Is Leatherface Really Evil?
Hansen said he imagined Leatherface as completely blank beneath the masks, a total non-entity who needs the masks in order to maintain any semblance of a personality. And it’s important to note that while he’s definitely the character most associated with TCM, he’s definitely not the most evil. The Hitchhiker, Chop-Top, and Sheriff Hoyt are among the truly insidious members of the Sawyer/Hewitt clan, and obviously manipulate Leatherface into obedience. He only seems to lash out at strangers when they invade his safe-space, leading many to theorize his actions primarily reflect a desire to protect his family. The more one delves into Leatherface’s possible motivations, the more sympathetic the character becomes.