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->'''Kerry:''' Did you even '''take''' the [[ActualPacifist Hippocratic Oath]]?\\
'''Romano:''' I had [[LyingFingerCross my fingers crossed]].
-->-- '''''Series/{{ER}}'''''
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He's a very skilled doctor, so dedicated to his job that he doesn't seem to have any other kind of life; but he appears to have [[LackOfEmpathy little to no compassion]], is often [[InsufferableGenius narcissistic]], a maverick, rebuffs any friendly gesture, and speaks only in [[DeadpanSnarker snide put-downs]] or irritable complaints about [[HumansAreMorons how stupid human beings generally are]]. He spits in the face of the image of doctors as saintly humanitarians -- but of course, he's so prevalent now that he's become a trope of his own.

His attitude is often explained by the notion that, in order to become such a good physician, he's had to make a habit of treating people as machines and "never letting his feelings get in the way". In his worldview, it would be unthinkable to cut another human being open and tinker with their insides, so he forces himself to view others as if they're ''not'' people. (Despite this he still admits ItNeverGetsAnyEasier; he just suppresses it.) In many ways, he's often the ultimate JerkWithAHeartOfGold, since he often demonstrates that he really does care about people deep down by doing whatever it takes to save their lives.

This character's attitude towards patient care can go two different ways: Either he will do [[KnightInSourArmor anything within his power to heal the sick]], or else he's in [[ObstructiveBureaucrat hospital administration]] and would shovel the patients into a furnace if it saved money. Either way, he's abnormally prone to PetTheDog moments, so watch out. See also MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate and MadDoctor, when you have to question who in their right mind would give this person a license in the first place.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Doctor Franken Stein, who is not only the school surgeon, but also the biology teacher and combat instructor. He is a complete sociopath due to having an insane wavelength, and upon meeting his apprentice Maka, he tried to dissect her. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that he was [[TrainingFromHell trying to show his students that they needed to work together,]] and no one was actually harmed, but as the series progresses his advances towards Maka's(and his other students') organs become more sincere. He also tends to bash his patients for their carelessness.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Dr. Kureha, a [[NeverMessWithGranny tough, sarcastic old lady]], is the only doctor on a small island where the inhabitants all call her a witch for her strange, violent, and greedy behavior. She won't just ask for a set amount of bills, but 50% of your income for the month. If you tip her, she may lower it to 49%. She's also willing to ''injure'' patients who don't follow her orders.
** Her protege Chopper ''tries'' to be this whenever he's complimented, attempting to put on a tough act and belittle the complimenter while grinning ear-to-ear and doing a HappyDance. It never works.
** Dr. Hogback is a much worse, being probably the best surgeon in the world and an actual villain. Even with the love of his life, he only cares about her body and thus patches her corpse up and lets her be revived with another person's soul.
* Dr. Manga/BlackJack is probably one of the first; generally more of the Dr. JerkWithAHeartOfGold variety.
** Probably the original trope namer, considering he purposely plays himself as a devil, but gets repeated PetTheDog moments, including how much he beats himself up for his mistakes, i.e. he treats his patients like crap, and manipulates them, but angsts over every single death. Plus, the {{Diabolus Ex Machina}}s that follow him...
* Dr. Manga/BlackJack is parodied with Dr. Iwata in ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' (complete with an x-shaped scar on his face, given to him by his cousin who he loves to exact horrible revenge on every opportunity he gets). Though he doesn't show up enough in the anime for his [[{{Jerkass}} jerkassery]] to really shine through, in the manga he's a money-grubbing, skirt-chasing, selfish bastard. At one point, he's shown prescribing medication to people because the pharmaceutical company that makes it pays him for each patient he gets to take it, regardless of whether or not it will actually ''help'' them. Fortunately, he's usually accompanied by his nurse, who uses violence on him frequently to keep him in line. The sad part: he does actually show signs of competence -- he just doesn't ''care''.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Subverted with Ryuuken Ishida. Introduced from Uryuu's point-of-view, he seems abrasive, materialistic and uncaring. Eventually, it becomes clear he [[JerkassFacade wants]] his son to think the worst of him for [[MysteriousPast unknown reasons]] that loyal friend Isshin knows all about. Behind Uryuu's back, he's much more gentle, protective and fatherly.
** Subverted with Tenjirou Kirinji. Introduced as having a violent, abusive, delinquent mentality, he's eventually revealed to be much more gentle with his servants, as he seems to put his tutees and patients through various kinds of SecretTestOfCharacter.
* Dr. Knox from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. He's quite a good man, though a bit grumpy, and [[WouldHitAGirl punches out Lan Fan and May Chang]] to prevent them from starting a fight, partly because of their injuries, partly to avoid them getting infected by his samples, and partly out of principle.
** Which was also his Crowning moment of Awesome (and Funny!):
--->'''May''': (wimpering) "Quit trying to..."
--->'''Dr. Knox''': "I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE AFFAIRS OF YOUR COUNTRY, DUMB-ASS!!"
* Tenma's boss in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' is the heartless administrator variety, until he [[KarmicDeath gets killed]]. Tenma himself inverts this trope, as he's [[AllLovingHero one of the nicest people imaginable]].
* Dr. Shamal from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''. Only [[ChivalrousPervert towards men]], though. And unfortunately for him (and them), 99% of the cast is comprised of {{Bishonen}}.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' has Hatori, who's more of TheWoobie, but he's still grumpy.
* Caren Ortensia from ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', an elementary school nurse who has the tendency to consider patient's injuries 'boring' and ask they get hurt much more badly next time they come to see her. To add insult to non-injury, she often tells visitors to get lost because "healthy people make her sick."
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has Porlyusica. While she will try her hardest to save her patients, she can't stand being around people, and will kick them out as soon as they are healed. She also doesn't like the friends of her patients hanging around waiting for them to get better.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* The fanfic ''Heart of Azazel'' has Dr. Bitch Spasms (gee, [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic I wonder where that name came from]]). Not only is he a complete disaster as a doctor, but he also makes for a terrible husband! Just read it and tell me you weren't cheering for Azazel near the end!
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Dr Allison Mann in ''YTheLastMan'' spends much of her time either belittling Yorick or threatening his pet monkey with dire fates. When they finally part ways Yorick's last request is to see her smile for the first time in four years ? Mann's response is to break down in tears of frustration instead. She angrily denies that love is anything but a biological reaction, but is clearly desperate for love herself [[spoiler:eventually finding it with Australian spy Rose Copen.]]
* Dr. Big [=McLargehuge=] from ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'', who Ninjette describes as '"Dr. House the size of a house", has a total lack of bedside manners and is quite adamant that Emp gets her [[BadassNormal normal]] friend out of the suprahuman-specific wing ASAP so he can deal with more important cases.
* [[ComicBook/DoctorStrange Dr. Stephen Strange]] was one before the car accident that crippled his hands. He was so hated that the only jobs he was offered were of the KickedUpstairs variety, which he had too much pride to take. He squandered his fortune on quack remedies, becoming almost destitute until, nearly at the end of his rope, he heard of an old man known to work miracles. That old man turned out to be [[TheMentor the Ancient One]], the current Sorcerer Supreme, and Strange's life changed dramatically after they met. After becoming Master of the Mystic Arts when his mentor passed away and bequeathed the title to him, he mellowed out and lost most of his {{Jerkass}} qualities.
* Scarecrow, AKA Dr. Jonathan Crane of Franchise/{{Batman}} fame. An accomplished psychiatrist and former college professor. Now a supervillain and part of Batman's RoguesGallery.
** Thomas Elliot counts as well. He used to be the son of two wealthy Gothamites, until he decided he deserved their money more. [[SelfMadeOrphan So he became an orphan]]. [[MeaningfulName Thomas Wayne]] then saved his mother, so he had to wait for the money. His own psyche then made him go after [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] because he [[InsaneTrollLogic had it so easy]] what with his mom and dad having died at an early age..
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[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* In ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange: The Sorcerer Supreme'', Strange is very much this, albeit with a dead little sister to make him slightly sympathetic.
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[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* Dr. Gillespie in the ''Dr. Kildare'' film series. Reduced to a wispy old man in a wheelchair from an accident (RealLifeWritesThePlot, there, as actor Lionel Barrymore was crippled and could only play stationary characters), he's become bitter and cantankerous from not being about to act on his own. He "fires" his successor-to-be, Dr. Kildare in every movie, only to re-hire him in a roundabout fashion.
* Dr. Lazarus in ''Film/{{Outland}}'' (1981) is a rare female example.
* As is fitting for ''LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek'', any [[TheUnfairSex male]] doctor to ever walk in on screen will go out of his way to be a jerk, especially when it isn't beneficial for anyone, not even himself.
* Ken Jeong's Doctor Kuni in ''KnockedUp'' is a bit of a jerk, and the couple don't like him, but ultimately he's all there is when the big moment comes.
** In point of fact, Ken Jeong is a RealLife doctor, but he hates it. He was found by a Hollywood talent scout doing stand-up comedy in his spare time. It's not too difficult to imagine that he really is this trope in his career.
* In ''FiftyFifty'', the main character's doctor completely ignores him and dictates into a voice recorder, then unloads a bunch of medical jargon on him before offhandedly mentioning that he's got cancer.
* Dr. Silberman from the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise, especially in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. He's not so much interested in helping Sarah Connor recover as he is in getting his "work" with Sarah published in medical journals.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Ton Phanan of the ''XWingSeries'' is this, sort of, by the time we see him. He once wanted to do everything in his power as a doctor, but after an EmergencyTransformation he found that his extensive [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul cybernetics ate his future]], so he dropped out of medicine and became a pilot hoping to get back at those who had hurt him. Assigned as squadron medic, he had no bedside manner and snarked a lot - once his commander told him to "see our doctor" after an injury, and Phanan said "I'm far too important a doctor to see such a lowly person as myself" -- but he was a very sympathetic character, all told.
** Especially in TheReveal of his tragic past. [[spoiler: And his subsequent death, which includes pushing Face off Phanan's path.]]
* Dr James "Mossy" Lawn of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has elements of this, especially in his first appearance in ''Discworld/NightWatch''. His deep cynicism comes, paradoxically, from the fact he seems to be the only doctor in Ankh-Morpork who ''cares'' if his patients get better, since the fee gets covered either way. Living under the regime of Lord Winder doesn't help; he's had to treat people questioned by the [[SecretPolice Cable Street Particulars]], and when Vimes takes a CSP officer to have a broken arm treated, Lawn offers instead to point out some sensitive places Vimes could kick him.
