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The Smurfs is a Belgian All-CGI Cartoon produced by IMPS (Peyo Productions) and Dupuis Audiovisuel and is the third animated series starring the titular characters. It began to air worldwide on April 18, 2021 on RTBF's OUFtivi channel in Belgium and on May 9, 2021 on TF1 in France. It made its first broadcast on September 10, 2021 on Nickelodeon in the United States. It features characters that were introduced in the 2017 animated film Smurfs: The Lost Village.note 

Spoilers abound, so be careful!

This cartoon show features the following tropes:

  • Absentee Actor: Smurfette in "Joke's On You", "The War of the Waffles", "Smurf Your Seat Belts", and "Leaf It Alone". Papa Smurf in "The War of the Waffles" as well.
  • Action Girl: Smurfette in the episode "Smurf-Fu", dressed up in a jumpsuit similar to Uma Thurman's character from Kill Bill.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Characters who barely had anything to do in the Smurfs universe now get their own episodes. Examples include Dimwitty in "Bringing Up Smurfy" and Weakling (now named Wimpy) in "Who's Heftier?".
  • Adaptational Personality Change: As shown in "Who's Heftier?" Weakling Smurf in the original comics and cartoon show was nervous and lacked self confidence. Wimpy in this show doesn't seem to have that problem as he is confident enought to challenge Hefty.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Here, Bigmouth isn't friends with the Smurfs as in the original show. He wants to eat the Smurfs for unknown reasons.
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  • Adaptation Name Change: Weakling Smurf is called Wimpy here, as shown in "Who's Heftier?". Dopey Smurf has also reverted back to his alternate name "Dimwitty".
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • Partially in "Diaper Daddy": on a certain level, the Smurfs in the 80´s cartoon hardly had a problem in changing Baby Smurf´s diapers. Here, all of them hide and run. Handy even build Diaper Daddy so he didn't have to do it.
    • Wimpy is this in general. Weakling Smurf in both the original comics and the Hanna-Barbera cartoon turns out to be actually pretty strong and just lacked self-confidence as proven by the placebo Papa Smurf gives him in both versions.Here Wimpy is genuilly well a wimp (or at least not as strong and Hefty) and only gains the competition out of luck.
  • Adapted Out: Since this is a completely different canon from the 1980s series, it should be worth noting that the Smurflings, Grandpa Smurf, Wild, Nanny Smurf, Smoogle, and Puppy are nowhere to be seen. (At least not yet.) Strangely, Baby Smurf appears though.
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  • An Aesop: "Smurf-Fu" teaches us that independence is fine on its own, but it’s always better to have a team you can count on.
  • Agony of the Feet:
    • In "Where's Papa Smurf", Brainy accidentally runs over Papa Smurf's foot with his two-wheeled cycle.
    • In "Smurfs In Disguise", Smurfette steps on Hefty's foot with her heel to make him sing at a higher pitch.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: In "Diaper Daddy", Handy's robotic nanny goes berserk when some Smurfs accidentally dump a paint can onto his head.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Hefty´s sadness over Smurfette´s disinterest on him kicks the plot of the "Who Nose" episode.
  • And I Must Scream: Scaredy tries to communicate with his fellow Smurfs in his imprisoned monster form in "The Scariest Smurf", which only makes his fellow Smurfs more scared.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Dimwitty is attracted to at least one of the two male Smurfs dressed as girls in "Smurfs In Disguise".
  • Babysitting Episode: A variation of this occurs in "Adventures In Smurfsitting", where Clumsy and Dimwitty are tasked with Baby so they could prove themselves useful.
  • Bears Are Bad News:
    • Gargamel runs into one in the forest in "Clumsy Not Clumsy".
    • Brainy has Scaredy touch one while it is sleeping, which he ends up awakening, in "Mind The Cat".
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Despite the box office failure of The Lost Village, in a direct attempt to permanently avoid The Smurfette Principle going forward, the Smurfettes of Smurfy Grove return with recurring roles throughout the series.
    • Baby Smurf also makes his very first animated appearance in 32 years since the final season of the original 1980s series.
  • Butt-Monkey: Grouchy, in "Unsmurfable Smile", and Smurfstorm in "Stormy the Babysitter".
  • The Cameo: While Homnibus the Wizard has yet to make a physical appearance in the series. In the episode "Smurfs in Disguise", a portrait of him alongside Papa Smurf is briefly seen inside Papa Smurf's house.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: In "Who Nose", Hefty wants a new nose when he believes Smurfette is uninterested in him. After he asks Papa Smurf to change it, he refuses, so Hefty uses a spell that enlarges it. If Hefty had listened to Papa Smurf (who told him it was perfect the way it is), none of this would have happened.
  • Declaration of Protection: The plot of "The Majestic 5" is about Papa Smurf holding an election to see which 5 Smurfs will end up protecting the village from danger. The 5 winners end up being Lazy, Dimwitty, Clumsy, Scaredy, and Baby.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: Even Gargamel sings The Smurfs (1981) theme song in the cartoons.
  • Dirty Coward: Near the end of "Clumsy Not Clumsy", when faced with the prospect of being turned into Smurf stew, Brainy suggests they eat Dimwitty instead. When Hefty, Papa, and Clumsy save him, he says he was only kidding but doesn't sound particularly convincing.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: A pretty G-rated example. In "Who's Heftier?", Hefty distracts himself and loses the race when Smurfette blows him a kiss
  • The Diaper Change: The Smurfs' refusal to change Baby's diaper is what kicks off the plot of "Diaper Daddy".
  • Disguised in Drag: In "Smurfs In Disguise", Hefty and Scaredy disguise themselves as female Smurfs when they accidentally break Papa Smurf's telescope.
  • Duplicate Divergence: When Vanity uses magical explosive powder, it creates mini-Jokeys in "Joke's On You".
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Hefty is the first Smurf Gleeko the alien assumes control of in "Alien Smurf". Harmony and Brainy are confused and Brainy says "This isn't funny anymore, Jokey."
  • Egg Sitting: Dimwitty raises an egg in "Bringing Up Smurfy".
  • Enemy Mine: Brainy teams up with Gargamel to deal with Azrael mind-controlling the wizard while Brainy looks for the Hypno-Glasses in Gargamel's castle in "Mind The Cat".
  • Epic Fail: Three of these in "Smurf-Fu":
    • Dimwitty and Clumsy try to save Brainy from the snake... only to be eaten himself.
    • Smurfette tries a kick-attack to Bigmouth's face... only to get instantly swatted by Bigmouth.
    • Jokey and a few other Smurfs want to get back at Smurfette for kicking them out of her Smurf-Fu class, so they send a spider in her house to scare her. The spider is the one screaming and the Smurfs scream with it.
    • In "Unsmurfable Smile", Hefty attempts to seesaw Grouchy up a large mountain, but he misses and crashes onto rocks.
  • Eyepiece Prank: Jokey does this to Vanity with the kaleidoscope at the end of "Joke's On You".
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Dimwitty doesn't wear any costumes and instead goes as himself, but with a rubber ducky floatie in "The Scariest Smurf".
  • Force Feeding: Gleeko the alien briefly does this to Hefty in "Alien Smurf", since he, who was posing as a Smurf, does not know how to eat yet.
  • Fountain of Youth: The episode "Stormy the Babysitter" has all of the Smurfs turn into babies.
  • Gag Nose: Hefty's big nose in "Who Nose", which sucks everything in it's path.
  • Girls Have Cooties: The alien posing as a Smurf hates girl Smurfs because he thinks girls have cooties in "Alien Smurf".
  • Gossip Evolution: In "Where's Papa Smurf", Brainy saying that Papa Smurf disappeared is misheard by another Smurf as Papa Smurf "smurfed his beard", then it gets misheard as another thing, and so on until the whole village believes that Papa Smurf has left the village and that they can abandon their chores to play games.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: Grouchy has a variation of this trope in "Unsmurfable Smile".
  • Halloween Cosplay: At the party, two Smurfs have joke boxes, and call themselves Jokey. The real Jokey shows up with his costume, which explodes, causing the cosplaying Smurfs to run away in "The Scariest Smurf".
    • In said episode, Gargamel cosplays as Brainy.
  • Halloween Episode: "The Scariest Smurf".
  • Halloween Trickery: Jokey constantly scares his fellow Smurfs with his costume in "The Scariest Smurf".
  • Here We Go Again!: During the ending of "Kitchen Klutz", Clumsy trips again, causing a huge explosion. This excact same thing happened in some part of the episode.
  • Hypno Ray: A variation of this trope appears in "Mind The Cat" with Papa Smurf's hypno glasses.
    • Gleeko the alien uses one in "Alien Smurf". He uses it to hypnotize the Smurfs and puts them under his spell.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: One Smurf runs into the outhouse to throw up after he eats Clumsy's cooking in "Kitchen Klutz".
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Gleeko the Alien reveals this near the end of "Alien Smurf".
  • Instant Soprano: In a variation of this trope, Smurfette gets Hefty to sing the higher notes by stepping on his foot with her heel when he was disguised as a girl Smurf in "Smurfs In Disguise".
  • Injured Limb Episode: Downplayed in "Unsmurfable Smile". In it, Grouchy breaks his leg.
  • Invisibility: Papa Smurf accidentally makes himself invisible in "Where's Papa Smurf". Though he searches for the cure to his state, he does have a bit of fun harassing his little Smurfs when they decide to take the day off and play games.
  • Jerkass: The smurfs in the alternate universe in "The Smurfs: The Pluffs!" enjoy hurting each other and torture alternate Bigmouth and alternate Gargamel only for the fun of it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Handy Smurf seems to be this here. In "Diaper Daddy", he says that Smurfette should change Baby´s diaper only because she is a girl and is shown to be quite smug in "Smurf Your Seat Belts" but is still a good smurf as tries to save Smurfette in "Who Nose?" and actually saving Smurfstorm on "Smurf Your Seat Belts"
  • Karmic Jackpot: Thanks to Hefty´s kindness towards Wimpy, Smurfette helps him to get his reputation as the Village´s strongman back in "Who's Heftier?".
  • Lethal Chef: Clumsy, in "Kitchen Klutz".
  • Literal Ass-Kicking: When the Smurfs are playing soccer, one Smurf unknowingly kicks Papa Smurf while he's invisible in "Where's Papa Smurf?".
  • Lovable Jock:
    • Hefty is quick to rescue Smurfette and anyone else in danger, but he'll also praise the work of others when they do something good, even calling Clumsy a hero. As usual he's also very agile and sporty.
    • This is explored in "Who's Heftier?", as Hefty is shown to be proud of his own physical progress yet is also very polite to Wimpy, going easy on him during the fight in said episode. In fact, the reason he loses by accident is because he goes back to help him finish the race.
  • Marshmallow Dream: Lazy has one in "Leaf It Alone" with sarsaparilla. He ends up chomping Brainy's foot.
  • Mind-Control Device: Papa Smurf's hypno-glasses, which Brainy uses to hypnotize Scaredy into not being scared, and Smurfette uses to hypnotize Gargamel into obeying the first thing he sees (which is Azrael) in "Mind The Cat".
  • Mirror Universe: In "The Smurfs: The Pluffs!", Brainy and Smurfblossom find themselves in a parallel universe where the Smurfs are gray and mean, while Gargamel and Azrael are kind.
  • Mistaken Identity: Gleeko, the alien who disguises himself as a Smurf, is mistaken for Jokey because he was the Smurf Gleeko assumed the appearance of in "Alien Smurf".
  • Mistaken for Dying: Smurfblossom thinks that Grouchy died when he gets hurt while ziplining in "Unsmurfable Smile."
  • Mythology Gag: Portraits of the Smurfs in 2D are regularly used in this seires. Examples include "Alien Smurf" and "Unsmurfable Smile".
  • Naked People Are Funny: The Smurfs ditch their clothes during Vanity and Tailor's fashion competition because they believe they're "too old-fashioned" in "The Makeover".
  • Nice Girl: Smurflily is gentle and softspoken pretty much all the time, notable in "The War of the Waffles" where she doesn't hold a grudge against Chef Smurf even if he tried to sabotage her waffle stand.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In "Who's Heftier?", Hefty ends up losing the race because Wimpy gets stuck in an obstacle and goes back to help him and the other Smurfs mock him and treat Wimpy as the village´s new strongman. Although Karmic Jackpot also plays into the episode as seen above.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Despite having more female Smurfs in recurring roles, the show itself keeps the relationships between male and female smurfs platonic. Even Papa Smurf and Smurfwillow , who get a Ship Tease in "The Lost Village" movie doesn't have romantic interactions. The one exception being Hefty's crush on Smurfette in"Who Nose" but that's it.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: In "Leaf It Alone", when the sarsaparilla harvest is ruined, the Smurfs become miserable. Jokey can't even do his pranks without frowning.
  • No Sympathy: During "Joke's On You", Azrael tries to catch Vanity and Jokey, but he almost falls down on a large cliff. Instead of helping his own cat, Gargamel catches Vanity and Jokey and Azrael saves himself.
  • Only Sane Woman: Smurfette plays with this in "Who's Heftier?", as for some reason is the only one who sees that Wimpy´s victory was an accident.
  • Potty Emergency: In "Kitchen Klutz", Clumsy's cooking causes Smurfs to line up to use the outhouse, including Papa Smurf.
  • Prank Gone Too Far: During "Joke's On You", The mini Jokeys strap Papa Smurf onto a rocket.
  • Pumpkin Person: Brainy goes as this for Halloween in "The Scariest Smurf".
  • Recycled Animation:
    • The fire bigrade scene in "Joke's On You", was noticeablely recycled from "Smurf-Fu".
