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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Sawyer Family 

"Leatherface" Sawyer

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Portrayed By: Gunnar Hansen, Bill Johnson, R.A. Mihailoff, Robert Jacks, Dan Yeager, Sam Strike

A chainsaw-wielding, mask-wearing, mentally-challenged man who assists his psychotic family in slaughtering humans. He is the only character to appear in every film of the franchise.
  • Ax-Crazy: A cannibal who has a fondness for chainsaws and stitching masks out of people's faces.
  • Badass Normal: Compared to other slashers such as Jason and Freddy, Leatherface is just a big burly dude with a capacity for violence.
  • Big Bad: While technically not this in his family, he serves as this to the franchise, being the only character to be in every film. Subverted in 3D, where he appears to be the sole antagonist, but is actually a Villain Protagonist.
  • Break the Cutie: Leatherface reveals that he was a genuine Nice Guy and as a child was terrified at the prospect of killing like his family did. After witnessing at least two of their murders as a child, sent to a institution into his teens, was taken hostage by two escapees, witnessing the violence they commit, watching his great friend get shot by police, getting shot through the cheek by a cop, being gaslighted by his mother who brow beats him into killing his other friend, the guy basically breaks into the Leatherface we all know.
  • The Brute: He serves this role in his family.
  • The Butcher: He used to work in a slaughterhouse and now slaughters people.
  • Chainsaw Good: He iconically uses a chainsaw to kill people. Possibly the Trope Maker.
  • Character Death: Accidentally blown up with a grenade by Drayton in the second film and gets his head bashed in the original cut of the third film.
  • Child by Rape: His father is also his grandfather in III.
  • Cool Mask: Never seen without one of his trademark masks.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: More than a few of his outfits are of him wearing female faces and accompanying clothing. His infamous dress in The Next Generation has him even wear fake boobs to complete the look.
  • Creepy Souvenir: His masks can be interpreted as this, as they are the remains of his past victims.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Leatherface becomes this in Texas Chainsaw 3D as he is by that point, simply protecting the Sawyer household after the rest of the Sawyer clan (with the exception of Heather) ends up being killed and later becomes Heather’s protector after she learns of her lineage.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In Leatherface, he was quite witty as a teenager.
  • Determinator: Wouldn't be a slasher villain without this trait. The most extreme case is in the second film, where he takes a chainsaw to the gut and continues fighting Lefty.
  • Drop the Hammer: Has a thing for hammers when not using chainsaws. He even kills most of his victims with hammers in the first film.
  • Dumb Muscle: He is mentally handicapped, possibly due to inbreeding. The prequel reveals he was a mentally functioning kid, who underwent a Sanity Slippage on account of his mother's manipulations and a number of traumatic experiences.
  • The Faceless: He is never seen without his mask.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He is mistreated by his family and in 3D, they are willing to sacrifice him to save themselves because he is mentally handicapped.
  • I Have Many Names: He has yet to stick to a name outside of Leatherface. Barring the remake completely changing the Sawyers into the Hewitts, he has been referred to as Bubba, Junior and Jedidiah (and the alias Jackson) across the different films.
  • I Was Quite The Looker: As Leatherface shows, he was quite handsome as a teenager due to being played by Sam Strike. A bullet to the face undoes that quickly.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Is impaled by a chainsaw in the second film, although he is actually killed by Drayton's dropped grenade.
  • Mad Artist: His creation of masks from victims could be interpreted as this.
  • Made of Iron: Less so than most Slashers, as Leatherface is just a giant hillbilly with a chainsaw. Still, he tends to take horrible wounds and walk them off such as a chainsaw to the leg and even keep fighting with one planted in his stomach.. Subverted in that he usually carries wounds from these encounters and even dies in some of his films.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: He always wears masks made from human faces.
  • Mental Handicap, Moral Deficiency: A mentally challenged cannibal slasher.
  • Obliviously Evil: He only seems to commit acts of evil at the behest of his abusive family.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Despite his brutal nature, he is incredibly submissive to his family and is easily fooled. This is highlighted in the third film, where he uses a Speak 'N Spell-like device.
  • Split Personality: According to Tobe Hooper and Gunnar Hansen, the original purpose of Leatherface's masks was to serve as a means of expressing himself depending on his mood, as he had no core personality. This can be observed in how he wears an old lady's face when greeting his family and wears a dinner suit at the table. Later films seem to drop this aspect and have him just wear one mask at all times.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The prequel Leatherface shows, as a child he was quite naieve and even afraid of his families antics, tearfully refusing to kill someone at his families behest on his birthday. As a teenager, he was a friendly, witty, and even chivalrous and during a conversation with his friend Lizzy, laments that he couldn't have had a normal life.
  • Villainous Crush: Has one towards Stretch in the second film.
  • The Voiceless: He makes noises, but he never actually speaks. In the first film, he seems to communicate in gibberish when Drayton scolds him for damaging the door.

