Jigsaw (Saw)
John Kramer.1
Known Aliases: The Jigsaw Killer
Gender: Male
Portrayed By: Tobin Bell
First Appearance: Saw

John Kramer (also known as The Jigsaw Killer, commonly referred to as Jigsaw) is a fictional character from the Saw franchise. Jigsaw made his debut in the first film of the series, Saw, later appearing in Saw II, III, IV, V, VI, and 3D. He is portrayed by American actor Tobin Bell.

In the series' narrative, Kramer is a former civil engineer dying from an inoperable frontal lobe tumor that had developed from colon cancer. After a failed suicide attempt, Kramer experienced a new respect for his own life and set out to force others through deadly trials to help them appreciate their own lives by testing their will to live through self-sacrifice. The tests were typically symbolic of what Jigsaw perceived as a flaw in each person's moral character or life. The Jigsaw name was given by the media for his practice of cutting puzzle pieces out of the flesh of those who failed their ordeals and perished, symbolic of their missing survival instincts.


Main article: Billy the Puppet (Saw)

Billy, a puppet, is an icon of the Jigsaw character. Jigsaw often used it for the purpose of delivering messages to his victims via a television screen, but at times it has also been physically present with the victims during their tests. He provided the (disguised) voice for Billy when it delivered its messages. It is shown in Saw IV that the original puppet was created by Kramer as an intended toy for his unborn child. Jigsaw is shown constructing the more menacing Billy puppet in Saw III for the purpose of its inclusion in his 'games'.

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Films SawSaw IISaw IIISaw IVSaw VSaw VISaw 3D
Characters BillyJigsawMark HoffmanAmanda YoungJill TuckLawrence GordonEric MatthewsDavid Tapp
Traps Reverse BeartrapThe BathroomAngel TrapThe PendulumThe CubeThe Fatal Five

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