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The character sheet for the ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' films.

'''Beware of major spoilers.''' It is advised to have seen the films ''before'' reading this page, as it will spoil the identities of the movies' respective killers.

[[folder:Characters Appearing in All the Films]]

!!Sidney Prescott (Creator/NeveCampbell)

The [[FinalGirl professional]] [[ActionSurvivor 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 [[ShowWithinAShow 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.

* ActionGirl: In the fourth film, ready to take on the killer at the drop of a head.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: By the time of the third film, she pretty much became distant to other people due to being a BrokenBird.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Transforms into this as her character evolves over the course of the series.
%%* BigGood: In the fourth movie.
* BillingDisplacement: Always billed second to David Arquette, despite being the lead. The reason for this is that the actors are billed alphabetically.
%%* BrainyBrunette
* BrokenBird: She is what constantly being the FinalGirl [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype in real life is like]].
* ButtMonkey: 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 [[TemptingFate mention that?]]
* CharacterDevelopment: At the beginning of the first film, she's just a [[PluckyGirl 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, [[spoiler:[[LetsGetDangerous she's fully willing to take the fight to the killer]], having her first encounter with him directly after Olivia's death. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And winning.]]]]
* DamselOutOfDistress: While she's the target for each Ghostface, she survives each encounter by taking them out instead.
* DeathBySex: Averted in the first film; she's the only named character in the franchise to have sex and live to tell about it.
%%* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype
%%* DoomMagnet
* FamedInStory: Becomes a celebrity after the events of the first movie.
* FinalGirl: Initially played straight (except for the film's subversion of DeathBySex), although she slowly evolves into a {{deconstruct|edTrope}}ion as the series goes on, with her life defined by her "perpetual victimhood" and the bloody consequences that this has for those around her.
* FriendlyEnemy: With Cotton, in the second film.
* GenreSavvy: "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 DangerouslyGenreSavvy.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: 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.
-->[[spoiler: Roman]]: I shot you.
-->Sidney:*Reveals bullet proof vest.* I guess we think alike.
%%* PlotArmor
%%* PluckyGirl
* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler: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.
* ShutUpHannibal: In the third film, she can't help but be annoyed and disgusted with [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:he's]] really just looking for an excuse.
* SupportingProtagonist: Dewey and Gale are more active than her in the third film but she's still the main character.
%%* TomboyishName
* TrueCompanions: With Dewey, Gale, and Randy.
%%* ZenSurvivor

!!Gale Weathers (Creator/CourteneyCox)

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 [[RippedFromTheHeadlines adapted into a film]], and comes to Windsor College to cover yet another killing spree. Has a [[{{Jerkass}} rather abrasive]] personality.

%%* ActionSurvivor
%%* AloofDarkHairedGirl
%%* BrainyBrunette
%%* BrutalHonesty
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* DefrostingIceQueen
%%* {{Determinator}}
* FireForgedFriends: She and Sidney initially have a very, very rocky relationship.
* GenreSavvy: Progressively grows into this as the series progresses.
%%* GoodIsNotNice
%%* HotScoop
* IfItBleedsItLeads: At first, but she gets better.
%%* IntrepidReporter
%%* {{Jerkass}}
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In the sequels.
%%* ManipulativeBitch
* OfficialCouple: With Dewey at the end of the third film.
* PitbullDatesPuppy: The Pitbull in her relationship with Dewey.
%%* PluckyGirl
* RunningGag: 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.
* TrueCompanions: With Dewey, Sidney, and Randy.

!!Dewey Riley (David Arquette)

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

%%* ActionSurvivor
%%* {{Adorkable}}
%%* BadassMustache
* BerserkButton: [[IllKillYou He threatens to personally kill Ghostface]] in ''3'' when Ghostface attempts to hurt Sidney.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Literally towards Tatum, metaphorically towards Sidney.
* BillingDisplacement: Always billed ahead of Neve Campbell, the series' lead.
* ButtMonkey: He gets the shit beaten out of him by Ghostface in every movie, [[spoiler:although he survives them all]].
* EmbarrassingNickname: 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.
* GoodHairEvilHair: Dewey sports a heroic cop mustache.
* MadeOfIron: 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.
%%* NiceGuy
* PitbullDatesPuppy: The Puppy in his relationship with Gale.
* TheSheriff: He's been promoted to this by the fourth film.
* TrueCompanions: With Sidney, Gale, and Randy.
%%* TwoFirstNames

