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[[folder: The evil leaders of Planet\\
Spaceball, having foolishly\\
squandered their precious\\
atmosphere, have devised a\\
secret plan to take every\\
breath of air away from\\
their peace-loving neighbor,\\
Planet Druidia.\\
Today is Princess Vespa's\\
wedding day. Unbeknownst\\
to the princess but knownst\\
to us, danger lurks in the\\
stars above...\\
[--If you can read this, you\\
don't need glasses. ]]


''Spaceballs'' is a 1987 [[SatireParodyPastiche farcical comedy film]] directed by Creator/MelBrooks which does for ScienceFiction -- especially ''Franchise/StarWars'' -- what ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' did for TheWestern.

Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) -- the bold, bossy and beautiful heir to the throne of planet Druidia -- is fleeing her intended marriage to the painfully dull Prince Valium (Jim J. Bullock), the only eligible bachelor prince in her region of space. Unfortunately, Vespa and her robot servant Dot Matrix (performed by Lorene Yarnell[[note]]of Shields and Yarnell[[/note]]; voiced by Creator/JoanRivers) acquire the attention of the Spaceballs, a group of spacefaring evildoers -- led by Dark Helmet (Creator/RickMoranis) and President Skroob (Mel Brooks) -- who plan to seize Vespa and hold her hostage in exchange for access to Druidia's oxygen (in order [[PlanetLooters to drain it away and use it to replenish their homeworld's own thinning atmosphere]]).

Everybody got that...?

All hope lies with two rogues-for-hire: Lone Starr (Creator/BillPullman) and Barf the Mawg (Creator/JohnCandy), who hope to use the substantial reward offered by Vespa's father to pay off their debt to crime boss Pizza the Hutt (Creator/DomDeLuise). With a little help from wise-cracking mystic Master Yogurt (also Mel Brooks), Lone Starr fights to save Planet Druidia, defeat the Spaceballs, and (maybe) get the girl, too.

In reality, the plot's [[ExcusePlot a big excuse]] which gives Creator/MelBrooks a large enough canvas to poke fun at tons of sci-fi tropes.

Noted for being the final film released by Creator/{{MGM}} to have been shot at the studio's historic [[Creator/SonyPicturesStudios backlot at Culver City]]. More specifically, Stages 27 and 30 were utilized to film all of the interior scenes at Yogurt's temple and the interior scenes for both the bridge of ''Spaceball One'' and Spaceball City, respectively. Shortly after filming wrapped up, MGM sold the studio backlot to [[Creator/{{Lorimar}} Lorimar-Telepictures]].

An AnimatedAdaptation based on this film -- ''Spaceballs: The Animated Series'' -- was developed a couple of decades later; however, it languished in DevelopmentHell for so long, only thirteen episodes were made. G4 eventually gained the rights, but due to said DevelopmentHell, it ended up promoting the show before it was ready. The series didn't air until a year later, and by that point, production had been axed before the first episode ever aired.

!!''Spaceballs'': [[RunningGag The Tropes]]!

* AbandonShip: PlayedForLaughs. ''Everybody'' is shown running for the {{Escape Pod}}s in the film's climax -- the orchestra, a variety of circus freaks, and even [[BearsAreBadNews a bear]] -- but leaving behind Colonel Sandurz, President Skroob, and Dark Helmet. Many of these are part of the capper of a BrickJoke initiated when Colonel Sandurz orders the cancellation of a three-ring circus and the closing of the zoo aboard ''Spaceball One'' as part of the preparations for LudicrousSpeed.
* ActorAllusion:
** [[Film/{{Alien}} John Hurt]] plays a patron in "Gus's Galaxy Grill" who had [[ChestBurster the special.]] [[AsideGlance He even says]] "[[NotAgain Oh no, not again!]]"
** President Skroob's name is an anagram of director and actor Creator/MelBrooks' last name.
** After a few uncomfortable minutes of silence in her ship, Dot Matrix (voiced by Creator/JoanRivers) turns to Vespa and asks "Can we talk?"
* AdventurerOutfit: Dark Helmet has a brief costume switch into a safari outfit during the part of the movie that took place on the Tattooine-spoof planet. Complete with huge pith helmet with peep-holes.
* AffectionateParody: ''Franchise/StarWars'', and [[ScienceFiction sci-fi]] in general, of course.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: While practicing with the Schwarz, Lone Starr lifts a massive statue of Yogurt, only to lose concentration and drop it on Barf's foot, flattening it in the process.
* AintTooProudToBeg: When Princess Vespa and Dot get attacked by the Spaceballs, she calls her father for help. Pretty gutsy, since [[RunawayBride she ran out on the wedding he organized and arranged]].
* AlterKocker: Yogurt, like many characters played by Mel Brooks.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Spaceballs. ''[[ThemeTune 'Cause what you got is what we need,]] [[IAmSong and all we do is dirty deeds.]]''
* AmusingAlien: Is there an alien in this film who ''isn't''?
* AmusingInjuries: Dark Helmet suffers some of these as a result of crashing headfirst into a control panel while coming out of LudicrousSpeed.
* AnachronismStew: Played with. Like the franchise it mimics, ''Spaceballs'' appears to be set "in a galaxy far, far away", only with futuristic trappings. However, with the exception of Druidia, every locale in the film features contemporary details: a Winnebago trailer, HeavyMetal music, pizza, videotapes, TheMerch (including [[MyLittlePanzer a flamethrower]]!), Washington, D.C.-like government buildings, and references to such things as Disneyland and ''Wide World of Sports''. RuleOfFunny, of course.
* AntagonistTitle: The Spaceballs are TheEmpire in the film.
* ArrangedMarriage: Vespa and Valium.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: In reality, a vacuum cleaner would never work to steal an atmosphere on a normal planet (else Earth would be uninhabitable, as it's ''surrounded'' by vacuum). But [[RuleOfFunny it's a comedy film]], so [[MST3KMantra we should really just relax]].
* AsYouKnow: Spoofed -- Dark Helmet [[BreakingTheFourthWall addresses the audience]] to make sure they're up to speed after an {{infodump}} from Colonel Sandurz.
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' Everybody got that?
* AtArmsLength: Lone Starr and Dark Helmet, during the sword fight.
* {{Autocannibalism}}: [[spoiler:Pizza the Hutt gets locked in his limo and eats himself to death, freeing the heroic duo from their debt.]]
* AwesomeButImpractical: LudicrousSpeed is too fast to be useful.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Lone Starr.
* BadassBoast: The Spaceballs' theme song has a surprisingly good one.
-->''We're so bad and mean -- we make nightmares out of dreams.''
* BanisterSlide: The three main villains, in order to get to the SelfDestructMechanism's cancellation button.
* {{Bathos}}: The ChestBurster alien breaking into a dance number.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace:
** Barf evacuates Vespa and Dot from their spaceship using a ladder. At least Dot is a robot.
** Lone Starr later uses the same ladder to descend into a portion of ''Spaceball One'' that appears to be open to space, which contains a door into a ''bathroom''.
* {{Beachcombing}}: "[[VisualPun Are we being too literal]]?" "No, you fool, we're following orders. We were told to comb the desert, so we're combing it!"
** "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny We ain't found shit!]]"
* BearsAreBadNews: One takes the last escape pod on ''Spaceball One'', much to the President's dismay.
* BedouinRescueService: Parodied with the Dinks who rescue the heroes before the ThirstyDesert can take its toll and take them to see Yogurt.
* BerserkButton. Don't. Shoot. Vespa's. Hair. Do, and you'll be gunned down with a fury that would make Franchise/{{Rambo}} look like a pussy.
* BigBad: President Skroob
* BigNo: Princess Vespa, when she's threatened with being given her old ugly nose back.
-->[[DeathGlare "Where did you get that?"]]
* BigRedButton: One that activates ''Spaceball One'''s SelfDestructMechanism.
