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T.V. Wiggles was a former professional wrestler who turned to a life of crime. He had wavy blond hair, light eyes and a pointed nose. He tended to tremble or fidget often.

Wiggles operated a protection racket in Dick Tracy's city wherein he would threaten local bar owners that he would ruin their television sets if they didn’t pay him.

When Sparkle Plenty became famous on television (with Vitamin Flintheart as her agent), Wiggles attempted to extort Vitamin for a portion of his agent commission. Wiggles threatened to use a special wrestling hold that he had learned on Sparkle that could put her into a coma if Vitamin refused. Vitamin informed Tracy, who began an investigation into Wiggles' activities.

Wiggles avoided arrest by fleeing through the city's sanitation train system. This tactic eventually led to him being deposited into the city dump with a load of trash, but he survived with only minor injuries. He then broke into a country club to steal clean clothes. Upon being discovered, Wiggles beat a member of the club to death with a golf club.

Wiggles then went to the apartment of Bubbles Anvil, a female wrestling champion who was a former pupil of his. Bubbles refused to help Wiggles, and he responded by shooting her to death during a televised wrestling match using a high-powered rifle and a long-distance scope. Dick Tracy was present at the match and wrestling fans mistook him for the killer when he pulled his gun. Wiggles escaped before Tracy could extract himself from the crowd.

Wiggles later sneaked into the television studio where Sparkle Plenty was performing and tried to shoot Sparkle. He was stopped by Mugg. B.O. Plenty and Dick Tracy pursued the escaping Wiggles, which resulted in B.O. being shot and going into a coma. Tracy caught up to Wiggles in a repair garage, where the panicking Wiggles knocked a stack of sheet metal on top of himself, which cut him to pieces. B.O. later recovered.

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T.V. did not appear in the 1990 Dick Tracy feature film. He was one of the main antagonists in the second original follow-up novel Dick Tracy Meets His Match by Max Allan Collins.