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For starters, her only direct attack is her leg and foot stomping down onto Isaac. Since she's abusive, this is probably what she's done to poor Isaac, trod over him and keep him on the ground, lower than dirt on the bottom of her heels. This also might explain where the game's fascination with poop comes from. We see time and again that Isaac remembers his mother giving him poop as gifts (but then again he also "remembers" being short enough to only hug her leg, so make of that what you will), his health recovery items are two things you give a pet (a dog food bowl and a cat food can) and expired milk, so their health is probably not the best. The expired milk also brings to mind the fact that, after Isaac's father left, the mother really let herself go, which also brings us to her appearance. All that we see is her gross, varicose-ridden leg, her eyes and flab almost pouring out of the room doors, while her voice is distorted and demonic-sounding. Probably because Isaac's so used to her abuse that the mother he once thought was loving and nice is now only a grotesque monster, and her uglier aspects is all he can see.

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For starters, her only main direct attack is her leg and foot stomping down onto Isaac. Since she's abusive, this is probably what she's done to poor Isaac, trod over him and keep him on the ground, lower than dirt on the bottom of her heels. This also might explain where the game's fascination with poop comes from. We see time and again that Isaac remembers his mother giving him poop as gifts (but then again he also "remembers" being short enough to only hug her leg, so make of that what you will), his health recovery items are two things you give a pet (a dog food bowl and a cat food can) and expired milk, so their health is probably not the best. The expired milk also brings to mind the fact that, after Isaac's father left, the mother really let herself go, which also brings us to her appearance. All that we see is her gross, varicose-ridden leg, her eyes and flab almost pouring out of the room doors, while her voice is distorted and demonic-sounding. Probably because Isaac's so used to her abuse that the mother he once thought was loving and nice is now only a grotesque monster, and her uglier aspects is all he can see.

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[[WMG: Boss symbolism in relation to the game's lore and motifs]]

'''WARNING: UNMARKED SPOILERS AHEAD'''

I'll be going through the symbolism I perceived from the final bosses in the game based off the game's lore, references, motifs and other occasional outside sources.

'''Mom:''' After going through the entire plot and all the endings, I'm pretty sure Isaac's mother isn't actually chasing her son down a long, winding, variable basement with a knife on hand, ready to kill him to serve God. But if the game's cutscenes have shown me anything is that while she's not a psychopath, the mother is most likely abusive, at least psychologically. I get that the point is that Isaac sees himself as a literal Antichrist, but that low self-esteem is definitely not something he just gained one day, something caused it, and his mom's actions towards him might have been it (and his father probably wasn't much better).

For starters, her only direct attack is her leg and foot stomping down onto Isaac. Since she's abusive, this is probably what she's done to poor Isaac, trod over him and keep him on the ground, lower than dirt on the bottom of her heels. This also might explain where the game's fascination with poop comes from. We see time and again that Isaac remembers his mother giving him poop as gifts (but then again he also "remembers" being short enough to only hug her leg, so make of that what you will), his health recovery items are two things you give a pet (a dog food bowl and a cat food can) and expired milk, so their health is probably not the best. The expired milk also brings to mind the fact that, after Isaac's father left, the mother really let herself go, which also brings us to her appearance. All that we see is her gross, varicose-ridden leg, her eyes and flab almost pouring out of the room doors, while her voice is distorted and demonic-sounding. Probably because Isaac's so used to her abuse that the mother he once thought was loving and nice is now only a grotesque monster, and her uglier aspects is all he can see.

'''Mom's Heart/It Lives!:''' So Isaac perceives his mother as an inhuman monster. Somehow he figures out that, in order to truly "kill" her, he needs to take out her heart... in her womb. Isaac being a kid might have something to do with this, probably didn't get to a big enough grade at school to learn about anatomy and just thinks the heart is "inside the body" to some capacity. He does associate the womb with "being born", at the very least knowing where he came from. As for why he's fighting Mom's Heart, well, she's certainly experiencing a heartache. Her husband left her, for reasons we still don't quite know for sure, and most likely she's taking that frustration out on her child, who sees himself as a demon his mother doesn't love. Fighting his mother's heart is probably his way of interpreting that heartache she feels, that giant, heavy heart who now beats furiously out of all the sorrow she must feel.

And then defeating it enough times reveals It Lives!, which is Isaac as a fetus, as confirmed by Edmund himself. This, I think, is when Isaac's mindset shifts from "blaming yourself for your mother's suffering" (which also explains why most enemies resemble Isaac in some capacity) to truly, and literally, "wishing you were never born". The name is often punctuated with an exclamation mark, like it's a statement. As if it's a surprise that it's living, or that it SHOULDN'T be living. I don't think there's more to it than that, honestly. Isaac at this point wishes he could just flat-out abort himself so he won't cause anyone anymore pain, as he perceives it.

'''Satan/Mega Satan:''' Why would Isaac fight Satan despite the fact that he thinks of himself as a demon? I think it's part of the whole theme regarding the observation of corrupted Christianity. Satan's grunts and demonic voice are actually reversed and down-pitched voice clips for Mom, which could hint at an association, not between the Devil and Isaac's mother, but between Satan and her beliefs. If his overly-religious mother was a fan of using the Bible to aid in her abuse in some capacity, Isaac could be filtering the religion and feel so much spite for it that he actually can't see anything past Hell or the Sheol. He associates himself with both concepts so thoroughly that he thinks he's beyond saving. Alternatively, fighting Satan might mean he's trying to defeat the evil inside himself, or at the very least coming to terms with the fact he's "impure", which leads into Mega Satan.

Several items in the game hint that Isaac, at least at some point in his life, had access to classical video games. It dawned on me that someone, I don't remember who, mentioned once that Mega Satan seemed a bit too "videogame-y", so maybe that's exactly where he comes from. Isaac is manifesting Satan as this powerful, hard-to-beat final boss from a videogame, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast with a name so imposing]] that it's almost silly.

'''The Lamb:''' First there's the better-known explanation for this boss, the fact that he's called the Lamb, which is one of the names used to refer to Jesus Christ in the Bible. If Isaac has been abused by his mother in some form related to religion as stated above, he probably doesn't have the best view about it, to the point where he'd probably see a figure known as a savior as an ugly, decayed demon instead. But there is another theory surrounding the Lamb that caught my attention.

(credit to Youtuber "Millsbuddy", first pinned comment found [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWo3PQjxogQ here]])

There is a recurring theme in the game regarding the trinity of the Mind, the Soul and the Body. Three items in the game with these exact same names can be obtained, all of which you unlock by playing as the Lost. And these same items come from what could be said are [[EvilCounterpart evil counterparts]] to different aspects of Isaac:

The Mind is unlocked by beating Satan. The Mind is Isaac himself, since the entire game is his DyingDream and thus everything is (technically) under his control. Isaac sees himself as impure and unholy, and thus this leads to the Christian interpretation that Satan is controlling him, therefore representing the Mind, ISAAC's mind, being held by evil incarnate.

The Body is unlocked by beating ???/Blue Baby. I'll get into Blue Baby more into detail in a bit, but he IS Isaac's own dead body, a body in the literal sense, so no further explanation needed here.

The Soul is unlocked... ''by defeating the Lamb''. The only character in the game who is a go-to "soul" that gets even the slightest bit of focus is the Lost himself, Isaac's own soul. The Lamb is therefore an evil counterpart to the Lost, as a demon that represents Isaac's soul and what he perceives it to be, something evil and corrupting of Christian beliefs. Why else would it start the battle in Isaac's signature crying pose? It's another monster Isaac sees in the mirror.

'''Isaac:''' It's no surprise by now that Isaac thinks he's beyond salvation, and has a very low view of himself. Fighting a literal clone of himself was honestly kind of inevitable. But interestingly, his clone is fought in a cathedral and it gains holy powers and angel wings to use. Since Isaac likes to pit himself as a demon or impure because of his parents' separation, him fighting a holy version of himself probably means he's either given up on salvation or coming to terms with his low self-esteem, actively fighting the part of him that thinks he can be saved. So he defeats this version of himself which, during the battle, goes through phases that indicate a godly awakening or ascension (crying in despair, sees the light, ascends into an angel form), and when it's defeated, it doesn't as much die as it flies off into what might be Heaven. He's accepted he no longer can be saved or doesn't deserve it. The idea of hope leaves him for good.

'''???/Blue Baby:''' Isaac's dead body. His view into the future and what he'll become. The Xs for eyes and the blue coloration are both cartoonish signs of death, and Isaac is, at the very least, a young child. It wouldn't be too outlandish to assume that he'd see the final result of his suicide as this lifeless carcass, blue from suffocation and dead for good, with the Xs for eyes to prove it, since it's the best way he can identify a dead body at such a young age. And given that it somewhat copies Isaac's boss form's phases, Isaac is coming to terms with the fact he's going to die in the chest the same way he comes to terms he's beyond salvation. He's seen his future once after fighting It Lives! in the womb, now he's accepting it.

'''Hush:''' Back to the theme of an EvilCounterpart, there's a parallel to be traced between the two accessible routes after the Womb. The Sheol and the Dark Room are the "evil" route, while the Cathedral and the Chest are the "good" route. But the only other distinct final boss known for a lot of HP and constant attacking is Mega Satan, which is fought on both extremes of each route, almost like it's a level of his own. That's what the Hush is, the parallel to Mega Satan, as a final boss with even MORE HP and even more relentless attacking, fought in a level entirely dedicated to him (albeit actually considered a separate level and larger than just one room). Hush itself is essentially a more powerful Blue Baby to Mega Satan's more powerful form of Satan, to the point where it even starts the battle as a repeat of the Blue Baby fight before becoming its true form. And yes indeed, a blue creature that looks like a face smothered under a fleshy membrane, all of which represents suffocation, Isaac's chosen method of death.

I also realized that one could maybe define this relation as an extreme to that trinity of the Mind, Body and Soul. Except here, with Hush being the extreme of the Body (since it's basically a MUCH stronger repeat of Blue Baby), Mega Satan becomes the extreme of the Soul, representing Isaac's perceived corruption and inner evil. This same page has a theory where Isaac sees himself as a demon to the point of embodying every evil aspect described in the Bible, down to the Harbingers and the Seven Deadly Sins, and having to kill Angels only to have them fall, all of which appear during the Mega Satan fight. So that would leave the extreme of the Mind, which leads to...

'''Delirium:''' You can't be more extreme than a boss which becomes all the other bosses (sans Ultra Greed). Delirium is definitely the extreme of the Mind, or rather, the ''death'' of the mind. The Void is an area made up of all the previous areas, and Delirium is a boss made up of all the previous bosses. Isaac's mind is shutting down, his imaginary world is crumbling apart. The Void is a mishmash, glitchy and imperfect, with rooms changing layout when you leave and re-enter and even as you go from one door to another. The entire area gives this eerie feeling of instability, like the game itself is being slowly deleted and unable to process the data that's left.

When you look at this monster, you don't think this thing is at all "stable". Its face, which is the creature's ''entire self'', is ''melting''. Every time it shifts into another boss form, that boss is also shown to be melting, and the glitching effects might still occur as the boss takes more and more damage, which will cause the arena to change. It becomes faster and more aggressive as it dies, because Isaac himself is probably at his last breaths, increasing the pace because his lungs are losing oxygen, so his body instinctively tries breathing faster to get any molecule it can to stay alive. When Delirium does finally die, the arena defaults to the layout of the Chest, because it's the closest to "reality" Isaac can get, the awareness of his tight surroundings.

When Delirium dies, so does Isaac.




In the end, despite confronting his fear of what his mother thinks of him (Mom), his own self-loathing (It Lives, Isaac), the representation of Evil and Sin (Satan, Mega Satan) and even his own suicidal thoughts (???, Hush) and mental illness (Delirium), it's too late. Maybe he did decide that he deserves to die, or maybe by the end, he didn't have the strength to get out of the chest. Either way, he's dead.

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In the end, despite confronting his fear of what his mother thinks of him (Mom), his own self-loathing (It Lives, Isaac), the representation of Evil and Sin (Satan, Mega Satan) and even his own suicidal thoughts (???, Hush) and mental illness (Delirium), it's too late. Maybe he did decide that he deserves to die, or maybe by the end, he didn't have the strength to get out of the chest. Either way, he's dead.dead.

[[WMG: Delirium will be made a playable character in the ''Repentance'' expansion.]]
So far, he has two items based on him: Delirious (which summons a charmed Delirium to fight for you), and Lil Delirium (an item added in the first Booster Pack which summons a {{familiar}} version of Delirium). It would make sense that Delirium's gimmick as a playable character would be that he can transform into different playable characters during a playthrough under certain circumstances.


[[spoiler: Basically, in Ending 13, we can see that Isaac's Dad left the family, and beforehand we see a lot of sad Isaac, so clearly there was a messy divorce, causing Mom to go mad from despair. Therefore, in Isaac's imagination, the only one that could cause such suffering is the devil.]]

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[[spoiler: Basically, [[spoiler:Basically, in Ending 13, we can see that Isaac's Dad left the family, and beforehand we see a lot of sad Isaac, so clearly there was a messy divorce, causing Mom to go mad from despair. Therefore, in Isaac's imagination, the only one that could cause such suffering is the devil.]]



Now why would I make these 2 [=WMGs=], you ask? Because Dammit, this story is just too fucking depressing.

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Now Now, why would I make these 2 [=WMGs=], you ask? Because Dammit, this story is just too fucking depressing.



* Confirmed, the whole game is all in Isaac's head. [[spoiler:[[DyingDream It's the product of his brain shutting down]].]]

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* Confirmed, the whole game is all in Isaac's head. [[spoiler:[[DyingDream It's the product of his brain shutting down]].]]
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The set up of the game is such because of the games Isaac has played in his youth so far on his Nintendo Gameboy. One day maybe he will make his own game, but of course he does not fully understand how to code yet so right now the game is pen and paper (and so far only a few pages worth in crayon... mostly pictures since even his intelligent brain gets distracted like a child and he ends up drawing a cool picture instead of writing down some odd rule he is already struggling to get from his brain to the page.)

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The set up setup of the game is such because of the games Isaac has played in his youth so far on his Nintendo Gameboy. One day maybe he will make his own game, but of course he does not fully understand how to code yet yet, so right now the game is pen and paper (and so far only a few pages worth in crayon... mostly pictures since even his intelligent brain gets distracted like a child and he ends up drawing a cool picture instead of writing down some odd rule he is already struggling to get from his brain to the page.)
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Finally, a note on all the dead baby references and Bob (Bob's Rotten head etc). We do not know exactly what Isaac found when he went into the basement. And the primary theme is of his toy chest (a place of safety turned into a horrible nightmare) all starting in the basement...

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Finally, a note on all the dead baby references and Bob (Bob's Rotten head Head, etc). We do not know exactly what Isaac found when he went into the basement. And the primary theme is of his toy chest (a place of safety turned into a horrible nightmare) all starting in the basement...



Satan (added in the Halloween update) is... Satan. Isaac's own Halloweens are not filled with the fun costumes and candy of other kids because his mother doesn't believe in that sort of thing - hence there is no candy in the game... what kid would NOT add candy in a game of their making if they had candy a lot? So after his mother's explanation of why they do not celebrate Halloween, Isaac incorporated the horrible beast of Satan into his game.

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Satan (added in the Halloween update) is... Satan. Isaac's own Halloweens are not filled with the fun costumes and candy of other kids because his mother doesn't believe in that sort of thing - -- hence there is no candy in the game... what kid would NOT add candy in a game of their making if they had candy a lot? So after his mother's explanation of why they do not celebrate Halloween, Isaac incorporated the horrible beast of Satan into his game.



[[WMG: When he grows up, Isaac will [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic enter a radio contest and win a ticket to Albuquerque.]] ]]

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[[WMG: When he grows up, Isaac will [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic enter a radio contest and win a ticket to Albuquerque.]] ]]]]]]



The book he's reading as he hides from his mother in the chest is the Bible, and he's been tearing out pages to write down his adventures on the back -- and reading Bible stories, which terrify him even more. When Isaac goes down to [[spoiler:Sheol]], he's sinking deeper into his fantasies and deeper into terror of his monstrous mother; the fight with [[spoiler:Satan]] represents, at once, the end of his fantasy and full integration into it (read: the multiple personalities fusing and [[spoiler:hiding in the chest to "escape his mother", suffocating him)]]. When fighting [[spoiler:Isaac]], Isaac decides that his mother is right: he is corrupted and unworthy of life. This is represented by [[spoiler:his looking like a demon in the mirror. When he eyes the chest, he has decided to hide in it and suffocate himself to death.]]

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The book he's reading as he hides from his mother in the chest is the Bible, and he's been tearing out pages to write down his adventures on the back -- and reading Bible stories, which terrify him even more. When Isaac goes down to [[spoiler:Sheol]], he's sinking deeper into his fantasies and deeper into terror of his monstrous mother; the fight with [[spoiler:Satan]] represents, at once, the end of his fantasy and full integration into it (read: the multiple personalities fusing and [[spoiler:hiding in the chest to "escape his mother", suffocating him)]]. When fighting [[spoiler:Isaac]], Isaac decides that his mother is right: he is corrupted and unworthy of life. This is represented by [[spoiler:his looking like a demon in the mirror. When he eyes the chest, he has decided to hide in it and suffocate himself to death.]]
death]].



When you kill [[spoiler:Isaac, it represents Isaac deciding that he is indeed corrupted by sin and should bring himself out of the world.]] However, there are two primary reasons for this theory: One, it's a goddamn [[spoiler:toybox!]] The things would surely be childproofed. And two, the TrueFinalBoss is [[spoiler:the Blue Baby, representing Isaac's death by suffocation.]] In the final ending, you ''kill him,'' and in doing so, Isaac decides that [[spoiler:though life is hard, those happy memories are worth it, and he'll persevere]].

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When you kill [[spoiler:Isaac, it represents Isaac deciding that he is indeed corrupted by sin and should bring himself out of the world.]] world]]. However, there are two primary reasons for this theory: One, it's a goddamn [[spoiler:toybox!]] [[spoiler:toybox]]! The things would surely be childproofed. And two, the TrueFinalBoss is [[spoiler:the Blue Baby, representing Isaac's death by suffocation.]] suffocation]]. In the final ending, you ''kill him,'' and in doing so, Isaac decides that [[spoiler:though life is hard, those happy memories are worth it, and he'll persevere]].



Isaac Joques, the real life one, has been a martyr along with other martyrs for dying for their faith for preaching Christ's love. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiFt72O2vEg Now what was the unlockable credits theme for beating the game 10 times and getting Blue Baby?]]

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Isaac Joques, the real life real-life one, has been a martyr along with other martyrs for dying for their faith for preaching Christ's love. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiFt72O2vEg Now what was the unlockable credits theme for beating the game 10 times and getting Blue Baby?]]



She was one of the first victims when [[spoiler:the Plagas sample was brought back by Ada,]] hence, AxCrazy behavior.

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She Isaac's mom was one of the first victims when [[spoiler:the Plagas sample was brought back by Ada,]] Ada]], hence, AxCrazy behavior.



This game is a Silent Hill game in disguise. When Isaac falls through the trapdoor into the nonsensical basement that changes shape every time you play, he's actually falling into the Otherworld, hence the disturbing eldritch abominations that seem to mirror Isaac's own fears and sins. There's also all of the {{multiple endings}}, which is a shared trait of Silent Hill.

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This game is a Silent Hill ''Franchise/SilentHill'' game in disguise. When Isaac falls through the trapdoor into the nonsensical basement that changes shape every time you play, he's actually falling into the Otherworld, hence the disturbing eldritch abominations that seem to mirror Isaac's own fears and sins. There's also all of the {{multiple endings}}, which is a shared trait of Silent Hill.



It has been stated that not only are all the player characters Isaac, all the enemies of the game are ALSO Isaac. So what are we to make of the Gemini boss AKA the player character from Time Fcuk being one of the enemies?

It has also been stated by Edmund McMillan that there is a greater connection to BoI and TF than currently realized, perhaps it's that they actually share a protagonist?

The Pc in time fcuk is never actually directly named, the lump on him that seems to voice his own darker thoughts is named Steven and in one of his messages to himself he starts to wonder if he actually is Steven after all.

In a sense he is, the tumor like growth represents the darker self hating side of him growing on him once again years after he put his coping mechanism that is the dream world of Binding of Isaac behind himself. The game itself is his new attempt to escape reality in a different enough way that he doesn't feel like he's childishly regressing, also taking on a more cerebral puzzle solving tone to make himself feel more grown up.

[[WMG: [[spoiler: Azazel is Isaac's demon form seen in Ending 14 of Rebirth.]]]]

[[spoiler: They look very similar, and Main/WordOfGod says that all of the player characters are Isaac...makes sense.]]

[[WMG: The final boss of the Rebirth expansion will be [[spoiler:Azazel]].]]

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It has been stated that not only are all the player characters Isaac, all the enemies of the game are ALSO Isaac. So what are we to make of the Gemini boss boss, AKA the player character from Time Fcuk ''VideoGame/TimeFcuk'' being one of the enemies?

It has also been stated by Edmund McMillan [=McMillen=] that there is a greater connection to BoI [=BoI=] and TF than currently realized, perhaps it's that they actually share a protagonist?

The Pc PC in time fcuk Time Fcuk is never actually directly named, the lump on him that seems to voice his own darker thoughts is named Steven and in one of his messages to himself he starts to wonder if he actually is Steven after all.

In a sense he is, the tumor like tumor-like growth represents the darker self hating self-hating side of him growing on him once again years after he put his coping mechanism that is the dream world of Binding ''Binding of Isaac Isaac'' behind himself. The game itself is his new attempt to escape reality in a different enough way that he doesn't feel like he's childishly regressing, also taking on a more cerebral puzzle solving puzzle-solving tone to make himself feel more grown up.

[[WMG: [[spoiler: Azazel is Isaac's demon form seen in Ending 14 of Rebirth.''Rebirth''.]]]]

[[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They look very similar, and Main/WordOfGod WordOfGod says that all of the player characters are Isaac...makes sense.]]

[[WMG: The final boss of the Rebirth ''Rebirth'' expansion will be [[spoiler:Azazel]].]]



** And [[TrueFinalBoss the final final final boss]] is [[spoiler:Delirium, who represents the insanity that led Isaac to his death.]]

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** And [[TrueFinalBoss the final final final boss]] is [[spoiler:Delirium, who represents the insanity that led Isaac to his death.]]
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So, Isaac is a picky eater, and he doesn't really like the food his parents make (and if Isaac's parents are anything like Calvin's, he's got good reason to). Occasionally, he flat-out refuses to eat. So his parents asked what they can do to make him eat, and he told them that they could play a game. Thusly, the meal-based Health powerups are Isaac's parents successfully getting him to eat his breakfast/lunch/snack/dinner/dessert. However, Isaac has gone to some dark places, and so the rest of the game and all the symbolism is Isaac's dark imagination showing off it's darkness. His parents take some inspiration from his imagination and use it to create a new game every time.

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So, Isaac is a picky eater, and he doesn't really like the food his parents make (and if Isaac's parents are anything like Calvin's, he's got good reason to). Occasionally, he flat-out refuses to eat. So his parents asked what they can do to make him eat, and he told them that they could play a game. Thusly, the meal-based Health powerups are Isaac's parents successfully getting him to eat his breakfast/lunch/snack/dinner/dessert. However, Isaac has gone to some dark places, and so the rest of the game and all the symbolism is Isaac's dark imagination showing off it's its darkness. His parents take some inspiration from his imagination and use it to create a new game every time.



Think about it. Almost twenty different conclusions, [[spoiler:a few of which have Isaac definitively dying]]. The game's Rougelike nature. [[spoiler:The two different paths partway through.]] Isaac is stuck in a loop of sorts where he is able to choose his persona and the specific experiences he has are always different, but everything keeps resetting.

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Think about it. Almost twenty different conclusions, [[spoiler:a few of which have Isaac definitively dying]]. The game's Rougelike {{Rougelike}} nature. [[spoiler:The two different paths partway through.]] Isaac is stuck in a loop of sorts where he is able to choose his persona and the specific experiences he has are always different, but everything keeps resetting.



[[WMG: The game is secretly extremely meta and self-aware, much like VideoGame/{{Undertale}}.]]

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[[WMG: The game is secretly extremely meta and self-aware, much like VideoGame/{{Undertale}}.''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''.]]



If that's not enough evidence, consider each character's debut. ??? first appeared in the original Flash game, which took place entirely in Isaac's mind. Every level, every cutscene, not once do we see so much as a glimpse of Isaac's real life before the Halloween update and, by extension, ''Wrath of the Lamb''. And even then, defeating ???, the definitive final boss of [=WotL=], yields an ending consisting of photos of Isaac's memories, the deepest part of his mind. Then comes ''Rebirth'', the first appearance of the Lost. Rebirth really piles on the evidence that Isaac is dead, with only his soul remaining. Afterbirth then introduces Keeper, along with a new ending that outright confirms that Isaac is dead, with Mom opening the chest and finding - you guessed it - Isaac's body.

With all this, it can be concluded that Keeper represents the Body, ??? represents the Mind, and the Lost represents the Soul. (though nobody ever questioned that last part)

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If that's not enough evidence, consider each character's debut. ??? first appeared in the original Flash game, which took place entirely in Isaac's mind. Every level, every cutscene, not once do we see so much as a glimpse of Isaac's real life before the Halloween update and, by extension, ''Wrath of the Lamb''. And even then, defeating ???, the definitive final boss of [=WotL=], yields an ending consisting of photos of Isaac's memories, the deepest part of his mind. Then comes ''Rebirth'', the first appearance of the Lost. Rebirth really piles on the evidence that Isaac is dead, with only his soul remaining. Afterbirth ''Afterbirth'' then introduces Keeper, along with a new ending that outright confirms that Isaac is dead, with Mom opening the chest and finding - -- you guessed it - -- Isaac's body.

With all this, it can be concluded that Keeper represents the Body, ??? represents the Mind, and the Lost represents the Soul. (though (Though nobody ever questioned that last part)
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So... maybe Azazel is also some kind of character in Isaac's drawings that embodies what he "thinks might be cool?" (If sinful?) No idea about Eden, Lilith, or especially Apollyon though.

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So... maybe Azazel is also some kind of character in Isaac's drawings that embodies what he "thinks might be cool?" (If sinful?) No idea about Eden, Lilith, or especially Apollyon Apollyon, though.



It has already been stated that Isaac has self-loathing problems. In Ending 20, we see that Isaac has drawn himself as a demon and even calls himself the devil. I believe that this is because his mother was raped, and Isaac is the result. The reason that Isaac's dad left was because he couldn't deal with his wife's issues stemming from the trauma (or he could have a problem with raising a child that wasn't his, [[MaritalRapeLicense or maybe the]] [[FridgeHorror child IS his...]]) and divorced the mother of his child. The Scarred Womb is further evidence for this theory. It is torn, ripped to shreds, bleeding in some places. And what else would we fight in there but Isaac himself, in the form of It Lives? The other Womb levels are just your run of the mill womb levels, but even then they have monsters running around inside of them (up to and including actual literal tumors)[[note]]And what Horseman of the Apocalypse is fought in the Womb levels? Conquest. Make of that what you will.[[/note]]. And in the end, Isaac in effect undoes his own existence. This is because he knows what was done to create him. He wishes he was never born because of all of the pain his biological father caused. Being a child, he believes the blame rests on him. That black shadow at the end of Ending 15 could represent his own sins, real and imagined.

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It has already been stated that Isaac has self-loathing problems. In Ending 20, we see that Isaac has drawn himself as a demon and even calls himself the devil. I believe that this is because his mother was raped, and Isaac is the result. The reason that Isaac's dad left was because he couldn't deal with his wife's issues stemming from the trauma (or he could have a problem with raising a child that wasn't his, [[MaritalRapeLicense or maybe the]] [[FridgeHorror child IS his...]]) and divorced the mother of his child. The Scarred Womb is further evidence for this theory. It is torn, ripped to shreds, bleeding in some places. And what else would we fight in there but Isaac himself, in the form of It Lives? The other Womb levels are just your run of the mill womb levels, run-of-the-mill {{womb level}}s, but even then then, they have monsters running around inside of them (up to and including actual literal tumors)[[note]]And tumors). And what Horseman of the Apocalypse is fought in the Womb levels? Conquest. Make of that what you will.[[/note]]. And in the end, Isaac in effect undoes his own existence. This is because he knows what was done to create him. He wishes he was never born because of all of the pain his biological father caused. Being a child, he believes the blame rests on him. That black shadow at the end of Ending 15 could represent his own sins, real and imagined.



* Mom: Represents Isaac's capacity for rational thought. The whole game, starting right from the intro sequence, is of course a delusion brought on by lack of oxygen, but up to and including the Mom battle, it's at least a logical, self consistent delusion, if a somewhat fantastical and especially gruesome one. Everything from The Womb onward is bizarre symbolism that makes no concrete sense and doesn't fit in with the plot--at least, not the plot we're presented. Goodbye, logic.
* Mom's Heart: Represents the last vestiges of Isaac's damaged self esteem. We know Isaac hates himself and thinks his parents' breakup is all his fault. He hid in the chest because he had to escape his feelings; it was too much for him to live with. When you defeat Mom's Heart, that's where the feelings come back. Even though Isaac has already saved himself from Mom and exacted his revenge against her, he's now going one step too far, infiltrating her unprovoked and hurting her in an intimate way. This isn't heroism. Isaac is no longer the hero of his own invented story--merely the protagonist. Just the way he feels it's been all along, and just the kind of thoughts he tried to lock himself away from. He no longer possesses the faculties to keep them out. Goodbye, peace.
* It Lives: Represents Isaac's cognitive ability to distinguish himself from anything around him. It Lives is a memory of an important fact: that he was once a part of his mother, and he came from her, and now he's something else. As he kills It Lives, he mentally retreats back into Mom's Heart and becomes one with all he knows again, and begins getting his autobiographical knowledge mixed up with other kinds of knowledge, hence his self insertion into his understanding of Christianity in either of the following levels. Goodbye, ego.
* Satan: Represents the limit of Isaac's knowledge of Christianity, and his intense negative self image. We know Isaac believes he's the Devil. So when he kills the Devil, that can be interpreted as him losing sight of his self loathing. It's something strong and painful for him, and it's clearly deeply rooted--in quite a literal sense, given how many trap doors he has to jump down to get there. But, like the rest of his mind, it's subject to peeling away as he dies. Goodbye, sadness.
* The Lamb: Represents repressed anger that underlies Isaac's self loathing. Deep down, he knows he doesn't deserve any of this, he's just a child, and by way of fate depriving him of a father and deigning that he should blame himself so severely, he has been wronged. He's reminded that he's not the Devil; rather, he's a sacrifice. His reunion with this lost anger is brief, and he has no choice but to let go of it, because with or without him, it's disappearing. He is losing the ability to feel at all. Goodbye, anger.

