Ted's Future Wife
- The eponymous mother has not been fully seen. Present Ted hasn't met her yet, while Future Ted has alluded to a number of details about her, but has not revealed her identity. In "Milk", Ted gets a call from a match-maker service saying they have found him his perfect match, showing a montage of blurred photos, with Future Ted explaining how she has all the qualities of his ideal woman.
- In "Wait for It", it is revealed that the short story of how they met involved her yellow umbrella. In "No Tomorrow", Ted finds the umbrella at a club and takes it home after attending a St. Patrick's Day party which she also attended but at which they did not meet. Future Ted strongly implies that his wife is not blonde, telling his children in "Shelter Island" that had he married the blonde Stella, they would have turned out to be blond (his children are both, like Ted, brunettes).
- On his first day of teaching as Professor Mosby, as seen in the season 4 finale "The Leap", he is seen in front of the classroom of students, one of which Future Ted says is the titular mother. But in the first episode of season 5, "Definitions", it is revealed that he was actually in the wrong classroom, Economics instead of Architecture. Then in "Girls Versus Suits", Ted dates a graduate student named Cindy (played by Rachel Bilson), whose roommate is his future wife—when in Cindy and the mother's apartment he picks up many of her belongings and comments on how compatible he and Cindy are (thinking they are Cindy's) and glimpses the mother's foot as she disappears into her room after taking a shower. Ted finds out at this time that she plays bass guitar in a band. Ted forgets to take the yellow umbrella with him when he goes out and Future Ted mentions, "this is how your mother got her yellow umbrella back."
- In the season 6 opener "Big Days" it is revealed Ted meets his future wife "the day of" the wedding at which he is the best man. In the episode "False Positive" Robin asks Ted to be her future best man, should she ever get married. In the episode "Challenge Accepted", it is revealed that Ted meets the mother of his children "the day of" Barney's wedding. In the last episode of season 7, "The Magician's Code" it is shown that Barney will marry Robin, and Ted will meet the mother "the day of" their wedding. On the premiere of season 8, Ted's wife appears after Barney and Robin's wedding, outside at the "Farhampton" station while holding a yellow umbrella and her bass guitar, as Ted sits on a bench and reads his book. In the season 8 episode, "Band or DJ?," Ted runs into Cindy on the subway and tells her that the band Barney and Robin hired to play at their wedding cancelled at the last minute. The end result of the encounter is that Cindy's (now ex-) roommate's band plays at Barney and Robin's wedding, and Ted tells his children that, if Barney and Robin had followed his "stupid advice" to hire a DJ instead of a band, he would have never met their mother. The day of Robin and Barney's wedding, and thus the day Ted meets his future wife (unless the date is changed), was revealed in "Band or DJ?" to be May 25th, 2013.
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