I am your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate.
Lone Starr: What does that make us?
Dark Helmet: Absolutely nothing! Which is what you are about to become. Now, prepare to die!
~ Dark Helmet and Lone Starr

Dark Helmet is the secondary antagonist of the Star Wars spoof "Spaceballs". He is a parody of Darth Vader. He holds grudges easily and seems to make an enemy out of everyone. 

He was portrayed by Rick Moranis. 


Dark Helmet unmasked

Dark Helmet Unmasked

When Planet Spaceball runs out of air, President Skroob sends Dark Helmet to kidnap the princess, and use her as leverage to steal all the air.


Dark Helmet will attack anyone who threatens his power by use of the Schwartz (parody of the Force). He sticks his hand out and sends out a laser with his all powerful, mystical ring. Whatever motion he make with his hand will happen to the person. One example is the laser shot to his minion's groin and if you watched carefully he closes and rotates his hand. Because of this, whenever he confronts one of his minions, they cover their groin.

Animated series

Dark helmet

Dark Helmet in the animated series.

He 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 (according to the animated series).


  • Dark Helmet is a parody of Darth Vader.
  • He is shown to be left-handed, as he always wears his Schwartz ring on his left hand.