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!The Last Crew of ''The Orca''

!Martin Brody
[[caption-width-right:350:''"You're gonna need a bigger boat."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Roy Scheider

--> ''" I can do anything; I'm the chief of police."''

Amity's police chief who moved to the island with his family to get away from the dangers of living in New York. He hates water, and to his dismay he has to deal with one of its toothier inhabitants up-close-and-personal...''twice''.
* ActionSurvivor: He doesn't have much sea experience and yet [[spoiler:managed to take down a shark with an oxygen tank and an M-1 rifle.]]
* AudienceSurrogate: He's not experienced in matters of the sea, not perfect hero material, and basically ordinary.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: He receives one from the grieving Mrs. Kintner. Brody wasn't really to blame, having had his hand forced by the town council and Mayor Vaughn, but he still solemnly accepts the blame.
-->'''Mrs. Kintner:''' I just found out that a girl got killed here last week...and you knew it! You knew there was a shark out there! You knew it was dangerous! But you let people go swimming anyway? You knew all those things! But still my boy is dead now. And there's nothing you can do about it. My boy is dead. I wanted you to know that.
* BriefAccentImitation: Ellen encourages him jokingly to talk more like the locals. He trots out his, "They're out in the yahd, not too fah from the cah" line.
* {{Determinator}}: He thinks [[spoiler:Hooper is dead and watched Quint die]], all while being on a sinking ship. As the shark comes for him, Martin does everything possible to fight for his life and wins. And he has to face a shark all over again in the second movie.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: In the fourth film, Martin died of a heart attack. Ellen claims that "the fear of it killed him!", implying that the repeated encounters with sharks led to Martin's death.
* DrowningMySorrows: Brody's slurred speech, and the pile of beer cans found outside his truck the next morning imply that the night he was fired, he had more than a few to "celebrate" his termination.
* GlassesPull: From time to time.
* HappilyMarried: To Ellen.
* IgnoredExpert: Everyone but Hooper and Ellen ignore Brody's warnings about the beaches, even his own kids.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: [[spoiler:It might take 6 shots, but hitting a scuba tank from a distance while on a sinking mast is a hell of an accomplishment.]]
* TheLoad: When he's aboard the Orca, Brody doesn't contribute all that much. He knows little about boats and less about sharks; even Hooper loses his temper with his mistakes. He is pretty helpless before his MomentOfAwesome at the end.
* MyGreatestFailure: Alex Kitner's death. His conversation with Mrs. Kitner puts it in perspective for him and the audience.
-->'''Vaughn:''' I'm sorry, Martin. She's wrong.\\
'''Martin:''' No, she's not.
* NoodleIncident: Brody never does reveal where his fear of the water comes from, cutting off his wife's attempt at an explanation and then changing the subject.
* OhCrap: Upon seeing the shark for the first time, prompting the iconic reaction, "You're going to need a bigger boat."
* OnlySaneMan: Hooper considers Brody to be the only rational man left on Amity, which is hard to argue with.
* PreMortemOneLiner: One of the most famous in movie history; just before [[spoiler:firing the killing shot]], Brody snarls, "Smile, you son of a bitch!"
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In the first film, he's the only town official taking Hooper and the shark threat seriously. During the town meeting, Quint is aware of this trope and specifically addresses him while making his offer to kill the shark.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Sensitive Guy to Quint's Manly Man. He's a nurturing father and former NYPD officer who avoids the water and only has an appendectomy scar, struggling to pull his weight out at sea where even [[{{Nerd}} Hooper]]'s field of expertise outshines his own.
* TookALevelInBadass: After being a quiet cop who avoided the water and not having much in the way of scars to show off to Hooper and Quint, [[spoiler:he kills the shark with an oxygen tank and rifle while the boat is sinking.]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He hates the water, despite living on an island.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: In the second film, Brody has the nerve to be indignant about no one believing him after he causes a mass panic over what turns out to be a school of bluefish. After this, he brings a photo to the council that we know is of the shark, but is unclear enough that you really can't blame them for not buying it. He could have at least waited to see if there were any better shots.

!!Matt Hooper
[[caption-width-right:350:''"This was no boat accident."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/RichardDreyfuss

--> ''"I'm not going to waste my time arguing with a man who's lining up to be a hot lunch."''

