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Fanfic: Empath: The Luckiest Smurf
Empath: The Luckiest Smurf is a fanfiction series created by Vic George that is based on The Smurfs. It features his main character Empath Smurf, who is born with telepathic and telekinetic abilities. It is set in its own universe mostly based around the cartoon show, but also featuring characters from The Smurfs comic books, Sony Pictures' The Smurfs film series, and the PVC toy character line. The body of his work can be found on Vic George's Imaginarium and also on the Smurfs Fanon Wiki.

Tropes associated with the work in general

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Duncan McSmurf as the Captain Ersatz of Gutsy is given brown hair whereas Gutsy has ginger hair. Also, Duncan has green plaid instead of blue.
  • Adipose Rex: King Glouton from the story "Chez Empath".
  • Adventures In The Bible: Done via Imaginarium instead of time travel in the story "The Smurf Of Solomon", as Empath tries to find out who "the Beloved" in the Song Of Solomon that Smurfette was enamored to is.
  • Alternate Timeline: Two of the stories deal with alternate timelines where Smurfette marries other Smurfs: Papa Smurf in one, and Hefty in another. A third timeline was hinted at where a non-powered Empath becomes Wild Smurf.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: Besides its Patchwork Fic status, its other alternate universe elements are (1) the Smurfs are all born through physical reproduction instead of through a Delivery Stork, (2) Papa Smurf had other fellow Smurfs in his generation as the parents of "his little Smurfs", but have all died during The Plague, leaving the children as orphans, and (3) the boy Smurflings were never de-aged adult Smurfs and Sassette was a real female Smurfling who was trapped in a Crystal Prison.
  • The Alternet: This series has the Mirror Net (a medieval fantasy version of the Internet that uses magic mirrors), with Hogatha the witch contacting other sorcerers through Magebook.
  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba: How Grouchy responds to Empath in this cartoon.
  • Arranged Marriage: Psyches are purposely bonded to members of the same sex with the Psyche Master choosing the partners. As it turns out, Empath has been bonded to Polaris Psyche.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Empath in the story "Smurfing In Heaven" is made to believe this is what happened to him when he was left alone by the other Smurfs when they were lost in time-travel...that he died and has now ascended to Elysium to be with the other Smurfs who have also presumably perished, where he will be given the mantle of godhood. As it turns out, Empath really didn't die and the Elysium he was taken to was a magical illusion created by Ares the god of war in order to lure his object of admiration into becoming his god of conquest.
  • Asexuality: Enforced upon all Psyches. Empath, of course, is heterosexual.
  • Awful Truth: The awful truth Papa Smurf was trying to keep from Empath until his 150th birthday? Empath is Papa Smurf's only biological son, and Papa Smurf had purposely sent Empath away to Psychelia because he feared how his son would be treated by his fellow Smurfs because of his telepathic and telekinetic powers.
  • Bachelor Party: A G-rated version of this appears in the story "Empath's Wedding", where it starts off as the Smurfs' one last adventure with Gargamel in an Imaginarium fantasy setting, and then it turns into a beach dance party that most of Empath's fellow Smurfs (except for Tapper and Hefty) attend.
  • Back from the Dead: "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf" plays on this, having the parents of all of Empath's fellow Smurfs (as well as Empath's own mother) return from the dead just before New Year's Eve. It turns out to be a spell-induced hallucination cast upon the Smurfs by their nemesis Chlorhydris, which surprisingly doesn't affect Smurfette, Polaris Psyche, or the three boy Smurflings.
  • Backstory Horror: It's amazing how most of the Smurfs under Papa Smurf's care live happy, carefree lives like in the cartoon show, given that the parents who were the Smurfs of Papa Smurf's generation have all died in The Plague that is Only Fatal to Adults back when the Smurfs were just little Smurflings. And of course, there's Papa Smurf subjecting his only begotten son Empath to 150 years of living in Psychelia with a group of xenophobic emotionless telepaths.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The Slime Bar is implied to be one, though it is only mentioned in "Wild's First Christmas".
  • Beat Still, My Heart: Attempted and failed by Lord Vladimir Smurfula in the story "Smurphony Of The Night" when he tries to magically rip Empath's heart out of his chest, only to be repelled by Empath's holy symbol.
  • Berserk Button: In the alternate timeline of Papa Smurf being married to Smurfette, Sassette dares mention that Empath is the one who truly loves Smurfette to Papa Smurf, and Papa Smurf slaps Sassette in the face for it, just having disowned him after he and the other Smurfs exiled the married couple and their child and then were trapped in time!
    • And in turn, Papa Smurf slapping Sassette becomes one for Smurfette, who promptly ends up leaving him and taking their daughter with her.
  • Big "NO!": Papa Smurf seeing Smurfette depart from him with his daughter through her in an alternate timeline where he married Smurfette.
  • Blind Musician: Orbit Smurf has light-sensitive eyes that require him to wear a wraparound visor at all times, but is very good at composing and playing music.
  • Bonding Over Missing Parents: The explanation for why Papa Smurf is the sole parent of a hundred Smurfs in the fanfiction series.
  • Born as an Adult: Actually, Psyches are grown in gestation chambers for a year until they become the equivalent of 50-year-old Smurflings. No specific reason is given for this.
  • Bouquet Toss: In the novel and its companion story "Empath's Wedding", the bouquet toss is combined with the garter toss, and while Sassette gets the bouquet that Smurfette tosses, Snappy gets the garter (which he calls a "slingshot") that Empath tosses. Nat points that the one who catches the "slingshot" must marry the one who catches the bouquet, and both Snappy and Sassette stick out their tongues at the horrid thought that they must someday marry each other.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Oirish Bible-thumping bartender Tapper and the Brave Scot Duncan McSmurf are this kind of duo, as are the twin brothers Handy and Hefty.
  • Bridal Carry: In two separate alternate timelines where Smurfette is married to someone, her husband picks her up and carries her out of the kitchen, supposedly into the bedroom.
  • Broad Strokes: This series' treatment of the Smurfs cartoon show as part of its history, as well as some of the comic book stories and the Animated Adaptation of The Smurfs and the Magic Flute.
  • Bury Your Gays: In one of the mini-stories titled "Why Can't It Be Love", Mother Nature informs Empath that even she has to deal with creatures that can't be permitted to love anyone but the opposite sex.
  • Captain's Log: Empath occasionally begins the story with an entry in his personal journal, and in some stories updates his journal with things that took place in the story from his perspective.
  • Cat Up a Tree: Empath rescues a kitten that climbed up a tree in the framing story of "Under The Cat's Paw".
  • The Cameo: Would you believe there's a Snork that attended Empath's wedding?
  • Carpet of Virility: Papa Smurf with his chest and belly hair in Hulk mode in "Papa's Big Crush".
  • Celebrity Paradox: Averted in this series. Peyo is still the creator of The Smurfs in this universe, only the details of how he would come up with the idea of the Smurfs is different, based on a certain artifact that Handy and Empath have created in "Days Of Future Smurfed".
  • Chez Restaurant: The story title "Chez Empath" isn't about a restaurant, but about Empath being the village cook.
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: Duncan McSmurf decides to get stoned out of his mind with smurfnip in an alternate timeline story where he witnesses Smurfette marrying Papa Smurf. Grouchy in the main timeline story "Smurfnip Madness" tries to resist the temptation of smoking a smurfnip cigarette, but ends up succumbing to it and almost being arrested by Brainy and Hefty posing as police officers.
  • Common Tongue: In the series, there's Smurf language, and there's human language which most beings (humans and non-humans alike) speak, including Psyches (though they call it Psychelian). There's also the "lost languages" of the Smurfs, which correspond to other human languages, such as Schtroumpf (French), Pitufo (Spanish), Schlumpf (German), Puffo (Italian), and Smurfentaal (Dutch). Painter Smurf occasionally speaks in Schtroumpf while Zipper tends to speak in Pitufo at times.
  • Continuity Nod: Plenty of it in reference to the The Smurfs cartoon show.
  • Crapsack World: The year 2005 for the Smurfs is this, as seen in "Days Of Future Smurfed". Their village is long gone, the forest is dwindling due to the increasing human population, and there are (presumably) only two Smurfs left living in the world. The only Hope Spot they have is that their legend has been passed down to a human (Peyo) who has made the Smurfs known to the world, if only as "his own cartoon creations".
  • Crashing Dreams: In the mini-story "Lazy's Birthday Dream", Lazy dreams that he is having a beer-and-weed (read: sarsaparilla ale and smurfnip) birthday party with his fellow Smurfs when he hears his name constantly called out to him, which turn out to be his friends waking him up for his (real) birthday party.
  • Creating Life Is Bad: The Psyche Master became the creator of his own Master Race, the morally-ambiguous Psyches.
  • Criminal Amnesiac: Empath as the Bandit Smurf.
  • Crystal Prison: Sassette as a real young female Smurfling was put into suspended animation inside a crystal.
  • Cursed with Awesome: The reindeer with the shiny nose? Doesn't he remind you of someone...?
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Papa Smurf becomes the sole parent of about a hundred Smurfs because their parents have all passed away due to The Plague. However, some of them also had the foresight to teach their children important skills that would be useful in their lives, although they never expected those skills to come in handy after such a loss of parents.
  • Delivery Stork: Subverted in this series, as the Smurfs here are capable of physical reproduction. The stork carrying Baby Smurf to the Smurf Village is a unique example, since Baby Smurf in this series came from Smurfling Island.
  • Disney Death: Empath in "The Innocence Of A Smurf".
  • Distant Prologue: An inversion of this trope: the beginning of "Days Of Future Smurfed" takes place in the early 21st Century, with Empath and his great-grandson Polaris Smurf (who would soon become Traveler) as the last two Smurfs alive. The rest of the story cuts between that time period and the medieval Europe time period that the entirety of the series takes place in, as Polaris!Traveler's purpose is to create a Stable Time Loop.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: "The No Hug Zone" is full of this..."consensual hugs", a group of Smurfs gathered around Tapper's Tavern wanting to hug Grouchy, and a hug assault where Grouchy fights off his assailant.
  • Double Meaning Title: The subtitle of the series refers to the title character (1) being lucky to have been born with telepathic and telekinetic abilities, and (2) being lucky to be chosen as Smurfette's One True Love. Also (3) he is lucky to be the only begotten son of Papa Smurf, as all his fellow Smurfs are actually Happily Adopted.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Empath becomes an alcoholic in the alternate timeline where Smurfette marries Papa Smurf. Hefty in the main timeline story "Empath's Wedding" sits alone in Tapper's Tavern with a single glass of sarsaparilla ale on the night before the wedding, wondering why Smurfette won't marry him and realizing that he just couldn't compete against Empath. By morning, it is clear that Hefty is hung over just from that single glass.
  • Drugs Are Bad: More specifically, smurfnip is supposed to be bad for you.
  • Dying for Symbolism: An in-universe example: In the mini-story "The Only Begotten Son", Tapper points out the similarities between Empath's "death" as an infant and Jesus' death on the cross in that both deaths have resulted in bringing forth many to become adopted children — with Jesus' death, the humans becoming adopted children of God, and with Empath's "death", his fellow Smurfs becoming adopted children of Papa Smurf.
  • Easy Amnesia: Empath develops this in the story "Empath The Bandit Smurf" to become the titular Bandit Smurf.
  • Easy Evangelism: Averted; Tapper is faced with the fact that converting Smurfs to Christianity will not be easy, but he won't stop trying.
  • Electric Torture: In the series, the Psyche Master uses psychic-electric torture on his victims. In the novel, Empath is subjected to this when he dares to give the Psyche Master a piece of his mind about what the Psyche Master calls Papa Smurf. In "Hefty, The Luckiest Smurf", the Psyche Master subjects Hefty to this form of torture in order to reveal to Smurfette that Empath is now the new Psyche Master.
  • Emotion Suppression: Enforced upon all Psyches in Psychelia (including Empath). Even information about emotions is suppressed.
  • Everybody Must Get Stoned: The Smurfs eating smurfnip-laced smurfberries in "Smurfnip Madness", with one of the Smurfs actually singing a Smurf version of a Bob Dylan song.
  • Everything Sounds Smurfier In French: Painter notably speaks more French in this series (or Schtroumpf, which is what the language is called).
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: Tapper believes this is what became of Gargamel and Hogatha, as he told Empath in "Smurfette's Inner Beauty".
  • The Evils of Free Will: The purpose for the creation of Psychelia by the Psyche Master is to have a society completely obedient to him and free of the emotions that Smurfs and other beings have to deal with. They are also taught that they are not individuals but parts of a collective whole, which is why they are forbidden to identify themselves as anything but "this one".
