The Handymen are actual humans that have been put into giant metal bodies, the reasons why and how are being kept a secret by Irrational. The Handyman has the unique ability to pick up and throw NPCs at you, whether they are friend or foe.
EGM’s TAKE: Irrational is just out to kill us in as many ways as they possibly can with Bioshock Infinite. Not only have we got giant Gatling gun wielding George Washingtons, but now there’s half human monsters wanting to rip us in two. The design of the Handymen is fantastic with the exposed heart and torn clothes, almost as if they are trying to retain some of their humanity. Still, we really aren’t looking forward to going toe-to-toe with these gargantuan beasts.