Appearances in other media
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 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 serrated teeth. It also has a dorsal fin, an anal fin, and a single turbine engine with a four-winged propeller on their 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 , Jawz are encountered in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles Hydrocity Zone, where they usually appear in groups. In gameplay, they are either flying or swimming in a straight line, 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.
In both the
Wii 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).
Main articles ( Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Sonic & Knuckles Collection) | Gallery ( Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic & Knuckles Collection) | Beta elements ( Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles) | Staff ( Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic & Knuckles Collection) | Glitches ( Sonic 3, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Sonic & Knuckles Collection)
Sonic ( Super Sonic, Hyper Sonic) | Tails ( Super Tails) | Knuckles ( Super Knuckles, Hyper Knuckles) | Dr. Robotnik | Mecha Sonic ( Mecha Sonic's Super State) | Animals ( Flicky ( Flicky's Super State), Pocky, Pecky, Cucky, Ricky, Rocky)
Batbot | Blaster | Blastoid (Carnival Night Zone) | Blastoid (Hydrocity Zone) | Bloominator | Bubbles | Bugernaut | Butterdroid | Catakiller, Jr. | Chainspike | Clamer | Cluckoid | Corkey | Dragonfly | EggRobo | Fireworm | Flybot767 | Hyudoro | Iwamodoki | Jawz | Madmole | Mantis | Mega Chopper | Monkey Dude | Mushmeanie | Orbinaut | Penguinator | Pointdexter | RhinoBot | Ribot | Rock'n | Sandworm | Skorp | Snale Blaster | Spikebonker | Spiker | Star Pointer | Technosqueek | Toxomister | Turbo Spiker
Angel Island Zone | Hydrocity Zone | Marble Garden Zone | Carnival Night Zone | IceCap Zone | Launch Base Zone | Special Stages | Bonus Stages
Sonic & Knuckles
Mushroom Hill Zone | Flying Battery Zone | Sandopolis Zone | Lava Reef Zone | Hidden Palace Zone | Sky Sanctuary Zone | Death Egg Zone | The Doomsday Zone | Special Stages | Bonus Stages
Azure Lake Zone | Balloon Park Zone | Chrome Gadget Zone | Desert Palace Zone | Endless Mine Zone
Doctor Robotnik’s Flame Craft | Doctor Robotnik’s Whirlpool Machine | Tunnelbot | Self D-Struct Machine | Iceball | Swing’m Spikez | Hei Hou | Gapsule | Barrier Eggman | Guardian | Heat Arms | Egg Mobile-H | Flying Eggman | Red Eye | Death Ball
Doctor Robotnik’s Flame Craft | Doctor Robotnik's Waterspout and Depth Charge Machine | Doctor Robotnik’s Jet Drill Pod | Doctor Robotnik's Energy Ship | Doctor Robotnik’s Freeze-O-Matic | Ball Shooter | Beam Rocket | Big Arm | Jet Mobile | Hang Mobile | Egg Golem | Hot Mobile | Knuckles | Mecha Sonic | Mecha Sonic's Super State | Great Eggman Robo | The Doomsday Zone
Bound Jump | Double Jump | Fireball Spin Dash | Glide | Gliding Knuckles Attack | Hyper Flash | Insta-Shield | Propeller Flying | Spin Jump | Spin Dash | Spin Attack | Wall Climb
Air Bubble | Balloon | Banana | Bomb | Booster | Bumper | Bumper wall | Cannon | Capsule | Change | Chaos Emerald | Cloud | Continue | Fan | Jump Stand | Monitor ( Water Shield, Flame Shield, Invincibility, Lightning Shield, Super Ring, Super Shoes, Extra Life, S, Eggman) | Movable box | Mushroom | Pulley | Ring | Signpost | Self-Propelled Bomb | Slow-Down Shoes | Snowboard | Sphere | Spikes | Spring | Spinning Top | Star Post ( Star Circle) | Super Emerald | Switch | Transport | Vine | Zip Line
Angel Island | Barrel | Blue Knuckles | Conveyor Belt | Corkscrew loop | Crusher | Debug Mode | Fireball Cannon | Flipper | Flywheel | Freeze | Giant spear | Goal | Gravity Control Switch | Gumball | High-speed elevator | High-speed warp tube | Icicle | Iron ball | Jewel Radar | Perfect Bonus | Platform-raising Wheel | Pole Elevator | Relief | Reverse | Ring Shooter | Rock Drill | Seesaw | Shuttle loop | Slot machine | Snowblower | Sonic & Knuckles • Sonic the Hedgehog 3 | Strange Relief | Time Attack | Tornado | Warp Point | Winding Tunnel | Wonderman
