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.
In the anime, Norman is the father of May and Max, two of Ash's former traveling companions, 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. 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.
Norman is very dedicated to running the Petalburg Gym, often working too hard. He and his assistant Kenny handle most of the duties and the Pokémon in the greenhouse.
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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Vigoroth was first seen after Norman agreed to have an unofficial battle with Ash because he had less than three Pokémon at the time. 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.
In Balance of Power, Vigoroth was the second Pokémon used by Norman in his official Gym battle with Ash. It managed to easily defeat Torkoal before once again facing Pikachu. This time, Pikachu was able to defeat Vigoroth, but ended up exhausting all of his own energy as well in the process, resulting in a double knockout.
Slakoth first appeared in the greenhouse where Norman keeps his Pokémon. It appeared again in Balance of Power!, during Norman's Gymbattle with Ash. It first went up against Pikachu, but when Pikachu's strategies failed to work, Ash switched him out for Torkoal, who was able to defeat its opponent.
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 Pocket Monsters 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.
Norman appeared as the newly-appointed Gym Leader of Petalburg City. He is the father of Ruby and a friend of Professor Birch's.
He berated Ruby for failing to heal his Mudkip after a battle, but rescinded later on after seeing how Ruby and Mudkip began to develop a good relationship with each other.