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"What happened that made you have such a large inferiority complex, that you have to piss on the feelings of a first year girl for you to feel cool? Were you never validated as a child, or did mommy never compliment your drawings? Or did daddy never come to any of your graduations? You didn't have hair on your dick in seventh grade and you were bullied for it? Anyway, you seriously have to get over it and start behaving like a human. Stop walking around like a fucking cliché."
— Noora to William


Noora Amalie Sætre is the main character on Skam in Season 2 and a recurring character in the firstthird and fourth season. She is a student at Hartvig Nissen School and a Russ Bus member along with her friends.

Early life

Noora grew up in Mjøndalen, Norway. When she was 13, she had sex for the first time, and the guy behaved really shitty afterwards, causing Noora to develop an eating disorder the following spring. When she was 15 she fled to Madrid because her parents didn't care about her. She lived in Madrid and attended Torrejon High School. She moved into The Kollektiv at some point after moving back to Oslo.

Throughout the Series

Season 1

Friday September 25, 2015
Noora attends the revue party, and she is at the bar when she notices how Ingrid talks to Eva. Once Ingrid walks off, Noora introduces herself to Eva, who she recognises from Spanish class. She goes on to tell Eva that according to studies, girls who call other girls slut have a 90% higher chance of getting chlamydia. Eva asks if Noora is serious which she denies, but she says if would be cool if it were true. Eva smiles at her in a disbelieving way before Noora leaves.

Monday October 5, 2015
On Monday, Noora is already in Spanish class when Eva walks in. A guy comes to sit next to her and asks her how she's doing, and Noora just dismisses him. She gets up and goes to sit next to Eva instead.

Noora greets her with 'Hi' and then jokingly corrects to 'H' which makes them both laugh. The spanish teacher then enters and mentions they will be working on their assignments from fall break, to which Eva asks if they had homework to do during their break. Noora confirms and mutters 'fuck' before the teacher asks her about the assignment. Eva is flustered so Noora leans in to whisper the answer to her, and Eva responds the answer to the teacher

When the teacher comments on Noora answering for Eva, Noora replies by saying Eva hadn't found her homework yet and that she was just helping. Noora also notes that the teacher asked the question the wrong way, and corrects the teacher. When Eva is somewhat staring at Noora, Noora explains she lived in Madrid.

Noora adds it is the reason why she doesn't have any friends in Oslo to which Eva answers a bit awkwardly. Noora then asks what Eva's excuse is, and Eva jokingly replies 'strong body odor'.

Thursday October 7, 2015
On Thursday around 2PM, Noora walks up to Eva, standing by the announcement board, and points to a poster starting with H saying "H as in 'Have you got a drug problem'" like it says on the poster. Noora then asks her if she has plans on Friday, but before Eva can answer Vilde walks up to them.

Noora gets introduced to Vilde by Eva. Noora stands by as Vilde talks about the bus meeting the next day. When Vilde asks Noora if she wants to join, Noora declines, leaving Vilde a bit dissapointed. When Chris walks up to them an introduces Sana, who wants to join their bus. Noora and Eva exchange a look when Vilde makes a comment about Sana being Muslim, and then smiles a bit awkwardly at Sana's sarcastic reply.

When Sana walks off and Vilde comments on how she doesn't want Sana on their bus, Noora says they will give her a chance and that she was really cool. When Vilde counters that Noora isn't even on their bus, Noora says she is if Sana is joining so is she. Noora then high-fives with Chris before smiling amusingly at Eva as Vilde walks off with Chris.

Friday October 8, 2015
At the bus meeting Vilde explains her plan to the girls, but Sana soon takes the wheel explaining Vilde's plan is a waste of time.

Sana mentions how they're the losers at the school and they should acknowledge that. Sana then explains they need to recruit more girls, and to do that they need to gain credibility. Sana's plan includes asking the girls if they know any '97 guys, to which an abscence of replies suggests that they don't.

Sana explains they need to find out which 97'ers have the best bus, and get themselves invited to them by hooking up with them. Sana specifically mentions the other girls, saying she herself won't hook up. Sana then asks if any of the girls have boyfriends, and again everyone but Eva replies they don't.

After Eva explains she has a boyfriend, Sana suggests she dumps him and Noora then pitches in asking Sana if she's serious, and Sana reasons that Eva is the prettiest girl there, saying it'd be a waste if she has a boyfriend. Noora comments how it's really stupid, and she makes a stand by saying they can't be asked to use their sexuality in exchange for credibility.

When Noora calls her crazy, Sana says she is just being honest and she explains how Norwegian girls exchange sex for money, popularity and acknowledgement every day. She goes on to say how they might disagree on values but that it's not news , because it's their culture. Sana says it's crazy, so they should try to change it instead of critisizing it.

This renders most of the girls silent, and after a moment Vilde comments how it's a little much to ask Eva to break up with her boyfriend. Sana replies saying it was just a suggestion, and that Eva can think for herself because she is not a child. As theg group processes everything, Sana comments how she thinks the meeting went well.

Season 2

Noora is the central character of Season 2

Monday February 29, 2016
Noora joins Eva and Chris who are watching Sara and Ingrid in the form room. She gets a text from William about her outfit, prompting her to put her coat back on as Vilde and Sana join them as well. Vilde then announces she got 'Brun og Bild' as sponsor. Noora says they will not be sponsored by them, saying they contrubute to the most speculative and sexist marketing in Norway. Vilde calls Noora ungrateful. Noora says she doesn't want to go around and promote that type of body pressure. When the other girls seem to be on board with Vilde's plan, Noora sarcastically tells them to "go for it" but that she won't be on the bus anymore.

When Vilde asks if they should be gå-russ (graduating without russ), Noora says Russebuss was never important, and that she wanted to get to know Eva and Sana. When Chris makes a comment about being left out, Noora clarifies she meant her too, saying "you know I love you." before the school bell rings.

Season 3

Monday October 2, 2016
Noora is facetiming with Eskild and Linn when they barge into Isak's room. Noora asks about what their plans are. When Eskild asks about Noora's plans, she says she'll find something. She explains William is working and that she doesn't have many friends herself. She says she does a lot of stuff like visiting museums, which Eskild finds boring and he suggests going for drinks instead. Eskild says he wants her to have a good time and Noora assures him that she does before changing the subject asking how it goes living with Isak. Eskild teases how Isak doesn't pay rent and Noora smells better.

Friday October 21, 2016
Noora arrives back home, interrupting Isak and Even in the kitchen as she sets down her stuff on the living room floor.

Saturday October 22, 2016
Noora talks about William and how all he does is work and how it seems as if money is the most important thing suddenly. Noora states William becomes compeltely different person when he's with his dad and his stock brocker collegues. She talks about how William looks up to his dad, and that she gets it because he never got that recognition before. But she states that she can't live like that, alone in London, when he becomes like a little child. Noora states she left to be with him, but that they're never actually together.

Isak gets grumpy about the comments Eskild makes about living with him and he then tells them they will have to find a sollution because there's 4 of them in a 3-person flat. Eskild isn't happy with that comment, stating how Noora just got back home after being dumped and that the only thing Isak thinks about is if there are enough beds. Noora corrects him stating she wasn't dumped but that she was the one who left him. She continues to state how they're not broken up, but just taking a break. Noora says that if William really loves her, he will come after her. Eskild states people leave their wives and kids for the one they love so that William will choose her if he really loves her.

Personality

Noora is generally a very nice and kind person. She is strong and independent, as shown by the fact that she moved away from her parents at a young age. She is a feminist and a loyal friend, as show by how she stood up for Vilde after William said she wasn't good enough. Noora isn't shy and she doesn't hesitate to educate her friends, as shown when she she confronted Vilde when she called other girls "sluts". She is quite opinionated, which sometimes causes for her not to see other people's perspectives on the matter, as William has pointed out.

Physical Appearance

Noora has light gray-green eyes and short blonde hair. She also has a very fair skin. Noora usually wears red lipstick. Her friend Vilde describes her body as of that of a model.

Relationships

Romantic relationships

Main article: Noora and William
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After originally hooking up with Vilde, William gained interest in Noora when she confronted him about his behaviour towards Vilde. He tried to get her to go out with him, but failed several times. Noora finally agrees, on the condition that he apologizes to Vilde. Their date gets interrupted and Noora states that she no longer owes him anything. Noora stays away because she is scared Vilde might find out, but then she ends up spending the night at Williams, using the excuse that she couldn't go home. After easter, Noora sees William again at his fundraiser party, and he dares her to say she doesn't like him. She does, and he leaves, but she goes after him. They kiss and start dating. Noora initially keeps it a secret because of Vilde, but Vilde saw them kiss. William and the Penetrators then get into a fight which creates distance between Noora & William due to his violent tendencies. Noora then falls in the hands of Nico, William's older brother, who takes advantage of her while she's drunk.
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Noora is distraught and pushes William away, until she finds out nothing happens with Nico. However William is already made to believe that it did happen, and he prepares to leave for London. He changes his mind however, and he reunites with Noora, before they agree to go to London together. Before that, they first have a goodbye-party. Once in London, William gets wrapped up in work very quickly, and Noora finds herself lonely. When the trial is set for Nico's crime, Noora flies back to Oslo but she doesn't go through with it. She doesn't tell William that, and when he finds out, things go downhill between the two of them. Noora leaves without saying anything, and moves back to Oslo where she defines their relationship as being on a 'break'. She doesn't date anyone else throughout the third season, despite Eskild's encouragement. In the fourth season, upon hearing William has a new girlfriend, the girl squad tries to set her up so she would get over William, but Noora seems to still have William on her mind. That seemingly changes when she finds out William has a new girlfriend, and she kisses Yousef.

Friendships

Eva and Noora met one month into the 2015-2016 school year, at a party. Noora tried to cheer Eva up after Ingrid said Eva looked like a slut. Eva sent her a friend request, which Noora accepted during fall break. They started talking in Spanish class, and soon afterwards joined Vilde's Russ bus. Eva and Noora discover Isak's secret together, and try to figure out if he is gay throughout Season 2. At the end of the season, when Noora believes William has left her and gone to London, she calls up Eva for support, before William changes his mind.

Noora and Vilde are good friends, despite the fact that they don't always see things the same way. In Season 1 Noora tries to prevent Vilde from falling for William and when he insults her, Noora stands up for her friend in the middle of the school yard. Noora also helps Vilde when the latter thinks she might be pregnant. In Season 2 Noora and Vilde are seen to disagree on the image of their Russ bus. Noora spots symptoms of Vilde's eating disorder and tries to help her friend with her knowledge. Later on, Noora is hesitant to tell Vilde she is dating William, but Vilde is seemingly okay with the relationship.

Noora and Sana first met when Chris introduced Sana to them. Noora stated she would join the Russ bus if Sana was allowed in too, causing Vilde to give in. They're friends, and respect each other. They shared a deep conversation about their beliefs, and about Noora and William's relationship.

Noora and Chris are friends, and have been since joining the Russ bus with Vilde, Eva and Sana. In the beginning of Season 2 Noora watches Chris question Isak's relationship with Sara. Later on in the conversation, Noora mentions she only joined the Russ bus to become friends with Eva and Sana. Leaving out Chris, Noora clarifies they're friends too, stating 'You know I love you.' in a playful manner.

Eskild and Noora are roommates and good friends. They have a sibling-like relationship which involves teasing and playfulness, but they also genuinly care for each other a lot. When Noora had blacked out the night with Nico, Eskild tried to get her to feel better. While Noora was in London over the summer they stayed in touch, often facetiming or calling one another.

Linn and Noora are roommates. They seem to get along fine, but don't have an outspoken relationship.

Noora and Isak knew each other through their mutual friend Eva. After borrowing Isak phone she discovers his secret at the end of Season 1. In Season 2 they live under the same roof without Noora's knowledge. Noora and Eva investigate Isak's connection to Penetrator Chris, leading to the discovery that Isak and Jonas are involved in the Yakuza situation. In Season 3 Isak moves into Noora's old room, and upon Noora's return from London they become official roommates. Throughout his struggling relationship with Even, Noora seems very supportive and she is a very good friend to Isak.

Family relationships

In a conversation with William, Noora says she is an unplanned only child. She mentions her mother is a sexologist and her dad is a psychologist. She explains she fled to Madrid when she was 15 because her parents never loved her. She says she is happy without them, and they are happy without her. She states she talks to them once a month.

Appearances

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Quotes

Chris doesn't have that reputation because guys don't go around calling other guys sluts. So if you think it's unfair you have to stop calling other girls sluts.
— Noora to Vilde, S1 E8


"What happened that made you have such a large inferiority complex, that you have to piss on the feelings of a first year girl for you to feel cool? Were you never validated as a child, or did mommy never compliment your drawings? Or did daddy never come to any of your graduations? You didn't have hair on your dick in seventh grade and you were bullied for it? Anyway, you seriously have to get over it and start behaving like a human. Stop walking around like a fucking cliché."
— Noora to William


He’s the most unsympathetic, selfish person I’ve ever met.
— Noora talking about William to Vilde


The point is that I'm not interested in you. And I never will be.
— Noora to William on their date


Now I know. William, I know it. I know what you're playing. Other than girls.
— Noora to William


I can't think properly when I'm with you.
— Noora to William


People experience horrible things every day. But they still manage to be nice to others.
— Noora to William


Being an asshole is not something you are born with, or something you become. It's a choice.
— Noora to William


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Notes and Trivia

  • Noora often repeats the phrase "That is the dumbest thing I've seen/heard."
  • Noora's favourite drink is chocolate milk.
  • On her bedroom wall, she has the quote "Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always." hanging up.
  • Noora has appeared in 40 out of a possible 43 episodes in Skam, making her the character who has appeared the most.
  • Noora is the only main who didn't have her parents involved in her season.
  • Noora was the first character created for the series by Julie Andem.
    • Julie Andem wanted to tell Noora and William's story, but felt it needed background, which is why Eva is the lead of the first season.

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