This article contains plot details from the latest book.
“It's okay, we could all use a little more weird in our lives.”
—Fitz Vacker, in Exile
Fitz Vacker (Fits Vack-er), known as "Wonderboy" to Dex and "Fitzy/Fitzter/Lord Of The Snuggles" to Keefe, is a seventeen-year-old elf (as of Flashback). He is one of many Vackers and lives at Everglen. He was a skilled Level Four prodigy at Foxfire in Keeper of the Lost Cities. In Exile, he became a Level Five prodigy. He and Biana were the first Vackers to attend Exillium, during his banishment period in Neverseen. He joined the Black Swan during this time. In Lodestar, Fitz revealed to Sophie that his name is short for Fitzroy. He has also dated Sophie for a short time in Flashback and Legacy.
The name "Fitzroy" is the Anglo-Norman name meaning "son of the king," derived from "fi(t)z," meaning "son," and "roy," meaning "king." The meaning of "Avery" is "ruler of the elves," which comes from the Old English words "aelf," meaning "elf," and "ric," meaning "king/power."
Fitz has teal eyes with dark brown hair and a pale complexion. Sophie Foster mentions he looks like a younger version of Alden Vacker, his dad. He is also often described to have a "movie star-worthy smile." It is also pointed out throughout the books that he is very fit and muscular with broad shoulders. He is described to be strong-featured with prominent cheekbones, similar to Alden Vacker.
Personality and Traits
Fitz is good at his studies. Dex nicknamed him "Wonderboy" because of this. He is sometimes called 'perfect' and a 'golden child', partially due to this trait. He got the top scores in his level. He is also never in detention unless Keefe ropes him into it.
Fitz is also caring towards his friends and those he likes, especially Sophie. He is shown to love his sister, Biana, and spends time making gifts for Sophie. He is also very devoted and loyal to his friends. As a person who values communication and honesty, he isn't afraid to show his opinions in order to, in his point of view, keep his friends safe.
Fitz can be very stubborn, sometimes to the point of refusing to consider other points of view. In Legacy, he thinks Sophie wants to investigate her biological parents, because he is unable to accept her unmatchable status. This results in a conflict in values, which eventually causes them to break up.
Fitz is a Telepath, the youngest elf to naturally manifest before Dex and Biana, and before Sophie came. He is Sophie's Cognate, allowing the two to increase their abilities when working together. They have a pair of matching rings that snap together when their minds connect. He has a lot of potential and is proud of his talent.
Fitz can allow light to pass through him and disappear for a short period of time, as shown in Book 1.
Fitz is very good at telekinesis. In Foxfire splotching competitions, he almost always wins. He was only beat once, by Sophie. He also demonstrates this skill throughout the series. For example, when Dex tosses him a gadget in Neverseen, Fitz catches it with his mind, spinning it in the air a few times.
Fitz is also capable of levitating. Prior to attending Exillium, he is able to levitate up and down. At Exillium, he learns to levitate in multiple directions. He struggles with this at first, but he quickly learns when he jumps off a cliff after Sophie. Fitz also demonstrates levitation in Flashback when he levitates Sophie and himself high enough so Sophie can teleport multiple times.
Fitz can change the temperature of his body, which is a skill that can be learned at Exillium.
Fitz has one younger sister, Biana, and one older brother, Alvar, who was later discovered to be a member of the Neverseen. His best friend is Keefe. He and Keefe drifted apart when Keefe joined the Neverseen, but their relationship slowly mended itself afterward. His parents are Alden Vacker, a Telepath, and Della Vacker, a Vanisher.
Fitz was the second-youngest elf to get his nexus off, until his sister, Biana, broke his record. He was also the second-youngest ever to manifest an ability, before Sophie came. He used to be the Splotching champion before Sophie beat him by accidentally using a Brain Push.
When writing the first version of Keeper of the Lost Cities, Shannon Messenger created Fitz as the first character. He was originally created to look for Sophie and quickly find out she's an elf. This was not the final product, seeing as it was a short story with the ending being Sophie finding out she is an elf, and now there is an entire series.
In Keeper of the Lost Cities, Fitz is the one who located and took Sophie to the Elvin world. Fitz was sent by his dad Alden to go search for Sophie. Fitz is also the one Sophie transmits to when she and Dex are kidnapped by the Neverseen. Along with Keefe and Biana, he finds Sophie by the Four Seasons Tree. He also helps her get through having to leave her human family behind.
In Exile, Fitz accuses Sophie of being the reason why his father, Alden, ends up with a broken mind. Fitz and Sophie's friendship breaks until Sophie comes back to fix Alden's mind. Fitz pulls her aside and apologizes for his rude behavior and allowing Sophie to be within reach of the Neverseen. He promised that even if Sophie couldn't heal Alden, he wouldn't blame her.
In Everblaze, Fitz and Sophie have telepathy lessons together and learn to truly trust each other in order to heal Fintan's broken mind. They have trust exercises that consist of sharing secrets about themselves that they haven't told anyone else. In the end, their trust is so strong that Sophie lets Fitz into her impenetrable mind. One of the secrets Fitz shares with Sophie is Mr. Snuggles, a sparkly red dragon given to him by Elwin to help him cope with the grief of losing his father when Alden's mind was broken. Fitz is very patient throughout this process, even though Sophie keeps blocking him out of her mind in instinctual self-protection. Together they develop code words to keep what they are doing during the mind-healing a secret from Fintan. They perform the healing, but the whole process is a disaster because Fintan sparks Everblaze, killing Councillor Kenric and faking his own death. Fitz saves Sophie from burning by yanking her away from Fintan. Sophie then teleports Fitz and Oralie away from the burning tower. Together Sophie and Fitz collect Quintessence (after a special moment under the stars) to create Frissyn and stop the Everblaze.
During Neverseen, Fitz joins the Black Swan along with Keefe, Dex, Biana, Sophie, and his mother, Della Vacker. There he and Sophie work on becoming Cognates. They try to go save Prentice in Exile. Fitz gets seriously injured in Exile by being thrown back onto an arthropleura's antennae. Dex takes him back to the Black Swan's hideout to get treated by Physic, the Black Swan's physician. Fitz takes a week to heal by drinking "vile tea". When Keefe visits his room he finds Fitz cuddling with Mr. Snuggles. They are then sent to Exillium. Fitz gets off of the Arch of Dividing, by doing what Sophie called "a gold medal-worthy flip" to the top of the arch, then untying the knot and levitating to the ground. Fitz goes with Sophie to save a gnome that is infected by the plague. He and Sophie try to read King Dimitar's mind. Fitz backs away from Alvar when he finds out that he was with the Neverseen. Fitz also cries when Keefe joined the Neverseen.
At the beginning of Lodestar, Fitz gave Sophie two Cognate rings, telling her his full name is Fitzroy Avery Vacker. Fitz said he didn't trust Keefe after he left for the Neverseen. Fitz and Sophie try to pry a few more things out of Prentice's mind. Fitz, Sophie, Linh, Tam, and their bodyguards went to Keefe's room to see if there was anything related to the Neverseen, playing Boys vs. Girls to see who could find more things. The girls won, and Fitz noted that he owed Sophie a favor. He said if Sophie didn't use the favor in a month it became his. They find a leaping crystal in an envelope that Keefe had not seen yet. It leaps them to Paris.
Fitz, Biana, and Sophie have a sleepover at Dex's house. Fitz and Sophie visit Wylie to read his mind. Sophie and Fitz leap to Eternalia and ask Oralie to help them visit Gethen. After coming back, they found a note from Keefe on Sophie's bed. It had a leaping crystal in it and said: "meet now". The crystal took them to a beach. Fitz didn't seem very happy to see Keefe, as Keefe had left them all without explanation for a long time. Alden, Sandor, Grizel, and Grady eventually found them and Keefe leaped away. Alden banned Fitz from leaving the house until he finished his matchmaking packet, but he finished right away the next day. After the summit, Sophie sent Fitz a message saying that she was okay. After the destruction, Fitz visited Sophie regularly. Near the end of Lodestar, Fitz reminded Sophie of the favor she owed him, but recommend that they "skip the talking". When Sophie and Fitz were about to kiss, Keefe interrupted. They then went to the Fosters' new house with Alden.
In Flashback, Fitz breaks his home crystal and decided he was leaving Everglen because his brother, Alvar Vacker, was sentenced to live there. Sophie attempted to change his mind, which turned out to be pointless. They were ambushed by the Neverseen. Fitz's echoes are in his heart, affecting his emotions. He spends time in the healing center with Sophie, much of which he spends unconscious. After Fitz begs Sophie to try once more to search Alvar's mind to be sure his memories are gone, Sophie agrees to train more as Cognates and check Alvar's mind with him. After searching his mind and failing, Fitz brings Sophie to the override for Everglen and shows her how to use it. They go to the reception hall after and Fitz confesses wanting Sophie to be the only one on his matchmaking list and Sophie reveals to Fitz that she's had a crush on him since she met him. When Fitz was about to kiss her, they were interrupted by Silveny's call for help. Fitz repeatedly levitates Sophie and her bodyguard Tarina enabling her to teleport to various locations in an effort to help Silveny. Fitz also provides emotional support for Sophie.
In the Flashback Barnes and Noble Exclusive version, Fitz has a short story in his point of view. He and Biana have multiple conversations, and Biana appears to know about his crush. It’s revealed he first had a crush on Sophie when he was impaled by the Arthropleura. It is also revealed that Fitz has to transmit the words "It's me" to get into Sophie's mind.
In Legacy, Fitz works with Lord Cassius in an attempt to recovered shattered memories that Lady Gisela had washed from her husband's mind, and is also dating Sophie. He learns of Sophie's unmatchable status, and Sophie tells him that she is searching for her biological parents. Fitz helps Sophie during her ability reset, and visits her while she is recovering. After learning that Lady Gisela most likely killed a human who was somehow involved in her grand plan, Fitz, Keefe, and Sophie sneak off to London in an attempt to find a hidden crystal that Lady Gisela used to leap away with after supposedly finishing the deed. However, they are caught by surprise when Lady Gisela and Tam ambush them. Sophie inflicts on Lady Gisela with the help of Fitz and Keefe, but Tam rescues her and leaps away.
The next day, Fitz and Sophie have a fight, as she and Keefe took over Fitz's project with Lord Cassius, and also ended up having a run in with Alvar, in which Keefe and Sophie let Alvar go in exchange for information. Sophie confesses that she can't share who her biological parents are and that she will most likely have to stay unmatchable. Fitz doesn't understand why, as he's given no context by Sophie, and they both leave, needing time to themselves. When the time comes to fight the Neverseen in Loamnore, Fitz chooses to be in a different group than Sophie, and his group fights traitor dwarves in the Main Marketplace. As Sophie briefly meets up with Fitz's group before heading to the Healing Center with an unconscious Keefe, Fitz comforts Sophie telepathically.
A few days later, Fitz makes up with Sophie, but they agree to remain just friends for the time being. Fitz waits at the Healing Center with a comatose Keefe while Sophie leaves to visit her home for a bit.
Fitz first meets Sophie at a museum in the Forbidden Cities when he was on the mission to look for her. Sophie immediately takes notice of his attractiveness and begins to develop a crush on him. The two become friends and frequently play Base Quest with friends. When Sophie is kidnapped, she transmits to Fitz, who eventually helps rescue her at the Four Seasons Tree. It has also been said that Fitz cried at Sophie's funeral/Wanderling planting.
In Exile, Fitz constantly helps Sophie, even saving her when she teleports and ends up dangling from a tree. Later in the book, however, their friendship is fractured due to Alden's mind break, which Fitz gets mad and takes it out on her, resulting in Sophie blaming herself. He eventually apologized and she realized that he was mad at himself and not at her, and she forgives him.
In Everblaze, it is shown that the two have an extremely unique telepathic connection, and they started training to be cognates in Neverseen, They start to do trust exercises and fitz tells Sophie about Mr.Snuggles. This is also when Fitz realized he had developed feelings for Sophie. In order to complete their training, the two share almost all their secrets with each other.
In Flashback, Fitz and Sophie admit that they like each other and Sophie decides to register for matchmaking. Fitz tells Sophie that she is the only one he trusts. Fitz admits his feelings for her when he said that she was the only one he wanted on his matchmaking lists. They also almost kiss once again, but Silveny interrupts calling for help. Later in the book, Fitz kisses Sophie's cheek, under Calla's Panakes. Although they admit their feelings for each other and act in a more romantic way than before, they make the decision not to date yet, much to Grady's relief.
In Legacy, Sophie is nervous about her 'unmatchable' status and avoids Fitz. When Fitz finally finds out, he seems intent on discovering Sophie's biological parents, so they could be matched. He also calls Sophie his girlfriend, and the two began dating. Later, they fought and broke up, and then decided to just be friends.
- MR. SNUGGLES (sparkly friend/comforting stuffed animal)
Mr. Snuggles is Fitz's sparkly red stuffed dragon he sleeps with. Mr. Snuggles was given to Fitz by Elwin after his father suffered from a broken mind due to guilt over Prentice's memory break. Needing comfort, Fitz began to rely on his stuffed pal which he can no longer sleep without. He tells no one about Mr. Snuggles except for Sophie, though Keefe finds out about it in Neverseen.
- ALDEN (father)
Alden is Fitz's father. They both have a very strong accent and look alike. When Alden's mind is broken in Exile, Fitz gets furious. It seems Fitz is very close to his father and respects him, and cares about him a lot. Fitz becomes angry toward everyone except immediate family when Alden's mind breaks and blames everyone for it. Eventually, Fitz realizes what he did was wrong, and apologizes to everyone, and soon Alden's mind gets healed. Alden cuts off Sophie, Dex, Keefe, Biana, and Fitz's registry pendants in Neverseen, and allows them to join the Black Swan. Alden seems to have an understanding of Fitz's need to help Sophie on her missions and allows him to go with her willingly.
- DELLA (mother)
Della is Fitz's mother. When Sophie and Fitz fall from a tree while playing Base Quest, she helps them treat their scrapes and bruises. She cares deeply about Fitz as well as her other two children. After Sophie brings Fitz back from being lost, Della goes and hugs him tightly. Della also goes with Sophie, Fitz, Dex, Keefe, and Biana to join the Black Swan, however, only Biana knows before they go underwater. She becomes a powerful asset to the Black Swan in Neverseen.
- ALVAR (villainous brother)
Alvar is Fitz's older brother. He stays and helps out a lot after Alden's mind is broken. When Fitz apologizes to Sophie, Alvar shows up to tell them that the Council is ready for Sophie to heal Alden's mind. Alvar was also Fitz's former role model. When Alvar is helping the Black Swan destroy Ravagog, he proves to be a traitor, who was working with the Neverseen the entire time. When the Vackers find out, they are distraught that their son/brother was lying for so long, and the family goes through a time of anger as well as grief.
When Alvar gets his memories back, he immediately rejoins the Neverseen. When he is recaptured by Sophie, she lets him escape, which Fitz does not support.
- BIANA (sister)
Biana is Fitz's little sister. She cheers him on when he is splotching against. She is usually seen playing Base Quest with Sophie, Fitz, and Keefe. In Exile, they're talking to each other in the kitchen and Fitz volunteers to tell Biana the news about Alden's broken mind. The siblings tease each other and have a close relationship. Fitz is shown to be very protective of her. In Nightfall, when Biana goes missing after attacking two Neverseen leaders, he yells out in distress and begs Sophie to track her. Biana is found later, but with injuries, making Fitz snap at her sister to be more careful. This shows how much Fitz cares for Biana.
Keefe is Fitz's best friend. They often play Base Quest with Biana and Sophie and they play Bramble against each other. During the period of Alden's mind break, Keefe tells Fitz about how his harsh words and actions towards Sophie had affected her, and he humbly apologizes. Keefe often teases Fitz about Mr. Snuggles. During cognate training with Sophie, Keefe probably does something that makes Fitz jealous, and that day does not end well for them. Fitz was obviously angry at Keefe, especially when they met with Sophie, where he teased them. Fitz also starts to dislike Keefe a bit more after interrupting a moment when he and Sophie were about to kiss. Near the end of Book 5: Lodestar, they both go to the Forbidden Cities, but they both did it just for Sophie. Also in Lodestar, Tam says that Sophie and Keefe are close and Fitz disagrees. When Sophie communicates with Keefe several times in Lodestar, Fitz shows jealousy and disappointment. After Keefe gets back their relationship is strained for many reasons, one being Fitz feeling that Keefe might betray them again, but it might also hint that Fitz was also jealous of the relationship Keefe has with Sophie. And slowly, in Lodestar and Nightfall, it seems that their relationship might be falling apart. In Legacy, Fitz and Keefe seem tense with each other often.
