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TCM 2 Continuity

    The Sawyer Family 

The Sawyer Family

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A small family of cannibals living in rural Texas who appear in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

Bubba "Leatherface" Sawyer

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Portrayed By: Gunnar Hansen, Bill Johnson

A chainsaw-wielding, mask-wearing, mentally-challenged man who assists his psychotic family in slaughtering humans.
  • 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.
  • Character Death: Accidentally blown up with a grenade by Drayton.
  • Determinator: Even when impaled by a chainsaw, he continues fighting Lefty.
  • Drop the Hammer: Most of his kills in the first film are done with a sledgehammer.
  • Dumb Muscle: He is mentally handicapped, possibly due to inbreeding.
  • The Faceless: He is never seen without his mask.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: He always wears masks made from human faces.
  • Obliviously Evil: He only seems to commit acts of evil at the behest of his abusive older brother.
  • The Voiceless: He makes noises, but he never actually speaks.

Drayton Sawyer

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Portrayed By: Jim Siedow

The eldest brother and de facto patriarch of the Sawyer clan.
  • Big Brother Bully: He is quite a bit older than Leatherface, Nubbins, and Chop Top and bullies them around.
  • Big Bad: He is the primary villain of the films' original 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.
  • The Renfield: His grandfather is not technically a vampire, but Drayton ensures that he receives human blood.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He maintains an affable public persona and achieves a mild level of notability by winning a state chili competition.

Grandpa Sawyer

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Portrayed By: John Dugan, Ken Evert

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 attempt to be this in the sequel doesn'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.
  • 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: He is the one who introduced his family to their current murderous, cannibalistic lifestyle.
  • 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.

Nubbins Sawyer

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Portrayed By: Edwin Neal

Better known as "The Hitchhiker," he is one of the Sawyer brothers.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is schizophrenic and acts violently as a result.
  • Character Death: Hit by a truck.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mummies at the Dinner Table: Following his death in the first film, his family members turn him into a puppet.
  • Red Right Hand: He has a prominent birthmark on his face.

"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 

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.

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.
  • 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!

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.

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.

TCM III Continuity

    The Sawyer Family 

The Sawyer Family

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A family of cannibals living in rural Texas who appear in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III.

W.E. "Leatherface" Sawyer, Jr.

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Portrayed By: Gunnar Hansen, R.A. Mihailoff

A chainsaw-wielding, mask-wearing, mentally-challenged man who assists his psychotic family in slaughtering humans.
  • 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.
  • Child by Rape: His father is also his grandfather.
  • Drop the Hammer: Most of his kills in the first film are done with a sledgehammer.
  • Dumb Muscle: He is mentally handicapped due to inbreeding.
  • The Faceless: He is never seen without his mask.
  • Killed Offscreen: Executed via gas chamber by the state of Texas several years after the events of the films.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: He always wears masks made from human faces.
  • Obliviously Evil: He only seems to commit acts of evil at the behest of his abusive family.
  • The Voiceless: He makes noises, but he never actually speaks.

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.
  • Berserk Button: Calling him by his real name.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: He and the Cook fill this role in the film' 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.

Grandpa Sawyer

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Portrayed By: John Dugan

The unnaturally-elderly and incestuous patriarch of the Sawyer family.
  • Blood Lust: He drinks blood to stay alive.
  • The Butcher: He was once a respected slaughterhouse worker before transferring his skills to cannibalism.
  • 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: He is the one who introduced his family to their current murderous, cannibalistic lifestyle.
  • Groin Attack: His daughter castrated him to stop him from raping her.
  • Killed Offscreen: Dies of old age in between the films.
  • Mummies at the Dinner Table: His family preserves his corpse, treating it as if it were still alive, after his death.
  • Predecessor Villain: In the past, he is stated to have been "the ultimate killer," though he has long since passed the torch onto his sons (who are also his grandsons).
  • Villainous Incest: 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.

The Cook

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Portrayed By: Jim Siedow

The eldest of the Sawyer sons.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: He and Tex fill this role in the film' second continuity, with the Cook as the Big Bad of the original.
  • Big Brother Bully: He is older than Leatherface, the Hitchhiker, Tex, Tinker, and Alfredo, and though he is only seen interacting with the first two, he bosses them around.
  • Child by Rape: His father is also his grandfather.
  • Creepy Gas Station Attendant: He runs the Last Chance Gas Station in the first film.
  • 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 some of the family's cannibalistic cooking.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can be quite friendly and takes less pleasure in committing violence than the rest of his family, but he is still a murderous and insane cannibal.
  • Karma Houdini: As far as we know, he never receives any punishment for his crimes.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is not revealed.
  • The Renfield: His father/grandfather is not technically a vampire, but the Cook ensures that he receives human blood.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He disappears after the events of the first film and is no mention is made of his fate.

