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"He's not retarded, he's misunderstood."
Charlie Hewitt
Thomas Hewitt
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Thomas Hewitt
Aliases: Leatherface
Tommy Hewitt
Thomas Brown Hewitt
Franchise: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Notability: Main character
Type: Serial killer
Gender: Male
Location: Hewitt residence, Fuller, Travis County, Texas
Known relatives: Hewitt family
Status: Alive
Born: July, 1940
Introduction: Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The (2003)
Final: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, The (2006)
Actor: Andrew Bryniarski

Thomas Brown Hewitt, more popularly known as Leatherface, is a fictional cannibal serial killer and a central character featured in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre film franchise. He is associated with the continuity of the reboot series and first appeared in the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He also appeared in the prequel film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning in 2006. In both films, the character was played by actor Andrew Bryniarski.


In the canon prequel from 2017, Leatherface, Thomas is seen being good looking and even flirting with the nurse who was taking care of him in the mental ward. In the 2006 prequel Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Thomas is seen to have a very bulky and big boned body, he is believed to stand at 6’5. Throughout the prequel, Thomas wears a button up striped green and red shirt along with a gold and black striped tie. He wears what looks to be dirty brown trousers under large bulky black boots. Over everything is a bloodied beige apron, Thomas’s skin is light with a tint of pink with blue eyes and black shoulder length matted hair. In the original 2003 Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Thomas wears the face of most likely someone he skinned and cannibalized, the face is white and lumpy and has been stitched together to fit Thomas’s face. The head has messy brown hair growing out of it and looks as though the victim had been slightly scalped or the hair began to fall out due to decay, Thomas seems to be wearing the same outfit as he did in the prequel except his tie is loose and his outfit is very tattered, a new addition is the strong plates that he wears on his arms most likely to protect himself from his chainsaw.


Thomas Brown Hewitt was born in July, 1939 to a beef inspector named Sloane, who had died during childbirth on the floor of the Lee Bros. Meat Processing Plant. The supervisor of the plant, taking note of Thomas' hideous deformities threw him into a garbage dumpster, where he was then recovered by Luda May Hewitt. Luda May took him as her own son and brought him home where he was raised along with Charlie Hewitt.

As he grew up, Tommy's mental development was abnormal and he took to wearing a leather mask to hide his facial deformities. As an adult, Charlie got Thomas a job as butcher. Ironically, he began working at the same slaughterhouse where he had been born. When the Lee Bros. facility was shut down in 1969, Thomas murdered the supervisor. It was soon after, that he began developing a penchant for wielding a chainsaw.

Thomas murdered a young man named Eric and skinned him alive. He took his face and made it into a mask. This practice became a trademark for Tommy Hewitt as his growth into a psychotic maniac continued to evolve, earning himself the nickname - Leatherface. [1]

In late August, 1973, Thomas Hewitt slaughtered several more youths who had the misfortune of coming upon the family's territory. It was a young woman named Erin however, who got the better of him, hacking off his right arm with a meat cleaver. [2]


Grisly beginnings

1969 massacre

1973 massacre

Thomas generally preferred to stay in his work shop beneath the house, but could monitor activity taking place in the living areas of the home by way of a spy hole in the center of a sliding metal door. Tommy spotted a man named Kemper sneaking about the house. He came up behind him, bashed him over the head with a mallet, and then dragged him downstairs. He placed him on a table where he then skinned his face and turned it into a mask.

While he was still putting the final touches on his mask, he heard his uncle, Monty Hewitt, banging on the floor upstairs with his cane, and knew that his presence was required. He grabbed his trusty chainsaw and entered the living room where he found two more intruders named Erin and Andy. Erin ran and Andy tried to block Tommy's blows with a tire iron. He then chased Andy outside and they ran between two adjacent structures on the property before he caught up with him. Thomas sliced through Andy's leg with his chainsaw, cutting it off. He then dragged the screaming man back into the house and brought him to the cellar where he then impaled him on a meat hook. He packed his severed stump with ice and wrapped it in paper to keep him from bleeding out.

As night fell, Hewitt caught up with Erin again and chased her around the property with his chainsaw. It was actually Erin's friend Pepper who became his next victim however. Paralyzed by fear, Pepper just didn't have what was needed to escape from him and she fell into the dirt. Tommy descended upon her and skewered her through the back with his chainsaw.

Resuming his pursuit of Erin, he chased her through the woods and tracked her to a nearby trailer home, which was occupied by family member Henrietta, and her friend the tea lady. Henrietta drugged Erin with some poisoned tea and Thomas brought her back to the main house. Erin awakened and managed to escape, along with her friend Morgan, who had been captured earlier by Charlie Hewitt. Tommy revved up the old chainsaw and chased them through the tunnels that ran beneath the house. He caught up with Morgan first, whose movements were impaired due to being bound. He impaled him through the back with his chainsaw and hefted him into the air, letting the rotating chain run until he died. A young relative named Jedidiah blocked Tommy's path, but he backhanded him and resumed chasing Erin.

He followed her to the nearby Blair Meat Co. slaughterhouse. Erin hid inside of a closet as Thomas stalked through rows of hanging cattle searching for her. She made a desperate gamble and picked up a meat cleaver, whacking him multiple times in the arm, ultimately hacking it off. Thomas howled in pain, but still mustered the strength to continue chasing her.

The following day, Federal and county authorities raided the Hewitt residence and found the recent victims, as well as human remains from past victims. Sheriff Adams explored the lower sections of the house, but when approached the aperture leading towards the underground tunnels, Thomas Hewitt leaped out and attacked him. [3]

Notes & Trivia

  • The character of Thomas Hewitt was created by director Marcus Nispel and screenwriter Scott Kosar based on concepts originally developed by director/writer Tobe Hooper and screenwriter Kim Henkel.
  • it is said in the behind the scenes addition that when thomas makes his masks he cannibalizes the parts he doesn’t need.
  • Thomas has a bracelet with charms from all the victims he’s killed


Although Tommy's preferred weapon is a chainsaw, he is not above using other instruments to get the job done. Among a few include:

  • Chainsaw - Preferred weapon of choice; murders most of his victims with this.
  • Mallet - Bops kemper over the bean with this before going to work on him.
  • Sledgehammer - Bludgeons the Lee Bros. supervisor to death with this.
  • Butcher knife - Slices Bailey's throat open with this.

Body Count

Character Method
Sloane Dies in child birth giving birth to Thomas Hewitt in 1939.
Lee Bros. supervisor Bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer by Thomas.
Holden Cut in half with chainsaw by Tommy while Charlie holds him down.
Eric Tortured, skinned and then ran through with a chainsaw.
Bailey Throat sliced open by Tommy.
Dean Ran through with a chainsaw in the back by Tommy.
Chrissie Ran through with a chainsaw in the back by Tommy.
Kemper Bludgeoned by Tommy, then has his face skinned.
Pepper Cut up by Tommy with his chainsaw; off-panel.
Andy Leg cut off; impaled and tortured; Mercy killed by Erin.
Morgan Impaled by Tommy with his chainsaw.

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