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In your head he is a cypher, a symbol of your life changing, a symbol of death. I present him to you now as a simple human being. His name is Timothy Young, he's 27-years-old, a medical student with a mother and a father just like you. A man whose life also changed on the day your son died.
— Jeff is introduced to Timothy Young[src]

Timothy Young is a fictional character from the Saw franchise as well as a supporting character in Saw III. He was portrayed by Mpho Koaho.

Biography

Dylan Denlon's Death

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Timothy, moments after the accident

Timothy Young was a young man whose life changed drastically when he caused a car accident. While he was drunk, an 8-year-old boy named Dylan Denlon accidentally drove on the street with his bicycle and was thereby hit by Timothy's car. The boy's father, Jeff Denlon, who had witnessed the accident, ran to his son. However, he was unable to save him. When Timothy got out of his car and saw what he had done, he was immediately shocked burst into tears. For this reckless manslaughter, he was brought on trial. However, as the only witness besides Jeff, a woman named Danica Scott, refused to testify against Timothy, the presiding judge, Halden, sentenced him for merely six months in prison. After serving his prison term, Timothy continued his life and studied medicine. However, his past eventually caught up with him three years after the accident, when he became a target of John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer. (Saw III)

Abduction

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Hoffman takes Timothy to his trap.

At the age of 27, Timothy was abducted by one of John's apprentices, Detective Mark Hoffman, who took him to the abandoned Gideon Meatpacking Plant, where he had to participate in the game of Jeff Denlon, who was abducted as well and was forced to face a series of tests in order to overcome his obsession with revenge on the people he deemed responsible for his depressions and his son's demise. Therefore, Hoffman had set up a vicious trap, which was simply called "The Rack" by John Kramer, which resembled a large mechanic crucifix. After Timothy's abduction, he placed his unconscious body in a wheelbarrow and took him to the room where the trap was located. Moments later, Amanda Young, John's second apprentice, entered the room along with John, who sat in a wheelchair. When John saw that Hoffman switched the trap's gear ratio, he told him that he'd have to change the gear grease to match the increased friction and berated him for making these changes without asking him first, stating that he would do so next time. When Hoffman asked him how many next times there were going to be, John merely answered that their work would go on as long as necessary. Hoffman then recklessly dumped Timothy out of the wheelbarrow and was therefore berated by John for his brutal behavior, who reminded him that Timothy was still a human being after all. When he asked Hoffman if he liked this kind of brutality, Hoffman responded that John wanted to see Timothy suffer just as much as he did. This resulted in a short argument between Hoffman and Amanda who asked him when he was going to get tested on his own. Hoffman responded that this was unnecessary as he claimed he had always appreciated his life unlike her and showed her the scars she had inflicted on herself.
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Timothy in the wheelbarrow

Amanda mocked him, telling him he should get used to her as he wouldn't get rid of her anymore to which he responded that she shouldn't be so sure about it. When John interrupted them by saying it was time to go on, Amanda took him to his room and left Hoffman alone. As he was finally done with his work on the trap, he took Timothy's sweater off of him, placed him in the trap and hung a tape recorder, which contained the instructions for Jeff, around his neck. Then, he set up a long glass box which contained a shotgun, which aimed at whoever stood in front of it, and connected the key to Timothy's trap to a mechanism which would pull the shotgun's trigger once the key was removed. (Saw III, VI)

Death

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Timothy in his trap

At the same time, Jeff Denlon was held hostage at the plant as well and was forced by Jigsaw to play his game to escape the building and thereby overcome his vengefulness. While making his way through the building, he and Judge Halden, whom he had saved from another trap earlier, reached the door to Jeff's third test with the words "Here's your chance" written on it in big red letters. In front of it was a small box standing on a barrel. Inside the box was the next message saying "One step closer to your revenge." Glued to its back was a photo snippet, showing Jeff's daughter, Corbett. Besides this, there was an empty gun magazine. As he had found a single bullet after finishing his first test in a freezer, Jeff immediately inserted it into the magazine, when Judge Halden condoled with him over the loss of his son. However, he also claimed that even a death sentence for Timothy wouldn't have eased his suffering and tried to convince him that vengeance would only make it worth. Nonetheless Jeff was eager to continue and kicked the door open, which caused the lights inside the next room to turn on. Aroused by the noise, Timothy Young, who was still strapped to the "Rack", began to panic and screamed for help. As Jeff approached, he finally recognized him as the murderer of his son. Timothy told him to do something, but Jeff remained calm and instead started the tape recorder hanging from a wire around Timothy's neck.

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Jeff plays the tape

The tape left by Jigsaw told introduced him to Timothy, stating that he was a 27-year-old medical student who once had a normal life just like Jeff until the car accident three years earlier. Now Jeff was finally given the opportunity to take revenge on the murderer of his child. Jigsaw explained that the device to which Timothy was strapped would start to twist his limbs as soon as the game began. Again, he also gave Jeff the chance to forgive Timothy. To the right of him was an elongated glass box which contained a shotgun. Connected to its trigger by a wire, the key to the trap was hanging in front of the barrel and would cause it to fire a shot once the key was removed. As the tape ended, the entrance door of the room slammed shut and the large contraption began to slowly twist Timothy's right arm counter clockwise. While Halden immediately grabbed a metal pipe from the floor and unsuccessfully tried to smash the glass box, Jeff merely stood before Timothy and watched his suffering. However, to his own surprise he soon averted his gaze in disgust and had to literally force himself to watch. Even though he was seemingly angered that this confrontation with Timothy didn't satisfy him as he always imagined, he continued to watch. Shocked by this, Halden approached him and told him to do something, but Jeff angrily pushed him away. At this point, Timothy's arm was completely twisted and as he begged Jeff for mercy, the trap started to twist his other arm as well. Halden tried to stop the device by brute force and yelled at Jeff, claiming that he would be a murderer as well if he didn't help Timothy. To the latter's horror, Jeff casually responded that he might be a murderer and had desired to kill him everyday for the past three years. However, when Timothy's arm broke and Halden reminded him of his wife and daughter, Jeff came to his senses. As the trap began to twist Timothy's right leg, Jeff went to the box and carefully removed the key from the wire, while the trap continued its grisly work.
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Jeff kneels before Timothy's corpse

He managed to get the key just when the device had finished twisting its victim's second leg. However, unnoticed by him, Halden accidentally came into the firing line and was shot in the head by the shotgun when Jeff let go of the wire. Initially shocked by Halden's death, Jeff ran to the trap as it began to twist Timothy's head. However when he couldn't find the lock, he dropped the key and mounted the contraption, screaming that it should stop as he forgave Timothy. However, Timothy's neck was broken nonetheless as his head was twisted backwards. Shocked by the gruesome eyesight, Jeff stepped back, put off his jacket and knelt down before his corpse. (Saw III)

Post-Mortem

Less than two hours later, 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 Timothy. All of them were sent to the morgue for their obduction by Dr. Adam Heffner. (Saw V, VI)

Personality

Not much can be said about Timothy's personality due to his short screen time, other than that he used to be quite reckless before his time in prison, evident by the fact that he was drunk during the car accident that resulted in Dylan's death. However, he seemed to be sorry about it and regretted his actions.

Trivia

  • Originally, Timothy was supposed to be strapped down to a table that would fold on its hinges, bend his body with it and ultimately break his back. It was later remodeled into the shape of a cross, but still had the same function. However, this was changed as well when the creators of Saw III decided that they wanted a trap that would twist Timothy's limbs and head, resulting in the final version of the trap seen in the films.

Appearances and References

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