Han Solo is one of the greatest and most memorable characters in Star Wars because, well, he’s awesome. He’s an awesome pilot, an admirable hero, a dashing fellow, but most importantly, he’s funny too. He has provided me so many laughs and giggles throughout his involvement in the franchise but he’s also incorporated some of the franchise’s most heartwarming moments as well. And now, with his standalone movie on the horizon, I’m going to share with you my ten favorite quotes from everyone’s favorite scoundrel. Enjoy!
1. “There’s no mystical field controlling my destiny. It’s just a bunch of simple tricks and nonsense.” (A New Hope)
At this time in his life Han Solo didn’t believe in the Force. You can tell from how he speaks of it that he’s kind of seen traces of the Force and heard of it but he doesn’t think it’s real. It’s a small but very important detail to his character that eventually changes as the movies progress and that’s why it’s one of my favorite quotes.
2. “May the Force be with you.” (A New Hope)
Han had helped rescue the princess, had gotten paid handsomely for the deed, and was getting ready to jump to the other side of the galaxy which infuriated his young friend, Luke Skywalker, who had believed Han was a better man than that but was proved wrong, much to his disappointment. At this part you can see the embarrassment on Han’s face as he tries to explain to Luke why he’s leaving at such a pivotal moment rather than fighting with the rebellion.
It’s one of my favorite moments from Han as he calls Luke and with a genuine smile says to him, “May the Force be with you.” Here’s this man who supposedly doesn’t believe in the Force and yet he’s willing to say goodbye to him in that sort of way because that’s how much the young kid, Luke, had made an impact on him. It’s a touching moment from his character to Luke and honestly one of my favorites from him.
3. “Laugh it up, fuzzball.” (The Empire Strikes Back)
This is undoubtedly one of the funniest quotes in Star Wars because of one reason. He called Chewbacca a fuzzball! LOL! End of discussion.
4. “Never tell me the odds.” (The Empire Strikes Back)
Han loves the thrill of danger and what’s more “thrilling” than flying through an asteroid field? When C-3PO tries to inform Han of his suicidal plan by telling him the odds of surviving the maneuver Han replies with an angry, “Never tell me the odds.” To some people that would depict Han as insane but to me it shows just how awesome Han truly is. He doesn’t have the Force and a lightsaber like Luke Skywalker but he’s got an uncanny sense of survival instinct that helps him survive event after event and this was just another one of those moments. And that’s why Han is, like I said before, AWESOME!
5. “I know.” (The Empire Strikes Back)
There is no way you can have a discussion about favorite Han quotes and not place this in the list. Not only is it one of the most pivotal moments for both him and Leia in the franchise but the fact that Harrison Ford is the one who improvised the line makes it all the more special.
6. “Great, Chewie, great! Always thinking with your stomach.” (Return of the Jedi)
The reason why I love this part is it’s supposedly a very serious situation but the banter between Han and Chewie infuses the scene with a comedic tone. This scene has made me laugh since the first time I saw it and Han was right, Chewie does think with his stomach. A couple of unfortunate porgs can attest to that. Lol.
7. “Chewie, we’re home.” (The Force Awakens)
I still remember the sheer thrill I felt when I heard Han Solo say these words on the official trailer for The Force Awakens for the first time. I figuratively exploded with excitement. Here was this character that I thought I would never see again back in a new Star Wars movie and I honestly couldn’t have been happier. This quote brought me so much joy that I had to include it on this list.
8. “I never ask that question until after I’ve done it.” (The Force Awakens)
This quote’s comedic aspect didn’t hit me until about a year after seeing the movie. One day I was watching The Force Awakens and when he said to Rey as she asked him if it was smart jumping into hyperspace inside of a hangar he responded, “I never ask that question until after I’ve done it.” The humor behind that answer hit me so hard and it’s been hilarious ever since because that was such a Han response. Han makes some really dangerous, possibly life-threatening, choices at times (like jumping into hyperspace in a hangar) and only afterward does he say to himself, “How did I do that?” That right there is VERY funny.
9. “It’s true. The Force and the Jedi…all of it. It’s all true.” (The Force Awakens)
This may be one of the quietest scenes in The Force Awakens but it’s also one of the most impactful, for it highlights a changed man in Han Solo. Remember, this is the same man who just over three decades before didn’t believe in the Force at all and stuck by that belief wholeheartedly. But after meeting Luke and Leia, facing Vader who once disarmed him through the mysterious ways of the Force, and seeing the powers of a Jedi firsthand all of that disbelief is gone. Now, thirty years later, he has a son who literally has the Force and so he definitely can’t dismiss the mystical power anymore. In fact, you can tell he believes that it probably did shape his own destiny throughout his life to the point where he is now and it’s scenes like this that make The Force Awakens so downright enjoyable.
10. “When he gets what he wants he’ll crush you. You know it’s true.” (The Force Awakens)
This is my final favorite quote of his because it holds so much meaning. Not only is it one of the most pivotal moments in the movie because of the showdown between father and son, Han and Ben Solo, but this quote practically set up events that happened later in The Last Jedi. He tried to save Kylo Ren by telling him the truth and that was that Snoke didn’t care about him. He was just using him as his little pawn until he obtained galactic domination. Even though Kylo still ended up killing Han Solo *sniffles* that little nugget he placed in his mind helped spur him onward to make the most stunning move of The Last Jedi, killing Snoke.
Harrison Ford said he wanted Han Solo to die in a way that would spur the story of other characters forward in a meaningful way and J.J Abrams truly lived up to that wish. Han Solo is such a great character because of small, seemingly insignificant, moments like that and I hope we can get some more great moments and quotes from him in Solo.
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it and I hope you have a lovely day. May the Force be with you.