Premise[ edit ] Set inthe series follows Sheldon Cooper from age 9 onwards  as he attends high school in the fictional town of Medford, Texasand tries to fit in the world around him while his family and friends attempt to deal with his unique intellectual capabilities and social challenges. While well-versed in all types of math and science, he is shown to prefer theoretical physics, stating that he decided to pursue the field around the same time as the show began. While academically gifted, Sheldon lacks a full understanding of social cues and behaviors, in addition to having a sense of superiority over everyone around him due to his intelligence.
Early life[ edit ] Sheldon was raised in Galveston, Texas  along with his elder brother, George Jr. Hinckley, a store owner, that George was stealing from the cash register.
He does drink, mostly beer, but is a loving father who is trying to understand his intellectually gifted son. The only member of his family to have actively encouraged his work in science was his grandfather, whom he cherished and affectionately called "Pop-Pop", and who died when Sheldon was five years old.
Pop-Pop's loss is what caused Sheldon to despise Christmas when his Christmas wish to bring Pop-Pop back didn't come true. Sheldon's closest relative is his maternal grandmother whom he affectionately calls "Meemaw", and who in turn calls him "Moon Pie".
Sheldon was interested in science from an early age, and was a child prodigy although due to his behavioral quirks and his lack of humility about his superior intellect, he was bullied by classmates and neighbors. Sheldon entered college at the age of eleven,  and at age fourteen he graduated from college summa cum laude.
From then, he worked on his doctorate, was a visiting professor at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, was the youngest person at the time to receive the Stevenson Award,  and has appeared on the cover of Journal of Physical Chemistry A.
Personality[ edit ] "Bazinga" redirects here. For the jellyfish genus, see Bazinga genus. Sheldon is often described as a stereotypical "geek".
He is usually characterized as being extremely intelligent, detail-oriented, eccentric, and occasionally disturbing.
Despite his intelligence, he often displays childlike qualities, such as extreme stubbornness and a lack of common sense. It is claimed by Bernadette that the reason Sheldon is sometimes unpleasant is because the part of his brain that tells him it is wrong to be nasty is "getting a wedgie from the rest of his brain", although, in season 8's "The Space Probe Disintegration",  Sheldon tearfully admits to Leonard that he is aware of his peculiarities and how his behavior comes across.
The first four episodes of The Big Bang Theory portray Sheldon slightly inconsistently with respect to his later characterization, in which he is depicted as rather witty and sarcastic, and slightly flirtatious towards Penny in the pilot episode: Sheldon occasionally uses slang in a very unnatural fashionand follows jokes with his catchphrase "Bazinga!
He also has hemophobia. In his mannerisms, Sheldon also shows symptoms associated with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. Whenever approaching a person's home, he must knock three times, then say the person's name, and must repeat this at least three times where "The first one is traditional, but two and three are for people to get their pants on"as a result of him walking in on his father with another woman when he was thirteen.
When it is suggested by Penny that he "just sit anywhere", his response is "Oh, no, if only it were that simple!
His rigidity in maintaining homeostasis often causes him frustration. Because of his rigidity and stubbornness, only his mother and Bernadette  — both possessing strong maternal personalities — have shown the ability to order him to do things.
Like his friends, Sheldon is fond of comic books especially the DC Universecostumesvideo gamesroleplaying gamestabletop gamescollectible card gamesand action figures. Sheldon has restraining orders from his heroes Leonard NimoyCarl Saganand Stan Lee    as well as television scientist Bill Nye.
One of his shirts is emblazoned with the number 73, and in the episode "The Alien Parasite Hypothesis" he explains that 73 is the 21st prime number, its mirror, 37, is the 12th prime number and its mirror 21 is the product of multiplying 7 and 3, also in binary, 73 isa palindrome.
The boys use video games like bowling and archery for "exercise" and use the traditional sport rules. Sheldon has sometimes shown empathy, including lending money to Penny without expecting it back quickly although that may just have been his logical Spock-like response to a problem to be solved; it was, after all, money he was not using and would not miss  and driving her to a hospital when her shoulder was dislocated.
Sheldon admits he is overly fond of koalas munching on eucalyptus so much that he has a facial expression that he refers to as his koala face. His father George died before the start of The Big Bang Theory, when Sheldon was 14,  while his mother Mary is a devout born-again Christian and loving parent.
Sheldon has two siblings: The adult Sheldon has stated that both Missy and George Jr. Sheldon is very fond of his maternal grandmother, whom he calls "Meemaw" and who calls him " Moon Pie ". Sheldon has a maternal uncle, Edward, who is called "Stumpy" as the result of a time when he cleaned a wood chipper by hand.
Sheldon had another uncle, named Carl Cooper, who was killed by a badger while cleaning a chimney and another uncle that may have done things to children that were legal in Oklahoma per "The Clean Room Infiltration". Of the three, Sheldon is openly dismissive of Howard and constantly opines that a master's degree in engineering demonstrates a lesser intellect than that of the others, who all possess science doctorates.
Despite that, Sheldon has referred to Howard as a "treasured acquaintance"  and later his friend  at various points.Jan 07, · TBBT - The Big Bang Theory.
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