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05:03:40 AM Jul 7th 2017
Is there a trope - and forgive me if there is and I've just failed to find it - for nominal doctors/healers who deliberately poison and/or kill their patients? Seems quite distinct from this trope as they are not 'fighters' as such, merely people abusing their position. Plenty of examples from Fantasy Literature, I'm thinking Wallace in the Farseer Trilogy (Robin Hobb), Caduceus in The Wise Man's Fear (Rothfuss).

In both Farseer/Wise Man above the main character comes across an authority figure (King or duke) who is "not well"; they have a doctor who is meant to be helping them but it is ultimately revealed that the doctor themselves is the assassin and the source of their illness. Think Grima Wormtounge - he seems to fit this role with regards Théoden even if it's not clear whether he's actually medicating the "patient" (certainly the films imply a serious physical ailment). Typically the doctor will be antagonistic towards the hero (as they don't want to be found out). The doctor needn't necessarily want to kill the patient - perhaps they just want them incapacitated - and the doctor may well merely be an assassin working for a third party.

It seems a quite distinct trope from this.
01:47:30 PM Jun 28th 2013
This looks more like Fan Wank than anything actually in the game:

  • Combat-oriented clerics in Dungeons & Dragons. One can just imagine a death effect spell being the cleric carefully and precisely snipping off a few selected blood vessels in the target's brain.
08:04:09 PM Sep 25th 2011
There are many listed 'examples' where the medic qualities are completely unrelated to their fighting or killing. I believe they should go under combat medic.
02:51:14 PM Feb 26th 2012
I agree. A lot of these examples are Combat Medic or Mad Doctor. I would suggest changing the name of this trope to something more specific. Maybe "Warrior Physician" in the vein of Warrior Poet and Warrior Therapist.
01:40:12 PM Aug 26th 2017
I agree as well. I first found this trope on the Hatoful Boyfriend page, about a doctor who - as you'd know, if you know the game - isn't a Deadly Doctor at all. There's a lot of Trope Decay going on with this one, and a name change would be a great boon.
05:38:36 PM Sep 9th 2011
I don't like the image on this page. Not sinister enough and frankly seems like a lame excuse to show a sexy anime babe.
06:55:29 PM Jun 7th 2011
The Doctor from Doctor Who seems to fit this perfectly, while he doesnt NORMALLY kill people, he has no problem killing emotionless cryborgs or a few others, also apparently he killed a lot of people in his past
03:49:36 PM Aug 10th 2011
Except that he's not a doctor, medical or otherwise. It's the name he takes, and his "I solve problems" attitude fits the name, but that's not this trope. Also, he very rarely 'fights' in any conventional way, and certainly not with any particular medical motif.

To clarify, this is a trope about "someone who fights with a medical motif".
07:55:09 AM Nov 14th 2010
It would be much appreciated if the article image is accompanied with some indication as to which work is it from, guys...
12:19:25 AM Apr 13th 2010
  • The Hippocratic oath is not actually required, nor is it legally binding. The licensing board will have their own standards of conduct, often quite different from the Hippocratic Oath. Furthermore, the "do no harm" line is NOT actually in the oath. That in mind, I say we remove the section header which includes that.
10:24:47 AM Apr 13th 2010
OK, sure.

You don't really need to ask permission for minor fixes like this you know.
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