And even though his character does have quite a stellar arc on the show, there were some things about him which did not make sense.
Leonard Hofstadter has always been the most socially adaptable and the least embarrassing friend on The Big Bang Theory, and has always been a fan favorite. And even though his character does have quite a stellar arc on the show, there were some things about him which did not make sense.
From his professional trajectory to his relationship with Penny, to his friendship with Sheldon and his issues with women in general, here are just some of the aspects about Leonard which are inconsistent and have irked fans over the years.
His Professional Ambitions
Leonard’s lack of scientific ambitions is quite striking especially because his roommate and best friend Sheldon Cooper is so specific about his aspirations – seriously, he even has a list of imaginary animals he wants to genetically engineer.
And although Leonard clearly loves his job, he doesn’t really ever talk about what he envisions for his research projects, which is odd considering he has been working on the same thing for years. The show also does not specifically explore Leonard’s standing as an experimental physicist and fans still have no clue as to how crucial his research was.
His Feelings About Penny’s Job
The waitress dating the scientist guy isn’t a fresh trope and Friends had already explored this, but Ross was quite clearly not happy with the fact that Rachel is a waitress, however Leonard is initially depicted as someone who does not seem to care where Penny works as long as she’s happy.
The waitress dating the scientist guy isn’t a fresh trope and Friends had already explored this, but Ross was quite clearly not happy with the fact that Rachel is a waitress, however Leonard is initially depicted as someone who does not seem to care where Penny works as long as she’s haThen again, Leonard is very keen about Penny pursuing college and leaving acting to pursue a stable career. It’s clear that he eventually develops opinions about Penny’s professional ambitions but just doesn’t come clean about them. Sure, he brought her a car so she could get to auditions but he was also very happy when Penny decided on becoming a pharmaceutical rep, so how does he really feel?.
His Decision To Stay With Sheldon
His Decision To Stay With SheldonLeonard has lived with Sheldon for more than a decade and one could see how he had grown really attached to him during this time and couldn’t really move out. But during the initial days, for the first couple of years at least, it must have been very difficult for Leonard to keep up with Sheldon’s whims and abide by all of his ridiculous rules.
And fans have often asked why Leonard didn’t consider moving out considering Sheldon was even more difficult to deal with back in the day. And though Leonard was grateful to him for saving his life that one time, it doesn’t make sense for him to continue living with him.
His Attitude Towards One Night Stands
Leonard only seems to pursue other women when he sees his exes have moved on, and this has made fans question his real feelings towards relationships and meaningless flings. He asks Leslie to embark on a relationship with him when he sees Penny is dating other men; he again goes to a bar to engage in a one night stand after he sees Penny going on a date.
It is as if he only realizes the need to have a romantic life when he sees his crush having a life of her own. On the other hand, when he wanted to pursue Alice, things went quite differently because he was committed to a long distance relationship with Priya and didn’t have qualms about misleading two women just so he could have some meaningless fun.
His Insecurity About Penny’s New Classmate
His Insecurity About Penny’s New ClassmateLeonard has always acknowledged the fact that he is not the kind of guy Penny usually goes for, and their relationship is founded on their strong friendship. Leonard has also often talked about Penny has other options and can easily find someone else. Remember when he joked that if Penny becomes a famous actor and is cheating on him with Ryan Gosling, Leonard expects to get a prenup?
So, Leonard’s jealousy over Penny’s British classmate does not make sense, because he really should be used to Penny having other men around, thanks to her job. So, why did one study date irk him out, especially since they are going pretty steady?
His Denial Over The Differences Between Him And Penny
This is something that has often baffled the TBBT fandom, especially since the problem became so obvious in the later seasons. Leonard and Penny started off as unlikely friends and their relationship evolved into something bigger, although they often had clashes about how different their lifestyles are.
As their relationship strengthened it became more and more difficult for fans to look away from some of their crucial differences in opinions and interests, and it got weirder because after season 6, even the show stopped bringing up how exactly these two have sustained a relationship without having any common ground.
His Bug Report
His Bug ReportLeonard has always been insecure about his relationship with Penny as he primarily considered her to be out of his league. When they got back together they tried to iron out a few differences and decide to make a bug report, which is a problematic trope that the show borrowed from the infamous pros and cons list from Friends.
It’s really inconsistent with Leonard’s character because he’s aware that his relationship with Penny is already on shaky and unpredictable grounds and he would never make a long list highlighting her flaws because it could lead to Penny dumping him.
His Decision To Confess To Alice
Leonard had major anxieties about cheating on his girlfriend, and on the other hand Alice was one of the few women who had come on to him and he really wanted to pursue something with her. When he had already made up his mind to become intimate with her, why then would he jeopardize his chances by coming clean about his relationship status right before they were getting physical?
That was the unlikeliest time any one would choose to talk about something about that, and since Leonard really wanted to sleep with Alice it makes no sense that he would bring it up at that point.
His Shocking Ignorance About Harry Potter
It’s impossible that Leonard wasn’t aware that Professor Dumbledore dies in Harry Potter. Anyone who spends even a few minutes on social media every day usually come to know about crucial developments in any big franchise. So, it’s very hard to believe that Leonard had actually managed to steer clear of any spoilers whatsoever.
To make things even worse, he eventually reveals that he didn’t even know that Harry and Ginny were a couple, which is even harder to believe because anything from Halloween costumes to movie merch in the comic book store would have given that detail away. Though not every nerd is required to have intimate knowledge on every fandom, it is truly shocking that he never absorbed this very well-known information via cultural osmosis.
His Decision To Bring Penny To Impress His Colleagues
Fans have often called it the most ludicrous moment on the show when Leonard decided to bring Penny to schmooze his colleagues and seniors just so they could give him a tenureship.
While this idea is not bad in theory, Penny’s strategy was to wear something really skimpy and basically be the trophy girlfriend, and what made it crazy was that they were headed to a funeral. Besides academia doesn’t exactly works like this, and parading a hot girlfriend might even make it harder for someone to be taken seriously.
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