A cowardly Neimoidian official, Rune Haako had no shortage of despair during the Trade Federation blockade and invasion of Naboo. As lieutenant to Viceroy Nute Gunray, Haako was privy to his superior's plans and knew of the mysterious Sith patron who was the true mastermind behind their bold maneuvers. Haako, when beyond Sith earshot, openly questioned Gunray's judgment in striking this terrifying alliance. The worry-faced pessimist predicted disaster throughout the occupation. When Queen Amidala retook her besieged capital of Theed, Haako and Gunray were captured and sent to Coruscant for trial and punishment.