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17th Nov '17 5:00:40 PM ryanasaurus0077
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The most famous example, and thus the TropeNamer, is ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'''s Dr. [=McCoy=] -- but the earliest example we have so far is from 1869, making it not only {{Older Than|TheyThink}} ''Star Trek'' but OlderThanRadio. (It was in ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''.) Note that [=DeForest=] Kelley, [[BeamMeUpScotty contrary to popular belief]], never prefaced his statement with "[[PrecisionFStrike Damn it]], Jim" or some variant thereof; he [[GoshDangItToHeck never swore]] on the show, given that it aired in TheSixties. He ''did'' swear up a storm in most of the movies, however, so parodists naturally combined his potty mouth with his catchphrase, to great effect. (He never actually used his CatchPhrase in a movie until [[Film/StarTrek the reboot]] -- wherein he ''did'' swear, but he wasn't talking to Kirk, so the complete memetic phrase still has yet to be uttered).

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The most famous example, and thus the TropeNamer, is ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'''s Dr. [=McCoy=] -- but the earliest example we have so far is from 1869, making it not only {{Older Than|TheyThink}} ''Star Trek'' but OlderThanRadio. (It was in ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''.) Note that [=DeForest=] Kelley, [[BeamMeUpScotty contrary to popular belief]], never prefaced his statement with "[[PrecisionFStrike Damn it]], Jim" or some variant thereof; he [[GoshDangItToHeck never swore]] on the show, given that it aired in TheSixties. He ''did'' swear up a storm in most of the movies, however, so parodists naturally combined his potty mouth with his catchphrase, to great effect. (He never actually used his CatchPhrase in a movie until [[Film/StarTrek the reboot]] -- wherein he ''did'' swear, but he wasn't talking to Kirk, so the complete memetic phrase still has yet to be uttered).
ultimately wasn't uttered until ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'').


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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cathedral}}''. When Bishop Gervais insists that the stones from his family's quarry are of a sufficient quality to be used in the project, Master Guillaume is quick to voice his incredulity.
-->'''Master Guillaume''': Is His Grace now a stonemason as well as a bishop?
7th Nov '17 3:16:40 PM Actua11y
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The most famous example, and thus the TropeNamer, is ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'''s Dr. [=McCoy=] -- but the earliest example we have so far is from 1869, making it not only {{Older Than|TheyThink}} ''Star Trek'' but OlderThanRadio. (It was in ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''.) Note that [=DeForest=] Kelley, [[BeamMeUpScotty contrary to popular belief]], never prefaced his statement with "[[PrecisionFStrike Damn it]], Jim" or some variant thereof; he [[GoshDangItToHeck never swore]] on the show, given that it aired in TheSixties. He ''did'' swear up a storm in most of the movies, however, so parodists naturally combined his potty mouth with his catch phrase, to great effect. (He never actually used his CatchPhrase in a movie until [[Film/StarTrek the reboot]] -- wherein he ''did'' swear, but he wasn't talking to Kirk, so the complete memetic phrase still has yet to be uttered).

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The most famous example, and thus the TropeNamer, is ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'''s Dr. [=McCoy=] -- but the earliest example we have so far is from 1869, making it not only {{Older Than|TheyThink}} ''Star Trek'' but OlderThanRadio. (It was in ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''.) Note that [=DeForest=] Kelley, [[BeamMeUpScotty contrary to popular belief]], never prefaced his statement with "[[PrecisionFStrike Damn it]], Jim" or some variant thereof; he [[GoshDangItToHeck never swore]] on the show, given that it aired in TheSixties. He ''did'' swear up a storm in most of the movies, however, so parodists naturally combined his potty mouth with his catch phrase, catchphrase, to great effect. (He never actually used his CatchPhrase in a movie until [[Film/StarTrek the reboot]] -- wherein he ''did'' swear, but he wasn't talking to Kirk, so the complete memetic phrase still has yet to be uttered).



* In ''[[Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainProton Captain Proton]] and the Planet of Lesbians'', the President of Earth (played by the Doctor from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'') keeps saying that he's a politician not a doctor, after [[MadScientist Dr Chaotica]] discredited the profession.

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* In ''[[Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainProton Captain Proton]] and the Planet of Lesbians'', the President of Earth (played by the Doctor from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'') keeps saying that he's a politician politician, not a doctor, after [[MadScientist Dr Dr. Chaotica]] discredited the profession.



-->'''Lily:''' How the bloody hell am I supposed to break over a decade of bad luck in a few months? I'm a mother not a miracle worker.

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-->'''Lily:''' How the bloody hell am I supposed to break over a decade of bad luck in a few months? I'm a mother mother, not a miracle worker.



* ''Film/{{Megaforce}}''. When Megaforce piles into the last remaining Hercules transport, they have to leave their commander behind. As they're taking off, they see him riding up on a motorbike and so urge the pilot to set them down again. He retorts that he's a pilot, not a magician. Fortunately their commander is riding a CoolBike that flies!

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* ''Film/{{Megaforce}}''. When Megaforce piles into the last remaining Hercules transport, they have to leave their commander behind. As they're taking off, they see him riding up on a motorbike and so urge the pilot to set them down again. He retorts that he's a pilot, not a magician. Fortunately Fortunately, their commander is riding a CoolBike that flies!



* ''Literature/PrinceRoger'': Dobrescu's repeated claims he's a shuttle pilot, not a medic. Later it is inverted, when Dobrescu has to start working on the Mardukans and complains that he's a medic, not a xeno-surgeon.

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* ''Literature/PrinceRoger'': Dobrescu's repeated claims he's a shuttle pilot, not a medic. Later it is inverted, inverted when Dobrescu has to start working on the Mardukans and complains that he's a medic, not a xeno-surgeon.



--->'''Skeleton in a wheelchair:''' Dammit Jim, I'm a corpse not a doctor!

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--->'''Skeleton in a wheelchair:''' Dammit Jim, I'm a corpse corpse, not a doctor!



--->'''Dr. Bashir:''' I'm a doctor, not an historian.

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--->'''Dr. Bashir:''' I'm a doctor, not an a historian.



** Proudly continued by the Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH) from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' who was in fact an actual placeholder. (That is, he was ''supposed'' to be a supplement to organic doctors in emergencies, but ended up permanently filling in for the chief medical officer when said officer was killed in the first fifteen minutes of the pilot.)
*** FridgeBrilliance: The EMH was programmed with the knowledge of many prominent doctors. Maybe it included some of their personality quirks -- like [=McCoy=]'s catch phrase?

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** Proudly continued by the Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH) from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' who was was, in fact fact, an actual placeholder. (That is, he was ''supposed'' to be a supplement to organic doctors in emergencies, but ended up permanently filling in for the chief medical officer when said officer was killed in the first fifteen minutes of the pilot.)
*** FridgeBrilliance: The EMH was programmed with the knowledge of many prominent doctors. Maybe it included some of their personality quirks -- like [=McCoy=]'s catch phrase?catchphrase?



** The EMH from ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' ''almost'' gives the trope title with "I'm a doctor, not a doorstop." [[labelnote:anecdote]]Amusing anecdote: Robert Picardo got the part of the EMH by ad-libbing "I'm a doctor, not a night light!" during his audition. He didn't know that was [=McCoy=]'s catchphrase—he just thought it sounded funny.[[/labelnote]]

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** The EMH from ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' ''almost'' gives the trope title with "I'm a doctor, not a doorstop." [[labelnote:anecdote]]Amusing anecdote: Robert Picardo got the part of the EMH by ad-libbing "I'm a doctor, not a night light!" nightlight!" during his audition. He didn't know that was [=McCoy=]'s catchphrase—he just thought it sounded funny.[[/labelnote]]



'''B:''' Why do ask me, I'm a doctor not a electrician!\\

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'''B:''' Why do ask me, I'm a doctor doctor, not a an electrician!\\



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has Tommy transported to a world where dirty boys and a stinky captain are trying to avoid a giant rubber duck (Moby Duck) from giving them squeaky-clean bathes. When Tommy finally convinces them to fight back, their plan involves throwing harpoons at it. When ordered to do so, one of the kids argues, "Darn it, Jim, I'm a doctor not a ducker!"
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' has a running gag of everyone getting stuck up a tree because of a dog. First it was Garfield and Nermal, then Odie, then Jon, and finally a fireman. Jon questions how come a fireman doesn't know how to climb trees. His response: "I'm a fireman, not a monkey."

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has Tommy transported to a world where dirty boys and a stinky captain are trying to avoid a giant rubber duck (Moby Duck) from giving them squeaky-clean bathes. When Tommy finally convinces them to fight back, their plan involves throwing harpoons at it. When ordered to do so, one of the kids argues, "Darn it, Jim, I'm a doctor doctor, not a ducker!"
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' has a running gag of everyone getting stuck up a tree because of a dog. First First, it was Garfield and Nermal, then Odie, then Jon, and finally a fireman. Jon questions how come a fireman doesn't know how to climb trees. His response: "I'm a fireman, not a monkey."
7th Nov '17 3:13:06 PM Actua11y
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The most famous example, and thus the {{Trope Namer|s}}, is ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'''s Dr. [=McCoy=] -- but the earliest example we have so far is from 1869, making it not only {{Older Than|TheyThink}} ''Star Trek'' but OlderThanRadio. (It was in ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''.) Note that [=DeForest=] Kelley, [[BeamMeUpScotty contrary to popular belief]], never prefaced his statement with "[[PrecisionFStrike Damn it]], Jim" or some variant thereof; he [[GoshDangItToHeck never swore]] on the show, given that it aired in TheSixties. He ''did'' swear up a storm in most of the movies, however, so parodists naturally combined his potty mouth with his catch phrase, to great effect. (He never actually used his CatchPhrase in a movie until [[Film/StarTrek the reboot]] -- wherein he ''did'' swear, but he wasn't talking to Kirk, so the complete memetic phrase still has yet to be uttered).

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The most famous example, and thus the {{Trope Namer|s}}, TropeNamer, is ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'''s Dr. [=McCoy=] -- but the earliest example we have so far is from 1869, making it not only {{Older Than|TheyThink}} ''Star Trek'' but OlderThanRadio. (It was in ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''.) Note that [=DeForest=] Kelley, [[BeamMeUpScotty contrary to popular belief]], never prefaced his statement with "[[PrecisionFStrike Damn it]], Jim" or some variant thereof; he [[GoshDangItToHeck never swore]] on the show, given that it aired in TheSixties. He ''did'' swear up a storm in most of the movies, however, so parodists naturally combined his potty mouth with his catch phrase, to great effect. (He never actually used his CatchPhrase in a movie until [[Film/StarTrek the reboot]] -- wherein he ''did'' swear, but he wasn't talking to Kirk, so the complete memetic phrase still has yet to be uttered).



** {{Trope Namer|s}} is Dr. [=McCoy=] from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. [=McCoy=] twice had this inverted on him when he tried using it (in both cases [=McCoy=] was trying to get out of an assignment):

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** {{Trope Namer|s}} TropeNamer is Dr. [=McCoy=] from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. [=McCoy=] twice had this inverted on him when he tried using it (in both cases [=McCoy=] was trying to get out of an assignment):



** Lampshaded by B'Elanna ("I'm a Doctor--" "Not an engineer, right,") and flipped around by Tom. "I'm a pilot, Harry, not a Doctor!"

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** Lampshaded {{Lampshaded}} by B'Elanna ("I'm a Doctor--" "Not an engineer, right,") and flipped around by Tom. "I'm a pilot, Harry, not a Doctor!"



* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' gave Donatello a line that was clearly a ShoutOut to the {{Trope Namer|s}} during the Big Brawl arc: "What can I do? I'm an engineer, not a doctor..."

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' gave Donatello a line that was clearly a ShoutOut to the {{Trope Namer|s}} TropeNamer during the Big Brawl arc: "What can I do? I'm an engineer, not a doctor..."
29th Jul '17 3:05:44 AM DrFraud
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:: In the first episode, he tells Calamity Coyote that [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9559608/6/Tiny-Toon-Adventures-Class-of-2009-Episode-1-Welcome-Back he's a Tiny Toon, not an animator]].

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:: ** In the first episode, he tells Calamity Coyote that [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9559608/6/Tiny-Toon-Adventures-Class-of-2009-Episode-1-Welcome-Back he's a Tiny Toon, not an animator]].
29th Jul '17 3:03:58 AM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11898648/38/Harry-Potter-and-the-Rune-Stone-Path Harry Potter and the Rune Stone Path]]'' Bathsheda Babbling comments to a resurrected Lily Potter that Harry believes Halloween to be bad luck.
-->'''Lily:''' How the bloody hell am I supposed to break over a decade of bad luck in a few months? I'm a mother not a miracle worker.
14th Jul '17 10:01:47 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': In "The Uncrashable Hindentanic", Glomgold challenges Scrooge to a bet where the loser will give the winner one million dollars and Scrooge refuses because he's "a businessman, not a gambler". He changes his mind when Glomgold suggests that the loser will invest one million dollars on the winner's company.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': In "The Uncrashable Hindentanic", Glomgold challenges Scrooge to a bet where the loser will give the winner one million dollars and Scrooge refuses because he's "a businessman, not a gambler". He changes his mind when Glomgold suggests that the loser will invest one million dollars on the winner's company.
30th May '17 7:46:18 AM SullenFrog
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* Claude Trilleo from ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}'' will sometimes shout “Dang it, Captain! I’m a doctor, not a fighter!” when ordered to attack an enemy, as a ShoutOut to the Trope Namer. And considering the terrible accuracy of her [[AMechByAnyOtherName Ryder]]’s only weapon, she’s absolutely right.
27th May '17 2:53:12 PM luiz4200
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* ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'': Flashpoint!Deadman tells Flashpoint!Dick Grayson they're "circus performers, not soldiers". Dick argues they became soldiers the day the war started and "just didn't know it until now".
27th May '17 1:42:39 PM luiz4200
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* ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'': Dr. Light wants Cyborg's battery but doesn't know which part of the latter is it. He says he's a supervillain, not a mechanic.
20th May '17 1:22:20 AM JackG
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* In the Creator/AlanDeanFoster novelisation of ''Film/{{Alien}}'', Captain Dallas accuses his science officer Ash of deliberately allowing the ChestBurster to grow inside Kane's body. When Ash asks how he was supposed to know this was happening, Dallas snaps that he doesn't know as he's a pilot, not a medical doctor. Ash replies to the effect of "No you're not, so you don't know what you're talking about."
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