Rose Tico

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Character
Name: Rose Tico
Occupation: Mechanic, Resistance fighter
Title/Rank:
Location: Space, Unknown
Status: Alive
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 Tico is a character introduced in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. She is portrayed by American actress Kelly Marie Tran.

Canon Background

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.

Fandom

Fan Reaction and Accusations of Racism

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Information about initial fan reaction to casting news, positive reactions and KMT fans. That deleted scene.

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 Wookieepedia having been edited to include racial slurs and offensive language.[1]

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 having been accepted by one Finn Appreciation Week in 2018.[2] 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 has been unfairly denegrated due to racism, either conscious or 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.[3][4] 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.

Shipping

Rose is most commonly paired with her canon love interest Finn. The femslash pairing of Rey/Rose Tico is also popular, despite these two characters not sharing any scenes together in The Last Jedi.

Example Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Fanfiction

Fanart

Fanvids

Meta

Archive & Fannish Links

References

  1. ‘The Last Jedi’ star Kelly Marie Tran defended by fans from racist, sexist comments created 28/12/2017, accessed 21/03/2018.
  2. Finn Appreciation Week FAQ on Tumblr, page created early March 2018, accessed 21/03/2018
  3. Did Star Wars Breakout Kelly Marie Tran Wipe Her Instagram Because of Harassment? posted on vulture.com June 5 2018, accessed June 11 2018.
  4. STAR WARS FANS RALLY BEHIND KELLY MARIE TRAN WITH #FANARTFORROSE posted on nerdist.com June 7 2018, accessed June 11 2018