Dec. 17, 1989
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30 min.
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Chief Wiggum

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Hank Azaria (born April 25, 1964) is an American film, television and stage actor, director, and comedian. ...

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Chief Clancy Wiggum is Springfield's morbidly obese, dim-witted, ignorant, grossly incompetent, and lazy police chief. He has a wife named Sarah Wiggum and a son named Ralph Wiggum. Chief Wiggum also has a father named Iggy Wiggum. He has light blue hair. He wears a police hat and suit. Chief Wiggum is often seen eating snacks, such as doughnuts. His occupation is a police chief. He is 40 years old.


Wiggum is the chief of police of the Springfield Police Department. He is an extreme stereotype: morbidly obese, dim-witted, ignorant, grossly incompetent, and lazy, with a fondness for doughnuts and "Chintzy Pop", and actually somewhat piglike in appearance (nose). While he pretentiously feigns authority, he has little regard for individual rights or even public safety. He is disturbingly uninformed ("Some Chinese people claimed they were celebrating New Year's in February ... good food though") and flaunts his power, albeit with good intentions most of the time. He, along with the rest of Springfield's government and police force, is also corrupt, having asked for or taken bribes several times. He has also notably solicited Troy McClure and Homer Simpson for bribes in exchange for "looking the other way" to their criminal activities. When Bart bribed him with stolen wedding presents, he said "Hey, read my badge!" At the bottom of the badge was the caption: "Cash bribes only.". Chief Wiggum has a strained relationship with Mayor Quimby, as he and Quimby vie to have control over the city (once leading to a serious argument over, who takes over during the Monorail crisis). Wiggum claims to have compromising photographs of Mayor Quimby, which may help to explain why he has retained his job, despite his inability to do anything his job requires of him. Due to his obesity, Chief Wiggum is often unable to perform significant physical activity, making it easy for criminals to escape from the police, where one was able to get away just by sneaking between his legs; he is known to find even climbing the stairs in his home very tiring. He is also the coach of the Mighty Pigs Pee Wee Hockey League Team, despite his very poor personal fitness.

Chief Wiggum is often assisted by his more intelligent (but still, quite lazy and often rather cocky) "Top Cops", Officer Eddie and Officer Lou. Chief Wiggum is completely ignorant of Springfield's laws and often quotes sayings from the police handbook. which cannot actually be found in the book ("Like the book says, if you can't beat them, join them.").

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33x02 - Bart's in Jail
Season 33, Episode 02
14x05 - Helter Shelter
Season 14, Episode 05
13x02 - The Parent Rap
Season 13, Episode 02
09x06 - Bart Star
Season 9, Episode 06
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