Star Wars: What Happened To Yaddle After Phantom Menace? (Prepare To Cry)
Posted: January 4, 2024 | Last updated: January 4, 2024
Though Yoda (Frank Oz) and Grogu are the most well-known of their species -- whatever it's called -- they're not the only ones in the "Star Wars" canon. Yaddle (Bryce Dallas Howard) serves on the Jedi Council for a time alongside Yoda, training such Jedi as Oppo Rancisis and Jaro Tapal. She can be spotted in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace," though she doesn't get much of anything to do in the story. Eagle-eyed fans will notice that she's absent from the "Star Wars" film franchise beyond this installment, but why?
The answer is revealed on the Disney+ animated series "Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi." Just after the events of "The Phantom Menace," she grows suspicious of her fellow Jedi, Count Dooku (Corey Burton) after he declines to attend his former Padawan Qui Gon-Jinn's (Liam Neeson) funeral. This leads her to conduct an off-the-books espionage mission; she follows Dooku to an unknown building on Coruscant, where she witnesses his meeting with the Sith Lord Darth Sidious (Ian McDiarmid). Upon learning of her presence, Dooku engages her in a lightsaber duel and kills her, thus embracing the dark side of the Force and ending Yaddle's canon story.
The Jedi Master's clash with Dooku is emotional, to say the least, seeing as the two had been colleagues for some time and Dooku had recently lost his former student. However, some feel that the fight and Yaddle's subsequent death could've easily been prevented.
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Some Star Wars Fans Have Little Sympathy For Yaddle
Despite the emotion surrounding Yaddle's death, some "Star Wars" fans can't help but feel she brought her downfall on herself. One such fan is u/Kevy96 on Reddit, who made a thread about how her and Dooku's duel and her demise were avoidable. "She legitimately made the 1 billion IQ move to start fighting Dooku and Sidious, instead of running back to her ship for a minute, and getting every single Jedi master in the galaxy for backup in like 5 minutes," they wrote, positing that she could've easily gotten reinforcements, saved her life, and potentially stopped the two Sith.
In the comments, several folks agreed with u/Kevy96, writing that Yaddle made a huge mistake in handling the situation the way she did. At the same time, some felt they could understand why Yaddle didn't make the right call. For instance, a now-deleted Redditor posited, "Perhaps her relationship with Dooku blinded her. She thought she could bring him back from the dark side and turn on Sidious." Meanwhile, u/Backpack78 also brought up the point that like so many other Jedi, Yaddle likely underestimated Sidious and the pull of the dark side, much to her detriment.
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding her death, the fact remains that Yaddle's time in the "Star Wars" spotlight was cut short by Count Dooku, whose killing of her took him from a disillusioned Jedi to a full-on Sith.
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Star Wars Finally Delivers the Missing Piece of The Phantom Menace
Star Wars canon just fleshed out the story of one of the Prequel Trilogy's most enigmatic characters.
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This Star Wars article contains spoilers for Tales of the Jedi .
Back when he still had full creative control of Star Wars , George Lucas spent a lot of time revisiting and tweaking his finished films, much to the frustration of fans who’d grown up with the theatrical releases. Using (at the time) innovative CGI, the creator retroactively added characters to scenes where they hadn’t appeared before, or completely changed how iconic moments played out (e.g. Han shot first). It began with the Star Wars Special Editions in the late ’90s, which remastered the Original Trilogy for a new generation of fans, and Lucas continued to re-cut these classic movies until right before he sold his studio to Disney. It’s why when the first three Star Wars movies dropped on Disney+, Greedo now said “Maclunkey” to Han right before the scoundrel killed him, further complicating an already controversial scene. It’s not surprising, then, that when Lucas sold Star Wars in 2012, some Original Trilogy fans breathed a sigh of relief.
What’s interesting is that Disney has continued to retroactively add things to the continuity of Lucas’ six movies — just not within the films themselves. The final season of The Clone Wars , for example, directly ties Ahsoka’s adventures to the events of Revenge of the Sith , finally answering the question of how she escaped Order 66. Meanwhile, books like The Princess and the Scoundrel address questions never answered by the films, such as how Leia could remember her mother despite Padme dying minutes after giving birth to her twins in the Prequel Trilogy.
Now we also have Tales of the Jedi , an animated anthology series that acts as a prequel to the Prequel Trilogy and The Clone Wars but also ties directly into the events of The Phantom Menace and Revenge of the Sith . Thanks to Tales of the Jedi , we finally know why Jedi Master Yaddle disappeared after Episode I and that Ahsoka was present during Padme’s funeral on Naboo in the final minutes of Episode III . And the anthology series reveals yet one more hidden scene from the Prequels that we never got to watch on the big screen but that adds important context to what’s happening behind the scenes at the Jedi Temple when Qui-Gon returns to Coruscant in The Phantom Menace .
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In episode 4, “The Sith Lord,” we finally learn what the treacherous Count Dooku was up to during the opening chapter of the Prequel Trilogy. We follow him through the Jedi Temple, as he slips into the Archives and erases Kamino from the records. This is of course a moment that sets up one of Attack of the Clones ‘ central mysteries , but an even bigger scene is yet to come.
Once he’s concealed the existence of the cloners’ home world, where the Grand Army of the Republic is already being genetically engineered in secret, Dooku is reunited with his former apprentice Qui-Gon Jinn, who brings grave news to Coruscant: he believes he’s encountered a Sith Lord on Tatooine. This is of course referring the earlier scene in The Phantom Menace when Qui-Gon escaped Maul in the desert by the skin of his teeth.
The news is alarming, to say the least, since the Jedi have spent years believing their worst enemies were all but extinct. Of course, even as Dooku feigns curiosity about “the mysterious attacker” on Tatooine, we know that he already knows all about Darth Maul and his master, and that the truth is even worse than that: the Jedi Master is actually working with the villains who will eventually kill his apprentice and years later destroy the rest of the Order.
Which is why it’s so ironic when, during their short reunion, Dooku warns Qui-Gon that he must take care of himself as a Sith Lord is “not to be trifled with.” The Jedi Master reminds his apprentice that he can no longer be there to protect him, even as he works to manipulate the events that will indirectly lead to Qui-Gon’s death. But “The Sith Lord” also makes clear that this treachery isn’t so black and white.
Later, when Dooku meets Darth Sidious on Coruscant, he is clearly upset about the death of Qui-Gon. For a moment Dooku even feels regret. He’s been so hellbent on bringing true justice and order to the galaxy, something he feels the “corrupt” Jedi Order can no longer provide, that he never truly considered the consequences of signing away his soul to the Dark Lord of the Sith. In this way, Tales of the Jedi brings the previously unseen tragedy of Count Dooku into full view, a storyline that the Prequel films never had a chance to explore in detail (let’s face it: Dooku is more caricature than fleshed-out baddie in the movies).
