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1%%²%%²%% Administrivia/ZeroContextExample entries are not allowed on wiki pages. All such entries have been commented out. Add context to the entries before uncommenting them.²%%²%%²'''[[Film/{{Spaceballs}} SPACEBALLS: THE CHARACTER PAGE]]'''²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Lone Starr]]²[[quoteright:350:]] ²->'''Played by''': Creator/BillPullman²²The main protagonist. Along with his best friend Barf, Starr is a mercenary flying through space in a Winnebago mobile home. Trapped by crippling debts to an interstellar mob, a way out comes when Princess Vespa flees from Druidia, and the pair get themselves expensively hired by her father to rescue her from the Spaceballs.²----²* ArchEnemy: Starr describes himself as being "numero uno on Dark Helmet's hit-list", and Dark Helmet is able to instantly recognize Starr's handiwork when the Winnebago jams ''Spaceball I'''s radar. Though interestingly, their climactic showdown inside the Megamaid seems to be their first ever meeting in-person.²-->'''Dark Helmet:''' "There is only one man who would ''dare'' [[ItMakesSenseInContext give me the raspberry]]... ''LONE STARR!''"²* AwesomeMcCoolname: "Lone Starr" is a pretty awesome name.²* BelligerentSexualTension: With Vespa, as the two do not like each other and he is OnlyInItForTheMoney. However the two begin to warm up during the course of the movie.²* CombatPragmatist: Despite being in a sword duel with Dark Helmet, Lone Starr had no problem with punching him at one point during the duel.²* CompositeCharacter: Of Han Solo's outlaw personality with Luke Skywalker's name [[spoiler: and Jedi abilities]].²* CoolHat: Though it's quickly knocked off his head and never seen again in his and Barf's introductory scene.²* DoorstopBaby: He was found on the doorstep of a monastery as a baby. Unfortunately for him, the monks never told him who his parents were... [[TheSpeechless because they'd taken a vow of silence]].²* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Barf the Mawg. We're introduced to the pair living together in the Winnebago, and they're all but inseparable.²* HeroicLineage: [[spoiler:After defeating the Spaceballs and destroying the Megamaid, Lone is revealed in a last-second plot twist to be the lost son of an unnamed king and queen, just in time to go back and prevent Vespa's wedding.]]²* ImprovisedWeapon: He uses a can of shaving cream to take out a guard and a mirror to take down Dark Helmet.²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sure, he can be a bit rude towards Vespa and even Barf for that matter, but he clearly cares about both of them [[spoiler: and chooses to turn down the million dollar reward when he realizes he's free of debt.]]²* MagicKnight: He uses the Schwartz and can fight in a [[LaserBlade Schwartsaber]] battle.²* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Justified, as Starr and Barf are a million spacebucks in debt to a crime lord, and need to pay him back by tomorrow to avoid having a hit put out on them. [[spoiler:Subverted later - when Pizza suddenly dies, thus freeing them from the debt, Starr decides to [[KeepTheReward refuse the reward money]], only taking enough to get fuel and supplies before leaving.]]²* TheReveal: The medallion around his neck is [[spoiler:his birth certificate, which identifies that [[ReallyRoyaltyReveal he's the son of royalty]]. Naturally, this leads to]]:²* SuddenlySuitableSuitor: [[spoiler:For Vespa, thanks to TheReveal.]]²* SharpDressedMan: 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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Barf]]²[[quoteright:320:]] ²->'''Played by''': Creator/JohnCandy²²Lone Starr's sidekick. He's a mawg; a half-man, half-dog[[note]]He's his own best friend[[/note]]. He and Starr are hired by King Roland to save Princess Vespa, as a way to get out of their debts to the mob.²----²* AccidentalMisnaming: Pizza the Hutt calls him Puke by mistake. ²* AccidentalPervert: Sometimes.²-->''(climbing up the ladder)''\²'''Dot Matrix:''' Hey, stop looking up my can!\²'''Barf:''' Sorry.\²''(while waiting, his tail swings up into a waitress's skirt)''\²'''Waitress:''' Hey, hey! Watch where you're sticking that thing!\²'''Barf:''' It's got a mind of its own, sweetheart. I can't do a thing with it. ''(laughs)''²* {{Adorkable}}: When frightened, Barf's actually quite adorable.²* BigFriendlyDog: Well, half-dog. But his good nature cannot be denied.²* BigFun: A chubby guy who is kind and silly.