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Kylo Ren (real name Ben Solo), is a major antagonist in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, serving as the secondary antagonist (the true villains being Snoke and Hux) in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. He will return in Star Wars: Episode VIII, as the possible secondary antagonist. He was a First Order assassin who was obsessed with Darth Vader, and so he built a mask that was similar to his own grandfather (Vader). During the film, he serves as an enforcer for General Armitage Hux and Supreme Leader Snoke, and a remorseful nemesis for Rey.
He was portrayed by Adam Driver.
Kylo Ren is the leader of the Knights of Ren, working for General Hux and Supreme Leader Snoke. The mask that he made looks somewhat similar to Darth Vader's mask. He also serves as an enforcer for Hux and Snoke, and seeks freedom throughout the map.
As one side of him tries to fight darkness and know his family better, he is influenced by darkness as he has killed and betrayed his father Han Solo. He seems to love Han Solo, but not have the courage to stand up for him in front of Hux and Snoke.
Even Adam Driver himself says that Kylo Ren is not a true villain, so that means Kylo has a very tragic, yet obsessive, personality overall.
Kylo Ren is a tall, dark and gangly young man. He has broad proportions, including unusually long and thin arms and legs, as well as a large nose and full lips. His hair is black, greasy and approximately chin-length.
While fully clothed, Kylo wears a metal mask the envelopes his whole head, which features ornamental patterns that draw contours around his visor. His mask is designed by him to take inspiration from the late Darth Vader, who Kylo has deep knowledge of. His clothing is black-themed and tailored around his lean physique. The clothing is predominantly made from a soft, flexible material, though his belt and boots are leather-based.
The most distinct physical element of Kylo, however, is his makeshift lightsaber. Its hilt is haphazardly constructed, with it being uneven and with exposed wiring. Its blade is the traditional Dark Side red, though it is shown to be unstable and does not retain the traditional uniformity of a professionally-manufactured lightsaber. Two small crossguard light blades are deployed with ignition of the weapon, giving the lightsaber resemblance to a medieval long sword.
- Prince Zuko (Avatar: The Last Airbender) - Both want honor from doing the wrong thing, but are very tragic and delusional anti-villains.
- Smek (Home series) - Both of their films were released in 2015, and have aliens in them. They were also both delusional anti-villains that reformed in the end.
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
He at first appeared encountering Lor San Tekka, whom he had killed, and he imprisoned Poe Dameron, a talented X-wing pilot, thus asking him where the map to Luke is. However, he did not know the map was handed to BB-8, who has gone far away on the same planet. He then witnessed through using his power on Poe that the Resistance have the map, However, he saw Poe escaping with Finn, and had to report this to General Hux.
Then, he asked General Hux to find the map for him, but Hux disagreed, reminding him that he has a higher rank to Snoke. Kylo Ren and Hux were later called to Snoke, who questioned Hux about his plans to destroy the Resistance. Hux then stated that the weapon is ready for use, and exited the room with Snoke agreeing. Snoke told Kylo Ren that there had been an awakening. Kylo Ren was informed by Snoke that BB8 is found in The Millennium Falcon, owned by his father Han Solo. As Kylo Ren said "it means nothing to me", Snoke replied that even he is no challenge for such a strong Resistance awakening, and angrily stated that they shall see who's right.
Kylo then talked to Darth Vader's mask, promising not to fail again.
Kylo and Rey
Kylo Ren later went to operate the Resistance Base, and find it's location, so Hux would be able to complete his plans. He captured Rey in the middle of an operation, and took her to his room and tied her up on the couch. However, he tried to redeem himself through reading her thoughts. He told her there is nothing to worry about, and even took off his mask. He tried to discover the map, but the only thing he succeeded was in discovering Han. However, Rey didn't trust him, as she even used her own power of the force to prevent Kylo from reading her mind. Snoke called Kylo again and asked him angrily if the scavenger resisted him, as reported. Kylo Ren tried to protect Rey, by telling Snoke that he is stronger than her force powers. However, Hux interfered and stated that the fact he brought the girl foiled his plans, and that because of it, The Resistance may have got the map back already. When Kylo came back, he knew that Rey had escaped, and he chased her with some Stormtroopers.
Han later came with Rey and Finn to deactivate all generators in the base, so the base would explode and The First Order would no longer be threatening. Han spotted Kylo Ren, and called him by his old name "Ben". Kylo took off his mask, and almost managed redeeming himself, telling him he is torn to pieces, and that getting a promise by Han to set things straight. Kylo almost succeeded in giving his lightsaber to Han. However, due to corruption caused by Snoke and Hux, he killed Han, as the dark powers have developed in him even more. He thanked Han for that loving option, as Han cuddled him and fell off the bridge with his open arms.
Kylo vs. Finn and Rey
He then battled and defeated Finn, calling him a traitor. Then, he passed on to Rey, who couldn't stand him anymore and fought him with no mercy. During the battle, the Rebels demolished The Starkiller Base's thermal oscillator, causing a huge earthquake in the planet's super-weapon. In the middle of the battle, Kylo Ren asked Rey to trust him, and he was finally willing to redeem himself from any evil, and letting her defeat him. Ren was then even prepared to be killed by her, but a rift developed between them. It is unknown what happens to him after, but either he was left behind on the imploding planet and blew up, or he was rescued by Hux and taken to Snoke, as Snoke said that he would finish his training.
Star Wars: Episode VIII
He is seen fighting another apprentice in the woods, however, he looses to that apprentice, who uses power on him. He is also seen fighting Rey in the desert.
- Instead of L.E.G.O. Dimensions, Kylo Ren instead appeared in Disney Infinity, as Star Wars is owned by Walt Disney Pictures, now.
- Despite his role in the movie, he does appear as the main antagonist in the Disney Infinity 3.0 version of the film. Here in the game, he never reformed and always tells Hux what to do. He also keeps fighting Rey until his mask is slashed, and thus wouldn't let her defeat him. He is also far more evil in the video game than he is in the film.
- However, he reappears as a secondary antagonist (behind Hux and Snoke) once again in the L.E.G.O. game.
- He is a Presumed Deceased antagonist, as his final fate is unknown. It is also unknown how his return has happen.
- Kylo Ren is directly based on Jacen Solo.
- He is set to return as a villain with General Hux , Snoke and Phasma in Star Wars Episode VIII. That presumably means he was found by Hux, as his choice for redemption goes away.
- There was a theory that Han Solo commited suicide while confronting Kylo Ren on the bridge. However, the theory was officially debunked.