Gargamel is the main antagonist of The Smurfs film series. He is an evil wizard and the Smurfs' arch-nemesis. He's the main antagonist of The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, a cameo antagonist in The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol and a supporting antagonist in The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow.
Gargamel plots to use the smurf essence to become the most powerful wizard in the wolrd. When he chases the smurfs away from their village they end up in New York City along with himself and Azrael. When he gets a dragon wand he captures Papa Smurf and takes him to his castle in central park where he uses his essence to power up his dragon wand and use it against his smurf family and their human friends Patrick and Grace.
The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol
Due to being stuck in the present day, Gargamel is unable to appear in the movie physycally. However, he and Azrael appears 2D animated like their cartoon counterparts in Grumpy's nightmare as they try to catch him but fails comically.
The Smurfs 2
Four years after, Gargamel is now a famous celebrity magician in Paris and has two new creations called the naughties to help him capture the smurfs. He captures Smurfette to get the formula that Papa used to turn her into a real smurf so he can turn his naughties into real smurfs and use their essence to become more powerful and rule the world. When Smurfette refuses to tell him the formula Gargamel and his naughties plot to be nice to her to become one of them to persuade her to tell them the formula when she does he puts his naughties and smurfette in his smurf extracting machine to use their essence and take control over the world. When Papa smurf and the three other smurfs come to resuce Smurfette patrick and victor arrive to and destroy Gargamel's machine and unleashes all of the smurf magic which carrys everyone out of the castle when Smurfette shoots Gargamel away with Azrael they fly across Paris then Gargamel shoots a portal into the water he and Azrael end up back in their castle.
The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow
Two years after the events of the second film, Gargamel (only appearing in the flashback story in his 2D cartoon form) has been back to hunt the Smurfs to use their energy to rule the world and apparently he and Azrael never came back to Paris. Azrael interrupts him as he's testing a potion and tells him that three Smurfs has been captured by his traps.
Gargamel is excited but he soon discovers that the other two Smurfs escaped and the only one left is Smurfette and he mocks her saying that he always knew they would see each other again eventually. Luckily Hefty and Glass save Smurfette but them, Gargamel and Azrael are chased by the Headless Horseman.
Terrified, Gargamel and Azrael runs and reach the bridge where the Horseman cannot pass and they take the opportunity to tease the ghost but he throws a flaming pumpkin at them that breaks the bridge causing them to fall in the river and in the waterfall. They survive and come back to scheming to capture the Smurfs.