* BilingualBonus:
** Cyrillic letters appear in ''Eagle 5'''s targeting scope, including a combination [[ShownTheirWork that does make perfect sense]] -- "ПЁС -- КОТ" (Dog -- Cat).
** And a minor one - after Dr. Schlotkins and the HospitalHottie get caught making out in the dark, Helmet tells him, "Get back to the golf course and work on your putts!" Putz is also [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage Yiddish for penis/dick]].
* BitingTheHandHumor: The "merchandising" gag was this. George Lucas gave his blessings to loan out some of the more distinct special effects for this parody on the provision that there be no real licensed merchandise, and the gag was Brooks' way of tweaking his nose about it.
* BladeLock: Parodied as Lone Starr and Dark Helmet's {{Laser Blade}}s get twisted around each other: "[[DoubleEntendre I hate it when I get my Schwartz twisted!]]"
* BlowingARaspberry: Parodied. Dark Helmet exclaims, "There is only one man who would ''dare'' give me the Raspberry! Lone Starr!" after the hero has jammed ''Spaceball One'''s radar literally with... [[VisualPun jam]]... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Raspberry-flavored jam]].
* TheBore: Prince Valium is so boring that he puts ''himself'' to sleep.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: [[RunningGag Spaceballs: The Trope Example!]]:
-->'''Yogurt:''' Spaceballs: The T-Shirt! Spaceballs: The Coloring Book! Spaceballs: The Lunchbox! Spaceballs: The Breakfast Cereal! Spaceballs: [[KillItWithFire THE FLAMETHROWER!!]] [[note]]The kids love this one![[/note]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: [[NoFourthWall What's that "fourth wall" you're speaking of?]]
** At one point, the villains believe they've captured Lone Starr, Barf, Vespa, and Dot, only to learn they've mistakenly captured their ''stunt doubles''.
** After Colonel Sandurz takes a brief turn as MrExposition, Dark Helmet lampshades it by turning towards the camera to ask, "Everybody got that?"
** When on the desert planet, at one point there's a transition from Barf and Lone Starr to the sun beating down on the desert, with it shining through behind them in a dissolve effect. Halfway through, Barf comments, "[[IdiosyncraticWipes Nice dissolve]]!"
** During the duel between Lone Starr and Dark Helmet, one of the camera crew gets killed by a wayward strike.
--->'''Dark Helmet:''' Um, he did it!\\
'''Lone Starr:''' What?
** A camera collides with Dark Helmet during a zoom-in shot. Just before, Colonel Sandurz blatantly sees the camera approaching and backs out of the way.
** Dark Helmet and Colonel Sandurz watch the movie on video to find out where the heroes are at that moment.
*** Dark Helmet has a bit of a freak-out when they accidentally fast forward to the current moment in the movie, so that's he's watching himself watching himself watching himself (ad infinitum), and he (all of him) turn to look out of the screen. May be the record setter for recursive fourth wall breaks.
** As the heroes attempt to elude a squad of guards firing lasers at them, Dot comments "Ooh, I HATE these movies!"
** As President Skroob comes running into the bridge of ''Spaceball One'':
--->'''Skroob:''' ''(panting)'' The ship is too big. If I walk, the movie'll be over.
** Pretty much half of Yogurt's lines are breaking the fourth wall, with him hawking merchandise for the movie in the middle of the movie.
--->'''Yogurt:''' Merchandising, merchandising, where the ''real'' money from the movie is made!
** Even his ''last line'' spoken in person gets it:
--->'''Lone Starr:''' Will we ever meet again?\\
'''Yogurt:''' Who knows? God willing we'll all meet again in ''Spaceballs II: The Search For More Money''.
** After the Spaceballs force King Roland to give them the air shield code, Sandurz goes to turn off the wall communicator--and instead turns off the movie.
* BrickJoke:
** While preparing for Ludicrous Speed, Sandurz mentions cancelling the three-ring circus and closing the zoo. When it comes time to abandon ship, the crowd includes several circus freaks and a bear.
** Dark Helmet makes it clear early on that he always drinks coffee when watching radar. Later in the movie when he's watching the radar to track Lone Starr, he's drinking another cup of coffee.
** Early in the "you're looking at ''now''" bit, the shelves of videotapes [[FunnyBackgroundEvent include]] several ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' sequels, setting up the ''Rocky 5000'' gag near the end of the movie.
** After the Princess's wedding, Dot mentions she won't be needing the virgin alarm anymore.
** During the first rescue of Vespa, Barf mentions that she doesn't look like a Druish princess... about an hour later, we see [[FacialProfiling her original nose.]]
* BridalCarry: Lonestar carries Princess Vespa while trying to find help on The Desert Moon of Vega until:
-->'''Lonestar:''' Must go on... Must go on... Who am I kidding?\\
''(drops her and faints)''
* BumperSticker:
** Spaceball-One's is "WE BRAKE FOR NOBODY."
** Lonestar's ship has [[UranusIsShowing I (heart) Uranus]].
* ButterFace: Princess Vespa's stunt double. Because it's a ''guy''.
* ButtMonkey: For an evil warrior feared the universe over, Lord Dark Helmet seems to have ''very'' unfortunate things happen to him on a near-hourly basis. Just for funsies, here are some examples -- he burns his mouth with coffee in his introductory scene, gets hit in the head with the door of Vespa's car, is sent flying into the front control panel of Spaceball-One when they decelerate from Ludicrous Speed, is found role-playing a liaison between himself and Vespa [[PsychopathicManChild with dolls]], and can't keep his helmet visor up to save his life. And that's ''before'' the climax of the movie.
* CameraAbuse: The camera hits Dark Helmet in the face during a close-up. Later, a cameraman gets slashed during the climactic battle sequence between Lone Starr and Dark Helmet.
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' Um... ''(points to Lone Starr)'' ''He'' did it!\\
'''Lone Starr:''' ''What?!''
* CampGay: The "You've captured their stunt doubles" Spaceball guy played by [[Creator/StephenTobolowsky Stephen Tobolowsky]].
* CardCarryingVillain: Dark Helmet.
* CheckPlease
** Delivered by Barf when he collapses in the desert.
** Delivered by Barf and Lone Starr in stereo after seeing a singing, dancing [[ChestBurster chest-burster]] come out of [[CastingGag John Hurt]].
* ChekhovsGun: The fortune cookie Yogurt gives Lonestar contains his translation of the OrphansPlotTrinket that Lonestar has carried his whole life.
* ChildMarriageVeto: King Roland never has to back off from his demand that his daughter shall marry a prince. Sure the horribly boring Prince Valium was the only prince left in the galaxy, but [[spoiler:it turns out that the hero is actually also a prince.]] Problem solved.
* CloseCallHaircut: Which proves to be Princess Vespa's BerserkButton: "He shot my hair... Son of a bitch!" Also coincides with NobodyTouchesTheHair.
* ClothingDamage: The hem of Vespa's wedding dress gets increasingly torn and ragged during her trek through the desert, [[ShowSomeLeg baring quite a bit of her legs]] by the movie's climax.
* ColonelBogeyMarch: ''Dink dink! Dink dink dink dink, dink, dink! Dink dink! Dink dink dink dink, dink, dink!''
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Lone Starr's Schwartz is red-orange, and Dark Helmet's is green, since the ship lasers in ''Franchise/StarWars'' were as well.
* ComicallyCrossEyed: At lease two minor characters are cross eyed - Major Asshole and Philip Asshole (employed as a gunner!) - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sen8Tn8CBA4
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Lone Starr tries the Vulcan neck pinch on a guard, the guard just tells him how to properly do it, and then passes out when it's done right.
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: Princess Vespa will not be rescued in such filth!
* CompositeCharacter: Lone Starr is a combination of Luke Skywalker (training in the resident magic source and rivalry with the lead villain) and Han Solo (criminal ties, OnlyInItForTheMoney, cynical, best friends with a furry alien and romantically involved with the [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]]), with the costume design of Indiana Jones. Yogurt is Yoda (name and appearance) and Obi-Wan (training style). Colonel Sandurz represents the various Imperial officers that appeared through the movies.
* TheConsigliere: Vinny, perhaps, to [[TheDon Pizza the Hutt]].
* ConvenientlyClosePlanet: Lone Star's Winnebago comes out of Hyperspeed and promptly runs out of gas. Cue nearby desert planet to land on.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: The Spaceballs threaten to undo Princess Vespa's nose-job and return her nose to its original grotesque size unless the King hands over the access codes to Druidia's planetary defenses. It works.
* CoolSpaceship: Lone Starr's ''Eagle 5''. Theres not many other things you can call a spaceworthy 1986 Winnebago Chieftain 33 with wings glued to the side.
* CorruptPolitician: Not only is Skroob one, he's an ''incompetent'' one. See TheDitherer, below.
* CreatorCameo: Co-writers Ronny Graham as the Minister, Thomas Meehan as the King's assistant, and Mel Brooks himself as Yoghurt.
* CurseCutShort: Twice in the same scene.
-->'''Lone Starr:''' YOU are a royal pain in the--\\
'''Barf:''' Whoa, time out!\\
''(seconds later)''\\
'''Lone Starr:''' Listen, you royal b--\\
''(Barf whines)''\\
'''Lone Starr:''' ...Highness.
%% All Crowning Moments of anything go on their respective subpages.
* DarthVaderClone: Dark Helmet
* DeathByGluttony: [[spoiler: Pizza the Hutt eats himself to death after getting accidentally locked in his limousine.]]
* DecoyGetaway: "You've captured their ''{{stunt double}}s''!"
* DelegationRelay:
-->'''Skroob:''' Helmet, what's going on?\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' Sandurz, what's going on?\\
'''Skroob:''' ''(to Helmet)'' Do something!\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' ''(to Sandurz)'' Do something!\\
'''Sandurz:''' ''(into PA)'' Do something!
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Dark Helmet claims that [[LukeIAmYourFather he is Lone Starr's]] [[SubvertedTrope "father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate"]]. By definition, Lone Starr's father's brother's nephew is either his father's nephew as well anyway, or is his father's son[[note]]which makes them nothing since... roommate[[/note]].
* TheDeterminator: Spoofed.
-->'''Lone Starr:''' ''(exhausted and dehydrated)'' Must go on... must go on... must go on... who am I kidding? ''(collapses)''
* DigitalDestruction: On original, non-anamorphic DVD, the scene where Dark Helmet threatens to restore Vespa's old nose became cropped so strongly, viewers can't see the crooked tip of her old nose. The Collector's Edition DVD fixed this, but might prove harder to find than the original release, which MGM has repackaged a number of times.
* DisposableFiance: Princess Vespa dumps Prince Valium for Lonestar at their wedding.
* DistinctionWithoutADifference:
** Done twice:
--->'''Barf:''' Look, Your Highness, it's not that we're afraid -- far from it! It's just that we've got this thing about death. It's... not us.
** Then, once they've accepted the deal.
--->'''Lone Starr:''' Barf, we're not [[OnlyInItForTheMoney just doing this for money]]. ''(Barf glares at him)'' We're doing it for a ''[[PrecisionFStrike shitload]]'' of money!
* TheDitherer: President Skroob.
-->'''President Skroob:''' Sandurz, Sandurz. You got to help me. I don't know what to do. [[TakeThat I can't make decisions: I'm a president!]]
* DoesntLikeGuns: Vespa, until someone [[BerserkButton shoots her hair]].
* TheDon: Pizza the Hutt.
* DoubleEntendre
** Lone Starr and Dark Helmet square off with their "Schwartz" lightsabers suggestively held at crotch height. Dark Helmet remarks "Hmm... I see your Schwartz is as big as mine. Now let's see how well you... handle it!" Made even better when they both glance down to check.
** Also, this line: '''Sandurz:''' It's Mega-Maid, sir. She's gone from "suck" to "blow"!
** And: "Oh, yes, sir. Snotty beamed me twice last night. It was ''wonderful.''"
** Also, after King Roland gives Dark Helmet and President Skroob the combination to his planet's air shield therefore preventing Princess Vespa from having to be given back her once ugly nose by the nose surgeon, Dark Helmet dismisses the nose surgeon by telling him: You can go back to the golf course now and work on your [[BilingualBonus "putts".]]
** When checking out a [[HospitalHottie Sexy Nurse]], Dark Helmet notes that she "must give great helmet".
** Prince Valium is a reference to both Prince Valiant and the common phrase in TheFifties that a woman "was sleeping with Prince Valium tonight" (that is, taking pills to sleep after a long day.) In fact, the latter idiom was a reference to the comic strip, making it a doubly enforced double entendre.
* DramaticTimpani: Provided by an actual timpanist, who reappears during the evacuation sequence.
* DrosteImage: The "Now" scene.
* DrumRollPlease: Sandurz pauses in mid sentence for this.
* EarthAllAlong: {{Parodied}}. The remains of Mega Maid crash-land on the [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968 Planet of the Apes]]. The implication is that this ending in the original film may not have been the truth.
-->'''Ape 1:''' Dear me. What are those things coming out of her nose?\\
''(a second ape looks through binoculars, sees President Scroob, Dark Helmet, and Colonel Sandurz climbing down a BedsheetLadder out of Mega Maid's nose)''\\
'''Ape 2:''' Spaceballs?!\\
'''Ape 1:''' Oh, shit. There goes the planet.
* EasilyConqueredWorld: Dark Helmet is able to convince King Roland to turn over the codes to Druidia’s air lock simply by threatening to reverse Princess Vespa's nose job.
* EmergencyRefuelling: The need to keep their ship fueled is PlayedForLaughs; "I told you we should've put more than five bucks in" - right before they make a crash landing on a desert planet. Fortunately, they eventually find some fuel.
* TheEmpire: The Spaceballs, though apparently technically a republic, being led by a President and not a monarch.
* EntitledBastard: The princess starts out this way. She gets over it pretty quickly, however... [[spoiler:She kinda lost the attitude along with the matched luggage.]]
* ErmineCapeEffect: The king of Druidia is always wearing his [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia crown and ermine robes]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Vespa.
* ExtremeCloseUp: PlayedForLaughs -- the camera zooms in for a closeup on Dark Helmet and runs into him.
* FailsafeFailure: The Self Destruct Cancellation Buttion. It turns out to be out of order.
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' [[PrecisionFStrike Fuck!]] Even in the future, nothing works!
* FairytaleWeddingDress
* FakeStatic: Barf uses this ploy to make King Roland promise a million space bucks to rescue Princess Vespa. Note that he wasn't pretending to lose picture to get away from the conversation as is standard of this trope, but rather as a way of saying "I'm losing interest in this deal."
* FamedInStory:
-->'''Lone Starr:''' Who hasn't heard of Yogurt?\\
'''Vespa:''' Yogurt the Wise!\\
'''Dot:''' Yogurt the All-Powerful!\\
'''Barf:''' Yogurt the Magnificent!\\
'''Yogurt:''' Please, please, don't make a fuss. I'm just plain Yogurt.
* {{Fanfare}}: Can't be a parody of ''Star Wars'' without one.
* FantasyHelmetEnforcement: Parodied and Double Subverted. After Dark Helmet refuses to fasten his seat belt after ordering Colonel Sanders to shift to Ludicrous Speed, their ship bypasses their target, and Dark Helmet can barely hang on. The villain tells Sanders to [[TooDumbToLive hit the emergency brake]] (which Sanders does, despite a warning sign on it that says "Never Use") and Dark Helmet is BlownAcrossTheRoom headfirst. Luckily, as Sanders points out, he was wearing the helmet, so he survives (but the helmet itself does not, and Dark Helmet collapses a few seconds later).
* FasterThanLightTravel: Light Speed < Ridiculous Speed < LudicrousSpeed. Somewhere in there is presumably "Hyperactive", courtesy of ''Eagle 5''[='s=] Hyper-Jets.