  • The Exile: Empath Smurf and Polaris Psyche are considered this after they have separately left Psychelia. However, in Empath's case, he can return only on the grounds that he would willingly become the Psyche Master's successor, which isn't what Empath wants at all.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Explained in this series that a Smurf's body is able to adjust to various temperature changes.
  • Expy: Nabby is one for the comic book version of Greedy since Greedy is still the village chef.
  • Fake Kill Scare: Papa Smurf thought the Psyche Master killed Empath when he brought his son to Psychelia as an infant in the novel and was locked out of the temple only to hear the child's screams. He doesn't find out until years later that the Psyche Master didn't kill Empath, but merely subjected him to a painful Mind Rape that erased his memory.
  • Fantastic Arousal: In the series, a male Smurf's bald head is considered an erogenous zone, which is part of why they must wear the hats, though it can only be triggered by the touch of a female Smurf (or just a female in general). This was mentioned by Papa Smurf to Hefty in "I Dream Of Smurfette".
  • Fantastic Drug: Smurfnip, which is used as a stand-in for pot with the associated Marijuana Is LSD trope. A telltale way to know that someone is stoned on smurfnip is that the whites of their eyes turn green.
  • Fantastic Racism/Fantastic Slurs: Smurfs are considered "savages" to Psyches, while Hefty refers to Empath and Polaris (both telepaths) as "star faces".
  • First Kiss: Empath and Smurfette had theirs near the end of the novel, which Papa Smurf saw as a sign that they would become soulmates...an event that takes place in the epilogue and in "Empath's Wedding".
  • Fix Fic: To some degree, primarily focusing on what happened to Papa Smurf's infatuation with Smurfette in "Romeo And Smurfette".
  • Flawed Prototype: Empath in the eyes of other Psyches, since they are forbidden to see him as the "savage" Species 0002 (Smurfs) that he belongs to, but rather as a "prototype Psyche". The only "flaw" that he has are emotions.
  • Forgotten Birthday: Empath's in "Smurfed Behind: The Departure". Actually, the Smurfs didn't forget it; they just couldn't celebrate it because they all got transported back in time.
  • Freudian Slip: Empath makes a few in "I Dream Of Smurfette" when talking to Smurfette, and Hefty makes one in "Hefty, The Luckiest Smurf".
  • Freudian Trio: Tuffy (id), Hefty (ego), and Duncan McSmurf (superego).
    • Also Duncan (id), Empath (ego), and Tapper (superego).
    • And Grouchy (id), Empath (ego), and Polaris Psyche (superego).
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Tapper's Tavern serves sarsaparilla ale to its customers.
  • A Glitch in the Matrix: In the story "Smurfing In Heaven", Empath is taken to an artificial version of Elysium, the Smurf afterlife also known as "the smurfy hereafter", where all his fellow Smurfs were waiting for him after their supposed deaths while traveling through time. The Smurfette in this artificial Elysium glitches in her conversation with Empath, though he doesn't realize where he actually is until later when the Smurfs reveal their true selves in this simulated afterlife.
    Smurfette: My smurfness...the glorious feast is about to begin! We're going to be late for it if we don't smurf back there soon!
    Empath: Smurfette, how can we be late if we're in heaven? Aren't we supposed to have all the time in the world in heaven, since it exists for all eternity?
    Smurfette: Oh. I didn't even realize that…I guess I'm just so used to smurfing in a world of time, I'm still trying to adjust to a world without time!
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: In the story "Smurfnip Madness", Handy creates a pair of glasses called the Hallucinator, which is supposed to simulate the visual effects of being under the influence of smurfnip (including a rainbow-colored haze). They were originally created as a tool for Smurfs to say no to smurfnip. By the end of the story, Vanity wears them because he likes looking at himself while wearing them.
    • As an interesting Stealth Pun, Vanity is turning himself gay with the Hallucinator.
  • Going Commando: Played with. In the novel text, Empath tears apart his new suit until he is naked, suggesting that he isn't wearing any underpants. In some of the illustrations where Hefty mocks Empath appearing "in all his glory", though, Empath is clearly wearing underpants.
  • Going Native: Empath originally considered himself a Psyche when he was raised in Psychelia since he was brought there by Papa Smurf as an infant. Over the years during his visits to the Smurf Village, he came to identify himself more and more with the Smurfs until, by the time of his release on his 150th birthday, he preferred living as a Smurf than as a Psyche.
  • Goodbye, Cruel World!: Empath writes a suicide note for his fellow Smurfs in the novel, but also adds that he's taking Baby Smurf with him.
  • Good Guy Bar/Local Hangout: Tapper's Tavern.
  • Government Drug Enforcement: Empath mentions in "Smurfnip Madness" that all Psyches in Psychelia are required to take a drug called psychelium, which inhibits their ability to express emotions.
  • Grandpa, What Massive Smurfiness You Have!: In "Empath's Wedding", Flowerbell is still commenting on Papa Smurf's looks like this.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Painter speaking Schtroumpf (French), and Zipper speaking Pitufo (Spanish).
  • G-Rated Sex: "Sharing dreams" is implied to be this for Psyches, and this is for a race of emotionless asexual Smurf-like people who are betrothed as same-sex couples. Even Empath and Polaris engaged in it.
  • Groin Attack: Smurfette gives one to Hefty in the novel for his saying that Empath couldn't possibly feel a thing for her, with her retort being that Empath would feel more for her in his heart than he would in his private area (insinuating that is how Hefty feels for Smurfette).
  • Grow Old with Me: In the story "Days Of Future Smurfed", Empath sees in his future that his marriage to Smurfette lasts for about four centuries, after which she dies of old age, reverting back to lifeless blue clay.
  • Happily Adopted: All the Smurfs within Empath's generation, including Smurfette, Baby Smurf, and the Smurflings, were adopted by Papa Smurf.
  • Happiness Is Mandatory: The Psyche Master enforces total non-expression of emotion on all Psyches, including Empath.
  • The Hero's Birthday: The novel begins on the main character's 150th birthday, which turns out to be the day when he is finally released from being in Psychelia, and most of the Smurfs in the village are preparing for his birthday and his arrival home. 150 years for a Smurf (particularly a male Smurf) is basically the age of entering adulthood, as in The Smurfs cartoon show.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Empath and Polaris, although Polaris is more asexual than heterosexual.
  • High On Catnip: Gargamel sees Azrael staggering to the door baked on catnip in "Smurfnip Madness".
