First introduced in Johan et Pirlouit
story “La flûte à six trous,” literally meaning “The Flute with Six Holes,” published in 1958, les Schtroumpfs
... er, the Smurfs
weren’t officially seen right away. The artisans of the six holed flute wouldn’t be announced until more than midway through the story.
Their creator Pierre "Peyo" Culliford wanted these humanoid little blue elves be mysterious by having them shadow Johan and Pirlouit, I mean, Peewit throughout the tale’s beginning by showing their shrouded eyes
in some panels or a five fingered blue hand reaching out from behind some leaves in another. It wasn’t until wizard Homnibus sends both knight and his squire to the Cursed Land
where the Smurfs live via “hypnokinesis” are we introduced to said creatures.
Just like introducing troublesome Peewit which proved to be an excellent contrast to somber and serious Johan before them, the Smurfs were a huge success delivered in a small package where popular demands had them appearing in the next Johan and Peewit
adventure called "La Guerre des sept fontaines," "War of the Seven Springs" in English, published in 1959.
Recently made Editor-in-Chief Yvan Delporte recognized the diminutive stature of the Smurfs made them perfect stars to fit in the mini-récits (short stories) that gave readers fully contained forty-eight page story in a postcard sized comic in the pages of Spirou
. After Spirou
publisher Charles Dupuis approached Peyo with the idea, Peyo agree and, on the condition Delporte helps him write the comic, the Smurfs first comic “Les Schtroumpfs noirs” was introduced the same year, the story helping establish the basic setting and some of the original characters that would become the staples of the series.note
By 1963, The Smurfs graduated from supplementary mini-comics to the prestigious pages of Spirou
. Starting with “Le Schtroumpf Volant,” which is “The Smurfnapper” in English, the Smurfs’ adventures expanded from postcard sized mini-récits to the more traditional A4 single-fold-sized comics roughly 8.5X11 inches found in the page of Spirou
magazines. Meaning since the size of the pages increased, more panels could fit on a page, reducing the page count for each individual story, so more stories were required to fill each individual book, eventually the pages expanded to forty. As with Johan and Peewit
, the adventures became serialized over a string of weekly issues. Having the longer format meant character development
along with emergence of numerous Smurfs from what been relative anonymity in the blue masses
of identical Smurfs.
Not only did the first book “Les Schtroumpfs noirs” feature three tales but story “Le Voleur des Schtroumpfs” introduces villainous Gargamel and his cat Azrael, making them the Smurfs’ main and only adversary. It wasn’t until 1966 another character was introduced: la Schtroumpfette
, though she won’t officially become a main character until later on. Despite Bigmouth’s only sole appearance in “La Soupe aux Schtroumpfs” (“Smurf Soup” in English), other new characters won’t be introduced until “Le Bébé Schtroumpf,“ where Baby Smurf becomes an official main comic book character in 1984. Four years later saw the introduction of the Smurflings (Nat, Snappy, Slouchy and Sassette) in “Les P'tits Schtroumpfs.”
“Le Schtroumpf Financier”, “The Finance Smurf” in English, was the last album published on the first of January by the Smurfs’ creator as Pierre “Peyo” Culliford died of cardiac arrest on Christmas Eve 1992. Despite the loss of the Smurfs’ true Papa Smurf, the Smurfs continued to live on thanks in large part to the Culliford family’s efforts. While International Merchandizing, Promotion & Services — a company founded in 1984 by Peyo’s daughter Véronique Culliford — continues to license the property throughout the world, Peyo’s son Thierry Culliford continues his father’s work by continuing having the Smurfs appear in new comics produced by Cartoon Creations, formally called Peyo Studios and distributed by Le Lombard with other artists drawing the characters.
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- Accidental Art: In an one-page story, Painter Smurf's canvas is taken away by the wind and it hits the ground several times, getting all kind of stains. Papa Smurf arrives and thinks his painting is brilliant, asking him how he did it. Painter Smurf replies it was "a little inspiration, a lot of perspiration".
- Agitated Item Stomping: Smurfette in "The Reporter Smurf" stomps her blue dress to death when Reporter catches wind of the dress she planned to surprise her fellow Smurfs with from outside Tailor's shop and leaks the information to the press.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: In the album "You Don't Smurf Progress!", the Smurfs create robots that do their chores, but these eventually rebel. Though in this case only one robot becomes sentient and it then reprogrammed every other one to obey him.
- Alas, Poor Villain: King Smurf doesn't die, but when all the blame on the disaster that befallen the village falls on him, he just bows his head in shame and sets out to repair all the damage he did. The others join in and the village starts to recover from the civil war.
- And Then What?: In "The Egg And The Smurfs", the Smurfs found an egg which gave them as many wishes as they liked. One Smurf wishes for riches and gets a lot of jewels. At first he's happy, but then another Smurf asks what he's gonna do with them. He has no answer.
- Anthropomorphic Food: "Salad Smurfs" is a comic book story about the Smurfs turning into anthropomorphic vegetables.
