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* SurprisinglyRealisticOutcome: Part of the point of the episode is that the Ferengi's [[CardCarryingVillain card-carrying villainy]] makes them a ''bad'' ProudMerchantRace. The Nagus notes that their reputation has made it hard to run their operations in the Alpha Quadrant because their corruption, double-dealing, and shortsighted avarice makes other businesses not want to deal with them.

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Part of the point of the episode is that the Ferengi's [[CardCarryingVillain card-carrying villainy]] makes them a ''bad'' ProudMerchantRace. The Nagus notes that their reputation has made it hard to run their operations in the Alpha Quadrant because their corruption, double-dealing, and shortsighted avarice makes other businesses not want to deal with them.


* RealityEnsues: Part of the point of the episode is that the Ferengi's [[CardCarryingVillain card-carrying villainy]] makes them a ''bad'' ProudMerchantRace. The Nagus notes that their reputation has made it hard to run their operations in the Alpha Quadrant because their corruption, double-dealing, and shortsighted avarice makes other businesses not want to deal with them.
** Quark quickly sees that being the Grand Nagus, the head of state for [[PlanetOfHats race of greedy backstabbers]] is a dangerous position since every Ferengi under the sun wants to kill him. '''Especially''' Zek's son, who was expecting to inherent the position.
** Zek was sincere about his desire to retire. Ferengi are greedy but at some point even they reach a point where they want to enjoy life rather than focusing on profit.


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* SurprisinglyRealisticOutcome: Part of the point of the episode is that the Ferengi's [[CardCarryingVillain card-carrying villainy]] makes them a ''bad'' ProudMerchantRace. The Nagus notes that their reputation has made it hard to run their operations in the Alpha Quadrant because their corruption, double-dealing, and shortsighted avarice makes other businesses not want to deal with them.
** Quark quickly sees that being the Grand Nagus, the head of state for [[PlanetOfHats race of greedy backstabbers]] is a dangerous position since every Ferengi under the sun wants to kill him. '''Especially''' Zek's son, who was expecting to inherent the position.
** Zek was sincere about his desire to retire. Ferengi are greedy but at some point even they reach a point where they want to enjoy life rather than focusing on profit.


* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Zek's belief system for what makes someone worthy to be Grand Nagus. He doesn't want a successor to try and take the position through assassination, he wants them to earn it subtly and manipulation, a path to much greater profit. He encourages treachery and betrayal but he wants them executed through ways more subtle than murder.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Zek's belief system for what makes someone worthy to be Grand Nagus. He doesn't want a successor to try and take the position through assassination, he wants them to earn it subtly and via manipulation, a path to much greater profit. He encourages treachery and betrayal but he wants them executed through ways more subtle than murder.


* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Zek's belief system for what makes someone worthy to Grand Nagus. He doesn't want a successor to try and take the position through assassination, he wants them to earn it subtly and manipulation, a path to much greater profit. He encourages treachery and betrayal but he wants them executed through ways more subtle than murder.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Zek's belief system for what makes someone worthy to be Grand Nagus. He doesn't want a successor to try and take the position through assassination, he wants them to earn it subtly and manipulation, a path to much greater profit. He encourages treachery and betrayal but he wants them executed through ways more subtle than murder.


* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Zek belief system for what makes someone worthy to Grand Nagus. He doesn't want a successor to try and take the position through assassination, he wants them to earn it subtly and manipulation, a path to much greater profit. He encourages treachery and betrayal but he wants them executed through ways more subtle than murder.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Zek Zek's belief system for what makes someone worthy to Grand Nagus. He doesn't want a successor to try and take the position through assassination, he wants them to earn it subtly and manipulation, a path to much greater profit. He encourages treachery and betrayal but he wants them executed through ways more subtle than murder.


** It's also hard to imagine the Rom of later seasons repeatedly attempting to murder his own brother. Or being so hard on Nog. Though to be fair on the former, he did sell his brother seat when the station was invaded in season 2.

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** It's also hard to imagine the Rom of later seasons repeatedly attempting to murder his own brother. Or being so hard on Nog. Though to be fair on the former, he did sell his brother seat when the station was invaded in season 2.


* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Zek belief system for what makes someone worthy to Grand Nagus. He doesn't want a successor to try and take the position through assassination, he wants them to earn it subtly and manipulation, a path to much greater profit. He encourages treachery and betrayal but he wants them executed through ways more subtle than murder.



