Welcome, Star Wars fans! Today, we’ll delve into the world of one of the most prominent characters in the Star Wars universe: Yoda. From his mysterious origins to his hidden powers, there’s much to uncover about this wise Jedi Master. Did you know that Yoda was not originally intended to be a puppet in “The Empire Strikes Back”? Or is the character’s name not even mentioned in the original trilogy? Get ready to learn some fascinating facts about Yoda that you may not have known before. So, grab your lightsaber, and let’s get started!
Force Ghost Trick
Yoda, the diminutive Jedi Master, is a beloved character in the Star Wars universe known for his wisdom and powerful abilities with the Force. One of the most intriguing facts about Yoda is his ability to appear as a Force ghost, a rare ability among Jedi. In the Star Wars series, we see Yoda appearing multiple times to Luke Skywalker at critical moments, providing guidance and wisdom since his death in Return of the Jedi. The talent to become a Force ghost is a rare and ancient skill among Jedi, and it was believed to be lost until Qui-Gon Jinn, in the movie The Phantom Menace, discovered it after his death. This ability was not widely known among the Jedi, and Qui-Gon’s discovery brought this knowledge back to the Jedi Order. Qui-Gon was able to come to people in the form of a disembodied voice usually, and it was through him that Yoda was able to learn the secrets of elevating to even greater levels after death. Obi-Wan Kenobi, like Yoda, communicated with Qui-Gon Jinn after his death.
Additionally, Anakin Skywalker, who later becomes Darth Vader, is another Force Ghost frequently seen in recent Star Wars media. The ability to become a Force Ghost and communicate with the living was an ordinary skill among Jedi. Still, these characters achieved it through their connection with Qui-Gon Jinn and their mastery of the Force.
Yoda’s Real Name
Regarding the iconic Star Wars character Yoda, it’s hard to imagine him as anything other than the wise and powerful Jedi Master we know and love. But did you know that the creators of The Empire Strikes Back had considered other names for the character during the drafting process? One of the most surprising options was “Buffy,” yes, just like the vampire slayer. Although this name was quickly discarded, the simple four-letter “Yoda” wasn’t immediately chosen as the final name. An earlier version of the script named the character “Minch Yoda,” and in a later version, the first name was removed. Additionally, in the expanded universe comics, another character of Yoda’s race was introduced and was named Minch as a reference to the previous iteration of the character.
Origin of Yoda
Yoda is known for his ancient wisdom and powerful abilities with the Force in the Star Wars universe, but like all beings, he had a beginning too. Yoda’s origins can be traced back to a remote planet, where he unexpectedly met with Jedi Master N’Kata Del Gormo. The encounter occurred after Yoda arrived on a swampy planet, where a friend accompanied him. This chance meeting marked the beginning of Yoda’s journey as a Jedi and his training under Jedi Master N’Kata Del Gormo. It was this Jedi Master who recognized Yoda’s sensitivity to the Force and trained him. After his training, Yoda was sent to Coruscant and the Jedi Temple, where he quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a Jedi Knight and later a Master, all within the first hundred years of his life. This journey of Yoda shows that even the most powerful and wise Jedi had a humble beginning.
Yoda is Supposed to Disappear
When creating the Star Wars franchise, George Lucas initially envisioned Yoda as a mysterious mentor who would only appear in The Empire Strikes Back and disappear from the series. However, as the story progressed, Lucas decided to bring the character back in later films to further clarify the reveal of Darth Vader as Luke’s father in Return of the Jedi. This decision led to the inclusion of Yoda in the prequel trilogy and subsequent Star Wars media. It is interesting to consider that Yoda, now a beloved and iconic character, was almost a one-time appearance in a franchise that has become so expansive and enduring. At the time, the franchise was still in its infancy, and there was no way of knowing where the story would lead, and Lucas didn’t think an explanation of the character would be needed.