So... scully is not Mulder's "type"? What about Mulder? Is he her type?
Hooooo boy. This is an interesting question, Anon, so forgive my long-winded diatribe complete with photos, but this topic fascinates me because Scully’s romantic history was written mostly by men, and therefore very BADLY. So in answering this question I’m going to rely largely on canon, but also the more fleshed-out, three-dimensional Scully I’ve come to know through fanfiction and fanon as well.
As far as Scully’s physical type goes, I’m guessing Fox Mulder breaks the mold, and we have a few men to compare him to that supports that assertion. Here are the men we KNOW she was romantically involved with:
Ethan Minette (Scully’s boyfriend in the Pilot who was eventually written out):
Jack Willis (one of Scully’s instructors at the FBI Academy):
Daniel Waterston (One of Scully’s professors while she was in medical school):
Notable mentions go to Rob (the father of a child who Scully agreed to go on a date with and whom she presumably met while at her godson’s birthday party in The Jersey Devil):
Ed Jerse (who she agreed to go on a date with because she was presumably attracted to him, and who wouldn’t be):
And Sheriff Lucius Hartwell (who admittedly was a vampire, so Scully may have been affected by him because vampires are supposed to be “charming” and “seductive” but I kinda have a thing for Luke Wilson so I’m gonna include him for funsies):
I don’t think I’m forgetting anybody (and I’m deliberately leaving out Phillip Padgett because I don’t think Scully was attracted to him. Fight me.). There’s an argument to be made that Scully was also eventually attracted to Walter Skinner, John Doggett, and/or Monica Reyes, but that’s a post for another day.
So, let’s be real, most of the guys pictured above are not the GQ models that this guy is:
HOWEVER, emotionally and mentally, Mulder abso-freaking-lutely fits the mold for Men Dana Scully Falls For. Scully has a lot of Daddy Issues, as evidenced by what little we saw of the Ahab/Starbuck relationship in Beyond the Sea and One Breath, and I think that that manifests itself, as it often does, in the relationships she cultivates with the other men in her life. Scully tends to be attracted to men in positions of power who can be domineering and overbearing. Scully eventually ends up rebelling against these men because inevitably they think they know better than she does what’s best for her.
We see that play out with Mulder, too, because he’s an authority figure (as the Agent who runs the X-Files division), he’s brilliant, he’s driven, and he’s passionate. He also has a tendency to act alone (read: ditch her) or to keep things from her because he believes it to be in her best interest to do so (See: End Game, Emily, Per Manum). He’s protecting her. Keep in mind, Mulder is also working through his own family history by trying to save every woman he comes into contact with because of his own issues with Samantha, but again, another post for another day.
Where Mulder differs from all of her previous relationships, however, is that he respects Scully enough to let her make her own decisions, to be her own person. He pushes her, it’s true, but he pushes her to be better, to do better, to think outside the rigid little boxes she compartmentalizes her life into, and he does so in a way that she finds challenging, if not exasperating. He teaches her to wonder at the mysteries of the universe, not just to explain them away.
Is Mulder Scully’s type? I think the argument can be made that yes, he is, and no, he isn’t. He might not be what she thought she always wanted, but he became what she never knew she needed.