Talk:Barney Stinson

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Abilities[edit]

His "physical abilities" should not not include "punching through a wall." Knocking off plaster that is in front of a brick wall is... well, there is actually nothing easier than doing that. Also, he is clearly shown as studying "The Price is Right" intensely, rather than just guessing perfectly at random, in terms of the price of the items on the show. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.7.129.159 (talk) 11:15, 16 June 2010 (UTC)

Illusion[edit]

The Episode Single Stamina is S02E10 and not S03E08. And there is no sign of magic or illusion whatsoever. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.113.121.147 (talk) 09:43, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

Mystery[edit]

Is there any indication that Barney could be based on Mystery_(pickup_artist)? Shares many similar traits, such as making up rules about picking up, teaching people to live, being interested in magic, using the term "wingman", stuff like that. Methulah (talk) 09:40, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

I feel it is more likely just picking up on the common aspects that are well known in popular culture (for instance, most people know already what "wingman" means without having heard of Mystery) Mathmo Talk 08:07, 30 November 2008 (UTC)

Article revamp[edit]

I just revamped the article with sources, per WP:RS and WP:V. I also heavily trimmed the amount of plot summary per WP:NOT#PLOT. The article shouldn't be so heavily detailed on minor plot points but should instead focus on the real-world notability of the character, with enough plot to make sense. Karanacs (talk) 18:37, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

Should it be included that Barney apparently speaks Korean? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 152.10.196.191 (talk) 21:13, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

Why is the information about Barney being in top physical condition in the Childhood and Family section? There is no relevance to either his childhood or his family life in that information. Roladex (talk) 18:18, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

I gave up trying to get all the unsourced trivia out of the article. Karanacs (talk) 18:25, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

Naming[edit]

Please note that WP guidelines state that in a biographical article (even a biography of a fictional character), last names should be used and not first names. This is to make it have a more encyclopedic tone. Karanacs (talk) 13:14, 6 May 2008 (UTC)

Book[edit]

Can anyone update to include the new book? http://www.amazon.com/Bro-Code-Barney-Stinson/dp/143911000X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228237139&sr=8-1 tx

Done, I grabbed a copy of the citation off the main How I Met Your Mother article. -- Horkana (talk) 07:01, 18 November 2009 (UTC)
So, does anyone think this line - "Ostensibly written by Stinson, although actually penned by a writer for the show" - is necessary? 69.158.137.23 (talk) 03:02, 7 January 2012 (UTC)

Spouse[edit]

Why is Wendy the waitress listed as his spouse? Although they hooked up there is no mention whatsoever that they were at some point married. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 88.69.1.35 (talk) 23:18, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

why on earth is robin listed as barney's spouse? even if it were true (it says 'future') we don't want to know that now!!! It's a spoiler, it shouldn't be on wikipedia until the episode in which they marry is aired! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 62.4.36.70 (talk) 17:09, 15 May 2012 (UTC)

Barney's blog[edit]

No mention of his blog? Must have been a different article I was thinking of, wanted to add a source, the Chicago Tribune says Matthew Kuhn writers Barneys' blog. "Matthew Kuhn, who has written Barney’s blog for the CBS Web site for the past three years." Would be nice to add something about the blog and without it being too much in universe. -- Horkana (talk) 07:01, 18 November 2009 (UTC)

Casting[edit]

FutonCritic has a transcript from a panel discussion after the 100th episode and Alyson Hannigan mentions Neils audition for Barney and how he bounced off the wall. I think this was mentioned in the article before (or possible one of the related articles and not this one) but removed for lack of sources. Will try to add it back in later. -- Horkana (talk) 17:06, 12 January 2010 (UTC)

Unnamed sister[edit]

Barney has no sister. He was just using that as a lie to have sex. If Barney had a sister, he would have mentioned her whenever he mentioned James. It's just James and him. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 208.124.9.30 (talk) 04:12, 20 May 2010 (UTC)

No he learns of his half-sister in the episode Legendaddy as his dad Jerome had two more children after barney

Redirect[edit]

Character doesn't meet WP:GNG - no significant coverage in independent reliable sources, and it isn't properly sourced. WP:PLOT also dictates that coverage of fictional entities should be concise, and this certainly isn't. Per WP:NOTGUIDE, Wikipedia is an encyclopaedia, and we shouldn't have in-universe coverage of television characters. Claritas § 18:30, 20 June 2010 (UTC)

I count at least 6 or 7 independent, reliable sources. That is certainly enough for it to not be speedy redirected. Tag the article with a cleanup tag, if you'd like, but don't redirect without a proper discussion either here or at WP:AfD. Nymf hideliho! 18:39, 20 June 2010 (UTC)
Can you provide the "6 or 7 independent reliable sources" ? I can't find them. Claritas § 18:45, 20 June 2010 (UTC)
There's no significant coverage in The Telegraph etc as cited, just trivial mentions. I'll redirect in a few days if there is no more discussion. Claritas § 06:51, 22 June 2010 (UTC)

Interview[edit]

Interview, compares Barney to Darth Vader. True story. Might be useful to backup some of the character points in this article. Interview if from time of Season 4 and goes all over the place, but the page linked is particularly about Barney. Hopefully it will be of some use: http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show/how_i_met_your_mother/the_craig_thomas_interview.php?page=4 -- Horkana (talk) 19:03, 27 June 2010 (UTC)

The age of fictional characters[edit]

re: this edit. Please see the consensus at Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Television/Archive_11#Age fields in fictional character infoboxes. Few points to take from it that can be applied here.

