Kylo Ren

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Kylo Ren
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"You need a teacher! I'll show you the ways of the Force!"
Gender: Male
Type: Bootlegged "successor" of Darth Vader
Age: 29 (The Force Awakens & The Last Jedi)
30 (The Rise of Skywalker)
Species: Human
Portrayed by: Adam Driver
Status: Deceased
Media of origin: Star Wars

Kylo Ren (born 5 ABY on Chandrila; dies 35 ABY on Exegol) is a major antagonist in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. His real name is Ben Solo, son of Han Solo and Leia Organa, nephew of Luke Skywalker, grandson of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader and Padme Amidala Naberrie, and great-grandson of Shmi Skywalker. He is also somehow the leader of the Knights of Ren.


  • Shmi Skywalker-Lars (maternal great-grandmother)
  • Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader (maternal grandfather)
  • Owen Lars (maternal great-uncle)
  • Beru Whitesun Lars (maternal great-aunt)
  • Padme Amidala Naberrie Skywalker (maternal grandmother)
  • Jobal Naberrie (maternal great-grandmother)
  • Ruwee Naberrie (maternal great-grandfather)
  • Bail Organa (maternal adopted grandfather)
  • Breha Organa (maternal adopted grandmother)
  • Luke Skywalker (maternal uncle)
  • Leia Skywalker Organa Solo (mother)
  • Han Solo (father)
  • Rey Palpatine/Skywalker (honorary adopted cousin)

Qualities that need a teacher

  1. He's a ripoff of Jacen Solo in the Legends timeline, that was created to jab at Darth Vader fanboys.
  2. He is just an whiny, edgy, brooding petulant child that only shows surface-level conflict.
  3. He is inconsistently portrayed. He is so powerful and disciplined he can stop the movement of a blaster bolt in mid-air for some time without any apparent effort and could defeat Luke Skywalker in a duel, while on the other hand he is shown as unstable, undisciplined and able to be overpowered by Rey, a girl who was unaware that the Jedi and the Force were real until earlier that day.
  4. He is prone to tantrums that make him way less threatening than any other villain. The only villain who is a bigger joke than him is Hux.
  5. His name makes little sense, as Obi-Wan isn't as close to Han and Leia as Luke is, although it is possible that Luke suggested naming him Ben.
  6. The removal of his mask in was also premature and underwhelming. And Ben Solo looks goofy without it. Its made worse in that he actually destroys his mask in Last Jedi. It is also the moment he lost his intimidation and scariness making him a grumpy emo kid.
  7. His relationship with Rey and the whole "there's still good in him" felt forced and is basically a rehash of Luke's redemption of Anakin.
  8. There is no sound reason why he became a villain. Sure, he saw Luke thinking of killing him or even Emperor Palpatine manipulating him into leading the First Order, it doesn't explain why he turned on anyone else.

Qualities that don't need a teacher

  1. Adam Driver does do a good job with the material he's given.
  2. His stopping a blast bolt is mid air is pretty awesome and shows how powerful he is.
  3. He at least got his trademark mask back during The Rise of Skywalker.
  4. His conflicted persona is quite understandable, as his outward appearance suggests he's just trying to play the part of Vader, but inside he's his father, his mother, and his uncle, making up a balance of Light and Dark.


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