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Heroine Overview

I know all about waiting.
~ Rey to BB-8.
And I... I am all the Jedi!!
~ Rey confronting her grandfather, Palpatine/Darth Sidious

Rey, born Rey Palpatine, and later known as Rey Skywalker, is one of the protagonists of the Star Wars franchise.

She is a Jedi Knight that fights to help the Resistence. She is trained in the Force by Leia and Luke. During her journey, she develops a complicated relationship with the central antagonist Kylo Ren (Ben Solo), her love interest and Force Dyad. She eventually discovers that she is the granddaughter of Sheev Palpatine but she rejects her lineage and adopts the Skywalker surname to honor the ones she truly considers as family.

She is one of the three protagonists (alongside Anakin and Luke Skywalker) of the Skywalker Saga, serving as the protagonist of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. She is portrayed by Daisy Ridley, who also voices Cottontail from the 2018 live action film Peter Rabbit, and by Cailey Fleming as a child, who also portrayed Judith Grimes from The Walking Dead.

A former scavenger of the desert planet Jakku, Rey then encountered Resistance droid BB-8 and former stormtrooper Finn (FN-2187) as well as Han Solo and Chewbacca. With them, she ventured to deliver BB-8 to the Resistance, as he possessed a piece of a map to the location of the legendary Luke Skywalker.

Additionally, Rey later discovered that she is an extremely powerful and skilled Force-sensitive being. When she rejected these powers and the cosmic responsibilities that came with them, she was captured by the First Order's Force-sensitive warrior Kylo Ren.

He probed her mind to find the map, but this accidentally awakened her Force powers and she resisted the dark warrior and eventually escaped. Once she returned to the Resistance base, she then went on a journey to be trained by Luke Skywalker, having discovered his whereabouts.

During her training with the reluctant Jedi Grandmaster, she finds out that she and Kylo Ren share a Force Bond, later revealed to be the result of them being a dyad in the Force. After learning what happened the night that Kylo Ren supposedly killed Luke's students, Rey set off to bring Kylo Ren (Ben Solo) back to the light. However, she soon learned it was a trap made by Snoke.

As she was about to be killed, she was helped by Ren and the two of them temporarily combined forces and defeated Snoke and his praetorian guards. However, when Rey tried to convince Ren to come back with her, he still would not join her.

As the last of the Resistance made their way to escape while Luke held off Kylo Ren, Rey aided in their escape and got them into the Millennium Falcon. When Luke passed on into the Force, Rey took Luke's mantle as the last surviving Jedi in the galaxy.

She later discovered that she was the granddaughter of the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious. Just like Luke, she resisted from the dark side took down the First Order, saved Ben Solo and became a Jedi Knight.


Kylo failed you. I won't.
~ Rey to Luke Skywalker.

Rey is an extremely pure-hearted, kind, brave, heroic, and benevolent individual.

The harsh realities of such a world like Jakku could have easily made a person cynical or guarded against sympathy and weaknesses, but not Rey. Despite seeking out a meager existence in the scorching heat of the Western Reaches planet, Rey possessed a heart full of generosity and a willingness to help other people in need.

It was this willingness that led her to not only help BB-8 be free of Teedo's interference and Plutt's attempts to acquire the droid, but also led her to help BB-8 in its mission to return the star map it carried to the Resistance. Though she never wanted to leave Jakku for fear that she would not be there when her family returned for her, she believed in the importance of the Resistance and its fight against the First Order enough that it gave her strength to continue on BB-8's mission to find Luke Skywalker and defeat the First Order.

Her encounter with Maz Kanata profoundly impacted how she saw herself and what she was capable of, and Rey began to see that she was part of a larger galactic fight—and that the power of the Force was with her. Her recognition of these abilities and her destiny coincided with turbulence in the Cosmic Force, which for years had remained dormant, and ultimately led her to find Luke Skywalker.

Rey's kindness and compassion reaches even Kylo Ren, that was her enemy at first. Through their Force Bond connections she starts to understand the reasons behind his persona and realises how his loneliness and pain mirrors a lot of her own. When she learns the full extent of his past she becomes determined to bring him back to the light side. Even when her attempts failed, Ren is legitimately touched by her genuine warmness towards him and, as a result, they fall for each other. Later, her love is one of the key things that encourages him to leave his Kylo Ren persona.

Powers and Abilities

She's just beginning to test her powers. The longer it takes to find her, the more dangerous she becomes.
~ Kylo Ren on Rey's powers.

