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Amateur Surgeon is a series of medical based action puzzle games on (or to put it simply, Trauma Center with idiots). The series centers around former pizza boy Alan Probe and his life after discovering the world of surgery. The games provide plenty of examples of morbid, gross-out humor with a unique difficulty curve. The series goes for more scatological and dark humor, easily seen with Alan's arsenal of improvised medical tools. The most iconic is a pizza slicer he uses as a scalpel. The third game is available for mobile devices and deals with Alan's apprentice, Ophelia Payne. There's also a Facebook game focusing on running one of Alan's "Bleed Everywhere" clinics. The 4th game, titled "Regeneration" has you play as a clone of Bleed, who must reintroduce "Improvised Surgery" into the world and to try to cure "Clone disease".

Available here. Also has a Christmas edition.

This series provides examples of:

  • Assist Character: The third game onward features Tag Team Partners, who can grant various abilities, such as healing the patient for a set amount of health, stopping time and even bringing the patient back to life with voodoo magic.
  • Ascended Fanboy: A Let’s Player of the series, Spicy Waffle, was featured in a cameo in the fourth game. In the Iron Wang surgery, you had to extract chili peppers and a waffle.
  • Amusing Injuries:
    • Just somehow the patient will always survive your Meatgrinder Surgery (if you beat the stage that is), and always turn out completely healthy and good-as-new afterwards, no matter how serious their injuries were.
    • There's one level where you give a woman "body modifications" (which includes sticking large piercings into her lungs and heart) and it doesn't harm her in the slightest.
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  • Artistic License – Medicine: Let's use a pizza cutter to cut into organs, a stapler to stitch a wound together, a chainsaw to cut out bones and organs, and a syringe to suck out poison. You can also perform transplants on vital organs such as hearts, brains, and stomachs and fasten bones together using nothing but a chainsaw, lighter, and some healing gel. Some surgeries even involve using a car battery, and it won't harm the patient at all as long as you aim it correctly. Basically, any injury that would otherwise require more serious medical attention in real life can be fixed in this game with simple household objects with no ill-effects. Granted, if the games were realistic, then they wouldn't be fun.
  • Back-Alley Doctor: The premise for the whole shebang. And we should also mention Back Warehouse Doctor, Back Old Folks Home Bathroom Doctor, Back Chicken Coop Doctor, Back North Pole Doctor... the one time Alan performs onscreen in a hospital it's an Abandoned Hospital! After the events of the first game, Alan started opening back alley clinics.
  • Big Bad: Dwayne Pipe, responsible, direct or indirect, of most of all the bad things which happen to Alan Probe.
    • Hubris, Dwayne's Clone-Son...Thing, takes Dwayne's place in the third. While he is a major character in the fourth and still a Jerkass, however, there is No Antagonist in the fourth game.
  • Body Horror: A lot of the injuries are this. Anthills, barnacles, and boils filled with poison formed on the body, animals and bugs burrowing into organs (including one Partner Special that has earthworms protruding from the patient’s heart), and large foreign objects puncturing the flesh including some hidden beneath the skin that you have to cut to get out.
  • Bonus Boss: The first two games have hidden operations only unlocked by fulfilling certain conditions. These surgeries are also extremely unorthodox, playing out in ways that are unique to those operations alone.
    • The first game has Stuporman (unlocked by reaching the maximum level on Donny Debonair's "pimp meter" in Act 2), the B.U.M. (unlocked by amassing a total score of 1 million points throughout the game), and the DeLerium (unlocked after finishing the last surgery).
    • The second game dials back on the Guide Dang It! unlock requirements, but do still require you to achieve a perfect "A" rating for all surgeries in both acts, a challenge in-and-of itself. For Act 1, you unlock Vladimir Ampire, and for Act 2, you unlock Dr. Bleed's corpse.
  • Captain Ersatz: It is probably not a coincidence that Reverend Robot Apocalypse from Tag Team Trauma, with his slicked white hair, obnoxiously-bright yellow coat, and pink Lennon Specs, bears a passing resemblance to Damon Gant.
  • Chainsaw Good: Good for getting past that pesky rib cage, anyway.
    • And removing organs like lungs and livers.
  • Chekhov's Skill: More like Chekhov's Lack Of Skill in this case. Alan ends up removing a bug infestation from Dwayne Pipe early in the game without Dr. Bleed there to overlook the surgery, only to find out that he accidentally overlooked the worst one... which ends up incapacitating the guy when he tries to make his escape at the end of the game.
    • The same thing happens in the second game: President Dwayne threatens the life of both Alan and his grandson, but it turns out that Alan has again forgotten to deal with the worst bug in his system, which he uses to blackmail Dwayne into giving up the vendetta.
  • Compilation Re-release: Regenerations contains all surgeries from previous games, with the justification that you're a clone of Dr. Bleed viewing Alan's memories so that you can get yourself back up to speed.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After being put through decades of misery by Dwayne Pipe, Alan's manages to rebuild his reputation and reconnects with his family.
