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"Yoda's species"
Average height

0.7 meters

Skin color

Greenish-brown

Average lifespan

Unknown (at least several hundred Standard years)

Famous members
"They have Master Yoda's species listed as Lannik, and his midi-chlorian count at 4 million. That's just ridiculous!"
Coleman Trebor

The Jedi Master Yoda was the best-known member of a species whose true name is not recorded. Known in some sources simply as Yoda's species, this species of small humanoids produced several well-known members of the Jedi Order during the time of the Galactic Republic.

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Characteristics and history

Jedi Master Yoda, for whom the species is named.

The name and homeworld of this species remains unknown. Members of the species were very small, most standing below 70 centimeters, but had extremely long lifespans lasting many hundreds of years (though because all known members of the species were Jedi, who are known to generally have longer lifespans than what is ordinary for a species, the exact average lifespan of the species is unknown). Adult members of the species were characterized by sharp, elfin ears, ridges on their foreheads, tridactyl hands and (most commonly) anisodactyl feet. Their leathery skin and blood was light green. Their sharp teeth pointed to a carnivorous diet. The diet of the most famous member of the species, Jedi Master Yoda, consisted of nutriment most other beings considered disgusting. Most of them, though not all, spoke an idiosyncratic dialect of Galactic Basic Standard, utilizing non-standard grammar and formalized sentence construction.

All three known members were very wise and had extraordinary Force potential. Yoda, the most famous member of this species, was the Jedi Grand Master during the time of the Galactic Republic for over two centuries and one of the most powerful Jedi in the history of the Order. Master Yoda died from natural causes at the age of exactly 900 standard years.

Two other Jedi, Yaddle and Vandar Tokare, were also powerful Masters who both sat on the Jedi Councils on Coruscant and on Dantooine respectively. There was also a statue of an unknown Jedi of this species inside the Valley of the Jedi on Ruusan.

Members of the species worshiping some kind of idol

A fourth, lesser known Jedi of this species was the Jedi Knight Minch who served the Jedi Order in the time around 700 BBY. Although very little is known about him, he proved himself to be quite able in the ways of the Force when he single handedly defeated a Dark Jedi Master in combat. In contrast to the above mentioned masters who had all shown exceptional calmness and self control at all times, Minch was of a slightly more fiery temperament and was known to once have lost his cool when subjected to Dun Möch.

This species bore resemblance to the Lannik species, primarily their short stature, large pointed ears, and, as in the case of Yaddle, a topknot of hair. Whether or not this species was related to the Lannik is uncertain, though Yoda had at least once been mistaken for a Lannik. It is highly unlikely that there was a genetic connection between the species though, because Lannik were much more humanoid in appearance and seemed to have a different evolutionary history than that of Yoda and Yaddle's species (Lannik appeared to have evolved from simians, while the unknown tridactyl species had features that could point to an amphibian or reptilian ancestry).

Behind the scenes

For reasons unknown, George Lucas maintains a strict policy of keeping the history, name, origin, and whereabouts of this species secret. This policy has resulted even in certain works being canceled. A significant example of this policy was when Lucasfilm (likely at the direction of George Lucas himself) ordered the pulping of the entire print run of a yet-to-be-released Star Wars trading card depicting a group of the unknown tridactyl species worshipping a larger-than-life-size statue of one of their number, led in prayer by an individual who may have been intended to be Yoda.

Prior to the creation of Yaddle for The Phantom Menace, Lucasfilm actively discouraged licensees from exploring Yoda's species, wishing to avoid confirming that an entire species of Yoda-like individuals even necessarily existed.

Yoda, showing his clawed hand

When asked what species Yoda is, Lucas has only joked, "He's a frog." In the documentary "From Puppets to Pixels", he even joked that Yoda is "The illegitimate child of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy".

Many fans have speculated this unknown species are the Whills (as in the Journal of the Whills), but in an interview, George Lucas has denied this. Additionally, in lines cut from Revenge of the Sith, Yoda speaks of the Whills as though they were a separate species. Some fans have also been known to call them "Yoda things" or just "Yodas." The New Essential Guide to Alien Species simply refers to the species as "Yoda's species."

Another, similar fanon misconception is that Yoda is a Whill from the planet "Grentarik." This rumor originates from the fan fiction fansite run by "SuperShadow."

When The Essential Guide to Characters was published, Yoda's homeworld was listed as Dagobah, leading some fans to believe that they were from Dagobah in origin. However, new material released states that Yoda was not born there.

Because of their three fingers on each hand and three toes on each foot, some have called Yoda a "tridactyl". Actually, the Dutch version of Wookiepedia lists Yoda's species as 'Tridactyl species'.

Santa Claus appears to be a member of Yoda's species (as shown in Star Wars Adventure Journal 8), though this is a easter egg and therefore is non-canon.

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Number of toes

Digital Yoda's five toes in AotC.

There is actually a considerable lack of clarity as to the exact number of toes that members of this species possess (at least canonically speaking), as this significant anatomical feature has been inconsistently portrayed over the course of the Star Wars franchise, notably including the films themselves. Strictly speaking, a truly tridactyl foot would only have three toes, but this version has actually only appeared once, in The Phantom Menace, whereas the puppet used in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well as the digital model from Revenge of the Sith, all have four toes.

In The Empire Strikes Back, there is a shot of Yoda rummaging through Luke's supplies where the soles of his feet are seen. Although there are definitely three forward-facing toes, there is also an additional digit clearly protruding in the opposite direction. This is ambiguously either a fourth toe or perhaps a prehensile heel of some kind (if such a thing is even anatomically possible); the clear presence or absence of a fourth toenail would settle the matter, but the angle of the ESB shot makes it impossible to see if this is the case. If the fourth, rear-facing digit is a toe (which seems likely), then technically Yoda's species have anisodactyl feet.

The first discrepancy appears in The Phantom Menace, where the puppets of both Yoda and Yaddle feature three forward-facing toes and a blunted Human-like heel instead of the original puppet's anisodactyl arrangement, thus being the only appearance of the species with truly tridactyl feet. However, when the TPM puppet was replaced by the fully-digital version used in Attack of the Clones, Yoda now apparently possessed five toes, arranged somewhat like a star shape and all separate from a blunt humanoid heel, although this is not actually visible in the film itself. This was revealed in the exhaustive book Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels, which displays multi-angle views of the digital model—so, although there are no adequate close-up shots in AotC to definitively confirm that this model made it into the final film, it is highly likely that it did.

Varying designs of Yoda's feet over the course of different pre-RotS Hasbro action figures.

At any rate this was clearly no longer the case for the upgraded digital Yoda used in RotS, which features a full-circle return to the ESB and ROTJ puppet's anisodactyl design, as seen in shots of Yoda plummeting to the Senate Rotunda floor at the conclusion of his battle with Darth Sidious and also when jumping down into Bail Organa's speeder shortly afterwards. One earlier shot of Yoda lying momentarily stunned on a senate pod during the battle also seems to display a rearward fourth toenail, thus indicating that the fourth digit is indeed a toe rather than some kind of prehensile heel, however the shot is not adequately clear at DVD resolution to be definitive.

Likely as a result of the above confusion, various Hasbro action figures of Yoda produced since Return of the Jedi have featured either three, four or five toes in a variety of arrangements, although none of which precisely matched the anisodactyl appearance of Yoda's feet in ESB until RotS figures were produced. Interestingly, these RotS figures molded a toenail onto the ambiguous rear-facing fourth digit of the ESB design, clearly indicating a belief that the digit was indeed a toe. Whether Hasbro based this on a detailed RotS digital model or access to the original ESB puppet, or if this was mere speculation on their part is unknown. Naturally, these varying designs are generally not evident unless directly viewing the underside of the figures.

The controversy was notionally solved with the release in 2006 of The New Essential Guide to Alien Species, which, on page 216, states that Yoda's species had "five-toed feet, with three toes in front and two toes in back." However, as the five-toed arrangement is not actually visible in any film, this statement contradicts the more common anisodactyl version featured in the majority of the films (which naturally possess a higher level of canonicity). As a result, the definitively canonical number of toes possessed by this species remains unresolved.

To subsequently perpetuate the confusion, the 2008-released film and animation series The Clone Wars uses a CGI model of Yoda that has evidently reverted to the formerly one-off tridactyl arrangement seen in The Phantom Menace, with three forward-facing toes and a blunted heel. The episode Ambush has shots of Yoda's feet as having three forward toes, and one in back, as a pointed heel. At any rate, the aforementioned notionally official five-toed version thus remains the least used in any incarnation of Star Wars media.

Appearances

  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: Commencement
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 9: Flashpoint Interlude: Homecoming (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: Reunion
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 29: Exalted, Part 1
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 31: Turnabout
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (Appears in hologram)
  • "Heart of Darkness" - Star Wars Tales 16
  • Star Wars Republic: Vow of Justice (Appears in flashback(s))
  • "Yaddle's Tale: The One Below" - Star Wars Tales 5
  • "The Secret of Tet-Ami" - Star Wars Tales 13
  • "Puzzle Peace" - Star Wars Tales 13
  • The Sith in the Shadow
  • Star Wars: Obi-Wan
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Rising Force
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Dark Rival
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Defenders of the Dead
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Uncertain Path
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Captive Temple
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Deadly Hunter
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Evil Experiment
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Ties That Bind
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Only Witness
  • Jedi Apprentice Special Edition: Deceptions
  • Jedi Apprentice Special Edition: The Followers
  • Star Wars: The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader
  • Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan: Last Stand on Ord Mantell
  • Jedi Council: Acts of War
  • Star Wars Republic: Prelude to Rebellion
  • Cloak of Deception
  • Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
  • Episode I Adventures 3: The Fury of Darth Maul
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / comic / novel / junior novel
  • Episode I: Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace ½ (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Star Wars Republic: Outlander
  • Star Wars Republic: Emissaries to Malastare
  • Star Wars Republic: The Hunt for Aurra Sing
  • Star Wars Republic: The Stark Hyperspace War (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars Republic: The Devaronian Version (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars Republic: Rite of Passage
  • Jedi Quest comic
  • Star Wars: Zam Wesell
  • Jedi Quest: The Way of the Apprentice
  • Jedi Quest: The Moment of Truth
  • Full of Surprises
  • The Approaching Storm
  •  Would-Be Saboteur CapturedHoloNet News Vol. 531 53
  •  Dooku Spotted in Gree EnclaveHoloNet News Vol. 531 54 (Picture only)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones / comic / novel / junior novel
  • Precipice (Mentioned only)
  • Machines of War
  • Most Precious Weapon (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars game
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Republic 49: Sacrifice
  • Star Wars Republic 50: The Defense of Kamino
  • Jedi: Mace Windu
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 1"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 5" (Appears in hologram)
  •  "Fierce Currents" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 1 (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 15"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 16"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 19" (Vision to Anakin Skywalker)
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 20"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 21"
  • Star Wars: Battle for the Republic
  • Duel
  •  "Run Mace Run" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 2 (Vision to Mace Windu)
  •  "A Stranger in Town" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 3
  • The Clone Wars: Shadowed
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Hidden Enemy" (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars film / novel
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 6: Slaves of the Republic - Chapter 6: Escape from Kadavo
  • The Clone Wars: Prelude
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 1: Shipyards of Doom
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 2: Crash Course
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 3: The Wind Raiders of Taloraan
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
  • The Clone Wars: Shakedown
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rising Malevolence" (Appears in hologram)
  • The Clone Wars: Transfer (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lair of Grievous"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Dooku Captured"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Gungan General"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Blue Shadow Virus" (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth" (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Holocron Heist"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Children of the Force"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Spy"
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 10: Hero of the Confederacy, Part 1
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 11: Hero of the Confederacy, Part 2 (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Landing at Point Rain" (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
  • In Triplicate (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 4: The Colossus of Destiny (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lightsaber Lost"
  • Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars Republic 54: Double Blind
  • Legacy of the Jedi
  • Shatterpoint
  • Deep Forest (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars Republic 61: Dead Ends
  • Star Wars Republic 63: Striking from the Shadows
  • Jedi: Yoda
  • Honor Bound
  • Star Wars Republic 68: Armor (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars: General Grievous
  • Secrets of the Jedi
  • Jedi Trial
  • Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
  • Star Wars: Obsession
  • Sithisis
  •  "Life Below" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 9
  •  "Thunder Road" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 10
  • Reversal of Fortune
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 23"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 25"
  • Star Wars Republic: The Siege of Saleucami (Vision to Tholme)
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / comic / novel / junior novel
  • Evil Eyes
  • Star Wars Republic: The Hidden Enemy
  • Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Droids
  • The Paradise Snare (Possible appearance)
  • Perfect Evil
  • Star Wars Empire: "General" Skywalker (Vision)
  • Galaxy of Fear: The Hunger
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back novel (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars 41: The Empire Strikes Back: Imperial Pursuit
  • Star Wars 42: The Empire Strikes Back: To Be a Jedi
  • Slippery Slope
  • Star Wars 43: The Empire Strikes Back: Betrayal at Bespin
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 2: The Emperor Commands
  • Star Wars -Phantasmagoria-
  • Star Wars 92: The Dream (Appears as a ghost or a spirit)
  • The Courtship of Princess Leia (Appears in hologram)
  • Dark Force Rising (Mentioned only)
  • Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Statue)
  • Star Wars: Union (Dream)

Non-canon appearances

  • Star Wars Miniatures: Knights of the Old Republic ad (Picture only)
  • Tag & Bink: Revenge of the Clone Menace
  • The Return of Tag & Bink: Special Edition (Appears as a ghost or a spirit)
  • Force Fiction
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando: Order 66
  • The Emperor's Court
  • Star Wars Infinities: A New Hope
  • Star Wars: Yoda Stories
  • The Hidden (Ambiguously canonical source)
  • Star Wars Infinities: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Infinities: Return of the Jedi
  • Do or Do Not (Appears as a ghost or a spirit)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
  • LEGO Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
  • Star Wars: Visions of the Blade

Sources


This article uses material from the "Yoda's species" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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