TV The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time  

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List Rules Only TV characters that fundamentally changed the show by being written off, and the show continued without them.

We all remember losing our favorite characters -- Elliot Stabler (Law & Order SVU), Mark Greene (ER), Diane Chambers (Cheers), Fox Mulder (The X Files), Kalinda Sharma and Will Gardner (The Good Wife), Mathew Crawley (Downton Abbey) and practically everyone we started to emotionally invest in on Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. They get killed off, leave town, die of a terminal illness, get kidnapped, or sometimes just get transported to another world. Regardless of how they were written off (or why the actor chose to leave), they leave a gaping void in the show they built. This list is about ranking the greatest losses, whether the characters were good or evil. We wish the characters would have stayed because there were so many more stories to tell. Without them, the TV show went on but was never quite the same. 
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Elliot Stabler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Elliot Stabler Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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750 297
Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Michael Scott The Office

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441 165
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Glenn The Walking Dead

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630 284
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Ned Stark Game of Thrones

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670 333
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
estewiccancis added Ziva David NCIS

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337 137
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Eric Forman That '70s Show

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574 310
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Gil Grissom CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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508 269
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Fox Mulder The X-Files

9
522 286
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

10
441 248
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Lt. Colonel Henry Blake M*A*S*H

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478 287
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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228 101
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Dr Lance Sweets bones

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229 106
Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Michael Kelso That '70s Show

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500 345
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dr. Derek Shepherd Grey's Anatomy

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356 236
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Edith Bunker All in the Family

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377 255
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Robb Stark Game of Thrones

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131 38
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Bobby Singer Supernatural

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213 115
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Sgt. Abraham Ford The Walking Dead

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452 333
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men

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228 136
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

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294 201
Barney Fife is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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368 277
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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303 222
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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355 283
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

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172 101
Beth Greene is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Cynthia Colston added Beth Greene The Walking Dead

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190 123
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

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298 237
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dana Scully The X-Files

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252 199
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Mike Flaherty Spin City

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150 93
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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140 83
Radar O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Radar O'Reilly W*A*L*T*E*R, M*A*S*H

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168 118
Chef is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added Chef South Park

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128 79
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Lennie Briscoe Law & Order

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259 230
Richie Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Richie Cunningham The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Happy Days

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234 205
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Oberyn Martell Game of Thrones

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238 218
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Trapper John McIntyre Trapper John, M.D.

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126 89
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Edna Krabappel The Simpsons

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107 80
Catherine Willows is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Catherine Willows CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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234 239
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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90 63
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
drumund added Rose Tyler Doctor Who

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109 88
Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Zack Addy bones

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101 78
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added Walt Disney The Wonderful World of Disney

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222 242
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

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113 103
Mrs. Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Mrs. Wolowitz The Big Bang Theory

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97 84
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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85 69
Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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205 228
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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186 204
Rita Bennett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Rita Bennett Dexter

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88 83
Sara Sidle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Sara Sidle CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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87 83
Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Joyce Summers

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163 191
Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Matthew Crawley Downton Abbey