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I've noticed that after the Stalker kills someone, he sits down just like any other Tenno. He also uses his weapons just like a Tenno, and seems to be using Nekros with the Shroud helmet. The only thing that seems to make him not a Tenno is the fact that he has 5 abilities. Am I correct, or am I just being stupid?

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The Stalker is NOT a Tenno.

His armor (Warframe) may make him look like a Tenno, but he has no operator power and there are no indications in the current story that he was present during the event that created the Tenno.

Second Dream Spoilers:

It is revealed during the events of The Second Dream that the Stalker was quite unaware of the true nature of the Tenno. Although the Tenno themselves are unaware of their own nature, it's evident that the Stalker is not part of them, for his attempted actions during the second dream would have led to his own demise. Beyond this, the codex indicates he was present (as a "low guardian") when the Tenno turned on the Orokin Empire.

More Spoilers:

Further story updates have shown that Warframes are offshoots of infested technology (the Helmith virus) that were originally controlled by something similar to sentient intelligence (an Orokin creation) to be sent after the Sentients. However, these version were easily subverted by the Sentients and proved ineffective. The Warframes were useless to the Orokin until the Tenno were found to pilot/control them. Ballas used a custom version of the virus (with modifications) to destroy/mutate a rival and control him (Excalibur Umbra). It's likely that the Stalker is the result of someone who had the ability to modify the virus and access to it to create a one off "warframe" (which is not truly a frame since the original host is likely still inside).

In Conclusion:

The key answer to this question lies in the fact that Tenno ARE NOT Warframes, they are the operator controlling the Warframe. The Stalker has no such operator.

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  • @Shadow Z. Thanks for this. I tried for a bit to get the spoilers deal working, but it just didn't happen for me. Commented Jan 30, 2020 at 0:17
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The stalker is a Tenno.

He has a black Excalibur warframe and he can use warframe abilities (namely Slash Dash, Teleport, Shuriken, Absorb and Dispel).

He seems to be a hired assasin (Tenno are pretty much all for hire) that attacks you after you kill a boss (the faction's boss probably hires him to take you out).

Source:

Warframe Wiki

Personal experience

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    After the second dream quest, it became clear that the Stalker is not a Tenno. Commented May 1, 2017 at 19:40
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He is a Tenno and he wants revenge because we killed the Orokin. And he has his own unique helmet. The reason we killed the Orokin is that they ruled over the system and that upset the balance so the Lotus told us to kill the Orokin and the Tenno agreed because they're guardians of balance. When we were in cryo-sleep the stalker watched us. And in the pc version he has more than 5 abilities.

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