It’s possible to go a little crazy this time of year. There’s the general overindulgence of the holiday season, housebound family time, and that black hole between Christmas and New Year’s Eve where you don’t even want to watch Die Hard anymore.

Not only has The Last Jedi been something for the world to treasure during the slowest weeks of the year, it’s also responsible for one of the greatest hashtags to hit Instagram in ages. #Kylorenchallenge is simple but brilliant; earnest but hilarious; something to be enjoyed by Star Wars fans and mockers alike. All you have to do is try and copy Kylo Ren’s outfit in that memorable shirtless scene.

Like this:


And this:


And also this:


Remarkably, the person we have to thank for all this is John Mayer, who posted this gem on December 30:


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Some have incorporated props for added authenticity:

Mike wanted in on the #kylorenchallenge 😭 #starwars

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It has become a challenge for all ages:


And genders:

GenderBen Swolo. Ringing in the New Year with memes. Who would’ve thought my first crop top cosplay would be this? “I will be swole as you were, Grandfather.” ********* You should’ve seen the look on Obi’s face when I asked him to take this photo. He was incredulous. As you probably are now. Do not deny the power of the memes. Also, it was fun practicing my photoshop + makeup skills. ********* This is all in good fun. Adam Driver was fantastic in TLJ and there’s nothing wrong with his looks. Those high waisted pants though….those were something. [Edit: I was informed about @johnmayer ’s #kylorenchallenge and although I didn’t intend to participate I definitely am) . . . #benswolo #kyloren #bensolo #swoleaf #maytheswolebewithyou #genderbender #cosplay #cosplayer #tlj #starwars #episode8 #thelastjedi #kylorencosplay #photoshop #lookatmahskills #bensolocosplay #powerofthedarkside #femkylo #femkylorencosplay #femkyloren #swoloren

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Even inanimate objects:

Porgan Freeman took the #kylorenchallenge

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It’s also been a chance to celebrate Kylo Ren pants before they were Kylo Ren pants.

Via Prince:


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And Urkel:


And Danny DeVito:

#kylorenchallenge danny won the challenge

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Truly, this was the challenge America needed to take us into 2018 on the right note: it’s all-inclusive, easy to pull off on any budget, and a means to transform something that was originally dark into something light and hilarious. So hike up those black pants, turn your camera to the selfie setting and hashtag away.

The Kylo Ren Challenge is the Greatest Thing to Happen to Instagram in Ages 2 January,2018Rae Alexandra

  • Daphne Macklin

    It’s really that bad…(sigh). Like Rey said, “Put your shirt on.”


Rae Alexandra

Rae Alexandra is On Call Producer for KQED Pop. Born and raised in Wales, she started her career writing for Britain’s biggest music magazines. After moving to California, she became a regular contributor to both SF Weekly and New York’s Village Voice. She regularly ruins your favorite ‘80s movies at, and can be found on Twitter @raemondjjjj.

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