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Is it known whether smurf blood is red or blue?

I checked the UNICEF ad (an ad where the Smurf village was annihilated by warplanes), but couldn't spot any blood in the ad.

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+17 in 8 hours? What the devil goes on in all your minds?! (+1) –  Izkata Nov 21 '12 at 21:16
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@Izkata - No no no. You're doing it wrong. You're supposed to say "What Smurferry is this!" –  System Down Nov 21 '12 at 21:42
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@SystemDown The force of Captain Picard is stronger in me ;) –  Izkata Nov 21 '12 at 22:12
    
@Izkata I'm guessing the question got on Twitter. –  MPelletier Nov 23 '12 at 21:35
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Officially, the color of smurfs blood is not known, but there is enough information to conclude they have red blood.

As a comic targeted to young children, any display of blood is carefully avoided. As an example, any harm is displayed as dark marks:

hit smurf

The real reason why their skin is blue is unknown. Some have supposed it's because their blood is blue, but it might be caused by pigmentation.

I though I remember one of them blushing because of Smurfette, or maybe it was her? Anyway, I did not find any proof.

The only thing might indicate they have red blood is that their tongues are red, which is caused by hemoglobin on mammalian. However, Smurfs are not mammalian, but it's still a good indication of theirs blood color.

yawn!


Update :

I found a blushing Smurf here (french site), it's the #90, with the legend "90 Schtroumpf rougissant," which translates to "blushing Smurf". The image was taken from number 1354 of Spirou magazine (published in 1964). It is canon as it has Peyo's signature :

Schtroumpf rougissant

As you see, the blushing Smurf is purple. So red blood + blue skin = purple Smurf.


Update 2 :

As kylusD indicated on Reddit, there is an episode (Smurfette's Rose) were Smurfette wishes to Mother Nature for a Blue Rose, but it made her turn white. However, she prick her finger to break the spell:

Smurfette prick her finger

Her blood was red!

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Truly awesome answer. Is this canon? –  Ali Afshar Nov 21 '12 at 18:51
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@AliAfshar As I said, the last image is signed by Peyo, the creator of The Smurfs. It cannot be more Canon. –  DavRob60 Nov 21 '12 at 18:55
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Wow. An actual canon answer! Smurfy! –  System Down Nov 21 '12 at 21:43
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also, the strong smurf has a heart tattoo, and the heart is red colored –  riffraff Nov 23 '12 at 13:48
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@riffraff As well as: why haven't we seen tattoo artist smurf? –  MPelletier Nov 23 '12 at 21:37
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