Level 1 frank sucks. We are all aware of it. As such, I thought it would be good to compile a list of all the characters that allow frank to level up, without him needing to be played on point.
Note: Please do not bother posting TACs. We know virtually every character in the game can do a combo and TAC to Frank for a level 3 snapshot. Try to focus on Guaranteed setups.
First, a list of currently known characters that have the ability to DHC into frank's survival tactics (whiff), and let frank snap a photo. Any character with an asterick gets a guaranteed level4+:
Nova* ("Nova burst" super)
Dante* (Million Dollars)
Super Skrull* (inferno)
Magneto (Magnetic Shockwave)
Rocket Racoon* (Rock and Roll)
Spencer (Bionic Manuvers)
Spider-Man (Maximum Spider)
Tron Bonne* (Servbot lunch rush super)
Vergil ("Maximum Vergil")
Storm ("Hail storm" Super)
Shuma-Gorath* (Hyper Mystic Smash)
X-23 ("weapon X")
Dr. Doom* ("Air Finger Lasers")
Thor (His air super...I don't know the name)
Setups for Hard Tags:
#1) Mike Haggar:
Description: Comboing into Haggar's Rapid Fire Fist super (fully mashed) produced an untechable ground bounce long enough to let Frank tag in, call an assist, take a snapshot, and then take another snapshot while the assist is active. Instant level 5 for one bar.
Description: Straight from the man himself, Desk. Gravity squeeze produced a hard knockdown, and gives you enough time to hard tag in frank, and call assist, snap a photo snap a photo. G-Squeeze produces over 50+ hits by itself (fully mashed), making this an instant level 5 setup for 3 bars. Unsure of practicality (how often are you going to use gravity squeeze and NOT kill the other character?), but worth mentioning.
Description: Literally ANY combo into trish's round harvest super sets frank up for a hard tag, letting him superjump and snap a photo. Costs 1 meter, minimum, and gets frank to level 4 easily. Bonus points for trish not even needing to be on point for this one, all she needs is to be on the team, and to DHC into round trip.
Attendum: The problem with this setup is that frank is vulnerable on the way down from taking a photo, so this is in fact PUNISHABLE ON HIT. Try at your own risk.
#4) Iron Fist:
Description: Granted, he uses a team super involving dante for it, but dante isn't actually needed here. Combo into QCF+M with iron fist, hard tag in frank, continue combo to snapshot. Costs no meter (assuming no team super at the end), and can easily get frank to level 3, capable of getting frank to level 4 with the right assists. This is a particularly good setup in my opinion, because of how much iron fist want to keep his opponents on the ground, and how much frank helps him out.
#5) Chun-Li: No known vid available as of yet.
Description: Much like Iron fist above, chun can combo into her kikouken (HCF+H~H) for crumple stun. During crumple stun, you can hard tag in frank and combo into camera. You can also call her in for her lightning legs assist, so she can continue the combo further. Level 3 is achievable.
Attendum: Problem with this method, is that you can't use franks assist to help land that first hit. Since her combo's to kikouken are mostly very short, she doesn't combo for long enough to let the cooldown on frank go away, so she can't hard tag him in time. If some of you chun-mainers can come up with some longer crumple combos, she might be amazing though.
#6) Dr. Strange: No vid available
Description: I am sensing a pattern. Combo into impact palm on the ground to cause a crumple state, hard tag to frank. Not a likely setup, since many seem to dislike strange on point. Strange can also help frank once he tags in with eye of avocodo assist. Haven't done any testing, but level 3 is likely. Shares the same problems as the chun li setup, in that frank can't really help strange both set up his crumple and hard tag in.
Description: Spiderman's Spider sting special with followup (DPM+H~H) causes a high enough ground bounce to allow frank to hard tag in and snap a photo. The combo in the video gets frank to level 3 with no assists, I would imagine getting to level 4 would be possible with some assist help. This looks like frank's real BFF here, considering the mobility of spiderman, and the flexibility of landing a combo into spider sting.
Description: Spiderman can also set up frank for a hard tag from a web throw. It looks position specific, but the combo does just barely get frank to level 3 with no assist or meter use.
#8) Jill Valentine:
Description: Jill valentine combos into her wallbounce, then hits with a move that causes groundbounce while the dummy is still up in the air. The height the dummy bounces lets her hard tag to frank to snap a photo. The person in the video uses the wesker assist, I dont know if it's possible for jill to set this hard tag up without it. Regardless, the combo sets up for level 3 frank, and only uses one assist.
Description Now here's a neat one. Off of any hard knockdown, deadpool can do katana-rama, into chimichangas, then M teleport and hard tag in frank. gets frank to level 3, and does solid damage as well. Video has more descriptions
#10) She Hulk:
Description: Fast forward to around the1:17 area for the fun. She hulks does a bnb into her emerald cannon super. The secons hit of the super causes anough hitstun in the air that you can hard tag to another character. The example used it haggar, but I'm confident the setup would work for frank. She hulk lands 18 hits before the hard tag, meaning with the use of an assist, this gets frank easily to level 3. Possibly level 4.
Description: This combo begins with viper, but she isn't necessary at all for this setup. Vergil combos into a ground bounce, which lets him hard tag to Frank west. Considering the tendency for virgil to have a big number of hits in his combos, this is a likely level 4 setup. As a bonus, frank can snapshot to survival tactics, DHC to demon mode vergil, and hard tag in a SECOND time, for another snapshot.
Description: Frank not actually IN the video, but The setup should work just the same. Nova uses Spencer's assist to combo into crumple stun, and throws out an energy javelin before hard tagging. Does 11 hits after hard tag, easy level 3 if you use the ground bounce assist with nova.
Last thing: Nothing to do with skipping level 1 frank west, but I wanted to put this here:
This is a video containing a number of THCs, which frank west finishes his super first and has time to snap a photo, or two in some case. Two bars for level 5 frank, with no damage wasted is good to have.
Any other setups people know about, ESPECIALLY for hard tags, please post 'em up.