  • His Name Really Is Barkeep: With certain exceptions, every Smurf's real name is based on either a profession or a personality, including its main character Empath.
  • Hive King: The Psyche Master is supposed to be this for the Psyches.
  • Holier Than Thou: In the story "I Dream Of Smurfette", Tapper is accused of being "smurfier-than-thou" by Hefty when the two of them along with Handy and Greedy are standing together watching Smurfette go off on her business and Tapper comments on why looking at Smurfette is more important than their going about their own business.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Who knew that in "Smurphony Of The Night" that a Smurf symbol would be holy enough to affect a vampire?
  • Hologram: Magical holograms exist in this series, with the Imaginarium being a fantasy version of Star Trek holodecks.
  • Huge Holographic Head: As the Expy of the MCP from TRON, the Psyche Master's most common appearance is a large head floating in a rainbow beam of light.
  • Hulking Out: Papa Smurf in the story "Papa's Big Crush" when he inhales the "pheromone cologne" mixed in with his other chemicals.
  • If I Can't Have You: Empath in the alternate timeline story where he returns to Psychelia and becomes the Psyche Master captures Smurfette's husband Hefty and tortures him for giving her a child, telling Smurfette that if he himself cannot have her, then neither can Hefty.
  • I Have No Son: Papa Smurf in the alternate timeline story where he marries Smurfette, has a child through her, and was run out of the village by his little Smurfs along with his new nuclear family, reacts to the news of Empath and the other Smurfs being trapped in time by calling them his "former little Smurfs", disavowing even his relationship to Empath.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Said by Jokey posing as Gargamel to Smurfette in the novel, while adding "and your little blue friend, too."
    • In the A Narrator's Story episode "Smurfs Of Grey", Papa Smurf's Evil Twin the Great Leader strokes Smurfette's hair after she's been captured and separates her from her fellow Smurfs with the intention of marrying her.
  • I Knew There Was Something About You: Polaris Psyche was the only one of his kind to find out that Empath was a Smurf...as if the blue skin and bald head didn't clue him in.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: Tailor in the story adaptation "A Wedding To Remember".
    Tailor: I'm only a clothes maker, not a fortune teller, Woody.
  • I'm Crying But I Don't Know Why: Empath's crying spell during his first visit to the Smurf Village was given this reaction by him, since he knew very little about emotions.
  • I Need A Smurfing Drink: Many of the adult Smurfs end up having Tapper's sarsaparilla ale instead of smurfberry wine after witnessing Smurfette marrying Papa Smurf in an alternate timeline.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Smurfette in the series makes a big deal out of how attractive and handsome Empath is despite the fact that, without his star-shaped birthmark or his black suit with white stars on it, he looks no different from an ordinary male Smurf.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Empath in "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf" interrupts Papa Smurf's private moment inside the Imaginarium with a recreated fantasy version of his wife just as they were about to kiss. Of course, Empath doesn't know that this is what Papa Smurf was doing with his time away from the other Smurfs until he saw Papa Smurf in a bathrobe emerging from a Smurf house.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Empath Smurf and Polaris Psyche.
  • Ironic Echo: In the adaptation of The Smurfs And The Magic Flute, Matthew McCreep asks Peewit what kind of tune he wants him to play before he steals the flute from Peewit. Later on, after Peewit makes Matthew McCreep collapse and gets the stolen magic flute back, Peewit asks the same kind of question to his adversary.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: In-universe, in "The Story Of Joseph", Grouchy plays Joseph's brother Asher, which means "happy" in Hebrew. This is a name-only irony, though, as Grouchy continues to act, well, grouchy.
  • It's Not Porn, It's Art: In the story "I Dream Of Smurfette", Painter does so many pictures of Smurfette after experiencing "the Smurfette dream", which leads to this conversation with Poet.
    Painter: With all these pictures, I don't know if I'm truly being an artist or just smurfing in pornographia, Poet.
    Poet: I don't even know what pornographia is, but I'd be very careful smurfing these pictures to any Smurf if I were you, Painter.
  • I Want Grandsmurfs: A justified gender-inverted example, in that since there's only one adult female Smurf among them who's about the same age physically if not chronologically as her fellow adult male Smurfs, Papa Smurf is hoping that one of his little Smurfs would marry her and have children so that their people would not die off. The only problem with that idea was that Papa Smurf was also in love with Smurfette, and in an alternate timeline even marries her.
  • Kiss Me, I'm Virtual: Polaris' relationship with Elatia, who starts off appearing as a simulated person within the Imaginarium but is really a disembodied spirit, in "Polaris' Fantasy".
  • Knight, Knave and Squire: Duncan McSmurf as Knight, Hefty as Knave, and Tuffy as Squire.
  • Lady in Red: Smurfette in "Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette" gets to wear the red hat as Papa Smurf's wife in another timeline, which does not sit well with the other Smurfs.
    • Also Papa Smurf's previous and former wife Lillithina, who remains a loving faithful wife until Papa Smurf betrayed her by sending their child Empath to Psychelia.
  • Lecherous Licking: Papa Smurf under the influence of the "pheromone cologne" and Hulked Out licks Smurfette's face in "Papa's Big Crush".
  • Lights Off, Somebody Smurfs: The story "A Haunted Christmas" plays around with this, as after Smurfette tells her story of the first Christmas she spent with the Smurfs, the lights go off at the Christmas dinner, and Smurfette inexplicably disappears without a sound. The story ends leaving Smurfette's fate ambiguous.
  • Literary Allusion Title: "For The Smurf Of Money" is based on 1 Tim 6:10 in The Bible, "For the love of money is the root of all evil..."
  • Love Potion: "Pheromone cologne", which Vanity in "Papa's Big Crush" intended to use on himself and ended up giving to Papa Smurf. He tries it on himself, only for the mist to mix in with his other chemicals, resulting in Papa Smurf Hulking Out.
  • Magic Kiss: Empath gives one to Smurfette in "Smurfette's Inner Beauty" when she's near death after being subject to Hogatha's beauty-siphoning spell, which suddenly breaks the spell and restores Smurfette's beauty.
  • Magitek: Hogatha the witch in "Smurfette's Inner Beauty" uses a magic mirror social network called Magebook in order to find a date.
    • And there's also the magical holograms like the Star Trek holodeck-inspired version of the Imaginarium.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Duncan McSmurf does not like to be called Gutsy, particularly from Hefty who just simply doesn't like Duncan.
    • According to the author, this is used as a Take That toward the character Gutsy being used in The Smurfs movie to steal the spotlight from Hefty.
