Primum nil nocere.note
— Often wrongly attributed to the Hippocratic Oath but nonetheless a medical maxim in its own right
Funny thing about adventure: People tend to get hurt and especially the heroes. Injuries are terribly inconvenient for questing, resulting in time lost recuperating (or making an out-of-the-way trip to the nearest Trauma Inn
) at best, and a Total Party Kill
at worst. So it's wonderfully convenient to have someone in the party who can make the hurting stop.
Enter the Medic. In modern or futuristic settings, the Medic is often a trained physician or EMT (emergency medical technician) and relies on whatever medical technology is available in that era and on-hand — anything from miraculous herbs
, injections and bandages to Nanomachines
. In fantasy settings, the Medic is a often a cleric
or Mysterious Waif
of some kind, using the powers of a White Mage
or White Magic
to restore people with Healing Hands
(or something similarly glowy
). They may also wield the Healing Shiv
. Even the Standard Scifi Fleet
might have Medics, in the form of tenders or repair ships.
Often caring and concerned, Medics tend to be The Chick
or (if a guy) The Heart
. Alternatively, they're less personable than rational, and they are thus a Smart Guy
, even if The Team
already has a Smart Guy. Regardless, team Medics will inevitably become the Team Mom
—they simply leave the team if they can't. Regardless, everyone must obey the Doctor's Orders
Medics are typically Squishy Wizards
, possessing little in the way of raw strength or offensive combat ability. If guns are standard, they'll usually have the smallest and weakest possible. In fantasy settings, they don't usually wear any armor, and tend to use staves
as often as hammers or maces
. They don't always get the flashiest abilities and their skillset tends towards Boring but Practical
, although they will occasionally pick up a few offensive spells. Holy Hand Grenade
is popular among the rare Medics who fight
Expect the Medic to be an Actual Pacifist
and hold to Thou Shalt Not Kill
(except, possibly, Mercy Killing
), although he may not stick to it when he is literally the only person who can attack — especially not if the villain is willing to attack him or worse, the wounded
. In Real Life
, this is required; medical personnel are non-combatants, and so are protected
under The Laws and Customs of War
, but forbidden to fight themselves lest they forfeit this protection.note
If there's only one team member capable of healing, that person is automatically the Medic, even if they have other abilities, even if healing is their least
proficient ability. If multiple teammates can heal, then the Medic is the one who is either the best at it or takes it most seriously. Even if the Medic should have awesome attack magic, or have the fortitude to handle melee combat, his role as healer, supporter, and protector is his top priority
A subtrope of Support Party Member
. See the The Squad
and the Command Roster
likely to have a team Medic. In particularly large or specialized teams, it is not uncommon for the Medic to do almost nothing except heal the Stone Wall
- in which case they are that fighter's "backpack" (this is standard practice for groups in World of Warcraft
). A backpack may also occur when one member has a specialized healing ability and another requires that specialized healing (typically robot/techie, undead
/necromancer, or an inverted Revive Kills Zombie
A Medic who specializes in healing and support magic (sometimes with a dash of attack magic) is known as a White Mage
. White Magician Girl
is a specific type of White Mage
that occurs with faithful regularity in videogame RPGs
Also in videogames, when the enemy
has one, Shoot the Medic First
. The Combat Medic
is a variant which can heal and support while
beating down the enemies, and a medic who specializes in both healing and
defense is often a Barrier Warrior
. The Deadly Doctor
has gone rogue and decided to use those same healing abilities to take people apart. Compare After-Action Patch-Up
, After-Action Healing Drama
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Anime and Manga
- Haou Airen: Shui Long. He comes from a family of these.
- Slayers: Guest Star Party Member Sylphiel, a shrine maiden, acts as this as well as a defensive tactician for the four protagonists. The third season, Slayers TRY, has Filia fill this position. When neither of them are around, Amelia usually does most of the healing, being a specialist in White Magic.
- In Galaxy Angel, Vanilla H was the team healer and youngest member of the all-female fighter-pilot group, but she was one of the smarter members and an Emotionless Girl. She healed people and repaired fighter-craft with Nanomachines. Probably because everyone's older and she's so young, she's not a Team Mom.
- Galaxy Angel II replaces her with Nano-Nano Pudding, also the youngest of her group (she's actually one, being an Artificial Human made of the aforementioned nanomachines). Unlike Vanilla's fragile ship, Harvester, Nano-Nano could actually fight decently in First Aider, although you'd still want to keep her in healing mode.
- In Record of Lodoss War, Etoh the cleric was the team healer, but Deedlit the elf was The Chick. Deedlit had healing magic herself, too, but she wasn't specialized in the Medic role like Etoh.
- Yuuno Scrya and Shamal of the Wolkenritter, from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Shamal is the better healer, but Yuuno is better at providing support and protection in combat... and he doesn't have a high-quality Device enhancing his magical abilities, either. Both are kind of The Chick , but Yuuno is never part of a team long enough to become a Team Mom. After her Heel-Face Turn, Shamal would become a literal medic, complete with her own office and doctor coat.
- The male doctor in Vandread, Duero Macfile. A Badass Bookworm in personality alone, but he was also an A-Class Citizen and a fully qualified mecha pilot assigned to an elite military vessel. He probably could make a fine showing in combat if he weren't more intestered in his role as the ship's only medical doctor.
- Orihime Inoue may have the power to make people's heads explode, but it often fails for the simple fact that she doesn't want to make heads explode and her targets are too strong for half-hearted attacks. On the other hand, she also has the power to protect and heal; since she prefers very much to do that, her considerable powers operate at full strength in that department. She is also the strongest healer in the series, as her healing attacks don't actually heal wounds, they make it so they never happened in the first place.
- The Fourth Court Guard squad, lead by Captain Retsu Unohana and lieutenant Isane Kotetsu, is the healing squad. They tend to get picked on by other Court Guard squads because they heal instead of fighting. However, one menacing look from the otherwise polite and gentle Unohana is enough to stop them.
