|“||If you resist, I will freeze you into ice.”|
|— Francisca • Kirby Star Allies|
Francisca, also titled as Frozen General and Bringer of Icy Doom, 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.
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 bat-like symbol in front, which Hyness and the other mages feature as well. Her uniform is outlined in blue, and on her chest, there are two purple hearts connected by a golden chain. Under her uniform, she 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 white with orange buttons on it.
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 chest 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.
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, she 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 adress someone. She has a close bond with Flamberge as well, missing her when out on missions. She also likes to hang out in snowy, cold areas.
Francisca mostly attacks using a labrys with a snowflake design; she can swing it normally, or she can enlarge the head and throw it like a disk using magic to capture Kirby and co. by freezing them. If anyone is captured in the attack, she then turns it back into a labrys and flings them at the wall and floor. She can create icicles that can freeze the ground. If Kirby and/or his friends have the Sizzle element, then they can attack the icicles or the frozen ground to gain food. In update 4.0.0, they can also now attack the enlarged labrys head with the Sizzle element in order to burn it, leaving Francisca shocked at what had happened and vulnerable to attack. She also has a soda gun, which she shakes in order to expel a strong soda current that bounces off the ceiling and floor. Attacking the soda stream with the Zap element will send an electric current through the stream, electrocuting Francisca and stunning her.
In her rematch on Blizzno Moon, her attack pattern is somewhat different. Specifically, her soda beam and icicle attacks were changed quite a bit. It takes a little less time to charge up her Soda Beam, 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 spawned. She can now jab her labrys into the ground and drag it across the arena, then doing an upward slash afterwards. The trail of ice her labrys leaves freezes anyone it contacts.
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).
|Spoiler alert: The following section contains plot-specific details.(Skip Section)|
At the beginning of Kirby Star Allies, Hyness attempts to resurrect Void Termina, the god of their religion, by breaking the seal of his vessel, the Jamba Heart. 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 resurrect Void Termina.
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, who reveals that they are gathering dark hearts for their plans, and warns them not to interfere before subsequently attacking them. However, she is defeated, and retreats with a Jamba Heart shard in her grasp. Later on, Kirby and friends encounter Francisca again on Blizzno Moon, where she is continuing her search for Jamba Heart shards. Francisca fights them again, only to be launched into the distance. Near the end of the game, Kirby and friends try to confront Francisca and her sisters’ leader, Hyness, who is performing the revival ceremony, only to be stopped by Zan Partizanne.
Kirby and friends defeat Zan Partizanne, who then begs for Hyness’s help before losing consciousness. Hyness, displeased with the interruption, bats her aside and faces Kirby and friends himself. When the heroes knock off his hood, however, Hyness becomes enraged, summoning Francisca and her two sisters and draining their life force to restore his own, rendering them unconscious. Hyness uses them as living weapons to fight Kirby and friends, but still manages to fail at defeating them. In a last ditch effort to finish the revival of the Dark Lord, Hyness throws Francisca into the Jamba Heart, along with her sisters Zan Partizanne and Flamberge, all three of them still unconscious, and then dives into the Jamba Heart himself, successfully reviving Void Termina.
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 had somehow fallen into a dimensional rift leading to Another Dimension, leading to Francisca and her sisters entering Another Dimension as well in order to search for him. Zan Partizanne soon finds him after Kirby and friends have defeated him, lamenting his current state before calling Francisca and Flamberge, who also lament him. Francisca and her sisters then direct their rage to Kirby and friends and attempt to end their long-lasting battle. 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. After some thinking, they then nod their heads in agreement and 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 and the Warp Star takes off, leaving behind a small heart that slowly falls onto Hyness. Hyness then wakes up, restored to his former glory, and Francisca and her sisters run up to him in joy and presumably 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.
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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.
|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 to rain down on opponents.|
|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
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.
|“||…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|
|“||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!
|— 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|
A "francisca" is a type of throwing axe that was used in the Early Middle Ages. Since Francisca wields an axe as a weapon, her name may have been derived from it.
Her Japanese name, Fran-Kiss (フラン・キッス), has the "Fran" prefix, which is also present in Flamberge's Japanese name, Fran-Rouge. "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.
|"Song of Supplication"||6:10|
- Interestingly, 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).
- If a fire attack is used against one of Francisca's icicles that she launches, it will turn into one food item, even during The Ultimate Choice.
|This box contains unconfirmed speculation. It is advised to not take it as fact.|
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