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Characters Appearing in All the Films
- Played by: Neve Campbell
"Psychos can't kill what they can't find."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.
- Action Girl: In the fourth film, ready to take on the killer at the drop of a head.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: By the time of the third film, she pretty much became distant to other people due to being a Broken Bird.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Transforms into this as her character evolves over the course of the series.
- Brainy Brunette: She's smart enough to live through all the movies.
- Broken Bird: She is what constantly being the Final Girl in real life is like.
- Butt-Monkey: When you consider that she's basically destined to spend the rest of her life being periodically attacked by masked psychopaths attempting to copy one another's murder sprees. Oh, and Tori Spelling played her in the Stab movie. Why, Sidney, did you have to mention that?
- Character Development: At the beginning of the first film, she's just a perky high school kid who, over time, develops into a guilt ridden survivor in the second film, to a seclusive hermit by the third. The fourth, however, shows how, many years later, she's fully willing to take the fight to the killer, having her first encounter with him directly after Olivia's death. And winning.
- Damsel out of Distress: While she's the target for each Ghostface, she survives each encounter by taking them out instead.
- Death by Sex: Averted in the first film; she's the only named character in the franchise to have sex and live to tell about it.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Being the Final Girl in real life is not good for one's mental health.
- Doom Magnet: She's basically destined to spend the rest of her life being periodically attacked and having all her friends killed by nutjobs attempting to imitate the previous killers.
- Famed In-Story: Becomes a celebrity after the events of the first movie.
- Final Girl: Initially played straight (except for the film's subversion of Death by Sex), although she slowly evolves into a deconstruction as the series goes on, with her life defined by her "perpetual victimhood" and the bloody consequences that this has for those around her.
- Friendly Enemy: With Cotton, in the second film.
- Genre Savvy: "Horror movies are all the same. Some stupid killer stalking some big-breasted girl who can't act who's always running up the stairs when she should be going out the front door. It's insulting."
- Plot Armor: She's been critically injured every movie, but it's never been fatal.
- Plucky Girl: Considering everything she went through.
- Sanity Slippage: Through her half-brother's movie tricks, she apparently undergoes this in the third film, having visions of her dead mother coming for her. It doesn't work though.
- She Who Fights Monsters: While Sidney has managed to survive 4 occasions of attacks, there were some scenes that make you wonder whether or not she might end up as a killer, or no different than one. She herself even lampshaded this in 3.Roman: I shot you.Sidney: [reveals bullet proof vest] I guess we think alike.
- The Scapegoat: Pretty much every Ghostface with a motive for their killings finds some way to blame her for how fucked up and psychopathic they are, naturally seeing murder for revenge as the ideal solution. Eventually Sidney gets so sick of this bull crap that it leads to...
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: In the third film, she can't help but be annoyed and disgusted with Roman for blaming Sidney's existence for his life, thus his eventual murdering spree. Eventually, she gets fed up, having heard this speech before, and shouts furiously that he's really just looking for an excuse and every last one of the scapegoating Ghostfaces should learn to take some responsibility for once in their twisted lives.
- Supporting Protagonist: Dewey and Gale are more active than her in the third film but she's still the main character.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Hallie's Girly Girl in the second movie.
- Tomboyish Name: A name befitting of any respectable Final Girl.
- Zen Survivor: This is what Sidney becomes after surviving the horrors of the Scream movies, specially after the events of the second movie. Poor girl needs to catch a break.
- Played by: Courteney Cox
"People treat me like I'm the anti-Christ of television journalism."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.
- Brutal Honesty: She can be pretty rude.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Her Character Development over the course of the series.
- Determinator: She always gets her story.
- Fire-Forged Friends: She and Sidney initially have a very, very rocky relationship.
- Genre Savvy: Progressively grows into this as the series progresses.
- Good Is Not Nice: Despite her abrasive personality, she's one of the good guys.
- Hot Scoop: An attractive journalist.
- If It Bleeds, It Leads: At first, but she gets better.
- Intrepid Reporter: In the first movie she goes to great lengths to get a good story.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's rather insensitive towards Sidney in the first movie but gets better in the sequels.
- Official Couple: With Dewey at the end of the third film.
- Pitbull Dates Puppy: The Pitbull in her relationship with Dewey.
- Punny Name: Though it's quite subtleGale (to Dewey): Gale Weathers, right? Makes me sound like a meteorologist or something.
- Running Gag: Her getting punched in the face by people (usually Sidney) that she pisses off. In the third film, this is turned on its head when she punches Jennifer, the actress playing her in Stab 3. She threatens to do it again in the fourth film.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She was a major bitch in the first film, but slowly warms up to others as the series continues.
- Played by: David Arquette
"How do you know that my dimwitted inexperience isn't merely a subtle form of manipulation, used to lower people's expectations, thereby enhancing my ability to effectively maneuver within any given situation?"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.
- Badass Mustache: Dewey's trademark moustache.
- Berserk Button: He threatens to personally kill Ghostface in 3 when Ghostface attempts to hurt Sidney.
- Big Brother Instinct: Literally towards Tatum, metaphorically towards Sidney.
- Butt-Monkey: He gets the shit beaten out of him by Ghostface in every movie, although he survives them all.
- Embarrassing Nickname: His real name is "Dwight", with "Dewey" being a childhood nickname he got stuck with. By the time Scream 2 rolls around, he makes a point on being called "Dwight" by Gale - it doesn't take, though.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: Dewey sports a heroic cop mustache.
- Made of Iron: Stabbed in the back in the first film, stabbed multiple times in the second one, beaten almost to death with a bedpan in the fourth one... and still alive.
- Nice Guy: Especially compared to Gale.
- Pitbull Dates Puppy: The Puppy in his relationship with Gale.
- The Sheriff: He's been promoted to this by the fourth film.
- Two First Names: "Dewey" and "Riley" can both be used as first names.
Characters Appearing in Multiple Films
- Played by: Jamie Kennedy
- Adorkable: An excitable horror movie geek.
- Ambiguous Disorder: His laser focused knowledge on horror movies and lack of certain social graces (in the first movie, he discusses gory stuff while the others are eating and multiple characters automatically assume that Ghostface is actually Randy pulling some kind of prank when he comes around) can lead to this conclusion. Then again, he could also just be just a passionate horror geek who's a little socially awkward at times.
- Breakout Character: Randy is probably the most popular character in the franchise.
- Death by Sex: A Noodle Incident involving sex in a video store turns out to be the culprit behind his grisly end at the hands of Mrs. Loomis.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Sidney, but he unfortunately isn't allowed much of a shot with Billy or Derek around.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He gets unexpectedly yanked into Gale's news van about halfway through the second film during a telephone call with the killer (who had been hiding in the van), and is then stabbed to death.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Keeping the killer on the phone so Gale and Dewey could track him down and bravely insulting the killer to his face, er, voice.
- Fiery Redhead: He has red hair and he's passionate about the Three Rules.
- Genre Savvy: A horror movie fan who lists three rules for surviving a horror movie — don't have sex, don't drink or use drugs, and never say "I'll be right back." Naturally, the characters break all three in record time. Randy expands his rules to sequels and trilogies warnings in the later films.
- Hollywood Nerd: An adorkable film geek.
- Ironic Echo: In the first movie, Randy nearly dies when the killer sneaks up behind him and is about to stab him, before Sidney's screams prompt the killer to abort this plan. In the second movie, Randy is standing in front of Gale's news van talking on the phone with the killer but this time isn't so lucky.
- Kill the Cutie: The lovable and excitable movie geek who gets mutilated beyond belief in the sequel and before that plays the general role of the underdog with many Break the Cutie moments occurring.
- Meta Guy: In the original trilogy, and is replaced by Robbie and Charlie in the fourth film.
- The Movie Buff: He even works in a video store in the first movie.
- Noodle Incident: You're left wondering exactly what rule he broke when he becomes Ghostface's next victim in 2. We find out exactly which rule he fell foul of in 3.
- Oh, Crap!: In the first movie, after Billy pulls a gun on him.
- One Thing Led to Another: In 3: "We were working late, we were putting away some videos in the porno section and, you know, shit happens."
- Plucky Comic Relief: An adorable common relief character whose only crime is making constant tongue-in-cheek remarks.
- Posthumous Character: He dies in 2, but makes a cameo via video tape in 3.
- Sacrificial Lion: When he's killed in 2.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Survives the first film, but bit it in the middle of the second.
- Video Will: Made one shortly before his death at Windsor College to provide the "rules of a trilogy." Also counts as The Tape Knew You Would Say That, during a humorous exchange with Dewey.
- Played by: Liev Schreiber
- Ascended Extra: Has a bigger role in the second film.
- 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.
- 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: As seen in Big Damn Heroes, he's eventually revealed to be this at the end of the second film.
- Red Herring: In the second film.
- Sacrificial Lion: 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: After surviving the first two movies, he becomes the "prologue victim" of the third film.
- Played by: Lawrence Hecht
- Bound and Gagged: During the climax.
- Distressed Dude: Billy and Stu kidnapped him at some point during the first film and stuck him in a closet at Stu's house.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Sidney mentions he has died in between the third and fourth films.
- Frame-Up: Billy and Stu attempted to frame him for the murders in the first film.
- Nice Guy: For one thing, he always forgave his wife for her numerous infidelities.
- Red Herring: He's suspected to be the killer in the first and second films.
Characters unique to Scream
- Played by: Drew Barrymore
- Dead Star Walking: A tradition for the films is to have a big-name actor (Drew Barrymore) in the opening scene, only to kill them off within fifteen minutes.
- Decoy Protagonist: Treated as The Hero of the film, she became the inaugural 'prologue victim'.
- Gutted Like a Fish: She's the recipient of the treatment. This and her boyfriend's death provided the Trope Namer.
- Kill the Cutie: She was stabbed by Ghostface.
- Sacrificial Lamb: The first character who appears in the movie, and the second one to be killed in the first scene, after her boyfriend, Steve.
- Saw Star Wars 27 Times: Played for Drama. During Ghostface's 'trivia game', she claims that she saw Friday the 13th (1980) "twenty goddamn times" when Ghostface tells her that she was wrong and that Jason wasn't the killer. It turns out she'd only seen the sequels, as Ghostface informs her before gutting her boyfriend Steve like a fish.
- Too Dumb to Live: When she sees her parents arriving in the car, she decides to sit down and wait outside by the door while the killer is checking her house instead of just running away. And when the killer finds her, Casey knocks him down and gets her some time, but she stops running for a good while to look at her dead boyfriend. Then, she runs a bit more for 2 seconds and stops again to look at her parents arriving in the car.
- Played by: Rose McGowan
- Action Girl: To this day she is still the only murder victim that really put up a fight against Ghostface, namely hitting repeatedly with beer bottles and flipping Ghostface onto his back.
- Bare Your Midriff: In some scenes.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Even by the standards of this genre; even Ghostface is noticeably shaken watching it.
- Diabolus ex Machina: Her death, which wasn't even the death Ghostface intended for her.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: "Oh, you wanna play psycho killer? Can I be the helpless victim?"
- Dumb Blonde: Unusually manages to be both this and a...
- Fiery Redhead: Well, Fiery Strawberry Blonde anyway.
- Girlish Pigtails: Wears her hair in braided pigtails sometimes.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Her death scene had to be trimmed down to avoid an NC-17 rating.
- The Lancer: To Sidney.
- Ms. Fanservice: Surely she has a good reason not to be wearing a bra...
- Plucky Girl: She's very feisty.
- Sacrificial Lion: A major character who is killed in the first movie.
- Your Head A-Splode: Specifically, Your Head Gets Crushed Between A Garage Door And The Edge Of The Roof. Even Ghostface seemed a little shaken by this death.
- Played by: Skeet Ulrich
- Death by Sex: Killed by Ghostface after having sex with Sidney.
- Dude, Not Funny!: In-universe, when he chastises Stu about his comments on gutting: "Hey. It's called tact, you fuck-rag."
- Jerkass: One wonders why Sidney dated him in the first place.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Stabbed four or five times by Ghostface.
- Red Herring: Seemingly every clue points to him being the killer... but is he?
- Say My Name: After getting stabbed by Ghostface, he groans "Sid" before crumpling to the floor.
- Troubled, but Cute: He's the 'bad boy' out of the group, and definitely a quite handsome one.
- Played by: Matthew Lillard
- The Bully: Picks on Randy all the time.
- Evil Laugh: He likes parodying these.
- Jerkass: Spends the majority of his scenes being obnoxious.
- Overly Long Tongue: One of his Character Tics is sticking out his tongue which covers his chin.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Seems to be his role in the film, with his whacked-out behavior.
- Tempting Fate: He really doesn't mind blurting out "I'll be right BACK!", even knowing its against Randy's survival rules.
Principal Arthur Himbry
- Played by: Henry Winkler
- Badass Teacher: As rough as he is, he's no nonsense when it comes to keeping his students safe: getting on the intercom in a passionate plea for them to get straight home after classes and later suspending classes after there's speculation that the killer might have made it into the school at one point. He even lays down the law on students who were pretending to be Ghostface. Shame he wasn't able to survive the real thing.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Depends on how you see him going as far as to expel two students for playing around the halls dressed as Ghostface. Even when he admits its disproportionate, his response is jacked up to where you might think he was the killer. He isn't.
- Dies Wide Open: His eyes are seen flickering around after he's stabbed by Ghostface before they finally stop moving and remain open.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Expels two students for dressing up as the killer, but it makes sense why, considering the murders going on.
- Not to mention their callous behavior regarding the murders aside, the girl they played the prank on had herself barely escaped the killer they impersonated. May not be so disproportionate after all.
- Foreshadowing: He tells the two pranksters that they ought to be disemboweled and hung from a tree like Casey as retribution for their prank. He himself winds up getting disemboweled and hung from a flagpole.
- Gutted Like a Fish: Like Casey Becker, he is gutted and his body hung, this time on the school's flagpole.
- Look Behind You: Ghostface/Billy hides behind his office door until Himbry closes the door and turns his back. Once he does, Ghostface strikes.
Characters unique to Scream 2
- Played by: Sarah Michelle Gellar
- Alliterative Name: Cici Cooper. And her real first name is Casey.
- Dead Star Walking: Although she doesn't get killed in the opening scene, she's the first victim after that, dying pretty early.
- Disney Villain Death: She does get stabbed twice, but is still alive and screaming before Ghostface throws her off the balcony.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Seems to be something like this at Omega Beta Zeta.
- Played by: Laurie Metcalf
- Boyish Short Hair: An Action Girl with short hair.
- 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!
- Outliving One's Offspring: She has a dead son. Said son was killed by Sidney at the previous film's climax.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To pre-Scream Gale.
- Woman in White: In the finale. White coat, white suit, white shoes, everything.
- Played by: Jerry O'Connell
- Bound and Gagged: Bound by his Omega Beta Zeta friends as a prank. Ghostface then gags him.
- Distressed Dude: And maybe he could've been saved if Sidney knew he was a Red Herring.
- Nice Guy: It turns out he really loved Sidney.
- Red Herring: He was suspected to be the killer. He wasn't.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: Part of the reason why Sidney doesn't know whether or not she should trust him.
- Played by: Timothy Olyphant
- Meta Guy: Like Randy, a big-time horror movie buff.
- Nice Guy: He was supposed to be this, played straight.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Somewhat. Getting snarkingly rejected by Hallie, discussing sequels with Randy, supporting Derek's singing performance, conducting the crowd's applause...
- You Are Not Alone: His words of encouragement to Sidney after Ghostface's attack at Omega Beta Zeta.
- Played by: Elise Neal
- Black Best Friend: To Sidney.
- Black Dude Dies First: Subverted. She's the last victim before The Reveal.
- Deadpan Snarker: As part of her Sassy Black Woman attitude.
- Played by: Duane Martin
"Gutted, slashed, the guy note ain't in the union no more!"
- Alliterative Name: Joel Jones.
- Berserk Button: Mentioning of the dead cameraman that was his predecessor prompts him to threaten to quit and bolt.
- Black Dude Dies First: Defied. He leaves before the final act, citing this trope as the reason why.
- The Drag-Along: Becomes this to Gale after she forces him into snooping around locations where murders have taken place.
- Genre Savvy: Joel might just be the most Genre Savvy character in the entire franchise for taking a leave after Randy's murder and not returning until the killings have ceased. Although seeing as how he didn't read Gale's book before taking his job as her cameraman, it kind of puts him in check.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After he discovers that Gale's previous cameraman was one of the victims in Woodsboro, he begins to threaten to bail on Gale, stating, "I wanna report the news! I don't wanna be the news!" After Randy's death, seeing Randy's body, and the subsequent impounding of his news van, where Ghostface/Debbie Salt/Mrs. Loomis skewered Randy, Joel makes good on his threat and doesn't reappear until Mickey and Mrs. Loomis are killed at the end of the film.
Characters unique to Scream 3
Jennifer Jolie/Judy Jurgenstern
- Played by: Parker Posey
- Alliterative Name: Jennifer Jolie. Her real name, Judy Jurgenstern, and her actress' name, Parker Posey, count as well.
- Big Bad: Her role in "Stab 3: Return to Woodsboro" is the killer.
- Brainy Brunette: Albeit one wearing a blonde wig.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is constantly at odds with the woman she's portraying, but is more than willing to help Gale. Which isn't too far off Gale anyway.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Stabbed repeatedly by Ghostface and then thrown through glass doors in front of Gale and Dewey.
- Sacrificial Lion: The last victim before The Reveal.
- Stage Name: Her real name is Judy Jurgenstern.
- Theme Naming: Her name is a portmanteau of Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie's names. Became Hilarious in Hindsight when Brad Pitt left Aniston for Jolie.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: When Ghostface catches up to her, she says she can't die because she's the film's killer. Ghostface disagrees.
- Played by: Scott Foley
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Seems just like someone Doing It for the Art. Yet he has a hidden agenda.
- Child by Rape: Strongly implied.
- Jerkass: Quite sarcastic and irritable towards the other characters.
- Punk in the Trunk: Not a car trunk, but he's found stabbed to death in, well, a trunk.
- Theme Naming: His first name is a reference to Roman Polanski. Given his backstory and Polanski's real-life scandals, it's perfectly appropriate.
- Played by: Emily Mortimer
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She pretends to be The Ingenue, but she's actually a diva who slept with Milton to get the part.
- Blood from the Mouth: Blood is dripping from her corpse's mouth as it's dragged out of sight.
- 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!
- Dies Wide Open: Her corpse stares up at Gale and Jennifer as Ghostface drags her out of sight.
- Final Girl: She's playing one in Stab 3, and she's initially presented as such. She dies, though.
- Fauxshadow: 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: Despite the hints, she was not the killer.
- Theme Naming: Her name is a portmanteau of Angelina Jolie and Liv Tyler's names.
- Played by: Jenny McCarthy
- Brainless Beauty: Partially subverted; she may act as The Ditz, on occasion, but overall she comes off as sharp as her fellow actors. This is not saying much, though.
- Dawson Casting: In-universe, Sarah is a 35 year old actress playing a 21 year old character. In real life, Jenny McCarthy was (then) 27.
- Dumb Blonde: She mistakenly believes that the shower scene from Psycho was in Vertigo instead.
- Death by Irony: Complains about having a small role that is offed quickly. Meets an early death.
- Needle in a Stack of Needles: Killed by Ghostface, who conceals himself in a rack of prop Ghostface costumes.
- Theme Naming: Her first name is a reference to Sarah Michelle Gellar. It's been rumored that this was a Take That! at Gellar, who Wes Craven allegedly had a poor experience working with on Scream 2, such that she was nicknamed "Sarah Darling".
- White-Dwarf Starlet: She's afraid this will be her fate, and seems quite unsatisfied with the way her career's panning out. As it is, she'd love to get out of Stab 3.
- Played by: Lance Henriksen
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: John Milton to his son, Roman.Milton: You don’t have to do this, Roman. Just tell me what you want. I can make it happen. Any picture. Name your budget. Script approval. Final cut!
- Arc Welding: Milton's indirect actions to Maureen during her time in Hollywood prompted Roman to seek revenge on Maureen for giving him up, setting off the entire chain of events in the first three films.
- Asshole Victim: When he's killed by Ghostface.
- Big Bad Wannabe: His role as a representative of Horrible Hollywood.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: When asked about Maureen Prescott/Rina Reynolds, he claims he's employed too many actors to remember. Gale quickly points out nobody said she was an actress.
- Luke, You Are My Father: He possibly was the father of Roman Bridger.
- Sacrificial Lion: When he's killed by Ghostface.
- Played by: Deon Richmond
- Black Dude Dies First: Averted. He's the third to last victim.
- Disney Villain Death: Though he's not a villain, gets thrown off a balcony by Ghostface.
- Famous Last Words: "Oh you motherf**ker!"
