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Questions tagged [ferengi]

A fictional race of large eared, sharp toothed, bipedal sentient beings first featured in 1987 on the TV series "Star Trek- The Next Generation". To be used when discussing anything related with the Ferengi society and culture, specific individuals or their biology. Use this with the [star-trek] tag.

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Why are all the doors on Ferenginar (the Ferengi home world) far shorter than the average Ferengi?

I was watching DS9: Family Business when I noticed all the doors on Ferenginar are much shorter than the average Ferengi, causing them to crouch down every time they enter a room. That's gotta be ...
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Does oo-mox have a similar affect on Female ferengi?

In a lot of episodes of Star Trek involving the Ferengi, we see male Ferengi reacting to oo-mox (having their ear lobes rubbed). It occurs to me that as far as I can remember it is only ever shown ...
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Does Quark know that the “captain” is a member of the Q?

In "Q-Less," Q arrives on Deep Space Nine to try to persuade Vash to continue exploring the universe with him. Early in the episode, Q makes Quark disappear after the latter had the audacity to ring ...
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Is Captain Picard smiling at a Ferengi joke out of character?

Early in "The Perfect Mate," a Ferengi, Par Lenor, accosts Captain Picard and Ambassador Briam. One of the quips of Lenor is that Peace is good for trade---unless you happen to be an arms merchant ...
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Why did the Ferengi stay there in “The Price” after Geordi's warning?

In "The Price" (Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 308), the Ferengi are keen on buying an apparently stable wormhole. When they enter the wormhole with Data and La Forge to test its stability ...
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What happened to Grand Nagus Zek's son, Krax?

Early on in DS9, Zek is introduced in a story where he uses Quark to test his son Krax's worthiness to become Grand Nagus. Krax plots to kill Quark in order to seize the throne. In one of the final ...
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What becomes of a Ferengi's wealth/possessions after death?

Since the Ferengi culture disdains acts of charity and generosity, and entrance to their version of heaven is dependent on acquiring and possessing wealth, what becomes of an individual’s possessions ...
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Are Ferengis really working hard for the money or for the reputation that money brings?

I have a problem understanding the psychology of the Ferengis and their motivation. Ferengis live in a post-scarcity world. They do not need to work for money. Yet, they live and die for money. This ...
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Are the Ferengi racially discriminated against by members of the Federation?

Many Federation citizens, particularly those in Starfleet, seem to be openly hostile to the Ferengi and appear to have strong prejudices against them. For example, when two Ferengi narrowly escape a ...
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Can Ferengis grow hair?

Ferengis always appear hairless. Can they grow hair (but merely choose not to), or are they physically incapable of doing so?
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How do the Federation humans pay for drinks at Quark's bar given that humans have no money? [duplicate]

In the DS9 episode "In the Cards", when Jake wants to acquire a baseball card: JAKE: I'm Human, I don't have any money. NOG: It's not my fault that your species decided to abandon currency-...
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Why was Rom able to rise up to become leader of the Ferengis given that he was portrayed as a loser?

I did not finish watching all the DS9 episodes. In the DS9 episodes that I watched, Rom was portrayed as a loser. Not just in humans' eyes, but particularly in Ferengis' eyes. He was a poor ...
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Who was the richest Ferengi in Star Trek?

Given that Ferengis are so profit-oriented, it would be interesting to know who among them is the richest. Not easy to be number one among such a capitalistic society.
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How much power does the Grand Nagus have?

Is the Grand Nagus equivalent to a king? A dictator? Certainly he's not so cruel, but does he have total rule over the Ferengi government and Ferengi citizens?
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If a Ferengi woman is forbidden to speak with a stranger, how is she going to fall in love and meet her future husband?

In one of the episodes in DS9, Quark's mother was reprimanded for speaking with a stranger. If a Ferengi woman is forbidden to speak with a stranger, how is she going to fall in love and marry given ...
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Has any Ferengi ever done something out of sentiment at the expense of profit?

While humans are selfish and profit-oriented, they occasionally do things that lead to losses out of love for children, for the spouse, for parents, for family and even for the country. It is hard to ...
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What drives Ferengi to work so hard for money given that the technology required in a post-scarcity society is available? [duplicate]

Given the availability of replicators, why are Ferengis so hard up for money? What drives them to continue to work so hard for money when they don't have to? When it comes to humans, many would ...
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How come Ferengi starships work?

Ferengi culture reveres those who swindle people for maximum profit. So why aren't Ferengi spaceships constantly breaking down because they were fitted with shoddy or non-functioning parts?
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How could Quark play 200+ Tongo games in one month?

What is the average time needed to play entire Tongo game? I understand that, due to its nature, one can play a real quick deal and another a really long one. That's why I'm asking about average time. ...
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How can 1000 divided into 5 give 250?

A small discussion in the middle of Who Mourns for Morn? episode includes following: QUARK: We could split the latinum five ways. That's what you would've gotten if Morn was still alive. ...
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When did Quark save Kira from the Dominion?

In a very small side-element of DS9 episode The Magnificent Ferengi episode, Major Kira says: Kira: Consider it payback, Quark, for rescuing me from the Dominion. Memory Alpha links the sentence ...
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Isn't it inappropriate for Dax to touch Quark's ears?

My DS9 memory is very hazy but I'm sure I can remember a number of instances where Dax or perhaps Kira persuade Quark by rubbing his ears. If memory serves then Oo-mox is a Ferengi sex thing. If that'...
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Why do the Ferengi keep their women naked?

