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Characters: Scream
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    Characters Appearing in All the Films 

Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell)

The professional survivor, Sidney's life has been defined by a series of killing sprees all directed at her. First her mother Maureen was killed out of a jealous rage, then her friends in high school and college were hacked to bits, and then they started making hit slasher movies based on her tragedy. While this has brought her fame, fortune and a bestselling autobiography, it also means that she has had to spend large parts of her adult life constantly looking over her shoulder for the next wannabe Ghostface.

Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox)

A reporter who, in the first film, is fighting to prove that Cotton Weary did not commit the murder that he was put on death row for, and returns to Woodsboro for the one-year anniversary and to cover the new string of murders. Come the sequel, she's written a book about the Woodsboro murders, which has been adapted into a film, and comes to Windsor College to cover yet another killing spree. Has a rather abrasive personality.

Dewey Riley (David Arquette)

Woodsboro's deputy sheriff, Dewey is always on the case when a new Ghostface killer comes out of the woodwork, partly due to the loss of his little sister Tatum to the first Ghostface, and partly out of his sense of family with Sidney, Gale and Randy. He is also the only character to not break any of Randy's horror movie rules.

Ghostface (Roger L. Jackson (voice), Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Laurie Metcalf, Timothy Olyphant, Scott Foley, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin)

Wearing a white ghost mask and long black robes, the Ghostface killer sneaks and stabs his way through suburban neighborhoods, hacking to pieces pretty young teenagers and college kids — but not before calling them up with horror trivia games. Word of advice: don't get the wrong answer.

    Characters Appearing in Multiple Films 

Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy)

A horror movie fan who, in the first three films, gave the characters (and the audience) a list of rules for surviving a horror movie. He is one of the key reasons for the series' reputation for self-referential, post-modern humor.

Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber)

The man who was sentenced to death for the murder of Maureen Prescott, Sidney's mother, whom he was having an affair with. In the first film, Gale Weathers is trying to get his name cleared for the murder, feeling that he is innocent. She's right. In the second film, he travels to Windsor College to convince Sidney to do an interview with him. By the third film, his exploits have made him a celebrity, getting him his own talk show.

  • Ascended Extra
  • Attention Whore: Besides getting his name cleared for being wrongfully accused, Cotton's other motivation is to earn the equal amount of fame Sidney did, and overindulges in the fame once he earns it, referring to himself as a "people person", and ultimately getting his own talk show.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Arrives barely in time to save Sidney from being killed by Mrs. Loomis in the second film's climax.
  • Clear Their Name: What Gale does for him prior to the first film, and also what he does in the second film.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dead Star Walking: Makes a cameo at the beginning of the third film, only to be killed off moments later. Also doubles somewhat as a case of Dropped a Bridge on Him.
  • Death by Irony: He'd just finished shooting a cameo on the set of Stab 3 at the beginning of that movie, only to be killed off in little more than a cameo at the beginning of Scream 3.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Played with: after being found innocent of the murders, he feels pretty entitled to his newfound fame and asks Sidney to help him land a big TV interview, believing she "owes" it to him.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the first film.
  • Frame-Up: The first film reveals that Billy and Stu framed him for Maureen's murder.
  • Friendly Enemy: With Sidney in the second film.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Red Herring: In the second film.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: In the third film, he's offed in ten minutes to set up the "all bets are off" arc.
  • Show Within a Show: in the beginning of Scream 3, he's been hosting talk show 100% Cotton for some time; he's also being asked to appear in the latest Stab movie. (Or so he says.)
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome
  • What Could Have Been: Cotton was originally intended to be an antagonist in Scream 2, fighting Sidney to the death after Mrs. Loomis's downfall. The idea was later scrapped and he got his Big Damn Heroes moment.

    Characters unique to Scream 

Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore)

Tatum Riley (Rose McGowan)

Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich)

Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard)

    Characters unique to Scream 2 

Cici Cooper (Sarah Michelle Gellar)

Debbie Salt / Mrs. Loomis (Laurie Metcalf)

  • Big Bad: Of the second film.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: She reveals her plan to Sidney and even lampshades how stupid saying it was with this following dialogue.
    Debbie: Ok so have I covered everything, are there any questions, any comments. You know what? Who gives a flying FUCK anyway!?
  • Formerly Fat:
    Gale: Jesus. It can't be, I've seen pictures of you.
    Sidney: Yeah this is 60 pounds and a lot of work later.
    Debbie: It's called a makeover. You should try it. Look a little tired yourself there, Gale!
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Oh, Mickey... There's not gonna be a trial."
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Her reason for the murders.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To pre-Scream Gale. While posing as a news reporter, that is.
  • The Reveal: She is Billy's mother from the first film, seeking revenge on Sidney.
  • Woman in White: In the finale. White coat, white suit, white shoes, everything.
  • Woman Scorned: Not in the love sense, but in the sense of wanting to kill the person who killed her son.

