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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 34 playable characters in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, with 11 available in the base game and 23 available in the DLCs. Five of these characters (Isaac Isaac, Magdalene Magdalene, Cain Cain, Judas Judas, and ??? ???) came with the original The Binding of Isaac, while two additional characters (Eve Eve and Samson 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 Azazel, Lazarus Lazarus, Eden Eden, and The Lost The Lost). In the Afterbirth expansion, one new character (Lilith Lilith) was added, plus one more character via an update (Keeper Keeper). In the Afterbirth † expansion, one character (Apollyon Apollyon) was added, plus one more secret character (The Forgotten The Forgotten) added via a Booster Pack. In the Repentance expansion, two characters (Bethany Bethany and Jacob and Esau Jacob and Esau) were added. Each character starts with different stats and abilities that give them their own unique play style.

Repentance also added an alternate 'tainted' version of all 17 characters, unlockable in the expansion's final endgame area. Each tainted character maintains the same general theme as the original incarnation, but twisted or taken to an extreme. Many have unique, game-changing mechanics, but often come with a corresponding drawback. Tainted characters have their own set of completion marks and corresponding unlocks, albeit fewer than the original characters - a single unlock for the timed challenges (Boss Rush and Hush), one for the main path bosses (Isaac, ???, Satan, and The Lamb), and one for each endgame boss, excluding 'normal' Ultra Greed.

Each character's progress can be gauged by checking their completion marks.

Rebirth Afterbirth Afterbirth † Repentance
Character Character Isaac appearance.png
Isaac Isaac
Character Magdalene appearance.png
Magdalene Magdalene
Character Cain appearance.png
Cain Cain
Character Judas appearance.png
Judas Judas
Character ??? appearance.png
??? ???
Character Eve appearance.png
Eve Eve
Character Samson appearance.png
Samson Samson
Character Azazel appearance.png
Azazel Azazel
Character Lazarus appearance.png
Lazarus Lazarus
Character Eden appearance.png
Eden Eden
Character The Lost appearance.png
The Lost The Lost
Character Lilith appearance.png
Lilith Lilith
Character Keeper appearance.png
Keeper Keeper
Character Apollyon appearance.png
Apollyon Apollyon
Character The Forgotten appearance.png
The Forgotten The Forgotten
Character Bethany appearance.png
Bethany Bethany
Character Jacob and Esau appearance.png
Jacob and Esau Jacob and Esau
Judas Judas Dark Judas Dark Judas Lazarus Lazarus Lazarus Risen Lazarus Risen The Forgotten The Forgotten The Soul The Soul Jacob Jacob Esau Esau
Health Stat Icon.png Health Full red heartFull red heartFull red heart Full red heartFull red heartFull red heartFull red heart Full red heartFull red heart Full red heart Full black heartFull black heart Full soul heartFull soul heartFull soul heart Full red heartFull red heart Full red heartFull red heartFull red heart Full black heartFull black heartFull black heart Full red heartFull red heartFull red heart Full red heart Random No health Full red heartFull black heartFull black heart Full coin heartFull coin heartNeeds to be unlockedAdded in RepentanceFull coin heart Full red heartFull red heart Full bone heartFull bone heart Full soul heart Full red heartFull red heartFull red heart Full red heartFull red heartFull red heart Full red heartFull soul heart
Damage Stat Icon.png Damage 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.20) 3.5 (*1.35) 3.5 (*2.00) 3.5 (*1.05) 3.5 (*0.75)
(*1.00 at Full red heart)
3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.50) 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.20) 3.5 ± 1.0 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.20) 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.50) 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.00) 2.75 (*1.00) 3.75 (*1.00)
Tears Stat Icon.png Tears +0 +0 +0 +0 +0 +0 +0 -0.05 +0.5, x1/3 +0 +0 ±0.75 +0 +0 -2 +0 +0, x1/2 +0 +0 3 2.5
Shot Speed Stat Icon.png Shot Speed 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.31 1 1 1 1 ± 0.25 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.15 0.85
Range Stat Icon.png Range 6.5
Removed in Repentance 23.75
6.5
Removed in Repentance 23.75
4.5
Removed in Repentance 17.75
6.5
Removed in Repentance 23.75
6.5
Removed in Repentance 23.75
6.5
Removed in Repentance 23.75
6.5
Removed in Repentance 23.75
5.0
Removed in Repentance 18.75
4.5
Removed in Repentance 17.75
4.5
Removed in Repentance 17.75
6.5
Removed in Repentance 23.75
6.5 ± ?
Removed in Repentance 23.75 ± 5.00
6.5
Removed in Repentance 23.75
6.5
Removed in Repentance 23.75
6.5
Removed in Repentance 23.75
6.5
Removed in Repentance 23.75
6.5
Removed in Repentance 23.75
6.5
Removed in Repentance 23.75
6.5 5 8
Speed Stat Icon.png Speed 1.0 0.85 1.3 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.23 1.1 1.25 1.0 1.25 1.0 ± 0.15 1.0 1.0 0.85 1.0 1.0 1.3 1.0 1 1
Luck Stat Icon.png Luck 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 ± 1 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 -1
Starting Item Icon.png Starting Pickup(s) x1 bombs Added in Repentance Needs to be unlocked x1 Full Health pill
Added in Afterbirth † / Removed in Repentance 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 None Added in Afterbirth † Needs to be unlocked Child's Heart Child's Heart 0 - The Fool 0 - The Fool x1 pills None 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 Added in AfterbirthStore Key Store Keys
None None x4 soul charges none
Starting Item Icon.png Starting Item(s) Needs to be unlocked 15►The D6 The D6 15►Yum Heart Yum Heart 15►Lucky Foot Lucky Foot 15►The Book of Belial The Book of Belial None 15►The Poop The Poop 15►Whore of Babylon Whore of Babylon

15►Dead Bird Dead Bird

Added in Afterbirth Needs to be unlocked 15►Razor Blade Razor Blade
15►Bloody Lust Bloody Lust Short range 15►Brimstone Brimstone

Flight
Added in Afterbirth † Needs to be unlocked 15►Anemic Anemic A permanent version of 15►Anemic Anemic Random active item

Random passive item
Flight

Added in Afterbirth Spectral tears


Needs to be unlocked Added in Afterbirth / Removed in Repentance15►D4 D4


Needs to be unlocked Added in Repentance15►Eternal D6 Eternal D6


Needs to be unlockedAdded in Afterbirth15►Holy Mantle Holy Mantle

Blindfolded.png Blindfolded

Added in Afterbirth15►Incubus Incubus

Added in Afterbirth15►Cambion Conception Cambion Conception

Added in Afterbirth15►Box of Friends Box of Friends
Triple shot

Needs to be unlocked Added in Afterbirth15►Wooden Nickel Wooden Nickel
Added in Afterbirth †15►Void Void Bone club Flight

Spectral tears
Added in Repentance15►Book of Virtues Book of Virtues None None
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 Locust of Conquest Divorce Papers Beth's Faith Rock Bottom
Hard mode only Mom's Heart Lost Baby Cute Baby Glass Baby Shadow Baby Dead Baby Crow Baby Fighting Baby Begotten Baby Wrapped Baby Glitch Baby -0- Baby Goat Head Baby Super Greed Baby Smelter Marrow Wisp Baby Double Baby
Satan 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 holds Store Key Locust of Pestilence Pointy Rib Urn of Souls Red Stew
Isaac 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 holds Wooden Nickel Locust of Wrath Slipped Rib Book of Virtues The Stairway
The Lamb 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 Locust of Death Brittle Bones Alabaster Box Damocles
??? 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 Locust of Famine Jaw Bone Blessed Penny Birthright
Greed and greedier modes only Ultra Greed Added in Afterbirth 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 Brown Nugget Finger Bone Soul Locket Inner Child
Greedier mode only Ultra Greedier Added in Afterbirth † D1 Glyph of Balance Sack of Sacks Eye of Belial Meconium Crow Heart Stem Cell Bat Wing Plan C Metronome Dad's Lost Coin Duality Eye of Greed Black Rune Dad's Ring Vade Retro Genesis
Hush Added in Afterbirth 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! Hushy Hallowed Ground Divine Intervention Vanishing Twin
Delirium Added in Afterbirth † D Infinity Eucharist Silver Dollar Shade King Baby Dull Razor Bloody Crown Dark Prince's Crown Compound Fracture Eden's Soul Holy Card Euthanasia Crooked Penny Void Book of the Dead Star of Bethlehem Suplex!
Mother Added in Repentance Meat Cleaver Yuck Heart Guppy's Eye Akeldama Eternal D6 Bird Cage Bloody Gust Devil's Crown Tinytoma 'M Lost Soul Blood Puppy Keeper's Sack Lil Portal Bone Spurs Revelation Magic Skin
The Beast Added in Repentance Options? Candy Heart A Pound of Flesh Redemption Montezuma's Revenge Cracked Orb Empty Heart Lil Abaddon Astral Projection Everything Jar Hungry Soul C Section Keeper's Box Worm Friend Spirit Shackles Jar of Wisps Friend Finder
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 Bound Baby Glowing Baby Illusion 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 Godhead Dark Baby Sale Baby Apollyon Baby Bone Baby Hope Baby Solomon's Baby

