I love Yoda. I mean who doesn’t love Yoda? Yoda was one of my favorite characters even when I only knew him at his worst as a flipping, hollering, green CGI alien in the prequel trilogy. My love for the ancient Jedi only increased, however, after seeing him in his original introduction in The Empire Strikes Back. At that moment I realized why the robed puppet became such an icon in cinema and I’ve been a Yoda fan ever since. So on today’s segment of Greatest Moments I’m going to share with you my favorite Yoda scenes throughout the now six Star Wars movies he’s appeared in. Enjoy!
1. The First Conversation With Anakin Skywalker
This is one of the most important scenes in The Phantom Menace because it’s the first time the movie truly hints at the person Anakin could become if he follows the wrong path in life and Yoda is the one who senses this most. I love the words that he tells him. This is, in fact, the conversation that ensues between Anakin and Yoda.
Anakin: “I miss her.” (He’s referring to his mother, Shmi.)
Yoda: “Afraid to lose her I think, hmm.”
Anakin: “What does that got to do with anything.”
Yoda: “Everything! Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate…leads to suffering. I sense great fear in you.”
That right there is one of the most impactful things Yoda has ever said and it practically sums up Anakin’s entire fall throughout the prequel trilogy. He saw the possible future of young Skywalker and it’s a shame because he couldn’t do anything about it.
2. “Begun the Clone Wars Has.”
Another one of my favorite Yoda scenes is his final conversation in Attack of the Clones. He’s having a talk with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Master Windu in an empty Jedi council. They speak about the Republic and Senator Amidala and as Obi-Wan praises the creation of the Clone Army Yoda instantly shuts him down. Even though everything has been clouded by the Dark Side of the Force he still senses that the rise of the Clone Army is the beginning of something far worse, the Clone Wars. It’s a scene that gives me chills every time I watch it and it once again highlights the fact that Yoda could feel the bad that would come before it even happened.
3. Fighting Darth Sidious
While I’m not a fan of Yoda’s fighting scenes in the prequel trilogy I do happen to enjoy the duel between him and Darth Sidious because it’s kind of epic. These are two of some of the most powerful Force wielders and to see them face off in a head-to-head battle is kind of awesome. Unfortunately it was the prequels so the duel wasn’t as epic as it undoubtedly could’ve been but it’s still fun watching Yoda go toe-to-toe with Palpatine unlike anyone else could because Yoda is just that awesome. Go Yoda! 🙂
4. Revealing the Truth
I loved that when Yoda first met Luke he didn’t tell him who he was at first. It was Luke’s first test and Luke ultimately failed. Seeing Yoda pretend to be some dumb hermit is legitimately hilarious but as he eventually transforms into the wise master that he is I absolutely love seeing the shock on Luke’s face. It’s one of the better Yoda scenes in The Empire Strikes Back and it’s also interesting seeing how treated the son of Anakin Skywalker. At first he’s just as wary of Luke as he was of Anakin all those years ago but the teacher in him can’t turn away a yearning student and he does agree to help him. That would end up being one of the best decisions he’s ever made.
5. Teaching a Valuable Lesson
First of all, this scene provides my favorite Yoda quote of all time, “Try not! Do, or do not. There is no try.” I took that quote into my personal life, that’s how much those words impacted me. So that’s one of the reasons why this is one of my favorite Yoda scenes.
Secondly, I love it when he lectures Luke about the Force. Hearing him tell young Skywalker the meaning of the Force is kind of amazing and magical at the same time.
Third, it’s the first time he displays his immense power of the Force to Luke as he lifts Luke’s X-Wong from the murky Dagobah water and sets on the muddy shore, a stunned Luke watching from a distance. It’s also, technically, the first time Yoda ever used the Force considering the movie came out in 1980 and I can’t imagine how amazing that scene must’ve been for all those watching the movie for the first time. It’s definitely one of Yoda’s greatest moments and it will always have a special place in my heart.
6. Yoda Returns
Yoda returned to Star Wars with a bang as he literally summoned lightning to destroy the ancient Jedi temple on Ach-To. Who knew Jedi ghosts could do that?! Yoda, after thirty years, is still showing Luke whose boss. Ha-ha, I love it. Having Yoda appear in The Last Jedi was one of the more heartwarming surprises of the film and I loved the way they brought him back. I mean, even after all of those years he still saw Luke as an apprentice who was still making foolish mistakes and it was amusing to him.
It was also astonishing seeing Yoda realize that, like Luke said, it was time for the Jedi to end. Or at least the ideals the Jedi once had. If you’re following the same cycle of belief over and over again and terrible people like Kylo Ren keep appearing because of your teachings it shows that the Jedi have been doing something very wrong for centuries and Yoda understood this. To see him tell Luke to give up the past and embrace the future (that sounds very familiar to Kylo Ren’s “Let the past die” motive by the way) was a beautiful thing and it really was one of my favorite scenes in The Last Jedi.
These six moments from Yoda are the scenes that impacted me the most and I’m so happy I was able to share them with you. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a magical day. May the Force Be With You.