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Han Solo and why we love flawed, selfish, and cynical heroes

HAN SOLO,A STAR WARS STORY

Lucasfilm Ltd. | Fair Use

Paul Asay - published on 05/19/18

Peter Quill, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Marvel Studios | Fair Use

Before Quill, alias Star-Lord (and played by Chris Pratt), challenged a galactic terrorist to a winner-take-all dance off, he was a space pirate, plain and simple. He stole things for himself and his not-so-merry band of Ravagers, and the only thing he was guardian of was his own semi-pathetic life. But when he falls in with, as he says, “two thugs, an assassin and a maniac” and comes into temporary possession of an Infinity Stone — one pursued by afore-mentioned galactic terrorist — he realizes he has a galaxy to guard. “What did the galaxy ever do for you?” Rocket, one of his new compatriots, challenges him. “Why would you want to save it?” “Because I’m one of the idiots who lives in it!” Quill says. He’s willing to risk his life for the galaxy and a whole bunch of other “idiots,” and he inspires his teammates to help him.

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Han Solo clearly has a lot of company when it comes to rough-around-the-edges heroes. But you know what we say to these characters, despite their flaws? We love you.

And what do they say back to us? We know.

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