Few things are scarier, more exciting, or more epic than an awesome shark, and pop culture is full of the awesome, toothy creatures. Below are the greatest sharks in pop culture history, including some of the greatest clips ever of over-the-top sharks from B-movies, real-life sharks who've achieved badassery, shark memes and, of course, sharks we all grew up with.
What are the coolest sharks of all time? From Jaws to Sharknado, sharks in movies have been frightening and captivating audiences for years. Pop culture has made many sharks household names and, some might argue, unfairly given real sharks a bad image as ruthless killers.
Regardless, the sharks on this list are incredibly awesome and are eagerly awaiting your undivided attention to learn all about their kick ass stories. Read on, and be careful next time you're out in the ocean.
Of course. Of course the shark from Jaws is on here. Did you think it wouldn't be on here? This was the first awesome shark in the history of pop culture and was what really spawned the fear and fascination with sharks outside of people who are just really into marine biology.Sharks were never huge until Jaws. And they were never as scary on film. The first, and the best, Jaws makes the list as the one who started it all.Is this awesome?
Bruce the Shark
In Finding Nemo, an underdog story about a family getting back together, one of the creatures standing in the way, and one of the most endearingly evil but hilarious antagonists in any Disney Pixar movie is Bruce the Shark.
The great part about this character is that he talks to the smaller fish exactly like you would a Cheez-It if it came to life, calling them "Morsels" and "Bites."Then, when it comes to the part where you think they're going to be eaten, it turns out that Bruce is bringing them to the equivalent of an AA meeting for sharks who eat other fish, bringing hilarious adult themes to a very sophisticated kids movie.Is this awesome?
The Shark That Jump-Eats the Seal from Planet Earth
You've seen this before. It's one of the greatest shark clips ever caught on video and if you've ever seen a commercial for "Planet Earth" (or gotten high watching "Planet Earth"), then you've seen this amazing footage of a shark jumping out of the water to catch a seal which it then devours, while in mid air.It's one of those moments that reminds you why people like sharks so much and why they absolutely and undoubtedly deserve any attention they get.Is this awesome?
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These four Jawsome dudes were part of the 90s answer to the popularity of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We had stuff like Battletoads, Biker Mice from Mars, and then we had Street Sharks.
If you grew up around that era, you remember Street Sharks. They were the cool, realistic-looking, rubber toys whose arms/legs couldn't move, but looked totally badass. You had four sharks, much like you had four turtles, and just like the turtles, all of them acted like surfer dudes/grunge guys/tough guys. These are the three types of acceptable men that existed in the early 90s, and cartoons made sure that we were one of these. You could always be the "smart" one, but that means you'd always have to play as the lamest-character with the wussiest weapons.
Nonetheless, these guys had some awesome stuff going for them other than cool toys. It almost felt like the Ninja Turtles turned up a notch. I mean, it made a lot more sense that SHARKS would be surfer dudes for one thing. And it also allowed us to get some pretty awesome toys, even if they were designed in an incredibly impractical way.And most importantly, they gave us the term "Jawsome." Because sharks have jaws, you see. Get it?Is this awesome?