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Characters: Jaws

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    The Main Trio 

Martin Brody

"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

  • Action Survivor
  • Audience Surrogate
  • Badass
  • 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.
  • The Hero
  • 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 prior to relocating to Amity.
  • Only Sane Man
  • Papa Wolf: The other reason he was hunting the shark because it almost killed his son Mike.
  • Power Trio: The Ego.
  • 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.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He hates the water. But he overcame this after the events of the first film.

Matt Hooper

"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

Sam Quint

"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

    Brody Family 

Ellen Brody

"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.
  • 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.

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 (2), Dennis Quaid (3) and Lance Guest (The Revenge)

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 (2), John Putch (3) and Mitchell Anderson (The Revenge)

    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.


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.

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