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Master Yoda is a wise and sage-like diminutively-sized green alien creature in the Star Wars universe, appearing as a supporting character in the second and third original films, as well as one of the major characters of all three prequel trilogy films. No one knows what his species is. Yoda's adopted homeworld is Dagobah.
A renowned Jedi Master whose dialogue often includes reversed grammar, Yoda made his first on-screen appearance in The Empire Strikes Back, where he is responsible for training Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Jedi. His final chronological appearance is Return of the Jedi, when he dies peacefully at the age of 900, but not before he reveals to Luke that Princess Leia is his sister. He also appears extensively in the two animated Clone Wars series as well as the Star Wars Expanded Universe of novels and comic books. Despite his old age, he has matched up well against far younger opponents.
In the original films, he trains Luke Skywalker to fight against the evil Galactic Empire. In the prequel films, he serves as Grand Master of the Jedi Council, and as a general in The Clone Wars.
Yoda was described as being flawless. He represents a mysterious and complex character; his intelligence, wisdom and skill excels that of most Jedi Masters, his age and wisdom as well as his deep connection to the Force proved both enviable and formidable.
Despite Yoda's strict demeanour during Jedi-training, he served as a grandfather-figure to generations of Jedi, testing their capabilities, both mental and physical in extreme settings one moment and show warmth and guidance the next.
Being over eight hundred years old, Yoda exhibited immense intelligence and wisdom. However, like most Jedi Masters, he was somewhat short-sighted in underestimating the younger generations of Jedi, like those of Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker, both of whom he was reluctant to accept for Jedi training. In Anakin's case, Yoda's refusal to allow him to become a Jedi was overruled by the Jedi High Council; particularly the then-Master of the Order Mace Windu. In Luke's case, however, he allowed Obi-Wan Kenobi to persuade him into accepting Luke as a trainee.
Yoda was known to have a penchant for mischief and practical jokes, and he bore a pleasant sense of humor. His humility was admirable and his kindness, exemplary. This selfless sage offered enlightened leadership and epitomized the ideals of the Jedi Order.
Yoda initially bore a deep residing belief that a Jedi seduced by the Dark Side of the Force was not beyond redemption and forgiveness as exhibited in his encounters with two of his former apprentices; after Dooku betrayed the Republic and the Jedi by committing numerous atrocities as the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus, Yoda once tried to persuade his former student to let go of the Dark side and return to the ways of the Jedi - He very nearly succeeded in redeeming Dooku. Even as Quinlan Vos slipped further into the dark side's embrace, Yoda had faith that the disturbed young Jedi master would find his way back to the light side of the Force; unlike Dooku, Quinlan affirmed Yoda's belief in redemption.
However, Yoda's failure to redeem Dooku, as well as his inability to prevent the rise of the Galactic Empire, left the Grand Master more jaded than ever. In addition to the fall of the Republic, the Jedi Order was pushed to the brink of extinction by the fallen Jedi Knight Anakin, whose embrace of the dark side turned him into the ruthless Sith Lord Darth Vader. Having failed to protect all that he cared for, Yoda was disillusioned in many ways and sought to kill the two Sith Lords; the chance at redemption for those who embraced the dark side was no longer an option as far as Yoda was concerned, as his experiences had altered his faith in redemption and he was left to feel that a Jedi who was seduced by the Dark side of the Force would be forever condemned to walk in darkness.
Throughout his exile on Dagobah, the tyranny of the Empire and the Sith hunt for the Jedi during the Great Jedi Purge further embittered Yoda and before his death, he warned Vader's son, Luke, that "when a person falls to the dark side, their destiny would forever be dominated by darkness"; this was disproved when Vader's son, Luke, was being tortured by Palpatine, and Vader broke away from the dark side of the force, becoming the good person he once was, and sacrificed himself to save his son; thus redeemed by the love he had for his son.
Yoda's ears were expressive and would sometimes curl when he was expressing strong emotions like surprise. Like most of his kind, Yoda spoke in riddles, an unusual version of English, an example of Yoda's speech pattern; "When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not", which confused most of his comrades, like his clone troopers. He was also secretive as he never revealed his origins or species to anyone.
As Yoda neared his death before the Battle of Endor commenced, he accepted his own mortality and imminent demise, and died peacefully - becoming one with the Force.
Powers and Abilities
- The Force: Despite his small size and advanced age, Yoda was immensely powerful and had an amazingly strong connection to the Force. Although he was not quite as powerful as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader at his peak, Yoda was still one of the most powerful Force-users in the history of the galaxy. Yoda's Force potential was rivaled only by Palpatine at his peak.
- Telekinesis: Yoda was extremely skilled in the use of Telekinesis and utilized it either as offense or defense.
- Force push: Yoda utilized Force push to send his opponents flying through the air, causing them serious injury or temporarily incapacitating them/knocked them unconscious.
- Force pull: Yoda utilized Force pull to pull his opponents or objects towards him.
- Force Wave: Yoda utilized Force Wave to unleash a wave of pure Force-energy that knocked back anything within the power's blast radius or push multiple opponents at once.
- Force Throw: Yoda utilized Force Throw to cause objects, and even individuals, to be hurled toward a target at an astounding velocity.
- Telepathy: Yoda utilized Telepathy to mentally communicate over small or vast distances with other individuals.
- Mind trick: Yoda utilized Mind trick to control the minds of other sentient beings, however, it did not work on individuals who have very strong wills.
- Force vision: Yoda utilized Force vision, to have visions of the past, the present and the future; however, like all Force-users, his visions were not always clear or sometimes had visions even when he was not utilizing this power at will.
- Force sense: Yoda utilized Force sense to sense another sentient being's emotions, the future, ripples in the Force caused by momentous or traumatic events, impending danger and the presence of the Dark side; his senses were so powerful, that he could sense the deaths of most of the ten thousand Jedi Knights that were killed in Order 66.
- Force jump: Yoda utilized Force jump to jump or leap at great distances.
- Force Dash: Yoda utilized Force Dash to move at amazing speeds.
- Ability to become a Force spirit: Yoda learned from the Force Priestesses and Qui-Gon Jinn on how to preserve his identity through the Force, allowing him to become immortal when his body died. He would help teach this skill to Obi-Wan Kenobi and probably taught the secret to Luke Skywalker, after Luke became a Jedi Master.
- Longevity: Like many of his kind, Yoda lived to be a great age; in his case, nine hundred years old.
- Lightsaber Skills: Despite his advanced age and small size, Yoda was extremely skilled in lightsaber combat and an extremely gifted duelist. He was one of the greatest lightsaber duelists in the history of the galaxy. The few known individuals who could fight Yoda as an equal were Palpatine, Count Dooku, Mace Windu and Qui-Gon Jinn. He was a master of all forms of lightsaber combat (except the particularly aggressive Form VII). Despite Yoda's masterful dueling skills, he was ultimately unable to defeat Palpatine; they fought to a draw and Yoda then fled, knowing it would be pointless to continue the fight.
- Form I: Yoda was highly skilled in Shii Cho.
- Form II: Yoda had some skills in Makashi.
- Form III: Yoda was highly skilled in Soresu.
- Form IV: Yoda was a master of Ataru; he was believed by many to be the most proficient practitioner of the form and it appeared to be his preferred and strongest style. When coupled with his incredible speed and smaller size, it left no part of his body undefended, giving him an advantage over other practitioners of the form.
- Form V: Yoda was skilled in Shien/Djem So.
- Form VI: Yoda was extremely skilled in Niman.
- Form VII: Yoda was knowledgeable of Juyo/Vaapad, but never used it.
- Genius-Level Intellect/Master Tactician/Leader: Being over eight hundred years old, Yoda was amazingly intelligent and wise; his intelligence and wisdom was rivalled only by Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and Palpatine. As a Jedi General and the leader of the Jedi Order, Yoda was a highly skilled tactician and a very capable leader.
Weapons and Equipment
Yoda's valued weapon and possession was his green-bladed lightsaber. Yoda's shoto-style lightsaber is made out of Chrome metal and Black alloy.
- Shoto-style lightsaber: Yoda had built a green-bladed shoto-style lightsaber and used it throughout his Jedi career and the entirety of the Clone Wars. At one point, he was disarmed of the weapon by Palpatine; how he got it back is unknown. It would remain in his possession until his death, but it is unknown what happened to it after Yoda's death.
