When I first started watching How I Met Your Mother, Robin Scherbatsky was the last character I'd have thought to crush on. She was introduced as a sort of "perfect girl" for the main character, she's so generically pretty you'd think she stepped out of a box of hair dye, and for the first couple seasons most of her funny lines fell flat. Surrounded by the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, and Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders seemed out of her league.
But then something happened. Robin broke up with Ted because she wanted to put her career first. Ted, on the other hand, wanted a solid commitment. (How I love when network sitcoms turn the tables on traditional gender roles.)
Freed from being a love interest, Robin became one of the gang. Likewise, Cobie Smulders came into her own with the comic delivery, often getting the biggest laughs in an episode. Being a sitcom character requires an element of craziness, and over the last two seasons Robin has become more outlandish than anyone else. (For instance, she was raised as a boy and went on to be a Canadian pop star.) What I appreciate most is that Robin, unlike most pretty girls on TV, is a fully developed character full of what most writers would consider contradictions. She loves guns. She loves fashion. She loves romance. She hates the phrase "I love you." And now that she's dating fellow player Barney, shit is getting awesome.
So here's to Robin Scherbatsky, the whole package. Mwah!