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Basic Trope: Lab coats are used to indicate that someone is a medical doctor or a scientist.

  • Straight: The two characters on the show who often lab coats are Alice, a biochemist, and Bob, a cardiologist.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Bob wear the lab coats all the time, even when not at work.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob are often seen without them, but when it's time to do awesome science, they put them on.
  • Justified: The show is a hospital drama, where Alice's and Bob's work gets a lot of focus.
  • Inverted:
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    • Everyone wears lab coats except for Alice and Bob, the only two people who would have any excuse to wear them in a professional environment.
    • Every scientist in the setting doesn't wear a lab coat, and Charlie, the sole individual who actually wears a lab coat, is a warrior who knows nothing about science, and he only wears it to look badass.
  • Subverted: Carlos is wearing a lab coat, but he's got a PhD in comparative literature.
  • Double Subverted: That's actually his second PhD; he's also got another one in medical anthropology.
  • Parodied:
    • Both Alice and Bob were gifted with lab coats as soon as they found out they passed the board/licensure exams.
    • Putting on a lab coat automatically gives Carlos the skills needed to become a doctor or a scientist.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice, Bob, and Carlos are seen doing science things sometimes wearing lab coats, sometimes without them.
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  • Averted: Neither medical professionals nor scientists wear lab coats very often.
  • Enforced: The editor wants an easy visual shorthand that someone is a medical doctor or a scientist without using too much exposition, so the author redesigns Alice and Bob to wear lab coats.
  • Lampshaded: "Nice lab coat, Alice, makes you look really smart and reliable!"
  • Invoked: Alice and Bob buy lab coats in order to look more legitimate.
  • Exploited: Carlos wants to infiltrate a hospital, so he puts on a lab coat.
  • Defied: Alice doesn't want to be the stereotypical image of a scientist, so she puts on the lab coat as little as possible.
  • Discussed: "Nice lab coat, Alice, you look like a real doctor on one of those shows!"
  • Conversed: "Why do these TV smart people always wear lab coats even when there's no reason to?"

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