On The Big Bang Theory, Raj and Leonard were friends for over a decade. But would Raj approve of Leonard’s character development on the sitcom?
Leonard and Raj have been friends for over a decade after meeting at Caltech for work. With the addition of Howard and Sheldon, this group of friends became close-knit buddies who helped each other with science experiments, had game nights, and searched the comic book store together. While Raj and Howard and Sheldon and Leonard were close in pairs, they all cared for each other equally.
10.Hate: Leonard’s Behavior When Choosing A Grant Recipient
In the first season, Leonard, Raj, Sheldon, and Howard talked more about science and their jobs than they do in later seasons. Because of this, season 1 Raj would be upset to know how Leonard handled extra funds for the department.
9.Proud: Leonard & Penny Are Endgame
Leonard knew from the minute he laid eyes on Penny that he loved her. She was gorgeous and had no idea who Leonard was, which meant he had time to reinvent himself. Like Leonard, Raj also had a crush on Penny and couldn’t speak to her without being under the influence.
8.Hate: His Lackadaisical Views On Work
In the first season, Leonard and Sheldon teamed up on a project in “The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization.” Leonard and co. also joined a physics bowl to see whose team would come out on top. Season 1 Leonard was filled with hopes and dreams for his career (while also day-dreaming of Penny).
7.Proud: Leonard Becoming A Father
Raj is a diehard romantic who wanted a wife and kids more than anyone else in the series. As an outsider, it would be assumed that Raj would have been the first one to settle down but he was actually the last.
6.Hate: The Crystal Chakra
Raj isn’t an overly religious person but he is spiritual. Hailing from India, Raj practices Hinduism and talks about his culture every so often. It’s a private subject for Raj and he takes it seriously as shown in “The Space Probe Disintegration.”
5.Proud: Becoming Co-Lead On A New Project
Leonard took a lazy approach to his career as the series went on but he did take charge in season 12’s “The Decision Reverberation.” After talking to Penny, Leonard decided to take charge of his life and demand respect. He marched into work and demanded the university to fund a new project he was working on. The university denied the funding but they did make him a co-lead on a different project that Leonard was still passionate about it.
4.Hate: The Meteorite Jealousy
In “The Meteorite Manifestation,” Bert has a meteorite that he wants to cut into. Leonard wasn’t an astrophysicist but he did have a new laser that would have been perfect for the job. Bert denied Leonard and insisted on having Raj’s help.
3.Proud: Leonard’s Acceptance Of His Mother
Raj knew that Leonard had a tense relationship with his mother. For years, Beverly would visit and judge Leonard’s entire life while praising Sheldon. As a man whose parents divorced later in life, Raj always wanted a cohesive family unit to come home to.
2.Hate: He’d Be Envious Of Leonard’s Relationship
As much as season 1 Raj would have loved the idea of Penny and Leonard ending up together, he also would have been spiteful. Raj always had a crush on Penny and loved their friendship when it became clear that a romantic relationship wasn’t going to happen. After the two shared one night of passion together, Raj can’t help but feel a slight sting of jealousy knowing that Leonard got the girl.
1.Proud: Coming Together To Defend Change In Sheldon’s Life
Raj and Howard always came as a package duo but things changed when Raj’s parents divorced. He realized how much Howard walked all over him and started living life independently without Howard’s approval.