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As I watched almost all episodes of The X-Files and both movies I couldn't understand one thing.

If Mulder was so dangerous to the Syndicate, why did they not just kill him? The Syndicate could be so powerful to do this with minimal effort. Ok, they did not want to make him a martyr, but he could have a car accident or something.

I can only imagine that the Cigarette Smoking Man wanted him, as his probable son, to be on his place, but I'm not sure about this. But he was able to kill Jeffrey Spender, his other son.

Then in the 9th season Mulder (as maybe David Duchovny was not wanting to star more) is hiding because they are after them. Why didn't the Syndicate (or Aliens) kill him before?

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Welcome to Movies & TV. Your question body somehow asks a different question than your question title. And the last sentence is incomplete, how is the question to be continued? –  Napoleon Wilson Jul 1 '13 at 9:28
@ChristianRau I'm sorry for that - I've updated. I don't know how it happened, my fault. –  Voitcus Jul 1 '13 at 9:44
@Voitcus question body still not matching with title. –  Ankit Sharma Jul 1 '13 at 16:08

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They obviously wanted him dead; they don't kill him outright because of the "Martyr effect", which it sounds like you are on board with. So what about the accident you propose...Imagine the Syndicate kills Mulder in a car accident. Or in a plane, or even a carbon monoxide leak. What are the conspiracy theorists going to think? They are going to think that the Syndicate killed him! Even if he really DID die via accident, that's what they are going to think. That's the hallmark of a conspiracy theory! Holds up the narrative but for which there exists only circumstantial evidence.

So now the Syndicate knows this; they can't do ANYTHING to kill Mulder. Even if he dies outside of their own hands, he will essentially be Martyred. What is their only solution? Discredit him. So they send him on wild goose chases in an effort to make his life's work meaningless. Of course, as our fearless hero he always gets 2 steps forwards before going 1 step back, but it's the only thing they can really do.

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That's reasonable, thank you, but why then were they after him since 9th series? –  Voitcus Jul 3 '13 at 6:31
Well if memory serves that was not the Syndicate, but rather the supersoldiers. I mean Mulder could be considered discredited by the establishment by the end of the series in any case, so presumably killing him would not lead to Matrydom. But yeah, I don't remember specific instances of the Syndicate alone trying to harm him. –  levitopher Jul 3 '13 at 17:29

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