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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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979 351
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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589 233
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Glenn The Walking Dead

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765 357
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Ned Stark Game of Thrones

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776 397
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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436 207
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Eric Forman That '70s Show

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650 368
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Gil Grissom CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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579 326
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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604 347
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Hershel Greene The Walking Dead

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556 337
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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515 302
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 11 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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348 173
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

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625 394
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dr. Derek Shepherd Grey's Anatomy

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223 83
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Bobby Singer Supernatural

49 Famous Couples with Huge Age Differences

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317 149
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Dr Lance Sweets bones

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296 153
Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Michael Kelso That '70s Show

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411 281
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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449 319
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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282 169
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Lexie Grey Grey's Anatomy

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378 270
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Charlie Pace Lost

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342 242
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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508 402
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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446 331
George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy

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419 317
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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207 129
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

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341 275
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dana Scully The X-Files

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294 234
Mike Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Mike Flaherty Spin City

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180 123
Radar O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 28 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

Favorite TV Moms of All Time

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221 168
Chef is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Tom Islava added Chef South Park

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181 132
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Edna Krabappel The Simpsons

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171 114
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
clash1977 added Lennie Briscoe Law & Order

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215 158
Beth Greene is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Cynthia Colston added Beth Greene The Walking Dead

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288 267
Richie Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 33 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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291 276
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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274 265
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 TV Shows Based on Movies

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279 257
Oberyn Martell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Oberyn Martell Game of Thrones

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151 107
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
drumund added Rose Tyler Doctor Who

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143 116
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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79 28
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
brody-tripp added Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy

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150 111
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 40 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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161 141
Mrs. Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Mrs. Wolowitz The Big Bang Theory

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155 131
Zack Addy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Zack Addy bones

Everything We Know About 'American Horror Story' Season 8

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Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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201 233
Matthew Crawley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Matthew Crawley Downton Abbey

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259 290
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

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123 117
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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132 112
Ninth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
thousandheads added Ninth Doctor Doctor Who

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218 248
Rita Bennett is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added Rita Bennett Dexter

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118 118
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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125 129
Caitlin Todd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added Caitlin Todd