"The Innocence Of A Smurf" is a story that is part of the EMPATH: The Luckiest Smurf story series.
About The Story
The story was influenced by the cartoon episode "For The Love Of Gargamel" with its question of whether Smurfs would still be Smurfs if they allowed Gargamel to remain trapped in stone forever (equating it to murder), and part of it was supposed to be for a chain of stories called "The Psychelian Way" which were about Empath's life in Psychelia. Author Vic George admits that it was one of the darkest stories he had ever written about the Smurfs.
It is the day before Redemption Day, an annual observance day for the Smurfs to confess their faults to one another and to swim across the Pool Of Souls to test their innocence. On this particular occasion about one year after Empath's final return from Psychelia, Empath is being haunted by the spirit of Polluxis, a Psyche whom he had killed during a training match, reflecting Empath's fear of revealing himself as betraying everything the Smurfs stood for, including the protection of all life.
During one appearance, Empath gets thrown down by Polluxis and then proceeds to fight him, not knowing until one of Jokey's surprises exploded near him that Vanity was who he was beating upon. On Redemption Day itself, as the Smurfs go through their rituals, Empath confessed to the entire Smurf populace his fault of killing Polluxis, which condemns him in the eyes of about every Smurf save for Smurfette, who still believes Empath is innocent and that the entire incident wasn't his fault.
Nevertheless, during the swim across the Pool Of Souls, Empath drowns, as the spirits of the pool have judged him guilty. Sometime later, though, Empath is revived, as the spirits saw into his heart and found no malice in his actions, appearing before a surprised and grateful Smurfette as well before his fellow Smurfs.
- The story was written as a response to the cartoon show episode "For The Love Of Gargamel."
- "Oh Father" (instrumental)
- Empath - Robert Duncan McNeil
- Papa Smurf - Ethan Phillips
- Smurfette - Hynden Walch
- Hefty - Fred Tatasciore
- Vanity - Mark Meer
- Tapper - Karl Hanover
- Duncan McSmurf - Alan Cumming