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Fans Talk: TV Tropes II


Akin to references across the series, every well-known sitcom is going to have similar stories and plots and characters to other, perhaps lesser-known stories. Everybody’s human and everyone’s a critic. The popular website tvtropes.org knows a thing or two about the nuances and styles of narrative—from character types to relationship formats to how the next season finale will likely end.

A pretty useful site for How I Met Your Mother, yes?

The fans talk about what they may. Tropes the website spies in our beloved show include: 

Hilarity Ensues. The common catchphrase following the main, oftentimes incredibly dire, plots. If hilarity didn’t ensue—and much of the time, it does not—the results for the character would be very grim indeed. Take our Ted Mosby. If hilarity didn’t spring from Jeanette wrecking his apartment, he’d be left homeless. If the Rule of Funny didn’t have his back, he’d spend his seasons lost and alone. Doesn’t make for very good TV.

Romantic False Lead. As the title suggests, this character either creates tension between the main character and the true romantic lead, or blindsides the audience by ending up not the actual endeavor. See: Robin Scherbatsky. For fluxuating seasons we called her the Mother. Now? We’re happy to see her blossom into Aunt Robin. 

The Casanova. “The sexual predator — a man who relentlessly pursues, lands, loves and then abandons members of the opposite sex.” Gee, I-wonder-who-this-could-be.

Unreliable Narrator. One typically assumes the narrator tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth…until you land yourself Future Ted. With a memory fit for 2030, Ted Mosby often forgets small details or twists the true tale for our audience. As in the last episode…still not sure what happened there.

The best part of How I Met Your Mother? Its suit isn’t four-pieced. Check out the rest on tvtropes.org!


  • Aandiniee

    And it’s more than a little-bit atilnaeing to see social justice bloggers using our experiences and oppressions as their go-to for “insulting people we don’t agree with”.It’s striking and disturbing and meaningful how often their choice of insult is ableist. It also feels like just another way of getting a cookie pick out a vile personal insult and throw it at an individual we disagree with, and voila, instant acclaim/ally-dom. (Not saying it’s only coming from allies rather than marginalised people, but given intersectionality, many of us are both marginalised and ally, so it follows that many of us are vulnerable to the desire to show off our social justice ideals and to earn credibility cookies.)Because we’ve been culturally inculcated with the idea that disabled or different bodies are a sign or consequence of inner moral failings, those responses to Cheney were basically people going, SEE!’ very loudly. Like that connection, that symbolism, had been proven true.

  • Sammi

    Hi Ellen, I thought Mark Watson was hired to mnagae the city, not to go to UT or wherever and get his PhD! No way should the city pay his tuition or anything about his education! That is a private matter, not a city matter! Those proposing this are giving undo advantage to an individual, who may deserve it, but not at tax payers expense! This type of thinking is what is wrong in Oak Ridge! The city councils Wal Mart decision still irks me! I’ve been pretty pleased with the city actions, except for wanting to fine me for not cutting my lawn last year! I do like the parking on the street ordinance! Thanks for that one!DuckW

  • Shanna

    Interesting blog but how can I get someone to contact me about my missing order?

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