Fictional Characters 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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1,300 498
Elliot Stabler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

2
1,299 425
Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Office

3
943 437
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

4
888 481
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
estewiccancis added NCIS

5
773 314
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

6
657 410
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

7
662 397
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

8
564 289
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added That '70s Show

9
738 441
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

10
337 145
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Supernatural

11
709 417
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

12
596 371
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added M*A*S*H

13
764 469
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

14
473 238
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Grey's Anatomy

15
567 384
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

16
466 331
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Lost

17
483 336
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
All in the Family

18
396 209
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones

19
384 223
Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added That '70s Show

20
385 232
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Grey's Anatomy

21
406 295
Barney Fife is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
murphycat added The New Andy Griffith Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Joey Bishop Show

22
268 332
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

23
276 175
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added 8 Simple Rules

24
582 474
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Two and a Half Men

25
346 278
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Spin City

26
397 328
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

27
546 391
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

28
286 224
Chef is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added South Park

29
233 185
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added The Simpsons

30
248 280
Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Downton Abbey

31
347 307
Richard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Happy Days

32
279 209
Beth Greene is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Cynthia Colston added The Walking Dead

33
243 148
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Law & Order

34
357 331
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

35
216 171
Radar O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added W*A*L*T*E*R, M*A*S*H

36
342 302
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

37
464 373
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

38
319 310
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Trapper John, M.D.

39
123 68
Poussey Washington is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
go_sullivan added Poussey Washington

40
170 72
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
brody-tripp added Grey's Anatomy

41
316 341
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

42
178 156
Catherine Willows is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

43
198 152
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
drumund added Doctor Who

44
204 189
Mrs. Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added The Big Bang Theory

45
171 242
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Downton Abbey

46
251 297
Rita Bennett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Dexter

47
160 162
Sara Sidle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

48
204 148
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added Walt Disney The Wonderful World of Disney

49
173 157
Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
thousandheads added Doctor Who

50
187 174
Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones