A Midsummer Night's Dream Characters

A Midsummer Night's Dream key characters:

  • In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nick Bottom, one of the actors, is so excited by the upcoming production that he tries to play all the parts; he is transformed by Puck and briefly admired by Titania.

  • Demetrius is a noble who falls in love with Hermia. Helena is in love with Demetrius, and Puck casts a spell on Demetrius so that he will return Helena’s love.

  • Helena is determined to win back Demetrius after he falls in love with Hermia. She eventually succeeds and marries him.

  • Hermia refuses to marry Demetrius because she is in love with Lysander, much to her father’s consternation. She elopes with Lysander and eventually marries him.

  • Lysander is in love with Hermia and elopes with her. While sleeping in the woods, Puck casts a spell on him that makes him fall in love with Helena. Confusion ensues until Puck and Oberon sort things out.

  • Puck is a mischievous spirit who creates chaos in the play by mistaking Lysander for Demetrius. Oberon is the benevolent spirit who restores order.

List of Characters

Hermia—a young woman in love with Lysander but ordered by her father to marry Demetrius

Helena—Hermia’s friend from childhood who is in love with Demetrius

Lysander—the youth in love with Hermia

Demetrius—the man chosen by Egeus for his daughter, Hermia, to marry despite her love for Lysander

Egeus—Hermia’s father who insists upon his paternal right to choose her husband

Theseus—the duke of Athens; engaged to Hippolyta

Hippolyta—engaged to Theseus

Philostrate—master of the revel (celebration for Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding)

Nick Bottom (the weaver)—manager of the play-within-a-play and portrays Pyramus in it; becomes the object of Titania’s love

Peter (the carpenter)—author and director of the play-within-the-play

Francis Flute (the bellows mender)—unwillingly plays the role of Thisbe in the play-within-the-play

Tom Snout (the tinker)—portrays a wall in the play-within-the-play

Robin Starveling (the tailor)—portrays the moon in the play-within-the-play

Snug (the joiner)—portrays the lion in the play-within-the-play because he roars well

Oberon—king of the fairies; married to Titania

Titania—queen of the fairies; married to Oberon

Robin Goodfellow (Puck)—a hobgoblin in Oberon’s service

Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mote, and Mustardseed—Titania’s fairies

A Midsummer Night's Dream Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)


Theseus (THEE-see-uhs), the duke of Athens, a wise, temperate ruler. Although he mistrusts the fantasy and imagination of “lunatics, lovers, and poets,” he can perceive with good humor the love and duty inspiring the abortive dramatic efforts of his subjects, and he tries to teach his bride and queen, Hippolyta, the value of their good intentions.


Hippolyta (hih-POL-ih-tuh), Theseus’ bride, the queen of the Amazons, the maiden warriors whom he has conquered. She is a woman of regal dignity, less willing than her lord to be tolerant of the faults of Peter Quince’s play, although she is more ready than he to believe the lovers’ description of their night in the forest.


Titania (tih-TAY-nee-uh), the imperious queen of the fairies. She feuds with her husband Oberon over her “little changeling boy,” whom the king wants as his page. Enchanted by Oberon’s flower, “love in idleness,” she becomes enamored of Bottom the Weaver in his ass’s head and dotes on him until her husband takes pity on her and frees her from the spell. She is quickly reconciled with him, and they join in blessing the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta, their favorites among mortals.


Oberon (OH-beh-ron), the king of the fairies, who gleefully plots with Puck to cast a spell on the fairy queen and take away her changeling. Once he has stolen the child, he repents his mischief and frees Titania from her ridiculous dotage. He teases her for her fondness for Theseus and is, in return, forced to confess his own affection for Hippolyta.


Puck, the merry, mischievous elf, Robin Goodfellow, of English folk legend. He is Oberon’s servant. He brings about the confusion of the young Athenians on Midsummer Eve as he tries to carry out Oberon’s wishes; the king has taken pity on Helena and hopes to turn Demetrius’ scorn for her into love. Puck simply enchants the first Athenian he sees, Lysander, and with great amusement watches the confusion that follows, commenting, “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”


Hermia (HEHR-mee-uh), a bright, bold young Athenian maiden. She defies her father and flees into the Athenian wood to elope with her beloved Lysander. She shows herself to be a small spitfire when she finds Demetrius and Lysander, through Puck’s machinations, suddenly rivaling each other for Helena’s affection rather than hers.


Helena (HEHL-eh-nuh), a maiden who mournfully follows Demetrius, spaniel-like, in spite of the scorn with which he repulses her affection. When she suddenly finds both Demetrius and Lysander at her feet, she can only believe that they are teasing her.


Demetrius (deh-MEE-tree-uhs), a rather fickle Athenian youth. He deserts his first love, Helena, to win the approval of Hermia’s father for marriage with her, but he cannot win Hermia herself. His affections are returned, by Oberon’s herb, to Helena, and he is wed to her on his duke’s marriage day.


Lysander (lih-SAN-dur), Hermia’s sweetheart, who plans their elopement to escape Theseus’ decree that the girl must follow her father’s will or enter a nunnery. He brashly argues with Demetrius, first over Hermia, then over Helena, before he is happily wed to his first love.

Nick Bottom

Nick Bottom, a good-natured craftsman and weaver. He is so enthralled by the prospect of Quince’s play, Pyramus and Thisbe, that he longs to play all the other parts in addition to his assigned role of the hero. He is supremely complacent as Titania’s paramour and takes for granted the services of the fairies who scratch the ass’s ears placed on his head by Puck. He marvels at his “most rare vision” after his release from the fairy spell.

Peter Quince

Peter Quince, a carpenter, director of the infamous play of “tragical mirth” presented in honor of Theseus’ wedding. Completely well-meaning, he illustrates, as he mangles his prologue, the “love and tongue-tied simplicity” of which Theseus speaks.


Snug, a joiner,


Snout, a tinker,


Flute, a bellows-maker, and


Starveling, a tailor, the other craftsmen-actors who portray, respectively, Lion, Wall, Thisbe, and Moonshine.


Egeus (ee-JEE-uhs), Hermia’s father. He is determined that his daughter will marry Demetrius, not Lysander, whom she loves.


Philostrate (FIH-los-trayt), Theseus’ master of the revels.






Moth, and


Mustardseed, Titania’s fairy attendants who wait on Bottom.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Character Analysis

A Midsummer Night's Dream Note on the Character Analysis

Note: While the older couples in A Midsummer Night's Dream have greater depth than the Athenian youths and their female mates,...

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Bottom (Character Analysis)

Nick Bottom, the weaver, first appears in I.ii, with the other mechanicals, or clowns (Quince, Snug, Flute, Snout, and Starveling), as they...

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Demetrius (Character Analysis)

Demetrius first appears in I.i with Egeus, Hermia, and Lysander. Egeus speaks highly of Demetrius, calling him "my noble lord" (I.i.24), and...

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Helena (Character Analysis)

In the first scene of the play, we are introduced to Helena's problem: she desperately loves Demetrius, but he is in love with her friend...

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia (Character Analysis)

Hermia's dilemma is introduced early in the first scene of the play, as her father Egeus complains to the duke that she refuses to marry...

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Hippolyta (Character Analysis)

The play opens as Hippolyta and Theseus are discussing their upcoming marriage. Theseus comments that he


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A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander (Character Analysis)

Lysander first appears in I.i with his love Hermia, her father Egeus, and his competitor for Hermia's love, Demetrius. Egeus accuses Lysander...

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Oberon (Character Analysis)

Oberon, the king of the fairies, first appears in II.ii. He is arguing with his queen, Titania, over a changeling (a child exchanged by...

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Puck (Character Analysis)

Puck, a sprite also known as Robin Goodfellow, first appears in II.ii as he and a fairy discuss the troubles Oberon and Titania are having....

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Theseus (Character Analysis)

The play opens as Theseus and his bride-to-be, Hippolyta, are discussing their upcoming marriage. Theseus comments that he ''woo'd thee...

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Other Characters (Descriptions)

Attendants appear in several scenes during the play, and are sometimes mentioned in the stage directions as "others"...

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