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Characters Appearing in All the Films
Sidney Prescott (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." By the end of the series, she's full-on Dangerously Genre Savvy.
- He 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 Lamp Shaded this in 3.Roman: I shot you.Sidney:*Reveals bullet proof vest.* I guess we think alike.
- 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.
- 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 that he's really just looking for an excuse.
- 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: Although Sidney is kind of an unisex name
- True Companions: With Dewey, Gale, and Randy.
- 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.
Gale Weathers (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.
- Action Survivor: Compared to Dewey's poli
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: A dark-haired woman and sort of an Ice Queen.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- True Companions: With Dewey, Sidney, and Randy.
Dewey Riley (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.
- True Companions: With Sidney, Gale, and Randy.
- Two First Names: "Dewey" and "Riley" can both be used as first names.
Ghostface (Roger L. Jackson (voice), Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Laurie Metcalf, Timothy Olyphant, Scott Foley, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin)
"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.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- Name-Face Name: His nickname- Ghostface.
- Samus Is a Girl: See Two Girls to a Team below.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Walking Spoiler: Whomever the killer is, their character tropes are white spaced out with Jill Roberts being the most white spaced out.
- White Mask of Doom: The white mask worn by Ghostface.
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.
- 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 Irony: It's a little odd that the most Genre Savvy character didn't think to look in the back of Gale's news van for the killer.
- 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 Warning 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.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Randy attributes his survival to being a virgin in the original. It's unfortunately a different story in the second.
- 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.
- Non-Action Guy: Out of the central characters in the first two films, Randy is the only one not to put up a fight against Ghostface.
- 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!: "Oh, fuck!" 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.
- Redheaded Hero: Well, redheaded lancer, but close enough.
- 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.
- True Companions: With Sidney, Dewey, and Gale.
- 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.
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: Has a bigger role in the second film.
- 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.
- 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.
Characters unique to Scream
Casey Becker (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".
- Kill the Cutie: She was stabbed by Ghostface.
- Sacrificial Lamb: The first character who appears in the movie. Also the second one to be killed in the first scene, after her boyfriend, Steve.
- 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.
Tatum Riley (Rose McGowan)
- Action Girl: To this day she is still the only murder victim that really put up a fight against Ghostface.
- Bare Your Midriff: In some scenes.
- 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.
Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich)
- Ax-Crazy: He's revealed to be the Ghostface killer.
- 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.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's really a serial killer.
- Greater Scope Villain: He is in the sequels. He's long dead by the time the 2nd film starts, but he's mentioned again and again throughout the series, and it's clear that none of the event's of the sequel's would have happened if he and Stu didn't start the original Ghostface murder-spree, which when he and Stu were killed, they only got themselves martyred for any other potential killers to Take Up Their Knifes to kill Sidney.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: See Villainous Breakdown below.
- Hate Sink: He's really an Ax-Crazy Jerkass, what's not to hate.
- Hot Guys Are Bastards: Portrayed as Sidney's handsome boyfriend until he reveals himself as the (first) film's Big Bad.
- Inspirational Martyr: He's this along with Stu to the potential copycat killers in the sequels after their deaths, see also Greater Scope Villain above and My Death Is Just the Beginning below.
- 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 was just an act.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: His and Stu's deaths only martyred them to spawn potential killers in the sequels.
- Teens Are Monsters: One of the most disturbing killers in the series.
- 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.
Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard)
- Ax-Crazy: Eventually revealed to be one of the Ghostface killers.
- The Bully: Picks on Randy all the time.
- The Dragon: The accomplice to Billy Loomis, assisting Billy in multiple murders.
- Evil Is Hammy: He seemingly goes crazy following The Reveal.
- Evil Laugh: He likes parodying these. Lets out a real one when he reveals himself as the killer.
- Evil Redhead: Has red hair and he's one of the villains.
- Foreshadowing: Randy's line "I'll see you in the kitchen with a knife."
- Greater Scope 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.