Repentance
Character Character Tainted Isaac appearance.png
Tainted Isaac Tainted Isaac
Character Tainted Magdalene appearance.png
Tainted Magdalene Tainted Magdalene
Tainted Cain App.png
Tainted Cain Tainted Cain
Tainted Judas App.png
Tainted Judas Tainted Judas
Tainted Blue Baby App.png
Tainted ??? Tainted ???
Tainted Eve App.png
Tainted Eve Tainted Eve
Tainted Samson App.png
Tainted Samson Tainted Samson
Tainted Azazel App.png
Tainted Azazel Tainted Azazel
Tainted Lazarus App.png
Tainted Lazarus Tainted Lazarus
Character Tainted Eden appearance.png
Tainted Eden Tainted Eden
Tainted Lost App.png
Tainted Lost Tainted Lost
Tainted Lilith App.png
Tainted Lilith Tainted Lilith
Tainted Keeper App.png
Tainted Keeper Tainted Keeper
Tainted Apollyon App.png
Tainted Apollyon Tainted Apollyon
Character Tainted Forgotten appearance.png
Tainted Forgotten Tainted Forgotten
Tainted Bethany App.png
Tainted Bethany Tainted Bethany
Tainted Jacob App.png
Tainted Jacob Tainted Jacob
Tainted Lazarus Tainted Lazarus Dead Tainted Lazarus Dead Tainted Lazarus Tainted Forgotten Tainted Forgotten Tainted Soul Tainted Soul
Health Stat Icon.png Health Full red heartFull red heartFull red heart Full red heartFull red heartEmpty red heartEmpty red heart Full red heartFull red heart Full black heartFull black heart Full soul heartFull soul heartFull soul heart Full red heartFull red heart Full red heartFull red heartFull red heart Full black heartFull black heartFull black heart Full red heartFull red heartFull red heart Full soul heartFull soul heart Random No Health Full red heartFull black heartFull black heart Full coin heartFull coin heart Full red heartFull red heart None Full soul heartFull soul heartFull soul heart Full soul heartFull soul heartFull soul heart Full red heartFull red heartFull red heart
Damage Stat Icon.png Damage 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*0.75) 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.20) 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.50) 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.50) 3.5 ± 1.0 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.30) 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.50) - 3.5 (*1.00) 3.5 (*1.00)
Tears Stat Icon.png Tears +0 +0 +0 +0 2.04 1.20 2.50 0.91 +0 2.50 1 ± 0.25 +0 +0 0.99 1.82 1.36 - +0 3.00
Shot Speed Stat Icon.png Shot Speed 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ± 0.25 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Range Stat Icon.png Range 6.5 6.5 6.5 4.5 6.5 6.5 5 6.5 4.5 6.5 6.5 ± ? 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 - 6.5 6.5
