The Smurfs are fictional little blue beings created by Peyo, a Belgian cartoonist. They first appeared in 1958, and later in a cartoon television show created by Hanna-Barbera Productions in the 1980s. On September 12, 1981, they were featured on NBC on Saturday mornings as a cartoon series. The little blue creatures from Belgium became popular among all ages.
The smurfs are very small. In cartoons in which they appear with humans, they are small enough to stand on a human hand.
Most Smurfs are male. There are only 3 females in the village: Smurfette, Sassette Smurfling, and Nanny Smurf.
Most Smurfs wear white pants and white Phrygian caps. Papa Smurf, Grandpa Smurf, and some of the Smurflings dress differently. Grandpa Smurf wears yellow clothes and Papa Smurf wears red clothes. The Smurflings are Sassette, Snappy, Slouchy, and Nat. Sassette and Nat do not dress like the other Smurfs at all, while Slouchy and Nat do dress like the others. In some comics, the Smurfs dress differently in color or clothing.
Smurfs live in mushroom-shaped houses in a village in a forest.
- Smurfette, one of the female Smurfs
- Papa Smurf, the village leader
- Brainy Smurf, an intellectual show-off
- Vanity Smurf, is a narcissist. He has a flower in his hat. He often holds a hand mirror, staring into his own reflection. In the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, Vanity speaks in a feminine voice.
- Grouchy Smurf, is a grouch
- Handy Smurf, is a mechanic and inventor.
- Hefty Smurf, strong Smurf
- Sassette Smurfling, the only female Smurfling
- Greedy Smurf, the village's baker
- Natural Smurf or Nat Smurfling, can communicate with animals.
- Grandpa Smurf, the former "Papa Smurf"
- Nanny Smurf, the oldest female Smurf
- Tailor Smurf, makes clothes
- Gustey a brave smurf
- Gargamel, a human, and the enemy of the Smurfs. Gargamel is an evil wizard who is absolutely obsessed with the Smurfs. His main goal changes. Sometimes he wants to catch Smurfs to eat them. Most of the time he tries to capture them for use in a potion to make gold. Sometimes it is simply getting revenge.
- Azrael, is Gargamel's cat and chases Smurfs.
- Scruple, is Gargamel's assistant who failed wizard school. He was introduced later in the series.
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