How I Met Your Mother: 10 Fan-Ship Relationships We Wish Were Real

Most of the couples in How I Met Your Mother were relatively established from the beginning. Ted’s love life was always up in the air, especially as the love triangle between him, Robin, and Barney intensified, but otherwise, there wasn’t much room to wonder who was going to end up with who. Additionally, Lily and Marshall were together for the entire series, which took them off the table for potential romances.

Marshall And Victoria

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Although they never interacted outside of Ted, Marshall and Victoria would have worked well together. They were extremely similar in the way they viewed the world, and they both had a positive outlook on life. Victoria’s kindness is what made so many viewers grow attached to her, and Marshall’s kindness is his defining trait. If Marshall and Victoria had met before they met Lily and Ted, there’s no telling what might have happened between the two.

Robin And Lily

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Robin and Lily are the most popular fan-ship by far. A romance between them was something that didn’t seem off the table, as Lily expressed her attraction to Robin on multiple occasions. She was always trying to coordinate reasons for them to kiss, and she even approached Marshall about having a threesome with her best friend. The show always made it seem as though Lily’s feelings were one-sided, but things change when Lily and Robin kiss in the final season. Robin tries to convince Lily to make out again, but Lily is the one who shoots her down. They could very well be a case of “right person, wrong time.”

Ted And Barney

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Ted and Barney’s relationship was beloved by viewers. They were caught in a love triangle with Robin, but sometimes it seemed as though Ted and Barney would be a better match for each other. The two became a popular prospect and garnered quite a fan base throughout How I Met Your Mother’s run.

Ted and Barney even said themselves that life would be much better if they could date their bro. They make a rash decision to adopt a baby together, and even though they eventually change their minds, it would’ve been cute to see Ted and Barney raise a child.

Quinn And Robin

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Barney definitely has a type and it’s not at all surprising that Quinn and Robin were the girls he fell for the hardest. They’re both outspoken, independent, and cunning. Robin had some jealousy towards Quinn while she struggled with her feelings for Barney, but this is just another situation where the love triangle was being approached at the wrong angle. Quinn and Robin were the most similar out of all the characters in the series, and they would’ve worked great as a couple.

Barney And Marshall

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Barney was always protective over his relationship with Ted and would get jealous whenever someone would refer to Marshall as Ted’s best friend. Although they initially met through him, Barney and Marshall formed a friendship all of their own. When Marshall starts working at GNB, they get even closer than they were before. Barney even kisses Marshall in the first episode of the series, although he was only doing it to prove a point.

Tracy And Cindy

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To Cindy, this relationship was very real. Cindy had a roommate complex and was always trash-talking Tracy to anyone who would listen. However, when Tracy comforts Cindy after her breakup with Ted, Cindy kisses her.

Tracy didn’t appear to feel the same way about her roommate, but that doesn’t stop fans from wishing they could give things a go. Even if Tracy had to end up with Ted at the end, this relationship should have had a fair chance.

Barney And Lily

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Barney and Lily aren’t as outlandish as a couple as one might think. Lily was the only person Barney trusted with his deepest secret, and she was always a shoulder for him to cry on. Lily wasn’t afraid to put Barney in his place and she had no problem calling him out for all the horrible things he did. She played a huge part in his character development, and she might have been even more impactful if they were in a relationship. Barney and Lily even lived together for a short time and Barney kicked her out because they got along too well.

Tracy And Lily

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Out of all the characters besides Ted, Lily was the one to form the closest connection with Tracy. They met on a train on the way to Barney and Robin’s wedding and there was something about Tracy that Lily trusted instantly. During their ride together they both opened up about some pretty personal issues, which is difficult for anyone to do with someone they just met. But Tracy and Lily were clearly drawn together, and it would have been interesting to explore the relationship further.

Marshall And Ted

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Best friends to Lover is a popular trope on television, and Marshall and Ted fit the bill perfectly. They know each other better than anyone else does, and they lived together for years before Marshall and Lily got married. When Ted sends a prank text claiming that he’s having dreams about his best friend, Marshall is convinced that it’s him and goes out of his way to prove it. He says himself that he knows what Ted likes, which is why he and Ted would be a good match.

Ted And Lily

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Ted was friends with Lily for almost as long as he was friends with Marshall, as all three of them met in college. Their relationship is unique to the others on the show, as Ted and Lily are completely comfortable with each other at all times. They confide in each other and talk about things they’re too embarrassed to talk about with anyone else. What Ted and Lily have would be a great base for a romantic relationship if the show ever chose to go there.

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