|“||Even you, Master of the Knights of Ren, have never faced such a test.||„|
|~ Supreme Leader Snoke to Kylo Ren, the Knights of Ren's leader.|
The Knights of Ren are a major antagonistic faction in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. They first appeared as cameo antagonists in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as unseen antagonists in the 2017 film Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and as major antagonists in the 2019 film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. They are a cult of dark side warriors.
The Knights of Ren are an organization that had existed centuries before the Battle of Endor, and has continued to exist in the years since the Sith were finally extinct. After Ben Solo killed their former leader Ren, they would fall under the service of Supreme Leader Snoke, be led by his apprentice, Kylo Ren, and become a sub-faction of the First Order. Although it is later revealed that they were actually loyal to Darth Sidious.
The Force Awakens
Their leader Kylo Ren acts as the chief enforcer and second-in-command of the First Order, searching for a map which leads to Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi in the galaxy.
After touching the Skywalker's lightsaber, Rey has multiple visions, one being the Knights of Ren standing in the rain in an unknown location surrounded by numerous corpses on the ground, led by their master Kylo Ren who kills an unnamed man.
Eventually, Kylo Ren is severely injured in a battle with Rey and called off by Supreme Leader Snoke to complete his training.
The Last Jedi
While they do not appear in the film The Last Jedi, their leader Kylo Ren does.
The Rise of Skywalker
The Knights of Ren make their second and final appearance in The Rise of Skywalker. Their role in the film is much bigger and they physically appear in the film as well, first appearing at the beginning where they accompany Ren as he meets with the Supreme Council of the First Order, a council of high-ranking generals and military officers within First Order High Command, where they present the severed head of an enemy.
During Ren's search for Rey, the Knights commonly follow him and act as his bodyguards. They capture Chewbacca on Pasaana and deliver him to the First Order. After Ben gives up the name Kylo Ren and goes to help Rey in defeating Palpatine, he is confronted by the Knights as they begin to brutally and savagely beat their former leader. However, through the Force, Rey is able to pass Anakin's lightsaber to Ben as he wields it to quickly gain the upper hand and cut down the Knights, ending the cult.
- Before, it was theorized that the other six Knights held the Ren surname as a result of the group's membership, and that it is similar to that of Darth becoming the title of all members of the Sith. Appropriate, as the Knights of Ren are in essence a new dark side organization picking up where the Sith left off.
- In this respect, they could be likened to numerous dark side organizations in the Legends continuity, such as the Blackguards, the Reborn, the Disciples of Ragnos, the Shadow Academy, and so on.
- Despite being a dark side aligned organization, Kylo Ren is the only member definitively known to use a lightsaber; the rest all seem to use either blasters, staves, or other weapons. The other Knights have been confirmed to be Force-sensitive later on, but untrained.
- According to leaked behind-the-scenes images and concept art, the Knights of Ren were originally supposed to appear in The Last Jedi and might have fought Luke and Rey on Ahch-To.
- Director Rian Johnson also revealed that the movie was too full and there wasn't any room for the Knights of Ren to appear in The Last Jedi and that even if they did, he would've had them killed and thus spared them from such a fate by replacing them with the Elite Praetorian Guards.
- The Knights of Ren have been officially announced at Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 to appear in The Rise of Skywalker in a major role.