Due to many liberties taken with the original material, this character page is distinct from that of Psycho. BEWARE OF SPOILERS. TROPE NAMES ARE NOT WHITED OUT.
White Pine Bay Law Enforcement
Sheriff Alex Romero
The Sheriff of White Pine Bay, Romero is the moral center of the town, although morality is often a shifting line here. Imposing and discerning, he gets involved in Norma Bates life after an unfortunate incident at the motel.
- Adaptational Heroism: He takes the role as Norman's stepfather, but according to Psycho IV Norman's stepfather was a cruel, abusive bastard named Chet. Sheriff Romero is clearly anything but villainous, as he truly desires to bond with Norman after marrying Norma, while Chet enjoyed beating the crap out of Norman For the Evulz. However, by the final season it didn't take him too long to transform into an antagonist just as bad as Norman.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Romero dies getting shot by his stepson and lays bleeding out in a snowy forest as he calls out Norman for taking Norma away from both of them.
- The Alcoholic: Implied; he's seen drinking in his motel room after brushing his teeth.
- All for Nothing: His quest for revenge against Norman ends up becoming meaningless because Norman kills him.
- Anti-Hero: He's not a 100% hero, but he does try to carry out justice in his own way. Begins to slip into Anti-Villain when he kills Chick for no reason other than to shut him up.
- Archenemy: He grows into one for Norman.
- Archnemesis Dad: Well technically stepfather and a rare heroic example. By the fourth season he grows into an enemy towards Norman after he kills his wife Norma.
- Becoming the Mask: He fakes a marriage with Norma in order to get her on his insurance to pay for Norman's therapy, but he slowly falls in love with her for real.
- Being Good Sucks: Protecting the Bates family hasn't exactly been a rewarding experience for him.
- Big Good: Of White Pine Bay. Sadly, he loses a lot of his nobility when he grows in Norman's enemy as he slowly becomes just like him. Eventually, he solidifies a FaceHeel Turn when he commits numerous crimes after busting out of prison to accomplish his revenge against Norman, losing all nobility.
- Canon Foreigner: He takes over the role as Norman's stepfather instead of Chet, despite being an entirely new character introduced in Norman's backstory.
- Canon Character All Along: After marrying Norma, he appears to take over the role as Norman's previously unseen stepfather.
- Character Death: He gets shot dead in the series finale in a final showdown against Norman.
- Childhood Friends: With Keith Summers, according to Shelby. It seems like they might not have been much closer than just fishing buddies, however. Romero was born and raised in White Pine Bay, and he knows everyone.
- Composite Character: Romero takes over the role as Norman's stepfather instead of Chet from Psycho IV.
- Cowboy Cop: He protects his town by killing the biggest threat, Abernathy and his Sex Slave business. He frequently goes outside the law to deal with problems and works with the rival drug empires to maintain some kind of peace.
- Creepy Monotone: He has a very measured, careful way of speaking that can be very off-putting when combined with his Death Glare.
- Crusading Widow: After the death of his wife Norma, Romero personally goes on a one man battle against Norman upon figuring out that he was the cause behind her death.
- Deadpan Snarker: Particularly when he's talking with Norma when they snark back and forth.
- Death Glare: He's good at these.
- Defrosting Ice King: At first he hated Norma, but he slowly grew to like her as the series went on.
- The Determinator: Nothing will stop him from escaping from prison to expose Norman for the psychopath he really is. Not even a police manhunt, a shot to his gut, self-medical surgery, and days without food or sleep while on foot back to White Pine Bay.
- Dies Wide Open: As he lays dying in the snow, he looks on at Norman until he passes.
- Dirty Cop: After Shelby's true nature is revealed, he covers everything up to make himself appear competent. He later arrests Kyle Miller for Miss Watson's murder and lets him get convicted despite being aware of the mounting evidence that throws Miller's 'guilt' into question.
- FaceHeel Turn: While he wasn't much of a noble guy when the series began, the final season has him becoming so consumed with revenge that he becomes a criminal bent of murdering his stepson Norman.
- Fallen Hero: By the final season, he's gone from the heroic sheriff into a deranged criminal obsessed with revenge.
- Fool for Love: He is a stone-faced lawman of highly questionable ethics — who is unconditionally in love with Norma. The tenderness she brings out in him is incredible.
- Good Is Dumb: How does the sheriff attempt to expose Norman Bates as an unstable villain? By assaulting him in broad daylight, screaming like a madman of course.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Happily Married: He gets married with Norma in Season 4.
- He Who Fights Monsters: His obsession with getting back at Norman has turned him into a criminal breaking many laws just to defeat his stepson. He starts to use false aliases like Abernathy, he begins to manipulate others into gaining what he wants like Nick Ford, he's not above assaulting others violently if they refuse to think his way like Bob Paris, and he's okay with killing others like Norman.
- Hero Antagonist: He grows into a rival towards Norman when the Sheriff learns of his underlying evil personality.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Taken Up to Eleven in the final season, where the former sheriff is arrested and thrown into prison for his past crimes catching up to him, despite him being one of the few people who can stop Norman's growth as a villain. However, his tendencies of putting Revenge Before Reason have really not helped out his case.
- Hypocrite: He chastises Chick for being a criminal despite being an escaped convict himself.
- It's Personal: He and Keith Summers were friends before his murder.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: When questioning Norma she mentions Keith disappearing, but Romero never mentioned anything of the sort.
- Jerkass: Romero is cold and uninterested. He treats others with mild disdain or outright contempt.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Possibly, given that he covers for Norma even after finding out that she killed his best friend, and when he goes out of his way to protect Norma and her family from Jake Abernathy. His methods are certainly questionable, and he's not a friendly guy, but he seems to have good intentions.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He quite bluntly tells Norma that her son needs to be recommitted to the mental hospital.
- Karmic Death: He ends up killed by the man he obsessed over.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Every season he kills the Big Bad Wannabe. Sometimes the actual Big Bad too, but not as often.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He gets arrested for all of his criminal deeds in the Season 4 finale and is in prison in the season 5 premiere, still consumed by revenge against Norman.
- Made of Iron: In the final season, when he breaks out of police custody he takes a shotgun shell to the gut and still runs all the way back to his town.
- Morality Pet: Whatever else can be said about him — and that is a lot — he does truly, unconditionally love Norma.
- Multiple Gunshot Death: In the series finale, Norman shoots Romero dead multiple times in the chest so he'll die bleeding out.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He tries to help Rebecca Chambers with her problems, but ultimately ends up betrayed by her and arrested by the DEA.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He delivers one to Norman in the Season 4 finale after Norman returned the wedding ring he gave Norma.
- Not Helping Your Case: In the season 4 finale, he finally tries to expose Norman as a psychopath by naturally assaulting him in public, screaming at him. Season 5 grows this trend when he commits numerous crimes without thinking things through just to get revenge on Norman.
- The Not-Love Interest: He and Norma are close, but he reveals that he's not attracted to her. That is until he fakes a marriage with her and quickly develops feeling for her.
- Offing the Offspring: In the Season 4 finale, he attempts to kill Norman, but is pulled over by the DEA. This is only increased by the final season when he hires a hitman to take out his stepson.
- Only Sane Man: He seems to be taking this role from Dylan while moving into the Bates house.
- Plot Armor: He suffers a lot of brutal damage on his quest to take down Norman in the final season, but he makes it to the show's final episode. Finally dies in the series finale.
- Properly Paranoid: Suspects that something is off about Norman despite protests from everyone else. Unfortunately, Romero won't prove to be successful in his suspicions.
- Psychotic Love Triangle: Unfortunately, he finds himself caught between Norman's obsession with Norma while trying to win her affection himself.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a small one to Norma when she tries to procure his help. He makes it very clear that they are not friends."Are you trying to say that you have something on me? Is that it? Because if you did, that really wouldn't be good for you, okay? I mean I might have to burn you down to the ground, you know? Don't ever try to intimidate me. Don't walk into my office and ask me for political favors based on nothing. You and I have no connection. We're not on the same playing field. Don't ever assume that we are. You don't know what you're doing. Go home, Mrs. Bates."
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In the Season 4 finale, he tries to prove that Norman killed Norma, but he gets arrested before he could get far. Though he gets to finally carry it out in his character arc in the final season.
- Revenge Before Reason: Admittedly his quest for revenge against Norman has caused him to lash out at others around him out of anger. Taken Up to Eleven in Season 5, where Romero's thirst for vengeance has led to him looking like a deranged criminal while ironically doing all he can to get to his enemy.
- Sanity Slippage: The Final season has Romero slowly becoming a mentally unhinged fallen hero obsessed with killing Norman.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: Romero's desire to kill Norman Bates ends up being all for nothing in the end since his stepson ends up gunning him down.
- The Sheriff: Of White Pine Bay.
- Ship Tease: With Norma. They even fake a marriage together.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: He shoots Chick dead before he can even get his life on track.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the original source material, Norman's stepfather was killed alongside his wife by his stepson. In the show, Romero is still alive and trying to avenge Norma. Though he does eventually die in the series finale.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Norma. They have a scant few weeks of true happiness and love together before everything goes to hell. But they are implied to be Together in Death at the end.
- The Stoic: Norma calls him out on his taciturn nature.Norma: "Don't you ever get tired of being so stoic?"
- Team Switzerland: He is very concerned about maintaining the peace between the two rival drug families in town.
- Too Dumb to Live: He beats Norman until he bleeds, but just assumes that his enemy died from his punches and turns his back to dig up Norma's corpse. However, Norman was just knocked out, comes to, and assaults Romero from behind. Instead of using his gun in their struggle, Romero just tackles him to the ground. Unsurprisingly, Norman takes Romero's gun off his belt and shoots him dead.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: His determination in Season 5 to get revenge on Norman has pushed him towards Revenge Before Reason, which only results in him looking like an even bigger criminal than the man he plans to expose.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In Season 2, he becomes a little more tactful although he's just as stoical. Notably, after Zane burns his house down and he moves into the Bates Motel, he tells Norma about the window problem and is generally considerate of her.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Justified. After the death of his wife Norma, he becomes very hostile towards everyone around him and seeks out Norman for revenge.
- True Final Boss: He abducts Norman from police custody in the finale, being the last antagonist to face off against Norman in the show's end.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- He's very shocked that Norma called out Chick for manipulating her after he tried to atone for his mistakes. However, she finally opens up about her past with him in order to explain her case.
- He later calls out Norman for selfishly trying to ruin his and Norma's relationship just because he doesn't approve of it.
- Wicked Stepfather: Norman views him as this.
Dep. Zach Shelby
The young, handsome, clear-eyed deputy of White Pine Bay. He has an immediate attraction to Norma and finds himself drawn into her life and wanting to take care of her.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He may seem nice on the surface, but in reality he's a truly repulsive person.
- Character Death: When the Bates family discovers his secrets, Shelby tries to kill them all. Fortunately Dylan manages to outsmart him, shooting him. Shelby stumbles out of the house before collapsing dead on the steps to the motel.
- Creepy Basement: Shelby keeps his sex slave Jiao in his basement. His decoration is unsettling.
- Dirty Cop: He was the business partner of Keith Summers and Jake Abernathy.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He becomes the main villain for the first half of the season, before being killed by Dylan.
- Eye Scream: Dylan shoots him through the eye.
- Faux Affably Evil: Shelby is charming and kind, but that's just a disguise for the violent rapist he really is.
- Nice Guy: Shelby has an easy smile and accommodating manner, especially in contrast to the cold Sheriff Romero.Except it's only surface; he's actually an unhinged Dirty Cop with a sex slave in his basement.
- Lawman Gone Bad: Although it's unclear if he was ever 'good' to begin with.
- Love Interest: For Norma in the first season.
- Romancing the Widow: With Norma, whom he latches onto fairly fast.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Shelby is clean-cut and handsome. He's also a rapist with a sex slave in his basement.
- Villainous Breakdown: After his secret comes out, Shelby becomes very distressed and unhinged, blaming Norma for 'betraying' him.
- Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about him as a character without giving away major parts of his storyline.
Deputy Patty Lin
A deputy working under Sheriff Romero.
A quirky, pretty, intelligent seventeen-year-old girl who has cystic fibrosis and an old soul. She gets an almost immediate crush on Norman and is always showing up on his doorstep.
- Babies Ever After: Season 5 reveal that she now has a daughter with Dylan.
- Betty and Veronica: In Season 1, Norman is Archie, Emma is Betty and Bradley is Veronica.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She may be one of the nicest characters on the show, but she point blank tells Caleb to stay out of Dylan's life.
- Brainy Brunette: Emma is highly intelligent and naturally curious; her determination and quick thinking is what helps push forward the plot surrounding Keith Summers and the girl in the basement.
- Brutal Honesty: She doesn't relent to warn Caleb to stay out of his son's life due to a bad history beforehand.
- Chickification: Started out as an adventurous girl who bravely explored the criminal town alongside the other characters, but by the final season, she's turned into a stay-at-home mother and remains as Dylan's loving wife.
- Deadpan Snarker: She always has a sharp response when someone challenges her.
- Demoted to Extra: In Season 4, she's put into the hospital thanks to her upcoming surgery to cure her illness, resulting in not too many appearances on the show. The final season continues this when she grows into Dylan's wife, still recovering from her pregnancy. She does get a brief moment back in the spotlight in the final season's penultimate episode "Visiting Hours", when she visits Norman in jail.
- Demoted to Satellite Love Interest: By Season 3, she goes from her own character to being the object of Dylan's affection, resulting in her character doing nothing but circle around his.
- Determinator: For someone who has cystic fibrosis she can outrun angry pot farmers pretty well. She also takes the initiative when uncovering the mystery regarding Jiao.
- Good Bad Girl: She isn't shocked by the diary Norman keeps because she's "read a lot of manga."
- Ill Girl: She has cystic fibrosis, which Norma extensively quizzes her on. However, she eventually undergoes a major surgery that seems to have cured her illness.
- Love Triangle: With Norman and Bradley in Season 1.
- Meaningful Name: Her subplot involves her deciphering, or "decoding", the human trafficking conspiracy.
- Missing Mom: She never meets her mother again after her disappearance.
- Mythology Gag: She shares the same first name as Emma Spool in Psycho II who made a claim that she was Norman's real Mother.
- Nice Girl: Emma is kind, considerate and a lovely person in general. She even feels bad for still hating Bradley after her supposed death. She is also the only female character in the series that Norman never even thinks about murdering.
- Odd Friendship: Seems to have started to develop one with Norma. Considering she visibly warms up to Emma and starts encouraging Norman to date her immediately after hearing that she's dying, it's implied Norma sees her as a short-term investment for Norman.
- Plucky Girl: Things rarely get Emma down. She's resilient and optimistic.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Just look at that picture. She has big, brown, shiny eyes that can melt people's defenses.
- Scars Are Forever: She gains a stiches across her torso after her lung surgery.
- Ship Tease: With Dylan. They admit their feelings for one another in the third season finale.
- Unrequited Tragic Maiden: So far.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- She calls out her father and Dylan for not telling her that her mother came back to town.
- In "Visiting Hours," she also finally confronts Norman on all the horrible things he's done over the series.
- Your Days Are Numbered: It's revealed that her disease is slowly killing her and she isn't expected to live past her early 20's. However, she recovers thanks to her major surgery, whether for a few extra years or possibly more.
Emma's father, a taxidermist and divorcee. A good man at heart, he's nonetheless very protective of his daughter due to her illness.
- Bald of Awesome: Will is open of the more morally upright characters on the show, but also a Papa Wolf. He's also bald as they come.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He completely disappears after Season 4.
- Cool Old Guy: He's more than willing to take the young Norman under his wing and teach him taxidermy.
- Good Parents: Will is a protective, good-natured man who loves his daughter dearly.
- I Did What I Had to Do: He tries to justify why he sent his ex-wife packing to Emma.
- The Mentor: A minor example, but he does train Norman in taxidermy. He later becomes one for Dylan as well.
- Nice Guy: Will is a good father to his daughter, and helps Norman deal with his issues when he doesn't have to do.
- Overprotective Dad: At first, but it's quickly averted. He's just a good man who doesn't want his daughter hurt.
- Papa Wolf: He's protective of his daughter, and scopes out Norman to make sure he isn't a bad sort.
- Parental Substitute: He's becoming a father figure for Dylan.
- Shipper on Deck: He supports Emma and Dylan becoming a couple.
- Tragic Mistake/ Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His decision to send his ex-wife away indirectly leads to her death and a rift in Norma and Norman's relationship.
Emma's estranged mother who has returned to town in order to support her daughter during her serious surgery and mend her broken relationship with her family.
- Ambiguous Situation: The reasons why she abandoned her family and returned to them have yet to be revealed.
- The Atoner: She seemingly returns to redeem herself for her past actions towards her family, but ultimately suffers a Heel Face Doorslam.
- Character Death: Norman chokes her to death with her own scarf.
- Crazy Homeless People: She has nowhere else to go other than the Bates Motel and is a Horrible Judge of Character.
- Heel Face Doorslam: She returns to town in order to salvage her shattered relationship with her family but her ex-husband and Mother reject her. The former even kills her for what she's done.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She completely trusts Norman as a good man despite the fact that when she first meets him, he's in his mother's dress and going through another Split-Personality Takeover.
- Never Found the Body: Norman moved her corpse somewhere while under another Split-Personality Takeover but he and his mother can't find it. He also had nightmares suggesting that she might've still been alive before he moved her, raising some serious questions on her whereabouts. Her corpse is eventually discovered in the town's lake.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished:
- She shows up at the hospital to surprise her daughter and support her during her critical surgery only for her ex-husband to force her to leave immediately.
- She attempts to have a conversation with Norman in order to get to know her daughter's friends more only to end up violently murdered by him.
- Parental Abandonment: According to Emma's father, Audrey was never really there to watch Emma grow up.
- Redshirt: She doesn't exactly receive much characterization before dying.
- Reformed, but Rejected: She returns from her Ambiguous Situation in order to fix her relationship with her family, but her ex-husband refuses to allow her to even see Emma. Also, "Mother" refuses to see any good in Audrey as well and even kills her for abandoning her daughter.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Her death seems to trigger Norma's suspicions of her son's mental illness.
- Too Dumb to Live: Apparently, she actually thought that it was a good idea to enter into the house of a man who is pretty visibly unhinged at the moment. This naturally leads to her death since trusting a man undergoing a Sanity Slippage didn't exactly pay off.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed in her first appearance.
A doctor at Pineview who takes on Norman as his patient.
- Alone with the Psycho: As part of his job, he finds himself frequently alone with Norman Bates.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Constantly delivers serious questions towards Norman.
- Badass Beard: He has a nicely trimmed beard and works as Norman's therapist.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: He appears to be one of the major doctors at the hospital.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Technically fits under this because although he's not really a villain, Norman views him as an obstacle he needs to get past. The good doctor is merely a Hero Antagonist for Norman's story arc in Season 4, but the true villainous characters sharing this position with him are Chick and Rebecca.
- Big Good: He's the only man who can help salvage Norman's sanity. Norman even acknowledges him as his savior.
- Brutal Honesty: He politely tries telling other characters some harsh truths that they don't want to hear, but it is apart of his job.
- The Bus Came Back: He was believed to have been removed from the series after Norman came out of the hospital, but it looks like he's returning in the final season since Norman still requires his medical expertise.
- Cool Old Guy: He's trying to help Norman come to grips with his mental problems and has been nothing but kind towards him.
- Dead All Along: His appearance in the final season was revealed to have been entirely in Norman's head since the real Edwards was Killed Offscreen some time in between the 4th and 5th seasons.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Despite being a prominent character in Season 4, Dr. Edwards is revealed to have been missing and most likely dead for over a year now by the time the final season comes. It's strongly implied that Mother may have played a part in his disappearance.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: The good angel to Mother's and Julian's bad angel.
- He Knows Too Much: It's subtly implied that Mother may have killed him since he was trying to stop Norman's mental illness from spreading and possibly learned of her powerful influence over Norman.
- Hero Antagonist: The ''hero" part is what he really fits under, but Norman sees him as a threat to himself. Since he is keeping Norman under control and he is a threat to Mother.
- Killed Offscreen: We learn in the fifth season that Edwards has been missing for over a year and is presumed dead, suggesting he was killed by Mother.
- Nerves of Steel: Has a stable conversation with Mother.
- Nice Guy: He actually does want to help Norman regain his sanity.
- Only Sane Man: So far he appears to be one of the few rational characters in the show.
- Pet the Dog: His whole story is basically him trying to reach out and help Norman come back from the brink of insanity. Also, when Norman requests to be released from the institution the good doctor politely obliges.
- The Stoic: One has to be disconnected with their emotions if they work as a rational therapist.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Despite being a major character in Season 4, it's revealed that he died at some point in the final season off-screen.
- Villainy-Free Villain: Norman views the good doctor as an obstacle between him and his mother, but he's generally a nice guy.
- Wham Line: He tells Norman that his mother has not been visiting him for a few days, meaning that Norman has been chatting with a hallucination of her for a long time.
- When Dylan arrives at the pharmacy to pick up Norman's prescription, the clerk tells him that Edwards has been missing for over a year and is presumed dead.
A patient at Pineview who befriends Norman.
- All Men Are Perverts: What's the first thing he does upon escaping his medical institution and into the open world? Go to a strip club of course.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Apparently Julian desires attention from others through committing serious crimes, but nobody knows how to heal his condition, not even Dr. Edwards could get a fix on him.
- Ambiguously Bi: He enjoys hanging out with strippers and is a bit too touchy-feely with Norman. At one point, he even calls Norman's personality cute.
- Ambiguously Evil: Julian isn't exactly the most trusting of people at the institution.
- Attention Whore: Dr. Edwards states that Julian loves breaking out of the institution because he hopes that somebody will notice and come after him because they'd care for his safety.
- Break the Haughty: His recapture by the mental hospital, severe beating, and crumbling friendship with Norman cause Julian to realize how pathetic he really is.
- Bullying a Dragon: He picks a fight with a couple of bouncers at a strip club and ends up beaten for it. However, it's possible that this was how he wanted to get captured again by his caretakers.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Being a mental patient, it's no surprise he acts so strangely.
- Composite Character: He shares a few striking similarities to Duke, one of Norman's phony friends.
- Con Artist: He knows how to outsmart others and manipulates a few of the patients to suite his needs.
- Convenient Coma: When Norman requires a friends to talk to, Julian is found in a state of comatose. He finally snaps out of it, but his friendship with Norman takes a serious hit.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He ends up getting beaten down by some bouncers at a strip club after starting a fuss.
- The Cynic: He's not the most idealistic guy in the world. Norman calls him out on it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Constantly jokes around with Norman.
- Escape Artist: Julian knows how to get in and out of his mental hospital.
- Foil: He's a much more cynical version of Norman, representing everything he doesn't want to become.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: The bad angel to Dr. Edwards' good angel.
- Heroic BSoD: He just sits alone for a while after Norman tells him off and severs their friendship.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Julian desires true friendship because he fears that nobody cares about him.
- Laser-Guided Karma: His obnoxious, wild personality causes his friendship with Norman to deteriorate and he's left alone again while at the hospital.
- Mask of Sanity: He acts all suave and cool when first introduced, but he's not the least bit stable.
- Nice Guy: Forms a friendship with Norman and helps him escape the institution.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He ends up pissing off some bouncers and severely beaten into a coma.
- Odd Friendship: He becomes one of Norman's first friends at the hospital, but it eventually crumbles.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: On the receiving end of a harsh one from Norman.
- Stepford Snarker: He uses sarcastic jokes to cover his own lack of joy.
- Toxic Friend Influence: He's not exactly the most noble of friends.
- Unreliable Narrator: Ne tells Norman that his parents abandoned him at the institution, but given that he's also a patient there his word doesn't exactly mean much.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He feels that his parents don't care for him so he seeks approval from others.
- The Wonka: He's extremely unpredictable.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Dr. Edwards states that Julian commits misdeeds because h desires attention and hopes that somebody would care about him.
White Pine Bay High School
A beautiful, popular, affluent, seventeen-year-old girl who befriends Norman out of kindness, but is ultimately surprised to find herself drawn to him in other, deeper ways.
- Alone with the Psycho: She is alone with Norman in a car driving off for parts unknown, hoping to start a relationship with him, but gets a Cruel and Unusual Death from him.
- Back for the Dead: Only lasts 3 episodes in the end of the third season before getting killed by Norman.
- Betty and Veronica: In Season 1, Norman is Archie, Emma is Betty and Bradley is Veronica.
- The Bus Came Back: After leaving town in the second episode of Season 2, she returns in the eighth episode of Season 3.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Brutally murdered by having her head bashed into a rock by the boy she had a crush on no less. To add some salt to the wounds, Norman makes sure that nobody knows how she really died by disposing her body in a lake. In the final season, when Norman is arrested and most of his crimes are revealed to the public, Bradley's murder is not one of them.
- Dies Wide Open: The last thing she sees is Norman's face before he kills her.
- Driven to Suicide: Attempts suicide at the beginning of season two, but fails. "Mother" states her belief she still has a death wish at the end of season three. She might not be wrong.
- Expy: Of Marion Crane from the original film. Like Marion, she also steals valuables, hides away at the Bates Motel, gains the attention of Norman, and ends up brutally murdered by him when his Split Personality takes over, with her body disposed of in a lake exactly like Crane. However, the real Marion Crane eventually appears in the show's final season.
- Freak Out: Destroys her mother's house when she realizes how easily she's gotten over the loss of her daughter and husband.