- 7th Seat Hanataro Yamada healing specialization goes so far, that his Zanpakuto is actually a Healing Shiv. Unfortunately, he's also the Butt Monkey, which means he frequently misplaces his sword, when it's actually pretty powerful (heal enough wounds with it, and it can return the damage healed in a massive attack).
- Tio from Gash Bell primarily focuses on defending the offense-oriented characters, or, in a pinch, healing them with swords. This is often used in an RPG style in between battles to heal up for the next encounter.
- Elf dust in Berserk can heal wounds. This is sometimes an unfortunate fact for Puck, the elf that travels with Guts — when he needs healing, Guts has no problem with grabbing Puck and shaking him over whatever wounds need to be healed.
- Dende and Mr. Popo in Dragon Ball Z.
- Korin and even more Yajirobe.
- Pretty much anyone holding some Senzu Beans usually becomes this. Krillin becomes this in the start of the Android Saga due to having a whole bag of them.
- Asa Shigure, Kareha, and Nerine from SHUFFLE!!. In a twist, Asa rejects her "role" as healer due to her reluctance to use any kind of magic after all the crap her mom went through in the past, which becomes a plot point as the magic piles up in her body and gets her gravely sick...
- All the medical ninja from Naruto, most notably Tsunade the Fifth Hokage, Kabuto Yakushi and Sakura Haruno.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
- Josuke can easily do this with his Stand power, which is to ability to restore anything that is broken. But he cannot do it to himself.
- Giorno CAN heal himself, but has to take something and turn that into new flesh for whatever he is trying to heal; such as using the bullets you were shot with to fix your organs. (This leads to an... odd moment later on in the story.)
- In YuYu Hakusho, Botan, Genkai and Yukina all have healing powers, but Yukina is the only one to use it more than once. However, the actual team medic is Kurama, the plant master.
- In The Prince of Tennis, Oishi, Ryuzaki-sensei and Inui are sometimes seen bandaging up their injured teammates.
- Konoe Konoka in Mahou Sensei Negima! increasingly fills this role as she becomes more experienced with healing magic. After a while, team members just don't bother restraining themselves during training, since all their injuries can be healed by her anyway. Unfortunately, this also makes her the team's biggest Achilles' Heel, as in a battle she is always targeted first. In one Mood Whiplash chapter, she manages to completely heal the protagonist after he took a stone spear to the chest, pulled it out to sucker-punch the villain who delivered it, collapsed, and bled on the floor for a minute, all until she got to him.
- With anime adaption on air, this has come to the trope: While most magi in the Nasuverse are trained in first aid, Irisviel von Einzbern in Fate/Zero is the designated Medic for Saber, her partner and her husband's Servant. Due to this she also suffers from a variation of The Worf Effect, where the first sign of trouble came when Saber took a hit and Irisviel couldn't heal it.
- Princess Millerna Sarah Aston, the Rebellious Princess from Vision of Escaflowne. Also kind of a subversion, being a traditional medic instead of a White Magician Girl. In a fantasy environment.
- Princess Erika from Daimos
- Fuu from Magic Knight Rayearth; one of her wind spells is a healing technique which she can apply to herself and her teammates.
- At first glance, it's easy to mistake Tony Tony Chopper of One Piece as the Team Pet. Regardless of this, he's also one of the One Piece world's most talented doctors. Among other feats, he successfully healed two crew members who had been frozen solid, despite having never seen such a thing and having no idea what to do at first. He also adapted his medical knowledge to combat, twice giving advice that was instrumental in defeating the giant Living Shadow-powered zombie Oars.
- Three characters have been shown to use healing, all ironically being male. Oboro Mochizuki is technically the team healer, and contrasts with the normal personality associated with the job. He switches between being extremely childish and mature, and it has been hinted at him becoming somewhat sinister. In fact, he ended up using his healing abilities to convert a Tavoo into a tumorous state, saying that he was trying to see if he could fix it to save the numerous composite bodies it was made up of, when he really only wanted to test his abilities. Also, his powers work best through hugging.
- The other two are Van, who plays this role for the Elmore kids (and is probably the strongest of all the healers), and Ian, who is The Mentor to both Van and later Kabuto, who uses Ian's unique Sense ability.
- Megumi Takani, Dr. Genzai (in the anime) and the Mutou siblings (both Shougo, who is a qualified medic trained in Occidental medicine, and his sister Sayo) in Rurouni Kenshin.
- In the Pokémon Special manga, Yellow is blessed by the Viridian Forest, meaning that she has the magical power to instantly heal Pokémon with a single touch. While this (and her other Viridian blessed powers) makes up for her sub-par battling skills, overusing it will cause her mental strain, forcing her to fall asleep.
- Nurse Joy from Pokémon. And Brock and his Chansey. Iris is showing signs of this too.
- A Certain Magical Index has the Heaven Canceler, who's almost always only referred to as the Frog Faced Doctor. He can heal any injury, even mortal ones. The only thing he can't do is cure brain damage and he's still better at that than normal brain surgeons. It does seem as though he needs proper medical equipment to work however.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, Cute Bruiser May Chang counts as this as Alkahestry can be used for healing.
- Winry is functionally a healer for Ed due to fixing his automail.
- Fairy Tail has Wendy, the Sky Dragon Slayer. Lamia Scale also has a medic, Cheila, Sky God Slayer.
- Shaman King has Faust VIII, who starts out with only really awesome but technically possible medical knowledge and a complete lack of squeamishness, but ends up being able to magically regrow limbs.
- Asia Argento of High School D×D. She has pretty much zero fighting skill, but her healing powers are extremely handy to the group.
- Kotoha and Rami of Arata Kangatari occasionally serve this role in Hinohara's group.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters has Tea, who heals her friends with help from her Happy Lover monster.
- Joshua "Josh" Foley, aka Elixir, from X-Men. Elixir is quite possibly the most powerful mutant because he can manipulate DNA in order as his power and accelerate cell division. It manifests early on as healing powers, but he can just as easily kill you as he can heal you.