²* ChivalrousPervert: Is caught [[{{Robosexual}} looking up Dot's skirt]] while climbing a ladder, and at the diner towards the end of the film he gets distracted by the rather buxom waitress.²-->"I'll have the cleavage, [[VerbalBackspace I-I mean the special]]!"²* CowardlyLion: Prone to panicking, but surprisingly manages to hold his own fairly well during the assault on the Spaceball prison complex.²* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Lone Starr. We're introduced to the pair living together in the Winnebago, and they're all but inseparable.²* NiceGuy: Aside from being very friendly, he's also easier to get along with.²* MansBestFriend: Parodied; as both a man ''and'' a dog, he's his own best friend.²* NumberTwo: He's Lone Starr's partner and the co-pilot of the Winnebago.²* OnlySaneMan: Has to keep Lone Starr and Vespa in check, and rightfully points out that they need to hightail it somewhere after ''Spaceball One'' overshoots them in Ludicrous Speed.²* PrayerIsALastResort: While crash-landing on Vega's moon, Starr asks Barf for a reading of the ship's systems. Barf interprets this as a reading ''from the Bible'', and immediately clasps his hands together to start fearfully praying until Starr scolds him for it.²** Bonus points for the “reading” being the Lord’s Prayer²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Princess Vespa]]²[[quoteright:350:]] ²->'''Played by''': Daphne Zuniga²²The spoiled princess of Druidia who flees the planet on her wedding day, only to be targeted by the Spaceballs. Lone Starr and Barf are hired to rescue her and bring her home safely.²----²* ActionGirl: When you push her Berserk Button.²* AmbiguouslyJewish: This was an intentional gag.²-->'''Lone Starr:''' "That's all we needed; a ''Druish'' princess."\²'''Barf:''' ''(AsideGlance)'' "Funny, she doesn't ''look'' Druish."²** Later, we learn that Vespa was born with a comically huge and crooked nose, which she'd gotten rid of with some cosmetic surgery. The Spaceballs hire a cosmetic surgeon and threaten to return Vespa's nose to its original state, unless King Roland surrenders the access code of Druidia's air-shield.²* BerserkButton: "My hair! He shot my hair! ... you son of a ''bitch.''"²* CharacterDevelopment: She eventually grows out of her SpoiledBrat phase.²* DaddysGirl: She defies her father and runs away from her wedding, but the moment the Spaceballs show up she immediately calls Roland and pleads for his help.²* DamselOutOfDistress: Once her [[BerserkButton hair has been damaged by enemy fire]], she manages to single-handedly wipe out an entire contingent of bad guys.²* DefrostingIceQueen: Towards Lone Starr, by way of FireForgedFriends and BelligerentSexualTension.²* ItsAllAboutMe: The moment she's initially rescued, she demands that her matched luggage be rescued with her and that the Winnebago's interior be cleaned up. When they crash on Vega's moon, she forces the rest of the party to carry her luggage for miles across the desert, which turn out to be filled with useless luxuries such as a supersized hair-dryer she insists she "can't live without".²* IAmXSonOfY: "I am Princess Vespa, Daughter of Roland, King of the Druids!"²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She's self-absorbed and mean, but has a good side.²* MarryForLove: 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.²* MissingMom: Roland mentions offhandedly that she died before Vespa could be married, ruefully wishing she could have lived to see the big day.²* NobodyTouchesTheHair: She goes full Rambo on some Spaceballs who shoot her in the hair.²* SpoiledBrat: She's a princess who's used to getting her way all the time.²* WellExcuseMePrincess: At first.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Dot Matrix]]²[[quoteright:168:]] ²->'''Played by''': Creator/JoanRivers (voice), Lorne Yarnell (portrayal)²²Princess Vespa's robot handmaiden, who gets dragged along (literally) as the princess flees her wedding.²----²* DeadpanSnarker: Has a rather wry and dry sense of humor.²* EyeLightsOut: Whenever she's recharging in "sleep mode."²%%* FunnyRobot²* MatronChaperone[=/=]ParentalSubstitute: Vespa's mom is dead, and Dot seems to act as maternal figure to the princess--she even has a built-in "[[MomentKiller Virgin Alarm]]."²* PunnyName: Named after a now obsolete type of printer.²* RobotBuddy: Goes along with Vespa on her journey, and serves as her constant companion during the course of the movie.²* RobotHair: She has the hard hair variant.