Shark-fascinated marine biologist who was called to Amity island to help with the shark problem. He starts off as a white-collared college kid foil to Quint's blue collar gruffiness, but they come to an understanding with each other.
* AdaptationalHeroism: The original book version of the character is an entitled prick [[spoiler:who has an affair with Brody's wife.]] Movie-Hooper turns out to be a reliable ally and a good friend to Brody.
* AdmiringTheAbomination: Hooper is fascinated by the shark.
--> "...What we are dealing with here is a perfect engine, an eating machine. It's really a miracle of evolution."
%%* {{Adorkable}}
%%* BadassBeard
* BadassBookworm: He's a scientist who's studied some of the more dangerous ocean predators, and, although not exactly fearless, has the cojones to hunt a 25-ft. man-eating shark, and earlier, scuba dive into the wreckage of a shark-ravaged boat in the middle of a pitch-black night. And then he agrees to be lowered into the water with the shark in an attempt to poison it, with only a metal cage between him and the behemoth, even after the other two tell him he's essentially committing suicide. He doesn't hesitate to try.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He seems like a little nerdy guy with a smartass sense of humor, but where sharks are concerned, there's nobody who knows more. And he's not afraid to get his feet wet, or even the rest of him, such as in a shark cage.
* DeadpanSnarker: Gets most of the best lines, at one point even imitating ''Creator/WCFields''.
* FireForgedFriends: With Quint. Given their contrasting experiences, one being a marine biologist the other a hardened sailor, the two don't exactly get along at the start. However, they eventually form a camaraderie by sharing various scars and injuries over a drink.
* {{Foil}}: His background as a marine researcher when compared to the more experienced but uneducated Quint.
* IgnoredExpert: Only Martin hears him out when he first comes to the island.
* LetsGetDangerous: Hooper spends most of his time on the Orca dealing with Quint's abuse, driving the ship, and trying to study the shark in between tying knots and playing Solitaire. But when the chips are down and his poison injector appears to be their only remaining option, he immediately acquiesces to going down into the cage, even though Brody insists the shark will tear it to pieces.
* NerdGlasses: His arcane knowledge and obssession with sharks, and his snarky-yet-nebbishy demeanor, certainly fit the nerd stereotype. And there those glasses are.
* NonIdleRich: He freely admits to Brody that his family comes from money.
* OhCrap: When he's in the cage after the shark has slammed into it once and is coming back a second time. Despite being underwater with a respirator in his mouth, you can hear him scream in terror.
* OnlySaneMan: Is one and lampshaded Brody as one when he said he was leaving the island.
%%* PowerTrio: The Superego.
* PutOnABus: When Martin attempts to contact him for help in the second movie, we learn that Hooper is busy with an Antarctic Ocean expedition and unreachable.
* RealMenWearPink: He dons a pink shirt for a few scenes on the boat.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: A Manly Man to Brody, given he possesses more confidence and once had an encounter with a ray. Not as much as Quint though.
* TheSmartGuy: Has all the academic knowledge of the group, if not quite the amount of experience as Quint.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:He died in the original book. Presumably he was spared here because they dropped the adultery subplot mentioned above]].
* SuddenlySober: He becomes this right after Quint mentions the Indianapolis.

!!Sam Quint
->'''Played By:''' Robert Shaw
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies~"'']]

--> ''"Y'all know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy."''

Seaman with a bone to pick with all sharks, due to traumatizing events in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. He is hired to hunt down the shark with Brody and Hooper giving him assistance.
* AnimalNemesis: He doesn't like sharks very much.
* BadassMustache: It's there.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Quint would rather drown than left at the mercy of the sea waiting for rescue.
* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler:Blood spurts from his mouth when he gets EatenAlive by the shark.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Quint has a lot of really idiosyncratic mannerisms, and is often dismissed as a nutcase, but is a shark hunter of unmatched skill and experience.
* TheBigGuy: Physically the largest of the Orca's crew, and certainly the most intimidating as well.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Quint doesn't even bat an eye when the shark attacks the boat the first time and it knocks a lantern over on the deck.
-->'''Quint:''' Chief, put out the fire, will ya?
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler: The shark bites deep into his body multiple times with its rows of razor sharp, shot glass-sized teeth and he bleeds out. Nobody deserves to go out like that. Bonus points for [[FridgeHorror it being probably his greatest fear.]]]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: His tale of the ''Indianapolis''.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Quint's abrasive and drunken self are at home out at sea but are clearly out of place at land.
* {{Determinator}}: He is obsessed with killing the shark and will go to any means necessary to defeat it.
* DissonantSerenity: When Quint tells the utterly horrifying story of the Indianapolis being sunk and its aftermath, he has a disturbingly playful grin on his face for most of it.
* TheDrunkenSailor: Quint is no stranger to a bottle.
* EatenAlive: [[spoiler:Quint's fate in the climax; he's devoured by the shark, and gets the most graphic death out of anyone in the film.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: When he first shows up, he drags his nails across a chalkboard to get everyone's attention during a town meeting. He also talks directly to Chief Brody. He ignores the council, whom he knows won't deal with him, and gives his offer to hunt the shark to the one he knows is going to take the threat seriously.
* {{Expy}}: Of Captain Ahab from ''Literature/MobyDick''. Especially evident in the book where he [[spoiler: dies the same way.]]
* FatherNeptune: Way more at home on sea, where he can bark orders at people.
* {{Fingore}}: What leads to [[spoiler:his death]]; one of Hooper's oxygen tanks falls on his hand, causing him to lose his grip on the now sinking Orca.
* GreatWhiteHunter: He literally has shark jawbones all over his house as trophies.
* HeManWomanHater: It's not commented on, but the minute Quint sees Ellen standing on the dock next to his ship, he blows up and starts ranting about women. Then he sings [[CrossesTheLineTwice filthy sea chanty songs]] at the top of his lungs, seemingly to further antagonize her.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Quint's obsession with the white shark makes him behave weird near the end, endangering himself and his mates by destroying his radio equipment to prevent Brody from calling for help. He also wrecks the Orca's motor by pushing it to overdrive even when Hooper begs him not to.
* HiddenDepths: He has a few for a shark hunter. He makes his own booze which he is happy to share with others, revels in every scar story told, had a best friend that was a baseball player and is a good singer.
* {{Jerkass}}: There's no denying that he's kind of an asshole.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Quint has a few moments, and eventually buries the hatchet with Hooper, getting drunk and swapping scar stories.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Quint initially dismisses Hooper's technological methods (such as the shark cage and poison) to be a college kid's naïvety at best, stubbornly sticking to his gut instinct instead. So when he asks Hooper about the effectiveness of the cage near the climax, it's a sign that the old shark hunter has admit defeat against the shark.
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler:Quint is the shark's fifth victim.]]
* TheMillstone: Quint is almost single-handedly responsible for everything that goes wrong on the Orca's voyage. From refusing to turn back when the shark turns out to be bigger than expected, to breaking the radio when Martin tries to call for help, to burning out the engine when they finally decide to return to shore, he unwittingly (or maybe [[DeathSeeker not so much]]) ensures they'll be marooned and trapped by the shark by the end of the movie. Subverted in that Quint is outwardly a very competent sailor, but a combination of PTSD and ItsPersonal cause him to make some very questionable choices.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: When Martin attempts to call for help, Quint responds by [[TheRadioDiesFirst smashing the ship's radio with a baseball bat]]. Being cut off from the island is bad enough, but it later prevents them from calling for help when the engines die out and the ship starts sinking.
* PowerTrio: The Id. Prone to act impulsively, even erratically; see SanitySlippage below.
* PropheticName: "Quint" is Latin for "fifth". [[spoiler:He is the fifth person to be killed by the first shark]].
* PunchClockHero: Quint is [[OnlyInItForTheMoney in it for the money,]] along with a healthy dose of ItsPersonal. (Quint ''really'' hates sharks)
* RevengeBeforeReason: also...
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Against all sharks.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: His death near the end increases the stakes by proving that AnyoneCanDie.]]
* SanitySlippage: Some of his acts, like lying to Brody's wife or breaking the radio, defy all logic.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Possesses war experience, survived a shark attack in WWII, and is a crusty sailor; Hooper is regarded as "soft" and Brody is less hardened than all.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Being stranded at sea and witnessing several hundred people being eaten by sharks in WWII left him a little unhinged.
* WorkingClassHero: And identified as such (albeit sarcastically) by Hooper.
* TheWorldsExpertOnGettingKilled: He's an expert shark hunter, as evidenced by the numerous shark jaws lining the walls of his residence, but he does poorly against the shark he's hired to kill. [[spoiler:So much so he gets eaten by it.]] That said, it's debatable how much of this was due to his drinking since, before he got hammered the night of his ''Indianapolis'' speech, he'd been quite competent in hunting the shark and only really started making mistakes afterwards.

!Brody Family

!!Ellen Brody
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I just want to know one thing; when do I get to become an islander?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Lorraine Gary

--> ''"My husband tells me you're in sharks."''