** According to Lawn, the Discworld version of Hippocrates is most famous for the quote "Am I going to get paid for this?"
* [[SmugSnake Professor Nemur]] from ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon''.
* O'Mara, the chief psychologist at SectorGeneral, is bad-tempered, cutting, and sarcastic to pretty much everyone he meets...except people he thinks are in actual need of his services, with whom he is quiet and considerate. The Dr. Jerk behavior is therefore sort of reassuring to the rest of the hospital staff, because they know that when he drops it, they're in serious trouble.
* Jayfeather, a [=ThunderClan=] medicine cat from ''Literature/WarriorCats'', who even at one point proclaims, "I'm a medicine cat. If you want sympathy, go to the nursery."
** He never gives up on a patient however, and legitimately cares for his Clan making him more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the Yellow Ajah (the healers) are known for being arrogant and impatient.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{House}}'':
** Dr. Gregory House is the poster boy for this trope. Or maybe even the [[ExaggeratedTrope exaggerated version]].
** ''House'' has an excellent female version of this with "Cut Throat Bitch" Amber, who didn't make the final cut on House's team... but who was so memorable and delightful a character that the fandom rejoiced when she returned as Wilson's girlfriend, and then cried when [[spoiler: she died]], and then rejoiced again when she [[spoiler: returned as House's hallucination]].
* ''Series/BodyOfProof'': Dr. Megan Hunt.
* ''{{ER}}'':
** Dr. Romano. [[spoiler:Even though he died after [[DroppedABridgeOnHim a chopper crashed against him]], nobody even seemed to notice his absence until they were told so by the authorities.]] Dr. Corday was the only person who seemed to get along with him, and she was the only one who [[spoiler:[[LonelyFuneral attended his memorial service]].]] It's almost as though they wanted him to become TheWoobie though. The poor man [[spoiler:had his arm cut off by a helicopter in an earlier episode, spent some time trying to rehabilitate said arm, only to seriously burn it and need to have it properly amputated. And then the bloody chopper killed him. Probably the same helicopter, too. And they spent a long time showing him being afraid of it and putting him in a safer position out of fear. Where it managed to Crash. Then, when he gave all of his wealth to the Hospital in his will, they used it to fund the one thing he would not have wanted it spent on.]]
** Peter Benton was Cook County's resident jerk before Romano got there, but they spent years making the audience know he was a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* Dr. Jeffrey Geiger in ''Series/ChicagoHope''.
* ''Series/StElsewhere'':
** Dr. Mark Craig.
** Dr. Victor Ehrlich, at least in the early seasons of the show, which makes sense as he's Craig's protege. Both characters softened somewhat as the series went on.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** This is frequently deconstructed, justified, and all around played with. Dr. Kelso is the [[BadBoss sadistic asshole administrator]]. The show extracts a great deal of humor and drama from playing his focus on bureaucracy off of Dr. Cox's focus on patient care. However Dr. Kelso is also frequently shown to be [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation doing the best he can with limited resources, and his personality may be a result of having to deal with this every day.]] Once he retires he becomes more than a bit likeable.
** Dr. Cox is the un-sociable [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]] JerkWithAHeartOfGold who really does care about his patients. Ironically, when Kelso retires, Dr Cox is selected as his replacement. He has to face the same decisions that Kelso did and relies on JD to take over his previous role as the guy who stands up to the chief of medicine to keep him on the straight and narrow.
** Though not really the case, Turk does receive this exact nickname from his interns (mostly because it rhymes).
--->'''J.D.:''' The girl one just called you Dr. Jerk!\\
'''Dr. Turk:''' That's nothing, you should hear their nickname for Dr. Mickhead.\\
'''J.D.:''' ...What?
** Dr. Maddox.
** The pediatrician Dr. Norris in one episode managed to out-jerk ''Cox'', although Cox gets him back. And he's played by [[LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Christopher Meloni]].
* Dr. Harris in ''Mercy''.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'':
** Charles Emerson Winchester III uses snobbery rather than snarkiness (he often reminds everyone of his degree from Harvard), but appropriate PetTheDog moments show he is a good example of the first variety. And his fellow surgeons NEVER complain about his underlying competence.
** [[{{Jerkass}} Frank Burns]] is a rare example of an asshole doctor who is really incompetent, and has a fool's gold heart (he openly admits he was just in it for the money, and is one of the biggest bigots in the series). He also openly admitted (during the series that is) that he was in it for the skin care to get rid of his pimples, and he hoped to earn big money. In the TV series, he once stated that he flunked out of two medical schools and took twice the normal time to become a doctor. He was also tricked into admitting that he paid $400 dollars (a large sum at the time) for the answers for a critical exam. He was worse in the original book. Burns was at the last era in history where a practicing physician could get a license ''without going to medical school''. In Frank's case, he served an apprenticeship under his father. In the film, he is extremely religious in public, hypocritical about it (see Maj. O'Houlihan), and falsely blames a man's death on a very timid orderly.
** In the spin-off ''Series/AfterMASH'', the characters of Mike D'Angelo (season 1) and Wally Wainwright (season 2) were jerkass hospital administrators.