The Phantom Menace
Yoda is the Grandmaster of the Jedi Council at the time Qui-Gon Jinn reported that he encountered a Sith on Tatooine and he also brought Anakin Skywalker to the Council because he wanted to train him as a Jedi. Yoda tried Anakin, but he refused, saying there was too much fear in his future. He later attended the funeral of Qui-Gon, who died at the hands of the Sith Darth Maul at the hanger's refinery complex chamber after Obi-Wan was separated from the duel due to one of the laser gate shields that leads to the chamber. He talks with Mace Windu about the return of the Sith, with Yoda saying that there are always a Sith master and a Sith apprentice. Mace agrees but wonders which one Maul was and which one remains. Yoda is also present at the Naboo victory celebration.
Attack of the Clones
Ten years after Qui-Gon's death, Yoda is still Grandmaster of the Jedi Council and he and the Jedi are dealing with a Separatist movement led by Jedi turned Sith Count Dooku. Former Queen of Naboo Padmé Amidala has been the victim of many assassination attempts and the Council sends Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker to guard her. After a failed assassination attempt by Zam Wesell, Yoda and the Council send Obi-Wan to track down the mysterious killer of Wesell and sends Anakin to protect Senator Amidala on Naboo. Later on, he was in a private cell with Mace Windu when Obi-Wan contacted them from the planet Kamino, where he found that a dead Jedi named Sifo-Dyas had a Clone Army made and their genetic template was a man named Jango Fett, who lived there with his son Boba. They tell him to arrest Jango. When Anakin kills the entire Tusken Raider who killed his mother, he feels it and explains it to Mace Windu. They are later contacted by Obi-Wan, who had landed on Geonosis and found that Jango was associated with Count Dooku and Viceroy Nute Gunray was behind of the assassination attempts on Senator Amidala, but he was captured before he could finish. Anakin got the message and asked if he could go to rescue him, but he was denied by Yoda and Mace Windu. Windu led a strike team of Jedi to rescue Obi-Wan while Yoda went to pick up the Clone Army.
At Geonosis, all of the Jedi (including Anakin and Padmé, who disobeyed their orders) are surrounded by droids when Yoda and the Clone Army arrive in gunships, saving the Jedi and Senator. Later, after Dooku defeats Obi-Wan and Anakin in a private hangar but Yoda arrives and Dooku telekinetically assaults him; however, Yoda deflects the attack. Dooku then begins to shoot Force lightning at him, but he utilizies tutatuminis, allowing him to reflect it back at him. Too evenly matched to win with Force powers, the two turn to their lightsabers and begin to duel. Despite Dooku's Form II mastery, Yoda dodges his attacks and seizes the offensive, doing in many flips as he spins and twists around his opponent. Yoda nearly wins, but Dooku causes a huge pillar to fall on Obi-Wan and Anakin, prompting Yoda to hold it up with the Force, which allows Dooku to barely escape with his life. He later converses with Obi-Wan and Mace, where he reveals the Clone Wars have officially begun. The Clone Army becomes soldiers for the Republic and Yoda becomes a general in the Clone Wars.
Revenge of the Sith
Three years after the start of the Clone Wars, Yoda remains the leader of the Jedi Order, and head of the Jedi Council. The Council has become suspicious of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who was captive on board General Grievous' ship. Obi-Wan and Anakin are sent to rescue him, and return after Anakin kills Dooku at Palpatine's urging. Palpatine then asks Anakin to be his representative on the Council. Anakin asks if he could be a Jedi master, but they deny it and ask Anakin to spy on Palpatine. They send Obi-Wan to Utapau to apprehend Grievous and Yoda travels to Kashyyyk to assist the Wookiees in the war.
After Order 66 is initiated by Palpatine, Yoda feels a disturbance in the Force as two Clone Troopers sneak up behind him and prepare to shoot him when he jumps up and decapitated them - he and Chewbacca then travel into the forests and Yoda remains in a ship so he could go meet Senator Bail Organa. They go to rescue Obi-Wan, who killed Grievous but was also betrayed by his soldiers. Yoda and Obi-Wan enter the Jedi Temple where they find out that Anakin had turned to the Dark Side and become Darth Sidious's apprentice, Darth Vader. Obi-Wan asks if he could face Sidious so he would not have to kill Anakin, but Yoda says that he would be no match for him and goes to confront Sidious.
Yoda arrives at Sidious' throne room and knocks his guards out. Sidious zaps him with Force lightning, but Yoda gets up quickly and surprises him with a powerful Force push. With that, the two begin to duel. They battle in the Senate room, wrecking the entire room. During the battle, Yoda realizes Palpatine's power is growing, while his is leaving him. The fight ends in a stalemate and Yoda, realizing that he cannot win, flees into the vents and crawls through them. He leaves with Bail and they travel to Mustafar to pick up Obi-Wan. They arrive and find Obi-Wan (who had supposedly killed Anakin) and Padmé (who was pregnant with Anakin's children) and take them off the planet. Padmé gives birth to twins who she names Luke and Leia just before dying. Yoda says that they would have to hide the twins from the Empire, so Obi-Wan takes Luke to his uncle and aunt on Tatooine, and would watch over him from afar, while Bail and his wife take Leia to Alderaan. Yoda goes into exile on the swamp planet Dagobah and adopts the planet as his home.
The Empire Strikes Back
Twenty-three years later, Yoda is the only Jedi Master left alive, as Obi-Wan Kenobi had been bodily killed three years prior by Darth Vader. Obi-Wan was training Anakin's son Luke Skywalker, but never told him that Vader is his father. Luke travels to Dagobah after the ghost of Obi-Wan visits him on Hoth, telling him to seek out Yoda to finish his training. When Luke arrives, Yoda pretends to be an uncivilized small creature who knows Yoda, and offers to take him to him. Later on, while they are in Yoda's hut, Luke snaps, saying that they were wasting time. Yoda begins to talk to Obi-Wan through the Force, saying that Luke is impatient, causing Luke to deduce him as Yoda. Luke convinces Yoda to train him, but Luke gets frustrated when he asks him to move his sunken ship, and furiously asks him to try. Yoda is able to do it, and says there is no try, you do or you do not. Later on, Luke has a vision of his friends in pain and goes to rescue them while abandoning his training, to Yoda and Obi-Wan's disapproval. When Luke leaves, Yoda and Obi-Wan talk, with Obi-Wan saying he is their only hope, but Yoda says there is another (referring to Leia).
Return of the Jedi
By the time of Return of the Jedi, three months after the events of The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda has become gravely ill, and Luke returns to Dagobah while in his last moments. On his deathbed, he tells Luke that his Jedi training is nearly complete with only one last thing remaining: to confront Darth Vader, and that will make him a Jedi Knight. However, after learning that Vader is his father, Luke does not have the heart to kill him. As Yoda slowly begins to lose the will to live, he gives him one last warning about the Dark Side and not to underestimate the powers of the Emperor, otherwise he would suffer the same fate as his father did. In his last words, he tries to tell Luke that there is another Skywalker (referring to Leia being his twin sister) before dying peacefully and becoming one with the Force.
Yoda is last seen in spirit at the end of the film alongside the spirits of Obi-Wan Kenobi and the reformed Anakin Skywalker, watching the Rebels celebrate their victory over the Empire. He was nine hundred years old when he passed away. As a spirit, he remains immortal and ever-present through the Force.
Yoda makes a vocal appearance in the episode "Path of the Jedi" where he, through the Force, guides Kanan's Padawan Ezra Bridger through the Jedi Temple on Lothal. In "Shroud of Darkness", Yoda makes a visual appearance. He tells Ezra to find Malachor.
Yoda appears in Disney INFINITY's third installment as a playable character.
- Yoda is not the only member of his kind to have appeared. A female of his kind, Master Yaddle, also once was part of the Jedi Council. Unlike Yoda, she had auburn, braided hair. She eventually passed away six years after the Battle of Naboo, and was well over 400 years old when she died.
- In E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, during the trick-or-treat scene, Yoda was included as a child's Halloween costume.
- Yoda is also the second name of Gabe Duncan.
- Prior to his death, Yoda was the oldest Force user, and oldest Jedi in the Star Wars universe; this also makes Yoda the oldest character, and the oldest alien in the Star Wars universe.
- It is unknown what type of alien species Yoda is and George Lucas himself has forbidden or discouraged anyone from naming his species or giving Yoda's race a homeworld.