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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
The Sawyer Family
Portrayed By: Gunnar Hansen, Bill Johnson, R.A. Mihailoff, Robert Jacks, Dan YeagerA 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.
- 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.
- 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 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 across the different films.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Portrayed By: Jim Siedow, Bill MoseleyThe 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.
Portrayed By: John Dugan, Ken Evert, Grayson Victor SchirmacherThe 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.
Portrayed By: Edwin NealBetter 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.
- 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.
Sally HardestyProtagonist 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 HardestySally'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.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
The Sawyer Family
"Chop Top" Sawyer
Portrayed By: Bill MoseleyOne of the Sawyer brothers and a Vietnam veteran with a plate in his head who appears in the sequel.
- Ax-Crazy: He is mentally unstable and is psychotically violent.
- Character Tics: Scratching his plate with a heated wire hanger.
- Co-Dragons: He and Nubbins fill this role in the Sawyer family.
- Disney Villain Death: Falls to his death from an amusement park ride.
- Dodgy Toupee: He wears an obviously fake Beatles wig.
- Dragon Ascendant: After the rest of his family gets blown up, Chop Top tries to avenge their deaths.
- Evil Albino: He has albinism and is deeply deranged.
- Evil Twin: He and Nubbins are twins, though both of them are evil.
- Gutted Like a Fish: Slashed open with a chainsaw by Stretch.
- The Hard Hat: He has a metal plate in his head.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is never revealed.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Refers to the Vietcong soldier who gave him his infamous head wound as a "lucky gook."
- Red Right Hand: He has a prominent birthmark on his cheek and an exposed metal plate in his head.
- Remember the New Guy: He did not appear in the original film because he was serving in Vietnam at the time.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: It's likely that his mental state was not improved by the horrors of the Vietnam War.
- Sociopathic Soldier: He was one of these in Vietnam prior to his appearance in the sequel.
Vanita "Stretch" BrockProtagonist 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" EnrightSally 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. McPetersManager 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 BuzzTwo 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
Portrayed By: Viggo MortensenThe 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
Portrayed By: Joe UngerA member of the Sawyer family who builds devices for slaughtering people.
- Beard of Evil: Has a beard and is an insane cannibal.
- Child by Rape: His father is also his grandfather.
- Fingore: Benny shoots off two of his fingers.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He is a skilled inventor.
- Hook Hand: He has a hook prosthesis in place of his right hand.
- Kick the Dog: He tries to discipline Leatherface by throwing his Walkman into an oven.
- Killed Offscreen: Bleeds out offscreen after Benny shoots off his ear and two fingers.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Uses racial slurs when talking to Benny.
Portrayed By: Tom EverettYet 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.
Portrayed By: Miriam Byrd NetheryThe matriarch of the Sawyer clan.
- Evil Cripple: Anne is wheelchair-bound and uses an electronic voice box.
- Evil Matriarch: She is the mother/half-sister of the six Sawyer boys.
- Evil Old Folks: She is a violent cannibal despite being pretty old.
- Groin Attack: She sterilized herself and then castrated her father.
- Multiple Gunshot Death: Shot several times with an assault rifle by Benny.
- Parental Incest: She was subjected to sexual abuse by her father, who impregnated her six times.
- Rape as Backstory: She was repeatedly raped by her father.
Portrayed By: Jennifer BankoLeatherface's daughter.
- Child by Rape: She was conceived when Leatherface raped one of his family's victims.
MichelleA 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.
BennyA survivalist in the third movie who meets up with the Final Girl and helps protect her from the Sawyer family.
The Next Generation
The Slaughter Family
Portrayed By: Matthew McConaugheyThe 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.
- Domestic Abuser: Directs this towards his wife, Darla.
Portrayed By: Joe StevensAnother member of the Sawyer family who also works for the Illuminati.
- The Dragon: To Vilmer.
Portrayed By: Tonie PerenskyVilmer's wife
- Domestic Abuse: At Vilmer's hands
JennyA 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.
HeatherOne of Jenny's friends from The Next Generation. A completely air-headed bimbo who's Too Dumb to Live.
- Cloud Cuckoolander:
- I just had a really cool though! What if we got in a car crash and all of us died!
- Damsel in Distress: Captured at least 3 times by the family.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: The pretty, popular girl of the school, and a complete sweetheart.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Claims to be doing this to Barry; she's not actually convincing anyone.
- Popular Is Dumb: The most popular girl in the school, and easily the dumbest.
- Too Dumb to Live: Acts stupid on a consistent basis, and it does get her killed!
Agent RothmanThe 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.
The Hewitt Family
Thomas Brown "Leatherface" Hewitt
Portrayed By: Andrew BryniarskiThe 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 ErmeyLeatherface'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 MarichThomas'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.
Portrayed By: Terrence EvansLeatherface'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 LamkinA relative of the Hewitt family.
- Fat Bastard: She is monstrously obese.
- No Name Given: Her actual name is not revealed.
- Spot of Tea: Her favorite drink is tea, obviously.
Portrayed By: Heather Kafka
Portrayed By: David DorfmanLeatherface's nephew. Youngest member of the family and apparently abused by them.
- Redemption Equals Death: In the novelization, he is killed by his uncle for helping Erin escape.
Erin HardestyMain 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.
- Action Girl: Erin cut off Leatherface's arm, rescued an abducted infant, and killed Sheriff Hoyt.
- Always Lawful Good: Erin insists on doing the morally right thing at all times. This is what places everyone's lives at risk in the first place.
- Car Fu: with who she kill the Sheriff Hoyt
- Final Girl: Of the remake.
- Karma Houdini: Survives the film, despite being responsible for all her friend's deaths. She does probably have to live with it for the rest of her live, and comic book continuations indicate she was put in a mental hospital over what happened.
- Ms. Fanservice: Jessica Biel in a wet tank top
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Intentional. The writer made sure that all the bad things that happened to the characters were because Erin insisted on doing things her way.
- No Good Deed: The events of the film were set off by her insisting they help a traumatized hitchhiker. Let's just say it went badly for all concerned....
- Shout-Out: Her last name's a shout out to Sally of the original TCM.
- Sole Survivor: Erin is only person that escape Leatherfaace.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Pepper's girly girl.
- Useless Protagonist: So, what exactly did Erin contribute besides getting all her friends killed?
- Well she did slice off Leatherface's arm, rescue an abducted infant, and kill Sheriff Hoyt.
ChrissieMain 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.
- Danger Takes A Back Seat: How she's killed.
- Final Girl: Of the remake's prequel. Subverted in that she dies at the very end.
- Ms. Fanservice: Jordana Brewster is a beautiful woman
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Bailey's girly girl.
- The Big Guy: Tallest and strongest of the group.
- Sacrificial Lamb: The writer wanted to shock everyone by killing Kemper first. It seems to have worked.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies about 30 minutes into the remake.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Erin's tomboy.
- 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.
- Groin Attack: With a chainsaw!!!! Ouch!
- Heroic Sacrifice: To save Erin.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He spends most the movie looking out for himself, but softens up by the ending and performs a heroic sacrifice to save Erin.
- No Respect Guy:Kemper: Morgan, how are you an expert on the dumbest shit?
- Redemption Equals Death: Morgan redeems himself by dying to save Erin.
- Determinator: When it comes to protecting his brother and friends.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Leatherface.
- Heroic Sacrifice: To save Chrissie.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Leatherface.
- Nice Guy: Probably the nicest of the bunch.
- Break the Cutie: Driven completely insane after witnessing several murders and being raped by Sheriff Hoyt. Luda Mae tells Leatherface to "set her free". He does.
- Deadpan Snarker: "Is it proper police procedure for a dead body to be riding shotgun?"
- Ms. Fanservice: Particularly in lingerie.
Texas Chainsaw 3D
The Sawyer Family
Portrayed By: Marilyn Burns, Lili Taylor
Portrayed By: Dodie L. Brown
Portrayed By: Gunnar HansenA 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.
Portrayed By: David BellA member of the Sawyer clan.
Heather Miller/Edith SawyerA 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.
NikkiHeather 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.
- Anything That Moves: Nikki's entire character begins and ends with the fact she likes to act as slutty as possible and will do any guy with a pulse, even if he's her best friend's boyfriend.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Heather's best friend who's sleeping with her boyfriend.
- Boom Head Shot: By a cop, no less.
- Dumb Blonde: Predictably. She sees a guy with a chainsaw and walks CLOSER to him.
- Faux Action Girl: The producers and writers raved about what a bad-ass Nikki was because she can fire a shotgun (and miss, horribly) while saying "Welcome to Texas, motherfucker!" Fans don't see it.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: By Heather
- Ms. Fanservice: Strips down to a bra and panties at one point
- Slashers Prefer Blondes: The only female character to die in the modern times segment
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on her own boyfriend, Kenny, with her best friend Heather's boyfriend, Ryan.
KennyNikki'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.
- Nice Guy: Unlike everyone else in the movie.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: By Heather
- The Generic Guy: His only defining trait is that he's a cook.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed before any sort of character development occurs.
RyanHeather'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.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: By Heather
- Shirtless Scene: After having sex with Nikki.
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on his girlfriend with her best friend.
Burt HartmanMayor 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.
- 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...
- Bullying a Dragon: And how...
- Disproportionate Retribution: Helps his dad try to kill Heather because she's a sawyer.