For a pop culture icon, Jedi Master Yoda is still a pretty mysterious figure. From his shadowy origins to the real meaning behind his final moments with Luke Skywalker, this is Yoda’s story explained.
Linguists have had some interesting conversations on the subject of Yoda’s speech pattern. Talk the way he does, why? His backwards way of communicating has left researchers baffled, and that might be the way George Lucas likes it.
The creator of Star Wars was notoriously shifty when it came to any information involving Yoda’s species and homeworld. There are others of his kind, like Yaddle, who became Jedi, or the as-yet unnamed child in The Mandalorian, but Lucas has never so much as whispered the name of Yoda’s species. He’s even joked that Yoda is the illegitimate child of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
“To be really honest with you, I never even figured out where he came from, what his species is called, it doesn’t even have a name.”
Before Yaddle’s creation, Lucas discouraged anyone from making more beings like Yoda, suggesting that he perhaps wanted Yoda to be the only one of his kind.
While that ship has sailed now, the story of his species is still wrapped in mystery. Who knows? Maybe his species really is descended from the Muppets.
In the non-canonical Star Wars Expanded Universe, now known as Legends, we got the closest thing to a true origin story for Yoda that we’re ever likely to get. In Legends, before Yoda was a Jedi Master, he had a Jedi Master himself. Centuries before the events of the films, Yoda and a human friend crash-landed on a swamp world. There, they found Jedi Master N’Kata Del Gormo, a member of the Hysalrian species.
Del Gormo told the two that they were Force-sensitive and trained them as his Padawans. Eventually, Yoda went to Coruscant to continue his training at the Jedi Temple. Keep watching the video to see Yoda’s story finally explained!
What is Yoda? | 0:12
Yoda as a youngling | 1:11
From Padawan to Master | 2:18
Yoda’s last Padawan | 3:04
Yoda, Defender of the Home Tree | 3:48
Grand Master of the Jedi Order | 4:42
His duel with Dooku | 5:34
Yoda’s brush with death | 6:24
Achieving life after death | 7:02
Yoda vs. Palpatine | 7:39
Yoda’s exile | 8:29
Passing on | 9:22