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Franklyn Froideveaux was a patient of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. He seemed to have had an obsession with Hannibal, following him and trying to catch his attention in an attempt to become his friend. Before he became a patient under Hannibal's care, Franklyn had been referred to nine different psychiatrists, suffering from severe neurosis.

Franklyn explained his attraction to glamorous figures - such as Lecter and(in his own fantasies) Michael Jackson - as "wanting to touch greatness", though he denied any sort of sexual component to this obsessive behavior. For him, being alone came with a 'dull ache', causing Lecter to privately reflect on his own newfound bond with Will Graham. Dr. Lecter noted that Franklyn may be attracted to psychopaths, considering his friendships with at least two killers (Although Dr. Lecter naturally did not clarify that he was including himself in that speculation).

Franklyn appeared to be financially well-off, attempting to emulate Hannibal by dressing in bespoke three-piece suits and engraining himself into high-society dining and events such as the opera. When Jack Crawford first visited Hannibal's office, he presumed Franklyn *was* the 'Dr. Lecter' he'd come to meet, though Hannibal politely corrected Jack before Franklyn could respond one way or the other.

Franklyn's best friend was Tobias Budge, though Budge did not echo Franklyn's feelings.

Franklyn was killed by Hannibal when Tobias Budge confronted them both in Hannibal's office. Notably, Lecter attempted to spare Franklyn's life two separate times, first asking Tobias not to murder the man during a previous dinner, and later telling Franklyn to flee the office during Tobias' attack - Tobias knew Lecter was the Chesapeake Ripper, and Lecter knew Franklyn could not be allowed to hear this. However, Franklyn stayed and attempted to assure Tobias that all would be well, regardless of the choices that had been made. As Tobias prepared to tell the Franklyn the truth about Dr. Lecter, Lecter stepped up behind Franklyn and broke his neck. In doing so, he also deprived Tobias of the satisfaction of killing him himself. After a struggle occurred between the two remaining men, the fight ended with Tobias' death, and he was then framed easily for Franklyn's demise.


  • Mads Mikkelsen stated in an interview, that Franklyn wasn't killed for being rude, but he was just "a dumbass".


  • "I hate being this neurotic." (to Lecter)
  • "If you weren't neurotic, Franklyn, you'd be something much worse." (Lecter)
  •  "I discovered that we are cheese folk." (to Lecter)
  •  "Cheese is my passion." (to Lecter)
  •  "You care deeply about Tobias." (Lecter)
  •  "He's your best friend, but you're not his." (Lecter)
  •  "I kind of thought you'd be there, which is why I was there. I was there because I liked that sort of thing.   It just occurred to me that you might like it too." (to Lecter)
  •  "I tried to get your attention." (to Lecter)
  •  "I want you to be my friend." (to Lecter)
  •  "It makes me sad that I have to pay to see you." (to Lecter)
  •  "His eyes kept wandering. More interested in you than in what was happening on stage." (Tobias to Lecter)
  • "Are you bored with me?" (to Lecter)
  • "You focus too much on your therapist, and not enough on your therapy." (Lecter)
  • "He wants to be my friend. His obsession with me is interfering with his progress." (Lecter)
  • "This is your hour, Franklyn. We will talk about whatever you would like to talk about." (Lecter)
  • "I'd like to talk about Tobias. Perhaps you could help me analyze him." (to Lecter)
  • "Does that mean I'm a psychopath?" (to Lecter)