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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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Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Office
2
Elliot Stabler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
3
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones
4
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead
5
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
estewiccancis added 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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Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files
8
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Grey's Anatomy
9
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Supernatural
10
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added That '70s Show
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Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy
12
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead
13
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
14
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Chickypoo added M*A*S*H
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Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Grey's Anatomy
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Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones
17
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Lost
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Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
All in the Family
19
Barney Fife is listed (or ranked) 19 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
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Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added That '70s Show
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Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones
22
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added 8 Simple Rules
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Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files
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Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
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Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Two and a Half Men