Han Solo

is Kylo Ren's father, then how is

Darth Vader Kylo Ren's grandfather?

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    Did you saw the movie? Leia says a bunch of times that he is his son. – Alessandro Sanfilippo Dec 21 '15 at 16:40
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    Because Han isn't capable of asexual reproduction. – Catija Dec 21 '15 at 16:45
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    Maybe you are just mistaken. Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker) gave birth to both Luke and Leia. Leia + Han = Kylo – wizloc Dec 21 '15 at 20:47
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    Leia is also anakin/vadar's daughter. – Escoce Jan 5 '16 at 18:58
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    Clearly Han Solo is too awesome to breed with any creature not himself, and thus reproduces via parthenogenesis, thereby validating this question. – Broklynite Feb 2 '16 at 11:47

Kylo Ren has two parents: Han Solo and Leia Organa.

Leia is the daughter of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, making Kylo Ren the grandson of Anakin/Vader.

Leia refers to their son a number of times in conversation with Han.

He met her eyes steadily. “We’ve lost our son, forever.”


“Always,” she told him. “From the shadows, in the beginning, even before I realized what was happening, he was manipulating everything, pulling our son toward the dark side.


“If you see our son,” Leia whispered, “bring him home.”

  • Don't leia or Han also say at some point "he has too much Vadar in him"? – Escoce Jan 5 '16 at 18:57
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    Yes, Han says that. – phantom42 Jan 5 '16 at 19:09

Because Darth Vader (aka Anakin Skywalker) is Leia's father.

And Kylo Ren

Is also the son of Leia.

It takes two to tango.


Darth Vader is Kylo Ren's maternal grandfather.

A maternal grandparent is someone who is your mom's parent. Your paternal grandparents are your father's parents. Your mom's parents are your maternal grandparents.(source)

Another way of saying it is "my grandfather on my mother's side" (or maternal grandfather) vs "my grandfather on my father's side" (or paternal grandfather).

You are correct that Vader is not Kylo's paternal grandfather (as that whould be Han's dad, and Vader is not Han's dad), but Vader is still Kylo's maternal grandfather (as that would be Leia's dad, and Vader is Leia's dad1).

Here's a chart I made to help make it abundantly clear:

Paint-made genealogic tree

1 We know Vader is Leia's father from Return of the Jedi, when Luke learns that Leia is his twin sister.

LUKE: Leia's my sister!

KENOBI: Your insight serves you well.

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