* FastForwardGag: When they are watching themselves in the movie, Helmet doesn't want to see the part where his plan to go Ludicrous Speed backfires. "Go past this. Pass this part. In fact, [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain never play this again."]] It then leads to another gag [[DrosteImage involving the villains watching themselves.]]
* FlippingTheBird: Done by Barf to the guards at the prison to get their attention. (So he and Lone Star can beat them up.)
* {{Flynning}}: The entire LaserBlade fight consists of a few pirate halves done so slowly that a higher intensity scene could have been had by hopping two children up on sugar and giving them foam swords. It was probably intentional, as the slow, clumsy fight choreography of ''Star Wars: A New Hope'' was legendary.
* FoeYay [[invoked]]:
** Lord Helmet playing with a Princess Vespa doll says to the Lord Helmet doll, "Oh, your helmet is SO big!"
** Later, he and Lone Starr are comparing the size of their... um... schwartzes.
* FreezeFrameBonus: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISOYMEVolrU Slow down the "Instant Cassettes" scene]] to find what possibly looks like a WorkingTitle for the movie: [[spoiler:''Spaceballs Chapter Eleven: The Spaceballs Grow Desperate'']]
* FreudianSlip: "I'll have the cleavage. Uh, the special." (Barf at the diner staring at the waitress)
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** TheMerch, as a RunningGag.
** The stuff in the back of the Winnebago includes a fire hydrant labeled "Mawg's Room".
** When Rico is getting his groin zapped, Colonel Sandurz is looking away with a traumatized facial expression, as if he knows all too well how that feels.
** The "You're looking at ''now''" bit includes several ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' sequels (see BrickJoke).
** Dr. Schlotkin and the nurse suddenly making out when Sandurz [[BreakingTheFourthWall turns the movie back on]].
** Mr. machinery in the background of various scenes.
* GlassesPull: Of a kind. Dark Helmet pulls the mask down over his face whenever he wants to be scary and dramatic, and pops it up when he starts expressing exasperation or confusion. Or when he realizes he can't breathe in that thing.
* GoodIsDumb: The TropeNamer, when Helmet tricks Lone Starr and takes his Schwartz ring.
-->"So, Lone Starr, now you see that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb."
* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: More like "Good Kingdom, Evil Republic."
* GreasySpoon: Lone Starr and Barf visit one after the climax; this film provides the ImageSource. The special has the nasty surprise of a ChestBurster.
* GroinAttack: Dark Helmet's preferred use of his Schwartz powers is to Schwartz-choke the nads of subordinates who [[YouHaveFailedMe fail him]]. Or annoy him. ("You went over my ''helmet''?") After the first time, they start [[OhCrap covering themselves]] immediately when he gets angry.
* HalfHumanHybrid:
** NonHumanSidekick Barf: "I'm a mawg; I'm half-man, half-dog. I'm my own best friend!"
** [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pizza]] [[PunnyName the Hutt]] is half-man, half-pizza.
* HaveANiceDeath: Self-Destruct Voice: "Have a nice day."
* HeadTurnedBackwards: Skroob, thanks to a TeleporterAccident.
-->'''Skroob:''' Why didn't anyone ''tell'' me my ass was so ''big''?!
* HelpfulMook: ''Literally''. When Lone Starr tries to knock out a Mook guarding a door with the Vulcan Nerve Pinch, he pinches too high. The Mook tells him that, and he does it right the second time.
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep / UnfortunateNames
** Gunner's Mate First Class Philip Asshole.
** Not to mention his cousin, Major Asshole, who [[{{Nepotism}} got him the job]].
--->'''Dark Helmet:''' How many Assholes we got on this ship, anyhow?\\
'''Entire crew:''' ''(everyone stands up and [[CallBack covers their crotch]])'' '''YO!'''\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' IKnewIt! I'm [[SurroundedByIdiots surrounded by Assholes!]]\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' ''(pulls helmet mask down)'' Keep firing, Assholes!
* HospitalHottie: The assistant to the plastic surgeon brought in by Helmet when he threatens to give Vespa her old nose.
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' I bet she gives great [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything helmet]].
* HotAndCold: Princess Vespa, [[DefrostingIceQueen in the original sense]].
* HoYay: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] - Lord Helmet and Lone Starr are comparing the size of their... um... schwartzes.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Spoofed. It appears Dark Helmet is gloating to Vespa over [[spoiler:her capture]], but all it turns out is him playing kissy-kissy with his dolls.
-->'''Colonel Sandurz:''' No, sir! [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I didn't see you playing with your dolls again!]]
* {{Improv}}: The entire sequence of Dark Helmet playing with dolls was unscripted. Mel Brooks had a sudden idea to shoot the scene and simply gave the dolls to Rick Moranis and told him to roll with it.
* ImperialStormTrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Played straight, since the majority of the ''Spaceball One'' crew, being members of the [[BrickJoke Asshole]] family with their eyes naturally crossed, cannot aim very well.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha: Mega-Maid.
-->'''Barf:''' It's not just a spaceship, it's a ''{{Franchise/Transformer|s}}!''
* JewishAmericanPrincess: Vespa is a clear reference to this stereotype.
-->'''Princess Vespa:''' I am Princess Vespa, daughter of Roland, King of the Druids.\\
'''Lone Starr:''' Oh great. That's all we needed. A Druish princess.\\
'''Barf:''' Funny, she doesn't ''look'' Druish.
* TheKeyIsBehindTheLock: When a guard shoots the lock on the Winebago.
-->'''Dot:''' Open the door!\\
'''Barf:''' I can't, the lock is fused!\\
'''Vespa:''' What about this door?\\
'''Barf:''' Its locked!\\
'''Vespa:''' Where are the keys?\\
'''Barf:''' Inside!\\
'''Vespa:''' Oh, great!
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: Vespa, while still in her dress, is handed a gun. She refuses to use it until her hair is singed. Then she goes "good enough for Franchise/{{Rambo}}" by mowing down a line of Spaceballs.
* KeepTheReward: Near the end, Vespa laments how greedy Lone Starr was to take the money and leave, only for her father to tell her that he only took 248 spacebucks for food, gas, and tolls. (Lone Starr had asked him not to tell her.)
* KnowsAGuyWhoKnowsAGuy: Dark Helmet is Lone Starr's father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate.
-->'''Lone Starr:''' So... what's that make us?\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' Absolutely nothing... [[PrepareToDie which is what you are about to become!]]
* LargeHam: Dark Helmet, Lone Starr and [[WorldOfHam many more]]!
* LaserBlade: Used in the climactic battle.
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' And I see your Schwartz is as big as mine!
* LaughablyEvil: Might as well be the Spaceballs' [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. They're out to rob a planet of all its air and kill off all life on it, but everyone aboard the ship, from the rank-and-file to the leadership, are comically-inept imbeciles.
* LawfulStupid: Lone Starr. [[Literature/HarryPotter Don't ever trust something if you can't see where it keeps its brain!]] Dark Helmet even lampshades this (naming a trope in the process) after [[spoiler:stealing the [[MagicFeather Ring of the Schwartz]] from Lone Starr]]:
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' Evil will always triumph because GoodIsDumb.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: The intro, which pans over ''Spaceball One'' for about ninety seconds. Heck, [[MusicalGag even the orchestra gets tired of it]].
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Timpani player!
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: After watching the painful footage of being catapulted into the bulkhead of ''Spaceball One'', Dark Helmet says, "No, no. Go past this part. In fact never play this part again", and nervously drinks his coffee.
* LieToTheBeholder: Dark Helmet makes himself [[{{Glamour}} appear as]] King Roland [[TreacherousSpiritChase in order to lure Vespa into his clutches]]. Dot sees through the illusion, too late.
* LightningBruiser: ''Spaceball One'' is (of the three we see to any degree) not only the most heavily armed, but also the fastest, if LudicrousSpeed counts for anything.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: At least during first meetings, "Now listen: on this ship, you are to refer to me as 'Idiot', not 'You captain!' I mean, you know what I mean." So much for Lone Starr always being right.
