YMMV / One Direction

  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Many people expected them to flop badly in the U.S. and be completely irrelevant in the UK by no later than 2013. Boy, were they wrong.
  • Award Snub: Massively inverted. They've won nineteen Teen Choice Awards. Out of nineteen nominations. In fact, no other nominee in TCA history has come close to the amount of awards they've received without losing even once. And that's not counting other fan-voted awards ceremonies they remain undefeated at, like the Kids' Choice Awards or VMAs. Heck, not even Justin Bieber can make that same claim (he's only undefeated as the KCAs; he should be thanking god he was never nominated against "What Makes You Beautiful" for Favorite Song in 2013, as he almost certainly would have lost). Then, in 2015 they lost to Super Junior. Twice. Despite the loss, they came out with a consolation prize — namely, setting the all-time Teen Choice Awards win record.
    • A special mention goes to the band's 2013 KCA battle against Big Time Rush for Favorite Music Group. It was almost unanimously agreed that 1D would waltz right past BTR and claim the award in a jiffy. But the fight wasn't nearly as one-sided as expected. In fact, on the Twitter-voting page, BTR built up a solid lead for the first month, and although 1D closed the gap in the past few days, BTR ultimately ended up narrowly ahead. But for the votes tallied on Nick.com, 1D absolutely demolished BTR, in large part to the younger tween fans who didn't have a Twitter account at the time. This proved enough for 1D to nearly double BTR's votes for the award, with 63% of all votes cast being for them, and come out with the win.
  • Broken Base: After Zayn announced he quit the group, the fandom broke off into supporting the group as a four piece, deciding the group should just call it a day, supporting Zayn in whatever path he chooses, hating him for leaving, or quit caring about the group because Zayn was the only member they liked.
    • Larry Stylinson is a huge Base Breaker for the 1D fandom. Either you think Louis and Harry are in a relationship and their management is closeting them or all the speculation about a romance is ruining the boys friendship and the band.
      • And to a much lesser but still incredibly passionate extent, there is a debate as to whether or not Zayn and Liam (known as "Ziam") are in a secret relationship as well.
    • There's actually very little in the 1D fandom that hasn't been a Base Breaker. The only thing Directioners seem to unanimously agree on is a severe hatred of the boys management company, Modest Management.
  • Ear Worm: Oh man, where to start?
  • Face of the Band: Harry Styles. That said, it's not in effect nearly as much as with other bands due to the promotion of other members. Even most non-fans can name every member of 1D. To be fair, if anyone other than Harry is recognized by non-fans it'll likely be Zayn because of his sudden departure.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: We hope you're sitting comfortably...
    • Very few people in the 1D fandom were supportive of Haylor, to the point that the backlash contributed to the change of Swift's public image into the Break Up Song specialist she's known as today.
    • Just don't try to mention The Wanted in front of a Directioner. And god forbid, if you say that they're better than 1D...
    • Using "OD", "One D", or any other shorthand form of their name besides 1D is a clear sign you're not a hardcore fan. And never put a hyphen between the 1 and the D. Also, it's not a good idea to completely refrain from using the shorthand.
    • One that has come and past was the issue of "Best Song Ever" ripping off "Baba O'Riley". Fans of The Who were less angry than annoyed, but Directioners were ballistic over the offense to such an accusation.
    • An even bigger one was pushed less than a week after the Who controversy. 1D fans still haven't forgotten the famous Channel 4 documentary that famously featured Flanderized Directioners and portrayed them as insane.
    • Modest Management. There's nothing more to say about them other than that Directioners hate them (mainly being blamed for Zayn's departure and/or the rumored closeting of "Larry").
    • Every time 1D releases a new music video on VEVO, the amount of hate directed at them is absolutely nuclear due to rumors of them fixing the view count and seemingly costing the group a shot at the 24-hour view record; i.e. them taking away 13 million views from "Story of My Life" and awarding them the record for "Steal My Girl" only to revoke it soon afterwards.
    • Naughty Boy is also massively unpopular with the Directioner fandom due to him allegedly being the one who convinced Zayn to do a solo career.
    • There was also the US One Direction lawsuitnote , the Daily Show gaffenote , the GQ magazine "Get Lucky" covernote , the attack at a 1D tribute band...it really is too much to fit all on one page!
    • Then of course, do not, in any way, suggest that 1D's hiatus in order to pursue solo careers is a break-up within the vicinity of a Directioner.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Directioners versus....well, everyone. See above.
  • Americans Love One Direction: They're popular all over the world, but the level of success they achieved in the United States is unprecedented for a U.K. boy band.
  • Growing the Beard: Critics and non-fans are saying that the heartfelt-sounding "Story of My Life" is the beginning of One Direction's maturing as a music group.
  • Guilty Pleasure: Their better songs tend to be this. In particular, "Best Song Ever", "Live While We're Young", and "Midnight Memories" has developed reputations that those who deride the band actually admit to liking those specific songs, despite (or maybe because of) the fact that they sample/interpolate other older songs ("Baba O'Riley", "Should I Stay or Should I Go", and "Pour Some Sugar On Me" respectively).
  • Ho Yay: In "Little Things", when you have five guys sitting in a circle singing a love song in first and second person, it's really hard not to think they're serenading each other.
  • I Liked It Better When It Sucked: Those who grew up with the likes of Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC dismissed 1D's lack of crazy clothes, over-the-top ballads, Totally Radical/cheeky attitudes and heavily choreographed performances, disappointed that it was just five guys singing and nothing more.
  • Signature Song: "What Makes You Beautiful".
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus of their music, outside their fandom and hatedom. They're catchy and non-offensive, but nothing horribly impressive in terms of musical talent. They also haven't attracted the sheer vitriol that hit Justin Bieber (mostly because the hate that they normally would've gotten continued going to Bieber).
  • Yoko Oh No: A large chunk of the fandom's attitude towards Zayn's ex-fiancee, Perrie Edwards of Little Mix. This has not helped matters when Zayn announced he was quitting the group, despite allegations surfacing of him cheating on her and anecdotal evidence that he was overwhelmed and felt he couldn't handle the amount of pressure and fame that came with being in the group. She still gets hate from Zayn fans, even after they broke up.