Yoda Character Debut: Soul Calibur IV Voice (E): Tom Kane (current) Voice (J): Ichiro Nagai (current) Biography Age: 900 years old Birthplace: Unknown Birthday: 896 BBY Blood: Unknown (Midi-chlorians: 20,000) Height: ????? Weight: ????? Family: Unknown Fighting Style Type: Lightsaber Weapon: Lightsaber Discipline: Form IV: Ataru, Light Side of the Force
Biography: Soul Calibur IV(top)A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....
Jedi Master Yoda, who was considered by some to be a living legend, remained hidden on the planet Dagobah in order to evade persistent pursuers after the rise of the Empire. For many years Yoda had lived on that planet of mud and swampland. One day, he noticed a faint wave of power that shook the very foundations of the universe. He looked up into the sky to try and see what was happening, but had no means of discerning it.
The wave of power was weak and quickly became undetectable. Though it had been an unmistakable disturbance, he surmised that it was not a huge problem. The movements of the Galactic Empire were of more concern. The Empire had taken control of the galaxy, and many suffered under its tyranny. However, as the days passed, the strength of the wave increased. It could now be felt constantly as a distortion in the universe. Soon after, Darth Vader, the Empire's Dark Lord, made his move. Yoda sensed that it was time to act as well, for if the Empire was becoming involved, then so must he.
Leaving Dagobah meant that his safety would be compromised, but there were no Jedi left with the power to stop Darth Vader. In the course of his journey, Yoda sensed that Darth Vader had become involved with the disturbance. Vader's motive was now clear. There was something on the other side that created this disturbance, and the Empire was attempting to gain control of that power. If left unchecked, Vader may return to their universe with a huge calamity. Without hesitation, Yoda made his decision and jumped into the disturbance himself. No matter what may lay waiting for him, he knew he had to stop the Empire's scheme.
Ending(top)Yoda releases the energy of Soul Edge and Soul Calibur from within the defeated Algol, who disappears without a trace, leaving both swords behind. His mission complete, Yoda returns to Dagobah in his escape pod. The text-only epilogue then says Yoda took a quiet breath, but this was not the end. The battle against the Empire would still continue.
Tournament Controversy(top)After the release of Soul Calibur IV, Darth Vader and Yoda were immediately banned from tournaments. While some lamented the lack of realism for light-sabers againsts swords, the ban was due to each character being specific to a platform. Namco Bandai Games International eventually released both Darth Vader and Yoda for DLC (priced at $5), which negated the issue of console exclusivity. Many argued Yoda should remain banned, due to his small size and the inability to hit him with highs and throws unless he is attacking. However it was eventually determined that he has simply too many negatives to be worth playing, and he has since been unbanned in just about every region.
Darth Vader, Yoda, and The Apprentice (along with Algol and guest characters) are banned in France due to not "fitting" into the game's story.
Art: Soul Calibur IV (+BD)(top)
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