Dark Helmet

Name: Pannakin Crybaby
AKA: Dark Helmet
Species: Coruscanti
Date of birth: January 17, 1946
Place of birth: Planet Moron
Group affiliations: Spaceballs
Source universe: Spaceballs
Debut: 1987


Pannakin Crybaby was born a slave. He was taught to use the Schwartz (a knockoff version of The Force) by Yogurt, but after the death of his mother from a head injury, he turned to the Down Side of the Schwartz and vowed to always wear a helmet. He became an enforcer for his former owner's son, Skroob of the Spaceballs. When the Spaceballs attempted to blackmail the planet Druidia by kidnapping Princess Vespa, Helmet was first brought into contact with the roguish Lone Starr, and ended up on the Planet of the Apes centuries in the future. He eventually made it back to the 1980s to ineffectively terrorize the galaxy.


Dark Helmet is an obvious parody of Darth Vader. His primary appearance is in the film Spaceballs (1987). He was also a major character in Spaceballs: The Animated Series (2008-2009), where much of his backstory is established, including a scene where he appears to rape a Padmé Amidala analogue.

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