|Name:||Kylo Ren, Ben Solo|
|Occupation:||Dark Side Force User|
|Title/Rank:|| Supreme Leader of the First Order|
Master of the Knights of Ren
|Relationships:|| Han Solo and Leia Organa (Parents), |
Darth Vader or Anakin Skywalker (Grandfather), Padme Amidala (Grandmother), Luke Skywalker (Uncle)
|Fandom:||Star Wars, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi|
|Other:||Portrayed by Adam Driver|
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Kylo Ren is the son of Star Wars trilogy characters Han Solo and Leia Organa, and was originally named Ben Solo. Though trained by his uncle Luke Skywalker as a Jedi, he has been seduced to the Dark Side of the Force by Supreme Leader Snoke. He appears in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi as the primary antagonist.
In The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren is tasked with finding a map that leads to Luke Skywalker. He tortures Poe Dameron, leads an attack on the castle of Maz Kanata and captures Rey in his quest. While interrogating Rey, he discovers that she has the Force as well. When he confronts his father, Han Solo, he appears to be considering going to the Light Side, but kills Han and is wounded by Chewbacca. He pursues Finn and Rey and fights them with lightsabers, but Rey overpowers him. At the end of the film, Snoke commands Hux to retrieve Ren, planning to complete his training.
In The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren is recovering from his failure on Starkiller Base when he discovers he is linked by the Force with Rey. He appears to develop a genuine friendship with her, but Ren still brings her before his Master. He watches Snoke torture her, but when he's tasked with killing the girl, he kills Snoke instead. In the aftermath of their fight, Kylo Ren asks Rey to rule the galaxy alongside him. She refuses and escapes. Kylo Ren as Supreme Leader commands an attack on the remnants of the Resistance. He battles Luke Skywalker while the Resistance fighters escape, only to discover his Uncle is a force projection.
Fanon and Common Tropes in Fanworks
- Force User - Kylo Ren is shown to be a powerful user of the Force and this often appears in fanworks with Ren meditating, training and using the force to read minds.
- Emo Kylo Ren- In canon Kylo Ren appears young and emotional. He aspires to be as powerful as his grandfather, Darth Vader, but is prone to temper tantrums. These personality flaws often appear in fandom, with other characters exasperated by his immaturity.
- Emotional Hurt Comfort - Fanon Kylo Ren often struggles with guilt related to his actions in canon, including killing students at Luke's Jedi school and killing Han Solo. In canon, Ren is shown to be tempted to the light side, and this can lead to a redemption arc in some fics.
- Hurt Comfort fics following The Force Awakens, often involve a character rescuing an injured Kylo Ren from Starkiller Base.
- Force Bond - Kylo is often one side of a force bond with another character, usually Rey or Hux.
- Master of the Knights of Ren- The Knights of Ren are alluded to in canon but never appear. Ren's relationship to them is often the focus when they appear in fanworks.
- Modern AU
- Ben Solo AU - Many Kylo Ren fics explore what Kylo was like before he had succumbed to the dark side, or if he had never gone to the dark side at all.
There has been controversy around the practise of shipping Kylo Ren, a villain, whether with another villain or with a hero. Some fans believe that this validates the ideologies or actions of Kylo Ren and the First Order. Others do not like the nazi symbolism associated with Kylo Ren and the First Order. The popularity of Kylux and Reylo has lead to complaints of racism within the fandom. See Star Wars: The Force Awakens#Racism In and Outside The Fandom.
- On protagonists vs. antagonists, heroes vs. villains, and audience perception tumblr post by reynoverthegalaxy, accessed 2016-3-28
- Snoke’s influence on Ben from BIRTH (Jan 2016) by candlewisps
- seems to have an ongoing pattern... (December 2017) by disparatepeace.
- Interstellar Transmissions by LovelyThings, ricca_riot, Rey’s interrogation at the hands of Kylo Ren triggered an awakening in the Force, as well as an unwelcome bond that links them across the galaxy and grows stronger every day. An accidental encounter alerts Supreme Leader Snoke to the existence of this bond and he orders his apprentice to capture the girl and bring her to him. Sometimes it's not the big speeches that redeem people, but the actions you inspire them towards. Former PWP, now full scale adventure. (Kylo Ren/Rey)
- Children, Wake Up, a Kylo Ren/Hux series by Hollycomb
- Triptych by antistar_e - The very (very) long road home for Kylo Ren, formerly Ben Organa.