Entertainment 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
1,384 450
Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Office

2
1,340 547
Elliot Stabler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

3
1,022 468
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

4
849 340
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

5
923 512
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
estewiccancis added NCIS

6
672 443
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

7
688 427
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

8
375 168
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Supernatural

9
528 255
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
591 321
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
815 492
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

12
745 446
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

13
752 468
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

14
623 400
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
611 406
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

16
503 350
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Lost

17
429 245
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
416 232
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones

19
495 358
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
All in the Family

20
410 245
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
422 310
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
293 189
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added 8 Simple Rules

23
272 353
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

24
617 494
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Two and a Half Men

25
415 341
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files