Now that Disney+’s Mandalorian has introduced a mysterious new character that bears more than a passing resemblance to the Jedi master Yoda, it got us thinking: What’s up with this species of pint-sized, pointy-eared aliens? What makes them so special, and what have we learned about them over the years?
In a Moviefone interview between George Lucas and Hayden Christensen where they answered fan questions, Lucas was asked about Yoda’s species and his off-screen history.
As the years went on and the Expanded Universe was created, Lucas still didn’t want anyone to give Yoda any kind of backstory. He eventually added another character of Yoda’s species to The Phantom Menace more on her in a bit and let creators in the Expanded Universe invent a couple more of the same species. But when Lucas sold Star Wars to Disney, everything in the Expanded Universe was considered non-canon, leaving only three Yoda-like characters in the Star Wars universe.
While there have been several of Yoda’s species, including those from the Extended Universe and the Knights of the Old Republic video game, at this point in time, there are only three in the official Star Wars canon: Yoda, Yaddle, and this new “Child” character colloquially known to fans as “Baby Yoda.” Yoda, of course, is the most visible of his species, appearing in six films, as well as in the animated shows Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Yoda, we hardly know ya | 0:18
And then there were three | 1:07
Strong with the Force | 2:23
Long live the green! | 3:27
Served, dinner is | 4:29