If there was ever a show from the 2000s that was meme-able, it is How I Met Your Mother. There were so many running gags, funny moments, and quotable quotes along with defining characters that fans have had a field day getting creative with shareable memes.
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Some of the memes reference the show in general, while others offer commentary about pivotal situations or moments. But only a few are truly indicative of the show itself, fully encompassing what it was all about.
11 Pie Chart
One of the running jokes on the show was that no one in the group knew what Barney – the best character on How I Met Your Mother, according to Ranker – actually did for a living. Whenever he was asked, he never clearly answered. He always wore a suit, was rarely ever seen coming or going to the office, and was very wealthy.
The meme jokes about this, suggesting that fans were more interested in finding out what type of job afforded Barney a swanky bachelor pad and personal driver than they were in discovering who the mother was.
10 They Were Quarantined
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One of the more topical and timely memes, this one hilariously suggests that the only reason Ted’s two children stuck around to listen to Ted drone on about years of his life for nine seasons worth of stories was because they were all in quarantine.
It would make total sense. Each time the kids were shown in the opening or closing sequences, it was clear they were bored and dying to leave. However, dad also had them captivated, and they just wanted to get to the end of the story and find out the answer. The only way two teenagers would stick around that long, according to the meme, is if they were in quarantine and had nowhere else to go.
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9 Challenge Accepted
Another memorable line from the show, and one that is constantly copied, is Barney’s “challenge accepted.” It was usually given in response to someone implying that Barney would never be able to get the attention or win the affection of a particular woman.
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The gist of the statement is that whoever says the line is ready to prove someone wrong. Barney accepted a lot of challenges throughout the show, particularly when it came to women.
8 The Finale
The finale of How I Met Your Mother sadly goes down as one of the worst on television. Many people did not like the entire final season, nor the fact that the entire show built up the mother for so many seasons only to have her die in the end.
Nonetheless, despite the anger or disappointment in how it ended, there’s no denying that most die-hard fans shed a tear or two while they watched her sick in the hospital and learned that she was gone.
7 The Slap Bet
The Slap Bet one of the most recognizable running gags and scenes that live rent-free in every fan’s head from How I Met Your Mother. Marshall won a bet against Barney that allowed him to deliver five slaps any time he desired in the future (he later won another bet that added an additional three). That meant Barney was always on edge, never knowing when the slap might come.
Whenever Marshall found a moment to cash one of the slaps in, he made sure it was epic in nature, worthy of being played in slow motion. Barney took it in stride, since a bet is a bet, after all. But the Slap Bet is known terminology for fans of the show, and it was a big part of each season.
6 Wait For It
One of the most iconic statements from the show was Barney Stinson’s “legen-wait for it-dary.” Fans repeat it everywhere and in a variety of situations to describe their self-professed confidence or how amazing a particular moment was.
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Beyond that, the character of Barney was one of the best on the show, providing comic relief, constant hilarity, and a complete opposite approach to dating from Ted’s. Interestingly, while Barney’s womanizing and insensitive behavior would never fly today, at the time, it was all in good fictional fun.
5 HIMYM Vs. Friends
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Many have made comparisons between Friends and How I Met Your Mother. Both are about a group of single friends living in New York City and going about their daily lives. It’s no secret that How I Met Your Mother was heavily influenced by Friends.
This meme beautifully points out some of the uncanny similarities between not only the shows but also some of the main storylines. This incudes the long love stories between Ross and Rachel and Ted and Robin, the love triangles that included Joey and Barney, the womanizing character, and the happy ending with the seemingly perfect couple.
4 Theme Songs
Even simply seeing this meme, fans instantly might begin humming or singing the show’s theme song, which focused mostly on the hook with no lyrics, just these sounds. But the beat and hums were distinctive and catchy, so it was tough not to at least bop a head to them.
Chances are that fans not only sang along whenever they sat down to watch a new episode but might continue to do so any time they see the intro video or images. That includes the recognizable one featured in this meme.
3 Not Really About The Mom
It’s so true that, after nine seasons, fans realized that the story wasn’t about the mom after all. It was more so about Ted’s youth spent with his friends and the moments that shaped the person he eventually became. The mom was a great love of his life, but was she the great love?
Based on the ending, the real love story might actually have been Robin, one of many female TV characters who deserved a better ending. And only in her death and with Ted’s kids now grown was he finally able to come to terms with it. The meme pokes fun at this, as though the show fooled viewers all along into thinking the mom was the important part of the story when she actually wasn’t.
2 Every Little Detail
Fans quickly realized that in telling his short shory about how he met their mother, Ted was giving his kids every mundane detail about his life from the moment he met Robin and Barney to the day he met and married their mother.
From boring days at work to insignificant dates with women that didn’t amount to anything, this meme exaggerates the fact that Ted didn’t leave any detail out when he told the stories, no matter how far removed it was from the focus of it.
1 Be Like Them
Every fan had a favorite character on the show, or the one they related to the most or wanted to be the most like. In fact, How I Met Your Mother had a lot of life lessons to teach fans. This meme highlights each of the main characters’ most defining quality, from Marshall’s propensity for dreaming big, including one day becoming a judge or running his own environmental law firm, to Barney’s self-professed awesomeness.
The text at the bottom suggests that the person who created the meme, in fact, believes that the characters actually taught them how to possess each of these qualities. Indeed, fans really fell in love with the main five.
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