Clumsy Smurf (original French name Schtroumpf Maladroit) is one of the main characters of the Smurfs cartoon show, who has appeared on the show throughout its entire run.
Clumsy is easily identified by the droop of his hat and his southern accent, as well as how often he's seen tripping and dropping things. He is often seen with Brainy. Every time there is a competition of some sort, Clumsy is not considered to be a good player due to his clumsiness.
Clumsy's main interest is collecting rocks and he has full boxes (and/or piles) of them in his house. He is often seen looking for rocks and even claims that he has a lucky one. He also gave a box of them to Nanny as a housewarming gift in "A House For Nanny".
Clumsy's catchphrases are "Whoops!", "Golly!", "Gosh!", and "Gee". He also frequently stutters by saying "Uh".
Role In The Village
Being the klutz of the village, Clumsy doesn't really have a specific job. He does help out whenever the Smurfs are building or fixing something, but there are times his involvement could potentially cause a lot of trouble (like a severe physical injury).
In the Hanna-Barbera cartoon show, Clumsy is sensitive and cheerful. He is dimwitted, and a little slow, but overall good-natured and sweet. He cherishes his friends and tends to go along with what other Smurfs are doing. Despite his clumsy nature, he loves to help out around the village. He has also proven to be very heroic when the other Smurfs are in danger.
As his name implies, Clumsy is very accident-prone. For example, in episodes like "The Purple Smurfs" and "The Dark Ness Monster", he accidentally lassos himself while attempting to lasso something else.
Clumsy isn't usually shown to be as fast as the other Smurfs. In the intro sequence (the ones where the Smurfs run away from Gargamel), it takes Clumsy longer to get around the words "THE SMURFS".
In The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, Clumsy is smarter than his cartoon show counterpart, but still remains friendly and happy. He dislikes being left behind by the other Smurfs. He overestimates himself at times, and dreams of being a hero, which he becomes in the first movie.
In Smurfs: The Lost Village, Clumsy's personality is a bit more on the eccentric side. He often does or says things that result in eye rolls, eyebrow-raising, or (usually intended) laughter from his friends. He is also upbeat, yet jumpy and very prone to anxiety. His anxious tendencies are reflected in moments such as him having a panic attack in the tunnels. He is still very brave and good-hearted.
Relationships With Others
Clumsy's best friend, over all, is Brainy Smurf. Despite his rather vain personality, Brainy does think of Clumsy as a good friend, even if he won't admit it. Clumsy and Brainy are often paired up when they have to do something in the village, and whenever Brainy has a scheme, Clumsy is his partner. He acts in an assistant role to Brainy, carrying books for him, helping with potions, or listening while he talks. In the episode "The Smurfiest Of Friends", Clumsy states that he thinks Brainy is fun and implies Brainy shares jokes with him often. He seems to admire Brainy for his "intelligence", urging him to escape from the evil imp Buddy without him because "the world needs [him]" in the aforementioned episode. After they escape, Clumsy decides that he'd rather spend time with Brainy than with his other friends back at the village, even telling him that he loves him. He also thinks Brainy to be brave and that he has good ideas, as shown in "A Bell For Azrael".
Clumsy, like many other Smurfs, also has a shy crush on Smurfette and wants to impress her at times. Smurfette is the nicest to him, only minding his clumsiness if he breaks something of hers or gets her clothes dirty. During competitions, much like the Smurfic Games, Smurfette will willingly pick Clumsy as her partner, believing that having fun is all that matters. He is also one of the Smurfs that Smurfette has been the most romantically affectionate to, notably being one of few that she imagines marrying in "Smurfily Ever After". Otherwise, the two are very good friends and Smurfette would do anything to defend Clumsy from unfair treatment. At many times during the modern "non-canonical" Smurfs films, Smurfette cares a lot about Clumsy and occasionally worries about him.
One of Clumsy's biggest supporters is Papa Smurf. He considers Clumsy's sensitivity and recognizes that his clumsiness is not (naturally) controllable, rarely getting angry at him for such accidents. Because of this, Clumsy is often defended by Papa, who also urges the Smurfs to give him a fair chance in everyday group activities, such as smurfball games. When Papa Smurf was given the news that Clumsy had presumably died in "Clumsy Luck", he sat on a mushroom and sobbed, mourning "[his] poor Clumsy". After it's revealed he is alive and well, Papa cries tears of joy and claims he's "never been so happy to see a Smurf in [his] life".
He is very friendly to (and fond of) animals and even becomes friends with various clumsy creatures of the forest, such as a bird called the Hopping crane, a Pussywillow Pixie named Pansy and a little monkey which he called "Chimpy". In the episode "Fuzzle Trouble", Clumsy temporarily adopts a pet Fuzzle.
During "The Smurfic Games", Clumsy was unwanted by the two teams of East and West, so Smurfette (upset by Clumsy's mistreatment) pairs with him to make a team of their own, with Clumsy as the captain and Hefty and Handy leading East and West, respectively. After 9 events, each team was tied with 3 games won, much to the shock of fellow Smurfs since Clumsy and Smurfette were the underdogs.
The tiebreaker then came: the Smurfathon. When Jokey set off one of his explosive "gifts", Clumsy just blocked his ears, letting Hefty and Handy get a headstart. Both of them were then caught in a mishap along the way, and Hefty saves Handy, thus allowing Clumsy to unknowingly overtake. In the end, Clumsy wins the Smurfic Games, being the first Smurf to do so.
Ironically, Clumsy is one of the Smurfs who often ends up saving the others. While these rescues can sometimes be due to a fortunate accident, Clumsy is capable of some quick thinking on his own.
In "Clumsy In Command", Clumsy is given the opportunity to lead the expedition to gather purple pandyroot on Mount Majestic. He only receives the support (and team) of the Smurflings, as his fellow Smurfs are much too worried about the danger his clumsiness could cause on such a hike. Brainy argues that he should lead the expedition and Grandpa Smurf suggests making his own team, turning the expedition into a race.
Brainy's team think Clumsy doesn't have a chance at winning, but fail to succeed in anything besides bickering with each other. When a boulder they attempt to climb on dislodges from its spot, the group is trapped rolling down the mountain until it comes to a stop. With quick thinking and rock-collecting knowledge, Clumsy and the Smurflings are able to stabilize the boulder and save Brainy's team. After both parties arrive back at the village, Clumsy receives a trophy, which he attempts to share with Brainy.
In The Movies
In the 2011 Smurfs movie, Clumsy is one of the few Smurfs that travel through time to modern-day New York City. He is accidentally taken to the Winslows' apartment by Patrick Winslow and tries to escape their dog Elway by hiding in the bathroom. Patrick's wife Grace rescued Clumsy from being in the toilet, though his presence scared her at first. Eventually the other Smurfs find him in the apartment and reason with them to let them stay with them long enough in order to open the portal back to their own time with the next blue moon. However, Papa Smurf, seeing Clumsy in a vision seemingly failing to catch a dragon wand, has Clumsy stay behind in the apartment with Grace while the others go look for a "stargazer". Clumsy only goes along with Grace in order to retrieve the other Smurfs who are holed up in Patrick's office, but upon reaching the FAO Schwarz toy store they depart and head inside to search for the "stargazer". Inside the store, Clumsy is mistaken for a toy by some girls and is brought to the cashier in order to scan him for a price tag.
Eventually he is rescued and brought back home to the Winslows' apartment where he is told to stay put a second time. However, when Papa Smurf was captured by Gargamel in the magic book store, he told the other Smurfs with him not to come back for him, but since Papa Smurf never told Clumsy to do the same, Clumsy decided that he was going to rescue Papa Smurf, which encouraged the other Smurfs to do the same. During the final battle with Gargamel and the dragon wand, Clumsy leaps to grab it as it falls from Gutsy Smurf's grasp, but as he seemingly fails to grab it, he succeeds in doing so and saves the other Smurfs present by blasting Gargamel with the wand and causing him to land in a pile of garbage bags. By the end of the movie, Papa Smurf expresses how proud he is of Clumsy.
Clumsy appears in The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol. He is one of the Smurfs shown opening their gifts (a new hat) from Papa Smurf. Later, in the vision the Ghost of Christmas Present (Brainy) shows Grouchy, Clumsy accidentally causes a chain of events that leads to the village Christmas tree bursting into flames.
Clumsy is one of the main characters in the film Smurfs: The Lost Village, and part of a "Team Smurf" that also includes Smurfette, Hefty, and Brainy. He is the first Smurf to appear in the film, pushing a wheelbarrow of smurfberries into Smurf Village only to trip up. He later drops a vile of liquid created by Brainy's Smurfy Thing Finder based on an analysis of Hefty's strength which proves to have explosive properties. When the four friends later go Smurfboarding, Clumsy jumps into a barrel and rolls along instead of surfing; the group's subsequent encounter with a mysterious Smurf and Gargamel leads to them being grounded by Papa Smurf. However, all four later sneak out of the village in order to investigate a mysterious lost village of Smurfs they learned of due to Gargamel's magic.
After encountering a number of the strange plants and animals of the Forbidden Forest where the village is hidden, Clumsy and his friends are forced into a tunnel network due to Gargamel tricking a group of Dragonflies. Clumsy soon begins to panic, but he and his friends eventually make their way out of the tunnels, thanks in part to a rabbit named Bucky. That night, while sitting around a campfire, the four speculate on the nature of the mystery Smurfs, before taking a picture using Brainy's assistant Snappy. They then came to a river that they soon sailed on by building a raft, with Hefty providing Clumsy with a life preserver. Following another encounter with Gargamel, the group ended up in the river and fell over a waterfall, and ended up washing up on the shore of a small lake.
Following an argument between his three teammates in which Clumsy briefly attempts to become involved, the four are captured by the Smurfs of the lost village, and soon learn a shocking truth: they are in fact Smurfettes not created by Gargamel. After suffering through the initial curiosity-including swarming and prodding-of the female Smurfs, Clumsy is taken along by Smurfstorm on a flight on Spitfire to check on the whereabouts of Gargamel, who is revealed to be heading for the wrong landmark. During the flight, they are attacked by Gargamel's vulture Monty and Smurfstorm hands the "reins" to Clumsy despite his lack of confidence with regards to his flight ability. However, he proves to have a unique knack for flying, surprising both Stormy and himself, and they make their escape from the wizard. Unfortunately, during this flight he reveals Smurfette's origins to a paranoid Stormy, who confronts Smurfette upon their return to Smurfy Grove.
The villagers of Smurfy Grove, an arriving Papa, Hefty, Brainy, and Clumsy were subsequently captured by Gargamel and taken back to Gargamel's castle to be drained of their magical energy. Fortunately, Smurfette-whom Gargamel had left behind-tricked the wizard, using her unique attributes to drain the magic out of Gargamel and back into the Smurfs. Unfortunately, the process caused her to revert to her original form of a lump of clay, which the Smurfs and Smurfettes took back to Smurf Village in order to mourn. However, the inherent magic of all 200 Smurfs restored Smurfette to life, which Clumsy was the first to discover and celebrate. All the Smurfs then joined in a massive celebration.
In the Smurfs' Village game, Clumsy is bought back to the village at Level 20 and often gives tasks. Clumsy has his own hut that has an almost collapsed roof, hence containing a mini-game where he has to get some toolboxes to fix it. In this game, Clumsy often trips, so he will reward you 180 XP if you help him back up (you tap him when there is a red exclamation point above his head). Although, if tapped too late, he will not give the player any XP. His hut costs 30 smurfberries.
In The Smurfs 2 video game, Clumsy is a playable character from the start.
- His character in the cartoon show was voiced by Bill Callaway.
- Clumsy is voiced by the late Anton Yelchin in the 2011 live-action movie and is the main protagonist. Unlike the cartoon series, he lacks a Southern accent.
- He does, however, have a Southern accent in Smurfs: The Lost Village.
- Clumsy is also the only Smurf to have honors in the Smurfic Games, the games based on the human Olympics.
- Clumsy is one of the most noticeable Smurf characters, along with Papa Smurf, Smurfette and select others.
- Clumsy can't do a cartwheel, as proven in "Sideshow Smurfs".
- In the cartoon, Clumsy often refers to animals using diminutives, such as 'mousie' and 'birdie'.
- In promotional material and merchandise that followed the cartoon's debut in 1981, Clumsy was often depicted with what seemed to be an earlier design. This design depicts him with a backwards hat and nearly-closed eyes, the original stock art using a pose seen on Lazy's model sheet as the base. A licensing sheet from the Wallace Berrie company also labels said art as both 'Dimwit' and 'Clumsy'.
- For various promotional material and some official licensed products for the 2011 and 2013 movies. Clumsy's live-action model is mostly used for unnamed smurfs. Oddly enough, in older material for the first 2011 movie. There was an actual live-action model for a generic smurf.