61 Facts About Grogu


Grogu, colloquially referred to as Baby Yoda, is a character from the Star Wars Disney+ original television series The Mandalorian.

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The character's real name was not revealed until "Chapter 13: The Jedi", which explained that Grogu was raised at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant during the Clone Wars.

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Grogu has appeared in every episode of the first two seasons, with the exception of "Chapter 15: The Believer".

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Grogu is mostly a work of animatronics and puppetry, although accentuated with computer-generated imagery.

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Grogu has received a positive reception from fans and reviewers, is widely considered the show's breakout character, and quickly became a popular Internet meme.

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Grogu was kept secret and was deliberately withheld from The Mandalorians pre-release marketing and merchandise plans to avoid leaks before the show aired.

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Grogu first appears in the series debut, "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian", when the Mandalorian accepts a valuable commission from a mysterious man known only as "The Client", who works for a remnant of the now-fallen Galactic Empire.

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In "Chapter 2: The Child", Grogu is present when the Mandalorian is attacked by a giant rhinoceros-like creature called a Mudhorn.

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The Mandalorian and Grogu are saved when fellow warriors from the Mandalorian's tribe come out of hiding to defend them, allowing them to escape Nevarro.

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The Mandalorian and Grogu visit the planet Tatooine in "Chapter 5: The Gunslinger", during which the Mandalorian leaves Grogu in the care of a mechanic named Peli Motto .

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The Mandalorian keeps Grogu hidden on his ship during the mission, but the other mercenaries eventually find him.

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Greef proposes that the Mandalorian help him kill the Client and eliminate the Imperial presence from the planet, and in exchange he and Grogu will be safe from any further reprisals from the Guild.

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Grogu accompanies the Mandalorian during his search for other Mandalorians who could help him find the child's people: the Jedi.

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In "Chapter 10: The Passenger", the Mandalorian and Grogu leave for Trask, where they must take a contact, "Frog Lady", and her eggs in exchange for a lead on other Mandalorians.

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Grogu's appetite gets the group into trouble while stranded on Maldo Kreis, where he eats a spider-like creature's egg just as the rest of the swarm hatches.

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In "Chapter 13: The Jedi", the Mandalorian takes Grogu to former Jedi Ahsoka Tano on Corvus, who communicates with him through the Force, learning his name and that he is a former Jedi youngling who was rescued from the Jedi Temple on Coruscant during the Great Jedi Purge and hidden for his own safety, which is why he suppresses his Force powers.

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In "Chapter 14: The Tragedy", the Mandalorian brings Grogu to said temple, where he begins meditating, creating a protective Force field around him.

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Moff Gideon's Imperial remnant, having tracked down the Mandalorian, soon attacks in an attempt to capture Grogu, who continues his meditation while being protected by the Mandalorian and the recently arrived Boba Fett and Fennec Shand, who made a deal with the former to protect Grogu in exchange for Fett's armor .

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Later, Gideon witnesses Grogu using his Force powers on two stormtroopers that he throws around the cell, before stunning him and preparing to take him to Dr Pershing to complete the blood transfusion.

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In "Chapter 16: The Rescue", the Mandalorian boards Gideon's ship to rescue Grogu, assisted by Cara, Fett, Fennec, Bo-Katan, and Koska Reeves .

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Grogu appears in the sixth episode, "Chapter 6: From the Desert Comes a Stranger", of the spin-off series The Book of Boba Fett.

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The Mandalorian comes to visit Grogu, but decides against it after speaking with Ahsoka Tano, not wanting to hinder his training; however, he gives Ahsoka a gift to deliver to Grogu: beskar chain mail forged by the Armorer.

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Ahsoka gives the chain mail to Luke, who confesses that he is unsure whether Grogu is fully committed to the Jedi path and that he does not know how to handle the matter.

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Grogu uses the Force to put the rancor to sleep, stopping it from causing more damage.

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Physically, Grogu closely resembles Yoda, sharing his signature green skin and long, pointed ears.

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Grogu is small in size, with wide eyes, short hairs, and wrinkled skin.

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Grogu is capable of sitting up, crawling, walking and eating.

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However, after using the Force in this manner, Grogu is often exhausted and slips into unconsciousness, indicating that he is still developing his power and does not yet have the skills to fully control it.

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Grogu has a sweet temperament, and comes across as innocent and kindhearted to most of the people he encounters, but is occasionally capable of violence, such as during a scene in "Chapter 7: The Reckoning" when he uses the Force to choke Cara Dune while she is engaging the Mandalorian in a friendly arm wrestling match and in "Chapter 14: The Tragedy" when Grogu slams two stormtroopers together while imprisoned by Moff Gideon.

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Grogu was conceived by Jon Favreau, the creator and showrunner of The Mandalorian.

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Character of Grogu was further developed in early conversations between Favreau and Filoni, the latter of whom drew a rough sketch of the character on cocktail napkins during the talks.

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Multiple artists worked to refine the image of Grogu created by Filoni, but the definitive imagery came from a concept drawing by artist Christian Alzmann, which depicted the character's makeshift garment.

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Grogu is mostly a work of animatronics and puppetry, although accentuated with computer-generated imagery .

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Voice and sounds of Grogu were created by David Acord and Matthew Wood, sound editors with Skywalker Sound, who had previously worked on various Star Wars projects.

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Grogu puppet was popular on set with the show's cast and crew.

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Chow said directing the scene between Herzog and Grogu in "Chapter 3: The Sin" was "one of the weirdest" moments of her career, because he had so much affection for the puppet and was interacting with it like it was a living being.

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Grogu was kept secret and was deliberately withheld from The Mandalorian prerelease marketing and merchandise plans due to the risk that details about the character could leak before the show aired.

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Grogu makes the Mandalorian a softer and more relatable character; he changes in a positive way because of raising Grogu, becoming less selfish and self-absorbed.

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Several examples of the Mandalorian parenting Grogu appear throughout the series, such as when he stops Grogu from pressing random buttons in the cockpit of the Mandalorian's spaceship, ultimately by holding him in his lap.

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Relationship between the Mandalorian and Grogu is an example of unexpected fatherhood.

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The Mandalorian does not fully commit to the role of fatherhood until the first-season finale, "Chapter 8: Redemption", when Grogu himself is adopted into the Mandalorian culture as a "foundling" and the Mandalorian is formally declared to be his father figure.

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Additionally, in the same episode, Grogu uses the Force to heal and save Greef Karga, a power typically associated with the Light Side.

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Fans speculated Grogu could be presenting a false personality or using the Force to manipulate people into caring about him to help ensure his survival.

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One fan theory suggests Grogu could be related to a prophecy in a past Star Wars work that predicted an evil that could consume the galaxy.

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Caitlin Gallagher of Bustle suggested rather than building toward Grogu becoming evil, the show could be suggesting the Mandalorian needs to find a way to raise Grogu in a less violent environment.

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All season long, Grogu has witnessed those around him committing violent acts.

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For example, Vulture writer Keith Phipps noticed that when IG-11 kills multiple stormtroopers in front of him, Grogu has a "look of wonder" in his eyes, which Phipps said "is hilarious, but a little chilling".

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Some writers applied a nature versus nurture argument to this, contending Grogu is becoming violent because of what he is learning based on the actions around him.

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Grogu has received a positive reception from fans and reviewers, and is widely considered the show's breakout character.

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Vox writer Allegra Frank said Grogu made The Mandalorian "instantly more memorable and evocative", and alleviated the solitude and tension that might otherwise have surrounded the show's protagonist.

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Carolyn Giardina of The Hollywood Reporter said Grogu helped The Mandalorian not only achieve critical and commercial success, but impact the cultural zeitgeist.

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Grogu was featured on the cover of the December 2019 issue of The Hollywood Reporter, along with the headline: "Baby Yoda represents the future of Hollywood".

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Grogu ranked first on several Screen Rant lists about the series, including the most interesting characters from the first season of The Mandalorian, the best characters from the show, and the best costumes from the first season.

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Various sports teams have created their own memes with Grogu, including Los Angeles Clippers, New York Islanders, Phoenix Suns, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco Giants, Sacramento Kings, Seattle Mariners, and Tennessee Volunteers football.

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In December 2019, artwork of Disney CEO Bob Iger with Grogu appeared in the Time magazine article naming Iger their Businessperson of the Year.

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Grogu was parodied in the December 14,2019 episode of Saturday Night Live.

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Some critics have noted that other media companies introduced young versions of their own characters following the debut of Grogu, and suggested they could be attempts to capitalize on Grogu's success.

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Iger said if Grogu's design had been distributed for toys before the show's release, "it would have gone out to hundreds and hundreds of people, probably all over the world, and we didn't want to do that".

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Several toys of Grogu were announced American International Toy Fair in New York City in February 2020, most notably a nearly life-sized animatronic Grogu toy by Hasbro, which moves, blinks, and makes sounds like the actual character.

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Grogu appears in Fortnite Battle Royale as a pet that floats in the hover-pram behind the player in-game.

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In 2021, Grogu's likeness was published in scientific literature, in a medical journal article titled, "Baby Yoda: Pareidolia and Patternicity in Sacral MRI and CT Scans".

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