Duncan In Gutsy's Pose
Duncan around the time of Empath's 150th birthday

Duncan In Gutsy's Pose 3
Duncan in his early adult years, without his sideburns

Duncan In Gutsy's Pose 2
Duncan around the time of Empath's wedding

Duncan Head Logo
His personalized logo

Duncan McSmurf
Also Known AsDuncan Ross McSmurf (birth name)
Brave Smurf (nickname)
Gutsy Smurf (nickname, used mostly by Hefty)
Highlander Smurf
Dunk Smurf (nickname, used mostly by Tuffy)
Schtroumpf Ecossais (Schtroumpf translation)
Schtroumpf Guerrier (alternate Schtroumpf translation)
NationalitySmurf Village, McSmurf clan
OccupationFighter, brother of Miner; later Defense Attorney
Marital StatusPresently single; later married
Known RelationsAngus McSmurf (father, deceased)
Bonnie McSmurf (mother, deceased)
Miner (brother)
Papa Smurf (adopted father)
98 other Smurfs, 3 boy Smurflings (adopted brothers)
Smurfette (adopted sister)
Sassette (adopted sister)
Baby Smurf (presumably adopted brother)
Brenda (future wife)
Malcolm (future son)
Gillian (future daughter)
Saundra McSmurfette (future granddaughter)
ResidenceSmurf Village
Voice ActorAlan Cumming & Chris Cox (Desired)
UniverseEmpath: The Luckiest Smurf
Name Translation of Duncan McSmurf
FrenchSchtroumpf Ecossais
Schtroumpf Guerrier
SpanishPitufo Escocesa
Pitufo Guerrero
GermanSchottische Schlumpf
Krieger Schlumpf
ItalianPuffo Scozzese
Puffo Guerriero
DutchSchotse Smurf
Krijger Smurf

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"You can't smurf yourself a true Smurfsman until you've smurfed like one!"

Duncan Ross "Gutsy" McSmurf is a Smurf character who is part of the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story series.


He is the son of Angus and Bonnie McSmurf, born the older brother of Miner Smurf who is different from his fellow Smurfs in that he has managed to grow sideburns at the very young age of 150, something that he attributes mostly to the genes within his Smurf family line where most if not all males are able to grow facial hair at early ages. He speaks with a very rough Scottish accent and is very proud of his "Smurfish heritage", preferring to be called McSmurf over the last name of Smurf. Around 50 years of age, Duncan lost both his parents to an unknown disease and was mostly raised by Papa Smurf, who adopted him as one of his sons.

Duncan lived for a total of 769 years, after which he was buried along with his fellow Smurfs, bearing his favorite sword as he was laid to rest.


"I am Duncan McSmurf of the clan McSmurf. You may not call me anything but by that name only. Otherwise, I am pleased to smurf your acquaintance."

- His original greeting to Empath

Duncan is generally friendly toward his fellow Smurfs, but is very particular about his proper name being used. He hates being called Gutsy, which is Hefty's nickname for him that is used mostly just to annoy Duncan. According to Duncan, the origin of the nickname stems from his willingness to stand up to Hefty whenever he needs to be called out on his behavior. (Narrator, apparently having knowledge of himself and the other Smurfs being fictional creations, believes Hefty's dislike for Duncan is based on his character in a completely different story being upstaged by Duncan's counterpart.) Being about a year younger than Hefty, Duncan tends to call most of his fellow Smurfs "laddies" (even Hefty gets called this) and the female Smurfs "lassies", which is his general term of affection as is Papa Smurf's "little Smurfs" for his adopted children.

He likes to fight and enjoys training himself with Empath and some of his fellow Smurfs in a bit of sparring with quarterstaffs to see how much fight they have in them. When working together with Hefty and Tuffy, Duncan acts in the role of Hefty's superego, offering counsel and advice when needed and occasionally calling Hefty out on his decisions and his behavior. He also at times works alongside his friend Tapper, whom they share an affinity for their unique Smurf cultural backgrounds.

When not fighting, Duncan loves to challenge Hefty Smurf in arm wrestling and caber tossing. His favorite musical instrument is the bagpipes, which he plays in the Village Smurphony Orchestra, although for enclosed room settings he uses the uilleann pipes instead. He also likes to sing to any particular style of music, although his favorite song of all is "The Smurf II", which he sings with his shipmates on board the S.S. Smurf II. He likes to read books, and in his later years became such a student in the manner of laws that he became a defense attorney fighting for his fellow Smurfs' rights as citizens of the Smurf Village.

