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* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: The poison in the tea. Norman uses strychnine to poison his mother and her lover. The lethal dose of strychnine is around 10mg and Norman's bottle reads 1.5mg/oz. He puts a maximum of 4oz into the ice-tea. Even if his mother and her lover drank the whole pitcher, it would have hardly killed them. Furthermore, strychnine is one of the most bitter substances known to man, it's highly unlikely to be swallowed by accident, even in very small doses.
** Strychnine takes ten to twenty minutes to take effect, and two to three hours before death, yet in the film both Norman's mother and her boyfriend die within minutes.

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* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: The poison in the tea. Norman uses strychnine to poison his mother and her lover. The lethal dose of strychnine is around 10mg and Norman's bottle reads 1.5mg/oz. He puts a maximum of 4oz into the ice-tea. Even if his mother and her lover drank the whole pitcher, it would have hardly killed them. Furthermore, strychnine is one of the most bitter substances known to man, it's highly unlikely to be swallowed by accident, even in very small doses. \n** Strychnine also takes ten to twenty minutes to take effect, and two to three hours before death, yet in the film both Norman's mother and her boyfriend die within minutes.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: Norma's mental state and frequent mood-swings and outbursts are similar to Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.


-->'''Adult Norman:''' ''(narrating)'' Lying in that bed by my mother, well, I guess you could say I got a little too big for my britches.



-->'''Adult Norman:''' ''(narrating)'' Lying in that bed by my mother, well, I guess you could say I got a little too big for my britches.


* AllWomenAreLustful: Norma lusts after her son and punishes him when reacts, then she chastises him for keeping phonographic magazines and reminds him that all women are shores excluding herself. Also, the two women Norman dates and later murders throw themselves at him.

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* AllWomenAreLustful: Norma lusts after her son and punishes him when reacts, then she chastises him for keeping phonographic pornographic magazines and reminds him that all women are shores whores excluding herself. Also, the two women Norman dates and later murders murders, throw themselves at him.

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* AllWomenAreLustful: Norma lusts after her son and punishes him when reacts, then she chastises him for keeping phonographic magazines and reminds him that all women are shores excluding herself. Also, the two women Norman dates and later murders throw themselves at him.


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** She also believes all women to being whores, except herself.


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* StacysMom: Norman dates a woman twice his age and then kills her when she arouses him, setting off his killer instinct.


-->'''Norma:''' Sorry for what!? What the hell good for you if you can't show an once of sympathy?!

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-->'''Norma:''' Sorry for what!? What the hell good for are you if you can't show an once little drop of sympathy?!



-->'''Norma:''' It's because of you, that I can't hold my water, that's why I'm always running to the toilet, did you know that?!

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-->'''Norma:''' It's because No, you just know how to cause trouble. Because of you, that my bladder's damaged. I can't hold my water, that's water. That's why I'm always running to the toilet, did toilet. Did you know that?!that?



-->'''Norma:''' I regret the day that I ever had you! Not one thing you've ever said or done has been worth all this! Not one blasted thing! I should have killed you in my womb! You sure as hell tried to kill me getting out of it!!

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-->'''Norma:''' I regret was fine until I gave birth to you. You caused a lot of damage. I should have gotten rid of you the day that I ever had you! found out I was gonna have you. Not one thing you've ever said or done has been worth made all this! I've gone through with you worthwhile! Not one blasted blessed thing! I should have killed you in my womb! You sure as hell tried to kill me getting out of it!!


* IfICantHaveYou: Feeling betrayed by his mother, Norman poisons them both with their tea.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: In a childhood flashback during his father's funeral, Norma tickles a young Norman causing him to burst out in laughter. Norma then slaps him across the face and chastises him for laughing despite her being the direct inappropriate cause for his laughter. Which gets worst as he grows up and the hypocrisy continues through sexual abuse.
-->'''Norma:''' Don't you have any respect for the dead!?
* IfICantHaveYou: Feeling betrayed by his mother, mother with her new lover, Norman poisons them both with their tea.



* MethodActing: When filming the first murder scene, Henry Thomas (Teenage Norman) got so involved in the stabbing that part of the knife went into his hand which caused some nerve damage. To this day, he still has a scar.
** The scene where Norman rips the apple in half was improvised by Anthony Perkins. In the script, Norman was originally supposed to take a butcher knife and slam it into the apple but Perkins felt that was too corny.

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* BabiesEverAfter: Zigzagged and Discussed. Norman and his wife Connie are expecting their first child, but Norman fears that the child will become mentally deranged like him and seeks to prevent that by contemplating killing Connie and the unborn child. Luckily, he has a change of heart and get and Connie move on together with their new life prepared for their unborn child.


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* SomethingElseAlsoRises: Norman develops this problem every time he is sexually stimulated by his mother Norma and runs away in shame because of it, knowing she would punish him for it. It comes back to haunt him whenever he dates older women and he has to murder them for it.
-->'''Adult Norman:''' ''(narrating)'' Lying in that bed by my mother, well, I guess you could say I got a little too big for my britches.

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* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: The poison in the tea. Norman uses strychnine to poison his mother and her lover. The lethal dose of strychnine is around 10mg and Norman's bottle reads 1.5mg/oz. He puts a maximum of 4oz into the ice-tea. Even if his mother and her lover drank the whole pitcher, it would have hardly killed them. Furthermore, strychnine is one of the most bitter substances known to man, it's highly unlikely to be swallowed by accident, even in very small doses.
** Strychnine takes ten to twenty minutes to take effect, and two to three hours before death, yet in the film both Norman's mother and her boyfriend die within minutes.


** The scene where Norman rips the apple in half was improvised by Anthony Perkins. In the script, Norman was originally supposed to take a butcher knife and slam it into the apple but Perkins felt that was too corny.



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* ShoutOut:ShoutOut: When Norman first calls into the radio show, he says that his name is Ed. Robert Bloch, author of the original novel "Psycho", based Norman Bates on real-life Wisconsin serial killer and cannibal Ed Gein.

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* MethodActing: When filming the first murder scene, Henry Thomas (Teenage Norman) got so involved in the stabbing that part of the knife went into his hand which caused some nerve damage. To this day, he still has a scar.

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* IfICantHaveYou: Feeling betrayed by his mother, Norman poisons them both with their tea.


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* KickTheSonOfABitch: Norma and her lover Chet treat her son Norman horribly, so it's only fitting that they both meet a slow painful death via poisoning.

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* InsaneTrollLogic: Norma gives one to Norman. When she hits him with a newspaper, Norman asks her why she's hitting him, leading Norma to respond "Who else can I hit!?". Given that though they're the only two people living closely together, it doesn't give her any appropriate reason to vent her anger at her son.


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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Norma delivers one awful one to her son Norman in a flashback.
-->'''Norma:''' They're closing down the highway and building a new one. They couldn't build it closer to the motel because then the world could still see us! Oh, what am I going to do?! How am I going to live?! You! Just like my father, never a drop a sympathy!
-->'''Norman:''' I'm sorry.
-->'''Norma:''' Sorry for what!? What the hell good for you if you can't show an once of sympathy?!
-->'''Norman:''' Well, I don't know how!
-->'''Norma:''' It's because of you, that I can't hold my water, that's why I'm always running to the toilet, did you know that?!
-->'''Norman:''' Yes, I know.
-->'''Norma:''' I regret the day that I ever had you! Not one thing you've ever said or done has been worth all this! Not one blasted thing! I should have killed you in my womb! You sure as hell tried to kill me getting out of it!!


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