- Hate Sink: He's not only obnoxious, but really an Ax-Crazy Jerkass, what's not to hate.
- Inspirational Martyr: He's this along with Billy to the potential copycat killers in the sequels after their deaths, see also Greater Scope Villain above and My Death Is Just the Beginning below.
- Jerkass: Spends the majority of his scenes being obnoxious.
- 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.
- 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, until The Reveal.
- Tempting Fate: He really doesn't mind blurting out "I'll be right BACK!", even knowing it's without the rules to survive. Because he's actually the killer.
- Villainous Friendship: With Billy, the main antagonist.
Principal Arthur Himbry (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.
- 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.
Characters unique to Scream 2
Cici Cooper (Sarah Michelle Gellar)
- Alliterative Name: Cici Cooper
- 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.
Debbie Salt / Mrs. Loomis (Laurie Metcalf)
- Avenging the Villain: She is the mother of Billy, the Big Bad from the first film, seeking revenge on Sidney.
- 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!?
- 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!
- Hate Sink: She's really an Ax-Crazy Jerkass like Billy, what's not to hate.
- Mama Bear: A rather dark portrayal, considering that she's trying to kill Sidney for killing Billy.
- Never My Fault: Her abandonment of Billy is what caused his murder spree in the original film, but that does not stop her from causing the second killing in the sequel.
- Outliving One's Offspring: She has a dead son. Said son was killed by Sidney at the previous film's climax.
- 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. It's also implied that she knew that Sidney and Billy had sex before she killed him. and compared it to Sid's mom taking her husband away.
Derek (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.
Mickey (Timothy Olyphant)
- Beware the Nice Ones: He acted nice and caring towards Sidney before The Reveal.
- The Dragon: To Debbie Salt, also known as Mrs. Loomis.
- Evil Is Hammy: He's even a theater major, to boot.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nice Guy: Then comes The Reveal...
- 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.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Mickey is killed by Mrs. Loomis for this purpose.
Hallie (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.
- Sassy Black Woman: Sidney's snarky, sassy roommate.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Sidney's Tomboy.
Joel (Duane Martin)
- Black Dude Dies First: Averted, he leaves before the final act, claiming, "Brothers don't last long in situations like this!"
- 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.
Characters unique to Scream 3
Jennifer Jolie (Parker Posey)
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is constantly at odds with the woman she's portraying, but is more than willing to help Gale.
Roman Bridger (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.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Seems just like someone Doing It for the Art. Yet he has a hidden agenda.
- 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.
- Child by Rape: Strongly implied.
- Faking the Dead: Does this to throw everyone's attention off him as a suspect.
- Greater Scope Villain: Of the series, since his actions are what gave birth to all of the other killers throughout the films.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He can barely contain his rage during his Motive Rant, but when Sidney shoots his claims down, he completely snaps, and they two begin to violently beat eachother, before Roman tries to strangle her to death.
- Hate Sink: He's really a selfish Ax-Crazy Jerkass, what's not to hate.
- Jerkass: Is a sarcastic and irritable towards the other characters, and that's before The Reveal.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: Despite appearing to be a sarcastic director, he did seems to be a friendly and harmless Hollywood Nerd, but after The Reveal, he's just The Bully.
- 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, Dewy and Gale survived the previous killing sprees and became famous for it, so Roman wants Sindey's fame claiming he should have had her life.
- The Man Behind the Man: He was the one who incited Billy to kill Maureen one year before the first movie.
- 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 .
- 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.
Angelina Tyler (Emily Mortimer)
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She pretends to be The Ingenue but she's anything but.
- 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.
- 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.
Sarah Darling (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. (Which is not saying much.)
- 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.
- 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.
John Milton (Lance Henriksen)
- 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/Roman.
- 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.
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.
- 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: 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.
- 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 be the center of attention.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She fits the physical description and she's very scary and psychotic.
- Evil Counterpart: To Sidney. She is setup 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 brag to Sidney after The Reveal like some fun-loving party girl having the time of her life just before she stabs her to succeed 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."
