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Recap / Empath: The Luckiest Smurf - Under The Cat's Paw

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An adaptation of the cartoon show episode "All Creatures Great And Smurf" with Tapper taking on the role of the nonexistent adult Nat Smurf, finding a wounded Azrael out in the forest and bringing him into the Smurf Village to take good care of him.


This story provides the following examples of:

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: A variation of this trope near the end, when Tapper is talking with his fellow Smurfs.
    Brainy: You honestly think your praying is going to change the nature of the beast, Tapper?
    Tapper: I only know that the Almighty is capable of anything, Brainy, including changing your heart and your mind so that you will believe He is real.
    Tapper: Be careful of what you ask for, Hefty Smurf. It might just make you a believer someday.
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  • Cat Up a Tree: Empath helps rescue a small kitten that has been stuck up a tree and to reunite the kitten with her mistress.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Despite the care given to Azrael by the Smurfs, Azrael was still by nature Gargamel's cat and couldn't resist bringing harm to the Smurfs.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Tapper shows that he is this not only in the main part of the story where he takes care of various forest creatures as well as Azrael, but also in the framing part of the story where he and Empath help bring a kitten down from a tree to be reunited with her human mistress. However, Tapper also proves that Good Is Not Soft, as when he is pinned down by Azrael, he boldly reminds the cat that he's going to answer to Jesus Christ for what he has done.
  • Retcon: As mentioned, Tapper takes the place of the adult Nat Smurf in this adaptation.
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  • Title Drop: From Tapper's comment after Azrael is chased away by the silver-fanged growler:
    "For a moment I felt like I was Daniel in the lion's den, but as there was nothing for me to fear, the Lord has indeed smurfed me safe under the cat's paw."
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