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"I guess you could say, uh, Raj is my name and stars are my game. And rhyming is also my game. So, uh, two games."
―Raj Koothrappali, The Monster Isolation

Rajesh Ramayan "Raj" Koothrappali (Hindi: राजेश रामायण कुथरापाली), Ph.D., is a main character in The Big Bang Theory. He is an astrophysicist and Howard Wolowitz's best friend. Aside from Penny, he often hangs out at Leonard and Sheldon's apartment, though he had his own apartment (the Raj Mahal) in Pasadena. Originally from New Delhi, Raj has an Indian English accent and, ironically, dislikes Indian food and culture. He frequently portrays himself as having come from humble origins and growing up in poverty in India, only for his friends to remind him that his father is a gynecologist, drives a Bentley, and has a house full of servants. For the first six seasons, his principal characteristic was a case of selective mutism social anxiety disorder, which did not allow him to talk to women outside of his family. This condition could be suppressed through alcohol (or if he thought he was drinking alcohol) or experimental social anxiety medications; however, the former usually ended up changing his personality, making him more obnoxious and overbearing (and at times, bitter and jerkish), while the latter tended to have unpredictable side-effects.


Early life[]

Rajesh Koothrappali was born on October 6, 1981, in New Delhi, India to Dr. V.M. Koothrappali and Mrs. Koothrappali. At the age of 5, he 'discovered' a celestial object which later turned out to be the moon. He also has a younger sister Priya, a brother named Adoot, 2 other brothers and 1 other sister. While growing up in India, he didn't really like it there and grew to dislike his country's food and culture. Later, Raj left India and attended Cambridge University, in the United Kingdom. While speaking to his then-girlfriend Lucy, he stated that he thought Cambridge University looked like Hogwarts from Harry Potter. After graduating with a degree in astrophysics, he moved to Pasadena, California. There, he met Howard Wolowitz, who became his best friend, and Howard's mother made Raj feel welcome into their house (though, for 2 years, she thought he was the gardener). In 2003, he met Leonard Hofstadter in the university and made friends with. Leonard, Howard and Raj made a great trio. He also met Leonard's roommate Sheldon Cooper and just like Howard and Leonard, he got frustrated with him. What started the social group with Leonard is the team leader.

Season 1[]

Raj and Howard meet Leonard and Sheldon's new neighbour, Penny, who quickly learns of Raj's inability to speak to women (unless they're part of a crowd or he's drunk, the latter of which is discovered later in the season). Later, he goes out with Howard, Leonard, Sheldon and Penny to dinner. (Pilot)

Sheldon gets sick and Leonard joins Howard and Raj for a film. While preparing for the film, Leonard forgets to remove his glasses at a bad time, causing them to drop and Howard accidentally breaks them. While searching for spare glasses, Leonard gets ditched by Howard and Raj and joins Sheldon in bad condition, having hit his head and gotten a concussion. (The Pancake Batter Anomaly)

Season 2[]

Raj and Howard spy on Leonard's date with Penny and as Sheldon says "took advantage of his lack of interest in what they were doing". When Sheldon decides to leave Leonard to keep a secret for Penny, he moves in with Raj, who quickly gets displeased with Sheldon and sends him over to Howard, who himself sends Sheldon back to Leonard. Sheldon, then drugged by Howard, reveals Penny's secret to Leonard, who insults Penny. (The Bad Fish Paradigm)

Season 3[]

In The Pirate Solution, Raj is at risk of deportation and is forced to work for Sheldon to stay in the country. Eventually, Raj and Sheldon start arguing and Raj quits. Near the end of the episode, Sheldon comes to Raj's apartment to rehire him and they make up with the theme of "Eye of the tiger" playing as they walk together.

In The Excelsior Acquisition, Raj enters The Comic Center of Pasadena with a speaker t-shirt having music, rendering Howard and Leonard unimpressed. The guys learn from Stuart that Stan Lee will be coming to sign comic books on Thursday and everyone's eager to meet him. When Sheldon has a trial, the guys refuse to come with him to court and Howard predicts Sheldon's going to jail. While in line, Raj starts making complaints about how Stan Lee's comic book heroes have the same letter for the first and last name, leading Howard to cut in front of him. Raj is the only guy not to get a compliment and gelato with Stan Lee as a result of his complaining and Sheldon proceeds to get a restraining order from Stan, which he's proud of.

Raj And Sheldon enter a Mystic Warlords of Ka'a tournament in the comic book store for a 500$ prize and for Sheldon to get revenge on his mortal enemy Wil Wheaton. Raj And Sheldon defeat several opposing teams and face Wil and Stuart in the championship. Once Wil's on the verge of defeat, he tricks Sheldon, who makes a move that costs him and Raj the game. As Wil and Stuart go to get their prize, Sheldon yells WHEATON in fury. (The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary)

The guys go kite fighting and Raj And Howard are in a position to win when Howard's distracted by a female jogger. Howard Gives Raj his kite, costing them the match to Sheldon and Leonard, who wins Raj's precious Patang fighting kite as a prize. Raj And Howard have a temporary rift in their friendship til Howard agrees to take Raj wherever he wishes. The episode ends with Howard chasing a girl once Raj tells him she smiled at him, to which Raj calls Howard a douche. (The Cornhusker Vortex)

In the season finale, Raj and the group meet Penny's friend Zack and Raj's watching The Good Wife on someone's tv. Raj And Howard discuss plans to get Sheldon a date and Leonard moans the date might be terrible, having had a rough time with Penny. Eventually, they find Amy Farrah Fowler and blackmail Sheldon into meeting her. Once Sheldon and Amy start liking each other however, they quickly regret their mistake.

Season 4[]

Raj and the rest of the group get news that Sheldon and his new partner, Amy Farrah Fowler are planning to have kids, despite hardly knowing each other. Howard designs a robot hand which in an effort to masturbate with, he ends up getting his penis stuck. Raj spends more focus on cookies and Hawaiian Punch than Howard and when Howard's free, wants food and drinks. The season premiere ends with Howard's penis stuck once more.

The group has a science conference to go to in San Francisco and Raj in the second car with Howard, Bernadette and once she's kicked out of the lead car, Penny. Howard and Bernadette's singing causes stress for Raj and Penny. The former two in the second car meet Glenn, Bernadette's former professor and ex-boyfriend, whose height leads Howard to self doubt. He makes Bernadette mad and the long, rough night eventually has Sheldon kicking Raj out of his room and giving Raj Leonard and Penny's key. Raj makes Leonard mad and the next day's a rough one, with Raj getting drunk at the conference and most of the group getting mad and bickering with each other. On the way home, Howard and Bernadette are mad at each other, Raj is hung over and puking and in the lead car, the game which the unhappy people in the second never learn the correct answer to is revealed to be a cop pulling Leonard over for speeding. (The Love Car Displacement)

Season 5[]

In "The Skank Reflex Analysis", Raj reveals to Penny that they didn't actually sleep together and just fell asleep. Raj suggests that they do Howard and Bernadette's Wedding on the roof since he knows that as an astrophysicist that there is a satellite above Pasadena, so it can photograph the ceremony from space ("The Countdown Reflection").

Season 6[]

Raj begins a relationship with a woman called Lucy ("The Tangible Affection Proof"), but they break up when he pushes her to meet his friends.

In the end Raj gets over his selective mutism and is now able to talk to all women ("The Bon Voyage Reaction").

Season 7[]

Raj begins a relationship with a dermatologist, Emily Sweeney ("The Indecision Amalgamation").

Season 8[]

Raj continues to work with Sheldon on Dark matter testing ("The Expedition Approximation").

Raj Helps Howard And Bernadette prepare the last food Howard's late mother made for a dinner with the rest of the group, which descends into chaos with Leonard's anger at Sheldon over only having his name on a paper they published together. When Leonard threatens to throw his food at Sheldon, Raj and the others don't notice Howard finding his late mother and Bernadette have similar voices when Bernie's mad. Raj Is very happy once Sheldon and Leonard stop fighting and the episode ends with Leonard's name on the paper and more medicine for the group with stomachaches. (The Leftover Thermalization)

He then starts to question his relationship with Emily, wondering if she really is the right person for him ("The Commitment Determination").

Season 9[]

In "The Valentino Submergence", he breaks up with Emily so that he can date Claire, but in "The Application Deterioration", he and Emily have gotten back together, as seen in the last scene of the episode, when they are both lying in her bed.

Season 10[]

Raj is no longer in a relationship, though he finds an interest in his workplace's cleaning lady, Issabella. In "The Emotion Detection Automation", it's revealed that he and Issabella have broken up.

Raj and Stuart constantly fight over the approval of Bernadette and Howard, with Stuart now living with Bernadette and Raj constantly being on Bernadette's side. Right before Bernadette actually goes into labor Raj reveals the gender of their baby, which makes Howard and Bernadette mad. ("The Neonatal Nomenclature")

After it's revealed that his father pays for all his expenses, Raj asks his father to cut him off. Raj then puts Sheldon in charge of his finances. Because he can't afford his apartment, he moves in with Leonard and Penny. He moved out in "The Gyroscopic Collapse" and stay with their friend Bert Kibbler's garage.

Season 11[]

He is shown to be still living in the apartment above Bert's garage, as well as working at the planetarium. He starts dating a woman named Nell, but they have broken up and she goes back to her estranged husband.

Season 12[]

Raj and the guys find out Stuart rather than them got into the last D & D game of the series and Penny's Posse knows better the reason Stuart rather than them got invited. The guys pressure Stuart and Stuart quits the D & D game, leading Leonard to join til he blows things and Wil kicks him out. Wil then madly refuses to let the 4 guys into the game and calls out the guys for using him. Sheldon then blows things and Wil shuts the door. Leonard says the 4 guys deserved the pic of the girls in Wil's game to taunt them in the end of the episode. (The D & D Vortex)

Raj gets unhappy in the U.S and starts considering moving back to London, where Anu, his to be wife is. Howard's startled at the news Raj has to propose to her and wonders if he's an "Indian Giver". In Raj's last scene in the episode, Howard talks Sheldon out of leaving to see Anu and stay with his friends.

Raj wonders which hand Leonard hit Sheldon with and in President Siebert's last scene, he tells the guys to call Sheldon and Amy quirky. Howard's comments lead to Siebert calling Howard bitter and envious. When Sheldon gets scared and leaves, the president leads the guys in calling him "quirky". Raj finds an emotional Amy in the girl's bathroom and she says she's upset over how her pictures came out. Raj uplifts her and they go to Beverly Hills, as the Nobel Prize comes with a large cash prize and she goes with him and gets a haircut. Sheldon's struggle with change leads him to disrespect Amy and Leonard calls him out on his rudeness. As Sheldon's with Penny in The Cheesecake Factory, Raj and Leonard restore her self confidence and Raj finds out the reason Sheldon forbade Leonard to touch the DNA model. (The Change Constant)

In the series finale, Raj has Bert come to take care of Cinnamon while he's going to Sheldon and Amy's ceremony in Stockholm. Bert's hoping Cinnamon will help him meet girls and Raj's giving him instructions. Bert jokingly wonders where he can find a dog that looks like her, then mentions he'll tell Raj if she dies, to which Raj isn't comfortable with the joke. Sheldon and Amy hold a meeting on behaviour rules for Sweden and the group goes to use the elevator. Leonard then has an idea and Sheldon compliments him, to which Leonard isn't too enthusiastic. During the Nobel ceremony, Sheldon sees Raj is with Sarah Michelle Gellar, who he met on the plane to Sweden. He has his friends stand and compliments them, telling them he loves them all and his change of heart moves Penny to tears. The last scene is the 7 friends having dinner together.


Dr. Rajesh Koothrappali is an astrophysicist and faculty member in Caltech's Physics Department. He was part of the team to design the New Horizons space probe to collect data about the Pluto system and beyond. For his discovery of a planetary object beyond the Kuiper belt, 2008 NQ17 (which he calls "Planet Bollywood"), he is included in People magazine's "30 Under 30 to Watch", granting him some form of celebrity status and a larger office for his work. He is also known for a publication on Kuiper belt object size distribution, having run a simulation to correct for the observational efficiency, and was awarded the Newcomb Medal. His research even extends to searching for Trojan asteroids at the Earth-Sun L5 Lagrange point and he wrote a paper on the Van Allen belts. However, the work Raj performs at the university is repetitive enough that he could conceivably be replaced by a simple software program, and he fails to observe an exoplanet orbiting the star Epsilon Eridani with his much anticipated time using a ground-based telescope operating in Hawaii.

During "The Pirate Solution", when Raj's research testing the predicted composition of trans-Neptunian objects ends, his working permit and visa are bound to become void, as they are only valid as long as he is employed. He seeks out a research position in stellar evolution with Professor Laughlin. However, the job proposition fails as the research team includes an attractive female, Dr. Catherine Millstone, and Raj accidentally drinks a little too much alcohol, causing him to make a sexually explicit comment. To avoid Rajesh Koothrappali's deportation to India, Sheldon asks him to work for him and, after several disputes, he agrees.

Wanting to be the male "Indira Gandhi of particle astrophysics," Raj researches dark matter. With Sheldon, he explores the string theory implications of gamma rays from dark matter annihilations and considers methods of optimizing a detector for 500 GeV particles to look for the annihilation spectrum resulting from dark matter collisions in space. While Sheldon argues that slow-moving xenon doesn't produce ultra-violet light, Raj posits that xenon can emit the tell-tale ultra-violet light from dark matter collisions, potentially negating a series of dark matter discoveries, and points to neutron scattering data.

In Season 11, he starts working at the Griffith Observatory as a speaker in the planetarium. He still continues this job in Season 12.

In "The Conjugal Configuration", Raj appears on a television to discuss a meteor shower and ends up in an Internet feud with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

In "The Decision Reverberation", Raj receives a question about his work at the Griffith Observatory. He had found a regularly spaced optical signature on an exoplanet and one of the explanations could have been a sign of alien life. The audience takes that as announcement as does the news media. At work his colleagues make fun of him. Later Raj tries to explain that lots of things were considered myth and then became proven like the round earth, germs, sub-atomic particles colonies on Mars, matter transporters, the Loch Ness monster, etc. Next thing he knows is that the news media has him claiming that the Loch Ness monster Is real.


Originally from India, Raj is slightly clueless about American culture and idioms, and dislikes Indian food and his home country. Sheldon even disputes his knowledge of Indian customs and Hinduism, and reveals Raj's native language is English (which Raj speaks with a mainly-Indian accent with a hint of British), while he seems to speak fluent Hindi. Raj stated that the reason he puts up with Sheldon is so that he could be reborn as a "well-hung billionaire with wings", according to his Hindu belief of being rewarded after reincarnation for suffering willingly; to Rajesh Koothrappali, karma is "practically Newtonian". He hates Indian music; however, he does appreciate the Indian lullabies his mother sang to him, and the catchiness of Hindi phrases, two mentioned phrases being "जो जी करे कर" - "whatever floats your boat;" and "Fever 104, बहुत अच्छे संगीत का मौजूदा घर. The phrase means: Fever 104, home of the really good current music."

On the rare occasions when he actually gets homesick, he picks up the latest issue of "Bombay Badonkadonks" and performs Bollywood dancing. He is hypocritically sensitive to others' racist jokes about India, though he is not above making racist remarks about India, or, in his view, "Gandhi-ville". Raj also claims he can hold out from noxious gases because he grew up in India. Raj likes to say that he comes from the "exotic" subcontinent of India and had to overcome poverty and prejudice, to make himself appear interesting and mystical, especially when he is womanizing. More often than not, he likes to be associated with "Slumdog Millionaire", except when Howard's mother says it. Much like how Howard rarely follows kosher, Rajesh eats beef and believes that some of the Hindu Code of Manu is crazy.

Raj also has an extremely ambiguous attitude and opinion of his own country and upbringing, which primarily depends on the situation he finds himself in and how it would benefit him. He believes that his most flattering quality for women is not an aspect of his own character, but the fact that he has vastly rich parents. As stated before, he enjoys portraying himself as a child of poverty who heroically journeyed to America to reach for the stars, but what puts him at the opposite end of this spectrum is his rich parentage. He portrayed himself as such because it makes him appear heroic. Rajesh also tends to heavily rely on his family's wealth for his own lifestyle, often wielding the family fortunes extravagantly. He enjoys his privileged lifestyle to such an extent that, when he wanted something off his father he offered to cut off the cleaning lady so that he could provide for himself, then muttering to Cinnamon that they were both going to be living like animals. Much like Howard would only consider that either his mother or Bernadette would do housework, or any work around his living space, Raj essentially never pays to survive - his parents pay his insurances and rent and he pays someone to buy food and even walk his dog. This leads to the speculation that, even though Raj is an adult, he acts like a spoiled child.

In addition, Raj could be extremely pompous when it suited him: he referred to Priya as his baby sister, and when he discovered Leonard was having an affair with her, he verbally prevented it and voiced that he apparently had authority over their relationship. In this same incident, he used Sheldon's claim that Indian women's relationship could be controlled by the older male relative (Meaning that, in order to adhere to this rule that he would have to be loyal to Indian custom), only to arrogantly brush aside Priya's pointing out that he was currently eating meat not permitted in his culture (He claimed, when faced with this, that he could avoid certain regulations of his culture if he considered it crazy). His protectiveness of his sister, or his view of her in general, is laughable in some respects - when he tells Howard to stay away from Priya and stated that she was way hotter than Howard's girlfriend, the exact second after Howard agreed with him Raj snapped, "Dude, that's my sister you're talking about!'; later on, when he learns of Howard's pact with Leonard that prohibits them from interest in Priya, Raj is sated when Howard says that they 'pinky-swore' on the pact, but later on he explosively stated that defiling Priya superseded a pinky-swear.

He used to have a psychological condition called selective mutism, a recognized social anxiety disorder which rendered him unable to talk to women (with the exception of family members, who were seemingly unaware of his condition, and deaf women, as seen in "The Wiggly Finger Catalyst" when he could talk in front of Emily), although he quickly learned that he was able to temporarily overcome this problem by consuming either alcohol-containing foods and medicine or experimental anti-anxiety medication. Unfortunately, the alcohol altered his personality and the medications tended to have side effects, such as involuntary face and hand motions, loss of rationality, or jovially stripping naked in public without cognizance of its inappropriate nature. Raj was also able to speak in the presence of women if they were part of a crowd, if he was unaware of their presence, or if he believed that he has been drinking alcohol (a placebo effect, as seen in "The Terminator Decoupling" when he was able to talk to Summer Glau while drinking beer, but when Howard pointed out that the beer was non-alcoholic, he could no longer speak to her). When Lucy broke up with him In the season six finale, "The Bon Voyage Reaction," he discovered while talking to Penny that he was... well, talking to Penny, even though he had not consumed any alcohol since the previous night, which made him realize that breaking things off with Lucy seemed to allowed him to finally overcome his selective mutism. As of season 7, he no longer requires alcohol in order to speak in front of females though it did temporarily return when he first tried to have sex with his arranged bride Anu.

One of Raj's primary personality quirks beside his selective mutism is his tendency to speak or act inappropriately in most situations. One primary example of the latter was when, in "The Love Car Displacement", he enters Leonard and Penny's room while they are about to have sex, climbs into bed and goes to sleep, completely unaware of what he interrupted. On another occasion, he openly acknowledged having had crushes on Penny and Bernadette directly in front of them, simultaneously making them uncomfortable and making Amy upset, and fails to recognize Amy's change in mood despite Penny and Bernadette's discreet efforts to indicate it to him. Seen in "The Santa Simulation". Raj and his friends also have made suggestions like driving around with a van to pick up children for their proposed comic book shop and enticing them with candy, unknowingly suggesting pedophilia. Even Howard, who's known to have done and said many inappropriate things finds Raj can be disturbing such as his lightsaber belt buckle gift, his comment that Howard's wand tv remote was his 2nd favourite brown magic wand or his comments in the hot tub.

He complains that he is lonely, which leads to Raj hating himself and needing to be reassured of his value. While usually sweet, Rajesh Koothrappali sometimes relishes at his friends' misfortunes, especially if he stands to selfishly benefit from said misfortunes (such as, for example, when he expects Bernadette, whom he had a crush on at the time, to break up with Howard, figuring that he could then take advantage and move in on her). Whenever Raj gets an idea or wants to say something slightly controversial in a conversation, he whispers it in Howard or someone else's ear whenever a woman is around. Howard does refuse to say it out loud because he finds it stupid, offensive, or inappropriate, but he ends up saying it anyway through scoffing at Raj. He also has arguments with Howard often, being akin to those of a married couple. He is noted for using "gangsta" slang, such as "fo' shizzle" and repeatedly using the word "dude".

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Raj wears a baseball cap only in the Pilot

He enjoys reading DC Comics, as do his friends, but he dislikes Aquaman. Raj often obsesses over almost-insignificant details in fiction, such as how the bathroom work in Atlantis, the possible symbolism of ponytails in Avatar, whether Wolverine's prostate is made of adamantium, what zombies would eat if humanity went extinct, how vampires would shave themselves since they can't see their reflections, etc. He has experienced in video gaming and, like Sheldon and Howard, he idolizes Stephen Hawking. Unlike the other guys, Raj has shown great interest in John Grisham novels and Archie comics, the latter being shared with Zack. Raj also has an interest in a number of books, movies and TV shows which are generally targeted towards the female demographic, such as Twilight, The Good Wife, Grey's Anatomy, Sex and the City, Eat, Pray, Love and Bridget Jones's Diary. He follows his parents wishes and relays on them for money as seen in the episode with his drone. He parents heavily follow their religion which Raj also follows however breaks it whenever he is drunk. Eventually he stopped taking his parent's money and moved into an apartment over his friend Bert's garage.



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Physical Appearance[]

Raj is a man of ideal weight and is also average height for an Indian man, originally in his mid-twenties, but he is in his late thirties by the end of the series. He's 5'7" (1.70 m), with black hair and brown eyes. He is normally seen wearing a layered combination of a shirt, a sweater vest, and a windbreaker with cargo pants and skate shoes; he wore a red baseball cap in the Pilot. Raj also straightens his hair until the last season.


Raj always communicates with his parents, Dr. V.M. and Mrs. Koothrappali back in India over Skype, via webcam. They constantly try to arrange dates for him. Raj's parents want their son to marry a woman of Indian descent and give them grandchildren. Mrs. Koothrappali is especially worried that despite Raj being old enough to marry, the closest they have to a daughter-in-law is "that Jewish boy," Howard. When they become meddling or judgmental, he often "brings his parents" into Leonard and Sheldon's apartment via his MacBook Pro, to seek his friends' support in the discussion. Like his "baby sister" Priya, whom he is very protective of, Raj calls his parents "mummy" and "daddy".

Despite Raj's claims that he grew up in poverty, his friends like to remind him that he comes from a very wealthy

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Raj with his parents.

background. His father is a gynecologist, drives a Bentley (he also owns a Mercedes, which was later burnt by his mother), and has a house full of servants, two of them children. Raj later admits this fact, saying they are very wealthy. His parents say the same thing, believing they have nothing to complain about as they are very rich in a very poor country. In "The Wiggly Finger Catalyst", it is revealed that his parents are actually billionaires, as Sheldon claims that Raj's family's estimated wealth is 'halfway between Bruce Wayne and Scrooge McDuck', a reference to Forbes: The Fictional 15.[This quote is seen in "The Wiggly Finger Catalyst"].

Not much of Raj's family is known so far. Raj stated he has three brothers and two sisters in "The Hot Troll Deviation" (S4E04). One older brother is mentioned in "The Cornhusker Vortex" (S3E06) who, according to Raj, gave him his 'Patang' (fighter kite). Adoot was mentioned in "The Sibling Realignment" (S11E23) as the most mean among his brothers. And one of his two sisters is Priya.

Raj's cousin Sanjay Koothrappali (aka "Dave") works in a Call Center run by AT&T. In "The Guitarist Amplification", Raj tried to avoid going to his wedding, but eventually accepted his parents' offer.

Another cousin, Venkatesh Koothrappali (who appeared in "The Precious Fragmentation"), works as a lawyer in Mumbai. He has poor negotiation skills, even admitting that he is useless when Raj was trying to negotiate for a jet ski.

In "The Griffin Equivalency", Rajesh points out that his limo is bigger than the house that his grandfather grew up in and has more food too, suggesting that his family was not always wealthy. In "The Table Polarization" (S7E16), he reveals the name of his grandfather to be Dilip.

In "The Alien Parasite Hypothesis", Raj mentions that Type 2 diabetes runs in his family, but he has no symptoms so far.

In "The Septum Deviation", Raj is worried about what to get his parents for their fortieth wedding anniversary. Later he gets a call from his father that he has moved out and that his parents are getting divorce lawyers. It seems over the years they did not communicate and let a lot of little things boil over until they hated each other. His mother may have also been seeing someone else.

In "The Clean Room Infiltration", Raj's father is in the middle of a divorce and visits his son at Christmas time. Raj leaves to help his friends deal with a stray pigeon and his father is left with Amy and Penny and her boring Victorian parlor games.

In "The Graduation Transmission", Raj's father threatens to cut him off after he spends too much of their money on a drone (which was meant to be used to pay Raj's monthly rent). After flattering both parents, Raj ends up with a huge increase in allowance from both his divorced parents.

In "The Allowance Evaporation", Raj after meeting his ex-girlfriends who said he was too spoiled and a Momma's boy, tells his father that he was no longer taking any money from him. His father was delighted that his last only unmarred offspring was going to stand on his own two feet.

In season 12, he asks his father to find him a wife and he ends up going with Anu.



Leonard Hofstadter[]

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Raj and Leonard with Ms Latham

Leonard and Raj meet at the university as shown in a flashback in "The Staircase Implementation" and it was made clear in "The Jerusalem Duality", both Raj and Howard like Leonard, and only hung out with Sheldon because they had no other choice, the two are shown to be best friends. Though, Raj takes delight in Leonard's problems with Penny and becomes somewhat adversarial with him when he dates his sister, Priya. Despite his tendency to tease Leonard about his girlfriend issues, he is supportive of his and Penny's relationship and frequently attempts to get him to breakup with Priya (sometimes employing subtle manipulative techniques, such as feeding his paranoia about the two women comparing notes about his sex life). Raj feels jealous whenever Leonard and Howard use his ideas for fun and deliberately remove him. Raj has said that Leonard only hangs out with him if he has no other options, and has missed him ("The Spaghetti Catalyst"). When Sheldon and Penny were indisposed, Leonard took the very appreciative Raj with him to Switzerland for a visit to the Large Hadron Collider after both Penny and Sheldon fall ill ("The Large Hadron Collision"). They normally try to help each other. In "The Date Night Variable", Raj hangs out with Leonard and Penny on their date and gets thrown out when he tries to get Penny to tell Leonard that she loves him. In "The Cooper Extraction", Amy points out to the gang that most of them would not know each other if Sheldon had not been part of their lives. Since Leonard is not in Apartment 4A, Raj envisions them living together; however, Leonard is fat due to Raj's cooking and Leonard's loneliness; Leonard makes Raj fat in the story to make things even. In "The Clean Room Infiltration", Raj helps Leonard and Howard get a bird out of the university's clean room. While there, they both agree that they are smarter than Howard, and that he was the one indirectly responsible for letting the bird inside. In "The Meteorite Manifestation", Bert wants Raj's help cutting open a meteorite with a band saw. Leonard wants to do it with his laser, but Bert declines.

