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"You have amassed wealth, fame and notoriety based upon your story of survival. Many have aided in your cause, but few know the truth: you are a liar. You and I both know you have never been in a trap, nor have you ever been tested. Today, these lies will come full circle and you will learn if you truly have what it takes to call yourself a survivor."
Jigsaw to Bobby

Saw 3D (titled Saw: The Final Chapter for its home video release) is the seventh film in the Saw horror film series, released in 2010 and directed by Kevin Greutert. While plans for a Saw VIII were pre-existing, Saw VI's decrease in box office returns led to Saw 3D becoming the planned series finale, with its plot carrying over concepts from Saw VIII.

Picking up right where VI left off, Detective Mark Hoffman has managed to survive his predecessor's final game for him. Now seeking revenge on Jill Tuck, who placed him in the trap according to John's will, he proceeds to go on the warpath to find her.

All the while, a man named Bobby Dagen, who falsely proclaimed himself as a survivor of one of Jigsaw's traps and became a local celebrity selling his story, becomes the center of his newest game, which forces him to try to save the people who participated in his scams.


Preceded by Saw VI. Followed by Jigsaw.

Saw 3D provides examples of:

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  • Alas, Poor Villain: Even after deciding not to fight each other and leaving Dina to die in the "Lover's Triangle" trap (after realizing she played them both for fools and didn't love either), both Brad and Ryan are completely horrified and have to shove their faces into their arms at the sight of her gruesome death by giant circular saw.
  • Alien Blood: When viewed in non-3D viewings, every character in the film appears to bleed pinkish blood. This is because the liquid used for the blood during filming (which is otherwise the same as in previous films) was changed to such color in order to normally appear red in 3D viewings.
  • All Just a Dream: Jill's first "death" at the hands of Hoffman falls under this.
  • Amoral Attorney: Since Suzanne was Bobby's lawyer during his scheme, handling the legal work, she counts as this as she knew she was defending his lies for money.
  • And I Must Scream: At the end of the film, Hoffman is chained in the abandoned bathroom with no means of escape and will certainly suffer a slow, painful death. And it was confirmed that unlike with Adam, no one is coming back to put him out of his misery.
  • Ax-Crazy: Hoffman becomes this by the time of this movie. With his identity as a Serial Killer known to the public, he sees no reason not to become a raging psychopath, killing anyone who is in his way for the remainder of the film as sadistically as he can (until he's finally caught).
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Subverted. Hoffman wins as effortlessly as he has in the past two films, then gets captured and left to die by Lawrence as he was going to escape from the city. Given that Lawrence is now another Jigsaw accomplice, he's technically also a bad guy, but he's leagues better than Hoffman.
  • Back for the Finale: Lawrence Gordon comes back for this film, which was planned to be the series' original finale. Up until this point, he hasn't been seen since the original Saw, six movies ago.
  • Becoming the Boast: Bobby is a motivational speaker who falsely claims to have survived one of Jigsaw's death traps, in which he put two hooks through his pectoral muscles and climbed the chains attached to them in order to pull himself up to safety. Guess what his final test is when he's put through one of Jigsaw's trials for real, with his wife Joyce's life on the line? It's cruelly subverted when a Surprisingly Realistic Outcome occurs, as the pectoral muscles simply aren't strong enough to support Bobby's full weight, and the hooks tear right out of his chest as he tries to climb the chains. Thanks to his lies, Bobby is Forced to Watch as Joyce suffers one of the most brutal deaths in the entire series.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Most of the trap victims say this at some point.
    • Hoffman lets out several at the end of the film when Dr. Gordon leaves him chained up to die in the same bathroom he was in.