- Lifeline from the G.I. Joe Animated Show and comic books. Gets lots of attention because he will never intentionally hurt someone, but is a master of a martial art that will redirect energy. A charging enemy will find himself fifteen feet away, out of breath, wondering what the heck threw him. There was also, in the original comics and some alternate universes, Doc, who was noted for his calm under fire, described as coming to you in the middle of a firefight "like he was a making a house call".
- Shaman of Alpha Flight is the team Medic, being both a medicine man and a top notch surgeon (described as the 'best cutter in Canada'). He does, however, have plenty of combat ability.
- The Gronk in Strontium Dog comes from an entire species who are skilled medics, and is constantly healing Johnny and Wulf after their latest scrap.
- Raven from the Teen Titans. Healing is her primary power and she is a pacifist who hates violence. These aspects are downplayed (though still present) in the cartoon.
Films — Animation
- 5 from 9. He isn't so much a Squishy Wizard as simply a Non-Action Guy/Action Survivor, and his Weapon of Choice for the few occasions he has to fight is a crossbow. He's also definitely The Chick of the group. It figures that he would be suited for the role, as he seems to embody the Scientist's caring, supporting side, and in the Russian version, in which the dolls aren't facets of the Scientist but people the Scientist knew, he actually was a professional medic.
Films — Live-Action
- Wade from Saving Private Ryan is an Army medic and the second character in The Squad to die.
- Doc Jay from Full Metal Jacket is a medic attached to the Lusthog squad who ends up biting it when a sniper mows him down as he attempts to aid his wounded team mate.
- Pretty much any war movie (especially World War II movies) that are focused on The Squad invoke this trope.
- The ship's doctor from The Hunt for Red October. He was naive(he didn't have the slightest idea that a hijacking was going on), but he was a good officer who kept order among the crew when the Red October was abandoned, he was caring about the sailor's welfare, and he would well qualify as a Worthy Opponent.
- Monk, the SEAL Medic in The Abyss, is (duh) one of these. Of all the SEALs that board Deep Core, he is the only one who seems inclined to deal with the rig crew as human beings. When faced with a medical situation he is not trained for (Jammer's coma) he does what little he can and apologises that he can't do more. Of course, since he has a religious name in a James Cameron film, his being a basically good guy was pretty much guaranteed from the get-go.
- Doc Potter in the 2007 remake of Three Ten To Yuma. He gets dragged along with the posse against his will, and his medical knowledge does come in useful a few times (despite the fact that he's actually a veterinarian) before he's killed off, because he's played by Alan Tudyk.
- Played with in When Trumpets Fade with Chamberlain, who seems very much the traditional WWII medic character, right up until the climax of the film, when he takes off his medic badges and assumes a combatant role to help destroy two German tanks. Of course, when he thinks Manning has been wounded, he reacts like a medic....
- Reynolds in Zulu.
- Special mention goes to the fact that he managed to keep working while the attacking Zulu warriors were climbing in through the windows, and he was a inspired by a real person.
- Mouth to Mouth: Dog.
- Elle Brody from Godzilla (2014) works as a nurse.
- In NERO Earth casters qualify as this. Earth Templars are Combat Medics although even Earth Scholars get combat applicable spells like Pin and Web, they just don't do any physical damage.
- In J. R. R. Tolkien's stories there are lots of characters with healing abilities (some conventionally mundane, some a bit magical) of various races, some having it as their 'main job' while others do it just as it comes up. Most well known healer is probably Elrond.
- In J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Aragorn is a sword-and-archery ranger and warrior, but perhaps the only member of the Fellowship of the Ring with medical knowledge. Athelas is used only for exposure to the deadly "Black Breath" Nazgűl. Aragorn was raised in Rivendell by Elrond, the greatest healer in all Middle-Earth, and was second only to Elrond in medicine. Aragorn cures Frodo's and Sam's wounds in Moria; and After the Battle of the Pelennor, Aragorn tends to all the wounded and heals them, regardless of the severity of their wounds. Finally, Sam and Frodo are so bad-off at the end of the adventure, that they lay comatose for two weeks after Aragorn tends to them; but they are fully healed by Aragorn (in body, at least, while Frodo's cure can be found only in Valinor). Pippin is likewise fully healed, despite being crushed by a troll. (Aragorn's skills seem limited to physical ailments, however, as Éowyn suffers from a melancholy that he admits is beyond his skill, and which deeply troubled him even while facing unspeakable peril. That emotional damage is actually healed by Faramir, whom Éowyn befriends and later falls in love with).
- In C. S. Lewis's The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Lucy Pevensie, youngest of the four siblings, is given a flask of a miraculous potion that heals all injuries. But it was Susan, the second eldest and the Archer, who was The Chick and the Team Mom.
- In 'Team Kimba', the group of the protagonists at the Super Hero School Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe, the Medic is mainly the role of Fey, who is a wizard with healing powers. She's also an empath. But she's not really a Squishy Wizard, since she is learning to wield a scimitar, and has hugely powerful offensive spells, even if she might want other members of the team to provide the muscle to give her enough time to perform her best spells. Another member of the team, Bladedancer, is the go-to girl for herbs and soothing balms.
- The most dedicated medic among the students that we've seen so far, however, may just be the blind devisor Jericho, who isn't actually on the team (though friends with some of them after a few harrowing encounters) and has to do it all by inventing the tools he needs himself because he has no actual innate healing powers.
- Subverted in the Sven Hassel World War II novel OGPU Prison. A medical orderly robs the wounded, demands a huge bribe for getting Sven onto a hospital train and brutally kicks a crawling amputee out of his path. On an earlier occasion another orderly is shown abandoning a truckful of wounded and making off with a submachine gun and a Red Cross bandolier on each arm (knowing that at least some Russian soldiers won't shoot at him). Though Sven's friends wish the orderly a well-deserved death, one cynically comments: "That kind lives through any war."
