Entertainment 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
1,438 463
Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Office
2
1,368 563
Elliot Stabler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
3
1,066 483
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones
4
887 357
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead
5
940 532
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
estewiccancis added NCIS
6
684 460
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
7
709 439
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files
8
558 271
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
393 181
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Jhantara Decker added Supernatural
10
616 335
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added That '70s Show
11
767 463
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The Walking Dead
12
837 514
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Grey's Anatomy
13
763 485
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
14
635 413
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
15
637 419
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Game of Thrones
16
521 364
Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
carlybobarly added Lost
17
456 258
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
kirsty-murray added Grey's Anatomy
18
432 247
Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
lovelight1 added bones
19
508 369
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
All in the Family
20
425 256
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
432 322
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
306 200
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added 8 Simple Rules
23
634 512
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
Two and a Half Men
24
278 368
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
25
432 348
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time
The X-Files