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For the variant appearing in the games, see Norman.

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


Norman is a tall, lean, middle-aged man with short black hair with a single fringe at the center with three edges and dark eyes. Norman wears a dark red, long jacket with a black collar, blue-grey trousers and black boots.


Norman cares deeply for his family, wishing his children to have some quality time and good friends. However, at times, Norman can sometimes overlook things and cannot see the actual problem. In battle, Norman has perfected his Pokémon in both offense and defense tactics, wanting to see his opponent struggle out to overcome his strategy, since Norman wants to have a really good battle everyone can enjoy. However, he does not let his children watch the battle, thinking it would distract the challenger.


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Norman meets Caroline, who is surrounded by Beautifly.

Caroline met Norman on a flowery field, surrounded by Beautifly. Caroline made a photo of that moment.[1]

Spending a day on the beach, Norman and her wife saw May being in trouble with some Tentacool.[2]

While the heroes were talking about the movies they saw, Max remembered seeing a movie about a giant Meowth with his parents and his sister.[3]

Season 6: Advanced

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Ash meets May's family.

Ash Ketchum arrived with May in Petalburg City in the hope of getting his first gym battle. May went away to meet up with her parents, Caroline and Norman, who was the real Gym Leader of Petalburg City. Norman heard May was traveling with Ash and approved of it. During the lunch, May showed Torchic, making Norman and Caroline dazzled by Torchic's cuteness. Ash asked Norman for a Gym Battle, but was declined, since he needed three Pokémon to enter the battle. However, Norman decided to have an unofficial battle, in which Norman sent Vigoroth. Pikachu battled Vigoroth and managed to electrocute it with Thunderbolt before being defeated by Scratch. After the battle, Team Rocket appeared and had Weezing use Smokescreen, allowing them to take Torchic, by accident. After searching a bit, Norman and Caroline found Team Rocket's balloon. May's family went to get Torchic back, but they fell into holes, dug by Team Rocket. Ash helped them get back up. Norman sent his Vigoroth back, who scratched Weezing and Arbok, though the latter binded Vigoroth. Once Team Rocket was defeated, everyone went back home, where Max decided to go with May and Ash. Norman approved of the idea and gave Max a PokéNav and May and Ash some Badge Cases, to equip them. After advising them to go to Rustboro City, Norman and his wife bid farewell to Ash, May and Max.[4]

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When Max had thought of obtaining his own first Pokémon, he thought his father, who would've given him a Slakoth. Max was startled, since Slakoth was a lazy Pokémon.[5]

Season 7: Advanced Challenge

Nicholai met up with the heroes again and admitted he battled against Norman. While Nicholai was defeated, he was pleased that Norman wore shorts. May and Max doubted Nicholai, claiming their father would never wear shorts.[6] Later on, once the heroes were planning on which town to go next, Max proposed going to Petalburg City. This excited Ash, knowing he'd battle Norman once before and was ready for a Gym match, claiming things would be different this time.[7] Once the Team Rocket trio arrived to Petalburg City, they found a poster of Norman and his wife. They remembered Norman as the Gym Leader, who used Vigoroth to defeat them. Regardless, this gave them an idea to impersonate Norman, Caroline and their children, May and Max, to take some money from their fans.[8]

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Brock tries to explain the problem to Norman.

To prepare for the Gym match, Ash went to the Pokémon Center, where he found Norman talking to Nurse Joy. Norman greeted him and promised to give him a Gym match. Before leaving, Nurse Joy told Norman he could count on her, making Ash see they were keeping a secret. Once Ash came to Norman's greenhouse, he told he saw Norman being with Nurse Joy, making Kenny, Brock, Max and Max go straight to the Pokémon Center to confront Norman. There, the group, along with Caroline, told Norman he was neglecting his family and Caroline decided to leave. Norman was confused and even offered Caroline to help pack things up, while Brock pointed out Norman should love his wife. After being explained what was happening, Norman understood the situation and decided to show what he was working on. After arriving to the greenhouse, Team Rocket attacked Ash and Norman's Pokémon, which accidentally damaged the fireworks Norman was working on. Norman was furious the surprise has been spoiled and destroyed and immediately blasted Team Rocket away with his Slaking. Fortunately, Nurse Joy prepared more fireworks, as Norman explained he was working with Nurse Joy to prepare a wedding anniversary celebration with his wife. During the night, Norman pushed a button, releasing the fireworks, which were shaped in a form of a Beautifly. Caroline was thankful his husband remembered the anniversary, while Norman promised to battle Ash tomorrow and even admitted he'd use Slakoth, Vigoroth and Slaking, wishing to have a really good battle.[1]

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Max steals the badge Norman was to give to Ash.

During their Gym match, Norman sent Slakoth against Ash's Pikachu. Pikachu couldn't manage to hit Slakoth, due to its evasiveness and got hit by Shadow Ball attack. Once Slakoth fired Blizzard, Ash called Pikachu back and sent Torkoal, who managed to counter Blizzard with Flamethrower and defeat Slakoth. Norman was glad Ash managed to act in time to swap his Pokémon, as Norman sent Vigoroth, who defeated Torkoal with one Scratch attack. Brock knew Norman used a slow Slakoth, then a fast Vigoroth, to confuse Ash. Ash sent Pikachu back, who inflicted damage with Iron Tail, but got hit by Vigoroth's Flamethrower. As a part of his strategy, Ash had Pikachu get hit by Vigoroth's Scratch. This triggered Pikachu's Static ability, which paralyzed Vigoroth and defeated it with Iron Tail. Due to exhaustion, Pikachu fainted as well. Norman was glad to have an amazing battle, but to finish, he sent Slaking against Ash's Grovyle. Grovyle attempted to attack Slaking with Bullet Seed, but Slaking stopped the attack with its own hands. Slaking emitted an Earthquake, which Grovyle evaded by jumping. Grovyle used Pound, but Slaking grabbed Grovyle by its leaf and tossed it away. Norman advised Ash to surrender, since it was his responsibility to take care of Grovyle, who could be seriously wounded if it continued to battle. However, Grovyle's Overgrow was activated, so Ash let Grovyle battle to the end. Grovyle started jumping on the walls and on Slaking before pounding it. To finish, Slaking used Focus Punch against Grovyle's Leaf Blade. In the end, Slaking fell down, defeated, so Ash won the battle. Later on, just as Norman was to give the Balance Badge to Ash, Max stole the Balance Badge and locked himself up in Norman's greenhouse, since he was upset over his father's loss. Everyone ran after Max, where Norman pointed out even in loss one could still learn much, for Ash and Grovyle discovered a strength they did not know they had. Max apologized and came out of the greenhouse, then gave the badge to Ash.[9]

While fishing out for a Whiscash, Nero, who stole his Badge Case, Ash recalled battling Norman and his Slaking.[10]

Once they arrived in the Pokémon Center in Rubello Town, the heroes were visited by some women. Seeing May and Max, the women showed some of Norman's photos and figurines, since they were his fans.[11]

While they were floating in a river, Ash and Pikachu (the latter having amnesia) recalled their battle against Norman and Vigoroth.[12]

Season 8: Advanced Battle

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Before arriving to Slateport City for May's Grand Festival, she and Ash remembered their past adventures so far. Ash recalled facing Norman, the first time with Vigoroth and the second time for an official Gym Battle with Slakoth, Vigoroth and Slaking. After a determined battle against Slaking, Norman was defeated.[13]

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Season 9: Battle Frontier

Norman appears in May and Max's fantasy wearing an outfit identical to the one of Frontier Brains, Dome Ace Tucker who is battling Ash for the Tactic Symbol. Both of them are also disappointed to think of Tucker as their father Norman due to his charisma and his tactical battling for his Pokémon. Later, Norman watched with his Gym referee of May's performances in the Grand Festival.

Season 11: DP Battle Dimension

May explained to Ash and Brock her brother, Max, was in the Petalburg City's Gym, taking care of Norman's Pokémon. In addition, Norman and Max watched May on TV during the events of Wallace Cup.


On hand

Pokémon Information
Norman Vigoroth
Norman fought with his Vigoroth to save May's Torchic and to fight against Ash. In the end, Vigoroth won against Ash's Pikachu in their first battle, but tied during their second.
Pokémon Information
Norman Slakoth
Norman sent his Slakoth to battle Ash's Pikachu and avoided most of his attacks. However, Slakoth lost to Ash's Torkoal.
Pokémon Information
Norman Slaking
Norman's Slaking is his strongest Pokémon. It was up against Ash's Grovyle but lost.