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

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

* AxCrazy: All the people who donned the identity are all messed-up in the head.
* BigBad: Merges this in with LegacyCharacter.
* BigBadDuumvirate: The identity is usually donned by two people. [[spoiler: Except the third film.]]
%%* CardCarryingVillain
* CatchPhrase: "What's your favorite scary movie?"
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* FreudianExcuse: Most Ghostfaces have these, although Sidney's ShutUpHannibal in the third film implies that they're all just that -- excuses to kill people ForTheEvulz. The exception to this being [[spoiler:Jill Roberts]], who openly admits that she's evil, citing that "sick is the new sane".
* TheGrimReaper: The costume is largely a BlackCloak similar to death but only with a ghostface mask.
* ImplacableMan: Any Ghostface is repeatedly beaten up by the stalked person, yet doesn't give up the chase.
* KnifeNut: Every Ghostface has a hunting knife as their primary weapon.
* LegacyCharacter: Since it's a generic Halloween costume in-universe, a grand total of [[spoiler:''seven'' [[note]]Technically eight, since Sidney herself briefly donned it in the first film[[/note]]]] characters don the identity.
* MadeOfIron: Although in hindsight, whenever the costume is removed, the killer actually seems to be quite breakable.
%%* MalevolentMaskedMen: [[spoiler:And women.]]
%%* NameFaceName
%%* SerialKiller
* StealthExpert: Apparently capable of [[OffscreenTeleportation showing up behind you]] [[StealthHiBye whenever you aren't looking]].
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Played with. [[spoiler: Two women have ''officially'' [[note]]Sidney herself briefly donned the costume in the first film [[/note]] donned the Ghostface identity, namely; Mrs. Loomis (in ''2'') and Jill Roberts (in ''4'').]]
* VoiceChangeling: Ghostface's trademark is a voice changer that masks their voice over the phone.
* WalkingSpoiler: Whomever the killer is, their character tropes are white spaced out with [[spoiler:Jill Roberts]] being the most white spaced out.
%%* WhiteMaskOfDoom

[[folder: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}}
%%* AmbiguousDisorder
* BreakoutCharacter: Randy is probably the most popular character in the franchise.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:It's a little odd that the most GenreSavvy character didn't think to look in the back of Gale's news van for the killer.]]
* DeathBySex: [[spoiler:A NoodleIncident involving sex in a video store turns out to be the culprit behind his grisly end at the hands of Mrs. Loomis.]]
* DoggedNiceGuy: To Sidney, but he unfortunately isn't allowed much of a shot with Billy or Derek around.
%%* DroppedABridgeOnHim
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Keeping the killer on the phone so Gale and Dewey could track him down and bravely insulting the killer to his face, er, voice.]]
%%* FieryRedhead
%%* GenreSavvy
%%* HollywoodNerd
%%* InnocentBlueEyes
* IronicEcho: 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 [[spoiler:but this time isn't so lucky.]]
%%* KillTheCutie
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Randy attributes his survival to being a virgin in the original. [[spoiler:It's unfortunately a different story in the second.]]
%%* MetaGuy
* TheMovieBuff: He even works in a video store in the first movie.
* NonActionGuy: Out of the central characters in the first two films, Randy is the only one not to put up a fight against Ghostface.
* NoodleIncident: You're left wondering exactly [[spoiler:what rule he broke]] when he [[spoiler:becomes Ghostface's next victim]] in ''2''. We find out exactly [[spoiler:[[DeathBySex which rule he fell foul of]]]] in ''3''.
* OhCrap: "Oh, fuck!" after [[spoiler:Billy pulls a gun on him.]]
* OneThingLedToAnother: In ''3'': "We were working late, we were putting away some videos in the porno section and, you know, shit happens."
%%* PluckyComicRelief
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:He dies in ''2'', but makes a cameo via video tape in ''3.'']]
* RedheadedHero: Well, redheaded [[TheLancer lancer]], but close enough.
%%* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:In ''2.'']]
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler: Survives the first film, but bit it in the middle of the second.]]
* TrueCompanions: With Sidney, Dewey, and Gale.
* VideoWill: [[spoiler:Made one shortly before his death at Windsor College to provide the "rules of a trilogy." Also counts as TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat, during a humorous exchange with Dewey.]]

!!Cotton Weary (Creator/LievSchreiber)

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. [[spoiler: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.

%%* AscendedExtra
* AttentionWhore: 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.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Arrives barely in time to save Sidney from being killed by Mrs. Loomis in the second film's climax.]]
* ClearTheirName: What Gale does for him prior to the first film, and also what he does in the second film.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DeadStarWalking: [[spoiler:Makes a cameo at the beginning of the third film, only to be killed off moments later. Also doubles somewhat as a case of DroppedABridgeOnHim.]]
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler: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.'']]
* DudeWheresMyRespect: 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.
* EarlyBirdCameo: In the first film.
* FrameUp: [[spoiler:The first film reveals that Billy and Stu framed him for Maureen's murder]].
* FriendlyEnemy: With Sidney in the second film.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:In the second film.]]
* Sacrificial Lamb: [[spoiler:In the third film, he's offed in ten minutes to set up the "all bets are off" arc.]]
* ShowWithinAShow: 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.)
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler: After surviving the first two movies, he becomes the "prologue victim" of the third film.]]
%% * TallDarkAndSnarky


[[folder:Characters unique to ''Scream'']]

!!Casey Becker (Creator/DrewBarrymore)

%%* DeadStarWalking
* DecoyProtagonist: Treated as TheHero of the film, she became the inaugural "prologue victim".
%%* KillTheCutie
%%* MauveShirt
%%* SacrificialLamb

!!Tatum Riley (Creator/RoseMcGowan)

* ActionGirl: To this day she is still the only murder victim that really put up a fight against Ghostface.
%%* BareYourMidriff
* DiabolusExMachina: Her death, which wasn't even the death Ghostface intended for her.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3_sdD1ecmg Oh, you wanna play psycho killer?]] [[TemptingFate Can I be the helpless victim?]]"
* DumbBlonde: Unusually manages to be both this ''and'' a...
* FieryRedhead: Well, Fiery Strawberry Blonde anyway.
%%* GirlishPigtails
* GoryDiscretionShot: Her death scene had to be trimmed down to avoid an NC-17 rating.
* MsFanservice: Surely she has a good reason not to be wearing a bra...
%%* PluckyGirl
%%* SacrificialLion
%%* TwoFirstNames
* YourHeadASplode: 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)

%%* AllGirlsWantBadBoys
%%* AxCrazy
%%* BigBad
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler: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.]]
%%* BlondGuysAreEvil
* BoomHeadShot: [[spoiler:How Sidney eventually kills him.]]
%%* EvilIsHammy
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: [[spoiler: The reason why he killed Sidney's mother.]]
* HotGuysAreBastards: [[spoiler: Portrayed as Sidney's{{Bishounen}} boyfriend until he reveals himself as the (first) film's BigBad.]]
%%* {{Jerkass}}
%%* ManipulativeBastard
%%* SmugSnake
%%* TeensAreMonsters
%%* TroubledButCute
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:He starts losing it once he loses track of the gun, then Sidney and her father.]]
%%* VillainousFriendship: [[spoiler:With Stu.]]

!!Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard)

%%* AxCrazy
%%* TheDragon: [[spoiler: To Billy]].
%%* EvilIsHammy
%%* EvilLaugh
%%* EvilRedhead
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Randy's line [[spoiler:"I'll see you in the kitchen with a knife."]]
%%* {{Jerkass}}
%%* LargeHam
%%* PluckyComicRelief
%%* SmugSnake
* TemptingFate: He really doesn't mind blurting out "I'll be right BACK!", even knowing it's without the rules to survive. [[spoiler: Because he's actually the killer.]]
%%* VillainousFriendship: [[spoiler:With Billy.]]

!!Principal Arthur Himbry (Henry Winkler)

%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
* DisproportionateRetribution: 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.


[[folder:Characters unique to ''Scream 2'']]

!!Cici Cooper (Creator/SarahMichelleGellar)

%%* AlliterativeName
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DeadStarWalking: [[spoiler: Although she doesn't get killed in the opening scene, she's the first victim after that, dying pretty early.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: She does get stabbed twice, but is still alive and screaming before Ghostface throws her off the balcony.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Seems to be something like this at Omega Beta Zeta.

