List of fictitious people
This article lists the fictitious people, i.e., nonexistent people, which, unlike fictional people, are those somebody has claimed to actually exist. Usually this is done as a practical joke or hoax, but sometimes fictitious people are 'created' as part of a fraud. Sometimes the line between the two categories is blurred, e.g., as in the case of Abdul Alhazred. A pseudonym may also be considered by some to be a "fictitious person", although this is not the correct definition.
- William Ashbless, a 19th-century fictitious poet and adventurer
- Bilitis, nonexistent Ancient Greek poet. Supposed author of The Songs of Bilitis, a collection of erotic poetry "discovered" by Pierre Louÿs.
- George P. Burdell, eternal Georgia Tech student
- Eddie Burrup, fake Australian aboriginal painter
- Allegra Coleman, nonexistent supermodel
- Tom Collins, fictitious gossip and namesake of the gin-and-lemon-based cocktail.
- Helen Demidenko, nonexistent Ukrainian author, created by Australian writer Helen Darville
- Aimi Eguchi, fictional Japanese idol. Member of idol group AKB48 created as a composite of the other members.
- Frederick R. Ewing, nonexistent author of I, Libertine
- Anthony Godby Johnson, (probably) fictitious author of Rock and a Hard Place : One Boy's Triumphant Story
- Kilroy, a nonexistent legendary World War II US Army major who inspired millions during the war and became part of American popular culture.
- Ern Malley, nonexistent Australian poet, created by Australian poets James McAuley and Harold Stewart
- Georg Paul Thomann, nonexistent Austrian conceptual artist, created by art group monochrom to represent Austria at the 2002 Sao Paulo Art Biennial. Georg Paul Thomann is featured in RE/Search's "Pranks 2" book.
- Piotr Zak, nonexistent Polish composer, created for a BBC programme by Hans Keller and others
This list includes pseudonyms supplied with a biography suggesting the existence of a person distinct from the actual person with the pseudonym in question, often with the purpose of a hoax.
See also Category:Collective pseudonyms (many of them were not claimed as "real" people).
- Roderick Jaynes, editor of all the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Actually a pseudonym for the Coens themselves.
- Kozma Prutkov, nonexistent Russian writer
- Lemony Snicket, pseudonym of Daniel Handler and character in Handler/"Snicket"'s Series of Unfortunate Events
- Gerald Wiley, pseudonym used by comedy performer and writer Ronnie Barker so that his sketches would be judged on merit.
Arts & entertainment
- P. D. Q. Bach, a fictional composer invented by musical satirist "Professor" Peter Schickele.
- C.W. Blubberhouse, whose letters in UK national newspapers were exposed as a hoax by the Sunday Times
- Gerald Bostock, writer of the lyrics for the Jethro Tull album Thick as a Brick.
- Ponsonby Britt, executive producer of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. In the credits of George of the Jungle, a later offering from the same production company, Britt had been promoted to "Ponsonby Britt OBE" (recipient of the Order of the British Empire).
- David J. Broadfoot, the Member of Parliament from Kicking Horse Pass, representing the New Apathetic Party, a character played by Canadian comedian Dave Broadfoot.
- Van den Budenmayer, nonexistent Dutch composer believed to be real by some filmgoers even after they were told the truth.
- Tony Clifton
- Dame Edna Everage, a character played by Australian comedian Barry Humphries
- Margaret B. Jones, fictitious half-white, half-Native American foster child and Bloods gang member in South Central Los Angeles
- Andreas Karavis, nonexistent Greek poet
- Donald Kaufman, fictional brother of Adaptation writer Charlie Kaufman, gained "writing credits" and was nominated for an Oscar
- Wanda Koolmatrie, nonexistent Australian aboriginal author
- JT LeRoy, fictional American author and literary celebrity.
- David Manning, a nonexistent film critic created by Sony Corporation.
