We all know the story of Han Solo being a guinea pig for the planned freezing of Luke Skywalker, but how often are people "stored" in this way?

  • Do you want only canon answers because the books from Del Ray have a number of other carbon frozen people. I'm not sure if they are canon Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 17:26
  • Sure, as long as this doesn't turn into a list question. I just want to know how often it happens. Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 17:29
  • mostly duplicated here: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/35841/…
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 18:01
  • @NKCampbell: This question is a little different than the one you've linked. Instead of asking why Han needed freezing, this is asking how many people have been frozen that we know of.
    – Ellesedil
    Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 18:33
  • Right - that's why I said "mostly" instead of voting to close it :)
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 19:28

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I wouldn't say people are "stored" this way very often. I'm sure there are instances of people being frozen in the Star Wars universe off-screen that we'll never know about because there are a lot of bad people out in the Star Wars universe. However, it has happened, in canon, prior to Han Solo being frozen.

In the Clone Wars episode The Citadel (season 3, episode 18), a team consisting of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and some clone troopers voluntarily underwent carbon freezing in order to infiltrate a planet that utilized lifeform scanners as a security precaution on incoming ships.

They were unfrozen by droids led by R2D2 when they arrived on the target planet.

By my count, this mission consists of about 8 people. Add Han Solo to the mix, and there's been 9 instances of carbon freezing people in on-screen canon.

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    If Anakin knew that carbonite freezing worked, having done it himself, why was Han considered a "guinea pig"?
    – Paul
    Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 18:11
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    @Paul: See this answer.
    – Ellesedil
    Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 18:15
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    @Paul - Basically, there's a big difference between knowing the process works and knowing a particular unit is capable of it. Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 19:52

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