- Gender-Blender Name: 'Bradley' is a name more associated with men.
- Give Geeks a Chance: She's one of the first people to befriend Norman and treat him kindly. Of course, this leads to Norman getting a crush on her.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's very blonde, and one of the most morally upright characters. At least in the first season.
- Heel Face Doorslam: Tries reaching out to Norman to help him get away from his mother and live happily with him, only to get horrifically murdered by him when his Split Personality takes over.
- Kill the Cutie: She ends up killed by her own Love Interest.
- Love Triangle: With Norman and Emma in Season 1.
- Murder Makes You Crazy: Her father's murder has driven her to extremes, to the point where she ends up killing Gil who she suspected of killing her father.
- Ms. Fanservice: The camera lingers on her at a yoga class. Justified since Norma and Emma are spying on her, and it's meant to emphasize how 'perfect' she is and how Emma and Norma sees her as a threat. Played straight in the penultimate episode of season 3, where she is shown wearing only a tank top and black panties.
- Mythology Gag: Her entire death is a reference to Norman's obsession with Marion Crane from the original film. Her body is disposed of in a lake just like Marion's.
- Nice Girl: Despite what Norma might say. Even Emma, who hates her because Norman is in love with her, is forced to admit it.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: After returning to town to rekindle her romance with Norman and help him get away from his mother, she ends up horrifically murdered by him while he's under his Split Personality. Her body is later disposed of in a lake, making sure nobody is aware of her true death.
- Put on a Bus: Bradley gets on a literal bus out of town at the second episode of Season 2, faking her death before she does so.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against her father's killer.
- Sanity Slippage: Never becomes completely insane, but gets more and more unstable as the series progresses.
- Ship Tease: With Norman. Too bad he kills her.
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: When she returns to White Pine Bay in Season 3.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Returns in the last 3 episodes of the third season and dies in the season finale.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the second season when she goes on her Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Took a Level in Cynic: She's lost all her optimism by the second season.
- Walking Spoiler: It is difficult to comment on her arc in Season 3 without revealing that she is murdered by Norman in the end.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: When Norman warns her to stay away from him because there's "something wrong" with him, she assumes that means he's Troubled, but Cute. In reality, it means that he has an Ax-Crazy Split Personality that kills people who get too close to him. Things did not end well when she tried to help him.
Miss Blaire Watson
The young, compassionate and beautiful Language Arts teacher at Normans high school. She is taken with Norman as a student but senses he may have some deep emotional issues that are going unchecked.
- Asshole Victim
- Character Death: Miss Watson has her throat slashed in the season 1 finale.
- Dirty Old Woman: While she certainly isn't an old woman, she still lusts after and has no probblem seducing and having sex with an underage student.
- Hidden Depths: Her aggressive argument with someone over the phone, suggesting she isn't as well put together as she seems.
- Hot Teacher: Unsurprisingly, she is the object of Norman's sexual fantasies.
- Mafia Princess: She's the daughter of drug kingpin Nick Ford.
- Ms. Fanservice: Mostly in Norman's fantasies, but also in the finale when she wears a low-cut red dress and later undresses in front of Norman.
- No Sense of Personal Space: With her students.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: She has very expressive eyes, particularly when shocked by something Norman's doing.
- Really Gets Around: After her death, it transpires that she had a tendency to sleep around. Blair Watson had relationships/one-night stands with Gil Turner, Jerry Martin, a drug dealer named Kyle, and a previously undisclosed fourth person that turns out to be Norman, who killed her after encouragement from "Mother."
- Slashed Throat: She's killed in the season 1 finale this way.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Gil and Jerry Martin, who worked for the Wilson Drug Ring. Her father is the head of the Ford Drug Ring.
- Well Done Daughter Girl: She apparently had issues with her father.
A party girl whose own family troubles create a bond with Norman.
- Abusive Parents: She's absolutely terrified of her father, who's been seen to be verbally and physically abusive.
- Broken Bird: As much as she tries to hide it, she's been damaged by her life with an abusive father.
- Distaff Counterpart: She's pretty much a female Norman since she's also a troubled youth who lives with an abusive parent and seeks to find freedom for herself.
- Good Bad Girl: She disrespects authority figures, but genuinely cares for Norman's well-being.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: A variation.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being sharp-tongued and a Toxic Friend Influence to Norman, she is starting to care for Norman, and we ultimately find out the reason for her troubles is because of abuse from her father.
- Love Interest: For Norman.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Portrayed in a more realistic light. She's impulsive and cool, but also has a host of issues and is a Toxic Friend Influence for Norman.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: She's the tough girl who like flirting with the socially awkward Norman.
- Missing Mom: Her mother is out of the picture.
- Put on a Bus: After Norman kills her father, she goes to live with her aunt in Indiana.
- Redemption Earns Life: She starts to mellow out and truly befriend Norman, but unlike most of Norman's friends she's one of the few to come out alive.
- Toxic Friend Influence: To Norman. She encourages his violent side.
The boyfriend of Bradley Martin.
- Advertised Extra: You'd be forgiven for forgetting his entire existence.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He beats up Norman in retaliation for sleeping with Bradley.
- Karma Houdini: He gets away with beating up Norman and is never seen again.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Richard unleashes one on Norman as revenge for being the 'other man' that Bradley slept with.
- Satellite Character: He has no character beyond 'angry', and exists mostly in the peripheral to Bradley.
The Morgan Drug Ring
The beautiful and mysterious head of the drug family.
- Affably Evil: Jodi might be the little-seen head of a drug family that murders it's enemies in cold blood, but she's also funny and charming.
- Arc Villain: Of Season 2.
- Character Death: Her own brother Zane shoots and kills her so he can take over the drug ring.
- Cool Shades: Sports a pair of them from time to time.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Jodi knows her brother is an idiot screw-up, but she does love him.
- Evil Versus Evil: Gil's death and Zane's antics have dragged her drug ring into a quickly escalating war with Nick Ford's rival drug empire.
- Inadequate Inheritor: She fears that she's unable to run the drug business the way her parents did, but she's much more competent than Zane would be.
- Pet the Dog: Quite literally; she owns several dogs who she greets affectionately.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Jodi operates on straight logic, and it's been good for her business.
- The Woman Behind The Man: She's the one controlling the drug business, giving orders to Gil and others.
An ex-convict, Remo and Dylan's new boss, with an eye on Ford's drug business
- Arc Villain: He's one of the main antagonists of season 2.
- Beard of Evil: He has one.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Zane and Nick Ford are the major sources of antagonism in the second season, although they both want each other dead.
- Cain and Abel: He kills his own sister Jodi during a shootout with the intent on taking over the business.
- Character Death: Romero pays Zane back for all his evil deeds with a shotgun blast to the chest.
- The Dragon: He serves as his sister's second-in-command, but seeks to take her place.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: His clothing of choice is a leather jacket that he's rarely seen without.
- Inadequate Inheritor: What his parents felt he would be if they gave him the drug business, and boy, were they right.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Romero correctly assumes that Zane is desperate to prove himself, since nobody in the Drug Ring takes him seriously. His insecurity is the main reason he's so violent and aggressive.
- Jerkass: Besides being a psychotic killer, he's an asshole.
- Karmic Death: He burned down Sheriff Romero's house. Sheriff Romero shot him in the chest with a shotgun, killing him outright.
- The Millstone: Zane's childish aggression and tendency to escalate situations has endangered the entire business by dragging them into a war with Nick Ford.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Zane is a firm believer in this.
- Nepotism: Remo implies the reason he got the job is because Zane is the Big Boss's brother.
- Lean and Mean: He's tall and very thin, in addition to being a bloodthirsty maniac.
- Smug Snake: Zane thinks he's a lot smarter then he actually is.
- The Starscream: To his own sister. He ultimately kills her, but doesn't live long enough to enjoy his new position.
- Stupid Crooks: Zane was arrested and spent time in prison because he was speeding while transporting a truck full of product. Remo and Dylan both lament that they have to work with someone capable of such idiocy.
- Stupid Evil: When he asks Dylan what he should do in retaliation for the deaths of two henchmen, Dylan calmly points out that the best thing to do is leave it be, keep moving product, and not let the situation escalate. Zane agrees. Then he says he's going to kill as many of the other side as possible anyway.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Dylan saves his life and Zane repays him by being even more of a dick. Jodi gives him a big opportunity by giving him a huge role in her business, but Zane plots to take over and eventually kills her.
The boss of Dylan Massett, Remo Wallace, and many other workers in the drug business in White Pine Bay.
- Asshole Victim: Sleazy, murderous Gil is killed by Bradley, who is hell bent on finding her father's killer.
- Boom, Headshot!: How Bradley kills him.
- Character Death: Bradley seduces him into letting his guard down at his home. Then she shoots him in the head.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: His response to his girlfriend's infidelity is to burn the other man alive in public.
- Dirty Old Man: He's very attracted to Bradley, who's barely legal, and is easily seduced by her.
- Faux Affably Evil: Gil can occasionally be pleasant enough to his co-workers, and doesn't seem to be a Bad Boss. Cross him, however, and you end up burned alive.
- Hate Sink: It really says a lot that this guy is more hated than a deranged psychopath with an urge to kill people.
- Karmic Death: Killed by the daughter of his murder victim.
- Kill It with Fire: His method for killing Jerry Martin.
- Plot-Triggering Death: The murder of Gil by Bradley brings Zane to town and sets off the drug war through Season 2, with one side blaming the other.
- Pragmatic Villainy: How he operates. Subverted when it's revealed he had Jerry Martin killed in a very painful, public way that only draws attention, for a purely personal reason.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Miss Watson, whose father is the head of the Ford Drug Ring.
The father of Bradley Martin and an employee of Gil Turner.
- Character Death: Jerry turns up to the series driving a car while on fire. He later dies of his injuries, and the mystery of his death drives part of the plot. It's eventually revealed that the killer was Gil.
- Kill It with Fire: How Gil killed him.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Jerry dies without a word of dialogue, but the circumstances surrounding his death have a huge impact on the characters, especially Bradley.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Miss Watson, whose father is the head of the Ford Drug Ring.
A henchman of Gil newly partnered with Dylan.
- The Alcoholic: Dylan comments on his tendency to get drunk and implies it's why he didn't get very far in Gil's organization.
- Babies Ever After: He starts a family in the final season.
- Back for the Finale: He returns in the series finale to welcome back Dylan.
- Being Evil Sucks: He worked a long time for the Morgan drug ring, but got zero respect. He grows into a better man when he undergoes a HeelFace Turn.
- Deadpan Snarker: Remo is bitterly sarcastic a great deal of the time.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: Initially Remo and Dylan didn't get along very well; their dislike of each other culminated in a bar fight. After they got out the aggression, they began to respect and like each other much more.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite having been involved in the Drug Ring for years, Remo is partnered with newcomer Dylan by Gil. As a result he feels sidelined and humiliated.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: He's gone down a straight path in the final season and likes starting a new life with a wife and kids.
- Good Feels Good: He admits that he like working as a legitimate marijuana supplier much more than he did as a gangster.
- HeelFace Turn: He gave up on working with the crime syndicate and got a legitimate job selling legalized marijuana for people. He also has a family he cares about now.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's abrasive and needlessly sarcastic, especially toward Dylan. However, despite his less-than-winning personality, he does end up with some loyalty toward Dylan and isn't truly malicious.
- Karma Houdini: He seems to have completely skipped town altogether.
- Number Two: To Dylan.
- Redemption Equals Life: He chooses to give up on his criminal ways to become a legitimate marijuana dispenser, which leads to him earning a good living and starting a family.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After the Feds raid the town's drug operations at the end of the second season he skips town.
- The Resenter: He hates that he's treated with no respect and has to work for the much younger, less experienced Dylan.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In the series finale, he and Dylan are best friends now.
A marijuana trimmer in Dylan Massett's crew. The crew stays at the Bates Motel, where Gunner gives Emma Decody a marijuana cupcake.
- But Now I Must Go: He resigns from Dylan's drug gang and heads off to California.
- Flat Character: Not much of a personality or a presence on the show.
- Grand Romantic Gesture: To some extent, the cupcake he leaves on the desk for Emma; it was wrapped nicely for her along with a letter next to it, saying that he hoped he didn't get her in trouble, signed with his name and a peace sign.
- Hidden Depths: He's very skilled at hacking. This proves to be useful in "The Deal," when he hacks the flashdrive Norma's been hiding.
- Love Interest: A much-deserved one for poor, lonely Emma.
- Meet Cute: The way he and Emma first interact; even worse, when you see the way he looks at her as she goes back to the office.
- Nice Guy: Sure, he works in the drug business, but he's a perfect gentleman and a considerate young man.
- Put on a Bus: He quits Dylan's drug ring and heads off to start a new life in California.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He decides to call it quits on Dylan's pot dealings and departs.
- Ship Tease: With Emma, since he's pretty nice to her and Norman is a lost cause. They eventually get together.
- Ship Sinking: They break up at some point in between Seasons 2 and 3, but any chances of their relationship rebuilding are dashed when Gunner moves away to California.
- The Stoner: It's in his character description.
- Troubled, but Cute: On some level, as he is a stoner, and he's involved in the Drug Ring to an extent.
An accomplice and friend of Dylan Massett who introduced him to the drug business in White Pine Bay.
- Affably Evil: Ethan is a criminal involved in a very shady business with dangerous people, but he's also a pretty genial guy who mourns his boss, takes Dylan under his wing and is more of a Punch-Clock Villain than anything.
- Boom Neck-Shot: How he meets his end.
- Character Death: An accomplice who owes him money tries to end his debt by shooting Ethan in the neck. He dies quickly afterwards.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: He was an early mentor to Dylan, but is shot and killed by a "dissatisfied customer" who owes him money. Dylan essentially takes his place in the Wilson Drug Ring.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's just doing his job, and is never seen being needlessly cruel. When he's first introduced, he's actually in tears because his 'boss' died.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: Shot in the neck by a lowlife who owed his boss money.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's only in the show for a few episodes before being killed.
Chuck & Sid
Two accomplices of Zane Morgan.
Charles "Chick" Hogan
Dylan's enigmatic, creepy and menacing neighbor who lives on 'the south face of the mountain'.
- Accidental Murder: He accidentally runs over Caleb in his car when he's not paying attention to the road.
- Advice Backfire: He tells Norman that just because the people you care about die that shouldn't prevent you from carrying on your own life. This results in Norman hallucinating that Norma is still alive.
- Anti-Villain: Unlike a number of the villains on the show, Chick is much more approachable, sympathetic, and open-minded compared to the more selfish and deranged antagonists on the show. While not the most social of people, Chick just likes to lay back and be himself even though he regrets most of his evil misdeeds.
- Archenemy: Becomes one for Caleb after he suffers a beating that cripples him for life thanks to him.
- Armor-Piercing Question: He genuinely asks Norma why Caleb was Easily Forgiven for raping her despite all the Hell he caused her.
- Back for the Finale: He makes a surprise appearance at the end of the season 4 finale.
- Badass Beard/ Beard of Evil: Sports a long, grey one.
- Badass Longcoat: Chick wears a very nice coat in all of his appearances.
- Becoming the Mask: Chick initially wanted to use Norma for his own agenda, but ended up forming a genuine friendship with her. Sadly, she no longer views him as a friend after he tries blackmailing her.
- Big Bad Ensemble: In season 3, he and Paris acted as the primary villains. In season 4, he shares the antagonistic role with Rebecca Hamilton and Dr. Edwards.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He befriends Norma by acting as a False Friend, but reveals that he wants to kill her brother. However, his friendship with her eventually grows real.
- Blackmail: He tries blackmailing Norma into working for him, but he realizes the error of his ways when she calls him out on his selfish evil agenda ruining the lives of others.
- Boom, Headshot!: Gets shot in the head by Romero in "The Body."
- Breakout Character: Started out as a minor antagonist among a Big Bad Ensemble, but easily grew into one of the most popular and well-developed characters among the show's cast. Season 4 built up towards Chick's HeelFace Turn as he interacted with Norma all throughout her story arc and the final season is now focusing on him growing into Norman's partner.
- Character Death: He dies in the final season episode "The Body" getting shot dead by Romero.
- Character Development: He goes from a Faux Affably Evil Straw Nihilist to an Affably Evil Noble Demon thanks to bonding with Norma Bates.
- Cloudcuckoolander: There's something very "off" about him.
- Co-Dragons: He shares his position as Norman's confidant alongside his split personality "Mother."
- The Confidant: He knows how unstable Norman really is, but he chooses to remain by his side to help him out with his insanity.
- Cool Old Guy: After he Took a Level in Kindness, he becomes more friendlier thanks to Norma.
- Creepy Monotone: He speaks in a deep, steady tone that can be very unnerving.
- A Day in the Limelight: The Vault is one of the few episodes where Chick is heavily involved in, which ultimately provides a hefty amount of character development for him as well.
- Deadpan Snarker: A wry, weird quip is his usual reaction to people.
- Defrosting Ice King: He was initially a Straw Nihilist who couldn't care less about others. However, when he realizes that he's ruining the lives of others due to his hatred for Caleb, Chick sincerely tries to make amends with Norma after growing truly found of her.
