Who is the coolest Smurf?


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Choosing the coolest Smurf is much like a mother being asked to pick their favorite child. It’s tempting to claim you don’t have one, but deep in your heart, you know there’s a standout — one that makes you smile, and, frankly, reminds you a little bit of yourself.

Initially, the idea of picking the “coolest” tiny blue person, well, made me blue. But after extensive research and thought — and weeding out some more obscure Smurfs — I’ve narrowed my personal search for the coolest down to two: Papa and Vanity. Papa, for his ability to bring his community together in the face of adversity to fight evil sorcerers (and rock a cool beard in the process); and Vanity, because I think his little flower is cute. The battle is much more difficult than it sounds, I swear.

I break down the top 10 candidates below. Be sure to vote in our poll. (And it’s likely you’ve already given this some thought, considering last Saturday was World Smurf Day!)

Papa Smurf
Strength: Wisdom
Weakness: Old age, less agility
Uncanny resemblance to: Bill Murray

Strength: Owns the only pair of high heels in a village of shorties
Weakness: Outnumbered
Uncanny resemblance to: Amanda Seyfried

Brainy Smurf
Strength: Knowledge (= power?)
Weakness: Poor vision
Uncanny resemblance to: Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Hefty Smurf
Strength: Um, strength
Weakness: Bad tattoo
Uncanny resemblance to: WWE wrestler (/Real World alum) The Miz

Vanity Smurf
Strength: Ability to accessorize
Weakness: None. He’s perfect, obviously.
Uncanny resemblance to: Nicole Richie

Jokey Smurf
Strength: Sense of humor
Weakness: Never trust the funny ones
Uncanny resemblance to: Pee Wee Herman

Grouchy Smurf
Strength: Honest
Weakness: Poor bedside manner
Uncanny resemblance to: Gordon Ramsay

Greedy Smurf
Strength: Has it all
Weakness: Glutton
Uncanny resemblance to: Man v. Food host Adam Richman

Chef Smurf
Strength: Culinary prowess
Weakness: Sell-out
Uncanny resemblance to: Wolfgang Puck (who also plays the role in the live-action film. Casting win!)

Handy Smurf
Strength: Marketable skills
Weakness: Overalls
Uncanny resemblance to: Carter Oosterhouse

Clumsy Smurf
Strength: Durable
Weakness: Expensive to insure
Uncanny resemblance to: Urkle

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  • DC

    He’s Grouchy Smurf not rude obnoxious smurf so I don’t see the resemblance to Gordon Ramsay.

    • HD

      My favorite smurf was Sassette!

  • jawz

    smurfette’s the best! if i were a smurf i’d totall smurf her.

    • AbbieLee

      how rude are you the smurfs are little blue things for kids and you would smurf her get a grip!!!

  • tracy bluth

    God this is hard…I love all the Smurfs! I guess if I had to choose I would say Papa Smurf

  • Erin

    Brainy Smurf rocks. He was always my favorite.

  • Esox

    Stop it EW…Just…stop it.

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  • jen

    personally i have always liked Big Mouth. I know he’s not a smurf, but still one of my favs

  • pastafarian

    Handy Smurf. He gets things done.

  • frank

    I like Brushy Smurf, still have him in my bathroom

  • Stu

    I always thought that Greedy and Chef Smurf were the same.

  • julia

    oooh idea for next poll who is your favourite care bear!!

  • DogBoy

    Tossup, either Dopey or Bashful.

  • Bobby F

    I used to just love smurfs as a kid, I mean like an addiction, bed sheets, comic books, action figures, etc, but for some reason, I am not looking forward to this movie. It seems like a cheap rip off or sell out. Not as innocent as the cartoon. Just doesn’t look cool. They should make a cartoon movie instead. I would go see that.

  • Jason

    Handy was the best.

    Notice the spike on Handy votes, despite his being towards the end of the list and not one of the Smurfs that stands out (like Papa or Smurfette).

    Go Handy!

    • Beverley

      I love it! They do look so much alike! Those Grace genes are strong. I see a lot of you in your boys so I think your goal is an atnaitable one. My boys look a lot like their father, so I am SOL there. I am glad you had fun in Florida and sorry to hear you and Jason are not feeling 100%. Traveling always wears me out.Laura Andry blogged this:

  • esquirrel

    Pimp Smurf and yo mama’ Smurf-Ho

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