|“||Imagine a puppy that never grows up; a puppy that stays a puppy forever. Once I launch my Forever Puppies to every corner of the world, they'll be so adorable, no one would ever want a baby ever, ever again! The end of BABY CORP!||„|
|~ Francis explaining his evil plan.|
Francis Evan Francis (formerly known as Super Colossal Big Fat Boss Baby) is the main antagonist of DreamWorks' 34th full-length animated feature film The Boss Baby and a mentioned character in it's 2021 sequel The Boss Baby: Family Business. He is the CEO of a popular conglomerate known as Puppy Co. and the archenemy of Boss Baby and Tim Templeton.
He was voiced by Steve Buscemi, who also played Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs, Carl Showalter in Fargo, Garland Greene in Con Air, Randall Boggs in the Monsters Inc. movies, Mr. Wesley in Disney's Home on the Range, Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire, and Dwight Diddlehopper in The Simpsons.
As a baby working for Baby Corp, Francis was overweight and had a single puff of blond hair on the top of his head while wearing a blue suit. However, as a middle-aged man, he is skinny with his hair curved at the edge of his forehead, and he wears glasses, a dark gray suit, a white shirt, a burgundy waistcoat, a red tie, and black shoes.
Francis is charismatic, slightly unhinged, determined, relentless and tough.
Francis was once the CEO of Baby Corp (known as Super Colossal Big Fat Boss Baby) who was loved and respected by his coworkers. However, he soon learned that the secret formula that enabled babies to think and talk like adults did not work on him as he was lactose intolerant. Because of this, he was replaced by Big Boss Baby Lady and sent to Earth, where he was later adopted by the Francis family. Francis was absolutely furious at how Baby Corp betrayed him and swore revenge. Growing up to become a middle-aged businessman, Francis founded Puppy Co. to act as a rival to Baby Corp, becoming more popular to the public. He even gave Eugene a job to serve as his right-hand man in his villainous plans.
Role in The Boss Baby
Francis first appeared at the beginning of the movie where Tim Templeton explains about his parents' job as workers at Puppy Co. and Francis calls them off-screen to launch a new product as Tim thinks from his imaginative point of view that they actually launch rockets to sell products.
Francis is later shown briefly in a video clip shown by Boss Baby in which he tells his co-workers about his plan to shut down their rival, referring to Baby Corp, with a secret file containing notes about a "Forever Puppy".
Later in the film, the workers take the children to Puppy Co. for the "take your child to work day". There, Tim and the Boss Baby sneak in through the offices to find the 'Forever Puppy' file, but they soon learn too late that it was a trap, as Eugene captures them before confining them in chairs in Francis' office. There, Francis meets the two in person and reveals that he was actually Super Colossal Big Fat Boss Baby from Baby Corp and Boss Baby's idol until he got kicked out for being lactose-intolerant. He then steals the Boss Baby's secret formula, revealing that the 'Forever Puppy' file was nothing more than a ruse to lure the Boss Baby into bringing over the formula. Francis then reveals his true plan to use the formula on newborn puppies to become the "Forever Puppies", and that he plans to distribute and launch them literally throughout the world via Puppy Co.'s in-house-manufactured Forever Puppies rocket transported to Las Vegas to unleash the puppies so that they will have more attention than babies and that Baby Corp will be out of commission as a result, thus leaving Francis to obtain all the love and attention around the world for his own benefit.
With Tim and the Boss Baby as his prisoners, Francis has Eugene to act as a female babysitter named Mr. Lady Man to keep them in check when he tells their parents of his plan to launch the Forever Puppies in Las Vegas. Before leaving, Francis threatens Boss Baby that he will kill Tim's parents if they interfere with his work. However, Tim and Boss Baby escape from Eugene with the help of Jimbo, Staci, and The Triplets. But as the duo get to the airport, Francis quickly pushes Tim's parents in the plane and close their window so they could not see Boss Baby and Tim in the airport.
However, Boss Baby and Tim get to Las Vegas by sneaking on a plane full of Elvis impersonators and get to the convention center (where Francis plans to unleash the Forever Puppies) with the help of pop stars who drop them to the center out of kindness. Francis then unleashes the Forever Puppy to the crowd of people watching his speech, but notices Eugene (who had followed the duo on the plane) and notices Boss Baby and Tim, whose parents also notice them. Francis quickly traps Tim' parents in a heart box and takes them to the same rocket in his revenge plan earlier and puts the parents under the rocket to get burned from the rocket's fire to cover his tracks. Tim and Boss Baby try to save their parents, but not before it was foiled by the intervention of Francis, who confronts them and snaps at them for their interference as Time and Baby snap back and as the two argue with Francis while starting the countdown to the rocket, Tim telling him he's nothing like him and Francis telling how Tim could've had his parents to himself again believing he failed because he let the Boss Baby boss him around, but Tim and Baby tell him otherwise that they're partners and tickle him as the Boss Baby and Tim manage to get past him, but he causes them to trip and almost fell into the vat of the formula milk. Tim and the Boss Baby were left clinging on the edge, and Francis walked to step on Tim's clinging hand. Fortunately, Boss Baby, in a rare moment of imagination, was able to leap from the hanging and brings Tim with him and imagines being a pirate and uses his pointer as a sword and, on Tim's head, fights off Francis in a brief sword fight until he overpowers Francis and takes the opportunity to go under him. They push Francis into the formula milk pool and the duo saves their parents and takes the puppies out of the rocket and saves Boss Baby before it (having its gantry pulled back and its umblicals disconnected) flies off.
Having made contact with the formula, Francis is turned back into a baby again, much to his anger. Having lost his temper, Francis angrily swears to make both Tim and the Boss Baby pay and almost engages in another fight with Boss Baby but is stopped by Eugene, who reforms and puts a pacifier in Francis' mouth and lulls him to sleep. Eugene then informs the duo that he will try to raise Francis properly this time around and walks away with Francis in his hands. It's unknown what happened after that, but it's likely that he was fired from Puppy Co. for his crimes.
The Boss Baby: Family Business
Francis is mentioned by Tim’s parents, while explaining to there granddaughter Tabitha, as the mention to her that Tim tried to tell them about Ted Jr, being a boss baby, and their boss trying to kidnap them,
- He is the fourth main antagonist of a computer-animated Dreamworks film in a row to be the master of his movie's heroes after Smek from Home, Kai from Kung Fu Panda 3, and Chef from Trolls, DreamWorks' three previous computer-animated films.
- If Francis' plan had succeeded he would have caused the human race's extinction, as the Forever Puppies would have persuaded people not to have more children, and as a result, all adults would be dead and on the Earth only would have remained the Forever Puppies and other animals that would continue life on the planet.
- It is not stated in the film what Francis' middle name is, but it is Evan.
- Francis was supposed to be voiced by Kevin Spacey, who had previously voiced Hopper in Disney/Pixar's A Bug's Life. However, Steve Buscemi replaced him for unknown reasons.