- Arrowgram: The Grey Smurfs sent arrowgrams to the Smurfs prior to attacking them, hoping that they would surrender, in the comic book story "The Smurf Threat". Unfortunately, Papa Smurf's response leads to a war with the Grey Smurfs.
- Art Evolution: The Smurfs, in their very first appearance in Johann and Peewit, had very pointy hats that only drooped a little at the end.
- In the first Smurf books, the Smurfs were very often depicted with Black Bead Eyes. Now, they very nearly always have their full black-on-white eyes.
- Their head shapes also changed. In the early era, their heads were quite wide compared to the rest of their bodies; the later books have their heads narrowed down.
- Ascended Meme: A common meme among Smurf haters is to present Papa Smurf as a fascist or communist dictator. In the story "The Reporter Smurf", Reporter accuses Papa Smurf of being a dictator through his newspaper when Papa Smurf warns him to stop going after Smurfette with his "exclusives".
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Gargamel attempts this near the end of "The Smurfnapper" when he drinks a potion that he thinks will grow him into a giant. However, because the Smurfs switch the contents of the potions in the bottles, Gargamel instead shrinks until he is no more than Smurf-size.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Completely averted when Jokey Smurf tries to impersonate Smurfette and asks for a date with another male Smurf. He gets severely beaten up and acts surprised because he thought his disguise was perfect.
- Autocannibalism: In the comic book story "The Hungry Smurfs", one of the Smurfs wishes that he was still a sausage so that he could eat parts of himself during a village famine in winter.
- Banana Peel: Used in a comic book story about Baby Smurf's paper dolls, who play that trick on a hapless Greedy Smurf carrying a dessert with him.
- Bankruptcy Barrel: Brainy Smurf in "The Gambler Smurfs".
- Also used in the title illustration of "The Finance Smurf", although it never happens in the story itself.
- Battle Discretion Shot: In the comic book story "The Smurf Menace", Hefty gets into a fight with three Grey Smurfs who have stolen food from the Smurfs, and while only the two Smurfs following Hefty get to see the fight that we don't, we do get to see Hefty shaking his fist at the badly-wounded Grey Smurfs running back to their village.
- "Salad Smurfs" teases us with this, as in one panel Papa Smurf sees a cloudy skull wearing a Smurf-style chef's hat, indicating that the Smurfs were ganging up on and beating Chef Smurf to a pulp, protesting Chef's recent spell of bad cooking, but when Papa Smurf enters the kitchen, Chef Smurf looks like the only thing that was harmed was his pride.
- Bedmate Reveal: In a one-page comic gag, a Smurf takes a walk outside when he can't get any sleep, only for the clouds to obscure the light of the moon so that he couldn't see his way, so he ended up going back to what he thinks is his own house and goes to sleep. In the morning, he wakes up and finds out he is sleeping in Papa Smurf's bed.
- Bedsheet Ladder: In the comic book story "The Smurf Threat", Papa Smurf, Hefty, and Jokey escape their imprisonment inside the Grey Smurf prison camp by making a ladder using torn pieces of Smurf pants...leaving the hapless victims with a Censor Shadow.
- The Bet: In the comic book story "The Gambler Smurfs", the Smurfs have Gargamel make a bet with the earl of Aubenas that he would best the earl's knights in a contest of skill so that the earl would not cut down the forest that Gargamel and the Smurfs live in, with Gargamel offering to be a jester to the earl for three years if he lost the bet.
- Big "NEVER!": In the comic book story "You Don't Smurf Progress", the waste disposal robot, who became the tyrant of the Smurf Village, shouts this when he tries to escape from the front door of his castle, but finds himself surrounded by the Smurfs that were once his captives, demanding for his surrender. He tries to use a secret escape hatch, only to be turned into furniture when Handy cuts off his escape with his furniture-making machine.
- Blank Book: The Book That Tells Everything in the comic book story "The Smurfs And The Book That Tells Everything" is initially blank except for the page numbers. However, when the reader of the book asks it a question, the book will cause the answer to the question to appear only on that selected page.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: New Smurfette (Blonde), original Smurfette (Brunette) and Sassette (Redhead). Alternately, Smurfette (Blonde), Grey Smurfette (Brunette), and Sassette (Redhead).
- Book Burning: The Grey Smurfs in the comic book story "The Smurf Threat" burn all of Papa Smurf's spell books in order to keep him from finding the spell to make the Grey Smurfs vanish.
- Bottomless Bladder: The comic book story "Bathing Smurfs" has Handy build an outhouse near his house by the lake, in case anyone was wondering about a Smurf's personal physical habits.
- Bowel Breaking Bricks: It's simply the main function of the waste disposal robot in the comic book story "You Don't Smurf Progress": he eats garbage and he turns them into bricks which he ejects from his rear hatch. Surprisingly, he doesn't poop bricks when he sees that the queen companion Handy Smurf made for him when he became King Trash fell apart and a swarm of termites came out of her.
- Brown Bag Mask: Vanity Smurf uses a shopping bag mask in "The Smurfs and The Book That Tells Everything" when the face cream he created and used from the titular book ended up giving him spots on his face.
- Buffy Speak: Papa tries to solve the language issue that caused the conflict in "Smurf Vs Smurf" by declaring that nobody can use any more compound words. This becomes the result.
- But Now I Must Go: At the end of "The Smurfette", she decides to leave the village after seeing how her presence keeps making everyone else fight.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: In her first appearance, the Smurfette completely botches the joke she's telling. That does not prevent all the Smurfs to find it hilarious, since she's a blonde bombshell by that point.
- Captain Ersatz: Jeanty of "A Child Among The Smurfs" might have become this for Scruple from the cartoon show, in being a bratty child that becomes Gargamel's apprentice, but he ended up having a change of heart by the end of the story.
- Carrying a Cake: A one-page gag has Jokey stumbling to keep a pie intact as he carries it over to his recipient so that he could splatter his face with it.
- Censor Shadow: Used in the comic book story "The Smurf Threat" depicting the Smurfs who gave up their...uh, pants to create a Bedsheet Ladder for Papa Smurf, Jokey, and Hefty to escape the Grey Smurfs prison camp.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: In "The Easter Smurfs", Brainy finds an egg and plans to give it to Papa... but when he sees that Baker's making a sugar egg, assumes that Papa will like that better and switches them. Long story short, he would've been better sticking with his original gift.
- Child Hater: Grouchy Smurf is made out to be this in the story "The Smurflings"...not that Snappy Smurfling was any help by preemptively commenting "I hate grownup Smurfs" before Grouchy could even say anything.
- Compelling Voice: Attempted and failed in "The Smurfs' Apprentice" when a gag formula that Alchemist Smurf mixed up makes him believe he can compel his fellow Smurfs to do his bidding simply by command. He found that out the hard way when he tried this on Papa Smurf.
- Continuity Nod: Several.
- "The Fake Smurf" references "The Smurfnapper" as Gargamel's motivation for revenge against the Smurfs.
- "The Egg And The Smurfs" references "The Black Smurfs" as how Grouchy became what he is.
- In "The Olympic Smurfs", the Smurfs try to decide on the reward for the winner of the games. When they think of a medal, they answer "King Smurf has already given us one!"
- "The Finance Smurf" is referenced in a few later works by Studio Peyo.
- "Salad Smurfs" has the Aerosmurf from the story of the same name, plus a few other items from previous stories that were stored away.
- And "The Aerosmurf" has the Howlibird appearing in it as a cameo.
- The phony disease that the Smurfs tricked Gargamel with in "The Reporter Smurfs" is mentioned by Gargamel in "The Gambler Smurfs".
- Costume Test Montage: In the comic book story "The Reporter Smurf", Reporter goes through panels trying on different costumes created by Tailor Smurf in order to find something appropriate to wear so he can stand out as a reporter Smurf.
- Courtroom Antic: Unfolds when Papa tries putting "The Smurfette" on trial after discovering her connection to Gargamel. Culminates with Jokey Accusing The Witness — or rather, Judge Papa of being the one truly responsible for what happened.
- The Dark Chick: Grey Smurfette in "The Smurf Threat", though she only makes one appearance in the story and that's mostly to antagonize Smurfette into having a fight with her.
- Deal with the Devil: Quite literally in Gargamel's case in the story "Sagratamabarb", where the evil wizard makes a deal with Beelzebub that if he helps to get rid of Gargamel's cousin, then he would belong to him forever. It didn't turn out well for Gargamel.
- Democracy Is Flawed: When Papa Smurf is away, the Smurfs argue who should be the new leader. In the first round of voting, everyone votes for himself. The second round ends with a Smurf elected (by making empty promises) who installs a monarchy with himself as the king.
- Did Not Get the Girl: For all the troubles Weakling Smurf went through in the story "The Olympic Smurfs", he winds up not getting Smurfette (or at least, not getting a kiss from Smurfette) by the story's end.
- Dirty Cop: Brainy and Hefty in "The Smurfs Of Order".
- Dragged Off to Hell: Gargamel gets dragged off to hell by Beelzebub to fulfill his end of the Deal with the Devil in "Sagratamabarb".
- Driven to Suicide: Papa briefly fears that the reason "The Smurfette" hasn't been answering her door is that this has happened. While it hasn't, when he breaks in and finds her, she cries that she wants to die, and this is after she's been subject to a lot of You Are Fat jokes.
- Empty Swimming Pool Dive: Hefty in the comic book story "The Smurf Threat" makes a masterful dive into an empty river bed.
- Enemy Mine: Gargamel reluctantly works together with the Smurfs to save their forest in "The Gambler Smurfs".
- Enfant Terrible: The so-non-aptly-named Jeantil (which sounds like "gentil", meaning "considerate").
- Evil Twin: The Smurfs deal with evil duplicates of themselves in "The Smurf Threat" that were created by Papa Smurf to get the Smurfs to stop fighting with each other.
- Inverted in one story where the Smurfs meet Gargamel's good twin brother Gourmelin.
- Eyes Always Shut: The nameless Thief of Abelagot from "The Jewel Smurfer".
