Yoda is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, appearing in the three prequel trilogy films as well as the second and third original films. Yoda made his first on-screen appearance in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back where he is responsible for training Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Jedi. His final chronological appearance is Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, when he dies peacefully at 900 years old. He also appears extensively in the two animated Clone Wars series, as well as the Star Wars "Expanded Universe" of novels and comic books.
In the original films, he trains Luke Skywalker to fight against the evil Galactic Empire. In the prequel films, he serves as a Grand Master Jedi and a leading member of the Jedi Council and as a general in the Clone Wars.
In 2008, Yoda was selected by Empire magazine as the 25th greatest movie character of all time. On their list of the 100 Greatest Fictional Characters, Fandomania.com ranked Yoda at number 60.
In Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, he was redesigned to look younger. He was computer-generated for two distant shots, but remained mostly a puppet. The puppet was re-designed by Nick Dudman from Stuart Freeborn's original design.
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