  1. Fictional characters are not real. They aren't born, nor do they die. They are born on-screen, i.e. during the first appearance.
  2. Stating that he was born in 1976, in reference to it being 7 years after the moon landing, is original research. As is "stated that he is 34 years in old in bla bla, hence making his birth year 1976." Stating that he was born 7 years after the moon landing might be okay, though it is borderline WP:TRIVIA. This could be eaisly checked as his birthday and age are mentioned in most of the series
  3. Only the basic facts to get an understanding about the character should be listed in the infobox.

Also, see Wikipedia:INUNIVERSE. Thanks. Nymf hideliho! 15:15, 30 June 2010 (UTC)

This essay, WP:CYF, might help to gain an understanding as well. Nymf hideliho! 15:20, 30 June 2010 (UTC)
I quickly noticed a more practical, that information was not being shown anyway since the Template:Infobox character does not include parameters for those details so I removed them again and pushed the extra sources into the article where appropriate. -- Horkana (talk) 14:17, 1 July 2010 (UTC)

L.A. Confidential[edit]

There is a mention of a Barney Stinson in the Novel L.A. Confidential (Chapter 9, mentioned by another character as a Hospital Orderly that sells drugs). Is this Barney named after that one? It just seems too unusual a name for it to be a coincidence (Which it could well be), have the writers ever said anything either way?(188.28.95.226 (talk) 01:42, 27 July 2010 (UTC))

Family life[edit]

In The Stinsons (S04E15), Barney hires actors to play his fake wife and child in order to make his mother happy. Considering the extent to which he went in order to give his mother what he thought she wanted, could this information not be included in either the Childhood and Family section, or right after an argument is made about whether or not he is "utterly devoid of morality"? Roladex (talk) 18:18, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

“lemon law”[edit]

I removed a statement that the character has a "lemon law that applies to blind dates.” It frankly doesn’t make sense and is not a common usage of the term. The source [1] has "lemon law" in quotes as it is taken from the show and is an abuse of the term.

I suggest rewording to state directly that he believes it’s okay to leave at any point in a blind date, as the term is confusing and unimportant. --X883 (talk) 07:12, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

Age[edit]

In the episode Natural History (S06E08), Barney says he was 6 years old when he knocked down the blue whale. When reading the file about the incident, the security officer states that the incident happened in 1981. This would make Barney at least 35-36. This is significantly older than the rest of the characters. Are there any episodes that contradict this? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 142.162.11.112 (talk) 06:07, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

He is older than the rest of the cast, seen in a flashback in the late 90's where he is in his mid twenties.
Guys, Lets face it, Barney is NOT fictional, he just feels fictional cause of how AWESOME he is. I am not saying that Neil Patrick Harris is, in fact, not real, but Barney is just another guy (who looks exactly like Neil) who was to awesome to play himself so they had to get an actor. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.66.125.40 (talk) 16:24, 31 March 2011 (UTC)
In the episode Of Course (How I Met Your Mother) it is said that in 2010 Barney had the age of 34. Which means he's from 1976 or 1975. His blog however states he's from 1976 (http://www.barneystinsonblog.com/about-me/) and as mentioned above another episode claims he's from 1975 or 1974. Streep (talk) 18:13, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Incoherence[edit]

This article is really incoherent. There is random unrelated stuff mentioned under "Career". Plus, it is a bit out-dated. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Babar Suhail (talkcontribs) 21:43, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

On the main page in the side bar profile, it says AltruCell is taken over by GNB. It's the other way around. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.21.248.204 (talk) 10:47, 26 October 2012 (UTC)

Possible inspiration for the character[edit]

In my opinion, Barney's character is mostly based on a character from Paul Thomas Anderson's masterpiece film, Magnolia. I'm talking about Frank T.J. Mackey (played by Tom Cruise); let's see: both show an image of a womanizer man, both have written books on how to flirt with women (The Playbook in Barney's case), and both have this personality created upon the lack of a solid paternal figure (eventually the two of them end up confronting their respectives fathers when they meet them after many years without a single notice from them). What do you think? Should it be included on the article? 46.25.121.93 (talk) 22:24, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

Only if you can find a source that backs up your theory--Jac16888 Talk 22:35, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

Bro Code[edit]

Here is the best version of the article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bro_Code&oldid=466617782Igottheconch (talk) 15:41, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

Education[edit]

After being seen in a Cornell University

tee shirt fans guess he went there — Preceding unsigned comment added by 173.76.231.72 (talk) 00:45, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

Wearing a t-shirt is not enough of a source for us to use in his Wikipedia article for where he went to college. --Jnorton7558 (talk) 00:53, 14 January 2014 (UTC)
Original research and assuming intent. EvergreenFir (talk) 03:42, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

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