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Han Solo
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Position Captain of the Millennium Falcon, general in the Rebel Alliance/New Republic
Homeworld Corellia
Species Human
Gender Male
Affiliation Rebel Alliance, New Republic, Galactic Alliance
Portrayed by Harrison Ford (films)
Perry King (radio dramas)

Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford, is a fictional smuggler and "reckless mercenary"[1] in the Star Wars franchise. Introduced in the film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), Solo and his Wookiee first mate, Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), become involved in the Rebel Alliance against the authoritarian Galactic Empire. Over the course of the Star Wars franchise, Solo becomes a chief figure in the Alliance and succeeding galactic governments. Star Wars creator George Lucas described Solo as "a loner who realizes the importance of being part of a group and helping for the common good."[2] The American Film Institute ranked Solo as the 14th greatest film hero.[3] Solo was also deemed the 4th greatest movie character of all-time by Empire magazine.

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Depiction

At the beginning of A New Hope, Solo and Chewbacca are desperate to pay off a debt to Jabba the Hutt. Solo accepts a charter to transport Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) to Alderaan in Han's ship, the Millennium Falcon; when they arrive, they find Alderaan has been destroyed by the Death Star, and the Falcon is captured. Enticed by the likelihood of a substantial reward, Solo and Chewbacca help Skywalker rescue Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), held captive aboard the station. After escaping and delivering Skywalker, Leia, and the droids to the Rebels, Solo and Chewbacca receive payment for their services and depart; Solo believes the Rebels' plan to attack the Death Star is "suicide." However, Solo soon has a change of heart and returns to aid in the attack, ultimately enabling Skywalker to fire the shot that destroys the Death Star. Following this, Han accepts a position as Captain with the Rebel Alliance.

When the Empire attacks the Rebels' base on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Solo transports Chewbacca, Leia, and C-3PO to Cloud City for safety and repairs to the Falcon. The bounty hunter Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch) tracks the Falcon to Cloud City, and Darth Vader (David Prowse/James Earl Jones) forces Cloud City's administrator, Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), to help capture Solo. Leia confesses her love of Solo shortly before he is frozen in carbonite for delivery to Jabba the Hutt. Although Calrissian helps free Vader's other captives, they do not succeed in releasing Solo. However, Leia infiltrates Jabba's palace at the beginning of Return of the Jedi (1983) and frees Solo. Reunited with the Rebels, Solo rejoins the Alliance and is commissioned as a general. Along with Leia and Chewbacca, he leads a team in deactivating the shields protecting the Empire's second Death Star. Aided by the indigenous Ewoks, Solo and the Rebels succeed in overcoming the Imperial garrison, allowing the Rebels' space forces to destroy the Empire's battlestation.

Brian Daley wrote a series of novels, the first published in 1979, exploring Solo and Chewbecca's smuggling adventures, and Ann C. Crispin's Han Solo Trilogy (1997-1998) further develops the character's backstory.[4] Crispin's books depict Solo as a beggar and pickpocket for much of his youth. He becomes a pilot and, in the process of undermining a religious fraud, frees and falls in love with Bria Tharen. Tharen, however, disappears soon before Solo joins the Imperial Navy. Solo loses his commission and is cashiered when he refuses an order to skin Chewbacca, who had commandeered a ship carrying Wookiee children destined for slavery; Chewbacca, in turn, swears a life-debt to Solo. The two become a prominent smuggling team, and help repel an Imperial blockade of a Hutt moon. Solo soon thereafter wins the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian in a card tournament. Tharen, who has become a Rebel agent, reappears and asks for Solo, Chewbacca, and Calrissian's help in attacking a slave colony. After succeeding, Tharen's troopers steal the smuggler's valuables to aid the Rebel Alliance. Desperate to recoup their losses, Solo and Chewbacca accept a smuggling job from Jabba the Hutt. However, Imperials intercept the Falcon, forcing the smugglers to jettison their cargo. This loss is the debt Solo and Chewbacca owe the Hutt crime lord at the beginning of A New Hope.

Solo plays a central role in the years following Emperor Palpatine's death in Return of the Jedi. In The Courtship of Princess Leia (1995), he resigns his commission to pursue Leia, whom he eventually marries. Han and Leia have three children together: twins Jaina and Jacen and their younger brother, Anakin. Chewbacca dies saving Anakin's life in Vector Prime (1999). Solo takes his companion's death hard, sinking into alcoholism and depression. He takes his anger and grief out on his family, alienating them and returning to his loner lifestyle. In Star by Star (2001), Anakin dies as well, compounding Han's despair. By the end of the series, however, he accepts Anakin's and Chewbacca's deaths and repairs his relationship with his family. In the Legacy of the Force series, Jacen falls to the dark side of the Force, eventually becoming the Sith lord Darth Caedus. Although Solo disowns Jacen, he and Leia adopt Jacen's daughter, Allana, after Jacen's death.

Influence and critical reaction

Solo is a reckless smuggler with a sarcastic wit;[4] he is "a very practical guy" and considers himself "a materialist."[5] However, the adventures in the first Star Wars movie evoke his compassion, a trait "he didn't know he possessed."[5]

Prince of Persia producer Ben Mattes explained that their "inspiration was anything Harrison Ford has ever done: Indiana Jones, Han Solo."[6] The Japanese manga and anime anti-hero Space Adventure Cobra has been compared by reviewers to Solo.[7][8] In preparing to play James T. Kirk for the 2009 Star Trek film, Chris Pine drew inspiration from Ford's depictions of Solo and Indiana Jones, highlighting their humor and "accidental hero" traits.[9]

Merchandising

Solo has been merchandised in multiple media, including action figures, video games, and other collectibles. A Han Solo action figure with "human proportions" was released in 1977 for A New Hope, while a figure created for the films' mid-1990s re-release is "unrealistically muscled."[10][11]

References

  1. ^ Booker, Christopher (2004). The seven basic plots. Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 43. ISBN 9780826452092. http://books.google.com/books?id=qHJj9gOl0j8C&pg=PA43&dq=Han+SOlo&lr=&ei=bij7SdPBBJ6GyATW6bjMBg. 
  2. ^ Bouzereau, Laurent. Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays. pp. 8. ISBN 0345409817. 
  3. ^ "AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains" (PDF). American Film Institute. http://connect.afi.com/site/DocServer/handv100.pdf?docID=246. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Solo, Han". Databank. Lucasfilm. http://www.starwars.com/databank/character/hansolo/. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  5. ^ a b Campbell, Joseph; Bill Moyers (1989). The Power of Myth. pp. 159. ISBN 978-0385247740. 
  6. ^ Steinman, Gary. "Prince of Persia: Anatomy of a Prince". PlayStation: The Official Magazine 2008-12 (50): 13. 
  7. ^ "Space Adventure Cobra". 2008-08-03. http://www.sci-fi-london.com/news/article/1217790687/3/space-adventure-cobr. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  8. ^ "Space Adventure Cobra". http://eyeonanime.co.uk/panda.php?mi=4&p=d&dvdreviewid=878. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  9. ^ Aftab, Kaleem (2008-03-10). "Exclusive: Trek Star Reveals Captain Kirk Inspiration". IGN. http://movies.ign.com/articles/858/858172p1.html. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  10. ^ Lock, James; Daniel Le Grange (2004). Help your teenager beat an eating disorder. Guilford Press. pp. 67–68. ISBN 9781572309081. http://books.google.com/books?id=HRKYrvHrFxMC&pg=PA. 
  11. ^ Grant, Jon E.; Marc N. Potenza (2006). Textbook of men's mental health. American Psychiatric Pub. pp. 317. ISBN 9781585622153. http://books.google.com/books?id=JPcjcqDGUqgC&pg=PA317. 

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The following articles relate to the Star Wars science-fiction universe created by George Lucas:

  • Feature films
    • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
    • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
    • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
    • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
    • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
  • TV specials
  • Video games
    • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
    • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
    • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
    • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
    • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
    • Star Wars: The Clone Wars Lightsaber Duels
    • Star Wars: Battlefront
    • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Miscellaneous

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Etymology

A character in the film Star Wars (1977).

Noun

Singular
Han Solo

Plural
Han Solos

Han Solo (plural Han Solos)

  1. An intuitive roguish adventurer.
    • 2002, Mike the Janitor. Tales of the Serendip, page 76
      Melinda had a Han Solo-ish Bad Feeling about the whole thing, but entered anyway.
    • 2004, Kathy Mackel, Alien in a Bottle, page 48
      Or a Han Solo. Han Solo who zipped around the galaxy in a spaceship.
    • 2004, Simon Carless Gaming Hacks, page 168
      I'm as big of a Han Solo as everyone else, but this is where reading the manual comes in handy.
    • 2005, Giselle Zado Wasfie, So Fly, page 197
      "Yes," I answered in complete truth. "I'm crazy about you." He leaned forward to me. "I know," he answered, pulling a Han Solo.

Simple English

Han Solo is a fictional character in Star Wars played by Harrison Ford. He appears for the first time in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope as a smuggler with his Wookiee friend, Chewbacca. Both of them are with the side of the Rebels and fight against the evil Galactic Empire.








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