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5 Plot Holes We Just Don’t Discuss

Plot holes are inevitable.  To err is human, and as such, no work of fiction will ever be without plot holes.  Heck, there are plot holes in religious texts, so what makes us think a comic book or film about space travel will fair any better?  That said, there are a few that are glaring, with little to no explanation, and it seems we just accept them as they are.

Kryptonians

It has long be said that Superman was the only survivor of the destruction of his planet, Krypton, and thus, the last living Kryptonian.  Unless, of course, D.C. Comics needs to add another.  And another.  And another.  And some aren’t even people, but animals.    It’s like the scientific community saying they found a Dodo bird.  And then when they stop getting invited on to the Today Show, saying they found another one, but this one’s evil.

I get that as long as they weren’t on the planet when it exploded that they would be alive, but it’s a bit forced.  Why do they have to go to Earth?  And after they’re revealed, why does it seem like that they only appear once or twice, and then are just forgotten about?  It seems like it would be a nice plot twist at first, but after a while it just seems gimicky.  I guess the same question I have about the Kennedy family applies to Kryptonians; just how many are there?

Kingdom Hearts; is Dark bad?

The entire first Kingdom Hearts has a very “A New Hope” vibe to it; a young boy obtains a sacred, ancient weapon and powers that few are said to wield, then fights the powers of darkness to restore peace to the galaxy.  And in a further Kenobi-Anakin-like twist, his best friend gives himself freely to the dark side, and becomes his mortal enemy.

However, later on down the road, we see Riku and some members of Organization XIII who, while wielding darkness, are actually pretty cool people.  They hang out and eat ice cream.  They joke around.  They watch the sunset, which is a little weird, but far from evil.  When they appear to Sora and the gang, there’s no commands to strike down Sora’s father, there’s no threats to join the Dark side, there’s no mass hate crimes committed against sand people.  So is the dark side actually bad?  Or just cooler looking?

Edward Cullen


For me, there’s three types of vampires; 1) demonic, where their powers and attributes are given to them from the beings of Hell; 2) undead, which are more or less like intelligent zombies, carrying a virus and feeding of life humans; 3) living vampires, which are like humans, but better.  I could go on for days about how much I hate what Stephanie Meyers did to vampires, how they have been striped of everyone we’ve come to know and love about them.  And of their shirts.  About how they shouldn’t look like David Bowie when sitting outside.  And about how the state of Washington does not look blue when you walk around it.

There is one thing that baffles me the most.  Ed is undead.  His heart does not beat, his skin is ice cold (just as his rocket scientist girlfriend points out), and blood does not circulate through his body.  And yet, he is somehow able to produce a child, despite the fact that he has what would be akin to erectile dysfunction.  Then again, he’s taken twelfth grade chemistry like a hundred years in a row; maybe he’s developed a new form of Viagra or something.

Princess Leia


This one was even discussed in the film “Fanboys“.  Luke and Leia are very close to each other.  She slips him some tongue in The Empire Strikes Back.  She is constantly wrapped around him when they’re running away from guys in armor.  Just how close did they get?  And regardless, she claims that she’s always known that they were siblings.  Always.  Just what do they teach kids on Alderaan, anyways?

Obi-Wan’s Exile

After the rise of the Empire, the remaining Jedi are forced into exile, with most choosing planets that are not inhabited by things that the Empire is interested in; i.e. very dangerous planets that the newer, stupider Stormtroopers can’t handle.

Obi-Wan takes a different approach.  He hides on a planet that is crawling with people from all over the galaxy, as well as a powerful mob and Boba Fett, who isn’t particularly fond of Jedi.  He at least has enough foresight to changed his name.  Well, actually…his first name.  He’s hiding under the alias “Ben Kenobi”.  I’ll let that sink in.  All the Empire needed to do was throw a phone book at a Stormtrooper, say “Give me the address of every Kenobi”, and they’d find him.  He’s even still wearing the same clothes from 18 years ago.  What, the Hutts don’t allow Macy’s on their planet?  And here Yoda thought he had to hide in a swamp.

101 Comments
  • jbhananas
    May 6, 2011
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    #1

    Well, concerning Obiwan…. Where exactly did the US finally find Osama bin Laden?

    • WickedRudy
      May 11, 2011
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      #2

      Lovely! Really well played. I thought he was supposed to go to Tatooine to be closer to Luke. Reguarding the name: In a new hope in the “arent you a little short to be a Stormtrooper” scene, she instantly recognizes the name ben as ben “obi wan” kenobi.

  • cross
    May 11, 2011
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    #3

    well the empire didn’t know obiwan was still alive but knew yoda was still alive so they would not be looking for obiwan but would be looking for yoda

  • Dark
    May 11, 2011
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    #4

    I thought Obi was on that planet to keep an eye on Luke. That said though, Luke has his dad’s last name. Vader may have thought his children were dead but i’m sure if he ever came across that name, he’d know. Oh woops……he did

  • Hern
    May 11, 2011
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    #5

    I’m not quite sure how most of these qualify as “plot holes” in the accepted sense of the word.

    “Stupid”, sure, but “plot holes”?

