Subjective tropes applicable to Throbbing Gristle include:
* CreepyAwesome
* CrossesTheLineTwice: "Zyklon B Zombie", "We Hate You (Little Girls)", "Last Exit", "Dead Ed", many of their early live shows...
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: The final live performances in 1981.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: "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*
* HarsherInHindsight: 'Weeping' becomes more chilling than usual when taken into account that it's not only about suicide, but one of [[JoyDivision Ian Curtis']] favorite songs, to the point where he would ring up Genesis P-Orridge and simply sing the song before hanging up. [[MadnessMantra Not long before his suicide.]]
** Allegedly anyway.
* HellIsThatNoise
* HilariousInHindsight: "United" was funny enough as a StealthParody, but once you consider Genesis' attempts at achieving ''[[{{Hermaphrodite}} pandrogeny,]]" it takes on a completely different meaning.
* NauseaFuel: "Slug Bait", "Hamburger Lady", parts of "Very Friendly".
* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/ThrobbingGristle Plenty]].
* OlderThanTheyThink: Established in 1975, Throbbing Gristle are widely considered to be the UrExample of Main/{{Industrial}}, but Music/CabaretVoltaire and COUM Transmissions (the latter containing members from Throbbing Gristle) preceded them by '''2 and 6 years''', respectively.
* RefugeInAudacity: Pretty much their whole reason for existing...
* SignatureSong: 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.
* TearJerker: "Weeping" and "Almost A Kiss".
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible