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** Leonard is either a total saint and a likable protagonist or a complete {{Jerkass}} who treats Sheldon like garbage and constantly complains about how life screwed him over. To others, he's somewhere in between.
** Raj is either the biggest [[TheWoobie woobie]] on the show, or a passive-aggressive, girly creep who deserves to be alone.

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** Leonard is either a total saint and a likable protagonist or a complete {{Jerkass}} who treats Sheldon like garbage and constantly complains about how life screwed him over. To others, he's somewhere in between.
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** Raj is either the biggest [[TheWoobie woobie]] on the show, or a passive-aggressive, girly creep who deserves to be alone. And then there's a third group that just sees him as an unfunny EthnicScrappy.
** Amy, some people see her as funny, quirky and more reasonable, while others see her as selfish, and never getting called up for her behaviour. Her treatment of Bernadette before her wedding, AND her treatment of both Wil Wheaton and Sheldon in the "The Habitation Configuration" has won her few fans.



** Amy, some people see her as funny, quirky and more reasonable, while others see her as selfish, and never getting called up for her behaviour. Her treatment of Bernadette before her wedding, AND her treatment of both Wil Wheaton and Sheldon in the "The Habitation Configuration" has won her few fans.


** Howard imitates Raj's accent, drawing this comment: "Did you have to make me sound like a ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' character!?". Not so funny when the controversy behind recurring character Apu blew up in TheNewTens, to the point where his voice actor Creator/HankAzaria considered not voicing him anymore.

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** Howard imitates Raj's accent, drawing this comment: "Did you have to make me sound like a ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' character!?". Not so funny when the controversy behind recurring character Apu blew up in TheNewTens, to the point where his voice actor Creator/HankAzaria considered not retired from voicing him anymore.in 2020.


** While the show tries to show the guys' interests as not being a bad thing in general, it also has a tendency to say the opposite. In season 8, it's revealed Howard had a replica life-size prop TARDIS from ''Doctor Who'' in a shed behind his mother's house after he and Bernadette moved in. He wanted to keep it and store it in the basement, but Bernadette kept treating him like keeping it was the end of the world (and she ends up getting her way in the end). She's continued on with similar instances where she treats his love of pop culture as something that's wrong with him rather than just one facet of his personality. Penny also gets into this as well a bit in a subtle way. While she won't openly state Leonard's love of pop culture is outright wrong, she sometimes passive aggressively acts like it is, such as when he found out she slowly replaced most of the nerdy items in his room with what would be considered "normal" substitutes in season 9 and put them somewhere else without asking him or seeing if it was ok. The audience laughter even gets in on it where a good degree of the laughing they're told to do is directed ''at'' the guys rather than ''with'' them. Whenever they make a reference, it's always followed by a pause by the actors, then a laugh from the audience, as if it's somehow bad to bring up instances in pop culture that apply to the situation, especially if you are a fan of the things that they talk about.

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** While the show tries to show the guys' interests as not being a bad thing in general, it also has a tendency to say the opposite. In season 8, it's revealed Howard had a replica life-size prop TARDIS from ''Doctor Who'' in a shed behind his mother's house after he and Bernadette moved in. He wanted to keep it and store it in the basement, but Bernadette kept treating him like keeping it was the end of the world (and she ends up getting her way in the end). She's continued on with similar instances where she treats his love of pop culture as something that's wrong with him rather than just one facet of his personality. Penny also gets into this as well a bit in a subtle way. While she won't openly state Leonard's love of pop culture is outright wrong, she sometimes passive aggressively acts like it is, such as when he found out she slowly replaced most of the nerdy items in his room with what would be considered "normal" substitutes in season 9 and put them somewhere else without asking him or seeing if it was ok. The audience laughter even gets in on it where a good degree of the laughing they're told to do is directed ''at'' the guys rather than ''with'' them. Whenever they make a reference, it's always followed by a pause by the actors, then a laugh from the audience, as if it's somehow bad to bring up instances in pop culture that apply to the situation, especially if you are a fan of the things that they talk about.them.


** Howard's mother qualifies used to be thin and beautiful until she became a chocolate addict from eating the candy her dates brought her. Her husband up and leaves her alone with a young child to raise alone and she clearly suffers from a fear of abandonment because of it. Her controlling and manipulative nature just seems to be her way of keeping the only person who loves her close to her. Then she dies while on a great vacation and only a short time after developing probably her closest friendship in years.

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** Howard's mother qualifies used to be thin and beautiful until she became a chocolate addict from eating the candy her dates brought her. Her husband up and leaves her alone with a young child to raise alone and she clearly suffers from a fear of abandonment because of it. Her controlling and manipulative nature just seems to be her way of keeping the only person who loves her close to her. Then she dies while on a great vacation and only a short time after developing probably her closest friendship in years.


** Amy. Oh, boy, Amy. A reasonable woman, who tolerates a lot from Sheldon, or a selfish, entitled woman? Episodes like "The Habitation Configuration" certainly gives off more of the latter interpretation.

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** Amy. Oh, boy, Amy. A reasonable woman, who tolerates a lot from Sheldon, or a selfish, entitled woman? Episodes like "The Habitation Configuration" certainly gives off more of the latter interpretation.



** Burt sees the main group as the popular crowd, and his social awkwardness is hard to get around, but his sincerity and being played by Creator/BrianPosehn elevated what was [[AscendedExtra originally a one-gag character]].

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** Burt Bert sees the main group as the popular crowd, and his social awkwardness is hard to get around, but his sincerity and being played by Creator/BrianPosehn elevated what was [[AscendedExtra originally a one-gag character]].



** It's barely YMMV that Stuart is this, due to his growing debt, PerpetualPoverty, and the fact everyone takes advantage of his friendliness and easygoing-ness to get cheaper prices on stuff from his store really makes you feel for the guy. The closest thing he has to a dating life is a cat he doesn't own that occasionally visits to share cans of tuna. He finds it hard to talk with people outside of the nerd community, and is often depressed about his lot in life, and the fact that he's rarely invited to hang out with his friends in their group events. To cap it off, his comic book shop burns down in the Season 7 finale (and no matter what other people say, he didn't do it to collect the insurance), and in Season 8, Debbie (Howard's Mother), who he was getting close to, [[spoiler: passed away right after providing him with the funds he needed to get his shop back in business.]] The poor guy just can't catch a break.

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** It's barely YMMV that Stuart is this, Stuart, due to his growing debt, PerpetualPoverty, and the fact everyone takes advantage of his friendliness and easygoing-ness to get cheaper prices on stuff from his store really makes you feel for the guy. The closest thing he has to a dating life is a cat he doesn't own that occasionally visits to share cans of tuna. He finds it hard to talk with people outside of the nerd community, and is often depressed about his lot in life, and the fact that he's rarely invited to hang out with his friends in their group events. To cap it off, his comic book shop burns down in the Season 7 finale (and no matter what other people say, he didn't do it to collect the insurance), and in Season 8, Debbie (Howard's Mother), who he was getting close to, [[spoiler: passed away right after providing him with the funds he needed to get his shop back in business.]] The poor guy just can't catch a break.



*** Hell yes, Howard's mother qualifies. She used to be thin and beautiful until she became a chocolate addict from eating the candy her dates brought her. Her husband up and leaves her alone with a young child to raise alone and she clearly suffers from a fear of abandonment because of it. Her controlling and manipulative nature just seems to be her way of keeping the only person who loves her close to her. Then she dies while on a great vacation and only a short time after developing probably her closest friendship in years.

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*** Hell yes, ** Howard's mother qualifies. She qualifies used to be thin and beautiful until she became a chocolate addict from eating the candy her dates brought her. Her husband up and leaves her alone with a young child to raise alone and she clearly suffers from a fear of abandonment because of it. Her controlling and manipulative nature just seems to be her way of keeping the only person who loves her close to her. Then she dies while on a great vacation and only a short time after developing probably her closest friendship in years.


** Leonard is either a total saint and a likable protagonist or a complete {{Jerkass}} who treats Sheldon like garbage and constantly complains about how life screwed him over.

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** Leonard is either a total saint and a likable protagonist or a complete {{Jerkass}} who treats Sheldon like garbage and constantly complains about how life screwed him over. To others, he's somewhere in between.


** Penny's last name being Queen is common in fanfics, possibly due to her VideoGames/AgeOfConan name being Queen Penelope.

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** Penny's last name being Queen is common in fanfics, possibly due to her VideoGames/AgeOfConan VideoGame/AgeOfConan name being Queen Penelope.



** Sheldon, once again, in''The Friendship Contraction''. After dealing with Sheldon's incessant whining one too many times, Leonard rightly tells Sheldon where to stick the roommate agreement and dissolves their friendship. Sheldon spends the bulk of the episode trying to find someone else to wait on him hand and foot (never even once considering doing anything for himself), and when he can't, he ''cuts the power to the entire apartment building'' to get Leonard to be his servant again. Penny notes that Sheldon simply misses his best friend, but it'd be hard to think that given Sheldon's behavior, and Leonard is completely in the right to call Sheldon out on his childishness. A particularly grating moment is when Sheldon has the nerve to say that the roommate agreement provides "mutual benefits" when all it does is give him power over Leonard.

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** Sheldon, once again, in''The in ''The Friendship Contraction''. After dealing with Sheldon's incessant whining one too many times, Leonard rightly tells Sheldon where to stick the roommate agreement and dissolves their friendship. Sheldon spends the bulk of the episode trying to find someone else to wait on him hand and foot (never even once considering doing anything for himself), and when he can't, he ''cuts the power to the entire apartment building'' to get Leonard to be his servant again. Penny notes that Sheldon simply misses his best friend, but it'd be hard to think that given Sheldon's behavior, and Leonard is completely in the right to call Sheldon out on his childishness. A particularly grating moment is when Sheldon has the nerve to say that the roommate agreement provides "mutual benefits" when all it does is give him power over Leonard.


** Stuart is straight up TheEyeore sad sack, but being the owner of the LocalHangout and friendly demeanor earned him a place in [[PromotedToOpeningCredits the main credits]].

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** Stuart is straight up TheEyeore TheEeyore sad sack, but being the owner of the LocalHangout and friendly demeanor earned him a place in [[PromotedToOpeningCredits the main credits]].

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** Amy. Oh, boy, Amy. A reasonable woman, who tolerates a lot from Sheldon, or a selfish, entitled woman? Episodes like "The Habitation Configuration" certainly gives off more of the latter interpretation.


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** Amy, some people see her as funny, quirky and more reasonable, while others see her as selfish, and never getting called up for her behaviour. Her treatment of Bernadette before her wedding, AND her treatment of both Wil Wheaton and Sheldon in the "The Habitation Configuration" has won her few fans.


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** Both Sheldon and Wil Wheaton in "The Habitation Configuration". See DesignatedVillain for more information.


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** Wil Wheaton for being fed up with Amy's whining and bitching in "The Habitation Configuration", and Sheldon for siding with him, and being treated like he's somehow in the wrong for it.


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** Amy in "The Habitation Configuration" for whining pettily about Wil Wheaton's "poor acting" in Fun with Flags, and then being annoyed that Sheldon doesn't pander to her whinging. Also, Penny and Leonard for backing her up.


** In season 4's episode "The Prestidigitation Approximation", Sheldon can't figure out how Howard does his magic trick. [[spoiler: Howard sarcastically says "Yeah, he's going to win the Nobel Prize." In the episodes "The Change Constant" and "The Stockholm Syndrome", the last two episodes of the series, Sheldomn and Amy do win the Nobel Prize.]]

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** In season 4's episode "The Prestidigitation Approximation", Sheldon can't figure out how Howard does his magic trick. [[spoiler: Howard sarcastically says "Yeah, he's going to win the Nobel Prize." In the episodes "The Change Constant" and "The Stockholm Syndrome", the last two episodes of the series, Sheldomn Sheldon and Amy do win the Nobel Prize.]]


** When Penny gives Howard a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, we are supposed to feel sympathy toward Howard when he hides himself away in his room, despite his prior consistent, unrelenting harassment of Penny and her consistent, unrelenting lack of interest in him. On top of this, he ignores her apology and tries to kiss her. And then, even after she ''punches him in the face'' and breaks his nose, he still won't let up, claiming he's "halfway to pity sex." Pre-CharacterDevelopment Howard was a creep and a half.

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** When Penny gives Howard a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, we are supposed to feel sympathy toward Howard when he hides himself away in his room, despite his prior consistent, unrelenting harassment of Penny and her consistent, unrelenting lack of interest in him. On top of this, he ignores her apology and tries to kiss her. And then, even after she ''punches him in the face'' and breaks his nose, he still won't let up, claiming he's "halfway to pity sex." Pre-CharacterDevelopment Howard was a creep and a half. Though, considering how crappy Howard’s life was back then and how Penny proves to be no better than Howard in later episodes, you might consider being neutral to both of them.

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** "The Space Probe Disintegration" has Sheldon calling out Leonard for how much of a jerk HE is towards Sheldon much of the time. Even though [[AesopAmnesia Leonard goes right back to being a jerk to Sheldon after that]], it's still pretty satisfying seeing Sheldon point out that Leonard isn't exactly the nicest guy in the world either.

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** The GrandFinale, instead of having Sheldon be called out for the hundredth time how much of a jerk he is (seeing the other characters "stand up to him" isn't very satisfying when they've already "stood up to him" multiple times in previous episodes), could've been a good opportunity to have [[DesignatedHero Leonard, Penny, Howard, Raj, Bernadette, and Amy]] be called out for THEIR {{Jerkass}} tendencies (granted, Leonard and Bernadette have been called out before, but both received AesopAmnesia in episodes after that, and it hasn't happened as often as Sheldon being called out), perhaps even [[JerkassHasAPoint by Sheldon]], which considering how mean they are to him much of the time would've been far more satisfying, especially since unlike Sheldon we're intended to see them as likable characters.

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** Season 4: "We wait for my mom's heart to explode from all the salt she eats. Then we stick her in the ground, flip the mattress, and move into the big bedroom."

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