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Ranjit Singh

The gang's favorite cab/limo/anything driver. Meets the main five for the first time in the pilot episode, and after driving them around a few times eventually becomes friends with them to the point of knowing many personal details about their lives.

Played by: Marshall Manesh

  • Beware the Nice Ones: "Ted, I don't want you to see me pissed!"
  • Bilingual Bonus: In the "Ducks vs. Rabbits" argument he has a short monologue in Farsi.
  • Catchphrase: "Hellooooooo!" and "To the [vehicle]!"
    • He also repeats back any order given to him when driving, i.e. "Stopping the car."
  • Cool Car: He starts as a cab driver in the Pilot episode, and the next time we see him he upgrades to limousine driver.
  • Cool Old Guy: This presumably over 50 years old man is constantly seen hanging out with the Fun Personified main characters.
  • Funny Foreigner: He is a very doting yet hilarious Bangladeshi man.
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  • Happily Married: In the Pilot, Barney asks if the Lebanese women are hot, and Ranjit shows a photo of his wife (Barney politely disagreed, but still). He was invited to Marshall and Lily's house with his wife for couple night.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With the gang.
  • Older Sidekick: His job is mainly to assist/drive the entire or particular member(s) of the gang.
  • Recurring Character: He pops up from time to time, usually at least Once a Season starting with a surprisingly in-depth role in the pilot.
  • Self-Made Man: Future!Ted reveals in "Gary Blauman" that Ranjit finally became owner of a limousine company after working hard and earning money from the stock exchange.
  • Sixth Ranger/Tagalong Guy: To the gang, whenever he shows up.
  • Stronger Than They Look: He is once seen picking up a 100-pound keg of beer with one hand and lifting it over his shoulder.
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  • Token Minority: The only South Asian (from Bangladesh) character in the show.

Carl MacLaren
"I can trust you guys!"

The owner of the bar the core five frequently go to. He has known the gang at least since 2001 and seems to be relatively close to them.

Played by: Joe Nieves

  • The Bartender: Besides the fact that he owns MacLaren's, he also knows the gang for years and what drinks they usually get.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He mostly joins the gang in snarking at them or trolling Barney with a serious face.
  • Family Business: In the future, Carl would be still working in MacLaren's with his son.
  • Hot-Blooded: He banned a guy from the bar because he wouldn't attend Mark's funeral (a guy nobody knew who he was) to watch the Superbowl.
  • Emotional Bruiser: Pulled Lily into a hug, realizing she was pregnant in two seconds (she ordered a round plus and a non-alcoholic).
  • Large and in Charge: Everyone knows you don't piss off Carl if you want to keep going to MacLaren's
  • Limited Wardrobe: He always wears black in which Marshall thinks he's a vampire. Though, he wears a coat in "Three Days A Snow".
  • Only One Name: Played with In-Universe: Carl dared Marshal that he would name a drink after him if Marshal said his last name.
    You don't know my last name! You've been drinking here for years and you don't know my last name! I will name any drink in this bar after you, if you can tell me my last name.
  • Only Sane Man: in The Pineapple Incident, when Ted gets hilariously drunk, has the common sense of writing his number in Ted's arm just in case.
  • Troll: He happily participates when the gang are pranking each other.
    • Barney once paid him to keep Marshall's nude painting in the bar. Marshall couldn't bribe him back, as Carl replied with a wide smile that Barney paid him a lot more.
    • He happily participated in trolling Barney by calling him "Swarley" multiple times.
    • Barney once paid him to turn on the heat so the wedding planner would take her coat off. Robin comments it's not the first time they have done it.
    • Named "sneaking into the women's bathroom" a "Marshall Eriksen".
    • Marshall's plan of intimidation for Barney's slap involved Carl accepting a bag of gold for a "broken jukebox".

"I-It's a tie..."

The most prominent waitress at MacLaren's Bar. Like Carl, she seems to be relatively close to the main five and even had a short fling with Barney.

Played by: Charlene Amoia

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Although more of composed than straight-out aloof.
  • Amicable Exes: Is hurt but mature and civil when Barney discards her like all his other flings, while Barney is convinced she is Cute and Psycho ready to snap.
  • Ascended Extra: She was around as a background character for the most part, appearing in more episodes than she talks (much like Carl). On a few occasions she is given a small plotline, especially her send-off episode.
  • The Chew Toy: She seems to get hurt a lot at MacLaren's, often because of the gang.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Played with - Barney sees her as this during their short fling, because he's Barney. She simply thinks they're actually boyfriend and girlfriend, and acts accordingly.
  • Covert Pervert: She watches porn as revealed in season 3.
  • Crash-Into Hello: How she met her eventual husband.
  • Deadpan Snarker: On occasion. Hey, if you had to deal with the likes of Barney all day, you would be, too.
  • Enemy Mine: Reason why she and her husband initially connect (their mutual hatred of Marshall).
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Everyone knows her by her first name, but she's always called "Wendy the Waitress". Taken up a notch during her fling with Barney when Lily muses that she'd be a good "Wendy the Waitress hyphen Stenson".
  • Happily Married: In Ted's 2021 flashback, she's married to an ex-coworker of Marshall's, and they run into Ted while on their second honeymoon in Hong Kong.
  • Nice Girl: Even after Barney broke up with her and eventually realized it was another of his one night stands, she still tried to give him a new tie and remain cordial.
  • Only One Name: They only call her "Wendy The Waitress".
  • Put on a Bus: A Flash Forward to 2021 showed that she last saw Ted and the gang in 2011 (season six) as she had gotten married and moved away since then (not knowing what happened between Ted and Zoey). As such while they haven't commented on her absence, season seven and beyond has shown a different waitress at MacLaren's.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She genuinely thought she and Barney were in a serious relationship, even thought she knew about his womanizer tendencies for all their years as regular costumers.

Hammond Druthers

Ted's former boss at the architectural firm he used to work at.

Played by: Bryan Cranston

  • Celebrity Paradox: In a Season 8 episode, Mickey Aldrin mentions his plans to watch Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston plays the main character of said show. Additionally, Bob Odenkirk, who played Marshall's boss Arthur Hobbs, is also part of said show's main cast.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: At one time when Lily stole his baseball signed by Pete Rose, he claimed that he'll fire three persons per hour if said ball wasn't returned to him.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: He honestly didn't see anything wrong with the "Penis Tower" even after the client outright told him. Then he describes his wife as a "Mannish" person who gave him what he needs, which left Ted not knowing how to react.
  • Epic Fail: In Chicago, Druthers designed a crystal tower. The problem? It reflected so much light that melted near buildings and boiled the aquarium, killing thousands of fish. This actually happened in real life: The architect Rafael Vinloy designed not one but two buildings that focused sunlight to a point it melts plastic check The Other Wiki
  • Humiliation Conga: His wife sent him the divorce papers, had a second birthday party at the office and was having a heart attack. And Ted put the sprinkles by firing him.
    • Speaking of dogs, he also learned his beloved dog had died the same day.
  • Jerkass: He isn't a pleasing person and is a Mean Boss to boot. Even when Ted became his superior, Druthers still berated him and mocked his design ideas.
  • Mean Boss: His subordinates hate him.
  • Put on a Bus: After Ted fired him. He makes a brief appearance in season 9, where he offers Ted to work for his architectural firm in Chicago. Ted ultimately rejecs it.
  • This Is What the Building Will Look Like: We never see the model, but everyone (except for Druthers himself) could see the building was a giant penis (didn't help that it was pink and the garden was composed of brown trees).

Arthur Hobbs

Barney's current boss and formerly Marshall's as well.

