"I'm returning to Grace Field within two years. I'm going to get the younger ones we left behind and release all the others and take everyone to the human world. You should come with us. Come to the human world. Let's go see the world your friends wanted to see!"
|Alias||Antenna (by Mister; formerly)|
|• Characteristics •|
|Birthday||August 22, 2034|
12 (by 2046)
13 (by 2047)
|Height|| 145 cm|
At least 155 cm (2047)
|• Professional Information •|
|Affiliation|| William Minerva |
The Paradise Hideout
|Prev. Affiliation|| Grace Field House (Escaped)|
Goldy Pond Resistance (Temporary; disbanded)
Shelter B06-32 (Destroyed)
|• Relationships •|
|Allies||Norman, Ray, Gilda, Don, Phil, Conny†, Grace Field Escapees, Mister† , Lucas† , Mujika, Sonju, Goldy Pond Resistance members|
|Enemies||Isabella, Krone† , The demons, Leuvis, Luce† , Bayon†, Andrew†|
|• Debuts •|
|Other Media||A Letter from Norman (Spin-off Novel)|
|• Portrayals •|
|Japanese VA||Sumire Morohoshi|
|English VA||Erica Mendez|
Emma (エマ, Ema?) is the main protagonist of The Promised Neverland series. Athletic, caring and extroverted, Emma often proves herself to be one of the most reliable orphans in Grace Field House, and thus she is often seen surrounded by friends, specifically Norman and Ray, and is seldom seen without one by her side.
Being one of the smartest children living in Grace Field, Emma is considered as one of Grace Field House's three "Premium quality goods" next to Norman and Ray.
After her success of escaping Grace Field alongside Ray and 13 other orphans, Emma now seeks to find William Minerva, whom she believes can grant her and her friends the liberty to live a safe and peaceful life away from the demons.
Emma was born on August 22, 2034, and sent to Plantation 3 a year later in 2035, growing up along with Ray, Norman, and several other children under the parental care of Isabella.
On January 1, 2039, 4 years later, Norman eventually became ill so Mama Isabella ordered no one to stay with him so he would not get sick, but Emma disobeyed this rule several times, trying to talk to Norman, but being stopped by Mama until she finally found a way for them to talk: over a cordless phone.
Sometime in the same year, she, Norman, and Ray went to the gate and asked each other what they would do when they got outside. Emma replies that she would like to ride a giraffe. However, they did not enter the gate and the three pondered on what could lie behind the gate.
Taking daily tests, playing a game of tag, eating scrumptious homemade food and having a good time – Emma went through the same routine every day in Grace Field, an orphanage where she lived since the day she was born. Under the loving care of Isabella, who she refers to as "Mom", and the companionship of Norman, Ray and the other orphans, Emma spent a pleasant childhood in Grace Field.
When the day came for Conny to be sent off to foster parents, Emma and the other orphans gave a tearful goodbye as they bade farewell to the child. Sometime after Conny left with Isabella, Emma found Conny's beloved stuffed toy on a tabletop in the house. Wanting to return it to Conny, Emma proceeded to the gates of Grace Field to search for the girl under Norman's company. Instead of finding Conny, Emma and Norman found Conny's corpse within a truck instead, as they stared in pure horror upon seeing their friend dead. The two later hid under the truck as they witness two demons inserting Conny's dead body into a jar. Isabella revealed to be working for the demons, as the two witnesses in shock of how Isabella is evil. As Emma and Norman returned to Grace Field unnoticed, the stuffed toy, Little Bernie, was left behind, which was eventually found by the two demons and Isabella.
Emma collapsed onto the ground in despair, as she recalled the traumatic scene she and Norman just witnessed, which soon led her to break down in tears. Norman consoled Emma and told her not to speak of the incident to anyone.
During the next few days, Emma and Norman remained silent and secretive about Conny's death and the existence of demons; put on an innocent and childlike façade whenever they interact with Isabella, who was suspecting the two.
With the introverted yet intelligent Ray, the three started to devise an escape plan to rescue the orphans from Isabella and the demons' clutches. Emma wanted to save every single orphan, which greatly bothered Ray as he viewed her goal to be impossible to achieve. The three learned and gathered every possible information they could get about the outside world and to aid in their eventual escape. Ray helped in plotting the escape plan. Isabella eventually got Krone appointed as Grace Field's second caretaker (as the orphans' "Sister"), an additional obstacle for Emma, Norman, and Ray to deal with. Krone tried to get in the way of the trio, much to their dismay.
Emma, Norman and Ray eventually recruited Don and Gilda into the team as additional help and told them about the secrets behind Grace Field, Isabella and the existence of Demons. Along the way, the five faced obstacles and issues whilst working together, such as the interference of Isabella and Krone ; suspicions of Gilda being on the enemies' side ; Ray's double-crossing; and Don's unhappiness towards the limited trust Emma, Norman and Ray had on him and Gilda, whom they did not tell the entirety of their plan and motives to.
When the Emma and her team finally managed to put Ray's escape plan into work, it was, however, foiled by Isabella, as she fractured Emma's leg and revealed how Norman will be the next to suffer the same fate as Conny (sending him off to the demons).
The team and the plan began to fall apart, with Norman being sent off from Grace Field; Ray excluding himself in aiding the plan; Emma falling into depression whilst being immobilized to help; and Isabella's success in beating them. Months passed as the remaining four orphans resumed their daily routine in Grace Field and maintained the innocent demeanor they once had.
On January 2046, Emma and Ray – fuelled by the thirst for vengeance of their presumably dead friend – re-enacted the escape plan and revealed how the fact that they had given up during the last few months were all just an act. While Isabella closely watched her and Ray, Don and Gilda continued preparing for their escape. Ray proposes they set the house on fire that night as a distraction. After Emma agrees, Ray reveals that he plans to set himself alight, to distract Isabella and deny the demons their feast. As the clock chimes midnight, the now twelve-year-old Ray starts the fire. As it spreads, the children evacuate and Emma severs her ear so she cannot be tracked. Isabella tries to extinguish the fire and save Ray, who she thinks is engulfed in flames, but the children had wrapped meat and hair in his clothes as a decoy. Months earlier, Norman told Emma of Ray's plan to burn himself and prepared a counter-plan for her, which meant that they were already prepared to escape. Emma had only pretended to give up for the last two months, and she was, in reality, giving out orders to the other kids. The children reach the boundary and prepare to scale the wall, but Ray notices the younger ones are not with them.
As the children reach and climb the boundary wall, it is revealed in a flashback that Phil tells Emma that he suspected the purpose of the farm all along, and accepted that the under four-year-olds would stay, hoping to be freed before being harvested. Emma promises to back within two years to free Phil and all the cattle children from the other plantations. After Don first throws a rope across the channel, the children begin to cross to the forest using ropes and coat hangers as zip lines. When there is no sign of the children at the bridge, Isabella runs along the wall and arrives in time to see Emma. Emma, being the last child, bids farewell to her beloved former home, the house, and lastly her "mama" and crosses into the forest before the lines are cut. Emma is overjoyed to have made it outside and gives her gratitude to Norman for making it possible. The escapees soon see their first sunrise outside the farm.
Emma is a young girl of thin build with short, messy hair that sticks up at all angles around her head, worn parted to her right with a single longed lock curving upwards to one side from her parting, and another from the base of her neck. Although not as prominent in the manga, it appears to grow darker the further down it goes, ranging from a pale yellow-orange to a darker shade. She also has green, oval-shaped eyes and notably thin eyebrows.
Like all the other children at the orphanage, she wears the standard uniform— a white shirt and skirt along with plain brown shoes. Her identification number, "63194", can be seen on her neck.
Emma cut off her left ear in the escape from the Grace Field House and wears a bandage to cover the wound and to prevent it from infection. During the Goldy Pond arc, Emma starts sporting one single braid and wears hairclips on her left side to help hide her missing ear. She also stopped wearing the standard uniform, instead adopting long black pants, a black shirt, and a long white-colored coat. She also starts wearing a necklace ever since receiving it from Mujika. By 2047, she has grown much taller, being at least 155 cm and possibly taller.
