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  • 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.
  • 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.
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    • Larry Stylinson is a hugely divisive 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 contested. The only thing Directioners seem to unanimously agree on is a severe hatred of the boys' management company, Modest Management.
  • Crack Pairing: Hobama, which refers to the pairing of Harry Styles with Barack Obama. Originally arose from someone photoshopping Harry's image into a tabloid cover accusing Obama of having secretly had a homosexual affair with a man, at which point the fandom just ran with it. Sometimes used to parody the more absurd behaviour of other shippers, particularly believers in Larry Stylinson (see Broken Base, above).
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Baby you light up my world like nobody else! The way that you flip your hair makes me overwhelmed. But when you smile at the ground it ain't hard to tell.."
    • "And we danced all night to the best song every. We knew every line, now I can't remember."
  • 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 and solo career.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: We hope you're sitting comfortably...
    • 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.
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    • One that has come and passed 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.
    • 1D fans still haven't forgotten the famous Channel 4 documentary that famously featured Flanderized Directioners and portrayed them as insane.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Directioners versus....well, everyone. See above.
    • Directioners versus themselves. Or Twitter 1D fans vs. Tumblr 1D fans.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Despite the previously unremarkable track record of British boy bands trying to break America, they became just as popular, if not even more so, than at home. The level of success they have achieved in the United States is unprecedented for a U.K. boy band. Not since The Beatles has any boy band, let alone a British one, had such an explosive rise to the top (*NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys took about a year to build their popularity).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: For the one who have some taste of Black Humor (or who hate NSYNC, One Direction, or boybands in general, this post will make you chuckle. Note the post was made in 2015 and it is correct that every members have pursued independent careers but it is officially on "hiatus".
  • 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" for the group together, in terms of solo work
    • "Pillowtalk" for Zayn
    • "Slow Hands" for Niall
    • "Back to You" for Louis
    • "Sign of the Times" for Harry
    • "Strip That Down" for Liam
  • 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 of Bieber's increasingly negative public image as he got older.
  • Tear Jerker: "History", the final non-bonus track from Made in the AM can be seen as this, especially for people who believe it will be their final album. The track can be seen as trying to give the fans hope that they'll be back in the future, which may not be easily believable.
    • Louis' song "Just Hold On", written for his mother. He performed it live for the first time on the X-Factor UK finale, the day after his mother's passing.
  • 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.
    • Keep in mind that all the past and present girlfriends who dated or even hooked up with the members get this from fans. Even the family of the young woman who gave birth to Louis's son wasn't safe. And Cheryl Cole got loads of flack from the fandom for hooking up with Liam early in 2016, especially given their 10-year age difference, that they crossed paths on The X Factor when he was 14, and the fact that they now share a son together.


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