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Playing With: Dr. Jerk
Basic Trope: A doctor (or similar medical practitioner) who is cold, hostile, mean-spirited and / or aggressive towards his patients, usually while simultaneously being devoted to treating to the best of his ability.
  • Straight: Dr. Bob is rude and scathing towards Alice when she comes in for treatment, but accurately diagnoses her illness and makes sure she receives appropriate treatment.
  • Exaggerated: Dr. Bob is a complete sociopath who displays no interest or concern towards his patients whatsoever, but is nevertheless brilliant at treating them.
  • Downplayed: Dr. Bob is extremely blunt towards his patients but doesn't go out of his way to upset them unless they're being difficult.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Dr. Bob is a pleasant and personable man, but a terrible doctor.
  • Subverted: Although Dr. Bob has a poor reputation, when Alice goes to see him she is surprised to discover he is nothing less than civil and courteous to her.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • Dr. Bob's jerkass nature expresses itself in really childish and immature ways that leave Alice puzzled more than annoyed.
    • Bob acts as he was a Drill Sergeant Nasty in front of his patients, vigorously yelling at them, calling them with humiliating and elaborate nicknames and telling things like: "The more you hate me, the faster you'll heal, maggot!". And it works!
  • Zig Zagged: Dr. Bob is a complete jerk... to patients that he doesn't like. To others, he's absolutely charming. But his moods are volatile and easy to switch, so even they are kept on their toes around him.
  • Averted: Dr. Bob is not unusually snide, cynical or unpleasant to his patients.
  • Enforced: The character of Dr. Bob is a Take That an an unpleasant doctor his creator once had the misfortune of seeing.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "What do you prefer? A nice doctor to comfort you on your last breath? Or a mean one to heal you?"
    • "You know, it's funny... Everyone seems to think I'm an asshole, but they always come running back to me if they find some strange new place to bleed from."
  • Invoked: Doctor Bob's boss doesn't like him, and assigns him unlikable patients on purpose. In response, Doctor Bob acts like a jerk, hoping the patients will request a new doctor.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Doctor Bob is forced to consult a professional in order to get rid of (or at least minimize) his sociopathic tendencies.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Dr. Bob might be a brilliant doctor, but the fact that he has no bedside manner and on the surface no concern for his patients means that no one particularly wants him to treat them, meaning that his practice and his career suffers. Furthermore, the distance he places between his patients and himself means he becomes too detached from them, which affects his ability to practice medicine effectively; he cannot effectively treat people if he doesn't care at all about them.
  • Reconstructed: While he does remain sarcastic and bitter, Dr. Bob does make an effort to demonstrate that he does have a sufficiently large heart of gold in order to continue with his profession.
  • Played For Laughs: The whole show is about Dr. Bob and how uncomfortable the patients get when he treats them, but they have no choice as he's 'The best doctor in town.'
  • Played For Drama: Dr. Bob's bitterness causes psychological problems for Alice, which makes her mental state worsen despite being steadily recovering her physical health.

Back to Dr. Jerk. And while you're at it, eat your damn heart pills for Christ sake! You lazy bum! What?! Do we have universal health care so that idiots like you could flush your meds down the toilet?!

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