Florizel is Polixenes’s son. He is deeply in love with Perdita, whom he visits disguised as a countryman; to all but her he goes by the name of Doricles.
He does not share her fears about the difference in their ranks, believing that all will turn out well. He is ready to become betrothed to her, but obstinately refuses the arguments that he should let his father know. After Polixenes threatens to disown him if he ever visits Perdita again, he stays constant to her, and resolves to wander the world with her rather than live without. He respects Camillo and is willing to take his advice to disguise himself and fly to Sicily. He is prepared to lie to Leontes, swearing that he comes by his father’s command and that Perdita is a Libyan princess. Found out, he still begs Leontes to intervene with Polixenes, and it luckily turns out that Perdita is Leontes’s daughter, and all therefore turns out well. Physically, he resembles his father to a strong degree.