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Francis Butthurst Pope
Character Statistics
Gender: Male
Age: 12
Race: White
Mother: Mentioned
Father: Mentioned
Grandparent(s): Unidentified, one is 20 years older than the other
Nemesis: Randy Betancourt, Nolan and other Jefferson students
Friend(s): Nate, Teddy, Chad, Artur, Dee Dee, Sheila (Girlfriend), Jenny, Breckenridge Puffington III.
Production Info
First Appearance: January 17, 1991
Last Appearance: N/A
Francis Butthurst Pope (or simply Francis), is Nate's #1 friend (despite his #1A friend, Teddy), although he is kind of a nerdy geek, and the deuteragonist of "Big Nate," according to Nate, placing him as his number one friend. He was the electric guitarist for Nate's garage band, Enslave the Mollusk  (EtM). Francis is very intelligent. Much to Francis' annoyance, Nate is often expressing the superiority of dogs to cats, with Nate being a dog person. Francis rebuttals with his evidence of the superiority of cats. Francis even owns a cat named Pickles (whom Spitsy, the dog of Nate's neighbor has a crush on). Although Nate and Francis make fun of each other, making fun of each other is how they operate, as said in Big Nate Strikes Again, Francis is friendly to Mrs. Godfrey and to Artur, contrary to Nate's feelings. Francis also has a mother, to which he described, in Big Nate from the Top, was "quite slender."



He first appeared on 01/17/91. He was at first Nate's best friend and then one of his two best friends when Teddy Ortiz appeared. He dates Sheila and is also friendly with both Mrs Godfrey and Artur which alienates Nate and is often the scene of many a comic strips. Francis appears very often in the comic strip and and is known to be very fond of his facts.

Early Life

Nate and Francis became best friends in kindergarten at naptime. When Francis began snoring, Nate hit him on the head with his Thomas the Tank Engine lunchbox, and that is how they became friends. Francis has been in every Big Nate book.

Big Nate Flips Out

Nick Blonsky

Francis begins to get annoyed with Nate's messiness and calls him a slob. Later, when Francis is attending the yearbook meeting with Nate and Teddy he is made by Nate to be the co-editor with Gina because Nate does not want Gina to be the sole editor and make the yearbook about herself. During the meeting Nate comes up with the idea to take candids for the yearbook. However Mrs Godfrey would never let Nate have one of the school cameras so he convinces Francis to borrow one for him. Francis obliges but tells Nate to be very careful with the camera because if it gets broken or lost he Francis will cop the blame. In the yard Randy steals the camera to taunt Nate and throws it in the air luckily it is caught by Nick Blonsky, who gives Nate a lecture on being more careful with school equipment.

Nate stores the camera in his locker but when he goes to take it back out he cannot find it. Francis blames Nate for losing the camera because Nate is a slob, Nate disagrees and Francis and Nate have a shouting match and their friendship falls out. Nate is unhappy that he is no longer friends with Francis so he gets hypnotized to become neater. Nate finds that being hypnotized is very uncomfortable and stops him from doing things that he likes. Francis was getting bullied by Randy in the cafeteria so Nate stands up for Francis and gets into a fight with Randy. After the fight Nate is taken to principal Nicholas's office. When he gets back to his locker he finds the camera back in it. He tells Francis who is happy, then Nick Blonsky comes and brags that he stole the camera and that they had no proof that he did it. Luckily Dee Dee taped the whole conversation on her phone and Nick was suspended for a whole week. Francis and Nate become friends again and Nate finds out that he has becomes un-hypnotized during the fight with Randy.

Physical Appearance

Francis has orange hair and a noticeable gap in his teeth. Francis always wears a green shirt with an 'f' in the center of it. He also wears jeans and circular glasses. His outfit only changes in the winter, when he swaps it for something warm.

