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

Things every doctor wears on TV ([[ImNotADoctorButIPlayOneOnTV and those who play them]]). 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]]?
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Shinra Kishitani of ''{{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.
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[[folder:Film]]
* 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 {{Patch Adams}} when Robin Williams uses a white coat given to him by a group of butchers to gain entrance to a teaching hospital as a third year med student.
* The ''Franchise/CarryOn'' series 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.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Dr. ''Series/{{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.
* 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.
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[[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.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DrMario'', as pictured.
* In ''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 ''MetalGearSolid4'' 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 [[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.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The title character of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' always wears a lab coat and stethoscope, in addition to the ninja mask and katana.
* Doctors in ''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?"
* ''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.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* On ''Franchise/{{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.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Red Guy from ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', whenever he's a doctor.
* ''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 ''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".
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[[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]].
** Pediatricians are often allowed to wear casual clothes instead, as white coats can upset young children.
** 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 speciality, but the most common dress code is business casual or business suits (usually worn by senior consultants or administrators). Neckties have been banned from hospital wards for hygiene and safety reasons; [[BowtiesAreCool bowties]] are apparently in a bit of a grey area, not that any self-respecting physician wants to deal with all the ''Series/DoctorWho'' jokes.
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