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The 9 Creepiest 'X-Files' Villains

9. Chinga

Chinga is doll that has the unsettling ability to cause her owners to physically harm themselves. The episode (Season 5, Episode 10) was rumored to have been originally written by Stephen King, though he was never given credit. Dolls are inherently creepy, but this porcelain nightmare takes it to a whole 'nother level!

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8. The Bark Creatures

“Detour” (Season 5, Episode 4) sees Scully and Mulder facing a force that they can't see. With their red, glowing eyes and ability to blend in with the trees, these monsters can be anywhere. This episode is one of the few times the duo stumbles upon a supernatural happening without being assigned to a case, making it that much creepier!

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7. Robert Patrick Modell

Robert Patrick Modell’s appearance in “Pusher” (Season 3, Episode 17) and “Kitsunegari” (Season 5, Episode 8) showcased a man whose near-fatal brain tumor had given him psychic abilities. He uses his powers to force his victims to kill themselves. The climactic use of Russian roulette in “Pusher” was the first time the game had been shown on network television.

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6. Eugene Victor Tooms

First appearing in “Squeeze” (Season 1, Episode 3), Eugene Victor Tooms is the first character to truly display the show’s appetite for horror. Often seen as The X-Files'  first "monster of the week," Tooms can squeeze through any opening to break into people’s homes at night and steal their livers. His presence was so well received that he was one of only three monsters to make a second appearance (Season 1, Episode 21).

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5. Donnie Pfaster

Featured in both “Irresistible” (Season 2, Episode 13) and “Orison” (Season 7, Episode 7), serial killer Donnie Pfaster was described as a “death fetishist.” As trophies, Pfaster takes locks of hair from his victims. His first appearance had no supernatural elements, but “Orison” revealed that Pfaster is actually demonic.

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4. The Peacock Family

“Home” (Season 4, Episode 2) is easily one of the show's most controversial episodes. After a deformed baby’s body is discovered, Scully and Mulder are called in to investigate. What they find is the Peacock family, a group of inbred farmers who pay direct tribute to Texas Chainsaw Massacre. They graphically kill a sheriff and his wife, which earned the show its first TV-MA rating.

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3. Rob Roberts

While “Hungry” (Season 7, Episode 3) does a great job of showing Rob Roberts' internel conflict over his addiction to human brains, he is still terrifying. He can’t control his thirst, which throws him into many terrifying situations. What makes this different from most of the show’s episodes is that we actually see the events from the villain's point of view, rather than following Scully and Mulder.

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2. Leonard Betts

By bathing in iodine and eating cancer patients' tumors, the titular character in “Leonard Betts” (Season 4, Episode 12) is able to regenerate his body parts at will, making him nearly immortal. Because he survives by latching onto cancer, some of his victims find out they have the disease after he tries to attack them ... including one of our heroes.

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1. Flukeman

In “The Host” (Season 2, Episode 2), we're introduced to Flukeman, a worm mutated by radiation in Chernobyl. The creature is grotesque, but that's not what makes him the No. 1 villain on this list. His awkward movements and horrid screams are why he is so horrifyingly memorable. A nod to the horror movies of the 1950s, Flukeman was a parasite who survives by draining the blood of his victims.

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