  • WickedRudy
    May 11, 2011
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    #6

    Kryptonians were very scientifically advanced beings. Why couldn’t any of them be in space, or on another planet, or another dimension etc

  • WickedRudy
    May 11, 2011
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    #7

    Oh, and Leia slips Luke the tongue to piss off Han. other than that, don’t you hug YOUR friends and family without trying to do ‘em?

  • RunnerX13
    May 12, 2011
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    #8

    Now I’m not one for criticizing internet blogs, but most of these examples are not plot holes, especially #1. Obian Wan was on Tatooine to watch over Luke. The plot whole here was, why was Luke hiding in plain sight, and why didn’t Vader give standard orders not to massacre his brother and sister in-law?

  • KevinM
    May 12, 2011
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    #9

    A weak list really some thoughts:
    2) Really? I mean you are seriously complaining that villains are being depicted as being more complex then cookie cutter “I want to destroy the world” types? Even Darth Vader managed to find redemption and the Emporer managed to put on a believable act that he was a kind hearted, mild mannered politician for decades why is it a plot hole to present villains as having a personality not just a drive to do evilt hings?
    3)You have a point although its a plot hole that long predates this series of movies about blood drinking glittery people (I refuse to call anything that sparkles a vampire even faeries, in the folkloric not the homophobic sense of the word, aren’t this pathetic). Consider Vampire Hunter D in which the main character is Draula’s son. For that matter Eastern European Legend notably among the Romani talk about dhampirs that are the children of a vampire and human. While we’re at it the Bible (Genesis 6) and midevil folklore talk about spirits that have no physical body still managing to have kids.
    5) Theres a lot of logic to this if you think about it. First Tatooine is an entire planet and one that is almost entirely desert except for a few cities like Mos Eisley and Mos espa. Even if Boba Fett heard that Obi Wan is on planet its a huge area to search with krayt dragons, tusken raiders, sarlaacs and other threats to make it a lot of trouble to just trace down a rumor of a jedi. IT also has the logical advantage of being a place Vader would probably no want to go back to if he could avoid it.

  • j
    May 16, 2011
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    #10

    Ya theres holes in your plot holes article, some of them aren’t plot holes at all, especially the star wars one. I think this is the second article I’ve read on this site and I was impressed with neither. Don’t get me wrong fair juice to you for doing it in the first place it’s just I don’t think it’s thought threw very well

    • Jason Peffley
      May 16, 2011
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      #11

      Kinda like your comment. You spelled “through” wrong.

  • j
    May 16, 2011
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    #12

    Oh yeah why is there a picture of Azreal incarnation of Batman at the top??? I went to this article to discover that plot hole. Disapointed to say the least

    • Runnerx13
      May 27, 2011
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      #13

      Ha! Azbat is the same reason why I clicked on the article, linked on another site.

  • Hans
    May 17, 2011
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    #14

    Sorry, but this is a horribly amateurish article.

    It’s not funny, it’s not informative (in fact it’s not all even true. you don’t seem to actually know anything about most of the things mentioned here), and for god’s sake you couldn’t even run it through spell check.

    I’m not convinced you even know what a plot hole is.

  • on_the_Can
    May 21, 2011
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    #15

    I’m not convinced you know what ‘plot hole’ actually means

  • james
    May 23, 2011
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    #16

    The plot holes in superman, if he gets his power from the yellow sun, he ought to flat line the futher away he gets from our solar system. His costume is from krypton and the transitive properties of matter origins should apply, example cotton grown on earth would be eartian matter, or a poison ivy sweeter would make the wearer itch

  • james
    May 23, 2011
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    #17

    Sweater a poison ivy sweater

  • james
    May 23, 2011
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    #18

    Supermans spaceship upon landing on Earth should have wiped him of any strength to begin with, mst3000 repeat to yourself its just a show

    • johnny
      June 4, 2011
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      #19

      Man you don’t understand Superman at all so why are you bothering to say any thing? It wasn’t Krypton itself that or the materials on Krypton that kept it’s people from having powers. It was that Krypton was in orbit around a red sun. Kryptonians get no powers from a red sun. Also (because I get the feeling you wouldn’t know) Kryptonite was created by the chain reaction in Kryptons core which caused the explosion of the planet. So nothing on the planet before that or in Superman’s ship would take away his powers. So nice attempt to sound witty only to make three posts making yourself sound dumb.

  • Troy
    June 1, 2011
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    #20

    I’ve heard the argument about vampires not being able to “get it up” or father a child…but at the same time, using the same logic, they also shouldn’t be able to have muscle function to move around without a beating heart as well. And why not say why does a stake through the heart kill a vamp if the heart is dead and not beating anyways??? Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

  • Jordan
    June 2, 2011
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    #21

    Stephanie Meyer explains Edward Cullen and how he had a child in great detail on her website, last time I checked.

  • Mike Reese
    June 4, 2011
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    #22

    Maybe Alderaan is Robert Silverbergs’ planet that he’d described in “IF ALL MEN WERE BROTHERS, WOULD YOU LET ONE MARRY YOUR SISTER”?

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