The show is a parody of The Smurfs and Snorks. Like its real-life counterpart, each character has a unique personality and appear on numerous amounts of branded merchandise, such as Little Lacy Surprise underwear. However, unlike the Smurfs, the Barfs explicitly hate sharing, likening sharing to communism. Each Barf has his or her own firearm for "protection and fun" and have an unique serial number on their foot. Their names seem to be a play on the adjectives that can be attributed to kinds of vomit.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
It is screened on VBC.
A "new" episode is also advertised on Radio Espantoso. The ad starts with an announcer saying the show's broadcast time (Saturday morning at 9), claiming that The Barfs are "under attack from a familiar evil menace", but then, dialogue from the episode plays and this "menace" is revealed as an unnamed character (described as a "tiny purple person") simply seeking help.
The character tells Big Major Barf that his tiny purple people are starving. Big Major Barf refuses to help, saying that their situation is "un-American", but the tiny purple person insists, claiming that they've always helped the Barfs. Big Major Barf however says that the Barfs are self-sufficient and proud of it, telling him that they deserve to starve, then shooting him.
The tiny purple person screams and calls him a "major dick". The episode then is cut with the "moral of the story", where another Barf says "Today, we learned today that purple is a lot like red. Never judge a book by its cover, instead, shoot on sight!"
The announcer then repeats the show's broadcast time and the ad ends with the Barfs cheering.
Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
In Grand Theft Auto V, during the mission Friend Request, four of the six The Barfs toys can be seen in their packaging on the wall in Lester's House and there is an opened figure of Smokey Barf on the shelf with his EXsorbeo game collection.
- Smokey Barf
- Tiny Barf
- Major Barf
Lester Crest also has a The Barfs comic book #12 dated May 2012 published by Number 2 Comics featuring Smokey Barf in Blood Bathtime - I'd Lather Be Dead. in his house. It also appears in the window of the Hardcore Comic Store. "New Barfs" are shown on the cover of Animen Only magazine. Tiny Barf is seen on the cover of more on TV magazine, stating they are coming to MeTV.
The Barfs have a star on the Vinewood Walk of Fame.
The following are transcribed from radio ads from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
Ad 1 (Flash FM)
We're the Barfs
We're never red
We hate anything foreign
We live in a tree, seperately
We swing like a rabbit warren
We're the Barfs
We each have a gun
Firearms is for protection and fun
Most of all, Barfs ain't cherry
We keep a natural anthem prairie
Big Major Barf!
Chunky Barf, too!
Smokey Barf, heh!
Fruity Barf, how do you do?
Now you know our barfy song
Grab a gun and sing along
Cause before we're through
You'll be barfing too! (Bleugh!)
Announcer: Every Barf is unique, just like you and me! That's right, even though some Barfs look alike, every Barf has a unique serial number hidden on his foot, so no two Barfs are the same.
Kid: I love my Barf! He's unique, and he's never red, even though he lives in a tree. Mom, I want more Barfs!
Barfs: The Barfs! Yay!
Announcer: Available while supplies last.
Ad 2 (Radio Espantoso)
Announcer: Don't miss a new episode of The Barfs, this Saturday morning at 9, when the Barfs come under attack from a familiar evil menace...
Purple Person: Big Major Barf! My bouncy purple people are starving! Our tiny purple crops failed and all our tiny purple lifestock was sold to hamburger chains, selling burgers to the Barfs! Please help!
Big Major Barf: This sounds like a lack of personal accountancy and a slow, but steady decline towards a welfare state. That's un-American!
Purple Person: But, us bouncy purple people have always helped the Barfs, and shared our knowledge, and love!
Big Major Barf: Barfs are individuals! We have a unique serial number on our foot. We're self-sufficient and proud of it! You deserve to starve!
Purple Person: But...
Big Major Barf: Hindsight is easy, but as my mom, Harlet Barf, told me, a wise Barf arms himself to the teeth, because of tomorrow, not yesterday.
(Gun cocks; gunshots)
Purple Person: (screams) You shot me! You're a major dick, Big Major Barf!
Lady Barf: We learned today that purple is a lot like red. Never judge a book by its cover, instead, shoot on sight!
Announcer: The Barfs, Saturday mornings at 9.
Barfs: The Barfs! Yay!