By the time we meet Christopher Lee’s smug Separatist leader in Attack of the Clones , his fall to the dark side has already happened. Dooku is secretly Sith Lord Darth Tyranus, Palpatine’s apprentice. In the more traditional black-and-white language of the first six Star Wars films, Dooku plays an absolute villain with few (if any) redeemable qualities — he’s the guy Sidious has sent out to kill a senator, spark a galactic war, and build the Death Star. But what Tales of the Jedi makes clear is that there’s more to Dooku’s story than that.
What begins as good intentions — Dooku believes the Jedi have been corrupted, doing the bidding of the elites who wield all of the power instead of protecting those who really need their help — sends the Jedi Master down a dark path. By the time he’s indirectly caused the death of Qui-Gon, it’s too late for Dooku to turn back on his quest for a more just society, and slaying Yaddle when she discovers this betrayal is the final step in Dooku’s transformation into Lord Tyranus. By the end of The Phantom Menace , Dooku’s scheming has resulted in the deaths of two of his closest friends, and the loss of whatever soul he had left.
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It certainly would have been interesting to see this tragedy play out a bit more on screen in The Phantom Menace to show how Palpatine’s plan extended far beyond Maul and Naboo, and to explore who Dooku was before his ultimate fall to the dark side. And it would have made Dooku’s introduction in Attack of the Clones feel a little less jarring, too.
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Star Wars Yaddle-Front: Forget Baby Yoda, Who the Heck Is Lady Yoda?
Baby Yoda might be dead-cute, but LADY Yoda - the accomplished Jedi Knight known as Yaddle - is straight-up DEADLY. Learn more about her now!
The introduction of "Baby Yoda" in The Mandalorian captured the hearts of Star Wars devotees and casual fans alike. This unnamed infant has piqued the interest of viewers hoping to learn more about the mysterious species that has only appeared a few times in the official Star Wars canon. Fans and general audiences are well aware of Yoda, who has made major appearances in all three Star Wars trilogies, but there is another. There is Yaddle.
Yaddle was first introduced in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace as a member of the Jedi Council. She is the only female and, until the child in The Mandalorian , the only known member of the species other than Yoda. While many background characters in the prequel trilogy were explored on Star Wars: The Clone Wars , Yaddle was omitted. In canon, it is said that she was no longer a member of the Jedi Council by the time of the Clone Wars.
So, was Yaddle just ignored by writers in favor of keeping the mystery of Yoda's species? Or is there more to her story that could be explored in future canon material?
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Star Wars Movies Yaddle, Explained
There is little information available about Yaddle in the official Star Wars canon. Apart from her appearance in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and its adaptations, Yaddle has only been mentioned in the novel Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray and the recently released video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order . What little is known about her in canon mostly comes from reference books and character encyclopedias.
Since Lucasfilm reset the Star Wars canon in 2014, classifying any previous materials as "Legends," most reference sources have been considered official canon. However, there have been cases in which reference books have been contradicted by recent shows, comics, novels, or movies. Therefore, while Yaddle's background covered here is technically canon, it hasn't been shown in any actual story material, so it could be retconned in the future.
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Yaddle was born about 509 years before the Battle of Yavin in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope . This makes her around 477 years old when she left the Jedi Council after the Battle of Naboo in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace . Her seat was given to Jedi Master Shaak Ti, who would hold it through the Clone Wars. Prior to joining the council, Yaddle trained fellow council member, Oppo Rancisis.
Yaddle was known as one of the wisest, and quietest, members of the Jedi Council. She was patient and kind, which earned her permission to practice some of the most unknown and deadly Jedi powers, including morichro. This technique allowed a Jedi to slow down the bodily functions of their opponent to the point of death. Like Yoda, Yaddle wielded a green-bladed lightsaber.
This is all that is really known about Yaddle's life in the current canon. In D arth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith #25, Darth Vader encountered and killed her in a vision, but no stories or reference books have covered her life after she stepped away from the Jedi Council. It's possible she was a survivor of Order 66 and, given her species' long lifespan, could still be alive by the events of the current trilogy.
For any more information on Yaddle we will have to refer to the Legends continuity.
Star Wars Legends Yaddle, Explained
Yaddle appeared in a few comics and novels in what's now considered "Star Wars Legends." These stories cover a lot more of her time on the Jedi Council, as well as the period before and after.
Almost 300 years before she was on the council, Yaddle was the padawan to Jedi Knight Polvin Kut. While on a mission with her master to the planet Koba, the two Jedi were betrayed and ambushed by the Advozse warlord known as Tulak. Kut, whose family was murdered by the Advozse, was killed when he attempted to take revenge on Tulak, leaving his padawan to be captured. Yaddle was subjected to various forms of torture and interrogation before the Advozse finally left Koba. Before leaving, Tulak imprisoned Yaddle in an underground pit, leaving her to die.
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Yaddle remained in her underground prison for over a century, where she became known as the "One Below." She was kept alive and fed as a sort of ritual by the Kobans until she eventually had an opportunity to escape. Massive earthquakes across the planet caused an avalanche which opened Yaddle's cell. She emerged to find the Kobans decimated by the natural disasters. Yaddle stayed on Koba to help the civilization rebuild, having long since forgiven the past generations that kept her imprisoned.
Yaddle returned to the Jedi Council and was granted a seat and the rank of Master, having achieved unity with the force while in captivity. She trained dozens of Jedi while on the council and led many off-world missions. She sacrificed her life on a mission to restore peace to the planet Mawan. By using the force, Yaddle absorbed a bioweapon released on the people of Mawan, which killed her instantly at the age of 483.
Yaddle could finally make a return to canon, now that her and Yoda's species returned in The Mandalorian . With such a robust backstory in Legends, writers have a lot to draw from and could find a way to maintain much of her original story. Lucasfilm may also choose to continue ignoring her, and let "Baby Yoda" be the future of that species in the Star Wars universe. For now, we can only look back at Yaddle as one of the weirder and surprisingly interesting characters in the galaxy.
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Why Yaddle Doesn't Talk Like Yoda In Star Wars: Tales Of The Jedi
There's a long-running tradition in "Star Wars" to improve upon elements and characters within the universe that weren't exactly well received when they were first introduced. Famously, Ahsoka Tano was vastly unpopular when she debuted as Anakin's feisty young apprentice in "The Clone Wars" movie. Since then, Dave Filoni has made her one of the most beloved figures in all of "Star Wars."
When Yaddle was first seen sitting on the Jedi Council in "The Phantom Menace," her presence was largely distracting and her appearance immediately became the focus of more than a few jokes when George Lucas' first entry into the prequel trilogy hit theaters. Although Yaddle did actually speak in a deleted scene , the theatrical release only shows her looking on quietly with lifeless puppet eyes that honestly make her look like she's been puffing on a little rankweed in between meetings. Leave it to Filoni, however, to revamp her character and give her a fairly compelling backstory in the animated short series "Tales of the Jedi."
In the episode, "Star Wars" fans get to catch up with Yaddle in between the events of "The Phantom Menace" and "Attack of the Clones." Growing suspicious of Master Dooku (before he became a Count) after discovering the shady Jedi hatching plans with Sith leader Darth Sidious, Yaddle trades a few lightsaber blows with Dooku. Unfortunately, this is where Yaddle meets a tragic fate at the end of Dooku's blade.
Before her untimely demise, we do hear Yaddle speak and, to our collective surprise, she doesn't talk in the backwards riddling cadence of Master Yoda. Voiced by actor and director Bryce Dallas Howard, who is already a big part of the "Star Wars" family after helming episodes of "The Mandalorian" and "The Book of Boba Fett," the reason for Yaddle speaking like a regular person has finally been revealed by one of the saga's most trusted and revered collaborators: Frank Oz.
It's a Yoda thing
In the "Tales of the Jedi" episode, Yaddle treats Dooku with compassion and she admits that she's stepped down from the Jedi Council because she shares some of the same concerns that he does. Her valiant attempt to bring Dooku back from the edge of the dark side shows Yaddle standing strong in the face of evil, a heroic quality that "is very Bryce," according to Filoni in an interview with Nerdist . A huge fan of all things "Star Wars" including everything on the animation side, Feloni was easily able to convince Bryce Dallas Howard to become the voice of Yaddle to help give the character a chance at redemption after her lifeless performance in "The Phantom Menace" (no disrespect to Yaddle puppeteer Phil Eason).
When Howard asked if Yaddle speaks backwards, too, Filoni was quick to say, "No, I don't think so. I think that's a Yoda thing," based on something that the original puppeteer and voice actor for Yoda had told Filoni years before.
"Frank Oz told me once that Yoda speaks that way specifically in honor of his own master. That was what he had thought about it. I try to keep moving forward these thoughts. And Bryce on her own made a great Yaddle."
Originally, Yaddle's rather laughable cameo in "The Phantom Menace" only served to confirm that Yoda was not the only existing member of his species. That was actually pretty monumental considering that Grogu wouldn't be introduced in the first episode of "The Mandalorian" for another twenty years. Combining that information with Yaddle's backstory in "Tales of the Jedi," Franks Oz's comments about how Yoda's speech patterns pay homage to his own Jedi Master add a lot to Yoda's own mythology.
Within Legends, Yoda was trained by a Force-sensitive reptilian named N'Kata Del Gormo but his Master's name remains a mystery in canon. The question is, how much do we really want to know about Yoda's own backstory? With the Disney+ show "The Acolyte" set 100 years before "The Phantom Menace," a little bit of Yoda and Yaddle fan service may be on the horizon.
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Star Wars : Episode I The Phantom Menace is a 1999 film written and directed by George Lucas , produced by Rick McCallum and starring Liam Neeson , Ewan McGregor , Natalie Portman , Jake Lloyd , and Ian McDiarmid . It is the first chapter of the Star Wars prequel trilogy , the fourth theatrical Star Wars release overall, and chronologically the first film in the Star Wars saga .
The Phantom Menace was released in theaters on May 19 , 1999, becoming the first Star Wars film since Star Wars : Episode VI Return of the Jedi , which was released sixteen years earlier. The release was accompanied by extensive media coverage and great fan anticipation. Despite mixed reviews from critics and fans, the film grossed $924.3 million worldwide, making it the second-highest-grossing Star Wars film when unadjusted for inflation. It was re-released on Blu-ray in September 2011 , and was re-released in theaters in 3D on February 10 , 2012 .
The film was the catalyst for fifteen years of Star Wars storytelling that would primarily take place around the time of the prequel storyline. The success of the film allowed for the next two chapters of the prequel trilogy, as well as the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and television series .
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Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan prepare to fight their way out of the Trade Federation flagship.
Thirty-two years before the events of Star Wars : Episode IV A New Hope (thirteen years before the formation of the Galactic Empire), there is a trade dispute between the Trade Federation and the outlying systems of the Galactic Republic , which has led to a blockade of the Mid-Rim planet of Naboo . Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum , leader of the Galactic Senate , has secretly dispatched two Jedi , Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan , Obi-Wan Kenobi , to serve as "the ambassadors" to the Federation flagship , in order to meet with Viceroy Nute Gunray and resolve the dispute. Unknown to them, the Trade Federation is in league with the mysterious Darth Sidious , Dark Lord of the Sith , who secretly orders Gunray to invade Naboo and kill the two Jedi upon their arrival. When Gunray asked if that would be legal, Sidious says that he would ensure that it was.
The Viceroy locks the Jedi in the meeting room and attempts to kill them with poison gas while having their ship, the Radiant VII , destroyed in the hangar, but they escape. After battling through squads of battle droids, Jinn and Kenobi make their way to the command deck where Gunray is located, shielding himself behind blast doors . The Jedi are forced to flee upon the arrival of two Destroyer Droids and stow away aboard two separate Federation landing craft leaving for the surface of Naboo to begin the invasion.
Back in the command deck, Queen Amidala contacts Gunray to express her disapproval of their blockade, with Gunray explaining that they wouldn't have done it without the approval of the Senate. When she asks about the ambassadors sent by the Chancellor, Gunray claims that they have received no such ambassadors, leaving Amidala startled and suspicious. Gunray ends communications with her and informs his aide that they should disable all communications on the planet.
Meanwhile, Amidala is conversing with Senator Sheev Palpatine regarding the recent attempt at negotiations and how Gunray claimed that they did not receive any ambassadors. Surprised, Palpatine states that he had assurances from the Chancellor that his ambassadors did arrive. However, Palpatine is unable to finish his sentence as his hologram flickers out. Naboo Governor Sio Bibble suspects that an interruption of communications is a sign that an invasion from the Trade Federation is imminent.
The Jedi liberate the queen and her guards from the battle-droid invasion.
On the planet's surface, Qui-Gon saves native outcast Jar Jar Binks from being crushed by a Trade Federation MTT . Kenobi appears, pursued by STAPs , which are destroyed by Qui-Gon. Jar Jar Binks shows the two Jedi the way to an underwater Gungan settlement, Otoh Gunga . Meanwhile, the Trade Federation occupies Theed , the capital city of Naboo, and captures Queen Amidala along with the rest of the government. In Otoh Gunga, the Jedi meet the Gungan leader, Boss Nass , and ask him to help the people of Naboo, but Nass refuses due to hate of the people of Naboo and sends them off in a bongo submarine . They are attacked by an opee sea killer and a colo claw fish but both fish are eaten by a sando aqua monster . The Jedi, with Binks in tow, arrive in Theed and rescue Queen Amidala. They depart for Coruscant , the Galactic Republic's capital planet, to ask for help from the Senate. As they attempt to run the blockade, the queen's starship is damaged by Federation battleships , but an astromech droid named R2-D2 manages to repair it and they narrowly escape.
Due to the damage to the ship's hyperdrive sustained in the attack, the Jedi decide to land on the nearby planet Tatooine for repairs. While searching for a new hyperdrive generator, they befriend young Anakin Skywalker , a slave boy, whose master is Watto , a Toydarian junk dealer. Watto has the required parts in stock, but Qui-Gon is unable to purchase them, as Republic credits are worthless on Tatooine.
Anakin races ahead of Sebulba during the Boonta Eve Podrace.
Anakin is gifted with piloting and mechanical abilities, and has built an almost-complete droid named C-3PO . Qui-Gon senses a strong presence of the Force in Anakin, and feels that he may be the Chosen One —the one who will fulfill a prophecy by bringing balance to the Force. By entering Anakin into a podrace , Qui-Gon orchestrates a gamble with Watto's chance cube in which " fate " decided that the boy (alone, since Qui-Gon was unable to include the youth's mother in the bargain) will be released from slavery while also acquiring the parts needed for their ship. The night before the race, Qui-Gon does a blood test on Anakin and discovers that the boy's midi-chlorian reading is off the chart.
Anakin wins the race (defeating his rival, Sebulba ) and joins the team as they prepare to leave for Coruscant, where Qui-Gon plans to seek permission from the Jedi High Council to train Anakin to be a Jedi. Meanwhile, Darth Sidious sends his apprentice, Darth Maul , to kill the two Jedi and capture the queen. Maul appears just as the group is leaving the planet, and duels with Qui-Gon. The fight is cut short when Qui-Gon escapes his black-robed assailant by jumping on board the Naboo Royal Starship as it takes off.
Amidala and Palpatine plead before the Senate to intervene with Naboo's crisis.
On Coruscant, Qui-Gon informs the Jedi Council of the mysterious attacker he encountered on Tatooine, coming to the conclusion that his attacker is a Sith , the latter being a religious order who were followers of the dark side of the Force and thought to have been extinct for over a millennium, much to the shock of the Jedi Council. Qui-Gon also informs the Council about Anakin, hoping that he can be trained as a Jedi. After testing the boy and deliberating with one another, the Council refuses, deeming him too old for training according to the Jedi Code . They are also concerned that they sense much fear in the boy, and that he has a clouded future.
Meanwhile, Senator Palpatine meets with Queen Amidala to warn of corruption in the Senate and advises that she may have to call for a Vote of No Confidence in Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum. When their petition to the Senate is refused, Amidala sees no alternative but to do just that. Palpatine is among the candidates to become the new Supreme Chancellor. The queen later announces to Palpatine that she will return to their home planet to repel the invasion of her people by herself. She is frustrated by the Senate's deliberation and lack of action, and feels that even if Palpatine is elected Chancellor, it will be too late. The Jedi Council sends the two Jedi to accompany the queen back to Naboo, hoping to shed light on any Sith involvement.
Boss Nass at the Gungan Sacred Place
Amidala, back on Naboo, attempts to locate the Gungans at Otoh Gunga, but Jar-Jar, after searching the city, informs them that it has been abandoned. He then leads them to the Gungan Sacred Place , where he is certain the Gungans will be . The Gungans are initially distrustful, until the "handmaiden" Padmé reveals herself as the true queen and humbly begs for their help. She negotiates with Boss Nass to form an alliance and unite their peoples in battle against the Trade Federation. Captain Panaka and several other security forces were also dispatched to rescue anyone imprisoned in the Trade Federation's prison camps, although they were only able to successfully extract a handful.
Next, Amidala informs Qui-Gon and Nass of her battle strategy: with the Grand Gungan Army acting as a distraction to the bulk of the main Trade Federation forces, the Naboo resistance led by herself, Captain Panaka and the Jedi will infiltrate Theed via a secret entrance located inside one of the waterfalls. Nute Gunray, hearing reports of the Grand Army's assembly, informs Darth Sidious; Sidious orders Gunray to wipe out both the Gungans and the Naboo as the Trade Federation prepares for battle.
Captain Roos Tarpals orders the Gungan Grand Army to activate their shield , which protects them from ranged attack. OOM-9 has his tanks fire first, but seeing them fail to penetrate the powerful shield, orders them to cease fire. Daultay Dofine gives the command to activate the battle droids. These droids march through the shield and open fire on the Grand Army, soon destroying the shield generator. As the tanks cause heavy casualties among the Gungans, defeat for the alliance seems imminent.
However, victory comes when young Anakin Skywalker accidentally takes control of an N-1 starfighter and goes on to destroy the Federation's Droid Control Ship from the inside, killing Daultay Dofine and rendering the droid army useless. Meanwhile, Amidala and her force fight their way back into the royal palace and capture Nute Gunray.
Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan fight Darth Maul during the Battle of Naboo.
At the same time, in a Theed hangar bay , Darth Maul engages in combat with the two Jedi, using his double-bladed lightsaber . The battle moves from the hangar, across a series of catwalks, to the Theed Generator Complex. During the fight, Obi-Wan is separated from his master by being kicked off of a catwalk. He grabs the edge of another catwalk below and jumps back up to where Qui-Gon and Maul continue to fight. By this time, Qui-Gon and Maul have become separated by a force field in the entrance to the Generator Room. Obi-Wan catches up to them, but is divided from his master by four force fields. When the force fields deactivate, Jinn and Maul continue their battle while Kenobi remains divided from the battle by one force field when they all reactivate.
After a lengthy duel, Maul suddenly stuns Qui-Gon by hitting him on the chin with his lightsaber handle, then rams his blade straight into Qui-Gon's torso, mortally wounding him. Devastated and angered, Obi-Wan redoubles his assault upon Maul and chops the Sith's lightsaber in half, but Maul eventually overpowers and nearly kills Kenobi by Force pushing him over the edge of a seemingly bottomless reactor shaft. Obi-Wan saves himself from falling when he manages to grab onto a pipe protruding from the wall of the shaft. Maul kicks the Jedi's lightsaber into the pit and prepares to finish him off. After Obi-Wan calms himself, he uses the Force to leap out of the shaft and over Maul's head while summoning his fallen master's lightsaber to his hand. He lands behind the surprised Maul and cuts him in half; Maul's upper and lower body fall into the shaft.
Obi-Wan reaches Qui-Gon moments before he dies, as Qui-Gon instructs Obi-Wan to train Anakin to become a Jedi, reiterating that Anakin is the Chosen One. Obi-Wan gives his word that he will. Qui-Gon dies, leading to Obi-Wan to grieve for his deceased master. The newly elected Chancellor Palpatine arrives to congratulate Queen Amidala on her victory, as Nute Gunray is sent to stand trial for his crimes.
The Gungans and the Naboo celebrate their victory.
Later, in a room in the queen's palace, Yoda confers upon Obi-Wan the rank of Jedi Knight. Kenobi argues with Yoda about his promise to Qui-Gon regarding Anakin's training. Yoda is convinced it is dangerous to train the boy, but tells Kenobi the Jedi Council has allowed Skywalker to become Kenobi's apprentice. Later that evening, in a temple in Theed, Qui-Gon's body is cremated , and Mace Windu and Yoda agree that the Sith are definitely to blame for the tragedy. As there are only ever two Sith at any given time (a Master and an apprentice), both Masters believe that one must still remain.
The Naboo and Gungans organize a great victory celebration on the streets of Theed, in front on the palace. Obi-Wan and Anakin are present, the younger now wearing formal Jedi attire, and in his hair is a special braid : the mark of a Jedi Padawan. The film ends with Queen Amidala presenting a gift of appreciation and friendship to Boss Nass and the Gungan people.
Development [ ]
Along the lines of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles , all three prequel films were originally intended to be written and shot as one large production, and released back to back.  The first draft of the script was begun November 1994 . 
The role of director was offered to Steven Spielberg , Ron Howard , and Robert Zemeckis. According to Howard, Lucas didn't necessarily want to direct Episode I. He further commented that all three directors turned down the position as the film was Lucas's "baby."  The budget of Menace was estimated $115 million. Shooting took place from June 26 to September 30 , 1997 . As with Star Wars : Episode IV A New Hope , Episode I's main exterior filming locations were in Tunisia . The podrace was filmed in a canyon near Sidi Bouhlel and Oung Jmel . A set was built near Oung Jmel to represent Mos Espa on Tatooine. The Slave Quarters Row were filmed in ksour's near Tataouine and Ksar Medenine . Small parts were filmed in Royal Caserta Palace in Italy and Whippendell Woods in the United Kingdom , but Hever Castle was later cut. Studio work was mainly done at Leavesden Studios in the United Kingdom. 
Unlike the latter two films in the series which were shot on digital video , most of this film was shot in 35 mm, with a few scenes shot in digital video. 
This episode was also the first of the saga to be referred to primarily by its number ( Episode One ) by media and fans, in contrast to the original trilogy the public already knew. [ source? ]
Release [ ]
One of the most popular marketing posters for the film
The Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars film in 16 years. As a result, there was almost unprecedented interest amongst both fans and the wider public in the revival of the franchise. The film received enormous media-created hype, which made Lucasfilm's $20 million advertising campaign—with the distinctive artwork of Star Wars series artist Drew Struzan gracing the movie poster and other advertising—seem modest and almost unnecessary. Few film studios released films during the same week as the release of The Phantom Menace ; among the more courageous were DreamWorks and Universal Studios , with the releases of The Love Letter and Notting Hill respectively. The Love Letter was a box-office flop, whereas Notting Hill fared rather well and followed The Phantom Menace closely in second place.  Challenger, Grey & Christmas of Chicago, a work-issues consulting firm, estimated that 2.2 million full-time employees did not appear for work to attend the film, resulting in $293 million in lost productivity. The Wall Street Journal reported that such a large number of workers announced plans to view premiere screenings that many companies shut down on the premiere day.  Many fans began waiting outside cinema theaters as early as a month in advance of ticket sales. 
More theatre lines appeared when it was announced that cinemas were not allowed to sell tickets in advance until two weeks into the release. This was done out of fear that family theatre-goers would either be unable to receive tickets or would be forced to pay higher prices. Tickets were instead to be sold on a traditional first-come-first-serve basis.  However, after meetings with the National Association of Theatre Owners , Lucasfilm agreed to allow advance ticket sales on May 12 , 1999 , provided that there be a 12-ticket limit per customer.  As a result, however, some advance tickets were sold by " scalpers " as high as $100 apiece, which a distribution chief called "horrible," stating it was exactly what they wanted to avoid.  Daily Variety reported that theatre owners received strict instructions from Lucasfilm that the film could only play in the cinema's largest auditorium for the first 8–12 weeks; no honor passes were allowed for the first eight weeks, and they were obligated to send their payments to distributor 20th Century Fox within seven days.  Servers at the film's official website became gridlocked soon after the release of the first teaser trailer ,  and many fans of the series paid full admission to see Meet Joe Black only to leave after the trailer had run. The same tradition followed months later when the theatrical trailer was featured in front of Wing Commander .  The theatrical trailer caused even more notable media hype, because it not only premiered in theaters, but screened at the ShoWest Convention in Las Vegas , and was aired on television on Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood .  An unusual marketing scheme was pursued across the United Kingdom , where the teaser trailer was released on December 2 , 1998 and then pulled from theaters six weeks later. 
Despite worries about whether the film would be finished in time, two weeks prior to its debut Lucasfilm pushed the release date up from May 21 to May 19 of 1999. At the ShoWest Convention, Lucas stated that the change was to give the fans a "head start" by allowing them to view it over the week and allowing families the chance to view on the weekends. In a nod toward his future with digital technology, Lucas stated that the film would be released on four digital projectors on June 18 , 1999.  Eleven charity premieres were staged across the United States on May 16 , 1999; proceeds from the Los Angeles event were given to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation with corporate packages available for $5,000–$25,000.  Other charity premieres included the Dallas premiere for Children's Medical Center , the Aubrey Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research at the Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York, the Big Brother/Sister Assn. of the Philadelphia premiere, and the Children's National Medical Centre in Washington D.C. A statement said that tickets were sold at $500 apiece and that certain sections were set aside for disadvantaged children. 
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Two separate soundtracks were released for The Phantom Menace . One, a traditional soundtrack, contained seventeen tracks of selections from the score. The second, an Ultimate Collector's Edition Soundtrack, compiled the score as it was presented in the film (with several minor alterations) in sixty-eight tracks.
Major musical themes and leitmotifs were introduced in the film, including the droid march , " Duel of the Fates ," Qui-Gon's Theme , " The Adventures of Jar Jar ," Darth Maul's Motif , Anakin's Theme , Shmi's motif , " The Flag Parade ," " Escape from Naboo ," and the " Symponik Nabooalla ."
During the credits at the end of the film, young Anakin's theme is heard playing, but during the last moments of the film, this theme morphs into the first few notes of the Darth Vader theme during the Imperial March , and, as the last logos of THX are scrolling by, three rasping breaths from Vader's respirator can be heard, referencing Anakin's eventual change into Darth Vader.
Novelization [ ]
A novelization of the movie was written by Terry Brooks . It includes three entire chapters of material created by Brooks and unique to the novel. The first two chapters of the book concern Anakin's next-to-last podrace and its aftermath, while a later chapter describes an encounter between Anakin and a wounded Tusken Raider in the desert.
Brooks met with Lucas before writing the book and received his approval and guidance, including information about developments to come in Episodes II and III. This can be seen in such passages as the Tusken Raider scene, which ironically foreshadows the death of Anakin's mother in Episode II, and the passage leading up to Anakin's fight with the Rodian child Greedo , indicating that Anakin's anger derives from his anguish at Padmé's impending departure (foreshadowing the plot of Episode III).
The novelization is especially well known for a passage describing the history of the Sith, including Darth Bane . According to Terry Brooks' memoir, Sometimes the Magic Works , Lucas spent an hour on the telephone with him discussing the history of the Jedi and the Sith. Therefore, the information on this subject provided in Brooks' novelization might derive from Lucas himself. The novelization is also the first mention of the Stark Hyperspace War .
Brooks devotes an entire chapter of Sometimes the Magic Works to the writing of the Episode I novelization, which he claims to have been an extremely happy and fulfilling experience.
Home video [ ]
The Phantom Menace on DVD
The film was first released on VHS on April 4, 2000. There was a normal fullscreen release, and a widescreen collector's box set . The widescreen VHS contains an exclusive documentary titled "Filmmaking Has Turned A Corner." In addition the collector's set contains an excerpted version of The Art of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and a set of film cells from a scene in the film.
Star Wars : Episode I The Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars film to be officially released on DVD . This two-disc DVD was released on October 16, 2001.
The DVD features a commentary track by Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, editor Ben Burtt , animation director Rob Coleman , and visual effects supervisors John Knoll , Dennis Muren , and Scott Squires . It includes seven deleted scenes completed specifically for the DVD, and The Beginning: Making Episode I , an hour-long documentary film drawn from more than 600 hours of footage, including an insider's look at Lucasfilm and ILM during the production. The viewer can access a multi-angle storyboard-to-animatic-to-film segment featuring the submarine and podrace lap 1 sequences. The DVD includes two documentary sources, five featurettes exploring the storyline, design, costumes, visual effects, and fight sequences in the film, and an award-winning twelve-part web documentary series chronicling the production. The Duel of the Fates music video featuring John Williams was included on the DVD as well. The final special features included are a never-before-seen production photo gallery with a special caption feature, theatrical posters and print campaigns from around the world, a theatrical teaser and launch trailers, seven TV spots, Star Wars: Starfighter - The Making of a Game featurette from LucasArts , and a DVD-ROM weblink to exclusive Star Wars content.
The DVD became the fastest-selling DVD ever in the US, after 2.2 million copies were sold in its first week after release.  However, some reviewers criticized the DVD for the excessive use of edge enhancement that degraded the DVD's picture quality. 
At the DVD press conference for Revenge of the Sith , prequel trilogy animation director Rob Coleman confirmed that the animation department at Lucasfilm had replaced the Yoda puppet from the original version of the film with a digital Yoda. This was done to better match up the look of the Yoda from The Phantom Menace with that of the other two films of the prequel trilogy, as well as with the Yoda from the original trilogy. This change has been, for the most part, welcomed by fans, in contrast to the original puppet Yoda as seen in The Phantom Menace .
A preview of these changes can be viewed on the Revenge of the Sith DVD that was released on November 1, 2005. The clip is included as part of "The Chosen One" featurette. However, when Coleman announced the change, he didn't specify when the revised version of The Phantom Menace would be released. 
The Phantom Menace was re-released along with Episodes II–VI on Blu-ray in September 2011 .  For this release, the film went through a restoration process which restored the picture to its full frame (offering around 8% more picture than its DVD release). The Blu-ray release was also marked by the replacement of the puppet for the CGI model of Yoda used in Star Wars : Episode III Revenge of the Sith , as well as a few corrections of visual effects and technical errors.
On April 7 , 2015 , the Walt Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox, and Lucasfilm jointly announced the digital releases of the six released Star Wars films. As Lucasfilm had retained digital distribution rights to Episodes I thru III and V thru VI, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released The Phantom Menace for digital download on April 10 , 2015. 
Despite the Walt Disney Company's 2012 purchase of Lucasfilm Ltd. and the release rights to all future Star Wars films, Fox was to retain original distribution rights to Star Wars : Episode IV A New Hope , which they co-produced and co-financed, in perpetuity in all media worldwide. Fox was also to retain theatrical, nontheatrical, and home video rights worldwide for the franchise's five subsequent films, which Lucasfilm produced and financed independently, through May 2020 , at which time ownership was to transfer to Disney. This complex relationship between Fox and Disney, particularly in regards to Fox's perpetual rights to Episode IV, was to create an obstacle for any future boxed set comprising all nine films.  On December 14 , 2017 , The Walt Disney Company announced that it was acquiring most of Fox's parent company, 21st Century Fox , including the film studio and all distribution rights to A New Hope .  On March 20 , 2019 , the deal was officially completed.  On April 12 , 2019, a Blu-ray box set containing the nine main instalments of the Star Wars saga remastered in 4K was reportedly announced to be in development for a 2020 release. 
3D re-release [ ]
Official poster for The Phantom Menace 3D release
On September 28 , 2010 , StarWars.com and Lucasfilm announced that the entire Star Wars saga would be converted to stereoscopic 3D and re-released in theaters and IMAX 3D, beginning with Episode I . John Knoll and Industrial Light & Magic are supervising the conversion.  The stereo conversion process has been in the works for several years, however, with George Lucas showing tests of the Episode II speeder chase scene and a reel from Episode IV in 3D during 2005's ShoWest in Las Vegas, and the speeder chase scene was demoed again by Texas Instruments as an emerging technology at SIGGRAPH 2007 in San Diego.
Episode I's 3D release date, as announced by Lucasfilm on March 3 , 2011 , was February 10 , 2012 . 
On January 28 , 2013 , Lucasfilm announced that the 3D releases of Star Wars : Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars : Episode III Revenge of the Sith were postponed. 
Reception [ ]
Critical and fan reaction ranged from high praise to outright derision. The much-hyped special effects, while generally viewed as groundbreaking in their sheer scope, were perhaps less impressive than anticipated simply because of high expectations. This attitude was confirmed with the rival film, The Matrix , winning the visual effects Academy Award for that year over The Phantom Menace . It was the first time a Star Wars film lost in that Oscar competition category. Many critics heavily criticized the acting of Natalie Portman and especially Jake Lloyd as the young Anakin Skywalker. Some aspects of the scripting and direction were also criticized. Extra venom was directed at the character of Jar Jar Binks , who was regarded by some fans as purely a merchandising opportunity rather than a serious character in the film. Fan reaction was mixed too, with some fans praising the film while others having a negative opinion of it.
However, despite some of the negative criticisms leveled at the film, many others gave praise to The Phantom Menace . William Arnold, of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer , commented that the massive of hype of the film may have caused much of the negative reaction to the film, saying "it built expectations that can't possibly be matched and scuttled element of storytelling surprise." He also felt "it's well made and entertaining" and believed it was much better than similar box-office fare released around that time period, such as The Mummy and The Matrix .  David Cornelius of efilmcritic.com remarked that the better moments of the film "don't merely balance out the weaker ones- they topple them."  Roger Ebert gave the film three and half out of four stars, calling it "an astonishing achievement in imaginative filmmaking," and stating that "Lucas tells a good story." Ebert comments that it was perfectly fine for the characters to be a bit less compelling, seeing that they were just being introduced, and stating to "give me transparent underwater cities and vast hollow senatorial spheres any day."  Mark Dinning labels The Phantom Menace "A great work from a great director, and a blockbuster of quite the most swashbuckling kind." Many fans and critics also agree that the lightsaber duel between Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Darth Maul—showcasing astounding choreography and Ray Park 's martial arts skills—is a high point, and one of the best lightsaber duels in the Star Wars saga. 
The film was nominated for three Academy Awards —Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, and Best Sound Effects; however, it lost to The Matrix in all three categories. The film won Best Motion Picture at the People's Choice Awards. It was also nominated for the Saturn Awards on the categories of Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director (George Lucas), Best Actor (Liam Neeson), Best Supporting Actor (Ewan McGregor), Best Young Actor (Jake Lloyd), Best Young Actress (Natalie Portman), Best Supporting Actress (Pernilla August), Best Screenplay (George Lucas), Best Music (John Williams), Best Special Effects and Best Makeup. It won on the categories of Best Costume Design (Trisha Biggar) and Best Special Effects. 
Deleted scenes [ ]
- The Waterfall Sequence —As Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Jar Jar arrive in the waterways of Theed, in the bongo, they surface just in front of a huge waterfall and have to vacate the vehicle in a hurry.
- Dawn Before the Podrace —Anakin gets up early to prepare the pod for the race and has a brief chat with Padmé.
- Complete Podrace Grid Sequence —This scene shows more of the participating racers and creatures in the crowd, later added on DVD.
- Extended Podrace Lap Two —This lap shows some more of Sebulba's "creative interpretation of the rules" and further proof of just how special Anakin is, later added on DVD.
- Anakin's Scuffle With Greedo —This was due to follow the podrace, to show Anakin's potential for aggression, but George Lucas cut it because he wanted Anakin to be shown as a genuinely good character who turns evil later in adulthood.
- Farewell to Jira —This occurs as Qui-Gon and Anakin are leaving Mos Espa and Anakin stops briefly to say goodbye to Jira. One of Darth Maul's probe droids follows them for some time until Qui-Gon finally notices and destroys it before passing by the Dusty Duck .
- The Air Taxi Sequence —The taxi ride shows us about ten more seconds of Coruscant, later added on DVD.
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- Star Wars : Episode I The Phantom Menace on Box Office Mojo (archived from the original on June 30 , 2020 )
- Star Wars : Episode I The Phantom Menace on Rotten Tomatoes (archived from the original on August 10 , 2020 )
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Star wars: every jedi council member in the phantom menace.
The Phantom Menace introduced fans to the High Jedi Council on Coruscant. Who are these Jedi, and moreover, what ultimately happened to them?
The Phantom Menace marked the first time that the High Jedi Council was depicted in any Star Wars film, introducing fans to the governing body over the Jedi Order during the last days of the Republic. Comprised of the most skilled and powerful Jedi Masters, this council was vital in the functioning of the Order.
In the year 32 BBY, the year during which The Phantom Menace takes place, the High Jedi Council included several powerful Jedi Masters, each of whom has a part to play in the greater scheme of the Star Wars franchise. While not all survived, all are worth exploring for anyone enthusiastic about Star Wars .
Yaddle is one Jedi Master whom fans would love to learn more about in a spinoff series. One of the few known members of Yoda's species, Yaddle served as a member of the High Council during the events leading up to the Battle of Naboo. She trained fellow council member Oppo Rancisis, a survivor of Order 66.
How did Yaddle die?
Yaddle stepped down from her position on the council shortly after the Battle of Naboo, ceding her seat to Jedi Master Shaak Ti. During a negotiation mission, Yaddle sacrificed herself to save the young Anakin Skywalker's life, inhaling poisonous gas and dying from its toxic fumes.
Plo Koon was one of the most powerful Jedi Masters of the High Council. Known for his signature goggles and for being the Jedi to first bring Ahsoka Tano to the Order, Master Koon served as a general in the Clone Wars and a member of the Council until the execution of Order 66.
After Chancellor Palpatine issued the order to all clone commanders to kill their Jedi Generals, Plo Koon was shot out of the sky in his Jedi Starfighter by his men while flying over Cata Neimoidia. Catching fire, his ship crashed into a nearby structure, killing the Master Jedi.
Adi Gallia was a member of the Jedi Council at the time of Anakin Skywalker's acceptance into the Jedi Order. During the Clone Wars, she was an ally and close friend of Obi-Wan Kenobi, aiding him in his efforts against the resurrected Darth Maul.
Gallia was killed on a mission to Florrum with Master Kenobi while confronting Darth Maul and Savage Oppress when she was gored by the latter's horned head. Injured beyond healing, Oppress finished her off with a blow from his lightsaber. Gallia was succeeded on the council by her cousin, Stass Allie, who served on the council until her death during Order 66.
Depa Billaba was the former Padawan of Master Mace Windu and the Master of Caleb Dume, later known as Kanan Jarrus. During the Clone Wars, Billaba faced off with General Grievous, sustaining injuries that kept her out of action long enough for her place to be filled on the Council by Coleman Kcaj, though both would continue to serve on the council after her recovery.
Billaba and Dume were on a mission to the planet Kaller at the onset of Order 66. Though Billaba was able to hold off the attacking clones long enough for her apprentice to escape with the help of the Bad Batch, she was unable to escape herself, dying in the barrage of blaster fire.
Jedi Master Saesee Tiin was a powerful member of the High Council, who served until the fall of the Jedi Order during the execution of Order 66. Famed for the strength of his Force abilities, which allowed him to even pilot a starfighter exclusively using the Force, Master Tiin fought valiantly throughout the Clone Wars.
Saesee Tiin was one of the three Jedi Masters that Mace Windu brought with him to arrest Chancellor Palpatine after he was revealed to be the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. Tiin was the second to fall in the ensuing skirmish, killed immediately after his comrade, Agen Kolar, was run through by Sidious's lightsaber blade.
Yarael Poof was a Quermian Jedi present at the council meeting where it was decided that Anakin Skywalker would be accepted into the Order. Like all Quermians, Master Poof possessed two brains and four arms. The Jedi Master was also known for his high proficiency when it came to using Jedi mind tricks.
Master Yarael Poof did not survive to see the Clone Wars. Shortly before the onset of that conflict, Poof was killed on an undisclosed mission, the details of which are scarce. Nevertheless, the fallen Jedi was replaced by fellow Master Coleman Trebor, who was killed later that year by Jango Fett at the First Battle of Geonosis.
Eeth Koth was a Zabrak Jedi Master who served on the Jedi Council before and during the Clone Wars. He was present when the Chosen One arrived in the Order and voted on whether or not he should be inducted. The character was also featured in several episodes of The Clone Wars .
Unlike many of his fellow council members, Master Koth survived Order 66, having been expelled from the Jedi Order several years prior. The former Jedi settled down and started a family in the years after the fall of the Republic, but was hunted down by Darth Vader. After a lightsaber duel, Vader managed to kill Eeth Koth and kidnap his child for the Empire's nefarious purposes.
Oppo Rancisis is a Thisspiasin Jedi Master who served on the High Council beginning with the year 232 BBY, 100 years before his appearance in The Phantom Menace . Rancisis was trained by Master Yaddle and served on the Jedi Council until the fall of the Order in 19 BBY, after 113 years as a member.
Though Rancisis is never depicted anywhere after the Great Jedi Purge, he is confirmed to have survived the onslaught by the clone troopers. The Jedi Master's name appears on a list of surviving Jedi shown in the comic book Darth Vader #19. Rancisis's last known location was the planet of Saleucami, where he had embarked on a mission shortly before Order 66 was given.
