History Series / HowIMetYourMother

12th Jul '17 3:25:39 AM ApeAccount
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* FreezeFrameBonus: In "The Time Traveller" Robin writes a message to Marshall on the wall in the women's bathroom. The voiceover only reads the start and the end which start out sounding like a legitimate apology and confession, ending with a twist where Robin revealed she was just trying to keep him reading this so someone ended up coming in and catching him. If you actually read the message though, she confesses to having been raised as a cat as a baby and not being allowed on the furniture and having to "poop in a box".
9th Jul '17 12:02:18 AM ChrisDen
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** He spends all night grinding on a girl in a dance club, only to learn she is his half-sister.

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** He spends all night grinding on a girl in a dance club, only to learn she is his half-sister.cousin.
1st Jul '17 8:24:05 PM Hyrin
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* SurpriseIncest: Happens to Barney twice in the series.
** He spends all night grinding on a girl in a dance club, only to learn she is his half-sister.
** While going over the guest list for his wedding, he finds that he and fiancé share a cousin. [[spoiler: Luckily, the cousin was adopted.]]
1st Jul '17 4:19:19 PM nombretomado
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* LoggingOntoTheFourthWall: TheOtherWiki has a very [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_I_Met_Your_Mother#Websites long list]] of them.

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* LoggingOntoTheFourthWall: TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has a very [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_I_Met_Your_Mother#Websites long list]] of them.
26th Jun '17 10:07:44 PM Hyrin
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** {{Lampshaded}} and parodied in the Season 9 trailer:
*** ''Penny:'' "You just keep telling us about an endless parade of sluts you banged!"
25th Jun '17 7:47:37 PM Hyrin
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*** While the finale was highly controversial, most of its plot had been heavily foreshadowed. The Mother [[spoiler:never appears in flashforwards, which was thought to allow hiding her identity to the audience but is consistent with her being dead, a fact that was bluntly hinted at in Vesuvius when Ted states that her regrets not spending more time with her when he could]], both Ted and Barney [[spoiler:see the bride in her dress, which bring bad luck on both of their marriages]], Robin is a [[spoiler:much bigger part of the story than the mother]] and Marshall always [[spoiler:wins his bets]].

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*** While the finale was highly controversial, most of its plot had been heavily foreshadowed. The Mother [[spoiler:never appears in flashforwards, which was thought to allow hiding her identity to the audience but is consistent with her being dead, a fact that was bluntly hinted at in Vesuvius when Ted states that her regrets not spending more time with her when he could]], could (and starts crying at the implication of The Mother not attending her daughter's wedding)]], both Ted and Barney [[spoiler:see the bride in her dress, which bring bad luck on both of their marriages]], Robin is a [[spoiler:much bigger part of the story than the mother]] and Marshall always [[spoiler:wins his bets]].
16th Jun '17 7:21:46 AM Hyrin
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** Ted reveals that attempting to get pregnant and the birth of Marvin got Lily and Marshall to quit smoking, respectively.
7th Jun '17 3:09:50 AM TheMysteriousH
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* MundaneMadeAwesome: "YOU'RE DEAD TO ME" Lily. Complete with OminousLatinChanting.

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: "YOU'RE "[[WomanScorned YOU'RE DEAD TO ME" ME]]" Lily. Complete with OminousLatinChanting.



** And yet some of the more basic skills (using a screwdriver, driving a car, etc.) have passed him by.



** Season nine finally reveals that his job really is [[spoiler: PLEASE--Provide Legal Exculpation And Sign Everything. He is essentially the company's FallGuy for when they are investigated by the FBI]].

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** Season nine finally reveals that his job really is [[spoiler: PLEASE--Provide Legal Exculpation And Sign Everything. He is essentially the company's FallGuy for when they are investigated by the FBI]].FBI (which they are, because [[ManipulativeBastard Barney's been working with the FBI the whole time]])]].



** And one at the end of the deleted scene [[spoiler: that explains where the pineapple came from]].



** Lily's dream career is PlayedWith. She's a kindergarten teacher and fairly satisfied with her job. However, she would love to become a professional artist. Her work is quite nice, but only on amateur level. She goes to have professional classes in a selective art program and later tries selling some paintings, with mixed success. One episode was based on her trying to figure out what she would love to do with her career, and finally, she says she did figure it out: she starts her old-new job as a kindergarten teacher. However in Season 8, the Captain (Zoey's ex-husband) calls her out for wasting her art career. But later, he offers her a job as his art consultant which Lily eventually took.

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** Lily's dream career is PlayedWith. She's a kindergarten teacher and fairly satisfied with her job. However, she would love to become a professional artist. Her work is quite nice, but only on amateur level. She goes to have professional classes in a selective art program and later tries selling some paintings, with mixed success. One episode was based on her trying to figure out what she would love to do with her career, and finally, she says she did figure it out: she starts her old-new job as a kindergarten teacher. However in Season 8, the Captain (Zoey's ex-husband) calls makes her out for realize she's wasting her art career. But later, he offers her a job as his art consultant which Lily eventually took.



* RomanticWingman: Barney acts as main character Ted's wingman, largely by introducing him to women with a game he calls [[CatchPhrase "Have You Met Ted?"]] He also does this for his gay brother, and vise-versa, as their ‘targets’ never overlap.

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* RomanticWingman: Barney acts as main character Ted's wingman, largely by introducing him to women with a game he calls [[CatchPhrase "Have "Haaaave You Met Ted?"]] He also does this for his gay brother, and vise-versa, as their ‘targets’ never overlap.



* RootingForTheEmpire: In-universe. Barney apparently applies this trope to the majority of movies he's seen. He gets called out on rooting for Johnny in ''Film/TheKarateKid'', and the rest of the group bring up a plethora of movies, all of which he roots for the villain in them, including Principal Vernon in ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', and Hans in ''Film/DieHard''. Barney also refuses to accept that the characters he roots for are villains.

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* RootingForTheEmpire: In-universe. Barney apparently applies this trope to the majority of movies he's seen. He gets called out on rooting for Johnny in ''Film/TheKarateKid'', and the rest of the group bring up a plethora of movies, all of which he roots for the villain in them, including Principal Vernon in ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', and Hans in ''Film/DieHard''.''Film/DieHard'', and the actual [[Film/StarWars Empire]]. Barney also refuses to accept that the characters he roots for are villains.



*** He's also quite the fan of cryptobeasts such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster.




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** Ted's red cowboy boots and whether they work for him.
7th Jun '17 2:32:57 AM TheMysteriousH
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** Inverted for Barney, who never looks bad in photos.

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** Inverted for Barney, who never looks bad in photos.photos (except for in "Rally", when he was ''way'' too drunk) .



* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: All of the characters, but Marshall and Lily take it to the point of absurdity, including (but not limited to) Barney's childhood bedroom when they're visiting his mother for the first time, and their fertility doctor's waiting room.

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* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: All of the characters, but [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex Marshall and Lily take it to the point of absurdity, absurdity]], including (but not limited to) Barney's childhood bedroom when they're visiting his mother for the first time, and their fertility doctor's waiting room.



* MinnesotaNice: Marshall is the embodiment of this, minus the accent (presumably from having lived in New York for several years). Lampshaded by Lily and Robin in "The Wedding Bride".

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* MinnesotaNice: Marshall is the embodiment of this, minus the accent (presumably from having lived in New York for several years).years, though he slips into it occasionally). Lampshaded by Lily and Robin in "The Wedding Bride".


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** They do a little better than ''Series/{{Friends}}'', with Ranjit and James being fairly regular secondary characters, as well as a few love interests, but still leave much to be desired.
6th Jun '17 2:59:23 AM TheMysteriousH
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** Though she kept the secret of her and Marshall's first meeting for a while. [[spoiler: It wasn't fate that brought her to his dorm room- she saw him at orientation and knocked on almost every door in the dorm before she found him.]]



-->Marshall: refusing to take off a hat.

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-->Marshall: refusing to take off a [[Creator/DrSeuss Cat-In-The-Hat type]] hat.



-->Stuart: for drinking. (This was done with other people)

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-->Stuart: for drinking. (This was done with other people)people, and inspired them to hold later interventions)



** And yet, in-universe it's the fourth highest earning movie of all time within a couple of weeks.



** Which sometimes leads to HilariousOuttakes. The Green Testicle story from "Game Night", for example.



** All the characters except Marshall are this once in a while, but Barney is a straighter example: usually, he's a despicable (though entertaining) dick who the viewers are never sorry to see get royally screwed over due to his own arrogance or stupidity, which makes the rare times where he ''is'' legitimately sympathetic all the more poignant.

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** All the characters except Marshall are this once in a while, but Barney is a straighter example: usually, he's a despicable (though entertaining) dick who the viewers are never sorry to see get royally screwed over due to his own arrogance or stupidity, which makes the rare times where he ''is'' legitimately sympathetic all the more poignant.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Carter Bays and Craig Thomas created the series from the idea "let's write about our friends and the stupid stuff we did in New York". Ted is based on Bays, Marshall is based on Thomas, and Lily is based on Thomas' wife Rebecca.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Carter Bays and Craig Thomas created the series from the idea "let's write about our friends and the stupid stuff we did in New York". [[WriteWhoYouKnow Ted is based on Bays, Marshall is based on Thomas, and Lily is based on Thomas' wife Rebecca.Rebecca]].
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