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I can't trust any of you.
— Addison separates from the group[src]

Addison Corday is a fictional character from the Saw franchise as well as a supporting protagonist in Saw II. She was portrayed by Emmanuelle Vaugier.

Biography

Early Life

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Addison offers her company to John

Addison Corday was a young woman and a prostitute, offering sex for money on the streets of the city. At one point in her life, she was innocently framed and arrested by Detective Eric Matthews, after the latter had faked the evidence in one of his cases. However she was eventually released from prison. On another occasion she briefly made acquaintance with civil engineer John Kramer. One night, John sat in his car before the Homeward Bound Clinic, a recovery clinic for drug addicts, while waiting for his wife, Jill Tuck, who ran the clinic. Upon spotting him alone, Addison embraced her opportunity and offered him her company. However, John rejected her offer and told her to go home as she was a beautiful girl who shouldn't do this kind of work. (Saw II, IV)

Test

More than one year later, Addison was targeted by John, who had become the serial killer known as Jigsaw at this point. Due to her profession and her connection with Eric Matthews, she was abducted and taken to a run-down house. John and his apprentice, Detective Mark Hoffman, took her unconscious body to a room with a large safe and trapped him there along with seven other people: Daniel Matthews, the son of Eric Matthews, Jonas Singer, his manager Gus Colyard, the drug dealer Xavier Chavez, Laura Hunter, Obi Tate and Amanda Young, a former heroin addict who was in fact a Jigsaw apprentice on her own. John placed a tape recorder behind a brick wall and helped Hoffman to install a booby trap connected to the lock of the room's only door. Having finished all of their preparations, John and Hoffman left the room and locked the door. (Saw II, V)

Shortly afterwards, the prisoners woke up and were immediately frightened by the situation. Jonas tried to wake up Amanda, who was the last one who was still unconscious, while Addison yelled that someone should open the door. Xavier sarcastically commented that no one was listening, to which Laura responded that someone was and pointed at a camera. However Daniel, who squatted in a corner out of fear, said that those kinds of cameras didn't record sounds. The group's concerns grew worse when Gus suddenly started to panic. Gus talked about a movie he had seen about a man who had been trapped in a room for nine years, which frightened the others, especially Laura, and caused a discussion with Xavier. They were quickly interrupted when Addison heard a ticking on the other side of the door. However before they could find out what it was, Amanda suddenly woke up. Playing her role as another victim, she immediately pretended to panic and searched the room until she finally found the instruction tape as well as the key and the message which warned them not to use the key to open any door in the room.

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Addison listens to the tape

The tape told them that they were all breathing in a deadly nerve gas since the moment they arrived in the house. While the doors would open after three hours, the gas would already kill them after two hours. In order to survive the prisoners had to find syringes with the antidote which were hidden in the house with one of them being in the safe. Additionally Jigsaw told them that they all had a connection and told them that the clue to this connection was marked with a "X". After listening to the tape Xavier grabbed the key. Amanda begged him to listen to the message which warned them not to use the key to open any door in the room. However he refused to do so and tried to open the door which activated the booby trap and caused the magnum on the other side to go off and shoot Gus Colyard right in the eye. When Gus' blood splashed on her face and clothes, Laura immediately started to scream. Xavier tried to calm her down. However this attempt remained unsuccessful. While the other prisoners panicked, Jonas demanded Amanda to tell him how she knew about the tape. She then told them about Jigsaw and his games and therefore also revealed that she had survived one of his tests before.

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Addison and Xavier argue with each other

As they now knew the dangerousness of their situation, the group began to search the whole room. Daniel picked up Gus' jacket from the floor and used it to cover the latter's mutilated head. Moments later the door of the room finally opened. Jonas was shocked when he saw the magnum trap which had killed Gus. Amanda tried to remove the gun and take it with her, albeit unsuccessful. Therefore the group left the room behind. In the hallway, Xavier found a nail-studded baseball bat. When he wanted to go further, Jonas voiced his doubts that there even was an antidote and tried to convince him and the others to make up a plan. Xavier however was too impatient to listen and went on, followed by the rest of the group. Shortly afterwards, Addison also found a lamp, which she took with her. While making their way to the entrance hall, Jonas discovered a tattoo on Xavier's arm and asked him about it, as he recognized it from Joliet, but Xavier wasn't interested in talking to him. When they eventually reached the entrance hall, he tried to open the front door with the key from the first room and angrily threw it away when it didn't work. However Jonas grabbed the key and put it in his jacket. Furious and angry Xavier tried to smash the door with the baseball bat. After this attempt failed as well he got into a fight with Addison until Jonas intervened. Only moments later Laura found a door which led them down to a boiler room.

Xavier took the lamp from her and slowly went down the stairs, followed by the others. Upon entering the basement, they found a mysterious hooded figure sitting at the table. Xavier placed the lamp in front of it and prepared to kill the figure, if he or she would move. However when Jonas took the hood from its head, they realized it was merely a mannequin. A small envelope with the name "Obi" written on it was attached to the mannequin's chest with a knife. Xavier grabbed it and opened the envelope, which contained an audio tape. When they played it, using the recorder from the starting room, it revealed to them that their fellow prisoner, Obi, had assisted Jigsaw in their abductions. Furthermore, the tape told him that in order to redeem himself, he had to crawl into the large furnace in front of them, where two syringes with the antidote were waiting for him; one for him and one for another prisoner of his choice.

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The group confronts Obi

Upon this revelation, Laura recognized him as her abductor. Therefore, the group and Obi engaged in an argument during which Obi clamed that he had only done what he had to do. Xavier threatened to kill him, but was held back by Addison, as Obi could get two antidotes for them. However, Xavier continued to threaten him with a knife and demanded to tell them how to get out. When Obi said he didn't know how to get out, Xavier slowly cut his throat to fear him, but was interrupted when Daniel accidently knocked down a large metal tub. Barely frightened by Xavier, Obi eventually agreed to crawl into the furnace, but demanded that one of the syringes was for him. However, when he grabbed the second syringe the door of the furnace was suddenly locked and the furnace itself was activated. As the flames came closer to him Obi started to panic and desperately tried to get out of the oven. When Jonas attempted to help him by opening the door, Addison yelled at him to cover his hands with his jacket. However he was still unable to open the door. Daniel eventually noticed a window on the other site of the furnace. When he tried to get him out, Jonas accidently burned his own hand. Xavier then stepped in and smashed the window with his baseball bat, enabling Obi to crawl out. However, as Obi tried to do so, he got stuck and ultimately died in front of the others as the flames burned him alive. When they realized that the syringes were burned as well, the remaining prisoners left the basement, while Amana remarked that it was his own choice that had eventually killed Obi.

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Addison listens to Xavier's tape

Shortly afterwards the group divided. While Jonas, Xavier and Addison went upstairs Amanda, Laura and Daniel decided to stay on the ground floor in order to look for more of Jigsaw's clues as well as the antidote. Upon searching the upper floor, Jonas and the others found a door without a lock, but couldn't open it. Jonas went downstairs and returned with the rest of the group moments later. When they came back, Addison still tried to open the door but remarked that it was stuck. Therefore Xavier angrily shoved her away and attempted to open it by brute force to which Amanda responded that the room was most likely a trap, while Jonas pressed himself against the wall to cover himself if she was right. Xavier sarcastically told her that the whole house was a trap and went on until he finally managed to open the door. Unfortunately, this caused a metal pin to be pulled out of a timer which was connected to another door. Daniel told Laura to wait in the hallway and followed the rest of the group into the room. An audio tape left for Xavier by Jigsaw told him, that there was another antidote behind the second door. However, it would be locked permanently if he didn't manage to find the key in time. Moments later Daniel found a pit full of thousands of used syringes hidden under a bed. According to Jigsaw, the key to the door was somewhere in the pit.

After listening to the tape, Xavier demanded that one of the others had to crawl into the pit and get the key. However, when they refused he grabbed Amanda who immediately started to panic. As the remaining members of the group were afraid of Xavier they stood back and watched how he ruthlessly threw her in the pit. While the needles were piercing her skin Xavier became more and more angry and yelled at her to hurry up. Frightened and in pain, Amanda rifled through the syringes until she eventually found one which had the key attached to it. When she threw it out of the pit Xavier grabbed it and tried to open the door while Daniel helped Amanda to climb out of the pit. Unfortunately, Xavier didn't manage to open the door in time and angrily tried to attack Amanda but was only held back by Jonas. Moments later, Laura entered the room as she had heard Amanda's screams. When Addison reminded the group that they had to work together to find the connection between all of them, Laura admitted that she had been imprisoned once, just like the other prisoners, but refused to reveal the reason for it when Jonas asked her. Afterwards, Xavier left them and finally separated from the group for good.

Shortly afterwards, Amanda managed to calm down and stayed with the group to look for more of the antidote. While she was searching the house along with Daniel, Addison and Laura, the latter suddenly collapsed in a hallway as she was seriously weakened by the gas. When Amanda tried to comfort her, Addison told them they couldn't stay as they didn't have much time left. Fortunately, when Laura noticed a picture on the wall which had large scratches on it which were shaped like an "X", she remembered Jigsaw's first tape and realized this was the clue to their connection. Upon investigating the picture Addison found a photo attached to its backside which showed Daniel and his father, Eric. This caused the group to finally realize that Daniel's father was the cop who arrested all of them by faking the evidence. Seconds later, Laura suffered from a seizure and died in Amanda's arms who had desperately tried to save her. Laura's death and the revelation of their connection caused both Addison and Amanda to leave Daniel. When they went away Xavier shouted for them and claimed he had found a way out. (Saw II)

Death

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Addison is trapped in the Razor Box

After finding out the truth about their connection, Addison decided to look for the antidote on her own. Severely weakened by the gas, she eventually stumbled into a room with a large glass box suspended from the ceiling by four chains. A syringe with the antidote was glued to the bottom of the box. She found another envelope with a tape but threw at away as she didn't have the recorder with her. Instead she tried to grab the antidote by inserting her hand in one of two holes on the bottom of the box. However she accidently pulled off the upper part of the syringe and therefore spilled the antidote. Ridden by fear and desperation, she put her other hand in the second hole. Unfortunately, there were razor sharp blades placed above the holes which now prevented her from pulling her arms back out. Therefore, Addison started to cry and screamed for help. By following her voice, Xavier eventually reached the room. However, he wasn't interested in helping her but rather in something else. At this point, he had discovered that they all had numbers written on the back of their necks, which all belonged to the combination to the safe in the starting room. Instead of helping Addison, Xavier merely checked her number, a blue "9". After obtaining it, Xavier slowly walked out of the room and closed the door behind him, while Addison angrily yelled at him. Eventually she succumbed to her wounds and died in the room. (Saw II)

Post-Mortem

At some point after the end of the game, Jigsaw's apprentice, Mark Hoffman, returned to the Nerve Gas House, where he disposed of the traps as well as the corpses of the other prisoners. Additionally, he renovated the entire building and even refurnished it, giving it the appearance of an average residential house. (Saw V)

Personality

Addison was a self-confident woman, not afraid of openly stating her opinion. If someone opposed her, she reacted in a disrespectful and often sarcastic way. Even in situations when she was put under pressure, she tried to stay calm and think logically and was therefore one of the most reasonable prisoners in the house besides Jonas. Due to her strong personality, she was also one of the few people who weren't afraid of Xavier and even opposed and insulted him on several occasions during their imprisonment.

Trivia

  • The Razor Box Trap that killed Addison was originally meant for Gus Colyard.
  • In an early script of Saw II, the trap planned for Addison was written to resemble a waffle iron. Upon trying to grab a syringe with the antidote, two clamps would trap her wrists and slowly heat up. In order to free herself, she had to press her face against a third hot iron positioned right in front of her. This would activate a mechanism that would release her from the clamps so she could obtain the syringe. Her instruction tap would have said something like "she had to sacrifice her looks in order to save her life."

Appearances and References

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