|Pairing:||Liam Payne/Louis Tomlinson|
|Alternative name(s):||LiLo, Louiam, Paynlinson|
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Liam Payne/Louis Tomlinson, also known as Lilo, is the pairing of One Direction band members Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne. It is the fifth largest slash pairing on Archive of Our Own for the band.
Liam and Louis canonically started out as adversaries and did not get along due to their personal differences. However, this changed, and the two now cowrite songs together, and are the directors of the company that own 5 Seconds of Summer.
Liam and Louis are known for their banter, teasing, inside jokes, and ultimately, deep fondness for each other. Interpretations of these canon personalities and interactions can lead to tropes like Didn't Know They Were Dating or Pretend Couple.
In fics, Liam is often portrayed as the straightman to Louis' funnyman, often frustrated with Louis' inability to take things seriously, and eventually loosening up himself and joining Louis. These fics focus on the canon-supported idea that Liam was at first uncomfortable with or confused by Louis and Louis' personal brand of affection and humor, and that after spending time with each other, Liam learned to be comfortable with it. (As Zayn says in This Is Us, "we've corrupted him.") It is important to note, however, that though Liam says he "literally wanted to whack" Louis during their time on the X-Factor, they were never shown to be actually mean or antagonistic to each other.
Liam and Louis were also, at least in the early days of the band, known as the "leaders" of the group - Louis because he is the oldest, and handled business; Liam because he was the most sensible and driven.
- build a nest for us to sleep in by blackwayfarers - Canon-compliant fic based on after Liam's first breakup with former girlfriend Danielle Peazer (24 January 2013)
- Smile Again by mistresscurvy - pretend boyfriends fic (1 January 2014)
- see beneath by daisysusan - A pretend boyfriends fic. (28 Jan 2013)
- Better With You by harriet_vane - Kidfic where Liam has a child and Louis is the new nanny. (22 July 2012)
- Turn It Up a Notch by checkthemargins - Lengthy OT5 gangbang fic, with an established relationship between Louis and Liam (11 October 2012)
- the pawn to your king by blackwayfarers - A didn't-know-we-were-dating fic. (27 June 2013)
- Easy As All That (Go Around A Time Or Two) by sunsetmog - A sixth form AU. (30 July 2013)
- Tasty Little Treat by playniceliam - Omegaverse fic - Louis is a tiny and virginal omega. Liam is a rock-solid and experienced alpha. Harry and Zayn like to hook up with each other and Niall just likes getting laid. It doesn't take long for things to change. This is the most popular LiLo fanwork on the AO3 by kudos and comments. (first installment posted 04 March 2015, still a WIP as of 18 August 2016)
- lilo tag on Tumblr
- Louis Tomlinson/Liam Payne fanworks at Archive of Our Own
- Louis Tomlinson/Liam Payne podfics at the Audiofic Archive
- The Lilo Library on Tumblr
- it's a god damn LILO primer by needsmoresarcasm on tumblr, circa 2012 (archived)
- Masterpost recaps of Lilo interactions by broofriends on tumblr, updated semi-regularly
- Based on Archive of Our Own fanwork statistics as of 26 September 2014 with a total of 1564 fanworks. It comes behind Niall Horan/Harry Styles (2494 fanworks), and in front of Zayn Malik/Harry Styles (1495 fanworks)
- See in This Is Us, Liam about Louis: "Funniest thing is now, is that me and Louis did NOT get on." 
- Lilo cowrote 7 tracks on the album Midnight Memories, 9 tracks on FOUR, and 5 tracks on Made in the A.M. 
- mirror.co.uk, One Direction Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson are financial backers of pop 'rivals' 5SOS, published April 9, 2014.