Subjective tropes applicable to Throbbing Gristle include:
- Creepy Awesome
- Crosses the Line Twice: "Zyklon B Zombie", "We Hate You (Little Girls)", "Last Exit", "Dead Ed", many of their early live shows...
- Crowning Moment of Awesome: The final live performances in 1981.
- Crowning Moment of Funny: "United" and its 17-second album reprise.
- Also, "You can't have anarchy and have music!"
- The intro to their Sheffield University show in 1980:
Uh, we're Throbbing Gristle, and we'd just like to make a small announcement: all the sounds you hear tonight are generated live as we're playing, there are no prepared backing tapes and no Revoxes.
*plays a tape recording of the entire announcement, word for word*
- Harsher in Hindsight: 'Weeping' becomes more chilling than usual when taken into account that it's not only about suicide, but one of Ian Curtis' favorite songs, to the point where he would ring up Genesis P-Orridge and simply sing the song before hanging up. Not long before his suicide.
- Hell Is That Noise
- Hilarious in Hindsight: "United" was funny enough as a Stealth Parody, but once you consider Genesis' attempts at achieving ''pandrogeny," it takes on a completely different meaning.
- Nausea Fuel: "Slug Bait", "Hamburger Lady", parts of "Very Friendly".
- Nightmare Fuel: Plenty.
- Older Than They Think: Established in 1975, Throbbing Gristle are widely considered to be the Ur Example of Industrial, but Cabaret Voltaire and COUM Transmissions (the latter containing members from Throbbing Gristle) preceded them by 2 and 6 years, respectively.
- Refuge in Audacity: Pretty much their whole reason for existing...
- Signature Song: Generally, "United" (as unrepresentative of their sound as it is) and, to a lesser extent, "Hamburger Lady", are their best-known songs. It helps that the first actually charted on the UK Indie Chart.
- Tear Jerker: "Weeping" and "Almost A Kiss".
- True Art Is Incomprehensible