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You know the thing about sharks, he's got...lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eye. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living. Until he bites ya and those black eyes roll over white. And then, ah then you hear that terrible high pitch screaming and the ocean turns red and spite of all the pounding and the hollering they all come in and rip you to pieces. You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men! I don't know how many sharks, maybe a thousand! I don't know how many men, they averaged 6 an hour.
~ Quint about the Shark

The Shark, sometimes erroneously referred to as Jaws, is the titular main antagonist of the 1975 summer blockbuster film, Jaws, and its three sequels and the franchise.

The main antagonists of the franchise, they are all shown to be ravenous Great White Sharks of abnormal size and ferocity that terrorise Amity Island (and SeaWorld in Jaws 3-D). None of the sharks have official names, but many nicknames have arisen from them, mostly derived from the production names for them.


Hooper: That's a twenty footer.
Quint: Twenty-five. Three tons of him.
~ Hooper and Quint on "Jaws"

Each Jaws film showcases a giant Great White Shark (scientifically called "Carcharodon carcharias") in Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3-D and Jaws: the Revenge. Each shark is a different shark in every film although the race is the same, and all have a size of about 20 to 30 feet in length. Jaws first appeared in the novel by Peter Benchley before Steven Spielberg adapted it into a motion picture. In the movies the sharks are much larger than the real animal and during the course of the series they show to have a certain amount of intellect. The shark is the playable character in the video games Jaws Unleashed and Jaws: Ultimate Predator.

Though none of the sharks have official names, all of them have been given monikers to differentiate them from each other. The shark in the first film was nicknamed "Bruce" by the film crew, whereas the sharks in Jaws 2 and Jaws 3-D were nicknamed "Brucette" and "Brucetta" respectively. The shark in Jaws: The Revenge has no official nickname, but has been dubbed "Vengeance" by fans. Additionally, the name "Jaws" has been attributed to the sharks (though this is technically incorrect, as the sharks are never referred to as such in the films).


  • Bruce (Jaws) - (25 ft. in length and weighs in at 3 tons.)
  • Brucette (Jaws 2) - (The exact weight and length are unknown, but is implied to be the mate of Bruce in the novel adaptation, and bigger than Bruce.)
  • Brucetta (Jaws 3-D) - (35 ft. long, weight unknown.)
  • Vengeance (Jaws: The Revenge) - (The same length and weight as Bruce, and is supposedly the child of the first two sharks, as said in the novel based on the film.)



  • Chrissie Watkins
  • Pippit (dog)
  • Alex Kitner
  • Ben Gardner
  • Estuary Lifeguard
  • Captain B. Quint

Jaws 2

  • 2 scuba divers
  • Terry (water skier)
  • Diane (Indirectly)
  • Killer Whale
  • Eddie
  • Amity Harbor Patrol helicopter pilot
  • Marge

Jaws 3-D

  • Shelby Overman
  • Randy (coral thief)
  • Ed (coral thief)
  • Philip Fitzroyce
  • Fred

Jaws: The Revenge

  • Chief Brody (Indirectly)
  • Sean Brody
  • Mrs. Ferguson (banana boat)
  • Jake (alternate ending)

Jaws (Novel)

  • Matt Hooper
  • An elderly bather


  • Jaws:  (Bruce) Chief Brody placed a scuba tank in his mouth and then shot him with a M1 Garand, blowing the shark up.
  • Jaws 2:  (Brucette) Electrocuted by Brody after she bit into a undersea power cable.
  • Jaws 3-D:  (Brucetta) Blown up after Michael Brody pulls the pin of one of Phillip's grenades in his mouth.
  • Jaws: The Revenge:  (Vengeance) (alternate endings) Impaled by Jake's boat and bled to death, or impaled by the boat then (unintentionally comedically) blows up.

Appearances in other media

  • The Shark appears in numerous episodes of Family Guy.
    • In the episode, The Father, the Son and the Holy Fonz, he stars in Jaws V: Fire Island.
    • In a DVD exclusive scene in Play It Again, Brian, he eyes Lois and Brian Griffin after they tell Peter there are no sharks in Martha's Vineyard.
    • In Brian Griffin's House of Payne, Jaws appears in Peter's television series Big Jaws, where he and the other humans team up to fight the antagonist Big Jaws.
    • He is voiced by Mike Henry (who played one of Peter's best friends Cleveland Brown) in all appearances. He is one of the many anthropomorphic creatures that uses the voice of Bruce, the very flamboyant Southern gay man who was also voiced by Mike Henry. Interestingly, "Bruce" was the name given to the mechanical shark prop used in the making of the film.
  • In the novel It, Jaws is one of the disguises of Pennywise.
  • The Shark appeared in the computer game called Fisher Price Pirate Ship.
  • Jaw from Amagi Brilliant Park is based off of Jaws being virtue of similar name and appearance and even has a Jaws like head when he is on water.




  • Jaws is the only animal character (in fact, the only villain not portrayed by a human) to occupy any slot in the Villains' half of "AFI's 100 Years... Heroes and Villains".
  • It is unknown why Jaws only attacks humans, especially in the second to fourth films.
  • In the novelization of Jaws 2 and Jaws 4: The Revenge - which, belonging to minor differences, are in continuity with the book of Benchley, ignoring the events of Jaws 3-D - explains that sharks are all related to each other: the shark's first book would have impregnated one of the second book, and that of the third book would be their son. This particular is not mentioned in the film. It then suggests that the reason why attack the family of Martin Brody would be tied to a voodoo curse hurled by a shaman enemy Brody. This detail does not appear in the film, however, in the film version of the story is a phrase uttered by Michael Brody that references this subplot of the book: "Come on, sharks do not commit murder. Tell me you do not believe in what voodoo."
  • Brucetta is the only female shark in the Jaws-series.
  • It is thought that the sharks in the Jaws movies are no ordinary great white sharks rather mutated white sharks. That would make sense for their abnormal size, appearance, strength, and the crave to devour people. Nevertheless confirmed that neither the book nor the movie.

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