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Dr. Norm Spellman
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Joel David Moore

First Appearance


"Hey, you're Jake, right? Tom's brother? Wow, you look just like him. Sorry, I'm Norm Spellman, I went through avatar training with him."
- Norm introducing himself to Jake Sully.

Norm Spellman is a human anthropologist as well as an avatar driver. It is currently unknown whether or not he had his consciousness transferred into his avatar body, like Jake, his friend and ally.


Early lifeEdit

Norm was born and raised on Earth and trained as a scientist. Aside from this, nothing is known of his life before he joined the Avatar Program. Before his first assignment on Pandora, he claimed to have studied the Na'vi language for five years, and had logged 520 hours of simulation time in preparation for linking with his avatar.

Arriving on PandoraEdit

Norm and Grace as Avatars

Grace and Norm in their respective avatar forms

Norm, being a friend of the late Tom Sully, immediately introduced himself to Jake Sully, Tom's brother. Though they later became close friends, Norm originally was somewhat envious of Jake, who, after becoming lost in the forest, was adopted by the Omaticaya clan of the Na'vi. Enjoying the contact this tutelage brought with the clan, Norm put aside his jealousy and acted as Jake's tutor (along with Dr. Grace Augustine and Neytiri) in the Na'vi culture.

Destruction of the HometreeEdit

Norm watched the scene from the main link center in Hell's Gate. When Parker Selfridge ordered the cutting of Jake and Grace's psionic links, he tried in vain to stop security from doing so, only to find himself imprisoned along with Jake and Grace in the station brig where they were rescued by Trudy Chacon and Dr. Max Patel.

The team flew to the Hallelujah Mountains to pick up one of the two link unit containers. In his avatar form, Norm helped tie the container to Trudy's Samson 16 and was supervising the transport to the Tree of Souls from on top of the structure while Jake and Grace were inside.

Assault on the Tree of SoulsEdit


Norm, fighting with the Na'vi

In the final battle for Pandora, Norm fought alongside Jake and the Na'vi against the RDA. Whilst Jake led the air assault, Norm rode alongside the Na'vi cavalry, even killing a few RDA troopers. As the unarmored Na'vi were cut down by the RDA troops, his avatar was shot in the left shoulder, causing the neural link to be severed. Back in his undamaged human body, suffering from shock but determined to help, he recovered enough to arm himself with a rifle and don an exopack to rejoin the fray. When the RDA was driven from Pandora following the battle, he was one of the few humans allowed to stay.

Personality and traitsEdit

As a scientist, Norm was fascinated by Pandora and its environment. He was friendly and got along with most people. He was a friend of Jake Sully's deceased twin brother, Tom, and also befriended Jake. However, due to Jake's ignorance of Pandora and its inhabitants, Norm sometimes thought of him as a "Skxawng" (moron). Norm was initially envious of Jake after the latter's acceptance into the Omaticaya clan, but when he helped Jake learn the Na'vi way of life, their friendship solidified and he got over his envy.

When they first arrived on Pandora, Norm possessed a considerably greater knowledge of the moon and its inhabitants than Jake. Having been through avatar training for five years, he was skilled at speaking the Na'vi language, although his use of the language was rather formal. He was also incredulous when Jake asked who Eywa was.

Though Norm usually has a friendly and non-threatening personality, he did attempt - unsuccessfully - to violently stop a soldier who tried to sever the link to Jake's avatar following the destruction of the Hometree. Later, he fought against the RDA along with Jake and the Na'vi, and even though his avatar was shot down, he was determined to keep fighting in his human form. He also killed at least a few soldiers during the battle.


During the assault on the Tree of Souls, Norm wielded a rifle, although it is unknown how skilled he was at using military weaponry. He also appeared to be skilled at riding a direhorse.

Norm had commendable knowledge of the Na'vi language and shared his knowledge with both Grace and Jake.


Jake SullyEdit

When Norm first met Jake Sully, he noted that he looked just like his brother, Tom, whom Norm had known during his training for the Avatar Program. He and Jake became fast friends, although Norm grew envious after Jake was allowed into the Omaticaya Hometree. He was incredulous when Jake asked who Eywa was. However, as time went on, Norm got over his initial envy and taught Jake more about the Na'vi culture, most notably the true meaning of "I See you". Norm tried to stop Colonel Quaritch from bringing Jake out of his avatar link. At a later date, he even punched an RDA soldier when attempting to do the same thing again on Parker Selfridge's orders. After the destruction of Hometree, he was locked up along with Jake and Grace Augustine.

After they escaped from Hell's Gate, Norm, despite feeling that they stood no chance against the RDA, fought among the Na'vi under Jake's command.

Trudy ChaconEdit

Norm appeared to share a mutual liking with Trudy, and talked to her quite regularly during their flights, often joking. Prior to the assault on the Tree of Souls, they both seemed to share the same opinion that they were outmatched by the RDA forces, but remained loyal to Jake and the Na'vi.

Grace AugustineEdit

Norm idolized Grace Augustine and referred to her as a legend. Grace greeted Norm more warmly than Jake, saying that she had heard good things about him and they had a brief conversation in Na'vi. It was Norm (in his avatar form) who carried Grace's avatar body to the Tree of Souls for her consciousness transfer, which ultimately failed due to her mortal wound at the hands of Quaritch. Norm was saddened when Grace died.

Tom SullyEdit

Tom Sully, the deceased twin brother of Jake Sully, was also a friend of Norm's, and the two had gone through training for the Avatar program together.


  • In the original script, Norm was romantically linked to Trudy Chacon. While nothing suggests this in the final film, some deleted scenes in the Extended Collector's Edition do reveal that at least some of these scenes were filmed; including the two engaging in sexual intercourse up in the Hallelujah Mountains (Norm's attitude improves). In the original script, it also stated that Trudy's last words before her death were, "Norm, I love you!".
  • He was originally named Norm Cheeseman in Project 880.
  • Norm's avatar wore a hat that has "Number 1969" (the year of the first moon landing) written on it in Braille. This was only seen during his avatar's first outing, excluding his first link.
  • In a deleted scene, after Norm is shot in the shoulder during the final battle, Lyle Wainfleet appears in an AMP suit and kills his avatar with a few shots to its chest.
  • It has been confirmed that Joel David Moore will reprise his role as Norm Spellman in the second installment of the Avatar film franchise.[citation needed]

Memorable QuotesEdit

"Hey, you're Jake, right? Tom's brother? Wow, you look just like him. Sorry, I'm Norm Spellman, I went through avatar training with him."

- Norm introducing himself to Jake Sully.

Jake: "Looks like him."
Norm: "No, looks like you. This is your avatar now, Jake"

-Norm telling Jake about his avatar body.

"Who's Eywa? Only their deity! Their goddess, made up of all living things. Everything they know! You'd know this if you had any training whatsoever."

- Norm explaining Eywa to Jake.

"You can't interrupt a link in progress! It's very dangerous!"

- Norm yelling at Quaritch when he ransacks Site 26 and forces Jake and Grace out of their avatars.

"Jake, you copy? We're falling back! We're getting hammered!"

- Norm to Jake during the assault on the Tree of Souls.

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