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Encyclopedia > Clancy Wiggum
The Simpsons character
Clancy Wiggum
Gender Male
Hair color Blue (Black in some earlier episodes)
Job Police Chief of Springfield
Relatives Parents: Iggy (deceased) and Martha
Son: Ralph
Wife: Sarah
Cousin Mark Wiggum
Voice actor Hank Azaria
First appearance
The Simpsons "Homer's Odyssey"

Police Chief Clancy Wiggum is a fictional character from the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Hank Azaria. On rare occasions, he has been called "Chief Wiggums" with an additional "-s" in the series - for instance, in the Season 19 episode "The Homer of Seville". Simpsons redirects here. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (610x800, 248 KB) Summary Chief Wiggum, a character on The Simpsons. ... This article is about the Male sex. ... Chief of Police in United States usage is the title typically given to the head of a police department. ... Springfield is the fictional city in which the animated American sitcom The Simpsons is set. ... Ralph Wiggum is a fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Nancy Cartwright. ... The following are a list of fictional recurring characters in the animated television show, The Simpsons. ... Hank Albert Azaria (born April 25, 1964 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, United States) is an American actor, director, comedian and voice artist. ... Homers Odyssey is the third full length episode of The Simpsons, that originally aired January 21, 1990. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... Animated series redirects here. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Hank Albert Azaria (born April 25, 1964 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, United States) is an American actor, director, comedian and voice artist. ... The Homer Of Seville is the second episode of The Simpsons nineteenth season and first aired on September 30, 2007. ...

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Creation

His surname "Wiggum" is Matt Groening's mother's maiden name. As "a conscious pun" Wiggum was designed to look like a pig.[1] Hank Azaria first based his voice for Wiggum on David Brinkley but it was too slow and he switched it to an Edward G. Robinson impression.[1] Matthew Abram Groening is an American cartoonist (Life in Hell) and the Emmy Award-winning creator of the animated series, The Simpsons and Futurama. ... For other uses, see Pig (disambiguation). ... Hank Albert Azaria (born April 25, 1964 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, United States) is an American actor, director, comedian and voice artist. ... David Brinkley David McClure Brinkley (July 10, 1920 – June 11, 2003) was a popular American television newscaster for two different USA television networks, NBC, and later, ABC. From 1956 through 1970 he co-anchored NBCs top rated nightly news program, The Huntley–Brinkley Report with Chet Huntley. ... Edward Goldenberg Robinson (born Emanuel Goldenberg, Yiddish: עמנואל גולדנברג; December 12, 1893 – January 26, 1973) was an American stage and film actor of Romanian origin. ...


Profile

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". 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. As an example of this, in The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase he moves to New Orleans after being kicked off the Springfield Police Force for massive corruption (although this segment was something of a spoof). 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". He has a strained relationship with Mayor Quimby, as the two men vie to have control over the city (once leading to a serious argument over who takes over during an emergency during the Monorail crisis). Wiggum claims to have compromising photographs of the mayor ("You don't scare me; that could be anyone's ass!"), which may help to explain why he has retained his job despite his inability to do anything his job requires of him. Chief of Police is the title typically given to the head of a police department, particularly in the United States and Canada. ... Springfield is the fictional city in which the animated American sitcom The Simpsons is set. ... For other uses, see Police (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Stereotype (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Doughnut (disambiguation). ... Jiffy Pop is a popcorn product currently owned by ConAgra Foods. ... Chinese New Year (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ), or Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ), is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. ... The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase is the twenty fourth episode of the eighth season of The Simpsons, which originally aired May 11, 1997. ... NOLA redirects here. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... Troy McClure is a recurring fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons, who was voiced by Phil Hartman, and first appeared in the episode Homer vs. ... The Wandering Juvie is the sixteenth episode of The Simpsons fifteenth season. ... Joseph Fitzpatrick Fitzgerald Fitzhenry Joe Quimby,[1] a. ... Marge vs. ...


He is often assisted by his more intelligent (but still quite lazy and often rather cocky) "top cops" Eddie and Lou. He 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'). The following are a list of fictional recurring characters in the animated television show, The Simpsons. ...


Biography

Clancy Wiggum was possibly born in Baltimore, Maryland. He mentioned he used to sell ribbons there with his father, Iggy Wiggum. Iggy was a war veteran who died in a parade float accident in 1979, along with Arnie Gumble, Sheldon Skinner, Etch Westgrin, and Griff McDonald, all members of Abe Simpson's Flying Hellfish. He did, however, grow up in Springfield and was among the same class and age group as Homer Simpson, Lenny Leonard, Carl Carlson, Barney Gumble, and possibly Marge Simpson (née Bouvier). At an early age Wiggum played cops and robbers with Homer and other kids his age and he showed a clear ambition to become a police officer. At the age of 16, he was a hall monitor at high school, and possibly had a part-time security guard job at Springfield State University. Wiggum was present at the University's germ research labs (Prof. C. Montgomery Burns was chairman at the time) when Mona Simpson and the hippie activist group she was part of sabotaged the germ experiments. Wiggum, who had suffered from asthma prior to that, was cured by antibiotics that the group released to kill the germs, and helped Mona Simpson escape the police when she was on the run twenty-five years later. In 1985 Wiggum was involved in the barbershop quartet called the Be Sharps. Wiggum was a member with Homer Simpson, Seymour Skinner, and Apu. However, a talent scout showed interest in the Be Sharps but didn't like Wiggum as a performer, so he was thrown out of the group. When auditions were held to find a replacement for Wiggum, he attempted to be reselected for the quartet. He wore a disguise, but was found out. Early attempts to get into the Police Force when he was a teenager were unsuccessful on account of his asthma, so when it had been cured he could then pursue his ambition to become a professional police officer. Having entered the Police Academy by age 24, Wiggum managed to work around his many shortcomings and finally become a full fledged officer and by 32, he had managed to work his way up to the position of Police Chief of Springfield. It is implied that Wiggum managed to overcome his shortcomings with coaxing methods such as great skills with back massages and charm to get the position of Chief. But he actually received the job when the frustrated former Chief resolved to give it to the next person he met, which was Wiggum. Regardless, Wiggum had accomplished his childhood ambition. Baltimore redirects here. ... Abraham J. Simpson also known as Grampa Simpson is a fictional character featured in the animated cartoon television series The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ... Springfield is the fictional city in which the animated American sitcom The Simpsons is set. ... Homer Simpson is also a character in the book and film The Day of the Locust. ... Lenford Lenny Leonard, MPhys is a fictional character in The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... Carlton Carl Carlson, MPhys is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Barnard Barney Gumble is a character on The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ... Marjorie Marge Simpson (née Bouvier) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons and is voiced by Julie Kavner. ... Charles Montgomery Burns, normally referred to as Mr. ... This article is about a character from The Simpsons. ... Singer of a modern Hippie movement in Russia The hippie subculture was a youth movement that began in the United States during the mid-1960s and spread around the world. ... Staphylococcus aureus - Antibiotics test plate. ... This article is about the year. ... Homers Barbershop Quartet is the first episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Homer Simpson is also a character in the book and film The Day of the Locust. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Apu redirects here. ... Illustration of a human back from Grays Anatomy. ... Massage in Tarifa, Spain. ...


Family

Beside his late father, Clancy is the husband of Sarah Wiggum, whom he met when arresting her for possession of drugs that he planted on her to "make her notice him", and is the father of Ralph Wiggum. He has a cousin called Mark, who went to Penn State ("fat kid... played a lot of Tetris"), a deceased brother in law named Fred Kanickee, an uncle who (according to Wiggum) died of "crotch dot," and an unnamed brother who, after attending military school, presumably went crazy and now "owns and operates a famous cave" The following are a list of fictional recurring characters in the animated television show, The Simpsons. ... Ralph Wiggum is a fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Nancy Cartwright. ... This article is about the state-related university. ... Tetris (Russian: ) is a falling-blocks puzzle video game, released on a large spectrum of platforms. ...


Positive qualities

Wiggum does have redeeming qualities as well. Despite his dubious escapades he appears to have quite a loving relationship with his family, especially his son, whom Wiggum often supports and shows great patience towards, although he can be unfortunately somewhat clueless to Ralph's needs at times. In "Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amendment" it is implied that Clancy does use the money he earns as well as "acquires" for his family as much as himself. Wiggum doesn't appear to be a particularly judgemental person either, and generally gets along with others. He does on occasion even help various other characters, such as helping Homer find Marge in "Marge on the Lam", helping Lisa Simpson find Mr. Burns' assailant in "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" as well as helping backing her up in a school protest on one occasion in "The President Wore Pearls", and arriving just in time during a crucial moment such as the various times Sideshow Bob has attempted to kill Bart Simpson . Perhaps the best example of this is the episode "Mother Simpson", where it is implied that he leads the FBI astray in their search for Mona Simpson, allowing her to escape in gratitude for curing his asthma. Although Wiggum can often antagonize others as well, it's heavily implied that it's not out of malice but merely because he's doing his job or because he's ignorant of the situation. It is often implied as well that Wiggum genuinely wants to do good with his job, but a mix of complacency, various difficulties with being a cop, and his own limitations have made him weary of his duties. As well as the above, some interesting quirks of the character include rather unusual ingenuity in his job such as: using police hang gliders, riding an Ostrich, speaking hippie tongue, and using loud music to flush Seymour Skinner and Edna Krabappel out of Springfield Elementary to which they locked down to name a few. He also has a tendency to rant about things during situations, a bit of a kinky side to him as shown in particular scenes in "I Love Lisa" and "Marge on the Lam" as well as others, and a fondness for acting and the performing arts. Wiggum often orchestrates or appreciates plays and other shows in prison with the inmates, played a major role in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire in the episode "A Streetcar Named Marge", and his fondness for the artform is even specifically stated in "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken". Some may find this an interesting parallel to his son, who is hinted to potentially have a very high degree of hidden performing talent. Homer vs. ... Marge on the Lam is the sixth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Lisa Marie Simpson is a character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Yeardley Smith; Lisa is the only character Smith voices on a regular basis. ... Who Shot Mr. ... The President Wore Pearls is an episode of The Simpsons first broadcast on November 16, 2003 as the third episode of the shows fifteenth season. ... Robert Underdunk Terwilliger, better known by his stage name Sideshow Bob, is a recurring character in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... For the comic book series of the same name, see Bart Simpson comics. ... Mother Simpson is the eighth episode of The Simpsons seventh season. ... F.B.I. and FBI redirect here. ... Hang gliding is one of the windsports. ... Binomial name Linnaeus, 1758 The present-day distribution of Ostriches. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ms. ... I Love Lisa is the fifteenth episode from the fourth season of The Simpsons, in which the dim-witted and socially-awkward Ralph Wiggum plays a prominent role. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... A Streetcar Named Marge is the second episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... Wild Barts Cant Be Broken is the eleventh episode of the tenth season of The Simpsons. ...


Springfield's finest

Wiggum rides an Ostrich in Jazzy and the Pussycats.

Wiggum's incompetence is showcased in "Homer's Triple Bypass". In a parody of Fox's COPS, Wiggum investigates a cattle rustler and uses a battering ram to knock down the suspect's door, only to find he has the wrong house. The occupant, Reverend Lovejoy, is very angry, especially since the cattle are clearly visible in the neighbor's yard. Snake, the suspect that Wiggum is after, is able to make a clean getaway. Wiggum describes Snake's vehicle as "a red... car of some sort" and "heading in the direction of that place that sells chili" ("Suspect is hatless! Repeat, hatless!"). He has been known to use Agatha Christie novels as crime-solving reference guides. In the episodeDuffless we see Wiggum misuse police terminology, phoning Marge Simpson to inform her Homer had been found DOA-Homer's DEAD? Ops,heh heh, I meant DWI- I always get those two mixwed up! After hanging up the phone he is approached by a woman whom he had told that her husband was DWI. He then hastily suggested that she talk to another officer and then told her he was going out to lunch.When chasing a car on a highway in "Marge on the Lam", he was asked to describe his location, and replied "I'm on a road, looks to be ashphalt--aw jeez, trees, shrubs--uh, I'm directly under the earth's Sun...now." In the same episode, Marge and Ruth Powers elude Wiggum during a nighttime car chase by turning off the lights on their car, leading Wiggum to exclaim, "It's a ghost car!" Image File history File links Wiggum_on_an_Ostrich. ... Image File history File links Wiggum_on_an_Ostrich. ... Jazzy and the Pussycats is the second episode of The Simpsons eighteenth season. ... Homers Triple Bypass is the eleventh episode of The Simpsons fourth season, which originally aired on December 17, 1992. ... FOX redirects here. ... Not to be confused with C.O.P.S. (TV series). ... Replica battering ram at Ch teau des Baux, France A battering ram is a weapon used from ancient times. ... The Reverend Timothy Tim Lovejoy (more commonly known as Reverend Lovejoy) is a fictional character and the local Reverend in the long-running animated TV show The Simpsons and is voiced by Harry Shearer. ... Snake Jailbird, voiced by Hank Azaria, is a fictional character from the animated TV series The Simpsons. ... Agatha Mary Clarissa, Lady Mallowan, DBE (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), commonly known as Agatha Christie, was an English crime fiction writer. ... Duffless is the 16th episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... Marjorie Marge Simpson (née Bouvier) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons and is voiced by Julie Kavner. ... Marge on the Lam is the sixth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... // Akira As one of Springfields most prominent Japanese American citizens, Akira is the owner of a karate dojo (which Bart briefly attended) and also works at The Happy Sumo sushi restaurant. ...


Wiggum also often fails to comply with his police duties in a real emergency. In one episode, he refused to believe calls from people saying that an elephant (Bart's pet elephant Stampy) destroyed their property. After two calls, he thought a call reporting a "liquor store robbery in progress, officer down" was also a fake call. In another episode he mocks people who come in to report crimes to him by telling them he will "write on his invisible typewriter." This includes a man with a lighter saying "I just torched a building down town and I'm afraid I'll do it again." On several instances, he has switched off his police radio in the middle of an important call because he did not want to be bothered. Such instances included a "riot in progress" during the episode I Love Lisa. He also leaves the station completely unmanned during night hours, save for an answering machine, once causing 75 emergencies to go unanswered (and were quickly erased). He has also expressed annoyance at the citizens he's supposed to be protecting; "Can't you people solve these problems yourselves? I mean we can't be 'policing' the whole city." He has also refused to come to the aid of citizens, claiming that they were just too busy to help, when all he was doing was playing checkers with one of the police dogs. In order to get off the phone during a state lottery drawing, Wiggum informed the caller that she had the wrong number and that "this is...912." Genera and Species Loxodonta Loxodonta cyclotis Loxodonta africana Elephas Elephas maximus Elephas antiquus † Elephas beyeri † Elephas celebensis † Elephas cypriotes † Elephas ekorensis † Elephas falconeri † Elephas iolensis † Elephas planifrons † Elephas platycephalus † Elephas recki † Stegodon † Mammuthus † Elephantidae (the elephants) is a family of pachyderm, and the only remaining family in the order Proboscidea... For the comic book series of the same name, see Bart Simpson comics. ... The following is a list of animals appearing in the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... A distilled beverage is a consumable liquid containing ethyl alcohol (ethanol) purified by distillation from a fermented substance such as fruit, vegetables, or grain. ... I Love Lisa is the fifteenth episode from the fourth season of The Simpsons, in which the dim-witted and socially-awkward Ralph Wiggum plays a prominent role. ... “Checkers” redirects here. ...


He once rejected Marge Simpson's claim that it was illegal to mail threatening letters, until the police handbook proved her right. At that moment, he also learned from the handbook that it was illegal to "put squirrels down your pants for the purposes of gambling", and immediately shouted to the rest of his officers to stop doing exactly that. Cape Feare is the second episode of The Simpsons fifth season, which premiered on the Fox network on October 7, 1993 after being held over from season four. ... Marjorie Marge Simpson (née Bouvier) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons and is voiced by Julie Kavner. ...


Despite his questionable competency at being an officer, Wiggum seems to be very attached to both the police force and his fellow officers. On the few occasions where Wiggum loses his commission, he breaks down shockingly fast (as seen in "Papa's Got a Brand New Badge"), even degrading to the level of a common mugger (as seen in "Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amendment"), although he isn't particularly good at this either as he had to sell the trigger and handle of his gun to feed his family. This pathetic sight prompts Homer to help him get his job back. Once in a while Wiggum will have an argument with his fellow officers, which often end in dramatic, tearful moments of reconciliation. On one occasion, Lou had thought about leaving the force to pursue a career in home security, which leaves Wiggum nearly a tearful mess. In one of The Simpsons' 'spin-off' programs featured in "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase", Wiggum stars in " Wiggum P.I.", wherein he is fired from the Springfield force for corruption and moves to New Orleans to start working as a private investigator. “Papa’s Got a Brand New Badge” is the 22nd episode of The Simpsons’ thirteenth season. ... Homer vs. ... The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase is the twenty fourth episode of the eighth season of The Simpsons, which originally aired May 11, 1997. ... NOLA redirects here. ...


Despite all this, there are occasional hints that Chief Wiggum has the potential to actually be a very good policeman if only he'd be less lazy and complacent. When investigating Mr. Burns' attempted murder, Wiggum displays an astonishingly skilled eye for ballistics and fingerprinting, enough to make positive identifications without any specialized equipment. In fact, Wiggum's entire investigation of the shooting is uncharacteristically dogged, showing the police talking to everyone from Seymour Skinner to Moe Szyslak to Tito Puente. For other uses, see Ballistics (disambiguation). ... A macro shot of a palm and the base of several fingers; as seen here, debris can gather between the ridges. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Morris Moe Szyslak (pronounced //) is a fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Hank Azaria. ... Tito Puente, Sr. ...


Another good example is the episode "Pranksta Rap," where Wiggum is charged with finding a supposedly missing Bart Simpson. It is shown here as well that Wiggum is one of the few Simpsons characters that seems quite aware of his or her own incompetence, much to his dismay and an inevitable gorging on pancakes to lessen the blow. In the end, however, much to the shock of almost everyone in Springfield, including his own men, Wiggum finds Bart by using a rather clever tactical method and actually performs his job admirably. He is promoted to Police commissioner, and it seems things may be finally looking up for him. It is discovered eventually in the episode, however, that Bart's abduction was merely a hoax, distressing Wiggum greatly as he finally had done some great good but at merely the wrong time. Curiously, however, it doesn't seem that his position of Commissioner is taken away in the end of the episode, although he is never seen in this position of power again. This is most likely attributable to the series' rather notably loose continuity. Judging from his usual boredom with most cases and situations in his work, it would seem that perhaps when he is actually motivated he shows far greater skill and zeal. In several episodes it has been shown that the level of resources that the Springfield police have is shockingly low. It has been stated by Lou in one episode that Wiggum, Lou and Eddie are the only police officers in the city (however in other episodes this is not so.) In another episode Wiggum mentions to Lisa that the police force only have the resources to enforce the last law passed in Springfield, which even Wiggum admits is the worst system possible. Pranksta Rap is the ninth episode of the The Simpsons sixteenth season, which originally aired February 13, 2005. ... Two pancakes with maple syrup. ... Police Commissioner (or Commissioner of Police) is the title of the chief officer of many law enforcement agencies. ... A hoax is an attempt to trick an audience into believing that something false is real. ... In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ...


Possible future; Wiggum P.I.

The episode "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase" lightly suggests that Wiggum's marriage will eventually dissolve, for reasons unknown, leaving Wiggum to raise Ralph on his own by starting a private investigation business in New Orleans with Principal Skinner, who was born in that city (though this would turn out to be non-canon, as Skinner was actually born in Capitol City). While this particular segment of the episode was far more plausible than the other two, it is still highly unlikely that this is the fate of the Wiggum family and is most likely to be treated as a parody (in this case, of old fashioned police/detective dramas from the 1970s and 1980s). Due to the series' status quo, this and another rather unusual possibility seen in the episode "Future-Drama" are merely possibilities and ideas to the future of the Wiggum family. Another possible future for Wiggum is to become a RoboCop like machine-officer being seen tending to a heartbroken Bart. The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase is the twenty fourth episode of the eighth season of The Simpsons, which originally aired May 11, 1997. ... A private investigator, private detective, PI, or private eye, is a person who undertakes investigations, usually for a private citizen or some other entity not involved with a government or police organization. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Future-Drama is the fifteenth episode of the sixteenth season of The Simpsons. ... RoboCop is a 1987 science-fiction, action movie and satire of business-driven capitalism, directed by Paul Verhoeven. ...


 
 

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