|“||I can't forgive you for what you did to me. To Steven.||”|
— Melissa talks to Tapp[src]
Melissa Sing was the wife of Steven Sing, a detective working for the Metropolitan Police Department, and the mother of Franklin Sing. One night, her life changed dramatically, when Steven was killed in a trap set up by the infamous Jigsaw Killer, after he had invaded the killer's hideout along with his partner, Detective David Tapp. Due to her grief, Melissa suffered from severe depression and therefore began to neglect her son. When she learned that Tapp had persuaded Sing to invade the hideout without a warrant and without calling for reinforcements, Melissa developed an intense hate for Tapp and tried to sue him for the emotional and financial damage he had caused. He hatred caused her to neglect her own son even more. Therefore, she even ignored the calls from his school counselor, Elizabeth Harris, who became worried about Franklin as he came to school unfed and with dirty clothes. Because of this, she later received a letter from the County Office of Child Protective Services, in which she was ordered to schedule an appointment with one of the office's representatives. (Saw: The Video Game)
Eventually, Melissa was targeted by Jigsaw due to her depression and her neglection of Franklin. Therefore, she was abducted and taken to the chapel of the abandoned Whitehurst Insane Asylum. When he woke up again, she found herself strapped to a pedestal between two large plates with circular saws mounted to them, and was greeted by Jigsaw. As he approached her, she insulted him and immediately accused him for the death of her husband. Jigsaw however defended himself, stating that the trap, which had killed Steven, could've been disabled by police procedure if Tapp wouldn't have ignored it. This further fueled Melissa's hatred for her late husband's partner. When she demanded to see her son, Jigsaw reminded her of how she neglected him after Steven's death. She however accused Tapp again, expressing her hate and her desire for him to suffer. Jigsaw then told her that he was the only one who could save her.
Some time later, Tapp, who had been abducted as well and had to face a series of tests at the asylum, reached the chapel where Melissa was trapped. Moments later, a TV turned on in front of them. Jigsaw's mechanical ventriloquist puppet appeared on the screen and once more confronted Melissa with her hatred and depression. Thereby, he also told her that the plates with the saws before and behind her would snap shut and kill her if Detective Tapp didn't save her. Therefore, he instructed the latter of how to do so.
When the tape ended and the TV turned off again, the saws were activated and began to spin. Melissa frantically yelled at Tapp to hurry up while he tried to shut off the machine. In order to do so, he had to short circuit the blades by placing a magnetic cube in the correct circuit. Failing to avoid shorting out the batteries holding the plates with the saws in place would have resulted in both plates slamming shut on her. Eventually, he was able to do so in time and Melissa was freed from her restraints. As she was still afraid, Tapp tried to calm her down. She however told him not to touch her and once again accused him for Steven's death. Furthermore, she claimed that she wished he wouldn't have saved her. Tapp defended himself, stating that he wished to take Steven's place if it was possible, before he went on. (Saw: The Video Game)
Melissa followed him, but after only a few minutes, she left him again, stating that she couldn't forgive him and that he deserved this game. However, she was subdued again by Pighead, an accomplice of Jigsaw, who sew her mouth shut. When she woke up once again, she found an audio tape left for her, which informed her that Jigsaw had also abducted her son, Franklin. In order to save him, she had to follow Jigsaw's instructions and had to keep Tapp on track until 6:00 o'clock. Eager to see her son again, Melissa accepted her task and put several obstacles in Tapp's path. Depending on the player's choice, there were two different endings for Melissa's test:
- Freedom: In his final test, Tapp decided to let go of his pursuit of Jigsaw in exchange for the freedom of all the victims trapped at Whitehurst. Therefore, Melissa reunited with her son and was able to leave the asylum. After these events, Tapp didn't try to contact her again nor did he learn of her second test. This ending was later confirmed to be the canon ending.
- Truth: In his final test, Tapp decided to uncover the truth about Jigsaw instead of releasing the remaining victims. Thereby, he came across a hooded figure, who he believed to be Jigsaw. In fact however, it was Melissa, who tried to flee but was ultimately outrun by Tapp in a courtyard. As she was unable to speak due to her sewn shut mouth, Tapp didn't recognize her and brutally battered her. However, when she played her audio tape and revealed the truth, Tapp stopped and was shocked to realize that Jigsaw had tricked him. Melissa then stood up from the ground and charged through a nearby door rigged with two shotgun, resulting in her death in the same way as her late husband. (Saw: The Video Game, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
While not much can be said about Melissa's personality before the death of her husband, it is obvious that she deeply loved him, which made the grief after his death even worse. Due to her grief, she became severely depressive to the point where she barely cared for the well-being of herself and her son and instead indulged in her hatred for Tapp, who she blamed for everything that had happened to her and her family. Her hatred of Tapp was so strong that she was completely ungrateful when he saved her life and specifically told him that she was not sorry about abandoning him. She was also shown to blame him for her being kidnapped by Jigsaw, showing an inability to take responsibility for her own actions of neglecting her son.
Appearances and References
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|Full Disclosure Report||The Scott Tibbs Documentary||Saw: The Video Game||Saw II: Flesh & Blood|