Characters: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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The Sawyer Family
In the first two movies he lives with his brothers and grandfather, until they are all killed off.
In the third movie he lives with new brothers and his mother, that time around he had a daughter. In the fourth film, he is shown as a cross dresser who works with yet more relatives in an illuminati conspiracy.
In Texas Chainsaw 3D
, which retcons the series, he is identifed as Jedidiah Sawyer and his family is lynched by an angry mob after the first movie,
as a result he lived with Verna Sawyer until her death. Soon his long lost cousin comes home, setting him loose on the town.
- Determinator: Even when impailed by a chainsaw, he continues fighting Lefty in the second movie.
- Co-Dragons: Sometimes a member of the family gives him some help.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Played with. He's the biggest physical threat and could kill all his other family member of he so desired, but he's mentally retarded and ordered around by them.
- Punch Clock Villain: In contrast to the vindictive and slightly more intelligant Tom Hewitt, he only kills for his family or in what he believes to be self defense. Only time he doesn't was in Texas Chainsaw 3D when he was ploting revenge on the lynch mob members.
Leatherface's eldest brother, but might also be his father. He appears in the first two movies as head of the family, and appears in Texas Chainsaw 3D as one of the Sawyers being lynched.
- Affably Evil or Faux Affably Evil: Hard to tell. He seems nice at first but it turns out he's in league with Leatherface. Of course, he does try to comfort Sally by telling her that it will all be over soon and she won't feel a thing. Than again, he's Laughing Mad when he captures her and when he and his family are tormenting her at the dinner table.
- Big Bad: Fits the bill in the first two movies as the father of the Sawyer Brothers.
- Bigger Bad: Posthumously of Texas Chainsaw 3D, as the de-facto leader of the Sawyers, but lynched very early in the movie.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In the intro for Texas Chainsaw 3D, one of the Saywers advise him to turn Leatherface in to the police, Drayton says "But he's family".
- Even Evil Has Standards: : I just can't take no pleasure in killing. There's just some things you gotta do. Don't mean you have to like it.
- Evil Chef: Drayton does all the cooking while Nubbins, Leatherface and Chop Top do all the killing. He never killed anyone himself as a result of Even Evil Has Standards.
- Large Ham: "Damn business men...ALWAYS! ALWAYS! ALWAYS! GET YA IN THE ARSE!!"
- Token Good Teammate: Downplayed, he's a full fledged villain just like the rest of his family, but he seems to be the least evil.
- Villainous Incest: The comics say that Drayton had a sexual relationship with one of the Sawyer family women, who gave birth to Leatherface, Nubbins, and Chop Top. Whether this is canon is questionable.
One of Leatherface's brothers, appears as a Ax-Crazy
Hitchhicker, hence the nickname. He only appears in the first film and second as a corpse.
Leatherface's grandfather. Aged beyond human standards, he is naturally the oldest in the family, and is apparently kept alive by drinking blood.
- Badass Grandpa: Tries to be this in the second movie, doesn't really work for him.
- Bigger Bad: His family thinks highly of him, but he's pretty damn useless due to his decrepit state (it appears he could only have been useful around the time the confederacy lost the civil war).
Chop Top Sawyer
Nubbins' twin brother. At the time in the first movie, he was fighting in Vietnam. He joins his family in the second film.
Eddie "Tex" Sawyer
Another one of Leatherface's brothers. He is the new hitchhiker of the family after Nubbins' death.
One of the least sane members of the Sawyer family.
Yet another one of Leatherface's brothers. He inherited Last Chance Gas station from Drayton's death in the second film.
- Big Brother Bully: Refers to Leatherface as "Stupid-fuck face". Yeah, not exactly brother of the year.
- 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
Leatherface's mother. She is a bitter old woman who speaks via an electric voice box.
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.
Another member of the Sawyer family who also works for the Illuminati.
Heather's grandmother who appeared in the retcon.
The Hewitt Family
The Leatherface of this 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 ofcourse, is the main enforcer of the Hewitt's.
- Berserk Button: He does not take kindly to being called a freak or animal.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Unlike the original Leatherface, he seems to have a Jason esque vendetta towards teenagers.
- 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.
Charile Hewitt/Sheriff Hoyt
Leatherface's adopted brother, and mentor. He poses as a local sheriff and uses that position to help his family kill people.
- Dirty Cop: Makes sure that people he stops will be guilty of anything. Not to mention he isn't even a real cop.
- The Dragon: To Ludah Mae.
- Co-Dragons: With Leatherface.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He's actually more menacing then any of the Hewitt's, including Leatherface. He also convinced his family to start killing in the first place, arguably making him the true mastermind of the Hewitt family murders.
- Jerk Ass: 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.
Luda Mae Hewitt
Thomas's adopted mother, fiercely protective of him and will
kill anyone who she suspects of making fun of or being mean to Thomas.
- Expy: More or less of Pamela Voorhees.
Leatherface's uncle. He spends his time in a wheelchair as his legs were amputated by his nephew.
Leatherface's nephew. Youngest member of the family and apparently abused by them.
Protagonist of the first film, who encounters the Sawyers when she and her brother and some friends investigate the possibly of their grandfather's grave robbing.
Vanita "Stretch" Brock
Main character of the second film. A radio DJ, who unwittingly became a target of the Sawyers when her station had a recording of a Sawyer attack. Leatherface falls for her and refuses to kill her but is captured and eventually rescued by Lieutenant "Lefty" Enright.
A woman who is captured by the Sawyers while on a trip with her boyfriend. She teams up with a survivalist named Benny to escape them.
A girl who's prom night was ruined by the attacking Sawyer's, now led by Vilmer. As she finds out Vilmer is part of an Illuminati conspiracy. She ends up being saved by Agents Rothman.
- Expy: of Sally. They both are blondes, they both run in places to find help only to find out that they saviors are actually villians and they both escape.
Main character of the remake. She and her friends become involved with the Hewitt's after they rescue a hitchhiker (who later killed herself.) She always insisted on doing the right thing, which led the the Hewitt's meeting them in the first place.
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.
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.
Other Characters (Original)
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
A survivalist in the third movie who meets up with the Final Girl
and helps protect her from the Sawyer family.
- Badass: Like Lefty, went one on one with Leatherface.
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.
- Bigger Bad: Of The Next Generation.
One of Jenny's friends from The Next Generation
. A completely air-headed bimbo who's Too Dumb to Live
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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...
Other Characters (Remake)
- 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.