Poe/Kylo Ren

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Pairing: Poe Dameron/Kylo Ren
Alternative name(s): Darkpilot, Benpoe
Gender category: Slash
Fandom: Star Wars
Canonical?: No
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Poe Dameron/Kylo Ren is a slash pairing of Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren in the Star Wars fandom. It is also known as Darkpilot or Benpoe.

While relatively uncommon in comparison to other sequel trilogy pairings, as of September 2020, there were over two thousand works tagged on the Archive of Our Own.


In the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Resistance fighter Poe Dameron is captured by First Order loyalist Kylo Ren, who seeks information about Luke Skywalker's location that Poe has in his possession. Kylo tortures Poe, but is unable to extract any useful information, as Poe has given the coordinates to his astromech BB-8. Poe is subsequently rescued by the stormtrooper defector Finn and escapes.

Although Poe observes Kylo's battle with Luke from a distance at the climax of The Last Jedi, the two characters do not encounter each other again in canon. However, Expanded Universe tie-ins such as Journey to the Force Awakens reveal that Ben Solo and Poe knew each other growing up, prior to the former's transformation into Kylo Ren, and the activation code for BB-8 to bring Poe's X-wing is "NABOO. ENDOR. BEN. 342". These two tropes frequently appear in fanworks featuring this pairing.


let’s hope for space ships dogfight and the “your mom likes me better” angst [1]

Common Tropes & Storylines



  • to lie with your soul in the grave by plinys. Poe casts a glance at the door, he can see their mothers through the semi-transparent glass, it’s too quiet to hear them talk, but he knows whatever it is it can’t be good. The kid sitting next to him seems to have the same idea. “So, who talks first?” Poe says, breaking the silence between them.
  • The Fallacy of the False Choice by Davechicken and Shadow_Side. One change, even a small one, can affect everything. Here, it is simple: BB-8 does not meet Rey in the desert wastes of Jakku. Instead, it is Poe Dameron who locates his missing droid after the TIE fighter crash, and it is Kylo Ren who comes after them both. Yet this is still only the beginning, and what is to follow will indeed finish what Darth Vader started. But not in the way anyone expects.
  • Enthalpy by reitoei. Omegaverse AU.
  • but not as you knew him by darkpilot_trash. The first thing Kylo Ren thinks when he walks into the cell and sees his prisoner slumped against his restraints is: he looks older.
  • Stranger Than Fanfiction by idrilhadhafang. A man with sleep issues walks into a Starbucks...and gets the barista as his boyfriend. College AU, Coffee Shop AU.



Archives & Fannish Links


  1. ^ Tumblr post by poefinnrey