Personality and Traits

Francis has been shown to be very kind and friendly to other people. Although he is smart and caring, he is also geeky; his geekiness can become annoying toward his friends, like Nate and Teddy (like whenever Francis gets a new book of facts). Francis is highly intelligent for affairs relating to school. Francis can also sometimes be shown/called a nerd, mostly because he sometimes carries around a book of tons of facts. He is also very



Nate Wright

Along with Teddy Ortiz, Nate Wright is Francis' best friend at home and school. Like Teddy, Francis is also annoyed by Nate's irrational and sometimes annoying behavior, especially in the comic books. The two first met in kindergarten, where Nate hit Francis on the head with a Thomas the Tank Engine lunchbox to cease the sound of his snoring. In third grade, their friendship became so strong that both of them swore each other to secrecy about their darkest secret. Nate was frightened of cats, and Francis' middle name had the word "butt" in it. In both elementary and middle school, the two of them got into several fixes, but they always tend to make up. According to Nate, the fact that they occasionally pick on each other is part of the way they operate. One incident where Nate broke their third grade secret and Francis thought Nate lost a camera he had lent to him led to a temporary, intense hatred for each other that nearly tore apart their friendship altogether. The only thing Nate seems to hate about Francis in general is his aptitude for being neat and a goody two-shoes, which Francis probably knows. He is also very annoyed when Francis talks to him about trivia.

Teddy Ortiz

Teddy Ortiz is the other of Francis' two best friends. They tend to pick on each other but according to Nate, this is how they operate. Like Francis, Teddy also finds Nate to be somewhat annoying.


Gina Hemphill-Toms

According to Nate, Francis thinks Gina Hemphill-Toms to be a "pain." At an unknown date, they were forced to work together on the Cronicle, after Gina attempted to take full control of the affair.


It is unknown how Trudy met Francis Pope, if at all. However, she is determined to spend time with her friends instead. Whether or not she was trying to avoid Teddy and Francis is unknown.


Clara Lessard-Godfrey

Francis respects Mrs. Godfrey as a favored teacher in the comics starting in the mid 1990s. Francis is also one of Mrs. Godfrey's favorite students, and Mrs. Godfrey may be Francis' favorite teacher (with the possible exception of Mr. Rosa). Francis can also been seen brownosing Mrs. Godfrey in some comics


Sheila Stapleton

Sheila Stapleton is Francis' girlfriend. Their relationship seemed to last throughout most of the school year, though it is possible they met in elementary school. Their relationship is such that Francis calls Sheila "Pookie", and Sheila calls Francis "cubby." Sheila is also willing to respect Francis' friends, namely Nate Wright, even though Nate thinks their relationship is annoying to him. According to him, Francis is not himself around Sheila (likely correct).

Ellen Wright


Ellen Wright

At one point, Francis had a crush on Ellen Wright, Nate's older sister. However, his crush ended in 1992, when he had a sleepover at Nate's, and found out how scary she looked when she wakes up every morning.


  • Across Big Nate, including both the comics and books, he and Nate seen making fun of each other is common. But as stated in Big Nate Strikes Again, that is how they operate.
  • Francis was very chubby as a baby as a result to baby fat.
  • He is a member of the P.S. 38 cartooning club.
  • Francis fell in love with Ellen in Big Nate: Add More Babes
  • Francis' and Nate's houses are right next to each other.
  • In Big Nate Flips Out, his biggest secret is that his middle name is Butthurst.
  • He is obsessed with trivia.
  • Despite Nate unfavorable view of Mrs. Godfrey, Francis is still kind to her.
  • Francis is the captain of the Trivia Slam team "Francis's Factoids".
  • Francis and Gina are almost the same when it comes to intelligence. In one comic, it is revealed his GPA (grade point average) is 99.5 and Gina's is 99.8
  • His name is a reference to Pope Francis.
  • He wants to be an epidemiologist.
  • In Big Nate Flips Out he and Nate have a falling out when Nate loses the camera that Francis borrowed for him.
  • In Big Nate flips out Randy bullies Francis by making fun of his middle name, calling him butt-boy.
  • At the end of Big Nate flips out Francis prefers Nate as being messy.
  • Although Francis prefers cats, he still doesn't mind dogs, unlike Nate who hates cats and loves dogs.
  • Francis is the first character to appear in comics, who is not related to Nate.


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