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Subverted.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: As Trevor found out the hard way, do not make her angry.
- Hate Sink: She's really a selfish Ax-Crazy Jerkass, what's not to hate.
- 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 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.
- Jerkass: She's very critical towards Sidney.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: Although she initially appears to be critical towards Sidney, throughout the fourth film, she did appear to try to bond with Sidney, however, it is later all an act after The Reveal.
- 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. 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 shot directly in the heart that she stops. She's probably the toughest killer yet.
- Matricide: Killed her own mother.
- Near Villain Victory: Came the closest to nearly killing Sydney 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 Sydney 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.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She's able to lift Sidney, throw her, beat Dewey senseless with a bedpan.
- Plucky Girl: Always the optimist. Except when she's planning murders.
- The Sociopath: Perhaps more so than any of the previous Ghostfaces.
- ˇThree Amigos!: With Kirby and Olivia, though the expanded gang includes Trevor, Charlie and Robbie.
- Sadist: She filmed all her murders to watch over and over again.
- Self-Made Orphan; Her mother was one of their victims.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In keeping with the Remake theme of Scream 4, Jill is setup to be the new Sidney Prescott, but she actually turns out to be more of an expy of Sidney's half-brother Roman, especially right down to his motivation for wanting her fame for herself. Her plan makes use of this trope accordingly.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Kirby's tomboy.
- Villainous Breakdown: Arguably Jill goes through this in the end after her entire plan falls apart and basically turns to a desperate He Knows Too Much with implications of Taking You with Me.
- Walking Spoiler: Notice all the whited out entries? There's a reason.
- 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.
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 ˇThree 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).
- 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.
- Sacrificial Lion: However, many believe Kirby isn't dead. Others 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 (or Blu-ray Commentary if you roll that way). And you know what they say about horror movies where you don't see a corpse...
- Considering a Scream 5 will 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 she is most definitely dead.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Tatum. She is Jill's lancer and feisty best friend, like Tatum was to Sidney in the first movie.
- ˇThree Amigos!: With Jill and Olivia, though the expanded gang includes Trevor, Charlie and Robbie.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Jill's girly girl.
- Tomboyish Name: Kirby is a masculine name.
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.
- 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".
- The Friend Nobody Likes: In Jill's group of friends.
- 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".
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.
- 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.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Has pale skin and is certainly weird to the point of being creepy.
- Evil Counterpart: To Randy, the Meta Guy and horror flim geek. Randy was just a harmless Plucky Comic Relief, Charlie is eventually revealed to be one of the killers.
- Faux Affably Evil: Arguably, even moreso then his accomplice Jill and the previous Ghostfaces to a point he can be considered the Only Sane Man amongst the killers and probably solely Affably Evil as he did seem to reel remorse for stabbing Kirby.
- Hollywood Nerd: Just without the glasses.
- Laughably Evil: While not as much a Large Ham as his predecessor Stu 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.
- Meta Guy: Replaces Randy in this role, along with his friend Robbie.
- 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: Seemingly of Randy, and even stated as he was going to be the next Randy to Jill's Sidney during the reveal. However it's subverted and Sidney basically states that Charlie is much like Stu, which leads to his death by Jill.
- UST: With Kirby because well, he (may or may not have) killed her, and possibly with Robbie.
- 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.
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.
- 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: 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 (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.
- 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. See Remember the New Guy below.
- 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 (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.
- 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."
- Genre Savvy: Hoss, who knows exactly how a cop can get killed in fiction and seems to be knowledgeable about the horror movie rules.
- 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.
- 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.
Rebecca Walters (Alison Brie)
- Asshole Victim: Nobody is affected by her death.
- 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.
- If It Bleeds, It Leads: If it bleeds, it rockets the book sales.
- Motor Mouth: Even when she's completely by herself.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Gale, but she acts towards her in a way similar to Debbie Salt.
- Too Dumb to Live: Instead of staying in her car where it's safe, she gets out to try to outrun Ghostface.
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.