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My ears hear what others cannot hear; small faraway things people cannot normally see are visible to me. These senses are the fruits of a lifetime of longing, longing to be rescued, to be completed. Just as the skirt needs the wind to billow, I'm not formed by things that are of myself alone. I wear my father's belt tied around my mother's blouse, and shoes which are from my uncle. This is me. Just as a flower does not choose its color, we are not responsible for what we have come to be. Only once you realize this do you become free, and to become adult is to become free.
~ India narrating how her life dramatically changed over the series of murders in her life

India Stoker is the main character & Anti-Heroine in Park Chan-Wook's film Stoker. She is a teenage outcast who lost her father and best friend, Richard, in a car accident. She has an unstable relationship with her mother, who she barely acknowledges as her mother is constantly insulting and condescending towards her. She was portrayed by Australian actress Mia Wasikowska.


At the funeral, she first meets her uncle Charlie Stoker who has an affair with her mother and also discovers his dark secret. (Charlie was the one who killed her father and made it look like he died in a car accident). Ultimately, however, she becomes infatuated with her uncle and decides not to reveal his secret. India is constantly bullied and harassed at school by a boy whom she later retaliates against by stabbing him in the hand with her pencil when he attacks her. Later, she is almost raped by another boy that came to her defense when the first boy was bullying her. One night, she and Whip had gone to a park and began making out before India, in the heat of the moment, bit him on the mouth. An enraged Whip calls her crazy, then tries to convince India to have sex with him but she refuses so he tries to rape her. However, she is saved by her uncle when he kills Whip by strangling him with his belt. She then aids Charlie by helping him bury the body in the garden.

When she gets home, she takes a shower and masturbates, climaxing to the memory of Charlie killing Whip by breaking his neck. India later finds Charlie's letters sent her that tell her of the places he has been, however, she looks at the stamp to see where they are from and she finds out that, instead of traveling, he has been at a mental institute.  Afterwards she finds out about how Charlie killed his brother Jonathan when he was a child by burying him alive. When he tells her about how he killed her father, India slaps him in anger and walks away.

India and Charlie

India and Charlie



However, Charlie gives the sheriff an alibi, regarding India's whereabouts on the night of Whip's disappearance, thus clearing her of any suspicion. India seemingly forgives her uncle and agrees to go to New York with him. However while India is packing Charlie attempts to kill India's mother, upon her discovering what had really happened to her husband. India arrives on the scene and kills Charlie by shooting him in the neck with her rifle, saving her mother and avenging her father's death in the process. Afterwards India contemplates killing her mother too but untimely decides to spare her mother.  India then proceeds to leave for New York, however she is stopped by the sheriff when he catches her speeding, she wounds the sheriff by stabbing him in the neck with a pair of shears after admitting that she had intentionally sped to get his attention. She follows him as he attempts to escape into the woods, however India is able to kill him by shooting him with her rifle.



  • The relationship between her and Charlie is similar of Lee Woo-jin's tragic love story with own sister in Oldboy (2003) which directed by Park Chan-wook

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