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whyalwaysjimbo
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09:29:49 AM Sep 29th 2014
Don't know if this would be a trope or not (callback maybe?) but something I realised...

One episode shows that Marshall can only fantasise about other women in an outlandish imaginary scenario in which Lily dies of an unspecified "soap opera disease" and allow him to date other women.

Fast forward to the last episode, Tracey dies of an unspecified disease and Ted is able to eventually date Robin.
Larkmarn
10:04:34 AM Sep 29th 2014
sorin255
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09:51:34 AM Sep 28th 2014
I don't know whether this is a long-ass Brick Joke, or just Hilarious in Hindsight, but there's a gag in the season 1 episode "Belly Full of Turkey" where a stripper introduces herself to Ted, telling him her stage name - and then leaning over and whispering her real name; Tracey.

In the series finale, we find out that the Mother's name is Tracey.

Regardless of whether it was intentional or not on the part of the writers, it adds an extra layer of hilarity to the kids' reaction.
sharkticon
10:15:34 AM Sep 28th 2014
Its in Fridge Brilliance, I think.
RichardX1
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10:54:28 AM Jun 21st 2014
edited by 76.6.148.93
With The Reveals in the finale, does the entire series qualify as a Shaggy Dog Story or not?
Larkmarn
08:27:07 AM Jun 22nd 2014
Yes, it's already got Shoot the Shaggy Dog, a subtrope, listed.
ShorinBJ
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04:30:50 AM Apr 25th 2014
How the hell do you change the page title? It says, "How I Metyour Mother."
Larkmarn
05:37:58 AM Apr 25th 2014
You just clicked on a bad link. Go back and fix it; they wrote How I Metyour Mother, but depending on capitalization, you can make it appear however you like.

Observe: Howi Met You R Moth Er.
MasamiPhoenix
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07:28:59 PM Apr 8th 2014
I removed the following from Bitter Sweet Ending
  • To take it one step futher it is implied that Ted and Robin get back together. Ted, who has two kids. Robin, who never, ever wanted kids. We can only assume they'll either break up because she's a great aunt but horrible stepmother, or she has changed her anti-kid stance so the writers could pull off that ending.

This isn't established as part of the actual plot, so it doesn't belong here. (I could also argue, that he earlier established that Robin no longer has her fear of kids, but that's beside the point)
Statzkeen
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01:00:51 AM Mar 26th 2014
Where is the proper place here to say GIVE IT UP ALREADY YOU IDIOTS WE KNOW ROBIN ISN'T MARRYING TED and that "TED, I SHOULDN'T GET MARRIED BECAUSE BARNEY NEVER FOUND MY LOCKET" WAS THE BIGGEST STRETCH FOR A PLOT JUSTIFICATION IN SERIES HISTORY.
SeptimusHeap
moderator
06:02:49 AM Mar 26th 2014
Well, all the places on the Internet where people go to vent? We don't like having such shouty material on this site.
tsstevens
04:20:35 AM Apr 1st 2014
edited by 147.69.153.224
Jump on the forums or join the rioting in the streets. Your call.

