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SR disambig icon.svg This article is about the in-game character. For the real-life actor who also voices this character, see wikipedia:Keith David.

Keith David is a character in Saints Row IV.

I'm not the first actor to move into politics, but I'm one of the better ones. Theater, film, television, animation, commercials, shit, I've even done video games. Though video games aren't exactly renowned for their storytelling. Still, I'd conquered acting. By the time I got the call from the Saints, I was ready for something new.
— Keith Audio Log 1


Having conquered stage and screen as an award-winning actor, Keith David went looking for new challenges. He found plenty when he signed on as the Boss' running mate. He helped secure the votes of the key thespian demographic and continues to serve his country as a level-headed counterpart to the sometimes misunderstood President.
— Description of Keith David from the Saints Row Website.[6]

Keith David serves as Playa's vice president.[9]

Keith is an award-winning actor prior to becoming involved with Playa.[6]

In real life, Keith David voiced Julius Little in Saints Row and Saints Row 2, and the likeness between them is noted by other characters several times throughout Saints Row IV in a running joke. Keith himself claims he cannot see the similarity. Keith is the vice president, and is one of the first members of the president's cabinet abducted by Zinyak and is also the first saved by Kinzie, he aids the Saints until ultimately, he betrays the Saints by allowing Zinyak to kidnap Kinzie, knocking out Pierce, Ben King, Asha Odekar, and Matt Miller[10]. Quite similar to Julius' actions at the end of the first Saints Row.[11] One of his Audio Logs prefaces his betrayal. He made a deal with Zinyak to kill Playa in exchange for restoring Earth. Unlike Julius, however, Keith survives his betrayal of Playa when Keith returns to the Saints side after saving Playa who is being brutally beaten by Zin but not before getting put in a simulation where he is brainwashed to think that everyone is out to get him. Then he fights Roddy Piper, and Playa teams up with Roddy in helping get Keith back to normal. He then tells Playa how to save Kinzie and he returns to the ship. At the end of the game, assuming all loyalty missions have been completed, it is revealed that Zinyak told a half-truth; the Zin had time travel technology that would enable the Saints to revisit Earth before it was destroyed.[12]


Saints Row IV[]

Keith David was an actor in theater, film, television, animation, commercials, and video games.[13] He entered into politics and was approached by Playa to act as their vice president, which Keith had then agreed to. After many struggling campaign trails,[Reference needed] they had finally won the election, and the Saints entered into Government.

A few years later, Keith and Playa are still in the White Crib. When the earth is attacked by an alien empire known as the Zin, Keith is being beamed up and abducted by the aliens.[14]

Shortly after, Keith reunites with press secretary Kinzie Kensington and they steal a Zin Ship and rescue Playa when he escapes his nightmare simulation. Despite Keith David's worry, Playa decides to enter back into The Simulation to track down his friends.[15]

Zinyak kicked the stool out from under my political aspiration when he and his armada showed up. One of the worst things you can do is piss off America. Now, I don't necessarily agree with how the President is handling these things. Seems there must be a better way. I'm not saying I'd do better but, shit, maybe that's exactly what I'm saying. If I had the chance anyway.
— Keith Audio Log 3

Somehow Keith David is contacted by Zinyak, who offers to restore Earth if Keith betrays the Saints and has Playa killed. Keith accepts the proposal, and allows the Zin to ambush The Ship while Playa and the Saints are inside Virtual Steelport. He knocks out Matt Miller and Asha Odekar, then leaves, leading to Kinzie being kidnapped by Zinyak.[10]

After his betrayal, Keith becomes "President for Life" inside Virtual Steelport, and begins declaring support of Zinyak. Playa arrives and gives chase to Keith inside the Federal Building,[Reference needed] but Playa is ambushed and attacked by two Zin guards inside the office. Keith has a quick change of heart and kills the two Zin soldiers, but before he can give Kinzie's location to Playa, Zinyak arrives and abducts Keith and Playa. Keith is then forced to relive the movie They Live while fighting Roddy Piper. Keith keeps attempting to escape, and Playa gets Roddy to help them beat up Keith David for information on Kinzie's whereabouts.[5]

After getting out of Keith's nightmare simulation, Playa advises Keith to get help with his issues. Keith doesn't appear in story missions after this, and is not present during Playa's takeover of the Zin Empire after Zinyak's death.[12] However he is still present on The Ship.

How the Saints Save Christmas[]

Keith doesn't serve any role in the story missions. Upon completing the final mission "The Santa Clawz" he appears in the final cutscene, where Keith and Playa make snow angels together, and Keith poses in a photograph with the rest of the Saints.


Keith David

  • Keith David made his first appearance in the "War for Humanity" trailer for Saints Row IV, which was released on 6 June 2013.[8]
  • In real life, Keith David voiced Julius in Saints Row and Saints Row 2[16][17]
  • Julius and Keith sounding alike is mentioned multiple times during Saints Row IV.[18][19][20]
  • Keith David is the second voice actor who also exists in the Saints Row universe: a fictional Michael Clarke Duncan also plays Benjamin King in the film adaptation of the King's autobiography, Regicide.[21]
  • The character is similar to Burt Reynolds in Saints Row: The Third in that they are both fictionalized versions of actors voiced by their real-life counterparts.
  • The "War for Humanity" trailer contains Civilian holding a placard which says 'I HEART Goliath'.[8] In real life, Keith David voiced Goliath in the show Gargoyles.
  • Keith David is listed as "Vice President" rather than his name when given the choice to romance or talk to him.[3]
  • He is the only non-romanceable character on the ship.
  • Super Keith David's outfit resembles that of Lando Calrissian from the Star Wars films. Both Lando and Keith betray their friends, which causes causes an ally to be kidnapped, then redeem themselves by helping to save them.
  • Keith David's role in the film Requiem for a Dream is referenced by Female Voice 2's line "Great... this better not end up with me going ass to ass...".[5]
  • Keith is the only Homie that is upgraded into a Super Homie via storyline progression, and not through an optional Loyalty Quest.
    • In the Australian version of Saints Row IV, then Keith is the second Homie upgraded into a Super Homie via storyline progression with Shaundi being the first.
  • Keith uses a Deacon 12-Gauge Shotgun when recruited as a Homie. He also uses the Dominator when rescuing Playa during The Real World.


  1. Image: HTSSC Saints posing
  2. Image: "Keith David"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Image: Vice President interaction choice
  4. Note: Audio Logs
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Mission: He Lives
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Image: [ Saints Row website > About > People > The Cabinet > Keith David]
  7. Credits: Saints Row IV credits
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 YouTube: War for Humanity trailer
  9. Dialogue:
    Playa: "I picked the right running mate?"
    Keith David: "Damn right."
    — "War for Humanity" trailer[8]
  10. 10.0 10.1 Mission: When a Plan Comes Together
  11. Mission: Saints and Martyrs
  12. 12.0 12.1 Mission: Grand Finale
  13. Audio Log:
    I'm not the first actor to move into politics, but I'm one of the better ones. Theater, film, television, animation, commercials, shit, I've even done video games. Though video games aren't exactly renowned for their storytelling. Still, I'd conquered acting. By the time I got the call from the Saints, I was ready for something new.
    — Keith Audio Log 1

  14. Mission: The Saints Wing
  15. Mission: The Real World
  16. Saints Row Wiki: Saints Row credits
  17. Saints Row Wiki: Saints Row 2 credits
  18. Mission: Miller-Space
  19. Mission: King Me
  20. Mission: Gat Time, Fun Time
  21. Image: Jane Valderamma Appointed Defender newscast Saints Row 2