There are many superheroes. But Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory loves The Flash very much. He loves Batman too. But Why? What's the reason?

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    There are many crappy US comedies. But you love The Big Bang Theory very much. You love movies.stackexchange.com. But why? What's the reason? Dec 27, 2015 at 21:19
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit there are always practical, explainable reasons why a person would like any given character, no snarkiness needed.
    – cde
    Dec 27, 2015 at 21:41
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    @cde: There's no "snarkiness". Don't throw names around please. To me, this question comes down to "why does anyone like anything?" Dec 27, 2015 at 21:51
  • Because it's funny, like everything else in comedy
    – ike
    Dec 28, 2015 at 22:08

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From collider.com on Comic Con 2012:-

A child asks Parsons, “Why does Sheldon like The Flash?”, Parsons threw the question to the showrunners, and Prady responded that Sheldon liked the Flash because Sheldon was bullied a lot and the Flash was able to run away really fast.

In-universe, The Flash is very pro-science, specially physics and he is (they are) nerds turned super-hero who can travel faster than light. He is the fastest superhero and one of the oldest too.

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    i'm a bit conflicted here by the "can travel faster than light". Although this shows up in a lot of sci-fi (including both Star Trek and Star Wars) it seems like Sheldon - as a theoretical physicist - would be the most likely to be unable to suspend disbelief in that premise (e.g. travel faster than light + foot powered).
    – Michael
    Dec 27, 2015 at 20:24
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    @Michael Its the (Speed) Force, aint gotta explain s**t. Sheldon can self delude when he needs to.
    – cde
    Dec 27, 2015 at 21:38
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    @Michael As a theoretical physicist, I think he can appreciate how amazing that ability is. Not knowing physics, a person might think that it's pretty great but not so spectacular to exceed the speed of light.
    – mchid
    Apr 1, 2016 at 17:20
  • Also, the Flash is a scientist, albeit a forensic scientist. Apr 2, 2016 at 17:05

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