"I use aggression to mask my insecurity."
"Show me your papers or be destroyed."
"Get me! I'm a Georgia O'Keeffe painting!"
The Norm-Bots were designed and mass-produced by Doofenshmirtz, who assembled them into an army and placed under the command of Platyborg before being sent out on a mission with a single purpose: seize control over the Tri-State Area and decimate all opposition against them. The invasion was a complete success and Doofenshmirtz gained absolute supremacy over the region.
For the next five years following Doofenshmirtz's seize of total control, the Norm-Bots have been used to conduct regular patrols under Doofenshmirtz and Platyborg's orders, keeping Danville and the entire Tri-State Area clear of opposition. In addition to this, they are called to serve and cater to Doofenshmirtz's every whim and Platyborg's every command. The Norm-Bots also come into odds against a resistance group called The Resistance (led by Candace Flynn), whose aim to put an end to Doofenshmirtz's reign, but the Norm-Bots manage to maintain their master's rule, leaving the Resistance with no success.
They first appeared when Doofenshmirtz orders them to capture the original Perry, along with his owners Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher after they learn about Perry-1's occupation as a secret agent. The Norm-Bots try to capture the three, but they escape.
They later appear when Doofenshmirtz lay down a plan to successfully trap Phineas and Ferb by using a captive Perry as hostage. The Norm-Bots later hold the three, along with the boys' sister Candace-1, prisoner as Doofenshmirtz orders them to fix his Other DImension-inator in his ultimate plan to unleash his Norm-Bots into the 1st Dimension Tri-State Area. The boys refuse, but when Doofenshmirtz-1 found out exactly what the boys did to power up the machine, Doofenshmirtz orders his Norm-Bots to send Perry-1, the kids, and even Doofenshmirtz-1 to their doom by having them fed to his pet Goozim. However, Candace manages to rescue the five by defeating a number of Norm-Bots right before she herself is captured by several more.
Despite Candace being captured and the five having escaped, Doofenshmirtz couldn't care less as he still got his machine to work. With that in mind, Doofenshmritz unleashes his vast army of Norm-Bots into the 1st Dimension Tri-State Area, and they start threatening people to submit themselves to Doof's reign. However, thanks to the efforts of their friends, Phineas-1 and Ferb-1 are able to take down several Norm-Bots. As Doofenshmirtz is about to unleash more Norm-Bots, Phineas-1 and Perry-1 arrive to stop him by smashing the satellite, causing the remaining Norm-Bots to deactivate and fall into the pavements, much to Doofenshmirtz's anger. However, Doofenshmirtz later changes his mind of taking over the Tri-State Area after the Doofenshmirtz-1 convinces him to stop by giving him his childhood toy train, in order to resolve the only backstory that Doof had in his childhood. Touched by this and feeling very embarrassed about the rampage he has caused, Doofenshmirtz revealed that he has implanted a self-destruct mechanism to all Norm-Bots and activates it, causing all Norm-Bots to self-destruct, leaving no evidence of the invasion. ("Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension")
Norm bots move about by hovering in the air. Their heads are typically the same as that of Norm's, albeit with more widely-spaced eyes and a slightly different style of hair. However, when any perceived threats are spotted, this head would automatically substitute itself with another one more menacing and threatening.
Each Norm Bot is equipped with a laser cannon embedded in their arms which is used against all confirmed threats and obstacles obstructing their path.
As formidable as they are, Norm bots are somewhat vulnerable as Candace was able to lay waste to a group of them with a series of hard hits from her staff aimed in the right places. The area around their necks and heads appear to be particular weakspots.
Furthermore, their heads also don't seem to be able to turn and are only focused on what's in front of them, leaving their backs vulnerable to attackers. This is proven when Buford was able to rip out the wiring of a Norm bot from behind it while it was preparing to destroy Phineas, Ferb, and their 2nd Dimension counterparts.
The effectiveness of their weapons is hindered by their poor targeting systems for which multiple Norm Bots were hit and destroyed by the laser cannons of another.
Doofenshmirtz is the Norm bots' creator who they serve mindlessly and without a trace of refusal.
Perry is the Norm bots' general, whom they follow orders from whenever he's in charge and Doofenshmirtz is absent. They serve him and follow his orders in a similar manner to how they would with Doofenshmirtz.
- In "Phineas and Ferb The Movie Game: The Dimension of Doooom!" and the Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension video game, the Norm bots come in several different varieties.
- It appears that in the movie they used CGI for the Norm Bots unlike the Original.
- Lawrence calls them Doof bots.
- Both the normal Norm Bots and blonde, red armor-wearing versions of them appear in the game Disney XD: Villains Unite!. They are encountered in the Phineas and Ferb area, at the penultimate level.
- Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (First appearance)
- Tales from the Resistance: Back to the 2nd Dimension (Cameo)