    • Most of the time with Hefty, it's more of an Insult of Endearment, as he rarely calls Duncan by his true name.
  • Man Hug: As in the cartoon show, the male Smurfs in this series also engage in a day of hugging each other, with the exception of Grouchy.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: Empath has a yellow star mark on his forehead to indicate that he is a telepath and a telekinetic. All Psyches also bear the same mark on their foreheads.
  • Master Race: The Psyches are implied to be this.
  • Mate or Die: Empath, in an alternate timeline where he is returned to Psychelia a year after his 150th birthday, suffers from this condition, and thus a female Psyche is chosen to be his mate.
    • Also in the story "Papa's Big Crush", where Papa Smurf is affected by the "pheromone cologne" mixed with other chemicals, causing him to be Hulked Out and to have an insatiable desire for Smurfette. Fortunately, Smurfette was spared the squicky fate by the Smurfs creating a life-size doll of her for Papa Smurf to expend his mating energy upon.
  • May-December Romance: Papa Smurf and Smurfette's relationship in an alternate timeline, which leads to their marriage and their only child together.
    Tapper: "I would be a fool if I didn't smurf that a 550-year-old male Smurf and an 8-year-old female Smurf do not an everlasting love smurf, Empath."
  • Meat-O-Vision: Nabby's smurfnip hallucinations in "A Haunted Christmas" make him see food everywhere, including his fellow Smurfs.
  • Mental Time Travel: The story "Days Of Future Smurfed" has Empath flashing between his present-time self and his future-time self at various points in time after he received visions of the future from his great-grandson Traveler.
  • Mind Control Music: "The Smurphony Of The Night" from the story of the same name was used by Lord Vladimir Smurfula to control Smurfette's mind to draw her closer to him. Near the end of the story, Empath is able to disrupt its effect on Smurfette by whistling the Smurfs theme song.
  • Mindlink Mates: Empath and Polaris Psyche, in a non-romantic relationship. In fact, all Psyches are bonded in a non-romantic same-sex mindlink relationship.
  • Mind Rape: The Psyche Master subjects Empath to this as an infant to erase all his memories.
  • Mirror Self: In the series, Vanity's Mirror Self goes by the name of Century, but in "Vanity's Double" shows that he isn't afraid of swords or swordfighting, which proves helpful when is cast alongside Vanity in the role of Robin Smurf.
  • Missing Mom: Explained with The Plague killing off all the parents in Papa Smurf's generation of Smurfs, including Empath's mother.
  • Mistaken For Afterlife: In the story "Smurfing In Heaven", Empath thinks that he's in heaven with all his fellow Smurfs who have died. It turns out to be a magical illusion created by Ares the god of war, who wanted to lure Empath into receiving his gift of godhood.
  • Mouse World: Not just the Smurf Village, but also Psychelia. The Smurfs themselves comment that they're living in a land of giants.
  • Mundane Luxury: Empath has been living in a society where not only emotions are forbidden, but also having anything to eat that actually has a taste to it, with the standard Psychelian cuisine being a bland "nutrient paste". In "The Grouchiest Friendship", during his first visit to the Smurf Village, Empath tries out a smurfberry for the first time and then suddenly begins to devour the entire basket of smurfberries in Greedy's kitchen.
  • My Smurfette Is Not A Slut!: Empath's response to Ares commenting about what Smurfette may be doing with her fellow Smurfs while she is separated from Empath via time travel in "Smurfing In Heaven". Bear in mind that all the Smurf characters in the story series (excluding the previously-married Papa Smurf) are virgins right up to the point of Empath and Smurfette's marriage.
  • Mythology Gag: Narrator in "Empath's Wedding" recites a modified version of his Gargamel battle sequence speech from The Smurfs during a similar one in the Imaginarium, with Grouchy reacting the same way.
    Narrator: There comes a time when every Smurf must stand up for what is good and cute and blue in the world. And on this very night before Empath and Smurfette's wedding, that time is now!
    Grouchy: Hey, seriously?
    Narrator: Sorry, it's kind of what I do.
    • Jokey in "Empath The Bandit Smurf" (an adaptation of "The Jewel Smurfer") lampshades that he should have been the one who was lost and taken instead of Empath, since that's what happened in the original story.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The nameless Thief Of Abelagot from the comic book story "The Jewel Smurfer" was given the name Vincent Devereaux in the adaptation story "Empath The Bandit Smurf", while the Duke Of Abelagot is named Lord Caravellan.
  • New Year Has Come: "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf" is a story that takes place over four days leading to New Year's Day.
  • Nocturnal Emission: Suggested to have happened to Empath in the novel, and to his fellow Smurfs in "I Dream Of Smurfette".
  • Nostalgic Narrator: Used in various stories that involve flashbacks to earlier times, including the novel where Empath learns that he is Papa Smurf's only biological son.
  • Nude-Colored Clothes: In "Smurfette's Inner Beauty", Empath made Smurfette's underclothes the same color as her skin so as to fool the other Smurfs into thinking that she was modeling nude.
  • Ode to Intoxication: "Green Leaves", Lazy's parody of "Greensleeves" and "What Child Is This" that is sung about the joys of smoking smurfnip in "A Haunted Christmas". Also in the same story is "Streams Of Sarsaparilla Ale", a parody of "Good King Wenceslas".
  • Official Couple: Of this series, Empath and Smurfette. Not that Empath has (much of) a problem with Smurfette seeing other Smurfs until their marriage, knowing she will keep her maidenhood intact until then.
  • Off to See the Wizard: The Smurflings in "Somewhere Over The Rainbow".
  • Older than They Look: The Smurfs, with the exception of Smurfette, again fit this trope. Discussed by Empath and Homnibus in "The Exile Of Psychelia", where the elderly human wizard is surprised by how young Empath looks for 151 years of age.
  • One-Gender Race: Subverted in this series, as there are (and were) naturally-born female Smurfs, but the ones in Papa Smurf's generation have all died, and most of the Smurfs in Empath's generation are male (Sassette being the sole exception).
  • Only Fatal to Adults: A plague of this nature takes out nearly all the adult Smurfs in Papa Smurf's generation, leaving him as the only parent figure of a hundred young Smurfs.
  • Parental Abandonment: Empath seems to think this about Papa Smurf when he reveals the true nature of their relationship in the novel. Empath is Papa Smurf's only son, but was brought to Psychelia in order to be trained in the use of his abilities.
