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Sophie and Tam, or Sotam, is the friendship/romantic pairing of Sophie Foster and Tam Song. They are friends, but neither shows a solid romantic interest in the other. Sophie usually feels romantic toward Fitz Vacker or Keefe Sencen. Tam has hinted (in Neverseen) that he does not like Sophie, and that he likes Biana Vacker.
However, there are multiple instances that suggest that Tam was interested in Sophie or her personality, particularly in Lodestar, despite Linh claiming he "likes brunettes". Sophie is also usually defensive of Tam around the others.
- Tophie (T/am and S/ophie)
- Taphie (Ta/m and So/phie)
- Sam (S/ophie and T/am)
- Sotam (So/phie and Tam)
- Tamphie (Tam and So/phie)
- Stam (S/ophie and Tam)
- Saltwater Taphie (Ta/m and So/phie)
- Sophie and Tam watch each other throughout Sophie's first day at Exillium.
- They constantly talk while they are at Exillium using his shadow and/or her telepathy.
- Sophie wonders if the tilt of his head means he's smiling at her.
- Sophie really wants Tam to think she is different from the others.
- Sophie "could see why Fitz would find Shades creepy" but "had a feeling this one was worth knowing".
- Biana mentions that Tam wants Sophie to return to Exillium after she left.
- Sophie defends Tam around her friends when they go on about how creepy Shades are.
- Tam teases Sophie about being afraid of the dark.
- Tam realises that Keefe is jealous even though he doesn't like Sophie.
- Tam trusts Sophie enough to show her where he and Linh live.
- Sophie says that she "knows what it's like to be different" when Tam asks if him and Linh being twins will be a problem.
- Sophie implies that Tam is handsome.
- Sophie defends Tam around her friends when she returns from Wildwood.
- Keefe is annoyed that Tam and Sophie are having silent conversations.
- Tam blushes when Keefe talks about the "Foster Fan Club".
- Sophie is annoyed when Keefe makes fun of Tam.
- Sophie tells Tam and Linh her new plan for what they'll do in Ravagog first.
- Tam tells her that he thinks she's lost her mind.
- Sophie describes Tam as handsome.
- Sophie is apprehensive while waiting for Tam to say 'I told you so' about Alvar and Keefe.
- Tam is annoyed when Sophie mentions that she saw Keefe.
- Tam gets mad when Sophie says that she and Keefe are going to check in every night.
- Tam glances at Sophie when they are told Lord Cassius and Quan Song are still friends.
- Tam agrees with Sophie that they should go to Paris right away.
- Tam holds Sophie's hand in the catacombs.
- Tam is impressed when he learns Sophie has the stars memorized.
- Sophie impresses Tam by calling Silveny and Greyfell.
- Tam glances at Sophie to see if she's alright after they discover Mr. Forkle is still alive.
- Tam enhances Sophie with shadows so she can search for her human parents in both Nightfalls.
- Tam is looking at Sophie on the cover
- Tam calls the shadows out of Sophie, saving her life.
- Tam refuses to call the shadows out of Sophie again after Sophie starts thrashing because of a nightmare.
- Tam visits Sophie while she is in the health center.
- Tam winks at Sophie and teases her about finding "new ways to almost die".
- Tam starts blinking really hard as Elwin talks about Sophie's injuries.
- Tam offers to help Sophie when she threatens to make her new bodyguards' lives miserable
- Tam blushes as he comes into the room and looks at Sophie.
- Sophie says " Let's talk about Shade stuff! " and Tam blushes.
- Linh makes Sophie and Tam matching tunics. "Dozens of smiley faces surrounded silver glittery letters that said, Happy Shadow Thoughts. And on the back, more glittery letters said, Angry echoes—beware!"
- Sophie wears the tunic mentioned in the above sentence.
- Tam is the second to volunteer to be in Sophie's group for scouting out the Neverseen at the Celestial Festival. He does this because he wants to be there to protect Sophie if she gets trapped in a force field.
- Tam refuses to call shadowflux around Sophie, in case it disturbs her echoes.
- Sophie called Tam incredibly brave, sweet, and noble. (pg 25)
- Sophie says she is worried about Tam. (pg 41)
- Sophie and Tam have two telepathic conversations, and Tam tells Sophie to keep Keefe away from him because Lady Gisela ordered Tam to kill Keefe.
- Tam, Sophie, Keefe, Glimmer, and Lady Gisela are the only ones awake when Tam helps Lady Gisela with Keefe's transformation.
- Sophie also wore the aforementioned Happy Shadow Thoughts tunic again when doing her inflicting and enhancing reset.
Similarities and Differences
- They are both a part of the Black Swan.
- They are both elves.
- They both have attended Exillium.
- They both are attending Foxfire.
- Both have been to the Forbidden Cities.
- They both are extremely powerful and always learning new things about their ability(s).
- They both chose to be banished.
- Both have siblings that they are immensely protective of.
- Both have been kidnapped by the Neverseen.
- Both are loyal to their friends.
- Both tug on their bangs/eyelashes when they’re nervous.
- They were both outcasts growing up but grew into their power and found their place
- Tam is a Shade, while Sophie is a Telepath, Inflictor, Enhancer, Teleporter, and Polyglot.
- Tam has one ability that we know of, while Sophie has 5 (currently).
- Tam has silvery-blue eyes while Sophie has brown.
- Tam has a twin, while Sophie does not.
- Sophie grew up with humans, Tam grew up in the Lost Cities.
- Sophie has altered genetics, Tam doesn't.
- Tam has abusive parents, Sophie had incredible human parents and adoptive elf parents.
- Tam isn't part of Team Valiant, while Sophie is both a member and the leader.