Created By: CaveCatJuly 6, 2013 Last Edited By: CaveCatJanuary 6, 2014
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Jaws Attack Parody

Parodies, shout-outs and whole-plot references riffing on the film Jaws.

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A Stock Parody of the movie Jaws, typically involving a shark or any other creature that threatens a small-town community, killing off a large number of Red Shirt characters that appear. Expect an appearance by some or all of the following: exploding air tanks, ominous fins, a local politician or businessman insisting that nothing is wrong, someone who requires a bigger boat, and of course, low bass strings playing minor 2nds in the background when the creature appears. As many moments from the movie are iconic and easily recognizable, a Jaws reference can vary in length from a brief Stock Shout Out to a Whole Plot Reference.

Not to be confused with Jaws First Person Perspective, which is specifically a video game trope.

Compare: Moby Schtick, Attack Of The Killer Whatever, Super Persistent Predator.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Naruto, Kisame (who is associated with sharks and uses them in battle) is beaten using an attack that is based on a pressurized air explosion, much like the shark in the first Jaws. At the time, Kisame was inside a giant Water Shark Jutsu.

Comic Books
  • It wasn't a parody, but the UK Anthology Comic Action (no relation to Action Comics whatsoever) had a regular strip called "Hook-Jaw!" about a marauding monster-great white shark that for some reason only attacked bad guys. It was notoriously gory and was the subject of censors, who daubed it "The Sevenpenny Nightmare" (the cost of "Action" was 7pence per issue at the time) after its gory tone, and may even have led to the eventual demise of the comic as a whole.

Film
  • There's a Jaws parody at the beginning of the film 1941 which even has the same actress as the beginning of Jaws going skinnydipping, where she's "attacked" by a Japanese submarine.
  • Several 1980s and late 1970s movies trying to emulate the box-office success of Jaws:
    • The film Orca The Killer Whale is essentially Jaws with a killer whale instead of a shark. However, the only reason the killer whale killed people was for revenge after his mate and unborn child were killed.
    • The 1978 B-movie Barracuda is basically a clone of Jaws involving a beachfront resort town being terrorized. Unlike the aforementioned Jaws or Orca however, this movie involves not one but several killer fish.
    • The low-budget horror movie Blood Beach was about a killer creature that lurked beneath the sands of the beach and sucked beach goers into the sand.
    • One of the first shark-themed movies to appear after Jaws was the aptly-titled The Jaws of Death.
  • The opening of Airplane shows the plane's tail slowly and menacingly moving between the clouds, set to the Jaws theme tune.
  • Sharknado, unsurprisingly, contains multiple shout-outs to Jaws:
    • First, there's a moment when the characters feed a shark a scuba tank and then shoot the tank.
    • Nova's backstory includes the line "Six people went in the water that day, and one little girl came out", a reference to Quint's monologue about his near-shark experience in WWII.
    • And finally, "We're gonna need a bigger chopper!"
  • The parody horror movie Saturday The 14th manages to pull off a Jaws spoof coupled with a spoof of another famous horror movie by having a fin show up in a battub of a bathing girl, complete with a similar riff, only for the monster to rise and reveal an Expy of Creature From The Black Lagoon.

Live-Action TV
  • A long sketch on The Carol Burnett Show was a Jaws parody involving a shark that attacked from your toilet.
  • The New Avengers episode "Gnaws". Giant rats in London's Absurdly Spacious Sewers.
  • The "Land Shark" sketches from the early run of Saturday Night Live, where the shark knocks on someone's front door (with the theme music playing in the background), usually passing himself off as a Candy-gram, then attacking them when they open the door.

Magazines

Newspaper Comics
  • This Garfield Sunday strip banner featured a Jaws parody.
  • One Fox Trot strip has Paige idly humming the Jaws theme while standing by her locker. When she looks up, the nerdy boy with a crush on her has suddenly appeared right in front of her. She, of course, lets out a bloodcurdling scream.

Theatre

Toys

Web Original
  • Pops up in director Joe Nicolosi's Hell No: The Sensible Horror Film. The video, a fake trailer for a horror movie in which the characters make smart decisions, includes a clip in which the mayor of a small beach town is told there's a man-eating beast in the water. Cut to a "BEACH CLOSED" sign being hammered into the sand (and someone in the background yelling "You're gonna need a bigger sign!")

Western Animation
  • Mr Bogus:
    • The first act of the episode "A Day At The Office" had Bogus getting chased by a shark that Mr. Anybody had added to the picture of the beachside setting.
    • This was subverted in the first act of the episode "Beach Blanket Bogus", as while a shark does start chasing after Brattus while he's surfing, the shark just winds up running into a rock and gets taken out of action before Brattus could even notice that he was being followed.
  • This was the Plot Point of the Spongebob Squarepants episode "Clams", in which Mr. Krabs swears revenge on a clam that stole his millionth dollar, when he took Spongebob and Squidward on a fishing trip in celebration of earning said dollar. Of course, Mr. Krabs summoned the clam in the first place by playing ominous music.
    • There's also "SpongeBob, Sandy and the Worm", in which Bikini Bottom is terrorized by an Alaskan bullworm, and Sandy goes after it because it ate her tail. It even includes a parody of Shaw's introduction from Jaws.
  • In the Garfield Special "Garfield's Feline Fantasies", Garfield tries to get at Jon's goldfish, only for the Jaws theme to start playing and for a shark to emerge from the fishbowl and scare Garfield.
  • The Action League Now episode, "Incident at Chlorine Lake" involves a trophy bass attacking people at a swimming pool. Bill the Lab Guy plans to study the Trophy Bass, and The Mayor unsuccessfully tries to convince everyone that the water is safe.
  • While adrift in a lifeboat, the starving Miguel and Tulio from DreamWorks' The Road To El Dorado brighten when an exhausted seagull lands on the far end of an oar. However, before the two men can capture the bird, a shark breaks the surface, and devours the bird and half the oar in one bite. The shark is seen exactly as it appears on the Jaws movie poster. Technically, this is an in-house Shout Out, since Steven Spielberg directed Jaws and is one founder of DreamWorks SKG.
  • Two cartoon series appeared shortly after Jaws: DePatie-Freleng's Misterjaw and Hanna-Barbera's Jabberjaw.
  • The Bobs Burgers episode "The Deepening". A movie with a similar plot was filmed in town years ago, and Mr. Fischoder buys the mechanical shart from the movie as a parkside attraction. The Belcher kids play with it and it turns on and falls on its side, sending it wriggling across the block. The residents treat is as if it were a real shark attacking, and it's up to Bob to stop it.

Community Feedback Replies: 88
  • July 6, 2013
    DAN004
    What's the difference to Attack Of The Killer Whatever?
  • July 6, 2013
    xanderiskander
    What's the difference between this and Threatening Shark?
  • July 6, 2013
    CaveCat
    DAN 004: Attack Of The Killer Whatever does not have Jaws as one of its examples so it doesn't count as an example of that trope, which covers other things becoming cold-blooded killers.

    xanderiskander: Not every example of this trope has sharks, it can also have other creatures attacking characters.
  • July 6, 2013
    xanderiskander
    ^Just because Jaws isn't in the examples for Attack Of The Killer Whatever doesn't mean it "doesn't count" as that trope. That's not how tropes work. All that means is it hasn't been added to the page yet.

    Attack Of The Killer Whatever applies to anything you can think of turned into horror. It even says so in the first sentence.
  • July 6, 2013
    DRCEQ
    I think he wants to make this trope to list off Jaws parodies. You know, the movie's been parodied so many times that as long as you have the "Jaws Creeping Up On You" low Bass music playing in the background, it can be just about any kind of creature that actually "attacks".

    Maybe a name of Ominous Jaws Music Parody would make sense.
  • July 6, 2013
    DAN004
    If it's parody of Jaws then I'd like it. :)
  • July 6, 2013
    DRCEQ
    However, if that is the case, then the "Clams" episode off Spongebob counts as the only example so far.
  • July 7, 2013
    tachyonTrail
    Sounds like the Super Persistent Predator monster end of the stick for He Who Fights Monsters. I'd call this Mobs Attack in an RPG setting, but that's just me.
  • July 8, 2013
    randomsurfer
    There's a Jaws parody at the beginning of the film 1941 which even has the same actress as the beginning of Jaws going skinnydipping, where she's "attacked" by a Japanese submarine.
  • July 11, 2013
    foxley
    The film Orca is essentially Jaws with a killer whale instead of a shark.
  • July 12, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ The full name of the film is Orca The Killer Whale. Fixed it, while I was at it.
  • July 21, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    ^^That example is a Zero Context Example. It needs more details.
  • July 25, 2013
    arromdee
    Since "Jaws" is a word as well as a title of a work, you need to be careful that nobody's going to interpret the name of the trope that way. You might want to call it something like Jaws Plot ad give it a custom title with quotes around the word "Jaws".
  • August 5, 2013
    randomsurfer
    I haven't been able to find the exact title, but sometime in the late 70s-early 80s there was a Jaws knockoff about a killer beach. Not a beach killer, a killer beach - the victims got sucked into the sand. (Not Dune or Tremors.) The tagline riffed on Jaws's, something like "Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water - now you can't even get there!" (I only ever saw the poster, which was displayed in the window of my local video store.)
  • August 7, 2013
    MaxWest
    Subverted in the Dragon Ball anime - Tienshinhan chases off a monster, Ino Shika Cho, terrorizing a village. However, it turns out this monster and Tien are in cahoots with each other as the two are running a scam. Ino Shika Cho shows up to attack a village and Tien drives it off for a price.

    The 1978 B-movie "Barracuda" is basically a clone of Jaws involving a beachfront resort town being terrorized. Unlike the aforementioned Jaws or Orca however, this movie involves not one but several killer fish.
  • August 14, 2013
    rimpala
    So is this basically When Animals Attack? Does Godzilla count?
  • August 15, 2013
    Rotpar
    The killer beach would have been Blood Beach.
  • September 12, 2013
    MonaNaito
    It needs to be decided whether this is a trope specifically for parodies of the movie Jaws (in the vein of Raiders Of The Lost Parody and Its A Wonderful Plot) OR a trope for "movies in which a giant predator/monster terrorizes a community".
  • September 13, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^Both.
  • September 15, 2013
    MonaNaito
    So (just to be clear) this is NOT a Stock Parody trope; it is a more general trope for situations involving giant predator attacks (which would include Jaws and all parodies thereof). If this is the case, it needs to be clearly differentiated from Attack Of The Killer Whatever. What makes this a distinct subtrope? Does the "killer whatever" have to be a single animal? Do its attacks have to be restricted to a small area?
  • September 22, 2013
    Snicka
    Maybe a good distinction would be if Attack Of The Killer Whatever focused on killer creatures attacking that are not generally thought of as murderous. So Killer Robots, sharks, bears or crocodiles don't count as "killer whatever" (and are this trope instead), Killer Rabbits, clowns or teddy bears do.
  • September 22, 2013
    MonaNaito
    That would mean taking Attack of the Killer Whatever to the TRS, right? Because we'd be changing the definition of a preexisting trope? I'm not sure that's warranted.
  • September 22, 2013
    Snicka
    Well, Attack Of The Killer Whatever already mostly focused on the weirder examples; but yes, that would mean taking it to the TRS... which is indeed probably not a good idea.
  • September 22, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^Alright! I get what you people are saying, that this is not meant to be a trope!
  • September 29, 2013
    xanderiskander
    It was said that this was covered by Attack Of The Killer Whatever from the start. The examples weren't even any different from that trope.

    However we could repurpose this into actual jaws parodies, with sharks (and shark disguises) and the jaws theme music playing.
  • September 29, 2013
    MonaNaito
    Agreed; this trope works as a Stock Parody (like Charlie And The Chocolate Parody, May The Farce Be With You, etc.) and I'm sure there are plenty of valid examples.

    Now, what to call it? You're Gonna Need A Bigger Parody? (No. Definitely not that. I should stop.)
  • October 4, 2013
    xanderiskander
    If it's being repurposed to just Jaws parodies. Jaws being the trope namer should be moved into the description, since Jaws is not a parody of itself.

    Also the description needs to be tightened up, to define what's a jaws parody. And that it's different from simply being inspired by jaws. Otherwise we're going to get a bunch of examples that are scary monsters that have nothing to do with jaws.
  • October 4, 2013
    MonaNaito
    Is the sponsor still around?
  • October 5, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^Of course I'm still around.
  • October 5, 2013
    MonaNaito
    Are you on board with the idea of repurposing this into a Stock Parody?
  • October 5, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^Well, of course I am.
  • October 11, 2013
    DracMonster
  • October 12, 2013
    MonaNaito
    ^ I'm liking Jaws For The Parody.
  • October 12, 2013
    DracMonster
    Jaws For The Shark Of It!

    Oh God, how do I stop, someone help me...
  • October 12, 2013
    MonaNaito
    NEVER STOP. You're brilliant. xD
  • October 12, 2013
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    • The Action League Now episode, "Incident at Chlorine Lake" involves a trophy bass attacking people at a swimming pool. Bill the Lab Guy plans to study the Trophy Bass, and The Mayor unsuccessfully tries to convince everyone that the water is safe.
  • October 12, 2013
    DracMonster
    ^^NO! I must be strong...

    A Great White For A Parody

    GAH! I have fallen to the shark side...

    (Is there ANY way we could shoehorn that in as the page image?)
  • October 12, 2013
    MonaNaito
  • October 13, 2013
    TonyG
    Another Sponge Bob example is "SpongeBob, Sandy and the Worm" where Bikini Bottom is terrorized by an Alaskan bullworm, and Sandy goes after it because it ate her tail. It even includes a parody of Shaw's introduction from Jaws.
  • October 14, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^I had that one up, until someone suggested that in order for it to be a Jaws parody, it had to take place in the water.
  • October 14, 2013
    Snicka
    ^ Technically, Sponge Bob takes place in the water.

    I think if it is a Whole Plot Reference of Jaws, it should count regardless of the element it takes place in.

    Does the opening scene of Airplane count? It shows the plane's tail slowly and menacingly moving between the clouds, set to the Jaws theme tune.
  • October 14, 2013
    MonaNaito
    ^ Water or no water, the opening of Airplane! is clearly riffing on Jaws and should certainly count.
  • October 14, 2013
    randomsurfer
    A long sketch on The Carol Burnett Show was a Jaws parody involving a shark that attacked from your toilet.
  • October 16, 2013
    MonaNaito
    Web Original
    • Pops up in director Joe Nicolosi's Hell No: The Sensible Horror Film. The video, a fake trailer for a horror movie in which the characters make smart decisions, includes a clip in which the mayor of a small beach town is told there's a man-eating beast in the water. Cut to a "BEACH CLOSED" sign being hammered into the sand (and someone in the background yelling "You're gonna need a bigger sign!")
  • October 22, 2013
    MonaNaito
    Newspaper Comics
    • One Fox Trot strip has Paige idly humming the Jaws theme while standing by her locker. When she looks up, the nerdy boy with a crush on her has suddenly appeared right in front of her. She, of course, lets out a bloodcurdling scream.
  • October 24, 2013
    MonaNaito
    I made a title crowner; link's in the page description.

    Also added Sharknado examples, because of course there are Sharknado examples.
  • October 26, 2013
    CaveCat
    Well, judging by the votes on the crowner, looks like the official title of this trope is now Jaws For The Fin Of It.
  • October 26, 2013
    DracMonster
    Uh... only five votes (two of which were mine) was probably a little early to close the pole...
  • October 26, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Ok... what's up with that horrible mess of a title this has suddenly got?
  • October 26, 2013
    DAN004
    ^^^ What crowner? I don't see anything...
  • October 26, 2013
    MonaNaito
    Sponsor removed the link from the page description. This title was leading the crowner at the time, although as Drac Monster said, only a few votes had been submitted.

    Here's the crowner.
  • October 27, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Jaws For The Fin Of It is a terribly unclear title. None of the corny puns suggested in this thread really work to clarify what the trope is about.
  • October 27, 2013
    Snicka
    I think if we want any of the punny titles, Jaws For Fun is the clearest.
  • October 27, 2013
    CaveCat
    Well, since no one else gave any other votes to the other names and Jaws For The Fin Of It got the most votes, it seemed to be the winner.
  • October 27, 2013
    xanderiskander
    ^There were only five votes. And some of them were in other titles. That's too early to take the poll off the description. You should have asked for more people to vote.

    Regardless Jaws For The Fin Ofit now has 5 negative votes and is nearing the bottom of the poll now.
  • October 27, 2013
    m8e
    The crowner was only 2 days old when you "judged" it, and only 3 people liked Jaws For The Fin Of It.
  • October 27, 2013
    Snicka
    Well, at least the bad renaming got people's attention to the crowner.
  • October 28, 2013
    xanderiskander
    edited the title to get more people's attention to the crowner.