- Face Palm: Papa Smurf does this a few times in "Bathing Smurfs".
- Smurfette faints from overworking in "Doctor Smurf".
- Papa Smurf collapses in a faint in the comic book story "The Smurfs And The Book That Tells Everything" when he gets so frustrated with his little Smurfs being so dependent on the titular book that he stamps his feet in anger.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: "The Smurfette" shows that she's a good cook even before her makeover. Unfortunately, she gets distracted while talking at Vanity and lets the soup burn before most of the Smurfs get to taste it.
- Fictional Holiday: The Imitate Festival in a one-page gag, where each Smurf must for a day imitate another Smurf for a full day. However, Papa Smurf isn't pleased that Jokey would choose to imitate him.
- Fishing for Sole: In the comic book story "You Don't Smurf Progress", a Smurf who is using one of Handy's robot servants to go fishing ends up catching an old sock and other bits of junk from the river.
- Floating in a Bubble: One of Flying Smurf's methods for attempting flight in the story "The Flying Smurf" involved being blown up inside a bubble which floated in the air until a passing bird popped it and sent him falling down, crashing through the roof of a Smurf house.
- Floorboard Failure: In "The Smurfs' Vacation", Papa Smurf notices that the floorboard in one of the changing huts he and his little Smurfs were trapped inside was weak, and so he and another Smurf dig a hole through the floor to get outside the hut.
- Flower Pot Drop: In the comic book story "The Reporter Smurf", a Smurf reading the village newspaper wonders if he's a Taurus when the horoscope of the day for Taurus reads "beware of falling objects", and soon enough he gets bonked in the head by a flower pot, with his fellow Smurf confirming that he's a Taurus.
- For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: In a one-page gag, all the Smurfs attend a costume party dressed as Papa Smurf, except for one Smurf, who seems to be dressed as himself. The catch? The ordinary Smurf is actually Papa Smurf wearing a costume.
- Fork Fencing: In the comic book adaptation of "The Clockwork Smurf", both Clockworks fight each other with silverware — the fake Clockwork with a fork and knife, and the real Clockwork with a spoon.
- Freudian Slip: Brainy referring to Papa Smurf as "Papa Pea" (at least that's how it's translated) after he got transformed into a pea in "Salad Smurfs".
- Friend or Idol Decision: Near the end of "The Smurfs And The Book That Tells Everything", Brainy is trapped on a rock with Baby Smurf and the titular book and he is forced to choose either to save Baby or the book in order to swim across to safety. The book tells Brainy since that it's more important, he should sacrifice Baby. Brainy thinks that the book is a monster and so throws the book into the water and swims to safety with Baby.
- Frothy Mugs of Water: Averted. Gargamel and Azrael were bottle partners, and the Smurfs themselves were fond of drinking alcohol:
- The Smurfs tried to find water using a dowsing stick. It led them to a liquid in the ground that made them drunk; it was because they unintentionally dug inside Papa Smurf's underground barrel of alcoholic raspberry juice.
- A Smurf found a strange bottle at Papa Smurf's lab that contained alcoholic raspberry juice, so Papa Smurf has to invent a wacky story of an evil genie trapped inside a bottle to prevent him from opening it.
- In "Bathing Smurfs", a Smurf appears to be getting drunk on berry juice.
- Gag Series: One album, "Smurf Stories", was an anthology of one-page humor stories. The concept was then reused in a spinoff series called "Schtroumpferies" (Smurferies), all short comedy stories.
- Giant Food: The comic book story "Salad Smurfs" had Farmer grow really big vegetables from his garden when Chef Smurf forced him to use more of Papa Smurf's fungicide and fertilizer than was necessary. Unfortunately, it had the side effect of turning the Smurfs who ate the vegetables into Anthropomorphic Food.
- Going Commando: Mostly with the male Smurfs, as they are shown to not have any underwear when putting on or taking off their pants.
- Gold-Colored Superiority: To make himself stand out as the Smurf above all others, King Smurf from the story of the same name (and its Animated Adaptation) wore a Smurf suit made entirely of gold.
- The Golden Rule: Quoted by Brainy near the end of the story "King Smurf" when he and his fellow Smurfs decide to help King Smurf clean and fix up the village.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny: The title character of "King Smurf" shows off his shiny new gold outfit, which everybody else sees as yellow.
- Gone Horribly Right:
- After "The Smurfette" is tricked by the other Smurfs into believing she's become hideously fat and ugly, Papa gives her Magic Plastic Surgery to help her regain her confidence. Unfortunately, this works too well, as all the Smurfs fall in love with her new look and start falling over each other trying to impress her.
- In order to unite the warring village in "Smurf Vs. Smurf", Papa uses a spell to switch forms with Gargamel and pretends to be the sorcerer. However, after he's been captured, nobody believes that he's actually Papa.
