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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
Achievement isaac's head.png
Achievement maggy's bow.png
Achievement cain's other eye.png
Achievement judas' shadow.png
Achievement blue babys only friend.png
Achievement eve's mascara.png
Achievement samson's chains.png
Achievement the nail.png
Achievement missing no..png
Achievement undefined.png
Achievement a d100.png
Achievement immaculate conception.png
Achievement sticky nickels.png
Achievement locust of conquest.png
Mom's Heart
(on Hard)
Achievement lost baby.png
Achievement cute baby.png
Achievement glass baby.png
Achievement shadow baby.png
Achievement dead baby.png
Achievement crow baby.png
Achievement fighting baby.png
Achievement wrapped baby.png
Achievement begotten baby.png
Achievement glitch baby.png
Achievement -0- baby.png
Achievement goat head baby.png
Achievement super greed baby.png
Achievement smelter.png
Sheol
Achievement mom's knife.png
Achievement guardian angel.png
Achievement a bag of bombs.png
Achievement judas' tongue.png
Achievement a forget me now.png
Achievement the razor.png
Achievement blood rights.png
Achievement daemon's tail.png
Achievement broken ankh.png
Achievement book of secrets.png
Achievement the mind.png
Achievement serpent's kiss.png
Achievement keeper now holds store key.png
Achievement locust of pestilence.png
Cathedral
Achievement isaac's tears.png
Achievement a cross.png
Achievement a bag of pennies.png
Achievement guillotine.png
Achievement the d6.png
Achievement eve's bird foot.png
Achievement blood lust.png
Achievement satanic bible.png
Achievement lazarus' rags.png
Achievement blank card.png
Achievement isaac's heart.png
Achievement rune bag.png
Achievement keepers wooden nickel.png
Achievement locust of wrath.png
The Dark Room
Achievement the lost poster.png
Achievement maggy's faith.png
Achievement abel.png
Achievement curved horn.png
Achievement blue babys soul.png
Achievement black lipstick.png
Achievement samson's lock.png
Achievement a demon baby!.png
Achievement pandora's box.png
Achievement mystery sack.png
Achievement the soul.png
Achievement succubus.png
Achievement karma.png
Achievement locust of death.png
The Chest
Achievement the d20.png
Achievement the crucifix.png
Achievement cain's eye.png
Achievement the left hand.png
Achievement fate.png
Achievement sacrificial dagger.png
Achievement blood penny.png
Achievement abaddon.png
Achievement store credit.png
Achievement mysterious paper.png
Achievement the body.png
Achievement cambion conception.png
Achievement deep pockets.png
Achievement locust of famine.png
Greed Mode DLC Indicator.png
Achievement lil' chest.png
Achievement censer.png
Achievement evil eye.png
Achievement my shadow.png
Achievement cracked dice.png
Achievement black feather.png
Achievement lusty blood.png
Achievement lilith.png
Achievement key bum.png
Achievement gb bug.png
Achievement zodiac.png
Achievement box of friends.png
Achievement rib of greed.png
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
Achievement fart baby.png
Achievement purity.png
Achievement d12.png
Achievement betrayal.png
Achievement fate's reward.png
Achievement athame.png
Achievement blind rage.png
Achievement maw of the void.png
Achievement empty vessel.png
Achievement eden's blessing.png
Achievement sworn protector.png
Achievement incubus.png
Achievement keeper now holds a penny.png
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
Achievement cry baby.png
Achievement red baby.png
Achievement green baby.png
Achievement brown baby.png
Achievement blue coop baby.png
Achievement lil' baby.png
Achievement rage baby.png
Achievement black baby.png
Achievement long baby.png
Achievement yellow baby.png
Achievement white baby.png
Achievement big baby.png
Achievement noose baby.png
Achievement mort baby.png
All Marks completed on Hard ModeDLC Indicator.png
Achievement buddy baby.png
Achievement colorful baby.png
Achievement picky baby.png
Achievement belial baby.png
Achievement hive baby.png
Achievement whore baby.png
Achievement revenge baby.png
Achievement sucky baby.png
Achievement dripping baby.png
Achievement cracked baby.png
Achievement godhead.png
Achievement dark baby.png
Achievement sale baby.png
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 NoDLC Indicator.png It's complicated
DLC Indicator.png Die in a Sacrifice Room while holding Missing Poster
DLC Indicator.png Lilith Lilith DLC Indicator.png Defeat Ultra Greed as Azazel
DLC Indicator.png Keeper Keeper DLC Indicator.png 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.

SmallIsaac.png The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth SmallIsaac.png

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