'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Fans Feel Rose Tico Deserved Better as Hashtag Trends

Star Wars: Episode IX- the Rise of Skywalker is officially out and has torn the fan base asunder. Half the Jedi fanatics who left the theater felt it was a fitting ending to the latest trilogy, while others derided the film as a convoluted mess with a plot harder to follow than a droid in the desert. The movie tried to include as many aspects of the Star Wars franchise as possible, from showing off massive space fleets to bringing back characters long thought destroyed.

But one character that many went into the theater hoping to see barely made an appearance.

Spoilers For Rise of Skywalker Ahead

Rose Tico was the spunky, yet determined, ally to Finn in The Last Jedi who nearly made the ultimate sacrifice in the finale of the movie. Though a solid portion of her adventure had her running around a casino and messing with space horses, she managed to show her strength and ingenuity. By the end of The Last Jedi script she's in a relationship with Finn and is poised to be a centerpiece of the franchise.

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Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, a newcomer to 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.' Walt Disney Studios

Except that isn't what happened in Rise of Skywalker. According to Slate, actor Kelly Marie Tran portrays Rose for just one minute and 16 seconds of the two hour and 22 minute runtime. She's on the rebel base visually worried but never makes it off the planet. This lack of inclusion has bothered some fans, who have started the "RoseTicoDeservedBetter" hashtag on Twitter. Supporters believe Tran's portrayal of Rose barely got enough screen time, which is a disappointment for those who really liked the character.

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Rose got shafted hard in RotS. Instead of using this film to develop her more, she gets sideline hard.
What's worse is that they take time to introduce new characters in the final film with an already bloated cast that gets more screentime than Rose.

— Jeddy017 (@Jeddy017) December 26, 2019

You got what you wanted. No more Rose Tico. I’m not surprised that the fan base didn’t like her, but I am surprised that JJ and the other producers were cowardly enough to bend to the blatantly sexist and racist complaints of a toxic few. #RoseTicoDeservedBetter

— victoria (@pre_classic) December 26, 2019

quite frankly, rose tico IS star wars. she is the common person of the galaxy, rising up in resistance and rebellion. her message of fighting out of love, not hate, is THE central theme. it's the main lesson george lucas was trying to teach us. #RoseTicoDeservedBetter

— joe | MANDO SPOILERS | maari's my fav (@jedioncer) December 26, 2019

Not everyone feels that Rose deserved more screen time, however, with others describing her as a low-tier character who was never that popular in the first place.

Hot take #RoseTicoDeservedBetter is false. She was clearl a shoehorned diversity pick with no reason to actually be there other than to full screen time. No matter how much y’all fight, she wasn’t a character that a large majority cared about. Now go do something else. pic.twitter.com/jlfPgeiSPP

— Eric (@aquamos29) December 26, 2019

#RoseTicoDeservedBetter ….. Yeah. Finn deserved better. Luke deserved better. Hell, Kylo Ren and even Rey deserved better.

— 👑 Folasade Jaboút 👑 (@SadeJBanner) December 26, 2019

A lot of people are replying to the #RoseTicoDeservedBetter tag saying they don't mind the actress, they denounce bullying, but the character was annoying. I think they're being disingenuous, but even so. It's not possible she'd have been different in TROS? Psh.

— sam junipero 🌴 (@retconning) December 26, 2019

After the release of the Last Jedi, Tran received a wave of backlash about her character in the film, which prompted her to deactivate her Instagram account.

Receiving only a little over a minute of screen time for a character that was built up in the previous movie does seem odd but not entirely unexpected. Rian Johnson's take on the franchise rewrote the identities of characters like Snoke and Luke Skywalker, which J.J. Abrams retooled for Episode IX.

Star Wars fans might never get the movie they are expecting because the films have to appeal to as broad an audience as possible. As it has been for the past few years, the Force is with Disney now.