For nine epic seasons, How I Met Your Mother entertained fans with its delightful humor, captivating narrative and melting pot of quirky characters. From Barney’s womanizing escapades to Ted’s quest for true love, this show was packed with symbols, catchphrases and other material that has its place in modern pop culture (think The Bro Code).
Of course, the impact of this hit series on the lives of its viewers would not have been possible without an endearing cast of characters, each of whom made up a piece of the puzzle with their dazzling personalities. So without further ado, here are the Myers-Briggs Personality Types of the characters of How I Met Your Mother.
10 Ted Mosby-INFJ (Advocate)
Like a typical INFJ, Ted is quietly intense, which is a trait that forms the foundation of the entire show, namely his never-ending search for the right woman. This trait does have its downside, however, as it has often led him into the wrong types of relationships.
He does, however, possess the great INFJ quality of being vision and meaning-oriented, which allows him to persevere in his career as an architect and eventually find his soulmate. Ted’s perseverance is what allowed him to stay positive and keep striving for what he wants, even when others would have thrown in the towel.
9 Barney Stinson-ENTP (Debater)
An inventive playboy, Barney uses his ENTP adaptability to orchestrate many plays in which he successfully managed to court women. He is a novelty seeker who is always up for a party and often attempts to coerce Ted into participating in his elaborate schemes.
Unfortunately, Barney’s superficial desires result in a lack of self-fulfillment, with much of his insecurity coming out when he interacts with his estranged father. Nevertheless, he remains an energetic person who always brings life into a room and continues to keep audience members smiling.
8 Robin Scherbatsky-ISTP (Virtuoso)
While she may sometimes seem somewhat negative, this impression is mostly due to her ISTP sense of practicality. Robin has her feet planted firmly on the ground, and goes after what she wants, even when it leads her all the way to Japan. While she often remains cool and seems to take a back seat, her hands-on personality comes out when she gets involved in discussions on ice hockey as well as her news reporter career.
While she may be down to earth, Robin also has a sense of adventure like many other ISTPs, which leads her to act impulsively. We saw this after her second breakup with Ted, when she decided to travel to Argentina as an escape and came back with her rebound boyfriend, Gael.
7 Marshall Eriksen-INFP (Mediator)
With his politeness and strong moral compass, Marshall has a great value system as do many INFPs. He is caring and always willing to listen to the struggles of his friends and wife, even lending a shoulder to cry on when necessary. His soft personality does cause an issue for him in the workplace, however, as he is often taken advantage of by his employers.
One of Marshall’s defining INFP traits is his pursuit of harmony; he never picks sides in a fight so long as he can help it and often acts as a mediator within the group so as to bring his friends together again.
6 Lily Aldrin-ENFP (Campaigner)
The ever-enthusiastic Lily is always willing to lend a helping hand, even when it may not be welcome. Like many ENFPs, she is insightful and often proves to be a fountain of wisdom when it comes to giving sound advice. She does, however, sometimes cross the line by meddling too deeply in her friends’ affairs; a struggle that many ENFPs face.
Despite sometimes being overbearing, Lily remains a warm person who will always be there for her friends when times get tough. She is open to trying new things, including moving to San Francisco when her relationship with Marshall was on the rocks.
5 Tracy McConnell-ISFP (Adventurer)
While she is only featured towards the end of the series, it quickly becomes evident that Ted’s eventual wife was incredibly observant, and could pick up on someone’s emotions almost right away. This valuable ISFP trait was evident when she and Robin first met, and Robin was displaying cold feet before her wedding to Barney. Immediately, Tracy told Robin to stop what she was doing and take three deep breaths, which allowed enough time for Barney to convince her to go through with the wedding.
Apart from her observance and wisdom, Tracy is simply a caring person. When Lily was distraught after her fight with Ted as well as the fact that she missed Marvin, Tracy immediately offered her cookies in an effort to console her.
4 Zoey Pierson-ENFP (Campaigner)
The always-imaginative Zoey sometimes gets ahead of herself and begins to build false expectations, particularly when it comes to protest movements. Although this can be a downfall, it does also lend itself to a common ENFP advantage, namely being a natural-born leader.
As she proved during Thanksgiving dinner, Zoey is a playful and novelty-seeking ENFP, who used her imagination to conceive amusing games for the group to play together.
3 Stella Zinman-ENFP (Campaigner)
While sociable and easy to get along with, Stella often finds herself getting held back due to dwelling on things in the past; particularly her relationship with Tony. This has resulted in her finding it difficult to fully commit to someone else, which was a root cause of much of Ted’s frustration.
All of her insecurities aside and Stella still retains many positive ENFP qualities such as being enthusiastic and future-oriented, especially during the time in which she and Ted were seriously considering building a life together.
2 Quinn Garvey-ESTP (Entrepreneur)
Barney’s longtime ex and notorious stripper, Quinn is direct and realistic in her goals and does what it takes in order to make a living. She is adventurous and is always up for a risk, particularly if it results in having a good time. While she is efficient as a typical ESTP, she often uses this trait to take advantage of people, such as when she took an excessive amount of money off of Barney on the night they met.
Quinn is very insightful and observant and has a knack for anticipating how someone will behave. She is also a people-person who loves being at the center of attention.
1 Wendy The Waitress-ESFJ (Consul)
While not much is known about her, Wendy had been a waitress at MacLaren’s Pub for the duration of the series. Whenever the group would sit down in their booth, she always greeted them with an open smile, displaying her caring ESFJ personality.
She always appeared welcoming and enthusiastic when assisting the group with whatever they need, however like many ESFJs, she had the tendency to become overly-enthusiastic, which opened her upon to being hurt after briefly dating Barney.
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