Which MBTI type are the characters from How I Met Your Mother?

How I Met Your Mother: “A popular American TV sitcom starring Ted, who tells his kids the story of how he met their mother.”

There are five main characters in How I Met Your Mother, who I will be individually addressing in this article. These characters are Ted Mosby, Marshall Eriksen, Robin Scherbatsky, Barney Stinson and Lily Aldrin.

How I Met Your Mother stars Ted Mosby.

Ted, Marshall, Lily, Robin and Barney.

Ted Mosby is the main character in How I Met Your Mother. Ted is slightly more of an introvert than an extrovert, due to the fact that he has a reasonable amount of time to himself to do things that he wants to do. He occasionally declines Barney’s offers of going out for the night, and he instead stays inside. However, he is still sometimes an extrovert and enjoys socializing with his friends. Ted is slightly more intuitive than a sensor. Although he is very down to earth, Ted is extremely creative with his architecture and has a strong Ni (Introverted iNtuition) at finding his soul mate. Ted is not afraid of telling the truth and will be honest when necessary, and is not easily offended. This shows he is more of a thinker than a feeler. Ted is also a judger, due to the fact that he is definitely organized and is often regarded as “Not being spontaneous” and “Too Organized.” He is the strongest judger on the show. He is an intuitive introvert, as seen by all the visions he has for the future, and he is an idea person. Secondly, he is clearly a thinker as although he shows many qualities that could deem him the romantic feeling type, when it comes to decisions he is very rational.

Marshall is an ENFJ. Marshall is extroverted, and enjoys going out every night with his friends. He is intuitive due to the fact that he has strong values of protecting the planet, as he is an environmental lawyer. He is also a feeler, because he is often offended when people humiliate him (like when he forgot his pants, he was upset) and he rarely insults others unless he is disappointed in them or he is joking. He is slightly more of a judger, due to the fact he uses iNtuition more than Feeling. Marshall is an extroverted feeler firstly, as he is affectionate and sensitive, and wants everyone to approve of him, and intuitive secondly, as he creates many theories as well.

Robin is a definite ISTP. She has said multiple times on the show that she “often needs time to herself” and there is a reason for the majority of the show she lives by herself (except sometimes in relationships.) She also doesn’t talk as much as the other characters unless it’s something that concerns her. She is also very logical and isn’t creative, strong sensor behaviour. Robin is not very emotional and doesn’t like sharing how she is feeling, and is therefore a strong thinker. She is also the most spontaneous character on the show (the complete opposite of Ted) and people often describe her as “messy” and “unorganized.” This makes Robin an introverted thinker primarily, evident in her non affectionate attitude, and an extroverted sensor secondarily, evident in her in the moment problem solving methods.

Barney has been strongly debated, but the conclusion is he is an ENTP. Barney is an extrovert due to the fact he always wants Ted and his friends to come to the bar and he likes meeting new women every night. He is also a sensor due to the fact he invents many crazy theories about the women he pursues. Barney is a strong thinker, not caring at all about other people’s feelings. He does what’s best for him. He is spontaneous due to the fact he doesn’t think about what’s best for his future. This many Barney primarily an extroverted intuitive, due to the patterns and theories he makes based on the external word, and secondly an introverted thinker, based on his logic and non emotional competitive attitude towards women.

Lily is a strong ENFP. She enjoys times with her friends and loves starting conversations with them. She is strongly intuitive, and often lets out her strong values. She is also very creative. She is the most intuitive person on the show. Lily is a feeler, due to her never-ending kindness and the fact she sometimes gets offended by other people. She is also more of a perceiver than a judger. She is spontaneous and often changes her plans, like cancelling the wedding in the first season and not caring much about the credit cards in a later season (leaving Marshall to have to handle it with his organized personality.)

Which MBTI type do you think? Leave your opinion in the comments section below!

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26 Responses to Which MBTI type are the characters from How I Met Your Mother?

  1. lizzie says:

    SO wrong. Barney is totally an I/ENTJ. Where in the worlddid you get he was a S and P? He tells elaborate stories,is witty, and takes serious pride in calculating the exact right approach to get a woman. Definite N and J qualities.

    • Anonymous says:

      Agreeing with her. I know NTJs and Barnie’s like one of them. I’d say ENTJ, rather than INTJ.

      • Anonymous says:

        Interesting, because I know NTJ’s as well, and I am 100% certain Barney is an ENTP. You can see it in his eyes. He’s totally Wile E. Coyote.
        Also Lily as an ENSJ, Marshall as an xNFP, Robin as an ISTP, and Ted as an IxFJ.

        • Anonymous says:

          Lily as an ESFJ. My bad.

          • Adam says:

            I thought about it for a second before I read you. But then Nah ! My mother’s ESFJ and I damn sure know them very well. She’s not close to that, Lilly is either ENFP or ESFP

  2. Awesomesauce says:

    Wow. Talk about getting it all wrong. If you look deeper into cognitive functions, this is what you find:

    Ted – Definitely an ISFJ. One of the most obvious clues is his infatuation with Robin in the beginning: his extremely strong Si limited his ability to see anybody else but Robin. At the same time, his Fe outbursts makes him an irrational romantic that almost borders on Se (“living in the moment”), but I’ve known quite a few ISFJs in the past who’ve done crazy things, controlled by their emotions, when their Si refuses to let them see anything else but that one possibility. (His constant talk about “The One” is also a major lead.) Just the fact that he’s spending such time telling his kids about his past in immaculate detail is such a Si thing to do, that it’s obvious he can’t be anything else but ISFJ. He even has the ISFJ sarcasm.

    Marshall – ENFJ. ENFPs have Ne/Fi, ENFJs have Fe/Ni. Marshall is like the typical embodiment of an ENFJ – the giant bear with slight knight-in-shining-armor-syndrome, rather than the extrovert who’s interested in ‘shiny possibilities’. Also, he’s more of a Judger, really: he seems more structured than your average ENFP. Of course, his Se takes overhand sometimes; it doesn’t mean he can’t be impulsive.

    Robin – INTJ. She has the Ni/Te sarcasm. She doesn’t really have the Ti approach to things that ISTPs are renowned for, and she also seems more like a Judger.

    Barney – I can’t understand why everybody thinks he’s an ENTJ. His humor reeks of Ne; the way he behaves around the gang is obvious tertiary Fe. An ENTJ wouldn’t try to latch onto someone the way he does with Ted. He obviously needs external confirmation that he’s Ted’s best friend, a clear sign of Fe vs. ENTJs’ Fi. His sarcasm leans more towards Ti than Te, and he’s far less structured than an ENTJ is. It could easily be mistaken for ESTP, but he’s far too Ne for that.

    Lily is the only one I agree on. Her behavior leans more towards Fi than it does towards Fe; and she obviously has the classical ENFx-I-need-to-help-everyone symptoms.

  3. Quentin says:

    Barney is definitely an ESTJ. He is lives in the moment. He is spontaneous and very concrete. He is more of a thinker than a feeler (obvious) and he very organized with his strategies to sleep with woen

  4. Ted: INFJ
    Marshall: ENFJ
    Robin: ISTP
    Barney: ENTJ
    Lily: ENFP

    • Adam says:

      Barney is trying to be funny too hard to be an ENTJ. He has PURE ENTP salacious humour.

      Lilly is definitely ENFP or ESFP. Robin is either ISTJ or INTJ. My lifelong friend best friend is an ISFP and they are quite different. While my INTJ detached partner is quite like her.

      I myself am a big fan of the series grew up watching it, identify myself as an ENFJ and Marshall was always my model, I ended up saving the planet working in the field of Green Building engineering sector, saving the planet as I planned. He is so definitely ENFJ.
      As for Ted, he’s definitely an NF, can’t say if he’s an INFP or an INFJ.

      I know nothing about cognitive functions and that theory crap. I think i have good people skills and I’m a very good typer coz until this day I typed 46 people correctly without ever been wrong jut by taking a look at them and getting to know them a bit. Please beieve me 46 people without ever being wrong, like typing my wife’s dad before i knew him just by hearing her talk about him what he does the way he acts and the way he’s parenting her. That’s justa mere example. Believe me Barney is an ENTP.

      • Adam says:

        Replace ISFP with ISTP sorry. Robin is not an ISTP.

      • RosieCW123 says:

        Yeah I agree with a lot of what you’re saying. It’s hard to decide what Ted is. He’s the main character so he’s made to be relatable to most people so everyone can connect to him. I’m an INFP and i strongly relate to his tertiary Si sentimentality. A lot of people think he must be ISFJ but they don’t realise that a lot of INFPs can appear that way on a surface level as tertiary Si is very sentimental and looks to past data. Si in ISFJs is use more often and so is less sentimental and more productive.

