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Incredibly, if you look at the images used in the articles for the TV series and both movies (, , 3rd page has been deleted), a hyphen has never been a part of the title of the franchise. Despite this, the use of the hyphen by nearly all media and discussion of the franchise might give it a WP:common_name arguement, despite the fact that it is actually inaccurate. Or does it? What do we do when the truth butts heads with the common name convention? -- AvatarMN (talk) 03:41, 9 August 2008 (UTC)
I agree with you, I have long wondered where this hyphen came from. It's possible that "The X-Files" was used on press releases and other material sent out by the creators, and that they have made a stylistic choice not to include it in the logos used on the series, films and other spinoffs like the novels, comic book and The Secrets of The X Files. I personally prefer to not use the hyphen but this is an opinion that's very much in the minority. Speednik (talk) 10:56, 11 August 2008 (UTC)
The hyphen doesn't make sense. The 'X' isn't a prefix of 'Files'. These files are filed under 'X'. If the show was called The Enigma Files, or something, there'd be no hyphen confusion. The title of the article should be changed. Wetdogmeat (talk) 21:53, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
in the end credits of the first x files movie, it is in fact hyphenated —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 12:50, 29 August 2008 (UTC)
This comment is correct - screengrab of end credits. See also this example from a little earlier in the film. I'm of the opinion that while I personally am not a fan of the hyphen in the title, it's almost universally recognised as being part of it even by those who made it. Like it or not, the hyphen on the article title should remain. Speednik (talk) 08:14, 10 September 2008 (UTC)
"the hyphen on the article title should remain"? No, it should not. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 07:49, 25 January 2013 (UTC)
Away with the hyphen, says I. This coming from a diehard for absolute accuracy when it comes to titles, to the point where I consider misspelt song names 'the whole truth and nothing but the truth', and thus not bound by WP's conventions. The main series states "The X Files", right? Then that's what it should be. Mac Dreamstate (talk) 13:26, 19 September 2014 (UTC)
I feel any of that content would be better served in the main article, season articles, or episode articles (if they're not already there). A standalone article of this subject seems a bit odd to me, as I've never seen an article like that. Drovethrughosts (talk) 23:02, 30 January 2015 (UTC)
That is not true. There are articles such as Harry Potter influences and analogues, Star Wars sources and analogues (which is what actually inspired me to write this), we have many stand alone articles on notable topics, plus there are entire books and websites covering this topic. I have The X-Files book of the unexplained with me right now that I borrowed from the library. There are plenty of books covering the subject. At the same time I find stand-alone topics like Religion in The X-Files questionable. This is true for many wiki-articles that I've seen while notable stand-alone topics are proposed for merging. So to re-state my argument, it definitely deserves a page especially given that it has plenty of sources and on ideas for the franchise. Now what else can we do to expand and improve it?--Nadirali نادرالی (talk) 01:44, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
I find nothing too objectionable with your article, although a good chunk of it is covered in the episode and season article (not to say it can't exist on its own). With that being said, I am curious as to why you find Religion in The X-Files questionable.--Gen. Quon(Talk) 04:34, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
I am not experienced with Wikipedia, and as such I do not want to edit the article directly, but there is an omission in the article.
In s5, ep14 "The red and the black", the tagline at the end of the opening credits is "Resist or Serve" in place of the usual "The truth is out there" this is not mentioned on the section within "Opening sequence". Anyone with the box-set can verify this, and for reference, it is on disc 4 of series 5, and aired, I think, sometime around March of '98. If somebody experienced with editing would care to verify this, and amend the article accordingly, it would be appreciated. I do have a screen capture, but am not sure how to upload it, nor if it allowed because of copyright issues.
I will say that that list of alternate taglines is just a smattering of some examples, not an exhaustive list.--Gen. Quon(Talk) 16:58, 9 November 2015 (UTC)
Can we remove the bit in the header where it mentions Mulder & Scully's relationship?
It's a major spoiler presented without warning to people who may be reading about the show for the first time. Seems unwise. I'm going to remove it, if anyone has any good reasons why it should stay please say so. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 08:44, 4 July 2015 (UTC)
Wikipedia doesn't fear the spoiler.--Gen. Quon(Talk) 16:57, 9 November 2015 (UTC)