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Creator / Edmund McMillen

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The David Cronenberg of video games.

Edmund McMillen (born March 2, 1980) is an indie game creator and former comic author. Initially making a name for himself through Flash games on Newgrounds, Ed saw his breakthrough when he and programmer Tommy Refenes, collectively known as Team Meat, released a commercial sequel dubbed Super Meat Boy.

Since then, most of his work has been commercial releases, and he is now best-known for his even bigger breakthrough hit The Binding of Isaac and its expansions and further editions, which has become immensely popular with streamers.

Works by McMillen include:

  • This is a Cry for Help (High School years)
  • The Backup Files of Freddy the Robot (2000)
  • The Lonely Hermit (2001)
  • Dead Baby Dressup (2001-2008)
  • Carious Weltling (2003)
  • Clubby the Seal (2004)
  • Gish (2004)
  • Thicker Than Water (2004)
  • Blast Miner (2006)
  • Triachnid (2006)
  • Cereus Peashy (2007)
  • Host (2007)
  • Guppy (2007)
  • Coil (2008)
  • Meat Boy (2008)
  • Cunt (2008)
  • Aether (2008)
  • Grey Matter (2008)
  • AVGM (2009)
  • Spewer (2009)
  • Time Fcuk (2009)
  • Super Meat Boy, (2010), the non-flash sequel to Meat Boy.
  • The Binding of Isaac (2011)
    • Wrath of the Lamb DLC (2012)
  • The Basement Collection (2012), a boxset of his older Flash games, comics, and misc. art, with most of the games receiving expanded contentContents 
  • Facist! (2014)
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (2014), a "re-quel" featuring a new, 16-bit art style and new content.
  • Fingered (2015)
  • The End Is Nigh (2017)
  • The Legend of Bum-bo (2019)
  • The Binding of Isaac: Four Souls (2018), a physical card game.
  • Mewgenics (Sometime in 2024), a unique game summed up as a "Cat Lady Simulator".

Tropes commonly employed

  • Black Comedy: A lot of Meat Boy's cutscenes, and almost all of Isaac. A lot of his older flash games, too.
  • Body Horror: A lot of his works runs on this trope.
  • The Cameo: Often times characters from his other games will make crossover appearances.
  • Canon Welding: Apparently, Time Fcuk and Isaac are highly related, and Steven may even be Isaac. This just complicates things more.
  • Creator Thumbprint: Putting fetuses or fetus imagery in his games, as seen from the Big Bad in Super Meat Boy, the title character in Spewer, a lot of the monsters and imagery in The Binding of Isaac, and pretty much the entirety of Coil.
  • Mind Screw: The amount varies depending on the game, but just try to piece together what The Binding of Isaac's plot really is. Coil and Time Fcuk are other major examples.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Apparently since he was a kid, if his biographical comic "Thicker Than Water" is anything to go by.
  • Surreal Horror: Some of his games, but especially his trailers, done by James Id.
  • Toilet Humour: A recurring motif ever since his first games and animations.