Created By: SeanMurrayIAugust 5, 2010 Last Edited By: SeanMurrayIAugust 5, 2010
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Trust Me, I'm an X

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Alternate Name: Trust Me Im A Doctor

Stock Phrase saved for characters looking to bill themselves as experts or experienced authorities in any given field, where X is usually a type of occupation ("Doctor" being the most popular one to use, by far).

Sometimes, a person noting one's own occupation is a legitimate argument to get people to take him seriously. When a problem arises in which one's occupational skills and talents can be put to practice, such as after a DIY Disaster, a character noting himself to be a licensed plumber or architect can become pretty useful to have around. In this respect, the cocky hero protagonist who is confident in his abilities gets another stock quip he can use whenever anyone doubts he can set things right.

However, in many situations, characters may call attention to their occupations in normal discussions, and usually the discussion has absolutely nothing to do with their occupational field, nor does their expertise in said field cast a better light on the subject at hand. Taken to its extreme, the person may not even have the occupation he claims to or even have work in a similar profession.

In almost every example, this is, to one extent or another, a type of Appeal To Authority.

See Also: You Fail Logic Forever, I'm A Doctor, Not A Placeholder, and I'm Not A Doctor, But I Play One On TV.


Examples

Commercials
  • Lately, there's been a Dr. Pepper ad campaign where "doctors" like Dr. Dre and Gene Simmons ("Dr. Love") use, "Trust me, I'm a doctor" as a slogan.

Comics
  • The above image comes from the 2000 AD strip "Thirteen." His name is Durant, calling himself a doctor like that doesn't really have much to do with preceding or later events in the story, and he's not really a doctor after all.
  • Matter-Eater Lad of the Legion of Super-Heroes once said, "Trust me, I'm a politician" (him being a comedic character and politicians being Acceptable Targets).

Film
  • From, Sherlock Holmes:
    Holmes: Madam, I need you to remain calm. And trust me, I'm a professional. Beneath this pillow, lies the key to my release.
    • Also, when Watson is choking Dredger, he reassuringly tells him, "Relax, I'm a doctor."
  • The line, "Trust me, I'm a doctor" is said by Dr. John McCabe in The Beyond.
  • In Muppets From Space, when Ed, examining Gonzo, notices Gonzo has no nostrils, he asks, "How do you smell?" To which Rizo the Rat responds, "Awful. Trust me, I'm his roommate."
  • A non-sequitur example can be found in Slacker, where a woman keeps intoning, "You should quit traumatizing women with sexual intercourse. I should know. I'm a medical doctor. I own a mansion and a yacht."
  • From Animal House:
    Otter: (Rising in a disciplinary hearing) Point of parliamentary procedure!
    Hoover: Don't screw around, they're serious this time!
    Otter: (aside) Take it easy, I'm pre-law.
    Boon: I thought you were pre-med.
    Otter: What's the difference?
  • Another variant from Ghostbusters, "Back off, man, I'm a scientist."

Live Action TV
  • Saturday Night Live parodies of The View with Tracy Morgan playing Starr Jones would always see Ms. Jones begin every single sentence in a discussion noting, "I am a lawyer" followed by an observation about the news story or subject being discussed that is completely obvious.
  • The British reality TV show Trust Me I'm a Beauty Therapist, which featured eight British celebrities training to become beauticians.
  • The recent Doctor Who episode "The Eleventh Hour" had the line, "Trust me, I'm The Doctor."
  • The CSI episode "The Theory of Everything" has Hodges insist, "Trust me, I'm an expert."
  • An early episode of Jekyll sees the title character note, "Trust me, I'm a psychopath."

Music
  • "Trust Me, I'm A Doctor" was a hit single for The Blizzards.

Video Games
  • In Dead Rising, after Larry Chiang sticks Carlito on a meathook, he assures to Frank, "Trust me, I'm a butcher."

Webcomics
  • Dr. McNinja feels it is important to remind people whom he's having discussions with that he's a doctor every once in a while, even while arguing with Death.

Web Original
  • Whenever Something Awful cracks jokes about Ron Paul, the sentence "I'm a doctor," or a close variant, tends to show up as a joke reason for why his political platform should be taken seriously.
  • The online blog Trust Me, I'm a Doctor

Western Animation


Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • August 3, 2010
    arromdee
    Matter-Eater Lad of the Legion of Super-Heroes once said "trust me, I'm a politician" (him being a comedic character and politicians being Acceptable Targets).
  • August 3, 2010
    Stratadrake
    The page image doesn't work. It's a good quality image, but the text balloons are too damn small to read, so it loses meaning.
  • August 3, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    Yeah, I've been trying to make the speech bubbles bigger, but I got no such luck.

    Although the text is small, it's still perfectly readable from my monitor. Is anyone out there finding it entirely impossible to read the text?
  • August 3, 2010
    randomsurfer
    There was an ad (for what it escapes me, some over the counter medicine) where a guy is relating a story where he had X and this guy in his cab told him to take Y. "I said, 'what, do you work for the company or something?' And he said, 'No, I'm a doctor.'"
  • August 3, 2010
    SmashingMelons42
    Lately, there's been a Dr. Pepper ad campaign where "doctors" like Dr. Dre and Gene Simmons use this slogan.
  • August 4, 2010
    prinzenick
  • August 4, 2010
    Stratadrake
    @Sean: The text is about seven pixels high, which although it is just large enough to be readable, it's too small. Partly because it takes up so little of the image, which makes it feel even smaller.
  • August 4, 2010
    STUART
    A non-sequitur example can be found in Slacker, where a woman keeps intoning "You should quit traumatizing women with sexual intercourse. I should know. I'm a medical doctor. I own a mansion and a yacht."
  • August 4, 2010
    SomeGuy
    I'd just as soon we avoid a Truth In Television section. The minute I saw that I thought "I wonder how long before we get a nattery argument about global warming".
  • August 4, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    As long as it's maintained, I believe it's possible to include a Truth In Television section without having it muddled by Natter as long as we can make sure the section is limited to just when individuals or groups bring up their occupations as a defending argument for their agendas.

    For the one listed there already, members really are proud to give their occupation and field of expertise when discussing the aims of their groups; they even include it in the name of their group, and this part of their argument even receives recognition from circles dedicated opposing 9/11 conspiracy movements. I won't have what opposing people and groups have to say about them listed here or on the page entry for the sake of keeping everything impartial, but I will say that this type of reasoning is a notable part of the organization's platform, and it's big enough deal for rival groups to make note of them.

    Whether or not this organization uses this trope in a good or bad form is an entirely different issue altogether, but I think readers here have enough room to draw their own conclusions about that from the description without having to pile on the discussion. If it does get out of hand, we can definitely see about removing the section, but I think as long as we keep a watchful eye and maintain level heads, everything should be alright.
  • August 4, 2010
    Narsil
    From Animal House:

    Otter: (Rising in a disciplinary hearing) Point of parliamentary procedure!

    Hoover: Don't screw around, they're serious this time!

    Otter: (aside) Take it easy, I'm pre-law.

    Boon: I thought you were pre-med.

    Otter: What's the difference?

    Oh, and another possible match would be from Ghostbusters: "Back off, man, I'm a scientist."
  • August 4, 2010
    SomeGuy
    If you really want to try, all right. I'm just going off of my past experience with wiki issues like this.
  • August 4, 2010
    Warron
    I agree with Some Guy, this one shouldn't have a Truth In Television section. Limiting it to when people use the phrase to support agendas won't help because those are the instances when its absolutely guaranteed to create natter.
  • August 4, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    Very well, removed.

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