Secret, shall I tell you? Grand Master of Jedi Order am I. Won this job in a raffle I did, think you? 'How did you know, how did you know, Master Yoda?' Master Yoda knows these things. His job it is.—Yoda to Scout, Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
Grand Master, was a title used in both the Old and New Jedi Orders to describe the recognized head of the Order. It was apparently separate from the title of Master of the Order, which was used to denote the leader of the Jedi High Council, rather than the entire Order.
Yoda was the last known Grand Master of the Old Jedi Order, holding the title as early as 82 BBY. Luke Skywalker achieved the title after he rebuilt the Order, although he did not formally assume the title until the Swarm War. After Luke was willingly exiled from the Jedi, Kenth Hamner was named acting Grand Master. While the Grand Master was the unquestioned Jedi leader, all known Grand Masters still kept the Jedi High Council as a source of advice. Despite this, the Jedi Council could still override the wishes of the Grand Master if they wanted, as seen when the High Council allowed Anakin Skywalker to be trained as a Jedi against Yoda's advice.
Known Grand MastersEdit
- Yoda (—19 BBY); last Grand Master of the Old Jedi Order
- Luke Skywalker (36 ABY—43 ABY); founder and former Grand Master of the New Jedi Order
- Kenth Hamner (43 ABY—); acting Grand Master of the Order following Luke's exile
Behind the scenesEdit
The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia introduced the title 'Master of the Order', used to denote the leader of the Jedi High Council. It is unclear if this title was meant to be another term for the Jedi Grand Master or not.
- Yoda: Dark Rendezvous (First identified as Grand Master)
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith novelization
- Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows (Mentioned only)
- Dark Nest III: The Swarm War
- Millennium Falcon
- The New Essential Chronology
- The Essential Guide to Characters
- The New Essential Guide to Characters
- Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force