User u/AbbreviationsAway500, who went to The Big Bang Theory fan subreddit, polled fans about what they think is Sheldon’s most compassionate and authentic moment. With over 110 votes, it should come as no surprise that fans believe Sheldon’s stirring Nobel speech is the most popular contender. Hardcore fans of The Big Bang Theory will know that Sheldon has dreamed of winning a Nobel Prize since he was a child. As part of the series finale of the CBS sitcom, Cooper decides to make the moment extra special by thanking his friends for standing by him and treating them with genuine compassion and respect. “In his Nobel acceptance speech, he expressed genuine feelings, something he finds incredibly difficult, which makes it a much greater sacrifice,” said user u/Significant_Curve286 in response to Sheldon’s heartwarming and compassionate speech.
The moment that wraps up Sheldon’s arc and provides a deeper look at how the character finally sheds his arrogance was a big moment for co-star Kaley Cuoco. “When I originally read the script, at the Nobel Prize ceremony – when everyone stands up – I was just so amazed at the brilliant writing,” the Penny actress told The Hollywood Reporter. “Giving everyone their moment and having Sheldon who, after all these years, can never apologize – really apologize – to his friends is incredible. And doing it in front of people and giving yourself like that was unreal.”
Other notable moments of compassion mentioned in the poll are that Sheldon gave Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette’s (Melissa Rauch) child his share of the profits from a patent and made Amy (Mayim Bialik) his emergency contact for work .