Played by: Bob Odenkirk

  • Awful Wedded Life: Arthur often speaks this about his family: His wife is a Gold Digger, his kids are horrible and the only Hope Spot for him is his beloved dog Tugboat.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Arthur doesn't seem to remember that Marshall worked for him twice.
  • Celebrity Paradox: In a Season 8 episode, Mickey Aldrin mentions his plans to watch Breaking Bad. Bob Odenkirk is a main character in said show. Additionally, Bryan Cranston, who played Ted's former boss Hammond Druthers, is Breaking Bad's lead star.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The only living creature he seems to love is his dog Tugboat.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Loves his dog and is friends with Barney. During the Autumn of Breakups he actually helps three of the couples involved resolve their issues by telling them that love wasn't about who had the most power, but trusting and caring about someone enough to tell them what's bothering you.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: His advice to Barney to get a pre-nup, following his own extremely messy divorce. Barney takes it way too far, and most of the characters think it's a bad move, but Barney really did have reasons not to trust Quinn given how they started dating, and Arthur knew very well how he could have everything taken from him in divorce court.
  • Kick the Dog: He is responsible for Marshall failing his job interviews, as he gives very bad references about Marshall's performance at work.
  • Mean Boss: Screams at everyone at work, to the point of making Marshall cry.
  • Pet the Dog: He's almost cartoonishly evil at times, but he genuinely loves his dog Tugboat and it shows. There's also how he told everyone in the gang to be open and honest in their relationships.

Garrison Cootes and Honeywell
Garrison Cootes (left) and Honeywell (right)

Marshall's bosses and senior partners of Honeywell & Cootes, one of the biggest environmental law firms in America.

Played by: Martin Short (Garrison) and Joe Lo Truglio (Honeywell)

  • Benevolent Boss: Even thought Cootes is convinced the world is going to end, he tries his best to keep his workers happy and buy them cake.
  • Berserk Button: Never make fun of Honeywell's height.
  • Broken Bird: Cootes was said to be a fierce environmental attorney, until he became The Cynic at the prospect of "The End of the World", which made him accept small consolation prizes from big companies, enough to buy cake for everyone.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Cootes is very quirky, but is explicitly stated as a very well-known and credible lawyer.
  • Carpet of Virility: Honeywell is shown to have this when he starts wearing V-neck shirts.
  • Crazy Survivalist: Cootes firmly believes the world is going to end, and he even went hiding in a bunker in Colorado, abandoning the firm.
  • Last-Name Basis: Mr. Honeywell's first name is never mentioned.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: After Marshall talks to him on why he hasn't give up on saving the planet, Cootes decides to declare war on Gruber Pharmaceuticals.
  • Man on Fire: Cootes gets this when he tries to attend the oven while wearing Mickey's bee-keeper suit. Cootes enjoyed the adrenaline rush.
  • Married to the Job: Cootes orders Marshall to return to the office right in the middle of his housewarming party. Right after an accident with Mickey's bee-keeper suit, Cootes recovers his lost excitement and gets over this phase.
  • The Napoleon: Honeywell barely reaches Marshall's shoulders, saying that the rest are "abnormally tall".
  • Put on a Bus: Marshall mentions Cootes went hiding in a bunker in Colorado after the Gruber Pharmaceuticals case. His name is even removed from the "Honeywell and Cootes" sign.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: They win the Gruber Pharmaceuticals case, but the judge only orders them to pay 25 thousand dollars, instead of the 25 million dollar claim. As a result the firm lost a lot of business, and most of the employees were laid off, leaving only Marshall and a guy named Bernard.
  • Stepford Smiler: Cootes tries to hide is pessimism about The End of the World by buying cake for his employees.


Scooter is Lily's ex-boyfriend. Their parents are friends and the two of them dated throughout their teenage years, but Lily broke things off when she went to college. To this day, he's still trying—and failing—to win her back.

Played by: David Burtka

  • Butt-Monkey: Most of the gags involving Scooter revolve around his unrequited love for Lily and his pathetic attempts to win her back. Although they broke up several years ago, he's still obsessed with her.

  • Determinator: Never gives up on Lily, no matter how many times she tells him she doesn't want anything to do with him.
  • Extreme Doormat: He is hopelessly in love with Lily, after she bullied him into being her boyfriend when they were teens. Much later, when he marries Stripper Lily, he is happy while she nags at him.
  • Henpecked Husband: After marrying Stripper Lily, they both still work at the Elementary School cafeteria and she is nagging and bossing him around.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Formerly with Lily. But it all changes when it is revealed that Lily Shanghaied him into being her boyfriend during her Former Teen Rebel days and their sweetheart moments are a result of Stockholm Syndrome.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He is still trying to get Lily back even after she dumped him at the prom because she was never that invested in the relationship and she's now Happily Married to Marshall.
  • Love Hurts: Lily broke up with him at the Prom and all those years, despite Lily being married to Marshall, he still tries to win her back.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: No one ever calls him by his real name.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Even Marshall can't resist.
    Marshall: Hang on there, Scoots. I'm not going to live forever.
  • Series Continuity Error: His real name is given as Bill in his first appearance, but in a season 8 episode, it's given as Jeff.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: For years, Lily was the only woman in the world that Scooter was interested in. In the end, he gets married to her doppelgänger: Jasmine (a.k.a. Stripper Lily).
  • Stalker with a Crush: He went to Lily and Marshall's wedding, though he was invited by Lily's mom, and attempted to stop the procession before Brad chases him out. Later, he's working at Lily's school as a lunch "lady".
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Based on flashbacks, his feelings for Lily may stem from this. She Shanghaied him into being her boyfriend during her Former Teen Rebel days, and kept him in line through fear. Played for laughs.
  • Unknown Rival: To Marshall. Though Marshall gets jealous several times when he thought that Scooter took Lily's virginity before him and found out that he's wooing Lily at work. He also became worried that Scooter is at the wedding with the intent to sabotage it.

Brad Morris

Brad is one of Marshall's friends from law school. He's introduced in the second season and becomes friends with the rest of the gang.

Played by: Joe Manganiello

  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Frequently uses surfer slang and is oblivious to his own effeminate mannerisms.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: A male judge—with a wife—was completely and utterly Distracted by the Sexy.
  • Face–Heel Revolving Door: He once manipulated Marshall to get advantage on a legal case, of which he was employed by the competition. The following episode he apologizes, is Easily Forgiven and signs up with Marshalls firm.
  • Fratbro: A Genius Ditz version of this. He's first seen hosting a wild college party (though as law students, he made everyone sign a waiver before they could "FREAKING RAGE"), his later appearances that season included a bromance with Marshall, and disappearing during Marshall's bachelor party only to reappear at the end, naked and wandering the streets. He also speaks like a bro, almost to the point of a verbal tic.
  • Genius Bruiser / Genius Ditz: Even more of a ditz than Marshall. Still passed the bar on his first attempt.
  • Hello, Attorney!: Which he uses to his advantage in front of the female jury and a male judge.
    • In a flashforward to 2020, it's shown that Brad, at his 40's, is still Mr. Fanservice, his photo side by side against a balding Marshall. Even the newscast fawns over him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: As for Season Eight. You wouldn't have guessed he had it in him.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Marshall starts to think Brad is gay for him because in he pays the dinner, helps Marshall with his coat, and invites Marshall to go to a wedding in Vermont with him.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Many episodes take advantage of his physique and he also plays up to it when appropriate.
  • No-Sell: Takes a punch to the face from Barney, Barney hurt his hand and Brad didn't even blink.
  • Nice Guy: Incredibly friendly and loyal to Marshall, didn't take any offense to Barney punching him. The eighth season plays with it with him pulling off an underhanded legal trick on Marshall but he still proved to be affable in the end.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Like Marshall, he also likes brunch, Alanis Morrisette concerts and Broadway plays.
  • Relationship Revolving Door: He has broken up with Kara at least two times. The first time made him have a Bromantic friendship with Marshall, while the second one pushed him into become a corporate lawyer who would spy Marshall's strategy for a case.
  • Sixth Ranger: To the gang whenever he shows up.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Tends to combine legal jargon with surfer slang. "Your honor, this is redonk (ridiculous)!"
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Almost as tall as Marshall, and very good looking.
  • Verbal Tic: Truncates words very frequently.

