21 Plot Holes That Will Ruin Your Favorite Fantasy Movies

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. 
Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY

  • 1
    629 VOTES

    The Wolverine's Filmmakers Clearly Didn't Understand Logan's Powers

    The Wolverine's Filmmakers Clearly Didn't Understand Logan's Powers
    Photo: 20th Century Fox

    Film: The Wolverine

    The Wolverine
    uses Wolverine's powers in a way that makes no sense. Not only does the film imply that Logan got his powers through Weapon X (even though all they gave him was brand-new adamantium bones), but his healing also apparently goes away when metal pierces his heart. What? How? Why?
    629 votes
  • 2
    1,165 VOTES

    Why Didn't Any of the Characters Who Held the Marauder's Map Notice Peter Pettigrew?

    Why Didn't Any of the Characters Who Held the Marauder's Map Notice Peter Pettigrew?
    Photo: Warner Bros

    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.

    1,165 votes
  • 3
    920 VOTES

    Nobody Recognizes Bruce Wayne

    Nobody Recognizes Bruce Wayne
    Photo: Warner Bros

    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.

    920 votes
  • 4
    689 VOTES

    Why Don't Parents Believe in Santa in The Santa Clause?

    Why Don't Parents Believe in Santa in The Santa Clause?
    Photo: Disney

    Film: The Santa Clause

    This plot hole could be found in pretty much any Christmas movie, but it's especially apparent in The Santa Clause. All of the adults - including Scott Calvin himself - are completely convinced that Santa Claus isn't real. Both Neal and Laura (Charlie's step-father and mother, respectively) even discuss at length the year that they stopped believing in Santa, because he had failed to deliver their presents - an Oscar Meyer Weenie Whistle, and the board game, Mystery Date.

    Like in any Christmas movie, it turns out that Santa Claus has been real all along, and that Scott Calvin has recently taken over the position. This means that each year, mysterious presents that Laura, Scott, and Neal did NOT purchase for Charlie appeared under the Christmas tree. Any normal parent would be slightly confused when their child opened up a present that they don't remember purchasing.

    689 votes
  • 5
    653 VOTES

    How Does Toothless Fly Without Hiccup?

    How Does Toothless Fly Without Hiccup?
    Photo: Paramount

    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.

    653 votes
  • 6
    1,053 VOTES

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

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

    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?

    1,053 votes