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What on Earth is this Star Wars Ben Solo Challenge everyone is going on about?

Another day, another internet trend, with the Ben Solo Challenge seemingly taking over social media with Star Wars fans. Yes, the Internet has been going gaga over a particularly nondescript scene in The Rise Of Skywalker which saw Kylo Ren/Ben Solo (Adam Driver) whip out Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) lightsaber, do a sort of shrug and then take on a bunch of Knights Of Rey in Exegol.

What on Earth is this Star Wars Ben Solo Challenge everyone is going on about?

Kylo Ren, A dark warrior strong with the Force, Kylo Ren commands First Order missions with a temper as fiery as his unconventional lightsaber. As a leader of the First Order and a student of Supreme Leader Snoke, he seeks to destroy the New Republic, the Resistance and the legacy of the Jedi.

It’s a small moment, but one that resonated with audiences. TikTok user MikeLovestheShrug saw the shrug as a challenge, one that they were more than happy to pick up. They shared a video on social media making good use of a shrug and soon enough the Ben Solo Challenge was born.

Now people across the internet and thew world are getting in on the fun, offering up their own takes on that smug little shrug and sharing videos of them shrugging like they mean it:











As Supreme Leader of the First Order, Kylo Ren wields more power than ever before. The son of Han Solo and Leia Organa, Ben Solo was seduced by the dark side of the Force and renamed himself Kylo Ren, becoming the First Order’s champion and Supreme Leader Snoke’s student. Kylo killed his father and his master and now seeks to destroy his mother’s Resistance while he continues to search for secrets of the Force from the depths of the dark side.


A dark side warrior with a mysterious past, Kylo Ren was neither Jedi nor Sith, but a product of both sides’ teachings. Once an apprentice of Luke Skywalker’s, he killed his fellow students and drove Skywalker into exile, becoming a First Order warlord and servant of Supreme Leader Snoke. Kylo was determined to destroy the last remnants of the Jedi, fulfilling the legacy of Darth Vader.


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