        Can you explain a bit more about why you think Robin is an INTJ. ISTPs and INTJs are often mixed up. They both have a similar aura of detached unemotional-ness. I personally think she is more of an S because she likes to stick to concrete things (as she is always known by Ted to be skeptical) and doesn’t seem to like talking about very deep subjects in conversations unless she knows the person very well.

  5. by ENFP says:

    Ted: ISFJ. Mr. Story Teller. Not in an ENFP way, but in a introverted sensing way. Sticks to the concrete facts of what happened and muddles it with feely feelings. Such an ISFJ thing to do. Also, his hopeless romanticism and picky judgments make me definitely think Si/Fe. One episode that comes to mind is when lily moves in and he is fighting over the apartment, Lily suggest to Marshall that they talk about it and Marshall points out that this will never happen because Ted will just avoid conflict to the point until he bottles it until he explodes and then does something extremely passive aggressive. Yup. ISFJ

    Marshall: INFJ. He is extremely protective of Lily, working on becoming an environmental lawyer, and very loyal and determined with his commitments. He is the mother bear, encouraging and correcting people when they need it (Ni) while still making sure everyone is happy with him (Fe). Strong Ni, Strong Fe.

    Barney: ENTP. I have heard ESTP and ENTJ being thrown around a lot concerning Barney but I disagree. His need for excitement and supposed independent spirit are just a front for his real desire to be viewed as important and cool (Fe). Very ENTP fashion. He is spontaneous (Ne), but usually after he has devised a master plan to follow through with (Ti). He is actually one of the better examples of what an ENTP looks like if you think about it.

    Lily: INFP or ISFP. I can see the arguments for both of these, but am dead set she leads with an incredibly strong Fi. I tend to think she is more INFP however because she seems to be more of a Ne than a Se. She is pretty random at times but has that clinginess that usually follows with most INFPs when they are in relationships.

    Robin: INTP. Everything is about her, fiercely independent. She hates smalltalk and mushy things, has just a few close friends and is often absolutely oblivious about other peoples emotions.

  6. Tobias Funke says:

    Ted: ISTJ – The Duty Fulfiller. Serious and quiet, interested in security and peaceful living. Extremely thorough, responsible, and dependable. Well-developed powers of concentration. Usually interested in supporting and promoting traditions and establishments. Well-organized and hard working, they work steadily towards identified goals. They can usually accomplish any task once they have set their mind to it…..

    Barney: ENTP – The Visionary. Creative, resourceful, and intellectually quick. Good at a broad range of things. Enjoy debating issues, and may be into “one-up-manship”. They get very excited about new ideas and projects, but may neglect the more routine aspects of life. Generally outspoken and assertive. They enjoy people and are stimulating company. Excellent ability to understand concepts and apply logic to find solutions (to get girls to his place).

    Robin: ESTP – The Doer. Friendly, adaptable, action-oriented. “Doers” who are focused on immediate results. Living in the here-and-now, they’re risk-takers who live fast-paced lifestyles. Impatient with long explanations. Extremely loyal to their peers, but not usually respectful of laws and rules if they get in the way of getting things done. Great people skills.

    Marshall: ISTP – The Mechanic. Quiet and reserved, interested in how and why things work. Excellent skills with mechanical things. Risk-takers who they live for the moment. Usually interested in and talented at extreme sports. Uncomplicated in their desires. Loyal to their peers and to their internal value systems, but not overly concerned with respecting laws and rules if they get in the way of getting something done. Detached and analytical, they excel at finding solutions to practical problems….

    Lily: ENFJ – The Giver. Popular and sensitive, with outstanding people skills. Externally focused, with real concern for how others think and feel. Usually dislike being alone. They see everything from the human angle, and dislike impersonal analysis. Very effective at managing people issues, and leading group discussions. Interested in serving others, and probably place the needs of others over their own needs.

    • You have obviously never seen the show.

    • RosieCW123 says:

      Marshall is literally the complete opposite of an ISTP – he’s an ENFJ! Sorry but that description sounds nothing like him. He is extremely Fe dominant. He is very open with his feelings and very affectionate and makes sure everyone feels happy and included. He is usually the first to question whether a trick the group plays on someone is ‘too mean’. He is sometimes a live in the moment type too with tertiary Se.

  7. tobias funke says:

    Corection. Robin – The Artist
    Quiet, serious, sensitive and kind. Do not like conflict, and not likely to do things which may generate conflict. Loyal and faithful. Extremely well-developed senses, and aesthetic appreciation for beauty. Not interested in leading or controlling others. Flexible and open-minded. Likely to be original and creative. Enjoy the present moment.

    Robin is prolly 70% introverted and 30% extroverted… she was a canadian pop star, if that really counts :-)… even a candian pop star would be classified as bein an Artist…. and at that time was definitely an E but burned out and became more I, creating her phobia with malls… and she is a news anchor and likes to be in the action, so still she still has a significant E tendencies…. in the early seasons she had 5 dogs which clearly makes her an F… no T in their right mind would have 5 dogs in a dinky apartment in new york… and she is easy to run to the bathroom to cry alone when she is really hurt. over time she becomes more E again by moving in with Ted to be in the action more.

    Marshall – ISTP
    Lily – ENFJ
    Ted – ISTJ
    Barney – ENTP
    Robin – ISFP

    like Barney would say… “nailed it”.

    • Phoebe says:

      Robin is not a Feeler! It’s one of her defining characteristics – being very logical and not overly emotional.

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  9. Jordan says:

    Barney is an absolute ESTJ. He always wants to be out and pressures the others to go out and try new things – seeking stimulation and experience. He is very logical and and doesn’t care about how his behaviour impacts others, he acts in his own best interests which is a sign of being T. He has thorough plans concerning how situations will go down – ie he has planned how to get rid of a girl before he’s even picked her up, strong example of being judging and non spontaneous (unlike a P).

    • tatl33 says:

      Hmmm, I can see where your coming from. He definitely has a lot of J traits.
      I could really see him as either. Sometimes he is a perceiver, aka all fun never serious, he and Robin both agreed they like their relationship but their was a lack of commitment as they both were happy keeping things the way they are (J’s prefer to move things along, but as P’s they are both afraid of commitment!)

      On the other hand, everything you said indicates a judger. I think they’ve changed his character a lot every season to suit what makes him funniest, therefore I believe he could be typed in different ways ranging from ESTP, ESTJ, ENTP to ENTJ, to ENFJ..

  10. Ben says:

    Barney: ENTP
    He’s constantly coming up with wild and crazy ideas (which is the very definition of extroverted intuition)
    Keep in mind that you never here how he comes up with his plan (which would be extroverted thinking), you only here the great idea(extroverted intuition) and where in came from is a mystery (because it’s introverted thinking), that’s what makes it seem spontaneous and out of the blue.
    He also has an incredible need to be loves (extroverted feeling). He’s always trying to be Teds best Friend, he’s always looking for approval etc. etc.
    His Si is underdeveloped but there are some episodes where he shows an surprising ability to remember facts and figures
    He really is the archetype for what an ENTP is supposed to look like

    Marshal ExfJ: he’s a big friendly teddy bear, deffinatley leads with extroverted feeling. he really seems like a care giver to me, I think he’s probably an ESFJ although the fact that he is a lawyer shows that he could be an ENFJ

    Lily Ixfp: the ISFP is called the artist, and hey go figure, Lily’s dream is to make a living off of art. she’s extremely caring, and also very spontaneous (she leaves for San Fran completely on a whim). She’s an S because she wants people to be nice to each and treat each other well, but she doesn’t have any intellectual ideas about values and the meaning off life like an INFP would.

    Robin ixtj: robin is quitter, much less spontaneous and often pretty unaware of emotion (or at least she doesn’t give emotions much weight) than the others in the group. She’s very striagt forward and doesn’t like gushy stuff (extroverted thinking)

    • tatl33 says:

      I agree with your reasoning for Barney, Marshall and Lily and as of the later seasons I would tend to agree with you on them, particularly this season!
      As for Robin, I don’t know. How do you see her as a judging type? You say she’s a quitter, which is often the case with P’s who get bored more easily, rather than J’s who more value stability and don’t like to quit projects.

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  13. Alissa says:

    I know this post is old but I just HAVE to point out the fact that Marshall is 200% an Fi user, not an Fe user. There’s no way he’s ENFJ.

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