Take it off! Take it off!
— Donovan begs Michael to free him.[src]

Donovan is a fictional character from the Saw franchise as well as a minor antagonist in Saw II: Flesh & Blood.


Domestic Violence

Donovan was a highly aggressive and brutal man. Throughout his life, he had relationships with various women. He severely battered all of them and tried to talk them into believing that the pain he caused them to suffer was actually their own fault. Furthermore, he claimed to beat them out of love and thereby tried to persuade them to stay with him despite his vicious acts of violence. He was eventually arrested by detective David Tapp. After serving his sentence, he was release but was ultimately targeted by John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)


After having been abducted by Jigsaw or one of his accomplices, Donovan was taken to an abandoned chemical plant. While he was unconscious, a cage-like device with spikes inside and outside was locked onto his head. Furthermore, he was forced to wear another device with several even bigger spikes. When he woke up in a storage area, a recorded message left on an answering machine confronted him with his brutality, especially towards his girlfriends. He was also told that he now had to suffer the same pain. Since his hands were tied up behind his back, the only way for him to attack others or to defend himself was by using the spikes. However, everytime he tried to hurt someone with these spikes, he'd also harm himself.

Some time later, David Tapp's son, Michael Tapp, entered the sorage area and attempted to pass it as part of his own game. Donovan however tried to prevent him from doing so and ran towards him to kill him out of retribution for being arrested by his father. Michael tried to evade his attacks whenever he rushed towards him, thereby causing the spikes to get stuck in the wooden crates all around the area. Afterwards, he used the opportunity and attacked Donovan with whatever weapons he could find and eventually managed to knock him down. When Donovan was unconscious, the exit door opened and Michael left him behind to continue his way. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)


Donovan rushes out of the elevator

Eventually, Donovan woke up again and tried to find a way out. Thereby, he eventually found himself in an abandoned railway building, where he entered an elevator and reached another storage some time later. The doors opened just as Michael went by. Furious to see him, Donovan rushed towards him and barely missed him, causing his spikes to briefly get stuck in another crate. Another fight ensued between the two of them, during which Donovan yelled at Michael to help him and free him from his trap. When he got stuck in another crate, Michael embraced his chance and hit a button on a panel nearby, which caused a large container to be dropped from the ceiling, crushing Donovan in the process. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)


Donovan was a brutal and violent-tempered man who physically abused his various girlfriends on an almost regular base without showing any signs of remorse. However, he claimed to do this because of his love for them in order to appease them and make them believe that the frequent beatings were their own fault. This suggests that he was an unscrupulous manipulator. Aside from this, Donovan also appeared very vengeful, as he continued to attack Michael out of retribution for being arrested by his father despite the catastrophic amount of pain he was in while knowing full well that the more he moved, the deeper the spikes on his head cage would carve into his skull, and whenever he harmed Michael with his spikes, the pain would be reflected back onto him. While he would occasionally ask Michael for help, he would still continue to attack him.

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