History Series / HowIMetYourMother

12th Dec '17 2:30:50 PM KnightOfGondor
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** The only serious [[AvertedTrope aversion]] of the taboo is in the UnexpectedlyDarkEpisode "[[Recap/HowIMetYourMotherS6E14LastWords Last Words]]", where a grieving character realizes a voicemail from their dead parent is [[spoiler:just a pocket dial, leaving them with no last words.]] The character sarcastically thanks God for taking away the best person in their life without any closure and continues to rant about how meaningless the parent's death was.

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** The only serious [[AvertedTrope aversion]] of the taboo is in the UnexpectedlyDarkEpisode "[[Recap/HowIMetYourMotherS6E14LastWords Last Words]]", where a grieving character realizes a voicemail from their dead parent is [[spoiler:just a pocket dial, leaving them with no last words.]] The character sarcastically thanks God for taking away the best person in their life without any closure and continues to rant about how meaningless the parent's death was. [[spoiler:until he listens to the end of the voicemail and discovers his parent's real last words: I love you.]]
5th Dec '17 11:06:30 AM wingedcatgirl
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* EntertaininglyWrong: In "Daisy" , Ted is onto Lily, suspecting her to have started smoking again. His elaborate summation ends with him pulling a… pregnancy test from a flower pot. Apparently, all the changes Ted saw with Lily were due to her new circumstances.

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* EntertaininglyWrong: In "Daisy" , Ted is onto Lily, suspecting her to have started smoking again. His elaborate summation ends with him reaching into a flower pot and triumphantly pulling a… out... a pregnancy test from a flower pot.test. Apparently, all the changes Ted saw with Lily were due to her new circumstances.
3rd Dec '17 2:45:10 PM DustSnitch
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* AllWomenAreLustful: Lily and Robin certainly are into sex, especially Lily.



* AnachronicOrder: A very common trope on this show, where a scene will happen, and then cut back to it later to show the scene from some other perspective. For example, "Swarley," "Zip, Zip, Zip", the whole storyline involving the goat. Also, in a twist, [[spoiler:"Three Days of Snow"]] and [[spoiler:"The Leap"]].

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* AnachronicOrder: A very common trope on this show, where a show.
** Oftena
scene will happen, and then cut back to it later to show the scene from some other perspective. For example, This happens in "Swarley," "Zip, Zip, Zip", the whole storyline involving the goat. Also, in and "The Leap".
** In
a twist, [[spoiler:"Three all the storylines in the episode "[[spoiler:Three Days of Snow"]] and [[spoiler:"The Leap"]].Snow]]" happen on different days.



** The subplot of "The Mermaid Theory" actually happened during "Now We're Even".

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** The subplot of season 6 episode "The Mermaid Theory" actually happened during the season 7 episode "Now We're Even".



* AngerMontage: "[[RunningGag Murderrrrrrr! Climb aboard the murder traiiiiiiiiin!]]"

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* AngerMontage: Whenever there's a montage of characters fighting or getting injured, the InUnivere song "[[RunningGag Murderrrrrrr! Climb aboard the murder traiiiiiiiiin!]]"traiiiiiiiiin!]]" will play.



* AntiClimacticUnmasking: After 8 seasons, The Mother was bound to be this.

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* %%* AntiClimacticUnmasking: After 8 seasons, The Mother was bound to be this.



* ArcWelding: The 200th episode of the series, "How Your Mother Met Me." [[spoiler:The same night Marshall and Lily got engaged and Ted met Robin, the Mother's first love died; Her first night out afterwards was St Patrick's Day in 2008, where she ran into Mitch, A.K.A the Naked Man, who was her teacher at Orchestra Camp and attempted the Naked Man on her that night, when she became the first one in three to reject it after leaving with him to retrieve a Cello; Darren weaseled his way into her band by responding to her ad for a new room mate after Cindy moved out; she met Louis, her first boyfriend after Max's death following a gig and passed Ted (In the green dress) on her way out of [=McLarens=], which Louis had last been in when Barney and Ted ran it as "Puzzles" for a night]].



