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Origin:

Yoda is respected as one of the most wise and powerful Jedi Masters in the history of the galaxy. Yoda is a master of the Force and Lightsaber combat. Yoda served as the Grand Master of the Jedi High Council for over 700 years.

Creation:

Yoda is a character from the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas. Yoda's face was partially based off of Einstein's, mainly the forehead wrinkles to make him appear wise and intelligent. Frank Oz, the puppeteer for Yoda in Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Phantom Menace, developed Yoda's voice, his distinctive way of talking, and even aspects of his personality.

Character Evolution:

Jedi Master Yoda

From a young age Yoda had trained as a Jedi by N'Kata Del Gormo, learning the ways of the Force and keeping balance in the galaxy. Living for 900 years Yoda had worked his way up the ranks of the Jedi Order becoming a member of the Jedi High Council and eventually the Jedi Grand Master.

Before and during the Clone Wars, Yoda was one of the more powerful Jedi in the entire order. He served at teacher and master to most, giving wisdom and guidance to Jedi Knights and Masters alike, while also teaching basics to young padawan learners in training. During the Clone Wars Yoda still served as teacher but was divided between being a general conducting a war throughout the galaxy.

After the Clone Wars and following the Order 66, Yoda went into hiding in the Dagobah System. The planet's abundance of life masked his presence from the Empire until the arrival of a young Luke Skywalker. After the death of Obi-Wan Kenobi it was left to Yoda to teach Luke more about the force. After nearly becoming a Jedi Knight Luke was baited away from Dagobah and fell into a trap that injured him long enough to suspend his training. He would return to an aged and dying Yoda who admitted his training to become a Jedi was almost complete. Yoda perished and became one with the force, giving him the ability to pass on his knowledge within the force itself.

Major Story Arcs:

Early Life

Master Gormo teaching his padawan, Yoda, the ways of the Force

Not much is known of this legendary Jedi Grand Master, It can be presumed details aren't clear to Yoda either, nine hundred years is a long way to think back to, but some details have been made clear. At Yoda's early life he didn't know he was Force-sensitive nor did an unidentified human counterpart know he was tuned with the Force either. The two left their home planet, which has never been identified and still remains a secret, if Yoda remembers the name or what the planet looked like is unknown. Yoda and his friend had set off toward the core worlds to find employment. En-route their old ship was caught amongst by an asteroid and their ship was damaged beyond their ability to repair, which seemed most disastrous at the time.

They would spend days floating around in space, their supplies and oxygen running out quicker than the two wanted them to. In an attempt to save their lives they rebooted their power systems to get them far enough into an unrecognized star system, in which they crash landed on a swamp planet, which can only be presumed as Dagobah but it had never been clarified. with the two's signal for a rescue ship still going strong all they could do was wait to be picked up, hoping they wouldn't starve to death in the process. During their stay on the swamp planet the two Force beings were found by Jedi Master N'Kata Del Gormo, who sensed them to be one with the force and revealed to them this power. Not detesting at their age, which was clearly not the age most Jedi started training, Master Gormo taught both Yoda and his human friend the way of the force. Shortly after their training the two Jedi were picked up by a Galactic Republic starship. It is very likely the "rescue" was indeed planed by the Jedi Master N'Kata Del Gormo.

One of his great feats in his early life was his training of young jedi. Most notoriously he trained Count Dooku into an excellent swordsman who's skills could only be replicated by Yoda and Mace Windu. He also trained Cin Drallig, who was promptly made a master on the council, and during the clone wars was elevated to battlemaster of the council.

Later Life

Master Yoda was the Grand Master of the Jedi and was respected as the most powerful of the jedi. One of the only creatures known to have a higher midi-chlorine count is Anakin Skywalker. Master Yoda spearheaded the decision to deny Qui-Gonn's request to teach Anakin, believing-correctly as we find out later-that the boy was too attached to his mother.

Master Yoda served the Old Republic for decades maybe even centuries. In this, he would fight against his former padawan Count Dooku. This was one of the most impressive battles Yoda had fought and showed the vast power he held in his small frame. He became a general in the clone army, He would later battle Darth Sidious in the Senate until fleeing and he nurtured and expanded the Jedi Order and taught countless younglings. Master Yoda was one of the survivors of Order 66, at the time he resided upon Kashyyk where he was aiding the Wookie cause, luckily he sensed the 2 clones who arrived to kill him, quickly dispatched them and left with the aid of Chewbacca.