* LotsOfLuggage: After the Winnebago crash-lands on the desert planet, Lone Starr tells Princess Vespa to take only what she needs to survive. She determines that this includes her industrial-strength hair dryer, carried in a very large suitcase (which, naturally, she forces Lone and Barf to carry).
* LudicrousSpeed: The TropeNamer, when Helmet says that they can't catch Lone Starr going at light speed. They need to go to ludicrous speed.
** Oddly enough, it's actually an aversion despite being the TropeNamer: the only harm that really comes out of it is ''Spaceball One'' overshooting Lone Starr by a minimum of several hours in non-Ludicrous Speed travel time, and Dark Helmet taking some AmusingInjuries from crashing into a bridge console when ''Spaceball One'' decelerates.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Spoofed:
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' I am your father's brother's nephew's cousin's FORMER ROOMMATE!\\
'''Lone Starr:''' ... What's that make us?!\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' Absolutely nothing. ''Which is what YOU are about to become.''
%% We're all aware that it's possible to spin fancy interpretations of this where the two of them are related. Its irrelevant to the example and NO ONE CARES.
* MagicCountdown: Lone Starr is given one day to get the money he needs to pay off Pizza the Hutt. He then spends two days stuck on the moon of Vega with Vespa, plus an unspecified amount of time rescuing Vespa from Planet Spaceball and defeating Dark Helmet, which means he was long past the end of his deadline when [[spoiler:he learns that Pizza had died, cancelling the debt]]. Nobody brings this up.
* MagicFeather: The Schwartz Ring Lone Starr gets from Yogurt.
-->'''Yogurt:''' The ring was bupkis! I found it in a Cracker-Jack box!
* MaleGaze:
-->'''Dot Matrix:''' Hey, stop looking up my can!\\
'''Barf:''' Sorry.
* MarshmallowHell: The plastic surgeon finds his face smooshed into his [[HospitalHottie sexy assistant]]'s decolletage after the light comes back on.
* MatronChaperone: Dot Matrix has this as one of her functions, even if she's actually not older than Princess Vespa.
-->'''Dot:''' That was my Virgin Alarm. It's programmed to go off before you do!
* MayTheFarceBeWithYou: A very well known example. The DVD case actually uses the exact phrase "May the Farce be with you" as a tagline.
* MeaningfulName: Prince Valium.[[note]]For those who live outside of the US: [[DontExplainTheJoke Valium is a brand of sedatives]][[/note]]
** And the Asshole family.
** "Vespa" means "wasp" in Italian. A petulant or easily irritated person, especially a woman, may be described as "waspish." Also an acronym for "White Anglo-Saxon Protestant."
* MediumAwareness:
** Exploited by Colonel Sandurz to find the heroes, leading to the "You're looking at ''now'' now" scene.
** Barf appreciates a scene transition, saying, "Nice dissolve!"
** Yogurt knows exactly that he's living in a film. Not only does he mention a potential sequel, but he's the one behind all TheMerch.[[invoked]]
* MegaMawManeuver: ''Spaceball One'' eats Princess Vespa's spaceship.
* TheMerch: [[invoked]]Beautifully parodied. Taken one step further by some of it clearly being ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' merchandise with ''Spaceballs'' stickers on them. The Merch helps the baddies find Lone Starr and company, and it's [[BrickJoke everywhere]] [[FunnyBackgroundEvent if you look for it]]. The gag is actually Mel ribbing George Lucas, who only gave his blessing (and lent out Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic) for this film if Brooks didn't make any real-life merchandise.
* MileLongShip: Subject of the opening OverlyLongGag. {{Justified|Trope}} by [[spoiler:the fact that ''Spaceball One'' has to be able to transport the entire atmosphere of an Earthlike planet]].
* MisaimedMarketing: InUniverse:
** "Spaceballs: The Toilet Paper"
** KillItWithFire: "Spaceballs "[[BorschtBelt dah]] '''[[BorschtBelt FLAMETHROWAH!!]]'''"
--->'''Yogurt:''' [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids The kids love this one!]]
* MistakenFromBehind: The scene where Dark Helmet captures the [[BodyDouble stunt doubles]] of Lone Starr's group.
* MomentKiller: Damn that Dot Matrix and her virgin alarm....
* MoneyDearBoy: InUniverse.
-->'''Lonestar:''' We're not doing this for money!\\
''(quizzical look from Barf)''\\
'''Lonestar:''' We're doing this for a ''shitload'' of money!
* MookLieutenant: Colonel Sandurz
* MosesInTheBulrushes: As luck would have it, [[spoiler:Lone Starr is really a prince who was sent off, Franchise/{{Superman}} style, complete with OrphansPlotTrinket.]]
* MuggedForDisguise: Lone Starr and Barf beat up two guards and steal their uniforms. Of course, Barf doesn't fit in his properly.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: A meta case, considering how much a lot of special effects are done in post-production digitally nowadays is that everything, even the sounds of static and the terrible quality of the communicator, in the Jammed Radar sequence was done by Michael Winslow right there and then. He effectively adlibbed what would normally take hours of post-production work.
** The major evidence is when he drops an PrecisionFStrike when the screen fails, since it smoothly transitions from the fake static he was doing to simulate the sound the screen SHOULD have been making.
* MusicalGag: At least two. First, the orchestra getting [[OverlyLongGag increasingly frustrated with the length of Spaceball One]]. Second, when we go to Spaceball City the first time, we're treated to a rendition of "Hail to the Chief" with a [[LastNoteHilarity very wrong final note]].
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: "Meet Dr. Schlotkins, the best cosmetic surgeon in the entire universe and Beverly Hills."
* MyLittlePanzer: Spaceballs: The FLAMETHROWER! The kids love this one.
* MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat: The Virgin Alarm. "It's programmed to go off before ''you'' do!"
* MythologyGag: The [[RunningGag Mr. Rental]] unit contains VHS cassettes of every Creator/MelBrooks movie made up to that point, from ''Film/TheProducers'' to... ''Spaceballs''? [[note]]They include ''Film/TheProducers'', ''Film/TheTwelveChairs'', ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'', ''Film/SilentMovie'', ''Film/HighAnxiety'', ''Film/TheTwoThousandYearOldMan'', ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartOne'', and ''Film/ToBeOrNotToBe''[[/note]]
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' ''[[FridgeLogic How can there be a cassette of Spaceballs: The Movie? We're still in the middle of making it!!!]]''
* NerdInEvilsHelmet: Dark Helmet. The surprise came to the audience only, since his staff already knew him (and was used to pretending they don't know he's playing with dolls).
* {{Nepotism}}: The reason Dark Helmet is [[SurroundedByIdiots surrounded by Assholes]] is that Major Asshole got all his cousins aboard ''Spaceball One''.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Lone Starr sneaks up behind a mook and tries to use the [[Franchise/StarTrek Vulcan neck pinch]] on him and gets it wrong. The mook gives him a few pointers and corrects his grip... and promptly passes out.
* NitroBoost: Liquid Schwartz.
* NobodyCallsMeChicken:
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' What's a matter, [[{{Pun}} Colonel Sandurz]]? ''Chicken?''
* NoFourthWall: Among other things (see CameraAbuse and AsYouKnow above), the bad guys manage to track down the good guys by watching ''Spaceballs: The Movie'' on VHS. They're literally watching their own movie ''[[ShapedLikeItself within]]'' [[ShapedLikeItself the movie itself]]! Many other examples abound in BreakingTheFourthWall, above.
* NonSequiturThud
** After ''Spaceball One'' comes out of LudicrousSpeed and Dark Helmet takes a header into computer terminal and smashes the terminal, his head, and his helmet:
--->'''Dark Helmet:''' Why don't we take a five-minute break? Smoke if you got 'em! ''(thud)''
** Barf does it on the desert planet: "Oh waiter... CheckPlease!" ''(thud)''
* NoodleIncident: Dark Helmet and Lone Starr had encountered each other prior to the movie, but no details are given. Same thing for why Lone Starr owes Pizza the Hut money.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Dot's virgin alarm can't distinguish between sex and romance.