Derek (Jerry O'Connell)

Mickey (Timothy Olyphant)

Hallie (Elise Neal)

Joel (Duane Martin)

    Characters unique to Scream 3 

Jennifer Jolie (Parker Posey)

Roman Bridger (Scott Foley)

Angelina Tyler (Emily Mortimer)

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
  • Casting Couch: How she got the part of Sidney in Stab 3.
  • Death by Sex: She gets killed literally seconds after revealing that she had employed the Casting Couch to get the part of Sidney. Damn, do the rules strike fast!
  • Final Girl: She's playing one in Stab 3, and she's initially presented as such. She dies, though.
  • Foreshadowing: Averted. Early in the film, she wonders if it will turn out that her character, Sidney, is the killer in the third Stab movie (the cast only has partial scripts to prevent leaks). In the original script, she was one of the killers alongside Roman, but this was changed in the final draft.
  • The Ingenue: What she presents herself as. Actually, she's anything but that.
  • Red Herring
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Sidney.
  • What Could Have Been: In the original draft of the script, she was one of the killers.

Sarah Darling (Jenny Mc Carthy)

John Milton (Lance Henriksen)

    Characters unique to Scream 4 

Jill Roberts (Emma Roberts)

Sidney's cousin, though not very close to her since she and her mother live in Woodsboro, while Sidney left the town many years ago (presumably ever since Scream 2). She reminds Sidney of herself, as a young woman. Jill looks like a somewhat ingenuous girl, but she's actually smart and strong-minded. She deals with her complicated relationship with her ex-boyfriend... and the rise of a new Ghostface, who seems determined to kill her and her friends before targeting Sidney.

Kirby Reed (Hayden Panettiere)

A notorious horror film fan, Kirby is a quirky and spirited best friend to Jill and Olivia. She's somewhat of a tomboy and "alternative" girl, who likes to watch movies, drink (a lot, apparently) and party. She seems to be aware of Charlie's crush on her, but instead prefers to "tease and torment" him. Upon realizing she's the only one of the íThree Amigos! not to receive a phone call from the killer, she becomes really uneasy (ultimately insisting it means she'll be the next one to die).

Trevor Sheldon (Nico Tortorella)

Jill's ex-boyfriend, who is said to have cheated on her. Despite being pretty much shunned by Jill and their friends after the incident (they all behave at least uncomfortably towards him, except maybe Robbie), he's eager to win her forgiveness and resume their relationship... with little to no success. He's an avid fan of the Stab series — surprisingly even attending to the Stab-a-thon — a fan of the Ghostface character and is notorious for his ninja-like skills.

Charlie Walker (Rory Culkin)

President of the Cinema Club at Woodsboro High, "one run below the Glee Club, two above Nintendo Wii Fit". Charlie has a vast knowledge about films in general, although with a penchant for the horror genre, and a calm, collected, but somewhat clumsy air. He has a very obvious crush on Kirby, which she is naturally well aware of, but doesn't seem to reciprocate. He and Robbie host the Stab-a-thon every year.

Robbie Mercer (Erik Knudsen)

Vice-president of the Cinema Club at Woodsboro High, "in case Charlie takes a bullet". Usually seen with a headset and a camera, broadcasting his school experiences live into a videoblog, something he believes will be common one day. Less collected and more playful and prone to panic than Charlie, but as much a film geek, knowledgeable about the makings of a modern horror movie. He and Charlie host the Stab-a-thon every year.

  • Adorkable
  • Bury Your Gays: He thought gay people always survived horror movies. Ghostface disagrees.
  • Cool Loser: Slightly. "We don't have reputations, but we'd like to."
  • Determinator: Even after being stabbed three times, he barely pulls himself back to the house and warns the girls to run before dying.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After the killer attacks at Stab-a-thon — a risk both Sidney and Gale warned Robbie and Charlie about — and it looks like his website will be shut down, this is his reaction to cope.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Just without the glasses.
  • Meta Guy
  • Sacrificial Lion
  • Straight Gay: Though some do find him somewhat flamboyant on rewatches. Or even first watches.
    • Or so he says, considering that he thinks that gay people always survive in a horror movie.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Randy
  • UST: With Olivia. Probably would never be resolved, though.

Deputy Sheriff Judy Hicks (Marley Shelton)

A dedicated police officer and loyal right-hand woman to Dewey, whom she idolizes and seems to have a crush on (and likes to bake lemon squares to). There is some sort of rivalry between herself and Gale, and the latter doesn't even bother hiding her antipathy towards the deputy (and her lemon squares). Judy knew Sidney from high school, but didn't make a big enough impression for Sidney to remember her.

Deputy Ross Hoss (Adam Brody) and Anthony Perkins (Anthony Anderson)

Two police officers working under Dewey, assigned to guard Sidney and Jill after it's confirmed that a new Ghostface killer has surfaced. Hoss is a rookie officer, recently graduated, with a reserved, respectful and somewhat apprehensive demeanor — as well as a sad realization that cops are always endangered in fiction — while Perkins is an older and seasoned cop with a perpetual cocky and bigoted disposition.

Rebecca Walters (Alison Brie)

Kate Roberts (Mary McDonnell)

Maureen's younger sister, Sidney's aunt and Jill's mother.

  • In the Back: By her own daughter no less.
  • Mama Bear: Despite the attention her sister and niece got scarring her. She was still willing to defend Sidney from the killer at the cost of her life.
  • Shipper on Deck: In the deleted hospital scene, she convinces Jill to talk to Trevor and looks like she really supports him.
  • Tempting Fate: She utters the dangerous sentence "I'll be right back". Gets killed minutes later.

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