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Empath: The Luckiest Smurf is a fanfiction series created by Vic George that is based on The Smurfs. It features his main character Empath Smurf, who is born with telepathic and telekinetic abilities. It is set in its own universe mostly based around the 1980s cartoon show, but also featuring characters from The Smurfs comic books, Sony Pictures' live-action The Smurfs film series, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Johan and Peewit, and the PVC toy character line. Originally a secular fanfiction, it has evolved into a more Christian version of the Smurfs franchise due to its original character Tapper becoming more Christian as the series progressed.

The body of his work can be found on Vic George's Imaginarium and also on the Smurfs Fanon Wiki. There's also Reporter's Inside Stories, which is a series of interviews with Smurf characters from the main series, and A Narrator's Story, which consists of non-canonical adaptations of existing Smurfs comic book stories.

As of December 2023, the series has been put on a temporary hiatus so that its author could focus on The Jeremiah School, an original Christian fantasy book project that is similar to Harry Potter.


  • Adaptational Backstory Change: The origin of the Smurfs being changed from them all being Papa Smurf's sons that were born by Delivery Stork to them being sons of Papa Smurf's fellow Smurfs, with the parents dying off from an Only Fatal to Adults plague and Papa Smurf being forced to adopt them all as his sons.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Duncan McSmurf as the Captain Ersatz of Gutsy is given brown hair whereas Gutsy has ginger hair. Also, Duncan has green plaid instead of blue.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • Gutsy from the live-action films is renamed Duncan McSmurf in this series, although he is still called Gutsy as an insult by his friend/rival Hefty.
    • The Book That Tells Everything from the comic books is renamed The Great Book Of Answers in the story of the same name.
    • Also Adhemar and Godillot from the comic book story "The Jewel Smurfer" are renamed Stanley and Simon in the adaptation "Empath The Bandit Smurf".
  • Adapted Out: Certain Smurf characters from the cartoon show, the comic books, and the live-action films do not appear in this series.
  • Adventures in the Bible: Done via Imaginarium instead of time travel in the story "The Smurf Of Solomon", as Empath tries to find out who "the Beloved" in the Song Of Solomon that Smurfette was enamored to is. Played straight through time travel in "Smurfed Behind: The Passion Of The Smurfs" when the Smurfs visit Jerusalem during the time of Jesus' death and resurrection.
  • Alternate Timeline: Two of the stories deal with alternate timelines where Smurfette marries other Smurfs: Papa Smurf in one, and Hefty in another. A third alternate timeline has a non-powered Empath become Wild Smurf.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: Besides its Patchwork Fic status, its other alternate universe elements are (1) the Smurfs are all born through physical reproduction instead of through a Delivery Stork, (2) Papa Smurf had other fellow Smurfs in his generation as the parents of "his little Smurfs", but have all died during The Plague, leaving the children as orphans, and (3) the boy Smurflings were never de-aged adult Smurfs and Sassette was a real female Smurfling who was trapped in a Crystal Prison.
  • The Alternet: This series has the Mirror Net (a medieval fantasy version of the Internet that uses magic mirrors), with Hogatha the witch contacting other sorcerers through Magebook.
  • Amnesia Missed a Spot: In the novel, the Psyche Master claims to have completely erased all of Empath's memories as an infant so that he would have no memory of ever being Papa Smurf's only biological son. However, the erasure procedure left only that memory of the infant Empath crying when he saw his father leave him in Psychelia just moments before the procedure started.
  • Arranged Marriage: Psyches are purposely bonded to members of the same sex with the Psyche Master choosing the partners. As it turns out, Empath has been bonded to Polaris Psyche.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Empath in the story "Smurfing In Heaven" is made to believe this is what happened to him when he was left alone by the other Smurfs when they were lost in time-travel...that he died and has now ascended to Elysium to be with the other Smurfs who have also presumably perished, where he will be given the mantle of godhood. As it turns out, Empath really didn't die and the Elysium he was taken to was a magical illusion created by Ares the god of war in order to lure his object of admiration into becoming his god of conquest.
  • Awful Truth: The awful truth Papa Smurf was trying to keep from Empath until his 150th birthday? Empath is Papa Smurf's only biological son, and Papa Smurf had purposely sent Empath away to Psychelia because he feared how his son would be treated by his fellow Smurfs because of his telepathic and telekinetic powers.
  • Back from the Dead: "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf" plays on this, having the parents of all of Empath's fellow Smurfs (as well as Empath's own mother) return from the dead just before New Year's Eve. It turns out to be a spell-induced hallucination cast upon the Smurfs by their nemesis Chlorhydris, which surprisingly doesn't affect Smurfette, Polaris Psyche, or the three boy Smurflings.
  • Backstory Horror: It's amazing how most of the Smurfs under Papa Smurf's care live happy, carefree lives like in the 1980s cartoon show, given that the parents who were the Smurfs of Papa Smurf's generation have all died in The Plague that is Only Fatal to Adults back when the Smurfs were just little Smurflings. And of course, there's Papa Smurf subjecting his only begotten son Empath to 150 years of living in Psychelia with a group of xenophobic emotionless telepaths.
  • Birthday Beginning: The novel begins on the main character's 150th birthday, which turns out to be the day when he is finally released from being in Psychelia, and most of the Smurfs in the village are preparing for his birthday and his arrival home. 150 years for a Smurf (particularly a male Smurf) is basically the age of entering adulthood, as in The Smurfs (1981) cartoon show.
  • Blind Musician: Orbit Smurf has light-sensitive eyes that require him to wear a wraparound visor at all times, but is very good at composing and playing music.
  • Blood Magic: In "Where The Wind Carries You", which is an adaptation of the cartoon show episode "Never Smurf Off Till Tomorrow", Tapper (who appears in the place of the adult Nat Smurf among the Smurfs who were taken by the hurricane and dumped inside a volcano from which they escape) claims the blood of Jesus Christ over himself and his fellow Smurfs to protect them from the sharks that come swimming around them, ready to devour them. Whether it is because of this or what Tapper says, the sharks eventually swim away, leaving the Smurfs unharmed.
  • Born as an Adult: Actually, Psyches are grown in gestation chambers for a year until they become the equivalent of 50-year-old Smurflings. No specific reason is given for this.
  • Bouquet Toss: In the novel and its companion story "Empath's Wedding", the bouquet toss is combined with the garter toss, and while Sassette gets the bouquet that Smurfette tosses, Snappy gets the garter (which he calls a "slingshot") that Empath tosses. Nat points that the one who catches the "slingshot" must marry the one who catches the bouquet, and both Snappy and Sassette stick out their tongues at the horrid thought that they must someday marry each other.
  • Brain Bleach:
    • In the story "Smurfette's Inner Beauty", when Empath, Brainy, and Duncan McSmurf follow Hogatha to a Wizard's Ball after her magical makeover:
    Empath: It seems that Hogatha wants Harlequin to spend a night with her in her castle.
    Duncan: That's certainly a picture that I don't want smurfing in my head, laddie.
    • Sassette says she'd have this if Tapper was serving it in his tavern to make her forget about ever hearing about Empath and Polaris "sharing dreams" with each other in "Flowerbell's Love Triangle."
  • Brains and Brawn: The Oirish Bible-thumping bartender Tapper and the Brave Scot Duncan McSmurf are this kind of duo, as are the twin brothers Handy and Hefty.
  • Bridal Carry: In two separate alternate timelines where Smurfette is married to someone, her husband picks her up and carries her out of the kitchen, supposedly into the bedroom.
  • Broad Strokes: This series' treatment of the Smurfs cartoon show as part of its history, as well as some of the comic book stories and the Animated Adaptation of The Smurfs and the Magic Flute.
  • Bubble Pipe: In a Reporter's Inside Stories interview with Papa Smurf, which is part of this series, Papa Smurf is seen with a smoking pipe and is chided by Reporter about how harmful smoking is... until he sees that Papa Smurf is blowing bubbles with his pipe.
  • Buffy Speak: In the story adaptation "A Haunted Christmas", Duncan McSmurf chides with his friend Tapper that he would rather see Tapper alone with Smurfette in the tavern doing...well, "intimate things."
  • But Now I Must Go: Smurfette in "I Dream Of Smurfette" thinks that it's time for her to leave the village once she realizes she's made the entire village except for Papa Smurf fearful because of their having "the Smurfette dream". Fortunately, her fellow Smurfs were able to talk her out of doing that.
  • Captain's Log: Empath occasionally begins the story with an entry in his personal journal, and in some stories updates his journal with things that took place in the story from his perspective.
  • Cat Up a Tree: Empath rescues a kitten that climbed up a tree in the framing story of "Under The Cat's Paw".
  • The Cameo: Would you believe there's a Snork that attended Empath's wedding?
  • Carpet of Virility: Papa Smurf with his chest and belly hair in Hulk mode in "Papa's Big Crush".
  • Celebrity Paradox: Averted in this series. Peyo is still the creator of The Smurfs in this universe, only the details of how he would come up with the idea of the Smurfs is different, based on a certain artifact that Handy and Empath have created in "Days Of Future Smurfed".
  • Chez Restaurant: The story title "Chez Empath" isn't about a restaurant, but about Empath being the village cook.
  • Chick Magnet: Papa Smurf in "Virtual Smurfality" becomes this when he ends up being the only Smurf left in the Imaginarium beach setting and the imaginary Smurfettes are all chasing after him.
  • Child of Two Worlds: Empath is born a Smurf but raised as a Psyche from infancy, and thus struggles with who he wishes to identify himself as when he finds out the truth of his actual parentage.
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: Duncan McSmurf decides to get stoned out of his mind with smurfnip in an alternate timeline story where he witnesses Smurfette marrying Papa Smurf. Grouchy in the main timeline story "Smurfnip Madness" tries to resist the temptation of smoking a smurfnip cigarette, but ends up succumbing to it and almost being arrested by Brainy and Hefty posing as police officers.
  • Common Tongue: In the series, there's Smurf language, and there's human language which most beings (humans and non-humans alike) speak, including Psyches (though they call it Psychelian). There's also the "lost languages" of the Smurfs, which correspond to other human languages, such as Schtroumpf (French), Pitufo (Spanish), Schlumpf (German), Puffo (Italian), and Smurfentaal (Dutch). Painter Smurf occasionally speaks in Schtroumpf while Zipper tends to speak in Pitufo at times.
  • Crapsack World: The year 2005 for the Smurfs is this, as seen in "Days Of Future Smurfed". Their village is long gone, the forest is dwindling due to the increasing human population, and there are (presumably) only two Smurfs left living in the world. The only Hope Spot they have is that their legend has been passed down to a human (Peyo) who has made the Smurfs known to the world, if only as "his own cartoon creations".
  • Crashing Dreams: In the mini-story "Lazy's Birthday Dream", Lazy dreams that he is having a beer-and-weed (read: sarsaparilla ale and smurfnip) birthday party with his fellow Smurfs when he hears his name constantly called out to him, which turn out to be his friends waking him up for his (real) birthday party.
  • Crystal Prison: Sassette as a real young female Smurfling was put into suspended animation inside a crystal.
  • Dance Party Ending: "My Unsmurfy Valentine" ends with the Valentine's Day dance party that the Smurfs attend after dealing with being affected by Eros' lust arrows and most of the male Smurfs kissing each other.
  • Data Crystal: In the series, all memory of Smurf history that was transferred into Empath's mind from his great-grandson in the future has been transferred into a magical memory crystal, which in-universe will be given to Peyo so that he can create The Smurfs.
  • Deadly Disc: Prior to his being transported into a TRON-like world in "Inside The Game", Hefty plays a game of frisbee dodgeball with his fellow Smurfs, which Smurfette sees as a brutal game.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Papa Smurf becomes the sole parent of about a hundred Smurfs because their parents have all passed away due to The Plague. However, some of them also had the foresight to teach their children important skills that would be useful in their lives, although they never expected those skills to come in handy after such a loss of parents.
  • Decomposite Character: Due to Nat Smurf not appearing in the series as anything but a Smurfling from Smurfling Island, the adult Nat Smurf's characteristics in the stories that he appeared in from the cartoon show were divvied up between Tracker and Tapper.
  • Delivery Stork: Subverted in this series, as the Smurfs here are capable of physical reproduction. The stork carrying Baby Smurf to the Smurf Village is a unique example, since Baby Smurf in this series came from Smurfling Island.
  • Deus ex Machina: In "The Other Smurfette" during the court case between Empath and Hogatha as Wonderette, Empath was declared guilty of sexual assault unto Wonderette due to the lack of evidence supporting Empath's claim that Wonderette had raped him and was ready to be sentenced to banishment and complete loss of use of his abilities when the mysterious Attorney Smurf appears, has Wonderette confess her true identity and what she did, has Wonderette change back to her true self as Hogatha while blocking her magical ability, and then teleports her out of the village, leaving Papa Smurf with no choice but to declare the court case a mistrial and Empath innocent of all charges against him. Lampshaded by Empath himself when he says that instead of him winning the case, Attorney Smurf just came out of nowhere and won the case for him. Justified, as it turns out that Attorney Smurf was actually sent by God to defend Empath on the behalf of Tapper.
  • Did You Just Have Sex?: Duncan McSmurf is able to tell through his sense of smell whether a fellow Smurf just had "the Smurfette dream."
  • Died on Their Birthday: In the story "Days Of Future Smurfed", Empath as Great-Grandfather Smurf dies on his 1150th birthday.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage:
    • In the series, the Smurfs theme song from the 1980s cartoon show is consistently referred to as "the Smurf song", even by its characters. In "The Grouchiest Friendship", Empath learns the lyrics of the song during his first visit to the Smurf Village. In "Smurphony Of The Night", Empath uses the tune to disrupt the effect of the Mind-Control Music that Lord Vladimir Smurfula uses on Smurfette.
    • In "For The Smurf Of Money" (an adaptation of "The Finance Smurf"), the Smurfs near the end of the story sing an altered version of the Smurf song when they decide to ultimately reject the money system.
    "La, la, la la la la, sing the smurfy song.
    La, la, la la la la, smurf it all day long.
    La, la, la la la la, a life with no money.
    La, la, la la la la, smurfy as can be.
    Caring for every Smurf is smurf more than all the gold.
    Everyone is smurfier to smurf the ways of old.
    La, la, la la la la, now you know the tune,
    La, la, la la la la, you'll be smurfing soon."
  • Distant Prologue: An inversion of this trope: the beginning of "Days Of Future Smurfed" takes place in the early 21st Century, with Empath and his great-grandson Polaris Smurf (who would soon become Traveler) as the last two Smurfs alive. The rest of the story cuts between that time period and the medieval Europe time period that the entirety of the series takes place in, as Polaris!Traveler's purpose is to create a Stable Time Loop.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Vanity in "My Unsmurfy Valentine" gets so distracted by Smurfette after he runs into her that it takes a while for him to snap back to looking at himself in his mirror.
  • Divine Ranks: According to some stories in the series, Tapper's God, which turns out to be the Christian God, is the supreme god, and all other gods such as Ares and Hermes from classical Greek mythology are lesser gods who don't stand a chance against Him.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: "The No Hug Zone" is full of this..."consensual hugs", a group of Smurfs gathered around Tapper's Tavern wanting to hug Grouchy, and a hug assault where Grouchy fights off his assailant.
  • Double-Meaning Title:
    • The subtitle of the series refers to the title character (1) being lucky to have been born with telepathic and telekinetic abilities, and (2) being lucky to be chosen as Smurfette's One True Love. Also (3) he is lucky to be the only begotten son of Papa Smurf, as all his fellow Smurfs are actually Happily Adopted.
    • The title of the story "Papa's Big Crush", meaning (1) Papa Smurf has an amorous interest in Smurfette, and (2) Papa Smurf Hulks out when he inhales the "pheromone cologne" mixed with other chemicals, causing him to smash and crush things.
  • Double Standard Rape: Female on Male: In "The Other Smurfette", Hogatha as a female Smurf named Wonderette takes Empath out on a moonlight walk where they go to a private place and just kiss, but Empath realizes that Wonderette wants to have sex with him and refuses to go along with it. Wonderette uses her magic powers to strip Empath of his clothes and have him lie naked and spread-eagled on the ground so that she cound mount him and rape him. Later, to cover her tracks, Wonderette has Empath accused of raping her instead so that Empath would be vilified. This was played for drama.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Empath becomes an alcoholic in the alternate timeline where Smurfette marries Papa Smurf. Hefty in the main timeline story "Empath's Wedding" sits alone in Tapper's Tavern with a single glass of sarsaparilla ale on the night before the wedding, wondering why Smurfette won't marry him and realizing that he just couldn't compete against Empath. By morning, it is clear that Hefty is hung over just from that single glass.
  • Drugs Are Bad: More specifically, smurfnip is supposed to be bad for you, though the Smurfs encounter a much worse drug — pixie dust, which nearly kills Vanity after snorting it.
  • Dying for Symbolism: An in-universe example: In the mini-story "The Only Begotten Son", Tapper points out the similarities between Empath's "death" as an infant and Jesus' death on the cross in that both deaths have resulted in bringing forth many to become adopted children — with Jesus' death, the humans becoming adopted children of God, and with Empath's "death", his fellow Smurfs becoming adopted children of Papa Smurf.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In "Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette", when Papa Smurf and Smurfette announce that they're going to be married, most of the Smurfs laugh as if they think it is a joke. Polaris responds that he assumes that Papa Smurf and Smurfette are very honest and determined about this while the two look at the other Smurfs in distaste. However, the other Smurfs stop laughing when Empath calls out Papa Smurf and Smurfette for being in an relationship to the point of getting married...
  • Ear Ache: In "Virtual Smurfality", Smurfette pulls on Brainy's ear to get him to leave his Imaginarium fantasy setting before the Imaginarium crystals are destroyed.
  • Electric Torture: In the series, the Psyche Master uses psychic-electric torture on his victims. In the novel, Empath is subjected to this when he dares to give the Psyche Master a piece of his mind about what the Psyche Master calls Papa Smurf. In "Hefty, The Luckiest Smurf", the Psyche Master subjects Hefty to this form of torture in order to reveal to Smurfette that Empath is now the new Psyche Master.
  • Emotion Suppression: Enforced upon all Psyches in Psychelia (including Empath). Even information about emotions is suppressed.
  • Everybody Must Get Stoned: The Smurfs eating smurfnip-laced smurfberries in "Smurfnip Madness", with one of the Smurfs actually singing a Smurf version of a Bob Dylan song.
  • The Evils of Free Will: The purpose for the creation of Psychelia by the Psyche Master is to have a society completely obedient to him and free of the emotions that Smurfs and other beings have to deal with. They are also taught that they are not individuals but parts of a collective whole, which is why they are forbidden to identify themselves as anything but "this one".
  • The Exile: Empath Smurf and Polaris Psyche are considered this after they have separately left Psychelia. However, in Empath's case, he can return only on the grounds that he would willingly become the Psyche Master's successor, which isn't what Empath wants at all.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Explained in this series that a Smurf's body is able to adjust to various temperature changes.