- Demoted to Dragon: He was previously a major villain in seasons 3 and 4, but the final season has him working with Norman for a change. After learning of Norman's insanity, he becomes an ally helping him in his time of need.
- Didn't See That Coming: He's genuinely surprised that Norma didn't kill him when she had the chance and is instead given "The Reason You Suck" Speech from her. This helps him see the error of his ways.
- Due to the Dead: He shows up unannounced at Norman's place just to apologize for not attending her funeral and provides advice for Norman to come to grips with what's happened.
- Enemy Mine: He tries forming one with Norma since they both had a troubled relationship with Caleb and hate him for his past actions.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He lives with a woman and child who are likely his wife and son. Of course, nothing is a given with Chick. It's later confirmed that the child is at least his son and the woman is indeed his wife. Sadly, both end up leaving him when he's crippled by Caleb.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Evil Cripple: He returns on crutches after his severe beating from Caleb.
- Expy: The final season implies that he might actually be a stand-in for Robert Bloch, the author of the original Psycho, since he begins to write a thriller novel based upon Norman Bates and his troubled life.
- False Friend: Befriends Norma, but his motives are very questionable. Until he ends up Becoming the Mask and forms a genuine admiration of her.
- Faux Affably Evil: He may act all neighborly around Caleb and Dylan, but he's obviously acting fake and insincere. Not to mention that he's always seen carrying a weapon with him to threaten others with. After his HeelFace Turn though, he becomes a much kinder guy.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears a pair of filthy ones to show how dirty he really is.
- Hazy Feel Turn: Although it's likely his hatred for Caleb remains, Chick sees how his evil agenda is ruining Norma's life and he sincerely apologizes to her for everything he's done.
- Becomes a proper HeelFace Turn as of the Season 4 finale once Chick pays Norman a visit...
- He Who Fights Monsters: Chick initially desired vengeance against Caleb for ruining his life by crippling him and scaring away his family. However, he eventually realizes that he's ruining another innocent woman's life because he wants revenge against him at any cost, becoming not so different from the other villains in the series.
- Heel Realization: He begins to realize that his petty hatred for Caleb is ruining Norma's life and he attempts to genuinely apologize to her for his misdeeds.
- Hidden Depths:
- It turns out that he has skills in welding iron and constructing stain glass windows. Who knew?
- Season 5 also reveals that he enjoys writing.
- Intergenerational Friendship: The final season has him becoming a friend with Norman, a man half his age, while helping him cope with the loss of his mother.
- Irony: In the final season , he finally buries the hatchet with Caleb and no longer wants to kill him. Too bad he accidentally runs him over dead right after that.
- It's All About Me: Apparently he never realized how selfish he really was on his quest for revenge. Norma calls him out on his uncaring attitude for the lives of others caught in the middle of his petty vengeance with her brother Caleb. This causes him to thankfully undergo a Heel Realization.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Seemingly offers Caleb and Dylan a chance to earn easy money and offered them his friendship, but he knew that the mission would be dangerous with people who wanted him dead and tried to get out of paying them when Caleb confronted him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed. After he Took a Level in Kindness, he sincerely tries to make amends with Norma for using her and agrees to depart from her life forever. Although, his rivalry with Caleb may still remain, but to be fair this is because he blames him for causing his family to leave him.
- Karma Houdini: Gets away with a whole season of Ambiguously Evil deeds and remains alive by the end of the season. However, he still hasn't learned his lesson and returns to get revenge on Caleb. After Norma lets him know that she doesn't know where Caleb is, Chick apologizes for inconveniencing her and departs off to parts unknown. Though after he Took a Level in Kindness, he's much more sympathetic by this point.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Dies in the final season at the hands of a vengeful Romero.
- Kick the Dog: Sent Dylan and Caleb out on a gun run knowing that it would be dangerous.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Dies getting shot by Romero in the midst of his monologue.
- Morality Chain: Norma becomes a positive influence for Chick after he befriends her.
- Morality Pet: Norman has grown into this for him in the final season since he sees a little of himself in the guy.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He begins to see how his evil plan to gain revenge against Caleb has caused nothing but pain and suffering towards his friend Norma. When she points out how cruel he's been to her, Chick decides to make amends with her before agreeing to leave her alone forever.
- Nice Hat: He frequently wears a cool hat with his Badass Longcoat.
- Nightmare Fetishist: He absolutely loves Norman's creepy taxidermy artwork and thinks that they can sell it together. He also openly admits that he enjoys Norman's creepy house and squats in the fruit cellar where he preserved Norma's corpse to type his novel.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives one out to Caleb and gets one back in the same fight. Though Chick lost the fight, Caleb was wearing bruises on his face the rest of the episode.
- No Social Skills: He pretty much nonchalantly talks to Norma about her incest rape with Caleb.
- Noble Demon: When he forms a friendship with Norma, he begins to grow into a more polite person with more moral standards than he had when first introduced. He notably has more Pet the Dog moments despite having a petty vengeance against her brother Caleb. He also holds no grudge against Norma when she turns him away after a fallout in their friendship.
- Obfuscating Disability: Chick returns in Season 4 as a cripple with crutches after his loss to Caleb. But given how deceptive he's been in the past, it is unclear how badly he is really crippled. The crutches only serve to make him seem even more unnerving and potentially threatening.
- Odd Friendship:
- Seems to be forming a bond with Caleb, but it comes to a screeching halt.
- He also temporarily takes the time to befriend Norma while posing as her window repairman. However, much like his friendship with Caleb, this one also comes into conflict when he shows his true colors. Fortunately, this one helps him grow into a somewhat better person.
- Forms a one-sided one with Norman in the Season 4 Finale and offers to check up on him once he realizes how batshit Norma's son is.
- Oh, Crap!:
- He's shocked when his "friend" Norma pulls a gun on him. Fortunately for him, she can't go through with it.
- He's also understandably shocked to learn that his friend Norman kept his mother's corpse in his basement.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: He poses as a window repairman coming to fix Norma's broken window by donning a red coat and different hat.
- Parental Substitute: By the season 4 finale onward, Chick seems to take a liking to Norman and begins acting as a parental figure for him. He even brings him dead animal carcasses to help him grow his taxidermy skills.
- Pet the Dog:
- Seems to genuinely offer comfort to Caleb when he's taking his frustration out.
- He also genuinely forms a friendship with Norma when he poses as a window repairman. However, when he reveals his desire for vengeance against her brother, Norma begins to question where her loyalties lie.
- He finally sees the error of his ways in The Vault and apologizes to Norma for ruining her life due to his petty revenge. He even brings in her finished stain glass window as a present for her and kisses her as a sign of care.
- He reappears in Norman to give the titular protagonist a chicken casserole upon hearing of Norma's passing.
- The final season sees him befriending Norman and becoming business partners to sell Norman's taxidermy decorations to make money together.
- Primal Fear: Chick informs Norma that he fears being alone. The fact that he's lost his family because Caleb scared them away is a major factor why he desires revenge so he won't have to confront his loneliness.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- On the receiving end of an epic one from Norma Bates. This causes him to see how his evil plan is ruining her life and triggers small glimmer of care for her safety.
- He tries to give one to Caleb after finding him at the same bar, but Caleb shuts him up before he can even start.
- Reformed, but Rejected: Downplayed. It seems that Chick wants to make amends with Norma by genuinely apologizing to her by delivering her fixed stain glass window, but she kicks him out of her home immediately. Surprisingly, he fully accepts responsibility for his actions and remains silent as she chews him out. He kisses her on the cheek to say goodbye as he vows to leave her alone from now on.
- Revenge: He returns seeking vengeance on Caleb for beating him.
- Revenge by Proxy: He tries following Norma and Dylan in order to get back at Caleb. Fortunately, he realizes that he doesn't want any innocent lives caught in the crossfire of his revenge spree.
- Sadistic Choice: He offers Norma a chance to either get back at her brother Caleb or get killed as Revenge by Proxy. Fortunately, he doesn't go through with his threats after he Took a Level in Kindness.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Chick wears a long scarf during his confrontation with Norma on a bridge.
- Secret-Keeper: "The Convergence of the Twain" has Chick finally catch onto Norman's insanity and Norma's corpse hidden in the basement. However, it seems that he might be going along for the ride.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: His goal to get his life back on track and write his novel are cut short when Romero coldly guns him down.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Dies in the closing few episodes of the final season so we can get back on the drama of Norman's life falling apart.
- Small Role, Big Impact/ Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He only interacts with Norman once in the fourth season, but his advice for him results in Norman imagining that his mother is still alive again with him and ultimately allows his split personality to unleash itself on him once more.
