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Villain Overview

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.
You're gonna need a bigger boat.
~ Martin Brody after seeing Bruce up close.

The Great White Shark, sometimes erroneously referred to as Jaws, is the titular main antagonist of the 1975 summer blockbuster film Jaws, and its three lesser sequels and the franchise. It also appears as the main villain protagonist and playable character in its video games, Jaws Unleashed and Jaws: Ultimate Predator.

The main antagonists of the franchise, they are all shown to be ravenous Great White Sharks of abnormal size and ferocity that terrorize 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.


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 animatronic sharks in the first film were nicknamed "Bruce" by the film crew, after Steven Spielberg's lawyer. Whereas the sharks in Jaws 2 were nicknamed "Brucette" by fans. On the set, keeping in tradition with the first film, the two puppet sharks made for the production were known as Bruce Two, "Fidel" (unburned) and "Harold" (burned), the latter after David Brown's Beverly Hills lawyer. The mother shark from Jaws 3-D was nicknamed "Brucetta". The juvenile shark from Jaws 3-D was named Danny in the movie. The shark in Jaws: The Revenge has no official nickname, but has been dubbed "Vengeance" by fans, as this shark is seeking vengeance on Chief Brody's family. Additionally, the name "Jaws" has been attributed to the sharks (though this is technically incorrect, as this is the title of the films and the sharks are never referred to as such in the films).

Notable Sharks

  • Bruce (Jaws) - (25 feet in length and weighs in at 3 tons. Hooper claimed it to be a 20 footer. Apparently 12 years old.). Bruce is the first shark to terrorize the citizens of Amity Island.
  • Brucette (Jaws 2) - (24 feet in length and 3 tons in weight, apparently 10 years old. Is implied to be the mate of Bruce in the novel adaptation.) Brucette also had the highest body count of any of the sharks, killing eight, not counting Bob in a deleted scene. Just like her mate Bruce, Brucette is terrorizing the people of Amity Island. 
  • Brucetta (Jaws 3-D) - (Somehow 35 feet in length, weighing 5 tons and apparently 14 years old. Her son, Danny's size is unknown, but likely closer to fifteen feet in length.; Kay claimed him to be 10 feet long). Brucetta is terrorizing Sea World as revenge for the capture and death of Danny. Brucetta is so far the largest great white shark to appear in the franchise.
  • Vengeance (Jaws: The Revenge) - (21 feet in length and weighed 5,500 pounds, apparently 10 years old. It is supposedly the child of Bruce and Brucette, as said in the novel based on the film.). Vengeance is seeking vengeance on Chief Brody's family for the deaths of both his parents.
  • Bruce (Jaws: Unleashed) - (32 feet long and weighing 4 tons). Bruce is wreaking havoc on Amity Island and get his revenge upon the human race for causing destruction to his habitat, destroying Oil Fields, flooding Amity's Aquarium, even causing an explosion at the Environ Plus laboratory. At the same time, he is trying to avoid Michael Brody (who is trying to capture the shark) and Cruz Raddock (who is trying to kill the shark).

  • Bruce (Peter Benchley's Jaws: A Novel) - 20 feet in length, the book is very different from it's classic film counterpart.
  • Brucette (Hank Searl's Jaws 2) - 30 feet in length, implied to be the mate of Bruce the Shark. She is the first shark to be the largest (in the novel series' storyline) before the massive Brucetta, which was 35 feet in length, overruled novel Brucette's giant size.
  • Vengeance (Hank Searl's Jaws: The Revenge) - 28 feet in length, implied to be the pup of Bruce and Brucette. Vengeance was 21 feet in the film, even though in some shots it did look 25-30 feet in length, due to some tests and size comparisons and some advice during the documentary of the making of Jaws: The Revenge, vengeance was 21 feet, but in the novel, he was an outstanding 28 feet.

All have a size of about 20 to 30 feet in length.

