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Norman

If you were looking for the president of 4Kids Productions, see Norman J. Grossfeld.
If you were looking for the character of the day in The Bridge Bike Gang, see Norman (Kanto).

Norman
センリ Senri
"A man in pursuit of power!"
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Norman.png
Artwork from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Gender Male
Eye color Black*, Navy*
Hair color Black*, Navy*
Hometown Littleroot Town (resides)
Olivine City (birthtown)
Petalburg City*
Region Hoenn (originally Johto)
Relatives Brendan/May (as player), wife (games)
Ruby, unnamed wife (Adventures)
May, Max, Caroline (wife, anime)
Trainer class Gym LeaderRSEORAS
Pokémon TrainerB2W2
Generation III, V, VI
Games Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Black 2 and White 2
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Leader of Petalburg Gym
Badge Balance Badge
Specializes in Normal types
Anime debut There's no Place Like Hoenn
English voice actor Dan Green
Japanese voice actor Jūrōta Kosugi

Norman (Japanese: センリ Senri) is the father of the player and the Gym Leader of Petalburg City's Gym, known officially as the Petalburg Gym in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald and their Generation VI remakes Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. He is an expert of Normal-type Pokémon, and hands out the Balance Badge to any Trainer who defeats him.

In the games

Norman is also the player character's father in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald no matter which gender is selected. The other gender choice (and therefore the rival) is the child of Professor Birch.

Although he is the first Gym Leader encountered, he refuses to battle until the player has at least four Badges. Before stating this, he first introduces the player to Wally (secondary rival) which is when the Pokémon catching tutorial happens. Once he is beaten, he gives the player the Balance Badge.

Norman and his family are originally from Olivine City in Johto. He, as well as the player, have just moved to Hoenn so that he could take up the position of Gym Leader. People have come to describe him as someone who "lives for Pokémon".

Norman also provides special items scanned in via e-Reader to the player.

Norman has known Birch since their school days.[1] According to the TV show Trouble Talk, they went to college together.

Trainer's Eyes/Match Call

Leader NormanRSORAS / Reliable One DadE

Strategy
I flexibly adapt my style.
Trainer's Pokémon
Grown in a balanced manner.RSE
Those grown in a balanced manner.ORAS
Self-Introduction
Pokémon are my life. My chosen path is harsh...RS
I walk the 30 minutes from home to here every day.E
I've chosen to dedicate my life to Pokémon, but the road is hard...ORAS

Pokémon

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Loaned

Norman loans this Pokémon to Wally to show him how to catch Pokémon.

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Type:
Normal Unknown
Ability:
Pickup
Held item:
None
Zigzagoon/ Lv.7
Tackle
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
  --  
   
Gym battle


Pokémon Emerald

Loaned

Norman loans this Pokémon to Wally to show him how to catch Pokémon.

Spr b 3r 263.png
Type:
Normal Unknown
Ability:
Pickup
Held item:
None
Zigzagoon/ Lv.7
Tackle
Normal
  --  
   
  --  
   
  --  
   
Gym battle


First rematch


Second rematch


Third rematch


Fourth rematch


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament

Norman uses three of these Pokémon in Single Battles, four in Double and Rotation Battles, and all six in Triple Battles. Norman will always lead with his signature Pokémon, Slaking.

Hoenn Leaders Tournament


Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament


Gathered! Gym Leader!


Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Loaned

Norman loans this Pokémon to Wally to show him how to catch Pokémon.

263Zigzagoon.png
Type:
Normal Unknown
Ability:
Unknown
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Zigzagoon Lv.7
Tackle
Normal Physical
Growl
Normal Status
Tail Whip
Normal Status
Sand Attack
Ground Status
Gym battle


