We all remember the hilarious, relatable sitcom that was How I Met Your Mother. As the cast navigated through major milestones in life like serious relationships, career changes, marriages and raising a family, we got to see how each of these changes had a profound effect on their friendships. Each of the cast members had a different point of view on life; from Marshall’s innocent and hopeful way of looking at things to Robin’s harsh exterior that often melted away temporarily to show her more vulnerable side.
Of course, we also remember Barney Stinson, portrayed by the talented Neil Patrick Harris. Stinson was the ultimate womanizer, and had a serious fear of commitment. We got to see later on in the show that he had some family issues that contributed to his inability to have a stable relationship with a woman. While it’s clear to see that Barney Stinson is pretty flawed, we’ve got to admit that he hooked up with some pretty hot women. For some reason, the most beautiful women were attracted to Barney, and many of them wanted more than a one night stand with him (those are the ones he got rid of the quickest). In case you forgot, here’s a roundup of the 11 hottest women Barney Stinson “got to know”.
11. Meg (played by April Bowlby)
April Bowlby played Meg, also known as Crazy Meg. She was the girl that Barney hooked up with in Marshall and Lily’s apartment. This guy really has no shame. Once Barney and Robin got together, Meg was the subject of many of their fights. Lily even convinced Meg to be part of her master plan to break up Robin and Barney, by telling Meg that she thinks Barney is going to ask her to marry him. Meg also tells Barney at one point that she forgives him “for the whole restraining order thing,” which is further proof that she’s a little on the crazy side.
10. Anita (played by Jennifer Lopez)
Lopez appeared on an episode of the show as Anita, an author of a popular self help book for women. She was just the type of woman that Barney Stinson wanted to corrupt, confuse and then promptly ignore while pursuing his next “victim.” This was also the episode when Stinson came up with the “Super Date” plan. This was yet another of his schemes to seduce as many women as possible without having to deal with the consequences. Jennifer Lopez is pretty alluring even when she’s not acting, so it’s not hard to believe that she didn’t make things easy for Stinson at all.
9. Anna (played by Dawn Olivieri)
Model and voice actress Dawn Olivieri, had a brief stint on How I Met Your Mother as well. These days, she’s starring on House of Lies as Marty Kaan’s ex-wife, but before that, she was Anna—another one of the girls Barney tricked into sleeping with him. Stinson sank so low that he convinced Anna that he was Ted so that she would agree to have sex with him. That’s an all-time low, but it’s really nothing major when you really get to know Barney Stinson’s character. It’s a good thing Olivieri is not that dim-witted in real life. The University of South Florida graduate has also appeared on Entourage, and does voice work for The Avengers series on Disney XD.
8. Abby (played by Britney Spears)
The Princess of Pop Britney Spears flexed her acting muscles on How I Met Your Mother when she played Abby, a ditzy receptionist. Abby had a crush on both Barney and Ted, and both guys ended up dating her for a bit. Good friends dating the same girl (at different times) rarely works out, so fans of the show were glad to know that the guys decided to leave Abby alone for good. Barney, of course, was quick to start dating Abby because she was hot and wasn’t exactly the smartest women in the world. Spears has gone on to overcome lots of personal issues, and is now wowing crowds with her Vegas residency.
7. Nora (played by Nazanin Boniadi)
Many of Boniadi’s fans know her for her work on General Hospital, where she portrayed Leyla Mir. She also starred in General Hospital: Night Shift, and made history as the first Middle Eastern character in American daytime television. Nazanin also had a guest-starring role on How I Met Your Mother as Nora, one of Robin’s co-workers. Nora also enjoyed playing laser tag, which showed that she had a fun side and wasn’t afraid to be active, which is likely what attracted Stinson to her (she’s also stunning). Nora and Barney dated off and on during seasons 6 and 7 of the sitcom. But of course, he couldn’t commit.
6. Robin (played by Cobie Smulders)
Cobie Smulders was one of the main characters on How I Met Your Mother. She was often seen as the female equivalent to Barney Stinson, since she also had a fear of commitment. Robin was “one of the guys,” but also had a soft side that she didn’t like showing too often. When she and Barney finally got together, there were lots of ups and downs, and neither one of them were fully ready to admit how deeply they really loved each other. They decided to call it quits after envisioning themselves as an older couple who hadn’t achieved their life goals, and fans were devastated. But, we’ll always have a soft spot in our hearts for Robin Scherbatsky and Barney Stinson.
5. Shannon (played by Katie Walder)
Shannon, played by actress Katie Walder, was one of the few characters Barney Stinson actually had a serious relationship with. He and Shannon were together during the show’s pre-season, in 1998. She was also Barney’s first real girlfriend, and the hurt of their breakup is likely the reason for most of his philandering behavior. Shannon was actually cheating on Barney with a guy named Greg, and it broke his heart, especially since the couple were supposed to help the people of Nicaragua together as Peace Corps members (remember when Barney was halfway decent?). The first time Shannon appeared on the show was in the episode Game Night. After Shannon and Barney called it quits, it was pretty much downhill for Stinson’s morals from there.
4. Professor Lewis (played by Jane Seymour)
A number of people know actress Jane Seymour for her popular role in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, as well as the Hallmark movies she’s done and her heart-themed jewelry line. Seymour also got the attention of fans when she played Professor Lewis on How I Met Your Mother. It’s not often that Barney went after a woman who was older than him, and the main reason that he wanted the professor so bad is that she seemed to be unimpressed with him. Professor Lewis actually ended up mesmerizing Barney with her sexual prowess, but she was pretty unenthused about how he performed in bed. Just for the sake of character development, it was nice to see Stinson knocked down a few pegs.
3. The Mother of Barney’s Child (played by: Anonymous)
Judging from the women that Barney Stinson usually dates, the mother of his child is likely pretty hot. We can’t really say whether he has a thing for women with a certain hair color or build, because he doesn’t have too much of a preference—except that they’re great looking. In the season finale of the show, it is revealed that Barney doesn’t actually die, and that he’s got a child. This convinces him to stop objectifying women, but we still don’t know how the mother of his child is. Was that sexist, or an interesting plot twist? The woman is referred to as “31”, since Barney slept with her on the last day of his “perfect month”. Many fans thought Robin was the mystery woman, but it was earlier revealed in the series that Robin was not able to have children.
2. Karina (played by Stacy Keibler)
Stacy Keibler played the super hot Karina on How I Met Your Mother. Karina agreed to sleep with Barney if he would give up his suits. Stinson was known for his tailored apparel, so this was a pretty tough request. But, even if you missed that episode, you pretty much know how it ends. Of course, Stinson never says “no” to a hot girl (unless she’s asking for a committed relationship or a phone call the morning after), but agreeing to give up his suit collection was almost too much to ask. Did Stinson stay suit free? We’re pretty sure you know the answer to that, too.
1. Honey (played by Katy Perry)
Jennifer Morrison, who played Zoey on the show, had a cousin named Honey, portrayed by Katy Perry. Many people know that Morrison was the “mother” who is referred to in the title of the show. So, since she was going to be around for a while, Barney thought it was a good idea to “get to know” her cousin. Well, let’s face it, Stinson doesn’t really need a reason to go after a hot girl. Honey also wasn’t too bright, which made Barney even more excited about trying to lure her into bed. Poor thing. In real life, Perry seems to be making better choices in men, and seems to be happy with actor Orlando Bloom.