The characters of Big Bang Theory He entertained audiences with nerdy science jokes, his unique quirks, and humorous antics for years. Among his many antics, which caused fans to laugh uproariously or yell at the television in frustration, were the characters’ relationship dramas and dating options.

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While some of these were fun to watch and became fan favorites on the show, some fans feel they were a bit off the mark too. Either the couple weren’t compatible or the relationships just lacked a bit of chemistry. Needless to say, the relationship drama spawned epic and unforgettable moments on television for fans of Big Bang Theory.

9 Penny and Zack

In previous seasons, Penny’s social life was separate from that of the other members of the group. Especially since she was different from Leonard and the crew, who were socially awkward and didn’t know the language of love and relationships well. Although most of her relationships were not shown on screen, of the few that did, her relationship with Zack was one of the most questionable.

At first, Penny seemed to like Zack mostly because of his looks. However, after a while, they parted ways after Penny realized that they were just two different people. Surprisingly, she was back with him even after realizing it and had an on-and-off relationship with him for many years. This was something that fans couldn’t really understand.

8 Amy and dave

When Amy and Sheldon broke up, she tried to move on. That’s when the show featured Dave, who, unfortunately for Amy, turned out to be a huge fan of Sheldon and his work. Once she found out that Amy had dated Sheldon, all she did was ask questions about him and speak enthusiastically, even though it was the last thing Amy needed.

Despite that, Amy called him and invited him over to her house for a date after Sheldon rejected his request that they try their relationship again. It didn’t last long though, which was fine, because the last thing someone needs while trying to recover and move on in a relationship is a constant reminder of the person they left behind.

7 Leonard and Leslie

As a fellow scientist, Leslie had a lot in common with Leonard, which made their relationship seem like a good idea. However, neither of them was with the other for the right reasons. Leslie kept changing her mind about him, first avoiding Leonard after a one-night stand and then insisting that she wanted a serious relationship later on.

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Leonard just wanted to make Penny jealous, as evidenced by a scene in season 2 when he kissed Leslie outside her apartment while checking on Penny’s reaction. Following this pattern, it seemed that Leonard was only using Leslie to make Penny jealous. Their relationship broke out before it started.

6 Howard and Leslie

Howard and Leslie playing a game of paintball on The Big Bang Theory

The dynamic of the relationship between Leslie and Howard was almost similar to what he had with Leonard, except for the part of friends with benefits. Although it was an exciting prospect at first, it soon became clear that they really didn’t have much in common, aside from their scientific backgrounds and their issues with Sheldon.

It became even more apparent that they weren’t suitable for each other when she pressured him to accompany her to a relative’s wedding, threatening to take the coveted spot on a trip to see the Large Hadron Collider if he didn’t. When fans discovered this manipulative side of Leslie, he lost a lot of support with the fan base.

5 Raj and Emily

An image of Raj and Emily having a picnic on The Big Bang Theory

Although Raj initially ruined his first meeting with Emily, when he got a second chance, he made it all worth it. As a dermatologist, she had a scientific background that Raj could relate to and at first they seemed perfect together. However, as the show progressed, it became clear that they just weren’t compatible.

While Emily loved gory movies and had a dark sense of humor, Raj had a sweet and loving nature. Raj also admitted that there were many moments in their relationship where Emily made him feel a bit uncomfortable. Still, it was a bit strange that he continued to date her for a few more weeks considering he preferred total honesty.

4 Penny and Stuart

Penny and Stuart go on a date on The Big Bang Theory

This was a relationship that no fan saw coming, as Penny and Stuart were seen as completely opposites. The former was social and outgoing, while the latter was reserved (although he had a bit more confidence in previous seasons).

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Penny met Stuart at the comic book store and they immediately hit it off. However, considering that Penny had issues with Leonard’s love of comics and superheroes when they dated, it was strange that she dated Stuart, who literally owned a place full of those. It turned out that their relationship didn’t get very far as Penny hadn’t broken up with Leonard at the time.

3 Amy and stuart

Amy and Stuart talking at the comic book store.

In hindsight, all of Amy’s other “relationships” had only served to advance her relationship with Sheldon (even when they weren’t together). Like Penny, Amy met Stuart at the comic book store and liked him. He asked her out on a date once Leonard confirmed with Sheldon that Amy was just his friend.

Given Amy’s scientific background and lack of enthusiasm for comics and superheroes, she had nothing in common with Stuart. In fact, if he wasn’t buying Sheldon a gift, he didn’t even have a reason to talk to him. Fans are still not sure why Amy agreed to date him in the first place.

two Penny and Kurt

Leonard and Sheldon talking to Kurt on The Big Bang Theory

When Kurt first met the show in the pilot episode, he was Penny’s ex. He appeared again a couple of episodes later at a Halloween costume party, hosted by Penny. In both appearances, he was shown to be mean and a bully, with Leonard bearing the full brunt of his cruelty both times.

Penny, on the other hand, was a headstrong woman who took on bullies. So why she even dated Kurt or endured his terrible antics is surprising.

1 Leonard and Priya

Aside from Penny, Priya was the only other serious and lasting relationship that Leonard had. Leonard and Priya dated, despite a promise he made to his brother, Raj, not to. Their relationship seemed great on the surface, but there were a lot of little things that indicated it was, frankly, toxic.

Due to his jealousy over Penny and Leonard’s friendship, Priya asked him to cut ties with her. He also tried to change Leonard by encouraging him to give up his glasses in favor of contact lenses and bought him new clothes to completely change his trademark style. Not to mention how he hated his love of comics and video games. It was pretty clear that they just weren’t compatible.

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