  • Fake Kill Scare: Papa Smurf thought the Psyche Master killed Empath when he brought his son to Psychelia as an infant in the novel and was locked out of the temple only to hear the child's screams. He doesn't find out until years later that the Psyche Master didn't kill Empath, but merely subjected him to a painful Mind Rape that erased his memory.
  • Falling into His Arms: In "Papa's Big Crush", Smurfette was on a ladder and starts to descend when one of the rungs breaks, causing her to fall. Papa Smurf, who was holding the ladder at the bottom, caught her in his arms, which was a happy moment that lasted a bit too long for Smurfette's comfort that resulted in her telling Papa Smurf politely to put her down.
  • Fantastic Arousal: In the series, a male Smurf's bald head is considered an erogenous zone, which is part of why they must wear the hats, though it can only be triggered by the touch of a female Smurf (or just a female in general). This was mentioned by Papa Smurf to Hefty in "I Dream Of Smurfette".
  • Fantastic Drug: This series has a bunch of fictional drugs present:
    • Smurfnip is treated the same as pot with the attendant Marijuana Is LSD trope. A telltale way to know that someone is stoned on smurfnip is that the whites of their eyes turn green.
    • Pixie dust, as seen with a Smurf in a Mirror Universe and normal Vanity in "The High Cost Of Smurfing" inhaling it, is their analog to cocaine as well as scopolamine ("Devil's Breath").
    • There's also psychelium, a drug that the Psyches are forced to use to inhibit emotional expression.
    • There's glowberries, which gives hallucinations when eaten along with a sour stomach and a bad case of "smurfarrhea".
    • There's dumdum flowers, whose pollen makes whoever sniffs it both high and stupid.
    • There's the buzz bean, which is their equivalent to coffee with really high caffeine levels.
    • There's stinkweed, which is their analog to tobacco.
    • And there's moonberries, which cause the Smurfs to start eating the roofs of their mushroom houses, thinking that they have hidden magical properties that can cause hallucinations.
  • Fantastic Racism: Smurfs are considered "savages" to Psyches, while Hefty refers to Empath and Polaris (both telepaths) as "star faces".
  • Fate Worse than Death: In "Smurfed Behind: The Other Side of the Mirror", after the Mirror Universe Smurfs are defeated and captured by Mirror Universe Gargamel, he decides to subject them to a punishment worse than death to prevent them from harming others. He therefore seals them away by using the Key of Chronos that he has in his possession to open a portal that puts them in a never-ending time loop.
  • Fed to the Beast: In "Empath The Wartmonger", Princess Chamelianne threatens to feed Smurfette to a pack of hungry baby crocodiles unless Empath gives himself entirely to her.
  • Fictional Holiday: The series has Redemption Day, which is basically the Smurfs' version of Ash Wednesday with fasting, a religious cleansing/testing ritual, and something passing for the Eucharist thrown in.
  • The Final Temptation: In "Smurfed Behind: Smurfing In Heaven", Ares secretly attempts to have Empath join him by first giving him the illusory promise of being with his fellow Smurfs again in Elysium, until Empath saw through the charade and realized that the Elysium and the Tartarus he was in were both illusions. Ares tries again by promising him godhood in exchange for drinking blood from the Chalice of Conquest, and Empath seems to fall for it...until Hermes rescues him just as he was about to drink from the cup, saying that it would have turned him into another of Ares' demons.
  • First Kiss: Empath and Smurfette had theirs near the end of the novel, which Papa Smurf saw as a sign that they would become event that takes place in the epilogue and in "Empath's Wedding".
  • First Girl Wins: A gender-inverted example, where Hefty is the first Smurf that Smurfette meets (back before she was a real Smurf). However, in the normal timeline, she never ends up falling in love with or marrying Hefty, which makes him upset at first, but he ultimately decides to resolve matters with his rival Empath before the marriage. It's only in the alternate timeline where Empath ends up going back to Psychelia and becoming the next Psyche Master where Smurfette falls in love with and marries Hefty.
  • Five-Finger Discount: In the Remix Comic "Smurfed Behind: The Departure", Greedy catches his brother Nabby trying to steal one of the chocolate-covered creampuffs and says "no four-finger discounts for you."
  • Fix Fic: To some degree, primarily focusing on what happened to Papa Smurf's infatuation with Smurfette in "Romeo And Smurfette".
  • Flash Forward: "Days Of Future Smurfed" starts in the distant future of the Smurfs (circa 2005) where the only Smurfs alive are Great-Grandfather Smurf (a.k.a. Empath) and his grandson Polaris Smurf, who eventually becomes Traveler. The story alternates between that time period and the present time period of the story series, where the younger Empath experiences "flash forwards" into the future at various points leading up to the starting point of the story. In those "flash forwards", he sees himself and Smurfette getting married and having a child, Papa Smurf dying, Smurfette dying, and eventually the village itself being destroyed.
  • Flawed Prototype: Empath in the eyes of other Psyches, since they are forbidden to see him as the "savage" Species 0002 (Smurfs) that he belongs to, but rather as a "prototype Psyche". The only "flaw" that he has are emotions.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: In the song "Of All The People" from the novel, the singer says in the final verse that someday he'll forgive the person who has subjected him to a past he never wanted to live, but he will never let go of what it did to him. The singer in this case is Empath, and the person that he will forgive but never forget what he did to him is Papa Smurf, his biological father.
  • The Four Loves: The cherubs of this series are loosely based on this concept: Cupid, who represents pure romantic love; Charity; who represents agape; Phileo, who represents brotherly love; and Xenia, who represents love for strangers. And there's also the rogue cherub Eros, who represents lust.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Tapper's Tavern serves sarsaparilla ale to its customers.
  • Get Out!: In "Smurphony Of The Night", Smurfette tells Empath this when he warns her about Lord Vladimir Smurfula.
    "Smurf out of my house right now, Empath, and smurf as far out of my life as possible. I will decide who I want to smurf with, not you!"
  • Girliness Upgrade: This series' version of Sassette goes from her original tomboy appearance to a girl in a T-shirt, pink pants, and a pink ribbon bow on her head instead of a Smurf hat. Compare this to this.
  • A Glitch in the Matrix: In the story "Smurfing In Heaven", Empath is taken to an artificial version of Elysium, the Smurf afterlife also known as "the smurfy hereafter", where all his fellow Smurfs were waiting for him after their supposed deaths while traveling through time. The Smurfette in this artificial Elysium glitches in her conversation with Empath, though he doesn't realize where he actually is until later when the Smurfs reveal their true selves in this simulated afterlife.
    Smurfette: My smurfness...the glorious feast is about to begin! We're going to be late for it if we don't smurf back there soon!
    Empath: Smurfette, how can we be late if we're in heaven? Aren't we supposed to have all the time in the world in heaven, since it exists for all eternity?
    Smurfette: Oh. I didn't even realize that…I guess I'm just so used to smurfing in a world of time, I'm still trying to adjust to a world without time!
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: In the story "Smurfnip Madness", Handy creates a pair of glasses called the Hallucinator, which is supposed to simulate the visual effects of being under the influence of smurfnip (including a rainbow-colored haze). They were originally created as a tool for Smurfs to say no to smurfnip. By the end of the story, Vanity wears them because he likes looking at himself while wearing them.
  • Going Commando: Played with. In the novel text, Empath tears apart his new suit until he is naked, suggesting that he isn't wearing any underpants. In some of the illustrations where Hefty mocks Empath appearing "in all his glory", though, Empath is clearly wearing underpants.
  • Going Native: Empath originally considered himself a Psyche when he was raised in Psychelia since he was brought there by Papa Smurf as an infant. Over the years during his visits to the Smurf Village, he came to identify himself more and more with the Smurfs until, by the time of his release on his 150th birthday, he preferred living as a Smurf than as a Psyche.
  • Goodbye, Cruel World!: Empath writes a suicide note for his fellow Smurfs in the novel, but also adds that he's taking Baby Smurf with him.
  • Government Drug Enforcement: Empath mentions in "Smurfnip Madness" that all Psyches in Psychelia are required to take a drug called psychelium, which inhibits their ability to express emotions.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Painter speaking Schtroumpf (French), and Zipper speaking Pitufo (Spanish).
  • G-Rated Sex: "Sharing dreams" is implied to be this for Psyches, and this is for a race of emotionless asexual Smurf-like people who are betrothed as same-sex couples. Even Empath and Polaris engaged in it.
  • Grief-Induced Split: In the novel, Papa Smurf sent his infant son Empath to be raised in Psychelia for fear that the other Smurfs would treat him badly because of his psychic powers. Empath's mother, however, left Papa Smurf following their son's "death", blaming him for the tragedy.
  • Groin Attack: Smurfette gives one to Hefty in the novel for his saying that Empath couldn't possibly feel a thing for her, with her retort being that Empath would feel more for her in his heart than he would in his private area (insinuating that is how Hefty feels for Smurfette).
  • Grow Old with Me: In the story "Days Of Future Smurfed", Empath sees in his future that his marriage to Smurfette lasts for about four centuries, after which she dies of old age, reverting back to lifeless blue clay.
  • Haggis Is Horrible: Haggis is mentioned as one of the things Duncan McSmurf likes to eat in "The Smurf Impersonators", but Duncan simply has Sassette mention this to the other Smurfs just to hear their reactions. No word yet as to whether Duncan actually does eat haggis, or what it is even made of in the Smurf Village.
  • Happily Adopted: All the Smurfs within Empath's generation, including Smurfette, Baby Smurf, and the Smurflings, were adopted by Papa Smurf.
  • Haven't You Seen X Before?: In "Who's That Smurfette?", when the Smurfs just stop and stare as they meet Smurfette for the first time, Hefty says this:
    "Well, what are you all smurfing at? Haven't any of you seen a female Smurf before?"
