- "We should not have made this bargain."
- ―Rune Haako
Invasion of NabooEdit
Rune Haako was Viceroy Nute Gunray's right hand man, Settlement Officer and lieutenant during the Invasion of Naboo. He, Gunray and Dofine schemed with the Sith Lord Darth Sidious in order to achieve greater profits. On Sidious's orders, the three made a blockade on Naboo, because of the new taxation of the formerly Free Trade Zones, and later invaded the planet. The Neimoidians attempted to make Queen Padmé Amidala sign a treaty to make the invasion legal by threatening to starve the people of the planet, but she successfully escaped the planet. To ensure all went according to his plan, Sidious sent his apprentice Darth Maul to oversee the occupation and to keep an eye on the Trade Federation leadership, which greatly unnerved the naturally cowardly Neimoidians. Gunray held Governor Sio Bibble prisoner and OOM-9 informed Gunray that they would soon draw out the Gungans and kill them. Gunray, Haako and Maul assured Sidious that the Federation will win and that Amidala would soon be forced to return in order to save her people. As they predicted, Amidala returned. Unfortunately, Dofine perished and Gunray, Haako and Senator Lott Dod were sent to Coruscant on trial, but because they had many supporters and powerful partners they retained their positions.
During the Separatist Crisis, Gunray, Haako and their partners from planets and corporations were invited to Geonosis by Count Dooku, Sidious's new apprentice. Gunray and Haako pledged the Trade Federation's support to the Confederacy of Independent Systems and asked that in return Dooku kill Amidala, the Federation's most hated enemy. Gunray, Haako, Dooku and Archduke Poggle the Lesser oversaw the failed execution of Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, his Padawan Anakin Skywalker and Amidala in the Petranaki arena, who were saved by the Jedi and the new Grand Army of the Republic. The two Neimoidians joined the other Separatist Council members in the war room and saw with their own eyes the First Battle of Geonosis via hologram. Haako declared it vital that the Federation starships be launched before retreating in a Sheathipede-class shuttle.
At the end of the war, the Separatist Council was called by General Grievous to Utapau, following the death of Dooku, and were sent to Mustafar where they resided up until the end of the war. Promised a great reward by Lord Sidious, Haako and the others waited greedily for it to arrive, unaware that they were in fact to be killed by Darth Vader, on Sidious's orders. When Vader arrived, he proceeded to do just that, cutting down all in his path. At one point, Haako pleaded with the Sith Lord to cease the massacre, to no avail, and retreated into the conference room with Wat Tambor as Vader cut down Rute Gunnay before his eyes. This, however, did little more than delay their deaths by a few seconds and Vader killed both Haako and Tambor in quick succession, leaving only Gunray to fall moments after.
Behind the scenesEdit
Rune Haako was played by Jerome Blake and voiced by James Taylor in The Phantom Menace. In Attack of the Clones, he was played by Alan Ruscoe and voiced by Chris Truswell (despite the credits identifying him as Lott Dod), and played by Sandy Thompson in Revenge of the Sith.
After filming for The Phantom Menace wrapped, Haako's mask was lost, resulting in the production crew giving Daultay Dofine's mask to Ruscoe instead, and for a time it was thought that this "new" Neimoidian would become a separate character named Gilramos Libkath.
Though Haako's death is never actually shown on screen, Ben Burtt's editing places another character's death right after we see him on camera, leading the audience to believe that this character was him dying at that particular moment. The audience could see him saying "Stop, No!" (that was definitely him) but right after that the editing cuts to Rute Gunnay being struck down. Haako's body can later be seen in the conference room.
- 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 Journeys: Beginnings
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cloak of Darkness" (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace: Star Wars Part the First
- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales – "Exit from Endor" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know (Picture only)
- Star Wars: I Am a Jedi (Picture only)
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Aliens of the Galaxy (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
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