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Ziva David is played by Cote de Pablo
Former Mossad Liaison Officer
As of Season 7: NCIS Probationary Special Agent
Before joining Mossad Ziva was in the Israeli mossad 'Tzahal' for two years as is compulsory for all Israeli women. During her time at Mossad Ziva was part of a Special Operations Unit known as 'Metsada' or 'Kidon.' This unit specialised in assassinations, paramilitary operations, sabotage & psychological warfare. Ziva's position was Control Officer. Ziva has been involved in operations in Cairo, Egypt (where she met Jenny Shepard), in Iraq before its liberation, Paris where she worked with partner Namir Eschel & directly prior to working with NCIS Ziva was working on counter-terrorist operations in the UK for six months and before that in Eastern Europe along side Jenny Shepard. Her most recent work with Mossad was working undercover in Morocco as a singer at a bar. She came back to NCIS and then went back to Israel and stayed to get inside a terrorist camp in Somalia, but is captured and tortured.
Aggressive, sometimes caring, hides emotions
Casual, wears cargo pants often, dresses for practicality rather than style. Only jewelery worn is a Magan David (Star of David) necklace and occasionally earrings. In the end of season 5 and in season 6 she seems to dress more feminine.
Fluent in Spanish, French, Arabic, English, and of course Hebrew. Speaks at least some German, Italian, Turkish, and Russian. Sharp shooter.
Can kill a person 18 different ways with a paperclip, can kill someone with a plastic card, easily intimidates guys, can take down a mental person who is on steroids, a very good cook
Crazy ninja chick, crazy driving, hates being called ma'am
She mixes up English idioms, but it' hard to say that's annoying,doesn't empathise with people very well
Why I Like Ziva
Damon Werth - Love Interest for Ziva?
Talk about Ziva!
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UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTER QUOTES
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Ziva: "...spick and Spam."
Tony: "It's spick and span. Spam is a type of lunch meat."
Ziva: "Oh, ok. So what is 'span' then?"
Tony: "Span, it's... I'll get back to you on that one."
Her favourite quote is "All it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing", hence working for the intelligence agencies. Her love interest (the man in the orange hat) also had this as his favourite quotation and motivation for inspecting nuclear installations for a living.
To Abby when Abby is dressed in mauve polyester suit with teeter-totter heels:
Ziva: "Well, Abby, I think you look nice."
Abby: (outraged) "Nice? You think I look nice? I look like...like..."(spluttering)
Tony: (in shock/awe) "Career Girl Barbie."
When Tony complains about Ziva re-entering a building in order to defuse the bomb perched up on the rafters:
Ziva: (calmly) "Well why are you following me, then?"
Tony: (scared) "I don't freakin' know!!"
Ziva walks in.
Ziva: "Lions and spiders and bears, oh my!"
Gibbs is interrogating a suspect, while Ziva and Tony look in.
Ziva: (scoffing) "She is such a turd."
Tony: "A what?"
Ziva: "You know... A geek."
Tony: "You mean a nerd."
When Tony suggests that she knows Roy Sanders (Dead Man Walking) through Internet dating.Ziva: "I will kill you eighteen different ways with this paper clip."
Tony: [holding a letter] You ever lied to someone you love?
Ziva: [pauses] yes.
Tony: Did they ever forgive you?
Ziva: They never found out
Gibbs: (pauses) You wanna have children, Ziva?
Ziva (splutters, guppy-style) Well..
Gibbs: Its a simple question
Ziva: I do not have a simple answer
Tony: These are called feelings, Ziva
Ziva: Feelings you need to let go
Tony: That easy huh?
Ziva: Tony, even if by some miracle Jeanne did forgive you, would you be willing to be Tony DiNardo full-time? To leave your entire life behind for her? You didn't think this through.
Tony: Didn't you tell me that the heart wants what it wants?
Ziva: No, actually I didn't.
Tony: Well it does
Ziva: Well it shouldn't.
Tony: Really? This coming from the woman who fell in love with the dead man walking? (Ziva gives him the evil eye and yanks up his fly, hard)
Ziva: You crossed the line, Tony. (she stalks out of the men's room)
Tony: (incredulous) Oh!? I crossed the line?
Ziva: Gibbs does not accept apologies. But I do.
Tony: I'm sorry, Ziva, I know you were trying to help.
Ziva: Did I?
Tony: Um, I'll get back to you.
Ziva: The dogs of war are about to taste the hair of the dogs.
McGee: You know that's how Houdini died.
Tony: Ziva, did you kill Houdini?
Ziva: It is possible. I do not remember all their names.
Ziva: (being interrogated) I would hate to be misunderstood.
Fornell: Does that happen often?
Ziva: Once in a blue lagoon.
Ziva: Uno mas, Si'l vous plait.
Michael: You're mixing your languages.
Ziva: And my liquors.
Gibbs: Is that what this is about? You doubting your judgment?
Ziva: I should have moved earlier.
Gibbs: You woulda if you coulda.
Ziva: I left it too late.
Gibbs: You still took him out.
Ziva: I almost died.
Gibbs: But you didn't. You gotta trust your judgment Ziva. Moment you don't. It won't be almost.
Ziva to Tony: (as he's gassing up the Mustang): "What do you want me to do - hold your nozzle?"
Ziva: I am normal people!
Tony: You're normal people like the people from "Ordinary People" are normal people.
Ziva: If you want someone dead, you knock on their door, they answer you shoot them. Easy.
Abby: Wanna talk knives?
Ziva: Drip it!
Ducky: Do you mean drop it or zip it?
Ziva: American idioms drive me up the hall!
DEFINING EPISODES | MEMORABLE SCENES
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Kill Ari Part 1
Season 6 Promo photo
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See Also: Leroy Jethro Gibbs | Anthony DiNozzo | Abby Scuito | Timothy McGee | Ziva David | Ducky Mallard | Leon Vance | Recurring Characters | Former Characters |