What’s not to love about Star Wars? Whether it’s the visceral lightsaber battles, the breathtaking ship fights in outer space, or the spellbinding plot and lore that underpin it, the sci-fi franchise has captivated audiences young and old for decades now. Despite how bad the prequels were (and they were really bad), its story of good vs. evil is something which has managed to endure even through the difficult times in the series’ history.
It’s a tale as old as time itself, and it’s expertly pulled off in the original trilogy; A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Those three movies will forever stand the test of time due to their unparalleled storytelling and aesthetic beauty – not to mention some of the best characters to ever grace the big screen. They contain a real sense of wonderment – something which the latest installments have tried to emulate with much better results than the failed prequels.
However, despite everything the franchise has done right over the years, there still lies some unexplained threads relating to its plot and characters. One of those characters is none other than Yoda. Yes, he may be the wisest of Jedi, but we’re sure even he can’t get his head around some of the discrepancies and mistakes that have plagued fans for years concerning him.
From suddenly growing more toes, to inexplicably being the only Jedi to sense Order 66, there’s no shortage of Yoda-related things that don’t quite add up. So without further ado, here are 20 things about Yoda that make no sense. Sorry Yoda: not even the Force can help you figure out these nonsensical mysteries.
20 Did He Train Obi-Wan Or Not?
We’re kicking off our list with one that has been fiercely debated among Star Wars fans for years: Obi-Wan’s real master. In The Empire Strikes Back, Obi-Wan asserts that he was trained by Yoda, but how could this be right? We know that in The Phantom Menace it’s Qui-Gon who takes Obi-Wan under his wing, so why does he declare it? Well, many believe that after Qui-Gon passed, Obi-Wan for all intents and purposes learned a lot under the tutelage of Yoda – thus giving some credence to Obi-Wan’s surprising revelation in The Empire Strikes Back. Still, you can only come to that conclusion by doing some speculating yourself, meaning that this discrepancy in Yoda’s past is still very much up in the air. So yeah, this is definitely something about Yoda that doesn’t completely make sense.
19 Counting Toes
Of all the physical attributes that don’t make sense about Yoda, few are as nonsensical as his toes. Yep, you wouldn’t think such a continuity error would exist in the franchise, but we’re here to tell you why this one certainly does. Because if you look at his toes in The Phantom Menace, you’ll see that there are six of them. However, fast forward to the movies that take place later on in the Star Wars timeline, and you’ll find that he now has eight.
Of course, the more apologetic fans will state that he simply grew them, however, we’re not buying it. Surely, the rest of his body would have grown in places too, making us think that this is an overlooked mistake rather than an intentional foreshadowing.
18 Scarpering From Emperor Palpatine
Let’s be honest, the best thing about the Star Wars prequels was the demonic performance by Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine. The theatrical performer injected some real darkness into the character, expertly portraying the evil villain as the all-powerful entity that he was in the story. However, it wasn’t his fault that the plot took a rather silly turn in Revenge of the Sith when Palpatine came face-to-face with Yoda in a highly anticipated moment in the movie series.
Sadly, it didn’t quite live up to expectations, particularly since master Jedi Yoda turned tail and ran.
Yes, he makes no effort to stop Palpatine from escaping following their big lightsaber battle. Surely Yoda should’ve put his life on the line considering how big of a threat the Emperor is to the galaxy? It was a cowardly move not befitting of the character’s typical behavior.
17 Hardly The Most Responsible 900-Year-Old In The Galaxy
We shouldn’t even have to say this, but it stands to sense that you should never let children play around with anything that could be a danger to their health or their safety. Weirdly, though, Yoda appears to have a much different protocol when it comes to looking after kids. Yes, he’s 900 years old, so you’d think he’d have a little more sense than to let “younglings” mess around with lightsabers. Sadly, in Attack of the Clones, he lets them wield the weapons like it was no big deal. The scene in the movie depicts Yoda teaching ten aspiring Jedi how to deflect blaster bullets with a lightsaber – despite the fact that they appear to be about ten years old. What’s more, he’s the head of the Jedi Council so you’d think he’d be a little more responsible than that. Tut, tut!
16 Do You Really Think ‘Warrior’ When You Think Of Yoda?
A neat little piece of trivia for you here: Yoda is actually Sanskrit for warrior. Yes, that’s right. It’s, in fact, based on the Sanskrit word Yodha, which translates to warrior. Sanskrit is the ancient language of Hinduism and is also commonly used in Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. The complex language is commonly cited as the oldest one in known history – so yeah, it’s a big deal.
But just why was the little green guy bestowed such an aggressive title?
Sure he’s a Jedi Master, but Yoda was mostly about bringing peace to the galaxy. Fighting was always seen as a last resort to him, so the word ‘warrior’ isn’t exactly the best description of the beloved character. Peace and love, man, peace and love!
15 Not As High A Caliber As Normal
Video game fans will probably know this better than Star Wars fans but Yoda actually appeared in a non-Star Wars related game in 2008. Yes, it was the 2008 beat ’em up Soulcalibur 4 – the fourth installment in the stunning long-running fighting series. Despite it being stunning, though, its inclusion of two Star Wars mainstays felt rather out of place. The game featured Yoda on the Xbox 360 version, and Darth Vader on the PS3 iteration. What’s more, Yoda’s lightsaber wouldn’t cut through his opponents’ weapons like it should. Somehow, they remained intact much to the despair of fans of both brands. And just why would Yoda end up in the world of Soulcalibur? It just doesn’t really make sense. Ah well, it could’ve been worse, it could’ve been General Grievous. Yikes!
14 No Assistance Needed
Maybe I’m pointing out the obvious here, but let’s face it – the fact that Yoda can run and flip around at will kind of negates the need for a walking stick. Plus, what living creature would be able to perform such amazing feats at his age?
The answer is none, yet, we’re led to believe it’s possible for Yoda.
Of course, those irked by that kind of criticism will simply say that he uses the Force to manipulate himself to where he needs to go. However, the problem with that is that it’s never exactly explained just why he’s able to defy gravity in such superhuman ways. Some might say it’s nitpicking, but it’s worth flagging up nonetheless. In other words: this Yoda trait doesn’t quite make sense.
13 Timeless Training Sessions
It feels like an eternity has gone by when Luke first lands on Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back. There, he’s greeted by Yoda who takes him under his wing, training Skywalker for the hard road ahead. However, at the same time, there’s also a chase around the galaxy occurring between Vader and the Millennium Falcon. But just how would it be possible for the two timelines to correspond with one another? Surely, the slow, deliberate training regimen that Luke undergoes would take much longer than Han Solo’s race in outer space. However, we’re led to believe that both events were taking place simultaneously. Of course, when Solo and the crew arrive in Bespin, Luke’s rigorous training and spiritual enlightenment have finished, leaving us to wonder exactly how the two separate events were ever meant to match up correctly in the first place.
12 Bad First Impressions
Speaking of Luke and Yoda’s time on Dagobah, have you ever wondered just why the latter is so irritating upon first meeting Luke? So have we. From all other examples of the tiny green master, he comes across as wise, compassionate, and thoughtful. However, he’s anything but that when we first see him in The Empire Strikes Back. He thieves food from Luke’s backpack, smacks R2-D2 around, and tosses the valuable supply crate in the swamp.
All in all, he comes across as a real jerk!
Of course, it could be argued that he was trying to test Luke’s character and perseverance, but surely there were better ways to go about it. Luke came to be trained by a Jedi Master, not put up with going hungry and having his companion pummeled!
11 Decisions, Decisions...
Yoda definitely had a special bond with Chewbacca and the rest of the wookies as the Clone Wars came to an end. In fact, Yoda and his furry pals went out to Kashyyyk to liberate the planet in Revenge of the Sith, and after the dreaded Order 66 was given, they even protected Yoda from being eliminated. However, despite the help that Chewy and the wookies provided, Yoda didn’t hang around once the tumultuous event had passed. No, he actually just got up and left in a pod on his own – ultimately leaving his helpful friends behind on Kashyyyk. In hindsight, it was a bad move, as the Empire ended up enslaving the wookies. But don’t worry Yoda, at least you got away safe and sound…
10 His Jedi Senses Are Tingling
Speaking of the infamous Order 66, Yoda and the rest of the Jedi found themselves in a real mess when the order was given. However, why is it that only Yoda can sense it? Surely, all Jedi should have the ability to feel a disturbance in the force, yet, he’s the only one of them that can see it coming. Of course, it’s Yoda so he’s obviously more gifted than the rest, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that this discrepancy doesn’t quite make sense.
The whole sequence is rather ham-fisted
However, the explanation for Yoda being the only one able to sense the wipe-out of his fellow Jedi has to be the most overlooked element of it. Of course, thanks to this foresight, Yoda is able to get himself out of harm’s way. Nice for some!
9 You CAN Teach An Old Dog New Tricks
So, we know that Qui-Gon taught Yoda many things when he was alive, and clearly, that included the ability to meditate and live on in the afterlife as a blue ghost. However, when we see Qui-Gon in The Phantom Menace, he doesn’t seem like the type of person who would know more than Yoda. Clearly, he passed on the technique of immortality to Yoda (as blue ghost Yoda can be seen in The Last Jedi), but you’d think the all-seeing and all-knowing Yoda would be privy to such an advancement already. Yoda may be known as the wisest of Jedi, but there’s certainly something to be said for Qui-Gon too. It’s just a shame he wasn’t given a more coherent role in the forgettable prequel.
8 A Teacher Like No Other
Given that he was able to sense so many things throughout his existence, it’s rather silly that Yoda couldn’t foresee his last Padawan turning to the dark side. Yes, Yoda trained Count Dooku when Dooku was younger, but he ended up turning his back on his former master after becoming disillusioned with the Jedi Council. Yoda could sense Order 66, but he couldn’t predict that Dooku would use his force for evil?
