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Lionsgate Entertainment released the first seven films in the franchise on the week prior to Halloween for seven years in a row, from 2004 to 2010. The seventh installment, titled ''Saw 3D'', was renamed ''Saw: The Final Chapter'' for its home video release. According to WordOfGod, the series was supposed to end with an eighth film, but due to the poor box office performance of ''Saw VI'', ''Saw VIII'''s plot was worked into ''Saw 3D''. In October 2016, a new film under the working title ''Saw: Legacy'' was announced to be in production. The title was later changed to ''[[AntagonistTitle Jigsaw]]'', and the film was released on October 27, 2017. A ninth film, ''Spiral'', is due to be released in May 2020, produced, written by and starring Creator/ChrisRock.

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Lionsgate Entertainment released the first seven films in the franchise on the week prior to Halloween for seven years in a row, from 2004 to 2010. The seventh installment, titled ''Saw 3D'', was renamed ''Saw: The Final Chapter'' for its home video release. According to WordOfGod, the series was supposed to end with an eighth film, but due to the poor box office performance of ''Saw VI'', ''Saw VIII'''s plot was worked into ''Saw 3D''. In October 2016, a new film under the working title ''Saw: Legacy'' was announced to be in production. The title was later changed to ''[[AntagonistTitle Jigsaw]]'', and the film was released on October 27, 2017. A ninth film, ''Spiral'', is due to be released in May 2020, produced, ''Spiral'' (produced, written by and starring Creator/ChrisRock.
Creator/ChrisRock), was announced in February 2020 with a May release date that has been delayed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


* ''Spiral: From the Book of Saw '' (2019)

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* ''Spiral: ''[[Film/Spiral2020 Spiral: From the Book of Saw '' (2019)Saw]]'' (2020)



Lionsgate Entertainment released the first seven films in the franchise on the week prior to Halloween for seven years in a row, from 2004 to 2010. The seventh installment, titled ''Saw 3D'', was renamed ''Saw: The Final Chapter'' for its home video release. According to WordOfGod, the series was supposed to end with an eighth film, but due to the poor box office performance of ''Saw VI'', ''Saw VIII'''s plot was worked into ''Saw 3D''. In October 2016, a new film under the working title ''Saw: Legacy'' was announced to be in production. The title was later changed to ''[[AntagonistTitle Jigsaw]]'', and the film was released on October 27, 2017. A ninth film, known as ''Spiral'' (tentatively titled ''The Organ Donor''), is due to be released in May 2020.

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Lionsgate Entertainment released the first seven films in the franchise on the week prior to Halloween for seven years in a row, from 2004 to 2010. The seventh installment, titled ''Saw 3D'', was renamed ''Saw: The Final Chapter'' for its home video release. According to WordOfGod, the series was supposed to end with an eighth film, but due to the poor box office performance of ''Saw VI'', ''Saw VIII'''s plot was worked into ''Saw 3D''. In October 2016, a new film under the working title ''Saw: Legacy'' was announced to be in production. The title was later changed to ''[[AntagonistTitle Jigsaw]]'', and the film was released on October 27, 2017. A ninth film, known as ''Spiral'' (tentatively titled ''The Organ Donor''), ''Spiral'', is due to be released in May 2020.
2020, produced, written by and starring Creator/ChrisRock.


* ''[[Film/Spiral2020 Spiral: From the Book of Saw]]'' (2019)

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* ''[[Film/Spiral2020 Spiral: ''Spiral: From the Book of Saw]]'' Saw '' (2019)



* ShoutOut: The creepy puppet Jigsaw uses in his videos was directly inspired by a similar creepy puppet in Creator/DarioArgento's {{Giallo}} film ''Deep Red''.

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The creepy puppet Jigsaw uses in his videos was directly inspired by a similar creepy puppet in Creator/DarioArgento's {{Giallo}} film ''Deep Red''.Red''.
** The premise of the first film was partly inspired by the ending of ''Film/MadMax1'', where Max handcuffs the last gang member to a car that he's rigged to explode and leaves him with a hacksaw, telling him that it'd take ten minutes to cut through the handcuffs and escape but five minutes to cut through his ankle. Not coincidentally, James Wan and Leigh Whannell are both Australian.


* ''Spiral: From the Book of Saw '' (2019)

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* ''Spiral: ''[[Film/Spiral2020 Spiral: From the Book of Saw '' Saw]]'' (2019)


Lions Gate Entertainment released the first seven films in the franchise on the week prior to Halloween for seven years in a row, from 2004 to 2010. The seventh installment, titled ''Saw 3D'', was renamed ''Saw: The Final Chapter'' for its home video release. According to WordOfGod, the series was supposed to end with an eighth film, but due to the poor box office performance of ''Saw VI'', ''Saw VIII'''s plot was worked into ''Saw 3D''. In October 2016, a new film under the working title ''Saw: Legacy'' was announced to be in production. The title was later changed to ''[[AntagonistTitle Jigsaw]]'', and the film was released on October 27, 2017. A ninth film, tentatively titled "The Organ Donor", is due to be released in May 2020.

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Lions Gate Lionsgate Entertainment released the first seven films in the franchise on the week prior to Halloween for seven years in a row, from 2004 to 2010. The seventh installment, titled ''Saw 3D'', was renamed ''Saw: The Final Chapter'' for its home video release. According to WordOfGod, the series was supposed to end with an eighth film, but due to the poor box office performance of ''Saw VI'', ''Saw VIII'''s plot was worked into ''Saw 3D''. In October 2016, a new film under the working title ''Saw: Legacy'' was announced to be in production. The title was later changed to ''[[AntagonistTitle Jigsaw]]'', and the film was released on October 27, 2017. A ninth film, tentatively known as ''Spiral'' (tentatively titled "The ''The Organ Donor", Donor''), is due to be released in May 2020.
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* ''Spiral: From the Book of Saw '' (2019)


* DownerEnding: Every film in the series. [[spoiler:The only ''possible'' exceptions are ''Saw 3D'' and ''Saw II'', since the boy does survive.]]

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* DownerEnding: Every film in the series. [[spoiler:The only ''possible'' exceptions are ''Saw 3D'' and ''Saw II'', since the boy does survive.survive, and ''Saw 3D'', where Hoffman is given a KarmicDeath.]]


Lions Gate Entertainment released the first seven films in the franchise on the week prior to Halloween for seven years in a row, from 2004 to 2010. The seventh installment, titled ''Saw 3D'', was renamed ''Saw: The Final Chapter'' for its home video release. According to WordOfGod, the series was supposed to end with an eighth film, but due to the poor box office performance of ''Saw VI'', ''Saw VIII'''s plot was worked into ''Saw 3D''. In October 2016, a new film under the working title ''Saw: Legacy'' was announced to be in production. The title was later changed to ''[[AntagonistTitle Jigsaw]]'', and the film was released on October 27, 2017. Discussions on a ninth entry in the series are also underway.

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Lions Gate Entertainment released the first seven films in the franchise on the week prior to Halloween for seven years in a row, from 2004 to 2010. The seventh installment, titled ''Saw 3D'', was renamed ''Saw: The Final Chapter'' for its home video release. According to WordOfGod, the series was supposed to end with an eighth film, but due to the poor box office performance of ''Saw VI'', ''Saw VIII'''s plot was worked into ''Saw 3D''. In October 2016, a new film under the working title ''Saw: Legacy'' was announced to be in production. The title was later changed to ''[[AntagonistTitle Jigsaw]]'', and the film was released on October 27, 2017. Discussions on a A ninth entry film, tentatively titled "The Organ Donor", is due to be released in the series are also underway.
May 2020.


* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:The ENTIRE FRANCHISE. No main character has had anything resembling a clear-cut victory over Jigsaw in the movies or the game, and there's always someone ready to take over the serial killer's mantle.]]

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: ShootTheShaggyDog:
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[[spoiler:The ENTIRE FRANCHISE. No main character has had anything resembling a clear-cut victory over Jigsaw in the movies or the game, and there's always someone ready to take over the serial killer's mantle.]]]]
** Smaller examples occur whenever someone conquers the grueling conditions of a Jigsaw game through great suffering or sacrifice, only for the trap to turn out to be inescapable by design or for there to be interference from another person or time running out that prevents the victim from completing the final step that will actually free them.


** John Kramer to EVERY SINGLE OTHER VILLAIN IN THE SERIES. He's a twisted bastard, but whenever he comes into conflict with another villain, he has the moral high ground.

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** John Kramer to EVERY SINGLE OTHER VILLAIN IN THE SERIES.''every single other villain'' in the series. He's a twisted bastard, but whenever he comes into conflict with another villain, he has the moral high ground.



* FatalFlaw

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* FatalFlawFatalFlaw: Jigsaw's method of operation involves the victim having to overcome theirs or be killed by a DeathTrap.



* HappyFlashback

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* HappyFlashbackHappyFlashback: The flashbacks to Jigsaw's life before he became the twisted killer he is today.



* WellIntentionedExtremist

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* WellIntentionedExtremistWellIntentionedExtremist: ''Jigsaw''. He believes that putting people in death traps where they have to be willing to seriously hurt themselves or others to survive is a suitable way to make them appreciate life more.


** [[spoiler: Amanda was the first person to ever survive a trap, and she develops StockholmSyndrome towards John as he takes her under his wing. But she soon starts making inescapable traps in the belief that nobody can truly change and that they're better off dead and not in any pain versus alive and suffering, as well as letting her emotions get the better of her, leading to her death.

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** [[spoiler: Amanda was the first person to ever survive a trap, and she develops StockholmSyndrome towards John as he takes her under his wing. But she soon starts making inescapable traps in the belief that nobody can truly change and that they're better off dead and not in any pain versus alive and suffering, as well as letting her emotions get the better of her, leading to her death.]]



* [[spoiler: Logan seems to be doing fine with reviving the Jigsaw name at first, following the rules of fairness and recreating the barn trap from ten years ago to the letter. But he goes off the rails when he reveals all this to Halloran right as he's about to activate the lasers that will kill him while he's completely helpless to stop it. Halloran points out to him that Jigsaw gave his victims a chance to survive, but Logan doesn't care, since he sees Halloran and the future people he's going to test (rapists, murderers) as too subhuman to give a fighting chance.]]

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* ** [[spoiler: Logan seems to be doing fine with reviving the Jigsaw name at first, following the rules of fairness and recreating the barn trap from ten years ago to the letter. But he goes off the rails when he reveals all this to Halloran right as he's about to activate the lasers that will kill him while he's completely helpless to stop it. Halloran points out to him that Jigsaw gave his victims a chance to survive, but Logan doesn't care, since he sees Halloran and the future people he's going to test (rapists, murderers) as too subhuman to give a fighting chance.]]

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* SeamlessScenery: So ''many'' examples, mostly in the films Darren Lynn Bousman directed, but the best example would be ''Film/SawII'', where Det. Matthews walks out of his bedroom... and right into the crime scene where the opening trap took place.
** And that scene also ends this way, with the camera panning over [[spoiler: the message left for Matthews]], over a beam, and then down into the precinct, where Kerry is analyzing Jigsaw's tape.
** After Xavier discovers [[spoiler: the number on the back of Gus' neck.]] The camera pans from that... to Daniel and Amanda running down a hallway, as if the floor was part of the wall they're running past.
** In ''Film/SawIV''. Rigg literally throws the scalping victim [[DestinationDefenestration through a mirror]] and into the next scene.
*** In another scene, Hoffman turns to leave the precinct... and then Rigg walks right past him, putting a shirt on, which leads into the next scene.
** In ''Film/SawIII'', the camera follows [[{{Gorn}} Troy's body]] before panning to a rug in Kerry's apartment.
*** And after [[spoiler: Kerry is killed in a trap]], the camera pans from that to... Lynn's bedroom.
*** In another scene, Amanda walks through the factory floor, passing the crate Jeff is trapped in... which is actually [[spoiler: in another part of the building]].
** Surprisingly enough, happens throughout ''Film/Saw3D'' as well, most extensively when the camera frequently pans between Bobby pulling his teeth, and Gibson raiding the asylum where the game is taking place.
*** It also happens when Gibson finds the back room of the garage, which then pans to Bobby finally reaching Joyce.


The ''Saw'' franchise -- comprised chiefly of a series of horror films -- centers around a PoeticSerialKiller dubbed "The Jigsaw Killer" (or just "Jigsaw"), who places people in {{Death Trap}}s and gives them a chance to escape before death claims them. Jigsaw designs each trap as a violent form of poetic justice by reflecting what Jigsaw sees as the vital flaw of its victim(s). To escape these traps -- or [[DeadlyGame "games"]], as Jigsaw calls them -- the victims must typically harm either themselves or others in some horrific way to escape their impending (and horrific) death. The films' storylines center around the victims' efforts to escape their traps, Jigsaw's life, and his connection to the films' other characters.

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The ''Saw'' franchise -- comprised composed chiefly of a series of horror films -- centers around a PoeticSerialKiller dubbed "The Jigsaw Killer" (or just "Jigsaw"), who places people in {{Death Trap}}s and gives them a chance to escape before death claims them. Jigsaw designs each trap as a violent form of poetic justice by reflecting what Jigsaw sees as the vital flaw of its victim(s). To escape these traps -- or [[DeadlyGame "games"]], as Jigsaw calls them -- the victims must typically harm either themselves or others in some horrific way to escape their impending (and horrific) death. The films' storylines center around the victims' efforts to escape their traps, Jigsaw's life, and his connection to the films' other characters.


** That's not even including the victims in Easton's tests, most of whom were completely innocent of anything resembling a crime, even by Jigsaw's standards. Apparently their lives were less important than the irony factor of making a health insurance executive literally choose which of them will live or die.
* TheBadGuyWins: Every film thus far ends with Jigsaw (be it the original or one of his apprentices) getting the last laugh. Even when the real Jigsaw was killed in ''Saw III'', he still managed to gain the upper hand posthumously. ''Saw VI'' [[spoiler:has come the closest to giving a villain -- in this case, Hoffman -- his comeuppance while not setting up anyone as an obvious successor to Jigsaw; the man who played "Jigsaw's" game dies, though.]]
* BastardUnderstudy:
** [[spoiler:Amanda]], a rare survivor of a Jigsaw trap, is later revealed to be his chief aide. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:she]] gets his message wrong...
** [[spoiler:Detective Hoffman also counts.]]
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: This series loves this trope. [[spoiler:Amanda and Gordon are the most clear cut examples. Hoffman's conversion from standard villain to a monster after his encounter with the RBT 2.0 probably counts as well.]]
* BigBad: Jigsaw in the first three films, [[spoiler:Detective Hoffman]] in the latter four.

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** That's not even including the victims in Easton's tests, most of whom were completely innocent of anything resembling a crime, even by Jigsaw's standards.crime. Apparently their lives were less important than the irony factor of making a health insurance executive literally choose which of them will live or die.
* TheBadGuyWins: Every film thus far ends with Jigsaw (be it the original or one of his apprentices) getting the last laugh. Even when [[spoiler: the real Jigsaw was killed in ''Saw III'', he still managed to gain the upper hand posthumously. ''Saw VI'' [[spoiler:has come the closest to giving a villain -- in this case, Hoffman -- his comeuppance while not setting up anyone as an obvious successor to Jigsaw; the man who played "Jigsaw's" game dies, though.posthumously.]]
* BastardUnderstudy:
BastardUnderstudy: Everyone except [[spoiler: Lawrence]] screws up the philosophy one way or another.
** [[spoiler:Amanda]], [[spoiler: Amanda was the first person to ever survive a rare survivor of a Jigsaw trap, is later revealed to be and she develops StockholmSyndrome towards John as he takes her under his chief aide. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:she]] gets his message wrong...
wing. But she soon starts making inescapable traps in the belief that nobody can truly change and that they're better off dead and not in any pain versus alive and suffering, as well as letting her emotions get the better of her, leading to her death.
** [[spoiler:Detective [[spoiler: Hoffman also counts.tried to pass off his own murder as Jigsaw's work, and was subsequently given the choice by John to choose between self-preservation, by making traps for real with him, or justice, by take credit for his own handiwork and reveal John as Jigsaw, thereby exposing them both as killers. He picks self-preservation, and takes part in the philosophy, but doesn't actually care about changing people, and after John dies, he takes the Jigsaw name for a joyride and kills either just because or to exact personal revenge on people who he believes have wronged him. Thankfully John anticipated this, and tasked Lawrence with being a fail-safe in the case that Hoffman killed Jill. He does, and Lawrence goes ahead with locking him in the original bathroom to die.]]
* [[spoiler: Logan seems to be doing fine with reviving the Jigsaw name at first, following the rules of fairness and recreating the barn trap from ten years ago to the letter. But he goes off the rails when he reveals all this to Halloran right as he's about to activate the lasers that will kill him while he's completely helpless to stop it. Halloran points out to him that Jigsaw gave his victims a chance to survive, but Logan doesn't care, since he sees Halloran and the future people he's going to test (rapists, murderers) as too subhuman to give a fighting chance.
]]
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: This series loves this trope. [[spoiler:Amanda and Gordon are the most clear cut examples. Hoffman's conversion from standard villain to a complete monster after his encounter with the RBT 2.0 probably counts as well.]]
* BigBad: Jigsaw in the first three films, [[spoiler:Detective and [[spoiler: Hoffman]] in the latter four.

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