Adam Punciarello "Punchy"

Ted's friend since high-school.

Played by: Chris Romanski

Tony Grafanello

Stella's ex-boyfriend and Lucy's father. Is jealous of Ted and Stella's relationship, as he never got over her, but is shown to feel guilty for getting back together with her on the same day she and Ted were supposed to get married.

Played by: Jason Jones


The mother's roommate.

Played by: Rachel Bilson

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Especially after she and Ted broke up.
  • Brainy Brunette: She likes reading Philosophy for fun, finishes the crosswords and is writing an Economics dissertation.
  • The Bus Came Back: She showed up in the first episode of seasons 6 where it's revealed that she became a lesbian after her break-up with Ted. Later, in season 8, she met Ted again in the subway and suggested hiring the Mother's band for Barney and Robin's wedding.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Barney is visibly pleased when Cindy makes out with her girlfriend, and snaps a picture on his phone.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She admits to have a "Roommate complex" because most of the guys she knows end up falling for The Mother, including Ted himself. When Ted shows signs of being more compatible with The Mother, Cindy throws him out and starts treating him rudely. Later turns out that all her jealously towards The Mother was actually a secret crush on The Mother.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With The Mother in season 5.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Discovers she's gay when she falls for the mother, though Cindy takes it in stride.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jealous of the Mother and initially bitter towards Ted after their breakup, but eventually (presumably after she realizes she's a lesbian) mellows out, enters a happy relationship with her friend, and sincerely apologizes to Ted for the way she acted.
  • The Lancer: To the mother, being her most frequently shown companion and Foil. We also see Cindy got to be this when Kelly moved out. In her first appearance, she also have the same Color Motif as the mother and also dated her eventual husband.
  • Last Het Romance: After her brief relationship with Ted ended, Cindy came out as a lesbian. That said, she apparently wasn't in too many romances before she met him.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: She realizes that she is a lesbian sometime after breaking up with Ted. Revealed in season 9 to be right after Ted left.
  • Only One Name: Her last name is never revealed.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: At first her hooking up with another woman appears to be an example of this. Lessened in season 9, when it's revealed that she didn't have too much interest in men or romance in general to begin with, and just happened to find Ted oddly endearing.
  • Unknown Rival: To the Mother, though in season 9 it's revealed she told the mother about Ted, right before she kissed her. It's possible that she was using this as a cover for the fact that she was actually in love with the Mother herself and was unable to admit it.


Ted's On-Again, Off-Again Girlfriend.

Played by: Laura Prepon

  • Eating the Eye Candy: One of Lily's main beef's with her is that her eyes "lingered" on Marshall after Karen accidentally walked on him naked in college.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Everyone in the gang hates her except Ted, especially Lily. When she and Ted break up, the rest of the gang can barely contain their glee.
  • Hate Sink: Out of all of the women Ted dated, she is probably the worst, having treated every member of the gang like crap and cheated on Ted numerous of times, even in front of him. Ted refuses to see what an awful person she is and nearly cut ties with the group until he realizes that Lily is right about Karen.
  • Hypocrite: She has cheated on Ted in his own bed numerous times, and she gets upset with him when she finds one of Robin's earrings in his bedroom.
  • Insufferable Genius: She thinks of herself as cultured and sophisticated, when Lily and Marshall find her as a snob douche.
  • Jerkass: Obnoxious, arrogant, cheater, unrepentant and toys with Ted constantly.
  • Kick the Dog: Every time she's onscreen, she insults or hurts someone for no reason.
  • Really Gets Around: Every time she and Ted broke up, it's because he found her in bed with another guy.
  • Relationship Revolving Door: She and Ted have broken up and reconciled a lot during college, because Karen would cheat on Ted frequently, and Ted still forgave her (even after swearing every single time that he won't take her back).
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: In virtue of being Ted's On-Again, Off-Again Girlfriend and the fact that she always ends up cheating on him.
  • Smug Snake: Just obnoxious to the gang about art, culture, and just... everything.
  • Soap Box Sadie: A really obnoxious and pretentious version of this.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Say what you want about her... she's still hot and tall for a woman. Probably why Ted kept going back to her.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: One of the many times Karen cheated on Ted was with one of her professors.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Every time she's Ted's girlfriend. See Sixth Ranger Traitor.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Anytime she's around Ted, her rude and snobbish behavior tends to bring out Ted's rather insufferably pretentious side to his personality which makes his own friends miserable.
  • The Unapologetic: She has cheated on Ted many times, and she barely apologized. And if she ever did, it wasn't sincere or wouldn't last long until she hooked up again with someone else on Ted's bed.
  • Your Cheating Heart: While dating Ted back in college, she slept with other guys in his room. And whenever Ted comes back to his room, he's greeted by the words, "Sorry, bro".


Ted's three-time girlfriend.

Played by: Anne Dudek

  • Action Girl: Well she knows Krav Maga...
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Ted usually.
  • Berserk Button: Ted dumping her again on her birthday without an acceptable reason (it got worse as Ted tried to fix it).
  • Broken Bird: It's said that the first break up with Ted is what made her distrustful and bitter (with many reasons, Ted dumped her over the phone, leaving a recorded message, on her birthday, for everyone at her house to hear it). Before that she was very cheerful.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Natalie got dumped by Ted on her birthday twice!
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: But, as Ted, finds out, there are No Sparks.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Her sock monkeys.
  • Humiliation Conga: The first time Ted broke up with her, it wasn't even in person. He called her and left her a recorded message... during her surprise birthday party... for everyone at her living room to hear.
  • Ice Queen: She soon defrosts. Unfortunately, Ted dumped her again.
  • I Know Karate: Ted assumes Krav Maga is some form of Yoga until Natalie demonstrates it on him for dumping her.
  • Kick Chick: She knows Krav Maga, and she's not afraid to use it.
  • Love Hurts: Specifically if Ted is involved.
  • No Sparks: Ted realizes she's objectively great, but he just doesn't love her.
  • Relationship Revolving Door: She and Ted had apparently gotten together and broken up three times (a flashback in a season 5 episode has a scene that shows a post-breakup scene that can't possibly be tied any of the other breakups).
  • Satellite Love Interest: Although Lily and Marshall know her, her scenes are always with Ted excluding flashbacks.
  • Shoot the Dog: Ted considers breaking up with her for the second time as this. She responded with a literal Kick the Son of a Bitch on Ted.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Anne Dudek is 5'10. When in heels, she almost stands at the same height as the 6'0 feet tall Josh Radnor (Ted).
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She rejects Ted when he wants to get back with her, but she soon warms up to him again and rekindle the relationship, only for Ted to dump her again, which makes her snap and kick his ass.
  • When She Smiles: She looks so sweet and happy!
  • Woman Scorned: And holy shit how! First time, she cursed at him when Ted called after so many years. The second time went From Bad to Worse. Even when Ted tries to date her again despite that she kicked his ass before, he ended up having skin burns.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: She receives this from Ted. Just when she felt she could trust men again, Ted publicly dumps her on her birthday again.


