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Norman Bates
In Psycho
Portrayed By Anthony Perkins
Osgood Perkins
Kurt Paul
Henry Thomas
Ryan Finnigan
Vince Vaughn
Freddie Highmore
First Appearance Psycho (1960)
Psycho II
Psycho III
Bates Motel (1987)
Psycho IV: The Beginning
Psycho (1998)
Bates Motel (2013)
Gender Male
Status Presumed alive or unknown
Residence Bates House (Formerly)
Connie's house
Also Known As "Mother"
Romances Connie Bates (Wife)
Mother Norma Bates (Deceased)
Father Mr. Bates (Deceased)
Brother(s) Dylan Massett (half brother/cousin)
Son(s) Unknown
Other Family Emma Spool (aunt, deceased)
Caleb Calhourn (uncle)

Norman Bates is the central character in the Psycho movies. He is also the main character of the Psycho novels by Robert Bloch.

Early LifeEdit

Norman Bates grew up with his mother, Norma Bates. As a baby Norman was briefly kidnapped by his aunt, Emma Spool. When Norman was five years old his father, Mr. Bates, died from anaphylaxis resulting from bee stings. Norman experienced an abusive upbringing from his mother, who preached to Norman that (aside from herself) all women are fallen and evil creatures unworthy of love and trust, and that he shall never father a child. As Norman reached adolescence he came to doubt his mother's teachings, slowly becoming obsessed with women. Norman led an extraordinarily sheltered life with Norma being the only person he knew, causing him to become desperately dependent on her for companionship. Norman's home situation changed however when Norma met a man and began a relationship with him. As Norma's new relationship progressed, Norman's already fragile psyche began to shatter. He felt betrayed and abandoned by his mother and that she was a hypocrite for preaching to him against love and sex while she was now in an intimate relationship with a man Norman despised. The totality of his new reality caused Norman to snap and begin his descent into madness.

Norman, deep in madness, decided to punish Norma for her betrayal by poisoning her and her lover. He then staged a murder-suicide, complete with a forged letter from Norman. The authorities fell for the ruse, never seriously considering the shy, nervous Norman Bates as a suspect. Upon emerging from his psychotic episode, with no memory of what he had done, Norman "discovered" his mother and her lover dead. The horror of this discovery caused Norman to go into shock, leading to his being committed to a hospital Psych Ward. It was during this period that Norman began losing more and more of his grip on reality. He began to hear and see his dead mother compelling him to "keep her alive". To accomplish this, Norman stole his mother's corpse and weighed her casket with books. He preserved her body as best as he could and gave her half his life: dressing as her, speaking as her even having full conversations with her. He was no longer only Norman Bates - now, half of his mind belonged to Norma Bates.


Norman inherited the Bates House and Bates Motel. He ran the motel alone, but people very rarely checked in. Norman's only company was hallucinations of his dead mother, and of course himself recreating her voice and pretending to be her. He argued with his "Mother" side on more than one event. Eventually, a lone woman checked in to the motel. The woman was interested in Norman and tried to seduce him, which "Mother" did not agree with. "Mother" took over and flew into a rage, killing the woman. Norman then hid the corpse and convinced himself that "Mother" was the killer. Soon, another woman checked in, and the event repeated itself. Norman's mental illness still prevented him

Norman invited Marion to dinner at the motel. While she got ready, Norman argued with "Mother", and managed to refuse to listen to his mother's bidding for once. Marion overheard this and told Norman that she did not wish to upset his mother, but Norman convinced her that everything was fine. As Marion ate, Norman told her that his mother was (mentally) ill, and she suggested that Norman instutionalize her. Norman angrily refused, saying that his mother was not a bad person, she just "goes a little mad sometimes - we all go a little mad sometimes". Later, as Marion took a shower, the "Mother" persona took control again. "Mother" walked into the room and stabbed Marion to death while she was still in the shower. Norman then returned to the room and saw what happened; he again thought that "Mother" was the killer and hid Marion's corpse in her own car. He then sunk the car in a nearby swamp.

A few days after, Milton Arbogast arrived at the motel to ask Norman some questions. Nervously, Norman lied that Marion had not been to the motel. Eventually, he admitted that she had, but stated that she had only been for the night and had barely spoke with him. Arbogast wanted to meet Norman's mother. Norman refused to let Arbogast do so and told him to leave. Arbogast secretly snuck up to the house and attempted to meet Norman's mother. However, he was attacked on the stairs by Norman, dressed as "Mother". "Mother" slashed Arbogast, causing him to fall down the stairs. "Mother" then ran down and stabbed Arbogast to death.

Marion's sister, Lila Crane, and boyfriend Sam Loomis arrived at the motel eventually, posing as a married couple. They suspected that Norman had killed Marion for the money that she had stolen. Sam distracted Norman in the motel office while Lila snuck up to the Bates house. The conversation between Sam and Norman quickly became a heated argument. When Norman realized where Lila was, he powerfully punched Sam in the face. Sam fell backwards and hit his head on a hanging vase. The vase smashed, knocking Sam out. Norman fled to stop Lila. He dressed up as "Mother" hurriedly and ran into the fruit cellar where he had placed his mother's corpse. Lila had just discovered the corpse and screamed in horror, alerting Norman to her location. As "Mother" (Norman) entered the room, knife in hand, Sam ran in behind him as well. Sam grabbed "Mother" from behind and they fell to the floor. Sam held the killer down; the police soon arrived and Norman was quickly placed in an asylum.

While a pyschologist explained to Sam, Lila, and a group of others the details of why exactly Norman did what he did, the "Mother" persona took control of Norman completely. As "Mother", he thought about how to prove "her" innocence by refusing to swat a fly crawling on "her" hand. "Mother" stated in Norman's thoughts that Norman was always "bad" and deserved to be locked up like he had been. As complete control of his mind and actions fell away to "Mother", Norman managed a sinister and creepy smile to show that he was no longer himself. 


Luckily, "Mother"'s control over his mind didn't last forever. Norman was eventually cured many years later. He was released from the asylum, now a pefectly sane man. Lila, now named "Lila Loomis" after marrying Sam, protested the release of Norman. She started a petition and had it signed by 743 people, mainly relatives of Norman's victims. However, Norman was released anyway because he had been deemed sane. Norman was taken back to his only home, the Bates Motel, as well as the house that he grew up in. Norman met the motel's new manager, Warren Toomey. Norman got a job as a busboy/dishwasher at a nearby diner. The diner was run by Emma Spool, his insane aunt, but Norman didn't know of the connection and knew her as a kindly old lady.

Norman met Mary Samuels, who also worked for Emma Spool at the same diner. Mary had nowhere to live, so Norman invited her to stay at the motel. He soon discovered that while he was instutionalized, Toomey had changed the motel completely. Under the management of Toomey, wild parties were held at the motel, with illegal drugs that guests could use, and do other things that Norman did not approve of. Toomey had allowed the drugs to be used because of the money that he received from guests who flocked there. Norman, angry that his childhood home had been completely wrecked by Toomey, fired the new manager and extended his offer by letting Mary live at the motel. Toomey insulted Norman, stating that while his guests had fun, Norman's were all murdered. This deeply offended Norman.

Norman soon started getting notes from "Mother". He soon even gets phone calls from his late mother's voice. As Toomey left the motel drunkenly, a person disguised as "Mother" killed Toomey. When Norman saw this figure while renovating the motel, he started to wonder if he was going crazy again. As he saw that his mother's bedroom looks the same as it did 22 years ago, a sound lured him to the attic and he was locked in. 

At the same time, a teenage couple, believing the house to be abandoned, snuck in through the cellar window. As they were making out, they noticed a human female figure dressed in black pacing in the next room and heading towards the cellar trapdoor with a large kitchen knife. The girl tried to climb through a small window, but knocked over a pile of logs. As they tried to climb out, the window slammed down on his hands and the boy was stabbed to death. The girl escaped and alerts the police. Mary eventually found Norman in the attic, but the door is unlocked,  confusing Norman. Minutes later, the sheriff arrived at the house and questions them about the boy's murder. He found the cellar neat and orderly. Norman was about to admit that something suspicious is going on, but Mary claimed that she has cleaned up the basement herself. After the sheriff left, Norman asked Mary why she lied. She explains that she had to save him from being arrested. Norman collapsed into the chair with his head in his hands and moaned, "It's starting again!"; Norman was aware that he was slipping into insanity again.

That evening, Mary goes down to the motel to look for a bottle of brandy. In the parlour she is surprised by Lila, who revealed herself to be Mary's mother and ask her why she alibied for him. She had been calling Norman claiming to be his mother; Mary had also been helping her. She was the figure Norman spotted in the window, and also restored mother's room in the house plus locking Norman in the attic. All of this was an attempt to drive Norman insane again and to have him recommitted. Mary's growing feelings for Norman, however, have been preying on her conscience, leaving her to reconsider her actions. Lila became annoyed at Mary for giving an alibi to the police, because she is desperate for Bates to be recommitted. Mary, however, believed Norman to be innocent and states there could be somebody else lurking in the house. As she left, Lila warns her that Norman will eventually kill her just like the rest. As Norman enters the bathroom he calls for Mary, and the two were horrified to find a bloody cloth that has been stuffed down the toilet and overflowing. Norman appears confused and believes that he may have committed another murder. Mary told Norman it could not have been him as he was in the attic, and asked Norman to make them both a drink.

As Mary cleans up the mess, she was startled when she discovered someone looking at her through a peephole in the bathroom wall. She screams and then calls out to Norman, who was downstairs and out of reach. Mary then returned to her room to fetch her gun, which she has been keeping in her bag, and entered Norman's mother's bedroom. As she entered, she discovered a peephole behind a painting and looks through and finds somebody else staring at her through the bathroom wall. Norman rushed to her aid but is sad to learn that Mary had a gun, thinking it is because of him she carries it, which Mary denied.

Norman grabbed a knife and went to look for the intruder. Hearing a voice calling to him, he went back up to Mary. He thought that his mother was downstairs and was trying to kill Mary; he locked the door to protect her. Mary tried to go see because of her belief that it was Lila again, but Norman stopped her defensively.

Norman was eventually shocked to learn that Mary was Lila's daughter, after his psychologist called him to tell him about her secret parentage. His psychologist then ordered Norma's corpse to be exhumed to prove that Norman isn't being haunted by his mother. Mary admitted to helping Lila try and drive Norman insane again, but tells Norman that she had stopped, while Lila had not. Mary discovered that Lila had not killed the boy or Toomey, but still refused to help her mother try and break Norman's sanity. Meanwhile, Norman spoke on the phone with who he thought was Norma. Mary grabbed the phone, only to find out that nobody was on the other end; she also begin to fear that Norman was going insane again.</span>

As Lila got ready to dress up as Norma once again, another "Mother" figure violently killed her by sticking the knife in her mouth. Mary found the corpses of Toomey and the boy and realized that the police would arrive any minute to arrest Norman for murders that he was innocent of. She panicked and called Norman as his mother, as well as dressing up in a Mother costume and grabbing a butcher knife, to confront Norman and save him. She also killed Norman's psychologist, Dr. Raymond. Norman found her pulling the knife out of the body and promised to cover up the murder for her, as he assumed her to be his mother due to the costume.

Mary accused Norman of being the killer all along. He denied it, claiming that "Mother" killed everyone. Mary raised the knife to stab Norman, but the police arrived at that moment. A deputy shot Mary dead, saving Norman's life. The sheriff assumed that Mary had killed everybody in order to protect Norman. Norman, proved innocent, later that night heard a knock at his door. He invited the person in; it was Emma Spool, his employer (and secret aunt).

Norman always had relations with his mothers corpse right before he used her persona.

Emma lied that she was his real mother, and that Norma had been her sister. She then truthfully revealed that she had been the killer all along, killing anyone who threatened Norman. Norman then grabbed a shovel and suddenly killed Emma, striking her over the head with it. Norman has now lost his sanity once again, exactly what Lila had died to ensure. He reopened the Bates Motel, now using the stuffed corpse of Emma Spool as his "Mother". He began to wait for visitors and guests at the motel, who he would certainly kill.

