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Added in Repentance

Strawman is an unlockable passive item added in The Binding of Isaac: Repentance.


  • Spawns Keeper Keeper as an extra character alongside Isaac, who is controlled exactly like Esau Esau.
    • Keeper will have his base stats, except speed, and use coins as health.
    • He will not receive any of his starting items, such as Wooden Nickel Wooden Nickel or Store Key Store Key.
  • When Keeper dies, he spawns 5 blue spiders and Strawman is removed from Isaac's inventory.
  • Grants 1 Bomb Bomb upon pickup.


  • Keeper's health is displayed at all times above his head.
  • Keeper is able to pick up items independently from Isaac. He has his own inventory.
    • This inventory is not displayed on the HUD.
    • When Keeper dies, the items he obtained are permanently removed.
      • This includes quest items like The Polaroid The Polaroid, potentially leaving you unable to progress.
  • Keeper is not able to pick up any active items, trinkets, or consumables.
  • Keeper cannot pick up any type of hearts, except for Gold Heart Gold Hearts.
    • Eternal Hearts can also be picked up, but to no effect, effectively wasting them.
  • Keeper's speed syncs with Isaac's, as with Jacob and Esau Jacob and Esau.
  • Devil Room Devil Room items will cost money instead of health as long as Keeper is alive.
  • When placing a bomb, Keeper will place another at no cost.
  • Keeper can be used to play Sacrifice Room Sacrifice Rooms at the cost of coins instead of hearts.
  • Boss Challenge Room Boss Challenge Rooms will be closed unless Keeper is also at 1 coin heart.
  • Keeper is not able to walk through doors or into Crawl Space Crawl Space, although he is able to enter the beam of light that takes Isaac to the next floor after the Mom's Heart Mom's Heart / It Lives It Lives fight, the one spawned by Genesis Genesis, as well as entering the big chest after defeating bosses in later stages.
  • Respawn items work as normal for Keeper. (see Interactions)
  • If Keeper plays a Blood Donation Machine.png Blood Donation Machine, it will pay out with 0-1 coins.
  • Keeper Keeper unlocks cannot be earned using Strawman.
  • Similar to Jacob and Esau Jacob and Esau, it is possible to take both items between item choice pedestals with careful positioning.
  • Even though Keeper is considered a second character, the run ends if Isaac dies.
  • Technically, Strawman is marked as a familiar item in the game's files, although most familiar-modifying items, such as BFFS! BFFS! don't have any effect on Keeper.
  • Unlike Jacob and Esau, invincibility frames are not shared between Keeper and Isaac.
  • If collected in a challenge where Isaac is blindfolded, Keeper will be blindfolded too.
  • Re-emerging from the part of Mines Mines II where Knife Piece 2 Knife Piece 2 is hidden will cause Strawman to be regenerated from scratch. This permanently remove all items the summoned Keeper had collected up until that point.
  • If Strawman is picked up during the second lap of a Victory Lap, he will become The Lost The Lost alongside Isaac on every subsequent lap.


  • Birthright Birthright: If Keeper is the one picking it up, it will grant him a heart container.
  • Crooked Penny Crooked Penny / Diplopia Diplopia: Picking up multiple copies of the item will spawn additional Keepers that each have their own inventory.
  • Extension Cord Extension Cord: Beams of electricity flow between Keeper and Isaac.
  • Greed's Gullet Greed's Gullet: Keeper gains extra coin hearts at every 25 coin interval.
  • More Options More Options / There's Options There's Options: With careful positioning, both item choice pedestals can be taken.
  • The Polaroid The Polaroid / The Negative The Negative: Keeper can take the other photo not chosen by Isaac. Keeper will not directly benefit from holding the Polaroid, but the Negative will give him a damage up. Keeper can use his photo to open A Strange Door, allowing Isaac to keep his. If intending to go to Chest Chest or Dark Room Dark Room, note that the photo held by Keeper will be lost if he dies.
  • Sanguine Bond Sanguine Bond: A very beneficial item for both Isaac and Keeper, as it is fairly easy to snowball into infinitely playing the spikes.
  • Yum Heart Yum Heart: Because of how Yum Heart works in co-op, when Isaac uses Yum Heart, it will also restore one coin heart for Keeper.


