It was unintentional and it was a funny story, so I figure I'll go ahead and document it.
So, I had this guy I dated over the summer before last named Chris. We were never actually boyfriend and girlfriend, but we dated for a month. It didn't work out and we ended up breaking up, which is all fine and good. It happens and I wasn't really invested enough to care. I'd say we ended up good terms, but he thought I was a mean person because he didn't understand my sense of humor, so maybe not. Either way, we never talked again.
It literally might have only been a month later that I put out an ad for an idea that I had for a roleplay. The basic gist of the idea was that there are two brothers who are very close and one day the younger brother who has homicidal urges snaps and kills someone. The older brother doesn't want him to get caught and helps him take care of the body. From there, they become a serial killing duo. Pretty simple.
Well, I got a few responses and settled on this one girl I clicked with pretty well. It was at this stage, as we were hammering out the details of the roleplay, that we started to actually figure out our characters. She was going to play the older brother and I was going to play the younger brother. The first question I asked her was what she was going to name hers. She told me "Brian". That is a pretty generic name, I thought, so I would pick something similarly generic. I grabbed a list of baby names, as I always do when picking a name, and the first one I set my eyes on is usually what I go with. As it so happens, the first one I set my eyes on was "Christopher".
I'm sure you can see where this is going.
It didn't even occur to me that Christopher was the same as Chris, even when I told my friend the name I chose and plainly stated that he'd go as Chris for short. The thing is, I'm not one to shy away from names of people I know in real life, so it didn't even cross my mind that the two could be linked. I had my name and I was satisfied.
The second question I asked her was what Brian looked like. I already explained that I thought Brian should be more attractive than Chris, but that they should look similar. I didn't have any particular mental image in my mind, so I was going to go off her description to create Chris. She told me that he would have short dark hair, blue eyes, and that he'd be built. In turn, I was like, okay cool, then Chris will have long dark hair, dark brown eyes, and he'd be thinner.
It was as I was sitting there picturing this character that I just created that I realized with quite a jolt that I was describing the guy that I had dated recently. It was a complete accident, but I had just created this awful character and practically modeled him after the guy I had broken up with, like I was some spiteful banshee. I laughed so hard and immediately explained it to all of my friends, who also laughed really hard. It was such an amusing coincidence and I decided I was just going to leave my character as he was because of the fact that it was unintentional.
To be fair, I was imagining Chris with shoulder length hair and my "ex" had his hair halfway down his back, so it's not a perfect match or anything. I don't harbor any ill feelings towards him and my character's existence is not based on him in any way. Still, it's a pretty funny story and it still amuses me when I think about it.