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Various people and groups have been nicknamed "Smurf" or "Smurfs", often a humorous or derogatory reference to blue clothing.

  • United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) members in Bosnia, because of their light blue helmets.
  • The Finnish word smurffit and the Spanish word pitufos, both meaning "Smurfs," are sometimes used as slang for the police
  • In military slang, "smurffipuku" ("Smurf suit") is a name for the standard blue jogging suit used in the Finnish Defence Forces.
  • Members of the Finnish BDSM support group SMFR
  • Alvin Garrett and Virgil Seay, wide receivers on the Super Bowl XVII champion Washington Redskins (1982 season), called Smurfs because they were shorter than most wide receivers in the National Football League
  • Students of Phillips Exeter Academy call Phillips Academy students "smurfs."
  • Sheree Murphy, a British actress nicknamed "Smurf"
  • The unique blue artificial turf playing surface at Bronco Stadium on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho is frequently called "Smurf Turf".
  • In BUD/S training for the Navy SEALs the members of a class are divided into boat crews according to height. The boat crew containing the class's shortest members is traditionally named "the Smurfs." The leader of this crew is nicknamed "Papa Smurf."
  • The Ultramarines, a Space Marine army in the tabletop wargame Warhammer 40,000 are frequently referred to amongst hobbyists as "Smurfs" due to their blue coloration and use by newer gamers. Also, the conventional abbreviation of "Space Marine" is "SM", further strenthening the allegory.
  • In episode "Underneath" of Angel, demon goddess Illyria complains about the fact that Wesley calls her a Smurf. Fans often call her "Smurf Goddess".
  • The BDU-33 practice bombs used by the U.S. Air Force are also known as "Smurf Bombs" due to their small size and blue color.
  • The Sea Scouts, in reference to their navy blue uniforms.
  • Rapper J-Zone has a song called the Smurf syndrome on the album "a bottle of whup-ass".
  • The volunteers at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, held in Melbourne, Australia, were dubbed the Smurfs, because of their blue uniforms
  • In the Netherlands, "brugsmurf" ("bridgesmurf") is a derogatory nickname for a freshman in high school. The "bridge" part of the nickname refers to the fact that in the Netherlands, the freshman year in high school is known as the "brugklas ("bridge-class"), bridging the gap between primary and high school.
  • The initial uniforms given at the United States Navy's Recruit Training Center at Naval Station Great Lakes, a hooded sweat shirt and pants, are called Smurfs because of their blue color.
  • Fans of the Blu Ray format are often referred to as Smurfs on AV forum sites.
  • In the United States smurf is a term to describe a hooded jacket or hooded sweat shirt AKA a hoodie.