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"You. You! We're trying to help you, you little runt!"
"By kidnapping me?"
"...Just to clarify, Scott kidnapped you, okay? I... aided and abetted."


The relationship between Beta Werewolf Liam Dunbar and Human Stiles Stilinski

Stiles and Liam's relationship got to a rocky start in Season 4, as Stiles was jealous of Liam's lacrosse prowess, and Liam appeared put off by Stiles' sarcastic demeanor. This only became worse after Liam was accidentally given the Bite by Scott McCall, leading Stiles to help Scott kidnap Liam in an attempt to prepare him for his potential transformation, making Liam believe that both Stiles and Scott were lunatics. This antagonistic relationship continued on as Liam slowly became a member of the McCall Pack, since Liam seemed displeased by Stiles' rude comments regarding his intermittent explosive disorder and how this would affect his lycanthropy.

However, in time, Stiles and Liam's relationship evolved into a friendship due to the strength of the bonds in their pack, though they both remain snarky and sarcastic toward one another. Stiles, with help from Derek Hale, taught Liam how to control his transformations during the full moon while Scott and Kira Yukimura were kidnapped by Kate Argent, and Liam and Stiles both worked together to cover for Scott and Kira when they missed a lacrosse game. Their relationship became even closer in Season 5, when Liam helped Stiles investigate the intentions of Theo Raeken, an old friend of Scott and Stiles' who had just returned to Beacon Hills after a long absence. Neither Stiles nor Liam seemed to trust Theo despite his protests, though in time, after Theo had saved Liam and Stiles' life several times, they both started to reluctantly tolerate him. Together, Stiles and Liam worked with the pack to fulfill various goals, such as rescuing Lydia Martin from Eichen House, and they remain close friends going into Season 6.

Stiles and Liam are also known as "Stiam" by fans

Throughout Teen Wolf

Stiles and Liam first met in Muted, when Scott and Stiles arrived to lacrosse practice to find that Liam had joined the team and was so exceptionally talented that it was suggested he could become the first freshman captain. Scott and Stiles were both jealous of Liam's talents, and immediately threw themselves into training in an attempt to overshadow him, particularly because Stiles didn't want Scott to lose his status as team captain to Liam after he had "worked his tushie off," in Stiles' words, to gain that title.

After morning practice, Scott and Stiles confronted Liam in the locker room, where Stiles began intensely interrogating him on his lacrosse skills, as he didn't think Liam could be that good at lacrosse without the assistance of supernatural powers. Their conversation led Scott to realize that Liam had lied about transferring to Beacon Hills High School from Devenford Prep and correctly guessed by Liam's racing heartbeat that he had actually been kicked out. After Stiles asked Liam if he had ever found himself in the woods during a full moon, Liam looked at him as though he was crazy and insisted that he was just "that good" at lacrosse because his step-father had taught him how to play.

When both of them continued to be dominated by Liam at tryouts that afternoon, Stiles encouraged Scott to use his werewolf powers to get an edge, which Scott considered, though Liam was ultimately injured during 2-on-1s and needed to go to the hospital for a sprained ankle. Though Stiles waited with Scott for a little while to see if Liam would be okay, he ended up having to leave before he could hear any news due to a study-date with his girlfriend Malia Tate.

In The Benefactor,

In I.E.D.,

In Time of Death,

In A Promise to the Dead,

In Smoke and Mirrors,

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Trivia

  • Despite Stiles' snarky, sarcastic, and occasionally hostile personality, he has actually helped Liam a lot with his friendships with other people, such as when he insisted that Liam come clean to his best friend Mason Hewitt about being a werewolf and the existence of the supernatural, and when he encouraged Scott McCall to reconcile with Liam after Liam nearly killed him under the influence of the supermoon and Theo Raeken's manipulations, allowing Liam to reconcile his relationship with his Alpha.
  • Liam and Stiles' friendship took a turn for the better in Season 4's Smoke and Mirrors, when Stiles, with help from Derek Hale, was able to guide Liam through his first full moon since accepting that he was indeed a werewolf by teaching him Satomi's Pack's mantra-- "Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, the truth." This allowed Liam to gain enough control that he was able to help the rest of the McCall Pack fight against Peter Hale, Kate Argent, and the Berserkers.

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