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Never go on a desert trek without it.-] ]]

'''SPACEBALLS: [[TheMerch THE TV TROPES PAGE]]'''

->''"May the Schwartz be with you!"''

'''''Spaceballs''''' is a 1987 [[ParodySatirePastiche 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 [[WellExcuseMePrincess bold, bossy and beautiful]] heir to the throne of planet Druidia -- [[RunawayBride runs out on her wedding]] before she is officially married to the [[DisposableFiance painfully dull]] [[MeaningfulName Prince Valium]] ([[CueIrony Jim J. Bullock]]), the only [[RoyalBlood eligible bachelor prince]] in her region of space. Once she's in space, however, Vespa and her robot servant [[PunnyName Dot Matrix]] (performed by Lorene Yarnell[[note]]of Shields and Yarnell[[/note]]; voiced by Creator/JoanRivers) soon become the target of the Spaceballs, a group of evildoers -- led by Dark Helmet (Creator/RickMoranis) and President Skroob (Mel Brooks) -- who plan to ransom her off for access to Druidia's atmosphere (in order [[PlanetLooters to drain it away and use it to replenish their homeworld's own thinning atmosphere]]).

Vespa's only hope lies with two mercenaries-for-hire: Lone Starr (Creator/BillPullman) and Barf the Mawg (Creator/JohnCandy), who hope to use the substantial reward offered by Vespa's father for her safe return to pay off debts owed 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.

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.

