|Also Known As||"Four-Eyes" & "Bookworm"|
|Occupation||Papa Smurf's Lab Assistant|
|Marital Status||Single (Current)|
|Known Relations||The Smurfs (Family)|
|Voice Actor||Peter MacNicol (Desired)|
|First Appearance||Original: "The Smurfs & the Magic Flute" Comic
Fanon: "Smurfs in the City" Season 1
"It is easy to pretend we are strong. It is much harder to admit we are weak. A true friend, by loving every part of us, teaches us to love our weaknesses."
-- "The Dark Ness Monster" (1985)
- 1 Background Information
- 2 Relationship with Smurfette
- 3 Relationship with Clumsy Smurf
- 4 Relationship with Reporter Smurf
- 5 Relationship with Moxette Smurfette
- 6 Season 1 Episodes
- 7 Season 2 Episodes
- 8 Season 3 Episodes
- 9 Appearance
- 10 Trivia
Brainy is mostly known for his strongest trait: narcissism. He may not truly know everything like he claims, but he is a highly knowledgeable Smurf in terms of spells, legends, creatures (real or mythical), and history (mostly of human cultures, which he finds fascinating). His glasses may also make him look distinguished, but he is legally blind without them. He likes to play up the "Hero Smurf" role, but proves to be more fearful than not. However, what he lacks in nerves he makes up for with courage. Sometimes his methodical calculations lead to successful plans, but they mostly wind up causing more harm than good -- such as getting himself caught in the rescue process.
Generally speaking, Brainy is overbearing and self-satisfying, but when something new catches his attention, he puts all his time and energy into learning as much as he possibly can about it. He is borderline obsessive-compulsive, but his desire to learn is admirable -- especially when he can prove he learns something useful from his endeavors, such as the full extent of the human monarchy and other government systems.
Role in the Village
He became Papa Smurf's appointed lab assistant after he saved his fellow Smurfs from being turned into gold by an Imp named Hotap when they were all Smurflings. Since then, has remained faithfully by Papa's side. Despite being a nuisance most days, he has occasionally demonstrated his capability to fulfill tasks and make his fellow Smurfs proud. He likes to read and write books when he is not busy
pestering helping his fellow Smurfs in their daily tasks, and he takes pride in being a teacher in the Smurf Village Schoolhouse whenever possible.
His house is full of stacks of books he has written. They are either manuals, encyclopedias, or Quotations Of Brainy Smurf. He vies for someone to read his works, but most times, no one is willing.
- Quotations of Brainy Smurf -- A set of volumes in which Brainy has included every knowledgeable quote he has ever said that will benefit his fellow Smurfs. (Most of these quotes reflect his overbearing hubris.)
- Games According to Brainy Smurf -- A book assumed to contain rules and winning strategies for various games played by the Smurfs (and perhaps other creatures, too). It was namedropped in "The Grouchiest Game of All."
- Brainy's Big Book of Wilderness Survival -- A fairly comprehensive book about how to survive and thrive in nature, which includes animal and plant identification, environment hazards and how to avoid them, steps to finding the way home if one becomes lost, and a handful of not-so-helpful one-liners in which Brainy strokes his ego or unintentionally misinforms the reader. While this book is not as helpful as having Nat, Grandpa, or Papa Smurf around, it is not one to be immediately discarded like most of Brainy's books (as Nat Smurfling does). It was introduced in "The Most Unsmurfy Game."
- Identifying Imposters the Brainy Smurf Way -- A book entirely on how to identify imposters based on intellectual observations, which he introduced in "Hethera the Goblin." (The main point most Smurfs take away from this book is "Point now, ask questions later.")
- A Goblin's Guide to Getting the Girl -- A book about goblin behavior and how to win over a mate, which he wrote for Mystico in The Goblin's Admiration. (Mystico disregarded it.)
- Accepting a Smurfy Suitor the Brainy Smurf Way -- A book about how to start a romantic relationship with someone, how to act within it, and how to both propose and accept a proposal, which he introduced in The Goblin's Admiration. (Most Smurfs consider it a misogynist publication. When Smurfette hated it, the other Smurfs were inclined to agree with her.)
- Brainy's Guide to Grander Goodies -- A baking guide to some of Brainy's favorite desserts ranging from elaborate layered cakes to simple cookies, which is first introduced in Crestfallen Christmas. (Greedy considers this Brainy's way of expressing his dissatisfaction in his gingerbread treats.)
- Brainy's List of Favorite Things -- A complete guide to everything that he likes and wants to have, which is also introduced in Crestfallen Christmas. Whether it be a grand adventure, a treasure, or a new quill, this book is huge and was originally intended to be his gift to Moxette until Clumsy accidentally ruined the first copy.
Relationship with Smurfette
He first meets Smurfette in "The Smurfette." Like many others, he once had a crush on her, but after being rejected on numerous occasions, he decided to move on and has maintained a strictly platonic relationship with her. As proven in his game of "Like It or Smurf It," she is the smartest Smurf in the village besides himself and Papa Smurf, and he tends to value her opinions or advice above any other Smurf's -- but he rarely admits this when questioned.
