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You have the undeserved ego of Jeremy Piven, the annoying self righteousness of Sean Penn and the embarrassing hypocrisy of Rush Limbaugh, you're almost as bad as Rachel Ray.
~ Francine Smith

Francine Lee Smith (née Ling and Dawson) is the tritagonist of American Dad!. She is also the wife of Stan Smith, and the mother of Hayley Smith and Steve Smith. Despite being genuinely a gentle, caring and sweet woman, she has a cruel, sadistic and psychopathic side of her personality, she becomes a neglectful mother toward her children as the series progresses.

She is voiced by Wendy Schaal.

Villainous Acts

  • Helps Stan kidnap his half-brother Rusty and his parents so they could live in their expensive mansion.
  • Insulted the nation of Saudi Arabia with a highly offensive song and calling it the worst place in the world. In the said country, singing, dancing, and indecent exposure were against the law, and she was arrested as a result, despite Stan's pleas for her to cease her musical number..
  • When Steve spends more time with his girlfriend Debbie, Francine tries to keep him from growing up by ruining a scrapbook he made for Debbie to the point where she stashes drugs in Steve's locker and got him suspended from school.
    • Immediately after this Steve deduces Francine was behind his suspension by recognizing the "Property of Steve Smith" writing on the planted drugs she used to frame him causing him to sever ties with his mother for her possessive and controlling nature. This causes Francine to want to have another baby, but knowing Stan would be against the idea decides to have sex with him while unconscious, which is considered martial rape. When Stan awakens after Francine's initial attempt at conception, he screams "rape" and calls Francine a “succubus”before macing Francine who then tries to justify her actions by expressing her desire for a child.
  • Tried to murder George Clooney for stealing her line during a brief acting career in an episode of the television show Scarecrow and Mrs. King and ruining her chance of fame decades ago.
  • Drowns a rare species of bird to cook for Roger Smith despite claiming that she is an animal lover. She was reluctant at first, but Roger's flattery towards her made Francine change her mind.
  • In "Frannie 911", Francine gets Roger to be kind to others, only to find out that kindness and empathy are so toxic to Roger that it literally kills him to be nice. When this almost kills Roger, Francine refuses to believe him despite seeing proof that he was not lying and lets Stan beat him up as punishment for it and locking him in the attic to let it happen and saying that he "deserves it", meaning that she is basically punishing Roger for existing and trying to survive.
  • In “Live And Let Fry” Francine takes the rabbit that Stan just gave to Steve as a pet, and cooks it alive in a fryer, while nigh-sadistically declaring her intentions to do so.
  • When Hayley confesses that she is addicted to pot, Francine gives her the cold shoulder.
  • She tries to help her son win the Spelling Bee by kidnapping his love interest, Akiko and locking her in a basement to make Steve think that she doesn't like him anymore, causing Hiko, Akiko's mother to battle Francine in retaliation. Francine's actions also temporarily drove a wedge between Steve and Akiko. When she complacently revealed her misdeed to Steve, Francine didn’t show an ounce of remorse, and didn’t even apologize to him, Hiko, and/or Akiko. Francine's overall actions were not for Steve's benefit, but for her own; she felt inferior to the parents who have prodigal children, so Francine took extreme measures to fulfill her own selfish parental inadequacy. This is considered to be her Moral Event Horizon by some fans.
  • Lied about being the lover of a teacher she possessed unrequited love for (she was found by his wife in their closet, cutting herself and sniffing his T-shirts) causing him to be wrongfully imprisoned, where he killed himself.
  • In "The Family Affair", casually admits to stabbing and killing her college roommate to her family.
  • In "Bully for Steve", she is seen fighting illegally in a meat locker, getting stabbed in the shoulder, removing the knife, and apparently killing her opponent "Becky" (who may even be her college roommate) with a stab into her intestines.
  • Francine has mentioned being imprisoned in jail multiple times, and getting into violent brawls.
  • It was revealed that she shoplifted for twenty years without getting caught. When she found out that Steve Smith shoplifted from the mall, she kept pushing him into doing it even though Stan told them not to, which backfires and causes Steve to get arrested.
  • Tried to kill an entire group of bystanders to help Stan kill a CIA target despite Stan's protests
  • Francine admits in "Dr. Klaustus", that she takes fifty dollars from Stan's wallet every week to buy drugs.
  • In "1600 Candles", Francine turned her son Steve into a child again so she could prevent him from growing up and so she can continue to treat him like a baby, also preventing him from getting a date with Lisa Silver. By doing this, Francine also ruined Roger’s 1600th birthday by causing the whole family to forget it, causing Roger to blame Steve for it and pants him at the school dance in an act of misguided revenge.
  • When Francine enforces Stan's house rules and informs Jeff he can no longer use cannabis even though he has a medial prescription to help control a compulsive disorder, she also denies the validity of that statement, even though it has been proven that cannabis is useful as an alternative medicine and Jeff's condition is proven to be very real and causes him to have a highly intensified sex drive that causes him to chronically masturbate all over the house, Francine initially blames Hayley for this, believing that she isn't satisfying Jeff's needs, making her daughter feel bad about herself. When Francine's sex advice doesn't pay off and walks in on Jeff masturbating (for the third time), she finally admits she was wrong and gives Jeff a pass to use his medication again, while even partaking herself.
  • Francine at first when she discovers Stan has mental trauma, depression, and severe anxiety from an embarrassing moment in his childhood that was too much for him to handle and caused his psyche to originally alter and suppress what really happened, before learning the truth, Francine originally tried to lift his spirits by pointing out that Stan made up for his previous unpopularity by becoming a respectable CIA agent, but when the same bullies who picked on Stan and were part of his traumatic experience start harassing him, Francine denied her marriage and relationship to Stan despite knowing that she just made Stan relive his trauma all over again. Later when Stan's damaged psyche causes him to once again misremember what happens with in this instance Stan believes that he was the one who denied their relationship. When Francine realizes this she expresses relief at being in the clear even though she's allowing Stan to accept false memories and remain delusional, even though it will likely cause further decline in Stan's mental health.
  • She burned down her own high school twice by smoking inside the chemistry lab and let her adoptive sister Gwen take the fall for it on both occasions causing her to be in jail for years.
  • Francine and the rest of the Smiths gang up on Klaus routinely. Later it's revealed that the Smiths take out all their issues on Klaus which allows them to continue functioning as a family. Without somebody to abuse the Smiths would begin to gang up on each other. In another instance Francine and the others act as if Klaus is out of control, when he simply changes the thermostat by 2 degrees, with Francine crying hysterically demonstrating her delusional and mentally unstable nature (along with Stan who is arguably an insecure and controlling sadist and Roger who has admitted to being a sociopath). They then bring in an animal expert who uses a clicker which actually gives Klaus an energizing, euphoric, and almost drug like effect. They use this as a way to control Klaus' "bad behavior", and upon seeing that Klaus is quite literally addicted to using a click noise, Francine and Stan rent a hotel room to abandon Klaus as his addiction keeps him preoccupied long enough to not interact with the Smiths.
  • In "The Mural Of The Story", Francine neglects to help Hayley and lets Stan mutilate Hayley’s face.
  • In “Anchorfran” Francine become corrupt with power after she joins the news network with Greg when Terry leaves him. She tries to hook Greg up with weatherman Memphis Stormfront and when this fails, she gets Memphis fired.
  • In “Bazooka Steve”, Francine sells Steve out to the Bazooka Sharks and the public after Steve convinces Johnny Concussion, the quarterback of the Bazooka Sharks to quit football mid-game out of concern for his health. This causes Steve to become a town pariah and Francine insults him on the radio by calling him a “scumbag”, which forces Steve to run away to an uncharted island.
  • Francine has secretly been giving Steve her breast milk for years which causes him to quite literally become dependent on her breast milk to point where he needs it to allow his body to function properly likely meaning that as a long term effect of the breast milk has caused potentially irreparable damage to Steve's body. When the secret is exposed Francine voices her delusional belief that society is wrong and they need to see the "benefits of long term breast feeding", when she basically turned her son into an addict, showing how divorced from reality she really is. Roger's recorded footage of Steve and Francine's unconventional interaction in the basement, and Steve sucking milk from Francine's breasts while she was asleep that Francine finally realized her mistake of turning her son into an addict by secretly slipping him breast milk over the years.

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Trivia

  • Francine is also the final antagonist from Season 2.
  • In "A.T. The Abusive Terrestrial", Francine's favorite beverage is Mr. Pibb.
  • Francine is revealed to be left-handed in "Office Spaceman", or was until the nuns of the orphanage that raised her warped her mind into believing left-handers are the Devil's people. Eventually she breaks free of this belief and makes more of an effort to work her left hand again.
  • Francine is not a natural blonde but rather a brunette, which most likely explains why her son Steve is a light brunette, and her daughter Hayley has black hair just like Stan. Before she got a new hairdresser in "Star Trek", her dark roots were visible.
  • Apparently Francine is one of the few women in Langley Falls not having an affair, as most other women belong to the Ladybugs who compare notes on their affairs.
  • She is dressed as the Statue of Liberty and uses the torch as a flamethrower in the online game American Dad vs. Family Guy Kung-Fu II.
  • She weighs one-hundred and nine according to her driver's license and her birthday is September 26 which is stated by Stan that Francine’s horoscope is a Libra in "Shallow Vows".
  • She has a fear of needles in "American Dream Factory". However, she previously used a needle to place stitches in Blind Jimmy's arm in "Helping Handis" and again later in "Bar Mitzvah Hustle".
  • Francine reveals in "Stanny-Boy and Frantastic" that she carries a stick of butter in her purse in case of emergency after an incident when she was eight years old and got her head stuck in a stair banister.
  • In "Dungeons and Wagons", she pierced her navel like her daughter Hayley.
  • In occasions, Francine is depicted as being physically weak. In "Homeland Insecurity", she pointed a gun at Stan and could up hold it up for more than a minute. And in "Frannie 911", she carries Roger with obvious struggle. In "Cops and Roger", Francine and Roger are mugged and the former cannot do a thing to stop it.
  • It is revealed in "Great Space Roaster" that Francine has a dislikes toward Rachael Ray.
  • Francine says that she lost her virginity to a group of angry construction workers in "The Scarlett Getter".
  • In "The Adventures of Twill Ongenbone and His Boy Jabari", Francine hikes up her dress to show Steve she does not have a tattoo stating that she hates him, demonstrating that she occasionally goes without panties.
  • In "The Missing Kink", she developed a spanking fetish.
  • She is similar to Lois Griffin in Family Guy. Just like both of them, they can be voices of reason with their antagonist husbands and sometimes villains.


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