|First Appearance||Original: "The Smurfs and the Magic Flute" Comic Book (1958)
Fanon: "Smurfs in the City" Season 1
Smurfs are a group of magical creatures that exist within The Light and Dark Series. They are collectively considered to be main protagonists throughout the series.
- 1 General Intelligence
- 2 Physical Makeup
- 3 Social Structure
- 4 History
- 5 Census Documentation
- 6 Trivia
Smurfs have about the same brain capacity as humans, meaning that their intelligence is remarkably more cognitive and progressive than other animal species. It seems that wisdom comes in time through any given Smurf's life, but certain phases sway their actual intelligence versus their presented intelligence to others.
Smurfs are considered "three apples tall," which is approximately 4" (10.6 centimeters) tall by human measurement standards. Their skin is a unique shade of blue, commonly referred to as "Smurfy blue," with large eyes, large round ears, short necks, and generally lean, but squat bodies. They have four fingers and toes, small round tails, and short necks, but their limbs have 5x the muscle strength of the average human with twice as much stamina.
This strength allows them to run at approximately 6ft (1.8m) per second, jump from heights of approximately 4ft (1.2m), or climb up trees, walls, or other surfaces at a rate of 3ft (0.9m) per second. When working as a unified form (such as standing on each other's shoulders), they often meet human strength standards or may even surpass them.
The Smurfs, generally speaking, are considered a single-gendered race by the laws of nature because all baby Smurfs are considered male when they are brought to the Smurf Village by a stork. It is a rare occurrence that only takes place during a blue moon, but it is not guaranteed to happening during each blue moon cycle. Smurfs who are more sensitive are likely to sense when a blue moon will be "the one," but no one truly knows when it will happen.
On that note, Smurfs do not reproduce physically, auto-sexually, or asexually like most animals. Therefore, neither gender has need of reproductive organs (internal or external). The origin of baby Smurfs is considered one of the greatest mysteries of Smurfdom, as stated by Papa Smurf to Brainy upon being asked about this matter.
Female Smurfs are not naturally-occurring beings. They can only be created by a magic formula, the origin of which is equally mysterious to that of a baby Smurf. The only known being to possess this spell is the wizard Gargamel, but he is not the creator because he has stated that it is an ancient spell in one of the books he came to acquire from an unspecified person or location.
Females are not made to be real Smurfs upon their arrival either, so they must undergo a special transformation to be accepted in Smurf society. This transformation rids a Smurfette of her often unsavory origins and brings out the true beauty that makes her a unique individual.
From Infancy to Childhood
Nat, Sassette, Snappy, and Slouchy
Much like humans, theese creatures are often naïve, trusting, impatient, and gullible while they are Smurflings, and they maintain some of those same traits when reaching Smurfhood.
It is during this time that many discover their own "Smurfiness," which directly affects their language development and helps them determine what they want to do with their lives. Specifically, they undergo vital development to find what makes them unique, thus making them happy, healthy, and valuable members of Smurf society whose contributions will further uphold Smurfy traditions as well as pave the way for a brighter future.
From Childhood to Adulthood
Throughout the course of their adult lives, some Smurfs mature much faster than others, and so they develop patience, empathy, sympathy, tolerance, courage, and other virtuous traits from personal experiences. It is during this time that most have a basic understanding of self-identity, as well as discovering the identities of their fellow Smurfs, which can lead to cooperation or conflict depending on personal viewpoints.
However, not every Smurf will have discovered their personal Smurfiness at this stage in life. For instance, Nobody Smurf had trouble unlocking his true potential, hence his name, and his problem was one that could not be solved by Papa Smurf because each Smurf must look within themselves to discover what makes them unique. Likewise, Dabbler spent much of his life not knowing what he wanted do, hence his tendency to dabble in everything he saw another Smurf doing. It was not until he discovered his true potential that he later became known as Doctor Smurf.