Drayton Sawyer

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Portrayed By: Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley

The eldest brother and de facto patriarch of the Sawyer clan. In Texas Chainsaw 3D, he is the father of Nubbins and Leatherface instead.
  • Big Brother Bully: He is quite a bit older than Leatherface, Nubbins, and Chop Top and bullies them around. In Texas Chainsaw 3D, he swaps this for Abusive Parents.
  • Big Bad: He is the primary villain of the first two films.
  • Child by Rape: He's one of these in the third film's continuity.
  • Creepy Gas Station Attendant: He runs the Last Chance Gas Station.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the sequel, he blows himself up with a grenade.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is perfectly okay with killing people, seeing it as a necessary evil to survive, but he disapproves of taking pleasure in it.
  • Evil Chef: He does all of the family's cooking, and is talented enough to win an award for his chili.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He's fairly flamboyant in his villainy.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can be quite friendly and takes the least amount of pleasure in committing violence out of all of his family members, but he is still a murderous and insane cannibal.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He continues his family's tradition of cannibalism, but he takes it to a disturbing new level by causing members of the public to unwittingly engage in cannibalism as well. His gas station in the original film sells barbecue and he participates in a chili cook-off in the sequel.
  • Murder by Mistake: He accidentally takes Leatherface and Grandpa with him when he blows himself up.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Played with in that while his real name is revealed in the second film, he is only credited as "The Cook" in the first two films.
  • The Renfield: His grandfather is not technically a vampire, but Drayton ensures that he receives human blood like one.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He's killed in the opening of Texas Chainsaw 3D by the mob hunting for the Sawyers after being the Big Bad of the first film.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He maintains an affable public persona and achieves a mild level of notability by winning a state chili competition in the first sequel
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Is not seen or referenced at all in the third film, although it is implied that he is is the Sawyer who was executed in the opening narration.

Grandpa Sawyer

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Portrayed By: John Dugan, Ken Evert, Grayson Victor Schirmacher

The patriarch of the Sawyer family who is aged beyond human standards.
  • Badass Grandpa: He was a killing machine back in his prime, but his attempts to be this in the first two films don't really work.
  • Blood Lust: He drinks blood to stay alive.
  • The Butcher: He was once a respected slaughterhouse worker before transferring his skills to cannibalism.
  • Character Death: Accidentally blown up with a grenade by Drayton in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. He is shot by the mob in the opening sequence of Texas Chainsaw 3D.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: He is only able to cling to life by drinking human blood.
  • Evil Cripple: He can hardly move on his own.
  • Evil Old Folks: He is well over 100 and is totally evil. In fact, he's so old that he is mistaken for a rotting corpse.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: In the sense that he introduced his family to their cannibalistic ways.
  • Groin Attack: In the III continuity, his daughter castrated him to stop him from raping her.
  • Killed Offscreen: Dies of old age in between the first and third films.
  • Mummies at the Dinner Table: His family preserves his corpse, treating it as if it were still alive, after his death in the third film.
  • Posthumous Character: In the third film, where he is just a corpse.
  • Predecessor Villain: In the past, he is stated to have been "the ultimate killer," though he has long since passed the torch onto his grandsons.
  • Villainous Incest: In the third film's continuity, he raped his daughter Anne numerous times, fathering all six of her sons, until she sterilized herself and then castrated him to stop the abuse.

Nubbins Sawyer

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Portrayed By: Edwin Neal

Better known as "The Hitchhiker," he is one of the Sawyer brothers. Has a twin brother named Chop Top in the second film.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is schizophrenic and acts violently as a result.
  • Character Death: Hit by a truck.
  • Child by Rape: In the third film's continuity, Grandpa is also his father.
  • Co-Dragons: He and Chop Top fill this role in the Sawyer family.
  • Evil Twin: He and Chop Top are twins, though both of them are evil.
  • Formerly Fat: Leatherface depicts him as being on the hefty side as a child.
  • Gorn: His death is the bloodiest moment in the original film.
  • Hostile Hitchhiker: He menaces the protagonists of the original film after they pick him up by behaving erratically, even cutting himself with a razor.
  • Macho Masochism: Slices his palm with a razor for no real reason.
  • Mad Artist: Heavily implied to be the one responsible for the bizarre bone sculptures in the family home, given that he is the one who raided the graveyard at the beginning.
  • Mummies at the Dinner Table: Following his death in the first film, his family members turn him into a puppet in the second.
  • Posthumous Character: In the second film, where his corpse is carried around by his family members.
  • Red Right Hand: He has a prominent birthmark on his face.