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* Mom: Represents Isaac's capacity for rational thought. The whole game, starting right from the intro sequence, is of course a delusion brought on by lack of oxygen, but up to and including the Mom battle, it's at least a logical, self consistent self-consistent delusion, if a somewhat fantastical and especially gruesome one. Everything from The Womb onward is bizarre symbolism that makes no concrete sense and doesn't fit in with the plot--at plot -- at least, not the plot we're presented. Goodbye, logic.
* Mom's Heart: Represents the last vestiges of Isaac's damaged self esteem.self-esteem. We know Isaac hates himself and thinks his parents' breakup is all his fault. He hid in the chest because he had to escape his feelings; it was too much for him to live with. When you defeat Mom's Heart, that's where the feelings come back. Even though Isaac has already saved himself from Mom and exacted his revenge against her, he's now going one step too far, infiltrating her unprovoked and hurting her in an intimate way. This isn't heroism. Isaac is no longer the hero of his own invented story--merely story -- merely the protagonist. Just the way he feels it's been all along, and just the kind of thoughts he tried to lock himself away from. He no longer possesses the faculties to keep them out. Goodbye, peace.
* It Lives: Represents Isaac's cognitive ability to distinguish himself from anything around him. It Lives is a memory of an important fact: that he was once a part of his mother, and he came from her, and now he's something else. As he kills It Lives, he mentally retreats back into Mom's Heart and becomes one with all he knows again, and begins getting his autobiographical knowledge mixed up with other kinds of knowledge, hence his self insertion self-insertion into his understanding of Christianity in either of the following levels. Goodbye, ego.
* Satan: Represents the limit of Isaac's knowledge of Christianity, and his intense negative self image.self-image. We know Isaac believes he's the Devil. So when he kills the Devil, that can be interpreted as him losing sight of his self loathing. self-loathing. It's something strong and painful for him, and it's clearly deeply rooted--in rooted -- in quite a literal sense, given how many trap doors he has to jump down to get there. But, like the rest of his mind, it's subject to peeling away as he dies. Goodbye, sadness.
* The Lamb: Represents repressed anger that underlies Isaac's self loathing.self-loathing. Deep down, he knows he doesn't deserve any of this, he's just a child, and by way of fate depriving him of a father and deigning that he should blame himself so severely, he has been wronged. He's reminded that he's not the Devil; rather, he's a sacrifice. His reunion with this lost anger is brief, and he has no choice but to let go of it, because with or without him, it's disappearing. He is losing the ability to feel at all. Goodbye, anger.



* Hush: Represents Isaac's self preservation instinct. By this point, Isaac no longer knows who he is or very clearly remembers anything about his life. He can no longer think coherently, and if he still hates himself, he no longer knows why. But, as even the simplest animal knows when it can't breathe, he knows he's in grave danger. He doesn't even remember what kind of danger he's in or how he got there. All he knows is how it feels, and it feels how Hush looks. But the warning has come too late. He defeats Hush, and loses the ability to feel the need to breathe. Goodbye, basic animal instinct.
* Delirium: Represents the whole game. After all is said and done, only the dying dream is left. The boy observing the dream is no more. The dream simply plays on unattended, like a scratched up record in an abandoned parlor. But all must come to an end. Even madness and shapeless delusion slip away eventually, and if nothing is underneath them, then nothing is left. The mindless crying zombie defeats Delirium, the world falls apart, and Isaac is dead. Goodbye, cruel world.

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* Hush: Represents Isaac's self preservation self-preservation instinct. By this point, Isaac no longer knows who he is or very clearly remembers anything about his life. He can no longer think coherently, and if he still hates himself, he no longer knows why. But, as even the simplest animal knows when it can't breathe, he knows he's in grave danger. He doesn't even remember what kind of danger he's in or how he got there. All he knows is how it feels, and it feels how Hush looks. But the warning has come too late. He defeats Hush, and loses the ability to feel the need to breathe. Goodbye, basic animal instinct.
* Delirium: Represents the whole game. After all is said and done, only the dying dream {{dying dream}} is left. The boy observing the dream is no more. The dream simply plays on unattended, like a scratched up scratched-up record in an abandoned parlor. But all must come to an end. Even madness and shapeless delusion slip away eventually, and if nothing is underneath them, then nothing is left. The mindless crying zombie defeats Delirium, the world falls apart, and Isaac is dead. Goodbye, cruel world.



Everything in the game related to happy memories shows the whole family together: Isaac, Mom and Dad. However, once Dad leaves, things start getting bad. Mom is obviously distraught and finds two ways to try and cope with the situation: Religion and...lashing out at her son.

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Everything in the game related to happy memories shows the whole family together: Isaac, Mom Mom, and Dad. However, once Dad leaves, things start getting bad. Mom is obviously distraught and finds two ways to try and cope with the situation: Religion and...lashing out at her son.



When it comes to religion, she chose to watch those "Christian broadcasts", which were all the "fire and brimstone" type preachers. Isaac, obviously, also watched those. And that led to him developing a really bad self-image. He thought himself to be the reason his dad left, and with that, the reason why neither him nor his mom are happy anymore. For a young child like Isaac, that was the worst thing he ever did, and maybe - in his mind - the worst thing anyone could ever do. So who do these men on TV say is the ultimate evil? Satan and his demons and followers. God hates them! And Isaac sees himself as one of those demons.

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When it comes to religion, she chose to watch those "Christian broadcasts", which were all the "fire and brimstone" type preachers. Isaac, obviously, also watched those. And that led to him developing a really bad self-image. He thought himself to be the reason his dad left, and with that, the reason why neither him nor his mom are happy anymore. For a young child like Isaac, that was the worst thing he ever did, and maybe - -- in his mind - -- the worst thing anyone could ever do. So who do these men on TV say is the ultimate evil? Satan and his demons and followers. God hates them! And Isaac sees himself as one of those demons.



The whole game is a mental struggle between his self-loathing and sense of self-preservation. He thinks he deserves to die, but also doesn't want to die. He imagines a fantasy world filled with terrible horrors, in which he fights things representing his corruption: Demons, personifications of The Seven Deadly Sins, harbingers of the Apocalypse and of course Satan himself. A part of his mind wants to prove that he's better than he thinks he is. Although it is telling that, to defeat the ultimate evil (Mega Satan), he either needs the key belonging to his dad, or kill literal angels, servants of God.

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The whole game is a mental struggle between his self-loathing and sense of self-preservation. He thinks he deserves to die, but also doesn't want to die. He imagines a fantasy world filled with terrible horrors, in which he fights things representing his corruption: Demons, personifications of The Seven Deadly Sins, harbingers of the Apocalypse Apocalypse, and of course course, Satan himself. A part of his mind wants to prove that he's better than he thinks he is. Although it is telling that, to defeat the ultimate evil (Mega Satan), he either needs the key belonging to his dad, or to kill literal angels, servants of God.


* Delirium: Represents the whole game. After all is said and done, only the dying dream is left. The boy observing the dream is no more. The dream simply plays on unattended, like a scratched up record in an abandoned parlor. But all must come to an end. Even madness and shapeless delusion slip away eventually, and if nothing is underneath them, then nothing is left. The mindless crying zombie defeats Delirium, the world falls apart, and Isaac is dead. Goodbye, cruel world.

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* Delirium: Represents the whole game. After all is said and done, only the dying dream is left. The boy observing the dream is no more. The dream simply plays on unattended, like a scratched up record in an abandoned parlor. But all must come to an end. Even madness and shapeless delusion slip away eventually, and if nothing is underneath them, then nothing is left. The mindless crying zombie defeats Delirium, the world falls apart, and Isaac is dead. Goodbye, cruel world.world.

[[WMG:Mom, while abusive, doesn't actually want Isaac dead. Isaac only thinks she does...and also thinks she's justified.]]

WARNING! UNMARKED SPOILERS!

Everything in the game related to happy memories shows the whole family together: Isaac, Mom and Dad. However, once Dad leaves, things start getting bad. Mom is obviously distraught and finds two ways to try and cope with the situation: Religion and...lashing out at her son.

The things she does in the intro after hearing the voice of "God"...that's simply unfair punishment. Taking away his toys and clothes, that had no actual religious (or delusional) reason, it was just her punishing her son for misbehaving. However, that punishment was way too harsh for whatever Isaac did, because she was lashing out at him in her distressed mental state.

When it comes to religion, she chose to watch those "Christian broadcasts", which were all the "fire and brimstone" type preachers. Isaac, obviously, also watched those. And that led to him developing a really bad self-image. He thought himself to be the reason his dad left, and with that, the reason why neither him nor his mom are happy anymore. For a young child like Isaac, that was the worst thing he ever did, and maybe - in his mind - the worst thing anyone could ever do. So who do these men on TV say is the ultimate evil? Satan and his demons and followers. God hates them! And Isaac sees himself as one of those demons.

Eventually, he might have stumbled upon the biblical Binding of Isaac. Maybe it was part of one of the TV sermons. Hearing his name and God wanting him dead scared him, so he never actually heard the real ending to that story and became convinced that his mom will eventually kill him on God's behalf, because after all, he's the most evil thing he knows.

The whole game is a mental struggle between his self-loathing and sense of self-preservation. He thinks he deserves to die, but also doesn't want to die. He imagines a fantasy world filled with terrible horrors, in which he fights things representing his corruption: Demons, personifications of The Seven Deadly Sins, harbingers of the Apocalypse and of course Satan himself. A part of his mind wants to prove that he's better than he thinks he is. Although it is telling that, to defeat the ultimate evil (Mega Satan), he either needs the key belonging to his dad, or kill literal angels, servants of God.

In the end, despite confronting his fear of what his mother thinks of him (Mom), his own self-loathing (It Lives, Isaac), the representation of Evil and Sin (Satan, Mega Satan) and even his own suicidal thoughts (???, Hush) and mental illness (Delirium), it's too late. Maybe he did decide that he deserves to die, or maybe by the end, he didn't have the strength to get out of the chest. Either way, he's dead.

