- For other uses, see Smurfette (disambiguation)
|Alignment||Formerly evil, later good|
|Voice Actor||Lucille Bliss (cartoon show)|
Katy Perry (2011 film)
Melissa Sturm (The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol)
|First Appearance||The Smurfette (comic book)|
Season 1, "The Astro Smurf" (Television Episode)
|Name Translation of Smurfette|
Smurfette (original French name Schtroumpfette) is one of the main characters of the Smurfs comic book series and cartoon show, who has appeared on the show throughout its entire run, appearing as the only female Smurf almost always.
She was the only female Smurf who appeared on the show until Season 5, when she was joined by a young female Smurfling named Sassette, and then later in Season 8 when she was joined by an elderly female Smurf named Nanny. She's basically everyone's favorite Smurf in the village!
Role in the Village
At first, Peyo intended her to be only a minor character, but due to some demands, she became one of the main cast.
Her main role is as a love interest to the Smurfs, but she is also seen performing some productive jobs including watering flowers, taking care of pets and forest animals, and also looking after Baby Smurf. She also cleans Papa Smurf's house, as seen in one episode where she's sweeping the floor.
Smurfette was created by Gargamel, which explains her original position as the only female Smurf in the village. There is no such thing as a natural Smurfette (All Smurfs are male), and they must be created. Originally, since Smurfettes are not "Smurfs", when one is created, they are very rude until they have a Smurfy spell cast on them.
Her origins are explained in "The Smurfette", when Gargamel thought that a girl would cause jealousy and hatred among the usually happy Smurfs. This would have worked, if Smurfette had not been so ugly. When she was created, Smurfette, she wasn't blonde or pretty. She had a big nose, messy brunette/black hair, and didn't look as cute.
Gargamel then released her into the forest, where she was found by Hefty Smurf and taken to the village. She was given a house, some furniture, and was ready to start her plan.
Becoming a Real Smurf
Smurfette had a number of problems, beginning with her lack of acceptance as a real Smurf. She was also found to be a troublemaker, causing many problems for the village.
It wasn't until she nearly flooded the village that she started feeling guilty about her actions. She admitted to have been working for Gargamel, and so Papa Smurf agreed to make her a Smurf (He used magic in the show, but plastic surgery in the comic).
After some waiting, out of Papa Smurf's lab appeared the new and improved Smurfette.
The new Smurfette is very different from the original in terms of looks and attitude. She is now blonde, wears a frilly dress, wears high-heels, and is sweeter. This instantly caught the Smurfs' attention, which causes the chaos that Gargamel originally planned for.
Smurfette now lives in the village and is considered a Smurf.
Smurfette is sweet and emotional, often crying if something goes wrong. She's also instantly saddened if someone she cares for gets hurt.
Like the typical main girl character, Smurfette will sometimes get kidnapped (Yet this rarely happens), but there are times where she could actually get out of a mess all by herself. She has also proven herself to be one of the smartest Smurfs in the village, and is very independent, disliking it when the other Smurfs are too protective of her.
She enjoys children, company, and animals, yet despises messes. She hates getting dirty and is easily angered if her dress gets stained. She spends a lot of time talking about fashion issues, most often with Vanity Smurf.
Allegations of sexism
There have been many complaints over Smurfette's character. These complaints are mainly related to the fact that she was at one time the only female character in the series. Detractors of the character also state that she portrays women in a demeaning way.
The chapter/episode where she was introduced depicts Smurfette as not being a Smurf until Papa Smurf turns her into one. She is therefore treated very differently in the village until her change.
Another example of Smurfettes receiving different treatment than 'normal' Smurfs' occurred when Nanny invited all the Smurfs to a picnic, but they claimed they were "too busy" to go, despite Papa Smurf having previously mentioned that Smurfs do everything for each other. This shows that the Smurfs had not accepted the Smurfettes as full Smurfs.
Before Papa Smurf changed Smurfette to a real Smurf, she had a very bad attitude, and was ignored by many of the Smurfs. After her transformation, she is seen as much nicer and more accepted. This may imply that beautiful, blonde women are nicer people and more likely to be accepted as full members of society.
A new comic book, released in French on April 2, 2010, La Grande Schtroumpfette (translated as The Great Smurfette, Grand Schtroumpf being Papa Smurf's French name), however, depict her as tired of all the sexism she suffers of. To help her be respected among Smurfs, Papa Smurf leaves the village for a trip and gives Smurfette his authority in the meantime.
There have been several instances where Smurfette has been referred to as "the Smurfette", more so in earlier episodes closer to her appearance. This could be interpreted as an instance of objectification of women, though it may simply refer to Smurfette being her classification (meaning 'female Smurf') as well as her name.
While this is a mere assumption on some parts, people have now referred to a situation where there is only one main female in a whole cast (or species) of males as the "Smurfette Factor".
Papa hasn't showed any romantic feelings for her since "Romeo And Smurfette" and has treated her like a daughter for the remainder of the series.
Over time, the Smurfs have gradually deemphasized their romantic affections for her, emphasizing friendship and more of a sister-like relationship. This may be an example of the Westermarck effect.
While she has claimed to love all the Smurfs equally, she has shown to have a bit more interaction with certain Smurfs and to dislike Brainy and his love for talking.
At times it was tough for her to live in an all-male village, but it became easier when Sassette came (they formed a sisterly relationship), and more so when they were joined by Nanny, who took on a motherly/grandmotherly role.
The Smurfs who have showed to care for her to a great extent are:
- Handy (His love for her died down after he met Marina, though she doesn't seem to mind)
- Vanity (As his best friend and friendly rival)
Smurfette has also been seen to get along with female human characters, like Andria, Brenda and Princess Savina among others. Smurfette is also friends with Blue Eyes, a small golden flying horse who lives with a leprechaun in the sky.
In the movie series
In the 2011 Smurfs movie, Smurfette is one of the few Smurfs that travel through time to modern-day New York City through the portal that opened during the blue moon in the Smurf forest. Her origin in the movie is based on the cartoon show version of "The Smurfette" in her explanation to Grace Winslow. The movie makes a notable change in Smurfette's personality in that she seems to be able to defend herself and even actively confronts Azrael by herself in order to rescue Papa Smurf, whereas the cartoon show normally depicts her as a damsel in distress who needs constant rescuing by her fellow Smurfs. During her stay in the modern-day world, she befriends Patrick Winslow's wife Grace, and finds herself enamored by the various types of doll-sized dresses she could wear when she helps the other Smurfs find a "stargazer" in the FAO Schwarz toy store.
In promotional shots where Smurfette is seen from behind, she noticeably doesn't have a tail appear from outside her dress, which seems to be emphasizing her origin as a Smurf created by Gargamel, though it could be that she is showing a ladylike aversion to having a tail appear outside of her clothing. On the other hand, it could simply be an error on the part of the character model developers, as Smurfette in most of her cartoon appearances has her tail hidden behind her long blond hair. (For those arguing over whether Smurfette has a tail or not, the cartoon show episode "The Purple Smurfs" has Smurfette also turned into a Purple Smurf through the same mode of transmission as any other Smurf.)
In the animated feature The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol, Smurfette appears as the Smurf of Christmas Past, who shows Grouchy Smurf how happy he used to be when it came to Christmas, in the hopes that he would be able to regain the Christmas part he had lost when his hopes of getting a hang glider for Christmas were dashed by the fact that the only present he ever got every year was a Smurf hat.
- Smurfette has been forced to marry various kinds of creatures throughout the show. These creatures range from Gnomes ("Gnoman Holiday" and "Smurfette For A Day") to an Imp ("Smurfette's Dancing Shoes").
- Smurfette has had a few short-lived crushes throughout the show, such as the Smurf story character "Don Smurfo" and Sir Lancelot in "The Smurfs of the Round Table".
- She is one of the most recognizable Smurf characters, along with Papa Smurf and others.
- Her character in the cartoon show was voiced by the late voice-acting veteran Lucille Bliss.
- Smurfette is voiced by Katy Perry in the 2011 live-action movie. On the official site for the live action film, on the soundboard, one of the quotes is "I kissed a Smurf and I liked it." - this is a reference to a single of her voice actor, Katy Perry.
- Smurfette is voiced by Melissa Sturm (who provided voice work in Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs) in The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol video feature.
- Chronologically speaking as far as Smurf history goes, Smurfette is actually not the first Smurfette, but rather Nanny is, and possible others prior.
- Smurfette appears as a smurfling in "Smurf van Winkle", although she looks nothing like Sassette.
- In both the comics and cartoon show, Smurfette didn't speak the Smurf language before she was transformed into a real Smurf.