The Mandalorian has shown pretty repeatedly that Baby Yoda is the Chosen One of Star Wars. Even though the role of that cute little green goblin is unclear in regards to the greater mythology of the franchise, but him holding that role would make sense and it would certainly signify a major shift in the status quo.
After all, for long, it was Anakin Skywalker who was considered to be the saviour of the galaxy. But it seems like, with every chapter, Anakin’s hold on that title grows tenuous. This is especially true since the revelations of The Mandalorian season 2, episode 5, titled “Chapter 13: The Jedi.”
This episode finally saw the live-action debut of Ahsoka Tano (portrayed by Rosario Dawson) as Din Djarin connected with the former Padawan of Anakin and the former Jedi Knight. Ahsoka revealed to Mando some crucial information about Baby Yoda. She told him that the child’s real name is Grogu after connecting with him via Force-enabled telepathy.
Ahsoka also tells Din about some of Grogu’s memories. This involved memories of training on Coruscant in the Jedi ways before being hidden after the Order fell. He was able to avoid the Empire by concealing his abilities. On just the narrative level, the little we know about Baby Yoda falls perfectly into the traditional Chosen One trope.
It’s a trope where the powers of one person only can solve the conflict. For long it was Anakin who was said to be the Chosen One in Star Wars. But now, it’s becoming clear that Baby Yoda is ready to take over that title.
Here’s why we think so:
During the force-telepathy, Ashoka tells Din about Grogu’s memories. At one point she says:
“He was hidden. Someone took him from the temple then his memory becomes…dark. He seemed lost. Alone.”
It’s also a common trope for the Chosen One to be hidden or sidelined as this allows them to rise up from a stasis period before starting their journey towards greatness. Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender is a great example of this trope. He was on the inside of an iceberg for a century before being mistakenly awakened by Sokka and Katara.
Even in the Star Wars universe, there’s precedence for this. After all, there is Luke Skywalker who began his journey living a normal life on Tatooine, unaware of his lineage. Anakin Skywalker too is introduced as a slave living in obscurity and poverty.
And now it’s possible that this trope has been used with Grogu as well.
In The Mandalorian season 1, episode 1, titled “Chapter 1: The Mandalorian,” the Client (Warner Herzog) kickstarts Din Djarin’s journey since he is the one who tells Din to collect an asset described to be 50 years old. Now if this is the correct age of Baby Yoda, then it would result in him being born in the year 41 BBY.
Now, this year is significant since Anakin Skywalker was born that year as well. However, we should mention that it’s definitely possible that the Client was wrong. After all, he could have just rounded up Grogu’s age to a square number.
There’s also the fact that it’s just highly unlikely that Jon Favreau and his staff would have deliberately chosen this year for the child to be born. This is because being born on the same year as Anakin Skywalker just begs for such a connection to be explored and till now the show hasn’t done anything like that.
Such a development reminds us of a prophecy that was made in another series- Harry Potter. In that book series, Harry, the Boy Who Lived and Neville Longbottom are both candidates for the Chosen One tag. This is because both of them were born to parents who defied Voldemort thrice.
So similarly it’s possible that both Grogu and Anakin being born on the same year will play into Baby Yoda and Anakin’s connections as well as affinity with the Force later on.
The entire idea of Grogu and Anakin being two sides of the same coin or two parts of the same whole fits perfectly in the larger Star Wars tropes too. This is because, Star Wars has always featured such duos. There’s light and dark, Master and Padawan, Force Dyads, and Rebellion and Empire.
In The Mandalorian season 2, episode 4, titled “Chapter 12: The Siege,” Din Djarin and his team intercepts Dr Pershing’s hologram. He was the one who collected Grogu’s blood samples in season 1. The information in the hologram seems to confirm Baby Yoda’s connection to the Force. Dr. Pershing’s hologram says:
“I highly doubt we’ll find a donor with a higher M-count.”
M-count has introduced in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. It refers to midi-chlorians, which are microscopic organisms present in a creatures’ blood. If this is present in someone’s blood in large numbers, then they have the ability to wield the force.
For a comparison, Anakin Skywalker had an M-count of 20,000 and he surpassed the count of Master Yoda. We don’t know what Grogu’s official M-count is, but the confirmation of the fact that there must not be many like him points to the fact that he is a candidate for the Chosen One trope.
In Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, there is a “Mortis Arc,” where Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Ahsoka are brought before the Son, Daughter, and Father who represent the darkness, the light, and the balance between them. In the episodes of the arc, the Father tries recruiting Anakin to take over his job.
He cites the fact that he is the Chosen One and explains to him that both light and darkness are necessary in this galaxy. Due to these remarks, it’s assumed that Anakin can tap into both sides of the Force to fulfil his destiny of becoming the Saviour.
Now, it has also been confirmed that Grogu can too- unconsciously or not- tap into his dark and light sides too. After all, Grogu’s power to Force heal (on Karga) is a rare skill for the light side force users. Interestingly the Star Ward book links it to the Force Dyads.
But he has also used his powers for darker things, like force choking Cara Dune. So this just shows that Grogu too has violent tendencies. In fact, Ahsoka refuses to train him because she senses his fear and anger. She even says:
“I’ve seen what such feelings can do to a fully trained Jedi Knight.”
This Anakin comparison might give another clue about Baby Yoda’s struggles and roles later on. He might struggle in maintaining balance between his dark and light sides as he moves closer to fulfilling his Chosen One destiny.
When Palpatine returned in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, despite dying in Return of the Jedi, many fans questioned if Anakin Skywalker even fulfilled his prophecy. This is because Palpatine’s survival means that the Sith were not defeated before Rey helped finish them off.
But this was rationalized by taking into consideration the peaceful years that were enjoyed in the galaxy between the most recent sequel trilogy and the original trilogy. However, due to The Mandalorian, we now know that things weren’t great after the events of the Return of the Jedi in the galaxy.
There’s also the argument that Anakin didn’t enforce balance adequately since he spent a majority of his later life consumed by the darkness. Right now, Grogu has not succumbed to the darkness. However, he hasn’t embraced the light as well. But it seems like Baby Yoda will soon be tested since Ahsoka tells Din to take him to the planet Tython to a seeing stone.
She said that he might choose his destiny there. So right now, it remains to be seen which side Grogu permanently allies himself with.
We should mention that it’s possible that the definition of the Chosen One in the Star Wars universe might change or is always changing. In fact, more than one chosen one can exist in the galaxy over the span of multiple decades. After all, during Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Anakin called out to Rey during her climactic fight and told her to bring the balance back just like he did. So this might indicate that the universe depends on not just one hero. After all, in Star Wars, there seems to be a need for someone excellent like Rey, Luke, and Anakin to keep on negotiating the balancing act forever. It’s just that this time the balancing act might be carried out by someone who is green and diminutive.