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— Ib

This is the page for the character Ib. Information on the game Ib can be found here.

Ib (イヴ Ivu) is the silent protagonist of the horror game Ib and the first playable character in the game, preceding Garry and (as of v1.04) Mary.

Appearance

Ib is a nine-year-old girl with brown hair and red eyes. Her hair is a dull chestnut brown, parted into fringed bangs across her forehead, with the rest worn long and down her back. She wears a white long-sleeved blouse adorned with a red ribbon, similar to the blue scarf that Mary wears, and a knee-length pleated red skirt that matches her neckerchief. She also wears black knee-high socks and red shoes with white soles and adorned with a small red bow on the top of each shoe. Her attire is very similar to a school uniform. In the Safe Room, Garry compliments her fashion sense.

In the True Guertena Exhibit, during one of Garry's conversations with Ib, he notes that she appears to be skinny, wonders if she's eating properly and tells her to make sure she's eating nutritious foods. Mary also notes that her hair is very silky.

Personality

Ib's personality varies depending on the player's choices, but she is shown as reticent, reserved, and vacantly unreadable. She appears to have an unusual mental immunity to most surreal events that would normally result in trauma, though she may simply be too young and naïve to identify when things are out of the ordinary.

However, she is truly very kind, compassionate, and emotional on the inside. When the cursed gallery's events start to ominously involve those who are significant to Ib (namely, her parents and later, Garry, with varying events depending on the player's route), Ib is visibly disturbed. After certain extremely tense moments, Ib expresses her affection physically, as she hugs Garry on two separate occasions. Ib is clearly frightened of the cursed gallery during the cutscene showing her nightmare. She is also very sensitive to others, as she felt sorry for Mary when she had to leave her behind. 

Due to her age, Ib is rather naïve. She can't read certain words in the gallery and doesn't completely understand what is going on, although she is aware of the concept of danger. For example, in any of the endings in which Garry dies, Ib, upon seeing his body, will think that he is sleeping.

Rose

Ib finds her Red Rose after she enters the cursed gallery of the Fabricated World. After she picks it up, the rose window on the interface will indicate that it only has three petals, but it can be restored to full health after placing it in the nearby vase. Unlike Garry's rose, her rose has only five petals. This may be due to their age; she is younger, and thus weaker than Garry.

Her rose is red, which is symbolic for love and compassion. However, it is also possible that Ib's rose is colored red for her personality. Red describes kindness, energetic spirit (that children usually have), bravery, liveliness, and strong mental rank.

Role

One day, Ib and her parents visit an art museum featuring Guertena's artworks. Her mother gives her permission to look at the art on her own, and Ib goes on to explore the museum by herself. Eventually, she gets transported to the Fabricated World (read as "??? World," depending on whether or not Garry survives). After exploring a bit, she eventually finds the Red Rose. A nearby sign explains that the rose is linked to her life; if it dies, so does she. She doesn't understand this at first, however, as she didn't know what some of the words meant.

As Ib continues through the cursed gallery, she will find Garry, collapsed on the ground and in pain, yet holding onto a Small Key tight in his hand. After she picks up the key, inspecting Garry again will give her two options: to call out to him or massage his shoulders, which will have little impact or cause him even more pain, respectively. However, these options become unavailable after Ib obtains the Blue Rose, which she will find being torn apart by The Lady in Blue. Since Garry, just like Ib, is connected to a rose, nothing will help him until Ib heals his rose.

When Ib escapes with Garry into the Sketchbook, they soon end up in the Toy Box after Mary pushes them in. Depending on the conversations between Mary and Ib, she may or may not be able to find her rose. If there are no petals around when she wakes up, her rose can't be found. If petals can be found, they will lead to the rose.

Relationships

Garry

Ib treats Garry the same way he does to her. She feels safe near him, and Garry feels the same way, sometimes even needing Ib for his own protection and sanity. Ib often asks Garry questions, some being what certain words she can't read are, others about Garry himself. Garry is very important to Ib, which is proven by bond point system. If the bond reaches eight points, Ib will be able to give him her precious handkerchief when he cuts his hand. If Garry is driven insane in the Doll Room, she will hug him if she's able to snap him back to reality. Otherwise, she will hug him when he saves her from Mary's attempt to stab Ib in the Brown Area.

Since the player chooses most of Ib's choices with Garry, not much can be told about their actual relationship. However, she trusts him enough to return to the Fabricated World with the fake Garry in a variation of Ib All Alone. If Ib is unable to restore Garry's sanity, she gives into despair and never recovers.

Mary

Ib, at first, is glad to meet Mary so she can continue the search for a way out together. She is initially friendly towards Mary and at times will show concern for her, but some possible choices imply that Ib still does not trust her as much as she does with Garry. Ib has been shown to fear her on several occasions, especially in the bad endings.

Ib's Mother

Ib arrives at the art gallery with her parents and asks if she can go off by herself. Her mother allows it under the condition that Ib doesn't get herself into trouble. She appears to be a bit strict, but does trust Ib. In the Fabricated World with Garry, she sees a portrait of her mother and father (Couple) and is noticeably disturbed. In a conversation with Garry in the Safe Room, when he compliments Ib's high-quality clothing, Ib states her mother picked it out for her. In another conversation with Mary, she asks Ib if her mother is nice, with one of the choices being "Not when she's angry". If Ib is about to jump into the painting with Garry, Ib's fake mother (whom Garry cannot see) will come and scold her. Going with the fake mother will result in the Ib All Alone ending. In every ending where Ib escapes the art gallery, her mother has some sort of role, usually telling Ib that it's time to leave or talking to her about the paintings. If Ib sleeps on the Final Stage, Ib recalls her mother giving her a handkerchief for her ninth birthday.

Ib's Father

Not much is known about Ib's relationship with her father. He does seem to have a more laid back attitude, however. When Ib sees a portrait of her mother and father (Couple), she is noticeably disturbed. If Ib sleeps on the Final Stage, Ib will recall her father giving her a stuffed bunny for her birthday, despite her mother's disagreement (since Ib has so many stuffed bunnies already). Ib and her father seem to be on relatively good terms, especially since kouri has drawn them together multiple times.

Trivia

  • Due to her age, many of the books Ib reads have words she does not know, which appear as question marks.
    • The question marks disappear when she is with Garry, as he can read them for her.
    • At one point, her inability to read certain words is used to censor some naughty words in a book she finds, which Garry promptly closes and tells her not to read until she's older.
  • Ib suffers from multiple hallucinations in the cursed gallery, two of them involving herself hanging, seeing the blue dolls as bunnies, and seeing her mother or Garry in the Ib All Alone endings. This is possibly linked to her inability to understand certain aspects of the cursed gallery.
  • Ib's name may be a variation of "Eve," as "Ivu" (Ib's name in romaji) is the Japanese pronunciation of the name "Eve."
    • In a private e-mail, kouri has stated that it was always intended for Ib's name to be spelled "Ib" rather than "Eve."
    • Her name may also be the short form of/based on the Japanese word "ibara," which translates to "thorn." However, ibara is not a good name, as it gives the implication that the person with that name "stings." Another possibility could be that it is short for Ibuki, which can be written to mean "dream princess" (夢姫) or "love dream hope" (愛夢希), among other kanji.
  • Ib appears to particularly like bunnies. In the Doll Room, she sees the blue dolls as bunnies, she is seen in many of kouri's drawings with a bunny, and she owns many stuffed bunnies in her home, to the point her mother disapproves of her father buying another one due to this.

Gallery

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Ib as seen on her inventory screen.
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Ib as seen on her inventory screen in the 2022 remake.
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Ib and Garry's reflection on the mirror.
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Ib, Garry, and a Mannequin Head's reflection on the mirror.
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Ib and Garry's reflection covered by the word "Play".
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Ib and Garry's reflection covered in red text.
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Ib and Garry's reflection covered by the word "Eye" multiple times.
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Ib and Garry's refection with Garry's face smudged over.
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Garry and Ib looking at the mirror in the remake.
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Ib and Garry in Promise of Reunion.
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Ib and Mary in Together, Forever.
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Ib in the game's title screen.
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The Sinister Painting depicting Ib.
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Ib's sprite sheet.
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Ib's inventory screen in the remake, with Truant Second Hand's hands on her head.
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Ib seen with the Golden Lamp in the music selection screen of the True Guertena Exhibit.

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Ib and Garry as seen on the cover of Quarterly Pixiv magazine Volume 10.
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Garry, Ib, and Mary rubber phone strap set.
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Ib plate.
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Ib movic figurine concept.
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Ib figurines.
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Mary, Ib, and Garry browsing merchandise at kouri's Guertena Shop.
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Ib LINE stickers.
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English versions of Ib LINE stickers.

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A red headless statue wearing Ib badges.
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Ib drawn with a mouse.
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Ib with her rose.
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Ditto, but colored.
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Ib massaging Garry's hip.
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Ib and Garry hiding from Stirred Up.
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Garry, Ib, and Mary observing Fleeting Thoughts on a Moonlit Night.
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Garry and Ib solving a museum puzzle.
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Ib Halloween 2012.
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Ib concept art.
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Ib concept sketch.
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Ib's 1st Anniversary.
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Ib with her mother.
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"Come Ib."
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Weakened Ib - discarded concept where her menu image would change every time her rose loses a petal.
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Ib.
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Ib's Mother/Garry telling Ib to keep her handkerchief/rose safe (déjà vu for Ib).
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Garry breaking a Headless Statue after trying to move it (one point added to his doom counter).
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Ib with her rose.
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Mary's drawing of herself with Ib.
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Ib holding Pandora's Box.
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Ib and Garry making paper doll rain charms.
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Ib and a key.
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Banshee Ib (Halloween 2012).
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Ib and her father commemorating with Beaujolais nouveau wine.
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Garry and Ib encountering the red skull of Puzzle.
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Ib fully protected for winter.
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Ib warming her hands by a golden fish.
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Ib holding her rose.
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Garry and Ib wearing yukata (2013 New Year).
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Mary tampering with Garry's hair (2013 New Year).
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Ib eating a snow rabbit rice cake (2013 New Year).
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Mary winning the Ib and Mary plush dolls from a claw machine.
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The Flower-eating Painting requesting for Ib and Garry's roses.
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Ditto, but colored.
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Ib curiously reaching towards a fish head painting.

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Ib hugging a rabbit.
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Ib holding a promotional Ib mug.
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Ib (Christmas 2012).
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Mary and Ib (2013 New Year).
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Winter Ib 2013.
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Ib and the Ant.
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Ib and her father (Father's Day 2013).
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Ib and Garry (Tanabata 2013).
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Ib on a paper cup.
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Ib holding the Jewel Box of Temptation.
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Ib lottery promotional picture.
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"Thank you!!"
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Realistic Ib.
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Ib (2nd Anniversary).
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Ib (Halloween 2013).
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Ib bathing in a glass of wine.
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Ib (2014 Year of the Horse).
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Ib and Garry.
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Ib and rabbit chocolate (White Day 2014).
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Garry and Ib looking at the real gallery through the Fabricated World painting.
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Results of the official Ib character popularity poll.
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Ib holding a stuffed fish.
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Ib (Halloween 2014).
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Garry telling Mary and Ib about mille crêpes (Halloween 2014).
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Ib Halloween 2014.
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Ib and Garry (Valentine's Day 2015).
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Ib with her rose and Garry's arm.
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Ib's 3rd Anniversary.
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Ib wondering what gift she'll receive for Christmas.
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The result of Garry plucking a flower from Ib's head.
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Ib doodles.
Garry Doodles
Garry doodles.
Mary Doodles
Mary doodles.
Item Doodles
Item doodles.
Guertena's Works Doodles
Guertena's works doodles.
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The bird from Place of Warmth laying an egg.
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Ib's 4th Anniversary.

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Ib, Mary, and Garry holding an apple.
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Ib's 5th Anniversary.
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Ib (Halloween 2018).
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Ib (Halloween 2018).
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Ib (2019 Year of the Boar).
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Ib's7th Anniversary.
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Ib and Garry.
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Ib's 8th Anniversary.
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Design for an Ib stamp.
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Designs for some Ib stamps.
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Ib's 9th Anniversary.
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Ib's 10th Anniversary.
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Ib, Garry and Mary wearing Bunny Ears (2023 New Year).
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Promotional art for the Ib remake's release on the Nintendo Switch.
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Promotional art for the Ib x Tower Records Café event (January 2024).
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Ib's 12th Anniversary.
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Promotional art for the release of Ib on PS4 and PS5.

External links

References

  1. In the Safe Room, one of the possible conversations with Garry involves him asking for Ib's age.
Ib Characters
Main characters

IbMaryGarry

Minor Characters

Ib's MotherIb's FatherGuertena Weiss

Enemies

MaryClawsHeadless StatueThe Lady in RedThe Lady in BlueThe Lady in YellowThe Lady in GreenBlue DollRed EyesFake MotherFake GarryMistakeNaked WomanLiarsSpitting Painting

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