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Norman Bates is the main antagonist of Psycho. Bates suffers severe emotional abuse as a child at the hands of his mother, Norma, who preaches to him that sexual intercourse is sinful and that all women (except herself) are whores. After a brief hospitalization for shock, he develops dissociative identity disorder, assuming her personality to repress her death and escape the guilt of murdering her. He inherits his mother's house — where he keeps her corpse — and the family motel in fictional Fairvale, California. In the sequel to the original film, Bates is released from the institution 22 years after his arrest, seemingly cured, and he meets Mary Loomis — Marion Crane's niece — with whom he falls in love. In the third film, Bates continues to struggle, unsuccessfully, against "Mother"'s dominion. He also finds another love interest named Maureen Coyle, who eventually dies at "Mother"'s hand. The final sequel, however, supplies that Bates' father was stung to death by bees. In this film, Bates has been released from an institution, and is married to one of the hospital's psychologists . When his wife becomes pregnant, however, he lures her to his mother's house and tries to kill her, wanting to prevent another of his "cursed" line from being born into the world.


In the television movie and failed series pilot Bates Motel, Bates is never released from the institution after his first incarceration. He befriends Alex West, a fellow inmate who had murdered his stepfather, and wills ownership of the titular motel to him before dying of old age.

 
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