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How I Met Your Mother Recurring Themes
- Suit up!
- Variations on 'high five'
- True Story!
- What up?
- Have you met Ted?
- Barney calling himself Ted's best friend or Marshall's best man, only to be corrected.
- Slap Bet. The season two episode "Slap Bet" featured a wager between Marshall and Barney where the winner would slap the loser. Lily (the Slap Bet Commissioner) gave Barney (who lost the bet) the choice of 10 slaps immediately or five to be dished out at any time. Barney, having chosen the five slaps, has been slapped four times since then:
- At the end of"Slap Bet", a few minutes after losing the bet.
- At the end of season two episode "Stuff," while performing his one-man play "Suck It Lily."
- At the end of S03E09 "Slapsgiving" during dinner. Lily, as slap bet commissioner, issues a ruling that slaps shall not occur on the holiday but Barney, feeling safe, antagonizes Marshall and Lily revokes the ruling. After the slap occurs Marshall sings a song he's composed for the occasion.
- At the end of S05E09 "Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap" Right before dinner. Ted and Robin are bequeathed a slap by Marshall who states that they have to decide who gets to slap him and that the slap must occur before sundown. He also stipulates that Barney is to be tied to a chair, henceforth known as the "Slapping throne". Robin and Ted are unable to decide who gets the slap so they give it to Lily's Dad, Mickey, who in turn gives it to Lily who can't find it in herself to slap him. Marshall declares that no slap will occur because it served it's purpose of bringing them together. Barney is released from the slap throne and then instantly slapped by Marshall who yells "THAT'S FOUR!"
- "Famous telepathic conversations:" If the characters want to have a private conversation in the presence of others, they will attempt to communicate with each other telepathically. Marshall has done this successfully with Ted and Lily, but when Robin attempted it with Lily it failed.
- When asked what his job is, Barney laughs and says "Please" (and never reveals it).
- Barney often makes up statistics (Ted claims that he always uses 83% but he has only done this once, using completely different statistics on previous occasions) in order to make his arguments sound credible. Marshall always catches him out and 'lawyers' him.
- In response to a snarky comment about him Barney will often silently nod his head "no" slowly to hilarious effect.
- Similarly, Marshall can often be seen staring incredulously at someone after being the butt of a joke. This usually is visible in the outer edges of the screen while another characer is talking.
- Marshall often does The Robot when he is excited about something.
- Robin being teased about being Canadian. She will sometimes respond with a truism about America, such as a flawed medical system or poor knowledge of international geography.
- "Lawyering": Marshall uses his law skills to interrogate someone else in a courtroom-style fashion.
- Giving each other a variety of unique high five, such as the "hypothetical high five", the "air five", and "the phone five" (slapping the phone in a way that imitates the high five).
- Whenever they mention a website on the show, you can guarantee the writers will have made that website for fans to go and look up.
- The Fourskins "Murder Train" Robin's ex-boyfriend's bands song that is stuck in several episodes including: S03E16 "Sandcastles in the Sand" (During puppy corner on metro news one), S04E10 "The Fight" (During Marshall's flashback of rough-housing with his brothers), S04E24 "The Leap" (During Ted fighting the goat), S05E07 "The Rough Patch" (During Lily's explanation of her plan to break up Barney and Robin.)
Theories, Codes and Statistics
- "The Olive Theory"
- The "Lemon Law"
- The "Hot Crazy Scale"
- The "Cheerleader Effect"
- "The Bro Code"
1. Bros before hoes.
29. A bro will, in a timely manner, alert his bro to the existence of a girl-fight.
34. Bros cannot make eye contact during the devil's three-way (Two dudes.)
53. A bro will, whenever possible, provide his bro with protection.
87. A bro shall, at all times, say yes.
89. The mom of a bro is always off limits. But, the step-mom of a bro is fair game if she initiates it, and/or is wearing at least one item of leopard print clothing.
- Ted has bad luck ending relationships.
- In the episode Return of the Shirt (S01E04) he tries to rekindle a relationship with an old girlfriend that he'd broken up with on her birthday, on her answering machine.
- Later in the episode, when the second try at dating hasn't worked, he inadvertantly chooses her birthday to break up with her a second time.
- In the episode Columns (S02E13) Ted must fire his one-time boss for poor performance. As he's about to fire him, a birthday party begins.
- Ted apparently likes/loves jazz.
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