When Disney Plus launched on November 12, new subscribers eager to jam The Mandaclorian into their eyeholes were likely shocked to discover just a single episode waiting for them. Rather than dump the full season all at once, Disney decided to eschew the Netflix release model for its shiny new Star Wars TV series in favor of a weekly schedule. While some fans were sorely disappointed by this decision, it’s arguably been a brilliant move on Disney’s part. Weekly episode releases have allowed The Mandalorian to stake a dominant foothold in the pop culture zeitgeist from moment one. But as effortlessly cool as Pedro Pascal is in the title role, we all know the biggest Mandalorian talking point comes down to two words: Baby Yoda.
Yes, the adorable, mysterious, all-too-precious unnamed green alien is the beating heart of The Mandalorian and no one can get enough of him, judging by the sheer avalanche of Baby Yoda memes out there (not to mention all the merch being rushed to market in time for the holidays). But the fact we’ve all accepted the unofficial name of Baby Yoda only highlights how little we know about this character. We know they’re a member of Jedi Master Yoda’s species, but even this isn’t much to go on given that this species has never been given an official name! However, we do know a few things about them. If you’re currently infected with Baby Yoda fever, you’ll want to know the following 10 facts about their species.
10. Only 3 Exist In Canon
One of the reasons people freaked out when The Mandalorian introduced Baby Yoda (besides it being achingly adorable, of course) is because these creatures are exceedingly rare in the Star Wars universe. While it’s true we’ve encountered several of Yoda’s species in different media over the years, including the Extended Universe and the Knights of the Old Republic video game, most of that material is no longer considered canon.
Officially, there are only three members of this mysterious species across Star Wars canon: Yoda, Baby Yoda, and Yaddle. Speaking of Yaddle, whatever happened to her? Believe it or not, you’re not the only one asking that question.