Sheldon Cooper is a known name to all Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon fans.
While his sarcasm and quirkiness might be what makes him everyone’s favorite on-screen character, there are certain mannerisms of his which are brought on by his traumatic childhood. Read on to know more.
- Adult Sheldon’s childhood is described as an insufferably tantalizing hell
- Everything that went wrong after he turned thirteen
- His relationship with his family
Jim Parsons and Iain Armitage play the role of Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon respectively. In the parent series, Adult Sheldon has certain quirks and mannerisms that exist mostly because of childhood traumas and the way he was brought up.
While, in Young Sheldon everything might seem perfect with Sheldon having a loving and supportive family, in big bang theory, he describes his relationship to Amy Farrah Fowler as a “tantamount to that of an insufferably tantalizing hell.”
What really went wrong?
Sheldon was a nerd who was bullied a lot during his childhood. He was beaten up, given wedgies, noogies and swirlies in school and even church. As mentioned in The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon was also beaten up by his siblings at home. As a kid, Sheldon did all the things opposite to what a regular kid would do.
At the age of 13, he attempted to build a nuclear reactor in order to provide free electricity for his town, but he failed to do so since the government told him it was illegal to store Yellowcake uranium in a shed. As all teenagers do, he had a big tantrum about his unsuccessful attempt to do what he truly loves doing.
At around the same time, his first most trauma sets in when he walks in on his dad with another woman. Thereafter, his infamous act of knocking three times on the door began. Growing up, Sheldon did not like birthday parties because of his sister, Missy’s pranks. Sharing his birthday with his twin was not the happiest time of his life.
One time, Missy and her childhood friends tricked Sheldon into believing that Batman was coming. He waited all afternoon for Batman to show up but all that came by was Robin. He never wanted a party after until his friends threw him one a great birthday party in season 9 of TBBT.
What was his relationship with his family?
While his relationship with his mother and grandmother were far better than normal. His relationship with his father and siblings had strained over the years. George Cooper Sr. died of excessive weight when Sheldon was about 14. While in Young Sheldon, everything seems normal and not as toxic, Adult Sheldon doesn’t always have the best ways to describe his relationship with his mother.
As mentioned in TBBT, he was uncomfortable with his mother’s smoking habits and the way she’d always yell. His father, who not only cheated on his wife, but also became a drunkard and keeps away from her.
His mother’s smoking problem, the way she’d always yell and his father’s drinking problem could’ve been the reason for George Cooper Sr. to cheat on his wife and eventually separate from her. Throughout Sheldon’s life, Meemaw continues to remain the one family member he knows will always love him. His relationship with his siblings is strained over the years.
While both of them appear in TBBT, they’re not mentioned or seen as often as they possibly could’ve been. However, towards the end of the series, they do make up for lost time and patch up things up with Sheldon
While nothing close to what is described in TBBT is shown in Young Sheldon as of yet, perhaps if the latter series has more seasons, fans would get to witness Sheldon’s father turning into a drunkard, both George and Mary could be seen separating and his siblings could become bigger bullies than ever.
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