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  • Award Snub: 5SOS lost to Fifth Harmony in the end for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards despite being the overwhelming favorite to win the category. And that's to say nothing about 5SOS being snubbed in 2016 in favor of 1D, despite the fact that the latter are on hiatus and the former are still active.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: As listed below, their song '18' randomly goes into a brief segment of Foo Fighters' 'Everlong.' It's a bit of mood whiplash, since the song was in a completely different tempo beforehand and goes back to how it was afterwards. It completely takes you out of the moment, especially if you've heard the other song beforehand.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception:
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    • To put it simply, 5SOS fans do not like to hear the band's nickname pronounced "5 S.O.S". The correct pronunciation is "5 sauce."
    • Don't call Calum Asian. He is half Maori and half Scottish.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Fall Out Boy. Many FOB fans detract 5SOS for being a punk-pop "boy band" and their 1D affiliation. It hasn't been nearly as bad from the other side, though. This mostly one-sided rivalry gets even more stupid since Fall Out Boy likes 5SOS, even going as far to get into contact with John Feldy when they heard something Luke said in an interview taken out of context. Pete also called out Fall Out Boy fans who were getting on the cases of new fans who got into FOB due to 5SOS.
    • Another rivalry within the fandom is with Fifth Harmony. While the two groups were up against each other for an award, #keepcuttingashtonyouretrash started trended worldwide on Twitter.
    • Another prominent, if rather one sided one, comes from fans of Defend Pop Punk bands like The Wonder Years, The Story So Far, Knuckle Puck, Trophy Eyes and Trash Boat who detest the band for "ruining pop punk" by bucking the "slice of shitty life" style of the aforementioned bands for a rather unoriginal throwback to the late-2000s "neon pop-punk" sound.
  • Fan Myopia: Part of the backlash against 5SOS from some Pop Punk fans comes from this. When you have 5SOS fans that are less familiar with rock and pop punk confusing their cover of Green Day's 'American Idiot' as an original song, there's bound to be some rustled jimmies. There's also a sizable amount of these Pop Punk fans angry about 5SOS fans calling the band things like "the next blink-182". These comments are either made by a very small amount of misguided 5SOS fans, entirely made up, or obvious troll fodder, but that doesn't stop that segment of Pop Punk fans from getting very, very angry about it. Then there are the Pop Punk fans who recognize their songs as sounding eerily similar to other ones from years before, angering the 5SOS fans who clearly don't hear what they're talking about, or will outright deny the claims.
    • One main argument as to why 5 Seconds of Summer deserves the success they've gotten is because of the fact that they dropped out of school to tour with One Direction not knowing what was going to happen next and not knowing if they were going to fail or succeed. However, this was not quite the risky career move that some like to say it is, given that 5 Seconds of Summer are almost the same ages as One Direction, they're four good looking males, and they play the same kinds of music, just with a light Pop Punk edge to their sound. They were almost guaranteed a built-in audience waiting to spend their money on their future albums and merch, especially considering the dedication to and loyalty for that teenage girls typically display for the things they like.
      • For comparison, it took Green Day 3 albums and a few E Ps over a 4-year period (plus, Billie Joe and Mike quit after Armstrong turned 18, several months shy of graduating, making 5SOS's story less unique) to reach their initial big success in the 90s, and another 10 to match their previous success after years of waning interest by the public. All Time Low started producing music while in high school and started touring and producing more right out of high school and Waterparks are still building up their audience and success after over half a decade's work including three E Ps and two albums. 5 Seconds of Summer would likely be in a similar position to these bands were it not for the Colbert Bump from One Direction. (It should be noted that 5SOS is friends with both All Time Low and Waterparks, and in fact Alex Gaskarth of ATL helped them write some of their songs.)
  • Friendly Fandoms: With One Direction, especially outside Australia where most 5SOS fans are Directioners who haven't abandoned 1D despite their newfound love for 5SOS. Some level of beef still occurs, though most fans don't get into it.
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    • Same goes with British pop rock act The Vamps.
    • Ironically given the above entries, there's a fairly large number of Fall Out Boy fans who also like them.
  • Follow the Leader: It's hard to see McBusted touring with One Direction as a attempt to capture some of the buzz that 5SOS got when they toured with 1D before.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Prior to 5SOS, an Australian Pop Punk/Pop Rock band having international success was virtually unheard of. To those that consider them a boy band, they're seen as the only foreign one besides One Direction to have made it big in America.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!/They Copied It, So It Sucks!: As mentioned down below, a big part of the criticism aimed at them rests in the fact that they, largely, try way too hard to emulate the sounds of their influences (All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, etc) without doing a lot, or anything at all, to differentiate themselves from them and it's led to many calling them out on the sound-alike songs they've recorded and wishing they'd actually try to make something original for once, as when they actually try to do so, they show great promise.
    • Of those mentioned above, there's at least a valid reason for similarities with All Time Low; 5SOS have written with the band's lead singer Alex Gaskarth on multiple tracks.
  • Older Than They Think: Wait, people aren't sure if 5SOS is a Pop Punk band or a boy band? Are we talking about McBusted?
    • Fall Out Boy and blink-182, two of 5SOS' talked about influences, also had "boy band" and "not punk enough" thrown at them back in the day, despite both bands having a stronger punk pedigree than 5SOS. The difference is, though, that they're more like Busted than those bands, who weren't exactly Punk to begin with and produced songs more akin to Boy Band Pop than Pop Punk, and subsequently called one by most people, so the accusation is justified.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Examples include "Social Casualty” having an extremely similar instrumental to Fall Out Boy's 'Sugar, We're Goin' Down' mixed with All Time Low's 'Me Without You' and '18' randomly randonly using part of the instrumental to Foo Fighters' "Everlong" at 1:54. This playlist has even more examples.
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    • In general, prior to 2018, their sound was best described as a mix between All Time Low, Blink-182, old Fall Out Boy, McFly, and Busted due to how much influence (to the point of ripping off, as pointed out above) they took from them in their music writing. After their third album, they're now taking more influence from Pop artists of the late 2010s due to their shifting genres for it.
  • Signature Song: "She Looks So Perfect"
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • In the band's Single "She's Kinda Hot", fans were shocked when they heard Luke curse.
    My girlfriend's bitching 'cause I always sleep in
    • In "Want You Back", fans were similarly surprised to hear Luke say the word "fucking".
    Is it tears or just the fucking rain?
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