10 {Couples} That Harm How I Met Your Mom (And 10 That Saved It)


One of the vital profitable trendy sitcoms, How I Met Your Mom managed to drag off a very spectacular feat. It was fashionable sufficient to obtain large rankings whereas additionally attracting the type of following that’s extra frequent for smaller, cult exhibits. Through the years, the collection’ greatest followers even purchased a number of books primarily based on issues like Barney’s Bro Code and his notorious Playbook.

Whereas there isn’t any doubt that the friendships shared among the many core 5 How I Met Your Mom characters have been vastly necessary, the present was nonetheless largely primarily based round romantic couplings. In spite of everything, the collection was all a few man’s limitless seek for the love of his life. Nonetheless, a few of the romantic pairings launched over the present’s runs truly took away from followers’ love for the collection. It is time to look again on the most effective and the worst of the bunch.

To ensure that a pair from How I Met Your Mom to be thought-about for doable inclusion on this listing, they at first must have been necessary sufficient to have impacted the present’s legacy. From there they have been categorized into relationships that made the present an amazing deal higher and those who took away from its high quality. Lastly, it must be famous that even How I Met Your Mom {couples} that have been solely briefly collectively have been within the working, so long as they have been necessary to the present’s followers in a technique or one other.

Listed below are 10 {Couples} That Harm How I Met Your Mom (And 10 That Saved It).

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20 Harm: Robin and Don

Launched throughout How I Met Your Mother’s 5th season, Don Frank was employed as the brand new co-host of Robin’s present and proper from the beginning there was some chemistry between them. An off-and-on couple all through that season, it, at one level, appeared like they may wind up being a reasonably critical pairing, at the least within the brief time period. In truth, Robin even selected to show down a information anchor job in Chicago as a way to stay with Don– unbeknownst to him. Sadly, she can be vastly disillusioned to be taught he was leaving as a result of he was provided the identical job and took it.

It was irritating to put money into a relationship that went nowhere, and was in the end revealed to be extra of a plot system than the rest,

19 Saved: Ted and Cathy

Ted and Cathy have been by no means meant to be, because it was solely a matter of time earlier than he realized that she by no means stopped speaking. Nonetheless, when the gang pointed it out to him and he heard glass shatter as his notion of her was burst, it was fairly hilarious. Greater than that, his irritation that his associates had ruined the best way he noticed Cathy led to a hilarious episode full of every of the core forged member’s foibles coming to mild.

As means to an finish, this couple was not particularly significant, however the episode Cathy impressed is likely one of the finest in collection historical past, in order that they undoubtedly helped the present.

18 Harm: Zoey and The Captain

The one couple on this listing that doesn’t contain one of many present’s core forged members, Zoey and The Captain have been an odd pair who have been fairly obscure. The concept of Zoey marrying somebody as clearly eccentric as The Captain appeared greater than slightly bit farfetched.

Proper from the beginning, it appeared extremely apparent that the one cause they have been collectively was so there can be an impediment in Ted’s makes an attempt to wop Zoey. In consequence, this pairing is one more couple within the lengthy historical past of gimmicky tv relationships that solely serve to attract out a storyline for so long as doable.

17 Saved: Robin and Simon

James Van Der Beek is an underrated comedic actor; any Don’t Belief the B in Residence 23 viewer would agree. The character he performed on How I Met Your Mom, Simon Tremblay, was completely hilarious. As the primary boyfriend Robin ever had, at the same time as an grownup, he nonetheless held sufficient sway over her that she did not see his clearly destructive qualities.

A balding and failed musician who nonetheless lives together with his mom, Simon was additionally a self-centered jerk who broke up with Robin after she carried his gear to his van twice. Whereas there have been ample causes to dislike him, this relationship was enjoyable because it was by no means something greater than a joke with a humorous punchline.

16 Harm: Ted and Naomi

The girl within the Halloween pumpkin costume was given fairly the introduction on How I Met Your Mom. Ted met her at a rooftop get together and felt an instantaneous connection, however he completely bungled issues by dropping her quantity and any likelihood to be together with her.

Nonetheless, that is the romance-obsessed Ted we’re speaking about, so he returned to the identical get together carrying the identical costume over and over in hopes that she would arrive and acknowledge him. They have been ultimately capable of reconnect a number of seasons after the character was first mentioned, however after years of build-up they discovered they’d shared zero chemistry. It was one more “Mom” fake-out.

15 Saved: Robin and Kevin

By season 7, when Robin acquired concerned with Kevin, her court-appointed therapist, followers realized he was unlikely to matter within the longterm. This was confirmed when she betrayed with Barney. Even when she agreed to marry Kevin, it was utterly apparent that was not destined to occur.

As a substitute, viewers acquired to sit down again and revel in an entirely new aspect that Kevin’s character delivered to the present: his psychological well being coaching. Kevin was the right particular person to handle a few of the deep-seated points the gang handled, and his reactions to their antics have been enjoyable to see. On prime of that, it was fairly hilarious to be taught in season 9 that Kevin had develop into romantically concerned with Jeanette.

14 Harm: Lily and Scooter

As her love for Marshall was clear from the pilot, Lily Aldrin was solely ever concerned with two males, and a kind of relationships was fairly terrible. They have been collectively throughout Lily’s goth section, and it’s abundantly clear that Lily  outgrew her first boyfriend Scooter when she outgrew that look.

On the opposite finish of issues, regardless of what number of years handed by Scooter by no means acquired over her and at first blush that made him seem to be a reasonably loopy dude. Nonetheless, it seems that ever since they broke up, Lily saved giving him causes to carry out hope, which was fairly low of her, even when Marshall ended up serving to to maintain him on the hook.

13 Saved: Barney and Quinn

The notion of Barney as a relationship-adverse sociopath who heartlessly deceives girls is actually correct at instances.. Nonetheless, over the seasons, the present revealed what impressed him to be so terrible to his fellow human beings. Greater than that, he additionally grew as an individual and ended up getting concerned in a trio of significant relationships, together with one with Quinn, his ex-fiancée.

Not solely an unbiased lady who is ready to maintain her personal with Barney, Quinn was additionally such a powerful person who she made him need to develop into a greater man and accomplice. Although they did not final, if that isn’t the definition of a great relationship, we don’t know what’s.

12 Harm: Ted and Stella

From the second Ted met Stella, the physician he went to as a way to have his ill-advised tattoo eliminated, he needed to be together with her. Nearing his closing tattoo elimination session and nicely conscious that he might by no means see Stella once more, Ted would not give up– even if she had made it clear that she didn’t need to date.

Although he was ultimately capable of put on her down, Ted ought to have listened when Stella made it clear she was not able to be with him. But, one way or the other the present makes it seem to be we’re speculated to really feel unhealthy for Ted when Stella finally ends up getting again collectively together with her ex. Whereas Stella actually ought to have turned down Ted’s proposal and timed their breakup higher, primarily based on how this relationship started, we by no means felt too unhealthy for him.

11 Saved: Ted and Victoria (The primary time)

The type of introduction that always results in long-lasting and loving relationships on tv, when Ted and Victoria noticed one another from throughout a room it appeared like love at first sight. Upping the ante additional by way of romantic comedy tropes, Victoria even satisfied Ted to maintain their actual names a secret so they may take pleasure in one romance-filled night time collectively.

In one of many first indications that Ted thought his emotions give him permission to disregard the needs of girls he likes, the subsequent day Ted determined to trace Victoria down. Nonetheless, on this case, his insistence appeared to work out lots higher. In truth, it appeared favored the one cause issues didn’t work out for Ted and Victoria was as a result of she moved to Germany on account of her profession.

10 Harm: Ted and Victoria (The second Time)

Victoria was introduced again into Ted’s life, 6 seasons after distance got here between them. But once more, Ted pays the worth for under desirous about his personal emotions. He was keen to get entangled with a girl who met him in a bar carrying her marriage ceremony robe, regardless of his anger that Stella left him on the alter.

Ted was paid again for his karmic misdeeds by Victoria. The second time round, their relationship was terrible. She had an issue with Ted and Robin being associates, but needed her ex-fiance to maneuver in with them. Whereas it was slightly bit scrumptious to see Ted get his simply desserts, it was disappointing that Victoria’s return tarnished her earlier time on the present.

9 Saved: Barney and Robin

Initially a pairing that simply felt improper, the thought of Barney and Robin courting gave the impression to be a betrayal of every little thing the present had constructed as much as previous to that. Nonetheless, regardless of how issues appeared at first, it was a aid that the present at the least briefly put the entire Ted and Robin factor to relaxation. On prime of that, it was actually attention-grabbing to see two those that had issues with dedication convey a want to be in a long-lasting relationship out of each other.

Highlighted by a number of grand gestures and a complete season about their marriage ceremony, Barney and Robin’s relationship was removed from excellent, however added lots to the present.

8 Harm: Ted and Zoey

Introduced collectively by their shared appreciation for the great thing about structure, Ted and Zoey discover themselves on the alternative facet of a struggle over the destiny of a constructing. Given the chance to design how GNB will rebuild The Arcadian after destroying a lot of it, Ted is outraged when Zoey fights to maintain the authentic constructing intact. Up to now, Ted clearly would have sided with Zoey, however he places his personal self-interests first and these two bicker endlessly.

