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Stupidity: The Death Star comes equipped with a powerful tractor beam capable of capturing a ship the size and agility of the Millennium Falcon. Why don't they use it against the rebel fighters attacking them at the end of the film? Okay, Obi-Wan Kenobi turned it off earlier but I find it hard to believe that someone who has never before visited the largest, most complex space station in the Universe and who was previously unaware of its very existence can disable a fundamental security system but the people who designed, built and run the damn thing can't work out how to switch it back on.

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Suggested correction: A tractor beam has range, size of craft, and speed acquisition limitations. The reason the Millennium Falcon was caught so easily is that they expected a planet, Alderaan, coming out of hyper-space and were unaware of the Death Star's existence. The Beam's operators were able to lock on to the Falcon before they were aware something was wrong and start to dodge said lock on. The Falcon would not have been able to escape the docking bay without the tractor beam being able to lock back on to them. Hence the reason needed to power it down. Both the escape and powering down the tractor beam had to occur relatively at the same time so no one would realise the beam was down and able to power it back up before the Falcon was outside of the Beam's range. A tractor beam is capable of capturing a fighter but is a very difficult task to accomplish given the range and speed of the craft which makes trying to lock onto such fast moving targets extremely difficult. Also, it would be difficult due to the fact that craft like these tend to fly in packs, or close together, making locking on to a target complicating with craft bouncing and bobbing so close together. Another reason the empire would not likely bother to attempt tractor beaming fighters is that during dogfights, the craft are not just speeding and bobbing making a lock on difficult but they are just as likely to grab one of their own fighters in the process. Tractor beams are best used as they are during the opening of episode IV where Leia's flagship Tantive IV, a Correllian Corvette, is run down and captured by a star destroyer Devastator which used its tractor beams to capture and bring the Tantive IV into its docking bay. Tractor beams are not best used as weapons. As for how our esteemed elderly Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi, could find his way around... Well Jedi are know for their "mind tricks" and could have easily gotten someone he came across to tell him where he needed to go. Its also possible that while R2-D2 was finding the schematics and location of princess Leia he could have found, and should be looking for as well, the location of the power station needed and that given to Obi-Wan.

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Stupidity: How on earth did those helicopter gunship pilots survive a tour of duty in Vietnam? They are too stupid to tie their own shoelaces. They have encountered a thirty metre tall ape which is intent on killing the lot of them by grabbing their helicopters and smashing them to the ground, so they have two clear choices - a) use their heavy, mounted machine guns or the grenade launchers fitted to the assault rifles carried by the troops on board to shoot the thirty metre tall ape to ribbons from a couple of hundred metres away, well out of its reach or b) fly straight up to it and present an easy target, allowing it to kill the lot of them by grabbing their helicopters and smashing them to the ground. Every single one of them ticks box b). Idiots.

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Stupidity: During one of the test drives, the hook that Hiccup uses to fasten himself to Toothless gets bent, so he takes Toothless to the blacksmith to cut the line. There are two ways he could have easily avoided this: He could just unhook the saddle, take that to the blacksmith and cut himself loose, or he could just untie the leather strap. What he does here is needlessly risky and just there for his awkward conversation with Astrid.

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Stupidity: It's stated that Imhotep will fear cats until he has fully regenerated and two different scenes show him fleeing in terror at the sight of a cat. Despite this, none of the characters that Imhotep is trying to kill that are fully aware of his weakness even think to have a cat with them at all times.

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Stupidity: After Josh runs away from home after being turned into an adult, nothing seems to be done about his "disappearance." The only indication that he is missing is his picture on the back of a milk carton. There's no flyers about him missing. No mention of his disappearance in any newspapers or TV news about his mom saying that he's been "abducted" by a stranger. Even when Josh writes a letter home, he uses the actual address of where he's staying, but no cops turn up at his door after his mom receives the letter.

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Stupidity: When Han tells Drydon Vos that he and Tobias will steal unrefined coaxium from the mines on Kessel, Vos initially says no, as Crimson Dawn's relationship with the Empire would be at risk. Han then explains that the Empire wouldn't know they were working for Crimson Dawn. Vos then agrees but insists his top lieutenant Qi'ra accompany them, even though she is a known associate of Crimson Dawn and literally has their symbol branded on her wrist.

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Stupidity: When Colonel Hardy is about to crash the ship he's flying into a building, Faora sees it and she has more then enough time to leave the ship and get to safety, but she does nothing and just stands there.

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Stupidity: Al is supposed to be a super serious toy collector and seller, but he handles valuable toys without cleaning the cheese puff dust off his hands.

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Stupidity: After the Slick devours Laverne, Randy jumps into the water and swims for shore with the Slick following. Even though Randy made it to shore, he stops and turns to confront the Slick, screaming that he beat it. When Randy turns around, the Slick immediately envelopes him. If Randy had just got up and started running instead of facing the Slick, he would have lived.

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Suggested correction: This is a deliberate movie making technique to make the audience think the character has escaped but at the last second a surprise is thrown in. Its the same as hanging over the body of the killer. It doesn't come under stupidity.

The_Iceman

Suggested correction: Randy's decision isn't what constitutes a "stupidity" mistake. Stupidity mistakes are minor plot holes, which means characters can act stupid. Plus, when Randy gets to shore he's worn out so he tries to catch his breath. He then says he's won because he under estimated the Slick's ability to get him (which would fall under the category of "celebrating too early").

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Stupidity: Steve Trevor is the leader of a group of Allied spies, and they are traveling with a gorgeous woman who has shown to have amazing fighting skills and super powers, but they allow a group photo to be taken, by a reporter, with Diana in her armor.

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Suggested correction: What is the problem of they allowing a group picture to be taken by a reporter with Diana on her armor? Diana is a good person She is not going to use it against the reporter, I didn't understand what was your problem with this.

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New this month Stupidity: There's no reason whatsoever the trio needed to risk telling Hagrid at nighttime that they knew about the Philosopher's Stone, as it ends up in them getting in trouble. They could have told him immediately after Hermione found out about the Philosopher's Stone in the library. Or if they couldn't find time between classes, they could have waited until tomorrow.

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New this month Suggested correction: They are kids, they got excited. It's not a stupidity for a movie to have kids do stupid things. Kids do stupid things, that's why they are kids.

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New this month Stupidity: When Spider-Man confronts Aleksei Sytsevich in the truck while he's plowing through the busy streets of New York, he sits there cracking jokes instead of immediately forcing the truck to a stop, effectively allowing Sytsevich to potentially injure or kill numerous people in the process. He even allows Sytsevich to fire a gun out of his window and into the open crowd instead of disarming him as soon as he sees the gun.

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Stupidity: As Powell was standing at the completely wrong "eye" in the temple to begin with, all Lara had to do was say nothing of his mistake, he'd never had got the first piece of the triangle to begin with, world safe for another 5000 years.

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Stupidity: In the scene when the cook is torched, why didn't he just jump out of the longboat into the water? Why get burned?

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Suggested correction: It would be pointless. If he ran away, Blackbeard would just come after him and make him suffer greatly. At least the fire is quicker than torture or being zombified.

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Stupidity: So when Belle finds out that her father is being hauled away to the insane asylum, she is in such a rush to get that she doesn't even change out of the massive yellow dress that would be really uncomfortable to ride a horse in, probably because she is in such a hurry. But earlier in the movie, the Beast shows her his magic book that allows him to teleport anywhere in the world, so why doesn't she just use that?

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Stupidity: Once the casket was left in the mercury in the tomb, the ropes and pulleys should have been taken away instead of left in place for it to be retrieved. For something so evil why would any sane person want to bring it back out?

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Stupidity: When Luke jumps onto the second skiff the skiff pilot is at the other end and has plenty of time to drive away to remove the threat of Luke and save all of his friends and Jabba, but instead just stands there with no reaction. It's like its an empty costume, there is also a skiff guard in white at the front that is nearest Luke, but again no reaction. In the next shot he is seen going over the front.

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Stupidity: In the beginning, Madame Macarti, talking to the spirits, says, "Is anyone there? One rap for yes and two raps for no." Well, if no-one is there, there will be no two raps.

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Stupidity: Ayisha doesn't want her Muslim father to know that she has converted to Christianity, but she daftly listens to bible verses on her iPod with her eyes closed and the screen facing up with the screen-light on, which ultimately leads to her getting caught.

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Stupidity: During the final battle, Gomm kills one of the rednecks by sticking his tentacles into the man's eyes. However, the entire scene is shot very sloppily. The man has his gun trained on Gomm for almost 10 full seconds, and just stands there while the tentacles come out slowly, Gomm laughs, and then the tentacles shoot forward. Given the amount of mayhem and creatures, there's no reason for the redneck to have not just shot Gomm during that period of time.

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