Primal Fear quite like a shark does. But what if you want something scarier than a shark? How could we possibly make so fearsome a beast even scarier? Why, by giving him legs, arms, and a human brain! Thus we have the Shark Man. It may be a Half-Human Hybrid. It may be a natural mutation on a shark, or a human Super Soldier with shark like enhancements. All that matters is it packs the bestial parts of a shark with the form of a human. Could probably apply with any large sea predator. A Sub-Trope of Threatening Shark and Fish People. Compare Unscaled Merfolk.
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Anime and Manga
- From Bleach, we have Harribel in a more subtle version of this trope.
- In a less-subtle way there's a Anime-only Arrancar of great power resembling a Hammerhead shark-man who was shown attacking Harribel and her Fracción.
- Kisame from Naruto, a member of the Diabolical Mastermind group Akatsuki and one of the most badass ninjas around, very strongly resembles a shark. He has pale blue skin, small, round white eyes, gill-like facial markings under his eyes, gills on his shoulders and sharp triangular teeth. His sword is even named Samehada, meaning Shark-skin. He even becomes a shark-ray-man hybrid when he merges with Samehada.
- The previous wielder of Samehada, Fuguki Suikazan, had a similarly shark-like appearance.
- Skybite from Transformers: Robots in Disguise takes this form on for his robot mode.
- One Piece:
- Arlong's name and appearance seems to be a Visual Pun that works in multiple languages — the character is a literal Loan Shark, and "Ah-long" is a word for Loan Shark in some Chinese dialect.
- Jinbei (A huge whale-shark man), Hody Jones (Great White Shark), Zeo (Japanese Wobblegong), Dosun (Hammerhead) and Daruma (Cookiecutter shark). On the mermen side we have prince Fukaboshi (fuka means Dogfish) and Madame Shirley (Shortfin Mako). Captain Vander Decken is a four-legged Japanese Bullhead-shark or "Nekozame" (catshark).
- In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Viral combines this with Cat Boy. He's second only to Simon in sheer, unadulterated GAR.
- One Duel Monster from Yu-Gi-Oh! is a shark with arms.
- Shark Fujishiro from My Bride Is a Mermaid has a human form, a shark form, and a form where he's a human with a shark's head.
- The DCU villains The Shark, King Shark and Carcharo. Note that of these only The Shark was an actual shark (evolved into human form by nuclear radiation) while King Shark is supernatural and Carcharo is a mutant.
- Marvel Comics doesn't fall behind with the likes of Tiger Shark (a mutated human.)
- In an issue of Tales of the TMNT, it was eventually revealed that the slain worm-animated clone of the Shredder had been brought back to life as one of these.
- In a story unrelated to the one above, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures featured time-travelling Shark Man Armaggon as a nemesis for the future version of the turtles.
- One of the many minor stories in the event comic Fear Itself featured Amadeus Cho, the second Power Man, Thunderstrike, X-23 and Anya Corazon teaming up (at Amadeus' Request) to save Honolulu from an army of shark men in a vril-powered Nazi flying battleship.
- There's a minor X-Men member, Shark Girl. She can turn into a humanoid shark form at will, but even in human form has sharp teeth and a raw fish-intensive diet.
- Enormo Overdrive, a corporate villain from Low Life, was once a normal man, but spliced his own DNA with that of a great white shark to be even more lethal.
- Resident Evil comic Fire and Ice had the STARS team encounter a quartet of humanoid mutants in Antarctica, one of which was a shark.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D. Sharkboy has many shark-like adaptations to his body, including gills, fins, sharpened teeth, claws, high strength, exceptional hearing and sense of smell, agility, reflexes and swimming ability. He is not affected by deep sea pressure or the bends.
- "Deepest Bluest", the ending credits theme song of Deep Blue Sea by LL Cool J, is written from either the perspective of the sharks or of LL himself as a man-shark hybrid.
- The villainous aliens from the film adaptation of I Am Number Four seemed to have been designed with this in mind, being bald, having pure black eyes, gills, fangs and a super powerful sense of smell.
- In Immortal, one of the scientists that captured Jill is a red-skinned man/hammerhead hybrid.
- The main monster from the TV-movie version of Peter Benchley's Creature. The novel version arguably counts in that it posses some very shark-like qualities.
- Maccus from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is half hammerhead shark.
- SharkMan, aka Hammerhead, is a Sy Fy Channel Original Movie where the monster is a man who became part hammerhead shark after being injected with shark DNA.
- Victor Krum from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix became one temporarily in order to save Hermione.
- In the Doctor Who PROSE novel series, the Selachians are a somewhat prominent original creation. They've appeared in the audio story "Architects of History". They're shark like b eings converted into power armour by a race of aquatic aliens, until they rose up against their masters. They're considered to be warmongers that try to conquer everything they can, and have no genuine arms and legs.
Religion and Mythology
- From Japanese Mythology there's the Samebito (lit. Shark Man), servants of the Sea Dragon God Ryuujin. They're usually described as large ogre-like beings with ink-black skin, a fin and red beard. Also their tears turn into pearls.
- Polynesian legends believed in sharks that could take human form and even have shapeshifting kids with human wives. One Hawai'ian legend had a shark who repeatedly attacked women off a specific coast, but eluded capture. The hero of the story ran into a man who always hung out there. After he managed to fatally wound the shark, it turned out to have been that man, who died and turned into a shark-like stone.
- The fire goddess Pele also has a brother who takes the form of a shark.
- Rokea (and their Asian offshoot, the Same-Bito) are weresharks in the Old World of Darkness who can assume half-shark, half-man form when making a landfall. Their other forms are a human (ranging from average to hideous), a shark, a 30-foot giant doom shark, and a sort of ugly hump-backed hairless humanoid.
- The Ravenloft darklord of Saragossa is a wereshark.
- Shark men are among the list of were-creatures in Dungeons & Dragons.
- Several are present in Exalted; run of the mill Sharkmen mutants, the Deep People of the Underwater City Luthe (beastmen descended from the resident Shark-totem Lunar Exalt), Shark Warriors (the most common of the Western Fair Folk), children of Siaka (local war gods who take the form of shark people), and Siaka herself, the Western Goddess of War, Sharks and Slaughter.
- Warhammer 40,000 has a race of aliens known as the Sarharduin who resembled anthropomorphic Great Whites. They're not a playable faction, but they do get a few models as they often hire themselves out as mercenaries to Imperial factions who don't take the Absolute Xenophobe bit of the Imperial Cult too seriously.
- Beyond Good & Evil has the Carcharodon Sapiens (Shark Humanoid), the most noteable of them being Francis the air-hockey player.
- If the lore of The Elder Scrolls is to be believed, then weresharks roam the seas surrounding Tamriel. However, they have yet to actually appear in-game.
- Halo has the Sangheili◊, or "Elites", as the Covenant's prime assault troops. That's right, they're sharks with Frickin' Laser Beams.
- The Wanizame in Might and Magic: Heroes VI are a race of shark/human hybrids created by the experiments of a wizard.
- Hungry Shark Evolution has a subversion of this trope. Shark people do exist, but they turn out to be a very valuable prey of the playable shark, and will run like a bat out of hell ashore whenever they spot you. However, when they get finally chomped (which isn't that easy, considering they are extremely fast), they yell the Wilhelm Scream.
- The Krogan◊ race in Mass Effect can be interpreted as this. Others have said they are more similar to horned toads or snapping turtles. Either way, they are huge and love to charge at you.
- Gleeman Vox, the Big Bad of Ratchet: Deadlocked, resembles a humanoid shark. One of the skins in the same game is "Land Shark".
- Scarmigliones, one of the mutated fish-enemies in Resident Evil: Revelations, were created with shark DNA, and they have a knightly appearance due to having "swords and shields".
- The Granshee of Rogue Galaxy, such as your eventual ally Jupis, are somewhat shark-like but more towards reptiles. There are however full-blown shark anthros in the game.
- The Bullet Hell game Shark Attack features shark women as its protagonists.
- Stanley, an NPC in the background of the "Anti-Skullgirl Labs" stage in the fighting game Skullgirls, is one of these. Rather than bestial-looking, however, this fellow is dressed in a lab coat and spectacles and appears to be debating with another scientist. It's not terribly surprising, as there is a well-known race in the story which he appears to belong to, the Dagonians.
- Nedroid has Harrison, who is the polar opposite of fearsome.
- Dr. Shark from The Non-Adventures of Wonderella
- The land sharks of Guilded Age.
- A whole species in Archipelago with a focus on violence and blood, though there are exceptions.
- Vesser from Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name looks pretty shark-like, with sharp teeth and a fin on his jacket. His mother is a selkie, so he's at least part sea creature.
- Thanks to a curse placed on The First, the bloodline of Lord Tiberius Skärva the Fourth has shark-like appearance in The Fourth.
- In Homestuck, Fin of the Felt appears to be this. He can even track people by their time trails much like a shark can follow the scent of blood in the water.
- In 5 Second Films video "Keeping You Safe", a group of friends are attacked by a pack of hyperintelligent shark people. They are saved by Tom Watson, MP for West Bromwich East.
- Street Sharks is about teenaged boys who got mutated into Shark Men.
- Spongebob Squarepants:
"Hey, that's my family you're talking about!"
- Spongebob's driving instructor.
- The spokesman for "Anchor Arms" (rubber gloves with inflatable muscles)... which Spongebob gets suckered into buying.
- A recurring character is a rather nerdy shark.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars gives us Riff Tamson in Season 4.
- An episode of What's New, Scooby-Doo? had the gang travel to Antarctica, where they encountered a monstrous fish-shark monster that was terrorizing the Antarctic base.
- Sharkey the sharkdog from Eek The Cat is a variation on this, being a shark-dog hybrid.
- Sever from Hot Wheels Battle Force 5.
- Shark people played a large role in one episode of the second series American Dragon: Jake Long where a bubbly female sharkwoman asked Jake for help protecting her and Neptune's trident (which she kept in her stomach both to keep the weapon from falling in the wrong flippers and because of her nature as an all-consuming predator). The episode's one-time antagonist were a group of delinquent shark men and their leader,Tiburon, (all consisting of different shark species) who desired the trident so they could flood the world. The Sharkwoman's compulsive eating was the show's Running Gag.
- Partially counts in an episode of Aladdin: The Series, which had an evil mermaid put a magic spell on Aladdin that caused him to slowly transform into a shark, with his mid-way transformations fitting this trope.
- One recurring group of villains that Batman faced were the Terrible Trio, three thieves who wore head-covering masks representing three different animals, including a vulture, a fox, and a shark. Their backstories differed in each Batman series. In Batman: The Animated Series they were ordinary rich masked men who committed crimes for fun, while in the The Batman they were a group of university students who mutated themselves into therianthropic Petting Zoo People (including a hammer-headed shark man). The same formula was used in Batman: The Brave and the Bold where the eponymous superhero and his friend and rival Bronze Tiger battled a group of animal-masked martial artists, who not only were billionaires but tried to use a magical artifact to turn themselves into monstrous versions of the animals they represent, one of them transforming into a muscular but more generic shark man.
- Although unintentional, the Transformers Prime version of Megatron actually looks like one of these (especially him having fangs and gill-like vents all over his body and alien jet altmode).
- The Simpsons: "AAAAAAH! Shark boy!"
- An episode of Rugrats had the babies imagining used car salespeople as these.
- The Rulons in Dino Riders has many Sharkmen in their army. To be precise, they all look like Hammerhead Sharkmen.
- Wander over Yonder: Emperor Awesome is a flamboyant shark-man thing who enjoys tanning and wearing lipstick; he also rides a fire-breathing dinosaur that can also shoot lasers from its eyes in combat and controls a entire legion of "Fist Fighters". He's earned his title, alright.