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|How I Met Your Mother character|
|Created by||Carter Bays
|Portrayed by||Cobie Smulders|
|Aliases||Robin Sparkles, Robin Daggers|
|Family||Robin Charles Scherbatsky, Sr. (father)
Katie Scherbatsky (sister)
|Significant other(s)||Barney Stinson (husband)
Kevin (ex fiance)
Robin Charles Scherbatsky, Jr. (born July 23, 1980) is a fictional character created by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas for the CBS television series How I Met Your Mother, portrayed by Canadian actress Cobie Smulders.
Show creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas always intended for Robin Scherbatsky to be not the mother of Ted Mosby's children, stating that the show is about how "Ted meets the perfect woman, and it’s [still] not his final love story." After what they described as "a pretty famous actress" turned down the role Bays and Thomas cast Cobie Smulders, an unknown. They later said "Thank God we did for a million reasons ... when Ted’s seeing her for the first time, America’s seeing her for the first time — the intriguingness of that propelled the show going forward and kept the show alive".
Robin Charles Scherbatsky, Jr. was born July 23, 1980 to Robin Charles Scherbatsky, Jr. Robin had a minor career as a Canadian popstar, with one hit single "Let's Go to the Mall". After an accompanying music video and the ensuing year-long mall tour, she developed a serious aversion to shopping malls. Robin followed "Let's Go to the Mall" with the "artistic follow-up" "Sandcastles in the Sand".
Sparkles also appeared on the Canadian educational children's show Space Teens with Alan Thicke where two teen girls traveling through space in a curling stone–shaped spaceship "solve mysteries using math" featuring the song “Two Beavers Are Better Than One” further parodying Canadians (It was also implied that the aforementioned show had some 'sexual' hints, in particular a multiplication segment that challenged the girls to multiply 23 X 3 by using a "Joystick," but Robin says it was just a children's program). Toward the end of her musical career, Robin attempts to shift to grunge, penning a track entitled "P.S. I Love You" (about longtime crush Paul Shaffer) and performing it at the 84th Grey Cup, effectively ending her career in music.
As an adult, Robin is embarrassed by her teenage stardom, and though she admits resenting her father's methods of raising her, Robin still enjoys cigars, frisbee, hockey, scotch, guns, and saying 'eh'.
Robin is a news anchor for a New York cable news channel, Metro News 1, and became a host of her own morning talk show that airs at 4:00 in the morning. She lived in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn until her temporary unemployment (before the morning talk show) forced her to move in with her ex-boyfriend, and the show's main character, Ted, only briefly residing with Don, her colleague and then-boyfriend (she returned to Ted's apartment after the breakup, as Don moved to Chicago). Like Smulders, she is originally from Vancouver, and has a younger teenage sister named Katie, who appears in "First Time in New York". Although she was a reporter for "fluff news pieces" at the end of news segments at the time of first meeting Ted, over the series she has worked her way up to be lead news anchor at Metro News 1, before taking a prominent anchoring position in Japan, only to return to New York and, with help from Barney Stinson, host her own talk show.
Robin has been portrayed as an independent, confident woman throughout the series. She has stated numerous times that she doesn't want to get married and have kids, in episodes like Purple Giraffe, Something Blue, Little Boys and Symphony of Illumination. She was reluctant at first to date Ted as he wanted to marry her and settle down, but got together with him anyway in the Season One finale. After Kevin proposed to her, Robin thought she was ready to settle down until Kevin took back his proposal due to her inability and unwillingness to have children.
She has performed several embarrassing dares on television in exchange for money from Barney, including saying the word "nipple", spanking herself, and honking her own breasts. In "Mary the Paralegal", Robin won an award for her report on Pickles the singing dog, and attended the Local Area Media Awards show (LAMA's) with the group. She brought Sandy Rivers, a fellow reporter, as a date in order to make Ted jealous.
It was originally thought that Robin was the only main character on the show who smokes cigarettes sober (as Marshall has admitted to smoking while drinking and Lily smoked on her wedding day), but in the episode "Last Cigarette Ever" it is revealed that everyone in the gang was addicted to smoking at some point in time and would eventually quit. Ted asks her about her smoking in "Moving Day", and Robin tells him no, but is then shown smoking in the bathtub in her apartment later in the episode. She has an in-depth knowledge of cigars and was shown enjoying one with Barney in "Zip, Zip, Zip" at his cigar bar, with a glass of Johnnie Walker Blue Label scotch, in Marshall's car in a flashback with Lily in the episode "Arrivederci, Fiero", in a flashback very late at night before Marshall was scheduled to take the bar exam in episode "Dowisetrepla", and with Barney in Ted's new car in "The Chain of Screaming".
Robin has often stated her attraction to men with battle-scars or wounds, especially injuries such as bruises and missing teeth that have come from fights or sports. In "The Fight" she shows a vast change in interest in Barney once she believes he has gotten into a fight.
Robin is also an avid gun enthusiast, shown in multiple episodes brandishing a Desert Eagle (despite the fact that civilian handgun carry permits are severely restricted in New York City), as well as having a subscription to Guns & Ammo magazine and having taken Marshall to the shooting range in order to get over Lily.
She has been known to use the word "Literally" far too often, as pointed out by Ted in "Spoiler Alert". She also has a tendency to use the phrase "but um" when interviewing a guest on her talk show which was turned into a drinking game by Ted's students in "Jenkins". According to Ted, she cannot tell a lie without giggling, but she has been shown numerous times throughout the series lying smoothly. She does, however, usually talk in a higher than normal voice (what Lily calls her "truth voice") when saying something that is actually true, but she wants her friends to think she is kidding them about.
It is also revealed in "The Goat" that by Ted's 31st birthday, Robin will be living in Ted's apartment. This happens in "Not a Father's Day" when Robin moves into Ted's apartment after coming back from Japan, and then again in "Doppelgangers", when Robin, then living with her then-current boyfriend Don, left him. Future Ted reveals that Robin traveled the world and lived in many different countries.
Robin was in a relationship with her co-host Don Frank in Season 5 after getting over her break-up with Barney. She moved in with him in the episode "Robots Versus Wrestlers", but broke up with him in the season finale as he moved away to take a job offer in Chicago, which was initially turned down by Robin to stay with Don.
Despite having been in relationships with both Ted Mosby and Barney Stinson, and having rekindled her friendship with Ted, it's strongly implied Robin never let Barney go. Despite spending most of "Challenge Accepted" plotting with Barney to find a way to prevent Ted from pursuing a meaningless relationship with Zoey, and rekindling her relationship with him in the process, she also pressures Barney into approaching his current love interest, Nora. However, when Barney asks Nora for a cup of coffee, Robin realizes she may have not lost all feelings towards him.
In the season 7 premiere episode "The Best Man", Lily confronts her about her feelings for Barney, and advises Robin to tell him. She is about to do so when Barney pulls her onto the dance floor (at Punchy's wedding) and they dance passionately. Whatever tension there is between them is broken when Barney receives a call from Nora, whom he reveals he actually called multiple times and lied that he had not called at all. Barney isn't sure what to say to Nora and asks for Robin's help; Robin feeds Barney the words that she had intended to say to him and Barney succeeds at convincing Nora to meet him again. In "The Stinson Missile Crisis", Robin assaults a woman setting out to destroy Barney's relationship with Nora and is sent to court-mandated therapy with Kevin (Kal Penn) as the therapist. They start dating shortly after. Their relationship is tested when Robin cheats on him with Barney, and she decides to break up with Kevin. She changes her mind when Kevin tells her how much he cares for her, and they stay together.
The episode "Symphony of Illumination" depicts Robin as having a son and a daughter (much like Future Ted), telling them the story of how she told "their father" (Barney) that she was pregnant. Later in the episode, Robin finds that not only is she not pregnant, she is unable to have children. The children she was narrating to are revealed to have been imaginary and she was actually talking to herself. Despite the fact that she never planned on having children, she is devastated that she is unable to, and sobs heavily as Ted comforts her. She uses the excuse that the Canadian Olympic Committee deemed her too tall to be a "pole vaulter," which Ted sees through (although at this point he thinks her unhappiness is due to not being home for Christmas). Future Ted comments that she "never became a pole vaulter," but she became a world famous journalist, and even, for a time, a bull-fighter.
Later in the episode "Tailgate", Robin is put in charge of a New Year's Countdown show on her newsstation. Sandy Rivers is host but flakes off after breaking up with his girlfriend before going on the air. He gets drunk live on the show and Robin is forced to replace him, just before midnight, quoting "When that ball drops, we all get a fresh start, and, I don't know about you, but I could really use one." (This may redirect to all the events happening earlier in the season, such as cheating on Kevin and learning she is infertile.)
In "The Drunk Train", Robin and Kevin go with Marshall and Lily to a couple's lodge for Valentine's Day. There, Kevin proposes to her and she does not know what to say. She reveals to Marshall and Lily that she can't have children and asks them what Kevin would think. They tell her that if he really loves her, he won't care. When she does tell him, he proposes again and she happily accepts. However when they return from the vacation, Kevin discusses options to start a family, which Robin responds to by saying not only can she not have kids, but she doesn't want kids. This prompts her to ask Kevin again, would he be okay with not having any children, and not "waking up in two, ten, or fifty years, and regret what you've decided." Kevin then decides she is right and they break off their engagement. Soon after Ted finds her smoking alone on the roof of the apartment building, and she explains what happened. Ted then realizes that he and Robin haven't moved into any serious relationship since they were dating, and he tells her he loves her. However, Robin is unsure of what to think, and after returning home from a business trip to Moscow, she tells Ted that she doesn't love him, and she moves out of his apartment to live with one of her coworkers. Barney's girlfriend, Quinn, moves in with Barney and Robin and Ted fight over who gets her apartment. Ted has been living in University housing and Robin has been living with her "overly-motherly" co-worker. She gets a promotion to co-host and a huge raise, so she gives the apartment to Ted. In the season finale, it is revealed that she will be the bride at Barney's wedding. In the "The Final Page", Barney proposes to Robin, and Robin agrees to marry him.
The season 8 finale cliffhanger leaves off 56 hours before her wedding to Barney.
- "Let's Go to the Mall"
- "Sandcastles in the Sand"
- "The Beaver Song"
- "P.S. I Love You" (released under the stage name Robin Daggers)
In other media
- Stransky, Tanner (2013-05-13). "'HIMYM' unveils the mother! The creators answer your burning questions -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
- CBS Innertube "Let's Go to the Mall" music video. Retrieved on 2009-10-09.
- "How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders on the Return of Robin Sparkles". New York Magazine.
- "P.S. I Love You". How I Met Your Mother. Season 8. Episode 15. 2013-2-4. CBS.
- "Slap Bet". How I Met Your Mother. Season 2. Episode 9. 2006-11-20. CBS.
- "Happily Ever After". How I Met Your Mother. Season 4. Episode 6. 2008-11-03. CBS.
- "Pilot". How I Met Your Mother. Season 1. Episode 1. 2005-09-19. CBS.
- "Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M.". How I Met Your Mother. Season 1. Episode 18. 2006-04-10. CBS.
- "Doppelgangers". How I Met Your Mother. Season 5. Episode 118. 2010-05-24. CBS.