is a fictional character created by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas for the CBS television series How I Met Your Mother, portrayed by Canadian actress Cobie Smulders.Robin is the on-again, off-again love interest of Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) and Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), and a close friend to Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel).

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when Ted’s seeing her for the first time, America’s seeing her for the first time — the intriguingness of that propelled the show going forward and kept the show alive." Robin Charles Scherbatsky, Jr.

was born on July 23, 1980 to Robin Charles Scherbatsky, Sr. Robin had a minor career as a pop singer under the stage name of Robin Sparkles, with one hit single, "Let's Go to the Mall." After an accompanying music video and the ensuing year-long mall tour, she developed a serious aversion to shopping malls that lasted for years.

Robin followed "Let's Go to the Mall" with the "artistic follow-up" "Sandcastles in the Sand." As Robin Sparkles, she also appeared on the Canadian educational children's show Space Teens with Alan Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger as Jessica Glitter, where two teen girls traveling through space in a curling stone–shaped spaceship "solve mysteries using math" featuring the song "Two Beavers Are Better Than One," further parodying Canadians.

It was also implied that the aforementioned show had some sexual hints, but Robin insists that it was just a children's program.

Toward the end of her musical career, Robin attempted to shift from teen pop to grunge by adopting a new stage name of Robin Daggers, and penning a track entitled "P. I Love You." Robin performed the song at the 84th Grey Cup, effectively ending her career in music.

In September 2005 she meets Ted Mosby, the show's main character, and they are immediately attracted to each other.

They go on a date in which Ted steals a blue French Horn for her, but Ted spoils his chances with her by impulsively saying he is in love with her.

They resolve to be friends, but their relationship is complicated by lingering romantic feelings.

Although she was a reporter for "fluff news pieces" at the end of news segments at the time of first meeting Ted, over the series she has worked her way up to be lead news anchor at Metro News 1.