Yoda is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, who appears in all of the franchise's films except for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Frank Oz provided Yoda's voice in each film and lent his skills as a puppeteer in the original trilogy and The Phantom Menace. For the radio dramatizations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Yoda was voiced by John Lithgow, while Tom Kane voiced him in the Clone Wars animated series and several video games. In the Japanese dub of the franchise, he is voiced by Ichiro Nagai. In Empire Strikes Backyard and Emperor's New Clones Yoda is played by Darren Scales.
Yoda first appears in the saga in The Empire Strikes Back as a Jedi Master, and trains Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Jedi. In the prequel trilogy, he serves as Grand Master of the Jedi Order. Additional fiction in the Expanded Universe fills in more details of his life.
The Phantom MenaceEdit
In the films' timeline, Yoda first appears in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. In that film, Qui-Gon brings the young Anakin Skywalker to the Jedi Council, claiming that the boy is the "Chosen One" who will bring balance to the Force, and requests to train him once Obi-Wan has completed the trials necessary to become a Jedi Knight. Yoda senses great fear in the boy, and tells him "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." Yoda plays a key role in that body's initial decision to deny the request; he believes that Anakin is clearly affected by his years as a slave, and that he still clings too tightly to the memory of his mother to be trained safely. Yoda thinks Anakin's future is clouded.
After Qui-Gon's death at the hands of Darth Maul, however, the Jedi Council rescinds their previous decision, despite Yoda's misgivings.
Attack of the ClonesEdit
Yoda's lightsaber duel against Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones.In Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones, set 10 years later, Yoda is one of the many Jedi who are concerned about the emergence of the Separatists. After the second attempted assassination of Senator Amidala, Yoda orders that she be put under the protection of Obi-Wan's apprentice Anakin.
Yoda leads an army of Jedi and clone troopers in the film's climactic battle scene. He helps rescue Obi-Wan, Anakin and Padmé Amidala from execution at the hands of the Separatists, a group of systems rebelling against the Republic. At the climax of the battle, Yoda duels with Separatist leader and Sith Lord Count Dooku, who was once his Jedi apprentice. This confrontation ends with Dooku making his escape by threatening Yoda's injured comrades, Anakin and Obi-Wan. Although seemingly frail, the ancient Yoda demonstrates agility and mastery of lightsaber combat and acrobatics through the Force.
Revenge Of The SithEdit
In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, Yoda leads the Jedi Council in seeking out the mysterious Sith Lord Darth Sidious. Yoda uses his sensitivity and power with the Force to discover the Sith Lord's identity, ultimately concluding that Sidious is someone within Palpatine's inner circle. Palpatine himself sidetracks the mission, however; by now, the Chancellor has amassed near-dictatorial powers, and begins interfering in Jedi affairs. He appoints Anakin as his personal representative on the Council, which would effectively grant the Jedi Knight the rank of Jedi Master. The Council grants Anakin a Council seat, but denies Anakin the rank of Master, feeling that doing so would amount to giving Palpatine a vote in the Council. Embittered by the perceived snub, Anakin begins to lose faith in the Jedi.
Earlier, Anakin seeks Yoda's counsel about his prophetic visions that someone close to him will die (he does not identify the person as Padmé, his secret wife and pregnant with his child, as emotional attachments are a violation of the Jedi Code). Yoda, unaware of the intensity of Anakin's love for Padmé, tells him to "Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose." Unsatisfied, Anakin instead turns to Palpatine, who reveals himself as Darth Sidious, and manipulates the young Jedi into becoming his Sith apprentice — Darth Vader — with the promise that he can save his wife by embracing the dark side.
Palpatine later proclaims himself Emperor of the Galaxy and orders the clone troopers to kill their Jedi generals. At this time, Yoda is on Kashyyyk, overseeing the battle between the Separatist forces and a combined command of clone troopers and Wookiees. Through the Force, he feels the deaths of each of the Jedi as they are slain by the very troops they commanded. He senses a couple of clone troopers creeping up to blast him from behind, and swiftly kills them with his lightsaber. He escapes with the help of Wookiee leaders Tarfful and Chewbacca, and returns to Coruscant, where he and Obi-Wan fight their way into the Jedi Temple to stop a trap for any surviving Jedi. Inside, they discover that every Jedi inside, younglings included, has been slaughtered. They then discover a holographic recording revealing Anakin as the assassin. Yoda decides to face Palpatine, sending Obi-Wan to kill his former Padawan. Obi-Wan tells Yoda he cannot kill Anakin, asking instead to go after Palpatine. However, Yoda insists, saying, "To fight this Lord Sidious, strong enough you are not." He also tells Obi-Wan that the Anakin he knew no longer exists, having been "consumed by Darth Vader."
Subsequently, Yoda battles Palpatine in a titanic lightsaber duel that wrecks the Senate House. The fight ends in stalemate, in which Yoda loses his lightsaber and the Jedi Master is forced to retreat and go into exile so that he may hide from the Empire and wait for another opportunity to destroy the Sith.
At the end, it is revealed that Yoda has been in contact with Qui-Gon's spirit. Although this is given little attention in the film, the novelization reveals that Yoda actually becomes Padawan to the deceased Jedi Master's Force ghost, learning the secret of immortality from him and passing it on to Obi-Wan.
Yoda is also instrumental in deciding the fate of the Skywalker children after Padmé dies in childbirth, recommending that Luke and Leia be hidden from Darth Vader and Palpatine in remote locations. Other than the ancient Jedi Master, only the Organas, the Larses, and Obi-Wan know of their placement.
The Empire Strikes BackEdit
In Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, set 22 years after Revenge of the Sith, Luke Skywalker arrives on Dagobah to seek Yoda's guidance. This happens after Luke is instructed to do so, by the Force-ghost of Obi-Wan.
Rather than immediately identify himself, Yoda tests Luke by initially presenting himself as a comical, backwater individual, deliberately provoking both Luke and R2-D2. Finding that Luke exhibits many of the flaws that led to his father's downfall, Yoda is reluctant to teach him in the ways of the Force, but agrees to do so at the spectral Obi-Wan's behest. Prior to finishing his training, however, Luke chooses to leave Dagobah in order to confront Darth Vader and save his friends from the Empire's grasp at Bespin. Yoda and Obi-Wan insist to Luke that he is being lured into a trap, and that he must stay to complete his training. Luke refuses to forsake his friends, but gives Yoda his promise to return. As Luke departs, Obi-Wan laments that the boy is their "last hope," but Yoda reminds him that "there is another."
Return Of The JediEdit
Yoda's final chronological appearance is in Star Wars: Episode VI Return Of The Jedi, set a year later. Yoda, sick and greatly weakened by old age, informs Luke that he has completed his training but will not be a Jedi until he confronts Darth Vader; he also confirms that Vader is Luke's father, which the Sith Lord had told a shocked Luke in the previous film. Yoda then dies at the age of 900 and becomes "one with the Force" (his body disappears). He leaves Luke with the knowledge that "there is another Skywalker." Moments later, Obi-Wan's Force ghost helps Luke come to the realization that the sibling Yoda spoke of is none other than Leia. Eventually, Luke manages to defeat Vader in a lightsaber battle, but then gets attacked by Palpatine's Force Lightning, until Vader finally turns his back on his master, and throws Palpatine into the Second Death Star's reactor core, killing him.
In the film's final scene, Luke sees his father's redeemed spirit looking at him with pride and gratitude, in the company of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda.
The Empire Strikes Backyard (non-cannon)Edit
Yoda's appearance in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Backyard is very differant than his appearance in the real movies. His make-up is much poorer and his character is a little differant, as he repetedly finishes Everyones sentences, this makes him comical yet annoying.
The Emperor's New Clones (non-cannon)Edit
Yoda again appears in this sequel to Empire Strikes Backyard. His make-up has improved alot and his character is much closer to that of the real Yoda. He dropped his bad habbit of finishing other's sentences and speaks like Yoda really should.