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Is Leonard Hofstadter Really A Nerd?

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I don't see how Priya was any more controlling then Penny tried to be, her fault was that she was successful.  IN one episode Penny complained that she tried to change Leonard and it didn't work, but Priya was succesful.   That doesn't really mean that Penny was a better person. 

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It is possible even in London, excluding really prestigious options. But they are not living in London, in the Leonard's place such an income will be enough for a family house. Researchers in Caltech are quite well-paid (maybe not in the very beginning, but later for sure).

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I don't see how Priya was any more controlling then Penny tried to be, her fault was that she was successful.  IN one episode Penny complained that she tried to change Leonard and it didn't work, but Priya was succesful.   That doesn't really mean that Penny was a better person. 

 

In my opinion, Priya was meaner with Leonard. Penny respects his personality, and that is a good side of their relations.

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In my opinion, Priya was meaner with Leonard. Penny respects his personality, and that is a good side of their relations.

 

Exactly. Priya was much more aggressive in her approach and she didn't stop until she succeeded. Penny at least eventually gave up and realized that she had to accept Leonard for who he really was, fashion sense and all. Since then, we haven't seen her attempt to outwardly change Leonard in anyway. So Penny is a better person than Priya in that sense.

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You must run with different nerds than I do. The nerds I know are like 40 years old, work in Information Technology and the only way they could ever get a girl is to pay a lot of money for one, lol.

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Leonard is a researcher at Caltech. If not now, later he will get at least 100 k per year (or probably more). He is an accomplished specialist. Of course, such a person is able to support a family, pay a home loan, etc, provided his wife has at least tiny income.

Meaning of "100 k" please! 100,000 dollars??? or what?

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Leonard is a Nerd,  he is the typicall nerd, hopeless romantic, a little shy, a genious but not much social skills, actually I think Leonard and Howard are more realistic neds  than Sheldon

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Leonard is a researcher at Caltech. If not now, later he will get at least 100 k per year (or probably more). He is an accomplished specialist. Of course, such a person is able to support a family, pay a home loan, etc, provided his wife has at least tiny income.

 

 

A former Grade School friend is a full professor at one of the Ivy League colleges. His salary is $ 160,000 a year FOR LIFE. He is actually working for free right now because he is over 65 yr old.

 

Sheldon's statement about spending 47% of his disposable income is over stated, given his only real expense is shared rent, take out food and comic books.  However he would be paying a rather large income tax given his lack of deduction.

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I think why there is a question if Leonard is a nerd is because, like he told Penny, he is King of the Nerds. He is the alpha male of their pack, the natural leader and the writers even identify him as such when they made him the captain when the guys dressed up as STNG characters. Like stated before, he is successful, accomplished and well educated, plus girls think he is cute. Also, Penny has stated, when he was dating Pryia, she has made him good girlfriend material. His life is sort of what most nerds would like to see for themselves, so that is why he gives the impression that he is not a nerd, when he is actually the "Nerd King".

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While Leonard is no monk or saint he is in no way up to the level of Penny, each week we seem to hear more and more about her sexual conquest, and she conquered a lot (30 to 40 people is a lot for most of us)!

 

I have to say that I preferred the 1-3 season Penny versus the season four and five Penny.  She always had her faults, but in season four they started to really play up her sexual history to an almost ridiculous fashion and also made her into a pretty nasty person.

 

Thankfully the writers seem to understand their mistake and have started maturing her character in season six.

 

Even so, I admit I am a fan of L/P and hope the writers are done with any major problems between the two characters, I actually think their differences can be beneficial, Penny becomes a bit more mature, and Lenard becomes a bit more confident.

 

As for Leonard’s sexual past, he has had seven women, while again he isn’t a monk it’s not like he is the biggest male slut in Pasadena.

 

While I am a guy and can’t for sure say what the majority of women look for in a guy.  I do think a basically sweet, very intelligent guy could attract women. 

 

Plus I would argue that Leonard has the greatest empathy for people out of all the characters in the show, which might also make him more attractive.  Granted due to his nightmare of a mom he does have major confidence issues.

 

Just because a guy is a nerd, doesn’t mean he is an automatic turn off to women.

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I have acutally thought this myself.  He gets more action than ALL the other guys combined!

 

 

He's dating Penny a gorgeous blonde actress/waitress.

 

Was dating Priya, the fiery jewel of Mumbai!

 

Was Leslie Winkle's booty call.

 

Dr. Stephanie was living with him. 

 

Alex a younger hot red head grad student wants him. 

 

Sexy comic book amateur artist Alice was going to make out/have sex with him until he mentioned he had a girlfriend.

 

Slept with Mrs. Latham for some funding and her sexual prowess.

 

Had affair with North Korean spy Joyce Kim for 27 days...

 

 

 

And people think Penny is trampy? Leonard is practically living in the Playboy Mansion!

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 When Penny was going back to school.  He said one of his goals in life was fulfilled!  He said in 9 years of college he never laid next to a college co-ed.  Now he has. 

 

Does anyone remeber which episode that was?

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The extract obliteration.

Penny: Thank you. Now behave yourself and eat your dinner. Maybe later, if you’re lucky, you get to sleep with a college girl.

Leonard: Really? ‘Cause I went to four years of college and five years of grad school, that never happened once.

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The difference between Leonard and the rest of the guys is that he sincerely tries and they do not (maybe with the exception of Howard, but, well, as a married guy he probably counts as the most successful member of the group) - and that is why he gets laid more often.

 

Think about it: Sheldon is asexual or hell-bent on staying chaste (even though he seriously thinks about spreading his genius genes) and Raj avoids the company of ladies because of his selective mutism. They are just not really trying.

 

(Amy breaks the rule - she tries really hard and doesn't succeed - but her situation is simply exceptional. Besides, she's a girl, and there's no stereotype about female nerds, so in a way her story is built from scratch.)

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Anyone else notice the ALL of Lenard GF (the one she have sex with at least) have been taller than him!

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Anyone else notice the ALL of Lenard GF (the one she have sex with at least) have been taller than him!

 

So is Johnny's girlfriend.

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Anyone else notice the ALL of Lenard GF (the one she have sex with at least) have been taller than him!

In this way they make him looks shorter :)

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In this way they make him looks shorter :)

He's my height... He is shorter. Most of the cast is right there with him.

Jim parsons must fell like Gulliver in Liliput on that set.

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He's my height... He is shorter. Most of the cast is right there with him.

Jim parsons must fell like Gulliver in Liliput on that set.

It's funny but I tend to notice the height difference between Penny and Leonard, I don't know why. Most of the time she is a little taller than him, but some times she is shorter or the same height as him. I try to see her shoes and when she is shorter she is wearing flats or flip flops. Jim does tower over both of them, how tall is he?

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It's funny but I tend to notice the height difference between Penny and Leonard, I don't know why. Most of the time she is a little taller than him, but some times she is shorter or the same height as him. I try to see her shoes and when she is shorter she is wearing flats or flip flops. Jim does tower over both of them, how tall is he?

I'm guessing Jim at ~ 6.1, Kaley ~ 5.6, JG ~ 5.5

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He's a nerd, no doubt about it. He's just one of the more normal ones. It's clear that he does make an effort to be more social and to get girlfriends, but deep down inside, when no one's watching, he's exceptionally nerdy. Just look at the episode with the Time Machine in Season 1 when Penny brought another man to her apartment near the end, and Leonard instantly went back to liking his time machine.

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So is Johnny's girlfriend.

so is Kaley, another former long time GF. That does not slow him down at all.

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