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Francis Profile
Francis
Gender Male
Preferred weapon Left 4 Dead
Tier 1 - Pump Shotgun
Tier 2 - Auto Shotgun
Left 4 Dead 2
Tier 1 - Pump Shotgun variants
Tier 2 - Hunting Rifle variants
Sidearm - Dual P220 Pistols
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Voice actor Vince Valenzuela
Face model Taylor Knox
Status Active
"He needed to feel huge, fit believably into the world and read well as a silhouette."
―Jeremy Bennett, Valve.
"*phew* Good thing I'm indestructible."
―Francis

Francis, is one of the four playable Survivors in Left 4 Dead. He is a tough biker with tattoos covering his arms and neck. His tattoos identify him as a member of "Hell's Legion," a name possibly inspired by the real-world Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club. In official media, he can usually be seen wielding either the Pump Shotgun or the Auto Shotgun.

Francis, along with Zoey and Louis, appears in Left 4 Dead 2 in the downloadable campaign The Passing as they meet with the Left 4 Dead 2 Survivors. Nick and Francis bicker with each other a lot due to their brash natures, although Rochelle finds herself strangely attracted to him.

Francis' facial features are portrayed by Taylor Knox and he is voiced by Vince Valenzuela.

Official Description

Francis
The sacrifice francis 1280 wp Age: Unknown
Hometown: Unknown
Cocky, loud, and pretty sure he's indestructible, Francis acts like the zombie apocalypse is the world's biggest bar fight. When the virus hit, everybody else stockpiled food and looked for a place to hide. Francis found a gun and had some fun. No cops, no laws, no order—if it wasn't for all the zombies, he could almost get used to life like this.[1]

Background

Francis 1

At one point, Francis was employed by the shipping company Hersch but was presumably fired after assaulting a man.

Francis attempted to steal a flat-screen television two days after first Infection. When he is caught, his claim that he is a cop gathering evidence for a crime is not taken seriously. He is next shown in a bar boasting to his friends about why he is going to jail. When one of his friends reveals to him that Pennsylvania jails do not allow conjugal visits, Francis' presumed girlfriend Sandra then says "better not waste anymore time" and grabs Francis' arm and pulls him into the bar's back room. Francis and Sandra begin kissing in the back room when she gets sick on his vest. He almost leaves, but she convinces him to stay and then promptly bites him. She is about to attack him when Francis's paranoid friend, Duke, shoots her. Realizing that this is no ordinary flu and that most people cannot be considered human anymore, Francis realizes the possibilities of the lawlessness the outbreak has brought, and has Duke and Danny lug a jukebox to the roof where he grabs a shotgun to begin picking off Infected one by one with Duke, Danny and a few other barmates.

It is unknown what had happened to his friends, but it is most probable that he either left them or they weren't immune or carriers and succumbed to the flu at one point of time before Francis had joined the group. In the Sacrifice, Francis admits to Zoey that he finds his old friends more fun to be with during the apocalypse but would not have lasted two weeks if he hadn't met the group.

Relationships with other Survivors


WARNING: The following is conjecture and may not be considered canon.



Of the four original Survivors, Francis is the most cocky and insulting. Dream sequences and dialogue in the third and fourth episodes of The Sacrifice comic provide evidence that Francis has a well-developed alpha-male self-image. Despite this, the other Survivors may sometimes look down on Francis for his stupidity at times.

Francis and Bill tease each other a lot. On some occasions he flat-out insults him[2] and often makes sarcastic retorts to his comments.[3] Francis also shows that he would rather live and let Bill die[4] Bill is quick to let Francis know that the feeling is mutual, and dislikes his pessimistic and rude attitude. The arguing and teasing is likely just joking around between the two; if Bill dies, Francis is quite shaken up. It is not known whether it is because he cares for Bill or if he is disturbed at the nature of his death.
In The Sacrifice comic , Francis defends Bill when Zoey is mad at him, (despite insulting him several times in the build up to it) by saying that "Bill doesn't always do the right thing but does it for the right reasons." He mentions how he knew that he would have been dead if he traveled with his drinking buddies; this is most likely the reason that Francis takes orders from Bill even if he does complain about them.
There is a noticeable change in tone when he talks about losing Bill in The Passing, and he hated the idea of lowering the bridge when Bill was the one who gave his life to raise it, hinting that he had a large amount of respect for him.
Francis doesn't seem to talk to Louis much, but when he does, it is mostly in form of sarcasm and insults. Francis dislikes Louis' optimistic outlook on The Infection and perhaps the way Louis perceives Francis himself. Francis' deep-seated alpha-male contempt for Louis is revealed during his dream sequence (refer The Sacrifice comic, Part 4) when his unconscious mind exiles Louis to a separate island from whence he vainly calls out to the beer girls to come and join him there. When Francis does throw out a sarcastic remark directed at Louis, he either doesn't get the gist of it, turns it back on Francis or breaks from his kindly attitude to give Francis a barbed rejoinder.[5] They are also known to bicker about whether the Infected are zombies or vampires. If it comes to Louis' death, Francis is quite shaken and, while he does make a joke about his profession,[6] he also says that Louis had started to grow on him.[7][8] When Louis is incapacitated outside of the safe room, Francis doesn't seem to be above abandoning him if it was a unanimous team decision.[9] However, his other response indicates that it could just be reluctance on his part to show that he cares for Louis.[10]
In The Sacrifice comic , when Louis gives up after the bridge stops and says he has a bad feeling, Francis tells Louis that they've survived worse in an attempt to convince Louis (unsuccessfully) that they will survive. This hints that, while Francis might not show it, he cares about Louis, or at least his state of mind.
In beta testing, Zoey and Francis were to share some sort of affection towards each other, but this was cut. Nonetheless, Francis seems to like Zoey more than the other Survivors, and shows extreme sadness if she dies. Zoey isn't as keen on Francis as she was originally intended to be, but they still get along well. At the start of Crash Course, Francis is fairly annoyed at Zoey for causing them to crash-land as a result of her deliberately shooting their infected helicopter pilot in mid-flight. Thereafter, during The Alleys, he directs pointed comments to her over this incident. Nevertheless, they still crack jokes together and Francis eventually warms up and puts the episode behind him.
Francis doesn't have much interaction with Coach, but he does at first believe Coach to be Rochelle's father. This amuses Rochelle, but insults Coach somewhat, since he is only 15 years older than her.
Francis and Ellis get along well. They both have a mutual belief that the presence of "real" zombies means that there must also be vampires, werewolves, mummies, and aliens around.[11][12] Their only conflict comes over Jimmy Gibbs Junior, who Francis believes either to be a man or dog who sold tacos.[13][14] Ellis will get angry with Francis over this. Francis also claims that he hates Ellis' hat, but laughs as if it was a joke.[15]
Nick and Francis seem to completely hate each other. At the start of The Riverbank, if Francis is present, Nick refers to him as a "greasy vest-wearing monkey" while Francis calls him "Suit" or "Colonel Sanders" in turn. However, the line "Brother, that's what I'm trying to tell ya. We can't get this thing down ourselves. You have to get to the other side," won't lead to an argument between them. He occasionally compares Nick with a Witch because of his complaining throughout the campaign[16] Despite their distaste for one another, Francis wishes Nick good luck and calls him a brother upon Nick's departure.[17] This is probably because Francis and Nick share a common affiliation to a gang or group, as Nick's ring and Francis' right shoulder tattoo share the same symbol. It's hinted that they knew each other in certain dialogue, too. Also, due to their abrasive natures, it is possible their supposed hostility towards each other may have no real hatred at all.
Through the events of The Passing, Francis becomes infatuated with Rochelle, going so far as call her his "lovely little angel" and sob at her departure. He might also cry out "I love you, Ro!" as they drive away. He compliments her taste in music when commenting on her shirt, referring to Depeche Mode as "classy." He becomes even more infatuated with her after realizing that she "hates things, too," including his vest, which then turns him off completely.

