Within the ranks of the First Order, the villainous post-Imperial faction in the new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, few people are more feared than dark-side acolyte Kylo Ren. Within the Star WarsTwitter world, few accounts are more delightful than Emo Kylo Ren.
In the film, Kylo Ren is a tortured soul who makes demonic choices because of his obsession with the dark side—and, more specifically, with the legendary Sith Lord Darth Vader. On Twitter, Emo Kylo Ren is a brooding, Sith-goth brat whose rivalry with schoolmate and budding space-fascist Hux (aka First Order General Hux in the film) is matched only by his clashes with the insufferably overachieving Rey (the protagonist of the movie).
Here are some non-spoilery anecdotes from Emo Kylo’s tortured journey.
*hands Rey a crossword*
don’t worry if it takes a while
Wednesday puzzles can be a bit challengi–
*Rey hands back the completed puzzle*
I first noticed Emo Kylo, who describes himself as a “Ren’s rights activist,” early Monday evening, when he had around 30 followers. Around mid-day Tuesday, he had around 5,400 followers.
Efforts to uncover Emo Kylo’s true identity have thus far proved fruitless. When I noticed the account, it was following six accounts, including the Daily Dot, which really piqued my curiosity. At press time, it only followed two accounts, which, when combined, express Emo Kylo’s aesthetic perfectly.
Emo Kylo is a perfect caricature of his real Star Wars counterpart. He’s an infuriating person, espousing the rhetoric of movements like Gamergate…
Eric Geller is a politics reporter who focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, encryption, and privacy. A former staff writer at the Daily Dot, Geller joined Politico in June 2016, where he's focused on policymaking at the White House, the Justice Department, the State Department, and the Commerce Department.