If you're so sick, then why do I have so many photos of you up and about?
— Jigsaw tells Mark why he's tested[src]

Mark Wilson is a fictional character from the Saw franchise as well as a minor character in the first Saw film. He was portrayed by Paul Gutrecht.


Early life

Mark Wilson was an average young man in good health. However, at some point, he decided to get rich at the expense of others and claimed to be seriously ill in order to get money from the health insurance company. Due to his lifestyle as a scam artist, he was ultimately targeted by John Kramer, better known to the public as the Jigsaw Killer. (Saw)


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Mark awakes in his trap

One day, Mark was abducted by Jigsaw's accomplice, Detective Mark Hoffman, who forced him to play a deadly game. When he woke up, Mark found himself completely naked in a dark room only lightened by a single candle. An audio tape left for him by Hoffman told him about a slow-acting poison in his body. The antidote for said poison was inside a safe right before him. However, in order to open it, he had to find the combination among hundres of numbers written all over the walls. Due to the darkness, Mark had to take the candle with him and was forced to walk to the walls, while the entire floor of the room was covered in glass shards. Additionally, he had a flammable substance smeared on his body. Mark tried to find the combination in time before the poison could kill him, but thereby accidentally ignited the substance, causing him to burn alive. (Saw, V)



Mark's corpse

The next day, Mark's corpse was found by the Metropolitan Police Department. When the leading investigator on the Jigsaw case, Detective David Tapp, and his partners, Detective Steven Sing and Detective Allison Kerry, examined the crime scene, Kerry found a penlight, which had been placed there by Detective Hoffman to lay a false trail. Furthermore, she discovered a peephole in one of the walls, which had been used to witness Mark's game from the outside. His corpse was eventually taken to the morgue, where Dr. Adam Heffner performed the autopsy on his body. (Saw, VI)

Non-Canon Appearances

Saw: Rebirth

Mark Wilson appeared in the animated comic Saw: Rebirth, which served as a prequel to the first three films. When John Kramer went to the hospital to learn that he suffered from terminal cancer, he went around the hospital and came across Mark, who claimed to be seriously sick. When John became Jigsaw and started his series of murders, he observed the patients he had met at the hospital, including Mark.

Saw II: Flesh & Blood

Mark was also mentioned in several case files and audio tapes recorded by Detective Tapp in Saw II: Flesh & Blood. According to those, Mark was a socially privileged male as well as a client of the Umbrella Health insurance company. Furthermore, he was a patient of the Homeward Bound Clinic, a recovery clinic for drug addicts ran by Jigsaw's ex-wife, Jill Tuck. It was also mentioned that Mark died of a heart attack when he ignited himself, rather than due to the fire itself.

Full Disclosure Report

Mark's death was also mentioned in the documentary Full Disclosure Report, hosted by TV moderator Rich Skidmore. However, his name was changed to "Mark Rodriguez". The documentary focused on the early crimes of Jigsaw. Mark was said to be the second victim of the killer. During the documentary, Deputy Jason Johnston told the audience about some of the details of Mark's life and his demise. According to him, Mark was a 30-years-old software analyst.


Mark Wilson was a lazy and fraudulent individual, who made a living at the expense of others instead of working on his own. His claims to be seriously sick, despite the fact that he wasn't, indicate that he indeed didn't appreciate his health and rather took it for granted, as insinuated by Jigsaw.


  • In one of David Tapp's documents in Saw II: Flesh & Blood, he mentions that Mark's corpse was found before the corpse of Paul Leahy, another victim. However, this contradicts the events seen in Saw and Saw V.

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