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The Last Crew of The Orca
Played By: Roy Scheider
- Action Survivor: Doesn't have much sea experience and yet managed to take down a shark with an oxygen tank and a shotgun.
- Audience Surrogate: Not experienced in matters of the sea, not perfect Hero material, and basically ordinary.
- Badass Bookworm: After taking a level in it.
- Bus Crash: Died offscreen from a heart attack before the fourth film. Which is actually an improvement on the original idea, where he would have been killed in the opening sequence instead of his son. Roy Scheider thankfully refused to let Brody be killed by a shark after all he'd been through with them.
- 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.
- The Hero: Of the first two movies, he took down two different sharks.
- 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!"
- He's also one in the first movie.
- 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.)
- Only Sane Man: Calm Father figure who tries to get the beaches closed but noooooo....they'll lose tourist money.
- 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.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Hooper and Quints' Manly Men. He's a nurturing father and former NYPD officer who avoids the water and only has an appendectomy scar.
- Took a Level in Badass: 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, he kills the shark with an oxygen tank and shotgun while the boat is sinking.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He hates the water. But he overcame this after the events of the first film.
Played By: Richard Dreyfuss
- "Mr. Vaughn, what we are dealing with here is a perfect engine, an eating machine."
- 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.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: A Manly Man to Brody, given he possesses more confidence and once had an encounter with a ray. Not as much as Quint though.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He died in the original book. Presumably he was spared here because they dropped the adultery subplot mentioned above.
Played By: Robert Shaw
- "Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies~"
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Quint's abrasive and drunken self are at home out at sea but are clearly out of place at land.
- Establishing Character Moment: When he first shows up, he drags his nails across a chalkboard to get everyone's attention during a town meeting.
- 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 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.
- Prophetic Name: "Quint" is Latin for "fifth". He is the fifth person to be killed by the first shark.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against all sharks.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: 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.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Being stranded in sea and witnessing several hundred people being eaten by sharks in WWII left him a little unhinged.
- Working-Class Hero: And identified as such (albeit sarcastically) by Hooper.
Played By: Lorraine Gary
"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.
- Deuteragonist: In the fourth film, she becomes the hero after Brody died.
- 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.
- Happily Married: With Martin, before the fourth film. This is in contrast to the novel, where their relationship is rockier.
- Your Cheating Heart: 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.
Played By: Chris Rebello (first film), Mrak Gruner (2), Dennis Quaid (3) and Lance Guest (The Revenge)-]Oldest son in Brody family. Becomes the main focus of third and fourth film.
"White sharks are dangerous. I know 'em. My father, my brother, myself. They're murderers."
- Expy: He becomes one of Hooper by end of the series.
Played By: Jay Mello (first film), Marc Gilpin (2), John Putch (3) and Mitchell Anderson (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.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: In the second film, where he's constantly pestering his older brother.
Citizens of Amity
Mayor Larry Vaughn
Played By: Murray HamiltonThe Mayor of Amity, Vaughn is more concerned with the island's tourism industry than protecting the islanders from the shark.
- Heel Realization: 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."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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.
- Mayor Pain: He ignores his Police Chief, dismisses valuable advice and outright lies to his citizens about the possible danger.
- Pet the Dog: After Brody is confronted by Mrs Kintner, he solemnly tries to tell the Chief that he shouldn't blame himself for what happening to Alex.
- Shady Real Estate Agent: 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.
- Symbol Motif Clothing: He's seen wearing a suit patterned with anchors, likely symbolizing how he's dragging the people of Amity down with his lies.
Played By: Craig KingsburyA veteran fisherman on Amity who participates in the hunt for the shark.
SharksThe 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.
- Ax-Crazy: 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.
- Big Bad: They're the primary antagonists in the series, with the first one being the most famous.
- The Determinator: Gunshots, harpoons, electroshock devices and third degree burns don't stop them.
- 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."He is a smart big fish. He's gone under the boat!"
- It's Personal: The fourth film's shark chases Ellen Brody to the Bahamas to get revenge.
- Jaws First Person Perspective: Collectively, they're the Trope Namer.
- Leitmotif: DUN-DUN. DUN-DUN. DUNDUNDUNDUNDUNDUNDUNDUN...
- Made of Explodium: The fourth shark, for some reason.
- Monster Is a Mommy: The third shark to the little one.
- 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 forth one, especially, which borders on Ax-Crazy.