"My advice... walk away"
—Miguel Acosta to Haley Meyers[src]

Sheriff Miguel Acosta is a recurring character in the television series Scream. He is portrayed by Anthony Ruivivar.


An outspoken, competent and experienced cop, Sheriff Acosta returns to Lakewood, where he grew up. He is a devoted, if sometimes strict, family man who’s very protective of his son, Gustavo.

Appearances (12/24)

Season 2 (12/14)



  • He marked his first appearance in the series in the second season premiere, I Know What You Did Last Summer.
  • He has a son named Gustavo Acosta, who is a student at George Washington High School.
  • He took over the position of Sheriff after Clark Hudson fell victim to the recent Lakewood killings.
  • In Dawn of the Dead, he ordered for the lock-down of George Washington High School after the discovery of Jake's dead body.
  • He is the sixth person in the series to get a call from the killer.
  • It was revealed in Village of the Damned that the reason Miguel and his son, Gustavo Acosta, moved to Lakewood is due to an unknown accident involving a gun that happened in Phoenix.
    • Miguel later confessed to Maggie in The Orphanage that Gustavo's best friend, Kyle, got shot in the face while they were playing with his gun, killing him instantly. Instead of being frantic, Gustavo started drawing pictures of Kyle's corpse.
  • In The Vanishing, it was revealed that Miguel and Maggie were hiding Brandon James after he survived being shot by the police on the dock of Wren Lake. They buried his knife and vowed to never tell anyone.
  • Miguel is the only recurring character to appear and be credited in every episodes in the second season, except for Halloween specials, where he does not appear and aren't credited.
    • Miguel, along with Jake Fitzgerald, are the only recurring characters to appear in all episodes during their debut seasons. However, until Jake, Miguel does not appear in Halloween specials which is part of second season.
  • Uses a lockdown as a situation to do a psychological experiment to force the students in to thinking he's a nice guy by employing his tactic to give every student Stockholm Syndrome in order for them to be on his side. And this is a police officer dealing with a murder investigation and is instead toying with children instead of doing his job and looking for real clues, the shock and trauma these high school students would be facing wouldn't give any good or solid evidence that wouldn't be allowed in court since this is a forced intergation method to force the target to agree to the authority or be punished. No other way, just one way and that's this sheriff Miguel's plan. He's worse than the mayor, blood hell!

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