For the longest time, I had an orc in World of Warcraft whom I had never played past level 7 but who was never getting deleted. Why? Because he was an orc warrior named Grignr. I only deleted him when server changes and such finally resulted in losing the name, which was the only thing that I cared about. It was Grignr. All that mattered was having a character with that ridiculous name, not ever actually playing him for any reason.
Generally speaking, I assume that due to character limits and the simple maintenance work required, most of us keep our character lists confined to characters we actually intend to play. But every so often there’s a character or two that we don’t mean to play that somehow keeps hanging around. An amusing name. A neat design. Sentimental reasons that make the character mean something to us more than the general irrelevance of that character might imply. So what about you? Do you have unplayed MMO characters you refuse to delete?