I can't trust any of you.
— Addison separates from the group[src]

Addison Corday is a fictional character from the Saw franchise as well as a supporting protagonist in Saw II.

She was portrayed by Emmanuelle Vaugier.

Biography

Early Life

Addison Corday was a young woman and a prostitute who offered sex for money on the streets of the city. At one point in her life, she was unjustly incriminated and arrested by Detective Eric Matthews, after the latter had faked the evidence in one of his cases. However, she was eventually released from prison.

Addison offers her company to John

On another occasion, she briefly made acquaintance with a civil engineer named John Kramer. One night, John sat in his car before the Homeward Bound Clinic, a recovery clinic for drug addicts, while waiting for his wife, Jill Tuck, who ran the clinic. Upon spotting him alone, Addison embraced her opportunity and offered him her company. However, John rejected her offer and told her to go home as she was a beautiful girl who shouldn't do this kind of work. (Saw II, Saw IV)

Abduction

Over one year later, Addison was targeted by John, who had become the serial killer known as Jigsaw at this point. Due to her profession and her connection with Eric Matthews, she was abducted and taken to a run-down house. John and his accomplice, Detective Mark Hoffman, took her unconscious body to a room with a large safe. She was trapped there along with seven other people - Daniel Matthews, the son of Eric Matthews, Jonas Singer, his manager Gus Colyard, the drug dealer Xavier Chavez, Laura Hunter, Obi Tate, and Amanda Young. Amanda was a former heroin addict and, in fact, another accomplice of Jigsaw. John placed a tape recorder behind a brick wall and helped Hoffman to install a booby trap connected to the lock of the room's only door. Having finished all of their preparations, John and Hoffman left the room and locked the door behind them. (Saw II, Saw V)

Test

Addison listens to the tape

Shortly afterward, the prisoners woke up and were immediately frightened by the situation. Jonas tried to wake up Amanda, who was the last one who was still unconscious, while Addison yelled that someone should open the door. Xavier sarcastically commented that no one was listening, to which Laura responded that someone was and pointed at a camera. However, Daniel, who squatted in a corner out of fear, said that those kinds of cameras didn't record sounds. The group's concerns grew worse when Gus suddenly started to panic. He talked about a movie he had seen recently, revolving around a man who had been trapped in a room for nine years. Thereby, he frightened the others, especially Laura, even more, and caused a brief argument with Xavier. They were quickly interrupted when Addison heard a ticking on the other side of the door. However, before they could find out what it was, Amanda suddenly woke up. Playing her role as another victim, she immediately pretended to panic. She searched the room until she finally found the instruction tape along with a key and a written message, which warned them not to use the key to open any door in the room. The tape told them they were all breathing in a deadly nerve gas since the moment they arrived in the house. While the doors would open after three hours, the gas would already kill them after two hours. To survive, they had to find syringes containing the antidote, which were hidden in the house, with one of them being inside the safe. Additionally, Jigsaw informed them that they all had a connection and told them that the clue to this connection was marked with an "X."

After listening to the tape, Xavier immediately grabbed the key. Amanda begged him to heed the warning. However, he refused to do so and tried to open the door. Thereby, he triggered the booby trap and caused a revolver on the other side to shoot Gus Colyard right in the eye. When Gus' blood splashed on her face and clothes, Laura started to scream. Xavier tried to calm her down, albeit unsuccessful. While the other prisoners panicked, Jonas forced Amanda to tell him how she had known about the tape. She then told them about Jigsaw and his games and also revealed that she had survived one of his tests before.

Addison and Xavier argue with each other

As they now knew the dangerousness of their situation, the group searched the whole room. Daniel picked up Gus' jacket from the floor and used it to cover the latter's mutilated head. Moments later, the door of the room finally opened. Jonas was shocked when he saw the trap which had killed Gus. Amanda tried to remove the gun and take it with her but wasn't able to do so. Therefore, the group left the room behind. In the adjacent hallway, Xavier found a nail-studded baseball bat. When he wanted to go further, Jonas voiced his doubts that there even was an antidote and tried to convince him and the others to make up a plan. Xavier, however, was too impatient to listen and went on, followed by the rest of the group. Shortly afterward, Addison found a lamp that she took with her. While making their way to the entrance hall, Jonas discovered a tattoo on Xavier's arm and asked him if it was from the Joliet Correctional Center, but Xavier wasn't interested in talking to him. When they eventually reached the entrance hall, he tried to open the front door with the key from the first room and angrily threw it away when it didn't work. However, Jonas took the key and put it in his jacket. Furious and angry, Xavier tried to smash the door with the baseball bat. After this attempt failed as well, he got into a fight with Addison until Jonas intervened. Only moments later, Laura found a door that led them down to a boiler room. (Saw II)

Obi Tate's Test

Xavier took the lamp from Addison and slowly went down the stairs, followed by the others. Upon entering the basement, they found a mysterious hooded figure sitting at a table. Xavier placed the lamp on the table and prepared to kill the stranger if they moved. However, when Jonas pulled back the hood, they realized it was merely a mannequin. A small envelope with the name "OBI" written on it was attached to the puppet's chest with a knife. Xavier grabbed the knife and opened the envelope, which contained a mini-cassette. When they played it, using the recorder from the starting room, it revealed to them that their fellow prisoner, Obi, had assisted Jigsaw in their abductions. However, the tape also offered Obi a chance to redeem himself. To do so, he had to crawl into a large furnace in front of them. Inside the oven, there were two syringes with the antidote waiting for him - one for him and one for another prisoner of his choice.

The group confronts Obi

Upon this revelation, Laura recognized him as her abductor. The group and Obi engaged in an argument, during which Obi claimed that he had only done what he had to do. Xavier threatened to kill him but was held back by Addison, who argued that Obi could get two antidotes for them. However, Xavier continued to threaten him with the knife and asked him how to get out of the house. When Obi said he didn't know how to get out, Xavier slowly cut his throat to fear him but was interrupted when Daniel accidentally knocked down a large metal tub.

Barely frightened by Xavier, Obi eventually agreed to crawl into the furnace, reminding him that one syringe was for him. However, when he grabbed the second syringe, the door of the oven was suddenly locked, and the furnace itself was activated. As the flames came closer to him, Obi panicked and desperately tried to get out of the oven. When Jonas attempted to help him by opening the door, Addison yelled at him to cover his hands with his jacket. However, he still couldn't open the door. Daniel eventually noticed a window on the other side of the furnace. When he tried to get him out, Jonas accidentally burned his hand. Xavier then stepped in and smashed the window with his baseball bat, enabling Obi to crawl out. However, as Obi tried to do so, he got stuck and ultimately died in front of the others as the flames burned him alive. When they realized that the syringes were burned as well, the remaining prisoners left the basement, while Amanda remarked that it was his own choice that had eventually killed Obi. (Saw II)

Xavier Chavez's Test

Addison listens to Xavier's tape

Shortly afterward, the group split up. While Jonas, Xavier, and Addison went upstairs, Amanda, Laura, and Daniel stayed on the ground floor to look for more of Jigsaw's clues as well as the antidote. Upon searching the upper level, Jonas and the others found a door without a lock, but couldn't open it. Jonas went downstairs and returned with the rest of the group moments later. When they came back, Addison still tried to open the door but remarked that it was stuck. Xavier angrily shoved her away and attempted to open it by brute force, to which Amanda responded that the room was most likely a trap. Therefore, Jonas pressed himself against the wall to cover himself in case she was right. Xavier sarcastically told her that the whole house was a trap and went on until he finally managed to open the door. Thereby, a metal pin was pulled out of a timer connected to another door. Daniel told Laura to wait in the hallway and followed the rest of the group into the room. An audiotape left for Xavier by Jigsaw informed him that there was another antidote behind the second door. However, it would be permanently locked if he didn't find the key in time. Moments later, Daniel discovered a large hole, filled with thousands of used syringes, hidden under a bed. According to Jigsaw, the key to the door was somewhere in the pit.

After listening to the tape, Xavier demanded that one of the others had to jump into the hole. When they refused, he grabbed Amanda, who immediately panicked. As the remaining members of the group were too afraid of Xavier, they stood back and watched how he ruthlessly threw her in the pit. While the needles pierced her skin, Xavier angrily yelled at her to hurry. Frightened and in pain, Amanda rifled through the syringes until she eventually found one that had the key attached to it. When she threw it out of the pit, Xavier grabbed it and tried to open the door, while Daniel helped Amanda to climb out of the hole. Unfortunately, Xavier didn't manage to open the door in time and angrily tried to attack Amanda but was held back by Jonas. Moments later, Laura entered the room as she had heard Amanda's screams. When Addison reminded the group to work together to find the connection between them, Laura admitted that she had been imprisoned once, just like the other members of the group. However, she refused to reveal the reason for it when Jonas asked her. Afterward, Xavier left the room and finally separated from the group for good. (Saw II)

The Truth

Shortly afterward, Amanda calmed down and stayed with the group to look for more of the antidote. While she was searching the house along with Daniel, Addison, and Laura, the latter suddenly collapsed in a hallway, weakened by the gas. When Amanda tried to comfort her, Addison told them they couldn't stay as they didn't have much time left. Seconds later, Laura noticed a picture on the wall, which had large scratches on it that were shaped like an "X." She immediately remembered Jigsaw's first tape and realized that this was the clue to their connection. Upon investigating the picture, Addison found a photo attached to its backside, which showed Daniel and his father, Eric. Thereby, they realized that Daniel's father was the cop who arrested all of them by faking the evidence. Following this revelation, Laura suffered from a seizure and died in Amanda's arms. Laura's death and the truth about their connection caused Addison and Amanda to leave Daniel. As they went away, Xavier shouted for them and claimed he had found a way out. (Saw II)

Death

Addison is trapped in the Razor Box

After finding out about their connection, Addison decided to look for the antidote on her own. Severely weakened by the gas, she eventually stumbled into a room with a large glass box suspended from the ceiling by four chains. A syringe with the antidote was glued to the bottom of the box. She found another envelope with a mini-cassette but threw it away as she didn't have the recorder with her. Instead, she tried to grab the antidote by inserting her hand in one of two holes on the bottom of the box. However, she accidentally pulled off the upper part of the syringe and therefore spilled the antidote. Ridden by fear and desperation, she put her other hand in the second hole. Unfortunately, there were razor-sharp blades placed above the holes, which now prevented her from pulling her arms back out. Therefore, Addison started to cry and screamed for help. By following her voice, Xavier eventually reached the room. However, he wasn't interested in helping her, but in something else. He had discovered that they all had numbers written on the back of their necks. Those were part of the combination to the safe in the starting room. Instead of helping Addison, Xavier merely checked her number, a blue "9." After obtaining it, Xavier slowly walked out of the room and closed the door behind him, while Addison desperately yelled at him. Eventually, she succumbed to her wounds and died. (Saw II)

Post-Mortem

After the game, Jigsaw's accomplice, Mark Hoffman, returned to the house and disposed of the traps as well as all the dead bodies. Furthermore, he renovated the entire building and even refurnished it, giving it the appearance of an average residential house. (Saw V)

Personality

Addison was a self-confident woman, not afraid of openly stating her opinion. If someone opposed her, she often reacted in a disrespectful and often sarcastic way. Even in situations of distress, Addison tried to stay calm and think logically and was, therefore, one of the most reasonable prisoners in the house besides Jonas. Due to her strong personality, she was also one of the few people who didn't show their fear of Xavier and even opposed and insulted him on several occasions during their imprisonment.

Trivia

  • The Razor Box Trap that killed Addison was originally meant for Gus Colyard.
  • In an early script of Saw II, the trap planned for Addison resembled a waffle iron. Upon trying to grab the antidote, two clamps would have trapped her wrists and slowly heated up. To free herself, she had to press her face against a third hot iron positioned right in front of her. Doing so would have activated a mechanism that released her from the clamps so she could obtain the syringe. Her instruction tape would have said something like, "she had to sacrifice her looks to save her life."

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