From Adulthood to Seniority
Adult Smurfs are considered "elderly" or "senior" around the age of 500, and depending on the Smurf's habits for their personal health, they may still be agile and able to contribute to important village tasks. By this point in life, most Smurfs have undergone a great deal of adventures and personal experiences, which contributes to them having many skills, stories, and pearls of wisdom to share with the younger Smurfs.
Their memories may deteriorate at different rates, but if a Smurf has taken time to write about their experiences and kept up on their health, then they should avoid suffering from illnesses like dementia or Alzheimer's until they are past age 900.
Male Smurfs may begin to grow a beard around or after their 400th birthday, but it could be sooner depending on the individual's genetic makeup (such as having a mutation that results in early or patchy hair growth). Female Smurfs are assumed to have grey hairs begin appearing sometime between their 400's to 500's that ends with total greyness or white hair by their early 500's.
Since the recorded beginning of Smurfdom, there has been at least one figurehead to serve as a leader, parent or guardian, social mediator, and counselor. Such figureheads are chosen by previous figureheads after having demonstrated a certain level of wisdom, personal growth, compassion, intelligence (commonly called "thinking globally, acting locally"), openness, and independence.
The figurehead(s) in charge have the freedom to retire their title(s) as "Papa Smurf/Momma Smurfette(s)" and hand them down to the next figurehead(s) at their discretion, although they are generally still contributing to the community after retirement.
The basic status chain goes as follows:
- "Baby Smurf/Smurfette"
- "Named Smurf/Smurfette"
- "Papa Smurf/Momma Smurfette"
- "Grandpa Smurf/Grandma Smurfette"
Each figurehead is identified by the color of clothing they wear. They undergo a change from the traditional white in several steps, which are as follows:
- All White
- Colored Hat, White Outfit
- All Colored
Smurf culture is a cooperative, tight-knit familial society in which every Smurf is led to believe that every individual has something to offer to the entire community. They have no monetary system, as each attempt to introduce one has failed, but it is not uncommon for Smurfs to uphold a bartering system. Most find that exchanging goods and/or services brings individuals together, as one must agree to symbiotically benefit the other through these exchanges.
However, certain Smurfs are more likely to benefit the community than others simply by their occupations, talents, or strong personality traits (such as Handy, the carpenter, or Greedy, the main chef). Other Smurfs may not necessarily contribute as much to the village for the same reasons (such as Vanity, the narcissist, or Lazy, the narcoleptic). At times, this can result in disputes about the true equality of each individual, thus creating comparisons, which must be settled by the figurehead(s). If all else fails, the differences between two opposing Smurfs will be accepted, and both will be punished for spending time arguing and comparing instead of cooperating and working.
Customs and Traditions
The Smurfs have many customs, listed below:
- Religion -- They are considered Nature Worshippers, respectively, and do not believe in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, or other human-based organized religions. Smurfs are generally open-minded, though.
- Birthdays -- Since Smurfs technically do not have birthdays in the same sense as humans, they celebrate the anniversary of their "arrival days" to the village. Small celebrations are held annually, but the grander-scale parties are reserved for every decade of a Smurf's life, which is the rough equivalent of a year's time in human terms.
- Language -- While every Smurf speaks in the same language, some nouns and descriptive terms are replaced with "smurf" differently depending on which side of the village any given Smurf resides within. For example, the Westerners may say, "smurfquake," while an Easterner will say, "earthsmurf," but they are both talking about an "earthquake." While this variation of phrasing can cause controversy amongst the Smurfs, many do their best to communicate effectively enough for each other to understand and be understood on a daily basis.
- Holidays -- Smurfs celebrate a wide range of holidays that may be akin to human traditions (such as Christmas, New Year's Eve, and Easter), but they also have their own (such as Spook-A-Smurf Eve, Rainbow Day, and Unhappiness Day). The ones they share with humans usually are devoid of any religious roots, such as Christmas being of a primarily Christian or Catholic foundation, because Smurfs believe that celebrating the spirit of giving is fulfilling in and of itself.
