Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Wiki
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[ | ]

  • Collectible Dr. Fetus iconDr. Fetus, Collectible Epic Fetus iconEpic Fetus - Reference to the main antagonist from the game.
  • Collectible Little C.H.A.D. iconLittle C.H.A.D. - Referencing C.H.A.D. shrinking after his defeat in Super Meat Boy.
  • Collectible SMB Super Fan iconSMB Super Fan - Gives Isaac an appearance similar to Super Meat Boy.
  • Boss C.H.A.D. ingameC.H.A.D. - Reference to the boss C.H.A.D.
  • (except in Rebirth) Boss Brownie ingameBrownie - Shares the same name as a boss from the game.
  • (except in Rebirth) Boss Little Horn ingameLittle Horn - Shares the same name as a boss from the game.
  • Boss Larry Jr. ingameLarry Jr. - The presumed offspring of the Larries from the original game.

Edmund's other games[ | ]

Gish[ | ]

  • Collectible Ball of Tar iconBall of Tar - Gives Isaac an appearance similar to that of Gish.
  • ClotClot - Enemies that appear to be smaller versions of Gish.
  • Boss Gish ingameGish - The protagonist of the original game.
  • Collectible Little Gish iconLittle Gish - A familiar based off of the protagonist (and boss respectively.)
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance) Boss Sisters Vis ingameSisters Vis - A boss taken from the original game.
  • (in Repentance)DrossDross - Reference to a chapter from the original game.
  • (in Repentance)GehennaGehenna - Reference to a chapter from the original game.

Time Fcuk[ | ]

  • Collectible Little Steven iconLittle Steven - The smaller steven attached to Steven.
  • Collectible Steven iconSteven - Attaches a small head to Isaac, similar to that of the smaller Steven.
  • Boss Steven ingameSteven - The protagonist of the original game.

Tri-achnid[ | ]

  • Boss Triachnid ingameTriachnid - The protagonist of the original game.

Spewer[ | ]

  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Lil Spewer iconLil Spewer - A smaller version of the protagonist from the original game.

Fingered[ | ]

  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Finger! iconFinger! - The mouse cursor used in the game.

The End Is Nigh[ | ]

  • (in Repentance) MorningstarMorningstar - Resembles Ferals, enemies in the game.
  • (in Repentance) FissureFissure - Based on enemies of the same name.
  • (in Repentance) FloastFloast - Name is taken from enemies in the game.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance) Boss Delirium ingameDelirium when transformed into Boss Steven ingameSteven - Resembles Ash, the protagonist of the original game.

Nintendo[ | ]

Daily runs on the 6th of December will turn Isaac into former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata as tribute, Satoru starts with Collectible The Gamekid iconThe Gamekid and CartridgeCartridge

Gameboy[ | ]

  • Collectible The Gamekid iconThe Gamekid - A reference to the Nintendo Gameboy, with its effect referencing Pac-Man.

Super Mario[ | ]

  • Collectible 1up! icon1up! - Reference to the 1-up power-up.
  • Collectible Bobby-Bomb iconBobby-Bomb - Reference to the Bob-omb enemy from the Mario series.
  • Collectible Gnawed Leaf iconGnawed Leaf - The item's appearance is a reference to the Leaf power-up, the effect to the Tanooki suit power-up from the series.
  • Collectible How to Jump iconHow to Jump - The cover looks like the NES Super Mario Bros. cartridge
  • Liberty CapLiberty Cap - Touch fuzzy, get dizzy (Reference to level 1-7 in the Super Nintendo title Yoshi's Island)
  • Collectible Magic Mushroom iconMagic Mushroom - Reference to the Super Mushroom power-up
  • Collectible Mini Mush iconMini Mush - Reference to the Mini Mushroom power-up
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Mega Mush iconMega Mush - Reference to the Mega Mushroom power-up

Pokémon[ | ]

  • (except in Rebirth)Collectible Friendly Ball iconFriendly Ball - The item is a reference to Poké Balls from the Pokémon franchise.
  • Collectible Missing No. iconMissing No. - Reference to the infamous Missing No. glitch from Pokémon: Red and Blue.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Collectible Poke Go iconPoke Go - Reference to the mobile game Pokémon Go.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible TMTRAINER iconTMTRAINER - Reference to a glitch in Pokemon: Red and Blue.
  • (in Repentance)'M'M - Reference to a glitch in Pokemon: Red and Blue.

The Legend of Zelda[ | ]

  • 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.
  • Boss Pin ingamePin, (except in Rebirth) Boss The Frail ingameThe Frail, Boss Scolex ingameScolex, (in Repentance) NeedleNeedle, and (in Repentance) PastyPasty may have all been inspired by Lanmola from The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past..
  • Death's HeadDeath's Head was likely inspired by Bubbles from The Legend of Zelda on the NES, as they are both skulls that are invulnerable and maneuver by bouncing off walls.
    • (in Repentance) Cursed Death's HeadCursed Death's Head also has a similar cursing effect which prevents the player from attacking.
  • Mom's HandMom's Hand and (except in Rebirth) Mom's Dead HandMom's Dead Hand are a reference to Wallmasters from The Legend of Zelda.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Spirit Sword iconSpirit Sword Behaves like the Master Sword in 2D Zelda games, but acts closest to how Link's sword acts in Link's Awakening, which is also a reference to the challenge where it is obtained.
  • I AM ERROR - Reference to an NPC's dialogue in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
  • (in Repentance) Boss Mother secondphase ingameMother - The ability to deflect the Fistula attack is a reference to the Dead Man's Volley.

Kirby[ | ]

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

Magic: The Gathering[ | ]

  • Chaos CardChaos Card - Refers to Chaos Orb, which instructs the player to flip it onto the playing field and destroy any cards it touches when it lands, a behavior similar to how the in-game Chaos Card is thrown and instantly kills any enemy.
  • Collectible Black Lotus iconBlack Lotus - Refers to the Black Lotus, one of Magic: The Gathering's most powerful cards. The 3 hearts it adds to the player's health total are a play on how the lotus creates 3 mana of any color.[1]
  • Collectible Lord of the Pit iconLord of the Pit - Refers to Lord of the Pit, a creature that has flying similar to how the item gives Isaac flying.[2]
  • Collectible Spirit of the Night iconSpirit of the Night - Refers to Spirit of the Night, a creature that was popular in early Magic. Also has flying, similar to Lord of the Pit.
  • Collectible Contract From Below iconContract From Below - Refers to Contract from Below, which allowed a player to add a card to the (now-defunct) ante in a match to draw cards.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Huge GrowthHuge Growth - Refers to Giant Growth, which increases the power and toughness of the creature the card is used on. This effect is similar to the effect in game as the card increases Issac's damage and size.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Ancient RecallAncient Recall - Refers to Ancestral Recall, which allows the player to draw three cards from their library. In game, the card works similarly by spawning three new card items.
  • (in Afterbirth † and Repentance)Era WalkEra Walk - Refers to Time Walk, which allows the caster to take an extra turn, which is an incredibly powerful effect for the game. Issac references this by granting the player the effects of both Collectible Stop Watch iconStop Watch and Collectible Broken Watch iconBroken Watch; two time related items.
  • (in Repentance)Collectible Spindown Dice iconSpindown Dice - Refers to Spindown Dice, a dice using on Magic to count life.

Dungeons & Dragons[ | ]

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.

Minecraft[ | ]

  • Collectible Notched Axe iconNotched Axe - Reference to Minecraft and its creator/former owner, Markus Persson (Known as Notch).
    • Can also be "repaired" with the Collectible Iron Bar iconIron Bar.
  • (except in Rebirth)Collectible Mine Crafter iconMine Crafter - Minecraft TNT.

Castlevania[ | ]

  • Collectible Whore of Babylon iconWhore of Babylon and III - The EmpressIII - The Empress display the message "What a horrible night to have a curse." upon activation. The text comes from Castlevania II: Simon's Quest.
    • (in Repentance)III - The Empress?III - The Empress? shows the message "The morning sun has vanquished the horrible night.", which also comes from said game.
  • GlobinGlobin, Gazing GlobinGazing Globin - may have been inspired by Red Skeletons from the series.
  • Boss Mask of Infamy ingameMask of Infamy - A reference to Carmilla from Castlevania II: Simon's Quest.
  • Collectible Holy Water iconHoly Water - A weapon famously used by the many protagonists of the series.
  • Collectible Rosary iconRosary - A recurring item in the series.

Other[ | ]

  • (in Repentance) If you go to the tainted character select screen, the taskbar icon changes to tainted Isaac instead of regular Isaac.
  • (in Repentance) If the player obtains Collectible Glowing Hourglass iconGlowing Hourglass as a starting item, using it in the first room will take the player directly to Home.