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, as well as TM42 (Facade) in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald or TM67 (Retaliate) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
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. According to the TV showTrouble Talk, they went to college together.
"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. 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."
"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!"
"… 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>!"
"<player>, how are things going? The world of Pokémon is deep. I honestly think that no amount of training would ever be enough.
"<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>?"
"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."
"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."
"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 coast. 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!"
"Hahahah! What a coincidence! I caught myself thinking the same thing."
"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 team! 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 go 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>."
If talked to again
"Hm? Weren't you going to go to the Pokémon Gym in Rustboro? Sorry, but I don't get pleasure from battling greenhorn Trainers. There's no challenge. I want you to grow stronger before I would consider taking you on in battle. Come back when you've got at least, hmm…four Badges! Then I'll take you on, <player>."
First time entering his room
"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 within my power as a Gym Leader to win! You'd better give it your best shot, too, <player>!"
"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."
"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!"
"Welcome back, <player>. So you actually managed to find it at Southern Island… The Eon Pokémon! Well, then… Should 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."
"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
"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."
"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."
"<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!"
Very early in his Hoenn journey, Ash arrived with May in Petalburg City in the hope of getting his first Gym battle. In There's no Place Like Hoenn, 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 CityGym Leader. Norman used his Pokémon, a Vigoroth, in an exhibition battle against Pikachu, and later 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. During the episode, Norman showed that he was rather dense, not realizing that Caroline assumed that he was having an affair with Nurse Joy.
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.
Norman cares deeply for his family, wishing his children to have some quality time and good friends. Norman is also very protective of them, often fighting even more aggressively in the process of protecting them. May and Max respect their father's extensive efforts to ensure a healthy relationship with them, such as coming home for lunch and playing with his children. In general, Norman is jovial and calm, but at times, he can sometimes overlook things and cannot see the actual problem at hand.
In the broader community, Norman is quite popular for both his looks and his position as a Gym Leader, having an enthusiastic fanbase in North Petalburg and an emerging image in Petalburg City. In battle, he is intensely focused and has perfected his Pokémon in both offensive and defensive tactics. Norman commonly utilizes his trio of Slakoth, Vigoroth, and Slaking to confuse his opponents because they are capable of moving at different speeds. Norman gives his opponent credit for an excellent strategy and accepts a loss as critical to personal growth. He enjoys a challenge, wanting to see his opponent struggle to overcome his strategy and sheer power. However, he does not let his children watch the battle, thinking it would distract the challenger. Max claimed that Norman was capable of entering the Elite Four in Balance of Power.
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In Love, Petalburg Style!, May, Max, Brock, and Kenny saw Vigoroth 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 greenhouse, Vigoroth fell onto him. Ash was happy to see Vigoroth again.
In Balance of Power, Vigoroth was the second Pokémon used by Norman in his official Gym battle with Ash. It initially managed to easily dodge Torkoal's Overheat, and knocked out Torkoal with Scratch. After this, it had an intense battle with 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 StaticAbility. 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.
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.
Slaking debuted in Love, Petalburg Style!, where it was staying in Norman's greenhouse with the rest of his Pokémon. It later battled Ash's Grovyle in Ash's Gym battle against Norman, but was ultimately defeated.
Norman 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.
Norman in the thirteenth chapter
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 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.
Norman appears at Meteor Falls. He meets with the Elder that lives there in hopes of getting information about Rayquaza again. There, he meets with Ruby and Emerald, who had come there for the same reason. With the old woman's help, Norman determines the Rayquaza may be returning to the location where it was held captive by the Pokémon Association. With Hoopa's rings, Norman and Ruby head to Johto.
Upon arriving in Goldenrod City, Norman and Ruby enter the now-abandoned Pokémon Association research facility. After a search through the facility's data files, Norman comes across video footage of the moment where Rayquaza was first encountered at the Embedded Tower. Before they can witness Rayquaza's capture, the video cuts off. Ruby decides that if Rayquaza was found at Route 47, then it may have gone there instead of Goldenrod. Norman reveals that he asked Emerald to give him the Green Orb core shortly before they entered Hoopa's ring. He reveals the core was originally created by the Association in order to create an artificial Green Orb capable of controlling Rayquaza, as it didn't have an orb like Groudon or Kyogre. When Rayquaza escaped its captivity, the project was scrapped and the core was thrown away before being completed, where it eventually ended up in Emerald's hands. Norman uses a machine to increase the core's purity, increasing its strength and turning it a shade of jade.
Just as the process is completed, Norman and Ruby are shocked to see that Rayquaza has appeared in the skies. They find Rayquaza feeding on shards of the meteoroid, which have begun falling onto Johto as well. They take to the skies in order to confront Rayquaza and capture it. During the battle, Rayquaza manages to capture Ruby and blocks Norman's attempt to rescue his son. Ruby takes the opportunity to use the scroll he took from Zinnia in order to teach Rayquaza Dragon Ascent, which will allow it to destroy the meteoroid. When Rayquaza continues attacking Ruby, Norman attempts to control it with the Green Orb core, only for it to fail. Ruby tells Norman to call Emerald and ask Hoopa to bring them back to Hoenn, as he plans on destroying the meteoroid with Sapphire.
After Hoopa opens the path to the Meteor Village, Ruby uses the Jade Orb core to lead Rayquaza back to Hoenn with Norman. When it sees Kyogre and Groudon through the ring, Rayquaza goes berserk and begins attacking the two. Rayquaza rushes towards the ring to confront Kyogre and Groudon, causing Norman to fall off and be left behind. It is later revealed by Gold and Silver that Norman would assist the combined efforts of the Kanto and JohtoGym Leaders and Elite Four to stop the meteoroid.
This listing is for Norman's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
Vigoroth is Norman's first known Pokémon. He was first used to battle a wild Breloom and easily won. Later, he battled against Ruby at the Weather Institute. Using his quick speed, he returned the volley of Mud Shots that Mumu attempted to trap Norman inside of. He has a Hasty nature.
Slaking is Norman's second known Pokémon. He was used to try and get Ruby to come out of hiding when Norman sensed his presence. Since then, he was used in several other battles. He has a Sassy nature.
Spinda is Norman's third known Pokémon. He was first used in a training battle against Wally on the Sky Pillar. With his moves that switch Abilities and confuse his opponents, Norman managed to easily defeat Wally.
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.
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.
This listing is for Norman's Pokémon in the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga.
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.