Worse nonetheless, Zoey was married when she met Ted. He helps encourage her to go away her husband, although he is aware of they’ll struggle over the constructing, then he breaks up together with her over her stance on The Arcadian.

7 Saved: Ted and Robin (Seasons 1-4)

Most likely the connection that the majority followers consider first when How I Met Your Mom comes up, Ted and Robin have been an on-and-off couple that many viewers cared deeply about. It is alos very telling that the present’s debut and closing episodes each closely revolved round this pairing.

In relation to believing in love, it typically appeared like Ted and Robin couldn’t have been extra totally different. Maybe due to that, once they have been at their finest, they introduced the most effective out of each other. Both manner, as tiresome as the entire “will they or gained’t they” factor will get after some time, they drove a whole lot of the collection’ plot.

6 Harm: Ted and Jeanette

To say that getting concerned with Jeanette was an enormous misstep for Ted is a huge understatement. Jeanette noticed Ted on a prepare and tracked him down at work the subsequent day. Naturally, the remainder of the gang warn Ted that Jeanette appeared like a stalker, however he dismisses that concept. Contemplating that’s the type of factor Ted has truly performed previously, his belief in her made some sense, however he wound up paying dearly for it.

A police lieutenant who appeared to assume her place meant she might get away with unstable habits, Jeanette flew into one rage after one other throughout their temporary relationship. Although performed for laughs on the present, her harmful actions truly have been uncomfortable to look at.

5 Saved: Marshall and Lily

Though the present’s writers typically made unhealthy selections when it got here to this couple, Marshall and Lily have been undoubtedly the bedrock couple of How I Met Your Mom. Ignoring a few of the doubtful storylines that have been thrown at them, it appears clear how a lot they adore each other. The chemistry between Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan was pure, which is why Marshall and Lily felt like associates in addition to soulmates.

On prime of that, a few of the present’s most touching moments revolved round this couple and it could have been an outrage if the present ended with out them collectively.

4 Harm: Ted and Karen

First concerned with Ted all through highschool and faculty, Karen two-timed him at each alternative and didn’t even strive very exhausting to cover that truth. On prime of that, she at all times carried herself with an air of pretension which impressed Ted to embrace the worst a part of his typically snobby persona.

One way or the other incapable of seeing how terrible Karen was, Ted acquired again collectively together with her as an grownup. The one cause he lastly left her is that she insisted he minimize Lily out of his life. Whereas it was unhealthy sufficient that Ted ever acquired concerned with Karen, what does it say about HIMYM’s chief protagonist that he by no means noticed her for what she is?

3 Saved: Barney and Nora

Nora was the primary lady who was capable of wrap Barney round her finger after a short interplay. Proper off the beginning there was one thing totally different about Barney’s emotions for her. She was capable of see via his foolishness and more than pleased to reject his advances at first. It was solely after some light prodding from Robin that Barney an opportunity with Nora.

A candy lady who even took care of a sick Barney in lieu of occurring their first date collectively, Nora additionally appeared to have the flexibility to see via most of his nonsense. The one draw back to their relationship was when Barney inevitably reverted to his outdated methods and two-timed her.

2 Harm: Ted and Robin (Within the Finale)

Given the premise established in How I Met Your Mom’s pilot episode, viewers thought they knew Ted and Robin wouldn’t find yourself collectively. In spite of everything, the whole idea of the present was Ted telling his children about how he met, fell in love with, and ended up with their mom, however he steadily referred to their “Aunt Robin.” But, within the latter a part of the ultimate episode, it was revealed that the present apparently needed to have its cake and eat it too.

Regardless of being proven to be dedicated to his youngsters’s mom up till her premature demise, within the closing second, Ted but once more threw himself at Robin. It was the final word “will they or gained’t they” ending and drove many followers to distraction.

1 Saved: Ted and Tracy

Lastly totally seen on display screen within the closing episode of How I Met Your Mom’s 8th season, the titular mom had lots to stay as much as since she had been teased from the very starting. Fortunately for followers of the collection, she was lovable sufficient that she lived as much as all the glowing methods Future Ted had described her.

The extraordinarily proficient Cristin Milioti managed to make Tracy seem to be Ted’s excellent accomplice whereas additionally giving the character her personal implausible unbiased persona. In truth, the one issues with Ted and Tracy collectively are that we did not get to see sufficient of them– and that Tracy deserved higher than that tragic ending.

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