|Relationships:||Brother Simon Tam|
|Other:||Played by actor Summer Glau|
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"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.
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.
- SYL 32: River Tam Beats Up Everyone by Jill Bearup (video)
- Girl on the Brink by inalasahl, on Idol Reflections (2007)
- Take my Sue, take my land, take me where I cannot stand... on Canon Sue
- The girl or the weapon? by kiki_miserychic
- Small Blue Thing by shati
- Fireflies by ivanolix
- Fade Out by cylune9
- River Tam Beats Up Everyone by flyingbagel13
Archives & Links
- River Tam works on Ao3
- River works on ff.net
- River Tam character page on Wikipedia
- River Tam character page on The Firefly & Serenity Database