Escape from order 66

Yoda moments before the order was issued.

Master Yoda barely escaped Order 66, only with a backup plan and help from the wookies was he able to escape from Kashyyyk, using an escape pod to the

nearst system, which he then went to coursant from. Master Yoda probably predicted the clones would turn on the Jedi so he had the backup plan of the escape pod. Without the help of Chewbecca and Tarfful, who escorted and defended Yoda.

Following this, he arrived upon the space ship of Senator Bail Organa, a supporter of the jedi and a soon to be foster father of Leia, and Obi-Wan, who at the time was the only other Jedi who was believed to have survived the Purge. Here they realised that the distress beacon at the Jedi Temple was going off and that this was likely luring jedi to their death. Therefore the 2 masters infiltrated the base and turned off the signal, but it was here where they first realised of how far Anakin had descended into the dark side, following his massacre of the younglings.

Death

Master Yoda died on the system of Dagobah at the age of around 900 years old. He died in the presence of Luke Skywalker after Luke asked him to help finish his training.

Powers and Abilities:

Yoda Using the Force

Yoda has been considered the greatest Jedi Master of the era by many, he was one of the most skilled users of the Force in the history of the entire galaxy. Yoda was so strong in the Force that he has demonstrated the ability to effortlessly disarm powerful opponents like the Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress with a simple gesture. In addition to this, Master Yoda was capable of easily controlling individuals and enter into the minds of others and decipher their thoughts with great precision. Despite his small stature, Yoda was capable of extreme telekinetic feats, such as lifting enormous objects with the Force, such as Luke Skywalker's X-Wing, or a giant pillar which was dropped upon Ankain and Obi-Wan by Dooku, and even disarming the Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress with a mere wave of his hand.

Yoda was a master of all the seven lightsaber forms, and could use the Force to enhance his physical attributes immensely, allowing him to carry a crate with a cannon on his back for miles.

"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."

Characteristics:

Born:- 896 BBY

Died:- 4 ABY

Species:- Unknown

Gender:- Male

Height:- 0.66 meters (2'2")

Hair Color:- Brown (later grey)

Eye Color:- Green

Known Masters:-

  • N'Kata Del Gormo

Known Apprentices:-

Other Media

Video Games

Soul Calibur

Yoda appeared as a playable character in Soul Calibur IV for Xbox 360.

Star Wars Battlefront

Yoda in Soul Calibur IV

Yoda appeared in Star Wars Battlefront I & II as a playable hero.

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Video Game

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith as a playable character.

Lego Star Wars

Yoda appeared in Lego Star Wars Trilogy and Lego Star Wars Saga.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Kazdhan Paratus had created a scrap puppet of Yoda as part of his scrap Jedi High Council.

The clone of Galen Marek briefly encountered Yoda on Dagobah after Rahm Kota dropped the name of the planet into conversation.

Novels

Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. And when the time is right, he destroys his Master—but vows never to suffer the same fate. For like no other disciple of the dark side, Darth Plagueis learns to command the ultimate power . . . over life and death.

Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious, Master and acolyte, target the galaxy for domination—and the Jedi Order for annihilation. But can they defy the merciless Sith tradition? Or will the desire of one to rule supreme, and the dream of the other to live forever, sow the seeds of their destruction?"

  • Written by: James Luceno

Star Wars: Cloak of Deception

Mired in greed and corruption, tangled in bureaucracy, the Galactic Republic is crumbling. In the outlying systems, where the Trade Federation maintains a stranglehold on shipping routes, tensions are boiling over—while back in the comfort of Coruscant, the hub of civilized space and seat of Republic government, few senators seem inclined to investigate the problem. And those who suspect Supreme Chancellor Valorum of having a hand in the machinations are baffled—especially when Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi foil an assassination attempt on the Chancellor.

With the crisis escalating, Valorum calls for an emergency trade summit. As Humans and aliens gather, conspiracies sealed with large sums of money run rampant, and no one is entirely above suspicion. But the greatest threat of all remains unknown to everyone except three members of the Trade Federation who have entered into a shadowy alliance with a dark overlord. While the trio will be content with more money and fewer problems, Darth Sidious has grander, far more terrifying plans.

It is a time that tests the mettle of all those who strive to hold the Republic together—none more so than the Jedi Knights, who have long been the galaxy's best hope for preserving peace and justice. Yet despite their most valiant efforts, the meeting will explode into fiery chaos beyond everyone's worst fears…

  • Written by: James Luceno

Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter

Darth Maul, merciless apprentice of evil and one of the legendary Sith, a twisted order given over to the dark side of the Force…Darth Maul, champion of the nefarious Sith Lord, Darth Sidious…Darth Maul, a legend sprung to life from the nightmares of history, about to be unleashed…In an all-new tale of intrigue and mystery set just before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.

After years of waiting in the shadows, Darth Sidious is taking the first step in his master plan to bring the Republic to its knees. He meets secretly with his Neimoidian contacts in the Trade Federation to plan the blockade of the planet Naboo. But one member of the delegation is missing, and Sidious does not need his Force-honed instincts to suspect betrayal. He orders his apprentice, Darth Maul, to hunt the traitor down.

On Coruscant, capital city of the Republic, the Neimoidian moves quickly to sell what he knows to the highest bidder. For Lorn Pavan, an information broker, the deal is too good to pass up. He grabs it, unaware that he has now earned a place on Darth Maul's hit list, right behind the Neimoidian defector himself.

Meanwhile, a young Jedi Padawan by the name of Darsha Assant stands on the verge of ascension to Jedi Knighthood. A single mission will be her test. But a greater test awaits her. For in the labyrinthine alleyways and sewers of Coruscant's own dark side, she will cross paths with Lorn, who is fleeing from the Sith stalker, carrying with him crucial information that must reach the Jedi Council at all costs.

The future of the Republic depends on Darsha and Lorn. But how can an untried Jedi and an ordinary man, stranger to the powerful ways of the Force, hope to triumph over one of the deadliest killers in the galaxy?

  • Written by: Michael Reaves

Star Wars: Shatterpoint

Mace Windu is a living legend: Jedi Master, senior member of the Jedi Council, skilled diplomat, devastating fighter. Some say he is the deadliest man alive. But he is a man of peace—and for the first time in a thousand years, the galaxy is at war.

Now, following the momentous events climaxing in the Battle of Geonosis, Master Mace Windu must undertake a perilous homecoming to his native world—to defuse a potentially catastrophic crisis for the Republic…and to confront a terrifying mystery with dire personal consequences.

The jungle planet of Haruun Kal, the homeworld Mace barely remembers, has become a battleground in the increasing hostilities between the Republic and the renegade Separatist movement. The Jedi Council has sent Depa Billaba—Mace's former Padawan and fellow Council member—to Haruun Kal to train the local tribesmen as a guerilla resistance force, to fight against the Separatists who control the planet and its strategic star system with their droid armies. But now the Separatists have pulled back, and Depa has not returned. The only clue to her disappearance is a cryptic recording left at the scene of a brutal massacre: a recording that hints of madness and murder, and the darkness in the jungle…a recording in Depa's own voice.

Mace Windu trained her. Only he can find her. Only he can learn what has changed her. Only he can stop her.

Jedi were never intended to be soldiers. But now they have no choice. Mace must journey alone into the most treacherous jungle in the galaxy—and into his own heritage. He will leave behind the Republic he serves, the civilization he believes in, everything but his passion for peace and his devotion to his former Padawan. And he will learn the terrible price that must be paid, when keepers of the peace are forced to make war….

  • Written by: Matthew Stover

Star Wars: Jedi Trial

“Within twenty-four standard hours we will sit firmly astride the communications link that connects the worlds of the Republic…. Our control will be a dagger thrust directly at Coruscant. This is the move that will win the war for us.”

With these ominous words, Pors Tonith, ruthless minion of Count Dooku, declares the fate of the Republic sealed. Commanding a Separatist invasion force more than one million strong, the cunning financier-turned-warrior lays siege to the planet Praesitlyn, home of the strategic intergalactic communications center that is key to the Republic's survival in the Clone Wars. Left unchallenged, this decisive strike could indeed pave the way for the toppling of more Republic worlds…and ultimate victory for the Separatists. Retaliation must be swift and certain.

But engaging the enemy throughout the galaxy has already stretched Supreme Chancellor Palpatine's armies to the limit. There is no choice but to move against the surging waves of invading battle-droids on Praesitlyn with only a small contingent of clone soldiers. Commanding them will be Jedi Master Nejaa Halcyon — hand-picked by the Council for the do-or-die mission. And at his side, skilled young starfighter pilot Anakin Skywalker, a promising young Jedi Padawan eager to be freed of the bonds of apprenticeship — and to be awarded the title of Jedi Knight.

Shoulder to shoulder with a rogue Republic army officer and his battle-hardened crew, a hulking Rodian mercenary with an insatiable taste for combat, and a duo of ready-for-anything soldiers, the Jedi generals take to the skies and the punishing desert terrain of occupied Praesitlyn — to gain back a vital position in the Republic. Already outnumbered and outgunned, when confronted with an enemy ultimatum that could lead to the massacre of innocents, they may also be out of options. Unless Anakin Skywalker can strike a crucial balance between the wisdom born of the Force…and the instincts of a born warrior.

  • Written by David Sherman and Dan Cragg

Star Wars: Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

As the Clone Wars rage, Jedi Master Yoda must once again face one of his greatest adversaries—Count Dooku….

The savage Clone Wars have forced the Republic to the edge of collapse. During the height of battle, one Jedi Knight escapes the carnage to deliver a message to Yoda on Coruscant. It appears Dooku wants peace and demands a rendezvous. Chances are slim that the treacherous Count is sincere, but with a million lives at stake, Yoda has no choice.

The meeting will take place on Vjun, a planet steeped in evil. The challenge could not be more difficult. Can Yoda win back his once promising pupil from the dark side, or will Count Dooku unleash his sinister forces against his former mentor? Either way, Yoda is sure of one thing: This battle will be one of the fiercest he'll ever face.

  • Written by: Sean Stewart

Star Wars: Labyrinth of Evil

Embark upon a breathtaking adventure that pairs Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker on a deadly hunt for the lord of evil who has torn the galaxy asunder….

The war that erupted in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is nearing its boiling point, as the dauntless Separatist forces continue their assault on the teetering Republic—and the diabolical triumvirate of Count Dooku, General Grievous, and their Master, Darth Sidious, fine-tune their strategy for conquest. In Episode III: Revenge of the Sith the fates of key players on both sides of the conflict will be sealed. But first, crucial events that pave the way to that time of reckoning unfold in a labyrinth of evil…

Capturing Trade Federation Viceroy and Separatist Council Member Nute Gunray is the mission that brings Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, with a squad of clones in tow, to Cato Neimoidia. But the treacherous ally of the Sith proves as slippery as ever, evading his Jedi pursuers even as they narrowly avoid deadly disaster. Still, their daring efforts yield an unexpected prize: a unique holotransceiver that bears intelligence capable of leading the Republic forces to their ultimate quarry, the ever-elusive Darth Sidious.

Swiftly taking up the chase, Anakin and Obi-Wan follow clues from the droid factories of Charros IV to the far-flung worlds of the Outer Rim… every step bringing them closer to pinpointing the location of the Sith Lord—whom they suspect has been manipulating every aspect of the Separatist rebellion. Yet somehow, in the escalating galaxy-wide chess game of strikes, counterstrikes, ambushes, sabotage, and retaliations, Sidious stays constantly one move ahead.

Then the trail takes a shocking turn. For Sidious and his minions have set in motion a ruthlessly orchestrated campaign to divide and overwhelm the Jedi forces—and bring the Republic to its knees.

  • Written by: James Luceno

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

As ruthless apprentice to Darth Vader, Starkiller was mercilessly schooled in the ways of the dark side, commanded to exterminate the last of the purged Jedi Order, and groomed for the ultimate Sith power play: assassination of the Emperor. He served without question, killed without remorse, and lost his heart without warning to beautiful Imperial fighter pilot Juno Eclipse, never suspecting that he was just a tool in the schemes of his masters—until it was too late to escape their lethal betrayal.

Juno mourned Starkiller as dead...but now he is back, purged of all memories and programmed to kill. And as fate brings Juno and Starkiller closer to reuniting, with Darth Vader determined not to lose his assassin a second time, they will both have to make a stand. The prize is freedom. The punishment for failing will be eternal enslavement to the dark side of the Force...

  • Written by: Sean Williams

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