->''"They fight, they bite, they kick some serious fin!"''
''Street Sharks'' (1994-1995) was an animated series about four teenage boys whose father is kidnapped by a rival scientist named Dr. Paradigm and transformed into a monster. When they attempt to rescue him, Dr. Paradigm transforms them into anthropomorphic sharks. In their first battle, Dr. Paradigm is injected with the same chemical mixture intended for the sharks' kooky-but-genius sidekick, giving him the ability to [[HulkingOut transform into a piranha monster when angry.]] It causes severe drama, [[HeroWithBadPublicity because the sharks are then painted as the villains]] and [[VillainWithGoodPublicity the villain made the city hero]], whose dream it is to mutate everyone into fish people.
Think ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' minus the actual ninjas and the turtles replaced by sharks.
[[AC:The StreetSharks are:]]
* Ripster (former name John): [[TheHero the leader]]; a great white shark.
* Streex (former name Bobby): [[TheLancer the second in command]]; a tiger shark.
* Jab (former name Clint): [[TheSmartGuy the mechanics expert]]; a hammerhead shark.
* Slammu (former name Coop): The [[TheBigGuy strongest]] and [[KidAppealCharacter youngest]] of the sharks; a whale shark.
* Lena and Bends: their friends from college.
* Moby Lick (former name Jets Taylor): a friend from high school who was turned into an orca whale.
* Rox (former name Melvin Kresnik): a rock musician who was turned into a mako shark after eating popcorn spiked with mutagen.
* Mantaman (former name Dr. Terrence Morton): a scientist who was turned into a manta ray.
!!''StreetSharks'' has examples of:
* AdultFear: As goofy as it was, there's the pretty freaky premise that, at some point, your co-worker could turn on you, steal everything you've ever done, perform an extremely painful procedure on you, and turn the entire town against you, completely ruining your life. And when he's done with that, he'll do it to your ''kids''.
* AnimalStereotypes: The citizens of Fission City are sheep, going along with whatever anti-Shark propaganda Paradigm and Guy-in-the-Sky feed them.
* ApatheticCitizens: The residents of Fission City seem weirdly... undisturbed, considering that they've got multiple large mutants (and, later, dinosaur-shaped aliens) running around their city. On the other hand, [[TooDumbToLive very few seem smart to begin with]]...
** There's a reason why they are called ''whale'' sharks. Whale Sharks are shrimp-eating, filter-feeding, peaceful creatures that do not have giant sharp teeth and are not dangerous to anything larger than a tiny fish.
** The stereotype that sharks can eat anything is taken to its logical extreme, with the Street Sharks being capable of chowing down on just about anything.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: How in the world can the sharks ''swim through concrete''? [[ExtremeOmnivore They eat it]].
* BaldOfEvil: Dr. Paradigm is bald, bad, and has a temper to match.
* BodyHorror: The consequences of gene-slamming, especially on Dr. Bolton. He's never seen on-screen after his transformation, but from the looks of his shadow and the gurgling noises made whenever he appeared, [[TheUnseen Dr. Bolton]] became something truly grotesque.
* CatchPhrase: The Street Sharks have several punny ones, including "Shark Attack!" and "Jawesome!"
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Slash and Slobster disappear in Season 3. In a similar vein, Killermari and Repteel vanish during the "Dino-Vengers" episodes, with Shrimp Louie and Tentakill appearing early on, then following suit.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Inverted. In gene-slamming the Bolton family, Paradigm created the very heroes who would constantly thwart his plans.
* CreepyGood: The Street Sharks are anthropomorphic sharks, but are unquestionably on the side of good.
* CrossOver: The Extreme Dinosaurs make appearances in the last season, though with a different name (Dino-Vengers) and backstory.
* DestructiveSaviour: It's not uncommon for the Street Sharks to cause some severe property damage whenever they save the day, such as destroying the eponymous streets by ''swimming through the solid concrete''. On the other hand, when they level buildings and such, it's usually in an effort to prevent worse disasters, like sinking a parking garage to avoid flooding the city with nuclear fallout.
* DisappearedDad: After showing up once in the pilot and being turned into a monster offscreen, the Sharks' dad is never seen again. His absence is the main concern of the heroes and finding him is usually their first priority. He sometimes appears in shadows, or as a 'just missed' character, making him a major plot element nevertheless.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: [[spoiler: In "Shark Jacked", the Street Sharks trick Paradigm into agreeing to a live television interview, then push him into revealing his Piranoid form to the world.]]
* EvolvingCredits: The opening credits change in Episode 4.
* ExactWords: Paradigm's "Genesis Satellite" was intended to turn the entire population of Earth into gene-slammed mutants. He told the public that it would "usher in a whole new era for mankind" and that the human race would never suffer from disease, or "any other human frailties."
* ExtremeOmnivore: The Street Sharks can and do eat just about everything from hamburgers to steel girders and concrete without indigestion. Just don't offer them pizza.
* EyepatchOfPower: Dr. Piranoid wears a metal eyepatch on his right eye.
* FingerlessGloves: Streex wears them.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Doctor Bolton just keeps on pulling [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome Offscreen Moments of Awesome]], working behind the scenes to foil Paradigm's plans.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Paradigm could blame the Sharks for anything and the citizens of Fission City would accept without question. It's taken to such extremes that one of their friends has to explicitly tell the police that, if they really were guilty of one of the crimes they were accused of, they'd have to be in two places at once.
* HorrifyingHero: Granted, the Street Sharks are actually pretty nice, but they still look likes oversized, very threatening sharks on legs who can [[ExtremeOmnivore eat steel and concrete]], are superhumanly strong, and have some anger issues, so they tend to scare everyone in sight. Really, it's not ''that'' surprising Paradigm has so little trouble convincing people they are a threat.
* IHatePastMe: In "Shark Wars", a future version of Dr. Paradigm arrives in the present, and immediately showcases his disdain for his past self for struggling with the airborne gene-slamming formula he himself cracked in the interim.
-->'''Paradigm:''' You're me. Me from the future!\\
'''Future Paradigm:''' Comparing you to me would be like comparing a caveman to [[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein Einstein]].
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The word "shark" is in every title.
* IdiotBall: Yes, Doctor Bolton, we're sure you're a brilliant man. Perhaps confronting a MadScientist in an abandoned laboratory over [[ForScience illegal experiments]] at night, without [[HaveYouToldAnyoneElse telling anyone else about this]], wasn't the best idea though.
* InterspeciesRomance: At least once, it was shown that there were girls who found the sharks -- in particular Streex -- attractive.
* ItCanThink: Tentakill is usually depicted as a savage beast, but in "First Shark", it pushed a button that activated a DeathTrap, showing it possesses some level of intelligence.
* KarmicTransformation: Dr. Paradigm to Dr. Piranoid. In the season three episode "Sand Sharks", his attempt to splice himself with the Raptors' [=DNA=] turns him into an iguana hybrid, and he is redubbed "Dr. Iguanoid".
* MerchandiseDriven: The toys and toy commercials debuted before the actual show.
* MissingMom: Their mom is virtually nonexistent and is only mentioned once in the pilot, when it is revealed that she once gave their dad a watch, and it was implied that she was dead.
* ObviouslyEvil: Dr. Paradigm. True, [[HorrifyingHero giant shark-men aren't exactly going to inspire confidence]], but does that really mean that you should trust a man who has an eyepatch and an indeterminately European accent who goes around town in a giant, heavily armed diving suit? Of course he'd still set off villain alarms in civilian garb. Paradigm tries to subvert it by ''claiming'' that the suit's main purpose is a life-support system, after a run-in with the Street Sharks.
* OpenSecret: Theoretically, the Street Sharks are fugitives from justice... but they very rarely make any effort at all to hide themselves, and walk around openly in public...
* OverlyLongTongue: Moby Lick has a long, prehensile tongue.
* PainfulTransformation: Every transformation includes a lot of screaming.
* PinocchioSyndrome: One of the main goals of the protagonists is to get turned back to humans, though this tends to take a backseat, since they're better-equipped to fight the villain and his mutant underlings with mutant powers themselves than without.
* PlayingWithSyringes: The gene slamming tends to happen through Dr. Paradigm injecting his target with a proto-viral concoction of DNA.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: The last EIGHT episodes are taken up by a long one, introducing the Dino Vengers, and the evil raptors, dinosaur like aliens from outer space. The opening sequence was actually changed to call the show: ''Dino Vengers Featuring Street Sharks.'' One year later, the "Dino Vengers," heavily re-tooled, and having cut all continuity with this cartoon, got their own show in the form of ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeDinosaurs.''
* PowerUpgradingDeformation: The gene splicing everyone goes through turns them into grotesque anthropomorphic animals.
* RememberTheNewGuy: In season three, Paradigm gets a new minion, Shrimp Louie, from out of nowhere, with no explanation for how he came to be. And the Street Sharks seem to already be aware of him, meaning he was already around for a while in-universe.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In one episode, the mutated Doctor Bolton single handedly defeats Dr. Paradigm's forces to rescue a mutant. He tears off Paradigm's suit, revealing his grotesque Piranoid form, and mocks the cowering villain, claiming that he has become something far less than human.
* SharkMan: The Street Sharks and Rox are anthropomorphic sharks.
** Several of the titles are puns on various other works.
** When Slammu is mind-controlled by Doctor Paradigm in "Shark Quest," his screams are mixed with the shark roar from ''Film/JawsTheRevenge''.
* StealthPun: Fission City. Fish-ion City?
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Happens to the heroes in the pilot, when they are being turned into sharks.
** The shark roar from ''Jaws: The Revenge'' was frequently utilized, alongside other stock monster sound effects, like Sharptooth's roar from ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''.
* TakeThat: Quite blatant "Take That" to the ''Film/JurassicPark'' toys, on the back of the "Big Hand Puppet" toy box. There was a small picture of one of said puppets, smacking one of the T-Rex toys from said rival toy line.
** Also a blatant shot at the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles,'' when during an early episode, the four were disgusted at the idea of eating pizza.
* TeenageMutantSamuraiWombats: They're teenagers who were mutated into sharks.
* TheyWouldCutYouUp: Justified, since the pilot has a part where all four are re-captured, and Slammu is very narrowly forced to undergo "exploratory surgery." He's saved, and the others are tempted to try the same surgery on the doctor.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Hot dogs and hamburgers for the Street Sharks, though they're capable of eating almost anything. In a reference to the Ninja Turtles, though, they all hate pizza.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Paradigm, to the point at which he's able to blame, the sharks for virtually ''everything.'' [[spoiler: He finally loses this in "Shark Jacked", after being publicly exposed by the Street Sharks, Manta-Man and President Horne.]]
* VillainTeamUp: Paradigm allies himself with the Raptors in season three.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: The Street Sharks never wear a shirt. Moby Lick, Mantaman, and Killamari also go shirtless.
* WasOnceAMan: The four Street Sharks and a handful of other mutated humans. Until they underwent a genetic experiment, that is.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Literal example: Ripster had a pet mouse when he was still human. After the pilot, she is never seen again.
* XRaySparks: Slash and Slobster get electrocuted in one episode, showing their skeletons.