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Jumping the Shark is the moment when an established long-running series changes in a significant manner [[WereStillRelevantDammit in an attempt to stay fresh]]. Ironically, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy that moment makes the viewers realize that the show's finally run out of ideas]]. It's reached its peak, it'll never be the same again, and [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks from now on it's all downhill]].

This expression [[TropeNamers originates]] from the episode of ''Series/HappyDays'' in which Fonzie, dressed in his trademark leather jacket, literally jumps over a shark on water-skis during an episode shot on location. However, the scene also was criticized as betraying Fonzie's character development, since in an earlier landmark-episode, Fonzie jumped his motorcycle over fourteen barrels in a televised stunt; the stunt left him seriously injured, and he confessed that he was stupid to have taken such a dangerous risk just to prove his courage. For a show that in its early seasons depicted universally relatable adolescent and family experiences against a backdrop of 1950s nostalgia, this incident marked an audacious turn. Initially a supporting character, the lionization of an increasingly superhuman Fonzie became the focus of ''Happy Days''. The series continued for seven years after Fonzie's shark-jumping stunt, with a number of changes in cast and situations. It was also [[SeasonalRot really boring]].

Some examples of clues which may (although by no means necessarily) indicate that a show's made the "jump":


[[folder:Cast Changes]]
* A [[PopularityPower popular character]] is [[PutOnABus removed from the show]], or even {{killed off| for real}}. Especially true if the method of removal is [[DroppedABridgeOnHim unsatisfying]] or [[PutOnABusToHell mean-spirited]]. This can be considered a single-character form of TheFireflyEffect. The standard candidate for this treatment is {{the heart}}/{{the chick}}, who will usually also be an introverted, quiet, and relatively pacifistic character; who the executives will want to replace with a character who is HotterAndSexier and easier for the writers to develop ideas for, and probably also an actor who has [[TheCastShowoff greater artistic ability]].
* The writers pen a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacement character]] who [[ReplacementScrappy isn't as compelling]] as the one who left.
* A new character is introduced ([[RememberTheNewGuy or not]]) who [[TheScrappy earns the hatred of the fandom]] for whatever reason.
* In cases where RealLifeWritesThePlot, when the actor playing a character core to the show's success [[AuthorExistenceFailure dies]] and a decision is made to [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim also kill off the actor's character]]. This will often force hasty, if not awkward changes to a program that gets, at best, lukewarm acceptance from the audience.
* TheOtherDarrin: Same Character, Different Actor.
** And sometimes, as with the SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, Different Actor, Different Character, Same Archetype.
* A [[CousinOliver child character]] is added to an otherwise adult cast (or worse, is put in after the kids in the cast "stop being cute.").
* During the website's heyday, Creator/TedMcGinley was named the "patron saint of shark jumping": His appearance in a series spelt its doom. These days, his appearance alongside a mention of this trope is a LampshadeHanging.

[[folder:Character Development]]
* TheScrappy is given more spotlight and screentime, which sometimes [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap exonerates him through character development]], but more often turns him into a CreatorsPet.
* An existing character evolves in a way that [[{{Flanderization}} flattens rather than enriches them]], or which [[CharacterDerailment contradicts prior depictions of said character]]. This can have the effect of alienating fans.
* The OfficialCouple resolves their UnresolvedSexualTension too early and [[ShippingBedDeath shippers start to lose interest in the show]].
* A character becomes a CreatorsPet or a CanonSue.
* A BreakoutCharacter gets [[WolverinePublicity too much screentime]]. While it pleases fans most of the time, it will sometimes make the show less creative.
* The protagonist degenerates into an InvincibleHero or worse, a FailureHero.

[[folder:Plot Development]]
* The show's premise is [[{{Retool}} radically altered]], such as having the characters change careers or move to a new location.
* Conversely, the show (which is supposedly based on a coherent story arc rather than a series of episodic events) [[ArcFatigue drags on too long without any sort of progress or resolution]]. May be the result of too much {{filler}} or over-reliance on FailureIsTheOnlyOption or the ResetButton. If the plot is based on a MythArc, dragging it out too long or [[KudzuPlot piling plot thread upon plot thread]] without resolution may lead to fans getting the impression that [[TheChrisCarterEffect the writers are just making it up as they go along]] and subsequently tuning out.
* The show experiences {{mood whiplash}} in an unbelievable manner, typically a result of {{executive meddling}} wanting to make the show {{darker and edgier}} or {{lighter and softer}}.
* A jarring rise/decline in the {{sliding scale of villain threat}}, unless it's written well and/or used for comedic purposes, such as a {{big bad}} trying to take over the local 7-11 being usurped by one [[OmnicidalManiac bent on destroying the galaxy]].
* One of the writers [[WriterOnBoard puts too much of themselves into the show]], to its detriment. They may use it as a pulpit to [[AuthorTract preach their personal beliefs]] in a [[{{Anvilicious}} heavy-handed manner]], or to display [[AuthorAppeal personal kinks]] which {{squick}} the audience out. Common results include {{author filibuster}}, drastically increased sightings of {{straw character}}s, {{issue drift}}, and {{going cosmic}}.
* A baby is [[CompetenceZone added to an otherwise-adult cast]], resulting in ill-suited addition of childish themes and [[CutenessProximity endless babytalk]] from characters who were once intelligent-speaking adults fatally altering the character dynamic.
* The plot is resolved with one too many plot twists or {{retcon}}s which are [[ShockingSwerve inconsistent with the overall narrative]], [[AssPull poorly executed]], or just plain stupid, turning the audience away.
* A show's {{moment of awesome}}, in the sense that the show never lives up to said moment again, despite trying.
* The {{official couple}} (or {{beta couple}}) [[YoYoPlotPoint keeps breaking up and getting back together]], to the point where it just aggravates not only the characters but the audience as well.
* The plotlines and subplots become [[StrictlyFormula too formulaic]]. (e.g. {{monster of the week}}, {{negative space wedgie}}, etc.)
* The storylines, character dynamics, etc. are so farfetched or over-the-top that they stretch the audience's {{willing suspension of disbelief}} ''way'' beyond its limits.
* Too much (or in some rare cases not enough) {{padding}}, especially true if "No, really, it gets better!" The audience is likely to [[ArcFatigue grow]] [[EndingFatigue impatient]] [[FirstLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics and give up]].
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Too much {{angst}} (or worse, {{wangst}}) makes the audience lose sympathy for the characters and tune out.
* A major plot point is [[YoYoPlotPoint apparently resolved only to be immediately unresolved—over and over again]].
* Too many {{Bottle Episode}}s gives the audience the impression that there's no more effort put into production.
* Too many continuity errors.
* A RomanceArc overtakes the series; a non-romance plotline key to the story is [[RomanticPlotTumor shelved in favor of focusing on the couple]].
* [[ItsBeenDone The series has done every plot typical to its genre possible, and even rehashed stock plots it has done before.]] (Especially prevalent with long-running {{Sitcom}}s.)
* A show set in a normal setting has aliens appear suddenly in an episode (like what they did with ''Happy Days''.)

* The show starts relying too much on [[SpecialGuest "special guest stars"]] (especially if they're celebrities playing themselves) which wreck the verisimilitude of the show.
* Graphical gimmicks such as [[USefulNotes.ThreeDMovie 3D]] are used to shore up failing character development.
* TheMovie of the series is released, after which the creativity level of the actual show starts to wane. Smart executives will tend to watch a show/franchises's level of popularity, and the release of the movie is usually timed to coincide with said franchise's peak. As a result, it will tend to be a sign that it's all down hill from there.
* The show moves the existing cast to a new setting.
* For games, a ScrappyMechanic is introduced that changes the balance that made the older games fun.
* A particular gimmick or recurring joke that becomes endearing or otherwise perceived to be core to the show's appeal is dropped, either with or without explanation.
* [[InformedAttribute The show keeps saying how awesome something is, but doesn't actually let you know why]] (e.g., the characters are promoted to a higher rank, only to get less gadgets and fight even weaker villains).
* They do a MusicalEpisode or ''worse'', a ClipShow.
* The show tries too hard to stay [[WereStillRelevantDammit "current"]], [[LongRunnerTechMarchesOn even when it doesn't make any sense]], or when the writers are obviously {{two decades behind}} the times.
* A show attempts to become more [[RuleOfCool hip]] or lose focus by trying to be [[ItsPopularNowItSucks too many things to too many people]]. For example, franchises originally associated with a hardcore cult/geek fandom attempt to attract mass mainstream appeal.
* Over-reliance on {{fanservice}}, {{toilet humor}}, or other forms of [[PolishTheTurd turd polish]].
* [[{{Sequelitis}} Too many sequels or spin-offs]], each one less creative than the last.
* For animated series, ArtEvolution that does the exact opposite, i.e. making the animation even choppier than fluid.
* Too many attempts at [[PolishTheTurd turd polishing.]]

[[folder:Behind the Scenes]]
* One of the cast members gets into an embarrassing real life scandal. [[OvershadowedByControversy This frequently becomes more interesting than the show itself]].
* If your show has been relocated to a family timeslot, that means that now you must now censor yourself.
* The creator of the show gets {{kicked upstairs}} or simply "sells out". This means that he can't micromanage his creation anymore. Alternatively, said creator [[MyRealDaddy or other key members of the staff that contributed]] to the work have departed for other projects. Either way, more the better for others to [[DependingOnTheWriter insert their own vision]].
* The main cast member becomes either the executive producer or co-executive producer. This often becomes "their show" to the detriment of their resentful co-stars. It often shows onscreen.
* A show's producers (usually a cult show produced or co-produced in Europe, the UK, and sometimes Japan) decide that it's time to go for an international audience. (e.g., {{Americanization}}.). These shows are typically already known to an international audience hence their cult status. It is often agreed that these shows have a charm due to their distinct non-American style and lose something when the overseas producers either decide to internationalize or get Americans involved in production.
* A real-life couple in Hollywood is [[CoupleBomb cast as the lead couple, and puts too much of themselves into the characters they play]].
* An important role is given to [[{{Nepotism}} a relative or significant other]] of some key player behind the scenes, regardless of how competent or well-suited that person is (or isn't). For example, the role of [[TheProtagonist Alice]] [[DungeonMastersGirlfriend is given to the director's girlfriend]].
* A NonActorVehicle.
* A key cast member decides to leave. Especially true of long-serving and/or original cast members. Amplified if said departing cast member also happens to be the last original cast member.
* [[TorchTheFranchiseAndRun The creator of the show becomes sick of this particular work, and tries to sabotage it intentionally.]]
* The show is relocated to a timeslot such as [[FridayNightDeathSlot 8 PM Friday night]], or OtakuOClock, when fewer people are going to be watching, or {{channel hop}}s to a less successful network.
* The staff folds under unreasonable demands of MoralGuardians (bonus points if [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer they didn't bother researching the show]]) which can enrage fans no matter how small the changes to the show are.
* The show [[CashCowFranchise gains enough star-power to sell by itself]] and/or the creator becomes a house-hold name, which may led to the writers [[ProtectionFromEditors ignoring their editors and higher-ups]] out of the assumption that the work will be a hit even when viewers say otherwise.
* [[ArmedWithCanon The writers start fighting with each other over whose canon is better]] while forgetting to make stories worth watching.
* A PromotedFanboy becomes the writer/director/producer. As a result, the show in question may become susceptible to personal overindulgences in MythologyGags, InternalHomage, excessive ShoutOut, ActorAllusion, FanWank and other sorts of love letters to the show. This tends to happen with long running or multigenerational franchises.
* A production that had been based in some unusual location likely chosen for tax credits is moved to L.A. so that those involved can be available for other projects.

