Sicinus Velutus is an old bearded man named as one of the tribunes of the Roman people after the latter’s riots force the establishment of that office.
He is disturbed by Coriolanus’s clear disdain for the common people, and worries that he will take away their rights if he is named Consul. He therefore plots with his fellow tribune Brutus to bring about Coriolanus’s downfall. Not without reason he refuses to trust Coriolanus’s attempts at humility, but to achieve his end of destroying the man he slips into duplicity and subterfuge, pushing Coriolanus into public anger and treasonous words. He makes the mistake of merely banishing him instead of killing him, thereby putting all of Rome at risk. He proves to be a useless, self-satisfied and deluded leader, refusing to face facts when informed that Coriolanus is advancing on Rome with an army and reduced to begging with his enemies to go and plead with the rebel and hiding from the mob that has sworn to kill him slowly if Volumnia and the others do not succeed in turning Coriolanus back. For all that he acts in the people’s best interest, he does not actually like them much himself.