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The Last Crew of The Orca
Played By: Roy ScheiderAmity'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.
- Action Survivor: He doesn't have much sea experience and yet managed to take down a shark with an oxygen tank and an M-1 rifle.
- Audience Surrogate: He's not experienced in matters of the sea, not perfect hero material, and basically ordinary.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: 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.
- Brief Accent Imitation: 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 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.
- Glasses Pull: From time to time.
- Happily Married: To Ellen.
- Ignored Expert: Everyone but Hooper and Ellen ignore Brody's warnings about the beaches, even his own kids.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: It might take 6 shots, but hitting a scuba tank from a distance while on a sinking mast is a hell of an accomplishment.
- The Load: 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.
- 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.)
- Noodle Incident: 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.
- Oh, Crap!: Upon seeing the shark for the first time, prompting the iconic reaction, "You're going to need a bigger boat."
- Only Sane Man: Hooper considers Brody to be the only rational man left on Amity, which is hard to argue with.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: One of the most famous in movie history; just before firing the killing shot, Brody snarls, "Smile, you son of a bitch!"
- 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 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 Hooper's field of expertise outshines his own.
- 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 rifle while the boat is sinking.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He hates the water, despite living on an island.
Played By: Richard DreyfussShark-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.
- Adaptational Heroism: The original book version of the character is an entitled prick who has an affair with Brody's wife. Movie-Hooper turns out to be a reliable ally and a good friend.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Gets most of the best lines, at one point even imitating W.C. Fields.
- 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.
- Nerd Glasses: His arcane knowledge and obssession with sharks, and his snarky-yet-nebbishy demeanor, certainly fit the nerd stereotype. And there those glasses are.
- Non-Idle Rich: He freely admits to Brody that his family comes from money.
- 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.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He dons a pink shirt for a few scenes on the boat.
- 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.
- The Smart Guy: Has all the academic knowledge of the group, if not quite the amount of experience as Quint.
- 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
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.
- Animal Nemesis: He doesn't like sharks very much.
- Badass Mustache: It's there.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Quint would rather drown than left at the mercy of the sea waiting for rescue.
- The Big Guy: Physically the largest of the Orca's crew, and certainly the most intimidating as well.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His tale of the Indianapolis.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Quint's abrasive and drunken self are at home out at sea but are clearly out of place at land.
- Dissonant Serenity: 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.
- Eaten Alive: Quint's fate in the climax; he's devoured by the shark, and gets the most graphic death out of anyone in the film.
- Establishing Character Moment: 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 Moby-Dick.
- Father Neptune: Way more at home on sea, where he can bark orders at people.
- Great White Hunter: He literally has shark jawbones all over his house as trophies.
- He-Man Woman Hater: 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 filthy sea chanty songs at the top of his lungs, seemingly to further antagonize her.
- 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.
- The Millstone: 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 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 It's Personal cause him to make some very questionable choices.
- 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.
- Power Trio: The Id. Prone to act impulsively, even erratically; see Sanity Slippage below.
- Prophetic Name: "Quint" is Latin for "fifth". He is the fifth person to be killed by the first shark.
- Revenge Before Reason: also...
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against all sharks.
- Sanity Slippage: Some of his acts, like lying to Brody's wife or breaking the radio, defy all logic.
- 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 at 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 GaryMartin'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.
- Adaptational Heroism: 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.
- 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 the fourth film, since he grows up to be a marine biologist. He even resembles Hooper with that beard of his.
- Took a Level in Badass: 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.
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.
- Hate Sink: 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 Heel Realization, Jerk with a Heart of Gold, and Pet the Dog below.
- 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 happened 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.
- Suit with Vested Interests: More interested in keeping tourist money flowing into town than the townspeople's lives.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Kindness: 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
Played By: Craig KingsburyA veteran fisherman on Amity who participates in the hunt for the shark.
- Decapitation Presentation: Gardner's chewed-off head pops out of a hole in the hull of his boat while Hooper is inspecting it.
- Eye Scream: When his head is discovered by Hooper, one of the eyes is missing.
- Father Neptune: He's just as old and crusty as Quint, and quite dismissive of the amateurs who come to the island for shark hunting.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He appears during the shark hunting scene, and is killed off shortly after.
Christine "Chrissie" Watkins
Played By: Susan Blacklinie
Played By: Lee Fierro
The 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.
- Extreme Omnivore: 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.
- 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!"
- "Jaws" First-Person Perspective: Collectively, they're the Trope Namer.
- Leitmotif: DUN-DUN. DUN-DUN. DUNDUNDUNDUNDUNDUNDUNDUN...
- 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.
- 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.
- Threatening Shark: Some of the most famous examples in fiction.
- Two-Faced: The second shark, after half of its face gets burned when a boat its attacking is caught on fire.
- Would Hurt a Child: These sharks don't discriminate. Men, women, children, other fish or animals, EVERYTHING is prey to them.
Bruce / "Jaws" / The TroubleA large man-eating Great White Shark that terrorized Amity Island.
- Adaptational Badass: While unusually large, the shark in the original novel is unable to pull the barrels attached to it underwater like in the film.
- Big Bad: Of the first film.
- Character Development: Surprisingly enough for a mostly unseen animal; it starts off as a Non-Malicious Monster. It kills to eat, but no more than that. 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 Super-Persistent Predator.
- Implacable Man: 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. It takes blowing its face up to finally kill it.
- Nothing Is Scarier: Due to the prop shark not working most of the time.
The Fourth Shark
The Fourth Shark
- Big Bad: Of the fourth and final film.
- Hollywood Voodoo: The novelization revealed that shark in it is actually a spirit animal of a scorned Voodoo priest. This turn of events gave us the Voodoo Shark.
- It's Personal: Chases Ellen Brody to the Bahamas to get revenge.
- Made of Explodium: For some reason.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Actively targets Ellen Brody.
- While roaring, no less.