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     Characters introduced in The Stalker 

The Stalker

The persona taken on by the killers.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Always has these.
  • Determinator: Nothing short of a bullet to the head in most cases will stop the Stalker from trying to kill everyone within the vicinity.
  • Evil Phone / Harassing Phone Call: His usual modus operandi is ringing people up repeatedly and not saying anything…shortly before murdering their asses.
  • Evil Wears Black: Constantly wears a black long-coat and black ninja mask.

Katie Barcley

The main protagonist.
  • Action Survivor: Bordering on Action Girl.
  • The Alcoholic: For a short period after The Stalker, she reveals she became a Hard-Drinking Party Girl to cope with the grief and trauma, though she got better after moving in with Emma.
  • Badass Teacher: In the third film, where’s she headmistress of the local school.
  • Berserk Button: When Tracey refers to Richard as her father, she slaps her and says “Never call that man my father”. Somewhat understandable, given that Richard both tried to kill her and actually isn’t her biological father as it turns out.
  • Broken Bird: By the end of the first film. She becomes even more broken over the course of the series, culminating in a mental breakdown at one point, but she still manages to try and live a normal life.
  • Cartwright Curse: Both her boyfriends are killed.
  • Child by Rape: Revealed to be one.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Holly. Also acts as one to Lori.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Annie. The two start out disliking each other (or at the least, Annie doesn’t like her), but they become friends after helping each other escape the killer and having to work together to escape the mental hospital after being framed for the killings.
  • First Love / High-School Sweethearts: Adam is her’s. She dumped him shortly before the first film after finding out he cheated, though they get back together by the end. They’ve technically broken up by the events of The Stalker 2, though they clearly still have feelings for each other. Nothing comes of it, unfortunately, due to Adam dying.
  • Final Girl: She has all the traits of one, although there’s actually usually at least one other survivor (although all bets are off as to whether they’ll survive the next film).
  • Heroic BSoD / Sanity Slippage: She has a complete breakdown after the events of The Stalker 3 (which is hardly surprising), ending up in a mental institute. She gets better.
  • Heterosexual L Ife Partners / Those Two Girls: With Jen until she died. Also with Emma until she found out she was one of the killers.
  • Iconic Outfit: Sort of. She’s known for constantly wearing pink nail varnish, making her instantly recognisable to viewers.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: She reveals that after sleeping with Adam in the first film, she got pregnant…which was pretty terrible timing considering everything. Then, just when she decided to clean up her act and be a good mother, she was knocked down by a mugger one night, causing her to miscarry – in hindsight, she believes either David of Emma was the ‘mugger’, due to only them knowing about her pregnancy.
  • Near-Death Experience: In the third film finale, she’s stabbed and severely injured by the killers, but is confirmed to have survived in the next film. And this isn’t counting her numerous other close calls.
  • Oblivious Adoption: She grew up believing Richard was her father, only for it to turn out her father was a guy who drugged and raped her mother, with Tracey persuading Richard to act as Katie’s father and leave her oblivious to spare her the pain.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Has this look.
  • Second Love: Steven Strode in the third film. Unfortunately, he ends the same way as Adam.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the original Ridgecrest massacre, due to everyone else dying subsequently, and of the Pleasantview killings (Emma also lived, but seeing as it turned out she was in on it the whole time, she doesn’t really count.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Pretty much every movie just adds to this for her.

Jennifer Yates

Katie’s best friend.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Jen.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: She passes out after getting drunk at Tom’s party.
  • The Cutie: She’s very sweet, friendly and a loyal friend to Katie.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Downplayed. Due to her being the first major character to appear onscreen and the amount of screen time she gets in the first film, she was believed by many to be the main protagonist. Jen actually dies near the end of the first film and Katie is revealed to be the main protagonist.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Katie.
  • Kill the Cutie: Poor Jen gets hacked up by a meat cleaver.
  • Sacrificial Lion: She’s the last person to be killed in the first film (besides the killers), leaving Katie and Adam to face the killers.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Katie keeps complaining about her brother, she points out that Adam was genuinely upset when he heard she'd been attacked.

