Norman (ノーマン, Nōman) is one of the main protagonists of The Promised Neverland. Like all the other children, he is an orphan.



Year 2039: Five-year-old Norman

Norman was born on March 21, 2034. During Norman's time being raised at plantation 3, he became close friends with Emma and Ray. Since infancy, Norman has been prone to getting sick easily.


Norman has short pale hair with blue faded eyes, he wears the standard orphanage uniform. Like the other children of Grace Field House, Norman sports a 5-digit classification number on the left side of his neck.

After Norman was shipped out of the orphanage, he dons the Λ7214 uniform.


Norman is the most intelligent child in Grace Field House, having a perfect grade in Litany of Intelligence Tests. He is calm, optimistic, polite, and friendly.

He likes to apply what he learns to his day to day activities, even in a simple game of tag. He is known to be strategic, analytical, rational, and possesses logical deductive skills. However, underneath his friendly exterior, Norman is prone to being apathetic at times. His apathetic personality is portrayed when he saw no issue in killing Sister Krone and Isabella in order to escape.



Norman's intelligence

Norman putting his strategic skills into use, just like a game of chess.

Being one of the top-ranked orphan (in other words: premium quality) of the orphanage, Norman possesses a very high level of intelligence for his age. Norman excels in his studies and was noted to achieve a full score of 300 in the orphanage's daily test.
Norman answering math

An unconsious Norman recovered from heat stroke as he answered Isabella's Math equation.

citation needed Norman also has excellent strategic skills, and frequently put them into use when playing a game of tag with his friends. Norman also possesses incredibly high level of mental calculations, proven when Norman received a heatstroke, Isabella asked the then-unconscious Norman a complex Mathmatical equation, which he immediately answered as he recovered from heatstroke.[1]

Norman was the only person to decipher out Ray being Isabella's spy. He can easily plan his actions in advance and he anticipates on other's actions. He demonstrates this intellectual prowess and foresight by calculating every plan to the finest detail, which allowed him to formulate the ultimate gambit for escape.

He also discovered that the Promised Pen won't access other pages unless it is opened on the location of that page.

Physical Strength

Although he is considered the child with the least physical ability at Grace Field, Norman can manage to catch the other children in a game of tag by using strategy. Norman was also able to outmaneuver sister Krone while playing tag, whom the latter thought of him as a weak child she could capture quickly.



I want to do the things that'll make Emma happy...because I love her./I won't let her die. If it's for her sake...I'll use myself to do anything...and everything.[2]
— Norman telling Ray that he "loves" Emma
Emma is the person he cares for dearly, and he has stated "he loves her." Being adopted siblings, they have been close throughout their entire lives. Their drastically different personalities (With Emma's reckless and carefree nature to Norman's well-reserved annd attentive one) Norman is able to tolerate Emma's eccentricities and reckless behavior, even supported it at times. Norman wants to see her happy and will do anything to accomplish it. During their planning of escaping the orphanage, Emma and Ray were initially the only people in the orphanage he was willing to put his trust on. Although Emma is oblivious to Norman's feelings for her, she cares for him greatly and considers him as her strength. When Norman sacrificed himself and got shipped out of the orphanage to save Emma and the other orphans, Emma was left depressed and helpless for a long period of time after his departure.
Norman comforting Emma

Norman consoling a devastated Emma.

When Emma shared several photos of her and her friends during their times in the orphanage with Mujika, Emma was shown to be rather emotional when she starts talking about Norman with her.

During Norman's months of being experimented on under Peter Ratri 's control, Norman had always been thinking about Emma, Ray and all of his siblings which he had been separated from. As he vowed to break out of the labotory and find his dear siblings again.


Throughout the past 11 years of their lives, Norman has been the closest to Emma and Ray. Despite their contrasting personalities; with Norman being a enthusiastic and socialble person as opposed to Ray's sarcasting and introverted manner, Norman sees Ray as a brother figure, and both deeply cared each other's well-beings. Both Norman and Ray acknowledged and understand each other's strengths and weaknesses hence seeing the opposite's skills to be useful in aiding their escape.
Norman's intelligence

Ray being familiar with Norman's tactics during a game of tag.

Besides Emma, and later Gilda and Don, Ray was the only person Norman was willing to put his trust on during their planning of escaping the orphanage. However, their trust was later limited when Norman suspected Ray to be Isabella's spy, as the two's relationship got restrained for a period of time. Nevertheless, they resumed being friends and helped to aid each other during the escape. When Norman was shipped out of the orphanage, leaving a well-established behind for Emma and the others to use to escape, Ray was utterly shocked and awed by Norman's plan and how it was carried out smoothly as most of the orphans successfully escaped the orphanage.


Norman cares for Gilda like all of the other orphans. During his departure of orphanage, he entrusted her to take care of Emma and Ray.


Norman cares for Don like all of the other orphans. Despite being punched by Don during the Jail-Break arc, he held no grudge. Upon his departure from the orphanage, he entrusted him to take care of Emma and Ray. 


Conny was a precious family member to him. He along with Emma was distraught upon learning of her death.


Norman cares for Phil like all of the other orphans. In the special omake (Volume 5), he entrusted Phil to help Emma.


Like Emma, Norman felt betrayed by Mama upon discovering the truth about the farm. Mama was the person who raised him, and he loved her very much. Norman's love for Mama vanished after discovering the truth about the orphanage. The discovery of Mama's role in the farm resulted in Norman's unemotional attempt in poisoning her in order to escape.

Sister Krone

Norman distrusted Sister Krone, but he used her to his advantage. Norman was able to get intel on the farm and learn how to treat wounds from her.

Peter Ratri

While Norman is, on the surface, friendly with Peter Ratiri, he is conspiring against him to escape.


  • Norman's dominant hand is left.
  • One of Norman's favorite things to do is disassembling machines. With Ray, Norman likes to take things such as clocks apart when they were younger.[3]
  • Posuka Demizu admits how she had trouble creating Norman's character, including his blood type.[4]
  • Norman has consistently achieved a perfect score of 300 points. [5]
  • Norman is ranked second in the official Color Illustration Character poll.[6]
  • Norman is ranked 3rd in the Popularity Poll that was announced in Chapter 88 of the manga.


  1. The Promised Neverland Manga: Chapter 97 Omake, page 4
  2. The Promised Neverland Manga, chapter 4 pages 15-16
  3. The Promised Neverland Questionnaire #2
  4. The Promised Neverland Questionnaire #1
  5. The Promised Neverland Manga: Chapter 1
  6. Chapter 75 Cover

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The Promised Neverland Characters
Main Characters: Emma  •  Norman  •  Ray
Escapees: Emma  •  Ray  •  Gilda  •  Don  •  Anna  •  Nat  •  Thoma  •  Lani  •  Dominic  •  Jemima  •  Mark  •  Ivet  •  Cristy  •  Alicia  •  Rossi
Shipped Out: Norman  •  Leslie  •  Conny   •  Hao   •  Cedi
Orphans: Phil  •  Shelly  •  Naila  •  Maya  •  Eugene  •  Carol
Grace Field House: Grandmother  •  Isabella  •  Krone
Ratri Clan: Peter Ratri  •  James Ratri  •  Andrew
Goldy Pond: Yuugo  •  Lucas  •  Oliver  •  Violet  •  Theo  •  Nigel  •  Zack  •  Sonia  •  Pepe  •  Gillian  •  Paula  •  Sandy  •  Adam  •  Monica   •  Jake   •  Windmill Girl
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Heathens: Mujika  •  Sonju
Poachers: Lewis  •  Nous   •  Bayon   •  Nouma   •  Luce