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"I think I can handle myself."

Species: Human

Homeworld: Unknown; Jakku (adopted)

Portrayed by: Daisy Ridley, Cailey Fleming (young)
Voiced by: Livier Zúñiga (Latin American Spanish dub), Sandra Villa (European Spanish dub), Chiaki Nagatomi (Japanese dub), Jessica Monceau (European French dub)
Appearances: Rebels note  | Before the Awakening | The Force Awakens | Forces of Destiny | The Last Jedi | Poe Dameron | The Rise of Skywalker

"Something inside me has always been there... but now it's awake, and I'm afraid."

A self-sufficient scavenger who spent a large part of her life on Jakku. She was something of a loner before meeting BB-8 and Finn and joining the Resistance in their fight against the First Order. Her first encounter with Kylo Ren revealed she is Force-sensitive, and she went on to seek the teachings of Luke Skywalker.

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  • Abusive Parents:
    • A case could certainly be made for her parents, who abandoned her on a desert junkyard in the middle of nowhere. If her conversation with Kylo is to believed, they sold her off to Plutt for booze when she was a little girl, leaving her to eke out a miserable existence on a Crapsack World, before dying who knows when and ending up in unmarked graves she will never be able to find beneath the sands she walked every day.
    • The closest thing she had to a Parental Substitute growing up was Plutt, who treats her as little more than a slave and even sends his goons to beat her up and steal BB-8 when she refuses to sell the droid to him. The novelization makes it even worse; Rey is extremely uncomfortable and disgusted around him due to him getting too touchy with her, calling her a "lovely girl" and looking her up and down.
  • Ace Pilot: She gets into the pilot's seat of the Millennium Falcon, a vessel which needs a co-pilot at the best of times and manages to fly it well enough not only to escape two TIE Fighters, but to enable Finn, with a broken gun, to shoot them both out of the sky. And this is when, by her own admission, she's never flown a ship offworld. Although to be fair, the only dogfight she gets into is planetside, so we don't know how well she'd do in space.
  • Action Girl: Rey utilizes her staff as a weapon in a style similar to the real-world martial art of bōjutsu. She is also the best melee fighter of the three new protagonists. Then she's revealed to be Force-sensitive and quickly picks up how to use it, culminating in her using Luke's lightsaber to best Kylo Ren in a desperate duel. In The Last Jedi, she not only outwits Luke in a brief duel by using her Force powers after being disarmed but also neatly destroys Snoke's Praetorian Guard with the help of Kylo Ren.
  • Adorkable:
    • One of the first things we see her do is eat her dinner while wearing an old Rebel pilot's helmet.
    • She displays barely contained childish glee when she tells Han that she bypassed the compressor to fix the Falcon.
    • In Tie-In Comics, Rey practically Squees when she learns that Leia knew Luke Skywalker.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played with. She's willing to overlook Kylo's 'bad boy' demeanor and try to pull him back to the light side, but she forms a bond with him because of his good traits, ie his understanding and empathy for her loneliness, not his bad ones.
  • All-Loving Hero:
    • In The Force Awakens she is quick to come to the defense of BB-8, after witnessing two other scavengers trying to scrap the droid for parts.
    • Likewise in The Last Jedi after learning the full extent of his past, she begins to sympathize and connect with "Ben Solo", and makes it her personal mission to bring him back to the Light after feeling the conflict within him.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Rey is a constant target of hostility in Jakku despite being the best scavenger. She never fights back though, and after she leaves the planet to help BB-8, she wants to go back.
  • Always Someone Better: She is this to Kylo Ren. After Kylo's Mind Probe backfires and Rey learns Force techniques from his mind, she is able to pull them off with much more success and damage, even defeating him on a lightsaber duel without previous experience; he was injured at the time but it is still significant given his greater training.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber, built half a century ago, that was also owned by Luke Skywalker.
  • Anywhere but Their Lips: She kisses the comatose Finn on the forehead as a gesture of farewell. In the novel, she is described as kissing him, but it doesn't specify where.
  • Ascended Fangirl: She's a fan of the main characters from the original trilogy, Luke in particular. To her, they are legends. She gradually meets them in her first appearance. Her most favorite is her new mentor. Having Han offer her a job serving on the Falcon within a day of teaming up with him and Chewie makes her light up.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: She teams up with Kylo Ren to take on Snoke's Praetorian Guards. At one point, she even jumps onto his back to give herself leverage to kick a Guard away.
  • Badass Adorable: Cute as a kitten and tough enough to single-handedly take down both of Unkar Plutt's thugs in close combat, and that's before her Force potential awakens. And much like Luke, she is an endearingly childlike dork with a kind heart and an insatiable lust for adventure, who is able to derive her own effective personal Lighsaber-Form from bojutsu (staff-combat) within days of even holding one for the first time and defeating a dark-lord with it.
  • Badass Bystander: Despite being The Hero, she starts the movie as this. Finn tries to save her from an attack and is surprised when she's able to fight back and kick ass.
  • Badass in Distress: When she is brought to Snoke in The Last Jedi, she quickly realises she's gotten way in over her head. Snoke is vastly more powerful in the Force, easily overpowering and outmaneuvering her, and she's surrounded by his Praetorian guards and Kylo Ren to boot. Snoke very easily (and painfully) extracts Luke's location from her mind (when Kylo tried it, she was able to resist him). It doesn't stop her from trying to fight back, but she's no match for Snoke. The moment Kylo takes Snoke out, she's immediately back to being badass again against his guards.
  • Battlecry: She utters a surprisingly guttural and savage one before facing off against a Praetorian Guard.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Rey is the only main character in The Force Awakens not to suffer any serious injuries or show visible wounds. Her right shoulder gets grazed by a Vibro Weapon in The Last Jedi, but that does nothing to detract from her looks, either.
  • Befriending the Enemy: Towards Kylo Ren. Though their bond initially develops due to their mutual loneliness and empathy for one another, Rey becomes convinced she can turn Kylo back to the light, going to meet him aboard the Supremacy and offering him help. Unfortunately, Kylo has other ideas, prompting her to flee, though they still have some positive feelings for each other (and these feelings possibly go beyond friendship).
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Rey constantly tells other people (and herself) that her parents are coming back when it's obvious that this is not true. Maz Kanata calls her out on it, and she is forced to face the truth.
  • Beneath the Mask: Rey keeps up a somewhat stoic demeanor and insists that her family is coming back for her, but, as her interactions with Maz Kanata and Kylo Ren reveal, she suffers from terrible loneliness and knows, deep down, that her family is never coming back to Jakku.
  • The Berserker:
    • When fighting Kylo Ren in the climax of The Force Awakens, she goes from scared to vicious. In the novelization, Kylo Ren is surprised by her raw power and aggressive behavior. Rey is so involved in the combat that the only thing that stops her from killing Kylo Ren is the ground splitting open between them.
    • In The Last Jedi, this comes up again as she displays rage in all of her fight scenes, but special credit has to go to when she forces Luke to the ground in a fit of rage, and later utters a frankly terrifying Battlecry before engaging a Dual Wielding Praetorian Guard.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Case in point, she leaves a nasty scar on Kylo Ren's face after the latter injures Finn without remorse and murders Han Solo. In The Last Jedi, the first thing she does when she sees Kylo again is to pull out a blaster and shoot at him. This didn't hurt or kill him, as he wasn't actually present, but it's still a rather jarring shift from her usual demeanor. She also goes so far as to physically attack Luke after finding out about his role in Kylo's fall to the dark side. Later, during the confrontation in Snoke's throne room, she gets downright vicious in fighting the Praetorian Guard after Kylo has killed Snoke.
  • Big Eater: Finn can only marvel at the amount she eats at Maz Kanata's castle in the novelization. Not surprising considering she's been used to barely eating all her life.
  • Blue Is Heroic: She ends up wielding the blue-bladed lightsaber once owned by Luke and Anakin.
  • Brainy Brunette: Not so much in the manner of books this trope implies, but Rey's quite handy with mechanics. Kinda of required given her means of survival was searching crashed starfighters for vital parts to sell for food. She also displays some on-the-spot ingenuity while fighting the Praetorian guards, such as escaping an armlock by dropping her lightsaber, then catching and reigniting it in a Reverse Grip.
  • Broken Ace: Rey knows a lot about mechanics, is a decent pilot, skilled enough in melee combat to hold off multiple opponents and pick up the basics of lightsaber-duelling within only minutes of holding one, and is also one of the most naturally powerful Force-users of her generation. However, she was forced to learn many of her skills simply to survive on Jakku after being dumped there as a child – she has abandonment issues because of this, as well as intense feelings of self-doubt and isolation, which she tends to cover up with naïve optimism.
