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Dr Sheldon Cooper

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Season One

  • One-Scene Wonder Lalita giving Raj a What the Hell, Hero? "The Reason You Suck" Speech for being a boor on their date, calling her fat and his "future wife". Raj was being a boor, and as she points out, she hears enough of the old-fashioned Indian traditional stuff from her parents and she doesn't need to hear it from a guy that she only saw to get her family off her back.
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  • Following that up, Sheldon apologizing to Raj for stealing his date by accident, but pointing out to his parents that Lalita called Raj "boring" and drunk. Leonard is annoyed, but Sheldon is completely right.
  • Leonard finally getting the courage to ask Penny out in the Season 1 finale. It's done as such an offhand thing, but it's one of the most victorious moments in the show.
  • Penny blackmailing Sheldon into throwing Leonard a surprise birthday party. It was the first time she was "one of the guys" and not just the cute neighbor who had take-out with them once a week.
  • In "The Nerdvanna Annihilation" after Penny's comments about his toys depresses Leonard into giving them away, Sheldon gives her one of her few well-deserved "The Reason You Suck" Speeches throughout the series:
    Penny: What the hell's going on?
    Sheldon: (With genuine anger) You hypocrite!
    Penny: What?
    Sheldon: Little Miss "grown-ups don't play with toys"! If I went into that apartment right now, would I not find Beanie Babies? Are you not an accumulator of Care Bears and My Little Ponies? And who is that Japanese feline frolicking on your shorts? Hello, Hello Kitty!
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  • When Penny kisses Leonard in the Halloween episode while she's drunk, Leonard makes sure it doesn't go any further, Penny kisses him good night at his door while he's still dressed as Frodo. When Penny's ex-boyfriend Kurt sees this after him and Leonard were arguing, Leonard delivers this gem right before he shuts the door.
    Leonard: That's right, you saw what you saw, that's how we roll in the Shire.
  • Sheldon taking on Leonard, Howard, Raj and Leslie Winkle in the physics bowl and fighting them to a draw. Although he was portrayed as the villain of the episode, it's one of the few times he shows that he is every bit as intelligent as he's made out to be.
    • Even more impressive is the Russian janitor who wasn't really paying attention figuring out the answer to the question that left all five of them speechless after a simple glance.


Season Two

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Season Five

Season Six

Season Seven

  • Leonard having fun ''on his own'' in the season premiere.
  • Sheldon figuring out the riddle in the comic store first, despite being the last one to arrive and read it. To make clear the scale of this, he figured out the correct answer in ten seconds flat, getting it long before every one else, even Amy. Once again, it's nice to see him showing, that yes, he really is that smart. Compounded when he reads the map coordinates for a few moments, says "got it", and then actually GETS TO USE the bowling ball he had brought along.
  • Amy telling off Sheldon for embarrassing her in front of her colleagues. Then, Leonard and Penny explicitly saying that Amy is right and Sheldon is wrong.
  • In "The Romance Resonance", Howard plans out an event to celebrate the anniversary of his and Bernadette's first date, recruiting everyone to help out with an elaborate musical number he wrote himself. When their plans went sideways because Bernadette was quarantined over a mishap at work (exposure to a raccoon virus), he didn't miss a beat and they migrated over to the hospital, with him singing to her playing a keyboard and the rest providing back-up as she watched and listened through a window. The song ends up being awesome, heartwarming, and hilarious all at the same time.
  • Penny gives Lucy her long overdue "The Reason You Suck" Speech, calling her out for treating Raj like dirt.
    Penny: Okay. Um, you’re Lucy, right? I’m a friend of Raj Koothrappali’s. Actually Amy recognized you.
    Lucy: Wow. How’s he doing?
    Lucy: Great.
    Penny: This is none of my business, but why did you break up with him in an e-mail?
    Lucy: Oh, I don’t know. I guess I thought it would be easier.
    Penny: Yeah, I get that. I’ll go get you your water. (Penny heads off and comes back) When you say easier, you mean easier for you, right? ‘Cause it certainly didn’t make it easier for him.
    Lucy: Any chance I can get a different waitress?
    Penny: I’m sorry, this is rude of me. I will go get that water. (She heads off and comes back) See, just now you expressed your feelings to my face. How come you could do that with me, but not Raj?
    Lucy: I don’t know your e-mail.
    Penny: You know what the worst part is? You’re sitting here, perfectly happy and he’s at home, a blubbering mess.
    Lucy: Oh, I thought you said he was okay.
    Penny: Well, I also said I was getting you water, but look at me still standing here. You know, I may be a bad waitress, but you are a bad person.

  • Regardless of how cruel he was, Sheldon's plan to teach Leonard a lesson in what its like to have OCD was awesome. He managed to manipulate his best friend into torturing himself and drove him to brink of the edge, all while barely lifting a finger. For a guy whose villainous roles are generally somewhere between a petty prankster and Egomaniac control freak, watching him play a Magnificent Bastard was awesome, and finally proved Leonard was right when he claimed he was just one "Lab Accident away from becoming a supervillain."
  • Leonard outsmarting Sheldon and forcing him to admit that change is good by pointing out that the only reason Sheldon has his spot, which he loves, is because Leonard bought the couch and changed the apartment. Sheldon had no come back for that.
    • Sheldon also gets one at the end of the same episode by managing to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. After they've already bought the table and are sitting around it about to eat (except him and Amy, who are still in their regular places), he manages to successfully get them to all come back, simply by playing on the girls' sympathy and subtly guilt tripping them by reminiscing over happy memories that they will never have again.
  • When Sheldon is being completely unreasonable about Leonard and Penny 'betraying' him by hiding the fact that Leonard came home early from his expedition to the North Sea, Amy points out that Penny shouldn't be to blame. Sheldon then smugly tries to demand that Amy see his point of view, only for her to stand her ground despite him trying to manipulate her into agreeing with him.
    Amy: Sheldon. Your fight's with Leonard. Penny’s got nothing to do…
    Sheldon: Careful, Amy. The friend of my enemy’s girlfriend is my enemy.
    Amy: Really? Is that so?
    Sheldon: Yes. You’re either with me or against me.
    Amy: You want to take the bus to work?
    Sheldon: ...maybe there’s a third option.

Season Eight

  • Howard proves, finally proves, that he's just as smart as any one of the guys despite not having a doctorate.
    • Him trolling Sheldon in the classroom was pretty amazing. As was his one-in-a-million shot. That was almost Luke's proton torpedo going in the exhaust port good.
    • Sheldon also gets one for his response to Howard's challenge that he doesn't know anything about engineering. When the dynamic is reversed, he easily manages to answer Howards questions to him, proving that yes he really is that smart. The guy maybe a snobbish Jerkass, but he does live up to his own standards... but then again the questions where pretty basic (except the last one). Young's modulus is actually junior high physics class level in some Eastern European countries.
      • Not the last one, mind you, about Poiseuille’s law equation, proving that Sheldon doesn't know everything. Then again, he may have been coughing up the spitball instead of actually answering.
  • In "The Space Probe Disintegration" we have Sheldon finally calling out Leonard for how nasty he is to him and his hypocrisy regarding Sheldon's behavior.
    "You think you're so tolerant, but the truth is you're mean to me a lot. Yeah, you think that I don't notice all those sarcastic comments and eye rolls, but I do."
  • Raj chews out Sheldon for abandoning him in the steam tunnel, calling Sheldon a physical and moral coward. Notably Sheldon doesn't disagree with him.
  • The same episode, the girls decide to take a trip to Vegas. While you'd expect Penny to get drunk (as usual), but she refuses to take one sip of booze. Even when the girls go to a strip club, Penny just spends the time studying. For the resident party girl, that's impressive.
  • In "The Intimacy Acceleration," Leonard, Amy, Raj, and Emily buy tickets to a "real escape game" (an actual type of entertainment that are basically real-life versions of online room escape games). The quartet is locked in a faux-scientific laboratory (complete with a zombie!) and told that they must solve challenging puzzles to find the key and escape. They proceed to do this in six minutes flat. It just goes to show that for as nerdy as these characters are, they're all extremely smart.
    • It's also notable for being one of the first episodes where Emily gets to join the group in an activity that shows off her own intelligence, proving that she fits right in with them.
    • The zombie's desperation really corks it. He's never seen anyone escape so quickly, and throughout the puzzle is begging them to slow down, trying to deceive them into thinking they're wrong, and as they leave is reduced to pleading that they remember their advanced degrees before they write a negative critique of the game.
  • The first (and probably last) meeting of Mary Cooper and Beverly Hoffstadter. Leonard's mother has ever been a source of dread to the core group, save Sheldon, and can, at will, reduce most individuals to a blubbering mess of emotion. By contrast, Mary Cooper, though Innocently Insensitive at times, is much beloved by the group, and was not only able to hold her own in an argument with Beverly Hoffstadter, but caused the career psychologist to reevaluate her approach to parenting, while all she managed to do to Mrs. Cooper in return was cause her to lament that she hadn't been a better Christian.
  • Though very sad, Amy's decision to take a break from her and Sheldon's relationship]] can count as one total for her growth. It's been mostly all take and no give on the part of Sheldon and Amy makes it clear that his actions and behavior really hurt her and that [[ she's not letting him get away with that.
  • In "The Troll Acceleration", Leonard and Sheldon's theory has been released online to general acclaim, bar a single Troll who ridicules them on a personal level as well as academically. They work up the courage to confront the troll, who calls them up on Skype... turns out it's Stephen Hawking, in his second onscreen appearance in the show after appearing only in "voiceover" on a few occasions, who was just messing with them and thinks their theory is great. The greatest mind on the planet thinks that Leonard and Sheldon are onto something—it doesn't get more awesome than that.

Season Nine

  • The first episode has Amy deliver "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Sheldon before breaking up with him after he asserts she shouldn't keep being single and childless at her age. This is enough to upset him and shock him.
  • Wil's audacity in dressing up like Spock at opening night of The Force Awakens. On another level, the fact that he sees it as just a movie, reminding the guys that the world will keep on turning whether the movie is good or bad.
  • In the end, the awesomeness of the movie reduces Leonard, Howard, and Raj to puddles.
  • Let us not forget the massive and epic Shout-Out to Star Wars with THIS opening.
  • For a first-timer, Sheldon is apparently very, very proficient in bed, as Amy's expression can only be described as grinning ear to ear in stunned silence.
    • Well he did have Penny tell him what girls like. And "that book" they bought him...
    • Furthermore in season 10 he states it took them hours.

Season Ten

  • While it's completely Played for Laughs, when Raj visits Howard and Bernadette late at night by sneaking into their bedroom and waking them up, they understandably scream. Stuart bursts through the door with a barbed wire-covered baseball bat in case they're in danger.
    Stuart: NOT ON MY WATCH!!!
  • What does Sheldon do when Ramona Nowitzki kisses him? Leaves the building, grabs a cab, catches a red-eye to New Jersey and proposes on the spot to Amy.
    • Also he called a cab himself and took a plane (not a train) without relying on his friends to transport him. He has come a long way.

Season 11

  • Howard's reaction: It's MARK FREAKING HAMILL!
    • Penny gets one at the wedding where Amy's overbearing and emotionally abusive mother threatens to stop the wedding and tells her to "Park It!" and she gets another when she tells Mary Cooper to stop clapping and antagonizing and sit down.
      • Amy's father had to cheer Penny.

Season 12

  • Howard trolling Sheldon dressing as him for Halloween is impressive on its own, but Sheldon and Amy dressing as Howard and Bernadette to get back at them is also impressive.
    Thank you!
  • Leonard deciding to forgive his mother for being a terrible mother because he knows she won't change, and his resentment of her has only ever hurt him, not her. Even better? Forgiving himself for taking so long to forgive her. The note of absolute relief cracking Johnny Galecki's voice makes this troper tear up in pride every time. Forgiving oneself is so hard. Out of all the characters, Leonard has had the best character development. Sheldon and Howard have certainly had more of it, but Leonard's much more personal journey has hit home for this troper in a way the others' haven't.
  • Leonard slapping the ever-loving crap out of Sheldon. Sooooo satisfying.
    • Um... And Sheldon and Amy winning a Nobel Prize!
    • Leonard telling Sheldon like it is, after the latter learns that Penny is pregnant, and is indifferent: You are a selfish jerk. To hell with you and your Nobel prize.

  • Amy giving Sheldon a much deserved "The Reason You Suck" Speech after he hurts the gang due to his selfishness.

    Sheldon: (angry) Well, I hate to say it, but I think everyone is being incredibly selfish.

    Amy: (bitterly) Well, you would be the authority on the subject.

    Sheldon: What does that mean?

    Amy: Sheldon, no one is happier than I am to win the Nobel. But, it’s not more important than our friends.

    Sheldon:(furious) How can you call them friends when they’re abandoning us?

    Amy:(Angry) They’re abandoning us because you broke their hearts.

    Sheldon: I didn’t mean to.

    Amy: I know! You never mean to! That’s the only reason people tolerate you.

    Sheldon: Does that include you?

    Amy:(sadly) Sometimes, yeah.

  • The most awesome part is that this is the speech that finally breaks Sheldon and forces him to acknowledge his faults and make a full Heel–Face Turn for good.


  • Anytime Penny takes a bad role seriously it's brilliant to watch notably her and Sheldon doing a dramatic reading of Sheldon's Star Trek fan-fiction or her scene in the "Serial Apeist" with Wil Wheaton.
  • Cuoco actually getting the cast and crew to do a freaking Flash Mob, twice. Jim Parsons doing his "Bazinga" at the end sells it for the first one.
  • Leonard for being an Iron Butt Monkey and being able to put up with Sheldon and help Penny become a better person.
  • All hail Almighty Mom Mary Cooper, who can make Sheldon sit down, shut up, and behave with just a few words. She may not be nearly as academically intelligent as her son, but you have got to respect someone who can do that.

Now all I need is a healthy ovum and I can grow my own Leonard Nimoy!

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