Baby Yoda, or The Child’s recent shenanigans in The Mandalorian reveals his innate instincts. Here’s what it unveils about Yoda’s species.
With the return of The Mandalorian on Disney+, audiences were treated to more mischievous shenanigans of Baby Yoda, or The Child, especially in the recently-released season 2 episode “The Passenger.” And while the egg-eating habit that stole Frog Lady’s potential children caused controversy, The Child’s instincts actually reveal some interesting things about his species. As such, it opens up the conversation on both Grandmaster Yoda and Yaddle, whose origins have long been shrouded in mystery.
The Child’s homeworld is unknown as of yet, however, it has been established throughout the Star Wars canon that the few known members of the species are Force-sensitive, which is also true in the case of The Child. Born around 41 BBY, The Child was held at an encampment run by Nikto mercenaries on Arvala-7, a barren desert planet. Due to the fact that various factions throughout the galaxy sought The Child, it is safe to say that he is valuable, most likely due to his naturally long lifespan and Force-sensitive nature.
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Crucially, given the mysteries surrounding his species, if you trace the instincts of The Child from the beginning of his relationship with Djin Djarin (Pedro Pascal), it is possible to glean certain traits that are inherent to its species. That, in turn, can offer some insight into how much Yoda’s dedication to the ways of the Jedi might have changed his nature.
While every member of a species is bound to possess distinct character traits, Jedi Master Yaddle is known for her kindness and patience, along with her exceptionally deadly Force powers, which might be indicative of the species’ key traits. The Child clearly has Force powers, and the ability to control them with such assurance without any indication of training (not only in the absence but in the logical inconsistency) suggests a predisposition to being Force-sensitive. Also, as some indication of Baby Yoda’s urge to care, after Djarin was injured in episode 2 of season 1 of The Mandalorian, The Child instinctively attempts to heal his wounds. His links to Yaddle’s good nature is further displayed when he uses telekinesis on a mudhorn to save Djarin and also when he heals Greef Karga when he sustains a poisonous injury.
As Season 2 of The Mandalorian will zero in on finding a home for The Child, Djarin is expected to get in touch with the Jedi, who might be able to shed light on this enigmatic species. That’s assuming he won’t reveal more himself. As The Child grows, he is able to make longer strings of cooing sounds and noises and has displayed the ability to hunt for food when hungry. That already suggests he is changing already and is less entirely dependent on his handler, plus there’s some indication of what he and his species eat. In “The Passenger”, The Child displays a preference for eating frog eggs, which reveals that at least some belonging to his species are omnivores. While The Child loves devouring frogs, he can also intuitively sniff out food nearby, as shown when he also eats the living contents of a spider egg on the ice planet.
While audiences have not witnessed malice in The Child’s behavior so far, it is important to note that he is capable of using the Force on those he deems a threat to Djarin, as seen when The Child force chokes Cara Dune (Gina Carano), when he misinterprets the duo arm wrestling as a sign of a fight or a struggle. The Child’s attachment to Djarin might suggest that he views him as a surrogate father figure and looks to him for comfort, much like when an infant rushes to its parent for protection when scared or distressed. The Child is also curious by nature, as seen in his urge to touch the controls of the Razor Crest – a trait that eventually leads to an emotionally powerful moment in Season 1 – Mando gives The Child a knob from one of his control sticks to play with, in an attempt to comfort him.
Apart from revealing that he has a seemingly insatiable appetite for frog eggs in Chapter 10 of The Mandalorian, The Child is also seen to eye a large piece of krayt dragon meat in “The Marshal”, which indicates that he might have a preference for consuming reptiles or amphibians, although he does consume an arachnid when hungry. “The Passenger” also indicates that The Child is cold when on the ice planet, as he is seen snuggling for warmth at one point, which might be because Yoda’s species is warm-blooded by nature. That would suggest a warm planet is their home, which fits with the knowledge that Dagobah’s two seasons are both characterized by either intense, inhospitable heat or humidity. As for more details about The Child’s species, one has to wait and watch the narrative of The Mandalorian unfold.
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