6'2" (1.89 m)
Brown, later graying
Den Solo (grandfather)
- "Never tell me the odds!"
- ―Han Solo
Born on Corellia in the year 30 BBY, Solo was brought up in wealthy surroundings with his father, mother and younger brother, Sal. However, his mother died in an automobile accident when he was a teenager, an event which created a rift in the family that survived her. After graduating from University, Solo entered the Imperial Academy at Carida, serving with distinction. Upon returning home, he fell in love with Bria Tharen, the daughter of one of the board members of his former Alma mater. Soon after, Solo left Tharen and began his active service in the Imperial Starfleet.
He was later kicked out of the Empire when he stopped an Imperial officer from beating a Wookiee named Chewbacca with a neuronic whip for resisting capture. In gratitude, the Wookiee swore a life debt to Solo, protecting him with his life, and the Wookiee became an effective smuggling team. After winning the upgraded and customized Millennium Falcon in a game of Sabacc against Lando Calrissian, his future ally, Solo became known as one of the best smugglers in the Galaxy. On the run from Imperial officials, Solo became caught up with the Rebel Alliance, courtesy of Ben Kenobi, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa, whom he helped rescue from the Death Star. Solo helped Skywalker destroy the Death Star when it attacked the Rebel base at Yavin 4, where they had taken Organa. Solo became an unofficial member of the Rebel Alliance, and fell in love with Organa.
Solo was wanted by Jabba the Hut after losing a shipment of spice and was tracked by numerous bounty hunters, like the Rodian Greedo and Garris Shrike, as a result. One such bounty hunter, Boba Fett, who was working with the Empire's Darth Vader, managed to deliver Solo to Jabba to fulfill the contract after Solo had been encased in carbonite as part of Vader's trap for Luke Skywalker. Solo was eventually rescued by Skywalker, Organa, Chewbacca and Calrissian. Jabba himself was killed in the rescue. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to the rank of general and led the strike team that helped destroy the Second Death Star during the Battle of Endor which allowed the Rebel Alliance to liberate Coruscant from the Empire. Within the next few months the New Republic was founded. In 5 ABY, Organa gave birth to their first child; a son named after his father; Han Jr..
As the New Republic was threatened by many enemies in its first years of existence, Solo was always on the move, sometimes traveling with Skywalker, who was Organa's brother. In 8 ABY, Solo fought against Warlord Zsinj and married Organa, who, in the next year, would give birth to the twins Jacen and Jaina while in the midst of the Thrawn campaign. Organa would give birth to another son once again the following year and Solo would help defeat Dantius Palpatine during Operation Shadow Hand after the newly crowned Emperor had taken an interest in his wife. Solo would also play a role against Admiral Natasha Daala during her campaign as well as the Yevetha. He and his wife would have three more children over the next several years.
There were many rumors and speculation as to what happened to Han Solo in his earlier years. He was the subject of several films, documentaries, and at least two supposed "autobiographies" whose true authorship was questionable. For example, one contested account said that his parents sent him off to Kashyyyk to be raised by Wookiees from age seven to twelve. However, in reality, things were much different.
Han Solo was born on Corellia in 30 BBY to archeologist Professor Jonash Solo and his wife Jaina. As a child, Han, who was raised alongside his younger brother Sal, was introduced to a puppy named Indiana by his parents. The two quickly bonded and the dog was a friend and companion throughout the earliest years of Solo's life. Solo was a curious and restless child, who often preferred to spend time with Indiana and his friends, or conduct experiments instead of staying at school. Han was a big fan of professional Limmie, and his favorite team was Team Tralus, when they were competing for the Galactic Cup. On his seventh birthday, Solo developed a fascination for the whip after he saw a whip-act in a traveling circus. He also took piano lessons, but didn't think he was very good at it so he quit. At one point, Solo briefly attended a school where Garm Bel Iblis gave a speech. Afterward, he asked the Senator two insightful questions, which impressed Bel Iblis. Years later, the senator would still recall meeting Solo.
Following the success of his books, Professor Solo was invited on a two year long galactic lecture tour of schools and universities in 20 BBY. Han, Sal, and his mother accompanied him in his travels around the Galaxy. Near the end of their travels in 18 BBY, his father would attend a Conference being held on Chandrila. While the family was staying there, Han took riding lessons with the children of some of the city's elite, among them the daughter of the Governor Grandon Holleck, Sophie. At one point she lost her hat, which Han retrieved for her. He was rebuked by the instructor for his actions. Down in the stables, he introduced himself to her. She invited him along for a walk in the park, accompanied by her governess, Emilie. Afterwards, they went to eat at a rather expensive hotel. Han and Sophie went for a stroll in the hotel's greenhouse. Looking outside, they could see people skating on a frozen lake. Sophie said she had never tried skating, so Han convinced her to do so. However, as Han began to show her the ropes, Emilie arrived and took her away, furious. When his father found out he went mad and withdrew him from his riding lessons while his mother was a bit more sympathetic. She explained to him that the royal family had many enemies and what they did wasn't safe for Sophie. She told him that he'd make some other friends, but he responded that there was no one like her in the whole galaxy and started to wonder if he could be in love.
The following day, Solo received a letter from Sophie, in which she thanked him for the time they spent together. His spirits were raised and he spent the day looking for a small gift to give her. In one shop, he saw a small glass globe with two ice skating figurines inside. However, it cost too much. He continued to wander through the city, and eventually spoiled a con man's shell game by showing the victim how it was done. The grateful man gave Indy some money and it was enough for him to go back to the shop and buy the glass globe. However, when he went to the palace to give it to Sophie, he was chased away by the guards. Later that night, Solo sneaked into the palace through the halls, dodging the guards and using dumbwaiters and a discovered secret passage to get to Sophie's room. She was happy to see him and gave him a gift of a locket with her picture. Han gave her the globe and told her that he was in love with her. They kissed briefly and he said good-bye. He climbed down the balcony and snuck off the palace grounds as she waved goodbye. Solo would keep Sophie's locket for a long time, and he would later use it as a good luck-charm.
Adolescence and education
- "I'd like to be an archaeologist."
- ―Han Solo
Unfortunately shortly after returning to their home on Corellia, Solo's mother died in an accident involving a drunk driver, an event which created a rift in the family that survived her. Though this was difficult for everyone involved, Professor Solo was determined that his two sons wouldn't lose out on their studies and aspired to have the best tutor he could get for them. Han's relationship with his father had always been difficult, but with his mother gone they drifted further apart from each other. During this time, Solo was befriended by Dewlanna, a Wookiee who was serving as the family's cook. Dewlanna treated Solo as her own son, teaching him Shyriiwook and taking care of him when he became ill. Also during his adolescence, Han befriended the half-breed Bey, an individual he would later encounter during the Nagai Invasion.
As a teenager, Solo tried to break the landspeeding record and eventually made a name for himself racing repulsorlift swoops professionally and on the independent circuit. In these days, Solo made an enemy out of a Corellian swoop jockey named Dengar. During one highly publicized race through the crystal swamps of Agrilat, Solo caused Dengar to crash headfirst into a crystalline plant, severely crippling the other racer. Dengar, who would hold a grudge against Solo for the rest of his life, would later become a bounty hunter contracted to find him. In 12 BBY, Solo was sentenced to fight in the Regional Sector Number Four's All-Human Free-For-All on the penal-colony world of Jubilar for cheating at cards, a felony there. Matched against three other human fighters much larger than himself, Solo somehow managed to defeat the other gladiators in unarmed combat, suffering numerous broken bones. Just prior to the onset of the fight, Solo caught a glimpse of a mysterious figure wearing Mandalorian armor.
In spite of his father's wishes, Solo wasn't certain of attending the school at which he taught, Corellia University. Though he eventually changed his mind, becoming a student there in 10 BBY, and majoring in engineering as well as archaeology like his father, their relationship still remained rather strained in his time at the school. One such event that didn't help relations between them was the death of Dewlanna. During a night in the summer of 8 BBY, three armed men tried to steal from Solo manor as Solo himself arrived home after a late night drink. The would be looters caught him as he was saying hello to Dewlanna. And as they attempted to stop Solo, Dewlanna sacrificed herself so that Solo could escape. He and his father did so as the police arrived shortly thereafter and the crooks were jailed for their crimes. Han promised to himself that, if ever he had the chance, he would help one of Dewlanna's people to repay his debt to her. Shortly after the funeral, Han and his father had a quiet drink together. Solo would remember this event for a long time, including the liquor he drank, and how the two didn't say a word to each other. During his studies at the university Solo began working as an artisan to make extra money. He also grew close to one of the members of the board at the school, Renn Tharen, after being impressed by Solo's enthusiastic questions to his teachers. Tharen soon became his mentor, and Tharen himself treated Solo like a son.
Galactic Civil War
Service in the Imperial Starfleet
- "Inspiration's a specialty."
- ―Han Solo
Accepting that he would never have his father's approval, Solo followed his dreams and went to study at the Academy of Carida. Among his fellow students were future TIE Fighter ace Soontir Fel and Solo's friend Mako Spince. At flight school, Solo's record was mixed: he earned excellent piloting marks, but his academic record was surprisingly mediocre and he earned a number of demerits and conduct reports. His flight instructor, Alexsandr Badure, approved of him, filing a report praising Solo's abilities when he managed to land a malfunctioning U-33 orbital loadlifter by executing a number of difficult flight maneuvers, saving the lives of numerous cadets and Academy Dean Horace Wyrmyr. Student Advisor Lucinta Cal-Meg noted Solo's innate intelligence and that he worked hard to improve his academic performance. Another supporter of his was the Imperial Intelligence agent Jahan Cross. However, many also had deep reservations about Solo's judgement, conduct, and suitability for military service, as well as his friends at the Academy. In Solo's second year, he was investigated for his role in Mako Spince's prank that destroyed Carida's Mascot Moon with a gram of stolen antimatter, though Cadet Tedris Bjalin's testimony cleared Solo of any involvement.
During one afternoon in 6 BBY, Han went out to buy food for himself and Spince when he passed a restaurant window and saw two pretty girls inside. He went in and joined them, introducing themselves as Maggie and Nuala. Through their conversation, the girls got the impression that Solo was a billionaire and he did nothing to dispel that idea. When Solo arrived back at the Academy, Spince was upset that he spent their money on tea and cakes for the girls instead of lunch for the two of them. Both Solo and Spince would still recall the story years later. Solo graduated at the top of his class with the rank of lieutenant. However, his hard-earned military career was short lived.
In 5 BBY, Solo finally completed his graduate studies at the Imperial academy and returned home, during which time he turned his attention to Renn Tharen's teenage daughter Bria. Attracted to her maturity as well as her beauty, Solo romanced the young girl. During that time, Bria noticed how Solo would practice every day with his whip and his blaster. One night at dinner with his father, Solo’s frustration over his father’s coldness culminated, and he told him that the last time he felt close to him was when he was ten years old. Jonash challenged him on this but Han reaffirmed that it was true and told his father that Sal felt the same way. Jonash became fed up with the arguing and retired for the evening. The next day, as Solo was leaving, he told his father that he was sorry they hadn't talked more and his father said he was also sorry. Han and Bria's intense courtship also came to an abrupt end, as Solo left Corellia and shipped out for active service. He would not see Tharen again for almost seven years, even though he had promised her that he would be back.
Battle of Goroth Prime
- Jahan Cross: "Are you crazy, junior? I can't believe you actually did that. You could have ended up in front of a firing squad!"
- Han Solo: "They'll never figure it out."
- ―Han Solo and Jahan Cross discuss the orders Han decided not to deliver.[src]
Later in that same year, there was some dissension among Solo's superior officers. General Anderton Kloff was in favor of ordering a frontal ground assault to reclaim Goroth Prime, which the Rebels had captured. However, Commander Pter Thanas was against the idea as the troops were undersupplied and outnumbered. However, they were overruled by Admiral Val DeGoort, who was under pressure from both politicians as well his own superiors for a quick resolution to the conflict.
