Barney Stinson is the driving force of How I Met Your Mother. Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson is a serial playboy, using his relative wealth and an array of outrageous strategies to seduce women with no intention of engaging in a relationship. He is, unquestionably, master of the pick-up when it comes to sitcoms. He is a womanizer who uses many ‘plays’ in his ‘playbook’ to help him have sex with women. The character is known for his love of wearing expensive suits, laser tag, alcohol and various catchphrases, including “Suit up!”, “What up?!”, “legen—wait for it—dary!” and “Daddy’s home”.
However, Barney Stinson goes above and beyond, becoming defined by his pursuit of the ladies. He also goes above and beyond when it comes to how, exactly, he picks women up. While he sticks with bars (usually), he rarely uses a simple pick up line. Instead, he brings out the hefty tome that is the Playbook.
A leather-bound compendium of pick-up artistry, the Playbook is filled with detailed plays, each designed to lure women back to his fancy apartment. Elaborate costumes, fake identities, aliases, and even other people are involved in each play, and every single one has an official title as well! He is truly the master of the pick-up artists, although he occasionally admits that his conquests are hollow and meaningless. His Playbook days end when Barney meets the woman that he wants to marry, but in the years leading up to that, he uses some epic pick-ups – and only a true fan will know every detail of them!
Critics have praised the character and credit him for much of the show’s success. He is considered the show’s breakout character. If you think, you know enough about him, it’s time to check your knowledge in the Barney Stinson quiz.
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