"Limited facility presents challenge...save greatest number of people using limited resources! Security threats...gangs...mercenary groups add additional difficulty, quite enjoyable! Plague stretched abilities to limit...couldn't have asked for more! Also enjoy saving people, of course...helping the helpless...greater good...all that too."Super Doc is the only doctor in town/on the starship/in the expedition. He may have a canon field of expertise, but when called on, he can treat ANYTHING. Often in sci-fi settings, he has no nurses or other doctors to help him, sometimes with quite limited resources, and must sometimes learn and treat an alien's anatomy after about five minutes looking at it, or diagnose weird new illnesses at the drop of a hat. Even against all these odds, he usually has a high success rate. After all, he's Super Doc! Compare Open Heart Dentistry, contrast Not That Kind of Doctor. A subtrope of Omnidisciplinary Scientist and The Medic.
—Professor Mordin Solus, Mass Effect 2
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- Black Jack, from the manga of the same name.
- More Medicine Man than Doctor, Mushishi's Ginko can recognize almost any mushi, and has a solution to nearly every Mushi-based problem the series has to offer; in both cases, usually after very little deliberation or research.
- Doctor Bombay from Kinnikuman could undo brain damage and reattach severed limbs with ease.
- Franken Fran, of course, can fix any medical problem, but the result is usually worse than the original problem.
- Dr. Tenma from Monster is noted to be a genius doctor, but his specialty is neurosurgery. He often ends up performing operations on people that have nothing whatsoever to do with the nervous system, and pulling it off because he's just that good.
- A Certain Magical Index: The "frog-faced doctor" seems to be capable of treating anything. Now, he does have access to some seriously advanced medical technology, but thus far the only things he's been unable to cure have been cases where portions of his patient's brain have been outright destroyed, and in one of those cases he found a workaround anyway. There's a reason he's known as "Heaven Canceller".
- Dr Mid-Nite in The DCU. He has become the go-to character for any superhero requiring medical expertise. In any specialty.
- Dr Curt Connors was the main go-to guy for any of Spider-Man's ailments or genetic mixups. When he wasn't the Lizard at the time.
- Night Nursenote provides emergency medical care for superheroes when they can't go anywhere else, and seems able to treat anything from minor injuries to operating on heroes with unbreakable skin.
- Doctor Strange is either this or Forgot About His Powers when it comes to medicine. He was a surgeon whose career ended in the 1960s, but he's still been asked to do anything from give an injection to deliver babies.
- Any Star Trek doctor—ships' doctors, in space as at sea, have to be flexible to deal with whatever comes up far from help, but Trek doctors seem never even to struggle with the sheer breadth of medical issues facing them, only being troubled by completely new diseases and thought-impossible surgeries.
McCoy: I'm a doctor, not a bricklayer!Kirk: You're a healer, there's a patient. That's an order.
- "Bones" McCoy from Star Trek: The Original Series. The example is when he successfully treated the Mother Horta, a silicon based lifeform whose physiology is not only completely unfamiliar to McCoy, but he didn't even believe such a lifeform even existed until that very moment.
- Minorly subverted early on — the second-ranking medical officer (Dr M'Benga) was indicated to be Bones' superior when it came to treating Vulcans, on account of having done his internship on Vulcan. Bones could still treat Vulcans, and do so well, but there were more than a few cases of Bones being surprised at some physical quirk of Vulcans.
- McCoy does however claim not to be a psychiatrist.
- Dr Beverley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- Dr Kathrine Pulaski, also from The Next Generation.
- Dr Julian Bashir from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
- "Doctor" (Emergency Medical Hologram) from Star Trek: Voyager, with Kes or Paris as an occasional Nurse. The EMH kind of cheats here as "he" is essentially a 24th century supercomputer integrated with a database of the entirety of Federation medical knowledge with holograms and forcefields used to provide a "body". Kes/Paris being used as a nurse/medic was more for when they couldn't bring the patient to the Doctor as he was, at least initially, stuck in sickbay by his holographic nature there being no projectors elsewhere on the ship.
- Dr Phlox (a rare non-human Super Doc) from Star Trek: Enterprise. He claims to hold six degrees in interspecies veterinary medicine, as well as degrees in dentistry, hematology, botanical pharmacology, psychiatry, and other disciplines.
- Any Stargate doctor.
- Jack from Lost , as the series went on he went from applying first aid, to running a small pharmacy using drugs found on the plane, to performing amputations and blood transfusions in the jungle, with no medical equipment.
- Babylon 5: Dr. Stephen Franklin, a xenobiologist can operate on any alien species, perform autopsies, dissect alien organisms, and so efficient at medical research he can engineer medicines to combat diseases he hadn't even heard about previously in a matter of days. He can also engineer electronic devices to interface with a telepath's mind to control telepaths up in orbit when most telepathy requires "line-of-sight".
- In one episode, however, when dealing with a disease that threatened to kill ALL the Markab people, he enlisted the help of a Markab friend, Doctor Lazarenn, who manages (before succumbing to the disease himself) to point Franklin in the right direction. However, when Dr. Franklin is ready to test his experimental vaccine, all the Markab in the station have died.
- Doubly impressive on Farscape since Zhaan isn't a trained physician at all and Noranti's skills are...dubious, to say the least.
- And Joolushko, who was established as being essentially a med student, though granted from a race that seems to prize intellect and learning above all else. Then she apparently switches specialties to archaeology. . .
- Dr. Woodard on Dark Shadows is generally only shown as a family doctor or general physician, until he's revealed to also be the greatest surgeon in Collinsport.
- Dr. Julia Hoffman, in the original series. Psychiatrist, surgeon, expert in blood disorders...
- Discworld series:
"If it takes an Igor to bring you back, you were dead. Briefly dead, it's true, which is why the murderer will be briefly hanged."
- Dr "Mossy" Lawn from Night Watch. And since he's the only good doctor around, he seems to go without sleep.
- Slightly subverted in the earlier Feet of Clay; due to a lack of any competent (or trustworthy) doctors in the city, the poisoned Patrician has to rely on horse doctor "Doughnut" Jimmy. When the mob owns most of the racehorses around, a vet has to get results.
- In Unseen Academicals, the surgical skills of The Igors is such that there is a law in Ankh-Morpork that says:
- Madame Pomfrey from the Harry Potter series, although having access to magical remedies does help a lot.
- And her training is clearly meant to treat more minor (relatively) injuries. More serious cases get sent to a fully qualified hospital.
- In Hurog averted with Oreg, who can heal wounds with magic, and has the necessary knowledge for treating wounds without using magic - but apparently he's helpless when it comes to psychological problems. He clearly is very fond of Ciarra, who is mute for what is likely psychosomatic reasons, but is never shown to have attempted to do anything about her muteness. Likewise, there's Ciarra's mother, whose brain is damaged by taking herbal drugs; that seems to be beyond Oreg's power, too. And that even though he is Really 700 Years Old.
- There are others who can ... magically mess with people's brains, though whether they use that for good is a different question.
- Stable master Penrod treats all horse diseases, most of them with one single tincture. He also seems to be competent in horse psychology.
- Aes Sedai in The Wheel of Time series have the magical means to heal almost anything short of a missing limb or death, but Nynaeve has an innate medical mastery that far outstrips even those who have studied the art for decades. Early on she uses healing magic that is far more effective, though proportionately difficult, than that considered standard by the Aes Sedai (because it provides the energy for the healing rather than drawing it from the patient themselves). Her self-taught method is considered inferior by other Aes Sedai until she goes on to cure conditions such as the severing of one's ability to do magic, which was considered impossible even in the nigh-omniscient Age Of Legends. In the most recent book of the series (13th as of this writing), she also cured the madness brought on by using the tainted type of magic, likewise believed impossible.