!!Debbie Salt [[spoiler:/ Mrs. Loomis]] (Laurie Metcalf)

%%* AvengingTheVillain
%%* BigBad: [[spoiler: Of the second film.]]
* BondVillainStupidity: 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 [[PrecisionFStrike FUCK]] anyway!?
%%* BoyishShortHair
* FormerlyFat:
--> '''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!
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: She has a dead son. [[spoiler: Said son was killed by Sidney at the previous film's climax.]]
* PreMortemOneLiner: [[spoiler: "Oh, Mickey... There's not gonna be a trial."]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Her reason for the murders.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To pre-''Scream'' Gale. [[spoiler:While posing as a news reporter, that is]].
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: She is Billy's mother from the first film, seeking revenge on Sidney.]]
* WomanInWhite: In the finale. White coat, white suit, white shoes, everything.
* WomanScorned: Not in the love sense, but in the sense of [[spoiler:wanting to kill the person who killed her son]]. It's also implied that she knew that Sidney and [[spoiler: Billy had sex before she killed him.]] and compared it to [[spoiler: [[DisproportionateRetribution Sid's mom taking her husband away.]] ]]

!!Derek (Jerry O'Connell)

* BoundAndGagged: [[spoiler: Bound by his Omega Beta Zeta friends as a prank. Ghostface then gags him.]]
* DistressedDude: [[spoiler: And maybe he could've been saved if Sidney knew he was a RedHerring.]]
%%* NiceGuy
%%* RedHerring
* RidiculouslyAverageGuy: Part of the reason why Sidney doesn't know whether or not she should trust him.

!!Mickey (Timothy Olyphant)

* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler: He acted nice and caring towards Sidney before TheReveal.]]
* TheDragon: [[spoiler: To Debbie Salt, also known as Mrs. Loomis.]]
%%* EvilIsHammy
* FifteenMinutesOfFame: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* MadeOfIron: [[spoiler:Somehow managed to survive Mrs. Loomis's gunshots and got up to his feet [[ContinuityNod for one last scare]].]]
* NiceGuy: [[spoiler: Then comes TheReveal...]]
* PluckyComicRelief: Somewhat. Getting snarkingly rejected by Hallie, discussing sequels with Randy, supporting Derek's singing performance, conducting the crowd's applause...
* YouAreNotAlone: His words of encouragement to Sidney after Ghostface's attack at Omega Beta Zeta.
%%* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness

!!Hallie (Elise Neal)

%%* BlackBestFriend
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler:Subverted. She's the last victim before TheReveal.]]
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* PluckyGirl
%%* SassyBlackWoman
%%* WeHardlyKnewYe

!!Joel (Duane Martin)

%%* BeleagueredAssistant
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[AvertedTrope Averted]], he leaves before the final act, claiming, "Brothers don't last long in situations like this!"
* TheDragAlong: Becomes this to Gale after she forces him into snooping around locations where murders have taken place.
* GenreSavvy: Joel might just be the most GenreSavvy character in the entire franchise for taking a leave after [[spoiler: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.
%%* PluckyComicRelief
%%* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: See GenreSavvy above.


[[folder:Characters unique to ''Scream 3'']]

!!Jennifer Jolie (Creator/ParkerPosey)

%%* AlliterativeName
%%* BrainyBrunette
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
%%* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: For Gale.

!!Roman Bridger (Scott Foley)

* ArcWelding: [[spoiler: Revealed to be the person who put Billy and Stu up to murdering Maureen in the first place.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Of the third film.]]
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Of the entire series, since his actions are what gave birth to all of the other killers throughout the films.]]
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler: He's Sid's half-brother from an affair Maureen had when she was living in L.A.]]
* ChildByRape: Strongly implied.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Perhaps the most controversial case in the series.]]
%%* HollywoodNerd
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: He was the one who incited Billy to kill Maureen one year before the first movie]].
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: Excluding Maureen's murder, it was also hinted at that John Milton was his father and Milton ends up being Roman's last victim.]]
%% * TallDarkAndHandsome

!!Angelina Tyler (Emily Mortimer)

%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
* CastingCouch: How she got the part of Sidney in ''Stab 3''.
* DeathBySex: [[spoiler:She gets killed literally ''seconds'' after revealing that she had employed the CastingCouch to get the part of Sidney.]] ''Damn'', do the rules strike fast!
* FinalGirl: She's playing one in ''Stab 3'', and she's initially presented as such. [[spoiler:She dies, though.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Averted. Early in the film, she wonders if [[spoiler: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, [[spoiler:she was one of the killers alongside Roman]], but this was changed in the final draft.
* TheIngenue: What she presents herself as. [[spoiler:Actually, she's anything but that.]]
%%* RedHerring
%%* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: For Sidney.