- Belknap in Dan Abnett's second and third Ravenor novels. Treats the indignant illegally, after he was caught at fraud: trying to get medical help to the people who weren't supposed to get it. And when he thinks Ravenor and company are a gang, does his best to get Zael away from them. All this goodness in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, no less.
- Dorden and Curth in the Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts novels. Dorden, being an Actual Pacifist fits the type even closer than Curth does; a delirious Soric thought it wrong for Dorden to take his gun, because he was not violent, but Curth was able to persuade him to give it to her.
- Also, Kolding in Blood Pact. Although he nearly revolts at having to treat a Blood Pact prisoner, Gaunt does get him to do it — and we learn that he was present, fifteen years earlier, when Blood Pact broke into his father's hospital to slaughter the doctors and wounded. Kolding was the Sole Survivor. In Salvation Reach he has joined the Ghosts, and fully wins a place by saving Cant's life when even Dorden didn't think it could be done.
- Arriott in Sandy Mitchell's Ciaphas Cain novel Death Or Glory fits the type very well, though he was actually a vet pressed into duty for humans by the circumstances.
- Stephen Maturin in the Literature/Aubrey-Maturin series—he's the ship's surgeon and a Badass Bookworm to boot, being incredibly skilled with both swords AND guns. Captain Aubrey and the rest of the crew have undying faith in his prowess. It's well-founded, as he was able to perform a successful evacuation of a subdural hematoma (bleeding into one's brain) aboard ship during a battle, and with 19th century technology, too!
- All the more notable since Maturin is a physician, not a surgeon. (It was even more of an issue then as opposed to now, since surgeons did not attend medical school and the overwhelming majority of physicians considered surgery a common craft beneath their professional station. For Maturin to know even the first thing about surgery, let alone undertake and succeed at half a dozen different procedures just in the first novel, is unusual in the extreme.)
- Heck, it is even more impressive that a physician would even consider a job in the navy. Physicians are usually drawn from the upper-class and would consider a a job at sea to be sacrilegious. At that time (c. 1800) there are only a dozen physicians compared to one thousand surgeons in the Royal Navy.
- In William King's Warhammer 40,000 Space Wolf novel Wolfblade, though in a Wretched Hive far down in the levels, Ragnar and Haegr stumble on Brother Malburius, who treats Haegr's injuries.
- This describes Polgara's job in the Belgariad pretty well. She uses conventional medicine, knows almost every sickness in the whole world and has a small box full of drugs always around. Her huge knowledge is comprehensible, after all she is 3000 years old.
- The Rifter: Non-Action Guy Saimura’s role in the Fai’daum guerillas. His magic is also useful in many other ways.
- An interesting take on the 'magical girl healer' idea is seen in the Vernor Vinge sci-fi novel A Fire Upon the Deep. Johanna, a 12 year-old girl from a spacefaring society, is stranded on the medieval world of the dog-like Tines. Each Tine is a pack of up to half a dozen members linked into a Hive Mind. Because two Tines cannot make bodily contact without being confused by the other's thoughts, Johanna's ability to physically nurse them gives her healing powers on a psychological level. (An assassination attempt on her fails because all the injured she had tended leapt to her defense.)
- The Star Wars Expanded Universe X-Wing Series of novels had Ton Phanan, a rarity in commando squads: a fully-trained and licensed doctor and surgeon. He had none of the bedside manner, however, and was something of a Combat Medic/Deadly Doctor. He did adhere to the Squishy Wizard stereotype by getting himself injured in battle (and eventually getting killed), though this was somewhat counteracted by his having to get cybernetic implants for more extensive injuries as he was "allergic to bacta".
- In Ben Counter's Warhammer 40,000 Horus Heresy novel Galaxy In Flames, Vaddon selflessly tends the injured among the betrayed loyalist Space Marines up to the moment that Horus's forces are let in and kill him and the wounded.
- In James Swallow's Warhammer 40,000 novel Faith & Fire, the Hospitaller Verity. Watching the Gladiator Games/Human Sacrifice, she was overcome with horror and jumped out to help the injured. During the terrorist attack on it, she ministered to the wounded and administered last rites (losing count when she realized that the number would make her cry). And when she does shoot one terrorist, she is horrified.
- The Discworld's Ankh-Morpork City Watch has The Igor as a medic, as do the Ins-And-Outs in Monstrous Regiment.
- They are almost eerily good at this — in particular, they can re-attach lost limbs and perform transplants using only needle and thread, and also possess the ability to completely suppress the patient's immune system incompatibility with the donor organ through means unexplained. They also have the ability to bring back people who have actually died, if it's recent enough (and if they're allowed to — dwarves in particular will not allow Igors to bring them back. Igors are said to be "naturally disappointed" by this). As of Unseen Academicals, Lord Vetinari has been compelled to make a law about this, because murder trials have a tendency to go wrong when the (formerly) deceased walks through the door: "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."
- In Steve Parker's Warhammer 40,000 Imperial Guard novel Gunheads, Wulfe's Back Story includes an incident where a medic jumped to save him from a wound that would have killed him. A few days later, the medic was captured by orks and tortured to death. Wulfe thinks that he's still trying to avenge him.
- Kaita, her friend Evelinden (before she died), and the other Callisorian healers in the Shadowleague books.
- In Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games and still more in Catching Fire, Katniss's mother and Prim. (Unavailable in the arena, alas.)
- Although, Katniss herself could qualify, even though the process of healing someone tends to disgust her. Despite the fact that Katniss herself admits that she's much better at killing, she was able to keep Peeta alive in the arena (no small feat in itself) by cleaning his wounds and draining his pus.
- In Larry Niven&Jerry Pournelle The Mote In Gods Eye, there is a caste of Moties that is dedicated to healing: the rust-fur Doctors. There is also a Warrior-Doctor hybrid for military healing.
- The Wheel of Time features many different cultures and their medical traditions, but the medics are almost always women who can channel. Nynaeve is the most prominent medic for the main characters.
