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I've been drunk. I spent three years at college drunk. This isn't drunk. This is kidnapping.
— Gus talks about the situation[src]

Gus Colyard is a fictional character from the Saw franchise as well as a minor character in Saw II, IV and V. He was portrayed by Tony Nappo.

Biography

Early Life

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Gus at the Homeward Bound Clinic

After spending three years in college, Gus Colyard decided to start a career as a manager and businessman. However, he had to clear several hurdles in his early life. At one point, Gus was innocently framed and arrested by Eric Matthews, a corrupt detective who had faked the evidence in one of his cases. Eric also framed numerous other people, including Jonas Singer, one of Gus' clients. Besides this conflict with the law, Gus was also a drug addict and therefore became a patient at the Homeward Bound Clinic, a recovery clinic for addicts ran by Jill Tuck. On one occasion, he engaged in a fight with Cecil Adams, another patient at the clinic, whom he had attacked after the latter had complained vociferously about the long wait for his methadone treatment. (Saw II, IV)

Test

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Gus' unconscious body

Due to his drug addiction and his connection with Eric Matthews, Gus was eventually targeted by John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer, who was actually the ex-husband of Jill Tuck. He was subdued and taken to a run-down house, where John and his apprentice, Detective Mark Hoffman, took his 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, his client Jonas Singer, the prostitute Addison Corday, 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)

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Gus, moments before being shot by the magnum trap

Shortly thereafter, the prisoners woke up. Frightened by the situation, Daniel squatted in a corner 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 said that those kinds of cameras didn't record sounds. The group's concerns grew worse when Gus suddenly started to panic and 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, who was the last one to still be unconscious, 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 a key and a message, which warned them not to use the key to open any door in the room. 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 in three hours, the gas would already kill them after two hours. In order to survive, the prisoners had to find syringes containing the antidote, which were hidden throughout the house, with one of them being inside the safe. Additionally, Jigsaw informed them that they all had a connection and told them that the clue to this connection was marked with an "X". After listening to the tape, Xavier immediately grabbed the key, and 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 caused a magnum on the other side to go off and shoot Gus right in the eye. 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 also revealed that she had survived one of his tests before. (Saw II)

Post-Mortem

As they now knew the amount of danger they were in, the group began to search the entire 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 that had killed Gus. Amanda tried to remove the gun and take it with her, albeit unsuccessful. Therefore, the group left the room behind.

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Xavier discovers the number in Gus' neck

As time went by, the prisoners' desperation worsened as they hadn't managed to get one of the antidotes yet. Eventually, Xavier, who had separated from the others, returned to the Safe Room. Upon entering, he accidentally pulled the jacket covering Gus' corpse away. As he was putting it back, he suddenly discovered a red "2" written on the back of Gus' neck and finally realized the meaning of Jigsaw's clues from the instruction tape. Moments later, Jonas entered the room. Due to the effects of the nerve gas, he began to spit blood and threw up on the floor. In an attempt to convince Xavier to work together, he told him that they had more in common than he thought. Furthermore, he explained that he had enemies that would go after his family if they wouldn't get their hands on him. However, Xavier wasn't interested and instead told Jonas to turn around so he could see the number on the back of his neck. When he pulled out a knife from his waistband, the two of them engaged in a brutal fight, during which Xavier was heavily injured after Jonas kicked him right in the face. Unfortunately, Jonas lost the upper hand when the effects of the gas forced him on his knees. Embracing his opportunity, Xavier grabbed a nail-studded baseball bat which he had found earlier and brutally smashed Jonas' head. Stunned by the blow, Jonas turned around and tried to speak, but ultimately fell dead before he could mutter his finals words. After his death, Xavier checked the number in his neck, which was a yellow "16". After that, he went for the other prisoners and shouted for them, claiming he had found a way out.

As the game went on and eventually came to an end, Amanda and Daniel were the only survivors of the massacre. Therefore, the time had come for the next part of Amanda and John's plan. Amanda subdued Daniel and injected him with the antidote from the safe. Afterwards, she took his unconscious body with her and brought him to the Wilson Steel Plant, where John was already waiting for her to arrive.

The room was found approximately two days later when Daniel's father, Eric, reached the Nerve Gas House, as he had been provided with the recordings of the game by Jigsaw and thought that his son was still trapped inside. Upon entering the room, he found the remains of Gus and Jonas, who already showed obvious signs of decomposition, as well as the syringe used by Amanda to cure Daniel from the nerve gas. Shortly thereafter, he also found the corpse of Xavier in a dilapidated bathroom located in the tunnels. However, as he was abducted only minutes later, he wasn't able to tell his colleagues about the house's location. (Saw II)

Following the end of the game and the abduction of Eric, Detective 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

Despite being a businessman, Gus was not very stress-resistant. In situations where he was put under pressure, he tended to be extremely nervous and often acted in a rash, sometimes even aggressive, way. While it can't be said without a doubt, it can be assumed that these traits were compounded by his drug addiction and subsequent withdrawal symptoms.

Trivia

  • The test meant for Gus was the Razor Box which killed Addison Corday.
  • The Razor Box Trap was devised so as to "punish the hands that had harmed innocent others when his anger had reached its peak", suggesting that Gus was regularly abusive toward his family and those around him while enraged.
  • Another version of Gus' tape said something along the lines of him "reaching his hand into the cookie jar for money", suggesting that he was guilty of embezzlement.
  • The weapon that killed Gus is a Ruger GP100, Stainless Version - .357 Magnum.

Appearances and References

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