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His character in "Stab 3: Return to Woodsboro" is killed by getting stabbed in the head with scissors.
- Meta Guy: Invoked in-universe; his character is supposed to be based on Randy Meeks, the main Meta Guy for the first two films.
- Rasputinian Death: Gets stabbed in the gut, followed by a short foot chase (which is quite hard if you've been stabbed in the gut), landing on his neck after Ghostface pulls a carpet out from under him, slammed headfirst into a glass cabinet, and thrown off a balcony.
Characters unique to Scream 4
- Played by: Emma Roberts
- Disappeared Dad: Her dad is not mentioned anywhere.
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Subverted.
- Jerkass: She's very critical towards Sidney.
- Plucky Girl: Always the optimist.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In keeping with the Remake theme of Scream 4, Jill is set up to be the new Sidney Prescott.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Kirby's tomboy.
- Played by: Hayden Panettiere
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a snarky sense of humour.
- Drives Like Crazy: Unbelievable speed, real loud music, doesn't always see the stop signs... Jill and Olivia must be very courageous to go to school with her every day.note
- Dumb Blonde: Subverted; Kirby is probably the wittiest character in the film.
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Thoroughly subverted. She absolutely loves them.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: "You continue your good girl thing and I'll drink for the both of us." The young lady isn't afraid of alcohol at all.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Charlie stabs her in the stomach.
- The Lad-ette: A brash, snarky, tomboyish horror buff who makes the first move on a timid boy she's into.
- The Lancer: To Jill.
- Not Quite Dead: A hotly debated point of contention in the fandom. Those who think she's dead point to her inclusion in Jill's list of the victims in the hospital climax, but the film itself never actually confirms she's gone — as Panettiere and director Wes Craven point out on the DVD Commentary. And you know what they say about horror movies where you don't see a corpse... That said, considering that a Scream 5 will likely never happen, she was last seen bleeding out on a patio from very deep knife wounds and no immediate medical attention, and that nothing in the end of Scream 4 suggested that Kirby survived the event, it's pretty safe to say that, Word of God aside, she is likely dead.
- Sacrificial Lion: She's only taken out in the third act — and a good chunk of the fandom believes that she still pulled through.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Tatum. She is Jill's lancer and feisty best friend, like Tatum was to Sidney in the first movie.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Jill's girly girl.
- Tomboyish Name: Kirby is a masculine name.
- Played by: Nico Tortorella
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Does this after Jill shot him in the groin, right before getting shot in the head.
- Bound and Gagged: By Jill and Charlie, in the same fashion Neil Prescott was.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Gets shot in the groin by his girlfriend and cries for forgiveness after revealing that he really did love Jill before she shoots him in the head.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments."Yeah, 'cause that's what I would do if a was a crazy psycho killer, I'd use my own phone to call you."
- Death by Woman Scorned: His death was part of the plan, but Jill specifically evokes this trope before murdering him.
- Determinator: "The problem with Trevor is: he never quits".
- Frame-Up: Jill and Charlie’s plan to frame him for the new Woodsboro murders, making him this generation’s Billy Loomis.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: In Jill's group of friends.
- Groin Attack: From Jill, with a gun.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He cheated on his girlfriend, but realized it was wrong and desperately wants to make up with her.
- Kick the Dog: Tied up, shot in the groin and then in the head.
- Moment Killer: For Kirby and Charlie.
- Noodle Incident: The fateful "going out" with someone else that caused his falling out with Jill. The subject is only mentioned, never explored upon.
- Red Herring: And a well played one; because of the fourth movie's whole remake theme, viewers are led to believe that this time the killer will actually be the obvious boyfriend again, just like Billy. Ends up completely subverted.
- Stalker With a Crush: To Jill, his ex-girlfriend, who was still angry with him.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: His trademark! He simply pops out of nowhere when people less expect it. Both he and Robbie lampshade this.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Billy. Ends up subverted, and he gets Neil Prescott's role - though this time it works as planned by the killers.
- Two First Names: "Trevor" and "Sheldon".
- Played by: Rory Culkin
- Played by: Erik Knudsen
- Bury Your Gays: He thought gay people always survived horror movies. Ghostface/his comrade Charlie 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.
- Gutted Like a Fish: Allegedly being gay doesn't save Robbie from getting some serious stabbings from Ghostface.
- Hollywood Nerd: Just without the glasses.
- Meta Guy: Replaces Randy in this role, along with his friend Charlie.
- Sacrificial Lion: When he's attacked and killed by Ghostface.
- 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, the horror movie geek.
- Too Dumb to Live: Walking out alone, drunk, after dark, with a serial killer on the loose. He should have thought that through.
- UST: With Olivia. Probably would never be resolved, though.
Deputy Sheriff Judy Hicks
- Played by: Marley Shelton
- Action Girl: When she saves Gale from being shot by Jill.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Dewey, complete with having his rank in the original trilogy and having similarly sounding names.
- Forgotten First Meeting: She and Sidney went to high school together and used to act together in plays. Sidney doesn't remember her, though.
- Meaningful Name: 'Deputy Judy' sounds very close to 'Deputy Dewey'.
- Number Two: To Dewey, now a Sheriff.
- Police Are Useless: Subverted. She ends up saving Gale's life.
- Red Herring: More subtle than the obvious Trevor, but still.
- Remember the New Guy: Her and Sidney went to high school together, but was not seen or mentioned in the very first film. Sidney even points out that she doesn't even remember her from high school, but stated that they've met before.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She's essentially the female version of Dewey, which is explicitly lampshaded by Gale.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: She wears her hair this way.
Deputy Ross Hoss and Anthony Perkins
- Played by: Adam Brody and Anthony Anderson
- Boom, Headshot: Perkins. With a knife.
- Deadly Prank: Instead of answering when Hoss reports a suspicious open window in the vicinities, Perkins decides to Fake the Dead to scare him. As soon as Hoss comes back to the car to check if he's okay, Ghostface takes advantage of their distraction and kills them both.
- Famous Last Words: "Fuck Bruce Willis." Perkins
- Genre Savvy: Hoss, who knows exactly how a cop can get killed in fiction and seems to be knowledgeable about the horror movie rules.
- In the Back: Hoss is stabbed in the back by Jill.
- Mauve Shirt: Both of them.
- Police Are Useless: Ghostface has no problems getting past them to kill Olivia.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Perkins is red, Hoss is blue.
- Salt and Pepper: Hoss is salt, Perkins is pepper.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Hoss, to Dewey.
- Too Dumb to Live: They're actually pranking each other instead of watching the area. Unsurprisingly, the killer offs them easily.
- Played by: Alison Brie
- Asshole Victim: Nobody is affected by her death. Sidney had in fact fired her as an employee only minutes before Ghostface made her termination from Sid's employ permanent.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Three girls get brutally killed, and the only thing she can think about is how well this will affect the sales of Sidney's book. She also seems to be somewhat envious of Sidney.
- Composite Character: In the original draft of the script, there were two characters named Bette (Sidney's pushy and secretly envious assistant) and Rebecca (editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper and Gale's fangirl and wannabe), who were eventually combined into Rebecca Walters.
