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I know all about waiting.
~ Rey to BB-8.
Something inside me has always been there, but now it's awake. And I'm afraid. I don't know what it is or what to do with it, and I need help.
~ Rey to Luke Skywalker about her Force powers.
The galaxy may need a legend. I need someone to show me my place in all this.
~ Rey to Luke.
People keep telling me they know me. I'm afraid no one does.
~ Rey to Finn.

Rey, later known as Rey Skywalker, is one of the protagonists of the Star Wars franchise. 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 a Jedi Knight that fights to help the Resistance.

Rey begins as a scavenger of the desert planet Jakku until she encounters Resistance droid BB-8 and former stormtrooper Finn (FN-2187) as well as Han Solo and Chewbacca. After discovering that she is an extremely powerful Force-sensitive being, she is trained in the Force by the reluctant Jedi Grandmaster Luke Skywalker and later by his sister Leia Organa.

During her journey, she also develops a complicated relationship with the central antagonist who is the son of Leia and Han Solo, Ben Solo (known as the dark warrior Kylo Ren), as he is her archenemy but also her love interest. She and Ben share a Force-bond, later revealed to be the result of them being two halves of a dyad in the Force. Upon learning what happened at the night that Ben Solo fell to the dark side, Rey becomes determined to bring Kylo Ren back to the light. She eventually succeeds in doing so, when she risks herself to save his life after their last duel at the ruins of the Death Star II, and Ben Solo is convinced to return to the light out of love for his parents and Rey.

She also discovers that she is the granddaughter of Sheev Palpatine, known as the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious. However, just like Luke, she resists the dark side of the Force and, with the help of Ben Solo and the Jedi of the past, she defeats her grandfather. She then rejects her lineage and adopts the Skywalker surname to honor the ones she truly considers as family.

She is portrayed by Daisy Ridley, who also voices Cottontail from the 2018 live action film Peter Rabbit and Mary Debenham in Murder on the Orient Express 2017, and by Cailey Fleming as a child, who also portrayed Judith Grimes from The Walking Dead.

Personality

I've never felt so alone.
~ Rey to Kylo Ren

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.

During her many years living on Jakku, she thought about the worlds outside the desert planet, imagining lush green forests and beauty that she could never even dream of. Because of this, Rey is shown to become fascinated by nature upon finding herself in other planets after leaving Jakku. Her adventure eventually led her to Takodana, and as she became amazed by the forests of the planet, she began to realize that her destiny was not in the junk-fields of a remote desert planet. Rey's fascination with nature is also shown when she is mesmerized by the rain at Ahch-To's Temple island and by the forest at Ajan Kloss.

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 lead her to find Luke Skywalker.

Rey's kindness and compassion reaches even Kylo Ren, who was her enemy at first. Through their Force-bond connections, she starts to understand the reasons behind his persona and realizes 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 in love with 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.

Powers

  • The Force: As the granddaughter of Darth Sidious and half of the Force dyad, formed by her and Ben Solo, 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. Her powers rival that of Kylo Ren, despite him 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, which is 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 or 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 Ben Solo, due to the Force-bond they share.
      • 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 has visions even when she is not utilizing this power at will. During her visions, Rey saw Kylo Ren even before she met him, and also saw that Ben Solo would eventually turn to the light and fight beside her in the future. She also had visions with a dark version of herself that would sit with Kylo Ren on the Throne of the Sith, but this never came to happen.
    • 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. As their connections grew stronger, they became able to even transport objects between places during a Force-bond connection. She used this ability to send the Skywalker lightsaber to Ben Solo.
    • Force Lightning: Rey can use Force lightning, but she has no control over it. This may be result of her being the granddaughter of Darth Sidious, which made her inherit his signature ability, or simply result of the dark side of the Force dominating her in moments of fury. 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.

Abilities

  • Skilled Staff Fighter: Rey is skilled in staff fighting, having used her staff for much of her life. She later adapted her fighting skills with the staff to use a lightsaber in combat.
  • Lightsaber Skills: Rey is a very gifted duelist. She first learned to fight with her quarterstaff while she was living on Jakku and was able to adapt her skills to use a lightsaber. Rey was able to defeat the Dark Jedi Kylo Ren, despite him being far more skilled and experienced 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 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.

Relationships

  • Family and Relatives:
    • Unnamed Mother †
    • Unnamed Palpatine Non-Identical Clone † - Father
    • Sheev Palpatine † - Paternal Grandfather
    • Ben Solo † - Soulmate/Half of the Dyad

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.

Quotes


I know all about waiting… for my family. They'll be back. One day.
~ Rey to BB-8 about her parents
I didn't know there was this much green in the whole galaxy.
~ Rey about Takodana
Kylo failed you. I won't.
~ Rey to Luke Skywalker
Did you do it? Did you create Kylo Ren?
~ Rey confronting Luke about his attempt to kill Ben Solo at the Jedi academy
You don't have to do this. I feel the conflict in you. It's tearing you apart. Ben, when we touched hands, I saw your future. Just the shape of it, but solid and clear. You will not bow before Snoke. You'll turn... I'll help you, I saw it.
~ Rey trying to convince Kylo Ren that he will turn to the light side
You underestimate Skywalker and Ben Solo and me.
~ Rey to Snoke
Don't do this, Ben... Please don't go this way.
~ Rey asks Kylo Ren to not stay in the dark side
You could've killed me... Why didn't you?
~ Rey to Kylo Ren
I did want to take your hand... Ben's hand.
~ Rey confesses her feelings to Kylo Ren
Be with me.
~ Rey calls the help of the Jedi of the past
And I... I am all the Jedi!!
~ Rey confronting her grandfather, Palpatine/Darth Sidious
Ben.
~ Rey upon waking up and seeing Ben Solo after being revived by him
No one's ever really gone.
~ Rey upon hearing Ben Solo's voice through the Force, in the novelization
Rey Skywalker.
~ Rey to Tatooine resident

Trivia

  • Rey is the first 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.
  • Despite not being related by blood, Rey and Ben Solo are related in the Force as they are two halves of a dyad:
    • This is described in the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel, as them being "twins of the Force" and in the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition as them being "two stars sharing the same orbit", in other words, a binary star.
    • In the documentary The Skywalker Legacy, one of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker screenwriters, Chris Terrio, states that they are "soulmates in the Force", with the Force acting as fate to bring them together in a way that, despite them being on opposite sides of the war, they are able to understand each other.[1]
    • During the Valentine's Day of 2021, the Star Wars official site released a quiz about characters that have a romantic relationship in the Star Wars universe, in which they included Rey and Ben, recognizing the two of them as one of the "Star Wars couples".[2]
  • Since Rey took the Skywalker surname to herself, the Skywalker name continues, although she is currently the last living person that carries this family name.
  • Rey is the only main Jedi protagonist to not lose her hand in her second movie.

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