%% If the trope you're going to add pertains to any character who isn't Antimony, Kat, Reynardine, Robot, Shadow2, Mort, Surma, Anthony, Eglamore, Anja, Donald, Jones, Dr. Disaster, the Headmaster, Winsbury, Janet, Paz, Zimmy, Gamma, Red, Blue, Alistair, Andrew, Parley, Jack, Ysengrin, Coyote, Jeanne, Diego, Sir Young, Steadman, The Tic-Tocs, Brinnie, The Guides, Boxbot, Robox, City Face, or Tea, or if it's played noticeably differently by several characters, it goes in the Characters section. Otherwise, it goes on the character sheet.
%% If the article begins with a quote, the image goes on the right.
[[caption-width-right:300:[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey My God, it's full of symbols.]]]]

->''"Within the first week of my attendance, I began noticing a number of strange occurrences. The most prevalent of these oddities being the fact that I seemed to have obtained a second shadow."''
-->-- '''Antimony'''

''[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/index2.php Gunnerkrigg Court]]'' is a ScienceFantasy {{webcomic}} by Tom Siddell about a strange young girl attending an [[ExtranormalInstitute equally strange school]]. The intricate story is [[AllMythsAreTrue deeply rooted]] in world mythology, but has a strong focus on science (chemistry and robotics, most prominently) as well.

Antimony Carver begins classes at the eponymous [[CampbellCountry U.K.]] BoardingSchool, and soon notices that [[CityOfAdventure strange events are happening]]: a [[LivingShadow shadow creature]] follows her around; [[InstantAIJustAddWater a robot calls her "Mommy"]]; a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Rogat Orjak]] smashes in the dormitory roof; odd birds, ticking like clockwork, [[MysteriousWatcher stand guard]] in out-of-the-way places. Stranger still, in the middle of all this, Annie remains [[EmotionlessGirl calm and polite to a fault]].

Meanwhile, Annie befriends the [[GadgeteerGenius technically-minded]] Katerina Donlan, whose parents both teach at the Court. The two serve as foils for each other: Kat's energetic, outgoing personality plays off Annie's initial reserve, which enables much of their character development.

Kat soon gets roped into Annie's investigations of the Court's mysteries, but every answer they receive [[KudzuPlot raises more questions]]: about [[ExtranormalInstitute the school]], about [[CreepyChild their fellow students]], about [[TheLostWoods the woods just across the river]], and about [[MysteriousParent their own parents]]. Soon, they start stumbling on creatures and intricate symbols from [[AllMythsAreTrue all possible mythologies]] -- as well as plain old chemistry -- topped off by the Oasisamerican [[TheTrickster trickster god Coyote]], who has his own designs for Antimony and the school premises. Throughout all this, Annie and Kat uncover the story of a truly frightening ghost woman, whose portrait is worshiped by Gunnerkrigg's crew of golem robots and who seems to be the key to some of the school's greatest mysteries.

Each chapter is a self-contained StoryArc. However, after several chapters, connections begin appearing between seemingly unrelated plot threads--but the exact nature of their link [[JigsawPuzzlePlot remains tantalizingly (or frustratingly) unclear]] for now. Although the story draws on some dark childhood fears, [[EarnYourHappyEnding there is more than enough optimism (both innocent and realistic) to offset it.]]

You should [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1 start from the beginning.]] Don't be put off by the style -- the comic's art [[ArtEvolution evolves quickly]].

The comic is also [[WebFirst published]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/book.html in hardcover form.]][[note]]For those interested in minutia, this isn't the first print version of ''GC''. Back in 2006, Tom published the first seven chapters as a paperback through Lulu.com's print-on-demand service. This is the reason for the "Treatise" page at the end of Chapter 7. This paperback was discontinued months before "Orientation" was announced.[[/note]] So far, the volumes include:
* ''Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation'' (January 2009[[note]]January 2015 for the new paperback edition[[/note]]) collects the first 14 chapters.
* ''Gunnerkrigg Court: Research'' (March 2010) collects chapters 15 - 22, plus the ''Webcomic/CityFace'' bonus comic.
* ''Gunnerkrigg Court: Reason'' (August 2011) collects chapters 23 - 31, plus ''City Face 2''.
* ''Gunnerkrigg Court: Materia'' (July 2013) collects chapters 32 - 41.
* ''Gunnerkrigg Court: Refine'' (August 2015) collects chapters 42 - 49.

The bonus comic ''Webcomic/CityFace'' has its own article. Also, Siddell has published two side stories, "Annie in the Forest" and "Traveller", detailing a bit of Annie's time living in the forest and Paz's trip home after her first year at the Court, respectively.

!!''Gunnerkrigg Court'' contains examples of:


%%* AcademyOfAdventure
* AerithAndBob: There are people named Surma, Antimony, Gamma and Zeta and Sir Eglamore as well as Jack, Janet, James and Andrew Smith, whose magic power is to [[SuperpowerLottery make things orderly]].
* AllMythsAreTrue: According to Jones, Coyote did place the stars in the sky, and so did every other mythological being attributed this task, but she also claims the stars have also always been there since long before Coyote and co. existed.
* AllThereInTheManual: Tom Siddell has started posting [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqtG2TZZWm-iKJq2-Vzm4Jg commentaries of each chapter]] on YouTube.
* AppearanceIsInTheEyeOfTheBeholder: In The Realm of the Dead, Antimony and Mort appear to see a land of infinite majesty, wonder and surprise. Kat and the audience, meanwhile, see a cheap haunted house populated by about three people.
-->'''Record Keeper:''' So you use that name as an incantation with the scryer.\\
'''Kat:''' This Rolodex?\\
'''Record Keeper:''' Then you summon the records from the ''Vault of Memory''.\\
'''Kat:''' You mean this cabinet? There's just a VHS tape in here!\\
'''Record Keeper:''' Wow, you must be the life of the party, kid.
** And then in the bonus page we see [[EldritchAbomination what Antimony and Mort were seeing]], with the implication this might be the True Form, and Kat's mundane take was a WeirdnessCensor.
** In the next chapter, there's a vampire guy whom Mort sees ([[spoiler:when he first dies]]) as a ClassicalMovieVampire (maybe edging slightly towards "Halloween costume"), but Annie later sees as a LooksLikeOrlock figure with a blood-soaked mouth. He gives her the actual explanation of TROTD, which is "All this is just a creep show. Smoke and mirrors. But the Ether makes it real" (as he pulls his Orlock mask off). Apparently, Kat is more resistant to the Ether than Annie and Mort.
* ArcNumber: [[http://gunnerkrigg.wikia.com/wiki/113 113]]. It appears many times across the comic.
%%* BoardingSchool
%%* CampbellCountry
* AsceticAesthetic: In Ch. 52, the room where Annie is apparently living now that [[spoiler:she's being made to retake Year 9]] is very sparsely furnished, undecorated, and ''everything'' appears to be a pale gray.
* CelestialBureaucracy: The Realm Of The Dead.
--> '''Mort:''' It's like a department that deals with people who died but didn't get [[GoIntoTheLight taken into the ether]] for whatever reason.
* CircusOfFear: Mort's creation to scare Paz.
* CityOfAdventure: Gunnerkrigg Court -- a school resembling an industrial complex the size of a city (with its own park!), just next door to a creepy forest.
* DarkWorld: A dark city, the evil twin of Birmingham.
* EldritchLocation: The Forest and the Court don't exactly fit in normal reality. For one, the Court is an enormous city, with multiple parks, lakes, and power stations, but it's almost completely abandoned, and seemingly stretches on forever.
** Samples this whenever the characters end up in Zimmingham, particularly in Chapter 28 (which has triggered so much WildMassGuessing and speculation among the fanbase that it can only be described as the EpilepticTrees equivalent of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambrian_explosion Cambrian Explosion]]).
** Wherever [[spoiler:Antimony's dad actually was when he met the Psychopomps]] it doesn't appear to be a normal location. He speculates that the region wasn't anywhere on Earth, and might not have even been a physical place.
* ExtranormalInstitute: The Court. Virtually everyone inside it is some manner of bizarre, or related to people who are. There seem to be a few baseline {{Muggle}}s but they typically have oddities in their jobs, like Eglamore being a Dragon Hunter.
* FloorboardFailure: Jones averts this by [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=725 bypassing the rickety floorboards altogether]].
* FrameBreak: When Annie puts up a wall of flames [[spoiler:between herself and the Court]], it burns the panel dividers up. In Chapter 50, Coyote and Annie are in "ether-space" and Coyote goes just outside the normal edge of the page (presumably this means that in print normal pages would have a black border while Coyote would spill over to the edge of the page).
* GeometricMagic / HermeticMagic: Mrs. Donlan's magic is highly geometic; Jenny [[spoiler: Jack's girlfriend]] makes a magic circle that's a seeking spell.
* GhibliHills: The magical Gillitie Wood is only a bridge away from the industrial Court.
* TheLostWoods: Gillitie Wood.
* NoOSHACompliance:
** The Year 7 dorms: They feature bunk beds that are many stories high.
** The bridge to Gillitie Forest. It's wide enough to not be immediately dangerous unless people walking on it do something unusually stupid, but it does lack railing, since any shadow cast on it would allow the Glass-Eyed Men to cross it.
* RaygunGothic: The plot of Dr. Disaster's simulator.
%%* SceneryPorn
%%* UrbanFantasy
* SpiritWorld: The Aether, which Annie enters when she uses her blinker stone.
* StayingWithFriends: Invoked but not implemented. Yet.
* UnnecessarilyLargeInterior: The unusually long and high-ceilinged underground(?) room where Kat meets Annie in Chapter 52 (it takes Kat several panels of jogging to reach Annie).
-->'''Kat''': Why is this stupid room so big?!
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: We've been given just enough information about Gunnerkrigg's location to know it doesn't fit anywhere on the map of the U.K.
* WhiteVoidRoom: The inactive holosimulator.
* WizardingSchool: The court is a subversion. Even though magic occurs on school grounds, the court considers any and all phenomena as scientific.
* TheWorldTree: A Cherry Tree (from Gillitie Woods) in the artificial habitat room; it is there Annie starts to open up to Kat. [[spoiler:In "Divine" there is a callback to the tree as a place where Annie can put aside her "mask."]]
* WretchedHive: In the forest there are some ruins which mark the last human settlement on that side of the divide. Normal forest denizens never go there, and for good reason, since it's full of scary monsters who attack outsiders on sight.