  • Healing Spring: In "My Unsmurfy Valentine", the Wellspring of Hope has pure clear waters that can heal even good cherubs that are poisoned by lust arrows. Eros the rogue cherub tries to poison the well with a lust arrow, but unfortunately for him his effort fails, as the waters are self-regenerating.
  • Heroic Bastard:
    • In the series, it's Brainy, who is Empath's half-brother. Empath's mother had him after she left Papa Smurf following Empath's "death". Brainy's actual father also wore glasses, but he never married his mother.
    • And in "The Prisoner Of Stone", Chlorhydris' daughter Priscilla turns out to be one, as she was fathered by the evil witch's true love Manfred the Magnificent sometime before the wedding, but unfortunately he was turned to stone by Drusilla before the two could even marry. (Priscilla doesn't appear in that story, but rather is referenced from the cartoon show episode "The Tear Of A Smurf".)
  • Heroic Seductress: Smurfette plays a G-rated version of this trope in "The Once And Smurfy King", where she uses her charms to keep Lord Smurf the First distracted while learning about his plans and secretly conveying them to the rebel Smurfs.
  • High on Catnip: Gargamel sees Azrael staggering to the door baked on catnip in "Smurfnip Madness".
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": With certain exceptions, every Smurf's real name is based on either a profession or a personality, including its main character Empath.
  • Hive Queen: The Psyche Master is supposed to be this for the Psyches.
  • Holier Than Thou: In the story "I Dream Of Smurfette", Tapper is accused of being "smurfier-than-thou" by Hefty when the two of them along with Handy and Greedy are standing together watching Smurfette go off on her business and Tapper comments on why looking at Smurfette is more important than their going about their own business.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Who knew that in "Smurphony Of The Night" that a Smurf symbol would be holy enough to affect a vampire?
  • Hologram: Magical holograms exist in this series, with the Imaginarium being a fantasy version of Star Trek holodecks.
  • Huge Holographic Head: As the Expy of the MCP from TRON, the Psyche Master's most common appearance is a large head floating in a rainbow beam of light.
  • Human Mail: Jokey in "The No Hug Zone" tried to slip through Tapper and Empath's defenses in order to give Grouchy a hug by shipping himself through the mail to Tapper's Tavern.
  • If I Can't Have You…: Empath in the alternate timeline story where he returns to Psychelia and becomes the Psyche Master captures Smurfette's husband Hefty and tortures him for giving her a child, telling Smurfette that if he himself cannot have her, then neither can Hefty.
  • I Have No Son!: Papa Smurf in the alternate timeline story where he marries Smurfette, has a child through her, and was run out of the village by his little Smurfs along with his new nuclear family, reacts to the news of Empath and the other Smurfs being trapped in time by calling them his "former little Smurfs", disavowing even his relationship to Empath.
  • Holodeck Malfunction: In "Virtual Smurfality", the Imaginarium upon its trial run overloads when the Smurfs go off into their own fantasy worlds, trapping them inside the worlds until Empath and several other Smurfs use the mindlink ability to get them all out before the crystals shatter.
  • I Knew There Was Something About You: Polaris Psyche was the only one of his kind to find out that Empath was a if the blue skin and bald head didn't clue him in.
  • I'll Be in My Bunk: In "The Other Smurfette", Handy, Carpenter, and Mason get turned on by Hogatha appearing before them as a beautiful female Smurf named Wonderette. In fact, they're so turned on by her that Handy says, "If anyone needs me, I'm going to be in the Imaginarium," and afterward Carpenter and Mason both say, "We're smurfing turns after him!"
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder:
    • Tailor in the story adaptation "A Wedding To Remember".
    Tailor: I'm only a clothes maker, not a fortune teller, Woody.
    • The HoloSmurf in "Smurfing In Heaven".
    HoloSmurf: I'm just a mere assistant, not a warrior.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: As with the Star Trek holodecks, the Imaginarium is also being used to satisfy a Smurf's desire to be alone with a Smurfette, as seen on a few occasions, including when it was first introduced.
  • I'm Crying, but I Don't Know Why: Empath's crying spell during his first visit to the Smurf Village was given this reaction by him, since he knew very little about emotions.
  • I'm Melting!: In "Days Of Future Smurfed", Empath in one of his jumps into the future sees Smurfette melting back into a lump of clay after Papa Smurf's spell that turns her into a real Smurf eventually fails.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    • Many of the adult Smurfs end up having Tapper's sarsaparilla ale instead of smurfberry wine after witnessing Smurfette marrying Papa Smurf in an alternate timeline.
    • In the normal timeline story "Papa's Big Crush", Duncan McSmurf goes with Tapper to the tavern for a drink to get the thoughts of Smurfette with Papa Smurf out of his mind.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Smurfette in the series makes a big deal out of how attractive and handsome Empath is despite the fact that, without his star-shaped birthmark or his black suit with white stars on it, he looks no different from an ordinary male Smurf.
  • Insignia Ripoff Ritual:
    • In the alternate timeline story "Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette", Empath as the leader of La Résistance in the Smurf Village removes Papa Smurf's red hat and replaces it with a white hat while he replaces his own black star-spangled hat with Papa Smurf's red hat, symbolically showing that Papa Smurf no longer deserves to be recognized as the village leader and that Empath will now take over the position.
    • In the novel itself, Empath rips his own Smurf clothes to shreds (particularly his Star-Spangled Spandex suit that he just got for his birthday!) in front of every Smurf to show what he thought of the Smurfs for how they were treating him.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Empath in "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf" interrupts Papa Smurf's private moment inside the Imaginarium with a recreated fantasy version of his wife just as they were about to kiss. Of course, Empath doesn't know that this is what Papa Smurf was doing with his time away from the other Smurfs until he saw Papa Smurf in a bathrobe emerging from a Smurf house.
  • Ironic Birthday: The story "Smurfed Behind: The Departure" takes place around Empath's 155th birthday, when all the Smurfs in the village end up being lost in time, similar to the events that took place in Season 9 of The Smurfs (1981) cartoon show. This leaves him coming home to an empty village save for his friend Polaris Psyche.
  • Ironic Echo: In the adaptation of The Smurfs And The Magic Flute, Matthew McCreep asks Peewit what kind of tune he wants him to play before he steals the flute from Peewit. Later on, after Peewit makes Matthew McCreep collapse and gets the stolen magic flute back, Peewit asks the same kind of question to his adversary.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: In-universe, in "The Smurf Of Many Colors", Grouchy plays Joseph's brother Asher in a Biblical play about the Old Testament character Joseph, which means "happy" in Hebrew. This is a name-only irony, though, as Grouchy continues to act, well, grouchy.
  • It's Not Porn, It's Art: In the story "I Dream Of Smurfette", Painter does so many pictures of Smurfette after experiencing "the Smurfette dream", which leads to this conversation with Poet.
    Painter: With all these pictures, I don't know if I'm truly being an artist or just smurfing in pornographia, Poet.
    Poet: I don't even know what pornographia is, but I'd be very careful smurfing these pictures to any Smurf if I were you, Painter.
  • I Want Grandkids: A justified gender-inverted example, in that since there's only one adult female Smurf among them who's about the same age physically if not chronologically as her fellow adult male Smurfs, Papa Smurf is hoping that one of his little Smurfs would marry her and have children so that their people would not die off. The only problem with that idea was that Papa Smurf was also in love with Smurfette, and in an alternate timeline even marries her.
  • Jesus Taboo: Played with throughout the series as Tapper refers to Jesus as "the Almighty's Son" and also by His name.
  • Kissing Under the Influence: In "My Unsmurfy Valentine", Eros' lust arrows strike various male Smurfs who start kissing each other. Only it doesn't affect Tapper because he has some sort of spiritual protection. In "Monkey On Your Smurf", Empath and Smurfette are under the influence of probes inside their bodies that are making them make out with each other. And of course there's Papa Smurf in Hulked Out mode seeking to mate with Smurfette in "Papa's Big Crush."
  • Kiss Me, I'm Virtual: Polaris' relationship with Elatia, who starts off appearing as a simulated person within the Imaginarium but is really a disembodied spirit, in "Polaris' Fantasy".
  • The Klan: In "Polaris' Smurfy New Life", Hefty forms a Klan-like band of Smurfs called the Order of the True Smurfs, whose single target of hatred is Polaris Psyche, who is white compared to the Smurfs, although in this story his skin temporarily turns blue because it was a side effect of taking the Long Life Elixir.
  • Klatchian Coffee: In "Virtual Smurfality", when Papa Smurf, Handy, and Miner are working on an all-night project together, Papa orders three glasses of cinnamon tree bark brew (the Smurf version of coffee) from Tapper's Tavern. Tapper fills out the order, telling Papa, "Why, this brew is smurfed so strong, it can even put smurf on your chest, I tell you!"
  • Knitting Pregnancy Announcement: Smurfette does this in two alternate timelines with her two different husbands (Hefty and Papa Smurf), only instead of it being used to announce a pregnancy, she does this to signal a yearning for a child from her husband in that timeline, after the husband originally assumes that Smurfette is knitting something for Baby Smurf. Both husbands respond by just picking her up from the chair and taking her off to be alone with her.
  • Lights Off, Somebody Dies: The story "A Haunted Christmas" plays around with this, as after Smurfette tells her story of the first Christmas she spent with the Smurfs, the lights go off at the Christmas dinner, and Smurfette inexplicably disappears without a sound. The story ends leaving Smurfette's fate ambiguous.
  • Literary Allusion Title:
  • Love Deity: Besides Cupid the cherub, there's Charity, Phileo, Xenia, and a rogue cherub named Eros, who spreads fiery arrows of lust.
  • Love Potion: "Pheromone cologne", which Vanity in "Papa's Big Crush" intended to use on himself and ended up giving to Papa Smurf. He tries it on himself, only for the mist to mix in with his other chemicals, resulting in Papa Smurf Hulking Out.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Though Empath knew that he came from the Smurfs, what he didn't know until his 150th birthday is that he is Papa Smurf's only biological son, while the rest of the Smurfs were Happily Adopted. This of course makes Brainy Smurf upset, because he always assumed that he was Papa Smurf's only biological son. (He turns out to be Empath's illegitimate half-brother through the same mother.)
  • Magical Defibrillator: In "Flowerbell's Love Triangle", Empath uses his telekinetic powers to generate an energy pulse to use as a defibrillator to jumpstart Papa Smurf's heart after he goes into cardiac arrest.
  • Magic Kiss: Empath gives one to Smurfette in "Smurfette's Inner Beauty" when she's near death after being subject to Hogatha's beauty-siphoning spell, which suddenly breaks the spell and restores Smurfette's beauty.
  • Magitek:
    • Hogatha the witch in "Smurfette's Inner Beauty" uses a magic mirror social network called Magebook in order to find a date.
    • And there's also the magical holograms like the Star Trek holodeck-inspired version of the Imaginarium.
  • Making Use of the Twin: In-universe example in "Vanity's Double." When Vanity practicing for the role of Robin Smurf demonstrates a fear of swords while his Mirror Self Century doesn't, the producers of the Robin Smurf play decide to switch between Vanity and Century in scenes where actual swordplay is called for. Century also goes to rescue Smurfette when her frog accidentally runs away with her still riding it, all the while staying in character, so that the audience didn't know the difference.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Duncan McSmurf does not like to be called Gutsy, particularly from Hefty who just simply doesn't like Duncan.
  • Man Hug: As in the cartoon show, the male Smurfs in this series also engage in a day of hugging each other, with the exception of Grouchy.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: Empath has a yellow star mark on his forehead to indicate that he is a telepath and a telekinetic. All Psyches also bear the same mark on their foreheads.
  • Marriage of Convenience: In "Flowerbell's Love Triangle", Flowerbell the woodnymph seeks to marry Papa Smurf in order to avoid marrying the greedy treasure hunting imp Avarice from "Smurfette's Dancing Shoes". The two end up marrying to surprise Avarice, although by the time the wedding is finished, Flowerbell flies away from Papa Smurf, finding herself now free from Avarice.
  • May–December Romance: Papa Smurf and Smurfette's relationship in an alternate timeline, which leads to their marriage and their only child together.
    Tapper: "I would be a fool if I didn't smurf that a 550-year-old male Smurf and an 8-year-old female Smurf do not an everlasting love smurf, Empath."
  • Meat-O-Vision: Nabby's smurfnip hallucinations in "A Haunted Christmas" make him see food everywhere, including his fellow Smurfs.
  • Mental Time Travel: The story "Days Of Future Smurfed" has Empath flashing between his present-time self and his future-time self at various points in time after he received visions of the future from his great-grandson Traveler.
  • Mind-Control Music: "The Smurphony Of The Night" from the story of the same name was used by Lord Vladimir Smurfula to control Smurfette's mind to draw her closer to him. Near the end of the story, Empath is able to disrupt its effect on Smurfette by whistling the Smurfs theme song.
  • Mindlink Mates: Empath and Polaris Psyche, in a non-romantic relationship. In fact, all Psyches are bonded in a non-romantic same-sex mindlink relationship.
  • Mirror Self: In the series, Vanity's Mirror Self goes by the name of Century, but in "Vanity's Double" shows that he isn't afraid of swords or swordfighting, which proves helpful when is cast alongside Vanity in the role of Robin Smurf.
  • Mirror Universe: "Smurfed Behind: The Other Side Of The Mirror" introduces a Mirror Universe where the Smurfs in it are all red-skinned and are all evil all the time, and where their main adversary Gargamel is always good. And true to the title of the story, the way to that universe and back is through a Magic Mirror called the Janus Mirror, which appears in both universes as a gateway.
  • Missing Mom: Explained with The Plague killing off all the parents in Papa Smurf's generation of Smurfs, including Empath's mother.
  • Mistaken for Afterlife: In the story "Smurfing In Heaven", Empath thinks that he's in heaven with all his fellow Smurfs who have died. It turns out to be a magical illusion created by Ares the god of war, who wanted to lure Empath into receiving his gift of godhood.
  • Modesty Towel: In the "Smurfette's Evil Mirror" story, four Smurfs are waiting outside of Tailor's shop wearing towels around their waists in order for him to sew up new pairs of pants for them to wear.
  • Mouse World: Not just the Smurf Village, but also Psychelia. The Smurfs themselves comment that they're living in a land of giants.
  • Mundane Luxury: Empath has been living in a society where not only emotions are forbidden, but also having anything to eat that actually has a taste to it, with the standard Psychelian cuisine being a bland "nutrient paste". In "The Grouchiest Friendship", during his first visit to the Smurf Village, Empath tries out a smurfberry for the first time and then suddenly begins to devour the entire basket of smurfberries in Greedy's kitchen.
  • The Mutiny: In the alternate timeline story "Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette", Empath leads a secret mutiny against Papa Smurf after he marries Smurfette, recruiting Smurfs without anyone's notice. By the time Smurfette gives birth to Papa Smurf's child, the entire adult male Smurf population of the village has turned against Papa Smurf, and Empath signifies the change of authority by replacing Papa Smurf's red hat for a white hat while replacing his own star-spangled hat for Papa Smurf's red hat.
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: Empath's response to Ares commenting about what Smurfette may be doing with her fellow Smurfs while she is separated from Empath via time travel in "Smurfing In Heaven". Bear in mind that all the Smurf characters in the story series (excluding the previously-married Papa Smurf) are virgins right up to the point of Empath and Smurfette's marriage.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Narrator in "Empath's Wedding" recites a modified version of his Gargamel battle sequence speech from The Smurfs movie during a similar one in the Imaginarium, with Grouchy reacting the same way.
      Narrator: There comes a time when every Smurf must stand up for what is good and cute and blue in the world. And on this very night before Empath and Smurfette's wedding, that time is now!
      Grouchy: Hey, seriously?
      Narrator: Sorry, it's kind of what I do.
    • Jokey in "Empath The Bandit Smurf" (an adaptation of "The Jewel Smurfer") lampshades that he should have been the one who was lost and taken instead of Empath, since that's what happened in the original story.
    • The Great Book Of Answers, which is an adapted version of The Book That Tells Everything, is the Smurfs' version of Gargamel's Great Book Of Spells from the cartoon show.
    • Grouchy and Duncan McSmurf in "A Vision Of The Blue Moon" (a retelling of Baby Smurf's origin) intercept Clumsy from joining in the Blue Moon Festival Dance and get smacked in the face the same way Clumsy does to Grouchy and Gutsy in The Smurfs movie.
    • Some Smurf-related products like Smurf: Rescue In Gargamel's Castle and Smurfberry Crunch(ies) appear in-universe in a few stories.
  • Naked on Revival: In "Who's That Smurfette?", retelling Smurfette's origin, Papa Smurf reverted the original "un-Smurfy" Smurfette into a pile of blue clay, separating her spirit from her body while using his magic spells to change Smurfette into a real Smurf. When the spirit reenters the blue clay, it reforms into the blond-haired physical form of Smurfette. However, she finds out that the spells caused her to appear naked in her new form, so Papa Smurf cast another spell to put some clothes on Smurfette.
  • Named by the Adaptation:
    • The nameless Thief Of Abelagot from the comic book story "The Jewel Smurfer" was given the name Vincent Devereaux in the adaptation story "Empath The Bandit Smurf", while the Duke Of Abelagot is named Lord Caravellan.
    • The King from Johan and Peewit is named King Audric.
    • The unnamed gnome king in the "Greedy Goes On Strike" adaptation "Chez Empath" is called King Glouton, and his son is Prince Leon.
    • The greedy treasure hunting imp from "Smurfette's Dancing Shoes" is called Avarice.
    • And Vanity's Mirror Self from "The Hundredth Smurf" is called Century.
  • Name-Tron: The world of Gametron, which is based on the Grid from the movie TRON in the "Inside The Game".
  • Never Say That Again: In the alternate timeline story "Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette", Papa Smurf marries Smurfette, has a child through her, and gets exiled from the Smurf Village by his little Smurfs. Later he receives word that his little Smurfs in the village, including his son Empath (which he disowns), were all trapped in time delivering a baby dinosaur back home, and all Papa Smurf can say to that is good riddance. Sassette daringly says that maybe Empath was right in that Papa Smurf had stolen Smurfette from his little Smurfs, including Empath, and Papa Smurf gets so upset that he slaps Sassette in the face and shouts, "DON'T EVER SMURF EMPATH'S NAME AGAIN!" This leads to his eventual downfall as all the other Smurfs who were with him finally depart from him.
  • New Year Has Come: "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf" is a story that takes place over four days leading to New Year's Day.
  • No Intelligent Life Here: This conversation in the story "Where No Smurf Has Gone Before", in regards to the alien spaceship that crash-landed in the Smurf Forest.
    Brainy: What I don't undersmurf is where the spaceship smurfed from or what it's smurfing out here in the Smurf forest.
    Snappy: Maybe there were alien beings on board that ship, Brainy, who decided to smurf overboard before you had a chance to bore them to smurf.
    Slouchy: Yeah, they'd probably smurf that there's no intelligent life down here.