* ArtisticLicenseGeography: The portrayals of Argentina in Robin's flashbacks at the beginning of season 3, ''big time''. It seems the creators see Argentina as a mix between Hawaii, Philippines and Mexico, inhabited by a white tribe of sub-Saharan Africans with a Mexican accent. The show portrays what looks like a Caribbean island more reminiscent of Hawaii, or Southeast Asia, full of hippies, nature lovers, and the like, living in communal shacks or tents, in the wilderness, having sex in public (with a Mexican accent, which sounds ''extremely'' different to an Argentinian accent).In real life, there are very small towns, but there are no tribal villages. While there are beaches on the ocean shore, most of them are too far south, making it quite cold, even in summer. Not to mention that the water is barely above the 10ºC (even in summer). There are mountains, but nowhere near the ocean: as a matter of fact, they're at the other side of the country. And both recreational and medicinal drug use is illegal as is female nudity (both of which the show portrays as a normal, everyday occurrence). Some of the hippies, nudity, and drug use ''could'' be explained by Robin only visiting a wild tourist resort, but this was not explicit, and to say that Argentinian fans were pissed at the implication that this portrayal represented their entire country is a ''major'' understatement.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Marshall's trial of a corrupt pharmaceutical company doesn't really bear much resemblance to actual trials. Both lawyers make impromptu speeches to the jury, only one (comically unqualified) witness is called and blatantly silly non-evidence is admitted and accepted without protest. Some of it is HandWaved by the defense attorney's good looks and excellent body (the judge and jury are in love with him), but mostly the trial is run in the way the writers find most amusing.



* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption: Ted being EntertaininglyWrong about Lily in "Daisy" when pulling a pregnancy test from a flower pot instead of the expected cig butt.
-->'''Ted''': And sure enough, if I dig around… I am all but guaranteed to find… a pregnancy test.



* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Barney has "AD… something. Can we have class outside?" He's actually a surprisingly realistic portrayal of it.
* AuthorAppeal: The creators have their own band and they wrote the opening theme. Thus it starts to make sense why so many of the characters like obscure indie music.

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* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Barney has "AD… something. Can we have class outside?" He's actually a surprisingly realistic portrayal of it.
* AuthorAppeal:
AuthorAppeal:
**
The creators have their own band and they wrote the opening theme. Thus it starts to make sense why so many of the characters like obscure indie music.



** Future Ted reveals that attempting to get pregnant and the birth of Marvin got Lily and Marshall to quit smoking, respectively.



** In "Daisy" in season 9, [[spoiler: Marshall and Lily are having one of the worst fights of their lives and are disagreeing whether to go to Rome or stay in New York. TheReveal that Lily is pregnant again prompts Marshall to stop fighting and insist they go with Lily's suggestion, Rome]].
** In the series finale, after the SnapBack reverts his CharacterDevelopment, the one thing to make [[spoiler: Barney mature and have a fulfilling life is having a new daughter, instantly giving him a great deal of maturity and fulfillment]].
** Ted reveals that attempting to get pregnant and the birth of Marvin got Lily and Marshall to quit smoking, respectively.
* BackForTheFinale: Almost every character who interacted with the five main characters has come back for at least a cameo.
* BadDate: Ted's dates often end badly.

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** In "Daisy" in season 9, [[spoiler: 9's "Daisy", Marshall and Lily are having one of the worst fights of their lives and are disagreeing whether to go to Rome or stay in New York. TheReveal [[spoiler:The Reveal that Lily is pregnant again prompts Marshall to stop fighting and insist they go with Lily's suggestion, Rome]].
** In the series finale, after the SnapBack reverts his CharacterDevelopment, the one thing to make [[spoiler: Barney [[spoiler:Barney mature and have a fulfilling life is having a new daughter, instantly giving him a great deal of maturity and fulfillment]].
** Ted reveals that attempting to get pregnant and the birth of Marvin got Lily and Marshall to quit smoking, respectively.
* BackForTheFinale: Almost every character who interacted with the five main characters has come comes back in the last season for at least a cameo.
* %%* BadDate: Ted's dates often end badly.



* BatmanGambit: The Scuba Diver. Barney introduces the gang to his Playbook, a book of schemes he's invented to pick up women. He then uses a scheme from the Playbook to hit on Lily's coworker, making her angry enough to steal it. Barney arrives at the apartment later, wearing a scuba suit, and announces to the gang that he's going to pull one more scam called the Scuba Diver. A scam not found in the Playbook. They follow him to the bar, he doesn't elaborate but points out his target, a hot girl standing at the counter. This causes Lily to go and warn the girl about him and his Playbook, and the girl listens as Barney's friends explain his many schemes and tricks to her. [[spoiler: Eventually they all go to Barney and demand to know what the scheme is. Barney starts to explain the trick, but then launches into an explanation about his deep insecurities, causing the gang to feel bad for him. Together, they convince the girl that beneath the tricks he's a great guy, and she leaves the bar with Barney. After they leave, he sends Lily a text, revealing the page with the explanation of the Scuba Diver-the events of the episode]].
** Similarly, epically, [[spoiler:The Robin.]]
** Also, the events of [[spoiler:The Broath.]]