List of Victims

Jaws (Novel)

  • 1: Elderly bather
  • 2: Matt Hooper


  • 1: Chrissie Watkins
  • 2: Pippit (dog; implied)
  • 3: Alex Kintner
  • 4: Ben Gardner
  • 5: Estuary Lifeguard
  • 6: Captain Bartholomew Marion Quint

Jaws 2

  • 9: Scuba diver at Orca wreck
  • 10: Scuba photographer at Orca wreck
  • 11: Terry the water skier
  • 12: Diane the boat driver (indirectly)
  • 13: Killer Whale
  • 14: Eddie
  • 15: Amity Harbor Patrol helicopter pilot
  • 16: Marge
  • 17: Bob (deleted scene)

Jaws 3-D

  • 18: Grouper fish
  • 19: Shelby Overman
  • 20: Randy the coral thief
  • 21: Ed the coral thief
  • 22: Philip Fitzroyce
  • 23: Fred

Jaws: The Revenge

  • 24: Sean Brody
  • 25: Mrs. Ferguson (banana boat)
  • 26: Jake (alternate ending)


  • Jaws: (Bruce) Chief Brody placed a scuba tank in his mouth and then shot the air tank with an M1 Garand .30-06 caliber rifle, blowing the shark's head apart and resulting in the remainder of its carcass sinking to the bottom of the ocean.
  • Jaws 2: (Brucette) Electrocuted by Brody after she bit into an undersea power cable, lit on fire and then sinks to the bottom of the ocean. Only shark not to be blown up. 
  • Jaws 3-D: (Brucetta) Blown up after Michael Brody pulls the pin of one of Phillip's grenades in her mouth.
  • Jaws: The Revenge: (Vengeance) (alternate endings) Impaled by Jake's boat and bled to death, or impaled by the boat then (unintentionally comically) somehow blows up because of the bomb placed inside by Jake.

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. There he was voiced by Seth Macfarlane.
    • 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 on Jaws being virtue of similar name and appearance and even has a head that looks like Jaws when he is on water.
  • In The Lego Batman Movie, Bruce appears as one of the numerous Phantom Zone Criminals who teams up with The Joker to defeat Batman and destroy Gotham City. This incarnation of Bruce is shown to be super-humanly intelligent, to the point of being a parody, as he is shown piloting a plane without assistance.


  • 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", coming in at #18.
  • When Bruce sinks to the bottom of the sea after he is blown up by Brody, a demonic-like roar can be heard. This is the same sound used in Duel when the truck drives off a cliff.
  • It is unknown why the sharks attacked humans, especially in the first and second movies. In the third and fourth movies, both sharks are seeking revenge after losing family to humans.
  • 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 mother shark in the Jaws movie series (while in the series of novels it is Brucette who is the only female shark to become a mother).
  • Although not confirmed by either the book nor the movies, it is thought that the sharks are no ordinary great white sharks but rather mutated white sharks. That would make sense for their abnormal size, appearance, strength, intelligence and the crave to devour people.
  • The way in which they are killed is almost the exact way that the mako sharks in Deep Blue Sea are killed.


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Poltergeist: Reverend Henry Kane | Poltergeists (Tree & Clown Doll)
Twilight Zone: The Movie: Gremlin
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: Mola Ram | Thuggee (Chief Guard & Chattar Lal) | Lao Che
The Goonies: Mama Fratelli | Jake and Francis
The Color Purple: Albert
An American Tail: Warren T. Rat | Mott Street Maulers (Digit) | Moe
Empire of the Sun: Emperor Hirohito | Sergeant Nagata
The Land Before Time: Sharptooth
Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Judge Doom | Toon Patrol (Smartass, Greasy, Psycho, Wheezy & Stupid)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Walter Donovan | Nazi Party (Elsa Schneider, Ernst Vogel & Adolf Hitler) | Panama Hat | Garth
Hook: James Hook | Mr. Smee
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West: Cat R. Waul | Cactus Cat Gang (T.R. Chula, One Eye & Sweet William)
Schindler's List: Amon Goeth
Jurassic Park: John Hammond | Dennis Nedry | Ed Regis | Lewis Dodgson
The Lost World: Jurassic Park: Peter Ludlow | Dieter Stark
Saving Private Ryan: Steamboat Willie
The Mask of Zorro: Don Rafael Montero | Harrison Love
Minority Report: Lamar Burgess
War of the Worlds: Martians
The Legend of Zorro: Count Armand | Jacob McGivens
Memoirs of a Geisha: Hatsumomo
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Irina Spalko | Antonin Dovchenko
Super 8: Colonel Nelec | Cooper
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn: Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine | Allan | Tom | Pedro | Falcon | Aristides Silk | Red Rackham
The BFG: Fleshlumpeater | Giants (Bloodbottler & Bonecruncher)
Ready Player One: Nolan Sorrento | Innovative Online Industries (I-R0k, F’Nale Zandor & Sixers)

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