- The Smart Guy: He reveals that he has some serious knowledge underneath his tougher exterior.
- Smarter Than You Look: He figures out that Norma was raped by Caleb after interacting with her for the very first time. He can also see that Norman is clearly not mentally well as he slowly bonds with him.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Speaks in a rather calm manner while telling Norma how he wishes he had the strength to stab Caleb with a knife himself if he could.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: Gets shot in the head by Romero in the middle of his big dramatic monologue on how he views Norman as friend.
- Stalker Without a Crush: He followed Norma all the way to her house and got to know enough about her life in order to find a way to get revenge on Caleb. He also followed Caleb all the way back to Norman's house to protect the kid.
- The Stoic: Not much of an emotional guy.
- Straw Nihilist: He doesn't seem to have an idealistic view on the world.
- Talking the Monster to Death: He eventually sees how wrong his actions were when Norma calls him out on cruelly disrupting her life because of his lust for vengeance.
- Taxidermy Is Creepy: He now helps Norman with his taxidermy skills by bringing him animal carcasses to his basement. He loves it so much that he wants to help Norman profit off of the taxidermy creations to sell as art.
- Took a Level in Kindness: When Norma calls him out on ruining her life, Chick eventually realizes that manipulating her was morally wrong and he attempts to make amends with her. When she rejects his apology, he politely agrees to leave her alone from now on.
- Tragic Villain: It turns out that after Caleb beat him, he was crippled for life, lost all of his money, his house, and his family in the aftermath. Now, the only reason he keeps living is to find and kill Caleb.
- Uriah Gambit / Xanatos Gambit: The gun running mission was either of these, depending on whether you believe Chick knew the gun traffickers were going to kill him, or whether Chick was counting on Dylan and Caleb coming out on top. Of course Chick loses his guns to the traffickers and his money to Caleb.
- Villain Has a Point:
- He questions why Caleb was Easily Forgiven by his rape victim.
- When he reencounters Caleb again at a bar, he correctly points out how Caleb was a terrible person who ruined the lives of others, bringing up how he got crippled for life by him and Norma's rape.
- Villains Never Lie: He promised Norma he'd fix her stain glass window while posing as her window repairman and he did.
- Villainous Friendship:
- He forms a genuine attachment with Norma of all people.
- He begins forming a friendship with Norman as well and gives him the benefit of the doubt about his mental illness.
- Wicked Cultured: In addition to being a creepy pot-grower, he's a fan of John Steinbeck and Casablanca.
- Wild Card: Chick is completely unpredictable and he'll act friendly at first before switching back and forth on what motives he's planning.
- The Wonka: He's completely unpredictable, but his character is entirely questionable.
Nicholas 'Nick' Ford
Head of one of the two families that control the drug trade in White Pine Bay and the father of Miss Watson.
- Affably Evil: When speaking with Norma, Nick comes across as remarkably civil and mildly pleasant. He congratulates her on kicking up a fuss about the bypass at the town meeting.
- Arc Villain: He's one of the main antagonists of season 2.
- Big Bad Ensemble: He and Zane Morgan are the major sources of antagonism in the second season, although they both want each other dead.
- Character Death: Nick is killed by Dylan during a confrontation at his home.
- The Chessmaster: He successfully arranges the death of Lee Berman to get Norma a seat on the City Council. In general, he's more of a distant controller than someone like Zane who gets fully involve
- The Dreaded: The major players (Sheriff Romero, the Mayor) know Nick Ford and are very wary of him.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Nick might be a ruthless drug lord, but he did love his daughter and blames himself for the way they left things before her death.
- Evil Versus Evil: Nick is in the middle of an escalating war with Jodi and Zane Morgan's drug ring.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: His drug empire has made him an extremely rich man.
- Revenge: The reason he's become more visible in town is to find his daughter's killer.
- Well Done Daughter Girl: Nick is full of regret for the way he and his daughter 'left things'.
A wealthy, self-involved and gregarious owner of an elite hunting club who grew up with Romero.
- Arc Villain: He's the overall menacing threat of Season 3.
- Asshole Victim: Killed by Romero after giving him another "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- Big Bad: Of Season 3.
- Big Bad Friend: To Romero. Doesn't do him much good in the end.
- The Cameo: He appears in the Season 4 premiere as a corpse Romero disposes of.
- Childhood Friends: He grew up with Romero, although they're not exactly friends anymore.
- Deadpan Snarker: Paris is a deeply sarcastic individual, leading to a lot of Snark-to-Snark Combat with Romero.Romero: A dead girl was found floating in the tidal flats early this morning.Paris: You need a better opening line. And a better tie, but I wasn't going to go there.
- Deal with the Devil: In a slight twist, Norma actually comes to him with a deal: she wants the bypass stopped, improvements to the motel and a pool in exchange for her silence about the incriminating flash drive.
- Faux Affably Evil: Don't let his business guise fool you, he runs another criminal empire and casually dismisses the deaths of his own "workers". Then there's his talk with James. He acts friendly and jovial, but when he doesn't get what he wants things get ugly.
- The Hedonist: His "club" has a lot of parties with prostitutes performing entertainment all the time.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He lives in a big mansion, throws parties every night, and has an unlimited source of wealth.
- Manipulative Bastard: Despite Norma and Romero knowing exactly the kind of man he is and having leverage over him, Paris is still a skilled manipulator who turns the two against each other with a combination of investigation and insinuation.
- Smug Smiler: He won't stop smiling when Romero and Norma visit him and issue demands.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Frequently, with Romero.Paris: I feel the heavy weight of your judgment, Alex.Romero: Nah, Bob, I'm not here to pass judgment on your sex parties.
- Too Dumb to Live: After it becomes clear that Romero isn't his friend anymore, he still gives him "The Reason You Suck" Speech. He's shot multiple times for his stupidity.
- Villains Out Shopping: He's usually seen in fairly mundane settings; having expensive dinners, going on bike rides to maintain his physique or having a nice day at the shooting range.
A bank manager who dated Paris and Sheriff Romero who was previously involved in illegal affairs with both of them. She's now searching for Paris' secret stash of cash in order to escape her problems with the DEA. She also has strong feeling for Romero and hopes to rekindle her romantic relationship with him, but his fake marriage with Norma complicates matters.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She used to date Corrupt Corporate Executive Paris before moving on to Dirty Cop Romero.
- Big Bad Ensemble: She, Dr. Edwards, and Chick form the primary antagonists in Season 4.
- Big Bad Friend: Seems to be another major antagonist who has a history with Sheriff Romero.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She does not take it well that Romero is married to Norma Bates.
- Dating Catwoman: She's a corrupt criminal who previously had a relationship with Sheriff Romero.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She leaves town to tend to her sick mother.
- Evil Redhead/ Fiery Redhead: She has red hair and is a Clingy Jealous Girl.
- Green-Eyed Monster: After her first encounter with Norma, she immediately develops a deep hatred for her since she views her as an obstacle between her and Romero.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Her criminal past is starting to catch up with her thanks to handling the illegally gained money her ex-boyfriend Bob Paris hid away with her. Eventually, she is forced to help the DEA take down Romero causing them both to face punishment for their crimes.
- Love Hurts: She never gets over her broken relationship with Romero.
- The Mole: She helps the DEA take down Romero in order to get out of being sent to prison herself.
- New Old Flame: Apparently, she and Romero have dated for a very long time before making her debut.
- Spanner in the Works: Granted, she's not exactly the most villainous character in the show, but her intense desire to look for Paris' hidden treasure causes some problems for Romero.
- Villainy-Free Villain: She's not exactly malicious compared to all the other villains on the show, but she does pose as a threat to Romero due to her own desires to protect herself.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the finale, she is nowhere to be seen. So it is unknown if the DEA took her into police custody or pardoned her of her crimes for helping them take down Romero.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She does not take it well about hearing how Romero recently got married to Norma without telling her about it.
A young man who was vying with Alex Romero to become the next sheriff of White Pine Bay.
- Asshole Victim: Killed after his repeated attempts to kill Romero.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He thinks he has what it takes to run the town, but he's not as smart as he thinks he is.
- Boom, Headshot!: Courtesy of Romero.
- Bullying a Dragon: Young visits Romero in hospital to gloat over his impending victory, humiliate him and deliver a promise that if Romero doesn't play ball, he'll be back to finish the job. Romero reacts by following him back to his car and killing him without a word.
- Character Death: Romero shoots and kills him.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Gets killed by Romero halfway into the third season.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's very smug and mischievous while trying to act like he's a good person. It's an obvious sign that he's a villain.
- Jerkass: Young is a relentlessly smug piece of shit who looks down on absolutely everyone.
