- "Rey, be brave."
- ―Rey's mother
Rey's mother was a human female who worked as a junk trader during the New Republic Era. The father of her child was Galactic Emperor Darth Sidious' cloned "son," a strandcast grown from the Emperor's genetic template. Rey was sold at a young age by her mother and father, who sought to hide her on the desert planet Jakku to prevent Sidious from using his granddaughter as a vessel for his essence. Unable to locate Rey, Sidious had the girl's parents killed by the assassin Ochi.
The birth of Rey
- "When he sired a genetic heir to my Empire, a new opportunity to ensure my legacy arose. But my errant clone and his mate absconded with their child and went into hiding."
- ―Darth Sidious
During the rise of the New Republic, a woman of obscure background became involved with the cloned "son"—a genetic strandcast—of Galactic Emperor Darth Sidious. The Emperor had not anticipated the woman's relationship with his clone, but through it he sought to continue his bloodline the natural way after genetic experimentation on his template failed to produce a viable host for his essence. When their daughter, Rey, was born in 15 ABY, she inherited her grandfather's connection to the Force, whereas her father had not.
Exile and death
- "She isn't on Jakku. She's gone."
- ―Rey's mother, to Ochi
The Emperor intended to transfer his spirit to his granddaughter's body, leaving the unstable cloned body that could not sustain his power in the dark side of the Force. However, his plan was thwarted by Rey's parents, who escaped into hiding along with their daughter. Sidious sent his devotee, the assassin Ochi, after them, determined to regain his granddaughter and punish her parents who, in his view, betrayed him. They eventually settled on Jakku, having elected to live in obscurity on a desert planet in order to keep their daughter safe.
Life on Jakku was difficult for Rey's family, her mother and father struggling to survive as junk traders. Their efforts to hide Rey were nearly compromised when Ochi drew closer to locating them. In an act of desperation, they sold their daughter to Unkar Plutt before Ochi found them. The mother embraced her daughter for the last time, her face partly obscured by a blue shawl. Both she and Rey's father were taken as prisoners by Ochi. Rey watched as Ochi's starship, the Bestoon Legacy, departed from Jakku. Knowing her parents were onboard the transport, she tried to free herself from Plutt's grasp while screaming for her parents to not leave her behind.
As Ochi interrogated the couple regarding their daughter's whereabouts, Rey's mother tried to undermine Ochi's investigation with misinformation, claiming that Rey was not on Jakku and that she was simply gone. Her lie was unacceptable to Sidious' follower; acting on his master's command, he used his dagger to stab Rey's father and then her mother to death. Due to Ochi's subsequent death on Pasaana, however, Rey remained hidden from her grandfather and the Sith Eternal cult that supported him.
- "I never lied to you. Your parents were no one. They chose to be to keep you safe."
- ―Kylo Ren, to Rey
The bodies of Rey's parents were buried in a pauper's grave in the desert of Jakku. Though Rey had all but forgotten her past, she remained on Jakku for years in the hope of reuniting with her mother and father. During that time, she had nightmares of her mother and father abandoning her when she was a child. That memory resurfaced twice in her early adult years, once when she visited Takodana and again during her Jedi training on Ajan Kloss. Following the second occurrence, however, she remembered another forgotten moment from her childhood, in which she found herself in the warm embrace of a woman that she knew to be her mother.
Rey was captured on Takodana by the First Order warlord Kylo Ren, who learned about the scavenger's parents through the Force-bond that connected their minds. Based on what he saw of them through a Force vision, Ren concluded that Rey was sired by insignificant junk traders. The desperate conditions of their lives also convinced Ren that they abandoned their daughter, selling Rey for drinking money.
Rey's mother was remembered by Sidious as the mate of his clone, whom he despised as a "useless creature" that he rejected due to its powerlessness in the Force. The Emperor revealed to Ren the secret of Rey's lineage as his granddaughter. The revelation did not change Ren's mind about Rey's parents; he still regarded them as nonentities. Nevertheless, he tried to turn Rey to the dark side by telling her that Sidious, her grandfather, ordered her parents' execution. Ren's actions caused Rey to rediscover forgotten memories of her childhood, including the last time she saw her parents. Though she possessed qualities of a Jedi, Rey struggled to resist the seduction of the dark side. The knowledge that her mother and father were killed on her grandfather's orders caused Rey to develop a desire to avenge them. Ultimately, though, the memory of her parents kept Rey entrenched in the light side of the Force. During the Battle of Exegol, Rey succeeded in destroying her grandfather, preventing the rebirth of the Sith.
Personality and traits
- "Weak. Like your parents."
"My parents were strong. They saved me from you."
- ―Darth Sidious and Rey
The young human female who gave birth to Rey had brown hair, brown eyes, and light skin. Like the father of her child, she loved Rey and was willing to risk death by hiding her daughter from Darth Sidious. She chose to live in obscurity to keep Rey safe and bore the consequences of her choice, living day-to-day on the edge of desperation. With Ochi on her trail, she made the decision to sell her daughter, though not before embracing her one last time, telling Rey to be brave. Having to give her daughter away, even to keep her safe, drove Rey's mother to tears as they embraced for the final time, neither one wanting to let the other go. She remained defiant during her final moments, refusing to reveal her daughter's whereabouts to the Emperor's hunter even when her life and that of her child's father were threatened.
Rey's mother was dismissed as unimportant and weak by Ren and Sidious, whereas Rey ultimately remembered her as someone who was strong enough to keep her safe from her grandfather.
Behind the scenes
Rey's mother was first mentioned, albeit indirectly, in the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, the first installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. She first appeared in a flashback sequence of the 2019 film Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, where she was portrayed by Jodie Comer.
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 47 (Databank A-Z: Max Rebo–Sabacc) (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga: The Official Collector's Edition
- Star Wars: The Secrets of the Sith
Notes and references
- According to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary, Rey's mother and father died shortly after they left their daughter on Jakku thirteen years before the "Starkiller Incident." Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Starkiller Incident to 34 ABY, Rey's parents died around 21 ABY.
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel
- Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary states that Rey is nineteen years old during the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, which is dated to 34 ABY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Therefore it can be deduced that Rey was born in 15 ABY.
- Star Wars: The Secrets of the Sith
- Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
- Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens