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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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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".
    • The title of Four, after Zayn's departure left only four of them.
  • Signature Song: "What Makes You Beautiful" for the group together, but in terms of solo work:
    • "Pillowtalk" for Zayn.
    • "Slow Hands" or "Nice To Meet Ya" for Niall.
    • "Kill My Mind", "Walls" or "Two of Us" for Louis.
    • "Sign of the Times", "Adore You" or "Watermelon Sugar" for Harry.
    • "Strip That Down" for Liam.
  • So Bad, It Was Better: 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.
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  • 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.
      • Also Louis' "Two of Us", written after his mum's passing. It talks about his loss, grief, and determination to keep going despite that, and his resolve to make his mum proud. Made significantly more painful due to the death of his eighteen-year-old sister days after the song's release.
        "I promised you I'd do this, so all of this is all for you"
        "Oh, I swear to God, you're living through everything I'll ever do"


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