Even Piell was a Lannik Jedi Master who served on the council at the time of The Phantom Menace in 32 BBY. Courageous and curt, Master Piell made up for his short stature with the ferocity and fire of one of the most dangerous Jedi of his age.
Master Piell was featured heavily in one of the best arcs in The Clone Wars , the Citadel Raid. After Piell was captured and held captive in the heavily-guarded citadel, a team led by Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi infiltrated the base in order to help him escape. While they were able to rescue most of Piell's fellow captives, including Governor Wilhuff Tarkin, Master Piell was killed during the escape.
Ki-Adi-Mundi was a high-ranking member of the Jedi High Council. Trained by Master Yoda, the Cerean Jedi was known for his distinctive large forehead and white wispy beard. Master Mundi had a reputation for being somewhat uptight, despite fostering a rather warm personality to his closest friends.
Master Mundi was killed during an ongoing conflict with Separatist forces on Mygeeto. His death is depicted in the heartbreaking Order 66 montage in Revenge of the Sith , as part of one of the most exciting third acts in the Skywalker Saga . Though Mundi was able to hold out for a few moments against his traitorous clone troopers, he was eventually shot and killed.
Mace Windu was one of the most powerful members of the Jedi Council, who served throughout the last several decades of the Jedi Order. Famed for his skill with a lightsaber and powerful Force abilities, Windu often took the lead in Council discussions. Despite being one of the top-ranking Jedi Masters of his day, Windu had trouble respecting opinions other than his own, which grated on the mind of the younger Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker.
After the death of General Grievous, it was brought to Master Windu's attention that the Chancellor was secretly a Sith Lord. Taking Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar, and Saesee Tiin with him, Windu confronted and attempted to arrest Palpatine. All four Jedi Masters were killed in the proceeding fight, with Windu hurled out a window by Palpatine's Force Lightning. Despite the magnitude of his death, many fans think Windu could be revealed to have survived the fall of the Jedi after all.
Master Yoda was one of the most powerful Jedi to ever exist. Centuries old and wiser than even the best of his peers, Yoda was a well-respected and highly regarded Jedi Master, who served on the council for hundreds of years. The elderly Jedi made it his responsibility to train each youngling in the Order before they went on to become Padawans.
After the fall of the Jedi Order, Master Yoda exiled himself to the planet Dagobah, where he would remain until his death. During that time, the former Jedi Master communed with other Jedi, including Ezra Bridger. Eventually, he was discovered in his homestead by Luke Skywalker, whom he trained in the ways of the Force. Luke departed shortly thereafter but returned just in time to bid his master goodbye before he died.
NEXT: Every Member Of The Jedi Council During Order 66 (And What Happened To Them)
The Best Yaddle Stories in Star Wars
addle is a clear example of how much love a character can receive no matter the amount of screen time she is given. For almost a quarter of a century, Yaddle had mere minutes of screentime to explain her character to the vast majority of the Star Wars fanbase, and still she has become a beloved character that we know so little about.
The main reason Yaddle has drawn so much interest with so little backstory is because of her species. Yaddle is the same species as Yoda—and Grogu, though his character didn’t make it to the party for two decades after Yaddle’s debut.
But the cool thing is that we still don’t know much of anything about Yoda/Yaddle’s species at all. We don’t know their home planet or why there seem to be so few of them around the galaxy or why the three members that we do know are all highly powerful in the Force. It seems extremely likely that each member of this unknown species holds some ancient and deep connection to the Force unmatched by any other species.
It’s certainly not unlikely that Grogu may sit on the High Council of some future Jedi Order, just as Yoda and Yaddle did before the rise of the Empire. So let’s take a minute to zoom in on Yaddle and her story—what little we know of it so far and what may be yet to come.
Yaddle in Legends
The phantom menace.
Yaddle’s first appearance in Star Wars was in the 1999 movie The Phantom Menace . Though she spoke no lines throughout the entire film, she made a big splash by being another member of Yoda’s species who sat on the High Council during the time just before the Clone Wars. Her seat on the council stood as proof of her prowess with the Force, and everyone wanted to know more about her.
Bringing even more mystery into her story, Yaddle did not appear on the council in the two remaining Prequel Trilogy movies. For over two decades, it was assumed she either died, stepped down from the Council (and possibly the Order altogether), or was removed. We’ll talk more about how that question got answered below. But for a long time, The Phantom Menace was it for Yaddle’s screen appearances.
Star Wars (1998)
Star Wars (1998), also known as Star Wars: Republic , was a mainline comic series that ran from 1998 to 2006, producing 83 issues. The timeline of the comic essentially followed along with the Prequel Trilogy movies, as it started before The Phantom Menace and ended after Revenge of the Sith .
This comic did provide some of those details that were missing from The Phantom Menace , however most fans of the movie were amiss to this information. Still, it’s worth mentioning here and definitely worth reading if you’re interested in Yaddle’s character. She even goes on an adventure with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker!
And that pretty much makes up most of Yaddle’s story before the new Canon. There wasn’t much there, but we loved what we got from Yaddle.
Yaddle in Canon
The high republic.
The High Republic has given us a glimpse into an entirely new era of the galaxy, but there are two familiar faces throughout the series: Yoda and Yaddle. Much like Yoda, Yaddle wasn’t featured very heavily in Phase 1, only showing up to have a brief conversation with the young Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh.
But in Phase 2, Yaddle played a significant role throughout the overarching story. We watched as she guided her padawan, Cippa, through a highly blurry time in the Force. Fighting against the Path of the Open Hand, Yaddle and Cippa never quite had a grip of the situation—which is a position the Jedi seem to find themselves in often—but both Yaddle’s deep connection to the Force and Cippa’s mysterious abilities brought them through to the other side. If you’re looking for an adventure-packed, intense story to follow Yaddle through, Phase 2 of The High Republic is exactly what you want.
Tales of the Jedi
Tales of the Jedi is a collection of animated shorts, each focusing on a specific character. In the show’s first season, episodes 2, 3, and 4 told stories set throughout the life of the infamous Jedi-turned-Sith, Count Dooku. Though these episodes focused on Dooku, they filled in a lot of holes in the timeline of Yaddle’s life and answered the question of her disappearance between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones .
If you’re looking specifically for Yaddle in these shorts, you’ll want to watch episode 4, “The Sith Lord.” This episode didn’t just fill in some of the glaring gaps that fans have been wondering about for the past couple of decades; it gave us the context of who Yaddle was, both as a Jedi and simply as a person. We saw her values and morals in clear view and it was undeniable how far she was willing to go to protect the Republic and what it stood for.
So that’s what we know about Yaddle so far! While we have a lot more answers now than we did way back in 1999 at the premiere of The Phantom Menace , there are still a lot of questions surrounding Yaddle and her species. Thankfully, we will know Yaddle a little more in John Jackson Miller’s forthcoming book, The Living Force ! If the cover is any indication, this book is bound to be packed full of Yaddle content, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store.
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