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Norman (Adventures)

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(センリ Senri)
Norman ORAS Adventures
Gender: Male
Hometown: Olivine City
Region: Johto
Family: Unnamed wife, Ruby (son)
Class: Gym Leader
First Appearance: Creeping Past Cacnea

Norman is a character appearing in Pokémon Adventures, who is the Gym Leader of Petalburg City in the Hoenn region.


Norman is a tall, lean, middle-aged man with short black hair and dark eyes.

Ruby & Sapphire arc

Norman wears a dark red, long jacket with a black collar, blue-grey trousers and black boots.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc

Norman wears a white t-shirt that is covered by a grey and maroon jacket, with the sleeves rolled up. He also wears charcoal trousers with elasticated ankles and pair of geta - dark brown flip-flops with black straps.


Norman has a very dominant, strict and headstrong personality, as shown when he prevented his son Ruby from entering Pokémon Contests. Despite this, Norman cares deeply for his only son, due to the fact that he left Johto on the day of Ruby's birthday, in order to meet him in person. Norman is also a very selfless person, as shown when he sacrifices his life to prevent Groudon and Kyogre from clashing. He is shown to have a deep hatred for the Pokémon Association, refusing to affiliate himself with their organisation.


Somewhan after Norman went to search for Rayquaza, Norman went to the Draconid Village at Meteor Falls. There, he gained some clues about where Rayquaza was located.[1]

Norman held a phone call with his wife. In it, he revealed his intention to permit Ruby to participate in Hoenn's contests. He wanted to move to Hoenn on Ruby's eleventh birthday and announce it at his surprise birthday party that day.

For Ruby's birthday, Norman bought him some very exclusive Running Shoes that almost run for you. He had to specially ask his friend, Professor Birch, to get them from the Devon Corporation, and they are rare enough that Birch was able to identify Ruby just by the shoes.

Ruby & Sapphire arc

Norman became the leader of Petalburg City's Gym and was giving an interview. As part of it, Norman masterfully defeated a multitude of opponents on camera, impressing the interviewer. He told her his family was moving to Hoenn that day.[2] His wife called him when she figured out that Ruby had ran away from home, infuriating Norman. When Birch suggests that they called the police, Norman says it was not necessary: Norman would look for Ruby himself. Norman ends the call by crushing the phone in his hand.[3]

At some point, Norman had agreed to teach Wally, a Petalburg City resident, how to catch a Pokémon; however, he found out from Wally's parents that Wally was very ill and physically weak, and moreover, was moving away soon.[3] Norman went to meet with Wally, as arranged, but found no one there.[4] A wild Breloom passed and Norman's Vigoroth defeated it; Norman had called out for them to reveal themselves, and Wally popped up out of a bush, eager for his lesson. But Norman told him he won't teach Wally to catch a Pokémon because of his condition. An instinct made Norman send out Slaking to use Swagger, disorienting anyone in the area, and searched for some interloper. He found nothing, since Ruby was hiding and had Kiki use Safeguard to protect himself. With no more threats, Norman left the area.[4]

At some point after turning Wally down, Norman asked an old man to keep an eye on Wally's skills at Verdanturf Town.

Norman was seen in Slateport City, where he realized Ruby had vanished with the mysterious red gang that attacked Captain Stern. He interrupted a conversation between a reporter eyewitness - Gabby and Ty - to a previous conflict and Captain Stern.

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The reporter is excited that a strong gym leader seems interested in helping her investigate, but Norman immediately kills that idea, declaring that he is only interested in his son. Norman strides in and takes control, looking at the security tapes he does not have clearance to see. He then dives into the water and determines the sea current, picturing the path it would have taken Ruby on. Norman then jumps onto a water vehicle and takes off.

He confronts Ruby at the Weather Research Institute, using the PokéBlocks in Ruby's PokéBlock case to lure Ruby's Marshtomp onto the roof of the building, and noticing his Marshtomp's absence, Ruby is not far behind. Ruby is stunned to see Norman, asking stutteringly what Norman is doing here. Norman responds that he can read Ruby like a book: kids can't hide anything from their parents. Norman then hurls Ruby down the stairs and into a wall.

