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In the television series, The Simpsons, the Wiggum family consist of Clancy (father and police officer), Sarah (mother), and Ralph (child).


Family Members


Ralph Wiggum

Ralph Wiggum (voiced by Nancy Cartwright), son of Police Chief Wiggum, is a classmate of Lisa Simpson at the Springfield Elementary School. Ralph is a good-hearted child, but has learning and social difficulties, which are evidenced by his tendency to utter hilarious and stupid sayings - such as "I bent my Wookiee" and "I'm going to live with my underground grandma" - throughout the course of the show.

One (actually this happens many times) particularly revealing example is a sequence where Ralph's class is doing craft activities, and Miss Hoover tells Ralph to "please stop eating the paste." He is regularly bewildered by the teasing he receives when he reveals his ignorance to his more clued-in classmates. His cat's name is Mittens, which is strange because he considers that word to be a "swear." Ralph also has a pine cone which he claims is his "baby brother".

When Ralph originally appeared on the Simpsons, he wasn't associated with the Wiggum family (He also had a different voice & personality). It was later on in the series that the writers decided that he would be perfect as the son of Police Chief Wiggum.

A lesson in life you could only learn from Ralph is: "The leprechaun tells me to burn things!!"

Ralph Wiggum is a caricature of a stereotype __ in this case, he is a caricature of the "'special' kid" stereotype.

In the game "The Simpsons Hit and Run", it is revealed that the Wiggum family lives right down the road from the Simpsons, which explains his ease of travel to the Simpsons' house and his bed washing in front of their house when Cecil, Sideshow Bob's brother, blew up the Springfield Dam.


Chief Clancy Wiggum

Chief Clancy Wiggum (voiced by Hank Azaria) is the stereotype of a dopey doughnut-eating cop pushed to absurd levels. He has pig-like facial figures (pig being a common epithet directed toward police officers). Wiggum once complained that Sideshow Bob once called him "Chief Piggum." He is disturbingly uninformed on several issues ("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 does not get along well with Mayor Quimby. He is generally incompetent, but is often assisted by his more intelligent "top (and only) cops" Lou and Eddie who usually accompany him. Clancy's voice is based on that of Edward G. Robinson.

Wiggum does not use his police handgun in a safe manner. Nor is he a very good shot with his handgun. There are many examples of his abuse. These include,

  • Firing into a cloud on a city street.
  • When Joan Rivers told a joke about him over the TV, he attempted to shoot out the TV screen by firing his gun three times. The shots all missed, but woke up his wife, who said, "Clancy, use the remote."
  • Using his handgun to crack open nuts. And firing his gun at a nut when he was unable to crack open the shell of that nut.
  • Attempting to shoot the Third Dimension.
  • Using a shotgun to shoot a piņata, but with a blindfold: "Am I getting warmer?"


Sarah Wiggum is Clancy Wiggum's wife. Sarah rarely speaks in the shows, but she does often appear in crowd scenes, Sarah is a soft housewife whose nickname is "Poppin' Fresh".

Clancy met Sarah by arresting her. He actually planted evidence to arrest her just to meet her since Clancy was so shy.

External Links

  • Ralph Wiggum quotes on Wikiquote (http://quote.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simpsons#Ralph_Wiggum_quotes)
  • Chief Wiggum quotes on Wikiquote (http://quote.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simpsons#Chief_Wiggum_Quotes)

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The Simpsons Quotes - Chief Wiggum Quotes (0 words)
Put the law in the hands of Police Chief Clancy Wiggum and hilarious consequences are bound to ensure.
Chief Wiggum: Well let me ask you this: shut up.
Chief Wiggum: Fat Tony is a cancer on this fair city!
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Clancy Wiggum is the chief of the Springfield Police Department, the long, pudgy arm of the law.
After battling acne and asthma during his childhood and adolescence, Chief Wiggum grew (and grew and grew) into the imposing man that he is today.
Wiggum's greatest success as a man is his son Ralph Wiggum, a special little boy who plays with special little friends, none of whom are visible to anyone else.
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