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"Neimoidians are a slippery lot, but the Jedi will wear him down."
Clone Commander Gree on the Jedi's interrogation of Nute Gunray[src]

Neimoidians were a humanoid species native to the planet of Neimoidia, while also settling wealthy colonies they named Purse Worlds, such as Cato Neimoidia. They had smooth noseless faces, mottled green-gray skin, and large red-orange eyes. In the waning years of the Galactic Republic, they ran the Trade Federation, a vast consortium of business interests. As such, they ended up joining the Confederacy of Independent Systems and helped start the Clone Wars.

Neimoidians were related to the Duros species.[7]

Biology and appearance[]

Rune Haako, a typical Neimoidian

The Neimoidians were a sentient species. They were humanoid in form, having two arms, two legs, a torso and a single head. They had smooth, mottled green-gray skin and large, red-orange eyes with a pupil that split it horizontally. Adult individuals were known to be tall,[1] ranging from 1.9[8] to 2.11 meters.[9] Neimoidians had long, bony hands with five pointed fingers, one of which was an opposable thumb. Overall, they looked very similar[1] to the Duros, a species of thin, tall humanoids with slit mouths, large eyes and no nose.[10] In fact, the Neimoidians were related to the Duros; having become physically distinguishable from the Duros by 15,000 BBY.[7] Although many Neimoidians were lean, obese individuals were not unheard of.[9]

Raised in hives[11] before taking their adult form, Neimoidians spent the first seven years of life as "grubs," maggot-like larvae that were forced to compete with each other over a limited food supply. Only those that hoarded the most food survived.[12]

Society and Culture[]

"These Federation types are cowards. The negotiations will be short."
―Qui-Gon Jinn[src]

Throughout the galaxy, the Neimoidians were known for their business skills and their greed. They wore elaborate, flaunting clothes that included hats, cloaks and drapes.[1] A colonial species, they had migrated and adapted to dominate many worlds.[13] They had no qualms about enslaving other sentients.[4] Neimoidian office drones were given a restricted diet to ensure that they never fully emerged from their grub stage, and, to enforce competitiveness, Neimoidian work overseers assigned identical work to two teams of worker drones, with the incentive that the successful team eats the other. High-ranking Neimoidians often owned mechno-chairs,[11] a type of self-propelled chair that moved on a set of four articulated legs.[1] One high-ranking Nemoidian occupied a position known as "Trade Monarch."[11]


"The Neimoidians have a severely overblown opinion of themselves and their capabilities."
Nevil Cygni, to Admiral Thrawn[src]

A Neimoidian guard during the Clone Wars.

The Neimoidians hailed from Neimoidia, a planet centrally located in the Colonies region of the galaxy. They colonized several nearby worlds, which were referred to as "Purse Worlds."[4] One of those colony planets was the fog-covered Cato Neimoidia.[5] In ancient times, they occupied the planet of Narq and enslaved its natives, the Narquois.[4]

In the last decades of the Galactic Republic, the Neimoidians were at the helm of the Trade Federation, a wealthy and influential commerce guild. Toward the end of Finis Valorum's mandate as Supreme Chancellor of the Republic, the Viceroy of the Trade Federation, a Neimoidian named Nute Gunray, allied himself with a mysterious figure known as Darth Sidious. The resulting crisis led to the election of Senator Palpatine—who was in fact Sidious' public persona—as the new chancellor.[1] Ten years later, the Neimoidians of the Trade Federation had joined the Confederacy of Independent Systems, an alliance of solar systems that wanted to secede from the Republic.[14]

However, the Confederacy was eventually defeated at the end of the devastating Clone Wars.[15] Many Neimoidians became resentful of the Republic's successor, the Galactic Empire. In particular, one colony of refugees was discovered by the Chiss Mitth'raw'nuruodo shortly after the war, and the group attempted to persuade the Chiss to bring the Chiss Ascendancy against the Empire and restore the Republic; this plea, however, was rejected.[16]

Neimoidians in the galaxy[]

Because of the way they were educated, Neimoidians made ruthlessly effective merchants. The other side of the coin was that many other species despised them for their selfishness.[4] Additionally, a stereotype of Neimodians arose claiming that they were fat. Accordingly, Neimodians responded harshly to the poster Taxation Without Federation, feeling that it was playing on the xenophobic stereotype.[6]

Behind the scenes[]

Neimoidians first appeared in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.[1] The Neimoidians were originally envisioned as organic versions of the B1-series battle droids, but such complex and fantastic design was ultimately simplified with the decision to portray the characters with actors wearing animatronic masks rather than through CGI.[17]


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