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Nute Gunray was a Neimoidian businessman who served as the 3rd and last Head of State of the Confederacy of Independent Systems as the Clone Wars drew to a close, he was also Viceroy of the Trade Federation, a powerful commerce guild.
Naboo Invasion Edit
Nute Gunray was in command of the Naboo Invasion along with his underlings, Rune Haako, Lott Dod and Daultay Dofine. Gunray allowed the Chancellor's ambassadors on his ship but when TC-14 revealed they were Jedi, Gunray contacted his secret ally, Darth Sidious who told the Viceroy to kill the Jedi. Gunray attempted to kill the Jedi with Droideka but the Jedi escaped. Sidious told Gunray to begin invading Naboo. Gunray tried to get Queen Padmé Amidala to sign a treaty to make Gunray's invasion legal. Later, Gunray was captured along with Haako and his aides in Theed Palace. Gunray and Haako were sent to Coruscant for their crimes. Gunray was judged only four times and Haako, only seven. Gunray was set free.
Separatist Crisis Edit
Ten years later, Gunray wanted to see the Republic crumble. So Gunray and Haako went to Geonosis to pledge the Federation's loyalty to the CIS but only on one condition: Dooku would arrange the execution of Gunray's enemy, Senator Amidala. When Amidala and her Jedi protector, Anakin Skywalker wound up on Geonosis, Gunray watched the execution of Amidala. But Mace Windu arrived with some Jedi to save Anakin and Amidala. In the end, Yoda arrived with a clone army. Gunray and Haako fled the planet along with the other Separatists.
The Clone Wars Edit
Captured on Rodia Edit
At some point following the Battle of Geonosis, Nute Gunray turned his attention to the Mid Rim world of Rodia. The planet had been attacked by pirates and Rodia's Republic Senator Onaconda Farr had appealed to Viceroy Gunray for help. The Viceroy agreed to send relief supplies to Rodia in return for one small favor: kidnapping his long-time foe Senator Amidala. Farr was a close friend of the Naboo Senator and called her to Rodia under the pretext of seeking aid from the Republic for the Rodian people. Senator Padmé Amidala was escorted by her long-time friend Representative Jar Jar Binks and her protocol droid C-3PO.
Upon arriving, Senator Amidala and C-3PO were captured. After learning of her capture, Gunray ordered that she be manacled as a precaution before he traveled to Rodia to meet her. However, Gunray's plans encountered an unexpected obstacle in the form of Binks, who managed to elude the Viceroy's battle droids and trick them into believing that he was a Jedi. In the midst of the commotion, Amidala and C-3PO managed to escape and contact the Republic for assistance before they were recaptured by Gunray's battle droids. After arriving on Rodia, Gunray applied pressure on Senator Farr by withholding relief supplies until Senator Amidala was executed. When Senator Farr protested, Gunray responded that the planet was now under his protection.
After Gunray's droid forces had recaptured Senator Amidala and C-3PO, he assembled a trio of droidekas to execute them. Before Gunray could carry out the sentence, Binks and a Kwazel Maw monster that he had befriended named "Bogey" burst out from the swamp and overwhelmed the droidekas. The Viceroy attempted to flee aboard his Sheathipede-class transport shuttle but "Bogie" knocked it into the swamp. He was then held by Senator Amidala at gunpoint. Shortly later, Senator Farr arrived and revealed that he and Senator Amidala had planned to trap Gunray all along. Shortly later, Republic forces of the 41st Elite Corps arrived and took Gunray into custody.
Following the events on Rodia, the captive Viceroy Gunray was transferred aboard the Venator-class Star Destroyer Tranquility for trial on Coruscant. Due to his high status in the Confederacy, the Jedi Council dispatched the Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and Anakin Skywalker's Padawan Ahsoka Tano to guard Gunray. The two Jedi were reinforced by a group of Senate Guards led by Captain Argyus and a squad of Clone troopers led by Clone Commander Gree. In response to Gunray's capture, Darth Sidious and his apprentice Count Dooku dispatched the Dathomirian dark side assassin Asajj Ventress to infiltrate the Tranquility and rescue or kill the Trade Federation Viceroy.
While in captivity, Gunray was interrogated by Unduli and Tano but refused to cooperate. When a frustrated Tano threatened the Viceroy, Master Unduli chastised the younger Jedi. Their interrogation was interrupted by the arrival of Separatist attack force consisting of Separatist Vulture droids and three Droch-class boarding ships. While Separatist droids boarded the Tranquility, Ventress took advantage of the chaos to sabotage the ship's power generators. After Unduli departed with several Clone troopers to fight the intruders, Ventress managed to overpower Ahsoka and free Gunray. Before Gunray could escape with the dark side warrior, Master Luminara returned to the cell and fought with Ventress in the ship's elevator shaft and generator room.
While Luminara was dueling with Ventress, Gunray was locked in his cell with Tano and Captain Argyus standing guard. Unknown to the Republic and Jedi, Argyus was a traitor who was secretly working for Count Dooku. When Ahsoka departed the brig to help Luminara, Argyus took the opportunity to overpower his fellow commandos and free Gunray. Commander Gree managed to overpower Argyus but was knocked in the head by Gunray. The Viceroy and his rescuer then escaped on a Republic Consular-class cruiser in the lower hangar and were joined by Ventress, who had escaped her Jedi foes in a Republic escape pod. Gunray was present when Ventress killed Argyus by impaling him through the chest with lightsaber, and after the death Gunray told Ventress he had "always had a good feeling about" her, which was what he had told Argyus as well.
Helping Cad Bane Edit
Later, Gunray lent his fleet to Cad Bane, who got most of it destroyed. Bane had to pay Gunray as a result.
At the end of the war, the Separatist Leaders found themselves under Grievous' protection. With Dooku dead, Gunray was not confident in Grievous' abilities. Grievous sent Gunray and the leaders to Mustafar. Sidious told the leaders Darth Vader would arrive to take care of them. When Vader (Anakin) arrived, Gunray greeted him but Vader got out his lightsaber and killed the leaders. After Rune Haako and Wat Tambor were killed, Gunray begged for mercy but Vader slaughtered Gunray.
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy – A Graphic Novel
- Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Galactic Defense
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (film) (Appears in flashback(s))
- Supply Lines (Mentioned only)
- Bombad Jedi
- Cloak of Darkness
- Lair of Grievous (Appears in hologram)
- Cargo of Doom (Appears in hologram)
- The Zillo Beast (Gunship art only)
- Senate Spy (Appears in flashback(s))
- Sphere of Influence (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures – "Luke vs. Emperor Palpatine - Rise to Evil" (Appears in flashback(s))