Western Animation: The Smurfs
We'll have a smurfin' good time! Or something like that...
The period from 1966 to 1990 was considered the "Golden Age of Saturday Morning Cartoon
" where all television networks — by all, we mean three: NBC
— made conscious decisions devoting their weekend blocks to showing animated programs targeted for children during the mornings. Though as time went on, live-action kids' show as well as other family-friendly media
began taking over the airwaves, meaning ratings started to go down and the future of established Saturday morning cartoons became uncertain. Eventually, animated studios and network programmers fell into a pattern of reusing popular formulas, some taking characters from their most popular shows and pairing them together in order to make them "perform" or "compete" much like how their live-action counterparts in Sitcoms
and Soap Operas
did on Prime Time
In 1979, television executive and producer Fred Silverman turned President and CEO of NBC
brought his daughter a plush Smurf doll from a local toy shop during a network trip to Aspen, Colorado. Upon his return, Silverman contacted cofounder Joseph Barbera of Hanna-Barbera Productions
, charging him on acquiring the rights to the Smurfs, guaranteeing the studio an on-air commitment if they could make an animated cartoon series around the Belgian comics
. Doing as he was told, Barbera began a two-year trip to the television screen, veering the Smurfs far from Pierre "Peyo" Culliford's 1958 creation before coming back to a familiar form.
Even though the contract Peyo had with NBC
, S.E.P.P. (La Société d'Edition, de Presse et de Publicité) and Hanna-Barbera Productions
gave him the power to veto any changes made to his creation, Hanna-Barbera
had to make changes to the comics before making them into episodes. They included changing 'The Black Smurfs'
from "Les Schtroumpfs noirs
" to purple as well as changing the 'Swoofs', which are basically the Smurfs in disguise to green from the reddish orange skin tone from "Le Cosmoschtroumpf" ("The Astrosmurf") to avoid Unfortunate Implications
with African-American and Native American audiences. Hanna-Barbera also changed Brainy from being whacked on the head with a blunt object as punishment in the printed stories to being physically thrown out of the Smurf Village in the cartoon, which was later carried into the 2011 movie
, in fear of young viewers hitting those they despise on the head.
animated series finally debuted on Saturday morning of September 12, 1981, capturing forty two percent of the audience, thus making it the most highly rated children's program in more than eight years, not to mention the highest rated program on NBC
in roughly two decades. Smurfs
even outperformed a number of successful prime time
shows in terms of viewing percentages. In terms of voices, Don Messick
, Frank Welker
, June Foray
, Paul Winchell
, Michael Bell
, Alan Young
, Hamilton Camp
, and Charlie Adler
, among others provided their vocal talents to the show.
While many of Peyo's original ''Smurfs comics
such as "L'Apprenti Schtroumpf" ("The Smurf Apprentice"), "Les Schtroumpfs et le Cracoucass" ("The Smurfs and the Howlibird") and "Le Schtroumpfissme" ("King Smurf") were adapted for the first season, Hanna-Barbera reached a point where new characters need to be introduced as well as creating original stories for the series. Johan and Pirlouit, called Peewit in English, made their television debut in the second season, becoming recurring characters as well as Bigmouth, who only made one appearance in the comics. Gargamel, Azrael, Princess Savina, the King, Dame Barbra and Homnibus made their animated appearances from the comics as well. Other allies of the Smurfs created specifically for the animated series include Prince-turned-King Gerard
, the Pussywillow Pixies
, Selwyn and Tallulah
just to name a few. Besides additional allies, supplementary antagonists such as Chlorhydris
, Gargamel's godfather Lord Balthazar
as well as Scruple
, Gargamel's apprentice starting from around season six appeared as adversaries to the Smurfs.
Despite the Smurfs
being cancelled by NBC
, which was getting rid of its animated Saturday morning lineup to allow for more news programming, Hanna-Barbera
would animate the characters one last time in a drug abuse prevention
special with other popular Saturday morning showsnote
called Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue
. A handful of Smurfs, along with Papa, Hefty and Brainy, with a quick cameo
from Harmony in the comic book lying on the floor, appeared in a limited amount of appearance under the orders of Smurfs' creator Pierre "Peyo" Culliford.
- A Day in the Limelight: Besides Baby Smurf, the Pussywillow Pixies and the Wartmongers appeared for almost the full duration of "Babes in Wartland" whilst the Smurfs (main Smurfs of the episode being Greedy, Harmony, Clumsy and Papa) appeared for a minute and fifty-six seconds.
- Addictive Magic/Fantastic Drug: A 1986 episode, "Lure of the Orb," features several Smurfs becoming dependent on the drugging effects of a magic orb, presented to them by a beautiful princess (actually, an ugly witch in disguise). Only when the Smurfs follow her to her castle does she reveal her true self, after which she enslaves them.
- Adipose Rex: The unnamed gnome king from "Greedy Goes On Strike" who focuses so much of his attention on food that he neglects his own son, the prince. King Bullrush of the Wartmongers would also count.
- Agitated Item Stomping: In the epsiode "Happy Unhappiness Day To You", Gargamel gets fed up with his happiness detector leading him everywhere but to the Smurfs, who were having a day of happiness fasting, that he stomps the crap out of it and tosses it into his muck pond by the story's end.
- All According to Plan: Overheard by the Smurfs from Flowerbell in "Papa's Wedding Day" when she succeeds in getting Papa Smurf to marry her so that she can bring him to Lord Balthazar in exchange for her freedom.
- All Cloth Unravels: Gargamel's robe gets unraveled in this fashion at least twice in the series, not to mention Sassette's overalls and Brainy's bandage wrapping.
- All Just a Dream: Lazy, Brainy, and Greedy enter a paradise world behind a waterfall in "Paradise Smurfed", where its master eventually tries to imprison them for his own purposes. Brainy and Greedy escape, but Lazy doesn't. Fortunately, Lazy finds out that it was all just a dream.
- Or Was It a Dream?: Dreamy Smurf in "The Smurf Who Would Be King" dreams that he has been taken to the land of the Pookies, who have been waiting for his return to deliver them from the tyrannical Norf Nags. The end of the episode, however, may suggest otherwise, as Dreamy trips over a crystal similar to the ones seen in his dream.
- All Hallows' Eve / Halloween Episode: There was "The Smurfs' Halloween Special", even though it was actually an ordinary Saturday morning episode set on Halloween, which turned out to be Jokey Smurf's and Gargamel's birthday. A similar-themed holiday called Spook-A-Smurf Eve was celebrated in "Monster Smurfs".
- All That Glitters: The episode "All That Glitters Isn't Smurf", where Gargamel kidnaps Smurfs in order to make gold, and Papa Smurf lures the evil wizard to a mountain of fake gold coins made from Smurfette's hair in order to rescue his little Smurfs.
- All Webbed Up: Papa Smurf in "The Magnifying Mixture" got spun into a cocoon when he accidentally spilled the enlarging formula onto a small spider.
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The cartoon show uses a different theme song from the American version for foreign markets during the introduction sequence.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: In the episode "Smurfette's Dancing Shoes", the nameless treasure-hunting imp who is after the Treasure Of The Ancient Trolls forces Smurfette to marry him in exchange for giving her the titular shoes that she can never remove. When the Smurfs confront the imp and demand him to release Smurfette, he gives them the challenge of collecting three items from Dreadful Hollow before the sun rises. Although the Smurfs succeed in the challenge, the imp refuses to let Smurfette go, requiring Papa Smurf to use a magic spell to cast the magic dancing shoes on the imp instead.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: In the episode "For The Love Of Gargamel", Gargamel and Azrael get turned to stone by the very potion the evil wizard intended to use on the Smurfs. The Smurfs take advantage of Gargamel's demise by having a celebration. Of course, Papa Smurf, realizing that they would be no better than Gargamel for leaving him and his cat in such a frozen state, does not join in the celebration, but rather has the Smurfs gather ingredients for a potion to unfreeze Gargamel and Azrael. Of course, Gargamel still rants and raves about getting even with the Smurfs after he and his cat are de-petrified.
- In the Season 2 intro, the Smurfs do a merry circle dance around a staked-down Gargamel and Azrael.
- Anthropomorphic Food: The Gingerbread Smurfs that were magically baked by Brainy in the episode of the same name.
- Anti-Sneeze Finger: Invoked by Vanity Smurf on Smurfette to keep her from sneezing when the feather in his cap tickles her nose in the episode "The Adventures Of Robin Smurf".
- Animated Armor: Castle Captor has these patrolling inside it in the episode "Lost Smurf".
- Appliance Defenestration: Handy's window vision in the episode of the same name gets thrown out of a few Smurf houses because they can't turn off the show with its most annoying host — Brainy!
- April Fools' Plot: The episode "April Smurf's Day" is this trope in action.
- A Protagonist Shall Lead Them: Dreamy Smurf dreams of being taken to the land of the Pookies where his Second Coming portends a deliverance from the tyrannical Norf Nags.
- Arboreal Abode: Attempted with the Smurfs in the episode "Skyscraper Smurfs" when Architect and Handy build a smurfominium inside a hollowed-out tree. After a fire destroyed it, the Smurfs preferred living in their village over living in a tree together.
- The Ark: The Smurfs build arks for themselves and their animal friends in "Blue Eyes Returns" when Gargamel uses magic beans to create a flood that covers the entire Smurf Forest.
- Artifact of Doom: The Medallion of Poseidon in "The Smurfic Games", which Gargamel tries to use for destroying the Smurfs, only to create a massive earthquake that almost swallows him up.
- Art Imitates Art: "Painter And Poet" has Painter creating Smurf versions of Whistler's Mother, The Blue Boy, Mona Lisa, and Henry VIII of England.
- Artistic Stimulation: Poet was the first to use the magic orb in "The Lure Of The Orb" in order to complete his spring pageant poem, from which he was able to write pages of verses, but after he was freed from the effects of the orb, Poet read what he wrote and was astonished with how the quality of his writing had suffered because of the orb. (Other users of the orb — Painter, Harmony, Farmer, and Handy — also realized that the quality of their work had suffered because of their addiction to the orb's magic.) He ends up scrapping the overly-long drug-created poem and writes a very short poem about how to deal with his problems taking no more than an hour before the pageant starts.
- Aside Glance: Papa Smurf at the end of "The Fountain Of Smurf", "All Creatures Great And Smurf", and "Papa's Day Off". Also Grouchus Smurfus in "The Monumental Grouch".
- Asshole Victim: Jokey Smurf accidentally became this in the episode "The Kaplowey Scroll" when he made Grouchy angry enough to say the word "kaplowey" which made Jokey disappear. Fortunately, Papa Smurf reversed that.
- Ate the Spoon: In the episode "The Fake Smurf", the formula Hogatha creates for changing herself into a Smurf causes the spoon she mixes it with to dissolve.
- The Atoner: Snappy Smurfling in the episode "Fire-Fighting Smurfs" when he accidentally starts a forest fire.
- Attack Of The 50 Apples Tall Whatever: Hefty goes through this in "The Magnifying Mixture". Also Snappy in "Little Big Smurf".
- Attack of the Monster Appendage: "The thing with no name" that resides in a lake inside a cave where the Truffle Trolls live in the episode "A Mere Truffle".
- Attending Your Own Funeral: Laconia, in the 1984 episode "Stop and Smurf the Roses," is about to be laid to rest after her life's source – flowers – were killed off by Chlorhydris. Papa Smurf is able to reverse Chlorhydris' spell.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: King Gerard in the episode "The Clockwork Smurf" gets one after he returns to the kingdom in his princely outfit to expose his aunt Imperia's plan of taking over his kingdom.
- Bandage Mummy: Brainy after getting sunburn in "Mummy Dearest", and Jokey in "Jokey's Funny Bone".
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Probably done by accident, but in "Papa's Big Snooze", when Papa Smurf is knocked on his back from being bit by the slumber bug, his kimono doesn't cover where, um...certain parts are lacking.
- Beard of Evil: Gargamel attempted to grow his own through the use of a magic potion in the episode "Symbols Of Wisdom", desiring to be like the evil wizards with beards that he admired. The only problem, though, was that his beard grew so long that it ended up reaching to the Smurf Village.
- Gargamel did sport a fake Beard of Evil when he was masquerading as the dream date wizard Harlequin in order to get his hands on Hogatha's "magic whistle", which was really her bird call. However, during a kiss, the fake beard attached itself to Hogatha's face, revealing her dream date to be Gargamel, yet Hogatha doesn't notice it until after Gargamel is gone when she looks at herself in the mirror and says, "I have charm, I have beauty, I have a beard...A BEARD?!?"
- Beauty Contest: There was a gender-flipped version called the Mr. Smurf Contest in the episode of the same name, where the male Smurfs competed to be the one who would take Smurfette to the Harvest Ball as her escort. As it turned out, Smurfette couldn't decide which of the contestants would be the winner, so she judged all contestants to be the winners. Also, one of the contestants was Gargamel, who had disguised himself as a Smurf, but as his disguise wore off, he ended up being no bigger than a Smurf and thus was cast out of the village.
- And there was also a Miss Dark Ages Beauty Show in "The Golden Smurf Award", which ironically consisted of old hags competing for being the "most beautiful" of them all, and for which Hogatha was attempting to make herself beautiful by using Smurfs as part of her beauty regimen.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In "The Tallest Smurf," Farmer absentmindedly wishes he could make Slouchynote a happier Smurlfing . . . within earshot of Gourdy. As a result, he and the rest of the Smurfs, minus Slouchy who wished to be the tallest Smurf, woke up the next morning the size of ants.
- This could also apply to the magic egg the Smurfs found, with the example of Papa Smurf saying to the three Papa Smurf impersonators, "If you're me, then I'm a monkey's uncle," while striking the egg...and then becoming a monkey!
- Sassette's wish to the magical blank book in "Bookworm Smurf" that she never wants to see another book again causes all the books in the world to vanish.
- Smurfette's Blessed with Suck ability of turning whatever she touches into candy in "Smurfette's Sweet Tooth".
- In "Paradise Smurfed", the three Smurfs in Bacchus' paradise wished for some excitement. They got more than they bargained for when Bacchus uses his powers to turn things in his paradise into death traps for the Smurfs during a game of "hide-and-hunt".
- Becoming the Mask: Smurfette which caused her Heel-Face Turn.
- Bedtime Brainwashing: In "Papa's Flying Bed", Papa Smurf's new bed causes whoever sleeps in it to be transported to wherever it is they are dreaming about. After the bed takes Papa Smurf, Brainy, Clumsy, and Baby to a pirate ship and then a child's bedroom with toys, it ends up traveling to Gargamel's lair when Clumsy dreams of being taken there. Papa Smurf whispers in Clumsy's ear to dream about his home in the Smurf Village with his beautiful rock collection, and soon enough Clumsy's dreaming takes them away from Gargamel before he gets their hands on them and straight into Clumsy's house.
- Belly Flop Crushing: Accidentally done by Bigmouth in the episode "Bigmouth Smurf" when he was made to believe that he was a giant Smurf, though fortunately the only victims were Smurf houses.
- Berserk Button: In "Bigmouth's Friend", the destruction of Clockwork Smurf becomes this for Bigmouth.
- Bewitched Amphibians: The cartoon show had a few princes turned into frogs, twice by sorcerers and once by Hogatha the witch. One prince-turned-frog was Prince Theodore, whose human appearance was switched with that of a frog by Morlock the wizard who sought to control the prince's kingdom by using the frog-in-prince-form as his lackey.
- In "The Good, The Bad, And The Smurfy", a king and his court were turned into frogs by a treacherous sorcerer, whom himself was turned into a frog by Papa Smurf.
- In an alternate ending for "The Lure Of The Orb" which was shown in markets outside the United States, Papa Smurf altered Jokey's surprise so that it turned Allura into a frog.
- Bicep-Polishing Gesture: Hefty was seen with this pose as he was preparing for the Mr. Smurf Contest in the episode of the same name.
- Big Ball of Violence: Happens in various episodes.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: A yeti called the Snowbeast appears in a few episodes.
- Big "NO!": The druid leader in "The Smurfs' Time Capsule".
"No. No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!"
- Big Shadow, Little Creature: In "The Smurf Who Would Be King", the Norf Nags are Smurf-sized creatures that cast giant shadows to make themselves big and fearsome in order to scare the Pookies into delivering them more jewels from the mines.
- Big "Shut Up!":
- Done by Papa Smurf to his little Smurfs in "The Astro Smurf" when they ask him one Are We There Yet? too many.
- Done by Poet in "Lure Of The Orb" when the sounds of the forest become too unbearable.
- Birthday Hater: Grouchy Smurf simply hates his birthday, and in "The Secret Of Shadow Swamp" tries to escape celebrating it.
- Blank Book: Sassette in the episode "Bookworm Smurf" encounters a book that's initially blank in Papa Smurf's laboratory, but then it has the words "if these words are read by you, whatever you say next will come true" suddenly appear on the pages. Sassette then uses the book to make a wish that she never wants to see another book again, and then suddenly all the books in the world vanish.
- Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: In "Gingerbread Smurfs", Brainy has Clumsy add volcanic lava juice to his recipe for making gingerbread cookies to make them really spicy. It is so powerful that it blows up the kitchen when it is added.
- Blessed with Suck: In one episode, Smurfette is given a Midas touch power that enables her to turn whatever she touches into candy, but as in the case of King Midas turning his daughter into gold, Smurfette ends up turning Brainy into a Smurf sculpture of candy.
- Blinded by the Light: In the episode "Now You Smurf 'Em, Now You Don't", Papa Smurf used light shone through a magnifying lens into a magic crystal ball to blind the trolls digging tunnels underneath the Smurf Village to capture the Smurfs.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Of three of the female Smurfs in this series: Smurfette (blonde), Clockwork Smurfette (brunette), Sassette (redhead)
- Bonnie Scotland: Two Season 9 episodes take place there, "Hefty Sees A Serpent" and "The Phantom Bagpiper".
- Bookshelf Dominoes: In "Unsound Smurfs", the Smurflings cause this to happen when they look through the Noisemaker's sounds to find the one that would be sufficient enough to break the magical sound barrier cast over the entire Smurf Village.
- Books That Bite: In the episode "Papa's Family Album", the evil imp wizard Hotap in Papa Smurf's flashback story turned Brainy's book into this which chased after him until Papa Smurf turned it back into a normal book again.
- Bouquet Toss: In the special "Smurfily Ever After", after Smurfette spends most of the episode dreaming of who would be the perfect Smurf to marry and not finding the right one among her prospects, she ends up being the one who catches the bouquet that Laconia tosses after her wedding to her husband Woody, signifying that she's going to be the next one to marry someday. (As you might expect, she quickly gets a lot of attention from the other Smurfs right there.)
- Brains and Brawn: A team-up of Brainy and Hefty, or Handy and Hefty.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Grandpa Smurf does this in "Lost Smurf" when he plants one of Jokey's "surprises" near the door of the prison inside Castle Captor for him and Nanny Smurf to escape.
- Jokey also does this in the cartoon show version of "King Smurf" when he gets sent to jail for pulling his usual prank on Brainy, who at the time was King Smurf.
- Bridal Carry: In the special "Smurfily Ever After", when Smurfette imagines herself being married to Hefty, he carries her in a jog through the village to his house. Smurfette asks if he's doing this because he's so eager to be alone with her, and Hefty says he's doing this because it's good exercise.
- Broken Aesop: "A Hug For Grouchy" encourages the idea of sharing one's feelings with others...by having others violate your own feelings when it comes to being touched! And perhaps the worst part is that Papa Smurf even encourages it!
- Broken Masquerade: Know that beautiful paradise world of Bacchus that Lazy, Brainy, and Greedy stepped into in "Paradise Smurfed"? Well, a globe from an Atlas statue breaks a hole in a wall and reveals a dark foreboding castle behind it, where Bacchus' chef prepares his master's meals, and the meal for the day is souffle a la Smurf! Fortunately, this is All Just a Dream.
- Also the world of the Swoofs in "Dreamy's Pen Pals", since the Smurfs decided to turn the entire Smurf Village into that by using stage props to cover over the Smurf houses. Gargamel's appearance almost blows the whole masquerade, but the spell for turning Smurfs into Swoofs which Brainy had cut corners in completing does the job when the Swoofs turn back into Smurfs prematurely.
- Bubble Gun: The Wartmongers had this type of weapon.
- Bucket Booby-Trap: Scruple sets one up for his master Gargamel in the episode "The Most Popular Smurf".
- Can't Tie His Tie: Clumsy has a few fumbles tying his tie in the episode "The Golden Smurf Award".
- Cardboard Prison: The holding cell Clumsy is put into in "The Smurfy Verdict" has a barred door that keeps falling off its hinges. But then, Clumsy doesn't even make any attempt to escape.
- Cassandra Truth: In "The Sky Is Smurfing", Scaredy comes back with Hefty after investigating what's causing Papa Smurf's allergy, telling the Smurfs, "The sky is smurfing", but none of his fellow Smurfs believe him, and Hefty is too dazed with a bump on his head to even help trying to comfirm what Scaredy is saying. It isn't until Mount St. Smurf erupts that Brainy and Hefty realize that Scaredy was right, with Brainy yelling, "The sky is smurfing! The sky is smurfing!"
- In "Papa's Wedding Day", the Smurfs overhear Flowerbell saying to herself that getting Papa Smurf to marry her is part of her plan to bring the wisest Smurf to Lord Balthazar and promptly try to warn Papa Smurf not to marry her. Papa Smurf refuses to listen to his little Smurfs' warnings, so the Smurfs resort to trying to sabotage parts of the wedding to dissuade Papa Smurf from marrying Flowerbell, to no avail.
- Cats Are Magic: In "My Smurfy Valentine", Azrael has the power to lead Chlorhydris through the Forest of Poison Thorns in order to get to a special magical wishing well because he was born with royal blood in his veins. Surprisingly, this turns out to be true, as in Season 9's "Mummy Dearest", the time-lost Smurfs meet his distant ancestor, the cat pharaoh Azra.
- Caught on Tape: The episode "Memory Melons" had Selwyn trying to present an "I love you" message to his wife Tallulah using a magical melon that captures whatever a person speaks into it. However, the melon captures Selwyn speaking about needing to get rid of "that old bag of wind" (referring to a literal bag of wind) and Tallulah thinks that he's talking about her.
- Cheesy Moon: The Man In The Moon in the episode of the same name actually has cheese on the moon which Greedy helps himself to.
- Chekhov's Gun:
- One of the Game Master's rules of his game in "The Grouchiest Game In Town" is that "wizard takes all". This rule ends up defeating him later on when Grouchy uses Papa Smurf, who is both a Smurf and a wizard, to remove all of the Game Master's pieces from the board, thus freeing everybody from being trapped as the Game Master's game pieces.
- The rainbow-striped rock in Clumsy's rock collection in "All The News That's Fit To Smurf" becomes the very thing that puts the carnivorous snapdragons to sleep when Brainy and the other Smurfs accidentally awaken them.
- Chekhov's Skill: The sign language that the Smurfs learned from Laconia, presumably around the time of the Season 3 episode "Smurfing In Sign Language", becomes an important tool in a Season 5 episode when the Smurfs trapped inside a soundproof dome communicate with the Smurflings trapped outside it.
- Christmas Episode: "Baby's First Christmas" and "The Magic Sack Of Mr. Nicholas".
- Christmas Special: "The Smurfs Christmas Special" and "'Tis The Season To Be Smurfy".
- Clingy Costume: In "Hats Off To Smurfs," Vanity's new yellow hat becomes this after his face starts becoming disfigured from soaking it in water. Since the hat was made from magic fabric created by Gargamel, the Smurfs make a similar hat for the evil wizard in order to force him to come up with the antidote.
- Cloning Blues: A very literal example. Gargamel in one episode creates six copies of Brainy Smurf for his gold-making formula, which amounts to six times his usual annoyance level.
- when Vanity visits a house full of mirrors that makes all his reflections come to life while Vanity himself vanishes.
- Closet Shuffle: Gargamel and Azrael get into a similar shuffle hiding inside a giant Papa Smurf statue in the episode "The Trojan Smurf".
- Cock Fight: Purposely invoked by Smurfette in "Romeo And Smurfette" when she fell under the influence of Gargamel's hypnotic flower, and she chose Hefty and Handy as her primary suitors, which led them and the whole village into a Ship-to-Ship Combat.
- Color Failure: In the episode "Smurfette's Dancing Shoes", Grouchy turns completely white when he falls victim to a harmless trap in Dreadful Hollow without realizing it.
- Comedic Underwear Exposure: Clumsy in "The Adventures Of Robin Smurf" draws his sword and shows his bloomers when his pants fall down.
- Also Gargamel in "Jokey's Joke Book", "Gargamel's Sweetheart", and "Denisa's Greedy Doll".
- Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: Said by Gargamel in the episode "Hogatha's Heart Throb" when he just got his hands on her magic whistle actually, her bird call.
- Comet of Doom: "The Comet Is Coming" is a story where the Smurfs think from a message that was torn in transit written by Papa Smurf that the night of a comet's appearance is their last night of living, and so they make preparations insofar as even creating a rocket that would send Baby Smurf off to another planet.
- Composite Character: Chef Smurf, Baker Smurf, and Greedy Smurf from the comic books are mixed into the cartoon version of Greedy Smurf. Also Painter Smurf is combined with Sculptor Smurf for the cartoon show version of the character.
- Concealing Canvas: Painter Smurf hides a stash of smurfberry candy inside his own painting in the episode "Smurfette's Sweet Tooth".
- Concussions Get You High: In "Papa's Puppy Prescription", Gargamel gets a bit loopy after he collides with a tree that he couldn't see when he was using a pair of special goggles that can only see blue in order to find Smurfs.
- Continuity Nod: In the cartoon special "My Smurfy Valentine", Chlorhydris the evil witch spoke of Azrael having "royal blood in his veins" — which interestingly turns out to be true in Season 9's "Mummy Dearest" when the Smurfs meet his distant ancestor, the cat pharoah Azra.
- Three episodes in the series — "The Smurfbox Derby", "Handy's Window-Vision", and "Skyscraper Smurfs" — were continuity nods to visions Dreamy had of the future in "Gargamel's Miss-Fortune".
- A vision of Smurfette recalls to Dreamy's attention three past adventures he had been on — "The Last Smurfberry", "The Astro Smurf", and "Handy's Kite" — in "The Smurf Who Would Be King".
- See also Sequel Episode below.
- Cooking Duel: Greedy in the episode "The Gingerbread Smurfs" challenges Brainy to a cooking duel in order to prove who is really the best cook in the village, with gingerbread cookies being the item that both contestants will make. Of course, Brainy disqualifies himself by using one of Papa Smurf's magic books in order to make a magic gingerbread cookie, which becomes Anthropomorphic Food that multiplies and causes trouble in the village.
- Costumer: During the Time Travel episodes, the Smurf's outfits would change to match the locations they arrived in (i.e. kilts when in Scotland).
- Court Mage: The series has Mordain serving King Argon in "The Good, The Bad, And The Smurfy", and Morlock serving Prince Theodore in "The Prince And The Hopper". Both are evil mages who seek to take over their kingdoms, and both were deposed from their positions with the help of the Smurfs.
- Courtroom Episode: "The Smurfy Verdict".
- Crack! Oh My Back!: Played with in the episode "Papa's Wedding Day", as when Papa Smurf bends over to show Brainy and Vanity that being old doesn't mean a loss of health, he hears what he thinks is his back crunching, but in reality is just Greedy chewing on a vegetable within earshot.
- Crapsaccharine World: Bacchus' paradise world in "Paradise Smurfed". A globe from an Atlas statue breaks through a wall and reveals a dark castle behind it.
- Creepy Wedding Music: Gargamel's Ghoulliope, which shows up at Laconia and Woody's wedding in the cartoon special "Smurfily Ever After".
- Crystal Ball: Of various types, depending on who created or is using it.
- Curtain Camouflage: The Smurfs use a tapestry as cover while they follow Lady Jasmine to her quarters in Prince Theodore's castle so that he in frog form can get a kiss from her in the episode "The Prince And The Hopper".
- Cut a Slice, Take the Rest: Greedy does this to a test cake that he made in preparation for Woody and Laconia's wedding in the special "Smurfily Ever After".
- Cute Mute: Laconia, a friendly elf (where in her case, elf means a Smurf-sized human looking cutie). Utterly voiceless, she communicates by hand signs only, a skill often focal to every episode she gets in.
- Cute Witch: Brenda and Melina are good little witches who are cute in their own little ways as girls.
- Cut Short: The time-traveling episodes of the final season ended with no resolution of whether the time-traveling Smurfs ever made it home.
- Cyclops: Loomis from the Season 9 episode "The Smurf Odyssey".
- Dance Party Ending: "A Chip Off The Old Smurf" has the Smurfs having a dance party at the end after the locust invasion has been stopped, though with Baby Smurf showing off his hidden magical talent before the scene cuts to black.
- Darker and Edgier: Oddly enough, the animated series' Christmas Special. 'The stranger', unsettling in his own right, was implied to be serving something very, very bad, and behaved evilly enough to frighten Gargamel into breaking their (quite worthwhile) bargain to co-operate and all.
- Dark Horse Victory: Nobody expected Clumsy to be the winner of "The Smurfic Games".
- Deadly Disc: Brainy Smurf throws a clay discus into Gargamel's face in order to help the Smurfs escape from him in "Tattle-Tail Smurfs". Averted in that it isn't deadly, but it does splatter clay in Gargamel's face.
- Deal with the Devil: In "Harmony Steals The Show", Harmony signs a contract that allows him to use Ghostwriter's original symphony as his own in exchange for being his eternal performer at his spectral nightclub. Papa Smurf and the other Smurfs help Harmony break the contract by revealing before the judge and jury that Ghostwriter's "original symphony" was actually musical pieces stolen from other musicians.
- In "Smurfette's Dancing Shoes", Smurfette receives a pair of shoes that enables her to dance gracefully, but the imp who gave her the shoes says now she must marry him. Papa Smurf gets her out of that situation by the end of the episode by making the magic shoes appear on the imp and having him dance uncontrollably.
- Death by Newbery Medal: Squeaky.
- Delayed Explosion: In the Animated Adaptation of "The Fake Smurf", Hogatha attempts to destroy the Smurfs by sabotaging the bridge with Jokey's "surprises", but instead of the "surprises" going off when she pulled the trigger at the moment the Smurfs were crossing the bridge, they ended up going off when Hogatha herself started crossing the bridge.
- Deliberately Monochrome: In "The Color Smurfy", the world becomes black-and-white with the only color existing being Smurf blue when the Smurflings accidentally destroy Spectra's color wheel. The only place where color still exists is the Rainbow Pool, which the Smurfs must go to in order to get liquid light so they could restore Spectra.
- Delusions of Doghood: Papa Smurf and Gargamel were both given magical delusions of doghood in an episode.
- Diet Episode: The episode "Gormandizing Greedy" is about putting Greedy on a diet after the Smurfs find out he has a weight problem.
- Disney Death:
- Laconia, in 1984's "Stop and Smurf the Roses." Laconia entered her death-like sleep after the evil Chlorhydris – annoyed that the beautiful wood elf even exists – kills off all the flowers, Laconia's life source. Fortunately, Papa Smurf is able to reverse the spell and foil Chlorhydris' plans.
- The 1986 episode "Smurfquest": Temporarily for Grandpa Smurf, when he passes out just as elements to restore the Smurf's Long Life Stone (their own life source) are being placed in the Stone's box. Grandpa revives after the stone goes through its restoration cycle; the other Smurfs' youths (as they, too, had aged into elderly Smurfs) are restored as well.
- Dodgy Toupee: Gargamel wears a wig on his date with Evelyn the enchantress which immediately falls off his head as he enters her house, though his date doesn't really notice, in the episode "Gargamel's Sweetheart".
- Dog Food Diet: In the episode "The Horn Of Plenty", Gargamel tries to eat Azrael's cat food when there's hardly any food left in his house.
- A Dog Named Dog: Lord Balthazar has a pet raven named, uh...Raven.
- Domed Hometown: Brainy in one episode cast the entire village inside a soundproof dome, and the only way the Smurflings (who are trapped outside) can break the dome is with the sound of a pin drop.
- Door Stopper: In the episode "Calling Dr. Smurf", Brainy gave Smurfette an autographed copy of Quotations Of Brainy Smurf 20th Edition, which was a pretty heavy book for Smurfette to carry.
- Dowsing Device: Used a few times in the cartoon show: once by a treasure-hunting imp who was looking for the treasure of the ancient trolls, and once by Gargamel to track down Smurfs.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: In the episode "Gargamel's Miss-Fortune", Dreamy mentions dreaming of things like "smurfmobiles, smurfovision, and smurfominiums" at the start of the episode, which over time lead to a few Continuity Nods in "The Smurfbox Derby", "Handy's Window Vision", and "Skyscraper Smurfs".
- Dressed to Heal: Dabbler Smurf as a doctor in the episode "Calling Doctor Smurf".
- Droste Effect: In "Now You Smurf 'Em, Now You Don't", There's a scene where Vanity brings Greedy a painting of himself bringing a painting of himself in the exact pose he stands in when presenting it.
- Druid: A group of druids are trapped in a haunted tree in "The Smurfs' Time Capsule", and its leader emerges from it to set them free in order to plunge the world in eternal darkness.
- Duck!: In the episode "Baby's Enchanted Didey", Gargamel decides to swear off chasing after Smurfs to take on a new hobby — bird watching. When he starts bird watching, he yells to Azrael "duck!" and ducks out of the way as a duck flies very low.
- Easter Special: "The Smurfs Springtime Special".
- Eat The Camera: The Season 9 intro has a transition where the camera zooms into Brainy's mouth and changes to the Smurfs (now wearing caveman clothes) coming out of a dinosaur's mouth.
- In "The Blue Plague", the camera zooms into Gargamel's mouth as he laughs at the end of his version of "Mean, Sour, Crafty, And Cruel" from Yogi's First Christmas.
- Edible Treasure: The episode "Spelunking Smurfs" had the Smurfs discovering a treasure trove of frozen food hidden in a cave along with a diamond and a frozen ogre who stole both the food and the diamond. The Smurfs used Vanity's mirrors to reflect the sunlight unto the diamond so that the food would be unfrozen, but it also unfroze the ogre, who tried to stop the Smurfs from taking his food. When Papa Smurf reminded him of what the diamond did to him the last time he was selfish, the ogre allowed them to take what they needed along with the diamond. Soon after, Gargamel caught the Smurfs and took the diamond from the Smurfs, and because of his selfish heart, the diamond sealed up Gargamel in ice.
- Embarrassingly Painful Sunburn: Brainy turns bright red and has to be wrapped in swaddling cloths when he gets sunburn in "Mummy Dearest".
- Empty Swimming Pool Dive: Brainy makes a dive into an empty river bed in the episode "The Patchwork Bear".
- Endless Daytime: In "Queen Smurfette", Father Time fails to bring the close of the day on Smurfette's birthday, resulting in the day never ending until Papa Smurf brings it to Father Time's attention.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Lord Balthazar tends to employ methods in gaining what he wants that would give his godson Gargamel some pause in emulating.
- Everybody Must Get Stoned: Gargamel's Daredevil Dust, which makes the Smurfs act so reckless (not to mention so high) in the episode "Reckless Smurfs". Also the Forget Me Flowers in "Forget Me Smurfs" which made the Smurfs who sniffed the flowers to forget about everything (and also made them look and act stoned).
- Everyone Hates Fruit Cakes: In "The Master Smurf", Greedy has the whole village of Smurfs under the thrall of his magical crown build a monument to himself made entirely of fruitcake, which Greedy seems to love. By the end of the episode, after the monument topples and Greedy is left with more fruitcake than he can stomach, Papa Smurf says that they'll share it with their friends during the holidays.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Averted in "It Came From Outer Smurf", as a crystal from the visiting alien's spaceship causes the watermill's wheel to spin out of control at high speeds when it was used as the wheel's axle pin.
- Everything's Louder With Bagpipes: The bagpipes come in handy in the Season 9 episode "Phantom Bagpiper", as Smoogle imitates its sound in order to make Smurfette's horse run faster in a horse race against the greedy Frugal McDougal.
- Evil Matriarch: Lady Imperia, the aunt of Prince Gerard, who in "The Clockwork Smurf" attempts to be coronated queen in her nephew's place.
- Evil Tastes Good: In the cartoon, Gargamel usually wanted to eat the Smurfs, and went on and on about it. note Then, after repeated humiliations, he's plain and simply motivated by vengeance.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Brainy Smurf in the episode "The Sky Is Smurfing", who tries to remain calm while explaining the current situation of Mount St. Smurf erupting before he has the Oh Crap moment.
- Explosive Breeder: The fuzzles in "Fuzzle Trouble".
- Eyepiece Prank: Done a few times, in "April Smurf's Day" and "Jokey's Joke Book".
- Eyes Always Shut: Sloppy always wears a Smurf hat completely over his eyes.
- Facial Horror: In a less horrifying example in the episode "Hats Off To Smurfs", Vanity's face gets disfigured by washing it in water after he started wearing a magic yellow hat that was created by Gargamel.
- Fairest of Them All: In the episode "Beauty Is Only Smurf Deep", Periwinkle the pixie is so vain and beautiful that when her magic mirror shows Vanity Smurf to be just as handsome, she gets so jealous that she goes as far as to give her competition a lethal mud bath...but fortunately for her Vanity is such an understanding soul when it comes to the burdens that she bears of being perfect in a world of imperfection that she allows the Smurfs to save Vanity without putting up a fight.
- The Farmer and the Viper: The episode "All Creatures Great And Smurf" has the adult Nat Smurf getting his fellow Smurfs to help get Azrael's paw out of a bear trap by bringing him into the village. At first Azrael seems grateful, but upon hearing his master Gargamel calling out for him, he reverts back to his own evil nature and is almost ready to tear Nat Smurf to shreds when he gets chased off into the forest by a larger creature. Nat Smurf mistakes this situation for an Androcles' Lion.
- Fascists' Bed Time: The Smurfs go through this in the episode "Tick Tock Smurfs" when Brainy subjects every Smurf to his own personal time schedule.
- Fattening The Victim: Gargamel does this to Greedy after he manages to capture him in "Gormandizing Greedy", which turns out to be a Diet Episode.
- Fauns and Satyrs: A few fauns were seen in Bacchus' fictional paradise in Lazy Smurf's dream in the episode "Paradise Smurfed".
- Fed to the Beast
- In "A Loss Of Smurf", Vanity as a Wartmonger accidentally wakes up the Creepodile in the Pussywillow Hollow swamp region, and Wartmonger legends say that it won't rest until it eats a king, so King Bullrush upon finding out who woke the creature up made Vanity king so that the beast will go after Vanity instead. The Smurflings help rescue Vanity by making the Creepodile feast on a gourd dressed up in royal clothes instead.
- In the Season 9 episode "Gnoman Holiday", Julius Geezer has his victims be thrown into the coliseum to deal with the Felions.
- Fembot: Clockwork Smurfette, as the Distaff Counterpart to Clockwork Smurf.
- Fictional Holiday: The series has Rainbow Day, in which the Smurfs celebrate the appearance of a rainbow in the sky on a specific day of the year. There's also the Feast Of Plenty, which is the closest thing they have to Thanksgiving, the Firefly Festival, in which a Smurf must go to the Great Swamp to light a torch with the Foxfire to light up a firefly pinata before the end of the second day, and the infamous Hug-A-Smurf Day which Grouchy hates. Of course, there's every Smurf's least favorite holiday, Unhappiness Day, where Unhappiness Is Mandatory for a full day.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: In season 9, the Smurfs get stuck travelling through time, stopping at different time periods as they attempt to get back home. The series ended before they could.
- Fish out of Water: Simon the boy giant from "The Littlest Giant". Also the purple smelly hatchling from "Born Rotten".
- Flat Joy: In "The Golden Smurf Award", when Brainy nominates himself as the winner of the titular award in order to break a 98-way tie after his friend Clumsy was unable to cast a vote to break the tie, every Smurf groans, and Vanity flatly says, "I'm so happy for you."
- Floating in a Bubble: Scaredy Smurf in one episode borrowed a wand from a water sprite that can create bubbles even around himself as protection. Unfortunately, he ended up dropping the wand and Gargamel used it to trap Scaredy in a bubble until the other Smurfs got the wand out of Gargamel's hands and trapped him and his cat inside a bubble.
- Floorboard Failure: The floors in Architect Smurf's smurfominium are prone to weakness in the episode "Skyscraper Smurfs".
