I have a problem with the idea that I or someone else would want to play my character, or I play theirs. The coolness of a character comes from the way we play that character. So if you started playing Guin the assassin it would not be the same as when I play her.
I give you Awsomeman. Even though most of the time we called him not so. When Awsomeman was created in the Free Port adventure, and lasted a really long time enjoying the final battle of The Red Hand of Doom, and maybe finally dying at the hands of a ghost paladin in the Free Port in Hell adventure.
I even wrote a mini adventure for a con, so we could see Awsomeman in action again, and maybe someday we will see him again.
A second story I like to think about form time to time, is a story from 1st edition of Motard the fighter. When motard started is was a normal fighter, but by reading some things he should not have, his INT, and WiS were lowered to 3. There is something kind of cool about a fight that was bad ass and just walks up to a Red Dragons and starts petting it, like it was a dog.
Until tomorrow Keep Gaming.