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There are similar-themed characters that are based on the Smurfs in popular culture:

  • The Astrosniks were a similar fictional race with a space-based theme, made by figurine company Bully after they lost the license to the Smurfs.
  • The Biskitts were a group of tiny canines who lived on Biskitt Island and were committed to guarding the crown jewels of Biskitt Castle. Modeled after Robin Hood, the diminutive dogs still served their recently deceased king while performing good deeds for the underprivileged inhabitants of their tiny island. Series was created by Hanna-Barbera.
  • The Snorks were a similar, though less popular, fictional creatures that lived underwater and had snorkel-shaped protrusions on their heads. They were also based on a Belgian comic and had an animated series that was created by Hanna-Barbera.
  • The Littl' Bits were a fictional race of tiny forest people that resemble smurfs in their size and naming convention.
  • The Minish, also known as Picori, are small creatures in the videogame The Legend Of Zelda: The Minish Cap.
  • The Nac Mac Feegle or Wee Free Men of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. They are not Smurfs, but they do have a smurf-like appearance due to their small size and blue skin-tattoos.
  • The Gnome Family, produced by Empire, was an apparent Smurf knock-off that some misidentify as smurfs. They are similar 2.5 inch high PVC figurines, wear similar hats and pants, and are available in over 100 different models. Their skin and clothing can be found in many different colors however.
  • The Snerfs are Muppet characters from the 1960s and 1970. They were usually blue with trumpet snouts, as well as brown with big nose.
  • The short-lived 1980s children's TV show FTV (hosted by Don Felder of The Eagles) featured parodies of popular music videos, including at least one parody that featured Smurf-like characters called Snerds.
  • The Smuffs from Tiny Toons.
  • The Smurks from a series of Ebolaworld, a satirical parody of The Smurfs, which created by Sam T. was forced to remove after the copyright holders threatened to sue. Sam T. would eventually respond to the lawsuit years later with another short satirical Smurfs parody called The Skrums.
  • Fraggles are tiny humanoid creatures, about 22 inches tall, that come in a wide variety of colors and have tails that bear a tuft of fur on the end.
  • The Zmurfs are Smurf-like zombie creatures that appear in the videogame Zombie Farm.