The Hitchhiker

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Portrayed By: Edwin Neal

One of the Sawyer brothers who is only known as "The Hitchhiker."

    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.
  • 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.
  • Killed Offscreen: The sequel reveals that she died in a mental hospital four years after the original film.
  • 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.

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.

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.

TNG Continuity

    The Slaughter Family 

The Slaughter Family

A small family of cannibals living in rural Texas who are employed by a government conspiracy to sow terror. They appear in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.

Leather "Leatherface" Slaughter

Portrayed By: Robert Jacks

A chainsaw-wielding, cross-dressing, mentally-challenged man who assists his psychotic family in slaughtering humans.

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.
  • Big Bad: Of The Next Generation.
  • Car Fu: Uses this at one point.

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

Grandfather Slaughter

Portrayed By: Grayson Victor Schirmacher

    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 

The Hewitt Family

A family of cannibals living in rural Texas who appear in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.

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.

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

3D Continuity

    The Sawyer Family 

The Sawyer Family

A large family of cannibals living in rural Texas who appear in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and Texas Chainsaw 3D.
  • Cannibal Clan: They slaughter, butcher, and prepare humans just like cattle.
  • The Family That Slays Together: They place a high priority on family, though most of them are fine throwing Leatherface under the bus due to his low intelligence.
  • Hillbilly Horrors: They are a backwoods clan of sadistic, violent murderers and cannibals.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: They consume their victims.
  • Kill 'em All: Nubbins dies in the first film, and everyone besides Leatherface dies in the sequel.
  • Man on Fire: The Sawyers that don't get shot dead by the lynch mob perish in the house fire.
  • Mummies at the Dinner Table: They keep "Grandma's" corpse preserved.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: After their crimes are revealed following the end of the original film, the majority of the family is murdered by a lynch mob.

Jedidiah "Leatherface" Sawyer

Portrayed By: Gunnar Hansen, Dan Yeager

A chainsaw-wielding, mask-wearing, mentally-challenged man who assists his psychotic family in slaughtering humans.
  • 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.
  • Drop the Hammer: Most of his kills in the first film are done with a sledgehammer.
  • Dumb Muscle: He is mentally handicapped, possibly due to inbreeding.
  • The Faceless: He is never seen without his mask.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He is mistreated by his family and they are willing to sacrifice him to save themselves because he is mentally handicapped.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: He always wears masks made from human faces.
  • Obliviously Evil: He only seems to commit acts of evil at the behest of his family.
  • The Voiceless: He makes noises, but he never actually speaks.

Drayton Sawyer

Portrayed By: Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley

The patriarch of the Sawyer clan.
  • Abusive Parents: He is the father of Leatherface and the Hitchhiker and bullies them around.
  • Big Bad: He is the primary villain of the original film.
  • Creepy Gas Station Attendant: He runs the Last Chance Gas Station.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Renfield: His father is not technically a vampire, but Drayton ensures that he receives human blood.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: After being a major character in the original film, he is shot to death by a lynch mob at the beginning of the sequel.

Grandpa Sawyer

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Portrayed By: John Dugan

The oldest member of the Sawyer family who is aged beyond human standards.
  • Blood Lust: He drinks blood to stay alive.
  • The Butcher: He was once a respected slaughterhouse worker before transferring his skills to cannibalism.
  • 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: He is the one who introduced his family to their current murderous, cannibalistic lifestyle.
  • 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.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: After being fairly prominent in the original film, he is shot to death by a lynch mob at the beginning of the sequel.

The Hitchhiker

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Portrayed By: Edwin Neal

A member of the Sawyer clan.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is schizophrenic and acts violently as a result.
  • Character Death: Hit by a truck.
  • 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.
  • Red Right Hand: He has a prominent birthmark on his face.

Verna Sawyer-Carson

Portrayed By: Marilyn Burns

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 

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.

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.

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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Simply by being a Sawyer, Heather is a target of Burt's vendetta.
  • 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.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He is the mayor, and his victims were the Sawyers, so...

Carl Hartman


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