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Wet Kylo Ren may turn everyone to the dark side

It's the stand-out meme from the new trailer.


Tiffany Kelly


Posted on Oct 22, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 12:51 am CDT

There are a lot of moments in the final Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer that stand out. Like the appearance of Rose Tico and that emotional line from C-3PO. But one dramatic scene is turning into a horny fan meme. Adam Driver, who plays Kylo Ren, emerges from the edge of a seaside storm completely drenched and carrying his lightsaber.


The image of Kylo Ren soaking wet was reminiscent of scenes in romantic comedies.

Like Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy in the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice.

The comparison also works with Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy.

And Ryan Gosling in The Notebook.

Overall, people are here for wet Kylo Ren.

Kylo Ren has inspired memes since his first appearance in a Star Wars film. The emo-like character, with his all-black ensembles and sullen expression, is an all-too-perfect fit for online fandoms. People also just really like Driver as an actor. So Kylo Ren will likely become the most-memed character in The Rise of Skywalker. Whether his drenched, brooding scene is a hint that Kylo Ren will eventually become good—or a romantic prospect for someone—is yet to be determined. We’ll have to wait until December to find out.

If you want to watch the full scene, it’s about 45 seconds into the trailer.


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*First Published: Oct 22, 2019, 3:15 pm CDT