Baby Yoda / Grogu
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Baby Yoda, also known as Yiddle, is a character introduced on the Disney+ television series The Mandalorian that resembles an infant version of the Star Wars character Yoda. During the second season's fifth episode, his true name was revealed to be Grogu.
On November 12th, 2019, the first episode of The Mandalorian premiered on Disney+. At the end of the episode, the character finds a 50-year-old creature that resembles the character Yoda as an infant (photo below).
Following the release of the episode, people online discussed their appreciation for the character. Twitter user @pissvortext tweeted a screenshot of the character and the caption, "baby yoda canon baby yoda canon baby yoda canon." The tweet received more than 9,000 likes and 1,800 retweets in less than two days (shown below, left).
Throughout the day, others shared their sentiments (examples below, center and right).
That morning, Twitter user @fakehappymeal shared a GIF of the character's introduction. The post received more than 5,200 likes and 2,000 retweets (shown below).
baby yoda 🥺💚 pic.twitter.com/St1Qzq9dGV
— 𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧 ☂️ (@fakehappymeal) November 12, 2019
On November 12th, Redditor  SkyeHammer posted a "Higher-Res Baby Yoda" photograph. The post received more than 1,400 points (97% upvoted) and 560 comments in two days (shown below). Several media outlets covered the character, including Vulture, Collider, BuzzFeed,  Newsweek, The Ringer and more. On November 20th, Ebaumsworld published a collection of Baby Yoda memes.
On February 27th, 2020, Disney aired the Mandalorian episode "Chapter 13: The Jedi." In the episode, the character Ashoka Tano (portrayed by Rosario Dawson) tells the Mandalorian that the child's name is "Grogu." Following the episode, people online expressed a mixed reaction to the name. For some, the name was a welcome addition to the mythos, while others joked that they would continue to call the character "Baby Yoda" (example below).
 Wikipedia – The Mandalorian
 Twitter – @pissvortex's Tweet
 Reddit – /r/StarWarsLeaks
 Vulture – Just a Whole Bunch of Questions About Baby Yoda
 Collider – ‘The Mandalorian’: Jon Favreau Explains That Big Twist at the End of Episode 1
 BuzzFeed – 17 People Who Have Absolutely Lost It Thanks To Baby Yoda On The Mandalorian
 Newsweek – 'THE MANDALORIAN' 'BABY YODA' SCENE EXPLAINED: WHAT THE EPISODE 1 CLIFFHANGER MEANS FOR THE 'STAR WARS' SERIES
 The Ringer – A Baby in ‘The Mandalorian,’ There Is
 EbaumsWorld – Baby Yoda Memes Just Might Be the Best of the Year
 IMDB – Chapter 13: The Jedi
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