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|“||I am called Ren. But that's not my name.||„|
|“||The Ren just is. It lives, and it consumes, and it doesn't apologize. It is its nature and nothing else. I believe in that principle on a deep, deep level.||„|
The man known as "Ren" is an antagonist in the Star Wars franchise. He serves as the main antagonist of the Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren comic book series and a posthumous antagonist in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
Ren was the charismatic and enigmatic leader of the Knights of Ren, and the predecessor to Kylo Ren. He was a Force-sensitive and wielded a red-bladed lightsaber. He lived by the "Ren" ideology, a code of living which consisted of Ren doing anything he wanted without worrying for those he might hurt in the process.
While not one of the most dangerous nor evil villains that the protagonists have ever faced, Ren is one of the most significant, as it was thanks to his influence, alongside those of Emperor Palpatine and Supreme Leader Snoke, that led Ben Solo to fall to the dark side of the Force.
Despite being a mass murderer and a user of the dark side, Ren was polite and friendly to those he crossed paths with. Ren's perceived charisma was a faux, however, as he was completely willing to kill those he was friendly to if he felt the urge to. He was a passionate believer in the "Ren" ideology.
Mirroring the "Ren" ideology, Ren had no remorse. He was completely willing to kill innocents, often enjoying the depraved act.
Leader of the Knights of Ren
Sometime prior to the rise of the First Order and their war against the Resistance in the future, the mysterious man known simply as Ren was the leader of Knights of Ren. The Knights of Ren was a group of Force-users that utilized the dark side of the Force to their advantage and were secretly following orders of the revived Emperor Palpatine. Ren used his red bladed lightsaber that bore his name to lead them as he and his followers traveled the galaxy in search of people to recruit into the enigmatic dark order. Throughout his journey across the galaxy, Ren would sustain injuries and burns on his body.
Ren contacts Ben Solo, and years later he joins the Knights of Ren. Eventually, Ren is finally killed by Ben, who becomes Kylo Ren and the new leader and master of the Knights of Ren.
- Ren doesn't appear nor is mentioned in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, being nowhere to be seen among the Knights of Ren in either The Force Awakens or The Rise of Skywalker. Thus, it was likely to assume that Ren would be eventually defeated and/or killed by Ben Solo once The Rise of Kylo Ren comic series ended. The third issue hinted at this, as Ren is trying to prompt Ben to cause "a good death" to be one of his Knights, which suggested at the possibility that Ben would kill him to take over his followers. This is confirmed to be true in the final issue, because Ren is killed by Ben who becomes the new leader of the Knights of Ren in The Rise of Kylo Ren 4, six years before The Force Awakens.
- According to writer Charles Soule, Ren was inspired by the treasure hunter Garth, one of the opening antagonists of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Both are criminals who befriended the protagonist and molded them into what they later became. The difference, however, is that Garth is not a murderer whereas Ren is one.
- Essentially, Ren serves as a foil to Darth Vader: they are both users of the dark side of the Force and were burned and scarred at some point of their lives. The difference, however, is that whereas Vader was ruthless and emotionless, Ren was more charismatic and open.