It's not unusual for a group of friends to fall out with one another. Who among us hasn't overstepped the line or crossed a boundary with an ill-timed practical joke or throw-away comment?
Of course, bad jokes and pranks can surely be forgiven, but would you be as tolerant with your friends if they stabbed you, forced you to give away your dogs or spied on you?
Well, these are just a few examples of the kind of things that happened between the so-called group of friends over 9 seasons and 208 episodes of How I Met Your Mother.
Sure, in the sitcom world outrageous things happen to main characters all the time, but if you take a look at the individual actions in isolation and remove the laugh track, these moments have a significantly darker tone to them.
This article will take a look at each main character in How I Met Your Mother and reveal the worst thing they have done during their time on the show. From abandoning friends to attempted manslaughter, this list will make you question why this dysfunctional group of sociopaths continued to remain friends.
5. Marshall Ericksen - Stabbed Lily (By Accident)
Marshall Ericksen is so gentle and sweet that if he were in a Disney movie, woodland creatures would swarm around him and sing sweet melodies as they frolic in blissful harmony. Indeed, although it would appear that although Marshall couldn't hurt a fly, he most certainly did stab his fiancé.
In season one episode 8 titled The Duel, Marshall and Ted are having a heated argument as to who gets the apartment after Lily and Marshall get married. During their squabble, Marshall decides to take down two decorative swords and replace it with one of Lily's paintings. When Ted argues that the swords are a metaphor for their friendship and he feels replaced, he lashes out and swings a sword at Marshall thus beginning their duel.
The two knuckleheads soon forget their argument and begin to clash swords together whilst adding new choreography to their tomfoolery. For dramatic effect, Marshall climbs upon the coffee table and takes an almighty swipe at Ted.
The table eventually gives way under Marshall's weight just as Lily enters the room. Marshall is unable to slow himself down from falling off the table and stabs Lily whilst off balance.