Facts and Trivia About Supreme Leader Snoke

Supreme Leader Snoke is a Force-sensitive disfigured humanoid character who was introduced to the Star Wars fandom in 2015's The Force Awakens. Although he's now appeared in three movies (the other two being 2017's The Last Jedi and 2019's The Rise of Skywalker in voice only), he's still somewhat mysterious – to the point that casual fans might not know an awful lot about him.

With that in mind, here are some facts and trivia about Supreme Leader Snoke.

  • Played by King Kong and Gollum actor himself, Andy Serkis, Snoke is essentially the sequel trilogy's Emperor Palpatine.
  • He wasn't born naturally. He was created by Emperor Palpatine as a “strand-cast.” A strand-cast isn't a clone but is still created artificially. The term has also been mentioned in The Mandalorian (when Kuill speculated that Grogu might be one).
  • He has a strong influence over Kylo Ren – so much so that he abandons his training with Luke Skywalker, killed his fellow apprentices, and became his protege. This was Palpatine's plan – to make Snoke a constant voice in Kylo Ren's ear.
  • Snoke isn't a Sith Lord. Although he is Force-sensitive, the lack of “Darth” in his name is all the confirmation needed to prove he isn't a Sith. He simply went through training similar to that of the Sith mold, which is why he's very much like them.
  • Though his hologram is around 25 feet tall, Snoke actually stands at around 7′ 2″.
  • In the novelization of The Force Awakens, it's revealed that Snoke didn’t know he was created in a lab by Palpatine, nor did he know that he was being manipulated to rebuild the Emperor’s forces. In fact, despite being created quite a long time after the Battle of Endor, he believed he had lived through the rise and fall of the Empire.
  • To play Snoke, Serkis drew inspiration from several sources, including people with similar physical injuries to Snoke, a number of real-world dictators, and, somewhat bizarrely, Hugh Hefner.
  • In the book The Art of The Force Awakens, Star Wars' senior sculptor Ivan Manzella said that J.J. Abrams wanted Snoke's appearance to evoke those of characters in classic Hammer Horror movies, such as Frankenstein's Monster and Dracula.
  • Rian Johnson believed the presence of Snoke took something away from the stories of Kylo Ren and Rey, which is why the character was ultimately killed off.
  • Snoke may not be a Sith Lord, but he holds a vested interest in the lineage of the Sith. In fact, the very reason he chose to corrupt Ben Solo was that he was the grandson of Darth Vader. Snoke used Ben's obsession with his grandfather to turn him to the dark side.
  • According to The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary, Kylo Ren is the second apprentice trained by Snoke. There's no information regarding the who, when, or where of this first training regime, but it canonically happened (the Age of Resistance comic also revealed that Snoke planned on training more apprentices after Kylo Ren, but his death in The Last Jedi meant that wasn't ultimately possible).
  • Snoke was key in transforming the Empire in the First Order. While Palpatine and his weak clone body were in hiding, Snoke was in charge of spearheading the group's growth. He initiated a new Stormtrooper program and reorganized the group into its most present guise.
  • Prior to his recruitment of Ben Solo, Snoke traveled around the galaxy seeking knowledge and power. This endeavor included collecting Sith relics. In The Last Jedi, it's very easy to miss Snoke’s ring. The item contains a hunk of black crystal, which The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary defines describes and being an obsidian crystal from the catacombs beneath Darth Vader’s fortress on Mustafar.
  • His ship, the Supremacy, was a Mega-class Star Destroyer, the base for the entire First Order, and the only one of its kind ever made. We say “was” because it was ripped in half with a strong blow by the beleaguered Resistance using a movie called “the Holdo maneuver” in The Last Jedi.
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