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I've never had a plan for the money, but now I do! I'm going to light it on fire in front of Sky! Does that seem too bitter...?
~ Dave vowing revenge for Sky's betrayal.

Dave is a minor antagonist of the Canadian animated franchise Total Drama, serving as one of the main protagonists-turned-final antagonist of Total Drama: Pahkitew Island.

For almost all of the season, he wasn’t a villain at all, but in the final moments of the season‘s finale, "Lies, Cries and One Big Prize" , he finds out that Sky (whom he had a mutual attraction with) had a boyfriend. Following his sanity slippage and coupled with the fact that Sky "betrayed" him , he was given the chance to hinder the finalists by Chris and to take his revenge... Even though it could have been avoided if Sky had told him sooner or if it wasn't for Chris' selfishness but Chris was being the true villain for causing Dave's insanity and taunting him about the “betrayal”. He was also a pain magnet/comic relief of his season.

He was voiced by Daniel DeSanto.

Personality

Due to seeing himself as the only normal person on the show, Dave can be easily frustrated by his teammates if they are weird and can also expect little of them. He is a logical thinker, albeit a little uptight, and is a complete neat freak and has an intense fear of germs , bacteria and is constantly scared of touching or eating things that he doesn’t trust. However, despite sometimes expecting little from some of his teammates, Dave is generally a good person and he generally treats people nicely and spends quality time with them, as seen when he helped Ella out of the water and defended her against Sugar's violence, or when he built a good friendship with Shawn. However, this drastically changed in the later episodes of the season. Dave became very sensitive, naive and would be easily motivated or depressed during a challenge. His affection for Sky made him very anxious, whiny, unintelligent and tragic. That affected a lot his performance as he was prone to mood swings. He can also be very angered and mentally unstable when betrayed as seen in the finale, due to the selfishness of Chris McLean, who turned him against Sky by manipulating him into thinking that Sky betrayed him, which caused Dave to lose his already fragile sanity and to be extremely angered and take many attempts to severely hurt her and Shawn as well when he was given the chance to do so. In fact, Dave wanted to burn his share of the money in front of Sky to make her pay if he were to win.

History

  • In "So, Uh This Is My Team?", during the zeppelin ride to the island, Dave comments on Max's "weirdness". However, Dave soon finds himself more put off by Leonard and Ella, After Chris forces everyone to jump out of the zeppelin, Dave is unfortunate enough not to get a parachute and get feathers instead. Dave is later placed on team Waneyihtam Maskwak along with the others who didn't get actual parachutes. Throughout the challenge, Dave is annoyed by his other teammates' antics and counter-productiveness and is constantly told by Sky to not let it get to him. He gets particularly angry with Beardo's constant noise making and Leonard's wizard talk. Soon, Chris announces it's time to build their shelters and Waneyihtam Maskwak works on a plan. Dave gets annoyed by Beardo's sound effects again while Leonard suggests building a "Wizard's Tower". Everyone agrees with this idea, annoying Dave. The Wizard's Tower is built, but is soon destroyed by a herd of moose, causing his team to lose. At the elimination ceremony, Dave wonders if he can vote for four people (which he can't, means he can only choose one). In the end, Beardo is eliminated, satisfying Dave.
  • In "I Love You, Grease Pig!", Dave is annoyed by Leonard's story. Dave suggests to Leonard not to make up stories, but Leonard insists it did happen, and Dave is hesitant when Sky tries to calm the team down and bring them together. When Chris announces the rules for the next challenge as the "Oops-stacle Course", Dave worries about the amount of grease being used. When deciding on which legs of the course each team member will participate in, Dave argues with Sugar about letting Leonard finish the course, but is forced to let Sky start and Leonard finish. As Ella dances with the greased pig over the tires, Dave encourages her and tells her to go a little faster. Eventually, Ella gets the greased pig into Dave's wheelbarrow and Dave is scared to touch the greased leash due to his germaphobia. Dave eventually does so and runs with the greased pig, however, Dave gets hit by grease thrown by Max's controlled greased pig, causing him to panic. Dave, covered in grease, rushes the greased pig over to Leonard and starts to freak out due to the amount of grease on him. Sky tells him to breathe and manages to calm him down and Dave admits that Sky has a calming effect to him. Later, Leonard tries to "levitate" the pig over the wall but Dave tells Leonard to just take the pig over there himself. Leonard says that his spells don't work because someone doesn't believe in him and Dave says he doesn't believe in him. Dave yells at Leonard to pick up the pig, but Jasmine from the Pimâpotew Kinosewak quickly climbs the wall with her pig and wins the challenge for her team. At the elimination ceremony, Dave is satisfied when Leonard is eliminated.
  • In "Twinning Isn't Everything", Dave is seen with the rest of his teammates in the cave Shawn found. Sky brings a bucket of water and Dave awkwardly compliments her. When Sky wants to go forging with Shawn, Dave feels a little jealous, and desperately agrees to join them. Later, Chris announces that the challenge is to collect balloons filled with unknown substances and hit the other team with them, and Dave is scared by some things that may be in the balloons. During the challenge, Dave runs into Sky and asks to team up with her, sky blushes but she refuses to do so since she listened more to her brain than her heart, but she sensed someone being nearby and pushes Dave away to save him. Max and Scarlett pop Sky's balloons, releasing a swarm of bees, and Dave follows her to make sure she's not injured. Dave manages to catch up to Sky and accidentally says that he's glad the bees went after her instead of him. Dave says that he's allergic to bee stings but Sky interrupts and tells him that he must warn the others that the other team is using their own balloons against them. Dave agrees to this and runs off only to run smack into a tree. As Dave is running around, he finds Shawn, who has painted himself to look like a tree which scares Dave. Shawn manages to hit Max and Scarlett with some balloons and Dave compliments him on his aiming. Later, Dave manages to hit Rodney with a balloon and, later, Topher as well. However, Dave is then hit by Samey and is covered with itching powder, eliminating him from the challenge. In the end, team Maskwak wins thanks to the performance of Dave and Shawn.
  • In "I Love You, I Love You Knots", Dave is seen forging with Shawn during the daytime. After Shawn runs away with Dave after noticing Jasmine, Dave says in the confessional how Jasmine has a thing for Shawn and remarks how the place is weird. Dave and the rest of team Waneyihtam Maskwak head down to where Chris announces the next challenge as "Truth or Scare." After Chris said how if they tell a lie or fail a challenge that they will get shocked, Dave wondered what Chris mean by that and the metal collars placed on everyone. Chris demonstrates by shocking everyone saying they are all alive. Later, Sky has to do a "scare" by drinking an entire jug of mineral water and Sky does so at a slow pace. Dave thinks she has little probability to finish but Shawn manages to get all of the water down her throat. Sky starts to feel strangely and Dave and the rest of Waneyihtam Maskwak slowly move from her. However, Sky burps silently confusing everyone. Eventually, Dave has to a "scare" that involves him kissing the person next to him. Shawn quickly runs away but Dave finds himself lucky that he has to kiss Sky. As Dave is about to kiss Sky, she blushes. When they were about to kiss, sky burps very loudly in his face and Dave says he could taste it in his eyes. However, the challenge wasn't correctly done and Dave and the rest of Waneyihtam Maskwak are shocked as a result. Unfortunately, Dave is on the receiving end of Shawn's "scare" that involves him picking his nose and touching him with it. Dave attempts to run away but Shawn cuts him off and blows a massive amount of snot onto Dave causing him to freak out. Chris said that Shawn was supposed to pick his nose then touch Dave and Waneyihtam Maskwak are once again shocked. When Ella did her truth and Sugar tried to attack ella, Dave and Shawn held Sugar back to protect Ella until Chris shocked them two times for scaring Clucky. Eventually, Chris started up the lightning round and both teams are tied. Chris announced that it was going to be a sudden death and Rodney and Ella are going against each other. Sugar wants Rodney to win so Ella gets shocked but Dave tells Sugar that they will all get shocked if they lose but Sugar doesn't care. Ella easily gets her remote out of the bag but refuses to press it but an enraged Clucky repeatedly presses the other team's button earning another win for Waneyihtam Maskwak. After Chris announces the reward as horse meat, Dave, along with the rest of his teammates, is disgusted. Later, Dave catches up with Sky remarking how they almost kissed earlier but Sky quickly runs off, because she's not feeling good due to the water. Dave wonders if Sky likes him or not, a sad Dave then goes away.
  • In "A Blast from the Past", during the morning, Dave and Sky are seen foraging. Sky tells him about how she wants to be an Olympian and Dave says that he was listening. In the confessional, Dave says he wants to tell Sky how he feels about her but hopes he doesn't do what he always does. As Sky continues to talk with Dave, Dave accidentally talks about how gymnastics aren't a real sport, upsetting Sky. Sky is a bit angry at him but Dave tells her that he always says dumb things just before he tells a girl how much he likes her. Dave calms himself down and tells Sky he likes her and wonders if she likes him back. However, Sky burps in his face again but Dave knows she does it whenever she's nervous. Soon, Chris announces it's time for the next challenge and Dave and the rest of Waneyihtam Maskwak head down to the beach. Chris announces that each team must grab a total of six dueling sticks and bring them back to their side. Dave agrees to go first saying that Sky should go later due to her gym skills. Dave is voluntary to participate first and he manahes to bring a dueling stick. When Sugar and Samey when against each other, Dave was shocked and surprised to see a bear knocked Sugar down. After Ella got shocked and knocked into the water by Max. Sugar is amused by Ella’s injury but Dave came and helped up Ella and even put her shoe on, unintentionally making Ella fall in love with him. Eventually, it's Dave's turn again and he has to go against Jasmine. Dave manages to knock Jasmine into the water and earns another point for his team. Ella then tells Dave that she will repay his debt by earning a point for their team and Dave just says "Hmm, okay". Ella manages to do so after Max is knocked into the water by the scuba bear. Eventually, Shawn returns to the game and Dave wonders where he has been. Dave is then disgusted by Shawn's appearance and smell. As Shawn still think the zombies are after him, Dave manages to convince him to grab a stick and knock the other team's "zombie" into the water. Dave's plan worked as Shawn held nothing back when he thought Jasmine was a zombie and earns a point for his team. Dave and the rest of team Waneyihtam Maskwak cheer for Sugar but is surprised that Amy reappears. Dave says in the confession that either Amy is back or Samey never left but ends up confusing himself. During Amy and Samey's fight, Sugar wins the challenge for Waneyihtam Maskwak earning their third straight win in a row. In this episode, Dave was the main contributor for his team. Dave and the rest of Waneyihtam Maskwak attend the elimination ceremony as they watch how Amy and Samey are blown away.
  • In "Mo Monkey Mo Problems", Dave is seen in the forest making a picnic. Shawn appears and tells Dave that Sky was hesitant into getting into a relationship. Dave tells Shawn that Sky said she liked him too but also remembered her adding "but" to the sentence thinking it could mean anything. Shawn tells Dave that Sky is competitive and is not here for a relationship but for the money and wonders if Dave is the same. However, Dave says he doesn't care about the money and asks Shawn if he could give up a million dollars to be with his true love. Shawn, teary-eyed, agrees to find Sky and Dave continues to smell flowers even though he's allergic to them. Eventually, Dave is surprised to be joined by Ella but Dave kindly asks her if she would mind going away before sky's shows up, unknowingly breaking her heart. Dave eventually joins the rest of his team where he sits beside Sky. Chris then announces the next challenge as "Snack Attack" where both teams must try to get their gold coins into the vending machine to win. Dave says that is easy enough and Chris says that the gold coins are attached to two monkeys that ran into the forest. Waneyihtam Maskwak's monkey has a pink necklace and Dave tells his team that he has a "secret weapon" and holds up a banana. Dave and the rest of Waneyihtam Maskwak begin to chase after their monkey and they manage to corner it. Dave tells Sugar to give him the banana but Sugar has already eaten it. Sugar failed to catch the monkey and the rest of Waneyihtam Maskwak are distraught that their monkey has eaten the golden coin. Eventually, Waneyihtam Maskwak manage to corner their monkey again as Dave is asked by Sky to hold it down while she gets the coin. Dave is worried about touching the monkey due to his fear of germs but the monkey is soon eaten by a bear. Waneyihtam Maskwak wonder how to get to the monkey and coin now and Sky suggests bring the bear. In the confessional, Dave knows it's a bad plan but agrees to it to stay good with Sky. Dave tries to get to bear to come closer but the bear ends up grabbing him. Eventually, Ella sang to save Dave’s life. The bear then follows Waneyihtam Maskwak back to Chris and Chris isn't convinced about the monkey being in there. Fortunately, Sugar manages to get the bear to spit out the monkey and then grabs the coin from inside of the monkey. Jasmine from the other team suddenly shows up to put the coin in the vending machine but Sugar manages to flick the coin into the vending machine first earning another win for Waneyihtam Maskwak. Dave and the rest of Waneyihtam Maskwak attended the elimination ceremony where, even though Max had more votes against him, Chris eliminated Ella due to her singing earlier, because sugar snitched to Chris that Ella sang. Ella then sang on her way out and said goodbye to a Dave , who seems sad due to the elimination of his friend.
  • In "This Is The Pits!", by this stage Sky no longer tries to hide her feelings for Dave, however, she is still hesitant of being in a relationship despite her also crushing on Dave. She had a dream of a muscular Dave handing her a ring and asking her to be his jungle queen before she awakens to Dave offering her some berries he picked. Dave, on the other hand, continues to move on Sky and feels the only thing required to cement their relationship is a kiss. However, Sugar, who views their relationship as an alliance, continuously attempts to come between them and interrupted everytime Dave and sky tried to kiss. At the end of the episode, Chris decides to split apart a couple due to it being unfair for the rest of the players, worrying Dave and Sky. However, he removes Max and Scarlett, transporting the former onto Waneyitham Maskwak, but then has Sky transfer teams to avoid a numbers advantage. Sky, while upset, sees this as an opportunity for Dave to realize that they're over, but Dave attempts to convince himself otherwise in the confessional before bursting into tears.
  • In "Three Zones and A Baby", following Sky's switch to Pimapotew Kinosewak, Dave is left disappointed in the cave, and Shawn and Sugar attempts to cheer him up fail. Just before the challenge starts, Sugar burps in Topher’s direction but Jasmine deviates it to Dave‘s direction, which suffocated him. Sky attempts to help Dave but Jasmine stops her and tells her that he is the “enemy”. During the episode, Jasmine tries to awaken the dangers to the other team to slow them down, then she intentionally alerts a snake nearby Dave which wakes the snake up and starts to attack him. Dave, despite being injured is excited over that Sky helped him and he thinks it proves that Sky still likes him and he returns the favor by warning her before she can step on a horn. But Sky, who is forced by jasmine, betrayes an injured Dave and throws the horn, allowing Chef to pin Dave to a tree with his pasta rocket. Jasmine then prevents Sky from having any moments with Dave since she and Dave are no longer teammates and she tells to sky that he is the "enemy". However she eventually loses her patience, and declares Sky is either with her or with them. Sky is hesitant but she decides to side with Jasmine and betrays Dave to affirm her allegiance, leaving him depressed and injured. Dave becomes paralysed due to jasmine, but Shawn helps him and carried him to the third zone. Shawn inspires Dave to continue by reminding him that giving up won't attract Sky, but a winner will, bit Dave is still paralysed. Dave resolves to win the challenge to impress Sky and once his team wins, he announces to Sky that he is a winner.
  • In "Hurl and Go Seek", at this point, Dave has finally lost his mind trying to show Sky that he is a strong competitor. After the teams have merged, Dave once again attempts to move on Sky, but she continues to reject him. In the pre-challenge, he vigorously skulls the jug to beat her, in an attempt to beat her and show he's worthy. However, this inadvertently makes himself look like an arrogant jerk to Sky. Once Chris announces the challenge is a game of hide and seek, he once again tries to pair up with Sky, but this time she harshly rejects, telling him that he would never be her boyfriend. This leaves Dave extremely depressed and he kneels over and begins to cry. Chris approaches and seemingly attempts to comfort him. However, he only ends up making it worse by reminding Dave of all the reasons that made him so upset, which leads Sky to angrily scold Chris. When Dave finally decides to join the others he continues to call out to Sky, by coincidence Sky is hiding right behind where he's standing and tells him to be quiet as they would both be caught. As Sky comes out they both have another angry exchange, however suddenly both stop and smile at each other. Dave takes the moment and asks her again if he can be her boyfriend, but Sky returns to her senses and once again rejects him before leaving him. Dave finally loses it and proclaims he doesn't want to be her boyfriend, taking off his shoe and throwing it at her. He then states he is a "lone wolf", even crouching down on a rock and howling to emphasis his point. Throughout the rest of the episode, Dave remains dejected over Sky turning him down, Dave was being idiotic as he revealed himself to sugar for a stupid reason, Sugar exploits this. She makes Dave jealous of Sky turning him down and getting a chance at the million while he doesn't, newly enraged Dave revealed Sky's position to Sugar. While Dave travels with Sugar he sees two birds showing affection to each other, and tells the male bird the female is intending to betray him. At the end of the episode, Dave and Sky are in the final two. However, Dave reveals in the confessional that he had payed off most of the people to vote for him, as he had no desire to be in the competition now that he was no longer with Sky. His campaign to get himself eliminated succeeds, due to him voting for himself. As he is about to be fired from the Cannon of Shame, Chris gives him one last chance to make amends with his love. He calls out to Sky one final time, only to find she's not there watching him. A depressed Dave asks Chris to fire the cannon, however, Sky comes running over in time to tell him goodbye, but it was too late, she only saw him get blasted away. A sad Sky then goes away.
  • In "Lies, Cries and One Big Prize", as part of the final challenge, Sky had Dave selected as her helper. Dave was thrilled to see her again, but Sky was hesitant given their last encounter. Chris only makes this worse when he tells Dave that Sky did not want him as her helper. This leaves Dave sad and he apologizes to Sky for what happened. Sky makes sure Dave is fully focused on the challenge by kissing him and exploiting Dave's naivety to revitalize his drive to help Sky win , and Sky had a plan to date Dave after the show is over. Dave and sky managed to navigate down the mountain in the first part of the challenge as well as getting through the mud pit without any issue and Dave’s germaphobia is still present. However, this all changes when Chris shows Sky's audition tape to Dave and everyone else, to ruin their romance for his own entertainment. In it, Sky says she'll miss her boyfriend, Keith, if she is picked for the show. The revelation leaves Dave (quite literally) frozen in shock as the term, "my boyfriend, Keith", plays over and over in his head, because chris keeps playing it again and again. Sky tries to convince Dave otherwise, but he already feels betrayed by her so responds bursting out in anger and denies Sky a chance, leaving her guilty for her actions. When Dave was given the chance to become a hinderer for both Sky and Shawn, he heavily targeted them with no remorse, stating that if he were to split the million dollars that he and Jasmine were promised by completing the challenge in ten minutes, he would burn it right in front of Sky to make her pay if he were to win (Though he does ask if it's too bitter). Dave and Jasmine then activate many traps to stop Sky and Shawn from winning. When Dave sees that Sky (In the alternate ending but loses in the current ending) made it across the finish line before time ran out, he screamed out in anguish over not getting his revenge on Sky but in the current ending, he partially succeeded in his goals. In the end, he was left stranded on the island with a robotic bear. It's unknown if Dave ever made it off Pahkitew Island or even if the robotic bear didn't kill him.

Relationships

Friends

  • Ella (best friend)
  • Shawn (ambiguous, we don’t know if they are still friends)
  • Sugar

Enemies

  • Sky (one-sided , on Dave’s side)
  • Leonard

Trivia

  • One of the main criticisms Total Drama: Pahkitew Island recieved was the destruction of Dave's character by the writers within the season itself. Indeed, in spite that Dave had become an annoying, crybaby, incel and crazy character for most of the fans, a part of the fans still sympathize with him and rightly blame Chris in part for Dave’s descent into madness and becoming a crazy seeker of vengeance, however, in some way, Dave himself was also partially responsible as well for his own descent into madness, as he didn't want to be patient and always overreacted without thinking twice. Jasmine was also slightly responsible, due to her being the origin why Sky turned against Dave, as she told her that Dave is “the enemy, and that Dave would betray you” while Dave just wanted to be pleasant with her.
  • Dave is allergic to flowers, as seen in "Mo Monkey, Mo Problems".
  • Dave is one of the three confirmed characters to be of Indian heritgage, with the others being Ellody and Noah.
  • Dave was the fifth person to abandon the competition, with the others being DJ, Duncan, Harold and Anne Maria.
  • Dave was the only post-merge contestant of Total Drama: Pahkitew Island to be eliminated via voting, as Scarlett and Max were ejected under Chris McLean's orders and Jasmine and Sugar were eliminated due to losing the challenges. To date, Dave remains the final contestant to be eliminated via voting.
  • Dave was the last character to be on screen during the original series, that was when scuba bear 3.0 was standing behind him.
  • Dave was one of the two pain magnets (character who gets injured/is clumsy for a comical relief) of Total Drama: Pahkitew Island , with the other being Max.
  • Dave is the third presumed deceased character in Total Drama (other being Amy and Sammy).
  • Dave, alongside Ezekiel, is one of the only two villains by proxy in the show. In other words, they didn’t become villains by their own choice. Unsurprisingly, they were both nice people at the start, but had fallen due to being betrayed, vengeful, tricked and/or abused.
  • Dave is one of three comic reliefs of Total Drama: Pahkitew Island, with the others being Sugar and Max.

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