Master Yoda is one of the most famous and popular characters from Star Wars. However, new research suggests that the character was based on a real being. An image which looks suspiciously similar to the famous Jedi master has been discovered in a fourteenth-century manuscript. Historian Damian Kempf discovered the image in a manuscript known as the Smithfield Decretals which was written in medieval France, probably between the years 1300 and 1340.
Was Yoda a real person?
The image from the manuscript, which is displayed below, shows a green, humanoid character with large pointed ears. The character is seated and is wearing a long red robe. When looking at the image compared with a picture of the famous Star Wars character, the similarities are unmistakable.
The images from the manuscript were only uploaded to the internet in 2010, and so George Lucas could not have been influenced or inspired by the images unless he was previously studying historical manuscripts from medieval France.