- Anvilicious/Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: 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.
- Crosses the Line Twice / Crowning Moment of Funny: The opening of “Antennas to Heaven” (“Moya Sings Baby-O”).
- Crowning Moment of Awesome: 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.
- Epic Riff: “The Dead Flag Blues” motif, repeated at the beginning of “East Hastings” as well.
- Face of the Band: Even though he's not the frontman in the traditional sense (and has repeatedly disclaimed the r¸ōle), Efrim Menuck is the member that seems to get the most recognition.
- Fanon Discontinuity: All Lights Fucked, because of its rarity, although it may also be a case of Canon Discontinuity, as the band no longer perform songs from it.
- With a little Old Shame thrown in. Although without hearing it, it's impossible to say if they re-worked any of it.
- Fridge Logic: 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?
- Magnum Opus: Lift Your Skinny Fists by consensus, but F♯ A♯ ∞ and Slow Riot are both close.
- Mainstream Obscurity: Godspeed You! Black Emperor are the darlings of critics everywhere, but very few outside the fanbase have ever heard of them.
- Pop Culture Isolation: They're monstrously influential in the world of post-rock, but again, almost no one outside that community even knows they exist.
- Memetic Mutation:
We're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine
And the machine is bleeding to death