Originally portrayed by a hand puppet thanks to the legendary Frank Oz, George Lucas decided to update Yoda for the digital age by making the 900-year-old Jedi completely CGI in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Thankfully, Yoda didn’t have the same over-exaggerated Tex Avery look that Jar-Jar Binks had in Episode I; instead, he was a fully realized animated character that had the emotional range of any true thespian.

He could be involved in an intimate discussion, a gigantic battle, or a humorous exchange, and pull them all off more believably than any puppet could ever hope to. But even though this new and improved Yoda wasn’t a hollowed out piece of rubber with the hand of an elderly voice actor going up the rear end, it still retained the same look and charm that people remember from his first appearance in The Empire Strikes Back.