|Portrayed by:||Vera Farmiga|
|First appearance:||First You Dream, Then You Die|
|Full name:|| Norma Louise Bates |
|Home:|| White Pine Bay, Oregon |
Akron, Ohio (grew up)
|Siblings:||Caleb (brother; estranged)|
|Significant Other/s:|| Sam Bates (late husband, deceased) |
John Massett (ex-husband)
Zack Shelby (ex-lover)
|Children:|| Norman Bates (son) |
Dylan Massett (son)
|“||We came here to start over and I am starting over..||”|
Norma to Norman in First You Dream, Then You Die
Norma Louise Bates is the resilient, intelligent, beautiful, complicated, mercurial and devoted mother of seventeen-year-old Norman Bates. A contemporary single mother, she is emotionally complex and utterly devoted to her son, constantly juggling her own needs and some hardcore baggage while trying to create a new home in a new town for herself and Norman.
After the death of her husband, she and her son Norman move to White Pine Bay, where they plan to start a new life and run an old motel together. She is not very fond of the friends her son makes there, but must deal with Keith Summers first, who is the former owner of what is now the Bates' property and believes it is rightfully his.
When Keith attacks and rapes Norma in her house one night, Norman saves her and she ends up killing Keith out of anger, stabbing him numerous times. The two cover up Keith's death and any trace of him being there that night, but are still heavily suspected by the town's sheriff Alex Romero.
Zack Shelby, the town's Deputy, deliberately destroys (or steals) all evidence of Norma's crime, although Romero is convinced that she is guilty. Shelby reveals his actions to Norma, explaining that he loves her. Norma is warned by Norman that Deputy Shelby is a shady person, but Norma continues to trust him. Meanwhile, Dylan Massett, Norma's son from her first marriage, comes to stay with his mother and brother, despite previous arguements with Norma.
Norma learns from Norman that Shelby is keeping a slave in his basement, but doesn't believe him (she checks Shelby's basement and finds no proof). Norman frees the slave, Jiao, and shows Norma, who finally believes him. She refuses to turn Shelby in until Keith's belt, which Shelby had stolen in order to clear Norma's name, is retrieved. As a result, Norman and Dylan throw the belt into the bay. Shelby then finds Jiao at the motel and turns against Norma, holding the Bates family at gunpoint. He strikes her, causing Norman to attack him; Norma and Norman eventually get outside, while Dylan defeats Shelby in a gunfight. Norma then tells Dylan how Sam died, as Romero shows up. He learns the full story, but doesn't arrest the family.
- Keith Summers- (Stabbed eight times in the chest in revenge for raping her).