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|“||Hocky religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.||„|
|~ Han Solo to Luke Skywalker—his most famous quote.|
|“||Never tell me the odds!||„|
|~ Han Solo's second famous quote.|
|“||Chewie, we're home!…||„|
|~ Solo to his best friend and partner Chewbacca, welcoming themselves as they return to the Millenium Falcon.|
|“||I've been running scams on the streets since I was ten. I was kicked out of the flight academy for having a mind of my own. I'm gonna be a pilot. The best in the galaxy.||„|
|~ Young Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story.|
Han Solo is one of the protagonists of the Star Wars franchise. He was the tritagonist of the original trilogy, and a major character in the sequel trilogy, appearing as the tritagonist of The Force Awakens and as a posthumous character in both The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. He was also the titular protagonist of his own anthology film, Solo: A Star Wars Story; and a minor character in the non-canon 2014 Warner Bros film The Lego Movie.
He is a human from Corellia who achieved galactic fame as a member of the Rebel Alliance and later the New Galactic Republic. Han Solo is the pilot of a ship called the Millennium Falcon. His best friend is a wookiee named Chewbacca. He is the husband of Leia Organa and the father of Kylo Ren. He is also the arch-enemy of Jabba the Hutt and the bounty hunter, Boba Fett.
He was portrayed by Harrison Ford, who also portrayed Indiana Jones in the titular series, Rick Deckard in Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, President James Marshall in Air Force One, Dr. Richard Kimble in The Fugitive, and John Thornton in the 2020 adaptation of The Call of the Wild, and voiced Rooster in The Secret Life of Pets 2. A younger version of him is portrayed by Alden Ehrenreich in the film Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
|“||I’ve been running scams on the streets since I was 10. I was kicked out of the flight academy for having a mind of my own. I’m going to be a pilot, the best in the galaxy.||„|
|~ Han Solo.|
The movie reveals how Han got the Millennium Falcon and how he met and befriended Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
|“||Wonderful girl! Either I'm going to kill her, or I'm beginning to like her!||„|
|~ Solo to Skywalker while saving Princess Leia.|
Solo became caught up with the Rebel Alliance when he and Chewbacca helped an old jedi named Obi-Wan Kenobi, a farm boy named Luke Skywalker and two droids C-3PO and R2-D2 recuse Princess Leia Organa, whom he helped rescue from the Death Star. Solo helped the group save Princess Leia, and managed to escape by Kenobi sacrificing himself while fighting Darth Vader. Though originally just doing the job for the money, Solo and Chewbacca later helped Skywalker destroy the Death Star when he attacked the Sith Lord Darth Vader with his ship, and were awarded for their bravery.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
|“|| I love you.|
|~ Leia Organa and Han Solo.|
Han Solo returns with the Rebel Alliance to a secondary base on the frozen planet of Hoth. While out on patrol with Luke, they witness a meteor strike the surface, but he and Luke both go to return to the base. Han, once safe from the cold, informs Leia and the General of Hoth's base he has to leave and clear his debt to Jabba. Before he can leave, he discovers that Luke has not returned and goes out to find him out in the frozen Hoth wastelands. He finds Luke, using his friend's lightsaber to cut into a tauntaun and provide him warmth and shelter until they are rescued the next morning.
When the Empire attacks the Rebel base, Han, C-3PO and Leia narrowly escape on board the Millennium Falcon. Han evades a squad of Imperial TIE fighters by flying through an asteroid field, and unwittingly flies into the mouth of a giant worm. Han and Leia fall in love during the journey.
Han and company go to Bespin's capital Cloud City seeking repairs and shelter from his old friend Lando Calrissian, the city's administrator. Lando betrays Han to Darth Vader, however, allowing Vader to torture him and bounty hunter Boba Fett to take him prisoner. Vader freezes him in carbonite, and gives him to Fett to take to Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi
|“||I'm sure Luke wasn't on that thing when it blew.||„|
|~ Han to Leia after the Battle of Endor.|
Han Solo, still imprisoned in carbonite, is now a possession of Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine. Luke devises a rescue operation and goes to Jabba's palace with Lando, Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2 to rescue him. Jabba catches them, however, and sentences Han, Chewbacca, and Luke to die in the sarlacc pit. Luke, Leia, and Han overpower their captors and escape, killing Jabba and Boba in the process. Retreating back to the Rebel base, they discover that the Empire is building the second Death Star around the forest moon of Endor.
