David is one of Hilda's human friends.
David is a young boy of about Hilda's age (they are in the same class), who is a bit taller than Hilda. He has short brown hair and black dot eyes.
He usually wears an orange shirt, black shorts, white socks, and gray shoes, or his Sparrow Scouts uniform. In the graphic novels, he can be seen wearing a black shirt.
In the graphic novels, not much is revealed about David's personality, other than the fact that bugs are somehow attracted to him, and as such there is always one on him somewhere.
In the animated series, he gets a more developed personality that also carries over into the Hilda Tie-In Series. Here, David tends to be quickly scared and easily distracted, as well as a bit clumsy. It often takes his friends' encouragement to get him over his fears.
He has very little time for selfishness, laziness, and cruelty, especially after hanging around with Hilda and gaining more confidence in himself. In chapter 12, he managed to stand up to the Marra.
David has at least one talent, that being he's a great singer. For this reason he has tried several times to audition for the Warblers, the choir of the Sparrow Scouts. His clumsiness and bad luck however kept him from passing the auditions, until Hilda helped him out with Tide Mice.
In the graphic novels, David is only seen interacting with either Hilda or Frida a few times. Nothing is revealed about his home situation. The only time ever that he is seen with both of his friends, is early in Hilda and the Stone Forest .
In the animated series, he lives with his parents, and is an only child.
David has been friends with Frida since before the start of the series. The two of them have been with the Sparrow Scouts for at least a year by the time Hilda moved to Trolberg, as seen in a flashback in chapter 8. Before Hilda came to Trolberg, they already stayed with each other during lunchtime, and recess in school.
After Hilda joined the Sparrow Scouts, David quickly became friends with her too, and stayed friends with her after their friendship with Frida got strained. While he is not always excited about the adventures that Hilda keeps dragging him into, he nevertheless considers her a close friend.
He appears to have a small crush on Kaisa after the Jorts incident.
In the novelization, David's parents are mentioned but play no role in any of the stories.
In the books, David befriends Hilda when they are assigned to the same group for a school project. He is already friends with Frida at this point.
Not much is known about David's life from prior to him meeting Hilda, except that a year before the start of the series, he unsuccessfully tried to audition for the Warblers (the Sparrow Scouts choir). He never made it onto the stage since right as he cleared the stairs, he knocked over a bunch of stuff that led to the curtains getting torn down. It is also revealed in "Chapter 13: The Stone Forest" that the first badge he ever earned was for first aid.
He first met Hilda during school recess when she and Johanna made a day trip to Trolberg, but their meeting was cut short when recess was over. He properly met her when Hilda joined the Sparrow Scouts, and was subsequently chosen by Frida along with him for their beautification project in Trollberg Park. During this project, the three friends accidentally dug up some sleeping Vittra, mistaking them for weed, and had to rescue them from getting grinded up to mulch.
David also found a strange rock that he took home for his collection, unaware that it was actually a petrified Troll-child. This got him and his friends in serious trouble when he brought his rock collection, and thus the Troll, to Parent's Night at school. Fortunately, Hilda was able to reunite the young troll with its mother and convince Mrs. Hallgrim to stay quiet about the incident, thus saving David from having to serve 50 or even 100 years in prison for bringing a troll rock into the city.
In Chapter 6: The Nightmare Spirit, David became the victim of a Marra, who loved him because he was an easy prey due to his many fears. When David found out a Marra was causing his nightmares and sharing them with her friends, he believed he should at least get royalties for this. Hilda came to his aid and switched places with him for one night to confront the Marra. She convinced the Marra to take her as a victim, believing she could handle it. When the Marra found something to scare Hilda anyway, David got second thoughts and offered to take the Marra back. Fortunately, this made her lose interest in him since willing victims were no fun.