* ObviousStuntDouble: An InUniverse / BreakingTheFourthWall example when the Spaceballs capture the heroes' stunt doubles. Princess Vespa's is a man.
-->"You idiot! You captured their stunt doubles!"
* OhCrap: Everyone in the bridge of the Spaceballs One when [[ButtMonkey Dark]] [[TheDragon Helmet]] orders the ship to go to LudicrousSpeed.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Lone Starr provides the page quote. Also counts as DistinctionWithoutADifference as well.
* OnlySaneMan: Barf, as he often has to play negotiator between Lone Starr and Vespa during their desert trek. To a lesser extent, Colonel Sandurz serves as one to the Spaceballs.
* OpeningScroll:
** A direct Parody of the ''Star Wars'' scroll. As the scroll is almost off the screen, one more line pops up: "If you can read this, you don't need glasses." This parody provides that page's image.
** In an earlier version, seen in the Instant Cassettes scene, it even had a parody of ''A New Hope'' being Episode 4, with this being [[UpToEleven Episode 11.]] [[HilariousInHindsight Star Wars itself is only up to Episode 8.]]
* OverlyLongGag: At the beginning of the movie, panning across ''Spaceball One''. [[MusicalGag Even the orchestra gets annoyed.]]
* OverusedRunningGag: Lampshaded:
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' Why are you preparing? You're always preparing! Just go!
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: 1-2-3-4-5.
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' [[StupidestThingIveEverHeard That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life]]! That's the kind of thing [[TooDumbToLive an idiot would have on his luggage!]]\\
'''Skroob:''' 1-2-3-4-5? [[IronicEcho That's amazing]]! [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike I've got the same combination on my luggage!]]
** Complete with a MeaningfulLook between Helmet and Sandurz.
** Also qualifies as TruthInTelevision despite Spaceballs being a comedy. "password" and "12345" being used as passwords for sensitive accounts happens quite often in the real world.
* PhoneWord: The King of Druidia's phone number is 1-800-DRUIDIA.
* PlanetLooters: The Spaceballs.
* PlanetSpaceship: The ''Spaceball One'', a parody of the ''Death Star'' from ''Franchise/StarWars'', has a similar moon-like scale.
* PokemonSpeak: The Dinks.
* PrecisionFStrike:
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' [[FailsafeFailure "Out of order"?!]] '''FUCK!''' Even in the future, nothing works!
* PressurePoint:
-->'''Lone Starr:''' ''(sneaks up behind a guard and grabs his neck)''\\
'''Guard:''' ''(pause)'' What the hell are you doing?\\
'''Lone Starr:''' ... the Vulcan neck pinch?\\
'''Guard:''' No, no, stupid. You've got it much too high, it's more down here where the shoulder meets the neck!\\
'''Lone Starr:''' Like this?\\
'''Guard:''' Yeah! ''(collapses)''\\
'''Lone Starr:''' Thanks.
* PrinceCharmless: Prince Valium
* ProductPlacement:
** Parodied. After issuing a denial regarding his planet's air crisis, President Skroob surreptitiously reaches into his desk drawer for a can of refreshing [[{{Pun}} Perri-air]]. ([[StealthPun The stylized "P" also happens to resemble a "D", and Skroob brings the can up to his nose....]])
** Lone Starr has a ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'' pinball machine on-board his Winnebago.
** Mr. Coffee[[note]]The first ever drip-brew coffee machine...at least in the U.S..[[/note]] is name-dropped, and becomes a RunningGag of sorts (Mr. Radar, Mr. Rental, etc.).
* PsychicStrangle: Parodied. Dark Helmet ''looks'' like he's going to do this to the technician who went over his helmet, but then aims lower and [[GroinAttack strangles the guy's balls]].
* {{Pun}}: It's a Mel Brooks film. It's the standard humor.
** When you say you're going to comb the desert, [[VisualPun out come the oversized prop combs]].
** "Ugh! That's just what we need... a Druish princess!" "Funny, she doesn't look Druish." (Mel Brooks has said that the only reason he named the planet Druidia was so he could make that one joke.)
** "What's the matter, Colonel Sandurz, CHICKEN?"
** "Yogurt! I '''HATE''' YOGURT! Even with strawberries!"
** "Radar... about to be... ''jammed''!"
** "There's only one man who would ''dare'' give me the raspberry!"[[note]]LONE STARR!! [[CameraAbuse [gets hit by camera]]][[/note]]
* PunnyName:
--> '''Princess Vespa:''' Who are you?\\
'''Barf:''' Barf!\\
'''Dot:''' [[LiteralMinded Not in here, mister!]] [[CoolCar This is a Mercedes!]]
** Also:
---> '''Dot:''' OK, we all know Prince Valium is a pill...
* PutOffTheirFood: At the end of the movie, when a diner patron who ate the Special begins moaning in pain, Barf -- who'd also ordered the Special -- quickly changes his order. After the alien bursts out and does its dance, both Lone Starr and Barf simply say "CheckPlease" and leave without eating.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The Spaceball military personnel, naturally, parody the use of this trope in ''StarWars''. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded, of course:]]
-->'''Spaceball Trooper:''' ''Jawohl'', Lord Helmet!
* RageHelm: Dark Helmet, in an over-the-top parody of Vader.
* ReadingAheadInTheScript: The Spaceballs watch the VHS of the movie to find out where the heroes have escaped to. This causes great weirdness when they first get to the part of the video that's currently going on.
* RealityEnsues: When ''Spaceball One'' comes out of Ludicrous Speed, Dark Helmet follows Newton's First Law and smashes into the control panel in front of him.
* RealityWritingBook: An example of a video rather than a book. The evil characters watch the video of the movie they are starring in -- at one point their actions in the film universe and the video are perfectly synched up, which [[MindScrew confuses the hell out of]] Dark Helmet.
* RecursiveCanon
* RecursiveReality: The villains watch a video of their own movie, and end up on the scene where they are watching it, seeing an infinite number of themselves watching themselves.
* RecycledInSPACE:
** Although it is mostly a parody of ''Franchise/StarWars'', the plot closely resembles the classic romantic comedy ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight''. [[spoiler:Down to Lone Starr only accepting the 248 dollars--sorry, space bucks in travel expenses as pay, rather than the million space bucks.]]
** Parodied relentlessly, with the ''Millennium Falcon'' equivalent being a literal Winnebago with wings -- {{lampshaded}} when Spaceball guards call it exactly that -- and the currency being "space bucks", among other examples. Especially funny near the end, with the actual ''Millennium Falcon'' and the Winnebago both stopping for gas, IN SPACE!
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Subverted with the baby [[Film/{{Alien}} xenomorph]].
* RidiculousFutureSequelisation: ''Spaceballs'' features a review of ''Rocky Five... '''Thousand'''''.
* RingOfPower: Subverted, save for the lightsaber part... maybe.
* RoadTripAcrossTheStreet: Sci-fi version. President Skroob is beamed from his office to the command center, then beamed back to reverse a TeleporterAccident. Skroob then walks to the command center, which is the next room over.
* RobotBuddy: Dot Matrix, Princess Vespa's [[RobotMaid robot hand-maid]].
* RobotMaid
** Dot Matrix, a robotic handmaiden.
** ''Spaceball One'' [[TransformingMecha transforms]] into a [[HumongousMecha gigantic robot maid]].
* RoyalBrat: Vespa, who brought excessive luggage despite Lone Starr telling her to bring only what she needs to survive.
* RunawayBride: Vespa runs away from her ArrangedMarriage with Prince Valium.
* RunningGag: Both within the movie -- ''Spaceballs'' merch [[FunnyBackgroundEvent everywhere]] -- and reusing several gags from previous Mel Brooks movies.
