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Francis Butthurst Pope
Character Statistics
Gender: Male
Age: 12
Race: White
Mother: Mentioned
Father: Mentioned
Grandparent(s): Unknown Names, one 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 III (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 #1 friend. He was/is 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."


 Big Nate in a Class By Himself

Francis always wears a green shirt with a F in the center of it, He also wears jeans. His outfit only changes in the winter, when he swaps it for something warm. 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 shown in Big Nate to be very friendly to other people and intelligent for school-related stuff. Francis can also sometimes be shown/called a nerd, mostly because he sometimes carries around a book of tons of facts.



  • 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' and Nate's houses are right next to each other.
  • 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.
  • As mentioned in a Halloween comic in 1992, Francis is allergic to raw eggs, liquid detergent, and toilet paper
  • In big Nate flips out Randy bullies Francis by calling him butt-boy.
  • At the end of Big Nate flips out Francis prefers Nate as being messy.


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