  • Nondescript, Nasty, Nutritious: Nutrient paste, which Empath and the Psyches ate in Psychelia. Its taste is described as porridge made with a bag of cement.
  • Nostalgic Narrator: Used in various stories that involve flashbacks to earlier times, including the novel where Empath learns that he is Papa Smurf's only biological son.
  • No Woman's Land: Wartmonger society in the series is portrayed as misogynistic, with males and females segregated from each other except for matters of procreation and sexual amusement. Empath meets a few of the female Wartmongers who don't particularly like the situation that they live in, especially with King Bullrush's guards threatening to molest a young female Wartmonger if the others refuse to surrender Empath unto them.
  • Nude-Colored Clothes: In "Smurfette's Inner Beauty", Empath made Smurfette's underclothes the same color as her skin so as to fool the other Smurfs into thinking that she was modeling nude.
  • Ode to Intoxication: "Green Leaves", Lazy's parody of "Greensleeves" and "What Child Is This" that is sung about the joys of smoking smurfnip in "A Haunted Christmas". Also in the same story is "Streams Of Sarsaparilla Ale", a parody of "Good King Wenceslas".
  • Official Couple: Of this series, Empath and Smurfette. Not that Empath has (much of) a problem with Smurfette seeing other Smurfs until their marriage, knowing she will keep her maidenhood intact until then.
  • Oh, Crap, There Are Fanfics of Us!:
    • Most of the Smurfs don't seem bothered to be watching a horror movie created by Actor Smurf that features themselves in it.
    • Brainy's daughter Sophia writes one called "The Once And Smurfy King", which is basically a fictional account of King Smurf that is based on the comic book interpretation of the story.
  • One-Gender Race: Subverted in this series, as there are (and were) naturally-born female Smurfs, but the ones in Papa Smurf's generation have all died, and most of the Smurfs in Empath's generation are male (Sassette being the sole exception).
  • One-Person Birthday Party: In the story "Smurfed Behind: The Departure", the Smurfs are all busy preparing for Empath's 155th birthday party when they all get sucked into the prehistoric past when Papa Smurf opens a time portal to bring the baby dinosaur they found back home. By the time Empath arrives, only Polaris Psyche is left in the village, and the party is pretty much abandoned as Empath heartbreakingly celebrates his birthday by toasting marshmallows instead.
  • One-Sided Arm-Wrestling: In the novel, Empath is pushed into an arm-wrestling match with Hefty, which neither Empath nor Hefty like the possibility of performing, but do so anyway. The match lasts for about a few minutes as Hefty strains with all his might while Empath just casually keeps Hefty at a standstill before pushing his arm down.
  • One True Faith: Nature worship with Mother Nature as the patron deity of sorts is the religion most Smurfs worship, with Christianity and the religion of the Psyches being minority religions.
  • Only-Child Syndrome: Papa Smurf reveals to Empath that he is Papa Smurf's only begotten son. However, Empath's mother did have another child through another father, which turned out to be Brainy, giving Empath a half-brother.
  • Only Fatal to Adults: A plague of this nature takes out nearly all the adult Smurfs in Papa Smurf's generation, leaving him as the only parent figure of a hundred young Smurfs.
  • Original Character: Tapper, as he is not based on any known existing Smurf character in any part of the franchise or PVC toy character merchandise.
  • Parental Abandonment: Empath seems to think this about Papa Smurf when he reveals the true nature of their relationship in the novel. Empath is Papa Smurf's only son, but was brought to Psychelia in order to be trained in the use of his abilities.
  • Parental Favoritism: Played with. The other Smurfs think Papa Smurf treats Empath as the favorite son. It helps that Empath is Papa Smurf's only biological son. Empath, however, feels that he is more the Unfavorite, as Papa Smurf did nothing to get him out of living a life away from his fellow Smurfs in Psychelia.
  • Parental Incest: While not biologically related, the May–December Romance of Papa Smurf and Smurfette in the story "Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette" is squicky enough for the other Smurfs to treat it as that to the point where some even cover their eyes when they both kiss each other at the wedding. Otherwise averted in "Papa's Big Crush" where Smurfette confesses to Papa Smurf that she could never love him as anything other than a father.
  • Perception Filter: The Psyches under the control of the Psyche Master purposely regard Empath as just being a "prototype Psyche", despite the fact that he looks like something that they're supposed to despise — a Smurf. That is, until he's finally exiled from Psychelia upon his 150th birthday, and then he's treated as an outsider.
  • Perfumigation: In "Smurfette's Genie", Hefty comments about the perfume emanating from her house being very strong for his liking.
  • The Plague: An unknown incurable disease causes all the Smurfs in Papa Smurf's generation except for himself to perish, leaving him with about a hundred young Smurfs to take care of.
  • Plain Palate: Empath and the Psyches have developed this since their main meals in Psychelia consisted of nutrient paste, which is described as porridge made with a bag of cement. However, since Empath's first taste of a smurfberry, Empath's palate has broadened, and so eventually has his friend Polaris Psyche's when he was cured of his degenerative disease.
  • [layboyBunny: Suggested by Slouchy Smurfling in the story "Smurfed Behind: The Passion Of The Smurfs" when Snappy complains about not seeing Smurfette dressed up as a bunny for Easter when they're in Jerusalem to see what Tapper says the holiday is really about.
  • Please, Don't Leave Me: In the novel, young Empath cries this out when Papa Smurf finds him standing alone in the village in a crying trance, which, as it turns out, is Empath reliving the moment when his father, Papa Smurf, left him in Psychelia as an infant.
  • Post-Rape Taunt: Heftargan does this to Empath in "Smurfing In Heaven", combining it with Would You Like to Hear How They Died?, telling him that he and his fellow Schliphargons had their way with Smurfette before she died, attempting to make Empath so angry that he would kill Heftargan and "prove himself" a warrior. Polaris senses that Heftargan is using disinformation in order to undermine Empath's determination to find a way to bring his fellow Smurfs home.
  • Prepare to Die: Duncan McSmurf in the mini-story "Duncan's Wedding" tells Lazy to "prepare to join your ancestors" when he defeats Lazy in a mock duel to challenge Duncan's claim to marry his bride Brenda McSmurfette.
  • Present Peeking: In the novel, at Empath's 150th birthday party, Jokey presents Empath with what appears to be his normal exploding gift box surprise. Empath, being a telepath, ponders about using his abilities to get a sense of what's actually in the gift box, but then realizes that it would spoil the surprise and decides to hazard opening it. As it turns out, the gift box contains his new Star-Spangled Spandex suit.
  • Rapid Aging: In the story "Smurfette's Inner Beauty", Smurfette undergoes rapid aging as Hogatha had cast the Spell Of Syphonia on her to transfer Smurfette's youth and beauty unto herself so she can go on a date with the real Harlequin. Near the end of the story, Empath's True Love's Kiss breaks the spell, restoring Smurfette and Hogatha to their normal appearances.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Empath gives one to his fellow Smurfs in the novel, finishing it with the following:
    "YOU SMURFS ARE NOTHING BUT A GROUP OF BACKWARD BLUE-SKINNED SAVAGES...and what's worse, I happen to be born as one of you!"
    • Smurfette and Polaris Psyche both give Papa Smurf one in the alternate timeline of Papa Smurf marrying Smurfette after they both witness Papa Smurf slapping Sassette for daring to mention about Empath after he was disowned by Papa Smurf.
  • Recursive Canon: In this series Peyo still created The Smurfs and and is responsible for its related adaptations, but it's all Very Loosely Based on a True Story that came from a certain artifact that Handy and Empath have created in "Days Of Future Smurfed".
  • Recycled with a Gimmick: "Monkey On Your Smurf" is Star Trek: Voyager's "Scientific Method" set in medieval period Europe.
  • Refusal of the Call: In the novel, Empath refuses to permanently deal with Gargamel once and for all when he angrily tells his fellow Smurfs to Stop Worshipping Me. Then Gargamel comes and nearly destroys the village and takes half the Smurfs with him to create his Philosopher's Stone, leading to the moment where he reluctantly accepts his role as their savior.
  • Rejected Apology: Played with in the novel, as after Papa Smurf saves himself, Empath, and Brainy from falling into the lava pool within the volcano, Empath apologizes to Papa Smurf for having nearly endangered Baby Smurf just to get Papa Smurf to feel sorry for leaving his only begotten son in Psychelia. At first Papa Smurf is too angry to forgive Empath, but when he sees Empath bowing down and humbling himself before the village leader as if he was the Psyche Master, Papa Smurf also bows down with Empath and forgives him, promising that he will never leave Empath like that ever again.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • Due to the Smurfs of Empath's generation all having had parents, Hefty and Handy are twin brothers, with Grouchy and Sassette also being their brother and sister, respectively.
    • Since 2011, Gargamel refers to Smurfette as his "daughter", like in the Sony Pictures' live-action movies and Smurfs: The Lost Village. Smurfette rarely if ever reciprocates the affections.
  • Religion is Magic: In "My Unsmurfy Valentine", Tapper the resident Smurf Christian is able to survive one of Eros' lust arrows intact because of a spiritual force field that's projected around him. Later on in the story, Tapper is able to extend this protection to his friends through prayer.
  • Right Through the Wall: In the story "Smurfette's Inner Beauty", Hogatha's got the doors and windows of her castle shuttered up by magic so that the Smurfs couldn't enter while she's making out with Harlequin. By the time Empath, Brainy, and Duncan McSmurf arrive, they could hear the sounds of intimate activity going on through the shutters.
  • Rousing Speech: Empath gives one to his fellow Smurfs in the novel before they collectively take on Gargamel, with his speech being a Call-Back to Papa Smurf's when all his fellow Smurfs were just Smurflings that lost their parents to The Plague.
