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Pairing: Niall Horan/Louis Tomlinson
Alternative name(s): Nouis
Gender category: m/m
Fandom: One Direction
Canonical?: no
Prevalence: secondary
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Nouis is the ship name for One Direction members Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan. It is the least popular in-band pairing for both Louis and Niall.[1] It is often used as a background pairing or on route to other endgame pairings, or as part of OT5.

Tumblr user cactiall explains:

alas, i think the reason for it’s smallness is that it’s a little quieter. louis and niall are both very loud people, but with each other, they can be very soft and quiet and i think that can give the impression to some people that it isn’t as Much or isn’t as #real as others. naturally, i would argue, by virtue of this quietness, it is more Muchly and #real, but you know.[2]

Example Fanworks

  • Forgotten how to stand by beckaandzac: Niall is a Chelsea midfielder recovering from major knee surgery. Louis is a high-class hooker who makes housecalls. (Posted 11 Feb 2014)
  • let the dog decide by stigmata: everything is the same, except Niall is a werewolf. (Posted 16 Oct 2014)
  • untitled fanart by thrina (Posted 29 March 2015)



  1. ^ As of 1 Aug 2015, there are 871 tagged Louis/Niall fanworks on the AO3.
  2. ^ cactiall, Tumblr post on 22 October 2015 (archived)