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I'd rather you break down and tell me that you hated me. At least there would be some passion in it.
— Alison arguing with Lawrence[src]

Alison Gordon, also known as Ali, is a fictional character from the Saw franchise as well as a supporting protagonist of the first Saw film.

She was portrayed by Monica Potter.


Early Life

Alison Gordon was the wife of the renowned oncologist Dr. Lawrence Gordon, with whom she had a daughter, Diana. Due to their tight working schedules, they often struggled to live up to Diana's expectations of being good parents. Besides that, her husband's emotionally cold attitude towards other people, including her and Diana, soon put a strain on their marriage. (Saw)

Zep Hindle's Test

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Alison talks to Diana

One night, Diana woke up in her bedroom when she heard the sound of her wind chimes. Despite the darkness, she soon realized that someone was in the room with her. Out of fear, Diana went to her parents' bedroom, where her mother was sleeping. When she got aware of Diana's presence, Alison became concerned about her well-being and asked if she was okay. Diana then told her about the scary man in her room. When her mother believed she merely had a nightmare, Diana said that the man had talked to her. Therefore, she wanted her father to come with her to get the intruder. However, Lawrence wanted to finish his work first, much to Alison's dismay.

When Lawrence eventually took his daughter back to her room, he tried to calm her down and lift her spirits until he got interrupted by his medical student, Carla, who paged him. As Carla was also his mistress, Lawrence lied to his daughter and told her he had to go back to work. When her father was about to leave, Diana asked him if he was going to abandon her and Alison. Surprised about her concerns, Lawrence told her how much he loved her and that he'd never abandon them. He left the room then, promising Diana he'd read her favorite bedtime story to her the next day. As he prepared himself to leave, he got into an argument with Alison, who had been waiting outside the room. Angered by his cold attitude towards them, Alison openly admitted she wasn't happy with their marriage anymore. When Lawrence told her they'd talk when he came back and tried to kiss her, Alison turned away, telling him to leave.


The invader attacks Diana

Mere seconds after Lawrence had left the apartment, Alison suddenly heard the frightened screams of her daughter. Upon entering her bedroom, she was shocked when she saw a man, covered with a bedsheet, who stood at Diana's bed. Alison tried to protect her daughter but was quickly overpowered by the man, who tied her and Diana to one of the posts of Alison and Lawrence's bed. The man was, in fact, Zep Hindle, an orderly from the Angel of Mercy Hospital where Lawrence was working. Due to his extreme inferiority complex, he got targeted by John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer, who had given him an ultimatum: Zep had a slow-acting poison in his body, which only Jigsaw had the antidote for. To save himself, Zep had to take Dr. Gordon's family hostage while the latter had to play a deadly game. If Gordon didn't manage to kill Adam Stanheight, another victim trapped along with him, by 6 o'clock, Zep had to kill Diana and Alison.

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Diana and Alison are tied up by Zep Hindle

After tying them up and gagging them, he took a photo of them, which he gave to Jigsaw or one of his accomplices, as it was going to be used as a clue for Gordon in his game. Due to his sadistic tendencies, Zep took pleasure in mentally tormenting his hostages. When Diana cried and desperately begged him to let them go, he took out a stethoscope and used it to listen to Diana's heart tones. Alison told him to leave her daughter alone when Zep suddenly held his gun to her head and listened to Diana's heartbeat as it increased. When he was done, he gave Diana her teddy bear and stepped to the window. Unbeknownst to him, he was watched by the discharged homicide detective David Tapp, who had rented a run-down apartment on the opposite side of the street to observe Gordon, whom Tapp believed to be the Jigsaw Killer. Following his instructions, Zep eventually went to Lawrence's office in the next room, where he set up a timer and a monitoring system to observe Gordon's progress in his game.


Alison is threatened by Zep Hindle

Sometime later, Zep returned to his hostages and forced Diana to call her father on a cellphone. When she heard Lawrence's voice, she burst into tears and told him that she and Alison had been tied up by the scary man from her room. Frightened and terrified, Diana begged her father to come home and save them. Afterward, Zep took the phone away and let Alison talk to her husband. Following Zep's instructions, Alison warned him not to trust his fellow prisoner, Adam, as he had already known him before their abduction. After that, Zep ended the call and stuffed the gag back in her mouth before he left the room again. When they were alone, Alison told Diana she had to stay strong and promised that she would never let anyone hurt her. (Saw)



Alison holds Zep at gunpoint

When the clock eventually struck six, Zep returned to the bedroom to finish his task and execute Diana and Alison. However, before doing so, he called Gordon again and forced Alison to tell him that he had failed his test. Unbeknownst to him, Alison had secretly managed to get free from the cords restraining her hands. Therefore, she was able to take him by surprise and wrenched his weapon from him. While holding him at gunpoint, she ordered him to shove the phone to her so she could talk to Lawrence. Unfortunately, she was distracted by her daughter, giving Zep the chance to attack her. They engaged in a fight, during which Zep triggered several shots. He managed to get his weapon back but was injured when Alison grabbed a pair of scissors from a drawer and stabbed him in the leg, causing him to collapse. At the same moment, David Tapp, who had heard the gunshots, stormed into the apartment and opened fire on Zep, while Alison grabbed the chance to free her daughter and escaped with her.

Following their escape, Diana and Alison ran to a neighboring family. While the father called the police and informed them about Alison's and Diana's captivity as well as Lawrence's abduction, Diana was comforted by her neighbors and her mother. When the father told Alison that the police would search for Lawrence, Diana embraced her mother, still frightened by the traumatic experience and her anxiety about her father. (Saw)

Non-Canon Appearances

Full Disclosure Report

One year later, the captivity of Gordon's family was addressed in the documentary "Full Disclosure Report," which focused on Jigsaw's earliest crimes. As Alison refused to give an interview, the team of the host, Rich Skidmore, asked some of her relatives, who gave them details about their captivity and the phone calls with Lawrence. Additionally, the recording of an emergency call by the Gordons' neighbors after they heard the gunshots was revealed to the audience.


Alison Gordon was a loving mother and wife, who deeply cared for her family, especially her daughter, Diana. Therefore, she was willing to do everything necessary to protect her, including risking her own life. Due to her protective personality, she comforted Diana in situations of distress, such as her occasional nightmares or their captivity.

She had a strained relationship with her husband, Lawrence, due to his emotionally cold behavior towards the people around him. However, despite their frequent disagreements, Alison still loved her husband and therefore endured his emotionally distant attitude for a long time, even though she often smarted from it.


  • According to the audio commentary of Saw 3D, Lawrence reunited with his family after surviving his game. However, as Alison wasn't able to cope with his unstable state of mind after his abduction, she divorced him and took Diana with her.
  • Lawrence Gordon was initially planned to appear in Saw: The Video Game, released to coincide with the release of Saw VI. He was abducted by Jigsaw and taken to the Whitehurst Insane Asylum, where he had to play Jigsaw's game once more to save his family, who had been kidnapped as well.

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