15 Things 'Star Wars' Fans Probably Didn't Know About Han Solo

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Vote up the coolest things you learned about Han Solo.

Han Solo is arguably one of the most significant characters in the Star Wars franchise, and many fans would insist he's one of the greatest characters of all time. He's handsome, he absolutely without a doubt shot first, he's an excellent pilot, and he's a rogue and scoundrel you can't help but love. He's also a hero (despite his initial protestations) and one of the most important members of the Rebel Alliance. Unfortunately, he's also the victim of Disney's purchase of the franchise.

When Disney acquired the rights to the Star Wars franchise, all of the books and comics written about Han Solo were relegated to Star Wars Legends status. Since then, Han has been able to get some decent representation with a bunch of comics, and of course, he finally got a feature film via Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Still, there's plenty about Han Solo that the average fan doesn't know. After all, what was Han Solo's childhood like, and how did he become so close to Chewbacca? Solo may have shown how he won the Millennium Falcon, but there's far more story to tell about Han Solo. Take a look at some of the most interesting things you probably didn't know about Han Solo down below, and be sure to upvote the best facts about everyone's favorite "scruffy-looking Nerf herder!"

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    He Organized And Helped Lead The Liberation Of Kashyyyk

    In the closing scenes of Revenge of the Sith, the Emperor issues Order 66, leading to the stormtroopers trying to take out Master Yoda. They fail to do away with him, but they don't fail in taking over the planet. The moment the order was given, Kashyyyk became the property of the Imperial government, and the Empire ruled the planet harshly. Wookiees were rounded up and placed into slave labor camps, leading to the mass enslavement of the species. 

    Chewbacca was taken to a labor camp where he eventually met and befriended Han Solo, but it would take some time before he could return to his homeworld. After the Battle of Endor, Han and Chewie traveled to Kashyyyk, where they found the planet still under Imperial control. The Empire didn't disappear when the second Death Star was destroyed, and Kashyyyk remained an enslaved planet. Chewie was recaptured and imprisoned on Kashyyyk, but Han was able to rescue him with some help.

    When Chewie was liberated, he, Han, Jas Emari, Jom Barell, and former Wookiee exiles attacked Grand Moff Lozen's Imperial fortress. They managed to disable the inhibitor chips that kept the Wookiees enslaved. Once they were deactivated, the Wookiees rose up against their former masters, taking back the planet. Chewie was able to rescue his son Waroo and reunite with his wife Malla as soon as the liberation was complete.

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    His Most Famous Line Was Improvised

    When it came to dialogue, George Lucas wasn't the greatest. That was clear in his Prequel Trilogy, and it was also a problem on the set of the original three films in the Star Wars franchise. Harrison Ford and Lucas butted heads a few times over the lines, but in the end, they came to an understanding, and Ford said what he was told to say. Then, in The Empire Strikes Back, one line was changed by Ford, and it worked so perfectly for the character, it became his most iconic phrase.

    When Han Solo is being lowered into the carbonite freezing chamber, Leia says, "I love you." Han looks at her and only says, "I know." In the original script, the line was simply, "I love you, too," but Ford didn't feel that it worked for his character. He pitched what he thought would work best, and he said "I know" instead. The film's director, Irvin Kershner, later recalled that he "regarded that scene as entirely Ford's." It's enshrined in cinematic history as one of the greatest lines in a movie, and it was entirely improvised.

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    Han Shot First. He Did. Accept It And Move On.

    If you sat in a movie theater in 1977 and watched Star Wars, you witnessed Han Solo blasting Greedo in the Mos Eisley Cantina. Han was able to accomplish this by creatively distracting his adversary while casually pulling out his blaster. When he said, "I'll bet you have," he immediately pulled the trigger. The blaster fired up through the table, killing Greedo. It was a great scene that showed just how far Han Solo was willing to go to save his skin.

    Then, for whatever reason, George Lucas decided he didn't like that. The filmmaker got a hold of his master copy and began editing the hell out of it. He spent years (and millions of dollars) "fixing" the things he didn't like in the original. While this mostly centered around implementing CGI that wasn't available to him, he also went ahead and made it so Han didn't fire first. If you watch the frame-by-frame shot of the original release, he absolutely did. In the Special Edition and subsequent releases, Greedo fires, Han's head magically moves unnaturally to the side, and then he fires.

    If there are still any doubters, the original script was leaked online long ago, and it's clear, without any shadow of a doubt, that Han fired the first (and only) shot. No matter what George Lucas says these days when the movie was made, Han shot first, and for most fans, that's exactly how it should be.

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    After He Was Encased In Carbonite, His Former Associate Qi’Ra Swiped His Body

    After Boba Fett took Han Solo's frozen body from Cloud City at the end of The Empire Strikes Back, it didn't go directly to Jabba's palace on Tatooine. Agents of the Crimson Dawn managed to get their hands on the carbonite form of Solo, leaving Qi'ra to offer him up for auction. This event occurred before the events of Return of the Jedi, and it wasn't a simple affair - pretty much every seedy element in the galaxy showed up to claim the prize.

    This included all of the large criminal organizations found throughout the galaxy, but also many more interested parties. The Galactic Empire was interested in recovering Han Solo from Crimson Dawn, but it wasn't exactly ready to get into a bidding war. Darth Vader crashed the party, insisting that ownership of Han Solo fell to the Empire. When Qi'ra demanded he fork over a million credits to her, implying that the Empire had a habit of welching on its debts, Vader ignited his lightsaber. Qi'ra put up a fight, which impressed Vader enough that he didn't end her.

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    Han And Leia Married Shortly After The Battle Of Endor

    When The Force Awakens hit theaters, it was clear that Han and Leia had married some time in the past. The details of that union weren't mentioned in the film, but the details have emerged thanks to the canon novel Aftermath: Life Debt.

    The wedding took place on Endor soon after the destruction of the second Death Star. It was a small ceremony that included their most trusted friends, and while it wasn't kept secret, it wasn't announced in any formal matter.

    As a wedding present to his wife, Han reconfigured the crew quarters in the Millennium Falcon by turning it into a galley. Some fans thought of this as a gender stereotype gift, which resulted in Jason Fry, the author of  The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross-Sections, to issue the following response:

    It was a gift from Han meant as a humorous make-do for months of terrible food, and an awkward attempt at making his rusty, decrepit home a bit more welcoming.

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    Before ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, Han Solo Actually Herded Nerfs

    There's a line in The Empire Strikes Back where Leia calls Han a "stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herder," and Han's reaction is to ask who she's calling scruffy looking. It's a funny moment, and it's been expanded into the wider lore of the franchise. A Nerf is basically a cow-like animal that's raised for its milk and meat throughout the galaxy. The reason Leia used "Nerf-herder" as an insult stems from the fact that Nerfs have a distinctive and disgusting body odor and their herders tend to carry the stench.

    After the Battle of Yavin, there was an occasion where Luke Skywalker and Han Solo moved a small herd of female Nerfs. They loaded them onto the Millennium Falcon, and they were meant to be delivered to the people of Ibaar during a particularly long famine. While transporting the Nerfs from Nar Shaddaa to Ibaar, they were intercepted by a squadron of TIE fighters. Of course, they managed to get out of the situation as they always do. A short time later, at the Battle of Hoth, Leia called Han a "Nerf herder," and she wasn't wrong.

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