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->''"I like girls who eat carrots."''
-->-- '''Louis Tomlinson'''


'''One Direction''' (commonly initialized as '''1D''') is a British-Irish BoyBand formed in London, England. Originally auditioning for the seventh series of ''Series/TheXFactor'' as individuals, the members were assembled into a group by Simon Cowell, who became their mentor throughout the show. After placing third, Cowell signed One Direction to his own record label in 2010. Since then, the band has skyrocketed to worldwide fame, releasing many hit singles, winning numerous awards, and unseating Music/JustinBieber as the biggest teen heartthrobs in the world. In most music markets aside from their home countries (where Music/TakeThat and Westlife hold their respective countries' crowns), 1D have become the most successful U.K. and/or Irish boy band of all time.[[note]]Not counting, of course, Music/TheBeatles, whose status as a boy band is highly disputed.[[/note]]

In March 2015, it was announced that Malik had left the band and that the other four members would be continuing. Then in August, it was announced that the band would go on hiatus (officially not a split) following the release of their fifth album the following year. A generation of fangirls mourned, as ever.

!!Members of One Direction include (from left to right in the picture):
* Louis Tomlinson - born December 24, 1991 in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. (2010-)
* Liam Payne - born August 29, 1993 in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. (2010-)
* Harry Styles - born February 1, 1994 in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. (2010-)
* Niall Horan - born September 13, 1993 in Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland. (2010-)
* Zayn Malik - born January 12, 1993 in Bradford, West Yorkshire. (2010-2015)

!!Discography
* ''Up All Night'' (2011) - 1D's first album. Upon its U.S. release in March 2012, they became the first U.K. group to debut at #1 on the U.S. ''Billboard'' 200 with a debut album.
* ''Take Me Home'' (2012) - One Direction are one of very few groups to have debuted at the top with both of their first two albums. Only GirlGroup Danity Kane and Eminem's rap troupe D12 have done so prior to them.
* ''Midnight Memories'' (2013) - One Direction became the first (and to date, only) group to debut atop the ''Billboard'' 200 with each of their first three albums. The last group to even ''reach'' the top with its first three albums were Music/TheMonkees in 1967.
* ''Four'' (2014) - 1D's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fourth]] album. Like the previous one, it set a record for its number one debut and had the no-longer-boys Main/GrowingTheBeard.

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!!Examples:

