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Han Solo

Species: Human

Homeworld: Corellia

Portrayed by: Harrison Ford (Episodes IV — VII), Alden Ehrenreich (Solo), Mike Massa (stunt double in The Force Awakens)
Voiced by: John Armstrong (Battlefront II)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish dub): Luis Accinelli and Rodolfo Vargas (first dubs), Gerardo Reyero (Original Trilogy redub), Blas García (Sequel Trilogy)
Voiced by (European Spanish dub): Camilo García
Voiced by (Japanese dub): Tsutomu Isobe (current), Tomoaki Maeno (Solo)
Voiced by (French dub): Francis Lax (Original Trilogy), Richard Darbois (The Force Awakens), Eilias Changuel (Solo)
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    Tropes from the Solo Era 

Corporal Han Solo

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"I'm gonna be a pilot. Best in the galaxy."

"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."

An orphan from the planet Corellia who sought to escape his hopeless homeworld at any cost. Initially hoping to become a pilot in the Imperial starfleet, his rebellious attitude got him reassigned to the front lines as an infantryman. Looking for a purpose, he deserted from the ranks of the Empire and joined Tobias Beckett's ragtag crew of criminals in service of the Crimson Dawn syndicate. Along the way, he forged a friendship with a Wookiee slave named Chewbacca and learned some harsh life lessons.