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

* AbandonShip: PlayedForLaughs. ''Everybody'' is shown running for the escape pods 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.
* AdventurerOutfit
* AffectionateParody: ''Franchise/StarWars'', and [[ScienceFiction sci-fi]] in general, of course.
* AgonyOfDeFeet: While practicing with the Schwarz, Lone Star lifts a massive statue of Yogurt, only to lose concentration and drop it on Barf's foot.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Spaceballs. ''[[ThemeTune 'Cause what you got is what they need, and all they do is dirty deeds.]]''
* AmusingAlien: Is there an alien in this film who ''isn't''?
* 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.
* 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.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Lone Starr.
* BanisterSlide: The three main villains, in order to get to the SelfDestructMechanism's cancellation button.
* 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.
* BerserkButton. Don't. Shoot. Vespa's. Hair. Do, and you'll be gunned down with a fury that would make {{Rambo}} look like a pussy.
* BigBad: President Skroob
* BigNo: Princess Vespa, when she's threatened with being given her old ugly nose back.
* BigRedButton: One that activates ''Spaceball One'''s SelfDestructMechanism; the one that turns it off turns out to be [[FailsafeFailure out of order]]. "[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck!]] Even in the future nothing works!"
* 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 to "get back to the golf course and work on your putts!" Putz is also [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage Yiddish for penis/dick]].
* 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 puts ''himself'' to sleep, he's that boring.
* BreakingTheFourthWall
** 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 Star and Dark Helmet, one of the camera crew gets killed by a wayward strike.
** A camera collides with Dark Helmet during a zoom-in shot.
** Dark Helmet and Colonel Sandurz watch the movie on video to find out where the heroes are at that moment.
** As the heroes attempt to elude a squad of guards firing lasers at them, Dot comments "Ooh, I HATE movies like this!"
** As President Skroob comes running into the bridge of ''Spaceball One'':
-->'''Skroob:''' ''(panting)'' The ship is too long. 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 Two: 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.
** [[NoFourthWall Does this film even have a fourth wall?]]
* 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.
** Early in the "you're looking at ''now''" bit, the shelves of videotapes [[FunnyBackgroundEvent include]] several ''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.]]
* 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, ''he'' did it!\\
'''Lone Starr''': '''''What?!'''''
* CampGay: The "You've captured their stunt doubles" Spaceball guy.
* 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]].
* 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 MyFavoriteShirt.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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, and best friends with furry alien), 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.
* CorruptPolitician: Not only is Skroob one, he's an ''incompetent'' one. See TheDitherer, below.
* CreatorCameo: Co-writer Ronny Graham as the Minister.
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* DarthVaderClone: Dark Helmet
* DeathByGluttony: [[spoiler: Pizza the Hutt eats himself to death after getting accidentally locked in his limousine.]]
* DecoyGetaway / NinjaProp: "You've captured their ''{{stunt double}}s''!"
* DelegationRelay:
-->'''Skroob:''' Helmet, what's going on?
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' Sandurz, what's going on?
-->[later]
-->'''Skroob:''' (to Helmet) Do something!
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' (to Sandurz) Do something!
-->'''Sandurz:''' (into PA) Do something!
* 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.
* 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 "putts".
* DramaticTimpani: Provided by an actual timpanist, who reappears during the evacuation sequence.
* DrosteImage: The "Now" scene.
* DrumRollPlease: Sandurz pauses in mid sentence for this.
* 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
* 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."
* {{Fanfare}}: Can't be a parody of ''Star Wars'' without one.
* 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.]]
* {{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 / HoYay [[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 Star 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 look, as if he knows what all too well how that feels.
** The "You're looking at ''now''" bit includes several ''Film/{{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, Lonestar, now you see that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb."
* GreasySpoon
* GroinAttack: Dark Helmet's preferred use of his Schwartz powers is to force-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!"
* HaveANiceDeath: Self-Destruct Voice: "Have a nice day."
* 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!]]\\
''({{beat}})''\\
'''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]].
* 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 pretty well either.
* 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.
* 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 {{Rambo}}" by mowing down a line of Spaceballs.
* TheKingdom: Druidia
* KeepTheReward: Near the end, Vespa laments how greedy Lonestar 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. (Lonestar 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!
* 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."
* LieToTheBeholder: Dark Helmet makes himself [[{{Glamour}} appear as]] King Roland 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 Lonestar going at lightspeed. They need to go to ludicrous speed.
* 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.''
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* MagicFeather: The Schwartz Ring Lone Starr gets from Yogurt.
-->'''Yogurt:''' The ring was bupkis! I found it in a Cracker-Jack box!
* 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.
** And the Asshole family.
** "Vespa" means "wasp" in Italian. A petulant or easily irritated person, especially a woman, may be described as "waspish."
* MegaMawManeuver: ''Spaceball One'' eats Princess Vespa's spaceship.
* TheMerch: 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]]. Sadly there was no real life Merch for ''Spaceballs'', because of an agreement between Mel Brooks and George Lucas.
* 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: {{In-Universe}}:
** "Spaceballs: The Toilet Paper"
** KillItWithFire: "Spaceballs "[[BorschtBelt dah]] '''[[BorschtBelt FLAMETHROWAH!!]]'''"
-->'''Yogurt:''' [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids The kids love this one!]]
* MomentKiller: Damn that Dot Matrix and her virgin alarm....
* MookLieutenant: Colonel Sandurz
* MosesInTheBullrushes: As luck would have it, [[spoiler:Lone Starr is really a prince who was sent off, Franchise/{{Superman}} style, complete with OrphansPlotTrinket.]]
* MuggedForDisguise: Lone Star and Barf beat up two guards and steal their uniforms. Of course, Barf doesn't fit in his properly.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: "Meet Dr. Schlotkins, the best cosmetic surgeon in the entire universe and Beverly Hills."
* MyLittlePanzer: Spaceballs the flamethrower. The kids love it.
* 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 TheProducers to Spaceballs?
--> '''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: Lonestar 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?''
* NoExceptYes:
** 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]]. ({{beat}}) We're doing it for a ''[[PrecisionFStrike shitload]]'' of money!
* 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.
* 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)''
* TheObiWan: Yogurt, who is pretty much Yoda as a crusty-but-lovable Yiddish guy. (Well, honestly, what did you expect from Mel Brooks?)
* 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]] ordered for the ship to go to LudicrousSpeed.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Lone Starr provides the page quote.
-->'''Lone Starr:''' We're not just doing this for money; we're doing for a ''[[PrecisionFStrike shitload]]'' of money!
* 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.
* 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:''' 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!]]\\
''(later)''\\
'''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.
* PlanetLooters: The Spaceballs.
* PlanetSpaceship: The ''Spaceball One'', a parody of the ''Death Star'' from ''Franchise/StarWars'', has a similar moon-like scale.
* 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]].
** Lone Starr has a ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'' pinball machine on-board his Winnebago.
** Mr. Coffee is name-dropped, and becomes a RunningGag of sorts (Mr. Radar, Mr. Rental, etc.).
* {{Pun}}: It's a Mel Brooks film. It's the standard humor.
** When you say you're going to comb the desert, out come the oversized prop combs.
** "Well, 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?"
** "PIZZA THE HUTT!"
** "Yogurt! I '''HATE''' YOGURT! Even with strawberries!"
** "Radar... about to be... ''jammed''!"
** "There's only one man who would ''dare'' give me the raspberry!"
* 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.
* 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 wall 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 Star only accepting the $200-something travel expenses as pay, rather than the million dollars--sorry, 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.
* 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
* RunawayBride: Vespa
* 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!"
* 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 [[MerchandiseDriven merchandising]]. No sequel has been made, though an animated series had a short run in the mid 2000s
* 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!
* ShoutOut[=/=]ReferenceOverdosed
** A specific mention is probably deserved by the wonderfully insane combined reference to ''Film/{{Alien}}'' (complete with Creator/JohnHurt) and ''OneFroggyEvening''.
** And of course, the [[OverlyLongGag single longest gag in the film]], the opening establishing shot of ''Spaceball One'', is a ShoutOut to the shot of the Star Destroyer in ''Franchise/StarWars: [[Film/ANewHope Episode IV]]''.
** [[PlanetOfTheApes "Spaceballs?!" "Oh, shit. There goes the planet."]]
** Pizza the Hutt's mook Vinny Poker-Face seems to be a reference to Max Headroom, with his angular head and neck twitch.
** Lonestar tries the Vulcan neck pinch from ''Franchise/StarTrek''. The guard then tells him how to do it right, and then passes out due to the pinch now working.
** When President Skroob tells the crew to prepare for Literature/TheMetamorphosis and Dark Helmet replies, "Ready, [[Creator/FranzKafka Kafka]]?"
** And then there's this gem:
---> "What's the matter, Colonel Sandurz...? ''Chicken..?''"
** The evil plan of the Spaceballs is a reference to a ethnic joke probably not told anymore. ''Why do Jews have big noses? Because [[GreedyJew air is free.]]'' Being Mel Brooks this is probably [[RefugeInAudacity intentional.]]
** 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 advertisments.
** It's not clear where exactly the parody comes from, but Spaceball One's transformation to Mega-Maid is either a reference to the SDF-1's transformation in {{Robotech}} or Franchise/{{Transformers}}. It might be both. Barf specifically describes it as a Transformer.
** The Schwartz being wielded through a ring is a double parody of both [[Franchise/StarWars The Force]] and [[Literature/{{Lensman}} The Lens of Civilization]].
** Princess Vespa is engaged to [[PrinceValiant Prince Valium]].
* ShowSomeLeg: Completely incidental, but Princess Vespa spends most of the desert displaying this due to the condition of her dress.
* 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.
* 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 / SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: "No, sir! I didn't see you playing with your dolls again!"
* SpaceBasedWeaponHasCutoffRange: Especially the scene when ''Spaceball 1'' is chasing Princess Vespa's car.
* 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 Star driving a Winnebago through space.
* 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 Star drops a statue on it.
* StandardEstablishingSpaceshipShot: Parodied, see OverlyLongGag.
* StealthPun: One Spaceball guard yells at Barf, "You son of a..." before getting shot. [[MixAndMatchCritters Barf is half dog.]]
* 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]]: "That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage!"
* StupidestThingIveEverHeard: Via Dark 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!"
* 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 metamorphosis!\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' Ready, 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.
* 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, are you sure we aren't being too literal?\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' No, you fool; the president told us to comb the desert, so we're combing it.
---> Made worse by the fact that a pair of black Spaceballs are using a giant [[ValuesDissonance afro pick]] instead of a comb.
** 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.
* 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.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Gets a LampshadeHanging -- "That's all we needed... a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Druish Princess]]!"
* WhosOnFirst: 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, 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]].
* [[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.
* 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.]]

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