My masked apprentice seeks to surpass me by sabotaging your game.
— Jigsaw warns Tapp about Pighead[src]

Pighead is a fictional character from the Saw franchise. He serves as the secondary antagonist of Saw: The Video Game.

Biography

Recruitment

Not much is known about this man's past. However, at one point in his life, he became an accomplice of John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer. When he was diagnosed with incurable cancer, John realized that he had only learned to cherish his life when his death was imminent. Because of this, he decided to spend the remaining time of his life on testing other people's will to live in order to convince them to value their lives and the lives of those around them. Therefore, John became the Jigsaw Killer and started to test other people's will to survive by putting them in gruesome, potentially deadly situations. His accomplice joined his self-imposed mission and adopted the nickname "Pighead" due to the sinister pig mask he wore while preying on his victims. (Saw: The Video Game, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

David Tapp's Trial

While working with Jigsaw, Pighead assisted him in setting up a game at the abandoned Whitehurst Insane Asylum. This game focused on David Tapp, a former homicide detective who became obsessed with Jigsaw after his partner, Detective Steven Sing, was killed in one of his traps. Disguised with a red cloak and his mask, Pighead oversaw Tapp's progress as the latter made his way through the asylum. He followed Tapp while he was looking for a key, which he needed to reach Amanda Young, a drug addict who was trapped in the asylum as well. Eventually, Tapp found the key lying on a small table. However, as he grabbed it, Pighead suddenly broke through the next door in front of him and sedated him. Afterward, he took his unconscious body to a different room near the surgical theater, where Amanda was trapped. (Saw: The Video Game, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

Amanda Young's Abduction

Amanda is attacked by Pighead

Shortly afterward, Tapp managed to free Amanda, and they continued their way together, not knowing that Pighead followed them and was close on their heels. Upon leaving the surgical theater and going on, they reached another door on a lower level of the asylum. However, once Tapp passed it, it slammed shut behind him, separating him and Amanda. Moments later, Amanda was attacked and dragged away by the man with the pig mask, with Tapp being unable to help her. (Saw: The Video Game)

The Shotgun Collar

Forced to continue his way alone, Tapp went on and followed a direction sign leading to the janitor's office. However, when he passed another gate, he was attacked and subdued by Pighead from behind, who took him to a bathroom somewhere else in the building. While he was unconscious, Pighead put a collar on Tapp's neck, which had five explosive charges attached to it. Whenever Tapp got too close to another prisoner with a similar collar, both of the devices were activated. If Tapp stayed too close to the other prisoner, his collar would detonate after a few seconds. However, if he moved out of range fast enough, his opponent's collar would explode, meaning that one of them inevitably had to die. (Saw: The Video Game)

Melissa Sing's Test

Pighead kills a man

Tapp then went on and eventually entered a small yard. Moments later, he was attacked by another prisoner, who threw Molotov cocktails at him from a canopy. However, Tapp was able to kill him before he could set the yard on fire. As he looked around the area, Tapp witnessed another prisoner through a window in a room above him, who was brutally strangled by Pighead. Following this brief encounter, Tapp successfully saved Melissa Sing, his late partner's widow, and freed her from another one of Jigsaw's traps. Nonetheless, she couldn't forgive Tapp for his involvement in Sing's death and left him behind. Shortly afterward, Jigsaw sent Pighead after her to force her to play another game. After subduing her, Pighead sewed her mouth shut and gave her an audiotape recorded by Jigsaw, which informed her that he had also abducted her son, Franklin. To save him, Melissa had to follow Jigsaw's instructions and had to keep Tapp on track until 6 o'clock. Eager to see her son again, Melissa accepted her task and put several obstacles in Tapp's path. (Saw: The Video Game)

Death

From then on, Pighead began to interfere in Tapp's game. He lay in wait for him and frequently tried to attack him, but was held back by several obstacles. On other occasions, he stalked him and also killed other prisoners in his way, while Tapp watched him doing so. However, Jigsaw had realized that his accomplice tried to sabotage Tapp's game. By leaving an audiotape, Jigsaw warned Tapp of his former ally and told him that he held the only key to escape Whitehurst. Moments later, Tapp reached a yard, where he saw another prisoner trapped in a small area surrounded by a fence. Pighead, while waiting for Tapp, pushed a button and thereby energized the floor, killing the man behind the barrier. Afterward, he and Tapp engaged in a fight. However, as Pighead turned out to be a ruthless and capable opponent, Tapp was forced to keep him at a distance. Unable to defeat him by any other means, Tapp eventually lured Pighead into the fenced area and closed the door behind him. Afterward, he pushed the button and finally killed Pighead, who immediately collapsed due to the electrocution. (Saw: The Video Game)

Post-Mortem

Following his death, Tapp searched his body and found the key Jigsaw had told him about. Later that night, Pighead's corpse was found by the Metropolitan Police Department 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

Not much can be said about Pighead's personality, primarily because he never spoke during his encounters with Tapp and because his motivation for helping Jigsaw was never revealed. Tapp assumed that Pighead might have been merely another victim of Jigsaw, who only followed his orders because he had been forced to do so. His behavior, however, suggested otherwise. Throughout Tapp's game, Pighead repeatedly went against Jigsaw's rules and killed several other prisoners in cold blood, indicating strong sadistic tendencies.

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