Before Rey it didn’t seem like there would ever be a Star Wars heroine that’s even cooler than Princess Leia. Leia was the entire package. She was strong-willed and heroic; the definition of a perfect heroine. Then Rey arrived and I knew I immediately liked her. Not only was she strong-willed and heroic like but she was also Leia but she was also able to take care of herself in ways we had never seen from Leia. And then she became a Jedi! Mind blown.
So, can she ever be dethroned as Star Wars’ coolest heroine? I honestly don’t know. There are so many types of heroes. There was Jyn Erso, the leader of the rebels who stole the Death Star plans. Qi’Ra is a hero/villain who can switch identities and allegiances on a whim. Rose is a hero with a super lovable disposition. Amilyn Holdo is a fierce Admiral who will be obeyed unless you want to pay the consequences. I don’t know the Star Wars: Rebels heroines but I’m sure they are just as cool.
I frankly think that Rey is literally a perfect heroine. Everything about her is 100% awesome but there are plenty of women in cinema who are great heroines. Sarah Connor, Wonder Woman, Storm, etc. If those type of women could be portrayed as Jedi or simply fierce warriors in Star Wars they might seriously give Rey a run for her money.
Until then Rey has my #1 spot on the Star Wars heroine list and I just can’t wait to see her in Episode IX.