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You're throwing away your life chasing Jigsaw. Can't you see he is giving you a gift?
— Obi scolds David Tapp for hunting Jigsaw[src]

Obi Tate is a fictional character from the Saw franchise. He serves as a supporting character in Saw: The Video Game.

He was voiced by Mark Carr.

Biography

Desired to be Tested

Obi Tate was a 28-years-old man who was fascinated with John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer. Seeing how Jigsaw put his victims in deadly traps and forced them to either fight for their lives or die, Obi felt a strong desire to be tested himself. Therefore, he put up a newspaper ad to contact the killer. This attempt turned out to be successful, and Jigsaw told Obi to come to the abandoned Whitehurst Insane Asylum. Upon his arrival, Jigsaw subdued him and trapped him inside a furnace in Whitehurst's crematorium. (Saw: The Video Game)

David Tapp's Test

When Obi woke up inside the furnace and was greeted by Jigsaw, he was happy and expressed his admiration for his work, reaffirming his wish to participate in one of Jigsaw's games. However, the latter asked him what the point of his game was if he wasted his life looking for a way to be tested. Obi asked him about the rules of his game and how he was supposed to free himself. To his dismay, Jigsaw told him that he wasn't able to save himself. Instead, Obi had to rely on the help of David Tapp, a discharged homicide detective, to get out of the crematorium alive. Disappointed by this turn of events, Obi begged Jigsaw for another test, stating that he wanted to feel the pain of going through it on his own. Jigsaw responded that he first had to be saved by someone else to learn the true meaning of his games. Ignoring Obi's attempts to convince him otherwise, Jigsaw ultimately left him behind for his game to play out.

Shortly afterward, Tapp, who was also trapped in the asylum, reached the crematorium. As he approached Obi, a TV turned on in front of them, showing a mechanical ventriloquist puppet, which confronted Obi with his desire to be tested by Jigsaw. Besides that, it also told him that he would be burned alive due to the increasing heat, with Tapp being his only hope of salvation.

When the tape ended, and the TV turned off again, the furnace started to heat up. Therefore, Tapp tried to reroute the gas lines leading to the burners of the oven. Eventually, he finished his task and thereby opened the furnace's door, enabling Obi to escape. However, Obi wasn't grateful for his salvation and instead angrily yelled at Tapp, whom he accused of having ruined his game. To Tapp's surprise and shock, the young man revealed that he had put up a newspaper ad to contact the killer as he desired to be tested. Even though Tapp was shocked and called him crazy, the men went on and continued their way together. (Saw: The Video Game)

A Gift

When they passed a hallway, they found an audiotape on a table. The recording informed Tapp about the next victim he had to save, a man who had attempted to commit suicide and was therefore abducted by Jigsaw. After that, he and Obi went up a stairwell when Obi suddenly confronted Tapp with his obsession with stopping Jigsaw. As he saw his games as a gift and a way to salvation, he merely believed Tapp to be ungrateful and blinded and therefore decided to leave him. However, Tapp didn't bother to follow him and instead continued his way to reach the end of his game. (Saw: The Video Game)

Escape

Later that night, Obi was released from the asylum after Tapp had chosen to let go of his pursuit of Jigsaw in exchange for the freedom of all the victims trapped at Whitehurst. (Saw: The Video Game, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

Personality

Obi Tate was a mentally unstable individual who admired the Jigsaw Killer and his work, seeing his deadly games as a gift instead of something evil. As he felt unsatisfied with his life, he eventually developed an obsession with being tested himself. When being imprisoned by the killer, Obi stated that he didn't know how to live on without undergoing one of Jigsaw's gruesome tests, thereby showing his admiration for the latter. Throughout their conversation, he repeatedly expressed his urge to face the pain of Jigsaw's game and was devastated when he found out that his life was in someone else's hand. When he was saved by David Tapp later on, Obi scolded the latter for supposedly having stolen his opportunity to be tested. Feeling betrayed, he left Tapp behind shortly afterward as he couldn't endure the presence of someone who was unable to see that Jigsaw's games were necessary to truly appreciate life.

Trivia

A beta model of Obi used for promotional photos and early demonstration demos and trailers for the video game, seen forcing the Reverse Beartrap from his head.

  • In early demonstration demos and trailer previews for Saw: The Video Game Obi's model would be used as a placeholder for David Tapp. In an early demonstration video, similar to the beginning of the main game, Obi is shown waking up in a bathroom with the Reverse Beartrap on his head and having to unlock it before the timer ends and he is killed. Despite the reveal that Tapp would serve as the protagonist Obi's model would still be a placeholder for Tapp, with Jigsaw even addressing him by Tapp's identity despite no similarity between them. As it was originally intended for the game to have multiple player characters in its early development, it is unknown if Obi would have been one of them.

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