Dramatis Personae: Kybo Ren

More properly known by his full name of Gir Kybo Ren-Cha, Kybo Ren was the Ropagu leader of the Pirates of Tarnoonga fifteen years before the events of A New Hope. He was first introduced in “The New King,” the sixth episode of the Droids animated series, and served as a reoccurring villain during the show’s second story arc. Operating near the Tammuz-an, he coveted the planet’s wealth and plotted to steal it for himself. However, Ren’s various schemes were foiled through the combined efforts of Jann Tosh, Jessica Meade, R2-D2, C-3PO, and even IG-88, and he ultimately found himself incarcerated on the very world he’d planned on plundering.

Kybo Ren was voiced by Don Francks, who also played Jann Tosh and a multitude of other characters in Nelvana-produced animated Star Wars projects.

He has no known connection to Kylo Ren or the Knights of Ren.

Year of introduction: 1985

Major appearances:

  • “The New King”
  • “The Pirates of Tarnoonga”
  • “The Revenge of Kybo Ren”


Journal of the Whills, First Saga: On the decline of the Republic, rise of the Empire, and birth of the Rebellion

“For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

When Obi-Wan gave Luke his father’s lightsaber, he told him of the supplantation of the Old Republic by the Empire and of Darth Vader’s betrayal and destruction of the Jedi Knights, the broad strokes of a detailed backstory developed for A New Hope but absent from the final film. Famously, its 1976 novelization included a prologue that filled in many of the details, which now reads like a rough outline of the events that would decades later be depicted in the prequel trilogy. The 1983 novelization of Return of the Jedi would provide an updated version of this account, excising outdated elements like Palpatine being controlled by his subordinates and the existence of later emperors, while also recounting the fall of Anakin Skywalker in remarkably extensive detail.

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