Known as one of the greatest Jedi Masters of all time, Yoda has always been a favorite among different Star Wars fans due to the fact that he has never been the most conventional Jedi in terms of his appearance. While that may be true, Yoda is strong in the Force and is one of the strongest Jedi in the history of the Jedi Order. And if he wasn’t showing his power, he was showing his wisdom.
In that regard, Yoda has appeared in a lot of different movies and shows in the storyline of Star Wars because he has always been one of the characters who have had significant contributions to the larger Skywalker Saga. Of course, let’s not forget that Yoda was 900 years old at the time of his death, and that means that he was alive throughout the first two-thirds of the Skywalker Saga. So, with that said, let’s look at all of Yoda’s movie and show appearances.
Star Wars movies and TV shows featuring Yoda in release date order:
- ‘Star Wars – Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back’ (1980)
- ‘Star Wars – Episode VI: Return of the Jedi’ (1983)
- ‘Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace’ (1999)
- ‘Star Wars – Episode II: Attack of the Clones’ (2002)
- ‘Star Wars – Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’ (2005)
- ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ (2008)
- ‘Star Wars Rebels’ (2014)
- ‘Star Wars: Forces of Destiny’ (2017)
- ‘Star Wars – Episode VIII: The Last Jedi’ (2017)
- ‘Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures’ (2023)
Are all Yoda’s appearances connected? Do you need to watch them in a specific order?
First, fans should understand that the entire Star Wars lore is one big storybook with storylines that are interconnected. That means that an event that happened in a star system light years away can still affect the outcome of events in another part of the galaxy regardless of how far their distances may be or who those events may involve. In other words, we are looking at one big web of events that allows different events across time and space to connect with one another.
That means that all of Yoda’s appearances in the Star Wars canon are connected. They all affect one another in one way or another, especially regarding Yoda’s interactions with Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker.
That also means that you need to be able to watch almost all of his movie and series appearances to understand his story and how he contributed to the flow of the Star Wars storyline during the Skywalker Saga. And that is why you may want to watch all of the Yoda movies and series appearances in order.
What is the best way to watch these projects?
Watch order in Star Wars tends to be a sensitive topic among fans because some fans prefer to preserve the original watch order, which is the order of the chronological release date. But some fans prefer to watch the movies and shows in terms of their in-universe chronological order.
In that regard, we can’t say which is the best way for you to watch the Yoda movies and appearances in Star Wars because it is up to your preferences. But to make things more understandable for first-time fans and watchers, we recommend that you watch the Yoda movies and shows in terms of in-universe chronological order. Still, it doesn’t hurt to watch them regarding their release dates as well.
All Yoda’s appearances in chronological order
1. ‘Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures’ (2023)
Set during the High Republic era, which is at least a hundred years before the Skywalker Saga, ‘Young Jedi Adventures’ follows the journey of a group of Jedi younglings trying to make their way up the Jedi ladder. The series has always been marketed as a children’s show, although adults are welcome to enjoy it.
Yoda is one of the characters often featured in ‘Young Jedi Adventures’ because his role was to serve as the mentor of these younglings. Of course, because he died at the age of 900, he was still a lot younger in this series.
2. ‘Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace’ (1999)
Yoda’s first appearance in the Star Wars movies in terms of chronological order is in ‘The Phantom Menace.’ However, Yoda played a smaller role in this movie as most of his appearances were in line with the job of the Jedi Council. He first appeared in a meeting involving Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s findings regarding the Trade Federation’s actions on Naboo. Yoda also tried to check whether or not Anakin Skywalker was fit to be a Jedi.
During this time, Yoda said one of his most famous quotes about how fear leads to the dark side. At the end of the movie, he also introduced the Rule of Two concepts when he said there were only two Sith Lords at any given time.
3. ‘Star Wars – Episode II: Attack of the Clones’ (2002)
In ‘Attack of the Clones,’ Yoda took on a more active role. On top of the fact that he still served the Jedi Council as one of its leaders, he was also someone whom Anakin Skywalker went to for guidance regarding his fears and how he had been dreaming of his mother’s death.
During the latter portion of the movie, Yoda goes to Kamino to investigate the clone army that Obi-Wan Kenobi found there. He eventually took the clone army to Geonosis to rescue the Jedi, who were about to get killed by the Separatist droids. Yoda eventually dueled with Count Dooku and forced him to flee.
4. ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ (2008)
In 2008, a movie about the Clone Wars was released to jumpstart the entire Clone Wars animated storyline created by Dave Filoni. The movie continued in the series entitled ‘The Clone Wars,’ which spanned seven seasons. Like most of the Jedi, Yoda was often featured in this series.
Yoda’s best moment in ‘The Clone Wars’ happened during the latter portion of season 6 when he heard Qui-Gon Jinn’s voice inside his head. The voice guided him to go on a spiritual journey that allowed him to learn the nature of the Living Force and how to continue to live after death. This bridged the ‘Revenge of the Sith events, wherein he told Obi-Wan that he communicated with Qui-Gon from the grave.
5. ‘Star Wars: Forces of Destiny’ (2017)
‘Forces of Destiny’ is a short animated web series set across multiple eras in the Star Wars universe. It was released on Lucasfilm’s YouTube channel in 2017. The series follows an anthology format that allows us to see short stories that bridge the small gaps between the different events of the Star Wars movies and shows.
There were some episodes that featured Yoda. One such episode was when he taught Ahsoka the basics of Jar’Kai lightsaber combat. Then, in another episode, he was featured together with Luke Skywalker while they were on Dagobah.
6. ‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’ (2005)
‘Revenge of the Sith’ shows the final days of the Clone Wars, which allowed us to see Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker succeeding in rescuing Chancellor Palpatine from the Separatists and killing Count Dooku in the process. Yoda was featured in several meetings with the Jedi Council before he agreed to go to Kashyyyk to help the Wookiees out in their fight against the Separatists.
When Order 66 broke out, Yoda survived the Clones’ attempt at his life on Kashyyyk. He returned to Coruscant to rendezvous with Obi-Wan as they planned to try to prevent the return of the Sith by killing Palpatine and Anakin. Yoda took on the task of fighting Palpatine, only for him to decide to go on a self-imposed exile after failing in his mission.
7. ‘Star Wars Rebels’ (2014)
Around 15 years after the events of ‘Revenge of the Sith,’ a small band of Rebels called the Spectres operated in the sector close to the planet called Lothal. These Rebels were problems for the Empire, especially because it had two Jedi: Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger. And these two Jedi often had to face the Inquisitors in their many missions.
Tired of always running into the Inquisitors, Kanan and Ezra went to the Jedi Temple on Lothal to seek answers on how to defeat their enemies. Ezra entered into a Force vision involving Yoda, who told him to go to the planet called Malachor V. This was his most important role in the series.
8. ‘Star Wars – Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back’ (1980)
Yoda’s first appearance in the Star Wars universe took place during the events of ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’ Obi-Wan’s Force Ghost told Luke to go to a planet called Dagobah so that he could seek training from a Jedi Master named Yoda.
Upon reaching Dagobah, Luke saw a little green fellow who was following him around and messing with him. He didn’t think that this person was Yoda until the old Jedi Master revealed himself as the one who Kenobi told Luke to find. Despite his reluctance to train Luke due to his impatience, Yoda still trained him. He was the one who cautioned Luke that he shouldn’t leave Dagobah to help his friends on Bespin, only for Luke to leave the planet to rescue his allies from Darth Vader himself.
9. ‘Star Wars – Episode VI: Return of the Jedi’ (1983)
After the events of ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ Luke returned to Dagobah to resume his training with Yoda despite the fact that the old Jedi Master cautioned him from leaving the planet in the previous movie. In ‘Return to the Jedi,’ Luke has completed his training and is now a true Jedi.
However, Yoda was already on his deathbed. He was now ready to die after 900 years of living and 800 years of teaching Jedi. Luke was there by his side when Yoda died and disappeared to be one with the Force. Yoda appeared as a ghost alongside Obi-Wan and Anakin at the movie’s end.
10. ‘Star Wars – Episode VIII: The Last Jedi’ (2017)
While Yoda was already dead during this era, he returned one last time. Luke was in the middle of one of the worst times of his life when he had all but given up after Ben Solo turned to the dark side and became Kylo Ren. Luke’s Jedi Order was now gone, and that was why he decided to live in exile on Ahch-To, where Rey found him and tried to convince him to return.
When Rey left the planet to help her friends out during their time of need, Luke struggled to decide what he needed to do. That was when the Force Ghost of Yoda appeared to offer him guidance. Yoda even called a lightning bolt to burn the temple wherein Luke had been hiding the sacred texts of the Jedi. However, Yoda knew that Rey had taken the sacred texts, as all he needed to do was to offer Luke one last piece of advice before his final moments.
Where to watch the above-mentioned movies and shows?
If you want to catch up on the different movies and shows that Yoda appeared in, the best place to watch those movies and shows is Disney+, which is Disney’s own streaming service provider. And because Disney owns Lucasfilm, it has exclusive rights to stream the movies and shows through Disney+.
Will there be more projects featuring Yoda?
At this point, it is tough to say whether or not there will be more movies and shows featuring Yoda. We know that the current era of Star Wars, after the events of the sequel movies, no longer has a place for Yoda because Rey has never met him. That means the only movies or shows in which Yoda might appear would be the High Republic era.
We know that there are books on the High Republic era and that Lucasfilm is now exploring this timeline of the galaxy. One such series is ‘The Acolyte,’ which is going to take place during the latter part of the High Republic era. And that means that there’s a good chance that Yoda will appear in this series.
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