- Smug Snake: He's an extremely self-satisfied man who believes his own hype and considers himself an untouchable badass when he's anything but. He's too much of a coward to face off with Romero directly and resorts to petty posturing before shooting him in the back. Young's crowning moment of smugness has to be visiting Romero in hospital after he shoots him to offer him a role as The Dragon when he becomes sheriff. It gets him killed.
- Underestimating Badassery: He thinks very little of Romero. He gets killed very easily because he can't even fight back.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Thinks that he's the Big Bad and that challenging Romero will make him submit. All he did was piss him off and forced Romero to kill him because he gave away his plans.
Cody Brennan's abusive, alcoholic father.
- Abusive Parent: To Cody, whom he verbally berates and beats. When he's not beating his daughter, he's generally neglectful of her.
- Accidental Murder: Norman pushes him down a flight of stairs, accidentally killing him.
- The Alcoholic: There are beer bottles usually strewn around him, and he's consistently drunk. Cody sometimes steals his alcohol and knows what he'll notice missing and what wasn't.
- Asshole Victim: Considering he's an abusive drunk, he isn't particularly mourned by anyone but his daughter who has mixed feelings on him.
- Character Death: Norman pushes him down the stairs during a confrontation, killing him.
- Jerkass: It comes with the territory of being a drunken child-beating wreck. Romero relates how he knew Jimmy his whole life, and how he was 'angry' for all of it.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Cody is terrified of him because he can fly off the handle from the moment he wakes up.
- Pet the Dog: According to Cody, her father does have good aspects. Jimmy and Cody used to watch movies together and he made her laugh. Their relationship has pretty clearly deteriorated.
The former owner of the Seafairer Motel and the house behind it. He held an extreme bitterness towards Norma Bates and her son, Norman, for purchasing the hotel after he lost it to the bank.
- Asshole Victim: Aside from raping Norma, almost everyone in town seems to agree he was a jerk.
- Beard of Evil: A stubbly goatee type.
- The Bully: According to Shelby, who describes him as such. In fact, nobody besides Romero seems to care for him much at all.
- Cain and Abel: Most definitely the Cain to his sister's Abel.
- Character Death: After he rapes and taunts Norma, she runs him through with a kitchen knife.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The bank takes away your motel because you couldn't make payments? Better rape the new owner.
- Expy: He bears some striking similarities to Mr. Toomey from Psycho II since both were hideous, fat bastards with anger problems who hated the Bates family and ran illegal activities at the motel.
- Fat Bastard: Easily one of the least, if now the least, sympathetic characters on the entire show and tubby to go with it.
- Fat Slob: He's an overweight, unshaven drunk.
- First-Episode Twist: His death at Norma's hands.
- Hate Sink: As you can see by all the other tropes, he's not exactly a likable guy.
- Hot-Blooded: From what we saw, he was an angry jerk who flew off the handle at others.
- Jerkass: He's an aggressive, slovenly drunk with a penchant for rape. And nobody in town likes him, not even his partners-in-crime, Shelby and Abernathy.
- Post-Rape Taunt: His ill-advised taunt to Norma is what pushes her to murder him."You liked it."
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: His rape of Norma is what pegs his murder as somewhat justified in the eyes of the viewers.
- Small Role, Big Impact: After dying in the first episode, he looms over the rest of the season. He causes Romero to get on Norma's back, and was part of the whole sex-slave town conspiracy. He's mentioned every episode.
Other White Pine Bay Residents
A young businesswoman who has taken an interest in bonding with Norman. She's also revealed to be Sam Loomis' wife.
- Break the Cutie: After learning about her husband's love affair, she completely loses it and lashes out at him.
- Canon Character All Along: Loomis' (ex)wife was mentioned in the original film, though she didn't appear and was unnamed.
- Despair Event Horizon: She loses it when Norman tells her that Sam is cheating on her.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Norman sure likes her.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's got blonde hair and is one of the few townspeople to befriend Norman.
- Hates Being Alone: She tells Norman that she hates the idea of being by herself since her husband works out of state all the time and barely sees her.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: She tosses her cheating husband out of her house.
- Love Interest: Appears to be set up as a girl Norman loves spending time with.
- The Matchmaker: Sets Norman up on a date with one of her friends to help him socialize.
- Nice Girl: So far she seems to be one of the few people to show interest in befriending Norman.
- Odd Friendship: She forms a friendship with the socially awkward Norman.
- The Pollyanna: She seems to be an upbeat person to be around, which is why Norman feels comfortable talking to her.
- Replacement Goldfish: Her resemblance to Norma is what first starts Norman's interest.
- The Scapegoat: Mother tries to frame her for the death of Sam Loomis, but it seems to have failed.
- Shout-Out: To another blonde named Madeleine that also involved a Replacement Goldfish situation.
- Stepford Smiler: She reveals to Norman that she feels sadder on the inside than her persona would suggest.
- Sympathetic Adulterer: She cheats on her husband when making out with Norman, but she doesn't seem to be a horrible person at all and her own husband is cheating on her as well.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She chastises Dylan for never helping Norman with his mental illness, which resulted in the deaths of numerous people.
- Woman Scorned: She kicks her husband out of the house after throwing wine in his face.
A community college psych professor whose pull towards Norma slowly chips away at his carefully constructed house of cards.
- Alone with the Psycho: His session with Norman starts out pleasant enough, but quickly turns very dark indeed.
- Armor-Piercing Question: James rather bluntly asks Norman if he wants to sleep with his mother.
- Butt-Monkey: His last two episodes have him go through a Trauma Conga Line at the hands of both Norman and Bob Paris.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Paris tortures him for dirt on Norma since she has his flash drive with hidden secrets that could incriminate him.
- Defrosting Ice King: He starts to warm up around Norma after getting to know her.
- Dr. Jerk: He's a psychologist and a selfish Jerkass. He starts to soften up a bit later.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a bit rude at first, but he comes around to befriending Norma.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He's entirely correct when telling Norma that her son needs serious help.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He very wisely leaves town after Paris tortures him.
Christine's recently divorced brother and a former lawyer. Kind and a little shy by nature, George is pushed toward Norma by his match-making sister and they quickly form a bond.
- Hello, Attorney!: He used to be an attorney, and Norma has certainly noticed he's a good-looking fellow.
- Ivy League for Everyone: George studied law at Brown.
- Love Interest: Christine pushes him and Norma toward each other and is determined to set them up.
- Nice Guy: George is helpful, considerate and a perfect gentleman at all times.
- Perma-Stubble: It seems to be a look that Michael Vartan has written into his contract and George Heldens is no different.
A feisty upper-class woman who takes a liking to Norma and tries to play match-maker for her.
- Fiery Redhead: She's not an angry person, but she's very outspoken and strong-willed. She quits when Norma doesn't get the lead role in the musical she was involved in.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Norma near the end of the Season 2, calling her out on being ungrateful for all her social favors, and after she reckons Norma has revealed her true colors as a 'train-wreck'.
- Shipper on Deck: For Norma and George, who she tries to push together.
Mayor Rob Woodriff
The Mayor of White Pine Bay.
A city councilman who is widely disliked.
- Character Death: He's killed on the orders of Nick Ford.
- Jerkass: He's rude, condescending and smug. It's little wonder Christine and Nick are impressed when Norma calls him a 'dick' to his face.
- Killed Offscreen: Nick Ford had arranged his death offscreen.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Lee Berman dies in an apparant car accident; in reality Ford arranged his death.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Like Keith Summers before him, Berman makes only a brief appearance before dying yet his murder looms large. The bypass being built near the motel is even named after him.
The sister of Keith Summers.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She reveals that she's had a crush on Romero for some time, despite knowing that he's a lawbreaker. She states that she thinks she can change him for the better.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to her Fat Bastard brother's Cain.
- Cool Old Lady: She helps takes in Romero into her home while he's on the run from the law with no questions asked.
- Hourglass Plot: When we first see her, she has bruises on her face from being beaten by Jake Abernathy while Alex Romero confronts her on her involvement with the sex slave business. In season 5, Romero returns to her house with a bruise on his face sustained from a fight in prison, and on the bad side of the law as Maggie previously was.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Worked with her brother, Zach Shelby and Jake Abernathy and did the bookkeeping for their sex slave business. It is not known if she was coerced or not.
- Ship Sinking: After revealing her crush on Romero, he cruelly brushes her off to carry on his revenge scheme against Norman.
- Token Good Teammate: While her brother, Zach & Jake are all evil, Maggie had the kindness to not only warn Norma Bates of how dangerous Jake is, but she took in a wounded Alex Romero.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls our Romero for obsessing over revenge against Norman instead of doing something rational like changing for the better.