Louis Tomlinson

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Name: Louis Tomlinson
Also Known As:
Occupation: singer
Medium: pop music
Works: see Wikipedia:One_Direction_discography
Official Website(s): on twitter
on instagram
Fan Website(s):
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Louis Tomlinson (born 24 Dec 1991) is an English singer and oldest member of the boy band One Direction. He also likes football. See Wikipedia for details.

On January 23, 2016, Louis announced on Twitter that his son had been born.[1] A fan created a fake article announcing that the baby's name was Conchobar and it unexpectedly turned into a giant meme.[2] Meanwhile, larries thought that the baby was fake, a theory called babygate.

Louis appears in a lot of fanworks.


By far the most popular ship involving Louis, and the most popular ship in 1D fandom, is with fellow band member Harry Styles. The ship is called Larry Stylinson.

Louis is also sometimes shipped with the other 1D members/former members – Liam Payne (LiLo), Zayn Malik (Zouis), and Niall Horan (Nouis), in various OT3 combinations, and in OT5.[3]

In Radio 1 RPF, he is shipped fairly often with Radio 1 DJs Nick Grimshaw (Tomlinshaw) and more rarely with Greg James (Grouis). As of December 5, 2021, there are 1162 Nick/Louis fanworks and 70 Greg/Louis fanworks on AO3.

A popular fan activity in 1D fandom is for fans to write self-insert fics shipping themselves with a 1D band member. On AO3, which skews more toward m/m than other archives, there are 425 Louis/Original Female Character fanworks.

Finally, some number of fans have shipped him with his real-life girlfriend Eleanor Calder. The ship is known as Elounor. After Louis went public with the relationship, Elounor shippers (and other supporters who may not have actively shipped them) engaged in a ship war with Larry Stylinson shippers who believed that Harry and Louis were in a romantic relationship in real life. Larries believe that the Louis/Eleanor relationship is fake, and have repeatedly tried to prove it. Sometimes they do this with various nonsensical theories, the best known and most-often made fun of being that Eleanor was actually twins or even triplets[4]

On AO3 Larry Stylinson has 38,680 works and Elounor has 1,227 as of December 5, 2021, making it about 31 times less likely to find an Elounor fic as a Larry Stylinson one. (Most fanworks tagged with Elounor have it as a side pairing; there are only 50 fanworks tagged exclusively with Elounor.)

Tropes & Fanon


Punk Louis fan edit posted to Tumblr in December 2012

Punk!Louis was a popular Tumblr meme that produced fanart and fanfic. Louis even tweeted about them in support[5].

Peter Pan!Louis

Another Tumblr meme features Louis as Peter Pan. See the AO3 tag and the Tumblr tags louis pan, peter pan louis, and peter panlinson. The meme was around as early as September 8, 2012[6], but this popular artwork by jaesama[7] was posted on July 13.


He is often very romantic and gentle, very sweet and loving to a best friend, a new love or an extremely smutty guy. For example:


He is often depicted as the leader of the group, the prankster, the one others will follow in whatever harebrained schemes he devises. For example:

Louis and Kids

He is generally good with children, taking care of his many canon siblings, or in kidfic with his own or someone else's child. For example:


In AUs he is often written as a footballer, following his canon love of and involvement in the sport. For example:

  • Pull Me Under by zarah5: AU. As the first British footballer to come out at the prime of his career, it helps that Louis Tomlinson is in a long-term, committed relationship. Even if that relationship is fake.


Louis is often "the sassy one", as he is very quick-witted and isn't afraid to give anyone cheek. For example:


The same quick wit might result in him being written as slightly mean and cruel, especially in angsty Larry or Tomlinshaw stories. For example:


Relatedly, he is often written as insecure and/or troubled, sometimes because of being closeted, internalized homophobia or other issues. For example:

Louis in BDSM

The perceived duality of his character means that in bdsm dynamics, he might be convincingly written either as the dominant (Louis Domlinson) or submissive partner. For example:


The fannish interest in Louis admittedly having the best ass in One Direction means that where penetrative sex is involed, he is often characterized as a bottom, either enthusiastically or despite himself; in A/B/O stories he is much more likely to be an Omega.[8] For example:

In Future Fic

  • In post-band futurefic, Louis is often written as a record label executive. Fanfic fans were very excited when in 2015 the real Louis Tomlinson announced plans to do just that.

Fannish Resources


  1. ^ @Louis_Tomlinson "I'm pleased to say my baby son was born yesterday :) đŸ‘¶ He is healthy and pretty amazing :) I'm very happy!!" accessed 2016-1-26
  2. ^ : HYPOTHETICALLY i might’ve photoshopped a fake news article saying that louis tomlinson’s new baby was named conchobar-pronounced-connor based on an inside joke @bigbrotherlouis on Tumblr, posted Jan 26 2016, accessed 2016-01-26
  3. ^ As of 1 Aug 2015, there were 22,538 works on the Archive of Our Own tagged Louis/Harry, 2168 tagged Louis/Liam, 1492 tagged Louis/Zayn, and 871 tagged Louis/Niall.
  4. ^ The “Calder Triplets”, Archived version, Tumblr post debunking the theory by user stoppostingintheelounortags, 12 May 2013. As of 25 November 2021, this tumblr post has 542 notes.
  5. ^ Louis Tomlinson, tweet: Just seen all these punk edits of pictures of me, makes me want more tattoos !! posted on Dec 17, 2012
  6. ^ The first post in the peter panlinson tag was on September 8. The first post in the tumblr account ohtheclevernessofpeterpanlinson was also on September 8.
  7. ^ So popular it has 18,223 notes as of 1 August 2015 and was uploaded by someone else to Deviantart, where it gained at least 17,259 views, 983 favorites, 133 comments, and 1,165 downloads before it was removed. Another Deviantart user posted a Spanish translation.
  8. ^ As of 1 August 2015, Alpha Louis brings up 73 AO3 works; Omega Louis brings up 262.