    Also the laconic needs to reflect that it's about parodies or Whole Plot References of the movie Jaws. And not just any monster attacking a community.
  • November 2, 2013
    MonaNaito
    ^ Altered the laconic accordingly. Thoughts?
  • November 3, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    Remember that this belongs under Referenced By.
  • November 3, 2013
    MonaNaito
    ^ Er, no, it doesn't. This page is for parodies, shout-outs and whole-plot references. A Referenced By page is a list of works in which characters name-drop a specific work or an aspect of it, e.g. "Hey, wanna watch Jaws?" or "That guy looks like Captain Quint!"

    For example, the referenced by page for Star Wars and May The Farce Be With You are two different things.
  • November 3, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    No, Referenced By is for parodies, shout-outs and whole-plot references. NOT just getting name-dropped.

    It's a very new namespace, and the inverse of Shout Out. If Work A does a reference to Work B, such as a parodoy or Whole Plot Reference, it's listed as a Shout Out for Work A, and a Referenced By for Work B.

    Shout Outs Index lists the type of references. Referenced By means one of those have been used. Since this lists works that have referenced Jaws, it falls under Referenced By.

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13752804340A70789300
  • November 4, 2013
    AP
    • The parody horror movie Saturday The 14th manages to pull off a Jaws spoof coupled with a spoof of another famous horror movie by having a fin show up in a battub of a bathing girl, complete with a similar riff, only for the monster to rise and reveal anexpy of Creature From The Black Lagoon.
  • November 4, 2013
    MonaNaito
    ^^So...all Stock Parody pages are now Referenced By pages??
  • November 4, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    They all fall under, meaning are subtropes of, Referenced By. There's quite a lot of work to do sorting things out.
  • November 4, 2013
    MonaNaito
    Yes, I would imagine that will take quite a lot of sorting out. Right now there isn't anything on the Stock Parodies page or its discussion that suggests a connection to Referenced By, or vice versa.

    Does that mean Stock Parodies aren't tropes anymore, just trivia? Because "Character X is reading [book] in the background of Episode Y" (which is the sort of thing most of the Referenced By pages seem to be composed of) is obviously trivia, but a Stock Parody or Whole Plot Reference seems, IMHO, much more like a narrative device. Maybe I'm not understanding this correctly?
  • November 5, 2013
    Megacles
    Not sure if it was intentional, but in Naruto, Kisame (who is associated with sharks and uses them in battle) is beaten using an attack that is based on a pressurized air explosion, much like the shark in the first Jaws. At the time, Kisame was inside a giant Water Shark Jutsu.
  • November 5, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    "Character X is reading [book] in the background of Episode Y"

    For Episode Y, it is a trope: Shout Out. You can read the many subtropes of Shout out on Shout Outs Index.

    For [book], it is trivia: Referenced By. When a page has enough shout outs that the work gets its own page of shout out, it is effectively the same as a page of referenced by.

    A trope of using the Jaws music is a trope for the works that use it. The trope should be listed in the Referenced By.Jaws somehow, because every work that uses the trope is referencing Jaws.
  • November 5, 2013
    MonaNaito
    Okay, I think I get it now. So Stock Parody and Shout Out pages are still tropes, but will be mentioned in the appropriate Referenced By, even though Referenced By itself is trivia.

    (Thank you for putting up with my confusion. I have my own Stock Parody YKTTW, so I want to make sure I'm understanding the system properly. And sorry to the sponsor for having to deal with this conversation in their YKTTW page...)
  • November 5, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • While adrift in a lifeboat, the starving Miguel and Tulio from DreamWorks' The Road To El Dorado brighten when an exhausted seagull lands on the far end of an oar. However, before the two men can capture the bird, a shark breaks the surface, and devours the bird and half the oar in one bite. The shark is seen exactly as it appears on the Jaws movie poster. Technically, this is an in-house Shout Out, since Steven Spielberg directed Jaws and is one founder of DreamWorks SKG.
  • November 6, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    I would have taken the discussion to PM if I didn't have the Hidden Agenda of sharing the information with more of the wiki. If you could spread the word by linking back to the Referenced By projects thread, I'd appreciate it.
  • November 6, 2013
    LeeM
    The New Avengers episode "Gnaws". Giant rats in London's AbsurdlySpaciousSewers.
  • November 12, 2013
    SquirrelGuy
    Two cartoon series appeared shortly after Jaws: De Patie-Freleng's Misterjaw and Hanna-Barbera's Jabberjaw
  • November 12, 2013
    SquirrelGuy
    One of the first shark-themed movies to appear after Jaws was the aptly-titled The Jaws of Death.
  • November 12, 2013
    SquirrelGuy
    Inverted with Sharks' Treasure, which, according to The Other Wiki, came out 2 months before Jaws did.
  • November 13, 2013
    troacctid
    Stock Parodies are like for one Shout Out at a time, though. Like how we differentiate between Abbey Road Crossing and Sgt Peppers Shout Out. If there's no consistent pattern in the shout-outs, it's not its own trope, it's just a Shout Out.