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** Represents Isaac's ability to feel physical pain. Mega Satan is one of the tougher bosses, and the constant barrage of attacks on Isaac could easily represent all the pain he is experiencing while in his death throes, his body screaming at him as he interprets survival instinct as the personification of evil. Defeating Mega Satan ends the pain, leaving Isaac's body completely cold and numb, letting him die in piece. Goodbye, pain reception.


It has already been stated that Isaac has self-loathing problems. In Ending 20, we see that Isaac has drawn himself as a demon and even calls himself the devil. I believe that this is because his mother was raped, and Isaac is the result. The reason that Isaac's dad left was because he couldn't deal with his wife's issues stemming from the trauma (or he could have a problem with raising a child that wasn't his, [[MaritalRapeLicense or maybe the]] [[FridgeHorror child IS his...]]) and divorced the mother of his child. The Scarred Womb is further evidence for this theory. It is torn, ripped to shreds, bleeding in some places. And what else would we fight in there but Isaac himself, in the form of It Lives? The other Womb levels are just your run of the mill womb levels, but even then they have monsters running around inside of them (up to and including actual literal tumors)[[note]]And what Horseman of the Apocalypse is fought in the Womb levels? Conquest. Make of that what you will.[[/note]]. And in the end, Isaac in effect undoes his own existence. This is because he knows what was done to create him. He wishes he was never born because of all of the pain his biological father caused. Being a child, he believes the blame rests on him. That black shadow at the end of Ending 15 could represent his own sins, real and imagined.

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It has already been stated that Isaac has self-loathing problems. In Ending 20, we see that Isaac has drawn himself as a demon and even calls himself the devil. I believe that this is because his mother was raped, and Isaac is the result. The reason that Isaac's dad left was because he couldn't deal with his wife's issues stemming from the trauma (or he could have a problem with raising a child that wasn't his, [[MaritalRapeLicense or maybe the]] [[FridgeHorror child IS his...]]) and divorced the mother of his child. The Scarred Womb is further evidence for this theory. It is torn, ripped to shreds, bleeding in some places. And what else would we fight in there but Isaac himself, in the form of It Lives? The other Womb levels are just your run of the mill womb levels, but even then they have monsters running around inside of them (up to and including actual literal tumors)[[note]]And what Horseman of the Apocalypse is fought in the Womb levels? Conquest. Make of that what you will.[[/note]]. And in the end, Isaac in effect undoes his own existence. This is because he knows what was done to create him. He wishes he was never born because of all of the pain his biological father caused. Being a child, he believes the blame rests on him. That black shadow at the end of Ending 15 could represent his own sins, real and imagined.imagined.

[[WMG:Each final boss represents a mental function, and defeating it symbolizes it breaking down as a consequence of Isaac's gradual brain death.]]

UNMARKED SPOILERS

* Mom: Represents Isaac's capacity for rational thought. The whole game, starting right from the intro sequence, is of course a delusion brought on by lack of oxygen, but up to and including the Mom battle, it's at least a logical, self consistent delusion, if a somewhat fantastical and especially gruesome one. Everything from The Womb onward is bizarre symbolism that makes no concrete sense and doesn't fit in with the plot--at least, not the plot we're presented. Goodbye, logic.
* Mom's Heart: Represents the last vestiges of Isaac's damaged self esteem. We know Isaac hates himself and thinks his parents' breakup is all his fault. He hid in the chest because he had to escape his feelings; it was too much for him to live with. When you defeat Mom's Heart, that's where the feelings come back. Even though Isaac has already saved himself from Mom and exacted his revenge against her, he's now going one step too far, infiltrating her unprovoked and hurting her in an intimate way. This isn't heroism. Isaac is no longer the hero of his own invented story--merely the protagonist. Just the way he feels it's been all along, and just the kind of thoughts he tried to lock himself away from. He no longer possesses the faculties to keep them out. Goodbye, peace.
* It Lives: Represents Isaac's cognitive ability to distinguish himself from anything around him. It Lives is a memory of an important fact: that he was once a part of his mother, and he came from her, and now he's something else. As he kills It Lives, he mentally retreats back into Mom's Heart and becomes one with all he knows again, and begins getting his autobiographical knowledge mixed up with other kinds of knowledge, hence his self insertion into his understanding of Christianity in either of the following levels. Goodbye, ego.
* Satan: Represents the limit of Isaac's knowledge of Christianity, and his intense negative self image. We know Isaac believes he's the Devil. So when he kills the Devil, that can be interpreted as him losing sight of his self loathing. It's something strong and painful for him, and it's clearly deeply rooted--in quite a literal sense, given how many trap doors he has to jump down to get there. But, like the rest of his mind, it's subject to peeling away as he dies. Goodbye, sadness.
* The Lamb: Represents repressed anger that underlies Isaac's self loathing. Deep down, he knows he doesn't deserve any of this, he's just a child, and by way of fate depriving him of a father and deigning that he should blame himself so severely, he has been wronged. He's reminded that he's not the Devil; rather, he's a sacrifice. His reunion with this lost anger is brief, and he has no choice but to let go of it, because with or without him, it's disappearing. He is losing the ability to feel at all. Goodbye, anger.
* Isaac: Represents Isaac's identity, and his ability to filter knowledge and observations through his own personal interpretations and perspectives. Before killing Isaac, when Isaac sees something, he sees what it is to him. After killing Isaac, Isaac goes to the Chest, where he sees things exactly as they are, without interpreting them. Appropriately, killing Isaac is the moment where Isaac is truly mentally dead. The extent of his deterioration has sunken beyond "there is no distinction between Isaac and everything else," and landed squarely in "there is no such person as Isaac, there is only a frightened lost child." The Isaac we see in the game from this point forward is little more than a nameless meat husk with feelings. Goodbye, sentience.
* Blue Baby: Represents Isaac's ability to observe the outside world, and peripheral awareness of his circumstances. His identity was so strongly in denial of his impending death that it had to be destroyed for him to be psychologically bare enough to acknowledge he is dying. However, this lasts only until the Blue Baby is defeated, at which point he cannot acknowledge he is dying because there is no sensory input or awareness of past events left to acknowledge. Goodbye, memories.
* Mega Satan: I got nothin'.
* Hush: Represents Isaac's self preservation instinct. By this point, Isaac no longer knows who he is or very clearly remembers anything about his life. He can no longer think coherently, and if he still hates himself, he no longer knows why. But, as even the simplest animal knows when it can't breathe, he knows he's in grave danger. He doesn't even remember what kind of danger he's in or how he got there. All he knows is how it feels, and it feels how Hush looks. But the warning has come too late. He defeats Hush, and loses the ability to feel the need to breathe. Goodbye, basic animal instinct.
* Delirium: Represents the whole game. After all is said and done, only the dying dream is left. The boy observing the dream is no more. The dream simply plays on unattended, like a scratched up record in an abandoned parlor. But all must come to an end. Even madness and shapeless delusion slip away eventually, and if nothing is underneath them, then nothing is left. The mindless crying zombie defeats Delirium, the world falls apart, and Isaac is dead. Goodbye, cruel world.


As of ending 20, we get a sense of just how severe Isaac's self-loathing is. All the horrible things depicted or implied aren't Isaac's memories; they're what he thinks he deserves.

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As of ending 20, we get a sense of just how severe Isaac's self-loathing is. All the horrible things depicted or implied aren't Isaac's memories; they're what he thinks he deserves.deserves.

[[WMG:Isaac is a ChildByRape]]

WARNING: UNMARKED SPOILERS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

It has already been stated that Isaac has self-loathing problems. In Ending 20, we see that Isaac has drawn himself as a demon and even calls himself the devil. I believe that this is because his mother was raped, and Isaac is the result. The reason that Isaac's dad left was because he couldn't deal with his wife's issues stemming from the trauma (or he could have a problem with raising a child that wasn't his, [[MaritalRapeLicense or maybe the]] [[FridgeHorror child IS his...]]) and divorced the mother of his child. The Scarred Womb is further evidence for this theory. It is torn, ripped to shreds, bleeding in some places. And what else would we fight in there but Isaac himself, in the form of It Lives? The other Womb levels are just your run of the mill womb levels, but even then they have monsters running around inside of them (up to and including actual literal tumors)[[note]]And what Horseman of the Apocalypse is fought in the Womb levels? Conquest. Make of that what you will.[[/note]]. And in the end, Isaac in effect undoes his own existence. This is because he knows what was done to create him. He wishes he was never born because of all of the pain his biological father caused. Being a child, he believes the blame rests on him. That black shadow at the end of Ending 15 could represent his own sins, real and imagined.


So... maybe Azazel is also some kind of character in Isaac's drawings that embodies what he "thinks might be cool?" (If sinful?) No idea about Eden, Lilith, or especially Apollyon though.

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So... maybe Azazel is also some kind of character in Isaac's drawings that embodies what he "thinks might be cool?" (If sinful?) No idea about Eden, Lilith, or especially Apollyon though.though.

[[WMG:Isaac's parents were not abusers.]]

As of ending 20, we get a sense of just how severe Isaac's self-loathing is. All the horrible things depicted or implied aren't Isaac's memories; they're what he thinks he deserves.


As many people have pointed out, Ending 14 [[spoilers:shows a photo of Isaac's mother and father out in the park with a happy girl wearing pink who has Magdalene's blonde wig]]; Word of God has confirmed that Isaac has no siblings, so we can only interpret this girl as Isaac. [[spoilers:A photo that comes after this in the same ending has an unhappy, bald Isaac wearing green.]] Isaac also has a nightmare about being presented with the wig, being extremely happy upon putting it on, and then crying when other children laugh at her. It's possible that Isaac has identified as a girl since being very young. Isaac's mother and father were accepting at first because they assumed their "son" was just playing dress-up or going through what they saw as a passing childhood phase, but as Isaac got older, her father became less accepting and thus left -- which was what drove her mother off the deep end as she blamed Isaac for driving the father out. Alternatively, both of her parents became less accepting as she got older, and they told her being herself wasn't right, possibly influencing her fear of being teased as in the dream.

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As many people have pointed out, Ending 14 [[spoilers:shows [[spoiler:shows a photo of Isaac's mother and father out in the park with a happy girl wearing pink who has Magdalene's blonde wig]]; Word of God has confirmed that Isaac has no siblings, so we can only interpret this girl as Isaac. [[spoilers:A [[spoiler:A photo that comes after this in the same ending has an unhappy, bald Isaac wearing green.]] Isaac also has a nightmare about being presented with the wig, being extremely happy upon putting it on, and then crying when other children laugh at her. It's possible that Isaac has identified as a girl since being very young. Isaac's mother and father were accepting at first because they assumed their "son" was just playing dress-up or going through what they saw as a passing childhood phase, but as Isaac got older, her father became less accepting and thus left -- which was what drove her mother off the deep end as she blamed Isaac for driving the father out. Alternatively, both of her parents became less accepting as she got older, and they told her being herself wasn't right, possibly influencing her fear of being teased as in the dream.



With all this, it can be concluded that Keeper represents the Body, ??? represents the Mind, and the Lost represents the Soul. (though nobody ever questioned that last part)

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With all this, it can be concluded that Keeper represents the Body, ??? represents the Mind, and the Lost represents the Soul. (though nobody ever questioned that last part)part)

[[WMG:Azazel, in addition to being how Isaac sees himself as a demon, is some kind of ParodySue-ish character out-universe]]

Most of the other characters just have one or two visual traits that separate them from the base Isaac (Cain's eyepatch, Judas' fez, Magdalene's hair and bow, etc) or are just Isaac in various states of death (???, Keeper, and the Lost), along with an item or two. Azazel, on the other hand, is a flying red-eyed demon that can shoot blood lasers, has asymmetrical horns, pitch-black hair, and is extremely powerful to boot. Heck, he can even teleport, by means of starting off with a Fool card. It just kind of brings to mind something like [[https://youtu.be/OenjX3oiP_s?t=274 this.]]

So... maybe Azazel is also some kind of character in Isaac's drawings that embodies what he "thinks might be cool?" (If sinful?) No idea about Eden, Lilith, or especially Apollyon though.


The first run of the game always ends [[spoiler:with the reveal that it was a story he was illustrating]], but then [[spoiler:Mom bursts in and tries to kill him for real.]] Because he subconsciously associated his mother's overzealous Christianity with her increasing neglect, he incorporates Christian symbolism in with various monsters he dreamed up for the story. As things go on, elements of past drawings incorporate themselves into his story, particularly his [[VideoGame/MeatBoy earlier]] [[TimeFcuk works]]. At some point, he realizes what happened and decides to draw [[DrivenToSuicide his mother aborting him]] in an attempt to prevent this all from happening. After [[spoiler:killing himself as a fetus]], he goes on to either heaven or hell. If he reaches heaven, he must destroy himself as a consequence for the paradox he created before. Afterwards, he either [[PuffOfLogic ceases to exist]], or, if he has the Polaroid, convinces himself it was AllJustADream, negating everything that happened.

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The first run of the game always ends [[spoiler:with the reveal that it was a story he was illustrating]], but then [[spoiler:Mom bursts in and tries to kill him for real.]] Because he subconsciously associated his mother's overzealous Christianity with her increasing neglect, he incorporates Christian symbolism in with various monsters he dreamed up for the story. As things go on, elements of past drawings incorporate themselves into his story, particularly his [[VideoGame/MeatBoy earlier]] [[TimeFcuk [[VideoGame/TimeFcuk works]]. At some point, he realizes what happened and decides to draw [[DrivenToSuicide his mother aborting him]] in an attempt to prevent this all from happening. After [[spoiler:killing himself as a fetus]], he goes on to either heaven or hell. If he reaches heaven, he must destroy himself as a consequence for the paradox he created before. Afterwards, he either [[PuffOfLogic ceases to exist]], or, if he has the Polaroid, convinces himself it was AllJustADream, negating everything that happened.


Think about it: Isaac is just a kid, can he really be capable of harboring such horrific manifestations of greed, lust, sloth, etc.? No. He's just heard his mother talk about sin, and internalized all that talk to assume -- and to fear -- that he contains all these horrible sins that he has to battle and kill before they consume him. [[YourMindMakesItReal They're really just the manifestations of that fear, not manifestations of the sins themselves.]]

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Think about it: Isaac is just a kid, can he really be capable of harboring such horrific manifestations of greed, lust, sloth, etc.? No. He's just heard his mother talk about sin, and internalized all that talk to assume -- and to fear -- that he contains all these horrible sins that he has to battle and kill before they consume him. [[YourMindMakesItReal They're really just the manifestations of that fear, not manifestations of the sins themselves.]]]]

[[WMG: ??? represents Isaac's mind, rather than his body.]]
The Lost has three items that it can unlock by defeating ???, Satan, and the Lamb: The Body, the Mind, and the Soul, respectively. If ??? represents Isaac's body and the Lost represents his soul, then it stands to reason that there must be a character who represents his mind as well. But who could it be? Magdalene, who seems to be Isaac's most commonly used "persona"? Azazel, who, like ??? and the Lost, starts with no red hearts? Apollyon, who might represent [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind the Void]]? None of the above. Isaac's mind is, in fact, ???.

Isaac's body is instead represented by Keeper, as evidenced by the username of Greed's official CharacterBlog, "[[http://www.twitter.com/iamisaacsbody iamisaacsbody]]". Keeper, unlike Azazel, but much like ??? and the Lost, can't collect red hearts at all. He instead collects coins for health, and coins, like the body, have a physical presence, as opposed to Soul Hearts or, in the Lost's case, nothing.

???'s appearance is how Isaac imagines his own dead body: A cartoonish, blue corpse with X's for eyes and [[NoDeadBodyPoops nothing but poop as a means of defense]]. Keeper, on the other hand, is what remains of Isaac's actual body: A colorless, shriveled, and highly unsettling carcass whose organs decayed long ago.

If that's not enough evidence, consider each character's debut. ??? first appeared in the original Flash game, which took place entirely in Isaac's mind. Every level, every cutscene, not once do we see so much as a glimpse of Isaac's real life before the Halloween update and, by extension, ''Wrath of the Lamb''. And even then, defeating ???, the definitive final boss of [=WotL=], yields an ending consisting of photos of Isaac's memories, the deepest part of his mind. Then comes ''Rebirth'', the first appearance of the Lost. Rebirth really piles on the evidence that Isaac is dead, with only his soul remaining. Afterbirth then introduces Keeper, along with a new ending that outright confirms that Isaac is dead, with Mom opening the chest and finding - you guessed it - Isaac's body.

With all this, it can be concluded that Keeper represents the Body, ??? represents the Mind, and the Lost represents the Soul. (though nobody ever questioned that last part)


When he sees his mother finding solace from her grief in her faith, he flips open a Bible. He's terrified. "This kid is called Isaac! I bet Mom wants me dead too!" Gameplay is a psychonautical mental battle, for Isaac's belief in his right to exist. The different playable characters are his different personality facets, Satan is his sins, Isaac 2 is his resulting regret at existing (that's why "II"ssac looks so happy when he dies), and ??? is his subsequent suicidal urges.

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When he sees his mother finding solace from her grief in her faith, he flips open a Bible. He's terrified. "This kid is called Isaac! I bet Mom wants me dead too!" Gameplay is a psychonautical mental battle, for Isaac's belief in his right to exist. The different playable characters are his different personality facets, facets; Satan is his sins, Isaac 2 is his resulting regret at existing (that's why "II"ssac looks so happy when he dies), and ??? is his subsequent suicidal urges.




[[WMG: Larry, Jr is a successful experiment of a [[Film/TheHumanCentipede human centipede]]]]

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\n** The final ending in ''Afterbirth+'' (and the final ending of ''Afterbirth'' before it) confirm that [[spoiler:Isaac died in the chest]].

[[WMG: Larry, Jr Larry Jr. is a successful experiment of a [[Film/TheHumanCentipede human centipede]]]]




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** [[spoiler:It turns out that ''Isaac'' was the one having delusions...]]



[[WMG: Almost every enemy is a possible BadFuture for Isaac]]

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[[WMG: Almost every enemy is a possible BadFuture for Isaac]]Isaac.]]



* Confirmed, of sorts - WordOfGod has stated that every enemy is also Isaac. Of course, what that means and whether it's literal or symbolic is up to you.

[[WMG: Isaac is an abused, unwanted child, and/or the spawn of Satan -- Either way, he wants to return to the womb and start over]]
He's naked. He has no possessions. His weapons are all body fluids. Most enemies resemble Isaac. "It Lives" IS Isaac as a fetus. Every form of Isaac is him dressed as a potential version of Isaac in the future. XXX/??? the Dead Baby -- to whom Isaac reacts in absolute horror -- is obtained AFTER YOU KILL ISAAC'S FETUS FORM. Every power-up mutates Isaac as well, representing future versions of him.

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* Confirmed, of sorts - -- WordOfGod has stated that every enemy is also Isaac. Of course, what that means and whether it's literal or symbolic is up to you.

[[WMG: Isaac is an abused, unwanted child, and/or the spawn of Satan -- Either way, he wants to return to the womb and start over]]
over.]]
He's naked. He has no possessions. His weapons are all body fluids. Most enemies resemble Isaac. "It Lives" IS ''is'' Isaac as a fetus. Every form of Isaac is him dressed as a potential version of Isaac in the future. XXX/??? the Dead Baby -- to whom Isaac reacts in absolute horror -- is obtained AFTER YOU KILL ISAAC'S FETUS FORM. Every power-up mutates Isaac as well, representing future versions of him.



** And then it's all but confirmed by [[spoiler:the ending you get by beating Mega Satan, where Isaac actually ''BECOMES A DEMON''. However, the ending you get for beating the Lamb is more along the lines of ScrewThisImOuttaHere.]]

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** And then it's all but confirmed by [[spoiler:the ending you get by beating Mega Satan, where Isaac actually ''BECOMES A DEMON''. However, the ending you get for beating the Lamb is more along the lines of ScrewThisImOuttaHere.ScrewThisImOuttaHere... at first glance. The endings you get for beating Hush and Delirium confirm that Isaac killed himself.]]




[[WMG: To go with the above, [[spoiler: Satan in-game is actually Isaac's dad]]]]

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\n*** '''COMFIRMED!!!''' Sort of. [[spoiler:The entire game was Isaac's DyingDream as he asphyxiated in his airtight chest!]]

[[WMG: To go with the above, [[spoiler: Satan [[spoiler:Satan in-game is actually Isaac's dad]]]]



Jossed in the remake. As far as we know, it's [[spoiler:Mega Satan. And we still have yet to see the TRUE true ending.]]

