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17th Feb '18 6:05:57 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Lucifer}}''. Linda is a psychiatrist, which doesn't stop demon Maze for ringing her for advise when a bounty gets shot.

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* ''Series/{{Lucifer}}''. Dr Linda Martin is a psychiatrist, which licensed M.D. as a requirement to be a practicing psychiatrist but she doesn't stop demon Maze for ringing actually practice medicine. Her last real medical experience was her for advise when a bounty gets shot.medical education years ago. In spite of this, Lucifer and the others keep coming to her because she's the only doctor they know.
17th Feb '18 6:02:51 AM JackG
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* ''Series/ToCatchAKiller'' (1992) reminds us that this trope applies to the legal profession too. The police are searching the apartment of [[SerialKiller John Wayne Gacy]] and want to confiscate something for evidence.

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* ''Series/ToCatchAKiller'' The telemovie ''To Catch A Killer'' (1992) reminds us that this trope applies to the legal profession too. The police are searching the apartment of [[SerialKiller John Wayne Gacy]] and want to confiscate something for evidence.


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* ''Series/{{Lucifer}}''. Linda is a psychiatrist, which doesn't stop demon Maze for ringing her for advise when a bounty gets shot.
-->'''Maze:''' How do I keep this human from dying?\\
'''Linda:''' [[CaptainObvious Take him to a hospital, that's how!]] How many times do I have to tell you I'm not that kind of doctor?
13th Feb '18 1:32:47 PM DesertDragon
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* Invoked in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' when [[AlphaBitch Santana]] and Brittany go to Carl's office for a "cleaning" (read: to get high off anesthesia). When Carl questions this, Santana, being Santana, scoffs and says her father is a ''real'' doctor and not a "tooth doctor", and that her medical insurance covers basically whatever she wants. Tropers are advised ''[[FandomBerserkButton not]]'' to speak to actual dentists this way.
13th Feb '18 1:22:34 PM DesertDragon
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Note that this trope holds water only in certain languages, such as English; other languages were smart enough to create different words to distinguish between [=MDs=] and [=PhDs=]. An example would be Chinese, where the medical professionals are addressed as ''[Surname] yīshēng'' while academics get ''[Surname] bóshì''. In languages that don't have the distinction, the use of "Doctor" by non-[=MDs=] varies with culture: in English-speaking cultures it is often considered pretentious or deceptive for people with non-medical doctorates to use the title "Doctor" outside an academic context, however in, for example, Germany and Italy, it is almost always used.

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Note that this trope holds water only in certain languages, such as English; other languages were smart enough to create different words to distinguish between [=MDs=] and [=PhDs=]. An example would be Chinese, where the medical professionals are addressed as ''[Surname] yīshēng'' while academics get ''[Surname] bóshì''. In languages that don't have the distinction, the use of "Doctor" by non-[=MDs=] varies with culture: in English-speaking cultures it is often considered pretentious or deceptive for people with non-medical doctorates to use the title "Doctor" outside an academic context, however in, for example, but in some countries like Germany and Italy, it is almost always used.
30th Jan '18 1:55:07 PM Smeagol17
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* In Japanese, medical doctors, people with Ph.Ds and schoolteachers get the "-sensei" [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics honorific]]. "Sensei" means "teacher", as "doctor" is derived from the Latin term for "teacher."

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* In Japanese, medical doctors, people with Ph.Ds Ds, teachers and schoolteachers authors get the "-sensei" [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics honorific]]. "Sensei" means "teacher", as "doctor" is derived from the Latin term for "teacher."
30th Jan '18 1:44:17 PM Smeagol17
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** It seems a little odd for Black Canary to think this, since in the DC Universe it may be true for super''villains'', but most superheroes who use the "Dr" title ''are'' physicians. Dr Manhattan is NotThatKindOfDoctor (doctorate in physics), but he's explicitly not part of the mainstream DC Universe and Black Canary shouldn't know about him. Dr Fate ''used to be'' NotThatKindOfDoctor (doctorate in archaeology/Egyptology), but ended up becoming a physician anyway. Dr Light (the heroic female version, not Arthur Light) ''used to be'' NotThatKindOfDoctor (doctorate in astronomy), but has also since become a physician.

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** It seems a little odd for Black Canary to think this, since in the DC Universe it may be true for super''villains'', but most superheroes who use the "Dr" title ''are'' physicians. Dr Manhattan is NotThatKindOfDoctor (doctorate in physics), but he's he is/was explicitly not part of the mainstream DC Universe and Black Canary shouldn't know about him. Dr Fate ''used to be'' NotThatKindOfDoctor (doctorate in archaeology/Egyptology), but ended up becoming a physician anyway. Dr Light (the heroic female version, not Arthur Light) ''used to be'' NotThatKindOfDoctor (doctorate in astronomy), but has also since become a physician.
21st Jan '18 2:33:53 PM LondonKdS
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Note that this trope holds water only in certain languages, such as English; other languages were smart enough to create different words to distinguish between [=MDs=] and [=PhDs=]. An example would be Chinese, where the medical professionals are addressed as ''[Surname] yīshēng'' while academics get ''[Surname] bóshì''. In languages that don't have the distinction, the use of "Doctor" by non-MDs varies with culture: in English-speaking cultures it is often considered pretentious or deceptive for people with non-medical doctorates to use the title "Doctor" outside an academic context, however in, for example, Germany and Italy, it is almost always used.

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Note that this trope holds water only in certain languages, such as English; other languages were smart enough to create different words to distinguish between [=MDs=] and [=PhDs=]. An example would be Chinese, where the medical professionals are addressed as ''[Surname] yīshēng'' while academics get ''[Surname] bóshì''. In languages that don't have the distinction, the use of "Doctor" by non-MDs non-[=MDs=] varies with culture: in English-speaking cultures it is often considered pretentious or deceptive for people with non-medical doctorates to use the title "Doctor" outside an academic context, however in, for example, Germany and Italy, it is almost always used.
21st Jan '18 2:33:31 PM LondonKdS
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Note that this trope holds water only in certain languages, such as English; other languages were smart enough to create different words to distinguish between [=MDs=] and [=PhDs=]. An example would be Chinese, where the medical professionals are addressed as ''[Surname] yīshēng'' while academics get ''[Surname] bóshì''.

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Note that this trope holds water only in certain languages, such as English; other languages were smart enough to create different words to distinguish between [=MDs=] and [=PhDs=]. An example would be Chinese, where the medical professionals are addressed as ''[Surname] yīshēng'' while academics get ''[Surname] bóshì''.
bóshì''. In languages that don't have the distinction, the use of "Doctor" by non-MDs varies with culture: in English-speaking cultures it is often considered pretentious or deceptive for people with non-medical doctorates to use the title "Doctor" outside an academic context, however in, for example, Germany and Italy, it is almost always used.
19th Jan '18 5:09:50 PM Malady
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* Former porn star Sharon Mitchell used her savings from nearly thirty years in the business to put herself through college and get a doctorate. Laudably, she had recognised that people working in the porn industry are at higher risk of contracting diseases, and that one performer with an STD who carries on working and doesn't declare it can infect a MASSIVE number of people.She also knew that younger porn performers are likely to be very ignorant of the risks and implications of the business, and that their employers can profit by keeping them ignorant. So she set up the Sharon Mitchell Foundation as a means of bringing practical advice, sexual education and practical, affordable (or free) medical treatment for people working in the sex industry. All very laudable, and a lot of people were impressed enough by Doctor Mitchell's personal achievement to donate generously to the charitable foundation. But... everyone meeting an engaging, personable and likeable woman with a lot of drive and energy to do good, simply ''assumed'' she'd trained as a medical doctor at an accredited college. Sharon never contradicted this impression.[[note]]Loits of publicity pictures and vidoes concerning the foundation she established show Sharon looking very professional - in a doctor's white labcoat. This didn't help either.[[/note]] A lot of dissillusionment set in when it was discovered her doctorate was in social services and it was from a college which, while not exactly a degree mill, wasn't all that prestigious either. The Sharon Mitchell Foundation, the AIMHCF, is now bankrupt[[note]]After a lawsuit concerning the security breach in which its confidential files were stolen and placed online[[/note]], and Sharon herself returned to the business as a "mature performer".
* RachelMaddow has a doctorate in politics from [[{{Oxbridge}} Oxford University]] (she was a Rhodes Scholar, in fact). Interestingly, she only occasionally mentions this, despite hosting a show dedicated to the subject she has her doctorate in! Which means that all those articles calling her "Ms Maddow" should in fact be calling her "''Dr'' Maddow"...

