of melting in his waiting room... I walked into the room and there was Ridley and I was just about to go down to lick his shoes and he said, 'I'm a huge fan of yours. The way you guys light that show and how you shoot it, it really knocks me out. And I don't know if you knew this but..' And he knew exactly how I shot. He knew I don't like cranes, he knows I don't liked the Steadycam, it was amazing. But he started talking about monsters and he said, 'You know I had this problem on 'Alien'... because it looked terrible.' So he came up with everything he could think to blind the audience from seeing the thing. And I realized that's the same, we're supposed to protect you from, you know, lesser stuff."
  10. https://twitter.com/byronphoward/status/641070138670714880?lang=en
  11. http://www.indieflix.com/Films/XPhiles
  12. http://spookyverse.de/wiki/X-Phile#Dokumentationen