Francis is a drag queen in the circus. Unfortunately, the effect is so convincing that insects are always mistaking him for a real girl. He is very short-tempered and aggressive, and it doesn't help that he's constantly being mistaken for a girl just because he's a ladybug. He is great friends with Slim and Heimlich, who try to keep him calm. He also carries Slim when the circus troupe fly.
Role in the film
Francis is an aggressive ladybug and a clown in P.T. Flea's circus troupe. Francis is fed up of constantly being mistaken for a girl and even attempts to fight a couple of audience members during a performance. Slim broke the argument by telling the fly that it was no way to speak to a lady. Francis' aggressive nature makes others cry, particularly maggots, and later, little ants, when he becomes "den mother" to the blueberry troops. Apparently, he was a natural mother. Francis seems to have a strong friendship with Slim and Heimlich. While transporting over long distances, Francis has to carry Slim, who, despite being a stick insect, does not have wings and cannot fly.
When a bird attacks the insects, Francis sees Dot falling and rushes to catch her, but they fall into a gap in a canyon, where a large rock crushes Francis' leg. Because of his efforts, Dot and the Blueberries make Francis as their "den mother." When P.T. Flea arrives at the island, Francis serves as an indirect catalyst for Flik's banishment as he spills the beans that the idea of a makeshift bird is invented by Flik.
Much later, when Hopper takes Flik hostage, the circus bugs give chase; Francis loses grip of Slim while flying through a tree and is unable to locate him in a tree.
At the end of the film, when the circus troupe is about to leave, Dot and the Blueberries are seen crying as they hug Francis. Francis also helps Manny carry Heimlich, since Dim is carrying the circus wagon.
Francis exists as a walkaround character, though mostly participates in various Pixar parades. At Disney California Adventure in A Bug's Land, Francis is featured in the spinner attraction, Francis' Ladybug Boogie.
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Characters: Flik | Atta | Dot | The Queen | Aphie | Hopper | Molt | Axel and Loco | Thumper | Dim | Rosie | Heimlich | Francis | Slim | Gypsy | Manny | Tuck and Roll | P.T. Flea | Dr. Flora | Mr. Soil | Thorny | Cornelius | Blueberries | The Bird | Chicks | Valian | Brutus, the Toad King | Toads | Dinamos | Grass | Termites | Termite Chief | The Lizard
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