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Pairing: Liam Payne/Louis Tomlinson
Alternative name(s): LiLo, Louiam, Paynlinson
Gender category: m/m
Fandom: One Direction
Canonical?: no
Prevalence: secondary
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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.[1]

Liam and Louis canonically started out as adversaries and did not get along due to their personal differences.[2] However, this changed, and the two now cowrite songs together, and are the directors of the company that own 5 Seconds of Summer.[3][4]


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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.

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ See in This Is Us, Liam about Louis: "Funniest thing is now, is that me and Louis did NOT get on." [1]
  3. ^ Lilo cowrote 7 tracks on the album Midnight Memories, 9 tracks on FOUR, and 5 tracks on Made in the A.M. [2][3][4]
  4. ^, One Direction Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson are financial backers of pop 'rivals' 5SOS, published April 9, 2014.