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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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1,025 359
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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619 247
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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789 368
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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797 409
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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463 220
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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668 378
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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594 334
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Fox Mulder The X-Files

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577 342
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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620 360
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

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533 310
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 11 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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242 87
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Bobby Singer Supernatural

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371 184
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

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653 401
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

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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329 156
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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315 163
Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Michael Kelso That '70s Show

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420 287
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Edith Bunker All in the Family

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307 179
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

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465 325
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Robb Stark Game of Thrones

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392 275
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Charlie Pace Lost

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352 249
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

The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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470 340
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

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518 411
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men

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428 324
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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216 135
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

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351 280
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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303 237
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Mike Flaherty Spin City

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186 128
Radar O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 28 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

8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

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230 175
Chef is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added Chef South Park

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183 118
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Lennie Briscoe Law & Order

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187 138
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Edna Krabappel The Simpsons

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100 34
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
brody-tripp added Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy

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308 280
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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221 164
Beth Greene is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Cynthia Colston added Beth Greene The Walking Dead

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294 272
Richie Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Richie Cunningham The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Happy Days

The Best Fake Words From The Simpsons

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284 262
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Oberyn Martell Game of Thrones

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165 113
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 37 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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282 271
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Trapper John McIntyre Trapper John, M.D.

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159 111
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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149 120
Catherine Willows is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Catherine Willows CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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168 146
Mrs. Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Mrs. Wolowitz The Big Bang Theory

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159 134
Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Zack Addy bones

List of Endocrine Disorders

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234 277
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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269 295
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

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208 236
Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Matthew Crawley Downton Abbey

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131 122
Sara Sidle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Sara Sidle CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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66 26
Poussey Washington is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
go_sullivan added Poussey Washington

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140 116
Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
thousandheads added Ninth Doctor Doctor Who

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224 252
Rita Bennett is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Rita Bennett Dexter

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133 132
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Caitlin Todd