June 1, 2022

How I Met Your Mother really is a fairytale. Think about it. Fairytales rely heavily on symbolism: the red apple in Snow White, the glass slipper in Cinderella, the rose in Beauty and the Beast. HIMYM, like fairytales, relies heavily on symbolism. It’s one of the things I love most about How I Met Your Mother.

You’ve heard of the most common symbols in HIMYM: the yellow umbrella, the blue french horn, the red cowboy boots, and the pineapple. But there are other important symbols in HIMYM that are overlooked, namely the butterfly, the pumpkin, the locket and the lighthouse.

Remember, fairytales are about hope and transformation.

The yellow umbrella symbolizes hope. It’s like the wishing star in Disney. Ted had to believe in fate, believe that he would one day meet his soulmate.

You may laugh now but I’m going to show you how How I Met Your Mother is a Cinderella story, starting with the symbols, the butterfly and the pumpkin.

Butterflies represent transformation.

The main animals represented in Cinderella are the butterfly/bird and the fish. In the Cinderella movie Ever After, the main girl Danielle starts out as a fish. As a servant, she feels unfit to be among royalty.

Danielle looks at her dirty hands, then decides to cleanse herself and go for a swim, alluding to her being a fish at the beginning of the story.

This is my favorite scene in Ever After.

Ever After alluding to her future transformation with wings.

Her dress has wings.

Butterfly dress in Cinderella 2015

The butterfly is also used to signify transformation in How I Met Your Mother.

After Ted broke up with Robin, he got a butterfly tattoo, which became a running joke for the rest of the series. The breakup simply opened doors to greater things and was the starting point to Ted’s growth in the next chapter of his life.

“I thought you needed a wingman to fly, but the truth is, you’ve got your own wings now. Since you and Robin split, you’ve been gestating. Growing in your cocoon. And last night, you burst out of that cocoon like a majestic, uh…gosh what is it that comes out of a cocoon? I was always bad at science.” — Barney to Ted

Every time a female character undergoes transformation or a major life transition, she’s wearing a butterfly necklace.

Robin wearing the butterfly necklace when she quits her job in search for a better one. “I came to Metro News 1 as a little caterpillar, and for four years, this desk has been my cocoon. But tonight I emerge an ambitious butterfly.”

When Lily returns from San Francisco after her break up with Marshall, she’s wearing the butterfly necklace.

And that, kids, is the main theme of How I Met Your Mother.“Kids, I’ve been telling you the story of how I met your mother. And while there’s many things to learn from this story, this may be the biggest. The greatest moments of your life won’t necessarily be the things you do. They’ll also be the things that happen to you. Now I’m not saying you can’t take action to affect the outcome of your life. You have to take action, and you will. But never forget, that on any day, you could step out the front door and your whole life can change forever. You see, the universe has a plan, kids, and that plan is always in motion. A butterfly flaps its wings, and it starts to rain.”

Hmm, I wonder what happens when it starts to rain? It’s like Ted took out his yellow umbrella in that very scene! Isn’t HIMYM brilliant!?

Just like in Cinderella, Ted had to learn that “even miracles take a little time.”

Think about it: why is it called wingman? Barney gave Ted wings to fly.

Given how much fairytales and HIMYM have in common, it’s only fitting that HIMYM is now on Disney+!


The pumpkin is an icon in Cinderella.

Likewise, the pumpkin is also a significant symbol in HIMYM, enough for it to have a repeat episode near the end of the series.

Each year, Ted returns to the same Halloween party in hopes of finding the girl in the pumpkin costume he met years earlier. We don’t who the girl is and like Prince Charming, Ted doesn’t have her identity. He never got her name or number. She’s a mystery to us.

The pumpkin is a testament to Ted’s faith. “It’s about believing. This girl represents something to me. Hope.”

Robin: How do you do this, Ted? How do you sit out here all night on the roof in the cold, and still have faith your pumpkin’s going to show up?

Cinderella had to wait for her pumpkin too. “If you’d lost all your faith, I couldn’t be here. And here I am.”

In HIMYM, the minor characters are shorthand parallels for the major characters. For example in “The Window” episode, it’s not the Girl Next Door whom Ted’s been in love with his whole life. It doesn’t matter who she is. The Girl Next Door isn’t real. She’s just a representation of who Robin is.

Tracy = Slutty Pumpkin

Victoria = Natalie (the one Ted dumped on her birthday)

Robin = Girl Next Door (Maggie)

The Slutty Pumpkin is shorthand for the mother. She’s a mystery, the one Ted waited so long to meet, his search for “the one.”

Natalie is a shorthand for Victoria. Ted almost marries her. There’s nothing wrong with her, she’s great, but she simply isn’t “the one.”

Then there’s the Girl Next Door, a representation of Robin. He knows that she’s the love of his life, but the timing never worked out for them.