* ADayInTheLimelight: This is the first episode focusing on Quark, and by extension, the first ''Star Trek'' episode focusing on a character who is not in or associated with Starfleet.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Zek belief system for what makes someone worthy to Grand Nagus. He doesn't want a successor to try and take the position through assassination, he wants them to earn it subtly and manipulation, a path to much greater profit. He encourages treachery and betrayal but he wants them executed through ways more subtle than murder.



* HypocriticalHumor: Zek complains about how the Ferengi's reputation has been smeared by lies about them being treacherous greedy backstabbers in an episode where he also praises properly executed deceptions and betrayals, including the very same meeting where he talks about ripping off people in the Gamma Quadrant who don't know the Ferengi's reputation. Given his personality, he appeared to be doing that on purpose.

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* HypocriticalHumor: Zek complains about how the Ferengi's reputation has been smeared by lies about them being treacherous greedy backstabbers in an episode where he also praises properly executed deceptions and betrayals, including the very same meeting where he talks about ripping off people in backstabbers. He immediately follows it up by saying that the Gamma Quadrant who don't know the Ferengi's reputation. Given his personality, he appeared to be doing that on purpose.is now ripe for exploitation.



* MoralLuck: The Nagus calls Quark brilliant for opening a bar at the mouth of a stable wormhole. When his son protests that Quark had no way of knowing the wormhole was there, the Nagus says that it shows Quark had "the ears" to sense opportunity.
** As a RewatchBonus, once you know Zek's plan it's obvious he was dropping hints about how Krax can undermine Nagus Quark.

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* MoralLuck: The Nagus calls Quark brilliant for opening a bar at the mouth of a stable wormhole. When his son protests that Quark had no way of knowing the wormhole was there, the Nagus says that it shows Quark had "the ears" to sense opportunity.
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opportunity. As a RewatchBonus, once you know Zek's plan it's obvious he was dropping hints about how Krax can undermine Nagus Quark.



* ShoutOut: [[http://static3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060507193602/memoryalpha/en/images/2/27/Quark_Corleone.jpg One scene]] of a Ferengi coming to Quark for help is shot exactly like the opening scene of ''Film/{{The Godfather}}''.

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* ShoutOut: [[http://static3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060507193602/memoryalpha/en/images/2/27/Quark_Corleone.jpg One scene]] of a Ferengi coming to Quark for help is shot exactly like the opening scene of ''Film/{{The Godfather}}''. Quark's dialogue is also inspired from that scene.


* KlingonPromotion: Quark isn't Nagus for a day before someone attempts to assassinate him and assume his position.

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* KlingonPromotion: Quark isn't Nagus for a day before someone attempts to assassinate him and assume his position. Lampshaded when Zek complains, [[SurroundedByIdiots "It's like dealing with a Klingon!"]] in response to his son's ham-fisted attempt to seize power.

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* StaffOfAuthority: The Scepter of the Grand Nagus. Supplicants have to kiss the head in submission.


* KlingonPromotion: Quark isn't Nagus for a day before someone attempts to assassinate him and assume his position. Zek calls Krax an idiot for trying this when more devious (and profitable) options were available.

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* KlingonPromotion: Quark isn't Nagus for a day before someone attempts to assassinate him and assume his position. position.
* TheManBehindTheMan:
Zek calls Krax an idiot for trying this to get a KlingonPromotion when more devious (and profitable) options were available.available.
-->'''Zek:''' You don't ''grab'' power. You accumulate it, quietly without anyone noticing.
-->'''Krax:''' But...but I don't understand.
-->'''Zek:''' The bar, you fool! That was the key. [[BarFullOfAliens All those visitors stopping by on their way to and from the wormhole.]] You could have sat there quietly at your leisure and gathered up all the information you needed about the Gamma Quadrant.
-->'''Krax:''' But what about him? ''(indicates Quark)''
-->'''Zek:''' You could have let him [[StaffOfAuthority hold the scepter]] while you controlled everything from the shadows. And then, when everything was running smoothly, only ''then'' would you take over.



* SecretTestOfCharacter: Zek was hoping his son would be smart enough to take over Quark's after his supposed death, giving him access to all the information he would need to set up trade with the Gamma Quadrant. "And you failed! ''Miserably!''"

