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*** The ''Star Trek'' wiki ''Memory Alpha'' even has [[http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/I%27m_a_doctor,_not_a a page dedicated to this phrase]].
13th Jan '17 11:29:35 PM sarysa
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** The EMH Mark II featured in ''[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS4E13MessageInABottle Message in a Bottle]]'' indicates that the later EMH models continue the tradition:
---> '''EMH Mark II''': I'm a doctor, not a commando.
10th Jan '17 11:01:34 PM sarysa
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** It was such a trope of [=McCoy=]'s that it ''had'' to be in the [[Film/StarTrek 2009 revival]]. "Damn it, man, I'm a doctor, not a physicist!" (Well, his understanding of the physics Spock suggested seemed okay....)
** Another one, again directed at Spock, in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': "Dammit, man! I'm a doctor, not a torpedo technician!"



* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''



** Numerous parodies were also based on the original series:
*** Subverted in the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' episode that William Shatner hosted. In one sketch with the Enterprise now a restaurant, one of the customers starts choking on his food. Shatner, as Kirk, tells [="McCoy"=] (Phil Hartman) to help him. "[=McCoy=]" responds, "Dammit, Jim! I'm a ''doctor'', not a-- Oh! Oh, sure!"
*** However, it was played straight in the earlier "Last Voyage of the Starship Enterprise" skit: Dan Aykroyd as [="McCoy"=] deadpans the line "I'm a doctor, not a tailor, dammit!" and gets a huge laugh.
*** Inverted for laughs on ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' by [=DeForest=] Kelley himself: "I'm not a doctor, I'm a convicted murderer!"
*** There's another parody example in Bobby Pickett and Peter Ferrara's ''Star Drek''. Mr. Schlock advises Captain Jerk to wait for further plot complications before taking action; when Jerk asks [=McCoy=] his opinion [=McCoy=] replies "I'm a doctor, not a scriptwriter!"
*** An episode of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' had [[ItMakesSenseInContext Will, Carlton and William Shatner get high off of a leaking laughing gas tank at the dentist]]'s and start acting like ''Franchise/StarTrek'' characters; after Shatner addresses Will as "Bones", he responds "Dammit Jim, I'm a black boy from Philly, not a doctor!"
*** In a Trivial Pursuit commercial featuring [=DeForrest=] Kelly, the actor was asked a medical question, only to respond, "How should I know? I'm an actor, not a doctor!"
*** The ''Series/InLivingColor'' skit where Creator/JimCarrey riffs how the cast of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' are getting too old for the movies. Captain Kirk calls for [=McCoy=] to come to the bridge, only to find [[DemBones Bones really lives up to his name]] this time.
--->'''Skeleton in a wheelchair:''' Dammit Jim, I'm a corpse not a doctor!
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''
** In the episode "Broken Link", [[TokenEvilTeammate Garak]] tries to convince [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Worf]] to stand by and let him commit genocide against the Dominion. Worf responds with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hZqOdsRoKU "I'm a warrior, not a murderer!"]]
** Bashir used it occasionally on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', one of the most notable (but far from the first or only) series 3 protest, "I'm a doctor, not a botanist" when Dax brought him a sick plant because Keiko O'Brien (the station's resident botanist) was at a conference at the time. He did, of course, use it in the show's anniversary episode "Trials and Tribble-ations" (a "cross-over" episode with ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' courtesy of in-universe time-travel and real-life special effects wizardry).
--->'''Dr. Bashir:''' I'm a doctor, not an historian.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''



** Bashir used it occasionally on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', one of the most notable (but far from the first or only) series 3 protest, "I'm a doctor, not a botanist" when Dax brought him a sick plant because Keiko O'Brien (the station's resident botanist) was at a conference at the time. He did, of course, use it in the show's anniversary episode "Trials and Tribble-ations" (a "cross-over" episode with ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' courtesy of in-universe time-travel and real-life special effects wizardry).
--->'''Dr. Bashir:''' I'm a doctor, not an historian.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' In the episode "Broken Link", [[TokenEvilTeammate Garak]] tries to convince [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Worf]] to stand by and let him commit genocide against the Dominion. Worf responds with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hZqOdsRoKU "I'm a warrior, not a murderer!"]]



