'Star Wars' Rey Is A Total Badass

by Maura O'Malley

Feminist Star Wars fans rejoice! We finally have a female character that we can all rally around. No more sexy slave costumes or sexist weaponry choices — the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens proves that the character Rey is a total badass, and one that everyone should celebrate. In the 30-second television trailer released on Sunday, Rey takes center stage, and I, for one, couldn't be happier that she's highlighted so prominently.

This newest Star Wars clip joins the several teasers and trailers already released that have begun to give the public insights and clues about this desert scavenger. Rey is seen in these clips handling a staff weapon, and while she still isn't given a lightsaber like her male counterpart Finn, this is huge improvements over the little laser-blaster wielded by Padme. It would seem that things are finally changing for women in a galaxy far far away.

In addition to her weapon of choice, Rey has got some major skills in hand-to-hand combat. Daisy Ridley, who portrays the character, did extensive training in the bojutsu fighting style, and while I do not know what that is, exactly, but it sounds terrifying. If the trailers are any indication, the training has paid off, because Rey is clearly a chick that is not to be messed with.

To honor the resident badass of Jakku, feel free to apply these Rey gifs from the trailers to your everyday situations.

When A Cop Tries To Give You A Ticket

No, Officer. I am not the driver with all those unpaid parking tickets that you seek.

When You Are Asked To Be A Bridesmaid, Again

Yes, Sharon. I would love to spend an entire month's pay check so I can wear a taffeta muumuu at your wedding. I'm really excited about it.

When Your UberX Driver Drives Like A Crazy Person

May the force be with you and keep you safe.

When Your Friends Are Late For Brunch

Is it possible to feel completely alone when surround by baked goods and mimosas? Yes, yes it is.

When Chipotle Runs Out Of Guac

Nooooooo! (Said like Luke Skywalker when he learned Darth Vader was his dad.) What have I done to warrant this much pain?

When A Guy Catcalls You

Rey takes nothing from no one, and you shouldn't either.

When Your Mom Starts Talking About Your Love Life

This conversation doesn't make me uncomfortable at all. I'm just staying quiet because your insights fascinate me.

When Your Comebacks Are On Point

No, Jessica. You're the basic one.

When You See Your Bus Pulling Away

I guess I can skip SoulCycle today because I just got my cardio in.

When You And Your Squad Look Good And Are Hitting The Club

Ain't nobody messing with my clique.

When A Rando Comes Up To You At The Bar

WTF? Who are you?

When You Finish Your Floor Work At The Gym

Look at me. I am a warrior woman. I don't need to use a piece of furniture to stand up.

When Someone Shows You Photos Of Their Children

Yes, I can tell from this picture of his finger painting that Johnny seems particularly gifted. Congrats on creating an expectational tiny human.

When It's Hump Day And You Need Extra Love

Rey and Finn feel ya — sometimes you need a helping hand to get through to the weekend.

Thanks, Rey, for being you. I can't wait until Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres and I can see you in all of your badass glory. Carry on, my heroine.

Images: Walt Disney Studios; giphy (6)