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|“||(in Norm mode) May I see your papers? (reverts to robot mode) Show me your papers or be destroyed!||„|
|~ A Norm-Bot threatening Phineas and Ferb.|
|“||(in robot mode) Stop where you are! You cannot leave! (reverts to Norm mode) I use aggression to mask my insecurities!||„|
|~ A Norm-Bot showing hostility.|
The Norm-Bots are the tertiary antagonists of the 2011 TV film Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension. They are the alternate reality versions of Norm, but unlike their original counterpart, they proved to be more menacing, ruthless and successful, as they were created by 2nd Dimension Heinz Doofenshmirtz to enforce his family's dictatorial rule in their Tri-State Area.
They are voiced by John Viener (in Norm mode) and Kevin Michael Richardson (in robot mode).
The Norm-Bots were designed and mass-produced by 2nd Doofenshmirtz, who assembled them into an army before being sent out on a mission to seize control over the Tri-State Area and decimate all opposition against them. The O.W.C.A., having caught wind of his plot, send out their best agent, 2nd Perry the Platypus, to stop 2nd Doof at all costs, but 2nd Doof (proving to be far more intelligent than they thought) manages to defeat 2nd Perry and turns him into a ruthless cyborg dubbed Platyborg. After assigning Platyborg as his new second-in-command and general of the Norm-Bots, 2nd Doofenshmirtz proceeded to go on with the invasion, which became a complete success, and 2nd Doofenshmirtz, Platyborg and the Norm-Bots gained absolute supremacy over the region.
For the next five years following 2nd Doofenshmirtz's seize of total control, the Norm-Bots have been assigned to conduct regular patrols under 2nd Doofenshmirtz and Platyborg's orders, keeping their Tri-State Area clear of opposition. In addition to this, they are called to serve and cater to 2nd Doofenshmirtz's every whim and Platyborg's every command. They also come into odds against a resistance group called the Resistance (led by 2nd Dimension Candace Flynn), whose aim to put an end to 2nd Doofenshmirtz's reign. However, despite the efforts of the Resistance, the Norm-Bots manage to help maintain their master's reign, leaving the Resistance with little or no success. The Norm-Bots' success also allowed 2nd Doofenshmirtz's wife 2nd Charlene to capture 25 more of O.W.C.A.'s agents and turn them into ruthless cyborgs to serve for the Doofenshmirtz family and help the Norm-Bots maintain their rule of the Tri-State Area.
Across the 2nd Dimension
They first appeared in the film when 2nd Doofenshmirtz orders them to capture the original Perry, along with his owners Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher after Platyborg exposed Perry's occupation as a secret agent. The Norm-Bots try to capture the three, but they escape.
The Norm-Bots later appear when 2nd Doofenshmirtz lay down a plan to successfully trap Phineas and Ferb by using a captive Perry as hostage. The Norm-Bots later hold the three, along with the boys' sister Candace, prisoner as 2nd Doofenshmirtz orders them to fix his Other Dimension-inator in his ultimate plan to unleash his Norm-Bots into the 1st Dimension Tri-State Area. The boys refuse, but when the original Doofenshmirtz found out exactly what the boys did to power up the machine, 2nd Doofenshmirtz orders his Norm-Bots to send Perry, the kids, and the original Doofenshmirtz (for his utter annoyance towards 2nd Doofenshmirtz) to their doom by having them fed to his pet Goozim. However, 2nd Candace manages to rescue the five by defeating a number of Norm-Bots right before she herself is captured by several more.
Despite 2nd Candace being captured and the five having escaped, 2nd Doofenshmirtz couldn't care less as he still got his machine to work. With that in mind, 2nd Doofenshmirtz unleashes his vast army of Norm-Bots into the 1st Dimension Tri-State Area, and they start threatening people to submit themselves to 2nd Doof's reign. However, thanks to the efforts of their friends, Phineas and Ferb are able to take down several Norm-Bots. As 2nd Doofenshmirtz is about to unleash more Norm-Bots, Phineas and Perry arrive to stop him by smashing the satellite, causing the remaining Norm-Bots to deactivate and fall into the pavements, much to 2nd Doofenshmirtz's anger. However, 2nd Doofenshmirtz later changes his mind of taking over the Tri-State Area after the original Doofenshmirtz convinces him to stop by giving him his childhood toy train, in order to resolve the only backstory that 2nd Doof had in his childhood. Touched by this and feeling very embarrassed about the rampage he has caused, 2nd Doofenshmirtz revealed that he has implanted a self-destruct mechanism to all Norm-Bots and activates it, causing all Norm-Bots to self-destruct, leaving no evidence of the invasion. Despite this, 2nd Doofenshmirtz ends up arrested and sent to prison for his crimes.
Back to the 2nd Dimension
The Norm-Bots are seen in a flashback during the episode sequel's intro, where 2nd Charlene (acting as the opening narrator) relates to the events of the TV film just as she plots to free her husband from prison with the help from their daughter 2nd Vanessa, Tony Marzulo and the Animal-Borgs, which became a complete success.
Powers and abilities
Norm-Bots move about by hovering in the air. Their heads are typically the same as that of Norm's, albeit with more widely-spaced eyes and a slightly different style of hair. However, when any perceived threats are spotted, this head would automatically substitute itself with another one more menacing and threatening.
Each Norm-Bot is equipped with a laser cannon embedded in their arms which is used against all confirmed threats and obstacles obstructing their path.
Each Norm-Bot is also proven to be very strong in combat, as one was able to lift up a car and ram it on a building during the invasion on the 1st Dimension Tri-State Area. Another example is that during the invasion, a small number of Norm-Bots are able to evade and counter an ambush set up by twelve O.W.C.A. agents, allowing them to temporarily round up the animal agents and hold them at gunpoint.
As formidable as they are, Norm-Bots are somewhat vulnerable as 2nd Candace was able to lay waste to a group of them with a series of hard hits from her staff aimed in the right places. The area around their necks and heads appear to be particular weak-spots.
Furthermore, their heads also don't seem to be able to turn and are only focused on what's in front of them, leaving their backs vulnerable to attackers. This is proven when 2nd Dimension Buford was able to rip out the wiring of a Norm-Bot from behind it while it was preparing to destroy Phineas and Ferb and their 2nd Dimension counterparts.
The effectiveness of their weapons is hindered by their poor targeting systems for which multiple Norm-Bots were hit and destroyed by the laser cannons of another.
- Despite the film being made in traditional animation, much of the Norm-Bots' animation was done in CGI.
- In the "The Dimension of Doooom!" and "Phineas and Ferb Across the 2nd Dimension" video games, the Norm-Bots come in different varieties as opposed to their original forms, though it can be quite clear that both games are considered non-canon to the film.