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Elliot, he came to me too. I've been wishing for this since I was ten years old. I don't want him to die.
~ "Keys" describing E.T. with Elliot

Keys is the main antagonist of the 1982 science-fiction film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. While he himself is not a bad person he is considered the main antagonist due to the threat he initially poses to the alien E.T.. His real name is never spoken in the film.

He is portrayed by Peter Coyote.

Early life

Little is known about Keys' life before the events of the film however he himself reveals to Elliot that he has been fascinated with the prospect of encountering a real extraterrestrial since he was 10 years old and has been wishing for it for a majority of his life. At some point he became a government agent dedicated to discovering and capturing a real extraterrestrial, however he has no evil intentions and simply want to fulfill his childhood dream of seeing a real alien up close.

The Hunt for E.T.

While E.T. is separated from his ship and fellow aliens in the forest, Keys and his men arrive in trucks and eventually discover E.T. who attempts to flee from him. While E.T. manages to not be captured, he is left behind as his fellow aliens flee from Earth to avoid being captured themselves. Keys and his men than go on the hunt for E.T. in the following days throughout the forest. He is seen once by Elliot and Keys eventually discovers the candy Elliot is leaving for E.T..

Eventually, Keys and his men discover that Elliot has been hiding E.T. in his home and they seize his family's home and quarantine it. While E.T. and Elliot are under medical observation, Keys' face is finally seen and he observes E.T. with awe. Speaking with Elliot, Keys reveals that he is truly not a bad person and reveals that he has been wishing to see an alien since he was 10 years old and does not want E.T. to die. When Elliot says that E.T. must return to his home, Keys tells him that he believes that E.T. was not left behind intentionally but that his being on Earth is truly a miracle. Keys also tells Elliot that he is glad that E.T. came to him and that he did his best in protecting him.

After E.T.'s apparent death and revival, Keys encounters Mary and Gertie as they are about to leave to go to the location of E.T.'s ship and Keys is shocked. He travels to the site with Mary and Gertie and allows E.T. to escape, knowing that he does not belong on Earth and that it is not safe for him. Keys watches as E.T. departs from Earth forever and is shown to be in sincere awe.

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