Quotes

Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Petalburg Gym
  • First visit
"Hm? Well, if it isn't <player>! So you're all finished moving in? I'm surprised that you managed to get here by yourself. Oh, I see. You're with your Pokémon. Hmm… Then I guess you're going to become a Trainer like me, <player>. That's great news! I'll be looking forward to it!
"Hm? You're… Uh… Oh, right. You're Wally, right?"
"Hm. I see. <player>, you heard that, right? Go with Wally and make sure that he safely catches a Pokémon. Wally, here, I'll loan you my Pokémon."
"Hm. I'll give you a Poké Ball, too. Go for it!"
  • After helping Wally
"So, did it work out?"
"Now… <player>, if you want to become a strong Trainer, here's my advice. Head for Rustboro City beyond this town. There, you should challenge the Gym Leader, Roxanne. After her, go on to other Pokémon Gyms and defeat their Leaders. Collect Badges from them, understood? Of course, I'm a Gym Leader, too. We'll battle one day, <player>. But that's only after you become stronger, <player>."
  • If the player has no Badges
"Hm? Aren't you going to the Pokémon Gym in Rustboro City? There's no challenge for me to battle a greenhorn Trainer. <player>, I want you to challenge me when you become a lot stronger. I'll battle you, <player>, when you can show me four Gym Badges, okay?
  • If the player has Badge
"I see… So, you've beaten the Gym Leader in Rustboro City. But there are many more Trainers who are stronger than you, <player>. Across the sea in Dewford Town is a Gym Leader named Brawly. You should go challenge him."
  • If the player has 2-3 Badges
"Hm… <player>, you have gotten stronger. I can tell by the number of Badges that you've earned."
  • Before battle
"Hm... So, you did get four Gym Badges. Fine, as I promised, we will have a Pokémon battle. <player>... I'm so happy that I can have a real battle with my own child. But, a battle is a battle! I will do everything in my power as a Gym Leader to win. <player>, you'd better give it your best shot, too!"
  • Being defeated
"... I... I can't... I can't believe it. <player>... I lost to <player>? But, rules are rules! Here, take this."
  • After being defeated
"With that Badge, the Defense of all your Pokémon will increase. Pokémon that know the HM move Surf will be able to travel over water. This is my gift to you. <player>, I'm sure you can use it correctly."
"TM42 contains Facade. It doubles the power of moves if the Pokémon is poisoned, paralyzed, or burned. It might be able to turn a bad situation into an advantage."
"As the Gym Leader, I can't express how upset I am... But as a father, it makes me both happy and a little sad. It's odd..."
"Oh, yes... Wally's parents came calling earlier. They said that they had something they wanted to give you, <player>."RS
"<player>, you should go visit your mother every so often. I'm going to stay here and redouble my training. It would bother me as a Trainer to not avenge my loss to you, <player>!"
  • Later visits
"<player>, how are things going? The world of Pokémon is deep. I honestly think that no amount of training would ever be enough.
  • Before rematchE
"<player>... I had a feeling that you would come. I would never refuse to accept a challenge from you. You do understand, don't you? Inside a Gym, it doesn't matter that we are a parent and child. No, because we are parent and child, we owe it to each other to do the best we can. Isn't that right, <player>?"
  • Being defeated in a rematchE
"Uh... Haha... Maybe that was going too hard..."
  • After being defeated in a rematchE
"<player>... What is your dream? My dream... Hahaha... It has already come true, actually."
  • Receiving e-Reader BerryRS
"Hi, <player>! I just received a very rare Berry. I'd like you to have it."
Route 105 (via Match Call)E
"Oh, <player>? Where are you now? It sounds windy wherever you are. I just heard from Devon's Mr. Stone about your PokéNav, so I decided to give you a call. It sounds like you're doing fine, so that's fine with me. You take care now."
Match CallE
"In Rustboro, there's a man that goes by the odd name of the Cutter. If you're in the area, you should pay him a visit."
"Hm... Little by little, but also very surely, you're getting tougher, <player>. The stronger you get, the farther and higher you soar from Mother and me... This feeling is hard to explain."
"I see... You've collected four Gym Badges... There's no avoiding it now. We will battle like I promised. Come anytime. We'll all be waiting for you!"
"<player>! You'd better go visit your Mother every so often. I'm going to remain here and redouble my training. The way of battling is deep and unforgiving!"
"Hiyah! Haah! Dwah! ...Oh? <player>! You caught me in the middle of a Pokémon training session!"
"<player>! Who would've thought you'd become the Pokémon League Champion... Okay! I won't be left behind!"
Littleroot Town
"Hm? Hey, it's <player>! It's been a while since I saw you, but you look...stronger, somehow. That's the impression I get. But your old man hasn't given up yet! Oh yes, I have something for you. This came to you from someone named Mr. Briney."
"Hm, a Ticket for a ferry? If I recall, there are ferry ports in Slateport and Lilycove."
"<player>, if you have ambition as a Trainer, go to the Battle Tower. It should teach you that there is no end to a Trainer's chosen path."RS
"I'd better get back to Petalburg Gym. Mom, thanks for looking after the house while I'm away."