As they prepared for battle, Solo was assigned to an infantry unit with orders for the attack to be delivered to Colonel Barc. However, due to downed communications, the attack didn't begin until after the Rebels learned of the Imperial presence. The troops charged, but without the element of surprise they were slaughtered and no ground was gained and the Empire lost at least six hundred soldiers. The next day Solo received word that his former mentor, Jahan Cross, had been wounded and went to visit him at a nearby medical center. Cross confided in Solo that he felt that the commanding officers in charge of the operation were more concerned with politics than actually winning the battle. Solo returned to the command center late at night with the news from the front. The report reached the generals who were dining in rather elegant surroundings. Thanas was furious with the results. Meanwhile, Solo and the other couriers tried to figure out the reasons why Goroth Prime was so valuable to the Empire, but without a satisfactory answer, Solo just remained disgusted with the whole affair.
The next morning, Solo was unable to find Cross and saw troops heading out towards the front. Thanas ordered an aerial reconnaissance which confirmed Solo's report and then tried to persuade Kloff to call off the attack, but he said that he was under orders from DeGoort. With communication down once again, Thanas took it upon himself to send written orders to the front calling off the attack. When DeGoort found out he was furious and called Colonel Barc at the front to reinstate the attack. Barc said that he couldn't until he had an official countermanding order and DeGoort quickly wrote one out, giving it to Solo to deliver. Thanas asked what military objective could be gained by attacking, and DeGoort explained that there was none and that it was only a political objective, confirming Cross' belief. Kloff said that the planet was of importance because of it's vast mining resources to which many Imperial affiliated companies were tied to, including Karflo Corporation, Trigdale Metallurgy, Vaufthau Processing Industries and Tagge Company. Because of the potential economic fallout, the politicians were therefore trying to quell any possible public unrest by ordering DeGoort to retake the planet as soon as possible. Thanas found it all repugnant. On the way to the front, Solo, already bothered by the carnage he'd seen, reached the decision to fake being in a speeder bike crash, thereby destroying the attack orders. Solo later tracked down Cross, whom had been transferred elsewhere to recuperate, and the two friends spoke about the ordeal. During the conversation Solo admitted to not delivering the orders that he was supposed to. Cross was shocked but promised he would not say anything, though he warned against him defying his superiors in the future. No one else would find out what he did and several hundred to a few thousand soldiers lived another day, allowing the Empire to eventually retake the world after receiving reinforcements.
Kashyyyk and end of service
- Han Solo: "It's the pilot, sir. Still alive, I believe."
- Pter Nyklas: "Not for long. Skin him, Solo, and bring me his hide!"
- Han Solo: "Negative, sir. Han Solo doesn't kick the enemy when he's down."
- ―Han Solo and Pter Nyklas after Han discovers an injured Chewbacca[src]
In 2 BBY, he was dispatched to aid Commander Pter Nyklas in duties including slaving and construction work. In this capacity, Han boarded a derelict slaving craft to find that its cargo (Wookiee children) had escaped and that a badly wounded Wookiee was in the pilot's seat. Nyklas ordered Han to skin the helpless Chewbacca, but Han refused and Nyklas swore to punish the Corellian. Shortly afterward, Han and Chewbacca were put to work on the construction of a new wing of the Imperial Hall of Heroes on Coruscant by Wookiee slaves. An enraged Chewbacca turned on Nyklas, who drew his blaster on the Wookiee. Solo refused to let Chewbacca die, stunning his commanding officer and helping Chewbacca escape, with the assistance of the Rebel Alliance. Court-martialed and dishonorably discharged, Solo became a smuggler with Chewbacca (who had sworn a life debt to the Corellian) at his side. Solo later reflected that even without Chewbacca he probably would have left Imperial service anyway, due to the ridiculous regulations, incompetent officers and widespread anti-alien prejudice. He later became wanted for treason, with a bounty issued to his head by the Empire.
Solo earned both classes of the Corellian Bloodstripe at some point during his military career, though the reasons for his first-class stripe are unknown. All that is known is that the events through which he earned them took place over several days. Because they were non-Imperial awards, they were the sole decorations that were not stripped from his uniform after his court-martial. Alexsandr Badure did later inform an interviewer that Solo's second-class bloodstripes came from an incident dealing with a Wookiee.
- "I don't need a partner, and I don't want a friend. My name says it all, pal. Solo."
- ―Han Solo to Chewbacca soon after swearing his life debt
Initially, Han was not happy to have the big Wookiee around. He had saved Chewbacca out of remembrance of Dewlanna, but it had cost him his life's dreams. Han spent much time drinking and playing sabacc, until he was accused of cheating by an irritated Barabel named Shallamar. He probably would have been seriously injured if Chewbacca had not stepped in. After that, Han and Chewbacca grew much closer.
Solo's friend Mako Spince, who had been expelled from the Academy two years before graduation, helped Solo and Chewbacca get started as smugglers. Using Nar Shaddaa as their home base, the three of them enjoyed considerable success. Solo also befriended Lando Calrissian, a gambler who saved him from the notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett, and Jarik "Solo", a street urchin who claimed to be a long-lost relative. Han knew that Jarik's claim was a lie, but he took the youth under his wing anyway. He also became romantically involved with the magician Xaverri. During his time with Xaverri, Han became her stage assistant, and performed across the galaxies in her shows. He also served in the other part of her work, schemes designed to hurt the Empire and Imperial officials. At one point, Han even taught Lando how to fly in a ship that would be the center of much of Han's life, the Millennium Falcon. Han had been entranced by the ship from the moment he first saw it and he wanted it more than anything else. During that test run, his dangerous flying scared Calrissian. After that, he decided that Calrissian did not deserve a ship of that quality and contemplated having the Hutts buy it for him or even stealing it for himself.
Han also bought his own ship, the Bria, from Lando, and restored it to spaceworthy condition with the help of Shug Ninx. Having the Bria only made him want the Millennium Falcon even more. When the Empire sent a fleet to raze the Smuggler's Moon, Han and his friends rallied a force of smugglers and pirates to victory in the Battle of Nar Shaddaa. Shortly after the battle, as Han was paying the Imperial admiral that the Hutts had agreed to bribe in exchange for his battle plans, the Bria was destroyed by Imperial fighters. Han and Chewbacca worked again with Mako, until he was crippled during a smuggling run in the Ottega system. Solo and Chewbacca continued their career on their own.
- "In times like this, I realize that I should've taken that teaching job."
- ―Han Solo
Short on cash, Han pawned some stolen treasure and entered the Cloud City Sabacc Tournament. Against all odds he reached the tournament finals and beat his friend Lando, winning the Millennium Falcon with his earnings. For a time afterward Han Solo and Chewbacca worked in the Corporate Sector, the Tion Hegemony, and other remote but potentially lucrative sectors of the galaxy. He was also romantically involved with fellow smuggler Salla Zend by this point. Solo would later boast that he had been "from one side of the galaxy to the other."
While in the Corporate Sector, the Falcon was damaged after Solo and Chewbacca attempted smuggling weapons to insurgents on Duroon. However, they did collect payment from the insurgents and went to pay off Ploovo Two-For-One, but in a rather creative manner. Given the prickly relationship and even outright disgust they had for each other, Han bought a foul, irritable, putrid dinko, attached the payment to it, and unleashed on the unfortunate employer. Although Corporate Sector Security arrived at the establishment where they were, Han and Chewbacca escaped their grasp relatively unscathed. Payment completed, they went off to find the outlaw tech "Doc" Vandangante's hideout, only to discover he had been taken to the Corporate Sector Authority prison at Stars' End. Doc's daughter Jessa offered upgrades and repairs to his ship, and a Corporate Sector waiver, in exchange for Han helping rescue Doc and other prisoners. Before he could take off, the outlaw techs were attacked by IRD-A Fighters. Piloting a Z-95 Headhunter, Han led the other techs and Jessa in defense of the base. Despite heavy losses, they were successful. To complete their rescue mission for Jessa, Solo and Chewbacca were given two droids, Bollux and Blue Max, and went to the agriworld Orron III to meet up with a group led by Rekkon planning the prison rescue. Though Solo was initially only interested in getting the repairs for his ship, his motives became personal when Chewbacca was captured. After dealing with a traitor in the group, Solo and the others arrived at Stars' End. In order to gain entry, Han, Atuarre, Pakka, Bollux and Blue Max posed as a troupe of entertainers. The rescue proved successful; freeing Chewbacca, Doc, and the other prisoners and destroying the Stars' End in the process. After the Falcon was repaired, Solo and Chewbacca left the Corporate Sector for a time, taking Bollux and Blue Max with them. Part of Solo's motivation for these travels was a desire to get away from Salla Zend and her wedding plans, as he was not ready for such a commitment. 
After a disastrous incident on Kamar, where Solo and Chewbacca accidentally began a religion (the Cult of Varn) before having to flee with their lives, they returned to the Corporate Sector. There, they were contracted to transport cargo from Lur. When they discovered the cargo was a group of Lurrian slaves, Solo freed the slaves and killed the slaver Zlarb. Since they had not been paid for their cargo run, Solo and Chewbacca decided to track down Zlarb's partner on Bonadan and get the promised ten thousand credits as revenge. While on Bonadan, Han was jumped and nearly overcome by a mysterious figure and Chewbacca encountered a skip tracer, Spray, trying to possess their ship for debts and regulation compliance. However, Han and Chewbacca became mixed up with a CSA Auditor, Hart-and-Parn Gorra-Fiolla, who was investigating the slavers also. Han went to meet an associate of hers, Magg, but he betrayed them. Forced to flee on a swoop bike, they made it off planet after a harrowing encounter and planned to meet up with Chewbacca on Ammuud. Chewbacca was also forced to make a somewhat hurried escape. While Han and Fiolla were on the transport that was taking them to meet Chewbacca, they were attacked by pirates, who were looking for them. They escaped in one of the pirate's craft and landed at the nearby estates of the Mor Glayyd. Han and Chewbacca were eventually reunited after Han saved the Mor Glayyd from a duel which would have gotten him killed. The Glayyd estate provided Han with a way to get back to the Falcon and Chewbacca. As Han was leaving the planet, he was pursued by the pirates/slavers. However, at that point a CSA Victory-class Star Destroyer intervened and tractor beamed both ships. Though they helped her break up the gang, they barely escaped being arrested by another CSA executive, Odumin, who had really been the tracer Spray, and earned the enmity of a hired gun named Gallandro. They did, however, manage to steal the money Solo felt the CSA owed them.
Giving up on the Corporate Sector, the Falcon's crew attempted clothes legging in the Cron Drift and a currency exchange scam in the Lesser Plooriod Cluster before finding themselves short on cash and stuck in the Tion Hegemony. After several misadventures, they joined with Solo's old friend Badure, a young woman named Hasti, and a Ruurian historian named S. V. Skynx on a hunt for Xim the Despot's long-lost treasure ship, Queen of Ranroon. On Dellalt, they finally discovered the treasure vaults. After run-ins with the "Survivors" (the descendants of Xim's soldiers) and their ancient War-Robots, Solo finally discovered the vaults. Though Gallandro followed him to the vaults and challenged the smuggler to a duel, the automatic defense systems killed the gunfighter. Solo and his associates then recovered the treasure, but unfortunately for them, after all those years it had become outdated war matériel. The two droids stayed with Skynx when Solo and Chewbacca left the Tion Hegemony.
Shortly after this, he partnered with Katya M'Buele as part of a Corellian rim-runner's crew. They were the only survivors among the crew when a smuggling operation on Skye was discovered by the planet's Imperial-assigned Majestrix, Kharys. Until they met again in 2 ABY, Solo stayed away from Skye, fearing Kharys would come after him.
Working for Jabba
- Han Solo: "You want me to what?"
- Jabba: "Careful, Captain Solo. You must address the Lady Jiliac with respect."
- Han Solo: "But... but... that's crazy! That's like asking me to point a gun at my own head and pull the trigger! We all heard Shild, how he was cracking down on smugglers. In case it's escaped your notice, Your Ladyship, I'm a smuggler and if I walk into Sarn Shild's place to give him your gifts and your message, that'll be the last free walk I ever take! No! I ain't doing it!"
- ―Han Solo, Jabba the Hut discuss Han's mission via comlink[src]
During this period, Solo and Chewbacca also frequently worked for the Crime lords Jiliac and Jabba. They piloted many of their ships, including both Huts' personal yachts. They also had several run-ins with the Rebel Alliance. Senator Mon Mothma became aware of Solo when he began to lead efforts to free Wookiee slaves from Kashyyyk, as a favor to Chewbacca, who had begun to lose friends and family members to the slaving effort. Solo reluctantly allowed the Alliance to help him in this effort, despite his disdain for political causes, and the Alliance soon became one of his frequent employers.
Solo continued to work for Jabba the Hut as a smuggler, but once, while smuggling glitterstim, Han was boarded by an Imperial patrol and had to dump his load of spice, spice that he couldn't recover. Still, as small consolation, Han and Chewbacca attempted to make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs after an attempt to recover the dumped spice turned nasty. As a warning, Jabba hired Greedo Tetsu Jr., a novice bounty hunter, to let Solo know that he was serious about getting paid. However, the Hutt lord was not renowned for patience, and none of Solo's smuggler friends would help him. Also around this time, Solo became involved with a human woman named Jenny Cressar after meeting her at the Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina in Mos Eisley. The relationship was brief, but Jenny herself called their time together "exciting". 
Mercenary turned Rebel
- "Han Solo. I'm Captain of the Millennium Falcon. Chewie here tells me you're looking for passage to the Alderaan system."
- ―Han Solo, in his first meeting with Ben Kenobi and Luke Skywalker
Since Han Solo still had not paid Jabba the Hut, an associate of his, Opun Mcger, sent Greedo to collect the money from Solo, dead or alive. When Greedo found Solo in the Mos Eisley Cantina on Tatooine the next day, it became clear that he intended to kill Solo rather than give him a chance to pay Jabba. Han shot Greedo under the table, then paid the bartender for 'the mess', as he put it. Later, Solo found Mcger and a band of his thugs in Docking Bay 94, where the Millennium Falcon was docked. Solo managed to convince Mcger to give him more time, promising to repay Jabba what he owed plus fifteen percent after being paid for a routine charter flight he and Chewbacca had recently arranged in the cantina, with an old man and a young farmboy.
The passengers were Ben Kenobi and Luke Skywalker, who meant to escort the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 from Tatooine to Alderaan on behalf of the Rebel Alliance. When they arrived in the Alderaan system, they were dragged on board by the Death Star's tractor beams. Once aboard, Skywalker convinced Solo and Chewbacca to help him rescue Princess Leia Organa by promising "more wealth than you can imagine." Han helped Luke infiltrate the massive station in stolen stormtrooper armor and after several misadventures, they managed to rescue the Princess and escape, at the cost of Kenobi's life, taken by his former apprentice, Darth Vader during their duel aboard the Death Star.
Afterward, Solo took Leia, Skywalker, and the droids to Yavin 4 to collect his reward. Though he was initially willing to abandon the Rebels and make off with his fee, an attack of conscience, (brought on partly by Chewbacca's arguments) led him to join the Battle of Yavin at the last moment. The Millennium Falcon joined in just in time for Solo to destroy Black 3, which caused Black 2 to collide with and disable Vader's TIE advanced. This allowed Skywalker to destroy the Death Star, scoring a major victory for the Alliance and recognition for Solo. As a result of this battle, as well as his earlier involvement in rescuing Organa, Solo and Chewbacca had a bounty placed on their heads: Specifically, 300,000 alive, due to their crimes of the liberation of a known criminal, direct involvement in armed revolt against the Empire, high treason, espionage, conspiracy, and the destruction of Imperial property.
Hero of the Alliance
Solo and Skywalker were both awarded medals of honor for their efforts, and Solo was handsomely rewarded with 20,000 Alliance Credits and a stash of valuables. The day after the Battle of Yavin, he shot down an Imperial cruiser that was searching for the Death Star, much to the chagrin of his superiors. The chests of treasure the Rebels had given him were stolen from him almost immediately after leaving Yavin by the space pirate Crimson Jack, leaving Solo still unable to pay off Jabba. With the help of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, Solo managed to defeat the pirate. Following the debacle, Solo gave the recovered money back to the Alliance.
Broke and fearing Jabba's retribution, Solo and Chewbacca discovered an ancient cache of treasure hidden in one of Yavin 4's temples. He took the treasure to an Ithorian named Sprool on Dennogra, who in turn delivered the money to Jabba. It was, however, too little and too late. Jabba kept the money and refused to call off the bounty. Han Solo was still a hunted man with a price on his head. He, however, used money earned from selling more of the treasure to purchase new T-65 X-Wings for the Rebellion.
Days before the Evacuation of Yavin, during negotiations with the Aquaris Freeholders, Han was "accused" of being an Imperial spy by Leia Organa. In truth, the accusation was just a ploy to draw out the real spy, Aquaris Freeholders deputy commander Kraaken, in their midst. In addition, shortly after the discovery of the development of the Super Star Destroyer Executor by Luke Skywalker during a reconnaissance mission at Fondor, Leia had him recover a power gem. Although he personally doubted the gem's existence, he took the job when he realized that the alternative was allowing Leia to send Luke to find the gem when he returned from his mission, as Luke was "not familiar with the Underworld." He initially tried to find intel on the gem at Junkfort Station, but his attempts nearly got himself killed when he deduced that some of the "criminals" who wanted to "help" Solo were really going to lure him to Jabba the Hutt for the monetary reward. He did nonetheless learn from one of the other attendees to locate the pirate Raskar for the sole known power gem remaining in existence. After locating Raskar and orchestrating a fight between Chewbacca and the reigning victor of the tournament outside of the ring so he could get close and find out how much power is left in the power gem, he acquired the power gem. He also swore that he'll keep the true status of the shield properties of the power gem a secret after he learned about its decrease in power, as he and the Rebel Alliance only intended to use the gem once anyway, although he secretly intended to loot Raskar of all his ill-gained items as his punishment for the scam. After he returned to Yavin base with the power gem, however, he learned from Leia that Luke didn't make it back to Yavin due to an ambush.
After the evacuation of Yavin IV, the Rebellion was left without a base. Han and Chewbacca aided Han's new elite fighting force, Renegade Squadron led by Col Serra, in obtaining a holocron made by Bail Organa before Aldera's destruction. The holocron, encased in phrik, survived the city's demise and contained a list of potential bases for the Alliance. During the battle to obtain it, the holocron was successfully obtained.