  • Black Blood: An unintentional example. The film was made for 3D viewings, and it looks fine when viewed that way. However, no version of the film for non-3D viewings was made for formats where 3D isn't possible like the home video releases. When a film is shot in 3D, some colors have to be changed so that they'll show up properly when viewed through the 3D effect; in this film for example, numerous background colors were made lighter so that they could show up in the typical Saw visual tone in 3D. The liquid used for the blood during shooting is more of a hot pink color than red (which was also used for numerous other details meant to be in red color), and looks red in 3D but not in non-3D format. This means that the home releases feature victims bleeding what appears to be liquid cotton candy instead of actual blood, which can make the bloody moments look ridiculous and hard to take seriously.
  • Blood from the Mouth:
    • After a chainsaw begins slowly cutting into Dina's stomach, this is one of the prime signs that she's dead.
    • Also happens (understandably) to Nina when Bobby pulls the fishhook from her throat, and Bobby himself when he has to pull out two of his own teeth.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Saw 3D takes the gore to new heights in the series. As well as finally showing what happens when the Reverse Bear Trap opens fully without the victim escaping, the film also contains the Horsepower Trap, which couldn't be included in any of the previous entries due to its sheer gruesomeness. The result of said trap is that a woman tied down with barbed wire has her head crushed under the wheels of a car, a man has his arms and jaw ripped off, another man is run over by the same car and the man in the front seat is sent flying through the windshield when the car crashes (and since he was glued into the seat, this causes a huge chunk of his skin to be ripped off).
  • Bodybag Trick: Hoffman hides inside a body bag (which was previously used to store Dan's corpse) so he can sneak into the police station where Jill is inside and catch her.
  • Bond One-Liner: Hoffman turns the series' Signature Line "Game over" into one following the Reverse Bear Trap finally claiming a victim in Jill.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Averted by Hoffman. Once he gets Jill into the Reverse Bear Trap, he stands there and watches until she dies, which she notably didn't do when she put him in the same situation in the previous movie.
  • Booby Trap: Hoffman, having completely abandoned even Jigsaw's twisted concept of morality, begins to use these again.
  • Bookends: Being the (former) Grand Finale, Saw 3D has several of these.
    • The series from the first movie to 3D begins and ends in that bathroom.
    • A more subtle one: the first time we ever see Jigsaw is the establishing shot of him posing as a corpse on the bathroom floor - which also happens to be the last shot we ever see of him in 3D.
    • 3D begins with a flashback to Lawrence sawing off his foot. At the end, one of the last things Hoffman sees before the lights go out is that same foot, badly decayed and still resting in its shackle.
  • Brick Joke: The Reverse Bear Trap is arguably the most iconic trap of the franchise, seeing as how two people (Amanda and Hoffman) survived it. The trap was bound to kill someone in this film, and when it does, it looks awesome. Hoffman even uses the original model of the trap — the one Amanda survived — instead of the newer-looking model that he escaped.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Bobby to John, emphatically so. Impersonating a victim of a serial killer who victimizes frauds was only ever going to end one way.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Taken Up to Eleven with the Public Execution Trap, where a huge crowd of pedestrians stand around the display window and only two of them make an attempt to do anything; one tries to bash the glass with her briefcase and another calls the police. Some are even filming it.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Gibson is one of the more upstanding cops seen in the series. He previously turned in some of Hoffman's cronies for corruption and is reluctant to help Jill unless she follows the rules. Due to his selfless nature and history with Hoffman, he's the only police officer who Jill believes isn't complicit with Hoffman.
  • The Can Kicked Him: Hoffman gets his ultimate comeuppance when Gordon locks him in the Bathroom from the first film and leaves him to die.
  • Car Fu: The Horsepower Trap, in which a group of skinheads will be killed in various ways when a car is released from the two jacks holding it and speeds forward. Which it does.
  • Central Theme: Lying is bad and it will have harsher consequences if it persists.
  • Chained to a Railway: Kind of. Jill is suspended in the air with a vehicle with a giant blade on the front coming toward her. Unlike most examples of this Dead Horse Trope, this trap was actually terrifying, though it was All Just a Dream.
  • Character Blog: The main victim of this film, Bobby Dagen, has a Twitter page, a website and a Facebook page. The Jigsaw Survivor Group that Bobby leads has a Facebook page and a blog as well.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The note to Hoffman saying "I know who you are" in Saw V. At that point, it looked like it's from Jill; this movie reveals it was from Dr. Gordon.
    • And, of course, the note that Jill brought to the St. Eustace Hospital in Saw VI, revealed to be for Dr. Gordon in this movie.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • The film opens with Dr. Gordon dragging himself away from the first film's setting and cauterizing his amputated foot. He later shows up at a gathering of Jigsaw survivors. At the end of the film, it turns out he had been nursed back to health by Jigsaw, given a prosthetic foot, and trained as an accomplice. Gordon becomes the only truly faithful accomplice who doesn't go off the rails and abandon the Jigsaw code when Hoffman kills Jill Tuck—acting on Jigsaw's orders, Gordon captures Hoffman and leaves him to die in the same Bathroom from the first film.
    • Dan, one of the skinheads who died in the Horsepower Trap (specifically the one who lost his lower jaw and arms) later has his body used as a decoy by Hoffman.
  • Cock Fight: The opening trap concerns Brad and Ryan, two friends who were dating the same woman (Dina) and are forced to choose between each other's lives or that of Dina. They spend a good minute trying to kill each other, until they realize that Dina was a two-timing, backstabbing adulterer who was playing them both, causing them to put Bros Before Hoes and get her cut in half.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: The Jigsaw Survivor Group, formed by Jigsaw survivors from the previous films.
  • Continuity Porn: By far the movie with the largest amount of this in the series. It starts with a flashback to Gordon escaping the Bathroom in the first film, and gets progressively more referential from there on out. The Jigsaw Survivor Group, the Reverse Bear Trap (which already appeared frequently throughout the series) and the final Bathroom scene just cinch it.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: While chained up in the Pain Train, Jill appears to be doing one of these.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Most of the trap victims who die in this movie suffer far more agonizing deaths than those from the previous installments, but Joyce getting roasted alive in a brazen bull likely takes the cake.
  • Dead Star Walking: Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington makes a cameo as a skinhead who's killed by one of Hoffman's own traps.
  • Death by Racism: Evan and his skinhead friends in the Horsepower Trap.
  • Desperate Object Catch: Bobby has to guide a blindfolded Cale across some precarious planks, then toss him a key to unlock the cable that will hang Cale when the time runs out. He throws it just too high, and it bounces off Cale's chest and onto the ground floor, sealing his doom.
  • Didn't Think This Through: While Bobby's plan to make money isn't exactly terrible at a glance, he didn't make sure that Jigsaw was either dead or behind bars before publishing his false story.
  • Digital Destruction: An inverted example where the lack of digital retouching for the non-3D home releases made the film look far worse than the 3D viewings it aimed at. Due to the film being shot with lighter colors for 3D so the colors would appear darker when viewed in 3D as intended (including the blood being changed to a hot pink color), the non-3D home releases feature the entire film sporting a light, washed-out coloration and virtually no deep reds, including the aforementioned hot pink blood, a hot pink lightbulb which is supposed to be red that comes on during a particular trap, and a lot of hot pink scrawlings on walls, doors, and floors that are clearly supposed to be red. These coloration issues could have easily been solved through proper editing and retouching, but the film suffers greatly from a lazy, hastily-made home version.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: While Joyce enjoyed the money from Bobby's false story, she didn't know he was lying. As a result, apart from being his unwitting wife, she literally did nothing to warrant being a victim of Jigsaw.
  • Door-Closes Ending: Dr. Gordon closing the bathroom door on Hoffman, shot in a similar way as the ending of the first movie.
  • Eye Scream: The Impalement Wheel, which involves three rods that would not only penetrate Suzanne's eyes, but also her mouth. If any scene in the Saw franchise wanted viewers to see first-hand what being in a Jigsaw trap is actually like, watching that trap in 3D (as the film had intended) is it.
  • Face–Heel Turn:
    • Lawrence was indoctrinated into Jigsaw's philosophy after John nursed him back to health.
    • Word of God claims that Brad and Ryan were the two pig men accompanying Lawrence in subduing Hoffman at the end.
  • Fan Disservice: Dina in the opening is probably the biggest fanservice material in the whole franchise... until she's sawn in half and her intestines spill out, anyway.
  • Final Girl: Subverted. Jill Tuck has an inevitable showdown with Hoffman at the police station. She dies when he puts her in the Reverse Bear Trap.
  • Flashback Echo: The ending gives us Dr. Gordon closing the Bathroom door on Hoffman in the same manner as John in the first film, complete with the "game over" Pre-Mortem One-Liner.
  • Flayed Alive: In the Horsepower Trap, Evan is superglued into the driver's seat of a car. In order to save himself and the others, he has to pull himself loose by ripping off the skin from his arms and back — in Hoffman's eyes, to illustrate how "we are all the same color on the inside."
  • Fun with Acronyms: Bobby's book about his fake trap experience with Jigsaw is titled "S.U.R.V.I.V.E.", which stands for each of the lessons he claims he learned from his experience: "Start your life anew", "Understand your problems", "Redefine your priorities", "Verify your self-worth through commitment", "Ignore your detractors", "Value your loved ones" and "Embrace every day as if it is your last".
  • Gas Chamber: There's a Booby Trap gas chamber for the SWAT team that raids Bobby's game.

  • Half the Man He Used to Be: In the Public Execution Trap, Dina, the girl who's cheating on Brad and Ryan, is dropped forcefully upon a rotating saw blade when they agree that she is the one who should die in the trap.
  • Happily Married: After getting fame for his false survival story against Jigsaw, Bobby has a happy marriage with Joyce. Too bad the "happy" part was short-lived after he and anyone associated with him gets captured for one of Jigsaw's games. Bobby ultimately fails at saving all of them.
  • Hate Crimes Are a Special Kind of Evil: Hoffman abducts a gang of neo-Nazi skinheads in a trap he made himself, instead of him setting up one of the original Jigsaw traps that he was given control over after John's death.
  • Heal It with Fire: Dr. Gordon does this with a hot metal pipe to his recently-made stump.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Bobby's final test—the "game" he must "win" to save his wife—is the same trap he made up in his lies about being a Jigsaw survivor. Bonus points for said trap literally involving hoisting yourself up. He tries to do it the way he described in his lies, by digging the hooks into his chest, but it turns out to be impossible to complete the trap that way. There were, however, several things he could have done instead that would have made the trap rather trivial to complete (for instance, the hooks were big enough for him to simply stand in), which was more than likely intentional on Jigsaw's part.
  • Immediate Sequel: After the opening Public Execution Trap, the film begins with a brief replay of the ending of Saw VI, then starts the plot from it.
  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: On his way to find Jill, Hoffman enters the body bag in which Dan's corpse was put. When Dr. Adam Heffner opens it, Hoffman kills him by stabbing him in the throat.
  • Internal Affairs: The Metropolitan Police Department's Internal Affairs division takes charge of the Jigsaw case when Hoffman is publicly identified as the wanted second Jigsaw apprentice. The three named members of the division seen in the film are Gibson (who had a backstory with Hoffman before being moved to the division), Palmer and Rogers.
  • Ironic Echo: Bobby pretends to be a survivor of Jigsaw's games, and creates an acronym (S.U.R.V.I.V.E.) that supposedly imparts the lessons he learned from his fake experience. When he actually takes part in a Jigsaw game, the phrases his acronym stands for are scrawled over various walls that he passes through, partially because they embody the values Jigsaw tries to instill in his victims.
  • Irony:
  • It's for a Book: Inverted. After seeing people explaining their own experiences in Jigsaw traps, Bobby uses them to make up his own experience as the theme for a book, down to scarring his own pectorals like the scars of said victims to make it seem more real. The success of the book kickstarts the film's main game, where Bobby is put in an actual trial by Hoffman long after Jigsaw took notice of him.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Two subversions.
      • Although he lied about being a survivor of one of Jigsaw's traps simply to become rich and famous, Bobby survives his trial (which was the last one Hoffman ran) with only a few injuries. That being said, his incompetence at successfully completing most of the traps lead to the deaths of his staff, best friend and wife, and in all likelihood his career as a writer would be over with him being exposed as a fraud.
      • The climax makes it seem as if Hoffman was going to get away with all of his crimes at first, but in the end, John manages to outsmart Hoffman with the final task he gave to Lawrence: lock Hoffman in the Bathroom from the first three films and leave him there to die.
    • However, it's played straight with Brit and Mallick, two of the victims of the Fatal Five's trial from Saw V. Despite being involved in an arson and the fact that Hoffman left evidence of it at the scene for the FBI to find, both are walking free by the time of this film with no apparent legal punishment whatsoever.
  • Karmic Death: Gordon condemns Hoffman to painfully starve to death in the bathroom he was tested in. Before he leaves, he also tauntingly disposes of Adam's hacksaw within his reach. Very satisfying.
  • Karmic Twist Ending: After the climax, Hoffman managed to win over the police in his final schemes before escaping the city, including finishing with Bobby's game and killing Jill. Just as he was going to the airport, Gordon, revealed to be Jigsaw's most entrusted accomplice, gets on his way (alongside Brad and Ryan, two of the victims of the film's opening trap) and captures him, eventually locking him up to die in the same room where Gordon had previously been imprisoned in by Jigsaw during the first movie. Gordon himself was acting on the order of Jigsaw, who put him a contract to take Hoffman out if he went after Jill; in the case of success, Gordon would be given access to the remaining material that Jigsaw had kept secret to him.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • While most of Hoffman's victims were handpicked from John's will, one of the few he tests of his own accord is a gang of neo-Nazi skinheads for his Horsepower Trap.
    • Dr. Gordon does this to Hoffman by leaving him to die in the bathroom. It would be cruel if Hoffman wasn't such a murderous asshole.
  • The Last Title: Some home video releases title the film as Saw: The Final Chapter.
  • Locked Up and Left Behind: Dr. Gordon leaves Hoffman trapped in the Bathroom (specifically, he chains him to the same pipe he was chained to in the first film, and removes any means to escape from him), condeming him to a slow death. Word of God confirmed that Hoffman doesn't escape, but it's currently a case of Uncertain Doom due to discussions to bring him back in a later installment.
  • Love Triangle: Brad and Ryan were both involved in relationships with Dina, so in the Public Execution Trap, Jigsaw gives them the choice to either attempt to kill each other with a table of saws in order to "prove who is the alpha male", or leave Dina to die. However, unlike most examples of this trope, the love triangle isn't resolved in favor of either "competitor", as when Dina's loyalty switches between whoever happens to be winning, both men are convinced to call it a draw and allow Dina to be killed instead.
  • Magic Countdown: The 36 seconds that Bobby has to save Suzanne take about a minute and a half.
  • Murder by Cremation: Bobby's wife, Joyce, is burned alive in a Brazen bull when Bobby fails his final trap.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Invoked and then subverted in the opening trap. Brad and Ryan, the men in the trap, can either fight to the death over the woman they both love or let her die instead. Realizing that she doesn't care which one of them dies so long as one of them saves her, they agree to let her die so both of them can survive.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Just before the end, and in Hoffman's perspective, everyone who had opposed him was dead, and there was nobody left to stop him. It looks as if Hoffman had won in the end... until Dr. Gordon, Brad and Ryan show up to immobilize him, something that Hoffman never knew, let alone suspected.
  • No One Could Survive That!: The ending, in which Hoffman is left chained up in the Bathroom with no readily apparent means of escape, acts as if it's a guaranteed death sentence. If the fact that Eric previously managed to free himself bothers you, Word of God confirmed that Lawrence anticipated this and took more care to make things inescapable for Hoffman, aside from throwing the one unbroken hacksaw out of the Bathroom.