Sheldon Cooper[]

The Date Night Variable Sheldon Leonard and Raj

Raj and Sheldon with Leonard in the cafeteria

Generally, Raj is much more patient with Sheldon than Leonard, Howard and Penny- though this fact is partly because Sheldon does not criticize him quite as often as the others, they are best friends. Just like everyone, he knew Sheldon was a nutcase and an arrogant jerk. When asked, he mentions it is because of his belief in Karma. Sheldon, however, appears oblivious, as he once tried to cut off Raj from his circle of friends to make room for Barry Kripke and because Raj got one answer for his questionnaire wrong. Raj was terrified at the prospect of losing Sheldon as a friend, and later worries whether he is merely the "treasured acquaintance." But way deep down he disliked Sheldon. Sheldon hates it when Raj is talking in his ear, although he does appreciate Raj's words. Whenever Raj is upset, Sheldon brings him a hot beverage to console him, although this act is because his mother would make him. In "The Roommate Transmogrification", Raj proves to be a better roommate to Sheldon than Leonard was, as he goes out of his way to impress him. Considering Raj a good friend, Sheldon enjoys the ethnic diversity he brings about in the group and the fact that he too likes monkeys and trains. In the episode "The Pirate Solution", when Raj's research hits a dead end, Sheldon offers Raj a chance to work for him, which he later accepts. Raj started working for Sheldon, and they occasionally clash. Raj maintains that he does not work for Sheldon, but with him and Sheldon agrees on the opposite, making Raj as the person who works for/with Sheldon. They also have a geek war over the overly large desk Raj moved into his office- although Raj at first seems to be winning, their attempts to one-up one another eventually cause the office to explode. This action is seen in "The Hot Troll Deviation". Even after Sheldon takes over a new office and Raj gets to keep the one they share for himself, they still work together on some occasions, including staying at the university's observatory lab to discover an asteroid, and running a simulation for when they have to go inside a mine later. In "The Comic-Con Conundrum", Raj appoints Sheldon is business manager since Raj has to live on his own salary. Sheldon immediately tells Raj that he can't go to Comic-Con this that year.

Howard Wolowitz[]

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Raj And Howard at Sheldon's wedding.

"Okay, when I first came to this country, I-I didn’t know how to behave or how to dress, or what was cool, I was pretty lonely. But then I met Howard, and suddenly, my life changed, because we could be lonely together. This man became my whole world."
―Raj Koothrappali, The Stag Convergence

Howard is Raj's best friend; since Season 1, they have always been very close and met about the same time they were introduced to Leonard and Sheldon. Raj usually comes to Howard's house for holidays such as Thanksgiving, and has sometimes slept over there, as well. He knows all of Howard's jokes and finds humor in mimicking Mrs. Wolowitz. Rajesh is sometimes sensitive to Howard's cultural stereotyping (despite Raj's hypocrisy of disliking his own culture) as well as his perceived inability to recognize when he is upset. They are practically inseparable, maintaining certain weekly routines together and serving as wing-men to each other (up until Howard's marriage and Raj getting a girlfriend). Although Raj and Howard are heterosexual, their relationship and interaction sometimes resembles that of a couple, which resulted in Leonard's mother, Beverly Hofstadter, calling their relationship an "ersatz homosexual marriage". As seen "The Maternal Congruence" and "The Maternal Capacitance" despite the denials, Raj amusingly still takes up a stereotypical "female" role in arguments with Howard, for example, accusing him of deserting him for any opportunity to speak with an attractive woman. During Howard's launch in" The Countdown Reflection", both he and Howard's wife Bernadette express their love for Howard and hold hands. It's been mentioned in "The Septum Deviation" that Howard and Raj attend couples therapy together. Howard invents a game where he quotes Raj and others have to guess if the comment is about the dog he loves or the woman he loves (Emily) due to his attachment to Cinnamon. In "The Anxiety Optimization", Howard starts a game called "Emily or Cinnamon" where people have to guess whether statements Raj has made are for the woman or the dog he loves. Emily thinks Raj's sensitive nature is very sexy. In "The 2003 Approximation", Raj and Howard form a band call "Footprints on the Moon", when Stuart is looking for live music in his store. They write a song about Indiana Jones taking on Thor which is a cool song, but not easy to dance to. In "The Confidence Erosion", Raj takes a break from his friendship with Howard when he realizes that his lack of confidence is in part due to Howard's constant demeaning jokes. He changes his look, gains confidence and receives a job at the Griffith Observatory. After his show, a young woman even asks him to coffee. In "The Celebration Reverberation", Raj is still angry at Howard who still gets him to plan Halley Wolowitz's first birthday party. Both end up in Halley's bounce house taking out their frustrations on each other. The house is so much fun that they mend their friendship while bouncing around. In the final season, Raj becomes a part-time planetarium host and invites Howard as a guest speaker for his experience as an astronaut. As they discuss the matter, the two eventually tell the audience of each other's astrophysical accomplishments while complimenting each other. In addition, Howard stops Raj from chasing Anu as it would be better for him to find someone with whom he can truly love and cherish. In "The Planetarium Collision" Howard gets invited by Raj's boss to help host a planetarium show since he is an astronaut. Raj is worried that Howard will take over the show. Anxiety occurs between them and during their sow they end up complimenting each other to excess. In "The Inspiration Deprivation", Howard buys a Vespa like he used to own with him and Raj planning to relive their good old days. Bernadette is angry and doesn't want him hurt. He sells it to Bert who immediately has an accident. In "The Maternal Conclusion", Anu is in London for a convention and then gets offered a job. She wonders what that means for them. Raj decides to go to London and propose thinking that this is his last chance for happiness. Howard goes to the airport and convinces him to stay. In "The Stockholm Syndrome", Sheldon in his Nobel acceptance speech acknowledged Raj as his friend and has him stand up before the whole world.


Penny and Raj

Penny and Raj caught in the act.

Penny is Raj's best female friend that Raj has, though he has only been able to talk to her when drunk til the end of Season 6. Penny sometimes tries to make Raj speak, but mostly feels sorry for him, such as by calling him a strange little man, damaged, and even kissing him on the cheek, while Raj believes her to be considerate of him. There are times where his relationship with Penny becomes less than platonic - particularly in "The Griffin Equivalency", where he misinterprets her going with him to an award ceremony as an act of romance rather than friendship and introduces Penny to his parents as his "new squeeze" while he was drunk. He tried to apologize by note, but Penny forced him to say the apology while sober. In "The Roommate Transmogrification", Raj and Penny hooked up while they were drunk and while they were leaving the bedroom after waking up hours later, they ran into Howard, Leonard, and Sheldon.

In "The Skank Reflex Analysis", Raj reveals to Penny that they did not have sex or any physical activity instead, Raj ejaculated prematurely when Penny tried to help him put on his protection and then they fell asleep. Raj asks Penny not to tell anyone about this incident, to which Penny agrees. They accept to go back to being just friends. She agreed that he could tell others that "their light shone too quickly and brightly", but couldn't tell people that he "ruined her for white guys". In "The Wiggly Finger Catalyst", Penny sets him up with a deaf friend of hers that can communicate with him by signing and ends up to be a gold-digger. In "The Santa Simulation", Penny invites him along to a girls' night out and they try and find him a woman although nothing works out. She wants to find him a girlfriend, but twice her attempts fail. In "The Bon Voyage Reaction", Penny comforts Raj after Lucy breaks up with him, during which they realized the breakup allowed him to start talking to women without alcohol. In "The Hook-up Reverberation", Penny is mad that Raj told his girlfriend, Emily, about their "hook up", since Emily hates her for it. In "The Comet Polarization", Penny finds a new comet while the gang was using Raj's telescope. Raj first takes credit for the discovery until Penny demands that he be fair about it.



Raj and Bernadette.

Raj's relationship with Bernadette is somewhat strained, but they are best friends, because of him having secret feelings of her and fantasizing about Howard leaving and he needing to fulfill her sexual needs. When Penny starts a false rumor that Bernadette is breaking up with Howard, Raj begins to awkwardly hit on her at the Cheesecake Factory (after drinking a grasshopper). When Howard proposes to her, Raj is the only one to encourage him to propose, as they all knew the result. However, when Bernadette accepts his proposal, Raj is crushed. In the season 5 premiere, Bernadette is angry because she learns that Raj had feelings for her, expressed through inappropriately worded poems (Oh Bernadette, please play my clarinet). She learns this from Howard, who himself learned of it during an argument with Raj and Leonard earlier that day over his allegedly sexual encounter with Penny, where Leonard accused Raj of falling in love with any girl who smiled at him, using Bernadette as an example (to Howard's shock). Leonard had himself learned of this in the previous season from Priya. A lot of what Raj does, Bernadette finds creepy including his relationship with her husband.. Interestingly, whenever Howard is offered an opportunity where he may not survive, Raj always offers to be with Bernadette. In "The Tesla Recoil", Bernie is afraid that her co-worker Ruchi is trying to steal her projects. Raj talks to Ruchi resulting in their friendship being strained.

Amy Farrah Fowler[]

Raj's relationship with Amy has not been properly explored yet, but they are shown to be best friends and she can find it weird that he can't talk to women. After Sheldon invites the lonely Raj on his and Amy's anniversary date, she tells him to go home.


Amy and Raj

In "The Santa Simulation", he tells Amy that he was never interested in her like his crush on Penny and Bernadette. She then draws him out that they both missed the company of the opposite sex. They talk about their humiliations while growing up until Raj says that he hopes that the woman he finds is as half as much a lovely person as Amy. Amy then says that he wants me, I'm good. She says that they can leave now, obviously getting back at Raj. Then Raj tells Penny on the way out that now he may fall for Amy. At Amy's suggestion, Raj invites her to dinner with him and Lucy as the first in the gang to hang out with her. Things go fine until Amy mentions Lucy's social problems and Raj pushes her too much. Amy also asks Raj at Leonard's going away party, where Lucy is showing concern for him. She is the only friend that calls him Rajesh instead of Raj. In "The Friendship Turbulence", Raj asks Amy to respond to a woman that answered Raj's dating site. Though the woman thinks that Raj is too shy and passive, she does strike up a friendship with Amy. After Raj charges in on their coffee get-together, Raj ruins a possible friendship for both of them. They eventually mend fences after Emily. Howard and Raj help Amy with Bert's crush on her and they end up going on her date with Bert to a rock show. "The Change Constant", Amy does not like her picture on the Internet looking so frumpy, so Raj gives her a complete makeover.

Stuart Bloom[]

The Date Night Variable Raj and Stuart

Raj and Stuart

Beginning with the "The Date Night Variable", Raj became closer friends with Stuart since Howard was away on the ISS. They go out to bars looking for ladies and do other things Raj and Howard used to do. Stuart moved in with Raj to get out of the back of the comic book store. They held parties at the comic book stores together (for Halloween and Valentine's Day) and Stuart let Raj borrow the store for the scavenger hunt in "The Scavenger Vortex". The two of them try to help each other find dates, such as with online dating ("The Raiders Minimization") and trying to talk to women together at malls ("The Hesitation Ramification"). It is unknown when and why Stuart moved out of Raj's apartment, but they still hang out together, usually at Raj's place. In "The Mommy Observation", Stuart helped Raj plan another murder mystery night. When Stuart's store (and current "home" again) burns down in "The Status Quo Combustion", Raj said he could live with him again for a while, but due to Emily staying with him that night, Stuart didn't want to interfere with that, and ended up living at Mrs. Wolowitz's house, working as her care-giver for a while. In "The Comic Book Store Regeneration", Raj helped Stuart get the new comic book store ready for opening.


In "The Long Distance Dissonance", Raj moves out of Leonard and Penny's apartment and moves into the room over Bert's garage.

In "The Meteorite Manifestation", Bert wants Raj's help cutting open a meteorite with a band saw. Leonard wants to do it with his laser, but Bert declines. Leonard gets angry that he is left out. He steals the meteorite, cuts it open and then gets infected with an alien virus that turns him in to a flesh eating zombie (alright, that part was a dream sequence). Then he wakes up, starts to glow, attacks Penny, and then wakes up again. Finally he apologizes to Bert and Raj.


Beverly Hofstadter[]

Raj particularly dislikes Leonard's mother Beverly because she is such an annoying cold woman. He is not happy with her thinking that he and Howard are in an" ersatz homosexual relationship". Also, Beverly and Raj have never spoken to each other during Raj's selective mutism (inability to talk to women outside his family) which appeared from the first episode until the Season 6 finale and they still haven't spoken even after Raj is cured of it, but Beverly heard him speaking at Sheldon's birthday party, although they still didn't communicate.

Sarah Michelle Gellar[]


Sarah M.G.

In "The Stockholm Syndrome", Raj meets the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star on the his plane ride to Stockholm and he invites her to the Nobel Prize ceremony. The social group invited her to the Nobel prize ceremony. Raj has to be reminded that they are not on a date and that she is married. Raj knows that. Sheldon is surprised and remarks seeing her from the stage during his Nobel acceptance speech.



Cheryl (Erin Allin O'Reilly).

Unlike the other main characters, Raj's romantic relationships have never been very serious or lasting, mostly due to his inability to speak to women. He has had a number of one-night-stands and brief dates. Impressively though, Raj was the first one among the four to get laid within the series in "The Middle-Earth Paradigm" at Penny's Halloween party. He is much more successful in casual sex than the more sexually aggressive Howard, and, among the guys, has great appeal to extremely attractive women. He has/had a big crush on Howard's fiancée (now wife), Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz, who has said how wonderful a man he is and has called him a "cutie pie", much like Penny. At one point, Raj implies that he is dating a "deaf chick" before he ever meets Penny's deaf friend Emily, though later admitted this to be a lie.

Lalita Gupta (Sarayu Rao)[]

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One of Raj's female childhood acquaintances, Lalita Gupta who used to be fat once kicked him in the samosas (testicles) and called him untouchable. In spite of this fact, Raj's parents thought it would be a good idea to set them up on a date. Raj discovered that alcohol (the grasshopper cocktail) is able to help him suppress his selective mutism, but being drunk made him obnoxious. As a result, he weirded out Lalita. Sheldon, because of Lalita's resemblance to a beloved childhood fairy tale character, Princess Panchali, unintentionally "stole" Lalita from Raj causing him to get angry with Sheldon.

Missy Cooper (Courtney Henggeler)[]

Missy Cooper


In "The Pork Chop Indeterminacy", Sheldon's fraternal twin sister, Missy, came to Pasadena. Raj at the time was using an experimental drug to help with his selective mutism. Leonard, Howard and Raj were all attracted to her and after hitting on her too much (causing her to hide at Penny's for the night) and fighting over the "right" to ask her out, they decide to just ask her out individually. After both Leonard and Howard's attempts failed, Raj got his turn. Inconveniently, as he waited for her at Penny's door, the drugs began wearing off and despite Missy's implied interest in Raj, (saying, "Hi, cutie pie. I was hoping you'd show up") Raj was unable to ask her out and walked away. In "The Bow Tie Asymmetry", Raj picks up Mary Cooper and daughter Missy from the airport. Missy is pregnant and separated from her husband which Raj finds very interesting.

Summer Glau[]


Summer is charmed by Raj.

In "The Terminator Decoupling", when Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, and Rajesh Koothrappali were on a train to San Francisco, the latter three tried talking to sci-fi actress Summer Glau. After drinking what he thought was a beer, Raj talked to Summer, being flirtatious and smooth and she took a liking to him. He said "Slumdog Millionaire" was based on his life story and revealed his knowledge of astronomy. When Howard pointed out that his beer was non-alcoholic, Raj stopped in the middle of his conversation, was embarrassed and rushed away from Summer without saying any more.

Abby (Danica McKellar)[]

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In the episode "The Psychic Vortex", Leonard and Howard went on a double date with their respective girlfriends, leaving a lonely Raj with only an indifferent Sheldon. Raj insists on Sheldon helping him score with a woman at a University Mixer. After presenting Sheldon with a "Limited Edition Green Lantern Lantern" and his "Incredible Hulk Hands signed by Stan Lee" on two separate occasions, Sheldon agreed to be Raj's wing-man, helping him score with Abby. It is not known what happened to her after that episode.

Dr. Elizabeth Plimpton (Judy Greer)[]



In "The Plimpton Stimulation", Dr. Plimpton was welcomed as a guest of Sheldon's for a few days while considering taking a position at the university. Incredibly promiscuous, she shows interest in Raj immediately after meeting him despite having slept with Leonard the previous night and sitting across to him at the time. That evening, Raj was hosting Dr. Plimpton, but when Leonard and Howard show up, she immediately suggests they join Raj and her in a roleplay where they were two moving men and a landlord, and she couldn't pay any of them. She then goes to the bedroom where Raj then made his friends leave and spends the night with Dr. Plimpton.

Angela (Tiffany Dupont)[]

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Rajesh and Sheldon met Angela at a coffee shop while Raj was trying to test an experimental social anxiety drug. Raj told her she was very beautiful when she asked why he was staring, and flattered, she liked his accent, stating she was interested in going to India. As she welcomed him sitting with her, Raj introduced them as Dr. Rajesh Koothrappali and Dr. Sheldon Cooper, scientists who like to observe, and dismissed Sheldon off to buy a scone. Koothrappali complemented her name, citing its etymology, to which she responded he was cute; however, a side effect of the medication made him lose all social norms and caused him to begin stripping, which scared her away, while he told Sheldon he was being rude and attempted to continue with Angela saying she had the expressive face of an actress.

Emily (Katie Leclerc)[]

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In "The Wiggly Finger Catalyst", Penny thought she found the perfect match for Raj by hooking him up with a woman who is deaf, Emily. Raj made very obnoxious remarks during their first date, but translator Howard would sign something else to Emily as to make him not look like a jerk. Raj and Emily saw each other for a month with Raj getting very attached to her; however, it turns out Emily was a gold-digger and only liked Raj for his money, and left him when she found out his parents would cut their financial support if they continued to see each other. Interestingly, his parents did not cut him off when he was seeing the white dermatologist, Emily Sweeney in the seventh and eighth seasons. Emily dumped because Raj's parents control him and his finances. Emily got a better end of the deal after she broke up with Raj and dating a billionaire like Bruce Wayne whose parents does not control his finances.

