Even if it’s impossible, I want to escape with everyone. Let’s figure it out! I don’t want all of us to die outside. But it isn’t an option to leave them behind. I want Conny to be the last. I’ll never let anyone end up like that again. If there’s no place for humans to live, then let’s make one outside. Let’s change the world.— Emma to Ray and Norman
Emma (エマ, Ema?) is the main protagonist of The Promised Neverland. Caring and extroverted, Emma often proves herself to be one of the most reliable orphans and is often seen surrounded by friends. She is known for her incredible ability to learn, capable athleticism, and ample optimism.
After her success of escaping Grace Field alongside Ray and 13 other orphans, Emma seeks to find William Minerva, whom she believes can grant her and her friends the liberty of living in a safe and peaceful life away from demons after seeing one kill Conny.
Emma was born on August 22, 2034. She was sent to Grace Field House a year later in 2035. Under the parental care of Isabella and the happy times she spent with her fellow foster siblings, Emma had a happy childhood. Due to their close age and probably the fact that they are the top students academically, she was exceptionally close to Norman and Ray out of all the orphans in Grace Field.
One year, when the children were younger, Norman was sick and had to be quarantined in the orphanage's sickbay. Emma, who cannot help to be isolated from her dear friend, sought to sneak into the medbay and accompany him, but failed in every try as she was caught by Isabella consistently, who forbade her to stay near Norman in fear of how his cold might spread to her. In the end, Emma thought of interacting with Norman via a tin can telephone. Norman chatted with her and the other orphans merrily through the night.
At a young age, Emma, Norman and Ray snuck out to visit the gate that encircled the Grace Field House. Emma asked the two boys what they each want to do once they left the orphanage, merrily saying how she wants to ride a giraffe outside, though Ray was dismissive of her idea. The three recalled how Isabella once warned them how they should never go to the gate or beyond the fence due to danger. The three went back the orphanage soon after.
Emma is a young, fair-skinned girl of thin build who has emerald oval-shaped eyes and notably thin eyebrows. Her hair is a light orange color that is short and messy, sticking up at all angles around her head and 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. Like all the other children at the orphanage, Emma wore the standard uniform— a white shirt and skirt along with plain brown shoes. Her identification number, "63194", can be seen on the left side of her neck.
During the escape from Grace Field House, she cut off her left ear to buy time, in which she wore a bandage to cover the wound.
Emma is an extremely optimistic, bubbly, loud, and cheerful girl full of life, whose athletic abilities and extroverted nature contrasts directly to Norman's weak physique and Ray's introverted nature. Emma plays the part as an elderly sister figure among her younger ones, always showing unlimited love and care for her fellow foster siblings. When she discovered Conny's corpse and the truth behind Grace Field and Isabella, Emma underwent an emotional change and decided to never cry again and stayed steadfast with her beliefs and decisions Following this event, Emma's desire to escape is fueled by her love for her family; refusing to leave anyone behind since she doesn't want her siblings to suffer the same fate as Conny, showing the compassionate and altruistic side of her. She is also shown to be very forgiving, as she doesn't think any less of Ray for being the “traitor”, still embracing him as a friend and sympathizing with him. 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. She is also shown to be impulsive, brave, determined, and dauntless, as she willingly puts herself in harm's way to protect her family.
Despite being a perfect test-scorer and a very quick learner, Emma is noted to be silly and air-headed. Her goal of saving every orphan from Grace Field House 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 important decisions by herself, such as cutting off her ear during the escape even though she didn't even mention it in the plan. But she starts relying on her friends and family more after being told to, and comes to learn and pick up knowledge from them. Despite having a very idealistic mindset and somewhat of a naïve personality, Emma is extremely honest, has a strong will, and refuses to give up no matter what obstacles she faces or how bleak the situation looks. She works hard and succeeds through sheer determination, to the point that Ray notes that defying the impossible is Emma's special trait.
Emma often keeps a high-spirited and kind demeanor, but she can become serious if the situation calls for it, especially when it comes to the lives of the other children. When she feels that she or her family are threatened, she isn't afraid to show her intimidating side. After finding out that Ray was a spy, she asked him if he moved up other children's shipping dates to figure out how to disable the trackers. He didn't answer, but she made it clear that she wouldn't tolerate it if he tried to sacrifice anyone else. Emma doesn't want to kill demons because they have a mind and have a family like her. When she learned that Norman would take over the demons she did everything to stop him.
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 House, 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 Bunny, was left behind, which was eventually found by the two demons and Isabella. After fleeing the scene, Emma collapsed onto the ground in despair, as she recalls 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 began 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 -aced 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 – fueled 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 was 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. When Ray is saved, he is visibly shaken by Emma's interference of his suicide plan, but before he is able to say anything more, Emma slaps him and forces him to go escape with her, refusing to let him die. Emma then tells Ray that she'll take out his tracker from his ear.
The children reach the boundary and prepare to scale the wall, but Ray notices the younger ones are not with them. 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.
After escaping from the farm, Emma and her family are being chased by farm demons who wish to bring them back to the farms or just kill them right on spot. When things are looking dire, they are saved by Mujika and Sonju. Although they were initially antagonized and suspicious of them due to them being demons They warm up the two demons. Sonju explains about the outside world, The "Promise" and other critical information. Emma also asks Sonju to teach her how to hunt in order to survive in the world and protect her family, and Sonju explains the Vida flower to Emma. Upon returning to the underground, Emma was acting differently and Emma smiled with sadness inside her
Emma talks to Mujika and she shows the picture of her siblings, then the two became very close friends., the day has come for the children to say goodbye to Sonju and Mujika and then Mujika gives Emma an amulet to remember them. Emma and her group went to Shelter B06-32after Emma hears the call of William Minerva they live in the shelter peacefully until the house pursuers attack and they were able to escape from the attack in the shelter.
After one year Emma and her group lives in the temple of evil blood, trying to survive. Emma goes into a self-loathing depression after all that's happened and figures that her goal was impossible to begin with. Emma and her group went to the Demon City but the demons smell them and chase them. While Emma and Ray were having a tough time running from demons in the Demon City, masked Norman and about four others come into the battle, and decapitate the demons.After a quick embrace with Norman, they went to the temple where Norman explained how he was transferred to Lambda 7214 and how he destroyed the farm and escaped.
When Norman mentioned this plan to everyone, Emma, with her kind and caring self, was against the idea but didn’t have the courage to discuss it with Norman. Ray confronts her about this, and suggests she talks with Norman about it. While waiting for Norman, she and Ray meet Norman’s followers, Barbara, Vincent, and Cislo. Aside from talking about his personality, they also talked about their life in Lambda and their hatred towards demons, which shocked Emma, leaving her horrified. When Emma and Ray questioned Norman about whether the drug can degenerate all demons, this led Norman to the revelation of Mujika.
She found out about Mujika and she found out Norman wanted to kill her and Sonju. Emma is worried because Mujika and Sonju are good friends. and she said to Norman she don't want to kill demons. She made a deal with Norman, if she will find Sonju and Mujika in 5 days, Norman will not kill the demons anymore. Emma and Ray came back to the temple and she told them that she don't want demons to be killed and her family supports her and Don and Gilda will help Emma and Ray to find Mujika.
Emma, Ray, Don and Gilda search for Mujika and Sonju during the first day but still couldn't find them until they were attacked by a demon in the forest, Mujika and Sonju came to their rescue and agreed to come with them to see Norman. By the time they were about to return, they heard a bomb noise and realise that Norman went back on his words and rushed to the village to stop Norman from attacking the demons in the village. Just as Norman was about to murder the elder demon, Emma and Ray arrived in time and called out his name, seeing a younger version of Norman with a sword covered in blood looking extremely terrified and scared. Emma Explains to Norman that it's not to late and that Mujika and Sonju will be coming soon, but Norman still wants to proceed with his plan as he knows that soon the farms and the rest of the humans and demons will find out about what he did. Emma refuses and clarifies that she knows that he doesn't want this as he is weak to kill a demon, and says that it's fine like that because that's who he is.
She cries out in tears and holds Normans hand, saying that he doesn't have to shoulder the burden alone and does not have to pretend to be God. Emma holds out her hand towards him and responds "Lets Grow Up Together" and holds him in her arms as Norman cries out in tears and complains about wanting to live, after Norman Explains to Emma and Ray that there were drugs administered inside him that prevents him from not living longer back at Lambda which made both Emma and Ray a bit shock.
Back at the hideout, Emma, Norman, Ray and the others are planning on rescuing Phil and the other under 5 year olds, when they found out from the radio that they're gonna be shipped out. They're comforted with Mujika, Sonju and the demon that Emma helped out two days ago, informing that he's on of the survivors that drank Mujika's blood and about finding a piece of the promised pen that Vylk found from 15 years ago which gives them the map to Grace Fields Headquarters and the cure to Norman and the others illness.
Emma and others are preparing to save Phil and others. Emma apologizes to Mujika and Sonju because they were involved again but it is ok, Mujika says then Sonju's horse comfort her. Emma, Ray, and Norman plan a break-in to Grace Field to rescue Phil and 119 more children along with him. They plan to launch hot air balloons and drop a demon-killing drug on the farms. Emma, Ray, Norman, Gilda, Don and others manage to get inside, and attack demons they see there with smoke bombs. They obtain a headset from a demon they have tied up, which is connected to Peter Ratri. Vincent hacks into the network and taunts Ratri for falling for the trap,
and the demons watch Emma sabotage the CCTV system. Emma and Cislo hack into the headsets so that they can communicate with each other, declaring a promise fulfilled. The group head to the elevator where everyone reunites. Emma saw Phil and again and they embraced However, the reunion was short-lived, as the breeders point SMGs at them, ready to pull triggers. Isabella tauntingly welcomes the children back. Ratri takes in the defeat of the children, and asks them to stand down and surrender. everyone drops their weapons. As Ratri is about to kill Emma, Isabella turns on Ratri and points her gun at his back, everyone following her lead. Vylk and Mujika head to the elevator. Vylk told to Ratri he don't need the children anymore Emma is happy for him and Emma approaches him and proposes a truce with him
Peter saw his brother to Emma then he killed him self. Emma and other tried to save him but it is to late. Isabella told to Emma and other to go to human world and they will leave behind but Emma told her and others to come with them. Emma thanked Vylk for everything. They went to the door that leads to the human world. Then they open the door. When the kids and sisters were leaving they saw Emma, Norman Ray and the lambda kids did not come with them because they need to save the demon world.
in the human world, many years have passed, and all the children have grown, the oldest into adults and the youngest as teenagers. At the outskirts of New York, Phil reunites with Emma for the last time, having succeeded in her mission.
Skills and Abilities
Emma was considered as one of the three geniuses of Grace Field. Although she isn't as intelligent as Norman or Ray are, she is able to compete with them on an intellectual level.
Emma has astounding learning ability, which allowed her to receive full marks on nearly every test and memorize things perfectly, as she said it would be easy to remember ten types of team formation by ear. She has proven to know and understand Morse code.
Emma has uncanny emotional insights as well as a great ability to manipulate her expressions and feelings, fooling even Isabella, who checked her pulse.
Due to her capable athleticism, Emma has great physical abilities and amazing reflexes. She has the most energy and best physical capacity out of any of the other orphans in the house. Emma was always the last one to be caught in the hide-and-seek games at Grace Field, only being caught by Norman because of his strategic thinking.
Sonju teaches her how to hunt and handle a bow. She was able to learn quickly and she was able to shoot down a bird in the sky after he demonstrates his ability to her. She can shoot demons with her archer.
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 other's sake, albeit not always initially, and have risked their lives more than once to help each other out.
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 that Emma initially places 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. 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 she wouldn't allow Norman's efforts to go to vain. 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 has affected her and she misses him dearly, Norman is one of Emma's main motivations to never give up 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 in going to the human world. Just as Norman revealed himself in front of both Emma and Ray, Emma cried in front of him and quickly ran to hug him, revealing how much she's missed him during the past few months. When Emma, Ray, Don and Gilda found out that Norman went back on his words, they quickly rush to the fallen town to stop Norman from proceeding, as Emma and Ray arrived at the scene, she sees a younger version of Norman with a sword covered in blood looking extremely terrified and scared and promises to never leave him alone.
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, honestly tell people what's on her mind, and not to bottle up her feelings.
After discovering the truth behind the House and Isabella, Ray was the only other person besides Norman that Emma initially put her trust in 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 sympathized 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, Emma states that it does not matter, as the fact that Ray is happy and alive is more than enough for her.
Growing up together, Emma and Gilda have been close throughout their lives. Emma views 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 behind 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 always looks after her makes Emma happy.
Emma and Don grew up as close siblings in Grace Field House. Both get along well and care about one another. Emma also trusts Don, as he was one the few first people she recruited into their escape plan. Don's words and desire for Emma to have faith in him since they are family regarding the situation with their escape, proved to hold great importance for Emma, as she came to understand that her siblings weren't as immature as she once thought. She, therefore, proceeded to recruit everyone over the age of five to the escape plan. After this, Emma begins viewing Don as one of her closest and trusted allies. Emma has deep faith in Don and his abilities, and can, therefore, confide much to him and entrust him to aid her in her plans. Don also respects Emma as a leader and her decisions even if he doesn't always agree with them.
Emma views Phil as her precious sibling who she thinks is very sweet, and from Phil's side, he admires her as an older sister. 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 shipment, 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 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 suffer the same fate as Conny. After the escape of Grace Field House, Conny is one of Emma's main motivations to fight for a future where children don't have to become food, and Emma 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 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.
Emma's relationship with Mujika was initially rocky, due to believing that all demons are evil. However, after getting to know each other and bonding over different things, the two became very close friends. They can confide anything to the opposite party, cares about each other's wellbeing, and trusts one another deeply. Meeting Mujika re-shaped Emma's views on demons as a whole.
Emma was initially intimidated by Sonju due to him being a demon, but nonetheless warms up to him once she gets to know him. It also puts her at ease that he apparently doesn't eat human meat, which re-shaped Emma's views on demons as a whole. Emma respects Sonju greatly, holds him in high regard, and is confident in his skills and abilities. Because of this, Sonju was the one who Emma asked to teach her how to hunt. Because of how much he has taught her about hunting, survival skills, and the outside world, as well as provided their family hospitality and help.
- 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, likable, cool, and simple.
- Emma is the first female protagonist to be a main character in Shonen Jump.
- Emma has achieved a full score in all daily tests, except the ave.2, she has got a 265 out of 300.
- Several pieces of information of Emma are revealed in a Twitter Q&A with authors Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu.
- 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".
- According to Kaiu Shirai, Emma's running speed is superior to both Norman and Ray, regardless of whether the running distance is long or short, she would easily win against the two. Emma would be first, Ray would be second and Norman would be last.
- Several pieces of information of Emma are revealed in Volume 13 Special Edition's Q&A.
- Shirai describes Emma as energetic, "like light," kind of motherly, and idealistic. She keeps the balance between Norman, who supports her, and Ray, who argues but helps anyway.
- Emma was supposed to return to Grace Field House to find that Gilda had become a Sister with Krone as the Mama.
- When asked who they would want to be friends with if they were in the House, Demizu said she would choose Emma and Lannion first.
- Shirai and Demizu commented on how their initial design for Emma was like:
- Shirai: "Five years old on the inside" and "a girl who is like an innocent boy." I remember requesting "not masculine, but not an object of romantic interest for readers, either."
- Demizu: I wanted to make her lively and a bit androgynous. I had various ideas for her hairstyle, but it was decided from the start that it would be short. I like girls with long hair, too, so I also had a concept for Emma with a ponytail.
- Emma is ranked 3rd in the official anime Popularity Poll that was announced after Episode 17
- Emma is an English name with German roots. It's derived from the Germanic word ermen, meaning "whole" or "universal.
- Emma on VS Battles Wiki. (Manga spoilers ahead)