Nearly a year after the destruction of the Death Star, Chewbacca and Han left for the celebration of Life Day on Kashyyyk. It served as a short break between the periodical fighting. But peace did not last long for the pair. Not long after they departed Tatooine for Kashyyyk, they found themselves once again being chased by the Empire. Fleeing to lightspeed, they went on their way. However, the Empire had apparently traced their route to Kashyyyk, which they rightfully suspected to be a harbor for rebels. Upon learning of this, Darth Vader ordered a blockade and search of the planet. A group of Imperial officers entered Chewbacca's home, terrorizing his family and wrecking the house. They looked for any sign of rebel activity. However, after a while, Chewbacca's daughter, Lumpawaroo, devised a plan. She used her mini-transmitter, which she had received as a Life Day present from Saun Dann, to send out a voice message through the Imperial airwaves—which changed the sound of Lumpy's voice. She gave the command of "return to base," which the officers in the home picked up on their receivers. They complied, with the exception of the stormtrooper known as B4711, who was ordered by a superior to stay behind in order to temporarily watch the house for rebel activity. However, the trooper soon learned of Lumpy's trick, and pursued her through the house, out onto the balcony, where Han and Chewbacca had just arrived. Chewbacca roared as Han managed to kill the trooper. That night, the group, along with the other Wookiees on Kashyyyk, celebrated an uninterrupted Life Day.
Reunion on Ylesia
- Han Solo: "Hi, Bria."
- Bria Tharen: "Han Solo. I always knew some day you'd come walking back through my door. I never doubted that. Something made it inevitable. So, what are you doing here on Ylesia?"
- ―Han Solo and Bria Tharen speak for the first time in almost seven years[src]
In 2 ABY, Solo was summoned by Alliance High Command. When he went to see them, the Alliance officers, Jek Porkins and Levon Musgrove, told him that Rebel spies recently had intercepted a secret Imperial message. The message mentioned a dig on the planet Ylesia was proceeding by a cult, and that the Ryloth Ark of legend had to be found. Solo was assigned by the Alliance to go undercover and find the Ark before the Empire could. Shortly thereafter, Solo and Chewbacca left and arrived on Ylesia after a difficult flight. After arriving, Solo applied and was hired for the piloting job opening advertised by the Ylesian high priests under the alias Vykk Draygo, alongside his Wookiee 'bodyguard' under the alias of Muuurgh. Solo also reunited with his former girlfriend Bria Tharen, who had come to Ylesia seeking religious sanctuary. Tharen seemed to be both pleased and disturbed by his return, as he had romanced her when she was, in her own words, "just a child". Han asked her if she knew if there was anything else that the Pilgrims were digging for besides spice.
Both Solo and Chewbacca remained in the High Priests' employ for a short time, but after discovering that the true nature of the operation was a complete scam designed to lure Pilgrims into becoming slaves, he went to Bria to let her know the truth. The revelation that everything she believed in was a lie, left Tharen feeling betrayed and angry. He fled with Tharen and Chewbacca, stealing a small cache of treasures from the High Priest Toroenza's treasure room in the process and indirectly killed Zavval, the administrator of Ylesia. After escaping to Colony Two, Solo revealed that he was on a mission for the Rebel Alliance to stop the Empire from acquiring the Ryloth Ark and asked for Tharen's assistance. Tharen, who was still angry with Solo for leaving her seven years earlier, initially refused to help. However, Bria's business sense eventually overcame her personal feelings and later that night, declared that she was going to be his partner for the rest of the journey in exchange for fifty percent of Teroenza's treasure.
In the streets of Colony Two the next morning, Solo and Tharen were ambushed by slaves employed by Jabba. A long chase, which included Han having to shoot an High Priest, who had challenged him, to death and had Bria hide inside of a basket, ended when the basket was grabbed by Imperial agents, who appeared to put it in a speeder. Solo fired a shot at the truck, not knowing that it was full of explosives, which resulted in its fiery destruction. He mourned the apparent death of Tharen, and drunkenly confronted Chewbacca at a local bar for not being with them during the chase. After apologizing, Solo and Chewbacca visited the dig site in the desert, and witnessed how the Imperials failed to obtain the Ark, as they were digging in the wrong place. Han stumbled into one of the Imperial-tents, and there he found Bria; captured but alive. He decided that it would be better to leave her there until later, so that his presence would not be discovered. At sundown, Solo and Chewbacca's band of diggers started to work. When night came, they reached a structure of stone. Under it they found the entrance to the Well of the Souls. Han went down the rope first, but to his horror he fell right into a pit of thousands of poisonous snakes. Eventually he located the Ark, and having lifted it up with large wooden poles, Han and Chewbacca brought it back to the surface. Solo didn't get the chance to escape the well as Emile Belloq and his men had spotted them. Chewbacca was captured, and Bria was thrown down to accompany Han in the underground well. As the entrance was sealed, Solo and Tharen had to fight their way through the snakes at the same time as they desperately tried to find another way out. Solo used a large statue to break the wall down, which made it possible to escape.
Fight for the Ark
This would come back to haunt him later in his life as many bounty hunters would be after him due to the bounty placed on his head by Zavval's relatives.
Return to Corellia and beyond
After attending the wedding, Solo, Tharen and Chewbacca returned to Corellia to reunite Tharen with her parents. Chewbacca remained with the Millennium Falcon, while Solo and Tharen posed as a married couple and booked passage on a shuttle to Corellia's southern continent where Tharen had an emotional reunion with her family. Tharen's father gave Solo a warm welcome for rescuing his daughter, but her mother and brother were suspicious of the young pilot's intentions and disapproved of his relationship with Tharen. Their suspicions were confirmed the following day when Sera arranged for Dael Levare to visit the Tharen estate in the hopes of reigniting his relationship with her daughter. Levare had previously read a story regarding Solo's expulsion from Imperial service and recognized him. Although Renn argued to his wife that they owed him a second chance, Solo was later angrily confronted by him about the relationship he'd had with his daughter. Tharen accused Han of taking advantage of Bria who, at least according to her father, had mistaken her feelings for him as love. It would be the last time the former mentor and student spoke to each other and their friendship ended.