Generally caused by executive meddling and/or being {{screwed by the network}}. Too many shark jumping moments in a row can spell {{seasonal rot}}. The specific form of executive meddling which causes this will often be a non-fatal form of TheFireflyEffect. This is when the show continues for some length of time, but the executives will get rid of the initial premise in an attempt to increase the show's appeal, and the attempt to do so backfires.

A related term is "nuking the fridge", a reference to an infamous scene in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. There is little agreement on the differences between jumping the shark and nuking the fridge; commonly named ones are that nuking the fridge is more sudden, more severe, tied to lazy writing rather than attempts to stay fresh, and even specific to film rather than television.
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Contrast GrowingTheBeard, WinTheCrowd. For a related phenomenon, see FranchiseOriginalSin. When it's whole networks instead of just shows, see NetworkDecay; for print magazines, see MagazineDecay. When a work gets its act together and regains its fandom after such an event see WinBackTheCrowd and SophomoreSlump.

When the people start claiming something's a shark jumping moment ''immediately'' after it happens, see DarthWiki/RuinedFOREVER.

Has nothing to do with the Creator/DiscoveryChannel's Shark Week ''Air Jaws'' specials, or [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/03/man-rides-shark-jump-boat_n_917444.html tales of people]] [[PowerupMount actually riding them]].

''Because there are too many real life examples, and it is probably the most subjective article we have, [[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease none will be listed]]. It is guaranteed that any show of sufficient length (more than two or three seasons) will vary in quality and thus [[FlameBait this can start arguments]]. This page only lists overt {{lampshade|Hanging}}s of the phrase instead, preferably {{self deprecating}} ones.''

!!Administrivia/InUniverseExamplesOnly (which allows references to the term):


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' #151 is titled "Jump the Shark". It features [[spoiler:Gary Jackson coming BackFromTheDead]]. On their back page jokes section many issues back, normally consisting of fan submitted jokes, they themselves put together a list of examples of what would be jumping the shark for their comic and the above example was included on the list of possibilities. According to the writers though, the plans to [[spoiler:bring Gary Jackson back]] were in the works before this list was published, making this a SelfDeprecation. Now we'll have to see if the UnresolvedSexualTension between Brian and Sara is resolved (if it's even a two way street).
* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' issue 67 is titled "Jump The Shark", as it's the second half of the BodySwap storyline between Spidey and Wolverine, a two-part BreatherEpisode following the very bleak Carnage story. To boot, both issues opened with a mini-comic of Bendis apologizing to the reader and engaging in a lot of SelfDeprecation. "Even I couldn't milk three issues out of ''this''..."
* During ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'', [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan Miles Morales]] believes his life has reached this moment as he's being chased by the police while riding in a sentient Spider-Mobile. [[WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan Animated Ultimate Peter]] suggests it was earlier, back in the cowboy Spider-Man's world.
* A particularly oddball issue of ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' features a bar titled "The Jumping Shark" as a FunnyBackgroundEvent.

[[folder:Fan Fics]]
* In ''Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'', this is referenced and lampshaded during a boat chase. "They did a bunch of jumps over a wall and a cruise boat but missed some sharks and didn't jump them (ITS AN INTERNET THINGY)".
* In ''Fanfic/JakeEnglishsMysteriousTheaterOfScientificRomanceFromTheYear3000'', season 3 ends with everyone gathering around to watch Cronus jump a shark. [[spoiler: He fails.]]
* In the short ''Series/{{House}}'' fanfic titled, well, "[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3136774/1/Shark Shark]]", House wakes up in bed with Cameron, Cuddy and Wilson. They quickly realize that they've fulfilled just about every shipping combination, and start to worry if they still have an audience.
-->"Maybe we can string this out...but let's face facts. We've not only jumped, but boned the shark."

* In ''Film/Sharknado2TheSecondOne'', Fin runs across the backs of several sharks to reach his friends. Martin jokes, "Talk about jumping the shark!"
* The creation of Indominus rex in ''Film/JurassicWorld'' is fueled by the executive's desire to attract new visitors, and counteract the Park's lower entry rate. This is lampshaded by one park goer.
-->"Jurassic Park didn't need Indominus Rex!"
* VinDiesel jumps the submarine in the eighth ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' film. Also a kind of BilingualBonus when you realize that the sub is an "Akula" class sub.

* Causes confusion in ''Literature/TheLongEarth''. When a character said to the other that the show jumped the shark, he didn't mean the trope: [[Literature/MobyDick "Captain Ahab - The Musical"]] had a show act where the captain literally jumped over a shark.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' episode "Motherboy XXX", Barry Zuckercorn (played by Creator/HenryWinkler, Fonzie himself) visits Buster on a dock, where his hand has been eaten by a seal. On his way to make a ProductPlacement for Burger King, he is forced to physically jump over the shark.
* In the self-referential 200th episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', Marty responds to the suggestion of doing the ''[[ShowWithinAShow Wormhole X-Treme!]]'' [[TheMovie movie]] with ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''-style puppets by sarcastically suggesting that they have Puppet O'Neill jump over a puppet shark on a scale motorcycle.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': in the episode "The One With the Cast of Series/NightCourt", Jenna Maroney was blamed by Harry Anderson, Markie Post, and Charles Robinson for making ''Series/NightCourt'' "jump the shark" for her three part episode as werewolf lawyer Sparky Monroe.
-->'''Harry:''' ''You'' made us jump the shark! You're the reason we didn't have a tenth season!\\
'''Markie:''' I had just bought my second home when they brought that idiot werewolf lawyer in!\\
'''Jenna:''' ''(insulted)'' Uh, that "idiot werewolf" paid for my hand reduction surgery, okay?
* The fifth-season premiere of ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'', entitled "Jumping the Shark", featured Lt. Dangle actually attempting to jump over a normal fish tank containing a small shark. Naturally, he doesn't quite make it over, and HilarityEnsues. Incidentally, it was the first new episode to be aired after the release of TheMovie, which can also be a major shark-jumping point for some shows.
* An episode of ''Series/That70sShow'' in which Fez, imagining how cool it would be to be the Fonzie, has a daydream of himself performing the original jump. Hyde comments that this was the worst moment in television history, and Fez confesses that he stopped watching the show after that. It's interesting, because [[AnachronismStew this is more of a modern perspective rather than one commonly held at the time it aired]]... like pretty much everything on ''That '70s Show''.
* In the last episode of ''Series/BostonLegal'' after [[spoiler:Alan accepts Denny's proposal of marriage]] Denny says "It'll be great! Like jumping a shark!"
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** An episode featured a kid who is believed to be the third Winchester brother. The name of the episode? [[LampshadeHanging Jump the Shark]]. Oh yeah, and the diner where they meet the kid? CousinOliver's. Complete with a poster advertising "Fonzarelli's Water Skiing Event". Played with in that [[spoiler:he really is their brother, but is already dead, and he stays dead]].
** Referenced again at the end of the episode "The Real Ghostbusters".
--> '''Chuck''': It's not jumping the shark if you ''[[BadassBoast never come down]]''.
* One episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' had House, bored out of his skull during clinic duty, constructing a racetrack from medical tape, tongue depressors, and cards. At the end of the track is a ramp, and under the ramp? A shark. Cuddy catches the car in midair, before it reaches the shark. Whew...
* An episode in ''Series/TheXFiles'' is titled "Jump the Shark". In it, TheLoneGunmen--the quirky trio of conspiracy theorists that had lasted the show's entire run and gotten their own failed spin off--end up thwarting a terrorist's plot to use a neurotoxin made from sharks (somehow). [[spoiler:Unfortunately, they died in the process.]]
* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' has an episode about making and taking dares that incorporates one character jumping a bicycle over a tank with a shark in it.
* In the ''Series/PushingDaisies'' (somewhat rushed) finale, the VictimOfTheWeek was killed by accidentally ''leaping into the mouth of a shark''. LampshadeHanging? You decide!
* ''Series/WebSoup'' host Chris Hardwick used this phrase when a video in their [[BrainBleach Things You Can't Un-See]] segment was legitimately disgusting and [[NauseaFuel nauseating]]. [[spoiler:It was a gaping foot wound, which was crawling with live maggots.]]
* The upcoming second season premier of Disney's ''Series/ZekeAndLuther'', "Zeke Jumps the Shark", promises to be ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' Season Finale: Troy wants to move in with Abed, but genre savvy Abed says their friendship would jump the shark if they did. Troy responds that when Fonzie literally jumped the shark, it was the best episode ever.
* The ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'' episode "Jump the Cheeseburger".
* ''Series/AttackOfTheShow'' did a parody of Discovery Channel's Shark Week with their own jump the shark week, where each day they would jump the shark in classic fashion. Methods included being attacked by a cougar a la ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', having a ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' style murder mystery, having a CousinOliver show up, and having an evil twin a la ''Series/KnightRider''.
* ''[[Series/{{Wipeout2008}} Wipeout]]'' couldn't resist mentioning the trope; an episode featured an elimination game called "Jump The Shark", where players had to, well, jump over a spinning shark.
* In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode ''Smile Time'', the owner of the titular puppet show made a deal with demons to keep his show on the air when it was losing ratings. Unfortunately, he neglected to {{read the fine print}}. While the term "jump the shark" is never actually used, Gunn's research reveals that the demons have tried this before - "You see the last few seasons of ''Happy Days''?"
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' has two examples:
** The episode "Two and a Half Deaths" features a scene where Brass mentions the term Jumping The Shark to Grissom. Unfamiliar with what this means, Grissom asks and Brass is about to explain what it means when a scream switches the focus onto something else.
** In the show's final episode, Grissom is clearly aware of it as he holds up two severed shark fins to a bunch of cops and says "Looks like someone jumped a shark".
* In the last series of ''Series/MadeInCanada'', the trope is discussed by the main characters in the episode "Beaver Creek Jumps the Shark", both regarding the ShowWithinAShow ''Beaver Creek'' (they differ on when the series jumped the shark, but several of the usual candidates - a CousinOliver (actually named Oliver), supernatural elements, ShippingBedDeath, a musical episode, a live episode, a real time episode, a guest appearance by Ted [=McGinley=] - are mentioned) and their own lives. In the latter case, their lives all seem to have begun their downward slides courtesy of some moment involving their PointyHairedBoss Alan Roy.
* ''TwoPintsOfLagerAndAPacketOfCrisps'' once had lead character Jonny attempt (off-screen), to exactly emulate Fonzie's stunt. Given that he died in the attempt and it was a live episode, the producers were no doubt Lampshading these facts. At one point Janet even does a Fonzie impression. The title of this "very special episode"? ''When Johnny Met Sharky''.
* The last but one ever episode of ''Series/TheColbertReport'' literally did it in the [[http://imgbox.com/a4XZZkmS opening credits.]]
* In the season four premiere of ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Alex lied to the reporters that Lady Gaga was going to jump over a shark tank while riding on a motorcycle.

* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's song "Couch Potato" contains the line "And ''[[Series/TheKingOfQueens King of Queens]]'' jumped the shark the first minute/I can't believe Creator/RichardSimmons ain't in it".

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* {{Wrestling/WWE}}:
** Lampshaded by JBL and Michael Cole on the 9/27/13 edition of Wrestling/WWESmackDown when [[Wrestling/ThreeMB Jinder Mahal]] and [[Character/WWEBrandExtension The Great Khali]] used flutes to charm Wrestling/SantinoMarella's Cobra in the middle of a match with Wrestling/HeathSlater.
** This was also lampshaded by Wrestling/{{Edge}} during an episode of [[TalkShowWithFists The Cutting Edge]] in 2010 during his feud with the Anonymous RAW General Manager. As he put it, they went from Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin stunning Wrestling/VinceMcMahon to Edge arguing with a ''computer''. This eventually led to Edge going on a crusade against everything stupid in the WWE.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''MaidRPG'' specifically lampshades this for one of its example games, which due to player twinkery went completely and irretrievably OffTheRails ([[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial which, of course]], [[BlatantLies never happens in real sessions]]). After Yugami, Kamiya, and Hizumi manage to derail the game into something resembling ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'':
-->'''Hizumi:''' See this? This is a shark. And here I am jumping over it. I'm jumping over a shark here. Shark? Jumping. Over.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' contains a [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Shark_jumper certain item]], equipped in the torso slot, which drops from a shark. As usual, the item description contains several "examples of what plot elements may cause or be symptomatic of jumping the shark."
--> Still, you can wear it around your [[CousinOliver adorable new baby cousin]], or to [[WeddingDay the wedding that dissipates all the interesting romantic tension in your life]]. Or you can put it on [[TheOtherDarrin the new person cast to play your best friend]], or wear it to your [[NewJobEpisode new job in another part of the city]], or during [[TheWildWest the Old West]] [[WholeEpisodeFlashback flashback episode of your life]].
** One of the skills in the Avatar of Sneaky Pete [[SelfImposedChallenge special challenge path]] is "Jump the Shark", which gives you extra experience points but causes Sneaky Pete's "studio audience" to hate him (which can actually be useful to some of his skills).
* In ''[[VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater Tony Hawk's American Wasteland]]'', one of the missions involves feeding imbecilic oil rig worker Mega's pet shark, Fonzie. ''That'' involves jumping over him on your board for some reason. Keep in mind that Mega's the kind of guy to name a shark Fonzie unironically, completely unaware of it meaning anything deeper than "That guy on that show I watched when I was like five. He was cool. ''Ayyyyy!''"
* In ''[[http://www.videlectrix.com/hallrunner.html Hallrunner]]'', a game on the Videlectrix website (a gaming website hosted by the creators of WebAnimation/HomestarRunner), the object of the game is to make your way through various obstacles while running down a [[NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom neverending hallway]]. Upon coming to each obstacle, the player has the option of talking to it, fighting it, or jumping it. If the player chooses "jump" when the obstacle is a shark, he gets the response "You jump the shark. Just like [[SelfDeprecation homestarrunner.com]]."
* In ''Skate 3'', the player attempts to jump over a statue of a shark in the opening cinematic. He fails, which is a setup for you to use plastic surgery to create your character. You can jump it in the actual game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Jumpman}} Zero'' has a level called "Jump The Shark", which is basically a big underwater room with a shark in it.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' has a trophy titled "Jumping the Shark", which you can get for destroying 10 Hammerhead enemies in the game.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a daily quest in Krasarang Wilds called Jumping the Shark. In which your character, with his or her bare hands, jumps on a shark and beats the daylights out of it. This is far from the most outlandish thing most characters have done by this point.
* ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon'' features a scene where Rex launches a car over a shark...well, a Film/{{Sharktopus}}, to be more exact. HUD even describes the objective as simply "Jump the shark".
* In VideoGame/SaintsRowIV, the final mission is called "Punch the shark"(even though no actual sharks are involved). "Jumping" it just doesn't quite cut it anymore.
* ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend]]'' has Ragna say that Valkenhayn is jumping the shark when he prepares for his Uber-Verboten Attack in his joke end.
* As a [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecating]] joke, a TV show literally called "Jump The Shark" figures into the plot of the {{VideoGame/Deadpool}} video game. Apparently it consists entirely of Fonzie-expy contestants jumping over a shark tank with a motorbike.

