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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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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1,178 389
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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851 407
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Ned Stark Game of Thrones

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847 443
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
estewiccancis added Ziva David NCIS

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692 276
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Glenn The Walking Dead

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624 375
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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

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699 412
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Gil Grissom CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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512 257
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Eric Forman That '70s Show

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562 345
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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662 387
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

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716 432
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dr. Derek Shepherd Grey's Anatomy

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283 116
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Bobby Singer Supernatural

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418 211
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

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363 177
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Dr Lance Sweets bones

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460 310
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Edith Bunker All in the Family

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423 303
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Charlie Pace Lost

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505 355
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Robb Stark Game of Thrones

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357 193
Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Michael Kelso That '70s Show

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343 207
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

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381 269
Barney Fife is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
murphycat added Barney Fife The New Andy Griffith Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Joey Bishop Show

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

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250 153
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

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548 443
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men

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327 259
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Mike Flaherty Spin City

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369 306
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dana Scully The X-Files

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258 199
Chef is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added Chef South Park

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505 367
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

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227 256
Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Matthew Crawley Downton Abbey

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205 164
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Edna Krabappel The Simpsons

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204 146
Radar O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 31 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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328 287
Richard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Richard Cunningham The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Happy Days

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247 183
Beth Greene is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Cynthia Colston added Beth Greene The Walking Dead

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335 304
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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447 346
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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219 132
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Lennie Briscoe Law & Order

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301 289
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Trapper John McIntyre Trapper John, M.D.

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303 282
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Oberyn Martell Game of Thrones

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163 137
Catherine Willows is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Catherine Willows CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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93 41
Poussey Washington is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
go_sullivan added Poussey Washington

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289 314
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

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135 50
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
brody-tripp added Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy

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179 125
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
drumund added Rose Tyler Doctor Who

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189 162
Mrs. Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Mrs. Wolowitz The Big Bang Theory

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240 269
Rita Bennett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Rita Bennett Dexter

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150 222
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Lady Sybil Crawley Downton Abbey

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142 142
Sara Sidle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Sara Sidle CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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172 148
Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Zack Addy bones

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154 133
Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
thousandheads added Ninth Doctor Doctor Who

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178 280
Will Gardner is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Will Gardner The Good Wife