“Ahhh... those were the days. Beating up bad guys and blasting narrators.” —The Chief, Internal Affairs
The Chief is the tritagonist of T.U.F.F. Puppy.
He is a tough but good-natured flea who runs T.U.F.F. headquarters. In "Internal Affairs", it's revealed that his real name is Herbert Dumbrowski, he has a bionic foot, has short term memory loss, and is extremely strong for somebody so small. The Chief was once T.U.F.F.'s top agent and an amazing fighter. In one episode, he comes out of retirement to help Dudley deal with the Chameleon. While things don't work out well at first, Dudley manages to give him a pep talk and he shows he's still got it by beating up the Chameleon.
The Chief may be smaller than a penny, but he packs the punch of an angry bull. A grumbly, no-nonsense, battle-scarred flea, this tough-talker has seen and done it all. To make sure he gets his points across to his crime-fighting friends, The Chief uses a video camera rigged up to a floating big screen TV to always appear larger than life and it works. When The Chief speaks, EVERYBODY listens. Thanks to him, T.U.F.F. is a well-oiled machine and D.O.O.M. agents are too busy running for their lives to make too much trouble. The only loose end he can't seem to tie up is his reckless new recruit, Dudley Puppy. The Chief would love to keep a closer eye on him, but Dudley's flea collar makes that harder than you'd think.
The Chief is the chief agent at T.U.F.F. and as such he is most level headed of the bunch. He is always commanding the gang to orders of which they are capable or known of, and usually is the one to take charge of a situation when things go awry. He is also arguably the most loyal member at T.U.F.F. as in T.U.F.F. Break Up when T.U.F.F became under paid and ridiculed by the government and the city, and were seemingly unappreciated, He was the only member of T.U.F.F. to not resign (and refused to do so) as he does his job to do what he believes is right, not for the admiration, technology, or pay.
The Chief hires T.U.F.F. agents on the spot quite easily, as he did with Dudley and Snaptrap, despite the circumstances of their past battles. Even though he is blunt, abrasive, grumpy, and forgetful at times, the T.U.F.F. agents still look up to him, or down, depending on if he is using a video monitor to broadcast orders or not. The Chief is a little past his prime and has false teeth, a toupee, and a bionic foot. Despite these traits, he is shown to have a strong will and a take-charge attitude.
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In Internal Affairs, The Chief was Dudley's partner after Dudley got shrunk by Keswick's shrinking ray. The Chief sometimes gets a little irritated by Dudley and the crazy things he does, as seen in Mission: Really Big Mission, shutting him up with the Fist-in-a-Box, after he lost his Space Jerky. While genuinely annoyed by his antics the Chief does seem to acknowledge that Dudley is an outstanding agent and usually congratulates him when he does a well job. It has also been shown that Dudley looks up to the Chief in an almost fatherly light, and was honored to work with him in Internal Affairs.
Being one of T.U.F.F.'s most competent field agent, The Chief has nothing but the upmost respect for Kitty, and The Chief seems to have more trust in Kitty when compared to Dudley. The feeling seems to be mutual though, because at one point Kitty used to leave dead mice on The Chief's door, much to his dismay, though she considered them gifts.
The Chief has a special relationship with Keswick. In Diary of a Mad Cat, Keswick and The Chief were revealed to have been partners and close friends, and in 'Til Doom Do Us Part they got along swimmingly when they had to share the Chief's office, baking cakes for each other and complementing one another and The Chief even refused to risk Keswick safety for the sake of the mission. Though later that same episode they got in a fight over Keswick shaving and selling his hair as the Chief thought it was weird to sell hair and even weirder to buy it, though they did make up at the end of the episode. It should be mentioned in Bad Eggs that The Chief was pretty miffed when Keswick forced him into early retirement and took over T.U.F.F., and happily let Keswick get blasted by security when he was able to reclaim the position as chief.
Both being the head's of clashing organizations for the world's safety, The Chief seems to have a small rivalry with Snaptrap. Though, Snaptrap is more physically active in his organization that The Chief is.
The Chief has a small rivalry with The Chameleon, as in Internal Affairs The Chameleon eats him, though he soon escapes and easily beats up The Chameleon. In Lucky Duck, The Chief shows little interest in The Chameleon's plan to blow up Pluto due to his interest of the show, Quacky the Duck. Though there seems to be a mutual respect and even friendliness between the two as The Chameleon willing shape shifted into the Chief's fake girlfriend for 10 bucks in Girlfriend or Foe?, and even went to dinner with him after. (though this was after the fact that both of them admitted they were lonely).