** It was such a trope of [=McCoy=]'s that it ''had'' to be in the [[Film/StarTrek 2009 revival]]. "Damn it, man, I'm a doctor, not a physicist!" (Well, his understanding of the physics Spock suggested seemed okay....)
** Another one, again directed at Spock, in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': "Dammit, man! I'm a doctor, not a torpedo technician!"
** Subverted in the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' episode that William Shatner hosted. In one sketch with the Enterprise now a restaurant, one of the customers starts choking on his food. Shatner, as Kirk, tells [="McCoy"=] (Phil Hartman) to help him. "[=McCoy=]" responds, "Dammit, Jim! I'm a ''doctor'', not a-- Oh! Oh, sure!"
** However, it was played straight in the earlier "Last Voyage of the Starship Enterprise" skit: Dan Aykroyd as [="McCoy"=] deadpans the line "I'm a doctor, not a tailor, dammit!" and gets a huge laugh.
** Inverted for laughs on ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' by [=DeForest=] Kelley himself: "I'm not a doctor, I'm a convicted murderer!"
** There's another parody example in Bobby Pickett and Peter Ferrara's ''Star Drek''. Mr. Schlock advises Captain Jerk to wait for further plot complications before taking action; when Jerk asks [=McCoy=] his opinion [=McCoy=] replies "I'm a doctor, not a scriptwriter!"
** An episode of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' had [[ItMakesSenseInContext Will, Carlton and William Shatner get high off of a leaking laughing gas tank at the dentist]]'s and start acting like ''Franchise/StarTrek'' characters; after Shatner addresses Will as "Bones", he responds "Dammit Jim, I'm a black boy from Philly, not a doctor!"
** In a Trivial Pursuit commercial featuring [=DeForrest=] Kelly, the actor was asked a medical question, only to respond, "How should I know? I'm an actor, not a doctor!"
** The ''Series/InLivingColor'' skit where Creator/JimCarrey riffs how the cast of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' are getting too old for the movies. Captain Kirk calls for [=McCoy=] to come to the bridge, only to find [[DemBones Bones really lives up to his name]] this time.
--->'''Skeleton in a wheelchair:''' Dammit Jim, I'm a corpse not a doctor!
27th Nov '16 12:45:32 PM MinisterOfSinister
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12th Nov '16 5:10:41 AM MoonlightBomber
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* In the hentai anime ''Sextra Credit'', the protagonist, Jotaro Saruwatari, is heavily commanded by the principal, Kyoko Migiwa, to use brute force against erring students; lest he be fired. His response?
-->'''Jotaro:''' I'm a teacher, not some interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison!
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5th Nov '16 3:00:44 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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** And in ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'', Bones tries to give the line while being transported aboard an enemy ship with Spock, but is interrupted. What Bones isn't this time is a RiddleForTheAges.[[note:Given the context of what he was about to be asked, the completion of the line is probably, "fighter pilot"]]

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** And in ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'', Bones tries to give the line while being transported aboard an enemy ship with Spock, but is interrupted. What Bones isn't this time is a RiddleForTheAges.[[note:Given [[note: Given the context of what he was about to be asked, the completion of the line is probably, "fighter pilot"]]
5th Nov '16 3:00:03 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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** And in ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'', Bones tries to give the line while being transported aboard an enemy ship with Spock, but is interrupted. What Bones isn't this time is a RiddleForTheAges.

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** And in ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'', Bones tries to give the line while being transported aboard an enemy ship with Spock, but is interrupted. What Bones isn't this time is a RiddleForTheAges.[[note:Given the context of what he was about to be asked, the completion of the line is probably, "fighter pilot"]]
18th Oct '16 7:18:51 PM BattleMaster
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect|1}}'', when you encounter the Rachni, Shepard will ask Liara what they are (if she's on the squad at the moment). She will just say that she's an archaeologist, not a biologist, and is as clueless as Shepard.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect|1}}'', when ''Franchise/Mass Effect'':
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you encounter the Rachni, Rachni in the first game, if Liara is present, Shepard will ask Liara her what they are (if she's on the squad at the moment). are. She will just say that she's an archaeologist, not a biologist, and is as clueless as Shepard.Shepard.
** If you select Mordin as the specialist to open the doors during the Suicide Mission in the second game, he'll protest that he's not that kind of scientist (in other words, not a computer expert).
9th Oct '16 4:07:24 AM StarTropes
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* {{Inverted}} once on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' when a deep-sea diver dies in a hyperbaric chamber and [[CreepyMortician Ducky]] has to guide the diver's comrades in performing the autopsy (as the chamber can't be opened until it depressurizes, which will take nearly four days). One of them protests, "We're not doctors, we're divers!"
14th Sep '16 5:31:40 PM luiz4200
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/1991/06/06 Jon tells Garfield to do something about a mouse hole.]] Garfield says "Hey, I'm a cat, not a carpenter!"

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':
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[[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/1991/06/06 Jon tells Garfield to do something about a mouse hole.]] Garfield says "Hey, I'm a cat, not a carpenter!"carpenter!"
** [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/1991/10/08 When Jon asks Liz to do gout with him]], she says "I'm single, not desperate". Later, when Liz tells Garfield to talk to Jon, Garfield says "I'm a cat, not a psychiatrist".
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