David "DaveSeville is the tetartagonist of all the Chipmunk series and many of the films. He is The Chipmunks' adoptive father, confidant, and caretaker, The Chipettes' legal guardian (dependent on generation), and the son of Grandma and Grandpa Seville.

Dave is the loving father of The Chipmunks, despite Alvin driving him crazy in most of the cartoon episodes and CGI/live-action films. Like any other single parent trying to raise three kids, Dave has his patience tested on a daily basis. Dave is actually based on the creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Alvin Show, Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., whose stage name was David Seville. Bagdasarian, Sr. released many singles under this name before the creation of The Chipmunks.