|“||The man in the pig mask, you know him, he's a friend of your father's.||”|
— Sarah Blalok, about to reveal Pighead's identity to Michael Tapp[src]
Not much is known about this man's past besides the fact that he was a friend of David Tapp, a homicide detective who worked for the Metropolitan Police Department. 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)
Michael Tapp's Trial
While working with Jigsaw, Pighead assisted him in setting up a game at the run-down Holmes Hotel, an abandoned chemical plant, and an old railway building. This game focused on Michael Tapp, Detective Tapp's estranged son, who ruined his father's reputation and caused his discharge from the police force by publishing a defaming newspaper article. Disguised with a red cloak and his mask, Pighead went to Tapp's run-down apartment, where the latter had committed suicide. As the police investigated the scene, Michael went out to have a smoke. Unnoticed by him, Pighead snuck up on him and injected him with an anesthetic. Afterward, he also abducted Chief Henry Jacobs and Detective Joseph Poltzer, who investigated Tapp's apartment, and Sarah Blalok, a drug addict and Tapp's neighbor. When they were unconscious, Pighead took all of them to the abandoned Holmes Hotel. (Saw: The Video Game, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
Zeke's and Michael Tapp's Test
After finishing his preparations, Pighead oversaw Michael's progress as the latter made his way through the building. Shortly after the game began, he went to the kitchen of the hotel. Locked up in an adjacent room was a pedophile named Zeke, whose arms were trapped in a glass box suspended from the ceiling. Due to several razor blades cutting his wrists, he was unable to pull his hands out. When Michael entered the kitchen, a TV turned on, showing a mechanical ventriloquist puppet, which told the two of them how to escape the room alive. There were numerous mannequins with numbers written on their backs all around the room, as well as several numerical sequences written all over the wall. Michael had to choose the right combination from the wall and press a button attached to each mannequin in the correct order. At the same time, Zeke had to enter the digits to open a combination lock, which would allow him to escape from the box.
When the tape ended, Michael told Zeke to hold on while he tried to figure out the right combination. Zeke, however, started to panic, and frantically yelled at him to hurry up. His only clue was the fact that the combination he was looking for started with "8". Thereby, he was able to find the right combination and pressed the buttons on the mannequins in the correct order. After entering the combination, 80647, Zeke was released from the box but collapsed and lost consciousness due to the immense blood loss. As Michael approached, he saw through a window how Zeke's unconscious body was dragged away by Pighead. At the same time, another TV turned on, showing the puppet, which told Michael not to feel sorry for Zeke and revealed that he was, in fact, a child molester, who had ruined the childhood of numerous little girls before his conviction. Afterward, Michael was allowed to go on. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
The Pool Pump
Following Zeke's game, Pighead went down to the pool area on the lower floor of the hotel. After her abduction, Sarah Blalok had been taken there and was locked up inside a glass tank. She was the second primary victim Michael had to save throughout his game. However, the path to her was blocked by electrified water. Sometime later, Michael eventually arrived in the area and was warned that he had to pump down the water and cut the power first if he wanted to save the woman. Upon his arrival, he was forced to put on a metallic vest equipped with nine shotgun shells arranged in two vertical rows. While looking around the pool area to find a way to Sarah, he tried to enter an adjacent room when suddenly, the vest made a beeping sound and caused him to back off. Seconds later, John appeared and calmly warned him not to get closer as there was a sensor on the wall, which would activate Michael's vest and kill him if he went any further. During their brief conversation, John told Michael that he once had a son who died before John began his work. Meanwhile, Pighead passed the room and shoved the water pump into an elevator, moments before his mentor followed him.