Martin's loving wife, who offers emotional support to him when things are looking down. After he died, she was forced to deal with a killer shark that was specifically targeting members of her family in the fourth film.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Her book incarnation has an affair with Hooper. She's faithful to her husband in the movie.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: In the fourth film, she becomes the hero after Brody died.
* [[MamaBear Grandma Bear]]: In the fourth film, she faces down a shark that's been stalking the Brody family after it had attempted to attack her granddaughter.
* HappilyMarried: With Martin, before the fourth film. This is in contrast to the novel, where their relationship is rockier.
* MoodSwinger: Ellen goes through this after her son's death, swinging wildly through emotions from intense angry paranoia to giddiness, to uncontrollable sobbing to distant depression. She even displays emotions in odd settings, such as laughing happily at Sean's funeral, then bawling when her granddaughter wants her to play with her. TruthInTelevision, as all of this, including the unusual timing, isn't uncommon when coping with grief. Plus, the laughing at the fun is due to the happy flashback she's having.
* YourCheatingHeart: She has an affair with Hooper in the original book. No excuse, but she was an old girlfriend of Hooper's older brother so they had some history.

!Michael Brody
->'''Played By:''' Chris Rebello (first film), Mrak Gruner (''[[Film/{{Jaws 2}} 2]]''), Dennis Quaid (''[[Film/Jaws3D 3]]'') and Lance Guest (''[[Film/JawsTheRevenge The Revenge]]'')-]
-->"White sharks are dangerous. I know 'em. My father, my brother, myself. They're murderers."

Oldest son in Brody family. Becomes the main focus of third and fourth film.

* AdaptationNameChange: Michael Brody is named Martin Brody Jr. in the book. Possibly his name was changed for the purposes of the OneSteveLimit.
* {{Expy}}: He becomes one of Hooper by the fourth film, since he grows up to be a marine biologist. He even resembles Hooper with that beard of his.
* TookALevelInBadass: A helpless child in the first film and an irresponsible teen primarily concerned with having a good time and picking up chicks in the sequel, he volunteers in dangerous rescue missions to save a bunch of tourists in 3D and his mom in Revenge and he takes down the titular antagonist sharks of said films.


!!Sean Brody
->'''Played By:''' Jay Mello (first film), Marc Gilpin (''[[Film/{{Jaws 2}} 2]]''), John Putch (''[[Film/Jaws3D 3]]'') and Mitchell Anderson (''[[Film/JawsTheRevenge The Revenge]]'')-]

Michael's younger brother. He spends most of the time following his brother and is ultimately killed in the first minutes of ''The Revenge''.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: In the second film, where he's constantly pestering his older brother.
%%* BigBrotherWorship
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: He is the shark's first target in ''The Revenge''.
* FreudianExcuse: Events of the first two films gave him an aversion to water. It's missing in the fourth film.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Sean has a fear of water following his experiences in the second movie.

!Citizens of Amity

!!Mayor Larry Vaughn
->'''Played By:''' Murray Hamilton

--> ''"You yell shark, we've got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July."''

The Mayor of Amity, Vaughn is more concerned with the island's tourism industry than protecting the islanders from the shark.
* CigaretteOfAnxiety: Mayor Vaughn is shown having a cigarette in his hand throughout the film, but the only time he lights up is after the attack on the Fourth of July, as that's when the town's summer season is effectively over.
* HateSink: Downplayed and possibly subverted. You can't hate the shark as it's only acting on instinct, but you can hate this guy for not caring about the situation, keeping the beach open, and outright lying to people about the danger. He is not entirely without redeeming qualities however. See HeelRealization, JerkWithAHeartOfGold, and PetTheDog below.
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler:After the shark attack in the pond, Vaughn is visibly traumatised as the reality of what he's done comes crashing down.]]
-->''"Martin, ''my'' kids were on that beach, too."''
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Vaughn ignores the danger the shark presents, is dismissive to Hooper and clearly places more value on tourist revenue than actually doing his job. However, he's not necessary a bad person and his main goal is to see the town thrive, which it can't do without the money brought in by tourism.
* MayorPain: He ignores his Police Chief, dismisses valuable advice and outright lies to his citizens about the possible danger.
* PetTheDog: After Brody is confronted by Mrs Kintner, he solemnly tries to tell the Chief that he shouldn't blame himself for what happened to Alex.
* ShadyRealEstateAgent: Hinted at. His day job seems to be realtor (look closely and you'll see signs for "Vaughn's Realty" on Main Street), and given how he handles the crisis, it wouldn't be surprising. It's much more explicit in the book, where his realty firm has ties to organized crime, which is the main reason why he's insistent on keeping the beaches open.
* SuitWithVestedInterests: More interested in keeping tourist money flowing into town than the townspeople's lives.
* SymbolMotifClothing: He's seen wearing a suit patterned with anchors, likely symbolizing how he's dragging the people of Amity down with his lies.
* TookALevelInKindness: In ''Jaws 2'', Vaughn is one of the few people who takes Brody's warnings about another shark seriously. In a deleted scene, he's the only member of the town council who votes against firing Brody.
* UltimateJobSecurity: It rather strains belief that Vaughn wouldn't be booted out of office within seconds of the first film's ending.

