Star Wars: 20 Ridiculous Things About Yoda’s Anatomy

Yoda is a character that is meant to subvert the audience's expectations. When he was introduced in The Empire Strikes Back, he is meant to trick the audience into thinking he is just a crazy old hermit who wants to hassle Luke. It's soon revealed that this little puppet is the mysterious Jedi master that Luke was seeking and that the great warrior he was seeking was a three-foot-tall green guy.

The audience's expectations of Yoda were subverted again in Attack of the Clones, when it was revealed that he did indeed possess the skills of a mighty warrior, as he was able to go toe-to-toe with Count Dooku in a lightsaber battle, as well as being able to counter dark side powers using only his hands.

The numerous forms of Star Wars media have depicted Yoda in many different ways, which means that the audience should never be able to predict what kind of person he will be in any story. Yoda has the capacity to be a great warrior, a general, a diplomat, a comedy foil, and a sage advisor to those who need his help.

We are here today to learn the secrets of the most mysterious and powerful Jedi Knight who ever appeared in Star Wars - from his advanced age (and the person who turned out to be even older), to the time he was smaller than Tinker Bell.

Here are Twenty Ridiculous Things About Yoda’s Body!

20 He Was The Oldest Living Character In Star Wars (Until Maz Kanata Was Introduced)

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Yoda was the oldest living character in the Star Wars franchise (until his demise in Return of the Jedi) for a long time. It was established in the movies that Yoda was over nine-hundred years old, but his mastery of the Force was such that he could make his body move at lightning speed.

Yoda's tenure as the oldest living Star Wars character ended in The Force Awakens  when it was revealed that Maz Kanata is over a thousand-years-old and still going strong.

19 Yoda's Small Stature Made Him One Of The Best Characters In Soul Calibur IV

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Two of the best video games of the 32/64-bit era were ruined by small characters who were overpowered due to their size - Gon in Tekken 3 and Oddjob in Goldeneye. The fact that these characters were smaller than the rest of the cast gave them an advantage, as the opposing player had to change their tactics in order to be able to hit them.

Yoda was one of the guest characters in Soul Calibur IV and he had the same benefits as Gon and Oddjob, as his small size and speed made him a nightmare to fight against, even when the other character used large sweeping weapons, like Siegfried.

18 Yoda Wasn't Always A CGI Model In Episode I/V

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Yoda was initially created using a puppet, which was replaced with a CGI character starting with Attack of the Clones in order to facilitate Yoda's new role as an action hero, where he gets into lightsaber battles with Sith Lords.

Yoda was actually played by physical actors in costumes on a few occasions where it was easier than using puppets or CGI. Deep Roy played the body of Yoda for several walking scenes in The Empire Strikes Back, while Warwick Davis did the same thing in The Phantom Menace.  

17 Yoda's Face Was Partly Based On Albert Einstein

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Yoda was created by a Stuart Freeborn, a British makeup artist and creator of puppets for use in motion pictures. Freeborn passed away at the age of ninety-eight in 2013, with Yoda still considered to be the pinnacle of his work.

Along with working on the Star Wars movies, Freeborn worked on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Omen, and the Superman series.

When Stuart Freeborn created Yoda, he designed the face using elements of Albert Einstein, as well as his own. These similar elements can be most clearly seen in Yoda's nose and thinning grey hair, which closely resembles those of Einstein.

16 A Linguistics Professor Discovered That Yoda's Accent Is Hawaiian

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Yoda has a unique speech pattern that involves him mixing up words in a sentence, the manner of which hasn't always been consistent.

The origin of Yoda's speech pattern has been uncovered by David Ager, who is a professor from the Queen Mary University of London.

David Ager has analyzed Yoda's speech pattern and has discovered that it most closely matches a native of Hawaii. This is despite the fact that Star Wars takes place "A long long time ago" which presumably means that Yoda existed before Hawaii.

15 You Can Pay To Use Yoda's Voice For Your SatNav

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The Star Wars universe seems to be a bit inconsistent on how maps work, as it's easy for small vessels to find their way to obscure planets in distant systems, while it's also easy for an individual to completely delete parts of maps so that no one can find a specific location.

