Endings

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Endings are cutscenes at the end of each completed run. They are all different and some depend on the player's route through the game. There are 16 endings in Rebirth, with 2 more added in Afterbirth and another 2 added in Afterbirth+. They can be unlocked by killing the boss at the end of chapters 3-6. They can be viewed in the 'stats' section of the menu.

  • The credits are played after any ending.
  • Epilogue is available after defeating Mom for the first time.
  • Endings 1 - 11 are available after defeating Mom's Heart. Each time you defeat the boss, a new ending is unlocked.
  • Ending 12 is unlocked by beating Sheol Sheol.
  • Ending 13 is unlocked by beating the Cathedral Cathedral.
  • Ending 14 is unlocked by beating The Chest The Chest.
  • Ending 15 is unlocked by beating the Dark Room Dark Room.
  • Ending 16 is unlocked by defeating Mega Satan.
  • Ending 17 is unlocked by defeating Hush for the first time. Added in Afterbirth
  • Ending 18 is unlocked by defeating Ultra Greed. Added in Afterbirth
  • Ending 19 is unlocked by defeating Ultra Greedier. Added in Afterbirth †
  • Ending 20 is unlocked by beating The Void The Void. Added in Afterbirth †
  • Ending 21 is unlocked by defeating Mother. Added in Repentance
  • Ending 22 is unlocked by defeating The Beast. Added in Repentance

Endings

Epilogue

In a drawn sequence similar to that of the Title Sequence, Isaac's mother closes in, trapping Isaac in a corner, preparing to kill him, when 15►The Bible The Bible drops down from above and kills her. Isaac is victorious. The scene then cuts to the real Isaac. Unfortunately, this turns out to be just a story that Isaac has written. Seconds later, the door to Isaac's room bursts open, and Mom appears again with a knife in her hand. Isaac quickly becomes shocked at the sight. The scene then cuts to the credits.

Transcript

The following is a transcript of the dialogue from the epilogue.

Isaac was cornered. His mother, fueled with the desire to serve her god, was bearing down on Isaac.

"I will do as I'm told, my lord. I love you above all else," Isaac's mother repeated to herself.

This was the end of the line for Isaac. His mother was far too strong for him. But just as he accepted his fate, God intervened, sending an angel down from above to stop his mother's hand and, just like that, it was over.

Ending 1

Isaac opens and falls into the chest, which closes, locking him inside. The chest rattles a few times, and then a bright light comes out of it. Isaac then emerges from it as Eden, switching hairstyles as it does every time you spend a Eden Token. This unlocks said character, who has randomized starting items and stats.

Ending 2

Isaac opens the chest and finds 15►Rubber Cement Rubber Cement inside of it. He then uses it and looks at the camera with white eyes and his eyelids stretched out. This unlocks said item, a passive item which makes your tears bounce off of enemies, objects, and walls.

Ending 3

Isaac opens the chest and finds a noose inside of it. He then hangs himself with it. This unlocks the item 15►Transcendence Transcendence, a passive item that gives Isaac flight.

Ending 4

Isaac opens the chest and finds a 15►Wire Coat Hanger Wire Coat Hanger inside of it. He is then shown with it jammed into his head. This unlocks said item, a passive item which increases Isaac's tears stat.

Ending 5

Isaac opens the chest. His mother is heard yelling his name. Her arm then comes out of the chest, punches Isaac, grabs him, and locks him inside of it. Mom's muffled laugh is then heard. This unlocks the achievement "Everything is Terrible", which makes the game harder in several ways.

Ending 6

Isaac opens the chest, but before he can reveal what he found, he becomes nauseated and vomits into the chest, creating several explosions. This unlocks the item 15►Ipecac Ipecac, a passive item that makes Isaac spit green explosive projectiles which are vomit.

Ending 7

Isaac opens the chest and finds a syringe with a yellow liquid inside of it. He is then shown deformed and happy. This unlocks the item 15►Experimental Treatment Experimental Treatment, a passive item that increases then shuffles Isaac's stats.

Ending 8

Isaac opens the chest and finds 15►A Quarter A Quarter. This unlocks said item, a passive item that instantly gives Isaac 25 cents.

Ending 9

Isaac opens the chest and finds 15►Dr. Fetus Dr. Fetus inside of it. He is then seen holding it wearing Dr. Fetus' characteristic top hat and monocle. This unlocks said item, a passive item which turns Isaac's tears into bombs.

Ending 10

Isaac opens the chest and finds ??? lying inside of it. ??? sits up and smiles at him, which terrifies Isaac. This unlocks said character, who starts with 15►The Poop The Poop and can only have Soul Hearts or Black Hearts.

Ending 11

Isaac opens the chest, and It Lives appears behind him. It Lives then growls and smiles at him. This unlocks said boss, a harder version of Mom's Heart which permanently replaces it.

Ending 12

Isaac opens the chest, which has a bright light coming out of it. The screen then cycles through various scenes of different characters in different places, before finally cycling to his room. Isaac then gets into the chest and closes it. The characters it cycles in are Cain, Magdalene, Judas, Eve and Azazel.

Ending 13

Isaac is shown reading a Bible, and then he looks up at his mirror, which shows him with red eyes and black skin. Believing he is full of sin, Isaac closes the Bible and shamefully looks at a large chest in the corner of his room.

Ending 14

Various pictures are shown of Isaac and his family, showing various events such as Isaac having a demonic shadow, his father leaving, and his angry mother holding a knife. The screen then fades to black and says "The End" with a chest next to it.

Ending 15

The camera slowly pans to the Missing Poster Missing Poster attached to a pole with Isaac's mother looking around for Isaac in the background.

Ending 16

Isaac is shown curled up inside of a chest with Guppy's paw visible. His breathing gradually increases while pictures of a demonic Isaac flash onto the screen until he makes the demonic transformation. A heartbeat can be heard in the background.

Ending 17 Added in Afterbirth

The cinematic begins showing the Missing Poster from Ending 15, with Isaac's home being in the background. The scene is changed to Isaac's chest, with his mother's shadow over it. The chest is popped open and multiple flies leave it. The chest is then opened up further, showing Isaac's skeletal remains. A spider can be seen crawling inside the eye hole of Isaac's skull and a fly zooms into the camera, then the scene switches over to a dull-colored ghastly landscape. Isaac pops out of a red chest, and a large shadow forms behind him. The shadow then grows fangs and red eyes as the scene blacks out accompanied with Devil Room ambiance.

Ending 18 (Greed Mode Ending) Added in Afterbirth

Isaac is shown inside a small cave, followed by Isaac turning around to see the cave entrance collapsing, trapping him and a few flies inside it. The screen then cuts back to the same cave, with the rocks being cleared to show a rotting shopkeeper. The shopkeeper suddenly smiles at the camera and the scene ends.

Ending 19 (Greedier Mode Ending) Added in Afterbirth †

Isaac is shown inside a small cave, followed by Isaac turning around to see the cave entrance collapsing, trapping him and a few flies inside it. The screen then cuts back to the same cave, with the rocks being cleared to show a rotting shopkeeper.

The shopkeeper suddenly smiles at the camera, his head falls off, and he begins to spew out a geyser of spiders.

Ending 20Added in Repentance/Final Ending Added in Afterbirth † / Removed in Repentance

Isaac is shown lying inside his toy chest, breathing heavily. In memory, he is shown drawing and smiling (but still nude), but is distracted by noise (presumably his parents fighting), and looks at one of the drawings he made of his house with a caption saying "WE LIVED HERE". He remembers seeing his mother crying in front of the TV. His breathing gets faster as he remembers looking at a burnt version of 15►The Polaroid The Polaroid, or the 15►Torn Photo Torn Photo, with his father's face being partially burnt away, standing in front of his toy chest which is filled with polaroid photos. His breathing slows down, Isaac is shown turning blue in the chest, and a wall is shown. The pictures hanging on the wall are (from right to left): Isaac with his parents; Isaac's house; Isaac with Guppy; Isaac playing with his father; Isaac watching his parents fight; Isaac with his mother; Isaac with a wig / Magdalene; Isaac's mother with a knife, angry; a demon with the word "bad" written on it with red ink; a smiling demon with the words "I'm the devil" written on it (as well as a little arrow labeled "me" pointing at it); a pentagram, once again with the word "bad" written on it; and finally, a demon which is shown above Isaac's dead and blood-covered parents, laughing. The left side of the wall is also covered with the words "bad", "evil", and "I'm the devil". As the wall is shown, the noises of an argument in the background get louder, culminating in a man's voice audibly saying "I'm outta here!" After a cut to black, Isaac's skeleton is shown lying in the chest, covered in cobwebs. The chest is opened, and the Missing Poster Missing Poster from ending 15 is shown falling off the telephone pole outside Isaac's house. Finally, Isaac is shown roaming the dull-colored ghastly landscape from Ending 17.

Ending 21 (Mother) Added in Repentance

Isaac is drawing a picture of Mother when Mom walks in. He attempts to hide the drawing from her, but is unsuccessful. Outraged, she throws him in a closet, and leaves to cry. After a pause, she starts reciting the Lord's Prayer. The closet grows even darker, and a pair of red eyes fades in over Isaac. He begins to hyperventilate as a statue of Satan appears behind him.

Transcript

The following is a transcript of the dialogue from Ending 21.

Mom: Isaac... what are you drawing?

Mom: Isaac, let me see it.

Mom: Give it to me now.

Mom: This is what you think of me? This is what I am to you? A monster?

Isaac: No, no, Mom, I just--

Mom: After all I've done for you, this is how you view me? You think I'm a monster, Isaac? I'll show you a monster!

Isaac: No, Mom, no! Please!

Mom: You are just like your father. I can't even look at you.

Mom: How could you? You're just like him! [crying]

Mom: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us...

Final Ending (Dogma) Added in Repentance

After defeating The Beast, the sky cracks open as a beam of light smites the monster, sending it sinking into the lake of lava. Isaac then ascends the beam, as recollections of past events play back; his Mom mourning her son's death, his Mom and Dad arguing, his Dad leaving without saying goodbye, his Dad stealing money from Mom's Purse while she sleeps, and the restless nights Isaac endured overhearing his parents arguing, believing he was the cause. He then feels his fear and worries fall from his being, his ascent growing faster while ??? and The Lost fall from him. He sees his only companion, Guppy, his Mom and Dad loving each other, his Mother kissing him on the head as he falls asleep, and his own birth. Then, Isaac sees nothing.

Isaac's Dad interjects, asking Isaac if he really wants the story to end like this and telling him that since he's the one writing it, it doesn't have to end this way. Isaac's Dad asks Isaac if he wants to make a new ending to the story - perhaps even a happy one. Isaac says ok, and his father begins the opening narration again, but with Isaac living with both of his parents instead of just his mother, as the screen fades to black and the credits appear.

Transcript

The following is a transcript of the dialogue from Ending 22.

Then, suddenly, the sky above cracked open, and a white beam of light reached down into the Earth, smiting the Mother of Harlots asunder and setting the blood lake to a boil. As the Beast descended down into the lake of fire, Isaac ascended towards the crack in the sky, and as he flew he could see echoes of his past before him:

He saw his mother mourning the loss of her son.

He saw his father leaving them without turning to say goodbye.

He saw his mother sleeping, and his father taking money from her purse.

He heard the late-night fights they had that kept him up at night, and the guilt he felt for what he believed he was causing.

He felt the pain in his stomach during those sleepless nights, and saw his shadow in the closet, waiting for him.

As he rose, he felt his fears drop from his body. His shame, his worry, pulled from his being. As he became lighter, his ascent became faster.

He saw his one true companion, alive and well.

He saw his mother and father together again, holding each other.

He felt his mother kissing him on the head after he had said his prayers, and the comfort of knowing someone was watching over him.

He saw his own birth, and the faces of his parents filled with joy and optimism.

And then... he saw nothing.

Isaac's Father: Are you sure this is how you want this story to end, Isaac? You're the one writing it, it doesn't have to end this way. Here, how about we tell it a different way - maybe a happy ending?

Isaac: Okay, Daddy.

Isaac's Father: Good. Are you getting sleepy yet?

Isaac: Yeah.

Isaac's Father: Okay, so... *Ahem*

Isaac's Father: Isaac and his parents lived on a small house, on the top of a hill...

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Trivia

  • The narrator of the epilogue has been confirmed to be Isaac's father by Edmund McMillen.
    • Credits for his voice are given to Matthias Bossi, one of the members of Ridiculon.
  • The item and character appearance for Dr. Fetus, unlocked in ending 9, is one of many references to another game named Meat Boy. The Binding of Isaac, as well as Meat Boy, are just two of the games that Edmund McMillen worked on. Meat Boy was followed by a successor called Super Meat Boy.
  • Ending 9, especially the dramatic camera shot of Isaac dressed as Dr. Fetus, may also be a reference to the popular meme in the early internets age (2008-2012) Dramatic chipmunk.
    • The sound effect that plays when Isaac does the dramatic spin is a slight remix of the tune "Dun Dun Dun!!!", specifically from Super Meat Boy which plays after you enter any of the 8 chapters.
  • The Ghastly landscape at the end of ending 17 and 20 are confirmed by Edmund to be Purgatory.
  • The music that is played throughout ending 20 (final) is titled Sepulcrum. Sepulcrum is the Latin word for "Grave" or "Burial".


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