Although Duncan enjoys drinking sarsaparilla ale even to levels beyond what a normal Smurf can tolerate, he hates smoking and doesn't even like to get himself intoxicated with smurfnip or any other mood-altering substances, preferring to live clean. However, in the alternate timeline of "Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette", Duncan ended up smoking lots of smurfnip after witnessing Papa Smurf and Smurfette's wedding.

Like his friend Tapper and like all the other Smurfs in the village, Duncan is heterosexual and strongly believes that only males and females should be united together in marriage, although he holds no hostility towards those of other sexual orientations unless they pose a problem toward him or others. Sometime after his return from the Smurfs' time-traveling adventures in The Lost Year, Duncan was disgusted to hear from Empath that his Mirror Universe counterpart actually has a dating relationship with its Tapper. Although he is quite secure in being a male Smurf, Duncan did take offense one time to being turned into a female Smurf by Jokey Smurf when he made a wish with Gargamel's magic egg to turn both Tapper and Duncan into Smurfettes.

Duncan, like most of his fellow Smurfs, was originally a nature worshiper, but he has been influenced by his friend Tapper's faith in the Almighty and had even seen Jesus rise from the dead that he became a Christian in his later years.


Duncan is a trainer in various forms of Smurf martial arts, usually with quarterstaffs and swords. He had trained Century in swordfighting and learned that he had a natural talent for it which Vanity altogether lacked, despite Century being a clone of Vanity. He is also quite acrobatic, as he would use the Smurfs' natural jumping ability to his advantage when fighting. In his later years, Duncan relied less on physical fighting and more on wisdom and knowledge for fighting for the rights of all his fellow Smurfs, including Empath's friend Polaris Psyche, which he defended and protected with equal passion.

Duncan was given the usher position along with Hefty and Handy at Empath and Smurfette's wedding. In the alternate timeline story "Hefty, The Luckiest Smurf", he, Century, and Tuffy were given the position of ushers at Hefty and Smurfette's wedding.

In Sophia Smurfette's story "The Once And Smurfy King", Duncan served as the leader of the rebellion that set up a base camp somewhere outside the Smurf Village. Part of that role did require him shaving off his sideburns and trimming his eyebrows so he could pass as a regular Smurf while wearing a robber's mask and cape.


  • Empath is considered a close friend whom Duncan remembers as an infant, though his heart was saddened to think that his friend had "died" in Psychelia when they had met again during Empath's first visit to the Smurf Village. His life's goal was to help Empath regain the self he had lost, believing that someday he would be reunited with that "friend".
  • Papa Smurf is his adopted father, whom he seeks to please in everything he does.
  • Smurfette is his love interest, although he respectfully declines pursuing her as he sees that Empath has captured her attention.
  • Polaris Psyche is a sparring partner that he admires for his ability to remain calm and focused even in the middle of a fight.
  • Brainy is the Smurf he plays chess with, believing the sport helps him with fighting strategy. He dislikes how panicky Brainy can get at times when it comes to dealing with dire situations.
  • Baby Smurf is treated like a little baby brother. He hopes that someday Baby Smurf will become a powerful fighter like him.
  • Hefty is considered a rival that he constantly looks out for.
  • Tuffy is a friend, but like Hefty, Duncan sees Tuffy as reckless and has to constantly look out for him. Tuffy tends to call him "Dunk".
  • Tapper is considered a close friend and a complementary equal.
  • Grouchy is a close friend whom he respects and will look out for, never pushing him into doing things that he doesn't like doing.
  • Miner is the young brother that Duncan loves and cares for despite his rejection of his "Smurfish heritage", not caring to be called McSmurf.
  • Marco is his sailing partner on board the S.S. Smurf II, who along with Empath and Tapper sing sea chanties together.
  • Vanity is derisively referred to as a peacock by Duncan, for whom he has less respect than his "brother" Century, who is not afraid of swords or fighting. Like Hefty, Duncan suspects that Vanity may be homosexual.
  • Clumsy is suspected by Duncan to have feelings for his friend Brainy that Duncan doesn't consider appropriate, but otherwise is considered a friend and somebody Duncan will watch over.
  • Pushback is a Smurf that he admired just for being able to take down Hefty with a single punch on a day following the Firefly Festival.
  • Brenda McSmurfette is his counterpart from Smurfette Island, who is just as skilled at fighting as he is and isn't afraid to show it with anyone, including Duncan.
  • Malcolm and Gillian are his two children through his wife Brenda McSmurfette.


  • Master Swordsman, though as a Smurf he fights in non-lethal combat.
  • Master Quarterstaff Fighter
  • Master Shield Fighter
  • Master Hand-To-Hand Combatant
  • Master Strategist
  • Master Improvisational Fighter, capable of using anything as a weapon if needs be.
  • Great Physical Strength, on the same level as Hefty and Tuffy Smurf.
  • Great Agility, combining acrobatics with his natural leaping ability.
  • Unique Sense Of Smell, mostly detecting when a creature or a fellow Smurf has mated, which was first used when he and his fellow Smurfs started having the "Smurfette dream".
  • Greater Resistance To Alcoholic Intoxication: it would take an entire gallon (3.84 liters) of fermented sarsaparilla ale to make him fully drunk.
  • Skilled Dancer, particularly the Smurfsman's Jig.
  • Great Wisdom And Knowledge from his reading of books.

Clothing And Appearance

Duncan wears a green plaid kilt over his Smurf pants, although sometimes he may just wear the kilt by itself. He also wears a Smurf hat with a fluffy green tip, and has brown sideburns that cover the sides of his face as well as brown bushy eyebrows. Because of this, he is the only male Smurf in his generation that Barber ever gets any business from. On occasion, Duncan may shave off his sideburns and trim his eyebrows if he needs to disguise himself to appear as a regular Smurf. During winter, Duncan may also wear a pale green sweater.

Duncan tends to have a more athletic build than most of his fellow Smurfs around his age, with slightly enhanced arm, leg, and body muscles.

Alternate Histories

There were at least three alternate histories of Duncan that were seen by Traveler.

"Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette"

In one history, he sided with Empath Smurf in the rebellion against Papa Smurf when he married Smurfette and produced a daughter through her.

"Hefty, The Luckiest Smurf"

In another history, when Empath was returned to Psychelia after a year of living with the Smurfs following his 150th birthday, Hefty fell in love with and married Smurfette, having a daughter with her. Before the child was born, the Psyches captured Hefty in order for the Psyche Master to torture him until he died. Duncan and Tuffy tried to stop the Psyches from taking Hefty away, but they were overpowered and sent back to the village with injuries. They later traveled to Psychelia with Smurfette, who alone confronted the Psyche Master and discovered that Empath was now his successor.

"Empath Goes Wild"

In a third alternate history, Duncan meets the Smurf who would have been Empath, who is instead called Wild for he had been raised in the forest for about 150 years instead of in Psychelia, since this version of Empath was born without any of his telepathic or telekinetic abilities. During what would otherwise be known as The Lost Year, Duncan and all the other Smurfs were trapped in a never-ending journey through time, in which her fate remains unknown.

Voice Actor

Duncan would most likely be voiced by Alan Cumming, who also provides the voice of Gutsy Smurf in the 2011 movie, its 2013 sequel, and The Smurfs: The Legend Of Smurfy Hollow. Another likely candidate would be Chris Cox, who voiced Gutsy in The Smurfs 2: The Video Game.


  • His character is based on that of Gutsy Smurf from the 2011 Smurfs movie. Although author Vic George had no intention of including Gutsy into the EMPATH series at first, he eventually became included with the idea of him being Empath's fighting trainer and instructor whenever he visited the Smurf Village during his years in Psychelia.
  • The name for the character, besides being Scottish for "warrior", is also partly inspired by that of Duncan MacLeod, one of the lead characters of the Highlander series, played by Adrian Paul. (The character played by Christopher Lambert in the first Highlander movie is Conner MacLeod.) The other inspiration for the character's name is Duncan the Grey Warden from the Dragon Age: Origins videogame.
  • Hefty's antagonism towards Duncan is based on EMPATH fanfiction creator Vic George's reaction towards Hefty being upstaged by Gutsy in the 2011 movie.
  • His character noticeably has brown hair, whereas Gutsy has ginger hair. He along with Polaris Psyche are the only known characters who actively shave their faces.
  • The green plaid design used for Duncan's kilt is not necessarily the same as that of the Austin family clan (the name of Vic George's mother's side of the family, which consists of Scottish, French, and Native American heritages).
  • The sash of his kilt normally goes over his right shoulder. In some images of Duncan McSmurf, the sash goes over his left shoulder, like that of Gutsy Smurf.
  • During the time-traveling stories that take place in The Lost Year, Duncan's style of clothing does not change while he and his fellow Smurfs are in Scotland.
  • Duncan represents the "Manly Smurf" portion of the Sensitive Guy And Manly Man trope at TV Tropes, with his friend Tapper being the "Sensitive Smurf" of the duo.


  • His signature song is "Smurfland The Brave", the Smurf version of "Scotland The Brave".
  • His birthday is October 3, the same as the EMPATH: The Luckiest Smurf author Vic George, making his Zodiac sign Libra.
  • He as a member of the McSmurf clan is a believer in the legend of "the Loch monster", which his friend Hefty gets to personally see evidence of firsthand.

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