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* Former porn star Sharon Mitchell used her savings from nearly thirty years in the business to put herself through college and get a doctorate. Laudably, she had recognised that people working in the porn industry are at higher risk of contracting diseases, and that one performer with an STD who carries on working and doesn't declare it can infect a MASSIVE number of people.She also knew that younger porn performers are likely to be very ignorant of the risks and implications of the business, and that their employers can profit by keeping them ignorant. So she set up the Sharon Mitchell Foundation as a means of bringing practical advice, sexual education and practical, affordable (or free) medical treatment for people working in the sex industry. All very laudable, and a lot of people were impressed enough by Doctor Mitchell's personal achievement to donate generously to the charitable foundation. But... everyone meeting an engaging, personable and likeable woman with a lot of drive and energy to do good, simply ''assumed'' she'd trained as a medical doctor at an accredited college. Sharon never contradicted this impression.[[note]]Loits of publicity pictures and vidoes videos concerning the foundation she established show Sharon looking very professional - in a doctor's white labcoat. This didn't help either.[[/note]] A lot of dissillusionment disillusionment set in when it was discovered her doctorate was in social services and it was from a college which, while not exactly a degree mill, wasn't all that prestigious either. The Sharon Mitchell Foundation, the AIMHCF, is now bankrupt[[note]]After a lawsuit concerning the security breach in which its confidential files were stolen and placed online[[/note]], and Sharon herself returned to the business as a "mature performer".
* RachelMaddow Series/RachelMaddow has a doctorate in politics from [[{{Oxbridge}} Oxford University]] (she was a Rhodes Scholar, in fact). Interestingly, she only occasionally mentions this, despite hosting a show dedicated to the subject she has her doctorate in! Which means that all those articles calling her "Ms Maddow" should in fact be calling her "''Dr'' Maddow"...
1st Jan '18 4:13:59 PM Vir
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-->'''Cyril''' "But we'd need a doctor!"
-->'''Cheryl''' "So? Krieger's a doctor."
-->'''Cyril''' "Not the medical kind!"
-->'''Dr. Krieger''' "Not even the other kind, technically."

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-->'''Cyril''' "But -->'''Cyril:''' But we'd need a doctor!"
-->'''Cheryl''' "So?
doctor!\\
'''Cheryl:''' So?
Krieger's a doctor."
-->'''Cyril''' "Not
\\
'''Cyril:''' Not
the medical kind!"
-->'''Dr. Krieger''' "Not
kind!\\
'''Dr. Krieger:''' Not
even the other kind, technically."



* ''WesternAnimation/DrDimensionpants'': Kyle Lipton, alias Dr. Dimensionpants, is just a 12 year old boy with no doctorate whatsoever. It's just that "Doctor" means "he who wears" in the Unicorn language. The same applies to all other dimensional heroes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DrDimensionpants'': Kyle Lipton, alias Dr. Dimensionpants, is just a 12 year old 12-year-old boy with no doctorate whatsoever. It's just that "Doctor" means "he who wears" in the Unicorn language. The same applies to all other dimensional heroes.



** The demand is not that unusual in Germany, where titles are given much more respect than North America. Also, physicians in general are typically referred to as "Arzt (pl. Ärzte)" instead of "Doktor", so the title doesn't quite have the same connotations as in English. "Doktor" is still used in less formal situations and when directly addressing one, ''e.g.'' "Ja Herr Doktor, [[YesButWhatDoesZataproximetacineDO aber was macht Zataproximetazin eigentlich?]]

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** The demand is not that unusual in Germany, where titles are given much more respect than North America. Also, physicians physicians, in general general, are typically referred to as "Arzt (pl. Ärzte)" instead of "Doktor", so the title doesn't quite have the same connotations as in English. "Doktor" is still used in less formal situations and when directly addressing one, ''e.g.'' "Ja Herr Doktor, [[YesButWhatDoesZataproximetacineDO aber was macht Zataproximetazin eigentlich?]]
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