I had always assumed that the green and highly toxic alien blood in The X-Files was inspired by the yellow and highly acidic alien blood in Alien.

enter image description here

However, I was recently told that X-Files creator Chris Carter had in fact been inspired by an actual human medical case.

Some research online shows that this claim is supported by many fans.

Is this true and supported by an authoritative statement?


It looks like the blood in the X-Files as well as an episode of Greys Anatomy was inspired, as you say, by a real life story, that of Gloria Ramirez.

Gloria Ramirez was a Riverside, California, woman dubbed "the toxic lady" by the media when several Riverside General Hospital workers became ill after exposure to her body and blood. Her case was the basis for a scene in one episode of the American TV series The X-Files, an episode of the American TV drama Grey's Anatomy, a segment of a show on Discovery Communications' channel Investigation Discovery called "The New Detectives, a third season episode of Weird or What?, the "Stink Bomb" segment of the animated film Memories and an episode of Law & Order.

The article only mentions one episode of the X-Files - The Erlenmeyer Flask so it's possible that what you heard was indirect relationship to that or, more likely, the Wikipedia article doesn't take further episodes into account.

  • Thanks for your answer. Do you have a specific official reference (other than Wikipedia)?
    – Praxis
    Apr 20 '17 at 0:07

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.