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''The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'' is a series of horror films which depict people meeting their ends at the hands of an AxCrazy family in Texas, with the chainsaw-toting man known as Leatherface being the prominent deathdealer.

The films produced to date:
* ''[[Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre]]'' (1974)
* ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2'' (1986)
* ''Film/LeatherfaceTheTexasChainsawMassacreIII'' (1990)
* ''Film/TexasChainsawMassacreTheNextGeneration'' (1994)
* ''[[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre]]'' (2003) -- The remake.
* ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacreTheBeginning'' (2006)
* ''Film/TexasChainsaw3D'' (2013) -- A direct sequel to the 1974 original that ignores all of the other films.

There are also a lot of comic spin-offs, which include:
* ''Comicbook/JasonVsLeatherface''
* ''Comicbook/NewLineCinemasTalesOfHorror''

The chainsaw as a murder weapon was iconic enough to become part of the HockeyMaskAndChainsaw trope in the popular culture.

!!This franchise provides examples of:

* AxCrazy: Leatherface and the rest of his family.
* BarrierBustingBlow
* BigBad: Leatherface is considered this, since even though he's technically TheDragon and takes orders from the more senior members of his family, [[DragonInChief he's by far the most dangerous member]]. The official Big Bads differ in continuity:
** Drayton seems to fit the bill in the first two movies.
** Vilmer in ''The Next Generation''.
** In the remake, there's Luda Mae Hewitt, the EvilMatriarch of the family. Her sons Charlie Hewitt Jr./Sheriff Hoyt and Thomas Brown Hewitt/Leatherface answer to her.
** ''Texas Chainsaw 3D'' has an Ensemble of Leatherface and [[spoiler:Mayor Burt Hartman]].
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Lets count Leatherface's relatives, [[LongList shall we?]]
** Original
*** Drayton, Nubbins, Grandpa and Grandma
** ''2''
*** Chop-Top
** ''TCM III''
*** Eddie, Alfredo, Tex, Mama and Little Girl
** ''Return/The Next Generation''
*** Vilmer, Darla, W.E. and Grandfather
** Remake
*** Luda Mae, Monty, Jedidiah, Henrietta, the Tea Lady and Charlie, Jr. (better known as Sheriff Winston Hoyt)
** Wildstorm Comics
*** Ezekiel, Shiloh, Hank, Adam, Cain, Abel, Connie Jean, Cal, Earl, Cain, Jr., Abel, Jr., Lyle, Clem, two unnamed brothers in ''Cut!'' and several other unnamed relatives in ''Raising Cain''.
** ''Jason vs. Leatherface''
*** Amelia, Emery and Velma.
* BoundAndGagged: Nearly every FinalGirl at some point.
* BroadStrokes: The loose connections between the sequels.
* CannibalClan
* CannibalLarder: Probably the TropeCodifier.
* ChainsawGood: Oh, hell yeah.
* CoolMask: More "fear inspiring mask of madness" than cool.
* CorruptHick: Leatherface and his family. They are a BigScrewedUpFamily who are inbred, murdering, cannibals. At least one source implies that other people in the community know about the family's business, and will cover for them if an outsider tries to turn to them for help. Even though Texas is outside of Appalachia and the Ozarks, the community is supposed to be made up of hillbillies.
** Although it's probably less a matter of the locals wanting to cover up the depredations of the Hewitts because "they're one of us" or anything like that, and more a matter of grim survival. The locals turn a blind eye to the Hewitts slaughtering travelers and outsiders who won't be missed, and in return, they don't need to worry about their own loved ones (or themselves) being hacked up, brained, chainsawed or ground into chili.
** In ''3-D'', a semi-reboot, a variation is played where the family is killed by an angry vigilante mob and decades later, members of said mob- including the mayor, his cop son and others- are willing to murder anyone related to the now-Sawyer clan regardless of whether they had anything to do with the killings.
* {{Crossover}}: ''ComicBook/JasonVsLeatherface'' has Jason Vorhees of the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' series coming to blows with Leatherface and his family.
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' includes Leatherface as a [[DownloadableContent downloadable]] GuestFighter.
* DeadlyRoadTrip: The traveling teens.
* DeepSouth: In the form of TheSavageSouth.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters
* DragonInChief[=/=]TheBrute: Leatherface fulfills this role.
* DoomedByCanon: Any characters from the remake's prequel, and any from the comics set before the remake.
** Subverted in the comic ''The Grind''. The main character escapes and survives, but is framed for the murders of her friends by the Hewitts, and is stuck in an insane asylum, where she spends her days freaking out and ranting about the inbred hicks who killed everyone.
* DramaticUnmask: Averted in ''TCM III'', and the remake (where the unmasking isn't dramatic, Leatherface just takes it off while making a new one).
* TheEndOrIsIt: Every film (except ''TCM 2'', probably) ends with Leatherface and a few relatives still alive. ''TCM III'' is the straightest example.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas
* EvidenceDungeon: The house is an abattoir with damning evidence in every room. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as the murderous family's house is so far removed from civilization that it is only discovered by accident.
* ExpandedUniverse: Various comics have been released, the bulk of them taking place in the remake universe and filling in the gaps there.
* FatAndSkinny: Henrietta and the Tea Lady from the remake series.
* FatBastard: The Tea Lady.
* TheFaceless: Leatherface only rarely appears without his mask, and even then his face is never given that much detail.
* FanDisservice: And ''how''. The remake and prequel protagonists are hot, half-dressed teenagers... that get cut up, hacked, and doused in blood. Then eaten.
* {{Fanservice}}: The sweaty Jessica Biel wears such snug tank tops and jeans, which get wet often.
** Darla flashing her breasts in ''The Next Generation''.
* FinalGirl: Sally Hardesty, Vanita "Stretch" Brock, Michelle, Jenny, Erin Hardesty, Chrissie, and Heather Miller.
* FollowTheLeader: The first film is often viewed as being a [[SlasherMovie "proto-slasher"]]
** Likewise the reboot is often credited as starting the recent trend of remaking classic horror films.
* {{Gorn}}: '''Averted''' in the original which is notable for its utter lack of gore but still being a rich source of NightmareFuel and DaylightHorror.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Leatherface's grandfather in the first film is called by the family "the ultimate killer", although because he is aged beyond normal human standards, he remains TheUnfought.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Several people are sliced in half throughout the series, notably Morgan in the remake.
* HippieVan: The first movie starts when a vanload of Hippies stop to pick up a hitchhiker.
* ImAHumanitarian: It's implied very heavily that the family eat their victims.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Sheriff Winston Hoyt was originally Charlie Hewitt, Jr. He killed the real sheriff and stole his identity and car.
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: There's a scene in the remake where the sadistic Sheriff Hoyt forces Morgan into sticking a gun in his mouth, under the pretense of reenacting a suicide committed earlier in the film; continually goading the obviously terrified Morgan (who doesn't know if the gun is loaded or not) into pulling the trigger Hoyt arrests him under the charge of attempted murder when Morgan tries to shoot him with the gun. [[MagnificentBastard Its implicated this was Hoyt's plan all along.]]
* MadeOfPlasticine
* MalevolentMaskedMen
* MamaBear: Luda Mae Hewitt.
* MeaningfulName: Leatherface's CannibalClan are known as the Sawyers in the original series and the Hewitts in the remake series. The former name basically means "those who saw things apart", while the latter is a [[PunnyName portmanteau of "hew it", which means "cut it apart"]].
* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable: The family have habit of treating dead relatives as if they're still alive, going as far as turning Nubbins's corpse into a crude puppet in ''TCM 2''.
* MyCarHatesMe: Most of the time its due to them being trashed by the villains, not some malfunction.
* NothingIsScarier
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The minor relatives from the remake series are given more to do (rape, torture, kill, etc.) in the comics.
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: There's very little consistency in the sequel naming used by the franchise. The first sequel was just a {{Numbered Sequel|s}}, but the next movie went the ''Film/{{Rambo}}'' direction by calling itself ''Film/LeatherfaceTheTexasChainsawMassacreIII''. Part 4 then switched the numbers for subtitles. The [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003 remake series]] has too few entries to really say it's inconsistent, but 2013 saw the release of ''Film/TexasChainsaw3D'', which also [[CanonDiscontinuity ignores every film after the original]].
* OffWithHisHead: Surprisingly averted, though a severed and preserved head does show up in the remake.
* PeekABooCorpse
* PunchClockVillain: Leatherface shows no sadism and kills only for food. Justified in that he is shown as mentally handicapped. His family though takes sadistic pleasure in tormenting and killing the victims. Especially Sheriff Hoyt in the remake series.
* PsychopathicManchild: Leatherface, and some of his relatives.
* RecycledPremise: Aside from ''2'', all the films in the franchise recycle the plot of the first film.
* RedRightHand: Nubbins's facial birthmark, Chop Top's similar birthmark and exposed metal plate, Tinker's HookHand, Mama's electronic voice box, Alfredo's speech impediment and heterochromia, and Vilmer's bionic leg.
* ReluctantMonster: Leatherface.
* TheQuisling: In the remake series the family abduct young children and raise them as their own.
* TheSavageSouth: Because the only locals who really get any characterization are all part of [[CannibalClan Leatherface's family,]] it gives an impression that everyone but the "outsider" is OK with the events in these films.
** In ''Texas Chainsaw [=3D=]'', though, it's established that the townsfolk [[KillEmAll murdered the Sawyer clan]] after their killing spree in the first film.
* TheUnintelligible: Leatherface.
* TheVoiceless: Leatherface - the only times you hear him it's when he screams or grunts.
* WeaponOfChoice: Obvious.
!!The rest of the franchise provides examples of:

!!!Creator/AvatarPress comics
* AttemptedRape: The Creator/AvatarPress comics apparently liked this trope. In ''Special'' a serial rapist tries to have his way with the main character, but is killed mid-attempt when Leatherface impales him through the back with his chainsaw. In ''The Grind'', the main character is tied to a bed so Monty can have his way with her, but she gets an arm loose, punches him unconscious, and escapes.
* DeathByFallingOver: One character in ''Fearbook'' meets her demise when she trips over a piglet, falls through a second story railing and hits her head on the ground, breaking her neck.
* InevitableWaterfall: Last victim in ''Special'' escapes from the lunatic Hewitts and ends up floating down a river on a tree trunk. As she promises to herself to clean up her act, she suddenly starts screaming when she comes across a waterfall. But it's not the small drop that terrifies her, it's the chainsaw-toting Leatherface, who is waiting for her at the end of it.

!!!Wildstorm comics
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer
* BackupTwin: Hank has been confirmed (via WordOfGod) to be Sheriff Hoyt's twin brother.
* {{Badass}}: [[AwesomeMcCoolname Agent Baines]] in the Wildstorm comics.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Sheriff Hoyt from the remake series had his own one-shot comic - ''Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Hoyt, By Himself''.
* EvilChef: Drayton Sawyer, and "The Cook" in the comic ''Cut!''
* NeckSnap: Luda Mae kills a girl this way.
* TheStoner: Karla in the Wildstorm comics.
* TownWithADarkSecret: The Wildstorm comics which act as a sequel to the remake reveal that the townspeople are fully aware of Leatherface and his family's murderous and cannibalistic tendencies, but don't do anything for fear of retribution.
* VillainousIncest: In ''Raising Cain'', the evil twin married his sister, and had a pair of twins of his own with her.