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Francine Alice Frensky[9] is a female teenage monkey who lives in Elwood City and attends Elwood City High School. She is the daughter of Laverne Crosswire and the late Oliver Frensky, and has an older sister named Catherine. She also has a younger half-brother from her mother's second marriage. While she attended Lakewood Elementary School, Francine was commonly perceived as feisty and occasionally rude. As a high schooler, Francine seems to have adopted a goth/grunge style. While still unafraid to express her thoughts, she has grown more reserved over the years.

As a young girl, Francine dated Chip Crosswire, the on-and-off boyfriend of her sister and, eventually, her mother's husband. The relationship was short-lived. She has also been romantically linked to Arthur Read, one of her closest childhood friends. Their relationship apparently fizzled out for unknown reasons.[8] Francine has stated that she does not approve of Arthur's current girlfriend, Sue Ellen Armstrong.[10]

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Francine Alice Frensky was born in 2006 to Oliver and Laverne Frensky, sometime between February 19 and March 20.[2][3] Her older sister, Catherine, had been born earlier in 1998 or 1999. Her father worked as a sanitation engineer, the family's only income. The Frenskys lived in a humble apartment in Westboro Apartments.[9]

Father's suicideEdit

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In May 2014, Francine's father lost his job. Moments after telling this news to his wife, Oliver jumped out of the apartment window and fell to his death. As Oliver was the only family member with a job, his death caused the remaining Frenskys to slip into poverty.[11]

Descent into povertyEdit

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Francine's extensive injuries.

In June 2014, Francine was involved in a catastrophic accident while riding a horse. She was thrown off the horse's back, then subsequently trampled, seemingly breaking both arms, a leg, and her cranium. While in the hospital, Francine's mother lamented that the family could not afford the medical bill.[12] Later that month, the Frenskys were "exiled" from their Jewish synagogue because Francine ate a few pieces of bacon.[13]

Relationship with Chip CrosswireEdit

Francine's sister, Catherine, had a tumultuous on-and-off relationship with Chip Crosswire, a college-aged man. While Chip and Catherine were on a date at Young & Hip Café, Francine hid inside a decorative plant. When Catherine left to "freshen up," Francine emerged from the plant, and apparently seduced Chip into cheating on Catherine. Catherine returned from the bathroom to see Chip and Francine romantically sharing a drink.[14]

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Chip sitting with Chip during their relationship.

Catherine expressed shock and grief and this betrayal. Eventually, Chip suggested a duel to to settle the argument, which Francine won after just one punch.[15] In August 2014, Catherine contemplated suicide due to Chip and Francine's relationship. She sent a desperate text to Chip, who was immediately alarmed. Chip left Francine to reunite with Catherine, preventing her from jumping off Suicide Bridge.[16]

Later in August, Francine's close friend Muffy Crosswirre (Chip's younger sister), confronted Francine. Muffy, who wanted Chip and Catherine to get together, accused Francine of destroying their relationship. This escalated into a larger quarrel, and eventually led to Chip and Catherine's parents learning about the relationship.[17] Later, Catherine ran away from home.[18]

Amidst this drama, Fern Walters listed Francine's bullying as the main reason she attempted suicide in September 2014.[19] By October, the Frenskys' financial destitution had led them to apparently lose their apartment, and they were forced to eat the family pet to survive.[11]

Continued eventsEdit

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On December 22, 2014, Francine was offended that Arthur Read brought a cake to the class Christmas party that had the words "Merry Christmas" printed on it, citing her Jewish identity. She requested that Arthur be expelled, which did not happen.[20]

Francine's mother, Laverne, became locked in a vault after attempting to rob a bank. She suddenly noticed that her mother was missing, and called Arthur. Eventually, both Laverne and Jane Read (Arthur's mother, Laverne's accomplice) escaped the vault and returned home.[21]

During the racial segregation of Lakewood Elementary, Francine was denied entry into the Whites Only Club because she was Jewish. This led her to create the Jew Crew.[22]

Prom with Arthur ReadEdit

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Arthur and Fracine's kiss as the prom.

In June 2015, Francine was Arthur's date to the Lakewood Prom. Arthur's mother drove him to pick up Francine, and immediately criticized Francine's outfit. At the dance, Francine gave Arthur the cold shoulder, and called the event "boring." Soon after, Francine ran off to the bathroom.[23]
"It's just... my dad's dead, Catherine's missing... It's been a rough year."
—Francine confiding in Arthur at prom.[23]

Arthur followed Francine into the bathroom, where he found her crying. She confessed that she'd had a "rough year," and sobbed into Arthur's shoulder as he told her "I'll always be there for you."[23]

High school and family lifeEdit

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Francine pulling her younger half-brother away from the escalating argument.

In 2023, when Francine was a senior in high school, Arthur began dating Sue Ellen Armstrong. Francine was told this by Buster. She did not approve, and told Arthur that Sue Ellen "wasn't right" for him. Arthur responded by acknowledging that what he and Francine had was "special... but that was a long time ago."[10]

Francine's mother, Laverne, had remarried to Chip Crosswire, the ex-boyfriend of both Catherine and Francine. (Catherine, after running away in 2014, still had not returned home.) Laverne and Chip had a son, Oliver, Francine's half-brother. The family now lived in a new apartment, but Laverne and Chip's marriage was strained due to more financial problems. After an eviction notice led to an explosive argument, Laverne, Francine, and Oliver left Chip.[24][25]

Francine, her mother, and Oliver sought refuge at the Read house. Jane assured the family that they could stay as long as they needed.[26]

Living with the ReadsEdit

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Francine and Arthur chatting on the roof.

Francine soon adapted to life at the Read house, and even had a job at Hot Topic.[27] Francine and her family regularly got caught up in the Reads' own drama, including Jane's scandalous relationship with Ed Crosswire (coincidentally the father of Laverne's husband, Chip). After a heated fight about Jane and Ed, Francine found Arthur sitting on the roof. The pair chatted about both of their chaotic lives, after which Arthur said: "I'm really sorry about your whole family thing. I'm glad you're here though." The situation became awkward after Arthur's girlfriend, Sue Ellen, found them sitting together.[28]

Some time after, Francine was struggling to get a can of soda out of a jammed vending machine at school. Arthur noticed, and retrieved the soda for her. Sue Ellen approached them suddenly, and began acting curt towards Francine.[29]

Arthur: "Oh! Hey, babe... I was just helping Francine with—"
Sue Ellen: "Hey, BABE. You were supposed to meet me after hologramics, and instead I find you here with... her?!"
Francine: "He was just being nice. Quit being such a nagging shrew."
—Arthur, Sue Ellen, and Francine in a heated confrontation at school.[29]

After this dialogue, Sue Ellen retorted by using Francine's father's suicide against her. This comment provoked Francine, who lunged at Sue Ellen suddenly. Sue Ellen backed away, and Arthur looked on in disgust. After the skirmish, Francine feebly apologized.[30]

Self-harm and mother's attempted suicideEdit

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Francine lambasting her mother after she attempted suicide.

Soon after, Francine's mother attempted to kill herself by drinking bleach. Laverne survived the event, but Francine was furious. She asked her mom: "Why would you do this to us? We already have so much crap going on..." After a few minutes, Laverne revealed to the family that Chip, her husband, had died.[31]

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Arthur trying to stop Francine from hurting herself.

Francine continued to struggle with Arthur's relationship with Sue Ellen. At one point, she called Arthur to talk but he did not pick up. Francine proceeded to cut herself with a razor. Arthur got home some time later, and yanked the razor out of Francine's hands. After some prompting, Francine confessed to Arthur: "I want you."[32]

Continued tension with ArthurEdit

Sometime after Francine confessed her feelings to Arthur, the pair had an awkward conversation while alone at the dinner table. Arthur admitted that the the feelings were reciprocated, but claimed that it was "not a good time" to act on them; he implied that he was apprehensive to end his relationship with Sue Ellen. This excuse offended Francine, who dryly apologized for her depression and hectic life before storming away.[33]

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Francine crying about Arthur on her way to work.

Some time later, Francine had to awkwardly ask Arthur for his car keys while he and Sue Ellen were picking out clothes for the Diplomats' Ball. Unbeknownst to Francine, Arthur later defended her after Sue Ellen said she wasn't "comfortable" with the two living together.[34]
"Listen, Francine is my friend. And she's going through some pretty gnarly stuff right now. Between you and me... she's kind of on the brink. The last thing she needs right now is another problem."
—Arthur's response to Sue Ellen after she asked him to move out.[34]

TriviaEdit

  • After Catherine married Adolf Robinson, Francine became the last known living person to carry the Frensky family name.
  • In Issue 194, Francine's hair suddenly appears dyed black without any explanation.

GenealogyEdit

 
 
Ed Crosswire
 
Millicent Crosswire
 
 
 
Moses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Muffy Crosswire
 
Chip Crosswire †
 
Laverne Crosswire
 
Oliver Frensky †
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oliver Crosswire
 
Francine Frensky
 
Catherine Robinson
 
Adolf Robinson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robinson children
 

RelationshipsEdit

Person Total tenure Status Status tenure Children
Chip
Chip Crosswire
Issue 039048 Dating Issue 039048 0
Broken up Issue 048180 (Chip's death)
Arthur2024
Arthur Read
Issue 153/155Between Elwood and Elwood High Dating Issue 153/155Between Elwood and Elwood High
Broken up Between Elwood and Elwood High–Present

AppearancesEdit

Key
Green This character made an appearance in this issue. (Type I)
Orange This character was only mentioned in this issue. (Type II)
Blue Alternative appearance: This character's name, likeness, or voice appeared in writing, a picture, or some other alternate form somewhere in this issue. (Type III)
Appearance Chart
001 002 003 004 005 006 007 008 009 010 011 012 013 014 015 016 017 018 019 020
021 022 023 024 025 026 027 028 029 030 031 032 033 034 035 036 037 038 039 040
041 042 043 044 045 046 047 048 049 050 051 052 053 054 055 056 057 058 059 060
061 062 063 064 065 066 067 068 069 070 071 072 073 074 075 076 077 078 079 080
081 082 083 084 085 086 087 088 089 090 091 092 093 094 095 096 097 098 099 100
101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120
121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140
141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160
161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180
181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200
  • In Issue 193, a picture of Francine is seen on Arthur's phone as caller ID.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Ceremony Category Result
1st Woody Awards Best Overall Character Nominated
Best Female Character Won
2nd Woody Awards Best Overall Character Nominated
Best Female Character Nominated
Best Kid/Non-Adult Character Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. Last appeared in Issue 194.
  2. 2.0 2.1 In the Arthur episode "Arthur: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll", her zodiac sign is revealed to be Pisces, which means her birthday is between February 19 and March 20.
  3. 3.0 3.1 She was in third grade from 2014 to 2015, which likely means she turned 9 between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015 (Elwood Wiki uses those dates as a standard school cut-off range, but unique cases do exist).
  4. Issue 146, panel 7
  5. Issue 163, panel 3
  6. Francine and her family were "exiled" from their Jewish synagogue in Issue 032. Later, in Issue 122, Francine stills claims that she is Jewish.
  7. Never explicitly stated, but Francine appears throughout Issues 116-118.
  8. 8.0 8.1 It is implied that Francine and Arthur dated some time between third grade and senior year. In Issue 155, they go to prom together, and Arthur says "I'll always be there for you." They later kiss, and this may be when their romantic relationship officially began. However, in Issue 162, Arthur says "I know what we had was special... but that was a long time ago."
  9. 9.0 9.1 Information from Arthur canon.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Issue 162
  11. 11.0 11.1 Issue 004 (The first 6 panels take place in May 2014, but the last 3 panels take place "Five months later," which is in October 2014.)
  12. Issue 012
  13. Issue 032
  14. Issue 039
  15. Issue 043
  16. Issue 048
  17. Issue 054
  18. Issue 061
  19. Issue 075
  20. Issue 122
  21. Issue 133
  22. Issue 146
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Issue 155
  24. Issue 163
  25. Issue 164
  26. Issue 166
  27. Issue 168
  28. Issue 177
  29. 29.0 29.1 Issue 187
  30. Issue 187
  31. Issue 190
  32. Issue 194
  33. Issue 197
  34. 34.0 34.1 Issue 200