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The plan has gone as you had promised, my Lord.—Nute Gunray to Darth Sidious, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Nute Gunray was a Neimoidian from the planet Neimoidia. Following a stint as Minister for the Trade Federation, he rose in power after the Stark Hyperspace War in 44 BBY, eventually becoming Viceroy of the Trade Federation. In 32 BBY, Gunray participated in the occupation of Naboo to settle a trade dispute that began in the Galactic Senate. With the help of Darth Sidious, Gunray invaded the planet to end the trade dispute and secured all facilities in the capital of Theed. He attempted to force the incumbent Queen of Naboo Padmé Amidala to sign a treaty to make the invasion of his legal, however she denied and the Siege of Naboo continued. The Trade Federtion soon surrendered to Naboo forces following the Second Battle of Theed. Gunray was taken to the Galactic Republic captial on Coruscant to be charged with acts of war.
During the ten years following the Invasion of Naboo, Gunray confronted former Jedi Master, Count Dooku, who began a separatist movement that opposed the Republic. Dooku, who secretly was Sidious's Sith apprentice under the name of Darth Traynus, helped the Viceroy through his four trials in the Supreme Court, and soon after the trials, Gunray retained his position as Viceroy. The Trade Federation, under Gunray's command, joined Dooku's separatist movement and he was named Leader of the Separatist Council. Gunray, along with Dooku and his master, Sidious, formed the Confederacy of Independent Systems which opposed the Galactic Republic in a three year war known as the Clone Wars.
During the Clone Wars, Gunray was called to the swamp planet of Rodia where he helped the people on Rodia from pirate attackers. However unbeknownst to Gunray, Senator Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, was on Rodia at the time. Gunray was betrayed after the Rodian forces gave the Viceroy to Amidala. Gunray was given to Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano. Dooku sent his Dark Jedi apprentice, Asajj Ventress, to rescue the Viceroy from the Republic forces. Stationed inside the Republic star destroyer, Senate Commando Argyus released the Viceroy and met up with Ventress in Argyus's cruiser. Though, Argyus was killed by Ventress who told her that he will tell Dooku of his success in the rescue of Gunray.
In 19 BBY, the Separatist Council was moved to the volcanic planet of Mustafar, after Confederate General Grievous became leader of the CIS after the death of Dooku. Gunray along with the other Separatist leaders were betrayed by Darth Sidious after he sent his new apprentice, Darth Vader, to Mustafar to end the War. Gunray was the last council member to be killed by Vader's lightsaber.
As I told you once before, Viceroy, you serve yourself best when you serve me.—Darth Sidious, Cloak of Deception
Gunray joined the Trade Federation as a junior trade officer, and soon enough, saw an opportunity for promotion. The Pulsar Supertanker corporation was being reviewed by the Federation for expulsion, and the verdict happened to depend on the testimonial of Gunray. Gunray supported the expulsion, citing "malicious disregard of profit" and "charitable donations lacking discernible reward". The resulting expulsion of Pulsar voided its CEO's position in the Trade Federation Directorate, and was in need of replacement. Gunray quickly filled the role.
By 44 BBY, Gunray served as the Trade Federation's Senator in the Galactic Senate. He implored the Senate to intervene when the Stark Commercial Combine began attacking Federation transports carrying precious bacta. Gunray demanded the Federation be allowed to increase its Droid Army, though he secretly met with Senator Ranulph Tarkin to bring a more decisive end to the Combine. Gunray was pressured into giving Tarkin the name of the planet on which a conference was to be held between Iaco Stark and Republic representatives.
Gunray himself joined the negotiating team on Troiken, though Stark, aware of Tarkin's plan to attack his forces, sabotaged the Senator's fleet. Aggressive negotiations broke out on Troiken, during which Gunray commanded his battle droid bodyguards to open fire—without specifying the enemy. Jedi Master Tyvokka was gunned down by Gunray's droids, though the cowardly Neimoidian demanded the surviving Jedi help him to his ship.
Unfortunately for Nute, his transport was destroyed, forcing him to tag along with the Jedi as they battled Stark's forces in what became known as the Stark Hyperspace War. Nute Gunray was eventually escorted back to Coruscant in the company of Senator Finis Valorum prior to Stark's defeat. Despite this encounter, Gunray would afterwards deny he had ever seen Jedi in action.