Mother's Dominion AgainEdit

One month after the events of Psycho II. Mother is in her rocker chair again. A woman named Maureen Coyle and a crazy musician Duke stays at the Bates Motel. Norman sees Maureen's briefcase has the initials M.C inscribed upon it which reminds him of Marion Crane.

Norman hires Duke as a second Manager of the motel. Norman falls in love with Maureen after he dresses "Mother" and sneaks in Maureen's Bath which leads to him discovering her almost committing suicide, the shock sends Norman back to sanity and get Maureen to the Hospital.

They grow a relationship they date to each other then after home, Norman saw there was many guests on the Motel which Duane states they will watch a local football game. "Mother" takes the control to Norman's mind and kills one of the guests which "Mother" slashes the throat of the woman guest and stabs multiple times which Norman hides her in the ice cabinet.

Sometime later, a woman named Red later has sex with Duke later "Mother" A sight which angered Norman who states "What's going on to my motel. It place the bad name!" and kills Red on the telephone booth. Vennable, an obsessed reporter in Norman's Case was searching for Emma Spool goes to the Bates Motel with the police searching for the woman as the police go to Mother's Room and "Mother" was lost and Norman was relieved he wasn't arrested but wonders where "Mother" is.

Norman receives a note from "Mother" which says she was in the cabin 12, there he finds Duke with "Mother" with the intent to blackmail him for money. Norman saw through this ploy as Duke would tell anyway once he got the money and hits Duke with his guitar on the head knocking him out as Norman drives to the swamp to dispose of him. However, Duke woke up and regains conscious and attacks Norman as they were in the swamp but Norman survives while Duke drowns completely.

Maureen later exodus with Father from the motel which Norman depressed. Maureen later confess her love returns to the Bates' Mansion and later "Mother" calls Norman in raged which Maureen falls to the stairs and hitted to a statue which Norman promises that he will kill her.

Venable confronts Norman in Mother's Dominion revealing Spool was really his aunt who kidnapped him as a child after killing his father who chose Norma over her. Enraged by this news, Norman attacks Emma Spool's corpse violently which helps Norman regain his sanity. Sherrif John Hunt states to Norman he will never released from the mental institution again and Norman states "But I'm free, Im Finally free!" and while in the car Norman smile psychopathically.

New LifeEdit

In Psycho IV: The Beginning, a sequel and prequel to the 1960 film Psycho and partially ignores the events of Psycho II, Psycho III and the existence of the character Emma Spool. Norman Bates is declared sane again and is released from the Mental Institution. He has moved in and married a psychologist named Connie and they were expecting a child.

Norman calls a radio talk show of Fran Ambrose and tells her about his childhood leading up to how he killed his mother. As he talks, memories of Norman's past are shown such as his abuse under his mother's will, his mother taking up a lover which led to him to kill them and his young adult life taking up the persona of mother.

Norman soon states that he doesn't want to have a baby because he feared it would be another monster like him and later said he will kill Connie to prevent the infant's birth. Norman then calls Connie telling her since it was his birthday to come to the old Bates mansion, when Connie arrives there is a confrontation and he nearly kills Connie but relents.

Connie confesses her love for him and reassures him that their child will not be a monster and Norman drops the knife as his wife forgives him. Norman then decides to get rid of the past of his unhappiness and has Connie leave the house as he takes care of matters. Norman douses the house in gasoline before lighting a match and burns down the Bates mansion as he does so the memories of his past victims haunts him and he nearly dies in the flames but he finally gets out. After that he stated to Connie "I'm free!", meaning Norman has finally defeated his illness and was truly liberated from his mother's influence before he and his wife leave the charred site forever.

In the cellar which had not burned, Mother's rocking chair moves as the doors closed with the voice of Mother crying out to Norman to let her out but the pleas are ignored. The sounds of a crying baby are then heard, which indicated the birth of the Bates' first baby and his true happiness.


Psycho (1960) and Psycho (2016)Edit

Psycho IIEdit

Psycho IIIEdit

Psycho IV: The BeginningEdit

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