- "Maybe I don't want no COG protection. Maybe I'm worried that you assholes gonna make me give up too much to get it. And if we ever get back to normal, I ain't sure I'm even gonna like your kind of normal."
- — Franklin Tsoko rejecting another offer from Dom to join via Operation Lifeboat
Franklin Tsoko was a Stranded leader who owned a Junker. He was friends with Dominic Santiago, a Gear, and assisted him in his search for his wife, Maria. Franklin also was the leader of his own outpost, until it was destroyed by the Locust.
- "Hey, Santiago, what you doing here man? No news on the lady, I'd tell you if I heard anything."
- — Franklin, when Dom arrived at his outpost with Delta-One
Fourteen years after Emergence Day, Franklin was the leader of a Stranded outpost in Ephyra. He was friendly with Dominic Santiago, and owed him a favor, so he used his connections to help Dom search for his missing wife. During the Lightmass Offensive, Dom and Delta Squad arrived at his outpost, wanting to borrow his Junker. Franklin's guards were annoyed by the presence of the Gears, but Franklin told them to calm them down and had them to back off. He greeted Dom warmly, but asked him why he brought other Gears with him, and that they were bad for "business". When Dom asked him for the Junker, Franklin was at first opposed to giving it to him, but Dom told him he was calling in his favor for this. Franklin grudgingly agreed to allow Dom and Sgt.Marcus Fenix to go off looking for it, on the condition that Pvt.Damon Baird and Pvt.Augustus Cole stay with him as collateral until they got back. Dom agreed, and Franklin gave him the keys to the Junker, and told him that this made them even, and not ask anymore favors behind his help finding Maria. He guided them over the radio from the Stranded checkpoints to Chap's Gas Station, where the Junker was kept. Dom later contacted him, and Franklin warned him that it was dark now, so there was a good chance that Kryll would be out. Dom told him he knew, and that his men at Checkpoint One had just been killed by the Kryll. Tsoko realized that that meant the Locust would be attacking them soon, and ordered Johnson to check the lights around the outpost.
Refusing the COGEdit
Operation Hollow StormEdit
When Delta Squad encounters Chap at Mount Kadar, he says that Franklin's town was overrun. Franklin managed to survive, and is seen amongst the Stranded in Jacinto hearing Chairman Prescott's speech.
| Canon Alert!|
|The following infomation comes from the Road to Ruin deleted scene of Gears of War 2.|
It may not be considered canon.
However, during the events of the operation, Franklin was captured by the Locust and taken deeper in the Hollow on the Highway near Nexus. He somehow got some information on Maria, but was unknown of her fate. He was eventually found by Marcus and Dom. He attempted to tell Dom what he knew of Maria, but was cut off before he could do so. He helped fight with Dom and Marcus to get to Nexus on the highway, but left to save himself while Marcus and Dom went deeper into Nexus. His fate remains unknown.
Personality and TraitsEdit
While friendly with Dom, Franklin, like most Stranded, still distrusted and disliked the COG, viewing them as "fascist assholes." He was worried that when the COG won the war against the Locust, whatever the COG established as normal wouldn't be to his liking.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- Franklin is voiced by John DiMaggio.