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If you resist, I will freeze you into ice.
— Francisca • Kirby Star Allies

Francisca is a character in the Kirby series, debuting as a secondary antagonist in Kirby Star Allies, but would later become an ally. She is a member of The Three Mage-Sisters, who are followers of Hyness and priestesses of the Jambastion Religion.

Physical Appearance

Francisca has disembodied hands and long, blue hair parted to her right. She has a noticeably paler skin tone compared to the other mages, possibly due to spending time in the cold. She has no nose, and her eyes are blue and resemble Kirby's as opposed to being one color. She also has blue markings curving downward from the bottom of her eyes. She wears a dark purple beret with a blue version of the Jambastion Religion’s emblem on the front. She wears a long, v-style collarette around where her shoulders would be that is outlined in blue. On the collarette are two purple hearts interlocked by a golden chain, presumably to keep the collarette from falling off of her. She also wears a dress with a blue underside. This dress also partially covers her face in a similar manner to a veil, the area on her face is black and white with orange buttons on it. She wears what appears to be stout hand pads outlined in blue on her hands. The pads’ cuffs cover the areas where her wrists would be, and the pads do not cover the underside of her hands. Each pad also has a blue heart design on their cuffs.

When fought in Heroes in Another Dimension and the Soul Melter EX difficulty in The Ultimate Choice, Francisca’s outfit has changed into more of an angelic color scheme. Her outfit and beret are all completely white with beige lining. The two hearts on her collarette are also gold instead of purple. Her skin has turned black and her eyes have turned red. However, she retains her blue markings and hair.

Personality

Francisca is very refined and elegant, twirling around when moving in her boss fight. Her Pause Screen description on Longview Corridor describes her as “calm, cool, and collected.” However, when angered, she appears to lose that calmness and become engulfed in rage, as her screams when knocked into her second phase in Kirby Star Allies are noticeably more violent and fury-filled than Zan Partizanne's and even Flamberge's. Francisca is also known to be ruthless and cold-blooded, swiftly encasing her opponents in ice and keeping them as trophies in a collection. Despite her cruel manners to her enemies, she is very kind and polite to her allies, as shown in Heroes in Another Dimension where she addresses Flamberge as “Ms. Flamberge.” Specifically, she used this prefix to respectfully address someone. She has a close bond with Flamberge as well, missing her when out on missions. According to a Twitter post, she is not very good at talking.[1] This is shown in her introduction in Longview Corridor, where she fumbles on what word to use when describing how her and the others' visions will come true. According to another Twitter post, Francisca has an aesthetic sense.[2]

History

Before the events of Kirby Star Allies, Francisca was originally a normal girl on the brink of death. Francisca was wandering in a snowstorm, and nearly froze to death. However, before she could depart from the world, Hyness arrived in the nick of time and saved her by granting her the powers of ice. Thus, she became one of Hyness’s followers, admiring him for rescuing her.

Games

Kirby Star Allies

Story

At the beginning of Kirby Star Allies, Hyness attempts to resurrect Void, the god of their religion, as Void Termina by breaking the seal of his vessel, the Jamba Heart, in a ritual. However, Hyness did not fully understand how to break the seal, and as a result, he accidentally shattered it, sending its shards across the galaxy. Thus, Francisca and her sisters, on behalf of Hyness, set out on a mission to retrieve the Jamba Heart shards in order to complete the ritual.

After Kirby and friends defeat Meta Knight, Francisca and her sisters land their Jambastion on Planet Popstar in search of any Jamba Heart shards that were on it. Kirby and friends break into their fortress and battle them one by one, confronting Francisca first. After snatching a Jamba Heart shard, she introduces herself before telling the heroes of the religion's plan to gather the shards so their visions will come true. She then warns the quartet not to interfere before attacking them. However, she is defeated, and retreats with the Jamba Heart shard in her grasp.

Later on, Kirby and friends encounter Francisca again on Blizzno Moon, where she is continuing her search for the Jamba Heart shards. After noticing them, she floats down from the sky and remarks that she is surprised they had survived the Jambastion's collapse and made it out this far, before attacking them once again to ensure her victory. Nonetheless, she is defeated once more and sent flying into the distance.

Afterwards, Kirby and friends make their way to Francisca's base, the Jambandra Base, and eventually find themselves in The Divine Terminus. There, they defeat her sister, Zan Partizanne, once again, and do battle with Hyness as well. Eventually, Hyness's hood and veil are knocked off, and enters an episode of madness. He then summons Francisca and her sisters and drains their life force to restore his own before proceeding to use their unconscious bodies as living weapons in the resuming battle. After Hyness is defeated, in a last-ditch effort to complete his plans, he sacrifices Francisca, her sisters, and himself to the incomplete Jamba Heart, successfully reviving Void as Void Termina, who then sets out to destroy the universe.

During the fight with Void Termina, Kirby and friends enter his body to battle his heart. During so, they find Francisca, along with Hyness, Zan Partizanne, and Flamberge, trapped inside cocoons. One by one, they are freed as the heroes deal more damage to Void Termina’s heart. After the heroes rip off the outer shell, the core is released, ejecting everyone, including Francisca, her two sisters, and Hyness, who aren’t seen again until Heroes in Another Dimension.

Sometime after the events of the main story, Hyness began to repeatedly perform chants and prayers to open a dimensional rift to Another Dimension, and fell into it after having done so. Hearing that he was swallowed by the rift, Francisca and her sisters enter Another Dimension as well in order to search for him. After having been called over by Zan Partizanne, who found him after he was defeated by Kirby and friends, she attempts to calm Flamberge before lamenting the old times with Hyness. Filled with repentance, Francisca and her sisters engage in a grueling battle with the heroes in an attempt to end their long-lasting conflict. However, the heroes are victorious, and Francisca and her sisters are defeated. After the battle, all of the Friend Hearts the heroes collected merge into one giant Friend Heart, which Kirby throws at the sisters. Francisca and her sisters wake up and are restored to their original colors, looking around their environment in shock. After some thinking, Francisca and Flamberge nod in agreement to Zan Partizanne. The three of them presumably say a prayer of sorts, which turns the dark battlefield into a brightly-lit arena. The Warp Star then descends from the sky, and the heroes hop on. Before leaving, Kirby waves goodbye to the sisters, with Francisca looking on to them in serenity, and the Warp Star takes off, leaving behind a small heart that slowly falls onto Hyness. Purged from the darkness within him, Hyness then wakes up, restored to his former glory, and Francisca and her sisters run up to him in joy. They then presumably make sure he is alright and tell him what had happened as the screen fades to black. It is unknown Francisca, her sisters, and Hyness decided to live on Planet Popstar with Kirby afterwards, but the 100% completion picture for Heroes in Another Dimension shows that they are now on good terms with each other.

Battle

Francisca is first fought on Jambastion in Longview Corridor, serving as the fifth boss, with the boss title of Frozen General. She is fought again later in Far-Flung - Starlight Heroes on Blizzno Moon, serving as the twelfth boss, with the boss title of Bringer of Icy Doom.

Francisca mostly attacks using a labrys with a snowflake design; she can swing it in a quarter circle in front of her, she can thrust it forward, or she can swing up into the air, spin in a circle, and slam her axe down onto the ground. She can enlarge the head of her axe and spin it like a disk, controlling it with her magic to home in on Kirby and co. to capture them. If anyone is captured by the disk, she then turns it back into a labrys and flings them at the wall and floor. With the Sizzle element, the disk can be burned to a crisp, leaving Francisca shocked at what happened and vulnerable to attack. In her second phase, she can create icicles that she launches onto the ground, freezing it and anyone near them. She creates three waves of icicles, with the first being two on one side and one on the other, the second being vice versa, and the last being two on each side. With the Sizzle element, the icicles can be destroyed, providing food. She also has a soda gun, which she shakes in order to expel a strong soda current into the air that she slowly lowers. She can also aim the gun at the floor and ceiling, causing the soda stream to ricochet off them. Attacking the soda stream with the Zap element will send an electric current through the stream, electrocuting Francisca and stunning her, while using the Blizzard element can temporarily freeze the soda.

In her rematch on Blizzno Moon, her attack pattern is somewhat different. She has received one new attack, in which she jabs her axe into ground, drags it along it, and swings upwards, leaving behind an ice trail on the ground that freezes anyone on contact. Additionally, she now enlarges the head of her axe even more, and it takes less charging time to thrust her axe. In her second phase, it takes a little less time to charge up her soda gun, and she now moves it around by closing it in or moving out. For her icicle attack, the icicles, once fired, now loop around and head in the opposite direction of where they were originally meant to land, creating a space in the center of the arena, and less at the sides.

Francisca appears in the game's boss rush mode, The Ultimate Choice. She appears in five levels of difficulty (Zesty Expedition, Fiery Showdown, Infernal Crisis, Soul Melter, and Soul Melter EX). In Soul Melter EX, she has received more alterations, although they do not change much. Her axe swings can now hit repeatedly, and her soda gun can now send anyone flying instead of just a bump. For her icicle attack, only the last wave loops around.

As a Dream Friend

Francisca also appears as a Dream Friend, where she is paired with her two sisters as a single character. Unlike other paired Dream Friends, the player can switch between the three sisters at will. Francisca’s moveset consists of attacks from her boss fights. Most of her attacks grant the Blizzard element, while her Soda Blaster grants the Splash element.

Super Kirby Clash

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Francisca appears as a resident of the Port Village after Parallel Nightmare has been defeated in The Empyrean. She can be seen sitting on a ledge to the right, listening to Flamberge talking to her. She also appears as a sticker, which can be purchased from the Shoppe for 30 Gem Apples.

Kirby Fighters 2

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Francisca appears as a hazard in the Jambastion Entrance stage, hovering in the background alongside Flamberge and Zan Partizanne before floating to the foreground to attack. Francisca has two attacks: she can float to the lower corners of the stage and swing her axe four times before finishing with a thrust, or she can float to the sides of the stage, turn her axe into a giant disk, and send it towards the opposite lower corner, damaging anyone on contact.

Moveset

Move Controls Description
Cisca Slash B Francisca slashes with her labrys.
Cisca Dash Dash + B Francisca lunges forward with her labrys.
Cisca Uppercut ↑ + B Francisca swings her labrys up into the air, creating a body of ice on the ground.
Cisca Slam ↓ + B after Cisca Uppercut Francisca flips and smashes her labrys on the ground. If the ice is still around and she smashes her labrys on it, she will shatter the ice and send three ice chunks tumbling along the ground.
Deadly Ice Candy ↓ + B in midair Francisca creates six icicles and shoots them at different downward angles.
Frozen Gelato Press and hold B, then release Francisca launches her labrys's head at opponents, catching them in it and rebunding it off walls.
Shaken Soda Blaster ↓ then press and hold ↑ + B and release Francisca grabs her soda gun, shakes it, and fires it. Can be aimed up and down while firing. Unlike all of her other attacks, this gives the Splash element.
Elegant Escape L/R then move Francisca floats a huge distance while dodging.
Sister Tag ↓ + B Francisca high-fives Flamberge to tag her in.
Sister Circle Hold ↓ + B then release Alongside her sisters, Francisca performs their variation on the Friend Circle to wipe out enemies on-screen.

In the Super Smash Bros. series

Spirit battle

Francisca appears alongside Flamberge and Zan Partizanne as a single Advanced-class support spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Their spirit can be obtained by fighting a team of three Robins with enhanced power in their special moves, each one of them bearing a different color palette, the pink one representing Francisca. When equipped, their spirit enhances the power of battering items.

Quotes

…Bonjam. Heh. That’s how we greet people on MY planet. I am Francisca, one of the three generals of magic. Together, we command the Fortress of Shadows known as…Jambastion! We wish to assemble the dark Jamba Heart pieces that were scattered across the universe. Once we do, our most twisted of visions will finally be…untwisted. Unthawed? Unfurled! But I do not wish to waste my time with pointless chatter. So I won’t! Just know that should you attempt to oppose us…I'll have no choice but to put you on ice...FOREVER!
— Francisca • Kirby Star Allies
…Hmph. Color me surprised. I certainly didn’t expect to run into your puffy self again. And here I thought you were buried along with the Jambastion… Well then! I’ll just have to ensure that my victory is complete this time! I shall now turn this pink ball of nice into a frozen block of ice! Heh! I always wanted an ice sculpture for my trophy collection!
— Francisca • Kirby Star Allies
Ms. Flamberge… Please calm down a little. Oh, look at you… You're not the same Lord Hyness we once knew… Oh, but for the glorious old days when you led us toward a bright future…
— Francisca • Kirby Star Allies

Related Quotes

Calm, cool, and collected, Frozen General Francisca is one of three mages at the head of Jambastion’s forces. The freezing attacks she unleashes are enough to chill the very hearts of those who oppose her.
— VS Francisca (1st battle) • Kirby Star Allies
Undeterred from her quest to find the dark hearts that have rained down across the galaxy, the Frozen General is back and tougher than ever before! Her duties have kept her away from Flamberge lately… She kind of misses her.
— VS Francisca (2nd battle) • Kirby Star Allies
-Song of Supplication-

In spite of all, cold as ice! In spite of all, hard as stone!
In spite of all, hear out plea! In spite of all, all alone!
In spite of all, we reconcile! In spite of all, we pass the trial!

In spite of all, hear us three! We beg of thee! We beg of thee!
— VS Francisca (The Ultimate Choice) • Kirby Star Allies
Once upon a time, a girl was stranded freezing in a snowstorm. As she got colder and colder, a mysterious traveler appeared and unlocked her natural talent for ice magic. She kept turning blue, all right--the beautiful blue of Francisca!
— VS Francisca (Soul Melter EX) • Kirby Star Allies
Francisca attacks with ice and water. Use Friend Abilities with fire and electricity against her!
— Francisca’s use of water and ice • Kirby Star Allies loading screen
Bonjam. Can it be? Frosty Francisca from Kirby Star Allies is your new ally?! Indeed, this cool character is known for swiftly encasing her enemies in ice and keeping them as trophies. Looks like her collection is about to get even bigger...
— Flavor Text • Kirby Star Allies
The cold-blooded blue priestess from Kirby Star Allies pays a surprise visit! Along with her sisters, she seeks paradise. But will standing too close to Flamberge throw water on her dreams?
— Guest Star Description • Kirby Star Allies

Etymology

Francisca is named after a a type of throwing axe that was used in the Early Middle Ages. Since Francisca wields an axe as a weapon, her name is likely derived from it.

Her Japanese name, フラン・キッス (Furan Kissu), has the "Fran" prefix, which is also present in Flamberge's Japanese name, フラン・ルージュ (Furan Rūju). "Kiss" and "Rouge" both also refer to lips. Her Japanese name is also very similar to フランキスカ (Furankisuka), the Japanese word referring to the francisca throwing axe.

In Other Languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
Japanese フラン・キッス Translates to Fran Kiss.
English Francisca
Traditional Chinese 冰斧基斯 Translates to Ice Axe Kiss.
Korean 프랑시스카 Translates to Francisca.
Russian Франциска Translates to Francisca.
German Franziska Franziska.
Dutch Francisca Same as English
French Francisca Same as English
Italian Francisca Same as English
Spanish Francisca Same as English

Music

Name Artist Length Music Track
"Song of Supplication" 6:10

Trivia

  • Francisca was the first Mage-Sister to be revealed, and is the only one to be done so separately, as Flamberge and Zan Partizanne were both revealed together afterwards on the official Japanese website for Kirby Star Allies.
  • Francisca has been prominently featured as an avatar on the Kirby 25th Anniversary Twitter account for posts relating to Kirby Star Allies (much like Susie before her).
    • The Twitter would later feature Flamberge and Zan Partizanne as the hosts for sharing content about Kirby Star Allies.
  • Francisca is the only one of The Three Mage-Sisters who can use two elements (namely Blizzard and Splash) instead of one.

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