AKA Chief Quimby
The Chief
Occupation Police chief
Gender Male
Race Human
Status Alive
Family Mrs. Quimby (wife)
Unnamed mother
Location Metro City
Riverton, Ohio (in the live-action films)
Portrayed By John Stephenson
Maurice LaMarche
Dan Hennessey
Dabney Coleman (1999 film)
Mark Mitchell (2003 sequel)

Chief Quimby is a character of Inspector Gadget. He is the police chief of Metro City and Gadget's boss.


Quimby works as the chief of Metro City. He takes his job seriously and gives Inspector Gadget many tasks and gives him instructions, only for Gadget to usually get rid of it and make it explode in Quimby's face.


Quimby is bitter and has a short temper, but means well as he gives Inspector Gadget many tasks to help with his missions. He can't stand Gadget because of him always throwing exploding messages.

Quimby always congratulates Gadget as giving him credit for solving the missions. However, without Penny and Brain, Gadget would've immediately failed quickly and he would've gotten killed.

He usually says, "Why do I put up with him?" after being blown up. There are only two exceptions to this: "Gadget's Replacement," where Gadget gets replaced by a computer, and "Health Spa," where Gadget doesn't get an assignment in the first place, as Quimby quoted, "At last, an assignment that doesn't blow up in my face." Also, when Inspector Gadget gave him a self-destructing note, he got scared and tried to get it away from the pigeons he was feeding, but it blew up in his face. At the end of the episode, he comes and congratulates Gadget, not knowing it was Penny who solved the case instead.


Quimby has light brown hair (though balding) and mustache. He wears a light blue police uniform with dark blue overalls. In the 2015 cartoon, he has a gold jacket on top of his uniform and unlike his cartoon appearance, seems to have replaced his pipe with glasses.


  • Quimby almost never wears his police hat.
  • Quimby's first name has never been revealed.
  • Some clues suggest Chief Quimby is actually Dr. Claw. The most notable one is in the end credits of the original animated series, where Quimby is shown talking to Gadget, and Dr. Claw's voice-over shout's "I'll get you next time, Gadget! Next time!" implying that Quimby is the one saying this.


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