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[[caption-width-right:312: [[SarcasmMode He looks perfectly legit.]]]]

{{Stock Phrase}}s saved for characters looking to bill themselves as experts or experienced authorities in dealing with a given situation or problem that has arisen, where X is usually a type of occupation ("Doctor" being the most popular one to use, by far).

Sometimes, a person noting his own occupation is a legitimate argument to get people to take him seriously. When a problem arises in which one's occupational skills and talents can be put to practice, such as after a DIYDisaster, a character noting himself to be a licensed plumber or architect can become pretty useful to have around. In this respect, the cocky hero protagonist who is confident in his abilities and is very skilled at a certain task gets another stock quip or pithy one-liner he can deliver whenever anyone has doubts about him.

However, in many situations, characters may call attention to their occupations in normal discussions, and usually the discussion has absolutely nothing to do with their occupational field, nor does their expertise in said field cast a better light on the subject at hand. Taken to ''this'' extreme, the person may not even ''have'' the occupation he claims to or even have work in a similar profession.

Very likely to be uttered by the BackAlleyDoctor or the MadDoctor.

In almost every example, this is, to one extent or another, a type of AppealToAuthority.

Also Known As: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor. This will likely to be the first of his DoctorsOrders in a medical emergency.

See Also: YouFailLogicForever; ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder, ImNotADoctorButIPlayOneOnTV, and NotThatKindOfDoctor.


[[folder: Anime And Manga]]
* Trafalgar Law on ''Franchise/OnePiece'' tends to announce his [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate profession]] with such a line. Though, it doesn't help that, in addition to being a doctor, he's a pirate. And, OH YEAH, his moniker is "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Surgeon of Death]]," which is well justified with the fact that his Devil Fruit power enables him to turn any space into an operating room and manipulate anything within according to his will. [[SubvertedTrope Nonetheless]], his medical skills ''are'' legit, considering how he used them to save Luffy and Jinbe from certain death.
* PlayedForLaughs in Creator/OsamuTezuka's ''The Crater''. The protagonist finds a nude woman on the beach and rushes to [[AuthorAvatar Tezuka-sensei]]. Tezuka insists that he puts on a set of clothes by himself because he's a doctor.
** ActorAllusion: Tezuka is a trained medical doctor.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', during the Chuunin Exam's arc, Kabuto (disguised as an ANBU) says "Don't worry. I'm a doctor" to Kiba, while he heals Hinata. Surprisingly, he doesn't seem to have any strange intentions with her at the moment.

* A Dr. Pepper ad campaign where "doctors" like Music/DrDre, [[{{UsefulNotes/Basketball}} NBA Hall of Famer]] Julius Erving ("Dr. J"), and [[Music/{{KISS}} Gene Simmons]] ("Dr. Love") use, "Trust me, I'm a doctor," as a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJVuxpYeKqM slogan.]] They also give this trope and their own commercials a send-up with [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball retired NFL linebacker]] Michael Strahan saying, "Trust me. I've ''sent'' people to the doctor!"
* A TV advertisement for the Capital One Venture Card with Alec Baldwin ends with Alec beginning to fiddle with the controls in a plane's cockpit while assuring the pilot, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rVE7haSLmE "It's okay, I've played a pilot before."]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The above image comes from the ''[[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000 AD]]'' strip "Thirteen." His name is Durant, calling himself a doctor like that doesn't really have much to do with preceding or later events in the story, and [[spoiler: he's not really a doctor after all]].
* Matter-Eater Lad of the ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' once said, "Trust me, I'm a politician" (Him being a comedic character and politicians being AcceptableTargets).
* In ''ComicBook/OmegaTheUnknown'', the doctor who treats James-Michael says, "Trust me, I'm a doctor," [[spoiler: only to turn him into an experiment.]]
* Loki, in the Danish comic ''ComicBook/{{Valhalla}}'': "[[ItMakesSenseInContext Trust me! I am the god of lies!]]"
* In one of Creator/AlanMoore's ''Abelard Snazz'' strips, a man who has doubts about trusting the title character with what little remains of his money for planned ruse at a gambling casino is assured, "Trust me, I'm a genius!" By the end of the story, [[spoiler: Abelard loses all of the man's money.]]

* From ''Film/SherlockHolmes'':
--> '''Holmes:''' Madam, I need you to remain calm. And trust me, I'm a professional. [[SceneryCensor Beneath this pillow]] [[InnocentInnuendo lies the key]] [[ThatCameOutWrong to my release]].
** Also, when Watson is choking Dredger, he reassuringly tells Dredger, "Relax, I'm a doctor."
* The line, "Trust me, I'm a doctor," is said by Dr. John [=McCabe=] in ''Film/TheBeyond''.
* In ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace'', when Ed, examining Gonzo, notices that Gonzo has no nostrils, he asks, "How do you smell?" To which Rizzo the Rat responds, "Awful. Trust me, I'm his roommate."
* A non-sequitur example can be found in ''{{Film/Slacker}}'', where a woman keeps intoning, "You should quit traumatizing women with sexual intercourse. I should know. I'm a medical doctor. I own a mansion and a yacht."
* From ''Film/AnimalHouse'':
--> '''Otter:''' ''(Rising in a disciplinary hearing)'' Point of parliamentary procedure!
--> '''Hoover:''' Don't screw around, they're serious this time!
--> '''Otter:''' ''(aside)'' Take it easy, I'm pre-law.
--> '''Boon:''' I thought you were pre-med.
--> '''Otter:''' What's the difference?
* Another variant from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'': "Back off, man, I'm a scientist."
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'': Doctor Piglet and Doctor Winston try to assure Galahad that they are doctors during his stay at Castle Anthrax.
* ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' - Lloyd runs down an airliner boarding ramp to get a briefcase to its owner, shouting at the attendant "It's all right, I'm a limo driver!" Too bad there's no plane at the end of the ramp.
* At the end of the movie trailer for ''Film/ShockTreatment'', Dr. Cosmo [=McKinley=] assures viewers, "Trust me, I'm a doctor", after saying that they'll be "pathetically crazy" about the movie.
* In ''Film/LoveAtFirstBite'', "I'm a doctor -- I know what I'm doing" is practically a CatchPhrase for the heroine's would-be boyfriend and vampire hunter.
* In ''[[Film/TheTransporter The Transporter 2]]'', the mook that replaces the doctor says this to Frank. He couldn't sound less convincing if he tried.

