Baby Yoda stole our hearts and minds with his debut in Disney Plus’ The Mandalorian series. But while he no doubt makes for an adorable toy and memeable GIF, he’s severely lacking in combat ability. So much so that you have to wonder why anyone cares about catching this little green imp.
Here are just six Sith Lords that would beat Baby Yoda in a 1v1 fight proving cuteness doesn’t make up for the raw power of the dark side.
Let’s get this easy one out of the way. Baby Yoda’s most lethal attack option is his trademark Force Choke. Only thing is, Darth Vader popularized the technique himself. There’s no way this little baby could pull Vader’s own trick on him. Vader was choking fools when Baby Yoda was… well in diapers, because he’s a very old baby. There’s not a chance Darth Vader doesn’t walk away from this fight with a green smear underneath his boots.
Now this may actually be a close one. Darth Maul might look menacing, but he’s underestimated an opponent from below before and we all know how that turned out. Statistically, Baby Yoda might just win this… The only thing is, Darth Maul has a double-bladed lightsaber. You don’t beat a double-bladed lightsaber, especially when you’re a baby without a single lightsaber. So while this one could be close, I have to give it to Darth Maul in the end.
Darth Tyranus (Count Dooku)
Think youth beats age? Sorry Baby Yoda, not this time. Darth Tyranus (or Count Dooku as he’s affectionately called) has already had run-ins with Adult Yoda before and survived, so he definitely has experience handling Yodas. You think a stupid baby version of his old master will stand a chance? Baby Yoda can’t do a single flip, or jump off walls. This one goes to Dooku hands down. If Count Dooku and Baby Yoda walk into a room, Baby Yoda ain’t walking out.
Darth Sideous (Emperor Palpatine)
Another close match. Palpatine’s main special move is his Force Lightning, which has also been the thing that took him down every time. You’d think someone with lightning powers would be a little brighter, but this guy just doesn’t get it. Maybe Baby Yoda has a chance going up against a Sith Lord who literally continues to be his own demise? Nope, not even then. The trick to beating Palpatine has always been to gently hold out your lightsaber to reflect his Force Lightning back at him. And as stated, the little green Dobby doesn’t even have a baby lightsaber, rendering him completely useless. Looks like we’re having fried Baby Yoda tonight folks.
Darth Sideous (But a Clone?)
I know what you’re thinking. How could a feeble old man in a bathrobe possibly defeat a sleek, slippery Baby Yoda? They’re both virtually powerless, and at least Baby Yoda doesn’t need a giant arm to spin him around the room every time he wants to have a foreboding conversation. But Clone Palpatine has the one thing Baby Yoda doesn’t have – guile. Zombie Sideous is a smooth talker, and if Baby Yoda is known for anything, it’s that he’s a dumb idiot baby. I give it five minutes before Grandpa Palpy is talking Baby Yoda into giving him his soul or something.
This guy is literally wearing a suit made out of lightsabers. Do I even need to say it? This one goes to the Sith, no problem.