River Tam

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Name: River Tam
Occupation: Fugitive/psychic
Location: Serenity
Status: Alive
Relationships: Brother Simon Tam
Fandom: Firefly, Serenity
Other: Played by actor Summer Glau
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River Tam is a main character in the TV series Firefly, and the film Serenity.


"Also, I can kill you with my brain."

River Tam is a core-born child prodigy who escaped from an abusive institution (posing as an academy for gifted children) with the help of her brother, Simon. Aboard the Serenity, a Firefly-class spaceship, River is revealed to have gained extensive weapons/combat skills during her time at the academy, and become a "reader" (psychic), but suffers severe mental instability.


A common fan reaction to the character is summed up by this xkcd cartoon, whose final caption has since been used for meta and fan videos.

In fanworks, River is often paired with her brother (known as Crazy Space Incest, or CSI), Kaylee, Mal, or Jayne Cobb (known as Rayne). She is a popular character in Firefly crossovers, especially with other shows produced by Joss Whedon, such as Buffy where she is often cast as a Slayer, and with other shows Summer Glau has appeared in such as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

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