Quimby is Inspector Gadget
. Chief Quimby's character is an homage
to Mission: Impossible
. Quimby shows up to give Inspector Gadget his missions at the beginning of each episode. He is always disguised as some inane part of the room such as the stove
or as some sort of animal.
The basic opening scene from the show would be as follows. Quimby delivers the mission to Gadget in the form of a self-destructing
note. Gadget would then read the note aloud thus informing the audience of the mission at hand. Just as Gadget would finish reading the part of the note that was the warning
that the note would self destruct in x amount of time he would crumble the note and toss it away. As luck
would have it, each time that Gadget threw away the note it would land inside Chief Quimby's disguise and/or hiding place. As Gadget would walk away to thwart
the evil Dr. Claw
and his MAD
agents, Chief Quimby would be engulfed in a cartoon explosion
leaving him blackened by soot and disheveled.
On occassion, the Chief would show up in other parts of the episode but the only other recurring part he played in the series was at the end
. He would always show up a moment too late with reinforcements
and just in time to bust the MAD agents.
As a side note, Chief Quimby was played by Dabney Coleman
in the 1999 live-action movie version of Inspector Gadget
and was voiced by Maurice LaMarche in the cartoon.