See also

Norman (Adventures)


Pokémon: Advanced Pokémon - Advanced
Main charactersAsh Ketchum - Brock - Caroline - Drew - Giovanni - James - Jessie - Max - May - Mr. Sukizo - Norman - Nurse Joy - Officer Jenny - Professor Birch - Professor Samuel Oak - Raoul Contesta - Vivian Meridian
Main character's PokémonAsh's Charizard - Ash's Corphish - Ash's Pikachu - Ash's Taillow - Ash's Treecko
May's Beautifly - May's Torchic
Brock's Forretress - Brock's Lotad - Brock's Mudkip
James' Cacnea - James' Weezing - Jessie's Arbok - Jessie's Dustox - Jessie's Seviper - Jessie's Wobbuffet - Team Rocket's Meowth
Drew's Roselia
Harrison's Blaziken
Supporting charactersAlanna - Alden - Alex - Alyssa - Anita - Anthony - Brawly - Captain Stern - Chaz - Dewford Town's Gym referee - Forrest Franklin - Forrester Franklin - Ivan - Janet - Joshua - Katrina - Keanu - Kennedy - Kenny - Marius - Mr. Big - Mr. Briney - Mr. Stone - Natalie - Nicholai - Nicole - Old man - Old Man Swamp - Rico - Rita - Robert - Roxanne - Rustboro City's Gym referee - Shauna - Shelly - Stephanie - Stephanie's father - Steven Stone - Tabitha - Thatcher - Trick Master - Tommy (school kid) - Tommy (trainer) - Wattson - Watt
Pokémon: Advanced Challenge Pokémon - Advanced Challenge
Main charactersAsh Ketchum - Brock - Caroline - Drew - Giovanni - James - Jessie - Max - May - Misty - Mr. Sukizo - Norman - Nurse Joy - Officer Jenny - Professor Birch - Professor Samuel Oak - Raoul Contesta - Vivian Meridian
Main character's PokémonAsh's Bulbasaur - Ash's Corphish - Ash's Grovyle - Ash's Pikachu - Ash's Snorlax - Ash's Swellow - Ash's Torkoal
May's Beautifly - May's Bulbasaur - May's Combusken - May's Skitty
Misty's Corsola - Misty's Gyarados - Misty's Togetic
Brock's Forretress - Brock's Lombre - Brock's Mudkip
James' Cacnea - James' Chimecho - Jessie's Dustox - Jessie's Seviper - Jessie's Wobbuffet - Team Rocket's Meowth
Drew's Masquerain - Drew's Roselia
Supporting charactersAbby - Andi - Bart - Brodie - Calista - Claire - Colonel Hansen - Dee Dunstan - Dr. Moss - Elijah - Eliza - Emily - Flannery - Grace - Guy - Jacuzzi - Jimmy - Joshua - Julie - Juliet - Kain - Kelly - Ken - Kenny - King of the Mirage Kingdom - Magikarp Salesman - Marcel - Mariah - Mary - Mary - Max - Michelle - Millie - Miranda - Mothers for Pokémon - Mrs. Grimm - Mr. Morita - Mr. Moore - Natasha - Nicholai - Old Man Obee - Oscar - Otane - Poncho - Professor Cozmo - Queen of the Mirage Kingdom - Romeo - Rose - Royce - Sandra - Sara - Savannah - Serena - Shane - Shelly - Sheridan - Sonny - Stefano - Sullivan - Tabitha - Thatcher - Timmy Grimm - Tommy Grimm - Vicky Winstrate - Victor Winstrate - Victoria Winstrate - Vito Winstrate - Vivi Winstrate - Vladimir - Volt - Wattson - Watt - Winona - Yaohei - Zachary
Pokémon: Advanced Battle Pokémon - Advanced Battle
Main charactersAsh Ketchum - Brock - Delia Ketchum - Drew - Giovanni - Harley - James - Jessie - Lilian Meridian - Max - May - Misty - Morrison - Mr. Sukizo - Nurse Joy - Officer Jenny - Professor Birch - Professor Samuel Oak - Raoul Contesta - Tracey Sketchit - Tyson - Vivian Meridian
Main character's PokémonAsh's Bayleef - Ash's Bulbasaur - Ash's Charizard - Ash's Cyndaquil - Ash's Corphish - Ash's Glalie - Ash's Grovyle - Ash's Heracross - Ash's Kingler - Ash's Muk - Ash's Noctowl - Ash's Phanpy - Ash's Pikachu - Ash's Snorlax - Ash's Swellow - Ash's Tauros - Ash's Torkoal - Ash's Totodile
May's Beautifly - May's Bulbasaur - May's Combusken - May's Munchlax - May's Skitty - May's Squirtle
