Who is Barney Stinson? – somebody asked us if he is an Egyptian King.
The About Stuff• A character from? – HIMYM• Written by? – Carter Bays and Craig Thomas• Major or minor? - MAJOR• Critical reception: Rated Top 100 characters of last 20 years• Who’s the guy inside? – Neil Patrick Harris• In one word? - Awesome? Legendary?
Top character traits • wear suits… no loves suits… no is a suit addict… “Suits are full of joy. Theyre the sartorial equivalent of a babys smile.” • Unhesitantly offers opinion. “Think of me like Yoda, but instead of being little and green I wear suits and Im awesome. Im your bro—Im Broda!” • Challenge Accepted! Like suits, is a challenge addict. Lick the liberty bell, high-five the moon, ride a baby giraffe, wear the crown jewels, other intolerable challenges accepted.
Barney or Shakespeare – who are these quotes by?• “Two men should not share an umbrella ”• “Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance”• “We are advertised by our loving friends”• “New is always better”• “When we are born, we cry”
Character Analysis• Character Role: is an Antagonist• Antagonist?: The antagonist is the character who represents a challenge or an obstacle to the protagonist in a story.• Character Development - flat character (no), round character (yes), stereotype character (umm…), static character (no), dynamic character (yes)
Barney the ultimate Narcissist?• Narcissism - wide ranging meanings : mental illness, social or cultural problem or simply a personality trait, here it is a personality trait• Narcissistic Traits - shameless, magical thinking, arrogance, envy, entitlement, exploitatio n, bad boundaries• Barney is all that!• Magic? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqjaPZEt0KY
Creative Brilliance• Shakespeare or Barney?• Challenges• Studies/Statistics/Analysis: Absolute nonsense well-presented (coming up in following slides)• Mannerism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3tKY7XQdzE• Catchphrases: suit-up, legen- dary, awesome, high-fives, true-story, what up
Barney Analysis• The Lemon Law• The Olive Theory• The Hot/Crazy Scale• The Platinum Rule• The Cheerleaders Effect
Legendary Catchphrases• Suit-uphttp://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=TT_vf5ioXXk• Legen – wait for it – daryhttp://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=jRnpn4cJCLc• Awesomeness• High Five: Phone high- five, self high-five, solemn low-five, high-two!• True Story• What-up
The Perspective Challenge Barney is disgusting – but he often dares us to challenge ourperspective and therefore he has earned our respect.
What We Learn From Barney• Tolerance: to the disgusting.• Have a laugh: a joke is a joke is a joke• Don’t think too much• Think out of the box – doesn’t always have to be smart• Attempts to stand by his word no matter what: Won’t put his fist down instance• Nonsense isn’t always nonsense.• Challenges – stupid as they maybe, few things are more exhilarating than a stupid challenge like our talk today.• Kindness is not one-dimensional: When Marshall and Lily break their engagement in season one, Barney lures women away from Marshall so that he can remain faithful to the woman he truly loves.• Tenacity: Ted’s best friend
Nonsense isn’t always Nonsense• Suit Up!• Confidence• Never hold back• Have skills• Be mysterious• Be Awesomehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzCyD5n3ct8&feature=relate d
What’s Your Takeaway?• Take it easy: use your discretion• Constant Challenges: Three bizarre challenges for you: fake a fight, climb Secunderabad clock tower, watch an Upendra movie without a break• Respect Creativity