- In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "A Witch Shall Be Born", Ivga both treats Valerius's wounds and calms him.
- Medicine cats in the Warrior Cats series.
- Mercy's Daughters in Shadows of the Apt.
- In Nelson DeMille's novel Word of Honor, Lt. Tyson's medic in Vietnam, Steven Brandt, testifies against Tyson when he is court-martialled for the massacre of doctors, nurses and civilians in a Vietnamese hospital. Brandt is mentioned to be a good medic but is morally corrupt; he eats plastic explosive to make himself ill so he can get out of the field and tried to kill Tyson by injecting him with a lethal dose of morphine. Tyson and his RTO Kelly caught Brandt taking photos of naked women being tortured by South Vietnamese police officers, and later raping a 12 or 13 year old girl. As revenge, Tyson makes him sit in a leech-infested dyke.
- In Jasper Fforde's One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing, the death of medical personnel is particularly noted in the massacre of the clown army.
- In John C. Wright's Count To A Trillion, Menelaus can argue with the Master of the World, but not the doctor.
- In Dan Abnett's Brothers of the Snake, Khiron. He also secretly ensures that Aekon is safe after a Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb stunt, and smooths things over between Priad and the squad after Priad is angered by their admitting to breaking rules.
- In Edgar Rice Burroughs's The Monster Men, Sing treats the injured.
- In The Touch, Dr. Alan Bulmer.
- Trapped on Draconica: Two, one for each side:
- The heroes have Erowin: a sweet tempered girl with healing hands.
- The villains have Lucia: a somewhat cranky dwarf who carries poison for "medicinal" purposes. Though effective in curing even life threatening wounds, this medicine is worse than the disease.
- In Robin McKinley's Sunshine, SOF has a medic who's on duty at 10:30 PM. He has combat patches.
- In ''The Leonard Regime, Ben's training has given him the opportunity to play medic multiple times. Madison is also mentioned to be capable in this area.
- In Treasure Island, the heroic Doctor Livesey is...well...a doctor.
- A Mage's Power: It's Dragon's Lair policy for a White Mage to be part of every team. Nolien fulfils this role for Team Four because he has the skill for it. He's still developing a healer's sensitivity.
- Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments is frequently called in to provide healing whenever somebody suffers an injury that the usual Shadowhunter healing Rune cannot fix.
Live Action TV
- Simon Tam from Firefly is an accomplished trauma surgeon on the run, who parlays his medical knowledge into passage on the ship. Simon also fits the trope on being completely incompetent with guns, although he makes up for it with his proficiency with drugs and poisons, as Jayne found out when he tried to take over in "The Train Job" and later betrayed Simon and River in "War Stories". (In a later episode, Simon injects him with a paralytic.) He fits both the "personable" and the "rational" which makes him a well-made character. He's a pretty good tactician too, s was shown in "Ariel".
- Doctor Who:
- Martha Jones (though the Doctor, as a Sufficiently Advanced Omnidisciplinary Scientist, occasionally steps on her toes).
- Rory Williams Pond, who is a nurse by profession, and pretty good at it too. The Eleventh Doctor is a lot better about not standing on Rory's toes than the Tenth was with Martha.
- Jack Shephard from LOST (along with the magical power of water) functioned as the survivors' Healer for quite some time, but the addition of Juliet has left him free to become his group's resident Bad Ass.
- Eugene Roe and Ralph Spina from Band of Brothers are real life examples of the trope. Both men cared very much for the men in their company. Gene was noted by Bill Guarnere as "the best medic we ever had. He was born to be a medic. He took care of us physically, mentally, every way. He was compassionate." Gene was even nominated for a Silver Star for bravery under fire (and received it after the war was over). Note that neither was the Team Mom though.
- Prison Break: Doctor Sara Tancredi.
- Every Star Trek series has a chief medical officer, who fills this role:
- Steven Franklin from Babylon 5 took Thou Shalt Not Kill to debatably unreasonable levels. In his younger years, he traveled the galaxy studying various alien biologies, being one of the few humans to meet and study a Minbari at the time. When the humans and the Minbari went to war, he destroyed his research rather than let the Earth military use it to develop more effective weapons against the Minbari, despite the fact that the Minbari were waging a war of extinction against the humans.
- Doc Cottle from the new Battlestar Galactica. A chain-smoking Dr. Jerk, but he gets the job done.
- Janet Frasier on Stargate SG-1 until she got killed.
- Samantha Carter was often the team medic off-world if the plot called for it, despite being a physicist and not knowing very much about medicine.
- Even in episodes of Stargate Atlantis where he had nothing else to do, there was a darn good chance you'd see Beckett at the end of any episode patching up the heroes. Bigger Team Mom than any of the other doctors on either show. Until he got offed as well.
- Charley Dixon of The Sarah Connor Chronicles, who gets pulled into the whole time-traveling killer machine mess. He eventually loses his wife to one of the Terminators.
- Generation Kill has HM2 "Doc" Bryan, the squad's corpsman. Averts the Squishy Wizard part; Bryan doesn't look weaker in any way compared to the others, and he does not hesitate to call out Captain Swetje on his incompetence while others who share the opinion, despite having the opportunity to do it without reprimand, just shuffle their feet. He doesn't delay in engaging the enemy and even gains a kill count; though he's bothered by "feeling nothing" after shooting other human beings, he has no trouble functioning afterward.
- Claire Bennett of Heroes has the unique ability to heal, not to mention the fact that her blood can also heal others, and even bring them back from the dead.
- The paramedics of Third Watch.
- How about Owen Harper from Torchwood? He's even quite fond of making it quite clear that he's DOCTOR Owen Harper in "Everything Changes".
- And pretty much every time he meets anyone new.
- Mikey( er...Not Mikey? ) is this in the JAG episode Each Of Us Angels. Of course that one is a medical drama and most of the characters are medical personal. But the others are mostly nurses while "not Mikey" is a front line Corpsman.
