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Portrayed by: Harrison Ford (Episodes IV — VII), Mike Massa (stunt double in The Force Awakens), John Armstrongnote (Battlefront II), Alden Ehrenreich (Solo)
Voiced in Latin-American Spanish by: Luis Accinelli and Rodolfo Vargas (first dubs), Gerardo Reyero (Original Trilogy redub), Blas García (Sequel Trilogy)
Voiced in European Spanish by: Camilo García
Voiced in French by: Francis Lax (Original Trilogy), Richard Darbois (The Force Awakens)
Appears in: Solo | From a Certain Point of View | A New Hope | Commander | Smuggler's Run | Princess Leia | Marvel's Star Wars | Darth Vader | Han Solo | Vader Down | The Empire Strikes Back | Return of the Jedi | Shattered Empire | Aftermath | Battlefront II | Life Debt | Empire's End | Scorched | Bloodline | The Force Awakens
Tropes from the Original Trilogy Era
General Han Solo
- "Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."
- '70s Hair: Han has long seventies-style hair typical of the era of the Original Trilogy's production.
- Ace Pilot: Han's skills as a pilot are so honed that he was able to fly through an asteroid belt without getting himself killed.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: Part of his Unscrupulous Hero attitude was his absolute glee at the destruction of the Death Star and the killing of its crew at the end of the Battle of Yavin: "Great shot, kid! That was one in a million!"
- Anti-Hero: Han starts out as an Unscrupulous Hero in A New Hope. He eventually becomes a Knight in Sour Armor.
- Asteroid Thicket: See Ace Pilot. In The Empire Strikes Back, Han, deprived of his hyperdrive, has to slalom through densely packed asteroids to evade an Imperial fleet.
- Badass in Distress: Is rescued by Luke and his companions after being frozen in carbonite and mounted in Jabba's palace.
- Badass Longcoat: During the mission to the Forest Moon of Endor, Han wears a long coat camouflaged to blend into the forest environment.
- Badass Normal: Han is not Force-sensitive, but a great pilot and fighter.
- Bash Brothers: With Luke.
- Battle Couple: With Leia throughout the Original Trilogy.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Leia.
- Best Friends-in-Law: With Luke, assuming he marries Luke's sister Leia.
- Big Brother Instinct: Develops one towards Luke. Despite always calling him "kid" and having doubts about Luke's plans, Han becomes fond of Luke early on and often goes out of his way to protect or rescue him. In The Empire Strikes Back, he risks his own life by going out into dangerously low temperatures to find Luke after he doesn't return to the rebel base.
- Big Damn Heroes: A classic one towards the end of A New Hope. Han swoops in and shoots at Darth Vader just before Vader is able to gun Luke down.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The little guy to Chewbacca's big guy. At around six feet, Han is slightly on the tall side for a human — but Chewie dwarfs him at seven and a half feet.
- Bilingual Dialogue: Han apparently speaks (or at least understands) a variety of languages, including Huttese, Rodian, and Shyriiwook.
- Blood Brothers: With Chewbacca. While Han most likely didn't think so when he first rescued Chewie, Chewbacca felt he had a "life debt" to Han. At first, the "brotherhood" was mostly one-way, but as they traveled together and Han learned more about Chewie and the "life debt", they became true Blood Brothers.
- Breakout Character: Han is generally more popular than Luke is, which is no small feat. It gets to the point that he becomes the only Original Trilogy cast member to receive a major role in The Force Awakens, receiving top billing while Leia is the Supporting Leader and Luke only has a cameo at the end.
- Bromantic Foil: With Luke. Han is a cynical mercenary, while Luke is an idealistic farm boy.
- Butt-Monkey: He does get some Amusing Injuries from time to time, most notably in The Empire Strikes Back when the toolbox falls on his head.
- The Captain: Of the Millennium Falcon.
- Changed My Mind, Kid: Luke and Han come to odds over the attack on the Death Star. Luke is the young idealist, ready to die for a cause. Han is the old cynic who sees it as suicide. When Han saves Luke from Darth Vader at the last minute he grows as a character, finding his loyalty to his Fire-Forged Friend is important enough to risk his life for.
- Character Development: He goes from a cynical smuggler with a focus solely on money to fighting for a cause and becoming one of the Rebellion's pivotal members. By time of The Force Awakens, he ends up being the one who assures Rey and Finn that the Jedi and the Force are real, a far cry from his introduction where he brushes off those things as hokey religions and cheap tricks.
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: Most notably at the end of A New Hope, but there are a couple of other examples.
- Cool Starship: The Millennium Falcon.
- Combat Pragmatist: While not a Jedi, he is not completely incompetent without his blaster. In Jedi, he was able to take out a Scout Trooper with his bare hands.
- The Cynic: In contrast to Luke's Wide-Eyed Idealist.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Against Vader on Cloud City. Han instantly draws his blaster and fires, but Vader easily repels the blaster shots, and levitates the blaster away in the span of three seconds. He only survived because Vader needed him as bait for Luke.
- Deadpan Snarker: The original (and most famous) one in the Star Wars franchise.
- Distressed Dude: The beginning of Return of the Jedi finds him frozen in carbonite and hanging on Jabba the Hutt's wall. He takes a lot of rescuing.
- The Dog Shot First: Trope Namer — in the original cut of A New Hope, he shot Greedo before Greedo could kill him; in later versions of the movie, he fires a split-second after Greedo does, and Greedo proves himself to be a lousy shot.
- Establishing Character Moment: The original version of his encounter with Greedo (shooting him before he could aim his weapon) was meant to show that he was a ruthless Combat Pragmatist.
- The Ferryman: In A New Hope, Han explicitly only signs on to give Luke and Obi-Wan a ride to the planet Alderaan to take the Death Star plans to Bail Organa, and for a considerable fee at that. He gets caught up in the rest of the adventure when they are captured by the Imperials and he ends up helping rescue Princess Leia.
- Frontline General: In Return of the Jedi he becomes a general and leads the strike team that disables the theatre shield protecting the Death Star II. He resigns his commission a few months after Endor in order to liberate Kashyyyk after the New Republic determined it was not high on their list of priorities.
- Gallows Humor: A master at this.Han: One thing's for sure, we're all gonna be a lot thinner!
Threepio: His high exaltedness, the great Jabba the Hutt, has decreed that you are to be terminated immediately.
- During his rescue from Jabba's Palace in Return of the Jedi:
Han: Good, I hate long waits.
- Good Guns, Bad Guns: Han's signature DL-44 is really a rebuilt broomhandle Mauser, normally a "bad guy" gun. Then again, it is often overlooked that Han Solo is not initially a hero — he's a smuggler. A smuggler with a bad-tempered partner (known to pull people's arms off if beaten at dejarik), a highly illegal ship, and who has mastered the art of the subtle draw in order to be able to blow away the amateur bounty hunters that come after him if he screws up a smuggling job (no matter which version you believe, Han was definitely drawing his gun under the table and pointing it at Greedo's crotch for several seconds while Greedo talked). This was another clue that Han is NOT a nice guy.
- Good Is Not Nice: Mostly in A New Hope, where he is helpful to Obi-Wan and Luke, but makes it clear that he couldn't care less if they got killed.
- Guile Hero: Like his ship, he's full of surprises.
- The Gunslinger: He was modeled after the cowboy archetype.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chewie, who owed a life debt to him.
- Hollywood Atheist: Han evidently doesn't believe in the Force, but his tone seems to be relatively less contemptuous than Motti'snote , though the consequences to Solo for such contempt would clearly be milder. This may be typical of the times he lives in, as the Empire has done its best to suppress knowledge of the Force. By the time of The Force Awakens, he has gotten out of this mindset, stating to Rey that the legends about the Force and the Jedi are all real.
- Human Popsicle: Of the Carbonite variety. Vader was using him as a guinea pig before intending to try it on Luke later on. Han gets transported to Jabba's palace in the block and is later freed by Leia.
- Imaginary Love Triangle: In Return of the Jedi, he thinks he's in a love triangle with Luke and Leia — who find out that they're siblings. Leia informs him of this at the end of the movie.