If you're after tropes then try Ruined Forever, Ending Aversion, Dethroning Moment of Suck, Shocking Swerve and maybe a few others.
Lucymae2
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06:16:44 AM Feb 15th 2014
Okay, so I don't know if it just appears this way on my computer, but the folders on the series main page aren't showing up the way they're supposed to.
SeptimusHeap
moderator
06:25:11 AM Feb 15th 2014
No, the folders are broken. The first one is far too big.
darkrage6
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02:17:01 AM Feb 9th 2014
Proposing altering one trope, the moment in "Unpause" was clearly not "universally praised" since it's also listed under Broken Base.
SeptimusHeap
moderator
11:02:14 AM Feb 9th 2014
This discussion should be at YMMV.How I Met Your Mother Discussion, for the record.
Madcapunlimited
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06:12:31 AM Oct 10th 2013
Last night I re-watched the "Robin Daggers" episode ("PS I Love you"). Coulier does his "cut it out" joke and, on Netflix, Saget says "I always loved that joke" but in the original airing he says "I'm so sick of that joke" or something similar. Anybody else ever notice that?
Larkmarn
06:25:22 AM Oct 10th 2013
He definitely said "I always loved that joke" when I first saw it. Not sure if it was on the CBS website the day after it aired or if I pirated it, but I doubt they'd change it the day after it aired.
momladywoman30
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10:26:57 PM Aug 9th 2013
I was wondering does anyone else think that the mother is dying or dead? In the pilot the kids are dressed up (maybe the just got back from the funeral). I hope not because if that is the case, they might be setting it up for Ted and Robin to reunite. I hope not I like Robin/Barney and I was not a fan of Ted/Robin. Love the show.
XFllo
10:12:03 PM Oct 8th 2013
You may post it in WMG.How I Met Your Mother. It would fit perfectly. This page is for discussing the tropes and the series wiki page. :-)
FalseProphet
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10:45:46 AM Feb 19th 2013
Freakier Than Fiction: Removed. Canadiansexacts.org is <a href="http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/07/10/10-fictional-but-not-wholly-unbelievable-canadian-sex-acts/">yet another fictional website created for the show</a>. An actual Canadian federal government site URL would have the .ca suffix, or more likely, .gc.ca.
Larkmarn
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11:06:24 AM Jun 19th 2012
Acceptable Targets: Apparently there's a lot of jokes picking on transgendered and overweight people? I seemed to have missed those. Examples?
toddthefox47
12:24:32 AM Sep 19th 2012
Overweight - Off the top of my head I remember that episode where Barney gets fat. There are a lot of fat jokes. There's also the gym episode where Barney states that he goes the gym to hit on fat girls who later become sexually appealing to him.

Trans - I do remember in Mystery vs History Ted goes through all the things that could be wrong with his date and one involves her sauntering up to the urinal and quipping "I'm a dude". I'm sure that there are others as most sitcoms love to play up the UTTER HORROR when someone finds out their date used to be a man/woman. I can say from personal experience these jokes are not funny to many trans people and hurt their feelings more than most people realize.
Larkmarn
08:05:02 AM Oct 4th 2012
Keep in mind that scene in "Mystery vs. History" was treated as less horrifying than "Not liking Annie Hall." That said, I don't think it's an Acceptable Target thing to want to know the most basic facts of the person you're dating.
AP
08:12:30 AM Oct 4th 2012
Yeah, I think most people, one way or another, would want to know if their date is transgendered.

I think Barney once implied he would date a transgendered woman as long as she was post-op. I'm not sure if that would considered offensive to transgendered people or not, though.
IncreaseBlue
02:20:59 AM Apr 4th 2013
Implying that trans people are only acceptable as sexual partners after they've gone through grueling painful body modifications ? Pretty damn offensive, yes.
Larkmarn
06:12:20 AM Apr 4th 2013
That seems like Political Correctness Gone Mad. Seems to me someone being acceptable as sexually compatible when they are physically sexually compatible seems like a given, especially for Barney of all people.
Madcapunlimited
06:11:10 AM Oct 10th 2013
Yeah- I gotta go ahead and disagree on the Trans thing. There's 2 things at play here: 1- this was used as a LACK OF HONESTY, not as a "transgendered people are bad"

and

2- the implication is not "that trans people are only acceptable as sexual partners after they've gone through grueling painful body modifications." Regardless of how much it hurts YOUR feelings (or any transgendered person)- everyone has a right to be attracted to who/what they are, and if someone finds YOUR trans-G squicky, as long as they aren't jerks about it that is 100% their business. You can no more insist that Ted be cool with a tranny than you can insist a gay person be straight.

Madcapunlimited
06:14:00 AM Oct 10th 2013
Couldn't edit, but Ah... on rereading I now see what I quoted was in reference to Barney's mention of being willing to date a Post Op and not in relation to Ted's horror at his bride, at the altar, revealing she was transgendered. That makes a lot more sense now. Tirade retracted.
R.G.
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02:08:20 AM Mar 8th 2012
Let's face it - we will never, EVER, find out who the mother is.
OriDoodle
12:18:10 PM Mar 8th 2012
Yup.
stereoTyper
10:21:51 PM May 16th 2012
The kids are probably adopted
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