Why does Ben call Devi “David” in Never Have I Ever?
Why does Ben call Devi “David” in Never Have I Ever?

Why does Ben call Devi “David” in Never Have I Ever?

Since Never Have I Ever started in 2020, main character Devi Vishwakumar has had a very complicated relationship with classmate Ben Gross.

They began the series as sworn enemies and academic rivals, but dated briefly in Season 2, and despite Devi having a relationship with Paxton Hall-Yoshida at the beginning of Season 3, Ben still secretly has feelings for she.

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Fans are divided on whether Devi would work better with Ben or Paxton, and one of the things that counts for/against Ben — depending on your point of view — is that he calls Devi “David.”

It’s a trope that started in Season 1 and still lingers in Season 3, but why exactly does Ben call Devi “David” in Never Have I Ever?

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Never: Season 3 | Official Trailer | Netflix



Never: Season 3 | Official Trailer | Netflix






Devi and Ben’s relationship in Never Have I Ever

Devi and Ben are introduced in Never Have I Ever as fierce academic rivals, always striving to outdo each other in class.

Their constant competition has been going on since they were both children and has caused them to become quite hostile towards each other over the years.

However, by the end of Season 1, Ben and Devi’s hostilities die down somewhat when Ben offers to drive Devi to Malibu so that she can be with her family when they spread the ashes of her father, Mohan.

Season 1 ends with the pair kissing after Ben drove all the way and waited to make sure Devi was okay.

In Season 2, they start dating briefly, but what Devi doesn’t mention is that she also starts seeing Paxton Hall-Yoshida’s dreamboat at the same time, and when this fact is revealed, both boys break up with her .

By the end of season 2, Devi and Paxton are back together, but it is hinted that Ben may still have feelings for her after he runs away when he sees the pair kissing.

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Why does Ben call Devi “David” in Never Have I Ever?

Ben began calling Devi the name “David” as a means of teasing her and getting under her skin when they were in their competitive rivalry.

Devi let the name slide, but always had a witty retort when Ben started teasing her about something.

The name has been a part of their pair’s relationship since the first episode of Never Have I Ever and still remains in season 3.

However, as the pair grew closer towards the end of Season 1 and into Season 2, Ben began calling Devi by her real name.

But after the relationship drama of Season 2, David’s nickname is making a comeback.

I have never © Lara Solanki | Netflix

Fans were divided over the nickname “David”.

Ever since Season 1, Never Have I Ever fans have been divided over Ben’s nickname “David”.

While some see the nickname as a cute term of endearment, other fans believe that Ben calling Devi “David” is bullying and borders on racism.

one fan on Twitter, who is a fan of the name, wrote: “You know what’s cute? How Ben always calls Devi “David”.

While this fan retorted, “Ben calling Devi ‘David’ is not a nice nickname Mindy [Kaling] he thinks he is…”

“The whole Ben calling Devi ‘David’ thing will never bother me.” said another. “It’s not nice. It’s frankly micro-aggressive.”

In any case, this viewer, who is a fan of the name, said: “You’re trying so hard to vilify Ben, just give up on him. Do you really think DEVI of all people would put up with this if they really cared?

But finally we finish with a fan who went through the same experience in real life: “The way Ben calls Devi ‘David.’ I have been called this by many customers in the US and UK. The pain is real.”

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Never Have I Ever Season 3 is available to stream now on Netflix, following its release on Friday, August 12, 2022.

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