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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
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.
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.
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.
"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
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)
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.
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.
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.