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Full Retard, also known as Nigga, You Just Went Full Reatrd, is a catchphrase associated to Kirk Lazarus, a character from the 2008 film Tropic Thunder portrayed by Robert Downey, Jr. The expression is normally used as a reply to ilogical or stupid posts, in similar fashion to other phrases like Facepalm or What is this I don’t even
The catchphrase comes from the film Tropic Thunder, starring Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr. and Jack Black. The main plot revolves arround a group of actors who are making a Vietnam War movie. In one scene, Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr) is giving Chuck Speedman (Ben Stiller) advice and criticism on one of Chuck’s films, Simple Jack. In the scene, he talks about how Chuck’s acting method for his mentally handicapped character, the titular Simple Jack went “full retard”, thereby overdoing the acting and making a possibly decent film stupid. Kirk uses examples of other famous films and actors who played similar characters.
Lazarus: “Everybody knows you never do a full retard.”
Speedman: “What do you mean?”
Lazarus: “Check it out. Dustin Hoffman, ‘Rain Man,’ look retarded, act retarded, not retarded. Count toothpicks to your cards. Autistic, sure. Not retarded. You know Tom Hanks, ‘Forrest Gump.’ Slow, yes. Retarded, maybe. Braces on his legs. But he charmed the pants off Nixon and won a ping-pong competition. That ain’t retarded. You went full retard, man. Never go full retard.”
An entry added around the same time of the films release is found on Urban Dictionary:
This meme is used as an alternative to “facepalm” or “what is this I don’t even”. In simple terms, if a comment has been so inane or completely illogical and stupid, the Full Retard is used as a reply. However, acting “retarded” on the internet usually has some redeeming quality, such as bringing lulz. A person who has gone full retard has no redeeming qualities whatsoever, and is an unfortunate soul subjected to the full retard reply.
A typical full retard reply image macro: