Gargamel is a fictional character who is the main antagonist in the "Smurfs" franchise, which includes a series of comic books, animated television shows, and movies. Gargamel is a wicked wizard who is obsessed with capturing the Smurfs, small blue creatures who live in a magical forest, in order to use their essence to create gold. He is depicted as being tall and thin, with a long white beard and a pointed hat. Gargamel is also often accompanied by his cat Azrael. In the Smurfs stories, Gargamel is a constant threat to the Smurfs and their friends, and he is often thwarted in his efforts to capture them. Despite his malevolent intentions, Gargamel is also depicted as being comical and bumbling, and he is often outsmarted by the Smurfs.