Relationship with Clumsy Smurf
He and Clumsy have been best friends since childhood, which is first confirmed in the episode, "The Smurfiest of Friends." In it, Brainy was fed up with Clumsy's clumsiness and decided to revoke their longstanding friendship, but he came to realize the Clumsy's dimwitted and kindhearted nature contrasted his overbearing intelligence. He later admitted he was wrong about Clumsy not being his best friend, and so they made up, put the past behind them, and have remained closely bonded.
Clumsy has been Brainy's eyes when he broke his glasses, his savior from an evil Imp, one of several Smurfs who helped return him to normal when he was a Weresmurf, his faithful book carrier, and much more throughout the years. He also once helped him bake (and later destroy) a batch of gingerbread cookies to beat Greedy in a baking competition that wound up turning evil when enchanted. While Brainy does have short patience for Clumsy's mishaps and simplemindedness, their bond continues to hold true.
Relationship with Reporter Smurf
Reporter and Brainy have a conflicted friendship because, while they work together in publishing, they have contrasting viewpoints on what news is fit for each edition. Most frequently, Brainy will voice his concerns over an article that overshadows on of his own, but Reporter stands his ground. Sometimes he has to tell Brainy that he will find room in the next edition for him, and most times, he keeps his promise. When they are not working on the Village Newspaper, Reporter is helping Brainy publish his books (no matter how much he may not like them). Brainy is open to express his gratitude and will do favors for Reporter to maintain their relationship.
At times, Reporter simply refuses or is unable to help him, no matter what Brainy offers him. Realizing this would be a continuing problem, they had Handy help them install a smaller printing press station in Brainy's studio so that he would be able to publish his own works without Reporter.
For some time, Brainy was confident in his abilities to self-publish, but discovered that he missed having Reporter by his side - arguing or not. Likewise, Reporter was missing Brainy's company, too - arguing or not. The two came together to discuss fair terms of usage on the printing press and concluded that it was more interesting (and frustrating) to work together than separately.
Relationship with Moxette Smurfette
They have a never-ending struggle that often goes head-to-head in arguments, which usually results in one or both of them getting into trouble with Papa Smurf. Brainy is her favorite person to mock because he is constantly lecturing his fellow Smurfs, suggesting his "Quotations" series, or publicly feeding his hubris.
One day, he overhears her disagreeing with Hefty about wishing he would leave the village. At first, he is dumbfounded to hear that she would miss him, but he realizes that she picks on him because she needs him for comedic purpose in her life. He continues to act irritated by her impersonations, but he silently appreciates her from then on.
Season 1 Episodes
Brainy is one of the recurring main characters in Season 1.
- Smurfs in the City (Ep. 1) -- He is one of the time-travelling Smurfs who serves a supporting role while the group is stuck in an American city during the 1980's. He leaves a book for their human friends, Nathan and Tony, before Papa Smurf assembles the time crystals to send them on their way.
- Home, Smurfy Home (Ep. 2) -- Pending...
- Lost Tales of the Forest (Ep. 3) -- Pending...
- Rising Flames (Ep. 4) -- Pending...
- Tripped Up (Ep. 5) -- He is a background character with his fellow Smurfs and has no speaking role.
- Peewit's Smurfy Creation (Ep. 6) -- Pending...
- Peewit's Unsmurfy Mistake (Ep. 7) -- He is a background character with no speaking role.
- Mystico Returns (Ep. 8) -- He is with Papa Smurf, but does not speak, when Moxette warns Papa about Mystico returning to the village.
- Moxette's Survival Test (Ep. 9) -- Pending...
- Luck of the Smurf (Ep. 10) -- Pending...
- The Goblin's Admiration (Ep. 11) -- Brainy has a much more supportive main role within this story, helping Mystico and Moxette capture the attention of Vira, the first female goblin Mystico has met in centuries.
- Hethera the Goblin (Ep. 12) -- He introduces his latest book to a group of Smurfs, but is distracted by Moxette, and when he wants to join the group on their time travel trip, she personally picks him up and tosses him out. He has no speaking role afterwards.
- Beyond the Mirror's Reflection (Ep. 13) -- He only speaks when he joins a group of Smurfs to pick Smurfberries, but they are ambushed by Gargamel. Luckily, he and Hefty are not captured and manage to return to the village to alert Papa Smurf.
- From Stage Fright to Stardom (Ep. 15) -- Pending...
- Moxette's Crazy, Stupid Love (Ep. 16) -- When he and the other Smurfs discover that Moxette has turned herself human in order to pursue Johan, he is shocked. After stealing his spare key to Papa Smurf's lab and sneaking out of the Village, he is the most hurt and angry of the Smurfs.
- Kiddie Crushes (Ep. 17) -- Pending...
- Dear Prince Theodore (Ep. 19) -- Pending...
- The Reluctant Dark Knight (Season Finale) -- Brainy plays a fairly important role within The Reluctant Dark Knight novel at the end of Season 10 whenever the Smurfs become involved with the humans. This begins with him helping Papa Smurf in his lab until Gargamel attacks the village, which prompts him and Clumsy to enlist the help of Johan, Peewit, and their new friend Falla. After being saved, he returns to his formal duties until later on when they discover that Gargamel is planning to break up the trio. When Johan is stolen for the side of Evil, he feels guilty for being unable to save him.
Season 2 Episodes
Brainy remains a main character throughout Season 2 and undergoes some key development as a result of his relationship with Moxette and the loss of Johan to Gargamel's treachery.
- Woeful Smurfs (Ep. 1) -- He is a main character taking part in helping Moxette seek closure since she was one of the two last Smurfs to find out about Johan being turned evil.
- Somebody's Hidden Talent (Ep. 2) -- He appears as a lesser-supporting character alongside Papa Smurf during several scenes towards the end of the episode.
- Smurfing a Goblin Hollow (Ep. 4) -- Pending...
- Major Makeovers (Ep. 5) -- Pending...
- Josten's Scar (Ep. 7) -- Pending...
- Skipping Stones (Ep. 9) -- Pending...
- Sylke Hood (Ep. 10) -- Pending...
- Smurfing One's Imagination (Ep. 14) -- Pending...
- Crestfallen Christmas (Ep. 16) -- Pending...
- A Hovel is Not a Hospital (Ep. 17) -- Pending...
- The Smurfs of Poetry (Ep. 18) -- Pending...
- When Fire and Water Collide (Ep. 19) -- Pending...
- Mechanical Hero (Ep. 20) -- Pending...
Season 3 Episodes
Brainy continues to be a main or supporting character in a majority of episodes in Season 3.
- Attack of the Love-Struck Smurfs (Ep. 3) -- Pending...
- Mother Nature's (Re)Creation (Ep. 5) -- Pending...
- Mind Over Smurf (Ep. 7) -- Pending...
- Top Prankster: Brains Versus Moxie (Ep. 9) -- Pending...
- The Unsmurfiest Prank Ever Pulled (Ep. 10) -- Pending...
- Denisa's Birthday Wish (Ep. 12) -- Pending...
- Backstage Smurfs (Ep. 14) -- Pending...
- Short-Lived Stage Life (Ep. 15) -- Pending...
- Return of the Weresmurf (Ep. 16) -- While being a secondary character in the real Village, he is the main Smurf of interest in Smurfette and Moxette's "girls-only" Imaginarium setting, in which they have him portrayed as a Weresmurf.
- Brainy's Essential Discovery (Ep. 17) -- Being the main character, he creates an Imaginarium setting in which he creates "Bernadette," a Smurfette of his own design.
- A Gift for a Knight (Ep. 19) -- Pending...
- Take Back the Knight (Season Finale) -- Pending...
Brainy looks like a generic Smurf, but is easily identified from the crowd since he wears a pair of round, black-framed glasses, and is usually seen either holding items for Papa Smurf or one of his many books.
As a human, he still has his trademark glasses and Smurf hat. He has lightly tanned, pale skin, almond brown eyes, and red hair in which his bangs are downwardly outgrown to the left side with a gentle tapering at the back of his neck.
His original voice actor, Danny Goldman, passed away in 2020. An alternative choice would be Peter MacNicol, who is highly renowned for his role as Galen Bradwarden in Dragonslayer (1981), and was also the voice behind Sidney Poindexter in Nickelodeon's Danny Phantom series (2004 - 2005), Dewey Ottoman in Scooby Doo: Stage Fright (2013), and Simon Sifter on CSI: Cyber (2015).
- Brainy was initially Numbuh 404's least favorite Smurf, which was the inspiration to create Moxette. As this series has evolved, he became her favorite, so his character development and relationships have reflected this change.
- His hair color is red, as indicated by the incredibly long beard he had grown from using a magical hair tonic in "Symbols Of Wisdom."
- In the original cartoon series, he called himself "Super Smurf" after finding a particularly helpful strength spell from Papa Smurf's lab that he uses to reclaim all the food that Bigmouth stole from the village, which was caused by his carelessness in the first place.
- As discovered in the Season 4 episode "The Gingerbread Smurfs," he prefers his gingerbread cookies a bit on the spicy side, so he may add a hint of volcanic lava juice to a personal batch.
- He is right-handed and is the first Smurf to discover Moxette's left-handedness.
- For a long time, only Clumsy knew that he keeps a personal journal in his studio. Moxette later finds out, but she would rather tease the idea of reading it than do so when she has a favor to ask of him.
- His zodiac sign is Gemini and his birthday is June 13th.
- He is a poor swimmer, hence his disliking of seafaring voyages, and an excellent dancer.
- In a non-canonical playwright, he is the character import for a human named Andrew Conrad with inspiration from the song "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" by Pet Shop Boys.
- His current profile image served as the base drawing for a commission by A Heroic Smurf, but discussions with AHS led to an agreement that all drawings used for said commission, except for Brainy's, would serve to update the profile images of Smurfette, Hero, Papa Smurf, and Wonder Smurfette.