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Grogu ("The Child")

Species: Unnamed species (same as Yoda)

Homeworld: Unknown

Voiced by: David Acord (some vocalizations)
Appearances: The Mandalorian


A male 50+ year old Force-sensitive infant from the same species as Jedi Master Yoda. He's wanted by Moff Gideon a few years after the battle of Endor, and Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin ended up taking him into his personal care instead of leaving him in the hands of Gideon's Imperial remnants. The Mandalorian thus became Grogu's surrogate father per his clan's rules so long as Grogu is not reunited to his kind or doesn't find another father figure.

  • Affectionate Nickname: He's sometimes referred to as a "womp rat" by Mando and Peli. As of season 2, Mando has started referring to the Child more as "kid", and occasionally "buddy".
  • Badass Adorable: The infant may be an adorable green elf-looking creature, but he can wield the Force and shows immense strength in this ability despite his young age and brief time in training. This makes him one of the most powerful beings in the universe.
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  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The main reason the Child seems so attached to Mando is likely because he can tell Mando means him no harm and genuinely wants to protect him. So in turn, the Child does anything in his capabilities to protect Mando (and his allies and friends) as well.
  • Big Eater: For his size at least. Anytime he sees a (living) critter (or eggs in the case of the poor Frog Lady in season 2), he feels an irrepressible need to eat it.
  • Cheerful Child: He is very friendly, empathetic, and more than willing to help someone in need, whether they're a friend or foe.
  • Child Prodigy: Though he's over 50 years old (by human standards), Yoda's species is Long-Lived and (by such aging) Grogu is still a young child. And he can already use the Force to highly impressive effects that even older (not to mention more trained) Force users struggled with.
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  • Children Are Innocent: Since he's still a baby, he's constantly amazed at the world around him and even starts to mimic Mando and his character traits.
  • Constantly Curious: Whenever Mando takes him somewhere and he's allowed to explore, he's always looking at or inspecting something that catches his eye.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Some reactions he gets from others is this. Mando's head-tilt upon seeing him indicates he was possibly charmed by the kid's cuteness instantly. Winta and the other village children immediately go up to greet him and coo over him, instantly charmed. Others like Peli get excited when she sees the Child is still with Mando and jokingly says she'd buy the kid off his hands and would happily pay for the child's offsprings if he ever has any.
  • The Cutie: Within days of his first appearance, he became well-known for being one of the most adorable characters in the Star Wars franchise (the Cuteness Proximity above is not far off from invokedReality Subtext). He's a sweet and curious little alien baby, with big floppy ears and huge eyes.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Grogu has not had a happy life. He started out as a Jedi youngling who was being trained at the Temple on Coruscant at the end of the Clone Wars. Then Order 66 happened and the Temple was massacred, which he survived by hiding and was likely Forced to Watch his Jedi family be slaughtered in front of him. Someone then rescued him from the Temple and, because of his awesome Force abilities, put him into hiding. In order to survive on his own, he was forced to hide his powers and spent the next several decades scared and alone. It seemingly wasn't until shortly after the Galactic Civil War that he found some semblance of a family/protector again, when Din Djarin found him.
  • Dramatic Irony: Grogu was present at the Jedi Temple when Darth Vader massacred his fellow Jedi. Decades later, Vader's son, Luke, rescues Grogu and his father figure from being killed by the Empire.
  • Expressive Ears: His big ears are upright when he's happy and droop when he's sad or scared.
  • Extremely Protective Child: He has become so protective of his adoptive father that he Force chokes Cara when he thinks their friendly arm-wrestling match is her actually hurting Mando.
  • Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: In Season 1, the Mandalorian theorizes that he's the product of a genetic engineering experiment, explaining his strange powers and why no one recognizes what species he is. This theory is shut down by Kuiil, who previously worked in Empire gene farms, when he identifies him as a naturally-evolved species due to his "ugly" appearance and slow aging. "The Jedi" confirmed that he is a natural member of Yoda's species, and is not genetically engineered. However, "The Siege" reveals Moff Gideon intends to use Grogu's blood to engineer his own personal army of Force-sensitive Super Soldiers.
  • Given Name Reveal: Chapter 13 of The Mandalorian reveals that his name is Grogu.
  • Glass Cannon: He has extremely powerful Force abilities, but absolutely no stamina due to his young age. One good use of the Force is enough to knock him out, making his power a strict one-shot use only in battle.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: He's just a baby and already has some awareness of how to effectively use the Force, which is explained in Season 2; he received training at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant by many Jedi masters before the rise of the Empire. He knows enough to lift a raging Mudhorn off the ground and heal physical wounds (including fatal ones). However, because he's so young (at least by the standards of his species), the strain from these forays initially causes a Power-Strain Blackout that puts him to sleep for several hours. Later, he is able to Force-choke Cara without any sign of physical stress. He does tiredly slump to the ground after healing Greef Carga's arm and protecting the group from a flame thrower attack, but doesn't actually pass out. In Season 2, it's revealed the reason Moff Gideon wants him so badly is because of his extremely high midichlorian count. Apparently, his "m-count" is so high it's doubted they're going to find another Force user with such a high number, making him an invaluable tool to their plans.
