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  • Acting for Two:
    • Tait Fletcher plays one of the Bar Thugs in Chapter 1 and is the suit actor for Paz Vizla in Chapter 3.
    • Brendan Wayne, one of the stunt doubles for the titular Mandalorian, also portrays a Mandalorian warrior who saved the titular character when he was a child during the Clone Wars.
  • Approval of God: A rather unorthodox example. If this image is any indicator, George Lucas approves of Baby Yoda.
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  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Although he signed on for financial reasons at first before coming on the set and has never seen a Star Wars movie before, Werner Herzog (the Client) went on to praise the show's World Building and Practical Effects, saying "it's cinema at its best".
  • Demand Overload: As soon as official life-size figures of the Child ("Baby Yoda") became available, the Sideshow Collectibles website crashed.
  • Descended Creator:
    • In "The Sin," Paz Vizla is voiced by series creator Jon Favreau.
    • In "The Prisoner," the X-Wing pilots are played by series directors Dave Filoni, Deborah Chow, and Rick Famuyiwa.
  • Directed by Cast Member:
    • Taika Waititi is the director of "Chapter 8: Redemption" and voices IG-11.
    • Carl Weathers plays Greef Karga and has been announced to direct at least one episode in Season 2.
  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Deaf actor Troy Kotsur plays a Tusken using Native American Sign Language in Chapter 5.
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  • Dueling Works: Came out one month before Netflix's The Witcher. Both are high profile streaming fantasy shows centered around a drifting Bounty Hunter protagonist. Critics clearly favor The Mandalorian, but audiences have thoroughly embraced both.
  • Enforced Method Acting: On the filming day for the scene where Mando's helmet is removed to reveal his severely injured face, Pedro Pascal actually did seriously injure his face and had to get stitches across his nose (which caused a hell of a time for the poor hospital staff having to pick out which wounds were real or makeup)
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "The Baby Yoda Show" is a common joke name for the series due to the astounding popularity of The Child, who is himself known exclusively as "Baby Yoda"; just try to find anyone who actually calls him "The Child". It got to the point where the CEO of Disney called the Child "Baby Yoda", to Jon Favreau's chagrin.
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    • Two for the titular character: The Mandalorian With No Name, and one coined by Carl Weathers, "The Mando".
    • In addition to the ubiquitous "Baby Yoda", the Child has also been dubbed the "Yoda baby", or "Yoddler", and "Yodito" by Latin American fans.
    • The "Daddalorian" or "ManDADlorian" for the Mandalorian being a Papa Wolf to the Child.
  • Flagship Franchise: Disney is betting big on Star Wars shows and the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe shows to bolster Disney+, since these are the streaming service's productions with the biggest budgets as well as those with the most massive amounts of hype. The Mandalorian was released as the spearhead for this upon Disney+'s launch.
  • Follow the Leader: The Child/Baby Yoda's inordinate popularity has lead to other brands attempting to mimic their appeal by introducing baby kid-appeal versions of their established characters, such as Planters's Baby Nut.
  • Jossed:
    • The theory that Ming-Na Wen was playing a live-action version of Ursa Wren got debunked when her character was revealed to be an assassin named Fennec Shand.
    • From the moment the show was first announced, there was speculation that the titular character would actually be Boba Fett, and not just a Suspiciously Similar Substitute. Though Word of God denied this, some fans still held on to the idea, believing they were lying to preserve a big reveal. However, the appearance of the Mandalorian's parents in a flashback in the pilot would seem to Joss this for good, since Boba's origins as portrayed in Attack of the Clones are far different. The final nail in the coffin to the theory is that the Mandalorian's real name is Din Djarin.
    • The Mando's strict adherance to his clan's rule about never removing their helmets in sight of outsiders led to many theories that when he finally removed the helmet it wouldn't be Pedro Pascal underneath, or if it was that he'd have some sort of scars or other unique facial feature. When the helmet was removed in "Redemption" the unmasked Mando was in fact Pedro Pascal with only minor wounds from the preceding scene.
  • Killer App: The show is currently the biggest sell for Disney+ as far as original programming is concerned.
  • Late Export for You: As Disney+ was initially available to a limited number of countries note , there was no legal way to see The Mandalorian outside the countries where Disney+ is available. The results? The series became the most illegally downloaded production of the year on par with Game of Thrones. This is especially egregious for Latin American viewers, since the series has a Latin American Spanish dub included, but it was made for Hispanic (and Puerto Rican) audiences in mind. Averted with Japan, as the show is available starting December 2019 in Disney Deluxe, which is a streaming service exclusive for that country.
