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Basic Trope: A pen name used to conceal a woman's gender.

  • Straight:
    • Alice Troper, a writer of gritty whodunnits, uses the pen name A. M. Troper.
    • Alice's pen name is Anderson Teller.
    • Alice's pen name is Ari Teller.
  • Exaggerated: Her pseudonym has its own email address, website, and Twitter account, all completely in character.
  • Downplayed: The book jacket and the spine are the only places where Alice's pen name is used.
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  • Justified: Most Writers Are Male
  • Inverted:
    • Bob Doe, a writer of YA romance novels, uses the pen name B. L. Doe.
    • Bob's pen name is Belinda Dallas.
    • Bob's pen name is Blair Dallas.
  • Subverted: Alice uses a feminine pseudonym for her whodunnits. She just doesn't want the books to be traced back to her.
  • Double Subverted: Alice gets bored of her franchise and wants to take it in a different direction. She later writes a less conventional whodunnit under a masculine pseudonym.
  • Parodied:
    • Robin Ribcracker is only known to the media as Jennifer Sexflirt, creator of sappy romance novels. Eventually she writes gruesome horror stories under her real name.
    • Alice commits identity theft just to keep the illusion up.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice uses several different pen names for experimental writing.
  • Averted: Alice does not use a pen name.
  • Enforced: Executive Meddling says that a murder mystery written by a woman would be expected to have lukewarm reception at best.
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  • Discussed: "A. M. Troper... huh. This guy is too mysterious to even put down his full name." "You're sure the author is a guy?"
  • Conversed: "The killer tried to use a female name, huh? Reminds me of those old writers who would always claim to be of the opposite gender."
  • Deconstructed: It appears as though there are significantly more good detective stories written by men than there are written by women, because women tend to use opposite-gender pen names more than men do.

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