Why do the Ferengi keep their "females" naked, instead of allowing them clothes?
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Are the Ferengi the richest and most powerful civilization in the Star Trek world given that they are the most driven by the pursuit of money?

On earth today in the 21st century, the richest countries tend to be the capitalist ones. The ones driven by the pursuit of money. Communist China was poor until it began to pursue some capitalist ...
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Why are desiccated Ferengi green?

In DS9 "The Nagus", we learn that Ferengi are vacuum-dessicated after death, a process which reduces them to powder form. The powder is then packed into roughly 50 disks, which are then sold on the ...
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Did anyone ever remark on or explain Nog's small stature?

As seen here: Eisenberg was born with only one partially functioning kidney and received a kidney transplant at the age of 17. This stunted his growth at 5' (1.52 m) And he was 24 at the time DS9 ...
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Why would Nog consider land to be “dirt”?

In DS9: Progress the Noh-Jay Consortium goes through some deals and at some point they get ownership of some land on Bajor. When Nog learns about this he is he is very dismissive and says that land ...
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How do they make Ferengi teeth?

When I'm looking at Armin Shimerman photos, I can see, that his teeth are in nearly perfect condition. Yet, I have never seen any Ferengi with straight, healthy teeth. Do we have any off-screen ...
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What is latinum worth?

I'm wondering if we know what latinum can buy. Items like, for example, biomemetic gel, Romulan ale, stem bolts, or starships don't help us since they're not readily available on Amazon, as far as I ...
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Shouldn't this gentleman be “The Grand Negus”?

The title of this fine gentleman with the majestic earlobes is "The Grand Nagus" (note the spelling): Until recently, I always assumed his title was "The Grand Negus", in order to match the ...
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Why are the Ferengi classed as Species 180, by the Borg?

If we take it that the Borg assign species coding, based on contact, how are the Ferengi so low in the chart? I believe that 7of9 called them Species 180. Were the Borg in the Alpha Quadrant really ...
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Does the name 'Quark' have a different meaning in Ferengi culture?

I was just considering the character of Quark and what an unusual name it was. Of course a quark is a sub-atomic particle or the German word for cottage cheese, but it seems peculiar that a Ferengi, ...
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Why didn't the Ferengi Commerce Authority take Quark's mother's house and possessions?

BRUNT: Of course there is. You can break the contract. QUARK: Me, break a Ferengi contract? Never. BRUNT: Never? I wonder if there's enough Ferengi left in you to stick to that. Part of me ...
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How has no one annihilated the Ferengi?

As I understand it, the Ferengi were set up at the beginning of TNG to be the next "big bad" of the galaxy, and their capabilities are described as being equal to the Enterprise's. That being said, ...
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Why do the Ferengi pronounce “human” the way they do?

The Ferengi seem to have a problem with pronouncing the word human. They say hyoo-män. The correct pronunciation, which every other race seems to say, is hyoo-mən. In their introductory episode in ...
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What does the Ferengi Emblem represent?

Looking at the official Ferengi Emblem I am at a loss as to what it is supposed to represent (other than perhaps constantly accumulating wealth). Does anyone know what the creative staff had in mind ...
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Do Ferengi have surnames?

In DS9: Heart of Stone, Quark says "No nephew of mine is going to disgrace our family name by joining star fleet!". My question: do Ferengi even have family names?
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Was the design of the Ferengi marauder based on the Enterprise D's bridge?

Below you can see a couple of images of certain angles of the Enterprise D's bridge, compared with the Ferengi Marauder. There is a striking similarity between them and I was wondering if the former ...
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Why doesn't Quark wear a headdress?

Through The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, the majority of the Ferengi we see a wearing a headdress on the back of the head. Quark though, on Deep Space Nine, does not ever seem to wear one, ...
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Where do the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition come from?

We know the Vulcan philosophy comes from Surak, the Klingon way from Kahless, and that Zefram Cochrane is the posterboy for human exploration and ingenuity. Where do the Rules of Acquisition come ...
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Why were Ferengi unknown to 24th century Starfleet?

In Star Trek: Enterprise, the Enterprise NX-01 encountered Ferengi. In Star Trek: The Next Generation, when the Enterprise-D was in pursuit of the Ferengi who stole an energy converter, the captain's ...
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Why didn't the Ferengi just steal the whole NX-01?

In Episode 1x19, a couple Ferengi manage to stun (almost) the entire crew of the Enterprise NX-01 and board it wearing gas masks to steal valuables: We see the four Ferengi dock with a pretty ...
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Is there a list available of all of the rules of acquisition?

The Ferengi follow 285 Rules of Acquisition, such as: 1. Once you have their money, you never give it back. 3. Never spend more for an acquisition than you have to. 6. Never allow family to stand ...
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When did the Ferengi lose their formidability

In episode 1x05 The Last Outpost the Ferengi antagonists are thought to be a formidable enemy. The crew mentions, without hesitation, the technical formidability of the Ferengi and it is assumed that ...
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Do Ferengi eat humanoids as insinuated in Encounter at Farpoint?

When leaving the administrator's office at Farpoint-station, Picard insinuates that the Ferengi "found their last associates tasty", indicating that they would eat other intelligent humanoids. Has ...
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Don't replicators make the Ferengi rather pointless?

Ferengis are all about acquisition and making a profit. But, in the age of replicators, where everything you want can be produced instantly, what would be the point of their lifestyle?
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Do Ferengi ever blink their eyes?

I recently watched some Star Trek Deep Space Nine episodes and I noticed that the Ferengi never blink their eyes. Is it just the actors or do Ferengi as a race not need to blink their eyes?