Charlie Francis

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Profession:  Special Agent, FBI Portrayed by:
Kirk Acevedo
Family:  Sonia Francis - wife
First Seen:  Pilot
Seen In:  22 of 100 episodes
Last Seen:  Unearthed
Death Episode:  A New Day In The Old Town
Status:  Deceased - victim of Shape Changer
Remarks:  Recently promoted to second in command, behind Broyles
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Charlie Francis was a supervising Senior Agent with the FBI and attached to the Fringe Division Task Force

  • He is a long-time friend and confidante of Olivia Dunham. They frequently discuss personal matters with each other and display a level of complete trust in all matters professional and tactical. His position as a supervisor allows him to respond to requests from Olivia, and other members of the science team, for manpower and other support.
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    His investigative skills are keen and he quickly satifies routine legal and criminal research inqueries for Olivia and the Bishop's.
  • Charlie briefs Olivia about Flight 627 upon her arrival at Logan International Airport - her initial exposure to fringe science casework. He is also aware of her emotional involvement with her work partner, Agent John Scott, and the impact Scott's death, and suggested traitorous actions, have on her. (Pilot)
  • Broyles identifies Charlie as his second in command. (Bound)
  • Charlie was the lone survivor of an attack by a genetically manufactured hybrid beast in a remote forest park. His blood was impregnated with larvae when the beast slashed him with its' barbed tail. Walter had to poison Charlie's blood to stop the larvae from developing further. (Unleashed)
  • Charlie comforted Olivia after she woke up from her coma, telling her a story about how his old partner had been killed by the girlfriend of an abusive man whom Charlie had been arresting. Later, Charlie joins Peter and Amy Jessup in attempting to apprehend Lloyd Parr after he tries to kill Olivia. In a showdown with Parr, Charlie appears to kill him, but it is later confirmed that the Shape Changer was victoriuous, assumed Charlie's identity, then incinerated the real Charlie. (A New Day In The Old Town)
  • The Shape Changer posing as Charlie
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    hovers close to Olivia, acting the friend he once was. He communicates through the secure communication device several times to get directives on his mission. (Night Of Desirable Objects)
  • The Shape Changer posing as Charlie continues to attempt to retreive Olivia's memories from the other side. His pain and obvious discomfort is from the need to consume mercury to survive, and also that he cannot shift to another body because each of the Shape Changers has a unique Shape Changing Device tuned to each one, with his being destroyed in A New Day In The Old Town (and subsequently delivered to Massive Dynamic for evaluation). At the moment of discovering that Massive Dynamic is on the verge of determining that the devices hold a rendering of their current and previous shapes assumed, Olivia is visiting Nina Sharp at her office. The Shape Changer sends a false text message to Olivia, telling her that Nina is the Shape Changer, and to get out. She complies, moments before she recieves her answer from Massive Dynamic: Charlie is the Shape Changer. After a brief battle, Olivia shoots and kills the Shape Changer posing as Charlie. (Momentum Deferred)
  • Charlie assisted Olivia on the case with the seemingly possessed teenage girl. (Unearthed)
  • He was born on 22 June 1976
  • (non-canon source) - He graduated from Rutgers with a B.A. in Economics, and the City University of New York School of Law with a J.D.
"I knew him just as long as you did. I'm sorry. Job isn't what it was ten years ago. We're supposed to protect the world, where one breath of the wrong air can incinerate you from the inside out. I mean, how do we protect people, when corporations have higher security clearances than we do? When we're not fully briefed on half the things that we're investigating." - (to Olivia, upset while driving back to the office right after John Scott died in a car chase) (Pilot)

"I wasn't gonna tell you this… but he said he loved me too." - (humorously to Olivia, following John Scott's funeral, as she confesses her not-so-secret secret) (The Ghost Network)

"If we get caught, I don't know you at all." - (to Olivia, as she prepares to pick a lock and enter an abandoned office without a warrant in (The Road Not Taken)
  • Original scripting placed him as 43 years-old, and married to a Kathy.

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Central Characters: Olivia DunhamPeter BishopWalter BishopPhillip BroylesAstrid FarnsworthNina Sharp
Central Characters (alt): Bolivia DunhamSecretary BishopColonel BroylesLincoln LeeAgent FrancisAgent FarnsworthBrandon Fayette
Recurring Characters: The ObserverAgent LeeHenrietta BishopEllaBellCaptain WindmarkRachelBrandonSam WeissDavid Jones(alt) Nina SharpCharlieNick LaneHenry HigginsThomas NewtonSanford HarrisMitchell LoebJohn Scott
Additional Characters: Episodic CharactersMinor Characters