²* ShipperOnDeck: Even before they meet Lone Starr in-person she told Vespa his voice sounds sexy and "he might be cute" *wink*; however, despite supporting the relationship, Dot's shown to be very protective of Vespa and draws the line at something like sex-before-marriage (by way of the "Virgin Alarm").²* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Subverted--although Dot is technically a robot, she's 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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Dark Helmet]]²[[quoteright:320:]]²->'''Played by''': Creator/RickMoranis²²The main antagonist, and a high-ranking officer among the Spaceballs. He has been tasked by President Skroob to kidnap Princess Vespa and hold her at ransom, with the ultimate goal of opening Druidia's air-shield so the Spaceballs can steal the planet's oxygen for themselves.²-----²* ArchEnemy: Starr describes himself as being "numero uno on Dark Helmet's hit-list", and Dark Helmet is able to instantly recognize Starr's handiwork when the Winnebago jams ''Spaceball I'''s radar. Though interestingly, their climactic showdown inside the Megamaid seems to be their first ever meeting in-person.²-->'''Dark Helmet:''' "There is only one man who would ''dare'' [[ItMakesSenseInContext give me the raspberry]]... ''LONE STARR!''"²* BerserkButton:²** At the start of the movie, a deckhand bypasses the chain of command by contacting President Skroob before even notifying him that they'd approached Druidia. Helmet reprimands him, before using his schwartz ring to crush his testicles.²** And for the love of George Lucas, don't ''ever'' walk in on him while he's playing with his dolls.²* ButtMonkey[=/=]TheChewToy: Suffers the most physical abuse in the movie, though fortunately his helmet protects him from the worst harm. Notable examples include being thrown across the room by ''Spaceball-1'' entering and exiting LudicrousSpeed, and being so short that Lone Starr is able to hold him and his schwartz-sword at bay just by planting a hand on his helmet.²* DarthVaderClone: Wearing Black? Check. Helmet? Check. Is a parody of such however due to his actions and size. [[HilariousInHindsight He also shares some similarities with]] [[Film/TheForceAwakens Kylo Ren.]]²* DragonInChief: While he's not much of a threat, he manages to be this since Skroob is even more pathetic.²* EvilSoundsDeep: Parodied. While his mask is down, his voice seems to be modified to a booming growl, but a scene showing Helmet in private reveals that this voice is simply Rick Moranis himself deepening his voice to sound scarier.²* FourEyesZeroSoul: Dark Helmet wears glasses and is one of the bad guys.²* GoodIsDumb: The Trope Namer, uttering the line after Lone Starr falls for [[WhatAnIdiot the oldest trick in the book]].²-->"Now you will see that Evil will always triumph... because Good is dumb."²* GroinAttack: Is particularly fond of this. In his introductory scene, [[EstablishingCharacterMoment Helmet uses the Schwartz to crush an insubordinate underling's testicles]], and the crew of ''Spaceball I'' are apparently familiar enough with this punishment that they all reflexively cover their crotches the moment Helmet seems to lose his temper for any reason.²-->''(To Lone Starr)'' "Say goodbye to your two best friends... and I don't mean your pals in the Winnebago!"²* TheHeavy: President Skroob is the official leader of the Spaceballs, but Lord Helmet gets the most screentime and is the bigger physical threat (to the extent that any of the villains are).²* HoistByHisOwnPetard:²** During the hyperspace chase sequence, every single one of the humiliations and AmusingInjuries Helmet suffers is a direct result of either an order he gave or a safety measure he consciously chose to ignore.²** This is also ultimately how [[spoiler:Lone Starr defeats him, using a handheld mirror to turn Helmet's GroinAttack back on himself]].²* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Subverted. Helmet ''sounds'' like he's making lecherous advances towards a captive Princess Vespa... only for the camera to pan around and reveal he's roleplaying with ''Spaceballs'' [[TheMerch toy merchandise]] in his room, putting on a ridiculous falsetto to voice the princess and her friends.²* ISurrenderSuckers: Uses this in his final fight with Lone Starr, by [[WorthyOpponent offering a gentlemanly fight]] and sealing the deal with a handshake. Starr obliges, and Helmet steals the schwartz ring right off Starr's finger.²* LiteralMinded: Helmet's response to being ordered to comb the desert to find Princess Vespa is to have his mooks literally comb the sand with gigantic hair combs.