|“||They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, but sometimes it's nothing but a slap in the face.||„|
|~ Wizard introducing the DEATH BATTLE between Deadpool and Deathstroke.|
Parodies: Villains who are direct parodies of other villains, heroes, or real-world figures. Parodies are done only for comedy purposes and, as such, are not to be taken too seriously. Considering their comedic purposes, they can never be Pure Evil, as they are meant for comedy and not seriousness. If they are taken seriously (even if they act in a comedic fashion), they are homages. (Deadpool, the Fairy Godmother, and Rick Sanchez are all good examples of comedic parodies).
Homages: Villains that pay homage to another villain, hero, or real-life figure. Unlike parodies, homages are done respectfully or intensified. Homage villains are usually taken seriously, sometimes even more so than their originals. These characters are NOT used for humor. In some cases, they can even be Pure Evil if their actions are heinous enough. (The Operator, Unknown Man, and Black Hiver are good examples of serious homages).
IMPORTANT: It is important to note that, in order to qualify, a character must be directly and clearly parodying or paying homage to another character or character type (Dark Helmet and Darth Vader; Deadpool and Deathstroke; The Operator and Slender Man, etc). A character that simply shares similarities to another character is NOT a parody or an homage.
It's also important to know that, just because a villain has a scene parodying or paying homage to another work, that does NOT mean the entire character is a parody or homage (i.e. Nostalgia Critic and Eric Cartman often parody or pay homage to movie scenes, but are original characters themselves).