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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1,252 457
Elliot Stabler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

2
1,200 394
Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Office

3
867 410
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

4
861 447
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
estewiccancis added NCIS

5
706 281
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

6
629 381
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

7
631 370
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

8
705 419
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

9
522 264
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
573 349
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
299 121
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Supernatural

12
671 393
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead

13
722 440
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

14
425 219
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
369 183
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones

16
466 316
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
All in the Family

17
432 309
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Lost

18
517 360
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

19
365 200
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
349 213
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
388 276
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
257 310
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

23
251 160
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
555 449
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Two and a Half Men

25
331 264
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Spin City

26
375 309
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files

27
266 204
Chef is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added South Park

28
231 261
Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Downton Abbey

29
509 372
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy

30
211 168
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added The Simpsons

31
210 150
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
331 291
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
255 186
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
224 133
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Law & Order

35
450 350
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

36
335 310
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

37
312 285
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

38
304 293
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Trapper John, M.D.

39
99 46
Poussey Washington is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
go_sullivan added Poussey Washington

40
166 139
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
294 319
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones

42
138 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
183 130
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
drumund added Doctor Who

44
192 167
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
241 273
Rita Bennett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Dexter

46
154 225
Lady Sybil Crawley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Downton Abbey

47
146 145
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
190 131
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
159 139
Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
thousandheads added Doctor Who

50
175 153
Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones