Characters / Spaceballs


Lone Starr

Played by: Bill Pullman

The main protagonist. He's is a parody of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo.

  • Action Hero: Being a parody of Han Solo, this is bound to occur.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Vespa, as the two do not like each other and he is Only in It for the Money. However the two begin to warm up during the course of the movie.
  • Composite Character: Of Han Solo's outlaw personality and Luke Skywalker's Jedi abilities and backstory.
  • Cool Hat: Though it's quickly knocked off his head and never seen again in his and Barf's introductory scene.
  • Doorstop Baby: He was found on the doorstep of a monastery as a baby. Unfortunately for him, the monks never told him who his parents were because they'd taken a vow of silence.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Always ready to throw a punch.


Played by: John Candy

Lone Starr's sidekick. He's a mawg; a half-man, half-dognote . He's a parody of Chewbacca (except he is able to communicate in English).

  • Accidental Misnaming: Pizza the Hutt calls him Puke by mistake.
  • Accidental Pervert: Sometimes.
    (climbing up the ladder)
    Dot Matrix: Hey, stop looking up my can!
    Barf: Sorry.

    (while waiting, his tail swings up into a waitress's skirt)
    Waitress: Hey, hey! Watch where you're sticking that thing!
    Barf: It's got a mind of its own, sweetheart. I can't do a thing with it. (laughs)
  • Adorkable: When frightened, Barf's actually quite adorable.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: Well, half-dog. But his good nature cannot be denied.

Princess Vespa

Played by: Daphne Zuniga

A spoiled princess who is kidnapped by Dark Helmet. She is a parody of Princess Leia.

  • Marry for Love: This is why she ran away from her wedding - Prince Valium may have been the last prince left in the galaxy, but that didn't mean Vespa loved him.
  • Missing Mom: We learn right away that she's dead.

Dot Matrix

Played by: Joan Rivers

Princess Vespa's robot. She is a parody of C-3PO.

  • Matron Chaperone: Complete with "Virgin Alarm."
  • Punny Name: Named after a now obsolete type of printer.
  • Robot Buddy: Goes along with Vespa on her journey, and serves as her constant companion during the course of the movie.
  • Robot Hair: She has the hard hair variant.
  • Shipper on Deck: Even before they meet Lone Starr in person she told Vespa his voice sounds sexy and "might be cute" *wink*. But she draws the line on sex-before-marriage ("Virgin Alarm").
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Subverted, Dot is established as having hopes, fears, and moments of sarcasm just like any flesh and blood being, and she's never treated as property or discriminated against.

Dark Helmet

Played by: Rick Moranis

The main antagonist, and the most iconic aspect of the entire movie, period. He's a parody of Darth Vader.

  • Darth Vader Clone: Wearing Black? Check. Helmet? Check. Is a parody of such however due to his actions and size.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: While he's not much of a threat, he manages to be this since Skroob is even more pathetic.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Parodied. His voice while masked is just Rick Moranis deepening his natural voice and sounding more silly than evil.
  • Groin Attack: Do something to displease him, and he zaps you with his magic ring. Guess where?
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Uses this in his final fight with Lone Starr to get him to lose his ring.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Spoofed. He is Lone Starr's father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate. Technically he could have just said his cousin's former roomate, but that wouldn't have been as funny.
  • Nerd in Evil's Helmet: He even provides the picture for the trope page.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Physically and in personality, he isn't threatening in the least. However, his troops legitimately fear his wrath, and his capture of Vespa is quite creepy. He also displays decent fighting ability in his Schwartz duel with Lone Starr and uses underhanded tactics to gain an advantage in said duel.

Colonel Sandurz

Played by: George Wyner

  • Only Sane Man: Seems to be the only Spaceball with even a shred of competence.
  • Punny Name: Dark Helmet: What's the matter, Colonel Sandurz? Chicken?
  • Sissy Villain: Despite being a high ranking officer of Spaceball, he's quite cowardly and easily intimidated.

President Skroob

Played by: Mel Brooks

The president of Planet Spaceball.

  • Harmless Villain: Unlike Dark Helmet, he's never a threat at any point, and even manages to be so dumb that even Dark Helmet calls him out, though only behind his back.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Skroob is, for the most part, content to sit around while Dark Helmet does all the dirty work.
  • President Evil: Mixed with a heavy dosage of President Buffoon.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: His name is almost "Brooks" reversed. (Technically it's an anagram, but Mel thought "Skroob" sounded cooler than "Skoorb")


Played by: Mel Brooks

A creature who teaches Lone Starr the way of "The Schwartz." He is a parody of Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

King Roland

Played by: Dick Van Patten

The King of Druidia and father of Princess Vespa.

Pizza The Hutt

Played by: Dom DeLuise

A space gangster. Part man, part pizza. He is a parody of Jabba The Hutt.

  • Autocannibalism: How Pizza ultimately dies. Locked in a trunk, he became so hungry he ate himself.
  • Blob Monster: Imagine Jabba The Hutt...made out of pizza.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: He's around to give Lone Starr a motive for getting involved in the story, but serves no purpose after that.


Played by: Rudy De Luca

Pizza's right hand man.

  • Ambiguously Gay: Yeah, there is something going on between him and Pizza. Especially when he takes a bite out of Pizza and says "You're delicious."

Prince Valium

Played by:Jim J. Bullock

The last prince left in the galaxy, and Princess Vespa's intended groom. He's a narcoleptic who doesn't talk much, mostly because he ends up just yawning instead.