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The Child is the deuteragonist of the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian. He is a Force-sensitive Mandalorian infant of the same species as Yoda who is sought after by the Bounty Hunters' Guild on behalf of the Imperial remnant.

Background

The Child was sought after by an ex-Imperial known only as "The Client" and had a large bounty on his head. The bounty hunter known only as "The Mandalorian" attempted to collect on this bounty; the only detail he was given was that the target was 50 years old. He was told that the target was wanted either dead or alive, but his payment would be substantially lower if he brought it back dead. However, the target was being held in a high-security complex and the Mandalorian was only able to recover him with the help of an assassin droid IG-11. Opening the bassinet, the Mandalorian and IG-11 were surprised to find that the target was only a baby. Confused (as the target was supposedly 50 years old), the Mandalorian was told by IG-11 that different species age differently and that the Child would live for several centuries. IG-11 then said that the orders stated to kill the target. The Mandalorian responded by destroying the droid and taking the child back to his ship.

When the Mandalorian is trying to get his ship parts that were stolen by Jawas by acquiring an egg of a Mudhorn, he ends up fighting the mother. The Mando takes a number of heavy hits but the child then uses the force to stop the Mudhorn long enough for the Mando to kill it. The child then falls asleep for a few days, exhausted from its force use.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • The Force: As a member of Yoda's species, "The Child" also had a strong connection to the Force without training, being a exceptionally powerful force-user.
    • Telekinesis:"The Child" ultilized this ability for combat purposes. He is able to lift a beast from killing the Mandalorian.
      • Force Choke: "The Child" utilized Force Choke to constrict the organs of living organisms in order to suffocate or strangle them, which he could use to either incapacitate or kill. He used this ability to choke Cara Dune because he believed she was harming the Mandalorian.
      • Force Grip: "The Child" utilized Force Grip to lift his opponents off the ground and into the air, sometimes by the neck, to immobilize them. He lifts a beast in order to save the Mandalorian.
      • Force Barrier:"The Child" utilized Force Barrier to create a barrier or wall of Force energy in front of or surrounding himself or his allies. He is able to create one to save his companions by creating one to hold back a stream of fire coming from an incinerator stormtrooper.
    • Force Healing:"The Child" utilized Force Heal to heal other sensitive beings. He used this ability to heal Greef Karga.

Trivia

  • The Child has been colloquially dubbed Baby Yoda by fans, due to his name, as well as the name of Yoda's species, still remaining undisclosed in the franchise.
  • The Child’s existence was kept secret until the series premiered at the request of Jon Favreau. He also requested for the initial merchandise line for the series (released alongside merchandise for The Rise of Skywalker and Jedi: Fallen Order) to not have any depictions of the character in case the merchandise got leaked early and spoiled the reveal at the end of the first episode.
  • The Child is the first non-human to be inducted as a Mandalorian introduced in Star Wars-Canon. Chronologically, he is the second non-human in the Canon franchise to become a Mandalorian after Darth Maul, though Maul was viewed as an outsider by all Mandalorians except his loyalists.

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