[[folder:Narrative / Themes]]
* AchievementsInIgnorance: An octopus learns to fly because it never knew it was supposed to be in the ocean (see BrickJoke).
* AbortedArc: The paintings from ''Chapter 2: Schoolyard Myths'', as seen in [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=23 page 7]] were supposed to be part of a sub plot, but Tom has since dropped the concept.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade:
** [[spoiler:The tooth Coyote gave to Annie]] in ''Chapter 26: The Old Dog's Tricks''. On Kat's official sharpness classification, said blade is [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=964 "Really damn sharp"]], to the point of cutting a shadow from the floor. But it doesn't cut Shadow himself, fortunately for him.
--->'''Coyote:''' The keenest blade you will ever find! Be careful with it, because it could cut the very earth!
** Jeanne, despite being a ghost, can make CleanCut[=s=] through physical objects (like [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1297 Kat's spy cameras]]) as well as etheric ones (like [[spoiler: Annie's etheric form]]).
* AdultsAreUseless: Subtly [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]].
* AIIsACrapshoot: The court robots start out quirky, but friendly and helpful. But with time, especially thanks to Seraph 13's rumor spreading, the robots grow increasingly unstable. They eventually even go so far as to [[spoiler:isolate the students at sea, cut them off from outside help, and unleash some extremely dangerous etheric phenomena. All as part of a project to make a boat robot flesh in order to woo Lindsey, a -- happily married -- biological entity, as well as to motivate Kat.]]
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: Zimmy is discovering this to be especially true of Annie's mind as of [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1046 this strip]].
* AmplifierArtifact: Blinker Stones.
* AnachronicOrder: Chapter 11, "Dobranoc, Gamma", and Chapter 18, "S1".
* AnimalMotifs / AnimalStereotypes: Many, including Wolves, Foxes, Cats, Insects, Birds, Coyotes and Owls.
* ArcWords:
-->"She died and we did nothing."\\
"The court grew from the seed Bismuth."\\
"It was worth it."
* AwfulTruth:
** Annie and Kat learns that [[spoiler:the founders, especially Diego,]] were responsible for [[spoiler:Jeanne]]'s death and UnPerson-ing in ''Chapter 25: Sky Watcher And The Angel''.
** Annie learns that [[spoiler:she's responsible for her mother's death by her sole existence]] in ''Chapter 31: Fire Spike''.
* BackToFront: Jones' backstory in Chapter 40.
* BatmanGambit: Mediation involves noticing hints and predicting people's reaction.
* {{Blackmail}}: How the Court essentially got [[spoiler:Anthony to return to the Court. If he didn't come back and force her back into line with their rules, they were going to expel Annie.]]
* BlahBlahBlah: From ''Chapter 21: Blinking'': [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=517 "Chatter jargon strange words."]]
* BlowingARaspberry: A truly epic one starts in [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=994 Page 21]] of ''Chapter 36: Red Gets A Name'', and goes all the way through [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=995 Page 22]] (a.k.a. "the best page of Gunnerkrigg Court").
* BigDamnHeroes: Eglamore and Kat, on three separate occasions. Two were played straight, one was a subversion.
* BodyMotifs: Lots of emphasis on the [[EyeTropes eyes]].
* BrainBleach:
** Kat after meeting Ketrak.
--->'''Kat:''' I need new eyes and a new brain!
** Annie [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=946 looks like she could use some]] after psychically seeing [[EldritchAbomination Lindsay]] and [[BizarreSexualDimorphism Bud]] make out.
** And [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1127 again]] after seeing [[EmotionlessGirl Jones]] [[TheUnSmile smile]].
* BreadEggsMilkSquick:
** The [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=760 bonus page of Chapter 29]] features Bobby the robot giving out pigeon facts. At the bottom of the page is this:
--->One day I saw a pigeon fall from a tree, its body twisted and broken from an attack somewhere above. It writhed on the floor in silence and eventually died. It had no expression, just as I have no expression. I have never relayed this story to anyone.
** It's also [[MoodWhiplash placed right next to "Bobby's Fun Corner"]] for maximum [[TearJerker impact]].
** "They asked Bobby to put together a fact sheet for the kids. They didn't ask him again after." Can't imagine why...
* BreakTheCutie: Chapter 31, Chapter 51.
* BreakingTheFellowship: Surma, Anthony, Eglamore, Anja, Donald and (presumably) Brinnie were one inseparable company as students and perhaps for some time later, but before the story started, Surma left the Court and broke all contact with the rest except Anthony, and it's unknown yet when and where Brinnie has gone. [[spoiler:Anthony [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1548 confesses]] that when Surma discovered she was pregnant, she didn't want the baby to be born in the Court and didn't want her friends to see her waste away after the birth. Anthony only agreed after much reluctance and a NoodleIncident with Eglamore.]]
* BreatherEpisode:
** After the WhamEpisode that was Chapter 39 with [[spoiler: Coyote's "great secret", Ysengrin going batshit and the reveal that Coyote's been fucking around with his memories]], [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1091 Mort Fun Time]] was a welcome respite. The arcs and chapters involving Red, the resident ComicRelief CloudCuckoolander, also work as breather and/or [[BizarroEpisode bizarro]] episodes.
** Chapter 50 is a breather about Annie delivering a totem to a lab and then returning to her new dorm. It's sandwiched between chapter 49, a grand end-of-year escapade with many characters involved, and chapter 51, a WhamEpisode.
* BrickJoke:
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=646 Antimony waving to that guy.]] Remember that guy from when Antimony snuck in to save Robot?
*** They're still looking for that traitorous robot that helped Robot [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1143 escape]].
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=575 "I bet there's a poster of]] [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=585 in Parley's room."]]
** Hyland Sr. and Surma. According to Jack, "[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=796 Yeah]], he [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=540 said]] she was real nice."
** In chapters [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=694 27]] and [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=888 33,]] you can still see the fingerprint [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=490 Annie left on the moon]] in ch. 20 thanks to Coyote. This particular one comes up quite a bit and its mentioned the Court is unaware of how the print got there (or least claims to be) and has employed a few specialists to study it.
** An incredibly small but epically distanced one, from Chapter 1 to Chapter 30:
---> Chapter 1 - Antimony: [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=6 "I must construct a robotic walking device which will provide you with transit across the bridge!"]]\\
Chapter 30 - Kat: [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=763 "I could construct a robotic throwing device which will provide the stone with transit to the river's edge!"]]
*** Annie: [[TakeThatMe "What an... odd thing to say."]]
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1191 "Hmm, yes... Yes.]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1203 This makes a lot more sense!"]]
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler: Diego]] to Kat. '''[[WhamEpisode Big]]''' '''[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=658 time.]]'''
* BugBuzz: Appears and intensifies just before [[spoiler: Zimmy can relax in a burst of real rainfall]].
* BullyingADragon: {{Subverted|Trope}}. Coyote appears to fly into a rage after [[spoiler:Annie flicks his nose for being a prat]], but it's just another one of his antics.
* CannotCrossRunningWater: The Annan Waters provide a natural and etherically-enforced barrier between the Court and the Wood.
** Notably subverted with Jeanne, who despite Muut's initial insistence to the contrary, can cross the Waters. In fact, she's the one that makes the Waters uncrossable, by dicing up anything that tries.
* CaptainObvious: [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1306 Touch the bat!]]
-->'''ROTD Receptionist:''' [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Touch the bat for verification.]]
-->''(Kat touches the bat)''
-->'''Bat:''' Credentials verified.
-->'''Receptionist:''' That means your credentials are verified.
-->'''Kat:''' Awesome?
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler:The [=TicTocs=]]]
* ChekhovsGun: The incredibly metaphor-dense nature of some of the symbols makes a lot of future plot points hinted at way in advance of their actual usage.
** The etheric scar which Annie received from Jeanne's sword in Chapter 8 has been repeatedly alluded to throughout the story, as it remains on her face, clearly visible to all etherically sensitive individuals. Its true significance still remains a mystery.
** Eglamore handed Annie a beacon just in case she was ever in trouble while visiting the Wood. After being forgotten for about 19 chapters, she finally gets to use it.
** The power buttons on top of the Seraph robots' heads. Loaded under everyone's noses all the way back on [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=9 page 9]] finally gets fired on [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1141 page 1141]].
* {{Chiaroscuro}}: In the etherium, everything seems to glow in the dark, and highlights and shadows alike are more pronounced than in the ordinary world.
* ClingyMacGuffin: Blinker stones...but only when the owner wants them to be.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Jones basically [[spoiler:compliments Annie in [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=976 this page]] by responding to a description of Shadow's friendliness and open-mindedness with "He sounds a little like you, Annie."]], but Annie takes it literally.
* CosmeticCatastrophe: The results of Kat's first attempt to use makeup were not pretty.
* CountryMatters: [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=540 Ouch]].
* CringeComedy: The strips of Jack trying to hit on Annie after he was freed from spider control were ''painfully'' awkward for the both of them and the audience.
* CrossoverCosmology: Reynardine and Ysengrin are based off Reynaerde/Renard the fox and Ysengrimus the wolf, respectively, from Medieval European folklore tales like ''Literature/ReynardTheFox''. Muut, Coyote, and the Glass-Eyed Men are from Native American myth. There's also several ghosts, fairies, and, for good measure, a flashback montage featuring every {{Psychopomp}}, ever. Chang'e, Brynhildr, and the Minotaur (of Chinese, Norse, and Greek mythology, respectively) have also made appearances.
* CrypticConversation: Invoked and then immediately lampshaded by Coyote, Ysengrin, and Annie:
-->'''Antimony:''' Coyote, can you tell me, what '''is''' Gunnerkrigg Court?\\
'''Coyote:''' Why... It is man's endeavor to become God! How is '''that''' for an enigmatic answer?\\
'''Ysengrin:''' Very enigmatic. It barely answers anything at all.\\
'''Antimony:''' In fact, it raises more questions than before.
* CuriosityKilledTheCast: Not the lethal kind, but there were rather close calls. Curiosity also starts several plots, and often proves helpful when combined with compassion.
* CurseCutShort:
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=195 Rain!]]
** An odd example on the [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=329 last page of Chapter 15.]]
** There also appears to be another one on [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=540 this]] page, in the second to last panel.
* CuttingTheKnot:
** Jones' way of dispelling fancy magic runes: crush the devices generating them in her indestructible hands. She later gets past a towering concrete wall, which Jack built a bridge over, by punching her way through it.
** In one of Dr Disaster's simulations, Smitty finds the MacGuffin almost immediately because of his ability to create order.
* DayInTheLife: Played with in ch. 40, which, for several pages, is a series of past events in Jones' life, from the day before the first page's events to [[spoiler:billions of years previous]]. Little's been revealed so far except that [[spoiler:the next medium has been chosen, based on Jones' recommendation]], [[spoiler:the previously-hinted-at relationship between Jones and Eglamore has a ''lot'' of layers to it]], and that [[spoiler:Jones doesn't age, and part of her taking others' names is to keep this a secret. She also doesn't consider herself to be alive, and doesn't know what she is]].
* DeathGlare:
** [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=18 "Hello, Winsbury. Can you wither a little, please?"]]
** By Antimony to Jack as he escapes.
* DefaceOfTheMoon: Thanks to Coyote's [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=490 friendly help]]. It's [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=694 still visible]] in later portions of the story, at least in the Court.
** Annie "[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=501 may have some explaining to do]]". [[spoiler: ...to [[Myth/ChineseMythology Chang'e]].]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** "Spacemonauts! The evil Enigmarons are threatening the Earth from their moon base '''on the moon!'''"
** The ''creepy space aliens from outer space''.
* DoAndroidsDream: The Court robots seem to have personalities and their own society out of sight of the humans, and they are explicitly trying to figure out their "purpose" beyond merely being custodians of the Court. One of the biggest questions they seek an answer to is [[spoiler:why their creator, Diego, would engineer the death of someone he loved]]. They also think of Kat as an angel.
* DopeSlap: [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=565 Gamma to Zimmy]]
* DrivingQuestion: What exactly ''is'' Gunnerkrigg Court?
* EasilyDetachableRobotParts: [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=419 Sometimes]].
* EnvironmentalSymbolism
* EpicFail: Pretty much any time the court robots try to keep something secret from the students. [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=49 Like posting signs telling you where the secret stuff is.]]
* EpicHail: One of the many uses for Blinker Stones.
* EsotericMotifs: Strange symbols abound at the school -- although some signs are less "mystical" than you'd expect.
* ''[[{{Magitek}} Ethereal Sciences]]'': A lot, but some more than other, like literally MagicalComputer.
* EverybodyKnewAlready:
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1149 Renardyne can smell that Smith and Parley]] [[DidYouJustHaveSex have just had sex.]]
** Later, Coyote gets close enough, and has almost the same [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1156 reaction.]]
* ExactWords: When Bobby is asked if he wrote a certain love letter to Kat, he says yes, because he did. [[spoiler: But he wasn't the one who came up with the content- that was Paz.]]
* ExplosiveLeash:
-->'''Tom:''' Reminder: Coyote ain't your bro.
* FantasticAesop: Lampshaded.
-->'''Bob:''' Hmm, there's a lesson in all this... (...) [[spoiler:Never let sixty angry kids use a herd of laser cows to take over your house.]]
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: The original Magitec robots didn't have the means to reproduce, so they designed the modern court robots as their successors.
* FlippingTheBird: Since he doesn't have fingers, Reynardine does the "up yours" equivalent [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=311 to Annie]] for being put in timeout.
* TheForce: The Ether, which, like the TropeNamer, infuses all living things, can be directly harnessed only by a few humans, and bestows upon its users the abilities of telekinesis, clairvoyance, teleportation, flight, and superhuman speed and jumping abilities, and can even be used to create {{Magitek}} like 'etheric computers', which can project DeflectorShields or bind people/things if their users will it.
* FriendVersusLover: Antimony, Kat, Alistair.
* FracturedFairyTale: Basil's backstory.
* AFriendInNeed
* FunctionalMagic: All kinds.
* [[GiantEnemyCrab Giant Engineer Crab]]: Lindsey
* GratuitousIambicPentameter: A subtle but very powerful use at the painfully emotional climax of chapter 30:
--> '''[[spoiler: Jeanne]]:''' You come here to mock me with this gleaming heart of yours. Coddled child of that damned place. This luxury afforded by my death... it should be mine to take.
* GreenLanternRing: Blinker Stones -- lenses for psychic powers, whose full uses have yet to be revealed.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: The Guardbots, Doorbot.
* HamToHamCombat: Parley and Mort improvised it once.
* HardLight:
** Dr. Disaster's simulations.
** The Glass-Eyed Men seem to be made of pure shadow, but Kat deduces that they're actually just very thin layer of matter that may as well be a layer of light. Or, you know, [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=201 dark]].
* HarmonyVersusDiscipline: In just about every sense, from magic, nature, and world view, the Court and Gillitie woods are opposed. The Court favors rational methods, control, and gray expansive industrialization. The Wood represents nature, unbound and at times terrifying.
* [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend He Is Not My Boyfriend]]: Thanks for [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=739 clearing that up]], Annie.
* HeadbuttOfLove: Annie and Kat in chapter 45 after they talk out some issues. And again in chapter 51 as they take the first step in tackling a problem.
* HerBoyfriendsJacket: In Chapter 14 Kat can be seen wearing the T-shirt of her brief love interest, Alistair, who left her his personal belongings [[ItMakesSenseInContext after he had to turn into a bird and leave.]]
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction:
** Apparently, [[spoiler:Annie and her mother]] are descended from a cross between a human and a [[spoiler:[[PlayingWithFire Fire Elemental]]]].
--->'''Coyote:''' What an interesting first union that must have been...
** To say nothing of [[BizarreSexualDimorphism Bud and Lindsay]]...
* HugAndComment: Chapter 32 ends with Annie and Kat hugging, and then Kat saying "Annie ... I love you and everything, so ... it is with love that I must inform you that you really gotta take a shower."
* HumansAreFlawed: Chapter 29:
-->[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=754 Paz:]] The Court isn't a big monster that does as it pleases. ''[[GratuitousSpanish Es]]'' a collection of '''people''', working to do what they think is right. And, over time, other people see what is wrong, what mistakes were made, and work hard to fix them.
* IHaveToGoIronMyDog: Annie needs to go... find... a book. To the left. Or to the right. Whatever.
* ImportantHaircut:
** Both Annie and Kat start wearing their hair differently after the incident on the bridge.
** Later, half a chapter is devoted to a visit to the barber.
--->'''Tom:''' Thank you for reading this chapter about girls getting haircuts.
** Played with more than played straight.
--->'''Tom:''' [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=468 Real Kat's hair is slightly longer. Pretty disappointed in you guys.]]
** Kat gets another one after her opinion about the Court changes in Chapter 29.
** And once ''again'', Annie and Kat have noticeably different hair after the summer holiday between chapters 31 and 32, Annie having grown hers longer than it ever was and begun to tie it back, and Kat having cut hers shorter than it ever was, accentuating the [[YouCantGoHomeAgain growing rift between them]].
** And even further in Chapter 51, where Annie cuts her hair short after [[spoiler:complying with her father's demands]]. Chapter 52 reveals that in doing this [[spoiler:she also cut herself off from her fire elemental side, and thus the bulk of her anger towards her father and her situation in general]].
* InconvenientSummons: Parley, to herself.
* IncrediblyLamePun:
** Kat completely unabashedly tossing off this line is just one of the many ways she's so very lovable.
--->'''Kat:''' It may be empty but it's '''full''' of potential!
** Annie's attempts at humor are a bit more...[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=304 forced]].
* InfoDrop: This was standard practice in the early run. At the end of each chapter was a bonus page, giving details of the school and surrounding areas.
* InsomniaEpisode: [[RealityWarper Zimmy]] doesn't sleep. [[spoiler:When infected with the spiders around Zimmy's mind, Jack Hyland also becomes sleepless for a short while, and gets more and more mentally unstable until Zimmy finally removes them.]]
* InsultFriendlyFire
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Sort of. Poor, poor Kat...
** Reynardine, with an unrequited love.
** [[spoiler:Jeanne and her elf lover.]]
** [[spoiler:[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=820 Antimony]]]]'s ancestors.
--->'''Coyote:''' I admire man's ability to see beauty in everything! Even a flame!
* IntoxicationEnsues: Cherry-induced tipsiness.
* IronicEcho: Eglamore responds to the students' complaints about camping in the cold with "Good question. Night!" At the chapter's end, the sleeping arrangements have reversed, and Annie tells Eggers: "You know where the tents are. Night!"
* [[IsThatWhatHeToldYou Is That What She Never Did Tell You]]: Annie collected a ''heavy'' basket of this looking for answers in all the wrong places. Now this began to hit her, mostly in the face. When she finally talked with her mother's best friend directly, she made some... little discoveries. Like why Surma left the Court to never return, or related to Annie the tales of Coyote but didn't mention knowing him or say anything about ''other'' notorious inhabitants of Gillitie Wood she knew at least as well.
%%* ItWasAGift
* IUhYouToo: John and Margo are both ''[[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=470 adorkable]]''.
-->'''John:''' Uh... I--uh, I mean, it was--I had a... a, you know...\\
'''Margo:''' M-me too!
%%* JigsawPuzzlePlot
* KillItWithFire: As of [[WhamEpisode Fire Spike]], [[AwfulTruth traumatizing]] Annie is a [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=807 really bad idea]].
* LapPillow: [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1095 A moment of domestic tranquility.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Coyote removes the memory of [[spoiler:Ysengrin's insane attack on Antimony (and possibly more than that)]] from his mind, [[MindRape against his will]]. This apparently isn't the first time this has happened, by far.
* LetterMotif: Gunnerkrigg, Gillitie, Good Hope: the letter G seems to be important. One wonders what this implies about Miss Gamma Czarnecki.
* ALightInTheDistance: Annie, lost and alone in the Annan gorge, sees a light on the opposite shore. [[spoiler:It's Jeanne. Things don't go well.]]
* LimitedWardrobe: Averted. The characters wear all kinds of clothes, appropriately to the situation. And the two female protagonists even change their hairstyle regularly.
* LiteralMetaphor: Both Renard and Coyote repeatedly told Annie almost word for word [[spoiler:"You have a fire in you, fire that belonged to your mother"]]. This turned out to be not a runaway compliment, but a fairly straightforward, concise and accurate statement.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Kat to Annie, Gamma to Zimmy, Annie to Renard.
* LoveTranscendsSpacetime: Hello [[spoiler:Parley]]! How did you get here?
* MagicAIsMagicA: It's implied that all magic follows specific rules. So far, the best covered is Rey's DemonicPossession -- e.g. he's able to occupy a toy simply because it has eyes.
** Reynardine is also bound in the wolf toy and forced to obey Antimony because he chose to inhabit an item she possessed ownership of, which is why he hasn't just jumped to something else.
** Also, when Coyote gives away a power, it gains a side effect it didn't have when Coyote had it, like Ysengrin's artificial tree-body and his atrophied real body, and the fact that if Renard takes over a body, it dies when he leaves and the original owner is extinguished when he enters. There's also the fact that any power Coyote gives, he can't use until he takes it back.
* MagicVersusScience: Mostly because their philosophical disagreement between their practitioners. Ironically, [[{{Magitek}} mixing the methodologies]] seems to bring the most impressive results and according to a history lesson by Jones may have been the Court's purpose in the first place.
** Annie and Kat seem to embody these, respectively.
* MagicalUnderpinningsOfReality: Where psychopomps are concerned.
* {{Magitek}}: What happens when science and the etherical combine; interestingly this also describes certain couples:
** Anja and Donald combine their powers to help the court. Interestingly their abilities are described with technological terms (IE the bindings they put on Rey are "programs" not "spells").
** Paz (and City Face) inspires Kat to create bio-mechanical parts.
** Jenny creates a "seeking spell" to guide Jack's drone.
* {{Matricide}}: An interesting example, where [[spoiler:Annie]] kills her mother without realizing it by simply being alive, due to [[spoiler:them both being fire elementals]]. However, in chapter 36, her father is confirmed alive.
* MeaningfulEcho:
-->"I'll save you, little girl!"
** Also, [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=36 this]]. It seems like Eglamore [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=545 expected her to take his mantle]].
** From [[SinsOfOurFathers Episode 25]]:
--->"Love makes you act in strange ways."
* MeaningfulRename: The fox {{Trickster}}'s proper name is Renard. "Reynardine" he [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=790 got from Surma]]. When she [[TheTease played with him]]. Which changed his life, eventually bringing him into the story's situation.
* MechanicalEvolution: The robots are an inversion: they evolved into simpler forms over time. Their creator was a genius, and [[SuperPrototype the designs of his first generation of robots]] [[{{Magitek}} defied understanding]]; so after he died, the robots had to simplify their designs in order to maintain themselves.
* MementoMacGuffin:
** Annie's pendant, and later the photo of her parents as children... and the toy wolf.
** Surma's gift James always carries with him. "[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=109 Handy and practical]]".
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=641 "Better to have loved and lost than to be... dead or something."]] [[LampshadeHanging "I don't think that's how the saying goes."]]
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: Occurs in "Residential", when the Queslett students band together to find out where their classmates have been disappearing to.
* MindScrew:
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1026 Chapter 38: Divine]], straight from the get go. Have fun trying to figure it out.
** Coyote's "interesting thought experiment," as [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1120 Jones calls it]]: he says he put the stars in the sky and [[CannotTellALie that's true]] (ditto for all the other powerful beings who claim the same). Jones ''knows'' the stars were in the sky before anything existed to put them there (or imagine the things that will put them there) and that's true too. Whether this means that the creation of mythical beings is retroactive or something else entirely is still [[IncrediblyLamePun up in the ether.]]
* MomentOfWeakness: Annie and Reynard do this to each other in Chapter 31.
* MoodWhiplash: Typically occurs for both the characters (i.e. as a narrative trope) and the readers at the same time. Best example so far is probably the scene where [[spoiler:Ysengrin goes berserk and nearly kills Annie, and Coyote forcibly removes his memory of the incident]]. Next page, [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1091 Mort Fun Time!]]
* MundaneUtility: The blinker stones' [[AmplifierArtifact amplifying powers]] have a wide variety of uses, including [[EpicHail signal rocket]] and instant campfire; Annie has used hers as a torch and a psychic walkie-talkie, among other things. It also comes in handy for [[spoiler:temporarily blinding Ysengrin when he's chasing her and Eglamore out of the forest]].
* MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat: [[DidTheyOrDidntThey We're not privy as to how far it went]] but both [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1149 Reynard]] and [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1156 Coyote]] smell [[DidYouJustHaveSex something interesting]] in chapter 41!
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Girl riding fox-possessed toy wolf. [[MixAndMatchCritters Branch-armed wolf-tree]]. A cab pulled by robot horse quoting Milton's ''Literature/ParadiseLost''. Lawn-mowing and fire prevention via laser cows. A meteorology robot in a form of head-sized praying mantis. [[TheMissionary Proselytizing]] [[LeParkour parkour]] robot.
* NonAnswer: If you ask any of the court's residents how the court was built, they will just say that the founders made it. If you ask anyone else who might know, all they will say is that "It grew from the Seed Bismuth."
* NoodleIncident:
** The [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=402 cursed teapot]].
--->'''Antimony:''' We've seen stranger. What about that cursed teapot?\\
'''Kat:''' Yeahhhhhh... but that was... I don't even '''know''' what '''that''' was about.
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=76 Zimmy's entry on the science fair]]. All we see is a microscope and various people's reactions on The Thing.
* NoSell: The Court's Seraph model robots are immune to electro-disruptors, a device Kat and her father have previously used to disable robots.
* NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat: After Paz tries unsuccessfully hitting on Matt and learns that he already likes [[Myth/ChineseMythology Chang'e]], Kat tries to comfort her, causing Paz to think she's being hit on. Kat says that that wasn't her intention, but then a somewhat interested Paz says that there's nothing wrong with that if that's what Kat was doing [[spoiler:setting up Paz asking her out some time later.]]
* OhCrap:
** A [[spoiler:GiantEnemyCrab]] Kat believes Annie arranged as an [[spoiler:[[ItMakesSenseInContext apology]]]]? Creepy, but manageable. Noticing that Annie is staring in slack-jawed horror/confusion and clearly had nothing to do with it? Yeah, time to be scared. Complete with WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises.
** Kat's father is very happy when he realizes that the coded message Antimony's father sent makes sense once you include him saying Antimony's name at the start, until he realizes the implications this has for an already upset [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1009 Annie]].
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1063 Ysengrin]], after [[spoiler:Antimony flicks Coyote's nose as her way of saying she won't tell him stories]].
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Reynardine and Zimmy were called demons at some point. No guarantee in the first case it was not a popular simplification, and the second was confirmed to be [[http://www.formspring.me/gunnerkrigg/q/248166674 only]] an [[http://www.formspring.me/gunnerkrigg/q/395665188 invective]].
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Rogat Orjaks ("horned giant" in Slovenian) are explicitly stated to be dragon-kin, but not the same as "usual" dragons. One is [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=58 quoted]] making a distinctly TakeThat remark on the subject of "those [common dragons]".
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: "Regional Fairies" are so-called because they have spots on their shoulders showing which "region" they're from. They learn little kinds of magic (like rusting metal) and are said to come of age when they make their own clothes. [[RedOniBlueOni "Red" and "Blue"]] are the only ones introduced in the main story. Others appeared only after becoming humans, as students in the Foley house.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Mort, the Ghost with the Sword, the dead boy in the hospital, a blind man's ghost mentioned by Kat in her letters over the summer break, and the dead couple haunting the musical instruments are all different from each other. This will probably all be explained eventually. Maybe.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: They can be removed and transferred to other bodies, but for all his powers Coyote can't create them "from nothing" ([[TheSoulless apparently the Glass-Eyed Men don't count]]).
** Turns out Red and Blue are different from other fairies: [[spoiler: they're "hollow fairies" born with their souls almost completely separated from their bodies. This is somehow related to the Court's plans (it "wants what it wants") and presumably applies to all fairies who become human and join the Court]].
* OverlyLongGag: Red's ridiculous reaction to Blue wanting to hang out with her lasts [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=995 one whole page]], dedicated to the Red simply going "[[BlowingARaspberry PPPPBBBTTTTHHHHHPPBPTHTHHHH]]"
-->'''Tom''': Here it is. The best page of Gunnerkrigg Court.
* PaperThinDisguise: Annie said she was clearly a robot. Just look at her antennae! And robots never lie.
* ParentalAbandonment: After Surma's death, Annie's father sends her to Gunnerkrigg Court and then vanishes without bothering to tell her. We are told that [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=292 she will not hear from him again for two years]]. Every so often we see beneath Annie's [[NotSoStoic stoic facade]] to see [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=93 how much this hurts her]]. There are hints here and there that he might have always been distant (to everyone but Surma).
* PerspectiveMagic: Coyote uses this, being one of the fundamental trickster deities.
* PetTheDog: Ysengrin is the gruff, brutish and misanthropic wolf who ferociously guards the Gillittie Woods. But every now and then he is genuinely kind towards Annie - albeit in his rather gruff way.
* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure:
-->'''Kat:''' I ''love'' the PrincessMononoke look you got going on!\\
'''Antimony:''' [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=865 My what?]]
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: The chasm dividing the Court from the forest is guarded, on the Court's side, by a [[WomanInWhite ghostly woman]], who Annie learns early on is BarredFromTheAfterlife for initially unknown reasons. In chapter 25, it's revealed that she [[spoiler:was a founding member of the Court, who the other founders sacrificed in some sort of ritual after she [[TriangRelations spurned one of them]] for an [[StarCrossedLovers elf from the forest]].]] It gets worse in chapter 30, when a flashback explains the details of her death: [[spoiler:she was sent down into the chasm, forced to watch her lover get shot, then was left to die of starvation and exposure. The DespairEventHorizon she crossed is the source of her power, and the reason why she can't leave.]]
* QuoteMine: The ArcWords mentioned above:
-->'''[[spoiler:Diego]]:''' She died. And I did nothing.
* RandomTransportation: [[spoiler:Parley]] had that going on for a while.
* RantInducingSlight: Occurs a few times, with Kat's rant in "A Bad Start", provoked by, well, [[CaptainObvious a bad start to her day]], and Annie and Rey's fight in "Fire Spike", beginning with Annie's copying of homework.
* RelationshipSalvagingDisaster: Deliberately {{invoked| trope}} by Annie in "From The Forest She Came". HilarityEnsues.
* RescueRomance:
-->"[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=795 So, you know, thanks again]]."
** Subverted in Chapter 34.
* TheReveal: Happens a lot.
** The biggest one though, in chapter 43, answered a question that had been around since almost the beginning of the comic, that is, [[spoiler:that Renard actually did try to possess Annie knowing full well it would kill her. Something he horribly regrets.]]
* RobotAntennae: Antimony invokes this trope by wearing a headband with false star-shaped antennae so she could sneak into an area restricted only to robots. The robot guard is completely fooled by her Paper-Thin Disguise; ironically most of the actual robots ''don't'' have antennae.
* RoofHopping:
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=266 Eglamore]]
** Robot S13's parkour-capable body.
* RotatingArcs
* RuleOfCool: ''[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=602 Laser cows.]]''
-->Just like real cows! Only with lasers.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Averted except for the students who [[spoiler:used to be creatures that lived in the forest]].
* ScienceFair: Chapter 5.
* SecretLegacy: Everything we learn about Annie's parents suggests that she's following in their footsteps. Kat has inherited a thing or two as well.
* SexDressed: Relax, it was with [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=397 Mr. and Mrs. Donlan]].
* ShipTease: Kat and Paz, with a lot of BaitAndSwitch.
* ShadowArchetype: The recurring theme of duality in the narrative makes this fairly common in both characters and other elements of the world, though it's sometimes difficult to tell who or what the 'shadow' is.
* ShrineToTheFallen: Diego and his robots have one for Jeanne. Overlaps with StalkerShrine, considering how [[DoggedNiceGuy he acted towards her]] when she was alive.
* ShapeShifting: Coyote can change his shape at will, usually by stretching himself.
* SherlockScan: Ms. Jones, [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=788 here]]:
-->[[RuleOfFunny Suddenly I am wearing a party hat.]]\\
This is likely to have been placed by someone who can teleport with unerring accuracy.\\
Perhaps with the aid of someone who can distort probability.\\
[[RelationshipUpgrade Their relationship seems to be coming along well.]]
* ShroudedInMyth: "Chapter 48: Tall Tales" starts with two Gilitie Woods-dwellers talking about the amazing accomplishments of Annie and Smitty, the new mediums, before their "proper" introductions to the Woods.
* SignsOfDisrepair: John and Margo, looking for a replacement mandolin, came across a closet marked [[spoiler::C]]u[[spoiler:r]]sed instruments.
* SinisterSurveillance: The court keeps its students constantly tracked with supplements in their food. [[spoiler:Anthony himself attempts to escape the court's eye, and expresses despondence at how the court was able to find him regardless and probably knew what he was doing all along. When he and Donald hold a private conversation, he has to take measures to ensure they are unable to eavesdrop.]]
* SorkinRelationshipMoment: A non-romantic version. Kat calls out Antimony and Reynardine's awkwardness, and demands that they be friends again, while holding a pair of [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=506 wire strippers]].
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Chapter 10: "Dr. Disaster vs. the Creepy Space Aliens from Outer Space".
* SplittingTheArrow: "Fancy shooting" as performed by Janet and Willy.
* TheStinger: At the end of Chapter 3.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Annie and Surma. It's strong enough that [[TimeDissonance Ethereal beings occasionally confuse them]], and Eglamore [[WrongNameOutburst calls Annie by her mum's name]] in the heat of the moment.
** Turns out there's a reason for this: Annie and Surma are [[spoiler:descended from fire elementals, and as soon as Annie was born she began absorbing her mother's spirit]].
* SummonToHand: The Blinker Stone allows its owner to do this.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=547 The situation does not involve a large monster or two.]]
** The robots' signage is even sillier, with a room containing [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=7 "NO spare robot parts,"]] and much later, a CallBack in the form of [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1139 Warehouse 113, which is NOT a secret base and contains NO robots.]] The door to their HQ in the Court is labeled [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=205 "Boring Door."]] And so on. All the robots are hilariously gullible and {{Bad Liar}}s, so this is only natural.
** That guy and girl were [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=470 not doing anything.]]
* SurvivalMantra:
-->"Always remember one thing..."
* SweetieGraffiti: "S & B" ([[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=362 Spinach & Beanhead]]).
* SwitchingPOV: {{Mind Screw}}y version where we, without warning, switch away from Antimony and to a character who believes herself to be someone else.
* TakeOffYourClothes: Invoked by Jack, but denied.
* TearsFromAStone: [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=220 "Kat forgot to mention the docking station also has tear glands".]]
* TeleportSpam: Bip. Bip. [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=961 Bip.]]
* TemptingFate: {{Invoked|Trope}} [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=623 once]] (which in itself, of course, counts as a straight use).
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1187 Are you sure you need any more good luck?]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Annie is so invested in wanting her father's approval that [[spoiler: she's emotionally shattered by his being needlessly harsh in delivering legitimate punishments.]] Hands up everyone who thinks this will end with Annie seeking professional psychiatric aid.
* TheyDiedBecauseOfYou: Delivered in a devastating, defensive rant by [[spoiler:Reynardine to Annie]]. The effect is instantaneous, and doubles as a WhamLine.
* TimeStandsStill: Coyote can do this if he wants to.
* TitleDrop: In chapter 46, delivered dramatically [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1301 by Mort.]]
* TongueTied:
-->'''Coyote:''' If you tell anyone in the forest about [[spoiler:the tooth]], even Ysengrin, this bind will snip off your hand.
* TrackingChip: The court places supplements in the students' food to continuously track them.
* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: In response to [[spoiler: her father's return and his increasingly JerkAss-ish behavior]], Annie, rather than at least try to deal with her anger and sadness, or perhaps seek consolation and advice from a sympathetic party, instead chooses to [[spoiler: follow the advice of Ysengrin, whose sanity is questionable at the best of times, and uses her etheric powers to remove her negative emotions entirely and manifest them into a separate entity.]]
* TraumaticHaircut: Annie cuts her hair in Chapter 51, rather than it having been forced on her, as she seems to be experiencing some difficulty in [[spoiler: controlling her emotions in response to her father's return, so she uses her etheric powers to cut her hair and remove her emotions at the same time.]]
--> '''Kat:''' You're not supposed to have short hair! You're supposed to have long hair! '''I'm''' the one with short hair!
* TricksterMentor: Seems to be the Court's established ''modus operandi'', at least to a degree: it's the playground for the individual initiative, even if it's occasionally acting "against" the rules or teachers. The unwritten rules seem to include "It's ''your'' project, tell me when you ''finish'' it" and "NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught". They also teach reasonable level of cooperation.
** They have security measures clearly ''designed to'' provide a reasonable level of challenge for students inevitably bypassing them, such as obvious and regularly hacked motion detectors, or security robots that we saw circumvented with tricks, hacking and plain outrunning -- compare this to their outrageously advanced and subtle technologies like the tracking system.
** Giving [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=919 less than waterproof mundane explainations]] for weird events with a straight face -- that's combined with teaching good enough to reap {{mad scientist}} grade inventions.
* UnfortunateImplications: [[invoked]] The first time Annie's father contacts her in years and it turns out to be a coded message. A coded message that doesn't make sense unless you include her father calling her name at the start of that message.
-->'''[[SandInMyEyes Annie]]:''' So... my name was just part of the message? He wasn't really calling me at all?
** Inverted when Donald claims that there are also positive implications. There were a number of ways Anthony could have gotten Donald the message and he chose the one that involved speaking to his daughter.
* TheUnreveal:
** Ysengrin told Annie what Jones was. Or tried to. We, however, were not privy to that conversation.
** When Jones herself gets around to giving Antimony the longer version of that story, it turns out to be [[spoiler:much, much longer. Jones' conscious recollection begins with the formation of planet Earth itself; even remembering all that, Jones doesn't know what she is, and says she isn't technically immortal because she doesn't even consider herself alive.]]
** When Annie and Smitty visit the laboratory where the human bodies for transfer students from the Forest are grown they meet an androgynous technician who doesn't appear to be [[BeastMan completely human]]. Annie politely asks them if they were a [[OneGenderRace fairy]] or a [[GenderBender creature]] and their reply was [[spoiler:"Neither, I'm from Cardiff"]]. The next scene is Annie and Smitty walking around after they've left the lab.
* VisibleSigh: Antimony didn't ruin Red's life.
* WeaksauceWeakness: The Court's Seraph model robots are capable of flight, very capable in combat, immune to electro-disrupters, and can be turned off just by pressing a big red button on the top of their heads.
* WhamEpisode: So much that it has [[WhamEpisode/GunnerkriggCourt its own page]].
* WhamLine: Pretty much three in a row from the aforementioned [[WhamEpisode Chapter 31]].
** First off, Antimony to Reynardine:
--->'''Antimony:''' [[spoiler:She never loved you]].
** Reynardine's reply:
--->'''Reynardine:''' [[spoiler:'''You''' are the reason Surma died!]]
** Finally, Coyote's own revelation to Antimony:
--->'''Coyote:''' [[spoiler:Don't tell me no one has told the girl she isn't exactly human!]]
** When Annie tells Kat about her mother in Chapter 21:
--->'''Muut''':[[spoiler: The day Surma died...none of us came to take her.]]\\
'''Annie''':[[spoiler: I had to do it myself.]]
** Annie's first word in her telephone conversation at the end of Chapter 36.
--->'''Annie:''': [[spoiler: ... Father?]]
** In Chapter 39.
--->'''Coyote''': [[spoiler: The reason I love humans so! The reason Ysengrin seethes with anger! My secret... is this... I. DO NOT. EXIST!]]
** Living up to the [[MeaningfulName chapter's name (Changes),]] in Chapter 41, Coyote [[WhamEpisode changes]] ''[[WhamEpisode everything.]]''
--->'''Coyote:''' [[spoiler: Fire Head Girl! I want ''you'' to be my new Medium to the Court!]]
** From Chapter 42
--->'''Paz:''' The letter was from [[spoiler: me, Kat.]]
** From Chapter 44:
--->'''Annie:''' Who are you?\\
'''Spirit:''' I am the spirit of these ruins. I am [[spoiler: The Seed Bismuth.]]
*** [[spoiler:Though this is a {{Subversion}}, as the spirit was lying.]]
** From Chapter 46:
--->'''Mort:''' [[spoiler: I want you to take me into the ether.]]
* WhamShot:
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1049 This]] is what [[spoiler:Kat]] looks like to Zimmy's etheric vision.
** Gets a repeat when [[spoiler: [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1443 Kat takes on this form after electrocuting the ship.]]]]
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1487 Chapter 51, first page-]] Annie and Kat's new teacher writes his name on the board: ''[[spoiler: [[DisappearedDad Mr. CARVER.]]]]''
** When Kat, Parley, and Smitty sneak into [[spoiler: Anthony]]'s house, there's [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1519 a subtle but extremely important]] difference about [[spoiler: Reynard's body]]. Specifically, [[spoiler: the symbol on his forehead, indicating Kat is now in control.]]
** Chapter 52's last page shows that [[spoiler: Annie had been talking to her own elemental form, which is now separate from her.]]
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong:
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=687 Nothing could possibly go wrong here!]]
** Introducing a fake threat and mystery to the target group of {{snooping little kid}}s, {{mad scientist}}s and magic users can "make things more interesting" indeed. [[HilarityEnsues Even more so]] [[ComebackTomorrow after]] one of them finally catches what's going on.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Reynardine learning about the MementoMacGuffin bit.
** Later, Jack delivers one when Annie [[spoiler:tries to set him up for heartbreak to hurt him for something he did while he was possessed and thus had no control over]].
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: ''[[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=659 "Love makes you act in strange ways." We have our finest minds analyzing her words. As mere machines we can but hope to understand.]]''
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=661 What to do if a robot fancies you]]. [[spoiler:Considering all the Court's robots are "descendants" of a lovesick inventor, this probably happens a lot.]]
* [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Whole Chapter Flashback]]: Chapter 16, "A Ghost Story", Chapter 22, "Ties", Chapter 25, "Sky Watcher and the Angel".
* WrongNameOutburst: Mr. Eglamore shouting "Surma!" This was not a flashback chapter.
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: Perhaps it would be better for Kat if she thought longer than a split-second [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=334 before answering]]:
-->'''Kat:''' Say, uh... I don't see him.\\
'''Annie:''' Do you '''want''' to?
* YouImaginedIt: Annie's early AdultsAreUseless approach wasn't ''quite'' unwarranted.
* YourMindMakesItReal: [[spoiler:Zimmy's little CrapsackWorld]] is a sort of collective dream: participants go there and back without anyone else ever noticing.
-->'''[[spoiler:Zimmy]]:''' It's only as real as you let it be.

