Because of its popularity, How I Met Your Mother has become a staple of the 2000s and 2010s. From being the source of current memes to teaching heartfelt life lessons, it’s stayed unique no matter how many sitcoms have attempted to replace it. Hulu even announced that a spinoff titled How I Met Your Father is currently in the works.
Each character in the show is known for something different and is often remembered for one thing, in particular. Although How I Met Your Mother is filled with iconic scenes, Ted and his friends all have definitive moments that stand out above the others.
Tracy McConnell: The Yellow Umbrella At The Train Station
For years, viewers wondered when Ted would meet the woman with the yellow umbrella. Each season brought viewers closer to the truth, and more parts of the story fell into place the longer it went on. The biggest clue viewers received was a glimpse of the exact moment Ted met the titular character.
Barney Stinson: 52 Seconds
The story of how Barney and Robin became a couple was told by Barney in under fifty-two seconds. He started from the moment he played “Have you met Ted?” and went all the way until the current one. Neil Patrick Harris’s ability to recite this story so flawlessly is what made this scene iconic.
Robin Scherbatsky: Let’s Go To The Mall
Robin Sparkles, Robin’s stage name in Canada, wasn’t just a hit in the show. Her song “Let’s Go to the Mall” became popular outside of the series, and was even included in the videogame, “Just Dance 3.” Because it was a fan-favorite, Cobie Smulders shared a new version of the song in 2020, called “Let’s Go to the Mall: Quarantine Edition.”
Marshall Eriksen: Slapsgiving
The slap bet was one of the best running gags in How I Met Your Mother, and Slapsgiving soon became a tradition for the gang. Marshall decides to make a countdown in anticipation of the event, leaving Barney dreading every second leading up to it.
Lily Aldrin: “That’s Love, B*Tch”
Lily’s quote quickly became a meme that still circles the internet to this day. In a world full of shippers, gifs of Lily and Marshall’s high five have been used to react to couples from all different kinds of television shows. The context is pretty spot-on, as this quote was meant to showcase Lily and Marshall’s love for each other.
When Ted pokes fun at them for always agreeing with each other, Lily defends their relationship. She mentions that the only debate they’ve ever had about Tommy Boy was whether it was awesome or super awesome, and follows it up with, “That’s love b*tch!”
Ted Mosby: The Blue French Horn
It’s not the most popular scene, but there’s no denying that it’s Ted’s most iconic one. How I Met Your Mother is all about foreshadowing, and the best series finales have a full-circle moment. On the night that Ted and Robin went on their first date, he steals the blue french horn from the restaurant and holds it up outside her window. The end of Ted’s story revealed that Robin regretted marrying Barney and not Ted. But Ted was already with Tracy and Robin had missed her shot.