!!Sarah Darling (Creator/JennyMcCarthy)

* BrainlessBeauty: Partially subverted; she may act as TheDitz, on occasion, but overall she comes off as sharp as her fellow actors. ([[TheBeautifulElite Which is not saying much.]])
* DawsonCasting / PlayingGertrude: In-universe Sarah is a 35 year old actress playing a 21 year old character. In real life Creator/JennyMcCarthy was (then) 27.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* DeathByIrony
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: 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 (Creator/LanceHenriksen)

* ArcWelding: [[spoiler: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.]]
%%* AssholeVictim
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: 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.
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:He possibly was the father of Roman Bridger.]]
%%* RedHerring
%%* SacrificialLion


[[folder:Characters unique to ''Scream 4'']]

!!Jill Roberts (Creator/EmmaRoberts)

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 [[{{Expy}} 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.

* AttentionWhore: [[spoiler:To the point of convincing Charlie to help her kill all of her friends and her ''mother'', just for a few minutes of fame.]]
%%* AxCrazy
%%* BigBad: [[spoiler:Of the fourth film.]]
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
%%* DarkActionGirl: Ultimately proved to be one.
%%* {{Determinator}}
%%* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
%%* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler:To Sidney.]]
%%* EvilIsHammy
* EvilIsPetty: [[spoiler:She shoots Trevor in the groin before she kills him, shouting "I am NOT the girl you cheat on!"]]
* {{Expy}}: In keeping with the Remake theme of Scream 4, Jill is setup to be the new Sidney Prescott, [[spoiler: 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.]]
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Sidney pokes her in the eye to escape from being strangled.]]
* FifteenMinutesOfFame: [[spoiler:Her motivation for the killings.]] She even uses the exact phrase.
* FinalGirl: [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Hell no.]]]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:"You think it's all about you."]]
* GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies: Subverted.
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: [[spoiler: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.]]
%%* ItsAllAboutMe
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Her murder of Charlie, who was her cohort in her killing spree.]]
%%* MadeOfIron
* {{Matricide}}: [[spoiler:Killed her own mother.]]
* PintsizedPowerhouse: [[spoiler:She's able to lift Sidney, throw her, beat Dewey senseless with a bedpan.]]
%%* PluckyGirl
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Sidney. [[spoiler: Ultimately, [[SubvertedTrope subverted.]]]]
%%* TheSociopath
* ThreeAmigos: With Kirby and Olivia, though the expanded gang includes Trevor, Charlie and Robbie.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The girly girl to Kirby's tomboy.
* WalkingSpoiler: Notice all the whited out entries? There's a reason.
* WomanScorned: [[spoiler: Told Trevor that she's not the girl one should cheat on before killing him.]]
%%* WoundedGazelleGambit

!!Kirby Reed (Creator/HaydenPanettiere)

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 ([[HardDrinkingPartyGirl 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 ThreeAmigos 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).

%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DrivesLikeCrazy: 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]]This may be a bizarre kind of Actor Appeal, as Hayden Panettiere's been similarly dangerous behind the wheel in ''{{Series/Heroes}}'' and ''ILoveYouBethCooper''.[[/note]]
* DumbBlonde: Subverted; Kirby is probably the wittiest character in the film.
* GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies: Thoroughly subverted. She absolutely ''loves'' them.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: "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.
%%* TheLadette
%%* TheLancer
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: However, many believe Kirby [[NotQuiteDead 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 Creator/WesCraven [[WordOfGod point out]] on the DVDCommentary (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...]]
%%* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Tatum.
* ThreeAmigos: With Jill and Olivia, though the expanded gang includes Trevor, Charlie and Robbie.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The tomboy to Jill's girly girl.
%%* TomboyishName

!!Trevor Sheldon (Nico Tortorella)

Jill's ex-boyfriend, who is said to have [[NoodleIncident 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 [[StealthHiBye ninja-like skills]].