Emma is shown as an optimistic and bubbly girl full of life, the first one to jump up of bed to pervade a liveliness to the sleepy atmosphere inside the orphans' bedroom. She always showed unlimited love and care for her fellow foster siblings, as she played the part as an elder sister figure among her younger ones. Even after she escapes the orphanage in the first arc, she still carries photos of the kids she left behind. Emma is also shown to be brave and dauntless, as she put on a courageous front when helping Gilda catch the "ghosts" that were lurking inside the Grace Field House. Athletic and extroverted, Emma is a direct contrast to Norman's weak physique and Ray's introverted nature, thus she has plenty of friends and was seldom seen without one by her side.
After discovering Conny's corpse and the truth behind Grace Field and Isabella, Emma immediately broke down into a traumatic state as she painfully cried over the death of her dear sister, reflecting how Emma loves and cares for her siblings and thus her death greatly impacted her. Following this event, Emma's desire to escape is fueled by her love for her family. She refuses to leave anyone behind since she didn't want her siblings to suffer the same fate as Conny, showing the selflessness, compassion and altruistic side of her. According to Krone, Emma always thinks of others before herself, so much that she dilutes her chances to save herself by refusing to leave any of her family behind. Despite having an idealistic mindset and somewhat of a naïve personality, Emma is extremely selfless, loyal, honest, has strong lateral thinking skills, uncanny emotional insights, a very strong will and refuses to give up no matter what obstacles she faces. She works hard and succeeds through sheer determination. Ray notes that defying the impossible is Emma's special trait.
Emma often keeps a high-spirited, cheerful and kind demeanor, but she can turn serious if the situation calls for it, especially when it comes to the lives of the other children. After finding out that Ray is the spy, Emma asks him if he moved up other children's shipping dates to figure out how to disable the trackers. He doesn't answer, but Emma makes it clear that she will not tolerate it if he tries to sacrifice anyone else. When she feels that she or her family is threatened, she is not afraid to show her intimidating side.
Despite being a perfect test-scorer, being the most physically fit of the kids, a very quick learner including when it comes to fighting, she is noted to be quite silly and air-headed. Her goal of saving every orphan from Grace Field was deemed as impossible but she still believed she could achieve it, hence being called an airhead by Ray. Additionally, her overt optimism and cheerfulness lead her to sometimes make decisions that can be seen as very reckless. This is something that people around her have called her out on, including Ray, Gilda, and Violet.
Emma's selflessness was further shown when she hanged her life perilously in the balance to ensure the safety of her friends when she lured a wild demon away from them when they encountered it in a forest. Her consideration is not only limited to her family and friends but even strangers. This is evident in the Goldy Pond Arc when Emma, without any hesitation, jumps in to save two children that were surrounded by four 'demons' with a single axe. Emma mentions that she can't stand by and watch someone who needs help, and she does things for other's sake and not her own. According to Leuvis, Emma has "the eyes of a killer" when facing dangerous situations. Emma does indeed call herself a huntress, but not in the same way as the demons.
Since her natural caring and compassionate personality draw the children to her and unites the whole family, she ultimately becomes the "leader" of the Grace Field Escapees. Although she is often cheerful and optimistic, Emma is at times seen being self-conscious and doubtful as her position as the leader. Her greatest fear is making the wrong decisions and putting her family in danger, and she sometimes blames wrongdoings on herself. The only person she'll admit this to is Ray, however. Furthermore, Emma has a tendency to make important decisions by herself and endure her pain on her own, such as cutting off her ear in the escape of Grace Field House even though she didn't even mention it in the plan. However, she starts relying on her friends and family more after being told to.
She has her own way of doing things, such as getting Mister to help them out upon arriving at the B06-32 Shelter by threatening that if he didn't, she and Ray would just blow up the shelter. Even Mister is clearly disturbed by Emma's cheery smile while she says this. Furthermore, Emma is a rather peaceful person who prefers to talk things out than fight even when the other party is trying to kill her. Even though she despises the demons and the fact that they eat humans, Emma is fond of Mujika and Sonju, and wandering in a normal demon village made her realize that demons have families and friends, too, just like herself. This shows that Emma is a very emphasizing and caring person. Moreover, she is deeply uncomfortable with Norman's plan of essentially committing genocide against the demons, as Emma realizes that humans and demons are not so different.
Skills and Abilities
Due to her capable athleticism, Emma has great physical abilities and amazing reflexes, as seen when she is always the last one to be caught in the hide-and-seek games at Grace Field. Emma has the most energy and best physical capacity out of any of the other orphans in the house, being superior to even Norman who can only catch her because of his strategic thinking.
Although Emma is not as bright as Norman and Ray, she is able to compete with them on an intellectual level. Emma was considered as one of the three geniuses at Grace Field as she received full marks on nearly every test.
Emma has an incredible ability to learn fast, which allowed her to always be among the top three children. Thanks to this, she is also able to memorize things perfectly, as she said it would be easy to memorize 10 types of team formation by ear. She has proven to know and understand Morse code. Emma also has a great ability to manipulate her expressions and feelings, fooling Mama Isabella who even checked her pulse.
When Emma and Ray are ordered by Mister to equip necessary weapons before travelling to Goldy Pond, Emma chose a hand bow. Along the journey, Emma made use of the hand bow to defend herself from the demons, which was shown when she used it to kill a wild man-eater with great accuracy. Emma is also shown to be as good with rifles.
She can learn and can pick up techniques from others very quickly. For example, she was capable of observing Mister and copying his ability to move without making any sounds in order to prevent any demons from finding them.
Emma has proven herself to possess incredible stamina. She, together with Ray, managed to follow Mister for hours without slowing down or losing track of him. She has also managed to take continual, deadly assaults from foes and continue fighting. Such impressive resistance was first shown during her fight with Leuvis, in which she received wounds from her opponent's strong, sharp claws and nonetheless kept fighting on.
Being orphans of Grace Field House, Emma and Norman have been close throughout their entire lives and often spent time together ever since they were toddlers. Emma sees Norman as one of her best friends and someone precious to her. Both parties care deeply for the opposite's well-being and do not hesitate to save each other when one is in distress. Emma and Norman are willing to sacrifice much for the others' sake, albeit not always initially, and have risked their lives more than once to help each other.
Ever since the truth about the 'orphanage' was revealed, Emma states that Norman has been by her side and supporting her. Norman comforted her when she was breaking down after discovering about Conny's death, and when she cried, Norman smiled at her. This inspired Emma to stay strong, never cry again, and escape with him and all of her siblings. Although Emma has always trusted Norman, it becomes more evident as he was the only person aside from Ray Emma initially place her trust on; often depending on Norman and sees him as the team's trump card due to his vast intelligence for his age. Norman is also one of the few people that Emma feels comfortable confiding anything in; including her troubles and views on different matters. Since Norman always fights hard to make Emma's ideals come to life and supports her choices in almost everything she does, it is clear that Norman is Emma's primary emotional support during the escape arc. Norman has also stated that he loves and admires Emma, and will do anything and everything to protect her. Emma is seemingly oblivious to these feelings, though.
After Norman's shipment, Emma was depressed due to the absence of her best friend, but she became even more determined to escape since wouldn't allow Norman's efforts to go to vain. And after managing to escape from Grace Field House, Emma has mentioned Norman several instances and still sees him as one the most precious people to her. Although his absence affected her, Norman is one of Emma's main motivations to never give and continue fighting. Emma has also stated that she will take care of everything he requested of her before his shipment, as well as accomplish all of Norman's dreams when she succeeds going to the human world.
When they reunited 2 years later after the escape, Emma is overjoyed and moved to tears that her best friend was alive. It is proved that there was no rift created between them despite the long time they didn't see each other. Emma states that she is happy that he hasn't changed, will be able to see him everyday, and most importantly, that he is alive and well. However, soon after, Emma begins feeling uncomfortable by Norman's plan to commit genocide against the demons. Emma decides to confess her feelings about the matters since Norman is her precious friend, but Norman is against Emma's plans and they do not reach an agreement as their world-views and ideals are completely different by this point. Emma and Norman have also become independent from each other compared to their time in Grace Field House as they are now fighting for what they themselves believe is right, but they still respect each other and the opposite's opinions. And much like her situation with Ray, Emma does not let their differences get in the way of their friendship, and it is still clear that Emma and Norman love and care deeply about each other. Emma understands the burden that Norman carries by taking up the mantle of a "god" or "William Minerva", which is why she states that she will not let Norman die or ever suffer on his own ever again. She is also determined to support him in the best way she can, even is she doesn't agree with him.
Emma has been best friends with Ray ever since they were toddlers. Despite the two's contrasting personalities —Ray's serious and well- reserved attitude and Emma's flightiness and optimism— which occasionally leads to personality clashes, bickering, and disagreements, the two love each other regardless and help each other when one is in distress. They do not let their differences get in the way of their friendship, and they are always able to work things out and face no difficulties working together. Emma often encourages Ray to be more open and out-going, and frequently invites him to join the orphans in games such as a game of tag, and not have his head buried in a book all the time. Likewise, Ray encourages Emma to speak up and honestly tell people what's on her mind. After discovering the truth behind the House and Isabella, Ray was the only other person besides Norman Emma initially put her trust on when they strategized their plan to escape from Grace Field. Even after she found out Ray was the traitor, Emma still embraced Ray as her sibling and best friend and symphatized with him for suffering alone for so long, but she also tells him to never do something in the same manner again. She cares for Ray and his well-being deeply, so she was absolutely against the idea of Ray sacrificing himself to aid in their escape. Although Emma had to sacrifice her ear for Ray and the rest of their siblings, Emma states that it does not matter, as the fact that Ray is happy and alive is more than enough for her.
Ever since their escape from Grace Field, Emma and Ray have been working together and helping each other out in almost everything. Due to Norman's absence, they have become very protective and loyal of one another and Emma will not hesitate to rush to Ray's side when he is in danger and vice-versa. She also respects Ray and is confident in his abilities, as she entrusted him to lure away some wild demons on his own as well as aid her in her fights. She often seeks him out as her comfort and voice of reason, as the only person she'll tell her doubts to and ask for advice is him. Although the two of them still have disagreements like typical siblings and friends, different world-views, and Ray admitting that he agrees with Norman's plans and doesn't empathize with Emma's doubts, he still decides to follow her in whatever path she chooses and fully supports her. Emma is deeply grateful for this and feels comfortable having him by her side.
Growing up together, Emma and Gilda have been close throughout their lives. Emma sees Gilda as one of her closest friends and a sisterly figure. After Norman and Ray, Gilda and Don were the only people that Emma put her trust in after discovering the truth about the orphanage. Emma trusts Gilda to such an extent that she strongly believed that she was not Isabella's spy when others believed so. The two girls love and care for each other very much and both parties go to great lengths to make sure they are safe. Due to Emma's reckless nature, Gilda tends to reprimand her which Emma actually appreciates, because the fact that Gilda cares for her makes Emma happy.
Emma views Phil as her precious sibling who she thinks is very sweet, and from Phil's side, he admires and looks up to her. Emma always looks after Phil and they often play together. Both parties care for each other, and when Emma was depressed due to Norman's apparent death, Phil tearfully hugged her. Emma seems to have a lot of faith in Phil and trusts him, as he is the only sibling under the age of four whom Emma told the truth of the orphanage before she escaped. Following the escape from Grace Field House, Emma is determined to return to Grace Field within two years and take him and her other siblings to the human world.
Emma has closely watched over Conny ever since she arrived at the orphanage, and Emma views her as a younger sister and encourages her in the things she is unsure about. When Emma finds Conny's corpse, she breaks down in a traumatic state and tears due to the loss of her dear sister. Witnessing Conny's death motivated Emma to escape with the rest of her siblings in hopes of never letting her siblings to suffer the same fate as Conny. After the escape of Grace Field House, Conny is one of Emma's main motivations to never give up, and Emma still holds Conny dearly in her heart.
