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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

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.
* 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.
* 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.)
* 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: [[spoiler:One of the most famous in movie history; just before 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.

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

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.
%%* {{Adorkable}}
%%* BadassBeard
* 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''.
* {{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: 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.
* 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]].

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

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.
* TheBigGuy: Physically the largest of the Orca's crew, and certainly the most intimidating as well.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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''.
* FatherNeptune: Way more at home on sea, where he can bark orders at people.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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]].
* RevengeBeforeReason: also...
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Against all sharks.
* 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.

!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

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.
* 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.

* {{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.

!Citizens of Amity

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

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

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

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

A veteran fisherman on Amity who participates in the hunt for the shark.
* DecapitationPresentation: [[spoiler:Gardner's chewed-off head pops out of a hole in the hull of his boat while Hooper is inspecting it.]]
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:When his head is discovered by Hooper, one of the eyes is missing.]]
* FatherNeptune: He's just as old and crusty as Quint, and quite dismissive of the amateurs who come to the island for shark hunting.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:He appears during the shark hunting scene, and is killed off shortly after.]]

!!Christine "Chrissie" Watkins
->'''Played By:''' Susan Blacklinie
* NightSwimEqualsDeath: One of the most famous examples of this trope.
* SkinnyDipping: She goes swimming naked, with the only possible reason of providing some FanService.

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

* ArmorPiercingSlap: She gives a rather harsh one to Brody.
* 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]]
* 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.
--->'''Quint:''' He's either very smart or very stupid.
--->"He is a smart big fish. He's gone under the boat!"
* JawsFirstPersonPerspective: Collectively, they're the TropeNamer.
* 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.
%%* POVCam
* 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
* 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

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.
* 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.
* 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]].
* NothingIsScarier: Due to the prop shark not working most of the time.

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

* 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.