Rock, Paper, Scissors by Sheldon — Nerd-Style

Lizard Spock
Sheldon faces off Raj in Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock by

The Big Bang Theory features many unique and obscure games fans wish they had thought of.  After all, why play one-dimensional chess when you can play three-dimensional chess?  Why play just rock, paper, scissors when you can play rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock?

Origin of Rock, Paper, Scissors

To explore rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock, we must first look at the original game. The game was born in China in the Hang dynasty under the name “hand command”.  The original “players” of the game were not rock, paper, and scissors but the frog, slug, and snake. 

Since then, the game has developed and is frequently used in more than just deciding what movie to watch.  It is used in sporting events and even has a hand at influencing video games, where we find classes of characters, stronger and weaker, against others. 

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock

Lizard Spock
Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock by

Many variations of this game exist, and this particular one was invented by a Sam Kass.  Spock is symbolized by the Vulcan greeting and the lizard is symbolized by forming the hand into the shape as though you were wearing a sock puppet.

The rules as stated by Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory are:

  • Scissors cut paper
  • Paper covers rock
  • Rock crushes lizard
  • Lizard poisons Spock
  • Spock smashes scissors
  • Scissors decapitate lizard
  • Lizard eats paper
  • Paper disproves Spock
  • Spock vaporizes rock
  • Rock crushes scissors

The first appearance we see of this in The Big Bang Theory is in The Lizard-Spock Expansion (S2 EP8).  The guys are trying to decide what movie to watch and Sheldon suggests playing as a decider.  Throughout the show Sheldon tries to use the game as a deciding factor in coming to a decision. 

What do you think?

Sheldon decides on using a game with his favorite character to solve disputes.  What is your favorite way to decide on a movie?