Due to the many reboots and alternate continuities, characters are simply listed by the films where they debuted.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Jedidiah "Bubba/Leatherface" Sawyer
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.
- Ambiguous Disorder: While it's clear Leatherface has some sort of mental disability, what he has isn't so obvious with only the 3D timeline giving him a condition of serious PTSD and physical trauma. It's possible he has Downs' Syndrome, which would explain why he's generally The Faceless (as none of the actors who portray him have Downs'). And if Leatherface doesn't have Downs' Syndrome, it is possible he has non-verbal autism.
- Alter-Ego Acting: In the first film, Leatherface has three different masks and outfits he wears during the runtime. He wears a chef's outfit with a grotesque man's face when he's chasing the protagonists, a maid's apron and face while he's tending to the house and greeting his family and a make-up adorned woman's face and dinner suit for the dinner scene. According to Word of God, this is because he had no core personality and needed his various guises to express himself, a trait that seems to have been abandoned in the various sequels.
- Anti-Villain: A definitive Woobie Anti-Villain, as most films have him acting out of fear of his own family and their cannibalism habits being discovered by outsiders. He is too mentally handicapped to truly be malicious toward his victims.
- Ax-Crazy: A cannibal who has a fondness for chainsaws and stitching masks out of people's faces. Although he has sort of a Freudian Excuse for his psychotic behavior.
- Badass Normal: Compared to other slashers such as Jason (the undead version of Jason especially) and Freddy, Leatherface is just a big burly dude with a capacity for violence. Oh, and also a chainsaw that can easily cut through people.
- The Berserker: Unlike his slasher counterparts such as Jason and Michael he mostly just charges in wildly in a psychotic frenzy.
- 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 breaks into the Leatherface we all know.
- Breakout Villain: Leatherface is the mascot of the series.
- The Brute: He serves this role in his family.
- Chainsaw Good: He iconically uses a chainsaw to kill people. Going through quite a bit in the series through different movies, from somewhat normal ones to even a golden chainsaw in Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. 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. While he goes through a lot of them, they are obviously easily identifiable due to being made out of human faces.
- 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 Heathers 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 or mallets 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 relatively normal mentally as a kid, only to suffer Sanity Slippage on account of his mother's manipulations and a number of traumatic experiences.
- The Faceless: He is almost 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.
- Hooks and Crooks: Alongside his chainsaws and hammers. Meat hooks are another part of his arsenal. Either carried by hand or suspended.
- 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.
- Knife Nut: He uses a crude knife to cut Sally in the first film and carves up L.G. with an electric carving one in the second.
- 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 keep fighting with one planted in his stomach.. Subverted in that he usually carries wounds from these encounters and 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.
- Token Good Teammate: Downplayed. He's by no means "good", but he's generally depicted as the least malevolent and sadistic of the family, as well as the most sympathetic. Leatherface shows he played this much straighter in the past, having been the only Sawyer to be horrified at their murders and a genuine Nice Guy before a massive Trauma Conga Line left him Driven to Madness.
- The Unintelligible: On the rare occasions he speaks, it's gibberish that only Drayton can understand.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The prequel Leatherface shows, as a child he was quite naive and afraid of his family's antics, tearfully refusing to kill someone at his families behest on his birthday. As a teenager, he was a friendly, witty, and 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.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: While how much of a Woobie he is depends on the film, he slips into this full-force in Leatherface as he Used to Be a Sweet Kid until he was condemned into an mental facility and the inmate outbreak ends with his best friend dead, his face mutilated with a bullet, and having to kill the nurse taking care of him at his family's behest.
The eldest brother and de facto patriarch of the Sawyer clan. In Texas Chainsaw 3D, he is the father of Nubbins and Leatherface instead.
- Ass Shove: He gets a case of this in the second film, with Lefty shoving a running chainsaw up his butt. It leaves him in agony, but on the bright side, at least it took care of his hemorrhoids!
