''Snuffy Smith'' is a newspaper comic about a hillbilly community. It originally began in 1919 as ''Barney Google'', about a diminutive sportsman involved primarily in horse races. The strip reached mainstream popularity in TheRoaringTwenties with the introduction of Barney's horse Spark Plug; "Sparky" became a popular nickname for boys (including future cartoonist [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charles Schulz]]), and a song about the title character and his "goo-goo-googly eyes" became a smash hit in 1923.

Once the Smith clan was introduced in the mid-1930s, however, Barney moved OutOfFocus and was eventually written out of the strip entirely in favor of the more-popular Smith around 1954. The official name of the strip remains ''Barney Google and Snuffy Smith'', even though the former character hasn't been a regular for 60 years.

The Smith clan is:
* Snuffy, the patriarch. A thieving moonshiner.
* Loweezy, the matriarch. Is the actual caretaker.
* Jughaid, the oldest son. Usually seen in a coonskin cap.
* Tater, the baby.

Has the distinction of being [[PrintLongRunners the oldest currently-running daily comic in newspaper print in the U.S.]], as ''The Katzenjammer Kids'' (running from 1897) runs only on Sundays, while ''ComicStrip/GasolineAlley'' (begun in 1918) ran originally as a Sunday-only panel.

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!!Tropes featured include:
* AlliterativeName
* AnachronismStew: The characters are usually seen listening to 1930's-era "cathedral shaped" radios.
* ArtifactTitle: ''Barney Google and Snuffy Smith'' has been all-Snuffy, no-Barney for ''six decades''.
* CommutingOnABus: Barney puts in a very occasional reappearance, though. He appeared for a week in 2012, after having not been seen for ''fifteen years''; this was {{lampshade|hanging}}d by the sheriff asking him if he was an Internet entrepreneur.
* CutesyNameTown: Hootin' Holler
* DeepSouth
* EccentricTownsfolk
* GenreShift: The strip originally centered on Barney's sporting endeavors, turning to a hillbilly comedy after a couple of decades.
* GossipyHens: Hootin' Holler is a small town that amuses itself by talking about itself. Seen with most of the town's women, especially Low'eezy and Elviney, and men too, except they don't call it gossip.
* LiteralMinded: In one comic, Snuffy lands a PrecisionFStrike when asked to swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, then lampshades this trope after being reprimanded:
-->'''Snuffy''': [[CurseOfTheAncients Consarn it]], Judge, you're the one who told me to swear!
* NameAndName: Officially, at least...
* PreacherMan: Parson Tuttle
* TheSheriff: Sheriff Tait is one of the strip's regular characters.
* ShoutOut: Website/{{Google}} was mentioned when Barney reappeared in 2012, as noted above.
** ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' was referenced in a strip from the same time.
* WorldWarTwo: Snuffy was featured serving in the Army during the conflict, which was a turning point in Barney becoming more and more of a secondary character.
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