** On ''Trapper John, M.D.'', Dr. Stanley Riverside II fit the arrogant-but-dedicated mold.
* This trope is a daytime soap staple: David Hayward on ''Series/AllMyChildren'', Chris Ramsey on ''Series/PortCharles'', Patrick Drake on ''Series/GeneralHospital''.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' has Dr. "Bones" [=McCoy=], whose [[ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder cantankerous reminders of his actual occupation]] qualify for this trope. He certainly qualifies in "Friday's Child," where he persuades an obstinate, haughty patient to let him ease her pain... by slapping her in the face.
-->'''Kirk:''' Never seen that in a medical book.\\
'''[=McCoy=]:''' It's in mine from now on.
** That's not to say his approach didn't work, it most certainly ''did''. Go figure...
** In "This Side of Paradise", when he's under the influence of Kirk's AppliedPhlebotinum, designed to make him irritable.
--> Sandoval: "We don't need you. Not as a doctor."
--> [=McCoy=]: "Oh, no? Would you like to see how fast I can put you in a hospital?"
* Dr. Pulaski on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', a one season SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute / ReplacementScrappy for Dr. Crusher. It's apparent from her character that they were trying to make her an {{Expy}} of Dr. [=McCoy=], but failed to consider that the characters [=McCoy=] played off of (Spock and Kirk) had no real analogue in ''TNG''. Thus, she's abrasive, argued with everyone including the captain, and was about as fun as heart surgery. The writers also, stupidly, introduced the character by making her bigoted towards Data, one of the most popular (and likeable) characters. Pulaski's first true showing came seven episodes later in "Unnatural Selection", where she displayed courage, professionalism and tremendous integrity, while her relationship with Picard grew, and she was one of the few crewmembers to protest that saving the lives of an entire planet trumped the Prime Directive in "Pen Pals". Unfortunately, for many people this was far too little, far too late.
* Even ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' had the early Julian Bashir, though he was less mean and more completely tactless, calling Bajor 'the frontier' and 'wilderness' right to the face of the Bajoran who would be second in command of the station and didn't like the Federation being there. This was the first time they met. He gets better though.
* The Doctor on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. His creator, Dr. Zimmerman, is the original Dr Jerk (though he's NotThatKindOfDoctor) and based the Doctor's personality on his own. Exactly why the Doctor himself was a Dr Jerk varied between seasons. At first, he was annoyed that people didn't treat him ''enough'' like a hologram; that is, being intended as a temporary supplement to a living doctor suddenly pressed into full service, he often found himself annoyed at being left on with nothing to do. Later, as he starts to develop more as a member of the crew, that reverses, making him more irritable because he wasn't treated equally. Not helped by his social skills being [[TheBlindLeadingTheBlind programmed by]] [[SociallyAwkwardHero Reginald]] [[AmbiguousDisorder Barclay]].
** Notably, one episode had as a plot point that having this kind of personality is actually a fairly important flaw for a doctor -- the Doctor was the ''only'' Mk. I still in active duty as a medical hologram by that point, because Starfleet had been very quick to get Zimmerman to develop new versions, with new personalities and looks (apparently, while the actual healing part had worked fine, the bedside manner had made the original quite unpopular). Zimmerman, having based the Mk. I's personality and appearance on his own, was a tad bitter about that.
* The 2004 ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' series:
** Dr. Cottle. The man is a wisecracking sarcastic jerk who actually '''smokes on the job'''. His catankerous attitude seems to be mostly related to authority figures trying to tell him what to do, making him a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, as he feels obligated to heal the sick, period, human or Cylon, regardless of what Adama's [[DeathGlare steely blue eyes]] would seem to dictate. Of course, he gets that sort of slack because he's just so damn good, as he [[spoiler:managed to save Commander Adama's life from a pretty brutal assassination attempt despite what most would consider fatal amounts of internal bleeding.]] Not to mention that with humanity reduced to under 50,000 people after the Cylon assault, he might well be one of the few doctors left ''alive''.
** Gaius Baltar could also count as this, the best example being his blunt attitude towards Sharon Valerii while testing to see if she's a Cylon sleeper agent. "So now we'll find out whether you're a human or [[TomatoInTheMirror an evil Cylon]]." He's also an egomaniacal jerk with the poetic sarcasm of Gregory House.
--->'''Cottle''': I don't like what you're doing. It's unnatural and damned dangerous.
--->'''Baltar''': Yes well given the patient's current condition, I'm not sure I can see the downside.
** There's also [[FanNickName Nurse Bedside Manner]], who [[spoiler: informs Chief that he can't give blood to his son because he's not the biological father, and gets irritated when Starbuck is talking to her unconscious husband because brain dead people can't hear.]] I've heard she was originally a [[TheMedic field medic]] and doesn't like being cooped up in Galactica's sickbay.
* Jack Shepherd from ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has a terrible bed-side manner and often brutally honest with his patients about their chances, but otherwise is a miracle-worker. His father Christian, on the other hand, was a snarky, condescending drunk that got a patient killed.
** In one instance, Jack actually tells a paralyzed woman that she has absolutely no chance of regaining the use of her limbs. Then he attempts surgery and cures her anyway. She later becomes his wife. [[spoiler:Who leaves him, I think, because of his "heroism addiction".]]
