By Sandra Gonzalez
Updated December 11, 2016 at 11:44 AM EST
Credit: Everett Collection

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

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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