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Yoda's Species in Star Wars
When Yoda debuted in Episode 5, George Lucas kept many details about his species secret—we don't even know its name. Yoda's race is rarely seen throughout the galaxy, with fewer than ten known members as of this writing.
Rare yet powerful, these individuals have all displayed Force resonance and typically become Jedi—which warriors reign supreme? These are the five strongest members of Yoda's race throughout Star Wars!
5. Baby Yoda
First Appearance: The Mandalorian
Called "The Child" within his show, Baby Yoda (who is actually around 50 years old) took the internet by storm with his adorable shenanigans. And despite his comparatively-young age, the kid shows remarkable Force potential, able to lift a huge mudhorn beast into the air despite presumably having never been trained in the Force.
First Appearance: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Jedi Master Oteg fought in the Great Galactic War millennia before the main films. He proves a cunning military strategist, tricking the Imperial Fleet into detonating a nebula's gases and destroying their own ships. He also oversees the operation to recover legendary Jedi Revan, which proves successful, and he survives the war in the canonical light side scenario.
3. Vandar Tokare
First Appearance: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Master Vandar has the distinction of being the only member of Yoda's species with a revealed last name, and he led the Jedi Order long centuries before Oteg. Vandar and Master Vrook often had disagreements about the morally-questionable Revan, similar to Yoda and Mace Windu about Anakin Skywalker many years later.
However, where Anakin's fate would take a dark turn, Revan's returns to the light for many years in canon, justifying Vandar's faith in him. Unfortunately, despite his power, Darth Nihilius kills Vandar (alongside several other Jedi) after they're led into a trap.
First Appearance: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
The only female member yet revealed, sharp-eyed fans may remember seeing Yaddle in the Jedi Council in Phantom Menace (she's absent in later films because she sacrifices herself in the book Jedi Quest: The Shadow Trap).
But while Yaddle doesn't get much screentime, she's one of the strongest Jedi in the Republic. She even gained permission to master the forbidden technique Morichro (which slows the body's functions and provides a non-lethal way to neutralize threats when performed correctly).
First Appearance: Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back
Many consider Yoda the strongest Jedi of the Old Republic, with him studying the Force for 900 years. Yoda served as the council's Grand Master, giving him the final say in disputes, and even the Sith feared battling him, with both Count Dooku and Darth Sidious attempting to flee their clashes.
Yoda is also one of few Jedi to survive the Jedi Purge, after which he wisely realizes it'll take a new breed of Jedi to defeat the Empire. Yoda hides himself away on Dagobah, patiently awaiting his chance to train one last Jedi.
Facts About Yoda's Species
Today we've explored the most prominent members of Yoda's species; here's a few tidbits we know about their race:
- Usually speak a rearranged form of Basic (English)
- Possibly related to the Lannik species (which Master Even Piell belongs to)
- Naturally have Force potential
- Have three fingers, but number of toes is inconsistent
Perhaps we'll learn more details about this mysterious species as The Mandalorian progresses, but for now, vote for your favorite imp and I'll see you at our next Star Wars countdown!
© 2019 Jeremy Gill
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on December 06, 2019:
Thanks, Jeremy. You are pretty thorough on these things, my friend. I have been hesitant on going to any of these movies, but after reading the novel, I think I'll give Disney a fair chance. Peace, and the Force, be with you.
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on December 05, 2019:
Thank you! Have you seen the Rogue One film yet? I definitely recommend it, it's not afraid to explore the grittier parts of the galaxy and show that even the rebel army has flaws and sometimes engages in underhanded activities.
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on December 05, 2019:
Superb. Of all of these, Yoda is still my favorite. Great article. I just read the novel: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story this weekend, and I'm pleased: Disney did something with the novel unexpected-they actually killed off all of the good guys in their attempt to acquire the plans for the first Death Star. Disney actually took care to create tragic heroes. I'm back on the fan wagon again with these characters, and Yoda is one of the best. Your work is always informative and thought provoking. Thanks.