- Not only Leo from Charmed is a whitelighter that could heal anyone but he was a World War II medic when he was alive.
- Dr. Melinda Warner from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is the medical examiner, which means she's usually performing autopsies, but she's proven herself very capable in more traditional medical roles. She also has the distinction of being the only M.E. in the franchise to become a regular.
- Chris Swaine Blake is this as well as the main coxswaine. While he is happy married and more settled then most of his comrades he's kind of hard to call a chick.
- M*A*S*H is the Trope Codifier for television, focusing on an entire unit of Medics. Though they appear to be utterly unprofessional drunkards when they're off-duty, the doctors of the 4077th have no problem putting generals in their place when it comes to saving a wounded soldier's life.
- Doc Robbins on CSI. He's primarly a coroner, but he's done his share of patch-ups on the main characters as well. Grissom got advice from him about his ear problem, and he treated Catherine right before her departure, when she was Faking the Dead.
- Hawkes from CSI NY as well on occasion.
- Smallville has Emil Hamilton, who Oliver brought onto the payroll when he realized that the team needed someone with medical training who could also cover them when they showed up at the local hospital with bullet wounds and other hard-to-explain injuries. He quickly graduated to also being a Gadgeteer Genius and one of the team's three Smart Guys alongside Chloe and Tess.
- Melissa McCall on Teen Wolf. She is a top-notch nurse and it is something of a running joke among fans that she seems to be the only full-time staff member at the Beacon Hills Memorial Hospital, as she often treats ailments that would normally require a doctor.
- Randy "Doc" Matsuda filled this role for Bravo Company in the first season of Tour of Duty, before becoming a victim of Anyone Can Die.
- Sherlock: John was a doctor in the British Army when he was in Afghanistan. Given to the fact he was a soldier, he's also a Combat Medic.
- In the BBC's The Musketeers this role falls to Aramis. Given their line of work, he's also a Combat Medic.
- Dino Attack RPG has over a dozen medical characters, each with their own unique personalities and skills.
- Dr. Alan Pierce: The head of the medical department, and with good reason. He's a brilliant, well-organized surgeon and all-around Nice Guy who does whatever is possible to help a patient in need.
- Dr. Gates Crusher: Also an Omni Disciplinary Scientist who helped synthesize antidotes to a toxic gase and later the Maelstrom.
- Dr. Giovanni Wade: Former army medic who works in the field, though true to this trope he never picked up a gun.
- Dr. Marco Martinet: A somewhat stubborn but dedicated surgeon who also works on the field but refrains from being involved directly in combat.
- Dr. Richard Copper: An elderly physician who provided assistance at Outpost 4 and later during the final battle.
- Dr. Noomi Shaw: A shy, insecure, mentally unstable, and semi-religious young doctor. Still a nice girl who genuinely cares for her patients and more than capable of performing surgery even if she has to say the occasional prayer.
- Dr. Nicholas Saran: A psychologist.
- Dr. Naomi Carver: A young nurse who develops a close relationship with Hertz.
- Dr. J.D.: Another Omnidisciplinary Scientist who developed a cure to the Maelstrom and got killed for it.
- Enter and Return: Twin paramedics with... controversial yet surprisingly effective methods (the use of sharks, trees, umbrellas, envelopes, and other strange things is considered standard procedure). Unfortunately the bizarre nature of their operations generally result most of the other doctors trying to have as little to do with them as possible.
- Dr. Clickitt: A doctor and surgeon who usually oversees Enter and Return's operations (being literally one of two doctors on the planet that actually approves of their methods).
- Dietrich "Medic" Luzwheit subverts certain elements of the character, being a talented but also morally questionable surgeon and Combat Medic (not surprising, given his inspiration) known for getting a bit too much pleasure out of his work and being more concerned about his business than about actually saving lives.
- There was also a minor doctor in the LEGO Island arc named Burns who subverted this archetype, spending most of his screen time being a complete Jerkass and nearly got Pierce arrested simply for choosing to help an agent over a member of Alpha Team.
- Atton Rand has admitted to having a talent for writing these kinds of characters, having written six out of the fifteen major doctors in the RPG (Zenna, Pierce, Wade, Crusher, Copper, and Shaw).
- A game actually called "Medic", "Dr. Dodgeball", or some variation thereof. It's sort of a cross between dodgeball and reverse freeze tag — two teams throw balls at each other, and players who get hit have to stop playing and sit or lie down on the ground. Each team has one medic roaming the field, healing elimated players by touching them — but he can't heal himself, so the game ends when the medic falls.note The best place to be is among the phalanx surrounding the medic, as you get instant heals.
- Mortasheen has several monsters that fit the archetyp, such as Ticklestitch; a creepy but ultimately benevolent surgeon creature and Necroak; a frog creature that heals by feeding other creatures one of its many redundant organs.
- Many table top games have a healer archetype for the party. Dungeons & Dragons clerics and druids tended to be looked upon as walking medical units rather than characters, so for 3rd edition the developers went...perhaps too far the other way, and a well-played cleric or druid can be easily the most powerful character in a game ("CoDzilla"). On the other hand, the representatives of gods and forces of nature being the strongest characters in the game makes a certain kind of sense. This was lampshaded in an early Order of the Stick strip, where after a fight Durkon the cleric asked what we do next, and in the next frame turned into a box of Band-aids.
- D&D's recently-released fourth edition seems to reverse this trend by making it easy for any player character to recover by just taking a five-minute break after combat and spending enough 'healing surges'. Even after running out of those, a good night's rest will restore a character to full hit points (and reset the healing surge count to maximum as well). Actual healing powers still come into play during combat encounters, though, and Leader classes are the best source.
- D20 Modern includes 0 (that's zero) basic healing classes, and 1 (that's one) advanced class with healing abilities. In addition, there are 0 (zee-ro) instant healing items available in the vanilla setting. This makes combat significantly more dangerous, and a dungeon crawl is much more about avoiding damage than speeding through.
- Technically, in a low-level or no-supernatural setting, the Wise Hero could serve as the healer, given that the Heal skill is based on the Wisdom score. Of course, this would come strictly in the form of minor healing and preventing a near-death character from dying, but such a character is often played as the medic anyhow.
- There is a Surgery feat that lets a character heal a significant amount of damage, but requires several hours to do so.
- Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition eventually created a base class known as healer. It's essentially the cleric, minus all the powerful buff spells that made it one of the most powerful classes in the game, without any offensive spells, without any armor proficiencies (in fact, explicitly unable to wear armor), and with a few more spells per day and some spell-like abilities (and a pet unicorn!), thus fitting this trope to a tee.
- Making the class almost entirely useless, since despite the name, it is actually not all that good at healing, as clerics can access a large number of options that improve their healing, but the Healer, being from an obscure sourcebook, and thus largely unsupported with class options in other books, can benefit from only a pittance of these.
- Furthermore, in D&D 3E, Attack bonus and Damage scale up numerically far faster than Armor Class (Defense), Hit Points (Health), or Cure spells, making Cure spells increasingly less useful as character level increases. Healing is not even listed as a viable combat role in most fan made game guides for this edition (the official guides do list it as one, but are widely considered to be full of Blatant Lies, so it's not like that means anything), because as one such guide points out - killing the enemy before he can hit your ally again effectively "heals" her of all the damage she would have taken - which is, 99% of the time, more than your Cure spell could heal her for. Cost effective healing in D&D 3E consists of healing only small amounts at a time, but doing so in unlimited quantity, allowing characters to refill Hit Points during downtime between battles without using up limited resources like Spell Slots or Scrolls. There are many means of achieving this, but all are considered secondary functions, not primary roles.
- While true of many heroic fantasy RPGs, many darker games avert this trope by making healing magic rare, unavailable, weak, or corrupting. For example, you can play a physician (or equivalent) in any of The World of Darkness games, Unknown Armies, Paranoia, Dark Heresy, and Call of Cthulhu, but don't expect to get a near-dead party member on their feet quickly in most cases. Even Star Wars RPGs tend to allow healing abilities to only rarely provide significant short-term advantages; most likely your healer, even when using the Force, just lets you live long enough to make it to the bacta tank.
- Many of these games also let any of their "classes" be the Healer, rather than forcing it on a certain role or build. For example, in all of the Old World of Darkness games where there is supernatural healing, pretty much every character in the game could decide to learn it or just start with it.
- Valence 592's BioDocs avert this trope by behaving more like real-life medics: they can only stabilize the wounded, not bring them back up to fighting strength. They also have a rule that prevents Shoot the Medic First: all characters will think twice about attacking a BioDoc or someone they're tending to, as it is the universal way of saying "Go ahead, shoot mine too."
- Duelists, on the other hand, can choose to heal other party members very quickly, including lost limbs if they are highly skilled. They also have the nasty habits of regenerating their worst wound every 10 seconds and pulling swords out of thin air.
- The Cleric from GURPS: Dungeon Fantasy is a fantasy style healer that also requires actual medical knowledge in order to function properly.
- Shadowrun. So your team's Medic got shot first, followed soon after by you? Sucks to be you. Hope you have an account with Medics-for-Hire, such as DocWagon. Conversely, you managed to drop their Medic. Nice work. Hear that siren in the distance? He had a DocWagon High Threat Response contract. They like to fly in with assault helicopters and extract their clients under cover from heavy weapons fire...better finish what you're doing, right quick.
- In the backstory of Warhammer: the only thing priests of Shallya (Goddess of Healing, Compassion and Birth) are good for in combat situations (well, except if servants of Nurgle, God of Pestilence, are involved). But oh boy they are good at it! In the game itself however, most models are removed after a single wound so you don't get the chance to heal - but certain magic lores (the Lore of Life for normal people and the Lore of the Vampires for the undead) can restore lost wounds to bigger/more important models and/or add models back to the unit, simulating the casualties being either brought back to fighting fitness or literally reanimated from the ground.
- In Warhammer 40,000, some units have the option of taking a medic, which grants the entire unit Feel No Pain (50/50 chance (roll 4 or higher on d6) of ignoring any unsaved wound). This generally makes the unit absurdly tough.
- Exalted generally averts this - while the eponymous Exalted have various methods of speeding up others recovery, it is still a matter of hours or days rather than weeks or months. About the only way to provide mid-combat healing for others is the Wood Dragon Celestial martial art.
- Until the 2.5 Errata, which boosted the Solar healing charm Wound-Mending Care Technique; combined with Instant Treatment Methodology and Solar dice pools, it's a very effective - if expensive - "quick fix".
- In The Order of the Stick, Durkon Thundershield is a cleric, and the team's resident healer. But being a dwarven cleric of Thor, he's sporting metal armor, a shield, a hammer, and the ability to occasionally throw lightning bolts or grow to gigantic size for emergency muscle.
- Gregory Deegan of Dominic Deegan ought to count. Notable in that he's become one of the top tier mages of the series since his White Magic makes him near unkillable and gives him a power boost against Infernomancers and Necromancers.
- Too bad he seems to have lost his white magic for good in a recent arc.
- Piffany in Nodwick. She generally has to bring Nodwick back from the dead every
other week five minutes, which for some reason involves wrapping him in duct tape, although other methods turn up from time to time, such as pouring him into a mould if he's been powdered (and adding water). She's also got the usual repertoire of D&D Cleric skills (Shoo Undead, Happy Thoughts... okay, maybe not so usual).
- In Goblin Hollow, what do you say when you have a nasty tumble: "Medic!".
- In Girl Genius, willing to force Klaus himself to have bed rest.
- Theo from Gold Coin Comics is the healer of the party (and also a monk).
- Cry Havoc 's squad of werewolf dogs of war has Hati, the good natured medic who just wants to help people. She spends most of her time cleaning up the mess the other wolfs make.
- The Dreamland Chronicles' centaurs
- In Impure Blood, sent for after the fight.