- 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, as he is the oldest of the family and bosses the others around. The only relative not subservient to him is Grandpa, who is too old, feeble, and senile to act as this. Also a borderline Non-Action Big Bad, as Leatherface, Nubbins, and Chop Top are the killers of the family while Drayton simply cooks. The only time he gets his hands dirty is when he captures Sally.
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Due to being the most sane of the original Sawyer family members, he gets a couple of digs in with sarcasm.
- Driven to Suicide: In the sequel, he blows himself up with a grenade. Doubles as a Taking You with Me, intentional or not.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. He is perfectly okay with killing and eating people, seeing it as a necessary evil to survive, but he claims he disapproves of taking pleasure in it. His actions show that he does however take joy in the torment of the victims.
- 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: After tying up Sally and stuffing her in a sack in the first film, he calmly reassures her that there's no need to worry and she won't be harmed, all while sadistically poking at her with a stick.
- Hypocrite: He claims he doesn't approve of taking pleasure in killing, which is why he only does the cooking and refuses to kill anyone himself. Despite this, he is clearly getting sadistic joy out of Sally's torment, poking her with a stick and laughing at her misery during the dinner scene.
- 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.
- Only Sane Man: While he's still a cannibal like the rest of his family, he plays this role next to Leatherface, Nubbins, and Chop Top as he doesn't have many eccentricities.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: in the second film, he is more openly sadistic and doesn't even try to hide it.
- 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.
The patriarch of the Sawyer family who is aged beyond human standards.
- Abusive Parents: He forced his sons, one of whom being developmentally disabled, to help him kill and butcher people well into their prime. And that's not even getting into his daughter in the third film.
- Age Without Youth: When Sally first sees him, she mistakes him for a corpse.
- Bald of Evil: He sports a skullet and is one mean SOB. He also appears to lack eyebrows.
- 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.
- Drop the Hammer: The Sawyer brothers hand him a hammer to kill the Final Girl in the original and 2, but Grandpa can't seem to hold onto it long enough to do so. We finally get to see him kill someone with it in Leatherface.
- Evil Cripple: He can hardly move on his own.
- Evil Old Folks: He is well over 100 (137 at the time of the second film) and is evil. In fact, he's so old that he's initially mistaken for a rotting corpse.
- Freudian Excuse: According to flashbacks, he was once a slaughterhouse worker. When he was made redundant by machinery and lost his job, the family was forced to resort to hunting and killing other humans to avoid starving.
- 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.
- No Name Given: We never learn Grandpa's first name.
- 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.
- The Voiceless: He never says a word in most of the movies. Possibly justified by his advanced age and senile state rendering him incapable of speaking. He apparently was much more of a talker when he was younger, as he is shown speaking in Leatherface.
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 and ran over 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.
- Jerkass: Exceptionally so. His taunting of Sally in the first film is extremely mean-spirited and cruel, mocking her cries of desperation.
- Kick the Dog: Nubbins' habit of Grave Robbing has absolutely nothing to do with his family's eating habits. He's just cruel like that. In fact, Drayton calls him out on the whole thing being stupid and pointless.
- 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. In the second film, she is the niece of Lieutenant "Lefty" Enright and has the last name Hardest-Enright.
- Angst Coma: The second film reveals that she "sank into catatonia" after the events of the original film.
- Butt-Monkey: She gets kidnapped, hit on the head with a hammer, cut with razor and has to endure all sorts of mental torture thanks to the Sawyer family.
- 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. In the second film, he is Lefty's nephew.
- The Load: Given he's in a wheelchair, there's not much he can do to help out.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
"Chop Top" Sawyer
One of the Sawyer brothers and a Vietnam veteran with a plate in his head who appears in the sequel.
- Autocannibalism: He has a habit of picking at his metal plate with a heated wire hanger and eating the dead skin he burns off.
- Ax-Crazy: He is mentally unstable and is psychotically violent.
- Bald of Evil: Underneath his wig, at least. Barring the metal plate.
- Body Horror: He scratches at his head wound so much that his steel plate is exposed to open air.
- Character Tics: Scratching his plate with a heated wire hanger.
- Co-Dragons: He and Nubbins fill this role in the Sawyer family.
- Deadpan Snarker: It's rare, but it's certainly there. Just listen to his Drayton impersonation.
- Disney Villain Death: Falls to his death from an amusement park ride.
- Drop the Hammer: When Leatherface knocks L.G. to the ground in the radio station, Choptop starts wailing on his head with a hammer to knock him out.
- Dodgy Toupee: He wears an obviously fake Sonny Bono wig.
- Dragon Ascendant: After the rest of his family gets blown up, Chop Top tries to avenge their deaths.
- Evil Twin: He and Nubbins are twins, though both of them are evil.
- Faux Affably Evil: He presents himself as this top Stretch in the radio station, although his antics end up with her weirded out instead. He more or less drops the act completely after, but still remains Laughably Evil.
- Gutted Like a Fish: Slashed open with a chainsaw by Stretch.
- The Hard Hat: He has a metal plate in his head.
- Laughably Evil: Most of his habits and dialogue is Played for Laughs.
- Macho Masochism: Randomly cuts his neck to intimidate Stretch towards the end of the movie.
- 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.
- The Vietnam Vet: He served in the Vietnam War, and suffered a head wound that required a steel plate. Chop Top often remarks about Ho Chi Minh and napalm, and also talks about having flashbacks from the war.
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.
- Driven to Madness: Seems to go insane at the end.
- 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.
- She's Got Legs: And she spends the movie in short shorts.
- Sole Survivor: Stretch is the only person to survive the second movie.
- Tap on the Head: Gets knocked out three times which may contribute to her losing her mind.
- Took a Level in Badass: With a chainsaw!
Lieutenant "Lefty" Enright
- Badass Boast: "I'm the lord of the harvest!"
- 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.
- 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 deaths 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
Edward "Tex" Sawyer
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 a cowboy and calls himself Tex.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Hates being called by his real name, Eddie.
- Evil Chef: He does some of the family's cannibalistic cooking.
- Gay Cowboy: Dresses like a cowboy and his actor played him as gay.
- Hostile Hitchhiker: He hitchhikes in order to find victims.
- Man on Fire: Burned to death when Benny sets him on fire.
Tech "Tinker" Sawyer
A 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.
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.
The 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.
- Freudian Excuse: Being raised by a cannibalistic serial killer who taught her to follow in his steps and repeatedly raped her. While this doesn't excuse her actions, it certainly explains why she is so screwed up.
- 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.
- Adaptational Karma: She's arrested in the extended cut.
- Child by Rape: She was conceived when Leatherface raped one of his family's victims.
- Creepy Doll: Has a skeletal doll called Sally made from a dead infant her family killed.
- Enfante Terrible: Just as psychotic as the rest of her family. She kills Michelle's boyfriend Ryan.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: The Comic-Book Adaptation makes no mention of her being Leatherface's daughter.
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 a rock and shoots Alfredo with shotgun.
- Final Girl: Michelle become this at the end of her movie, alongside fellow survivor Benny.
- Laughing Mad: In the original ending when the police car that comes to get her turns out to be driven by the Sawyers.
- Took a Level in Badass: Manages to take on Leatherface on her own.
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.
- Portrayed By: Toni Hudson
- Laughing Mad: After a week of living in constant fear of a brutal death, Sara occasionally breaks out giggling at odd points.
- Mysterious Watcher: She has a few scenes watching either Leatherface or his potential victims, then running off before her backstory is revealed.
- Unkempt Beauty: Sara has spent a week hiding in a swamp, and her appearance reflects it, but she's still fairly pretty.
- We Need a Distraction: When Sara sees Leatherface overpowering Benny, she yells to get him to chase her (which he unsuccessfully does), buying Benny time to escape.
