The title of Jedi Master was the highest formal rank obtainable by a of the . Reserved for those who had shown exceptional devotion and skill as well as balance in and often , only individuals who had been given the rank of Master could sit on the , with few exceptions (such as the case of ), or any of the three other .
"I was always just intrigued by that idea. You know, we've seen Yoda as the teacher, as the wise Jedi Master, but I wanted to see Yoda just as the Jedi.
When we compare the Jedi High Council from 32 BBY to the final one from 19 BBY, we see that five Jedi Masters had permanently been on the Council in the last decades of the Jedi Order: Plo Koon, Mace Windu, Yoda, Ki-Adi-Mundi, and Saesee Tiin. After Order 66 Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker (as Darth Vader) were the only survivors of the Jedi High Council. It will take several decades until a new hope emerged under the watchful eyes of Obi-Wan Kenobi.