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pokémon World Tournament
  • Before battle (first round)
"I will do everything in my power as a Trainer to win. You'd better give it your best shot, too!"
  • Before battle (second round)
"I moved from Olivine City to Petalburg City and became stronger... I'll use all of that strength now! You'd better give it your best shot, too!"
  • Before battle (final round)
"I lost to my own child... I rethought everything about myself, so now there is no way I can lose! I'll do everything in my power to win! You'd better give it your best shot, too!"
  • Being defeated
"... I... I can't... I can't believe it. I lost to you?"
  • If the player is defeated
"We both gave everything we had. That was a wonderful match."
  • After being defeated
"I'm going to redouble my training by taking on this tournament! It would bother me as a Trainer to not avenge my loss to you!"
  • After winning
"This time, my victory was a matter of luck. I have to continue to pursue strength and be able to win anytime!"
  • In the lobby, after the tournament
"You went all out and earned that victory... You're a wonderful Trainer! I want my kid to learn from you."

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Petalburg City
  • First visit
"Not bad... It was a good battle."
"Come back and challenge me again anytime. I'll be looking forward to seeing you and your Pokémon when you're a bit stronger."
"Hm?"
"Why, if it isn't <player>! So you've finished moving in? I see... Well... I guess we shouldn't stand around out here talking. Do you want to come in for a bit? We can talk in the Gym."
"You look like you've been working hard, Wally. It's clear even without a battle."
"<player>... Considering how much you and Wally have grown, you should be able to handle what lies beyond the sea on Route 118 now. There are far stronger Pokémon and Trainers waiting for you on Hoenn's east cost. Continue your journey and your adventures there. I know you'll do your best."
"Wally... I look forward to seeing you and your Pokémon grow stronger together. <player>? Well, take care of yourself out there. Don't forget to drop by Littleroot to visit your mother from time to time!"
"Learn a lot!"
"..."
"...Hm?"
"Hahahah! What a coincidence! I caught myself thinking the same thing."
"Yes. I know exactly what you mean."
Petalburg Gym
  • First visit
"You know, I sure was surprised that you managed to get here by yourself. Ah... I see. You're making a good start on your dream! Mm-hmm! Then I guess you're going to become a Trainer like me, <player>? Now that's something to look forward to!"
"Hm? Aren't you... You're Wally, right?"
"Mm-hmm. I see."
"<player>! You heard all that, right? You go with Wally, and make sure that he safely catches a Pokémon."
"Wally, here. I'll lend you one of my Pokémon."
"Hmm... I'll give you a Poké Ball, too, so give it your best!"
  • After helping Wally
"So did it go well?"
"Hmm. That boy will be worth keeping an eye on. But for now... <player>! If you want to become strong as a Trainer, listen to my advice. First head for Rustboro City, which lies beyond this town. There you should challenge the Gym Leader, Roxanne. After her, go on to the other Pokémon Gyms and defeat their Leaders as well. Collect Badges from them, understand? Of course, I'm a Gym Leader, too. I'm sure we'll battle one day. But that will only be after you've become stronger, <player>."
  • Before battle
"Hm... So you did get four Gym Badges."
"Then, as I promised, we will have a Pokémon battle."
"<player>... It makes me happier than I can really describe. Being able to have a real battle with my own son/daughter like this. But a battle is a battle! I will do everything in my power as a Gym Leader to win! You'd better give it your best shot, too, <player>!"
  • Being defeated
"...! Impossible..."
  • After being defeated
"I can't believe it. I lost to <player>?"
"... You've come this far..."
"That's how is, then! I will give you this."
"Having that Badge will ensure that Pokémon up to Lv. 60 will obey you, even if you received them in trades. Pokémon that know the HM move Surf will also be able to travel over water now. And this is my gift to you, <player>. I'm sure you'll be able to use it well."
"Retaliate will allow you to take revenge for a fallen team member. Its power will be doubled if you have a Pokémon use it in the very next move right after an ally faints. I hope you and your Pokémon will be diligent enough to use it wisely."
"... Sigh."
