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The Smurfs is a Belgian comic franchise centered on a fictional colony of small, blue, almost human-like creatures who live in mushroomshaped houses in a “magical” forest. The Smurfs was first created and introduced as a series of comic characters by the Belgian comics artist Peyo (the pen name of Pierre Culliford) in 1958, wherein they were known as Les Schtroumpfs. There are more than 100 Smurf characters, and their names are based on adjectives that emphasise their characteristics, such as “Jokey Smurf”, who likes to play practical jokes on his fellow smurfs. “Smurfette” was the first female Smurf to be introduced in the series. The Smurfs wear Phrygian caps, which came to represent freedom during the modern era.
The word “smurf” is the original Dutch translation of the French “schtroumpf”, which, according to Peyo, is a word he invented during a meal with fellow cartoonist André Franquin when he could not remember the word salt.
Smurfette is the first female smurf, created by evil wizard Gargamel, in order to spy on them. It is unclear why the Smurfs are his enemy, but Smurfette has stereotypical feminine features, with long blonde (orginally brunette), wavy hair , long eyelashes, and wears a cute white dress. And speaks with a very femimine (almost southern sounding) voice and walks with bowed-legs, on white high heels.
Smurfette is the love interest of almost every Smurf, who are all male, and proving that the Smurfs are not gay.
Each Smurf is sort of like like a clone, but it is unclear who made them, with neither “Papa Smurf” (father figure), nor Gargamel (enemy) as creator.
Smurfette was a source of problems between the other Smurfs, since her inception and at the end of one season, she was banished from the Smurf village, thus restoring the status quo of the community, in a season cliff-hanger.
Authors Note: It has been a very long time since I watched the Smurfs, and I am not going to do so again for this article because this is not the point of it to begin with, but I do try to be as accurate as possible within reason.
If I am wrong with any specific details please contact me with comments on Discus links below this post.
Smurfette was magically created from clay by the Smurfs’ enemy, Gargamel, so that she would use her charms to cause jealousy and competition among the Smurfs. Then he leaves her in the forest and Hefty (a manly smurf indeed), takes her to the Smurf village, where she is given her own house whilst Papa Smurf decides her fate.
Gargamel Receipe for Smurfette:
“Sugar, Lies and Magpies,
Blue clay; some tart
Crocodile tears, and a stone for her heart”
Every Smurf of the village (even Grouchy), based on “Grumpy” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, falls in love with her, but Smurfette is still unsure as to whether or not she is a “real.” Whatever that means. She is as real as any other “animated” Smurf, (no pun intended), perhaps she is conflicted within her role within the village and her place within.
She turns to Papa Smurf for help, and he decides to turn her “Evil” appearance to a more pleasing one, and by casting a spell that changes her black hair to blonde with a much shorter nose. After the ritual, Papa Smurf tells her that she will know what to do when the situation calls for it and prove herself worthy.
Unknowingly, Papa Smurf’s transformation causes Gargamel’s plan to work even better, since becoming even more attractive going blonde. And now the Smurfs are constantly competing for Smurfette’s attention and putting the village in a state of constant chaos.
“Working” for Gargamel, the still conflicted Smurfette makes several failed attempts to aid him, and in a finale, she uses a piece of cake to lure Greedy Smurf into opening it the flood gate. When Greedy tried to close the dam again, Smurfette yanks it back but with all the tugging she is throw off balance and falls into the river. While Greedy hammered the dam back down, Papa Smurf rescued Smurfette and sent her to Smurf court.
With the entire village angrily aware of her treachery, Smurfette finally admitted her slavery to Gargamel and tearfully offered to submit to the Smurfs’ judgement. The Smurfs’ kindness to Smurfette caused her to want nothing else than to be a real Smurf, so Papa Smurf absolved her of her guilt and offered to try to free her by making her a real Smurf.
It was realized by her under-lying action to let the Smurf’s destroy themselves, rather than help that she was Gargamel’s creation, and put her on trial for her unwitting allegiance. Although acquitted, Smurfette realized (self-realization), the trouble her continued presence was causing and decided to leave the Smurf village.
The Smurfs got their revenge on Gargamel by using the same process that he had used to create Smurfette, but in this case they built a human-sized, wart-covered, ugly old hag who spoke in Smurf language and chased the horrified sorcerer all over the forest.
When Gargamel makes contact with Smurfette again, he was alarmed by the changes in her visage and realized that Papa Smurf had undone most of his control over her. He manages to manipulate her thou, and she helps him lead the rest of the the Smurfs into a trap.
The trap was successful with the entire community captured and Smurfette was aghast at her unwitting role in it. However, she was then able to spectacularly undo her mistake by disguising herself as the masked “Lone Smurf” to lure away Gargamel and Azrael on a chase that both allowed her to incapacitate the villains and to free the Smurfs.
At the conclusion of the story, any doubts of the Smurfs regarding Smurfette’s loyalty were resolved and she was made a welcome permanent member of their village. She quickly rose through the ranks and would sometimes even be left in charge of the village while Papa Smurf was away. One of the show’s beloved running gags was Smurfette hugging and kissing Papa Smurf as well as the other Smurfs and reprimanding Brainy.
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