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Besides skinny jeans and a wide variety of belt buckles, one of Howard's signature items in The Big Bang Theory is an alien lapel pin. Is there any Reason or Meaning behind it?

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  • My answer is much more simplistic. But could we consider: Aliens are among us – user33261 Apr 9 '16 at 23:22
  • @Carl: Jewish Aliens ! – user30432 Apr 10 '16 at 6:19
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No, there is not meaning of them in TV series till now. It is noted as Trivia in Wikia

Howard wears alien pins on his collar in every episode, yet the pin has not been mentioned thus far.

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To expand panthers answer, actually they confirmed that the pin has a meaning, but it is a secret. It is not only one pin, but different pins with different shape and color, but all showing an alien. You can find several discussion and theories of fans about the theme in the net, but no confirmed answer. There is a short behind the scenes video about this with the actor here:

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    The comments on this video suggest that when he was a child, Howard believed that his dad didn't leave them but was instead abducted by aliens. Perhaps he wears it for his dad, in hopes that he is still out there, trying to get back to Earth to be with his family. – JaredH Aug 28 '15 at 4:00
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Possible Reason #1

Being regular viewer of TBBT I could say this that we are missing a big fact here.

Howard is an astronaut

I think the pin depicting the alien is a badge that he wears for being out of space or at least traveled in space.

As in our modern society someone coming from space is usually considered to be an alien.


Possible Reason #2

Apart from Howard using that as pin that symbol of alien is also logo of Alienware which is also the brand Sheldon uses. and Howard also owns one computer of same brand..

So maybe it's about branding.

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    I don't think this is relevant: he has been wearing the alien pin since the first serie. – mattiav27 Apr 10 '16 at 8:18
  • @mattiav27: As there is no interview discussion or any other source confirming the exact reason these are just logical guesses which crossed my mind. I might be wrong though. But then whole point of this community is to explain the plot from their point of view :-) – user30432 Apr 10 '16 at 12:31
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Howard says in season 3 when they go through the box where they find the ring (this is a paraphrase I don't remember the exact quote) what he says is I use to have one of these dolls I pretended my dad was ubtucted by aliens and that this guy would bring him back. So Howard wears it because of his childhood life so he would remember to take a step back and be a kid again

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The show is about disclosure and acceptance. The show might be a well thought out way to show aliens for the first time. There are many references used subtly throughout the series.

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There is a reason that they haven't revealed yet. But i have season 1 through 11 on DVD and on one of them in the special features the costume designer herself admits that he wears them and that the meaning is a secret.

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    This answer would be a lot better if you could edit in the relevant quote? – TheLethalCarrot Nov 26 '18 at 23:51

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