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This has never been about killing you. It's about becoming you.

–Jill to her cousin Sidney

Jill Roberts was the main antagonist of Scream 4 (2011 film) and the seventh revealed Ghostface killer in the franchise. She was the mastermind of the most violent generational Woodsboro Murders, which was also the second Ghostface massacre in the town, which claimed the most casualties than it's predecessor and successor, known as the Second Woodsboro Murders (2011).

She is the daughter of Kate Roberts, the younger sister of the original Ghostface victim, Maureen Prescott. Having grown up in Woodsboro, California, she resented the non-stop commentary people made about her estranged celebrity cousin, Sidney Prescott, the face of the original Stab trilogy. Her closest "friends" were film geek, Kirby Reed and next-door neighbor, Olivia Morris.

The character was a false protagonist, with promotion claiming she would be the new Sidney-esque heroine for a new generation, with both being considered primary targets of a murder spree at age 18. In actuality, she was the mastermind behind the anniversary killings. Despite this, Jill in her masterminded plot, technically stayed true to the original, only killing her framed target, Trevor Sheldon and her own accomplice, Charlie Walker, with both fulfilling millennial Billy and Stu archetypes. In the execution of Jill's plan, her accomplice Charlie was largely almost entirely the muscle to the operation, with the assumption that she would be a millennial Sidney and he would be a millennial Randy. However, Jill betrayed and killed him as she always intended to be the sole survivor, like Sidney herself, and killed Trevor, who she framed.

Jill is also the maternal first cousin of serial killer Roman Bridger, the child Maureen gave up for adoption. It is unknown if Roman's blood lineage was made public.


Early Life

Jill Roberts was born to single mother, Kate Roberts in July 29, 1993.[1] She grew up in Woodsboro, California. Just two years after her birth, the very first Ghostface killing in Woodsboro occurred; the victim being her aunt, Maureen Prescott (née Roberts).

As a child growing up, Jill was all too familiar with the name of her celebrity cousin, Sidney Prescott, a survivor of the 1996 Woodsboro Murders, and the name and face protagonist of a successful slasher franchise, Stab.

General Background

After she was cheated on by her boyfriend, Trevor Sheldon sometime in their junior year or the summer before senior year, Jill began a secret relationship with Woodsboro High Cinema Club President and horror buff, Charlie Walker, who she sat next to in Mr Baker's English class.

Growing up, her mother Kate was neglectful. Fuelled by her cousin's immense stardom and fame, being cheated on, and her cousin's successful book tour of her self-help novel, Out of Darkness (2011, published by Random), the events spiralled Jill over the edge into psychopathy. She conspired with secret boyfriend, Charlie Walker to concoct their own elaborate anniversary killing spree in the town for the 15th anniversary, learning Sidney would be in town as a last stop on her book tour.

Unbeknownst to Charlie, he was simply a tool in her game. Jill convinced him of manifesting his Stab movie dreams to reality in the form a real-life remake. She elaborated on her vision: millennial counterparts to Sidney Prescott and Randy Meeks.

As part of their plan, they desired to remake the original Woodsboro murders that Billy Loomis and Stu Macher orchestrated, framing her ex-boyfriend, Trevor Sheldon in the process. However, Jill also secretly intended on framing Charlie for the murders as an accomplice, with the pairing serving as a true millennial counterpart to Billy and Stu, while Jill would be left as the sole survivor, like her cousin.

As part of the scheme, she came up with the idea of filming the murders due to Jill's belief that no one reads anymore, which they also intended on uploading onto the internet under Trevor's IP address to further frame him as the Ghostface killer.

Second Woodsboro Murders (2011)

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Jill and Charlie began their copycat killings with Jenny Randall and Marnie Cooper. Jill filmed the murders with a film camera, as Charlie killed Marnie by stabbing her in the stomach multiple times. Shortly after, Jill called and taunted Jenny over the phone, shortly before Jill and Charlie throw Marnie's corpse through a nearby window. Jill or Charlie chases Jenny across her house, briefly catching her, and stabs her in the back. Jenny crawls down into her garage (which is undergoing renovations) where she has her back crushed by the garage door and is stabbed while Charlie filmed from the other side of the garage door. After their kills, probably Charlie stabbed, gutted, and bound Jenny to a chair and also stabbed and gutted Marnie before hanging her to the ceiling fan. Jill wrote "What's Your Favorite Scary Movie?" on the wall in one of the girls' blood. It was written because she wanted the police and Sidney to know "Ghostface" was back.

The following day, Jill and her friend Olivia Morris are given a ride to school by their best friend Kirby Reed. Charlie plants Jenny and Marnie's blood, Sidney's novels and Ghostface merchandise in the trunk of Sidney's rental car while she is inside a bookstore doing a book signing for her newly released novel Out of Darkness. Jill receives a phone call from Charlie as "Ghostface" using Jenny's phone during the ride, and after Jill hangs up, Olivia reveals she got a call like that from Marnie's phone. On the way to school, Kirby almost gets into an accident, that likely would have killed Jill and injured Olivia. Once Jill, Olivia and Kirby arrive, they are confronted by both Charlie and film geek best friend, Robbie Mercer, who asks them their favorite scary movie in other of the fifteenth anniversary of Massacre Week. Unlike Olivia and Kirby, Jill doesn't seem to be bothered by the camera. Jill is later confronted by Trevor while she's at her locker. He wants to be given a second chance, but she rejects him. After Sidney's car becomes an official crime scene and the police become aware of the murders of the night before, Jill, Olivia and Kirby are taken to the police station after the police find out Olivia and Jill received phone calls. As they are questioned by Sheriff Dewey Riley, Sidney arrives and Jill acts like she's happy to see her, giving her a hug. No conclusion is drawn from the questioning.

When Jill gets home from the police station, she and Kirby prepare dinner with her mother. Later, she sees that Trevor has snuck into in her bedroom when she comes into her room after using the bathroom. She tells Trevor to get away from the window. He starts talking about wanting a second chance again when Sidney walks in and sees Jill with Trevor. After he leaves, she tells Jill she reminds her of herself. This is a homage of the time Billy Loomis snuck in through her window 15 years earlier. Later on, while watching the movie with Kirby, Jill makes a fake "Ghostface" call to Olivia. During this conversation, Charlie calls Kirby as Ghostface, claiming to be in the closet. Kirby opens Jill's closet to prove he isn't in there and called him a liar. He then gives a bone chilling response, "I never said I was in your closet" before immediately leaping out of Olivia's closet. Charlie mutilates her while Kirby and Jill watch horrified from the house next door. Sidney rushes over to the Morris house but does not arrive in time to save Olivia from death. Jill then calls Sidney as Ghostface to taunt her. She then hangs up and calls Sidney's name to alert Charlie that she's in the house. Jill heads upstairs to Olivia's room, but Sidney prevents her from looking at Olivia's corpse. Pretending to be upset, she tells Sidney that Olivia called her "The Angel of Death". Then Charlie, still wearing the Ghostface costume, comes out from behind a door, seemingly trying to attack Jill and manages to slash her arm. Sidney pushes her out of the way and kicks him down the stairs. After fighting him off, Sidney sees Jill sitting down at the top of the stairs, holding her bloodied left her arm. The police come in and Sidney tries to show them where Charlie is, but he's no longer there. Kirby and Trevor also arrive at Olivia's house to see if Jill is okay.

Jill's arm is X-rayed at the hospital, where no serious damage appears to have been sustained. Jill somehow finds a way to escape from Sidney, her mother, and the doctors for a little bit. She or Charlie calls and taunts Sidney's publicist and personal assistant, Rebecca Walters, as Ghostface Charlie follows her into an empty parking structure. Having disabled Rebecca's car's ability to operate Jill or Charlie taunts her some more before finally stabbing Rebecca in the stomach as she attempts to flee. Charlie makes his way to the roof and throws Rebecca's body off the parking structure while Jill covers for him inside the hospital. The body lands on a news van during a press conference held by Dewey.

The third annual Stab-a-Thon is the next night, taking place at an abandoned barn on the outskirts of town. However, Jill can't go because Kate wants to keep her teenage daughter safe. Jill and Sidney share a family moment when Sidney states that she knows how Jill feels and is very sorry about Olivia. Jill says she is sorry about Rebecca. Continuing the moment, Jill asks Sidney about being a survivor. Later on, Charlie lets Jill know that Gale Riley has arrived, and to log onto her laptop to watch through the webcam. She does so and sees Gale has discovered the webcam hidden in the haystack. Jill watches as Charlie attacks Gale, but he panics when Dewey begins firing gunshots at him. She sees Charlie stab Gale in the right shoulder, just before fleeing the scene. Gale survives her injuries and is rushed to the hospital as soon as possible. The Stab-a-Thon is canceled as a result of the incident.

Jill meets Charlie outside her house in her own Ghostface costume where she stabs Deputy Hoss in the back and Deputy Anthony Perkins directly in the forehead. Charlie drives the cop car with their corpses two blocks down the street and stabs them several more times before taking a gun from one of the dead officers, which he gives to Jill later. In the meantime, after killing the cops, Jill calls Sidney to taunt her about Gale and to tell her a member of her family is going to die while all Sidney can do is watch. When Charlie returns, they attack Sidney and Kate from both sides of the Roberts house. Charlie scares Sidney and Kate at the back door forcing them to run to the front door where they are attacked by Jill. Sidney slams the door on Jill's arm causing her to groan in pain. Jill angrily thrusts her knife through the mail slot, stabbing her mother Kate, who was sitting against the door in an attempt to keep it shut. Kate dies after asking Sidney to tell Jill she's sorry.

Jill as Ghostface

Jill as Ghostface

Jill, while waiting for Kirby to pick her up, sends Trevor a text message telling him to meet her at Kirby's house, where she intends on ending the killing spree. Charlie goes to the Reed house where he meets up with Robbie and Kirby until Jill arrives. Just as Charlie is putting on Stab 7, Trevor suddenly appears claiming Jill invited him to come over. Jill denies sending Trevor a text message to further arouse suspicion of him. She goes to upstairs to "look" for her cellphone, claiming she doesn't have it on her, and Trevor follows her. Charlie kills a drunken Robbie outside of Kirby's house while Jill abducts Trevor, tying him up. Jill returns downstairs after erasing the text she sent to Trevor. Soon, Sidney arrives and asks Jill to come with her when a bleeding Robbie appears at the door and gurgles "Run." He dies in front of them, and they look up to see Charlie in the

Jill reveals to Sidney that she's the other Ghost face

Jill reveals to Sidney that she's the other Ghostface

Ghostface costume. He chases them all back into the house. While Kirby disappears downstairs, Charlie chases Sidney and Jill upstairs where they lock themselves in Kirby's bedroom. Sidney forces Jill to get under the bed while she flees to the balcony to call for help. Jill does so after giving Sidney her cell phone. Sidney, when she's outside on the roof, yells for Jill to run and go get help hoping that Charlie will buy it and not look under the bed. After Charlie goes after Sidney, Jill goes to get her Ghostface costume. After an encounter with Charlie on the roof, Sidney soon joins up with Kirby and they escape to a room in Kirby's basement that locks. Charlie appears at the patio doors, and he is attacked by Jill, now wearing her own Ghostface costume. Jill calls Kirby as Ghostface and Sidney tells her to keep the killer on the phone while she goes to get Jill. They manage to trick Kirby into coming out of the room by asking her several trivial horror movie questions and letting her believe she actually won the game. She goes to untie Charlie, but he stabs her in the stomach twice, blaming her for not returning his affections sooner and leaving her for dead. It was later revealed that Kirby survived her stab wounds off-screen.

Jill kills Charlie

Jill stabs Charlie in the chest

Sidney, back inside, finds Jill is gone and starts to go into the basement, going back for Kirby. She is grabbed from behind by Charlie, who holds her at knife point. After a struggle, she gets free and races for the front door.

Before reaching the front door, Jill stabs Sidney in the stomach just before revealing herself as the main Ghostface killer. She explains her motives to Sidney quickly and admits to being jealous of the attention that Sidney's trauma has bought her. Charlie takes Trevor out of the closet while explaining they intend on framing him for the killing spree. Jill shoots Trevor in the groin after telling him that she is not the kind of girl that he should have cheated on. Then, she shoots him in forehead. Directly following the reveal of their plans and the killing of her ex-boyfriend, Jill shares a kiss with Charlie, leading him on into thinking that she loves him. Afterward, Jill asks Charlie if he's ready. He says yes, just like Billy and Stu, wanting her to stab him in the shoulder like they rehearsed. Instead, she stabs him the chest, and claims the media really loves a sole survivor, before stabbing him in the stomach. As Charlie dies, Jill continues her jealous rant to Sidney before stabbing her deeply in the stomach. Sidney falls to the floor, believed to be dead. Thinking she's won, Jill mutilates herself. She stabs herself in the left shoulder, pulls part of her hair out and scratches her face using Trevor's hand, smashes her face through a glass frame and throws her body onto a glass table in order to make herself

Jill injuring herself

Jill injures herself to make her look like a victim

look like a victim. Then wipes her fingerprints off the gun and knife, placing Charlie and Trevor's fingerprints on them. She drops to the floor, mirroring Sidney's position just as the police arrive. As Jill is being taken into the hospital, she is surrounded by several reporters. She smiles, thinking that she has gotten away with everything and expects worldwide fame, plus media coverage, for being a sole survivor like Sidney.

At the hospital, Dewey talks to Jill, who reveals to know a little more information than she should for somebody who is a victim; Jill mentions to Dewey that she would like to write a book with Gale, with their "matching wounds", referring to them both being stabbed in the shoulder. The details of Charlie's attack on Gale were never released to the public, so Jill could never have known unless she was one of the murderers herself. Dewey does not catch onto this until he speaks with his wife. Furious that Sidney is still alive, Jill goes to the I.C.U. and tries to kill her again. She digs her fingers into Sidney's stitches until Dewey arrives. Jill hides and knocks him out with a metal bedpan. Gale and Deputy Judy Hicks arrive, but Jill shoots Judy in the chest after she tells Jill not to do anything stupid. As she prepares to shoot Gale, Sidney regains consciousness and puts two defibrillator pads to her skull, shocking her brain. However, Jill is still alive

Jill is electrocuted

Jill gets electrocuted

and proceeds to grab a glass shard in a final attempt to kill Sidney for good. Predicting Jill's final attack, Sidney grabs Dewey's gun and shoots her in the chest, killing her.

Outside of the Woodsboro Community Hospital, it is clear the reporters have yet to learn the truth. They are waiting for a statement from the media-proclaimed "heroine" Jill Roberts, who is lying dead in the hospital room. Though, she finally gets the 15 minutes of fame she so desperately craved.


Sidney, Gale, Dewey and Judy told everyone the truth. The Stab franchise went into development hell for over 10 years until the eighth film, a reboot. But it was not about Jill, and thus her fame-seeking plan to have a movie about her life was not fulfilled after her death.


2022 Woodsboro Legacy Murders

While in the car going to Woodsboro to see about Tara, Samantha tells Richie about Woodsboro’s fatal history remarks on the massacre that happened during 2011 as she referred to Charlie and Jill as “some idiot” as wanting to kill their friends and get famous as Billy Loomis her father once did the generation before that in 1996.

2023 New York Murders

Jill is mentioned several times during the film; more notably by Kirby when she speaks to the detective Wayne regarding the kill patterns and references to the 2011 Woodsboro Remake Massacre. Jill's photo appears on an investigation board detailing past Ghostface killers as well as her old mask being left at the Bodega.

While at the shrine that was created by Richie, Kirby stares with watery eyes at the shirt that was worn by Jill in the final act of the movie.

Murders Committed

Confirmed Murders

TrevorDeath Trevor Sheldon Shot in the groin and head. Scream 4
CharlieDeath Charlie Walker Stabbed in the heart and stomach. Scream 4







  • "What's your favorite scary movie, Olivia?" (Fake "Ghostface" call to Olivia)
  • "I could never handle that kind of attention." (Lying to Sidney)
  • "When you're done with a phone call, you let someone go, or when you take someone to the airport, you let them go. But when you tell somebody you love them. And she gives you... everything. And then you just go out with someone else, that is not letting her go, that's dumping her. Okay, that's... that's betrayal."
  • "You have no right to be here, not anymore..."
  • "I don't trust you, Trevor..."

