|Appearances||[[Appearance::Grand Theft Auto IV]]|
|Full Name||Francis McReary|
|Place of Birth||Dukes, Liberty City|
Maureen McReary (mother)|
Mr. McReary (father)
Kate McReary (sister)
Patrick McReary (brother)
Gerald McReary (brother)
Derrick McReary (brother)
|Voiced by||Thomas Lyons|
Francis and his brothers grew up in an Irish Catholic home. He is looked down upon by his brothers, who consider him a hypocrite for his police career; Patrick McReary remarks that "[Francis is] just as crooked as we are — moreso"; Francis affords his brothers similar disdain for their open criminality. He initially wanted to become a priest, but as his brother Packie recalls, he had to abandon that ambition after being caught cheating on his final test to be a priest; he also had a tendency to take money from the donation plate as an altar boy.
Francis tells Niko that his philosophy to cleaning up the streets of Liberty City is "one percent at a time" — assassinate small-time crooks and drug dealers one by one, to "improve" the city without involving the legal system. This may be mere self-justification on Francis' part — the tasks he sets for Niko are overwhelmingly focused on covering up his own misdeeds. Francis is implied to have illicit tastes, which go unspecified but which may be related to drugs and/or prostitution, as he orders the assassination of a drug-dealing pimp who is implied to be personally inconveniencing him.
Events of Grand Theft Auto IV
Francis first meets Niko Bellic during a publicity spot with Manny Escuela. Later in the game, he calls Niko and arranges a meeting at Castle Gardens, where he reveals that he knows of Niko's criminal activity in Liberty City; Niko agrees to work for Francis in exchange for his turning a blind eye to Niko's other crimes.
Francis first orders the death of a blackmailer who possesses incriminating photographs, and then the death of Tom Goldberg, a lawyer who has evidence against Francis. He has Niko kill a drug-dealer and pimp in the North Holland projects, and then the dealer's accomplice, who is threatening to talk to the police about McReary.
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After Francis' brother Derrick returns from Ireland, Derrick intends to expose Francis' corruption out of spite, something Francis could not accept as he intends to become the Commissioner of the Liberty City Police Department. He orders Niko to kill Derrick during a meeting he has arranged with his brother. Niko either chooses to follow Francis' orders, or goes against them and spares Derrick's life by killing Francis instead. Either choice will end Niko's career with Francis, although Niko can choose to exploit Francis' guilt in future if he survives. Be sure not to get off the building or wait to long then the meeting will be over
Grand Theft Auto IV
- Street Sweeper (Cutscene)
- Call and Collect (Boss)
- Final Interview (Boss)
- Holland Nights (Boss)
- Lure (Boss)
- Blood Brothers (Boss, Killed depending on the player's decisions)
- Undertaker (If not killed by the player)
Wanted level reduction
If Francis is spared in Blood Brothers, the player can call him and have him clear their Wanted level. Although this can be done multiple times, the wait required between calls is thus far undetermined — calling too soon after the last successful call will merely redirect to Francis' answering machine. Once the player finishes the story missions, Francis' ability will not be available. Although after you have finished the main storyline, you can receive the three-star removal, by dating Kiki Jenkins, once you have her up to about 80%.
- If Niko kills Francis, his gravestone (after the mission Undertaker) reads: "Here Lies Francis McReary Brave Honest Shot Dead"
- Francis drives a black Landstalker, seen in the beginning cutscene of Blood Brothers
- As Francis is an LCPD officer, his record is not listed in the LCPD Database.
- Francis' number in Niko's phonebook will remain, after the mission, Blood Brothers, if you kill him.
- In the mission I'll Take Her..., Gerald McReary says that he and Francis were never real close, but that "he'll miss him" (if Francis is dead).
- In the mission Holland Nights, Clarence Little, being held at gunpoint by Niko Bellic in orders from Francis, says: "Yo, is that rat cop McReary, ain't it? He ain't like the younger brother with an ambition" referring to Packie, because Packie is the younger brother of the McReary Family.