  • Runaway Bride: Empath assumes that this is what happened to Smurfette at his wedding day in the story "Empath's Wedding" when he enters her house and sees that his hat (which is what she's supposed to wear to signify who she's marrying) lying on the floor, until Smurfette's companion and wedding guest Blue Eyes points out that she's been magically transported by someone...and Empath correctly assumes that it's Chlorhydris, who's getting even for her ruined wedding night by ruining Empath's wedding.
  • Sadistic Choice: In "Polaris' Smurfy New Life," Empath's friend Polaris Psyche comes down with a degenerative disease that could kill him in a matter of hours or days, and Empath learns that the Psyche Master had purposely implanted this disease in the Psyches to be activated about a year from being disconnected from the collective conscience of the Psyches. Empath is faced with the option of either returning Polaris Psyche back to the Psyche Master, though in the process Polaris would no longer remember anything he had learned about Empath or the Smurfs, or letting him live out remaining time he has with the disease. Empath chooses freedom for his friend, but fortunately Papa Smurf lets Polaris live beyond the remaining time by giving him the Long Life Elixir...though this presents itself with the temporary side effect of turning Polaris' skin blue like a Smurf.
  • Scotireland: Miner Smurf of this series is literally a Scotirish Smurf, being born the brother of Duncan McSmurf but adopting "Smurfin' Begorrà" (the Smurfing version of "faith and begorrà") as his common Catch Phrase.
  • Selfcest: In one mini-story, Vanity is found in the Imaginarium kissing a copy of himself.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Tapper is the Oirish Sensitive Smurf bartender who likes talking to his customers and speaking to them about The Bible, dressing in a striped vest and tie, while Duncan McSmurf (the Captain Ersatz of Gutsy from The Smurfs films) is the Brave Scot Manly Smurf who wears a kilt, whose hobbies involve physical sports and knocking Smurfs on their tails, especially if they happen to call him Gutsy. Both Tapper and Duncan happen to be friends with each other, with Duncan serving as the superego in the Freudian Trio of himself, Hefty (ego) and Tuffy (id).
  • Sex Is Good: The Smurfs in this series don't seem to have a problem with sex, as long as its participants are married. The Imaginarium, which is the closest thing the story series has to Star Trek's holodecks, does provide the male Smurfs who aren't married an outlet for their sexual needs, which is mentioned in a few stories.
  • Sexual Extortion: In "Smurfette's Genie", when Smurfette finds a girl genie and tries hiding her from her fellow Smurfs, both Brainy and Hefty find out by sneaking a peek through her windows. Hefty tries to blackmail Smurfette into going on a date with him to keep his silence about the genie, but Smurfette refuses and goes back to her house in tears, wishing Hefty would know what it would feel like to be a Smurfette. Her genie fulfills that wish by giving Hefty an incomplete Gender Bender to embarrass him.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: In the mini-story "Duncan's Wedding", Duncan McSmurf has Lazy defeated in a Sword Fight and is ready to run him through with his sword when his bride-to-be Brenda McSmurfette says she will marry Duncan only if he lets Lazy live with the shame of his defeat. Duncan complies and puts his sword back in its place while every Smurf breathes a sigh of relief.
  • Shining City: The Elysium version of the Smurf Village that appears in the story "Smurfing In Heaven" is a village made entirely of gold. Unfortunately, Empath discovers that this is a magical illusion created by Ares the god of war.
  • Shotgun Wedding: A variation of this trope in "Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette" in that Papa Smurf forces his little Smurfs to marry him to Smurfette under the threat of being exiled from the Smurf Village.
    Papa Smurf: May I remind every single one of you, including Empath, that I am still the leader of the Smurf Village, and that what I say still goes for every Smurf to obey. If any of you wish to smurf otherwise, Polaris Psyche will make smurftain that you will not forget your place in the Smurf Village, and any further violations will have you forever smurfed from the Smurf Village.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shrine to the Fallen: In the novel, Papa Smurf has a statue erected of his son Empath as an adult when he was presumed dead by the hand of the Psyche Master when he was still an infant. Later on, though, when Papa Smurf found out Empath was still alive, the statue was converted to one promising hope that Empath would someday leave Psychelia, which in turn gets perverted into a shrine for Empath's fellow Smurfs to worship him as their hero who would someday deliver them from the greatest evil of all — namely, Gargamel.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Hefty and Handy are dueling twin brothers. Note that it is a friendly rivalry, as they both simply want to be recognized as being more important than the other. Tapper likens their relationship to be "like Esau and Jacob", with Hefty being Esau and Handy being Jacob.
  • Signs of the End Times: In this series' adaptation of "Lost Smurf", Tapper thinks that the rainbow-colored sky above the Smurf Forest and all around the world is a sign of the end coming.
  • Silver Bullet: Duncan McSmurf carries around a silver dart that he could fling really fast at a were-Smurf if necessary. This is revealed in the story "The Night Of The Weresmurf" where Brainy is being transformed into a were-Smurf.
  • Sinister Minister: In "The Smurf Village Revival", Benedictus plays the part of an unassuming preacher who bestows upon the Smurfs the "gift of the Holy Spirit" that enables them to speak in tongues and to live holy orderly lives. However, Grandpa Smurf finds out that Benedictus is really working for Lucifer and that he's not only deceiving the Smurfs into receiving a false spirit, but also using that same spirit to put them under his control, eventually having them turn against the Smurfs that Benedictus claims have "Jezebel spirits".
  • Smash the Symbol: In the novel, Empath destroys a statue of himself when he realizes that it has been used as an object of worship by his fellow Smurfs, as his way of saying Stop Worshipping Me.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Played straight in the series, since it's mostly based on the 1980s cartoon show, though the reason for the disproportionate number of male Smurf characters is that Papa Smurf's generation (which consisted of both male and female Smurfs) ended up having mostly male offspring, with only one female Smurf offspring, which turned out to be Sassette.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: In the story "Empath's Wedding", Empath's rival Hefty wants the opportunity to tell Smurfette how much he loves her and that he wants to marry her, and Papa Smurf tells him that he will have that opportunity at the wedding ceremony when Papa as the minister of the wedding says this line. After an incident involving Smurfette being kidnapped by Chlorhydris and her, Hefty, and Empath swapping hearts with each other to show how much they care for each other, Hefty doesn't take the bait at the ceremony...though Grouchy does, as he starts to say "I hate..." but out of nervousness he ends up saying "I would hate that Empath and Smurfette would not be smurfed together as a married couple for all time!" When the ceremony proceeds onward, Grouchy mutters under his breath, "But I hate that it couldn't have been me with Smurfette."
  • Stable Time Loop: Suggested in "Days Of Future Smurfed" that Empath is supposed to create the memory artifact that will fall into the hands of Peyo, leading to his creation of The Smurfs, while Empath marries Smurfette, has a child through her as well as a grandchild and great-grandchild, the last of whom will become Traveler Smurf, who will travel back into the past to give Empath visions of the future that will lead to the creation of the memory artifact.
  • Sugar Apocalypse: The Smurf Village is destroyed in an earthquake in Empath's advanced years. The last Smurf in his generation that he sees dying when this happens is his half-brother Brainy.
  • Suicide is Shameful: In "Smurfed Behind: Smurfing In Heaven", Polaris Psyche tries to talk Empath out of committing suicide when he fears that his fellow Smurfs may have all been killed while traveling through time, with Polaris telling him that suicide will cause him to go to Tartarus instead of Elysium, which is the Smurfs' version of heaven.
  • Symbolic Baptism: In "The Innocence Of A Smurf", Empath goes through a baptism in the Pool of Souls as a young Smurf to be initiated as a member of the Smurfs, with Tapper acting in the role of John the Baptist. The annual ritual of swimming across the Pool of Souls during Redemption Day to test one's innocence results in Empath dying in that story's particular instance for taking the life of a Psyche during a training fight, only to be resurrected as the spirits of the Pool judge him worthy of a second chance at life.
  • A Tankard of Moose Urine: In "Papa's Big Crush", Duncan McSmurf makes a comment about human ale tasting like it came from the other end of a horse.
  • Tell Me About My Father: In the novel, Papa Smurf tells Empath about his mother in the revelation that Empath is Papa Smurf's only biological son.
  • Tested on Humans: "Monkey On Your Smurf" gives us the Smurfs variant, with alien monkeys using Smurfs as test subjects.
  • That Man Is Dead:
    • In the mini-stories, Empath thinks that his pre-Psyche self Empathy is dead, while his friend Duncan McSmurf thinks otherwise.
    • Papa Smurf also treats his past self Culliford Smurf as if he was dead, as he no longer wishes to be called "Uncle Cully", though it isn't the case of a possible split personality as with his son. In "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf", though, Papa Smurf temporarily reverts to being called "Uncle Cully".
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: In the story adaptation "The Once And Smurfy King", King, Lord Smurf the First when he dons his royal warrior outfit to prepare for the rebel Smurfs that would storm the village by dawn says, "They want to call me Lord Smurf the Worst...they will see Lord Smurf the Terrible."
  • These Hands Have Killed: Empath in "The Innocence Of A Smurf" goes through having to deal with exposing the truth to his fellow Smurfs that he has killed a Psyche during a mandatory one-on-one death battle in Psychelia.
  • This Is No Time to Panic: In "Smurfed Behind: The Departure", when Wild Smurf arrives in the Smurf Village to warn Papa Smurf about Snappy coming into the village riding a dinosaur, Papa Smurf tells Wild to stay in the village and try to keep the other Smurfs calm since "the last thing we need when it comes to smurfing this is a village-wide panic". A few panels later when Snappy arrives on Crinkles the baby dinosaur, the village automatically goes into panic mode!
