Grogu, or Baby Yoda, is a warm and inviting Child. Yet, he has great powers. In Episode 6 of The Book of Boba Fett, Grogu had to choose between having Yoda’s former lightsaber or the armor that the Mandalorian Din Djarin had given him. He chose the latter.
Since he seemingly chose to leave the path of the Jedi, Grogu’s Force ability could be used for good, or it could possibly serve the Dark Side. Could Baby Yoda eventually become a Sith?
The short answer is probably not. While there are some theories that support the idea of Baby Yoda breaking bad, it seems more likely that Grogu will continue as the companion of the Mandalorian, or eventually become a Jedi.
Temptations of the Sith
Grogu appears to be on the good side of the Force. He is from the same race as Yoda, the Jedi Master renowned for his use of the Force to help the Republic. That is the main reason why Luke Skywalker wanted to give Yoda’s green lightsaber to him.
Yet, as with previous Force-sensitive beings, the Child could be tempted by the Dark Side. There are two main indications that this could happen to Grogu.
One is that Grogu used the Force to choke Cara Dune in The Mandalorian television series. Dune was a seasoned female warrior who had helped reestablish the New Republic. When the Child initially felt threatened by her, he Force-Choked her.
Star Wars fans speculate that this Force-Choking is evidence that Grogu might turn to the Dark Side. He has used Force-Choke on other occasions too. In season 2 of The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda also used this power on Stormtroopers.
However, Baby Yoda only appears to use this power when he is trying to protect himself or others. He was protecting Din Djarin in the first instance and himself in the second.
Another tentative piece of evidence that Grogu might turn to the Dark Side is that the remaining elements of the Empire have sought to get hold of him.
The Mandalorian series starts with Din Djarin recovering the Child from the remnants of the Empire led by Moff Gideon. Gideon was an imperial officer before the fall of the Empire. He became the main leader after the Empire’s collapse.
Gideon may have wished to turn Grogu into a Sith. The Child may have also been able to use his powers to forge a new clone army to serve the Sith. Either way, he could have been turned to the Dark Side.
However, with the help of Din Djarin, the Child did not follow this pathway. As with Force-Choking, Baby Yoda seems to be on the pathway to good.
The Dyad Theory
The Star Wars universe contains pairs of Force-sensitive people who are interconnected with one another. The best known pair is perhaps Kylo Ren and Rey. The last three installments of the Star Wars movies portray their dyad pairing.
With that dyad pairing comes the possibility of turning to the Dark Side, as Rey was tempted to do. Similarly, Grogu could be tempted to pursue the Dark Side if he is paired with another that could sway him. This could ultimately lead to him becoming a Sith.
The book Star Wars: Secrets of the Sith explains the dyad theory. And, some sources speculate that Grogu could be paired with Anakin Skywalker. If this holds true, it may become a pathway to the Sith.
Yet, it is unlikely that would occur. Grogu may become part of a Force dyad, but he has demonstrated a tendency to use his Force powers to help others.
For example, early in The Mandalorian series, the Child uses his levitation ability to stop a charging mudhorn that would have killed Din Djarin. His powers are used for protection.
If Grogu is, in fact, part of a dyad, it is more likely that he would pull his partner connected to him to the Light Side.
A Choice To Be Made
Still, if we consider the pathway of the Sith, there is an argument to be made about turning to the Dark Side. Take Anakin Skywalker. He clung too closely to his emotions and to protecting his beloved Padmé.
It was this emotional attachment that led Anakin to the Dark Side and to becoming the Sith Lord Darth Vader.
In a similar way, Grogu’s strong attachment to Din Djarin could lead him to the Dark Side and the pathway of the Sith. He could drift away from the Light Side of the Force and become too wrapped up in dangerous emotions.
Then again, even the Child’s move to stay with Din Djarin does not mean he will turn to evil. In fact, Grogu has demonstrated kindness and warmth, even to large beasts.
In The Book of Boba Fett, for example, Grogu calmed a wild rancor during the Battle of Mos Eisley. He stretched out his calm hand to pacify this large creator.
This Force Calming ability is just one of the many powers the Child has used for good. He also used his powers to heal people and communicate through telepathy with such former Jedi as Ahsoka Tano.
The Child Shows No Malice
On occasion, the Child has Forced-Choked some people, but this seems to be a rare event. More often, Grogu does not show malice towards anyone who is not a threat.
True, he has formed a strong bond with Din Djarin that could lead down the path of the Dark Side. But this seems unlikely. The Child has more often shown his dislike for the Empire and his love for the Light Side of the Force.
Luke Skywalker certainly saw that in him. We should too.
Todd Wahlstrom is a creative and analytical freelance writer and life-long Star Wars fan. He has covered such topics as Darth Vader, the Jedi, Boba Fett, and AT-AT Walkers. Todd has published a non-fiction book, holds a Ph.D. in history, and enjoys hiking, running, and reading about science.