Speed Stat Icon.png Speed 1.0 1.0 1.3 1.23 0.9 1.0 1.0 1.25 1.0 0.90 1.0 ± 0.15 1.0 0.85 1.0 1.0 - 1.09 1.0 1.0
Luck Stat Icon.png Luck 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.00 0 ± 1 0 0 -2.00 0 0 0 0 0
Starting Item Icon.png Starting Pickup(s) 1 bombs Yum Heart 1 key
Bag of Crafting
3 Coins
Dark Arts
3 Poop bombs
Hold
1 key
Sumptorium
None 0 - The Fool 0 - The Fool None None 0-2 bombs
0-1 key
0-5 coins
0-1 trinket, pill, or card
1 coin
Added in Afterbirth †Holy Card Holy Card
None 1 bomb Abyss None None 6 blood charges
Lemegeton
Anima Sola
Starting Item Icon.png Starting Item(s) None None None None None None None None Added in Repentance15►Flip Flip Collectible Flip icon 2.png Flip Random active item
Random passive item
Flight
Spectral tears
C Section None None None None None None
Achievements
Hush and Boss Rush Added in Repentance Soul of Isaac Soul of Magdalene Soul of Cain Soul of Judas Soul of ??? Soul of Eve Soul of Samson Soul of Azazel Soul of Lazarus Soul of Eden Soul of the Lost Soul of Lilith Soul of the Keeper Soul of Apollyon Soul of the Forgotten Soul of Bethany Soul of Jacob and Esau
Isaac, ???, Satan, and The Lamb Added in Repentance Mom's Lock Holy Crown Gilded Key Your Soul Dingle Berry Strange Key Temporary Tattoo Wicked Crown Torn Pocket Nuh Uh! Kid's Drawing The Twins Keeper's Bargain Cricket Leg Polished Bone Expansion Pack RC Remote
Greedier mode only Ultra Greedier Added in Afterbirth † The Stars The Lovers Wheel of Fortune The Magician The Emperor The Empress Strength The Devil Judgement The World The Fool The High Priestess The Hanged Man The Tower Death The Hierophant The Sun and the Moon
Delirium Added in Afterbirth † Spindown Dice Hypercoagulation Bag of Crafting Dark Arts IBS Sumptorium Berserk! Hemoptysis Flip Corrupted Data Ghost Bombs Gello Keeper's Kin Abyss Decap Attack Lemegeton Anima Sola
Mother Added in Repentance Dice Bag Mother's Kiss Lucky Sack Number Magnet Ring Cap Lil Clot Swallowed M80 Azazel's Stump Torn Card Modeling Clay Crystal Key Adoption Papers Cursed Penny Apollyon's Best Friend Hollow Heart Beth's Essence Found Soul
The Beast Added in Repentance Glitched Crown Belly Jelly Blue Key Sanguine Bond The Swarm Heartbreak Larynx Azazel's Rage Salvation TMTRAINER Sacred Orb Twisted Pair Strawman Echo Chamber Isaac's Tomb Vengeful Spirit Esau Jr.
Mega Satan Added in Afterbirth Mega Chest Queen of Hearts Gold Pill Black Sack Charming Poop Horse Pill Crane Game Hell Game Wooden Chest Wild Card Haunted Chest Fool's Gold Golden Penny Rotten Beggar Golden Battery Confessional Golden Trinket