%% If it pertains to any character who isn't Antimony, Kat, Reynardine, Robot, Shadow2, Mort, Surma, Anthony, Eglamore, Anja, Donald, Jones, Dr. Disaster, the Headmaster, Winsbury, Janet, Paz, Zimmy, Gamma, Red, Blue, Alistair, Andrew, Parley, Jack, Ysengrin, Coyote, Jeanne, Diego, Sir Young, Steadman, The Tic-Tocs, Brinnie, The Guides, Boxbot, Robox, City Face, or Tea, or if it's played noticeably differently by several characters, it goes here. Otherwise, it goes on the character page.
''For a more complete rundown, see the spoileriffic [[Characters/GunnerkriggCourt Character Sheet]].''

* {{Ambadassador}}: Being the Medium can be a dangerous job.
--> '''Coyote:''' Oh, but shouldn't you be helping Ysengrin? He's not as spry as he used to be.\\
'''Antimony:''' How could I possibly help against these monsters? I'm supposed to be a diplomat!\\
'''Coyote:''' Haha! [[ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer So start speaking their language!]]
* AmbiguouslyEvil: The Court as a whole, '''big time'''. The Court has a history of [[KickTheDog dog kicking]] that goes back as far as its founding, and for all the talk of cooperation with the denizens of the Woods, it becomes clear that little if any of it is sincere. The Court also shows an unnerving level of willingness to manipulate or actively impair those in its employ for its own ends. That being said, the current membership is ''much'' less extreme than the founders were and many of them to strive to do their jobs as intended rather than as the Court itself wants them to.
* ArmlessBiped:
** The [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=172 Enigmarons]] from ''Chapter 10: Doctor Disaster...''
** The [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1356 "pink frog thing"]] (who is apparently the/a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canvey_Island_Monster Canvey Island Monster]]) from "Chapter 48: Tall Tales".
* ArtificialLimbs: In a bizarre [[InvertedTrope reversal]], Robot was given a prosthetic arm made of wood.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: The Court robots seem silly and simple, but then they start worshiping Kat (to a level she isn't aware of), [[spoiler:and try to force her to make the cruise ship's AI flesh so it can be with Lindsey, the giant inter-dimensional CosmicHorror crustacean -- who's already happily married]], and [[spoiler:using ''Zimmy'' to alter reality to make it happen]].
* BigGuyLittleGuy[=/=]FatAndSkinny: The two ghosts unleashed by John and Margo. The male is short and fat, the female is tall and thin; unfortunately they don't get much characterization other than they're terrifying [[spoiler:and in love and just want someone to finish their song]].
* BitchInSheepsClothing: The Court founders passed themselves off as noble men forced by necessity to do horrendous things in the course of their work but they reveal themselves as almost ingrained xenophobes that thought nothing of doing these things. The one member that wasn't like this was consigned to a slow and miserable death just so they could have an efficient security guard to keep the Court and Gillitie Woods as separate as possible. The Court as it currently exists seems better due to several members actually striving to do their jobs in the spirit they were intended and the more ambiguous situations faced but ultimately reveal themselves as just less blatantly obvious in Chapter 53 [[spoiler: where it is revealed that they brought back Annie's DisappearedDad to rein her in for "transgressions" that include actually improving overall relations between the Court and the Woods.]]
* TheBlank: The Nobodies; the cruise ship's sailor-bots, who are the HiveMind of the ship itself.
%%* BlankWhiteEyes
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Parley (comparatively reddish-brown hair) and her two friends, [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair dark-slate-purple-(or so)-haired]] Cookie Monster (Lily Cooke) and a DarkSkinnedBlonde Jan (January).
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Annie and Kat ran into this trying to reconcile two ex-fairies. According to the fairies, mutual understanding and respect are not the most important things for choosing your friends, it's ''cool hair''. Later it turns out that once reconciled, these two taunt each other and fight all the time. Other Foley kids merely see it [[VitriolicBestBuds as a sign of strong attachment]].
* BlushSticker: [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=314 Orchid-haired fairy girl]] called as "her too" on the [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1001 Chapter 36 character guide]], still has it (both in the real world and [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=983 in ether]] at that).
* CastOfSnowflakes: All the characters have very distinct appearances, even in the decidedly-less-polished early artwork.
* CuddleBug: Ex-fairies sometimes are like this. Up to an etheric cuddle-pile. Being "a little inspired by Foley kids" may also explain why [[GenkiGirl Lily]] has NoSenseOfPersonalSpace.
* CuteMachines: Several, including the cuddliest ''clawed metal mantis'' ever.
* DiesWideOpen: Sivo
* EldritchAbomination:
** Lindsey has 47 eyes, and 151 not-eyes, and part of her brain functions in a different dimension. She's also an accredited couples therapist.
** [[spoiler:Kat's]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1049 etheric form from Zimmy's vision]].
** The [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1321 Final Records guy]].
** The [[spoiler:ship's]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1409 etheric form]]. Eesh.
** Coyote's etheric form is a terror to behold. When Antimony first uses her blinker stone in his presence, the sight of it is enough to temporarily disorient her. Combined with his godlike powers and BlueAndOrangeMorality, he's easily the closest thing that the webcomic has to a true Eldritch Abomination.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Anja, tree elves
* FantasticFoxes: Reynardine is based on the folktales of Renard the Fox.
* GenderBender + HumanityEnsues: For female animals from Gilitie Wood who wish to become human (the [[OneGenderRace female-only]] fairies remain female).
* GenerationXerox: Subverted when appears. This generation of protagonists are descended from parents who were also adventure buddies back in the day -- but the two generations are different in just as many ways as they are alike.
** Directly defied by Mr. Donlan to Antimony [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1024 eventually]]. Antimony for one is glad to be treated as her own person instead of her parent's child, especially soon after this got more unsettling.
* GentleGiant: Quite a few, such as Lindsey the giant crab. In fact, it's almost a reliable guarantee that the bigger and more intimidating someone (or something) is, the nicer they're going to turn out to be. Eventually [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=989 lampshaded]].
* GodNeedsPrayerBadly: Coyote says that's how he came into existence.
* HappinessInSlavery: [[spoiler: Diego's Golem/]]Robots consider activity itself to be the best thing about life, and thus consider working for humans self-rewarding ([[BlueAndOrangeMorality not that they need a concept of "reward"]]).
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: On Andrew's first trip into the forest, he meets a Chickcharney who has lost a treasure he received long ago. A "shining sphere of unmelting ice! Trapped inside were brilliant colours from the rarest flowers". Andrew immediately produces a marble. "Did it look like this?"
* HugeGirlTinyGuy: Parley and Smitty; Surma and Rey (technically; human women are generally taller than foxes).
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Eglamore and [[OneHeadTaller anyone]]; the jackelope and their fairy friend.
* LooksLikeCesare: Martin.
* TheMenInBlack: The Court agents, [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=191 though only seen for a brief glimpse]], invoke this kind of imagery.
* NoAntagonist: The comic presents many opportunities for villains to cause mayhem, but they either never act out on it or are revealed to be misunderstood good guys.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The various Court Robots are comically incompetent in ways that are nevertheless far beyond the capability of any RealLife AI. Probably a result of their {{magitek}} origins.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: This appears to be the only way robots understand deception. They feel the need to explain exactly what it is that isn't happening.
* TeensAreShort: Many commenters for [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1523 Chpt. 52, pg. 16]] noted that Kat and Annie are in their mid-teens but appear to be (perspective and stairs aside) barely shoulder-height to Kat's dad [[spoiler: and Annie's]]. The rest of Annie's friends don't look much taller aside from [[HugeGirlTinyGuy Parley]], [[OneHeadTaller Jack]], and the elves from "Annie in the Forest" who seem to be analogous to college students.
* ThemeNaming: Antimony and Surma; Zeta and Gamma; Jack and Jenny.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Kat and Antimony, respectively.
** Also, [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1392 Kat and Paz]].

* AnAesop: From ''Chapter 24: Residential'':
--> "[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=630 Never let sixty angry kids use a herd of laser cows to take over your house.]]"
* {{Animesque}}: Tom Siddell, the author and artist, cites ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'', ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' and ''Manga/DragonBall'' as artistic influences, alongside Western comics like ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' and ''ComicBook/TankGirl''. He incorporates elements from all of them into his own art.
* ArtShift:
** The ''Webcomic/CityFace'' specials, which are canon.
** Also, a slight shift when Annie is using the Blinker Stone. (Everything is generally more detailed and her hair connects panel to panel.)
** In Chapter 51 the art becomes sketchy and amateurish because [[spoiler:Annie's confidence is severely shaken by her father's sudden reappearance as her teacher and his order to wash off her "ridiculous" makeup]].
* ArtEvolution: Tom is consistently evolving his art. It's most noticeable in Annie's case: Compare her design on [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=18 page 18]] with her design on [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=435 page 435]] (which, incidentally, is a FlashBack to the same scene from page 18). Now compare with [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1148 page 1148]].
** It's even {{lampshaded}} in [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1143 this strip]], which refers back to an earlier incident in which Annie tricked a group of robots by disguising herself as a robot. The robots have drawn a Wanted poster of the unknown "robot", complete with football-shaped head. (One possible explanation is that the changes in art style reflect actual changes as Annie matures physically.)
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''Webcomic/CityFace''.
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1091 MORT FUN TIME!!]]
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: TheRant occasionally makes a joke out of this:[[invoked]]
-->"Thank you for reading this chapter about girls getting haircuts."\\
"Thank you for reading this comic about magical boots and awful hats."
* AuthorAppeal: Given Jack's spider motif, the Whitelegs themselves, and Tom's tendency to have spiders in [[https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-AqHtEcInYi0/TheNhXkySBI/AAAAAAAAABc/ByesCe8zNqM/latestpicture.jpg his]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/images/mespidey.gif self]][[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/images/spiders.jpg -depictions]], one can't help but think that he likes drawing them.
** Confirmed with [[http://gunnerkrigg.tumblr.com/post/26137569313/i-just-took-these-photos-in-my-bathroom-try-and an entry]] from his tumblr account wherein he says "Try and tell me they are not beautiful" regarding photos he snapped of a spider in his bathroom.
* AuthorCatchphrase:
** "Mystery solved!" in the commentary when something random and completely unexpected sheds a little light on a previous question while raising far more questions.
** "It's that guy!" and "The big guy is Eglamore" are everywhere, too.
** There are also many variations on "This guy", including "These guys", "That guy?", "Those guys", and any others you might think of.
* BlatantLies: T-shirt coming soon.
* [[BreakingTheFourthWall/{{Webcomics}} Breaking The Fourth Wall]]: Doesn't happen often, but if anyone is going to do it, [[ThoseWilyCoyotes Coyote]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1067 will]].
* CallBack: The events of "Divine" are referenced 14 chapters later in "The Tree": [[spoiler:Anthony has a cut on his lip that seems to correspond to where Zimmy hit him with a psychic punch; the "bone spikes" which resembled finger bones (Anthony's right arm is obscured by a bright light in "Divine" and his right hand appears to have been replaced by a prosthetic in "The Tree") that pinned down Annie's ethereal half seem to show up when Annie calms herself down and puts on a mask-like expression so she won't "break down like a complete fool" after being given a dressing-down by her father for extensive cheating (Annie was in the hospital in "Divine" some time after hearing her father's voice for the first time in two years).]]
** "Annie and the Fire" is not just the MindScrewdriver for "Divine" (or at least parts of it [[spoiler: the "bone spikes" were indeed Anthony's -- he claimed some psychopomps tricked him into using his hand to make an "antennae" so he could see Surma again but failed to mention that Surma was now part of Annie; fortunately Zimmy's "message" came through]]) but also answers questions from "The Tree" [[spoiler: what happened to his hand]] and "Sneak" [[spoiler: Why didn't anyone know about Annie until she came to school (Surma didn't want Gunnerkrigg to know about her) and what he was doing since Surma died (trying to find answers by looking for psychopomps)]].
** "A Ghost Story" is also referenced when [[spoiler:Annie cuts her hair short and wears a simple blue dress, same as her appearance at Good Hope Hospital "back when she still knew how to be a kid"]].
* CallForward: Somewhere between this and EarlyBirdCameo, the adult City Face was ([[MindScrew possibly]]) introduced in an {{Omake}} published between arcs that most likely happened before he was born.
* ContinuityNod:
** In ''Chapter 12: Mainly Involves Robots'': "[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=202 Hello Annie!]]". Later, in ''Chapter 24: Residential:'' "[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=619 Hello Kat]]".
** Also in Chapter 24: "My main babe" and "[[ComebackTomorrow Night!]]".
** Also, from ''Chapter 20: Coyote Stories'': "[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=484 The rocks and stones, powerful teeth of mine!]]". Later, in ''Chapter 26: The Old Dog's Tricks'': [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=686 "Handy and practical gift", indeed]].
** Chapter 41 features [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1143 a comical one]] all the way back to [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=209 Chapter 12]]. "Traitorous robot", indeed.
* DeadpanSnarker: Tom, in his [[TheRant rants]].
-->'''Tom:''' A gift from [[TricksterArchetype Coyote]]! [[SarcasmMode Nothing can possibly go wrong here]]!
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Used to comedic effect between the friendships of humans and the friendships of fairies. Also pointed out to be a dominant cause for the strained relationship of the court and the woods.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Dr. Disaster's simulation.
* DontTryThisAtHome:
-->'''Tom:''' [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=378 Dear readers, this comic is a work of fiction.]]
* DoubleMeaningTitle: All over the place with the chapter titles. One of the most prominent is the title "Fire Spike", which uses meanings for both the noun ([[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=809 a surge in power]]) and verb ([[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=822 to add a small amount of one substance to another]]) forms of "spike".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Mechanically unskilled Antimony building a robot (since [[RetCon Retconned]]), Basil the Minotaur living in the Court's basement, Zimmy willingly partaking to a large gathering of people with no visible signs of discomfort, and many other instances conflict with the setting and the characters of later chapters.
* TheFaceless: Tom has made something of a RunningGag out of never showing his real face anywhere online. Twitter posts claiming to have a photo of him appear regularly, but invariably there will be something in front of his head or it'll be a picture of something else entirely.
* FanVid: Creator/BroadSpectrumStudios are currently producing a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g3SMMp9pwM&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLdcHXnaMg7ncSijjFVx1krN3t6YCUf-wA voiced dub of the comics]]. Although the addition of voices and sound effects is a nice touch, perhaps the most notable feature of the dub is the surprisingly fitting original music score by Creator/NeilLeeGriffin. After watching a few of the existing episodes, you may find yourself humming the Court Theme throughout the comic.
* FisheyeLens: When things aren't quite normal and/or there's an ''actual'' camera involved, and to emphasize Annie's HeroicBSOD.
* FlashbackEffects: Textured backgrounds and rounded panel corners.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: There's a lot of instances, seen [[Foreshadowing/GunnerkriggCourt here]].
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Invoked by Reynardine when Kat and Antinomy are having a [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=111 heartwarming moment]]. Plot point, too, because it's the reason Antimony orders him not to speak until she commands it, which prevents him from warning her in time when he realizes something's wrong.
* GogglesDoNothing: Averted, and then lampshaded in Tom's rant [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=882 here]].
* InvokedTrope: In case ZigZaggingTrope just isn't awesome enough, [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=623 here]]'s a recursion: TemptingFate in WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong way via [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=622 intentionally]] invoking TemptingFate and WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong (as tropes), snickering.
* KudzuPlot: Comes with the JigsawPuzzlePlot.
* LampshadeHanging: Just take a look at [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=496 this]] page.
* LooseCanon: Bonus pages are distinctively one step away from the main continuity and may bring extra {{exposition}}, or teasers, or comedy, or something wild -- or all at once.
* MindScrewdriver: "Annie and the Fire" for (most of) "Divine".
* MoodWhiplash: Much.
** ''Chapter 6: A Handful Of Dirt'' - Our characters go from laughing their heads off to bawling their eyes out in a single page. Yay.
** ''Chapter 19: Power Station'' is dark and depressing, but still manages a genuinely heartwarming moment on [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=466 page 466]]... then yanks the rug out from underneath Annie and the readers on [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=467 the very next page]].
** ''Chapter 25: Sky Watcher And The Angel'' - "Oh no!" "A sad face!" "The saddest face!" Due to the phrase's use as an IronicEcho.
** ''Chapter 27: Spring Heeled Part 1'' - A [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman guard robot]] is the subject of a joke about learning to whistle--then gets KilledMidSentence.
** ''Chapter 30: The Coward Heart'' goes from being reasonably upbeat, to horrifying revelations about a character's death, then the same character trying to kill the protagonists... and finally then ends with two characters admitting their love for each other.
** ''Chapter 31: Fire Spike'' - It begins with undefined unease, explodes into anger, and ends in tears.
** ''Chapter 39: The Great Secret'' - From silly (fun times with Coyote!) to WhamLine ([[spoiler: the aether is human imagination]]!) to scary ([[spoiler: berserk Ysengrin]]!) to WhamEpisode ([[spoiler: Coyote ''eats Ysengrin's memories'' to make him loyal]]!) and finishing off with [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1091 MORT FUN TIME]].
** ''Chapter 49: The Torn Sea'' - Yay vacation cruise! No, Jack ''and'' Zimmy (and Gama, whew) are here! Yay, fun dance party! No, [[spoiler: the robots want Kat to make them flesh, they even stole her latest prototype]]! Wait, [[spoiler: the ''ship itself'' wants Kat to make it flesh -- because it's in love with Lindsey]]! ''What the EFF'' [[spoiler: and they're gonna use Zimmy's reality-warping powers to do it]]?! What the Christ [[spoiler: and then the Seraphs duct tape hardhats to their heads because they remember Annie's mystical power button pressing powers]]...
** ''Chapter 52: Sneak'' - It's revealed at the end that ([[spoiler: the 'sneak' is possibly the fire elemental part of her, in anguish]]), and the page directly after that revelation is nothing but an ''incredibly'' cute [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1533 puppy Renard]].
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** Red starts BlowingARaspberry on [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=994 page 994]] aaand...
