As Star Wars's new Big Bad/resident emo (depending on who you talk to) Kylo Ren has inspired many a fan theory. This is thanks to his mysterious backstory, as well as his surprisingly volatile behaviour.
So why did he throw so many tantrums, and why did he strike his own wound in the final battle? As with each tiny detail in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, there's at least ten fan theories about it, and the latest one might just have solved this mystery.
Star Wars Minute on YouTube has delved into Star Wars lore to come up with an answer, and honestly it makes a lot of sense. Here's his assertion:
"Kylo is basically increasing his power level by causing himself more pain. The more agony he's in, the stronger the Dark Side is within him."
So does this check out? Well, you know what Yoda always says: Pain leads to anger, which leads to hate, and ultimately, the Dark Side.
Star Wars Minute uses several examples of Sith lords from the EU and the current Star Wars canon to support his theory. The most interesting is Darth Maul — and yes, he did survive the fight with Qui-Gon Jinn by harnessing his own agony.
"Darth Maul: who was freakin' cut in half but was able to use his negative emotions to power the Dark Side of the Force, and prolong his life until he could make some new legs. Although it did drive him insane for a time."
Maul's return has been long awaited, and many fans were delighted when he appeared in the second season of Star Wars: Rebels.
Of course, Star Wars Minute isn't the only one to use Dark Side lore to explain Kylo Ren's confusing actions in the final battle with Rey. Other fans have gone one step further and used this theory as proof that Kylo Ren will be redeemed in Star Wars Episode VIII.
All this comes down to why Kylo Ren needed to use the pain to fuel the Dark Side: was it, as nspx asserts, because he found himself drifting towards the Light? Or was Ren just in so much physical pain that he needed to harness the Force in order to get through the battle, as in Star Wars Minute's theory?
Either way, it didn't seem to help him that much, as Rey still managed to defeat him.
Get wrecked, Kylo Ren.