Adam Yates

Jen’s twin brother and Katie’s ex, who still carries a torch for her.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: After Jen is killed at the end of the first movie.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the first film he bursts in and shoots Richard just as he is about to murder Katie.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Katie’s arms at the end of the second film.
  • Disney Death: In the first film, he is stabbed and seemingly killed by the Stalker, only to reveal himself as alive when he bursts in and shoots the killer to save Katie.
  • First Love / High-School Sweethearts: With Katie. Becomes a New Old Flame in the second film but it goes nowhere due to Adam dying.
  • Nice Guy: Well, aside from the whole cheating thing and making a tasteless joke about the murders.
  • Taking the Bullet: Dies taking a bullet for Katie.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Has this look.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He cheated on Katie shortly before the beginning of the first film, leading to her dumping him. He deeply regrets it though and they end up getting back together.

Tom Matthews

Jen’s boyfriend and Adam’s friend. As a child, he was best friends with David.

Kristen Strode

A friend of Katie, who is killed at the start of the film.

Alex Turner

A friend of Katie and Jen, and Kris’ best friend.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Her first name is apparently just Alex, rather than being short for anything.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners / Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Apparently had one with Kris. She was so distraught when she learned she’d been murdered, she ended up in a foetal position in the corner of her room, incapable of going to school or even answering her front door.
  • Heroic BSoD: Spends most of her screen time going through one due to her best friend being murdered (whom she was talking to on the phone only an hour or so before it happened).
  • Killed Offscreen: The last we see of her is the killer sitting in the backseat of her car. She’s not definitely confirmed to be dead until the third film, where her name appears on the memorial for victims of the Ridgecrest massacre.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Has this hairstyle.
  • True Blue Femininity: She wears a blue shirt and blue jeans.

Richard Barcley

Katie and Holly’s father.
  • Archnemesis Dad: He’s revealed to be one of the killers in the first and third films, and the Greater-Scope Villain of the second.
  • Expy: Of Neil Prescott. Ironically, Neil spent much of the film being suspected of being the killer but actually turned out to be innocent. The opposite is true in Richard's case.
  • Faking the Dead: Revealed in the third film to have been faking his death for ten years to plot his revenge. Lori makes sure he doesn’t come back again by shooting him in the head.
  • Good Parents: He appears to be a loving and devoted family man, coming to rescue Katie when he hears about the murders. Or not, seeing as he’s the killer.
  • Happily Married: He and Tracey were until he turned out to be a serial killer.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Sheriff Harris are very good friends to the point where Harris helped him fake his death, tended his wounds, hid him and helped him commit murder.
  • Offing the Offspring: Tries repeatedly to kill Katie (though as he reveals, she’s not his biological daughter and he doesn’t regard her as such) and later doesn’t seem too concerned when his accomplices try to kill/severely injure Holly.
  • The Resenter: To Katie, because her very existence ruins his ‘perfect family’ in his eyes.
  • The Un-Favourite: He reveals he despises Katie, due to the fact she’s not actually his daughter, but the result of his wife being raped, and so is ‘ruining’ his ‘perfect family’, whilst he regards Holly as being his “princess”.
  • Walking Spoiler: For the first and third films in particular.

Holly Barcley

Katie’s younger sister and the secondary protagonist of The Stalker 3. note 
  • Damsel in Distress: Whilst being chased by the killer in the supermarket, she gets cornered but is rescued by Lori. And again, when she gets taken captive in the climax.
  • Disney Death: It’s revealed in The Stalker 6 that she actually survived her apparent fatal stabbing in The Stalker 3, but has been in hiding.
  • Faking the Dead: She survived her apparent fatal stabbing and has been in hiding.
  • Guilt Complex: She blames herself, or feels that other people blame her, for the fact her father was the original Stalker and also blames herself for Clare’s death and her mother being injured.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has a brief one when Clare is killed.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Clare and Lori (in particular the latter).
  • Rebellious Spirit: She sneaks out of the house to meet up with her boyfriend even though Katie expressly told her not to leave…whilst there’s a killer loose. Though, seeing as the killer actually breaks into her house whilst she’s out, this worked in her favour.