* LampshadeHanging on it in [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_513.php this]] strip of ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''.
* In ''[[http://bitmapworld.com/comic/issue72/?wptheme=InkBlot2 Bitmap World]]'', the phrase is used to indicate its very silly and literal meaning. The creators insist that this does not mean their relatively new strip (at the time of publication) is headed in that direction.
* In ''Webcomic/BrunoTheBandit'', the protagonist literally has to [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/w/20030331.html jump a shark]], to be more successful getting readers.
* In Calamities of Nature a [[http://calamitiesofnature.com/archive/?c=367 direct reference to Happy Days]] is made when jumping the shark.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' uses a gag about [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2005-04-02 a shark tank and a motorcycle ramp]] as a promise that even though the strip's invoking TimeTravel as a ResetButton, it's just this once and that's not what it's going to be all about from now on.
* The [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0542.html 542nd strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is named "[[RussianReversal In Azure City, Shark Jumps You!]]". In addition to the obvious RussianReversal, this is also an actual description of the strip's contents.
* ''Webcomic/{{Melonpool}}'', after a decade of time-travel history-changing shenanigans, had gotten so convoluted that the author decided on a massive retcon, whose fuzzy science rationale actually had the acronym [[http://www.melonpool.com/d/20051102.html Jump the S.H.A.R.K.]].
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' addressed JumpingTheShark (both literally and figuratively) in a arc starting [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/993.html here]].
* Clip-art web comic ''Webcomic/PartiallyClips'' {{lampshades}} its own potential shark-jumping [[http://www.partiallyclips.com/index.php?id=1091 here]].
* A ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' strip features a shark tank, but [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01080.htm warns people away from jumping over it.]]
* In ''Webcomic/AbsurdNotions'', several years in, the characters buy an aquarium and get a pet Bala shark. They decide that, given that they introduced the shark as a new character to breathe new life into their lives, which had gotten boring, [[http://www.absurdnotions.org/page119.html the only honest name to give the shark was]] "[[LampshadeHanging Jump]]".
* This and the CousinOliver trope gets referenced in [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01242009.shtml this]] ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' strip where the writers for Monette's show discuss future plots.
--> '''Writer''': How 'bout this? [[TwoTimerDate Davvy has two dates in one night but doesn't want to cancel either!]]\\
'''Monette''': [[SarcasmMode One of them can be Cousin Oliver and for the date we can water ski over a shark.]]\\
'''Writer''': [[SarcasmBlind Why not? We don't have a CGI budget for nothing!]]
* Gordito in ''WebComic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' literally [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/11p24 jumped over a winged, flying shark]]. The alt-text defended the move with "Look, it was the only way he could dodge it". Of course, by Dr. [=McNinja=] standards this isn't that unusual an event.
* Heywood in ''Webcomic/MynarskiForest'' replicated the Fonz's jump, in the strip's background, in mocking recognition that the comic had just had two stories in a row turn out to be AllJustADream.
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has [[http://xkcd.com/460/ this]] comic's AltText of "Dinosaurs totally jumped the ichthyosaur when they got rid of the brontosaurus."
* ''Webcomic/BobTheAngryFlower'' [[http://www.angryflower.com/jumpsh.html ramps a shark on a motorcycle]]. [[UpToEleven Into space]].
* In ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics'', Unwinder laments the decline of his former favorite webcomic:
-->'''Unwinder:''' ''Nutflix''? Oh goll, Mildred, that comic basically jumped the whale shark. THE LARGEST SHARK ON EARTH.
* [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2009/11/12/0111-shark-jumped-the-woo/ Inverted, but taken literally]] in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo''.
* In the end-of-chapter commentary strips by two minor characters of ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'', one of them carries waterski's and announces she'll try to jump a great white, [[http://www.errantstory.com/2010-05-28/4823 prompting the other to note that the writer just did that.]] The immediate [[http://www.errantstory.com/2010-05-31/4824 followup]] was an amusing subversion of JTS, too.
* Commissioned officially announced it [[http://www.commissionedcomic.com/?p=1873 jumped the zombie]] on November 18th, 2009.
* Mentioned by name in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' when Faye finally stops being even the least bit curious [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=951 about Pintsize's antics]].
* ''Webcomic/PvP'' combined it with BreakingTheFourthWall in [[http://www.pvponline.com/comic/2004/10/25/october-25-2004 this strip]] and also used it [[http://www.pvponline.com/comic/2005/04/01/fri-apr-01 here]].
* ''Webcomic/BugMartini'': [[http://www.bugmartini.com/comic/jumping-the-shark/ Signs Your Life has Jumped the Shark]]
* ''WebComic/AnsemRetort'' had this to say, after [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus]] turned [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts Marluxia]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext into a gay dragon]]:
-->'''[[Disney/{{Hercules}} Hades:]]''' And [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat Alexander]] wept, for there were no more sharks to jump.
* ''[[http://robbieandbobby.com/a-brief-history-3/ Robbie and Bobby]]'' makes a reference in a short storyline where Robbie and Stephen Hawking switches brains.
* ''WebComic/Persona3FTW'' had a [[http://personaftw.thecomicseries.com/comics/781 comic]] where the leads lamented over having to switch to the summer uniforms, followed by Fonzie jumping the shark. [[WordOfGod JC]] confirmed that he doesn't like the summer uniforms. Still doesn't.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' review for "LEGO Indiana Jones" was the first to [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks feature a new opening video]] and [[SoundtrackDissonance hardcore metal theme song]], as opposed to the ([[DigitalPiracyIsEvil copyrighted]]) SuspiciouslyAproposMusic of previous shorts. In his sign-off bit of snark, Yahtzee predicts oodles of e-mails predicting this as "his shark jumping moment".
* In a similar fashion, episode 15 of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' had this exchange at the end:
-->'''Joey:''' Man, that duel was really boring. It was like [[SelfDeprecation waiting for LittleKuriboh to make a new video]].\\
'''Tristan:''' [[UnpleasableFanbase Let's complain about it!]]\\
Cue WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes end-of-show fanfare and the credits-snark going "i think i just jumped the shark..."
* As the entire thing is a ShoutOut to ''Series/HappyDays'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3DHdIMMa9g This Oxhorn WoW Machinima]] has a character literally jump a shark... and shoot it in the same motion.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic refers to it on occasion:
** In the ''Film/RockyIV'' review, where [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a completely ridiculous robot]] that drives in is introduced as the Shark-Jumper 5000, and the introduction of GameBoy in the commentary for the ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' review.
** Mentioned twice in the ''Film/IndependenceDay'' review, although he didn't think the movie was good in the first place, so he was likely confusing the term for a Wall Banger.
** Mentioned with a whole rant about how much the shark is abused in the review of ''[[Film/TheNeverendingStory The Neverending Story III]]'', when the Rock Biter rode a bike, singing "Born to be Wild". Although since he made it clear the series went downhill with the second movie, this again was misusing the term. Then again, there is no accurate fan speak term for that moment popular enough for him to rant that way about it, so it slides by with RuleOfFunny.
* ''WebVideo/SharkJumping'' is dedicated to reviewing TV shows (such as ''SeriesHowIMetYourMother'', ''Series/{{Glee}}'', or ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'') and occasionally even movies, trying to pinpoint the exact moment they jumped the shark.
* ''WebAnimation/BonusStage:'' Joel exclaims "Come quick! We're about to travel over Shark World! I don't know why we haven't done this already." In another episode, Joel states that there are "some sharks [he] refuses to jump".
* The title card at the end of the first episode of ''WebVideo/MaddMan'' reads "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Jumped The Shark On The First Episode"
* ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay''. After making two episodes independently, they were picked up by the Machinima Youtube channel. They referenced this "selling out" in their next video, ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'', by having Kong physically jump over a shark enemy.
-->'''Matt:''' Jump the shark! Jump the shark!\\
'''Pat:''' I don't wanna jump the shark! ...Aw, we jumped it.
* {{Invoked}} and {{parodied}} in the episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5HWzwa3KOo&feature=autoplay&list=ULrg8jISMx4dk&lf=mfu_in_order&playnext=1 ''Trollin' '']] of WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange
* [[http://askudonge.tumblr.com/post/17637868580 This post]] in the fan-made ''[[http://askudonge.tumblr.com Just a Useless Bunny]]'' ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' Ask Blog parodies the common changes done by ExecutiveMeddling that often lead to this, complete with a final panel of Reisen water skiing over a shark.
* From WebVideo/RedLetterMedia:
-->'''Mr. Plinkett:''' I don't jump sharks, [[BadassBoast I fuck them for breakfast]].
* Upon Bardock realizing he's gone into the past in the Episode of Bardock special of ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'':
-->'''Bardock:''' OF ALL THE STUPID! [{{Headdesk}}s the ground] ASININE! [punches the ground] SHARK JUMPING BULLSHIT! [headdesks again, [[spoiler: goes Super Saiyan]]]
* Website/CollegeHumor's:
** Parodied in one the NextTimeOn ''Bear Shark'' segments in which the shark jumps a pen full of Fonzies while on water skis. [[spoiler: [[NeverTrustATrailer The sequence doesn't actually appear in the next episode at all.]] ]]
** Another sketch took the concept UpToEleven in "[[CaptainObvious Jump The Shark]]": [[UpToEleven A new SpinOff is introduced]], TonyHawk [[CelebrityStar appears as a Guest Star]], [[WillTheyOrWontThey two characters get engaged]], [[UpToEleven they move to a new building, Amir gets]] [[TheOtherDarrin replaced]], and [[MindScrew Jeff gives birth to]] [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a baby Supreme Court justice]]. Finally, the whole cast gets replaced at the very end with a [[YoungerAndHipper younger cast]].
* In ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'', when Wiz describes the [[JetPack Flightpack]] from ''Film/{{Robocop 3}}'' as part of their analysis on "Franchise/{{Robocop}} vs Franchise/{{Terminator}}", he mentions that it "helps (Robocop) jump sharks".
* Beth Elderkin (a reviewer on Website/YouTube) has a show called ''WebVideo/SharkJumping'' where she and her friend Tim Sampson try to determine exactly when a series jumped the shark.
* Creator/RoosterTeeth has a t-shirt that has the phrase "YOLO" jumping a tub with a shark on it.
* The ''WebVideo/GameTheoryWebShow'' episode ''Why I Gave UsefulNotes/{{the Pope}} VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' starts off with [=MatPat=] saying that despite the backlash the episode ''The Truth about Sans'' got, he still liked it, prompting this exchange:
--> '''The Pope (portrayed)''': That's the one where Game Theory jumped the shark.
--> '''[=MatPat=]''': No it isn't! [{{Beat}}] No it isn't!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Becomes a VisualPun in the [[MilestoneCelebration 100th episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Vinyl Scratch and Octavia Melody are riding on a giant DJ-platform on wheels to make it to Matilda's wedding in time. As they fly down the road, the station jumps over a plush shark doll [[FreezeFrameBonus for a split second]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'': "Sharko's Machine": Sharko (A CousinOliver parody who is Marco's half-shark illegitimate son) is seen jumping over several Fonzies during an absurd HardWorkMontage.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'':
