History Headscratchers / HowIMetYourMother

25th Jul '17 4:46:03 AM ApeAccount
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** It's just in-universe protagonist centred morality. If Johnny is the Karate kid then everything he does is fine, but someone opposing him (particularly using what Barney considers an illegal move) is clearly the villain. In all honesty, I've seen a LOT of cases online when people have characters they like, or more often characters they hate, and they interpret their interactions in a way to make their preferred villain out to be as bad as possible.
25th Jul '17 3:59:01 AM ApeAccount
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[[folder: Lily's Art Career and allegedly sexist portrayal of her fate]]

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25th Jul '17 3:53:59 AM ApeAccount
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** We really didn't find out anything about Barney's future either other than the fact that he had a kid (even after he specifically left his job, which was a big part of his identity). Yet because he's a man people don't read the same implications into that. Of all the characters, Lily's dream had the least focus in the show. Ted was constantly trying to be a great architect and meet the woman of his dreams. We always knew Marshall wanted to be a lawyer and save the environment. Robin's career and dreams of being a great journalist were a big part of her character. Lily worked as a kindergarten teacher, not really pursuing her artistic dream throughout the show. She sold a painting when forced into it by financial trouble. She ran away to San Francisco when scared about her relationship. It was never a consistent part of her character in the same way as the other characters' dreams were. She only became an art consultant for the Captain when he called her up and suggested it to her as a last minute DeusExMachina and that allowed the character to return to her artistic side, but frankly it would have felt like a cheat to go from Lily doing nothing with her art career, to Lily doing some work for the Captain who even gives them a chance to go to Rome just at the end of the series, to revealing Lily became a successful art consultant in the years that followed. YMMV, but the finale certainly never suggested to me that the writers felt that women existed just to have kids. Robin clearly didn't exist for that purpose given she didn't have kids and had both a successful career and, while I might not be a fan of the finale, clearly Ted's enduring interest in her showed he didn't just love her for the ability to give him kids. While the loss of Tracy was sad, I don't see any reason why we should interpret that as "the writers think women exist just to reproduce" any more than if Ted had died and Tracy had ended up rekindling an old flame that we should interpret that as "the writers think men exist just to provide sperm".
17th Jul '17 1:30:48 AM Lightning4119
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** Marshall and Lily lied to the three of them. One of them is the 'real' Godparent, but they didn't want to upset the other two, so they made some crap up about them all being Godparents.

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** Marshall and Lily lied to the three of them. One of them is the 'real' Godparent, but they didn't want to upset the other two, so they made some crap up about them all being Godparents.gran


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*** All true. Barney grows a lot over the course of the show, but his plan to get Robin to marry him is straight out of season 1. If your big idea to romance someone involves lying to her for months, pretending to not be interested in her anymore, emotionally tormenting her by pretending to date the one person she absolutely cannot stand, and then proposing to her after luring her there on the assumption that she'll go so completely insane with jealousy over the guy who has already claimed to not be interested in her anymore, and believing that she'll ignore the hell you just put her through and agree to marry you, ''you have issues.'' Only compounded by how unhappy they were shown to be throughout the show whenever they were involved - they have conflicting personalities and both of them are too stubborn to give an inch, which was explicitly shown as a dealbreaker back when it was Robin and Ted going over the same ground. They had to skip a hefty part of the relationship and jump straight to the marriage to make it work, because it had already been shown how toxic their relationship was. It really didn't surprise this troper when the finale casually announced their divorce, especially when they spent half of the last season hinting pretty heavily how their relationship wasn't sustainable. Really, "The Robin" being another play made perfect sense, since it seems like half of Barney's plays involve targeting an emotionally vulnerable woman (either already vulnerable or made so) for a short-term relationship.
5th Jun '17 4:29:47 PM TheMysteriousH
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** Or he could just be a liar- he's playing himself as pompous enough that he might lie just to sound cooler.
16th May '17 5:13:51 PM nombretomado
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*** Well, Barney and Robin just got married, so that simplifies things. But, it would be sequential, much like [[RecycledScript a similar, early episode of]] ''TwoAndAHalfMen'', where Alan mentions who would take care of Jake if Alan died after Judith.

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*** Well, Barney and Robin just got married, so that simplifies things. But, it would be sequential, much like [[RecycledScript a similar, early episode of]] ''TwoAndAHalfMen'', ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', where Alan mentions who would take care of Jake if Alan died after Judith.



** TwoAndAHalfMen probably gets extra ratings from the fact that so many channels are running it nowadays (Note: I have no idea if you can measure a show's ratings through multiple channels). The only channel I know of in England that airs How I Met Your Mother is E4. The other reason it's probably still on the air is because it's ''popular'' through JasonSegal, Creator/NeilPatrickHarris and [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Cobie Smoulers]] all being hot property. Other then that? *Shrugs*.

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** TwoAndAHalfMen ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' probably gets extra ratings from the fact that so many channels are running it nowadays (Note: I have no idea if you can measure a show's ratings through multiple channels). The only channel I know of in England that airs How I Met Your Mother is E4. The other reason it's probably still on the air is because it's ''popular'' through JasonSegal, Creator/NeilPatrickHarris and [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Cobie Smoulers]] all being hot property. Other then that? *Shrugs*.
14th Jan '17 9:45:14 AM tkts
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*** And Robin is someone who would probably take it even ''less'' well than the average person.
30th Oct '16 11:56:13 AM DontCallMeHuman
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**Also worth remembering that Marshall calculated Barney's success rate at only just over 1%.
21st Oct '16 8:22:15 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** "What the hell were the writers thinking" is the main thing that a lot of viewers (including myself) are wondering about the finale in general. Robin has probably finished all her traveling by this point, and everything else has magically worked out so the writers could have their way. If that explanation doesn't satisfy you (which would make perfect sense), just think that the writers wanted this ending since the beginning of the show. So you can pretty much say that regarding anything that was standing in their way (like Robin's job or the fact that The Mother is more than a walking uterus), TheyJustDidntCare.''Still bitter''.

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** "What the hell were the writers thinking" is the main thing that a lot of viewers (including myself) are wondering about the finale in general. Robin has probably finished all her traveling by this point, and everything else has magically worked out so the writers could have their way. If that explanation doesn't satisfy you (which would make perfect sense), just think that the writers wanted this ending since the beginning of the show. So you can pretty much say that regarding anything that was standing in their way (like Robin's job or the fact that The Mother is more than a walking uterus), TheyJustDidntCare.uterus).''Still bitter''.
6th Oct '16 12:10:52 PM Hawkeye86
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** He was offered a position with a clause stating he had to have passed the bar. If he would have failed the offer would no longer be on the table.
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