|“||So far in what could loosely be called your life, you've made a living watching others. Society would call you an informant, a rat, a snitch. I call you unworthy of the body you possess, of the life that you've been given.||”|
— Jigsaw tells Michael why he's tested[src]
Michael Marks was a young man and and a former patient at the Homeward Bound Recovery Clinic for drug addicts ran by Jill Tuck. He, along with other patients, was present during a fight between Cecil Adams and Gus Colyard in the clinic. While they fought each other and Jill Tuck begged them to stop, Michael witnessed the fight but was too afraid to intervene. At some point he became an informant of Detective Eric Matthews and gave him information. Ultimately his work as an informant got him targeted by John Kramer, better known to the public as the Jigsaw Killer. (Saw II, IV)
One day Jigsaw or one of his apprentices sedated and abducted Michael and took him to a secret hideout. While he was unconscious, Dr. Lawrence Gordon, who was an accomplice of Jigsaw, performed a surgery on him and placed a key behind his right eye while being filmed. After that, a metallic device, consisting of the back and front part of a nail-spiked mask, was put on him and secured with a padlock. Michael was then taken to another room and placed on a chair. (Saw II, 3D)
Approximately two hours after the surgery, Michael woke up and immediately felt uncomfortable due to the foreign environment. Moments later he looked at himself in a small mirror and panicked when he saw his bloody, swollen eye. Frightened by the situation, Michael started to scream for help and stood up from his chair. Only mere seconds later, a TV turned on right in front of him, showing a video of a mechanic ventriloquist puppet. The puppet told him that he had been abducted due to his work as an informant and informed him, that the nail-spiked mask around his neck would be closed if he didn't managed to free himself within 60 seconds, causing his head to be pierced by the nails. Furthermore it revealed a recording of his surgery two hours before. However it also gave him a clue where to find the key that could save his life. When Michael saw a few X-rays of his head lying on top of the TV, he realized that the key was hidden behind his eye.
When the video ended and the TV turned off, Michael's fear and panic grew even more. While trying to free himself, he accidently caused a metal pin to be pulled out of the trap which caused the timer to count down. Realizing that his game had begun, Michael saw a tool box lying on the floor and opened it, he found a scalpel. Ridden by fear and adrenaline, Michael stepped to the mirror and tried to cut out his eye. However he couldn't bring himself to endure the pain and ultimately gave up. With only a few seconds left, Michael fell down on his knees and started to cry while desperately screaming for help. When the timer went off, the mask closed on his face, killing Michael in the process. (Saw II)
After Michael's death, a jigsaw piece was cut from his skin. His corpse was found on the next day during an asbestos disposal in the building. When Detective Allison Kerry arrived at the crime scene and saw the trap and the wound in the shape of a jigsaw piece, she immediately knew that Michael had become the latest victim of the Jigsaw Killer. The first officer who had arrived shortly before Kerry believed that Michael was an informant of Eric Matthews. However he wasn't entirely sure of it. When Kerry found the words "Look closer, Detective Matthews" written on the ceiling, she decided to call the Sergeant so he would send Eric to the crime scene. (Saw II)
Eric arrived shortly afterward and was introduced to the situation by Kerry. When he took a look at the corpse and discovered a tattoo at Michael's leg, he was able to identify him and confirmed, that Michael was actually his informant. He also found the jigsaw piece-shaped wound and asked Kerry when she wanted to tell him about it, to which she responded that she thought Eric wanted to find it himself. As he didn't want to have anything to do with the case, he angrily went away but stopped when Kerry showed him the message for him written on the wall. Michael's corpse was eventually taken to the morgue where Dr. Adam Heffner performed the autopsy on his body. (Saw II, VI)
In The Scott Tibbs Documentary, the events surrounding Michael's death were reported in a news broadcast by reporter Suzie Sherman. While holding back the name of the victim, she told her audience about the brutality of the murder and the death mask, stating that Michael had become another victim of Jigsaw.
Not much can be said about Michael's personality due to his short screen time.
Apperances and References
|Saw||Saw II||Saw III||Saw IV||Saw V||Saw VI||Saw 3D||Jigsaw|
|Full Disclosure Report||The Scott Tibbs Documentary||Saw: The Video Game||Saw II: Flesh & Blood|