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Solo, a character from the Star Wars franchise, is primarily associated with one of its protagonists, Han Solo. He is portrayed by actor Harrison Ford in Episodes IV, V, VI, and VII and by Alden Ehrenreich in the prequel, "Solo: A Star Wars Story." Han Solo made his first appearance in the original Star Wars film, now known as "Episode IV - A New Hope," released in 1977. He is known for his wit, charm, and exceptional piloting skills, heavily contributing to his legendary status within the Star Wars universe.

A native of Corellia, Han Solo was an orphan raised by a band of criminals headed by a woman named Lady Proxima. His ambition to become the best pilot in the galaxy led him to escape from their clutches and pursue a career in the Imperial Navy. However, after facing moral dilemmas and growing disillusioned with the Empire, Solo saved a Wookiee named Chewbacca from slavery and deserted the Imperial ranks. This event marked the beginning of a lifelong friendship and partnership between the two, with Chewbacca becoming Han's loyal co-pilot and companion aboard the "Millennium Falcon," a ship they later won.

The Millennium Falcon is a modified YT-1300F Corellian Freight transport vessel initially owned by Lando Calrissian, a smuggler, gambler, and ally. Han Solo won the Falcon from Lando in a high-stakes game of Sabacc. The ship is famous for its speed and maneuverability, demonstrated when Han completed the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs - a virtually impossible feat. This impressive record, aided by Solo's skilled piloting and the Falcon's unique modifications, established Han's reputation as a formidable pilot and a valuable asset in the Star Wars narrative.

Han Solo's journey with the Rebel Alliance began in "Episode IV - A New Hope." Initially motivated by the prospect of financial reward for rescuing Princess Leia Organa, Han found himself deeply involved in the cause. He played a crucial role in the destruction of the first Death Star and subsequently became a General in the Rebel Alliance. Han's dedication to the Resistance was marked by both personal growth and sacrifices, such as being captured and frozen in carbonite by the Empire in "Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back."

Han Solo and Leia Organa, former princess of Alderaan, developed a romantic relationship throughout the original trilogy. The couple married and had a son, Kylo Ren - originally named Ben Solo. Tragically, the darkness within The Force eventually consumed Kylo, leading him to join the First Order under the guidance of Supreme Leader Snoke. This devastating turn of events caused Han and Leia's relationship to deteriorate, with each focusing on their respective roles in the Resistance and the wider galaxy.

In "Episode VII - The Force Awakens," Han Solo confronts his son, Kylo Ren, attempting to bring him back to the light side of The Force. Unfortunately, this noble act ends in tragedy, with Han murdered at the hands of his son during their encounter. His death, however, serves as an emotional catalyst for the subsequent events within the Star Wars sequel trilogy, with various characters seeking justice or redemption in response to his untimely demise.

As one of the most iconic and influential characters in the Star Wars universe, Han Solo's impact spans multiple generations of fans. The release of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" in 2018 further expanded on his backstory, further cementing his status as a fan-favorite protagonist. Despite his death in the sequel trilogy, Han Solo's wit, charm, and bravery continue to define and influence the Star Wars universe as it evolves and expands.

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