Hitman Wiki
Advertisement

Jorge Franco (also known as The Cook) is a target that appears in the Three-Headed Serpent mission in HITMAN™ 2.

Background


Jorge Franco was born in Santiago at a time when Chile was slowly starting to make real progress as a country and society. As a child, Franco would often overhear his father having strange conversations in foreign languages with burly looking men clearly not from the government. Domestic abuse was a regular thing in the Franco household and the children quickly learned to stay away from the house when Jorge Senior was in one of his moods.

When Pinochet took over in 1973, violence came with him. Jorge Franco Senior vanished without a trace one evening in 1976 and two weeks later, young Jorge and his siblings were crossing the border into Argentina. From there, they traveled to the United States. While Franco was never quite sure how his mother managed to get them into the US, he later assumed that his mother simply provided the American government with all the information she had overheard his father sharing with the Russians that frequented their home.

Franco eventually graduated from college in the early 1980's, holding a degree in natural science with a chemistry focus. He got a job working for a local high school, where he taught chemistry and physics for many years while at the same time building up a rather unhealthy gambling addiction. After Pinochet was removed from power, Franco decided to go back to Chile to discover his roots. His mother had passed a few years earlier and Franco never really found the US to be a suitable home. Besides, he owed a substantial amount of money to a local gangster due to his habit of betting on the wrong horse. So, Franco simply ran away, leaving a wife and young child to fend for themselves.

While Franco didn't discover what happened to his father, he did manage to find some rather unsavory people. One of those people was Fernando Delgado, a wine maker of small repute and a known drug manufacturer who would often lend money to people in exchange for favors. Upon learning that Franco was a gifted chemist, Delgado told him he'd waive any debts in exchange for his services as a chemist. Franco agreed and found that his new vocation suited his needs very well indeed. He stayed with the Delgados until 2004 when everything was torn down around him. Franco, fearing for his life and suffering from severe PTSD, went into hiding but was brought back a few years later when Fernando Delgado's young nephew Rico, found him and brought him to Colombia. Franco was never quite the same, though.

Franco has now been working with Rico Delgado and his partner Andrea Martinez for more than a decade. He has developed several new brands of cocaine for an ever-hungrier market and is considered a full partner in the Delgado Cartel. He still suffers from the occasional lapse into gambling but has managed to turn his focus more and more on running the manufacturing part of the business.
― Target Intel

Personality

Jorge Franco is intelligent but callous. In spite of his advanced age and stooped posture, he is still active and he can be found shuffling around the plantation grounds to inspect equipment and crops. He takes a hands-on approach to his job, personally overseeing the construction of new equipment that he believes will improve the efficiency of the cocaine manufacturing process, as well as inspecting plant samples in his greenhouse.

Habits

will even seek new plant specimens in the surrounding jungle, if the player engineers a motive for him to do so. He is shown to be misanthropic in his treatment of the people working at his fields, not only being unconcerned about their welfare, but openly and loudly voices his frustration with them, considering them all inefficient and incompetent, and hopes that his new machine can replace most of them.

He is not above sampling his own product, though only occasionally. He is always accompanied by bodyguards who, strangely enough, he seems to hold in even deeper contempt than his workers, occasionally and dehumanizingly referring to them as "it" when giving them orders.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Franco bears a resemblance to late American comic book writer Stan Lee.
  • Franco appears to be based on Walter White from the series Breaking Bad. Like White, Franco is a former high school chemistry teacher with an obsession for making high-quality drugs, and is mentioned to have an ex-wife and a child.
  • While he is valued by the cartel for his chemical genius, Jorge Franco is shown to be highly eccentric, almost exclusively referring to himself in first person plural, i.e "we" or "us" rather than "me" or "I" in conversation, as well as referring to others as "it" almost exclusively. The exact reason for this is never explained.
  • While Franco is dismissive of people, he cares deeply for his plants and machines, and can often be heard speaking fondly to them. In fact, these are the only times he uses the term "you" to address anything or anyone in conversation.
  • He and most coca field workers can see through 47's Elite Guard disguise when equipped.
Advertisement