'''SPACEBALLS: THE SUBJECTIVE TROPES'''
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* AwesomeMusic: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hekqzcveud4 "Spaceballs"]], courtesy of the Spinners, which plays over the Megamaid evacuation scene.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The scene at the restaurant/gas station towards the end. It comes, it goes, it's not spoken of again, and seemed to only be there to give Creator/JohnHurt his cameo. It does help scare Lone Starr and Barf out of the diner and back on the path to Druidia, but... yeah, RuleOfFunny
** Although, if the scene were cut out viewers would likely wonder why Barf is complaining about "starving" and that they should have stayed for the wedding dinner, when Vespa's father said in an earlier scene they took money for lunch, gas, and tolls.
* EvilIsCool: Lone Starr and company are fun but let's face it, Dark Helmet, Sandurz, and Skroob are the ones who carry the film. There's also the hilarious radar guy, played by the great Creator/MichaelWinslow, who only appears in one scene.
* FreudWasRight: Just don't look at Dark Helmet's tie too closely...
** What about his ''shape''?
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** Yeah, the canned air was hilariously ridiculous... then someone actually starts selling it in China due to the air pollution problem over there. Add some HilariousInHindsight on it as it is a part joke, part political statement being made by a resident flamboyant philanthropist, and that the canned air being sold come in different flavors which are air from different places, like "Taiwan flavored" or "Tibet flavored" air. ("Druidia flavored" air, anyone?)
** "God willing, we'll all meet again in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money." The closest it ever got was a not-very-well-received cartoon.
*** Speaking of the cartoon, one episode deals with an ebola outbreak. Not so funny now that Ebola has made it to the US (not that the cartoon was funny to begin with).
* GeniusBonus: Just before the ''Spaceball One'' transforms into Mega Maid, Dark Helmet orders, "Get ready for Metamorphosis!" Then, he asks under his breath, "Ready, Kafka?" It's a reference to Creator/FranzKafka[='s=] short story ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis'', in which a young man wakes up to find that he's turned into a giant vermin.
* HarsherInHindsight: The announcement at the end of the film that Pizza the Hut ate himself to death. Creator/DomDeLuise's actual death was heavily contributed to by his diet.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Yogurt says that, "God willing, we'll all meet again in ''Spaceballs 2: Da Soich for More Money''". And they do indeed meet again...in ''Spaceballs: The Animated Series''.
** [[{{Defictionalization}} An actual]] ''[[LiteralMinded Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money]]'' [[http://www.slashfilm.com/mel-brooks-teases-spaceballs-2-the-search-for-more-money/ has been mentioned by Mel Brooks himself]]!
** Some behind-the-scenes video of ''Franchise/StarWars'' as it was being filmed reveals that David Prowse, Darth Vader's body actor, has a voice very similar to Creator/RickMoranis. Hear Prowse as Vader for yourself [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSm9DDxQv8E Here.]]
** Part of the plot! Space heroes rescue space royalty from bad guys. While the good guys are escaping, they drain their spacecraft's energy and have to land on a desert planet, where they find a powerful being. [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Sound familiar?]]
** [[http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Anonymous-Syrian-president-email-password-leaked-hacked,14663.html Only an idiot would have 1-2-3-4-5 as their password!]]
** Lone Starr's line, "Did I miss something? When did we get to Disneyland?", becomes even funnier when [[Franchise/StarWars Lucasfilm]] was bought by {{Creator/Disney}}.
** The scene where they watch the VHS of the movie, explained by Colonel Sandurz as a technology breakthrough: instant cassettes in stores before the movie is even finished. In 2013, a certain discount retail store was already selling pre-orders for the ''Film/IronMan3'' DVD/Blu-Ray a couple of weeks before the film opened. We're getting closer...
*** A few [[Disney/{{Frozen}} other movies]] from that year came to home video before completing their theatrical runs.
*** With the advent of video on demand, feature films are occasionally being released a few weeks before the movies even come to theaters.
*** The closest we've come to this actually happening is when a work print of ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' was leaked to the internet before post-production was finished.
** And, of course, when they actually do watch the movie, they end up [[DrosteImage watching themselves watching themselves watching themselves ad infinitum]]. Cue "[[Film/{{Inception}} We have to go deeper!]]" jokes.
** The fact that there is a item used in the film called ''Film/SpaceJam''.
** "Or else pizza [[RussianReversal is gonna send out for YOU!]]"
** [[http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/31/business/la-fi-mo-china-canned-air-smog-20130131 Canned air is now a real thing in China.]]
** Lone Starr's line [[Disney/{{Frozen}} "Cold never bothers me."]] Especially when you consider that Disney now owns ''Star Wars''.
** The black Spaceball ''combing'' the desert has been compared to Finn the Stormtroper in the desert of Jakku in the ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' trailer.
*** Even better when you realize the same actor went on to play [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Tuvok]]. Yes, just ''try'' picturing the stoic Vulcan telling Janeway "we ain't found shit!"
** Several of the characters seem like they could be parodies of Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse characters from works that came out '''after''' ''Spaceballs'', e.g. Prince Valium maps pretty well to [[Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia Prince Isolder]] and Commanderette Zircon could easily be [[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy Admiral Daala]]. The same also applies to the Prequels, for example Druidia looks like a parody of [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Naboo]] in retrospect with its opulent Renaissance style clothing and architecture, while Princess Vespa's Mercedes spaceship evokes Padmé's various royal yachts a lot more than Leia's relatively no-nonsense Rebel Blockade Runner.
*** Similarly, the Spaceballs are oddly "corporate" for a straight-up parody of the purely totalitarian, militaristic Empire, but it meshes nicely with the corporate capitalist parodies that made up the villains of the Prequel trilogy.
