Mary Sue Characters: Is Rey TOO Strong with the Force? – Troped!

When Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens was released to mostly positive reviews, some people were less than pleased with the film’s lead character, Rey. Their main problem: she’s too good with the Force too quickly. Some even went as far as to call her a Mary Sue, to which most people replied “what’s a Mary Sue?” On this episode of WatchMojo’s Troped, we try to get to the root of this term to find out what, if anything, Mary Sue actually mean, and if it be used to accurately describe Rey.

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  1. According to Wikipedia:

    A Mary Sue is an idealised and seemingly perfect fictional character, a young or low-rank person who saves the day through unrealistic abilities. Often this character is recognised as an author insert or wish-fulfilment. Sometimes the name is reserved only for women, and male Sues are called “Gary Stus,” or “Marty Stus”; but more often the name is used for both sexes.

  2. there are so many videos explaining how she won against kylo and it had nothing to do with her being stronger than him…

  3. Everyone seems to forget that on his first time flying Luke skywalker blew up the death star by making a near impossible shot…

  4. The problem with Rey is that there is no “hero’s journey”, she’s just too good at everything right from the start. She jumps into a 90 year old cargo ship, having never flown one before, and then out-flies several imperial fighter pilots in state-of-the art fighters. She can fix anything. She can beat a Sith Lord the first time she ever holds a light saber. It took Luke 3 movies to finally become a master, but there is no where left to go with Rey, she can do anything & beat anybody already. Where is the journey?

  5. Complete lack of training in mechanics, piloting, force usage or lightsaber wielding reduced the believability of the character to almost zero, even within the different laws of the Star Wars universe. All we can hope for is some of it will be restored by the story of ep. VIII.

  6. Another very important component of a Mary Sue though, is that she warps the story around her, warps the other characters’ characterization to have the spotlight. In SWTFA Rey IS the main character, which disqualifies her from being a Mary Sue. So I’d say most of the people who do call her a Mary Sue have a problem with her being the main character.

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