---> [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=995 "Here it is. The best page of Gunnerkrigg Court."]]
** In a hilariously roundabout way, Antimony and Mort's experience in the Realm of the Dead. To ether-attuned beings like Antimony or Mort, the Realm of the Dead is (apparently) a vast labyrinth, Final Records is a huge, many-roomed library, the Scryer is a complex magical artifact, the Vault of Memories is just that, a vault, and the Records Keeper is a massive and horrifying creature who is practically invisible. To the technically-minded Kat (whose point of view we actually see), the Realm of the Dead is a tacky cardboard haunted house, Final Records is a closet with a single book sitting on a shelf, the Scryer is a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolodex Rolodex]]'', the Vault of Memories is a cabinet with a single VHS tape inside, and the Records Keeper is a human guy in a black cloak that has the price tag on it wearing a dimestore Halloween costume glove who sticks out like a sore thumb.
* NamesToRunAwayFromVeryFast: The Omega Device, a mysterious project of the Court. All we know about it is [[spoiler: Anthony was able to travel around the world under the guise of researching it and Donny was uncomfortable about Annie hearing about it while she listened in with the blinker stone (it was Donny's idea as this was probably the only way Annie would hear the truth from her tightly closed-off father)]].
* {{Narrator}}: Two of them, Annie for the main story and Tea for bonus pages and announcements from Tom.
** NostalgicNarrator: Antimony's narration is from at least two years in the future.
* NeverTrustATitle: ''Chapter 34: Faraway Morning (And Three Short Tales)'', where some characters tell [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin three short tales]]. Sounds like a short chapter, right? It's the longest chapter to date thanks to all of the CharacterDevelopment and plot revelations going on between each of the tales.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Parley Sr. won millions of pounds for successfully completing the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Randi_Educational_Foundation#The_One_Million_Dollar_Paranormal_Challenge "Eugene Gould" Psychic Challenge]].
* OddShapedPanel: Pages where Annie looks into the ether tend to have no panels borders at all. Even more trippy is when the etheric forms of characters ''themselves'' become the panel borders. Annie's flowing red hair goes from one "panel" to another, [[MindScrew reconnecting with her head multiple times one one page]]. In "Fire Spike", the perspective starts to warp after TheReveal, in order to convey Annie's HeroicBSOD. In Chapter 51 the art becomes "jangly" and sketchy and the panels become unaligned after [[spoiler: Anthony orders her to wash off her "ridiculous" makeup]].
* PossessionBurnout: Whitelegs causes this.
* RunningGag:
** Tom's comments below each comic sometimes are variations of EpilepticTrees, the line "Oh. It's that guy." or "[Obvious event in-comic]! ([Obvious event in-comic])". Or [[NeverLiveItDown explaining who is/isn't Mr. Eglamore]]. WhenTreesAttack, "Eglamore looks pretty different. (This was a joke, that is not Mr. Eglamore)". When the Minotaur returns, "It's this guy! (It's Basil, not Eglamore)". At one point in a flashback between Eglamore and Jones, the page caption was, "Reassuring?". Everyone in the comments demanded to know who the strange man on this page was.
*** The fans even get in on this. Whenever a new character shows up, someone comments on how different Mr. Eglamore looks on that page. To date, he has been "mistaken" for a sentient crustacean, an elf like forest dweller, a Canvey Island monster, and a perky goth girl ([[RunningGag who no one could have possibly mistaken for Zimmy]]).
** Jones. [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=726 She's still not a robot]]. The next time, when something makes a sound in her pocket:
-->If Jones keeps beeping like that people are going to get the wrong idea.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: The general mentality of the leadership of the Court. It becomes increasingly obvious that the Court gets away with less than moral acts and escapes the possibility of punishment for it by merit of being the only authority in the area.
* ShoutOut: Check [[ShoutOut/GunnerkriggCourt the page]].
* ShownTheirWork: Attention to fine details in itself became yet another layer of fun. If something looks dubious, usually this get fixed by more research on the ''viewer's'' part. [[http://www.africanarcher.com/Mongolian.htm Mongolian draw]] and archery bracers? [[http://www.animalpictures1.com/data/media/98/Pigeon-16.jpg Baby pigeons]]? Canine skulls? Moon pools? A girl musses her hair up after removing the hair tie? Check-check-check...
-->'''fan 1:''' [[http://gunnerkrigg.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=general&thread=1381&page=2#60564 Well, this is the same guy who knows that baby pigeons look really bizarre.]]\\
'''fan 2:''' New theory. Tom knows EVERYTHING.
* SilentSceneryPanel: Often used to signal scene transitions.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: Entire chapters can be either silly and hilarious or serious and downright horrifying. Compare Chapter 24 to Chapter 27-28.
** Generally, anything involving Coyote, the fairies, the court robots, and Dr. Disaster are on the silly side. Anything involving the psychopomps, the founding of the Court, Zimmy and Gamma, and Antimony's father are treated very seriously.
* SpeechBubbles: A subtle example of [[PaintingTheMedium Medium Painting]]: the background color in speech bubbles is different for different characters.
** SpeechbubblesInterruption
* StealthPun:
** Jack got [[IncrediblyLamePun HIJacked]].
** A very subtle one. One of the strips is just a random collection of real photos. One of the pictures is of a mineral called Stibnite (it's easily identifiable by it's bladed crystal habit). Not only is that briefly mentioned as Surma's maiden name at one point, there's also the fact that the mineral contains an element that isn't found in many minerals; Antimony.
** The '''L'''aser '''C'''ows all have a serial number that starts with LC. Elsie is a popular cow's name, thanks to being the name of the mascot of the Borden Dairy Company since the 1930s.
* StripBuffer: A nice thick one of 30 strips.
* TakeThat: A regular occurrence.
** [[http://images.wikia.com/gunnerkrigg/images//9/9d/437alt.jpg This]], directed at someone who complained that the flashbacks weren't made obvious enough. There were a few "helpful" notes for those who get disoriented by the ArtEvolution, take jokes too literally [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=623 or both at once]].
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/junk/joneshirt.jpg Tom's]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=726 reaction]] to a weekend of speculation that Jones is a robot, months after Reynardine told Annie that she ''isn't''.
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=538 The second panel of strip 538]] is hard not to interpret as a TakeThat against the fans who [[EpilepticTrees speculated]] that Jones was the third girl in the photo after Tom Siddell quite clearly said that she wasn't.
** One at our very own wiki, via formspring.me:
--->'''Q:''' Gunnerkrigg Court is very well represented at TVTropes. Is there any particular reason as to why you aren't a fan?\\
'''A:''' Because the [[TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary JAMES VELDT FACTOR is SKYBRICKED due to the LETS DO THAT AGAIN principle being SHORTFORM INVERSION HONEYPOT'd]] and [[OverlyLongGag FIFTEEN TO SUNDAY having less than BLUE FOAM DICE AWAY for TIMEPIECE COORDINATION so it can subvert the MOUSER MOUSER THATS WHAT SHE SAID]].
** Possibly [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=394 from this extra on swords]]:
--> '''Text Box representing The Internet''': I think swords are neat, do you think swords are neat!!\\
'''Tea-san''' (cheerfully): [[RealityEnsues A sword is a tool designed to inflict pain or death on a fellow human!]] Often spiritualised and glorified, they also serve as a physical metaphor for [[HumansAreBastards humanity's eternal, savage thirst for destruction]]!
* TheyDo: In Chapter 30, Parley finally admits that she's in love with Andrew. WordOfGod already said [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=385 they were totally going to get married]].
* UnsoundEffect: Used repeatedly. {{Lampshaded}} in [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=266 this page's comments from Tom]].
* ViewersAreGeniuses: It helps a lot that the forum community is comprised of readers from all over the world (some of the most frequent posters are from places like Russia, France, Spain, and Alaska) and so most [[AllMythsAreTrue mythology symbols]], folk songs, and {{bilingual bonus}}es can frequently be first noticed/explained by a native of the region in question.
** There was one instance when the fandom (using a '''bare''' minimum of information) figured out that Brinnie's "Old Man" is [[spoiler: Odin from Myth/NorseMythology, and shortly after, that Brinnie herself is Brynhild the {{valkyrie|s}}]]. The full extent of the information they had? Brinnie is Scandinavian, and she uses triangles in her magic.
** Less than a day of this [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=918 page]] going up and people wondering whether the girl was Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, a bunch of posters on the Gunnerkrigg forum immediately identified her from Chinese mythology.
** People immediately recognized [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1083 this symbol]] as a Valknut, a symbol of oaths/promises (which is appropriate, since Annie is promised that he will come to save her).
* VisualPun: Annie burning bridges. Chapter 51's title, [[TurnOutLikeHisFather "The Tree", isn't far from a picture of an apple]] (confusingly [[ComicallyMissingThePoint there's no apples or trees in this chapter]]).
* WallOfBlather: Used to represent the 'Background Noise' of 'Zimmingham' [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=729 here]].
* ZigZaggingTrope: Sivo is a case of a ''triple'' subversion of the Knight vs. Dragon story.