|“||Will you learn how to let go and truly save them?||”|
— Jigsaw explains the rules to Rigg[src]
|“||Hello, Officer Rigg. Welcome to your rebirth. For years, you have stood by and witnessed as your colleagues have fallen. You have remained untouched, while Eric Matthews has disappeared. But, with your survival became your obsession. Obsession to stop those around you from making the wrong choices, thus preventing you from making the right ones. You wanted to save everyone. Tonight, I will give you the opportunity to face your obsession. Look closely. Eric Matthews is still alive. The block of ice he stands upon is melting. He has but 90 minutes to save himself. Detective Hoffman's fate is linked to Eric's survival. Heed my warning, Officer Rigg: Their lives hang in the balance of your obsession. Will you learn how to let go and truly save them? The choice is yours.||”|
— Daniel Rigg's introduction tape[src]
The primary victim of this game was Daniel Rigg, an officer obsessed with saving everyone around him after the abduction of his partner, Detective Eric Matthews, six months earlier. Due to his obsession, he neglected both himself and his wife, Tracy. Due to this, he was targeted by John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer. After having been subdued in his own apartment at 23 Park Place by Art Blank, John Kramer's lawyer and another one of his victims, the latter put his unconscious body in his bathtub. Shortly thereafter, Rigg woke up again and scrambled from the bathtub. While he was initially dazed and confused, he soon noticed a red question mark painted on the door. He carefully opened the door, and by doing so, pulled out a metal pin connected to a TV positioned right in front of him, thus activating it in the process. When it turned on, Jigsaw's mechanical ventriloquist puppet appeared on screen and introduced Rigg to his game. At first, Rigg tried to call for help; however, when he realized that someone had destroyed his phone, he grabbed a shirt and his weapon and listened to the puppet, which explained the rules of his game. In order to overcome his obsession with saving everyone around him, Rigg had to face a series of tests. Additionally, Rigg was shown footage from an unknown location where Eric Matthews, who had been held hostage for six months, was trapped along with Detective Mark Hoffman. The puppet told Rigg that Eric had only 90 minutes to save himself, and that Hoffman's fate was linked to his survival. When the video ended, Rigg left his bedroom and thereby activated the timer for his game. (Saw IV)
|“||Officer Rigg, your first test. The person in front of you is in desperate need of help. But it is not your job to save them. You view this person as a victim, but if you were to SEE WHAT I SEE, beneath the mask is a criminal undeserving of the life she leads. Your obsession tells you to save the victim. I tell you to walk away. The choice is yours.||”|
— Rigg is introduced to his first test[src]
Carefully, Rigg made his way through the hallway, where multiple photos were hanging from the ceiling, showing the people who were connected to his game. Upon finally entering his living room, he was surprised to see a woman with a pig mask sitting on a mechanical chair in the middle of the room. As he approached her at gunpoint, several lights turned on and illuminated the wall, which was filled with photos as well. Above them, the words "See What I See" were written in red letters. Rigg ordered the woman to take off the mask; however, when she started to beg for help, he realized that she was chained to the chair, which was in fact one of Jigsaw's traps. Moments later, another TV turned on in front of them. A video left by Jigsaw told Rigg to go away and abandon the woman, Brenda, to her fate. When the video ended, Brenda asked Rigg if he was a cop, which he affirmed. As he refused to follow Jigsaw's rules and leave her behind, Rigg took the pig mask from her face. Unbeknownst to him, the mask was connected to a metal pin, which was subsequently pulled out of the trap, thus activating it, and causing Brenda's scalp to be slowly pulled off. Brenda immediately started to panic, and told Rigg that the combination to the lock of her chains was written on the gears of the chair. Rigg then searched his apartment for something to cut her hair. However, when he opened a drawer in his kitchen, he realized that the invader had removed all the knives and left only a letter which told him that he was wasting his time. Therefore, Rigg returned to Brenda, who panicked even further, and shot the gearbox of the trap. While this seemed to be successful at first, the trap continued to work after a few seconds. As it started to rip Brenda's scalp off, Rigg looked at the gears and eventually managed to find out the combination: 647. As a result, he was finally able to open the lock and free Brenda from her chains.