While walking through the building and watching the game, Pighead was forced to defend himself against numerous prisoners. All of them had been arrested by Michael's father in the past and were forced to participate in the game as well. He killed one of them by brutally pushing him through a fire exit door and eventually throwing him down the stairs. As he looked down, he saw Michael in a dark backstreet below him and disappeared before the latter could reach him. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
The Elevator Trap
Once their work was done, John and Pighead went to an abandoned chemical plant across from the hotel, where the next part of Michael's game was waiting for him. On their way through the area, Pighead subdued a doctor named Carla Song, who had been abducted as well and forced to participate in the game because she stole drugs from the clinic where she worked. When Michael Tapp made his way through his game, he witnessed Pighead strapping Carla to an elevator. However, when Michael tried to save her, the doors were closed, separating them. Jigsaw then told Michael he had to restore the power to the elevator first before he could reach her. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
The Steam Maze
Meanwhile, Sarah Blalok had reached the chemical plant as well. While trying to find a way to escape the building, she ended up trapped in another room. As her path was blocked by hot steam, she couldn't escape on her own and screamed for help. Sometime later, Michael crawled through a vent and found himself on a catwalk above her. Michael mocked her for her unfriendly attitude back at the hotel, which resulted in a brief argument between them. Nonetheless, he eventually decided to help her and redirected the steam via a valve. His path, however, was blocked as well. By slowly moving forward and using the valves on the room's upper and lower levels, Sarah and Michael helped each other in turns. This ultimately allowed Sarah to climb up a ladder to the catwalk where Michael was. Despite her initial hostility towards him, she was grateful and called Michael a good man, just like his father. However, when he responded that she didn't know his father, she slapped him in the face and told him that his father still loved him despite having abandoned him as a child. Unwilling to talk about his father, Michael turned away. Unnoticed by him, the door behind Sarah was opened, and Pighead grabbed her. As he witnessed how he carried her away, Michael tried to help her but was held back when the door was closed again. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
As Michael's game went on, he freed Solomon Bates, a criminal accountant, from another trap. While facing Jigsaw's gruesome challenges, Michael had found out that Solomon, Henry Jacobs, Joseph Poltzer, Sarah Blalok, and Carla Song were all members of a drug cartel. During the investigation of the Jigsaw case, Michael's father had discovered their criminal activities. After saving Solomon from his trap, Michael confronted him with his crimes. In a fit of rage, he assaulted Solomon, who evaded his attack and cowardly took flight. Michael pursued him to the sewers beneath the plant. Solomon insulted him, stating that it was his fault that they were targeted by Jigsaw. Therefore, Michael attacked him once more and caused him to run away again. In his attempt to escape Michael, he crawled through a small passage in a collapsed hallway. However, as Solomon left it on the other side, he was attacked by Pighead. As he tried to flee, Pighead pushed him into a pit filled with thousands of syringes and then closed the door behind them, making it impossible for Michael to reach them.
Shortly afterward, Pighead ended up in the abandoned railway building, where the last part of the game took place. Thereby, he bumped into Henry Jacobs, the leader of the drug cartel. Seeing that Pighead intended to kill him, Henry tried to prevent him from doing so by threatening him that the entire police department would be after him. Pighead, however, barely hesitated and ultimately stabbed him multiple times, while Michael witnessed Henry's demise from the next room. After his death, Pighead left the two of them behind and calmly went away.
Following Henry's death, Pighead entered an adjacent building, where another victim, a drug addict and cancer patient named Campbell Iman, faced a game on his own. While making his way through the location, Pighead encountered a prisoner lying on the floor. However, the man lost consciousness when he tried to crawl forward. Seconds later, Campbell entered the hallway. However, as he approached him, the man regained consciousness but was then dragged into the room behind him by Pighead. As the door slammed shut behind the man, Campbell was unable to follow him. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
Not much can be said about Pighead's personality, primarily because he never spoke during his encounters with Michael and because his motivation for helping Jigsaw was never revealed. However, it was noticeable that he never acted hostile towards Michael, aside from his abduction. In contrast to this, he was merciless and brutal when encountering other victims of the game and killed several of them in cold blood. As most of them were criminals previously arrested by David Tapp or harmed him in any way, it can be assumed that Pighead was loyal to Tapp. His friendship with the former detective indicated that Pighead, despite kidnapping Michael, was eager to protect the latter throughout the game.
Appearances and References
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|Full Disclosure Report||The Scott Tibbs Documentary||Saw: The Video Game||Saw II: Flesh & Blood|