9 Things to Know About Sheldon Cooper

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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.

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Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

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.

Iain Armitage in Young Sheldon (2017)

1. He's a supergenius.

A precocious child, Sheldon started high school at the age of nine, went to college when he was 11, graduated summa cum laude at 14, and earned his first Ph.D. at 16.

"Young Sheldon" starts with Sheldon's first day of high school, and the trials of being both the smartest and the youngest kid in class.

Lance Barber, Zoe Perry, Raegan Revord, Montana Jordan, and Iain Armitage in Young Sheldon (2017)

2. He's got a twin sister.

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."

Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

3. He likes bees, but prefers Mothra.

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."

Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

4. His signature style is the two-shirt.

Sheldon's signature style as an adult is a short-sleeved t-shirt worn over a long-sleeved t-shirt. As a child, he preferred buttoned-up shirts with a bow tie.

Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

5. He's got a mutual admiration society.

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.

Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

6. He plays the theremin.

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.

Leonard Nimoy and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

7. Spock is his alter-ego.

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."

Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, and Kunal Nayyar in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

8. He speaks fluent Klingon.

Sheldon not only speaks fluent Klingon, but is also a master of Klingon Boggle, a Klingon-only language version of the popular word game.

Wil Wheaton and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

9. He's got a mortal enemy.

After Wil Wheaton failed to show up at the '95 Dixie Trek convention in Jackson, Mississippi, Sheldon declared him to be his mortal enemy. After Sheldon and Wil buried the hatchet in Season 5, Brent Spiner (Data from "Star Trek: The Next Generation") became his new mortal enemy after an incident with a Wesley Crusher action figure.