For other uses of the term, see Jawz (disambiguation).
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Blue, yellow, silver Blue, yellow, red, orange, gray ( ) Sonic Colors Turquoise blue, yellow, red, orange, gray ( ) Sonic Colors
Black with yellow sclera
Flight Swimming Self-detonation
Jawz  (, also known as ジョーズ  Jōzu ) ? Jawzun ( ジョーズン Jōzun ) ?  in Japan, is an enemy that appears in the  . It is a mass-produced, shark-based Sonic the Hedgehog series Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman which can travel through the air and underwater.
The typical Jawz resembles a
shark-themed torpedo. It has a blue metallic body with a silver underbelly. Its head also has a pair of bolts on each side resembling eyes and a mouth full of sharp teeth. It also has a dorsal fin, an anal fin, and a single turbine engine with a four-winged propeller on its rear.
, the general Jawz had a more detailed design with orange turbines and black eyes with yellow sclera. It also had two pelvic fins instead of an anal fin. The smaller variations of it in the same game were also turquoise instead of blue.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
and its locked-on version Sonic the Hedgehog 3 , this Badnik is referred to as Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles Jawz  ( In these games, they are encountered in ジョーズ  Jōzu ) ? Hydrocity Zone, where they usually appear in groups.
In gameplay, Jaws are either flying or swimming in a straight line without turning around, but make no effort to attack the player. If the player gets damaged by a Jawz however, it will self-destruct without releasing the
animal inside of it. Nevertheless, they can still be dangerous if the player fails to notice them. Otherwise, they are easily defeated with the Spin Jump.
Wii version and Nintendo DS version of , Jawz are encountered in Sonic Colors Aquarium Park. In the Wii version, they are larger and swim around in the underwater sections, and will charge towards Sonic in a straight line once he gets too close. Smaller variations of the Jawz are also featured, which follow Sonic around underwater rather than in a straight line. Otherwise, the Spin Jump and the Yellow Drill can defeat them.
In the Nintendo DS version, only the blue variation of the Jawz appear. These Badniks usually swim around, but will start charging towards Sonic once he gets close. While they charge, the player cannot attack the Jawz without taking damage. Instead, the player has to attack them using the Yellow Drill.
, and its expansion Sonic Mania , the Jawz appear as enemies. In terms of design, they look exactly like they did in Sonic Mania Plus . In these games, they appear again both above and below the underwater sections in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Hydrocity Zone.
In gameplay, the Jawz behave just like in their debut game: they move in straight lines and will self-destruct without releasing an
Animal if they touch the player. Should the player destroy a Jawz before it self-destructs though, an Animal will be released.
Powers and abilities
Jawz can both fly and swim using a turbine engine. They also have a self-destruct function that activates after someone touches them.
In other media
In the French
comic book, Robotnik sent numerous Badniks (including Jawz) on a huge chase after Sonic and Tails when they escaped from his spaceship.
Sonic the Comic
The name of the Badnik is a reference to the 1975 thriller film,
. Jaws Jawz' method of attack is similar to the
Balkiry's, except it may come from both sides of the screen and blows up upon touch. In fact, if this Badnik does explode, then its animal will not pop out, similar to the Grabber. In
, Jawz are only ever encountered exclusively within Act 2. They can be placed within Act 1 using Debug Mode. However, their sprite appears glitchy, instead using Sonic 3 & Knuckles Blastoids' textures (the latter of which is exclusive to Act 1). It is likely that they use each other's sprite sheet in order to match with the corresponding Act's palette. In
, there is a Sonic Labyrinth Badnik named Octoto which is similar to Jawz. The character Johnny shares some similarities with Jawz, as both of them have shark and missile qualities (with Jawz being a torpedo and Johnny being more of a rocket).
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