- Disney Villain Death: Thrown from a parking garage by Ghostface.
- If It Bleeds, It Leads: If it bleeds, it rockets the book sales.
- Motor Mouth: Even when she's completely by herself.
- Played by: Mary McDonnell
- 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, though she DOES come back.
Ghostface (SPOILERS)WARNING: After the first entry describing the character in general, this folder will contain unmarked spoilers for all of the killers in the series. You Have Been Warned.
- Voiced by: Roger L. JacksonPlayed by: Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Laurie Metcalf, Timothy Olyphant, Scott Foley, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, Dane Farwell and Brian Avery note
"You're a survivor, aren't you Sidney? Your one and only skill: You survive. I've got one question for you. What good did it to be a survivor in this little drama, if everyone close to you is dead?"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.
- Ax-Crazy: All the people who donned the identity are all messed-up in the head.
- Big Bad: Merges this in with Legacy Character.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: The identity is usually donned by two people. Except the third film.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He enjoys killing people.
- Catch-Phrase: "What's your favorite scary movie?"
- Con Man: When the unmasked killers revealed their plans at the climax, which was to make themselves the heroes and survivors of mass murders. However, they are Ax-Crazy examples of this trope.
- Dark Is Evil: Combined with Light Is Not Good, as the usual ensemble for Ghostface is a Black Cloak (though closer to the body than most versions) and a White Mask of Doom.
- Deadpan Snarker: When he taunts the victims.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Using a voice-changing device.
- Freudian Excuse: Most Ghostfaces have these, although Sidney's Shut Up, Hannibal! in the third film implies that they're all just that — excuses to kill people For the Evulz. The exception to this being Jill Roberts, who openly admits that she's evil, citing that "sick is the new sane".
- Genre Blind: Every single time there were two killers, one tried to kill the other (the only successful case was Jill killing Charlie) and yet they never see it coming.
- The Grim Reaper: The costume is largely a Black Cloak similar to death but only with a ghostface mask.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The killer often starts off nice enough in conversations, even if a little weird, but when you start not falling in line, the facade breaks.
- Hate Sink: Especially after The Reveal, when the unmasked killer reveals to be not only Ax-Crazy, but a loathsome Jerkass and The Bully that audiences would want to take a punch at. The exception is Charlie Walker, The Dragon in Scream 4, who also is on the receiving end of a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness to the other killer from that film, Jill.
- Implacable Man: Any Ghostface is repeatedly beaten up by the stalked person, yet doesn't give up the chase.
- Knife Nut: Every Ghostface has a hunting knife as their primary weapon.
- Legacy Character: Since it's a generic Halloween costume in-universe, a grand total of seven note characters don the identity.
- Made of Iron: Although in hindsight, whenever the costume is removed, the killer actually seems to be quite breakable.
- Malevolent Masked Men: Though in some cases the Ghostface killer can be a Malevolent Masked Woman. By the way, Skeet Ulrich (Billy) is the only actor who played one of the killers who actually donned the costume, when Ghostface is menacing Randy on the camera right before Kenny dies.
- More Deadly Than the Male: When there's a female Ghostface, they're usually the one calling the shots.
- Name-Face Name: His nickname, Ghostface.
- Revenge Myopia: Most of the Ghostfaces with motives for their killings are attacking out of some loss or turmoil in their past, most often blaming Sidney for it in some indirect way. By the third instance Sidney gets so sick of this bullshit that she delivers a furious "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the Ghostface in question, telling them it's their own fault they're twisted psychopaths and to just learn to take some responsibility for their lives. Naturally it falls on deaf ears.
- Samus Is a Girl: Mrs. Loomis in 2 and Jill in 4.
- Serial Killer: Specifically, a Serial Killer in costume who hunted down all the friends and family of Sidney Prescott.
- Stalker Without a Crush: He's not targeting his victims out of love at all.
- Stealth Expert: Apparently capable of showing up behind you whenever you aren't looking.
- Swipe Your Blade Off: A Character Tic of Ghostface is to use the hand not holding the knife to wipe the blade.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: All of the people who have taken up the Ghostface mantle don't scream "obvious serial killer!" at first glance. In-universe, the costume is easily obtainable, so anyone could have the costume.
- Two Girls to a Team: Played with. Two women have officially note donned the Ghostface identity, namely; Mrs. Loomis (in 2) and Jill Roberts (in 4).
- Voice Changeling: Ghostface's trademark is a voice changer that masks their voice over the phone. Roman Bridger takes it a step further by mimicking others, including Maureen Prescott.
- Walking Spoiler: The reason why a separate folder was created for the killers. Whomever was donning the Ghostface identity, so many of their character tropes would be white-spaced out (with Jill Roberts being the most notable example) that it was easy to figure out who the killer was just by reading their character entry.
- White Mask of Doom: The white mask worn by Ghostface.
Ghostface in Scream
William "Billy" Loomis
"You hear that, Stu? I think she wants a motive. Well, I don't really believe in motives, Sid. I mean, did Norman Bates have a motive? Did they ever really decide why Hannibal Lecter liked to eat people? DON'T THINK SO. See, it's a lot scarier when there's no motive, Sid."Billy blamed Sidney's mother for destroying his family, and one year prior, he and Stu Macher murdered her and framed Cotton Weary for it. Now, he is going after Sidney and her friends, intending to frame Sidney's father Neil.
Played by: Skeet Ulrich
- Ax-Crazy: After he's revealed to be the Ghostface killer.
- Beauty Is Bad: Portrayed as Sidney's handsome boyfriend until he reveals himself as the first film's Big Bad.
- Big Bad: Of the first film.
- Boom Head Shot: How Sidney eventually kills him.
- The Bully: To Sidney and his own partner-in-crime Stu.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: The reason why he killed Sidney's mother.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Given his reaction, he did not want Tatum to die that way.
- Evil Is Petty: Makes as many knocks at killing Sidney's mother as possible after The Reveal. Ironically, given his own agenda, all Sidney has to do is mock his mother whatsoever to send him a fit.
- Faking the Dead: Presumably stabbed by Ghostface (Stu) in front of Sidney. He pops up toward the end, faking Only Mostly Dead, and shoots Randy, setting up The Reveal.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's really a serial killer. He also makes the calls, except when he was in jail.
- Groin Attack: Tatum hits him with a beer bottle to the groin.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Even before The Reveal, he's obviously a bit off.
- Hero Killer: Billy murders Principal Himbry and Tatum.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: When he's wearing the costume, he grabs his victims' throats and stabs multiple times.
- Inspirational Martyr: He's this along with Stu to the potential copycat killers in the sequels after their deaths.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Despite initially acting obviously psychotic during the beginning of the first film, he later on seems to care for Sidney, but when he reveals himself to be one of the killers, it turns out to all be just an act.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: His real first name is William, but everyone calls him Billy.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's the mastermind of the whole thing and in Stu's own words, he peer-pressured him into the plan.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: His and Stu's deaths only martyred them to spawn potential killers in the sequels.