- Flower from the Mountaintop: This was the plot of a TV episode; subverted at the end when the Abominable Snowman reveals that there are actually hundreds of the flowers growing up there.
- Flying Broomstick: Most if not all witches in the series used flying broomsticks. Most notably was Brenda, the good little witch.
- Food as Bribe: In Smurfette's origin episode, Smurfette tempted Greedy with a scrumptious smurfberry cake into opening the village dam gate so she could flood the village back before she was changed into a real Smurf.
- Food End: The episode "Greedy And The Porridge Pot" ends with the entire village covered in porridge, and Brainy has to clean it up because he caused the mess by misusing the episode's magic porridge pot. Naturally, Greedy decides to help out, because he hasn't had his breakfast yet.
- In fact, pretty much any episode where Greedy is a main character in the story may have that kind of ending.
- Food Slap: Greedy throws food at Brainy to get him to shut up about critiquing his cooking in the episode "Gingerbread Smurfs".
- Fountain of Youth: The Smurfs encountered a literal fountain of youth twice in the cartoon series.
- Freudian Slip: Gargamel in the episode "Gargamel The Generous" tries to hide the fact that his sudden niceness to the Smurfs is because he wants the diamonds that they have found, though he accidentally refers to Papa Smurf as Papa Diamonds.
- Fur Bikini: Tracker Smurf wears fur shorts at the end of the episode "S-Shivering S-Smurfs" when he finds out how warm the day is going to be after the Smurfs have endured through a snowstorm.
- Gag Nose: Bignose, who is Bigmouth's girlfriend.
- Gem-Encrusted: Vanity in the episode "The Big Nose Dilemma" gets a new nose that looks like a Faberge egg sitting on his face.
- Gender Bender: The cartoon version of "The Fake Smurf" has Hogatha switching genders when she becomes a Smurf. She doesn't even try to disguise her voice to pretend that she's supposed to be a male, and none of the Smurfs seem to notice that she doesn't sound anything like a male.
- Gender Equals Breed: Hinted at in a painting that Painter Smurf had created of Papa Smurf and his prospective bride Flowerbell the woodnymph in the episode "Papa's Wedding Day", with their offspring being male Smurfs. Of course, given how the painting depicted the couple, it was done to dissuade Papa Smurf from marrying Flowerbell, as the other Smurfs knew the whole thing was a setup.
- Get Back to the Future: How the time-traveling season started with the episodes "The Smurfs That Time Forgot", "Lost In The Ages", and "Cave Smurfs".
- Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: The Well Wizard in the episode "Swapping Smurfs" turned Smurfs who went down to the bottom of the well into very happy zombies, all for the purpose of getting one of Papa Smurf's spellbooks so that the wizard could break the spell that kept him trapped in the well.
- Getting the Boot: On the TV series, Brainy gets tossed out of the village at least Once an Episode. As mentioned before, this was done as a "safer" alternative to what happened in the original comics, where he was hit on the head with a mallet, although it would take more violence to toss him far enough to land on the outskirts of the village.
- Brainy's not the only one who got this treatment:
Vanity, Jokey (twice by Papa!) and Harmony either were asking for it or had it coming.
Poet and Harmony do this to Grouchy when the grouch expressed his hatred for truffles.
Even Clumsy got this treatment by BRAINY!
- Giving Them the Strip: In the episode "Hefty's Heart", Gargamel has Papa Smurf and four other Smurfs stuck to the table with glue, and then proceeds to pull Papa Smurf off the table so that he could give him a shave when Hefty, who was affected by the Hate Plague, breaks free of the plague's control on him and rescues Papa Smurf and the four other Smurfs from Gargamel, pulling the Smurfs still on the table out of their pants so that they could flee back to the village. By the episode's end, the four Smurfs are wearing barrels and waiting for Tailor to finish up with their new pants.
- Gladiator Games: In the episode "Gnoman Holiday", Brainy is forced to fight a muscular brute named Biggus in order to keep Smurfette from marrying Julius Geezer's son Nerdo during their time travels.
- Glass-Shattering Sound: Harmony's playing the triangle at a pitch that makes Brainy's glasses crack in "Smurphony In 'C'", and Denisa's scream that makes the vials in Gargamel's hovel shatter in "Denisa's Greedy Doll".
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The druid leader in "The Smurfs' Time Capsule", and Nemesis.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: The titular smurf-colored glasses from the episode of the same name makes the Smurfs who wear them see all kinds of creatures, even dangerous ones, to be cute, handsome, and harmless. When Bigmouth wears them, though, it gives him Meat-O-Vision.
- Going Commando: Averted at least in one episode where Clumsy in a play draws his sword and his pants fall down. For the most part, though, it's only implied that the male Smurfs don't wear any underpants.
- Accidentally played straight in "Papa's Big Snooze", leading to what appears to be Barbie Doll Anatomy.
- Also thankfully averted with Smurfette, where in one episode as she is seen falling down a shaft and the camera shifts from a frontal shot to a rear shot.
- Gold Digger: Lady Jasmine turns out to be this in the episode "The Prince And The Hopper", when Smurfette finds out that Prince Theodore's bride-to-be is only interested in marrying him for the money.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Appears in a few episodes in the form of Angel Smurf and Devil Smurf whenever a Smurf is tempted with a moral dilemma.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: According to the Smurfs Wiki, Angel Smurf was voiced by William Christopher, known at the time as "Father Mulcahy" on "M*A*S*H."
- "Good Luck" Gesture: In the episode "The Blue Plague", Papa Smurf tells the prince-turned-frog to cross his fingers for luck as he mixes up the poultice that will restore him to his human form. The prince tries to cross the fingers on his hand, but since he's got the hands of the frog, the fingers won't stay crossed. Papa Smurf laughs and excuses himself for that statement.
- Good News, Bad News: Brainy does this to Clumsy in "The Secret of The Village Well", saying that the good news is that Clumsy's waiting is over, and the bad news is that he is compelled to tell Clumsy that his wish will never come true because he needs a penny in order for the Wishing Fairy to grant him his wish.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Falan the evil fairy in "The Magic Rattle" has bat wings compared to good fairies.
- Cherubs that are turned evil in "Hearts N Smurfs" also have bat wings.
- Grandpa, What Massive Smurfiness You Have!: Implied by Flowerbell in "Papa's Wedding Day" when she's trying to win Papa Smurf's heart.
- Granny Classic: Mother Nature and Nanny Smurf.
- Grapes of Luxury: Papa Smurf was pampered by his one-time love Flowerbell who fed him smurfberries in this fashion.
- G-Rated Sex: Or in this case, G-Rated Marriage Consummation, as when Smurfette imagines being married to Hefty in "Smurfily Ever After": he takes her into his house, gets (partially) undressed, and wants to get all "hot and sweaty" with Smurfette...by doing exercises with her!
- Great Big Book of Everything: The Great Book of Spells, which Gargamel consults at times for various purposes, including catching Smurfs. However, the book's answers hardly work out in the wizard's favor.
- The Great Flood: Gargamel ends up creating such a flood that covers the entire Smurf Forest by using magic beans in the episode "Blue Eyes Returns". It took Smurfette and her pegasus friend Blue Eyes to fix the problem and restore the forest to normal.
- The Great Repair: In the episode "Never Smurf Off Till Tomorrow", six Smurfs are carried off by a hurricane inside a windmill into the chasm of an active volcano, which then crashes. Even worse is that the volcano is going to erupt soon,* so Handy quickly devises a plan to convert the remains of the windmill into a primitive helicopter through which he and his fellow Smurfs can escape.
- Green Aesop: "The Incredible Shrinking Wizard", which deals with Gargamel polluting the Smurf river and the effect that it has on both the wizard and the river's inhabitants.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: Clockwork Smurf was originally created to be a servant of the Smurfs. When Brainy accidentally messed around with the robot's gears to see what made him tick, he at first malfunctioned until Handy turned it off, thinking that his machine was a failure. As it turned out, the malfunction ultimately gave Clockwork Smurf life, as he now operated independently of his own "programming" and helped Prince Gerard escape his Evil Matriarch aunt Lady Imperia so that he could regain the right of kingship before she becomes queen. After that, Clockwork Smurf became an adviser to King Gerard and a friend to the Smurfs.
- Group Hug: Grouchy at the end of "A Hug For Grouchy" gets hug-mugged and doesn't like it.
- The way they were chasing after him to give him a hug, it basically comes off as a form of rape.
- Growling Gut: Greedy gets the growling gut when he goes hungry. In "Haunted Smurfs", Brainy gets spooked by the sound of loud growling in a dark mysterious castle, only to see Greedy passing by him clutching his stomach, implying that it was merely the hallway echoing his growling gut.
- Grows on Trees: There's an episode where Gargamel's mother plants a money tree outside Greedy's house to test his avarice. Although the "money" it produces is actually a confectionery wrapped in golden paper called a "golden goodie", it has the effect of drawing the Smurfs to it and trading what they thought was personally valuable just to have a single piece of the money tree's candy.
- Hairstyle Malfunction: Hogatha in the cartoon show constantly wears a wig. In the episode "Smurfette's Golden Tresses", she wears a blond beehive wig on her date with Lizardo, only for the beehive to attract a swarm of bees that forced her to jump into the pond, where she lost her wig and her date.
- Hair-Trigger Avalanche: Brainy Smurf causes one in the beginning of the episode "The Smurfs That Time Forgot".
- Hall of Mirrors: Vanity Smurf goes into a house of mirrors in one episode and comes out with a bunch of copies of himself coming out of the mirrors.
- Hammered into the Ground: In the episode "The Smurfette", a Smurf with a hammer pays more attention to Smurfette than he does to the post that his partner is holding up and ends up hammering the other Smurf into the ground.
- Hammerspace Beard: Grandpa Smurf.
- Happiness Is Mandatory: Inverted in the episode "Happy Unhappiness Day To You", where unhappiness among the Smurfs is mandatory for one day. Strangely, this means that Grouchy can't be grumbling for one day! Possibly played straight in "A Hug For Grouchy", where hugs are mandatory for each Smurf on Hug-A-Smurf Day, and if you don't want a hug, some Smurfs will come and hug rape you!
- Harmless Freezing: A baby triceratops is unfrozen by the Smurfs in the episode "The Smurfs That Time Forgot", which then kicks off the plot of Season 9.
- Hate Plague: The Root Of Evil from the episode of the same name. The Yellow Hate Disease from "Hefty's Heart" would also count, as would Chlorhydris' black-heart arrows which Cupid accidentally fires in "Chlorhydris' Lost Love".
- Hates Being Touched: Grouchy in the cartoon show episode "A Hug For Grouchy" hates hugs and tries to avoid hugs from those who don't respect his feelings.
- Haunted Castle: Quarrel Castle; also Castle Captor.
- Have a Gay Old Time: The Smurfs in the episode "All's Smurfy That Ends Smurfy" express their Fantastic Racism against fairies.
- Heat Wave: This show had a few episodes that started with them. One notable episode was "The Magnifying Mixture", which kicked off the Attack Of The 50 Apples Tall Whatever plot.
- Heel-Face Turn: Flowerbell the woodnymph, does a Heel-Face Turn in the episode "Papa's Wedding Day", where she tricks Papa Smurf into marrying her so that he could be captured by Lord Balthazar in exchange for her freedom. Realizing what she had done, she aligns herself with the Smurfs so that she could help rescue Papa Smurf.
- Hellgate: Oddly enough, one seems to appear in the Christmas special, in the form of the stranger's travelling spell when he moves to try to steal away the two children.
- Heroic Dolphin: Brainy Smurf mistakes shark fins for a school of porpoises in "Never Smurf Off Till Tomorrow".
- Hollywood Mid Life Crisis: Papa Smurf in the episode "Papa's Wedding Day" goes through his version of this when he keeps being reminded of how old he is by his little Smurfs. Sometime after he meets the young and beautiful Flowerbell the woodnymph, finding himself falling love with her, he dyes his beard a youthful shade of brown and has a dating relationship with Flowerbell that would have resulted in a marriage had not the Smurfs figured out that she was an infiltrator sent by the evil sorcerer Balthazar to capture the wisest Smurf of all. After the relationship had ended, Papa Smurf's beard goes back to being white, but gains wisdom in knowing from the song that he sings to Flowerbell that "you're only as old as you think you are".
- Hollywood Mirage: In the episode "Mummy Dearest", Greedy sees what he thinks is a big muffin in the Egyptian desert, only to find himself biting into a rock.
- Hope Spot: At the end of "The Smurf Odyssey", the Smurfs get the crystals assembled in a configuration by Zeus that hopefully will get them home...but then a hard wind blows and disassembles the crystals, and with it any hope of going straight home.
- Horny Vikings: Brainy and Clumsy encounter Lilliputians that resemble Vikings in the Season 9 episode "Big Shot Smurfs".
- Hot Springs Episode: The episode "Smurfs On Wheels" is basically three Smurfs on a hiking trip versus a group of Smurfs riding in Handy's new Smurf Wagon in order to get to Dreamy Steamy Springs. Naturally the hiking Smurfs get there first while the wagon-riding Smurfs only get there by way of Brainy's driving only for the vehicle to end up heading for the waterfall.
- Hulk Speak: Bigmouth and all the ogres in this series.
- Human Chess: The episode "The Grouchiest Game In Town, which had a villain who forced people to do this in a game similar to chess. Losing meant being turned into a piece for his ever-growing collection.
- Human Snowball: Clumsy in the cartoon special "The Smurfic Games" turns into a Smurf snowball when he attempts to make a ski jump run during the titular games tournament.
- Humble Pie: Brainy, Vanity, and Snappy literally serve humble pie to the other Smurfs who have been affected by Chlorhydris' self-love spell in the episode "Love Those Smurfs".
- Hypocritical Humor: In 'Bigmouth Smurf', Bigmouth thinks he's a Smurf courtesy of Gargamel changing his skin blue and putting on Smurf clothes the ore's size, Papa's telling Miner, Smurfette, Brainy and Tailor they have to be patience while the Smurf wizard keeps looking for a reversal spell. Cue Bigmouth knocking on Papa's mushroom:
Papa: Bigmouth! What do you want now!?
- In another episode, as Smurfette tells the Smurflings how it (paraphrased) feels 'smurfy' to talk to the flowers, Nat gives the audience a side glance all the while saying (paraphrased) "talking to things that can't talk back is unsmurfy." The nature loving Smurfling then turns to his pet caterpillar and asks (again, paraphrased) "isn't that right?" to which the bug nods in agreement.
- I Ate WHAT?: In "Hogatha's Heart Throb", Gargamel disguised as Hogatha's dream date is offered a refreshment that he enjoys until the witch reveals that he was drinking "snail mead".
- I Believe That You Believe It: There was one TV episode about a daydreaming smurf meeting an alien, and while Papa Smurf did not just believe him he said that at least he thought that it was possible. This got its reward in the end of the episode, when he also would see the alien's spaceship leaving (with the rest of the smurfs still believing the other smurf to be crazy).
- An Ice Person: Jack Frost in "Smurfquest".
- If It Tastes Bad, It Must Be Good for You: This line comes from Brainy in the episode "Jokey's Funny Bone" when Greedy brings in health food which is force-fed into Jokey when he pretends to be sick.
- I Hit You, You Hit the Ground: In the episode "Gargamel's Giant", badass wannabe Tuffy tells the Smurfs about the fight he and Hefty got into with Azrael, and Hefty interrupts the story and says there were only two hits: Azrael hit Tuffy, and Tuffy hit the ground. After that, everybody leaves.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Tuffy Smurf is always wanting to be like Hefty Smurf, and tries to prove himself to be like him constantly by doing some daring things that usually put the other Smurfs in danger.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Nobody Smurf in the episode of the same name, who gets a Meaningful Rename after he deals with a Sealed Evil in a Can.
- I Lied: Gargamel's comment to Reporter about his promise to not hurt any Smurf, while adding "and you can quote me on that", in "Smurf The Presses".
- In "The Blue Plague", Gargamel responds to a similar promise made to Brainy by saying he had his fingers crossed.
- Imagine Spot: The Wedding Day special "Smurfily Ever After" has Smurfette imagining her marriages to various Smurfs, each of them ending in some sort of disaster: Greedy loves food too much, Vanity loves himself too much, Hefty loves exercising too much, Farmer loves farming too much, Handy loves fixing things too much, Jokey loves playing pranks too much, and Clumsy is just...Clumsy.
- I'm Melting: In "The Smurfs Of The Round Table", Morgan le Fey steals Excalibur, uses it to turn King Arthur and his men to wax, and then casts a spell on the sun to make it burn hotter so that King Arthur and everything in Camelot will melt away. Fortunately, the melting process takes time, which gives the Smurfs enough time to get Excalibur back from the evil sorceress and to restore everyone in Camelot to normal.
- The Imp: A few characters called imps made their appearances in the show.
- One was a treasure hunter who used a pair of golden shoes to capture Smurfette in "Smurfette's Dancing Shoes".
- One was a Snake Oil Salesman from "The Miracle Smurfer".
- One was a humanoid being who was cursed to be in the form of an imp in "Smurf A Mile In My Shoes".
- One was a constant admirer of Vanity Smurf in "Vanity's Closest Friend".
- Improvised Parachute: The Smurfs escape being captured by Lord Balthazar by using a sack as a parachute in the cartoon show episode "Flighty's Plight".
- Incessant Music Madness:
- "Goodness Makes The Badness Go Away" in The Smurfs' Christmas Special. It really does a number on the mysterious stranger who was holding two children and Gargamel hostage while he was trying to open his Hellgate.
- Any form of happy music drives Chlorhydris the witch crazy in "Can't Smurf The Music", which is the reason she uses a magical horn to steal music that can be heard.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: The episode "The Incredible Shrinking Wizard", which combines this trope with a Green Aesop. Gargamel shrinks after falling into a muck pond polluted with his potions, and negative emotions cause him to shrink even further. Only by doing good deeds can he grow back to his original size.
- Another episode where Slouchy wishes to be the tallest Smurf causes the other Smurfs to be shrunk to bug size.
- In Harm's Way: Almost the entire Smurf Village gets reckless when Gargamel sprinkles Daredevil Dust on them in the episode "Reckless Smurfs".
- Interspecies Romance: Handy Smurf has one with Marina the mermaid in a few episodes, plus Papa Smurf had one with Flowerbell the woodnymph before he realizes that it was a setup.
- In the Hood: The druid leader in "The Smurfs' Time Capsule", and Nemesis in "Grandpa's Nemesis". The latter wears a hood because his transformed face is so scary to look at, and sometimes he purposely removes the hood to scare his victims into submission.
- Invisible to Normals: Smurfette's pegasus friend Blue Eyes is only visible to Smurfette, which makes other people including her fellow Smurfs think that her friend is imaginary.
- Involuntary Dance: Smurfette's dancing shoes from the episode of the same name.
- I Owe You My Life: The whole point of the episode "One Good Smurf Deserves Another" is that Clumsy wants to repay Handy for saving his life, and gets his chance when a green horned monster comes out of a cave and abducts Handy.
- I Should Have Done This Years Ago: Gargamel's comment on the use of his Daredevil Dust to capture the Smurfs in the episode "Reckless Smurfs".
- It's All About Me: The whole point of Brainy's Smarty Party in the episode of the same name.
- It's Always Sunny at Funerals: The weather in the Smurf Village is nice during the funeral of Smurfette's pet mouse Squeaky in the episode of the same name.
- It's a Wonderful Plot: The episode "It's A Smurfy Life" has Handy see what life in the Smurf Village would be like if he never existed. Gargamel at one point even says, "it's a wonderful life", when one of Handy's inventions was modified by the evil wizard to capture Smurfs.
- I Want My Mommy: Gargamel cries out for his mother in "The Trojan Smurf" when he is inside the Papa Smurf statue that Bigmouth finds, thinking it's a doll.
- Peewit is a constant user of this trope.
- Jackass Genie: Genie Meanie, who makes the lives of the Smurfs miserable, and then dangerous when Gargamel takes control of him. Fortunately, Papa Smurf finds the special words to put him under his control, forces him to undo the harm he's done, and finally orders him to stay in his container until he decides not to be mean anymore.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Grouchy Smurf likes Smurfette, and is also very found of Baby Smurf. Is also a Hidden Heart of Gold, as he doesn't like anyone knowing about his soft spots.
- Jumping Out of a Cake: In "Papa's Wedding Day", Balthazar does this when Flowerbell gets Papa Smurf alone in the forest with a big giant cake waiting there.
- Jury of the Damned: "Harmony Steals the Show".
- Just Fine Without You: In the episode "Papa's Day Off", the Smurfs try to show how self-reliant they are in taking care of their own problems in order to encourage Papa Smurf to take a day off. During his day off, Papa Smurf feels like his little Smurfs would be better off without him — until Homnibus shows him through his Imaginarium that in dire situations like Bigmouth eating up their smurfberry patches, they're still in need of him. And upon Papa Smurf's return to the village, he proves just how much he is needed by the other Smurfs when a log floating downstream nearly destroys the village dam.
- Kangaroo Court: Brainy was put in charge of looking after Baby, and then let him wander off; then he blamed Clumsy for doing it. After Papa Smurf tells him that no-one should be blamed, and then leaves to visit Homnibus, Brainy has other ideas, as if framing Clumsy wasn't bad enough; he puts Clumsy on trial, which is completely rigged. He has Greedy act as the judge, and bribes him with pastry so that he'd agree with every motion he made. In a subversion of the Trope, Brainy is caught in the act of a bribe and his scheme is uncovered when an understandably angry Papa Smurf comes back. (Probably the worst part of this is, Brainy was so concerned about covering up what he did, that he didn't notice that Baby - who again, he was supposed to look after - wandered off again, and ironically, Clumsy had to rescue him this time.)
- Killer Yo-Yo: The Smurflings used yo-yos against Gargamel in the episode "Have You Smurfed Your Pet Today?"
- King Arthur: Season 9's "Smurfs Of The Round Table" is set in Camelot, England with Morgan le Fey as the episode's main nemesis.
- Kissgusting: Gargamel gets a disgusting smother of kisses from Hogatha in the episode "Hogatha's Heart Throb" when he masquerades as Hogatha's dream date in order to get his hands on her magic whistle which is actually her bird call. Even the Smurfs are totally disgusted watching Hogatha smother Gargamel in kisses.
- Land Down Under: Season 9's "G'Day Smoogle" takes place in Australia, where the Smurfs find a race of Smoogles.
- Leaf Boat: Clumsy uses a leaf boat in "Smurfily Ever After" to deliver invitations for Woody and Laconia's wedding, with his first stop being the Pussywillow Pixies.
- Leprechaun: Michael was the Smurf Forest's resident leprechaun. Also Greedy briefly became one in a Season 9 episode.
- Lighter and Softer: No like there's so much to do, but the cartoon certainly is compared to the comic book. For instance, in the cartoon the Smurfs hardly broke out into brawls between each other and never used Symbol Swearing.
- Lilliputian Warriors: The Uphorns and the Downhorns in "Big Shot Smurfs".
- Literal Ass Kicking: An animated episode involved a spot that appeared on someone's face and (apparently magically) made them unhappy. It could only be removed by kicking them in the butt, but this transferred it to the kicker. Cue an episode of the Smurfs unusually full of ass-kicking. Handy even devised a machine to do the kicking, only to find the machine's operator was considered the kicker. It turned out that kissing the spotted person made the spot vanish without a transfer.
- The Little Detecto: Gargamel had various items used for detecting Smurfs in the cartoon show.
- Live Mink Coat: In the episode "Gargamel's Sweetheart", the evil witch Evelyn wears her pet weasel around her neck like a stole.
- Living Shadow: Jokey's shadow comes to life when he accidentally sprinkles Mother Nature's magic powder for bringing trees to life onto it.
- Living Statue: The statue of Grouchy Smurf that comes to life in the Season 9 episode "The Monumental Grouch".
- A Load of Bull: Petula, the spoiled brat child that adopts Smurfette as her new toy doll in "The Trojan Smurfs", has two minotaurs in her house that serve as guards.
- Long List: In the episode "Clumsy Smurfs The Future", Brainy produces a Long List of stipulations for the other Smurfs being allowed to see their future in Clumsy's vision rock, but barely gets to number three on the list before the other Smurfs decide to throw him and his list out of the village.
- Loud of War: The episode "Romeo And Smurfette" had a duel between two groups of serenading Smurfs led by Hefty and Handy who are trying to out-woo each other for Smurfette's affections, ultimately resulting in a brawl that Papa Smurf had to stop.
- Love Is in the Air: Cupid has been responsible for some unusual expressions of love, even among the Smurfs' enemies.
- MacGuffin Guardian: In the episode "The Enchanted Quill", the eponymous quill inside Castle Quill is guarded by griffins.
- Mage Marksman: Lord Balthazar isn't above using weapons such as muskets and crossbows in addition to magic against the Smurfs if it suits his purpose.
- Magic Carpet: A few episodes had them. One in particular was a quilt that Gargamel sprinkled magic carpet dust on, that its fabric became a magic flying diaper for Baby Smurf.
- Magic Compass: Gargamel and his magically-created clone made one from a magic stone that would help him track down Smurfs in the episode "Papa Smurf, Papa Smurf".
- Magic Hat: The hat Papa Smurf received as a gift for Papa's Day, which he spent most of the episode trying to get rid of, was made out to be a magic hat when Gargamel got a hold of it, which it really wasn't. However, Papa Smurf fooled Gargamel into thinking the hat was magic so he could distract the wizard long enough to rescue his little Smurfs.
- Magic Mirror: Of various types, depending on who owns it or created it.
- The Magic Touch: In "Smurfette's Sweet Tooth", Smurfette gained the ability to turn any object she touches into smurfberry candy.
- Mama Bear: In the episode, "Smurfette Unmade," this trope is what breaks Gargamel's spell that forcibly reverted Smurfette to her original evil black haired form. This happens when she captures the Smurfs and Gargamel is about to kill Baby Smurf first for his goldmaking spell; Smurfette's conscience angrily flares up in defiance to this evil and suddenly she is transformed back into her blond form, furiously throwing around explosive vials of unstable magic potion until she sends the villains flying out of the house before she rescues the Smurfs.
- Man Hug: An entire day is devoted to hugging among the male Smurfs in "A Hug For Grouchy". The title character, though, hates hugging and doesn't like being hug-mugged.
- The Man in the Moon: Appears as an actual character in the eponymous episode.
- May-December Romance: Attempted and thankfully failed in "Romeo And Smurfette" when Papa Smurf along with the other Smurfs start having those thoughts about marrying Smurfette, but she even turns her peers down by stating that she's still too young and that she loves all her fellow Smurfs equally.
- Meaningful Name: Besides the Smurfs, the villains also have meaningful names: Hogatha, Dr. Charlatan, Ghostwriter, Allura...
- Meaningful Rename: Timid becomes Actor, and Nobody becomes Somebody.
- Meaningless Villain Victory: In the episode "Flighty's Plight", Gargamel gets his hands on his godfather Balthazar's book that contains the gold-making formula and escapes his castle with it...but unfortunately the book isn't written with waterproof ink, as Gargamel finds out when he opens the book after coming out of the moat.
