HP writes: Game designers are like any other artists in that they draw inspiration from the world around them. Plenty of very famous video game characters owe their existence to celebrities. Master Chief is meant to embody the Man With No Name played by Clint Eastwood, Gordon Freeman was inspired by a slightly less badass scientist named Freeman Dyson, and we did a whole article about characters especially named after Guns n' Roses guitarist Slash.
But some of the most iconic characters weren't Xeroxed from Hollywood templates and rock and roll archetypes. No, they were just regular people that the designer or artist happened to know, and somehow or another they ended up linked to characters that have sold millions of titles.