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18th Jan '18 7:33:04 PM Kotomikun
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* Nanachi of ''Manga/MadeInAbyss'', a [[PettingZooPeople humanoid bunny]] who gained [[AmbiguousGender their]] medical skills partly from an evil MadScientist and partly through years of experimenting on an [[HealingFactor immortal]] [[BodyHorror grotesque mutant]] (intending to [[spoiler:[[FateWorseThanDeath find a way to kill her]]]]). Reg has little choice but to accept Nanachi's help after Riko nearly suffers a RasputinianDeath many kilometers below civilization, and Nanachi doesn't take the situation very seriously (Reg is sent on an errand for "supplies," most of which turns out to be Nanachi's dinner). Downplayed, though, as Nanachi has serious expertise hidden behind their strange techniques and personality, managing to save Riko and (mostly) fix her seriously injured arm [[spoiler:(she was injected with deadly poison, and Reg tried to amputate it)]]. It's implied that legitimate human doctors on the surface could not have pulled this off.
7th Jan '18 11:26:01 AM Flame
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** Taiga Hanaya/Kamen Rider Snipe from ''Series/KamenRiderExAid''. He's also an expy to ''Manga/BlackJack'', being an unlicensed doctor with [[SkunkStripe white streaks]] in his hair. He used to be a radiologist working at Seito University Hospital, but the events of [[StartOfDarkness Zero Day]] caused him to lose his license, reputation and (as [[JerkassWoobie he]] thought) future.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Simon Tam is a little like this as he is surviving by servicing smugglers. In his case he is of course a first class surgeon and simply happens to be there because of difficulties with TheGovernment.

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** Taiga Hanaya/Kamen Rider Snipe from ''Series/KamenRiderExAid''. He's also an expy to ''Manga/BlackJack'', being an unlicensed doctor with [[SkunkStripe white streaks]] in his hair. He used to be a radiologist working at Seito University Hospital, but the events of [[StartOfDarkness Zero Day]] caused him to lose his license, reputation and (as [[JerkassWoobie he]] thought) future.
future. He has office in AbandonedHospital and wears black scrubs at times for no apparent reason other than VisualPun of his name being involved. [[note]] The top has picture of tiger (taiga) and flower (hana) on the back side. [[/note]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Simon Tam is crew doctor at what is essentially a little like this smuggling ship, so he works under the radar as he everyone else on board. He is surviving by servicing smugglers. In his case he is of course a licensed first class surgeon from civilized world and simply happens to be there because of difficulties with TheGovernment.
3rd Jan '18 5:06:00 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'': Dr. {{Mario}}, according to [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/comic1-071408.php this]] strip.

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* ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'': Dr. {{Mario}}, VideoGame/DrMario, according to [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/comic1-071408.php this]] strip.
23rd Dec '17 6:14:00 PM Malady
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* The ''Videogame/AmateurSurgeon'' series are the definition of this trope. The first game is you learning to be a Back Alley Doctor from a worn out cough syrup addicted Back alley doctor. The sequel reveals the main character went on to found schools across the country dedicated to training Back alley doctors who could operate anywhere with anything (and the Facebook spin-off game focuses on running one of said clinics). It made him a world famous celebrity and millionaire. In the game, you're tasked with solving various unusual cases with improvised tools such as pizza cutters for scalpels, a lighter to cauterize wounds and a chainsaw in place of a bonesaw.

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* The ''Videogame/AmateurSurgeon'' series are by Creator/AdultSwim. A Back Alley version of the definition of this trope. ''Videogame/TraumaCenter'' game. The protagonist is called [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Alan Probe]], and the first game is you learning to be a Back Alley Doctor from a worn out cough syrup addicted Back alley doctor. The sequel reveals the main character went on to found schools across the country dedicated to training Back alley doctors who could operate anywhere with anything (and the Facebook spin-off game focuses on running one of said clinics). It made him a world famous celebrity and millionaire. In the game, you're tasked with solving various unusual cases from help people who are TooDumbToLive, with improvised tools such as pizza cutters for scalpels, a lighter to cauterize wounds and a chainsaw in place of a bonesaw.



** The Doctor in the Vault City courtyard in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' probably fits a lot of this trope as well. Then again, he never does the procedure himself, but leaves the job to his slightly malfunctioning Auto-Doc.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'': Wasteland doctors. Even the 'official' doctors are slightly suspect, one being twelve, another a former raider and one working for slavers.

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** The Doctor in the Vault City courtyard in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' ''VideoGame/Fallout2'' probably fits a lot of this trope as well. Then again, he never does the procedure himself, but leaves the job to his slightly malfunctioning Auto-Doc.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'': ''VideoGame/Fallout3'': Wasteland doctors. Even the 'official' doctors are slightly suspect, one being twelve, another a former raider and one working for slavers.



* Myriam Etheless from ''WebComic/{{Vigil}}'' is an unlicensed surgeon who was kicked out of med school due to failing the psyche exam. She none the less saves the lives of one of the main characters, and proves all around competent if morally questionable.

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* Myriam Etheless from ''WebComic/{{Vigil}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Vigil}}'' is an unlicensed surgeon who was kicked out of med school due to failing the psyche exam. She none the less saves the lives of one of the main characters, and proves all around competent if morally questionable.



* ''AmateurSurgeon'': Creator/AdultSwim's Back Alley version of the ''Videogame/TraumaCenter'' game. The protagonist [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Alan Probe]] uses makeshift tools -- such as a pizza cutter in lieu of a scalpel -- to help people who are TooDumbToLive. Available as a [[http://armorgames.com/play/3775/amateur-surgeon video game]] in numerous locations. Also has a Christmas edition.
19th Dec '17 6:49:25 PM nombretomado
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* Every so often there is a story about one of these on WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou. One week had an unlicensed dentist get busted for it. The next had his wife busted for the same thing. They've also covered a couple of the real life examples down below.

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* Every so often there is a story about one of these on WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou.''WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou''. One week had an unlicensed dentist get busted for it. The next had his wife busted for the same thing. They've also covered a couple of the real life examples down below.
13th Dec '17 9:01:08 AM JackG
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* ''Film/CityHeat''. Creator/ClintEastwood finds a criminal he shot in the ass being operated on by a drunken doctor of this type. Clint threatens to ignite the [[HealItWithBooze alcohol being used as an antiseptic]] if the crook doesn't talk.

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* ''Film/CityHeat''.''City Heat'' (1984). Creator/ClintEastwood finds a criminal he shot in the ass being operated on by a drunken doctor of this type. Clint threatens to ignite the [[HealItWithBooze alcohol being used as an antiseptic]] if the crook doesn't talk.
13th Dec '17 9:00:04 AM JackG
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* Played with in ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''. In the climax, Ethan Hunt pursues the villains down a back alley and into a house which to his surprise turns out to be a surgery (presumably unlicensed). Unlike other examples of this trope the hospital is neat and well-equipped.



* An episode of ''Series/McCallum'' had a drug supply clerk treating illegal refugees, believing that doctors just went down a list of symptoms and prescribed the appropriate drug. As a result people start turning up on [=McCallum=]'s autopsy table. At one point the police arrest a doctor, but [=McCallum=] argues against him being a suspect as he's too competent.

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* An episode of ''Series/McCallum'' The 1990's series ''[=McCallum=]'' had a drug supply clerk treating illegal refugees, believing that doctors just went down a list of symptoms and prescribed the appropriate drug. As a result people start turning up on [=McCallum=]'s autopsy table. At one point the police arrest a doctor, but [=McCallum=] argues against him being a suspect as he's too competent.
4th Dec '17 5:18:52 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/{{Crank}}'': Dwight Yoakum's character. In [[CrankHighVoltage the second movie]] he mentions losing his license in association with his ex-wife's botched vaginal rejuvenation surgery.

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* ''Film/{{Crank}}'': Dwight Yoakum's character. In [[CrankHighVoltage [[Film/CrankHighVoltage the second movie]] he mentions losing his license in association with his ex-wife's botched vaginal rejuvenation surgery.
26th Nov '17 2:47:07 PM nombretomado
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* In Kowloon Walled City in HongKong, there were quite a few dentists who may or may not have had qualifications. Often the conditions were unhygienic as well.

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* In Kowloon Walled City in HongKong, UsefulNotes/HongKong, there were quite a few dentists who may or may not have had qualifications. Often the conditions were unhygienic as well.
27th Oct '17 12:18:49 AM NoNamesEver
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** This RPG has street docs which appear to mostly be a subversion. Not only are they good enough to heal you but you can find ones that are good enough to modify you including ''adding on to your brain to boost intellect''. However, the number one thing needed from these guys is loyalty so they don't decide to kill you/steal your organs and cyberware/turn you in for the sizable bounty/all of the above in any given order. Some of the Shadowrun sourcebooks make things a little more realistic and complex; there are good street docs and very very bad ones.

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** This RPG has street docs which appear to mostly be a subversion. Not only are they good enough to heal you but you can find ones that are good enough to modify you including ''adding on to your brain to boost intellect''. However, the number one thing needed from these guys is loyalty so they don't decide to kill you/steal your organs and cyberware/turn you in for the sizable bounty/all of the above in any given order. Some of the Shadowrun sourcebooks make things a little more realistic and complex; there are good street docs and very very bad ones. They are also the only kind of doctor that is available to people without a SIN or can't afford Docwagon.
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