The Cooper-Wheaton War was a series of confrontations between Sheldon Cooper and Star Trek: The Next Generation star Wil Wheaton. Its origins could be traced back to the 1995 Dixie Star Trek Convention, where Cooper suffered a 10-hour-long bus journey of personal torment, only to find that Wheaton was not in attendance. This infuriated Cooper, who vowed revenge. After finding Wil Wheaton at a Mystic Warlords of Ka'a tournament, the conflict escalated as Cooper was defeated, leading to a two-year series of confrontations; however, from the Dixie Star Trek Convention in 1995 to The Russian Rocket Reaction in 2011, the "war" lasted 16 years.
Mystic Warlords of Ka'a tournament
The first confrontation occurred in Stuart Bloom's comic book store, when Cooper discovered that his arch-enemy was participating in the Mystic Warlords Of Ka'a card tournament. After discovering this, he immediately, much to Rajesh Koothrappali's delight, signed up to form a team with Koothrappali, who had been asking for his assistance, Cooper's eidetic memory and known habit of anticipating the outcome of a game being a decisive advantage to win the prize, $500.
During the first two rounds, Cooper's memory meant a swift victory for the team, and Cooper repeatedly ranted about his impatience to duel with Wheaton using Khan metaphors. Eventually, in the final round, Cooper's memory again lead to his imminent victory; however, Wheaton lied that the cause of his non-attendance was due to the recent loss and funeral of his grandmother. This made Cooper falter, and despite Koothrappali's rigorous objections, Cooper allowed him to win the game. He then revealed the nature of his deception, and this outraged Cooper, who vowed revenge, screaming: "WHEATON!!!!"
Bowling MatchThe gang competes against Stuart's team in a bowling match. Wheaton was a substitute member of Stuart's team. Cooper revealed to have made a website due to his hatred of Wheaton. Cooper has a bowling background as he was captain of the champion East Texas Christian Youth Group Holy Rollers team (7-12 year old division); however, Leonard Hofstadter and Penny were discussing her inability to admit her love to Leonard. This leads to a breakup and their team forfeiting the match.
Cooper scheduled a rematch and gave his team a new name: The Wesley Crushers. Not a celebration of the character as everyone thinks, but they are the crushers of Wesley. The match was close; however, Wheaton manipulated Penny into breaking up with Hofstadter and leading to Cooper's team forfeiting again. When Cooper confronted Wheaton about whether he would break up a relationship for a bowling match victory, Wheaton denied it. Cooper agreed, and Wheaton told him to keep thinking that. Once again, this outraged Cooper, who vowed revenge, screaming: "WHEATON!!!!" For losing the match, Cooper, Hofstadter, Koothrappali, and Howard Wolowitz had to appear in the comic book store dressed up as female superheroes/villains: Batgirl (Howard), Supergirl (Leonard), Wonder Woman (Sheldon), and Catwoman (Raj).