- In "The Smurf Threat", Papa Smurf had to create a group of evil duplicates of himself and his little Smurfs so that they could see in the duplicates what they were becoming with all their fighting among themselves. It succeeds all too well in bringing the Smurfs together when the duplicates become such a threat that they nearly destroy the village and take the original Smurfs captives. Near the end of the story, Papa Smurf spends it working on a way to make the duplicates disappear.
- Got Volunteered: Often, when Papa asks for volunteers to help with a problem, the Smurfs hem and haw until he points at some of them and tells them they're his volunteers.
- Great Big Book of Everything: The Book That Tells Everything from the comic book story "The Smurfs And The Book That Tells Everything". It's capable of answering every question and solving every problem, except that it never warns the consulter of the book the consequences of using its solutions.
- A Handful for an Eye: Smurfette in the story "The Great Smurfette" used pepper hidden inside her compact to blind Gargamel.
- Homage: "Doctor Smurf" is largely inspired by Jules Romains' well-known and beloved play Dr. Knock. It lampshades the play with a comical footnote and a retake in Smurfing of the play's most popular lines.
- How We Got Here: Much of "Smurf Versus Smurf" is Papa Smurf recalling what went on the village that required him to seek out Gargamel's help.
- Human Chess: A non-villainous version appears as a one-page gag in the comic book story "Smurfery". The Smurfs used as pieces are actually happy when they are taken, as waiting on the giant chessboard between moves is incredibly boring.
- Impact Silhouette: Flying Smurf after his bubble popped, through the roof of a Smurf house in "The Flying Smurf".
- Impersonating the Evil Twin: Papa Smurf in the story "The Smurf Menace" attempts to impersonate his Evil Twin self the Great Chief after he, Jokey, and Hefty escape being imprisoned in the Grey Smurfs' prison camp in order to find the laboratory in the Grey Smurf Village and make the antidote that will cause the Grey Smurfs to disappear. The Grey Smurfs encountering Papa Smurf almost buy into the impersonation until Jokey accidentally lets slip a joke that gives them away.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Or in the case of Gargamel in "The Smurfnapper", "I need a few grains of hellebore".
- In "The Clockwork Smurf", Gargamel heads straight for the bottle after coming in from the cold.
- Is That Cute Kid Yours?: In the story "The Baby Smurf", the Smurfs are all wondering whose child that Baby Smurf is, and Brainy has the audacity to suggest that the child could be Smurfette's, which she rewards with throwing objects at Brainy.
- Kick Me Prank: King Smurf in the comic book story of the same name gets "Down with King Smurf" placed on the back of his royal cape after he sees the graffiti marking up Smurf houses saying the same thing.
- Landslide Election: In the comic book story "King Smurf", the nameless Smurf wins the election by an overwhelming majority, with his opponent Brainy Smurf only getting two votes to prove how unpopular he was with his constant nagging and moralizing.
- Less Embarrassing Term: King Smurf's costume is not yellow but gold. Though to be fair, the suit does sparkle when he first shows it off, so it may simply be factual.
- Lingerie Scene: Smurfette was seen in lingerie when she was abducted along with her fellow Smurfs in their nightclothes by the robot servants reprogrammed by the now-sentient waste disposal robot in the comic book story "You Don't Smurf Progress". Cue drooling male Smurfs.
- Literal Ass Kicking: In a comic book story where Handy Smurf creates problems with a new handheld power driller by drilling through everything he can get his hands on, the Smurfs retaliate by turning his power drill into an ass-kicking machine.
- Live Mink Coat: In a one-page gag from "Romeo And Smurfette", one of the Smurfs tries to give what Smurfette thinks is a fur stole, only that it turns out to be a caterpillar.
- Loin Cloth: Tailor Smurf made one to Wild Smurf to wear. Before that, Wild Smurf was covered with leaves.
- Lonely at the Top: The title character of "The Finance Smurf" becomes the richest Smurf in the world near the end of the story when all the Smurfs leave behind the village along with all their money...but now with nobody to share his good fortune with, he instantly becomes sad and lonely.
- Loves Me Not: Deconstructed. One smurf was doing the routine, and ends up with "Loves Me Not". Another smurf asks him about his luck and he replies, gesturing to the now barren flower field that "Yeah, I can't find one that has an odd number of petals!"
- And there's other time that, as a joke, two Smurfs take petals from the flowers to ensure the one doing the routine always gets "Loves Me not".
- Magic Plastic Surgery: Or make that "plastic smurfery", which is the explanation in the original English translation of the story "The Smurfette" for how the title character was changed from her original appearance into a real Smurf.
- Mocking Sing-Song: In the comic book story "Smurf Soup", Gargamel sees that Bigmouth the ogre has turned ugly because he ate the Smurf soup. The Smurfs get a little sing-songy just to taunt Gargamel into having Bigmouth physically abuse him.
Bigmouth: You're the one who told me to eat Smurf soup!
Gargamel: But I didn't know it would have that effect!
Smurfs: ♪♫ Yes, he did know! Yes, he did know! ♪♫
Bigmouth: Ha ha! I've got you! And now you're going to do that thing...that trick, like Papa Smurf says, that afterwards makes you like before!
Gargamel: The antidote? But I don't know it!
