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Out of all the sea creatures, perhaps none sets in man a 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 of a shark, a human Super Soldier with shark-like enhancements, or even a wereshark. 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 & 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.
  • Verg from Blue Submarine No. 6 is one.
  • In Fairy Tail, Torafuzar "The Dark" of Tartaros is a member of the guild's Nine Demon Gates who is essentially a shark demon, with his head and arm blades resembling fins and being an Olympic swimmer. His specific Curse, Tenchi Kaimei, creates a wave of black water that submerges his enemies and will poison them to death if they don't drown first. Unlike most shark stereotypes, however, he's a No-Nonsense Nemesis who takes no real pleasure in killing humans and just sees it as a job. For a final bit of fun, Torafuzame is Japanese for "Zebra Shark".
  • 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.
  • Naruto:
    • Kisame Hoshigaki from the original manga, a member of the terrorist/mercenary group Akatsuki and one of the most badass ninjas around, very strongly resembles a shark. He has pale blue skin, small and 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.
    • In Boruto, Shizuma Hoshigaki (from the same clan as Kisame) also has shark-like teeth and gill-like facial markings, plus pale gray skin, though he's not quite as inhuman-looking as his predecessor. Not surprisingly, he also goes on to acquire Samehada.
  • 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.
    • Jimbei (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). Charlotte Praline is a half hammehead shark mermaid.
  • In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Viral combines this with Cat Boy. He's second only to Simon in sheer, unadulterated GAR.
  • Skybite from Transformers: Robots in Disguise takes this form on for his robot mode.
  • In Ulysses 31, the minions of the gods of Olympus are shark men. They only appears in the flesh in two episodes (with different design each time), although it is implied that the Trident Mook Mobiles seen in several other episodes are also manned by them.
  • One Duel Monster from Yu-Gi-Oh! is a shark with arms.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU:
    • The 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.
    • Grace Balin, also known as Orca, is a foe of Batman and later Nightwing. She was once a marine biologist who spliced her own DNA with that of a killer whale to repair spinal cord injuries and was transformed into a human-killer whale hybrid.
    • The Shark from Green Lantern. A man-eating tiger shark who prowled off the shore of Coast City, The Shark was mutated into a humanoid form and granted psychic powers after being exposed to alien radiation. The Shark originally ate fear, not flesh, though he was changed to an actual maneater later during The Dark Age of Comic Books.
    • In Infinity, Inc., Carcharo was a mutant, a human born with shark like characteristics after his mother was experimented on during pregnancy by the insane Dr. Love. Carcharo's mother tried to drown both herself and her baby when she first saw what she had given birth to, but he survived thanks to his gills and grew up in the ocean. As an adult, Carcharo, driven by hatred and power lust, caused chaos on the coast of California.
    • King Shark (originally) from Superboy (1994). Born in Hawaii, Nanaue is a humanoid shark. His father is "The King of All Sharks"—also known as the Shark God.
    • Wonder Woman (1942): Sharkeeta was a mermaid created out of a shark by Gerta von Gunther who became an enemy of Wonder Woman.
    • Wonder Woman (1987): During "The Witch and the Warrior" Circe turned Tempest into a shark human mashup with a shark upper body and humanoid legs.
  • 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.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • One of the many minor stories in the event comic Fear Itself featured Amadeus Cho, the second Power Man, Thunderstrike, X-23 and Anya Corazón teaming up (at Amadeus' request) to save Honolulu from an army of shark men in a vril-powered Nazi flying battleship.
    • Sub-Mariner: Tiger Shark is a former Olympic swimmer mutated into a human-shark hybrid by Mad Scientist Dr. Dorcas.
    • 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.
  • A one-shot alien character from Paperinik New Adventures is an Ergonian, a race coming from the same solar system as the recurring villains, the Evronians. While the latter are, essentially, a tailless duck version of a Xenomorph, the former look identical, only with green skins, arm fins and a large dorsal fin on their hunched bodies, sharp teeth in their bills and gills on the side of their neck. However, Evronians are ruthless invaders who drain emotions from their victims to make them into mindless slaves, Ergonians, despite their appearence, aren't an aggressive folk.
  • Resident Evil comic Fire and Ice had the STARS team encounter a quartet of humanoid mutants in Antarctica, one of which was a shark.
  • Atomika Press hero Sharkman.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • 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. Armaggon would go on to have several more appearances in various Turtles media including other comics, video games, and the 2012 Nickelodeon series.
  • Larry "Frenzy" Fischmann, a shark man attorney, from Top 10. Evil Lawyer Jokes abound.

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    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 Benchleys 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, a.k.a. Hammerhead, is a Syfy Channel Original Movie where the monster is a man who became part hammerhead shark after being injected with shark DNA.
  • We don't get a good look at Sweetheart's monster until quite a ways into the movie, but when we do, it turns out to be humanoid but with some distinctly shark-like features.

    Literature 
  • Victor Krum from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 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 beings converted into power armor 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.
  • InCryptid: The Ukupani are aquatic therianthropes whose males can turn into a fully human or a half-human/half-shark form. The females can't transform, and appear as gigantic sharks. Their name is based on the Hawaiian shark god Ukupanipo.

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    Myths & Religion 
  • 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 a red beard. Also their tears turn into pearls.
  • Pacific Mythology:
    • 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, Kāmohoaliʻi, who takes the form of a shark.
  • From Greek Mythology there was Akheilos, who was once a handsome demigod who was transformed into a sharkman for boasting that he was more attractive than Aphrodite.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Banestorm has a whole race of aquatic shark men. They aren't explicitly evil, but they are described as "pragmatic" and "direct", and as worshiping worrying gods — so humans find them scary.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Shark men are among the varieties of were-creatures. One of them is the darklord of Saragossa, a domain in Ravenloft consisting of a Derelict Graveyard of wrecked ships tangled in kelp and sargassum.
    • The Sahuagin are sometimes treated as such due to being scaly aquatic humanoids with sharp teeth who like eating other sentients, their affinity for sharks, and having the typical "blood-in-water = frenzy" trait.
  • Exalted: Several are present; run-of-the-mill shark-based Beastmen known for their predatory savagery, 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.
  • Rokea (and their Asian offshoot, the Same-Bito) are weresharks in the Old World of Darkness (specifically, the Werewolf: The Apocalypse game line) 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.
  • Pathfinder: Adaros are a species of monstrous humanoids resembling large, burly merfolk based on sharks, with a tall crest on their heads and backs and multiple rows of sharp teeth. They are intensely malevolent and very aggressive, generally seeing other sapients as just prey to be hunted. They can also communicate telepathically with regular sharks and give them simple commands to follow.
  • The Ocean Punk setting of Seas Of Vodari for Dungeons & Dragons has two playable races of this type. Tiburons were created by the same dark gods as created the sahuagin, but resisted succumbing to their baser impulses, although they still have a very bad reputation. They're a surprisingly noble race of nomadic hunters with very strong social bonds. Unlike sahuagin, tiburons have the classic "merfolk body", with a shark's tail instead of legs. Uniquely amongst Vodari's subaquatic peoples, they can't breathe air. Grindylows are a smaller, more goblin-like version, who have eight octopus tentacles for legs. Both arguably count as Unscaled Merfolk as well.
  • Smash Up: The "Sharks" faction consists of muscular people with shark heads.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • 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.
    • The Carcharodons chapter of the Adeptus Astartes are named and themed after a genus of sharks. Their gene seed is prone to mutations that give their marines dark, glossy eyes, pale flesh, sharp teeth and at least one example of rough flesh around the joints comparable to shark skin.

    Toys 
  • Pridak from BIONICLE is a biomechanical version. Fittingly, he's also the most bloodthirsty and ruthless of the Barraki, and leads an army of sharks almost as vicious as him.

    Video Games 
  • Beyond Good & Evil has the Carcharodon Sapiens (Shark Humanoid), the most notable of them being Francis the air-hockey player.
  • Carrie's Order Up!, featuring a various types of anthropomorphic marine life, comes with both Great White and Hammerhead sharks as potential customers.
  • The Shark-Girls and Tiger Shark-Girls in Corruption Of Champions are the Cute Monster Girl 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 Player Character can become one themselves by eating the "Shark Tooth" item.
  • One of Velo's champions in Crash Nitro Kart is Nash, a genetically-engineered alien sharkman from the ice planet Barin who was designed to always keep moving, never even stopping to sleep. Unlike other examples of this trope, he's actually a fairly Harmless Villain.
  • One of the archvillains in City of Heroes and player character contacts in City of Villains is Captain Mako, a human mutant who has shark-like anatomy.
  • Eiyuden Chronicle Hundred Heroes: Yuferius VII, the Kickstarter campaign's second stretch goal hero, is a flail-wielding anthropomorphic shark and the guard captain of the desert nation Imperish'arc.
  • If the lore of The Elder Scrolls is to be believed, Weresharks roam the seas surrounding Tamriel. However, they have yet to actually appear in-game.
  • The Sangheili/Elites of Halo are generally more reptile-like, but the fin-like helmets most of them wore in the original trilogy were definitely meant to invoke this trope too.
  • The Wanizame in Might and Magic: Heroes VI are a race of shark/human hybrids created by the experiments of a wizard. They fight with bladed clubs that are specifically designed to make their opponents bleed, for the sight and smell of blood drives them into a killing frenzy.
  • The carchar from A House of Many Doors are an entire species of shark people with distinctions between hammerhead and non-hammerhead. One of them is a recruitable officer.
  • 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 Zoras were designed in this manner in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, in contrast with previous versions that were based more on bony fish. It's most noticeable with their head protrusions, which resemble a whole shark (though Muzu's head more closely resembles a manta ray, another cartilaginous fish), but it also comes across with attributes such as more carnivorous-looking teeth and shark-like fins. Prince Sidon has the most sharklike features with his head protrusions being shaped after a hammerhead shark and his teeth sharper and more sharklike than any other Zora.
  • 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.
  • SharkMan.EXE from Mega Man Battle Network.
  • Cauldron of Phantom Brave, a muscular shark in a Hawaiian shirt who dotes on Marona and beats up anyone that badmouths her.
  • Downplayed by the Aumaua of Pillars of Eternity; they have fish-like skin patterns (some of them are even blue) and a row of shark teeth, but otherwise look like towering humans. "Shark" is still a common in-universe slur for the aumaua.
  • Garchomp from Pokémon isn't exactly a man, but it is bipedal and lives on the land.
  • 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. 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 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.
  • RuneScape has the well-muscled Shark Outfit, which improves a player's fishing abilities.
  • Drunken shark man Shaz Aliart from fighting game Schwarzerblitz is a blatant example of this, together with most of the Fishface Crime Syndicate.
  • 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.
  • Skylanders has Dirt Sharks, who "swim" through earth instead of water. One of them, Terrafin, is a playable character.
  • In Splatoon 2, the official art for in-universe band Bottom Feeders shows that one of its members is a shark-man. Unusually, his eyes seem to be located where a real shark's nostrils would be, with what would normally be the tip of the nose instead being the top of his head (complete with hat).
  • The NES version of Strider features a mechanical version of the trope aptly named Shark Man, who first sticks to looming within bodies of water with only its fin visible and later comes out to fight directly.
  • Armaggon in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan is a mutant shark the turtles fight in the sewers. Very little is revealed about his background in the game, save for the fact that he is a mutant, and that he is on unfriendly terms with the Turtles. He is revealed to apart of an alliance with Krang and the Shredder as he travels through sewers and delivers an important part for Krang's terraforming device for the promise of being the ruler of all Earth's oceans.
  • You fight a Rokea (wereshark) in a sidequest of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.
  • Gran Bruce from Viewtiful Joe, the third boss of the game, is an odd example. His body looks humanoid, but his head looks like an entire miniature blue shark.

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    Web Original 
  • 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.
  • During Achievement Hunter's Let's Play of Raft, Matt Bragg goes a bit crazy and uses a bunch of shark heads to perform a "ritual" and become the team's "shark mage." (Which is to say, he puts a shark head on as a hood/mask.)
  • How to Hero mentions landsharks as a threat superheroes may have to deal with.
  • Mortasheen has a hammerhead variant in Makkoron, and also a dolphin variant in Dolfury.
  • Douglas Kevro from Tails of Fame is a large anthropomorphic shark, complete with gills on the side of his neck and a dorsal fin on his nape.
  • In the Two More Eggs short "Best Movie", Cheerful Child Hector tries bravely to describe the plot of a movie he can't really remember and might be making up. The bad guys, he tells us, are a gang of "shark mans..." with Wolverine Claws coming out of their leather gloves.
    • In the later cartoon "QblePon", Hector describes a round of the titular Collectible Card Game interrupted when the other kid accidentally played a "base'm'ball card" for a player on a team called the Sharkmans.
  • Vilous: Sergals, an original species Popular with Furries, are often described as furry shark people because of their unusual wedge-shaped heads. The head design was actually inspired by aircraft.
    • Another strange shark species in the furry fandom are manokits, who are basically shark fox hybrids that walk on two legs and are also blind and ironically can't swim.
  • Vinesauce: During a stream of terrible Xbox 360 indie games, Joel thinks Dead Sea 2 will have a shark on two legs. Ask, and you shall receive.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.
  • Shark people played a large role in one episode of the second series of American Dragon: Jake Long 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 Running Gag.
  • 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 humanoid animals (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.
  • The Rulons in Dino-Riders has many Sharkmen in their army. To be precise, they all look like Hammerhead Sharkmen.
  • Sharkey the sharkdog from Eek! The Cat is a variation on this, being a shark-dog hybrid.
  • The Carcarons from the Season 7 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.
  • Sever from Hot Wheels Battle Force 5.
  • The Oblongs offers a variation as a quick gag right before an episode ends. After realizing the prosthetic bodysuit he's been given is ruining his marriage and turning him into a jerk, he sets the thing to automatic and lets it walk into the ocean. After he and his family leave a shark bursts out of the water wearing it, attacks a beachgoer, and then rushes the camera as it fades to black.
  • An episode of Rugrats had the babies imagining used car salespeople as these.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants doesn't really have shark-man hybrids, just very anthropomorphized sharks with limbs and clothes.
    • 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!"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars introduces the Karkarodon race in the form of Riff Tamson in Season 4.
  • Street Sharks is about teenage boys who got mutated into Shark Men.
  • Rippersnapper, a member of the Terrorcons in The Transformers turned into a humanoid shark robot with arms and legs as his alt-mode.
  • 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).
  • 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, all right.
  • An episode of What's New, Scooby-Doo? had the gang travel to Antarctica, where they encountered a fish-shark monster that was terrorizing the Antarctic base.
    • Before that, The Scooby-Doo Show had one as the villain in "There's a Demon Shark in the Foggy Dark".

 
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