!!Deputy Lenny Hendricks
->'''Played By:''' Jeffrey C. Kramer

* DudeNotFunny: When Hendricks tries to tell Brody a joke:
-->'''Hendricks:''' "So then Denherder and Charlie sat there trying to catch their breath - and to figure out how to tell Charlie's wife what happened to her freezer full of meat."
-->'''Brody:''' "That's not funny. That's not funny at all."
* TheIllegible: When Brody wanted to plant no swimming signs along the beach, he insisted that someone else does the printing instead of Hendricks.
* VomitingCop: He dry heaves when he witnesses the sight of Chrissie's remains.

!!Ben Gardner
->'''Played By:''' Craig Kingsbury

--> ''"When we get them silly bastards down in that rock pile, it'll be some fun, they'll wish their fathers had never met their mothers. When they start takin' their bottoms out and slamming into them rocks, boy!"''

A veteran fisherman on Amity who participates in the hunt for the shark.
* EyeScream: One of the most infamous (postmortem) examples in film history. When Hooper is swimming through the wreckage of the fisherman's boat, he finds evidence that the shark has been there...and out pop's Ben Gardner's severed head, with one missing and the other floating loosely in its socket.
* FatherNeptune: He's just as old and crusty as Quint, and quite dismissive of the amateurs who come to the island for shark hunting.
* KilledOffscreen: We don't see him get killed by the shark, but we do discover his remains in the wreckage of his boat.
* PeekABooCorpse: Gardner's chewed-off head pops out of a hole in the hull of his boat while Hooper is inspecting it.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: He appears during the shark hunting scene, and is killed off shortly after.

!!Christine "Chrissie" Watkins
->'''Played By:''' Susan Blacklinie
--> ''"Come on in the water!"''

* DeadHandShot: All that the viewers can see of Chrissie's remains is her hand.
* EatenAlive: She is one of the first victims of the shark.
* HopeSpot: As Chrissie thrashes around, she manages to grab onto a buoy. Judging from her evident relief, the shark apparently lets go of her at this point only to immediately grab hold of her again and finish her off.
* NightSwimEqualsDeath: One of the most famous examples of this trope.
* SkinnyDipping: She goes swimming naked, with the only possible reason of providing some FanService.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: She is introduced in the very opening and gets killed shortly after.

[[folder:Mrs. Kintner]]
!!Mrs. Kintner
->'''Played By:''' Lee Fierro

--> ''"I just found out, that a girl got killed here last week, and you knew it! You knew there was a shark out there! You knew it was dangerous! But you let people go swimming anyway? You knew all those things! But still my boy is dead now. And there's nothing you can do about it. My boy is dead. I wanted you to know that."''

* ArmorPiercingSlap: She gives a rather harsh one to Brody.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Her only son is killed by the shark.
* WhatTheHellHero: Immediately following the ArmorPiercingSlap, she blames Brody for the death of her son due to his inaction.

!The Sharks

The ones with the eponymous jaws. After the first shark swam into the waters of Amity Island, all members of the Brody family have found themselves confronting them in increasingly convoluted ways. For various reasons, the first shark is the one fans prefer to talk about.

