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That's how we're gonna win, not fighting what we hate, but saving what we love.
~ Rose to Finn

Rose Tico is one of the secondary protagonists of Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi and also appears in Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. She is a human mechanic and pilot who fights in the Resistance due to her strong desire to see the galaxy free of corruption and tyranny, stemming from a traumatic childhood in which she was constantly exposed to exploitation.

She is portrayed by Kelly Marie Tran.

Background

Rose grew up on a very impoverished mining colony. After the First Order took over her planet for their ores, she and the other inhabitants were forced to mine their planet's resources. This caused Rose and her older sister Paige to retaliate, but victories were constantly short lived until the duo joined the Resistance. After their recruitment, General Leia Organa gave them her condolences for their losses on their home planet because of the First Order.

The Last Jedi

After her sister died during the evacuation of D'Qar, Rose joins Finn in his mission to find a decoder and decrypt the codes to a Star Destroyer that would allow the Resistance a victory. The two alongside BB-8 went to Canto Bight to meet Maz Kanata's "master codebreaker", but were arrested by the police. Rose and Finn met DJ, who told them that he could help them escape. After escaping from Canto Bight with the help of a young slave, the trio went onboard the Mega-class Star Dreadnought Supremacy, but were captured.

While said mission fails, Rose manages to escape to the newest Resistance base, an abandoned Rebel Alliance outpost. When Kylo Ren threaten to fire a superlaser siege cannon at the base, Finn tries to use a mothballed fighter to detonate the cannon, but Rose stops him. When Finn asks why she did it, she replies that the way to win is saving what we love. She then kisses him before falling unconscious from of her wounds. She ends up gravely injured, but saves Finn from a certain death. Finn and Rose developed romantic feelings for each other during their mission. After Luke Skywalker distracted Kylo Ren, Rose is brought still unconscious to the Falcon, and Finn is seen close to her, covering her with a blanket.

The Rise of Skywalker

One year after the events of The Last Jedi, Rose has been helping the Resistance rebuild itself. She has risen in the ranks of the Resistance and has taken on a greater leadership role, rising from a lowly engineering support technician to a military commander, and becoming the leader of the Resistance's Engineering Corps. She also finally met Rey, who she was excited to know because she heard of old Jedi stories. Rose helped the Resistance set up a new secret base on the jungle moon of Ajan Kloss. She was aided by Professor Beaumont Kin and Lieutenant Kaydel Connix, and the three of them ended up becoming close friends.

When Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and BB-8 embark on a mission to help track down the revived Darth Sidious, Finn invites Rose to come along. She declines because General Leia Organa has asked her to study the specifications of Imperial Star Destroyers. She later participates in the climactic battle scene at the end of the film, when the Resistance confronts the Sith Eternal forces at the planet of Exegol. Rose communicates with Finn and his ally Jannah during the battle, and expresses concern for their safety as the fighting intensifies. She survives the battle and is present with the Resistance when they celebrate their victory later on Ajan Kloss.

Trivia

  • Despite the film being a critical and commercial success, Kelly Marie Tran was attacked on social media with racist comments, causing her to leave. Despite her character being criticized, the official Star Wars Facebook page defended her and the character, alongside the films' director, Rian Johnson.
  • Her character was almost absent from The Rise of Skywalker. According to one of the movie writers, her scenes were related to Leia's subplot and because they were having difficulties with Carrie Fisher's CGI, most of these scenes were cut.[1]
  • According to Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy book, Rose's sister Paige left a lasting impact on her, the Resistance members, and also to the Star Wars viewers who were touched by her heroic sacrificial death.
  • According to The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary, Rose along with Snap Wesley, Kaydel Connix, and Beaumont Kin attend to closely to General Leia.

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