Kunal Nayyar stars as Rajesh Koothrappali, an Astrophysicist that works with Sheldon and Leonard at Caltech. He is best friends with Wolowitz and lives in an apartment by himself.  Rajeesh is from India and communicates with his parents back at home via video conferencing software.

Rajeesh is a bit of a celebrity after he was named in People's "30 Under 30."  Rajeesh has major social anxiety and can only talk to women under the influence of alcohol.

Rajesh "Raj" Koothrappali Quotes

You can't ruin a friendship with sex that's like trying to ruin ice cream with chocolate sprinkles.

Raj

Leonard: Hi. I'm Leonard. You are beautiful. You pop, sparkle and buzz electric. I'm going to pick you up at eight, show you a night you will never forget.
Raj: Where are we going?

TBBT Quotes

Sheldon: Why do you have the Chinese character for "soup" tattooed on your right buttock?
Penny: It's not "soup," it's "courage."
Sheldon: No it isn't. But I suppose it does take courage to demonstrate that kind of commitment to soup.
Penny: How'd you see it? You said you wouldn't look.
Sheldon: Sorry. As I told you, the hero always peeks.

Sheldon: Nothing more fun than a paradigm shifting evening of science.
Penny: (to Leonard) And you thought it was soaping me up in the shower.