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* The tie-in novels to a number of Creator/TomClancy series video games were written by various authors under the collective name "David Michaels". The first author, Raymond Benson, wrote ''[[Literature/SplinterCell Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell]]'' and ''Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Operation Barracuda.''

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** There was a writer's convention where the emcee asked the authors in the audience to introduce themselves. Asimov spoke first and mentioned his current book; but the next writer ''also'' claimed to be Asimov, author of a ''different'' Asimov book. So did every other writer in the row. (Asimov himself was apparently not in on the joke.)


* Carolyn Keene of the ''Literature/NancyDrew'' novels and Franklin W. Dixon of ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' novels. Notable due to the fact that both series has lasted long enough that you have to apply a serious dosage of ComicBookTime to even pretend to believe in the house pseudonyms. The writing careers of Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon span more than eight decades. If they were real people, they'd have to be well over a hundred years old by now.

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* Carolyn Keene of the ''Literature/NancyDrew'' novels and ''The Dana Girls'' novels, and Franklin W. Dixon of ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' novels.novels, fronts for the Creator/StratemeyerSyndicate. Notable due to the fact that both series has lasted long enough that you have to apply a serious dosage of ComicBookTime to even pretend to believe in the house pseudonyms. The writing careers of Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon span more than eight decades. If they were real people, they'd have to be well over a hundred years old by now.



* Victor Appleton of the Literature/TomSwift books, and Victor Appleton II of the Tom Swift, Jr. books.

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* Victor Appleton of the Literature/TomSwift books, and Victor Appleton II of the Tom Swift, Jr. books.books (also for the Stratemeyer Syndicate).


House Pseudonyms have been used to disguise that a long series has become a FranchiseZombie by allowing other authors to use the creator's name. They have been used to make a collaborative work look like it came from a single author, using a name that belongs to neither of the actual writers.

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House Pseudonyms have been used to disguise that a long series has become a FranchiseZombie by allowing other authors {{ghostwriter}}s to use the creator's name. They have been used to make a collaborative work look like it came from a single author, using a name that belongs to neither of the actual writers.


* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' has several pen names that are used by various contributors, such as "J. Prete".

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* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' has several pen names that are used by various contributors, typically to mask conflicts of interest among contributors (as most of their staff is freelance) or invoke AlanSmithee.
* Pretty much any humor magazine that involved Paul Laikin at any point would have him contributing both under his real name and as various permutations
such as "J. Prete"."[[SignificantAnagram Pula Kinlai]]" (or even the name of his deceased wife!) so as to mask his copious credits and/or garner kickbacks.

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* ''The People's Friend'' has cover illustrations by "J. Campbell Kerr", who's been at it for the best part of a century.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/TheBicentennialManAndOtherStories'': In the introduction, Dr Asimov [[DiscussedTrope shares the anecdote]] that in the review for ''Literature/AsimovOnChemistry'', he was called a "label and linchpin of a New York corporate authorship", meaning that the reviewer thought that other people had written the book and Asimov was a publishing house churning out books. However, Dr Asimov quite proudly considers himself a one-man operation in his career.


* In-universe: in ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'', "Annabel Crème", author of the ''[[LongRunner 365-volume]]'' ''[[FictionalDocument Night Fall]]'' novel series (an obvious sendup of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''), is revealed to be just the pseudonym of at least 13 (and counting) witch authors as of the anime's beginning, although in this case the name is handed down to a successor instead of used simultaneously for a whole circle of ghostwriters, making it overlap with LegacyCharacter. It becomes a minor plot point when Lotte is offered to write the latest sequel and in so doing become the next Annabel (the current one is a tiny 12- or 13-year-old, despite "Annabel" supposedly having written the series continuously for 120 years). The current Annabel never reveals her real name though.

