Antony may be using sarcasm in his references to Brutus, but he really does regard Brutus as an honorable man. Evidence of Brutus's honorable character is obvious in the fact that he is permitting Antony to speak at Caesar's funeral. Antony is fully aware that it would be unwise to speak disparagingly of Brutus. One of the Plebians says: "'Twere best he speak no harm of Brutus here!" At the very end of the play, when Antony and Octavius are viewing Brutus's dead body, Antony says of his enemy:
This was the noblest Roman of them all.