Must go faster, must go faster...
~ Dave escaping the alien mothership
They like to get the landmarks.
~ David Levinson

David Levinson is the deuteragonist of Independence Day. He plays a key role in saving the world first by warning the president of the alien attack countdown and then by uploading a computer virus into the mothership disabling the aliens' shields. He returned in the 2016 sequel Independence Day: Resurgence as the tritagonist and director of ESD.

The character is played by Jeff Goldblum, who is known for playing Seth Brundle in The Fly and Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park.