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* SecretTestOfCharacter: Zek was hoping his son would be smart enough to take over Quark's ''Quark's'' after his supposed death, giving him access to all the information he would need to set up trade with the Gamma Quadrant. "And you failed! ''Miserably!''"


* ContinuityNod: At one point, Quark is seen stroking a pet [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E10NewGround Corvan gilvo]]. Of course, they're critically endangered, but that probably doesn't bother him.

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* ContinuityNod: At one point, Quark is seen stroking a pet [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E10NewGround Corvan gilvo]]. Of course, they're critically endangered, but that probably doesn't bother him.him (in fact, it would just make it [[ConspicuousConsumption more valuable as a possession]]).

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* ContinuityNod: At one point, Quark is seen stroking a pet [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E10NewGround Corvan gilvo]]. Of course, they're critically endangered, but that probably doesn't bother him.

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* KarmaHoudini: The worst that happens to Krax is a severe tongue-lashing from his father, and Rom actually earns a degree of respect from Quark. You'd think they'd both be in rather more serious trouble after Odo caught them red-handed in an attempted murder.


* EdgyBackwardsChairSitting: Dax turns her chair around when she's commiserating with Sisko over the difficulties of parenting a teenager, which fits with her laid-back, slightly rebellious persona.



* HypocriticalHumor: Zek complains about how the Ferengi's reputation has been smeared by lies about them being treacherous greedy backstabbers. In an episode where he also praises properly executed deceptions and betrayals, including the very same meeting where he talks about ripping off people in the Gamma Quadrant who don't know the Ferengi's reputation. Given his personality he appeared to be doing that on purpose.

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* HypocriticalHumor: Zek complains about how the Ferengi's reputation has been smeared by lies about them being treacherous greedy backstabbers. In backstabbers in an episode where he also praises properly executed deceptions and betrayals, including the very same meeting where he talks about ripping off people in the Gamma Quadrant who don't know the Ferengi's reputation. Given his personality personality, he appeared to be doing that on purpose.


* BlessedWithSuck: Quark is Grand Nagus. That means almost every Ferengi of note wants him dead, especially Krax. Rather tellingly he doesn't mind giving the position back to Zek when he reveals he was alive.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Zek belief system for what makes someone worthy to Grand Nagus. He doesn't want a successor to try and take the position through assassination, he wants them to earn it subtly and manipulation, a path to much greater profit. He encourages treachery and betrayal but he wants them executed through ways more subtle than murder.



* TheChainsOfCommanding: Zek is a very old man who is hoping to retire as Grand Nagus. To his disappointment he finds his son Krax doesn't meet his lofty standards enough to be worthy of the position.



* EveryoneHasStandards: Zek doesn't approve of how his son tried to take the position of Grand Nagus. Not because he doesn't approve of betrayal, but because he doesn't approve of moving up the ranks though assassination.
* HypocriticalHumor: Zek complains about how the Ferengi's reputation has been smeared by lies about them being treacherous greedy backstabbers. In an episode where he also praises properly executed deceptions and betrayals, including the very same meeting where he talks about ripping off people in the Gamma Quadrant who don't know the Ferengi's reputation. Given his personality he appeared to be doing that on purpose.



%%* NonPromotion: Rom gets one, but he seems happy with it.

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%%* * NonPromotion: Rom gets one, one to a position Quark just made up, but he seems happy with it.



* RealityEnsues: Part of the point of the episode is that the Ferengi's [[CardCarryingVillain card-carrying villainy]] makes them a ''bad'' ProudMerchantRace. The Nagus notes that their reputation has made it hard to run their operations in the Alpha Quadrant because their corruption, double-dealing, and shortsighted avarice makes other businesses not want to deal with them.
** Quark quickly sees that being the Grand Nagus, the head of state for [[PlanetOfHats race of greedy backstabbers]] is a dangerous position since every Ferengi under the sun wants to kill him. '''Especially''' Zek's son, who was expecting to inherent the position.
** Zek was sincere about his desire to retire. Ferengi are greedy but at some point even they reach a point where they want to enjoy life rather than focusing on profit.



* RealityEnsues: Part of the point of the episode is that the Ferengi's [[CardCarryingVillain card-carrying villainy]] makes them a ''bad'' ProudMerchantRace. The Nagus notes that their reputation has made it hard to run their operations in the Alpha Quadrant because their corruption, double-dealing, and shortsighted avarice makes other businesses not want to deal with them.

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