|“||Dewey, there's a principle I learned in military school. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the guy who can't run fast||„|
|~ Francis to Dewey|
Francis Wilkerson is one of the main protagonists in Malcolm in the Middle. Mostly he is a rebel and a troublemaker on the show. He is also the oldest of the five kids on the show. Malcolm, Reese and Dewey all look up to him. Sometimes they fight, but they always get a long. Francis is kind of a guy, who sticks up for the little guys. He always loves to piss authority figures. Like Commandant Spengler, Lavernia and Lois his mother. They been bullying him all his life, He always had away to get away from them. One by one. One authority figure he looks up to is Otto who owns a ranch and hotel in New Mexico. Otto is the only guy that didn't treat him like a juvenile delinquent. Francis got fired by him, when he accidentally deposit money in the wrong bank. He was upset of that and left in bad terms. But they would get over. Francis got a better job working as a computer programmer in a company and make good money. He loves it.
|“||I was a terrible brother to Malcolm and Reese. I treated them way worse than they treat you. You know that scar on Reese's back? That's from a bayonet. Where did I even get a bayonet?||„|
|~ Francis to Dewey about how he was a horrible brother to Malcolm and Reese|
However Francis is not entirely to blame for the way he turned out. It's revealed that when he was five, and Hal and Lois were about to have Reese they left him with his hateful, Grandma Ida who he hates. Francis is close to being traumatised by his childhood. When he returned to help Lois tighten the leash around newborn Jamie, and it tells how she burnt his favourite stuffed animal before his eyes which turned him into a blubbering mess.
Francis is obsessively vindictive, especially while trying to spite Lois such as hiding her jewellery when she shipped Francis to boarding school then later emancipating himself after he graduated. It has actually become his life-long ambition to hear Lois admit that its her fault his life was ruined and when he did, he was actually disappointed until he was given momey by the latter.
Francis is a role model to his younger brothers, especially Dewey and Malcolm however he discloses that he was a terrible brother. On one occasion he offers tickets to a concert between Malcolm and Reese, causing all-out war between the two however he ends up taking someone else instead. So far the only brother he's kind to is the third youngest, Dewey.
However Francis also is one of the most grounded and mature of all brothers despite being a delinquent. He was able to get a job after graduating military school at a dude ranch and basically ran it himself, his new founded maturity disgusted his younger brothers as all they knew him to be was a reprehensible troublemaker. However Francis also missed being a delinquent and snatched any chance he could get to cause a fight, such as missing three days of work and lying to his wife when Reese was kicked out like he was at the age of 15. Francis lost most of his maturity when he was fired from the dude ranch, returning to his old home and lying to his parents that his marriage with Piama was in danger when in reality he wanted to steal the fish he caught when he was a child and Hal took the credit for to impress the people at his hotel.