A smuggler, a scoundrel, and a hero of the Rebel Alliance—Han Solo played all of these roles with equal enthusiasm. As a young man, Han was kicked out of the Imperial Academy for defying orders to kill the Wookiee Chewbacca, an act that sparked a life-long friendship. Han first met Luke Skywalker when Luke needed to hire a good pilot and a fast ship. This was how Han found himself in the middle of the Rebellion that he had no interest in. Not only did he help rescue Princess Leia Organa, he was also instrumental in the destruction of both Death Stars and the eventual collapse of the Empire— even if he did spend some time on Jabba the Hutt’s wall, encased in a carbonite block.