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It's a nasty world out there, and it's catching up with us.
~ Leopold Strauss
You know how it is... people are happy to borrow off someone like me, but more enthusiastic paying back to someone like you.
~ Leopold Strauss to Arthur Morgan.
You know... they-they say the sick delude themselves. I was your friend.
~ Strauss to Arthur as he's being kicked out of camp.

Leopold Strauss is a supporting antagonist in Red Dead Redemption II.

He was voiced by Howard Pinhasik.


Despite his initial appearance of being a coward, Strauss is always completely loyal to the gang, even after being forcibly kicked out of the ranks despite how much money he helped them make. One good example was during the mission "A Fine Night of Debauchery", where after Arthur and Javier Escuella are discovered and start a shootout, a guard soon enters the room and aims his gun at Javier while his back is turned, so Strauss hits him in the back of the head with a wine bottle to save him despite possibly killing a man. Strauss later proved his loyalty once again sometime after Arthur Morgan's death where he was captured and tortured for information on the remaining members of Dutch's gang and refused to say anything until he died.



Leopold Strauss was born circa 1846 in Vienna, Austria in poverty. By the age of 14, his older brother was a petty crook who would beat up watchmen for food scraps. Strauss's father sold his own daughter into slavery at the age of 9. Strauss, his parents, and his older brother came to Texas in the United States.

There, Strauss had become a debt collector, bookkeeper, and accountant all over the southern United States, but after robbing a general store, he had to flee to Louisiana on foot. There, he took a poor, lost, and fatherless Micah Bell as his own son. He and Micah would be inducted into Dutch van der Linde's gang in early 1899, where Leopold would handle much of the gang's accounting. While on the run from the Pinkertons after the botched Blackwater robbery, Strauss has Arthur Morgan collect some debts from victims, one of whom had tuberculosis which he spread to Arthur. Sometime after the gang set up camp in Beaver Hollow, Arthur finally exiles Strauss from the camp following another loan shark job for seemingly target people he knows could never pay the debts and ruins their lives in the process. However, if Strauss is not approached in Beaver Hollow, he will simply leave when the gang collapses.


Sometime after his exile, Strauss was captured by the Pinkertons and was brutally tortured in an attempt to reveal the gangs location, however he refused and died from his injuries. In a way, Strauss has a redemption of his own because of this. After Charles reunites with John, Charles commends Strauss for going through this torture and that he never said a word about the old gang.



  • Van der Linde gang
  • Annabelle
  • Hosea Matthews
  • Dutch van der Linde
  • Arthur Morgan
  • Mac and Davey Callander
  • Charles Smith
  • John Marston
  • Jack Marston
  • Abigail Marston
  • John Marston's daughter
  • Simon Pearson
  • Lenny Summers
  • Jenny Kirk
  • Karen Jones
  • Suasn Grimshaw
  • Josiah Trelawney
  • Reverend Swanson
  • Molly O'Shea
  • Sean MacGuire
  • Sadie Adler


  • Colm O'Driscoll
  • O'Driscoll Boys
  • Leviticus Cornwall
  • Angelo Bronte
  • Braithwaite family
  • Gray family
  • Pinkertons
  • Andrew Milton
  • Edgar Ross
  • Micah Bell
  • Lemoyne Raiders
  • Murfree Brood
  • Sheriffs
  • Lawmakers
  • Police
  • Government agents
  • Bureau of Investigation

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