The 7 Biggest Real Life Plot Holes

The 7 Biggest Real Life Plot Holes

Hello Rebels, and welcome back to my life.

Human history can be considered a series of narratives. Sure, there’s a lot of verifiable facts in history, but we often tend to think of it as a series of stories. We do this because we prefer to view things through the lens of bad guys and good guys, plots, morals and messages. Let’s face it—it would be depressing to look at all the things humanity has done for thousands of years and think that maybe there’s not as much point to it as we sometimes like to think there is.

But viewing life as a story has a consequence, and that consequence is that sometimes we have to acknowledge that the writing is really, really bad.

There are things that occur in human history AND modern times, that if it were written in the plot of a book, would just be torn apart by audiences and critics alike.

I call them real life plot holes, akin to real life plot twists like I talked about a few videos ago.

Today I would like to list out seven of my favorite real-life plot holes that just make you go…huh?


Whoever did the world building on the American legal system needs to be shot.

What country would ever construct a system of laws whereby you can get five years in prison for pirating a DVD, but if you steal someone’s identity and steal up to $15,000 of their money, you’ll only only go to jail for a year?

No real-life society would ever put up with that! *Significant look*


So society mandates that anyone who wants to grow up and work in the humanities still has to study science in school. Fine, that makes sense.

But people who want to be scientists, don’t have to take mandatory art and humanities classes? Look, when you’re building a world you can set whatever rules you want, but at least be consistent.


So the writers create dinosaurs. Cool. Awesome creatures. The most powerful animals to ever walk the Earth.

Then they kill them off in a big explosion because yeah, I understand, you gotta have a shocking season finale.

But then millions of seasons later, they bring the dinosaurs back…as FUEL? And not just fuel, but a fuel that poisons the planet if you burn up too much of it?

Where do you even get these ideas? Are the writers doing nonstop cocaine?


America gets discovered, right, and we meet all these new Native American characters, who are awesome.

And then it’s like the writers wrote them out of the story entirely, because hundreds of years later it’s like they don’t even exist and everyone would rather not talk about how it happened.


So for decades, centuries even, the writers build up the British army and navy as this big, all-conquering military force, the greatest in the world!

But then as soon as the American protagonists rebel, they’re able to defeat England with a bunch of farmers with guns?

Come on now, this is worse than Independence Day.


Why do conquerors ALWAYS attack Russia in the winter?

I mean for Chrissake, writers, it was a cool storyline the first time. But again and again these dictators just fling themselves into the Russian winter.

You pull out the same plot device every time you want to defeat your main antagonist.


The buildup to World War I is way too coincidental. Talk about deus ex machina.

This guy tries to kill the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and fails, but then just HAPPENS to run into him later while he’s buying a sandwich? For God’s sake, learn how to write a plot.

That’s all we have time for today, Rebels. I hope you’ve enjoyed these examples of real-life circumstances that even the cheesiest Hollywood screenwriters would laugh off the page.

As always, thank you for watching, and I’ll see you tomorrow. Maybe. Byyye.

Garrett Robinson

Over 100,000 readers have read and loved Garrett's books, like the fantasy hits Nightblade and Midrealm. He's also a film festival favorite with movies like Unsaid, and a tech guru who posts lots of helpful how-tos for writers and filmmakers over at

Share This