²-->'''Colonel Sandurz:''' "[[LampshadeHanging ...Do you think we're being too literal?]]"\²'''Helmet:''' "No, you fool, [[ExactWords we were told to comb the desert]], so we're combing it!"²* LukeIAmYourFather: Spoofed.²-->'''Dark Helmet:''' I am your father's cousin's brother's former roommate!\²'''Lone Starr:''' ''({{beat}})'' What does that make us?\²'''Dark Helmet:''' ''Absolutely nothing!'' Which is what you are about to become.²* ManChild: He uses his RageHelm to make childish faces at Skroob without him knowing, and at one point Sandurz catches him playing with ''Spaceballs'' toys in his room.²* TheNapoleon: As one would expect from Creator/RickMoranis as a DarthVaderClone.²* NerdInEvilsHelmet: He even provides the picture for the trope page.²* NotSoHarmlessVillain: 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 [[CombatPragmatist underhanded tactics]] to gain an advantage in said duel. ²* RageHelm: Parodied. It ''looks'' pretty intimidating, but it turns out to be hard to breathe in or speak through, and Helmet frequently pulls the faceplate up in order to speak more clearly.²* [[SurroundedByIdiots Surrounded by Assholes]]: Quite literally, when he discovers that most of ''Spaceball I'''s bridge crew is composed of members of the "Asshole" family, including Major Asshole and Gunner's Mate First Class Philip Asshole.²-->'''Dark Helmet:''' "I knew it, I'm surrounded by assholes." ''({{Beat}})'' "Keep firing, assholes!"²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Colonel Sandurz]]²[[quoteright:270:]] ²->'''Played by''': George Wyner²²The commanding officer of ''Spaceball I'', and Dark Helmet's immediate subordinate.²----²* DemotedToExtra: He only appeared in a single scene of a single episode in the animated series.²* TheDragon: He's Dark Helmet's right hand man.²* HarmlessVillain: He's really not very menacing, nor does he directly do anything that threatens our heroes.²* MrExposition: His role is typically to spout useful or not-so-useful facts about the plot.²-->'''Colonel Sandurz:''' "Once we kidnap the princess, we can force her father - King Roland - to give us the combination to the air-shield; thereby destroying Planet Druidia, and saving Planet Spaceball!"\²'''Dark Helmet:''' ''(AsideGlance)'' "[[LampshadeHanging Everybody got that?]]"²* OnlySaneMan: Seems to be the only Spaceball with even a shred of competence, though that still leaves him totally ineffectual.²* PunnyName: As lampshaded by Dark Helmet:²-->'''Dark Helmet''': "What's the matter, Colonel Sandurz!? ''[[UsefulNotes/KentuckyFriedChicken Chicken!?]]''"²* SissyVillain: Despite being a high ranking officer of Spaceball, he's quite cowardly and easily intimidated.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:President Skroob]]²->'''Played by''': Creator/MelBrooks²[[quoteright:320:]] ²The president of Planet Spaceball.²²* TheDitz: He's so incompetent that under his leadership, Planet Spaceball has hardly any air left.²* HarmlessVillain: 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.²* LargeHam: It's Creator/MelBrooks, after all.²* NonActionBigBad: Skroob is, for the most part, content to sit around while Dark Helmet does all the dirty work.²* PresidentEvil: Mixed with a heavy dosage of [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Buffoon]].²* SdrawkcabName: His name is almost "Brooks" reversed. (Technically it's an anagram, but Mel thought "Skroob" [[RuleOfCool sounded cooler]] than "Skoorb")²* TeleporterAccident: Skroob has a non-lethal one when Snotty[[note]] a blatant Spaceball {{Expy}} of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'''s Montgomery Scott, better known as "Scotty"[[/note]] beams him into the teledar room to view Dark Helmet's impending capture of Princess Vespa. Skroob is understandably upset when he discovers that his head is suddenly on backwards because of a "[[TechnoBabble microconverter malfunction]]". After he is safely beamed back, he decides to walk to the teledar room instead. [[spoiler: Fortunately, it is literally in the next room.]]²-->'''Skroob:''' "''Why didn't somebody tell me my ass was so big?!''"²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Yogurt]]²[[quoteright:200:]] ²->'''Played by''': Creator/MelBrooks²²The "Everlasting Know-It-All", Yogurt is a reclusive, kindly mystic who teaches Lone Starr the way of "The Schwartz."²----²* CompositeCharacter: Of Yoda's strange speech patterns and Obi-Wan Kenobi's role in ''Film/ANewHope''.