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I am the Dragon. And you call me insane. You are privy to a great becoming, but you recognize nothing. To me, you are a slug in the sun. You are an ant in the afterbirth. It is your nature to do one thing correctly. Before me, you rightly tremble. But, fear is not what you owe me. YOU OWE ME AWE.
— Francis Dolarhyde's infamous quote
Francis Dolarhyde
Tooth Fairy
Information
Age 64
Alias(es) The Tooth Fairy
Mr. D
The Great Red Dragon
Occupation(s) US Army Soldier (formerly)
Production Manager at Gateaway Corporation (formerly)
Serial Killer
Status Deceased
Relations
Relatives Unnamed Mother
Unnamed Grandmother
Relationships Reba McClane (love interest)
Other info
First appearance Red Dragon
Last appearance Red Dragon
Portrayed by Tom Noonan (Manhunter)
Ralph Fiennes (Red Dragon)
Richard Armitage (TV series)
Francis Dolarhyde gallery

Francis Dolarhyde (born 1938) is a serial-killer and the main antagonist of both the novel and film, Red Dragon, as well as the 1986 film; Manhunter and in a recurring role on the TV show Hannibal. Although he is technically not a cannibal like Hannibal Lecter, he is nicknamed the "Tooth Fairy" due to his compulsive tendency to bite his victims.

He has an alternative personality which he names "The Great Red Dragon" after William Blake's painting "The Great Red Dragon and the Women Clothed with the Sun".

In Red DragonEdit

Born in Springfield, Missouri on June 14, 1938 with a cleft lip and palate, Francis Dolarhyde was abandoned by his mother and cared for in an orphanage until the age of five. He was then taken in by his grandmother, who subjected him to severe emotional and physical abuse. Young Francis was a bedwetter and would be threatened by his grandmother. He was also the target of insults regarding his facial disfigurement. He began torturing animals at a young age to vent his anger over the abuse. After his grandmother became afflicted with dementia, Dolarhyde was turned over to the care of his estranged mother and her husband in St.Louis; he was further abused by this family and is sent back to the orphanage after being caught hanging his stepsister's cat.

After being caught breaking into a house at aged 17, he enlisted in the United States Army. While on his tour in Japan and neighbouring countries, he learns how to develop films and receives cosmetic surgery for his cleft palate. He later gets a job with the Gateway Corp. as the production manager in their home movies division.

Dolarhyde was a bodybuilder and exceptionally strong; it is mentioned in the novel that even in his forties, Dolarhyde could have successfully competed in regional bodybuilding competitions. However he was exceptionally shy because of his disfigurement and altered speech.

Dolarhyde began his killings by murdering two families within a month after discovering The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun, which gave voice to an alternate personality. This alter, which he believes is a deity called the Red Dragon, compels him to murder in order to become the Dragon. As "the Dragon", Dolarhyde has no problem with speech, and speaks in a harsh deeper tone. The two personalities can converse with one another. He committed both crimes on or near a full moon; it is hinted in the novel that he killed before that, however. He chooses his victims through the home movies that he edits as a film processing technician. On a trip to Hong Kong during his army service, he had a large dragon tattooed across his back and had two sets of false teeth made; one of them for his usual life, the other distorted and razor sharp for his killings, based on the mold of his grandmother's teeth.

Dolarhyde reads The Nationel Tattler, a tabloid which runs sensationalistic stories, collecting clippings about Hannibal Lecter's arrest and trial, about Will Graham, and his own murders. He revers Lecter, calling himself his "avid fan" and sends him a message, hoping to meet and kill Lecter. Lecter in return leaves a coded message in the National Tattler, urging Dolarhyde to kill Graham's family. In a attempt to provoke Dolarhyde out of hiding, Graham interviews Freddy Lounds of The Tattler, in which he refers to "The Tooth-Fairy" as impotent, homosexual and possibly the product of an incestuous relationship on the part of his mother; as well as a series of false statements from an "offended" Dr.Lecter. The interview outrages Dolarhyde who kidnaps Lounds, intimidates him into recanting his article on tape, and then bites his lips off. Dolarhyde returns to Chicago, ties Lounds to a wheelchair, sets him on fire, and rolls him down a incline into The Tattler's parking garage.

Dolarhyde fell in love with a blind co-worker called Reba McClane. He became comfortable in her company as she could not see his face. At first the relationship quelled his murderous impulses but over time his alter ego began to order him to kill her, but he maintained control. He flew to New York and devoured the Dragon painting, believing it would destroy the Dragon, but it only infuriated it even more. When he returned to see Reba, he saw her and disliked co-worker, Ralph Mandy, kiss her on the cheek. This angered him and shot Mandy in the head and chloroformed Reba. He brings her to his home and reveals to Reba that he is the Red Dragon. He tearfully reveals that the Dragon is becoming too strong and demands her sacrifice. However he sees the terror in Reba's eyes and is unable to sacrifice her. He sets the house on fire and prepares to shot Reba with a shotgun but is not able to do so and apparently shots himself in the head.

It turns out that he actually shot the corpse of Mandy to fake his death and he arrived at Graham's home in Marathon, Florida. He holds Graham's son, Josh, hostage and prepares to "change" him in front of Graham. Noticing that Josh had wet himself, Graham used the same insults as Dolarhyde's grandmother used in order to provoke Dolarhyde to go after him. In an intense battle,. he severely disfigures Graham's face with a knife, before Molly executes Dolarhyde by shooing him multiple times in the chest.

Modus operandi Edit

Dolarhyde targets families via home videos he processes through his work. He first murders the pet. When killing a family, he performs the murders on or near a full moon. When in the house, he first murders the mother, then the father, either by cutting their throat or shooting them. He then murders the children. After the killings, he smashes the mirrors and places the shards into the victim's eyes, so that they can see him for what he is. He arranges the corpses like an audience. He also sexually assaults the corpses of the mothers and also records the crimes for sexual relief. By doing this, Dolarhyde believes that he is appealing the Dragon personality and that he will eventually become the Dragon. This changes once he falls in love with Reba, causing conflict between the two personalities. When switching to the "Dragon", his voice becomes louder and deeper, and has no problems with speech, suggesting that Dolarhyde's speech impediment is partly psychosomatic.

As well as the "Tooth Fairy" killings, he is shown to be an efficient marksman with a gun, killing two man with quick head shots. He has also shown to kill for vengeance, in particular his brutal killing of Freddy Lounds.

In adaptionsEdit

In Manhunter, the first film adaptation of Red Dragon, Dolarhyde is played by Tom Noonan. In the second film adaptation of Red Dragon, he is played by Ralph Fiennes.

At San Diego Comic Con 2014, Bryan Fuller revealed Dolarhyde's debut episode as the eighth of season 3. On January 13, 2015, former Hobbit actor Richard Armitage was cast as Dolarhyde.

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