Tracey Barcley

Richard’s wife and mother to Katie and Holly. note 
  • Happily Married: To Richard. Until she finds out he’s a serial killer to tried to murder her daughter.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the third film, she begs Katie to let her die in place of Holly to save them. Seeing as Holly is apparently killed anyway, it appears to be a Senseless Sacrifice…until it’s revealed Holly is alive after all.
  • Lady Drunk: She copes with her depression by, as Katie puts it, “getting hammered”.
  • Lady in Red: Spends much of the time wearing a red nightdress. Including when she gets killed.
  • Parents as People: Played for Drama. After the murders, she becomes depressed and neglects her daughters. She outright apologises to them for not being “the mother they deserve”. Prior to this, though, she seemed to be a loving mother, comforting Katie when she was depressed over the events of The Stalker.
  • Rape as Backstory: It’s revealed she became pregnant with Katie after being drugged and raped, but convinced her husband Richard to be a father to her. That didn’t turn out so well…
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Has this look, with Katie taking after her.
  • Widow Woman: In the third film. That, coupled with the fact her husband turned out to be a psycho, hasn’t exactly left her jumping for joy. It’s also subverted: Richard is still alive.

Jason Owens

Kris' boyfriend and the first victim.
  • Bit Character: His only distinctive trait is dating Kris and getting killed first (which doesn't even happen on-screen).
  • Death by Sex: Implied. He'd been coming over to see Kris whilst her parents were out and presumably got jumped by the killer on the way.
  • Expy: Apparently of Steve Ortiz.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The only time he actually appears on screen is when the upper half of his torso is dumped on Kris' porch to freak her out.
  • Ironic Name: Given that the series contain various Shout Outs to slasher films, it's ironic that someone named Jason winds up the first victim.
  • Killed Offscreen: We only see the aftermath of what the killer did to him.

     Characters introduced in The Stalker 2 

Emma Lively

Katie’s childhood friend, whom she moves in with after the events of the first film.
  • Action Survivor: In the second film and to a lesser extent in the third film.
  • Asshole Victim: Fully deserved getting a TV dropped on her head by Katie, after betraying her and stabbing her sister.
  • Badass Teacher: In the third film, where she works as a teacher at the high school. Revealed to be an Evil Teacher in the end.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: And how.
  • Cool Big Sis: To her cousin Christie and implied be one to Holly, Lori and Clare.
  • Childhood Friends: With Katie.
  • Damsel in Distress: At the climax of the second film, she gets taken captive and tied up by the killer, leaving Katie to rescue her. The same thing happens in the climax of the third film.
  • Dumb Blonde: Averted. She’s far from stupid.
  • Final Girl: Along with Katie in the second film.
  • Fire-Forged Friends / True Companions: After surviving the events of The Stalker 2 together, she and Katie are closer than ever. Or not, seeing as she was planning on betraying her the whole time.
  • Greed: One of her primary motivations for helping Richard is to become rich and famous by passing herself off as a Final Girl.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She’s very kind and supportive of Katie. Subverted. She’s actually in on the murders.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners / Those Two Girls: With Katie. Until it turned out she’s working with the killers.
  • Kick the Dog: After Katie negotiated to save Emma and Holly, reluctantly leaving the other hostages to die, Emma reveals her true colours by stabbing Holly.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Katie with Steven in the third film.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: She’s a Nice Girl whilst her brother is revealed to be one of the killers in the second film. Of course, it eventually turns out they were actually working together.
  • Slashers Prefer Blondes: Averted. She survives the second film. Actually being in on the plot tends to help.