Before leaving, Solo sold the artifacts stolen from Teroenza's collection and arranged for the money to be paid into a bank account under the name of Jenos Idanian, an alias which was not known to the Jabba the Hut. Tharen and Solo returned to Chewbacca and the three made their way to Coruscant, the capital world of the Galactic Empire. Solo and Tharen remained together for a short time, but in the end Tharen left Solo without warning because she felt that she was holding him back, leaving him an emotional letter explaining why she had to leave behind.
As part of the Rebel Alliance, Solo undertook many missions while trying to evade Jabba's organization. However, no matter how Han tried, he still encountered many bounty hunters who wished to carry out Jabba's bounty. On one such occasion, Han and Chewbacca returned to Ord Mantell where he encountered another bounty hunter seeking to collect Jabba's bounty, his old acquaintance Garris Shrike bent on revenge for Solo's killing of Greedo. Shrike had planned to use Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa to lure Solo into a trap. Solo and Chewbacca managed to evade the trap, rescuing Skywalker and the Princess in the process. Shrike was believed to be dead after a duel with Solo.
Crisis on Cloud City
- "You like me because I'm a scoundrel."
- ―Han Solo to Leia Organa
After run-ins with bounty hunters such as Garris and Larrad Shrike on Ord Mantell, Solo resolved to leave his friends in the Rebellion and finally settle things with Jabba. After Luke Skywalker disappeared while on patrol, Han went out to search for Luke on a tauntaun, although he ended up stranded alongside Luke in the blizzard. Because of these circumstances, he was forced to use his recently deceased Tauntaun as a makeshift heat source by borrowing Luke's lightsaber to cut its innards open until morning when Zev Senesca located him in a search operation. Likewise, during patrol, he managed to find a Viper probe droid and destroyed it, although not before it transmitted images of the Rebel shield generator and thus gave away their location. Before he could finish repairs on the Millennium Falcon and leave the Rebels' Echo Base, however, he was caught up in the Imperial attack on Hoth. When Princess Leia and C-3PO were cut off from their evacuation ship, Solo took them on board the Millennium Falcon, which avoided Vader's Death Squadron by hiding in the Hoth asteroid field. When they were nearly trapped in the gullet of a space slug, Han flew the Falcon back out into the asteroid field where they were almost immediately detected by the Star Destroyer Avenger. Han, ignoring a warning from C3PO, moved his ship into an attack approach, flying directly over Avenger's bridge. Subsequent tracking of the Falcon turned up no trace; Han had outwitted Avenger's command by attaching his ship to the rear of the Star Destroyer's conning tower with the Falcon's landing claws. Han and his passengers later escaped undetected by drifting off amongst Avenger's garbage dump before Avenger went into hyperspace. During their escape, Solo and Leia admitted their affection for each other, which would later lead to them falling in love.
Since the Millennium Falcon's repairs were still not complete, Solo went to the nearest safe haven—Bespin, home to Solo's old friend Lando Calrissian's tibanna mining facility, Cloud City. Unfortunately for Solo, he had been beaten there by Darth Vader and Boba Fett. Under duress, Calrissian made a deal with the Dark Lord to betray the Rebels in exchange for the continued autonomy of Cloud City. Calrissian invited them for "refreshments," and led them into a room where Darth Vader sat, waiting. Han, with one of the fastest draws of his life, pulled his blaster and fired a couple shots at Vader, who easily blocked them and snatched the blaster out of Han's hands using the Force. Then, Boba Fett and stormtroopers surrounded the Rebels, capturing them. Solo was badly tortured on a scan grid by the Imperials who, according to him afterward, never even asked him any questions. While in his cell, Calrissian came and told the agonized Han about the custody of Leia and Chewbacca and Vader's plan to trap Luke Skywalker. Uncaring about the consequences and furious at his friend's betrayal, Han slugged Calrissian before being subdued by the administrator's guard detail.
Shortly afterward, Han was taken by the Imperials to be frozen in carbonite as a test to ensure that Luke Skywalker would survive a similar freezing. There, surrounded by Darth Vader and his personal guard, he spoke his last words before being frozen. In response to Leia saying, "I love you" Solo responded classically, "I know." (Template:Audio) After being frozen, Han Solo went into a state of hibernation. Fett, dubbing Vader's handiwork, Man in Carbonite, loaded the slab containing Solo aboard the Slave I, and departed for Jabba's Palace. After escaping Bespin, Skywalker, Leia, Chewbacca, and a repentant Calrissian set about planning Solo's rescue.
- "Never again will I allow our political self-interest to deter us from doing what we know to be morally right. Atrocity and terror are not political weapons. And to those who would use them, your day is over. We will never negotiate. We will no longer tolerate and we will no longer be afraid. It's your turn to be afraid."
- ―Han Solo
In 20 ABY, Solo was encouraged by his friends and family, especially Leia, to run for Chief of State of the New Republic. Although reluctant to do so at first, Solo ultimately did agree. During his campaign, however, Solo became a target for assassination by a corrupt party involved with his former enemy, Garris Shrike. Thanks, in large part, to Zander Zekk and Trust Northwood, Solo managed to survive their attempts and win the election. Northwood, who was acting as an undercover agent during the assassination attempt, was rewarded for his actions and appointed to Solo's cabinet after he was elected President.
Solo later brokered a deal with the Rodian dictator Navik that resulted in Rodia joining the New Republic in 22 ABY. Because of this new alliance, Solo sanctioned a New Republic-led raid on the home of Vrak, a Rodian member of the Chekkoo clan and political enemy of Navik's. The raid resulted in the capture and imprisonment of the former crime lord. Not long after, Solo traveled to Rodia and delivered a speech in Iskaayuma where he didn't read the speech written for him and instead improvised a speech detailing a dramatic change in foreign policy where the New Republic refused to negotiate with terrorists. He then impressively spoke with Navik in Rodian, later on complimenting his mother for persuading him to take Rodian. The change was upsetting to many higher ups in his cabinet, but Solo had the best interest of the New Republic at heart.
- "Get off my ship!"
- ―Han Solo, to Ludlow before killing him
As President Solo and his staff arrived at a Rodian spaceport, he smiled at reporters snapping shots of him. He then went onboard his presidential starship and joked to the pilots that the ship should fly to Corellia instead. Later on, he drank some beer while watching a football game with Jaina.
Personality and traits
- "You know, sometimes I amaze even myself."
- ―Han Solo
Han Solo was known for his cockiness, dry wit, rudeness, piloting skills, and his fast draw. He also had an affinity for drinking and playing sabacc among other gambling games. He often boasted of his achievements he made in his ship the Millennium Falcon that were both real and fabrications, such as making the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. Captain Solo was quite the mechanic, having made countless modifications to the Falcon alongside Chewie. He once said he preferred to shoot first as opposed to shooting second, and used this to his advantage on at least one occasion. Han Solo was also one of the few people to evade Boba Fett on multiple occasions.
His ability to think up inventive and often extremely unorthodox solutions to problems on the fly proved to be a constant source of frustration to all enemies he encountered and often his friends. He was, however, a man with insecurities as well. He was overprotective of his ship and hated times when the Falcon was modified or repaired too much, especially by droids, as tight bolts on the craft wouldn't let him feel how hard they were hit by laser fire, resulting in him loosening several of them around the ship. He was also hesitant to let Chewbacca, Lando or anyone else fly it. Han also vowed jokingly to never give the codes for the Falcon to his son Jacen, at least not in his lifetime. Solo was also known to have had a great fear of snakes. His hatred of snakes began when he fell into a ship full of snakes during his childhood. This resulted in Solo developing ophidiophobia for over thirty years.
Solo was known to dislike droids and discouraged them from travelling in his ship, although he relented in certain circumstances. After he joined the Rebellion, he allowed C-3PO and R2-D2 free access to the Falcon, as a special case and in attention to Luke Skywalker's and Leia Organa's wishes. Solo nevertheless rarely had a good word to any of the droids. Han also had a loud snore which bothered Leia.
In addition to speaking his native Basic, Solo fluently understood, could read, as well as write many other languages from his early journeys around the Galaxy, including Shyriiwook, Trader's argot Rodese, Illodian, and Huttese. He could also imperfectly speak Selonian. Although he spoke Basic with a Corellian accent for much of his life, it had tempered somewhat by 40 ABY.
Powers and abilities
Unlike his wife, children and many of his friends, Solo was not an active Force-user, although he was Force-attuned.
Han's peerless skill at the hands of the Millennium Falcon as well as the legendary "Solo Luck" astounded many.
- "But there's nobody like her in the whole galaxy."
- ―Han Solo, about Sophie Holleck
Sophie Holleck was Han's first childhood love. The two met on the planet Chandrila during riding lessons while the Solo family was staying there for his father's book tour. At one point she lost her hat, which Han retrieved for her. Being the daughter of the Governor of the planet, Solo was rebuked by the instructor for his actions. Down in the stables, he introduced himself to her. She invited him along for a walk in the park and later went to eat at a rather expensive hotel. While taking a stroll in the hotel's greenhouse, Sophie told Han that she had never tried ice skating. However, as Han began to show her how back outside, Sophie's governess arrived and took her away, furious. When his father found out he went mad and withdrew him from his riding lessons while his mother explained to him that the royal family had many enemies and what they did wasn't safe for Sophie. Han told her that there was no one like Sophie in the whole galaxy and started to wonder if he could be in love.
The following day, Solo received a letter from Sophie, in which she thanked him for the time they spent together. Later that night, Solo sneaked into the palace through the halls, dodging the guards and using dumbwaiters and a discovered secret passage to get to Sophie's room. She was happy to see him and gave him a gift of a locket with her picture. Han gave her the globe and told her that he was in love with her. They kissed briefly and he said good-bye. He climbed down the balcony and snuck off the palace grounds as she waved goodbye. Solo would keep Sophie's locket for a long time, and he would later use it as a good luck-charm.
His first relationship after being discharged from the Imperial Navy was with a traveling magician and illusionist named Zabeena Xaverri. They met after her performance on Nar Shaddaa, and started going out shortly thereafter. On their fourth date, Xaverri revealed her past to Han, who in turn shared his own background and troubles with the Empire. She also told Solo that this was the first tour where she hadn't spent her spare time plotting against the Empire.
Han offered his services as an assistant for her show and a pilot, and she agreed. Shortly after, Xaverri and Han deepened their relationship to an intimate level. Feeling that being around Han and Chewbacca had made her too soft, too vulnerable, and too attached to him, she left him after several months. Han would later reflect that he might have had a future with her if she hadn't left him.
Being his fellow smuggler, Salla Zend "replaced" a position of Han's girlfriend after his unsuccessful romance with Zabeena Xaverri. In time, the initially harsh woman became more attached to Han. Not feeling the same way, he was forced to virtually "escape" from her. She never forgot his actions and upon meeting again years later reminded him of what he had done.
Jenny and Han first became involved while he was staying in Mos Eisley during his time as a free-lance smuggler for Jabba. The relationship was brief, but Jenny herself called their time together "exciting".
Han first met Leia Organa during an attempt to rescue the young princess from the Galactic Empire while on board the Death Star. The two got off to a rocky start, but as they worked together during the Galactic Civil War, Leia and Han developed a relationship that would last throughout the war. Their love fully manifested shortly before Han's capture by Boba Fett. Despite Leia's later occasional suitors like Fenn Shysa or Prince Isolder, Han never lost his "femme fatale" from sight.
In 8 ABY, the two were married and they gradually had six children, Jacen, Jaina, Chad, Anakin, and Rory Solo. By the time of 40 ABY, having been married for more than thirty-five years, the two said that they loved each other even more than they did when they married.
Notes and references
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- ↑ Star Wars: Stars End
- ↑ Star Wars: Solo's Revenge
- ↑ Star Wars: The Lost Legacy
- ↑ Star Wars: The Long Hunt
- ↑ Star Wars: A New Hope
- ↑ Millennium Falcon Owner's Workshop Manual
- ↑ Star Wars: Traitor's Gambit
- ↑ Star Wars: The Power Gem
- ↑ Star Wars: Iceworld
- ↑ The Star Wars Holiday Special
- ↑ Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire