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ROM

Portrayed by: Max Grodenchik

NAME
Rom

SPECIES
Ferengi

HOME PLANET
Ferenginar

AFFILIATION
Ferengi Alliance
Bajoran Militia

POSTING
Assistant Manager for Policy and Clientele at Quark's Bar (resigns)
and
Deep Space Nine maintenance engineer

RANK
Maintenance engineer first class and
Grand Nagus

PORTRTAYED BY
Max Grodénchik

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Born around 2335, Rom did not have the business acumen typically associated with Ferengi (they said he didn't have the 'lobes' for business). He had a knack for fixing things, but until around 2372 he worked exclusively as a waiter and stock boy in his brother's bar on Deep Space Nine. (In the first episode, he was credited only as "Ferengi Pit Boss"). Rom frequently displays a lack of confidence, largely subsequent to Quark's habit of belittling him. However, there is evidence to suggest that Quark was attempting to protect Rom from inevitable failure by preventing him from venturing into business for himself. Nevertheless, after four years living among Federation and Bajoran citizens on the station, and possibly inspired by his son Nog's admission to Starfleet (an action that made him very proud), Rom left the bar to become a Bajoran engineer.

Odo once described Rom as "an idiot, [who] couldn't fix a straw if it was bent". As it turns out, Rom's social ineptitude is starkly contrasted by his prodigious talent as an engineer and he played an important role in the station's participation in the Dominion War. In 2373, Rom designed and distributed a self-replicating minefield that blocked access to the Bajoran wormhole and prevented Dominion reinforcements from entering the Alpha Quadrant for several months.

His first wife, Prinadora, bore his son Nog. She stayed behind on Ferenginar when Rom first came to Deep Space Nine. The marriage was later dissolved, and Rom eventually married Leeta, a Bajoran Dabo girl employed at Quark's bar.

When Grand Nagus Zek became less greedy after coming into contact with the Bajoran prophets, he founded the Ferengi Benevolent Association and appointed Rom chairman ("Prophet Motive"). Acting in a manner atypical of himself, Rom took advantage of the opportunity and embezzled money from the charity. He regretted it later, turning his life around upon his upcoming engineering career and second marriage.

Throughout his seven years on DS9, Rom underwent great personal growth as a colleague, parent, and in almost every other aspect of his life and career. He also proved valuable, on several occasions, in helping his people deal with important issues facing their society. In 2375, to the shock of everyone, including Rom himself, Zek appointed Rom to succeed him as Grand Nagus, becoming the new leader of the Ferengi people and economy. Rom's political affiliations are frequently hinted as being left-wing and more liberal than those of his brothers. in the episode 'Bar Association' he forms a union of the bar staff at quark's bar and quotes Karl Marx ("Workers of the world, unite! you have nothing to lose but your chains") as well as demonstrating admiration for Miles O'Brien's fictional ancestor, Sean Aloysius O'Brien, a union leader.

APPEARANCES

Rom appears in the following episodes:

Season 1

Emissary, part I
A Man Alone
The Nagus
Vortex

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Season 2

The Homecoming
The Siege
Rules of Acquisition
Necessary Evil
Rivals

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Season 3

The House of Quark
Heart of Stone
Prophet Motive
Through the Looking Glass
Family Business
Facets

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Season 4

Little Green Men
Our Man Bashir
Bar Association
Body Parts

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Season 5

The Assignment
The Ascent
Doctor Bashir, I Presume
Ferengi Love Songs
Call to Arms

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Season 6

Behind the Lines
Favor the Bold
Sacrifice of Angels
You Are Cordially Invited...
The Magnificent Ferengi
Profit and Lace

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Season 7

Take Me Out to the Holosuite
Treachery, Faith, and the Great River
The Siege of AR-558
It's Only a Paper Moon
The Emperor's New Cloak
The Dogs of War




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