  • Exact Time to Failure: If the clock hits 0:00, the patient dies immediately. Doesn't matter what their vitals looked like at 0:01.
    • Somewhat justified, in that the longer it takes an operation to finish, particularly to fix a life-threatening problem, the less chance of survival. (Complications setting in, and all that.) But this justification is partly subverted, because in Real Life, there is no exact Point of No Return. Not time-based, anyhow.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Junkyard Guts from the first game. You have to remove a magnet from his stomach. And it draws out screws as well. In the last act, he even eats a bomb that was disguised as a sandwich using two pieces of bread.
  • The Faceless: Your partner, Ted Rando, has never been seen without a mask and is reported to not know what his own face looks like.
  • Formally Named Pet: Bug-Eater Peter's pet komodo dragon is known as "Mister Caruthers."
    • One of your partners, a cat, is called "Lord Meowington."
  • Framing Device: The third game's story is Ophelia and Alan narrating the events of the past few weeks.
    • The fourth game has all the surgeries from the previous games and is a due to Dr. Bleed reliving Alan's and Ophelia's memories.
  • Enemy Mine: Occurs early on in 4, which Bleed 2.0 and Fake Hubris must find a cure for "Clone Disease".
  • The Gift: Alan Probe is a natural genius when it comes to trauma surgery, capable of even performing brain surgery using a lighter, a chainsaw, a pair of tongs, a corkscrew, and a bottle of liquid pain reliever.
  • Guide Dang It!: Unless you know that you can shock the tapeworm more than once each time he pops his head out, (and you need to shock it like 5 times) you are not going to beat 2nd Bleed (file 3, patient 6), because the tapeworm's going to make just too many little bleeding cuts that will drop his heart rate really fast. You need to be careful, though, lest you miss and stop Dr. Bleed's heart instead. If that happens, you're basically screwed... unless you react quickly enough. It's not so much a problem with Joe (file 2, patient 6), because his tapeworm only needs zapped 3 times.
    • The final regular patient, Dwayne, has a millipede crawling around inside him. It makes little bleeding cuts just like a tapeworm does, but it doesn't pop its head out. You have to chainsaw a little ahead of the last cut it makes, then you can deal with the bug queens and mooks it spawns in the various body cavities.
    • The Bio-Utility Mechanoid, or B.U.M., is the first Bonus Boss you unlock. To even get inside him, you need to gel his red button.
    • Not to mention, you don't zap the Scorpions - you chainsaw them.
    • The fourth game tries its best to avert this, by making all the surgeries more straightforward. They even outright removed the "Napoleon" mission. The only missions that really require trial-and-error gameplay are those with bugs and poison.
  • Healing Shiv: In the third game, Officer Brutality's special ability is to beat injuries out the victims by whacking them with his police baton.
  • Heal It with Fire: One of Alan's tools is a lighter, a respectable cauterization method. Yet this also repairs bones, cuts in vital organs, and metal. The guy is a frickin' genius.
    • This applies to potential partners Chad Burnem and Iron Wang, who respectively use a flamethrower and a clothes iron.
    • In the Christmas sequel, it's a match and a can of spray paint. Very Precise.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Case 2, Patient #9: Animal the Cannibal.
    • The third game has Sweetmeat Pete.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Ignacious Bleed the II in 4 is essentially Dr. Bleed when he was younger, and boy, he got a magnificent beard and killer chest hair.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: 4 casually reveals that Dwane and Hubris is Big Bads early on.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the sequel, Alan tells Bradley that they made a video game about him at the height of his fame. Bradley's played it, but laments that he never got the hang of the corkscrew and hopes that if a sequel is ever made they replace it with "something less awful." Then they both wordlessly look at the player. This is followed almost immediately by the level that introduces the syringe, which replaces the corkscrew.
    • Fourth-Wall Observer: Alan becomes this in the third game, generally when it comes to the concept of DLC.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Bradley in the sequel eventually reveals that he is Alan's grandson.
    • Also, Ophelia of the third game reveals herself to be Dr. Bleed's grandniece.
  • Mad Doctor: Alan is pretty much a good guy version of this by the second game. Dwayne Pipe plays this straight as he poisons his victims.
  • Meat Grinder Surgery: The Series
  • Medical Game: This game is a flash game parody of Trauma Center wherein your job is to perform increasingly harder surgeries on increasingly more gruesome patients. It had quite a few sequels, including a Christmas themed one.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Karl of Case 2, Patient #8 suffers from this. Unfortunately, this makes the requirements for beating the level to Nintendo Hard levels. See No-Damage Run.
  • My Greatest Failure: The Old Hospital fiasco, in which many, many people died for Dr. Bleed. Turns out it wasn't his fault after all.
  • No-Damage Run: Required in file 2, patient 8 (Karl) of the original game (once you get inside him). Karl is a coffee addict, and as a result, his heart rate gets faster as time passes, rather than slower. You have to remove the coffee beans and drain (and suction out) the poison to stabilize his heart rate, then heal all the cuts you had to make. Dr. Bleed warns that the slightest injury (that means any unnecessary damage) will kill Karl. He also dies if you let his heart rate get to 200. Add that to the fact that each patient is a Timed Mission anyway, and you've got yourself a Nintendo Hard level. In the third game, certain missions have this as a requirement in challenge missions.
    • The later games feature "Sudden Death" versions of missions where you must complete a surgery without any mistakes whatsoever.
  • Nostalgia Level: Many of the stages in 4 are revamped stages from the first 3 games.
  • Only Sane Man: Ophelia in the third game. While Alan generally doesn't ask any questions and comes off as barely smarter than his patients, Ophelia is constantly shocked and amazed by the situations they get themselves into and is quick to call them out on their stupidity/insanity.
  • Open Heart Dentistry: Alan is the only source for criminals to get medical care, ranging from lacerations to poisonings. With the occasional extreme body piercing and mechanical restoration.
  • Punny Name: Doctor I. Bleed, Lumbar Jack, Ophelia Payne, and the list goes on.
  • Significant Anagram: Flip the lan in Alan's name and you get... well, at least it's not called Amateur Proctologist.
    • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: You usually don't want to go to someone named Dr. Probe... And his Mentor is called Dr. Bleed, of all the people. The name of his clinic? "Bleed Everywhere" The protagonist of the third game is Dr. Ophelia Payne.
  • Punny Name: Tons and tons of them. Not surprising considering this company's track record.
  • The Reveal: Lampshaded with Alan's mystery patient in the second game. After Alan leaves the room, the patient tells Bradley to turn the lights on before he leaves, so he can have his dramatic reveal.
    President Dwayne Pipe: DUN DUN DUN!
  • Revive Kills Zombie: In this case, vampire. Applying Pain-Away on Vladimir Ampire hurts him, but his heart rate is always zero, so it doesn't matter.
  • Running Gag: Alan seems to have problems when it comes to dealing with exterminating bugs. Especially when it comes to Dwayne's bugs.
  • Saving Christmas: The plot of the Christmas Edition game. Alan goes to save Christmas after he utterly annihilated it! (see Turbine Blender below). After crashing his private jet into the North Pole Alan sets about pulling Christmas lights out of an elf, reanimating a reindeer carcass with candy canes and coat hangers, and patching up Santa with wrapping paper.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Alan, in both the first game and the Christmas Edition. Ironically, both situations happen to involve driving a vehicle and running someone over while reading a surgery magazine.
  • Sequel Difficulty Drop: Amateur Surgeon 2 is considerably easier than its predecessors, particularly when going for a high score as combos are much easier to keep up. Though this is Subverted for the Mystery Boss, which requires you to use a flashlight as opposed to seeing everything at once. OH, and in the mobile port, the light moves when you tilt the device.
  • Shared Universe: With Spiritual Successor games Amateur Ninja and Gigolo Assassin
  • Shout-Out: One level has the player trying to disarm a bomb, like in Trauma Center.
  • Suck Out the Poison: You do this with syringes, and it will automatically cure the person of their poisoning for some reason.
  • Giant Space Flea Out Of Nowhere: In the final mission of the main story of the fourth game where you perform surgery on Alan Probe, you must extract a weird tentacled one eyed psychic Eldritch Abomination from his brain. It's never quite explained what is it, how it got inside his head, nor there is any comment by anyone about it once it's destroyed.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Almost all of Alan's clientele fit into this category, with this trope being what got them to him in the first place.
  • Turbine Blender: In the introduction of the Christmas Edition (a send-up of the intro to the first game) Alan Probe, flying his private jet distractedly while reading an article about his rise to fame, collides with Santa's Sleigh. One of the reindeer is sucked into the turbines and shredded, causing Alan's jet to crash into Santa's Workshop.
  • Vigilante Man: The end of the 2nd part and most of the 3rd part of the first game have Alan patching up characters from earlier in the game, who this time are the victims of a rampaging vigilante whose parents turn out to be among the people who died in the Old Hospital fiasco.
  • Walking Spoiler: Insects, Any time they appear in a mystery character, it's guaranteed to be Dwane Pipe.
  • Warmup Boss: Dr. Bleed in the first game, Tommy Gracefuls in the second, Generic the Elf in the Christmas Edition, and Mr. Giblets in the third.
  • Women Are Wiser: Ophelia is the only female protagonist of the series and perhaps the only character in the series with anything resembling common sense.
  • Worst Aid: Separating the hemispheres of a woman's brain with a chainsaw, while using a dumpster as an operating table. And she survives... long enough to pay Alan, anyways.
    • You actually have to remove the brain temporarily, destroy some... things (Cancer growths? Warts? Mold?) to cure her mental disorder, then put the brain and skull pan back and heal them both with your lighter.


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