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First things first, ***SPOILER ALERT***

Rey Isn't A "Mary Sue," She's A Skywalker

Mary Sue: A female fan-fiction character who is so perfect as to be annoying.

Now, if you haven't seen Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, then you really need to go ahead and buy a ticket for tonight's showing. The entire Internet is pretty much made up of Groupon deals, Donald Trump memes, and Star Wars spoilers, so unless you just really, really don't care about Star Wars, you should at least try and see what all the fuss is about.

Onto my point about our hero, Rey. As the film shows us, Rey is a young and hard-headed girl of mysterious parentage who grows up on the desert planet of Jakku. Young and attractive youth who doesn't know her parents and grows up in a harsh landscape, you say? "That sounds a lot like Lu..." We know. We all know.

So. Throughout the movie, Rey manages to happen upon Finn, a young companion of considerable skill, Han Solo and Chewbacca, two older characters who can help her out of tough spots and eventually aid her in her final mission, all before she meets up with the Resistance--the newest incarnation of the Rebellion of the original Star Wars trilogy. She is a natural pilot and mechanic with a quick wit and an extraordinary streak of bravery.

This is where the Internet lost its mind:

"She is too powerful."
"There are too many coincidences that help her complete her mission."
"How does she know how to fly the Millennium Falcon?"
"How could she, an untrained girl, defeat Kylo Ren?"

These are fair questions to ask but I believe that each and every one of them can be answered using logic that has been previously been used to explain other aspects and characters from the Star Wars universe. Give me a chance and let me take a shot at it. *This entire article assumes that Rey is the daughter of Luke Skywalker.*

"She is too powerful"

As far as her physical capabilities? She's grown up alone and in a harsh environment populated by beings that don't care that she's a woman or a human. She has obviously been attacked and/or messed with before and over the long period of time she has lived on Jakku, she learned how to use that staff and use it well. The Force abilities she shows later on in the movie? She shows raw natural Force ability like Luke and Anakin before her. After a couple of days of training with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke was able to use the Force to fire proton torpedoes into the small hatch on the Death Star and without any Force training, Anakin was able to do what most considered impossible and fly a pod racer due to his Force-augmented reflexes. Is it really that much of a stretch to assume that in times of dire need, in the face of death, Rey would be able to tap into Force powers that sometimes seem beyond her training?

"There are too many coincidences that help her complete her mission."

This one is easy. It's a movie. A science fantasy movie. If there were no coincidences, there would be no movie. Quit whining and watch the story unfold.

"How does she know how to fly the Millennium Falcon?"

Like I mentioned before, the excuse of "He's a natural pilot" worked fine for Luke and Anakin, so why not for Rey? Luke destroyed the Death Star and led a squadron of trained fighter pilots on a suicidal assault and Anakin destroyed a Federation Starship before he could even see all the way through the windshield.

"How could she, an untrained girl, defeat Kylo Ren?"

First of all, when Kylo Ren encountered Rey on the planet where our heroes meet Maz Kanata, he dominates her. He toys with her blaster shots, powerfully knocking them away before he finally tires of having to do so and just freezes her in her tracks. He is at the peak of his power, he is calm, he is collected, and most importantly, he is not horrifically injured. Later on the Starkiller base, Kylo Ren is dealing with the mental trauma of having just killed his father and the physical trauma of a shot to the abdomen from what could arguably be called the most powerful weapon in the movie, Chewbacca's bowcaster. This, in combination with Kylo having already had to fight Finn moments before and his frustration at not being able to call Luke's lightsaber to him, easily explain how an untrained Rey, naturally strong in the Force and uninjured, could defeat a maimed, unstable, and tired Kylo Ren.

Now after reading this, many will still call Rey a "Mary Sue." It is a fair criticism that deserves its day in court. But ultimately, I think Star Wars fans should really just accept that fact that if Rey is a "Mary Sue," so is every Skywalker/Solo.


What do you think? Is Rey a "Mary Sue?"


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