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The Main Trio
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
- Badass Bookworm: After taking a level in it.
- Bus Crash: Died offscreen from a heart attack before the fourth film.
- Determinator: He thinks 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.
- Happily Married: With Ellen.
- Honor Before Reason: In the first film, part of the reason he joins the hunt is because he blames himself for Alex Kitner's death.
- Ignored Expert: 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!"
- The Load: Initially during the shark hunt.
- My Greatest Failure: 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.
- New York City Cops: Brody was one of these prior to relocating to Amity. (In the film; in the original novel he was an Amity native.)
- Papa Wolf: The other reason he was hunting the shark because it almost killed his son Mike.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: 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.
"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
- Adaptational Heroism: The original book version of the character is an entitled prick who has an affair with Brodie's wife. Movie-Hooper turns out to be a reliable ally and a good friend.
- Foil: His background as a marine researcher when compared to the more experienced but uneducated Quint.
- Ignored Expert: Only Martin hears him out when he first comes to the island.
- Only Sane Man: Is one and lampshaded Brody as one when he said he was leaving the island.
- Put on a Bus: 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.
"Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies~"
Seaman with a bone to pick with all sharks, due to traumatizing events in World War II
. He is hired to hunt down the shark with Brody and Hooper giving him assistance.Played by: Robert Shaw
- Hidden Depths: 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.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: 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.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Being stranded in sea and witnessing several hundred people being eaten by sharks in WWII left him little unhinged.
- Working Class Hero: And identified as such (albeit sarcastically) by Hooper.
"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
- Happily Married: With Martin, before the fourth film.
- Your Cheating Heart: 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.
"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 (2), Dennis Quaid (3) and Lance Guest (The Revenge)
- Expy: He becomes one of Hooper by end of the series.
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 (2), John Putch (3) and Mitchell Anderson (The Revenge)
Mayor Larry Vaughn
The Mayor of Amity, Vaughn is more concerned with the island's tourism industry than protecting the islanders from the shark.
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.
- Big Bad: They're the primary antagonists in the series, with the first one being the most famous.
- Everybody Calls Him Barkeep: None of the sharks have names in the films. They're only called "the shark" in any given scene.
- Hollywood Voodoo: 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 Voodoo Shark. What.
- It Can Think: 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.
- It's Personal: The fourth film's shark chases Ellen Brody to the Bahamas to get revenge.
- Noisy Nature: 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.
- Non-Malicious Monster: They're just following their instict and trying to not starve.
- Averted in Jaws: The Revenge as the shark is not killing people for food but rather to, well, get revenge.
- Nothing Is Scarier: Primarily the first one due to the prop shark not working most of the time.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The fourth one for certain. Martin suggests the possibility of the second one also doing so, but it's never definite.
- Sea Monster: 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.
- Super-Persistent Predator: The first one, especially, which borders on Ax-Crazy.
- Two-Faced: The second shark after half of its face is burned.
- Would Hurt a Child: These sharks don't discriminate. They eat everything.