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When Yoda was a Padawan, could the Jedi have thought he was the Chosen One?

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    Could they have? Yes. – phantom42 Sep 14 '15 at 17:32
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It is highly doubtful that the Jedi would have considered the possibility that Yoda was the Chosen One.

The prophecy of the Chosen One, as given in The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force, reads:

In the time of greatest despair,

a child shall be born

who will destroy the Sith

and bring balance to the Force.

Yoda was born approximately 900 years before the events of the movies. However, the Sith were thought to have gone extinct about 1,000 years before the events of the movies (when Darth Bane created the Rule of Two).

Consequently, Yoda was born at a time in which the Sith were thought to be extinct, and Yoda was well past childhood by the time the Jedi learned that the Sith were not extinct. Yoda did not fit the description of the prophecy, so the Jedi probably never thought he was the Chosen One.

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    To be fair, Anakin was born during a time period where the Jedi believed the Sith were extinct as well. – phantom42 Sep 14 '15 at 17:56
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    @phantom42 Sure, but Anakin was still a child when the Jedi did find out in Episode I, whereas Yoda was about 900. The point is that Yoda was nowhere near fitting the description in the prophecy, whereas Anakin was evidently close enough that the Jedi did think he was the Chosen One. – Null Sep 14 '15 at 18:02
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    An aside: the prophecy tends to fit Luke much more than it fits Anakin. I'm not sure there's any canon that certifies whether Anakin was officially the chosen one or not. Especially considering almost everyone who thought so was dead just a few years after. – TylerH Sep 14 '15 at 20:17
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    @TylerH Indeed he does -- that's a good point. Lucas has definitely said Anakin is the Chosen One, though. – Null Sep 14 '15 at 20:24
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    @TylerH - but Anakin does destroy the Sith, as he is the one who kills the Emperor (technically, the last Sith as far as movie canon goes) after returning to the Light side. – HorusKol Sep 15 '15 at 2:05

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