Matt the Radar Technician
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Matt the Radar Technician is a fanon character and alias for Kylo Ren originating from a Saturday Night Live sketch from January 2016, where Adam Driver played Kylo Ren as a reality show participant in "Undercover Boss: Starkiller Base."
In the sketch, which is a parody of the show Undercover Boss, Kylo Ren poses as a radar technician named Matt and works in Starkiller Base to learn what his First Order employees think of him. He wears a blond wig, safety vest, and giant aviator glasses to disguise his appearance. While working on the base, he fails at basic technical tasks and at subtlety when he asks staff how they like the boss. There are also outtakes which fandom as a whole considers adorable. The character is of dubious canon, given that a "radar technician" has been referenced in some official comics and the costume Matt wears has also appeared in official materials.
In 2020, Adam Driver hosted SNL again was in another Undercover Boss-style segment: Undercover Boss: Where Are They Now - SNL. The sketch calls back to Matt, but this time Kylo goes undercover as Randy the Intern.
Star Wars fandom has created action figures, cosplay, and video game mods of Matt. The character is also featured in quite a lot of fanfiction, frequently featuring in Kylo Ren/Hux fic (as Kylo, Matt, or both names) and in Rey/Kylo Ren fic. It's also common to put Matt in Reader-Insert fic.
Despite the sketch being clear that Matt is merely a disguise for Kylo Ren, making it a variant on Same-Actor Crossovers, and not an existing person already on Starkiller Base that Kylo Ren is assuming the identity of, fandom occasionally treats Matt as being a character separate from Kylo Ren. This has led to the creation of "Kylo Ren is Matt the Radar Technician" as a tag on AO3 to clarify the difference between those fics and fics where Kylo Ren and Matt are separate characters. In Kylux fic featuring Matt as Kylo Ren's alias, Hux not knowing that Kylo Ren is Matt is a frequent trope.
By far the most common pairing for Matt is the crossover pairing of Clan Techie/Matt the Radar Technician (also known as "Techienician"). Clan Techie is a minor character played by Domnhall Gleeson, who also plays Armitage Hux, in Judge Dredd. In Star Wars fandom, particularly among people who ship Kylux, this is known as an adjacent pairing or "Kylux Adjacent," meaning a pairing of characters other than Kylo Ren and Armitage Hux who are played by Adam Driver and Domnhall Gleeson. Tumblr user jeusus is frequently credited with being the person who brought the pairing into prominence and indeed they have both posted about the ship and frequently drawn the pairing.
Links & Resources
- Matt the Radar Technician fanworks at AO3
- Matt the Radar Technician on Know Your Meme
- solohux in response to an anon ask
- Star Wars Undercover Boss: Starkiller Base - SNL on YouTube, accessed 2016-06-19.
- Outtakes From SNL Kylo Ren Undercover Boss Sketch Funnier Than the Sketch Itself. Also, we love Matt the Radar Technician by Teresa Jusino, posted 2016-01-22, accessed 2016-06-19.
- Remember Matt the radar technician? He’s referenced in a new ‘Star Wars’ comic, posted 2019-09-01, accessed 2019-12-06.
- "Matt" the Star Labor Radar Technician bootleg action figure...revealed! by Scott Tolleson x 2BitHack on spankystokes.com, posted 2016-01-20, accessed 2016-06-19.
- Matt the Radar Technician Cosplay posted on 2016-02-09, accessed 2016-06-19.
- Matt - Radar Technician on NexusMods, accessed 2019-12-06.
- "Kylo Ren is Matt the Radar Technician" Tag, accessed 2019-12-06.
- "Techienician" tag, accessed 2019-12-06.
- "Kylux Adjacent" Tag, accessed 2019-12-06.
- Response to an anon ask, posted 2016-02-04, accessed 2019-12-06.
- jeusus' "Techienician" tag, accessed 2019-12-06.