|“||I've been drunk. I spent three years at college drunk. This isn't drunk. This is kidnapping.||”|
— Gus talks about his imprisonment[src]
He was portrayed by Tony Nappo.
In his early life, Gus Colyard spent three years at college before starting a career as a businessman. Gus worked as a manager until he got involved in a crime investigated by Eric Matthews, a corrupt detective who worked for the Metropolitan Police Department. Although he was innocent, Eric wrongfully incriminated him by faking the evidence in the case, and he was sentenced to prison. (Saw II)
When Gus was finally released, he became a patient of the Homeward Bound Clinic, a recovery clinic for drug addicts ran by Jill Tuck under the motto "Cherish your life." One day, he engaged in a brawl with another patient, Cecil Adams, whom he attacked after the latter had vociferously complained about the long wait for his methadone treatment. The fight came to an end when Jill's husband, John Kramer, separated them. (Saw VI)
Due to his connection to Eric Matthews, Gus was ultimately targeted by John, who was, in fact, a wanted serial killer known as Jigsaw. Someday, he was abducted and taken to an abandoned, run-down residential house, along with Eric's son, Daniel, and six other people who were unjustly convicted because of Eric's actions. These people included Gus' client Jonas Singer, Addison Corday, Xavier Chavez, Laura Hunter, Obi Tate, and Amanda Young. However, the latter had already survived one of Jigsaw's tests earlier and joined his mission afterward. During the game that Jigsaw had set up in the house, Amanda was supposed to pretend to be a victim to ensure that the other prisoners followed John's rules.
To accelerate their preparations, Jigsaw also convinced Obi Tate to assist him with abducting the other victims. After the abductions were successful, the victims were taken to the house and trapped inside a room with a heavy safe. Afterward, Detective Mark Hoffman, another one of Jigsaw's accomplices, abducted Obi Tate and took him there as well. While they all lay on the floor unconsciously, Amanda joined them. Then, Jigsaw placed a tape recorder, which contained the instructions for his victims, in a hollow space behind a brick wall and helped Hoffman to secure the only exit door with another trap. After that, they left, closed the door behind them, and directed a deadly nerve gas into the room. (Saw II, Saw V)
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 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 recording told them they were all breathing in a deadly nerve gas since their arrival in the house. While the doors would open after three hours, the gas would already kill them within two hours. To survive, they had to find syringes containing the antidote, which were hidden in the house. One of them was inside the safe. They were informed that they all possessed the combination as the numbers were "in the back of their mind." The clue to the right order could be found "over the rainbow." Additionally, Jigsaw revealed that they were all connected and told them that the clue to this connection was marked with an "X."
After listening to the tape, Xavier immediately grabbed the key. Although Amanda begged him to heed Jigsaw's warning, 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 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 revealed that she had survived one of his tests before. (Saw II)
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.
As time went by, the prisoners' desperation worsened as they didn't manage to obtain one of the antidotes. Eventually, Xavier separated from the group for good and returned to the starting room. Upon entering, he accidentally pulled the jacket from Gus' corpse. As he was about to put it back, he suddenly discovered a red "2" written on the back of Gus' neck and thereby realized the meaning of Jigsaw's clues from the instruction tape. Moments later, Jonas entered the room. Due to the effects of the nerve gas, he started spitting blood and threw up on the floor. To convince Xavier to work together, Jonas told him that they had more in common than he thought and explained that he had enemies that would go after his family if they didn't get their hands on him. However, Xavier wasn't interested in allying with him and instead told Jonas to turn around so he could see the number on the back of his neck. When he pulled out a knife from his waistband, the two of them engaged in a brutal fight, during which Xavier was heavily injured after Jonas kicked him right in the face. Unfortunately, Jonas lost the upper hand when the effects of the gas forced him on his knees. Embracing his opportunity, Xavier grabbed a nail-studded baseball bat, which he had found earlier, and brutally smashed Jonas' head. Stunned by the blow, Jonas turned around and tried to speak but ultimately fell dead before muttering his finals words. After his death, Xavier checked the number in his neck, a yellow "16". After that, he went for the other prisoners and shouted for them, claiming he had found a way out.
However, only moments later, Amanda entered the room and found Jonas' corpse. Upon this discovery, she immediately returned to Daniel and told him they had to leave. Unfortunately, they crossed paths with Xavier, who told them not to run away. Despite this, they tried to flee and ran back to the first room while Xavier pursued them. However, he stopped when he suddenly heard Addison screaming for help after she had walked into another trap. As Daniel and Amanda heard her screams as well, Amanda burst out crying. Shortly afterward, Xavier took up his pursuit again and reached the room they were hiding in. When he tried to break through the door, Amanda grabbed the nail-studded baseball bat, which was still stuck in Jonas' skull, and used it to jam the door. Due to the odd shape of the puddle of blood emerging from his smashed head, Amanda realized there was a hidden trapdoor on the floor. With Daniel's help, she managed to push the heavy safe away and unlocked the trapdoor with the key found at the beginning of the game, which was still in Jonas' pocket at this point. Only seconds after Daniel and Amanda went through the trapdoor and found an underground tunnel network underneath the house, Xavier managed to open the door and continued pursuing them. However, Daniel eventually took him by surprise and slashed Xavier's throat with a hacksaw. As Amanda and Daniel were the only survivors left in the house, the time for the next part of her and Jigsaw's plan had come. Amanda subdued Daniel and injected him with the antidote from the safe.
After taking Daniel to John's hideout at the Wilson Steel Plant, Amanda returned to the house. Sometime later, Eric Matthews finally arrived at the house. As John had shown him the video recordings of the previous game, which Eric thought to be a live broadcast, the latter assumed that the game was still going on. Therefore, he went in to find his son. As he searched the house, he came across the dead bodies of Laura, Gus, and Jonas, who already showed advanced signs of decomposition. Eventually, Eric made his way to the room where the game had begun and went through the open trapdoor. (Saw II)
Following the end of the game and Eric's subsequent abduction, Detective Mark Hoffman returned to the house. He disposed of the deadly traps and the prisoners' corpses. Furthermore, he renovated and refurnished the entire building, thereby giving it the appearance of an average residential house. (Saw V)
Despite being a businessman, Gus Colyard was highly vulnerable to stress. When put under pressure, he tended to act nervously, as seen when he woke up after his abduction and discussed the situation with his fellow prisoners. However, he also had a more aggressive side. When losing his temper, he even occasionally turned violent. An example of such a situation was his conflict with Cecil Adams at the Homeward Bound Clinic. Due to his drug addiction, it could be assumed that his aggressive behavior was partly caused or worsened by withdrawal symptoms.
- Originally, Gus was supposed to be tested with the Razor Box, the trap that eventually killed Addison Corday.
- According to an early script of Saw II, the Razor Box was designed to "punish the hands that had harmed innocent others when his anger had reached its peak," suggesting that Gus was abusive towards those around him while enraged.
- Another version of Gus' instruction tape alluded to him "reaching his hand into the cookie jar for money," indicating that Gus was guilty of embezzlement or theft.
Appearances and References
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|Full Disclosure Report||The Scott Tibbs Documentary||Saw: The Video Game||Saw II: Flesh & Blood|