|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.
|Simon Tam||Simon/River||Crazy Space Incest|
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