** Lone Starr's [[{{Series/Firefly}} coat has a brownish hue]]...along with [[DeadpanSnarker a few]] [[KnightInSourArmor other]] Mal Reynolds-ish traits.
** Creator/MelBrooks had to kneel to portray the diminutive Yoda expy Yogurt; decades later, Creator/LupitaNyongo had to do the same thing to portray her diminutive Yoda expy Maz Kanata in ''Film/TheForceAwakens''.
** Look at all TheMerch available InUniverse. And now look at the super-massive merch machinery that came with ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. Or even only all the merch for the three ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels.
** The announced ''Film/{{Rocky}} Five...Thousand'' review is somewhat funnier since an actual ''Film/RockyV'' was made (there were four ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' films when ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' came out), but ''even'' funnier since Rocky returned ''yet'' again a lot later in ''Film/RockyBalboa''.
** Pizza the Hut's brief appearance, in some ways, mirrors Jabba the Hut's deleted scene from ''Film/ANewHope'', despite the fact that audiences and fans never laid eyes on that scene until the special edition was released in 1997; 10 years after ''Spaceballs'' hit theaters!
** And, now that ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is out, some have noted similarities between Kylo Ren, and Dark Helmet. Both wear masks that they periodically remove, both talk to inanimate objects when alone, both prone to whiney outbursts, etc.
** Prince Valium, last prince of the galaxy, so boring he puts everyone (including himself) to sleep. [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} Is it any wonder sleeping with him would have the same result?]]
** The Spaceballs One ship [[spoiler: transforming into a giant maid robot]] becomes this after [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Darth_Vader Transformers made several Darth Vader Transformers]].
* MemeticMutation: "They've gone to plaid!"
* NauseaFuel: It's advised that you not be eating pizza during the Pizza the Hutt sequence. On the other hand, it might make you ''hungry'' for pizza if you're not eating anything at the time.
* NightmareFuel:
** Darth Helmet's attempt to get Vespa by disguising as her father, the soundtrack behind him is very eerie when doing so. Then ''instantly'' subverted.
-->"[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments FOOLED YOU]]"
** Pizza the Hut is pretty damn freakish.
** The alien bursting out of John Hurt's chest... [[MoodWhiplash right up until it starts singing]].
* NightmareRetardant: Pretty much the whole point of Dark Helmet, who is a deliberate subversion of [[EvilIsCool cool]] bad guys like Darth Vader. Any menace the man could have is lost once he pulls that helmet up.
* OneSceneWonder:
** The hilarious radio operator, played by the peerless Creator/MichaelWinslow, "The Man of 10,000 Sound Effects".
** An honorable mention has to be given to Creator/JohnHurt for his "Oh no, not again!" ChestBurster scene.
** Pizza The Hut!
** "We ain't found SHIT!" Guy
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** That's Tim Russ, aka [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Tuvok]], as the black Spaceball who says "We ain't found shit!" No, really.
** And before him, both the Spaceball in that scene who calls out "Not a thing sir!" and the one who helps him up after the Ludicrous Speed meltdown is Creator/RobPaulsen, in a rare live-action role.
** Creator/BillPullman, who went on to play not [[Film/IndependenceDay one]], but ''[[Series/SixteenHundredPenn two]]'' American presidents years later.
* RewatchBonus: There's loads of subtle background gags and comical expressions that one probably won't catch on a first viewing. One notable example is the scene where the [[CameraAbuse camera smacks into Dark Helmet]]; watch it again and look close and you'll see Helmut subtly push Sandurz away, prompting him to look at the camera and lean away from the shot.
* ShallowParody: While many would argue today that the film is far from one, when the film was first released in 1987, critics accused the film of being one.
** While most fans would agree the film mostly [[AvertedTrope averts]] this brilliantly, Princess Vespa initially seems more like a parody of fictional [[RoyalBrat princesses in general]] than of [[ActionGirl Leia]] in particular, at least until her CharacterDevelopment after the hair dryer scene.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: You probably don't need any help finding the mirror propping up Dark Helmet's "floating" Volkswagen. Or the obvious track underneath the chestbuster puppet during the dinner scene. In fact, given the film's nature this could just be deliberate. Hell, there's even a feature on the DVD where they point out all of the failed effects.
* TearJerker: Doubles as AuthorExistenceFailure. There were some talks about the possibility of a Spaceballs sequel when Creator/JohnCandy passed away. It eventually did get an AnimatedAdaptation, although it wasn't well received.
** The scene where King Roland says goodbye to a picture of his daughter as he suffocates is played surprisingly straight.
* {{Woolseyism}}: Due to the extensive use of puns in the film, some jokes were changed in foreign dubs:
** In the Latin American dub, the "Druish Princess" line was changed (due to the fact the Latin American audiences maybe didn't catch the joke about the Jewish sect) was changed to ''Princesa Druidosa'' (Noisy Druish Princess, when ''Druidosa'' is a portmanteau of ''Druida'' (Druish) and ''Ruidosa'' (Noisy girl)
** Also in the Latin American dub, Major Asshole was renamed as ''Mayor Idiota'' (Major Idiot, as a pun of "The Greatest Idiot"). In the Castilian Spanish version, his name is ''Mayor Estúpido'' (Mayor Stupid)
** In the same dub, The "We ain't found shit!" line was translated (in the dubbed version) as ''¡No este jodiendo, por favor!'' (Stop fuckin' us, Sir!) and in the subbed version as ''¡No encontramos ni madres!'' (A more or less literal translation of the line, except that line is used normally in Mexican Spanish)
*** In order to keep the PrecisionFStrike in, the German dub changed it to "Here ain't even shit, Sir!"
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