Demetrius, an Athenian man who is in love with Hermia. However, I have a rival in this love, Lysander, and although Hermia’s father wants me to marry her, she hates me and loves him. When Helena tells me that Hermia and Lysander have eloped into the forest, I quickly follow.

I am also pursued by Helena who loves me but who I detest. After waking from a sleep I suffer a change of heart and love Helena instead of Hermia, fighting with Lysander now over the love of her. Fortunately, when morning comes, Lysander falls back in love with Hermia and so I am left to love Helena alone.

Relationship status

Loves Hermia, then Helena


Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit / for I am sick when I do look on thee

— Act II, scene 1



Also called

a worthy gentleman
— Act I, scene 1

a disdainful youth
— Act II, scene 1


Fighting with Lysander