In Chapter 7: The Lost Clan, David revealed to his friends he knew the location of a rare plant called the Blue Nettle, which they could use to earn their botany badge. Unfortunately, the plant was in the middle of the village of the Bragga Family of Elves (which David didn't know since he couldn't see them; he thought the voices he heard belonged to ghosts). The elves attacked and took David captive. Hilda and Frida brought Alfur to the village to try and end an old conflict between his family and the Bragga, only to learn the Bragga had sworn off all forms of paperwork. Frida then offered to find a solution that could benefit everybody. Bartell, the leader of the Bragga, agreed but insisted that David would remain with them as a hostage to ensure the girls would come back. David didn't mind since he already suspected the girls would get involved in something dangerous. He and Bartell actually went along pretty well, especially since neither of them had any experience with hostage situations and thus didn't really know how to act. Bartell even tied David's hair into three small tails to get rid of any bugs. Eventually, Hilda, Frida, and Alfur managed to get the contract destroyed by a Lindworm, thus ending the Bragga's exile, and David was set free.
In Chapter 8: The Tide Mice, David tried to audition for the Warblers again, and again it failed due to bad luck (a bug flew into his mouth). His luck finally changes when Hilda used an enchantment to give him a tide mouse. Thanks to the mouse, he passed the auditions and became the star of the choir. Sadly, Hilda realized afterward that the tide mouse would eventually steal David's soul, so she was forced to dispose of it again.
In Chapter 9: The Ghost, he and Hilda discovered Frida's secret; she is not as perfect and neat as she appears. Her bedroom was always tidy because a ghost, Craigie Williams, cleaned it for her. When he stopped doing so since his, and Frida's, favorite book went missing, Frida's room quickly became a pigpen. This shattered Frida's confidence and led to several fights between Frida and David when he mocked her for thinking rooms clean themselves. Determined to help her friend, Hilda roped David into tracking down Craigie Williams, who suspected his sister Engilbjort had taken the book. The three kids fought her for it, but lost (David was the first to go down). Hilda eventually resorted to other means to get the book back, only to discover it was the wrong one. Disappointed, Frida quit the election campaign. David and Hilda tried again to lift her spirits, but the girl angrily lashed out at them. This proved the final straw and both left embittered, their friendship with Frida severely strained.
In Chapter 10: The Storm, David accompanied Hilda and the Great Raven to the Trolberg Weather Station during a severe snowstorm. Here they met Victoria Van Gale. The kids discovered Victoria had managed to make a weather machine, and had accidentally lured dozens of Weather Spirits to Trolberg, which were causing the storm with their arguments. David and the Raven didn't trust Victoria from the start (unlike Hilda, who idolized her), and their suspicions were proven correct when David discovered Victoria had captured a baby Weather Spirit. As Hilda freed the baby, the Raven carried David back to Trolberg.
In Chapter 12: The Nisse, the Sparrow Scouts yearly camping trip was approaching, so David and Hilda tried to reconcile with Frida, who hadn't come to any Sparrow Scout meetings since their argument. They found she had made a new friend, Kelly, whom neither David nor Hilda trusted. Frida declined hanging out with Hilda and David, which clearly saddened David.
During the camp, Hilda introduced David to the Nisse Tontu, whom she had met and tried to help find a new home earlier, and who was now staying in the Huldrawood. The two kids promised to bring him some snacks later that night. But when trying to find Tontu in the dark, the two instead found the Marra again, and discovered Kelly and Frida were with them. Seeing Frida participate in the Marra's nighttime ritual angered David, and he refused to try and help her. The Marra discovered them due to David panicking (he thought he saw the infamous Black Hound that had been stalking Trolberg for some time now). The Marra that had tormented him earlier and Kelly taunted David how Frida would become one of them. This finally made the otherwise scared boy snap, and in a rare moment of bravery he stood up to them, calling Frida out on her choice to hang out with the Marra, and declaring he was no longer scared of them.
That exact moment, the Black Hound showed up for real and drove the Marra off. Kelly tried to sacrifice Frida as a distraction for the beast, but Hilda and David saved her, thus restoring their friendship. Frida apologized to David for how she acted, and helped him pack up when Raven Leader decided to end the camp early due to the threat of the Black Hound.
Along with Frida, David tried to help Hilda earn at least one badge before the ceremony, but this plan failed since Hilda was too occupied with finding Tontu. During the badge ceremony, the Black Hound showed up again and caused panic at Scout Hall, until Tontu and Hilda lured the beast away.
David was last seen at the end of chapter 13, when he and Frida visit Hilda.
David has a small role in "Chapter 1: The Troll Circle" when Erik Ahlberg and Gerda Gustav come to pick up Hilda to go on patrol with them. David remarks that he is glad he doesn't have to right the Safety Patrol's airship.
His first mayor role this season is in "Chapter 4: The Eternal Warriors". During a camping trip in the Forest of Nott, he, Frida and Hilda go to see the Screaming Stones, but David's many fears slow them down and they have to camp on a hill nearby that night. David, feeling he is a burden to his friends, wanders off on his own, falls off the hill, and is found by Torgund, leader of two rivalling viking clans. He is offered the chance to help Torgund's clan steal the Medallion of Sigurd from the Knudsen clan. The medallion can render anyone who touches it fearless. David agrees. His fears make him not much of a help on the battlefield (it takes him too long to relay an order from Torgund to his men for exmample), but Torgunds clan emerges victorious and David is allowed to share the medallion. The medallion works and David instantly becomes fearless. His new personality however leaves Frida and Hilda quite uncomfortable. When they reach the Screaming Stones, they see how a creature named Sigurd revives the fallen Knudsen clan. David warns Torgund and joins them in another fight, but his fearlessness also made him reckless, and despite Hilda's pleas to stay out of this, he is killed. Fortunately for him, Hilda is able to convince Sigurd to revive him. This undoes the effects of the medallion, and David becomes his old self again, but Hilda and Frida assure him that is just fine for them.
In "Chapter 5: The Windmill", David and friends run into Victoria van Gale again, who took up residence in the windmill on the edge of Trolberg. She claims to have reformed, but David is skeptical. They help her patch up the windmill, and in return she gives them each a gift. In David’s case, a jar or multipurpose grease. Just when David begins to believe Victoria has changed, he finds some documents that detail her plan to tear open a breach to Nowhere Space. In order to get to Hilda’s house and warn her, David uses the multipurpose grease to bribe the Nisse in his home to give him a ride through Nowhere Space. The two friends arrive just in time to rescue Frida (who had been captured by Victoria) and stop the machine. The adventure ends with Victoria being send to an unknown location.
In "Chapter 6: The Old Bells of Trolberg", David participates in Hilda’s plan to disable the new mechanical bellringers that Erik Ahlberg installed in all the belltowers around Trolberg. He stands guard outside and keeps an eye on the battle between the Bragga Family and the safety Patrol officers guarding the Central Belltower.
In "Chapter 7: The Beast of Cauldron Island", a Kraken begins to attack ships in the harbor, and the Lindworm is blamed for it. While Frida and Hilda, with help of a water spirit investigate the matter, David and Alfur travel to Cauldron Island to warn the Lindworm. When the Lindworm refuses to leave her island without a battle first, Alfur and David come with the plan to ask the Lost Clan to stage a mock battle with her so she can leave afterwards. The plan goes south however when the Lost Clan insist on on a real fight and attack the Lindworm. Alfur is quick to let David have the credit for the plan. When Cauldron Island is revealed to be a gigantic Kraken, the Lindworm evacuates along with Alfur, David and the Lost Clan.
David has a small role in "Chapter 9: The Deerfox", where he, Hilda and Frida try to reclaim the shoes that a ghost stole from him. They eventually succeed with help of Twig, but by that time David’s parents have already bought him new shoes.
In "Chapter 10: The Yule Lads", David, Hilda and Frida sell broth for the Sparrow Scouts during the Trolberg Winter Festival, and meet the Yule Lads. When they find out the Yule Lads abduct naughty people to feed them to Gryla, Hilda and friends convince them to give Gryla the broth instead. Gryla accepts the offer, and the Yule Lads release all the people they caught. During the festival, David sacrifices his tips from the broth sale to buy Hilda the snow globe that Hilda wanted to give to Johanna.
In "Chapter 11: The Jorts Incident", the Tide Mice cause trouble again when they attach themselves to Gil Jones, a delivery man of Jorts, and rapidly multiply. David, Hilda, Frida and Kaisa manage to capture them all, though David has the most trouble with the mice.
In "Chapter 13: The Stone Forest", Frida has started practicing invisibility spells with help of Alfur, David and Hilda. When Hilda volunteers to get Frida some dust from the castle ruins for her next spell, but never comes back (she and her mother accidentally got send to the Stone Forest), Alfur, Frida and David go to Hilda’s house. They find the place deserted. Frida and David set out to find Hilda, but soon get lost themselves. They are found by Erik Ahlberg and Gerda Gustav of the safety patrol. Frida accidentally startles a group of Woff when she notices a rare white one among them, who collide with the zeppelin and cause it to crash. With no way to return to Trolberg before nightfall, the group spends the night in the woods. When a group of Trolls find them, Erik uses his bell, which angers the Trolls into attacking him. Frida tries to make Erik invisible as protection, but instead ends up turning him into a bug. Gerda puts him in a jar until Frida can turn him back to normal. The following day, the group manages to build an emergency blimp, and picks up Hilda and Johanna. Back in Trolberg, Gerda takes Frida and David to Safety Patrol HQ so Frida can work undisturbed. She manages to make Erik human again. Erik doesn’t seem to have noticed a thing about being a bug, and immediately goes back to his usual, egocentrical self by trying to rope David and Frida into giving a press statement about how he singlehandedly saved them. Gerda, who has enough of Erik’s attitude by now, quickly escorts the 2 kids out of the room, ignoring Ahlberg’s rant, and takes them home.
In the graphic novels, David is a supporting character in "Hilda and the Black Hound". First, he is seen complaining to Raven Leader that Hilda is having a bit too much fun pretending to be injured for their First Aid training. Later in the story, he encounters Hilda while she is searching for Tontu, and reminds her the badge ceremony is only a week away. David himself is at that moment working hard on his Animal Friend badge, for which he has to locate insects in the area. Hilda points out there is already an insect on him. He is last seen during the badge ceremony, where he gets his badges just before Jellybean enters the building.
David has two cameo appearances at the start of "Hilda and the Stone Forest", during the compilation of Hilda's various adventures. He is also mentioned when Hilda lies to Johanna about having spend the entire day at his house.
In the Hilda Tie-In Series, which adapts which adapts Season 1 (all episodes except 8 + 9, and the events of 10 only get mentioned) and Season 2 (all episodes except for 11, 12, and the main story of 9), Davids role is for most part identical to the animated series, except the adventures happen in a different order. Mayor differences include:
- The adventure with the Tide Mice and the Warblers never happens
- Instead of the adventure with the ghosts, it's the adventure with the Bragga Family and the Lindworm that causes a rift in the friendship between David, Hilda, and Frida, and while in the animated series David sided with Hilda, he sides with Frida here. They make up when Hilda apologizes and asks for his help to hunt down the Baby troll in the school.
- David plays an active role in rescuing The Great Raven from Trevor, while in the animated series he was not friends with Hilda yet at that point.
- David does not participate in the adventure with the Kraken, due to him helping Victoria van Gale at the windmill.
- In the adventure at Victoria van Gale's windmill, David is the one that gets captured and Frida fights Victoria Van Gale's nisse.
- The adventure with the Viking Clans happens while Hilda, Frida and David secretly go camping to collect dust from the ruins of Fort Ahlberg for Frida's witch studies, rather than during a Sparrow Scout camp.
|—exclamation used by David whenever something scares him or he realizes he's in trouble.,|
- Season 1: David appears in every episode except "Chapter 1: The Hidden People" and "Chapter 11: The House in the Woods" (though a portrait of him is seen in that episode).
- Season 2: David appears in every episode except "Chapter 2: The Draugen", "Chapter 3: The Witch" (though he does get mentioned in that episode), "Chapter 8: The Fifty Year Night" and "Chapter 12: The Replacement" (a drawing of him is briefly seen).
Behind the Scenes
- David has a striking resemblance to Hershel Layton when he was a child known as Theodore Bronev from Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy. He also resembles Billy Batson as originally drawn by C.C. Beck.
- David is one of only a very few human characters with black bead eyes. Others are his mother, the girl in Trevor's group of friends, Gil Jones and Baba in her human form.
- David has two stuffed animals he sleeps with: a bear named Warren and a giraffe named Bertrand.
- He likes to collect rocks.
- His many fears and phobias include:
- During "Chapter 4: The Eternal Warriors", David is decapitated twice, once by a viking from The Knudsen Clan with an unknown weapon, the other time by Sigurd with a sword. Both times, he is revived by Sigurds potion.
- "Chapter 11: The Jorts Incident" reveals that David is a fast counter, as he was able to count all the Tide Mice at Jorts HQ in a matter of seconds.