Barney Stinson full name (Barnabus Stinson) is a fictional character created by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas for the CBS television series How I Met Your Mother and is being played by the actor Neil Patrick Harris. He was born in 1976 and was raised by a single mother in Staten Island and has an African American brother (Barney Stinson, 2010). The character Barney Stinson is a serial womanizer who has a number of strategies and rules designed to meet women, sleep with them, and discard them. He is overconfident to the point of hyperbole, and as far as he's concerned, his opinion is not just the best, it's the only one that counts. He makes it a point to be the life of the party, he’s a born performer, fond of karaoke, and enjoys showing off whenever there's a piano present. He tends to be opportunistic and manipulative, and will attempt to manipulate a situation so that it goes his way. Barney is highly competitive, and will take on "challenges" to complete outlandish tasks in order to prove his worth while usually using the catch phrase “challenge accepted”. Some might say Barney is “utterly devoid of morality", but he lives by the "Bro Code", his own code of rules which include several policies that might seem appalling to others. Barney is almost always wearing his trademark suits which are well tailored out of fine fabrics and he takes pride in his appearance. He also has gambling problems that he occasionally gets under control, only to relapse. He is very well-connected, the most affluent of the group and speaks at least one language other than English. He works for AltruCell Corporation, the holding company of Goliath National Bank but his real position at the job is unknown to anyone. He is an avid Laser Tag fan and is also an illusionist who uses his magic tricks to pick up girls. Barney usually expresses extreme emotionality and always tends to seek attention. He has an excessive need for approval and inappropriate seductiveness, he is also very lively, dramatic, enthusiastic, and flirtatious.
Barney's mother was a promiscuous woman who always lied to Barney about the true identity of his father leading him to believe his father was Bob Baker the longtime host of “The Price Is Right”. His mother lied to him throughout his childhood years in order to boost up his self confidence. Once, he sent out invites for his birthday and no one showed up his mother made up the story that the postman forgot to mail out all the invites. Earlier in his adult life, Barney had been an innocent idealistic young man to be blunt; the boy was a hardcore hippie. He wore his hair long, favored tie dye shirts, played the keyboard at a coffee shop and wanted to join the Peace Corps in Nicaragua with his one and only serious girlfriend Shannon. After Shannon did not show up upon their departure, Barney went looking for her and he discovered she had in fact been cheating on him with a smooth-talking, crass, rich suit wearing womanizer. Barney was devastated after the incident, in an effort to console him his brother James arranged for the 23-year-old Barney to lose his virginity to their mother's friend, Rhonda "the Man Maker" French. Following his perceived success with satisfying Rhonda, he transformed into the same suit-wearing womanizer, even going so far as to take up some of his rival's catchphrases. One haircut and tailor fitting later, Barney had covered up his broken heart with a pinstriped suit of armor, armed himself with catchphrases and a thick layer of charm, and never looked back. However, the more tender personality has not entirely disappeared as it can be seen in his relationship with his mother as well as with Robin (a member of his group he seems to be in love with).
Despite what Barney wants people to believe, he truly cares and is fiercely loyal to the people he earmarks as his friends - even if they may not reciprocate the sentiment. However he usually tries to hide that...
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