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* In-universe: in ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'', ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia2017'', "Annabel Crème", author of the ''[[LongRunner 365-volume]]'' ''[[FictionalDocument Night Fall]]'' novel series (an obvious sendup of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''), is revealed to be just the pseudonym of at least 13 (and counting) witch authors as of the anime's beginning, although in this case the name is handed down to a successor instead of used simultaneously for a whole circle of ghostwriters, making it overlap with LegacyCharacter. It becomes a minor plot point when Lotte is offered to write the latest sequel and in so doing become the next Annabel (the current one is a tiny 12- or 13-year-old, despite "Annabel" supposedly having written the series continuously for 120 years). The current Annabel never reveals her real name though.


* Erin Hunter of ''Literature/WarriorCats''

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* Erin Hunter of ''Literature/WarriorCats''Creator/ErinHunter. When starting ''Literature/WarriorCats'', they decided to use a pen name because there were two main writers and they wanted to avoid having the books on two different shelves. Later, the pseudonym expanded as [=HarperCollins=] added other authors and editorial teams working on similar animal-focused series (''[[Literature/SeekerBears Seekers]]'', ''[[Literature/SurvivorDogs Survivors]]'', and ''Literature/{{Bravelands}}'').

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* Moriyama Ayako is the pseudonym for the Irodori studio of Anime/KemonoFriends fame, that came from an independent anime they made years earlier..

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has had Richard Awlinson, of the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' "Avatar" trilogy (the first two were Scott Ciencin, the final one was Troy Denning), and T.H. Lain of the "Iconics" novels (nine different authors). According to an article in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'', the thinking behind this was getting all the books in a series shelved together in bookstores.



[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen_name#Collective_names This article]] on Wiki/TheOtherWiki will tell you some of them.



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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen_name#Collective_names This article]] on Wiki/TheOtherWiki will tell you some of them.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen_name#Collective_names This article]] on Wiki/TheOtherWiki will tell you some of them.
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* K. A. Applegate of Literature/{{Animorphs}}.
** There is a real K. A. Applegate, but she left the series about halfway through to work on other projects while a string of ghostwriters kept it alive, though she did come BackForTheFinale.
* Victor Appleton of the Literature/TomSwift books.
** Victor Appleton II of the Tom Swift, Jr. books.

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* K. A. Applegate of Literature/{{Animorphs}}.
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Literature/{{Animorphs}}, retroactively. There is a real K. A. Applegate, but she left the series about halfway through to work on other projects projects[[note]]though she returned for the finale[[/note]] while a string of ghostwriters kept it alive, though she did come BackForTheFinale.
alive.
* Victor Appleton of the Literature/TomSwift books.
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books, and Victor Appleton II of the Tom Swift, Jr. books.



* Inverted with ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Due to the great complexity of the series, several readers thought Harry Potter was the work of multiple authors; however, J.K. Rowling rebuked those claims by stating ''seriously it's just me'' much to the awe of this disbelieving side of the fanbase.

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* Inverted with ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Due to the great complexity of the series, several readers thought Harry Potter it was the work of multiple authors; however, J.K. Rowling rebuked those claims by stating ''seriously it's it was indeed just me'' her, much to the awe of this disbelieving side of the fanbase.






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* People who sign up for free webhosting services are a ([[{{IncrediblyLamePun}} virtual]]) example of this trope.
** Amazingly, few webhosts seem to check if signups really are this - [[http://www.freewht.com this webhosting management discussion site is one such example]]. But, due to a bizarre FinaglesLaw and legalities, amazingly, it's legal.
** Which leads to sign-ups with placeholder numbers, like (Manchester phonecode here) 0161 000 0000.

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* People who sign up for free webhosting services are a ([[{{IncrediblyLamePun}} virtual]]) example of this trope.
** Amazingly, few webhosts seem to check if signups really are this - [[http://www.freewht.com this webhosting management discussion site is one such example]]. But, due to a bizarre FinaglesLaw and legalities, amazingly, it's legal.
** Which leads to sign-ups with placeholder numbers, like (Manchester phonecode here) 0161 000 0000.
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* "Anonymous" at 4chan.
* Anonymous, the well-known "hacking" group. The one with the question mark and suit logo.

