These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Ambiguously Gay: Related to the Ho Yay down below, some people believe Louis is gay and in a relationship with Harry. Harry is usually considered to be bisexual or pansexual. There have been hardcore analyses on Tumblr about Larry Stylinson being real.
Award Snub: They've had quite a few, especially when public voting is involved. While they're 9 for 9 at the Teen Choice Awards (counting two awards that Harry won on his own in 2013), and also undefeated at the MTV Video Music Awards and the Kids' Choice Awards, the American Music Awards and the People's Choice Awards haven't been so friendly.
Covered Up: Their version of "Forever Young" is much more well known among their target audience than Alphaville's version. Also applies to "Torn," "Teenage Dirtbag," and "One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)."
Ear Worm: Doesn't help "One Thing" and "What Makes You Beautiful" are ever so overplayed on the radio.
The Vas Happenin' Boys? song from their X-Factor video diaries.
Face of the Band: While the band's marketing mostly tries to downplay this and present all five as of equal importance (and the hardcore fanbase is annoyed when they aren't), there's no doubt Harry is the most popular member, and the one whom most media and tabloid coverage revolves around. When the boys appeared on individual GQ covers, Harry's was actually the standard edition and printed far more than any of the others. (Niall is probably in second place, though.)
Fandom Berserk Button: Mentioning "Haylor"note Taylor Swift and Harry Styles's relationship to fans tends to be this for many.
Fan Dumb: While most One Direction fans are probably very nice people, there have been incidents on Twitter. The most recent was directed at The Who, who sued the group over "Best Song Ever"'s similarity to "Baba O'Riley", and apparently wanted to take the music video off of YouTube. Directioners quickly defended the band by making #DontTouchBestSongEver as a top trend. Violent threats were made, and it appears that The Who might not have ever actually planned on suing.
Just one day after the backlash with The Who, a documentary aired on the British Channel 4 exploring the lifestyle of the band's fans, but heavily emphasized on the borderline-stalker behavior of them while leaving out the more affectionate part of their lifestyle. Once again, the fans quickly defended themselves, and more tweets about it were made than about the "Baba O'Riley" controversy.
Fridge Brilliance: Why does "Best Song Ever" sound so much like "Baba O'Riley"? Because 1D are saying that "Baba O'Riley" is the best song ever
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While One Direction is popular all over the world, their American success is particularly of note. Back in the '90s, there were many British boy bands (Take That, Westlife, Boyzone, Five, East 17, etc.), and although some of them were able to have top 40 hits in America, they never reached superstar status there. When One Direction took "What Makes You Beautiful" across the Atlantic, girls fell head over heels for them instantly. It appeared that a boy-band renaissance was starting in the United States thanks to a three-way rivalry between One Direction and fellow boy bands The Wanted and Big Time Rush...which was over before it got started, because it was obvious that One Direction's popularity was greater than the other two boy bands combined, and the teen act closest to them in popularity was one Justin Drew Bieber, leaving The Wanted and Big Time Rush battling for a meaningless title of "Second-Most Popular Boy Band in America" (although Big Time Rush is much more likely to be this than The Wanted). In fact, it's safe to say their American fanbase has outgrown their British one, as evident by the fact that their debut album topped the charts in the US but not in the UK.
They are also very popular in Ireland, obviously due to Niall being Irish. Many young adult males proudly admit that their music is a Guilty Pleasure.
Growing the Beard: "Best Song Ever" has gotten much more praise than their previous work, thanks to dropping the issues covered in Unfortunate Implications below and going for a much more relatable love story.
Like most boy bands, however this crossed over with Unfortunate Implications when Zayn recieved hate mail on Twitter from people calling him a terrorist after he posted pictures of himself celebrating Muslim holidays.
Twitter once had a trending topic called #Ban1DirectionFansFromTwitter. Yes, because people liking a band you don't like is a bigger problem than spam and harassment.
Hypocritical Fandom: One Direction teamed up with Office Depot for an anti-bullying campaign, and a large chunk of fandom insisted that it was hypocritical of the band, since Louis frequently dispels any rumors about himself and Harry (and not always in the nicest way) and snaps at people who go after his girlfriend, Eleanor Calder, when fandom's vitriol for Eleanor far outstrips anything Louis' ever done.
Ironically, the fandom seems to be even worse than Louis is. Keep in mind that, while Eleanor is liked by most of the fanbase, Taylor Swift, on the other hand, was almost universally despised during the time that Harry dated her. They've treated most of their rivals like this, as well.
Internet Backdraft: Apple offered one of their singles for free as a part of a promotion on iTunes, a large number of negative reviews of the "not even if you paid me" type came from the Hatedom appeared and left the single at 2 out of 5.
Fandom Rivalry: iCarly casting One Direction as guest stars caused instant drama, mostly on Tumblr. One Direction fans derided the iCarly fandom as being comprised of "immature 12 year olds" that would somehow swamp out the non-12 year old One Direction fandom, iCarly fans shot back with "who are One Direction and why have I never heard of them?", that iCarly is far more popular than One Direction ever will be, and reminding the One Direction fans that the majority of its fandom are much older due to how long the show has gone for as well as having a lot of mature humour.
Apparently headed toward one with Van Halen, of all bands. Wolfgang Van Halen made comments on Twitter about being insulted by the band in a hotel lobby, and then made a crack about how they got their name because "all their hair goes in one direction." The "directioners" responded by calling Van Halen an idiot and saying how One Direction is more famous than him.
The scope of this rivalry is probably limited by demographics; when we speak of the VH and 1D fandoms there are a lot of dads (and in many cases, their sons) and their teenage-and-below daughters in the respective groups...blood IS still thicker than fandom, right?
A bit of one showed up on Tumblr between the One Direction and Taylor Swift fandoms during the month of Haylor. Many previously feuding 1D fans agreed that they would ship the opposing 1D Fan-Preferred Couple before Haylor due to her habit of writing songs about her exes that always make the man the villain. Swifties were upset at the dismissal and even hate that Taylor received. Now that Haylor has ended, the vitriol has slowed down.
Directioners have many other rival fandoms, such as the Beliebers, the Rushers, and the TWFanmily.
An odd rivalry: Doctor Who fans are not happy that, in their point of view, One Direction is turning November 23, 2013 — The Day of the Doctor — into "1D Day" and are willing to do battle against One Direction's fans over this.
Just Here for Godzilla: Following the release of Midnight Memories, they gained a lot of fans, because unlike the bubblegum pop-driven music of their previous two albums, Midnight Memories is more rock-oriented and is generally better music.
And there's an entire subsection of the fandom that only got into One Direction because they liked Zayn.
Memetic Mutation: "The way that [character A] flips their hair gets [character B] overwhelmed" has spread to fandoms that don't even like One Direction.
Narm: Little Things, written by acclaimed artist Ed Sheeran, a lot of these, but the worst is "You can't go to bed, without a cup of tea." What.
"I can make your tears fall down like the showers that are British." Enough said.
Never Live It Down: Harry "twerking" at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards. He was put on the spot by the hosts and seemingly encouraged to do it by Zayn and Ed Sheeran (see Youtube for Ed's reaction to the whole thing). Harry looked embarrassed afterwards and even tweeted alluding the same.
During an X-Factor video diary, Louis stated that he liked girls who like carrots. Over two years later, he has said more than once that a) it was a joke, b) it was a bad joke, and c) he very much regrets it. He still gets carrots and carrot jokes from fans.
Painful Rhyme: Happens sometimes, with "Gotta Be You" as the best example.
Girl, I see it in your eyes, you're disappointed, cause I'm the foolish one that you anointed with your heart
The Scrappy: Zayn's commonly the least loved of the five. (And he's gotten a ton of racial slurs, race-based insults, and other racist stuff thrown at him via twitter, even by fans of the group. Unfortunate Implicationsall. over. the. place.)
Conversely, Zayn is often the one that non-Directions (both female and male) will admit to being attracted to. You may not like One Direction, but everyone (on sites like Tumblr, anyway) is attracted to Zayn Malik.
Shipping: A lot of fans believe that Harry and Louis are romantically involved, due to the high level of Bromance between them. Although this pairing (known as Larry Stylinson by some fans) is the most popular, all of the band members have been shipped with each other at some point or another. This results in a whole range of different OTPs that shippers support: Zayn/Niall, Zayn/Liam, Niall/Liam, Zayn/Harry, Harry/Niall, Liam/Louis, etc.
Harry is also frequently shipped with his friend, Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.
Tear Jerker: When they teamed up with Office Depot for the anti-bullying campaign, videos were released of members of the band discussing bullying, and Zayn's, talking about how bad it gets, especially cyberbullying, is especially heartbreaking, considering the hate he's received for no reason other than being part-Pakistani.
What he says about all of them just wanting to be part of something good that can help people is also seriously emotional.
In addition, he also said that many of their songs sound romantic but have lyrics that will only make their listeners feel worse about themselves (i.e. saying 'I don't care about your imperfections' and listing all of them. Or the unfortunate implication of "you don't know you're beautiful" which means the girl is possibly to insecure to realize her own physical appeal).
Also, Zayn Malik temporarily shut down his Twitter account due to being called a terrorist (one right-wing site actually said he was promoting jihad in his music) after posting photos of his family celebrating Muslim holidays.
"Little White Lies" shares a lot of lyrical content with Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines".
What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: With the ever increasing number of sexual references in their songs (the most blatant of which is the entirety of "Kiss You" and the line what a mess I made upon your innocence from "Gotta Be You"), the swearing, Zayn's smoking, and their rather extreme amounts of Ho Yay in concert (the most memorable of which involves Louis miming a blowjob on stage), it's very easy to wonder why this is a group whose primary demographic is young girls.
Zayn. All the shit that gets thrown at him, all the racism, and just the general hate he gets, and he ends up coming out as a Stoic Woobie, because he never complains about it.
Liam. Comparisons to puppies come up frequently when describing him. He also was bullied in school and only had one kidney for a long time. **The eyebrows◊ help the puppy case though.
Yoko Oh No: Perrie Edwards, Danielle Peazer, and Eleanor Calder have gotten some of the nastiest hate from fans, for no other reason that they are or were dating members of the band. (Eleanor gets particularly awful hate from those who ship the Fan-Preferred Couple of Harry and Louis, as she's dating Louis.)
You could probably add Sophia Smith to this ever since Liam started dating her.
Add T-Swift, while you're at it. Who got it probably a little worse, seeing as the fanbase was very wary of her tendency of writing songs about her exes.