     Characters introduced in The Stalker 3 

Lori Yates

Adam and Jen’s cousin, Debbie’s niece and Holly’s best friend. She becomes the main protagonist of the films alongside Katie after The Stalker 3.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Her outfits in the third and fifth films.
  • Action Survivor: Lori is pretty much the ultimate Action Survivor in these films, being one of the only people who can successfully fight back against the killer (even unarmed) and rightfully earning her place as the main protagonist alongside Katie.
  • Broken Bird: Following the events of The Stalker 3 and 4, she is just as broken as Katie (if not more so).
  • Cartwright Curse: Her boyfriend Tim dies. Then Brendan dies after they sleep together.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Utilises a nearby golf club (twice!) to knock down the Stalker.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Most of the time she’s in danger, she’s able to get herself out and save other people too. The only exception is when she’s abducted by the killers at the end of the fifth film.
  • Determinator: Even after being tied up and stabbed, she manages to get free, attack the killers and put a bullet in one of them.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In the four months since The Stalker 4, she changes her hair from her usual more glamourous style to a straighter, messier style. (Fans were actually pleased by this, due to Lori’s hairstyle being mocked or derided for being too old fashioned before and frequent calls for it to be changed).
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Attractive with light blonde hair. Tim, Brenden and her punters at the strip club are all attracted to her.
  • Fanservice Pack: In The Stalker 5, she becomes a stripper, wearing skimpy clothes and doing sexy dancing.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Played straight.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Holly. To the point where after her death, she feels guilty for sleeping with her former boyfriend.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: She began working as a stripper shortly prior to The Stalker 5.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: In the fifth film, especially after being kidnapped by the killers.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: The first and only time she had sex with Brendan, she got pregnant.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: To her aunt Debbie.
  • The Mourning After: Zig zagged in The Stalker 4. After her boyfriend Tim dies, she doesn’t date anyone else for a whole year. She seems attracted to Brendan and sleeps with him, but immediately regrets it, saying she still loves Tim and thus feels like she’s betraying him and Holly.
  • Nephewism: She was raised by her aunt Debbie due to her mother being a drug addict, stating at one point that Debbie is “more of a mother to her than that woman ever was”.
  • Parental Neglect: She was raised by her aunt due to her mother's inability to care for her, due to addiction.
  • Shout-Out: Her name may be a Shout-Out to Laurie Strode. Her life's just as screwed up as that Laurie's as well.
  • Troubled, but Cute: In the fourth film and especially the fifth film.
  • White Shirt of Death: In the third film, she wears white a lot. Subverted — she herself actually survives getting stabbed, though other people around her aren’t so lucky.

Brendan Cain

Holly's boyfriend.
  • Death by Sex: In the fourth film, he dies after having sex with Lori (although she lives).
  • Distressed Dude: In the climax of The Stalker 3, he spends a lot of it knocked out in the bathroom. And then when he breaks out to try and help the protagonists, he almost immediately gets shot and Lori has to save him. He did succeed in knocking down Officer Harris though.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Lori after the third film.
  • Genre Blindness: In the fourth film. Yep, we're totally sure these new murders have nothing to do with the other killings!
  • High-School Sweethearts: With Holly.
  • In the Back: Stabbed in the back by the killer in the fourth film.
  • Near-Death Experience: In the third film's climax.
  • Red Herring: In the third film climax, he's the only one of Katie and Holly's friends not tied up with the others, suggesting he's one of the killers. Katie even gives his name when the killers ask her who the accomplice is. However, it turns out he's actually just knocked out in the bathroom, presumably to be framed for the killings.
  • Sacrificial Lion: One of the last people to die in the fourth film.
  • Second Love: He seems to have feelings for Lori in the fourth film and sleeps with her.

Clare Gates

Holly and Lori's close friend.

Tim Walker

Lori's boyfriend.

Steven Strode

A local cop in Ridgecrest, Kris' brother and the new Love Interest of Katie.

     Characters introduced in The Stalker 4 

     Characters introduced in The Stalker 5 

Annie Yates

Lori's older sister.
  • Big Brother Bully: She can be pretty mean or rude to Lori at times.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She doesn't much care for Katie and makes sure she knows it. However, she warms up to her as they help each other escape the Stalker.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's implied her Jerkass behaviour is the result of her rough childhood, growing up with a drug addict for a mother.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being rude and insensitive at times, it's made clear she does truly love her sister.

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