- Predecessor Villain: He is this in the sequels. He's long dead by the time the second film starts, but he's mentioned again and again throughout the series, and it's clear that none of the event's of the sequels would have happened if he and Stu didn't start the original Ghostface murder-spree. When he and Stu were killed, they only got themselves martyred for any other potential killers to Take Up Their Knifes to kill Sidney.
- Red Herring: He's practically the living incarnation of this. He's obviously messed up, acts incredibly suspicious, and is suspected to be the killer. All of this immediately draws the audience into believing he is innocent because the movie wants you to believe that. He's really as bad as he appears.
- Say My Name: During his Faking the Dead ruse, he says "Sid" before crumpling to the floor.
- Smug Snake: He ain't exactly subtle about how proud he is of his plan.
- A Taste of Their Own Medicine: After escaping Sidney taunts Billy and Stu through phone with their own Ghostface voice changer. They don't take it very well.Sidney: "We're going to play a little game. It's called guess who just phoned the police and reported your sorry mother fucking ass!"
- Teens Are Monsters: One of the most disturbing killers in the series (which is really saying something).
- Villainous Breakdown: He starts losing it once he loses track of the gun, then Sidney and her father.
- Villainous Friendship: His best friend Stu was The Dragon, though his treatment of Stu makes him a Bad Boss.
- White Shirt of Death: During the final night, he's wearing a white shirt.
"My mom and dad are going to be so mad at me..."Billy's accomplice in the murder of Maureen Prescott and in the events of the film, his motive for both amounts to peer pressure and simply being crazy.
Played by: Matthew Lillard
- The Alibi: As Ghostface, he calls Sidney, saying she "fingered the wrong guy again", which means Billy, who was thought to be Ghostface, wasn't the attacker. This is only half-true, since they're both Ghostface.
- Ax-Crazy: Eventually revealed to be one of the Ghostface killers.
- The Dragon: The accomplice to Billy Loomis, assisting Billy in multiple murders.
- Evil Is Bigger: Matthew Lillard is 6'3", the tallest of the main cast of the first film.
- Evil Is Hammy: He seemingly goes crazy following The Reveal.
- Evil Laugh: He lets out a real one when he reveals himself as the killer.
- Evil Redhead: Has red hair and he's one of the villains.
- Faux Affably Evil: He acts like Plucky Comic Relief when he's really on of the villains.
- Foreshadowing: Randy's line "I'll see you in the kitchen with a knife." Bonus points for the reason why he said it: it was in reply to Stu saying "I'll be right back!" in a mocking voice when he went to the kitchen to grab a beer. Stu said that because, as the killer, he knew he had nothing to fear.
- High Voltage Death: Electrocuted when Sidney drops a TV on his face.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: When he's wearing the costume, he stabs once (except when he "kills" Billy), and has a habit of raising the knife above his head before trying to attack, as shown when Ghostface first attacks Sidney, which was Stu.
- Inspirational Martyr: He's this along with Billy to the potential copycat killers in the sequels after their deaths, see below Predecessor Villain and My Death Is Just the Beginning.
- Large Ham: Especially after The Reveal.
- Laughably Evil: Thanks to his actor's Large Ham performance.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: His and Billy's deaths only martyred them to spawn potential killers in the sequels.
- Predecessor Villain: He posthumously shares this with Billy in the sequels, for being the only killers to be referenced throughout that he and Billy happened to be martyrs amongst the idolizing copycat killers.
- Smug Snake: Like Billy, but he's the dumber and less efficient of the duo so he comes across as even more smug.
- Tap on the Head: Slams Sidney's head against the floor to stun her during the attack in her house.
- A Taste of Their Own Medicine: Again, trolled by Sidney with his own Ghostface phone antic after she escapes.
- Teens Are Monsters: One of the two killers in the film, and is virtually card-carryingly psychotic after The Reveal.
- Villainous Breakdown: Bawls like a baby when Sidney reveals she's called the police on them.
- Villainous Friendship: With Billy, the main antagonist.
Ghostface in Scream 2
Debbie Salt/Mrs. Loomis
"No, I'm very sane. My motive isn't as 90s as Mickey's. Mine is just good, old-fashioned revenge. You killed my son and now I kill you and I can't think of anything more rational."Debbie Salt turns out to be Mrs. Loomis, the mother of Billy Loomis. She hates Sidney and Gale for killing her son, and plans the murder spree as revenge, intending on framing her accomplice Mickey as the sole murderer and getting away scot-free.
Played by: Laurie Metcalf
- Avenging the Villain: She is the mother of Billy, the Big Bad from the first film, seeking revenge.
- Big Bad: Of the second film.
- Berserk Button: Insulting her son Billy (thus implying she was a bad mother). Randy does this to the killer over the phone, not knowing the killer he was talking to specifically was Billy's mother, and she as Ghostface lets loose on him.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: She reveals her plan to Sidney and even lampshades how stupid saying it was with this following dialogue."OK, so have I covered everything, are there any questions, any comments. You know what? Who gives a flying FUCK anyway!?"
- Boom Head Shot: While she appears dead after Cotton shoots her, when Mickey rises up and yells (and gets gunned down), Sidney decides to put a bullet in her head, "just in case".
- Ear Ache: Stabs Phil Stevens in the ear, through a lavatory wall.
- Expy: Can be considered one of Pamela Voorhees. Both are grieving mothers who seek revenge for their sons' deaths, and murder because of their insanity stemming from it. Heck, even the tropes seen here can be found in Pamela's character page. However, Pamela's Freudian Excuse is stronger, and her character is ultimately more sympathetic and tragic, due to having suffered even before Jason was born and having to raise him during what should have been the best years of her life as a teenager, while Mrs. Loomis' abandonment of Billy makes it hard to sympathize with her, especially since that's a primary factor of how he went insane.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Does not take having her son called out or belittled in any way. When Randy does this, she gets a little "knife-happy" on him.
- Hero Killer: Takes the credit for murdering Randy.
- Hypocrite: Blames Sidney for killing Billy. Even though abandoning him is what led to him attacking Sidney's family in the first place. She also finds trying to place blame for killers onto their parents is sickening and cheap.
- Mama Bear: A rather dark portrayal, considering that she's trying to kill Sidney for killing Billy.
- Mama Didn't Raise No Criminal: She acts like her son was an innocent victim, even though he murdered a woman, framed an innocent man for it nearly resulting in his execution, and went on a killing spree killing 5 people, three of them by disembowelment.
- Never My Fault: The defining element of her motive, she'll blame and kill anyone related to Billy's crime spree and death before she blames her own neglectful parenting:Ha! I was a good mother. You know what makes me sick? I am sick to death of people saying that it's all the parents' fault that all starts with the family. Wanna blame someone? Why don't you blame YOUR MOTHER? She was the one who stole my husband and broke up my family. And then you took my son!
- No Name Given: After The Reveal, she's only referred to as "Mrs. Loomis." Her real first name is never revealed, but many people just use her first name in her alias and call her "Debbie Loomis."
- Not Quite Dead: After Mickey proves such, a Genre Savvy Sidney shoots her in the forehead "just in case". Given she twitches afterwards, she was probably correct.