For his dubious role in the conflict, Nute Gunray became Viceroy of the Trade Federation, though he was still restrained by the Trade Federation Directorate. Gunray was contacted by the mysterious Darth Sidious, who promised to make Gunray the sole leader of the Federation, and was also able to grant his forces a much larger and improved battle droid army. These new battle droids figured in Sidious's plan to rid Gunray of the Directorate: during a summit on Eriadu, the droids unexpectedly opened fire on the Directorate, killing all but the absent Nute and the new Federation Senator, Lott Dod. Under the guidance of the enigmatic Darth Sidious, Gunray filled the remaining positions with his associates, Daultay Dofine, Rune Haako, and Hath Monchar, making the Trade Federation a Neimoidian monopoly.
Shortly before the Blockade of Naboo, Hath Monchar—deeply involved in Gunray and Palpatine's plot—went missing. Fearing the Deputy Viceroy would spill their secrets, the two engaged both a bounty hunter and Palpatine's apprentice, Darth Maul. Although Monchar was able to spread some information, the young Sith was able to track down and kill the Neimoidian and his contacts, neutralizing the threat.
We would never do anything without the approval of the Senate. You assume too much.
Under Sidious's command, Gunray blockaded Naboo from trade routes, with the official reason being that the Trade Federation was disgruntled by Outer Rim trade route taxation. Chancellor Valorum dispatched two ambassadors to talk with Gunray aboard the Saak'ak, and he was shocked to discover that the ambassadors were in fact Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi. He swiftly contacted Sidious, at which point Daultay Dofine expressed his concerns about the plan. Sidious angrily ordered that Dofine be kept out of his sight. Dofine hurried away, frightened by the Sith Lord.
Sidious told Gunray to kill the Jedi, and Gunray destroyed their ship and released toxic gas into the conference chamber. However, the two Jedi managed to escape, but Gunray decided to keep this secret from Sidious for the time being, as he was concerned over the legality of actually invading Naboo. Sidious assured the Viceroy he would "make it legal". Gunray was smug when talking with Queen Amidala, telling her he knew nothing of any ambassadors. Amidala told Gunray he had gone too far before ending the transmission. Gunray ordered OOM-9 to find the Jedi, but the droids were unable to. The invasion was well-organized, and the planet fully conquered within the day. Viceroy Gunray and Rune Haako entered Theed with their troops and Gunray received word from OOM-9 that they had captured Queen Amidala. Gunray proudly proclaimed victory and marched into the palace.
The outraged Governor Sio Bibble demanded how Gunray planned to explain this invasion to the Galactic Senate, to which Gunray replied he and the Queen would a sign a treaty to legitimize the occupation. The Queen quickly told the Viceroy she would not cooperate, but Gunray was not impressed, informing her that the suffering of her people would persuade her to see his point of view. The Queen was marched off to a detention camp, but on her way there was rescued by Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, who managed to get her off the planet and past the blockade. Gunray was now forced to inform Sidious, who was not pleased with this latest turn of events. Sidious revealed his apprentice to the shocked Gunray and Haako, and told him that Darth Maul would find the Queen.
Gunray quickly secured the planet, with only the "primitive" Gungans eluding him. He set himself up in the Queen's palace in Theed, taunting Governor Bibble from his mechno-chair. He soon grew tired of the Governor's protests however, and informed him he would die much sooner than his people. After unsuccessfully pleading for intervention by the Old Republic Senate, Amidala called for the expulsion of Chancellor Valorum, who was unable to out-talk Senator Lott Dod. A new chancery election was called for, and Naboo's own Senator Palpatine was ultimately elected the new Chancellor.
Despite the ouster of Valorum, the Galactic Senate still would not take action, and Amidala returned home, vowing to liberate her planet or die trying. Gunray reported his success to Sidious, who was pleased, he told the Viceroy that his apprentice Darth Maul was coming to join him. As Maul arrived, Gunray detected the Queen's ship and tracked it to the swamps on Naboo. He reported this to Sidious, who was wary of the Queen's more aggressive motives. Gunray next detected the assembled army of Gungans in the swamps and dispatched OOM-9 and a large majority of his army to crush the them, dismissing them as primitives.