    Other Characters 

Sally Hardesty

Protagonist of the first film. She encounters the Sawyers when she and her friends investigate the possible robbing of their grandfather's grave.
  • Butt-Monkey: She gets kidnapped, hit on the head with a hammer and cut with razor.
  • Driven to Madness: The sequel reveals that she "sank into catatonia" after the events of the original film.
  • Final Girl: Of the original film.
  • The Generic Girl: Sally doesn't have much of a personality.
  • Hysterical Woman: At the end of movie, after escaping Leatherface, she begins to laugh hysterically.
  • Laughing Mad: After escaping from Leatherface, probably as a mixture of utter mental breakdown and relief.
  • Screaming Woman: Sally spends the the final third of the film screaming her head off.
  • Slashers Prefer Blondes: Averted. Sally is a blonde and the sole survivor of the film.
  • Sole Survivor: Sally is the only person to escape Leatherface alive in the first film.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: She is mentioned to have died in the third film's opening narration.

Franklin Hardesty

Sally's wheelchair bound brother. They and their friends set out to see if a family plot was tampered after a series of grave robbings. He is killed and his death motivates his uncle to hunt the Sawyers in the second movie.
  • Asshole Victim: Unlike the other victims, Franklin's incessant complaining makes his death come across as a blessing.
  • Jerk Ass: He's very argumentative with a morbid personality and a penchant for complaining.
  • The Load: Given he's in a wheelchair, there's not much he can do to help out.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    The Sawyer Family 

"Chop Top" Sawyer

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Portrayed By: Bill Moseley

One of the Sawyer brothers and a Vietnam veteran with a plate in his head who appears in the sequel.

    Other Characters 

Vanita "Stretch" Brock

Protagonist of the second film. A radio DJ who unwittingly becomes the target of the Sawyer family when her station played a live recording of one of Leatherface's murders. Leatherface falls for her and refuses to kill her. She ends up being captured by the Sawyers and is eventually rescued by Lieutenant "Lefty" Enright.
  • Action Girl: Unlike Sally, Stretch is more active and tries to do more than just scream, managing to fight back against Chop-Top.
  • The Cameo: Appears in the third film as a reporter.
  • Chainsaw Good: The weapon that she killed Chop-Top with.
  • Final Girl: She becomes this in the second movie.
  • Screaming Woman: While Stretch screams quite a bit, she still manages do better than Sally at defending herself.
  • Sole Survivor: Stretch is the only person to survive the second movie.
  • Took a Level in Badass: With a chainsaw!

Lieutenant "Lefty" Enright

Sally and Franklin's uncle, who set out to find the Sawyer family. He is the main male protagonist of the second movie and is known for going up against Leatherface in a chainsaw duel.
  • Character Death: Killed by Drayton's grenade after taking care of Leatherface.
  • The Hero: He's the main protagonist of the second film, as his pursuit of the Sawyers is what drives the plot.
  • It's Personal: He's after the Sawyers for the death of Franklin and the torture of Sally.
  • Large Ham: Being played by Dennis Hopper, this was inevitable. Especially prominent when he starts mowing down support beams in the Sawyer's lair.
  • Religious Bruiser: Prays to God and makes biblical allusions at several occasions.

L.G. McPeters

Manager of the radio station Stretch works at. Like Stretch, he becomes an unwitting target of the Sawyer clan.
  • Adorkable: Has a couple endearingly awkward moments such as his building of a fry house for Stretch at a cook off.
  • Body Horror: Gets most of his skin peeled off by Leatherface and remains alive for a good amount of time afterwards.
  • Butt-Monkey: Goes through a horrendous amount of crap courtesy of the Sawyers. Even before then, he's on the receiving end of several rejections and remarks from Stretch.
  • Character Death: Gets bashed by Chop Top's hammer and has most of his skin stripped off by Leatherface. He remains alive for a short time afterwards before succumbing to his wounds.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rather crass and abrasive, but he cares about Stetch and is a good guy deep down. He even describes himself as a "semi-hardass" with a soft heart.

Rick the Prick and Buzz

Two obnoxious yuppies who harass Stretch on her radio show while causing havoc in Texas. They end up being murdered on air by Leatherface and kick off the film's plot.
  • Asshole Victim: They almost come across as a parody, given they are so obnoxious in what little time they have that their deaths come across as a blessing.
  • Bit Character: They barely exist before getting chainsawed by Leatherface.
  • Jerkass: They shoot up road signs and harass Stretch on her show, in addition to swearing profusely at Leatherface and Chop Top even before they attack them.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Their real names are not revealed.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: They get murdered very quickly, but their death prompts Stretch and Lefty to investigate the Sawyer clan.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Have barely any screen time before Leatherface kills them.

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

    The Sawyer Family 

Edward "Tex" Sawyer

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Portrayed By: Viggo Mortensen

The head of the Sawyer clan after the Cook's disappearance.
  • Ambiguously Gay: He wears a women's apron and paints his fingernails, implying that he may be homosexual. According to Viggo Mortensen, he portrayed Tex as being homosexual.
  • Berserk Button: Calling him by his real name.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: He and Drayton fill this role in the III second continuity, with Tex taking up the mantle of Big Bad in the sequel.
  • Child by Rape: His father is also his grandfather.
  • Cowboy: He dresses like one and calls himself "Tex."
  • Evil Chef: He does some of the family's cannibalistic cooking.
  • Hostile Hitchhiker: He hitchhikes in order to find victims.
  • Man on Fire: Burned to death when Benny sets him on fire.

Tech "Tinker" Sawyer

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Portrayed By: Joe Unger

A member of the Sawyer family who builds devices for slaughtering people.

Alfredo Sawyer

Portrayed By: Tom Everett

Yet another one of Leatherface's brothers. He runs the Last Chance gas station.
  • Big Brother Bully: Refers to Leatherface as "Stupid-fuck face". Yeah, not exactly brother of the year.
  • Child by Rape: His father is also his grandfather.
  • Swamps Are Evil: His job is to dump bodies in a swamp.
  • Tempting Fate: "What are the chances a brainless bitch like you knows how to use that thing ?" Not something you ask a woman with a shotgun.

Anne Sawyer

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Portrayed By: Miriam Byrd Nethery

The matriarch of the Sawyer clan.

Babi Sawyer

Portrayed By: Jennifer Banko

Leatherface's daughter.
  • Child by Rape: She was conceived when Leatherface raped one of his family's victims.

    Other Characters 

Michelle

A young woman who gets captured by the Sawyers while on a trip with her boyfriend across Texas. She teams up with a survivalist named Benny to escape them.
  • Action Girl: Probably the most active female protagonist in original series. She stabs Tex, hits Leatherface in the head with rock and shoots Alfredo with shotgun.
  • Final Girl: Michelle become this at the end of her movie, alongside fellow survivor Benny.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Manages to take on Leatherface on her own.

Benny

A survivalist in the third movie who meets up with the Final Girl and helps protect her from the Sawyer family.
  • Action Survivor: He's just some guy surviving in the woods who ends up defeating most of the Sawyer clan.
  • Black Guy Dies First: Averted. He manages to survive in the theatrical cut from a chainsaw to the head, of all things.

The Next Generation

    The Slaughter Family 

Vilmer Slaughter

Portrayed By: Matthew McConaughey

The head of the Sawyer family in The Next Generation. Unlike the others he is not a cannibal, and is part of an Illuminati conspiracy to spread fear.
  • Artificial Limbs: Has a fake leg due to begin run over several times in his life.
  • Ax-Crazy: Easily the most deranged out of all the Sawyer's, and unfortunately is also their new leader.
  • Big Bad: Of The Next Generation.
  • Car Fu: Uses this at one point.
  • Domestic Abuser: Directs this towards his wife, Darla, as well as the rest of his family. It is implied that Darla is a victim with Stockholm Syndrome.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: To Leatherface, who more or less gets Demoted to Extra. Vilmer steals nearly every scene he's in as the main villain of the film, and has the highest bodycount in the entire film, with Leatherface only killing one person.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When he gets angry, there really is no stopping him on a rampage. To the point that the Illuminati has to step in and kill him.

W.E Slaughter

Portrayed By: Joe Stevens

Another member of the Sawyer family who also works for the Illuminati.

Darla Slaughter

Portrayed By: Tonie Perensky

Vilmer's wife

    Other Characters 

Jenny

A high school student whose prom night was ruined by the Sawyer family, now led by Vilmer. As she soon learns, Vilmer Sawyer is part of some sort of fear-based Illuminati conspiracy. She ends up being saved by Agent Rothman.
  • Action Girl: She tried to shoot Leatherface with a shotgun, too bad it wasn't loaded.
  • Expy: Of Sally. They are both blondes, they both run in places to find help only to find out that their apparent saviors are actually villains, and they both escape in the end.
  • Final Girl: In The Next Generation.
  • Slashers Prefer Blondes: Averted. Jenny survives over the brunette Brainless Beauty Heather.
  • Sole Survivor: She is only person to escape Leatherface in The Next Generation.

Heather

One of Jenny's friends from The Next Generation. A completely air-headed bimbo who's Too Dumb to Live.

Agent Rothman

The Sawyer's boss in The Next Generation. He is the apparent leader of the Illuminati, although he thinks the Sawyers are going to far. Eventually he steps in to stop Vilmer's massacre.
  • Affably Evil: He may be the head of an evil organization, but he's nice enough to give Jenny a ride back home at the end.

Remake Continuity

     The Hewitt Family 

Thomas Brown "Leatherface" Hewitt

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Portrayed By: Andrew Bryniarski

The Leatherface of the rebooted continuity. Unlike the original Leatherface, who is described as a "Big Baby", he is more vicious and seemingly more smart. He is the adopted son of Luda Mae, who was fiercely protective of him. He of course, is the main enforcer of the Hewitts.
  • Adaptational Villainy: This Leatherface is far more consciously vicious than previous incarnations.
  • Berserk Button: He does not take kindly to being called a freak or animal.
  • Danger Takes A Back Seat: In the prequel he kills the last girl by hiding in the back of her car as she tries to escape.
  • Determinator: Even when Erin chops off his arm, he is still relentless in hunting her down.
  • Face-Revealing Turn: After killing Pepper, Thomas turns to Erin, revealing he's wearing her boyfriends face.
  • Hook Hand: Receives one built by uncle Monty in the Wildstorm comics, which take place after the events of the 2003 film.
  • Karma Houdini: According to the epilogue, hasn't been found or killed, although he did lose his arm.
  • Mental Handicap, Moral Deficiency: Still handicapped and still evil.

Charlie Hewitt, Jr. (A.K.A. Sheriff Hoyt)

Portrayed By: R. Lee Ermey

Leatherface's adopted brother, and mentor. He poses as a local sheriff and uses that position to help his family kill people.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is one of the most violent and deranged characters in any of the films.
  • Big Bad: Of the remake continuity. He is in charge of the family and is responsible for their murderous, cannibalistic lifestyle.'
  • Car Fu: On the receiving end of this, which causes his death.
  • Dirty Cop: Makes sure that people he stops will be guilty of anything. However, he isn't actually a real cop.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He's liable to violently fly off the handle at the slightest provocation.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Developed this habit during the Korean War and introduced it to his family afterwards.
  • Jerkass: Big time, he's a sadistic, foulmouthed bully who loves to use false arrest and police brutality.
  • Impersonating an Officer: He killed the real Sheriff Hoyt and stole his identity and car.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: The Wildstorm comic By Himself reveals that he is a Korean War veteran who developed his cannibalistic traits during his tenure as a prisoner of war at the hands of Chinese.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: He always lugs around a shotgun and is quick to wield it to intimidate or murder others.

Luda Mae Hewitt

Portrayed By: Marietta Marich

Thomas's adopted mother, fiercely protective of him and will kill anyone who she suspects of making fun of or being mean to Thomas.
  • Child Hater: She hates all teenagers. However, she is protective of her own children and even adopted Leatherface as a baby.
  • Evil Matriarch: She is the matriarch of the murderous Hewitt clan.
  • Mama Bear: Very protective of Leatherface.

Monty Hewitt

Portrayed By: Terrence Evans

Leatherface's uncle. He spends his time in a wheelchair as his legs were amputated by his nephew.
  • Dirty Old Man: Something of a pervert.
  • Evil Cripple: His legs are amputated by Leatherface in the prequel, so he ends up in a wheelchair by the events of the original.

The Tea Lady

Portrayed By: Kathy Lamkin

A relative of the Hewitt family.

Henrietta Hewitt

Portrayed By: Heather Kafka

Jedidiah Hewitt

Portrayed By: David Dorfman

Leatherface's nephew. Youngest member of the family and apparently abused by them.

    Other Characters 

Erin Hardesty

Main character of the remake. She and her friends become involved with the Hewitts after they rescue a hitchhiker (who later killed herself.) She always insisted on doing the right thing, which led the the Hewitts meeting them in the first place.

Chrissie

Main character of the prequel to the remake, she and her friends are taken captive by the Hewitt family. She risk's her life many times to save her friends, but since she is a prequel character, it doesn't work out for her.

Kemper

Pepper

Andy

  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: A mild example, as he looks for his friend in a tiny fridge and pontificates about what brains look like... After a girl kills herself in front of them.
  • Dumb Muscle: Definitely the dimmest of the group, such as looking for Kemper in a refrigerator.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: To save Erin, though, technically, Andy survives it....
  • Mercy Kill: By Erin, he actually begs her for it.

Morgan

Eric Hill

Dean Hill

Bailey

Texas Chainsaw 3D

    The Sawyer Family 

Verna Sawyer-Carson

Portrayed By: Marilyn Burns, Lili Taylor

The matriarch of the Sawyer clan.