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* BatmanGambit: The Barney's attempts to seduce women sometimes involve weeks of planning. Some examples:
** "The
Scuba Diver.Diver," a play from the episode of the same name. Barney introduces the gang to his Playbook, a book of schemes he's invented to pick up women. He then uses a scheme from the Playbook to hit on Lily's coworker, making her angry enough to steal it. Barney arrives at the apartment later, wearing a scuba suit, and announces to the gang that he's going to pull one more scam called the Scuba Diver. A scam not found in the Playbook. They follow him to the bar, he doesn't elaborate but points out his target, a hot girl standing at the counter. This causes Lily to go and warn the girl about him and his Playbook, and the girl listens as Barney's friends explain his many schemes and tricks to her. [[spoiler: Eventually they all go to Barney and demand to know what the scheme is. Barney starts to explain the trick, but then launches into an explanation about his deep insecurities, causing the gang to feel bad for him. Together, they convince the girl that beneath the tricks he's a great guy, and she leaves the bar with Barney. After they leave, he sends Lily a text, revealing the page with the explanation of the Scuba Diver-the events of the episode]].
** Similarly, epically, [[spoiler:The Robin.]]
** Also,
Epically, one (there have been many) of Barney's proposals involved planning out the events of [[spoiler:The that entire season just to get someone desperate enough to say "Yes." It works at first, but the manipulative nature of the proposal leads the girl to doubt. In any case, the play is called [[spoiler:"The Robin."]]
** One episode ends with a twist that all the emotional drama Barney had been through that episode had been staged by him to guilt his friends into embarrassing themselves. The episode in question is [[spoiler:"The
Broath.]]"]]



** Nobody ASKED YOU HERE, PATRICE!
* BetaCouple: Marshall and Lily, the often boringly perfect couple.
** Subverted in that there are occasional cracks in the "perfect" exterior. Lily's abandoning Marshall to go to San Francisco, and his admission years later that it still ate at him underneath that he and their son Marvin might be Lily's second choice--what she settled for after her art plans didn't work out, underlies their relationship through the series.
* BigApplesauce

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** Nobody -->''"Nobody ASKED YOU HERE, PATRICE!
PATRICE!"''
* BetaCouple: Marshall and Lily, Lily are the often boringly perfect couple.
** Subverted in that
only stable couple throughout the show's nine seasons, acting as a stable contrast with the always-dramatic Ted-Robin dynamic and Barney's pornomancing. Still, there are occasional cracks in the "perfect" exterior. Lily's abandoning Marshall to go to San Francisco, and his admission years later that it still ate at him underneath that he and their son Marvin might be Lily's second choice--what she settled for after her art plans didn't work out, underlies their relationship through the series.
* %%* BigApplesauce



* BlatantLies: When Ted is trying to cover up the fact that he told Robin's secret to Marshall he claims that the database he used to look up her fake marriage was the "Canadian Mall Marriage 6000".



* BogglesTheMind: {{Invoked|Trope}} by Ted, who tries to use a Scrabble game to broach the subject of whether Robin has ever been married.
-->'''Ted:''' 'Husband'
-->'''Robin:''' There's no 'P' in 'husband'
-->'''Ted:''' Hmm… you seem to know a lot about husbands…
* ABoyAGirlAndABabyFamily: Marshall and Lily have Marvin, Daisy and an unknown/unseen baby, probably a girl (from Marshall's line about putting "her crib in the shower.")

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* BogglesTheMind: {{Invoked|Trope}} by Ted, who tries to use a Scrabble game to broach the subject of whether Robin has ever been married.
-->'''Ted:''' 'Husband'
-->'''Robin:''' There's no 'P' in 'husband'
-->'''Ted:''' Hmm… you seem to know a lot about husbands…
* ABoyAGirlAndABabyFamily: Marshall and Lily eventually have Marvin, Daisy and an unknown/unseen baby, probably a girl (from Marshall's line about putting "her crib in the shower.")



** In the final episode [[spoiler: Ted gives Robin the Blue French Horn, similar to what he did on the start of the series.]]

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** In Season 1 begins and ends with Ted making a gigantic romantic gesture to Robin. It also begins with Marshall proposing to Lily, while it ends with them calling the final episode [[spoiler: wedding off.
** Season 6 begins and ends "a little ways down the road," where
Ted gives is nervous on a very big wedding day.
** Season 7 begins and ends "a little ways down the road," with Ted visiting the bride at the Wedding.
** The show as a whole begins and ends with [[spoiler:Ted giving
Robin the Blue French Horn, similar to what he did on the start of the series.Horn.]]



* BrandX: Glen [=McKenna=] scotch shows up frequently.

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* BrandX: The fictional Glen [=McKenna=] scotch shows up frequently.



* BrickJoke: There's one or two in nearly every episode, not to mention several that span the seasons.
* BrokenAesop: The Season 4 episode Little Minnesota. Ted's little sister Heather is infamous for being immature, and she's trying to get Ted to cosign a lease. Ted doesn't feel like he can trust her because she doesn't have a job, but Barney offers to get her a spot at GNB. Heather than uses Lily's inability to keep a secret to trick Ted into thinking she and Barney had sex. [[SarcasmMode Because pulling one over on your brother who has good reason not to trust you and provoking him with multiple innuendos will totally make him see you as responsible, mature, and grown up]]

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* %%* BrickJoke: There's one or two in nearly every episode, not to mention several that span the seasons.
* BrokenAesop: The Season 4 episode Little Minnesota. Ted's little sister Heather is infamous for being immature, and she's trying to get Ted to cosign a lease. Ted doesn't feel like he can trust her because she doesn't have a job, but Barney offers to get her a spot at GNB. Heather than uses Lily's inability to keep a secret to trick Ted into thinking she and Barney had sex. [[SarcasmMode Because pulling one over on your brother who has good reason not to trust you and provoking him with multiple innuendos will totally make him see you as responsible, mature, and grown up]]
seasons.



* CanadianEqualsHockeyFan: Robin is Canadian, so of course she's a hockey fan. When she gets drunk and turns "Super-Canadian", she puts on a Vancouver Canucks jersey.
* CallingYourBathroomBreaks: Lily does this from time to time, probably as a result of spending every day with kindergarteners.
* CaretakerReversal: In one episode, Robin is sick and Ted takes care of her. When he goes to kiss her, she tries to refuse, but he goes ahead anyway. Immediately after, we see Ted in bed, Robin taking care of him.
-->'''Ted:''' So worth it.
* TheCasanova: Barney

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* CanadianEqualsHockeyFan: Robin is Canadian, so of course she's a hockey fan. When she gets drunk and turns "Super-Canadian", she puts on a Vancouver Canucks jersey.
*
%%* CallingYourBathroomBreaks: Lily does this from time to time, probably as a result of spending every day with kindergarteners.
* CaretakerReversal: In one episode, Robin is sick and Ted takes care of her. When he goes to kiss her, she tries to refuse, but he goes ahead anyway. Immediately after, we see Ted in bed, Robin taking care of him.
-->'''Ted:''' So worth it.
* TheCasanova: Barney
kindergarteners.



* TheChainOfHarm: This is known as the Chain of Screaming. When someone screams at a subordinate, the subordinate must scream at someone lower, who in turn screams at someone else, and so on until someone screams at the original screamer and the cycle is complete. Marshall's attempts to break the chain do not go as well as he hoped.



* CharacterShilling: For Don in season 5.

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* %%* CharacterShilling: For Don in season 5.



* TheChessmaster: Barney thinks of himself this way, concocting all sorts of {{plan}}s [[SpannerInTheWorks with varying degrees of success.]] Lily Aldrin is a better example--even Barney acknowledges her amazing powers of manipulation.
* ChristmasCarolers: To explain their sudden appearance on someone's doorstep on one occasion, Ted says he and the others are carolers and sing "Silent Night".



* UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}: Ted hails from the city of Shaker Heights, Ohio: a real-life first-ring suburb of Cleveland (also the hometown of series creator Carter Bays).
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Barney at times seems to be a more grounded version of one of these. He's perfectly capable of functioning in the world, but occasionally displays a brand of logic that wouldn't make sense to anyone else but him.
** Also Marshall, who believes in, among other things, the Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster.



* ComingOfAgeStory: For grown-ups.

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* %%* ComingOfAgeStory: For grown-ups.



* ContinuityLockout: Given the amount of continuity, callbacks, references and plotlines the show has have over its run it's all but inevitable for this to occur on some level. However, steps are taken to simplify things and catch new viewers up. The framing device allows for a lot of concessions for this take, such as Ted specifically reminding his children about past events ("Remember when I said…" is frequently used).
** On the whole, the episodes are self-contained and don't run together very tightly even with seasonal subplots running along. The built-in narrator prevents the need for "PreviouslyOn" segments and sometimes even the "AsYouKnow" info-dump includes information that hadn't been revealed in a previous episode anyway (such as in "Nothing Good Happens After 2AM" regarding what happened to Robin during the previous episode). Longtime viewers are rewarded with subtle details that they can catch while newer viewers aren't completely oblivious to what is going on.

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* ContinuityLockout: Given the amount of continuity, callbacks, references and plotlines the show has have over its run it's all but inevitable for this to occur on some level. However, steps are taken to simplify things and catch new viewers up. The framing device allows for a lot of concessions for this take, such as Ted specifically reminding his children about past events ("Remember when I said…" is frequently used).
**
used). On the whole, the episodes are self-contained and don't run together very tightly even with seasonal subplots running along. The built-in narrator prevents the need for "PreviouslyOn" segments and sometimes even the "AsYouKnow" info-dump includes information that hadn't been revealed in a previous episode anyway (such as in "Nothing Good Happens After 2AM" regarding what happened to Robin during the previous episode). Longtime viewers are rewarded with subtle details that they can catch while newer viewers aren't completely oblivious to what is going on.



* ContinuitySnarl: The unique storytelling format of the show comes in handy since it is easily possible that episodes overlap or may not even be in complete chronological order. After all, "old Ted" is just telling his kids a story and it is shown that he alters the story (how he got over [[spoiler:Robin's rebound boyfriend Gael]]) or leaves out details (the dirty joke, [[spoiler: Victoria's story in "Game Night"]]). Sometimes he even makes mistakes, as he was close to [[spoiler:telling the story of the goat at the wrong point of the actual story]].

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* ContinuitySnarl: The unique storytelling format of the show comes in handy since it is easily possible that episodes overlap or may not even be in complete chronological order. After all, "old Ted" is just telling his kids a story and it is shown that he alters the story (how he got over [[spoiler:Robin's rebound boyfriend Gael]]) or leaves out details (the dirty joke, [[spoiler: Victoria's story in "Game Night"]]). Night"). Sometimes he even makes mistakes, as he was close to [[spoiler:telling telling the story of the goat at in the wrong point middle of the actual story]].a different story that happened a year before.



* CouldSayItBut: In S9E11 (Bass Player Wanted), Lily doesn't confirm or deny the existence of a window through which Ted to could possibly abscond with a bottle of $600 30-year-old Glen McKenna (the third bottle, technically).
* CovertPervert: Lily.



* CrazyMemory: Occurs with Barney at times.

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* %%* CrazyMemory: Occurs with Barney at times.



* DaddysGirl: [[spoiler:{{Invoked}} in the finale. After years of convincing himself he'll never find "the love of his life", Barney gets someone pregnant in 2020, and the resulting daughter becomes that love of his life.]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: Despite Ted being the main character and narrator, the show is generally more of an ensemble instead of focusing solely on Ted. Despite this, several episodes are structured slightly different to highlight other characters narrating the story in some fashion. Season 5 had "Perfect Week" where Barney imagines an interview with a sports commentator on his attempts at 7 for 7 one-night stands. Season 6 had "Oh, Honey" where Marshall is learning about Ted's complicated situation with Zoey via multiple phone calls while staying with his Mom (and ultimately gathers all the pieces of the puzzle). Season 7 had "Symphony of Illumination" where Robin takes over narrating the story from the future, though it does have future Ted take over at the end.
** The final season has an episode devoted to the titular Mother, although again, Ted does take over right at the end (other than that one scene with Ted, and a setup shot with Ted and Barney, none of the regular cast show up at all).

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* DaddysGirl: [[spoiler:{{Invoked}} in the finale. After years of convincing himself he'll never find "the love of his life", Barney gets someone pregnant in 2020, and the resulting daughter becomes that love of his life.]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: Despite Ted being the main character and narrator, the show is generally more of an ensemble instead of focusing solely on Ted. Despite this, several episodes are structured slightly different to highlight other characters narrating the story in some fashion. Season 5 had "Perfect Week" where Barney imagines an interview with a sports commentator on his attempts at 7 for 7 one-night stands. Season 6 had "Oh, Honey" where Marshall is learning about Ted's complicated situation with Zoey via multiple phone calls while staying with his Mom (and ultimately gathers all the pieces of the puzzle). Season 7 had "Symphony of Illumination" where Robin takes over narrating the story from the future, though it does have future Ted take over at the end.
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end. The final season has an episode devoted to the titular Mother, although again, Ted does take over right at the end (other than that one scene with Ted, and a setup shot with Ted and Barney, none of the regular cast show up at all).



* DeconfirmedBachelor: Barney. To some extent, Robin as well.
* DeconstructedTrope: RunawayBride / DisposableFiancee is beautifully deconstructed through [[spoiler: Ted being left at the altar by Stella]] with the groom doing nothing to deserve the bride disappearing on the day of the wedding with only a note to explain her actions. He was left with serious emotional baggage that would affect his future relationships.

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* %%* DeconfirmedBachelor: Barney. To some extent, Robin as well.
* DeconstructedTrope: DeconstructedTrope:
**
RunawayBride / DisposableFiancee is beautifully deconstructed through [[spoiler: Ted being left at the altar by Stella]] with the groom doing nothing to deserve the bride disappearing on the day of the wedding with only a note to explain her actions. He was left with serious emotional baggage that would affect his future relationships.



* {{Deconstruction}}: The entire finale can easily be viewed as a deconstruction of a HUGE number of tropes, from tv shows to character tropes to audience reactions. It is so biting with how RealityEnsues that it is a main reason why the GrandFinale was so controversial, all along the irony of the episode name "Last Forever." A brief rundown goes as follows:
** [[spoiler: After so much time and effort with building Robin and Barney together and spending a season on a "legendary" wedding, their marriage lasted only three years because of fundamental differences they ignored, Robin's MarriedToTheJob and Barney had abandoned so many of his own interests to be with her that he had nothing to do. There is also significant {{foreshadow}}ing in retrospect that their relationship will not end well, with them riding off the belief that just because they love each other it will work out. Most weddings tend to be amazing but the success rate remains the same]].
** [[spoiler: After they divorce, Barney goes back to his womanizing ways and it is fully depicted as pathetic. His excuse for reverting after so much CharacterDevelopment is THE SAME excuse after his first relationship with Robin, that if he couldn't make it work with her there was no one else who could make it work. It also runs on the precept that characters can grow but they are still fundamentally the same person, changing that makes them someone else entirely. Him eventually fathering a child is the most logical end point for a man who has had as many sexual partners as he has]].
** [[spoiler: After they divorce, Robin's job takes her away from the city for long periods of time and whenever she visits the old gang, all she sees is her ex-husband picking up random skanks and two sets of friends being HappilyMarried with their own families. Seeing Ted with Tracy, Robin feels that choosing Barney over him was a mistake and missed out on real happiness by rejecting Ted. She spent several years estranged from the group before reconciling during Ted and Tracy's marriage]].
** [[spoiler: Marshall passes on a prestigious judgeship offer to give Lily a chance to fulfill her dream of working in the artistic field. He justifies it saying things will work out eventually. They do, but it takes several years and he had to suffer as a corporate lawyer once more before things start going their way. Lily appreciates the sacrifice but regrets being a part of why he is miserable now. Plus she takes Robin leaving the group the hardest, being one of her closest female friends]].
** [[spoiler: Ted meets Tracy, the love of his life and the mother of his children. They were absolutely perfect for each other, but their history isn't exactly a fairy tale as their engagement lasted years because of Ted being a stickler for the perfect wedding and Tracy getting pregnant with their daughter Penny around the same time of their first wedding date, with Luke following soon after. Tracy ended up dying from an unspecified illness, leaving this perfect couple able to be together for 11 years. True love and a happy relationship doesn't always last forever. The final shot of the series is Ted reconsidering his love for Robin, as despite everything he went through to be happy with Tracy that doesn't mean he doesn't still love Robin in some way]].
** In a sense, the idea that there only one for you out there that both Ted and The Mother believe so deeply ends up taking a toll on them. [[spoiler: Ted's ideal force him to keep going after Robin, no matter how many chances he had to let go, because he believes she is "The One", The Mother completely crosses off her romantic life because she believes, since she already had met and lost her "The One" she would never get a new one again. They both finally find love when they realize they can let go of other things and be with each other. When the Mother dies, Ted even tries again with Robin.]]
* DeliberatelyPainfulClothing: In one episode, Marshall wears a leather bracelet because it makes him look "tough" to Lily and it turns him on, but throughout the episode, his hand gets more and more swollen because he's allergic to the leather, and by the end it's like a balloon.



* TheDeterminator: Barney.



** Scooter to Lily.

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** %%** Scooter to Lily.



--> '''Barney:''' ''(with a sad, almost broken look on his face)''"I'm not insane. I know Bob Barker isn't my father."

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--> ---> '''Barney:''' ''(with a sad, almost broken look on his face)''"I'm not insane. I know Bob Barker isn't my father."



