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[[caption-width-right:208:By [[http://cotton.deviantart.com/ Cotton]]]]

Out of all the sea creatures, none sets in man a PrimalFear 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 HalfHumanHybrid. It may be a natural mutation of a shark, or a human SuperSoldier 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 SubTrope of ThreateningShark and FishPeople.

Compare UnscaledMerfolk.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* From ''Manga/{{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 ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', a member of the DiabolicalMastermind 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. [[spoiler: 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 ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' takes this form on for his robot mode.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Arlong's name and appearance seems to be a VisualPun that works in multiple languages -- the character is a literal LoanShark, and "Ah-long" is a word for LoanShark in some Chinese dialect.
** Jinbei (A huge whale-shark man), [[BadBoss 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 [[MsFanservice Madame Shirley]] (Shortfin Mako). Captain Vander Decken is a four-legged Japanese Bullhead-shark or "Nekozame" (catshark). Charlotte Praline is a half hammehead shark mermaid.
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', [[NobleDemon Viral]] combines this with [[CatGirl Cat Boy]]. He's second only to [[TheHero Simon]] in sheer, unadulterated GAR.
* One Duel Monster from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' is a shark with arms.
* Shark Fujishiro from ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' has a human form, a shark form, and a form where he's a human with a shark's head.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/TheDCU villains The Shark, King Shark and Carcharo. Note that of these only The Shark was an actual shark ([[EvolutionaryLevels evolved into human form]] by nuclear radiation) while King Shark is supernatural and Carcharo is a mutant.
** King Shark specifically is the demigod son of a shark god.
** Also ironically, The Shark originally [[EmotionEater ate fear not flesh]], though he was changed to an actual maneater later during UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks.
* The Franchise/{{Batman}} villain Great White Shark ''resembles'' a shark man, but has no inherit powers shark-like or otherwise; his name comes mainly from the fact he stole millions from his company's clients (thus being a "shark"), and that as a newcomer to Arkham, the other inmates call him a "new fish". His shark-like appearance came from a combination of frostbite and mutilation while incarcerated in Arkham.
* Creator/MarvelComics doesn't fall behind with the likes of Tiger Shark (a mutated human.)
%%* [[AmoralAttorney "Frenzy" Fischmann]] from ''ComicBook/TopTen''.
* In an issue of ''[[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage 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, ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures'' featured time-travelling Shark Man Armaggon as a nemesis for the future version of the turtles. Armaggon would go on to have several more appearances in various Turtles media including other comics, video games, and the 2012 Nickelodeon series.
* One of the many minor stories in the event comic ''ComicBook/FearItself'' featured [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules Amadeus Cho]], the second [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Power]] [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Man]], [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thunderstrike]], ComicBook/{{X 23}} and ComicBook/AnyaCorazon 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 ''ComicBook/XMen'' 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 [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporate villain]] from ''ComicBook/LowLife'', was once a normal man, but spliced his own DNA with that of a great white shark to be even more lethal.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' comic ''Fire and Ice'' had the STARS team encounter a quartet of humanoid mutants in Antarctica, one of which was a shark.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* [[TheDragon Gantu]] from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' looks very sharklike (or whalelike) in appearance.
* Tony Trihull from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' is a shark ''boat''.
* Played with in ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', where Maui accidentally gives himself [[PartialTransformation either the front or back halves]] of a shark [[TransformationTrinket with his fishhook.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfSharkboyAndLavagirl 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 ''Film/DeepBlueSea'' by Music/LLCoolJ, is written from either the [[PerspectiveFlip perspective of the sharks]] or of LL himself as a man-shark hybrid.
* The villainous aliens from the film adaptation of ''Film/IAmNumberFour'' 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 ''Film/{{Immortal}}'', one of the scientists that captured Jill is a red-skinned man/hammerhead hybrid.
* The main monster from the TV-movie version of ''Film/PeterBenchleysCreature''. The novel version arguably counts in that it posses some very shark-like qualities.
* [[http://pirates.wikia.com/wiki/Maccus Maccus]] from ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'' is half hammerhead shark.
* ''[=SharkMan=]'', aka ''Hammerhead'', is a Film/SyFyChannelOriginalMovie where the monster is a man who became part hammerhead shark [[LegoGenetics after being injected with shark DNA]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Spike's [[VisualPun literal loan shark]] from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* Sharkie Chan from ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', who incidentally is a master of shark-style martial arts.
* Sela from ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'' is a shark Zyuman. However, she is able to disguise herself to appear human, though she still has a fin.
* King Shark's appearance in ''Series/TheFlash2014''.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''[='=]s ''Film/{{Jaws}} II'' sketch from back in 1975. How do you make ''Jaws'' even scarier? Why, [[https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/landshark/2832305?snl=1 make him a land-shark!]]

* Victor Krum from ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' 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 "[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho132TheArchitectsOfHistory Architects of History]]". They're shark-like beings 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.

[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* From Myth/JapaneseMythology 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 a 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.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Rokea (and their Asian offshoot, the Same-Bito) are [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse weresharks]] in the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' 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 ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' darklord of Saragossa is a wereshark.
* Shark men are among the list of were-creatures in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
** The Sahuagin are sometimes treated as such due to their fondness of sharks, as well as having the typical "blood-in-water = frenzy" trait.
* Several are present in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''; run of the mill Sharkmen mutants, the Deep People of the UnderwaterCity Luthe (beastmen descended from the resident Shark-totem Lunar Exalt), Shark Warriors (the most common of the Western [[TheFairFolk Fair Folk]]), children of Siaka (local war gods who take the form of shark people), and Siaka herself, the [[WarGod Western Goddess of War, Sharks and Slaughter]].
* ''TabeltopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' 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 AbsoluteXenophobe bit of the Imperial Cult too seriously.
* The "Sharks" faction in ''TabletopGame/SmashUp'' consist of muscular people with shark heads.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' has the Carcharodon Sapiens (Shark Humanoid), the most noteable of them being Francis the air-hockey player.
* If the lore of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' is to be believed, then weresharks roam the seas surrounding Tamriel. However, they have yet to actually appear in-game.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has the [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100424192828/halo/images/6/66/Halo_Reach_-_Sangheili_Officer.png Sangheili]], or "Elites", as the Covenant's prime assault troops. That's right, they're sharks with FrickinLaserBeams.
* The Wanizame in ''[[VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic Might and Magic: Heroes VI]]'' are a race of shark/human hybrids created by the experiments of a wizard.
* ''VideoGame/HungrySharkEvolution'' 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 [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100322235543/masseffect/images/5/5e/Kroganconcept.png Krogan]] race in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' can be interpreted as this. Others have said they are more similar to horned toads or snapping turtles. Either way, they are [[LightningBruiser huge and love to charge at you]].
%%* [=SharkMan=].EXE from ''VideoGame/MegamanBattleNetwork''.
%%* Garchomp from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' could be considered one.
* Gleeman Vox, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked'', resembles a humanoid shark. One of the skins in the same game is "Land Shark".
* Scarmigliones, one of the mutated fish-enemies in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations''. They were created with shark DNA, and they have a knightly appearance due to having growths on their arms that resemble swords and shields.
* The Granshee of ''VideoGame/RogueGalaxy'', 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 BulletHell game ''VideoGame/SharkAttack'' features shark women as its protagonists.
* Stanley, an NPC in the background of the "Anti-Skullgirl Labs" stage in the fighting game ''VideoGame/{{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 [[FishPeople Dagonians]].
%%* Terrafin from ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}''.
%%* Johnny , the NobleDemon from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''.
* You fight a [[DamageSpongeBoss Rokea]] (wereshark) in a sidequest of ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''.
%%* Gran Bruce from ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe''.
* The Shark-Girls and Tiger Shark-Girls in ''Corruption of Champions'' are the CuteMonsterGirl version of this trope (or "Cute Monster Boy" in the case of Jasun, at the Tel'Adre Gym). They were originally humans, but they turned into fish people due to the lake becoming polluted with demonic corruption. The PlayerCharacter can become one themselves by eating the "Shark Tooth" [[MutagenicFood item]].
* The NES version of ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' features a mechanical version of the trope aptly named [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Shark Man]], who first sticks to looming within bodies of water with [[SharkFinOfDoom only its fin visible]] and later comes out to fight directly.
* ''VideoGame/CarriesOrderUp'', featuring a [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals various types of anthropomorphic marine life]], comes with both Great White and Hammerhead sharks as potential customers.
* Cauldron of ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'', a muscular shark in a Hawaiian shirt who dotes on Marona and beats up anyone that badmouths her.

* ''Webcomic/{{Nedroid}}'' has Harrison, who is [[SubvertedTrope the polar opposite of fearsome]].
* Dr. Shark from ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''
* The land sharks of ''Webcomic/GuildedAge''.
* A whole species in ''Webcomic/{{Archipelago}}'' with a focus on violence and blood, [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch though there are exceptions]].
* Vesser from ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' 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 ''Webcomic/TheFourth''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{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 ''WebVideo/FiveSecondFilms'' video "Keeping You Safe", a group of friends are attacked by a pack of hyperintelligent shark people. [[BigDamnHeroes They are saved]] by Tom Watson, MP for West Bromwich East.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'' is about teenage boys who got mutated into Shark Men.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** [=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.
-->"Hey, that's my ''family'' you're talking about!"
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' gives us Riff Tamson in Season 4.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' had the gang travel to Antarctica, where they encountered a fish-shark monster that was terrorizing the Antarctic base.
** Before that, ''WesternAnimation/TheScoobyDooShow'' had one as the villain in "There's a Demon Shark in the Foggy Dark".
* Sharkey the sharkdog from ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'' is a variation on this, being a shark-dog hybrid.
* Sever from ''WesternAnimation/HotWheelsBattleForce5''.
* Shark people played a large role in one episode of the second series of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' where a bubbly shark woman asked Jake for help protecting her and Neptune's trident (which she kept in her stomach both to keep the weapon from falling into the wrong flippers and because of her nature as an all-consuming predator). The episode's one-time villains 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 shark woman's compulsive eating was the show's RunningGag.
* Partially counts in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', 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 ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' they were ordinary rich masked men who committed crimes for fun, while in the ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' they were a group of university students who mutated themselves into therianthropic PettingZooPeople (including a hammer-headed shark man). The same formula was used in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' where the eponymous superhero and his friend and rival BronzeTiger 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 ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' version of [[BigBad Megatron]] actually looks like one of these (especially him having fangs and gill-like vents all over his body and alien jet altmode).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': "AAAAAAH! Shark boy!"
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' had the babies imagining used car salespeople as these.
* The Rulons in ''WesternAnimation/DinoRiders'' has many [=Sharkmen=] in their army. To be precise, they all look like Hammerhead Sharkmen.
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'': 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". [[MeaningfulName He's earned his title, all right.]]
* The Carcarons from the Season 7 ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Zapp Dingbat" (the one where Zapp Branningan dates Leela's mom). They speak in serials of guttural growls, but are fairly decent (if easily offended) people.

* Pridak from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' is a biomechanical version. Fitting, he's also the most bloodthirsty and ruthless of the [[AGodAmI Barraki]], and leads [[TheBeastmaster an army of sharks]] almost as vicious as him.
* Atomika Press hero [[http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/s/sharkman.htm [=Sharkman=]]].
* A meme has it that the new {{Film/X-Men}} movie's ComicBook/{{Magneto}} is a [[http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmujclWFAP1qlvs04o1_400.png handsome shark]], due to being played by Creator/MichaelFassbender.
* [[Music/KoolKeith Doctor Octagon]]'s uncle Mr. Gerbik is a half shark-alligator, half man.
* On a goofier level, we have [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/super-bowl-xlix-halftime-left-shark "Left Shark"]], one of the backup dancers for Music/KatyPerry's UsefulNotes/SuperBowl XLIX halftime show who became {{memetic|Mutation}} for his awkward dance moves.