Recently, another name was added to the Star Wars canon: Grogu. As it turns out, this was the name for the character previously only referred to as The Child or Baby Yoda in the latest Star Wars series, The Mandalorian.
Grgu appears to be the youngest known member of Yoda’s species. He is only 50 years old and still a toddler in his development. Throughout the first season of The Mandalorian™, he was referred to just as the kid. It seems that, for whatever reason, the species ages fairly slowly.
The alien Grogu – dubbed Baby Yoda by fans and non-fans alike – is orphaned when the Mandalorian finds him. An Emperor hired the Mandalorian bounty hunter named Din Djarin to retrieve Grogu, which the Mandalorian did. Din took the child to the Imperials.
The character’s name was later changed to Minch Yoda in the first draft of The Empire Strikes Back script by Leigh Brackett. The name was changed again to the shorter “Yoda.”
In the latest episode of The Mandalorian Season 2, “The Jedi”, it was finally revealed that Baby Yoda’s name is Grogu. The moment played out very casually in the episode when the famous Jedi Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) said Baby Yoda’s name while relaying his backstory to the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal).
Since Season 1 it’s pretty clear that Mando is Baby Yoda’s adoptive father. And now that his bond with the child is arguably stronger than ever, we might assume that introducing a new father figure isn’t about creating a surrogate parent.
For the past two seasons of The Mandalorian™, we’ve followed the child’s galaxy-wide journey. The child bears a chilling resemblance to the great Jedi Master Yoda, but otherwise remains entirely mysterious. He is the third of his kind that Star Wars™ fans have seen (including Masters Yoda and Yaddle).
Grogu is still alive somewhere after the trilogy sequel.
While the children featured in Obi-Wan Kenobi were on the run, Grogu was presumably elsewhere in the temple witnessing the slaughter detailed in his recap of Order 66 in Episode 6 of The Book of Boba Fett was raised.
The audience was never shown what happened after Grogu was presented with his choice by Luke, so there may well be more to the situation. It doesn’t seem likely that he will return to Skywalker Academy in the long term; Grogu is lined up as the next Mandalorian Jedi, so he’ll be by Din’s side for years to come.
Grogu, known to many simply as “The Child”, was a male Force-sensitive Jedi initiate and Mandalorian foundling who belonged to the same species as Jedi Grand Master Yoda and Jedi Master Yaddle. p>
The original Yoda died at the age of 900, and given his clean lifestyle and omnivorous diet, we can estimate his age at death to be around 90 in human years. This means Baby Yoda at 50 is the developmental equivalent of a five-year-old human child.
The viral character known as Baby Yoda now has a real name. In a new episode of the Star Wars Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, it is revealed that Baby Yoda is actually Grogu. The character has been known to fans as “Baby Yoda” since the beginning of the series in 2019.
We don’t know Baby Yoda’s species or name, and it wasn’t until the third episode that we found out Baby Yoda’s gender. It’s a boy.
Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau says the show’s creative team has no objection to Star Wars fans still using the nickname “Baby Yoda” for the Yoda-looking Grogu.