- S. Morgenstern, fictional author from the equally fictional country of Florin
- Ossian, Irish bard created by James Macpherson in the 18th century
- Borat Sagdiyev, a fictitious Kazakhstani journalist created by Sacha Baron Cohen, see also Ali G and Brüno Gehard
- Lily Savage, a character played by British comedian Paul O'Grady
- Rusty Shackelford, pseudonym of Dale Gribble from the animated program King of the Hill.
- Alan Smithee, name used by film directors who wish to disown a project
- Sven, an occasional stand-in for Samantha on BBC radio comedy I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.
- Nat Tate, fake 1950s American artist
- B. Traven, adventure novelist
- Mrs. Trellis of North Wales, a regular correspondent to BBC radio comedy I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue
- Kilgore Trout, Fake author of "Venus on the Half-Shell". Created by Kurt Vonnegut. Book written by Philip Jose Farmer
- Hajime Yadate, credited as the creator of most of the anime works of Japanese animation studio Sunrise.
- Nicolas Bourbaki, a 20th-century French mathematician with credited publications
- Arthur Besse, pseudonym used since 1978 by French differential geometers
- Josiah Carberry, professor of psychoceramics at Brown University
- Jára Cimrman, fictional Czech genius and polymath
- Honorable J. Fortescue, fake US physician
- Claude Émile Jean-Baptiste Litre, volumetric namesake.
- Dr. Irving Joshua Matrix, numerologist, invented by Martin Gardner
- Peter Orno, associated with Ohio State University and credited with several papers in mathematics during the 20th century
- G. W. Peck, pseudonym used by several mathematicians since 1979
- John Rainwater, enrolled by mathematics graduate students at the University of Washington in 1952 as a prank; has since been used as a pseudonym by several other mathematicians for published work
- Andre Kasongo Ilunga, a member of the UNAFEC party and Minister of National Economy and Trade of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2007.
- Jakob Maria Mierscheid, a member of the German Bundestag. Despite not existing, Mierscheid has an official Parliamentary biography (complete with portrait) and has given his name to a bridge spanning the River Spree and to the Mierscheid Law, which has been used to predict voting patterns in the former West Germany.
- Major William Martin, R.M., a dead courier found floating off the coast of Spain possessing documents outlining future Allied strategy. The documents were misinformation planted by the Security Service on the body of Glyndwr Michael, an alcoholic tramp who had died after ingesting rat poison and who was dressed in the appropriate uniform.
- Masal Bugduv, nonexistent 16-year-old Moldovan football player linked with a move to numerous top clubs in Europe.
- Sidd Finch, nonexistent baseball prodigy created by George Plimpton for an April Fool's Day prank.
- Taro Tsujimoto, nonexistent Japanese hockey player selected by Buffalo Sabres general manager Punch Imlach in the 1974 NHL Draft.
- Lennay Kekua, nonexistent deceased girlfriend of former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.
- Muhammad ibn Abdullah al-Aftah, non-existent leader and Mahdi of the extinct Fathite/Aftahiyya/Fathiyya Shia Muslim sect.
- Udo of Aachen, fictional monk.
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- Carl Brandon, a fictional fan of color, for whom the Carl Brandon Society was named
- Betty Crocker, fake spokesperson for The Washburn Crosby Company of Minneapolis and its successor company, General Mills
- Silence Dogood, a false persona used by Benjamin Franklin to get his work published.
- Kodee Kennings, nonexistent 8-year-old girl whose letters were published in the Daily Egyptian, a student newspaper for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
- Andrew MacDonald, a pseudonym for William Luther Pierce, white supremacist and author of The Turner Diaries
- Kaycee Nicole, fictional leukemia sufferer and Internet personality
- Henry Root, fictitious correspondent, and Henry Raddick (possibly the same person)
- H. Rochester Sneath, nonexistent headmaster of the nonexistent Selhurst School
- Edna Welthorpe, nonexistent morality campaigner
- Araki Yasusada, fake Hiroshima survivor and author
- Titusz Dugovics, the hero of Belgrade
- Ben Macintyre, "Operation Mincemeat", Bloomsbury, 2010, passim.