  • Parental Favoritism: Played with. The other Smurfs think Papa Smurf treats Empath as the favorite son. It helps that Empath is Papa Smurf's only biological son. Empath, however, feels that he is more the Unfavorite, as Papa Smurf did nothing to get him out of living a life away from his fellow Smurfs in Psychelia.
  • Parental Incest: While not biologically related, the May-December Romance of Papa Smurf and Smurfette in the story "Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette" is squicky enough for the other Smurfs to treat it as that to the point where some even cover their eyes when they both kiss each other at the wedding. Otherwise averted in "Papa's Big Crush" where Smurfette confesses to Papa Smurf that she could never love him as anything other than a father.
  • Passion Play: The time-traveling story "Smurfed Behind: The Passion Of The Smurfs", with Judas Iscariot resembling Gargamel and having a cat similar to Azrael.
  • Patchwork Fic: See above description. Greedy's still the village chef, though.
  • Perception Filter: The Psyches under the control of the Psyche Master purposely regard Empath as just being a "prototype Psyche", despite the fact that he looks like something that they're supposed to despise — a Smurf. That is, until he's finally exiled from Psychelia upon his 150th birthday, and then he's treated as an outsider.
  • The Plague: An unknown incurable disease causes all the Smurfs in Papa Smurf's generation except for himself to perish, leaving him with about a hundred young Smurfs to take care of.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Hefty and Handy are the Brains and Brawn twins, but are not identical.
  • Precision F-Strike: Earl Flatbroke in the adaptation of The Smurfs and the Magic Flute: "I don't give a flying fig for what they'll say."
  • Prepare to Die: Duncan McSmurf in the mini-story "Duncan's Wedding" tells Lazy to "prepare to join your ancestors" when he defeats Lazy in a mock duel to challenge Duncan's claim to marry his bride Brenda McSmurfette.
  • Rapid Aging: In the story "Smurfette's Inner Beauty", Smurfette undergoes rapid aging as Hogatha had cast the Spell Of Syphonia on her to transfer Smurfette's youth and beauty unto herself so she can go on a date with the real Harlequin. Near the end of the story, Empath's True Love's Kiss breaks the spell, restoring Smurfette and Hogatha to their normal appearances.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Empath gives one to his fellow Smurfs in the novel, finishing it with the following:
    "YOU SMURFS ARE NOTHING BUT A GROUP OF BACKWARD BLUE-SKINNED SAVAGES...and what's worse, I happen to be born as one of you!"
    • Smurfette and Polaris Psyche both give Papa Smurf one in the alternate timeline of Papa Smurf marrying Smurfette after they both witness Papa Smurf slapping Sassette for daring to mention about Empath after he was disowned by Papa Smurf.
  • Recursive Canon: In this series Peyo still created The Smurfs and and is responsible for its related adaptations, but it's all Very Loosely Based on a True Story that came from a certain artifact that Handy and Empath have created in "Days Of Future Smurfed".
  • Rejected Apology: Played with in the novel, as after Papa Smurf saves himself, Empath, and Brainy from falling into the lava pool within the volcano, Empath apologizes to Papa Smurf for having nearly endangered Baby Smurf just to get Papa Smurf to feel sorry for leaving his only begotten son in Psychelia. At first Papa Smurf is too angry to forgive Empath, but when he sees Empath bowing down and humbling himself before the village leader as if he was the Psyche Master, Papa Smurf also bows down with Empath and forgives him, promising that he will never leave Empath like that ever again.
  • Remix Comic: "Smurfed Behind: The Departure" is presented as this.
  • La Résistance: Empath leads one against Papa Smurf in the alternate timeline where he marries Smurfette in "Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette".
  • Resistance Is Futile: Said by the Psyche Master in the alternate timeline story where Empath returns to Psychelia.
  • Right Through the Wall: In the story "Smurfette's Inner Beauty", Hogatha's got the doors and windows of her castle shuttered up by magic so that the Smurfs couldn't enter while she's making out with Harlequin. By the time Empath, Brainy, and Duncan McSmurf arrive, they could hear the sounds of intimate activity going on through the shutters.
  • Runaway Bride: Empath assumes that this is what happened to Smurfette at his wedding day in the story "Empath's Wedding" when he enters her house and sees that his hat (which is what she's supposed to wear to signify who she's marrying) lying on the floor, until Smurfette's companion and wedding guest Blue Eyes points out that she's been magically transported by someone...and Empath correctly assumes that it's Chlorhydris, who's getting even for her ruined wedding night by ruining Empath's wedding.
  • Santa Claus: Again, Mr. Nicholas is the series' analog.
  • Saving Christmas: "Empath And The Red-Nosed Reindeer".
  • Selfcest: In one mini-story, Vanity is found in the Imaginarium kissing a copy of himself.
  • Sensitive Smurf and Manly Smurf: Tapper is the Oirish Sensitive Smurf bartender who likes talking to his customers and speaking to them about The Bible, dressing in a striped vest and tie, while Duncan McSmurf (the Captain Ersatz of Gutsy from The Smurfs films) is the Brave Scot Manly Smurf who wears a kilt, whose hobbies involve physical sports and knocking Smurfs on their tails, especially if they happen to call him Gutsy. Both Tapper and Duncan happen to be friends with each other, with Duncan serving as the superego in the Power Trio of himself, Hefty (ego) and Tuffy (id).
  • Shining City: The Elysium version of the Smurf Village that appears in the story "Smurfing In Heaven" is a village made entirely of gold. Unfortunately, Empath discovers that this is a magical illusion created by Ares the god of war.
  • Shotgun Wedding: A variation of this trope in "Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette" in that Papa Smurf forces his little Smurfs to marry him to Smurfette under the threat of being exiled from the Smurf Village.
  • Shout-Out: The story titles "Smurphony Of The Night", "Empath And The Red-Nosed Reindeer", "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", "Where No Smurf Has Gone Before", "Smurfing Like A Ray Of Sunshine", "The New Smurfs On The Block", "Smurfed Behind: The Departure", "Smurfed Behind: The Passion Of The Smurfs", "Smurfnip Madness", "Days Of Future Smurfed".
  • Sibling Rivalry: Hefty and Handy are dueling twin brothers. Note that it is a friendly rivalry, as they both simply want to be recognized as being more important than the other. Tapper likens their relationship to be "like Esau and Jacob", with Hefty being Esau and Handy being Jacob.
