|Occupation||Marchioness of Midford|
|Base of Operations||Midford manor|
|Relatives||Alexis Leon Midford (husband) |
Edward Midford (son)
Elizabeth Midford (daughter)
Vincent Phantomhive (brother, deceased)
Rachel Phantomhive (sister-in-law, deceased)
Ciel Phantomhive (nephew)
|Manga Debut||Volume 3, Chapter 14|
Marchioness Francis Phantomhive-Midford (フランシス ミッドフォード, Furanshisu Middofōdo) is the wife of Alexis Leon Midford, mother of Edward and Elizabeth, sister of Vincent Phantomhive and aunt of Ciel Phantomhive.
Francis presents herself as a clean and orderly woman. She keeps her hair in a tight bun, but much like her daughter, has a long cowlick with a slight curl. She wears an ornate dress, with white gloves, and a short, beaded necklace. She is reputed for having retained the beauty of her youth, and is well-toned due to her intense physical training.
Francis is a proud, stringent individual who is renowned for her tremendous ambition and prowess. She is a candid critic, and often directly voices her opinions of others. She is strict, abides by the rules, abstains from desire and temptation, and she never hides her actions; for this reason, she is highly respected. Prompt and committed, she has a tendency to arrive at destinations earlier than expected or planned. Moreover, she has an extraordinary level of dedication, endurance and perseverance, as she continues to cultivate her strength with rigorous training even after her marriage.
Francis regards people she deems as lazy and indecorous with disdain, as she insults Ciel Phantomhive's bed head and calls Sebastian Michaelis "indecent." She does, however, eventually gain considerable respect for both of them, and she holds Tanaka in great esteem, as she has suggested that Ciel and Sebastian learn from him in terms of appearances. Additionally, she believes that unruliness in the home environment will ultimately lead to the moral decadence of a person. Francis deeply cares about her family, and it is extremely important to her that Elizabeth marry a man who can adequately take care of her.
Francis had attended Ciel's coronation as the Earl of Phantomhive. She first encountered her husband when she defeated him in a fencing tournament, held by Queen Victoria. She had chided him for being weak, despite his position as England's lead knight.
Jack the Ripper ArcEdit
Several months after Angelina Dalles's death, Francis and her daughter, Elizabeth, pay a visit to the Phantomhive manor. When she arrives, she is disappointed by Ciel's and Sebastian's lackluster appearances, commenting that they should learn from Tanaka, and insists on an inspection.
Although Sebastian had prepared everything for her visit, Baldroy, Mey-Rin, and Finnian accidentally destroyed all of it, which causes him to change his mind and propose many different destinations in the manor; in response, Francis reprimands him for being "indecisive." As a backup plan, he leads her out to the horse stables, where she challenges Ciel to a hunting competition so that she can determine his level of capability. Sebastian outlines the objective: kill the most animals in a 25 km range of the forest in three hours. Then they set out.
At the end of the competition, Francis and Ciel tie with fifteen animals each, and they agree that they cannot leave it at a draw. While eating lunch, a bear comes out of the forest and attacks Elizabeth, and Ciel hastily dives over to protect her. The bear is swiftly dealt with, and since Francis has her gun out, Ciel concedes that she killed a sixteenth animal; thus, she is the victor. Francis says it will take Ciel ten years to defeat her, yet she commends his bravery for shielding her daughter. She acknowledges his qualification of becoming her future son-in-law, and they decide to return to the manor.
While on the way there, Francis addresses quietly to Sebastian, who is carrying the carcass of the bear. She returns the knife that he has "left behind" in the bear's head, and reveals that she was so flustered by her fear for Elizabeth's safety that her shot missed. She then questions why Sebastian did not allow Ciel to take the glory for his killing of the bear, and Sebastian replies that because Ciel has a lot of ambitions, he must learn some humility. He adds that while Ciel is a head of a house, he is just a child; therefore, he thinks Francis would be a good, adult role model. Francis is impressed by his judicious character, and remarks that he is the type that will never be taken advantage of.
At the manor, the other servants have prepared a surprise party for Ciel, and Francis discloses that his thirteenth birthday is the real reason for their visit. She pats Ciel's head, wishes him a happy birthday, and then relies on the servants to take care of Elizabeth and Ciel in the future. Afterward, she thanks Sebastian for everything he has done, and reveals that she is aware of the smashed tea set, the ruined and bare garden, and the burnt dinner that he had earlier tried to conceal. Later, she, Ciel, Elizabath, Finnian, and Tanaka admire the snow.
Ship Voyage ArcEdit
Francis appears on the day of boarding the luxury ship, Campania. Exuberant that Ciel has decided to accompany them, Elizabeth hugs him out of joy. Francis snaps at her daughter for revealing such indecent behavior in public. Behind her is her husband, Alexis, and her son, Edward.
Afterward, Francis and her family eat with Ciel. Sebastian and Snake are shown having their hair combed back, an insinuation that Francis, with her prompt and strict personality, has ordered them to do so.
After the Bizarre Dolls have escaped their coffins, she battles them ferociously. She stabs a Bizarre Doll through its chest and is surprised when it continues attacking nonetheless. Sebastian destroys the Bizarre Doll and informs Francis that the only way of stopping them is to smash their heads. They both fight back to back against the Bizarre Dolls, and after realizing what Sebastian said is true, she compensates by excusing his "slovenly face and hairstyle."
Her husband and son rush in, and Edward asks where Elizabeth is. Sebastian says that she is with Ciel, and Alexis and Francis are relieved since they believe that Ciel would protect her at all costs. Edward and Alexis both give a speech about protecting the weak, which she approves of. Sebastian is slightly dubious, but Francis urges him to go on ahead since he can rely on their ability as swordsmen.
Soon after, a shock reverberates throughout the ship due to the collision with an iceberg. Subsequently, in the first class lounge, Francis, Edward, and Alexis come to the rescue of some passengers and kill the Bizarre Dolls that have terrorized the place. They encourage the people to not give up.
- (To Ciel Phantomhive) "I came to hold a surprise check up and it seems you are lazing about as usual. On top of that, your butler is still as indecent as ever! Keep in mind that you are the man that my very own daughter will marry in the future. Re-training will take place today! I shall begin with the inside of your mansion! Unruliness in the home environment is the first thing that will lead to the heart being unruly."
- "This is a good chance for me to see the kind of man my daughter will marry. But maybe ... hunting is too much work for Earl Phantomhive who is incredibly feminine?"
- "Hmph. It will be at least ten years before you can beat me. Though, you are worthy of my praise after such a display of bravery. You gave your all to protect my little girl. So, I owe you one. You are worthy of being my son-in-law, Earl Ciel Phantomhive."
- Her only "appearance" in the anime has been limited to a brief, relatively unclear snapshot of her in a photograph.
|Alexis Leon Midford · Frances Midford · Edward Midford · Elizabeth Midford · Paula|
|Agni · Baron Burnett · Aleister Chamber · Diedrich · Angelina Dalles · Fat nobleman · Charles Grey · Baron Kelvin · Lau · Alexis Leon Midford · Edward Midford · Elizabeth Midford · Francis Midford · Ciel Phantomhive · Rachel Phantomhive · Vincent Phantomhive · Alois Trancy · Countess Trancy · Former Head Trancy · Undertaker|