History Series / HowIMetYourMother

20th Apr '18 2:09:57 PM Sedirex
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* BrokenAesop: In "Little Minnesota," Ted learns that he needs to give his sister a fresh start and not prejudge her for her past mistakes. Which would be a fine lesson if he were in fact judging her for her past mistakes, but instead he's rightly judging her for the mistake she made earlier that day of apparently sleeping with Barney. Somehow the lesson becomes "you should trust someone even if they're demonstrably untrustworthy, because they might just be pretending to be untrustworthy as a prank."
16th Apr '18 1:31:35 PM Morgenthaler
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* ShootingLessonsFromYourParents: Robin, who was practically RaisedAsTheOppositeGender, was taught by her father how to shoot when she was a kid. When Marshall is depressed from his break-up with Lily, she takes him to a shooting range to cheer him up.
8th Apr '18 6:09:53 AM Ea4g
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'''Future Son:''' Are we being punished for something?\\

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'''Future Son:''' '''Luke:''' Are we being punished for something?\\



'''Future Daughter:''' Yeah, is this gonna take a while?\\

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'''Future Daughter:''' '''Penny:''' Yeah, is this gonna take a while?\\
8th Apr '18 6:08:20 AM Ea4g
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* AccidentalHero: The gang accidentally stops a guy from throwing himself off the Empire State Building because [[ItMakesSenseInContext Robin called Ted an "I Love You Slut" and Marshal wanted to make a point about what counts as a first time]].
25th Mar '18 1:05:16 PM darkemyst
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'''Lily:''' ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven The Magnificent Kevin]]''.\\

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'''Lily:''' ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Kevin]]''.\\
23rd Mar '18 3:43:28 AM alnair20aug93
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* ExtremelyShortIntroSequence: The intro sequence lasts for only 15 seconds, with simplistic, photographic snapshot-style effects, and scatting theme music.
22nd Mar '18 9:36:32 PM nombretomado
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* LaughTrack: Averted, then used straight. Early seasons taped episodes without a StudioAudience, then screened the completed episode to an audience and recorded the natural laughter (thus, not technically a LaughTrack, which is pre-recorded laughter). As of season six (and possibly earlier), Neil Patrick Harris has stated they've switched to canned laughter. In any case, the show is one of the few critically acclaimed TV comedies of its era to contain audible audience laughter (as opposed to the entirely canned-laughter-free critics' favorites like ''TheOffice'', ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'', ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' and so on).

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* LaughTrack: Averted, then used straight. Early seasons taped episodes without a StudioAudience, then screened the completed episode to an audience and recorded the natural laughter (thus, not technically a LaughTrack, which is pre-recorded laughter). As of season six (and possibly earlier), Neil Patrick Harris has stated they've switched to canned laughter. In any case, the show is one of the few critically acclaimed TV comedies of its era to contain audible audience laughter (as opposed to the entirely canned-laughter-free critics' favorites like ''TheOffice'', ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'', ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', ''Series/ThirtyRock'', ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' and so on).
21st Mar '18 8:39:14 AM XFllo
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* StalkerWithACrush: Scooter, sometimes Ted to Robin.

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* StalkerWithACrush: Scooter, StalkerWithACrush:
** Scooter is obsessed with Lily. They were high school sweethearts and several years later, he still wants her.
** Ted pursues Robin constantly, despite the fact that she always says "no"; however, she wants to be friends with him and has some feelings for him as well.
* StandardOfficeSetting:
** Barney works at an extremely well-paying, mysterious corporate job. He has a huge, luxuriously furnished office. It's decorated with eye-catching motivational posters, one of them is notably for "awesomeness". He even has an adjoined bathroom for himself.
** Ted works as an architect in New York. Season 2 episodes
sometimes Ted to Robin.show his workplace, which is a modern open space office, with bosses having their own offices.
20th Mar '18 8:14:38 AM XFllo
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* SonOfAWhore: Fits Barney to a tee.

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%% * SonOfAWhore: Fits Barney to a tee.tee.
* SoulCrushingDeskJob:
** Marshall dreams of becoming a lawyer because he wants to save the environment. In season one, he gets an internship in a company where his friend Barney also works. One episode shows them having fun, enjoying a war of pranks with a guy who works in a building opposite of theirs. When he later gets a stable job at another corporation, he quits very soon. Later he gets a job at the company where Barney works, but he doesn't work with Barney and gets yelled at constantly, which he takes very hard. He also hates himself for working for a corporation that ''destroys'' the environment.
** Ted works as an architect, which is a job he loves, but one episode shows his incompetent, past-his-prime boss who gives him meaningless tasks (like creating brown styrofoam trees for a model of a skyscraper which looks blatantly phallic) and generally is just abusive to his team. When Ted gets promoted to project manager, his former boss acts like a dick and tries to undermine him at every opportunity.
20th Mar '18 8:12:47 AM XFllo
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** At first played completely straight with Lily after she breaks off her engagement and goes to San Francisco. Ted, Robin, and Barney seem to completely take her back immediately, and even she and Marshall are awkward but mostly amicable. Midway through the season, however, it's revealed that Ted still harbors some resentment about it. [[spoiler: In season nine, seven years later, it is revealed that Marshall still harbors resentment over this. He fears that if Lilly has to again choose between an arts career and her family, she will choose the career even if it means abandoning her family.]]

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** At first played completely straight with Lily after she breaks off her engagement and goes to San Francisco. Ted, Robin, and Barney seem to completely take her back immediately, and even she and Marshall are awkward but mostly amicable. Midway through the season, however, it's revealed that Ted still harbors some resentment about it. [[spoiler: In season nine, seven years later, it is revealed that Marshall still harbors resentment over this. He fears that if Lilly Lily has to again choose between an arts career and her family, she will choose the career even if it means abandoning her family.]]



** In "The Pre-Nup" Future Ted announces that of the couples at that point of the story (himself and Victoria, Marshall and Lilly, Barney and Quinn, and Robin and Nick), one of them will have broken up by the end of the following day... and then immediately admits that it obviously isn't Marshall and Lilly, who have repeatedly been established as still being married in 2030.

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** In "The Pre-Nup" Future Ted announces that of the couples at that point of the story (himself and Victoria, Marshall and Lilly, Lily, Barney and Quinn, and Robin and Nick), one of them will have broken up by the end of the following day... and then immediately admits that it obviously isn't Marshall and Lilly, Lily, who have repeatedly been established as still being married in 2030.



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "The Stinson Missile Crisis" is Robin telling the story of how she assaulted a woman to her court-ordered therapist, instead of the usual kids. The therapist keeps lampshading how she keeps talking about Marshall and Lilly and Ted, but she insists it's all connected.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "The Stinson Missile Crisis" is Robin telling the story of how she assaulted a woman to her court-ordered therapist, instead of the usual kids. The therapist keeps lampshading how she keeps talking about Marshall and Lilly Lily and Ted, but she insists it's all connected.



** Also Lilly's "CatchPhrase", "You, Son-of-a-bitch!". She uses it with Marvin a couple of times, but modifies it to "You, Son-of-a-Me!".

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** Also Lilly's Lily's "CatchPhrase", "You, Son-of-a-bitch!". She uses it with Marvin a couple of times, but modifies it to "You, Son-of-a-Me!".
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