Due to her serious injuries, Rigg told Brenda to stay where she was and not to touch anything while he went back to the kitchen to get a towel. However, when he returned, Brenda suddenly attacked him from behind with a knife that she had found taped to a shelf underneath the TV. After unsuccessfully trying to calm her down, Rigg pulled her scalp back even further and threw her right into a mirror. While she was lying before him, bleeding to death, he noticed a tape recorder chained to her hand. When he started the tape, he learned that Brenda hadn't only been used as a test subject for him, but was actually tested herself. Due to her illegal profession as a pimp, Rigg could have used the photos left all around his apartment to arrest her. Therefore, the only way for Brenda to prevent him from doing so was to kill him with the knife. After listening to the tape, Rigg went back into the hallway, where he found a box containing two keys, one of which was for Room 261 of the Alexander Motel. Furthermore, it contained a note by Jigsaw: "One saves a life... One takes it away." Knowing his next destination, Rigg finally left his apartment. (Saw IV)
|“||Hello, Officer Rigg. In order for you to fully understand my way, you must feel what I feel. The photo before you is of a man in desperate need of help. In the next room are the tools to his salvation. His life is in your hands, but in the end, only he can save himself. Be careful. There are cameras watching and you must hide your identity. Make your choice.||”|
— Rigg is introduced to his second test[src]
Shortly afterwards, he arrived at the run-down motel. Upon entering, he was yelled at by a drunk vagrant who had been sleeping in the doorway, whereas the proprietor, an overweight man named Ivan Landsness, tried to be friendly and asked if he could help him. However, Rigg ignored both of them and went up the stairs to Room 261. Armed with his weapon, he hesitantly opened the door and went in. When he entered the room, he immediately saw a large box sitting on the bed. As he stepped closer, he noticed that a photo of Tracy was lying on top of it with the words "She needed you" written on its backside. Due to some long, black hair sticking out of the box, Rigg initially thought that Tracy's severed head might be in the box, and hesitated to open it. However, when he ultimately lifted the lid, he was relieved to see that the hair belonged to one of Jigsaw's pig masks. Aside from the mask, the box contained a mugshot of the motel proprietor, who he had seen downstairs, as well as an audio tape for Rigg, which gave him his further instructions. To continue his series of tests, he had to force Ivan to play a game on his own, which was waiting for him in the next room, behind a door with the words "Feel What I Feel" written on it in red letters. The tape told him that he had to put on the pig mask, so the cameras in the room wouldn't recognize him. However, Rigg decided to use the mask differently. While Ivan was busy getting rid of the vagrant, Rigg attracted the attention of his dog, Chance, and lured her upstairs to the bedrooms. After dealing with the vagrant, Ivan followed Chance, who had found the pig mask lying on the floor right before the door of Room 261. When Ivan approached and picked it up, Rigg stepped out and aimed his gun at Ivan, forcing him into the room.
|“||If you are playing this tape, then you are one step closer to truly understanding how to save a life. As an officer of the law, you find yourself torn. Is the man before you a victim or a perpetrator of violence? His salvation is out of your hands. It is your choice - if you wish - to put it into his own. Once this lesson is learned, you will find yourself one step closer to truly saving Eric Matthews. Without you, this man's game cannot begin. Force him into the position to face his demons and let him make the decision.||”|
— Jigsaw explains the rules to Rigg[src]
When the tape ended, the TV switched to a video of a blindfolded woman strapped to a bed. Upon seeing how Ivan raped the woman, Rigg became incredibly angry and forced the man to shackle himself onto the bed. Ivan initially refused, but ultimately gave up when Rigg threatened him with his gun. Despite his begging to let him go, Rigg forced him to continue and eventually placed his head in the vice. Soon after, Rigg found another note, which told him to hand Ivan the tools to save his life. He took two triggers from the table and gave them to the rapist. The last thing left on the table was an audio tape for Ivan. When Rigg grabbed it, the drawer of the table opened and revealed another box. The box contained the next message, which told Rigg to "become the teacher and save a life" and to "go back to where it all began." After that, he started Ivan's tape and tossed it onto his body. While Ivan was struggling to press the triggers, which would cause the scythes to gouge his eyes out, but were also his only way to escape, Rigg returned to the first room, from where he listened to Ivan's death. When the game was over, he thought about the last message by Jigsaw, and realized that the place where it all began was an elementary school where he had clashed with Rex, an abusive father, years ago. Therefore, Rigg left the motel and headed right to his next destination. (Saw IV)
|“||Hello, Officer Rigg. What have you learned thus far? Experience is a harsh teacher. First comes the test, second comes the lesson. If you are to save as I save, then you will see the person in front of you is but a student. So I ask you, Officer Rigg: Has the pupil learned her lesson? Has she been told the error of her ways? Does she now view the world differently? Officer Rigg, the key to this person's freedom lies in the palm of your hand, but only after she has done her own part. Can you play your role in her salvation? Once judgement has been made, though, the key to finding your next destination is just off the map.||”|
— Rigg is introduced to his third test[src]
As the timer continued ticking down, Rigg arrived at the school. While walking through the hallways, he came across the room where he and his men had found the remains of Troy four days earlier. Eventually, he reached a classroom with a red question mark painted on the door. Upon entering, he saw the words "Save As I Save" written on the blackboard. As he went further into the room, he found Rex and his wife, Morgan, who had been strapped to a metal column. However, Rex was already dead and covered in blood, as their game had already played out. When Rigg approached them, he thought that Morgan was dead as well, and was scared to death when she suddenly started to move and stare at him, claiming that she had won. When Rigg asked her what she had done, he realized what her task had been. She and her husband, who hadn't only abused their daughter but her as well, had been connected by numerous metal spikes, which had pierced both of their bodies. In order to survive, Morgan had pulled out the spikes from her body as she had been told by a tape left by Jigsaw. Rex, however, had no chance, as the spikes had been pierced through every major artery in his body. Rigg then tried to calm Morgan down, before picking up another tape lying on a table nearby, which told him about Morgan's test. While listening to the tape, Rigg took a look at the various X-rays hanging from the ceiling, which showed him the wounds Morgan had suffered from her husband. The tape further told him that the key to his next destination was "just off the map."
After the tape ended, Rigg asked Morgan who put her in this situation and eventually pulled out the final spike from her shoulder. After doing so, Morgan thanked him for finally saving her. Moments later, Rigg realized that the map mentioned on the tape was a chart of the human body, which had been positioned in front of Morgan. Behind it, he found another photo of Tracy with the words "Go Home" written on its back. Frightened that she could have been in danger, Rigg asked Morgan if she knew where Tracy was. However, Morgan couldn't tell him anything useful. As she was freezing, Rigg covered Morgan with his jacket and handed her the second key that he had found earlier in his apartment, telling her that she had to safe herself. Morgan panicked and begged him not to leave her there alone, but before departing, Rigg set off the fire alert to make sure that Morgan would be found quickly. (Saw IV)
By looking at the photo of his wife, Rigg had noticed the oddly shaped "G" in "Go Home" and recognized it from the logo of the Gideon Meatpacking Plant, which he had seen before in a newspaper article about John Kramer. Only a few minutes later, Rigg reached the plant and entered it through the delivery entrance. As he went in, he found a box containing a message, which told him to be patient, as time was on his side, and to remember who he was saving. As he continued his way through the storage depot, he found another box, which was empty. Unbeknownst to him, it had been a part of another game, which took place at the meatpacking plant at the same time as his own game. Upon going further, he came to a hallway with the words "See As I See", "Feel What I Feel", "Save As I Save" and "Judge As I Judge" written all over the walls. Additionally, he found the ID cards of Eric and Hoffman lying on a barrel, along with another message that asked him if he had learned how to truly save a life.
|“||Hello, Officer Rigg. If you are hearing this, then you have reached Detective Matthews and Detective Hoffman in under 90 minutes, resulting in their deaths. The rules were clear. You were warned. They had to save themselves. Their salvation was out of your hands. Time was on your side but your obsession wouldn't let you wait. Instead of saving Detective Matthews, you cost him his life. You failed your final test.||”|
— Daniel Rigg's final tape[src]
As the timer went on, Rigg continued his way through the plant, and after a few minutes, he finally reached the room in which Eric and Hoffman were trapped. However, Eric desperately yelled at him not to open the door. Ignoring his warning, Rigg burst through the door with only one second left on the clock, and was shot in the chest by Eric in the process, as a final attempt to keep him from entering. When he opened the door, Art Blank, who had been in the room with them the entire time, approached Rigg, who then shot Art in the chest. Moments later, Eric's head was smashed by two large ice blocks swinging down from the ceiling, causing Rigg to fall to the floor, screaming in grief and agony. He angrily yelled at Art Blank, as he thought him to be Jigsaw's accomplice, but Art was merely another victim, who had been tasked with supervising the detectives for the duration of Rigg's game. Art tried to explain that he was tested by Jigsaw, and went to reach for his bag, causing Rigg, who thought that Art was grabbing a weapon, to shoot him in the head. However, it turned out that there was no weapon and Art was actually attempting to grab an audio tape. Upon listening to the recording, Rigg finally realized that his test wasn't to save Eric, but to let Eric save himself. Moments later, Hoffman freed himself from his trap and calmly approached Rigg, thus bringing Rigg to the realization that Hoffman was Jigsaw's accomplice. However, due to his gunshot wound, Rigg collapsed to the floor as Hoffman escaped. He turned around one last time and ended Rigg's game with the words "Game Over" before he disappeared and left Rigg for dead. Shortly thereafter, Rigg succumbed to his gunshot wound. (Saw IV)
Shortly afterwards, the meatpacking plant was found and raided by the Metropolitan Police Department. As the police secured and searched the entire building, they discovered the many corpses of Jigsaw's victims, including Rigg. All of them were sent to the morgue for their obduction by Dr. Adam Heffner. (Saw V, VI)
- According to Darren Lynn Bousman, he and Lyriq Bent originally planned to shoot another ending where Rigg waited until the timer reached zero, but was then shot by Special Agent Peter Strahm.
Public Execution Trap • Pain Train • Horsepower Trap • Lawnmower Trap • Bobby's Trial • Suspended Cage • Silence Circle • Impalement Wheel • Hangman's Noose • Wisdom Teeth Combination • Brazen Bull • Sentry Gun Trap • Cyanide Box • Reverse Beartrap