- Marriage -- This is one of the most recent additions to Smurf culture, having been introduced to them by early human interactions, so not much is known about Smurf marriage at this time. Following the arrival of Smurfette, the male Smurfs became familiar with the idea of proposal, but this a "cross that bridge when we get there" subject.
Mother Nature had never intended for the Smurfs race to come into creation; rather, the first "Smurf" was accidentally created by a pair of Gods who were trying to bring new adaptations to an existing Elf species (later to become the Woodelf branch). This small creature was only called the "Blue Elf," and after receiving approval from both Mother Nature and Father Time, was sent to be raised amongst other Elves until old enough to live independently.
Below is the list of all known Smurfs in existence, male or female, in alphabetical order. This list is not reflective of how old every Smurf is in Generation Four or Five compared to their fellow Smurfs.
- Nanny Smurf -- Female
- Grandpa Smurf -- Male
- Papa Smurf -- Male
- Actor Smurf -- Male
- Architect Smurf -- Male
- Barber Smurf -- Male
- Blacksmith Smurf -- Male
- Brainy Smurf -- Male
- Camouflage Smurf -- Male
- Clumsy Smurf -- Male
- Cobbler Smurf -- Male
- Doctor Smurf -- Male
- Dreamy Smurf -- Male
- Drummer Smurf -- Male
- Farmer Smurf -- Male
- Flighty Smurf -- Male
- Golfer Smurf -- Male
- Greedy Smurf -- Male
- Grouchy Smurf -- Male
- Handy Smurf -- Male
- Harmony Smurf -- Male
- Hefty Smurf -- Male
- Hundredth Smurf -- Male
- Jokey Smurf -- Male
- Lazy Smurf -- Male
- Lucky Smurf -- Male
- Marco Smurf -- Male
- Memorial Smurf -- Male
- Miner Smurf -- Male
- Moxette -- Female
- Nosey Smurf -- Male
- Painter Smurf -- Male
- Poet Smurf -- Male
- Potter Smurf -- Male
- Pushover Smurf -- Male
- Reporter Smurf -- Male
- Scaredy Smurf -- Male
- Sickly Smurf -- Male
- Sloppy Smurf -- Male
- Smurfette -- Female
- Spinner Smurf -- Male
- Sweepy Smurf -- Male
- Tailor Smurf -- Male
- Timber Smurf -- Male
- Tracker Smurf -- Male
- Tuffy Smurf -- Male
- Vanity Smurf -- Male
- Weaver Smurf -- Male
- Weepy Smurf -- Male
- Wild Smurf -- Male
- Wooly Smurf -- Male
- Natural Smurfling -- Male
- Sassette Smurfling -- Female
- Snappy Smurfling -- Male
- Slouchy Smurfling -- Male
- Baby Smurf -- Male
- It is stated in both the comics and cartoon series that there are about 100 total Smurfs in the village. However, with the number of Smurfs found in either the comics, cartoon, or both, the total number reaches only 88 (or 86 if you do not count the Clockwork Smurf or Smurfette as "real Smurfs"). This does not include any characters introduced by Sony. This information is based on a documented list created by Numbuh 404.
- The Smurfs are actually based on a fictional elf race that appeared in a short film called "La Cadeau à la fée" ("The gift to the fairy"), made by a company called "La Compagnie Belg D'Actualités," which Peyo used to work for as a young man. He was also a fan of Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, from which the design of the Smurfs is loosely attributed.
- Grandpa and Nanny are not categorized in the same Generation because while they are now relatively the same age, she was older than him prior to her imprisonment in Castle Captor.
- Snappy, Slouchy, and Natural Smurfs are categorized in Generation Five instead of Generation Four because their age reversal is permanent, and so they are aging in accordance to nature. Therefore, Sassette has a proper placement since Nat, Snappy, and Slouchy were the ones to create her.
- As of June 19th, 2020 during a resurgence in work for this series, Gutsy Smurf is no longer considered a canon character along with most everything from the Sony-based products. Thus, he has been removed from this series. In his place will be the addition of a comic-exclusive character named Lucky Smurf.