Francine Smith

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Francine Smith
American Dad! character
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First appearance "Pilot"
Created by Seth MacFarlane
Mike Barker
Matt Weitzman
Voiced by Wendy Schaal
Information
Nickname(s) Frannie, Frantastic
Occupation Housewife
Spouse(s) Stan Smith
Travis Bowe (ex-fiancé)
Children Hayley Smith
Bailey Smith (deceased)
Steve Smith
Libby Corbin-Bates (surrogate)
Relatives Birth parents: Nicholas and Cassandra Dawson
Adoptive Family: Bàba, Māma, and Gwen Ling
Aunts: Beverley
Birthday September 26

Francine Lee Smith (née Ling; formerly Dawson) is a fictional character on the animated television series American Dad!. She is the wife of the title character Stan Smith and the mother of Hayley and Steve. Francine is voiced by Wendy Schaal.

Francine is often seen indignant, nagging and scolding her family (mostly Stan) over wrongdoings, sometimes even becoming berserk in these moments. Seemingly a voice of reason, Francine also nags at her family to uphold certain virtues.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Francine was born September 26 (1967 or 1971) to a wealthy couple in South Carolina, Nicholas and Cassandra Dawson. She was abandoned by her birth parents. She spent her early childhood in a Roman Catholic orphanage. She is naturally left-handed but this was literally beaten out of her by the nuns. She was adopted at age seven by Bàba and Māma Ling, Chinese Americans. She speaks fluent Chinese, and often speaks in it to her parents to disguise their conversations in front of Stan. Her parents have their own biological daughter, Gwen, who is attractive but not as bright as Francine.

Fran's age has not been consistent. In the episode "National Treasure 4: Baby Franny: She's Doing Well," it is revealed that Fran fell down a well when she was a toddler. File footage shows President Ronald Reagan talking about the incident as it happened, which places that episode in the 1980s, when she would have been at least 9 or 10 years old (if her birth year is 1971; Reagan's first year in office was 1981).

When Francine was about fourteen years old, she had an obsessive crush on her algebra teacher, Mr. Feeny. The police were called and Francine lied to them and said that she and Mr. Feeny were lovers. Mr. Feeny was sent to jail, where he committed suicide.[2]

In college Francine stabbed her roommate to death. Even though she was a party girl in college and seems to hold very liberal beliefs, she keeps them mostly to herself and follows her husband's conservative values.

Francine first met Stan when he had just graduated from the CIA academy and been offered a post as an operative. She was a groupie trying to hitchhike home, and Stan pulled over and gave her a lift.

Personality[edit]

Although she enjoys being a housewife and becomes sexually aroused during spring cleaning, Francine occasionally yearns for more fulfillment. She was briefly a successful realtor and owned a muffin kiosk at the mall,[3] and became a surgeon for an organized-crime syndicate made up of handicapped people.[4] Once she joined a group of ultra-chic local ladies by faking an affair with a valet.[5] She drinks wine and occasionally smokes; she's used marijuana and cocaine. Previous to her marriage Francine had a history of sexual promiscuity, and was a groupie. Francine has apparently spent time in prison before, and has recounted her experiences - with varying degrees of horror - on at least two occasions as seen in the fourth season episode "Pulling Double Booty". She also seems to be very experienced with weapons, though whether or not this is because she is married to Stan is never established. She is shown to carry machetes with her in the pilot and has pulled a gun on Stan on more than one occasion. She was also able to make a weapon out of a government-issued rubber shoe Roger had to wear as part of his stint as a prison therapist.

While initially portrayed as a devoted housewife and unconditionally-loving mother who tries to have her family bond with one another, Francine's morality slowly deteriorates in later seasons and she becomes a more shallow and contemptuous character, often speaking insultingly and heartlessly of others, including her own children, and proving just as selfish and shallow as her husband Stan. There are times when Francine has demonstrated that she might be mentally unstable, including her vendetta against George Clooney and her extreme empty nest syndrome. In "Family Affair" she nonchalantly admits she stabbed her college roommate to death and expresses surprise that no one in the family knew before. In "Max Jets" she is visibly excited by the idea of Charles Manson being released from jail and "finishing what he started". In "Live and Let Fry" she tells Hayley that she can't handle much, and when someone rings the doorbell she screams "It's too much!". She also becomes violent and angry seemingly at random, once point sweeping Klaus' bowl onto the floor screaming 'Humans are talking!' because he interrupted her. Similarly, in the episode "Stan of Arabia," Francine resorts to physical violence when challenging Stan's Arabian wife, Thundercat, for Stan's affection; saying "you want to dance bitch; then let's dance" and proceeded to fight her reasonably well. In "Every Which Way But Lose", Francine also admitted that she doesn't know how to vote as it confuses her too much. She just enters a booth, waits ten seconds, then comes out and yells "Democracy!"

Age[edit]

Francine was originally 38, but she became 40 years old in the episode "Tears of a Clooney". The episode starts with her 39th birthday, she attempts to get revenge on George Clooney for a year, and the episode ends with her 40th birthday. It's unknown whether or not the other characters aged as well, except for presumably Stan. He says in one episode that she is ten months younger than he is. However, in "May the Best Stan Win", Francine's year of birth is listed as being in 1971, and Stan's is shown to be 1967. However, in "Da Flippity Flop", he refers that he is an American made man since '68–implying his birth year was in 1968. In "Shallow Vows", it says Francine's birthday is September 26, 1967 on her driver's license. In the same episode, she later tells Stan she was indeed born on September 26, making her a Libra.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McFarland, Kevin (January 7, 2013). ""Finger Lenting Good" | American Dad | TV Club | TV". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Ron Hughart (director); Seth McFarlane, Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman (writers). "Pilot". American Dad!. Season 1. Episode 1. 21 minutes in. FOX. 
  3. ^ Written by Neal Boushell and Sam O'Neal. Directed by Albert Calleros. "Finances With Wolves". American Dad!. Season 1. Episode 18. FOX. 
  4. ^ Written by Nahnatchka Khan. Directed by Caleb Meurer. "Helping Handis". American Dad!. Season 1. Episode 21. FOX. 
  5. ^ Written by Dan Vebber. Directed by Brent Woods. "Not Particularly Desperate Housewives". American Dad!. Season 1. Episode 16. FOX. 
  6. ^ Written by Alison McDonald. Directed by Brent Woods. "Bullocks to Stan". American Dad!. Season 1. Episode 8. FOX. 

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