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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 +0 +0
Shot Speed Stat Icon.png Shot Speed 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.31 1 1 1 ± 0.25 1 1 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 23.75 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 Pickup(s) x1 bombs Added in Afterbirth † Needs to be unlocked x1 Speed Up pill x1 keys,
Added in Afterbirth Needs to be unlocked Paper Clip Paper Clip
x3 coins None None Added in Afterbirth † Needs to be unlocked Child's Heart Child's Heart 0 - The Fool 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 Store Key
None
Starting Item Icon.png Starting Item(s) Needs to be unlocked The D6 The D6 Yum Heart Yum Heart Lucky Foot Lucky Foot The Book of Belial The Book of Belial The Poop The Poop Whore of Babylon Whore of Babylon

Dead Bird Dead Bird

Added in Afterbirth Needs to be unlocked Razor Blade Razor Blade
Bloody Lust Bloody Lust Short range Brimstone Brimstone

Flight
Added in Afterbirth † Needs to be unlocked Anemic Anemic Random active item

Random passive item
Flight

Spectral tears

D4 D4

Added in Afterbirth Needs to be unlocked Holy Mantle Holy Mantle
Blindfolded App.png Blindfolded

Incubus Incubus

Needs to be unlocked Cambion Conception Cambion Conception

Box of Friends Box of Friends
Triple shot

Needs to be unlocked Wooden Nickel Wooden Nickel
Void Void
Achievements
Boss Rush
Achievement Isaac's Head icon.png
Achievement Maggy's Bow icon.png
Achievement Cain's Other Eye icon.png
Achievement Judas' Shadow icon.png
Achievement Blue Baby's Only Friend icon.png
Achievement Eve's Mascara icon.png
Achievement Samson's Chains icon.png
Achievement The Nail icon.png
Achievement Missing No. icon.png
Achievement Undefined icon.png
Achievement The D100 icon.png
Achievement Immaculate Conception icon.png
Achievement Sticky Nickels icon.png
Achievement Locust of Conquest icon.png
Hard Mode only Mom's Heart
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 icon.png
Satan
Achievement Mom's Knife icon.png
Achievement Guardian Angel icon.png
Achievement A Bag of Bombs icon.png
Achievement Judas' Tongue icon.png
Achievement Forget Me Now icon.png
Achievement The Razor icon.png
Achievement Blood Rights icon.png
Achievement Daemon's Tail icon.png
Achievement Broken Ankh icon.png
Achievement Book of Secrets icon.png
Achievement The Mind icon.png
Achievement Serpent's Kiss icon.png
Achievement Keeper holds Store Key icon.png
Achievement Locust of Pestilence icon.png
Isaac
Achievement Isaac's Tears icon.png
Achievement A Cross icon.png
Achievement A Bag of Pennies icon.png
Achievement Guillotine icon.png
Achievement The D6 icon.png
Achievement Eve's Bird Foot icon.png
Achievement Bloody Lust icon.png
Achievement Satanic Bible icon.png
Achievement Lazarus' Rags icon.png
Achievement Blank Card icon.png
Achievement Isaac's Heart icon.png
Achievement Rune Bag icon.png
Achievement Keeper holds Wooden Nickel icon.png
Achievement Locust of Wrath icon.png
The Lamb
Achievement Missing Poster icon.png
Achievement Maggy's Faith icon.png
Achievement Abel icon.png
Achievement Curved Horn icon.png
Achievement Blue Baby's Soul icon.png
Achievement Black Lipstick icon.png
Achievement Samson's Lock icon.png
Achievement Demon Baby icon.png
Achievement Pandora's Box icon.png
Achievement Mystery Sack icon.png
Achievement The Soul icon.png
Achievement Succubus icon.png
Achievement Karma icon.png
Achievement Locust of Death icon.png
???
Achievement The D20 icon.png
Achievement Celtic Cross icon.png
Achievement Cain's Eye icon.png
Achievement The Left Hand icon.png
Achievement Fate icon.png
Achievement Sacrificial Dagger icon.png
Achievement Blood Penny icon.png
Achievement Abaddon icon.png
Achievement Store Credit icon.png
Achievement Mysterious Paper icon.png
Achievement The Body icon.png
Achievement Cambion Conception icon.png
Achievement Deep Pockets icon.png
Achievement Locust of Famine icon.png
Greed Mode Ultra Greed Added in Afterbirth
Achievement Lil' Chest icon.png
Achievement Censer icon.png
Achievement Evil Eye icon.png
Achievement My Shadow icon.png
Achievement Cracked Dice icon.png
Achievement Black Feather icon.png
Achievement Lusty Blood icon.png
Achievement Lilith icon.png
Achievement Key Bum icon.png
Achievement GB Bug icon.png
Achievement Zodiac icon.png
Achievement Box of Friends icon.png
Achievement Rib of Greed icon.png
Achievement Brown Nugget icon.png
Hard Greed Mode Ultra Greedier Added in Afterbirth †
Achievement D1 icon.png
Achievement Glyph of Balance icon.png
Achievement Sack of Sacks icon.png
Achievement Eye of Belial icon.png
Achievement Meconium icon.png
Achievement Crow Heart icon.png
Achievement Stem Cell icon.png
Achievement Bat Wing icon.png
Achievement Plan C icon.png
Achievement Metronome icon.png
Achievement Dad's Lost Coin icon.png
Achievement Duality icon.png
Achievement Eye of Greed icon.png
Black Rune
Hush Added in Afterbirth
Achievement Fart Baby icon.png
Achievement Purity icon.png
Achievement D12 icon.png
Achievement Betrayal icon.png
Achievement Fate's Reward icon.png
Achievement Athame icon.png
Achievement Blind Rage icon.png
Achievement Maw of the Void icon.png
Achievement Empty Vessel icon.png
Achievement Eden's Blessing icon.png
Achievement Sworn Protector icon.png
Achievement Incubus icon.png
Keeper now holds... A Penny!
Achievement Hushy icon.png
Delirium Added in Afterbirth †
Achievement D Infinity icon.png
Achievement Eucharist icon.png
Achievement Silver Dollar icon.png
Achievement Shade icon.png
Achievement King Baby icon.png
Achievement Dull Razor icon.png
Achievement Bloody Crown icon.png
Achievement Dark Prince's Crown icon.png
Achievement Compound Fracture icon.png
Achievement Eden's Soul icon.png
Achievement Holy Card icon.png
Achievement Euthanasia icon.png
Achievement Crooked Penny icon.png
Achievement Void icon.png
Mega Satan Added in Afterbirth
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
Mort Baby
Hard Mode only All Marks completed Added in Afterbirth
Buddy Baby
Colorful Baby
Picky Baby
Belial Baby
Hive Baby
Whore Baby
Revenge Baby
Sucky Baby
Dripping Baby
Cracked Baby
Achievement Godhead icon.png
Dark Baby
Sale Baby
Apollyon Baby

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 with 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 Removed in Afterbirth It's complicated
Added in Afterbirth Die in a Sacrifice Room while holding Missing Poster
Added in Afterbirth Lilith Lilith Afterbirth-exclusive content Defeat Ultra Greed as Azazel
Added in Afterbirth Keeper Keeper Afterbirth-exclusive content Donate 1000 coins to the Greed Machine
Added in Afterbirth † Apollyon None; unlocked by default with Afterbirth †

 Switch  Defeat Mega Satan.

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).
    • Added in Afterbirth Additionally, Keeper is Isaac's desiccated corpse, as evidenced by ending 18.


Characters
Rebirth Afterbirth Afterbirth †

Isaac CharNav.png Magdalene CharNav.png Cain CharNav.png Judas CharNav.png BlueBaby CharNav.png Eve CharNav.png Samson CharNav.png Azazel CharNav.png Lazarus CharNav.png Eden CharNav.png Lost CharNav.png

Lilith CharNav.png Keeper CharNav.png

Apollyon CharNav.png

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

MainPageAchievements.png Achievements MainPageAttributes.png Attributes MainPageBosses.png Bosses TarotCard.png Cards and Runes MainPageChallenges.png Challenges MainPageChapters.png Chapters
Isaac App.png Characters MainPageBabies.png Co-op Magic Mushroom Icon.png Items Isaac's Tears Icon.png Item Pools MainPageMonsters.png Monsters MainPageObjects.png Objects
Red heart.png Pickups BlueBlue.png Pills MainPageRooms.png Rooms MainPageSeeds2.png Seeds Guppy App.png Transformations The Left Hand Icon.png Trinkets