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Why does Kylo Ren wear a mask?

Psychological warfare. Vader was the death dealing wizard right hand man of the evil emperor for well over a generation. More than likely, his image is still enough to put a good portion of the ...
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Why does Kylo Ren respond to his birth name?

If you're referring to the scene where... part of the point of that scene is that, for this once, he takes down the walls around the side of him that's a vulnerable, non-evil emo kid and son of Han ...
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Why was Kylo Ren mistaken about Rey?

He saw her helping him, and assumed she was on his side It’s that old standby of prophecies, exact words. Both Rey and Kylo are correct in what they saw. It’s important to note that Rey says she saw ...
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Why hasn't Anakin Skywalker's Force Ghost advised Kylo Ren?

I'm afraid the answer is something unanticipatingly simple and banal: there was no point. Assuming that you meant Anakin the Good Guy's Force Ghost from ROTJ Special Edition: Anakin's Force Ghost ...
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Who turned on the lightsaber?

It was 100% Kylo Ren. When Snoke was slain, Rey had her back to him and when she turned around to see what happened, she was in complete shock. Also, Snoke narrated Kylo Ren's thoughts, which included ...
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Why does Kylo Ren's lightsaber look different from normal lightsabers?

TFA Visual Dictionary addresses this on page 26 "Kylo Ren: The Dark Warrior": The blade looks this way because it is unstable plasma blade Matrix This has to do with three facts also quoted on the ...
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How could Kylo Ren move Luke's lightsaber in The Last Jedi when he couldn't in The Force Awakens?

The implication was that Rey was somehow blocking him through her own efforts to move the hilt. Note his surprise that an object so small doesn't come on command. The exertion actually causes him ...
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What did Kylo Ren say about the Supreme Leader?

Kylo says "The Supreme leader is dead" to which Hux replies "Long live the Supreme Leader". Basically they're confirming that the [old] Supreme leader (Snoke) is dead so they now need to ...
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Why does Kylo Ren wear a mask?

Kylo Ren is obsessed with Darth Vader, He tries to imitate Vader’s appearance even though there is no medical need for him to cover his face. Additionally, the mask and helmet are worn for the ...
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Is Kylo Ren a Sith?

Found an answer myself. According to J.J. Abrams, in an interview to Empire magazine, He is NOT a Sith (despite being a Dark Side user of the Force): "Kylo Ren is not a Sith," confirms JJ Abrams ...
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What exactly did Darth Vader leave unfinished that Kylo Ren intended to finish?

JJ Abrams largely addresses this in an interview with IGN. “Kylo Ren idolizes Darth Vader, not Anakin Skywalker,” Abrams explained. “He idolizes what Vader represents and what Vader was trying to do. ...
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How certain are we about the results when Kylo Ren sees Han?

He ded. From the script and from the film's Junior novelisation and from the film's official novelisation Also it's worth noting that Leia senses
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Why does Kylo Ren keep hitting the side of his body?

I think there's a much simpler answer. Hitting a part of your body that is causing a distractingly sharp, acute pain can numb that pain by turning it into a blunt, dull, persistent and therefore less ...
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Is Kylo Ren talented with the Force or not?

According to the expert (Snoke), he is talented. But he has a major weakness (he has the pull of the Light side he's combatting). When next Snoke spoke there was an intimacy in his voice, a ...
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I was told that "Kylo Ren" was his rank and order (i.e. Kylo means captain or similar) but I can't find a ref. Is it true?

It's a bit murky. As far as I know, it's not explicitly addressed in the film or written materials - beyond that, in the novelisations, apparently in descriptions he's referred to simply as "Ren" (as ...
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Does Kylo not know the fate of Darth Vader?

Kylo Ren knows about Vader's fate, after all, Snoke and Ren discuss it in the movie. From the novelization: “Yes. Such a simple thing. Such a foolish error of judgment. A momentary lapse in an ...
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Why was this major Star Wars character killed off in The Force Awakens?

Harrison Ford had petitioned for Han to be killed off. The origin of Han dying seems to be Harrison Ford himself — he had wanted Han to die in The Return of the Jedi: "It was a long time ago ...
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Where did Ben Solo get his red lighsaber and mask when attacking Luke's Jedi School?

Visions are hard to interpret, especially when clouded with the dark side of the Force. It's not clear whether Rey is seeing the past, the future or some kind of jumbled mish-mash of conflicting ...
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Have Kylo Ren's Force abilities been shown before?

1. Mind-reading: Yes Darth Vader was also able to use the Force to perceive thoughts: VADER: Give yourself to the Dark Side. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes, your thoughts betray ...
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How can Kylo Ren recognize this item?

There are a couple ways Kylo Ren would know about and recognize the Skywalker lightsaber: Information on Anakin's lightsaber was likely communicated to Kylo Ren by Luke himself. Kylo Ren was ...
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Why would Kylo Ren be named after this person?

First, please note that I have not been able to find any canonical information on why Kylo Ren was given that birth name, so my answer is based upon reasoning and conclusions drawn from watching the ...
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Why does Kylo Ren even fight with Finn in the forest?

Ren had two motives for fighting with Finn; He considers Finn a traitor and wants to punish him for betraying the First Order. Finn challenged him to a duel. Ren is clearly enough of a ham that he ...
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Why does Kylo Ren wear a mask?

Canonical answer: during Rei's dream sequence when she picks up the light sabre, we see a group of characters all wearing similar masks. (From the screenshot below it looks as if the masks are not all ...
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How certain are we about the results when Kylo Ren sees Han?

JJ Abrams is pretty clear: And: And: In the same interview, co-writer Michael Arndt says much the same thing: Source Of course, Harrison Ford has been very vocal about the fact that he wanted ...
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Why does Kylo Ren's lightsaber look different from normal lightsabers?

Kylo Ren's inexperience in lightsaber construction led to an unusual looking lightsaber. From The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary: In The Force Awakens we learn that Kylo Ren That is why his ...
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What is Kylo Ren's relationship with Darth Vader?

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 ...
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How old are Kylo Ren and Rey?

Rey: TFA Visual Dictionary says "19-year-old Rey" Kylo Ren: There is no canon answer as of right now. However, Pablo Hidalgo answered Kylo Ren's age on Twitter: Kylo Ren's BFF ‏@jimwade Dec ...
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Why was this major Star Wars character killed off in The Force Awakens?

To establish Kylo Ren firmly as a villain. JJ Abrams himself said this is what it was all about: Star Wars had the greatest villain in cinema history. So, how you bring a new villain into that ...
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Why is Kylo Ren fixated on just one of his parents?

Kylo believes that Han was a disappointing father. At the same time, ideological male figures dominate his world view. After Kylo scans Rey's mind and finds that she considers Han to be like a "...
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Why was Kylo unable to use simple Force telekinesis?

Under normal circumstances, he would have been able to use the Force to telekenetically take the lightsaber. The problem was that someone else was also trying to do the exact same thing he was. He was ...
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