Aftwards, Norman picks Ruby up by the collar of his shirt. He demands to know why Ruby ran away from home; Ruby croaks for Norman to release him. Norman punches him in the face, sending Ruby sprawling down the stairs again. He shouts for Ruby to answer him. When Ruby doesn't, Norman's Slaking grabs the stairs Ruby is on and tears it out of the cement, almost throwing Ruby off and down to the ground. Arms crossed, face cold, Norman watches Ruby cling for his life.

Ruby attacks Norman, shouting for a battle, but Norman is unimpressed; having been the one to teach Ruby's Delcatty and Mightyena their moves, Iron Tail and Hyper Beam, they can't take him by surprise. Norman says scornfully that there's no way for Ruby to beat him like that.

Ruby points out that though Norman is intimately familiar with his Delcatty and Mightyena, is not with Ruby's Marshtomp. Norman is suddenly under barrage from Mud Shot: Delcatty's and Mightyena's attacks had been a diversion to distract Norman from Marshtomp channeling his Mud Shot through the gutters and pipes of the roof, springing a surprise attack on Norman.

Norman's Vigoroth uses Focus Punch to redirect the Mud Shot balls back at Ruby. Norman and Ruby continue to battle brutally, until Norman's Slaking wrenches the stairs Ruby is standing on. Ruby starts to slide down the stairs, straight at Slaking, but he catches a pipe and uses it to anchor the stairs. For a moment, they are still, and Norman extends a hand to Ruby, asking him to stop being so stubborn and to come quietly.

Ruby reacts violently, twisting the pipe he'd used to point it at Norman; one of Marshtomp's Mud Shot attacks comes out of it, but before it can hit the unprepared Norman, the sun grows suddenly hot and powerful, causing the mud to dry and disintegrate before it can strike Norman. Then the pipe the stairs are anchored on gives out, threatening to dump Ruby into empty air and certain death, impaled on the pipes and broken tree trunks below.

Norman lunges forward, trying to save Ruby, as Ruby looks up at him desperately. He grabs Ruby as they fall, and he grabs a pipe with his other hand. They dangle, but then the pipe breaks and they fall. Norman yells for Ruby to use his Running Shoes—Norman's birthday gift to Ruby—and the shoes manage to propel them into bushes instead of impaling themsleves on pipes.

Norman stands, seeming to lift a pokéball threateningly at the unconscious Ruby, but his Pokégear rings. Winona appears and tells Norman off for leaving his gym and for causing damage to the Weather Institute, and orders him to come with her. Before he leaves, he tells Ruby that he had better accomplish his goal to conquer Hoenn's contests, acknowledging Ruby as a "man." Norman also returns Ruby's PokéBlock case to him and tells him to call his mother sometimes.

Norman goes to a Gym Leaders' meeting in Fortree City. He listens to the problems Teams Aqua and Magma present and when the gym leaders take a vote to decide which side to support, they look to Norman to break the tie; however, Norman declares that he will support neither and thus abstains. He leaves, irritating the other gym leaders with his perceived arrogance.

After he leaves, he is attacked by a wild Shiftry. He easily defeats it with Slaking. Wattson, who had followed him out, says that Norman is the strongest gym leader. He also admits to being aware of Norman's past altercation with the Pokémon Association, but Norman lifts a hand to stop him from saying more, and leaves.

On some sea route, Norman watches Wally make a very risky move to try to save a Treecko. Hidden by a veil of water, he demands to know why Wally would do it; Wally's answer—that he trusts his Pokémon—satisfies Norman, and he reveals himself, declaring that he will train Wally. (Back in Petalburg City, he had refused to.) He is also pleased to see that Ruby Ralts is with Wally, wondering to himself if it is fate.

He gives Wally special cuffs to wear; the cuffs are special pieces of technology to store pokéballs in and to send their Pokémon out. He assigns Wally a test: to reach the final floor of Sky Pillar. He leaves a Mach Bike in Sky Pillar for Wally to use, and then presumably flies to the top floor on Flygon to wait for him. As he waits, he speaks with the old man who he'd asked to keep an eye on Wally via Pokégear. When the man expresses concern for Wally, Norman ruthlessly quashes it and sharply tells the man that he's supposed to contact Scott, not spy on Norman.

When Wally reaches the top, Norman analyzes his strategy and gives him the Flygon. Brushing off Wally's thanks, Norman tells him to prepare for the next task.

Norman thinks to himself that Wally must set his goals higher; he must reach the very rooftop of Sky Pillar, where that Pokémon awaits. Wally's adventures have only begun; he will have to join Ruby and Sapphire in the upcoming major battle. Wally has an important mission.

Even as the crisis in Hoenn worsens, Norman continues to train Wally. He receives a call from Scott telling him that Groudon and Kyogre are fighting in Sootopolis City, and that Norman's own son is a host to Red Orb. Norman decides that there is no time left and tells Wally that they are going to awaken Rayquaza, who sleeps at the top of Sky Pillar. Norman would do it himself, except that the passageways are tiny and only a child can fit through them. Using a set of chains from below, Norman can open the passageways for Wally. Wally's role was originally intended for Ruby, as Norman wanted for he and his son to do this together.

Norman and Wally succeed in awakening Rayquaza, and Norman flies off on Rayquaza to Sootopolis City, leaving Wally, unconscious, at the top of Sky Pillar. Norman is going to save his son.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc

Latios remarked Ruby's cooking skills. Ruby admitted that is what he is and remembered celebrating his birthday with Sapphire, as well as their families.[5] After exiting the Sky Tower, Ruby told Latios when he and Emerald were discussing about the meteor threat, Ruby had thought of his friends and family - including Wally - whom he could ask for help, but did not want to trouble them with the sad news.[6]

Norman saved Ruby and Emerald, after the two had been defeated by Maxie and Archie. After Ruby and Emerald woke up and spoke to Granny, Norman approached them. Norman silenced Ruby, since there was not much time to stop the meteor. Hearing that Rayquaza formed skylines in its wake, Ruby and Norman asked Granny where Rayquaza went to, since she was the one that saw where it went to. Granny pointed to a direction, which Norman knew it was Johto, while Ruby sensed Rayquaza went to the headquarters of the Pokémon Association. Norman gave the cartridges to Ruby and Emerald for their Pokédex, per Professor Birch's request. Emerald decided Ruby and Norman should step through a portal Hoopa can create. Without further ado, Ruby and Norman imagined the location of the Pokémon Association headquarters and went through the portal.[1]

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On hand

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Norman's Vigoroth Adventures
Vigoroth was used by Norman briefly, when he attacked a Breloom that emerged from the undergrowth to attack them.
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Norman's Slaking Adventures
Slaking is Norman's powerhouse Pokémon, and is used twice in the battles against his son, Ruby. It was also used in Norman's battle with Wally at the Sky Pillar, where its signature technique Truant was able to allow it to evade Wally's Spinda's attacks.
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Norman's Spinda
Spinda was used primarily when Norman resolved himself to train Wally.
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Norman's Slakoth Adventures
Norman's two Slakoth were used primarily to attack Rayquaza seven years ago, in an attempt to capture it. They were considerably agile, as both Slakoth were able to dodge Rayquaza's onslaught with ease.
Slakoth (2x)
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Norman's Sawsbuck
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Norman's Staraptor
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Rayquaza Adventures
Rayquaza was used by Norman in order to act as a mediator in the ensuing fight between Groudon and Kyogre. However, Norman was unable to handle the sheer power required to control Rayquaza, and his heart gave out as a result. After Norman's death, Rayquaza flew away from the battle. It was this same Rayquaza that Norman had been hunting for seven years.

Given away

Pokémon Information
Norman's Skitty, nicknamed "Kiki", was given to Ruby when he was very young. It evolved into a Delcatty alongside Ruby's Poochyena during their time at Granite Cave.
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Rara as Ralts
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Ruby's Nana as Poochyena
Norman's Poochyena, nicknamed "Nana", was given to Ruby when he was very young. It evolved alongside Ruby's Skitty during their time at Granite Cave.
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Wally's Flygon Adventures
Flygon served as Norman's main mode of transportation, as it was used to take Norman to the Gym Leader Examination in the past. Norman gave his Flygon to Wally shortly after he had completed his training.


See also

Norman (anime)


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