The adventure that followed her leaving Jakku led Rey to discover that she was gifted with the powers of the Force. As a side effect of the mind probe done by Kylo Ren, Rey inadvertently unlocked her dormant Force abilities by accessing memories of Ren's training which, in turn, served as her own training in the ways of the Force. Though she initially rejected these powers and the destiny that came with them, Rey's encounter with Skywalker's lightsaber began awakening the power of the Force inside of her. She eventually embraced these events, especially to fight Kylo Ren, and the abilities she was just beginning to learn when she sought out the exiled Skywalker, rekindling a spark of hope for a galaxy on the road to war.


  • The Force: As the granddaughter of Darth Sidious, Rey is very powerful and has a very strong connection to the Force, described by Ren as stronger than she realizes. However, until learning from Luke, she had received very little training and depends mostly on skills she learned before she knew she was Force-sensitive or watched someone else use the Force. Despite this and although she is not quite as powerful as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker respectively; at the two letters' peaks, her powers rival that of Kylo Ren, despite the latter being the grandson of the Chosen One, and the nephew of the leader of the New Jedi Order; therefore making her an exceptionally powerful light and dark side Force-user. According to Snoke, Rey will grow stronger with the light side of the Force. By the time of The Rise of Skywalker, her power with the Force was such that after only a year of training, she was able to destroy her grandfather by redirecting his Force lightning back at him; something that Mace Windu had also once done, but had only succeeded in scaring the Sith Master.
    • Telekinesis: Rey utilizes Telekinesis either as offense or defense. Her power was shown to rival that of a weakened and injured Kylo Ren, as she could pry Anakin's lightsaber out of his telekinetic grip when he tried to summon it to his hand, causing it to fly past him and into her hand instead. By the time of Battle of Crait, Rey's strength in the ability allowed her to levitate a large pile of small boulders simultaneously without much effort to open a passageway out of a cave for the Resistance. During the time of Palpatine's return to power, her power was great enough to tug a medium-sized star ship towards the ground, though she still struggled immensely to do so and held the ship in a contested grip with Ren, whose power matched hers. Additionally, while attempting to contact the spirits of past Jedi during meditation, she was able to make herself levitate and cause several rocks to orbit her in a manner similar to planetary rings.
      • Force Push: Rey utilizes Force Push to send her opponents as well as others flying through the air, causing them serious injury or temporarily incapacitating them/knocking them unconscious. She did this with Finn to keep him away from her fight with Kylo Ren.
      • Force Pull: Rey utilizes Force pull to pull her opponents or objects towards her.
      • Saber Throw: Rey utilizes Saber throw to telekinetically guide her lightsaber towards her opponents; similar to a boomerang or shuriken.
    • Telepathy: Rey utilizes Telepathy as an extension of her Force powers to mentally communicate over small or vast distances with other individuals, especially Ren, due to the mental connection they share through the Force.
      • Mind Probe: Rey utilizes Mind probe to sift through the thoughts of a sentient being. She was able to resist Kylo's attempt to probe her mind for the map to Luke Skywalker's location and even turned his attack back on him to discover his fears of inadequacy in the shadow of Darth Vader.
      • Mind Trick: Rey utilizes Mind trick to control the minds of other sentient beings, however, it does not work on individuals who have a very strong will. It took her three tries to master it, as she used it against a Stormtrooper to escape from captivity, and her skills grew throughout her escape from the Starkiller Base.
      • Taming Beasts: Rey utilizes Taming beasts to control the minds of other animals. Using her ability to heal others, Rey was able to tame a vexis snake.
    • Force Vision: Rey utilizes Force vision to have visions of the past, present, and future; however, like all Force-users, her visions are not always clear or sometimes have visions even when she is not utilizing this power at will. It is also possible that some visions, like the one resulting from when she touched Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber, are the result of Psychometry, another Force power that allows the wielder to see and discern information about people, events, and places by touching objects people carried.
    • Force Sense: Rey utilizes Force sense to sense another sentient being's emotions, the future, ripples in the Force caused by momentous or traumatic events, or impending danger and the presence of the dark side. She learned this when Kylo attempted to use it against her.
    • Force Healing: Rey utilizes Force Healing, to heal herself or other sentient beings. Using this ability, she was able to heal Ben Solo of a mortal wound she herself inflicted. She also used this ability on a vexis snake.
    • Force Dash: Rey utilizes Force Dash to move at amazing speeds.
    • Force Jump: Rey utilizes Force Jump to jump or leap at great distances. She performed this ability twice on at least two separate occasions; once while dodging Ren's fighter and during her battle with Ren.
    • Force Rage: Rey utilizes Force Rage to channel her anger to increase her speed, strength and ferocity. However, doing so runs the risk of being corrupted by the dark side.
    • Battle Meditation: Rey utilized Battle Meditation, allowing her to renew her morale, stamina, and overall battle prowess. This allowed her to defeat the more skilled, yet injured, Kylo Ren in battle by meditating on the Force as Maz Kanata taught her.
    • Force Bond Connection: As a consequence of them being a Force Dyad, Rey and Kylo have a Force bond that connects them at random moments. During the connection, they are able to see, talk and touch each other through spaces.
      • Fold Space: Rey utilizes Fold space to bend space to instantly transport an object between places during a Force bond connection. She used this ability to send one of her lightsabers to Ben Solo.
    • Force Lightning: As the granddaughter of Darth Sidious, Rey had inherited her grandfather's signature ability; to use Force lightning, however, she has no control over it. In anger, Rey accidentally used this power to destroy a First Order transport. After experiencing this power and believing that she killed Chewbacca with it, Rey never used it again.


  • Lightsaber Skills: Despite having no training, Rey has some skills in lightsaber combat and is a very gifted duelist. Rey was able to defeat the Dark Jedi Kylo Ren, despite the latter being far more skilled and experience in lightsaber combat then she is. She was able to overpower him after meditating on the Force as Maz Kanata taught her. However, it should also be noted that Kylo had already been wounded by Chewbacca, was emotionally unstable because of Han Solo's death and had no intention to kill Rey, and thus he was not at the peak of his strength. Despite her short time training with Luke, she improved enough that she was able to fight Supreme Leader Snoke's Praetorian Guards on even terms alongside Kylo Ren and eventually with his aid, overpower and kill the eight deadly warriors.
  • Skilled Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Rey is skilled in unarmed combat.
  • Skilled Staff Fighter: Rey is skilled in staff fighting, having used her staff for much of her life.
  • Skilled Markswoman: Rey is skilled in utilizing blaster pistols.
  • Master Pilot: Rey is highly skilled in piloting various speeders and every type of flight craft.
  • Master Engineer: As a scavenger, Rey has a good understanding of engineering and the things she collects. She knows multiple different machines and ships, which proves useful when she accidentally comes into possession of the Millennium Falcon. She knew how to work a ship's computer and circuitry systems. which allowed her to prevent the Millennium Falcon from breaking apart by removing one of the ship's circuits.
  • Multilingual: Rey is currently capable of fluently speaking English, Shyriiwook, and Binary.

Creation and Conception

When Lucasfilm set out to create the Star Wars sequel trilogy, which would be released under the banner of The Walt Disney Company after its acquisition of Lucasfilm, it became clear to them that Star Wars could not just rely on the heroes of the original trilogy and would need to create a new generation of characters to take up the mantle. One such character was Rey, who, in the development process for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, was known as Kira. The film's original screenwriter, Michael Arndt, described Kira as a "loner hothead, gear-head, badass." J.J. Abrams, who was chosen as the film's director, quickly gravitated towards the idea of a female lead, visualizing a young woman when developing with the film's protagonist. He was further drawn to the notion that the character, living thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, would not know who Luke Skywalker was or even regard him as a myth. Abrams was also drawn to the idea of a female Jedi being at the center of the Star Wars story.

By November 2013, the film's costume department created its first drawings for what Kira's costumes would look like. Initially, her costume design was going to have a lot of gear for climbing and tools because of her scavenging work, but the production team chose to go with a simpler look and pared the costume down. The final design was approved in February 2014, including the goggles that she wore while scavenging. The genesis of the goggles came from the production team not wanting people to know who the character was at first, including whether she was male, female, or even human. Her home, built in a downed AT-AT, was constructed in Abu Dhabi at the end of a mangrove swamp, which was the only place that the production could find that had a clear horizon and was flat and desolate. Abrams said that because the character's existence was miserable during her time on Jakku, he wanted her home to be built somewhere that seemed equally miserable.


  • Rey is the first main protagonist of a Star Wars movie to be female, Rogue One being released one year after, so the female hero in that movie became the second.
  • Her original name was supposed to be Kira. This name, spelled differently, would later be used for a different Star Wars character.

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