* {{Anvilicious}}/SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: They don't write lyrics, but their music just ''feels'' undeniably political. Sometimes the samples included with the songs are political in nature as well. Taken UpToEleven with the liner notes & press releases associated with ''"Luciferian Towers"'', which is likely, at least in part, the band's reaction to the increase in public displays of bigotry and intolerance during recent times (amongst the band's wishes are that "the expert [[PrecisionFStrike fuckers]] who broke the world never get to speak again"), not to mention events such as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire Grenfell Tower fire]] in London, which killed dozens due to the sheer negligence of the landlords and government.
* ArchivePanic: They don't have that much officially released material, but if you want to start going through all the live recordings of them that are available (which is recommended since they tend to début new songs in live performances years before they're given official releases), ''good luck''. This also applies if you want to start exploring the band's side projects. A Silver Mt. Zion alone will more than double the amount of recorded output you'll have to explore, and that's if you merely stick to official releases.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: ''All of it''. However, each album has one or two tracks that stand out even above the band's usual high quality:
** ''F♯ A♯ ∞'' - "Providence".
** ''Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada'' - ''Both of them''. There's a good reason this is the highest rated EP on RYM.
** ''Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven'' - "Sleep".
** ''Yanqui U.X.O.'' - "Motherfucker=Redeemer".
** ''[='=]Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!'' - "Mladic".
** ''[='=]Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress[='=]'' - "Piss Crowns Are Trebled".
** ''"Luciferian Towers"'' - "Anthem for No State".
* BrokenBase: ''[='=]Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress[='=]'' is shaping up to be this with some fans calling it one of their better albums and other fans calling it one of their worst.
* CreatorWorship: Without a doubt the single most revered band in post-rock.
* CrossesTheLineTwice / SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: The opening of "Antennas to Heaven" ("Moya Sings Baby-O").
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Blaise Bailey Finnegan III, primarily due to being an incredibly quotable CrazySurvivalist / ConspiracyTheorist and the fact that he's very heavily sampled on two different songs, more than anyone else in the band's discography.
* EpicRiff: "The Dead Flag Blues" motif, repeated at the beginning of "East Hastings" as well.
** "Mladic" has an extremely heavy, almost stoner metal-esque guitar riff that gets faster and more intense as the song continues.
** The riff that underpins "Dead Metheny" is incredibly catchy (and in 7/4 to boot).
** "Motherfucker=Redeemer" has a few examples; a particularly good one is the one that gets the second track of the song going (it's also in 7/4).
* FaceOfTheBand: Even though he's not the frontman in the traditional sense (and has repeatedly disclaimed the r¸ole), Efrim Menuck is the member that seems to get the most recognition. It's no doubt a contributing factor that he's been by far the member who has interacted most with the press.
* FanonDiscontinuity: ''All Lights Fucked'', because of its rarity, although it may also be a case of CanonDiscontinuity, as the band no longer perform songs from it.
** With a little OldShame thrown in. Although without hearing it, it's impossible to say if they re-worked any of it.
* FridgeLogic: In the midst of his interview, Blaise Bailey Finnegan III repeats a story in which he apparently said "I don't repeat myself for nobody" to a judge. Come again?
* MainstreamObscurity: Godspeed You! Black Emperor are the darlings of critics everywhere, but very few outside the fanbase have ever heard of them.
** PopCultureIsolation: They're monstrously influential in the world of post-rock, but again, almost no one outside that community even knows they exist.
* MemeticMutation: Multiple instances, primarily relating to the samples the band use.
** "The car's on fire, and there's no driver at the wheel..."
** "They don't sleep anymore on the beach."
** ''Everything'' Blaise Bailey Finnegan III says.
** Photoshopping ANYTHING into the cover of ''Lift Your Skinny Fists'' for some.
** '''[=H0PE=]'''
** "[[Series/TheXFiles I WANT TO BELIEVE]]" seems to be a motto by fans who wish for one day to hear ''All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling''.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: Blaise Bailey Finnegan III's rant at a judge is this for many fans: "You think you're God because you have a robe and you can put people up the goddamn river for twenty years? Well, you're not!" Of course, for others it may verge into {{Narm}}.
** The issue of the man's "poem" actually being mostly lyrics [[OlderThanTheyThink ripped off from the band]] Music/IronMaiden is also a bit divisive, since it makes one question whether this story is even true.
* NeverLiveItDown: Not the band, but the fan base: It's pretty unlikely anybody will let others forget that they drove someone from ''almost'' giving them the infamous ''All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling'' away from Reddit.
* NightmareFuel: Has [[NightmareFuel/GodspeedYouBlackEmperor its own page]].
* TearJerker: Has [[TearJerker/GodspeedYouBlackEmperor its own page]].