Misty's Azurill
Brock's Forretress - Brock's Ludicolo - Brock's Mudkip
James' Cacnea - James' Chimecho - Jessie's Dustox - Jessie's Seviper - Jessie's Wobbuffet - Team Rocket's Meowth
Drew's Flygon - Drew's Masquerain - Drew's Roselia
Harley's Ariados - Harley's Banette - Harley's Cacturne
Morrison's Girafarig - Morrison's Gligar - Morrison's Growlithe - Morrison's Metang - Morrison's Steelix - Morrison's Swampert
Tyson's Donphan - Tyson's Hariyama - Tyson's Meowth - Tyson's Metagross - Tyson's Sceptile - Tyson's Shiftry
Supporting charactersAbby - Adam - Agatha - Annie Proctor - Anthony - Archie - Arena Tycoon Greta - Brodie - Butch - Carlos - Caroline - Cassidy - Charles Goodshow - Chaz - Clark - Daisy - Dome Ace Tucker - Dominick - Dr. Gordon - Drake - Elisa - Emily - Erica - Evelyn - Factory Head Noland - Fitzwilliam - Gavin - Gilbert - Gordon - Hal - Harmony Shoney - Isaiah - Jin - Johnny - Joshua - Juan - Jump - Katie - Keith - Kelly - Kenny - Kent - Kimmy Shoney - Korben Shoney - Kyle Hamm - Lance - Lily - Lisa Mitchum - Liza - Madeleine - Master Hamm - Maxie - Midori - Mitch Mitchum - Mr. Sukizo - Nancy - Nicky - Norman - Old woodsman - Palace Maven Spenser - Pike Queen Lucy - Professor Proctor - Pyramid King Brandon - Rachel - Randy - Rhoda - Rhonda - Robert - Robin - Rocky - Roderick - Salon Maiden Anabel - Samantha - Sandra - Savannah - Scott - Sebastian - Sergio - Shelly - Sigourney - Tabitha - Tate - Terri - Timmy Grimm - Violet - Vivica - Xander
Pokémon: DP Battle Dimension Pokémon DP - Battle Dimension
Main charactersAsh Ketchum - Barry - Brock - Conway - Dawn - Gary Oak - Giovanni - James - Jessie - Kenny - Marian - May - Max - Mr. Sukizo - Nurse Joy - Officer Jenny - Paul - Professor Rowan - Raoul Contesta - Zoey
Main character's PokémonAsh's Buizel - Ash's Chimchar - Ash's Gliscor - Ash's Grotle - Ash's Pikachu - Ash's Staravia
Dawn's Ambipom - Dawn's Buneary - Dawn's Pachirisu - Dawn's Piloswine - Dawn's Piplup
Brock's Croagunk - Brock's Happiny - Brock's Sudowoodo
James' Cacnea - James' Carnivine - James' Mime Jr. - Jessie's Dustox - Jessie's Seviper - Jessie's Wobbuffet - Jessie's Yanmega - Team Rocket's Meowth
May's Beautifly - May's Blaziken - May's Glaceon - May's Munchlax - May's Skitty - May's Venusaur - May's Wartortle
Conway's Slowking
Paul's Electabuzz - Paul's Gliscor - Paul's Honchkrow - Paul's Magmar - Paul's Torterra - Paul's Ursaring - Paul's Weavile
Barry's Empoleon - Barry's Roserade - Barry's Staraptor
Kenny's Breloom - Kenny's Prinplup
Zoey's Glameow - Zoey's Finneon - Zoey's Misdreavus
Gary's Umbreon
Supporting charactersAaron - Alan - Angie - Angie's father - Angie's mother - Aura Guardian - Aura Sphere Riolu's Trainer - Austin - Autumn - Astin - Butch - Carny - Caroline - Cassidy - Cocoa - Connally - Crasher Wake - Cynthia - Cyrus - Dr. Namba - Drew - Enta - Expert Stonecutter - Fantina - Francesca - Gardenia - Ghost girl - Hamilton - Harley - Head Engineer - Hermione - Isis - J - J's clients - J's client's henchmen - J's henchmen - Jack - Johanna - Juan - Jupiter - Kellyn - Kendall - Kyle - Kylie - Leona - Leona's father - Leona's mother - Lila - Marble - Marina - Mars - Matthew - Max - Maylene - Mitchell - Monica - Mr. Backlot - Norman - Old woman - Paris - Professor Carolina - Reggie - Rhonda - Roman - Saturn - Scientist - Sho - Solana - Solidad - Spring - Summer - Tyler - Unnamed trainer - Wallace - Yuzo

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