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I can see you.
~ Zep Hindle

Zep Hindle is the secondary antagonist of the 2004 horror-thriller film Saw, the first installment of the Saw franchise.

He is a despised hospital orderly responsible for kidnapping Lawrence Gordon's wife and daughter in order to force him to carry out his game by cutting off his foot. The film depicts him as a possible identity to the Jigsaw and the main antagonist, until the truth is revealed in the climax.

He was portrayed by Michael Emerson, who also played Benjamin Linus in Lost, Alpha in Ben 10-Generator Rex: Heroes United, the Joker in The Dark Knight Returns and Cayden James in Arrow.


Zep worked as an orderly at the hospital where John Kramer attended his cancer treatment. Unlike the uncaring doctors (nobly John's own doctor Lawrence Gordon) Zep was far more sympathetic and invested his time in listening to John, something in which he was subtly mocked at by Gordon himself in front of medical students. This may have made him ungrateful for his life, which in turn made him a victim of Jigsaw's.

When Kramer became the notorious kidnapper and killer Jigsaw, he kidnapped Zep and injected poison into his blood stream which slowly killed him. Zep was required to kidnap and hold Lawrence's wife and daughter - Alison and Diane - hostage to force Gordon to carry out his game, which involved him cutting off his foot and shooting fellow victim Adam in order to escape a bathroom. Zep carried out the task and held Alison and Diane captive in the Gordon household, occasionally observing Lawrence and Adam's game from a surveillance system.

When Lawrence failed to cut off his foot in time, Zep prepared to kill Alison and Diane for his failings. However, Alison untied herself and fought Zep, which attracted the attention of the disgraced detective David Tapp, who was watching the home (believing Lawrence was the Jigsaw Killer). Tapp came to their aid which allowed Zep to escape. Zep headed to the bathroom intending to kill Lawrence and was followed by Tapp. Zep and Tapp fought in the sewers where Zep shot him and left him for dead.

Zep arrived at the bathroom and discovered Lawrence had cut off his foot and shot Adam, but as he did not do it on time. Zep prepared to kill Lawrence, stating that "It's the rules". However, Adam suddenly sprang to life and pulled Zep to the floor, beating him to death with a toilet lid after a brief scuffle.

Following his death, Zep's corpse was left to slowly decompose in the bathroom, with his decomposing corpse making appearances in Saw II, III, and 3D. He also appeared briefly in some flashbacks using archive footage from the first film in Saw III and 3D.



  • Although the first film seems to imply that Zep kills David Tapp, in the Saw video game adaption it was revealed Tapp had survived. In the sequel Saw II: Flesh & Blood, case files revealed that Tapp believed Zep was the Jigsaw Killer and gave his description to the police.
    • However, the Saw video games are not canon with the films, so Zep actually killed Tapp.
  • The seventh and intended final film Saw 3D reveals Zep's corpse (along with those of Adam Stanheight and Xavier Chavez) has still not been discovered and by this point has fully decomposed into nothing more than a skeleton.
  • Even though Zep was forced to work for Jigsaw, the commentary does imply he felt a thrill and sense of power holding Alison and Diane captive, which is apparent as he torments them.
  • In the original script for Saw, Zep's age was listed as 32. In contrast, Michael Emerson was 50 years old when he played Zep.
  • In Saw, Zep's head was lying on its left side. But in Saw II and Saw III, It was only facing slightly to the left. While in Saw 3D, his head was facing forward entirely. This may be a result of the tissue tension occurring during the decay process.
  • In Saw I, II and III, Zep's corpse had his arms spread out to his sides, whereas in Saw 3D, his arms were closer to his sides. This may be a result of the tissue tension occurring during the decay process.
  • In Saw, a flashback in Saw III and Saw 3D, Zep's head was seen simply resting on the porcelain floor. Whereas in Saw II and the beginning of Saw III, his head was seen resting on a chunk of the toilet lid previously used to kill him.


           Saw film logo.png Villains

John Kramer | Amanda Young | Zep Hindle

Saw II
John Kramer | Amanda Young | Xavier Chavez | Obi Tate

John Kramer | Amanda Young

Saw IV
Mark Hoffman | John Kramer | Art Blank | Cecil Adams | Brenda | Ivan Landsness | Rex

Saw V
Mark Hoffman | Luba Gibbs | Seth Baxter | Charles

Saw VI
Mark Hoffman | Jill Tuck | Debbie

Saw 3D: The Final Chapter
Mark Hoffman | Lawrence Gordon | Crazed Man | Dina

Jigsaw (2017)
John Kramer | Logan Nelson | Brad Halloran | Anna | Edgar Munsen

Spiral: From the Book of Saw
William Schenk | Peter Dunleavy | Detective Fitch | Marcus Banks |

The Scott Tibbs Documentary
Scott Tibbs | Amanda Young

Saw: The Video Game
Pighead | John Kramer | Zep Hindle | Amanda Young | Melissa Sing | Obi Tate | Whitehurst Prisoner

Saw II: Flesh & Blood
John Kramer | Pighead II | Henry Jacobs | Joseph Poltzer | Anton | Barry | Chuck | Donovan | Dwayne | Patrick | Robert | Zeke