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Franklin Hardesty is a character featured in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. He is Sally Hardesty's invalidated brother that suffers from paraplegia. He is also the nephew of Lieutenant Boude "Lefty" Enright. He's constantly reminded that he can't do half the stuff his friends and sister can do due to his handicap which irritates him greatly. He is the fourth to die.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Franklin grew up with his sister Sally in Texas. He and Sally travel with three friends, Jerry, Kirk, and Pam, to visit the grave of the Hardestys' grandfather and investigate reports of vandalism and grave robbing. Afterwards, they decide to visit the old Hardesty family homestead.

Along the way they pick up Nubbins Sawyer, with whom Franklin has a very one-sided conversation with, primarily concerning his passion with slaughtering and cutting up cattle, showing him and the other passengers graphic photographs of the process. While Franklin is momentarily distracted and playing with his pocket knife, Nubbins grabs it and cuts himself over the palm of his hand. The group looks in shock and disbelief. Nubbins takes a photo of Franklin with his camera and demands money for it. When Franklin refuses, Nubbins burns it, using aluminum foil, gun powder and a match. In a split second he cuts Franklin's arm, with his hidden straight razor. The group is in complete astonishment, subsequently forcing him out of the van.

While at the homestead, the group abandons Franklin and heads upstairs. Franklin tries to follow but he can not due to the stairs, which infuriates him. He then gets a splinter from the broken door frame making him even more upset.


Pam and Kirk go missing after they left for a local swimming hole, and it gets late. Jerry decides to look for them while Sally and Franklin stay behind at the van. It soon gets dark and Jerry hasn't returned, so Sally and Franklin decide to look for him. Sally asks him for the flashlight and he refuses. After fighting, Sally storms off leaving Franklin behind. Franklin attempts to follow her while apologizing for his behavior. Sally accepts his apology and pushes Franklin through the hilly woods while they scream for Jerry.


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Franklin's Death

While looking for Jerry, Franklin hears something and tells Sally to stop but she couldn't react in time. The sound turns out to be Leatherface starting up his chainsaw, after which he slashes Franklin repeatedly, killing him in front of a horrified Sally.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

His skeleton is found by "Lefty" Enright in the amusement park. The Sawyer family kept his body there for 13 years.


  • Following the original series Franklin is the first to be killed by Leatherface's chainsaw.
  • Franklin is the least liked of the group due to his handicap annoying his friends. They are also put off by his incessant talkativeness, seen most prominently when he tries to relate to and show interest in Nubbins' depraved chatter about meat packing, notably about the process in which head cheese is made.
  • Franklin endures the most hardships. Falling out of his wheelchair, unable to follow his friends into his grandparents house and having his arm sliced by the hitchhiker.
  • He is the only one of the victims not to see or enter the Sawyer House.
  • He is the only Victim actually killed with a chainsaw in the film.
  • In Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Franklin's skeletonized corpse is found sat on his wheelchair and given the large amount of cobwebs found around the chair, his remains were likely not moved since his death. However, in the first movie, his wheelchair is seen in the Sawyer House after he was killed and after The Cook captures Sally, his wheelchair is empty, standing near the wall in the kitchen. Additionally, Franklin is implicitly said to have been butchered and served as dinner, but despite this, the skeleton seen in TCM2 shows no sign of damage, meaning it is likely a continuity error. Otherwise, one could assume that the Sawyers reassembled his skeleton and propped it up in his wheelchair as decor, be it with solely his original bones or replacement parts from other victims.
  • Throughout the movie, he repeatedly faces ableism, discrimination on account of disability, due to his friends not being willing to accommodate his needs. (Not being able to go upstairs, being left in the car, and almost being left behind by his sister despite being unable to defend himself.)