I rather like the name of this thread.
To answer - yes, as a matter of fact, my character once did take on a life of his own. The vibrant personality and peerless optimism and courage I portrayed him in, in those days were what won him the respect of everyone who served with my old Creative Team. We were quite a crew back then - and then there was mine, their badass leader.
He became something that I held dear to my heart. He was my pride and joy, and every time I wrote with him, it felt like I was really creating something great. In time - he became more than just a character on a page, he became more like a dear friend - like a part of myself.
See, I designed my early character to be the ideal embodiment of a Hero. The kind of man who was willing to stand up and be brave, even in the face of great danger. All the while, he could be a total badass - or humble and polite. He was compassionate, idealistic and a dear friend to his allies.
Even when the time came, when I decided to up and end his story - he still got a proper sendoff, in exactly the way you would expect: Through a Heroic Sacrifice that made grown men cry. In fact, I got several PM's asking for me to bring the character back, but I replied that wouldn't be happening, because it would negate the very concept of the heroic end he had always been wanting.
Yeah, I really loved those old days - and I remember them well, but I do know there's even greater glories out there, just waiting to be discovered.
We are the pure among the corrupt.
We are the innocent among the guilty.
We are the sword and shield of the Divine, and forever shall we serve.