    • Brainy occasionally turning in a closeup, which is seen in both "Diaper Daddy" and "Leaf It Alone".
    • In the episode "Smurf-Fu", the fire bigrade scene in the middle is used from the beginning, including Dimwitty being on the back of the truck, which makes no sense considering how he, Jokey, and Greedy was just captured by Bigmouth.
  • Royal Brat: Gleeko the Alien when disguised as an Smurf in "Alien Smurf".
  • Rump Roast: In "Diaper Daddy", Gargamel gets his butt singed by the robotic nanny Smurf's laser beam.
  • Sanity Slippage: In "Leaf It Alone", the Smurfs slowly go crazy from losing the Sarsaparilla. Clumsy and Greedy even try to sacrifice Dimwitty to get it back.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Brainy and Smurfblossom in "The Smurfs: The Pluffs!"
  • Secret Ingredient: The plot of "The War of the Waffles" is how Chef Smurf wants to find Smurflily's secret ingredient for her better waffles than his.
  • Ship Tease: Like in Lost Village, Hefty is very protective of Smurfette and gets a kiss on the cheek for rescuing her in "Clumsy Not Clumsy". After getting the medallion from Gargamel Clumsy dances with Smurfette and she seems quite impressed with Graceful, the new name Clumsy uses.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Clumsy accidentally makes Smurfette hits her face with a stick in "Clumsy not Clumsy" and Smurfstorm get´s hurt a LOT in many ways in "Stormy The Babysitter" completely played for comedic efect.
  • Sleep Deprivation: All of the Smurfs in "DRIIINNGGGGG!" because Lazy does not want to miss "important moments" in the village.
  • Slow-Motion Fall: Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Smurfblossom, Hefty, Handy, and Grouchy do this in the sky in "Unsmurfable Smile".
  • Spit Take: In "Smurfs In Disguise", Hefty and Scaredy do this when they hear Papa Smurf wishing them (as girl Smurfs) good luck at the Iron Smurf Girls tournament.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: In an in- universe example, the Mini-Jokeys in "Joke's On You" keep stealing Jokey's acts and uses them on the other Smurfs.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Jokey and Papa Smurf experience this in "My Smurf The Hero".
  • Super Zero: Hefty calles Scaredy this in "My Smurf The Hero".
  • Take Cover!: Papa Smurf, Brainy, Grouchy, Hefty, Handy and Jokey do this in "Diaper Daddy".
  • Those Magnificent Flying Machines: The Smurfs are impressed with Handy and Smurfstorm's flying machines in "Smurf Your Seat Belts".
  • The Strongman: Wimpy is treated like this after he wins a fight with Hefty in "Who's Heftier?".
  • Tickle Torture: "Leaf It Alone" has Jokey do this to Greedy when he and a few others think he ruined their sarsaparilla harvest.
  • Toilet Humor:
    • Vanity farts when he looks himself in the mirror in his own house in "Jokes On You".
    • Farmer lets out a fart while in a squatting position which causes some of his fellow Smurfs to faint in "Smurf-Fu".
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • While still mean and bossy to Azrael, in the 2021 series, Gargamel is less abusive and cruel to him compared to previous media featuring the duo. There are even moments where he's genuinely concerned for his well-being with Azrael showing the same sentiment as Gargamel in certain episodes.
    • SmurfStorm, here is way less hostile and unfriendly in comparison with her debut in Smurfs: The Lost Village.
  • Tragic Mistake: "The Majestic 5" has 5 bad choices for who can protect the village from danger. They end up being:
    • Lazy Smurf: A Smurf who goes to sleep all the time.
    • Dimwitty Smurf: A Smurf who is not bright at all.
    • Clumsy Smurf: A Smurf who trips on his own feet.
    • Scaredy Smurf: A Smurf who is afraid of everything.
    • Baby Smurf: A Smurf who's obviously a Baby and is learning to cope with the world.
  • Trampled Underfoot: A passing bear steps on Grouchy and has him stuck on its foot as it continues to walk on by in "Unsmurfable Smile".
  • Unsatisfiable Customer: In "Chef Soup", Brainy criticizes Chef Smurf's cooking, which causes him to leave the village to work for ogres. They are also unsatisfied.
  • Urine Trouble: Grouchy gets pooped on by a passing stork in "Unsmurfable Smile".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: What the relationship between Handy and Smurfstorm seems to be in "Smurf Your Seat Belts" as they bicker and compete for a big time on the episode but still care about each other as they take turns in saving the other´s life and even share a hug at one point.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The Hefty from the alternate universe in "The Smurfs: The Pluffs!" drops a dumbbell on Alternate Smurfette´s foot.

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