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Keith is a recurring character in the second season and a minor character in the third season of Stranger Things. He was previously an employee at The Palace Arcade in 1984 but now works at Family Video nearly a year later.

History

Keith attended Hawkins High School along with Steve Harrington, Nancy Wheeler, and Robin Buckley. He harbored a crush on Nancy while harboring resentment towards Steve due to his douche-like nature throughout high school, meaning he was possibly a victim of Steve's bullying.

1984

While the Party watches Dustin fail to play Dragon's Lair, Dustin comments that despite the loss, he is still on the top score on Centipede and Dig Dug. Just then, Keith says if he's sure about that while he smugly eats Cheetos. Dustin checks out Dig Dug and Centipede to find that his scores have been beaten by a play called "MADMAX". When Dustin asks who the player is, Keith simply says, "Better than you.", causing Dustin to flip him off. As the boys try to get an answer out of him, Keith says he'll reveal it in exchange for a date with Mike's sister Nancy, though Mike denies the offer. Dustin agrees, saying Keith will spread his "nasty-ass rash" (his acne) to his family, causing Keith to call Dustin a "wastoid" and have an argument with him.

When Lucas needed to talk to Max alone, Keith arranges the meeting by putting a broken sign over Dig Dug and lying to Max that he has a spare game in the backroom, in exchange for Lucas getting him a date with Nancy.

1985

By October of 1985, Keith now worked at Family Video right near the Arcade. One day, Robin and Steve apply to work there. When being interviewed by Keith, he asks each of them their three favorite movies, to which Robin answers successfully while Steve does not. Keith then hires Robin to start working Monday while Steve fails. Robin tells Steve to back away so she can talk to Keith privately, which he reluctantly does. Though Keith still holds animosity towards Steve for his former douchebaggery, Robin says having Steve work there will bring ladies into the store, and Keith could benefit from it. Fully convinced, Keith then asks if Robin has a thing for him, to which she confirms they're just best friends. The two then watch as Steve trips over a Phoebe Cates cutout and says his favorite movie is Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Personality

Keith is an acquaintance of the boys, who often exchange childish jabs with each other. He is very monotone and laidback, answering and talking extremely slowly. He is often shown eating some form of snacks. It can be assumed he shares interests with the boys since he asks Steve specifically which Star Wars movie he likes.

Keith isn't conventionally attractive but tries pushing his luck trying to get Mike Wheeler to set him up on a date with Nancy, even going to the lengths of helping Lucas trick Max to get in a room with him to inform her on the events of the previous year.

Memorable Quotes

  • "You know I despise Dig Dug..."
  • "Acne isn't a rash, and it isn't contagious you prepubescent wastoid..."
  • "You sure about that...?"
  • "Just keep it PG..."
  • (Dustin: "Who's MADMAX?") "Better than you."
  • "Thanks for sharing. Didn't know.
  • "He's a douchebag of the highest order, Robin." - Keith to Robin about Steve.
  • "Three favorite movies. Go".

Appearances

Season Two appearances
MADMAX Trick or Treat, Freak The Pollywog
Will the Wise Dig Dug The Spy
The Lost Sister The Mind Flayer The Gate
Season Three appearances
Suzie, Do You Copy? The Mall Rats The Case of the Missing Lifeguard The Sauna Test
The Flayed E Pluribus Unum The Bite The Battle of Starcourt
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