  • Ace Pilot: Apparently, it didn't take him very long to become a pretty damn good pilot.
  • Adorkable: As opposed to the grimmer, snarkier version of Han we know from the original trilogy, this Han is a much more friendly, up-beat, puppy-dog of a man.
  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: He was an orphan living on the streets by the time he was ten years old. However, while Han mentions his a father a handful of times in Solo and Most Wanted, with the implication being that he died, he never mentions his mother, so we can only assume she's also dead or was otherwise absent from her son's life.
  • Anonymous Benefactor: Unbeknownst to him, that coaxium he stole from Kessel and gave to Enfys Nest was the original capital used to fund the Rebel Cells, which eventually came together to form the Rebel Alliance and so on and so forth.
  • Appropriated Appellation: The surname "Solo" was given to him by an Imperial recruiter, mainly so that they could fill out his paperwork. He took the name in stride, and used it for the rest of his life.
  • The Artful Dodger: He claims to have been pulling scams on the street since the age of ten. And he had to pick pockets and steal stuff and bring it to Lady Proxima, like the other scrumrats.
  • Backup Bluff: When confronted by a band of marauders, he tries to bluff them by saying there are thirty armed men aboard the Falcon who will come running at his call. The Falcon promptly takes off.
  • Bad Liar: Lady Proxima doesn't buy his bluff about a rock being a thermal detonator. Ditto with his talk to Enfys Nest about 30 men being in the Falcon ready to attack, when Lando just flies away with it.
  • Brandishment Bluff: Early in the film, he pretends a rock he's holding is a thermal detonator and makes a clicking sound with his mouth to mimic it being armed. Lady Proxima doesn't fall for it, mostly being baffled that he keeps on blatantly lying even when she calls him out.
  • Break the Cutie: Young Han is pretty Adorkable at times, but it's clear by the end that the events of Solo have completely shattered his upbeat idealism.
  • Cannon Fodder: After being kicked out of the Flight Academy, he became a trooper — basically cannon fodder for the Empire's conquests.
  • Character Development: Solo details how he goes from a hopeful, idealistic petty thief, to a more cynical, ruthless and experienced smuggler, who trusts only himself and Chewie.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He's had one with Qi'ra on Corellia. He ultimately ends up being an Unlucky Childhood Friend.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: He's been an orphan for quite some time when Solo starts.
  • Cool Starship: He got to pilot the Millennium Falcon for the first time about ten years before the Battle of Yavin, and eventually won it at Sabacc.
  • Cradling Your Kill: Downplayed. After fatally shooting Beckett, Han rushes to his side and holds his hand as he dies.
  • Cunning Linguist: He learned to speak Shyriiwook (the Wookiee language) even before meeting Chewbacca. This saves his butt when they first meet and earns him a friend for life.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Being betrayed by Beckett then abandoned by Qi'ra is what breaks his idealism. His initial interest in helping Enfys Nest is gone when she extends an offer for him to join, and he starts swaggering like a real scoundrel. Alden Ehrenreich even sounds more like the Han of the original trilogy in the ending.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His parents both died when he was quite young (and he implies that even then, he and his father were never close), he's lived on the crime-riddled streets of Coronet City from around the age of ten and is forced to steal stuff for the abusive Lady Proxima to survive...and this is before the events of the movie, all of which finally culminates into a Cynicism Catalyst for him.
  • Dating Catwoman: His relationship with Qi'ra is practically this. He seems to believe they can still be together and tries to talk her into leaving Crimson Dawn to start a new life with him. Unfortunately, Qi'ra decides she'd prefer to take Vos's place and abandons Han in the end...after first betraying him, then siding with him again as it suits her. He's clearly devastated by it, though he tries to hide it.
  • Defector from Decadence: After enlisting with the Empire in the hopes of bettering his life and doing good, he finds that the supposed glory of the Empire is a load of hogwash, and takes the first opportunity he can to desert.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: In the end Qi'ra ditches him to become the new head of the Crimson Dawn. Although everyone knew it was coming.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Young Han is something of a Composite Character. Let's see:
    • As a young adult, he is a lot like Luke in A New Hope; an ambitious orphan with a positive attitude who wishes to leave his home planet. However, after being betrayed by the people he trusted most, Han learns to only care for himself and Chewie, becoming the cynical man he is 10 years later.
    • He was an Imperial trooper at some point, like Finn would be a First Order stormtrooper decades later by the time of The Force Awakens. The experience of war and increasing reluctance to follow orders motivate them both to desert.
    • He started out as an orphan who was forced to work for a corrupt and abusive 'parental' figure, collecting and trading valuable items for portions... not unlike Rey, whom he bonds with in The Force Awakens. And both have natural piloting skills.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Is a bit of one to Qi'ra when they're reunited, seemingly oblivious to (or deliberately in denial over) the fact she prioritizes her position as Vos's lieutenant above her affections for him and is not quite the same person he knew on Corellia.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: He steals and wears a Pyke Syndicate uniform in the mines of Kessel to steal unrefined coaxium.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: His reaction to being betrayed by Beckett and especially being abandoned by Qi'ra.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: It's implied that the way his relationship with Qi'ra ends contributed to him becoming a lot more cynical.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: Technically, Han went from criminal to camouflage and then back to criminal again. He starts out as a street thief who enlists in the Imperial Navy and presumably got some training and experience in flying starships there, but gets booted out and is forced to serve as an infantryman (which may be where he learned how to fire a blaster, if nothing else). He deserts and ends up using his Ace Piloting skills to become a smuggler. And then, in the original trilogy he becomes a soldier yet again, though this time on the side of the Rebellion.
  • The Gambler: He can hold his own very well at Sabacc, when others don't cheat that is.
  • Generation Xerox: Not to the same extent of the Skywalkers, but he mentions that he and his father were never really close before he died. Han himself would go on to have a very difficult relationship with his own son.
  • Guile Hero: Although he's fundamentally a good person, he readily and frequently uses deception, charm and thievery to achieve his goals or get out of trouble (whether or not this is actually successful is another story...)
  • The Hero: Obviously, being the Title Character of his own movie. Qi'ra specifically tells him that he's really one of the good guys in a Call-Forward to him becoming part of the Five-Man Band that takes down the Empire (though in that set up he's The Lancer).
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He enlisted in the Imperial Starfleet to escape from Corellia, but also as a way to become "the best pilot in the galaxy".
  • In Love with the Gangster's Girl: Played with. Han discovers his old girlfriend Qi'ra, whom he still loves, is now the right-hand woman of powerful gangster Dryden Vos, with both of them making it pretty clear Vos won't let her go without a fight. It's not made explicit that there's a romantic/sexual relationship between them, though some of Vos' behaviour towards Qi'ra indicates he doesn't just think of her as his employee. Han being Han, he ignores everyone's warnings to pursue Qi'ra anyway, offering to take her away from Crimson Dawn to begin a new life. It doesn't end well.
  • I Will Find You: He promises Qi'ra he'll come back to Corellia for her when they're separated and his main goal in the first act is to get money for a ship so he can be reunited with her. It's subverted, however, as it turns out Qi'ra managed to make her own way off of Corellia...by joining the Crimson Dawn syndicate. They coincidentally meet aboard the First Light when Han goes to meet Dryden Vos about a job.
  • Jaded Washout: He hoped to "make a difference" at the Imperial Flight Academy, but was kicked out for "having a mind of [his] own" and became an Imperial trooper, then turned to crime.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: He's firmly wearing a pair by the end of Solo due to the sheer amount of betrayal, trauma and manipulation he's gone through. He doesn't take them off until well over a decade later.
  • "Join the Army", They Said: Han enlists in the Imperial navy on Corellia, and all seems good for him... Cut to three years later, he's been kicked out of the Flight Academy, and he's now a trooper fighting in a muddy hellhole.
  • Justified Criminal: At the beginning of Solo, he initially gets into the smuggling business partly so he can return to Corellia to save his girlfriend from a life of poverty and abuse.
  • A Lesson Learned Too Well: Beckett's lesson about assuming everyone will betray him. Han reluctantly shoots Beckett mid-sentence after he betrays him, knowing he would just try to kill him – which a dying Beckett confirms. Subsequently, Han also turns into a cynical jerk who cares mostly about money; it takes him over a decade to finally learn to trust other people (besides Chewie) and to believe in something more than his next paycheck.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: While enlisting in the Imperial military on Corellia, Han is asked to give his name and simply says "Han", claiming that he's never had a surname. Since he's by himself, the recruitment officer improvises with Han "Solo".
  • Love Makes You Dumb: He is either naively ignorant or in flat-out denial about how long of a list of atrocities Qi'ra would have had to commit in order to get as far as she did in the Crimson Dawn syndicate.
  • A Man Is Always Eager: Played for Laughs. While talking with Qi'ra aboard the Falcon, she asks him what they could do and he quickly suggests the nearby bed.
  • Morality Pet: To Qi'ra. Though she's usually quite ruthless and ambitious and betrays Han and abandons him to serve as the new head of the Crimson Dawn syndicate, she clearly still has feelings for him, saves him from Dryden Vos and also takes the time to pin Vos's death solely on Tobias Beckett, omitting Han's involvement and allowing him to escape unscathed.
  • New Meat: After being expelled of the Imperial Flight Academy, Han is reassigned as a trooper in the Imperial ground military. Suffice to say, such a life doesn't suit him one bit, given how disturbed and bumbling he is on the battlefield.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever it was that Han did during the 3-years Time Skip to get himself kicked out of the Naval Academy at Carida and reassigned to the Imperial Army. When asked he only says that it involved him "having a mind of [his] own".
  • Official Couple: With Qi'ra at the beginning of Solo. They get back together in the middle of the film, but we know it won't last.
  • The One Who Made It Out: He manages to escape from his crappy life on Corellia and eventually earn his freedom by bribing his way past a check-point (more or less), joining the Imperial Army and then deserting to become a smuggler. He attempted to take his girlfriend Qi'ra with him, but she was unfortunately captured.
  • Only One Name: Growing up as an orphan, he never had a surname, simply going by "Han". He started going by "Solo" after an Imperial recruiter gave it to him in order to complete his paperwork.
  • Outlaw Couple: With Qi'ra on Corellia, with the two mostly carrying out scams and petty thievery for the White Worms and eventually making a break for it with stolen coaxium. They also briefly become this again for the coaxium heist on Kessel.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: After the Noodle Incident that got him kicked out of the Naval Flight Academy, he was reassigned to the Imperial Army as an infantryman on the hellish battlefield of Mimban.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Even as a scrumrat without a credit to his name, Han really doesn't like being told what to do, especially by assholes like Lady Proxima, his commanding officer and Vos. He only listens to Beckett because the man earns his respect and knows what he's doing, and is snarky and defiant to almost everyone else in a position of authority, also preferring to do things his own way. It's implied this is part of the reason he got booted from the Imperial Naval Academy.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Gender-flipped version; he's the upbeat, headstrong Energetic Guy to the sharp-witted and pragmatic Qi'ra's Savvy Girl.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • He did everything he could to escape his scrumrat life on Corellia, not wanting to be preyed on by Lady Proxima anymore.
    • The life of an Imperial trooper didn't appeal to him much more and he deserted at the first chance he got.
  • Street Urchin: Lived in the streets since at least the age of ten. Street urchins of Corellia are called "scrumrats".
  • Time-Shifted Actor: Harrison Ford being evidently too old to play a younger version of Han, the character is played by Alden Ehrenreich. Interestingly, Ehrenreich's and Donald Glover's respective ages are consistent with the respective ages of Ford and Billy Dee Williams.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Han is initially what Luke is when he meets him ten years later. He is an ambitious young man who wishes to leave his home planet with his girlfriend for a brighter future. While he succeeds in leaving the planet, he is separated from Qi'ra and doesn't meet her again until three years later. While he kept his feelings for her all these years, it is clear that Qi'ra has somewhat moved on with her life and she ultimately leaves him in order to take over Crimson Dawn. Along with being abandoned by Lando and betrayed by Beckett, Han becomes the cynical, snarky Only in It for the Money man we are introuduced to in A New Hope.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: At the start of the film, Han is still rather cocky and has few moral compunctions about stealing and lying to get by, but he's also quite a friendly and idealistic guy, who will go out of his way to help people - this is particularly noticeable when he chooses to give the coaxium to the Cloud Riders after learning what the Crimson Dawn did to them, even though this is going to seriously piss off Dryden Vos and put a target on Han's back. His comments on Mimban also show he doesn't agree with the Empire's values and sympathises with the rebels. However, by the end of Solo, his experiences have caused him to harden; he becomes increasingly selfish, apathetic and unscrupulous, well on his way to resembling his older self in A New Hope, though as Qi'ra points out, he's actually still a good person deep down
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Qi'ra tells him she thinks he's really "one of the good guys" deep down, despite his insistence that he's not.
  • Young Gun: Comes off as this in Solo; he's youthful and inexperienced, but shows talent with a blaster, and is taken in by veteran gunslinger Tobias Beckett, who at one point warns him that if he comes with him he's in this job for life. After being betrayed by Beckett and realising he intends to kill him, Han knows he can't beat him in a fair fight and so shoots him down mid-sentence before he can even draw. Beckett is actually proud of him for finally taking his advice.

    Tropes from the Original Trilogy Era 

General Han Solo

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"Never tell me the odds."

"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."

By the time of the all-out war between the Empire and the Rebels, Han has become an experienced smuggler and quite the scoundrel, smuggling goods for Jabba the Hutt for a couple of years. He and Chewbacca were hired by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker on Tatooine to provide them transport to Alderaan on the Millennium Falcon, but those plans soon went awry. Initially only aiding the Rebellion to pay off his debt to Jabba, Han shelved much of his cynicism, proved his heroism and became a Rebel leader.


  • '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.
  • Age-Gap Romance: With Leia Organa. According to the official timeline, Han was born c.32BBY, meaning he is around thirty-two when he first meets Leia, who is just nineteen, making for a gap of thirteen years. However, while Han is clearly attracted to her, they don't actually get together until three to four years later, when he's about thirty-five/thirty-six and she's about twenty-two/twenty-three.
  • Amazon Chaser: Seems to be one in regards to Leia; after she snatches Luke's blaster, shoots a hole in the garbage disposal panelling to make an escape and simultaneously holds off several Stormtroopers, he remarks:
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: His absolute glee at Luke's destruction of the Death Star and 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.
  • Audience Surrogate: While Luke Skywalker was intended to be this too, part of the reason for Han Solo's popularity was that he actually reflected the average mindset of the '70s moviegoer better than Luke did. Unlike the other Star Wars characters who were genre archetypes from fantasy, science-fiction, and war movies, Han looked and sounded like an average '70s American in Space. Han's mocking and irreverent attitude to the Jedi and the Force ("hokey ancient religion") also reflected the bemusement felt by most of the older and non-geeky audiences who didn't share Lucas' Nostalgia Filter for the old serials or his esoteric concepts and his Character Development from neutral to rebel was intended as a vehicle by Lucas for winning over the naysayers.
  • 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: A skilled pilot and gunslinger fighting alongside a Magic Knight with telekinesis and other nifty abilities and an alien who can effortlessly toss a man with one arm.
  • Bash Brothers: With Luke.
  • Battle Couple: With Leia throughout the Original Trilogy.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Leia.
  • Best Friends-in-Law: With Luke, after 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. He eventually got to star in his very own standalone movie too.
  • 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, especially 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 the 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: 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 Return of the Jedi, he was able to take out a Scout Trooper with his bare hands.
  • The Cynic: Initially in A New Hope contrast to Luke's Wide-Eyed Idealist. He lost a great deal of it when joining the Rebellion.
  • 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. To add further confusion, a revised Special Edition has them shoot at almost exactly the same time, leaving it ambiguous who shot first.
  • 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.
  • Foil: To Luke in A New Hope. Luke is young and naïve, empathetic, believes in the Force, hasn't seen much of the galaxy, but is a great pilot; Han is slightly older, very self-centered, a Flat-Earth Atheist, has clearly seen more of the galaxy, and is also a great pilot.
  • Four-Star Badass: In Return of the Jedi, he gets promoted to general; see also Frontline General.
  • 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.
    Han: Good, I hate long waits.
  • The Gentleman or the Scoundrel: Until they were revealed to be twins, Luke was set up as a possible Love Interest for Leia along with Han. Leia literally calls Lovable Rogue and smuggler Han a Scoundrel, while Luke is the Gentleman, he being a courageous Nice Guy who always strives to do the right thing. By Return of the Jedi, it's made pretty clear she prefers Han, although he had also Took a Level in Kindness and Idealism to become a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. It's just as well, considering in the same film Leia learns Luke is her brother.
  • Good Guns, Bad Guns: Han's signature DL-44 is really a rebuilt broom handle 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.
  • Has a Type: Each of the women Han was with, mostly in the EU, has had an A as the last letter of their name.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chewie, who owed a life debt to him. He also becomes one to Luke through the course of A New Hope, treating him like his kid brother, and in The Empire Strikes Back, he risks his life to march into the bitter cold to save 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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. He also states this trope when Leia says he should follow her orders from now on.
    "Your Worshipfulness, let's get one thing straight. I take orders from just one person, me"
  • 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!"
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Zigzagged. Like his father-in-law, Anakin, Han is an exceptional anti-heroic, Ace Pilot with a bad boyish demeanor, who is the main love interest for the main female character of their respective trilogy. Also, while said female character was attracted to the bad boyish attitude, they also like the better qualities. However, Han doesn't go as amoral as Anakin did, in fact, the former matures way better than the latter.
  • The Load: Except for the end of A New Hope, and the start of The Empire Strikes Back, Han Solo tends to be this in the OT. In the Death Star sequence in A New Hope, he doesn't contribute practically to escaping, Leia gets them away from the stormtroopers in the prison block and Luke did everything else, he was also the Distressed Dude at the start of Return of the Jedi and stumbled through the battle at the forest moon.
  • 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.
  • Loving Bully: Downplayed. He teases Leia a lot and likes to mockingly call her "your worship" and the like even though it annoys her. He really does like her though, and is most likely doing this because he has feelings for her and is somewhat immature in general.
  • 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 a Jerk with a Heart of Gold) to Luke's "nice" and Leia's "in-between".
  • The Nicknamer: He has a habit of giving nicknames to those close to him, calling Luke "kid", Chewbacca "Chewie" and Leia "Your Worshipfulness" or some variation thereof (although in Leia's case it's more to rile her up than anything else). Upon meeting Finn in the Sequel Trilogy, he starts calling him "Big Deal" due to Finn's insistence he's a "big deal in the Resistance" (Han can tell right away he's lying about being in the Resistance).
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Roguish to Luke's Noble.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Dinner with Vader in Cloud City.
  • Noodle Incident: Several — Saving Chewbacca to earn a life debt, making the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs, winning the Millenium Falcon from Lando 'fair and square,' , dropping Jabba's cargo at the first sign of trouble. The first three are featured in the film Solo, though the last one we still haven't seen on screen.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Trope Namer, although eventually he decides that the revolution is worthwhile after all.
  • Official Couple: After two movies of Belligerent Sexual Tension, he becomes this with Leia in Return of the Jedi; although she had actually confessed her love for him in The Empire Strikes Back and it was clear he reciprocated, he has trouble saying it back to her and also thinks she prefers Luke. Once Leia reveals Luke's actually her Long Lost Sibling, they make it official; the expanded universe confirms they got married some time before the Galactic Civil War ended.
  • 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: Eventually with Leia, although nothing was further from his plans at the time.
  • Second Love: Turns out to be this for Leia; Leia, Princess of Alderaan reveals she once dated Kier Domadi, a fellow Alderaanian and member of the Apprentice Legislature years before she met Han.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Talented Princess, Regular Guy: The Regular Guy to Leia's Talented Princess. He's just a smuggler and outlaw, while she's a Force sensitive princess, politician and rebel commander, as well as a dead shot with a blaster. That being said, Han himself is decent with a blaster and an excellent pilot, and eventually gets promoted to the rank of general within the Rebel Alliance, but Leia's CV is comparatively more extensive. He is very snarky, but Leia can just about match him in that area.
  • 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]
    • However, he notably apologises immediately afterwards and hugs Leia to comfort her, showing he also...
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By the end of the trilogy - though it's especially noticeable in Return of the Jedi - Han has become a lot more selfless, considerate and willing to put himself at risk to help others. He actually volunteers to lead the strike team on Endor, which clearly surprises and impresses Leia.
  • 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

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"Chewie, we're home!"

"People are counting on us! The galaxy is counting on us!"

Following the Battle of Endor, Han married Leia and continued serving in the New Republic military before eventually having a successful business and racing career. Sadly, personal tragedy resulted in him becoming separated from his two great loves - Leia and the Millennium Falcon - and Han returned to life as a scoundrel alongside Chewbacca. However, when fate leads him to find the Falcon in the hands of Rey, Finn, and BB-8, Han is once more drawn into a galactic struggle.


  • 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.
  • Achilles in His Tent: Han Solo turned his back on Leia and the Resistance to go back to smuggling sometime before the film's events due to his son Ben facilitating the massacre at Luke's new Jedi Temple and becoming Kylo Ren. His story arc is about him finally returning to action, reuniting with Leia, and confronting Ben to try and talk him out from under Snoke's dark influence.
  • 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.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Han has a lot of stubble, showing his age and the state of his personal life.
  • Cassandra Truth: He tells Kylo Ren that Snoke is only using him for his power and will "crush [him]" once he's gotten what he wants. Kylo carries on as Snoke's apprentice anyway, insisting he is a wise master, though by The Last Jedi, he has come to realise his father was right.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Old age has left Han not as fast or skilled in hand to hand combat as he used to be, so his fighting style is exclusively this. Exemplified in his escape from the Eravana, when fleeing from the rathtars, Han deals with a Kanjiklub thug by punching him and then throwing him into the Rathar's mouth. It's the most badass thing ever.
  • 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 was originally 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.
  • Downtime Downgrade: Han and Leia are quite obviously as much in love as ever, if not even more so, but grief over their son's turn to the Dark Side has separated them, as they both return to "the only things they were ever any good at." It's hinted that they may be willing to reconcile; Han, at the least, mainly seems to be staying away from Leia due to his belief she doesn't want to see him but this sadly never comes to pass due to Han's death.
  • First Name Ultimatum: Han gets Kylo Ren's attention when he calls him by his true name, Ben.
  • 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.
  • Happily Married: Zig-Zagged. He and Leia were married for over two decades. While they loved each other, their relationship was far from perfect due to Han's restlessness, their various duties and work commitments, and personality clashes. When their son turned to the Dark Side, the strain was apparently too much and they became estranged. However, it's telling that despite this they remained married for around six years afterward and it's obvious when they are reunited that they’re still in love. Han all but admits to Maz Kanata – who tells him he belongs where Leia is – that he left because he thought he'd only hurt Leia more and he dies trying to fulfil her request to bring their son back home.
  • 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. It's revealed in The Force Awakens that this tragedy was the loss of his son, who fell to the Dark Side and turned on his family, which Han feels at least partly responsible for.
  • 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'
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He doesn’t think of himself of being a very good father and it's implied he partly blames himself for what happened to Ben; when Leia urges him to try and bring their son home, he says "If Luke couldn't reach him, how could I?" Despite this, he's willing to try anyway.
  • House Husband: He was this for the first two years of Ben's life after resigning as a general, staying home with Ben while Leia was working in the New Republic Senate. It is hinted at – and made explicit in the novel Last Shot – that Han didn't like this much, finding it extremely dull and ill-fitting to his adventurous personality. His utter lack of experience in playing house didn't help matters, either.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Kylo with a lightsaber, just as Han is trying to convince him to leave the dark side.
  • Living Legend: If Rey and Finn's reaction upon realizing who he is is any indication. "The Rebel general?!" "The smuggler?!" "The war hero?!"
  • The Lost Lenore: Han becomes this for Leia, as his death in The Force Awakens greatly saddens her.
  • 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.
  • Messianic Archetype: 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.
  • 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.
  • Old Soldier: With his greying hair and thirty years of adventure under his belt, former general Han Solo is able to pilot a ship at lightspeed with pinpoint accuracy and gun down Stormtroopers without even looking at them.
  • Parental Substitute: Quickly becomes one for Rey, who was abandoned by her parents. During his interrogation of her, Kylo Ren sees from her thoughts that she thinks of him as "the father [she] never had", only to remark that "he would've disappointed you". Han, for his part, seems fond of Rey and is impressed enough by her skills to offer her a job on the Falcon. We never do see how this would've panned out due to Han's untimely death, which leaves Rey distraught.
  • Parents as People: Han apparently wasn't the best parent ever, with his own son calling him a disappointment and there being implications he was neglectful, but he clearly loves his son deeply and tries to make amends. He refuses to give up on Kylo, saying it isn't too late for him to come home; even when Kylo stabs him through the chest, all Han does is gently touch his son's face, he being the last thing he sees. Rey later lampshades this whilst she's ranting at Kylo for killing him, saying that whatever mistakes Han made, he still "gave a damn" about Kylo.
  • Parents Know Their Children: Even though he hasn't seen him since he was a teenager and he's wearing a mask at the time, Han instantly recognizes Kylo Ren on Takodana.
  • 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.
  • Posthumous Character: A given in future installments after The Force Awakens, since he was murdered by his son in the movie.
  • Present Absence: Somewhat in The Last Jedi, mostly in regards to Kylo Ren's arc. Kylo is clearly affected by his murder of Han, with Snoke outright stating it "split [his] spirit to the bone". His internal conflict only becomes worse; he is unable to also kill his mother and talks a bit about his father with Rey, revealing he didn't really hate him and that he considers himself a monster for what he did. Subsequently, Rey comes to empathise with Kylo and he with her, and she believes he could be redeemed. Finally, when Luke confronts Kylo on Crait, he warns him that if he strikes him down in anger, he'll always be with him "just like [his] father"; Kylo's last scene shows him staring forlornly at an illusion of Han's golden dice, indicating Luke was right.
  • 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 in the third act of The Force Awakens 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. The fact that his wife, his brother-in-law and his son are all Force-sensitive probably helps.
  • Tempting Fate: He insists that he always succeeded in talking his way out of things. This backfires really badly against his son, who then murders him.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: Though he's still occasionally cynical, he's much less so than he was in the original trilogy; he is willing to drop everything to help out the Resistance and believes it to be a cause worth fighting for. And despite his comments about Kylo Ren's similarities to Darth Vader, he still believes he can be redeemed; see also Wide-Eyed Idealist.
  • 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.
  • We Really Do Care: When he's trying to convince Kylo to return home, Han tells him how much he and Leia miss him. Kylo seems genuinely emotional over this, especially considering he felt unwanted by his parents his whole life, but unfortunately he feels it's too late and that his place is with the First Order, resulting in Han's murder.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: In regards to what he thinks of Kylo Ren, according to the various novelizations of The Force Awakens. He believes 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.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: His reaction when Finn reveals he doesn't actually know how to lower the shields around Starkiller Base and just worked in sanitation...while they're already on the planet.
    Finn: We'll figure it out. We'll use the Force!
    Han: That's not how the Force works!
  • You Remind Me of X: According to Han, every time Leia looks at him she's reminded of their son Ben. Leia indicates this is true but that she doesn't want to forget about Ben; she wants both her son and her husband to come back to her. Han himself states to Leia that he believes their son has "too much Vader in him", but in spite of this he still believes he could be redeemed.

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