Empath: The Luckiest Smurf
A Black Smurf is a character that originally appeared in the European Smurf comic book story "The Black Smurfs" (Les Schtroumpfs Noirs in French), which later became "The Purple Smurfs" when it was adapted to English.
In Smurfs Media
Papa Smurf first encountered the disease when he was 108 years old. It made its second known appearance in the story "The Black Smurfs" when a Smurf that eventually turned out to be Grouchy (as revealed in "The Egg And The Smurfs") was the first Smurf infected with the disease. However, at that point Papa Smurf had forgotten what the cure was, and by the time he rediscovered it, the village was overrun by Black Smurfs to the point where Papa Smurf was the last Smurf infected by it, and the Smurfs would have stayed that way if it weren't for an explosion in Papa Smurf's laboratory that caused a great big cloud of tuberose pollen to envelop the entire village, curing all the Smurfs at once.
Empath: The Luckiest Smurf stories
In the EMPATH: The Luckiest Smurf story series, a Black Smurf is a Smurf that has been affected by a magically-altered version of the purple fly that bites the tail of a normal Smurf, turning him or her all black. The behavior pattern of a Black Smurf is identical to that of a Purple Smurf. However, unlike Purple Smurfs, Black Smurfs are unaffected by tuberose pollen and thus are considered more dangerous to deal with.
In the Smurf Me Up series story titled GNAP!, a Black Smurf spawned once after Clumsy Smurf was bitten on tail by a giant black fly. An epidemic occured as every Smurf's skin is turned pitch black and they loose their speech ability as all they can yell is the word, "Gnap." It is unknown what this means, or if it is a mere cry of the savage mutation. The Black Smurf abilities include biting, jumping at a great distance, and hovering around in circles like a fly. To cure a Black Smurf, it must be drowned in a cloud of smoke from Tuberose pollen that is thrown into a fire causing smoke that once inhaled by a Black Smurf, will transform him or her back to normal. The Black Smurfs briefly return in the Army Of Grey story in the segment when Glovey was using what magical items he had on the grey army from his previous adventures, which included a black fly he apparently had kept in a jar.
- It is probably due to the nature of the characters that the Black Smurfs were made purple for the racially-cautious English-speaking audience, both for the cartoon show episode and for the English translation of the original story.