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Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

Leatherface


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was a 1974 horror movie. It had a strong impact. While widely criticized for being degenerate and sadistic by the standards of the day, it was hugely successful commercially (in no small part because it cost next to nothing).

“Leatherface” the psychotic killer set many of the standards for the “slasher film” genre that was thus created. As often in these situations, that makes him look cliché to those who have chiefly been exposed to later characters based on the tropes he pioneered.

This profile is about the first movie. There are more movie in the series, but these were all over the map thematically.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Presumed single
  • Known Relatives: See below
  • Group Affiliation: Psychotic cannibal family
  • Base Of Operations: Ramshackle house somewhere in Texas
  • Height: 6’ 2” Weight: 230 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Just a big, fat, retarded wildman with considerable pain resistance and a chainsaw.

The Leatherface families

During the various movies, Leatherface always appear along with a thoroughly degenerated family – usually a twisted father figure and an even more psychotic brother. Those are not the same persons from movie to movie, and are usually killed.

There’s a significant possibility that it is in fact Leatherface that *creates* those families for him. A working hypothesis is, in DC Heroes terms, Spiritual drain: 04 (Does not gain APs of SPI) as Killing Combat. Once the SPI of his victim is reduced to 0 they will conform to Leatherface’s sick expectations of a family and become their assigned archetype.


History

In the years before his family went totally off the deep end, Leatherface worked in a slaughterhouse, swinging a sledgehammer to kill cattle. With the advent of air-pressure guns, however, Leatherface and his family found themselves out of work.

After some time, Leatherface’s family began practicing cannibalism and other strange practices. They began raiding graveyards, desecrating corpses, and murdering highway travelers. They used the flesh of the murdered to make barbecue and used the bones for decorative purposes (furniture, wind chimes, etc).

Situations have happened when, during attacks on groups a highway travelers, carnage ensued and Leatherface’s family has been killed. He has always found —: or made — new cannibalistic families in the middle of nowhere to start the cycle again.


Description

Leatherface is a tall, fat male who wears dirty, greasy workman’s clothes and a mask made of human skin turned inside-out. He’s got really nasty yellow teeth. He switches between masks, depending upon the role he is expected to play.

His “killing mask” is a tan, nearly featureless hood with sloppily cut eye and mouth-holes, greasy hair, and enough stitches to make Frankenstein proud.


Personality

Leatherface is an angry gimp. He has the mind of a 5 year-old in the body of a 45 year-old. He is deathly afraid of the father figure of whatever movie he’s in (cowering in corner, away from blows), but has a great time chopping up teenagers (he isn’t intimidated at all).

Other than that, he’s got no personality to speak of.


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Leatherface

Dex: 04 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Psychopathic
Int: 02 Wil: 03 Min: 02 Occupation: Ex-slaughterhouse worker
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 002
Init: 011 HP: 015

Skills:
Charisma (intimidation): 05, Weaponry (melee): 04

Advantages:
None demonstrated

Drawbacks:
SIF of punishment from a father figure, SPI, Catastrophic Rage, Distinct Appearance (never takes off mask), Uncertainty

Equipment:
Chainsaw [BODY 04, EV 05. This is a rusty, greasy old chainsaw]

By Brian Young and Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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