* In Creator/StephenKing's ''{{Literature/Misery}}'', when Annie [[spoiler: is about to cut off Paul's leg to punish him, she]] says: "Don't worry. I'm a trained nurse." She is, but that doesn't make it much better.
* ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' has a ''lot'' of fun with this, with Raoul Duke's repeated assurances that he is a [[InsistentTerminology doctor of journalism]], and Doctor Gonzo's favorite phrase, "As your attorney I advise you to..."
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}} Classics'' novel ''Queen of the Demonweb Pits'', Escalla's CatchPhrase--"Trust me! I'm a faerie!"--always precedes a disastrous event.
* Parodied in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', when Nanny Ogg makes her way through a crowd to the scene of an accident by saying "Let me through, I'm a nosy person."
* In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' and ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', Moist manages to pull off "I'm a criminal. Trust me." This is because Discworld has a high incidence of belief in AtLeastIAdmitIt and the reliable traitor; you can trust Moist precisely ''because'' he can admit he's here to trick you out of your money.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* A brand new series on TBS - ''Series/TrustMeImAGameShowHost''.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' parodies of ''The View'' with Tracy Morgan as Starr Jones would always see Ms. Jones begin every single sentence in a discussion noting, "I am a lawyer" followed by an observation about the news story or subject being discussed that is [[CaptainObvious completely obvious]].
* The British reality TV show ''Trust Me — I'm a Beauty Therapist'' featured eight British celebrities training to become beauticians.
* The sketch comedy show ''Series/InLivingColor'' had a character named Fire Marshall Bill, played by Jim Carrey. Insane, masochistic, and [[NightmareFace Nightmare Faced]], it's no surprise that when he says some variation of "Don't worry, I'm a fire marshall", it's of no reassurance…and it doesn't help that he has a tendency to say that right before blowing up the building that he's in.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Eleventh Hour" had the line, "Trust me; I'm [[JustifiedTrope The Doctor]]."
** Similarly, in one episode, cruise line mogul Max Capricorn's company slogan is "You can trust me, my name is Max." (TwinkleSmile) [[spoiler: You can't trust him.]]
** David Tennant owns a shirt that says, [[http://www.allthetests.com/quiz19/picture/pic_1149451739_1.jpg well...]]
** Matt Smith has said it at least once already, but the truly marvelous example is from 'The Rebel Flesh,' where when his over-foreshadowed 'ganger-clone finally appears it has several lines before the camera finally focuses on it--''him'', and then finishes up, "Trust me. I'm the Doctor." It's supposed to be creepy, but the episode is suffering from severe AesopAmnesia, so many viewers are actually kind of relieved he's there.
* The ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "The Theory of Everything" has Hodges insist, "Trust me, I'm an expert."
* An early episode of ''{{Series/Jekyll}}'' sees Hyde note, "Trust me, I'm a psychopath."
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': "Ted Mosby, architect. Trust me."
* ''Trust Me, I'm A Doctor'' was the name of a show (and, later, an accompanying book) on [[Creator/TheBBC BBC Two]] that focused on the state and quality of health care in Britain. Combining factual reporting and satire, the purpose of the program was to teach viewers that doctors are not infallible and that people should learn as much about their own health care as possible.
* Series/{{House}} certainly isn't afraid to mention his profession in order to establish his authority or otherwise be [[DeadpanSnarker a snarker]]. Once, after bluntly telling a female patient that he wants to inspect her vagina, he tells her, "I'm a doctor, so it's okay."
* The ''Series/TrueBlood'' episode where Sam reveals to Sookie that he's a shapeshifter gives us the line, "I'm not the killer, I swear. I'm a shapeshifter."
* On ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' in the episode "Move Along Home," Quark assures Odo in a speech, "Trust me, I'm a gambler," explaining why he should take the shortcut in the chula game. Hilariously, it backfires.
* ''Series/BananasInPyjamas'' had a character name "The Rat in the Hat" who's catchphrase was: "Trust me, I'm a Rat".
* ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' discusses the concept of this in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrPdDEutlMw a sketch]] wherein a doctor prescribes tobacco cigarettes for chest problems.
-->'''Patient''': But these give you lung cancer, bronchitis and emphysema, don't they?\\
'''Doctor''': What on earth gave you that idea?\\
'''Patient''': I thought everyone knew that-\\
'''Doctor''': [laughs] ''Are you a doctor?''
* The Series/SledgeHammer! punchline.... ''Trust me. I know what I'm doing.''
* Invoked on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''. The game "Two Line Vocabulary" involves two actors only allowed to say two things each, [[{{Troll}} intended to wear out]] TheStraightMan of the act. Ryan gets the line "Don't Worry, I'm A Doctor", which gets repeated to a hilarious extent.
* Inverted in ''Series/TheBlacklist'' when Keen first meets Reddington.
--> '''Keen:''' And I'm supposed to believe you?
--> '''Reddington:''' ''(laughs)'' Of course not. I'm a ''[[CardCarryingVillain criminal]]''. Criminals are notorious liars.

* "Trust Me, I'm a Doctor" was a hit single for The Blizzards.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp8hvyjZWHs "Trust me, i'm an engineer !"]] is a viral YouTube video/song by TheVilkaz.

[[folder: Print Media]]
* [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers British Newspaper]] ''The Independent'' once ran an article on health experts in the media who call themselves "doctors" and may be using that title incorrectly or undeservedly. The title of the article: [[http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/news-analysis-trust-me-im-a-doctoror-am-i-436830.html "Trust Me, I'm A Doctor... Or Am I?"]]

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising'', after Larry Chiang sticks [[spoiler:Carlito]] on a meathook, he assures to Frank, "Trust me, I'm a butcher."

* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Dr. [=McNinja=] feels it is important every once in a while to remind people who are having discussions with him that he's a doctor, even while [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/4p41 arguing with Death.]]
* In the very first strip of ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'': "The situation is under control. I'm a psychologist."
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', the justification that Red Mage often uses for whatever stupid plan that he has is his supposed status as a "fractactical genius".
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'': [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/10/9/ "It's okay, I'm a dentist."]]

[[folder: Web Original]]
* Whenever Website/SomethingAwful cracks jokes about [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/flash-tub/conspiracy-theory-911.php Ron]] [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/news/ronpaul-kidz-page.php Paul]], the sentence "I'm a doctor," or a close variant, tends to show up as a joke reason for why his political platform should be taken seriously.
* The online blog [[http://trustmemedblog.blogspot.com/ Trust Me, I'm a Doctor]]
* Cross-over with MemeticMutation: [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/dont-worry-im-from-the-internet Don't worry, I'm/we're from the Internet]]
* A "Dr. Cairo" made a statement along these lines on Twitter while talking to Noah of ''WebVideo/TribeTwelve'', despite previously establishing that [[BlatantLies he's a student]].
* In a ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' spin-off, "Deja vu Ruby Quest", [[spoiler: Filbert]] gets Ruby before she can even react, and keeps telling her not to worry, even if he has a ''bonesaw'' in a hand and a scalpel in the other.[[spoiler: If it counts as canon, this spin-off was before ''Ruby Quest'''s beginning, so Filbert still has his right hand.]]
-->''[[TrustMeImADoctor "He says not to worry... He is a professional... He has done this many times before...]] [[OhCrap and the pain... won't last...]] for long."''
* WebAnimation/{{Catface}} likes to give strange advice and reassure the viewer with his unofficial catchphrase, "Trust me, I'm a cat!"
* In the Website/TGChan adventure ''The Sunfish'', a flashback shows the protagonists as kids. Young Sam insists she's a doctor (mentioning the title phrase to young Annie) due to her implanted memories of Dr. Tran.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' gave us "Relax, I be a doctor." Scary.
** Another episode includes Quagmire faking a heart attack to get out of an unwanted marriage. When he collapses, Joe (who was in on the plan) checks his pulse and announces, "He's dead. I know, I'm a cop."
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger does this all the time. One particular example includes his attempt to massage Steve's ex-girlfriend, who Roger had a crush on at the time, while insisting, "Don't worry, [[BlatantLies I'm a licensed chiropractor]], or whatever."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
--> "Don't worry, I'm a whale biologist."
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'': Hilariously [[InvertedTrope inverted]] in "Dan Vs. The Animal Shelter".
-->'''Doctor:''' Okay, let's get those pants off.
--> '''Dan:''' Um... I'm here about my face being all scratched.
--> '''Doctor:''' ''(chuckles)'' Oh, don't worry. I'm not a doctor.
* Ratchet of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' gives us this line just before proceeding to open up a can of whup-ass while experiencing the Autobot equivalent of roid rage:
--> "It's all right, I'm an emergency vehicle."

[[folder: Other]]
* The title of a cassette tape published by [[http://www.wallachonline.com/ Dr. Joel Wallach]], who does entertaining and controversial seminars about the benefits of vitamin and mineral supplements in nutrition, was ''Trust Me, I'm a Doctor''.