From birth, Emma has viewed Isabella as her beloved mother, the one who raised and taught her, despite their lack of blood relation. However, this soon all changes when she discovers Isabella's true motive- to raise her and her fellow siblings to become food for the Demons. Isabella's image of a perfect mother soon shattered in Emma's eyes, and she now sees Isabella as nothing but a threat to her and her siblings.
Despite that, it is implied that Emma still considers Isabella as her "mother" and an important person to her in present. This is evident during her near-death experience, as Isabella was the last person Emma saw in her "dream" and encouraged her to not give up, before Emma got motivated to stand up and continue fighting.
Emma's relationship with Mujika was initially rocky, due to believing that all "demons" were evil. However, after getting to know each other and bonding over different things, the two became close friends. Emma views Mujika as her savior and is grateful for all the things that she and Sonju have taught and given them, as well as helping them in their future journey. Ever since Mujika gave Emma a necklace as a "good luck charm", Emma has never stopped wearing it, showcasing how dear Mujika is to Emma. When Norman confesses that they need to kill Mujika, "the girl with cursed blood", Emma is completely distraught and refuses to let her close friend be killed.
Emma initially showed skepticism and a tint of hatred towards Mister, which is however unmatched by his much greater hatred towards her. Being a forgiving and trusting person, Emma does not hold grudge against Mister even after he threatened to kill her a couple of times, noticeably when he shoots her or when he used her and Ray as bait to lure a man-eater. Emma is highly aware of the animosity Mister displayed towards her, nevertheless, she tried to get on good terms with him and explained her goal of saving the orphans in Grace Field, which changed the man's perspective on life as he started to regret his decision to get Emma killed in Goldy Pond. Therefore, the hostility between Emma and Mister starts to lessen.During the fight Emma, Mister, Ray and a few members of the Goldy Pond Resistance had against Leuvis, Emma was keen and eager to know Mister's name, while the opposite sheepishly promised to reveal to her afterward, showing the progressing friendship and acceptance the two started to have. As time flies, Emma begins to see Mister in a new light as both sides accept each other as friends, this was shown when Mister finally revealed his name to Emma, as the latter smiled warmly at him. As time passed, Emma became a daughter figure to Mister, evident when Emma and Ray were preparing to search for Cuvitidala, Mister recommended the two to have Violet and Zack to accompany them. Gillian then figured out how Mister had become increasingly caring towards Emma and Ray as it showed how much he is concerned about the two's safety. When Emma and the rest left, Lucas called Mister a "mother hen" as he kept worrying on Emma and the others' safety. Mister also tends to share his words of wisdom with Emma, and encourages her to stay with her choices and is confident that Emma will able to change the world. All this is why Emma is completely devastated when she finds out about Mister's death. However, Mister also comes to be one of Emma's main motivations to keep fighting for a future for the cattle children, and Emma swears she will make it the human world for his sake.
- A mini-game in The Promised Neverland official site revealed two manga pages for players who achieved high scores. The pages showed how Isabella named her Emma, saying how she thinks the name "Emma" is cute, likeable, cool and simple.
- Emma's dream, when she can get into the human world in future, is to ride a giraffe.
- Posuka Demizu described Emma as one of the hardest characters to draw, as drawing Emma for every panel takes the most amount of time to finish.
- According to Kaiu Shirai, he made Emma as the female protagonist because the first antagonist of the story is also a female, hence the thought that the mother-daughter relationship between the two would make the story "more interesting".
- The following are Emma's rankings in some of The Promised Neverland's official popularity polls.
- Announced in Chapter 75, Emma achieved the 2nd position behind Norman in the Color Illustration Character Poll which was held on The Promised Neverland's official LINE account.
- In Shounen Jump's popularity poll results announced in Chapter 88, Emma is in 1st place.
- In Shounen Jump's 2nd popularity poll results announced in Chapter 102, Emma is in 1st place with a total of 5581 votes.
- Emma on VS Battles Wiki. (Manga spoilers ahead)