Luckily for those of us on Earth, you can use a GPS device to find most locations with ease, and you can also be guided on your journey by Yoda.

You can purchase a Yoda voice pack for your TomTom GPS device as part of a Star Wars promotional event that was held years ago. You can also purchase voice packs for Darth Vader or C-3PO.

14 Yoda's Homeworld & Species Were A Mystery By Mandate

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There are contradictory reports of George Lucas' level of involvement with the Expanded Universe - there are some who say that he didn't care about anything that bore the Star Wars license while others say he was very hands-on with all Star Wars related material.

One of the examples of the latter involves a mandate concerning Yoda's backstory, as George Lucas forbade any writer from exploring the history of Yoda or his species to the point where we still don't know what they are called or where their homeworld is.

With Disney in control of the Star Wars licsense, it's now possible for Yoda's race to be explored in detail, though no one has done so as of the time of writing.

13 We Were Given A Glimpse Of Dark Side Yoda

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The temptation to turn to the dark side of the Force is always present to a Jedi. All it takes is a moment of anger or desire to shatter years worth of training, as the dark side can give you what you want... for a price.

Yoda managed to live for over nine-hundred years without succumbing to the dark side of the Force, but we were still given a glimpse of a Sith version of Yoda in an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

In "Destiny", Yoda faces an illusion of his own dark side self, which starts to overpower him. Yoda keeps rejecting his dark self, which only makes it stronger.

It's only when Yoda accepts that he has a dark side that he starts to gain the upper hand and defeat his opponent.

12 There Is Contradictory Information Over Yoda's Exile

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The Star Wars Expanded Universe (now known as the Legends line) detailed the events that took place before A New Hope before The Phantom Menace was released. This meant that a lot of the information revealed in those books was contradicted by new facts that were in the prequel movies.

The novel called Before the Storm was one such novel that was contradicted by the films, as it claimed that Yoda had been in exile on Dagobah for centuries, even though the prequel films revealed that he traveled to Dagobah shortly after the birth of Leia and Luke.

11 Yoda Was Blue In The Empire Strikes Back Comic Series

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The comic book adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back that was produced by Marvel had to go on concept art and scripts in order for it to be finished in time for when the movie hit theaters.

The design for Yoda that was seen in The Empire Strikes Back comic book series was based on an earlier piece of concept art for the character, which had blue skin.

The later prints of the comic that were released after The Empire Strikes Back had come out were redrawn so that Yoda looked more like the final version of the character.

10 One Of The Star Wars DVD Extras Shows Yoda Breakdancing

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Those of you who own the DVD of Revenge of the Sith can access a secret video which shows Yoda breakdancing to the song "Don't Say Nuthin" by The Roots in front of a group of clone troopers.

In order to access this video, you need to go to the Options menu and type in the numbers 1, 1, 3, and 8, which is a reference to the George Lucas movie THX 1138. 

The idea for this scene came about when one of the animators on the film visited a hip hop dance class and saw their routine for the "Don't Say Nuthin" song, which inspired him to create the video as a secret project while Revenge of the Sith was being produced.

9 Yoda Has Had An Inconsistent Number Of Toes

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One aspect of Yoda's physiology that has been inconsistent throughout the Star Wars franchise is the number of toes he possesses on his feet.

In The Phantom Menace, the puppets for Yoda and Yaddle have three toes on their feet, which was a design that was later reused in The Clone Wars movie.

The other versions of Yoda that have appeared have shown him with four toes, though it isn't always easy to see them, due to the fact that he wears long robes and his feet are usually only visible when he moves at top speeds.

The various action figures of Yoda that have been made over the years have also given him various numbers of toes.

8 Yoda Uses An Edible Walking Stick

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Yoda was often seen using a walking stick in order to aid his mobility, due to his advanced age. Yoda would also use a floating chair during the prequel era for the same reason.

Yoda could boost his physical strength using the Force, but there were limitations for how long he could do this, which meant that he still needed the stick.

