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On January 23, 2016, Louis announced on Twitter that his son had been born. A fan created a fake article announcing that the baby's name was Conchobar and it unexpectedly turned into a giant meme.
Louis appears in a lot of fanworks.
Finally, a good number of fans have shipped him with his real-life girlfriend Eleanor Calder. The ship is known as Elounor and its shippers can frequently be seen doing battle with Larry tinhats in their ships' Tumblr tags. A number of said tinhats believe the Louis/Eleanor relationship to be fake, and repeatedly tried to prove it with various nonsensical theories, including Eleanor actually being twins or even triplets.
Tropes & Fanon
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, but this popular artwork by jaesama was posted on July 13.
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:
- Accio My Heart by waspabi: A Gryles Harry Potter AU where Louis leads the prank war between Gryffindor and Slytherin.
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:
- Getting Good At This by pukeandcry, a Tomlinshaw AU where non-famous Louis agrees to help Nick look after his new baby as a favour for Harry.
- Hold You Closer by harriet_vane, Lilo fic where Liam adopts a baby and Louis helps him take care of her.
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 Disgruntled Novelist's Bodacious Pornographer (or, that time Nick and Louis were rival romance writers) by aliferuined (Tomlinshaw)
- A Reptile Dysfunction by makesomelove, where Louis' meanness gets him transformed into a lizard creature by Little Mix
- Truth be told, I'm lying by mediaville (Larry)
Relatedly, he is often written as insecure and/or troubled, sometimes because of being closeted, internalized homophobia or other issues. For example:
- Pretty much every Louis-centric fic ever written by sunsetmog (I Had Rather Hear My Dog Bark At A Crow, Not Your Fault But Mine etc.)
- Fading by tothemoonmydear (AU where Louis has an eating disorder).
Louis in BDSM
- Sub: From the Start by mistresscurvy (LiLo Daddykink), All These Secret Places by Randominity (Elounor)
- Dom: Written all over your face by balefully (Nouis), Zayn/Harry/Louis kink series by Littlemousling
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. For example:
- Sweat It Out by lazy_daze (LiLo where Omega!Louis is in heat)
- With love comes strange currencies by mediaville (angsty Larry where Omega!Louis and Alpha!Harry accidentally bonded on the X Factor and have been trying to ignore it ever since)
- you and me, baby by checkthemargins (Omega!Louis and Alpha!Nick are snowed in)
- Tasty Little Treat by playniceliam - Louis Tomlinson/Liam Payne - Louis is the tiny and sweet omega nobody can resist.
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.
- Fanworks tagged Louis Tomlinson at Archive of Our Own
- Louis Tomlinson podfics at the Audiofic Archive
- this shit is legit: a one direction primer part 5 by tastetheclouds (archived)
- @Louis_Tomlinson "I'm pleased to say my baby son was born yesterday :) 👶 He is healthy and pretty amazing :) I'm very happy!!" accessed 2016-1-26
- : 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
- 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.
- As of 1 Aug 2015, 580 works on the AO3 Radio 1 RPF tag were Louis/Nick; 26 were Louis/Greg.
- The “Calder Triplets”, Tumblr post debunking the theory by user "stoppostingintheelounortags", posted in 2014.
- Louis Tomlinson, tweet: Just seen all these punk edits of pictures of me, makes me want more tattoos !! posted on Dec 17, 2012
- 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.
- 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.
- As of 1 August 2015, Alpha Louis brings up 73 AO3 works; Omega Louis brings up 262.