- "Grab a seat. Enjoy the show. This is history."
- ―Keyes (from Predator 2)
Peter J. Keyes was a secret government agent operating in Los Angeles under cover of a special DEA task force investigating an international drug conspiracy. In reality, he was head of the government's top-secret Other World Lifeform taskforce, which was attempting to capture a live Predator.
Keyes frequently clashed with Mike Harrigan's investigation of the murders committed by the City Hunter, Keyes' target, perhaps never more notably than when Harrigan personally killed the very creature Keyes and his men were attempting to capture.
Peter Keyes graduated with a PhD in Physical Sciences from Cornell University. After graduating college he was quickly placed with the Strategic Defense Institute and two years later was made a Captain in Air Force Intelligence. At some point following this, Keyes became head of the top-secret Other World Lifeform taskforce, investigating Predator-related incidents and trying to capture one of the beasts to harness the power of their scientific technology.
Hunting a hunterEdit
By 1987, fully versed on a number of previous Predator attacks, Keyes, along with his agents attempted to capture the same kind of creature that was responsible for massacring the special forces in Val Verde.After receiving reported evidence of the creature's involvement in a Los Angeles drug battle, Keyes convinced the Los Angeles Police Department to cooperate with his investigation on a supposed drug conspiracy posing his unit as an NSA team. This was actually a cover up to hide their actual objective to capture the Predator.
Having tracked the creature to its feeding location, a local slaughterhouse, the OWLF team had been observing the creature for days and learned new facts about the beast. When LAPD Lieutenant Mike Harrigan confronted the Predator, Keyes was forced to explain the entire situation by showing Harrigan the team's special trailer and revealing key points about the Predator's technology, history of involvement with Earth and abilities. He also mentions the South America incident that happen ten years ago.
Keyes and his team set up a trap at the slaughterhouse and personally leading the assault team with a group of his best men, confident that they had found a way to make themselves invisible to the Predator using thermal suits and radioactive dust particles. They planned to catch the alien using liquid nitrogen spray guns.
Keyes and his team tried to captured the Predator. Keyes and his team didn't know that the Predators improved their technology and skills. The Predator overcomes the trap using heretofore unknown technology, switching its helmet's visual spectrum and the creature wipes out all of Keyes’ team single-handedly. Keyes appears a little later to make a final stand against the monster when the Predator is heading towards Harrigan. The Predator throws its disc weapon which slices through Keyes killing him. Leadership of the OWLF team is then taken up by Keyes second in command, Agent Garber.
Personality & TraitsEdit
He appeared to command fear and respect within his agency, operating with secrecy and high level clearance.
- The character of Peter Keyes was originally supposed to be Dutch from Predator, to be played again by Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, Schwarzenegger declined the role owing to his dislike of the city setting and his previous bad experience with a sequel on Conan the Destroyer. As a result, the role was rewritten and recast.
- Inside Peter Keyes' trailer, if you look closely at the monitors you can see the word 'Beowolf' written in the lower left corner of the screens, linking the Predator to the man eating monster Grendal.
- Two Predator comics characters appear to be clear references, or at least homages, to Keyes - the special agents "Blondie" from Predator: Race War and Claude Loudermilk from Predator: Bad Blood (both of whom may or may not be the same person). Both characters are, like Keyes, Caucasian, blonde, impeccably dressed in suits, egotistical and slightly power-mad special agents who lead a secret government task force hunting the Predators.