The Five Doppelgangers are the five look-alike of each group member that the gang have come across during the series. They are, in order of appearance; Lesbian Robin, Moustache Marshall, Stripper Lily, Mexican Wrestler Ted, and Fertility Doctor Barney.
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It is unknown when exactly she was first seen; in Double Date, Future Ted tells his children how earlier he and the group, while walking through New York City, came across a woman who looked exactly like Robin, and due to her appearance named the doppelgänger "Lesbian Robin".
However, as Robin became part of the gang in 2005, it is known that her doppelganger was found some time during or after 2005. This means that, despite being the first doppelgänger revealed by Future Ted, chronologically she is the second doppelgänger found, as Moustache Marshall was found first before or in 2002.
Lawyer or a Game Show Host
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It is unknown when exactly he was first seen; in Double Date, Future Ted tells his children how earlier he and the group came across an advertisement on the back of a bus with a photo of a man who looked exactly like Marshall, and due to his prominent moustache they named the doppelgänger "Moustache Marshall". On the advertisement on the bus, it showed "Moustache Marshall" as a Hispanic lawyer with the slogan "Señor Justicia!" or Mister Justice.
However, he was spotted for a second time by Barney in MacLaren's Bar during Ted's date with Jen in 2002, so it is known that he was found some time during or prior to 2002. This means that, despite being the second doppelganger revealed by Future Ted, chronologically he is the first doppelgänger found, as Lesbian Robin was found sometime after (or during) 2005, but as it has been known, Future Ted can be an unreliable narrator at times and Ted could also have lied, or it could be that Ted always mentions Robin's doppelganger first in his stories simply because he subconsciously thinks of Robin first.
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Stripper at the Lusty Leopard
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The third doppelgänger is Lily's doppelgänger, dubbed "Stripper Lily" by the group.
She is first encountered in Double Date. Barney and Marshall go to the Lusty Leopard, a strip club, and inside find a stripper who looks exactly like Lily, thus earning her the title "Stripper Lily". A man over the Lusty Leopard's PA system gives her name as Jasmine (although this is most likely an assumed name). She speaks with a Slavic accent (and somewhat broken English) and smokes.
She makes a second appearance in 46 Minutes. Barney tries to make Stripper Lily and her boyfriend Arvydas fit into the group as a new Lily and Marshall. After a poker game, Stripper Lily and Aryvdas steal $200 from Ted, Barney, Robin and Kevin, so they decide to go to Long Island and be with Marshall and Lily.
Mexican Wrestler TedEdit
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In Robots Versus Wrestlers, Barney, Lily and Marshall go to an awesome wrestling event and find that one of the Mexican wrestlers, once unmasked, looks exactly like Ted. Hence, the group name the doppelgänger "Mexican Wrestler Ted". Ted said his doppelgänger is the coolest.
Barney's doppelgänger proved to be the most elusive of the five and his spotting took on a special significance to Marshall and Lily. After Mexican Wrestler Ted was discovered, Lily and Marshall decide the discovery of Barney's doppelgänger will be their sign from the universe that they are ready to start having children. (Robots Versus Wrestlers)
Marshall and Lily spot a Barney look-alike driving a cab one afternoon. To confirm that it isn't Barney in disguise, Marshall calls Barney at the office. After hearing Barney confirm that he is at work, Marshall and Lily excitedly decide its time to conceive. However, Marshall encounters the cab driver again and after thanking him, learns it really was Barney in disguise. Barney explains that the phone call was a recording designed to make coworkers think he was working when he was out picking up girls. Disappointed, Marshall returns to Lily to tell her the truth. However, he has trouble telling Lily the truth even though Lily suggests that the cabbie didn't look enough like Barney. Barney however spills the beans.
Kristoff Doppelgänger was an Estonian street performer who denied any relationship with the real Barney Stinson. However, it is quite apparent that Kristoff is really Barney in disguise. After learning that Robin might move to Chicago, Barney reconsidered his belief that a baby would be a mistake and posed as a doppelgänger to convince Marshall and Lily to have a baby. This doppelgänger is proven to be a disguise of Barney when a real female Estonian street performer saw him; he looked up as to whether or not he has yet slept with an Estonian girl due to his goal of having sex with a girl from every country, then he passed out when he saw the street performer swallow a sword.
Outside of MacLaren's Pub, Lily spotted a pretzel vendor who she believed to be Barney's doppelganger. She runs to MacLaren's and brings the gang back to the pretzel stand to show everyone. However, the rest of the gang look at the worker and see a younger man who doesn't resemble Barney at all. Despite not finding the real doppelgänger, Marshall tells the rest of the gang with a Telepathic Conversation to play along, as Lily clearly wants to see a doppelgänger enough to trick her own eyes, meaning she's ready to have kids.
Dr. John StangelEdit
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Both Lily and Marshall initially believe that the doppelgänger is not real and is Barney in costume once again. However, after tugging on his beard, Marshall is convinced it's not Barney. Lily remains skeptical, and the only way she will allow Dr. Stangel to examine her is with the real Barney also in the room (wearing the Sensory Deprivator 5000 so he can't see or hear anything).
Barney would later attempt to take advantage of the doppelgänger by disguising himself as Dr. Stangel and suggesting Marshall join him in a doubles laser tag tournament.
Notes and TriviaEdit
- Technically, there are 7 doppelgängers. In Not a Father's Day, when Barney is showing the group what he calls The Cheerleader Effect (a group of girls who look attractive as a group but unattractive individually), the girl to the far right looks like a female version of Marshall. Later, in the same episode, Ted and Robin point out to Barney that the member's of his Not A Father's Day club aren't childless by choice, because they, just like the women from earlier are attractive as a group but unattractive as individuals, and again, one of them looks like Marshall, albeit a very unattractive version of him. This means that Marshall has not one but three doppelgängers.
- Robin, Lily and Ted all have a second doppelgänger, the three Slap Masters (Red Bird, White Flower and The Calligrapher, respectively) from Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra. However, as they were characters in a fictional tale told by Marshall, they might not be included in the official doppelgänger count.
- Similar to the above, Barney also has five more doppelgängers in a fictional story. They are the five other players (in addition to Barney himself) of the High Council of Players (Tuxedo Charlie, Bronx Donnie, Staten Island Lou, Pickle Jar Bob and Captain Bill) from Bedtime Stories.
- If you really want to get pedantic, you could also include all of Barney's historical re-enactments (such as Julius Caesar & Barnabus Stinson, writer of The Bro Code)
- In the episode World's Greatest Couple while trying to get rid of one of Barney's one night stands, Lily lies about stripping in order to pay for Barney's medical bills. It is unknown whether this has any connection to The Five Doppelgängers.
- The Doppelgangers each represent a desire of the gang. Lesbian Robin is the masculine version of Robin that her father desired. A part of Robin likely wishes she could have remained masculine and even date women if it would have gained her father's approval. Mustache Marshall is not only a lawyer but grows a sick mustache that Marshall can never grow. And for 2002 Marshall who isn't even in law school yet, this is very desirable. Stripper Lily represents the part of Lily who wants to embrace her slutty side and not have to worry about being a mom or being responsible and instead just cuts loose. Mexican Wrestler Ted is this macho cool version of Ted who his friends adore because he doesn't go on long rants and he fights Robots. And Fertility Specialist Barney gets to look at women's hoohaas all day.
- It is never revealed if Tracy (Aka. The Mother) has a doppelgänger or not.