Smurfs: ♪♫ Yes, he does know! Yes, he does know! ♪♫
- Modesty Towel: One Smurf got stuck wearing a towel throughout most of the comic book story "The Smurfs And The Howlibird", and when Papa Smurf has to do a bullfight with a Howlibird stripped of its feathers to wear it down, he takes that Smurf's towel to do it!
- Motor Mouth: "The Smurfette" has a problem with this in her debut; she tends to keep talking right over others without giving them any chance to get a word in.
- Mutagenic Food: The comic book story "Salad Smurfs" had the Smurfs turning into Anthropomorphic Food from eating magically-treated giant vegetables.
- Never My Fault: The title character of "The Smurfette" struggles with this concept in her debut story, blaming others for the chaos she unintentionally creates.
- Never Trust a Hair Tonic: Gargamel's hair formula that he gave to a bald person, as mentioned by one of his inspectors from the Order Of The Sorcerers in "The Great Smurfette", gave him a full head of hair...and also a chronic case of hiccups.
- Nobody Poops: An outhouse is hinted at in the comic book story "Bathing Smurfs", where Handy shows Painter and Poet the house he has built by a lake in the mountains.
- Off Model:
- In the original editions, there are several coloring errors, such as Papa Smurf's pants turning white in a panel, a Smurf's pants turning blue in another one...
- The "Baby Smurf" album is drawn quite sloppily, the characters look grotesque... a critic's theory was because Peyo was too involved in the production of the Smurfs animated series to make sure his pages looked neat.
- This was also the case with some other Smurf comic book stories that Peyo had worked on around the 1980s.
- Oh Wait, This Is My Grocery List: In the comic book version of "The Astro Smurf", Harmony (or Drummer) makes an announcement that Astro Smurf's invention is ready to be unveiled, but the first thing he reads off is a recipe Greedy Smurf had given him.
- Open Sesame: In the story "The Smurfs And The Book That Tells Everything", Brainy uses a spell given to him by the book that only allows it to be used when it hears only Brainy announcing his name.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: This was subverted when Gargamel once put on a rabbit suit — with his face still visible — and the Smurfs had a lot of trouble to keep themselves from laughing (even Azrael laughed) as they decided to pretend his disguise fooled them, until they trapped him with a paralyzing potion.
- Played straight however, when Gargamel dressed up as a fairy and managed to completely Harmony Smurf by giving him a cursed magical instrument.
- The Peeping Tom: Greedy Smurf plays this role in the comic book story "You Don't Smurf Progress" when Smurfette takes a shower out in the forest and Greedy tries to get a peek, but is stopped by one of the robot servants.
- Playing Sick: The Smurfs in "The Reporter Smurf" when Gargamel receives a bogus news article about a disease that the Smurfs are carrying that turns any human that comes into contact with them into a toad.
- Please Put Some Clothes On: In "The Smurflings", the three boy Smurflings try to avert their eyes as much as possible after Sassette comes to life while handing her a Smurf hat and a pair of pink overalls to wear.
- POW Camp: The Grey Smurfs set up one for the captured Smurfs in the story "The Smurf Threat".
- Prank Date: In "Romeo And Smurfette", a Smurf is given a date invitation by who he thinks is Smurfette, so he gets all washed up, perfumed, and carrying a big bouquet of flowers out into the forest where the invitation said she would be. It turned out to be a prank played on him by Jokey who dressed himself up as Smurfette. And that Smurf was none too happy about it!
- Precision F-Strike: Parodied in the original English version of "King Smurf", where one Smurf tells Brainy to "go to smurf" with his orders.
- Prequel: The limited-edition 50th anniversary story "The Flute Smurfers" is a prequel to the Johan and Peewit story "The Smurfs And The Magic Flute", telling what the magic flute was originally made for.
- Product Placement: A 15-page spinoff story arc was an advertisement for the Benco breakfast chocolate powder brand.
- It was then redrawn to replace the anthropomorphic Benco jars with the Clockwork Smurf. Yes, that is how this story first came to be. See Remix Comic.
- Pyrrhic Villainy: While not technically a villain, the Finance Smurf from the comic book story of the same name gains the entire village after all his fellow Smurfs, including Papa Smurf, have left it behind along with all their money...only for himself to be left without anybody to share his new-found good fortune with, making him very sad and lonely. This makes Finance Smurf come to his senses and go out to find the Smurfs to tell them he's giving them back everything and abolishing the money system.
- Gargamel's victory against his cousin in "Sagratamabarb" ends up having him live up to his end of his Deal with the Devil (quite literally).
- Red Armband of Leadership: In the story "The Smurfs Of Order", Hefty and Brainy wear blue armbands as police officers.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The later books have the Smurfs having their eye pupils become red when they are very scared, angry or shocked.
- Remix Comic: The comic book version of "The Clockwork Smurf" was an official remixed version of a multi-part story ad that originally featured a Product Placement character.
