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At the end of The Rise of Skywalker the characters,

Palpatine and Rey, seem to imply they have taken on the powers of all the dead Sith and Jedi, respectively. This strikes me as very much like The Highlander in that they gain the powers of the fallen.

However, is this really what was implied by their statements like, "I am all the Jedi..."?

That is, do they really adopt the powers of the fallen? Or was this just meant as an inspirational metaphor?

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    – AncientSwordRage
    Feb 11, 2021 at 16:32
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    @Valorum I thought it was more that the Jedi loaned her their power briefly, as distinct from her winning their power (permanently) like how power was inherited in Highlander.
    – DavidW
    Feb 11, 2021 at 16:35
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    @valorum the question is drawing a parallel, but they doesn't mean they're being conflated.
    – AncientSwordRage
    Feb 12, 2021 at 3:04
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    @AncientSwordRage - What I mean is that the Highlander reference is almost entirely unneeded. "Does Rey keep the powers of all of the Jedi?" would be sufficient.
    – Valorum
    Feb 12, 2021 at 7:56
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    @AncientSwordRage - Indeed. And I didn't downvote it for precisely that reason, that I understand the question because I'm familiar with both properties. OP was, however, asking why others might have downvoted it.
    – Valorum
    Feb 12, 2021 at 12:48

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Rey is described in the official novelisation as being a 'conduit' for the power of the (former) Jedi Order rather than possessing their power to herself. After the fight is over, there's no good evidence that she still has this vast Force power, merely returning to that of a single Jedi.

Presences filled her awareness, some recent, some ancient, some still anchored to the living in a strange way. Rey didn’t understand. But she accepted.

Alone, never have you been.

Every Jedi who ever lived, lives in you.

The Force surrounds you.

Let it guide you.

As it guided us.

Palpatine had wanted Rey for himself. But she chose to be their conduit. Their vessel. She was a Jedi.

Rey moved an arm. Then a shoulder. She let the voices surround her, fill her, strengthen her. She turned over, placed a palm to the ground, pushed up.

We stand behind you.

Rise in the Force.

Later on when we see her, she's back to being ordinary old Jedi Rey. She can still commune with Force ghosts, but she's not filled with their voices and powers.

So many memories here. She could feel them—yearning, loss, worry, desperation, love—and not just Luke’s. Two generations of Skywalkers had visited this place.

A cavelike entrance in the wall drew her forward. As she passed into shadow and her eyes adjusted, she noted a long dining table, covered with dust. She ran a finger through the dust, tracing a line of soft blue. Luke had dined here. And also—she reached out, sensing—Anakin?

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