- Meat-O-Vision: The smurf-colored glasses that Handy created in the eponymous episode, which enabled Smurfs to see anyone as handsome and harmless, allows Bigmouth to see Gargamel and Azrael as a pair of walking delectables, which caused Bigmouth to chase Gargamel and Azrael into the forest while the Smurfs make their escape.
- Media Watchdog: Glass objects were absent, as the breaking of such was actually not allowed on cartoons at the time, although this was less noticeable in the show's quasi-medieval setting.
- Medusa: The Gorgon sisters in the Season 9 episode "The Smurf Odyssey".
- Men Don't Cry: The very manly Hefty Smurf chides his fellow Smurf Weepy for being a sissy for crying in one episode, but at the end of it even he is found crying.
- Mercury's Wings: In the episode "The Magical Meanie", Genie Meanie tormented Brainy and Clumsy by causing feetwings to appear on their feet, which made them fly uncontrollably until the genie removed them.
- Messenger of Doom: Grandpa Smurf in the four-part episode "Smurfquest" returns to the village after a 500-year quest around the world to warn the other Smurfs of the impending danger of the Long Life Force Stone losing its power.
- Messianic Archetype / Rightful King Returns: Dreamy Smurf in a dream is treated by the Pookies as this when his Second Coming portends that they will be able to defeat the tyrannical Norf Nags.
- Mind-Control Device: The Crowns Of The Titans in the episode "The Master Smurf", when one of them was worn by Greedy, not only enabled him to control the minds of his fellow Smurfs, but it also affected his own mind. Papa Smurf had to recite a spell to keep the other crown from doing the same to his own mind.
- Mind-Control Music: Madame Trilby's magic flute (no relation to the other magic flute) that Gargamel used on the Smurfs to make them sleepwalk in the episode "Sleepwalking Smurfs". Also the Ghoulliope from the cartoon special "Smurfily Ever After".
- Mineral MacGuffin: The Long Life Stone became the MacGuffin for Grandpa Smurf's adversary Nemesis in a few of the cartoon show's episodes.
- Mirror-Cracking Ugly: Hogatha's mirror cracks when she inspects herself and sees that she has dry skin in "The Golden Smurf Award".
- Mirror Routine: Timid Smurf (later known as Actor) does this to Brainy in the episode "All The Smurf's A Stage".
- Misplaced Wildlife: Skunks, which are North American animals, appear in the European forest of the Middle Ages. The comic books maintain a bit of accuracy by having polecats instead of skunks.
- Mistaken for Afterlife: The Smurfs purposely evoke this trope on Gargamel in the episode "Heavenly Smurfs" to make him think he's being sent to his final judgment in order for him to change his ways and stop chasing after the Smurfs. However, the charade is revealed when one of the Smurfs posing as a visiting angel loses one of his wings.
- Mistaken for Dying: In the episode "Smurf Me No Flowers", Brainy assumes from overhearing Papa Smurf in his laboratory talking about Vanity's plant that Lazy's insomnia is a prelude to his fellow Smurf's soon departure from life, and so he gets his fellow Smurfs to hold a final party for Lazy to comfort him in his final days without letting him know. Of course, Brainy ends up spilling the beans about it, and Lazy decides that he's going to do some daring deeds in his final days — including a bull fight, which makes his fellow Smurfs fearful for him.
- Mock Guffin: Hogatha's magic whistle in "Hogatha's Heartthrob", which she says attracts Smurfs. It's actually her bird call.
- Moral Guardians: In addition to the "obvious" Communism metaphor (see What Do You Mean, It's Not Political? below), there was a lot of complaints about how the Smurfs encouraged witchcraft and satanism back in the day.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Charlatan, who is really a Snake Oil Salesman.
- Mother Nature: A matronly Mother Nature is a Recurring Character.
- Mud Wrestling: A non-Fanservice-y version takes place in "Mud Wrestling Smurfs", where the Wartmongers wrestle with each other in a mud-soaked pit, and when the Smurfs are captured investigating where the mud is coming from, one of the Smurfs has to go into the pit to wrestle a Wartmonger.
- Multi-Part Episode: "Smurf On The Wild Side", a two-parter which introduced Wild Smurf, "The Smurfs That Time Forgot", which originally was a three-part episode, and "Smurfquest", which was a four-part episode.
- Mummy: The Moon-Eyed Mummy in "Mummy Dearest". Jokey was mistaken for one by Lazy in "Jokey's Funny Bone".
- Mustache Vandalism: Ironically, in the episode "Every Picture Smurfs A Story", Painter fixes up a picture of the artist Maestro (who turns out to be trapped in a portrait prison) by painting a mustache on him.
- Played straight in "Tattle-Tail Smurfs", when Brainy shows up with a copy of Quotations Of Brainy Smurf that has his face image defaced with a moustache...and Painter is seen holding a paintbrush behind his back.
- Also the Gingerbread Smurfs from the eponymous episode painted mustaches on the Smurfs, including Smurfette.
- My Smurfness, What Have I Done?: Grouchy's reaction to making Jokey disappear by using the word "kaplowey" on him in anger, followed by a very sad "I hate...myself".
- Mysterious Antarctica: Season 9's "No Reflection On Vanity" takes place there.
- Mythology Gag: In a couple of episodes, Greedy thrown food in Brainy's face and it's not the first time.
- The short temper outbursts that Papa shows in "The Purple Smurfs" was an accurate depiction of his temper in early Smurf comics.
- Farmer losing his temper two or three times is how his comicbook counterpart was not only temperamental but had a foul mouth.
- Named by the Adaptation: The bearded person in the castle that the Smurfs visit in "The Hunger Of The Smurfs" is named Mr. Poppery in the cartoon episode adaptation "Haunted Smurfs".
- Never Mess with Granny: Nanny Smurf is one tough elderly Smurfette.
- Never Say "Die": Surprisingly enough, averted. The words "die" and "dead" are used in several episodes; the most notable one being the episode "Squeaky".
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: In the episode "No Time For Smurfs", Handy accidentally creates temporal copies of himself, Brainy, Clumsy, and Smurfette when they mess around with Father Time's Sands Of Time hourglass by first causing time to go backwards and then causing time to repeat previous events such as their discovery of Father Time's workshop. Averted in that nothing disastrous happens, but the temporal copies do inform Papa Smurf that they have seen what they think are copies of themselves in a cave. Fortunately, by the end of the episode, Father Time and Mother Nature straighten the whole mess out, and the temporal copies vanish.
- Never Trust a Hair Tonic: Gargamel and Brainy learned this lesson the hard way in "Symbols Of Wisdom". Also, Papa Smurf had Hogatha's hair spell in "Smurfette's Golden Tresses" purposely altered by giving her bear fur dyed in the color of Smurfette's hair, which caused the hair to grow so long on Hogatha's head that it covered her face and immobilized her.
- Never Trust a Title: The episode "Hefty And The Wheelsmurfer" is called "Fortachon y Pitufina" ("Hefty And Smurfette") in the Spanish dub, despite the fact that the episode isn't exclusively about Hefty and Smurfette in any sort of relationship. Perhaps a bit of Fan Shipping took place when the developers of the Spanish dub were looking for a suitable title for the episode?
- The Night That Never Ends: The druids' plan in "The Smurfs' Time Capsule".
- No Body Left Behind: In the cartoon special "The Smurfic Games", Gargamel's cousin Argus disappears when he dies, and so also does his castle before the evil wizard tries to do anything with it.
- No Biological Sex: Smoogle and the race of Smoogles seen in the Season 9 episode "G'Day Smoogle" are creatures seen as having no biological sex.
- Nobody Poops: Discussed in one episode where Brainy tries to get out of joining some other Smurfs in searching for a rare flower on a snowy mountaintop by making a bunch of excuses, one of them being that he has to go to the bathroom.
- No Escape but Down: Grouchy and the Smurflings escape Gargamel in the early part of the episode "Grouchy Makes A Splash" by jumping from a precipice into the river. Well, the Smurflings escape into the river, but Grouchy, who doesn't know how to swim, clings onto a root and causes Gargamel to fall into the river before he climbs to safety.
- No, I Am Behind You: Papa Smurf to Hefty and Handy in "The First Telesmurf" through the telesmurf.
Papa Smurf: Handy, Hefty, where are you?
Handy and Hefty: We're here, Papa Smurf.
Papa Smurf: Where is "here?"
Handy and Hefty: Behind you.
Papa Smurf: (looks behind and sees them) Oh, there you are.
- Noisy Shut Up: Papa Smurf does this on occasion to stop his little Smurfs from squabbling.
- No Sense of Personal Space: The Smurfs themselves in the episode "A Hug For Grouchy", where they practically assault Grouchy with a hug.
- Not in the Face!: Vanity in "Chlorhydris' Lost Love" says this when he gets hit in the face with a tomato by the Smurfs affected by the black heart arrow.
- Not Now, We're Too Busy Crying over You: In "Clumsy Luck", Clumsy gets this when he returns to the village and sees that all his fellow Smurfs are mourning for him because they believed that he was killed inside his house when a meteor crashed right on top of it.
- Oireland: The Season 9 episode "Shamrock Smurfs" has them appearing on the Emerald Isle, where the only thing they have to eat are potatoes. Greedy tries to serve them a shamrock stew, but upon his first taste of the stew he becomes a leprechaun and starts harassing the other Smurfs with his mischievous pranks. The rest of the episode is about the Smurfs trying to catch Greedy so that they can turn him back into a normal Smurf before sundown, or else he would end up as a leprechaun forever.
- Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date: Papa Smurf goes on a rowboat date with Flowerbell the woodnymph in the episode "Papa's Wedding Day", where he sings to her, "You're Only As Old As You Think You Are".
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Gargamel's Ghoullliope in the cartoon special "Smurfily Ever After".
- One Million BC: Season 9 began with the Smurfs traveling to the prehistoric past to bring a baby dinosaur home.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: The locket on Puppy's collar, which is said to contain "the key to all magic", could only be unlocked by Baby Smurf, as anyone else trying to open it will be zapped by a lightning bolt.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: The Smurfs dealt with a few giants in their episodes, including one brought to life by Gargamel by using smurfberries, which proved to work against Gargamel because his giant now loved smurfberries.
- Our Time Travel Is Different: Seventeen Smurfs travel through a time whirlwind in Season 9 to get from one time period to another.
- Our Werebeasts Are Different: Besides Peewit turning into a werewolf, we have Brainy turning into a Smurf version of a werewolf-type creature in the episode "I Was A Brainy Weresmurf".
- Panty Shot: An accidental one of Smurfette when she is falling down a shaft in one episode.
- Papa Wolf: Papa Smurf, obviously.
- Grouchy towards Baby Smurf. In "Once in a Blue Moon", he runs away with Baby in order to prevent him from being taken away, and in a later episode he gets over his fear of swimming after seeing Baby in danger.
- Parent with New Paramour: Though we don't know much of Papa Smurf's past, his dating Flowerbell the woodnymph in the episode "Papa's Wedding Day" does become a matter of contention with his little Smurfs, up until they discover that Flowerbell was just tricking Papa Smurf into marrying her so that her captor Lord Balthazar could capture Papa Smurf in exchange for her freedom.
- Parodies of Fire: In the cartoon special "The Smurfic Games", Clumsy strains to reach the finish line at the end of the Smurfathlon while a slight rearrangement of the Chariots of Fire theme tune plays.
- Party Scheduling Gambit: On the animated series, Brainy Smurf throws a "smarty party", but excludes the Smurflings for being too young, so they decide to throw their own party. Eventually, everyone goes to the Smurflings' party after being expelled from Brainy's party for breaking any of the myriad rules he set up.
- Pass the Popcorn: Devil Smurf is seen eating popcorn after watching Angel Smurf reveal to Handy what life in the Smurf Village would be like if he never existed in "It's A Smurfy Life".
- Pegasus: The character Blue Eyes, who appears in a few episodes as Smurfette's friend.
- Performance Anxiety: In "All The Smurf's A Stage", Poet Smurf, who decides to become the lead male star of a play he wrote, comes down with stage fright and is unable to perform on the night of its production, requiring Timid (who was studying to become an actor behind the scenes) to take Poet's place as a last-minute substitution, which earns him the rename Actor.
- Pet Monstrosity: In the episode "Reckless Smurfs", Sassette brings home an oversized frog called a grumper to be her pet while she was under the influence of Gargamel's Daredevil Dust.
- Phantom Zone Picture: Painter Smurf starts painting these in one episode, which ends up trapping Papa Smurf into a painting.
- Phony Psychic: Gargamel and the Smurfs run into a pair of them in "Gargamel's Miss-Fortune".
- Pinocchio Nose: An interesting variant of this trope: in "Tattle-Tail Smurfs", Brainy puts a spell on the Smurflings that causes their tails to grow whenever they tattle-tale.
- Plagiarism: In the episode "Harmony Steals The Show", Harmony was accused of plagiarism when his accuser presented the argument before a judge that he wrote an original symphony for the Smurf to use as his own under a signed contract. Harmony was cleared of that charge when it is revealed that his accuser had plagiarized pieces of other musicians' works to create his "original" symphony.
- Plot Allergy: In "The Sky Is Smurfing, The Sky Is Smurfing", Papa Smurf comes down with an allergy which happens around the same time that a volcano named Mount St. Smurf is preparing to erupt. However, nobody is able to connect the dots together that Papa Smurf is allergic to volcanic dust until the eruption occurs and he calls for all the Smurfs to evacuate the village.
- Poorly Disguised Pilot: The Johan & Peewit cartoons.
