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
1,366 440
Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Office

2
1,328 536
Elliot Stabler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

3
1,000 460
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

4
830 332
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

5
913 504
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
estewiccancis added NCIS

6
668 431
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

7
679 415
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

8
359 161
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Supernatural

9
510 249
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Grey's Anatomy

10
582 313
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added That '70s Show

11
738 436
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

12
747 459
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

13
803 482
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

14
612 392
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added M*A*S*H

15
597 400
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

16
493 343
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Lost

17
415 239
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Grey's Anatomy

18
492 351
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
All in the Family

19
408 225
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones

20
401 238
Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added That '70s Show

21
418 303
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
272 344
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

23
288 183
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
608 485
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Two and a Half Men

25
354 286
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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