A common argument for Rey being a nobody is it introduces the idea anyone can be Force sensitive and you don’t need to be from a special bloodline. To see how novel this is, I made a list of Force sensitive characters born to Force sensitive parents and those who were not.
A list of named Jedi during the prequel era from The Phantom Menace (and just before) to Revenge of the Sith. Each has some basic biographical information and their fates if known. If a Jedi held multiple ranks over the time period, they’re listed under the highest achieved.
With today’s issue of Vader, we can add two new names to the list and identify several inquisitors (including one we’ve previously met). Here is a list of all known surviving Jedi and Force Sensitives any time after Order 66. Some spoilers after the jump.
Something that greatly intrigues me about the Star Wars setting and the Force is the statistics of and mechanics Force sensitivity. We know a tiny number have the potential to become Jedi and the most will live their lives without ever seeing any overt evidence of its existence. However, there’s a relatively sizable number of people who are above average and below Jedi potential with consequences for all sorts of professions and statistics in large populations.
Author’s Note: In this article I am simply qualitatively applying population statistics to what we’ve been told and shown about Force sensitivity in the GFFA setting and make no judgement on whether the conclusions are thematically appropriate.
One story Canon has taken a very different approach with from Legends is Leia’s Force sensitivity. In the Legends, she trained on and off for years, eventually becoming a full fledged Jedi Knight. In Canon, she seems to have avoided developing her potential entirely. The recent trailer may give some insight as to why.