Rajesh "Raj" Koothrappali
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.
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?
Okay, please don't take this the wrong way, but I'd rather swim butt-naked across the Ganges with a paper cut on my nipple and die a slow agonizing death from a viral infection than work with youRaj [to Sheldon]