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Sophie and Tam, or Tophie, is the romantic/friendship pairing of Sophie Foster and Tam Song. They are friends, but neither shows consistent romantic interest in the other. Sophie usually feels romantic toward Fitz Vacker or Keefe Sencen. Tam hinted in Neverseen that he does not like Sophie and that he likes Biana. But it is not sure that Tam

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 to the others.

Pairing Names

  • Tophie (T/am and S/ophie)
  • Taphie (Ta/m and So/phie)
  • Sam (S/ophie and T/am)
  • Sotam (So/phie and Tam


Keeper of the Lost Cities: Neverseen

  1. Sophie and Tam watch each other throughout Sophie's first day at Exillium.
  2. They constantly talk while they are at Exillium using his shadow and/or her telepathy.
  3. Sophie wonders if the tilt of his head means he's smiling at her.
  4. Sophie watches how close Tam and Linh are and wonders if they are boyfriend and girlfriend.
  5. Sophie "could see why Fitz would find Shades creepy" but "had a feeling this one was worth knowing".
  6. Biana mentions that Tam wants Sophie to return to Exillium after she left.
  7. Sophie defends Tam to her friends when they go on about how creepy Shades are.
  8. Tam teases Sophie about being afraid of the dark.
  9. Tam trusts Sophie enough to show her where he and Linh live.
  10. Sophie implies that Tam is handsome.
  11. Sophie defends Tam to her friends when she returns from Wildwood.
  12. Keefe is annoyed that Tam and Sophie are having silent conversations.
  13. Tam blushes when Keefe talks about the 'Foster Fan Club".
  14. Sophie is annoyed when Keefe makes fun of Tam.
  15. Sophie tells Tam and Linh her new plan for what they'll do in Ravagog first
  16. Tam tells her that he thinks she's lost her mind.

Keeper of the Lost Cities: Lodestar

  1. Sophie describes Tam as handsome.
  2. Sophie is apprehensive while waiting for Tam to say 'I told you so' about Alvar and Keefe.
  3. Tam is annoyed when Sophie mentions that she saw Keefe.
  4. Tam gets mad when Sophie says that she and Keefe are going to check in every night.
  5. Tam glances at Sophie when they are told Lord Cassius and Quan Song are still friends.
  6. Tam agrees with Sophie that they should go to Paris right away.
  7. Tam holds Sophie's hand in the catacombs.
  8. Tam is impressed when he learns Sophie has the stars memorized.
  9. Sophie impresses Tam by calling Silveny and Greyfell.
  10. They hold hands again at some point

Keeper of the Lost Cities: Nightfall

  1. Tam glances at Sophie to see if she's alright after they discover Mr. Forkle is still alive.
  2. Tam enhances Sophie with shadows so she can search for her human parents in both Nightfalls.

Keeper of the Lost Cities: Flashback

  1. Tam is looking at Sophie on the cover.
  2. Tam calls the shadows out of Sophie, saving her life.
  3. Tam refuses to call the shadows out of Sophie again after Sophie starts thrashing because of a nightmare. (That had nothing to do with Tam calling out the shadows)
  4. Tam visits Sophie while she is in the health center.
  5. Tam winks at Sophie and teases her about finding "new ways to almost die".
  6. Tam starts blinking really hard as Elwin talks about Sophie's injuries.
  7. Tam offers to help Sophie when she threatens to make her new bodyguards' lives miserable
  8. Tam blushes as he comes into the room and looks at Sophie.
  9. 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!"
  10. Sophie wears the tunic mentioned in the above sentence.
  11. Tam is the first 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.
  12. Tam refuses to call shadowflux around Sophie, in case it disturbs her echoes.

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.
  • They both are extremely powerful and always learning new things about their ability.


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Main Character Ships

Pairings with Sophie Elizabeth Foster

BianaLinh and BianaLinhDexFitzTamJensiKeefeMarellaWylieValin

Pairings with Fitzroy Avery Vacker (a.k.a. Fitz)


Pairings with Biana Vacker

SophieDexTamMarellaJensiKeefeLinhLinh and Sophie

Pairings with Dexter Alvin Dizznee (a.k.a Dex)


Pairings with Marella Redek


Pairings with Keefe Sencen


Pairings with Tam Song


Pairings with Linh Song

SophieMarellaDexBianaFitzSophie and BianaWylieLinh

Pairings with Wylie Endal


Other Relationships

Platonic or Ability Enhancing Relationships

Sophie and Mr. ForkleKeefe and Lady BelvaKeefe and RoSophie and Fitz

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