- Intrepid Merchant: In theory he's not a hero, just a businessman. In illegal goods, under a totalitarian regime. So he has to be pretty intrepid just to avoid getting shot.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In Return of the Jedi, Han has no idea at first that Luke and Leia are twins, and tells Leia that he won't get in the way if Leia prefers Luke. Leia quickly explains the truth about her and Luke's relationship.
- Jerkass: Han starts off as an uncaring, cocky hotshot, but eventually reveals that he has a soft spot for Leia and proves himself to be a loyal friend to Luke. Even after his Character Development, he's still a jerk, but he's a lot nicer about being a jerk.
- Knight in Sour Armor: After he joins the Rebel Alliance. Han definitely becomes one by the end of A New Hope; and he fills a Sour Supporter role for the rest of the Original Trilogy.
- The Lancer: He's a sourpuss mercenary with a blaster to contrast the noble farm boy with the lightsaber.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Mostly when he's trying to escape from the Death Star in A New Hope, and Luke (somewhat of a Leeroy Jenkins himself) calls him out on it. Han's response? "Bring 'em on! I prefer a straight fight to all this sneaking around!"
- The Load: A bit in Jedi, and the Death Star sequence in A New Hope, where he doesn't contribute practically to escaping, Leia gets them away from the stormtroopers in the prison block and Luke did everything else, while honestly all Han did was play up his rogue attitude for the audience and make himself look foolish a couple of times.
- Loveable Rogue: Han seems to be so lovable that all the pretty rotten things he has done seem so justifiable that they don't seem to sink in.
- Marriage of Convenience: It turns out Han used his wedding to Sana as a cover so he could pull off a heist. Sana is less than pleased with this and considers their marriage to be legally binding, although it turns out she's playing it up because she wants her cut, which he didn't give her.
- Meaningful Name: He's a lone wolf star pilot who only looks out for himself and Chewie, as his surname would imply.
- Never Tell Me the Odds!: The Trope Namer, when being told You Have No Chance to Survive during a particularly daring Indy Ploy.
- Nice Mean And In Between: The "mean" (albeit with a Hidden Heart of Gold) to Luke's "nice" and Leia's "in-between".
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Roguish to Luke's Noble.
- No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Dinner with Vader in Cloud City.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Trope Namer, although eventually he decides that the revolution is worthwhile after all.
- Only in It for the Money: At the beginning of his character arc, which is justified, as the large sum of money did equate to his life, as otherwise, Jabba the Hutt would have kept the death mark on his head or worse.
- Percussive Maintenance: While trying to escape Hoth, Han tries to bring the engines online, and they promptly die. So he hits the panel with his fist, and they come back on.
- Polyglot: Though not as reliable as C-3PO, being able to interpret Chewbacca's bellowing and Jabba's belches definitely counts for something.
- Rescue Romance: Although nothing was further from his plans at the time.
- Secret Relationship: Before and during the time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, he was apparently married to a woman named Sana.
- Shadow Archetype: To Luke in A New Hope. Luke is young and naïve, emphatic, believes in the Force, and is a great pilot; Han is Older and Wiser, self-centered, a Flat-Earth Atheist, and is also a great pilot.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: His relationship with Leia, even after they got married.Han: That's why I left, so you'd miss me.
- The Smart Guy: He comes up with more than a fair share of Indy Ploys to save the day.
- Sour Supporter: Mostly in A New Hope, and to a lesser extent in The Empire Strikes Back. He drops this by Return of the Jedi.
- Stealth in Space: Han's successful attempts at hiding from Star Destroyers in The Empire Strikes Back. Somewhat realistic, as he simply flies into the Star Destroyer's blind spot and turns off most of the power to the ship, which makes it incredibly difficult to detect.
- Talking Your Way Out: He insists that he's good at this, and it works some of the time. Not so much in The Force Awakens.
- Temporary Blindness: He finds himself with this problem after he was freed in Return of the Jedi.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Han becomes abrasive with his friends in Return of the Jedi when he begins to suspect Leia loves Luke instead of him.Han: Hey what's going on?
Leia: Nothing, I just want to be left alone.
Han: Nothing? Come on, tell me, what's going on?
Leia: I can't tell you.
Han: [angry] Could you tell Luke? Is that who you can tell!?
Leia: [looks away] I... [breaks into tears]
- True Companions: With Chewie, Luke, and Leia throughout the Original Trilogy.