  • Abusive Parents: Of the psychological and emotional variety. Without her gaslighting, Jed could have been saved from becoming Leatherface.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Has a Lack of Empathy, little to No Social Skills and manipulative and warped idea of love and family, lending to the idea she's a low functioning sociopath or possibly suffers some form of borderline personality disorder. Her actress describes her as having compartmentalism.
  • Ax-Crazy: Albeit she's more subdued about it, but she's just as vicious and ruthless as the other Sawyers.
  • Bad Boss: Has a cop on her pay roll to give information on her son, and eventually has him Fed to Pigs.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: On two accounts in Texas Chainsaw 3D she gets her heir in keeping Leatherface, and in the prequel succeeds in getting her son back, forcing him to kill his friend to prove himself.
  • Big Bad: Of Leatherface, being the matriarch of the Sawyer clan, with her efforts to get her son back setting off the plot, and facilitating his corruption into Leatherface once and for all.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Implied by Hal Hartman. In this continuity, Drayton is Leatherface's father and its stated that Verna is probably both his mother and his aunt.
  • Cerebus Retcon: In Texas Chainsaw 3D, she seem to be a relatively normal old lady despite her familial connection to the Sawyer's and protecting a Serial Killer. Even passing her off as a caring grandmother seeking her long lost granddaughter. Leatherface shows a more sinister side to her and shows despite initial appearances, she's arguably the most ruthless of the Sawyer's and the main reason Leatherface is as messed up as he is.
  • The Corrupter: If not for her emotional manipulation on top of his Trauma Conga Line, Leatherface might have had a chance to be normal.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Seems unable to believe that many one outside of her family can care for her son. Especially his friend Lizzy, his last Morality Pet, whom she calls as an uncaring toxic influence whilst Verna herself is pushing her son into becoming the way she is. It's possible she may genuinely believe this due to cognitive dissonance (see Ambiguous Disorder above).
  • Evil Matriarch: Functions as the head of the Sawyer family in Leatherface.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The events of Leatherface, she is essentially relegated to this being the one who warped him into what he is today. In Texas Chainsaw 3D, her death kicks off the plot with her granddaughter becoming Leatherface's caretaker as part of her will.
  • Hate Sink: Comes off as this due to her ruthlessness and callousness in trying to get her son back and warp him into becoming another killer like the rest of her family. What makes her particularly despicable is how we see he had a shot for redemption and perhaps even a normal life had she not forced him to kill his friend who clearly cares about him and wants to help him.
  • Karma Houdini: Barring the fact that she receives no comeuppance or punishment and gets everything she wanted, as Texas Chainsaw 3D shows that she lived a peaceful life to a ripe old age. This excludes the fact of course that she was the hated town recluse and her family has been dead for years.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: By proxy. Encourages and browbeats Jed to murder his friend Lizzy to prove his loyalty.
  • Lack of Empathy: Really doesn't give an iota of a shit how her actions effect those around her so long as she can rope her son into the Sawyer fold.
  • Mama Bear: A particularly dark deconstruction. Her attempts to reunite and free her son causes a whole lot a problems and ultimately culminates in her mental and emotional manipulation to warp him into the killer he is today under the blanket of protecting him from a cruel world.
  • Never My Fault: See's herself as a desperate and innocent victim of a cruel world despite her family being murderous cannibals and that are being pushed around by everybody else, even when she acts abrasively, callously towards other people and gas lighting her son.
  • Only in It for the Money: Implied to be the reason why she left the Sawyer family and married into the Carson family.
  • Posthumous Character: Had died by the present day events of Texas Chainsaw 3D.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: Indirectly incites a riot at a local institution in an attempt to rescue her son.
  • The Sociopath: May be a low functioning one. Has a callous disregard for others around her and the deaths she and her family causes, but has such a warped idea of love and morality that she has a borderline fanatical idea of family loyalty, and her love for her son Jed comes off as manipulative and possessive in order to gaslight him into killing his friend to prove his loyalty.

Loretta Sawyer

Portrayed By: Dodie L. Brown

Boss Sawyer

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Portrayed By: Gunnar Hansen

A member of the Sawyer clan.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a bushy white beard.
  • The Cameo: Played by the original Leatherface, Gunnar Hansen.
  • In the Back: Shot in the back through a wall.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He's willing to give up Leatherface to the police to avoid further trouble because "he's simple anyway."
  • Redshirt: Only on screen a few minutes before getting killed.

Bear Sawyer

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Portrayed By: David Bell

A member of the Sawyer clan.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a bushy grayish beard.
  • Bit Character: Receives no lines and almost no characterization.
  • Character Death: Shot dead by a lynch mob along with most of his family.
  • Fat Bastard: He's overweight and is a murderous cannibal.
  • Redshirt: Only on screen a few minutes before getting killed.

    Other Characters 

Heather Miller/Edith Sawyer

A young woman in an adopted family, she finds out she inherited a mansion from her biological grandmother Verna Carson. She and her friends head to Texas to collect, and pick up a hitchhiker on the way. They all find out the hard way Leatherface lives in the basement. It's revealed that when she was a baby, she was a survivor of a Lynch attack on her biological family, the Sawyers. Soon the local mayor, who lead the Lynch mob, finds out and tries to kill her. She ends up teaming up with Leatherface, who manages to save her from the mayor.
  • Action Girl: Takes on this role once Leatherface shows up and her friends start dying.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Part of her fanservice in that she wears a crop top throughout the film.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Wears predominantly black and has a penchant for creating artwork out of chicken bones, but is the heroine of Texas Chainsaw 3D. She’s also a member of the Sawyer clan.
  • Final Girl: Of Texas Chainsaw 3D.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Especially at the end, when you can almost see her breasts.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: The night she finds out about she's related to the Sawyers, she becomes a target to some of the lynch mob members.
  • Villain Protagonist: Takes the side of her homicidal chainsaw-wielding cousin.

Nikki

Heather Miller's friend who joins her to the mansion she inherited. Turns out she's sleeping with Heather's boyfriend. She is later shot in the face by a cop sent to seek out Leatherface.

Kenny

Nikki's boyfriend who comes along on the roadtrip with the others to see Heather's new mansion. He is an aspiring cook who is learning to be a chef. He is killed by Leatherface.

Ryan

Heather's boyfriend who joins her to collect her inheritance. It happens that he is cheating on Heather with her friend Nikki. Surprisingly, he not killed "directly" by Leatherface.

Burt Hartman

Mayor of the town of Newt. Shortly after Sally escaped the Sawyers, he sets out to lead a lynch mob against the Sawyers; there where no survivors, as far as he knew. About twenty years later, he learns Leatherface is still alive and Heather is really Edith Sawyer, and he sets out once more to kill them.
  • Anti-Villain: The Sawyers were and are a very dangerous family who have killed and consumed any hitch-hikers they came across but lynching them was far from justified since the sheriff was about to arrest Leatherface. Of course he looses the anti part in the present day when he lets his vendetta cause him to get innocent people killed, and wants to kill Heather simply because she's a Sawyer despite her innocence.
  • Big Bad: Of Texas Chainsaw 3D. He is the man who lynched the Sawyer family, and sets out to finish the job on Heather, making him a mutual enemy of Heather and Leatherface.
  • Create Your Own Villain/Create Your Own Hero: Heather despite being a Sawyer was an innocent girl and was ignorant of her families history, not that it stops him from trying to finish what he started with her. Its really no surprise that Heather ends up siding with Leatherface in that situation.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Simply by being a Sawyer, Heather is a target of Burt's vendetta.
  • Hypocrite: Despite his claims that killing Sawyer's is justice in avenging innocent people, he not only seeks "justice" through illegal means, but covers up the Accidental Murder of an innocent girl and attempts to kill Heather whose only crime at the time was being related to the Sawyer's.
  • Knight Templar: Insists that killing the Sawyer family is "justice", but he did lynch the Sawyers just has the Sheriff was about to arrest Leatherface, and plans on killing Heather once he realizes he's Leatherface's cousin.
  • Light Is Not Good: Has the appearance of a clean cut, heroic sheriff. However, this doesn’t hide the fact that he is a corrupt, murderous sociopath.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He is the mayor, and his victims were the Sawyers, so...
  • You Killed My Father: As Leatherface reveals, the Sawyer's are responsible for the death of his sister and father, explaining his vendetta.

Carl Hartman

Burt Hartman's son, and local deputy.

Hal Hartman

The local sheriff who took young Jed Saywer away to a reformary as a child after the Sawyer's killed his family.


  • The Atoner: Ends up trying to save Lizzy and apologetic towards her. Not that it saves his life.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Is presented and built up throughout the movie as the main Hero Antagonist seeking revenge against the family who killed his daughter. He gets quickly put in his place when the Sawyer's re-enter the fray.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To his own son. Burt Hartman isn't played with any of Hal's sympathetic qualities, an a hypocritical vigilante Knight Templar who turns a blind eye to getting an innocent person killed to focus on the vendetta towards the Sawyer's and plans to kill an otherwise innocent member of the Sawyer's. Hal on the other hand is a police officer who realizes he's gone to far when he gets an innocent person in danger. Unlike his lynching son, Hal is technically following the law in what he's doing up until he gets his hands on Jed in that he's leading the manhunt on dangerous individuals - even if he does shoot Clarice in a rage.
  • Dirty Cop: Played With. Tempted as he might he doesn't use his position to abuse his power in revenge against the Sawyer's beyond having Jed taken to a psyche home. He does lead a manhunt for the escaped teens but they are clearly dangerous individuals
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Subverted. He realizes after his attempt to lynch Jed that he's gone to far with nearly getting Lizzy killed.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Realizing how far he's gone doesn't really save him from the Sawyer's. His fate was already sealed by the time of his realization.
  • Hero Antagonist: Functions as the antagonist for most of the movie in hunting down Jed Sawyer, who himself is on the Protagonist Journey to Villain. Hal is an officer of the law in charge of leading a manhunt in hunting down deranged teenagers, as part of his personal vendetta towards the Sawyer's who killed his daughter.
  • It's Personal: The Sawyer's murdered his daughter and as such seeks justice for her death, to the point where it's more of a priority to him that taking the escapees back alive.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The entire manhunt against the escaped teenagers, while a legal necessity, is more or less of a pretext for him to hunt down and have Jed Sawyer killed. It doesn't work.
  • You Killed My Father: Inverted. His vendetta to the Sawyer's stem from them killing his daughter. He does get killed by the Saywer's himself, turning this into a strait case for Burt Hartman.

Elizabeth White

A young nurse and newcomer at Gorman's Youth Reformary. She befriends Jackson and Bud and taken as one of Ike and Clarice's hostages.


  • Break the Cutie: Jeepers does she have it the worst! She witnesses a fellow nurse get brutally murdered in front of her very eyes; gets abducted by Ike and Clarice; witnessing a massacre Ike and Clarice set up; nearly raped by Ike, who earlier tricked her falling face first into a rotting corpse; forced to hide in a dead cow; witnesses Bud get shot and Jackson murder a cop; learns that Jackson is Jed Sawyer; abducted by both Hal Hartman and the Sawyer's; witnesses Jed's gradual transformation into Leatherface and is killed despite her attempts to reach out to him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Drops a line when Hal asks whose going to know if he kills Jed with a pretty blunt "I will."
  • Final Girl: Fits the bill, being the main female lead of Leatherface. Although she doesn't live through the movie.
  • Morality Pet: To Jackson when he's revealed to be Jedediah Sawyer, developing a close amicable bond with him over the movie. She even tries to make an appeal to him during the climax, but of course Verna gaslights him into killing her to prove his loyalty. Pretty much she could have saved him from becoming who he is today had his mother not had such a hold on him.
  • Nice Girl: A genuinely kind and sweet girl who volunteers to work at the Gorman House as she wants to help people. She pays a horrible price for it.
  • Ship Tease: As mentioned above she grows pretty close to Jackson over the movie. In a deleted scene she admits she likes him and tries to kiss him but he rejects her advances.
    • Ship Sinking: Chemistry or no, the revelation that Jackson is Jed Sawyer and his subsequent transformation into Leatherface kind of throws any chance of them being together out the window. Especially when he kills her.

Bud

One of three teenage escapes. A large silent patient, with a stunted mind. He's not Leatherface.—-

  • Ax-Crazy: Although it only comes out when his Berserk Button is pressed.
  • The Brute: He's a large lumbering, mentally stunted boy with a nact for brutal violence.
  • Gentle Giant: Zig-Zagged. He's actually pretty friendly and almost childlike when not angered. Which is a problem because...
  • Red Herring: With his character description you'd think he is the one who would end up becoming Leatherface. A bullet to the brain throws that idea out the window.

Ike

One of the escapees from the youth reformary. One of two hyper-violent, sexual deviants alongside his girlfriend Clarice. Ike takes three hostages as part of his escape plan, acting as the ringleader.


  • Attempted Rape: Attempts to force himself on Lizzy when he catches her trying to escape.
  • Ax-Crazy: Zig-Zagged. As deranged as he is, he shows himself capable of rational and pragmatic thinking. That said he does enjoy violence and carnage to the point of sexual excitement.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With the Sheriff and Verna Carson, functions as one of the antagonists
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Bud forces him to bite down on a large rock before stomping his head in.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Acts as one of the primary villains of Leatherface but is the first one of them to die. Ultimately Verna takes the reigns.
  • The Heavy: Out of all the antagonists, he's the one who drives most of the plot of ''Leatherface with his abduction and escape plot, and animosity towards the protagonists
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Pretty much every interaction he has with Lizzy.
  • I Love the Dead: He and Clarice molest a corpse as a way of getting off.
  • The Sociopath: Is as wicked and depraved as they come, without any morals or conscience, with his entire relationship with Clarice (from his end anyway) seemingly revolving around their love for sex and violence. Despite this he is shown to be capable of pragmatic thinking and long term planning.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Despite his insistence to Clarice, that he isn't attracted to Lizzy, it's quite obvious he is and his covering up his attempted rape of Lizzy comes off as him covering up cheating on his girlfriend.

Clarice

One of the escaped patients from the Gorman House. Like her boyfriend Ike, is a hyper-violent, sexual deviant.


  • Ax-Crazy: Just like her boyfriend. Her Establishing Character Moment is trying to force a girl into eating a live mouse and later strangling another with her own pig tails.
  • Blood Knight: When she gets her hands on a shotgun she exclaims "Fuck I love Texas!"
  • Crazy Jealous Girl: Towards Ike, notably strangling a girl with her own hair for apparently getting between them.
  • Defiant to the End: Spends her last moments mocking Hartman over his daughter's death.
  • Fandisservice: Gets a sex scene with Ike in which she's completely naked. Not only is she covered in burn scars but she's also molesting a rotting dead body.
  • I Love the Dead: As mentioned above, she and Ike have a three way with a dead body.
  • Kill It with Fire: According to Word of God she is a pyromaniac and was institutionalized for burning her home down with her family within. It may also explain the burn scars on her body.
  • Pet the Dog: Seems to genuinely care about Ike as she spends minutes on end searching for him after his death. That same scene she tries to warn her hostages about oncoming cops.


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