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Mar 2, 2014

The History of Yoda



When people generally think who is the coolest person in the Star Wars universe they often think of Han chilling out with Greedo or Lando dealing with some immense stress when he realises the shield is still up but I'm pretty sure a lot of fans think master Yoda is one of the coolest characters in the films.

He was pretty chilled out when he took on Count Dooku. He wasn't too phased as he took on Darth Sidius and he was fairly nonchalant when he realised Anakin had turned. Of course that's arguable...

We first met the green goblin in Empire as a funny little dude trying to steal Luke Skywalker's lunch only to reveal himself as the fabled Yoda. The Yoda, it turns out, who was one of the greatest Jedi to have ever lived and ultimately perhaps one of the few Jedi to actually alter the course of the history of the realm he lived.

While it might be hard to unlearn what you may have leaned about Yoda, here's some interesting facts and stories about his development, his place in the Star Wars canon and some of his most memorable quotes.
  • Puppeteer and film director Frank Oz is the voice for the most famous little green guy in cinema history. 
  • Famously Oz also the voice of the Muppet’s Miss Piggy,  It was because of Oz's talents that he developed with Jim Henson that saw him get the call up. 
  • A very early draft of the script of Empire saw suggested that Luke Skywalker would travel to the 'Bog' Planet where he would encounter a frog-like Jedi named Minch, who teaches him the ways of the force. That's right, Yoda was frog-like and was going to be called Minch!
  • Yoda’s species has never been mentioned. In official records he is simply an ‘unknown species’.
  • Yoda died when he was 900 years old having lived a long life of training many Jedi, including most of the ones found in all the films at one stage or another.
  • The little master is 66 cm tall. As a comparison, R2D2 stands taller at 96 cm!
  • For the prequel Attack of the Clones, Yoda was performed by Oz.The next two prequels featured a CGI Yoda and the DVD release of Clones saw a CGI version replace the puppet. 
  • While many think Yoda had Darth Sidious beaten in his famous duel in  Revenge of the Sith, it was actually Mace Windu, a former student of Yoda who firmly beat the Sith Lord (of course Anakin came in and ruined it all..)
  • Yoda is famous for his phrasing and his zen like quotes. Here's a selection of the best:
    • Do or do not. There is no try.
    • Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you.
    • You must unlearn what you have learned.
    • When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good, you will not, hmmm?
    • There is another...


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