- Watch the Paint Job: Han's very reluctant to hand over the keys to the Falcon.
Tropes from the Sequel Trilogy Era
Captain Han Solo
- "People are counting on us! The galaxy is counting on us!"
- Ace Pilot: Old age certainly hasn't dulled his edge, proven when he pulls the Falcon out of hyperspace in between Starkiller Base and the forcefield surrounding it.
- Action Dad: Han Solo is old enough to have an adult son, but that hasn't stopped him from running a smuggling operation across the galaxy. The only thing that stops him is the chance to turn his own son, Kylo Ren, back to the light.
- Badass Grandpa: Despite his greying hair and thirty years of adventure, Han Solo is able to pilot a ship at lightspeed with pinpoint accuracy and gun down Stormtroopers without even looking at them.
- Cool Old Guy: In The Force Awakens. He's still the biggest Deadpan Snarker in the galaxy, has mellowed out quite a bit since his youth, and mentors Rey and Finn, offering the former a job and helping prod the latter into doing the right thing. It says something that Han, the guy who originally was only in it for himself, Chewie, and the money, is now the one insisting they press on for the sake of the galaxy.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's even more deadpan if it's even possible and has become even funnier with age.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Goes deep into enemy territory to redeem a prodigal son and then dies on a cross of sorts. His last act is a gesture of forgiveness.
- Grumpy Old Man: The passing years have made him even snarkier than he was in the Original Trilogy if that's even possible, and he and Chewie end up quarreling almost constantly Like an Old Married Couple.
- Heartbroken Badass: A past tragedy had a huge effect on him, to the point that it strained his relationship with Leia and resulted in him leaving the Resistance.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Han Solo has apparently taken to wearing a black leather jacket in place of his iconic black vest from the original trilogy.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Kylo, just as Han is trying to convince him to leave the dark side. He even pretends to be asking for help while doing it.
- Living Legend: If Rey and Finn's reaction upon realizing who he is is any indication. "The Rebel general?!" "The smuggler?!" "The war hero?!"
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: After assisting the new heroes and teaching them about the Force, and how it is real, Han Solo and Chewbacca end up separated from them so that the heroes have to prove themselves against Kylo Ren with no older characters to bail them out. like Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, Han is killed by the villain before the heroes engage in the final battle.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Makes a heartfelt, pleading appeal for his son to come home. It even seems to be working, until Ren ignites his lightsaber and completes his journey to the Dark Side.
- Passing the Torch: In The Force Awakens, Han teaches Rey how to pilot the Millennium Falcon. He even offers her a job as 2nd Mate, not knowing she would take over as captain after his death.
- Sacrificial Lion: Han Solo, despite his age, still manages to hold his own against enemy forces thanks to his Plot Armor inherited from the original trilogy. This makes it especially shocking when Kylo Ren kills Han and creates more suspense in Ren's battle with the new characters.
- Seen It All: Nothing can surprise him by the time of The Force Awakens. He sees through Finn's bluster even before finding out about his true past.
- Skeptic No Longer: By the time of The Force Awakens, Han has come to believe in the existence of the Force, telling Rey and Finn that all of the legends relating to it, the Jedi and The Dark Side are all true. Not bad for someone who once claimed that he had flown from one side of the galaxy to the other and had found nothing that convinced him of a mystical energy field that controlled his destiny.
- Tempting Fate: He insists that he always succeeded in talking his way out of things. This backfires really bad against his son, who then murders him.
- Took a Level in Kindness: By the events of The Force Awakens, he's essentially mellowed out with age, and is now a mostly polite but bold individual.
- Tritagonist: Behind Rey and Finn, who juggle the positions of Hero and Deuteragonist until the end where Rey becomes the focal protagonist. Han is the third main focal character of The Force Awakens.
- Walking Spoiler: The biggest plot twists from The Force Awakens involve him.
- Weapon of Choice: He still has his DL-44, but he also takes a liking to Chewie's bow caster.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: In regards to what he thinks of Kylo Ren, according to the various novelizations of The Force Awakens. He believes that that he is not beyond redemption. In spite of everything, he loves his son that much. This is symbolized in the film by him touching Ben's face as he dies.