- Reverse Psychology: In "King Smurf", when the King and his soldiers are looking for the rebel camp, they encounter a series of signs, saying "The camp is not in this way" "Smurf back before it's too late", "No. You're on the wrong smurf" and "Beware — do not look up!" Naturally, they go that way and look up, and they end up falling into a lake.
- Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony: Smurfette in "Bathing Smurfs" does this at the opening of the new Smurf Village getaway resort.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Papa Smurf in "The Finance Smurf" refuses to go along with the title character's suggestion of charging his little Smurfs for his services, even as impoverished as he is when he has to pay off his little Smurfs for their services during the time he was sick when the Smurf Village monetary system was in place. Eventually every Smurf decides to go Screw The Money to Finance Smurf when they realize that the old ways of cooperation and sharing were better.
- See You in Hell: In "The Egg And The Smurfs", a Smurf gets so fed up with another Smurf being so indecisive about what to wish for with the magic egg that he tells the other Smurf "to the devil with you" while accidentally striking the egg...and that Smurf ends up meeting the devil. By the end of the story, however, when Papa Smurf wishes everything to return to normal, that Smurf returns with a pitchfork in hand.
- Series Continuity Error:
- The story "The Finance Smurf" introduces the money system and the Smurfs are revealed as not knowing what money is at all. This contradicts earlier stories, such as "The Egg and the Smurf" where a Smurf makes a wish to become rich and ends with jewels and money as a result (though he can't actually do anything with them) and in Smurf Stories where Handy Smurf creates a machine that can turn hazelnuts into gold coins and Handy Smurf tells Papa Smurf he'll use the coins to buy more hazelnuts.
- During the Smurflings origin story, three Smurfs are sent to Father Time's home to get a new sand clock for Papa Smurf. The place is full with all kinds of clocks, and there's a lot of coins scattered in the floor, because "Time is money". The Smurfs recognize them as money and even can tell their worth.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: After their introduction into the comic book universe, the Smurflings are hardly heard from again, mostly appearing as guest stars and cameos, while the stories mainly focus on the adult Smurfs.
- Shot in the Ass: In the comic book story "The Smurf Threat", Farmer receives an Arrowgram for Papa Smurf from the Grey Smurfs right in the behind.
- Shower Scene: The comic book story "You Don't Smurf Progress" has Smurfette in a Shower Scene, though mostly blocked by the robot servants holding up a sheet for modesty. This doesn't stop Greedy from playing The Peeping Tom, hoping to see Smurfette naked, though the robot servants foil that attempt.
- Show Within a Show: The Smurfs use a play in "The Jewel Smurfer" to frame not only a thief who's after the Duke of Abelagot's treasure, but also the duke's supposed friend who kidnapped his son.
- In "Smurf Vs. Smurf", the Smurfs put on "Little Red Riding Smurf" (or "Little Red Smurfing Hood"), a play that gets beset with dialogue problems stemming from the North Smurfs and the South Smurfs all arguing over the use of the word "smurf" in compounded words and phrases (or however the language division is portrayed in non-English versions).
- Silly Reason for War: In "Smurf Versus Smurf", a civil war erupts in the Smurf village over whether the word "smurf" should be used as an adjective (south end) or a verb (north end). This gets funnier in languages that allow for many composite words (e.g. Dutch and German) because now the war is about whether the proper term is "corksmurf" or "smurfscrew".
- As a whole, this was parodying the language divide issues in Belgium.
- Smells Sexy: In the comic book story "The Wild Smurf", Wild briefly smells Smurfette and then suddenly has the hots for her.
- The Smurf In The Mirror Smurfs Back: In a one-page gag, Brainy is so annoying with his moralizing that even his mirror's reflection knocks him over the head with a hammer to get him to stop talking.
- Soap Punishment: Papa Smurf has a foul-mouthed Smurf brush his mouth with soap, but the resulting bubbles contain the same Symbol Swearing he was using before.
- Stealth Pun Insult: Brainy being turned into a pea in "Salad Smurfs". A "pea brain".
- Sticky Situation: Gargamel creates a treat that ends up trapping a Smurf that touches it, but as Gargamel runs over to where he has set the trap, he also gets stuck in the trap, and so do birds, a cow, and several other things on his way home. Papa Smurf makes a potion that frees everything that got stuck in the trap — everything, that is, except for Gargamel, whom Papa Smurf has no more potion for, but he does leave a recipe for the formula for Gargamel to make up.
- Subbing for Santa: Inverted in the story "Little Peter's Christmas", as Gargamel puts Santa Claus to sleep and dresses up as him so that he could infiltrate the Smurf Village. Some Smurfs get the real Santa awake and back on his feet to stop Gargamel as the fake Santa.
- Symbol Swearing: You might be surprised but it happened all the time in the original comics by Peyo. Yep, the comic overall was much less childlike than its Animated Adaptation.
- Snappy Smurf cursed all the time.
- It was even played with in one one-page gag story, where a random Smurf hits his foot with a hammer and begins Symbol Swearing up a storm until Papa Smurf tells him to wash his mouth out with soap. In the last panel, when the Smurf speaks again, his word balloon is completely clean, but now soap bubbles containing swear symbols are floating all around him.
- Termite Trouble: The termites that saved the Smurf Village from King Trash and the mechanical robot servants turned against the Smurfs in "You Don't Smurf Progress" become the new problem in the village by the book's end.
- That Cloud Looks Like: In a one-page gag, the characters look at the various cloud formations in the sky and are able to recognize what each of them resemble...except for the last, which takes on the form of continental Europe.
- This Cannot Be!: Gargamel's reaction near the end of "The Smurfnapper" when he drinks what he thinks is the giant-making formula, only to instead become small because the Smurfs had switched the potions in the bottles without him knowing about it.
- This Is No Time for Knitting: In "The Weather-Smurfing Machine", Papa Smurf, facing a Weather Control Machine gone amok, hastily makes a kite. The onlooking Smurfs comment that the old man is probably trying to cheer himself up in the dire situation, and proceed to hesitantly engage in some games themselves. Papa Smurf, meanwhile, uses the kite to bring down lightning and destroy the machine.
- Throw the Book at Them: Brainy in "The Smurfs And The Book That Tells Everything" whacks a few Smurfs in the head with the titular book in order to get them away from him.
- Trail of Bread Crumbs: In the comic book story "Bathing Smurfs", the Smurfs trick Gargamel into leaving his camping area near the Smurf Village by saying that his house is on fire, and then set up a bonfire behind the house to make it look like the house was on fire. Gargamel tries to one-up on the Smurfs by leaving a trail of cherries behind him so that he can find his way back to the camping spot, but on his return, he sees that a bear is scooping up the cherries and eating them.
- Turned Against Their Masters: The robot servants in "You Don't Smurf Progress".
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Gargamel's cousin Barbapapa. Lampshaded when Brainy sees him for the first time and panics, thinking it's the evil sorcerer. Also done with Gargamel's other cousin Sagratamabarb.
- We Are Not Going Through That Again: Played with: in the comic book story "The Astro Smurf", one of the Smurfs dreams of travelling to outer space in a spaceship he builds. Not wanting to disappoint him, Papa Smurf concocts a convoluted plan to drug him and make him thinks he's travelled to another planet populated by Smurflike humanoids called Swoofs. So convoluted, in fact, that when Astrosmurf "returns" (after drinking a similarly drugged beverage given to him by the Swoofs), a different Smurf contemplates making his own spaceship to go into space, only to be overridden by other Smurfs, who practically yell the trope name at him.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: In a comic book story, Papa Smurf plays a prank on Jokey Smurf in order to get him to stop playing his pranks on other Smurfs, only to find out that the other Smurfs are bored from the lack of his pranks, so he allows Jokey to play them once again.
- Weight Woe: "The Smurfette" suffers from this after Jokey leads the others in a vicious series of pranks tricking her into thinking she's gained lots of weight.
- Who's Your Daddy?: The issue of paternity shows up in the story "The Baby Smurf", despite the fact that the child came by Delivery Stork.
- Wind-Up Key: Flying Smurf's Aerosmurf from the story of the same name requires a wind-up key to keep its motor functioning. As he and Smurfette are being chased by Gargamel, the motor of the Aerosmurf gives out, and Flying has to use the key to get the motor running again before he and Smurfette crash-land.
- Word Schmord: In the original English translation of the comic book story "King Smurf", Papa Smurf returns and sees his little Smurfs in the final battle with King Smurf ready to let him have it and stops the fight, asking what's going on. They turn and innocently ask if he's got the euphorbium that he left the village for, and he replies "euphorbium smurfphorbium".
- In the Papercutz translation of "A Smurfing Party", a Smurf accompanying Brainy into the forest replies with "Smurf schmurf" and "Gargamel schmargamel".
- Worthless Yellow Rocks: Miner Smurf dislikes gold, as he thinks it is a too soft metal to be of any use. Finance Smurf decides to take the gold to turn them into coins and create a money system. The gold coins ends up being melted and reforged into musical instruments at the story's end.
- You Are Fat: Although she's about the same size physically as her fellow Smurfs, Smurfette prior to her extreme makeover in the comic book version of "The Smurfette" was the target of some fat jokes, including having a fun-house mirror installed that made her think that she turned fat. This eventually led to her perceived Driven to Suicide moment and the makeover that Papa Smurf gave her in the story.
- You Didn't Ask: The Smurfs aren't aware that "The Smurfette" was created by Gargamel until she casually mentions it.
- Your Size May Vary: The artists forget sometimes that the Smurfs are NOT human-sized; they would draw plants and animals small enough to be in proportion with the Smurfs. This is quite egregious in cases like the Smurf Fire Brigade episode, where a warthog is depicted as smaller than a Smurf.
- Zombie Apocalypse: The first comic book, "The Black Smurfs", has the Smurfs contaminated by a disease that turns them black (purple in subsequent adaptations), perpetually angry and hoping around saying "GNAP" while attempting to bite healthy Smurfs, which transmits the disease. They even shuffle around purposelessly once the last healthy Smurf has been contaminated. It does not stick, of course.