‘The Mandalorian’: Dominic Monaghan Insists There’s a Reason Jon Favreau Is Fine With the Baby Yoda Nickname

The most googled baby of 2019 was Baby Yoda, but that’s not even his real name. The little green creature featured in the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, is not Yoda as a baby. However, actor Dominic Monaghan insists there must be a specific reason that the writers are OK with the nickname. 

Dominic Monaghan
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The little green creature in ‘The Mandalorian’ is not named Baby Yoda

“This story happens five years after the Battle of Endor, which means that Yoda has obviously passed on, and there’s no reason for him to come back in physical form as a child,” Monaghan told The Hollywood Reporter.

Therefore, there is no way that the Child is the creature we know as Yoda from the Star Wars movies.

“It’s a creature like Yoda, and I understand that they have to call it something, and it looks like Yoda, but it’s not Yoda,” the former Lost star continued. 

The Child is the same species as Yoda. But because that species is not identified in the course of the Star Wars saga, fans are not sure what to call it.

One thing we know for sure: the Child’s name is not Baby Yoda

Why are the producers of ‘The Mandalorian’ OK with people using the nickname, Baby Yoda?

Monaghan believes there is a specific reason why the producers are allowing the new little green creature to be called Baby Yoda. Here’s his theory.

“We’re missing a trick if we consistently keep calling that character Baby Yoda,” he said. “Maybe, that’s what [The Mandalorian creator Jon] Favreau and his team want us to do is get distracted or complacent calling the character Baby Yoda so that they can shock us with another revelation.” 

Monaghan is not sure what the next secret is. But the fact that we do not know its name yet must be significant.

“But, for me, I’m always trying to work out why they want us to call this character Baby Yoda,” Monaghan continued. “How does that benefit the makers of The Mandalorian?”

“Yeah, yeah, yeah, we call it The Child, but we’re totally fine with everyone calling that character Baby Yoda,” Favreau told Monaghan at the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premiere. “It works because it creates a conversation.”

Monaghan doesn’t believe that’s all there is to it. He thinks the underlying reason that the writers are withholding the name is more significant than we all think.  

Does Baby Yoda have a real name?

Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger says The Mandalorian‘s Baby Yoda has a real name, and it’s not Baby Yoda or the Child. However, he is not telling anyone what it is.

“I know its real name, and it’s one of the reasons I have extra security now because I don’t want to be given some kind of truth serum by someone,” Iger said in an interview on The Star Wars Show.

Iger is not telling the name. And neither is director Taika Waititi, though he also says he knows what it is.

“He’s not named Baby Yoda!” Waititi told The New York Times. “I’ll wait for Favreau to give that away.”

When you look at all of the secrecy surrounding the name of the Child on The Mandalorian, it does seem like there might be a big revelation when viewers do finally hear the real name. The Mandalorian Season 1 is now streaming on Disney+ with eight episodes.

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