Barney's first girlfriend.

Played by: Katie Walder

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She kept up the charade of supporting Barney and still wanting to help people in Nicaragua, but in truth she just wanted Barney out of her life.
  • Consummate Liar: Barney had no idea she was deceiving him and cheating on him.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Cheating on Barney made him the man he is today.
  • Gold Digger: The reason she grew out of her hippie phase and started dating a guy in a suit is that she buys her a lot of stuff.
  • Granola Girl: Formerly a hippie like Barney.
  • Jerkass: Dumping Barney for a suit-wearing womanizer and lying to him about it? Ouch.
  • Karma Houdini: Averted, though it took Barney 8 years to screw her for what she did to him.
  • Kick the Dog: Her dating with the suit-wearing womanizer and making fun of his video resulted to Barney's Start of Darkness and Evil Makeover.
  • Likes Older Women: Gender Flipped. The guy she left Barney for was much older than her.
  • Revenge by Proxy: When Marshall visited her apartment and told her that he's a friend of Barney, she slapped him.
  • Sex with the Ex: Barney goaded her into this as part of his revenge.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She only appeared in a single episode (not counting flashbacks), but her introduction made a huge impact in Barney's character/story arc.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She had been cheating on Barney with a guy with money and tried to get rid of Barney by sending him to the Peace Corps before he realized all the truth.

Don Frank
Don is introduced as Robin's new co-worker and love interest after she and Barney break up. When she swore she wasn't interested in dating anymore the guys tell her that's a sign she will find "the guy she's supposed to marry" and that is when Don showed up. Although a huge jerk to her at first as a result of apathy, their relationship grows closer over time.

Played by: Benjamin Koldyke

  • Character Shilling: Coming after a couple of episodes portraying him as a shiftless loser who didn't bother to take his job seriously, he straightens up to show Robin some respect. That's all fine, but it's rather jarring that after hanging out with the same once (offscreen, no less), Marshall especially couldn't stop glowing over how amazing he was.
  • Derailing Love Interests: An interesting variation, since he was introduced as a lazy Jerkass but suddenly became the perfect man when Robin started dating him. Then he reverts to Jerkass behavior.
  • Irony:
    • His introduction: Robin declares that she's not going to look for love anymore and focus on her career and Future!Ted says "Ironically, that's the day she met... Don."
    • The only reason that Don got a shot at his dream job is that Robin gave up that same opportunity.
  • Jerkass: Being apathetic about his job regardless of who else that interferes with? Pulling the Naked Man on Robin after trying to make amends for his behavior? Leaving Robin for a job that Robin turned down so she could stay with him? Yeah, this guy fits here.
  • Pants-Free: On his first day at Come On and Get Up New York! Don would usually appear on set without pants and morning booze. The first thing Don does when he wants to redeem himself is wear them again.
  • Put on a Bus: He went to Chicago for a job offer which is the same one offered to Robin and this ultimately ended their relationship.
  • Romantic False Lead: Due to the Lemony Narrator, when Don is introduced, it's treated as though he's the man Robin will marry (since the narration was discussing how you find the one you marry as soon as you stop looking).
  • Two First Names: Don and Frank are commonly used first names.

George "The Captain" Van Smoot

Zoey's extremely wealthy (later ex-) husband.

Played by: Kyle MacLachlan

  • Age-Gap Romance: He is considerably older than Zoey (at least 15 to 20 years older than her) and is aware of the fact that it causes them some problems. Later gets together with Becky, who's even younger.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Named himself The Captain because he believes a real man can do that.
    In that case, I'm Galactic President Superstar McAwesomeville.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Is obsessed with boats, and is also a smart businessman, Ilympic fencing expert and many other talents mentioned in the series.
  • The Bus Came Back: In Season 8 to give Lily an exciting new job.
  • The Captain: A full-case example. He named himself "The Captain" and loves sailing.
  • Creepy Good: A genuinely nice and friendly but really weird guy.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He relates everything to boats and often speaks in navy code (for example, he only answers to Lily if she uses "Permission to aboard" or "Ahoy!").
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: He was married with Zoey, who was blonde. And later gets engaged to Becky.
  • Large Ham: Part of the reason he has difficulty making friends is because of his overly hammy and dramatic tones.
  • Nice Guy: Once you get past the aura of creepy. He is willing to be friends with Ted (even after discovering Zoey left him for Ted), and contacted Lily to give her the Dream Job.
  • Nightmare Face: His smile creeps people out. Marshal figures out why by dividing a still of his face in half. The bottom half is genuinely cheerful, the top half wants to murder you.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Plays up his creepiness because he's shy.
  • Recurring Character: He appears again after Zoey gets Put on a Bus as Lily's new boss.
  • Sophisticated as Hell
    I daresay Scylla and Charybdis could not have torn us asunder: we had great big boners for each other.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Rather self-involved but otherwise a nice guy. He can make Marshall's boss Arthur feel stupid so that is a plus.
  • Vanity License Plate: In "Daisy", the plate on his car is "AHOY!!"
  • Wealthy Yacht Owner: He is filthy rich and loves boats.
  • White Anglo-Saxon Protestant: In case the wealth and love for boats didn't tip you off.

Stuart and Claudia

Friends of the gang. Introduced in season 1, appeared sporadically throughout and had a baby in season 6.

Played by: Matt Boren (Staurt) and Virginia Williams (Claudia)

  • The Alcoholic: How Stuart copes.
    Claudia: Maybe we should call her "Vodka", so you hold her tight and never let go.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: At Marshall's bachelor party, Stuart uses all the tired cliches of marriage being a ball and chain, the end of freedom, etc. and confirms it's because his own marriage isn't going so well. As the party goes from bad to worse, he states that he misses Claudia. This trope is then averted in Season 9, when we find out that Stuart is cheating on Claudia.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Even before the wedding, Stuart and Claudia couldn't stop bickering. After it, Stuart constantly delivered snarky remarks about his marriage.
  • Beta Couple: But a subversion to some degree, as while they love each other several points have been made that they are not uniformly stable like Marshall and Lily. Which may be considered foreshadowing, considering the finale for season 1.
  • Bridezilla: Since Claudia is a Control Freak and Hot-Blooded, she gets very hysterical at small issues from her wedding, like Ted wanting to bring a date after he marked "alone", Stuart making decisions behind her back or Ted calling her in the middle of her Honey Moon. Later appearances show that Claudia was not just like this about her wedding- she's like that all the time.
  • Control Freak: Claudia
  • Deadpan Snarker: Stuart is very aware of how shrill and controlling Claudia is, and he frequently makes snarky comments about it.
  • Drowning My Sorrows/I Need a Freaking Drink: When Stuart calls off the wedding, Claudia goes to the bar and drink vodka cranberries, while venting all her sorrows to Barney. When Ted called her the day after to ask her for Victoria's info, Stuart got to calm her with some more vodka cranberries.
  • Large Ham: Claudia.
  • The Masochism Tango: They bicker constantly.
  • Recurring Character: They both show up when the show needs a wedded couple.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In their first appearance, Stuart is nice and a good friend, allowing Ted to bring Robin even when Claudia did not agree. Compared to his wife, he was the voice of reason, encouraging her to call Ted back when she hung up on him. After their wedding, Stuart starts to make bitter comments about marriage and bickering with his wife about everything. It gets worse by Season 9, where it's revealed he lied about Ted's wedding gift being his, he steals shampoo from the Farhampton hotel and is cheating on Claudia with another woman. While not much is shown of their marriage proper, Claudia's behavior during their wedding suggests her over-controlling personality might have contributed to this.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Barney is caught up over this. To be fair, Claudia is a bit of a shrew.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Both of them. Claudia considered leaving Stuart for his brother and Stuart takes a shower with another woman at Barney's wedding.

Kevin Venkataraghavan
"My next patient thinks he's God. On the off-chance that he's right, I really don't wanna keep him waiting."

Robin's court-ordered therapist after she had assaulted another woman. He stopped being Robin's therapist because he was attracted to her and they ended up dating.

Played by: Kal Penn

  • Adorkable: After Robin makes him stop giving each other High-fives, Kevin internally pouts and laments, because he really liked it.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Kevin deduces correctly that Barney's lie to get rid of the Ducky Tie was because Nora's parents were going to meet him in two days only because of the elements of the made-up story.
    Kevin: Perhaps I can help. Marshall, ask yourself this question. Why today? He hasn't say anything about that tie for weeks, and yet suddenly today, he can't wear it another second? Now there's a reason. He's got something coming up. Somewhere where you're on display. Vulnerable. Exposed. It's not work related. No, this is relationship stuff. You're trying to impress someone. In the lie you told, you said you were being chased by two goons, so it's two people. A couple, perhaps. You're meeting Nora's parents tomorrow!
    Barney: Wroooong!! Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong! It's in two days and I really want them to like me!!!
    (Ted and Kevin high five)
    Ted: Therapist'd!!
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Barney's Veronica for Robin's Archie.
  • Brainy Brunette: Kevin studied at Harvard University (twice) and Princeton University.
  • Bollywood Nerd: Averted. He is a very capable therapist, has attended Harvard and Princeton, has his share of pop-culture savvyness and is pretty normal and well adjusted to the gang (even to the point he is less nerdy than Ted, as Ted would bore him with a coin collector documentary).
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Subverted. He initially was taken aback because of Ted's lack of boundaries and feared that he was still after Robin, until they realized that he was just fragile because of his bad break ups. Also he never showed any signs of being jealous of either Ted or Barney. Even after Robin cheated on him with Barney, he chose to ignore this and remained by her side, ultimately breaking up with her for a different reason.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually at himself.
  • Derailing Love Interests: The writers had to get rid of him, but (in order to keep the Will They or Won't They? going) couldn't simply have Robin leave him for Barney. The solution? Introduce a need to have kids that had never been mentioned at any point before (which didn't even come up when it would be appropriate, such as when he was painting a nursery or when Robin learns she can't have kids).
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: He meets Robin in court-mandated therapy, and starts falling in love with her after many sessions of knowing her. They start dating sometime after Kevin stops being her therapist. The same thing happens years later with Jeanette, who is indeed insane.
  • Foil: To both Ted and Barney.
    • He is as nice, smart and grounded as Ted, both have unresolved issues with their families (Ted has truble having honest talks with his parents, while Kevin's simply ignore him and favor more his surgeon brother), but Ted has quirks that even Kevin finds too nerdy and also Kevin has more emotional stability than Ted.
    • Kevin has everything Barney lacks: He is a good listener, is compliant and, most importantly, sane, in comparison to all the ego and emotional bagages Barney has.
  • Nice Guy: Very sweet and friendly, making him the perfect foil for Barney.
  • Not So Above It All: While Future!Ted reminds many times Kevin is a trained therapist, he is not free from losing temper from the gang's Idiot Ball moments or getting jealous as well.
  • Odd Couple: He hooks up with Jeanette, from all people.
  • Only Sane Man: As a professional therapist, he can point out all the specific psychological ways the Five-Man Band is so completely messed up.
  • Opposites Attract: Him being a therapist falls in love with Jeanette, of all people.
  • Parental Issues: He bottles up frustration about his mother's favoritism for his brother. In the episode where he addresses Like Parent, Like Spouse and causes the others to freak about it, he makes a comment about how he would end up with a woman who will love his brother more than him. Then he starts seeing his mother instead of Robin. His response?
    Robin: Ted is a Nice Guy!
    Kevin's Mother: You should be more like him.
    Kevin: Mom, right on schedule.
  • Put on a Bus: They broke up after Robin revealed that she doesn't want to have kids.
  • The Shrink: Of the "Awesome" variety. Quite frankly, Robin's a psychological mess at this point and when he was her psychiatrist, she was making huge steps. It helps that he went to Harvard... then Princeton... then wow, Harvard again.
  • Seen It All: When Robin asks Kevin if he's thinking she is an awful person, Kevin reassures she's not, as he has treated serial killers and psychotic mental patients, one of them who sent him a bag of feces.
    Kevin: At least he remembered my birthday.
  • Sixth Ranger: He starts hanging out with them when he dated Robin and enjoys their company despite seeing how messed up her friends are.
  • There Are No Therapists: Discussed. Upon seeing how messed up the Five-Man Band is, he is visibly disturbed on how long they are like that. And by the way, Kevin is an actual therapist.
  • Token Minority: He is the only one with Indian heritage.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: He only got insecure about Robin being friends with her exes, but got past it soon, as he understood Ted was fragile. Later, although he doesn't know Robin cheated on him, tells her that it's not necessary to tell if they'll still be together. Kevin only leaves after Robin reminds him that he would have to give up forever any possibility of having children in the future, as she doesn't want any.
  • The Unfavorite: Has Parental Issues because his parents prefer his doctor brother to him.
  • Verbal Backspace: "...By the way, you all look great, especially Robin."

Nick Podarutti

Robin's crush introduced in season 6. They became a couple in season 8.

Played by: Michael Trucco

  • Brainless Beauty: Eventually.
    Barney: You can't wait [to break up with him]. His groin will heal. And then before you know it, you'll be marrying a man who once ate a vanilla-scented candle.
    Robin: That was on me. I shouldn't have left it in the kitchen. But it was lit... man, he dumb.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Shows up in an episode in season 6. Doesn't become a real character until season 8, when he and Robin begin dating offscreen.
  • Derailing Love Interests: Twice! First happens when Robin suddenly is annoyed with how sensitive and in touch with his feelings Nick is. Later, he's suddenly The Ditz. It's implied that Robin never noticed before because the sex was so good, but it's jarring that these flaws were never even alluded to until they're used for drama. As the narrator, you'd think Ted would have commented on it.
  • Female Gaze: Quinn only got convinced that Robin wasn't going to steal Barney back because Robin showed her Nick has washboard abs.
  • Granola Guy: His motorcycle runs on corn.
  • Hidden Depths: He is exceptionally patient for a Satellite Love Interest. He understands that Robin's history with her male friends are longer than their own, and is respectful of her hanging out with Ted and Barney from time to time.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Eventually revealed that he's much more sensitive than Robin, and he's a professional chef.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Lots of shirtless scenes, and Robin finds him so attractive that she's often distracted by him.
  • Satellite Love Interest: He becomes Robin's boyfriend after we've already been shown that Robin will be Barney's future bride. We know next to nothing about him except reasons why Robin might break up with him, namely that he's a bit too sensitive for Robin's taste.
  • Sexual Karma: Right after Robin breaks up with him he stumbles into a three-way with two hot chicks who have also just been dumped, somewhat alleviating any guilt Robin or Barney may feel for the split.
  • Sixth Ranger: He became part of the Five-Man Band when he dated Robin and joined Marshall's basketball team for a while before breaking up with Robin.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: "Hot as lava and just as thick," as Lily puts it.


Robin's co-worker, whom she despises for no particular reason.

