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Life's like that. As we grow and change, sometimes things we've experienced before take on a new meaning. It'll happen for the rest of your life.

—Dimitri Belikov to Rosemarie Hathaway, Blood Promise

Dimitri Belikov (Russian: Дмитрий Беликов ) is a dhampir and the third child and only son of Randall Ivashkov and Olena Belikova." he liked to hit my mother when I was old enough I liked to hit him" He is the younger brother of Karolina Belikova and Sonja Belikova and the older brother of Viktoria Belikova. He is a famous guardian. His first charge was his friend, Ivan Zeklos, who was killed when he was off duty. He then became the guardian of Vasilisa Dragomir. When Lissa won the throne, he asked to be assigned to the Queen's boyfriend, Christian Ozera. He is lover and former teacher of Rosemarie Hathaway. He is also the second known person to be restored from his Strigoi state through spirit. He is widely considered to be an amazing fighter, with multiple characters referring to him as a "god," "badass," and "warrior/warlord". His nickname that Tasha Ozera and his family called him is ' Dimka'.

HistoryEdit

Early LifeEdit

Dimitri Belikov was born from Dhampir Olena Belikova and an abusive royal Moroi named Randall Ivashkov in Baia, Russia. He was the third child, being the younger brother of Karolina Belikova and Sonja Belikova, but the older brother of Viktoria Belikova. Though he was raised in a dhampir commune - residence of blood whores and their offspring - it would seem that he had a loving environment provided by his mother and grandmother, though it was seen that Dimtri's father was abusive towards his mother. At the age of thirteen (10 according to the movie), angered and enraged by the continuous abuse, Dimitri beat his father to the point where his father refused to return to Baia.

He attended St.Basils in Russia, where he became friends with royal Moroi, Ivan Zeklos, who became his charge when he graduated. Dimitri was seen to have graduated with high grades and honors, under the guidance of his mentor, Galina. Only a couple years out of schooling, Dimitri was on holiday when Ivan and his other Guardian were attacked and killed by Strigoi.

Dimitri was sent to America, where he was assigned to the discovery and retrieval of both Princess Vasilisa Dragomir and Rose Hathaway; both had fled the school in their sophomore year, but were found  in Portland, Oregon by Dimitri, after a year's investigation. He was made the guardian of Vasilisa.


Vampire AcademyEdit

Dimitri, along with a team of Academy guardians, locate and return Rose and Lissa to St. Vladimir's. He is present during Rose and Lissa's questioning at the hands of Kirova, and speaks up on Rose's behalf when Kirova is set on expelling her. Though reluctantly, he agrees to become Rose's mentor to help her catch up to her classmates' level of training. Dimitri proves to be a wise teacher, and Rose ends up having a massive crush on him. Over time this infatuation turns into love and the feeling becomes mutual, but he knows that they can never be together.

Frostbite     Edit

Dimitri take's Rose to a secret place that a famous Dhampir protects his Moroi but when they arrive they are shocked to find that the Dhampir is dead along with the moroi (all killed by strigoi). There is a lot more killings done by the strigoi and that includes Mia Randall's mother. Soon Rose find out were the strigoi are hiding but is told not to tell anyone but if you know Rose she told Mason her best friend. One day Mason, Eddie (his friend) and Mia went to find the strigoi to kill them but don't find any. Rose go to find Mason and the rest but needed help to get out of the school so she got Christian Ozera a Moroi to help her then they both went to find Mason and the rest of his strigoi killing club. When Rose got to them they were made to go home but they all got kidnapped but humans working for strigoi. later on when they escape Rose was attacked by the head strigoi and his Partner. The others had got out and were ment to be getting help but Mason came back to help Rose but he got in the way and unfortuanlly Mason Gets killed by the head strigoi Rose had a burst of rage and kills his partner, she struggled to kill the other stigoi but Mia was there to help she disrtacted him with her water element by kinda drowning him then Rose kills him with a sword and then goes straight to Mason and puts her arm around him. Soon Rose hears foot steps coming towards her, it was the gardians, Dimitri and Lissa. They had to pry her of Masons dead body and get her home to St Vladimirs Academy. 

Shadow KissEdit

Dimitri encounters Rose during his watch of the Academy grounds, after the latter runs out of her dormitory after a disturbing dream caused by Lissa. They chat. Shortly, as Dimitri walks Rose back to her dormitory Alberta appears, and Rose is forced to hide in the bushes as Dimitri and Alberta discuss the changes in Dimitri's training times for the next few weeks. Because Dimitri is going to Victor Dashkov's trial, he must swap training sessions with other guardians. Dimitri feels uncomfortable during the conversation, since he knows Rose is listening and that she's not meant to know about Victor's trial, and ends the discussion quickly so that she doesn't learn too much about it. After Alberta leaves Dimitri faces Rose's anger at not being told about the trial, and how he refuses to convince Alberta to let her, Lissa and Christian testify, since Dimitri claims he doesn't have enough influence to do that.

Just after the novices receive their assignments for the field experience, Dimitri is present with Alberta when Rose comes up to them to complain about her assignment. Though initially furious, Rose calms down when Dimitri and Alberta rationally explain to her the reasons for the assignment. When Rose is accused of purposefully refusing to protect her Moroi during her first Strigoi attack, Dimitri defends her, knowing that she would never take revenge in such a petty way. His words help convince the committee to keep Rose in the field experience and only give her one day of community service as a punishment. After the session has ended, Dimitri questions Rose on the real reason for her freezing up, but she refuses to tell him the truth, instead claiming that she was taken by surprise and scared. Dimitri doesn't believe her, but can't force her to admit the truth to him.

During Rose's day of community service, Dimitri shows up to help her, just so he can spend time with her. 

After Adrian pulls some strings to allow Rose, Lissa and Christian to attend Victor's trial, Rose is sure that Dimitri finally pulled through for her, but he tells her that he didn't do anything. During the flight, when Rose starts having a migraine Dimitri is concerned for her. In Court, Rose shows up at his door with a note from Victor Dashkov implying that he will reveal Rose and Dimitri's relationship at the trial, as Rose had feared he would.

Realising that Victor wants something of Rose, Dimitri arranges for them both to speak to him in his cell, to discover what he wants. While they wait for the right time to go there, Dimitri apologises to Rose for not being able to get her to the trial, feeling as if he had let her down. Rose, to his gratitude, tells him that he didn't let her down and has never let her down, and that she'd acted like a 'total brat' regarding the matter. While speaking to Victor, Dimitri demands to know why he wanted to see Rose, but Victor refuses to give a clear answer, other than that he wanted to hear about Lissa. To his surprise, Rose asks Victor questions about death and ghosts, similar to what she asked the priest on their day of community service. When Victor points out that he could reveal Dimitri and Rose's relationship in the court-room despite having gotten what he wanted, Dimitri threatens him in a deadly tone, which shocks Rose.

The next morning, Dimitri sends a package of formal guardian clothes to Rose's room, along with a note to wear her hair up. When testifying during the trial, Dimitri lies under oath when he is questioned about the delay in alerting the Academy of Lissa's abduction, stating that it was because Victor had compelled Rose to attack him. Rose notes that it pains him to lie, but he does it because he has no other choice.  

Much later, shortly before the scheduled flight back to the Academy, Dimitri comes to Rhonda's office to collect Rose and Lissa, who had been given tarot readings. Rhonda convinces Dimitri to stay for a moment and receive his own tarot reading, as he appears to be a mystery she wants to solve. The cards Rhonda deals out for Dimitri are the Knight of Rods, the Wheel of Fortune, and the Five of Cups. Rhonda tells Dimitri that he 'will lose what you value most, so treasure it while you can. The wheel is turning, always turning.' Dimitri takes the reading seriously and thanks Rhonda politely before he, Rose and Lissa leave for their flight.    

When Rose and the others are on the plane going back to the Academy from the Royal Court, Rose suddenly appears to have a mental breakdown, screaming "Make them go away!" and trying to get out of her seat throwing her hands in the air before passing out right there. When they get back to the academy, Alberta and Dimitri send Rose straight to the medic clinic and wait for her to awake then to question her about what happened on the plane. Rose, feeling she shouldn't lie to her interrogators, gives in. She tells them and Dr. Olzenski about the ghosts she has been seeing, and how upset and shocked she was. Right after she is done talking, Dr. Olzenski takes Alberta and Dimitri with her and starts talking to them about Rose having a "mental breakdown," and that Rose may have to leave her guardian classes because of that.


Unfortunately, Rose had been eavesdropping at the very same moment and is so shocked that she immediately throws open the door and tries to argue with them. Rose doesn't exactly what she wants, and is cut short of field experience.

When they are alone, Dimitri demands to know why Rose did not tell him this earlier, revealing that he was terrified for her on the plane. Rose tells him that she refused to tell him because she thought that he wouldn't believe her.  

One day Rose accidentally slips into Lissa's mind and discovers that Jesse is torturing her, trying to make her fight him with compulsion. Suffering, Lissa starts to go into a spirit frenzy because of the dark feelings slipping into her. She attacked him with her powers, making him see hallucinations of spiders crawling over his body. Rose hurries over and tries to stop her. "It isn't you." she says. After Rose absorbs the dark feelings from Lissa, she became taken over by them and wants to hurt or kill Jesse. Alberta has Dimitri take Rose away to calm down. He restrains her when she tries escaping, and helps her fight those dark feelings. They eventually make love in the cabin, with Rose losing her virginity to him. When they leave, Rose sees Mason again, who warnes her there are Strigoi on campus. "Tell the guardians buria." Dimitri tells Rose. Rose runs to warn the school guardians, while he remains behind to fight the Strigoi.

The campus goes under lockdown, but those who were outside are taken by the Strigoi. Learning that Eddie was among the taken ones, Rose gets the guardians to conduct a rescue mission, and Mason helps her find the Strigoi.

When the battle was over, Demetri takes a walk with Rose, and they discuss how to work out their guardian duties and their relationship. Just as the assault team are about to escape, several more Strigoi ambush them. Nathan, a blond Strigoi, overwhelms Dimitri and bites him. Rose wants to stay and go back for him, but her mother refuses to let her, for the day was bleeding away, and soon the Strigoi would come after them, so she ran. Before he fades awat, Mason tells Rose Dimitri was turned a Strigoi, so she drops out of school and leaves Lissa to look for him in Russia, using funds given to her by Adrian Ivashkov.

StrigoiEdit

During Shadow KissStrigoi get into the school and attack the students, taking many prisoners. When the guardians go on a rescue mission to drive them from their hiding place and retake the prisoners, Dimitri is taken and turned, then disappears. In Blood Promise, Rose finds Dimitri. He is shown to have accepted his fate, and even prefers the life of a Strigoi to the enslavement of being a guardian. He attempts to convince Rose to let him turn her because he has not lost his lust for her, though his affection is not the same, since Strigoi don't see beauty, they only see things that will gain them power and help their personal image, etc. During Spirit Bound, Rose finds a way to change a Strigoi to its previous form, and strictly tells Lissa that she would never allow her to do it. However, Lissa secretly uses her spirit to charms a stake, and she stakes Dimitri through the heart changing Dimitri from a Strigoi to a guilty and heartbroken dhampir.

He states that he owes his life to Lissa, and, though he doesn't voice it, he knows that he still owes his life to Rose too. And the way that he owes his life to her is if he stays away from her for good. He feels horrible for what he did to her in Siberia and thinks that is the only way. Dimitri feels that there is no way it will be possible that he will be able to forgive himself for what he did as a Strigoi. He repeatedly pushes himself away from Rose when she tries to get closer again. At one point, he is so desperate to keep her away that he lies and tells her that he does not love her any more. "Love fades. Mine has." This is on Rose's mind for a long time and she tries to make herself get over Dimitri and to accept that he has moved on and she should too, but she can never truly accept it, no matter what she tells herself. In Last Sacrifice, Dimitri escapes the Court with Rose, who is a convicted murderess of the late queen Tatiana, further convincing people that he is a Strigoi. During the journey they come across many different gangs of Strigoi. Dimitri has to call a previous Strigoi accompany called Boris and pretend to be a Strigoi. Rose and Sydney thought that the experience was terrifying and his mood was awful afterwards.

Once they meet Donovan, he nearly has a mental breakdown from the crushing guilt and memories of being Strigoi. Rose manages to help him by telling him to find the beauty in life, as Strigoi can't see it. On the entire journey, Dimitri begins to forgive himself more and more as his relationship with Rose grows stronger.

The Golden Lily

 

SIlver Shadows

 

The Ruby Circle

Physical AppearanceEdit

Dimitri Belikov is described as extremely handsome and attractive: a height of 6'7, shoulder-length brown hair that is tied back in a short ponytail, dark brown eyes, and a long, lean, yet very muscular physique. basically a god

PersonalityEdit

Dimitri is a quiet, soldier-like man who at first may appear stoic. His emotions can be hard to read most of the time (due to his guardian 'mask'). He can appear gruff and strict at first, although he does show some acts of kindness, but deep down, he is loving and has a strong loyalty to those he cares about. Dimitri is extremely loyal and dutiful, especially when it comes to guarding the Moroi.

RelationshipsEdit

Rosemarie HathawayEdit

Simply put, Rosemarie Hathaway is the love of Dimitri's life and soulmate. They first meet when Dimitri comes to take Rose and Lissa back to St. Vladimir's. After they return to school Dimitri fights for Rose to remain at school to become a Guardian. Kirova agreed, on the condition that Dimitri becomes her mentor. Rose quickly develops a massive crush on him. During their training she blushes after he pins her down and ends up on top of her. They find out many things about each other and begin to fall in love, though he could not show it because they both have to protect Lissa someday and cannot be distracted by each other. When Victor places a lust charm on a rose necklace he  gives Rose as a present, under its influence, they nearly make love in Dimitri's room.

Frostbite Edit

Rose

Rose Hathaway; Dimitri's lover and soul mate

As a way of getting Rose out of his head, he chooses to be closer to his friend Tasha Ozera, but can't stop thinking about Rose all the time. He becomes jealous when she starts talking to Adrian Ivashkov, warning her against him. "You're not an adult yet," he tells her after he catches her in Adrian's room. When Rose leaves with Christian to stop Mason, Eddie and Mia from attacking Strigoi in Spokane, Dimitri is extremely worried over Rose, and when he arrives at the scene, he is the only one to get through to her. During Shadow Kiss, when Rose's final training comes up, the sexual desire between Dimitri and Rose has started to heighten towards each other. He becomes extremely worried when spirit's effects make Rose see ghosts, most notably Mason, who died in Spokane.
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Mentor and student

After Rose sucks in Lissa's darkness, and brutally attacks Jesse Zeklos, Dimitri takes Rose to a cabin in the woods, where he manages to break through Rose's frenzy, and they end up making love for the first time.

Shortly after this, Dimitri is attacked and forcefully turned into a Strigoi, fleeing to Russia to stay away and protect Rose. In Blood Promise, when Rose follows Dimitri to Russia to stake him, he kidnapps and drinks from her, trying to persuade her to be awakened. He follows her after she manages to escape, and does not die after it seems like Rose has killed him on the bridge, thanks to Rose not staking him all the way through the chest and the fall combined with the impact with the river pushing the stake all the way out before it could kill him.

Lissa was able to turn Dimitri back in Spirit Bound. Under Rose's guidance and help, he pushes her away to protect her, even to the point that he tells her that his love for her had faded, breaking her heart and causing her to nearly have sex with Adrian. Dimitri and others breaks Rose out of prison after she is framed for killing Queen Tatiana in Last Sacrifice, they run away. Over time, their love for one another grows stronger.

When Rose is once again overcome with spirit, Dimitri makes her forgive herself for accidentally killing Victor. Dimitri proclaims he loves her, and they make love again in their hotel room. Dimitri and Rose travel back to Court. When Tasha is revealed to be the killer, she shoots Rose in the chest. Dimitri believes he has lost her, and is overcome with grief, though Rose recovers. After Lissa is proclaimed Queen, Rose and Dimitri are able to have a relationship as Rose becomes Lissa's Guardian and Dimitri is assigned to Christian.

Shortly after Rose recovery, both of them go to Russia together to see his family again, and throughout the trip, Dimitri drops hints that he wants to marry Rose. Also, Adrian Ivashkov shares the two are inseparable when at Court and when on duty, "moved almost as one entity, like a matched pair of wolves or lions, both weary and deadly as they studied their surroundings."  When off--duty he said they, "had been too wrapped up in each other, sitting outside on a sunny day. She'd leaned against Dimitri, looking content in a way Adrian had never seen -- certainly not while he'd dated her. She'd said something that made Dimitri laugh, bringing a smile to the other man's hard features, a smile that Adrian hadn't thought was possible."

When at Palm Springs, Dimitri greatly misses Rose, and when she calls him at the restaurant, according to Sydney, his face glows, and a large smile comes across his face.

At Sonya and Mikhail's wedding, he is seen with Rose, arm-in-arm and dancing together.

Dimitri loves Rose's hair, and he calls her Roza when thinking or speaking of her with affection or love.

A Quote From Vampire Academy: The Ultimate GuideEdit

Q&A WITH RICHELLE MEAD
What was the exact moment that Dimitri fell in love with Rose?
"I'm not sure that we can pinpoint the exact moment that Dimitri fell for Rose. It was definitely a gradual thing that crept up on him (and her!). I can say for sure, though, that he was awestruck by her at their very first meeting. Rose throwing herself between Lissa and the guardians, even when she was hopelessly outnumbered, is definitely one of the most powerful scenes in the series. It establishes Rose's nature right away--both her bravery and intense devotion to those she loves. Dimitri possesses those exact same traits, and I think seeing that in her was definitely a moment when the world stood still for him." -- Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide. Page 254.

Natasha ("Tasha") OzeraEdit

Tasha Ozera was one of Dimitri's closest friend. After she visits the Academy, Dimitri tries to get over Rose by getting closer to Tasha, being already aware of her feelings. When Tasha offers him the option to become her guardian and lover (with the possibility of having a family together in the future), Dimitri refuses, finally accepting the fact his heart belonged to another person: Rose Hathaway. Because of his refusal, Tasha decides to get rid of Rose by killing the queen with Rose's stake; making her the main suspect for the murder. After framing Rose, she tries to get closer to Dimitri again, thinking she had a chance without any other rival in her way. The main problem was that Dimitri still loved and believed in Rose, supporting her during her imprisonment. Heart-broken and desperate after the guardians tried to retain her, Tasha shoots Rose. After her treason to the Moroi society and second murder attempt the relationship between Dimitri and Tasha is unknown.

Christian OzeraEdit

Christian Ozera is Dimitri's charge at the end of Last Sacrifice. They became close friends, due to Dimitri being his Guardian.

Adrian Ivaskov Edit

Adrian and Dimitri are rivals for Rose's love, and Adrian holds a grudge against him after Rose leaves him for Dimitri. They also clash due to having different work ethics. They do eventually become friends to a certain extent, although Adrian teases that he "can't hold his liquor". Dimitri tries to help Adrian after he becomes depressed after the Alchemists abduct Sydney, but is rebuffed. It is shown that he accepts the marriage between Adrian and human Sydney Sage. It is later revealed that Dimitri is the first cousin of Adrian, due to Adrian's uncle, Rand Ivashkov, being Dimitri's father.

Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir Edit

Lissa Dragomir is initially Dimitri's new charge, as he brings her and Rose back from Portland. Over time they become close friends, though she was initially hurt when Rose didn't tell her about her and Dimitri's relationship. Lissa uses a silver stake charmed with spirit to turn Dimitri back into a dhampir when he was a Strigoi, and he becomes eternally grateful towards Lissa, thinking of her as an angel. Dimitri feels as though he would always be in debt to Lissa for turning him back from being Strigoi. Their friendship continues, as Lissa was named Queen, while Dimitri becomes the Guardian of Lissa's boyfriend, Christian Ozera.

EtymologyEdit

  • Dimitri (Дмитрий) is a masculine first name of Russian origin which means "devoted to" or "dedicated to". This alludes to Dimitri's strong devotion to Rose as well as his duty and responsiblity as a Guardian. Dimitri is a tri-syballic name which is pronounced as dee-Mee-tree. Some variants of Dimitri include Dmitri, Dmitrii, Dmitriy, or Dmitry. Some diminutives of Dimitri include Dimka and Mitya. Other language forms of Dimitri include Demetrios, Demetrius (Ancient Greek), Dimitar, Mitre (Bulgarian), Dmitar (Croatian), Demetrios, Dimitrios, Dimitris (Greek), Demeter, Dömötör (Hungarian), Demetrio (Italian), Dimitar, Dimitrij, Mitre (Macedonian), Demétrio (Portuguese), Dumitru, Mitica (Romanian), Dimitrije, Dmitar (Serbian), Dimitrij, Mitja (Slovene), Dymitr (Polish), Demetrio (Spanish), and Dmytro (Ukrainian).
  • Belikov is a Russian surname which originates from Belik, a diminutive form of the name Belyi, meaning "White
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Danila Kozlovsky as Dimitri Belikov

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Dimitri is portrayed by Danila Kozlovsky in the movie adaptation.
  • Both Dimitri and Rose had a resentment towards one of their parents (Dimitri with his father, Rose with her mother).
  • Dimitri is the only character to appear in all books (both Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series) thus far.
  • It is possible that Dimitri and Rose will marry; if they do, they will be the first Guardian couple to marry and continue their duties.
  • His relationship with Rose began when she developed a huge crush on him. It was odvious that the feeling was mutual during when he pinned her down and she blushed. The moment lasted a while since they had a conversation while he was on top her.
  • According to Mead, Dimitri will be pushing marriage more than Rose, as Mead said that Dimitri will be the one who wants to settle down of the two of them.
  • Mead reported recently that Dimitri thinks that the Russian composer, Tchaikovsky is a good composer, but Dimtiri stills loves the 1980's music.
  • In the film, Dimitri is seen to have born in 1989.
  • According to Richelle, Dimitri holds a Blood Master Level 7 which is considered the highest level in Guardian standards.
  • Dimitri enjoys reading novels set in the American 'Old West'.
  • He also cannot live without a duster coat, which he loves.
  • Dimitri is the first cousin of Royal Moroi and former rival, Adrian Ivashkov.
  • Since Dimitri is a restored Strigoi, he and Rose have the option of having their own biological children if she gets the Strigoi vaccine.
  • At the end of Ruby Circle, Dimitri and Rose are engaged.
  • During a Twitter chat in 2012, Mead stated that Dimitri is a Sagittarius.[1] The birth dates for Sagittarius are November 23 - December 21.
    • If you take the fandom's accepted birthday of March 21st 1992 for Rose, this would put Dimitri being born in late 1984 (making him 7 1/2 years older than her) or late 1985 (6 1/2 years older). Late 1984 is more likely since the series starts with them at 17/24; as a Sagittarius, he would've had his 25th birthday at some point between VA and Frostbite.

References Edit

  1. http://bookieholicsblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/richelle-mead-twitter-q-transcript.html