* AbsoluteCleavage: A male example. Harry seems to be [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/a6656893059dfe3579d67402b858a0e3/tumblr_n91jejxdQs1tgdlduo1_500.jpg pretty adverse to buttons]].
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Take Me Home''[='=]s title comes from a line in "Kiss You".
** ''"If you don't wanna take it slow/And you just wanna take me home/Baby say yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah/And let me kiss you."''
* AscendedExtra: Louis and Niall sang mostly backup save for a few token solo lines on their first album; lead vocals were shared between Liam and Harry and (to a lesser extent) Zayn. Fans lobbied for them to get bigger parts and got their wish from the second album on.
* AscendedFanboy: Niall idolized {{Music/Justin Bieber}} before One Direction was formed and cited him as an influence during his X Factor audition. Since then, they've hung out out several times and tweeted pictures together. Additionally, One Direction's level of success has rivaled and arguably exceeded Bieber's.
* BandToon: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o3fcUH-yPQ Here]]. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny You're welcome]].
* BoyBand: Their most defining characteristic. While their record sales trail the Music/BackstreetBoys and Music/{{NSYNC}}, One Direction is said to have a larger fan base than their predecessors. While One Direction are significantly behind Music/TakeThat's success in their homeland, they have eclipsed them everywhere else. Their five-man band formula goes as follows:
** The Heartthrob: Harry
** The Bad Boy: Zayn
** The Cute One: Niall
** The Older Brother: Liam
** The Shy One: Louis
* BritishEnglish: In interviews they use a lot of British slang, which can be confusing for foreign fans.
* CallBack: "They donít know about the up all nights" from "They Don't Know About Us" references the title of their first album.
* {{Camp}}: Their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4cdfRohhcg Kiss You]] video, to great success.
* CatchPhrase: Zayn has "Vas Happenin'?". The other boys use pretty much any opportunity to mimic it.
* CoverVersion: During their run on TheXFactor, they covered everything from Elton John to Rihanna.
** TheCoverChangesTheGender: Their versions of Ednaswap's "Torn" and Rihanna's "Only Girl in the World."
* CrowningMomentOfIndifference: When the boys (minus Louis and Zayn) were [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tSSQHQ5Ts0 tricked into believing a woman was going into labor]] on the studio floor, Niall could not have been more apathetic.
* CurbStompBattle: Their 2014 BRIT Music Video award was a particularly jarring example. More than 1.7 million votes were cast in the span of ''less than two hours''. Not only did their [=#BRITsOneDirection=] hashtag top the Worldwide twitter trends, but they were the ''only'' one of the five nominees to even make it onto the trending list. Twitter reveals that a whopping ''93%'' of all votes in this contest were for One Direction.
** What's even more painful for the losers is the Brits' decision to go global that year. Had the awards ceremony remained a domestic event, One Direction, while still likely to win the award, would probably have had far less than 93% of the vote.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: Savan Kotecha, one of One Direction's song writers, addresses this.
* DisguisedInDrag: [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/c295a47f1f52605775e11db1f1d8a961/tumblr_mq83khbh3h1r5pm10o1_500.png Zayn.]] Played straight [[AttractiveBentGender rather successfully]] in the "Best Song Ever" music video.
* DistaffCounterpart: Music/FifthHarmony, since they both have 5 members and they both started out on The X Factor (the former in the US version, the latter in the UK version). They both consisted of five solo artists who were put into a group after getting rejected, they both finished third, and they have similar shorthand names (5H and 1D). The only differences is that 5H is American, and they have a more 'urban' bend while 1D is closer to adult contemporary.
* GenderNeutralWriting: The majority of their songs are addressed to an ambiguous, inclusive "you" that is only assumed to be female.
** Notably, [[http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/124462/Harry-Styles-Reveals-His-Dream-Girl-Someone-With-A-Cute-Laugh-And-A-Good-Smile in interviews]] that [[http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m210oi9b401qllex3o1_500.png ask]] about [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m25ye0J8yK1qclaf7o1_500.png their preferences]] in women Harry often says that he would want "someone" who... or he likes "people" that... instead of specifying if his preferences are for males or females.
** Even more relevant since Harry's comments about gender being "not that important" when looking for a potential lover, and telling Niall "don't knock it til you try it" when talking about sleeping with another man.
* GenreRelaunch: They, Music/BigTimeRush and Music/TheWanted have brought boy bands back into the mainstream, full force -- but since they became an *NSYNC-level phenomenon whereas the latter two groups were generally unsuccessful, they are usually given credit alone.
* HairFlip: A running joke in the group is Liam's "One, Two, Three, Flick" dance routine. Except now there's no hair to flick. It eventually grew back. Kind of.
* ICantDance: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwk2tPauT_s Just watch this.]] Or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yiie5PWbGc this.]]
* IntercourseWithYou: "Rock Me" could be interpreted this way. And again, "Kiss You" ("If you don't wanna take it slow/ And you just wanna take me home/ Baby, say yeah, yeah, yeah").
** Actually most of their songs could be interpreted as this. They may as well call themselves GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The Band.
** Especially since the release of Midnight Memories, where they stopped even trying to be subtle.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVzTeBtIRf4 Just watch this.]]
* {{Irony}}: The band's SignatureSong is "What Makes You Beautiful", which has the lines "don't need makeup to cover up, being the way that you are is enough" and One Direction just released a line of makeup.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Non-Brits may not realize that Louis's name is pronounced like "Louie", not "Lewis".
* IWantSong: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "I Want"]]. DoubleSubverted in that most of the song isn't about what the guys want, but about admonishing a girl who is selfish and materialistic and wanting a girl who will just love them.
* [[LandslideElection Landslide Voting]]: Their wins at the Teen Choice Awards, Kids Choice Awards, and other similar awards ceremonies are likely won through landslides. While voting data has never been revealed, the outcome is generally a very safe assumption.
* LoopedLyrics: Quite a few... "''I want, I want, I want''...", "''I shoulda, I shoulda, oh, I shoulda kissed you / I shoulda, I shoulda...''"
* LyricalShoehorn: The bridge of "What Makes You Beautiful" consists entirely of "na na nas."
* TheMovie: ''This Is Us'' was released August 2013.
* MyNaymeIs: Zayn was actually born "Zain", but he changed the spelling for his professional career.
* PreppyName: From "Best Song Ever": ''Said her name was Georgia Rose / And her daddy was a dentist.'' If you are English and your name is Georgia, then daddy is more likely to be a dentist than a docker.
* PungeonMaster: Harry likes puns. The other boys like pointing out how lame they are.
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: They are by far ''The X Factor''[='=]s most successful act.
* ShoutOut: Listen to the opening beat of "Rock Me" and think of [[Music/{{Queen}} what it sounds like]].
** "Better Than Words" name drops popular love songs from the past several decades.
** The opening riff of "What Makes You Beautiful" does this to Film/{{Grease}}'s song "Summer Nights".
* SillyLoveSongs: "What Makes You Beautiful", "One Thing", "Live While We're Young"... they make a lot of these.
** "Better Than Words". Bonus points for the fact that its verses ''entirely consist'' of titles from other silly love songs..
* TitleTrack: The song "Up All Night" from their debut album and "Midnight Memories" from their third album are examples of this.
* VocalTagTeam: Liam and Harry clearly had the most solos on their first album, ''Up All Night'' ([[http://www.thehitsradio.com/music/features/one-direction-facts/ see #28]]). Later albums are more even-handed.
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