- Oh, Crap!: After Sidney caves in to an earlier bargain with Cotton, she quickly figures out she's screwed before Cotton shoots her dead.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Her motivation is that her son was killed by Sidney at the previous film's climax.
- Parental Abandonment: Abandoned Billy before the first film after she learned that her husband had an affair with Sidney's mother.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:"Oh, Mickey... There's not gonna be a trial."
- Revenge Myopia: Arguably the most hypocritical of the lot. She wants to murder Sidney for killing her son, even though it was self defense and her son murdered Sidney's mother and best friend and tried to kill her and her father and frame her father as a spree killer/mass murderer. Not to mention her own abandonment of Billy played a lot into his psychosis in the first place. But she's sick of people using that old Blame Game on her. She even attempts to get Cotton in on this, noting Sidney falsely accused him. For the crimes her son committed and intentionally framed him for.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Her reason for the murders.
- The Reveal: She is Billy's mother from the first film, seeking revenge on Sidney.
- Woman Scorned: Not in the romantic sense, but in the sense of wanting to kill the person who killed her son. It's also implied that she knew that Sidney and Billy had sex before she killed him (how is inconsequential), and compared it to Sid's mom taking her husband away.
"I'm gonna blame the movies. It's pretty cool, huh? It hasn't been done before. You see, this is just the beginning, a prelude to the trial. That's where the real fun is, because these days, it's all about the trial. Could you see it? The effects of cinema violence on society. I'll get Dershowitz or Cochrane to represent me, Bob Dole on the witness stand in my defense. Hell, the Christian Coalition will pay my legal fees!"Mrs. Loomis' accomplice, Mickey sought to become famous as a result of the killing spree, getting himself a sensationalized trial where he would claim that he, the horror buff he is, was driven to kill due to watching too many violent movies.
Played by: Timothy Olyphant
- Attention Whore: He killed simply so he could stand trial afterwards and bask in the limelight.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He acted nice and caring towards Sidney before The Reveal.
- Cop Killer: Murders Officers Andrews and Richards.
- The Dragon: To Debbie Salt, also known as Mrs. Loomis.
- Drives Like Crazy: As Ghostface, he takes Sidney, Hallie, and Officer Richards on a wild car ride, Richards clinging onto the hood for dear life. The ride ends when Ghostface crashes the car into a construction site, sending a pipe through Richards' head.
- Evil Is Hammy: He's even a theater major, to boot.
- Faux Affably Evil: A very nice and charming student until he unmasks himself as Ghostface to Sidney and Derek. He originally was intended to be affable-straight and not a killer.
- 15 Minutes of Fame: Became Ghostface and did the killings to intend to be caught, gaining fame and a trial where he'll blame horror films for his rampage.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: During the final confrontation, Mickey has a large cut on his forehead from crashing the police car.
- Hero Killer: Murders (at the very least) Maureen Evans, Officers Andrews and Richards, Hallie and Derek.
- Laughably Evil: Like Stu above, he's basically The Joker as Ghostface.
- Made of Iron: Somehow managed to survive Mrs. Loomis's gunshots and got up to his feet for one last scare. It takes a barrage of gunfire from Sidney and Gale to knock him down. He also survived crashing into a construction site.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He is killed by Mrs. Loomis for this purpose.
Ghostface in Scream 3
"I had no idea that they were going to make a film of their own. I mean, introducing: Sidney, the victim. Sidney, the survivor. Sidney, the star!"The Greater-Scope Villain of the entire original trilogy, Roman Bridger is revealed to have gotten Billy and Stu to have killed Maureen Prescott, setting off the events of the series. He is Sidney's half-brother, and loathed both Maureen for having abandoned him as a hated reminder of her old life in Horrible Hollywood, and Sidney for both living a happy life before the killings and becoming a celebrity after, feeling that both of those things were owed to him.
Played by: Scott Foley
- Arc Welding: Revealed to be the person who put Billy and Stu up to murdering Maureen in the first place.
- Bait the Dog: When he's apparently fatally wounded, he holds onto Sidney's hand as if they are having a brother/sister moment. It turns out he's throwing her off guard in a last attempt to kill her.
- Big Bad: Of the third film.
- Boom, Headshot: How Roman met his end. After getting stabbed by his half-sister, Sidney, he gets up for one last scare to kill her. While getting shot by Dewey, he was not stopping, because he wore a bullet proof vest. It wasn’t until Sidney told Dewey to shoot him in the head, which he does, ending his madness.
- The Bully: He's prone to psychologically torment Sidney and then harangue and give out a Precision F-Strike against her.
- Cain and Abel: He's Sid's half-brother from an affair Maureen had when she was living in L.A.
- Faking the Dead: Does this to throw everyone's attention off him as a suspect.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Prior to the reveal, he wore glasses.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of the series, since his actions are what gave birth to all of the other killers throughout the films. For example, he showed Billy evidence that Maureen had slept with Billy's father, and when Billy decided to murder Maureen, Roman suggested an accomplice, and Billy chose Stu.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He can barely contain his rage during his Motive Rant, but when Sidney Shut Up, Hannibal! shoots his claims down, he completely snaps, and they two begin to violently beat eachother, before Roman tries to strangle her to death.
- Immune to Bullets: Invokes this by wearing a bulletproof vest under his costume.
- It's All About Me: His motives for instigating the Ghostface killings? His mother rejected him because he was a reminder of her rape and past. His motives for wanting to kill Sidney ? She, Dewey and Gale survived the previous killing sprees and became famous for it, so Roman wants Sidney's fame claiming he should have had her life.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Despite appearing to be a sarcastic director, he did seem to be a friendly and harmless Hollywood Nerd, but after The Reveal, he's just The Bully.
- The Man Behind the Man: He was the one who incited Billy to kill Maureen one year before the first movie. He also told Billy to have an accomplice: Stu.
- Never My Fault: Claims to be a tragic victim lashing out at the world. Sidney's shattering of his self-delusion results in a Villainous Breakdown.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: When Milton offers him final cut."I already have it."
- Self-Made Orphan: Excluding Maureen's murder, it was also hinted at that John Milton was his father, and Milton ends up being Roman's last victim.
- The Sociopath: Has a complete Lack of Empathy toward Maureen on account of her rape, taking to masterminding her murder, simply because she didn't welcome him with open arms when they meet again. This carries on towards his half sister Sidney, who he grows jealous over because she survived two killing sprees, became famous over them, and wanted the fame for himself, so he uses them against her. He has a pretty high sense of self worth, pretending to be the victim, refusing to take responsibility for his choices. Everyone else is gore fodder for him. When he and Sidney seemingly connect before his death, it's a distraction.
- Villainous Breakdown: Sidney's "The Reason You Suck" Speech dismantling his selfish motive triggers one in him, causing him to essentially throw a violent high octane childish tantrum.
- Villainous Legacy: Aside from his having masterminded most of the events of the series, his actions have inspired copycats wholly independent of him, even after his death.