[[folder:In General]]
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: None of the sharks are shown to have their eyes rolled back when they're attacking someone.
* AxCrazy: As sharks go, at least. Their behavior is abnormally aggressive, and they're unusually persistent in their choice of human victims. They're pretty much the shark equivalent of serial killers.
* BigBad: They're the primary antagonists in the series, with the first one being the most famous.
* TheDeterminator: [[ImmuneToBullets Gunshots]], harpoons, electroshock devices and third degree burns don't stop them.
* EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep: None of the sharks have names in the films. They're only called "the shark" in any given scene.
* ExtremeOmnivore: When Hooper and Brody open up the shark caught by Gardner, they find many different objects in the stomach including a car's license plate.
* ItCanThink: They don't call the fourth film ''The Revenge'' for nothing. It's heavily implied to be the case in the preceding three, especially the original.
* JawsFirstPersonPerspective: Collectively, they're the TropeNamer.
* MonsterIsAMommy: The third shark to the little one.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Sharks are known to have rows of teeth.
* NoisyNature: The third and fourth sharks roar for some reason. As does the shark in the original. It roars at Quint just before he shoots it in the lower jaw with a harpoon.
* NonMaliciousMonster: They're just following their instict and trying to not starve.
* POVCam: During the opening scene, we watch from the shark's perspective as it swims over to Chrissie.
* SeaMonster: They are abnormally large and aggressive for Great Whites. The sharks of the first and third movies are described as twenty-five and thirty-five feet long, respectively, which is much larger than any documented individuals of the species. Sizes are not given for the sharks of the second and fourth movies, but they're at least comparable in size and definitely highly aggressive.
* SuperPersistentPredator: The forth one, especially, which borders on AxCrazy.
* ThreateningShark: Some of the most famous examples in fiction.
* TwoFaced: The second shark, after half of its face gets burned when a boat its attacking is caught on fire.
* WouldHurtAChild: These sharks don't discriminate. Men, women, children, other fish or animals, EVERYTHING is prey to them.

!!Bruce / "Jaws" / The Trouble

--> ''"...What we are dealing with here is a perfect engine, an eating machine. It's really a miracle of evolution."''
-->-- '''Hooper'''

A large man-eating Great White Shark that terrorized Amity Island.
* AdaptationalBadass: While unusually large, the shark in the original novel is unable to pull the barrels attached to it underwater like in the film.
* AxCrazy: The titular shark takes more pleasure in its kills than any shark, and that's saying something.
* BigBad: Of the first film.
* CharacterDevelopment: Surprisingly enough for a mostly unseen animal; it starts off as a NonMaliciousMonster. It kills to eat, but no more than that. [[spoiler:After killing and eating a man in the pond, it swims right by Michael who would be an easy target.]] Later, it establishes an enmity with the crew of the ''Orca'', becoming a SuperPersistentPredator.
* HeroKiller: Once the shark eats [[spoiler: [[TheWorfEffect Quint]]]] alive in front of Brody, survival is almost entirely down to chance.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The shark's ravenous appetite is its ultimate downfall. [[spoiler:Because it would eat anything, the shark didn't bother to spit out the scuba tank that Brody threw into its jaws. This allows Brody to shoot the tank with his rifle, creating a massive explosion that blew the shark apart]].
* ImplacableMan: The shark in the movie shrugs just about everything that is thrown at it. It's able to submerge with three whole barrels attached to it, shrugs of gunshots, machete stabs, harpoon stabs, etc. [[spoiler: It takes blowing its face up to finally kill it]].
* ItCanThink: Although Hooper had described the Great White Shark as a mindless machine capable of only eating and reproducing, the shark is anything but. It is clever enough to outwit the crew of ''Orca'' on several occasions, and it has enough grudge to drop its usual hunting activities in favor of sinking the boat and killing all onboard.
--->'''Quint:''' "He's either very smart or very stupid... He is a smart big fish. He's gone under the boat!"
* NonMaliciousMonster: In the first half of the film, the shark only kills swimmers for food, seeing them as easy prey. And it only attacks by chance and is content with one or two victims before leaving the vicinity. It is subverted in the second half, however, when the crew of the ''Orca'' is out hunting for the shark. While its aggressive behavior can be seen as self-defense from the ''Orca'', the shark's actions suggest it intends to kill the entire crew regardless if they pose a threat to it or not. This can be best seen after the shark [[spoiler: sinks the ''Orca'' and eats Quint]]. Rather than leaving the nearly defenseless Brody alone, the shark attacks the police chief several times, which ultimately became its own undoing.
* NothingIsScarier: Due to the prop shark not working most of the time.

[[folder:The Fourth Shark]]
!!The Fourth Shark

* ArtisticLicenseBiology: It roars whenever it is shocked by the device thrown inside it, which is in real life impossible as sharks don't have anything to provide sound with.
* BigBad: Of the fourth and final film.
* HollywoodVoodoo: The novelization revealed that shark in it is actually a spirit animal of a scorned Voodoo priest. This turn of events gave us the VoodooShark.
* ItsPersonal: Chases Ellen Brody to the Bahamas to get revenge.
* MadeOfExplodium: For [[ExecutiveMeddling some reason]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Actively targets Ellen Brody.
** While roaring, no less.