Menenius Agrippa is an old Roman patrician, beloved by the people due to his charming honesty about his own failings.
He enjoys drinking, isn’t overly fussed about his job, stays up too late, talks forthrightly but doesn’t hold a grudge. The regard the commons have for him allows him to disguise the fact that he doesn’t like them very much. Still, he is able to quell a riot simply by telling the rioters a story. He is very fond of Coriolanus, though not blind to his faults. He does all he can to have Coriolanus named Consul, but also tries to tutor the young man in the political arts. Coriolanus’s failure disheartens him, and he lets his displeasure with the commons be known. Generally good-natured, and afraid of being hurt, Menenius is at first unwilling to beg with the rebelling Coriolanus when he returns to sack the city. Coriolanus’s refusal to listen to him still shocks Menenius to the core. Menenius’s good-nature camouflages his deep, unthinking belief in aristocracy and its rights.