People Share The Dumbest Plot Holes They've Ever Seen In A Story
Plot holes in movies: they can be funny but also really frustrating. Sometimes things just don't add up... you'd think the producers would catch them.
__d__c__ asked: What is the dumbest plot hole you've seen in a story?
Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.
Sometimes a "gotcha" isn't necessary.
Spoiler alert for High Tension:
Twist ending is that the hero and villain are the same person with multiple personalities.
But the two were verifiably in separate places at the same time, even sometimes driving separate vehicles that actually both get to new locations. It's such a lazy attempt at a "gotcha" ending that the filmmakers didn't even bother to ensure the rest of the movie made the ending remotely possible.
It's a shame, because it's a great thriller until the ending, so I assume it was tacked on during production. But the twist ruins repeat viewings because none of what's happening could literally be happening.
Like in Fight Club, when they're smashing cars walking down the street, all of the ones Ed Norton hits has their car alarm go off but none of the ones Brad Pitt hit go off.
In Bubble Guppies, which is underwater the fish people can get stuck on high objects and need rescue.
The episode about rooms, in which Gil sleeps in a bath tub, which turns on, drenching him. Molly and the Little Fish laugh at him for getting wet. I'm not making this up.
Or the mini-golf episode, where there's a pool of stagnant lava in the cave of water. No, there is no steam from the lava, though the dragon obstacle shoots steam/smoke from its nose, so we know it's possible in this world.
Man, have you seen SpongeBob before? They got freaking CAMPFIRES underwater!
That's not how ice works.
GI JOE: underwater lair is destroyed by blowing up the ice above it. Icebergs sink down and crush everything.
Ice... Sinking? Wait...
It's not so much a plot hole as hand-waving away physics for the sake of cool visuals, but it did annoy me that they showed that even with the ice being full of steel tunnels for ye secret evil base.
Could there be a simple explanation?
Transformers: the Decepticons can hack into the US military servers, but can't work out how to simply place a bid on eBay for the glasses?
Captchas, they work my dude.
CAPTCHA: "I'm not a robot"
Curse these humans and their unbeatable encryption technology.
This is a cliché, but I believe we can't ignore Buzz Lightyear thinking he's not a toy but yet freezing everytime humans enter the room.
I'd like to think that "Star Command" trained Buzz to believe that humans are insanely strong, giant aliens and your best survival tactic is to just freeze until they go away.
I actually took this as a sign that deep down Buzz knew he was a toy, but the fear of his insignificance caused him to be in denial and delusional.
This is the least of the show's problems.
In The Walking Dead, they figured out in early on that they can smear dead people's guts all over them and the zombies can't smell them. Yet they never do this again, despite the fact that it would save their lives constantly.
The Walking Dead is crammed full of instances where the main characters act like complete idiots just so that they can end up in dangerous situations and there can be some drama or action.
And when the writers are too lazy to even come up with excuses to have their characters end up in difficult situations, they'll just throw in some random ninja stealth zombie that comes out of nowhere and attacks.
The zombies are shown in various stages of decay. Therefore, zombies decay. All the zombies should have fallen apart after a year, tops.
We can go way farther with this. How are zombie locomotion and attacking possible with rotten and nonexistent muscles? Why is it that their brain stems are the only thing working (remember the CDC episode), but they can smell, hear, see, fight, eat, and do everything else that requires cortical function? Yeah I get the idea of suspension of belief, but sometimes I'll be watching the show and think "how tf can they still do that"
This is what happens when there are too many superhero movies. There I said it.
X-Men 3 pissed me off with one.
Out-of-universe story behind this: filmmakers wanted to adapt the Phoenix Saga, execs wanted it to adapt the Cure arc, compromise was "we'll just do both."
And apparently nobody realized that since the Cure arc is about a cure for mutant powers, and the Phoenix Saga is about a mutant who needs to die because she's too powerful for her own good or the good of the world, that they solve each other. Wolverine doesn't need to kill Jean Grey to resolve this plot, he just needs to knock her out so they can give her the cure.
NOBODY involved in the making of the film noticed that apparently.
Hah, I never put two and two together. They did the same with Magneto in the very same film, it's odd the X-Men didn't consider doing it to Jean.
Man I love when he just kind of wobbles the chess piece.
And they worshipped him? Tore Kong!!!
If the Skull Islanders were so concerned with keeping King Kong out, why did they build a King Kong-sized door?
Because if you build an almost-but-not-quite Kong-proof wall and Kong some how manages to get over it you now have a large hairy problem stuck on the wrong side of the wall.
Much easier to deal with that problem if you can just open the gate and lure him back to the other side while you fix the bit that he got over.
The answer is Tim Allen. Tim Allen is leaving the presents.
In The Santa Clause, the adults don't believe in Santa but he does exist, so who the hell do they think is leaving the presents in their houses every Christmas?
It's like the neuralyzer in Men In Black except in reverse: the parents think they remember buying the presents, and the elves discreetly charge a gift fee from their bank account so it looks legit. Meanwhile the money goes into funding Santa's workshop. It takes a little more than Christmas cheer to pay the heating bill when you live at the North Pole.
This applies to Elf and The Polar Express off the top of my head too.
This applies to every Christmas movie that runs on the premise that adults don't believe in Santa.
Because it's almost Christmas... I want some Little Nero's.
Home Alone. Kevin orders a pizza yet the phone lines are supposed to be down which is why no family can call him. I've googled it and some people have different theories but I think they just slipped up lol.
Also, his dad was able to call the neighbors. Why not even just show a quick scene of him trying to call his own house, even if he still can't get through?
Just watched it yesterday. It's only the long distance lines that were down. The repair guy tells it to Kevin's dad when they are rushing to the airport.
Also why did the cops only bang on the door and not announce they were the cops? Yeah just a loud banging is going to scare the kid.
You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, or so the saying goes.
The same can be said for your interactions with cops, most of whom are perfectly happy to let minor infractions slide––When was the last time you were actually ticketed for jaywalking?––provided you're not a total Karen should you interact them.
Your local police officer likely doesn't care about jaywalking or the fact that you went five miles over the speed limit unless you give him a reason to, as we learned when Redditor Takdel asked police officers: "What stupid law have you enforced just because someone was an a-hole?"