Characters / Spaceballs


Lone Starr
Played by: Bill Pullman

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

  • 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.
  • The Ditz: This guy's rather stupid and dull-witted.
  • 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.
  • The Reveal: The medallion around his neck is his birth certificate, which identifies that he's the son of royalty. Naturally, this leads to:
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Gets a spiffy white uniform for his final scene. Averted for the rest of the movie where he's dressed much more down-to-earth.
  • Suddenly Suitable Suitor: For Vespa, thanks to The Reveal.

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.
  • Big Fun: A chubby guy who is kind and silly.

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.
  • Spoiled Brat: She's a princess who's used to getting her way all the time.

Dot Matrix
Played by: Joan Rivers

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

  • 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.

  • The Chew Toy: His main purpose in the movie is to suffer as much abuse as possible.
  • 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.
  • Man Child: Retroactively, he has the maturity level of Kylo Ren.
  • 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

  • Demoted to Extra: He only appeared in a single scene of a single episode in the animated series.
  • The Dragon: He's Dark Helmet's right hand man.
  • Harmless Villain: He's really not that menacing, nor does he directly do anything that threatens our heroes.
  • 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.

  • The Ditz: He's so incompetent that under his leadership, Planet Spaceball has hardly any air left.
  • 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.

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.

  • Artistic License Biology: The return of the air should not have brought him back to life - victims of asphyxiation won't just come back to life if they're in an environment with air again.
  • Back from the Dead: He dies of asphyxiation when the Spaceballs begin sucking up Druidia's air, but comes back to life when the air is restored.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Doesn't even get a mention in the animated series.
  • Doting Parent: It's obvious despite his limited screen time he's the one that spoiled Vespa.
  • Good Parents/Papa Wolf
  • The Good King: The passcode to the planet's dome being '12345' shows that he's not the smartest guy out there, but he isn't a bad guy either.

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.
  • Punny Name: It's a play on "Pizza Hut".

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."
  • Expy: Given how he's serving the expy of Jabba the Hutt, he's the closest this movie gets to a Bib Fortuna parody.
  • Nice Hat: It goes nicely with his gangster outfit.
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: He's never brought up again after his one and only scene.

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.