Ziva David

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Name: Ziva David
Occupation: Mossad operative, Liaison Officer NCIS Special agent
Fandom: NCIS
Other: Played by actress Cote de Pablo
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Ziva David was introduced in the NCIS Season 3 premiere episode "Kill Ari (Part 1)" and became a regular cast member from the episode "Silver War" onwards. She was an agent of the Israeli Mossad, originally assigned to NCIS as a liaison officer, but later earned American citizenship, and became a full NCIS agent.

She replaced Caitlin Todd, who was killed at the hands of Ziva's half-brother, Ari Haswari, in the Season 2 finale.

Fan reactions

Because of her ambiguous loyalties, and the fact that she replaced Caitlin Todd, Ziva is disliked by many fans, and Ziva bashing fics are fairly common.[1]

The main ships by number of stories are the canon ship with Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David/Abby Sciuto. Ziva David/Jenny Shepard may possibly be canon, but is a less common pairing.

She is a moderately popular character for crossovers, though usually as a member of the NCIS team rather than a lead character, but crossover pairings seem to be fairly uncommon.

Links and Resources


  1. Community for Ziva bashing fic at ff.net ("A Community for the large number of NCIS fans who still consider ZIVA to be an arrogant traitor!")