- In Wake the Sleepers, Oralee gets one for Locke.
- In Blue Yonder, after Jared is rescued, "Doc" has him brought to his kitchen table for treatment.
- In Our Little Adventure, they resort to a doctor when Angelika's eyes are gone.
- In Dragon Mango, a healer is onhand at the games. Also Dr. Yong-Yi.
- In Ava's Demon, Gil. In the best style, he searches for survivors from the crash.
- In Freefall, Dr. Bowman's first medical training was this.
- Michael the Missionary from Tower of God. Rumored to be a quack.
- Iridescence from Dusk's Dawn specializes in medical work, as evidenced by working in a hospital and her Cutie Mark.
- Red vs. Blue: "Doc" serves as the Medic, but isn't very good at it. He justifies this by pointing out that it isn't his job to save lives, just to make victims comfortable while they die.
- Any incarnation of Ratchet from the Transformers franchise. The Transformers Generation 1 character was originally marked as a female by Budiansky, but Hasbro didn't want any unsellable girl figures in their new line, so the idea was nixed. Ratchet's been the premiere medic and nursemaid for the Autobot cause for so long, he's one grumpy old 'bot. In the original series, he had an Odd Friendship with Wheeljack, fellow Smart Guy and Techno Wizard. They'd often collaborate on some project or another, but Wheeljack was so often blowing himself up with his personal experiments that Ratchet probably wanted to kill him as much as heal him.
- While Ratchet was the medic, he wan't the only one. Pretty early in the series, he forms a friendship with the human Sparkplug, who even got a little staircase to help repair damaged Autobots. Season two of the G1 cartoon also had Hoist, though unlike Ratchet and most Autobot medics, he transforms into a tow truck instead of an ambulance. His bio seems to indicate that his job is more within preventative care rather than repairs, though the cartoon still shows him doing repairs.
- In the third season of G1, Ratchet was supplanted by First Aid, who was a strict pacifist but by no means a weak character. He was Defensor's arm, after all.
- In Transformers Armada and Transformers Cybertron, this role goes to Red Alert.
- Minerva fills this role in Transformers Super God Masterforce, though she is also The Chick.
- Pipo gets this role in Transformers Victory; his name is even Japanese for nee-naw.
- The version for Transformers Animated combines Ratchet being the Medic with Badass Grandpa.
- Transformers Prime also has a grumpy old version of Ratchet. The Decepticons got their own medic in the form of Knock Out.
- Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Her powerful waterbending ability makes her both a functional healer and a strong fighter - indeed, she was a fighter before she knew she could heal. She was always the Team Mom, but she's also The Lancer and The Chick.
- Pumyra from Thundercats was the medic of the group when she appeared along with Lynx-O and Ben-Gali. Her talents came in handy in a few episodes, but she suffered Chickification and ended up being underdeveloped, appearing in the fewest episodes of the series.
- Although not his primary role, Tunnel Rat of G.I. Joe: Renegades patches up his fellow soldiers when injured.
- We don't see her doing much healing as the character isn't in a series where there's a lot of fighting and injuries that need urgent fixing on the spot, but Fluttershy of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic qualifies as she's sometimes shown doing some healing, albeit on animals.
- Donatello has played this role to a limited extent in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012). It falls to him to synthesize antidotes and diagnose symptoms from poisons and injuries.
- Peso Penguin in The Octonauts.
- Dominique-Jean Larrey, the Crowning Medic of Awesome. He revolutionized medicine in the French Army during the Napoleonic Wars, invented the field ambulance, and greatly increased sanitation and medevac in the French Medical Corps.
- Florence Nightingale, nicknamed "The Lady with the Lamp," ran hospitals during the Crimean War.
- Similarly and perhaps in a more badass way, Scottish-Jamaican Mary Seacole also nursed soldiers during the Crimean War - right on the battlefield. She also paid her own way to the Crimea as Nightingale refused to have a black woman working for her.
- Dasha Sevastopolskaya, Florence Nightingale's Russian counterpart during the Crimean War.
- Clara Barton during the American Civil War (for the North, at least)
- Pretty much any Army combat medic or Navy hospital corpsman (note that the Marines don't field their own medics, they borrow HMs from the Navy). The Navy Hospital Corps is particularly notable for being the most decorated corps in the Navy, having earned 22 Medals of Honor, 174 Navy Crosses and thousands of lesser awards, all despite being non-combatant.
- Fact: The US Army Medical Command is the branch of the Army with the highest amount of Medal Of Honor recipients. I think that fact speaks for itself.
- America has a lot to be proud of its medics. From World War II on it has had very brave and efficient Medevac procedure, to the point where it was even specifically noted by the Japanese.
- US Army field medicine is so good in present day that a wounded soldier who manages to be stabilized in the field and arrive at a hospital has a 96% survival rate. Pretty much, if a wounded soldier CAN be saved, he WILL be saved.
- Not that that stopped the Japanese from shooting at medics.
- Which is why in WW2, PTO medics dyed their bandages green and tried to make their red cross badges less conspicuous and in the ETO, medics did the opposite as the Europeans generally honored the cross.
- Similarly, the United States Air Force has awarded the Air Force Cross (second only to the Medal of Honor in the Air Force) to twenty-two enlisted Airmen. Half of them were Pararescuemen, personnel who are trained to jump out of airplanes and rescue personnel behind enemy lines.
- Likewise only three people have ever been awarded a Bar (a second award) to the Victoria Cross. Two of them were RAMC surgeons.
- Nikolai Pirogov.
- Professor Sid Watkins OBE, the fastest medic in the world.
- Elsie Inglis and her friends were British women who volunteered for medical duty in WWI. A Russian observer said: "No wonder England is a great country if all the women are like that!"
- Bandsmen were often detailed for medevac duty in eighteenth century warfare. If there was no one assigned to this to many soldiers would weaken the line escorting comrades to the rear, and using bandsmen kept them from losing the firepower of musketeers leaving the line.