Be sure to look out for the next posts in my series #HIMYMandFairytales, where I will be discussing the other symbols in How I Met Your Mother.

Have a legendary day.

#himym #HIMYMandFairytales #HallofFame


My favorite season.

Sleeping Beauty”She’ll walk in springtime wherever she goes.”

The Secret Garden

Anne of Green Gables


Meet Me in St. Louis

Footlight Parade





Fuck Fall.


Harry Potter


Lord of the Rings

Beauty and the Beast


Little Women

Gone With the Wind

How the West Was Won

Meet Me in St. Louis



Audition (The Fools Who Dream)

Here's to the ones who dream

Foolish as they may seem

So bring on the rebels

The ripples from pebbles

The painters, and poets, and plays

And here's to the fools who dream

Crazy as they may seem

Take Me Away

Don't wanna grow up

I wanna get out

Hey, take me away

Belle (reprise)

I want adventure in the great wide somewhere

I want it more than I can tell

Let’s Go Fly A Kite

Let's go fly a kite

Up to the highest height

Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring

Up through the atmosphere

Up where the air is clear

Let's go fly a kite


You know, our ancestors weren’t so far off when they said that humans were made of fire, earth, water and air.

Fire – If you follow the food chain, we get our energy ultimately from the sun, which is a ball of fire

Earth – We get our nutrients from plants that get their nutrients from the soil of the earth

Water – We drink water and our bodies are 70% water

Air – We breathe in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide


Type 1

Season 1 Episode 20, The Stranger

Type 2

Season 1 Episode 22, A Land Without Magic

Type 3

Season 1 Episode 6, The Shepherd

Type 4

Season 2 Episode 7, Child of the Moon

Type 5

Season 2 Episode 5, The Doctor

Type 6

Season 1 Episode 19, The Return

Type 7

Season 2 Episode 4, The Crocodile

Type 8

Season 1 Episode 4, The Price of Gold

Couldn’t find an episode that really fits type 9, sorry.

That is all.


Nothing is better than combining my two favorite things – How I Met Your Mother and Disney Princesses.

Snow White – Marshall Eriksen

Super sweet and insists on doing the right thing

Cinderella – Victoria

Kind and perceptive. They are both INFJs and just know something.

Ariel – Lily Aldrin


Belle – Ted Mosby

Nerdy intellectuals

Pocahontas – Zoey Pierson

The advocate and the mischievous free spirit

Mulan – Robin Scherbatsky

Badasses who are insecure and vulnerable underneath

Tiana – Stella Zinman

Both are constantly working.

Rapunzel – Barney Stinson

Both blondies are great at charming and manipulating people. Barney, like Rapunzel, pursues a vast array of hobbies – magic, Shinjitsu cooking, cab driving, blogging, etc.

Have legendary day.


Ted Mosby 6w5

S4 E19 Murtagh

Robin: I must say there is something admirable about the way Barney wants to stay young at heart. I mean, who wants to get old?

Ted: This guy. Robin, life is a meal and old age is the dessert. I spend so much of my time worrying about the future. You know, “Where’s my career going? Who am I gonna marry?” But when you’re old, you don’t worry, ‘cause all that stuff’s already happened.

S4 E5 Shelter Island

Robin: Don’t get married Ted. Look, you’re rushing into this. It’s like you’re trying to skip ahead to the end of the book.

S9 E22 The End of the Aisle

Robin: Shouldn’t I be with the guy who finds me my locket? The guy who steals me the blue French horn

S1 E7 The Matchmaker

Lily: Don't Ted-out about it.

Ted: Did you just use my name as a verb?

Barney: Oh, yeah, we do that when you're not around. “Ted-out”: to over think. See also “Ted-up”. “Ted-up”: to over think with disastrous consequences. For example, “Billy Tedded-up when he-”

Ted: All right, I get it

Robin Scherbatsky 8w7

S7 E15 The burning beekeeper

Ted: I cannot believe you screamed at that woman at Zabar’s

Robin: she was trying to cut in line. She was gonna get the last kugel.

Ted: She was 90 years old. It was probably gonna be her last kugel.

Robin: Sometimes in life you have to be assertive and stand up for yourself. If I would’ve left things in your dainty, lily-white, never-ripped-an-old-lady’s-wig-off-hands, we would be kugel-free right now.

Ted: Oh, so what, I’m too nice?

Robin: You never stand up for yourself. Remember that sixth-grader who kept stealing your lunch? You had your mom stop making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches because of that girl’s nut allergy.

Ted: Okay so what? I would rather be nice than be like you, always getting into fights about stuff that’s not even worth fighting about.

Robin: Disagree. It’s like Sun Tzu wrote in The Art of War, “Never give up, never surrender.”

S7 E24 The Magician’s Code, Part II

Robin: Aren’t you tired of waiting for destiny? Isn’t it time to make your own destiny?

Barney Stinson 7w8

S1 E1 Pilot

Barney: Ted, I’m going to teach you how to live.

S1 E3 Sweet Taste of Liberty

Barney: Ted, you've been living your whole life in a seatbelt. It's time to unclick

Barney: Our forefathers died for the pursuit of happiness, ok? Not for the sit around and wait of happiness. Now if you want you can go to the same bar, drink the same beer, talk to the same people everyday, or, you can lick the liberty bell. You can grab life by the crack and lick the crap out of it.

S1 E11 The Limo

Barney: Now, people often think that a good mix should rise and fall but people are wrong, it should be all rise, baby!

S7 E21 Now We’re Even

Barney: I was sitting at home and all of a sudden, I had a piphany. Make every night legendary. The non-legendary nights are done. From here on in, every single night of our lives will be a night we’ll never forget. Starting tonight. Who’s ready for the longest, craziest adventure yet?!

S2 E17 Arrivederci Fiero

Barney: Our days on this planet are too few to squander. So I decided from that moment on to continue living life to its fullest.

S2 E2 The Scorpion and the Toad

Barney: Marshall, being a single guy in New York City is like being in a candy store.

Lily Aldrin 2w3

S9 E23 Last Forever, Part I

Lily: This right here, this is why we can’t fall out of each other’s lives. We have to be here for the big moments. Just promise me no matter what, we will always be there for the big moments.

S3 E6 I’m Not That Guy

Lily (alluding to her 3 wing): I got a 2 syllable damn in that dress

Marshall Eriksen 2w1

S6, E17 Garbage Island

Marshall: [My dad] never get to see how I turn out. I used to always tell him that I was gonna be an environmental lawyer and he was always proud of me for that. But he never got to see the version of me that was anything but a corporate stooge. And now it’s too late.

S5 E23 The Wedding Bride

Marshall: All right, do you guys wanna know why I’m nice to everyone? It’s because I don’t care about baggage. I mean, most people, they see another person walking down the street with that heavy bag they’re carrying, and they just walk on by. But not me. I look at them, and I say, “Howdy, stranger. Can I give you a hand with that?”

James Stinson 7w6

S2 E10 Single Stamina

James: You are young, attractive people here in the greatest city on Earth. There are boys and girls in Nobody Cares, Wyoming, wishing they could be here. But instead, they are in someone’s basement drinking bad malt liquor, debating whether or not they’re going to spend their Saturday night in the parking lot of the feed store or in some other dude’s basement. You owe it to them to rise up, and shimmy your lazy asses into something hot, and you go out there and YOU LIVE THEIR DREAM!

Victoria 2w1

S1 E13 Drumroll Please

Victoria: Do you want to come and cry out here? I’ve been told I’m an excellent hugger.

Zoey Pierson 1w2

S6 E6 The Architect of Destruction

Zoey: I can’t just sit by while voiceless people or animals or even buildings get screwed over.

S6 E10 Blitzgiving

Ted: If Zoey is a cartoon character, she’s Cinderella’s evil stepmother!

Zoey: Get out, all of you, out!

S9 E21 Gary Blauman

Zoey: The hawk is a majestic creature. She means you no har-aah no! I’m your friend! I’m helping you!

Nora 1w2

S6 E16 Desperation Day

Barney: Why aren’t you wearing purple like your friends?

Nora: I told them I forgot. But the truth is I’m protesting their protest. Can you keep a secret? I love Valentine’s Day.

Barney: You walking around saying you’re a gooey romantic? It comes across a bit desperate.

Nora: What’s so desperate about knowing what you want? Look, life’s really short Barney. Who wants to spend Valentine’s Day alone, distracting yourself from the fact that nobody loves you with some sad little activity?

Nora: There is one difference between you and me. I’m not saying any of this to get in your pants.

Karen 4w3

S4 E16 Sorry, Bro

Karen: Your wine list has a Chateauneuf-du-Pape listed under your Cotes de Provence. You might want to alert your sommelier.

Have a legendary day,

The Blogger

#himym #enneagram

1. Flared jeans

Seriously, skinny jeans are so fugly. Why are they still a thing?

Note: I made a draft of this post a few years back. It seems like flared jeans are now on the rise, but my point still stands: flared jeans >>> skinny jeans.

2. Flower crowns

They are timeless.

3. Parasols

What things do you wish would go back in fashion? Comment below!


Tangled (2010)

Super 8 (2011)

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Les Miserables (2012)

The Host (2013)

The Great Gatsby (2013)

Frozen (2013)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Moana (2016)

La La Land (2016)

and last but not least....

Frozen II (2019)

A lot of movies from 2012 and 2013 it seems.

That is all.