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Creepy Internet Meme “This Man” Appeared as Easter Egg in “The X-Files” This Week

Every night, hundreds of people around the world dream of one mysterious man.

Whether an internet hoax or a real-life, unexplained phenomenon, the legend of “This Man” is one of the internet’s creepiest viral tales. It all began in 2006

“In January 2006 in New York, the patient of a well-known psychiatrist draws the face of a man that has been repeatedly appearing in her dreams. In more than one occasion that man has given her advice on her private life. The woman swears she has never met the man in her life.

That portrait lies forgotten on the psychiatrist’s desk for a few days until one day another patient recognizes that face and says that the man has often visited him in his dreams. He also claims he has never seen that man in his waking life.

The psychiatrist decides to send the portrait to some of his colleagues that have patients with recurrent dreams. Within a few months, four patients recognize the man as a frequent presence in their own dreams. All the patients refer to him as THIS MAN.

From January 2006 until today, at least 2000 people have claimed they have seen this man in their dreams, in many cities all over the world: Los Angeles, Berlin, Sao Paulo, Tehran, Beijing, Rome, Barcelona, Stockholm, Paris, New Dehli, Moskow etc.

At the moment there is no ascertained relation or common trait among the people that have dreamed of seeing this man. Moreover, no living man has ever been recognized as resembling the man of the portrait by the people who have seen this man in their dreams.”

Over the years, people fascinated by the phenomenon have come up with countless theories in an effort to explain it, the most compelling of which is that “This Man” is actually a real human being who has the ability to enter the dreams of others; some even believe that the man is part of a top secret mental conditioning experiment run by a major corporation.

The legend of “This Man” grows this week, as eagle-eyed viewers noticed that the creepy face made a cameo appearance in this week’s brand new episode of “The X-Files.A photo of the series’ Lone Gunmen is at one point spotlighted in Mulder’s house in the episode, and if you look close enough, a ghostly image of “This Man” is also in the photo.

The episode, interestingly enough, is titled “This.”

Is the appearance some kind of clue to unlocking the mysteries of “The X-Files” this season? Or merely a fun Easter egg placed into the show to give viewers something to talk about?

Your guess is as good as ours…



  • Creepshow

    In my dreams, he has told me his name. The Uni-Brower

    • DJ sTikInsEkT

      you dont seem to understand that people dream of him only coz they saw this pic and had it in their mind before they slept about him being in a dream. its all a joke

      • Creepshow

        Oh no, it’s real. IT’S ALL REAL!
        I felt his caterpillar graze my head, when he whispered his name into into my ear.

        • Saturn

          Those people who have dreamed of him should realise that they have been blessed as potential Prophets of Schaech, as the image that has been chosen is the 2nd face our Saviour wears when He wants to go out on the town without being mobbed by those who would bask in His legendary glory.

      • Mike tantatelli

        Yup! You can only dream of a persons face if you have seen it. You might not remember ever seeing it, but at some point you did, even if it’s very brief.

        • DJ sTikInsEkT

          every face in your dream is like people you walked past in street that is in a brain cell. thats like you have a dream you are in a bus and the driver is your neighbour then suddenly he turns into your best friend then turns into a random person you dont recalll

  • Brandon

    I really like these kinds of articles!

    Why would Mulder have a publicity still/shot of the Lone Gunmen, though? It feels lazy, on the part of the production team.

  • Grimphantom
  • I thought it was the Zodiac Killer.

    • Saturn

      Nah, I don’t look anything like that picture.

      I mean, um,,,,,,,

      *****whistles and backs out of the room******

  • Hawkeyefan

    If you cover up the mouth and chin, like done at the top, I think it looks a bit like Zachary Quinto.

  • Tronald Dump

    looks like Carl Sagan and Ashton Kutcher had an ass baby

  • God i hate this fucking meme. So eerie

  • T-Top Deluxe

    Heh, I used to post printed out versions of this around one of the military bases I was stationed at in 2009. Stupid idea but hey, I was bored and small things amuse me. I loved taping them up on the walls inside of the stairwells of some buildings too because it’s extra creepy to stumble across that while you’re the only person traversing a few flights of stairs hearing nothing but the echo of your lonely steps.

  • Mike tantatelli

    It could be the dude from R.E.M. Same brow action goin on haha

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