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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1,276 483
Elliot Stabler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

2
1,261 411
Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Office

3
910 425
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

4
879 466
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
estewiccancis added NCIS

5
748 305
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

6
648 399
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

7
647 389
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

8
728 432
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

9
549 280
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
322 136
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Supernatural

11
584 364
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added M*A*S*H

12
692 411
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

13
748 455
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

14
454 230
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
458 322
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Lost

16
550 375
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

17
476 329
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
All in the Family

18
386 201
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones

19
378 216
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
370 224
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
401 286
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
264 324
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

23
266 170
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
342 271
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Spin City

25
570 465
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Two and a Half Men

26
387 322
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

27
533 380
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

28
275 218
Chef is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added South Park

29
240 274
Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Downton Abbey

30
220 181
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added The Simpsons

31
341 299
Richard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Happy Days

32
270 202
Beth Greene is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Cynthia Colston added The Walking Dead

33
212 161
Radar O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added W*A*L*T*E*R, M*A*S*H

34
234 142
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Law & Order

35
460 362
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

36
347 324
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

37
329 296
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

38
314 303
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Trapper John, M.D.

39
111 59
Poussey Washington is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
go_sullivan added Poussey Washington

40
156 62
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
brody-tripp added Grey's Anatomy

41
309 332
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

42
172 149
Catherine Willows is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

43
194 142
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
drumund added Doctor Who

44
200 178
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
165 235
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Downton Abbey

46
246 288
Rita Bennett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Dexter

47
154 155
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
200 142
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
168 149
Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
thousandheads added Doctor Who

50
181 165
Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones