Part of the reason the original Star Wars was so successful in 1977 is the fact that Harrison Ford’s swaggering portrayal of Han Solo grounded the saga in realism and humanity. Han felt like someone you either knew or wished you were best friends with. And the way Han found himself into everyone’s hearts is by being just as quick with a one-liner as he is with a blaster pistol. Cataloging all of Han’s best quips, comebacks, and jokes is trickier than doing the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, but let’s try.
Here are nine of Han’s best wisecracks from across the five Star Wars movies he’s actually in.
“That bad, huh?” (Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi)
When Luke and Han are captured and put in front of Jabba the Hutt for a death sentence, Han asks Luke “How we doing,” to which Luke replies, “Same as always.” Han’s retort — “That bad, huh?” — pretty much sums up why we all love the character.
“Not if you round down!” (Solo: Star Wars Story)
The latest Star Wars film, starring Alden Ehrenreich as the young Solo, boasts one of Han’s best quips. After making the Kessel Run, Chewbacca indicates that it was done in about 13 parsecs. But Han shakes his hand dismissively, proving Han’s fuzzy math will define his boasts for a lifetime. In The Force Awakens, even Rey thinks its 13 parsecs, not 12!
“Don’t everyone thank me at once.” (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
This is classic Han from the very first Star Wars film ever. After the Millennium Falcon successful makes it into hyperspace, Han triumphantly tells Obi-Wan, Luke, Chewie and the droids the good news. Everyone pretty much ignores him, eliciting this classic retort.
“Sorry, sweetheart, I haven't got time for anything else.” (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)
Easily the most sexually suggestive line in all of Star Wars. When the Falcon is trapped inside of an asteroid, Han embraces Leia reflexively, and when she protests, Han says, “Don’t get excited!”
Leia replies with, “Captain, being held by you isn’t quite enough to get me excited,” to which Han says, “Sorry, sweetheart, I haven't got time for anything else.” What could he have meant!??
“That’s not how the Force works!...Oh, really you’re cold?” (Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens)
When Finn, Chewie, and Han infiltrate Starkiller Base, Han is furious to learn that Finn doesn’t really know how to lower the shields. When Finn says they’ll just “use the Force!” Han isn’t having it. “That’s not how the Force works!” he says, uh, forcefully. And when Chewie complains, Han sarcastically says, “Oh, really, you’re cold?”
“I don’t know! Fly casual!” (Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi)
In Return of the Jedi, Han, Luke, Leia, and Chewie are flying under the radar in a stolen Imperial shuttle, none of them really know if the code they stole is going to get them clearance to land on Endor. In an effort to kill time, Han tells Chewie to “fly casual.” Hilarious.
“I hope that old man got that tractor beam out of commission or this is gonna be a real short trip!” (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
As a master of the hysterical understatement, Han Solo has no equal in the entire Star Wars saga. In A New Hope, as everyone is escaping the Death Star, Han makes this ironic crack about the tractor beam. A short trip in the case would equal: not going anywhere at all. Nice.
“I’m out of it for a little while and everyone gets delusions of grandeur.” (Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi)
After Han is revived from carbon freeze in Jabba’s Palace in Return of the Jedi, he’s thrown into a jail cell with Chewbacca, which is where he learns Luke is now a Jedi Knight and is planning to rescue everyone. In the two previous Star Wars movies, Han rescued Luke, which is what makes this line about “delusions of grandeur” so great.
"Boring conversation anyway!"
Though George Lucas has all the screenwriting credit for the script of Star Wars: A New Hope, he actually hired screenwriting husband-and-wife team Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck to help him punch up the dialogue. As a result, a lot of the funniest lines in the original Star Wars were written by Katz and Huyck. (Don’t believe me? Check out Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays.)
And so, Han’s famous scene in which he stalls for time over a comlink with an Imperial officer is partially thanks to Katz and Huyck. When Han decides to end this Death Star phone call with laser blast, and says “boring conversation anyway” pure Star Wars gold was made. There may never have been a funnier moment in a Star Wars film than this, and there might never be again.