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Baby Yoda on The Mandalorian: What is the race and/or species of the famous character?

'Baby Yoda' in The Mandalorian
The ‘Baby Yoda’ in The Mandalorian. Pic credit: Disney+

Last night, The Mandalorian made its premiere on Disney+ with an absolute bang.

The series brings a lot of refreshing surprises including people being frozen in carbonite, bounty droids, Werner Herzog, and so much more. But the final moments of the episode are truly going to shake the internet throughout the day.

Major spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian:

At the end of the episode, the character of The Mandalorian and a bounty droid named IG-11 finally discover the much secretive bounty in a protected floating shell. When it opens, what lays inside is baby Yoda, looking all cute and cuddly.

The Mandalorian, all confused, wonders how a creature is still a baby at the age of 50 and the bounty droid states that some species can live centuries.

So what is Yoda’s race and/or species? Here is everything to know about the great and powerful green master of the Jedi.

What is Yoda’s race and/or species?

Yoda first appears in the Star Wars trilogy in The Empire Strikes back. Considered to be one of the best films in the original trilogy, it is only appropriate that Yoda makes his first appearance in this movie.

Star Wars fans across the world fell in love with Yoda the first time he appeared onscreen. Many Star Wars quotes that are still instantly recognizable today came from this one of a kind character,

According to Express UK, his true race is unknown. Perhaps this only adds to the unique personality of this landmark Star Wars favorite. There is continuous speculation by fans about where Yoda might call home, but George Lucas has intentionally left that answer ambiguous. Nothing that officially came from the hands of the Star Wars creator gives the answer to where Yoda is from, or what race he belongs to in the galaxy.

Yoda from The Phantom Menace
Yoda from The Phantom Menace. Pic credit: Disney/Lucasfilm

For fans curious about Yoda’s race, species, and origin, Wookiepedia is always full of information, but even this site acknowledges that there is no true answer to that question. The interesting thing is, even though there are many like Yoda in the Jedi order, they are never denoted by race. Most people just call the creatures “Yoda’s Species.” For such an iconic character, the choice to never mention his race is an intriguing move on Lucas’ part.

It’s quite possible though that The Mandalorian might finally answer the question of Yoda’s race or species. Especially, since the character seems to be the main focal point for the rest of the season. Hopefully, fans get more of these surprises in the weeks ahead.

The next episode of The Mandalorian will release November 15 on Disney Plus.

John Dotson is a film and television reviewer and commentator from Texas. His favorite part of what he does is getting to discuss film and... read more
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