WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #2, by Charles Soule, Will Sliney, Guru-eFX and VC’s Travis Lanham, on sale now.
Regardless of how his story ended, Kylo Ren is the biggest brat in the entire Star Wars saga. In addition to his numerous tantrums, the Darth Vader-worshipping villain murdered Han Solo, his own father, largely because he didn’t feel like he was being paid enough attention, he’s been nothing more than a whiny child.
But even Luke Skywalker failed to mold him into the next generation of Jedi, Kylo Ren hates one Star Wars hero even more than his former teacher. In Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #2, Kylo reveals that the Jedi he despites more than else isn’t Luke or anyone else from the Skywalker clan.
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As Snoke meets with the young Jedi-in-training in his garden, Snoke corrupts the boy using his forked tongue, much like Palpatine did to his grandfather, Anakin Skywalker. Snoke teaches Ben Solo about the Knights of Ren, who fascinate the young Ben Solo with their Dark Side abilities.
Snoke takes advantage of his curiosity and his apparent neglect by Luke, admitting that Ben could have a place with the Knights as long as he’s ready to sacrifice. But he tells the student the Knights may not be interested in the Jedi Ben Solo, even if they see his potential. At this point, the sulking Solo makes it clear this is what he abhors most in the galaxy — his own name.
Snoke tells him that he’s named after legends, but Ben responds by saying that he didn’t choose–or want– that name. To him, Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi is not a legend, and he feels similarly about his father, who he killed in cold blood. While his feelings about Han have been fairly clear, Ben’s thoughts on Obi-Wan are surprising, since we’ve never heard his perspective on the man who trained Anakin and Luke.
Even though Kenobi is one of the most famous Jedi in the Galaxy, Ben is no fan of Kenobi, and the Tatooine hermit means absolutely nothing to him. There’s no emotional connection between the two Force users, since Kenobi was killed by Darth Vader long before Ben’s birth. Before he took the name Kylo, Ben Solo felt like he was living up to this ghost who had no impact on his life. Ben doesn’t even care that his mom, Leia, looked up to Obi-Wan. He simply thinks the man is an irrelevant fossil from a different age, even though everyone around him wants him to become the next Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Ben goes on to tell Snoke that wasn’t even Han’s real name, which we discovered in Solo: A Star Wars Story. He sees this as a facade and as another lie from his elders that’s had a formative impact on his life. To Ben, there’s an air of insincerity about his family’s past that he just can’t shake. While this mystique drives the Jedi, Ben’s been trying to scrub this from his life ever since he was a kid.
After saying all of this, Ben teases that he’s going to rename himself, which will likely be how he gets his Kylo Ren moniker. While all of this played right into Palpatine’s ultimate plans for the young Skywalker, it also explains why “Ben Solo” died so that Kylo Ren could live.