21 Plot Holes That Will Ruin Your Favorite Fantasy Movies 

Oliver Hanson
Updated June 14, 2019 13.4k votes 2.5k voters 1.1M views 21 items

Fantasy movies are the best, because watching them allows you to escape from ordinary, everyday life, and escape into a new world with endless possibilities. However, all of these limitless opportunities for inventive plot lines and unexpected twists means that sometimes, these films leave out major details and vital explanations for viewers. If you've ever been frustrated by a dead-end plot line in a fantasy movie, this list is definitely a must-read. We've examined some of the biggest plot holes in fantasy movies for you to read about and debate.

Have you ever watched a movie that left you scratching or head? Have you ever finished a film, only to be left with dozens of burning questions that the script just didn't answer? You'e not alone! Tons of superhero movies and fantasy films leave out MAJOR details, and we've spotted them all. Some of these plot holes might even be a surprise - but we guarantee you won't be able to un-see them once they've been explained! 

Vote up the biggest plot holes that have totally ruined your favorite fantasy movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
Why Didn't Any of the Characters Who Held the Marauder's Map Notice Peter Pettigrew?
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Films: Harry Potter franchise

Fred and George Weasley stole the Marauder's Map from Filch's office during their first year at Hogwarts, and quickly figured out how to use it to create mischief and mayhem around the castle. However, using the Marauder's Map fairly regularly meant that they must have seen their little brother sleeping with a person named Peter Pettigrew every single night for years before handing the map off to Harry Potter. Potter himself has it for a few months before he learns who Peter Pettigrew is, which means that he must have also seen his BFF snuggling up to a dude every night for a fairly long time.

This either makes Potter and the Weasley twins the most oblivious wizards on the planet... or it's a major plot hole in the story that none of J.K. Rowling's post-Potter explanations can magic away.

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If Buzz Lightyear Doesn't Think He's a Toy, Why Does He Hit the Deck When Andy's Around?
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Film: Toy Story

If Buzz Lightyear truly believes with his whole heart that he's an actual spaceman, why does he drop to the floor and freeze whenever Andy comes around? The whole entire plot of Toy Story is that Buzz and Woody are fighting to become Andy's favorite toy, which is exacerbated by the fact that Buzz doesn't realize that he's not a real space traveler.

Some have argued that all toys are pre-programmed to do this when they are manufactured, but it still seems a little iffy. If Buzz was able to re-wire his programming to believe he is a real person and not just a child's plaything, why doesn't he keep moving and talking when Andy enters the room?

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Nobody Recognizes Bruce Wayne
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Films: The Dark Knight trilogy

The end of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy finds Bruce Wayne faking his death as both Batman - and the billionaire playboy - to go live secretly in Europe with Catwoman. However, it's not clear how it's possible that no one else in the world (other than Alfred) recognizes one of the richest men in history.

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How Does Toothless Fly Without Hiccup?
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Film: How to Train Your Dragon

When Astrid first hops on Toothless's back in How to Train Your Dragon, the dragon suddenly shoots upwards into the sky in attempt to scare her off. Unfortunately, the film previously set up the fact that Toothless couldn't actually fly without Hiccup controlling his missing tail wing. Even the filmmakers admitted to the mistake on the DVD commentary.

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