Norman Joy is a pre-created, playable Sim who lives in Riverview, with his grown daughter Elaine, and is afraid she'll move out from the farm and find a new place. This may suggest that he is conservative with old family ideals. It appears that his wife, Jenny, has recently died, and he is still trying to get over it. He and his daughter have a private farm outside of their home, where they grow many kinds of vegetables and fruits. He has also some books and apples in his inventory, as well as other items. Norman is an elder, and is 77 days old.
He is best friends with his daughter, but doesn't know anyone else other than her. He has 5 skill points in Cooking, 3 in Fishing, 8 in Gardening and 3 in Handiness. Mistakenly, Norman has both technophobic and handy traits, so he is good at fixing most things even though he is afraid of electrical and electronic objects.