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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1,120 376
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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819 391
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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660 267
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Glenn The Walking Dead

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826 428
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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Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Eric Forman That '70s Show

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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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685 399
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Gil Grissom CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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642 375
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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Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dr. Derek Shepherd Grey's Anatomy

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549 330
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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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Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Bobby Singer Supernatural

Famous Schizophrenics

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Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Michael Kelso That '70s Show

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Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Dr Lance Sweets bones

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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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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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Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Charlie Pace Lost

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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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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 Greatest TV Characters of All Time

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Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men

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234 145
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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George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

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

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Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Mike Flaherty Spin City

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Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Lennie Briscoe Law & Order

Favorite TV Moms of All Time

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Radar O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Chef is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added Chef South Park

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

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Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Edna Krabappel The Simpsons

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Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
brody-tripp added Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy

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

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Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Trapper John McIntyre Trapper John, M.D.

The Best Animated Films Ever

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Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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

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Catherine Willows is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Catherine Willows CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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170 120
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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Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Matthew Crawley Downton Abbey

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Beth Greene is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Cynthia Colston added Beth Greene The Walking Dead

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Mrs. Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Mrs. Wolowitz The Big Bang Theory

The Best Drama Shows On Amazon Prime

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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 43 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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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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Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Zack Addy bones

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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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Rita Bennett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Rita Bennett Dexter

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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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Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Joyce Summers

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