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Throughout much of the movie, Rey losing her family and waiting for their return on Jakku is a great motivating force for her character.

Her romanticizing the Resistance and her eagerness and willing to join them, in addition to her natural gift with the Force, suggests that they are important.

So, who is Rey’s family?

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    I'm not posting this as an answer since it's pure speculation, but here's a crazy idea: what if she is related to Obi-Wan? We see her using jedi mind tricks, and (to my knowledge) that seems to be a pretty Obi-Wan specific trick. Then again, I don't know if that works timeline wise. – DJMcMayhem Dec 18 '15 at 10:20
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    My personal theory is that she was one of Luke's padawan's and he left her there after being betrayed by Kylo Ren and going into hiding. – sanpaco Dec 19 '15 at 7:22
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    I put an answer below. If you want my speculation: Rey is Luke's daughter. Luke thought Rey and her mother were killed and is surprised to see her alive at the end of The Force Awakens. Han feels a lot of guilt because he is somehow partially responsible for her growing up alone and hungry on Jakku. If Luke fled, thought Rey was dead, and no one knew how to find him, it would be conceivable that someone else hid Rey on Jakku, or something like that. She may have been partially trained before Kylo Ren's killing spree. – Joseph Hansen Dec 24 '15 at 0:20
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    @DJMcMayhem we see Qui-Gon doing Jedi mind tricks in Episode I. The only scene I remember this in is when Anakin's master tells him those tricks don't work on him. I think it's coincidental that we don't see it from other Jedi and in Episodes IV, V, and VI it's simply because there were no force-sensitive people who were doing it and that could be observed by Luke. Palpatine is more subtle and prefers lightning. Anakin was never interested in mind tricks: he liked choke-holds and "aggressive negotiations". Luke never learned. Rey observed Kylo Ren playing with people's minds and she tried it. – Joseph Hansen Dec 24 '15 at 0:23
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    @Joseph Luke does it as well in episode six in Jabba's palace. – kuhl Jan 17 '16 at 14:56
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We don't know.

There is nothing in the movie, nor the wiki's or official Star Wars page to suggest exactly who her family is yet.

There are many speculations that she could be Luke's daughter, Kylo Ren's twin sister, and as the other answer suggests (Which I really like actually, props for this one @John Smith optional) created much like Anakin by the force.

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Summary

We don't know, but the movie hints strongly that she is Luke's daughter.

Explanation

The movie does not give sure evidence about her family, nor do any of the other current official Star Wars media like video games and comics.

However, the movie gives very certain hints that she belongs to Luke. The best hint and piece of dialogue is just after the vision Rey has in Maz Kanata's castle:

Rey - "What was that? I shouldn't have gone in there"

Maz - "That lightsaber was Luke's, and his father's before him and now it calls to you!"

Rey - "I have to get back to Jakku"

Maz - "Han told me" (they hold hands) "Dear child, I see your eyes - you already know the truth. Whomever you are waiting for on Jakku, they're never coming back" (Rey cries) "but, there's someone who still could"

Rey - "Luke"

Maz - "The belonging you seek is not behind you, it is ahead. I am no Jedi, but I know the force. It moves through and surrounds every living thing. Close your eyes, feel it. The light. It's always been there. It will guide you. The sabre - take it."

Rey - "I'm never touching that thing again, I don't want any part of this"

Some theories

  1. She is Luke's daughter. I believe this because of the spoken sequence quoted above, plus she grew up on a desert just like Luke and Anakin wearing the same clothes as Luke and Anakin, she was poor like Luke and Anakin, she is a natural fly-er and mechanic just like Luke and Anakin, and the way Luke looks at her as compared to the way Han looks at her. Han seems to feel guilt that she grew up hungry, alone, and in a desert, multiple times (watch the scene when they arrive on Maz Kanata's planet and she says "I didn't know there was so much green in the whole galaxy"... Han's face says lots of guilt), but Han clearly sees Kylo Ren as his son and the way he sees Rey is very different. The way Luke looks at her at the end, however...
  2. She is Kylo Ren/Ben Solo's sibling. The no-longer-official (no-longer-canon) Extended Universe books told a story of Han and Leia's twin children. The son turns to the dark and the daughter defeats him. JJ Abrams and company obviously knew about this and are using it to make people assume one way or another.
  3. She has no family or she belongs to someone else. This is probably not correct. George Lucas's question to JJ Abrams in interviews is "What happened to Darth Vader's grandchildren?". The Star Wars films that have "Episode" in the title will all deal with the Skywalker family.
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    Maybe she is the daughter of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo – wip Jan 18 '16 at 14:20
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..is anyone yet to consider that

She may not have a 'family'?

Remember the immaculate conception of Anakin Skywalker's birth? he had no father, he was a being born purely of the force, and of the love of his mother.

Whilst it stands to reason that Rey must have a mother in order to be born, the hunt for who her father is may be a deliberate misdirection. In an age where the First Order are leading a crusade to find and destroy any remaining Jedi and Jedi Artefacts, it would also explain why whoever was her 'family' abandoned her on a distant planet, to hide her from 'herself', as it were.


Personal theory, purely conjecture and just to throw the cat among the pigeons:

Kylo Ren, being the grandson of Anakin Skywalker, has been raised with the notion of 'Destiny' surrounding his lineage. As Anakin didn't bring balance to the force, and (possibly) neither did Luke, he comes to believe that he is the destined 'Chosen One'.

He is the Star Pupil of Luke's Jedi Academy as a result of this: until, whilst Kylo is still a prepubescent, another of Luke's students (which, sure, could be revealed to be Jyn Erso for the sake of neatness) produces an immaculate baby alá Shmi Skywalker: this is kept relatively hush hush, for the childs protection

Over the next few years the attention shifts towards this new child: until eventually, as a moody older teenager, Kylo Ren basically rampages, and begins to massacre the younglings of the Jedi Academy indiscriminately to eradicate the 'chosen one', in a reference of Anakin's Jedi Temple attack on Coruscant.

Rey is hidden away on another planet, and as in the Obi-Wan tradition appointed a guardian to look over her: possibly Lor San Tekka, who is possibly portrayed in his younger years by Mads Mikkelson in Rogue One.

Considering the 8 Years between actors, and allowing for generosity, we see Rey is about 5-6 when she is 'abandoned' on Jakku. If Kylo Ren is circa 10-12 years older, this would put him about 16-18 when he turns to the dark side.

Skywalker goes into hiding, one of the only remaining people who knows whether Kylo Ren killed the correct child or not, and largely ashamed that he repeated Obi-Wan's mistake of not realising his pupil was being corrupted by the dark side.

Some of the minor details (like Lor San Tekka and Jyn Erso) are long shots and are an attempt to enact a cyclic narrative, but apart from those elements, anyone have anything concrete that completely eliminates this theory?

  • When Rey has a vision upon touching Anakin's lightsaber, part of that vision shows her as a young girl crying out towards a ship that's leaving while being dragged away by someone. – MattD Dec 18 '15 at 17:21
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    Of course, she was obviously abandoned... but by whom? The emphasis on her 'family' is leading us to conclude that they must be of importance, and thus previous significance withinStar Wars, and with all Jedi heretofore being largely male, it places a burden on who her father was... but I'm asking if the importance of her may turn out to be father isn't who he was, but whether he was at all? – John Smith Optional Dec 18 '15 at 20:27
  • Truth be told 1 day after watching this and thinking about the gaping plot holes and things that can “go both ways” in the sequels I think a theory like this might make sense. We never get to know who Luke’s partner/wife may be, right? So why not the idea posted here? It’s part of the reason I didn’t like this film: It played like “Star Wars: Choose Your Own Adventure.” – JakeGould Dec 19 '15 at 5:20
  • I never took the whole "Anakin as immaculate conception" thing literally. My theory on that is that his mother was simply too ashamed to admit who his actual father was. Possibly it's the result of a rape or other trauma that she's repressing. Being a slave, that kind of thing would not be unlikely. Other than that, it's just bad writing, which we all know can't possibly be the case. /sarcasm – Darrel Hoffman Jan 24 '16 at 20:44
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So, I guess that there are two ways to approach this:

In the movie, we see her using the force to reject Kylo Ren’s attempt to extort information about BB-8 and the map that he brings to find Luke. She could be the daughter of Luke Skywalker, or she could be the sister of Kylo Ren (son of Han Solo).

In the expanded universe Leia and Han have four children, but that’s no longer canon. Anyway, I think that she’s got Skywalker blood, because she uses the Force (and the lightsaber) and only a Jedi (or a familiar of that) can use it.

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    Finn uses Luke's lightsaber for a short time, albeit bumblingly. Does he count as a familiar of the force? I would think that anyone can use a lightsaber as a sword, just without the type of Jedi skills that make it so perfect a weapon. – Jess Pardue Dec 21 '15 at 18:22
  • I think Han and Leia only had three children in the now non-canon expanded universe. I haven't read any of those books in years, though. – Bill the Lizard Dec 22 '15 at 20:12
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    @JessPardue Finn using a lightsaber makes sense when you think about the riot-control Stormtrooper with an electrified baton. When you think about it, the lightsaber and the riot control baton are not too much different. It’s perfectly conceivable that Finn was trained to use such a riot control baton as part of his general Stormtrooper training so he just applied those skills to wielding this weapon. – JakeGould Dec 24 '15 at 4:45
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Although I find all the previous answers likely, I want to add another point of view.

They still have to decide it

A thing that I really appreciated of this movie is how characters are presented and how their past help us to understand who they really are. It may sound trivial, but I like the idea of a growing villain instead of the classic bad guy that comes out of nothing and dies barely speaking (hello Darth Maul). I also find the relationships between the various characters deeper than in previous movies.

It is my belief that they wanted to give Rey a deeper personality and in the same time presenting similarities between her and Anakin.

The choice of hiding her past leaves many options:

  • it could be statically used in future movies to better define her personality, and since it didn't effect much the first movie of the third trilogy they are free to surprise;
  • they could ignore it, like they did with Anakin, and keep going without leaving plot holes;
  • it could be the chance to introduce other Jedi or other important characters that will be later presented (I just hope we are done with the "I'm your father" thing);
  • they may just have took this decision to let fans speculate and dream about the possibilities while they wait for the next movie.

I feel like Disney doesn't have a specific idea of how things will go on and since they are not doing a prequel they are free from many restrictions. That could explain why they left many thing open such as Kylo's betrayal and Rey's past.

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My guess is because she has the force she could be han and Leia daughter or she could be Luke's daughter. When Luke and Rey meet up it seems like they have a real connection with each other

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