  • Happily Adopted: The Child doesn't seem to mind that Mando has taken the role of his parental figure. In the season 1 finale, the Armorer declares Mando the official adopted father of the Child by Mandalorian creed and culture. However, Mando will only remain his adopted father until the Child comes of age or is reunited with his own kind, which Mando is encouraged to do. Either way, the Child is declared an official Foundling in his care. The Mando also gives him his Mandalorian pendant, which identifies him as being a part of a Mandalorian clan. When the two of them meet Ahsoka, she directly states that the Child sees the Mandalorian as a father-figure.
  • Healing Hands: His first attempt to use the Force to help heal the Mandalorian's arm wound is rebuffed; Mando puts him back in his crib before he can do anything, not realizing what the Child is trying to do. He later heals Greef Karga's arm after a nighttime attack by venomous pterosaur-like creatures, curing him of their fatal poison.
  • Hidden Depths: "The Jedi" reveals his innocent baby façade conceals some pretty deep trauma. Grogu was once a Jedi Youngling before the rise of the Empire, and had to go underground and conceal his powers in order to survive. Ahsoka senses great fear in him and a strong attachment to the Mandalorian as a father-figure. She notes that these traits could lead him to The Dark Side if he was trained in the ways of the Force.
  • Incompletely Trained: What he turns out to be. He received Jedi training from several masters at the Temple on Coruscant, then it all came to a decades-long halt after Order 66 once he had to hide from the Empire. It wasn't until five years after the battle of Endor that he would have a new master to finish his Jedi training, Luke Skywalker.
  • Innocent Aliens: He's a non-bratty alien baby, so it's a given. While he can be highly dangerous with his great power, he's not at all malicious and only wants to help and protect those he cares about.
  • Interspecies Adoption: The Armorer (the elder of Din Djarin's tribe) considers him a foundling, and Din (a human Mandalorian) has to act as his Parental Substitute.
  • Killer Rabbit: He quickly latches onto Mando as his father figure and grows very attached to him. He will use the Force on anyone he thinks is a threat to Mando, whether it be lifting them into the air, or choking them. "The Tragedy" shows him throwing around Stormtroopers attempting to hold him like ragdolls, and he violently chokes and throttles them as well.
  • Living MacGuffin: His very existence drives the plot of the show's first season, since an Imperial holdout apparently feels threatened by his Force abilities and wants him dead. Season 2 then dials this up by revealing that the Imperials need his blood for special projects, and are even more determined to catch him.
  • Long-Lived: He can likely live for many centuries, just like Yoda did.
  • Meaningful Name: His given name, Grogu, rhymes with "goo-goo", accenting his youth and innocence.
  • Mind over Matter: He can use Force telekinesis to lift a rampaging Mudhorn, which is essentially a rhino at double the size and strength. However, the strain of doing so knocks him out for a couple of hours and he requires rest to recuperate. Although, as the series progresses, it appears he is gradually getting stronger in his Force abilities — even trained Jedi couldn't always manage to shield themselves from flamethrower fire and send it back at their enemy.
  • No Name Given: For the first season and a half, his given name is never revealed, and he is simply referred to by nicknames such as "kid" or "the child". "The Jedi" reveals his given name is Grogu.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: He does this often when Mando tells him to stay behind, or he appears whenever his protector seems to be in danger. After some time, Mando just rolls with it. In "The Prisoner", he makes use of his small size to do this while Zero is searching the Razor Crest for him.
  • Older Than He Looks: He may be an infant, but he's a fifty-year-old infant.
  • One-Track-Minded Hunger: If Mando doesn't keep a close eye on him, he'll wander off and eat anything he can get his hands on, especially if it's frog eggs. Almost every other scene of season 2 that he's in shows him eating something.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's not currently capable of manipulating the Force the way Yoda could, but he's still able to lift up a Mudhorn to stop it from rampaging against Mando and perform feats older Force users struggle to do. His abilities also continue to grow, as he's soon able to easily Force-Choke Cara (when briefly mistaking her for an enemy) and hold back a flamethrower attack that only tires him for a moment. Gideon later comments on how the kid is "extremely gifted" and Luke Skywalker also says that Grogu is strong with the Force and his talent must be properly trained to let him further excel.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: Using the Force to lift the Mudhorn for a few seconds causes him to pass out, and he needs to rest for several hours afterward. He's still young compared to someone like Yoda who could lift an X-Wing without collapsing afterward, given that he was much older and had centuries of mastery of the Force behind him.
  • Proportional Aging: As IG-11 notes, species age differently. Grogu's species seemingly takes a long time to grow into adulthood (and compensates with a lifespan that can last several centuries), as he's still very much an infant at 50+.
  • Psychic Strangle: He mistakes a friendly arm-wrestling competition for something more serious and begins Force-choking Cara when she appears to be beating Mando. He talks the kid down, but Cara is understandably disturbed. In "The Tragedy" he's able to do this to two Stormtroopers at the same time while being held prisoner.
  • Put on a Bus: Or more accurately, Put on an X-Wing, with Luke Skywalker no less, at the end of Chapter 16.
  • The Reveal: Chapter 13 reveals that his name is Grogu, and that he was trained by the Jedi and kept hidden for several years.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Ticks all the boxes for this: he's the same species as the diminutive Yoda so he's tiny, has massive ears and big round eyes, stubby little hands and feet, and sounds just like a human baby. He also waddles in order to keep up with the Mando as he walks around in public, adding to his cuteness.
  • Running Gag:
    • He seems to enjoy hunting critters and swallowing them alive whenever he can.
    • He also likes to not follow Mando's instructions whenever possible, preferring to tag along instead of staying behind.
    • His Offscreen Teleportation turned into one. Kid can move.
    • Grogu and Din witnessing the Nite Owls removing their helmets provokes a few instances of the Child curiously staring at his father's head, longing to see how he'd look without his helmet. Din willingly satisfies his curiosity by the end of Season 2.
  • Smarter Than You Look:
    • Despite still being a baby, he seems to have a better understanding of situations than given credit for. Specifically, he seems to have a firmer grasp of cause and effect than a human infant would, being able to puzzle out the effect of guns on beings along with what the ship does in a simplistic fashion. However, his social understanding is a tad lacking.
    • In Chapter 2, he tries (twice) to heal Mando of an injury. Mando misinterprets this and just keeps returning the Child to his pram.
    • In Chapter 6, he's able to recognize Zero as a threat before the droid even made his intentions to harm him clear. He then easily outmaneuvers Zero as he searched for him, who earlier boasted about having high intelligence. He also realized when the droid was going to shoot him and prepared to use the Force to defend himself until Mando saved him.
    • He appears to try and steer the ship away from meeting up with Greef in Chapter 7 after listening to Mando and Cara discussing their plan to do so. In the same episode, he realized when Greef had been poisoned and needed help, all by simply observing the group tending to him. He then walked up to him, placed his hand directly on top of his wound and healed him. However, he's still a child, and can't tell the difference between Cara and Mando having a friendly arm-wrestling competition to her actually putting Mando's life at risk, as well as eating the Frog Lady’s (unfertilized) eggs despite the fact they are the last of her brood.
    • In Chapter 8, when the group is pinned in the bar and about to be burned alive by a stormtrooper wielding a flamethrower, he realizes the exact danger they're in. He steps forward and uses the Force to divert the flames away from them and back onto their enemy.
    • Chapter 9 has him realize that violence is about to ensue, and closes up his pram before anything else can happen (although given what the Mando gets up to, this may be simple pattern recognition).
    • In Chapter 10, he alerts Mando to the fact that the Frog Lady has left the ship with her eggs by babbling and pointing. When that doesn’t work he goes out of Mando’s view, knowing he’d follow him and would see her trail of footprints.
    • In Chapter 16, he's aware without being told that Luke Skywalker has arrived, is there to take him in to complete his Jedi training and that he must go with him for the better good. However, he's aware his departure may hurt Din and wants his okay to do so.
  • The Speechless: He's currently unable to talk, making baby noises or uttering things that almost sound like words ("Patu!") instead, likely due to the speech ability taking a while to develop in his species (Yoda talked, but he was several hundred years old) or not having had people to teach him how to speak when he was hiding.
  • Tagalong Kid: Despite being told to stay put for his safety, he stubbornly insists on following the Mandalorian everywhere he goes. Mando eventually accepts this and lets the kid follow him around, even to places where it's noted to be "no place for a child". However, he also acknowledges that his life isn't safe for a baby and plans to part ways with the kid as soon as he can find a safe place for him to grow up without being hunted.
  • Telepathy: The way Ahsoka communicates with him and learns of his past (including his name) in the season 2 episode "The Jedi". Din asks if he's somehow talking to Ahsoka, to which she says they are specifically feeling each other's thoughts. It's implied that he communicates with Luke Skywalker the same way.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Whenever The Mandalorian is on a mission with other bounty hunters or anyone else for that matter, he stands out to be smallest one among them. Justified since he's a kid.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He loves eating small creatures while they're alive. Especially frogs. He ate a lot of the Frog Lady's eggs, which Mando has to repeatedly stop him from gorging on.
  • Uncertain Doom: At the end of Season 2, Grogu is taken in by Luke to train him to properly use his abilities. However, as The Last Jedi explains, Kylo is Luke's last surviving padawan, having killed the rest. There is no way of telling if Grogu was still at the school by that time or not. But, judging by his species' slow aging, he may not have reached his equivalent of adulthood by then. However, it's still arguably possible he had left; leaving his fate currently undetermined. (According to the canon timeline, the destruction of Luke's school occurs in 28 ABY, which is around 18-19 years after the events of The Mandalorian which is enough time for Din to go and rescue him or take him back.)
  • What Does This Button Do?: He's known to enjoy touching and playing with the controls of Mando's ship, specifically the glowing buttons by where Mando puts him or the lever with the silver nob on top. When he's left alone in the cockpit for a minute, he immediately finds his way to the flight stick and starts messing with it.

Alternative Title(s): Star Wars The Child


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