* DoItYourselfThemeTune: The opening theme is the very end of "Hey Beautiful" by the Solids; two creators of the show are members of the band.
** There are also two episodes where the theme tune is performed by members of the cast. In "Hopeless", as part of Barney's attempt to make his friends seem more interesting to his dad, he tells Jerry that he and his friends are in a band, cutting to the whole group performing the theme tune together. Then, in "46 Minutes", when Marshall and Lily briefly leave the group, Barney takes command of the group, performing an altered form of the theme tune called "How I Met Your Barney". Later in the same episode, this happens again when Stripper Lily and Not Marshall join the group, but this time it's a Russian version of the tune.

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* DoItYourselfThemeTune: The opening theme is the very end of "Hey Beautiful" by the Solids; two creators of the show are members of the band.
**
band. There are also two episodes where the theme tune is performed by members of the cast. cast:
**
In "Hopeless", as part of Barney's attempt to make his friends seem more interesting to his dad, he tells Jerry that he and his friends are in a band, cutting to the whole group performing the theme tune together. Then, in together.
** In
"46 Minutes", when Marshall and Lily briefly leave the group, Barney takes command of the group, performing an altered form of the theme tune called "How I Met Your Barney". Later in the same episode, this happens again when Stripper Lily and Not Marshall join the group, but this time it's a Russian version of the tune.



** The girls of the group have often hit the guys. This includes slaps to the face and punches to the throat. By contrast, the guys rarely even hurt ''each other'' outside of the slap bet, and the closest they came to putting a hand on the girls are obviously empty threats.
*** There's a good reason for that. By Ted's own admission, Marshall growing up with his brothers have made him ''insane'' when it comes to fighting and he has no sense of proper use of force. If Marshall fights ''anyone'' for ''any'' reason, it will be a no holds barred CurbstompBattle.
* DownerEnding:
** Some episodes, such as [[spoiler:"Bad News"]] and [[spoiler:"Tick Tick Tick."]] This show's normally very happy and upbeat, but some endings really hit hard.

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** The girls of the group have often hit the guys. This includes slaps to the face and punches to the throat. By contrast, the guys rarely even hurt ''each other'' outside of the slap bet, and the closest they came to putting a hand on the girls are obviously empty threats.
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threats. There's a good reason for that. By Ted's own admission, Marshall growing up with his brothers have made him ''insane'' when it comes to fighting and he has no sense of proper use of force. If Marshall fights ''anyone'' for ''any'' reason, it will be a no holds barred CurbstompBattle.
* DownerEnding:
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DownerEnding: Some episodes, such as [[spoiler:"Bad News"]] "Bad News" and [[spoiler:"Tick "Tick Tick Tick."]] Tick," end with a character in a depression that later episodes have to rectify. This show's normally very happy and upbeat, but some endings really hit hard.
3rd Nov '17 6:39:03 AM XFllo
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*** And they learn it ''again'' in "Rally"!
** [[spoiler: Ted and Robin's need to let each other go. As early as Season 1, Marshall was saying that Ted never learns his lesson about Robin. It gets dropped somewhat after they breakup in season 2, but it seems that late in season 5 it becomes a YoyoPlotPoint]].
* AllWomenAreLustful: Lily and Robin certainly are (particularly the former).

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*** And they learn it ''again'' in "Rally"!
** [[spoiler: Ted and Robin's need to let each other go. As early as Season 1, Marshall was saying that Ted never learns his lesson about Robin. It gets dropped somewhat after they breakup in season 2, but it seems that late in season 5 it becomes a YoyoPlotPoint]].
YoyoPlotPoint.
* AgeGapRomance:
** In a flashback, viewers learn that Barney's first serious girlfriend Shannon broke up with him to be with an older suit. She was around twenty and Greg the suit was about forty.
--->'''Barney:''' We're breaking up? But what about the Peace Corps?
--->'''Shannon:''' Yeah, all this granola business, it was just a phase. Greg's older. He's successful. He buys me all this cool stuff. ''(smiles and laughs)''
--->'''Barney:''' But I love you.
--->'''Shannon:''' He has a boat.
** In one Thanksgiving episode, Robin (in her twenties) dated Bob (about forty). However, as Ted is telling the story, he pictures him much older and he's portrayed by Orson Bean who was 79.
** Ted dates Carly, and while they don't fit this trope (he's in his early 30s, she's 21), she seems to only be dating him because she thinks he's really old (remarking that he "still goes at it like he's in his 50s"). She describes being turned on by watching ''60 Minutes'' with him and playing shuffleboard.
* AllWomenAreLustful: Lily and Robin certainly are (particularly the former).into sex, especially Lily.
3rd Nov '17 6:34:23 AM XFllo
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*** In a bit of reversal, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot an actual couple got engaged during that scene, with the ring they used. The guy set it up because they both love the show.]]
19th Oct '17 12:50:42 PM DustSnitch
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** This is the reason Robin left her job at Metro News 1, because there was at least one lame pun in every other headline.
---> '''Robin:''' Seriously? Guys, a man ''died''.



* ItRunsInTheFamily: Barney, his brother and mother are all into promiscuity. [[spoiler: When we finally meets his father, he is a reformed party-animal. ]]

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* ItRunsInTheFamily: ItRunsInTheFamily:
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Barney, his brother and mother are all into promiscuity. [[spoiler: When we finally meets his father, he is a reformed party-animal. ]]






* JesusTaboo: ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is not by any means a religious show, but the show treats "the universe" like a sort of secular god. For instance, the wise old narrator will say things like "[[Recap/HowIMetYourMotherS4E22RightPlaceRightTime the universe has a plan]]" while characters will look up to the sky and say "[[Recap/HowIMetYourMotherS2E17ArrivederciFiero Come on, universe. I'm a nice guy. Send me a miracle]]" and miraculously find exactly what they need. None of the characters never refer to this all-powerful, all-knowing, and benevolent planner as God, but only as "the universe." The show only mentions God on two occasions: quick gags and one very special episode.

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* JesusTaboo: ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is not This isn't by any means a religious show, but the show ''How I Met Your Mother'' treats "the universe" like a sort of secular god. For instance, the wise old narrator will say things like "[[Recap/HowIMetYourMotherS4E22RightPlaceRightTime the universe has a plan]]" while characters will look up to the sky and say "[[Recap/HowIMetYourMotherS2E17ArrivederciFiero Come on, universe. I'm a nice guy. Send me a miracle]]" and miraculously find exactly what they need. None of the characters never refer to this all-powerful, all-knowing, and benevolent planner as God, but only as "the universe." The show only mentions God on two occasions: quick gags and one very special episode.
19th Oct '17 12:47:32 PM DustSnitch
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold[=/=]JerkassFacade: Barney

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* %%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold[=/=]JerkassFacade: BarneyBarney
* JesusTaboo: ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is not by any means a religious show, but the show treats "the universe" like a sort of secular god. For instance, the wise old narrator will say things like "[[Recap/HowIMetYourMotherS4E22RightPlaceRightTime the universe has a plan]]" while characters will look up to the sky and say "[[Recap/HowIMetYourMotherS2E17ArrivederciFiero Come on, universe. I'm a nice guy. Send me a miracle]]" and miraculously find exactly what they need. None of the characters never refer to this all-powerful, all-knowing, and benevolent planner as God, but only as "the universe." The show only mentions God on two occasions: quick gags and one very special episode.
** Comical aversions often have Barney, a [[TheCasanova manipulative womanizer]], bring up God inappropriately while in the middle of his sexual escapades. Examples of this include Barney's explanation that "[[Recap/HowIMetYourMotherS4E21TheThreeDaysRule We wait three days to call a woman because that's how long Jesus wants us to wait]]" or the time he [[Recap/HowIMetYourMotherS3E08SpoilerAlert made love so well he restored a woman's faith in God]].
** The only serious [[AvertedTrope aversion]] of the taboo is in the UnexpectedlyDarkEpisode "[[Recap/HowIMetYourMotherS6E14LastWords Last Words]]", where a grieving character realizes a voicemail from their dead parent is [[spoiler:just a pocket dial, leaving them with no last words.]] The character sarcastically thanks God for taking away the best person in their life without any closure and continues to rant about how meaningless the parent's death was.
18th Oct '17 9:19:36 AM RicPot
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* DrowningOurRomanticSorrows: Barney and Ted, both ex boyfriends of Robin's, go on a drinking binge together and bicker about which of them is right for Robin. Ends with them ''both'' professing their love for her outside her window.
29th Sep '17 5:06:23 AM Ea4g
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* ConnectedAllAlong: The entire reason Ted starts the story 8 years before he met Tracy is because of this. The seemingly random events, even stuff we thought got settled all those years ago, it all informs the story of that last weekend and everyone's lives. That's why the story had such long scope.
** It's revealed throughout the course of the show that Ted and Tracy crossed paths numerous times throughout the series: Ted accidentally taught the wrong college class once, and Tracy was in it; Tracy was at a St. Patrick's Day party that Ted attended; etc. They never actually met because it simply wasn't the right time. They both had to get to a place where they were both really ready to be someone else's one and only. Had they met sooner, it wouldn't have worked out well.
21st Aug '17 12:29:42 AM DustSnitch
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** Possibly to be done intentionally with the mother, as the character has apparently been cast since the first season, and has been filmed in the backgrounds of the events of the show.
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