Snuffy Smith is a newspaper comic about a hillbilly community. It originally began on June 17, 1919 as Take Barney Google, F'rinstance, but once the Smith clan was introduced, Barney was eventually written out in favor of the more-popular Smith. The official name of the strip remains Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, even though the former character hasn't been a regular character for at least 50 years.
The Smith clan is:
- Snuffy, the patriarch. A thieving moonshiner.
- Loweezy, the matriarch. Is the actual caretaker.
- Jughaid, the oldest son. Usually seen in a coonskin cap.
- Tater, the baby.
This is one of the longest of the Newspaper Comics Long Runners in North America - only Gasoline Alley and The Katzenjammer Kids have longer uninterrupted runs. (And if Snuffy Smith continues its uninterrupted run until July 8, 2027, it will surpass The Katzenjammer Kids. It will always be a half-year younger than Gasoline Alley until such time as one or the other stops running new strips.)
- The Alleged Steed: Barney's horse Sparkplug.
- Artifact Title: For decades, Barney Google and Snuffy Smith has been all-Snuffy. Barney made an appearance in 1997, then another appearance in 2012, and has been a recurring character since then.
- Character Song: "Barney Google (with the Goo-Goo-Googly Eyes)".
- Lampshade Hanging: With The Other Google having sprung to prominence in the 2000s, Barney Google's reappearance in 2012 resulted in the sheriff thinking he was supposed to be an internet entrepreneur.
- Literal-Minded: In one comic, Snuffy lands a Precision F-Strike when asked to swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, then lampshades this trope after being reprimanded:
Snuffy: Consarn it, Judge, you're the one who told me to swear!