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The Keys of the Locke family are variety of magical keys that are found hidden throughout the Locke family home, Keyhouse Manor. The original Keys were crafted by Benjamin Locke during the eighteenth-century Revolutionary War. After Benjamin, many more keys were made by others, including: Harland and Tyler Locke, even Hans Riffel.


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The keys... they can bring about the greatest good, or the darkest evil, and you, the maker, get to decide.

–Duncan Locke

During the war in 1775, soldiers discovered and opened the Black Door in the Drowning Caves, thereby releasing demons. In order to seal the door shut, Benjamin crafted a padlock and a key from Whispering Iron — which he claimed had been tempting him.[1] He later crafted numerous other keys,[2] as did many of the Lockes that came after him; these keys remained with the Locke family and were often used by them.[3]

It is implied that the Children of Leng whose bodies were used to make the Keys are still alive in some way, because the Keys can still whisper when they are lost and want to be found.[4] Chamberlin Locke believed that the Children of Leng that have been turned into Keys want a human to use them as weapons.[5]

Netflix Adaptation[]

In the Netflix series, the keys must be willingly given to a demon such as Dodge, who, for unknown reasons, cannot take the keys from the Locke children by force. This was exclusive to her as Sam Lesser took keys from the Locke children, and Dodge took the same keys from him.[6][7] Most likely this came from Dodge being a demon while Sam was still human.

It's revealed that the creation of the keys is done via alchemy and that only the person hearing the whispering from the Whispering Iron can make the key because "making a key is a conversation between the Whispering Iron and the key maker."[8] Duncan reveals that he had learned it from the ghost of Chamberlin Locke. While teaching Tyler how to make a key, Duncan tells him that "a key gets its magic from the intention of the key maker" and that he needs to close his eyes and focus on the intention of what he needs the key to do. While the Whispering Iron is from the demon world, its power can be reshaped to bring about the darkest evil or the greatest good "and you as the maker get to decide." Once the key maker has focused their intention for the key, they add their blood to the melted-down Whispering Iron before pouring the molten metal into the key mold. Once its in the mold, the key can take anywhere from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours to harden as every key is different.[9] He also tells Dodge that the blood used to make the key must be Locke blood for it to work.[7] This may because they are descendants of Benjamin Locke, the first person to create the keys who showed no sign of magical talent before making the Omega Key and in fact needed his sister's help to figure out the alchemical process.[9]

After being led to the Memory Key by the whispers, Tyler suggests to Gabe and Logan that the keys only lead the Lockes to them when they need the particular key in question the most.[10]

Known Keys[]

There's a key that can let you step outside your body and be a ghost. And another that can change the way you look. The best is the key that can take you anywhere in the world you wanna go if you know how to use it. It's made of gold and has six interlinked circles.



Dagger.png indicates that the key solely appears in the Netflix series; they are not mentioned nor appear in the graphic novels.
Pilcrow.png indicates that the key appears in the graphic novels, but was redesigned and/or renamed in the Netflix series.
Dagger2.png indicates that the key first appeared in the Netflix series, but was later integrated into the graphic novels.

Meta Keys[]

These keys have not made an appearance in the official comics but appear in merchandise, promotional tie-ins, and/or non-canon materials.

Minor Keys[]

These keys can be seen in art but were unused. Note that the names are not official.

  • Yin-Yang Key
  • Toy Key
  • Illuminati Key (Seen in the Glass Ceiling and Welcome to Lovecraft 6)
  • Freemason Key (The bow of the key is decorated with a Freemason Square and Compass, in the center is a flower instead of a "G", outlined in a laurel wreath. Appears only in the Glass Ceiling)
  • Scepter Key
  • Compass/Star Key
  • Two other keys of unidentifiable symbolic design

Locks that hint at potential Keys[]

These are locks that are seen in the art that could hint at the existence of potential Keys. Names are not official.