HIMYM: 10 Major Relationships, Ranked Least To Most Successful

How I Met Your Mother is all about the relationships – but which couples are endgame, and which are an example of what not to do?

Least Successful: Ted & Karen

She’s the woman that Ted just can’t seem to say no to, and he continually dates her, gets his heart broken, and then takes her back – from his teens right through to season four. This is despite the fact that Karen is essentially just a terrible person: she’s pretentious, rude, snobby, and cheats on all of her partners (including Ted).

Ted & Stella

It starts with her telling him outright that she had no time, didn’t want a relationship, and had no interest in changing her life – until he hounded her into doing so. They then disagreed on friends, on where to live, on how to approach a shared life, and on their wedding. In the end, Stella leaves him at the altar for her ex – ouch.

Ted & Zooey

Ted and Zoey manage to have a slightly better relationship than many of his – but it doesn’t exactly start well. Ted meets Zoey when she is protesting a building he is designing, and not only is she actively against his dream, she is married, and a socialite that likes to take up causes to stop herself getting bored.

Ted & Victoria

Ted and Victoria have the ultimate meet-cute, when they end up at a wedding together and have a perfect night. Had Victoria stayed in New York in the first place, this may have been a much shorter show.

Barney & Nora

Nora and Barney weren’t truly terrible together, and actually did pretty well for a while. Barney serenaded her at work, met her parents, made her laugh, and she challenged him. But, in the end, Barney just couldn’t stop wanting Robin, and this combined with his fear of commitment got in the way.

Robin & Kevin

When Robin starts going to therapy, she would never have guessed that she would fall for her therapist (because that’s seriously problematic), but that’s what happened. There’s was a relationship that could have gone the distance, if not for the fact that Kevin wanted kids, and Robin didn’t.

Barney & Quinn

Quinn was kind and loving, but a strong woman who had no interest in doing what Barney wanted – and it’s clear that Barney appreciates strong independent women. In fact, these two nearly got married, but after a long argument about pre-nups, it became clear that while they loved each other and worked well together, they just didn’t trust each other enough to get married.

Robin & Barney

Now we’re into the big guns, with one of the three major endgame couples of the show. Robin and Barney had an on-again-off-again relationship, but this actually worked in their favor. They were able to stay friends post-breakup (which is impressive in and of itself), and they were able to grow in between their relationships with each other.


Marshall & Lily

Marshall and Lily are usually hailed as the most successful relationship of the show, and it’s easy to see why. They have been together since college, have only slept with each other, are great co-parents, support each other’s dreams, and have a marriage that lasts into old age.

Most Successful: Ted & Tracy

Almost all of the information fans have about this pair comes from Ted’s monologues, which are (understandably) a bit rose-tinted. However, it’s worth noting that they met, started dating, got married, had two kids, and would have stayed together forever if it wasn’t for her untimely death. And isn’t that the goal?

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