** "Sweet Stench of Success", when Bloo becomes an advertising icon who gets his own sitcom spinoff. The preview after the very first episode is "tune in next week when Deo jumps a shark!"
** In the final episode, "Goodbye to Bloo", Bloo thinks Mac is moving away forever, and tries to come up with something big they can do for their last day together. After Mac shoots down several of his suggestions as things they have already done before (they are in fact [[ContinuityNod references to the plots of previous episodes]]), Bloo decides that the only thing left to do is to Jump the Shark. Unable to find a shark in time, he settles for walking over a fish with a paper fin on a bowl.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' addresses thoughts on jumping the shark, by hanging up on Ron when he brings it up. [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3387428/1/Kim_vs_Donzie This Fanfiction]] takes the idea a bit further, parodying Happy Days and then [[spoiler:revealing it all as just a dream.]]
** Also a ShowWithinAShow example, is where they [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall lean on the fourth wall]] about a couple on the show, claiming if they got together the show would practically end. A reference to the soon pairing of Kim and Ron.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}'' shown Rusty watching a TV show in a dramatic way, showing a Mailman delivering mail into a mailbox. What is worth a mention in this article is Early commenting on the show with the trope name.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' where the gang goes to the set of an action film, the director ends up modifying the script to have Scooby and Shaggy launch on a motorcycle over a tank of sharks. Velma remarks, "[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Never thought I'd see Scooby-Doo jump the shark]]."
* One "Previously On" for a two-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had scenes of Fonzie about to jump a shark cut in. Then when he makes the jump, he gets eaten, seeming to say "Not yet, viewers".
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' "In-Des-Tuck-Able" serves as the final episode where Tuck is performing a series of dangerous stunts including riding a motorcycle over a SharkPool. Brad provides the lampshading.
-->''"Once you jump the shark, the show is over."''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The series lampooned this trope by showing an episode where Bart buys a race horse (Lisa already did that), Lisa notices Marge's gambling problem (we already know that) and adds an improbable twist that horse jockeys are elves in disguise (complete with schlocky musical number). ''{{Lampshade|Hanging}}d'' by Comic Book Guy when he is seen wearing a "Worst Episode Ever" shirt.
** One CouchGag had the family do it to land on the couch, only for Homer to lose both legs.
** One of the ClipShow episodes featured a song lampshading both clip shows and the sort of absurd plots that normally constitute a shark jump, complete with a still image of Homer on waterskis.
-->'''Troy [=McClure=]:''' That's it for our spinoff showcase. But what about the show that started it all? How do you keep "The Simpsons" fresh and funny after eight long years? Well, here's what's on tap for season nine: Magic powers! Wedding after wedding after wedding. And did someone say, "long-lost triplets?" So join America's favorite TV family, and [[GreatGazoo a tiny green space alien named Ozmodiar that only Homer can see]], on FOX this fall. It'll be out of this world! Right, Ozmodiar?
-->'''Ozmodiar:''' Damn straight, Troy my man!
** This one also constitutes a {{Meta}} reference, since in an interview Creator/MattGroening said that you'd know ''The Simpsons'' had jumped the shark when they introduced a Great Gazoo-style character.
* During the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode where the Titans chased Control Freak into [[TrappedInTVLand TV land]], Robin finds himself on some kind of action challenge show being forced by a [[Series/CrocodileHunter suspiciously familiar looking host with a funny accent]] to waterski off a ramp, at which point a shark leaps out of the water underneath him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'', Dick Daring jumps the shark ''twice'' in the second episode of the first season, with a Fonz lookalike appearing both times.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'':
** A CutSong from TheMovie ''[[TrappedInTVLand Channel Chasers]]" had Timmy jumping a shark with a guy who looked a lot like The Fonz.
** Also in the later episode that introduces Wanda's twin sister Blonda, the B-plot of the episode consists of Timmy doing various "EXTREEEEEME!!" stunts. The very first stunt was him rocketskating over a shark tank.
* ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'' referenced jumping the shark during the episode "Total Recall". One of the shows they liked had the title character, an octopus spy named Agent 8 jump a shark. [[InvertedTrope They found the show got better after.]]
* Dante and Randal in the ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' reminisce about the iconic scene from ''Series/HappyDays'', except in their recollection, the shark came back and ate [[Film/DeepBlueSea Samuel L. Jackson]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' the Monarch references this trope regarding henchmen. You say "jump" they say "what shark".
* The series finale of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' is literally all about this trope. Bat-Mite, tired of the show's LighterAndSofter nature, conspires to get it cancelled in the hopes that it'll be replaced by a DarkerAndEdgier Batman show. He does this by using his RealityWarper powers to inflict several classic shark jumps on the show, including giving Batman a love interest and [[CousinOliver sickeningly cute daughter]], inserting obvious toy tie-ins, changing Aquaman's voice actor (to Creator/TedMcGinley, no less), giving Ace the Bat-Hound [[TheScrappy a very familiar nephew]], moving the show to Malibu, and finally making Batman use guns. ComicBook/AmbushBug (voiced by Henry Winkler himself) tries to save the day by telling Batman [[MediumAwareness that they're in a TV show]] and if they don't get back to normal fast, declining viewership will destroy their world. [[spoiler:They're too late to save the show, but at least they manage to salvage its dignity. As for Bat-Mite, not only does he not get what he wanted (the replacement is a CG-animated show about Bat'''girl'''), but Batman points out that since ''he's'' part of the show, the cancellation affects him too.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeamUmizoomi'' has an unusual variation where a shark jumps with the Team.
* Mentioned in the ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode "The Heart of a Stuntman".
* The ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'' episode "Movers and Shakers" features Blades, while dealing with the rogue robot that was the episode's problem, jumping over a statue of a shark and even saying the Fonz's catchphrase.