Is Master Yoda the Last of His Species? Here’s What We Know About This ‘Star Wars’ Character

The Force is strong with a certain lovable, green Star Wars species. Is Master Yoda the last of his species, or is he somehow related to Baby Yoda from the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian? Here’s what we know about this beloved Jedi master from the Star Wars universe.

Mark Hamill on the set of 'Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back'
Mark Hamill on the set of ‘Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back’ | Lucasfilm/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images

Master Yoda is a major character in several ‘Star Wars’ movies

Whether he’s providing wisdom and guidance to Luke Skywalker or facing the Sith lord, Emperor Palpatine, Master Yoda is a huge component of the Star Wars movies. He’s appeared in almost every film of the Skywalker saga, including The Phantom Menace, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Last Jedi.

He’s debatably one of the most important Jedis of the Skywalker saga, often bringing out the best in other protagonists. However, not much is known about where Master Yoda comes from or how he became a Jedi in the first place.

Is Master Yoda the last of his species?

We have good news for fans of this Jedi master. Although it’s not the same character, another member of this Force-wielding species appears in the Star Wars live-action series, The Mandalorian. The character is referred to as the Child, but fans have dubbed him Baby Yoda.

Because this series takes place after the fall of the Empire and the timely death of Master Yoda, there are presumably more members of this species living somewhere in a galaxy far, far away.

Who is Baby Yoda in the Disney+ series, ‘The Mandalorian’?

Baby Yoda appears to have the powers of the Jedi, even saving the Mandalorian during a fight with a Mudhorn. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, writer and director Jon Favreau elaborated on his choice of this species.

“We’ll learn more about him over the course of the season,” Favreau said. “I think what’s great about what George [Lucas] created is that Yoda proper, the character that we grew up watching, was always shrouded in mystery, and that was what made him so archetypal, and so mythic.”

“We know who he is based on his behavior and what he stands for, but we don’t know a lot of details about where he comes from or his species,” the director continued. “I think that’s why people are so curious about this little one of the same species.”

Not much is known about this character yet, but our protagonist is most likely searching for Baby Yoda’s tribe.

The second season of The Mandalorian won’t hit Disney+ until fall 2020, according to Jon Favreau’s Instagram. Until then, fans can watch episodes exclusively on Disney’s streaming service. Star Wars movies, including A New Hope and The Last Jedi, also are available for streaming on Disney+.

[Correction: An earlier version incorrectly stated Yoda appeared in A New Hope.]