Yeah, we’re not buying it.
As an extra nonsensical piece of trivia, Yoda also apparently taught 20,000 Jedi in his lifetime. Umm, yeah, we’re not buying that one either! We’re starting to notice a trend here: when danger comes Yoda’s way, he always seems to know about it well in advance. Selfish much?
7 Age Is Just A Number
Yoda’s iconic speech pattern has become the stuff of legend over the years, with imitations galore typically ensuing at the mere mention of the little green fellow. In fact, it’s very similar to the same pattern that children use, first citing the object, then the subject, and finally the verb. However, Yoda is 900 years old, so why does he speak like a child? Surely, he should’ve passed this evolutionary phase long before he even hit triple digits. Of course, the answer Star Wars fans will give you is that it’s simply the speech pattern that his species utilize, but that’s a bit of a cop out in our estimation. Come on Yoda, you’re 900 and you’re talking like a kid. Make sense it doesn’t!
6 The Curious Case Of Yaddle
Ever wondered who that peculiar looking person is in the Jedi Council, as seen in The Phantom Menace? Well, you’ll have to keep on wondering because she’s never explained. Obviously, she’s of the same species as Yoda, but very little else beyond that is known about her. What we do know is that her name is Yaddle, and… actually, that’s it!
Fast forward to Attack of the Clones, and Yaddle is never seen again.
What’s more, she’s shown so briefly in the first prequel and she says absolutely nothing, that it’s hard to decipher much about her. Is she related to Yoda? Is she a prominent member of the council? Who knows! Care to explain Mr. Lucas? Or do you just want to keep us in suspense?
5 Will The Real Yoda Please Stand Up?
When it comes to Yoda, there’s a certain mystique surrounding him. However, all of that went out the window when fans found a rather laughable Easter egg on the DVD for Revenge of the Sith. Much to the chagrin of practically every sane person, an animated video will pop up of Yoda rapping. Yes, just enter the number 1138 on the remote over the THX logo, and you’ll encounter this rather silly DVD extra. What’s more, he raps along to The Roots’ “Don’t Say Nuthin,” with some break-dancing thrown in for good measure. Sure it’s a humorous little skit, but it also strips away some of the aura from this very multi-faceted character. What’s next? C-3PO dancing to “Hotline Bling” by Drake? We certainly hope not!
4 Bizarre Choice Of Fighting Gear
It’s almost an unwritten rule in the Star Wars universe that Jedi don’t wear their robes during battle, however, Yoda is weirdly the exception to the rule. In the rare instances that we do see him in a lightsaber fight, he still adorns his robe like normal. In fact, the only time we see him robe-less is during his encounter with the Emperor in Revenge of the Sith – something which many fans believe symbolizes the passing of the Jedi.
But why does Yoda wear it and the other Jedi don’t?
Is the fact that he’s wearing it in the first place supposed to mean something? Once again, it’s a mystery, but for the meantime, file this one under another thing that doesn’t make sense about Yoda!
3 Identity Crisis
Here’s one question that will stump even the most hardcore fans of the franchise: what species is Yoda? Yes, for some reason, his species is never revealed – leaving many to ponder for decades over what it could actually be. Honestly, to not even know the name of his species is ludicrous. It’s clear that he is from a distinct breed of others like him, as we’ve already discussed the appearance of Yaddle, but what exactly is it? Of course, part of the intrigue lies in the fact that most other types of creatures and monsters in the franchise have an extensive origins story (even the awful Jar Jar Binks), but why not Yoda? He’s one of the most important characters in the whole Star Wars universe!
2 The Name Game
Thought not knowing the name of Yoda’s species was bad? How about not even knowing his first name. That’s right. His first name is never actually said, and George Lucas hasn’t been forthright with putting it to rest either.
In fact, he’s not even privy to it, so what chance do we have?
He’s commonly referred to as Master Yoda, and it’s known that he does have a first name, but we’ve been left out of the loop on what it actually is. It’s incredible to think that we don’t even know the full name of such an iconic character, but if you’ve read the rest of our list, you’ll already know that there’s a lot of things concerning Yoda that don’t quite add up – and here’s the biggest discrepancy of the lot…
1 Bad Timing
Yes, taking the number 1 spot is Yoda’s cruel way of telling Luke that he’s not the only Skywalker – that there was another. Bewilderingly, Yoda waits until he’s passing on to break the news to Luke, which is hardly the best time to drop such a bombshell. Why didn’t he say something sooner!? Even more irritating is the fact that it would’ve saved a lot of painstaking hassle for all parties involved, with several obstacles in Luke’s way before he finally met with Yoda. Of course, it’s revealed that Princess Leia is Luke’s sister, but this could’ve been explained to Luke much sooner than it was. Plus, much of what led Luke to Yoda was coincidental, so what would’ve happened had those coincidences not taken place? So many questions, so little sense.