"As the Gym Leader, I can't express how frustrated I am."
"But, as a father, it makes me both happy and a little sad. It's odd."
"... Come on, <player>."
"I'll see you on your way. Let's get out of here."
  • After becoming Champion
"<player>! How's your training going? I'm proud as a parent that you've become the Champion, son/daughter. Still, you must not think that you have reached your peak as a Trainer. It's only after you reach a certain height that the view opens up, and you see how far the road stretches. I want to see you trying to hone yourself and your skills even further. I'll be behind you, <player>."
"Hmm? Is that an Eon Ticket you have there? Hm...it's been a good 11 years since I last saw a ticket like this... The Eon Ticket is awarded to those who have earned the right to tread upon the soil of Southern Island... In short, it is awarded to those who can wield Mega Evolution, thanks to their bonds with their Pokémon. Hmm. But, <player>, you don't seem to have the skill to handle Mega Evolution yet. Continue to journey across the wide lands and sea of Hoenn, and when you do gain the power to use Mega Evolution, come back here. That is when I will teach you just what the Eon Ticket means."
  • After obtaining Mega Bracelet
"Hmm? Is that an Eon Ticket you have there? Hm...it's been a good 11 years since I last saw a ticket like this... The Eon Ticket is awarded to those who have earned the right to tread upon the soil of Southern Island... In short, it is awarded to those who can wield Mega Evolution, thanks to their bonds with their Pokémon. Hm-hmm! That Mega Bracelet that glitters on your wrist there proves that you are capable of using Mega Evolution. That seals it. Come with me, <player>!"
"I'll be waiting here. Take care out there by yourself, <player>. I have faith that you're up to the task!"
  • After capturing LatiasOR/LatiosAS
"Welcome back, <player>. So you actually managed to find it at Southern Island... The Eon Pokémon! Well, then... Sould we head back to the Gym?"
"Your meeting LatiasOR/LatiosAS is no less than a miracle. Don't let such a precious gift go to waste. I hope you'll continue this journey of yours, with just as much zeal for Pokémon as you've shown so far."
Littleroot Town
  • Post-credits
"Hm? What is it?"
"Ah... About that... I've been meaning to tell you, but... It now looks like I'm going to have to be at the Gym that day."
"I'm sorry, honey..."
"Hmm. That's true. We already paid for them, so..."
  • After becoming Champion
"Hm?"
"Why, if it isn't <player>! It's been some time since I last saw you, but you look...stronger, somehow. That's the impression I get. But your old man hasn't given up yet!"
"Oh, and before I forget... I was thinking of giving these to you."
"They're tickets to the star show that's being held at the Mossdeep Space Center. I was really planning to go with your mom, but... It looks like I've got to rush back to the Gym in Petalburg. Oh! Hmm. You know, it is a pair of tickets... Why don't you invite that little cutie May/Brendan from next door to come along? Now I'd better be heading back to the Gym."
"Thanks for looking after the house while I'm away, dear."
"Hm?"
"Morning, <player>. You must be bushed. You slept like a log."
"Oh, but before I forget... This came for you. It's from someone named Briney."
"Hm, so it was a ferry ticket, was it? As I recall, you can catch the ferry from the ports in Slateport and Lilycove. <player>! If you have ambition as a Trainer, I want you to take that ferry to the Battle Resort. I think it will teach you that there is no end to a Trainer's chosen path."
"I'd better be heading back to the Petalburg Gym, then. Thanks for looking after the house while I'm away, honey."
BuzzNav
"<Player>... At last you've made it to Victory Road. As a parent, I'm proud of you and your Pokémon. There's nothing left for me to teach you. Believe in yourself and keep charging ahead until you're the Pokémon League Champion! Best of luck!"

Artwork

Ruby Sapphire Norman.png Norman ORAS concept art.png
Official artwork from
Generation III
Conceptual artwork from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Sprites

Spr RS Norman.png Spr B2W2 Norman.png Norman III OD.png Norman OD.png VSNorman.png
Sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Overworld sprite from
Black 2 and White 2
VS portrait from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

In the anime

Norman in the anime

In the anime, Norman is the father of May and Max, and the husband of Caroline.

Very early in his Hoenn journey, Ash arrived with May in Petalburg City in the hope of getting his first Gym battle. Ash found the Petalburg Gym and met Max, who posed as if he was the Gym Leader. May stopped him and allowed Ash to meet her parents, Caroline and Norman. Norman turned out be to the real Petalburg City Gym Leader. Norman used his Pokémon, a Vigoroth, to save May's Torchic from Team Rocket.

Norman is a good friend of Professor Birch and was most likely the person to send May to Littleroot Town to get her first Pokémon. As May did not initially like Pokémon, this seemed to have created some distance between the two. Before Ash knew that Norman was May's father, he commented that it sounded like she knew the Petalburg Gym Leader pretty well, to which she replied, "No, I just wish I did," and became subdued.

In Love, Petalburg Style!, when Ash and his friends visited Petalburg City again, May and Max tried to figure out why Norman and Caroline were getting all worked up as Ash tried to save Norman's three Pokémon from Team Rocket. It all turned out that Norman had Nurse Joy set up a special firework display to make fireworks in a form of a Beautifly as a wedding anniversary gift for Caroline.

Ash had his Gym battle with Norman in Balance of Power. Using his Grovyle, Pikachu, and Torkoal, Ash defeated Norman's Pokémon. Upset by his father's loss, Max stole the Balance Badge and locked himself up in Norman's greenhouse. Norman was able to calm Max down, and Max gave Ash his Balance Badge.

He reappeared in flashbacks in Whiscash and Ash, A Scare to Remember!, A Cacturne for the Worse, and AG120.

He also appeared in a fantasy in Tactics Theatrics!.

Pokémon

This listing is of Norman's Pokémon in the Pokémon anime.


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Norman's Vigoroth
Vigoroth
Vigoroth was first seen in There's no Place Like Hoenn after Norman agreed to have an unofficial battle with Ash due to his lack of having less than three Pokémon. After a tough battle with Ash's Pikachu, Vigoroth managed to defeat him. Later, it helped in destroying one of Team Rocket's mechas that was attacking the Gym.

It reappeared in Love, Petalburg Style!, when May, Max, Brock and Kenny saw it hanging from a brunch at a place where Norman keeps his Pokémon. It then hugged Max. Team Rocket also planned to steal it for Giovanni, along with Slakoth and Slaking. When Ash arrived at the forest, Vigoroth fell onto Ash. Ash was happy to see Vigoroth again.

Vigoroth was seen again in Balance of Power, in Ash and Norman's official Gym battle, where it was the second Pokémon used by the Gym Leader. It at first managed to easily dodge Torkoal's Overheat, and knocked out Torkoal with Scratch. After this, it had an intense battle with Ash's Pikachu. Norman ordered Vigoroth to use Scratch, but was surprised when Ash told Pikachu to take the hit. Vigoroth's Scratch attack hit home, but the powerful Pokémon was suddenly paralyzed by Pikachu's innate Static Ability. Seizing the opportunity, Pikachu attacked with Iron Tail, knocking Vigoroth out. However, Pikachu wasted all of his energy, and was also knocked out in the process.

It reappeared in flashbacks in Going for a Spinda, A Double Dilemma, A Scare to Remember!, and AG120.

Vigoroth's known moves are Scratch and Flamethrower.

Debut There's no Place Like Hoenn
Voice actors
Japanese Yūji Ueda
Norman's Slakoth
Slakoth
Norman's Slakoth first appeared in Love, Petalburg Style!, in a greenhouse where Norman keeps his Pokémon. It appeared again in Balance of Power!, during Norman's battle with Ash. The match started with Norman's Slakoth against Ash's Pikachu. Utilizing Pikachu's speed, Ash ordered Pikachu to use Quick Attack. Slakoth dodged this and counterattacked with Shadow Ball. Jumping out of the way, Pikachu attacked with Iron Tail but missed once again as Slakoth leaned out of the way. Dazed, Pikachu was unable to dodge Slakoth's Hidden Power, and was blasted across the arena.

As Pikachu recovered from Hidden Power, Ash realized that he needed to change his strategy. He decided to try Electric attacks and ordered Pikachu to attack with Thunderbolt. However Slakoth dodged this attack as well, and responded with Blizzard. The incredible cold kept Pikachu from attacking back, so Ash recalled him and sent out Torkoal instead. Torkoal used Flamethrower, which easily blasted through Slakoth's Blizzard and scored a direct hit, knocking Slakoth out.

It reappeared in a flashback in AG120.

Slakoth's known moves are Shadow Ball, Hidden Power, and Blizzard.

Debut Love, Petalburg Style!
Voice actors
Japanese Shin'ichirō Miki
Norman's Slaking
Slaking
Main article: Norman's Slaking

Slaking made its debut in Love, Petalburg Style!, in which it was staying in Norman's greenhouse with the rest of his Pokémon. It later battled against Ash's Grovyle in Ash's Gym Battle against Norman, but was ultimately defeated.

Debut Love, Petalburg Style!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Dan Green

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 小杉十郎太 Jūrōta Kosugi
English Dan Green
European French Alexandre Crépet
Norwegian Erik Skøld
Polish Andrzej Chudy
Brazilian Portuguese Élcio Sodré (AG003)
Mauro Eduardo (AG069-AG070)
Russian Дмитрий Филимонов (Dmitry Filimonov)
Spanish Latin America Enrique Mederos (AG003)
Salvador Delgado (AG069-AG070)
Spain Luis Bajo (AG003)
Gabriel Jiménez (AG069-AG070)

In the manga

Norman in the Ash and Pikachu manga

In the Ash and Pikachu manga

Norman appears in I'll Win With My Own Battle Style!! of the Ash and Pikachu manga.

Pokémon

Norman's Slaking
Slaking
Main article: Norman's Slaking

Slaking is Norman's first known Pokémon. During the Gym battle, he sent it out as his final Pokémon against Ash's Grovyle.

Debut I'll Win With My Own Battle Style!!
Norman's Slakoth
Slakoth
Slakoth briefly appeared battling Ash's Pikachu.

Slakoth's only known move is Shadow Ball.

Debut I'll Win With My Own Battle Style!!
Norman's Vigoroth
Vigoroth
Vigoroth briefly appeared battling Ash's Torkoal.

None of Vigoroth's moves are known.

Debut I'll Win With My Own Battle Style!!

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Norman in Pokémon Adventures
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Norman debuts in the Ruby & Sapphire chapter. He is the father of Ruby and the newly appointed Leader of the Petalburg Gym. On Ruby's 11th birthday, Norman had his wife and son move to Hoenn to live in Littleroot Town. Due to Norman's dislike of his son partaking in Pokémon Contests, Ruby held a grudge against his father. Ruby decided to run away and prove to his father the superiority of Pokémon Contests to battling. As he left, he took the Running Shoes his father gave him as a birthday present. Upon arriving at Petalburg City, Ruby attempted to avoid being spotted by Norman. His attempts led him to meeting Wally, a sickly boy attempting to capture his first Pokémon. Wally asks Norman if he will teach him how to capture Pokémon as he had previously requested. He refuses due to Wally neglecting to inform Norman about his illness. Norman senses Ruby's presence, but when his attempt to get him to come out fails, he just passes it off as another wild Pokémon and leaves.

Norman's search leads him to the Weather Institute, where he attacks Ruby, demanding to know why he ran away from home. Ruby considers running away, but he decides to stay and fight in order to prove to his father how determined he is. Norman easily gains the upper hand due to teaching Ruby all he knows about fighting, but Ruby turns the tide by using new tactics with the Pokémon he caught on his journey. The battle causes the worn-out institute to break apart, leaving Ruby and Norman left dangling above shrapnel that fell from their battle. With the Running Shoes he got as a gift from Norman, Ruby manages to save the both of them, but is left exhausted and defeated. Norman attempts to continue their battle, but he is stopped by fellow Gym Leader Winona. Winona tells Norman that he is in trouble for leaving his Gym despite challengers wanting to battle. Norman grudgingly obeys Winona's command to come with her. Before he leaves, Norman tells Ruby that he accepts his desire to partake in Pokémon Contests despite his own personal dislike of them. He demands that in return, Ruby should not return home until he has fully accomplished his goals.