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* "Anonymous" at 4chan.
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4chan. Related is Anonymous, the well-known "hacking" group. The one with the question mark and suit logo.



* Music/GiIvaSunner contributors who wish to remain anonymous have the artist information on their songs read "Barney Rubble" on the albums (in keeping with the channel's ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Flintstones]]'' theming). ''Highest Quality Rips Volume FOUR HOURS!'' instead uses "Principal Seymour Skinner" (as the album chronicles the channel's ContinuityReboot, which substituted ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' for ''The Flintstones'').

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* Music/GiIvaSunner Music/SiIvaGunner contributors who wish to remain anonymous have the artist information on their songs read "Barney Rubble" on the albums (in keeping with the channel's ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Flintstones]]'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' theming). ''Highest Quality Rips Volume FOUR HOURS!'' instead uses "Principal Seymour Skinner" (as the album chronicles the channel's ContinuityReboot, which substituted ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' for ''The Flintstones'').
Flintstones'').



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* In-universe: in ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'', "Annabel Crème", author of the ''[[LongRunner 365-volume]]'' ''[[FictionalDocument Night Fall]]'' novel series (an obvious sendup of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''), is revealed to be just the pseudonym of at least 13 (and counting) witch authors as of the anime's beginning, although in this case the name is handed down to a successor instead of used simultaneously for a whole circle of ghostwriters, making it overlap with LegacyCharacter. It becomes a minor plot point when Lotte is offered to write the latest sequel and in so doing become the next Annabel (the current one is a tiny 12- or 13-year-old, despite "Annabel" supposedly having written the series continuously for 120 years).

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* In-universe: in ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'', "Annabel Crème", author of the ''[[LongRunner 365-volume]]'' ''[[FictionalDocument Night Fall]]'' novel series (an obvious sendup of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''), is revealed to be just the pseudonym of at least 13 (and counting) witch authors as of the anime's beginning, although in this case the name is handed down to a successor instead of used simultaneously for a whole circle of ghostwriters, making it overlap with LegacyCharacter. It becomes a minor plot point when Lotte is offered to write the latest sequel and in so doing become the next Annabel (the current one is a tiny 12- or 13-year-old, despite "Annabel" supposedly having written the series continuously for 120 years).
years). The current Annabel never reveals her real name though.


* In-universe: in ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'', "Annabelle Créme", author of the ''[[LongRunner 365-volume]]'' ''[[FictionalDocument Nightfall]]'' novel series (an obvious sendup of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''), is revealed to be just the pseudonym of at least 13 (and counting) witch authors as of the anime's beginning. It becomes a minor plot point when Lotte is offered to write the latest sequel and in so doing become the next Annabelle (the current one is a tiny 12- or 13-year-old, despite "Annabelle" supposedly having written the series continuously for 120 years).

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* In-universe: in ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'', "Annabelle Créme", "Annabel Crème", author of the ''[[LongRunner 365-volume]]'' ''[[FictionalDocument Nightfall]]'' Night Fall]]'' novel series (an obvious sendup of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''), is revealed to be just the pseudonym of at least 13 (and counting) witch authors as of the anime's beginning. beginning, although in this case the name is handed down to a successor instead of used simultaneously for a whole circle of ghostwriters, making it overlap with LegacyCharacter. It becomes a minor plot point when Lotte is offered to write the latest sequel and in so doing become the next Annabelle Annabel (the current one is a tiny 12- or 13-year-old, despite "Annabelle" "Annabel" supposedly having written the series continuously for 120 years).



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* In-universe: in ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'', "Annabelle Créme", author of the ''[[LongRunner 365-volume]]'' ''[[FictionalDocument Nightfall]]'' novel series (an obvious sendup of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''), is revealed to be just the pseudonym of at least 13 (and counting) witch authors as of the anime's beginning. It becomes a minor plot point when Lotte is offered to write the latest sequel and in so doing become the next Annabelle (the current one is a tiny 12- or 13-year-old, despite "Annabelle" supposedly having written the series continuously for 120 years).

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