|Family||Unnamed NSA father (Controller),
Unnamed mother (Controller)
|Behind the scenes|
|First appearance||The Discovery|
|Last appearance||The Return|
|Cause||Possibly killed by Rachel|
Becoming an Animorph
David had just moved to the Animorphs hometown and began attending their school. On his way home from school one day, he had the misfortune of finding the Blue Box in the abandoned construction site where Elfangor died. When he tried to sell it on the Internet, Visser Three showed up at his house to claim it. The Animorphs intervened, and escaped with the Escafil Device and David, but were forced to leave his parents to be infested.
Realizing David had seen too much, the Animorphs decided to let him join their ranks. However, David could not adjust to the new lifestyle, and rebelled by using morphing to commit crimes in an attempt to simulate his normal environment.
When they were cornered by Visser Three on a mission, he gave away who he was and attempted to negotiate with Visser Three. He managed to recover ground and attack, later rationalizing it as a bluff he had planned all along. Later in an attempt to "reclaim" his life he morphed and posed as Saddler, Jake and Rachel's cousin who had been severely injured in a car accident.
Eventually, David rebelled, and tried to kill the Animorphs using his new power, killing a red-tailed hawk he thought was Tobias and nearly killing Jake and Ax while they were morphed, trying to force them to give him the morphing cube for his own gain. The Animorphs then trapped him as a white rat to prevent him from giving them away to the Yeerks or forming his own gang of morph-capable thieves. They took him to a large rock and deserted him there. Apparently, a boy claimed the rock was haunted. He said when his family went on vacation, he heard someone wailing "No! No!" as they passed by, which was David's thought-speak.
Many months later, as the war with the Yeerks was nearing its end, David escaped the island through the intervention of the extra-dimensional being Crayak . Crayak made a deal with David: if David could persuade Rachel to abandon her friends and serve him, then Crayak would restore David to his human form. To accomplish this, David recruited two henchmen, used Crayak's influence to capture Rachel and Cassie, and then wove a story about being able to command other rats. Unfortunately for him, Rachel saw through this ruse and refused to submit to either David or Crayak himself. Crayak abandoned David and withdrew, leaving him still trapped in the rat body and facing the mercies of his worst enemy. Unwilling to continue living as a rat, David begged Rachel to kill him. The book ends with David at Rachel's mercy, and David's final fate is never revealed.
Battle Morph: African Lion
Raptor Morph: Golden Eagle
Aquatic Morph: Killer Whale
|Golden Eagle||The Discovery|
|Human (adult male Controller)|
|Human (Marco)||The Solution|
|White Rat (trapped in morph)|
- According to the Anibase, David has a total 11 morphs in the series.
David tended to favor a more aggressive style of fighting. For example, when he was choosing a bird morph, he chose a golden eagle because it was the largest and most powerful bird that Cassie had available at the clinic, despite the other Animorphs advising him that a smaller bird would be more agile and useful in flight. His main battle morph was a lion, which surpassed Jake's tiger in terms of combat ability and had the additional advantage that the lion's mane protected him from attempts to attack his vulnerable neck.
When David turned against the Animorphs, his morphs came in handy. David first killed a red-tailed hawk (mistaking it for Tobias, when it was really an innocent red-tail) while in golden eagle morph. His lion morph gave him an advantage against Jake's tiger when they battled in the mall. David also morphed an orca to battle the Animorphs; the Animorphs morphed into dolphins to both invade and retreat, and the orca gave David a massive advantage, although Cassie was able to use her old humpback whale morph to drive him off. A rattlesnake gave him the perfect morph to not only spy on the Animorphs, but threaten them while they were in smaller, more vulnerable morphs.
David also morphed other people without their permission, in violation of the Animorphs code of conduct, to ask for permission first. He acquired and morphed Marco and stunned Ax with a baseball bat (while Ax was in harrier morph). He later assumed the identity of Saddler, Jake and Rachel's cousin, and the Animorphs believed that he morphed Saddler because he no longer had a family.
In addition to all of the above morphs, David had the usual transportation and infiltration morphs that the other Animorphs had, such as a cockroach, a seagull, and a flea. He also acquired a random male Human-Controller for one infiltration mission. David was eventually trapped as a rat nothlit.
Personality-wise, while ruthless, David had a loose moral code in that he would never attack a human being, although this only protected the Animorphs while they were human, leaving him 'free' to attack while they were morphed; he even drew this distinction when talking about himself, arguing that an occasion where he broke into a motel room wasn't a crime because an eagle had broken the window rather than him. He was also highly arrogant, dismissing the Animorphs as foolish for focusing on the Yeerks when their powers would allow them to take anything they wanted, and repeatedly saying that he was far smarter than the Animorphs. This personality trait was later used against him when they were planning for his defeat, Cassie devising a plan that 'encouraged' David to use Rachel as the tool for his revenge because they knew that he had a particular grudge against her.
|Animorphs||Jake | Rachel | Tobias | Cassie | Marco | Ax | David|
|Auxiliary Animorphs||James | Collette | Timmy | Kelly | Craig | Erica | Julio | Liam | Tricia | Jessie | Judy | Ray|