Francois (フランソワ Furansowa) is Ryusui's faithful and extremely talented butler whose services were well sought out and coveted before the Petrification. They are demonstrated to be a highly competent worker and a talented chef.
Francois is a short person of very petite build and ambiguous gender. They have a round face with sharp eyes and often sport a serious expression, and they have a very small nose and a mouth adorned with dark lipstick. They have somewhat short blonde hair arranged in neat corkscrew curls. Their stone markings are two burst shapes on the back of their hands, which they often wear gloves over.
Francois is typically seen in their butler uniform; a dark blazer with striped cuffs and padded shoulders, a striped sash, a light colored ascot, medium length and slightly flared pants, and light colored boots with tall heels.
They have a star like scars on their hands after being revived. They disappears after their second revival. They soon adorned war paint in reflection of their stone markings, during Tsukasa's revival.
They are extremely loyal to Ryusui, as shown by him being their first concern after being depetrified. They are always calm and composed, showing emotion very rarely. They seem to take great pride in their job, and would never compromise on quality.
A chef is required in order to prepare long lasting and nutritious food for a long voyage, however with the Cave of Miracles destroyed, the Kingdom of Science only have enough revival fluid left to revive someone small. Ryusui suggests his former butler, Francois. The power team find and revive Francois, however none of them can figure out their gender. As soon as the stone breaks off, Francois puts on the clothes Yuzuriha has prepared for them. Francois thanks Yuzuriha and others for the clothes, immediately setting out in search of Ryusui, claiming that it concerns their work and nothing else, wishing everyone goodbye. Gen chases after them to guide them to Ishigami Village.
After two days of nonstop walking, Francois arrives, informed of the situation by Gen. Upon seeing the burnt bread Ryusui and the others prepared, they ask if Ryusui really intended to serve the burnt bread as something to eat on the trip. Once Senku explains that they need some long-lasting bread, Francois suggests Goat’s Gift Stollen, and has everyone begin gathering the resources necessary to prepare the dish. Francois begins to prepare the bread and even teaches Ryusui and Senku to make their own, unsuccessfully. The completed loaves are delicious enough to bring even the modern-timers to tears.
With Minami's camera complete, the group discusses the subject of the first photograph to commemorate the occasion. Ryusui recommends Senku, which surprises everyone. Francois explains that Ryusui does not want splendour for himself, but instead to own the splendour he can spread to everyone. Francois, predicting the situation, brings out several outfits fom Yuzuriha’s fashion shop for Senku to try on. After Minami struggles to find a pose for the photo, Francois suggests he poses like the most famous scientist in history, Albert Einstein.
After acquiring wheat, Ryusui declares the opening of his 3-star restaurant, with Francois endeavoring to prepare Black Truffle Pork Rillettes as the first meal. With the help of Suika and Kohaku, they locate and capture a herd of wild boars as livestock. While the main team is out searching for the Sagara oil field, Francois and Suika use the boars to sniff out truffles for the meal. One of the boars finds a truffle underground but eats it before they can grab it. Suika then teaches Chalk to pick up the scent of the truffles instead. With the truffles located, Francois begins preparing to cook to the boar meat, but is stopped by the scent of oil on the boar's fur and the oil team wanting to use Sagara to find the field. After Suika makes friends with Sagara, Francois recommends that the boar lives.
At the former Tsukasa Empire, Francois has their restaurant built and is seen preparing seafood meals from the fish Ryusui caught, which is enjoyed by many. Later, when Minami wishes to take a group photo, Francois brings out the automatic timer they had Kaseki prepare, in yet another act of foresight. Francois is later selected as the chef for the Perseus on the journey to Treasure Island.
They are one of the many people petrified by Ibara and his forces along with the crew of the Perseus.
They are later freed by Senku to aid him in his plans.
During the final battle, they are ultimately petrified again by Ibara. However, they are freed by Senku to once more to aid in tending to the others. Francois is tasked with cooking and casually tells Taiju and Amaryllis that Senku once married to Ruri after remarks on the status of Chrome and Ruri are made. When it is discovered the Perseus was ransacked Francois offers to have repairs done immediately while Amaryllis comments Francois being efficient is amazing.
After returning to Japan, mentions of Senku's residual scars are made before Gen rallies every modern timer to recreate their scar using paint. Francois recreated their previous star-shaped scar, stating it will serve as a symbol, declaring the day they removes will be when the threat of Whyman is vanquished.
They accompany the crew of the Perseus in the journey to depetrify everyone across the world. They re-created a bar where they are helping the restoring of alcohol and beverages.
They listen to the story of Matsukaze and give him an alcoholic cocktail to ease his worries after the story stresses him.
They are pleased when land is spotted.
Afterwards, they make burgers out of the dead alligators that the warriors defeated, something the crew was happy on.
Skills and Abilities
Francois is an incredibly skilled butler, being so proficient in their job that they are hired by the Nanami Corp, a company with trillions of yen in net worth. While in their line of work, Francois has picked up several skills that benefit them as a butler.
- Master Chef: Francois holds an encyclopedic knowledge on foods and cooking in general, being able to not just cook but bake and bartend as well. Among all the master chefs in Japan, Francois is one of the top.
- Cooking: One of the key reasons Francois was revived was because the KOS were in need of a cook, and Francois sure does pay off. As soon as Senku asks for bread that would last for a longtime, Francois immediately recommends Goats Gift Stollen, showing that they hold an encyclopedic knowledge on foods and cooking in general. Francois scores a 5/5 in Cooking Skills in their worker file, showing just how skilled they are in it. Francois can whip up anything from a burger to high class cuisine.
- Baking: Francois is an expert baker, with knowledge on all kinds of breads, befitting someone who often uses French phrases and wears the French flag. Francois has only ever been seen baking bread, but assuming they are an expert cook, Francois has the potential to bake other foods such as cookies and cakes.
- Bartending: Francois is most commonly seen serving drinks to their guests. This can be tea, coffee, cocktails and even alcohol. Alongside their knowledge on cooking, Francois has amassed many formulas for drinks.
- Hospitality: One of the key parts of being a butler is to prioritise the comfort of the people you serve. Whether it is friend or foe, Francois always provides the guests hospitality. After the battle with Stanley is done and everyone is tired, Francois included, they prioritise the comfort of their guests before themselves. While travelling to America, Francois makes every individual on the ship a personalised drink, showing that Francois will do their best to make everyone of their guests for comfortable and relaxed.
- Multilingual: Francois is able to speak Japanese, English and French. Although it is unknown whether Francois is French or Japanese, Francois speaks Japanese the most due to the majority of the KOS being Japanese. Francois is completely fluent in these languages, being able to translate Japanese to English in just a second. They've also learnt Morse code.
- Babysitting: Francois shows great care for children, and this can be seen in their interactions with Suika, often being a parental figure and taking care of her. During Ryusui's flashback, Francois is the one who takes care of Ryusui. Francois is the one who relays the message to him that his allowance has been lowered and apologises for it, and is the one who brings Ryusui his dinner. Its implied Francois mainly raised Ryusui over his family showing they have years of experience with children
- First Aid: While not being a professional doctor, Francois knows basic first aid and is the first to treat Senkus wounds after he is shot(160). While Senku is bed ridden recovering from being shot, Francois alongside Luna tends to Senku during his process of healing.
- Horticulture: While on the way to America, Francois uses the on board farm and plants to create the personalised drinks for everyone on board, and it can be assumed that Francois cultivates many of the products they use to cook and bake due to the limitations of the Stone World.
- Housekeeping: Although not needing this skill much anymore in the stone world, Francois is able to keep things in households neat and tidy, a skill most butlers would have.
- Office Work: While never shown doing office work in the manga, it is put as one of their skills in a Mecha Senku Q&A.
- Endurance: Francois, although hides any sense of tiredness, is able to walk for two days straight non stop and even after arriving at the KOS was immediately prepared to start their job. Although on the surface Francois seems to hold never ending stamina, it is revealed in their worker file they rest when no one is watching, and that is just another part of the job.
- Observation: Upon seeing that Stanley didn't kill Suika or Ginro, Francois is immediately able to deduce that Stanley wont harm civilians, and carefully took the right course of action and surrendered claiming that they and Suika are doctors. This quick thinking prevented Suika and themself from being killed.
- Ryusui says he isn't sure what their actual name, gender, or even nationality is, as he never thought to ask.
- Their name is usually written as "Francois" (フランソワ Furansowa) but it might be "Francoise" (フランソワーズ Furansowāzu).
- Francois' petrification mark, the starburst, is similar to the manga's visual effect when Ryusui snaps his fingers.
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