Stuart Bloom is the owner of The Comic Center of Pasadena, the comic book store the guys frequent. Stuart is a talented artist and graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.
In Stuart's first appearance on the show, he asked Penny out on a date. Before his second date with Penny, Stuart asked for Leonard's advice on dating her. Leonard, feeling threatened by Stuart, gave Stuart bad advice. Although Stuart and Penny's second date went fine, when they were getting romantic Penny mistakenly called him "Leonard", putting an end to their relationship.
Stuart has also shown a romantic interest in Amy. When Amy visited the comic book store, Stuart inquired about her relationship status and they later agreed to go out on a date. A jealous Sheldon interrupted their date at the cinema to ask Amy to be his girlfriend, although Stuart still finished the date and walked Amy home.
Although the guys appreciate Stuart's personal touch when buying their comics, it doesn't seem Stuart is well rewarded for his job. Stuart has made frequent mentions of the fact the store is struggling and that he now has to live there. Stuart has revealed he works 70 hours and clears an average of $1.65 per hour. When Penny asked for advice on comic books, Stuart told her not to own a store that sells them. Stuart has felt threatened by a competing comic book store, Capital Comics, whose rude boss is a jerk to him.
When Howard was in Space, Stuart become close friends with Raj and began hanging out with the gang. Before accepting Stuart as a member of the gang, Sheldon quizzed him on his education and only allowed him to be in the group as "fake Wolowitz". When Howard returned from space, Sheldon initially wanted to dismiss Stuart from their group. Sheldon relented when Stuart offered him a 30% discount at the Comic Center.
When Stuart's comic book store burnt to the ground in an accidental fire that was definitely not started for the insurance money, Howard offered Stuart a live-in role caring for his recently injured mother. Despite the job involving humiliation, degradation and verbal abuse, Stuart enjoyed taking care of Mrs. Wolowitz and developed a close bond with her. Stuart's friendship with Howard suffered as he lived with Mrs. Wolowitz, with Howard thinking Stuart was mooching off his other.
When Stuart re-opened his comic book store, Howard learnt the news that his mother had passed away. Stuart was deeply appreciative of Mrs. Wolowitz for taking him in after his comic book store burnt down. Since Mrs. Wolowitz's death, Stuart has continued to live at Mrs. Wolowitz's house, even as Howard and Bernadette even moved in.
Howard and Bernadette tried to ask Stuart to move out, but they lost their nerve when they learnt it was Stuart's birthday. Stuart eventually moved out of Howard and Bernadette's house after living there for almost two years. Despite their initial excitement to be free of their houseguest, Howard and Bernadette realized they missed having Stuart around.
- Stuart's store is called the Comic Center of Pasadena.
- Stuart's mom used to refer him to as her "little possum".
- Stuart studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design.
- Stuart's middle name is David.
Stuart: Oh, Sheldon, I'm afraid you couldn't be more wrong.
Sheldon: More wrong? Wrong is an absolute state and not subject to gradation.
Stuart: Of course it is. It's a little wrong to say a tomato is a vegetable, it's very wrong to say it's a suspension bridge.
Bernadette: Why are they staring?
Amy: Who cares? Just soak it in. Hello, boys.
Stuart: Oh, hey. (To the other customers) Could you please stop staring? They're just girls. It's nothing you haven't seen in movies or in drawings.
Penny: Hey, Stuart.
Stuart: What brings you guys here?
Bernadette: We were looking for a recommendation about comic books.
Stuart: Oh, well, I recommend you don't open a store and sell them.
Penny: No, we were just wondering why the guys like this stuff so much, so we thought wed give it a try.
Stuart: Oh, okay. What do you think you might be into? Superhero, fantasy, graphic novels, manga? (To the customers) I swear I will turn a hose on you.
Leonard: Oh, hey, Stuart. This is Penny. She's looking for some comic books.
Stuart: Oh, really? Blink twice if you're here against your will.
Penny: You really going to lie on the floor and pretend to be dead all night?
Stuart: What do you think I was going to do at home?
Stuart: I can't believe she's gone. That woman took me in. If it wasn't for her, I would have been homeless.
Amy: One of us would have taken you in.
Stuart: Yeah, I don't recall any offers. But you know what, I'm glad it worked out the way it did, because I got to know this wonderful person.