Best animated TV plot holes of all time

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The Deserter - S2-E10

Plot hole: When Lawquane spots the droids in the field, he identifies them instantly as commando droids. But as he had left the Republic Army shortly after the first battle on Geonosis (the one which started the war) and has lived as a farmer ever since, and since the commando droids are relatively new (see "Rookies"), how can he know what they are? With his lack of battlefield experience, he should simply call them battle droids.

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The Powerpuff Girls Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever / Just Desserts - S2-E10

Plot hole: The children decided that they hated the Powerpuff girls in one day. Then how did they have supervillain costumes and a van? The mom said they had lots of time to prepare.

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Show generally

Plot hole: 1-6 "A Gummi By Any Other Name": The Changing Hat has the habit of tranforming its wearer at the mere mention of a name (or even a species type, as seen before when Sunni accidentally transforms into an ogre). However, when Calla impersonates Igthorn and faces off against him, she loudly says the name "Toadwart" and doesn't transform.

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Enter: Naruto Uzumaki! - S1-E1

Plot hole: In "Enter: Naruto Uzumaki!" Mizuki asked Naruto to get the scroll of sealing that the First Hokage wrote. If it was such an important scroll to the village, shouldn't it have been more protected? Also, if Naruto was able to take it with ease, couldn't Mizuki have easily gotten it himself?

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The Trial - S1-E16

Plot hole: Whenever Gretchin calls Mikey up to the stand to explain what he saw, he says that he had followed Spinelli and Randall to the wooden fence, where he Saw Randall on his knees in front of Spinelli, begging for forgiveness, then Mikey began running to the other side to stop Spinelli from pummeling Randall with the "rock" but didn't make it in time. We then later find out that Spinelli had actually rescued Ms. Finster's cat out of a tree and Randall hit himself with the rock out of spite. But it is impossible that Spinelli could have given up on hurting Randall, climbed up a tree, rescued a cat, climbed down, handed the cat back to Ms. Finster, gotten praise from Ms. Finster, then have Randall attempt to pick up a big rock, then get a smaller one and hit himself with it in under 3 seconds (the duration of how long Mikey ran before he heard Randall's scream).

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The Fortuneteller - S1-E14

Plot hole: Because Katara lost her mothers necklace, Aang made one for her and she puts it on. But when they reach The Fortunetellers village, Katara is not wearing the necklace, and no one notices, not even Aang.

Jason Hoffman
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Season 2 generally

Plot hole: Series 2, Episode 11, The Agenda (1). The Tripredacus Council explains that Ravage will be able to find Megatron and the others by tracing the transwarp wavefront back through time to its source. If he truly did follow it back to when it started he would have arrived moments after Optimus destroyed the alien weapon in "Other Voices: Part Two" which created it, yet he arrives considerably farther in the future.

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The Scarab Lives! - S1-E1

Plot hole: There is a "scarab alarm" when the blue scarab arrives, Shaggy even comments on hearing this. The problem is, The Blue Scarab is a comic book, so the villain and Shaggy wouldn't know what the Scarab alarm sounded like.

Dan Moat
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Sins of the Fathers Chapter 6: Framed - S3-E6

Plot hole: After Peter Parker is framed and arrested for selling government secrets to foreign organizations, he escapes police custody and goes home to retrieve his Spider-Man costume that was simply hanging in his dark room. If he was arrested for selling government secrets then surely the police would have searched his home and found his costume (as well as equipment) in the process. Since the police car was visible in front of his house, it seems very strange that police didn't search his home.

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That's Snow Ghost - S1-E17

Plot hole: It's established at the end that Greenway used transparent skis to create the illusion that the Snow Ghost could fly. But there's no way skis could have enabled Greenway to fly over the gorge, especially from a standing position. (00:05:30)

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Fury (1) - S1-E14

Plot hole: Hippolyta tells Hawkgirl of Aresia's background of being born in the outside world, the war in her country and right up to her drifting to the shores of Themyscira. It would be impossible for her to know anything of Aresia's background as in part two, it's explained that the captain of the ship who saved Aresia died shortly after reaching Themyscira and therefore would not have been able to tell Hippolyta anything.

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Season 1 generally

Plot hole: When the DigiDestined return to the real world, Izzy states that only a few minutes have passed by despite the weeks that have elapsed in the DigiWorld. However, in an earlier episode, Tai returns to the real world for hours and upon his return to the DigiWorld, only a few weeks have passed by.

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Worlds Collide: Part 3 - S3-E6

Plot hole: In their previous encounters with the Triceratons, the Turtles had to learn the hard way that the Triceratons breathe not oxygen but a combination of nitrogen and sulfur, which is detrimental to most Earth lifeforms, and thus had to wear special rebreathers. When the Turtles, Splinter, April and Casey enter Zanramon's throne room along with Traximus, none of them wear any breathing equipment to protect themselves from the hostile atmosphere.

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The Mothers - S3-E17

Plot hole: When the "refrigerator" falls on Tobias's mom, the boys are watching from a side view. It is later revealed that the fridge was just a cardboard cutout. The boys were watching from the side, so how did they not notice it?

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Triumvirate of Terror! - S3-E8

Plot hole: At the Amazonian contest, the stadium is full packed with people spectating the event. When Joker attacks their queen and Wonder Woman, they do nothing. No panic, no revolt, no riot, not even a sound. Yet Joker just knocked out their queen, turned the other Amazonian warriors to his side with Joker Gas, and took out Wonder Woman, all in front of them. (00:11:30)

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'Til Death Do Us Part: Part 1 - S2-E1

Plot hole: The establishing shot of the White House indicates that President Kelly's press conference is taking place there. A member of the Friends of Humanity disguised as a mutant busts into the room and starts terrorizing the reporters and destroying everything. The Secret Service would have either detained or shot this man long before he could have even gotten close to the press conference. Graydon Creed also shoves a security guard that tries to intervene but somehow isn't arrested for it. (00:05:50 - 00:06:35)

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The Kidney Stays in the Picture - S7-E16

Plot hole: It is explicitly stated in this episode that Hayley was conceived in 1996. While normal for shows without character aging to change birth years to benefit the plot, this move was premature. Hayley's permanent age is stated as 18, and this episode implies that in 2012 she would be much younger than this. The whole plot centres around her being legally able to drink in a bar, so this is a pretty big mistake.

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Playing Hookey - S1-E7

Plot hole: Dumb Donald chooses not to play hookey with the rest of the gang. He instead goes to school. The gang is even worried Dumb Donald may, "Rat them out" to the school. Yet throughout the episode, Dumb Donald appears/disappears with the gang as they are skipping school.

Mark English
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Grim Reminder - S1-E11

Plot hole: In the end of the episode, Wolverine is seen recuperating after surgery removes the microchip in his brain, and his head is bandaged. Performing invasive surgery on Wolverine's brain isn't possible, since that would require going through his adamantium-infused skull and no conventional material is capable of that. Only a less invasive technique (such as going through the cranial sutres or cranial foramen) would have been effective and that most likely would not have required Wolverine's head to be bandaged (especially with his rapid healing mutant ability).

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Explorers on the Moon: Part 1 - S3-E11

Plot hole: Where did Thomson and Thompson get the pyjamas from? Tintin, Haddock, Calculus and Wolff did not bring any pyjamas aboard the shuttle with them because they were planning on sleeping in their clothes and Thomson and Thompson were only on the rocket because they were inspecting it before take-off, so they wouldn't have brought anything with them. (00:16:30)

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