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How I Met Your Mother: 10 Craziest Things Ted Did For Love

What side of the hot/crazy line does Ted fall on?

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Ted Evelyn Mosby, the protagonist and narrator of How I Met Your Mother, likes to think of himself as a hopeless romantic, someone who truly fights for love. Throughout the show's nine-season run, Ted manages the tightrope act of simultaneously believing that the universe works against his love life, while also being certain his relationships with unsuspecting women are written in the stars.

Unfortunately, Ted's pervasive belief in the power of love has led him to do questionable things for the women he desires, his actions ranging from impulsive to downright pressurising, the older Ted -- still stuck in his faux-romantic ways -- even teaches his adolescent children "how to turn a no into a yes", ensuring they will develop unhealthy perceptions of love themselves.

For somebody who bought into Barney Stinson's misogynist notions of "The Hot Crazy Scale", Ted is hardly the most level "romantic" guy out there himself, often relying on just as many tricks to get women to date him as Barney does for a lay.

In fact, Ted can be just as manipulative and toxic as Barney, causing the breakup of numerous relationships (such as Zoey and the Captain), and sharing more in common with television's manifestation of misogyny than he does with his supposed "best friend", the happily married Marshall.

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When Matteo isn't cashing in on a lifetime of devotion to his favourite pop culture franchises and indie bands, he's writing and publishing poems and short stories under the name Teo Eve. Talk about range.