Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian.
We first met baby Yoda, the nickname fans promptly coined for the baby of Yoda’s species introduced in the closing minutes of the first episode, when the titular Mandalorian (played by Game of Thrones alum Pedro Pascal) discovered he was the target that Werner Herzog’s unnamed character had hired him to collect as his next bounty. And boy were we instantly smitten — just like the Mandalorian himself seemed to be.
At 50 years old, baby Yoda is still just that — a baby — which helps explain how original Yoda lived to the ripe old age of 900 and was still slinging X-wings around on Dagobah just a few years before his death. But what exactly is it about the big-eared, slow-aging alien baby that has people ready to, as they’ve put it, die for him. Let’s discuss the baby Yoda memes.
There’s no escape from baby Yoda fever
Who wants a regular old baby when you could have a baby Yoda to devote your life to? No one that’s who.
watching the mandalorian and i am very upset i will never have a baby yoda of my own— Dean Michael Unglert (@deanie_babies) November 18, 2019
🎈a bit of personal news🎈.....i feel humbled and blessed to announce that i am pregnant, with a baby yoda.— just guy stuff (@bobby) November 18, 2019
During the baby yoda scenes my gf kept smiling at me and asking “do you like him??” like she’s thinking of having one.— Mike Ginn (@shutupmikeginn) November 17, 2019
Those giant ears though
Baby Yoda’s big pointy ears are the galaxy far, far away equivalent of puppy paws. You can’t get enough of looking at how adorably disproportionate they are and you never will.
so none of you were gonna tell me pic.twitter.com/xMX9P0MyHy— 𝘋𝘈𝘙𝘊𝘐𝘌 𝘞𝘐𝘓𝘋𝘌𝘙 (@333333333433333) November 17, 2019
Where do I get a baby Yoda? Those ears!!!— JCOLE 🐙 (@jessilauren311) November 18, 2019
Finally watching #TheMandalorian and I just can't stop smiling at this new #babyyoda. I must have a stuffed version NOW. No, I will not wait until Christmas. That face...those huge ears...it's like a green Corgi puppy, if Corgis made their way into the Star Wars universe!— Rebecca Murray (@becmur) November 17, 2019
He’s a musical inspiration
There’s apparently no song that can’t be improved by substituting “baby Yoda” in for some of the original lyrics.
I’ve been singing Yoda Baby instead of Santa Baby and let me tell you it’s a million times cuter and way less creepy than the original. pic.twitter.com/jjaen2PtEx— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) November 18, 2019
#BabyYoda is trending. Hoping it’s not a follow up to baby shark. And now I’m sorry for planting that song in your brain. Baby Yoda do do do do do do do— gerry traham (@tacicero78) November 16, 2019
He has a tiny, hovering crib
Baby Yoda’s floating crib pod is the mode of transportation we all never knew we needed until now.
All I want for Christmas is a baby Yoda that follows me around in a floating crib— John Harlow (@jharlow07) November 15, 2019
I love baby yoda cruising around in his little crib with a sweater on— zachary strickland (@ZackStrickland) November 15, 2019
He can already use the Force
If you weren’t already head over heels for him, there was no going back once baby Yoda used the Force to save the Mandalorian from death by space rhino.
Use the force too babies can. pic.twitter.com/2ziyX4qmeJ— Baby Yoda (@BabyYodaBaby) November 18, 2019
Flows from the force a baby’s strength does. pic.twitter.com/i8CC9xOG6r— Baby Yoda (@BabyYodaBaby) November 17, 2019
I love that Baby Yoda uses a little force then hits the sleep button. Kid has got it figured out.— Josh Gollihar (@jdGollihar19) November 15, 2019
He sips soup like an absolute pro
After baby Yoda took some time out his busy schedule to enjoy a cup of bone broth in episode 4, the internet wasted no time turning him into the latest iteration of the sipping tea meme.
me even though it's 32 degrees outside pic.twitter.com/6NwxFu7f0q— T. Kyle (@tkylemac) November 30, 2019
the best part of waking up— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) November 30, 2019
is baby yoda's cup pic.twitter.com/auYCDRF0nq
“Don’t disturb me while I’m watching my stories” pic.twitter.com/PqmI5M4Awu— sam greisman (@SAMGREIS) November 30, 2019
7 year olds in NYC sipping on their morning coffee waiting for the subway on their way school. pic.twitter.com/1zYeywgu3R— aléxandros! (@bodega_gyro_ao) November 29, 2019
Every Mom on Christmas morning watching you open presents: pic.twitter.com/m7hI1qYoVz— Julie Benson (@TheJulieBenson) November 29, 2019
And he has an adorable cat lookalike
Thanks to Twitter user Bella Meza, we now know that there’s a cat out there who bears a striking resemblance to baby Yoda. And her name is Parmesan. You can’t make this up.
my boyfriend said “oh my god my cat looks like baby yoda” and i look over and sure enough pic.twitter.com/lAMfGbetF0— 𝖇𝖊𝖑𝖑𝖆 *:･ﾟ✧*:･ﾟ✧ (@BLOODTHRSTYXBBY) December 8, 2019
And last but not least, there’s a holiday hack
It’s easy to create shockingly accurate cookie dough rendering of the Child, as Disney calls the baby of Yoda’s species. Simply cut the head off of your angel cookie cutter, cut your cookies, bake and decorate!