Main article | Gallery | Scripts ( Wii, DS) | Credits ( Wii, DS) | Glitches
Sonic ( Super Sonic) | Virtual Hedgehog*
Tails | Dr. Eggman | Yacker | Orbot | Cubot | Mother Wisp** | Cream** | Cheese** | Milk** | Blaze** | Silver** | Knuckles** | Rouge** | Team Chaotix ( Vector**, Espio**, Charmy**) | Amy** | Big** | Omega** | Shadow**
Wisps White | Cyan | Yellow | Orange | Blue* | Green* | Pink* | Red** | Purple* | Violet**
Tropical Resort | Sweet Mountain | Starlight Carnival | Planet Wisp | Aquarium Park | Asteroid Coaster | Terminal Velocity | Game Land | Special Stages**
Batbot** | Big Chaser* | Buzzer | Chopper | Crabmeat* | Egg Chaser | Egg Pawn | Egg Hammer** | Flapper** | Jawz | Larva* | Mole | Moto Bug* | Sandworm* | Sea Monster | Spinner ( Thunder Spinner, Metal Spinner*) | Spiny* | Sprinkler | Uni Uni**
Rotatatron* | Globotron** | Captain Jelly | Frigate Orcan | Refreshinator* | Drillinator** | Admiral Jelly | Frigate Skullian | Asteroid Coaster sub-boss* | Nega-Wisp Armor | Nega-Mother Wisp**
Air Boost | Assist* | Boost | Boost Mode** | Crouch* | Double Jump* | Drift* | Grind Step | Grinding | Homing Attack | Hop* | Jump Dash | Kick boost | Slide | Skydiving | Spin Dash | Spin Jump | Stomp | Super Sonic Boost | Ring Dash* | Wall Jump
Color Powers Laser | Drill | Rocket | Cube* | Hover* | Spikes* | Frenzy* | Burst** | Void** | Final Color Blaster
Gimmicks and obstacles
Accelerator Gun | Bomb | Bottomless pit | Dash Panel | Dash Rail | Dash Ring | Exploding Balloon** | Fan | Fountain | Grind Rail | Hang Glider | Hint Ring* | Iron ball* | Jump Panel | Mine** | Mobile spring* | Movable box | Moving Crate | Optical cable | Prism | Pulley | Rainbow Ring | Red School | Slot machine | Spike Trap | Spring | Spring Pole | Switch | Thorn Spring | Underground Pipe | Wide spring | Zip Line
Billiard Ball | Blue Block* | Blue Ring* | Chaos Emerald | Container ( Black Mound, Steel Container, Unbreakable Container, Wooden Container) | Egg Medal* | Goal Ring | Item Box** ( 1-Up**, 5 Ring Bonus**, Exploding Balloon**, Invincible**, Magnetic Shield**, Mine**, Power Sneakers**, Random Ring Bonus**, Reaper**, Shield**, Spring**, Steal Boost**, Steal Wisp**, Time Bonus**) | Meteorite | Prison Capsule | Question Capsule* | Ring | Special Ring | Star Post | Super Ring* | Wisp Capsule
English voice actors
Roger Craig Smith ( | Sonic) Mike Pollock ( | Eggman) Kate Higgins ( | Tails) Travis Willingham** ( | Knuckles) Cindy Robinson** ( | Amy) Kirk Thornton** ( | Shadow) Wally Wingert ( | Cubot) Quinton Flynn** ( | Silver) Laura Bailey** ( | Blaze) Karen Strassman** ( | Rouge) Michelle Ruff** ( | Cream) Keith Silverstein** ( | Vector) Troy Baker** ( | Espio) Colleen O'Shaughnessey** ( | Charmy) Vic Mignogna** (
Japanese voice actors
Junichi Kanemaru ( | Sonic) Chikao Ōtsuka ( | Eggman) Ryo Hirohashi ( | Tails) Nobutoshi Canna** ( | Knuckles) Taeko Kawata** ( | Amy) Koji Yusa** ( | Shadow) Rumi Ochiai** ( | Rouge) Daisuke Ono** ( | Silver) Nao Takamori** ( | Blaze) Sayaka Aoki** ( | Cream) Kenta Miyake** ( | Vector) Yuuki Masuda** ( | Espio) Youko Teppozuka** ( | Charmy) Taiten Kusunoki** (
Reach for the Stars | Speak with Your Heart
Vivid Sound X Hybrid Colors: Sonic Colors Original Soundtrack
Auto Running | Boost Gauge | Bucket O'Sushi* | Dr. Eggman's Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park | Earth | Egg Gun | Egg Shuttle* | Egg Spear | Health Gauge** | Infinite Boost** | Miles Electric | Mind Control Ray | Moon | Nega-Wisp | Options Satellite* | Rank | Real-Time Interaction* | Shuttle loop | Time Attack** | Tractor beam generator | Wisp Gauge
Wii version **Exclusive to DS version.
Main article | Gallery | Beta elements | Staff | Glitches | Re-releases ( Plus)
Sonic the Hedgehog ( Super Sonic) | Miles "Tails" Prower ( Super Tails) | Knuckles the Echidna ( Super Knuckles) | Mighty the Armadillo* ( Super Mighty)* | Ray the Flying Squirrel* ( Super Ray)*
Dr. Eggman | Hard Boiled Heavies ( Heavy King, Heavy Gunner, Heavy Shinobi, Heavy Magician, Heavy Rider) | Phantom Heavies ( Phantom King, Phantom Gunner, Phantom Shinobi, Phantom Magician, Phantom Rider) | Metal Sonic ( Giga Metal) | Animals ( Becky, Cucky, Flicky, Locky, Micky, Pecky, Picky, Pocky, Ricky, Rocky, Tocky, Wocky) | Jimmy
Zones Angel Island Zone* | Green Hill Zone | Chemical Plant Zone | Studiopolis Zone | Flying Battery Zone | Press Garden Zone | Stardust Speedway Zone | Hydrocity Zone | Mirage Saloon Zone | Oil Ocean Zone | Lava Reef Zone | Metallic Madness Zone | Titanic Monarch Zone | Egg Reverie Zone | Special Stage | Bonus Stage | Pinball Stage*
Armadiloid | Aquis | Asteron | Ball Hog | Batbrain | Blaster | Blastoid | Bloominator* | Bugernaut | Bumpalo | Buzz Bomber | Cactula | Catakiller, Jr. | Chopper | Clucker | Crabmeat | Dango | Dragonfly | Eggrobo | Fireworm | Flasher mk.II | Gohla | Grabber | Hotaru | IceBomba | Iwamodoki | Jawz | Jellygnite | Juggle Saw | Kabasira | Kanabun | Madmole | Matryoshka-Bom | Mega Chopper | Mic Drop | Monkey Dude* | Moto Bug | Newtron | Octus | Pointdexter | Rattlekiller | Rexon | RhinoBot* | Robot Bee | Robot Beetle | Roller mk.II | Scarab | Sentry Bug | Shutterbug | Silver Sonic | Spiny | Splats | Sweep | Technosqueek | Toxomister | Tubinaut | Turbo Spiker | Turbo Turtle | Vultron | Wall Crawl | Woodrow
DD Wrecker | Amoeba Droid | Heavy Gunner | Big Squeeze | Shiversaw | Hotaru Hi-Watt | Dive Eggman | Uber Caterkiller | Meter Droid | Drillerdroid | Egg Pistons mk.II | Crimson Eye
Death Egg Robot | Mean Bean Machine | Weather Globe | Spider Mobile | Heavy Shinobi | Metal Sonic | Laundro-Mobile | Heavy Magician | Mega Octus | Heavy Rider | Heavy King | Gachapandora | Phantom Egg | Phantom King and Klepto Mobile
Air Glide* | Bounce Jump | Climb | Double Jump | Drop Dash | Fireball Spin Dash | Glide | Hammer Drop* | Insta-Shield | Propeller Flying | Ring Spark Field | Spin Attack | Spin Dash | Spin Jump | Super Peel Out | V. Maximum Overdrive Attack
Gimmicks and obstacles
Beanstalk | Bomb | Bumper | Bungee Rope | Bumper wall | Conveyor Belt | Crusher | Dash Panel | Electrical conduit | Fan | Fireball Cannon | Flipper | Flywheel | Goal Plate | High-speed warp tube | Ice Spring | Iron ball | Jump Panel | Platform-raising Wheel | Pulley | Ruby Mist | Seesaw | Size Beam | Snowblower | Spikes | Spring | Switch | Transport | Vine | Zip Line
Air Bubble | Capsule | Chaos Emerald | Giant Ring | Giant spear | Item Box ( 1-UP, Blue Shield, Bubble Shield, Character*, Hyper Ring, Eggman Mark, Fire Shield, Invincible, Lightning Shield, Player Swap, Power Sneakers, Random, S, Super Ring) | Little Planet flowers | Master Emerald | Metal Sonic Projector | Medallion | Ring | Robot transporter | Schrodinger's Capsule* | Sphere | Star Circle | Star Post | Time Warp Plate | UFO | Warp Point
Sonic Mania (vinyl album) | Sonic Mania Original Soundtrack (Selected Edition) | Sonic Mania Plus Original Soundtrack
Angel Island | Auto Running | Continue | Death Egg Robot | Debug Mode | Egg Mobile | Freeze | Hang Glider | Klepto Mobile | Level Select | Little Planet | Mega Mack | Perfect Bonus | Phantom Ruby | Rock Drill | Shuttle loop | ( Sonic Mania Adventures Sonic Returns, Sonic and Tails, & Knuckles, Mighty and Ray, Metal Mayhem, From: A. Rose, The Complete Mini-Series) | Time Attack | Time Over | Tornado | Winding Tunnel
Sonic Mania Plus only