* ComedyGhetto: '''SMASHED.''' Robert Downey Jr. got an Oscar nomination for his performance!
** Both he and Tom Cruise also got Golden Globe nominations.
* CriticalResearchFailure: The "full retard" speech has one -- Creator/PeterSellers ''didn't'' win the Oscar for ''Film/BeingThere'', as he lost to Dustin Hoffman in ''Film/KramerVsKramer''. Apparently the filmmakers got wind of the mistake, since the relevant lines are not in the director's cut.
** InUniverse: Tugg confuses the Teen Choice Awards with the Kids Choice Awards by saying that Kevin would be slimed.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Well... okay. While there are a few instances of this, most of the time it's more [[RefugeInAudacity crossing the line and going on for about seventeen more miles, never looking back.]] See also RefugeInAudacity.
** The script called for Tran's tattoo on his chest to be of a "flaming dragon raping a monkey, raping a skull, raping a rat."
** Let's be real: if this movie didn't cross the line multiple times, '''it would not be HALF as funny and awesome as it is'''.
* EarWorm: '''SHAWTY GOT DEM APPLE BOTTOM JEANS'''
** '''GET BACK, MUTHAFUCKA, YOU DON'T KNOW ME LIKE THAT!'''
** '''ALPA CHINO GOT DAT PUSSY CONTROL!'''
*** '''ALPA CHINO'S BOOTY SWEAT: POP AN ASSSSS OPEN!!!'''
* EnsembleDarkhorse: {{Tom Cruise}}'s character surprisingly steals the entire movie as the most {{badass}} producer ever filmed. [[http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2010/06/09/tom-cruise-les-grossman/ He's even getting his own movie.]]
** It's pretty damn hard to top a rant like the "Fuck Your Own Face" speech. Even more hilarious is the guy's expression on the other side of the telephone.
** [[StuffBlowingUp "Big-Ass Titties"]] [[MadBomber Cody]].
* FountainOfMemes: Les Grossman and Kirk Lazarus.
* HarsherInHindsight: Kevin Sandusky, just for sharing a last name with an infamous child molester.
* HilariousInHindsight: Less than two years after ''Tropic Thunder'' was released, the very white Gerad Depardieu was cast to play the author Creator/AlexandreDumas (who had an African grandparent and was known to his friends as "Le Negre") in a biopic. [[http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article7026786.ece Guess what happened]].
** The [[MemeticMutation full retard]] speech is hilarous for the fact that Penn won a Oscar (albeit not for a handicapped person, but still) the same year the film was released. And also that Robert Downey Jr. himself got a nomination for his role in this film.
*** RDJ also immediately went on to make a movie where he played a character trying to nurture an InspirationallyDisadvantaged cellist.
** "Everyone's gay once and a while! This is Hollywood!". TomHardy apparently [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/28/inception-star-tom-hardy_n_662907.html shares this opinion]].
* MemeticMutation: Just about any line that comes out of Kirk Lazarus and Les Grossman's mouths.
** I'M A LEAD FARMER, MOTHERFUCKER!
** You just went ''full'' retard, man. You ''never'' go full retard.
** I'm a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude!
** What do you mean, "you people?"
*** What do ''you'' mean, "you people?"
* NauseaFuel: Speedman playing with [[spoiler:Cockburn's]] head. Literally.
-->''Tugg'': "It's CORN SYRUP!! ...Warm... blood-flavored... corn syrup... BUT STILL CORN SYRUP!"
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