Marshall and Lily were great together but neither one of them had the chance to play the field. Had Lily dated around a bit, she may have found an even better match than Marshall. With guys like Scooter, Brad, and Gael, she had some pretty decent contenders in How I Met Your Mother.
Scooter may come off as a little obsessive when it comes to Lily, but that’s only because he loves her. These two were high school sweethearts but Lily broke things off with Scooter during their senior prom.
Scooter was devoted to Lily and would have followed her anywhere. In fact, he probably would have supported her dream to be an artist in San Francisco.
These two may seem like an unlikely pair but on paper, they’re perfect together. Best friendships often make the best foundations for successful romantic relationships. These two know everything there is to know about one another.
It was even revealed in season three that Ted and Lily had been holding onto a secret of their own – they believed that they had kissed in college before Lily met Marshall.
There’s no denying the fact that Barney has always been somewhat attracted to Lily. Knowing this, we can’t help but wonder if Lily would have given Barney a shot had she not always been with Marshall.
Opposites attract and these two couldn’t be any more different. Lily would have balanced Barney out perfectly and she just might have been the one to make him want to settle down for good.
Carl the bartender definitely deserved more screen time. Fans would have loved to see Carl have a storyline of his own, possibly one that focused on a romantic relationship with Lily.
Even though these two don’t interact very often, they still appear to be very close. For instance, in the episode “The Best Man,” Carl was the first to find out that Lily was pregnant.
Lily and Kevin never got together, but they should have. Kevin’s character is a bit controversial as he’s known for being both Robin’s therapist and boyfriend. Kevin and Robin just weren’t right for each other, but Kevin could have been the perfect love interest for Lily.
Kevin is sweet, funny and intelligent – everything Lily looks for in a partner. These two could have been a match made in heaven.
It’s no secret that Lily has feelings for this lovable taxi driver. In season seven, fans found out that Lily had a romantic dream about Ranjit – and Marshall was not happy about it.
Lily and Ranjit getting together would be quite the twist and it would have been interesting to see if there was actually something between these two characters. Lily’s dream could have meant nothing – or it could have meant that these two were meant to be together.
In season eight, The Captain quickly became a big part of Lily’s life when he hired her as his art consultant. This job was a huge step in the right direction for Lily’s art career. Unlike Marshall, The Captain believed in Lily’s artistic capabilities.
Thanks to The Captain, Lily eventually got to live out her dream in Rome. Judging by their mutual love for art and traveling, it seems that these two have plenty in common and would have been great together.
Even though Marshall and Brad became enemies towards the end of the series, Brad had really been there for Lily in the past. Not only did he keep Marshall company during Lily and Marshall’s breakup, but he also helped Lily by attempting to kick Scooter out of their wedding.
These two could have gone the distance had Lily given Brad a shot when she returned from San Fransico in the second season of the series.
Nick was never Lily’s love interest but it would have been great to see these two give a romantic relationship a shot. Robin and Nick’s relationship was rather rocky and ultimately ended by Barney forcing Robin’s hand.
Nick wasn’t necessarily a fan-favorite character but he still deserved better. Who knows, maybe he and Lily would have been a much better match than he and Robin ever were.
Lily’s attraction to Gael was made pretty apparent in season three. He’s good looking, charming, and cultured – all things Lily finds extremely attractive. Even Marshall started to fall for Gael during their double date with him in the episode “Wait For It.”
We can definitely see Lily and Gael bonding over their love for music and art. Fans might have seen a lot more of Gael had he been Lily’s love interest instead of Robin’s.