Bracket Breakdown: Derek & Stiles vs. Barney & Robin


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Match-Up Breakdown

The two couples left in the Zack & Kelly Conference of Zimbio's second annual TV Couples March Madness Challenge are as different as different can be, but they've both fought off challenges from impressive TV twosomes on their way to the top. Teen Wolf's Derek and Stiles beat outCastle & Beckett (Castle) to earn their spot, while How I Met Your Mother's Barney & Robin toppled comedy heavyweights like Jim & Pam (The Office) and Penny & Leonard (Big Bang Theory). So which duo will emerge victorious and advance to the Final Four? Let's take a closer look at the match-up.

Derek & Stiles
How they met
: Werewolf Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) and the wisecracking Stiles (Dylan O'Brien) met through Scott after he became a werewolf. The pair have a bantering, combative relationship, but at the end of the day they are (mostly) on each other's sides.

Current relationship status: These two frenemies don't have a romantic relationship on screen, but Teen Wolf fans have created a whole world of online Sterek love through fan fiction, videos, GIFs, and photo sets. Fandom at its finest.

Love language:
Derek: You don't trust me. I don't trust you. But you need me to survive which is why you're not letting me go.


Barney & Robin
How they met: Barney and Robin's relationship wasn't always legen — wait for it! — dary. The pair started off as friends, but the BrOTP magic started when Robin acted as Barney's wingman during a night out. They didn't fall into the sack until Season 3, but they've been on-again/off-again ever since.

Current relationship status: After many seasons of ups and downs (and then more ups and more downs), Barney and Robin are currently engaged. A flash forward revealed that Barney will be experiencing cold feet on the pair's wedding day, though, so fans are probably in for many more romantic hijinks ahead.

Love language:
Barney: What if this whole thing isn't a story about how we both made a horrible mistake and ruined our relationships? What if it's actually the story of how we got back together?

So which pair is your favorite? Cast your vote below, then hit the comments with your take on this match-up!
Poll: Elite 8 — Which couple is better: Derek & Stiles ('Teen Wolf') or Barney & Robin ('HIMYM')?
Voting has ended.
  • Derek & Stiles ('Teen Wolf')
    34%
  • Barney & Robin ('HIMYM')
    66%

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