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Hospital Hottie

"Do all hospitals usually have this many cute nurses on their staff or was this place purposely stockpiling to make sure that they had a steady influx of self-injured male patients?"

Exactly What It Says on the Tin, medical personnel who are attractive. Makes you just wanna shout: "Helloooo, nurse!"

Expect "sponge bath", "raising temperatures" and "racing pulses" jokes. See also Naughty Nurse Outfit for when a nurse's outfit is deployed specifically for sexification purposes, and The Florence Nightingale Effect for nurse/doctor-patient relationships.

Unfortunately for people who expect this trope to be Truth in Television, anyone who has ever been to a real hospital will notice that the nurses are more concerned with their jobs than titillating their patients. They will be wearing little if any makeup, and will always be in Boring, but Practical scrubs, which are nowhere near as appealing as the fetishized nurse outfits in media, and you'll almost never see a nurse on the job with her hair done up like they always do on TV. The fanciest "style" you will likely ever see is a simple ponytail, for hygienic reasons.

Even in the cases where this trope is Truth in Television, there's not a lot of sexy activity going on. Nurses see you when you look and feel your worst. They watch you vomit, clean your catheters and bedpans, wipe your nether-regions, jab you with sharp needles, and are prone to sticking uncomfortable things in various orifices. And there is really nothing pleasant about genital or rectal examinations. Just because you might be naked does not mean anything fun is about to happen.

Please note that this applies to a character, not simply any hot actor playing a hospital worker, for the same reason Real Life examples are not listed here. Most actors are "hot" in the first place, so it usually goes unsaid. You can have an attractive hospital worker without their hotness being a plot element in the work - that would not fall under "Hospital Hottie".


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    Comic Books 
  • Justified in Empowered, the staff of the Purple Paladin Memorial Hospital's supra-human wing have access to exotic technology that makes them extremely good looking and have extremely skimpy uniforms (yes, both females and males). When Empowered asks why they're all so good looking they simply tell her it's just coincidence. That's later revealed to be a lie when one of them happens consumes food laced with something designed to neutralize superpowers and reverts to being a normal, unattractive and rather overweight guy.
  • Cecelia Reyes of X-Men is a doctor and surgeon. She's not interested in joining the x-men or being a superhero, but she does have the typical idealized superheroine physique.
  • Soranik Natu of Green Lantern is a fairly attractive physician (Depending on the Artist she may get really attractive), acting as the resident doctor for the current Green Lanterns, and manages to charm Kyle Rayner enough to start a stable relationship with him.
    • At one point, he purposely invokes this trope. When he's injuredNote  and comes to with no one around, he uses his ring to form a pair of gorgeous nurses to help him walk.
    "Oh, thank you, "ladies." Glad to see that the juvenile and frisky brain center still functions properly. Batman will be so proud."

  • Amy is considered this by others in Prison Island Break. She's harassed by Sonic, Shadow and presumably a few other prisoners.

  • Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995). The Man With The Plan, a quadriplegic mobster, has an attractive blonde nurse to care for him. "Can't nurse for shit, but I keep her around because, even though I can't feel them, I just know she gives me erections."
  • The World Is Not Enough. M refuses to allow Bond to return to duty after he dislocates his collar bone. Fortunately the MI6 doctor is a hot redhead who certifies that Bond has "exceptional stamina".
  • "Sexy Nurse" played by Maria Menounos in the 2005 Fantastic Four movie.
    Sexy Nurse: My God! You're hot!
    Johnny Storm: Why, thank you. So are you.
  • Evelyn in Pearl Harbor is an army nurse that's in the center of a Love Triangle between two US Army Air Corps pilots .
  • The main character in The Diving Bell And The Butterfly has two very attractive nurses helping him out. It's the least he could ask for considering the crap he has to endure throughout the film.
  • Alex Price (Jenny Agutter) from An American Werewolf in London, a very attractive nurse who falls in mutual love with the main character. As Griffin Dunne remarks in the DVD commentary ŕ propos Alex's treatment of David: "I want to stay in that hospital!"
  • In Dressed to Kill, a serial killer escapes a hospital by strangling a buxom nurse played by a Penthouse Pet and stripping off her uniform to wear. The sexual undertones are explained by it being All Just a Dream.

  • Lensman ("Galactic Patrol"). When Lensman Kimball Kinnison is severely wounded, his admiral orders that the most attractive nurses in the Patrol attend to him, figuring he'll inevitably fall in love with one, so she might as well be a looker. The doctor criticises this popular belief, pointing out that while patients fall for their nurses, the reverse seldom happens because the nurses aren't seeing the patient at their best. Nevertheless the stunning Clarissa MacDougall attends to the handsome hero, and sure enough the two proceed to annoy the hell out of each other with their Belligerent Sexual Tension.
  • Played with in James White's Sector General series. Murchison (originally a staff RN, later earns her MD and goes into pathology) is described as being quite attractive by Earth-human standards, but the only one who acknowledges it is Conway. The vast majority of the staff, being composed of numerous species of Starfish Aliens, actually find her appearance a bit off-putting. Also played with in a different direction - when human doctors have received mind tapes from other species, they can find members of those species absurdly attractive - even if they look like giant crustaceans, or whatever.
  • Max Barry's Machine Man features the Prosthetist Lola. For a man with almost no interest in his fellow human beings, Dr. Charles Neumann finds her extremely attractive.
  • Upon seeing Carlisle Cullen for the first time in Twilight Bella thought, "Then a doctor walked around the corner, and my mouth fell open. He was young, he was blond... and he was handsomer than any other movie star I'd seen. He was pale, though, and tired-looking, with circles under his eyes. From Charlie's description, this had to be Edward's father."
  • Emma Rossi from Time Of Death is a nurse and considered to be very attractive by all the men in the story.

