Amy Farrah Fowler
Dr. 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.
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 typically share Sheldon's interest in science fiction or comic books. Amy was also more open to a physical relationship in the earlier years of her relationship with Sheldon, although she understood his difficulties with intimacy.
Early Life and Family
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.
Amy has a somewhat troubled relationship with her mother, who seemingly has very strict values. As a child, Amy's mother would send her to the "sin closet", although Amy says the joke was on her as she could still see the TV. Amy's mother invented the "Girl Sprouts" as an alternative for daughter because, she did not want Amy "selling cookies on some street corner like a whore".
Amy's mother was the only person to sign her yearbook: "Dear Amy, self-respect and a hymen are better than friends and fun. Love, Mom." She also paid Amy's cousin to take her to the prom, although he instead used the money to buy drugs. Amy used to do a lot of puzzles as a kid and her mother used to say "when you're doing a puzzle, it's like having a thousand friends. She was full of fun lies like that."
In adulthood, Amy's mother was instrumental in pushing Amy to occasionally date and shave her legs, but she also reacted with horror when Sheldon and Amy pretended to be having "regular intercourse". Even as a grown woman, Mrs. Fowler sent Amy to a sin closet after she made penis cookies and had her ears pierced by Penny.
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.
After Amy told Sheldon she needed some time to take a step back and reevaluate their relationship, she wanted time away from Sheldon, but he kept pestering her for an answer about the state of their relationship. As a result, Amy decided to break up with him.
Amy was offended when Sheldon filmed an episode of Fun with Flags which included thinly veiled comments about their former relationship. After Penny and Leonard declared their intention to live together as a married couple, Sheldon approached Amy about being his roommate, even though they were broken up. Amy refused and assured Sheldon he'll find somebody else.
When Barry Kripke found out that Sheldon and Amy were split up, he text Amy to ask her out. As Stuart had also expressed an interest in Amy, she was unsure how to respond to the new interest in her. Amy expected that she would eventually date other people, but admitted that she thought it was happening too fast. When Penny and Bernadette secretly set Amy up on a dating website, Amy came clean and admitted she had already been on dates with a few guys. As her friends looked at prospective dates on the dating app, Amy received a text from Dave saying he would like to go on another date.
As Sheldon was interviewed for a documentary about Leonard Nimoy and Spock, he tried to be logical and not feel emotional about his break-up with Amy. When Sheldon realized he still had feelings for Amy, he grabbed his engagement ring and went to see Amy. After Sheldon found Amy being kissed goodnight by Dave, he returned home without talking to her.
When Amy went on a date with Dave, Penny and Bernadette decided to spy on her to find out more about him. After Sheldon couldn't find anybody to go with him to the aquarium on Thanksgiving, Amy went along as his friend. After spending an enjoyable day with Sheldon, Amy called him to ask if he was interested in getting back together. Sheldon told her that getting over her was not something he excelled at, so he thought they should just remain friends.
As Amy continued to date Dave, Sheldon was bothered by a song stuck in his head - an earworm - that gradually drove him a little loopy. When Sheldon finally figured out that song that was stuck in his head - Darlin' by the Beach Boys - he realized he was still in love with Amy and went to ask her to get back together with him. Although Amy initially told Sheldon it wasn't a good time for him to come over as she was on a date with Dave, even he encouraged Sheldon to continue. Sheldon said he wanted Amy to be his girlfriend again, which she said she wanted, too. Dave encouraged Sheldon to kiss Amy and, as they passionately embraced eachother, Dave left.
When Amy's birthday fell on the same day as the premiere of the new Star Wars film, Sheldon was initially going to skip Amy's birthday party. After his friends and Professor Proton made him see that Amy was more important, Sheldon decided to do something big for Amy's birthday - coitus. Amy was exstatic when Penny and Bernadette revealed what Sheldon had planned. After things move to the bedroom, Sheldon and Amy get over their nervousness and spend the night together. After an enjoyable experience for them both, Sheldon and Amy vow to do it again on her next birthday.
After Sheldon fell sick while Amy was away at a neurobiology conference, she extended her trip to avoid having to deal with an grouchy Sheldon who was infuriating his friends. Amy made Sheldon realize how mean he had been to friends who were trying to help him and helped him to be more empathetic.
When Sheldon's beloved Meemaw came to town, she had a problem with Amy because of how hurt Sheldon had been by their break-up. Sheldon was torn between standing up for his girlfriend or upsetting his Meemaw, but he eventually defended Amy. After Amy found out that Sheldon had an engagement ring that he'd been planning to give her, Meemaw gave them her blessing if Sheldon wanted to give the ring to Amy.
For their first Valentine's Day back together, Sheldon and Amy hosted a live special of Fun with Flags. When Sheldon grew increasingly agitated as the call-in session was dominated by Raj and Barry Kripke's relationship problems, Amy made Sheldon see that his friend Raj was hurting just like he had during their break-up.
After Sheldon's big birthday surprise for her, Amy wanted to throw Sheldon a big party to celebrate his birthday, but Sheldon was still haunted by memories of his childhood parties when he didn't have any friends to invite. Amy eventually convinced Sheldon to let them throw him a party which was attended by his close friends, Beverly Hofstadter, Barry Kripke, Leslie Winkle, Wil Wheaton, and special guest Adam West. As Amy toasted Sheldon, she said she got the greatest gift the day he was born. Amy even surprised Sheldon with a live video message from Professor Stephen Hawking, who led the gang in singing Happy Birthday to Sheldon.
When Sheldon's laptop died, Amy bought him a new laptop and offered to have it recycled for him. Sheldon was insistent he didn't want to recycle it, even for store credit, and tried to change the subject. When Amy asked Sheldon to explain why he was being weird about it, he decided to show Amy, instead. When they drove to a storage unit, Sheldon showed Amy that he had been keeping basically everything he ever owned. Amy tried to support Sheldon and offered to help him if he ever wanted to do something about his horde. Amy thanked Sheldon for trusting her to know his secret.
When Amy's apartment was flooded by a burst water pipe, Leonard and Penny offered to let Amy stay in his room in Apartment 4A and move across the hall to Penny's apartment. After they tried to convince Sheldon to get on board with the idea by considering it a five week experiment in cohabitation, Sheldon was curious but thought it was unscientific to experiment in an environment he's already comfortable with. To provide a neutral environment for their experiment, Penny offered to let Sheldon and Amy stay in her apartment.
Before Sheldon and Amy moved in together, Penny and Leonard each offered them advice for living with one's partner. When Sheldon and Amy moved in together, they quickly found each other's habits annoying. After a terrible night's sleep for Amy as Sheldon hogged the blankets, cried out in his sleep and pushed her out of bed, she was ready to call the experiment off. When Sheldon pointed out that they wouldn't be very good scientists if they ended an experiment after only twelve hours of data, Amy eventually agreed to continue the experiment for the sake of science.
As they continued living together, Amy grew frustrated with Sheldon's desire to control every aspect of her life without making any concessions himself. Leonard gave Amy advice on coping with Sheldon's demands and convinced her that she has already managed to get Sheldon to make changes.
When Amy's apartment was ready for her to return, she lied about the state of the construction work so she could continue living with Sheldon. After Sheldon found out about her deception, Amy apologized to Sheldon for lying to him. Sheldon admitted that he considered their experiment in cohabitation to have been positive and was open to continuing to live with Amy. After Sheldon considered whether to move back to his old apartment, to continue with living with Amy in Apartment 4B or move somewhere else with her, he settled on living with Amy in Penny's old apartment.
After Amy and Sheldon cultivated brain cells from their own skin cells, Sheldon became determined that they should have a baby together. Thinking they were not ready for such a step, Amy resisted Sheldon's attempts to come on to her.
Amy and Sheldon's annual routine of coitus on her birthday was interrupted when Bernadette went into labor. After Bernadette was sent home from the hospital as she was too early, Amy and Sheldon returned to their bedroom to try get things started again. When Amy gave Sheldon a present of his own to get him back in the mood, he ended up annoyed that Amy had been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter without him. After Bernadette finally gave birth, Sheldon and Amy went to the Harry Potter theme park before going back to the bedroom to complete Amy's birthday celebration.
When Sheldon and Amy traveled to Texas for the holidays, Amy convinced Sheldon they should tell Mary that they were living together. Sheldon was worried that his Christian mother would object to their premarital cohabitation, but Mary was just happy that Sheldon had found someone. After Sheldon was insulted that his mother thought he was so weird that he'd never meet anyone, Sheldon and Amy went out for a drive to calm down. When Sheldon told Amy that he knew they never should have told Mary about their living situation, Amy admitted that she knew Mary would be fine with it as she had already told her. Sheldon objected to Amy thinking he can't handle his own life, but Amy said that in a relationship they should help each other with their shortcomings.
Amy was offended when she found out that Sheldon had been sharing intimate details of their relationship with his colleagues. After their first fight as a cohabiting couple, Sheldon apologized to Amy and drew up a list of "Zones of Privacy" which will govern what he shares with other people. Amy was pleased with Sheldon's apology and his desire to learn from his mistake, although she was a little put out to find she was only in Sheldon's second most intimate zone, after one reserved for his own private thoughts.
When Sheldon was intrigued by Amy's work on when and where in the brain an event of awareness takes place, they agreed to work together and set out a number of ground rules to keep their work from affecting their relationship. After they realized their work was garbage, Sheldon and Amy started bickering and noticed it improved the quality of the work. Although Amy was uncomfortable risking their relationship for their work, they continued to argue for the sake of science.
After Amy was offered a summer research fellowship at Princeton University in New Jersey, she was unsure if she could leave Sheldon for three months. Penny urged Amy to grab the opportunity, so Amy told Sheldon her news. Sheldon congratulated Amy on her job and insisted she must take it, but an upset Sheldon then retreated to his bedroom. Amy's friends told her that if the situation were reversed, Sheldon would not pass on the opportunity.
Leonard told Sheldon that Amy going away was Sheldon's opportunity to be a loving and supportive boyfriend, so Sheldon bought Amy a suitcase for her trip and gave her his blessing. When Sheldon told Amy he was in the mood if she was, the pair headed off to the bedroom for their first non-Birthday coitus.
While Amy was away at Princeton, she kept in contact with Sheldon by videochat and had asked Penny and Bernadette to keep an eye on him. When Sheldon showed up at the university cafeteria one day with his old admirer, Dr. Ramona Nowitzki, the guys were immediately worried about her intentions. As the gang debated what to do to protect Sheldon and Amy's relationship, Sheldon told Amy how he was spending time with a colleague, Dr. Nowitzki, who happens to be a huge fan of his work as well as tall, blond and a former Olympic swimmer.
When Amy contacted Penny and Bernadette to ask why they hadn't told her about the woman hanging around Sheldon, they told her they didn't want to worry her. Amy was clearly worried that she might be seducing Sheldon. Later, as Sheldon and Ramona looked at his old letters in his apartment, Amy video called Sheldon and was surprised to find out Ramona was there with him. Amy told Sheldon he was tired and should go to bed. Penny tried to make Sheldon see that Ramona was interested in being more than his friend, but Sheldon did not agree and insisted Ramona was just a friendly colleague.
When Ramona took lunch for Sheldon to his office the next day, Sheldon asked her if she was seeking a romantic relationship. After Ramona suggested she was and proceeded to kiss him, Sheldon immediately left his office, got a taxi to LAX airport, bought a ticket and boarded a plane. After he arrived in Princeton, he went to Amy's apartment and knocked on her door. When Amy opened the door, Sheldon was down on one knee, holding an engagement ring. Sheldon asked Amy if she will marry him.
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. When Amy moved in with Sheldon, she turned to Leonard for advice on coping with Sheldon as a roommate.
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: 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.
Amy: Okay, what is going on?
Penny: We just want you to be prepared for any surprises that could happen tomorrow.
Amy: What surprises?
Bernadette: We don't want to spoil anything, but you should know that Sheldon said he's ready to be physical.
Amy: You shut your damn mouth! You actually heard him say this?
Penny: Yes, he said he wants to do something to show you how much you mean to him.
Amy: I can't believe it. I don't know what to say.
Bernadette: Well, we're really happy for you and we know how much-
Amy: I do know what to say. Let's get me waxed!
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.
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.
Amy: Can you see how a grown man and accomplished scientist who invests in a store that sells picture books about flying men in colorful underwear might be wasting both his financial and intellectual resources?
Amy: Then I think it's a terrific idea.
Sheldon: Great! Wait until you hear about our van.