  • Offscreen Inertia: When Hoffman is captured by Lawrence, Brad and Ryan, he's trapped inside the Bathroom (next to Adam's corpse, no less), but with all possible methods of escape removed. The film ends with him being left to stay there until he dies, though his fate remains ambiguous due to production-related issues.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: Asides from his two apprentices, Jigsaw had one more major accomplice, the only one he completely trusted—and it was Dr. Gordon. This reveal is accompanied by several shots of past traps being set up in ways that Jigsaw (a mechanical engineer) and his apprentices couldn't pull off, but a surgeon could. These include the key for the Death Mask in Saw II and Trevor's sewn eyes in the Mausoleum Trap of Saw IV.
  • Only in It for the Money: The reason Bobby published his false story about being a victim of Jigsaw. It would allow him to earn quick cash.
  • Opinion Flip Flop: When Brad starts to get the upper hand, Dina roots for him to kill Ryan. When Ryan starts to turn the tables, she starts rooting for Ryan. This gets them to see that she really doesn't love either of them, which prompts them to let her die.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In the public execution trap, after Ryan realizes that Dina doesn't love either him or Brad, and convinces Brad to give up the struggle and let Dina die.
    Ryan: I think we're breaking up with you, Dina.
  • Previews Pulse: Used in this trailer.
  • Punctuated Pounding: Hoffman, while bashing Jill's forehead against a table:
    Hoffman: You. Fucking. CUNT!
  • "Rashomon"-Style: Averted with Gibson. Although a little suspicious of Jill's story, he still follows standard procedure to keep her safe and investigate Hoffman. Fat lot of good it does him, or her for that matter.
  • Removing the Rival: The public execution trap is set up so that two men (Brad and Ryan), both vying for a woman's (Dina) affections, will have to attempt to kill each other so that when one of them dies, the woman can live. However, this is subverted when Dina's loyalties rapidly switch between whoever's winning the struggle, which proves she doesn't love either man, so both refuse to kill each other over her, and she is killed instead.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Dr. Gordon does it at the Jigsaw Survivor Group meeting after Bobby gives a particularly dramatic, self-serving speech.
  • Saying Too Much: In the public execution trap, either Brad or Ryan must fight to push a spinning saw onto the other man and kill him, or allow Dina to be killed by a saw instead. Initially, both of them struggle over the saws and are set to try to kill each other, but Dina makes a mistake that proves fatal to her: she first cheers for Brad when it looks like Brad might win, but then when Ryan starts winning she immediately switches and starts cheering for Ryan. The fact that Dina is willing to "love" whichever man kills the other causes Ryan to realize that she doesn't genuinely love either man (or she would have been cheering only for the one she loved), so he voluntarily gives up the struggle and convinces Brad to do the same, and Dina is killed instead.
  • Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere: Dr. Gordon chains Hoffman to a pipe in the same bathroom where the events of the original Saw occurred, and removed his only means of escape (the saw). Word of God originally confirmed that Hoffman died there.
  • Seamless Scenery: Surprisingly enough, this happens throughout the film despite not being directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, whose previous films in the series (II, III and IV) were the main users of this.
    • Exaggerated when the camera constantly pans between Bobby pulling his teeth and Gibson's squad raiding the asylum where Bobby's game is taking place.
    • It also happens when Gibson finds the back room of the garage, which pans to Bobby finally reaching Joyce.
  • Sentry Gun: One of these planted by Hoffman as a Booby Trap takes out Gibson and two uniformed cops when they search around the office at the auto junkyard.
  • Series Fauxnale: It was treated as the Grand Finale of the series, and even given the alternate title of Saw: The Final Chapter, until Jigsaw was announced and then came out in 2017.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Bobby survives to the end of the film (mostly because none of the tests ever placed him in direct danger), but fails to save anyone, including his wife whose trap involves the made-up trap Bobby lied about having experienced. He doesn't put the hooks deep enough into his body for it to sustain his weight, and they rip through.
  • Space Whale Aesop: Always tell the truth and don't make up lies to get attention, especially if it's about having survived a serial killer's deadly trap when you actually didn't. If you do lie about that, said serial killer will likely kidnap your wife and friends, put them in lethal traps, and put you in not one, but two traps yourself, including the kind of trap that you lied about surviving. And then all you'll get for your troubles are physical and psychological scars from having failed to save your friends and your wife.
  • Spikes of Doom: Bobby wakes up suspended over said spikes in a cage, the bottom of which flips open after he pulls a chain above him. He's able to swing out of their way pretty easily.
  • Spree Killer: Seeing as his cover as a Jigsaw killer is blown, Hoffman decides to go all-out against the police force in this film, killing everyone he comes across with either his bare hands or any weapons he can get his hands on, eventually ending with him locking Jill in the original Reverse Bear Trap, which goes off successfully.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Bobby wrote a book about how he was a Jigsaw survivor, only he never actually escaped a Jigsaw trap. This wouldn't have been a completely terrible idea... if he had started doing so after the events of Saw III (where Jigsaw was no longer alive) instead of before. Did Bobby really think Jigsaw would just let the lie slide?
    • Nina's trap advances faster if she screams during Bobby's attempts at saving her. Despite having a right to be afraid, Bobby repeatedly warns her to not scream and was doing well in fishing out the key to her survival. She keeps screaming regardless and promptly dies, causing Bobby to lampshade her idiocy post-mortem. In addition, Suzanne and Cale could also count, as they should have know taking part in this scheme would also make them targets of Jigsaw.
    • Had she not rooted for Brad and Ryan to kill each other, Dina may have lived.
  • The Tooth Hurts: One part of Bobby's game late in the film requires him to simply put in a combination so he can get through a door. The combination has been etched on two of his wisdom teeth; he must extract them with a pair of locking pliers to get the combination and move forward.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: A deleted scene reveals that Cale was the one who suggested Bobby to pretend to be a Jigsaw survivor, thus kickstarting the movie's main game.
  • Up to Eleven: The creators boasted that this film has a trap that was "so bloody, so disgusting, and so disturbing, the producers wouldn’t allow them to put it in any of the [previous] Saw films – until now". This was, according to IMDB, the Horsepower Trap.
  • Video Wills: A tape that was first seen in the previous film as one of the contents inside the box John gave to Jill is explicitly shown here in a flashback during the climax. John left the tape for Dr. Gordon, in which he instructs about the final task he gives to the latter.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Joyce has this reaction when she finds out that Bobby was never in a trap, asking him if their marriage, helping Jigsaw survivors — everything he's done — was a sham. Bobby's response?
    Bobby: I love you. I never lied about that.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Brad and Ryan's friendship was fractured by Dina's deception towards both of them, but they reconcile after their test.
  • Where It All Began: After being absent since the first movie, Lawrence makes a return in this one, and the climax reveals that the reason for his survival was because he was nursed back to health by Jigsaw to aid him as an accomplice (though not an official apprentice). His final task was to lock Hoffman in the Bathroom previously seen in the first three films.
  • Worth Living For: Subverted in the Public Execution Trap. Both men discover that they've been dating the same woman and are challenged to kill the other to save her or allow the trap to kill her. They initially try to kill the other and Ryan does hit Brad with the saw (albeit non-fatally). Dina immediately switches to Ryan's side and roots for him despite saying she loved Brad earlier. Ryan, instead, forfeits the fight and realigns his side of the trap so it targets Dina. Ryan then convinces Brad to let her die instead because she's disloyal to both of them and not worth killing for since her feelings for them are actually selfish and insincere.
  • Wrap It Up: The film was originally drafted by Executive Meddling to wrap up the series after Saw VI underperformed at the box office, namely by condensing two planned films into one. However, two more films, Jigsaw and Spiral, were released years later.
  • You're Insane!: Gibson is exasperated when he finds out Jill's role in placing the Reverse Bear Trap 2.0 on Hoffman.
  • Your Head A-Splode: Kara has her head obliterated in the Horsepower Trap when the car falls on top of her head and revs up.