  • Broken Bird:
    • Being an abandoned child made her one. Despite her naïve optimism, she has abandonment issues, judging by the look on her face when Finn announces his plan to leave and the vision it triggers.
    • Despite being exceptionally proud of having fixed the Falcon, when Han gives her a non-response, her glee turns on a dime to almost abject disappointment.
    • This becomes even more evident in The Last Jedi. When Kylo bluntly points out her parents threw her away like garbage, she furiously and tearfully denies it, and even uses the dark side cave Luke had warned her about to try and get information about her parents. When it fails to give her the answers she desperately wants, she's devastated. She later admits that she had deluded herself into thinking her parents were better than they were, admitting they were "no one" and she meant very little to them.
  • Broken Pedestal: Played with. A big portion of Rey's story in The Last Jedi is that her expectation of what she'd learn from Luke Skywalker is noticeably different than what he actually teaches her, and she's flabbergasted that he's not immediately willing to become the hero the Resistance needs. However, given that Luke is still her mentor, it's not likely that she's completely lost faith in him. Indeed, when she confronts Snoke, she declares that he underestimates Luke and her faith in him seems to be restored when he turns up on Crait to help save the Resistance.
    Daisy: As a lot of people know: it's difficult when you meet your heroes, because they might not be what you expect.
  • The Cameo: Her voice, specifically her speaking to the unconscious Finn at the end of The Force Awakens, can be briefly heard alongside many other pivotal characters in the Star Wars canon as Ezra walks through the World Between Worlds in Star Wars Rebels, about 16 years prior to her birth.
  • Cardboard Box Home: Not your "traditional" cardboard box, though. Rey lives in a half-destroyed AT-AT walker.
  • Changeling Fantasy: She and Kylo Ren reveal in Last Jedi her entire thing about "waiting for her parents" was nothing but an excuse to ignore the fact her actual parents were a couple of jerkass junk traders who sold her for drinking money and ended up buried in a pauper's grave god knows where ages ago.
  • Character Development: She starts out as a loner intent on waiting for her family to come back, and she maintains this mindset in insisting she has to go back to Jakku once she helps BB-8 complete his mission. Even after Maz Kanata flat-out tells her that whoever left her on Jakku is never coming back and she has to go forward, she refuses to accept it to the point of running away. It takes the discovery of her Force powers to convince her of her destiny and to find Luke, the person she realizes she has to go to. Over the course of The Last Jedi, she struggles with, but ultimately comes to term with the fact that her parents were nobodies who never cared about her, and that, as much as she wishes otherwise, she was just the Right Man in the Wrong Place, rather than a destined hero like Luke. Accepting this helps her to start forging her own path as a Resistance hero and the last of the Jedi after Luke's death.
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • Climbing and scavenging through destroyed military equipment means she knows her way around Imperial/First Order technology/architecture, and it helps her twice: when piloting the Falcon through a crashed Star Destroyer to escape two TIE Fighters, and when escaping the Starkiller Base by herself.
    • Also, her skill in staff-fighting, given that she ends up wielding another kind of melee weapon.
  • The Chosen One: How she's portrayed in The Force Awakens. Maz Kanata feels a strong connection to the Force from her when she touches Luke's lightsaber. She is also the one sent to look for Luke himself, at the end of the first film. Subverted in The Last Jedi, where it's revealed she's just a Force-sensitive nobody whose desire to do the right thing put her in the right places at the right times. But just like Finn or all the others who will soon rise to form a new Rebellion, that made all the difference.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: After being abandoned on Jakku for unknown reasons, Rey was adopted by Unkar Plutt and forced to work as a scavenger since she was a child. Word of God even compared her journey to Cinderella's.
  • Composite Character:
    • Rey has features of Luke, Leia, and Han. From Luke she gets her poor, desert-dweller upbringing, her kind heart, and her special destiny and Force powers. And his lightsaber. From Leia, she gets a somewhat forceful, standoffish personality and her identity as an assured, self-reliant woman — and is the woman of the trio. From Han, she gets her Ace Pilot skills (although Luke is no slouch in that department either, her piloting is specifically contrasted to Han's), some snark, mechanical skills, and the Millennium Falcon.
    • Rey's hairstyle, accent, facial features and weapon of choice (the staff) are very similar to Bastila Shan. On top of that, their main themes even share the same notes. Also like Bastila, she develops a Force Bond and romantic connection with a male fallen Jedi.
    • Rey's ability to quickly bond with other people, her fluency in Droidspeak and several alien languages, and her Power Copying/Instant Expert abilities are similar to Meetra Surik (the Exile), the female protagonist of Knights of the Old Republic II .
    • She also has a bit of child-Anakin, by being a desert-dwelling slave/scavenger who works on behalf of a weird, alien guy who's sort of a corrupt "parental" figure (though Plutt has none of Watto's redeeming attributes).
    • She's even got a bit of Padmé in her. Her initial outfit is reminiscent of Padmé's outfit on Mustafar (especially the arm bindings) and they even look rather alike physically. They're both deeply compassionate but will still kick your ass if they have to and face a lot of responsibility and tough decision-making at a young age (Rey's been taking care of herself since she was a child and is barely an adult during the events of The Force Awakens, whilst Padmé was elected Queen of all the Naboo at just fourteen and is a senator by the time she's in her early twenties). They're also both 'involved' with their trilogy's resident 'bad boy'; Padmé was married to Anakin Skywalker, whilst Rey forms a complex bond with Kylo Ren, Anakin's grandson. Both also try unsuccessfully to turn the aforementioned bad boys back to the light, after turning down an offer to rule the galaxy with them.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character:
    • Unlike the previous female leads Leia and Padme, Rey doesn't have a privileged background, starting out as a poor scavenger on a backwater world.
    • Unlike the previous Force-sensitive heroes, Luke and Anakin, Rey doesn't jump at the call. In fact, she rejects it until the final act of the movie. Where Luke and Anakin both dreamed of a greater adventure, Rey's greatest hope was for her family to come back for her. She also grew up mostly alone, unlike the two Skywalkers (Luke was raised by his aunt and uncle, and Anakin was brought up by his mother). There's a visual contrast between them as well: Anakin and Luke were both light-haired men, while Rey is a dark haired woman.
    • Unlike the Skywalkers, she did not lose her hand near the second chapter of her trilogy, making her the first Force-sensitive protagonist to keep her hand throughout the second film.
    • Also, unlike the Skywalkers, she's The Unchosen One. She doesn't come from a Mystical Pregnancy, and her parents weren't war heroes or royalty or Jedi masters. She's just a nobody from nowhere who through wanting to help people rose to become a hero.
  • Contralto of Danger: Rey has a low-pitched voice and proves herself early on as someone who can take care of herself.
  • Converse with the Unconscious: Briefly with Finn after he's left comatose fighting Kylo Ren. She assures him she's certain they'll see each other again before she leaves for Ahch-To.
  • Cool Bike: Her speeder counts as a futuristic variant.
  • Cool Starship: In a sad example, Rey inherits the Millennium Falcon after Han's death, taking it on her mission to find Luke.
  • Cool Sword: She feels the Force calling her towards Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber, and later uses it to fight Kylo Ren.
  • Cope by Pretending: This is generally how she deals with being abandoned by her parents. She tells everyone and herself that her parents are coming back eventually, marking the days on the wall of her AT-AT walker, avoiding leaving Jakku for too long so she'll be there when they return and even wears her hair in the same style she had as a little girl so they'll recognise her. She's been doing this for nearly fifteen years, unable to face the fact her parents didn't want her and left her forever in a wasteland (for extra drinking money, at that). When Kylo finally gets her to admit this to herself and tells her they're long dead, she breaks down, but also seems to start accepting that she cannot keep living this way and that it's time to move on.
  • Costume Evolution: By The Last Jedi, Rey has gone from her white and tan outfit to a grey and dark brown one, to visually reflect her growing conflicted feelings over her abandonment on Jakku and the suffering the First Order has caused the people she's come to care about. As of The Rise of Skywalker, she's wearing an outfit similar to her original, but now in all white, reaffirming her status as The Hero.
  • Crazy Survivalist: In Rey's Survival Guide she talks about gathering resources and layering traps around her AT-AT walker to protect herself from other scavengers.
  • Cute Bruiser: Don't let her looks fool you. She's more than capable of handling herself in a fight and WILL kick your ass if you mess with her or her friends.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Rey herself invokes this, telling herself and others that her family genuinely care about her and are coming back for her eventually, so they must've had good reasons for leaving her alone on Jakku. However, given they've been gone for fifteen years, it's starting to look a little suspect, with both Maz Kanata and Kylo Ren pointing out her parents are unlikely to be coming back. It's ultimately subverted; it's revealed in The Last Jedi that Rey's parents didn't have altruistic reasons for abandoning her, they just didn't want her, and she was in denial as a coping mechanism.
  • Damsel out of Distress:
    • Finn finds out she's one of these when he finds her under attack by a group of thugs on Jakku and rushes in to help her, only for her to soundly beat them all before he can even get there. She later uses a Jedi Mind Trick on a stormtrooper in order to free herself from Kylo Ren's clutches and defeats him in a lightsaber duel on Starkiller Base.
    • Averted in The Last Jedi; she's utterly helpless against the far more powerful Snoke, who subdues her with a flick of his wrist and orders Kylo to kill her. Luckily for her, Kylo has grown rather fond of her by this point and kills Snoke instead.
    • Played straight when she fights the Praetorian guards, though she's got Kylo as back-up. Everytime she gets into trouble with a guard she's able to figure a way out of her predicament using some quick-thinking; she also saves Kylo by throwing him her lightsaber when he's disarmed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not as much as Han Solo, but Rey throws around her fair share of snark. One of her first remarks, in response to BB-8 citing his origins as "classified", is a dry, "Classified, really? Me too. Big secret." Much later, when she's imprisoned by Kylo Ren and he orders her to "Tell [him] about the droid", she responds by listing off BB-8's model and features.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was abandoned by her family when she was only a child and has spent her life alone, fending for herself.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: In the third act of The Last Jedi, Rey switches to a dark grey and brown outfit in place of her usual lighter-colored ones, but is still definitely one of the good guys – in fact, her resolve to become a Jedi Knight is stronger than ever.
  • Defiant Captive:
    • After being abducted by Kylo Ren, she's frightened but remains defiant. She refuses to tell him anything about BB-8, snarks at him and not only resists his attempts to extract the map to Luke from her mind, but manages to get inside his head as well and taunts him with his fear of not being as strong as Darth Vader. She eventually manages to escape after figuring out how to use a Jedi mind-trick on a guard.
    • When she's brought before Snoke aboard the Supremacy, despite being hopelessly outmatched and outnumbered, she remains defiant towards him and keeps trying to attack him. When she can't reach her own lightsaber, she even uses the Force to swipe Kylo's saber right off his belt instead.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Downplayed. Rey can take care of herself and is not portrayed as overly clingy, but having lived relatively alone and unloved since she was a small child, she strongly desires companionship and grows attached to people who show her kindness rather quickly. She longs for her parents to come back for her, even though, by her own admission, they abandoned her, and as Kylo points out, she "looks" for her parents in people such as Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. Part of the reason she bonds with Kylo, of all people, in The Last Jedi is because she feels he understands her deep loneliness. Rey also quickly becomes fiercely loyal to her friends in the Resistance and joins their cause.
  • Determinator: Rey doesn't seem to know how to quit. She spent years on Jakku stubbornly maintaining that her family would come back for her, and in The Last Jedi, she keeps on trying to attack Snoke despite being hopelessly outclassed against him. Even Snoke is impressed by her grit and determination, complimenting Rey on having "the spirit of a true Jedi".
  • Disapproving Look: Gives one hell of these to Kylo Ren in their final scene in The Last Jedi, he having spurned her offer to join the Resistance in favour of becoming Supreme Leader and trying to kill them all.
  • Disaster Scavengers: She lives in a fallen AT-AT, and most of what she owns is scavenged from the wreckage of a great battle between the New Republic and the Empire.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy. She starts out as an impoverished orphan on a desert planet, is swept up into the war thanks to an astromech droid she salvages, later discovers her proficiency in the Force, and eventually even uses Luke's old lightsaber and seeks training under a previous-generation Jedi (Luke himself) on a remote planet. By the end of The Force Awakens, it's clear that she's The Hero of the sequel trilogy, just as Luke was to the original trilogy.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come:
    • When Rey touches Anakin's lightsaber, she has visions of Kylo Ren before meeting him. Word of God confirmed that they never met before The Force Awakens.
    • It’s implied in The Force Awakens and confirmed in The Last Jedi that the island she saw in her dreams was actually Ahch-To.
  • Dude Magnet: Downplayed. The series doesn't delve too heavily into romance, but she has been ship teased with three men — Finn, Kylo Ren, and Poe. On a squickier note, the novelization of The Force Awakens suggests that Plutt lusted after her too.

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  • Eating the Eye Candy: Played for laughs, but even she gets a little flustered while taking in the sight of a shirtless Kylo Ren.
    Rey: (To Kylo Ren, slightly embarrassed) Don't you have a cowl, or something you could put on?
  • Establishing Character Moment: She needs rations and could sell BB-8 for a ton of them. She doesn't. This is a droid she has just met and has no connection to, so the gesture should tell you a lot about what kind of person she is.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In The Last Jedi, Rey has switched to a new hairstyle where more of her hair is down, to reflect her growing Action Girl abilities. It also signifies that she's stopped waiting around for whoever left her on Jakku to come back, and is ready to move on. In The Rise of Skywalker, she has gone back to wearing her hair in three buns, but the buns are larger and tidier-looking.
  • Falling into the Cockpit: Rey proves surprisingly adept at flying the Millennium Falcon and evading TIE fighters even though by her own admission she has limited piloting experience. She's not quite perfect out of the starting gate though, as she initially has some trouble with handling and tends to scrape the ship along the ground a lot. It is implied that her potential with the Force is part of this, as even she expresses astonishment that she did as well as she did.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: A downplayed example. Rey wears a leather cuff around one wrist, but not the other. She later adds a leather binding around one forearm to cover the scar she got in The Last Jedi. The dark grey outfit she wears in The Last Jedi's climax also falls unevenly, while still looking cool and practical.
  • Fatal Flaw: Stubbornness and being a Horrible Judge of Character. She wastes years of her life on Jakku for the sake of being there when her family comes for her even though it's pretty clear they're never returning, and when she is forced off the planet she is still adamant about going back (despite becoming a wanted fugitive). She refuses the call multiple times because she cannot accept the fact no one is coming back for her. And even in The Last Jedi, she clings to her goal of reuniting with her parents, which leads to her attempting to use the dark side for answers. She also comes to firmly believe that Kylo Ren can be changed; a mindset that, in spite of Luke's warnings, leads to her getting captured, tortured, and nearly killed by the First Order. Ultimately, it takes extreme circumstances in order for her to change her mindset.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Escaping from stormtroopers in a piece of "garbage" with Finn leads to them becoming quick friends.
  • Fish out of Water: Having spent her whole life on a desert planet, Rey, unlike Anakin and Luke, is awestruck when she sees a forest for the first time, even putting her hand underneath the rain to catch it.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Snoke exploits Rey's naivety and her compassion for Kylo to lure her to him in The Last Jedi. He would've succeeded...if Kylo hadn't exploited his flaw of arrogance and offed him.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Heavily with Kylo Ren, particularly in The Last Jedi. They have a Force Bond which they use to communicate, argue, and eventually confide and empathize their personal problems. She gets flustered when she inadvertently sees him shirtless through said bond, they outright hold hands, and he re-extends his We Can Rule Together offer in a way that sounds like a proposal.
  • Foil:
    • Rey and Kylo Ren have a number of interesting parallels and contrasts. While he is an infamous enforcer for the First Order who began as a Jedi student, she is a seemingly random scavenger who becomes aligned with the Resistance and becomes a Jedi student at the end of The Force Awakens. They both have rather stoic exteriors that give way to strong emotion (glee and sorrow for Rey, rage and angst for Ren), hiding deeper insecurities and fears (Rey has abandonment issues and has lived a very lonely life; Kylo fears never living up to the image of Darth Vader and is tempted by the Light Side). They both saw Han Solo as a father figure, but to opposite results: Rey bonded quickly with Han, and mourned his death while Ren saw Han (his biological father) as a disappointment and, although conflicted before and after the fact, murdered him. Ren embraces the Dark Side, while Rey follows the Light, but both struggle with inner Light and Dark. Rey wears white, Ren wears black. They were both sent away by their families, are both strong in the Force, and they each had/will have Luke Skywalker as a teacher in the ways of the Force. Even their roles in the story contrast, but are equal in importance; she's The Hero, while he's The Heavy. The Last Jedi introduces another contrast between them: Kylo's parents were Living Legends who sent him away to be trained by Luke. Rey's parents were nobodies who sold her for drinking money.
    • Taking it to the almost literal extreme, the Star Wars Oxygen podcast, in their breakdown of the The Force Awakens soundtrack, noted that when you play the notes in Rey's theme in reverse, you get Kylo's theme.
    • Rey and Finn are both effectively nobodies who are dragged into the Resistance's war with the First Order and initially just want to get away from it, but grow to become loyal and dedicated Resistance heroes. Rey is a Force-sensitive who learns to become a Jedi, whereas Finn is a Badass Normal ex-Stormtrooper. Rey's family abandoned her and she longs for their return, while Finn was taken from his by the First Order and doesn't seem overly concerned about the family he never knew.
  • Forced to Watch: In The Last Jedi, Snoke uses the Force to physically drag her over to a window to watch the Resistance transports being blown up one by one. She responds by grabbing hold of Kylo's lightsaber and charging at Snoke.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The phlegmatic. Kind and optimistic, but also stubborn and naive.
  • Fragile Speedster: She prefers fighting using her agility. She struggles if she's forced to fight using strength. She overcomes this enough in the climax to overpower Kylo Ren in a struggle over their lightsabers.
  • Friendless Background: Rey was alone on Jakku for over a decade, and appeared to spend most of her time scavenging the wrecks old ships. Based on her initial reaction to having her hand grabbed by Finn, she was not used to being touched either.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: The child of lowlife scavengers who sold her off for drinking money, and who spent most of her life on a planet that's essentially a junkyard in the middle of nowhere, Rey grows to become a Jedi Knight and a powerful enemy for the First Order.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: According to supplemental materials, she built her speeder herself, and deliberately made it top-heavy and difficult to fly so that no one would want to steal it. Plus, she makes a living scavenging ship parts, so she'd naturally have some facility with machines. She even booby-trapped the area surrounding the AT-AT she lives in to keep rival scavengers out.
  • Gamer Girl: The novelisation of The Force Awakens claims she spent her free time on Jakku playing flight simulators on a computer she had salvaged.
  • Gene Hunting: Somewhat in The Last Jedi. She enters the Dark Side cave on Ahch-To and asks it to show her parents to her ...only to be presented with an image of herself, to her disappointment. It’s later revealed that deep down, she knew all along who her parents were and that they never cared about her.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Rey is Spanish for "king" and is a common male name in Spanish speaking countries as well as the United States. Rey sounds like the English male name "Ray", and also coincidentally the Japanese androgynous name "Rei".
  • The Gift: Rey is naturally very strong with the Force; it's implied she's been subconsciously using or accessing the Force for years (such as her dreams of the future and being able to pilot the Falcon). Once she becomes consciously aware of her Force-sensitivity and encounters trained Force-user Kylo Ren, she begins experimenting with her gift or outright copying what Kylo does, and is able to pick up abilities like mind-tricks and telekinesis very quickly. She's rough around the edges and has a lot to learn, but her raw power and adaptability makes her quite formidable.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: In The Last Jedi, Rey admits that she can't understand why Kylo Ren would murder his own father. Having longed for her family for her entire life, Rey struggles to comprehend why Kylo would forsake and destroy his own.
  • Good Counterpart: To Kylo Ren. Snoke even describes Rey as the light that rises to match Kylo's darkness.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Rey is nice to everyone, except the bad guys (as Kylo Ren can attest). Or people she mistakes for bad guys (as Finn can attest).
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted. They can adjust, but Rey prefers to fight using her Simple Staff, while Finn prefers to fight using blasters. She later upgrades to a lightsaber.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: She's shown to have her trademark three buns in a flashback as a child of five. In Rey's Survival Guide, it's explained that she keeps the same hair in the hope that her family will recognize her after over a decade. Notably, by the end of The Last Jedi she's started wearing her hair down, symbolizing her acceptance that her family is long gone and it's time for her to carve out her own destiny.
  • Hates Being Alone: One of her greatest fears is that she will always be alone and unwanted; this stems from being abandoned by her parents as a child and growing up with no one who truly cared about her. She can survive relatively alone if she absolutely has to (she did just that for over a decade), but she doesn't like it and is much happier when she's with friends. When Finn admits he lied to her about being a Resistance fighter, she appears more upset that he might leave her, begging him not to. She's even willing to have conversations with Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi just to have someone to confide in, especially when she realises he's just as lonely as her.
  • Hates Being Touched: Rey actively dislikes it when Finn tries to hold her hand twice while running, and is not pleased when he uses her head as a support in the Millennium Falcon. She grows to move past this, reaching out to take Finn's hand twice while fleeing enemies, taking the initiative by hugging Finn when he comes to rescue her, and cradling him while holding his hand near the end of The Force Awakens.She also offers her hand to Kylo Ren so they can touch hands, or as much as they can via Force-bond, and embraces Finn happily in The Last Jedi.
  • Heartbeat Soundtrack: Rey's signature Force sound is a heartbeat, in contrast to Kylo Ren's feline growl.
  • Held Gaze:
    • Has this with Luke at the end of The Force Awakens when she arrives on Ahch-To and presents his old lightsaber to him.
    • She and Kylo share a lot of intense looks, especially in The Last Jedi. Depending on the context, it's types Antagonistic, Platonic and Supernatural (heck, sometimes all three at once), and possibly type Romantic. Particularly notable is the scene where they touch hands through their Force-bond, gazing intently into each others eyes until Luke interrupts.
  • The Hero: After a film's worth of hero-hopping, Rey takes up the mantle for real when she awakens her Force powers, takes up the Skywalker family lightsaber, and brings down Kylo Ren.
  • Heroic BSoD: She has a few of these throughout the trilogy, which isn't surprising considering the amount of trauma she experiences.
    • She has a very understandable one after watching her first real friend "abandon" her, being shown a traumatic Force Vision of loss and death, forced to confront the truth that whoever left her on Jakku is never coming back for her, and encouraged by someone she just met to give herself over to the Force and fight the Dark Side (a frightening thought for someone plagued with doubt, fear, and abandonment issues). She gets better upon seeing that Finn, Han and Chewbacca came back for her, and that it was Finn's idea to mount a rescue.
    • She can barely move when Kylo Ren kills Han, and Finn has to pull her away before Stormtroopers fire on them.
    • After the Dark Side cave on Ahch-To shows her only her own reflection rather than her parents, she sinks to her knees, looking utterly distraught. She ends up huddled under a blanket in her hut, tears spilling down her face as she laments how alone she feels. Kylo, of all people, comforts her after she confides in him.
    • She has a minor one when she realises Kylo is still on the dark side and is finally forced to face the Awful Truth about her parents and past, standing there sobbing for a few moments before snapping back into action.
  • Heroic Second Wind: During her duel with Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens, he has her pinned against the edge of a cliff and she's clearly being overpowered. However, it's at this moment Kylo offers to train her, reminding her she has the Force. She's able to calm herself, access the Force and promptly gains the upper hand against him.
  • Hidden Depths: Frequently dismissed as “the girl from Jakku” and “the scavenger”, Rey turns out to be a powerful Force-sensitive who, for unknown reasons, was dormant.
  • History Repeats Itself:
    • Like her male predecessors from the other two trilogies, she's a desert nobody who, in a matter of days, becomes involved in a galaxy fight, has untapped Force-sensitivity, and winds up as the beacon of hope to uphold what little is left of the light side.
    • In The Last Jedi, Rey's scene with Ren, specifically the part where she realizes that Ren is evil after all and tearfully begs him to return to the light, closely mirrors the final meeting between Anakin and Padmé in Revenge of the Sith. Thankfully Rey was able to handle this disappointment far better than Padmé did.
  • Holding Hands:
    • She initially doesn't like it when Finn tries to take her hand, possibly because she's not used to being touched. When she takes his hand willingly later on, it's a sign she's come to trust him and views him as her friend.
    • In The Last Jedi, there's a scene where she offers her hand to Kylo Ren, during one of their Force-bonds. Kylo reciprocates and although they're not quite holding hands, they are able to touch each other through the bond despite being lightyears apart. As well as being a symbol of their growing friendship and empathy for each other, it also carries romantic undertones, to the point where the creators have compared it to a love scene.
  • Hope Bringer: Despite ultimately being The Unchosen One, Rey's presence somewhat gives hope to Luke that the Jedi Order will rise again.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Zig-zagged in regards to Kylo Ren. On one hand, she's proved dead wrong when she thinks he's going to turn back to the light and join the Resistance. On the other, she was right about him not killing her on Snoke's orders and Snoke underestimating him. She also senses he still feels conflicted about his choices and the ending of the film implies this is still the case.
  • Humble Goal: Far from the grand dreams of adventure that defined both Anakin and Luke Skywalker, in The Force Awakens, all Rey initially wants is for her family to come back for her. Sadly, this is an impossible dream; both Maz Kanata and Kylo Ren come to realise that Rey's parents would never return for her, and Rey herself finally accepts in The Last Jedi that her parents were nobodies who never cared about her, and who likely died long ago.
  • Humble Hero: Almost to the point of Heroic Self-Deprecation. She often states she doesn't think she's anything special, even saying she's "no one" from "nowhere". In a notable example, when Finn is grabbed by a rathtar, she rewires the ship's doors to slam shut on the rathtar's tentacles, saving Finn. When he comments on it, all Rey says is "That was lucky."
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: In the novelization, this is the main reason why Rey doesn't kill Kylo Ren at the end of their duel.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved / I Just Want to Have Friends: Her defining character trait is her desire to be needed and loved, like the Rebel heroes she heard about in stories, after spending years abandoned on a desert junkyard in the middle of nowhere. This has negative sides to it. For instance, she deludes herself into a Changeling Fantasy, and attempts to refuse the call multiple times because she thinks a "nobody" like her is less worthy of it than others, like Luke or even Kylo Ren. But, it also drives her to help BB-8 and Finn reach the Resistance, be willing to stand up to the First Order regardless of odds, volunteer to try to bring Luke back, and constantly try to do what's right.
  • I Knew There Was Something About You: In the novelization, Kylo Ren feels something strange about Rey in the Takodana woods and kidnaps her. In the climax, after Rey summons the lightsaber, Kylo Ren says "It is you." almost in awe and implying that he knew something about her all along. Word of God says he recognizes her as the "awakening in the Force" he felt.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: According to supplemental materials, most of her pre-movie piloting experience came from a flight simulator she salvaged.
  • I Will Wait for You:
    • She spent fifteen years waiting for her parents on Jakku. Even though she knew they were never coming back, she still waited out of misplaced hope and delusion that they would.
    • The novelization for The Last Jedi establishes that this is why she spares Kylo; although she knows things would be easier if she killed him, she also realizes she made a mistake by expecting him to be ready to reject the dark side just because he turned on Snoke. So she'll wait, and let the future unfold however he—and the Force—wills it.
  • Implausible Deniability: She keeps saying that her family will return for her, even though she's been stranded on Jakku for years and has had to learn to survive with little to no help. Maz tells her bluntly that her parents aren't coming back, and she needs to learn how to move forward.
  • Improbable Piloting Skills: Rey is able to do pretty bold acrobatics with the Millennium Falcon even without formal training. Rey herself is astounded she did so well and given the later revelation that she's Force-sensitive, it's strongly implied she was subconsciously using the Force to fly the Falcon.
  • Incompletely Trained: Luke didn't have time (or much will) to teach her much in The Last Jedi before she left Ach-To to confront Kylo Ren and Snoke. She's a powerful Force user in her own right, if in a rawer way than the Jedi of old, but still needs more lightsaber practice at the very least, and she will have to make do with the sacred Jedi texts she took with her, with possibly a bit of help from Luke's Force ghost, if he shows up at all.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: While she does show some of the visceral rage normally associated with the Dark Side of the Force, Rey never shows any signs of being truly tempted by it. In The Last Jedi, she even goes into a cave practically drenched with the dark side, and, although she's shaken by what she sees there, she emerges no worse for wear, much to Luke's astonishment. Snoke realizes this when she's brought to him, and his intent pretty much instantly changes from trying to turn her to his side to killing her himself. Later, despite her feelings for him, she rejects Kylo Ren's offer to turn to the Dark Side and join him, standing firm in her commitment to the Jedi.
  • The Ingenue: She often acts very naïve towards the world around her, and can even come across as somewhat childish when interacting with others. It's justified, since she has been more-or-less alone since she was five. She's also very kind and pure-hearted, even showing compassion towards Kylo Ren.
  • Insistent Appellation:
    • By the third act of The Last Jedi, she constantly refers to Kylo Ren as Ben Solo or Ben, due to her feelings for him and because she believes that's who he really is. Interestingly, he usually insists on being called Kylo Ren and isn't happy when his father and Snoke call him by his old name...but he never corrects Rey when she calls him Ben.
    • She also keeps calling Luke 'Master Skywalker', even though he's initially not interested in training her.
  • Instant Expert: Much like Anakin and Luke before her, Rey is shockingly good at lot of things despite having spent her life disassembling junked starships on a lawless desert planet.
    • Even before Rey is aware of her Force powers, her conventional abilities are pretty astounding. She's able to expertly fly the 30+ year-old Millennium Falcon after just doing repairs on it for Unkar Plutt, and later she efficiently operates the internal systems of Han's transport ship to save Finn during the fight with the Alien monster, despite never having seen them before, much less used them. To be fair, she built her own speeder, so it makes that she has some mechanical skill.
    • She's able to figure out and reverse a Mind Probe from Kylo Ren after being exposed to it twice. Subsequently, she's able to manage the Jedi Mind Trick on a Stormtrooper (after two failed attempts), do a Force pull, and wield a lightsaber with some degree of skill in short order, all without formal training or even time to practice on her own. Even she's shown to be surprised by this, telling Finn after she pulls off the mind trick that he wouldn't believe what she did to escape. According to the creators the reason she's able to do all of this so quickly is because Kylo Ren's mind probe basically passed part of his understanding of the Force into her, someone who could actually utilize those experiences (unlike say Poe). In the novelization, Kylo Ren is even extremely agitated and concerned not only due to Rey resisting him, but because she acquired an unknown amount of knowledge from his mind.
  • Internal Homage: Like Anakin and Luke before her, Rey is a major character living a hard-scrabble life on a desert planet, and has dreams of leaving of her world behind to explore what lies beyond in the galaxy. Like Anakin, she also has a natural talent for technical skills, piloting, and the Force, which makes her something of a Gender Flip.
  • I Work Alone: She declined offers to work with scavengers' groups because she liked being alone.
  • Journey to Find Oneself: At the beginning, she just wants to help BB-8 and deliver the map to the Resistance. By the end of the movie, she figures out about her Force powers and decides to find more about it, finding herself in the process.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: In the novelization, this is what Rey does when finds herself inside Kylo Ren's mind.
  • Juggling Loaded Guns: Downplayed example, more than once she unthinkingly points a blaster at someone with Han hurriedly pushing the barrel in a non-dangerous direction.
  • Justified Criminal: She and Finn technically steal the Millennium Falcon from Plutt to escape First Order TIE-fighters on Jakku. Given the circumstances though, she was completely justified – she and Finn needed to get BB-8 and the map to Luke Skywalker away from the First Order, who probably weren't just going to ask them nicely for it. Also, the Falcon didn't really belong to Plutt either – he bought it off a guy who stole it from Han Solo and Rey eventually returns the ship to its rightful owner. That, and Plutt's such a Jerkass you don't feel too bad for him.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Rey is astounded when she's told that Luke Skywalker is real, and she's quite bowled over when she realises that the scruffy old man who has captured her ship is legendary smuggler Han Solo, and more so when she realises that the ship in question is none other than the Millennium Falcon.
  • Last of Her Kind: With Luke's passing, Rey officially inherits his title as the last Jedi.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: In The Last Jedi, Rey cuts her Jedi training short and goes straight to the Supremacy to try and turn Kylo to the light and defeat Snoke. She fails on both accounts—Snoke is killed, but by Kylo; Rey herself is telepathically thrown around and tortured, highlighting just how unprepared she was. She was minorly impulsive in The Force Awakens as well, like attacking Finn because BB-8 said he had Poe's jacket instead of just asking why he had it.
  • Leitmotif: Rey's fairytale-ish Establishing Character Music is present whenever she fights or searches for purpose.
  • Light Is Good: Rey is one of the nicest characters of the saga, and constantly associated with the Light side. Her name can be interpreted as "ray of light", she always wears white-ish clothes and Maz Kanata tells she has "the light" within her.
  • Literal-Minded: During her first lesson with Luke, when he tells her to "reach out", Rey physically holds her hand out as far as she can. After Luke messes with her for a moment, he makes it clear that he meant for her to reach out with the Force.
  • Lonely Doll Girl: A doll dressed as a Rebel pilot is seen at Rey's house back in Jakku. Considering her Friendless Background and her loneliness, it's implied that the doll was her only company.
  • Lonely Together: Kylo isn't the only one she has, but he is the only one who understands and shares her deep loneliness, which they end up bonding over.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Rey's instant connection with Finn is made more poignant by the fact that he might be the first human being to take an active interest in her in over a decade.

    Tropes M to Y 
  • Machine Empathy: She has a feel for the Millennium Falcon's temperamental maintenance needs before she even realizes it's the Falcon. It impresses Han as well, convincing him to give her a job offer as second mate. She also learns the Falcon's flight handling quirks quite quickly after some early mishaps (also caused by a groggy Falcon that hadn't flown in years).
  • Magnetic Hero: Rey is able to persuade several people during the events of The Force Awakens. She convinces BB-8 to show her the map to Luke Skywalker. Finn becomes her friend almost instantly. Han Solo helps her with BB-8 and offers a job to her in the Millennium Falcon despite barely knowing her. By the end of the movie, even Kylo Ren is impressed by her Force powers to the point where he asks to be her teacher. In The Last Jedi, she restores Luke's faith in the Jedi and helps him in forgiving himself for his past failures.
  • McNinja: In her first appearance, she's mostly dressed like a shinobi and does Le Parkour when scavenging.
  • Meaningful Name: Rey, as in ray of hope and/or light.
  • Meditation Powerup: Rey briefly meditates during her duel with Kylo Ren, which allows her to turn the tide of the battle and win.
  • Meet Cute: Downplayed; she first met Finn after BB-8 mistook Finn for a thief that robbed Poe of his jacket. Then she chased down Finn, who was coming to help her fend off attackers, and beat him to the ground. Their subsequent interactions are much smoother and they soon become very close friends, though according to Word of God their bond is strictly platonic.
  • Mentor's New Hope: What she hopes to be, and what Leia Organa desperately needs her to be, by training under Luke Skywalker. Just before Luke dies, he proclaims her a Jedi.
  • Merlin and Nimue: The Nimue to Luke's Merlin, she being his much younger female apprentice. She ends up ignoring his warnings about the Dark Side cave and Kylo Ren and steals the Jedi texts from him, but unlike many examples of this trope she never truly loses faith in him (there's also no romance between them whatsoever; they're closer to father-and-daughter than anything else).
  • Mind over Matter: After Finn is defeated and Kylo Ren tries to claim it for himself, Rey summons Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber to her hand to fight Ren. By the end of The Last Jedi, she's grown powerful enough with this ability that she can clear an entire landslide's worth of rock away from a passage to clear an escape route for the survivors of the Resistance.
  • Minor Living Alone: Rey is around nineteen, and survived alone on Jakku since she was a child.
  • Morality Pet: In The Last Jedi, she tries to be this for Kylo Ren, but while he does have a great deal of affection for her, he's so devoted to the Dark Side that Rey is ultimately unable to turn him.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: Rey is very touched when she sees trees for the first time in her life when she arrives at Takodana.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: This lean young woman won in a grapple with Kylo Ren in the final moments of their lightsaber duel by forcing her lightsaber into his, destroying it and leaving him defenseless to a rake across the face. In real life, Daisy Ridley is in pretty good shape and can dead-lift 80 kilos, though this still is nowhere near enough to explain how the character was able to grapple with a heavily built, 6'2 man. That is Justified by the Force, which has been shown to be able to enhance physical strength before (cf. Luke making 20+ foot vertical jumps in both his fights with Vader, and later sending the 300 pound cyborg flying with a kick).
    • The fact that Kylo had been grievously injured (shot by Chewie's bowcaster, Finn and Rey each getting in a lucky shot with the lightsaber) also helped.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Downplayed Trope. The first time Rey shoots a stormtrooper on Takodana – implied to be the first time she's ever (directly) killed someone – she's briefly frozen in shock and glances at the blaster with a horrified expression. However, she quickly snaps out of it and begins fighting back in earnest.
  • Mysterious Waif: Rey is a girl abandoned by her parents on a desert planet during her childhood, living in a state of extreme poverty. She also suffers from a serious case of Mysterious Past, where nobody, not even her, knows about her background and who her parents are. She also displays strong psychic Force powers, unknowingly. In the novelization, Kylo Ren constantly asks who she is, feeling something really odd about Rey and becoming interested in her. Also in the novelization, when Kylo Ren tries to Mind Probe her deeper, he is unable to progress due to a barrier in her memories. Subverted in The Last Jedi, where it's revealed Rey had just invoked this trope, wanting to believe she had a mysterious past and blocking out her childhood memories as part of her own personal Changeling Fantasy: Her parents were filthy junk traders who sold their own child for drinking money and eventually died in a ditch. No one knows about her past because she really is a nobody with "no place in this story" before her decision to help BB-8, and Rey didn't want to admit it to herself.
  • Neutral Female: Justified and then subverted. Kylo Ren tosses her into a tree and knocks her out, rendering her unconscious and unable to intervene during his fight with Finn. It's subverted when she gets up after he defeats Finn and takes him on herself.
  • Nice Girl: Even as a loner at the beginning, she's kind enough to be willing to rescue a droid she's never met before from a net, keep him rather than sell him for a large profit, and defend him from thieves. She even shows compassion to Kylo Ren, a mass murderer who killed his own father, believing that she can turn him back to the light and being heartbroken when she fails.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Downplayed in The Force Awakens. When two gangs Han owes money to corner him in his ship, Rey attempts to hack into the ship's computer to shut the doors in the corridor, trapping the gangs. However, she instead accidentally opens the cargo doors, unleashing the rathtars Han had been transporting into the ship and causing utter chaos, although the protagonists are able to use the distraction to escape.
    • A much more serious case of this occurs in The Last Jedi, where she goes to the Supremacy hoping to turn Kylo Ren back to the light. This only gives Kylo the help he needs to kill Snoke and the Praetorian Guard and take over as the new Supreme Leader. Snoke also managed to extract Luke's location from her mind once she was brought to him and intended to destroy Luke and the entire island on Ahch-To (including the civilian caretakers and all those cute little porgs) once the Resistance had been dealt with. Kylo's assassination of him and the subsequent events were the only things that prevented this happening.
  • The Nicknamer: Initially bestows the nickname "Classified" on BB-8, but later starts using his proper name. Of course, this is only after she actually hears said name, so it was probably more out of necessity than anything.
  • No-Sell: A slightly humorous example in The Last Jedi. During their first Force bond, Kylo attempts to use a Jedi mind-trick on her to get her to bring Luke Skywalker to him. However, as mind-tricks only work on the weak-minded, Rey just stands there, glaring at him and looking somewhat confused. He doesn't bother trying again.
  • No Social Skills: Given that she lives alone and rarely interacts with others, it's understandable she is not very polite to Finn when they first meet, until they become Fire-Forged Friends at least.
  • Not with the Safety on, You Won't: The first time she tries firing a blaster at a Stormtrooper, nothing happens. She's initially confused, before exclaiming "Safety!"; she then has to quickly look the blaster over and flip a switch to turn the safety off, while dodging enemy fire. In The Last Jedi, she's learned from this; the first time she sees Kylo through their Force bond, she immediately turns off the safety before firing at him.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • In The Force Awakens, she has this reaction the first time she sees Kylo Ren in person, seemingly coming out of nowhere to stalk her through the forest on Takodana.
    • In The Last Jedi, when she learns Snoke intentionally let her think she could turn Kylo to lure her into a trap.
  • Omniglot: She knows Droidspeak and at least a few alien languages, a useful skill to have on a Scavenger World.
  • Only Friend: For a brief time in The Last Jedi, she effectively serves as this for Kylo Ren. Everyone else in Kylo's life has either let him down (his parents, Luke), exploits and abuses him (Snoke), hates him (Hux, the Resistance), or simply has no strong feeling towards him (Phasma, the stormtroopers). Rey, on the other hand, once she gets to know him, sees Kylo as someone worth saving, showing him compassion, calling him by his birth name, and imploring him to be a better person. Kylo, for his part, treats Rey with more respect and kindness than he shows to anyone else. Their feelings for one another have a Foe Romance Subtext.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her name is suspiciously similar to, and pronounced the same as, "Ræh", the last name of the Rebel pilot who was the original owner of the old pilot helmet she has, and which is written on said helmet.
  • Only One Name: She's only known as "Rey".
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber calls for her twice, even when Kylo Ren, Anakin's grandson, is trying to summon it.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Growing up without parents on Jakku wasn't idyllic for Rey; she lives a lonely, dangerous and depressing life as a scavenger, collecting junk day after day for fewer and fewer portions. Her upbringing has given her self-doubt and abandonment issues, though in spite of this, she remains a good and selfless person. She also starts adopting her newfound friends as a surrogate family.
  • Parental Abandonment: Rey was left on Jakku by her family when she was five years old, has no idea why, and is still waiting for them to return for her.
    Rey: I know all about waiting.
    BB-8: [beeps question]
    Rey: For my family. [smiles] They'll be back. One day.
    • The Last Jedi, reveals that her parents are ordinary junk dealers who sold her for drinking money and were buried in unmarked graves. Ultimately, she's finally decides to let go of her past and moved on.
  • Le Parkour: She's very comfortable jumping over large distances and climbing through walls.
  • Platonic Declaration of Love: She promises a comatose Finn that she'll come back to him before kissing his forehead.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Despite some Ship Tease she had with Finn in Force Awakens, Word of God describes their relationship as this.
  • Please Don't Leave Me:
    • When Finn announces he intends to leave, she begs him not to go, distraught.
    • In her Force vision, she is shown desperately screaming for her parents to come back when they abandoned her on Jakku.
    • A possible variation in The Last Jedi. When she realises Kylo, whom she's grown rather fond of (and has Ship Tease with) is still on the dark side, she tearfully says "Please don’t go this way", knowing that she will never join him.
  • Plucky Girl: Despite being abandoned by her parents in a desert planet, working as a slave for Unkar Plutt, and going through several traumatic events in The Force Awakens, Rey stays very brave and optimistic. She is hopeful that her parents will come back for her, and also tells a comatose Finn that she believes they'll see each other again.
  • Possession Implies Mastery: It only takes her a few shots to become a passable marksman with a pistol she's never used. She also has some natural skill with a lightsaber from the moment she picks it up, but isn't as good as the formally trained Kylo Ren.
  • Poverty Food: Rey works as a scavenger to exchange mechanical parts for very few portions of unappetizing and bleak breads.
  • Power Copying: Kylo Ren tries to probe her mind, and she blocks him, then reverses it. Then she uses the Jedi Mind Trick. Later in the film, she uses a Force Pull right when Kylo is trying to do the same.
  • Protagonist Title: She is the eponymous Last Jedi, after Luke passed away.
  • Psychic Block Defense: When Kylo Ren probes her mind to find the missing star chart, she manages to block his attempts, and eventually gets into his mind. Unfortunately, she's unable to resist Snoke's mind probe, he being far more experienced with the Force than Kylo.
  • Psychic Link: Has a Force Bond with Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi, which they use to communicate. They can't quite read each other's minds, but they can see and talk to each other from across vast distances. They eventually learn they're capable of physically touching through the bond and Rey can also sense Kylo's inner conflict and turmoil (the novelization also mentions she can sense his "churning emotions" in regards to her).
  • Psychometry: When she first touches the Skywalker lightsaber in The Force Awakens, she receives a series of visions seemingly of both past and future events.
  • Quest for Identity: Her lack of family and her conversation with Maz suggests this will be her main Story Arc. Resolved in The Last Jedi: She's The Unchosen One who chooses the light and chooses to do good. Her parents were just some lowlifes who sold her for a few coins.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: After Luke disrupts a bonding moment between her and Kylo and she learns that he had contributed to Kylo's fall to darkness, she finally has enough and outright attacks him, even managing to overpower him, and demands to know the truth. She calms down pretty quickly once she hears Luke's side, though.
  • Randomly Gifted: She was born to ordinary parents with no Force sensitivity, but is a powerful Force user.
  • Recurring Element: Like Anakin and Luke before her, Rey is a Force-sensitive outcast in the desert who joins the heroes in the first film of a trilogy.
  • Refusal of the Call: She's The Chosen One of the Sequel Trilogy, but she doesn't want to be, preferring to return to Jakku to wait for her family. The horrifying vision she experiences after finding Luke's old lightsaber doesn't help. It takes seeing Han Solo die at the hands of his own son to finally snap her out of it.
  • Replacement Goldfish: When Han sees how capable Rey is at flying and repairing the Millennium Falcon, he offers her a job as a member of his crew. If Ben Solo had not become Kylo Ren, the ship would have been his birthright. Rey ends up flying on ship when Han dies, as Chewbacca defers the pilot's seat to her.
  • Reunion Vow: She makes a one-sided one to a comatose Finn at the end of The Force Awakens, telling him she believes they'll see each other again before leaving to find Luke Skywalker. They are reunited at the end of The Last Jedi when she comes to save the Resistance on Crait and they share a big hug.
  • Reverse Grip: She alternates between using her lightsaber this way and a standard grip, which is actually Justified, since she's used to fighting with a Simple Staff (where she would be using a standard and reverse grip simultaneously). She puts this to marvelous use in The Last Jedi, when she escapes from a Praetorian Guard's armlock by dropping her lightsaber from one hand, holding it in a standard grip, to her other in reverse, quickly dispatching him.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Kylo's slaying of Han Solo and severe injuring of Finn prompts this — during their fight, Rey is very visibly furious. Then subverted, as she decides to resist the lure of the Dark Side and spare him.
  • Room Full of Crazy: Rey scratches marks into the rusty wall of her AT-AT walker home, one for each day passed, probably as a way to hold on to sanity. By the time the story begins, there are thousands of scratches, and in the novelization she admits not even bothering with the correct number anymore.
  • Rules of Orphan Economics: Worst case scenario. After being abandoned by her parents, she lives by herself in a downed AT-AT walker and toils away as a scavenger for meagre portions, while also having to teach herself to fight to protect herself from less savoury characters on Jakku. No one else on Jakku cares about her, save maybe Plutt, but even then, he only values her for her usefulness to him. On the plus side, her self-sufficiency and adaptability serves her well once the Call to Adventure arrives.
  • The Scapegoat: After Snoke's death and Rey's escape from the Supremacy, Kylo Ren claims that Rey had murdered Snoke in order to cover up his own assassination of the Supreme Leader.
  • Screaming Warrior: Rey comes out with some downright visceral noises in battle.
  • Series Mascot: Following the release of the The Force Awakens and a well-received role, she's been recognized as the true protagonist of the Sequel Trilogy and is front and center in most advertisements after the film, which is quite impressive considering the other Series Mascot is Darth Vader himself.
  • She-Fu: She prefers using her agility in combat, sometimes incorporating her Le Parkour skills.
  • Ship Tease:
    • With Finn. They develop a close friendship in a short span of time, Finn asks her at one point if she has a boyfriend, Rey is heartbroken when he tries to leave, Finn goes deep into enemy territory to rescue her, they reunite with a long embrace, and she kisses him on the forehead in the end while he's in a coma.
    • When they canonically meet at the end of The Last Jedi, Rey happily introduces herself and seems rather impressed by Poe, who smiles and states he knows who she is (probably because their mutual friend Finn won't stop going on about her).
    • With Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi. They communicate through their Force Bond, empathize with each other's loneliness, she sees Kylo Ren shirtless and is flustered by it, they briefly hold hands, etc.
  • Shout-Out: The character's production name, "Kira", was a nod to Akira Kurosawa, a major influence on the movies. "Rey" is likewise a nod to the longtime publisher of Star Wars books, Del Rey. In Sanskrit, Kira (or Kiran) means "beam of light". See Meaningful Name above.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Kylo Ren is mind probing Rey and starts to read her dreams and feelings aloud, she fights back with ferocity and tells him to get out of her mind. Then she gets into his head and silences the Knight of Ren by revealing his worst fear.
    Rey: You're afraid... that you will never be as strong as Darth Vader!
  • Simple Staff: She is proficient in wielding a staff, both for combat and for exploring wrecks of questionable structural integrity.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: A downplayed example, as Rey has a broad range of useful skills, is from a rough, backwater place, and has a degree of ignorance of the wider galaxy that this trope usually embodies. However, unlike this trope being played straight, she adapts quickly, doesn't do anything dangerous out of ignorance, doesn't display much social ineptitude, and has some knowledge of outside events (even if they are passed to her as legends/myths).
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: A justified example. She wears short-sleeved outfits because Jakku is a desert world, whilst wearing bindings around her arms that end at her biceps, presumably to protect her skin from sand, the sun or dangerous machinery.
  • The Southpaw: She can be seen doing many things throughout the film left-handed. She eats with her left hand, she carries her staff in her right hand when not using itnote , carries FN-1824's stolen blaster left-handed, holds Luke's lightsaber left-handed when she fights Kylo Ren, and holds Luke's lightsaber out to him with her left hand.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: Does this to Snoke when they finally meet. Snoke isn't intimidated in the slightest, though he is impressed by her determination.
  • Stepford Smiler: This has been a coping mechanism for her Parental Abandonment — she claims that she hasn't given up hope with a smile on her face to BB-8 — but when Maz bluntly but gently tells her that she's known all along that they're never coming back (see Believing Their Own Lies above), she is driven to tears. She eventually lets go of this and stops insisting that she has to get back to Jakku.
  • Stunned Silence: Kylo Ren has a habit of inducing this in her.
    • The first time Kylo removes his helmet in front of her, she looks shocked and confused by how outwardly normal he appears; in the novelization, she thinks that he could be any other scavenger she met on Jakku (save for his eyes).
    • In The Last Jedi, this is her reaction when Kylo admits she's right about him being a "monster". She wasn't expecting that kind of response and she subsequently begins to view Kylo from a different, more sympathetic perspective.
    • A more humorous example of this occurs when they connect through the Force and she turns towards him to interrogate him...only to realise he's not wearing a shirt.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She is quite used to being alone, but defends BB-8 from getting scrapped for parts. Nor does she sell the droid even when offered an incredible amount of food in return.
  • Sword over Head: Twice so far, Rey has an opportunity to kill Kylo Ren whilst he's down – in The Force Awakens he's too injured to keep fighting, whilst in The Last Jedi he's out cold. Both times, she spares him. In the first case, it's If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him; in the second case, it's because she still has hope he might redeem himself, as confirmed in the novelisation.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Eventually towards Kylo Ren, to an extent. She comes to empathise with his sense of isolation, disappointment and abandonment, assuring him he's not alone and tries to turn him back to the light, promising she'll help him. During their battle against Snoke's guards she openly expresses concern for his well-being and even saves his life by throwing him her own weapon when he's disarmed. However, she quickly ditches him when she realises he's still on the dark side. Though she does sympathise with him, she makes it plain she doesn't agree with what he's doing in the slightest.
  • That Liar Lies: When Kylo tells her about Luke trying to kill him, she immediately calls him a "Liar", though she doesn't seem certain. She later confronts Luke about it directly, demanding to know if it's true.
  • There's No Place Like Home: Rey's main goal until being kidnapped by the First Order is to go back to Jakku.
  • Tomboy: Especially when compared to the previous female leads. Rey never wears dresses, she has a deep voice, her hairstyle is three messy buns that are practical in combat, her face is described as "grimy" in the novelization, she is very interested in mechanics and piloting, and she's also very good with flight simulators. On top of that, she is also able to defend herself pretty well and kick ass.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite her tomboy mannerisms, in Rey's Survival Guide it's mentioned that she likes flowers and in-universe fairytales. In The Force Awakens, she's shown to have dried flowers in her home; she also apparently used to play with dolls, as she's shown to have a ragdoll modelled after a Rebel pilot.
  • Too Hungry to Be Polite: Rey eats her food the same way you'd expect any person who spends most of their time eating alone to—chewing with her mouth open, eating with her hands, licking the plate.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As she uncovers her potential in the Force, she goes from tough scavenger to self-taught beginner Jedi. She takes another over the course of The Last Jedi, growing from a would-be Jedi Padawan to the last of the Jedi Knights in her own right, clearing a path for the Resistance to escape from Crait and live to fight another day.
  • Tragic Dream: At the start of the trilogy, she longs to be reunited with her long-lost parents. However, it's made obvious that they're never coming back to Jakku and the revelation that they died years ago is the final nail in the coffin.
  • Tranquil Fury: After she taps into the Force properly in the middle of a duel, her face is eerily calm. Then she uses her newfound power to beat down Kylo Ren.
  • The Unchosen One: When all is said and done, Rey really is a no one from nowhere. Her parents were just some junkers who sold their kid off for a pittance, and died years ago in a desert junkyard. Despite this, her unfailing optimism and Chronic Hero Syndrome led her to be the Right Man in the Wrong Place.
    Luke: Where are you from?
    Rey: Nowhere.
    Luke: No one's from nowhere.
    Rey: Jakku.
    Luke: All right, that is pretty much nowhere. Why are you here, Rey, from nowhere?
  • Unkempt Beauty: In the novelization, Rey is described as a beautiful young woman with a "grimy" face.
  • Unpleasant Parent Reveal: Her parents have not only been dead for years but also sold her for drinking money and never intended to come back for her. Downplayed because Rey knew this deep down, but was in denial. When Kylo finally spells it out plainly for her, she’s reduced to tears.
  • Unskilled, but Strong:
    • How Kylo Ren describes her to Snoke after she resists his Mind Probe and pushes it all the way back into his mind. Despite being untrained in the use of the Force or lightsaber combat, she not only manages to beat Ren's at his own game, but is also able to use the Jedi mind trick to escape the interrogation room. Finally, she holds her own against Ren (who is admittedly badly wounded and emotionally-unbalanced) and by the end of the duel knocks him on his ass, with a nasty scar across his face as icing on the cake. She also is able to use the Force Pull.
      Kylo Ren: She's strong with the Force! Untrained, but stronger than she knows.
    • Her ability to use a lightsaber as a weapon is somewhat understandable, given her experience with melee weapons, but her form is fairly reckless and amateur (she uses several awkward thrusts when lightsabers are more suited to swings and slashes) — at least until she taps into the Force.
    • Furthermore, in The Last Jedi, she falls to a brief moment of anger that puts her at odds with Luke who she then fights: her form is all right but for all her raw power, Luke disarms her of her staff with a stick - she only manages to best him when she Force pulls Anakin's lightsaber and breaks his stick. Then a bit later, when fighting alongside Kylo Ren after killing Snoke, her still somewhat clumsy lightsaber form gives her issues with Snoke's elite guard.
  • Unwitting Pawn: In The Last Jedi, Snoke exploits the Force-bond between her and Kylo, as well as her compassion and naivety, to get her to empathise with Kylo and give her hope she can turn him back to the light. Rey does indeed go to meet Kylo aboard the Supremacy, believing she can turn him, and is horrified when Snoke mockingly informs her he planned this, allowing him to get Luke's location and kill her in one move. Unfortunately for Snoke, he didn't anticipate Kylo (who was also being unknowingly manipulated) developing actual feelings for Rey and turning on Snoke to save her.
  • Upbringing Makes the Hero: Played with. Rey was abandoned by her parents (and what little is known about them suggests they were not good people note ) and the closest thing she had to a Parental Substitute was Plutt, a greedy, self-centered asshole who treats her like a slave. However, Rey herself is a very compassionate and brave woman, who will go out of her way to help others in spite of, or perhaps even because of, her upbringing - her harsh childhood is what makes her so empathetic to the suffering of others.
  • Walking Backwards: When confronted with Kylo Ren on Takodana, she ends up walking rapidly backwards away from him, firing at him with her blaster, which he easily deflects with his lightsaber. She does, however, occasionally turn around and run forwards. A justified example; Kylo is the most immediate threat to her and with his all-black outfit and crimson lightsaber, he stands out pretty well.
  • Weapon of Choice: She initially uses a staff, which doubles as a walking stick for trekking across rough terrain and reflects her humble roots. She later starts using a lightsaber – Anakin and Luke's old saber to be exact - as she begins her journey to become a Jedi.
  • What You Are in the Dark: In The Force Awakens, Rey could've easily killed Kylo Ren after defeating him; she would've been more than justified in doing so considering what had transpired between them. She chooses not to. In The Last Jedi, she could also have killed him while he was unconscious, but again decides against this.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She is one in certain situations, especially when it comes to her parents. Despite the fact they abandoned her, she stubbornly insists they're coming back for her one day. She also has a romanticised view of Luke Skywalker and the Jedi, which is justified when one considers all she knows about them have been passed down to her as myths and legends. By the end of The Last Jedi, she has adopted a more realistic outlook, including finally accepting the truth about her parents, while still remaining a virtuous and optimistic person.
  • Woman in White: Her new outfit in The Rise of Skywalker is almost entirely white.
  • Workplace-Acquired Abilities: Many of her skills, such as climbing, fixing machines and some knowledge of flying ships comes from being a scavenger for over a decade. Her combat skills could also count, seeing as she needed them to protect herself from hostile scavengers.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Kylo Ren. In their final duel, he's impressed by her power and instead of killing her while he had the upper hand, he offered to be her teacher.
    • Also to Snoke. who was positively delighted with admiration when she not once but twice drew sword (first Anakin's, then Kylo's) to defy him, complimenting her courage with sincere respect before ordering Kylo to execute her.
      Snoke: Ooh. And still that fiery spit of hope. You have the spirit of a true Jedi! And because of that... you must die.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber, which Rey had been using as her own, is torn apart when she and Kylo Ren struggle over it in Snoke's throne room.
  • Wrench Wench: Her technical skills impress Han Solo, and she gets irritated when Finn has no idea what tool she is looking for.
  • You Are Not Alone: On the giving and receiving end in The Last Jedi. Kylo, after listening to her pour her heart out about how alone she feels, tells her she isn't. She then looks softly at him and says he isn't either.
  • You Monster!: Calls Kylo Ren this twice. In The Last Jedi, Kylo admits that he agrees, leaving her visibly stunned. Notably, it's after this admission that she becomes less antagonistic towards him.


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