* RussianReversal: "Or else Pizza is gonna send out for YOU!"
* SayYourPrayers: Barf does this at one point when they're about to crash on Vega.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Princess Vespa, when she's attacked by the Spaceballs. "I don't have to put up with this; I'm rich!"
* SeeTheWhitesOfTheirEyes: "Radar about to be... jammed!"
* SelfDestructMechanism: The Spaceballs' giant ship has one, complete with a [[BigRedButton big red Self Destruct Button]].
* SequelSnark:
** Yogurt jokes that he and Lone Starr will meet again in ''Spaceballs 2: the Search for More Money'', as part of the movie's RunningGag about [[TheMerch merchandising]]. No sequel has been made, though an animated series had a short run in the mid 2000s.
** "Coming up next, Pongo's review of Franchise/{{Rocky}} Five... Thousand."
* ShareTheMalePain: Because Dark Helmet is a master of the GroinAttack.
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' I always have coffee before watching radar. You know that!\\
'''Colonel Sandurz:''' Of course I do, sir!\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' ''(to crew)'' Everybody knows that!\\
'''Crew:''' ''(in unison, covering their crotches)'' Of course we do, sir!
* ShesGotLegs: Princess Vespa spends most of the desert displaying this due to the condition of her dress.
* ShipTease: There are things that suggest that Zircon has a thing for President Skroob.
* ShoutOut:
** The alien creature bursting from the chest of Creator/JohnHurt (causing him to lament, "Not again!") and then performing a song-and-dance number is a combined reference to ''Film/{{Alien}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/OneFroggyEvening''.
** ''Franchise/StarWars'' references:
*** Most main characters correspond to a character from Star Wars: Lone Starr is a [[CompositeCharacter Luke/Han combo]], Barf is Chewbacca, Vespa is Leia, Dot is C-3P0, Yogurt is Yoda, Pizza the Hutt is Jabba the Hutt, and Dark Helmet is Darth Vader.
*** The [[OverlyLongGag extremely long]] opening establishing shot of ''Spaceball One'', is a ShoutOut to the shot of the Star Destroyer in ''Franchise/StarWars: [[Film/ANewHope Episode IV]]''. The shape of ''Spaceball One'' and the music that plays during its reveal also shout out to ''Film/{{Jaws}}''; the ship is shaped like a shark, and the music is a slower horn-version of the ''Jaws'' theme.
*** The Schwartz is a reference to the Force. Yogurt even has to clarify that he's ''not'' talking about the Force.
*** Vespa's hair buns when leaving Druidia looks like Princess Leia's -- until it's revealed they're just headphones.
** ''Franchise/StarTrek'' references:
*** Lone Starr tries the Vulcan neck pinch. The guard then tells him how to do it right, and then passes out due to the pinch now working.
*** President Skroob gets "beamed" into another location by Snotty (instead of Scotty).
** The apes and the placement of Megamaid on the beach in the very end are a riff on the end of ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes''.
** Pizza the Hutt's mook Vinny Poker-Face seems to be a reference to Max Headroom, with his angular head and neck twitch.
** When President Skroob tells the crew to prepare for [[Literature/TheMetamorphosis metamorphosis]] and Dark Helmet replies, "Ready, [[Creator/FranzKafka Kafka]]?"[[note]]And this isn't the first time Mel Brooks made a joke about this play: in ''Film/TheProducers'', Max rejects it for being "too good" (read: not bad enough to be a flop).[[/note]]
** Dark Helmet asks: "What's the matter, Colonel Sandurz...? ''[[UsefulNotes/KentuckyFriedChicken Chicken..?]]''"
** Skroob telling Marlene and Charlene to "chew your gum!" is meant to be a reference to Wrigley's Doublemint Gum, which used twins in their advertisements. These twins were a reference to the clones (Betty and Betty) in ''Series/{{Quark}}'', who were played by the Barnstable twins from the Wrigley's Doublemint commercials.
** Lone Star, Barf, Vespa, and Dot arriving at Yogurt's temple and approaching his fiery statue before finally meeting him in person is similar to the main characters of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' first meeting the title character in a rather frightened state of anxiety. Making this Shout-Out more clear is the fact that the scene was shot in the same sound stage as ''Oz''. This is furthered by the similarities in the groups: a girl; a scruffy, ragged man; an animalistic man; and a metal companion.
** Barf describes Megamaid as a Franchise/{{Transformer|s}}.
** Princess Vespa is engaged to [[ComicStrip/PrinceValiant Prince Valium]].
** "Hey, that was pretty good for Franchise/{{Rambo}}."
* SigilSpam: Overlaps with the various merchandising jokes, since "Spaceballs" is both the name of the movie and the name of the villains.
* SignificantAnagram: "[[BigBad Skroob]]" is an anagram of "[[Creator/MelBrooks Brooks]]."
* SingleBiomePlanet: The protagonists crash-land on the "desert moon of Vega", which bears a startling resemblance to Tatooine in ''Film/ANewHope''.
* [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer Sir Not-Appearing-on-This-Cover]]: The cover for the original DVD doesn't have Lone Starr, Vespa, or Dot on it.
* SkewedPriorities:
-->'''King Roland:''' ''(concerned for his daughter's well-being)'' Just find her, bring her back safely! ''(normal voice)'' And it's at all possible, try to save the car.
* SkipToTheEnd: It boils down to "the short, ''short'' version", thanks to the impatient priest annoyed at the constant interruptions.
-->'''Priest:''' Do you?\\
'''[[spoiler:Lone Starr:]]''' Yes.\\
'''Priest:''' Do you?\\
'''Vespa''' Yes!\\
'''Priest:''' Good! You're married! Kiss her!
* SkirtsAndLadders: Between Dot Matrix and Barf. "Stop looking up my can!"
* SlapSlapKiss: Lone Starr and Princess Vespa.
* SorryToInterrupt: Colonel Sandurz interrupts Dark Helmet while the latter is playing with his dolls.
* SpaceBasedWeaponHasCutoffRange: Especially the scene when ''Spaceball 1'' is chasing Princess Vespa's car.
* SpaceFriction:
** Lone Star's Space Winnebago actually leaves burnt rubber tracks while doing a U turn. In space. Lampshaded by Lone Star: "Hang on, Barfo, we're gonna make space tracks."
** The ''Spaceball One'', however, "brakes for nobody".
* SpaceJews:
** Mel Brooks has said the only reason that the planet in ''Spaceballs'' is named Druidia is so he could throw in the line about a "Druish Princess". Plus plenty of more scenes. That's okay because Mel Brooks has NWordPrivileges. "Funny, She Doesn't Look Druish!"
** President Skroob wears a traditional Jewish groom's tuxedo.
** Yogurt's [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage over-the-top]] Yiddish accent.
* SpaceTrucker: Lone Starr driving a Winnebago through space. Near the end there's even a stop-off at a Space Truck Stop.
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: The climactic wedding where Lone Star interferes JustInTime to prevent Vespa from marrying Prince Valium.
* SpitTake: The Mr. Coffee scene. "Hot... too hot!"
* SpontaneousWeaponCreation: It's possible that this is how Schwartz weapons work. Yogurt claims that the rings from which they appear to come are really a MagicFeather.
* SquashedFlat: Barf's foot, after Lone Starr drops a statue on it.
* StandardEstablishingSpaceshipShot: Parodied, see OverlyLongGag.
* StealthInsult: Pizza the Hut gets Barf's name wrong and calls him "Puke". Barf corrects him, "That's Barf." However Barf says this in such a way, that it doesn't sound like he's actually ''correcting'' Pizza, but rather telling Pizza he ''looks'' like barf (which he does).
* StealthPun:
** One Spaceball guard yells at Barf, "You son of a..." before getting shot. [[MixAndMatchCritters Barf is half dog.]]
** The can of Perri-Air that Skroob uses turns out to have a second pun beyond the obvious ProductPlacement gag. The stylized "P" on the can also resembles a "D", and Skroob brings the can up to his nose. [[spoiler:He's sniffing his Derri-Air. (If you don't get it, say it out loud.)]]
* StockScream: It's a parody of ''Franchise/StarWars'' - of ''course'' it's going to have the famous [[http://youtu.be/cdbYsoEasio Wilhelm Scream]] (it's when the one trooper gets shot in the rump after Barf reflects the shots back).
* StrangeSalute: The Spaceball fleet has a couple:
** Lord Helmet's minions covering their groins whenever they speak to him (though this might be a purely practical defensive action, given his [[GroinAttack preferred method]] of dealing with [[YouHaveFailedMe sub-par performance]]).
** President Skroob's salute: make a rude hand sign, then immediately pretend to wave politely; perfectly appropriate for a two-faced backstabbing organization.
* StreamingStars: Parodied when ''Spaceballs One'' goes to Ludicrous Speed. "They've gone to ''plaid''!"
* [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike Stupid Minds Think Alike]]: "1-2-3-4-5? That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage!"
* StupidEvil: Too many instances to list. While Dark Helmet had a point when he said GoodIsDumb, the bad guys are even ''dumber''.
* StupidestThingIveEverHeard: Via Dark Helmet:
--> ''(helmset down)'' So the combination is 1-2-3-4-5. ''(raises helmet)'' That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life! That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!
** [[IronicEcho It turns out that's the combination of President Skroob's luggage]].
* SuddenlySuitableSuitor: [[spoiler:Lone Starr discovers that his pendant is actually a birth certificate proving he's a Prince -- making a marriage between himself and Vespa suddenly fine.]]
* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: Parodied with the restaurant scene when Kane starts coughing and goes into convulsions, followed by a chestburster... which dons a top hat and cane and sings "Hello My Baby" in the voice of Michigan J. Frog. Creator/JohnHurt [[ActorAllusion reprises his role]] from the original ''Film/{{Alien}}'', [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by his muttered, "[[OhNoNotAgain Oh no, not again!]]"
* SurroundedByIdiots: "I knew it! I'm surrounded by Assholes!"
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** Lord Helmet always drinks coffee while he watches radar. Everybody knows that!
** Colonel Sandurz definitely didn't see Lord Helmet playing with his dolls again.
* SwordPointing: Lone Starr and Dark Helmet duel with their lightsaber-like Schwartz sabers. At one point, they circle each other menacingly, sabers pointed at length, so the very tips crackle and spark when they come in contact with each other.
* TeleporterAccident: President Skroob winds up with his head on backwards after being beamed into [[spoiler:the next room]]. Beaming him back undoes it.
* ThemeTuneRap: '''Cause what you got is what we need and all we do is dirty deeds, we're the SPACEBALLS!''
** TheVillainSucksSong: "We're mothers of the galaxy, you better scatter when you see, the Spaceballs!"
* TitleTheAdaptation: Lampooned, in all its adaptations.
* TimeTravelTenseTrouble: Happens during the aforementioned scene where Helmet and Sandurz are viewing ''Spaceballs: The Movie''.
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' When will "then" be "now"?\\
'''Col. Sandurz:''' Soon.
* TooDumbToLive: The entire Spaceball race. Dark Helmet implies that President Skroob is responsible for their atmosphere being squandered:
-->'''President Skroob:''' Planet Druidia, 10,000 years of fresh air!\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' ''(whispers, to Sandurz)'' The way he runs things, it won't last 100.
* TransformingMecha: ''Spaceball One'''s transformation into Mega-Maid.
-->'''Colonel Sandurz:''' Prepare for [[Literature/TheMetamorphosis metamorphosis]]!\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' Ready, [[Creator/FranzKafka Kafka]]?
* TreacherousSpiritChase: Dark Helmet manages to lure Princess Vespa out of Yogurt’s home by using the schwartz to disguise himself as her father, King Roland.
* TraitorShot: When Not Roland asks, "Would I lie?", he briefly glances at the camera and smiles guiltily.
* TrendCovers: The Collector's Edition DVD [[http://www.dvdactive.com/news/releases/spaceballs.html case and menus]] evoke a ''Franchise/StarWars'' DVD.
* TwinThreesomeFantasy: Skroob indulges in this with Marlene and Charlene.
* UnmanlySecret: Dark Helmet plays with dolls that look like the main characters of the movie when he thinks he's alone... Of course, Col. Sandurz catches him in the act, but assures him that he "didn't see [him] playing with [his] dolls again."
* UsedFuture
** Lone Starr's Winnebago has seen better days.
** And then there's the issue of that non-functional self-destruct cancellation on ''Spaceball One''...
--->'''Dark Helmet:''' FUCK! Even in the future, nothing works!!!
* VaderBreath: Spoofed. It sounds like he's having trouble breathing because ''he is''.
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' I can't breathe in this thing!
* VillainSong: "Spaceballs" is as close as it gets during this movie, and since this is a comedy, the song is played when ''Spaceball 1'' is evacuating during the self destruct.
-->Cause what you got is what we need and all we do is dirty deeds\\
We're the Spaceballs, Watch Out! cause we're the Spaceballs
* VisualPun:
** "Jamming" the radar:
--->'''Dark Helmet:''' There's only one man who would ''dare'' give me the raspberry... ''(flips down helmet; menacingly)'' [[SayMyName LONE STARR!]]
** "[[BeachCombing Combing]]" the desert:
-->'''Colonel Sandurz:''' Sir...\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' ''[turns to face Sandurz with a bullhorn]'' What?\\
'''Colonel Sandurz:''' Are we being too literal?\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' No, you fool, we're following orders. We were told to comb the desert, [[DontExplainTheJoke so we're combing it]]!
** When Lone Starr calls for Barf for the first time. By the way Lone Starr speaks and rocks, he looks like he really is going to vomit.
* VillainousCrush: Dark Helmet seems to harbor one for Princess Vespa from what one could tell from the doll scene.
* ViciousVac[=/=]PlanetLooters: Mega-Maid.
* VocalDissonance:
** The deep voice singing "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" in Spaceballs prison turns out to be...Princess Vespa.
--->'''Barf:''' She's a bass!
** And how Helmet has a normal voice with his mask up, and a deep one with it down. Still, it completely sounds like Rick Moranis trying to deepen his voice, which, given the doll-playing scene, is likely intentional.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Gets a LampshadeHanging -- "That's all we needed... a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Druish Princess]]!"
* WhosOnFirst: Two examples: First the argument between Dark Helmet and his crew of assholes... Who are all [[UnfortunateName named Asshole.]] Then the exchange between Sandurz and Dark Helmet in the "instant videocassette" gag.
* WhyWasteAWedding: Valium out, [[spoiler:Lone Starr]] in.
* WorldOfPun: The radar gets jammed, they comb the desert[[note]]lampshaded by Colonel Sanders asking Dark Helmet if they're being too literal[[/note]], and of course there's the Druish princess.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Well, half-wrong. The guy who went over Lord Dark Helmet's helmet knew he was in trouble and anticipated a neck choke as punishment. He didn't expect [[GroinAttack Dark Helmet to aim a bit lower]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness
-->''You may think that you are bad, but believe you can be had by the Spaceballs!''
* YouTasteDelicious: Literally, since Vinnie starts picking up parts of his boss, Pizza the Hutt. [[LampshadeHanging He even says those]] ExactWords. Later, [[spoiler:Pizza the Hutt eats himself to death after getting trapped in his limo, freeing up the duo's debt.]]
* [[YourSizeMayVary Your Spacecraft's Size May Vary]]: Mega-Maid, who at first starts off as big enough for a starship(albeit a star-Winnebago) to enter its "ear canal," then shrinks, but still big enough for a Spaceball to slide out its nostril.
* {{Zeerust}}: That computer-letter font just doesn't look as futuristic now as it did in TheEighties...
'''[[RuleOfThree SPACEBALLS]]: THE STINGER!'''[[note]]The tropers love this one![[/note]]