Hatred of Everything

Francis is notable for often contextually exclaiming how he hates something. Why Francis hates almost everything is unknown, but it can be assumed that it has something to do with his past of being an outlaw, or perhaps just a personality quirk added for comic relief. Among the things Francis hates:

Object of hatred Location(s) Audio file(s) Notes
Airplanes Dead Air WorldAirport0513.wav
The Army Blood Harvest dlc2armytruck01.wav
dlc2armytruck02.wav
He later takes back this statement claiming "I LOVE the goddamn Army!" at the end of the finale. On rare occasions, he will say "I forgive you, Army; I love you guys!"
Ayn Rand Dead Air
Shirt
WorldAirport0416.wav
Barns Shirt
Blood Harvest (cut from game)
WorldFarmHouse0420.wav
Bill's Plan The Sacrifice c6dlc3secondsaferoom15.wav
Birds Crash Course dlc2birdhate01.wav Occasionally Zoey will respond by saying "Yeah, birds are dicks"
Boats Death Toll
The Sacrifice
c6dlc3intro26.wav
Boat people Death Toll (cut from game) WorldSmallTown0510.wav
Boat lawyers Death Toll WorldSmallTown0511.wav Only the subtitle says "boat lawyers", Francis will not pronounce the "boat" in-game.
Bridges The Passing dlc1_c6m3_finalechat16.wav
Canada Crash Course dlc2canadahate01.wav
dlc2canadahate02.wav
Caca Death Toll (cut from game) WorldSmallTown0207.wav
Car alarms Community lines dlc1_communityl4d105.wav
Churches Death Toll (cut from game) WorldSmallTown0206.wav
Cold Community lines dlc1_communityl4d104.wav
Cops No Mercy WorldHospital0404.wav Despite his hatred, Francis is not above pretending to be a cop, having done so multiple times throughout the game and comic.
Different Promo of Steam transitioning to Macintosh computers Not heard in-game A reference to Mac's "Think Different" slogan.
Doctors No Mercy
Shirt
WorldHospital0404.wav
Elevators No Mercy
Shirt
WorldHospital0409.wav
Electric fences Blood Harvest (cut from game) WorldFarmHouse0321.wav
Ellis' hat The Passing dlc1_c6m3_l4d1finalebridgerun06.wav
Falling The Sacrifice comic Not heard in-game
Fish The Sacrifice c6dlc3secondsaferoom20.wav He mentions that he only hates live fish and says he eats them just to prove to the fish how much he hates them.
Flying Crash Course dlc2intro07.wav
Generators in Crash Course finale and The Sacrifice finale Crash Course
The Sacrifice
dlc2m2finalebuttonpressgen302.wav
c6dlc3prestartlastgen01.wav
Goodbyes The Passing dlc1_c6m3_l4d1finalecinematic13.wav
Gravel hill in The Barge The Sacrifice c6dlc3gravelhill07.wav
Greece Dead Air worldairport0416.wav Only heard in the German version to replace Ayn Rand.
Helicopters No Mercy
Crash Course
Shirt
WorldHospital0501.wav
dlc2intro19.wav
dlc2intro32.wav
Hospitals No Mercy
Shirt
WorldHospital0404.wav
WorldHospital0408.wav
Hotels Dead Air (cut from game) WorldAirport0230.wav
Islands The Sacrifice c6dlc3intro23.wav
c6dlc3secondsaferoom28.wav
He claims to have Insulaphobia, or the fear/hatred of islands.
Jumping (Shirt)
Dead Air (cut from game)
WorldAirport0232.wav
Latest issues Crash Course dlc2magazinerack01.wav Response to Zoey's sarcastic comment "Hey Francis, they've got the latest issue of Hating Everything Magazine here."
Lawyers No Mercy
Death Toll
(Shirt)
WorldHospital0404.wav"
WorldSmallTown0511.wav
WorldSmallTown0512.wav
Louis's good feelings The Sacrifice c6dlc3secondsaferoom02.wav
Malls Dead Before Dawn francis_ihatemalls_dbd.wav
Mazes (Shirt) Not heard in-game
Mondays Crash Course dlc2bulletinboard01.wav The only exception to this is if it's lasagna Monday. This is a nod to the comic strip, Garfield.
Mountains I Hate Mountains dlc1_communityl4d107.wav
Parades[18] Crash Course dlc2intro29.wav
Photos Steam Store (Promo) Not heard in-game He can be seen in the background of the "Steam Summer Camp Sale" holding a small piece of paper with "I hate photos" on it.
Prisons Last Drop custom Survival Map Audio source needed In The Sacrifice comic, Francis was arrested for stealing two days after the first infection and was scheduled for prison, when the outbreak changed everything.
Riverside Crash Course dlc2riverside02.wav Francis thinks Riverside is in Canada, which is why he hates it. [19][20]
Sewers No Mercy
(Shirt)
WorldHospital0308.wav
Small towns Death Toll WorldSmallTown0311.wav
Snow The Passing dlc1_communityl4d102.wav
dlc1_communityl4d103.wav
Stairs No Mercy
(Shirt)
WorldHospital0410.wav If Bill is present, he may respond "Damn straight".
Steam pipes Crash Course dlc2steam01.wav He only hates the pipes, not the steam itself[21][22]
Subways No Mercy
(Shirt)
WorldHospital0201.wav
Suicide Missions The Sacrifice c6dlc3jumpingoffbridge03.wav
Tanks The Passing dlc1_killfinaltank01.wav
dlc1_killfinaltank02.wav
dlc1_killfinaltank03.wav
The South The Passing dlc1_l4d1tank03.wav
Trains Location source needed Audio source needed
Train yards Death Toll WorldSmallTown0204.wav
Tunnels Blood Harvest
(Shirt)
WorldFarmHouse0212.wav
Turnpikes (Shirt) Audio source needed
Vampires Crash Course dlc2canadahate02.wav
Vans Dead Air
(Shirt)
WorldAirport0425.wav
Vomit (Boomer bile) Location source needed Audio source needed
Walking Crash Course dlc2intro22.wav
dlc2m2finaletruckend01.wav
Large bodies of water Death Toll WorldSmallTown0509.wav In The Sacrifice he quietly admits that he can't swim, possibly being the reason he hates water.
Whispering Location source needed Audio source needed
Woods Blood Harvest
(Shirt)
WorldFarmHouse0112.wav
Zoey sacrificing herself during the Port Finale The Sacrifice c6dlc3zoeydies04.wav
Zombies The Sacrifice comic Not heard in-game
Steam Summer Camp Sale

Promotional shot of Steam's Summer Camp Sale with Francis declaring his hatred for photos.

When asked by Bill if there's anything he doesn't hate, he replies "You know what I don't hate? I don't hate vests."[23] In Crash Course, Francis states that he loves lasagna, and when Zoey walks past the steam pipe and sarcastically moans, "I love steam," he mutters, "Yeah.... Steam's all right, I guess."[21]This is a reference to Valve's gaming software, also called Steam. In the same level, the crash leaves him so dazed that he blurts out "I love helicopters!"[24]raising genuine concern for his mental health before he snaps out of it. From the tone of his voice, his statement that he loves helicopters may also be sarcasm that the other Survivors don't pick up on. During The Passing, Francis states, "I love that car!"[25] referring to Jimmy Gibbs Jr.'s stock car. Despite the fact that he hates cops, he often claims he is one when attempting to call a Rescue Vehicle, the Church Guy (who said he didn't sound like one), or when talking to the Left 4 Dead 2 Survivors, where he claims that he, Zoey and Louis are all cops (Nick, however, sees through this ruse), even yelling to the new Survivors who are escaping from the Port that they were cops. It is also pretty obvious that he does not hate Rochelle.

Quotes and Captions

See: Francis/Quotes and Captions

Behind the Scenes

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Francis' appearance during initial game development.

Francis' original beta design was quite different from his current appearance. Originally, Francis had slightly long, black hair with a beard, blue jeans, and appeared overweight. His tattoos, and clothing style remained about the same, however, except for the vest which appeared to be a denim one instead of his current leather one. The in-game Developer Commentary states that Francis is 6 foot 5 inches tall.

Notes

  • Francis has the Lambda logo from the Half-Life series cut into his hair as an Easter egg which appears in almost every game that Valve has developed; upon further inspection, however, it appears to be a scar.
    Lambdafrancis

    The Lambda logo.

  • The quote "Groovy," which Francis says occasionally when picking up an Auto Shotgun, could be a reference to the cult horror film Evil Dead II. It may also be a reference to the Duke Nukem series, because when Duke Nukem sometimes picks up a gun, he will say "Groovy." This was put in the Duke Nukem games as a reference to Evil Dead II as well.
  • One of Francis' arm tattoos appears to show The Star of Chaos, a recurring symbol in the Warhammer franchise and Chaos magic.
  • Under the Star of Chaos tattoo is a visible portrait of the outlaw Jesse James.
    Francis Nick textures

    Texture files of Nick's ring and Francis' tattoo comparing the two.

  • In the game files, Francis is called "biker."
  • Each of the Left 4 Dead Survivors agree with at least one thing Francis dislikes, even if it is mockingly.
  • Valve's design policy decision to grant each Survivor character equal physical abilities simplifies game play and player-character selection but creates certain anomalies. Nowhere is this more evident than in case of Francis: he is cast as a 6 foot 5 inch bear of a man, yet his physical strength and agility match that of Zoey who weighs about half as much and is nearly 12 inches shorter.
  • In The Sacrifice, Francis may mention he has "Insulaphobia," a fear of islands. However, Insulaphobia is also attributed to a "fear of being isolated." Additionally, in The Sacrifice comic , Francis dreams about living a life of ease and gratification on a tropical island which contradicts his previous statement of fearing them.
  • During The Sacrifice, in the starting safe room of the Port Finale, Francis may state that he is against the island plan. In response, Bill says, "They're defensible, Francis. As far as we know, zombies can't swim." After that, Francis will grumble, "They're not the only ones," which hints that Francis can't swim either and Louis will offer to "...teach you how to swim..." when they make it to The Keys.
  • During The Sacrifice, in the starting safe room of the Port Finale, players will see graffiti by the saferoom door, mentioning "The Angels of Death" . Underneath that are drawings of 8 skulls. If you look carefully on the lower left side of Francis's neck, you will see a tattoo with those same skulls. This could be a reference to the gang he used to hang out with before the infection, as shown in The Sacrifice comic .

Gallery

References

  1. http://l4d.com/l4d/survivors.htm Survivors descriptions
  2. "We got a helpless old man with us!"
  3. "Don't let that stop you from smearing it all over yourself."
  4. "Bill, let me see your health pack. I just want to look at it."
  5. "Francis, you can take your mustache, your vest, and your chaps, and go find yourself a parade!"
  6. "The manager's down for the count."
  7. "Shit! I was just starting to like that guy."
  8. "Damn it...he didn't deserve this."
  9. "We're just leaving Louis out there? I mean, I'm cool with that if everyone else is."
  10. "We should maybe go get Louis. I'm just sayin'."
  11. "Yeah, yeah! That's what I've been saying!"
  12. dlc1_c6m1_initialmeeting43.wav
  13. "You mean this car used to belong to the...taco dog?"
  14. dlc1_c6m3_finalechat41.wav
  15. dlc1_c6m3_l4d1finalebridgerun06.wav
  16. "Witch! Oh sorry, I got confused by all your crying."
  17. "Nick! Good luck, my brother."
  18. dlc2intro29.wav
  19. dlc2riverside03.wav
  20. dlc2riverside04.wav
  21. 21.0 21.1 dlc2steam03.wav
  22. dlc2steam04.wav
  23. WorldSmallTown0513.wav
  24. dlc2intro20.wav
  25. dlc1_c6m3_l4d1finalecinematic03.wav
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