|Occupation:||Mechanic, Resistance fighter|
|Relationships:||Paige Tico (Deceased sister), Finn (Love interest & Ally), Poe Dameron (Friend & Ally),|
|Fandom:||Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi|
|Other:||Portrayed by Kelly Marie Tran|
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Rose meets Finn as he's trying to leave the Resistance ship, currently under attack from the First Order. Initially star struck, Rose uses a tazer on him when she realises that he is trying to abandon the Resistance. She doesn't trust Finn but together they come up with a plan to stop the First Order's pursuit, travelling to Canto Bright to find a master code breaker.
Although their plan fails following their infiltration of Snoke's ship, Rose and Finn return to the Resistance on Crait. During the First Order's final attack, Finn ignores Poe's order to retreat and appears to have resigned himself to death. Rose intervenes, crashing into Finn's ship with her own, knocking him off course. She kisses Finn as she reaches the wreckage. Finn and Rose escape with the remnants of the Resistance aboard the Millennium Falcon.
Fan Reaction and Accusations of Racism
In the lead up to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, sexist crticisms of Kelly Marie Tran and racist comments appeared online. This included Rose's character page on Wookiepedia having been edited to include racial slurs and offensive language.
Following the release of the film, Antis disliked Kelly Marie Tran's pro Reylo stance. Some fans also dislike Rose and the pairing of Finn/Rose Tico because they view it as anti-black and misogynistic, leading to Finnrose works not been accepted by one Finn Appreciation Week in 2018. This criticism arises from Rose using a tazer to subdue Finn during their first meeting. This has resulted in a lot of wank, with fans of Rose believing she is been unfairly denegrated due to racism, either conscious of subconscious, within the fandom.
In June 2018, Kelly Marie Tran deleted all content on her social media with many media outlets and Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson blaming toxic Star Wars fans for harassing Kelly off instagram. Somewhat ironically many fans took to social media sites to show their support for Kelly and her portrayal of Rose Tico. Tags included #Fanart for Rose, #I Love Rose Tico and #I Stand With Tran. Black Series Rebels posted A Message to Kelly Marie Tran in which Star Wars fans from around the world express their appreciation for Kelly.
Archive & Fannish Links
- Rose Tico works on Ao3
- Rose Tico on Wookieepedia
- Tumblr tags: Rose Tico, Fanart for Rose
- Twitter Hastags: Fanart for Rose, Rose Tico
- ‘The Last Jedi’ star Kelly Marie Tran defended by fans from racist, sexist comments created 28/12/2017, accessed 21/03/2018.
- Finn Appreciation Week FAQ on Tumblr, page created early March 2018, accessed 21/03/2018
- Did Star Wars Breakout Kelly Marie Tran Wipe Her Instagram Because of Harassment? posted on vulture.com June 5 2018, accessed June 11 2018.
- STAR WARS FANS RALLY BEHIND KELLY MARIE TRAN WITH #FANARTFORROSE posted on nerdist.com June 7 2018, accessed June 11 2018