The Phantom Menace marked the first time that the High Jedi Council was depicted in any Star Wars film, introducing fans to the governing body over the Jedi Order during the last days of the Republic. Comprised of the most skilled and powerful Jedi Masters, this council was vital in the functioning of the Order.
In the year 32 BBY, the year during which The Phantom Menace takes place, the High Jedi Council included several powerful Jedi Masters, each of whom has a part to play in the greater scheme of the Star Wars franchise. While not all survived, all are worth exploring for anyone enthusiastic about Star Wars.
Yaddle is one Jedi Master whom fans would love to learn more about in a spinoff series. One of the few known members of Yoda’s species, Yaddle served as a member of the High Council during the events leading up to the Battle of Naboo. She trained fellow council member Oppo Rancisis, a survivor of Order 66.
Yaddle stepped down from her position on the council shortly after the Battle of Naboo, ceding her seat to Jedi Master Shaak Ti. During a negotiation mission, Yaddle sacrificed herself to save the young Anakin Skywalker’s life, inhaling poisonous gas and dying from its toxic fumes.
Plo Koon was one of the most powerful Jedi Masters of the High Council. Known for his signature goggles and for being the Jedi to first bring Ahsoka Tano to the Order, Master Koon served as a general in the Clone Wars and a member of the Council until the execution of Order 66.
After Chancellor Palpatine issued the order to all clone commanders to kill their Jedi Generals, Plo Koon was shot out of the sky in his Jedi Starfighter by his men while flying over Cata Neimoidia. Catching fire, his ship crashed into a nearby structure, killing the Master Jedi.
Adi Gallia was a member of the Jedi Council at the time of Anakin Skywalker’s acceptance into the Jedi Order. During the Clone Wars, she was an ally and close friend of Obi-Wan Kenobi, aiding him in his efforts against the resurrected Darth Maul.
Gallia was killed on a mission to Florrum with Master Kenobi while confronting Darth Maul and Savage Oppress when she was gored by the latter’s horned head. Injured beyond healing, Oppress finished her off with a blow from his lightsaber. Gallia was succeeded on the council by her cousin, Stass Allie, who served on the council until her death during Order 66.
Depa Billaba was the former Padawan of Master Mace Windu and the Master of Caleb Dume, later known as Kanan Jarrus. During the Clone Wars, Billaba faced off with General Grievous, sustaining injuries that kept her out of action long enough for her place to be filled on the Council by Coleman Kcaj, though both would continue to serve on the council after her recovery.
Billaba and Dume were on a mission to the planet Kaller at the onset of Order 66. Though Billaba was able to hold off the attacking clones long enough for her apprentice to escape with the help of the Bad Batch, she was unable to escape herself, dying in the barrage of blaster fire.
Jedi Master Saesee Tiin was a powerful member of the High Council, who served until the fall of the Jedi Order during the execution of Order 66. Famed for the strength of his Force abilities, which allowed him to even pilot a starfighter exclusively using the Force. , Master Tiin fought valiantly throughout the Clone Wars.
Saesee Tiin was one of the three Jedi Masters that Mace Windu brought with him to arrest Chancellor Palpatine after he was revealed to be the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. Tiin was the second to fall in the ensuing skirmish, killed immediately after his comrade, Agen Kolar, was run through by Sidious’s lightsaber blade.
Yarael Poof was a Quermian Jedi present at the council meeting where it was decided that Anakin Skywalker would be accepted into the Order. Like all Quermians, Master Poof possessed two brains and four arms. The Jedi Master was also known for his high proficiency when it came to using Jedi mind tricks.
Master Yarael Poof did not survive to see the Clone Wars. Shortly before the onset of that conflict, Poof was killed on an undisclosed mission, the details of which are scarce. Nevertheless, the fallen Jedi was replaced by fellow Master Coleman Trebor, who was killed later that year by Jango Fett at the First Battle of Geonosis.
Eeth Koth was a Zabrak Jedi Master who served on the Jedi Council before and during the Clone Wars. He was present when the Chosen One arrived in the Order and voted on whether or not he should be inducted. The character was also featured in several episodes of The Clone Wars.
Unlike many of his fellow council members, Master Koth survived Order 66, having been expelled from the Jedi Order several years prior. The former Jedi settled down and started a family in the years after the fall of the Republic, but was hunted down by Darth Vader. After a lightsaber duel, Vader managed to kill Eeth Koth and kidnap his child for the Empire’s nefarious purposes.
Oppo Rancisis is a Thisspiasin Jedi Master who served on the High Council beginning with the year 232 BBY, 100 years before his appearance in The Phantom Menace. Rancisis was trained by Master Yaddle and served on the Jedi Council until the fall of the Order in 19 BBY, after 113 years as a member.
Though Rancisis is never depicted anywhere after the Great Jedi Purge, he is confirmed to have survived the onslaught by the clone troopers. The Jedi Master’s name appears on a list of surviving Jedi shown in the comic book. Darth Vader # 19. Rancisis’s last known location was the planet of Saleucami, where he had embarked on a mission shortly before Order 66 was given.
Even Piell was a Lannik Jedi Master who served on the council at the time of The Phantom Menace in 32 BBY. Courageous and curt, Master Piell made up for his short stature with the ferocity and fire of one of the most dangerous Jedi of his age.
Master Piell was featured heavily in one of the best arcs in The Clone Wars, the Citadel Raid. After Piell was captured and held captive in the heavily-guarded citadel, a team led by Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi infiltrated the base in order to help him escape. While they were able to rescue most of Piell’s fellow captives, including Governor Wilhuff Tarkin, Master Piell was killed during the escape.
Ki-Adi-Mundi was a high-ranking member of the Jedi High Council. Trained by Master Yoda, the Cerean Jedi was known for his distinctive large forehead and white wispy beard. Master Mundi had a reputation for being somewhat uptight, despite fostering a rather warm personality to his closest friends.
Master Mundi was killed during an ongoing conflict with Separatist forces on Mygeeto. His death is depicted in the heartbreaking Order 66 montage in Revenge of the Sith, as part of one of the most exciting third acts in the Skywalker Saga. Though Mundi was able to hold out for a few moments against his traitorous clone troopers, he was eventually shot and killed.
Mace Windu was one of the most powerful members of the Jedi Council, who served throughout the last several decades of the Jedi Order. Famed for his skill with a lightsaber and powerful Force abilities, Windu often took the lead in Council discussions. Despite being one of the top-ranking Jedi Masters of his day, Windu had trouble respecting opinions other than his own, which grated on the mind of the younger Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker.
After the death of General Grievous, it was brought to Master Windu’s attention that the Chancellor was secretly a Sith Lord. Taking Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar, and Saesee Tiin with him, Windu confronted and attempted to arrest Palpatine. All four Jedi Masters were killed in the proceeding fight, with Windu hurled out a window by Palpatine’s Force Lightning. Despite the magnitude of his death, many fans think Windu could be revealed to have survived the fall of the Jedi after all.
Master Yoda was one of the most powerful Jedi to ever exist. Centuries old and wiser than even the best of his peers, Yoda was a well-respected and highly regarded Jedi Master, who served on the council for hundreds of years. The elderly Jedi made it his responsibility to train each youngling in the Order before they went on to become Padawans.
After the fall of the Jedi Order, Master Yoda exiled himself to the planet Dagobah, where he would remain until his death. During that time, the former Jedi Master communed with other Jedi, including Ezra Bridger. Eventually, he was discovered in his homestead by Luke Skywalker, whom he trained in the ways of the Force. Luke departed shortly thereafter but returned just in time to bid his master goodbye before he died.
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