  • Smoking Hot "Got Under Somebody's Hat": Grouchy and his newlywed wife in "Grouchy's Wedding Blues".
  • The Smurfette Principle: Played straight in the series, since it's mostly based on the cartoon show, though the reason for the disproportionate number of male Smurf characters is that Papa Smurf's generation (which consisted of both male and female Smurfs) ended up having mostly male offspring, with only one female Smurf offspring, which turned out to be Sassette.
  • Smurfing: Par for the course in this series. Interestingly, Empath can't speak a word in Smurf without sounding like My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels unless he's extremely angry or scared of something.
  • A Smurf Is Not A Virgin: Averted; even though the male Smurfs have all experienced "the Smurfette dream", they are willing to wait until Smurfette chooses which of them she wants to marry. The fact that there is only one adult female Smurf helps.
  • Smurfling Wasteland: Notably averted in the novel, where The Plague wipes out all of the adult Smurfs except for Papa Smurf himself, setting up the situation where he becomes the sole parent figure and leader of a hundred young Smurfs, most of whom wouldn't know how to run an entire village by themselves.
  • Smurfnip Is LSD: In "Smurfnip Madness". One of Smurfette's hallucinations while under the influence is seeing Vexy and Hackus from The Smurfs 2. Also in the story, Handy created a special pair of glasses that simulate the visual effects of being under the influence of smurfnip.
  • Stable Time Loop: Suggested in "Days Of Future Smurfed" that Empath is supposed to create the memory artifact that will fall into the hands of Peyo, leading to his creation of The Smurfs, while Empath marries Smurfette, has a child through her as well as a grandchild and great-grandchild, the last of whom will become Traveler Smurf, who will travel back into the past to give Empath visions of the future that will lead to the creation of the memory artifact.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: Although not a god, Empath dislikes worship and has even destroyed the statue Papa Smurf had erected as a memorial to him when the Smurfs started using it as an object of worship.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: Averted in the series, where the Smurfs are by nature a two-gender race, but since the parent Smurfs have passed away, the male Smurfs in Empath's generation really haven't seen a female Smurf until Smurfette came along. Not that they aren't attracted to females, period, as Clumsy in the adaptation of The Smurfs and the Magic Flute gets excited by Princess Savina (not present in either the comic book version or the Animated Adaptation) giving him a kiss.
  • Sugar Apocalypse: The Smurf Village is destroyed in an earthquake in Empath's advanced years. The last Smurf in his generation that he sees dying when this happens is his half-brother Brainy.
  • Sugar Bowl: The Smurf Village, though with less sugar than its mainstream media counterpart.
  • The Talk: Mentioned to Smurfette by Empath about what he told the Smurflings in "Polaris' Fantasy".
  • That Smurf Is Dead: In the mini-stories, Empath thinks that his pre-Psyche self Empathy is dead, while his friend Duncan McSmurf thinks otherwise.
    • Papa Smurf also treats his past self Culliford Smurf as if he was dead, as he no longer wishes to be called "Uncle Cully", though it isn't the case of a possible split personality as with his son. In "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf", though, Papa Smurf temporarily reverts to being called "Uncle Cully".
  • Tell Me About My Mother: In the novel, Papa Smurf tells Empath about his mother in the revelation that Empath is Papa Smurf's only biological son.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: In the series, the Smurfs theme song from the cartoon show is consistently referred to as "the Smurf song", even by its characters. In "The Grouchiest Friendship", Empath learns the lyrics of the song during his first visit to the Smurf Village. In "Smurphony Of The Night", Empath uses the tune to disrupt the effect of the Mind Control Music that Lord Vladimir Smurfula uses on Smurfette.
    • In "For The Smurf Of Money" (an adaptation of "The Finance Smurf"), the Smurfs near the end of the story sing an altered version of the Smurf song when they decide to ultimately reject the money system.
    "La, la, la la la la, sing the smurfy song.
    La, la, la la la la, smurf it all day long.
    La, la, la la la la, a life with no money.
    La, la, la la la la, smurfy as can be.
    Caring for every Smurf is smurf more than all the gold.
    Everyone is smurfier to smurf the ways of old.
    La, la, la la la la, now you know the tune,
    La, la, la la la la, you'll be smurfing soon."
  • These Hands Have Killed: Empath in "The Innocence Of A Smurf" goes through having to deal with exposing the truth to his fellow Smurfs that he has killed a Psyche during a mandatory one-on-one death battle in Psychelia.
  • This Is No Time to Panic: In "Smurfed Behind: The Departure", when Wild Smurf arrives in the Smurf Village to warn Papa Smurf about Snappy coming into the village riding a dinosaur, Papa Smurf tells Wild to stay in the village and try to keep the other Smurfs calm since "the last thing we need when it comes to smurfing this is a village-wide panic". A few panels later when Snappy arrives on Crinkles the baby dinosaur, the village automatically goes into panic mode!
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Papa Smurf sees Empath having this during his first visit to the Smurf Village when he was in a "crying trance", reliving a memory from long ago. It was his being left in Psychelia by Papa Smurf as an infant and suffering the memory wipe Mind Rape of the Psyche Master.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Empath tries to adhere as best as he could the Smurf rule of honoring all life, which also includes no killing, but in the story "The Innocence Of A Smurf", he reveals that he had killed a Psyche during a training battle where killing is mandatory for all Psyches that undergo this training. That earns him a death sentence on the day that he and his fellow Smurfs must swim across the Pool of Souls to judge his innocence, as he ends up dying during his swim. Fortunately, he only suffers a Disney Death as the spirits of the pool judge that he didn't kill the Psyche out of malice and thus he deserved a second chance.
  • To Absent Friends: In the story "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf", Papa Smurf makes a toast to the future on New Year's Eve and to his fellow Smurfs who were briefly "resurrected" for a time (though they were actually hallucinations brought upon them by a spell cast on them by Chlorhydris) until they vanished at the stroke of midnight.
  • Touch Telepathy: One of Empath's abilities in this series is that he could do this with both people and objects, with the exception that he cannot use it on magic-based objects.
  • Tron Lines: Psychelian bodysuits emit these whenever Psyches are part of the mindlink in Psychelia.
  • True Love's Kiss: Empath in "Smurfette's Inner Beauty" was able to break Hogatha's youth-and-beauty siphoning spell on Smurfette by giving her a heartfelt kiss, thus restoring Smurfette to her normal appearance.
  • Uncoffee: In the series, the beverage is referred to as cinnamon tree bark brew or acorn brew.
