Amy Farrah Fowler

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Amy Farrah Fowler, PH.D. is a neurobiologist from Glendale, California. Amy met Sheldon Cooper after Howard and Raj created a fake dating profile for him, and Amy's profile was matched to his.

Amy's introduction to Sheldon led to her becoming his friend (a friend who is a girl but is not my girlfriend, as Sheldon characterized it) and becoming a part of Sheldon's social group. Though Sheldon's friends were initially uncomfortable with Amy, finding her too much like Sheldon, Amy made inroads with Penny, who she would describe as her "bestie", and then with Bernadette. Amy and Sheldon officially became boyfriend and girlfriend with the signing of the Relationship Agreement. Amy recently put their relationship on hold.

Though Amy and Sheldon share similar personalities, they do have some notable differences. Amy is far more open to socializing and is very appreciative of her new social life. Amy does not share Sheldon's interest in science fiction or comic books. Much than Sheldon, Amy wants to make their relationship more intimate, though she is understanding of Sheldon's discomfort and has been willing to wait for him to grow more open to a physical relationship.

Early Life

Amy is originally from Glendale, California. Amy has described her high school years as lonely, saying she used to eat lunch with the janitor, and that only her mother signed her yearbook. Amy has studied at Princeton, Harvard and spent a semester in Norway.

Relationship with Sheldon

When Amy's online dating profile was matched to one Howard and Raj set up for Sheldon without his knowledge, Sheldon was blackmailed by Howard into meeting Amy. After they met at a coffee house, Amy admitted she only met up with him because she has an agreement with her mother to date once a year. Amy told Sheldon that all forms of physical contact, up to and including coitus, were off the table. When Sheldon offered to buy her a beverage, Amy asked for a tepid water.

After their first date, Amy and Sheldon texted each other for a few months. At the insistence of Penny, Sheldon and Amy went out on a proper date. Throughout this early stage of their relationship, Sheldon categorized her as a "a girl who is my friend but is not my girlfriend". Soon after, Amy began to hang out with the group and come to value her friendship with Penny, who she considers her "bestie".

When Amy visited the Comic Center for the first time, Stuart took an interest in her. After confirming Amy wasn't in an official relationship with Sheldon, Stuart asked her out and Amy accepted. As Amy's date with Stuart approached, Sheldon wrestled with feelings of jealousy. Sheldon interrupted Amy's date with Stuart to tell her he would not object to no longer characterizing her as not his girlfriend. After Sheldon drew up a relationship agreement, he and Amy officially become boyfriend and girlfriend. Sheldon and Amy's relationship grew closer when he cuddled Amy, comforting her after Bernadette and Penny left her out of wedding dress shopping.

When Amy was sick with the flu, Sheldon took care of her as is stipulated in their relationship agreement. Amy enjoyed the nurturing side of Sheldon so much that she pretended to still be sick after she had recovered so he would continue looking after her. When Sheldon figured out Amy's deception, he decided he had to punish her. Sheldon settled on spanking her, which Amy seemed to enjoy.

When the gang played Dungeons and Dragons one evening, Amy got upset that they were mocking her and Sheldon's relationship. In private, Amy asked Sheldon if he thought their relationship will ever get intimate. Sheldon told Amy he doesn't consider their relationship a joke and that he would not rule intimacy out. Sheldon then played out the love potion scenario of the game with Amy, much to her delight.

Amy's relationship with Sheldon took a big step forward when Amy arranged a romantic weekend trip to Napa Valley aboard a vintage train. Sheldon spent the initial part of the journey with a fellow train enthusiast, leading an upset Amy to confront him about his behavior. Sheldon made Amy admit she had manipulated him with the perfect trip in pursuit of romance. Sheldon then sarcastically gave her the romance she wanted: he drank wine, stared into her eyes and then kissed her. Though he intended the kiss to be short and sarcastic, Sheldon lingered and seemed to may have enjoyed it.

When the girls decided to recreate their high school proms with a party on the roof, Sheldon was willing to go along with all the usual prom customs as he never attended his. After Sheldon learned that many people have sex after their proms, he began to worry that Amy was expecting something to happen. When Sheldon picked Amy up to accompany her to the party, he was overwhelmed and told her he couldn't to the party. After Amy went to his bedroom to check on him, Sheldon admitted he was worried that she would be hoping for them to get intimate after the party. Amy told him that she is always hopeful for something to happen, but that she just wanted to have a nice time. As Amy went to tell Sheldon something, telling him he shouldn't feel pressured into saying it back, Sheldon jumped in and said "I love you, too." Sheldon explained to Amy that there is no denying he has feelings for her that can not be explained in any other way.

Notable Friendships

Amy became friends with Penny when she invited herself to a girls' night that Penny was spending with Bernadette. Amy would come to value her friendship with Penny so much that she labeled them "besties". At times, Amy's adoration for Penny would manifest itself as inappropriate, almost sexual comments, though this died off as Amy's relationship with Sheldon got more serious. Amy once bought Penny a huge painting of them together which she said was originally painted with them in the nude.

Amy is also close to Bernadette, though not as close as she is with Penny. Amy and Bernadette are both scientists so can speak at a more intellectual level than Penny. When Sheldon and Howard argued over a parking spot at the university, things got tense between Amy and Bernadette. Bernadette keyed Amy's car and had it towed when it was parked in the contested spot. Amy and Bernadette fell out when they spent time together at a convention and discussed each other's partners. When they were hit on by two guys who were like Howard and Sheldon, they realized they each had a thing for the guy who was more like the other's better half.

Amy and Leonard did not get on at first, with Leonard finding her judgemental and obnoxious like Sheldon. Leonard slowly warmed to Amy, though they rarely hang out alone. Leonard found it odd when Amy stayed late at the apartment, even after Sheldon had left, oblivious to the fact Leonard would have preferred to be alone. Amy invited Leonard as her date to a wedding she was about to attend, explaining that Sheldon was a terrible guest at a previous wedding because there were no physicists his age there. When Leonard stayed with Amy and Bernadette at a bar after they had lied to Sheldon and Penny, Leonard wondered why he and Amy didn't hang out together more often. Amy said it was weird when they did.

Amy and Howard have not often spent much time together. When they were paired up together for the scavenger hunt, Amy said it was partly because when she first met him Penny warned her of his creepy personality. During the scavenger hunt, Howard and Amy bonded over their mutual love of the singer Neil Diamond.

Amy has often been a sympathetic friend towards Raj. She is the only one of the group who regularly refers to Raj as Rajesh. Amy and Raj have supported each other when they felt down about their love lives. When Raj joined the girls for a ladies' night out, Raj hurt Amy's feelings after he admitted she was the only one of his female friends he hadn't fallen for. Raj asked for Amy's help to send a message to Emily, a woman he met on a dating site.

When Amy first visited the comic book store, she met the owner Stuart. He later asked Leonard if Sheldon was dating Amy or if she was open to dating him. As Sheldon considered his feelings for Amy, she and Stuart went out on a date. Sheldon interrupted their date to ask Amy to be his girlfriend.

  • Amy plays the harp. Songs she has played include the Diff'rent Strokes theme song, "The Girl from Ipanema", "Everybody Hurts" and "Wanted Dead or Alive".
  • Amy made her own secret language, Op. The word for Elephant is Tweepadoc.
  • Amy is allergic to avocados.
  • Amy and Howard share a love of Neil Diamond's music.
  • Amy's apartment number is 314, very similar to the number of pi, which is roughly 3.14.

Amy Quotes

Penny: Do I really force you to do things you don't want to?
Amy: Yeah, but it's okay.
Penny: How is it okay?
Amy: I promised myself if I ever got friends I'd do whatever they said. Really, I'm lucky you found me before a cult did.

Amy: As my mom used to say, "When you're doing a puzzle, it's like you've got a thousand friends." She was full of fun lies like that.

Amy: Sheldon, that was beautiful.
Sheldon: If you didn't press record-
Amy: I pressed it!

Amy: I guess it must have been back when I was in the Girl Sprouts.
Bernadette: Girl Sprouts?
Amy: My mom made it up as an alternative to the Girl Scouts. She didn't want me selling cookies on some street corner like a whore.

Sheldon: Thank you for understanding.
Amy: Of course I understand. Sheldon, there's something else I've been wanting to say, but before I do, I just. I want you to know you don't have to say it back. I know you're not ready and I don't want you to say it just because social convention dictates -
Sheldon: I love you, too.
Amy: You said it.