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* ''Spellbound'' is one of the most famous examples, with Creator/GregoryPeck as Dr. Edwards, who initially presents as a psychiatrist and is later revealed to be a patient with delusions and severe amnesia.

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* The Creator/AlfredHitchcock film ''Spellbound'' is one of the most famous examples, with Creator/GregoryPeck as Dr. Edwards, who initially presents as a psychiatrist and is later revealed to be a patient with delusions and severe amnesia.


* ''Film/Spellbound'' is one of the most famous examples, with Creator/GregoryPeck as Dr. Edwards, who initially presents as a psychiatrist and is later revealed to be a patient with delusions and severe amnesia.

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* ''Film/Spellbound'' ''Spellbound'' is one of the most famous examples, with Creator/GregoryPeck as Dr. Edwards, who initially presents as a psychiatrist and is later revealed to be a patient with delusions and severe amnesia.

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* ''Film/Spellbound'' is one of the most famous examples, with Creator/GregoryPeck as Dr. Edwards, who initially presents as a psychiatrist and is later revealed to be a patient with delusions and severe amnesia.

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* In ''Film/TheNinthConfiguration'', it's revealed that Colonel Kane was not the psychiatrist in charge of the ward for disturbed Vietnam Veterans, but rather a patient who was allowed to act out his delusions (by his brother, the actual psychiatrist on the ward) in the hope that it would be therapeutic both for him and the other patients.


Compare NapoleonDelusion, in which the patient is convinced they're someone else, but the fact that they're deluded isn't initially hidden from other characters or the audience. Contrast LostInCharacter, in which an otherwise-sane actor becomes caught up in living their assumed role.

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Compare NapoleonDelusion, in which the patient is convinced they're someone else, but the fact that they're deluded isn't initially hidden from other characters or the audience. Contrast LostInCharacter, in which an otherwise-sane actor becomes caught up in living their assumed role.
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' episode "He Said, He Said", the Red Guy plays a psychiatrist to Weasel and baboon. A look at his licence reveals that he crossed out "OTIC" in "PSYCHOTIC" and write in "IATRIST".

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' episode "He Said, He Said", the Red Guy plays a psychiatrist to Weasel and baboon. A look at his licence license reveals that he crossed out "OTIC" in "PSYCHOTIC" and write in "IATRIST".
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->''I don't want you to think of me as a psychiatrist, I want you to think of me as a mental patient who killed a psychiatrist before you got here''

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->''I don't want you to think of me as a psychiatrist, I want you to think of me as a mental patient who killed a psychiatrist before you got here''here.''


* The 1972 horror anthology ''Film/((Asylum))'' both inverts this trope ''and'' plays it straight: the applicant to replace the titular hospital's chief doctor is challenged by the acting head to determine which of four interviewed patients is the ''previous'' head of the facility, who has suffered a breakdown and no longer remembers being a staff member. The concluding twist has the attendant who'd let the would-be new head into the interview rooms turn out to be the previous office-holder he's looking for, having killed and assumed the identity of the real attendant.

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* The 1972 horror anthology ''Film/((Asylum))'' ''Film/{{Asylum}}'' both inverts this trope ''and'' plays it straight: the applicant to replace the titular hospital's chief doctor is challenged by the acting head to determine which of four interviewed patients is the ''previous'' head of the facility, who has suffered a breakdown and no longer remembers being a staff member. The concluding twist has the attendant who'd let the would-be new head into the interview rooms turn out to be the previous office-holder he's looking for, having killed and assumed the identity of the real attendant.

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* The 1972 horror anthology ''Film/((Asylum))'' both inverts this trope ''and'' plays it straight: the applicant to replace the titular hospital's chief doctor is challenged by the acting head to determine which of four interviewed patients is the ''previous'' head of the facility, who has suffered a breakdown and no longer remembers being a staff member. The concluding twist has the attendant who'd let the would-be new head into the interview rooms turn out to be the previous office-holder he's looking for, having killed and assumed the identity of the real attendant.


* Brennan is duped by a psych patient n a ''{{Series/Bones}}'' episode while investigating a murder at the facility. She thinks hes the first psychologist shes actually liked and then finds out hes a patient who believes hes a doctor.

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* Brennan is duped by a psych patient n in a ''{{Series/Bones}}'' episode while investigating a murder at the facility. She thinks hes the first psychologist shes actually liked and then finds out hes a patient who believes hes a doctor.

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* In ''Nuts'' (1987), Claudia Draper uses one to play a joke on her public defender, who doesn't realize it until the 'doctor' starts mumbling vaguely, gets up from the table and wanders off, revealing she's wearing InstitutionalApparel under her coat.



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* Brennan is duped by a psych patient n a ''{{Series/Bones}}'' episode while investigating a murder at the facility. She thinks hes the first psychologist shes actually liked and then finds out hes a patient who believes hes a doctor.


* ''Film/StonehearstAsylum'' has the main character discover the entire staff of a mental hospital have been replaced by the patients, who took over the asylum. Some of them are actually much nicer than those they replaced.

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* ''Film/StonehearstAsylum'' has the main character discover the entire staff of a mental hospital have been replaced by the patients, who took over the asylum. Some of them are actually much nicer than those they replaced. [[spoiler:The ending reveals he himself is a patient impersonating a psychiatrist too.]]


* Played for drama in ''Series/IronFist'', when Danny Rand is forcibly admitted to a psych ward, the "doctor" who greets him when he awakes tries to persuade him to kill himself because "it's the only way to escape". When this fails, he attacks Rand himself only to be dragged away by orderlies.

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* Played for drama in ''Series/IronFist'', ''Series/IronFist2017'', when Danny Rand is forcibly admitted to a psych ward, the "doctor" who greets him when he awakes tries to persuade him to kill himself because "it's the only way to escape". When this fails, he attacks Rand himself only to be dragged away by orderlies.



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* The Literature/MaryRussell novel ''Island of the Mad'' has an odd and complicated example. [[spoiler:The very creepy doctor apparently in charge of the asylum on Poveglia is an insane patient -- but he's actually the one and only patient, as all the apparent patients are a commune of abused women getting away from their abusers. The doctor, although he's a legitimate doctor, is an insane relative of one of them, who is being cared for there while also being used as a figurehead for the outside world.]]

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