    So this should be for the Signature Scene with the minor 2nds, not just any Jaws reference.

    It also shouldn't be necessary to staple "Parody" to the end of the name. It's implied.
  • November 13, 2013
    SquirrelGuy
    In the original 16-series issue of Wacky Packages from the mid-1970s, I'm pretty sure that the only novel they parodied was Jaws. The sticker was "Gums", the world's oldest shark. [1]
  • November 14, 2013
    MonaNaito
    ^^^ I don't think "inversions" count, because if it came out before Jaws it's just a movie about a shark. This page is not just for listing movies about sharks.

    ^^ But we also have things like Raiders Of The Lost Parody, which covers references to any of the several iconic scenes in the movie.

    Feel free to add more names to the title crowner.
  • November 14, 2013
    troacctid
    And Raiders Of The Lost Parody is a case in point. It has no wicks or inbounds after being on the wiki for over a year, the description is a mess, it only ever got one hat, and it's composed almost entirely of either duplicate examples from Indy Escape or generic non-Lost-Ark-specific Expies. On the other hand, we have Indy Hat Roll and Weight And Switch as actual focused individual tropes, and they're significantly healthier.

    If you want to stick with "Any sort of shout-out to Jaws" then I don't think it is tropable.
  • November 15, 2013
    MonaNaito
    What about things like Shout Out To Shakespeare?
  • November 17, 2013
    SquirrelGuy
    Cover of MAD Magazine issue 180, January 1976. http://www.madcoversite.com/mad180.html
  • November 17, 2013
    CrypticMirror
    It wasn't a parody, but the UK Anthology Comic Action (no relation to Action Comics whatsoever) had a regular strip called "Hook-Jaw!" about a marauding monster-great white shark that for some reason only attacked bad guys. It was notoriously gory and was the subject of censors, who daubed it "The Sevenpenny Nightmare" (the cost of "Action" was 7pence per issue at the time) after its gory tone, and may even have led to the eventual demise of the comic as a whole
  • November 19, 2013
    troacctid
    Shout Out To Shakespeare is at a different level of granularity. If it were Shout Out To Hamlet or Shout Out To Romeo And Juliet, it wouldn't be worth troping. We have tropes like Alas Poor Yorick for the more specific ones.

    The Jaws Signature Scene parody is a trope on its own and the random other shout-outs only dilute and weaken it.
  • November 28, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    Copying Jaws isn't Too Rare To Trope
  • November 28, 2013
    TonyG
    • The "Land Shark" sketches from the early run of Saturday Night Live, where the shark knocks on someone's front door (with the theme music playing in the background), usually passing himself off as a Candy-gram, then attacking them when they open the door.
    • The Bobs Burgers episode "The Deepening". A movie with a similar plot was filmed in town years ago, and Mr. Fischoder buys the mechanical shart from the movie as a parkside attraction. The Belcher kids play with it and it turns on and falls on its side, sending it wriggling across the block. The residents treat is as if it were a real shark attacking, and it's up to Bob to stop it.
  • November 30, 2013
    MonaNaito
    Theatre
  • December 2, 2013
    xanderiskander
    I agree with troacctid this shouldn't be any reference to jaws because it just dilutes the trope. It should just be parodies of the well known scene with shark fin showing up above the water (or similar substance) and the classic omninous music playing in the background while it's about to attack. That's been parodied a lot just by itself.

    Also the first spongebob example doesn't seem like a jaws reference at all to me. It's a lot more similar to Moby Dick and "big catch" fishing stories.
  • December 2, 2013
    MonaNaito
    ^ The first Spongebob example actually has a scene where Mr. Krabs summons the clam simply by playing ominous music. It should really be in the example, because that's the most blatant Jaws reference in the episode.

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