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I told you, Officers, sometimes these kids, they just get out of control.
— Rex talks to Officer Rigg[src]

Rex is a fictional character from the Saw franchise as well as a minor antagonist in Saw IV. He was portrayed by Ron Lea.

Biography

Abuse

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Hoffman tries to calm Rex down

Rex was the father of Jane and the husband of Morgan. As he was a brutal and violent-tempered man, he used to brutally batter his wife and his daughter on an almost regular base. Despite this, Morgan stayed with him and also did nothing to protect her daughter. At one point, he and his wife were interrogated by Detective Mark Hoffman in the principal's office of Jane's elementary school, while Jane was interrogated by Officer Daniel Rigg. During his interrogation, Rex claimed to be innocent and rejected the accusations. Out of fear, Morgan confirmed everything he said. Shortly afterwards, Hoffman and Morgan left the principal's office, and Jane asked Rigg if she could go home. Rigg told Hoffman not to trust Rex, as it was obvious to him that Jane didn't want to talk to them out of fear of her violent father. However, as Hoffman had no evidence against him, there was nothing he could do. Therefore, he told Jane to go back to her class. Rex, who felt safe now, clapped Rigg on the shoulder and sarcastically commented that "sometimes these kids just get out of control." This, however, provoked Rigg even further to the point that he attacked Rex and struck him in the face, breaking his nose and cheekbone in the process. Hoffman then had to pull him back and angrily told him to leave immediately. Following the incident, Rex tried to sue Rigg for the assault with the assistance of his lawyer, Art Blank. Hoffman, however, made an incorrect statutory declaration in order to protect his colleague. This eventually caused the charge to be dismissed, and Rigg's career wasn't further damaged or endangered by this incident. (Saw IV)

Abduction

Years later, Rex was eventually targeted by John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer, due to his aggressive and brutal treatment of his family. At this point, Art Blank, the lawyer of Rex, had become one of John's victims as well and was forced to wear a device which would cut his spine and kill him if he didn't follow the orders given to him. Therefore, he abducted Rex and Morgan and took them to a classroom at the elementary school. After that, he put a leather harness on them an chained them back to back to a metal column in the middle of the room. Then, Art used a dangerous device, which worked similar to a nailgun, and shot eight long, thin metal spikes through their bodies. While Morgan only received severe flesh wounds, Rex was mortally wounded as the spikes had pierced his major arteries. After that, Art chained a tape recorder to Morgan's wrist which contained the instructions for her test. Additionally, he positioned a chart of the human body in front of Morgan and a wooden chart with the words "Her life is in her hands" in front of Rex and also hung up numerous X-rays of the broken bones and injuries Morgan had received from Rex in the past. Having finished the preparations, Art went on and also set up a test for Officer Rigg, who was planned to arrive at the school shortly after Morgan's test. Therefore, he set up a timer, placed a second tape recorder for him on a table and placed a box with a photo of Tracy, Rigg's wife, behind the body chart. After that, he wrote the words "Save As I Save" on the blackboard and finally left the building. (Saw IV)

Death

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Morgan and Rex in their trap

Shortly afterwards, Morgan eventually woke up. Immediately frightened by the situation, she began to scream and played the tape attached to her wrist. This message, recorded by John Kramer, told her what she had to do in order to survive. If she wanted to live, she had to pull out the spikes from her body. However, this would inevitably kill her husband. Despite this, Morgan barely hesitated and began to pull out the spikes as soon as the tape ended. Rex, who had woken up by her screams, panicked and tried to prevent her from doing so. In the however, Morgan removed the spikes, causing Rex to succumb to his wounds. (Saw IV)

Post-Mortem

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Rex's corpse

Not much later, Officer Rigg arrived at the building as expected, as he had to face a series of tests on his own in order to overcome his obsession with saving everyone around him. Therefore, John had left a clue at the Alexander Motel, the location of Rigg's previous test, to guide him to 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 Morgan, still strapped metal column. When Rigg approached them, he thought that Morgan was dead like her husband, 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. He then tried to calm her down, before picking up the second 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. 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 the 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)

Due to the fire alert, the Metropolitan Police Department was able to find Morgan in time to save her. After a brief interrogation, during which she identified Rigg as the one who saved her, she was taken to the hospital. After that, Special Agent Peter Strahm and Special Agent Lindsey Perez investigated the crime scene. Later that night, Rex's corpse was taken to the morgue for his autopsy by Dr. Adam Heffner. (Saw IV, VI)

Personality

Rex was a brutal and violent-tempered father and husband who physically abused his family on an almost regular base without showing any signs of remorse. Due to Morgan's fear, he had the absolute control over her for a long time. Judging by his behavior, it is safe to say that Rex suffered from a narcissistic personality disorder and therefore believed to be justified with everything he did to Jane and Morgan.

Appearances and References

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