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[[folder:The Main Trio]]

!Martin Brody
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->"You're gonna need a bigger boat."

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''.

[-Played by: Roy Scheider-]

* ActionSurvivor
* AudienceSurrogate
* {{Badass}}
** TookALevelInBadass
** BadassBookworm: After taking a level in it.
* BusCrash: Died offscreen from a heart attack before the fourth film.
* {{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.
* HappilyMarried: With Ellen.
* TheHero
* HonorBeforeReason: In the first film, part of the reason he joins the hunt is because he blames himself for Alex Kitner's death.
* IgnoredExpert: In the second film, where nobody believes his claims that another killer shark is now in the area.
-->"I know what a shark looks like. I've seen one up close. And you better do something about this one, because I don't intend to go through that hell again!"
* TheLoad: Initially during the shark hunt.
* 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.
* NewYorkCityCops: Brody was one of these prior to relocating to Amity. (In the film; in the original novel he was an Amity native.)
* OnlySaneMan
* PapaWolf: The other reason he was hunting the shark because it almost killed his son Mike.
* PowerTrio: The Ego.
* 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.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He hates the water. But he overcame this after the events of the first film.
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!Matt Hooper
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->"Mr. Vaughn, what we are dealing with here is a perfect engine, an eating machine."

Shark-fascinated marine biologist who was called to Amity island to help with the shark problem. He starts of as a white-collared college kid foil to Quint's blue collar gruffiness, but they come to an understanding with each other.

[-Played by: Richard Dreyfuss-]

* {{Adorkable}}
* {{Badass}}
** CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
** BadassBeard
* DeadpanSnarker
* {{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.
* NerdGlasses
* NonIdleRich
* 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.
* TheSmartGuy
* [[spoiler:SparedByTheAdaptation: He died in the original book]].
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!Sam Quint
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->"Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies~"

Seaman with a bone to pick with all sharks, due to traumatizing events in WorldWarII. He is hired to hunt down the shark with Brody and Hooper giving him assistance.

[-Played by: Robert Shaw-]

* AnimalNemesis
* {{Badass}}
** BadassMustache
* TheBigGuy
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Quint's abrasive and drunken self are at home out at sea but are clearly out of place at land.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: When he first shows up, he drags his nails across a chalkboard to get everyone's attention during a town meeting.
* FatherNeptune
* GreatWhiteHunter
* 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.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: When Martin attempts to call for help, Quint responds by smashing the 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.
* PropheticName: "Quint" is Latin for "fifth". [[spoiler:He is the fifth person to be killed by the first shark]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Against all sharks.
* [[spoiler:SacrificialLion]]
* SanitySlippage
* ShellShockedVeteran: Being stranded in sea and witnessing several hundred people being eaten by sharks in WWII left him little unhinged.
* WorkingClassHero: And identified as such (albeit sarcastically) by Hooper.
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[[folder:Brody Family]]

!Ellen Brody
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->"I just want to know one thing; when do I get to become an islander?"

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.

[-Played by: Lorraine Gary-]

* {{Deuteragonist}}: In the fourth film.
* HappilyMarried: With Martin, before the fourth film.
* YourCheatingHeart: She is having 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.
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!Michael Brody
->"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.

[-Played by: Chris Rebello (first film), Mrak Gruner (''[[Film/{{Jaws 2}} 2]]''), Dennis Quaid (''[[Film/Jaws3D 3]]'') and Lance Guest (''[[Film/JawsTheRevenge The Revenge]]'')-]

* AloofBigBrother: The second movie.
* {{Expy}}: He becomes one of Hooper by end of the series.

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!Sean Brody

Michael's younger brother. He spends most of the time following his brother and is ultimately killed in the first minutes of ''The Revenge''.

[-Played by: Jay Mello (first film), Marc Gilpin (''[[Film/{{Jaws 2}} 2]]''), John Putch (''[[Film/Jaws3D 3]]'') and Mitchell Anderson (''[[Film/JawsTheRevenge 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.

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[[folder:Other Characters]]

!Mayor Larry Vaughn

The Mayor of Amity, Vaughn is more concerned with the island's tourism industry than protecting the islanders from the shark.

* HeelRealization: "Martin, ''my'' kids were on that beach, too."
* MayorPain
* ObstructiveBureaucrat
* SuitWithVestedInterests

!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.

* BigBad: They're the primary antagonists in the series, with the first one being the most famous.
* EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep: None of the sharks have names in the films. They're only called "the shark" in any given scene.
* FanNickname: Due to the first one's ProductionNickname, the later sharks are usually called "Bruce (sequel number)" or something along those lines. The baby shark in the third movie also tends to be called Bruce Jr. to distinguish it from its parent.
* HollywoodVoodoo: The novelization of the fourth film revealed that shark in it is actually a spirit animal of a scorned Voodoo priest. This turn of events gave us the VoodooShark. [[FlatWhat What.]]
* ImmuneToBullets
* 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.
--->'''Quint:''' He's either very smart or very stupid.
* ItsPersonal: The fourth film's shark.
* JawsFirstPersonPerspective: TropeNamer.
* ''{{Leitmotif}}'': DUN-DUN.
* MadeOfExplodium: The fourth shark, for [[ExecutiveMeddling some reason]].
* MonsterIsAMommy: The third shark to the little one.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily
* 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.
* NothingIsScarier: Primarily the first one due to the prop shark not working most of the time.
* POVCam
* ProductionNickname: Bruce for the first shark. Spielberg himself called it Great White Turd due to its breakdowns.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The fourth one for certain. Martin suggests the possibility of the second one also doing so, but it's never definite.
* SeaMonster
* SuperPersistentPredator: The first one, especially, which borders on AxCrazy.
* ThreateningShark
* TwoFaced: The second shark after half of its face is burned.
* WouldHurtAChild: These sharks don't discriminate. They eat everything.

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