In anticipation of the premiere of "Young Sheldon," here are 9 things to know about the Sheldon Cooper of "The Big Bang Theory" we love.
Sheldon Cooper, the lovable nerd from "The Big Bang Theory," returns this week not only in the Season 11 premiere, but also in a Big Bang spin-off, "Young Sheldon," where we get to find out how Sheldon got to be the way he is.
In anticipation of the new show, here are 9 things to know about the Sheldon Cooper we love.
Sheldon's got a twin sister, Missy, who appears in both "The Big Bang Theory" and "Young Sheldon." He's also got a bullying big brother, George Jr., an overbearing father George who loves football, and a Evangelical Christian mother, Mary, all of whom we'll learn more about in "Young Sheldon."
In "The Big Bang Theory," "Bazinga!" is Sheldon's favorite exclamation, a cue that he's just pulled one over on whomever he's speaking to. In real life, a team of Brazilian scientists named a newly-discovered species of orchid bee, Euglossa bazinga, in honor of the show and Sheldon himself.
In response to the announcement, executive producer Steven Molaro said, "Sheldon would be honored to know that Euglossa bazinga was inspired by him. In fact, after Mothra and griffins, bees are his third-favorite flying creature."
Sheldon frequently wears t-shirts with superhero characters and symbols, especially The Flash and Green Lantern. In "The Flash", Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) frequently wears "The Big Bang Theory"-themed t-shirts, including one with Sheldon's catchphrase "Bazinga!" printed across the front.
In addition to the recorder, Sheldon plays the theremin, an electronic instrument known for providing the eerie background music for many science fiction TV shows and movies, especially in the 1950s and 60s.
Sheldon is a huge "Star Trek" fan. Sheldon identifies with Spock, as they both prioritize logic over sentimentality. When faced with a decision-making crisis, he may turn to the enhanced decision-making tool known as "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock." The rules are, as Sheldon explains, "Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and, as it always has, rock crushes scissors."