As Ghostface

  • Do I sound like a Trevor to you? Think of me as your director. You're in my movie. You gotta fun part so don't blow it."
  • "You're the dumb blonde with the big tits. We'll have some fun with you before you die."
  • "She's on the cutting room floor."
  • "This isn't a comedy, it's a horror film. People live, people die and you'd better start running."
  • "Forget watching Stab, you get to live it."
  • "You're a survivor, aren't you Sidney? Your one and only skill, you survive."
  • "Friends count. But it's the family ties that cut deep. Am I right?"
  • "What's closer than family? The bond of blood. You can't save them, all you can do is watch..." (Jill says before laughing, after phone-calling Sidney).
  • "Tell Sidney heads are gonna roll tonight, tell Sidney it's all because of her! Or maybe she wants to take his place. I promise to be quick!" (To Kirby on the phone about Charlie).
  • "Alright Kirby, then it's time for your last chance question. Name the remake of the groundbreaking horror movie which in the film..."

Speculated as Ghostface

  • "I'll be happy to put you there, in the morgue."

About Jill

  • "You remind me of me." (Sidney about her cousin)
  • "That's the worst imitation I've ever heard, Jill." (Olivia about Jill's Ghostface imitation).
  • "Tell Jill, I'm so sorry." (Kate about her daughter.)
  • "...And every decade or so, some idiot gets the bright idea to put on the mask, kill his friends and get famous too. The last time it happened was in 2011." (Samantha Carpenter about Jill and Charlie).
  • "I know how you feel." (Sidney to Jill)
  • "Jill is screening her calls from all past relationships." (Kirby to Ghostface/Charlie, believing it is Trevor)
  • "Before we get in the car, you have to promise not to kill me." (Kirby jokingly to Jill in their first scene together).
  • "Somebody cares about you over here, ya know. Someone who never should have let you go." (Trevor to Jill).
  • "You go do your good-girl thing, and I will drink for the both of us." (Kirby to Jill)


  • "Shut the fuck up already! I am not the girl you cheated on!" (To Trevor)
  • "I told so many lies today, that I actually started to believe them. I really think that I was born for this."
  • "Sidney this and Sidney that and Sidney, Sidney, Sidney! You were always so fucking special! Well, now I'm the special one." (To Sidney)
  • "What the media loves, baby, is a sole survivor. Just ask you know who." (To Charlie, directing at Sidney)
  • "You just won't die, will you? Who are you, Michael fucking Myers?" (To Sidney)
  • "You just had to be the hero, huh? (...) Don't fucking tell me what to do." (To Judy before and after shooting her in the chest.)
  • "Now get up, bitch. Come on. Get your skinny ass out here. I'm going to enjoy blowing your head off." (To Gale)
  • "Clear?" (Final word)


Jill Roberts Scream 4 Book Shelf Bibliography

Jill's bibliography give visual clues to her true nature.

Visual Clues and Easter eggs

  • Jill's room reveals her true nature. Her book shelf reveals the following books she is in possession of, despite acting innocuous about Stab and its popularity. The bibliography seen on her shelf include:
  • In the final act, she wears a white and blue plaid shirt which reveals her true role in the film as the Remake Billy Loomis, as well as symbolizing her role as a chess master. This is similar to Richie Kirsch, who later wore a blue plaid shirt like Billy.
  • The literature seen in her English classroom conducted by Mr. Baker also hint towards her role.
  • Samantha Carpenter knew Jill Roberts in Woodsboro High.
    • However, there were four younger children who knew Jill Roberts since 2011, including:
      • Sam's sister, Tara
      • Randy's niece and nephew, Mindy & Chad
      • Wes, due to his mother being Deputy Judy Hicks
  • Tara was 9, Chad and Mindy were 8 and Wes was 7 before Jill came by and visited by their houses.

The original and its imitator


  • First killer in the franchise who successfully killed another killer. (This is followed by the "Third Killer", Jamal Elliot, Beth and Wayne Bailey.)
  • Jill is the first Ghostface killer mastermind who spearheaded one of the most brutal Ghostface massacres of the 21st century, succeeded by:
  • Jill's role as the jealous, while fame-seeking family member of Sidney, who killed her own mother, is preceded similarly by Roman Bridger in Scream 3, while her role as a murderous family member with a vendetta, overall, would be preceded in her character by various others such as:
  • Her age is stated to be 18 in the extended ending, which was cut. It is possible her age may be different in the final cut, though it is unlikely given it mirrors Sidney being 17 in the original film.
  • The first youngest actress and character to ever portray Ghostface.
  • Jill did not receive her 15 minutes of fame postmortem either; no Stab film was made about her story. After Stab 7 (2010), the franchise was in development hell for 10 years, until the infamous Rian Johnson directed eighth Stab film, simply known as Stab (2020/2021) was released. In the Scream universe, this technically means she and Charlie are the least famous Ghostface killers known in comparison to the first three killing sprees.
  • Based on Jill's behavior, she is a textbook psychopath.
  • Jill is the second relative that was jealous of Sidney's immense fame and popularity. The first was her half-brother, Roman Bridger.
    • Jill's jealousy was rooted in desiring to be her, whereas Roman's issue was about their shared mother's rejection, with Maureen rejecting her birth son and "choosing" Sidney, who would develop a celebrity victim reputation with adoring fans and a film franchise inspired by her life. This would have aggrieved Roman, as he technically sparked the chain of events to convince her mother's killer to do the job. Ultimately, both relatives have very similar motives, but subtle and important differences.
  • As Roman's maternal first cousin, they act similar due to their neglect/abandonment issues related back to Maureen Prescott (for Roman, how Maureen rejected her birth son, and for Jill, how Maureen's sister failed to be a proper caretaker due to her grief and possible attention seeking issues from the fame related to her sister's infamous murder).
  • Some fans believe that Jill is the one who actually attacked Gale at Stab-a-thon. Which is later proven because she knew Gale's stabbing position. Incidentally, her remark on this is what exposes her as the killer.
  • Samantha from Scream (2022) is familiar with her as she refers to her as “some idiot” that wanted to kill their friends and get famous.

Script and Casting

  • The casting call for Jill states: "Pretty in an ingenue way. Smart, strong. A little goofy, but she makes it sexy. Full of contradictions, but instantly likeable. Not a mean bone in her body. They’re not close, but Jill is Sidney’s cousin." This description was given to hide the fact she is Ghostface.
  • In meta casting, Emma Roberts has an identical surname to her character, and like her character, is also the younger relative to a more famous celebrity, Julia Roberts. Coincidentally, Julia Roberts is mentioned by Steven Stone in the previous Scream film as someone he was a bodyguard for in his resume.
  • Ashley Greene was originally chosen for Jill but dropped out of production. Her salary demands were rumored as a reason.
  • Old drafts for the script indicated Jill would be a Prescott, not a Roberts, and Sidney's father, Neil's biological niece. It was likely changed to tie-in her motive connection to Maureen's abandonment. A casting call indicated Jill's last name was also once Keesler also, but this was changed to Roberts for continuity reasons (Maureen's maiden name is mentioned in Scream 3 by Gale). Fans speculate this is her absent father's surname.
  • Emma Roberts was required to dye her short, blonde hair brunette and wear extensions to match Sidney's length and color in the first film. She also had to wear seven-inch-high boots in order to make her height the same as everyone else's, as she was the shortest person on set. The boots can actually be seen at the end of the movie, where Jill attacks herself and falls down next to Sidney and when Sidney instructs her to go under the bed.
  • In the movie Lymelife with Rory Culkin and Emma Roberts Emma's character seduces Rory's character in a confessional and they also had a sex scene. This is apparently what happened between Jill and Charlie: Jill seduced Charlie into doing her bidding and thinking that she loved him, he agreed to help her with her killing spree.
  • She is a like her cousin's ex-boyfriend Billy Loomis.

Deleted Scenes

  • Extended scene where she and Trevor's fallout argument at school continues; Trevor pleads for Jill's forgiveness and she recalls his infidelity: "Glad it took half the yearbook for you to figure that out".
  • Jill, Sidney, and her mother Kate are shown being escorted to the hospital by paramedics as Kate reacts to Olivia's demise.
  • Trevor visits Jill in the hospital and she asks if she can borrow his phone. He remarks the coincidence because he could not find his phone.
  • She and Trevor are outside of Kirby's house looking for her phone.
  • The second female Ghostface Franchise.
  • She is the second Ghostface to betray her accomplice to betray Charlie just like how Nancy did to Mickey.


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