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.

Appearance

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.

Gallery

Personality

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.

Synopsis

Age of Exploration Arc

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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11] After Suika makes friends with Sagara, Francois recommends that the boar lives.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] Francois is later selected as the chef for the Perseus on the journey to Treasure Island.[15]

Treasure Island Arc

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.[16]

New America City Arc

When it is revealed Whyman has the same voice as Senku, Francois can be seen making tea for Ryusui. The next day, Francois is seen giving a new outfit to a recently revived warrior.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

They are pleased when land is spotted.[20]

Afterwards, they make burgers out of the dead alligators that the warriors defeated, something the crew was happy on.[21]

Skills and Abilities

Buttling

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.[22] 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[9]. 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.[10][21]
    • 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.[9] 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[23]. 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[24].
    • 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.[25] They've also learnt Morse code.[26]
    • 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[11][27]. 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[22]
    • 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[28].
    • Horticulture: While on the way to America, Francois uses the on board farm and plants to create the personalised drinks for everyone on board[24], 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[9]. 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[29].

Chapter Appearances

Chapter Appearances
Age of Exploration Arc
83. Dr. Stone Absent
84. People = Power Absent
85. Ultimate Resource Mentioned
86. Money Absent
87. Senku's Department Store Absent
88. Wings of Humanity Absent
89. Adventures Absent
90. New World Map Absent
91. Need Bread? Start with Wheat Absent
92. Desire is Noble Debut
93. The First Shot Is Yours Appears
94. The Scent of Black Gold Appears
95. First Contact Appears
96. Eye of Science Appears
97. The Joy of Leadership Appears
98. Ryusui Flashback
99. Kingdom of Science Photo Journal Appears
100. Origin of the 100 Tales Pictured
Treasure Island Arc
101. Treasure Chest Absent
102. Perseus, Ship of Science Pictured
103. Light of Hope and Despair Appears
104. Men of Forensics Absent
105. The Island's Great Beauty Absent
106. The Secret of Petrification Absent
107. To the Trump Card Science Vessel Absent
108. Two Trump Cards Absent
109. The Great Escape Absent
110. Beautiful Science Absent
111. Science Wars Absent
112. King of Three Dimensions Absent
113. Cryptography Science Absent
114. Silently, Science Pierces the Stone Absent
115. One Second, One Grain Absent
116. Miracle in Hand Absent
117. The Kingdom of Science Strikes Back Absent
118. Silent Soldiers Absent
119. Science Soldiers Petrified
120. Top Secret Absent
121. Medusa's True Face Absent
122. Brain-Battle Puzzle Pieces Absent
123. The Battle of Wits' Deal Game Absent
124. The Invention of God and the Devil Absent
125. The Decisive Three-Dimensional Battle Absent
126. A 3-D Strategy Absent
127. Medusa and Perseus Absent
128. Island-Wide Battle Royale Absent
129. Joker Absent
130. Devil's Choice Absent
131. Nasty Crimes Absent
132. The Strongest Weapon Is... Absent
133. Flash of Destruction Absent
134. Commander Faceoff Absent
135. Counting Absent
136. Medusa Vs. Science Absent
137. Last Man Standing Absent
138. End Of Part 3 Appears
New America City Arc
139. First Dream Pictured
140. New World Plots Absent
141. First Team Pictured
142. World Power Appears
143. Ryusui vs. Senku Appears
144. Ryusui & Gen vs. Senku & Kohaku Pictured
145. Bar Francois Appears
146. Bar Francois: Bitters Appears
147. Science Journey Absent
148. Pioneers of Earth Pictured
149. Light Lure in Darkness Absent
150. Righteous Science User Absent
151. Dr. X Absent
152. Doctor Vs. Doctor Absent
153. Science Wars Absent
154. Spy vs. Spy Absent
155. Science Is Elegant Appears
156. Two Scientists Absent
157. Same Time, Same Place Absent
158. Who's the Scientist? Absent
159. Lock On Pictured
160. Gunshots Echo Appears
161. Craft Wars Appears
162. Down the Earth-Stained Path Absent
163. Multifront Final Battle Appears
164. Re-Lock On Flashback
165. Know the Rules, Make the Rules Absent
166. Ultimate Knight Absent
167. Different Strokes Absent
168. Corn City: Population One Million Appears
169. RISK or HEART Absent
South America Arc
170. Staring Up at the Same Moon Absent
171. Staring at the Same Light Pictured
172. Marked with an "X" of Wisdom Absent
173. Earth Race Absent
174. The Specter of the Panama Canal Appears
175. Ultra Race Across South America Absent
176. Net-Breaking Battle Plan Pictured
177. Medusa Mechanism Pictured
178. Science Scales Mountains Appears
179. Bonds on the High-Wire Pictured
180. Sickening Yet Beautiful Pictured
181. New World Science Appears
182. Diamond Heart Absent
183. Stone Sanctuary Absent
184. Fort Medusa Absent
185. Lovely Cleavage Plane Appears
186. To Each Their Own Blade Appears
187. Cyber Guerilla Pictured
188. What I Once Sought to Destroy Absent
189. Our Dr. Stone Pictured
190. Science Transcends Life Flashback
191. Divine Scream, Down to Earth Absent
192. Until We Meet Again Appears

Trivia

  • 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).[8]
  • Francois' petrification mark, the starburst, is similar to the manga's visual effect when Ryusui snaps his fingers.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 178
  2. Dr. Stone Manga: Volume 19 — Extras
  3. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 192
  4. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 1, Page Francois is petrified along with all of Earth's human population.
  5. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 92, Page Francois is revived by Yuzuriha or Nikki.
  6. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 103, Page Francois is petrified along with majority of the Perseus crew.
  7. Dr. Stone Manga — Chapter 192, Francois is petrified along with the rest of the world.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 92, Page 10
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 92
  10. 10.0 10.1 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 93
  11. 11.0 11.1 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 94
  12. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 95
  13. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 97
  14. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 99
  15. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 100
  16. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 138
  17. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 139
  18. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 141
  19. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 146
  20. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 147
  21. 21.0 21.1 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 148
  22. 22.0 22.1 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 98
  23. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 168
  24. 24.0 24.1 Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 145
  25. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 160
  26. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 190, Page 6
  27. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 185
  28. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 161
  29. Dr. Stone Manga: Chapter 186

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