Siri (Becky O'Donohue)[]

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Siri (Dream embodiment).

After Raj buys a new iPhone 4S in the "The Beta Test Initiation", he develops a peculiar relationship with his phone's voice command personal assistant, Siri. Contrary to his usual inability to speak to women directly, Raj is able to address her, as she is a mere voice. Whenever Raj inquires about an activity he wishes to engage in or a destination, she provides suggestions (like a wine selection for a dinner party) or a list of possible locales, of which a subset is emphasized due to proximity. In reaction to Raj, Siri is able to accept compliments, respond to inquiries about her well-being, and display emotions, like gratitude. Upon Raj's off-hand request to be called "sexy", Siri complies and Raj, in turn, refers to her as "darling". Raj appears to be actually dating Siri by taking her places, having human conversations with her and buying her gifts; however, Raj has a dream that he goes to meet Siri in the form of a real woman, but, of course, when she turns around, he can't speak to her. Thus, an offer to make love to her is unable to be fulfilled. He then wakes up screaming "NOOOOO!"

Lucy (Kate Micucci)[]


Raj and Lucy meet for the first time.

In "The Tangible Affection Proof", Raj and Stuart put together a Valentine's Day party for those who do not have dates. Raj figures that their group should not keep beating themselves up and he makes a speech that they shouldn't measure their self-worth by whether they are in a relationship and that they are not alone because together they are a community. Lucy walks up to Raj to tell him that his speech was really cool. They leave to have coffee together.

In the next episode "The Monster Isolation" picks up with them having coffee. Raj explains more about himself when Lucy excuses herself to the bathroom. While Raj gets more Chai Tea Lucy is seen escaping through the bathroom window from the shop and running away. Raj is next seen a few days later by Leonard and Howard after he fails to show up at work. He is upset because Lucy ditched him and proclaims he's never leaving his apartment. Rajesh's apartment is a mess and he is ordering his food on line. Later the guys run into Lucy at the comic book store as she left off a note for Raj. Howard calls her out for her ditching him and takes the note with her phone number. Howard later gives Raj her number and the two agree to meet. Lucy reveals that she has anxiety issues. Pushing her to meet people she shows up at the Valentine's Day party after seeing a flyer explaining that she doesn't even like comic books. To make her more comfortable Raj explains his own anxiety with women and his inability to talk to them without alcohol. He proclaims he's just as messed up as her and begs her for a chance to prove it. The two agree to go out on another date.

At Penny's, Raj seeks advice on a killer first date with Lucy. Amy says that evolutionary biology shows that women like men that are steady in the face of danger and suggests an unsafe environment. Raj mentions that Lucy has some social anxieties and wants something simpler. Bernadette suggests Disneyland's Space Mountain ride where you can hold hands in the dark though Raj doesn't think Lucy would like the crowds. After the women get excited to go to Disneyland themselves, they can't come up with any other helpful suggestions.

Later Raj sets a table at a library with picnic paraphernalia for his date with Lucy. She arrives and asks if they are eating there. Raj texts her that they are having a "texting date". She replies that she likes the idea. He also tells her to remember that he has an adorable accent. They have a good time laughing at each other's comments. Lucy tells him that she does web design for porn sites. Raj denies even knowing what it is but, due to an auto-correct error, she says she really works on prom sites. Raj texts back he really likes proms, but when Lucy looks at him funny, he texts that it was auto-correct and that it should be that he likes sports. Lucy and Raj finish their date when her phone battery runs out. She says she had fun and that this date definitely pushed her comfort envelope. Lucy flees with a panic attack when she tries to kiss Raj. Raj says he is still counting it as foreplay.

In "The Closure Alternative", Raj finds Lucy's blog saying that she is seeing a man named Roger who she finds a bit feminine. Howard clues him in that she is using a fake name to protect his identity after Raj thinks she is seeing someone else. At dinner, he wears a hockey shirt, nukes a half-cooked meal and gives Lucy a lecture on monster trucks to be more masculine. His behavior freaks her out so Raj admits that he found her blog. Lucy meant that he was kind and sensitive which made Raj feel better.

In "The Love Spell Potential" at an awkward date, though they all seem a bit awkward, Lucy is describing areas where she is trying to push herself. On their next dinner date, Lucy says that her crab cakes are a bit funky and Raj tries to get her to send them back, one of her areas where she is trying to push herself. She again runs away, climbs out the bathroom window and then finds herself in a locked fenced in area. She then texts Raj who finds her there. Raj tells her that even though she has all these quirks, he finds that very attractive since she is more broken than he is. Through the fence, the two of them kiss for the first time. 

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Raj and Lucy meet for coffee

In "The Bon Voyage Reaction", Raj wants Lucy to hang out with his friends. Lucy is reluctant, but agrees to meet with one. First, Raj asks Leonard, until Penny suggests maybe one of the ladies should do it. Penny and Bernadette are too pretty and might be threatening to Lucy, so Amy suggests that it should be her since she was the outsider of the group. At dinner, Amy was talking about her experiences with the gang and everything is going well until Raj again starts to push Lucy. Raj tells Lucy that she doesn't have to if she doesn't want to. Amy replies that they should ignore him since he doesn't realize that she understands the severity of Lucy's social anxiety. Raj objects to her talking to somebody about social anxiety if they have a social anxiety which makes them socially anxious, Amy then gets annoyed and tells him that she is a neuroscientist and that she is more qualified to know what is not working in his girlfriend's brain. Amy is also talking to Raj as if Lucy is not even there. Raj reacts that she is not his girlfriend although he immediately asks Lucy if she could be. Lucy is getting more uncomfortable when Raj adds that if she says no, he will never be happy again. Lucy runs off to the bathroom. Raj tells Amy that they might as well eat since she is not coming back soon. Later she agrees to come to Leonard's going away party after Raj begs her to come. At the party, Lucy is late and then texts him that she isn't coming. Also, she tells him that maybe they shouldn't see each other again and they break up which really upsets Raj. Finally after Penny takes Leonard to the airport, Raj learn that his experience with Lucy has helped him get around his selective mutism as he finds he can talk to Penny, with no alcohol. 

In "The Itchy Brain Simulation", Penny meets Lucy at the Cheesecake Factory and yells at her for breaking up with him by email. She also tells her that Raj was devastated and that she was a bad person. Lucy then asks to have coffee with Raj and apologizes how she broke up with him. Raj hopes that they can get back together; however, she is now seeing somebody.

Janine Davis (Regina King)[]

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Raj actually having a social conversation with a woman.

In "The Hofstadter Insufficiency", Raj goes to a work social to meet women and runs into the recently separated Janine Davis. First, he insults her, and then after a rough apology, they sit down and have an adult conversation as friends, something new for Raj. After she leaves, he still brags to Howard that he wants more, but admits that he'll probably not follow up on it.

Yvette the Vet[]

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In "The Locomotive Manipulation", while under the care of Leonard and Penny, Cinnamon eats a box of Valentine's candy which can make a dog quite ill. When Raj reaches the veterinarian's office, he is very angry with Leonard and Penny and very protective of his dog. This statement touches the vet who also owns a dog. On the instructions she gives Raj, she also gives him her phone number. Nothing seemed to have come out of it since Yvette was never seen or heard of again.

Emily Sweeney (Laura Spencer)[]

In "The Friendship Turbulence", Emily answers Raj's dating site and Raj has Amy reply for him. Emily finds Raj too shy and passive, but has a lot in common with Amy so they plan to get together. Raj charges in trying to not be passive, but Emily finds him weird and without any boundaries and leaves. Raj has ruined a possible friendship for both him and Amy.

In "The Indecision Amalgamation", Raj meets Emily again, apologizes and they go out on a date together. She is cool enough not to mind him socially date another woman, his old girlfriend Lucy.

In "The Relationship Diremption", Raj and Emily have dinner with the Wolowitzes. Howard recognizes her because he was set up on a blind date with Emily sometime near 2009 before he met Bernadette. He had a bad stomach-ache and had to go to the bathroom and clogged the toilet, he was too embarrassed to tell her so ran out through the window. They meet again at dinner where she is now dating Raj. Emily reveals she's okay with it and her friends love the story. They call him "Clogzilla".

In "The Anything Can Happen Recurrence", Raj and Howard watch the gore-fest "House of 1000 Corpses" because Emily wants to watch it with Raj. They are both turned off and wonder about someone who likes this type of movie. On their date, Raj tells Emily how he feels about it and she also wonders about someone who likes this film. She also admits that it turns her on, so Raj immediately starts it so they can watch it.

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Raj and Emily.

In "The Gorilla Dissolution" Raj finds Emily at the movies with another guy. Later she visits him to talk. The guy was her tattoo artist who had been asking her out for weeks and she did so just to end the obligation. She mentions the tattoo on her shoulder, one that is not on her shoulder and one that is REALLY not on her shoulder. It has been a long time since Raj has seen something REALLY not on someone's shoulder. Emily suggests that if he'll show her his pierced belly button, he can see all her tattoos. They start to kiss and she then spends the night.

In "The Hook-up Reverberation", Penny meets Emily for the first time and she seems cool to her. At Bernadette's suggestion, Penny stops by Emily's office to do her sales pitch in front of a real doctor. Penny does her pitch enthusiastically; however, Emily ignores her. She doesn't like that Penny had crawled into bed with Raj. Though Penny is mad as Raj, he gets then together and they apologize to each other. After they part, both women say how much they hate the other one

In "The Prom Equivalency", Raj takes Emily to the re-do prom thrown by Bernadette and Amy. She shows off her Sally (from "Nightmare Before Christmas") tattoo on her and weirds-out Bernadette adding some horror trivia to her favorite Cinderella fairy tale. She also tells Raj that she is having a good time watching the drama between Howard and Stuart over him bringing his second cousin Jeanie whom Howard lost his innocence to.

In "The Anxiety Optimization", Howard starts a game called "Emily or Cinnamon" where people have to guess whether statements Raj has made are for the woman he loves or the dog he loves. Emily thinks Raj's sensitive nature is very sexy.

In "The Intimacy Acceleration", Emily gets the gang to go to an escape room where puzzles have to be solved to exit the room. The geniuses get out in six minutes.

In "The Colonization Application, Raj snoops around Emily's apartment when he is alone and breaks her bed bureau. Emily is not happy, but forgives him. She gets back when she tells him it's good that he didn't look in her closet, causing Raj to wonder what was in it.

In "The Commitment Determination", Raj confides in Howard and Bernadette how different he is from Emily and that he is considering breakup with her. Howard doesn't believe that he will break up with a girl that has sex with him. At a grave yard picnic, Emily picks up on these vibes and tells Raj that he has to break them up and not make her do it. Instead, Raj tells her that he was just trying to say that the loves her and kisses her, not knowing her reaction.


Raj and Emily in bed

In "The Valentino Submergence", Raj breaks up with Emily so he can ask Claire out. That doesn't go well and Emily won't take him back. Raj has been wondering about their relationship for several episodes.

In "The Application Deterioration", Raj get calls from both Emily and Claire. Emily just wants to talk. Claire advises him that she is just manipulating him. He ends up at Emily's to just talk because she is so upset, but they end up in bed. Raj remarks, "Good talk."

In "The Hot Tub Contamination", Raj admits that he has broken up with both women at the ladies' insistence.

In "The Emotion Detection Automation", Emily mentions everything wrong with Raj while admitting she's now much happier dating a man named Gary.

Claire (Alessandra Torresani)[]

Claire is a writer for a children's science fiction movie series whom Raj meets at the comic book store in "The Meemaw Materialization" and wants to collaborate with Raj the science portions of a movie script. She is only interested in his help while Raj has visions of marriage and children. In the following episode "The Valentino Submergence", Raj breaks up with Emily Sweeney. Later, he finds out that Claire just got back together with her boyfriend, and she considers Raj an ass for breaking up with Emily right before Valentine's Day.

In "The Application Deterioration", Claire calls Raj back to tell him that she and her boyfriend broke up again, but he also gets a call from Emily and he is now torn between the two. Claire tells Raj that Emily is manipulating him and luring him there, but she backs away, telling Raj it's his life, and Raj ends up in bed with Emily.


Raj and Claire.

In "The Fermentation Bifurcation", Raj claims to be dating two women and Claire is seen going to a wine tasting with him and the gang, excluding Sheldon and Bernadette. He doesn't want them to ask too many questions since their relationship is casual. Claire gets hit on by Penny's old boyfriend Zack whom Raj stops when he tells him that they are together. Claire jokes about Raj seeing others and it's Raj that exclaims he is seeing someone else.

In "The Hot Tub Contamination", Raj admits that he has broken up with both women at the ladies' insistence.



Issabella is Raj's cleaning lady at Caltech. Upon formally getting to know Issabella, he eventually becomes smitten with her. Despite the fact that he was initially embarrassed about being with her because of her job, he gets over it and she decides to give him a real chance. They broke up sometime after "The Brain Bowl Incubation". This was revealed in "The Emotion Detection Automation".


In “The Relaxation Integration", Bernadette's new colleague is introduced. She is recently from India and is working at Zangen with Bernie. Howard knows that she is having drinks with his wife and sends Rajesh Koothrappali and Stuart who are both single. Ruchi tells them at she is not looking for a relationship, but is willing to be friends with them.

In "The Geology Methodology", Ruchi and Raj strike up a casual relationship that include coitus and the other girls coach Raj on how to deal with it.

In "The Tesla Recoil" Ruchi admits that she was trying to steal Bernadette's projects while she is on bed rest. Raj tries to discuss this with Ruchi, she gets angry and dumps him.


Nell is a beautiful blonde woman who approaches Raj after he presents his planetarium show. She takes a selfie taken with him. They hit it off and are seen having spent the night together. Raj makes her breakfast and learns that she is still married though two weeks separated which worries Raj. After meeting her very upset husband, Raj tells Nell that she needs to choose between them and that she'll be happy either way. Nell finds Raj's attitude creepy and they break up with Raj still befriending her husband Oliver even though the married couple get back together.


In "The Wedding Gift Wormhole", Raj asks his father to find him a wife. His father sets him up with a woman named Anu. They become engaged on their first meeting in Season 12. At Leonard and Penny's Halloween party in "The Imitation Perturbation", Anu is dressed up as the U.S. Constitution while Raj is a Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The couple plans to have sex in "The Consummation Deviation". At first Raj is all for it until his mutism comes back and he can't speak. At first Anu is freaked out, but they end up sharing their quirks and find themselves compatible. Their wedding was set for Valentine's Day 2019, but they called off the wedding ("The Paintball Scattering") when they admit that they don't know each other. They decide to get back together in the next episode, "The Propagation Proposition" but decide to take it slow and go at their own pace. In "The Donation Oscillation" Raj still goes through with his bachelor party plans to ride the Vomit Comet and experience weightlessness. Anu and astronaut Howard decides to join in; however, Bernadette wouldn't like to do it and Howard knows it. Just to prove her husband wrong, Bernadette takes his place hating it the entire time. Raj finds out that Anu got a hotel management position in London. Raj plans to go to London and propose to her but Howard talked him out of it and he realized that Anu and Raj have nothing in common. Raj stayed in California where everybody loves him.


  • Raj was the only one of the four (Howard, Leonard, himself and Sheldon) whose father appeared til Leonard's father debuted. Howard's father's only been mentioned and Sheldon's died before the start of the series (dying when Sheldon was 14) but Raj sees his father with his mother through his webcam. Once he visited Pasadena at Christmas time.
  • He has a Ph.D. in astrophysics.
  • The baseball cap Raj wears in the Pilot bears the number 42 (the answer to life, the universe and everything) on it. This was Raj's only baseball cap appearance.
  • Raj is 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) tall [1] and the height of Kunal Nayyar. This measurement is two inches above the average height for males in India, one-and-a-half inches below the average height for male private school students in India, and two inches below the average height for males in the US. In "The Transporter Malfunction", he states that, next to Howard and Bernadette, he looks 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall.
  • Until season 10, He lived in an apartment, which he called his "Raj Mahal" when Penny visited.
  • Raj wasn't at all serious about his Hindu faith and ate beef, which is frowned upon by most Hindus.
  • Raj called his skin tone "Melt-In-Your-Mouth Caramel".
  • Raj, much like Howard, despises many of Sheldon's antics and the two managed to get Sheldon on a date with Amy Farrah Fowler on a dating website in "The Lunar Excitation", much to Sheldon's dismay.
  • Raj's case of selective mutism was first evident in the Pilot episode.
  • "Rajesh" is a common given name in southern India; however Raj claims that he is from New Delhi, suggesting either that his family moved from their native area or ignorance on the part of the creators. His surname, "Koothrappali"; however is unheard of. This is most likely assumed to be a surname used in South India, particularly Tamil Nadu.
  • Whenever Raj gets an idea or wants to say something slightly controversial in a conversation, he whispers it in Howard's ear if a woman is around. Howard never wants to say it out loud because he finds it stupid or offensive, but he ends up saying it anyway through scoffing Raj. Sheldon hates him talking in his ear altogether, though he does appreciate Raj's words.
  • Raj says that he "struggles with Batman."
  • He regularly communicates with his parents (V. M. Koothrappali and Mrs. Koothrappali) back in India via webcam. When they become meddling or judgmental, he often "brings his parents" into Leonard and Sheldon's Apartment 4A via his MacBook Pro, to seek his friends' support in the discussion.
  • He has a mug that says 'World's Best Astrophysicist' given to him by Sheldon.
  • His father is a gynecologist and drives a Bentley.
  • Raj shares his interest in monkeys with Amy and Sheldon and trains with Sheldon.
  • Rajesh often has married-couple-like arguments with Howard and when nervous, often whispers into his ear leaving him to translate to everyone else.
  • As with Howard, the others in his circle of friends often refer to him by his surname. He frequently wears a purple jacket and a sweater vest. Amy calls him Rajesh.
  • Rajesh's selective mutism even applies in dreams. Most notable is with Siri. ("The Beta Test Initiation").
  • Rajesh performs vocals when playing "Rock Band" (albeit extremely badly), which could possibly be a joke cause he suffers from selective mutism. Though in a Season 2 promotional photo, he's playing with a guitar controller, so he's either playing the bass or the lead.
  • He despises "Guitar Hero" cause he feels it's lame though he plays it.
  • Raj is considered the attractive one of the group because women find him foreign and exotic, plus his selective mutism makes him a very "good listener."
  • He worked with/for Sheldon.
  • He has been featured in People Magazine ("30 Under 30 to Watch!").
  • He has a MySpace account.
  • In seasons 1 - 6, he has issues talking to women unless he is drunk. In "The Porkchop Indeterminacy", he tried an experimental medication for his problem, but stopped taking it because of the side effects. In "The Wildebeest Implementation", he tried another medication he got from a friend at Caltech's school of pharmacology but gave up on it too cause it removed his social inhibitions to the point that he stripped naked in the middle of a coffee shop which should've gotten him arrested.
  • Unlike the other guys, Raj has shown great interest in some non-geeky and sometimes feminine things, such as Grey's Anatomy, The Good Wife, Sex and the City, Bat Pray Love, Bridget Jones' Diary and John Grisham's novels. He also likes Archie comics along with Zack and likes Twilight.
  • Raj is addicted to porn. However, Howard early on also has disturbing sexual obsessions. All 4 of the main characters, mostly Raj, have engaged in extremely inappropriate behavior.
  • He dislikes Aquaman, as he is always chosen to dress as Aquaman when they have a costume competition and outside the comic book store to advertise the store while he was working for Stuart.
    • He calls Scooter of the Muppet Babies "The Aquaman of the Muppet Babies"
  • Raj often obsesses over almost-insignificant details in fiction, such as how toilets in Atlantis in Aquaman work, the possible symbolism of ponytails in Avatar, whether Wolverine's prostate is made of adamantium, what zombies would eat if humanity were exterminated, how vampires would shave themselves if they can't see their reflections etc.
  • English is his native language. On occasion, he appeared to know Hindi. However, in "The Cognition Regeneration," he told Sheldon that he had never learned Hindi.
  • Raj didn't need to be drunk to talk to women. He only needed to be drinking or thinking that he was drinking alcohol (Placebo Effect), as shown in "The Terminator Decoupling".
  • Raj takes Pilates classes and Aerobics and claims to, as a result, have "very well-trained abs".
  • In one scene, when his parents arranged a blind date, he refused and Sheldon explains that Indian arranged marriages result in a peaceful bond. Raj then says "I know my own culture", leaving Sheldon silenced.
  • In one episode, Sheldon joins Penny in jogging and Howard tells Penny that Raj always watches her from his car with binoculars.
    • Though, this could have been Howard twisting Raj's words. Since Raj's mutism was still active during this time, he could have whispered in Howard's ear about Howard's own creepy deed.
  • Like the common geek, Raj was bullied as a child. He once got a penis drawn on his forehead on his first day of cricket camp, with the testicles drawn around the eyes. One person who bullied him was Lalita Gupta, who used to kick him in the nuts and call him "untouchable." They dated as adults, where a drunk Raj insults her by saying she used to be so, so fat as a child.
  • His favorite number is 5,318,008. The reason for that is that when entered in a calculator, turning the calculator upside-down will read "BOOBIES".
  • Raj's terrified of bugs as he is women, Sheldon jokes that ladybugs must render him catatonic.
  • He was mad when Leonard and Priya decided to date again which means he's overprotective towards his baby sister and is worried how terribly this could affect his friendship with Leonard.
  • He is a fan of country-pop singer Taylor Swift and bought a jersey at her concert at the Staples Center.
  • In "The Roommate Transmogrification", Raj had a drunken sexual encounter with Penny, which they both apparently regretted instantly. (It is later on revealed, in the premiere of Season 5, that it wasn't consummated.) This would later become the catalyst of conflict between Penny and Emily Sweeney.
  • It is revealed in two episodes during Season 4 and the Season 5 premiere that Raj had a huge crush on Bernadette.
  • Sheldon revealed that Raj's family's "Richie Rich" rich.
  • He's afraid of spiders, revealed in "The Alien Parasite Hypothesis".
  • Even though Raj does not adhere to Hindu dietary restrictions, he does take certain aspects of his religion seriously and has brought up Hindu gods more than once in a conversation.
  • Raj's selective mutism doesn't seem to apply to his female family members such as his mother and his sister Priya.
  • Raj is the group's "historian", being able to keep record of many actions - for instance, in "The Hawking Excitation", Raj was able to recount how many times Sheldon has begged in the past.
  • Raj is addicted to pedicures.
  • Raj has had one threesome in his life. It was with Howard and a 200-pound girl in a Sailor Moon costume during a trip to Comic-Con.
  • According to Lakshmi, the woman Raj goes out on a date with in "The Transporter Malfunction", there is a rumor back in New Delhi that Raj is "comfortable in a sari" (i.e. he is gay).
  • In "The Bakersfield Expedition", Raj dressed as the a Klingon from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Raj's drink of choice has remained the grasshopper since he was first served it in "The Grasshopper Experiment": he can be seen drinking one in numerous episodes thereafter.
  • Raj owns a female Yorkshire Terrier named Cinnamon. She was given to him by Howard and Bernadette in "The Transporter Malfunction" to console him over his failed date with Lakshmi. Raj spoils Cinnamon terribly, feeding her elaborate home-cooked meals and pushing her around in a baby stroller.
  • It is revealed that in "The Prestidigitation Approximation" that Raj keeps a Uhura costume on hand in his closet; a source of great shame for his family. "Leonard: Hypothetically, if I had access to a Lieutenant Uhura uniform, would you wear it? Priya: Leonard, it is a source of great pain to me and my family that my brother has that outfit in his wardrobe."
  • Bernadette, Raj, Leonard, Penny and Amy are the only characters of the social group/main cast whose parents have both been seen on-camera - Sheldon's father died when Sheldon was a child, Howard's father abandoned him and his mother when Howard was eleven, Stuart's mother and father have been mentioned and are both alive, Emily's father has been mentioned and it is not known if he is dead or alive and there has been no appearance or mention of Emily's mother or Leslie's mother and father to date.
  • However Sheldon's parents appeared in the prequel, "Young Sheldon".
  • Raj is possibly the only member of the guys not to be arrested. Leonard nearly committed treason by nearly showing rocket fuel to Joyce Kim and blew up the elevator by accident with his rocket fuel along with speeding one episode. Howard destroyed the Mars Rover, not to mention other illegal activities such as using government property for his personal use. Sheldon was thrown in jail for insulting a judge in traffic court and has had several restraining orders filed against him by various celebrities (such as Stan Lee, Leonard Nimoy and Bill Nye etc.). In "The Convention Conundrum", it was revealed that Raj fears being arrested out of fear of being deported back to India. However Raj has had several incidents with Human Resources at Caltech and has committed enough crimes to be fired if not arrested.
  • He drives a BMW with seat warmers.
  • Regarding Bollywood actresses, Raj describes Aishwarya Rai as a "goddess" and prefers her over Madhuri Dixit.
  • Raj, Leonard, Sheldon and Howard are the only characters of the current main cast who have appeared in every episode (not counting the Unaired Pilot).
  • Raj may be an olfactophile which is shown in "The Gothowitz Deviation".
  • Tighty-whities are his underwear of choice, as seen in "The Wildebeest Implementation" and "The Monster Isolation". He mentioned he wore Boxer Shorts in season 1 in "The Grasshopper Experiment", but you actually see him wear it.
  • The only episode where Raj doesn't talk in at all is the Season 3 episode "The Maternal Congruence".
  • In "The Allowance Evaporation", Raj's friends about talking about where he would live, if he had to move out of his apartment. He was the only person in the series, who lives alone. Howard and Bernadette don't want to live with him and neither does Leonard and Penny. Because he is too difficult to live with and he is a lot worse to live with than Sheldon Cooper.
  • In season 10, "The Escape Hatch Identification" Raj moved out his apartment, since he can't afford to live there anymore since he cut himself off his parent's finances in "The Allowance Evaporation". Mostly he is staying with Leonard and Penny apartment temporary, until he can find a place to stay. Even though Howard and Bernadette and Leonard and Penny don't want to live with him, since he is difficult to live with, like living with Sheldon Cooper. One time, Leonard and Penny will let him stay with him temporary til he finds a place of his own.
  • Raj's job earns average $55,000 to $93,000 annually in the US; therefore, it's unknown why he has to depend on his dad for money all the time. He has a very expensive lifestyle and beauty regiment.
  • Raj is right-handed.
  • Raj in season 11, had a good relationship with his parents when he was growing up. When he was an adult, mostly they have an estranged relationship and usually threatened to cut him off. Mostly they always trying to arrange an Indian girl for him to marry. In season 10, they gave up on finding him a girl.
  • As of the series finale, Raj is the only main character who is single, as Stuart has a girlfriend Denise and the other guys are married to the girls in the group.

Times he went on a date[]


Spoiler Alert
He finally overcame his selective mutism in the season 6 finale "The Bon Voyage Reaction".


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