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}}'''Dark Helmet''' is the secondary antagonist of ''[[Spaceballs]]''.  He tries to act as a spoof of Darth Vader, but deviates strongly for comedic purposes (eg, Helmet looks shorter and acts nerdier than Vader). In the movie, he was played by Rick Moranis, who did not return to the role in the animated series. He and Skroob form a [https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BigBadDuumvirate Big Bad Duumvirate] in the film.
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*[[Rick Moranis]] <small>(film)</small>
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*[[Dee Bradley Baker]] <small>(animated series)</small>}}
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'''Dark Helmet''' was a villainous [[Spaceball]] who possessed the [[The Downside of the Schwartz|downside]] of [[The Schwartz|the Schwartz]] and assisted President [[Skroob]] in gathering more air for [[Planet Spaceball]].
   
==In the movie==
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==Biography==
Dark Helmet tries to assist [[President Skroob]] in gathering more air for [[Planet Spaceball]] He is first seen boarding [[Spaceball I]], then using [[the Schwartz]] on a henchman's crotch for going "over [his] helmet" by contacting the President before he did.
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On one occasion, he boarded [[Spaceball I]], then [[Schwartz-ring|used]] [[the Schwartz]] on a henchman's crotch for going "over [his] helmet" by contacting the President before he did.
   
Dark Helmet sees a runaway [[Princess Vespa]] of [[Planet Druidia]] in range and, realizing she'd be the perfect pawn in acquiring more air for Planet Spaceball, proceeds to kidnap her. Her father, [[King Roland]], proceeds to make an offer with [[Lone Starr]] and [[Barf]] to rescue her for 1,000,000 spacebucks.
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Soon, while watching [[Mr. Radar|radar]], Dark Helmet saw a runaway [[Princess Vespa]] of [[Planet Druidia]] in range and, realizing she'd be the perfect pawn in acquiring more air for Planet Spaceball, proceeded to kidnap her. Her father, [[King Roland]], proceeded to make an offer with [[Lone Starr]] and [[Barf]] to rescue her for 1,000,000 [[spacebucks]].
   
Once Lone Starr gets in position, he and Barf jam Spaceball I's radar with a giant jar of raspberry jam, then Barf helps Vespa and [[Dot Matrix]] board their ship, the [[Eagle 5]]. As the jam leaks all over the radar screen, Dark Helmet proclaims that his old enemy, Lone Starr, must be trying to foil their scheme. Spaceball I then pursues the Eagle 5, before it goes into Hyperactive (parody of Star Wars' Hyperspace). Dark Helmet orders Spaceball I to go into "Ludicrous Speed" to catch up. This only results in the ship passing over the Eagle 5, and Dark Helmet nearly getting a concussion as they abruptly come to a stop.
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Once Lone Starr got in position, he and Barf jam Spaceball I's radar with a giant jar of raspberry [[jam]]. As the jam leaked all over the radar screen, Dark Helmet proclaimed that his father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate, Lone Starr, must be trying to foil their scheme. Spaceball I then pursued the [[Eagle 5]], before it went into [[hyperactive]]. Dark Helmet ordered Spaceball I to go into [[Ludicrous Speed]] to catch up. This only resulted in the ship passing over the Eagle 5, and Dark Helmet crashing into equipment as a result of a sudden stop.
   
At the suggestion of [[Colonel Sandurz]], Dark Helmet uses an "instant cassette" of ''Spaceballs'' to track the heroes to the [[Moon of Vega]]. An attempt by the henchmen to "comb the desert" for them proves fruitless until they ditch the giant combs, and Helmet uses the Schwartz to track Vespa down to [[Yogurt]]'s lair. He lures Vespa and her robot [[Dot Matrix]] into his grasp by disguising as her father.
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At the suggestion of [[Colonel Sandurz]], Dark Helmet used an "instant cassette" of ''[[Spaceballs]]'' to track the heroes to the [[Moon of Vega]]. An attempt by the henchmen to "comb the desert" for them proved fruitless until they ditched the giant combs, and Helmet used the Schwartz to track Vespa down to [[Yogurt]]'s lair. He lured Vespa and her robot [[Dot Matrix]] into his grasp by disguising himself as her father.
   
Dark Helmet demands King Roland that he give the code to Planet Druidia's air shield, or else he will have Vespa undergo a nose job that would undo the one she received for her 16th birthday. Roland gives in, and divulges the code: 1-2-3-4-5. Vespa gets locked in a dungeon with Dot instead of undergoing the surgery. Lone Starr and Barf travel to Planet Spaceball and rescue her.
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Helmet demanded King Roland that he give the code to Planet Druidia's air shield, or else he will have Vespa undergo a nose job that would undo the one she received for her 16th birthday. Roland gave in, and divulged the code: 1-2-3-4-5. Thus, Vespa was locked in a dungeon with Dot instead of undergoing the surgery. However, Lone Starr and Barf traveled to Planet Spaceball and rescue her.
   
After Spaceball I opens the air shield, it transforms into [[Mega Maid]] and begins sucking the air up into a giant vacuum cleaner. However, Lone Starr foils the plan as he uses the Schwartz to switch Mega Maid's vacuum from "suck" to "blow", blowing all the air back onto the planet. He proceeds to infiltrate Spaceball I in search of a way to destroy the ship.
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After Spaceball I opened the air shield, it transformed into [[Mega Maid]] and began sucking the air up from Druidia into a giant vacuum cleaner. However, Lone Starr foiled the plan as he used the Schwartz to switch Mega Maid's vacuum from "suck" to "blow," blowing all the air back onto the planet. He proceeded to infiltrate Spaceball I in search of a way to destroy the ship.
   
Once Lone Starr enters the room containing Spaceball I's self-destruct button, Dark Helmet duels him to keep him from pressing it. During the fight, Helmet tricks Lone Starr into giving him his [[Schwartz-ring]]. However, Yogurt tells Lone Starr that the Schwartz is actually in him, so when Helmet aims the Schwartz of his ring at Lone Starr's "two best friends", Lone Starr deflects it with a mirror, pushing Helmet into hitting the self destruct button with his head.
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Once Lone Starr entered the room containing Spaceball I's self-destruct button, Dark Helmet dueled him to keep him from pressing it. During the fight, Helmet tricked Lone Starr into giving him his Schwartz-ring. However, Yogurt told Lone Starr that the Schwartz is actually in him, so when Helmet aimed the Schwartz of his ring at Lone Starr's "two best friends," Lone Starr deflected it with a mirror, pushing Helmet into hitting the self destruct button with his helmet.
   
Dark Helmet meets his ultimate end after he, Sandurz, and Skroob fail to reach escape pods before Spaceball I explodes, landing them on the [[Planet of the apes]].
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Dark Helmet met his ultimate end after he, Sandurz, and Skroob failed to reach escape pods before Spaceball I exploded, landing them on the [[Planet of the apes]].
   
 
==In the animated series==
 
==In the animated series==
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*coughing through helmet* *coughing through helmet again* "I can't breathe in this thing!"
 
*coughing through helmet* *coughing through helmet again* "I can't breathe in this thing!"
 
* "What? You went over my helmet?"
 
* "What? You went over my helmet?"
* "What's the matter, [[Evil Colonel Sandurz|Colonel Sandurz]]? Chicken?"
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* "What's the matter, [[Colonel Sandurz|Sandurz]]? Chicken?"
 
* "Ludicrous speed, go!"
 
* "Ludicrous speed, go!"
 
* "What have I done?! My brains are going into my feet!"
 
* "What have I done?! My brains are going into my feet!"

Revision as of 18:29, April 19, 2019

Dark Helmet was a villainous Spaceball who possessed the downside of the Schwartz and assisted President Skroob in gathering more air for Planet Spaceball.

Biography

On one occasion, he boarded Spaceball I, then used the Schwartz on a henchman's crotch for going "over [his] helmet" by contacting the President before he did.

Soon, while watching radar, Dark Helmet saw a runaway Princess Vespa of Planet Druidia in range and, realizing she'd be the perfect pawn in acquiring more air for Planet Spaceball, proceeded to kidnap her. Her father, King Roland, proceeded to make an offer with Lone Starr and Barf to rescue her for 1,000,000 spacebucks.

Once Lone Starr got in position, he and Barf jam Spaceball I's radar with a giant jar of raspberry jam. As the jam leaked all over the radar screen, Dark Helmet proclaimed that his father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate, Lone Starr, must be trying to foil their scheme. Spaceball I then pursued the Eagle 5, before it went into hyperactive. Dark Helmet ordered Spaceball I to go into Ludicrous Speed to catch up. This only resulted in the ship passing over the Eagle 5, and Dark Helmet crashing into equipment as a result of a sudden stop.

At the suggestion of Colonel Sandurz, Dark Helmet used an "instant cassette" of Spaceballs to track the heroes to the Moon of Vega. An attempt by the henchmen to "comb the desert" for them proved fruitless until they ditched the giant combs, and Helmet used the Schwartz to track Vespa down to Yogurt's lair. He lured Vespa and her robot Dot Matrix into his grasp by disguising himself as her father.

Helmet demanded King Roland that he give the code to Planet Druidia's air shield, or else he will have Vespa undergo a nose job that would undo the one she received for her 16th birthday. Roland gave in, and divulged the code: 1-2-3-4-5. Thus, Vespa was locked in a dungeon with Dot instead of undergoing the surgery. However, Lone Starr and Barf traveled to Planet Spaceball and rescue her.

After Spaceball I opened the air shield, it transformed into Mega Maid and began sucking the air up from Druidia into a giant vacuum cleaner. However, Lone Starr foiled the plan as he used the Schwartz to switch Mega Maid's vacuum from "suck" to "blow," blowing all the air back onto the planet. He proceeded to infiltrate Spaceball I in search of a way to destroy the ship.

Once Lone Starr entered the room containing Spaceball I's self-destruct button, Dark Helmet dueled him to keep him from pressing it. During the fight, Helmet tricked Lone Starr into giving him his Schwartz-ring. However, Yogurt told Lone Starr that the Schwartz is actually in him, so when Helmet aimed the Schwartz of his ring at Lone Starr's "two best friends," Lone Starr deflected it with a mirror, pushing Helmet into hitting the self destruct button with his helmet.

Dark Helmet met his ultimate end after he, Sandurz, and Skroob failed to reach escape pods before Spaceball I exploded, landing them on the Planet of the apes.

In the animated series

Dark helmet

Dark Helmet in the animated series

Dark Helmet was once Panakin Crybaby but became Dark Helmet because he needed the president to make a helmet for him to cover up a bump on his head.

Here he is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker.

Trivia

  • Dark Helmet lowers his voice when closing his helmet, and speaks at a normal tone after opening it. Rick Moranis decided himself to do this.
  • Rick Moranis also improvised all the dialogue in the scene where Dark Helmet plays with dolls of himself and the heroes. Some of this dialogue reveals that Dark Helmet has a crush on Princess Vespa.
  • Dark Helmet claims to be Lone Starr's father's brother's nephew's cousin's former room mate. When Lone Starr asks, "What does that make us?" Helmet answers, "Absolutely nothing, which is what you are about to become!" However, if you listen closely, it sounds possible that Helmet claimed to be Lone Starr's former roommate, since Lone Starr's father's brother's nephew's cousin could actually be Lone Starr.
  • Spaceballs marked the fourth time that Rick Moranis worked with John Candy, the actor who played Barf. First, they both became regular cast members in SCTV. Then, they both played secondary roles in Brewster's Millions. Later, Moranis landed the male lead role of Little Shop of Horrors, and Candy made a cameo. Unlike all those other works, though, Moranis and Candy never share a scene.
  • In the animated series, Dark Helmet is much shorter, as opposed to him being nearly as tall as President Skroob and Colonel Sandurz in the film.
  • It's possible that Dark Helmet has redeemable features, as he sticks his tongue out and makes mean faces at President Skroob in one scene. This suggests that, deep down, he hates working for President Skroob.
  • Because of this, he could be considered the central antagonist.
  • Dark Helmet's rank on the 5-Bad Band would be the Dragon, since he is the right-hand man of the series' main antagonist, President Skroob.

Quotes

  • "What the hell am I looking at?"
  • " Evil will always triumph because good is dumb."
  • "I am your father's, brother's, nephew's, cousin's, former roommate."
  • "How many Assholes we got on this ship anyhow?" (...) "I knew it, I'm surrounded by assholes!"
  • "I see your Schwartz is as big as mine."
  • "No, you fool. We're following orders. We were told to comb the desert, so we're combing it."
  • coughing through helmet* *coughing through helmet again* "I can't breathe in this thing!"
  • "What? You went over my helmet?"
  • "What's the matter, Sandurz? Chicken?"
  • "Ludicrous speed, go!"
  • "What have I done?! My brains are going into my feet!"
  • "So, the combination is 1-2-3-4-5. That's the stupidest combination I ever heard in my life! That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!"
  • "Fuck! Even in the future, nothing works."
  • "Smok'em if you got'em"
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