- Popcultural Osmosis: The animated Saturday morning show used nothing but clips of classical music for mood and theme setting.
- Portmanteau: The amphibian race known as the Wartmongers ("wart" + "warmonger").
- Pragmatic Adaptation: The adaptation of the original Smurfette story was changed to make sure that she would be established as an undeniably intelligent and loyal member of the village.
- Princess for a Day: Smurfette was made queen for a day by her fellow Smurfs in one episode as a way to celebrate her birthday. The problem was that Father Time fell asleep while fishing, so he forgot to end the day, resulting in Endless Daytime.
- Produce Pelting: The Smurf audience does this to Brainy during his stage announcements in "The Adventures Of Robin Smurf" to tell him to get off the stage.
- Public Domain Soundtrack
- Putting A Hand Over Her Mouth: Papa Smurf does this to Sassette in "Chlorhydris' Lost Love" when she is about to reveal where Drusilla is keeping Manfred prisoner, but Papa Smurf only wants the information revealed on the promise that they will be released from being Chlorhydris' captives.
- Pygmalion Plot: In the episode "Clockwork Smurfette", Handy creates a Distaff Counterpart to Clockwork Smurf so she could be his creation's mate, but unfortunately she ends up feeling more attracted to her creator than to Clockwork. Eventually, though, after she helps Clockwork Smurf rescue the Smurfs from Gargamel, her affections turn towards Clockwork.
- Quicksand Sucks: In "Handy's Sweetheart", the mean Custodian of the pools of Avalon makes the waters turn into quicksand to trap the three Smurfs who were trying to take his lilyroot without paying him gold in return.
- Quote Mine: Nat does this to Selwyn during his fight with his wife Tallulah in "Memory Melons" to record a simple "I love you" message for Tallulah in Selwyn's own words. Ironically, the quote mined message was the original message Selwyn intended to say to his wife all along.
- Rage Against the Reflection: In "Hats Off To Smurfs", Vanity becomes so horrified at how disfigured his face becomes after he started wearing the yellow hat created by Gargamel that he smashed all the mirrors in his house.
- Random Transportation: Season 9 has a story arc where the Smurfs traveled to various points of time around the world with Papa Smurf assembling the time crystals to find the right arrangement that would take the Smurfs straight home...except that they never got home.
- Rapid Aging: Took place in the four-part "Smurfquest" episode when the Long Life Force Stone, which allowed the Smurfs to live long lives through decreased aging, was losing its power, though the Smurflings didn't grow taller as they aged, and Baby Smurf only shows slight wrinkles.
- Red Sky, Take Warning: In the episode "Lost Smurf", the trope takes a twist as a shifting multicolored sky portends a danger that only Grandpa Smurf knew about — a mysterious haunted castle that has taken Nanny Smurf away when she went after him.
- Refugee from TV Land: An episode of the TV series has the in-universe fictional character Don Smurfo (a Smurf Zorro expy) enter into the real universe of the Smurfs.
- Released to Elsewhere: Inverted in "The Clockwork Smurf". While Imperia and Thorick plan to move Prince Gerard to a dungeon where he will rot in obscurity for the rest of his life, she devises a cover story that the prince fell ill and would eventually die, granting his aunt the right to be queen in his place. Of course, Prince Gerard foils this plan and reveals himself to be healthy and alive before Imperia is crowned queen.
- Remembered Too Late: Farmer wishes he never found Gourdy's gourd, then remembers about that rainstorm he needed for his field . . .
- The Renaissance Age of Animation
- Rent-a-Zilla: Carpzilla in "Papa's Big Snooze".
- Resistance Is Futile: Allura the witch says "resistance is useless" to the Smurfs she has held captive with her Fantastic Drug in her fortress in the episode "The Lure Of The Orb".
- Revised Ending: The episode "The Lure Of The Orb" has two similar endings, both in which the Smurfs have their comeuppance with Allura. In one ending, Jokey gives Allura one of his surprises and it simply explodes and reveals the true face of Allura behind her kind gentle persona. In the other ending, Papa Smurf sprinkles some magic dust on Jokey's surprise so that, when he gives it to Allura, it explodes and turns Allura into a frog. The version with the latter ending (with its other change being that the Smurfs held captive by Allura in her fortress have chains on their legs) is usually shown in markets outside the United States.
- Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony: In "The Last Smurfberry", Papa Smurf christens the S.S. Smurf II upon its launch by breaking a bottle against its bow, which takes him a few tries before the bottle breaks.
- Riddle of the Sphinx: Presented by the Sphinix herself in the episode "Smurfquest", which the Smurfs get right and thankfully were allowed to leave her temple with a pure sample of the earth element. The answer to her riddle is "a shadow".
- Roll Out The Red Carpet: Brainy in the episode "Brainy's Smarty Party" gives Papa Smurf the red carpet treatment when he invites him to be the first guest of his It's All About Me party, which Papa Smurf refuses.
- Rump Roast: The cave child Grog is given toasted tooties near the end of "Lost In The Ages".
- Runaway Groom: Chlorhydris assumed that this was what happened to her fiance Manfred the Magnificent on the day of their wedding in "Chlorhydris' Lost Love", but as it turned out, her witch rival Drusilla prevented Manfred from attending the wedding by turning him into stone and kept him a prisoner for twenty years.
- Samus is a Girl: At the climax of "The Smurfette" (an adaptation of the story where Smurfette first appeared), Smurfette disguises herself as "The Lone Smurf" and even disguised her voice, though she still has visible eyelashes.
- Saving Christmas: The episode "Baby's First Christmas" involved the Smurfs working to save Christmas after their Santa Expy Mr. Nicholas had his heart poisoned by hate when Chlorhydris the evil witch kissed him under mistletoe that was used with an evil spell.
- Schmuck Bait: The Box Of Dirty Tricks from the episode of the same name, which had the Smurfs wanting to know what was inside the box that they have found in the river and each of them wanting to be the first to open it.
- Scooby-Dooby Doors: Used in the episode "Lost Smurf" when Papa Smurf, Hefty, Brainy, Wild, and Sassette get chased through a series of doors in a long hallway inside Castle Captor.
- Also in the episode "Smurfing For Ghosts" when Peewit, Brainy, and Clumsy are being chased by ghosts in Quarrel Castle.
- Scotireland: Miner Smurf is spoken of as having either an Irish or a Scottish accent.
- The Scottish Trope: "The Kaplowey Scroll" proved that the word "kaplowey" was dangerous when Grouchy used it on Jokey after being the butt of one of his pranks, and after that every Smurf feared to say anything ever again.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Greedy, Poet, Painter, Handy, Smurfette, and the Smurflings all had their episodes where they decided to leave the village for some reason or another when their talents or presence wasn't appreciated.
- Sealed Evil in a Can:
- The mischievous spirit in "The Box Of Dirty Tricks", which is sealed inside a box in an attempt to contain it from doing anyone any harm. Not that it stops the spirit entirely from doing its dirty tricks upon whoever possesses it.
- Mystico the goblin from "Nobody Smurf", who was sealed inside a fountain and was accidentally released by Nobody and Clumsy Smurf when they knocked over a goblet near the fountain that they were not supposed to touch.
- The druids in a tree in the episode "The Smurfs' Time Capsule". Only their leader managed to escape so that he could get the Moonrock Amulet and free his brothers when the light of the full moon hits the amulet. The Smurfs stopped his attempt and sealed the druid leader back inside the tree.
- The evil wizard trapped in the Swapping Well. (Papa Smurf was the one who had trapped him there, it turned out.)
- The Mad Artist Maestro, who was trapped in a painting for making art that could do that to living creatures, inadvertently released by Painter Smurf (who Maestro affectionately called his "apprentice" later; Painter later had to create the most convincing work of his life — as he said — in order to put him back.)
- Sea Monster: One episode had Gargamel go out to sea to collect sea serpent slime, with him saying that wherever there's sea serpent slime, there's bound to be a sea serpent — and speak of the devil, one shows up at that spot!
- Seashell Bra: Smurfette in "Sassette's Bewitching Friendship" wore one when Melina the good witch accidentally changed her into a mermaid.
- Second Coming: Dreamy Smurf dreams that he has been taken to the land of the Pookies, who have been waiting for his return to deliver them from the tyrannical Norf Nags. The end of the episode, however, may suggest that it was otherwise, as Dreamy trips over a crystal similar to the ones seen in his dream.
- Self-Guarding Phlebotinum: Puppy's locket, which is said to contain "the key to all magic", shocks everyone who tries to open it with a lightning bolt except for Baby Smurf.
- Separated by the Wall: In "Unsound Smurfs", the Smurflings and Puppy are trapped outside the village when Brainy casts a spell that casts an unbreakable soundproof barrier around the village. Fortunately, because the Smurfs obtained the Chekhov's Skill of sign language from Laconia, they were able to communicate with each other in order to tell the Smurflings what they must do to break the barrier.
- Sequel Episode: The series had "Smurfette Unmade" as a sequel for "The Smurfette" and "Dreamy's Pen Pals" as a sequel for "The Astro Smurf".
- Ship-to-Ship Combat: In-universe example: Gargamel starts one of these in the Season 1 episode "Romeo and Smurfette" when he has a mind controlled Smurfette say that she's decided to marry either Hefty or Handy. All the other Smurfs take sides, and things get so violent that Papa Smurf has to divide the village with a this is my side line to keep Team Hefty and Team Handy from killing each other. We couldn't make this stuff up.
- Short Cuts Make Long Delays: In the episode "The Trojan Smurf", the Smurfs must carry a big statue of Papa Smurf (which is really a Trojan Horse for Gargamel to infiltrate the Smurf Village) to the village, but cannot get it across the river because the bridge is too small. Brainy suggests a "short cut", which ends up taking the statue down a very steep slope, only to fall into a raging river that ends in a waterfall that Bigmouth is taking a bath at the bottom of, and said ogre mistakes the statue for a talking Papa Smurf doll.
- Show Within a Show: Their plays based on Robin Hood and The Three Musketeers were examples of this.
- Shrine to Self: Vanity's home is this, since it has nothing but paintings and sculptures of himself. In "Good Neighbor Smurf", though, Brainy changes everything in it so that it is now a shrine to himself instead of Vanity.
- Significant Birth Date: Jokey and Gargamel share the same birthday in the series — Halloween!
- Single-Episode Handicap: Hefty was stuck in a wheelchair in one episode after breaking his leg.
- Skip of Innocence: Smurfette often does this when she joyfully has a walk in the forest, in various episodes of the series.
- Slumber Party: The Smurfs subject Lazy to an all-night slumber party in one episode.
- Smashing Watermelons: The Smurfs go smashing smurfmelons in Farmer's garden in the episode "Alarming Smurfs" when they accidentally set off all the alarm bugs that Brainy and Clumsy had placed around the village.
- Smurflings Are Cruel: In "The Tallest Smurf", Nat, Snappy, and Sassette pick on Slouchy for being the shortest Smurfling. Of course, they end up eating humble pie when Slouchy makes a wish to be the biggest Smurf in the village, and Gourdy fulfills it by making all the other Smurfs bug-size.
- Smurfs Use Violence, Smurfettes Use Communication: In the episode "Supersmurf", Brainy as Supersmurf tries and almost succeeds in getting the Smurfs' supply of food back from Bigmouth by using violence, only for his magic-given superpowers to wear out. Smurfette tries using communication (which in this case means feminine wiles and pleas of sympathy) to get the food back from Bigmouth, only that doesn't work either. It takes Brainy coming up with the idea of distracting Bigmouth's appetite with rocks dipped in slime sauce that the Smurfs are able to get their food back.
- Snake Oil Salesman: The Smurfs dealt with one of these in "The Miracle Smurfer".
- Solid Gold Poop: The chicken that lays painted Easter eggs in the Season 9 episode "Painter's Egg-cellent Adventure".
- Spell Book: Gargamel in this series is the owner of the Great Book of Spells, which he occasionally turns to when his own magic abilities and knowledge aren't enough to help him catch the Smurfs.
- Spinning Paper: A spinning front page of the Smurf Village newspaper can be seen in the episode "All The News That's Fit To Smurf". And this is just right after Reporter got some juicy news from his fellow Smurfs by hiding under a table and listening to them talk secretly to each other!
- Stage Magician: Malchior the Magnificent is this for the series, from whom Jokey wants to learn how to do stage magic.
- Sticky Situation: In an animated episode, Gargamel tries to trap The Smurfs in a sticky glue trap, only to end up trapping Hogatha who is none too pleased about it. She demands to be freed from the trap, but Gargamel tells her to get herself out. Hogatha does, but she uses her magic to put Gargamel into his own sticky trap.
- In another episode, Gargamel casts a spell that causes the Smurfs to get stuck to each other, which Papa Smurf uses to his advantage by having the stuck Smurfs stick on Gargamel, forcing him to come up with a counter-spell that frees him and all the other Smurfs.
- Stink Bomb: Gargamel's stink bomb in the episode "Born Rotten" is a purple smelly hatchling imported from the steppes of central Asia which hatches in the Smurf Village, forcing the Smurfs to wear masks over their faces.
- Stock Ness Monster: "The Loch monster" from the Season 9 episode "Hefty Sees A Serpent".
- A Storm Is Coming: What kicks off the plot of "Never Smurf Off Till Tomorrow".
- Stout Strength: Bigmouth and pretty much all ogres are big, fat, and strong.
- Strapped to an Operating Table: Jokey and Clumsy in the episode "Jokey's Funny Bone" are strapped together on two adjoining tables when Brainy is about to do the funny bone transplant operation.
- Street Urchin: Homnibus' adopted son Justin in "To Smurf A Thief" was one when he used to go by the name of Dipper.
- Super Powers for a Day: In the episode "Supersmurf", Brainy gets Superman-like powers through magic in order to get the food that Bigmouth has stolen from the Smurfs back, but the formula only lasts for a few hours.
- Superstition Episode: This show had a few of them. One was where Clumsy accidentally broke Vanity's mirror and thought he brought seven years of bad luck on himself, and another was where the Smurfs thought Papa Smurf turned into a frog because he made that kind of wish at a so-called wishing tree.
- Swallowed Whole: The title characters on a sailing ship were swallowed up by a whale in "Smurfs At Sea". They escape by tearing apart their boat and turning part of it into an escape raft while the rest was converted into a hydraulic lift to keep the whale's mouth open long enough for them to escape through it.
- Sword Fight: In the show's adaptation of Robin Hood, Vanity as Robin Smurf and Brainy as Prince John are both fighting with wooden swords, but Vanity acts as if he's barely even fighting. It only ends when Harmony tackles Brainy and sends him flying into the moat.
- Syndication Title: Smurfs' Adventures.
- Tablecloth Yank: In the episode "Tick Tock Smurfs", Clumsy is told by his fellow Smurfs to clear the table because they're on Brainy's time schedule, and Clumsy does it by yanking the tablecloth, causing food to spill right onto Papa Smurf's face.
- Taken for Granite:
- The Smurfs in one episode were a victim to a spell that petrified them and half their forest, and would have stayed that way had Peewit not been able to convince two feuding sorcerers to stop fighting with each other and recite the incantation together that reverses the condition.
- Manfred the Magnificent, Chlorhydris' long-lost love in one episode, was turned into a statue by her witch rival Drusilla, who ended up becoming a statue herself when she tried to cast the petrifying spell on Sassette and Vanity.
- Gargamel himself was a victim of a potion that turned him and his cat Azrael into stone. Papa Smurf restored him to normal.
- Presumably the fate of Papa Smurf's former mentor Palladore in "The Smurfs' Time Capsule".
- Tampering with Food and Drink: In "The Blue Plague", Brainy slips a concoction made by Gargamel into his fellow Smurfs' meal, thinking it would be a cure-all for all their problems, but it ended up making them act like chickens when they ate it.
- Temporary Blindness: In one episode, Poet Smurf is struck mute, and learns sign language from a friendly elf named Laconia.
- Also, in the episode "Dark Ness Monster" Brainy Smurf is rendered practically blind after losing his glasses. He has to rely on Clumsy Smurf's guidance for the episode, which results in the two becoming best friends.
- Theme Tune Cameo: The Smurfs are prone to la-la-ing their own theme song.
- That is, of course, unless they're using the Alternative Foreign Theme Song in the foreign market showings. And in some of the language dubs, they will even sing that.
- It also has a comic book appearance in the story Bathing Smurfs.
- There Is Only One Bed: In "Papa Smurf, Papa Smurf", the two Papa Smurfs realized that there was only one bed for them to sleep in and so offered each other the opportunity to sleep there while the other slept elsewhere. Both of them turned the offer down and slept elsewhere in the house.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: In the episode "Smurfing For Ghosts", Peewit calls for the Smurfs' help because of Quarrel Castle's resident ghost Uncle Fenwick trying to get his relatives to leave.
- This Just In: Handy's news report in the episode "Handy's Window Vision" was interrupted by Gargamel lifting up the roof of his Smurf house to capture him, and he just had time enough to warn his viewers that Gargamel has invaded the village.
- Throw the Book at Them: In the episode "Tailor's Magic Needle", when Brainy pesters Tailor about using the magic needle to sew up his hard-cover books, Brainy gets thrown out of the village along with his books.
- Time Capsule: In "The Smurfs' Time Capsule", Papa Smurf's former mentor Palladore leaves him a time capsule of items, one of which is meant to be used to stop the druids from escaping the tree that they have been imprisoned in.
- Time Stands Still: In the episode "No Time For Smurfs", Handy, Brainy, and Clumsy accidentally cause time to stand still when they break Father Time's Sands Of Time hourglass.
- The Tooth Hurts: In the episode "The Moor's Baby", one of Lord Balthazar's goons has a tooth that's hurting.
- Total Eclipse of the Plot: In the cartoon show special "My Smurfy Valentine", Chlorhydris the witch must find a special cat that would unlock the power of a magic wishing well during a rare solar eclipse on Valentine's Day that happens only once every 1000 years.
- Training Montage: There's one in the episode "Supersmurf", as Brainy tries to make himself strong through exercise before he tires himself out.
- Traumatic Haircut: In the episode "Smurfette's Golden Tresses", Hogatha captures Smurfette and forces her to cut off all her hair so that the evil witch could use it to give herself natural blond hair. Papa Smurf has Smurfette hide her hair underneath her hat and then has Barber snip off some fur from a bearskin rug and dye it yellow to make it look like Smurfette cut off all her hair.
- Trojan Horse: Invoked in at least two episodes: one where Gargamel hides inside a giant hollow statue of Papa Smurf so that the Smurfs would be lured into bringing him into the village, and another where the Smurfs themselves hide inside a hobbyhorse in order to rescue Smurfette from a spoiled little girl during their time travels.
- True Love's Kiss: In the episode "The Prince And The Hopper", Prince Theodore has been turned into a frog and must receive a kiss from the one who truly loves him within a few days or else he will become a frog forever. The prince thinks that his bride-to-be Lady Jasmine is the one who truly loves him, but Smurfette finds out that she's only interested in his money. Just as Prince Theodore is about turn permanently into a frog, Smurfette confesses her love for the prince and kisses him, restoring him to his true human form.
- Tyop on the Cover: The episode "Farmer's Genie" has "genie" misspelled "genii" on the title card.
- Unexplained Accent: They flourish among the Smurfs; several of them have very distinct accent that they really have no reason for having developed. For example, Clumsy speaks in a distinct Southern dwarl, Painter speaks in a French accent, Miner's is a Scotirish, and Farmer's is from Maine.
- Unfortunate Item Swap: In the episode "Wedding Bells For Gargamel", the Smurfs are so busy preparing a hope chest for Andria the baron's daughter that in their rush to get it finished Poet and Brainy bump into each other and Poet ends up putting the map to the Smurf Village into the hope chest while Brainy has Poet's wedding poem. And even worse, as it turns out that Andria's husband-to-be is Gargamel, the evil wizard finds the map in the hope chest and now wants to marry her in order to get his hands on the map.
- Unicorn: The episode "Smurfing For Unicorns" featured one, which the Smurfs were looking for to cure Puppy when he drank polluted water and got sick. Prince Garth and the fairy cavaliers are seen riding unicorns in "All's Smurfy That Ends Smurfy".
- The Unintelligible: Both Clockwork Smurf and Wild Smurf were this in the cartoon show, whereas their comic book counterparts either could speak Smurf language from the start or eventually learned how to do so.
- Unwanted Gift Plot: The episode "A Gift For Papa's Day" is all about Papa Smurf trying to get rid of a gift hat that he doesn't like wearing. It gets humorously mistaken for a Magic Hat by Gargamel when he uses it to capture the Smurfs, and Papa Smurf even fools Gargamel into believing that it is in order to distract him long enough for the Smurfs to escape.
- Unwanted Assistance: Farmer Smurf often tells his Benevolent Genie, Gourdy, to stop helping him.
- Valentine's Day Episode: The cartoon show special "My Smurfy Valentine" and the episode "Head Over Hogatha". "Chlorhydris' Lost Love" takes place on a similar day called Smurfy Friendship Day.
- The Vamp: Flowerbell the woodnymph in "Papa's Wedding Day" on the cartoon show. Also the cartoon version of the Smurfette before her Heel-Face Turn, and Hogatha disguised as a beautiful woman in "The Magic Earrings" in order to get the other earring from Gargamel.
- Vanishing Village: Castle Captor is a Haunted Castle that appears every 500 years to capture those who are foolish enough to enter its gates, and tries very hard to keep its captives from ever escaping before it disappears.
- Ventriloquism: Jokey Smurf in the episode "Gargamel's Dummy" shows he has a talent for ventriloquism when he frightens Brainy (twice) with the eponymous dummy.
- Vetinari Job Security: In the episode "Greedy Goes On Strike", Greedy hangs up his apron and decides to go on strike when the other Smurfs take his role as the village chef for granted. Throughout the course of the episode, other Smurfs try their hand at being the village chef, only to realize after several failures that they really need Greedy to do the cooking because he is the only one who is very skilled at cooking.
- Villain Episode: Gargamel has one in the episode "The Winged Wizard".
- Villain Song: Gargamel has a few of them, one being an adaptation of "Mean, Sour, Nasty, And Cruel" from Yogi's First Christmas that appears in "The Blue Plague".
- Vine Swing: Wild Smurf does this in the medieval Europe-style Smurf Forest.
- Voodoo Doll: A variant of this trope appears in the episode "Denisa's Greedy Doll" when Gargamel puts Greedy's apron on Denisa's doll and casts a spell on it so that whatever happens to the doll wearing the apron also affects Greedy. The Smurfs turn the tables by having the doll wear fabric from Gargamel's robe.
- Walk the Plank: A pirate captain does this to Gargamel when he chases after a group of Smurfs sailing the seas in "The Last Smurfberry."
- Wallet Moths: Shown in the episode "The Magic Earrings" when Gargamel tries to see how much money he has for a gift he wants to buy from a traveling salesman and finds out that he only has one penny.
- Weapons That Suck: Brainy and Clumsy in the cartoon show episode "Smurfing For Ghosts" use a Ghostbusters-type backpack weapon that acts like a vacuum cleaner for sucking up ghosts. Gargamel in "The Trojan Smurf" also had a weapon that acted like a vacuum cleaner for sucking up Smurfs. And there was Handy's Snow Rover which in Gargamel's hands turned from blow to suck in "It's A Smurfy Life".
- Weasel Mascot: Evelyn's pet weasel from the episode "Gargamel's Sweetheart."
- Wedding Day: The cartoon special "Smurfily Ever After" was devoted to the wedding of Cute Mute Laconia and her beloved Woody. Woody wanted it simple, but the Smurfs were willing to make it a monumental event, which got ruined by Gargamel showing up with his Ghoulliope musical machine. By the special's end, Woody got the simple wedding he wanted all along.
- We Have Ways of Making You Talk: Gargamel says this to Clumsy in the episode "The Chief Record Smurf" after Clumsy is given photographic memory and is able to perfectly recall Papa Smurf's invisibility formula.
- Went to the Great X in the Sky: In the episode "The Patchwork Bear", the Emerald Empress says that her father went to the great palace in the sky.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: In "The Essence Of Brainy", Brainy once loses his Know-Nothing Know-It-All essence and the other Smurfs must find a way to bring back his usual annoying self.
- What the Fu Are You Doing?: "Karate Clumsy" is built entirely around this trope.
- Who Are You Calling Names?: In the episode "The First Telesmurf", Gargamel discovers the overgrown smurfmelon vines have reached his hovel and he starts hearing the voices of the Smurfs from within it.
Gargamel: What do we have here...some kind of a Smurf tunnel? Very clever for creatures that are basically stupid.
Hefty: Stupid? Who are you calling 'stupid', Brainy?
Brainy: I didn't say that.
- Who Will Bell the Cat?: Simply how the plot of the episode "A Bell For Azrael" starts off: the Smurfs make a bell for Azrael, and they draw straws for who will be the one to bell the cat. Brainy gets the short straw. Fortunately, Brainy manages to get the bell on Azrael without sacrificing himself by having its string loop around his tail.
- Why Waste a Wedding?: In the episode "Papa's Wedding Day", the intended wedding of Papa Smurf and Flowerbell the woodnymph was called off because she was revealed to be the infiltrator intending to have Papa Smurf fall in love with her so he could be captured by Balthazar, only to soon have a Heel-Face Turn and help the Smurfs rescue Papa Smurf from Balthazar. With a big wedding cake going to waste, Papa Smurf decides that they should all enjoy it together.
- Widow Witch: Witch Widow, who is a teacher of a little witches' school in "Sassette's Bewitching Friendship".
- Window Love: In "No Smurf Is An Island", Handy and Marina kissed each other underwater through the window glass of Handy's smurfmarine.
- Wizard Duel: Papa Smurf has a few duels with wizards in the cartoon show, one of them being with Hotap in "Papa's Family Album".
- Women Are Wiser: One of the ways that the producers tried to compensate for The Smurfette Principle with that character with Smurfette becoming almost the default second in command of the village.
- Would Hit a Girl: Hefty attempts on hitting Smurfette in the cartoon adaptation of "The Smurfette" after she fesses up she's taking orders from Gargamel.
- Writer's Block: Poet Smurf dealt with this in the episode "Poet's Writer's Block".
- You Mean Xmas: Because Halloween is the day that the Smurfs celebrate Jokey's birthday, a similar holiday called Spook-A-Smurf Eve is celebrated by the main characters in the episode "Monster Smurfs." There's also Smurfy Friendship Day, which is basically a second Valentine's Day for the Smurfs, and the Feast Of Plenty, which is probably the closest thing they have to a Thanksgiving.
- You're Just Jealous: Smurfette in the episode "Papa's Wedding Day" says this of her fellow Smurfs when they see Papa Smurf falling in love with and dating Flowerbell the woodnymph, only to remain oblivious to the fact that Flowerbell was just luring Papa Smurf with her affections into being captured by Lord Balthazar until it was too late.
- Zap Zap Kiss: Selwyn and Tallulah, the bickering sorcerer couple who fight with each other as much as they love each other. One of their martial spats became so violent that they almost destroyed the entire forest with it.