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    Francine Smith (seasons 11-13)

    Francine Smith
    "Any man who ever did anything great was just trying to show up some piece of ass who didn't give him any."
    Gender: Female
    Type: Bad Mother
    Age: 39
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Wendy Schaal
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: American Dad!
    First appearance: Pilot

    Francine Lee Smith (née Ling; formerly Dawson) is a fictional character on the animated television series American Dad!. She is the wife of the title character, Stan Smith, and the mother of Hayley and Steve and also the daughter-in-law of Jack and Betty Smith. Francine is voiced by Wendy Schaal.

    However, she was flanderized in seasons 11-13.

    Bad Qualities

    1. In seasons 11-13, she went from being a kind housewife and a loving mother into a clone of Lois Griffin (though not as bad) as she lost most of what made her a good character.
    2. In “The Mural of the Story”, she acted extremely cold towards both of her kids for no given reason. This even extends to the scene where Stan mutilated Hayley’s face as Francine does absolutely nothing to stop it but instead does laundry and smokes a cigarette.
    3. She was extremely unlikable in “Anchorfran” when she took over as news anchor after Terry left Greg to follow 311 on tour. Francine tries to hook Greg up with another man named Memphis Stormfront but when that does not work, she gets Memphis fired out of spite and jealousy. Francine’s efforts to redeem herself from this are also shameful as she has Stan use CIA technology to control the weather and destroys an entire town in the process.
    4. She constantly shoplifts from stores and always gets away with it.
    5. She has an extremely creepy and toxic relationship with her son, Steve as she is obsessed with babying Steve, which often causes problems. In “1600 Candles”, she de-ages Steve into a toddler with a classified CIA serum when Steve hits puberty. In “Tapped Out”, Francine reveals that she had been secretly giving Steve breastmilk to the point where he became addicted to it when she started spiking her breast milk into his food and drink. The addiction got so bad that Francine decided to sting herself with bees to wean Steve off but Steve is so allergic to the bees that the tainted breastmilk causes him to fall into a coma for a whole year.

    Good Qualities

    1. She was a good character before season 11 and redeemed herself after season 13, reverting to her original personality.
      • There have been many episodes where she is likable, not flanderized, and has her original personality during her flanderizaion.
    2. She wasn't as unlikable as Stan or Roger during these seasons.
    3. Likewise, despite being flanderized, she isn't as cruel or stupid as Stan or Roger.
    4. Wendy Schaal still did a great job voicing her.
    5. Her design is still very attractive.


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