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Who is Baby Yoda? The Mandalorian’s breakout character explained

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Nov. 22 update (and spoiler warning) This article goes through the goings on in the first three episodes of the Disney Plus show The Mandalorian — and potential spoilers based on easter eggs at Disney parks and the show itself. You've been warned.

After 3 episodes of The Mandalorian, we know two things for sure: the titular character is kinda boring and his co-star steals the entire show. That co-star, known as The Child, appears to be a baby version of Yoda, the Jedi master who played a pivotal role throughout the Star Wars Skywalker Saga. And he might finally be making his co-star more interesting.

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So, with no more further ado, let's go over what we know (and what we want to know) about The Child (aka Baby Yoda). 

Who is Baby Yoda?

The identity of The Child, which The Mandalorian co-star Werner Herzog called "heartbreakingly beautiful," is masked in secrecy. What we know, based on episodes 1 and 2, is that baby Yoda is 50 years old and indeed has force powers, as he saved The Mandalorian from a dangerous Mudhorn. 

Meet Baby Yoda ... or as The Mandalorian calls it, The Child

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Show-runner Jon Favreau hinted at a grand scale of importance for the character: "As fun as it is to reveal new characters and surprise them, it also fits into a larger narrative about what’s going on in the galaxy after the revolution. This is an important character."

That quote is backed up by a sighting at the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attraction from Disney Land's Hollywood Studios park in Orlando. Newsweek found a Reddit post that suggests that The Mandalorian's armor will one day gain iconography related to The Child, which sounds like this season will revolve around a bounty hunter with a heart of Beskarian steel who decides to care about this baby Yoda.

At one point in episode 3, The Mandalorian debates about the sigil that should go on his armor, and declines to take the original offer, which reflects the above possibility. 

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Is there a Baby Yoda toy?

Not yet, but don't worry, you'll be able to buy Baby Yoda merchandise for you or your young padawans soon. CNBC reports that toys, including plushes, will go on pre-sale in the coming weeks. Retailers selling Baby Yoda apparel and accessories will hit the likes of Amazon, Kohl’s, Target and Zazzle as early as today (Friday, Nov. 22). 

For now, the best we've found is this Yoda plush, which looks like Baby Yoda, but is just an adorable small Yoda. 

What species is Baby Yoda?

Meet Baby Yoda ... or as The Mandalorian calls it, The Child

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Shockingly, we've never learned the name of Yoda's species. In Wookieepedia, his species is actually referred to as "Yoda's species."

Well, that's both possible and likely, as we've only ever seen two other members of this alien species: Yoda and Yaddle (who appeared in Episode I – The Phantom Menace). How they're related is still a mystery, but there is a fan theory backed by some easter eggs.

Meet Baby Yoda ... or as The Mandalorian calls it, The Child

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Via Screenrant, we've realized that Herzog's character, The Client — who gave The Mandalorian the mission to procure The Child —  is working with a Kaminoan doctor named Dr. Pershing (Omid Abtahi). Kaminoans are known for their cloning technology that led to the clone troopers we first learned about in Episode II - Attack of the Clones. 

The doctor's insistence that The Child is returned to them safe and unharmed gives fuel to those fans who believe this 'baby Yoda' is a clone of the Jedi Master who trained Luke.