15 Plot Holes In 'Indiana Jones' That Need To Be Whipped Into Shape

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Vote up the most irritating plot holes.

The Indiana Jones franchise is an action-packed adventure series that visits interesting parts of the world, showcases fun characters (except Willie, we don't talk about her...), and highlights interesting legends and parts of history.

And yet, even with such a fun and (mostly) well-regarded series, there are plot holes. Below, fans have shared which plot holes they find most irritating. Vote up the ones you agree with!

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    395 VOTES

    The Skulls In 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' Are Magnetic Only When It's Useful To The Plot

    The Skulls In 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' Are Magnetic Only When It's Useful To The Plot
    Photo: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull / Paramount Pictures

    From Redditor u/mcwap:

    The special magnetic skulls in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull are only ever magnetic when the story needs them to be. Otherwise all metal seems unaffected.

    When you have that glaring in your face, it's very off-putting and [makes it hard to watch the rest of the movie].

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    540 VOTES

    The Alphabet Floor Crumbles When You Hit The Wrong Letters... Except When The Protagonist Needs Support Of Course

    The Alphabet Floor Crumbles When You Hit The Wrong Letters... Except When The Protagonist Needs Support Of Course
    Photo: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade / Paramount Pictures

    From Redditor u/Relevant-Blood-8681:

    Indiana Jones has to jump across a collapsing alphabet floor, spelling the name of God (Iehova) to get to the other side without falling down a chasm to his death. Iehova is pronounced with a J, so Indy tries J, which breaks, and he falls through the floor. Fortunately he catches himself and pulls himself back up. Unfortunately, he does so by grabbing the letters L & Y, which are also not in the word Iehova, either. They should have collapsed the same as the letter J.

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    597 VOTES

    You Can't Survive A Nuke By Hiding In A Fridge

    You Can't Survive A Nuke By Hiding In A Fridge
    Photo: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull / Paramount Pictures

    From Redditor u/Readonly00:

    Hiding in a fridge (or anything else) in order to be conveniently blown out of the way by an exploding nuclear device is absurd beyond belief. The fridge is just so much extra reaction mass and will be vapourised by the expanding nuclear explosion - it will not be daintily picked up and thrown a few kilometers to safety. If it was, why doesn't it land in a shower of similar artifacts which have also been dislodged and thrown around? Incidentally, even if it was thrown out of the way as shown, anyone inside it would be turned into a smear of strawberry jam by the acceleration required to beat the shock and heat wave of a nuclear blast, and then liquefied by the deceleration involved in hitting the ground at that speed. Don't tell me this is suspension of disbelief - that's like having Jones flying out of the way by flapping his arms and expecting us to accept the fantasy of it all.

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    333 VOTES

    There's No Point In The Russians Trying To Steal The Area 51 Alien Corpse... They Already Knew It Wasn't The One They Wanted

    There's No Point In The Russians Trying To Steal The Area 51 Alien Corpse... They Already Knew It Wasn't The One They Wanted
    Photo: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull / Paramount Pictures

    From a former Redditor u/[deleted]:

    The very start of the movie, the Russians have kidnapped Indy and Mac and are forcing them to lead them to the Roswell corpse in Area Hangar 51. They find it because its magnetic, and Indy uses the ol' magnetic gunpower and shotgun shot trick to track it down, classic.

    It's not one of the crystal skull inter-dimensional travelers, the Russian colonel dr lady (Cate Blanchett) goes out of her way to explain that the Roswell corpse and the crystal skull travelers are "distant cousins." They steal the alien remains, bring it to Brazil / Peru, and then cut it open to show Indy that it has a crystal skeleton, but it's not one of the crystal skulls they're looking for. And seemingly has no connection to the Akator city of gold they're also searching for.

    Great. So why did they want to steal it in the first place?

    Literally the only two times it's seen/mentioned onscreen are at the very beginning to precipitate the car chase (making it seem super important and integral to the movie), and then later in the desert when Cate Blanchett cuts it open to show its crystal skeleton. After that it's gone/forgotten.