Dex used to not like the Vackers because of them being one of the noblest families in the Lost Cities, while Dex is a child of a “bad match”. Evidently, also because Dex is well aware that Sophie could possibly have feelings for Fitz, and most likely does. When they are first in a situation together, although they seem to have met before, Dex says he knows Fitz, but Fitz says he doesn't know Dex, making the conversation extremely awkward. He calls Dex "Deck", by mistake. Dex repeatedly calls Fitz "Wonderboy" in a jealous way. When Fitz and Sophie are splotching he cheers for Sophie. He is shown to be happy when Fitz got slammed into the wall much harder than Sophie. Dex also got upset when he found out she would be having telepathy training with Fitz because he feels that Fitz is hogging Sophie. Finally, though, in Book 4, Dex is the one who leaps Fitz back to Physic, blaming himself for Fitz's injury. They have a conversation, get over their prejudices, and become friends.
Fitz meets Linh after being banished to Exillium. When Linh uses her Hydrokinesis, he usually says "Wow", either in awe of her powers or her appearance. After she falls while they are escaping Ravagog, Fitz holds her and carries her because Linh's twin, Tam, couldn't hold her at that moment and was fairly tired himself. It is also implied many times throughout the book that Sophie is jealous of Fitz's interest for Linh, although it is unknown if Fitz actually likes her or is just impressed with her Hydrokinetic abilities. In Nightfall, Linh impresses Fitz many times with her water powers. When Linh suggested that they could work together Fitz seemed happy and Linh blushed. Linh possibly has a crush on Fitz, maybe because he was good-looking or because of other reasons. In the book, it also reveals that Linh is shy, so possibly it was her personality.
Tam and Fitz are mutual friends. Fitz was a little hesitant to be Tam's friend in Neverseen but warmed up to him. Fitz is sometimes freaked out because of his abilities to control shadows. They haven't interacted much, although Tam was worried about Fitz in Flashback. Tam is also said to like brunettes, and Fitz has brown hair.
Marella and Fitz are friends. We don't see them converse too much in the books, but they are still friends. It is known that Marella used to have a crush on Fitz back in Book 1, or at least thought he looked good, but it faded and now Marella is all for Fitzphie as of Book 6: Nightfall.
- OREM (Great x18 uncle)
- FALLON (Great x19 grandfather)
- LUZIA (Great x20 aunt)
- Fitz is the second-youngest elf to get his nexus off; his sister Biana beat him by five weeks.
- Councillor Terik took a potential reading and decided that Fitz would be one of the strongest Telepaths, even stronger than his father. Councillor Bronte was surprised when Sophie passed Fitz's telepathic blocking.
- His name rhymes with Ritz Savory Cracker.
- He starts wearing a strong-scented cologne in Nightfall that Sophie likes but Sandor and Biana do not.
- He searched for Sophie for six years before finding her. Alvar searched six years before him, but Fitz took over when Alvar moved out to take the Elite Levels at Foxfire.
- Fitz takes a morning run every day.
- He was the first character created by Shannon Messenger.
- The series was originally supposed to be about Fitz, but Shannon Messenger changed her mind and made Sophie the main character.
- Fitz is the first character that Sophie knew was an elf. The actual first elves Sophie met were Alvar, or ‘The Boy Who Disappeared,’ when she was five and Mr. Forkle, posing as her next-door neighbor, doctor, etc.
- In Flashback, there is an exclusive short-story from Fitz's point of view, answering a question that fans have been asking about by including what he says to get past Sophie's mental blocking-- "It's me".
- Fitz has sustained many chest injuries.
- Fitz has a stuffed animal named Mr. Snuggles given to him by Elwin In The book Exile
- “We could all use a little more weird in our lives.” -Fitz Vacker, Exile
- “You’ve almost died enough times, it‘s my turn now.” - Fitz Vacker
- “Yeah but Sophitz is going to be unstoppable.”- Fitz Vacker
- “I’m still figuring out how to make it up to you.”- Fitz Vacker
- “Dude, she is seriously going to stab you.” - Fitz Vacker
Character Bio by Shannon Messenger
Fitz is the golden boy from the famously important family who spent years secretly helping his dad search for Sophie in the human world. He’s a talented Telepath—though not *quite* as powerful as Sophie is. He’s a loyal brother, a model prodigy, and tends to earn his nickname, “Wonderboy” (despite the fact that Dex meant the name sarcastically). And even though he’s two grade levels ahead of Sophie, Fitz cares about her more than she knows (more than he knows, honestly). Maybe it’s because he saw how hard it was for Sophie to leave her human life behind, or because she’s close in age to his younger sister, but he feels a special connection with Sophie and does everything he can to keep her happy and safe.