* Dr. Owen Harper in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', though he mainly works with the corpses of aliens, and of victims of the paranormal so he has few patients to distress. [[spoiler: He appeared to be soften a little in series 2. "Fragments" showed that prior to his fiancée's death, he was originally much less jerkish and got into medicine to save people and make the world a better place.]]
* Dr. Martin Ellingham in ''Series/DocMartin'', a top Harley Street surgeon who, after developing a fear of blood, retrains as a local G.P and moves to Cornwall. He's a brilliant doctor, but he's also a sour, pompous and miserable git almost entirely lacking in charm and bedside manner.
-->"It was easy to find you, I just followed the trail of outraged people".
** There's a minor RunningGag that Martin will accurately treat/diagnose people on the fly, but repeatedly fails to remember what their name was, even when he actually ''bothered'' to ask for it!
** The DrJerk is played straight in the 4th series with the character of Dr. Edith Montgomery, who not only shares Martin's lack of bedside manner but has even less care or empathy for her patients.
* Dr. Jerome on ''{{Ed}}'' was one of the nastiest examples. In a way, he's a lesser-known precursor of both [[{{Scrubs}} Cox]] and Series/{{House}}, with none of their redeeming qualities. His cruelty to Dr. Burton was as over-the-top as anything on that show, which made over-the-top a regular feature.
* Heston Carter in ''{{Doctors}}'' is of the pompous and arrogant variety, though [[CharacterDevelopment he got better]].
* ''Grey's Anatomy'': Hahn, Yang, Karev, Stark...
* ''{{Firefly}}'':
** In "Ariel", Mal and Zoe met a Dr. Jerk while looking for the "payment" for Simon's Burglary-with-good-intentions. Of course under the circumstances he had reason to be jerky. He just didn't know it.
** Simon himself starts out like this before he trusts Reynolds.
* Sort of deconstructed on ''GoldenGirls''. One episode has Dorothy convinced there's something wrong with her. She goes to a doctor but he can't figure what's wrong with her specifically and brushes her off, writing her claims as "you're old and senile." After a visit to another doctor or two, it's revealed that she was right, something IS wrong and it's treatable[[note]]for the record, the diagnosis was [[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002224/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome]][[/note]]. As they're out to dinner to celebrate she runs into the first doctor again, and tells him off about not having compassion for his patients. Thank goodness SOMEONE on television had the brains to realize "doctor jerks aren't helpful." The doctor in question was played by the same actor who played [[{{Cheers}} Sumner Sloane]]. It's [[TypeCasting not the least bit surprising]] that he's so unsympathetic.
* Dr. Harry Harper of ''{{Casualty}}''.
* Dr. Connie Beauchamp of ''Holby City'' is a rare female version.
* Dr. John Becker of ''{{Becker}}''. He's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, as he has stated the reason why his practice is in the crowded Bronx, is so he could provide medical care for people who normally wouldn't have access to it. Of course, because of that, a few of his patients are idiots... Personality-wise, Becker pretty much ''is'' House in a sitcom.
* In the AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Each of Us Angels" Patrick Labyorteaux (the actor that normally plays Bud) plays a character fitting this description.
* Even though he [[NotThatKindofDoctor isn't a medical doctor]], [[{{Jerkass}} Dr. Rush]] from ''Series/StargateUniverse'' has a rather... abrasive personality.
** Same with Dr. [=McKay=] from ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', albeit [=McKay=] is more incredibly arrogant and bad with people than a deliberate jerk. And again, not a medical doctor.
** Rush has a ''slight'' justification in that his wife died not too long ago, although he was too busy solving the mysteries of the universe to be with her during this time.
* Doctor Franklin of ''Series/BabylonFive'' becomes more and more of a jerk as his personal story arc plays out over the first few seasons. Of course, he was also battling a stimulant addiction, and losing.
* The [[TheNthDoctor first and sixth incarnations]] of the Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* Doc Cochran in ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'' is an alcoholic, partially shell-shocked FrontierDoctor who is as abrasive as he is intelligent. His conduct so alienates Alma Garret that he must beg her to accept his help in spite of his "defects of character" when her life is at risk.
* [[InsistentTerminology Professor]] Richard Craig of ''All Saints''. Thanks to his world-class surgical skills, he is able to get away with habitually disregarding the opinions of the nurses in spite of their proven diagnostic abilities, criticising his protege Luke for being willing to listen to them, regularly antagonizing patients when they decide against his (usually experimental) treatment suggestions, and in one case lying to a patient about his wife surviving their car accident. It's hardly surprising that Bron conceals the fact that he's her father, especially after he blackmails her into leaving the hospital in exchange for him saving the life of a friend. (To his credit, it's actually Bron that holds herself to this agreement, even though Bob died in surgery and Craig left at the same time.)
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' has Professor Ian Duncan, an amoral psychologist who has used sessions to hit on clients and is more interested in getting his papers in respectable journals than the well being of his patients.
* Dr. Simon Hill in ''Series/CombatHospital''. He's really a JerkWithAHeartOfGold though.
* Dr. Wu from the first season of ''{{Glee}}'' comes off as a this, though it's probably because his patience with Terri and Kendra (who ''are'' batshit crazy) is wearing thin.
* Dr. Bykov in the Russian show ''Interny'' ("Interns") is an {{Expy}} of Series/{{House}} and [[{{Scrubs}} Cox]]. He's a complete jerk to his patients and interns, as well as his boss and best friend. He often punishes the interns for slightest offenses or even for no reason at all (this usually involves being given impromptu night shifts, especially if they have plans). Like House, he has a strenuous (sometimes romantic) relationship with his female boss, who only tolerates his antics because he does the job well. Also, for a bit of irony, Bykov is played by a priest, who took time off from the church to do the show. The newest intern, Polina Ulyanova, only got hired because she accidentally pissed off all the other major characters whom she attempted to vouch for her in front of Bykov. Bykov, in his true style, immediately hires her to annoy everyone else.
** After the original head nurse leaves to join her boyfriend (a former intern on the show who went to the US as part of an exchange program), Bykov convinces his girlfriend/boss to hire his ex for the position. Naturally, the girlfriend/boss is reluctant, especially when she finds out Bykov lied about meeting the ex earlier to discuss this. Bykov then bluntly tells her that she should think as an administrator and hire the woman because she's damn good at her job and leave any personal concerns out of it.
* NorthernExposure's Joel can be this, especially at the beginning of the series, but can also be very caring.
* ''AsTheWorldTurns'' had this in [[DefrostingIceQueen Dr. Reid Oliver]], who was constantly being compared to Dr. {{House}}, though he was more like [[{{Scrubs}} Dr. Cox]].
* ''Monday Mornings'' features transplant surgeon Dr. Buck Tierney, who is abrasive, unpleasant, and extremely self-important, and neurosurgeon Dr. Sung Park, who always seems to be angry about something and is convinced that he can do no wrong.
* Dr. Ben from {{Louie}} invokes this, though he's more of a facetious asshole rather than a bitter one; for example, after giving a physical exam where he mentions he'd sooner remove the memory of Louie's penis over witnessing his fathers suicide, he phones him with the physical results:
-->'''Dr. Ben''': How are you? I got back your blood work.\\
'''Louie''': Yeah?\\
'''Dr. Ben''': Yeah, listen -- [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness oh, sorry about being an arse by the way]] -- thing is, I need you to come in to do some more tests.\\
'''Louie''': [shocked] What-- what for?\\
'''Dr. Ben''': Well, your blood work shows that you may have slight... big, fat, ginger ugly-itis. [chuckles]\\
'''Louie''': [angry] Oh my God. You're such a dick.\\
'''Dr. Ben''': [stops laughing] No, you have AIDS. That's what I thought. But don't worry, the cancer is going to kill the AIDS.. [giggling] ...before it kills you quite slowly and painfully.
* Carlos on ''ThirdWatch'' was a Paramedic Jerk. After his first day on the job, his supervisor "Doc" Parker, seeing Carlos alone, comments that seeing people suffering can get to you, but Carlos says he's surprised because it ''didn't'' get to him. He didn't care at all about the people they took care of. Doc is surprised, but Carlos eventually turns out to be a very good paramedic with excellent technical skills. The fact that he's not the nicest guy in the world doesn't stop him from saving lives.
** In contrast Doc is too empathic and the job slowly takes a terrible toll on him until he [[spoiler:snaps, shoots up the firehouse and ends the series in a mental institution]].
* On ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' Sam Shaw was revealed to have once been a medical resident. She was an excellent technical doctor who went above and beyond to save her patients. However, she has a personality disorder that causes her to have very little empathy for strangers. This culminated in her eating an energy bar while notifying a family that their father has died. Her logic was that she was hungry and the manner in which she notified the family wouldn't have changed the fact that the man was dead. Others did not see it her way and her supervisor asked her to leave the program since he did not feel that she could be trusted to always place her patients first. Shaw then became a top notch government assassin.
* ''{{Series/Emergency}}'': Dr. Morton. And there was a character of the week who made even him look nice.
* {{Series/Riget}}: Swede Dr. Stig Helmer is a racist against Danes and borders on being [[TheSociopath a sociopath]].
** [[spoiler: Krogshøj]] after a FaceHeelTurn.
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* An extreme example is ''Fake Healer'' from the Music/MetalChurch album ''Blessing In Disguise'' (1989). This doctor is least bothered about treating illnesses, and most bothered about earning big money. He'll lie to patients about terminal disease and take full advantage of their ignorance, to extract plenty of money. He's also open to leaving poor patients to die if they can't afford his services.
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* Agent Dietrich "Medic" Luzwheit in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG''. He is a very skilled doctor capable of performing complicated and dangerous operations with great success, but, as a result, he thinks of all his fellow doctors, including Dr. Alan Pierce, as incompetent and inexperienced fools who should not belong in the operating room, and he doesn't hesitate to make his feelings towards them clear.
** There was also a minor doctor named Burns who, on top of being a jerk, was quite incompetent. It doesn't help that his namesake is [[Series/{{MASH}} Frank Burns]].
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* Victor Niguel, of the ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter'' series. He's genuinely dedicated to his medical research (as his character description in the manual and his reactions during the Pempti operations show); but he also apparently hates everybody, and is the only one to curse in written or spoken dialogue. Consider his description of Paraskevi: ''"This one is fibrous... which basically means it's a pain in the ass"''. Conveniently, that's what the player [[NintendoHard will be probably thinking in the following seconds]].
* Dr. Turner Grey from ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All]]''. One of his nurses is accused of malpractice, and dies in an auto accident a few weeks later. Upset that business at his clinic is bad, he wants to commission a spirit medium to call her back from the dead, so she signs a note admitting the incident was her fault. Morgan expresses distaste for his motivation for calling the nurse's spirit, [[spoiler:but it appears that [[JerkassHasAPoint he was actually correct]] and the nurse was indeed the one responsible]].
* TheMedic class in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is this trope [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate on a GOOD day]]. He may be the team healer, but a vast majority of his lines include a word meant to insult the addressee, be it in English or [[GratuitousGerman German]]. Not only that, but apparently the healing is an unintended side-effect of his own morbid curiosity and an eagerness to rip apart people's chests. To top it off, it's heavily implied that he got his medical degree in [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi Germany]], though WordOfGod has explicitly stated that "he is not, and has never been, a Nazi". He can be friendly to his teammates (unless he thinks they're being stupid like ignoring the mission objective), though he still uses them for experiments. He also, to no one's surprise, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36lSzUMBJnc lost his medical license.]]
* In ''[[{{Myst}} Myst: The Book of Ti'ana]]'', Jarl of the Guild of Healers actually tells Ti'ana that it would be better for Gehn, who is only half Ronay, to die.
* Dr. Kaufmann in ''SilentHill''. Serving as a supplier for a drug dealing cult that [[spoiler:sacrifices children to their dark goddess]] probably puts him far enough across the MoralEventHorizon for him to [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate be quite a bit more evil than a typical Dr. Jerk.]] The Dr. Kaufmann in "Silent Hill: Shattered Memories" fits this trope much better. He's an abrasive, condescending, manipulative ''therapist'' who is nonetheless trying to help the patient.
* The possibly prejudiced Dr. Borville in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. While he claims to be ignorant about zora physiology, he doesn't seem to care at all about Ralis' critical condition, and he's not above stealing items from patients in order to pay off his astronomical bar tab. He largely gets away with his lack of bedside manners and exorbitant fees due to being the only doctor in town.
* Anders of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is an excellent Spirit Healer mage who goes out of his way to provide free medical care for the poor of Kirkwall despite his own fugitive status. He's also snarky, self-righteous, and always ready to go on insulting tirades against anybody who does not completely agree with his sometimes radical opinions. What's interesting about Anders, though, is that, unlike a typical example, he is ''never'' a jerk to his patients, to the point that many of the residents of Darktown are willing to risk their lives for him. Everyone else, though...
* The prevalence of this in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'''s medical doctors adds a subtle challenge element to the game, in that the player will more than likely only resort to talking to them when they really, ''really'' need their help.
* The doctors in ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 1}}'' have this to say to you if you can't pay for their services:
--> '''Doctor:''' Fine, die all on your own. I'll phone a mortician.
* In ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' the Medivac pilot, unlike her ground based [[HelloNurse counterpart]]. The lore mentions one who shot a few marines for calling her ship a "heal bus".
-->''Oh, suck it up! You act like you got both arms blown off.''
* The fourth [[Series/CrimeSceneInvestigation CSI]] game had Dr Bandareet, the victim. Only counting what was uncovered in the case about his medical practices, [[spoiler: he's the reason his wife is blind. Due to pride, he refused to have anyone else operate on his wife's cataracts despite not being trained in that specific type of surgery. He even made her sign a waiver, forbidding her from seeking legal repercussions against him. While she did kill him, it was for [[MamaBear an]] [[AbusiveParents entirely]] [[ArrangedMarriage different]] [[ConArtist reason]].]]
* Continuing the lengthy trend of this type of character on ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''VideoGame/StarTrekBorg'' gives us Dr. Thaddeus Quint. Simply put, when Q chooses to impersonate him, he doesn't even have to change his personality to convince everyone.
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* ''LucidTV'' is an entire series of this, played for laughs. [[BlackComedy Very dark, very evil laughs]]. Think ''{{Scrubs}}'' [[XMeetsY in the style of]] ''PerryBibleFellowship''.
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': Dr. [=McNinja=] is normally a very good doctor, though he does occasionally punch out his patients. He hates diabetics (because he considers them overdemanding to the point of whininess), and on other occasions ignored his patients while possessed.
** In one story, when heading out to do plot instead of treating the patients who had appointments, he tells his patients, "There's a man outside who was murdered because he was a patient of mine," naturally causing all of his patients to hastily leave. Also, he is known to get very irate at anyone who questions his more outlandish diagnoses (such as the mother who was incredulous about "Paul Bunyan's Disease." Incredulous right up until her son transformed into a giant lumberjack).
* ''HannaIsNotABoysName'' features Doc Worth, a chain-smoking med-school dropout who operates out of an alley and enjoys tormenting and shouting at anyone who makes him angry. However, he is solidly in the JerkWithAHeartOfGold category, since he seems pretty laid back when he's not screaming in Conrad's face, genuinely cares for Hanna, and doesn't appear to charge him for his frequent visits.
** The good Doc actually subverts this a bit, since [[WordOfGod Tessa]] likes to point out that he is in fact ''not'' a skilled doctor - he's probably a mediocre one at best. Or he would be, if he had ever finished med school and actually become a doctor.
* ''Webcomic/FetchQuestSagaOfTheTwelveArtifacts'': Dr. Lindsay Troy crosses this with JerkWithAHeartOfGold; she is perpetually ill-tempered and shockingly efficient, yet she knows just what the purpose of a doctor is.
* Doctor Sun of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is a DeadpanSnarker who is infamous for his "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110204 Sun-ny bedside manner]]". He's also perfectly willing and able to ''beat his own patients unconscious'' if that is what it takes to get them some bedrest.
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* A few doctors pop up in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's show to treat him when he's sick or wants to kill himself, but they always end up forcing him to keep going with the review.
* WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses doesn't like any doctors because he trusted "[[MeaningfulName Dr. Love]]" and ended up being raped.
* Unfortunately some (purportedly real) examples of this have appeared on Website/NotAlwaysWorking.
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* Dr. Hofschneider in ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs''.
* Ratchet, in almost every incarnation of the ''{{Transformers}}'' franchise.
** ''[[TransformersGeneration1 G1]]'' Ratchet is portrayed in fanon as being similar to his later incarnations, as a talented doctor who was also grouchy, constantly threatening his patients with various punishments. The Marvel G1 version was actually supposed to be a ''party animal,'' who was known for making the best [[FrothyMugsOfWater high-grade]] around. This aspect of his portrayal was dropped fairly early on, though.
** ''Micron Legend'' (''[[TransformersArmada Armada]]'') Ratchet, known to Western fans as ''Red Alert'', is TheSpock and thus seemed to be emotionally detached from his patients in the first episodes.
** ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Film]]'' Ratchet is basically the same as ''G1'' Ratchet, once even threatening to weld Jazz's vocal unit shut. Oddly, he fits definition one for this trope despite starting out as a politician [[AllThereInTheManual in the UK comic]].
** ''[[TransformersAnimated Animated]]'' Ratchet is a crotchety old man due to his ShellshockedSenior status. He's also the resident medic.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]'' Ratchet also has the old and crotchety thing going on ("My pistons may be rusty, but my hearing is as sharp as ever!"), in addition to being a snarky scientist type who gets ''extremely'' annoyed whenever any of his equipment is damaged. Unfortunately for him, that tends to happen a lot. [[DefrostingIceKing He starts to mellow out, but it's a slow process]].
** Interestingly averted (mostly) with [[MadDoctor Knock Out]]. Yes, he's a [[CardCarryingVillain self-admitted sociopath]], but unless given a pretty good reason not to, he shows some genuine concern for his patients. Well, [[TheStarscream some of them]], at least.
* Dr. Ball on the second ''StarWars RobotChicken'' special.
* One episode in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' has Bill be diagnosed with diabetes by a very cruel and uncaring doctor. The doctor tells the nurse that he has a medical degree while she has a lesser degree, thus he is more intelligent and important than she is and the doctor just blatantly assumes that Bill, like many other patients before him, is someone that just doesn't listens to a doctor's orders and feels he is just wasting time treating Bill. To make Bill feel even worse, the doctor tells Bill that he will just lose his legs in a year so he may as well get a wheelchair while his health insurance is still good. Bill accepts this fate but after a few positive events, Bill not only cured himself of diabetes, [[LaserGuidedKarma he also goes to confront the doctor that treated him like crap and kicks his ass.]]
* Dr. Daisy Blake (one of Daphne's [[UncannyFamilyResemblance identical sisters]]) from ''ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' is ''very'' rude, stuck-up, and condescending.
* Dr. Potterswheel in ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' who has a LackOfEmpathy.
-->'''Bloberta''': (who was trying to seduce him) You don't really care about me . . .
-->'''Dr. Potterswheel''': Well, I care FOR you . . .
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* As ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18822_5-famous-scientists-dismissed-as-morons-in-their-time.html explained]] ([[http://www.cracked.com/article_18501_7-incredible-scientific-innovations-held-back-by-petty-feuds.html twice]]), the prevalence of this trope in the 19th century was the reason why it took so long for hygienic practices to catch on in hospitals. As medicine was seen as a gentlemanly profession at the time, doctors in that era ridiculed and attacked scientists like Ignaz Semmelweis who merely suggested that they wash their hands after handling corpses in the morgue, as it seemed to imply that they were unclean enough to kill people just by touching them (coupled to the fact that the doctors were unwilling to stick their hands in corrosive and carcinogenic carbolic acid, Semmelseis' perferred antiseptic, on a daily basis). Before Louis Pasteur's germ theory proved once and for all that such basic hygiene was the right course of action, it was more dangerous to give birth in a hospital than ''in the street'' due to how rampant disease was within hospitals (hence why we see women giving birth at home in period works so often).
* In fact, many older doctors (in fiction and real life) can come off as jerkish to modern people as they are trained to believe in the concept of "medical paternalism" (i.e. doctor knows best). They are generally much forceful in prescribing treatments, sometimes to the point of overulling the patient (a big no-no nowadays), and can actively go out of their way to deceive the patient if they feel it is for their own good. Dr. House, essentially, is what happens when the ultimate "old-school" doctor (treat the disease first, the patient be damned) starts practicing medicine in a modern (informed consent-based, i.e the physician must abide by the patient's wishes, even if it means the patient will die) environment.
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