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Disambig.png This article is about the main player character. For the additional multiplayer characters, see Babies. For non-player characters, see NPCs.

There are eleven playable characters in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth with three extra characters in the DLCs. Five of these characters (Isaac, Magdalene, Cain, Judas, and ???/Blue Baby) came with the original Binding of Isaac, while two additional characters (Eve and Samson) were added later. Eve was added in the Binding of Isaac's Halloween Update, while Samson was added in The Wrath of the Lamb expansion. Rebirth contains four new characters (Azazel, Lazarus, Eden, and The Lost). In the Afterbirth expansion for Rebirth, one new character (Lilith) was added, plus one more character via an update (Keeper). In the Afterbirth ♰ expansion for Rebirth one character (Apollyon) was added. Each character starts with different stats and abilities that give them their own unique play style.

Each character's progress can be gauged by checking their Completion Marks.

Rebirth Afterbirth Afterbirth †
Character Isaac App.png
Isaac
Magdalene App.png
Magdalene
Cain App.png
Cain
Judas App.png
Judas
Blue Baby App.png
???
Eve App.png
Eve
Samson App.png
Samson
Azazel App.png
Azazel
Lazarus App.png
Lazarus
Eden App.png
Eden
The Lost App.png
The Lost
Lilith App.png
Lilith
Keeper App.png
Keeper
Apollyon App.png
Apollyon
Health Stat Icon.png Health HUD Red Heart.pngHUD Red Heart.pngHUD Red Heart.png HUD Red Heart.pngHUD Red Heart.pngHUD Red Heart.pngHUD Red Heart.png HUD Red Heart.pngHUD Red Heart.png HUD Red Heart.png HUD Soul Heart.pngHUD Soul Heart.pngHUD Soul Heart.png (no heart containers) HUD Red Heart.pngHUD Red Heart.png HUD Red Heart.pngHUD Red Heart.pngHUD Red Heart.png HUD Black Heart.pngHUD Black Heart.pngHUD Black Heart.png HUD Red Heart.pngHUD Red Heart.pngHUD Red Heart.png HUD Red Heart.pngHUD Soul Heart.pngHUD Red Heart.png
(Random, up to 3 total)
No health HUD Red Heart.pngHUD Black Heart.pngHUD Black Heart.png HUD Coin Heart.pngHUD Coin Heart.png HUD Red Heart.pngHUD Red Heart.png
Damage Stat Icon.png Damage 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.20) 3.5 (*1.35) 3.5 (*1.05) 3.5 (*0.75)
(*1.00 at HUD Red Heart.png)
3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.50) 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5
(*1.00)
±1.00
3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.20) 3.5 (*1.00)
Tears Stat Icon.png Tears +0 +0 +0 +0 +0 +0 -0.05 +0.5, *1/3 +0 ±0.75 +0 Blindfolded +0
Shot Speed Stat Icon.png Shot Speed 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.31 1 1 1 ± 0.25 1 Blindfolded 1 1
Range Stat Icon.png Range 23.75 23.75 17.75 23.75 23.75 23.75 18.75 17.75 17.75 23.75 ± 5.00 23.75 Blindfolded 23.75 23.75
Speed Stat Icon.png Speed 1.0 0.85 1.3 1.0 1.1 1.23 1.1 1.25 1.0 1.0 ± 0.15 1.0 1.0 0.85 1.0
Luck Stat Icon.png Luck 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 ± 1 0 0 -2 0
Starting Item Icon.png Starting Pickups x1 bombs Afterbirth† Indicator.png Needs to be unlocked x1 Speed Up Pill x1 keys,
DLC Indicator.png Needs to be unlocked Paper Clip
x3 coins None None Afterbirth† Indicator.png Needs to be unlocked Child's Heart 0 - The Fool x1 pills x0-2 bombs
x0-1 keys
x0-5 coins
x0-1 trinket, pill, or card
x1 coins None x1 bombs
Needs to be unlocked x1 coins
Needs to be unlocked Store Key
None
Starting Item Icon.png Starting Item(s) Needs to be unlocked The D6 Yum Heart Lucky Foot The Book Of Belial The Poop Whore Of Babylon,
Dead Bird,
DLC Indicator.png Needs to be unlocked Razor Blade
Bloody Lust Short range Brimstone,
Flight
Afterbirth† Indicator.png Needs to be unlocked Anemic Random Active Item,
Random Passive Item
Flight,
Spectral Tears,
D4,
DLC Indicator.png Needs to be unlocked Holy Mantle
Incubus,
Needs to be unlocked Cambion Conception,
Box Of Friends
Triple shot,
Needs to be unlocked Wooden Nickel
Void
Achievements
Boss Rush Isaac's Head Maggy's Bow Cain's Other Eye Judas' Shadow ???'s Only Friend Eve's Mascara Samson's Chains The Nail Missing No. Undefined The D100 Immaculate Conception Sticky Nickels Achievement locust of conquest.png
Mom's Heart
(on Hard)
Lost Baby Cute Baby Glass Baby Shadow Baby Dead Baby Crow Baby Fighting Baby Wrapped Baby Begotten Baby Glitch Baby -0- Baby Goat Head Baby Super Greed Baby Achievement smelter.png
Sheol Mom's Knife Guardian Angel A Bag of Bombs Judas' Tongue Forget Me Now The Razor Blood Rights Daemon's Tail Broken Ankh Book of Secrets The Mind Serpent's Kiss Keeper's Store Key Achievement locust of pestilence.png
Cathedral Isaac's Tears A Cross A Bag of Pennies Guillotine The D6 Eve's Bird Foot Bloody Lust Satanic Bible Lazarus' Rags Blank Card Isaac's Heart Rune Bag Keeper's Wooden Nickel Achievement locust of wrath.png
Dark Room Missing Poster Maggy's Faith Abel Curved Horn ???'s Soul Black Lipstick Samson's Lock Demon Baby Pandora's Box Mystery Sack The Soul Succubus Karma Achievement locust of death.png
The Chest The D20 Celtic Cross Cain's Eye The Left Hand Fate Sacrificial Dagger Blood Penny Abaddon Store Credit Mysterious Paper The Body Cambion Conception Deep Pockets Achievement locust of famine.png
Greed Mode DLC Indicator.png Lil' Chest Censer Evil Eye My Shadow Cracked Dice Black Feather Lusty Blood Lilith Key Bum GB Bug Zodiac Box of Friends Rib of Greed Achievement brown nugget.png
Greedier Mode Afterbirth† Indicator.png Achievement d1.png Achievement glyph of balance.png Achievement sack of sacks.png Achievement eye of belial.png Achievement meconium.png Achievement crow heart.png Achievement stem cell.png Achievement bat wing.png Achievement plan c.png Achievement metronome.png Achievement dad's lost coin.png Achievement duality.png Achievement eye of greed.png Achievement black rune.png
Blue Womb DLC Indicator.png Fart Baby Purity D12 Betrayal Fate's Reward Athame Blind Rage Maw of the Void Empty Vessel Eden's Blessing Sworn Protector Incubus Keeper now holds... A Penny! Achievement hushy.png
The Void Afterbirth† Indicator.png Achievement d infinity.png Achievement eucharist.png Achievement silver dollar.png Achievement shade.png Achievement king baby.png Achievement dull razor.png Achievement bloody crown.png Achievement dark prince's crown.png Achievement compound fracture.png Achievement eden's soul.png Achievement holy card.png Achievement euthanasia.png Achievement crooked penny.png Achievement void.png
Mega Satan DLC Indicator.png Cry Baby Red Baby Green Baby Brown Baby Blue Baby Lil' Baby Rage Baby Black Baby Long Baby Yellow Baby White Baby Big Baby Noose Baby Achievement mort baby.png
All Marks completed on Hard Mode DLC Indicator.png Buddy Baby Colorful Baby Picky Baby Belial Baby Hive Baby Whore Baby Revenge Baby Sucky Baby Dripping Baby Cracked Baby Godhead Dark Baby Sale Baby Achievement apollyon baby.png