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Papa Smurf sees Empath having this during his first visit to the Smurf Village when he was in a "crying trance", reliving a memory from long ago. It was his being left in Psychelia by Papa Smurf as an infant and suffering the memory wipe Mind Rape of the Psyche Master.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Empath tries to adhere as best as he could the Smurf rule of honoring all life, which also includes no killing, but in the story "The Innocence Of A Smurf", he reveals that he had killed a Psyche during a training battle where killing is mandatory for all Psyches that undergo this training. That earns him a death sentence on the day that he and his fellow Smurfs must swim across the Pool of Souls to judge his innocence, as he ends up dying during his swim. Fortunately, he only suffers a Disney Death as the spirits of the pool judge that he didn't kill the Psyche out of malice and thus he deserved a second chance.
  • To Absent Friends: In the story "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf", Papa Smurf makes a toast to the future on New Year's Eve and to his fellow Smurfs who were briefly "resurrected" for a time (though they were actually hallucinations brought upon them by a spell cast on them by Chlorhydris) until they vanished at the stroke of midnight.
  • True Love's Kiss: Empath in "Smurfette's Inner Beauty" was able to break Hogatha's youth-and-beauty siphoning spell on Smurfette by giving her a heartfelt kiss, thus restoring Smurfette to her normal appearance.
  • Twin Switch: In "Vanity's Double", Vanity and his Mirror Self Century switch places during the Smurfs' production of Robin Hood, with Vanity doing the more dramatic non-action scenes and Century doing the action scenes with swordfighting, since Vanity is afraid of swords.
  • Uncoffee: In the series, the beverage is referred to as cinnamon tree bark brew or acorn brew.
  • Under the Mistletoe: Smurfette secretly puts mistletoe above Empath's door so she could kiss him on the morning of Christmas Eve in "Empath And The Red-Nosed Reindeer".
  • The Unfavorite:
    • Empath believes this of himself since he sees Papa Smurf focus most of his efforts on raising a hundred of Empath's fellow Smurfs instead of getting his only biological son out of Psychelia. Interestingly, most of Empath's fellow Smurfs feel that of themselves whenever Empath comes home for a visit, particularly Hefty.
    • Grouchy in "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf" also believes this of himself when he sees that his "resurrected" Papa Smurf focuses most of his attention on Handy, Hefty, and Sassette than he does on him.
  • Unusual Euphemism:
    • "Getting under one's hat" is one that the Smurfs use for sex, while "the Smurfette dream" is one for Nocturnal Emission.
    • For Wartmongers, it's "stroking one's horns" and "getting all nice and squirmy".
  • Unwanted False Faith: Empath dislikes worship and has even destroyed the statue Papa Smurf had erected as a memorial to him when the Smurfs started using it as an object of worship when he was elevated to Messianic Archetype status.
  • Urban Legend: In "The Legend Of The Wild Smurf", the Smurfs treat Wild Smurf's presence in the forest as this until their first official encounter with him when he rescued them from the evil wizard Severus.
  • Vacation Episode: "Empath's Honeymoon", where Empath and Smurfette spend their vacation as a newlywed couple on a remote island together.
  • The Vamp: Princess Chamelianne in "Empath The Wartmonger", and Hogatha as the female Smurf Wonderette in "The Other Smurfette". The former used magic and mental manipulation to turn Empath into a Wartmonger and have him go after the Pussywillow Pixies. The latter used similar trickery to physically rape Empath and then have him vilified by accusing him as the one who raped her.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Hefty wanted to get back at Empath for all the wrongs he supposedly suffered from him. In "The Innocence Of A Smurf", Hefty gets his vengeance in seeing Empath suffer to death...and all he can do is cry.
  • Verbal Tic: Empath constantly referring to himself as "this smurf".
  • [Verb] This!: This exchange between Pushover and Brainy in the story "Pushover Pushes Back":
    Brainy: Oh, hello there, Pushover. I was wondering if you could smurf this bucket of trash over to the...
    Pushover: Smurf it yourself, Brainy.
    Brainy: Oh, excuse me, did I hear you say that you want me to smurf the job myself? Because you should know that the mark of a good future leader is the delesmurftion of authority when it comes to...
    Pushover: Delesmurf this. [Picks up Brainy and tosses him across the village with his garbage barrel.]
  • Video Phone: In "Smurfette's Evil Mirror", Smurfette's Magic Mirror compact (from The Smurfs (1981) episode "The Smurfette" and "Smurfette Unmade") becomes the basis for Handy developing the portable telesmurf for his fellow Smurfs, allowing them to communicate with each other via a magical video phone.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Empath's lead-in speech to a marriage proposal to Smurfette in the story "Empath's Wedding" ends up turning somewhat wacky as Empath receives a telepathic distress signal of the Smurflings needing to be rescued, so he quickly cuts to the chase, asks Smurfette if she will marry him, and leaves her with a kiss and some time alone to think about how to respond while he takes care of the distress signal.
  • Waterfall Shower: Empath and Smurfette take separate showers in the waterfall during their honeymoon in "Empath's Honeymoon". It is during Smurfette's shower that Empath tests the limits of how much and when he can touch Smurfette with his touch-telepathy when she is in the shower.
  • Weapon Tombstone: In the alternate timeline story "Hefty, The Luckiest Smurf", Duncan McSmurf plants a sword in the ground as a memorial for Empath, who not only was returned to Psychelia, but had his entire memory of being a Smurf stripped from him (or so it seems), meaning that Empath Smurf has truly died.
  • The Web Always Existed: The "mirror net" is basically the medieval Europe fantasy version of the Internet using magic mirrors. In "Smurfette's Inner Beauty", Hogatha uses a social network called Magebook in order to find a date.
  • We Can Rule Together:
    • In "The Exile From Psychelia", Empath learns that the Psyche Master has been grooming him to be his successor and is hoping that he would someday forsake the Smurf way of living and embrace becoming the next Psyche Master. Empath refuses the Psyche Master's offer.
    • In the alternate timeline of "Hefty, The Luckiest Smurf", when Empath is forcibly returned to Psychelia, Empath does become the next Psyche Master.
  • Wedding Episode: "Empath's Wedding" is about Empath and Smurfette getting married.
  • Wedding Smashers: Chlorhydris in "Empath's Wedding". Instead of appearing at the wedding, though, she transports Smurfette out of the village before the wedding starts, forcing Empath and some of his guests to join in finding and rescuing her.
  • What If?: The series has two "what if" scenarios, explored by Empath's great-grandson Traveler who has the power to explore the alternate timelines of those that he comes in contact with (similar to Waverider's ability from Armageddon 2001). In Smurfette's alternate timeline, she falls in love with and marries Papa Smurf, having a child through him and causing the entire Smurf Village to rebel against Papa Smurf and throw him and his new family out of the village. In Hefty's alternate timeline, Empath returns to Psychelia and in time becomes the next Psyche Master while Smurfette falls in love with and marries Hefty, resulting in Empath-as-Psyche Master abducting Hefty and torturing him out of spite for not being able to marry Smurfette.
  • Word, Schmord!: Jokey's conversation with his Papa Smurf Pranky in "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf", regarding the Whoopee Cushion prank:
    Pranky: “Jokey, you’re laughing at a gag that just malfunctioned! I don’t smurf anything funny about it.”
    Jokey: “That was Polaris, Papa, Empath’s friend from Psychelia. He’s someone who could really smurf a good laugh in his life.”
    Pranky: “Polaris schmolaris. I smurf nothing but a gag that just smurfed off by itself. Empathy must have triggered the thing to smurf off by itself to smurf his friend from smurfing on it, wherever he is.”
  • You Are Not Alone: In the novel (and its companion side story "The Grouchiest Friendship"), when Empath is about to return to Psychelia after spending his first year visiting the Smurfs, Papa Smurf gives him a Smurf medallion and tells him that he as a Smurf is no longer alone in this world.
  • You Are Number 6: Played with with the Psyches, as they are both given actual names as well as designation codes and are alternately referred to as either their real names or their designation codes (Empath Smurf is 1137-K, while Polaris Psyche is 1124-K). Like the Borg from Star Trek, the Psyches also identify various species such as the Smurfs by designation codes (in the Smurfs' case, they are Species 0002).
  • You Are What You Hate: The Psyche Master is a Smurf who hates his own race and creates a race of people called the Psyches who are taught to hate Smurfs. Of course, none of the Psyches know what the Psyche Master really is.
  • You Can See That, Right?: In "Empath's Wedding", Smurfette's Invisible to Normals horse friend Blue Eyes shows up as one of the wedding guests, and Brainy (who in the 1980s cartoon series writes Smurfette's friend off as being imaginary) asks Empath if he's seeing the same horse with wings that talks as he is, and Empath confirms that he is seeing it as well.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: In "The Smurf Impersonators", during the part of the story where Gargamel disguises himself as a Smurf, he tries to tell Sassette that he has been working on doing a perfect Gargamel impersonation to explain why he sounds like Gargamel. Sassette simply tells him that he doesn't sound quite as menacing as the real Gargamel.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: In "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf", the reason that Smurfette, Polaris Psyche, the three male Smurflings, and Baby Smurf can't see the parent Smurfs "resurrected", although Empath, Papa Smurf, and pretty much all the adult male Smurfs can, is that the parent Smurfs have died and are still fresh in the memories of those Smurfs who had lost them, while Polaris Psyche still has the Psyche Master, the three male Smurflings and Baby Smurf had parents that were still living, and Smurfette herself doesn't even have a parent, unless you count her still-living creator Gargamel.