Introduced in the latest Star Wars trilogy, Kylo Ren and Snoke have repeatedly proven their mastery of the dark side. However, who is ultimately the most powerful master or pupil?
Although they were first and foremost Palpatine’s puppets, Snoke and Kylo Ren have demonstrated formidable skills in their mastery of the dark side. A power which makes these two key characters of the last trilogy formidable enemies for the Rebel Alliance and which necessarily pushes us to wonder which one is ultimately the stronger. If Snoke was defeated by his disciple in The Last Jedi, this does not mean that Leia and Han Solo’s son is more powerful than his master. In reality, the circumstances of Snoke’s death, their abilities as well as their vulnerabilities make for a fascinating comparison between these two characters, which today is difficult to separate.
If it was revealed in The Rise of Skywalker that Snoke was ultimately just Palpatine’s puppet having helped him survive, the Supreme Leader still possessed a share of free will and testified to limitless knowledge of the dark side. Besides, Kylo Ren’s corruption and tilting was an integral part of Snoke’s plan. A ploy that however prevented Kylo Ren from directly challenging the Sith Lord although Luke Skywalker’s former padawan had acquired many skills during his Sith and Jedi training. The character embodied by Adam driver had to use cunning to finally overcome his master. That being said and while Snoke was undoubtedly more proficient at using the Dark Side, Kylo Ren has always been the more powerful of the two in terms of raw strength and potential.
In the end, only Snoke’s experience and his thoroughness represented solid advantages over his protégé. Without the powers of the Dark Side, the Supreme Leader was a fragile and vulnerable being, hence his reliance on elite Praetorian Guards for his protection or the fact that he was not seen wielding a lightsaber. Kylo Ren on the other hand has testified to many skills, especially with regard to his mastery in combat. Although he had been emotionally unstable, the dyad introduced into The Rise of Skywalker that he shares with Rey, is also representative of the unprecedented power that animates the character. This combined with Palpatine’s subterfuge to eliminate Snoke ultimately left the Supreme Leader no chance to assert himself as such … Enough to make Kylo Ren one of the most powerful characters in the last trilogy. Star wars !