Later, Norman and the other Gym Leaders are called by Flannery to meet in Fortree City. They have a discussion on Team Magma and Team Aqua about whether or not one of the teams is evil and the other is good. Norman refuses to pick a side out of disinterest and begins to leave. Winona reminds him that as one of the Gym Leaders chosen by the Pokémon Association, he has to comply with the others. Norman refuses and continues leaving, but is stopped by Wattson.Wattson suggests that Norman use his strength to help in the upcoming Hoenn crisis and apologizes for the others' behavior due to their lack of knowledge about his past with the Pokémon Association. Norman politely tells Wattson to stop talking and heads off.

When Groudon and Kyogre are awakened, they begin causing droughts and downpours throughout Hoenn. Instead of helping stop the Pokémon from causing havoc, Norman decides to fulfill Wally's request and takes him to the Sky Pillar for training. After several days of training, Wally becomes much stronger from climbing the tower and battling the wild Pokémon inside. As they continue to train, Norman gets a call from Scott, who informs him that Ruby was chosen to be the wielder of the Red Orb used to control Groudon. This makes Norman decide to team up with Wally to awaken the third Legendary Pokémon that can stop Groudon and Kyogre, Rayquaza. Upon succeeding, Norman leaves Wally behind and flies off on Rayquaza to Sootopolis City.

When Norman arrives, Ruby is fighting Groudon and Kyogre alone with both the Red and Blue Orbs in hand. Together, they use the orbs in conjunction with Rayquaza to send Groudon and Kyogre away to return to their long slumber. The strain of having controlled Rayquaza for too long causes Norman to collapse and begin dying. In his last breath, Norman reveals that five years ago, Ruby's battle with a wild Salamence caused it to go berserk and accidentally free the Rayquaza captured by the Pokémon Association. Not wanting his son to take the blame, Norman lied to the association and put the fault on himself. The Association Director barred Norman from taking the Gym Leader test for five years and ordered him to find Rayquaza. Norman was forced to distance himself from his family during that time, which eventually led to Ruby becoming the way he is now. He then dies in Ruby's arms, much to the horror of his son. When Archie and Maxie come out of hiding to attack the exhausted Ruby, they decide to burn Norman's corpse to make sure he won't be able to return to stop their plans again.

Once Archie and Maxie were defeated, Ruby used his Celebi to revive all the people that were killed in the final battle. Norman is brought back to life thanks to Celebi's time travel abilities. Afterward, Norman celebrated the victory with his allies and thanked Ruby and Sapphire for their assistance in the battle. Sapphire immediately challenged Norman to a Gym battle, which she managed to win and earn the Balance Badge.

Pokémon

This listing is for Norman's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

On hand
Norman's Vigoroth
Vigoroth
Vigoroth is Norman's first known Pokémon. It was first used to battle a wild Breloom and easily won. Later, it battled against Ruby at the Weather Institute. Using its quick speed, it returned the volley of Mud Shots that Mumu attempted to trap Norman inside of. It has a Hasty nature.

Vigoroth's known moves are Aerial Ace and Focus Punch, and its Ability is Vital Spirit.

Debut Nixing Nuzleaf
Norman's Slaking
Slaking
Main article: Norman's Slaking

Slaking is Norman's second known Pokémon. It was used to try and get Ruby to come out of hiding when Norman sensed his presence. Since then, it was used in several other battles. It has a Sassy nature.

Debut Nixing Nuzleaf
Norman's Spinda
Spinda
Spinda is Norman's third known Pokémon. It was first used in a training battle against Wally on the Sky Pillar. With its moves that switch Abilities and Confuse its opponents, Norman managed to easily defeat Wally.

Spinda's known moves are Skill Swap and Teeter Dance, and its Ability is Own Tempo.

Debut Rayquaza Redemption I
Norman's Slakoth
Slakoth (×2)
Norman owns two Slakoth. They were first seen in a flashback being used to battle the Rayquaza that escaped the Pokémon Association's captivity. They managed to block many of Rayquaza's attacks.

None of Slakoth's moves are known.

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Temporary
Norman's Rayquaza
Rayquaza
Rayquaza is an ancient Legendary Pokémon related to Groudon and Kyogre. It was captured by the Pokémon Association so that they may find a way to control it so that its powers could be used to stop Groudon and Kyogre when they would one day awaken again. Due to a Salamence that went out of control from a previous battle with Ruby, Rayquaza broke free and Norman was ordered to search for it again. Five years later, Norman teamed up with Wally and awakened Rayquaza on the Sky Pillar. Norman took Rayquaza and used it to stop Groudon and Kyogre with Ruby's help. The strain of controlling Rayquaza without an orb took too much strain on Norman, who proceeded to die shortly afterward. Angered that it was controlled, Rayquaza flew off to parts unknown.

None of Rayquaza's moves are known.

Debut Rayquaza Redemption I
Given away
Kiki
Kiki (CY: Coco)
Main article: Kiki

Kiki was a gift from Norman to Ruby when he was a small child. It learned many techniques from training with Norman.

Debut Creeping Past Cacnea
Rara
Rara (CY: Ruru)
Rara was a gift from Norman to Ruby when he was a small child. It learned many techniques from training with Norman.
Debut Creeping Past Cacnea
Nana
Nana
Main article: Nana

Nana was a gift from Norman to Ruby when he was a small child. It learned many techniques from training with Norman.

Debut Creeping Past Cacnea
Wally's Flygon
Flygon
Norman originally used this Flygon as a method of flight transportation. He later it gave it to Wally during their training on the Sky Pillar.
Debut Talk About Timing, Treecko
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In the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga

Norman in the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga

Norman appears in the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga in the chapter There's Someone More Important Than Clefairy?!. Unlike other media, Norman does not have any known relatives.

When Red and his Pokémon visit the Petalburg Gym after getting startled by a Poké Ball that flew from there, they notice Norman drinking and feeling down. Norman revealed to the group as the one who threw the Poké Balls. He then revealed that he felt sad since his Slakoth refused to partake in any battles. Norman takes out a chart and shows it to Red and his Pokémon that the Balance Badge is stuck inside Slakoth. After Clefairy took a nap, Norman explained to Red and his Pokémon that Slakoth doesn't like it when someone is lazier than it. Norman then watched as Clefairy went inside Slakoth to get the Balance Badge. After retrieving it, Norman demanded the group to return the badge to him but Clefairy refused. Afterwards, he became furious about this and chased after Red and his Pokémon since Clefairy refused to return the badge to Norman.

Pokémon

This listing is for Norman's Pokémon in the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga.

Norman's Slakoth
Slakoth
Slakoth is Norman's Pokémon who refuses to participate in any Pokémon battles and has swallowed the Balance Badge to prove it. Clefairy tries to get the Badge out of Slakoth's stomach but the sloth Pokémon puts a stop to it by making Clefairy tired and swallowing the alarm clocks Clefairy strapped around to himself. Clefairy was able to go into Slakoth's body and get the Balance Badge out of there.

Slakoth's known moves are Yawn and Covet, and its Ability is Truant.

Debut There's Someone More Important Than Clefairy?!

Trivia

  • Senri (Norman's Japanese name) can be translated as 1000 li, which is a considerable distance, while Haruka (May's Japanese name) can be translated as far away.
  • He is the first and currently only father of the player that has been seen in the core series of games.
  • In Emerald, Norman owns a Linoone that knows Slash at level 29, which Linoone does not learn until level 41.
  • In Pokémon Black and White 2, along with Giovanni, Norman uses more different species of Pokémon than any other Gym Leader at the Pokémon World Tournament, with a total of 10.
  • Norman is the only Gym Leader after Generation I who shares his English name in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese センリ Senri From 千両 senryō (Sarcandra glabra) and 千里 senri (1000 li; a long distance)
English, French,
German, Italian,
Spanish
Norman From normal
Korean 종길 Jonggil Possibly from 길 gil, road
Chinese (Mandarin) 千里 Qiānlǐ From his Japanese name

Notes

  1. http://www.pokemonrubysapphire.com/en-gb/characters/professor-birch


Gym Leaders of the Hoenn region
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Lavaridge Gym Heat Badge
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Petalburg Gym Balance Badge
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Norman
Fortree Gym Feather Badge
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