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"Thank you for bringing peace to my valley. And good luck with the Child."
―Kuiil, to the Mandalorian[src]

"The Child" was a male Force-sensitive being that belonged to the same species as Jedi Master Yoda. The Child was born around 41 BBY, and was held at a compound run by Nikto mercenaries on Arvala-7 during the New Republic Era. While still an infant at the age of fifty years old, he was sought by an Imperial who hired a Mandalorian bounty hunter to retrieve him.

BiographyEdit

LiberationEdit

"The commission was quite specific. The asset was to be terminated."
―IG-11[src]

The bounty hunter known as "the Mandalorian" was dispatched by "the Client" and Imperial Dr. Pershing to capture the Child, preferably alive. The assassin droid IG-11 was dispatched to terminate him. After working together to storm the compound the infant was being held in, the Mandalorian and IG-11 found the Child. The Mandalorian shot the droid before the he was able to assassinate the Child.[2]

Shortly after, the Mandalorian took the Child back to his ship. On the way they were attacked by a trio of Trandoshan bounty hunters, who attempted to kill the Child. After the Mandalorian defeated them, he and the Child camped out in the desert for the night. While the Mandalorian sat by the fire, the Child ate one of the creatures moving around nearby. He then approached the bounty hunter and attempted to use the Force to heal one of his wounds. The Mandalorian stopped him and place him back into his pod. The next day, the pair made it to the Razor Crest only to find it being scavenged by Jawas. The Mandalorian attacked their sandcrawler for the scavenged parts and attempted to climb it while the Child followed in his pod. However, the Mandalorian was knocked down to the ground.[4]

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"The Child" possessed a strong connection to the Force.

Eventually, the Mandalorian got the assistance of Kuiil to try to convince the Jawas to give back the parts peacefully. The Jawas wanted the Child and the Mandalorians armor, but eventually the Mandalorian agreed to retrieve a mudhorn's egg in return for the parts. The Mandalorian fought the mudhorn, but was quickly sprawled across the mud. The Child using the Force to lift the beast into the air long enough for the Mandalorian to get up and kill it. After using the Force, the Child fell asleep. When the Child eventually woke back up, the Razor Crest had been repaired and they had left the planet.[4]

Into hidingEdit

"We want you to stay. The community's grateful. You can pack all this away in case there's ever trouble. You and your boy can have a good life. He could be a child for awhile."
Omera to the Mandalorian about the Child[src]

Upon returning to Nevarro, the Mandalorian took the Child to the Client's facility. The client and Dr. Pershing were excited at their arrival and immediately began examining the child. Pershing then took him away and the bounty hunter left wondering what the client wanted with him. However, shortly before leaving Nevarro to carry out a new bounty, the Mandalorian, having a change of heart, returned to rescue the Child. Shortly after the Mandalorian stormed the facility, finding the Child sedated with Pershing. After taking the Child back, he was forced to defend him from the Bounty Hunters' Guild, who attempted to take him back. However, the Mandalorian's tribe came to his assistance, resulting in the Mandalorian escaping from the Bounty Hunters' Guild with the Child.[3]

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The Child was taken to Sorgan, where he befriended a group of children.

The Mandalorian took the Child to the backwater world of Sorgan, where he intended to lie low for several months and avoid the guild. Upon their arrival, the Mandalorian told the child to stay put and not touch anything. When the Child refused to leave his side, he accepted his company. The pair traveled to a settlement and walk through it. The Child was startled by a Loth-cat which growled at him. The Mandalorian and the Child stopped at a common house and the Child had some soup. One customer, though, caught the Mandalorian's attention, and he exited the common house to find her when she seemingly disappeared. The customer, named Cara Dune, ambushed the Mandalorian and they fought until the Child interrupted them by sipping his soup.[5]

The Mandalorian talked to Dune, who assured him Sorgan was "taken." Thus he took the Child back to the Razor Crest, where two krill farmers awaited. They brokered with the Mandalorian for protection of their village against Klatooinian raiders in exchange for residence at the village. Bringing Dune and the Child with him, the Mandalorian was able to defeat the raiders with the help of Dune and the village. He continued to live there for several weeks and the Child became very popular with the children, although they were not fond of him when he tried to eat a small animal. The Mandalorian considered leaving the Child behind in the village where he could have a childhood. However, a bounty hunter came searching for the child and attempted to shoot him. After Dune killed the bounty hunter, the Mandalorian changed his mind, and both he and the Child left Sorgan behind.[5]

TatooineEdit

"You woke it up! Do you have any idea how long it took me to get it to sleep?"
"Give him to me."
"Not so fast! You can't just leave a child all alone like that. You know, you have an awful lot to learn about raisin' a young one."
―Motto scolds the Mandalorian for leaving the Child alone[src]
Motto and the Child

Peli Motto found the Child.

Sometime after leaving Sorgan, the Mandalorian encountered fellow bounty hunter Riot Mar, who engaged him in a dogfight. The Child, who sat at the cockpit with the Mandalorian, watched him evade his opponent and was thrusted forward as his guardian maneuvered the Razor Crest behind Mar and destroyed his ship. The Mandalorian then took the Child to Mos Eisley on Tatooine. He left the Child to sleep on the Razor Crest as he looked for work as a means to gain credits for repairs. The Child later woke, at the initial alarm of the hangar manager Peli Motto, who then decided to watch the Child as a means to have the Mandalorian pay her more upon his return.[6]

After learning of the Mandalorian's actions on Nevarro, inexperienced hunter Toro Calican kidnapped both Motto and the Child in an attempt to blackmail the Mandalorian. When the Mandalorian arrived, he confronted Calican, who held his captives at gunpoint. Using a flare to blind his foe, the Mandalorian flanked and shot him. The Child hid in fright, but was immediately found again by Motto and the Mandalorian. The Mandalorian then left Tatooine with the Child.[6]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

The Child was able to harness the mystical energies of the Force on account of being Force-sensitive, notably telekinetically lifting a giant mudhorn into the air for a brief time to save the Mandalorian. However, due to his infantile body, the Child was seen greatly mentally straining while performing this feat, eventually falling into an unconscious state for several hours afterward.[4]

Behind the scenesEdit

"That was such a powerful thing that was added to the story. That was our precious. Our precious is this being that we all end up taking care of in some way."
―Gina Carano, in an interview with Vanity Fair[src]
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Concept art by Christian Alzmann

This character first appeared in "The Mandalorian Chapter 1".[2] The character was designed by Christian Alzmann,[7] and was referred to as "the Being" by the actors during filming.[8] Executive Producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni intended to film the Child as a puppet and then as a blank to add CGI (in case the puppet was not convincing enough), but Werner Herzog, who played "the Client" in The Mandalorian, told the pair to leave it, calling them cowards.[7]

The Child has been referred to widely and affectionately in news reports and social media as "Baby Yoda."[9][10] An article from Vanity Fair claimed that fans were desperate for merchandise for "Baby Yoda," although Favreau had wished to hold off on it in case the Child had been leaked before the release of the first episode.[7] In December 2019, Time magazine named The Child as one of its "people of the year."[11]

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. According to SWCustom-2011 SWCC 2019: 9 Things We Learned from The Mandalorian Panel on StarWars.com (backup link), the events of The Mandalorian take place about five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY. Therefore, it can be reasoned that the events of The Mandalorian take place around 9 ABY. Since The Child is fifty years old at the time of The Mandalorian, it can be deduced that he was born around 41 BBY.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 The Mandalorian Official Logo The Mandalorian – "Chapter 1"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Mandalorian Official Logo The Mandalorian – "Chapter 3"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The Mandalorian Official Logo The Mandalorian – "Chapter 2"
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Mandalorian Official Logo The Mandalorian – "Chapter 4"
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Mandalorian Official Logo The Mandalorian – "Chapter 5"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Breznican, Anthony (November 26, 2019). Baby Yoda Has Conquered the World. Vanity Fair. Retrieved on November 27, 2019.
  8. The Mandalorian Episode One: Easter Eggs and That Final Reveal, Explained
  9. Kuchera, Ben (November 18, 2019). Disney made it official: We can talk about that Mandalorian character now. Polygon. Retrieved on November 18, 2019.
  10. Renfro, Kim (November 18, 2019). 15 tweets and memes about 'Baby Yoda' on 'The Mandalorian' that prove the character is the best thing in 'Star Wars'. Insider. Retrieved on November 18, 2019.
  11. Parker, Ryan (December 11, 2019). Baby Yoda Makes It Into Time's People of the Year Issue. The Hollywood Reporter. hollywoodreporter.com.
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