|Intelligent Lifeform Index|
|Four Letter Code||FNGI|
|Planet of Origin||Ferenginar|
|Encountered||First encountered by the Enterprise NX-01 (ENT: Acquisition)|
|Current Tech Level||N-|
|List of Named Ferengis|
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The Last Outpost). Although several deep space incidents occurred before, this was the first face-to-face encounter. Possessing a rigid and inflexible code requiring males to relentlessly seek profit while females are left naked and submissive. They appear as short humanoids with skin tones ranging from dull yellow to dark brown. The males have charactaristically very large ears while the females have extremely small ears. Coming from a political alliance just beyond Klingon space, they have no firm alliances and prefer to maintain buisness with all sides. The Klingons detest the Ferengi, however, and hold a trade embargo on them. Some rogue Ferengis pursue profit as pirates. This is legal only through a loophole in their laws. Ferengi's have no telepathic abilities and cannot be scanned because of their four-lobed brains.
Known Rules of Aquisition
Below are listed some of the more commonly known 'Rules of Aquisition':
1. Once you have their money, never give it back.
2. You can't cheat an honest customer, but it never hurts to try
3. Never spend more for an acquisition than you have to.
4. A woman wearing clothes is like a man in the kitchen.
5. If you can't break a contract, bend it.
6. Never allow family to stand in the way of opportunity.
7. Keep your ears open.
8. Small print leads to large risk.
9. Opportunity plus instinct equals profit.
10. Greed is eternal.
11. Latinum isn't the only thing that shines.
12. Anything worth selling is worth selling twice.
13. Anything worth doing is worth doing for money.
14. Anything stolen is pure profit.
15. Acting stupid is often smart.
16. A deal is a deal ... until a better one comes along.
17. A contract is a contract is a contract, but only with a Ferengi.
18. A Ferengi without profit is no Ferengi at all.
19. Satisfaction is not guaranteed.
20. When the customer is sweating, turn up the heat.
21. Never place friendship above profit.
22. A wise man can hear profit in the wind.
23. Money can never replace dignity.
25. There's always a way out.
26. As the customers go, so goes the wise profiteer.
27. There's nothing more dangerous than an honest businessman.
30. Talk is cheap; synthehol costs money.
31. Never make fun of a Ferengi's mother ... insult something he cares about instead.
33. It never hurts to suck-up to the boss.
34. Peace is good for business.
35. War is good for business.
39. Friendship is temporary; profit is forever.
40. She can touch your lobes but never your latinum.
41. Profit is its own reward.
42. What's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine too.
43. Caressing an ear is often more forceful than pointing a weapon.
44. Never confuse wisdom with luck.
46. Make your shop easy to find.
47. Don't trust a man wearing a better suit than your own.
48. The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife.
50. Gratitude can bring on generosity.
52. Never ask when you can take.
57. Good customers are as rare as latinum - treasure them.
58. There is no substitute for success.
59. Free advice is seldom cheap.
60. Keep your lies consistent.
61. Never buy what can be stolen.
62. The riskier the road, the greater the profit.
65. Win or lose, there's always Huyperian beetle snuff.
68. Ear stroking will get you anything.
69. Ferengi are not responsible for the stupidity of other races.
70. Get the money first, then let the buyers worry about collecting the merchandise.
72. Never trust your customers.
73. If it gets you profit, sell your own mother.
75. Home is where the heart is, but the stars are made of latinum.
76. Every once in a while declare peace. It confuses the hell out of your enemies.
79. Beware of the Vulcan greed for knowledge.
82. The flimsier the product, the higher the price.
85. Never let the competition know what you're thinking.
89. Ask not what your profits can do for you, but what you can do for your profits.
94. Females and finances don't mix.
95. Expand or die.
97. Enough ... is never enough.
98. Act without delay! The sharp knife cuts quickly.
99. Trust is the biggest liability of all.
101. The only value of a collectible is what you can get somebody else to pay for it.
102. Nature decays, but latinum lasts forever.
103. Sleep can interfere with opportunity.
104. Faith moves mountains ... of inventory.
106. There is no honor in poverty.
109. Dignity and an empty sack is worth the sack.
111. Treat people in your debt like family, exploit them.
112. Never have sex with the boss' sister.
113. Always have sex with the boss.
116. There's always a catch.
117. You can't free a fish from water.
119. Never judge a customer by the size of his wallet.
121. Everything is for sale, even friendship.
123. Even a blind man can recognize the glow of latinum.
125. Count it.
135. Never trust a beneficiary.
139. Wives serve, brothers inherit.
141. Only fools pay retail.
144. There's nothing wrong with charity ... as long as it winds up in your pocket.
146. Necessity is the mother of invention. Profit is it's father.
153. Sell the sizzle, not the steak.
162. Even in the worst of times someone turns a profit.
169. Competition and fair play are mutually exclusive.
172. If you can sell it, don't hesitate to steal it.
177. Know your enemies ... but do business with them always.
181. Not even dishonesty can tarnish the shine of profit.
184. See 191
189. Let others keep their reputation. You keep their money.
190. Hear all, trust nothing.
191. A Ferengi waits to bid until his opponents have exhausted themselves.
192. Never cheat a Klingon ... unless you're sure you can get away with it.
194. It's always good business to know about new customers before they walk in your door.
200. If you're going to have to endure, make yourself comfortable.
202. The justification for profit is profit.
203. New customers are like razor toothed grie-worms. They can be succulent, but sometimes they bite back.
211. Employees are the rungs on the ladder of success. Don't hesitate to step on them.
212. Never give away for free what can be sold.
214. Never begin a business negotiation on an empty stomach.
216. Never gamble with an empath.
217. You can't free a fish from water. OR Sometimes what you get free costs entirely too much.
218. Always know what you're buying.
219. Possession is eleven-tenths of the law.
223. Beware the man who doesn't make time for oo-mox.
229. Latinum lasts longer than lust.
236. You can't buy fate.
239. Never be afraid to mislabel a product.
242. More is good ... all is better.
255. A wife is a luxury ... a smart accountant a necessity.
261. A wealthy man can afford anything except a conscience.
263. Never allow doubt to tarnish your lust for latinum.
265. The customer is always right ... until you get their cash.
266. When in doubt, lie.
284. Deep down everyone's a Ferengi.
285. No good deed ever goes unpunished.