  • Under The Mistletoe: Smurfette secretly puts mistletoe above Empath's door so she could kiss him on the morning of Christmas Eve in "Empath And The Red-Nosed Reindeer".
  • The Unfavorite: Empath believes this of himself since he sees Papa Smurf focus most of his efforts on raising a hundred of Empath's fellow Smurfs instead of getting his only biological son out of Psychelia. Interestingly, most of Empath's fellow Smurfs feel that of themselves whenever Empath comes home for a visit, particularly Hefty.
    • Grouchy in "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf" also believes this of himself when he sees that his "resurrected" Papa Smurf focuses most of his attention on Handy, Hefty, and Sassette than he does on him.
  • Un-Person: Empath's status in Psychelia as well as Polaris' when they were separately exiled. The Psyche Master, however, considers Empath to be more The Prodigal Son.
    • By contrast, Empath was never unpersoned among the Smurfs, but given what stories from the cartoon show took place in this series, he is hardly ever mentioned by his fellow Smurfs whenever he is away in Psychelia.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Getting under one's hat" is one for sex, while "the Smurfette dream" is one for Nocturnal Emission.
  • Uterine Replicator: The Psyches are produced through these.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Hefty wanted to get back at Empath for all the wrongs he supposedly suffered from him. In "The Innocence Of A Smurf", Hefty gets his vengeance in seeing Empath suffer to death...and all he can do is cry.
  • Verbal Tic: Empath constantly referring to himself as "this smurf".
  • Virgin Vision: Duncan McSmurf is able to tell if a fellow Smurf had "the Smurfette dream" just by smell alone in "I Dream Of Smurfette".
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Empath's lead-in speech to a marriage proposal to Smurfette in the story "Empath's Wedding" ends up turning somewhat wacky as Empath receives a telepathic distress signal of the Smurflings needing to be rescued, so he quickly cuts to the chase, asks Smurfette if she will marry him, and leaves her with a kiss and some time alone to think about how to respond while he takes care of the distress signal.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Again, most of the male Smurfs, including Empath during his early visits. Averted with Tapper, Narrator, Empath in later stories, and several other Smurfs. Notably Empath and Smurfette make a big deal about this.
  • Walking the Earth: What "Smurfed Behind: The Departure" would have led Empath and Polaris Psyche into doing while the other Smurfs were traveling through time (as they did in The Smurfs Season 9 episodes).
  • War God: Ares is one in this series. For some reason he wants Empath to be his "god of conquest".
  • The Web Always Existed: The "mirror net" is basically the medieval Europe fantasy version of the Internet using magic mirrors. In "Smurfette's Inner Beauty", Hogatha uses a social network called Magebook in order to find a date.
  • We Can Rule Together: In "The Exile From Psychelia", Empath learns that the Psyche Master has been grooming him to be his successor and is hoping that he would someday forsake the Smurf way of living and embrace becoming the next Psyche Master. Empath refuses the Psyche Master's offer.
    • In the alternate timeline of "Hefty, The Luckiest Smurf", when Empath is forcibly returned to Psychelia, Empath does become the next Psyche Master.
  • Wedding Day: "Empath's Wedding" is about Empath and Smurfette getting married.
  • Wedding Smashers: Chlorhydris in "Empath's Wedding". Instead of appearing at the wedding, though, she transports Smurfette out of the village before the wedding starts, forcing Empath and some of his guests to join in finding and rescuing her.
  • What If?: The series has two "what if" scenarios, explored by Empath's great-grandson Traveler who has the power to explore the alternate timelines of those that he comes in contact with (similar to Waverider's ability from Armageddon 2001). In Smurfette's alternate timeline, she falls in love with and marries Papa Smurf, having a child through him and causing the entire Smurf Village to rebel against Papa Smurf and throw him and his new family out of the village. In Hefty's alternate timeline, Empath returns to Psychelia and in time becomes the next Psyche Master while Smurfette falls in love with and marries Hefty, resulting in Empath-as-Psyche Master abducting Hefty and torturing him out of spite for not being able to marry Smurfette.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Really, in this series it's the parents that give the Smurfs their names, which makes you wonder.
  • Whoopee Cushion: Polaris Psyche becomes the victim of one placed by Jokey's "resurrected" father in the story "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf".
  • Word Schmord: Jokey's conversation with his Papa Smurf Pranky in "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf", regarding the Whoopee Cushion prank:
    Pranky: “Jokey, you’re laughing at a gag that just malfunctioned! I don’t smurf anything funny about it.”
    Jokey: “That was Polaris, Papa, Empath’s friend from Psychelia. He’s someone who could really smurf a good laugh in his life.”
    Pranky: “Polaris schmolaris. I smurf nothing but a gag that just smurfed off by itself. Empathy must have triggered the thing to smurf off by itself to smurf his friend from smurfing on it, wherever he is.”
  • Wretched Hive: The Psyche Master's view of Smurf culture, in a nutshell.
  • Year Zero: Empath's 150th birthday is considered the marker for this series.
  • You Are Not Alone: In the novel (and its companion side story "The Grouchiest Friendship"), when Empath is about to return to Psychelia after spending his first year visiting the Smurfs, Papa Smurf gives him a Smurf medallion and tells him that he as a Smurf is no longer alone in this world.
  • You Are Number Six: Played with with the Psyches, as they are both given actual names as well as designation codes and are alternately referred to as either their real names or their designation codes (Empath Smurf is 1137-K, while Polaris Psyche is 1124-K). Like the Borg from Star Trek, the Psyches also identify various species such as the Smurfs by designation codes (in the Smurfs' case, they are Species 0002).
  • You Are What You Hate: The Psyche Master is a Smurf who hates his own race and creates a race of people called the Psyches who are taught to hate Smurfs. Of course, none of the Psyches know what the Psyche Master really is.
  • You're Just Jealous: Smurfette pulls this on Empath a few times — once in the main timeline as a joke when Papa Smurf starts showing some amorous interest in Smurfette for the first time since "Romeo And Smurfette", and another time in an alternate timeline when Smurfette is actually in a relationship with Papa Smurf that results in a marriage, only this time she wasn't joking.
  • Your Favorite: In one of the mini-stories, Hefty's favorite Christmas food is fruitcake...a carry-over from The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol .
  • Your Little Dismissive Diminutive: Jokey-as-Gargamel's line in the novel, "I've got you now, my pretty, and your little blue friend too!"
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