Following his return, Han is made a general in the Rebel Alliance along with Leia. Reuniting with Luke after his return from Dagobah, Han leads the Rebels down to Endor to take down the force field surrounding the battle station, which is still under construction. With help from the native Ewoks, Han and his team destroy the Death Star's shield generator, allowing Lando and his strike force to destroy the Death Star. Han then reunites with Leia and Luke on Endor to celebrate the defeat of the Empire.
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
|“|| I know what I have to do but I don't know if I have the strength to do it. Will you help me?|
|~ Last words exchanged between Han and his son before Kylo Ren killed him.|
30 years after defeating the Empire, Han Solo has returned to his old life as a smuggler. He and Chewbacca lose the Millennium Falcon to thieves, but they reclaim the ship after it takes off from the planet Jakku, piloted by a scavenger named Rey and a renegade stormtrooper named Finn. As mercenaries close in on them, Han takes the Falcon into light speed, and they get away. When Han learns that Rey is looking for Luke, who disappeared years before, he takes them to Maz Kanata, who can deliver the droid BB-8 to the Resistance. They are forced to flee when First Order troops descend upon them. Han is impressed with Rey's piloting skills, and offers her a job on the Falcon. She declines his offer, but comes to think of him as a mentor and father figure. When Rey is kidnapped by the First Order, Han sees her being carried off by Kylo Ren, whom Han seems to recognize.
Han and Finn meet with the Resistance, which is led by Leia, whom Han has not seen in many years. It is then revealed that Ren is their son, Ben, who trained as a Jedi under Luke. However, he was corrupted by the First Order's supreme leader, Snoke, and turned to the dark side. As Kylo Ren, he betrayed the Republic and destroyed the Jedi – much like his grandfather, Darth Vader. Heartbroken by Ben's betrayal, Han and Leia separated, while Luke went into exile. Leia asks him to find Ben and bring him home, convinced that there is still good in him.
Han and Chewbacca go with Finn to the First Order's planet-converted superweapon, Starkiller Base, to destroy the base and rescue Rey. There, he sees Kylo Ren walk onto the bridge above the reactor chasm. Han follows Ren onto the bridge, and calls out to him by his real name. Trying to save his son from the dark side, Han pleads with him to abandon it and to come back with him. Kylo Ren shares a moment with his father, telling him that he is conflicted and that he is being torn apart. Kylo then says that he knows what he should do to end his internal struggle, but that he doesn't have the strength to do it. He asks Han to help him. Han agrees. After a moment, Ren ignites his lightsaber, impaling his father. A horrified Han looks into his son's eyes and affectionately touches his face one last time before falling off the bridge and into the reactor to his death. Immediately after, Ren's expression changes into one of surprise and remorse, and somewhere else Leia is able to feel through the Force both her husband's demise and her son's regret.
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
Han does not appear in The Last Jedi (due to him now being dead). But he is mentioned many times throughout the movie. He is first mentioned by Luke asking where he is when he notices Chewbacca without him. He is mentioned again by Snoke when he taunts Kylo Ren stating he has his father's heart, and when Ren tries to argue that he didn't hesitate to kill Han, Snoke accuses him of feeling remorse about his death stating that the act of killing Han had broken Ren's spirit. He is later mentioned by Luke again when he tells about Kylo Ren's training, saying Han was Han about it and Rey who through the force confronted Rey and demanded why he hated him and why did he kill him. Ren says he did not hate Han and he killed him to let go of the past. Han was mentioned one last time When Luke told Ren that even if he killed him he will always be with him just like his father.
Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker
|“|| I know what I have to do, but I don't know if I have the strength to do it.|
|~ Ben and Han Solo.|
Han Solo appears as a vision following Kylo Ren's defeat in the Death Star ruins. After Kylo Ren is stabbed and his wounds are healed by Rey before she leaves the planet in her search for the Sith homeworld, Han Solo appears. He tells his son to come back to the light side. Unlike with Han's first attempt, Kylo Ren does redeem himself at this point, severing his ties to the Dark Side and becoming Ben Solo again.
|“||Han fancied himself a scoundrel. But he wasn't. He loved freedom—for himself, certainly, but for everybody else in the galaxy, too. And time after time, he was willing to fight for that freedom. He didn't want to know the odds in that fight—because he’d already made up his mind that he'd prevail. And time after time, somehow, he did.||„|
|~ Leia Organa on Han Solo.|
|“||Smart barve, your dad. No wonder he's so hard to kill.||„|
|~ Boba Fett to Jaina Solo in the Legends continuity.|
Han Solo is at first cynical, reluctant, and stern as he was only "In it for the money" in order to try to pay off Jabba the Hutt. Earlier in his life, Solo didn't believe in the Force, and believed that "Hockey Religions and Ancient Weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side". As he joins the Rebellion, falls in love with Princess Leia and eventually helps rid the galaxy of Vader and Sidious; He becomes loyal, helpful and caring towards his friends. Even though, he is tough and reluctant, He does occasionally have a funny side and can be very sarcastic. He also soft side for Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker, as he would take a bullet for them.
After witnessing what the Jedi could do he came to believe in the Force, stating that it and the Jedi were indeed real.
|“||I'm a driver and I'm a flyer. I waited a long time for a shot like this. What do you think? Well, what do you need to know?||„|
|~ Young Han to Chewbacca.|
|“||I've got a really good feeling about this.||„|
|~ Young Han.|
|“||I just did the Kessel Run in twelve parsecs.||„|
|~ Young Han.|
|“||Sorry about the mess.||„|
|~ Han after killing Greedo.|
|“||Kid, I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls my destiny. Anyway, it's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.||„|
|~ Han to Luke.|
|“||Great shot, kid! That was one in a million!||„|
|~ Han to Luke upon the explosion of the Death Star.|
|“||I used to wonder about that myself. Thought it was a bunch of mumbo jumbo. A magical power holding together good and evil, the dark side and the light. Crazy thing is... it's true. The Force, the Jedi. All of it. It's all true.||„|
|~ Han to Rey and Finn.|
|“||Some things never change.||„|
|~ Han to Leia upon reuniting in The Force Awakens.|
|“||That's not how the force works!||„|
|~ Han to Finn.|
|“||Snoke is using you for your power. When he gets what he wants, he'll crush you. You know it's true.||„|
|~ Han to Kylo Ren.|
|“||No, Kylo Ren is dead. My son is alive.||„|
|~ Han to Ben Solo.|
- Despite Han Solo's popularity, his actor, Harrison Ford hated the role: Ford once wanted Lucas to kill off Han Solo at the end of Return of the Jedi, saying, "That would have given the whole film a bottom," but Lucas refused. However, in an interview in 2015, Ford admitted that "he was wrong" to want his character killed off.
- Early concept art of Episode III showed that a child version of Han Solo was going to appear, but the role could not be filled. He was a slave on the Wookie planet, who had a hand in locating General Grievous for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
- In the Original Trilogy, Han had brown hair when he was young while in The Force Awakens, he had gray hair, due to aging.
- Han is the only main character in the original trilogy who did not appear in Revenge of the Sith, the last film of the prequel trilogy, even though Luke, Leia and Chewie were in the film. Thus the prequel trilogy is the only Star Wars trilogy to not feature Han at all.
- Han Solo appears in Angry Birds Star Wars as a playable character. He is portrayed by Chuck the Yellow Bird, and his ability is to shoot the target area 3 times with his blaster. The blasts bounce off metal and can tear through glass, stone, and enemy targets, but they are stopped dead by stone and the environment. He later returns in the prequel game, but can only be summoned via character swap.
- Han Solo is the etymology of a trilobite species found in China.