Played by: Ellen D. Williams

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Non-sexual example. Even though Robin can't stand Patrice, Patrice won't stop trying to be befriend her, even wanting to wear matching outfits.
  • Ascended Extra: Introduced as a background character in reaction shots. Gradually comes into more focus.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Robin's Veronica for Barney's Archie, subverted when it is revealed Barney isn't really dating her and that it is all part of his final play "The Robin".
  • Butt-Monkey: Robin treats Patrice with screaming hostility even though the latter does nothing to provoke it.
  • Extreme Doormat: Patrice never confronts Robin about the constant verbal abuse. She once dislocated her shoulder wrestling Robin's purse away from a thief, and Robin still rewarded her with screaming for a small scratch on the leather.
  • Nice Girl: Probably the nicest person since Mister Rogers. She bakes cookies for Robin, irons her pants and is overall extremely kind to her (she even fought a thief to recover the purse Robin left by the vending machine). She offers a distraught Barney (whom she's never met) a cookie for Christ's sake!
  • Offscreen Inertia: Common fan-reaction to Robin abandoning her plans to live with Patrice were that she was just sitting there... waiting for Robin... who would never come...
  • Only One Name: Her last name is never mentioned.
  • The Pollyanna: She's always happy and wants to make the people around her happy, even when those people are quite mean to her.
  • Romantic False Lead: Invoked for Barney. It was a damn good gambit done by Barney and Patrice for Barney to ask Robin for her hand in marriage.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Barney and Nora, which may explain why Robin hates her so much. Later for Robin and Barney.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Robin hates Patrice even though Patrice loves Robin.

Sandy Rivers

Robin's original co-anchor while she was with News Channel One. Departs after the first season finale, later becomes Robin's co-worker again.

Played by: Alexis Denisof

  • The Bus Came Back: When Robin got a job with Worldwide News, Sandy's their lead anchor.
    • Commuting on a Bus: Not exactly a main character after that, but shows up from time to time.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Constantly loud and bombastic.
  • Full-Name Basis: Tells Robin to say his whole name, because he thinks people get a kick out of it.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Sandy" is usually a girl's name.
  • Handsome Lech: He thinks himself this way, he is really just a pervert.
  • Pet the Dog: In the Season 1 finale, he recommended his boss to have Robin as his replacement for lead anchor when he's given an offer at CNN.
  • Put on a Bus: At the end of Season 1, he takes a job with CNN.
    • In-Universe, Future!Ted reveals a scandal finally forced him to move to Russia.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Befitting a news anchor.
  • Unknown Rival: Ted used to make fun of him whenever he reads the headlines of today's paper on air. Then, he hates him for being Robin's date at a local media award and asking her out on their camping trip.


Barney's second serious girlfriend in the show and Robin's co-workers. Impeccably nice and British, unlike with past relationships, Barney made serious efforts to drop his womanizing ways for her. He breaks up with her in season 6 after fearing making a commitment. He wins her back at the start of season 7, only for it to end when he cheats on her with Robin.

Played by: Nazanin Boniadi

Quinn Garvey
Barney's third serious girlfriend. She is a stripper at Barney's favorite club who managed to hustle him out of money after leading him on to believe that they were in a relationship. They eventually hook up due to their due to similar personalities.

Played by: Becki Newton

  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Robin's Betty for Barney's Archie, though in this case it wasn't so much a Love Triangle as it was part of the season 7 "bride mystery".
  • Birds of a Feather: She has a lot in common with Barney. Their similarities ironically ended up being why they were ultimately incompatible.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually whilst dealing with Barney.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Barney, in personality at least. Lampshaded in "The Broath."
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Barney certainly did.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Well, Stripper with a Heart of Gold. She milked Barney for a lot of money, but when he opened up to her she did give him a chance.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Milks Barney of thousands of dollars at the strip club.
  • Meaningful Name: Her stripper nickname somewhat describes that she in many ways is karma to Barney, manipulating him in the same way he manipulates dumb girls.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's a stripper. What do you expect?
  • One Steve Limit: Her stripper name is Karma. Barney had at least once hooked up with another stripper named Karma.
  • Romantic False Lead: For Barney. The episode where he proposed to her even ended with The Reveal that Barney would marry Robin.
  • Sixth Ranger: Hangs around the gang while she was with Barney.
  • Tsundere: Hotheaded and snarky, but very nice once you get to know her.

Gary Blauman and Bilson
Bilson (left) and Blauman (right)

Two men who work with Barney and Marshall, initially at AltruCell and then at GNB. Blauman works with Marshall in the legal department in both companies, while Bilson has a more ambiguous profession akin to Barney's. Initially, Bilson wanted to hire Sven to design the new GNB HQ, and dislikes all of Ted's proposals.

Played by: Taran Killam (Gary) and Bryan Callen (Bilson)

  • A Day in the Limelight: In "Gary Blauman", we get more characterization for him (regularly as a background character at Barney and Marshall's job), as we see he is rather polite and is genuinely excited about being at the wedding. Also we get to know how he got a previous interaction with the gang (plus James and Zabka).
  • Character Shilling: For Gary Blauman. Even thought he is presented as another jerk co-worker in Marshall's division, the episode "Gary Blauman" in the final season shows many other good and sympathetic things he did for others: He stoped Lily from a Break-Up Embarrassing Tattoo, recognized Zabka as a poet writer and called out James' attitude of Never My Fault in his marriage.
  • Character Title: In Season 9, there's an episode named after Gary Blauman.
  • Catchphrase: Steak sauce!
  • Divergent Character Evolution: They start out as interchangable office bullies before gaining their own separate traits. Bilson becomes a loudmouthed Mean Boss while Blauman is revealed to be more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in his own episode.
  • Jerkass: Both Blauman and Bilson are presented as meat-headed jerks in Marshall's first day at work, who often tease him for being lovey-dovey with his wife, made sexist jokes on regular basis and responded "Steak sauce" to anything. Bilson also enjoys firing people and Blauman makes fun of Marshall at work. It's subverted when we see Blauman is not that much of a jerk in the episode named after him.
  • Hypocrite: When Ted presented his design for the new GNB building which is naturalistic, Bilson hates it and wants the design to be more corporate where the employees will never be reminded of the outside world. After Ted got fired in the "Employee Transition Room" aka the room where people get fired, Bilson answers the phone saying "Hi, honey!" and then, Ted hits him with a chair.
  • Informed Ability: Both have been known to play early morning basketball with Marshall.
  • Only One Name: From the working environment they are only called by their surnames, but it's later subverted for Blauman whose name is revealed to be Gary. Interestingly, by "Gary Blauman" he seems to have graduated to Full-Name Basis.
  • Series Continuity Error: Subverted: When Marshall was still working for Nicholson, Hewitt & West Barney tells him the "Lesson of Blauman" - Blauman was supposedly shouted at by Bilson, got angry and quit, then urinated on a conference table, quit, and eventually died. However, once Marshall starts work at GNB, Blauman is not only alive, but still working there. According to Word of God, Barney was lying to make a point, which is supported by late season 9 when it's revealed that he hates Blauman because he ate four of his fries and a curly.
  • Straight Gay: Turns out James cheated on Tom with Gary Blauman. After this revelation is known, Ted realizes Blauman was really trying to hit on Ted (although everyone else just let Ted believe that, since only Ted assumes this. It's never confirmed if he might be bisexual).
  • Those Two Guys: At first. Bilson later makes more appearances without Blauman. In Season 9, Blauman gets an episode named after him.
  • Troll: Blauman introduces Marshall to Jenkins by saying he is four-eyed and steals things.

Lieutenant Jeannette Peterson
Future Ted: Kids, they say a man always makes one last big mistake before he finally settles down. And my last mistake... was Jeanette.
Ted's last girlfriend before meeting The Mother.

Played by: Abby Elliott

  • Ax-Crazy: Her defining trait is just how violently crazy she is.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She thinks that Ted has a thing for Lily, and after they break up, she tackles a woman Ted is speaking to and grabs Ted.
  • Cute and Psycho: Initially appeared as a cute girl who would take action to meet Ted. It's gradually revealed that she stalked him for a year and a half and started a fire so the alarm would set off and Ted could meet her, but Ted made a pass of all this because he found it "cute". And It Has Only Just Begun.
  • Cute Is Evil: So pretty. So evil.
  • Dark Action Girl: The woman knows what she's doing in terms of combat.
  • The Dreaded: Not only the rest of the gang hates her, but they're also afraid of her. When Ted let Marshall and Barney watch his apartment for a while, Jeannette shows up at the front door which scared the crap out of Marshall and Barney that they had to let her in to Ted's room and do whatever she wants over there.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Ted gives Jeannette a passionate speech about what love is: Trying to do anything in his power to make Robin happy even if All Love Is Unrequited, even if it's not to get the girl back. She still calls Ted "crazy" and throws the locket down the lake.
  • Fair Cop: Police Brutality aside, she's still good looking.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Hooks up with Kevin when he is assigned as her court-mandated therapist.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The rest of the gang hates her, but put up with her for Ted's sake. This is to the point where Robin and Barney's response to Ted breaking up with her is to jump up and down on the bed with a bottle of champagne, screaming "THEY BROKE UP!" in complete joy.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She blew up at Ted over any slight (real or imagined).
  • Hate Sink: Like Karen, no one other than Ted like Jeanette, despite the obvious signs she is mentally unstable and even after it is proven to be true. She is prone to violence and after a fit of jealousy, destroyed Ted's apartment. Even Future Ted proclaims that dating Jeanette is the worst thing he did before meeting the Mother.
  • Hot-Blooded: It does not take much to set her off.
  • Karma Houdini: In only three episodes, she has caused more damage to Ted than anyone ever does (yes, this includes Lily). While she and Ted break up over all of that she never gets any retribution on it. Sadly justified, since she's a police officer and could easily lock and of the gang up in prison if they were to do anything in revenge.
    • Future!Ted narrates that Jeanette finally got arrested for mailing jars of urine to Val Kilmer. She didn't receive jail time but she got mandatory psychological counseling with Kevin as her therapist.
  • Large Ham: Chews even more scenery than Mickey Aldrin... whose actor happens to be her actor's father.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Discussed, but ultimately being crazy is what made her crazy.
  • Not So Different: Played straight with Ted at a certain point. She is impulsive, has Hair-Trigger Temper, insanely jealous, in contrast to the more rational, caring and patient Ted—but Lily points out that Ted needs to be with her for a while because both are a little crazy right now, which is necessary for him to get her out of his system and move on for good.
  • Odd Couple: Future!Ted reveals she hooks up later with Kevin when he is assigned as her therapist.
  • Opposites Attract: By the other extreme, Jeanette is clinically insane, while Kevin is a trained therapist.
  • Police Brutality: Implied by her interactions with the police dispatcher.
  • Rabid Cop: Pity anyone that's ever been interrogated by her...
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Becomes Ted's after their break up to the point where she stole Robin's necklace and throw it in the water. She also send a dead squirrel to another ex.
  • Romantic False Lead: Obviously, as mentioned by Future!Ted, Jeannette is the last girl he dated before he met his future wife.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: She's a cop. See Karma Houdini above. Put those two together...
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: Despite that Ted wants to bring Jeannette to Barney and Robin's wedding as his plus-one, no wants to hang out with her. After Ted finally decided not to go on dating again, Robin lets him recheck the wedding invitation.
  • Stalker with a Crush: She started following Ted when he appeared on the cover of New York Magazine, which happened a year and a half before they started dating. She even started a fire at Ted's University so that she could force an evacuation, allowing her to finally meet him. Ted sees it as Stalking Is Love.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Not that the rest of the gang ever wanted her around in the first place. Besides Ted.
  • Übermensch: She is a cop, but is perfectly fine with invading private property, stalking and damaging personal belongings because she is convinced everything she does is because she loves him.
  • The Unfettered: She stops at nothing to get what she wants. She even makes Barney look like a saint in comparison!
  • Woman Scorned: As Robin puts it, she is considered to be the No.1 worst ex-girlfriend that Ted ever had. She would do all sorts of nasty stuff just to get Ted back, which includes wrecking his apartment.
  • Yandere: To Ted, even after they broke up. Especially after they broke up.


Marshall's road trip companion, after Marshall made them both miss their flight.

Played by: Sherri Shepherd

  • Deadpan Snarker: Mainly towards Marshall.
    Marshall: (About his cellphone in the plane) Oh! This. It's a toy, we call it "Phony"
    Daphne: I call you phony.
  • Foil: To Marshall. She's an outspoken Sassy Black Woman who works for an Oil Company.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Calls Marshall out for accepting a job that could put his and Lily's plans in jeopardy without even discussing it with Lily first. "What the damn hell?!" indeed.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's a rude, abrasive Deadpan Snarker with a vengeful streak... who begins to mellow out towards Marshall, chats happily with Lily, and really wants to make it to her daughter's speech on time. Even when she tells Lily that Marshall accepted the judge job without consulting her first, she seems sorry after the fact, and for the most part had her heart in the right place.
  • Married to the Job: Reason why she missed many of her daughter's moments.
  • N-Word Privileges: Played with during Marshall and Daphne's roadtrip.
    Daphne: You are NOT allowed to use that word! Only WE'RE allowed to use that word!!
  • Sassy Black Woman: Very boisterous and loud, she's happy to sass at Marshall the entire trip.
  • "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: A female version; she claims she wants to make it on time for her daughter's presentation because she misses a lot of her plays.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives this to Marshall when she hears Marshall accepted a judge job without telling Lily.

Simon Tremblay
Robin's Canadian ex-boyfriend who appeared in her second Robin Sparkles' music video, "Sandcastles in the Sand" and is a member of the band, The Foreskins (responsible for the single, "Murder Train").

  • Deadpan Snarker: Just in his first appearance, he demonstrated his snarkiness when he asked Ted on what he would if he's a lifeguard.
    Simon: Now, you got a bunch of dead kids piling up. And Robin has to report it, "This just in: my friend, Ted, killed a bunch of kids today".
  • Future Loser: He's slowly balding and gained some weight but he's still got his band. Then, averted in Season 9, where he cleans up and wears a suit after being engaged to Louise Marsh.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: For him (and also Robin), his band is called "The Foreskins". His explanation: They're four guys who don't wear shirts. The other possible meaning is apparently lost on him.
  • Jerkass: As a teen and as an adult.
  • Kick the Dog: He dumped Robin twice in the same van for the same girl, Louise Marsh, and for the same reason (She had a pool/jacuzzi). Oh and he asked Robin to load the drum set in the van before she leaves.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He clearly thinks he's far more talented and better-looking than he actually is.


Robin's former co-host in Come On, Get Up New York! as Don's replacement, who later becomes the face of Yatch commercials and Robin's unwitting rival. She briefly dated Ted twice.

Played by: Laura Bell Bundy

  • Brainless Beauty: It's pretty clear she is only co-anchor because of her charisma on camera, rather than her abilities as a reporter.
  • Characterization Marches On: She was the blonde bimbo from her introduction in Season Six. By the time Ted and the others see her again, she became more classy and calmer after getting engaged with The Captain.
  • The Cutie: How everyone (except for Robin) sees her.
  • The Ditz: She is incapable as a news anchor, refusing to read "nasty" notes and is often talking about her social life on air.
  • Dumb Blonde: On full force during her scenes. Ted even got a text from her because she "got stuck in the revolving door".
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The gang mostly refer to her as "Boats Boats Boats" after the commercial.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Well, everyone except Robin.
  • Genki Girl: Is always happy, perky and overemotional. Even in her commercial is strangely cheerful.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She isn't mean at all. All through out she is very naive and childish, yet she is still good at heart.
  • Manchild: Genderflipped. Is an incredibly childish woman, reacting to events in life with the same enthusiasm of a five-year-old. This is initially how Ted started dating her, until he realized he practically was babysitting her.
  • Nice Girl: Even thought she is a Woman Child, she still is a sweetheart to everyone (even to Robin). She bakes cookies and gets everyone on set in a good mood (except for Robin).
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Possibly. In one conversation with Robin after the commercial, she says that she doesn't want to be taken seriously as a reporter because she wants people to think she's cute, and she seems much more composed when we see her in Season 9 when she is living with The Captain.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Invoked by Robin. She dislikes her as Becky is her polar opposite in personality, and more unprofessional than Don.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: Downplayed. When Robin asks her if she doesn't care that being in a commercial will make people to not take her seriously as a professional journalist. Becky handwaves this with "No, I'm pretty".
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: In-Universe, she eclipses Robin as main host of Come On, Get Up New York!.
  • White Anglo-Saxon Protestant: BOATS! BOATS! BOATS! She loves boats so much she married The Captain.

William Zabka

Former Karate Kid actor and a good friend of Barney.

  • Actor/Role Confusion: He's constantly being confused for his film roles and subsequently booed by nearly every person he comes across.
  • Adam Westing/As Himself: Zabka portrayed himself hilariously, and at the same time, sympathetically.
  • Badass Biker: Former Villain from The Karate Kid and owns a motorcycle.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: After 18 messages, Zabka finally accepted to help in Barney's Bachelor Party because Robin told him he was Barney's hero. Then at the wedding Barney briefly made him Best Man until he forgave Ted. Also it's because of this he started to respect Ted, as Ted covered what happened to the photo and gave Zabka the credit. He also likes Gary Blauman because he recognized him for his poetry.
  • Cultured Badass: An actor known for being part of a martial arts film and is revealed to actually be a poet.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After spending years being publicly booed for his role in The Karate Kid, Zabka became the youngest winner of the American Humanities medal for Literature, finally becoming known for something other than playing the bad guy.
  • Hidden Depths: He writes poetry, and is apparently good enough at it to become nationally recognized and awarded a medal by the President.
  • I Am Not Spock: In-Universe. He is booed and gets thrown pop corn for portraying a Jerk Jock on film, apparently by his own mother as well. When he references Karate Kid once again, Blauman asks if it's from another of his poems, which Zabka immediately thanks him.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: In-Universe. He even tells that the reason he likes to hang out with Barney is because he's the only person who treats him as a hero.
  • Produce Pelting: Well, pop corn. Zabka even lampshades this by asking why everyone has pop corn in hand.
  • Sixth Ranger: Hanged out with the gang for a while during the final season.

Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn from Project Runway is, In-Universe, Barney's personal tailor. For more tropes regarding the real Tim Gunn, visit Project Runway's Character Page.

  • Adam Westing/As Himself: In this version, Tim is Barney's tailor and has many mannerisms that made him famous in Project Runway.
  • Ascended Extra: Originally was intended as a one-episode cameo for the 100th episode. For Season 9, he got 3 special appearances, which technically upgrades him to Recurring Character for the Season Finale.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Tim Gunn is included in The Smurfs movie which stars Neil Patrick Harris and is mentioned earlier in the show.
  • The Comically Serious: He can also retort with sassy comments with a completely deadpan face, without any trace of sarcasm.
    "Please don't cry on this. It's silk."
  • Catchphrase: His most popular catch phrase from Project Runway also gets a nod.
    "I'm sorry, Barney. I couldn't Make it work".
  • The Dandy: Obviously, as he is a suits tailor.
  • The Fashionista: Required, as he is Barney's tailor.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He's a guy who is always wearing suits, while making suits.

Greg Fisher

The guy Shannon started dating while she was dating Barney.

Played by: Mark Derwin

  • Arch-Enemy: To Barney.
  • Best Served Cold: At the receiving end of this courtesy of Barney.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Fisher didn't recognize Barney as the hippie he stole Shannon when he hired him, even when Barney let some flower child lingo slip. This proved to be his ultimate undoing.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Thought he's a One-Shot Character? Wrong! He is one of Barney's bosses whom he worked for only to humiliate for stealing his first girlfriend.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Is a higher-up at AltruCell Corp., an implied to be very corrupt Mega-Corp
  • Evil Counterpart: Represents everything that is evil in Barney and implies to take it Up to Eleven.
  • Jerkass: Knows Shannon is dating Barney and stole her from him anyway. He even mocked poor Barney's heartbreak.
  • Kavorka Man: This not so good looking man gets girls easily because of his money and the fact that most of said girls are Gold Diggers.
  • Karma Houdini: Averted, though it took Barney 15 years to get him back for what he did to him.
  • Kick the Dog: If stealing Barney's girlfriend isn't bad enough, he accompanied Shannon to get her last pay check from the coffee shop just to mock Barney.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Whom Barney emulated in order to "beat him at his own game". He succeeded.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Only appeared in two episodes (not counting flashbacks), but he is the Big Bad of Barney's story arc.
  • Smug Snake: He didn't care about any of the guys he hired as scapegoats, barely reacting when the last one prior to Barney got arrested.

The Farhampton Staff

The workers of the Farhampton Hotel present for Barney and Robin's Wedding weekend.
Curtis is played by: Roger Bart
Linus is played by: Robert Belushi
Hamish is played by: Rhys Darby

  • The Bartender: Linus spends all of Season 9 serving drinks and listening to the patrons, like listening to The Mother practicing how she's going to confront Darren, or helping Lily with her Kennedy Package. And he even keeps the secret of her pregnancy by serving her non-alcoholic cocktails.
  • The Comically Serious: Linus, delivering the punchlines of the scenes, usually responds plainly without a trace of sarcasm.
    Lily: You're slipping, Linus.
    Linus: We're running out of glasses.
  • Consummate Liar: Hamish, the night shift frontdesk clerk, attributed every flaw of Lily's room to the Ghost of Captain Dirdoof. When Lily tried to complain about room service, he blamed her for those issues instead.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Curtis, even thought he meant well, was constantly pitying Ted being single at the romantic inn.
  • One-Shot Character: Unlike Curtis, Linus and the bellhop, Hamish is the only employee to appear only in one episode.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Thank you, Linus"
  • Secret Keeper: It's later revealed that Linus was the only person during the weekend that knew about Lily's pregnancy, since she requested her "Kennedy Package" non-alcoholic.
  • Shipper on Deck: Just by talking briefly to The Mother, Curtis gave her the room next to Ted's. Years later, Curtis still remembers them and greets them every time they're at the hotel.
  • You Didn't Ask: Linus. After the gang smashed 3 bottles of Glenn MacKenna scotch, he serves them to the gang.
    Barney: This whole time you had Glenn MacKenna 35? Why didn't you say something
    Linus: You didn't ask for the 35.


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