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No, that's not creepy at all.
— Ryan's reaction to Billy the Puppet

Ryan is a fictional character from the Saw franchise and tertiary protagonist from Jigsaw. He is portrayed by Paul Braunstein.


Early Life

Ryan watches the explosion that he caused

When Ryan was young, he was a very extroverted person who drank with friends until long hours of nights. One day, while in a moving car with two of his friends, Ryan tried to get out via the hood. His best friend who was driving, tried to pull Ryan back in which made lose control of the vehicle sending it into another moving car. Ryan managed to get out before both cars exploded killing his friends and the other passengers. He was the only survivor and knowing this - he lied arguing that the fault was in his friend driving the car rather than taking the blame when interrogated by police. Years later, Ryan resorted to committing minor crimes such as selling credits that could not be paid, selling cocaine, not paying state taxes, and cheating on his two wives. (Jigsaw)


Ryan being put in the Bucket Room

Because of Ryan's dishonesty, criminality, and murders, he was chosen by Jigsaw to be involved in his first game along with 5 others. Eventually, he was abducted and subdued by John Kramer and taken to the Tuck's Pig Farm along with the other test subjects with a bucket placed on his head. (Jigsaw)

First Test

Ryan listening to the instruction tape

Along with all the other victims, he was left in an empty metal room in a barn. Upon waking up, a recording from John explains that in order to escape, the five victims must offer a sacrifice of blood in order to get a 'green light' and proceed safely. He further expresses they 'confessing their past sins' and allowing 'the truth to set them free'. As the explanation of the first part of the game ends, the saws on the other side of the room activate, the mechanics behind the wall pulling the chains around their necks - pulling the victims toward the saws. The four conscious victims (as the fifth one is still unconscious) begin to struggle cluelessly, until one of the test subjects, Anna figures out only small amounts of blood would suffice. With Anna's guide - Ryan cuts his arm to free himself from the bucket. He is then dragged through the wall with 4 others (one waking up too late to be tested).(Jigsaw)

Second Test

The needles falling in front of Ryan

In the next room, the chains continue to them forward despite their struggles. They stop for a brief moment as a ventriloquist puppet pops up with a sign stating "confess" in which reacts to by screaming that he's not afraid at all. This prompts the chains to move again despite their struggles. After Mitch prompts a tape, a trio of syringes in a hanging base fall in front of Ryan from the ceiling. John Kramer's voice explains that a member of the group inadvertently caused the death of a victim, after robbing and refusing to help when they had the means to. He explains that said member has a poison coursing through their veins; in one syringe is the antidote, in another is a saline solution, and in the final one is a deadly acid. He tells the person to ask themselves 'how much a life is worth to you?'. He also warns that if they don't make the correct choice, they would all be hung by the chains around their neck. It's revealed that the group member John spoke of was Carly, who took the purse of an asthmatic woman with her inhaler inside and didn't help her after she had an asthma attack prompting her death. Carly allowed the woman to die, and ran off with $3.53 (also the numbers on the syringes). Ryan showed immense intolerance/impatience as the chains slowly begin to recede into the ceiling, demands Carly choose a needle. Speaking to herself, Carly realizes what 'How much is a life worth to you?' meant and remembers the incident, despite this she refuses to confess and instead wants to choose random needles. Ryan becomes more and more frantic as the four remaining victims are lifted off the ground, everyone struggling up until Ryan's patience wears out and he stabs Carly with all three needles - freeing them from their chains whilst the side of Carly's face is dissolved by the deadly acid. (Jigsaw)

Third Test

Ryan activating the lever that will save Anna and Mitch

In the next game, Ryan tries to cheat by escaping through a door named "No Exit" - however this leads to a razor-sharp wire trap which traps Ryan's leg. Fellow group members Anna and Mitch discover an unlocked door leading into a grain silo how ever they succumb to another trap - locking them inside. A taped message explains that the two will be buried in grain and/or killed by falling debris unless Ryan manages to pull a lever that will free him from the wires around his leg and enable their freedom. Ryan refuses to pull the lever several times in fear of loosing his leg. It wasn't until Mitch and Anna pleaded for their lives to him once buried in grain up to their necks and deadly objects falling from above that Ryan agreed to pull the lever. He does so freeing them both but slices his leg into three pieces. Throughout the third game Ryan rested in the same position until Mitch's remains fell infront of him, waking him up and causing him scream hysterically.(Jigsaw)

Final Test

Ryan cowering from Anna

In the final test, Gravely wounded but still alive, Ryan wakes up with Anna, chained up in a room with a hooded figure. The hooded figure reveals himself to be John Kramer. John reveals that he witnessed Anna, an old neighbor of his when he was first diagnosed with cancer, suffocate her infant child in a fit of rage, and threw the blame on her husband by planting her child's body next to him while he slept. Her husband later committed suicide in a fit of grief, believing he accidentally suffocated his own baby. John explains that the two have not yet earned their survival, and have gotten his message "backwards". He places a loaded gun between them, telling them that it is the "key" to their survival. As Anna takes the gun and prepares to shoot Ryan, Ryan figures out John's message, but is too late to warn Anna as she pulls the trigger, only for the gun to backfire and kill her. (Jigsaw)


After the test ended and Anna died Ryan begins to cry upon realizing that the keys to their chains were hidden inside of the gun, and destroyed when Anna attempted to shoot him with it. He notices that the green key coordinating with Anna's green lock has been bent and out of use and his coordinating yellow key and lock has been split in half. With no hope of escape, Ryan eventually dies of either dehydration or blood loss.(Jigsaw)


Ryan's corpse ten years later

Ryan and Anna's corpses are decomposing in the Tuck's Pig Farm where John Kramer put them to the test with a 10 year+ time stamp as Logan, who is the successor of John Kramer, reveals to Halloran, a corrupt police detective and his test subject, that in reality those games happened ten years ago and that was the reason why nobody had known what happened until now similar to a theory on a Jigsaw fan website. After killing Halloran with the laser collar, Logan seals the room and leaves the former's corpse alongside Ryan and Anna's.(Jigsaw)


  • This is the only character in the entire Saw Franchise that has a secondary actor for a younger version of him.
  • This character is also the only character in the entire Saw Franchise that shares the same name with someone without a last name revealed.
  • In his trial, he held the highest kill count out of everyone before being abducted by John Kramer, with a total of three. However, he also held the highest save count - saving Anna and Mitch two times.
  • His fate is similar to Adam Stanheight. Both are chained and died in the places that they were trapped in and their bodies are never discovered by police.
  • Ryan was the only original participant in the Murderer's trial who did not have a replica after him in Logan Nelson's recreation.

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