Star Wars: A Look at Nute Gunray
As Viceroy of the Trade Federation, Nute Gunray was a deceitful, avaricious and calculating business leader who was primarily concerned with maximising profits and his own well-being. He was very willing to kill for his far-reaching commercial aims, and masked his own cowardice with his vast wealth. Because of these traits, the Galactic Republic simply saw his invasion and occupation of Naboo as a move solely motivated by greed, instead of his manipulation at the hands of Darth Sidious. Due to the role Queen Amidala played in the liberation of Naboo, Gunray formed a deep grudge towards the politician, and made several attempts on her life in the following years. The Neimoidian’s hatred towards Amidala led him to pledge the Trade Federation’s support to Count Dooku’s emerging CIS (Confederacy of Independent Systems). As an opportunistic bully, Gunray used the Trade Federation’s wealth to manipulate the Rodian Senator, Onaconda Farr, into an exchange: whilst the planet would receive much-needed aid, he would lure Amidala into a trap. However, Farr and Amidala took advantage of Gunray’s vindictiveness and opportunism to capture the Viceroy. Although he preferred to leave most of the fighting to his battle droids, he was still capable of physical action when push came to shove. Such a time came during his escape from Republic custody when he knocked out Clone Commander Gree, aided by Senate Commando Argyus.