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The Bro Code
Brocode cover
Barney Stinson
Barney Stinson
Publication date:
October 2008
Published by:
Simon and Schuster
ISBN 978-1-4391-1000-3

The Bro Code is a set of rules, seemingly started by Barney. A published version of the book, first shown in The Goat is now available in paperback and audiobook. The version was written by Barney Stinson with Matt Kuhn.

The audiobook is voiced by Neil Patrick Harris, the actor who portrays Barney Stinson.


In the year 1776, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington were having a drink in Philadelphia when Franklin accused Washington of "codpiece block[ing]" him. Washington remarked there was no rule against it and Franklin insisted that there should be. Barnabus Stinson stepped in and offered to write this collection of rules when Washington and Franklin each said they were too busy. The first article mentioned referred to the avoidance of eye contact during a "devil's threeway"(which is simultaneously seconded by Franklin and Washington) .

In The Broken Code, Barney describes a different origin story for the Bro Code.

Published versionEdit

All of the above articles are mentioned in the published version, although most have different numbers. The book contains 150 articles, a glossary of terms, definition of a bro, history of the code, amendments, violations, and approved punishments.

Many of the articles in the published version relate to issues in other episodes.

Articles in other episodesEdit

The following articles deal with issues mentioned in other episodes.


  • Article 113
    • The sign in the formula is wrong.

Article 113 describes the acceptable age-difference formula. The formula is designed to keep "crafty old-timers from scooping up all the younger hotties". It places a floor on the acceptable age of a girl depending on the age of the Bro. The book uses a less than or equal to sign when it should use a greater than or equal to sign.

x <= y/2 + 7

x = chick's age; y= Bro's age

This is basically stating that every chick must be less than the set line. Switching the inequality sign provides a more accurate article.

< stands for "less than" > stands for "greater than"

The chick's age must be greater than or equal to the bro's age divided by 2 plus 7

So the correct formula would be:

x >= y/2 + 7

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  • The Bro Code

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    • does anyone have the book? If so, is it any good? :)
    • It's alright, it doesn't take that long to read through. I always find it weird looking at both Article 4 and Article 22. How can bro girls m...

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