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What Makes Baby Yoda So Lovable? - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus
The ways in which this creature’s creators have successfully modeled him on human attributes can offer insights into how and why…

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Baby Yoda has captured the imagination

Baby Yoda has captured the imagination

Baby Yoda is the star of the television series, The Mandalorian, in the Star Wars film universe. It is a small, green-skinned, big-eared alien who can wield "the force."

The ways in which Baby Yoda's creators have modelled him on human attributes can give us insights into how and why people think certain beings and behaviours lovable.

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Why we find Baby Yoda so appealing

Baby Yoda's features are similar to human babies, such as his big, beautiful eyes, oversized ears, and clumsy short limbs.

However, his charms reach beyond his adorable appearance. His behaviour and the responses he draws out are what melts the hearts of people.

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The bond between babies and adults

The narrative of The Mandalorian series centres around the unlikely bond between a hardened bounty hunter, known as Mando, and the seemingly helpless Baby Yoda.

Baby Yoda is similar to a 14-month-old human. He's mobile and mostly nonverbal, and copies behaviour from adults. Actions such as making eye contact and giggling, sharing toys or other items, waving, and reaching out, make people feel more attached to babies.

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Prosocial behaviours

As babies grow older, they start to incorporate other behaviours, such as hugging and gifting, that help to create a bond between themselves and potential caregivers.

The cute looks may draw them in, but their social actions keep others interested. These are the behaviours that convince Mando to care, protect, and make Baby Yoda part of their tribe.

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