|“||Hi! I'm Norm!||„|
|~ Norm's catchphrase.|
Norm is one of the secondary antagonists (and sometimes an anti-hero) of the famous Disney XD animated series Phineas and Ferb, and a minor character in the 2011 animated TV film Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, the 2020 Disney+ film Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe, and the spin-off series Milo Murphy's Law.
He is a giant humanoid robot created by Heinz Doofenshmirtz to serve as his assistant and sidekick.
Phineas and Ferb
Norm was supposedly created by Doofenshmirtz in the episode "Greece Lightning" after realizing that the only way to destroy his lifetime nemesis Perry the Platypus was to find the true enemy of the platypus: not any weapon or ray gun or similar stunt seen on television, but man. Norm chased after Perry through Danville, trying to destroy him. During Phineas and Ferb's chariot race, Norm ran into the ox statue outside Paul Bunyan's Pancake Haus, dislodging the ox head and causing it to fall on him. Still wearing the ox head, Norm resumed his pursuit of Perry, and began chasing Phineas and Ferb's chariot after Phineas picked up Perry. Seeing Norm behind them, they think Norm is the Minotaur from Greek mythology.
Still chasing after the chariot, Norm enters the National History Museum, and towers over Candace. Believing him to be human, she yells at him, as Perry switches him off. Falling to the ground, Candace believes she has turned him to stone. After everybody leaves, Doofenshmirtz returns to turn Norm on, but not before Perry puts a platypus hat over him. Doofenshmirtz was unable to remove the hat and Norm thinks that he is a platypus and therefore went chasing him.
In the episode "Traffic Cam Caper", Perry asks Doofenshmirtz to borrow Norm for a mission to destroy a CD containing footage of Perry's exploits. Agreeing to this as he needs to go to sleep, Doofenshmirtz demands that he does not want to see one single scratch on Norm when he is being returned, to which Perry assures on this by giving a thumbs up. Perry takes Norm and rides in his head, stealing the CD from Candace Flynn's hand at the Flynn-Fletcher house. They run back to return the CD to the Agency HQ, but are pursued by Phineas, Ferb, and Candace. As they are running, Norm informs Perry that he is running low on oil (as told by Doofenshmirtz earlier).
Stopping at an oil-depot, Norm is filled back up with oil, but because the three return to catch them; Agent P forgot to put the oil cap on, which causes Norm to leak profusely. Then, heading to a bridge, Norm is stuck in a predicament as he is hanging by his legs on the split bridge. Falling to the lake, Norm eventually escapes it and becomes part of the Agency, even though Monogram thought it was a little weird because he was not an animal. Monogram then decides to fire Norm and return him back to Doofenshmirtz afterwards.
In the episode "Hail Doofania", Norm is seen helping Doofenshmirtz build an evil country called Doofania. He provides the obligatory "Whatcha doin'?" moment that Isabella normally says, comments on how Heinz is "a little old to be building a fort", drills to help Doof, and is present at the unveiling of the country itself along with Doofenshmirtz's daughter Vanessa (who is attempting to show this to her mother Charlene). Norm also plays the instrumental accompaniment to the national anthem, using his built-in record player. The country soon sinks to the bottom of the bay from Phineas and Ferb's Big idea for Isabella, which has left Vanessa really upset. Declaring the scheme over, Doofenshmirtz suggest to Norm that they play a game of Hide-and-Seek. However, it is soon discovered that Norm does not understand hide-and-seek, trying to hide behind poles. After some explaining, he hides well behind boxes, though when Doofenshmirtz says "I wonder where Norm is?" he responds "I'm right here, sir!", much to Doofenshmirtz's embarrassment.
As from onward, Norm continues to assist Doofenshmirtz in his schemes, but somewhat starts to find them to be always failing. Nevertheless, despite the constant failures, Norm seeks to look to Doofenshmirtz as his own father and desires to be acknowledged as his own son, something that has yet to be acknowledged, as Doofenshmirtz does not considered taking this in the episode "A Real Boy".
In the episode "Phineas and Ferb-Busters!", Norm is disheartened to see that Doof has bought a small robot that has proven to be more efficient and stronger as a minion, but it was not until a power surge transformed the small robot into a giant mecha attempting to kill Doofenshmirtz. Fortunately, Norm saved Doofenshmirtz's life by spilling coffee to deactivate the mecha, which allowed him to earn back Doofenshmirtz's respect.
In the episode "Norm Unleashed", while Doofenshmirtz is off for jury duty, Norm comes up with his own plan to take over the Tri-State Area by modifying himself with weapons, though this was foiled by Perry himself.
In the episode "Love at First Byte", Doofenshmirtz brings Norm over to the local block party to get him a date to cheer him up, and Norm finds one with a female robot named Chloe. After following through Doofenshmirtz's advice on how to woo her, Norm manages to win Chloe's heart through dancing (since it happens to be her primary function). However, this is short-lived when Doofenshmirtz finds out that Chloe's creator/master is none other than his rival Aloyse Von Roddenstein, who angrily pulls Chloe away from the scene and calls Norm a 'rusted Romeo', much to Doofenshmirtz's anger. Despite this, Norm and Chloe maintain their love for each other.
In the series finale "Last Day of Summer", Norm helps Doofenshmirtz in concocting a series of traps to defeat Perry, which finally allowed Doof to take over the Tri-State Area by creating a Tri-Governor's Mansion in Danville to become the first Tri-Governor. Despite being delighted that he actually helped his master in succeeding with a real brilliant plan, Norm is unaware of the fact that a certain series of time loops (caused by Doof's Do-Over-Inator) is what allowed Doof to anticipate Perry's moves in the first place. Eventually, Norm decided to tag along with Doof's decision to retire from doing evil as Vanessa wants to join O.W.C.A.'s internship program. He is last seen talking with Doof, Vanessa and Perry about their past adventures while having muffins.
Milo Murphy's Law
Norm appeared in the episode "The Goulash Legacy", where he lost his body after Doofenshmirtz's building was destroyed due to Murphy's Law following the Pistachions' demise, much to his discomfort. Fortunately, along with many other parts, Norm was salvaged by Doofenshmirtz, who has built up a place to live in the Murphys' backyard. After introducing Norm to Milo Murphy and his friends Melisa Chase and Zack Underwood, Doof reveals that he intends to create a new body for Norm. Unfortunately, every body that Doof created for Norm gets rejected, much to both Doof and Norm's dismay; even the last one gets taken by a goulash pot that was brought to life by several of Doof's inators, much to the surprise of Milo's mother Brigette as she cooked it.
- Super Strength
- Hyper Transportation Mode (also known as Rocket Skates)
- Basic sound system (internally-stored record player and speakers)
- Extends his arms and legs
- Can transform into a Pick-up truck (shape-shifting)
- Independant Power Supply (Squirrel power since Phineas and Ferb-Busters!)
Initially, Norm could only speak in stereotypical "American Dream Husband" phrases, though he could also say "The enemy of the platypus is man" and state that he needs to be charged or filled with gas. As time has passed, Norm's artificial intelligence has grown, and he is now able to react to conversations on a more human-like level, albeit by still using stereotypical phrases. Recently, he does not seem to approve Doofenshmirtz so much, pointing out that his schemes always fail, but helps Doofenshmirtz with his scheme anyway. Also, Norm looks up to Doofenshmirtz as a father, and desires to be treated and acknowledged as a son, though he has yet to reach it to Doofenshmirtz's mind.
- Norm is one of the three members of L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N. to be a robot (the others are Chloe and Dr. Killbot).
- Norm's voice actor John Viener is a head writer on Family Guy, where Dan Povenmire (one of the series' creators and the voice of Doofenshmirtz) worked as a director until 2007.
- In Norm's first appearance, his mouth flashed green when he talks; but in later appearances, it flashes white when he talks.
- In "Hail Doofania!", Norm's mouth stays frozen, and whenever he talks, a light would flash in his mouth, causing his "teeth" to flash from white to neon green and back again. Oddly, in "Traffic Cam Caper", he is able to change facial expression (i.e. at the very end, his mouth forms a straight line after he says his catchphrase).
- Norm's size seems to vary between episodes, as in "Traffic Cam Caper", he stands taller than a two-story house, while in later appearances, he only stands a couple of feet taller than Doofenshmirtz and Monogram.
- In the 2011 TV film Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Norm made a cameo appearance while menacing alternate reality versions of himself appeared as enforcers to Doof's alternate reality counterpart (who is the head ruler of his Tri-State Area).
- In "A Real Boy", Norm is shown to retain a set of identical heads in his room that are used for different personalities whenever he needs them, though all of them retain his smile for unknown reasons.
- Conversely, in "Candace Disconnected", Norm had a prototype head that has black hair and a unibrow, and was discarded to Easter Island because of his rude and sarcastic behavior towards Doofenshmirtz. Unlike the original Norm, the prototype Norm head was voiced by Joel McHale, who later voiced Victor Verliezer in Milo Murphy's Law.