  • 4.5 Volt 4.5 Volt / 9 Volt 9 Volt / The Battery The Battery / Battery Pack Battery Pack / Car Battery Car Battery / Habit Habit / Jumper Cables Jumper Cables / Sharp Plug Sharp Plug: Useless on Keeper, unless Book of Virtues Book of Virtues is held.
  • Ankh Ankh / Judas' Shadow Judas' Shadow / Lazarus' Rags Lazarus' Rags: Keeper will respawn as the respective character.
    • Ankh Ankh + Birthright Birthright: Strawman ??? will get twice as much HP from health upgrades.
    • Judas' Shadow Judas' Shadow + Birthright Birthright: Due to Keeper not being able to use active items, having Birthright on Strawman Dark Judas does nothing, unless Book of Virtues Book of Virtues has been picked up.
    • Lazarus' Rags Lazarus' Rags + Birthright Birthright: If Birthright was obtained prior to respawn, does nothing. If picked up after, grants its temporary damage.
      • Keeper Keeper: While playing as Keeper, if Strawman respawns via any of the aforementioned items, health no longer converts to flies.
  • Baby-Bender Baby-Bender / BFFS! BFFS! / Box of Friends Box of Friends: Strawman does not count as a familiar for the purpose of these items.
  • Big Fan Big Fan / Guardian Angel Guardian Angel: If Keeper is the one who picked it up, it will only buff orbital speed for him.
  • BFFS! BFFS! / Hive Mind Hive Mind: If Keeper is the one who picked it up, it will only buff his familiars/flies and spiders and none of Isaac's.
  • Blood Bombs Blood Bombs: Keeper can keep placing bombs for health after Isaac has run out.
  • Book of Virtues Book of Virtues: The book can be picked up by Keeper and used as normal, making it the only active item he can use.
  • Esau Jr. Esau Jr.: Switching once and back will clear any items Keeper may have had.
  • False PHD False PHD / PHD PHD: Identifies pills, but doesn't convert them.
  • Genesis Genesis: Will not grant item choices for any of Keeper's collected items.
  • Lachryphagy Lachryphagy: Isaac's tears can feed Keeper's for great damage. If Isaac, however, has Lachryphagy, Keeper's tears still interact with them, although sometimes it feeds them, other times it absorbs them, without the splitting effect.
  • The Ladder The Ladder: A ladder will spawn across gaps for the Keeper, however he cannot use it, only Isaac.
  • Spirit Shackles Spirit Shackles: The effect will only happen once, as Keeper cannot recharge them.
  • Tainted Cain Tainted Cain: Items will not turn into pickups if Keeper takes them.

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  • A "straw man" (sometimes written as strawman) is a form of argument and an informal fallacy of having the impression of refuting an argument, whereas the real subject of the argument was not addressed or refuted, but instead replaced with a false one. One who engages in this fallacy is said to be "attacking a straw man".
  • Strawman, alongside Mom's Ring Mom's Ring, is one of two items which cannot be rerolled into by Spindown Dice Spindown Dice; in Strawman's case, this is because the next item by ID number is Dad's Note Dad's Note, which cannot be rerolled by any means.


Bug Bug! Box of Friends Box of Friends will not spawn a Demon Baby Demon Baby if Isaac has no familiars while Keeper is alive.
Bug Bug! If Keeper picks up Missing No. Missing No., Strawman will not be removed from Isaac's inventory when Keeper dies and Keeper will not spawn spiders. Keeper will then respawn with no items upon picking up any familiar.
Bug Bug! Entering and exiting the Knife Piece 2 Knife Piece 2 sequence in Mines Mines/Ashpit Ashpit II will remove any items from Strawman.