It is easy to spot people that look like Jedi Master Yoda, as this was the case when we saw a female version of the character during the events of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. In that movie, we saw a female member of Yoda’s species as she was sitting on the Jedi Council while Qui-Gon Jinn was reporting his findings on Tatooine. This was Master Yaddle. So, who is Master Yaddle, and what happened to her?
Master Yaddle is one of the only three members of Yoda’s species we’ve seen so far, as all three of them are Force-sensitive. In Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi, we saw that Yaddle was the one who discovered Count Dooku’s treachery. As a result, she was killed by the former Jedi Master in that encounter.
People were actually wondering what happened to Master Yaddle after her first appearance in Episode I. But the good thing is that Tales of the Jedi was able to answer the questions regarding this character’s fate while also tying it together with the fate of another prominent Star Wars character. In that regard, let’s look at what we know about what happened to Master Yaddle.
Who Is Master Yaddle?
Throughout the entire Star Wars universe, there are a lot of different races and species that exist. Of course, we’ve seen several of them throughout the Star Wars continuity. But the thing is that we’ve only seen three characters that belong to the same species as Jedi Master Yoda. Grogu, who we all used to call Baby Yoda, was one of them. However, we do know that a female member of this species exists because we’ve seen Jedi Master Yaddle.
Not a lot of people may have noticed Master Yaddle when she first appeared more than 20 years ago. That’s because her role back then was pretty small compared to the other members of her species. So, who is Master Yaddle?
As her title implies, Master Yaddle is a Jedi Master and is quite seasoned as well, considering that she is just about as old as Yoda and is probably a tad younger than him. But we do know that she was probably hundreds of years old already, considering that their species tend to mature at a very slow rate, as seen from the fact that Grogu was still a baby after living for more than 50 years already.
Yaddle was a respected member of the Jedi Order during the events of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. In fact, she was one of the members of the Jedi Council. That means that she was skilled, wise, and accomplished enough to be able to secure her own seat among the strongest and wisest Jedi in the entire order.
What Happened To Master Yaddle?
The thing about Master Yaddle was that, after the events of Star Wars Episode I, she was noticeably absent from the entire Jedi Order. She wasn’t even in the council during the events of Episodes II and III. Meanwhile, her fate wasn’t shown during the Clone Wars and even at the end of Episode III when Order 66 was initiated. So, what happened to Master Yaddle?
Well, the reason why she wasn’t in any of the other Star Wars movies and shows that took place after Episode I was the fact that she died right after the events of Episode I. This was seen in Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi, which was able to answer a lot of questions that fans have and was able to fill in a lot of plot holes in the history of the Star Wars continuity.
Episodes 2 and 3 of Tales of the Jedi allowed us to see how Count Dooku had become disenfranchised not only with the Galactic Republic but also with the Jedi Order, as he thought that he could no longer achieve true peace in the Galaxy by following both of these organizations. As such, in episode 4, he sought to put the wheels of his grand plan into motion, as we saw him deleting the Kamino files from the Jedi Archives. And we do know that Kamino no longer existed in the Archives by the time of Episode II, when Obi-Wan Kenobi was investigating the matter.
Then, as Count Dooku exited the Archives, he heard from Master Jocasta Nu that his former Padawan, Qui-Gon Jinn, had discovered a Sith Lord and had presented his findings to the Jedi Council. However, when he met up with Qui-Gon, he was with Master Yaddle, as the two seemed close to one another. Qui-Gon told his former master that the council was hesitant to act on his findings about the Sith Lord, and Yaddle interjected by saying that she believed Qui-Gon but didn’t want to act in haste.
As the episode progressed, the events skipped to the time when Qui-Gon had already been killed by Darth Maul, as Yaddle told Dooku that the council would be attending the funeral in Naboo. However, Dooku was clearly distraught about his former apprentice’s death but told Yaddle that he would not be attending the funeral. This allowed Yaddle to become suspicious of him.
Count Dooku took a fighter ship that took him all the way to the darker side of Coruscant, where Darth Sidious had been hiding the entire time. Yaddle was suspicious enough to follow him there, as she overheard Dooku and Sidious talking about their plans and the things that the Jedi had to do to make sure that he could prove his loyalty to the Sith.
In what wasn’t one of the wisest things to do, Yaddle revealed herself and sought to take Darth Sidious in. She tried to convince Count Dooku to help her take the Sith Lord down as a means of making up for the crimes he committed while he was working with Sidious. However, Dooku said that it was already too late for him to turn back as he dueled with Yaddle. She even revealed that she had left the council because she felt the same way that Dooku felt but was not about to turn to the Dark side just to change the way things were done.
As skilled as Yaddle was, she was overpowered and was unable to get back to her ship to return to the Jedi Council. Dooku proceeded to crush her with the gate to the hideout, as it was believed that she had died right then and there. However, Yaddle used her Force powers to push the gate back.
But the Jedi Master had become too weak to fight back. She collapsed on the floor as Dooku prepared to finish her off. With a quick strike of a lightsaber, Dooku summarily executed Master Yaddle while swearing his loyalty to Darth Sidious as his new apprentice.
The events of episode 4 of Tales of the Jedi not only allowed us to see how Count Dooku became a Sith Lord but also how a rather minor character like Master Yaddle died. This allowed fans to see what happened to the only known female member of Yoda’s species.
Of course, this is also probably going to dismiss any notion that Grogu could have been the love child between Yoda and Yaddle, even though that possibility is still out there. After all, they are the only members of this species we’ve seen so far in the entire Star Wars continuity.