²* CoolOldGuy: He's hundreds of years old and he's the master of the Schwartz.²* HumbleHero: Please, he's just plain Yogurt.²* LivingLegend: Also known as "Yogurt the Wise", "Yogurt the All-Powerful" and "Yogurt the Magnificent". [[HumbleHero He insists that he's just]] "[[PunnyName plain Yogurt]]"²* TheMerch: Turns out that his underground desert temple is where he works on the merchandising for the ''Spaceballs'' movie, which mostly amounts to taking random things and slapping a ''Spaceballs'' logo on it. We're shown Spaceballs: The T-Shirt, Spaceballs: The Coloring Book [[note]]Actually a ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' coloring book[[/note]] and Spaceballs: The ''Flamethrower''.²-->'''Yogurt:''' "[[MyLittlePanzer The kids love this one.]]"²* PunnyName: Yoda to Yogurt, [[DontExplainTheJoke get it]]?²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:King Roland]]²[[quoteright:306:]] ²->'''Played by''': Dick Van Patten²²The King of Druidia and father of Princess Vespa.²²* ArtisticLicenseBiology: 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. ²* BackFromTheDead: He dies of asphyxiation when the Spaceballs begin sucking up Druidia's air, but comes back to life when the air is restored. ²* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Doesn't even get a mention in the animated series.²* DotingParent: It's obvious despite his limited screen time he's the one that spoiled Vespa.²* GoodParents[=/=]PapaWolf²%%* RequisiteRoyalRegalia²* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: The passcode to Druidia's air-shield is revealed to be [[spoiler:1-2-3-4-5]], which is the exact same passcode President Skroob has on his luggage.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Pizza The Hutt]]²[[quoteright:300:]] ²->'''Played by''': Creator/DomDeluise²²A space gangster. Part man, part pizza. Lone Starr and Barf owe him a hundred-thousand spacebucks, which Pizza abruptly ramps up to a million and tells them he wants the money by tomorrow, or else.²----²%%* AmbiguouslyGay²* {{Autocannibalism}}: How Pizza ultimately dies. Locked in the trunk of his limo, he became so hungry he ate himself to death.²* BlobMonster: Imagine Jabba The Hutt...made out of pizza.²* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Just as the group is returning to Druidia to wrap up their adventure, a news broadcast reveals that Pizza had abruptly died, freeing Lone Starr and Barf from their million-spacebucks debt.²* PlotIrrelevantVillain: He's around to give Barf and Lone Starr a motive for getting involved in the story, but serves no purpose after that [[DroppedABridgeOnHim and is disposed of off-screen]].²* PunnyName: It's a play on "Pizza Hut", a restaurant franchise.²* VillainWithGoodPublicity: He's a notorious crime boss, but his death is reported as a tragedy.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Vinnie]]²[[quoteright:237:]] ²->'''Played by''': Rudy De Luca²²Pizza's right hand man.²----²* AmbiguouslyGay: Yeah, there is something going on between him and Pizza. Especially when he takes a bite out of Pizza and says "You're delicious."²* {{Expy}}: Given how he's serving the expy of Jabba the Hutt, he's the closest this movie gets to a [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Bib Fortuna]] and or [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Boba Fett]] parody, though with more of a ''Series/MaxHeadroom'' vibe. ²* NiceHat: It goes nicely with his gangster outfit.²* WhateverHappenedToTheMouse: He's never brought up again after his one and only scene. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Prince Valium]]²[[quoteright:270:]] ²->'''Played by''':Jim J. Bullock²²The 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.²----²* ArrangedMarriage: With Vespa, as he is [[spoiler:not]] the last prince in the entire Galaxy.²* DisposableFiance: Very disposable. Vespa starts trying to dump him in his first scene, [[spoiler:and succeeds in his third]].²* HeavySleeper: He seems to love his sleeping time.²* IdleRich: Most definitely ''not'' a case of RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething.²* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Has no effect on the plot. His first words to Princess Vespa after she returns are "Where have you been?"²* PrinceCharmless: Is it any wonder he was the last prince left in the galaxy?²%%* PunnyName²* {{Sleepyhead}}: He has a tendency to nod off at the most inopportune and inappropriate times.²[[/folder]]


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