15 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kylo Ren (& Ben Solo)

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Vote up the most interesting things about Kylo Ren's life.

When Kylo Ren was first introduced in The Force Awakens, his tragic backstory began to unfold. Over the course of the sequel trilogy, we learned the story of a young Jedi apprentice named Ben Solo, as well as his eventual fall to the dark side of the Force.

Whether you're a casual fan or you're really into Kylo Ren/Ben Solo, odds are there are a few things you don't know about the son of Leia Organa and Han Solo. There's plenty to cover, from his childhood and upbringing to his training by his uncle, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

Despite Star Wars being one of the most exciting and impressive franchises of all time, there's still a lot the general fan base doesn't know about Kylo Ren. This list takes a look at the lore from as many sources as possible to uncover the things you didn't know about Ben Solo.

Check out these little-known facts below, and be sure to vote up anything you didn't already know about one of the Star Wars sequel trilogy's most amazing characters!


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    Ben First Met The Knights Of Ren When He Was Adventuring With Luke

    When he accompanied his uncle and Lor San Tekka to a Jedi outpost on Elphrona, Ben Solo met someone who would become a significant figure in his adult life. As the group was scouring the outpost, looking for artifacts, another group emerged. The Knights of Ren stepped from the shadows, claiming the cache for themselves, which wasn't something Luke Skywalker was willing to let happen.

    The two groups fought, but as soon as Luke revealed himself to be the superior combatant, the Knights of Ren fled. Before this could happen, the leader of the Knights, a scarred figure named Ren, offered a spot on his team to Ben, should he want one sometime in the future... Ben never forgot this encounter, and years later, after leaving Luke's Jedi emple, he sought out the Knights of Ren and ultimately took over the group after defeating Ren in combat.

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    Kylo Ren And Snoke Traveled To Dagobah To Enter The Cave Of Evil

    When Luke Skywalker walked into the cave on Dagobah, he saw a dark-side vision of himself as Vader. This left many fans feeling as if the cave was associated only with the dark side of the Force, but that's not correct. In actuality, the cave on Dagobah was much like the sea cave on Ahch-To, as it used the Force to test a person's biggest fears and challenges, and that has nothing to do with the dark or the light side of the Force and everything to do with balance.

    In Star Wars: Age of Resistance - Supreme Leader Snoke #1, Kylo Ren and Snoke travel to Dagobah so the former Jedi can enter the cave. After entering, he sees Master Luke in his full Jedi robes, explaining that he doesn't want to kill him. Kylo then kills the vision of his uncle and is soon after greeted by visions of his mother and father, desperate to return him to the light.

    The visions of the cave are meant to balance Kylo. This is done by first showing him something he hates (Luke) and then by showing him something he loves (his parents). To embrace his desire to abandon the Jedi teachings, he's given the choice of destroying the visions of Han and Leia, but Kylo takes a third option. He destroys the cave itself, proving he wasn't ready to turn his back on his family.

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    Ben Bled His Own Kyber Crystal When Creating His Saber

    When a Jedi succumbs to the dark side of the Force and becomes a Sith, they must undergo a ritual called "bleeding," where they pour all of their pain, hatred, and anguish into a kyber crystal, turning it red. Siths must take a Jedi's lightsaber (after killing them) and corrupt the captured crystal, but that's not how Ben Solo turned his lightsaber plasma blade red.

    When Ben opted to bleed his kyber crystal, he poured all the hatred he felt for the legacy of his family into it. He renounced his past associations, pledging himself to Snoke (and by proxy, Darth Sidious). His eyes burned red during this process as the crystal cracked in his hand. When he placed it back into his lightsaber, the red blade was unstable, requiring a modification. He had to construct a crossguard to handle the energy, and once he was done, Ben was dead, and Kylo Ren stood in his place.

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    Snoke's Training Was Completely Different Than Luke's

    When Ben chose to become Kylo Ren and embrace the dark side of the Force, he gave himself to Supreme Leader Snoke so that he could be trained. The two went to a rocky planet in the Rarlech system, where they stood at the edge of a great cliff. Snoke held Kylo over the cliff using the Force and asked him if he was afraid. Kylo said he wasn't, but Snoke wasn't buying it.

    He told him that he lacked control, and fear was useful. He told him that anger pushes people into acting blindly with rage, losing control. Fear was different, and it could be used to make him powerful. Snoke explained, "Use your fear. Let it crystallize into anger. Turn that anger into power."

    Snoke then dropped Kylo, letting him fall. Thinking about what Snoke told him, he managed to use his fear to utilize the Force in such a way as to stop his fall, saving him from certain death. Once the training was complete, Kylo asked Snoke if he would have let him die had he not gained control. Snoke explained that Skywalker would have saved him, but that would have hindered Kylo's progress. Snoke's methods taught him the power of fear while simultaneously putting down the training of the Jedi.


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    His Parents Never Told Ben About His Relation To Darth Vader, Giving An Opening To Snoke

    Leia Organa was a princess of Alderaan for all intents and purposes, and her parents were Bail and Breha Organa. Through the course of the Galactic Civil War, the truth was revealed, and Leia understood that she was actually the daughter of Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala. This made Ben Solo the grandson of one of the most feared and loathed men in the galaxy.

    Luke, Han, Chewbacca, and Leia kept this information from Ben for as long as possible, so he could be spared the knowledge as he matured. Eventually, a political smear campaign against Leia brought the news to light, and it didn't go over well with the people of the New Republic. Despite all she'd done for the New Republic over the years, she found herself an outsider.

    Leia's political career came to an abrupt end, and her son was left wondering about the grandfather he never had a chance to meet. Seeing as he scavenged Vader's burnt helmet from the moon of Endor and kept it in his private quarters years later, it's safe to say the revelation did a number on him. Kylo Ren sought to serve his grandfather's memory as a sort of anchor to the dark side of the Force, and he only ever overcame this desire after finding the strength to leave Vader behind in The Rise of Skywalker.

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    Kylo Ren Was Technically Never A Sith

    Kylo Ren Was Technically Never A Sith
    Photo: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    He may look like a Sith, and he may act like a Sith, but Kylo Ren never became a Sith Lord. Ben Solo's fall from the light side to the dark side of the Force certainly mirrored that of people like his grandfather and other Jedi, but he never became a Sith Lord. J.J. Abrams confirmed this in an interview with Empire magazine, saying, "Kylo Ren is not a Sith. He works under Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force."

    Kylo Ren never became a Sith for a variety of reasons, the most obvious being that he wasn't trained by a Dark Lord of the Sith, seeing as all Sith were (seemingly) dead. The last two Sith Lords, Vader and Sidious were deceased. Kylo chose to follow the dark side of the Force while employing the training he received as a Jedi. He was taught much by Snoke, but this wouldn't have made him a Sith, as he truly wasn't trained in full by him.

    When Ben Solo killed Ren, he took the Knights as his own, leading a faction of Force-sensitive mercenaries who had no true affiliation. It was only after Snoke's demise (at his hand) that he truly belonged to any organization, as he took on the role of supreme commander of the First Order. Of course, there are numerous similarities between Kylo Ren and the Sith that are hard to overlook, including his red lightsaber blade, his mask, which he wore to honor his grandfather, and the path he took in slaying his father.

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