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Disambig.png This article is about the item. For a similar looking item, see The Pinking Shears. For the trinket, see Safety Scissors.

Scissors is an unlockable activated item.


  • Detaches Isaac's head from his body and turns the head into a stationary familiar that fires tears for the current room.
    • The player still controls Isaac's headless body, which also shoots tears.
      • Added in Repentance The body constantly spews a controllable fountain of blood shots, dealing about 0.66x-1.01x damage.
    • Removed in Repentance The tears fired by the head do not scale with Isaac's damage and always do 3.5 damage.
      • Added in Repentance The head's tears are affected by Isaac's stats and attack modifiers.


  • Can spawn multiple heads if used in the same room more than once.
    • Added in Repentance Only the most recent head is able to fire.
  • Removed in Repentance Brimstone Brimstone and Technology Technology are not fired from the stationary head.
  • If Isaac has an invisible body due to the cosmetic effect of Transcendence Transcendence, only a shadow will be seen after using the Scissors.
  • If Isaac is Blindfolded, the floating head can still fire tears.
  • Added in Repentance The floating head does nothing as Lilith Lilith, Tainted Lilith Tainted Lilith, and Tainted Forgotten Tainted Forgotten.
    • As The Forgotten The Forgotten, the floating head will only fire tears when the Soul is active.
    • The floating head will not fire tears as Tainted Samson Tainted Samson while he is enraged.
  • Added in Afterbirth / Removed in Repentance Each wave of Boss Rush Boss Rush fully recharges the item, allowing many heads to be spawned.
  • Only deaths which end runs (i.e. Isaac is not revived by a revival item such as 1up! 1up!) count towards unlocking the Scissors.


  • Added in RepentanceBook of Virtues Book of Virtues: Spawns red wisps in the middle ring. The wisps fire 2-3 tears at a time, which are inaccurate, travel in an arc, and have variable range.


  • The Pinking Shears The Pinking Shears: If Scissors and Pinking Shears are used together, control is given back to an invisible head with only a shadow visible as both the head and body are mobilized to attack.
  • BFFS! BFFS!: The loose head won't become larger, but will deal double damage.
  • Added in AfterbirthBox of Friends Box of Friends: No effect.
  • Added in AfterbirthCar Battery Car Battery: No effect.

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  • This item is very likely a reference to the English idiom "running with scissors", which means to "willfully act in a reckless, foolish, and/or dangerous manner", alluding to the literal act of running with a pair of scissors in one's hand, which can cause severe injury, thus the item's effect and unlock condition.
  • In original flash version of The Binding of Isaac, dying 100 times unlocked The Pinking Shears The Pinking Shears.


PC & PS4 VNAB CWER (First floor treasure room)

3DS 0M6X BR8Y (First floor treasure room)

Switch ATJJ HNDJ (Starting item as Eden)


Bug Bug! Added in Repentance Can not attack The Beast