- ―Superintendent Chalmers' catchphrase
- ―Superintendent Chalmers' other catchphrase
- “Aurora Borealis? At this time of year, at this time of day, in this part of the country, localized ENTIRELY within your kitchen..?"”
- ―Superintendent Chalmers in "Steamed Hams"
Chalmers originally hails from Utica, New York, but has also mentioned that he comes from Queens, New York, Mexico (in a deleted scene) and then moved to Intercourse, Pennsylvania. He attended Ball State University and is a proud owner of a red 1979 Honda Accord (and later, a Camry, which Otto Mann promptly wrecks). There is also some evidence that his main philosophy is liberal, from matters such as his state of origin being New York (which is understood for being a primarily liberal state) and some of the decisions he has made in his job, specifically when he fired Ned for introducing prayer to school, however, this has yet to be confirmed. In the episode "How The Test Was Won", Seymour Skinner mentions that Chalmers has a daughter who he buys wrapping paper from. The episode "What to Expect When Bart's Expecting" revealed that Shauna is his daughter.
Chalmers is a temperamental and whimsical man unfortunately vested with authority. His mood abruptly swings, and he seemingly-arbitrarily plays favorites: while constantly having little to no tolerance for Principal Skinner's well-intentioned mistakes, he shows apathy and dismissiveness of Ned Flanders' absolute lack of discipline during his brief tenure as principal. It appears his only reason for constant hostility towards Principal Skinner is that Skinner "really bugs him". Whenever he visits Springfield Elementary, some sort of disaster strikes. He produces extreme anxiety in Principal Skinner, who offers increasingly improbable stories to explain what is happening.
Chalmers is known for throwing the doors to the rooms open and bellowing "SKINNERRRRR!!!" or "SEYMOUR!!!", to which Seymour stammers, "S-Superintendent Chalmers!" His catchphrase has caused some paranoia in Skinner. Also, he has seven principals otherwise than Skinner, but he has never yelled their names, not even once. On a few occasions, he says Skinner's name (or in some case, words pronounced similarly to "Skinner" such as "Skimmers" or "Dinner") this way when absolutely nothing has gone wrong, implying that he either pronounces Skinner's name this way by habit or does it on purpose to scare him.
Chalmers has also, on rare occasions, shown a caring side towards Skinner, when he called out for Skinner and when he had a reply that Skinner was okay, he told Skinner to "Never do that again" (scare him). Similarly, he had at least some grudging respect for Skinner, as he personally organized the surprise 20th-anniversary celebration of Skinner's time as principal of Springfield Elementary and even made an unscheduled and secret visit to the school specifically to make the announcement before Skinner arrived at the Teacher's Lounge (although he did express annoyance at Skinner's meticulous inspections throughout the school, exclaiming, "Good lord! The rod up that man's butt must have a rod up its butt." after barely arriving at the Teacher's Lounge undetected by Skinner). He also worked with Skinner during the disastrous Edutainment event at Springfield Elementary School, where he and Skinner portrayed Bud Abbot and Lou Costello's respective roles in their famous "Who's on First" comedy routine (although Chalmers eventually snapped at Skinner, walked offstage, and bitterly referred to him as a "sexless freak" after Skinner messed up the routine).
Chalmers' own competence and dedication to his job are questionable. He was once heard complaining about Springfield Elementary and its classrooms full of "ugly, ugly children". He let Ned Flanders allow the school to descend into anarchy when he was principal, freely admitting that he had fired Skinner for far less, explaining simply that "Skinner really bugged me." In fact, the only reason Chalmers even allowed Skinner to be reinstated as Principal at that time was that Ned Flanders introduced prayer into the school (because Chalmers feels that religion should never be placed within school walls, just as facts don't have a place within an organized religion). When asked about Skinner's reinstatement, he said simply, "Ehh, he seems to know the students' names. " Another time, in order to placate an angry mob of women after Skinner made a statement that sounded very sexist, Chalmers replaced Skinner with a female principal, Melanie Upfoot, who was undeniably even more gender-biased -- Melanie's first order of business was the segregation of male and female students. Chalmers seems disturbingly unconcerned with the school's decline, saying that "the way America's public schools are sliding, they'll all be like this in a matter of months. I say enjoy it — it's a hell of a toboggan ride!"
On a related note, he was also in on Skinner's attempt at cheating out grant money after it became apparent Lisa had cheated on an important standardized test; Chalmers was completely unconcerned about using unearned grants when Lisa reported Skinner to him. He also promotes people based on personal bias as opposed to actual competence, promoting Principal Holloway (described by Skinner as a "drunk" and Chalmers as a "pill-popper") to assistant superintendent, overlooking the efforts made by Skinner to improve his school's standing.
Chalmers was at one point a high school teacher, but was put off the profession after he was beaten up by the fight club thinking it was the "breakfast club." He was coerced back into teaching for a short while years later, taking Bart Simpson under his wing and managing to get through to the boy where others had failed.
When Springfield began installing surveillance cameras around Springfield and 742 Evergreen Terrace is discovered to be a blind spot, the Simpsons' home is transformed into a gathering place for rebellious activity, and Superintendent Chalmers was spotted swinging nun-chucks while prancing in a tutu.
Chalmers was seen dating Agnes Skinner, much to Seymour's dismay,  although in other episodes he has mentioned he is married. In "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts" it is strongly implied that he is a widower.
In "Homer Goes to Prep School" it is shown that he is a member of the Doomsday Preppers (people who believe society will collapse at any moment). His basement is filled with food and other supplies needed to survive the end of society. When Lloyd said that they shouldn't look at the faces of people who didn't prepare, Chalmers shows them a solution to the problem: A rifle scope that makes any human face look dangerous and threatening (by placing eyebrows on their faces). Near the end of the episode when Lloyd mentions that in the new world he would be a big shot, Chalmers admits that he and the others were planning to seal Lloyd in a cave. When Lloyd mentions he was going to poison their drinking water, Chalmers proclaims that he will drink his own urine.
In the episode "Future-Drama", which takes place in the future, Superintendent Chalmers (as Elder Chalmers) is practically a vegetable (because of a stim attack, which was revealed by Skinner), only capable of saying his trademark line over and over again while spinning around in a continuously 360-degree circle.
In a Simpsons Comic, he states that he went to LSU.
The Simpsons Game
Chalmers appears in The Simpsons Game walking around the Towns Square with Lenny Leonard, Krusty the Clown, Charlie (SNPP) Julius Hibbert and Kent Brockman. Later when the Aliens arrive in Springfield, Chalmers tells Edna Krabappel the end may be upon them. Edna agrees and says they should roll around in the hay before they pass on. Chalmers refuses Edna then says "If Seymour ever found out he would be devastated." Chalmers then agreed to roll around in the hay with Edna.
In the second segment of "Treehouse of Horror XVII", Chalmers asks Skinner to just let the Golem kill him.
In the second segment of "Treehouse of Horror XX", Chalmers is one of the many residents who were turned into zombies.
In the third segment of "Treehouse of Horror XXII", Chalmers (as Mecha-Chalmers) is the main antagonist, playing a character similar to Colonel Miles Quaritch from Avatar. He is a colonel of an army that he leads on the planet Rigel 7 to fight the Rigellians, to get Hillarium, a liquid that makes everything funny. He is defeated after Bart makes Mecha-Chalmers slap himself in a large robot suit that he controls by movement, telling him he had something on his face, thus making Mecha-Chalmers fall off a cliff.
In the opening of "Treehouse of Horror XXVIII", Chalmers is a candy bar called Chalmond Joy.
In "Shanksgiving", it is revealed he has a long lost twin brother named Police Superintendent Chalmers.
Behind the Laughter
In the DVD commentary to "22 Short Films About Springfield", Simpsons creators noted that Superintendent Chalmers seems to be one of the few "normal" characters on the show, and Chalmers is frequently alone in his awareness of the show's zaniness.
- It was revealed in "22 Short Films About Springfield" that he is from Utica, New York.
- His first name was revealed to be Gary in "Yokel Chords".
- In "The Road to Cincinnati", it was revealed that the name, Gary, was short for Garibaldi.
- His hero is Theodore Roosevelt.
- Edna and Chalmers were once caught "doing it".
- Ralph Wiggum once called him Super Nintendo Chalmers.
- His surname 'Chalmers' is of Scottish origin, hinting that he is of such descent.
- He is right-handed.
- On several occasions, he and Agnes Skinner have tried dating, much to Skinner's discontent.
- In the Latin American dub, his last name is Archundia in the first seasons.
- In "Daddicus Finch", Chalmers is seen attending Shauna's Bat Mitzvah at a synagogue as she recites the Scriptures in Hebrew, indicating that he (or Shauna's late mother) may have Jewish heritage. However, he is frequently seen at the First Church of Springfield.
- In the Family Guy episode "Shanksgiving", it's revealed that Gary has a twin brother, Police Superintendent Chalmers. Whether this crossover episode counts as canonical is debatable.
- In "The Heartbroke Kid" Chalmers said that he's a Sagittarius.
|The Simpsons: Season Four|
|"Kamp Krusty":||"A Streetcar Named Marge":||"Homer the Heretic":||"Lisa the Beauty Queen":||"Treehouse of Horror III":|
|"Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie":||"Marge Gets a Job":||"New Kid on the Block":||"Mr. Plow":||"Lisa's First Word":|
|"Homer's Triple Bypass":||"Marge vs. the Monorail":||"Selma's Choice":||"Brother from the Same Planet":||"I Love Lisa":|
|"Duffless":||"Last Exit to Springfield":||"So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show":||"The Front":||"Whacking Day":|
|"Marge in Chains":||"Krusty Gets Kancelled":|
|The Simpsons: Season Five|
|"Homer's Barbershop Quartet":||"Cape Feare":||"Homer Goes to College":||"Rosebud":||"Treehouse of Horror IV":|
|"Marge on the Lam":||"Bart's Inner Child":||"Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood":||"The Last Temptation of Homer":||"$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)":|
|"Homer the Vigilante":||"Bart Gets Famous":||"Homer and Apu":||"Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy":||"Deep Space Homer":|
|"Homer Loves Flanders":||"Bart Gets an Elephant":||"Burns' Heir":||"Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song":||"The Boy Who Knew Too Much":|
|"Lady Bouvier's Lover":||"Secrets of a Successful Marriage":|
|The Simpsons: Season Six|
|"Bart of Darkness":||"Lisa's Rival":||"Another Simpsons Clip Show":||"Itchy & Scratchy Land":||"Sideshow Bob Roberts":|
|"Treehouse of Horror V":||"Bart's Girlfriend":||"Lisa on Ice":||"Homer Badman":||"Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy":|
|"Fear of Flying":||"Homer the Great":||"And Maggie Makes Three":||"Bart's Comet":||"Homie the Clown":|
|"Bart vs. Australia":||"Homer vs. Patty and Selma":||"A Star is Burns":||"Lisa's Wedding":||"Two Dozen and One Greyhounds":|
|"The PTA Disbands":||"'Round Springfield":||"The Springfield Connection":||"Lemon of Troy":||"Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)":|
|The Simpsons: Season Seven|
|"Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)":||"Radioactive Man":||"Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily":||"Bart Sells His Soul":||"Lisa the Vegetarian":|
|"Treehouse of Horror VI":||"King-Size Homer":||"Mother Simpson":||"Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming":||"The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular":|
|"Marge Be Not Proud":||"Team Homer":||"Two Bad Neighbors":||"Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield":||"Bart the Fink":|
|"Lisa The Iconoclast":||"Homer The Smithers":||"The Day The Violence Died":||"A Fish Called Selma":||"Bart on the Road":|
|"22 Short Films About Springfield":||"Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"":||"Much Apu About Nothing":||"Homerpalooza":||"Summer of 4 Ft. 2":|
|The Simpsons: Season Eight|
|"Treehouse of Horror VII":||"You Only Move Twice":||"The Homer They Fall":||"Burns, Baby Burns":||"Bart After Dark":|
|"A Milhouse Divided":||"Lisa's Date with Density":||"Hurricane Neddy":||"El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)":||"The Springfield Files":|
|"The Twisted World of Marge Simpson":||"Mountain of Madness":||"Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious":||"The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show":||"Homer's Phobia":|
|"Brother from Another Series":||"My Sister, My Sitter":||"Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment":||"Grade School Confidential":||"The Canine Mutiny":|
|"The Old Man and the Lisa":||"In Marge We Trust":||"Homer's Enemy":||"The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase":||"The Secret War of Lisa Simpson":|
|The Simpsons: Season Nine|
|"The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson":||"The Principal and the Pauper":||"Lisa's Sax":||"Treehouse of Horror VIII":||"The Cartridge Family":|
|"Bart Star":||"The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons":||"Lisa the Skeptic":||"Realty Bites":||"Miracle on Evergreen Terrace":|
|"All Singing, All Dancing":||"Bart Carny":||"The Joy of Sect":||"Das Bus":||"The Last Temptation of Krust":|
|"Dumbbell Indemnity":||"Lisa the Simpson":||"This Little Wiggy":||"Simpson Tide":||"The Trouble with Trillions":|
|"Girly Edition":||"Trash of the Titans":||"King of the Hill":||"Lost Our Lisa":||"Natural Born Kissers":|
|The Simpsons: Season Ten|
|"Lard of the Dance":||"The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace":||"Bart the Mother":||"Treehouse of Horror IX":||"When You Dish Upon a Star":|
|"D'oh-in' in the Wind":||"Lisa Gets an "A"":||"Homer Simpson in: "Kidney Trouble"":||"Mayored to the Mob":||"Viva Ned Flanders":|
|"Wild Barts Can't Be Broken":||"Sunday, Cruddy Sunday":||"Homer to the Max":||"I'm with Cupid":||"Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers"":|
|"Make Room for Lisa":||"Maximum Homerdrive":||"Simpsons Bible Stories":||"Mom and Pop Art":||"The Old Man and the "C" Student":|
|"Monty Can't Buy Me Love":||"They Saved Lisa's Brain":||"Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo":|
- 24 Minutes
- "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts
- "What to Expect When Bart's Expecting"
- 22 Short Films About Springfield
- The Old Man and the "C" Student
- Lisa's Date with Density
- You Don't Have to Live Like a Referee
- Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words
- The Debarted
- The Principal and the Pauper
- Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers"
- Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song
- Whacking Day
- Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts
- To Surveil With Love
- Bart the Fink
- The Heartbroke Kid
- How Munched Is That Birdie in the Window?
- Lisa Gets an "A"