How I Met Your Mother’s Barney & Robin were a loving couple. However, there’s plenty of reasons they should have dumped one another on HIMYM.
– Barney Manipulated Her Into Marrying Him
“The Over-Correction” was a season 8 episode that saw Barney play out an incredibly elaborate play that would set Robin up perfectly for his proposal to her. Forgetting that as soon as he starts dating Robin’s arch-nemesis, Patrice, and acting very out of character, Robin should have known what was up, he’s actually being incredibly manipulative.
Over the course of the episode, Barney uses all of his knowledge about Robin’s likes and dislikes, what would hurt her and what would motivate her to get her in such a position that when he does pop the question she’ll say nothing but “Yes”. That level of planning and manipulation is next level sociopathy and Robin should have run a mile.
– He Didn’t Burn The Playbook
Back again to “The Over-Correction”, during the course of the episode, Barney tries to really sell that he’s committing completely and totally to Patrice by burning The Playbook. For the uninformed, The Playbook is likely one of Barney’s most cherished possessions, used to chronicle all of his sexual conquests.
When Barney finally reveals his hidden agenda to Robin, he confirms that he had indeed burnt The Playbook, but not for Patrice, for Robin. Except he hadn’t. By season 8 episode 18 – only 8 episodes later – The Playbook makes a grand return. Robin lets it slide when it gets destroyed yet again, but let’s be honest, she really shouldn’t have.
– Barney Cheated On Nora
In the season 7 episode “Tick Tick Tick” Barney and Robin slept together, potentially rekindling their relationship. The only problem? They had cheated on their respective partners, Kevin and Nora. After a little soul searching the pair agree they want to be together and that they’ll end their current relationships to do that.
This isn’t the first time Barney’s been unfaithful to someone, by the end of the shows run the guy’s slept with over 200 women. Robin should have known then and there, regardless of her involvement that being with Barney was a bad idea. But then again…
– Barney Once Sold A Woman
Barney does a lot of reprehensible things over the span of How I Met Your Mother‘s 9 seasons, but the one that might spring up the reddest flags, regardless of Neil patrick harris charm, is when he admits to having sold a person. In season 3 episode “The Bracket” the gag goes over what women out there might be out for revenge against Barney.
He lists a few, but the most jaw-dropping has to be “At one point I am pretty sure I sold a woman. I didn’t speak the language, but I shook a guys hand, he gave me the keys to a Mercedes and I left her there.” Forget breaking up with him, maybe just avoid a relationship altogether?
– Barney’s A Creep
Out of the core cast of How I Met Your Mother, it’s likely that none are more quotable – and by the end of the series – more lovable than Barney Stinson. But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t done, said, and implied the doing of some pretty creepy actions.
The first thing he says upon seeing Robin is “You just know she likes it dirty” not exactly the most romantic of first lines. Among that he’s sold a woman (as previously mentioned), slept with an uncountable number of others (mostly through lying), and has acted more irresponsible than any other human being on earth.