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The Binding of Isaac features an Epilogue and 13 different endings, 2 of which were added with the Wrath of the Lamb DLC. Each one is unlocked after beating the game once.

Epilogue

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The Binding of Isaac- Epilogue (HD)

This ending is seen upon defeating Mom in The Depths 2.

In the epilogue, the story of The Binding of Isaac at first appears to come to a close that parallels its Biblical source. It is in the same style as the intro and drawn by Isaac himself. Isaac's mother corners him and is about to sacrifice him, when the Bible falls off a shelf above her, hitting her and knocking her out. The narration references an angel intervening on God's behalf at the last moment, which is how Abraham's hand was stayed in the Biblical story as well.

The video then switches to a different perspective and style where Isaac has just put up his latest drawing on the wall. The door crashes open and his mother is in the doorway, brandishing her large kitchen knife, then the video fades to the credit sequence.

The Womb Endings

Upon defeating Mom, The Womb is unlocked, with the final boss being Mom's Heart/It Lives!. Each one shows Isaac unlocking a large Golden Chest, who promptly finds an Item, with the exception of the first, sixth and tenth endings.

Ending 1

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The Binding of Isaac- Ending 1 (HD)

Isaac finds Judas' Fez. This promptly unlocks the character.

Ending 2

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The Binding of Isaac- Ending 2 (HD)

Isaac finds a noose, and hangs himself with it. This unlocks the Transcendence item, which gives Isaac permanent flight.

Ending 3

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The Binding of Isaac- Ending 3 (HD)

Isaac finds a nail, and stabs himself with it. Afterwards, he turns into a demon and flies away from the screen. This unlocks The Nail item, which turns Isaac into a Demon upon activation, increases his damage, and gives him a Soul Heart.

Ending 4

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The Binding of Isaac- Ending 4 (HD)

Isaac finds a shining Quarter. This unlocks the A Quarter item, which automatically gives Isaac 25 Coins upon being picked up.

Ending 5

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The Binding of Isaac- Ending 5 (HD)

Isaac picks up a Fetus in a jar, and turns to reveal himself wearing a top hat and a monocle, while a special sound effect plays. This unlocks the Dr. Fetus item, which allows Isaac to fire Bombs instead of tears.

Ending 6

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The Binding of Isaac- Ending 6 (HD)

Mom's voice calls out to Isaac from within the chest as he opens it. Her giant hand sucker-punches him, reaches out, grabs Isaac and pulls him inside. This permanently unlocks the "Everything's Terrible!" effect, which causes Champion Monsters and Bosses to appear more often, and makes Bosses drop fewer Hearts upon death.

Ending 7

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The Binding of Isaac- Ending 7 (HD)

Isaac finds a Wafer. This unlocks The Wafer item, which sets all types of damage received to a half-heart.

Ending 8

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The Binding of Isaac- Ending 8 (HD)

Isaac puts on a pair of Dollar Sign($) Shutter Shades while revealing a golden tooth. This unlocks the Money Equals Power item, which increases damage for every Coin Isaac has.

Ending 9

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The Binding of Isaac- Ending 9 (HD)

Instead of Isaac finding an Item in the chest, It Lives! drops from the ceiling, screams, and then grins. This permanently replaces Mom's Heart with It Lives.

Ending 10

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The Binding of Isaac- Ending 10 Full Credit Sequence (HD)

Isaac finds a dead blue child in the chest. This unlocks the character ???.

Sheol Ending

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The Binding of Isaac- Ending 11 (HD)

Isaac opens a Golden Chest, like before, but rather than taking anything out of the chest, Isaac stands in front of it, flashing as all of the characters (Excluding ??? and Samson) and a demonic version of him. Stepping into the chest, looking over his shoulder towards the closed door, Isaac closes the lid to hide from his mother (or possibly to commit suicide).

Cathedral Ending

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The Binding of Isaac- Ending 12 (HD)

Isaac is seen reading a Bible. He looks at the mirror to see a demonic reflection of himself. Accepting that he is corrupted with sin, Isaac closes the bible and gazes upon the Chest.

Edmund has confirmed [1] that the Cathedral ending chronologically comes before the Sheol ending.

The Chest Ending

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The Binding of Isaac- Ending 13 (HD)

Defeating ??? will show the final ending, which shows various photos of Isaac and his family, including his dad. After the last photo is shown, the screen fades to black, giving a message saying "The End". For a short amount of time, there is also a faint message saying "Get in the box!", which is a reference to Time Fcuk, another game by Edmund McMillen.

Rebirth Endings

The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth features a complete set of new, redesigned endings.

Epilogue

The epilogue is exactly the same as the original, with the slight exception that the final scene has been completely redesigned (without though, being changed.)

The Womb Endings

Upon defeating Mom, Isaac unlocks the Womb, which allows him to battle and defeat Mom's Heart. Each time this boss is defeated features a completely new ending, which features, like its predecessor, Isaac finding a large Golden Chest and opening it with various results.

Ending 1

As Isaac opens the chest to look at its contents, the chest suddenly closes itself, trapping Isaac inside. A flash of light suddenly bursts out of the chest, and Isaac comes out of it as Eden, thus unlocking this character.

Ending 2

Isaac finds a tube containing a white substance resembling correction fluid and then proceeds to use it, making his eyes completely white. This unlocks the Rubber Cement item, a passive item that allows Isaac's tears to bounce off walls, enemies and environmental objects.

Ending 3

Isaac finds a noose and hangs himself with it. This unlocks the Transcendence item, allowing Isaac to fly over obstacles.

Ending 4

Isaac finds a Wire Coat Hanger, and is afterwards found with the item jammed into his head. This unlocks the eponymous item, which increases his tear rate.

Ending 5

In the same fashion as the 6th Ending of its predecessor, when Isaac opens the chest, Mom's voice calls him. Then her giant hand punches him, grabs him and traps him in the chest. Mom's laugh can then be heard. This unlocks the "Everything's Terrible!" effect, which causes boss to drop fewer hearts, and champion monsters and boss to appear more frequently.

Ending 6

Isaac opens the chest, but before he can pull out the contents, he become sick and vomits into the chest, somehow creating several explosions. This unlocks IPECAC, which gives Isaac explosive tears.

Ending 7

Isaac opens the chest and finds Experimental Treatment. He is then shown deformed but happy. This unlocks Experimental Treatment, the passive items that randomly increases and decreases stats.

Ending 8

Isaac opens the chest and holds A Quarter over his head. This unlocks the said item, which automatically give Isaac 25 cents.

Ending 9

Isaac opens the chest and find Dr. Fetus. He is then seen holding him and wearing Sr. Fetus' top hat and monocle. This unlocks the said item, which turns Isaac's tears into weaker bombs.

Ending 10

Isaac opens the chest and finds ??? lying inside. ??? then sits up and smiles at Isaac, which horrifies him. This unlocks ???, a character that starts with The Poop and can only have soul and black hearts.

Ending 11

Isaac opens the chest, and It Lives appears behind him. It Lives then growls and smiles at him. This unlocks It Lives, a harder and now permanent version of Mom's Heart.

Remaining Endings

Note that the remaining endings until "The Chest" ending are the same as in the original version + DLC.

After "The Chest" endings, there are two more endings.

Dark Room Ending

The "Missing Poster" can be seen on a pole, with Isaac's mother apparently searching for him in the background.

Mega Satan Ending

Isaac is seen with Guppy in the box, with Isaac phasing from a demon of him to himself. Eventually, he fully transitions into a demon.

Afterbirth Endings

Ending 17

The Missing Poster can be seen with Isaac's home in the background. The camera then shows Isaac's chest with his mother's shadow looming over it. It opens and flies buzz out. It proceed to show Isaac's skeletal remains, with a spider crawling inside the eye socket. A fly buzzes into the camera and a dully colored landscape shows instead. The Devil Room soundtrack can be hears as Isaac pops out of a different chest, with a large shadow gaining red eyes, demon wings, and fangs. The shadow grins at Isaac before the sense fades to black.

Greed Mode Ending

Isaac is seen in a small cave. He turns to see the entrance being blocked by falling rocks, trapping him inside. The scene then shows the rocks being cleared away, revealing a shopkeeper. The shopkeeper suddenly smiles before the scene ends.

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Trivia

  • The sound effect that can be heard as Isaac flashes through his different incarnations in the Sheol ending is the same as the sound effect used in McMillen's game Time Fcuk when switching to a different layer.
  • The fifth ending where Isaac finds Dr. Fetus is a reference to Super Meat Boy and the Dramatic Chipmunk meme.
  • After Ending 10, the ending song changes to a haunted version of the "Jesus Loves Me" rhyme.
  • The Bible will automatically kill Mom/Mom's Heart/It Lives! upon being used during the fight, which is probably a reference to Mom being knocked out instantly upon being hit in the head with a Bible in the Epilogue.
  • Edmund McMillen has blogged[2] about an article authored by a writer from the small indie game site, Twinfinite, saying that it is "By far the most mind blowingly accurate break down of the overarching meaning behind the Binding Of Isaac's ending."

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