  • Meaningful Release Date: Episode 7 was released on December 18th, 2019, a Wednesday, rather than a Friday like all the other episodes bar the first. Why? Because The Rise of Skywalker was released that Friday.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: From the release trailer, although "Mandalorian, look outside." is in the show.
    The Client: Mandalorian, look outside. They are waiting for you.
    The Mandalorian: Yeah? Good.
  • Meme Acknowledgement:
    • Not even a few minutes after the release trailer was posted online, Pedro Pascal joined in with the chimes of "Yeah? Good." on Twitter.
    • Pedro Pascal tweeted in response to a meme edit of the Child pressing buttons in the Mandalorian's ship that played "Africa" by Toto that it would be out-of-character for the Mando to turn it off. On the other hand, "Yoda" by "Weird Al" Yankovic would stay off.
  • Method Acting: The behind-the-scenes series shows Pedro Pascal holding a pillow while doing voice work for Mando to emulate that Baby Yoda is with him during these scenes.
  • Not Screened for Critics: Critics didn't get a chance to watch the first episode until after it was released through Disney+, which is typically a sign of a lack of confidence from the studio. However, it should be noted that this was only done to prevent the First-Episode Twist from getting out, and not out of quality concerns, as the pilot was widely praised upon release. To subvert this trope altogether, Lucasfilm had a premiere screening of the pilot and the next two episodes (which were not released at the time) specifically for critics a few days after the first episode was released.
  • One for the Money; One for the Art: Werner Herzog ended up playing a role in this in order to fund a future project, although he did like the script and the role he ended up having.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • In stark contrast to Taika Waititi's usual goofy characters, IG-11 does have his own laughs with his willingness to self-destruct, but is coldly professional and amoral, even having no qualms about killling a baby. It's telling that he's the straight man to the Mandalorian's occasional quips instead of the other way around.
    • Similarly, Bill Burr is known for his loudmouthed, intentionally obnoxious comedy characters, while Mayfield is a ruthless mercenary who's more passive-aggressively sinister and creepy than outright abrasive.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • According to Dave Filoni, there was one scene that required a large amount of stormtroopers, but they didn't have enough costumes. He ended up drafting members of the 501st Legion fanclub, who specialize in making their own Storm/Clone trooper cosplays. The group received a "Special Thanks" mention in the end credits for Episodes 7 and 8 where their scenes appear.
    • Pedro Pascal grew up watching the original trilogy and jumped at the chance to meet with Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni about the project. He initially assumed they wanted him to play a minor side character and would have happily accepted the role only to be pleasantly surprised when they told him he was being offered the title character.
  • Prop Recycling: Being a Star Wars production means taking advantage of previous productions' assets. Props from Rogue One, The Last Jedi, and Solo have been spotted, as well as designs and concepts from other media.
  • Refitted for Sequel:
    • At least some part of the show was inspired by the cancelled Boba Fett movie.
    • The unique painted AT-ST from Episode 4 seems to be heavily inspired by the stolen First Order walkers used by Coruscanti rebels in concept art for Duel of the Fates, Colin Trevorrow's earlier draft for what would ultimately become the The Rise of Skywalker.
  • Release Date Change: Due to the toys being produced in China, the place where the coronavirus outbreak originated, the Baby Yoda toys had to be delayed to another month.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: The actor playing the Mandalorian's father in flashbacks was clearly chosen for his resemblance to Pedro Pascal.
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise: Defied; Jon Favreau stated that they deliberately held off on making merchandise of baby Yoda to avoid the twist being leaked, which given how popular the character became after the show's premier, represents a significant opportunity cost for Disney.
  • Throw It In!: Having Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow make Creator Cameos as X-Wing pilots in Chapter 6 was originally a joke suggestion by Filoni to Jon Favreau.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Favreau and Filoni were hesitant about whether they could pull off the baby Yoda as a physical puppet, and planned to also film the shots without the puppet so they could do it in CGI if it didn't work out. Then Werner Herzog got wind of it and called them cowards for even thinking of using CGI over a physical effect, and they were shamed into just going with the puppet.
    • Greef Karga was initially envisioned as an alien who would be killed in the third episode, with the semi-retired Carl Weathers agreeing to do it as a favor to Favreau. Upon seeing his screen test, they immediately decided they couldn't cover up his face, and he had to survive, with his death scene being altered to include a Pocket Protector.
  • The Wiki Rule: Covered as part of Wookieepedia and as an individual series on the The Mandalorian Wiki.
  • Word of Saint Paul: Just one day after the show's debut, Pedro Pascal casually revealed in an interview that the Mandalorian's name is Din Djarin. The series itself kept the name and its correct spelling secret until the season 1 finale episode.
  • Working Title: The show's production codename is "Huckleberry", or "Huc" for short.
  • You Look Familiar:

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