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Do you think you know me?... But you have no idea what I'm capable of.
~ David's last words
I believe everything happens for a reason
~ David to Ellie.

David is a survivalist and cannibal leader residing in a small town in post-apocalyptic America. David serves as the secondary antagonist in the video game The Last of Us.

He is voiced by Nolan North.

Personality and Traits

David did not resort to violence if he could help it. At first, he displayed concern over Ellie and did his best to help her. It is implied he cared for the people in his group and their well-being, as early on he personally hunted for food with his partner James instead of having someone else do it. He was also charismatic, leading his group and controlled people like James and Ellie without the need to be aggressive or hostile towards them; he asked and they complied. He also supported those around him, complimenting their survival capabilities, notably Ellie.

His true colors were revealed, however, when he admitted his group were the ones that Ellie and Joel fought at the University. Later, David revealed that he and his group had resorted to cannibalism, treating strangers as food rather than people. He also exercised a belief in fate, asserting "everything happens for a reason", hinting he believed his encounter with Ellie felt like destiny to him.

It is implied he had disturbing intentions for Ellie, supported by him touching Ellie's hand and calling her "special". A cannibal Joel tortured even called Ellie "David's newest pet" suggesting he captured and manipulated other children beforehand.

When David tried to murder Ellie, he paced around in a hurried, slightly jerking manner and he sounded almost insane as he stalked around looking for her.

Early Life

Nothing is known about David's life prior to the cordyceps brain infection outbreak.

The Last Of Us

At first, David appears to be a soft-spoken and friendly man. However, it is revealed he is actually the leader of a cannibalistic group of hunters. He kidnaps Ellie and tries to convince her to join them and possibly be his lover. However, she refuses and instead insists that he kill her and eat her. Just as he and James are about to chop her up, she claims to be infected and uses their shock and confusion to kill David's right hand man, bite David in the process and escape their slaughterhouse. Ellie attempts to escape the town, but is cornered by David in a burning restaurant. A fight ensues and just as David has her pinned to the floor (possibly intending to rape her), she reaches for his machete and kills him.

Quotes

You're easy to track
~ David to Ellie when he blocks her path to escape
How did you do it?
~ David asking Ellie how did she fool them into thinking she was infected at gunpoint
That's alright
~ David to Ellie when she doesn't answer him and he locks the door
There's no where to go!
~ David to Ellie as he starts to look around for her
You want out? Gonna have to come and get these keys.
~ David toying with Ellie by withholding the keys to her escape as he looks for her
I know you're not infected.
~ David boast to Ellie, disbelieving that she's infected
No one that's infected fights this hard to stay alive!
~ David putting down Ellie's belief that's she's strong while infected
So, what is it, Ellie?
~ David's question to Ellie as he looks for her
I gotta admit. You had me back there. For a second, you shook my faith.
~ David admitting that for a moment Ellie actually tricked him into believing she infected him
But only for a second.
~ David's refusal to be fooled by Ellie's tricks of evasion
Oh, hey, Ellie? I'm sorry about your horse. I truly am. I hope you take comfort in knowing that we won't waste any part of him.
~ David's false apology to Ellie, revealing he and his group killed and possibly devoured her pet horse
You know, I...I really wish you hadn't killed James. He's a good kid - just doing his job.
~ David defending his sidekick James in spite of their attempting to kill Ellie
In fact, all those people you killed. It's just gonna make our group stronger. Fewer mouths to feed.
~ David telling Ellie about the ramifications of her killing his men
Ellie! Ellie, come on. I know you're dying to say something to me.
~ David anxiously taunting Ellie when she doesn't come out of hiding
That was good, kid.
~ David's taunt to Ellie upon being hit with the first knife strike
It's gonna be alright...
~ David's creepy answer to Ellie as he takes out his machete
Run, rabbit, run
~ David's scariest quote, taunting Ellie during the Boss Battle
You have no idea what I'm capable of!
~ David's threat to Ellie as he attempts to rape and possibly kill her

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           The Last of Us Villains

Bandits | Cannibals (David | James) | Fireflies (Ethan | Joe Warren | Marlene) | Head Surgeon | Hunters | Jimmy Cooper | Joel | Reuben | Robert | Smugglers | The Infected | The Military

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