The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes

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Sometimes you don't want all the mythology and mess and just want to enjoy Mulder and Scully investigating something weird, but which episodes of The X-Files are just the monster, no conspiracy? We've compiled this list of every X-Files monster of the week episode for you to browse and vote on. Do you like "Tooms" the best, or is "Arcadia" your favorite episode of The X-Files? Whether it's another one of Scully's vacations going wrong - again - or Mulder hyper focusing on baseball, lake monsters, or vampires, monster of the week episodes are many an X-Files fan's favorite and are often scarier, more haunting, or funnier than the episodes that follow the mythology.

There doesn't have to be a specific monster to qualify as a "monster of the week" episode, it just needs to be unconnected to the wider mythology of The X-Files to qualify. Sometimes the monster is a clear cut thing like Jersey devils and sometimes it's just the general sadness of being unable to help the people we used to love. To determine once and for all what the best monster of the week episodes of The X-Files are, let's rank every one from best to worst.
Vote up your favorite monster of the week episodes of The X-Files, and vote down any meh episodes that you didn't enjoy, despite how much you love X-Files as a whole. It can be difficult to put one monster of the week episode over the other when there are so many good, terrifying, and weird ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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  • Monster: Puppet

    In the midst of a psychic sideshow while on a murder case, Mulder and Scully enlist the help of a man who may have a true psychic ability to foresee how people will die to help the agents catch a man ...more
  • Monster: An unknown fear entity

    A Los Angeles police officer who is being filmed for the show COPS is attacked by a strange monster and Mulder and Scully are investigating the case. Scully is wary of having their faces put on ...more
  • Monster: Eugene Victor Tooms

    One of Scully's friends from the FBI academy, now working in the Violent Crimes Unit, asks her to assist him on a homicide investigation involving no clear point of entry. Mulder realizes that this ...more
  • Monster: Donald Pfaster

    A mortuary worker who gets his thrills from collecting hair and fingernails from the dead begins killing his soon-to-be collectibles himself and sets his seriously disturbed sights on Scully.
  • Monster: Bernard Oates kinda pam

    A woman is forced to relive the same day over and over as she tries to prevent Mulder and Scully from being killed by her boyfriend during a bank robbery attempt. As the events restart again and ...more
  • Monster: Big Blue

    Mulder and Scully investigate a series of disappearances and attacks around a lake where Mulder believes that the local legend about a lake monster may be all too real.
  • Monster: Albert Tanner

    After the body of a decapitated EMT disappears from the morgue and an identical man starts work at the same hospital, Mulder believes that the man has the ability to regrow parts of his body, ...more
  • Monster: Parasitic ice worms

    When members of an Arctic research team mysteriously kill each other and themselves only days after drilling deeper into the ice than ever before, Mulder and Scully accompany a team of doctors and ...more
  • Monster: The Peacock family

    A baby is found buried alive in shallow ground and appears to have birth defects resulting from generations of inbreeding, leading Mulder and Scully to a reclusive family who have a history of inbred ...more
  • Monster: Ronnie Strickland (vampire)

    After Mulder chases down and kills a young man who he believes to be a vampire, the agents return to DC aware of the mistake they just made. Faced with a lawsuit from the family of the man, they ...more
  • Monster: Phyllis Paddock

    "Die Hand Die Verletzt" is the fourteenth episode of the second season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on January 27, 1995. It was written by ...more
  • Monster: Wood mites

    When a group of loggers in the Washington State National Forest disappear in the same way that another group disappeared 50 years ago, Mulder and Scully go along to investigate and find themselves ...more
  • Monster: Hallucinogenic Mushroom Organism

    When the bodies of a couple who have been missing for less than a week are discovered to have been reduced to bone, Mulder suggests that recent paranormal phenomena in the area may have caused the ...more
  • Monster: Margi Kleinjan and Terri Roberts

    "Syzygy" is the thirteenth episode of the third season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. The episode first aired in the United States on January 26, 1996, on Fox. It was written ...more
  • Monster: Flukeman

    A.D. Skinner sends Mulder to investigate a body which washed into the New Jersey sewer from the ocean. Mulder believes that the basic blue-collar assignment is punishment, but by Skinner's own ...more
  • Monster: Eugene Victor Tooms

    Eugene Tooms is released from the sanitarium, and Mulder becomes personally involved to ensure that he is caught in the act of getting the last human liver he needs to go into hibernation for another ...more
  • While on their way to an FBI group communication seminar, Mulder and Scully manage to escape when they come across a situation in the Florida forest area where three men have recently disappeared.
  • Monster: Robert Patrick Modell

    "Pusher" is the seventeenth episode of the third season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It originally aired on the Fox network on February 23, 1996, and was written by ...more
  • Monster: Nazis

    Mulder goes to the Bermuda Triangle when he learns that the Queen Anne, a British luxury liner which disappeared during WWII, has reappeared in the middle of the Sargasso Sea. Mulder's boat is ...more
  • Monster: Cockroaches

    Widespread panic is caused in a small community after numerous deaths are linked to killer cockroaches, and a government agricultural agency is discovered to have set up a secret experiment involving ...more
  • Monster: Ubermenscher

    On their first official case back on the X-Files, Mulder and Scully go undercover as a married couple at a prestigious planned community where several residents have recently disappeared after ...more
  • Monster: Josh Exley

    Mulder meets with Agent Arthur Dales' brother (also named Arthur) and is told a tale of a talented negro baseball player from Roswell, New Mexico in the 1940's who may have been an alien that ran ...more
  • Monster: John Lee Roche

    Mulder's dreams help him in finding the body of a little girl which reopens one of his old cases in the Violent Crimes Unit and leads him to believe the killer he captured had more victims and may ...more
  • Monster: The Great Mutato

    Filmed in glorious black and white with a comic book feel to it, this is a modern retelling of Frankenstein as Mulder and Scully get caught up in a town where the residents live on Jerry Springer ...more
  • Monster: Patrick Garland Crump

    Mulder is trapped in a car with a man who has developed a serious ear condition which can only be suppressed by driving west at high speeds. As Scully tries to find the cause and a cure for the ...more