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    Carter 

Carter Blake

Played By: Thomas Jane

"I'm not out to change the world, like the doc. I'm not out to wreck it either."

A former smuggler who works as a shark wrangler.


  • Action Hero: Nautical version.
  • Book Dumb: Describes himself as "poor dumb Carter," but clearly knows his stuff when it comes to being underwater, and specifically dealing with sharks. Also skilled with improvised explosives.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was a smuggler, currently on parole.
  • Great White Hunter: Gives off the vibe as the facilities shark wrangler, obtaining wild sharks for the experimental sharks to eat, tranquilizing them for tests, and recapturing them when they escape.
  • The Hero: Downplayed. Definitely the film's male lead, comes up with the plan to kill the last shark, but Preacher is the one to actually execute it. Notably, Carter kills none of the sharks himself.
  • Ignored Expert: He tries to convince Susan that bringing in the sharks ahead of schedule is a terrifically bad idea.
  • Nerves of Steel: Is the only one who willingly goes into the water with the sharks repeatedly, lacking the primal fear others have for them.
  • Not So Stoic: Has a dry, wry sense of humor, but nothing much gets to him. Until Susan reveals exactly what's going on, at which point he gets pissed.
  • Take My Hand: To Janice when he's dangling over her by a ladder. They can't quite reach.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Susan. And boy does it stay unresolved...
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He gives a much-deserved one to Susan.
    Carter: How much dynamite do you have to set off in your ears before your head clears?
    Susan: You wouldn't understand.
    Carter: I wouldn't, huh? Dumb old Carter wouldn't understand that you used us? That you used me? Someone on the water who wouldn't make waves. Someone who wouldn't ask too many questions...because he had something to lose.
    Susan: You don't see what we've done here.
    Carter: No, what you've done is taken God's oldest killing machine and given it will and desire. What you've done is knocked us all the way to the bottom of the goddamn food chain. It's not a great leap forward in my book.
    Susan: The people we'll save....

    Susan 

Dr. Susan McAlester

Played By: Saffron Burrows

"You wait your whole life for a single moment...and then one day, it's tomorrow."

The head scientist in charge at Aquatica.


  • All for Nothing: Not happy that all her hard work was ruined.
  • The Caretaker: She took care of her Alzheimer's-afflicted and beloved father.
  • For Science!: Averted; Susan's desperation to find the cure for Alzheimer's stems from personal reasons, not scientific altruism.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The final shark rips her in half before devouring her remains.
  • Hot Scientist: Very much so.
  • It's All About Me: While her reasons are justified and reasonable, there's no denying that it's really selfish.
  • Ms. Fanservice: One of the funniest examples ever, where she strips down to her bra and panties to use her wetsuit to protect her from electroshock. Also obtained the only wetsuit in the film to zip in the front, allowing her show some cleavage.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: She says this almost word-for-word when trying to save Jim Whitlock.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: Instead of just cutting her hand and dripping blood in the water to attract the shark (which would work in real life owing to sharks Super Senses ) she cuts her hand and jumps in from a point where there was no guaranteed way of getting back out. On the other hand, after having her works reduced All for Nothing and in grief with it, there is a possibility that she just wanted to end her life at that moment.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Carter.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She illegally experimented on the sharks, she rushed the experiment and ignored all the tell-tale signs that something bad was about to happen, so she could cure alzheimer's.
    • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: That being said, the others don't agree that it was all worth it, and it's noted that she did it out of selfishness rather than altruism.

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    Franklin 

Russell Franklin

    Janice 

Janice Higgins

Played By: Jacqueline McKenzie

"Beneath its glassy surface...a world of gliding monsters."

  • Broken Bird: She's notably more broken than the other survivors due to Jim's death.
  • May–December Romance: With Jim Whitlock, who's twice her age.
  • Nice Girl: Seems to have a very pleasant and friendly personality.

    Scoggins 

Tom Scoggins

Played By: Michael Rapaport

"Did someone order the fish?"

  • Deadpan Snarker: Talks back constantly, most often about how yes, he does in fact know how to do his job.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: One of the sharks bites him across the waist, ripping him in half.
  • Lovable Coward: The most terrified of the sharks, requiring the most motivation to keep moving.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Carter; they toss jabs at each other, but they're still pals.

    Jim 

Dr. Jim Whitlock

Played By: Stellan Skarsgård

"Sharks are the oldest creatures on the planet...from a time when the world was just flesh and teeth."

  • A God Am I: Subtly, but creepily there.
    Franklin: What in God's creation...?
    Jim: Oh, not His. Ours.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer:
    Janice: That's Dr. Jim Whitlock. He's the most brilliant person here.
    Franklin: He's pissing in the wind. How brilliant can he be?
  • May–December Romance: With Janice, who's half his age.
  • The Stoic: He's fairly emotionless and detached.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: His arm is ripped off by a massive shark, gets heli-lifted in the middle of a violent storm only to fall into the water. Then one of the sharks grabs his stretcher and rams him headfirst into the glass window of his lab. Finally, unless one of the sharks ate him afterward, he either bled to death, or drown once his oxygen supply to his mask ran out as he's clearly still alive after getting smashed into the glass.

    Preacher 

Sherman "Preacher" Dudley

Played By: LL Cool J

"Brothers never make it out of situations like this. Not ever!"

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    Brenda 

Brenda Kerns

Played By: Aida Turturro

  • Mauve Shirt: She has very little in the way of both screen time and characterization.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Doesn't do much beyond getting killed in the helicopter crash.

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