Smurfs (race)

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A typical adult male Smurf
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Smurfette, an adult female Smurf

Race Name: Smurfs
Race Type: Humanoid
Existence: Real
Residence: Smurf Village, Earth
Population: A little over 100
Universe: Smurfs Cartoon Show, Magic Flute Movie, Empath The Luckiest Smurf, Raven Child, Swarlock, Smurfs Meet Thomas And Friends
First appeared in: Season 1

You may also be looking for the cartoon show called Smurfs.

Smurfs are little blue human-like creatures that live in a small mushroom-house village hidden within a forest, the exact location of which is unknown to all but Smurfs.

NOTE: All following information is derived from observations of the Smurfs cartoon show and pertains mostly to the cartoon show's universe of characters and stories.

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Physical Makeup

Physically, a Smurf is usually no more than "three apples tall" (appearance-wise to humans, no more than 3 inches) and has a pear-shaped body with an oval-shaped head, springy legs, and limber arms, with a short stubby tail sticking out from his or her buttocks. The springy legs allow a Smurf to jump to high places or across rocks and branches rather easily.

Smurfs are generally born male (though Smurfs do not physically reproduce, they do come into the world by a stork that delivers them to the Smurf Village from an unknown location on the night of a "blue moon"); very few Smurfs are female, and those that are are most likely magical creations rather than natural-born Smurfs.

Nanny Smurf may be the only exception as far as female Smurfs are concerned, but since little has been revealed about her origin as a female Smurf, it is uncertain whether she truly is a naturally-born female Smurf.

The male Smurf is mostly bald and relatively hairless. He does not begin to sprout facial hair (a beard and/or moustache) until sometime around his 400s, as mentioned by Papa Smurf in "Symbols Of Wisdom". Grandpa Smurf, being in his 1000s, is the only known male Smurf at present who also has head hair growing around the back of his head, indicating that additional hair growth may be a sign of advancing age for a male Smurf. Because of the lack of head hair, male Smurfs wear hats on their heads. Besides that, male Smurfs also only wear pants, though a few Smurfs do wear clothing on their torsos; no specific reason is given for this, though it simply may be a matter of function and/or comfort for them.

Smurfs tend to age slower than humans and thus live longer than humans. A Smurf reaching his 100 years of age is usually considered an adult. It is rare for a Smurf to live to around 1000 years of age, as Grandpa Smurf has done. This is possibly due to the effects of the Long Life Force Stone, which has kept the Smurfs from accelerated aging and their possible destruction.

Though it is suggested that Smurfs tend to be vegetarians, there are rare occasions where some Smurfs are seen eating meat-based products, such as Hefty with his hot dog in "King Smurf". A few plants that are essential to their diets are sarsaparilla leaves and smurfberries.

Smurfs are considered highly sought after by wizards, since they are part of the ingredient for the formula that turns base metals into gold.

Society Structure And Culture

The Smurfs are led by a single adult Smurf of advanced years, who happens to be Papa Smurf, who is around 542 years old. He functions as both a village leader and a father figure, directing them in their daily tasks and serving as a mediator in disputes, using his skills, wisdom, intelligence, and power with benevolence. Sometimes a foreman would be selected among the young Smurfs to direct the other Smurfs in their tasks, such as Hefty. Why Papa Smurf is the only Smurf that wears red clothing while most of the other Smurfs wear white is unknown, though it may simply suggest leader status.

The Smurfs' community generally takes the form of a cooperative, sharing and kind environment based on the principle that each Smurf has something he or she is good at, and thus contributes it to Smurf society as he or she can. In return, each Smurf appears to be given their necessities of life, from housing and clothes to food. The Smurfs have very little use for money, though at times they may trade something valuable to outsiders in order to get something they need, as Wooly has done in "Wild And Wooly".

The Smurf community at the present time of their adventures consists of a little over 100 Smurfs, which includes Papa Smurf, Smurfette, 95 male Smurfs of around 150 years old, Baby Smurf, three young boy Smurflings of 50 years old, Sassette, Grandpa Smurf, Wild, and Nanny. Some additional residents of their village include pets such as Puppy, a 1000-year-old dog that Homnibus the wizard had given to the Smurfs, and Smoogle, a pink marsupial-type animal that has been a companion of Nanny.

Smurfs communicate in a language that they call Smurf, which is just basically a variation of a human language where the word "smurf" is used to substitute for a noun, verb, adjective, or adverb. The language is rather intuitive since only Smurfs can understand what each other are really saying in Smurf.

Smurfs celebrate birthdays and holidays, including some that are rather indigenous to the Smurf community at large. They also enjoy various recreational activities as well as arts and music, including their local sport of smurfball. Smurfs usually sing the Smurf song whenever they're happy doing something (or just happy).

Smurfs tend to be nature-based in their belief system (though some do hold to the concept of a "heaven" and a "hell", as demonstrated in "Heavenly Smurfs"), and have certain rituals that involve elements in nature. Marriages (between male and female Smurfs) are very rare, if they even happen at all, though it is possible that such do happen.

History

As far as established history goes, Papa Smurf was born the son of Grandpa Smurf, who left on a 500-year journey to find the purest sources of the four known elements to restore the Long Life Force Stone. Nanny Smurf had followed after Grandpa Smurf in order to look for more yarn, which left Papa Smurf for the most part alone, though he was taught magic by a wizard named Palladore, who was trapped in stone along with other wizard by a group of druids.

Roughly around 150 years prior to the present time set in the cartoon show, Papa Smurf became the father of about 98 young Smurfs, though it is not known how they were raised with Papa Smurf as their sole parent. They first met Gargamel when he was in his late teens, which inspired his desire for revenge against them when they had foiled his first plot to capture them. Years later, Gargamel created Smurfette to be his weapon to destroy the Smurfs, but when Smurfette expressed her desire to become a real Smurf, Papa Smurf used his magic to change her into a real Smurf, thus foiling Gargamel's plans.

From that time on, other Smurfs have joined the group, and the Smurfs have met other humans which included their constant allies Sir Johan and Peewit. Eventually seventeen Smurfs have been trapped in time due to the misuse of the time crystals, leaving the future of the Smurfs uncertain from that point on.

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