The Next Generation
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 Sawyers, 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 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.
Another member of the Sawyer family who also works for the Illuminati.
- The Dragon: To Vilmer.
- Uncertain Doom: Vilmer hits him in the head with a hammer and he collapses and doesn't recover for the rest of the film, leaving it uncertain if the blow killed him or just knocked him out.
- Wicked Cultured: Has a tendency to quote famous authors in his one liners.
- Domestic Abuse: At Vilmer's hands
- Action Girl: She tried to shoot Leatherface with a shotgun, too bad it wasn't loaded.
- Dumb Blonde: A notable inversion. She is the smart one while the brunette Heather is the idiotic one, contrasting both this trope and Brainy Brunette.
- 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.
- Funnily enough, Sally's actor (or maybe even Sally herself) would cameo in the ending of her movie. So this could be a case of Expy Coexistence.
- 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.
- Brainless Beauty: Oh so much. She's pretty, popular, and a complete airhead.
- Brainy Brunette: A notable inversion, as she is the idiotic one while the blonde Jenny is the smart one, contrasting both this trope and Dumb Blonde.
- Cloud Cuckoolander:
- I just had a really cool thought! What if we got in a car crash and all of us died!
- Damsel in Distress: Captured at least 3 times by the family.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: She's very dim, but a complete sweetheart.
- 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.
Thomas Brown "Leatherface" Hewitt
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.
- An Arm and a Leg: In the finale of the first film, he has his arm hacked off by an escaping Erin.
- Berserk Button: He does not take kindly to being called a freak or animal.
- Cool Mask: Has his trademark human faces to wear. But early in the prequel, he makes use of a Mankind-like mask which is either a bit ironic or paradoxical.
- 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)
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. Which is really saying something.
- Berserk Button: In the prequel remake he despises Dean attempting to burn his draft card for the military, when he himself is a veteran.
- 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, which justified his unpoliceman-like behavior.
- 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, clothes, weapons and car.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: What really sets him apart from the other crazy lunatics in the Texas Chainsaw family is that in addition to inappropriately touching women, it is very heavily implied that he raped both the hitchhiker from the first film, as well as Bailey from the second.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: He carries around a Ruger Vaquero as his main sidearm to harass his victims. Which is rather anachronistic as the films are set before 1980 which was when the Ruger Vaquero was produced. It is most likely just used as a stand in for the Colt Single Action Army.
- 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. This also gets a nod in The Beginning.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: In the prequel, he always lugs around a shotgun. Specifically a Winchester Model 191, and is quick to wield it to intimidate or murder others. He also stole and used said shotgun to murder the original Sheriff Hoyt when he attempted to arrest Thomas.
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.
- Child Hater: She hates all teenagers. However, she is protective of her own children and adopted Leatherface as a baby.
- Evil Matriarch: She is the matriarch of the murderous Hewitt clan.
- Mama Bear: Very protective of Leatherface.
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
A 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.
Leatherface's nephew. Youngest member of the family and apparently abused by them.
- 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 Goes Unpunished: 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 escapes Leatherface and the Hewitts.
- 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.
- 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 who wears tank tops and a bikini.
- Stealth Expert: Chrissie does an impressive job of staying just out of the cannibals' sight while staying silent in several scenes.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Bailey's girly girl.
- The Big Guy: Tallest and strongest of the group.
- Decoy Protagonist: He seems to be a main character, being Erin's boyfriend and all, and seems to have a character arc about repairing their relationship. Then Leatherface kills him first.
- Killed Offscreen: We don't actually see what happens to him after being captured by Leatherface, but not too long after we get an eerie shot of Leatherface using Kemper's face as a mask.
- 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.
- Asshole Victim: Subverted as his death counts as a Heroic Sacrifice.
- 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.
- The Stoner: Uses weed fairly regularly before things go From Bad to Worse
- Determinator: When it comes to protecting his brother and friends.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Leatherface.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Eric spends his first scene hanging out around a pool with nothing on but jeans and a headband.
- Draft Dodging: Dean has been drafted to fight in The Vietnam War, but plans to flee to Mexico instead.
- 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 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
- 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.
- BrotherSister 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 any 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 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 gaslighting 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.
- You Look Familiar: Marilyn Burns played Sally in the original movie.
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.
A member of the Sawyer clan.
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.
- Absolute Cleavage: Not for most of the film, but near the end, her snap-up shirt comes undone, only barely staying over her breasts and leaving her one hard shake away from a Wardrobe Malfunction. However, given that she's tied up by corrupt cops and vigilantes who murdered her family twenty years earlier in an abandoned slaughterhouse, for most viewers this should rank fairly low on sexy and very high on disturbing.
- Action Girl: Takes on this role once Leatherface shows up and her friends start dying.
- Ambiguously Evil: Sides with Leatherface after going through a Trauma Conga Line, and becomes his new caretaker and accepts her role as Verna's heir. However besides the folks trying to kill them, and her Abusive Parents, she doesn't indicate that she'll be using Leatherface to wantonly kill everyone. In fact the last scene gives a hint she's a little conflicted about it.
- Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain:Falls into either category when she sides with Leatherface against Burt Hartman and the townsfolk who tried to kill them both. It probably helps that Leatherface is described here as an Anti-Villain, and a disturbed child at heart.
- Bare Your Midriff: She loves this trope. She spends most of the film in a crop top, and when she changes into a snap-down, she seems unable to fasten more than the two holding it closed over her breasts, leaving it to flip open around her belly as she moves.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: By the end of the film, she seems to embrace being Edith Rose Sawyer and Leatherface's caretaker. Although the last scene she seems conflicted about it.
- Create Your Own Hero/Create Your Own Villain: Recieves this; she probably wouldn't have snapped had Burt not tried to kill her for her lineage when it was just revealed to her.
- 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. Shes also a member of the Sawyer clan. However, as her other tropes indicate, this is very definitely Played With.
- Final Girl: Of Texas Chainsaw 3D.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Admittedly even when the mayor was trying to kill her, she crosses a line into this by siding with her Serial Killer cousin.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Becomes this when her relation to the Sawyer's is revealed, and people suddenly want to kill her simply for her family history, even when she is ignorant of it.
- Ms. Fanservice: Especially at the end, when you can almost see her breasts.
- Sins of Our Fathers: The night she finds out she's related to the Sawyers, she becomes a target to some of the lynch mob members.
- Slasher Smile: Wears a pretty effective one when she starts fliring with Deputy Carl Hartman, who's taking her against her will to the slaughterhouse so his father can kill her. When she asks him to confirm he's a Hartman, she stabs a stolen steak knife through backseat guard of his cruiser, scaring him (though it has no chance of injuring him), and smirks "I'm a Sawyer." This effectively marks the point she decides Then Let Me Be Evil.
- That Man Is Dead: By the end of the film, she's set to cast away her identity as Heather Miller and embrace being Edith Rose Sawyer.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: As part of her seeming Sanity Slippage, when it becomes clear to her that she's going to die simply for being a Sawyer, she decides to act the part in addition to siding with Leatherface.
- Trauma Conga Line: In the span of one night, she gets betrayed by most of her friends and a seeming Nice Guy she just met, goes through a typical Final Girl scenario against Leatherface, has her friends die, learns about her murderous family history, is nearly murdered for it, and learns how her family was executed by a mob including her own adoptive parents, explaining them being low-key abusive.
- Villain Protagonist: Takes the side of her homicidal chainsaw-wielding cousin.
- Anything That Moves: Nikki's 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.
- Asshole Victim: She cheats on her boyfriend with her best friends 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
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.
- 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.
Heather's boyfriend who joins her to collect her inheritance. It happens that he is cheating on Heather with her friend Nikki. Surprisingly, he is not killed "directly" by Leatherface.
- Asshole Victim: He cheats on his girlfriend with his best friends girlfriend.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: By Heather
- Shirtless Scene: After having sex with Nikki.
- Token Minority: He's the sole black person in Heather's group.
- Asshole Victim: He tries to kill Heather just for being a Sawyer.
- 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. He loses 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 family's history, not that it stops him from trying to finish what he started with her. It's really no surprise that Heather ends up siding with Leatherface in that situation.
- As Leatherface shows that the Hewitts killing her sister and father, ultimately created the person that would be the one to kill off almost every single member of the Sawyer family.
- 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.
- It's Personal: The Sawyers killing off his sister and father are what give him a very murderous rage against the Cannibalistic Family. Which ultimately leads to him creating a lynch mob that kills off most of the Sawyers.
- 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 doesnt 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.
- Walking Spoiler: Not only does he have quite a bit of an effect in the Texas Chainsaw 3D movie but some of his motivations are also somewhat implied and shown in Leatherface
Burt Hartman's son, and local deputy.
- Bullying a Dragon: And how...
- Disproportionate Retribution: Helps his dad try to kill Heather because she's a sawyer.
- Karma Houdini: Survives the movie with no apparent punishment beyond his dad dying. The reason why the creators left him alive could be because a sequel was originally planned.
- Tempting Fate: "DROP THE CHAINSAW NOW"
- Romantic False Lead: To Heather.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He's the mayor's son, but still tries to kill Heather.
The local sheriff who took young Jed Sawyer 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.
- Berserk Button: Do not mock him over his daughter's death. Clarice learns this the hard way.
- 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.
- Create Your Own Villain: It was mostly the result of his actions that eventually creates Leatherface, although Verna certainly had a part in it.
- 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 and murderous 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.
- HeelFace 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 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 Sawyers himself, turning this into a strait case for Burt Hartman.
Elizabeth WhiteA 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.
- Goes Up to Eleven with the film's alternate ending. Instead of running off to the woods, she stays in the house and is found by Jedidiah, now Leatherface. She has her leg partially cut off, but Jed can't go through with it, so Grandpa clocks her in the head with a hammer. We later see her hanging on a meat hook, with the lower half of her face cut off to mask Leatherface's first mask. She is still alive by this point, barely conscious and twitching in agony. He then turns her attention back to her, and puts his chainsaw between her legs...
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Not in the film proper, but in the alternate ending. See the bullet point above.
- 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 Verna gaslights him into killing her to prove his loyalty. 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.
- Off with His Head!: For pressing Jed's Berserk Button by accident, she gets her head swiftly cut off.
- 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.
- Break the Cutie: 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 breaks into the Leatherface we all know.
- Deadpan Snarker: He is quite witty.
- Facial Horror: When Hal Hartman shoots him the escape, the bullet tears off the his face.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Goes from mental hospital escape to becoming Leatherface.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Bud are very close.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Jackson wishes he could be different and be with Lizzy under normal circumstances.
- Unstoppable Rage:
- After Bud's death he brutally kills the cop who was responsible by crushing his head with a car door after dishing out a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- He takes this Up to Eleven after The Reveal that he is Jedidiah Sawyer and having his face stitched up due to Hartman shooting him, and butchers the latter with a chainsaw as he does the same to Lizzy by decapitating her in a fury.
- Walking Spoiler: He is the one who ends up becoming Leatherface.
One of four 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...
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He has real bad anger issues, which he displays through extreme violence.
- 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.
IkeOne 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 curb 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: 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 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.
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.
- Boom, Headshot!: After mocking Hartman's grief over his daughter, she is promptly shot in the head by him.
- 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.
- Expy: Was based on Chop Top Sawyer from the second movie. Originally it was going to be even more blatant, with her being albino and having a metal plate in her head.
- 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: She and Ike have a three way with a dead 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.
- Pyromaniac: 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.