How I Met Your Mother’s Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) has always been the jokester, womanizer, and all-around funny man of the group. Yet, over time, he also became a loveable guy, who viewers continue to cheer for. Considering that he typically has some of the best lines, it’s no wonder that this character has become a fan-favorite on HIMYM, which airs in Chicago on CBS channel 2 on Mondays.
Before becoming the corporate lady’s man he is today, Barney wanted to join the Peace Corps. That all changed when his girlfriend Shannon left him for an older, suit-wearing man. Barney immediately changed his life and dove into the corporate world, learning multiple languages and doing plenty of shady deals, both inside the office and at the bar with women. The rest of the HIMYM gang never knew him as a hippie, just as suit and tie-wearing Barney.
Who Barney is on How I Met Your Mother
Barney might be a womanizer, but that isn’t the only thing that defines him. When he’s not working at GNB Bank, he’s a magician (mainly for the ladies), acceptor of all challenges, creator of catch-phrases, and lover of laser tag and suits. He’s even been known to wear suit pajamas to bed. (After all, who knows who might show up at your door in the middle of the night?) In How I Met Your Mother’s 100th episode, he nearly gave up suits for a woman but even that was short-lived. Yet, in showing off how far Barney has come over the years, he did end up donating a large chunk of his suit closet to his brother James’s father’s church in an act of unselfishness in season six. That charity highlights just how grown up Barney Stinson can be (sometimes).
With his flim-flams and bamboozles, Barney knows every trick in the book to bed a woman. After all, he literally wrote the book, the playbook that is. This “Playbook” is actually published by Touchstone. (Barney’s other book, “The Bro Code,” documents the sacred and legendary rules that cover bro-dom).
Over the life of HIMYM, Barney has weaseled his ways into the hearts and beds of many women. More than 200 in fact, as highlighted in season four, episode 22, “Right Place, Right Time.”
One of his more notable love affairs included a short “relationship” with Abby played by Britney Spears. Then, of course, there was Robin (Cobie Smulders), his first “girlfriend” in a long time. Yet, Barney will be Barney, and that didn’t last long. He did briefly fall in love with one other girl, Nora, but he still wasn’t ready to deal with his feelings. Yet, Nora is scheduled to return to HIMYM in future episodes. Viewers still wonder if he’ll ever be ready for commitment.
Barney grew up with his mother and brother James (Wayne Brady). He never knew who his father was but liked to believe it was Bob Barker. (His mother did little to convince him otherwise). Yet, when Barney and the gang helped his mom clean her house so she could move in season six, Barney and James discovered who James’s father was. This started a ‘father’ storyline in motion. In season six, episode nineteen, “Legendaddy,” Barney met his father, a man he once called Uncle Jerry.
“Ted, I’m going to teach you how to live,” might be considered one of Barney’s all-time favorite mantras, along with “legen-wait for it-dary.” Barney reminds the entire group that no matter how long they’ve been dating someone, there’s plenty of ways to have fun in New York City. From episodes like “Single Stamina” to “No Tomorrow” (St. Patrick’s Day episode), Barney is intent on living the good life and bringing his friends with him.
Other story-lines that feature Barney include the infamous slap bet, which started in season two. After losing a bet about Robin and her alter-ego Robin Sparkles, Marshall (Jason Segel) wins the chance to slap Barney five times at any point in the future. Barney has never seen any of those slaps coming.
Barney will always be known for his theories, including the Lemon Law; catch-phrases, like “Suit up!’; and manipulative attempts at bedding women. Yet, he will always look out for his HIMYM friends, whether it’s keeping Marshall away from other girls when him and Lily briefly break up, or introducing Ted to women. Barney Stinson is one entertaining but also loveable character.
To learn more about what goes on inside Barney’s head, fans just need to read his blog.
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How I Met Your Mother airs in Chicago on CBS Mondays at 7pm.
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