Unlocking

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

Character Unlock requirement
Isaac Isaac None; unlocked by default
Magdalene Magdalene Magdalene Have 7 or more Red Heart containers at one time
Cain Cain Cain Hold 55 coins at one time
Judas Judas Judas Defeat Satan
??? ??? ??? Defeat Mom's Heart 10 times
Eve Eve Eve Don't pick up any hearts for 2 floors in a row
Samson Samson Samson Complete 2 floors in a row without taking damage
Azazel Azazel Azazel Make 3 deals with the Devil in one run
Lazarus Lazarus Lazarus Have 4 or more Soul Hearts at one time
Eden Eden Eden Complete chapter 4
The Lost The Lost The Lost Removed in Afterbirth It's complicated
Added in Afterbirth Die in a Sacrifice Room while holding Missing Poster Missing Poster
Added in Afterbirth Lilith Lilith Added in AfterbirthLilith Defeat Ultra Greed as Azazel Azazel
Added in Afterbirth Keeper Keeper Added in AfterbirthKeeper Donate 1000 coins to the Greed Donation Machine
Added in Afterbirth † Apollyon Apollyon Added in Afterbirth †Apollyon Defeat Mega Satan
Added in Afterbirth † The Forgotten The Forgotten Added in Afterbirth †The Forgotten It's complicated
Added in Repentance Bethany Bethany Added in RepentanceBethany Defeat Mom's Heart/It Lives on hard mode as Lazarus Lazarus, without dying
Added in Repentance Jacob and Esau Jacob and Esau Added in RepentanceJacob and Esau Defeat Mother
Added in Repentance Tainted Isaac Tainted Isaac Added in RepentanceThe Broken Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as Isaac Isaac
Added in Repentance Tainted Magdalene Tainted Magdalene Added in RepentanceThe Dauntless Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as Magdalene Magdalene
Added in Repentance Tainted Cain Tainted Cain Added in RepentanceThe Hoarder Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as Cain Cain
Added in Repentance Tainted Judas Tainted Judas Added in RepentanceThe Deceiver Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as Judas Judas
Added in Repentance Tainted ??? Tainted ??? Added in RepentanceThe Soiled Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as ??? ???
Added in Repentance Tainted Eve Tainted Eve Added in RepentanceThe Curdled Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as Eve Eve
Added in Repentance Tainted Samson Tainted Samson Added in RepentanceThe Savage Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as Samson Samson
Added in Repentance Tainted Azazel Tainted Azazel Added in RepentanceThe Benighted Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as Azazel Azazel
Added in Repentance Tainted Lazarus Tainted Lazarus Added in RepentanceThe Enigma Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as Lazarus Lazarus
Added in Repentance Tainted Eden Tainted Eden Added in RepentanceThe Capricious Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as Eden Eden
Added in Repentance Tainted Lost Tainted Lost Added in RepentanceThe Baleful Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as The Lost The Lost
Added in Repentance Tainted Lilith Tainted Lilith Added in RepentanceThe Harlot Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as Lilith Lilith
Added in Repentance Tainted Keeper Tainted Keeper Added in RepentanceThe Miser Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as Keeper Keeper
Added in Repentance Tainted Apollyon Tainted Apollyon Added in RepentanceThe Empty Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as Apollyon Apollyon
Added in Repentance Tainted Forgotten Tainted Forgotten Added in RepentanceThe Fettered Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as The Forgotten The Forgotten
Added in Repentance Tainted Bethany Tainted Bethany Added in RepentanceThe Zealot Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as Bethany Bethany
Added in Repentance Tainted Jacob Tainted Jacob Added in RepentanceThe Deserter Use the Red Key or Cracked Key in Home as Jacob and Esau Jacob and Esau

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.
    • Added in Afterbirth † The Forgotten could be Isaac's skeleton shown in Ending 17 and the Ending 20.
    • Added in Repentance This theory is also confirmed by the cutscene before fighting The Beast, in which Isaac briefly turns into The Lost, The Forgotten, and ??? as he grows his angel wings.
  • When on the Character Selection screen for the Tainted Characters, a male voice sings instead of the normal female. The same is true when loading into the game after selecting a Tainted Character.
    • Also when on the Character Selection screen for the Tainted Characters or playing as one, the icon for the game on the taskbar changes to Tainted Isaac instead of Normal Isaac.


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