The Sawyer family is a cannibalistic family in the first of the many Texas Chainsaw Massacre timelines. Its members include:

  • Drayton Sawyer, the cook, and the oldest of the four brothers
  • Nubbins Sawyer, one of the two middle brothers, also known as the hitchhiker
  • Chop Top Sawyer, Nubbins's twin brother, and a Vietnam soldier
  • Leatherface (Bubba Sawyer), the youngest brother, who usually kills the victims for them to eat
  • Grandpa Sawyer, the old and frail grandfather of Drayton, Nubbins, Chop Top, and Leatherface. Occasionally his grandsons ask him to kill a victim for them, but he proves too old and frail to do so.
  • Grandma Sawyer,Grandfather's wife, she died an unspecified time before the first films events, although her obese corpse has been preserved by the family and was originally kept in the attic of the Sawyer ranch.

In The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Drayton was the owner of a gas station, and Nubbins was a hitchhiker, and Leatherface killed Kirk, Pam, and Jerry when they entered his house. He later killed Franklin and chased his sister Sally around, until Drayton took her to his house. Grandpa appeared as a corpse, but when Sally's finger was cut and Grandpa licked the blood, he was revealed to be alive. Drayton said he doesn't take pleasure in killing, instead having his younger brothers do the killing for him. They tried to have Grandpa kill Sally, but he keeps missing her with the hammer due to his old age, so Nubbins and Leatherface tried to help him, and Sally took advantage of the opportunity and escaped from them. Nubbins was killed when an 18-wheeler ran him over, and Leatherface was hit with a wrench by the driver, causing him to cut his leg on his chainsaw.In the first movie the family 's name is Slaughter not Sawyer,on the Drayton s gas station there is a name W.E. Slaughter(Drayton),it is maybe just a joke because of their involment in the killings

13 years later, in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, the cannibals all moved to a new underground house in an abandoned carnival ground. Drayton was winning awards for making the best chili (unbeknownst to them, he used human meat in the chili), and there were more mysterious chainsaw killings, by Leatherface, though no one discovered them. When Stretch played the tape recording the deaths of Buzz and Rick, at the hands of Leatherface, on the radio, Drayton sent Leatherface and Chop Top to kill her and her coworker LG. Chop Top mortally wounded LG, but Leatherface fell in love with Stretch, and didn't kill her, telling Chop Top that she was dead (through strange vocal noises, as he does not talk). Eventually, Lieutenant Lefty Enright attacked Drayton with his chainsaw and dueled Leatherface, impaling him with the chainsaw on the table. Drayton set off a grenade, killing himself, Leatherface, Grandpa, and Lefty. Chop Top escaped, as he was chasing after Stretch, who later killed him by slashing him with the chainsaw.

The grandmother of Leatherface, Nubbins, Chop Top, and Drayton died sometime before the events of the films, and her skeleton was treated as if it were still alive, and in a shrine full of chainsaws. When Stretch grabbed a chainsaw, the skeleton crumbled and Chop Top yelled "You killed her you bitch!"

In the second timeline, Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Leatherface has a different family:

  • Tex Sawyer, a hitchhiker and cowboy, and Leatherface's brother. His real name is Edward.He is the main antagonist in the film.
  • Mama Sawyer, Leatherface's mother
  • Alfredo Sawyer, a demented brother of Leatherface
  • Tinker Sawyer, an incredibly insane brother of Leatherface with a hook for a right hand
  • Leatherface, referred to as "Junior" by his family
  • An unnamed little girl, who is the daughter of Leatherface.

Mama Sawyer was killed by Benny with a rifle, also blowing Tinker's ear off and possibly killing him. Tex was killed when Benny set him on fire, and Alfredo was shot in the chest by Michelle using a shotgun. Leatherface, however, survived, as did the little girl, whose final fate is unknown.

In the third timeline, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Leatherface has another family, which is not cannibalistic like in the other timelines. Instead they are involved in a conspiracy by the Illuminati, which is controlled by aliens. Members of this family are:

  • W.E. Sawyer, a main antagonist
  • Vilmer Sawyer, a trucker with an animatronic leg
  • Darla Sawyer, Vilmer's girlfriend or his wife, and more sane than the others
  • Leatherface, a crossdresser who kills people with a chainsaw. Only referred to as "Leather".