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This subject is written on a topic in the real world and reflects factual information. 🐙 The X-Files is a long-running American science fiction police drama franchise created by Chris Carter which has been claimed by some to be Lovecraftian in nature. To date, eleven series and two full-length feature films have been produced, along with a host of associated media, such as novels, comic books, video games, etc.


The show follows two FBI special agents who are assigned to a special branch of the Bureau which investigates unexplained crimes and phenomena. The overarching story of the franchise involves a government conspiracy to cover up their involvement with aliens, and the agents' attempts to find the truth hidden by the shadowy figures ranged against them.

Lovecraftian Themes[]

  • The show frequently features themes of a greater knowledge lurking just out of sight, which is a very Lovecraftian concept.
  • Some episodes, such as "Squeeze" and "Tooms" feature characters who will go to desperate lengths in order to extend their life spans. These recall stories such as "Cool Air".
  • The two-part episode "Dreamland" features a case of body-swapping, which could be likened to the events of "The Thing on the Doorstep", although in The X-Files the story plays out in a far more lighthearted and upbeat way.


  • The Season 5 episode "Chinga" was co-written by Expanded Mythos author Stephen King.