Gunray remained in the throne room with Rune Haako and Darth Maul. Maul left to deal with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn as Gunray became concerned the battle was taking place far too close to him. The Queen was able to work her way into the palace, before being captured and marched before the Viceroy. Gunray ordered her to sign the treaty, but the Queen's disguised handmaiden appeared, confusing him. He ordered his droids after Sabé, the Queen's decoy, believing her to be the real Queen. This was Gunray's fatal mistake. The real Queen used the distraction to take out Gunray's guards and held him and Haako at gunpoint. Gunray was not worried at first, because he thought his droids would break through to rescue him. But his hopes of rescue were shattered when a young boy named Anakin Skywalker destroyed the Droid Control Ship, deactivating his army. With his forces destroyed and Darth Maul killed, Gunray and Haako were captured and sent back to Coruscant to stand trial for their crimes.
Gunray was alleged to be having an affair with Lora Besh, who, in 22 BBY, just before the start of the Clone Wars, released an unauthorized biography of Gunray, entitled Gunray On Top. It spent at least several months as a top-ten bestseller, and its sales may have increased due to its subject's involvement in the war.
What about the Senator from Naboo? Is she dead yet? I am not signing your treaty until I have her head on my desk."
"I am a man of my word, Viceroy.
After four trials in the Republic Supreme Court, Gunray still maintained control over the Trade Federation, although several of his associates were killed in the Battle of Naboo. Gunray never publicly revealed the involvement of Darth Sidious in the blockade of Naboo, partly out of fear, but also because Gunray felt that Sidious had not abandoned him completely, and was working to ensure nothing ever came of the many trials that Gunray and his chief officer's went through. During his final trial by the Republic, Viceroy Gunray was approached by Count Dooku, and, in a moment of weakness, he revealed the existence of Sidious to the former Jedi - who promised to bring the matter before the Jedi Council.
Gunray decided to join the Confederacy of Independent Systems, which wished to secede from the Galactic Republic, although he had one demand: that Senator Amidala be killed as revenge for his capture ten years prior. The leader of the Confederacy, Count Dooku, had promised him this, so he hired a bounty hunter named Jango Fett to kill the Senator with his bounty hunter companion, Zam Wesell. Much to Gunray's dismay, they both failed when Jango would not let Zam give up her client and shot her with a saberdart.
Of course, this proved to be worthwhile when Obi-Wan Kenobi tracked Jango to the droid factory on Geonosis and forced Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker to rescue him, getting themselves captured in the process. Gunray saw his chance for revenge and was delighted when the former Queen was sentenced to death and he would be there to witness it. To his fury, she escaped being killed by the nexu unleashed on her, and left the planet with the aid of over 200 Jedi and the Republic's new clone army. Gunray was barely able to flee for his own life in the melee between battle droids, Geonosians, Jedi Knights, and clone troopers. The Clone Wars had begun, and Gunray suddenly found himself preparing his droids for war. Gunray was a businessperson, not a commander, but there was no way he could break his ties with the CIS without losing his life. He soon ended up providing the bulk of CIS funding.
Soon after the war had begun, Count Dooku revealed himself as a Sith, with his master as none other than Darth Sidious. Nute Gunray was frustrated that he had once again found himself in service to forces over which he had no control whatsoever. Due to the stress of war, the wrinkles on Gunray's face became more severe than most Neimoidians.
Rodia and captureEdit
You won't get away this time, Senator.—Nute Gunray to Padmé Amidala, Bombad Jedi
A short time after the Battle of Geonosis, the swamp planet of Rodia was attacked by pirates. Desperate, Rodia's Senator, Onaconda Farr, looked to Nute Gunray for help. He agreed to supply Rodia's citizens with the needed food, shelter and other everyday materials, in return for one small favor: to kidnap fellow Senator Padmé Amidala, whom the Viceroy still held a grudge with. Farr was a close family friend of Naboo's former Queen, and called her to Rodia under the pretext of aiding the Rodian people.
She came with her personal protocol droid, C-3PO and incumbent Gungan representative from Naboo, Jar Jar Binks. Eventually, Amidala and C-3PO were captured and imprisoned by Gunray and his battle droids, but Jar Jar interrupted his plans by disguising himself in Anakin Skywalker's Jedi cloak and running into the battle, along with the help of a Kwazel Maw he had nicknamed Boogie. Gunray attempted to flee the ensuing chaos, but found his battle droids being destroyed one by one.Eventually, Farr turned against the Viceroy, and Gunray found himself held at gunpoint by both Amidala and Farr. Soon, clonetroopers arrived on Rodia and arrested the Viceroy.
Gunray was whisked upon a Jedi Cruiser with Luminara Unduli, Ahsoka Tano, Commander Gree, Captain Argyus, and the latter's squadron of Senate Commandos. He was to be taken to Coruscant, where he would stand trial for the fifth time in his life. Gunray attempted to hold out under Jedi interrogation, but after being threatened by Tano, he reconsidered and offered to negotiate a bargain. He soon withdrew the offer when Separatist droids boarded the ship, and Asajj Ventress arrived in the detention area and set him free—once free, Gunray locked Tano in his cell and gloated over her predicament, but his victory was shortlived when Ventress was forced to flee after reinforcements arrived led by Unduli, and Gunray found himself back inside his cell.
After diverting Tano, and making sure she joined Unduli in battling Ventress, Captain Argyus revealed to Gree he was with the Separatists and killed the clones and commandos—letting Gunray out of his cell once again. As Argyus faced off with Gree, Nute saw that Gree had the upper hand, sneaked up behind the clone and knocked him unconscious with a blaster rifle. Gunray, Argyus, and Ventress managed to escape the crippled vessel, but when Argyus stated he had done the most work in saving Gunray, Ventress promptly killed the boastful Commando. Gunray later assisted Count Dooku in a plot to lure Jedi Master Kit Fisto and his former Padawan, Jedi Knight Nahdar Vebb, to the droid leader General Grievous's castle on the moon of Vassek; they arrived under the pretense that Gunray was their, but instead engaged the cyborg general himself.
End of the War (19 BBY)Edit
Template:Dialogue4 In 19 BBY, near the end of the Clone Wars, Gunray attempted to convince the Wookiee royal families of Kashyyyk to join the Confederacy. Negotiations dragged on, and eventually General Grievous, having grown impatient, ordered Gunray to deploy droids to "persuade" the Wookiees to join the Separatists. Gunray deployed droids, and the invasion of Kashyyyk began. Gunray's trust within Grievous was shaken, he proceeded to have doubts of the once Kaleesh warlord, and commonly referred to Grievous as being nothing more than a droid.
Gunray was trapped in his personal redoubt on the Neimoidian purse world of Cato Neimoidia, quickly being advanced upon by clones and Jedi Generals Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Though the Republic forces managed to penetrate the fort, Gunray was able to narrowly escape to a Lucrehulk-class battleship above the planet. In his haste to leave the planet, Gunray forgot to take his mechno-chair, which he used to communicate with Darth Sidious. The chair fell into the hands of the Republic, and provided them with a valuable clue in the hunt for Sidious.
Gunray also found himself at odds with Grievous. When the two first met on Geonosis, Gunray viewed Grievous as just another disposable droid, which nearly caused an infuriated Grievous to kill him on several occasions. However, Darth Sidious's insistence that Gunray remain unharmed largely shielded him from the General's wrath. Gunray doubted the General's abilities, particularly after the defeat at Coruscant, the death of Count Dooku, and the escape of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. Gunray brought up his concerns in front of the Separatist Council and challenged Grievous, but he was dismissed by the General.
The war is over. Lord Sidious promised us peace! We only want--—Nute Gunray's last words, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Shortly after, he and the rest of the Separatist Council were moved to Mustafar by General Grievous at Darth Sidious's command, and Grievous himself was killed a short time later. As the head of the Council, Nute Gunray now found himself the leader of the remaining Confederacy forces. He and the Council were contacted once more by Darth Sidious, who told the Viceroy he had done well, and promised that his new apprentice, Darth Vader, would arrive on Mustafar to "take care" of him.
When Vader arrived, Gunray welcomed him, but Vader mercilessly cut down all of the council members, saving Gunray for last. Nute Gunray unsuccessfully pleaded for his life before the new Sith Lord. He begged before Vader, pleading desperately and trying to tell Vader that all the Confederacy wanted was peace, but he was cut down by the Dark Lord, whom as a child ruined the Viceroy's plans on Naboo thirteen years ago. Afterwards, the Confederacy's droid armies were deactivated and the Clone Wars came to an official close. His body was found shortly thereafter by salvage crews who investigated the mining facility after its destruction.
Personality and traitsEdit
I never risk my own skin, if I don't have to.—Nute Gunray to Ahsoka Tano., Cloak of Darkness
Gunray was pessimistic, intolerant, highly concerned for his own welfare, and often trying to shift blame onto others. He was openly fearful of Sidious and the Sith in general, however, he almost always played into their hands. He had no qualms about exploiting innocent people for the love of money—rather, he encouraged it. He grew increasingly impatient over the years, often sacrificing tact for speed. His personality grated against General Grievous, who, unlike Gunray, was a vicious, strategically-minded brave general with a sense of authority. Gunray, in turn, despised Grievous, and believed the General to be unstable and arrogant.
Gunray was skilled in the political arena, often discouraging an opponent with a series of baseless, condescending assurances. These skills carried over to his role as Federation Viceroy, where he was constantly in the position of having to pacify an employee, client or opponent. Gunray was also a highly successful businessman, his talents in this field catching the attention of Darth Sidious.
Although often perceived as a coward, Gunray was willing to get his own hands dirty if he was threatened, and delighted in exacting revenge upon those he felt had wronged him in some way.
Behind the scenesEdit
Nute Gunray was played by Silas Carson, who also played Ki-Adi-Mundi, Neimoidian Senator Lott Dod, and Republic Lieutenant Williams in all three episodes of the prequel trilogy. He was played by voice-actor Phil Proctor in the game Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, by Tom Kenny in the Clone Wars TV series, by David W. Collins in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith video game, and by Scott Cleverdon in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace video game.
A scene cut from Attack of the Clones shows Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala put on trial by the Geonosians. Nute Gunray watches from the side and, when the trial goes on too long, he shouts to Poggle the Lesser: "Get on with it, carry out the sentence. I want to see her suffer!". Poggle the Lesser quickly wraps up the trial and orders his guards to take Anakin and Padmé to the execution arena.
A scene in the script for Revenge of the Sith, which did not make it into the film but was probably filmed, featured Nute Gunray and Rune Haako hiding under a table as Darth Vader slaughtered the Separatist Council. Rune Haako panicked and tried to escape, but was quickly killed by Vader (seen in the film), but Nute stayed hidden. As Vader killed the others, Nute quickly got out from under the table and activated the control panel for the doors to open. As the others council members were all killed, droidekas entered and opened fire on Vader. Gunray watched as the smoke cleared and Vader was gone. Vader then dropped down from the roof and destroyed the droids, jumping over to Gunray. This explains why Nute is so surprised when Vader jumps at him—he thought he had been killed off by the droids.
In the Revenge of the Sith video game, Gunray escaped Vader in the Separatist control center on Mustafar and attempted to flee in his ship, which was destroyed by the vengeful former Jedi and then plunged into the lava river beneath.This is obviously non-canon.
In the Revenge of the Sith novelization, Vader responded to Gunray's remark of the promise of peace by saying that Sidious's transmission had been garbled, and that the Sith had actually said they would be "left in pieces" (though Gunray's body was relatively intact when compared to the other Separatist leaders).
Gunray's Revenge of the Sith head piece is the only one without three points.
Gunray's name may be a play on the names of several Republican politicians. "Nute" may be a play on Newt Gingrich, or a reference to Knute Rockne, a character in the Ronald Reagan film "Knute Rockne, All American." Additionally, when the syllables in "Gunray" are reversed, it reads "Ray gun," a pejorative nickname for Reagan during his presidency.
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 The New Essential Guide to Characters
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Star Wars Republic: The Stark Hyperspace War
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Cloak of Deception
- ↑ Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- ↑ HoloNet News Vol. 531 47
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Labyrinth of Evil
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Geonosian Episode II: Attack of the Clones]]
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bombad Jedi"
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cloak of Darkness"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lair of Grievous"
- ↑ Star Wars Galaxies: Trials of Obi-Wan
- ↑ Republic HoloNet News Special Inaugural Edition 16:5:24
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
- ↑ Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones DVD
- ↑ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Script
- ↑ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith game
- ↑ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith novel
- ↑ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith comic
|Minister of the Trade Federation|
c. 44 BBY–33 BBY
| Succeeded by|
|Viceroy of the Trade Federation|
c. 33 BBY–19 BBY
| Succeeded by|
|Leader of the Neimoidian Inner Circle|
| Succeeded by|
|Head of the Separatist Council|
c. 22 BBY–19 BBY
| Succeeded by|
None, position abolished
|Head of State of the Confederacy of Independent Systems as Leader of the Separatist Council|
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