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[[caption-width-right:170:So you can tell they're not a plumber or princess.]]

Things every doctor ([[ImNotADoctorButIPlayOneOnTV and those who play them]]) wears on TV. You know:
* [[LabCoatOfScienceAndMedicine Lab coat]]
* Stethoscope on neck
* (obsolete) Otolaryngologist / head mirror on forehead
** Which, as [[http://www.politedissent.com/ Dr. Scott]] points out, [[http://www.politedissent.com/archives/2060 is usually improperly worn]]
* Clipboard
* Dinky little glasses

Nurses will usually have that folded white cap with UsefulNotes/TheRedCross logo on it and a starched white skirt-and-blouse or minidress uniform.

And specially for {{Deadly Doctor}}s:
* Big rubber gloves
* Lots of syringes.

[[StockCostumeTraits What easier way to tell the audience what the character does besides these things]]?


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Shinra Kishitani of ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' insists on wearing his lab coat everywhere, to the point that his girlfriend has to bargain to get him to take it ''off''.
* The Chansey and Audino that assist all the Nurse Joys in Anime/{{Pokemon}} have nurse hats with different coloured crosses representing which Pokemon center they work at.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ryuuken Ishida is the Director of Karakura General Hospital and a qualified surgeon. Outside work, he's a BadassInANiceSuit. In work, he never removes the lab coat even when doing paperwork. He's never [[InformedAbility performed surgery]] on-screen.
** Isshin Kurosaki also wears his lab coat constantly during work hours. He's a hands-on GP who has [[AllThereInTheManual no surgical skill]] and is only equipped to diagnose and treat minor injuries. He has to send more serious medical cases to Ryuuken's hospital.
* Ririka of ''Anime/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'' wears a MagicalGirl-ified version of a nurse's outfit.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Marvel example; Dr. Lynda Carter, who provides medical care to New York's superheroes under the name Night Nurse [[note]]Lynda originally starred in ''Night Nurse'', a romance title about a group of young nurses.[[/note]], wears a starched white tunic and dress with nurse's cap and a vintage short black nurse's cape. She joked that "Night Nurse" sounded better than "Night General Practitioner". Comicbook/DoctorStrange suggested once that she had a "Florence Nightingale fetish".
* In TheDCU, the Crime Doctor typical wears a surgical gown, mask and cap, along with a head mirror. The head mirror is capable of shining a blinding beam of light.

* Given a nod in ''Film/{{Airplane}}!'' when Dr. Rumack is introduced wearing a stethoscope for no reason, first shown right after he's asked whether he's a doctor.
* Mr. Bean in ''Film/{{Bean}}'' sees a doctor drop his stethoscope and tries to give it back to him. As a result of this trope he is mistaken for a senior surgeon and is scrubbed up for a major operation despite not having any identification or uniform and has to perform surgery on a patient. The patient survives. Somehow.
* [[ExploitedTrope Exploited]] in Film/{{Patch Adams}} when Robin Williams uses a white coat (with an extremely large logo on the back) given to him by a group of butchers to gain entrance to a teaching hospital as a third year med student.
* The ''Film/{{Carry On|series}}'' series [[ComedyInCasualty skewered the medical profession more than any other]]. In all of them, the nurses, sisters, and matrons wore the uniform of their level and the doctors wore white coats. No mirrors though.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'', in the episodes "Hospital Capers" and "Second Hand First Aid".
* ''Series/{{House}}'': Dr. House usually averts this; not so much his colleagues. In the early seasons a RunningGag is that House refuses to wear scrubs or the standard white lab coat and will only do the bare minimum to maintain hygiene standards.
* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' goes with some of the points noted bellow in Real Life section. Wearing white coat is treated as a symbol of being doctor. [[note]] One episode is named [[Recap/KamenRiderExAidEp43WhiteCoatLicense White Coat License]] because of this. [[/note]] Emu Hojo is a pediatrician who wears gaming t-shirts to go with his informal attitude towards his patients, one of whom had white coat syndrome. Version of stethoscope, called gamescope, is used for initial diagnose of [[EverythingFades Game Disease]].
* Averted in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', where JD only ever wears the usual white coat in one episode and it's a plot point then. Many other doctors do wear it, though. They wear (and use) stethoscopes, however. JD and Turk do wear a large lab coat when playing the [[TotemPoleTrench World's Most Giant Doctor]]. The show (correctly) portrays most of the doctors, nurses and surgeons as wearing scrubs.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'', "Kill Switch": The nurses and the doctor who rush Agent Mulder into an operating theatre look a little too much nurse-like and doctor-like in their obsolete white outfits. Especially the nurses' caps. [[spoiler:It's the first but very subtle hint that Mulder is trapped in a virtual reality simulator.]]
* ''Series/MondayMornings'': Most doctors wear either blue or dark-green scrubs most of the time, occasionally supplemented with white coats. Clip boards and examination thingies like little flash-lights appear from time to time as well.
* On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', the doctors (and Margaret) regularly wear lab coats and stethoscopes when on Post-Op duty.
** Also, Klinger would often wear a nurse's dress during OR and Post-Op scenes.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' featured a poem commenting on a doctor in the front row of a [[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Trump campaign rally]] visible by his lab coat and stethescope, titled "I Am A Doctor".

[[folder: Roleplay]]
* A number of [[TheMedic medics]] in Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG are known to wear white labcoats, Pierce and Medic being the two most obvious examples.

* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': SpaceMarine Apothecaries wear white PowerArmor and a [[http://warhammer40k.wikia.com/wiki/File:Narthecium_schematic.jpg nasty-looking narthecium]] (to pry open dead Marines' armor and carapace and extract their geneseed. And disembowel enemies while they're at it).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DrMario'', as pictured.
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Dr Vahzilok]] wears the head-mirror, though no other surgical garb (which likely would not fit his grotesquely surgically altered form). Interestingly, he is actually wearing it correctly, positioned over his right eye rather than in the center of his forehead.
* In ''Videogame/{{BioShock|1}}'', the Dr. Grossman Splicer model is dressed in a dirtied surgical gown and mask with gloves and a large magnifying glass strapped to his head in lieu of the usual head-mirror. Dr. Steinman, who is based on the Grossman Splicer, is dressed similarly, albeit his entire outfit is fully red ([[FridgeHorror possibly not its original color]]). Ironically, their main purpose in the game is to cause as much harm to you as possible.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', white coats are not only worn by scientists and doctors, but often actually confer extra medical or scientific skills to non-doctors wearing them. Field medics and wasteland doctors instead wear fatigues and tanktops. With disturbing amounts of blood splatter. You can also find plenty of scrubs in Big MT, though never worn since their original owners are either dead or have become brains in jars.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', one of Jade's alternate costumes has him dressed as a doctor, with a head mirror accompanying the labcoat so that you know he's dressed as a doctor and not a MadScientist. (Given that this is Jade we're talking about, they did in fact need to make the distinction clear.)
* Even when working in a small wooden shed in the jungles of the lower Andes, Naomi Hunter in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' wears a lab coat. [[AbsoluteCleavage And not much else.]]
* ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter'', as a series centered around medical professionals, naturally has a lot of recognizable outfits. There are a few variations though: instead of a head mirror, doctors are issued a piece of headgear that would not look out of place in [[VideoGame/SplinterCell Sam Fisher's]] wardrobe, and Caduces apparently has their nurses' uniforms made to very specific order, judging by how well-defined their chests are.
* The Medic of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' wears a white labcoat and gloves. A patch eventually added a RandomlyDrops mirror for his head and a surgical mask for his face.
** In the beta, he had a stethoscope slung around his neck for [[GogglesDoNothing absolutely no reason]]. While he no longer carries it with him, it can still be seen in his cubby in the respawn room, and another RandomlyDrops item allows him to put it back around his neck.
* Videogame/{{Chulip}}: Doctor Dandy has the lab coat, stethoscope, and the head mirror, and at night, rubber gloves and a huge-ass needle.
* Averted with Eirin Yagokoro of ''VideoGame/TouhouProject'': the only part of her character design that identifies her as a medical professional is [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/517971 the cross on her hat.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', while Mercy doesn't wear a white coat in-game, she does have the red cross on her clothing (being Swiss and all), and in her Combat Medic Ziegler skin, has a small white nurse's hat. The Uprising comic also puts her in a white labcoat while testing Genji and Tracer's abilities.
** Ana's Merciful skin is all white and features the red cross.
* ''VideoGame/LoveNikkiDressUpQueen'': Apple Federal has two outfits that fit this trope. Sacred Doctor (the "good" version) plays it straight with the white lab coat and stethoscope, but White Demon, the DeadlyDoctor variant, adds rubber gloves, a mask, and surgical scissors.

* The title character of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' always wears a lab coat and stethoscope, in addition to the ninja mask and katana.
* Doctors in ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' wear these. It's probably because there are zero recurring characters, so visual archetypes like this are needed.
* ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' [[http://xkcd.com/699/ parodied this]] in a strip which featured a character dressed in a labcoat telling a pregnant woman "Until the second trimester, the baby hasn't decided which opening it will exit through," and the caption "Did you know you can just ''buy'' lab coats?"
* ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'': Rayne's brother, Eric, wears a lab coat, not to show his intent to heal, but to attract women with his profession. Lampshaded hilariously when he removes it and hides it while walking past a car accident with an injured victim.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* On ''Website/{{Neopets}}'', the Gelert running the Hospital has a correctly-drawn and worn otolaryngologist's mirror--over one eye with an eyehole. Oh, and the rest of this trope fits.
* [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/gallery/41538355 Doki's uniform]] is a traditional nurses outfit, up until the last one, in which case, her uniform are scrubs and scrub cap. Apparently, she traded in her original uniform for those because its "more practical".
* In the BioPunk setting of ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', doctors wear a long black coat, so that "the stains won't show," along with thick rubber gloves to protect their skin.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Red Guy from ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', whenever he's a doctor.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'': As part of its sketch comedy nature, any time the characters are portrayed as doctors, they'll have the headband with mirror and stethoscope.
* Dr. Fish in ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'', complete with headband.
* Daffy Duck wears a lab coat, gloves and head band while examining Michael Jordan in ''Film/SpaceJam''. They're all about two sizes too big.
* Spoofed in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Stare Master". For some reason, the Cutie Mark Crusaders wear head mirrors and stethoscopes while trying to be ''carpenters''.
* Taken to extremes in the ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent episode]] [[TheOneWith where they were]] [[SpinOffBabies all babies]] when the doctor reveal he was [[TotemPoleTrench four babies in a lab coat]]
* Dabbler Smurf as a doctor in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Calling Doctor Smurf".

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Since the 1970s, nurses in the US [[DiscreditedTrope rarely wear the traditional white dress or folded cap anymore]], although the uniform is still fairly common in other countries. In practical terms, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrubs_%28clothing%29 scrubs]] are much easier to move around in and keep clean (those white caps? [[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16637434 they're actually a reservoir for germs]]). In cultural terms, there's been a shift towards treating nursing/patient care as a gender-neutral (instead of stereotypically feminized) profession separate from but coequal to medicine and surgery. Nursing uniforms have accordingly been shifting to become more professional and less gendered.
* TruthInTelevision: The white coat still is the traditional uniform for doctors in the US, as it has been for the last 100 years. Many medical schools even have a special ceremony for awarding the coat, symbolizing that the students are ready to start seeing patients. This has been changing somewhat in recent years as more patients are seen in informal clinic settings but it's still very much the case in larger hospitals.
** The white coat is so universal a synonym for "doctor" that there is even [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_coat_syndrome a syndrome named after it]].
** In the UK, Australia and other countries the white coat has fallen out of vogue for doctors. Scrubs may still be worn depending on the specialty, but the most common dress code is business casual or business suits, depending on seniority and personal preference; paediatricians often dress even less formally so as not to intimidate young patients. Neckties have been banned from hospital wards for hygiene and safety reasons; bowties are apparently in a bit of a grey area.
* Particularly in the US, the use of lab coats has become something of a controversy among mental healthcare professionals like therapists, chiefly in clinical settings like psychiatric hospitals. Some therapists want to avoid them even if they're the facility norm to come across as "different" than psychologists or psychiatrists the patients are also seeing all day. Others have found that playing the trope straight gets people more cooperative with treatment.