Yoda's walking stick served another purpose, as it was made from a Gimer bush and was edible. This meant that Yoda's walking stick also served as a lunchbox that provided him with a snack on the go.

7 Yoda's Favorite Stew Was Turned Into A Real Dish

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There are a surprising number of cookbooks that are filled with recipes based on fictional series, such as Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, True Blood, and even the WWE.

Those of you who are hungry for a Jedi meal can purchase The Star Wars Cook Book: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipesbut there is a Yoda meal that was created when The Empire Strikes Back was still new.

Craig Claiborne, a renowned chef & food critic was hired to create a real recipe for the rootleaf stew that Yoda eats on Dagobah. The recipe can still be found online for those who are hungry for the taste of swamp food.

6 Yoda Was Still Learning New Force Powers During The Phantom Menace Era

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The Last Jedi proved that there are still secrets of the Force that neither the Jedi nor the Sith was aware of.

The Jedi were still learning new secrets about the Force during the prequel era, which was the focus of a storyline in Marvel's Star Wars comic book series, called "Yoda's Secret War".

In "Yoda's Secret War", he travels to a mysterious planet filled with children who possess knowledge of something called Stonepower, which Yoda realizes is a new aspect of the Force that he was unaware of. Yoda must become a student once more in order to understand this new Force power.

5 The Home Releases Of The Phantom Menace Replaced Yoda With CGI

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One of the complaints about the prequel trilogy was the abundance of CGI that appeared in almost every scene. These effects already look dated and they made it more difficult for actors to perform, as almost every scene was shot in front of a green screen.

The version of Yoda that appeared in the theatrical version of The Phantom Menace was created using the same kind of special effects that were used in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, with Yoda being represented by a puppet.

When The Phantom Menace was released on home media, the creators replaced Yoda with a CGI model, in order to keep his appearance consistent with the later films in the prequel trilogy.

4 Yoda Was Once Voiced By John Lithgow

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Yoda has been voiced by Frank Oz throughout most of his appearances, to the point where it has become Oz's most famous role.

There was a radio adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back that Frank Oz neglected to participate in, which meant that another actor needed to be brought in to voice Yoda. The rest of the cast was a mixture of actors from the film (including Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams) and new actors brought in to voice classic characters.

The actor chosen to voice Yoda was John Lithgow, who discussed the Yoda role during an interview on The Graham Norton Show. 

3 Yoda Would Become Stronger Than Palpatine If He Turned To The Dark Side

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Darth Sidious brought the galaxy to heel through years of manipulation and plotting to bring down the Jedi Order from the shadows.

We were given the chance to see Darth Sidious fight Yoda in Revenge of the Sith, which ended with Yoda being forced to flee.

The novel called Yoda: Dark Rendezvous revealed that Yoda had the potential to become stronger than Darth Sidious if he chose to embrace the dark side of the Force. A theoretical "Darth Yoda" would be even more skilled in the dark side than Darth Sidious.

2 Yoda Hid On Dagobah As The Planet Masked His Presence

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At the end of Revenge of the Sith, the only known surviving Jedi Knights were Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, though other forms of Star Wars media revealed that many other Jedi fled from the purge and survived in secret.

Yoda chose to reside on the planet Dagobah, which was a world filled with jungles and swamps.

The reason Yoda chose to hide on Dagobah was actually due to the planet's strong connection to the dark side of the Force, which he used to his advantage, as it masked his presence from other Force-users. This meant that Darth Sidious and Darth Vader could not track Yoda down using the Force.

1 Yoda Was The Size Of A Fairy In The Star Wars Comics Produced By Marvel

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The comic book adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back that was created by Marvel Comics included a blue Yoda, but that was the least of the issues with the series.

The main problem with the version of Yoda that appears in The Empire Strikes Back comic book is that they could never keep his size straight. In some of the scenes, Yoda appears to be the same size as he is in the movies, while in others, he shrinks down to the size of a fairy.

The fact that Yoda can use a mushroom as a chair should tell you how much they screwed up his design in the comics.

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