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* Jossed in the remake. As far as we know, it's [[spoiler:Mega Satan. And we still have yet to see the TRUE true ending.]]
** Welp. [[spoiler:We've seen the ''true'' true ending. And the Very Definitely TrueFinalBoss is... an embodiment of Isaac's insanity. Mmmkay then.]]



Mom never heard God´s voice. It was [[spoiler:Satan]], who tried to corrupt someone.

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Mom never heard God´s voice. It was [[spoiler:Satan]], who tried to corrupt someone.\\



[[WMG: His mother wants to kill Isaac because of the father.]]

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[[WMG: His Isaac's mother wants to kill Isaac him because of the father.]]



** Ending 13 shows that [[spoiler:his father left the family]].

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** Ending 13 13[[note]]14 in Rebirth[[/note]] shows that [[spoiler:his father left the family]].
*** And we get to see the circumstances behind said ParentalAbandonment in Ending 20.




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* Confirmed, the whole game is all in Isaac's head. [[spoiler:[[DyingDream It's the product of his brain shutting down]].]]



Isaac is very young. One might assume pre-school age. Possibly even younger considering some of the many references to Number One and poop through the game. Too young to toilet train or fascinated by bodily fluids (including his tears of course) - possibly both - or just a case of a kid that is having trouble with the concept using the toilet yet (though you will see that I think the first as I continue). But he is also very smart. Possibly a young genius type that is too smart for his life experience. He is also possibly completely aware of his entire life from the point he was in his mother's womb with a brain developed enough to learn, to his current age... and his brain is only learning faster. A true wunderkind.

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Isaac is very young. One might assume pre-school age. Possibly even younger considering some of the many references to Number One and poop through the game. Too young to toilet train or fascinated by bodily fluids (including his tears of course) - -- possibly both - -- or just a case of a kid that is having trouble with the concept using the toilet yet (though you will see that I think the first as I continue). But he is also very smart. Possibly a young genius type that is too smart for his life experience. He is also possibly completely aware of his entire life from the point he was in his mother's womb with a brain developed enough to learn, to his current age... and his brain is only learning faster. A true wunderkind.



* [[spoiler:Well, the Dark Room is a stereotypical final dungeon -- it's a dimension of pure darkness, for crying out loud! I dunno what the Lamb is -- probably some demon trying (and [[EpicFail epically]] [[PaperThinDisguise failing]]) to pass itself off as Jesus Christ Himself. (Seriously, the upside-down cross on the forehead isn't helping its case.) As for why it's fought ''[[DragonTheirFeet after]]'' Satan, your guess is as good as mine -- [[AvengingTheVillain maybe seeking revenge]] against the guy who offed its boss. Mega Satan, on the other hand, is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin clearly Satan gone]] OneWingedAngel -- because when ''{{Satan}} himself'' isn't enough of a challenge, well, [[IAmNotLeftHanded maybe it's because he was holding back?]]]]

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* [[spoiler:Well, the Dark Room is a stereotypical final dungeon -- it's a dimension of pure darkness, for crying out loud! I dunno what the Lamb is -- probably some demon trying (and [[EpicFail epically]] [[PaperThinDisguise failing]]) to pass itself off as Jesus Christ Himself. (Seriously, the upside-down cross on the forehead isn't helping its case.) As for why it's fought ''[[DragonTheirFeet after]]'' Satan, your guess is as good as mine -- [[AvengingTheVillain maybe seeking revenge]] against the guy who offed its boss. Mega Satan, on the other hand, is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin clearly Satan gone]] OneWingedAngel -- because when ''{{Satan}} himself'' isn't enough of a challenge, well, [[IAmNotLeftHanded maybe it's because he was holding back?]]]]
back?]] Then Hush is asphyxiation, and Delirium is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.]]



* Puberty pills can be found after Wrath of the Lamb, suggesting that Isaac is changing more and more.

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* Puberty pills can be found after Wrath ''Wrath of the Lamb, Lamb'', suggesting that Isaac is changing more and more.



* [[spoiler:Confirmed with ending 13]].

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* [[spoiler:Confirmed with ending 13]].
13.]]



Completing [[spoiler:The Cathedral]] with six characters unlocks an item called the Polaroid. Take it into the fight with [[spoiler:Isaac]], and rather than fighting him, you instead fight [[spoiler:??? / Bluebaby. By the end of the fight, he will rise in a column of light and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, just like Isaac did in his previous fights with him.]] After this, Ending 12 makes a lot more sense. [[spoiler:His previous suicide attempt failed and turned him into Bluebaby. However, he managed to free himself and send himself to heaven by defeating him. This sinks in right after he does so... and he then realizes that he must kill himself and turn himself into Bluebaby once more to get his redemption and peace.]]

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Completing [[spoiler:The Cathedral]] with six characters unlocks an item called the Polaroid. Take it into the fight with [[spoiler:Isaac]], and rather than fighting him, you instead fight [[spoiler:??? / Bluebaby.[[spoiler:???[=/=]Blue Baby. By the end of the fight, he will rise in a column of light and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, just like Isaac did in his previous fights with him.]] After this, Ending 12 makes a lot more sense. [[spoiler:His previous suicide attempt failed and turned him into Bluebaby. However, he managed to free himself and send himself to heaven by defeating him. This sinks in right after he does so... and he then realizes that he must kill himself and turn himself into Bluebaby Blue Baby once more to get his redemption and peace.]]




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** CONFIRMED!!! Ending 20 in ''Afterbirth+'' [[MindScrewdriver shows us what happened]].



When you kill [[spoiler:Isaac, it represents Isaac deciding that he is indeed corrupted by sin and should bring himself out of the world.]] However, there are two primary reasons for this theory: One, it's a goddamn [[spoiler:toybox!]] The things would surely be childproofed. And two, the True Final Boss is [[spoiler:the Blue Baby, representing Isaac's death by suffocation.]] In the final ending, you ''kill him,'' and in doing so, Isaac decides that [[spoiler:though life is hard, those happy memories are worth it, and he'll persevere.]]
* Note that in order to fight [[spoiler:Blue Baby]], you have to obtain The Polaroid, a memento of those happier times. Without it, [[spoiler:Isaac gives in to despair]] -- but with it, [[spoiler:he realizes that there's still hope.]]

Or gets bored of waiting to [[spoiler:suffocate in a toy box that isn't airtight,]] whichever.

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When you kill [[spoiler:Isaac, it represents Isaac deciding that he is indeed corrupted by sin and should bring himself out of the world.]] However, there are two primary reasons for this theory: One, it's a goddamn [[spoiler:toybox!]] The things would surely be childproofed. And two, the True Final Boss TrueFinalBoss is [[spoiler:the Blue Baby, representing Isaac's death by suffocation.]] In the final ending, you ''kill him,'' and in doing so, Isaac decides that [[spoiler:though life is hard, those happy memories are worth it, and he'll persevere.]]
persevere]].
* Note that in order to fight [[spoiler:Blue Baby]], you have to obtain The Polaroid, a memento of those happier times. Without it, [[spoiler:Isaac gives in to despair]] -- but with it, [[spoiler:he realizes that there's still hope.]]

hope]].

Or gets bored of waiting to [[spoiler:suffocate in a toy box that isn't airtight,]] airtight]], whichever.



[[WMG: [[MagicTheGathering Cruel]] [[http://media.tumblr.com/ccbeafa358ed0085e1e0235d5a538c0b/tumblr_inline_n7nfjvct9T1rq0wgw.png Sadist]] is Isaac's mother at a young age.]]

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[[WMG: [[MagicTheGathering [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Cruel]] [[http://media.tumblr.com/ccbeafa358ed0085e1e0235d5a538c0b/tumblr_inline_n7nfjvct9T1rq0wgw.png Sadist]] is Isaac's mother at a young age.]]




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* [[spoiler:HaHaHaNo. I was wrong, there's no GoldenEnding. [[DeadAllAlong The whole thing]] was the DyingDream of a suicidal kid suffocating himself to death.]]



[[WMG: The final boss of the Rebirth expansion will be [[spoiler: Azazel]].]]

Given that we've fought [[spoiler: Isaac himself]] and [[spoiler: Isaac's corpse]], it makes perfect sense to fight [[spoiler: his demon form]].

* [[spoiler:Jossed. There are two new major bosses: Hush, a Bonus Boss who seems to be a suffocated Isaac or ???, and Ultra Greed, the final boss of Greed Mode.]]

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[[WMG: The final boss of the Rebirth expansion will be [[spoiler: Azazel]].[[spoiler:Azazel]].]]

Given that we've fought [[spoiler: Isaac [[spoiler:Isaac himself]] and [[spoiler: Isaac's [[spoiler:Isaac's corpse]], it makes perfect sense to fight [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his demon form]].

* [[spoiler:Jossed. There are two new major bosses: Hush, a Bonus Boss BonusBoss who seems to be a suffocated Isaac or ???, and Ultra Greed, the final boss of Greed Mode.]]
** And [[TrueFinalBoss the final final final boss]] is [[spoiler:Delirium, who represents the insanity that led Isaac to his death.]]



That makes the BASE MENT seed Isaac's parent's ultimate triumph, since after the Item Pools are exhausted, the only thing left is Breakfast, which is why Isaac's parents played this game with him: to get him to eat his meals.

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That makes the BASE MENT seed Isaac's parent's parents' ultimate triumph, since after the Item Pools are exhausted, the only thing left is Breakfast, which is why Isaac's parents played this game with him: to get him to eat his meals.



Greed is probably the most popular of the Seven Sin bosses, even receiving his own mode of sorts in ''Afterbirth''. Also, [[spoiler: the ending you receive for clearing Greed Mode implies that Greed is yet another aspect of Isaac. In this case, he's what Isaac becomes when he hangs himself after being trapped in a secret room by a cave-in. On top of that, the ending ends with Greed smiling--happiness that he'll soon get his day?]]

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Greed is probably the most popular of the Seven Sin bosses, even receiving his own mode of sorts in ''Afterbirth''. Also, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the ending you receive for clearing Greed Mode implies that Greed is yet another aspect of Isaac. In this case, he's what Isaac becomes when he hangs himself after being trapped in a secret room by a cave-in. On top of that, the ending ends with Greed smiling--happiness smiling -- happiness that he'll soon get his day?]]



Well, he has female personas, a penis isn't visible in-game, and in one of the loading dreams in Afterbirth, the little dot between his legs actually falls off.

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Well, he has female personas, a penis isn't visible in-game, and in one of the loading dreams in Afterbirth, ''Afterbirth'', the little dot between his legs actually falls off.



* Uh, the bit about the [[spoiler:Sans-like]] TrueFinalBoss is Jossed, I think. The TrueFinalBoss, [[spoiler:Delirium]], is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin -- [[spoiler:an embodiment of Isaac's mind decaying into incoherent nothingness as he suffocates in the chest]].

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* Uh, the bit about the [[spoiler:Sans-like]] TrueFinalBoss is Jossed, I think. The TrueFinalBoss, [[spoiler:Delirium]], is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin -- [[spoiler:an embodiment of Isaac's mind decaying into incoherent nothingness as he suffocates in the chest]].
chest]]. And getting a GoldenEnding? [[HaHaHaNo Ha ha ha ha,]] ''[[DownerEnding you]] '''[[DeadAllAlong wish]].'''''


* This theory is given credence by the fact that in Rebirth, [[spoiler:Dad's Key opens the room to the super secret boss, Mega-Satan.]]

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* This theory is given credence by the fact that in Rebirth, ''Rebirth'', [[spoiler:Dad's Key opens the room to the super secret boss, Mega-Satan.]]



* Given the Halloween Update, [[spoiler: she might have been manipulated by Satan.]]
* Either that, or it's supposed to mirror the story as it is -- God asked her as a test of faith. The reason He [[spoiler: stopped her so violently was because she showed no remorse in killing her son, which showed she had faith in Him but no compassion for fellow humans]].

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* Given the Halloween Update, [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she might have been manipulated by Satan.]]
* Either that, or it's supposed to mirror the story as it is -- God asked her as a test of faith. The reason He [[spoiler: stopped [[spoiler:stopped her so violently was because she showed no remorse in killing her son, which showed she had faith in Him but no compassion for fellow humans]].



So why the tears, the monsters, and the fighting? It's almost all a test, to see what kind of person Isaac truly is. It isn't exactly a battle in the center of the mind. Isaac is transported to an alternate realm partially made up of his own subconscious, evidenced by Mom's grotesque appearance and the constant references to Isaac's broken childhood and household. The collectibles are a combination of granted gifts and inherent powers that Isaac discovers in himself and out in this mysterious realm. He gains control over them, then chooses his fate. Should Isaac fail entirely to either escape or kill Satan, then he snaps back from the very real fight to die alone of suffocation, hence why The Lost floats away from the dead Isaac's body. ??? and The Lost are two separate existences, the body and the soul. God takes pity upon Isaac and grants Isaac a chance, using both, to redeem himself. They are, of course, much more difficult their time around as Isaac loses life and corporeality. And Isaac may still chose whether to escape or overthrow Satan.

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So why the tears, the monsters, and the fighting? It's almost all a test, to see what kind of person Isaac truly is. It isn't exactly a battle in the center of the mind. Isaac is transported to an alternate realm partially made up of his own subconscious, evidenced by Mom's grotesque appearance and the constant references to Isaac's broken childhood and household. The collectibles are a combination of granted gifts and inherent powers that Isaac discovers in himself and out in this mysterious realm. He gains control over them, then chooses his fate. Should Isaac fail entirely to either escape or kill Satan, then he snaps back from the very real fight to die alone of suffocation, hence why The Lost floats away from the dead Isaac's body. ??? and The Lost are two separate existences, the body and the soul. God takes pity upon Isaac and grants Isaac a chance, using both, to redeem himself. They are, of course, much more difficult their time around around, as Isaac loses life and corporeality. And Isaac may still chose choose whether to escape or overthrow Satan.



* [[spoiler: CONFIRMED. Maxing out the Greed Machine now unlocks Keeper, a playable version of Greed.]]

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* [[spoiler: CONFIRMED.[[spoiler:CONFIRMED. Maxing out the Greed Machine now unlocks Keeper, a playable version of Greed.]]



Think about it. Almost twenty different conclusions, [[spoiler: a few of which have Isaac definitively dying]]. The game's Rougelike nature. [[spoiler: The two different paths partway through.]] Isaac is stuck in a loop of sorts where he is able to choose his persona and the specific experiences he has are always different, but everything keeps resetting.

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Think about it. Almost twenty different conclusions, [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a few of which have Isaac definitively dying]]. The game's Rougelike nature. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The two different paths partway through.]] Isaac is stuck in a loop of sorts where he is able to choose his persona and the specific experiences he has are always different, but everything keeps resetting.
* Given the final ending shown in ''Afterbirth+'' after defeating [[spoiler:Delirium]], I think it's fair to say that [[spoiler:by playing the game, we're forcing Isaac to relive his death over and over and over and over and over [[OverlyLongGag and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.]] And slowly suffocating in a small airtight space [[NightmareFuel is not exactly a pleasant way to go]]. WhatTheHellPlayer, indeed.]]



Expanding on the above WMG, Isaac's world and life is constantly reset and randomized by the player. Maybe the true goal of one or several of the characters (Satan, God, Mom, Isaac, etc.) is to find a "[[GoldenEnding final ending]]" that will end the loop and allow them to continue with their lives. Maybe we'll even get a TrueFinalBoss along the lines of [[spoiler: Sans]], whose goal is to [[spoiler: get the player to stop playing and resetting everything.]]

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Expanding on the above WMG, Isaac's world and life is constantly reset and randomized by the player. Maybe the true goal of one or several of the characters (Satan, God, Mom, Isaac, etc.) is to find a "[[GoldenEnding final ending]]" that will end the loop and allow them to continue with their lives. Maybe we'll even get a TrueFinalBoss along the lines of [[spoiler: Sans]], [[spoiler:Sans]], whose goal is to [[spoiler: get [[spoiler:get the player to stop playing and resetting everything.]]
* Uh, the bit about the [[spoiler:Sans-like]] TrueFinalBoss is Jossed, I think. The TrueFinalBoss, [[spoiler:Delirium]], is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin -- [[spoiler:an embodiment of Isaac's mind decaying into incoherent nothingness as he suffocates in the chest]].



As many people have pointed out, Ending 14 [[spoilers: shows a photo of Isaac's mother and father out in the park with a happy girl wearing pink who has Magdalene's blonde wig]] ; Word of God has confirmed that Isaac has no siblings, so we can only interpret this girl as Isaac. [[Spoilers: A photo that comes after this in the same ending has an unhappy, bald Isaac wearing green.]] Isaac also has a nightmare about being presented with the wig, being extremely happy upon putting it on, and then crying when other children laugh at her. It's possible that Isaac has identified as a girl since being very young. Isaac's mother and father were accepting at first because they assumed their "son" was just playing dress-up or going through what they saw as a passing childhood phase, but as Isaac got older, her father became less accepting and thus left - which was what drove her mother off the deep end as she blamed Isaac for driving the father out. Alternatively, both of her parents became less accepting as she got older, and they told her being herself wasn't right, possibly influencing her fear of being teased as in the dream.

It's worth noting that one of the first things Isaac's mother takes from her as an "influence of sin" are her *clothes* - normally you think of being nude as linked to sin (e.g. lust), unless there's something "sinful" with the clothes you're wearing. Mom probably caught Isaac in a dress or skirt, perhaps something she sewed from "boy's" clothes she had, so decided the only solution was to take away ALL of Isaac's clothes. There's also the Mom transformation; dressing up in parents' clothing isn't exactly uncommon among any kids, and it has a lot of significance to trans kids. And the pajamas that give you full health and Soul Hearts - dressing in clothing that makes the character feel like herself *heals her.* That's really powerful symbolism.

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As many people have pointed out, Ending 14 [[spoilers: shows [[spoilers:shows a photo of Isaac's mother and father out in the park with a happy girl wearing pink who has Magdalene's blonde wig]] ; wig]]; Word of God has confirmed that Isaac has no siblings, so we can only interpret this girl as Isaac. [[Spoilers: A [[spoilers:A photo that comes after this in the same ending has an unhappy, bald Isaac wearing green.]] Isaac also has a nightmare about being presented with the wig, being extremely happy upon putting it on, and then crying when other children laugh at her. It's possible that Isaac has identified as a girl since being very young. Isaac's mother and father were accepting at first because they assumed their "son" was just playing dress-up or going through what they saw as a passing childhood phase, but as Isaac got older, her father became less accepting and thus left - -- which was what drove her mother off the deep end as she blamed Isaac for driving the father out. Alternatively, both of her parents became less accepting as she got older, and they told her being herself wasn't right, possibly influencing her fear of being teased as in the dream.

It's worth noting that one of the first things Isaac's mother takes from her as an "influence of sin" are her *clothes* - normally ''clothes'' -- normally, you think of being nude as linked to sin (e.g. lust), unless there's something "sinful" with the clothes you're wearing. (It should be noted that the Japanese associate nudity with purity, but there is absolutely zero indication that Isaac's family is Asian.) Mom probably caught Isaac in a dress or skirt, perhaps something she sewed from "boy's" clothes she had, so decided the only solution was to take away ALL '''all''' of Isaac's clothes. There's also the Mom transformation; dressing up in parents' clothing isn't exactly uncommon among any kids, and it has a lot of significance to trans kids. And the pajamas that give you full health and Soul Hearts - -- dressing in clothing that makes the character feel like herself *heals her.* ''heals her''. That's really powerful symbolism.



Think about it: Isaac is just a kid, can he really be capable of harboring such horrific manifestations of greed, lust, sloth, etc.? No. He's just heard his mother talk about sin, and internalized all that talk to assume - and to fear - that he contains all these horrible sins that he has to battle and kill before they consume him. [[YourMindMakesItReal They're really just the manifestations of that fear, not manifestations of the sins themselves.]]

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Think about it: Isaac is just a kid, can he really be capable of harboring such horrific manifestations of greed, lust, sloth, etc.? No. He's just heard his mother talk about sin, and internalized all that talk to assume - -- and to fear - -- that he contains all these horrible sins that he has to battle and kill before they consume him. [[YourMindMakesItReal They're really just the manifestations of that fear, not manifestations of the sins themselves.]]


[[WMG: Larry, Jr is a successful experiment of a [[TheHumanCentipede human centipede]]]]

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[[WMG: Larry, Jr is a successful experiment of a [[TheHumanCentipede [[Film/TheHumanCentipede human centipede]]]]

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