* DeadpanSnarker: 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."
* DeathByWomanScorned: [[spoiler: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".
%%* TheFriendNobodyLikes
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Tied up, shot in the groin and then in the head.]]
* MomentKiller: For Kirby and Charlie.
* NoodleIncident: The fateful "going out" with someone else that caused his falling out with Jill. The subject is only mentioned, never explored upon.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler: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}}.]]
%%* StalkerWithACrush
* StealthHiBye: His trademark! He simply pops out of nowhere when people less expect it. Both he and Robbie {{lampshade}} this.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Billy. [[spoiler: Ends up [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], and he gets Neil Prescott's role - though this time it works as planned by the killers.]]
%%* TroubledButCute

!!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.

* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:A particularly unique example of this trope since he's one of the killers!]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:He's really NOT nice. At all.]]
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
%%* TheDragon: [[spoiler:To Jill]].
%%* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
%%* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: To Randy.]]
* HollywoodNerd: Just without the glasses.
%%* MetaGuy
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Seemingly to Randy, and even stated as he was going to be the next Randy [[spoiler:to Jill's Sidney during the reveal. However, Sidney basically states that Charlie is much like Stu, which leads to his death by Jill]].
* {{UST}}: With Kirby [[spoiler:because well, he (may or may not have) killed her]], and possibly with Robbie.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: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.

%%* {{Adorkable}}
* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler:He thought gay people always survived horror movies. Ghostface disagrees.]]
* CoolLoser: Slightly. "We don't have reputations, but we'd like to."
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler:Even after being stabbed three times, he barely pulls himself back to the house and warns the girls to run before dying.]]
* DrowningMySorrows: After [[spoiler: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.
* HollywoodNerd: Just without the glasses.
%%* MetaGuy
%%* SacrificialLion
* StraightGay: [[spoiler: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.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Randy.
* {{UST}}: With Olivia. [[spoiler:Probably [[StraightGay 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.

%%* ActionGirl
* DistaffCounterpart: To Dewey, complete with having his rank in the original trilogy and having similarly sounding names.
%%* FairCop
* ForgottenFirstMeeting: She and Sidney went to high school together and used to act together in plays. Sidney doesn't remember her, though. See RememberTheNewGuy below.
* MeaningfulName: 'Deputy Judy' sounds very close to 'Deputy Dewey'.
* NumberTwo: To Dewey, now a Sheriff.
* PoliceAreUseless: [[spoiler:Subverted. She ends up saving Gale's life.]]
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:More subtle than the obvious Trevor, but still.]]
* RememberTheNewGuy: 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.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: She's essentially [[GenderFlip the female version]] of Dewey, which is explicitly lampshaded by Gale.
%%* TomboyishPonytail

!!Deputy Ross Hoss (Adam Brody) and Anthony Perkins (Creator/AnthonyAnderson)

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.

* DeadlyPrank: [[spoiler:Instead of answering when Hoss reports a suspicious open window in the vicinities, Perkins decides to [[FakingTheDead 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.]]
* FamousLastWords: "Fuck Bruce Willis."
* GenreSavvy: Hoss, who knows exactly how a cop can get killed in fiction and seems to be knowledgeable about the horror movie rules.
* MauveShirt: [[spoiler:Both of them.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: [[spoiler:Ghostface has no problems getting past them to kill Olivia.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Perkins is red, Hoss is blue.
%%* SaltAndPepper
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Hoss, to Dewey.
%%* ThoseTwoGuys

!!Rebecca Walters (Creator/AlisonBrie)

* BitchInSheepsClothing: 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.
* CompositeCharacter: 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.
* IfItBleedsItLeads: If it bleeds, it rockets the book sales.
* MotorMouth: Even when she's completely by herself.
%%* PluckyComicRelief: Somewhat.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Gale, but she acts towards her in a way similar to Debbie Salt.

!!Kate Roberts (Creator/MaryMcDonnell)

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

* InTheBack: [[spoiler:By her own daughter no less.]]
* MamaBear: Despite the attention her sister and niece got scarring her. She was still willing to defend Sidney from the killer [[spoiler: at the cost of her life.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: In the deleted hospital scene, she convinces Jill to talk to Trevor and looks like she really supports him.
* TemptingFate: She utters the dangerous sentence "I'll be right back". [[spoiler:Gets killed minutes later.]]