Ghostface in Scream 4
"What world are you living in? I don't need friends. I need fans. You had your 15 Minutes of Fame. Now I want mine!"Far from the Final Girl she was presented as, Jill Roberts was in fact the mastermind of the film's murders. She was a fame-hungry sociopath who planned on framing Trevor and Charlie for the murders and emerging as the Final Girl in the eyes of the media, riding it to celebrity much as Sidney had done. She also had her 'survival' filmed so that she could upload it to social media.
Played by: Emma Roberts
- Attention Whore: To the point of convincing Charlie to help her kill all of her friends and her mother, just for a few minutes of fame.
- Ax-Crazy: When she's revealed to be the Ghostface killer.
- Big Bad: Of the fourth film.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Like most Ghostface killers, she acts like this before The Reveal.
- The Bully: Towards Sidney and anyone around her, as she's prone to insulting and unleashing her bad temper against others in her way.
- Card-Carrying Villain: "Sick is the new sane."
- Cop Killer: Murders Officers Hoss and Perkins.
- Dark Action Girl: Ultimately proved to be one.
- Determinator: She is really driven when it comes to killing his intended victims. And just because she wants Sidney's fame and to be the center of attention.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She not only fits the physical description, she's also very scary and psychotic.
- Evil Counterpart: To Sidney. She is set up to be a Sidney expy, and has a lot in common with her as a young woman. Until she's revealed to be Ghostface.
- Evil Is Hammy: Especially in the scene where she's self-harming to make herself look like a victim of the killer and behaving like a stuck-up Alpha Bitch diva after The Reveal.
- Evil Is Petty: She shoots Trevor in the groin before she kills him, shouting "I am NOT the girl you cheat on!"
- Eye Scream: Sidney pokes her in the eye to escape from being strangled.
- Faux Affably Evil: Puts up a nice girl façade while hiding her monstrous killing side, and then brags to Sidney after The Reveal like some fun-loving party girl having the time of her life just before she stabs her to succeed in her scam.
- 15 Minutes of Fame: Her motivation for the killings. She even uses the exact phrase.
- Final Girl: Hell no.
- Foreshadowing:"You think it's all about you."
- Hair-Trigger Temper: As Trevor found out the hard way, do not make her angry.
- He Knows Too Much: When finding out Sidney survives her initial stabbing, she attempts to do away with her in order to finally tie up loose ends and preventing her to say what really happened. She also attempts to off Dewey, Hicks and Weathers to desperately cover up her tracks as well when they realized the truth.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: She unknowingly reveals herself as the killer by mentioning that she and Gale have "matching wounds". Considering that the details about Ghostface's assault on Gale were never released to the public, the only way Jill could know this was if she attacked Gale herself.
- It's All About Me: Because she's a sociopath, Jill was willing to kill all her friends and her mother in a twisted attempt to become famous like her cousin Sidney.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Although she initially appears to be critical towards Sidney, she did appear to try to bond with her. After The Reveal, however, it all turns out to be an act.
- Kick the Dog: Her brutal murder of Trevor, who only wanted to make up with her and even confessed that he really did love her before she shot him.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Her murder of Charlie, who was her cohort in her killing spree.
- Made of Iron: The girl scratches herself, pulls out her hair, stabs herself in the shoulder, runs her face into a glass picture frame, and then throws herself through a glass coffee table in order to give herself convincing wounds. At the hospital, she's still able to start up another rampage, nearly killing Sidney and Dewey. A defibrillator to the head only momentarily slows her down. It isn't until she's shot directly in the heart that she stops. She's probably the toughest killer yet.
- Matricide: Killed her own mother.
- The Napoleon: Short (5'2") and a psychopathic killer.
- Near Villain Victory: Came the closest to nearly killing Sidney and getting away with her murders. It's only due to not finishing the job properly, unwittingly revealing she knew about Gale's stab wound despite it never being revealed to anyone, and grossly underestimating how much of a fighter Sidney is that she's ultimately thwarted at the endgame.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: She's in her late teens in contrast to Sidney hitting 40.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: All her plan was is basically starting another massacre so she can get so much as a second of fame, a hopelessly banal and childish motivation for so much carnage.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She's able to lift and throw Sidney, and then beat Dewey senseless with a bedpan.
- Sadist: She filmed all her murders to watch over and over again.
- The Sociopath: Perhaps more so than any of the previous Ghostfaces.
- Self-Made Orphan: Her mother was one of their victims.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: While she initially looks like an expy of Sidney, she actually turns out to be this to Sidney's half-brother Roman, especially with the motivation for wanting her fame for herself. Her plan makes use of this trope accordingly.
- Villainous Breakdown: In the end, after her entire plan falls apart, it basically turns into a desperate He Knows Too Much with implications of Taking You with Me.
- Woman Scorned: Told Trevor that she's not the girl one should cheat on before killing him.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Jill's self-mutilation in order to make people think she was a victim.
"You know, you learn a lot when you watch movies over and over. All the plots are about trying to kill you!"Jill's accomplice, Charlie was secretly dating her, and planned on becoming the Randy of the killings to Jill's Sidney, the geeky guy who makes it out alive.
Played by: Rory Culkin
- Asshole Victim: A particularly unique example of this trope, since he's one of the killers!
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's really not nice. At all.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's not the adorkable timid guy he appears to be.
- The Bully: He's not as mean-spirited as the other Ghostfaces, though.
- The Dragon: He is Jill's accomplice.
- Evil Counterpart: To Randy, the Meta Guy and horror film geek. Randy was just a harmless Plucky Comic Relief, Charlie is eventually revealed to be one of the killers.
- Famous Last Words: ”The heart? That’s not the way we rehearsed it!”
- Faux Affably Evil: Arguably, even moreso then his accomplice Jill and the previous Ghostfaces, to a point where he can be considered the Only Sane Man amongst the killers and probably solely Affably Evil, as he did seem to feel remorse for stabbing Kirby.
- Laughably Evil: While not as much a Large Ham as his predecessors Stu and Mickey, and even more mellow then the other Ghostfaces, he's still much a quirky nerd, especially when he preps himself to make himself an injured victim along with Jill by even slapping himself before Jill double crosses and kills him to take the sole spotlight.
- The Napoleon: At 5'6", he's one of the shortest guys in the film. He's also a psychopathic killer.
- Oh, Crap!: The look on his face when he realizes that Jill's plan wasn't for him to join her in fame and fortune, but for him to be the new Billy Loomis, says it all.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Like Jill, he's in his late teens in contrast to Sidney hitting 40.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Even after The Reveal, he doesn't really raise his voice, unlike previous killers and his partner Jill. He's perhaps the only Ghostface to be this.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He stated that he was going to be the next Randy to Jill's Sidney during the reveal. As Sidney notes, however, he is much like Stu, which leads to his death by Jill. This also makes him a substitute to Mickey based on his film knowledge and getting offed by the Big Bad, except he doesn't survive for the last scare.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: As soon as they run out of targets and the final act comes, Jill kills him so she can come out as the sole survivor. He's the second Ghostface Dragon to get killed by the partner after Mickey Aliteri in 2, but he stays dead, unlike Mickey.