- James Nichols in the 1632 series, but then again, he's a doctor of 2000 in the 17th century. His daughter, later in the series, earns almost as much of a "superdoc" reputation among downtime physicians.
- Dr. Crusher in Dino Attack RPG is not only a qualified surgeon but also engineered a cure to neurotoxins after the XERRD fortress battle and helped develop a cure to deal with possession by The Maelstrom.
- GURPS has Wildcard Skills (Skills that end with an exclamation mark, and cover everything their name could possibly cover), so it is possible to create a Super Doc with the "Medicine!" Wildcard Skill.
- The Dragon Doctors is supposed to be what happens when you have a team of different (magically-powered) doctors banding together. None of them are good at everything, but even alone, they're each capable of amazing feats of healing.
- Both a Super Doc and an even more literal "Super" Doc would be Doctor McNinja, who has a degree in almost literally everything (he spent his college years being in dozens of places at once through the power of cloning) and also has great experience treating the kind of medical problems for which there are no degrees (like a disease that turns people into Paul Bunyans or makes your ass turn into a spider at night). On top of that he fights crime and saves the world in his spare time.
- Doctor Alexander Steubbing, a professor of biochemistry who is better known as "Lifeline", one of the heroes of the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, is a literal Super Doc. He has superpowers that allow him to heal injuries, cure diseases, and regenerate tissue at a touch (he can even raise the dead, assuming they haven't been dead for longer than a couple of hours or so, but he doesn't advertise that fact). The fact that he doesn't keep a secret identity and is called "Doctor Steubbing" in the press as often as he's called "Lifeline" has lead a lot of people to assume he is another kind of doctor...
- Dr. Hibbert from The Simpsons is both a GP and a surgeon. Marge refers to him as a pediatrician at one point, but that hasn't stopped him from treating her and most of Springfield's adult population.
- Hibbert's rival, Dr. Nick, while a bit of a quack, practices in a similarly broad variety of disciplines.
- Similarly, Dr. Hartman from Family Guy. He even performed a sex change operation.
- Mordin-f**king-Solus from Mass Effect 2. Cures a bio-engineered plague in a mob-controlled Wretched Hive while three factions of gangs battle it out and try to gun their way inside his clinic just for the spite of it. Later goes on to become a chief medical officer aboard the Normandy, helping Commander Shepard save the galaxy, rarely breaking any composure.
- Dr. Chakwas. Despite being an old woman, and the fact that humanity has only had thirty or so years' experience dealing with alien species, she knows how to treat just about any wound on any sort of species. Liara T'Soni (a 106-year-old asari scientist) is impressed at how much she knows about her species' physiology. She later proves how unflappable and determined she is by surviving the destruction of the original Normandy, leaving the Alliance just to serve aboard the illegally-constructed second Normandy, and pulling herself together after being abducted and almost liquified by the Collectors. She flat out tells you that she'll go through any sort of hell to serve at your side. How's that for Undying Loyalty?
- Doctors in Fallout are able to casually heal your hp, broken limbs, addictions, radiation poisoning, and sometimes, even perform plastic surgery on your face.
- Nurse Joy in any Pokémon game, at least, from a Pokemon's point of view.
- The Medic from Team Fortress 2 has his medigun that can keep a fellow team member alive under heavy bullet rain at such a degree they'll die only via concentrated effort from the opposing team. The "Meet The Medic" video shows that if he has the peace and quiet and equipment for it, he can easily keep a patient conscious and talking without a heart.
- Dr. Baldhead from Guilty Gear, better known as Faust, claims that he's nearly treated every disease under the sun, and is basically renown for his godlike powers of healing- until he goes insane as a result of the Assassin's Guild (Zato-One in particular) killing one of his patients.
- Veterinarians. While some of them specialize in certain species (for example, horses), many are trained to treat numerous different forms of life.
- Emergency room doctors must be equipped to identify and handle a truly staggering number of topics, both medical and psychiatric, in an environment where a mistake can cost someone their life.