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)
    • 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.
  • Face of the Band: Harry Styles.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Yoko Oh No: A large chunk of the fandom's attitude towards Zayn's 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.