STAR WARS: EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, Yoda, 1980, Lucasfilms / courtesy Everett Collection

The Mandalorian‘s most sudden character is “Baby Yoda,” aka the Youngster, an alien toddler who’s clearly the identical species as the well-known Jedi Grasp. Simply what’s that species, precisely? Star Wars has by no means shied away from giving tons of particulars and backstory on the varied oddly named species in its galaxy, however in this case, there is not any reply: Yoda’s species has by no means been named.

The creation of Yoda was a storytelling gadget, necessitated by the loss of life of Obi-Wan Kenobi at the finish of A New Hope. Luke Skywalker nonetheless wanted a Jedi Grasp and mentor, so the diminutive inexperienced alien was born, regardless of an absence of filling out his historical past.

“When I killed off [Obi-Wan], I had to replace him . . . I never really figured out where he came from, what his species is called it has no name. So he’s a mystery character, he’s a magical character. He has no background. He comes and he goes. He’s the subversive secret mysterious stranger that enters the film and to then exits at the end,” George Lucas revealed in a Moviefone Q&A. Yoda is one of solely two members of his species seen on display screen throughout the motion pictures to this point: he seems in The Empire Strikes Again and Return of the Jedi, and a feminine elder, Yaddle, is proven as a member of the Jedi Council throughout The Phantom Menace. Till the debut of the Youngster, these have been the solely instances this species was concerned in the fundamental plot.

The thriller of Yoda’s species has been one of the uncommon items of Star Wars lore that hasn’t gotten defined with time. Different well-known gaps in information for example, how the first Loss of life Star had such an apparent deadly flaw have been crammed in by new motion pictures and TV reveals, however this one stays a thriller, in all probability as a result of nobody truly has had a solution! Maybe, with the arrival of the Youngster on The Mandalorian, we’d lastly get to be taught extra about this vital however mysterious half of the Star Wars universe.


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