The 20 Greatest Sharks in Pop Culture History Anything

The 20 Greatest Sharks in Pop Culture History

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In honor of Shark Week 2011, here, in no particular order are the 20 greatest sharks in pop culture history, including some of the greatest clips of over-the-top sharks from B-movies, real-life sharks who've acheived badassery, shark memes and, of course, sharks we all grew up with. Happy Shark Week everyone.

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    The Shark from Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus

    The IMDB synopsis for this movie goes as follows:
    The California coast is terrorized by two enormous prehistoric sea creatures as they battle each other for supremacy of the sea.

    If that isn't enough for you to want to see this movie, then you hate sharks and freedom. This shark makes the list because it is a MEGA Shark (or, a Megalodon, as is more accurately named in Shark Attack 3: Megalodon -- also on this list). You don't get more awesome than a motherf*cking MEGA Shark.

    Especially a shark that can jump as high as this one. Out of all the over-the-top movie sharks in this list, the Mega Shark from Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus takes the cake.


    Because he takes down a plane (watch the clip).

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    Getting Roger Corman, one of the reigning kings of B-cinema, to direct Sharktopus was one of the smartest things that Syfy ever did (although nothing will ever redeem them for changing their name to "Syfy").

    They embraced the kind of film making that is, at this point, synonymous with Syfy Channel and took it to a whole new level. A weird, genetically-engineered half-shark half-octopus (that can, for some reason, walk on land) attacks a beach community in Mexico while the guy who created him (played by none other than Eric Roberts) tries to hunt him down.

    Sharktopus is one in a long line of over-the-top B-movie sharks, but is by FAR one of the most memorable. A little bit after news that came out that this was being made, though, the internet decided to one-up the movie by creating this image.

    Who is the better shark? YOU DECIDE!

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    The Shark That Fonzie Jumps in Happy Days

    If you've ever heard the term "Jump the Shark" and didn't know where it comes from, here's where it comes from.

    In the fifth season premiere of the famous American TV show Happy Days, the gang visits Los Angeles. And Fonzie, ever the cool dude, wearing his swimming shorts and yes, his trademark leather jacket, jumps over a shark just to prove he was brave.

    It was at this moment that any Happy Days fan knew it was over. The show was going to suck from here on out. So, from there on out, whenever a good, well-respected or widely-loved television show does something so over-the-top that you know the writers have lost it or stopped caring, it is called "jumping the shark".

    Because he contributed to such a huge part of television history, and because he's entered our lexicon as a society, the shark that Fonzie jumps over in this scene from Happy Days, gets the crown as one of the greatest sharks in pop culture history.

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    The Shark That Poops All Over the Deep Sea Divers

    This shark doesn't give a crap. Well, he does, and that's what makes him so awesome.

    Showing the caged divers who are taking close-up flash pictures of him, this shark decides to leave them a little gift behind.

    But because the poop he leaves behind is so powerful, mighty, and dare-I-say, shark-like, it not only gets all over anyone filming him, but scares off a nearby school of fish. Which is awesome. No. Jawesome.

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    The Singing Shark from The Singing Shark Meme

    The Singing Shark meme came from a website called Hockey Zombie, that's about two friends. One day, this comic you see above randomly showed up as the day's post. This was funny/random enough in of itself. But when it became the coveted 33000000th post on 4Chan, it started going truly viral.

    People then took the meme and either put the original form/text in different contexts:

    The comic even got some merchandising:

    And, of course, someone made it into a short, but quick song.

    And thus, the meme has been fondly remembered.

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