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    15 Infamous Movie "Plot Holes" That Are Literally Explained In The Films And, Thus, Are Not Plot Holes At All

    If someone mentions the goddamn Eagles in goddamn Lord of the Rings one more goddamn time...

    Have you ever had someone tell you they disliked a film, citing a "plot hole" they just couldn't overlook — only to have them explain the "plot hole" to you and it ends up literally not being a "plot hole" at all?


    It's! Explained! In! The! Text! Barbara!

    Well, this week, redditor u/Animeking1108 asked, "What infamous 'plot hole' is just the result of the audience not thinking for more than ten seconds?" and we were treated to countless examples of these maddening non–plot hole phenomena!


    So, with all of that in mind, here are just a few very well-known and widely cited "plot holes" that just straight-up aren't plot holes at all:

    1. Plot Hole: Why didn't Jack and Rose just share the big door in Titanic (1997) when they could've both fit?

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    Paramount Pictures

    "Jack and Rose COULD NOT have both fit on the door and they even show Jack trying to climb onto it. The whole thing capsizes!"


    2. Plot Hole: If Buzz Lightyear doesn't think he's a toy, why does he freeze up when humans are around in Toy Story (1995)?

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    "Because he's on an alien planet and that's what everyone else does when these giants walk into the room! He needs to blend in. Alternatively, it also might just be an instinct all toys automatically have."


    3. Plot Hole: Why was Daniel allowed to do the crane kick in The Karate Kid (1984) when it's clearly illegal?

    Columbia Pictures

    "Many traditional martial arts competitions ban punches to the head, but are perfectly okay with kicks to the head. Why that rule exists varies depending on who you ask, but kicks to the head are usually perfectly legal. Yes, I know that the Cobra Kai series jumped on the 'this was a plot hole' bandwagon with this one, but I still say it's bullshit!"


    4. Plot Hole: Why didn't they just fly the Eagles to Mordor in The Lord of the Rings trilogy?

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    New Line Cinema

    "Well, I don't know, maybe that tower with the giant demonic eye could see them coming miles away and order an army of Orcs to shoot them down — just off the top of my head."


    5. Plot Hole: If Cinderella’s glass slipper fit her foot perfectly, then why did it fall off in the first place in Cinderella (1950)?

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    "Glass!!! Is not!!! Very malleable!!! It’s not a very flexible material, of course it can be expected to fall off!"


    6. Plot Hole: Why did the couple in A Quiet Place (2018) selfishly decide to have another baby in the middle of what is essentially an apocalypse?

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    "The couple likely got pregnant regardless of their own wishes. There's basically zero infrastructure left and they've been reduced to raiding an abandoned pharmacy for whatever random medicine might be left. Sure, they could probably find a few packs of pills and condoms, but after that, what exactly are your birth control options? Give yourself a birth control implant? Perform your own vasectomy? Pull out and hope for the best?

    Sure, they probably could have been more careful, but the number of people I saw criticizing this as if it's impossible to get pregnant without consciously choosing to do so was hilarious."


    7. Plot Hole: How was Kylo Ren (who had trained for years with a lightsaber) so easily defeated by Rey (who only held a lightsaber for a few minutes) in Star Wars: the Force Awakens (2015)?

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    "In the 10 minutes before his fight with Rey, Kylo had: Killed his father, been shot by a weapon that had previously been demonstrated to be the equivalent to being hit by a car, and had taken a lightsaber hit from Finn (who he had been toying with and ended the fight as soon as he took a hit).

    On top of all of this, he wasn’t even trying to kill or even defeat Rey — he was trying to recruit her. Yet, even after all of those things being clearly demonstrated just moments before, fans still insist that either he’s weak or that Rey is some overpowered character for besting him in that moment."


    8. Plot Hole: Why did NASA train oil drillers how to be astronauts when they could've just trained astronauts to drill oil in Armageddon (1998)?

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    "Except that NASA and other space agencies do this all the time; they're called mission specialists and they have specialized training in some field the flight crew doesn't. They don't get taught how to fly the ship, just how not to die in space.

    Also, for the record, drilling for oil — or any kind of deep core geological work — is extremely specialized, and most of the people in the positions the team of drillers in Armageddon were in have a lot of letters behind their names."


    9. Plot Hole: Why didn't Thanos just create more resources instead of killing half of life on every planet in Avengers: Infinity War (2018)?

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    "Is there not a scene explaining that he'd had this mass genocide idea for a long time, but was rejected and considered 'crazy' by his people? The implication is that, deep down, Thanos just plain wanted to kill half of all life."


    10. Plot Hole: How did anyone know Charles Foster Kane's last word in Citizen Kane (1941) when he appeared to die alone?

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    RKO Radio Pictures

    "Just because he’s the only one in the shot when he dies doesn’t mean none of his staff were there standing just out of shot?"


    11. Plot Hole: How did Batman get back into Gotham in The Dark Knight Rises (2008) when it was under Bane's control?

    Warner Bros / ©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection

    "Bruce Wayne is a man of stealth who knows every way into, out of, and through Gotham; not just those main roads that were seized by Bane."


    12. Plot Hole: Why don't Marty's parents realize they'd met their own son/remember what he looked like in Back to the Future (1985)?

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    "They knew him for a week over 20 years before he was born and have no pictures of him. The only people he saw on a truly regular basis that week were Doc (who knew what was going on) and Lorraine (who would be eager to forget a silly teenage crush she had just before meeting her soulmate)."


    13. Plot Hole: If Harry Potter was a horcrux the entire time and basilisk venom is enough to destroy a horcrux, why wasn't the horcrux inside of Harry destroyed when the basilisk bit him in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)?

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    Warner Bros.

    "It would have been enough to kill him/destroy the horcrux if Fawkes hadn't been there. A horcrux has to be damaged beyond hope of magical repair. That means death if it's a living thing, or some powerful magical damage for nonliving objects. It's not like basilisk venom has any special 'anti-horcrux' properties. It's just a substance that can damage most objects behind the point of magical repair, and Fawkes cured Harry before it could kill him."


    14. Plot Hole: How does a human-made virus work on alien-made technology in Independence Day (1996)?

    20th Century Fox

    "Everyone jokes about the alien mothership not having human anti-virus software, but why would they? They're a hivemind species that communicates telepathically, and they seem to have an extremely high level of social cohesion. Computer viruses aren't like actual viruses. They're not naturally occurring; humans created them because humans are malicious toward each other. It's entirely possible an alien species that uses telepathy to communicate wouldn't even conceive of such a thing, and it doesn't seem likely that any of the species they've faced thus far have given them reason to consider it.

    Plus, even if they did have such defenses, at that point Jeff Goldblum has a direct hardline connection anyway."


    15. And finally — Plot Hole: Why would Ariel throw her whole life away for a man she just met in The Little Mermaid (1989)?

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    "Ariel had an entire song about how much she wanted to explore the human world BEFORE she ever laid eyes on Eric. Even after seeing him for the first time and fawning all over him, she never thought about going to see Ursula to get some legs on her own.

    The reason she 'threw her life away' was because she just watched her father go into a rage and violently destroy her Human Trinkets collection, something that brought her more joy than anything else. She invested SO MUCH TIME and risked her life to get those things. All that time and effort was destroyed and invalidated by her father in less than a minute.

    Sure, Ursula may have framed her whole pitch to Ariel around 'you'll get your human man,' but Ariel didn't even consider Ursula as an option until Triton destroyed her life's work. She no longer felt she could be happy or safe in her father's ocean, so she might as well try to find a life where he can't reach her. Getting a chance to be with Eric was just a nice bonus."


    Now it's your turn! What's a "plot hole" people always point out that annoys you because it isn't a plot hole at all? Share in the comments below!

    Some responses were edited for length and/or clarity. H/T Reddit.

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