Rey Palpatine (Star Wars)

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Rey Palpatine
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"I have a question...for god. WHY?!" - Filthy Frank
Gender: Female
Type: Boring But Overpowered "Strong Female"
Age: 19 (The Force Awakens & The Last Jedi)
20 (The Rise of Skywalker)
Species: Human
Portrayed by: Daisy Ridley
Status: Deceased (later revived)
Media of origin: Star Wars

Rey Palpatine, later known as Rey Skywalker (born 15 ABY on Hyperkarn), is the main protagonist of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy (Ranging from episodes VII, VIII, and IX). Ever since she was on the big screen, there was a huge controversy.

Family

  • Sheev Palpatine (biological paternal grandfather)
  • Dathan Palpatine (biological father)
  • Miramir Palpatine (biological mother)
  • Snoke Palpatine (biological uncle)
  • Luke Skywalker (honorary adopted father)
  • Leia Skywalker Organa Solo (honorary adopted aunt)
  • Han Solo (honorary adopted uncle)
  • Ben Solo (honorary adopted cousin)
  • Anakin Skywalker (honorary adopted grandfather)
  • Padme Amidala Naberrie Skywalker (honorary adopted grandmother)
  • Shmi Skywalker-Lars (honorary adopted paternal great-grandmother)
  • Jobal Naberrie (honorary adopted maternal great-grandmother)
  • Ruwee Naberrie (honorary adopted maternal great-grandfather)

Why The Force Is Not Strong With Her

  1. Rey is a dull and overpowered protagonist, as she learned to use the Force very quickly as opposed to Luke Skywalker and his father Anakin, both of whom had to be trained during the original saga to become Jedi masters. It also just screams "We had a strong independent female" type character, catering to third-wave feminists.
    • She somehow knows how to use blasters and use Jedi mind tricks and other abilities without firsthand acknowledgement nor training from them.
  2. On the topic of Anakin Skywalker, she was treated like she was the Chosen One despite not being so, even after Anakin's death.
  3. She was supposed to be the main protagonist of the sequel trilogy (similar to how Jar Jar Binks was supposed to be the comic relief of the prequel trilogy), but failed miserably, as Rey mostly lacked a personality.
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens wasted Finn (a far more interesting and better-written character than Rey) in the final battle to forcefully give Rey the spotlight which is pretty annoying. Plus, this idea is pretty poor as an introduction to her being the main protagonist of the sequel trilogy.
    • If the creators wanted Rey to be the main protagonist, they should have focused mainly on her instead of focusing on someone interesting and then wasting him in the third act to give his spotlight to someone who isn't as well-written.
  5. Rey and Kylo Ren have a rather strange relationship despite the two hating each other, especially the latter. And it does not have any buildup put into it either.
    • Not helping is that in The Last Jedi, their relationship still ends up as poorly-developed and forced.
  6. Their romance in The Rise of Skywalker was very rushed and they didn't have any romantic interest in each other beforehand.
  7. The moment in The Rise of Skywalker where she used Force lightning, which was shown to be exclusively used by powerful dark side Force-users, contradicts established Star Wars lore. Not helping is that she used it without any training, where the usage of it requires a lot of training.
    • At the same moment, she even screeches "CHEWIE!", which is laughably awful.
  8. Not only is her line "I am all the Jedi" in The Rise of Skywalker a rip-off of Iron Man's line "I am Iron Man" in Avengers: Endgame, it's one of the highlights of the laughable dialogue of The Rise of Skywalker.
  9. While Daisy Ridley's performance is decent in all three films, she sometimes just widely opens eyes and stands around with her mouth open to express every type of emotion. She also speaks with a Coruscanti accent (the Star Wars equivalent of a British accent), something she was never shown to use as a child, and despite growing up as a loner in the middle of nowhere, meaning that she only had that accent because her actress is British in nationality.
  10. She never acts like a Jedi as she isn't calm or focused but is always fighting in anger, screaming and yelling.
  11. Most of her character twists ended up poor. For example the twist involving Rey's parents being nobodies was awful. Also, the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine twist in The Rise of Skywalker ripped off of a Star Wars novel involving Palpatine's grandson.
  12. Both Han Solo and Luke Skywalker are disposed of (in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi perspectively) just to prop her up.
  13. Her relationship with Finn also feels forced. (No pun intended)

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Daisy Ridley's performance as her is decent.
  2. Despite being overpowered, she does have her own shortcomings; she failed to turn Kylo Ren to the light, was almost killed in their duel until she used the Force or Leia's intervention, she needed Kylo's assistance in taking out Snoke's guards and also failed to coax Luke into joining the war.
  3. Her character has improved a bit in the final film of the Skywalker Saga.
  4. Her using the Skywalker name to honor their legacy is a decent lesson that bloodline does not make one family, but their heart.
  5. Some of her powers and Mary Sue-like characteristics may have been inherited from her grandfather Palpatine, given that he was the most powerful Sith Lord of all time.
  6. At least she made a cameo appearance in Speechless episode, "S-Star W-Wars".

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