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That pure moment of absolute horror gave me light and, as wrong as this may seem, I'm better for enduring it. I'm stronger. And, I must admit, I'm grateful for it.
— Joan tells her story[src]

Joan is a fictional character from the Saw franchise as well as a minor character in Saw 3D. She was portrayed by Joanna Douglas.



Joan was a young woman, who at one point was targeted by John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer, who put her in one of his deadly traps. Joan however managed to overcome Jigsaw's game and was thereby able to survive and escaped her trap. Despite this horrendous experience, Joan felt stronger afterwards and actually appreciated her life, causing her to be grateful for her test despite still feeling a strong grudge against Jigsaw. Following her survival, Joan told her story of survival to the public during an interview, stating that she wished the same experience for everyone like her. Unknown to her, her story inspired a young man named Bobby Dagen to become rich and famous by publishing his own story of surviving one of Jigsaw's traps, even though he actually was never tested by him. (Saw 3D)


Not much can be said about Joan's personality due to her short screen time. However, her story about overcoming Jigsaw suggests that she was formerly a rather insecure individual, who found a new purpose in her life after her survival. Despite feeling a strong grudge against Jigsaw, she was grateful for her experience and improved on her life afterwards, stating that her survival had made her stronger, and it was because of that feeling that she said in the interview she wished everyone to pass through the same experience she did. While her motivations to say that were understandable, she shouldn't have done that, as it was because of that statement that Bobby came up with the idea of claiming that he was a Jigsaw survivor for personal gain.


  • Joan is one of the few victims in the series whose reason for their respective test is unknown.

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