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First Do No Harm
The doctor/medic is a pacifist.
(permanent link) added: 2014-04-26 12:09:12 sponsor: Pannic edited by: Arivne (last reply: 2014-04-28 21:47:54)

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Doctors (barring evil ones) are often portrayed as perhaps the most morally upright individuals in society. The Hypocratic Oath is a pretty lofty ethical ideal, after all.

In keeping with this, there is often a tendency for doctors in fiction, particularly in works that have team dynamics, to be portrayed as pacifists.


Anime and Manga


Live-Action TV
  • Hawkeye Pierce from M*A*S*H, who is more or less opposed to the war and only got into the army because he failed at draft-dodging.

Video Games
  • While the Medic in Team Fortress 2 is most certainly not a pacifist, there is an achievement for topping the scoreboard without killing anybody.

Real Life
  • Numerous conscientious objectors in WWII who signed up as medics (such as Desmond Doss).

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