- "I look out for me and me alone."
On December 11, 2013, Norvock was working at Central City Zoo. When the particle accelerator explosion shattered all the animal cages, he ended up having to pull an elapid snake off of a kid, and when he got hit by the dark matter, as Norvock put it, he wound up with a snake in his head.
Working for Amunet
After she attempted to quit, Norvock watched Caitlin when Cisco Ramon came to the bar to convince her to return to Team Flash. Cisco got unnerved by Norvock's attention and told him off. Seeing Caitlin's recognition of Cisco, Norvock left the premises. Later on, Caitlin came back to the bar to tell Norvock that she intended to quit working for Amunet. Norvock refused and tried to intimidate her into staying, grabbing her. Angered, Killer Frost activated her powers and almost killed Norvock by freezing his head, before leaving the scene.
When Caitlin Snow was in attendance at Iris West's bachelorette party, Norvock came to threaten her again, triggering her into using the powers by using his own. Caitlin managed to defeat Norvock easily, throwing him out of a window.
Later Norvock was present when Caitlin, in her Killer Frost persona, came to Amunet Black intending to kill her. Discovering that Norvock started a fight, Amunet was visibly upset with him taking chances.
Norvock was also present when Amunet tried to sell The Weeper to unknown gangsters. He tried to fight Caitlin Snow yet again only to be traumatized by her powers. Taking her leave when Caitlin let her go, Amunet helped Norvock to quit the scene as well.
When Amunet disappeared from the radar, Norvock had become the leader of her criminal organization and made a venom to enhance his tentacle and kill Amunet should she try to reprise her position. When Barry and Team Flash go after him, Norvock poisoned him and Barry barely avoided death by phasing to lose the venom.
Amunet intended to kill him, but Caitlin dissuaded her and argued there was some good in her. Amunet decided to spare him, but cut off his eye tentacle.
After Amunet left Central City, Norvock seemed to form a partnership with Carl Bork. They were attacked by Cicada. During the battle, Bork was able to battle Cicada for a time but was ultimately bested by Cicada and killed. Bork was able to let Norvock escape.
After successfully rounding up the metas, Cicada learned about their location from Officer Jones. The Flash and Killer Frost took on Cicada while Elongated Man and Norvock got the metas onto the Special Services helicopter. He was almost killed by Cicada's dagger but was saved by Elongated Man.
Norvock later gained a new name and identity along with the rest of the metas.
Later, Norvock helped Caitlin investigate Ramsey Rosso's whereabouts. He lost some friends to Ramsey, noticeably being disturbed by the blood villain.
During the Anti-Monitor Crisis, Norvock as well as everyone in the multiverse except for the seven Paragons, was killed in an antimatter wave by the Anti-Monitor on December 10, 2019, only to be restored a month later, after the Paragons and the Spectre created a new universe.
Like in the original multiverse, Norvock worked for Amunet at some point.
Each day during Frost's trial, Norvock sat in the court room as her punishment was debated until a conclusion was settled, that Frost would be sentenced to prison without parole but not be forced to take the meta-human cure. Norvock understood the sacrifice that she had made so that no meta-human would be forced to lose their powers. He promised that he would spread word of it and tell everyone of Frost's deed.
- "Did you start a fight? Honestly, Norvock. That's why you're my third favorite henchman."
- —Amunet Black[src]
Norvock was a cold, thuggish character, who tried to intimidate Cisco and Caitlin, albeit unsuccessfully. He did an attempt to prevent Snow from leaving her service without permission.
However, Norvock is proven to have a noble side, as evidenced by his willingness to stay and help evacuate all the meta-humans. According to himself he only got his terrible (because it cost him good eyesight) meta power from saving a kid from a snake at the zoo. At the same time, it shows Norvock is a bit jealous of metas who got cool powers without getting a disfigurement.
He seems to be on better terms with the Killer Frost personality, whom he is much more pleasant and civil with than Caitlin. Further proving this is that Frost invited him to be the DJ at her 30th birthday party and that he helped her in her quest to search Ramsey Rosso. He would later attend the trial against Frost to show support for her.
Powers and abilities
- Meta-human physiology: After Norvock was struck by the energy of the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator, this altered his DNA and supercharged his cells, augmenting his physiology.
- Tentacle: Hidden under the prosthetic eye, one of Norvock's eye sockets contained a three-fingered tentacle, powerful enough to lift middle-size objects and throw punches. However, the tentacle was later cut off by Amunet Black.
- Venom secretion: Norvock's tentacle was capable of releasing venom powerful enough to overwhelm the Flash's healing powers, forcing him instead to phase it out of his system.
- Basic hand-to-hand combatant: Norvock was able to surprise and lock Caitlin Snow with a grabbing attack, but did not count on her meta-human powers allowing an easy escape.
- Norvock is technically a powerless meta, as his only ability was removed by Amunet.
Behind the scenes
- In the DC comics, Hunk Norvock was a crime boss in the 1930s who was responsible for ruining young Clifford DeVoe's career as an attorney in his first major case. Norvock then hired DeVoe for his criminal organization as a strategist, using the latter's knowledge of the judicial system to keep himself safe. Eventually, Norvock became wary of DeVoe's intelligence and decided to kill him, only for the latter to devise a contraption that made Norvock kill himself. DeVoe went on to take control of Norvock's and other criminal organizations and become "The Thinker".
- The character's name was originally written as just "Norvok", before being corrected to "Matthew Norvock" in "".