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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1,252 458
Elliot Stabler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

2
1,201 395
Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Office

3
868 411
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

4
861 448
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
estewiccancis added NCIS

5
706 282
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

6
629 383
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

7
632 371
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

8
706 420
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

9
523 266
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added That '70s Show

10
573 350
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added M*A*S*H

11
300 122
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Supernatural

12
671 395
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

13
724 441
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

14
428 219
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
369 184
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones

16
467 317
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
All in the Family

17
433 311
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Lost

18
517 362
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

19
366 202
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
352 213
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
388 277
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
259 311
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

23
253 161
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
556 451
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Two and a Half Men

25
332 265
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Spin City

26
376 310
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

27
266 205
Chef is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added South Park

28
233 261
Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Downton Abbey

29
511 373
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

30
211 170
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added The Simpsons

31
210 151
Radar O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added W*A*L*T*E*R, M*A*S*H

32
332 292
Richard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Happy Days

33
255 187
Beth Greene is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Cynthia Colston added The Walking Dead

34
224 135
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Law & Order

35
450 351
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

36
336 311
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

37
313 287
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

38
304 294
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Trapper John, M.D.

39
101 47
Poussey Washington is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
go_sullivan added Poussey Washington

40
166 140
Catherine Willows is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

41
294 321
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

42
140 54
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
brody-tripp added Grey's Anatomy

43
184 131
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
drumund added Doctor Who

44
193 168
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
241 274
Rita Bennett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Dexter

46
156 225
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Downton Abbey

47
147 146
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
191 131
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
161 140
Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
thousandheads added Doctor Who

50
175 154
Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones