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Disambig.png This article is about popular culture references. For the Seed Generator which doubles as a cheat code entry, see Seeds.

Easter eggs is one of the speculation pages in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. Besides the obvious Seeds - (Seed Generator which doubles as a cheat code entry), there's lots more references to popular culture in the game.

Super Meat Boy[edit | edit source]

  • Ball of Bandages Ball of BandagesCollectible Ball of Bandages icon.pngOrbiting familiar that deals damage to enemies. If collected while already having one, makes the familiar evolve. Only drops from Horsemen. Similar to Cube of Meat. - Gotta lick 'em all! (Becomes Bandage Girl from Super Meat Boy).
  • Cube of Meat Cube of MeatCollectible Cube of Meat icon.pngOrbiting familiar that blocks enemy shots and deals damage to enemies. If collected while already having one, makes the familiar evolve. Only drops from Horsemen. Similar to Ball of Bandages. - (Becomes Super Meat Boy).
  • Dr. Fetus Dr. FetusCollectible Dr. Fetus icon.pngTears are replaced by bombs that benefit from bomb-enhancing effects and slide for a fixed time after being fired. - (Reference to the villain Dr. Fetus from Super Meat Boy).
  • Epic Fetus Epic FetusCollectible Epic Fetus icon.pngIsaac's tears are replaced with guided missiles, like those used by the Doctor's Remote. -
  • Little C.H.A.D. Little C.H.A.D.Collectible Little C.H.A.D. icon.pngA familiar who will drop a half red heart every 2 rooms. - (Referencing C.H.A.D. shrinking after his defeat in Super Meat Boy).
  • SMB Super Fan SMB Super FanCollectible SMB Super Fan Rebirth icon.pngIncreases all stats. - (Gives Isaac an appearance similar to Super Meat Boy).
  • Brownie
  • C.H.A.D. - (Reference to the boss C.H.A.D. from Super Meat Boy).
  • Larry Jr.

Edmund's other games[edit | edit source]

Gish[edit | edit source]

Time Fcuk[edit | edit source]

  • Little Steven Little StevenCollectible Little Steven icon.pngSpawns a familiar that follows Isaac around and fires homing tears. - A reference to the smaller Steven from Time Fcuk.
  • Steven StevenSteven Icon.pngIncreases Damage by 1. - Attaches a small head to Isaac, similar to the smaller Steven from Time Fcuk.
  • Steven - The protagonist of Edmund's 2009 game, Time Fcuk.

Tri-achnid[edit | edit source]

  • Triachnid - The protagonist of Edmund's 2006 game, Tri-achnid.

Spewer[edit | edit source]

  • Added in Afterbirth †Lil Spewer Lil SpewerCollectible Lil Spewer icon.pngSpawns a random pill, and grants a small Spewer familiar that charges up and fires different types of creep. - The protagonist of Edmund's 2009 game, Spewer.

Nintendo[edit | edit source]

Gameboy[edit | edit source]

  • The Gamekid The GamekidCollectible The Gamekid icon.png6 roomsUpon use, turns the character into a into a Pac-Man-like creature for 5 seconds, granting invulnerability, inflicting fear on all enemies, and replenishing half a red heart container for every two enemies killed. - Reference to Pacman and the Nintendo Gameboy.

Super Mario[edit | edit source]

  • Magic Mushroom Magic MushroomCollectible Magic Mushroom icon.pngIncreases most stats, enlarges Isaac, grants a heart container and restores all health. - All stats up! (Reference to the Super Mushroom power-up)
  • 1up! 1up!1up! icon.pngGives an extra life. Upon death, you will respawn in the previous room with full health and lose the 1up!. - Extra Life (Reference to the 1up power-up)
  • Bobby-Bomb Bobby-BombCollectible Bobby-Bomb icon.pngGives Isaac 5 Bombs, and causes all dropped bombs to home towards the closest enemy. - Homing bombs (Reference to the Bob-omb enemy from the Mario series)
  • How to Jump How to JumpCollectible How to Jump icon.pngUnlimitedGives Isaac the ability to jump (over gaps, spikes, etc.). - It's time you learned how. (The cover looks like the NES Super Mario Bros. cartridge)
  • Liberty Cap Liberty CapTrinket Liberty Cap icon.pngGrants a chance of triggering Mini Mush, Odd Mushroom (Large), Odd Mushroom (Thin) or The Compass effects for the current room upon entering it. - Touch fuzzy, get dizzy (Reference to level 1-7 in the Super Nintendo title Yoshi's Island)

Pokémon[edit | edit source]

  • Added in AfterbirthFriendly Ball Friendly BallCollectible Friendly Ball icon.png3 roomsThrowing the ball at an enemy instantly kills it and captures it. The captured enemy can later be released and will be friendly, fighting for Isaac and persisting between rooms. - (The item is a reference to Poké Balls from the Pokémon franchise.)
  • Missing No. Missing No.Collectible Missing No. icon.pngRandomizes all passive items upon pickup and at the start of each succeeding floor. - (Reference to the infamous Missing No glitch from the first generation of Pokémon games)
  • Added in Afterbirth †Poke Go Poke GoCollectible Poke Go icon.pngUpon entering a room with enemies in it, has a chance to spawn a random friendly enemy that persists across rooms. (Reference to the mobile game Pokémon Go)

The Legend of Zelda[edit | edit source]

  • The general gameplay is a reference to the original NES title, right down to the hud. Coins, Keys, and Bombs are used similarly to Rupees, Keys, and Bombs in the NES game.
  • The original flash version of The Binding of Isaac uses a HUD that is a nearly direct port of the original NES Zelda title's HUD.
  • Scolex may have been inspired by Lanmola from The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past, both being underground and surfacing to attack before returning underground.
  • Death's Head was likely inspired by Bubbles from The Legend Of Zelda on the NES, as they as both skulls that are invulnerable and maneuver by bouncing off walls.
  • Mom's Hands are a reference to Wallmasters from The Legend Of Zelda.

Kirby[edit | edit source]

  • Camillo Jr. - Likely a reference to Kracko Jr. from the Kirby series.

Magic: The Gathering[edit | edit source]

Duke Nukem[edit | edit source]

  • I Can See Forever -
  • Balls Of Steel - (One of Duke Nukem's catchphrases from Duke Nukem Series)

Dungeons & Dragons[edit | edit source]

The first released four main characters you could pick in D&D are some of the playable characters in BOIR, based on the health and abilities.

  • Isaac - Fighter
  • Magdalene - Cleric
  • Cain - Thief
  • Judas - Mage
  • The D6 The D6The D6 Icon.png6 roomsAllows Isaac to re-roll collectible items in the current room into other items, depending on the current room's Item Pool. - Reroll your destiny
  • Added in AfterbirthD7 D7Collectible D7 Afterbirth icon.png3 roomsRestarts the current room and brings back all enemies, allowing more rewards to be acquired by completing the room. - Reroll Rewards!
  • D20 D20Collectible D20 Rebirth icon.png6 roomsRerolls all pickups in the current room. - Reroll the basics
  • D100 D100Collectible D100 icon.png6 roomsUpon use, rerolls all passive items on Isaac like the D4, every pedestal item in the room like The D6, and every pickup like the D20. - REROLLLLL!
  • Monster Manual Monster ManualCollectible Monster Manual icon.png3 roomsSummons a random familiar for the current room. Can summon familiars not yet unlocked.

Minecraft[edit | edit source]

  • Notched Axe Notched AxeCollectible Notched Axe icon.png3 roomsIsaac holds the axe above his head for as long as the spacebar button is held (or until he leaves the room). While holding the axe, Isaac can break any rock he touches, but cannot attack or pick up other items. -(Reference to Minecraft and its creator/former owner, Notch Persson.
  • Added in AfterbirthMine Crafter Mine CrafterCollectible Mine Crafter icon.png1 roomsWhen used, places an explosive TNT barrel that can be pushed and used to destroy rocks or damage enemies. If used a second time in the same room while the previous TNT barrel is still intact, it will remotely explode the TNT. - Booom! - (Minecraft)

Castlevania[edit | edit source]

  • Globins may have been inspired by Red Skeletons from the Castlevania series, both having a "collapsed form" upon death before reviving itself if the form isn't killed.
  • Mask Of Infamy - Carmilla from the Castlevania video game series.
  • Holy Water Holy WaterCollectible Holy Water Rebirth icon.pngWhen Isaac receives damage, the bottle breaks and a puddle of blue creep forms, which damages non-flying enemies, similar to Lemon Mishap. The bottle is reformed upon entering a different room.

Other[edit | edit source]

  • Steam Sale Steam SaleSteam Sale Icon.pngReduces all Shop prices by 50%, rounded down to 7 coins for an item, rounded up to 2-3 coins for a pickup. - (Steam / Valve)
  • Troll Face (Can be Seen From Envy and Super Envy's face plus Pride/Super Pride's Troll Bomb Summon Attack) - Internet Meme
  • Shoop Da Whoop! Shoop Da Whoop!Shoop Da Whoop! Icon.png2 roomsFires a laser from Isaac's mouth. - Internet meme
  • We Need to Go Deeper! We Need to Go Deeper!Collectible We Need to Go Deeper! Rebirth icon.png6 roomsCreates a trapdoor to go to the next floor. If used in The Womb The Womb, it will create a trapdoor to Sheol Sheol, even if the player hasn't unlocked it. - Reusable level skip (Quote from the film Inception)
  • Added in Afterbirth8 Inch Nails 8 Inch Nails8 Inch Nails Afterbirth icon.png+1.5 Damage Up. Replaces Isaac's tears with nails, which have increased knockback. - Stick it to 'em (9-Inch Nails rock group)
  • Something Stinks / A Room Full Of Poop /Blank Card Blank CardCollectible Blank Card icon.png4 roomsHas the same effect as the card or rune currently held by Isaac. - (Cards Against Humanity)
  • Dople - Reference to the Doppelgänger from the Tomb Raider video games.
  • Added in Afterbirth †Mr. ME! Mr. ME!Collectible Mr. ME! icon.png4 roomsSummons a controllable ghost that can perform various tasks depending on what it targets. - Reference to Mr. Meeseeks from the Rick and Morty comedy series.


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