Since the very first episode of The Mandalorian debuted in November, the internet and popular culture at large have been whipped into a frenzy over one figure above any other: Baby Yoda. And through eight episodes of The Mandalorian, the Baby Yoda memes were aplenty. In Baby Yoda’s shadow, several imposters—Baby Sonic??? Stop.—have emerged. The latest of these is something that we’re collectively calling ‘Baby Jabba,’ which I have to assume is a baby version of Jabba The Hutt. And if that is indeed the case… what are we doing? That little slug is evil.
Sure, this art might show Baby Jabba with big eyes, a face filled with baby fat, and some little dribble on his lips. But Old Jabba—the one in Star Wars: A New Hope and Return of the Jedi—didn’t have those features. He was a giant slug, though. And he was keeping a carbonite-sealed Han Solo as a trophy, and keeping Princess Leia as a bikini-clad slave, and feeding people to space monsters. Again. Jabba. Is. Evil.
What are we doing? In a way, is this not the same situation as Joe (Penn Badgley) in Netflix’s You? Sure, Baby Jabba might be traditionally cute, but he also traditionally keeps people as slaves in the future, and is a gangster, and etc etc. Who’s next, Baby Hannibal Lecter? Are we going to read a headline somewhere next week gushing over how cute the new Baby Voldemort fan art is?
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The image of Baby Jabba was posted by 3d character development artist Leonardo Viti to his Instagram page back at the tail end of November 2019, but the image has only really gained internet steam in the last week or so. And as much as this basically SHOULDN’T EXIST, we do have to give Viti his props: it looks pretty damn good. If this character showed up in The Mandalorian‘s second season and had some sort of hang with the O.G. Baby Yoda, it wouldn’t feel too out of place.
But at the same time, let’s also just not do that. For everyone’s sake.
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