Yoda (portrayed in the films by Frank Oz, through puppet and CGI) is a major supporting character in the original trilogy and prequel trilogy. He is first introduced in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back as an ancient Jedi Master, and appeared again in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Yoda went on to appear in all three prequel films, as well as the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He will have a major character arc in the forthcoming bonus episodes of the show, and has been the subject of rumors surrounding appearances in Star Wars Episode VII and spinoff films.
Chronologically, Yoda is introduced as the Grand Master of the Jedi Order and presides over the Jedi Council when Qui-Gon Jinn reveals Anakin Skywalker, whom he believes to be the Chosen One who will bring balance to the Force. After Qui-Gon dies at the hands of Darth Maul, Yoda and the Council allow Qui-Gon's former apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, to train Anakin. Ten years later, Yoda is present in the first battle of the Clone Wars, and continues to oversee the war effort as one of the leaders of the Grand Army of the Republic. After the end of the Clone Wars, Anakin's fall to the dark side, and the destruction of the Jedi, Yoda goes into exile on Dagobah. Over twenty years later, he trains the Anakin's son, Luke Skywalker, to be a Jedi Knight. Yoda dies and becomes one with the Force shortly before the fall of the Galactic Empire, and appears to Luke as ghost alongside Obi-Wan and the redeemed Anakin.
Involvement in upcoming projectsEdit
Star Wars Episode VII (rumored)Edit
On January 12, 2014, it was rumored by Cosmic Book News that Yoda would appear as a Force ghost in Star Wars Episode VII. According to the rumor, "Yoda will have words with Luke Skywalker about the rising unbalance in the Force and the need to preserve the Jedi." The same report also alleged that a holographic image of Yoda—as well as images of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Mace Windu—would appear in the new Jedi Temple.
Frank Oz, the puppeteer and voice actor behind Yoda in all five of the character's Star Wars live-action film appearances, said that he would be ready and willing to return for future Yoda appearances. Asked whether future appearances for the character would be in puppet form or CGI, Oz said, "I think it depends on the story, but I think at this point you can't go back to the puppet." He further stated that he supported the use of CGI for the character in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, because the story would have been "hampered by the physical limitations of the puppet."
Official canon appearancesEdit
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (First canon appearance)
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi