Watchmen vs. One Punch Man: How To Destroy A Hero (Satire vs. Parody) – Wisecrack Edition
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Watchmen vs. One Punch Man: How To Destroy A Hero (Satire vs. Parody) – Wisecrack Edition

August 11, 2019


What’s up, Wisecrack? Jared, eternally trapped in your computer,
here. Self-aware humor is all around us: Deadpool,
Cabin in the Woods and even Galaxy Quest are all well-loved, and it’s easy to see why:
they make fun of the very genres they inhabit, and they’re all part of a growing trend
of media that makes fun of, well, itself. “Be a superhero.” “Listen! The day I decide to become a crime-fighting
sh*t-swizzler who rooms with a bunch of other little whiners at the Neverland mansion of
some creepy, old, bald, Heaven’s Gate-looking motherf**ker — On THAT day, I’ll send
your shiny, happy ass a friend request.” And since this trend isn’t going away any
time soon, we thought we’d give you a little primer on the complex nature of self criticism. So, in order to gain elevated insight on how
we sh*t on the world around us, let’s explore the ever-so important distinction between
satire and parody. Both satire and parody exist to criticize
the world. And hey, that’s like my #1 favorite thing
to do. But like all things, there’s lots of bad
satire and bad parody. Today, we’re going to figure out the heart
of what each is with two Wisecrack faves: Watchmen and One Punch Man. So, join us as we dive deep into the nuances
of their respective genres, so that we can appreciate these amazing properties even more. Welcome to this Wisecrack Edition on Parody
and Satire with Watchmen and One Punch Man, and as always: spoilers ahead. And we’ll be using images from the Watchmen
movie and the graphic novel, so please don’t freak out. Let’s start with a refresher course, in
alphabetical order. One Punch Man follows Saitama; a hero capable
of defeating any enemy in a single punch. On the flip-side, we’ve got Watchmen, a
story that asks the question what if superheroes were just people like us, which is to say…
a**holes. Before we get into categorizing, let’s talk
about what these stories have in common. Most clear is their willingness to take the
archetypes of their respective genres and twist them around. One Punch Man takes an anime trope like magical
girls, a la sailor moon, and distorts it with a swole ex convict. There’s also the familiar hard working everyman
hero, but he’s just a debuffed version of Toku Hero Kamen Rider. And of course we have a Goku-esque world savior,
but he looks like a low rent halloween costume attached to an egg. On the Watchmen side, we’ve got an army
of superhero knock-offs. Both Rorschach and Ozymandias are distillations
of certain elements of Batman. Ozymandias is the charismatic, rich, and hyper-intelligent
Bruce Wayne; the force of good that the world needs, clean cut and above the fray. Rorschach on the other hand is the detective
batman, fighting crime, and searching for Truth with a capital T. Much like The World’s
Greatest Detective, Rorschach’s quest for Truth and Justice veers dangerously close
to a horrifying obsession. He’s like the ugly version of Frank Miller’s
take on the Caped Crusader. And for good measure, there’s Nite Owl,
a recreation of the nerdy, inventor version of Batman, a la Adam West and his shark repellant. Both stories use these twisted up versions
of recognizable characters to make observations about what we take for granted in superhero
stories: the types of heroes we see, what we expect them to do, and what we think motivates
them. “I’m just a guy who’s a hero for fun.” By changing up what we’re used to, the departure
from the original trope sticks out like sore a thumb. In both stories, this contrast explores what
we’ll call a more realistic version of superhero power. What is having god-like power really like? To find out, let’s turn to a pair of hairless
wonders, Saitama and Dr. Manhattan. While a pair of galactically powerful heroes
isn’t exactly the kind of thing you’d see in real life, their reaction to power
very much is. Both Saitama and Dr. Manhattan confront the
boredom afforded by omnipotence. Saitama spends his time mourning his lack
of a true challenge, “Not again! All it took was one punch!” while Dr. Manhattan
mostly has weird sex, hangs out on Mars, and contemplates the nature of time. Despite their vast power, neither is a traditional
protagonist like Batman or Goku because neither one struggles in a traditional way. While Goku has to train with King Kai and
sprint along passages between worlds, Saitama just does some push ups. Batman puts together clues to solve mysteries,
Dr. Manhattan literally knows everything. “The comedian is dead. Rorschach wants me to look into my future
and see if the killer is ever publicly identified.” We’re used to stories about good guys overcoming
the odds, but for Saitama and Dr. Manhattan, physical confrontations are over before they
start. Dr. Manhattan won the Vietnam war by himself,
and Saitama beat up an alien that searched entire galaxies for a worthy f**kin’ adversary
without ever even giving it his full effort. “You lie. You had strength to spare. I never stood a chance.” So what is the one critical difference between
the method of One Punch Man and Watchmen? Watchmen is a satire, and One Punch Man is
a parody. While one is ultimately an adoration of the
genre it lovingly pokes fun at, the other is a “burn it all” approach to the heroes
who used to cover our jammies. According to ‘Satire: A Critical Reintroduction
by Dustin Griffin,’ “A work of satire is designed to attack vice or folly… it
seeks to persuade an audience that something or someone is reprehensible or ridiculous… When it takes over another literary structure,
it tends not just to borrow it… but to subvert it or… direct it’s energies towards alien
ends.” Watchmen, as satire, doesn’t just attack
the vices and follies of society and the superhero genre, it specifically assaults the idea of
anyone possessing powers that even approach that of a nuclear weapon. It’s largely about nuclear fear, only this
time it’s not just directed at a bomb, but a blue-skinned super being. Jon Osterman becomes Dr. Manhattan in a nuclear
accident. He’s then recruited and used as a weapon
to win the Vietnam war. Even his name is a far from subtle reference
to the Manhattan Project. He’s fascinated by both time and clocks,
and throughout Watchmen we often see clocks counting down toward… undesirable outcomes. In the graphic novel, this is even clearer. Nuclear security is referenced all the time,
and fear of nukes drives many kinds of conflict. The Vietnam war was a response to fear of
nuke-wielding Russians. Riots and violence on the home front, in opposition
to superheroes, all return to the fear of a nuclear threat, symbolized by blue-skinned
space wizard Dr. Manhattan. The USSR and USA need a fabricated attack
on the earth to even set aside their differences, exposing the extreme lengths taken, and casualties
sustained, just to de-esclate the nuclear stand-off. Watchmen shows the dangers of power, but also
its indifference. Dr. Manhattan gets bored of everything, and
in his boredom becomes increasingly conflicted about the nature of his own existence. “I prefer the stillness here. I am tired of Earth and these people. I’m tired of being caught in the tangle of
their lives.” It’s ultimately a grim joke about Superman. If he were really an all powerful being, why
would he worry about humanity? “In my opinion, the existence of life is
a highly overrated phenomenon.” It’s even clear in his sartorial choices. Superman rocks his costume to evoke the American
values of truth, justice, and the American way. Dr. Manhattan strips himself of ideology and
gets naked. Watchmen makes a more explicit point about
the corrupting influence of power with The Comedian. Superhero stories ask us to believe that the
“good guys” with power are the ones who deserve it, but Watchmen is more than willing
to point out that they are not. The comedian is a hero in the mold of Captain
America or Wolverine, an extra strong, intelligent, hyper-capable, super soldier, but he’s also
a sadist and a psychopath. Watchmen isn’t just making these observations
to satisfy your brain’s thinky-parts. It uses the form of the superhero genre, like
Batman clones and all-powerful beings, and the content of the story to try and persuade
an audience. But, persuade them of what? Well, there’s certainly the problems of
nukes. But Griffin also says that satire wants to
prove “that something or someone is reprehensible or ridiculous” – and in this case that something
is the very idea of superheroes. Watchmen is dedicated to making the case that
the very existence of superheroes is a dangerous fantasy. You can compare it a classic work of satire,
Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal”: where the author suggests solving famine by
eating children. Of course, Swift wasn’t actually pro kid-eating,
he was just trying to show the failure of society in his time, and did so by inhabiting
the form of a political essay that overtly exhibits the indifference to suffering that
characterized those in power. Just as Swift used the form of a political
essay to make the people who write political essays look like heartless monsters, Watchmen
uses the form of a superhero narrative to make superheroes look dangerous and sh*tty. It posits that superheroes create an asymmetry
of power that defies regulation. Superheroes can violate the rules and commit
acts of violence at their own discretion. Even if they have everyone’s best interests
at heart, that degree of power inevitably becomes dangerous as different ethical frames,
a la Rorschach and Ozymandias, come into conflict. Whether it be super powers or nuclear powers,
that degree of power will inevitably lead to some f**ked up sh*t. Watchmen can make these arguments so effectively
because it uses the structures of superhero stories to make its argument. Like Griffin says, “When it takes over another
literary structure, it tends not just to borrow it… but to subvert it or… direct it’s
energies towards alien ends”. Every inch of Watchmen is dedicating to turning
the traits we love about superheroes against themselves. At the end of the day, Watchmen condemns superhero
fiction as a genre because it promotes a dangerous fantasy. But Saitama might want a word about that. There’s no doubt that One Punch Man is poking
fun at superheroes of both manga and western comics, as well as the genres themselves. The villains in One Punch Man give intentionally
over the top versions of classic villain monologues. “I am the King of the deep, lord of the
seas. All life on earth comes from the sea, as if
she were our mother. In other words, as ruler of the seas, I am
the pinnacle of a pyramid that includes every living organism on this world!” Every character has a dramatic backstory,
“He destroyed everything in sight: parks, schools, buildings, my house. He even took my family’s lives,” and a
fighting spirit. It uses anime and manga tropes like ocean
creatures, swarms of people in suits, Kaiju-style monsters, and more. It’s always in conversation with other works
in the same genre, but without the judgement we see in Watchmen. Why? Because One Punch Man isn’t a satire. It’s a parody. Now let’s investigate the difference, and
I promise it’s more than just semantics. We’ve already seen how satire has a specific
persuasive function, usually in opposition to something, but parody isn’t quite like
that. Parody exaggerates certain elements of its
target, but it ultimately affirms the literary form it inhabits. To be more specific, we’re turning to Robert
Phiddian and his essay, “Are Parody and Deconstruction Secretly The Same Thing?” Parody accepts the logic and rules of its
genre and takes them seriously as tools of its criticism. As Phiddian says, “It operates from inside
of the texts and ideas it criticizes.” Think of how Genos mirrors a classic anime
protagonist. He suffered a trauma and is trying to become
strong enough to get revenge for the people he loves, but at every turn he’s rendered
a joke by Saitama’s immense power. That doesn’t diminish Genos’s appeal. We can still relate to his desires, and they
aren’t treated as stupid. They’re just irrelevant because Saitama
has thrown all the rules out of whack. All the things we mentioned before: the tropes,
the references, even the structures of character arcs and stories are all classic manga. There’s no doubt that One Punch Man’s
creators truly love the genre, but don’t think it’s above ridicule. The show makes this argument by exaggerating
the overpowered hero archetype. In many manga, anime, and even western comics,
no matter how powerful the villain gets, the hero gets stronger to match. Take Goku for instance: enemies get stronger
and stronger, but Goku is always able to save the day, usually through some intense training
regimen. Dragonball Z celebrates this, but One Punch
Man asks why there even are other characters. Genos and Mumen Rider, much like Krillin or
Yamcha, train hard to match their stronger friend, but they never can, and honestly don’t
need to. The real hero will always be there to save
the day. By turning anime and manga on their heads
to make these points, One Punch Man is critiquing superhero stories by “showing…precisely
where they double and collapse.” For a great example of where the lessons of
superhero stories collapse, let’s get back to Mumen Rider. He has a classic backstory and a hero’s
motivation. “It’s not about winning or losing. It’s about me taking you on, right here, right
now.” He just wants to help people and be like the
heroes he looks up to, “I’ll go rescue them right now.” Not unlike Midoriya from My Hero Academia. And much like Midoriya before he gets his
powers, Mumen Rider constantly gets his ass kicked. It’s a message about real life. Some people just don’t have what it takes
to be a superhero, and telling everyone they can might get them seriously hurt. We can see this same intrusion of reality
in Saitama. Most superhero stories end with the hero happy
to be saving the world, and waiting for the next challenge. Saitama has a more relatable reaction, boredom. There’s nothing to overcome, and that leaves
you without a reason to get out of the bathtub. This may sound like the satire rules so far,
but instead of trying to show something as “reprehensible or ridiculous,” “The
crucial point for parody is that the body of words is always preloved and redirected.” Parody is used to awaken us to the flaws in
the things we love, but not to demolish a flawed genre, like Watchmen aspires to do
with superheroes. One Punch Man makes clear it’s mocking anime
to help expand the possibilities of what it can do. It’s a complicated relationship, mocking
the things you love. It can be hard to tell how to approach a parodic
text, but, according to Phiddian, “if we read parody ‘straight’ as sincere expression
without relating it to a structure of criticism, we misunderstand it.” That’s the key. Parody is a tool for criticism but that criticism
operates on the assumption that the genre it’s criticizing is worth improving. One Punch Man calls on us to get away from
the bigger monster, bigger gun and find other stories to tell. Stories about chefs, ice skaters, and even
mahjong players. Opening up the possibilities of anime storytelling
is a noble goal, and one that is sorely needed. The ending of the show amounts to a criticism
of the Dragon Ball Z model of storytelling. Much like Goku, Boros is constantly seeking
the strongest opponents in the universe, but unlike our Saiyan hero, he’s willing to
destroy innocents to find the ones he wants. At the same time Saitama, the actual strongest
being is bored of all the power. One Punch Man is displaying both ways this
infinite power model can fail. Now, it’s important to remember that One
Punch Man may criticize a certain kind of superhero narrative, but it doesn’t disavow
the value of heroes. The show wants us to recognize and emulate
the bravery we see from Genos and Mumen Rider, but also recognize the silliness of the story
we find those lessons in. That’s the critical difference between One
Punch Man and Watchmen. Both use their overpowered characters to make
points about the genre they inhabit, but Watchmen makes condemnations of all sorts of social
systems beyond the context of superheroes, and even condemns the superhero genre itself. One Punch Man feels different. There’s a general agreement that the stories
we’ve told forever need a little refresh, but that doesn’t mean abandoning them completely. With that in mind, we can label things like
Team America, Dr. Strangelove, and Heathers as satire alongside Watchmen, and Deadpool,
Galaxy Quest, and Blazing Saddles as parody alongside One Punch Man. And The Big Bang theory is none of these things,
‘cause f**k that show. And, as always, thanks for watching, guys. Peace.

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  1. None of these characters are based off Batman Superman or Wonder Woman, they based off characters like question captain atom and nightshade, and these characters are incredibly similar to their watchmen counterparts with the exception of captain atom who just seems like a dick in the comics

  2. Zack Snyder must have really inspired by the philosophy of Watchmen and he discussed about power and it's inevitable danger in MoS and BvS.

  3. Which is EXACTLY why this "DoomsDayClock" event DC is doing with Watchmen crossing over into the Mainline DCU, makes absolutely no sense.

  4. (SPOILER ALERT)I definitely agree with what you're saying. The classic shounen archetype is growing a bit stale, but there's still plenty of potential. I believe Hunter x Hunter, though it may be a bit old, is a great example. The "Heroes don't just keep getting stronger to take down the big bads. Netero fails to take down Meruem with his physical abilities and turns to setting off one of the most horrifying weapons humanity in that Universe has ever created. It subverts possible expectations on the other end of the conflict as well. Gon may be able to take down Pitou, but instead of a classic hero triumph, he uses rage to sacrifice his potential in order to get strong enough to kill Pitou in this moment and get revenge. Anyway, I definitely agree that the genre could use a refresher on how they tell their stories. However. As long as kids, like Midoriya, love watching the hero step over the big bad every time, I'm not sure that'll happen. Regardless. I'll still sit down every now and then to watch some character completely defy the written rules of their universe to surpass their limits in the middle of a fight and win despite being totally outclassed. Thanks for a great video Wisecrack.

  5. This video is like the foundation for the watchmen, when I tried to watch that movie the first time I bailed half way through the movie, it shows a completely different reality behind the superhero gimmick, it helped me understand the movie and enjoy it. Thank you very much.

  6. I’ll never understand how on videos like this people still find someway to pronounce character names wrong when there’s thousands of videos you can watch to find a acceptable pronunciation lol.

  7. dude, the author of One Punch Man is ONE, not Untuk Pertama Kalinya. Your intern mistake a title in Indonesian Article as his name, while it translates as "for the first time"

  8. my only problem with the mumen rider character is, logically, he SHOULD be as powerful or MORE powerful than saitama, saitama got that way by working out every day, literally, with huge amounts of passion that eventually dwindled after he achieved his goal unlike mumen, who is just radiating passion and determination, by that logic, he should have become HUGELY powerful, you can't tell me mumen didn't ever do situps or pushups or jogged hell the dude bycycles everywhere, that alone is better excersize than jogging, so it makes NO sense that he's as weak as he is, by the shows logic, saitama should either be a constantly failing weakling like mumen, and together they manage to be a half decent pair, or mumen should be WAY more powerful like saitama, and possibly enjoy it more than saitama showing a side satisfied with what they've achieved rather than being board, and sad with his place in life, saitama is like the guy who has the good job, wonderful wife and great kids but is board by the fact that it's the same good stuff every day and wants some excitemnt, where at mumen is the guy working a shitty job either with a girl who doesn't like him or no girl and wants a family, he'd be happy to have what saitama has and saitama can't see how good he really has it, but that's just my opinion, good vid wise crack

  9. Saitama is probably one of the most op and powerful characters created in the world. But we all know Manhattan would finger saitama's ass

  10. 7:48 "It's ultimately a grim joke about Superman. If he were really an all-powerful being why would he worry about humanity?"

    Apparently, Zack Snyder was making a parody when he made "Man of Steel" and he didn't even know it.

  11. The analysis on this channel is so good. You guys are way smarter than WhatCulture (don't tell them I said that). JK

  12. Watchmen is not satire. Satire uses comedy and there's nothing funny in Watchmen.
    One Punch Man is much more a satire than a parody. Super Hero Movie is a parody.
    I mean the first definition of satire I found: "The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices…" This definition fits perfectly with One Punch Man and not at all with Watchmen…

  13. The watchmen comic was 20+years ahead of its time, the movie was made 22years after the comic and felt still ahead of it time.

  14. I view watchmen as a good superhero movie, just for 14+ audience, they have more lifelike complex characters, not simplified thingy like superman boy scout. Don't see it as satire. People are people. There will always be conflict. Saitama is so joyous though, my only fear is him busting earth into space dust by mistake. Everyone point out Saitama is so bored by his omnipotence, they forget he is not very intelligent. Less intelligent you are, more bored you are. Just imagine what kind of physics could top heavy Saitama partake in discovering. Creating and holding miniutare black holes in his bare hands, flying into the sun, taking a close bare eye look at nanosecond events, and thousands more.

  15. But you get the sense of ridiculing the Genre more from one punch man than watchmen.
    The ultimate seriousness of Watchmen make it more of a criticism toward making it better than pure comedy of one punch man. One punch man is saying it's all bullshit

  16. We don't care, the story needs to be entertaining that's all, it should inspire us.
    We need only 3 things in life that are
    Entertainment, entertainment and entertainment

  17. Alan Moore has said that "Watchmen" wasn't created to revitalize superheroes but to destroy the EXISTANCE of superheroes for the reason that you've mentioned: they're too powerful, too disconnected to society at large and completely absurd. In one of the supporting stories in the original comic book, The Original Nite Owl wrote in his book "Under the Hood," a story about how a man that his father worked for tried to look funny by wearing a joke bra when he read a "Dear John" letter from his wife which caused him to cry and make his employees laugh at him and accidentally causing him to take his own life, as a response to how he felt wearing a "silly superhero costume." I thought that was deeply profound and was a little disappointed that it wasn't featured as a filmed extra in the Watchmen DVD.

  18. I liked the video, but I felt different about Watchmen. I found it more of a Rip-Off of the worst kind than a Satire.

  19. Yeah, fuck Big Bang Theory. It's just raking geeks over the coals for the amusement of normies. The fact that a shitlord waitress with a failed acting career is paraded as the queen bee over hyper-successful scientists, including her female friends, is such pernicious cancer.

  20. "We can put Heathers in the Satire pile aaand Kill La Kill in the parody pile" "where can we put the Big Band Theory?" "In the fucking trash where it belongs."

  21. I just watched Watchmen (Director's Cut) & all I got to say is Dr. Manhattan's sack in fact has blue balls like hella often. More often than generally desirable.

  22. Mumen Rider is one of my favorite characters in One Punch Man.  It takes will, dedication and perseverance to be a hero that continually gets beaten, yet still comes back for more.  Most ordinary people would quit, or they'd run screaming from the life after the first scratch.  Wisdom comes through experience, but intelligence can be self taught to prepare oneself for inevitable failure.  To be capable of recovering from failure is something most struggle with, but I'd bet the character of Mumen would get over his failure, and drive on.  Mumen rider knows he cannot be on the same level as Saitama, but he is willing to do whatever is necessary.  This is admirable, and I truly love that they put this character into the franchise.  Look at Marvel's Black Widow and Hawkeye for example.  These people are fighting on the level of gods and super powers, yet are only human.  They have trained throughout their lives to be considered the equals of their counter parts.  This is respectable, and mostly the reason Hawkeye is my favorite character.  They really humanized Hawkeye when they hid at his families place, and showed that Hawkeye is the glue that bonds that group of misfits together.  I really liked that.  Mumen might be used down the road to point out the heroes deficiencies, their inability to work together.  In the future episodes, it wouldn't surprise me to see the creators use Mumen as a rally point to take down tough enemies or natural disasters through team work.  If done, he will be acknowledged and respected for taking charge and doing what the stronger characters couldn't accomplish.  We shouldn't revel gods and super powers, we should admire people like Gandhi, or the firefighters during 9/11.  These people should have all our admiration, but it's misplaced due to our incessant need for entertainment as a society.  We have veterans across the country that have the most amazing stories, and many of them have done some of the most amazing feats to save one another.  Thank our veterans, not the Avengers lol!  Our veterans are true heroes, and they usually are ignored, don't let that stop you from thanking them if you come across them by happenstance.  Most veterans will shrug that acknowledgement off, just like a true hero would 😀

  23. One punch man has two aspects that are important to it, the good beyond the parodic nature it has.

    One punch man is a reconstruction of the superhero genre, in how much Saitama is an incorruptible force for good.

    And most importantly, one punch man is also a love letter to the superhero genre, even while it is poking fun at superheroes themselves, sometimes.

    Edit: mumen Rider is a hero, though.

    His one-sided losing fight against the king of the seas was the necessary delay let Saitama get there.

    it's not simply the ridiculousness and dangers of heroism that get called out by one punch man.

    It's also the cynicism and vietri all of members of the crowd, who are so willing to let one person diminish the delaying action of the lesser heroes because saitama was capable of killing the King of the seas guy in one punch.

  24. Uh… "sorely needed"? Anime has been focusing on "normal heroes" since the beginning, like Ashita No Joe, the countless sport-based anime, drama anime, etc…

  25. Rorschach is a satire of the Question, not Batman, the Question has a much less healthy obsession with his desire to fight crime.

  26. Rorschach is based on the question. owlman, batman. Ozzy, lex Luthor. the comedian, jocker. sable, wonder woman. Manhattan, Super man. Thinking Rorschach is batman is a common misconception but the conspiracy theory's and paranoia come from the question as they are not traits normally associated with batman.

  27. I do not agree. Watchmen is just a very good superhero story, One Punch Man is not an anime like Dragonball.

  28. Take away the satire and parody and put them on an arena. They keep all of their ablities from each show. Who wins?

  29. Watchmen (the book) is not a satire, what the hell is he talking about…. a satire is like the movie Office Space by Mike Judge, to give an example

  30. 9:59 "dangerous as different ethical frames come into conflict" I just find this statement to be very intelligent.

  31. But the idea of a symmetry of power, that is, putting all the power in the hands of the people, is why Ozymandias' plan came about in the first place: the public are a bunch of scared reactionaries, the politicians arise from the scared reactionaries, and so there would have be such a massive amount of violence for people to shut up and do the right thing, at all.

  32. not gonna lie, when Mumen Rider took a battle stance against Sea Fuckface knowing that he is sure as fuck about to fucking die right at this spot in approximately 4 seconds, no questions about that, but what're you gonna do, there's nobody else left – dude, I cried a little bit. best character.

  33. AND THE BIG BANG THEORY IS NONE OF THESE THINGS CUZ FUCK THAT SHOW!!! AMEN BROTHER!!!!! THAT SHOW IS PURE GARBAGE

  34. A satire is making a statement in a roundabout and subtle way.

    A parody is mimicking an existing work of art for fun .

    And I don’t think either watchmen or opm are parodies . You may call them satire tho

    But you miss the message that watchmen has as an satire and that is: Superheroes in real life won’t work and that’s why when they are created in comics there is a suspension of reality , to a degree at least .

    Opm is also a satire with the statement that the bigger villain – even -bigger -hero cycle is ridiculous and we need something better

  35. You had me at "Big Bang Theory" lol. Honestly don't get why that show was so popular; very telegraphed laughs. But much love and respect to its cast and crew; there's no shame in stacking that paper 🙂 .

  36. Both are OP and Bald.. the only differences is that one is asian and the other is western, one wears something and the other is naked, one has yellow skin and the other has blue, one has short penis and the other is long. soz bout my grammar it's made in china

  37. actually i've always viewed Rorschach as more of a "Question" conspiracy theorist type. With Nightowl being a direct ripoff of Owl Man.

  38. Tough call, one punch man, in many ways is also a satire. Deconstruction HOW heroes act. With many simply caring about themeslves or their status, or worse, their fandom. The idea that heroes need to join "groups" to survive because if they don't other heroes will just put them down. It becomes a dark commentary on the world as people care less about doing whats right and more about the ends.

  39. Dr. Manhattan only knows his own future not literally everything thats why he has to do research and develop technologies, why he lacks the ability to understand laurie's emotions, and why he cant see his own future after the bomb goes off . His powers although very extensive are still finite hes not god he is more of a demigod.

  40. GOD PLEASE PRONOUNCE JAPANESE NAMES RIGHT… IT’S RIGHT THERE IN THE ANIME… PLEASE… YOU’RE DOING A VIDEO ESSAY AND YOU’RE NOT EVEN PRONOUNCING NAMES RIGHT…

  41. so are you parodying big bang theory at the end there? placed it right in the middle of all that hard work 😉

  42. actually rorschach is primarily based on the question, Nite Owl is based on Blue Beetle and Batman, Ozymandias was based on Thunderbolt, Silk Spectre was partly inspired by Black Canary

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