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David Hoover is the protagonist of the game The Crooked Man. He moves into a new apartment during a rough point in his life, and strange things immediately occur, which prompt him to search for the mysterious previous tenant.
David has light-brown hair, which falls down his face to just above his eyes. His eyes are blue and his outfit consists of a dark-brown, collared, unbuttoned jacket, worn over an orange t-shirt, as well as olive pants and black shoes. When being possessed, David's eye color turns green.
David is a nice but troubled young man. According to his friends, he is sometimes too nice. He is kind, but gets attached easily to people. As Paul says, he is not always reliable, but gets it done. During the course of the story, he is chased by the Crooked Man throughout the game. He is 26 years old and his mother is in the hospital suffering from a brain tumor. By the time of the 2014 sequel, The Sandman, he looks happier and he is a better person.
His mother had a brain tumour, which caused her to lose some memories to the point that she did not recognise her own son. He had once attempted to kill his own mother, as he was sick of her calling him a stranger. He moves into a new apartment in order to start a new life, but mysterious things start to happen right after.
The Crooked Man
A depressed David moves to a new apartment next to his friends, Paul and Marion. However, there are strange things about his new home and there are some rumors about the previous tenant, so he decides to investigate because he has nothing else to do.
David currently has problems, since his mother has a brain tumor and does not recognise him, and his girlfriend Shirley broke up with him because he was too nice. Even though he has good friends that care about him, he believes that they cannot understand his pain.
In Stage 1, David goes to an abandoned hotel, where he meets a girl named Sissi. She looks for a precious box that her boyfriend gave to her. While searching it, they encounter many dangers over the course of the stage. Also, David starts being chased by a strange monster with a terribly bent neck called the Crooked Man, and no matter how much David attacks it, it always recovers.
He is tortured by the Crooked Man with memories about his breakup with Shirley, and he realises that he still loves her, but he is able to overcome it, realising that he will always love her and does not wish to forget about her. After being confronted once again by the monster, only for it being burned by David, he finds a frightened Sissi blaming herself for what happened, wondering why she is bothering to find the box her ex-boyfriend gave her.
David is given two options in order to console her. If he tries to console her, she decides to give up, but she is later brutally killed off-screen by a recovered Crooked Man, who then kills David; and it is considered a bad ending. If David tells her that there is nothing wrong about crying over her lost love, because of his ex-girlfriend Shirley, Sissi thanks him and gives him an address to an abandoned law school, which she found in the hotel. They both then part ways.
In Stage 2, David goes to the abandoned law school. There, he encounters a hot-blooded student called D, who is wandering around because he has fond memories of the school, since he'd studied there. D does not seem to like David, and vice-versa, as David looks suspicious for wandering there. Meanwhile, David is tortured by memories about his failed dream to become a pilot. He wanted to become one, and even passed all the exams, but he was kicked out of there after the teachers found out he was colorblind.
D gets trapped in a room that's leaking gas by the Crooked Man, but is rescued by David. He later gives David an energy drink. Eventually, D warms up to David and confesses that his biggest dream was to become a lawyer, but he has never passed the bar exam. He's tried so hard for it, but has always failed. Fortunately, his teacher, Professor Andrew, always helped him.
The problem is that David found the diary of said professor, in which he revealed that he actually hated D. After David once again defeats the Crooked Man, D approaches him and takes him to the Infirmary. After David is feeling better, he walks away, only to find the diary page of Professor Andrew, in which D finds out that he did not have high hopes for him at all, and secretly mocked him behind his back.
D becomes angered and depressed, saying that he should just give up on his dream to become a lawyer. Depending on the choice, David can tell him not to give up on his dreams, only for an angry D to stab him to death, giving a bad ending. Alternatively, David tells him to give up already and stop being such an idealist, since D's failure reminds him of his failed dream to become a pilot. With this, D calms down and later thanks David, commenting that he wants to see him again someday, and giving him an address to an abandoned hospital.
In Stage 3, David goes to the abandoned hospital. There, he meets a little boy named Fluffy, who is wandering around because his mother told him to wait, and she hasn't arrived yet. After finding him, he tags along with David. However, the Crooked Man kidnaps Fluffy and takes him to the hospital roof. Armed with a gun, David has to shoot at the Crooked Man enough times without shooting Fluffy.
After he successfully saves Fluffy, the youngster complains and realises that his mother in never coming for him, and he walks away. In the confusion, the Crooked Man takes over David and forces him to take the gun and commit suicide. Luckily, Paul and Marion were worried for David and had followed him to the hospital. Depending on Paul’s choice, he saves David.
(However, it is possible to obtain one of the bad endings, in which either David shoots himself, or Paul and David fight over the gun, where David eventually ends up shooting Paul and committing suicide shortly afterwards just the same.)
Finally, David goes to the abandoned house of the former tenant. When looking through the belongings, he finds out the tenant’s real name: Duke McGahan. Then, the Crooked Man cries and realises that David is watching him, and screams. After shooting him enough times, David tells him to disappear, since he won’t take the same path as him. With these words, the creature disappears.
David later enters the attic of the house, where he finds Duke's hanged corpse. David realizes that all the situations Duke put him in were in order to help him move on with his life, and he thanks him before leaving. In the second walkthrough, David actually encounters Duke's spirit, recountering the time he is about to hang himself. Duke thanks him for coming and tells him that David at least has friends who care about him.
In the canon ending, David, back at home, tells Paul about his encounter with Duke's corpse. His friend complains that, because David is too nice, those things always keep happening to him. David then receives a phone call by the doctor, because his mother is about to have an operation, and he needs to sign the papers. After the difficult operation, David visits his mother and reconciles with her, but unfortunately, she dies shortly after.
However, David is without regrets, because his mother's final words to him were that she was happy in the end. After the funeral, Shirley visits David, much to Paul’s chagrin. Marion instantly drags Paul away. However, Shirley apologises to David for breaking up with him, and they get back together. David realises that, even though he lost his mother and he could not reach his dreams, he at least has Shirley back.
Shortly afterwards, David visits Duke's grave and calmly says that they will see each other again in the afterlife.
David returns in the second game as a secondary character. He is a close friend of Sophie Grundler's, and her unintentional crush. Shortly after the events of the first game, and before the second, David moved out of Duke's flat and into a new house with Shirley.
David first met Sophie when she was getting ice cream and walking down the street. To make up for her ice cream, he took her to a cafe and bought her a cake and talked to her. He told her that if she ever wanted to talk to him, she would meet with him at the same cafe. However, when she saw him walking with Shirley, who is now his fiancee, she felt hurt.
When everyone falls asleep, he seems to be fine, and he helps Sophie to search for other awake people around town. However, she soon realizes that this is not the real David, because the real one is spending the night at Shirley's house and this is actually Lullaby in disguise. When Sophie is in the Fairy World, she recalls how she met David
In the good ending, after Sophie defeats the Sandman and returns to the human world, she decides to resolve her problems on her own. On the way, she runs into David and Shirley. He introduces Sophie to his fiancee, and she tells them about her adventure with the Sandman after they decide to eat dinner together.
The Boogie Man
Half a year after the events of The Sandman, David and Shirley Hoover go on holiday at the Livingstone Castle. Paul and Marion are unable to accompany them, so they invite Sophie Grundler and her father Richard Grundler along in their place. On the way, they meet Keith Baring and his wife Helena Baring. That night, everyone is trapped inside the castle by a creature known as The Boogie Man, and it's up to Keith, who has to save all the tourists inside the castle.
Keith saves David, and together, they rescue Shirley, who's tied around a cross in a burning room that looks like a church. David gets trapped after freeing her from the cross, so Keith has to rescue them from the burning room. After saving David and Shirley, they reunite with Lance, Sophie, and Richard. They realise that Helena is still in danger, so Shirley convices David to accompany Keith as to could rescue Helena, while she protects the others as she grabs an axe. Keith believes David should protect his wife, but the latter insists that Shirley can do well by herself.
It's revealed that, after the events of The Crooked Man, the police treated David with suspiscion, since they didn't believe him about the supernatural force that lead David to find Duke's corpse (and he had some antecedents for strangling his ill mother before). The detective Eric Simpson was tasked with interrogating David, Paul, and Marion. He sympathised with him, as he had a sick grandmother. In the end, David was free of all charges, since they had no proof about Duke's mysterious death.
If Sophie and David die, Keith gets the bad ending "The Boogie's Fine Tonight". If Sophie dies but David survives, the bad ending "White Room" is obtained. If Sophie survives but David dies, the bad ending "Precious Box" is obtained. Keith goes to report to Dick about David's death. On the way, he encounters the now-widowed Shirley, who's trying to look strong as she cries for David.
If David and Sophie are saved, but Keith doesn’t make certain arrangements through the game, the bad ending “Happy Dream” is obtained. When in his confrontation with The Boogie Man, Keith loses and he’s killed. David and Shirley take the now-widowed Helena to their home. In an attempt to console her, Shirley tells her about her past as an abandoned baby. Suddenly, David accidentally crashes a glass sculpture while cleaning the house. Angry, Shirley fights with him, and they become so distracted that they don't see in time when Helena jumps out of the window to her death.
If Keith does all the requirements and manages to save David and Sophie, he obtains canon ending “Come Rain, Come Shine”. In the confrontation with The Boogie Man, Keith takes off the monster's mask and realises it's Brendon. While Richard tends to Keith's wounds, David holds Brendon and is caught by the police. Afterwards, Dick interrogates David and Shirley. They find out that Keith was hallucinating some things around the castle, such as the bloody walls. David realizes that maybe he was hallucinating because he was depressed for the death of his son Tod.
The Hanged Man
He does not do much by himself, but he is an important character in the story of The Hanged Man, as he's Will's "cousin", and the reason of why Will went to the town, as he wanted to apologise to him. It's revealed later in the game that he's actually Will's half-brother, and the reason of why his father abandoned him was because Will's mother was pregnant. It's also revealed that he wrote the "You're a demon child" letter that Will carries around, but it's stated that it was not meant for Will, but for his father.
- David is 6 feet tall.
- David appears to be left-handed.
- David hates anchovies and livers.
- His birthday is on 27th September.
- In the first game, he is 26 years old and works as a clerk.
- David states that he found the song "The Crooked Man" too creepy.
- David mentions that he is color blind, hence why he failed to become a pilot.
- Duke and David have many similarities when it comes to their lives.
- Both failed the school of their dreams; Duke failed to become a lawyer, David failed to become a pilot.
- Both lost their mothers; Duke as a child, David at the end of the first game.
- Both have been dumped during their love life.
- Both are smokers.
David Hoover on The Crooked Man Wiki