Duke Senior was exiled to the Forest of Arden when his younger brother usurped his throne.
He accepts this with great philosophy, finding life in the forest superior to life at court, partly because it is a more honest life. He is surrounded by many lords who have either been exiled with him or come of their own accord out of opposition to the new regime. He particularly enjoys the company of Jaques, whom he does not take as seriously as Jaques does himself. He is charitable and welcoming. Though he does not recognize his daughter Rosalind in her disguise as Ganymede, he sees some similarities between the two; he also does not recognize his niece when she is dressed as a shepherdess. His affection for the dead Rowland de Boys leads him to accept Orlando into his company, and to consider him worthy to be his son-in-law. On the announcement that he has been restored to his dukedom, he chooses to take the time for some non-courtly merriment before returning to the real world.