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"Small, green, and wrinkly with pointy ears."
Ezra Bridger describes Yoda[src]

The species to which the legendary Jedi Grand Master Yoda belonged was ancient and shrouded in mystery.[8] Members of this species were rarely seen anywhere in the galaxy.[9]

Biology and appearance

"Wait. They said fifty years old."
"Species age differently. Perhaps it could live many centuries."
Din Djarin and IG-11 upon discovering an infant of the species[src]

An infant member of the species, known only as "The Child"

The species had two known sexes: male[7] and female.[2] Members of the species were small in size, roughly comparable to that of a human child, with green skin, large eyes and long pointed ears. Their three-fingered hands ended in claws.[3] The species were suggested to mostly have a carnivorous diet, with a preference towards catching and devouring live amphibians whole.[10] Their ears were expressive, curling and unfurling in accordance with their emotions.[4]

Members of the species were capable of growing thin hair, with shades varying from auburn to white being documented. The species' life expectancy spanned several centuries,[6] and they aged very slowly, remaining in infancy for at least fifty standard years.[5] Even at this stage of life, certain Force-sensitive individuals of this species could use Force powers such as telekinesis and force healing.[10][11] Despite their slow aging for the first five decades of life, members of the species reached maturity by their hundredth year, as exemplified by the Jedi Yoda, who began training other Jedi when he was about one hundred years old.[6]

Behind the scenes

"So he's a mystery character. He's a magical character. He has no background. He comes and he goes. He's the subversive secret mysterious stranger that enters the film and then exits at the end."
―George Lucas, about Yoda[src]

Star Wars creator George Lucas chose to keep the name and background of Yoda's species a mystery.[12] Both Yoda's and Yaddle's Databank entries on list their species as "Unknown."[2][7]

In the documentary "From Puppets to Pixels," available on the DVD bonus disc of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, Lucas joked that Yoda was "the illegitimate child of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy."[13]

In The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi?, a canon retelling of Episode V written by Adam Gidwitz, Luke Skywalker calls Yoda a "little swamp frog."[14]


Non-canon appearances


Notes and references

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