    Live Action TV 
  • Torchwood: Miracle Day's Dr. Vera Juarez. Walking down hospital corridors with her long legs, perfect hair, low cut dress, and high heels, she looks like a model walking the runway.
    • For that matter, Dr. Owen Harper, although he no longer works at a hospital. You can bet quite a few female patients were smitten with him when he did, though.
  • Lampshaded in Season 9 of Scrubs, when Dr. Cox tells a young intern that she is far too good looking to ever be taken seriously as a doctor. He's right, too, even if he is ignoring all the other women who have passed through the show.
    • Comes up often in Season 2, after Elliot's sexy makeover. The other female doctors give her dirty looks, and she complains how unfair it is that nobody minds when the female nurses come to work looking good.
    • A male gynecologist pops up in an episode or two, who is so hot the female characters schedule more exams with him than they need.
  • Everyone on General Hospital and its spinoffs, Night Shift and Port Charles.
  • Grey's Anatomy:
    • McDreamy (Derek Shepherd) and McSteamy (Mark Sloan) are referred to within the show as being attractive, while everyone else is Hollywood Normal.
    • Izzie Stevens also receives frequent in-show comments about her looks, and actually put herself through med school modeling. She's arguably a deconstruction of the idea, since she admits she wonders if people like her for her or her looks, and is tired of always being described as "the pretty girl".
    • Both of Bailey's Love Interests (after her separation) are of the Tall, Dark and Handsome variety (the "tall" part is emphasized because Bailey is on the short side).
  • House: Nearly the whole cast of the entire show.
    • Cuddy was frequently teased by House for dressing inappropriately. She doesn't really seem to mind.
      House: [As Cuddy bends over] Oh. My. God. You're not wearing any panties.
      Cuddy: [Standing up quickly] Yes, I am.
      House: Skirt that tight, you got no secrets. Skirt that tight, I can tell if you're wearing an IUDnote .
    • In the first few seasons, House speculated aloud at least once on why Cameron became a doctor, since she was pretty enough to get by on her looks alone. (He concluded she must feel she had something to prove). By the last season, Cameron seems almost plain compared to other lady doctors on the team.
    • Chase (pictured at the top of this page) is immensely hot. One Littlest Cancer Patient manipulated him into kissing her because he was the most handsome doctor. House and Wilson like teasing him about being "dreamy." In one episode, Chase reacts to this teasing by attempting to prove he's not that attractive by going to a speed dating event and acting as off-putting as he can realistically manage. He's forced to admit that he can pretty much coast on his looks when it turns out that over half the women are interested in seeing him again anyway.
  • Dr. Helen Magnus of Sanctuary often pairs her lab coat with thick makeup, an elegant updo, and big dangly earrings. In one episode she can be seen performing an autopsy in black stilettos.
  • In Hope And Faith, when Charlie hires Faith as a dental hygienist, she shows up for work in a sexy nurse's outfit and bends over a lot.
  • Noah's Arc: Junito, the attractive young physician (and Ricky's major love interest).
  • Thomas of Wonderfalls gets one of these giving him a sponge bath after his tracheotomy. He dates her for awhile.
  • There was a Seinfeld episode where George was visiting his mother at the hospital, when he happened to see a Hospital Hottie give a sponge bath to a patient who, despite never being seen except for behind the blinds, was stated to be even hotter than the nurse. The scene is referenced later in the Mistaken for Gay episode, with George seeing pretty much the exact same thing, except with a male nurse and male patient.
  • Played with in an early episode of The Sopranos. A woman in a Hello Nurse outfit comes to check on Jackie Aprile, who insists she's not his nurse. About the point her tits start falling out of her jacket, he realizes that she's one of the girls from the Bada Bing club, whom Tony hired to come out and show Jackie a good time.
  • Dr Nick Khan on My Mad Fat Diary is referred to as "attractive" within the show and is often the subject of the protagonist's fantasies.
  • Dr. Reid Oliver from the soap opera As the World Turns. His looks actually get used for dramatic effect after Noah regains his sight. Doctor Oliver describes himself as very ugly to blind Noah. However, in a moment of Genre Savvy, when Noah learns his doc is a hottie, he is horrified at the implications behind him being SO attractive and spending SO much time with Noah's ex.
  • In Coupling, Patrick admits, somewhat accidentally, that he has a nurse fetish to his girlfriend Sally. When she asks him what it is, he actually kind of combines this trope with reality saying they're "kind, sensitive, caring people... who are almost impossible to disgust."
  • Parks and Recreation's Nurse Ann Perkins, who is treated as being very hot in-universe. As recounted in a DVD Commentary, averting this for the other nurses required extra paperwork. Apparently if you ask for nurse extras in Hollywood, they'll send you a bunch of supermodels unless explicitly told otherwise.
  • Supernatural gives us Dr. Sexy, MD, the titular character on an in-universe soap opera that resident badass Dean Winchester has a bit of a soft spot for.
    Dean: You're not Dr. Sexy.
    Imposter: You're crazy.
    Dean: Really? Because I swore part of what makes Dr. Sexy sexy is the fact that he wears cowboy boots.
  • A lot of characters on Monday Mornings. Drs. Wilson and Ridgeway in particular, and there are several acknowledgement in-universe.
    • Dr. Tyler Wilson. One of his patients — a marine — said he was a baby face and that he didn't expect that in his doctor. Quite a strange thing to say to a brilliant neurosurgeon in his forties, but then again, it's Jamie Bamber in blue scrubs (which brings out his blue eye).
    • Dr. Tina Ridgeway is obviously the female hottie of Chelsea General. She's called hot by a patient who is a marine. It makes her blush, laugh and admit that "yeah, ok, I'm hot". It's quite adorable.
    • Young resident Dr. Michelle Robidaux gets hit on by patients and is referred to as "the pretty brunette".
  • Dr. Olga Vukavich in Seven Days definitely qualifies, also being of the Sensual Slavs variety. Parker spends half the time hitting on her (largely unsuccessfully). He once agrees to do yoga with her, mostly so he could ogle her in tight-fitting clothes. She appears to be a medical doctor but has also somehow memorized the formula for the alien fuel used by the Sphere.
  • Dr. Allison Blake in Eureka crosses this Hot Scientist. Interestingly, most of the focus is not on her stunning looks but on her smarts and experience. In one episode, several characters end up in the 40s back when Eureka was an army base. Naturally, Allison's cover is a Hello, Nurse! in appropriate clothes, and she even catches the eye of Trevor Grant (one of the founders of Eureka) who opts to go back with them to the 21st century. Once again, though, Grant is partly smitten by her skill in medicine and the fact that she saved his friend.
  • Very averted in Surgical Spirit, which aimed more for Truth in Television: nobody in the main cast is actor-beautiful, but they're not ugly as such, just very average.

  • Robert Palmer's "Bad Case of Lovin' You (Doctor, Doctor)" (Doctor, doctor, gimme the news, I gotta bad case of loving you...)
  • Alice Cooper's "Nurse Rosetta" is about a priest fantasizing about a nurse.
  • In the video for the Aerosmith song "Blind Man" Pamela Anderson has a cameo as a sexy nurse who gives a spongebath to a teenage boy, which causes his head to aslpode.
  • Super Shiny Metal by Nerd Core group Optimus Rhyme is about a man who undergoes surgery to become a hip-hop cyborg and falling in love with his nurse during recovery. He goes on to have more surgery just to see her, and eventually marries her and has a son by her.
  • We're never explicitly told that Dr. Martin in the Jonathan Coulton song "Betty and Me" is superficially attractive, but it's strongly implied by the subtext (what with lines like "Betty's been spending lots of time out late with Dr. Martin / She says they've been working on the baby every night / Dr. Martin buys her presents like new underwear") that he's at the very least genetically superior to the song's narrator:
    And Betty says he'll be taller
    And Betty says he'll be smarter
    And Betty says that our baby will be better than me


    Tabletop Games 
  • The Yu-Gi-Oh! game has a few. The most famous example is Injection Fairy Lily; not only is she a cute nurse (if yo can get past the huge syringe), the anime emphasizes it, having her flirt with the opposing player when she's summoned (which the dub edits out in most cases). Her Older and Wiser form, Counselor Lily is a subversion (but possibly a Meganekko; given as her dress is more modest and she seems to be taking her job more seriously when she appears on the Spell Card Attrafic Control (which fits, seeing as the position of counselor would suggest an advanced degree). There’s also Nurse Reficule the Fallen One, who is clearly an evil version of the trope, emphasized by the fact that her effect changes Life Point gain into Effect Damage. (pretty much the opposite of what a nurse is supposed to to. Of course, she is a Fallen Angel.)

  • Older than Television: Old Vaudeville shows often had a scene where an attractive woman in a nurse's uniform would walk across the stage, prompting the male cast members to call out: "Hello, Nurse!!". (And now you know.) See the "doctor sketch" in Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys for a good reenactment of this bit.

    Video Games 
  • Rival Schools has Kyoko Minazuki, a rather buxom school nurse.
  • Litchi Faye Ling from BlazBlue is a doctor who is currently trying to find a cure for a certain monster who used to be her friend. She's... wearing a very Stripperiffic red Qipao, which shows her very buxom body (there's a reason why her In Universe Nickname is 'Boobie Lady'). She's got a more conservative, covering cloth when not fighting, though. And her voice also sounds flirtuous at times (although she's probably just teasing).
  • Sayoko Uehara of Persona 4, an extremely flirty nurse with whom the main character can develop the Devil Arcana.
  • Almost every Harvest Moon title has at least one good-looking person in the medical profession that is an eligible marriage candidate. Probably the only exception is Dr. Hardy from the Wonderful Life series.
  • Teddie Adelaide in Mitsumete Knight. The protagonist in-game (and one of the Official Konami Guides as well) even hangs a lampshade about her "nice body" when they are at the beach.
  • Valentine from Skullgirls does dress as a nurse and her combat repertoire includes lots of medic-based things, including surgeries and such. And her breasts pop out of her nurse outfit. It's a trap; don't fall for it.
  • Mikan Tsumiki from Super Dangan Ronpa 2 seems to look like one, with the semi-short nurse's uniform, being wrapped around in bandages and having a large bust size. But she's also very clumsy, prone to shrieking and crying and in chapter 1, she is covered with food.
  • This trope is half the point of Kiss Of Revenge, which is set at a large Tokyo hospital and features several very attractive doctors as potential love interests for the protagonist, along with two very cute nurses and a stylish female M.D. as supporting characters.
  • League of Legends, while having not really attractive doctors by canon (like Dr. Mundo) features alternate skins for the Kinkou Ninjas working as hospital members. Akali's nurse outfit is the one that fits the most (seeing that Kennen is a yordle, and Shen's Glowing Eyes of Doom puts a debate on the trope).
  • Discussed in a Tales of Xillia 2 skit, where Leia asks Jude (Who's a doctor) why he decided to go with his new look. When she suspects that he did it for the sake of getting more attention from girls, he quickly denies it, only to reluctantly admit the truth immediately after.


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    Western Animation 
  • Futurama:
    • Leela is once impressed with a handsome doctor, which makes her all flirty: "A tall doctor, you say?" His name is Adlai Atkins and they grew up in the same orphanage. He's an eye surgeon, and it doesn't hurt that most doctors are rich.
    • The movie had a sexy young doctor named Dr. Cahill, (although Fry just called her Dr. Good and Sexy) who - despite her insistence that her attractive nature didn't make her a bimbo - was in fact a bimbo.
  • An old Popeye cartoon has him and Bluto competing to see who can be the first to get hurt badly, so they can be treated by nurse Olive. Olive's hotness is an Informed Ability at best. In-universe, Bluto and Popeye certainly believe in it, though.
  • An episode of The Penguins of Madagascar had Private falling in love with the zoo's new cute vet, and repeatedly getting himself hurt on purpose in order to spend more time with her.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Gumball dreams of one day becoming a "handsome" doctor when he grows up.
  • Hello, Nurse! from Animaniacs who unsurprisingly is a nurse has men lusting after her constantly especially the Warner Brothers.
  • Kim Possible: Kim's mom, Anne Possible, is an attractive brain surgeon.

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