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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1,298 498
Elliot Stabler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

2
1,296 424
Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Office

3
938 436
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

4
887 479
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
estewiccancis added NCIS

5
769 314
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

6
655 410
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

7
660 397
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

8
563 289
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added That '70s Show

9
737 439
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

10
335 145
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Supernatural

11
707 417
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

12
594 371
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added M*A*S*H

13
762 467
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

14
470 238
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
566 384
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

16
465 331
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Lost

17
483 336
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
All in the Family

18
395 209
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones

19
384 231
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Grey's Anatomy

20
383 223
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
406 295
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
268 332
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

23
275 175
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
582 474
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Two and a Half Men

25
346 278
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Spin City

26
395 328
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

27
286 223
Chef is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added South Park

28
543 391
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

29
248 280
Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Downton Abbey

30
230 185
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added The Simpsons

31
346 307
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
277 209
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
242 148
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Law & Order

34
356 331
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

35
342 302
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

36
215 171
Radar O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added W*A*L*T*E*R, M*A*S*H

37
463 372
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

38
319 310
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Trapper John, M.D.

39
122 67
Poussey Washington is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
go_sullivan added Poussey Washington

40
168 72
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
316 341
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

42
178 155
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
198 152
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
drumund added Doctor Who

44
204 189
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
171 242
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Downton Abbey

46
251 297
Rita Bennett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Dexter

47
158 162
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
204 148
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
173 157
Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
thousandheads added Doctor Who

50
186 174
Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones