The First Roman Citizen is a leader of the famished rioting of the people, who detests the patricians, but is willing to give Menenius time to speak against the rioting, with the result that he is made to look a fool.
He does not much like Coriolanus, but admits he has done good service, and is in the end convinced to vote for him as Consul. He is however just as quickly convinced to change his mind when he is reminded of Coriolanus’s pride and the likelihood that he will have little care for the rights of the commons. Listened to by his fellows, he claims he can command 1000 others to follow his lead. He is delighted with the peace that follows the strongman’s banishment, but as soon as he hears that Coriolanus is returning at the head of an army, he insists that he was sorry to banish him at the time. He is not committed to any particular faction beyond his own comfort and safety, and is rather a coward. He is part of the mob of plebeians that riots in support of Coriolanus's arrest, and approves his exile.