Unlocking

Each character is unlocked by accomplishing a certain task in the game. The unlock requirements are as follows:

Character Unlock requirement
Isaac None; unlocked by default
Magdalene Magdalene Have 7 or more heart containers at one time
Cain Cain Hold 55 coins at one time
Judas Judas Defeat Satan for the 1st time
??? ??? Defeat Mom's Heart 10 times
Eve Eve Don't pick up any hearts for 2 floors in a row
Samson Samson Beat 2 floors in a row without taking damage
Azazel Azazel Make 3 deals as the devil in one run
Lazarus Lazarus Have 4 or more soul hearts at one time
Eden Eden Beat chapter 4 for the 1st time
The Lost The Lost It's complicated

DLC Indicator.png Die in a Sacrifice Room while holding Missing Poster

DLC Indicator.png Lilith Lilith Defeat Ultra Greed as Azazel
DLC Indicator.png Keeper Keeper Donate 1000 coins to the Greed Machine
Afterbirth† Indicator.png Apollyon None; unlocked by default with Afterbirth†

Trivia

  • One common theory (which was confirmed by Edmund) is that all characters are different forms of Isaac himself. This theory suggests that every character is a creation of Isaac's imagination which he assumes the personality and appearance of when playing as them. Most characters represent different issues that Isaac believes he has, while ??? is Isaac after dying by suffocation inside The Chest, Azazel is who Isaac sees himself as, and The Lost is Isaac's wandering soul (which can be seen upon dying).
    • DLC Indicator.png Additionally, Keeper is Isaac's desiccated corpse, as evidenced by Ending 18.

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